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North Haven Courier

North Haven native Joseph Murgo is now a police lieutenant serving as public information officer for the East Haven Police Department. The creator of the “You’re probably from North Haven, CT if…” Facebook page, he has also used that social media savvy to keep the public informed about his department’s successes and challenges.

Photo courtesy of Joseph Murgo

Joe Murgo: Protect, Serve, and Inform

Published Jan. 16, 2019 08:30 a.m.

With lessons learned in North Haven, Lieutenant Joseph Murgo helps to tell the East Haven Police Department’s news in a changing world as its public information officer.

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North Haven Courier

North Haven High School grad and Wheaton College history major Marisa Hexter recently gave a presentation on five forgotten women from North Haven’s history at the North Haven Memorial Library. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Marisa Hexter: Sharing North Haven’s Hidden History

Published Jan. 09, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Marisa Hexter is bringing the unexpected and unacknowledged women out of North Haven’s historical archives and back into the public eye. Exploring lost histories is a part of her studies as a history major.

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North Haven Courier

At 88, Fran Bartlett has spent 62 years in town and she’s never stopped being involved in one way or another. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Active Hands, Active Mind, Active Life

Published Jan. 02, 2019 08:30 a.m.

“I’m not one of these people that worries about the age. To me, it’s a number,” Fran says. “I’m just an active person.”

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North Haven Courier

Bethany Zemba is Quinnipiac’s new vice president and chief of staff. She brings 15 years of experience at Yale to the brand new position. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Bethany Zemba Takes a New Job in an Old Role at Quinnipiac University

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

Bethany Zemba has experienced a lot of new roles in her life, including mother, coach, and educational professional. Now, after 15 years at Yale University, Bethany has another new role: vice president and chief of staff at Quinnipiac University.

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North Haven Courier

Nick Giordano’s gingerbread house was featured in the Magical Elf House on Dec. 8 and 9. His gingerbread making started as a holiday tradition and grew into an intricate puzzle. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Nick Giordano: Cracking the Gingerbread Code

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

What do gingerbread, baseball, and murder mysteries have in common? Nick Giordano might say it’s the puzzle involved.

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North Haven Courier

Andrea Brow helps to find new adopters for horses, like Mystery, who have been retired to Cranbury Horse Auction, in danger of being sent to slaughter through networking.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Andrea Brow: For Each Retired Horse, a Home

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

North Haven resident Andrea Brow has been riding horses since she was two years old. Now, she helps to rescue those horses who have finished their working lives.

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North Haven Courier

Barbara Kenniston will retire from 30 years as paraprofessional at Green Acres Elementary School at the end of December. She says it was a learning experience for her as well as the kids. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Three Decades of Teaching and Learning

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

Barbara Kenniston has seen 30 years at just one school. During her years as a paraprofessional, she learned many things, but most of all: “Green Acres is the place to be!”

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North Haven Courier

Sasha Turner of North Haven is associate professor of history at Quinnipiac University. Her ability to show new perspective on previously accepted themes is one reason she was recognized as the 2018 faculty scholar in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Photo courtesy of Sasha Turner

Finding the Forgotten Voices in History

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

Sasha Turner initially saw studying history as an entryway into the law profession. But after a particular facet of Caribbean history caught her attention, her career path was drastically altered. Now an associate professor history at Quinnipiac University (QU) College of Arts & Sciences, she teaches with a perspective she hopes will inspire who students.

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North Haven Courier

Elf Mother Jill DeChello of Winc Promotions of North Haven rounds up some final touches to bring to the shoreline’s Magical Elf House in Guilford. Photo courtesy of Jill DeChello

Ready for the Big Reveal: Jill DeChello Opens Magical Elf House to the Public

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

Once upon a time, there were three very creative Christmas Fairies—let’s call them Judi, Jennifer, and Ramona—and one very busy Elf Mother—let’s call her Jill. For two years, they’ve been planning a very special event, The Magical Elf House, and now, it’s nearly time for the big reveal.

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North Haven Courier

Envisioning a career as an opera star, Mark Bailey was advised to improve his stage presence through ballet; today, as artistic director and a conductor of the American Baroque Orchestra, he puts those skills to good use. Photo courtesy of Mark Bailey

Mark Bailey: A Series of Happy Accidents

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

Like most people who end up with a profession in music, Mark Bailey started when he was young. Between his school’s music program and begging his parents for lessons, Mark quickly picked up a lot of musical skills.

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North Haven Courier

Sister Jacinta Akudo Ibe sees her vocation as represented by a candle that gives its wax to make light. Today, she shares her light by teaching at the Sacred Heart of Jesus school. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Making a Home in a Land Not Her Own

Published Oct. 31, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Sister Jacinta Akudo Ibe has dedicated her life to her faith, a vocation that translates to teaching children here in North Haven through a service that crosses the globe.

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North Haven Courier

For North Haven’s Matt Stevens, art isn’t just a subject he teaches, it’s also a second career—and a way for his students to see and interpret the image-driven world around them. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Matt Stevens: Teaching Tools to Interact with a Visual World

Published Oct. 24, 2018 08:30 a.m.

As one of three art teachers at East Haven High School, North Haven’s Matt Stevens is tasked with teaching his students to create art and navigate our increasingly digital world.

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North Haven Courier

A recent cancer survivor, Kathleen Bonvicini has approached life with a new perspective and new purpose. Part of that began last year with a volunteer trip to Tanzania, and wrapped up last month with a trek to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Bonvicini Returns from Mount Kilimanjaro Fundraiser Climb

Published Oct. 17, 2018 08:30 a.m.

She went to Tanzania for the first time last year on a volunteer vacation, working in a village near the mountain.

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North Haven Courier

A longtime volunteer and first responder, Tom Muir plans to return to his duties with the fire police for more years of service as soon as he is able.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Tom Muir: Dedicated to Serving North Haven

Published Oct. 10, 2018 08:30 a.m.

As a lifelong North Haven resident and a veteran of several facets of public safety, Tom Muir is a dedicated member of the community. He’s worked as an ambulance technician, a member of the fire-police, and is today a certified pistol and shotgun instructor.

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North Haven Courier

Intervention specialist Liam Callahan displays his classroom refrigerator door in North Haven Middle School. In Liam’s classroom, when a student completes praise-worthy work, it goes up on the class fridge. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Callahan Makes Connections at NHMS

Published Oct. 03, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Liam Callahan has a quote on the whiteboard in his classroom at North Haven Middle School (NHMS) from Maya Angelou.

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North Haven Courier

Eileen Pettit retired to Florida after a 30 years in the North Haven Recreation Department filled with concerts, tree lightings, and summer camps. Photo courtesy of Eileen Pettit

Eileen Pettit: Three Decades of Concerts, Camps, and Community

Published Sep. 26, 2018 08:30 a.m.

In May, Eileen Pettit retired from her position as assistant director of recreation, leaving a busy schedule of summer camps and concerts after 30 years in the department.

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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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