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North Haven Courier

Emily Jenkins has been North Haven’s children’s librarian for three years and is gearing up for a very busy Halloween season. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Finding her Way to Help Kids

Published Sep. 19, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Emily Jenkins always knew she wanted to work with kids, but it took her a while to figure out just how she wanted to do it.

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North Haven Courier

In May, Rita Landino spoke at a dedication ceremony at Southern Connecticut State University to honor four alumnae educators who perished at the Sandy Hook shooting. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Champion of Education, Women’s Rights Supporting Memorial Effort at SCSU

Published Sep. 12, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Dr. Rita Landino, who has spent her career working for the causes of education and women’s rights both in North Haven and in the region, says she will never forget Sandy Hook and those who were shot and killed there in December 2012 during a mass shooting.

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North Haven Courier

World War II veteran Howard Rohloff, 98, has lived in North Haven for more than 60 years, where he served on the Board of Police Commissioners. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Howard Rohloff: A Lifetime of Service

Published Sep. 05, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Howard Rohloff has offered his services at home and abroad both as a serviceman and a civilian.

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North Haven Courier

Jennifer Kozniewski’s goal is to enhance education through the use of technology in the classroom. Photo by Greg Kozniewski

Plugging North Haven Schools into Tech

Published Aug. 29, 2018 08:30 a.m.

It’s a new problem but a widespread one, too: how do you put technology into the hands of kids while still protecting them? At North Haven Public Schools (NHPS), Jennifer Kozniewski has been finding creative answers to that question and many more for the past year.

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North Haven Courier

After his retirement from UI in June 2018, Richard LoPresti offered to volunteer his free time to continue working toward the economic development of North Haven. 

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Richard LoPresti Takes on More Work in North Haven

Published Aug. 22, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Richard LoPresti loves to keep busy. He spent 32 years working in the housing and economic departments at the state level before returning to North Haven to become the chairman of the town’s Economic Development Commission in 2011.

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North Haven Courier

Though Bob DePalma has retired from his 31 years on the North Haven police force, he doesn’t see his next step as retirement. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Officer Bob Goes Back to School

Published Aug. 15, 2018 08:30 a.m.

For retired sergeant Bob DePalma, policing is all about learning—which makes his latest posting all the more fitting.

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North Haven Courier

Local musician Vinnie Carr, who kicked off North Haven’s Music Under the Stars Concert series earlier this summer, has entered semi-retirement, which for him just means he gets to play solely at his favorite locales. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Entertainer Vinnie Carr Isn’t Changing his Tune

Published Aug. 08, 2018 08:30 a.m.

A lot has changed in the music business over the past 40 years, but Vinnie Carr’s act isn’t one of them. He’s been coming to North Haven’s concert series for many years, bringing the same tunes that got him started with his first band in 1966.

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North Haven Courier

After nearly three decades of service, Joe D’Errico has stepped down from his spot on the Board of Police Commissioners. Photo courtesy of The Advisor

Police Commission Chair Joe D’Errico Looks Back After 27 Years

Published Aug. 01, 2018 08:30 a.m.

In his 27 years of service on the Police Board of Commissioners for 27 years, including 10 years as chair, Joe D’Errico, Sr., has seen (and started) some significant change in the police force.

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North Haven Courier

After more than 50 years as a nun, Sister Carolyn Severino is about to embark on a new mission. She’s leaving for Ireland’s Waterford Diocese, where she will undertake mission work. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

A New Mission for Sister Carolyn

Published July 25, 2018 08:30 a.m.

After a lifetime in religion, including 57 years as a nun, 10 years with St. Mary’s Church, and also serving with the Caritas Christi Center, Sister Carolyn Severino is...not retiring.

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North Haven Courier

At the Festival of Angels, Lenny Ricciardelli looks like a guy who’s taking it easy—and he is—after months of working to put the festival together. Photo courtesy of Lenny Ricciardelli

Lenny Ricciardelli: Back After Five Years

Published July 11, 2018 08:30 a.m.

You may have spotted him at a previous Festival of Angels in North Haven, but he wasn’t up on the stage or making a speech. Instead, that’s the time when festival founder Lenny Ricciardelli finally gets to sit back and relax.

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North Haven Courier

Bob DeMayo recently coached his 900th win for North Haven High School (NHHS) baseball—more than any other high school baseball coach in Connecticut’s history.

Photo courtesy of Bob DeMayo

Bob DeMayo: Meet Connecticut’s Winningest Baseball Coach

Published July 03, 2018 08:00 a.m.

Bob DeMayo recently coached his 900th win for North Haven High School (NHHS) baseball—more than any other high school baseball coach in Connecticut’s history.

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North Haven Courier

David Hass volunteers his services as a physician to uninsured patients with urgent medical needs through Project Access-New Haven. Photo courtesy of David Hass

David Hass: Turning Physicians into Leaders

Published June 27, 2018 08:00 a.m.

Doctors are likely some of the best educated among us—but many important skills, such as leadership, are not part of their training. David Hass wants to change that.

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North Haven Courier

On June 21, Francesco Spirlì will step up to the podium to deliver his valedictorian address at the North Haven High School Class of 2018 Commencement Exercises. Is he nervous? “Ecstatic,” he says. Photo courtesy of Francesco Spirlì

Francesco Spirlì is at the Top of his Class

Published June 20, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Francesco Spirlì is a man of many accomplishments—and he’s just getting started. Francesco is graduating from North Haven High School on June 21 as the Class of 2018’s valedictorian.

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North Haven Courier

Rich DiPalma enjoys exploring his Italian heritage with wine, song, farming, and his love of the language itself. Photo courtesy of Rich DiPalma

Rich DiPalma: Finding Peace in the Digital Age

Published June 13, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Rich DiPalma of North Haven could sing in Italian before he could speak it.

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North Haven Courier

Christina Montanari led the planning for the Ridge Road School PTA family benefit concert on the North Haven Green on June 3, and you may also see her back on the green at the upcoming summer concerts selling Happy Meal coupons to help raise funds for an all-inclusive playground at Ridge Road Elementary. Photo by Susan Lambert/The Courier

Christina Montanari: Recess for All

Published June 06, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Christina Montanari has a personal investment in Ridge Road Elementary School’s push for a new accessible and inclusive playground.

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North Haven Courier

Karen Olson writes 1,000 words a day. The prolific mystery author says a book typically takes about three months. Photo courtesy of Karen Olson

Karen Olson: 1,000 Words a Day

Published May 30, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Karen Olson of North Haven has written a dozen novels—but none of them are the novel she would have pictured herself writing back when she was an English major at Roanoke College.

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North Haven Courier

Cindy Kern visited the Great Pyramid of Giza with her husband, Jason, and son, Khorbin, on her recent trip to Egypt. 

Photo courtesy of Cindy Kern

Cindy Kern: Teaching Teachers

Published May 23, 2018 08:30 a.m.

As director of Quinnipiac University’s Science Teaching & Learning Center (QUeST-LC) and a member of its School of Education faculty, Cindy Kern of North Haven is a teacher of teachers.

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North Haven Courier

Joe DeLorenzo channels his inner child at Six Flags New England. Joe is working on assembling a toy museum for Connecticut. Photo by Roger Chaput

Meet ‘Toyologist’ Joe DeLorenzo

Published May 16, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Not many people can say that a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle jumpstarted them onto their career path, but that is the case for Joe DeLorenzo of North Haven.

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North Haven Courier

Joanne Broga knits hats and lap warmers for veterans, baby blankets and hats for children at the Smilow Cancer Hospital, and encourages others to donate their time, too. 

Photo courtesy of Jo Ann Buccetti

Joanne Broga: Sharing a Passion for Knitting

Published May 09, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Joanne Broga of North Haven loves to knit. She makes hats and lap warmers for veterans at the V.A., prayer shawls for St. Frances Cabrini Church, colorful baby blankets and hats for children at the Smilow Cancer Hospital, and winter hats for children with special needs at ACES school.

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North Haven Courier

SARAH, Inc.’s new executive director, Denise Henry (far right) is guiding the agency into the future while honoring a legacy fostered by retired executive director Patricia Bourne (left) and dedicated lifelong supporters such as Diana Morris (center).

Photo courtesy of SARAH, Inc.

Henry Leads Proactive, Person-Centric SARAH, Inc.

Published May 02, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Proactive and person-centric. Those are two words you’ll hear often from SARAH, Inc.’s new executive director, Denise Henry.

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North Haven Courier

Animal Haven President Linda Marino addressed an eager crowd at the April 19 ribbon cutting for the renovated Animal Haven shelter. Photo by Emily McColl/The Courier

Linda Marino: An Advocate for Animals

Published April 25, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Linda Marino has always loved animals. As a child, that mostly centered on caring for the cats and dogs people kept as pets, but as she saw more of the world, that appreciation and concern grew.

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North Haven Courier

Charles Collier of North Haven has touched the lives of more than 5,000 students; his goal is to increase the number of minority students entering the field of medicine.

Photo courtesy of Charles Collier

Charles Collier: The Kingmaker

Published April 18, 2018 08:30 a.m.

For Charles Collier of North Haven, his life’s goal hasn’t been personal success, but enabling others to attain their dreams.

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North Haven Courier

As volunteer program manager for the Agency on Aging, Cherie Strucaly is a familiar face at the North Haven Senior Center, linking volunteers looking for an opportunity to help with seniors in need. Photo courtesy of Cherie Strucaly

Cherie Strucaly, Linking Senior to Senior

Published April 04, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Cherie Strucaly was introduced to volunteering by her mother and grandmother as a child and now, the community service piece of her life is the one she is most passionate about.

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North Haven Courier

Garrett Sheehan is the new president of the Quinnipiac and Greater New Haven chambers of commerce. Photo courtesy of Nicole Salvatore

Garrett Sheehan: Improving the Business Climate

Published March 28, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Garrett Sheehan says the transition to his new role as president of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce and the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce has been fairly easy because he gets to focus on what he loves to talk about every day: the economic development of Connecticut.

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East Haven Courier

As Area Cooperative Education Services (ACES) executive director of 32 years, Peter C. Young was a groundbreaking leader who fostered the growth and progress of the organization. In retirement, he continues to assist as a board member of the ACES Education Foundation. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Peter C. Young: Helping ACES Help Children

Published March 21, 2018 08:30 a.m.

As the longest-serving executive director of Area Cooperative Educational Services (ACES) and now, in retirement, a pivotal member of the ACES Education Foundation board, Peter C. Young has dedicated himself to helping ACES help children.

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North Haven Courier

Accomplished novelist Chandra Prasad has published her first young adult novel, Damselfly, a modern version of the Lord of the Flies. Photo courtesy of Chandra Prasad

Chandra Prasad: Adding New Voices to Classic Lit

Published March 14, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Chandra Prasad’s latest work and first young adult novel, 'Damselfly', stems from an idea she had as a middle school student in North Haven.

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North Haven Courier

Tammy Ciaburri is the friendly voice on the end of the line at the Selectman’s Office and she enjoys her busy job helping residents get answers to their questions.

Photo courtesy of Tammy Ciaburri

Tammy Ciaburri: Helping North Haven with a Smile

Published March 07, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Got a question about North Haven and don’t know who can answer it?

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North Haven Courier

“Givers gain” is more than a motto for Business Network International North Haven member George Smith—his giving ways have led to him winning this year’s Member of the Year award. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

George Smith: Helping the Business Community

Published Feb. 28, 2018 08:30 a.m.

George Smith likes being a conduit to connect people, whether it’s business to business, business to community, or community to business. George says supporting local businesses helps the community in more ways than one.

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North Haven Courier

As principal at ACES Village School, Ginny Tagliatela celebrates her students’ overcoming challenges, large and small. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Virginia Tagliatela: A Passion for Special Education

Published Feb. 21, 2018 08:30 a.m.

As a high school freshman at Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden, Virginia “Ginny” Tagliatela began volunteering at a school and an adult facility for individuals with disabilities in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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North Haven Courier

Bob Bishop enjoyed a long and happy career at Pratt & Whitney and has donated pictures and memorabilia from the company to the Town of North Haven. Here, Bob is wearing the watch he received for 30 years service, and the ring for 35 years service, at Pratt & Whitney. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Bob Bishop Talks Growing Up at Pratt & Whitney

Published Feb. 14, 2018 08:30 a.m.

For decades, Pratt & Whitney was an important name in North Haven—not only for the money it generated for the town as the largest employer, but also for the memories of the many local people it employed.

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