February 24, 2020
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North Haven Courier

After a career as a research scientist in the pharmaceutical industry, Marlene Thorp has combined her results-oriented expertise and her creative skills to keep her elders engaged through her role as program coordinator at the North Haven Senior Center. 

Photo by Elizabeth Reinhart/The Courier

Marlene Thorp: A Creative Flair and Seamless Planning for Seniors

Published Feb. 19, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Scientific theorists once believed that humans were either “right-brained” or “left-brained,...

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East Haven Courier

Alex Blank and his partners—his wife Bridget Blank and company founder Brian Ewing—are giving new brewers a chance to reach wider markets through the Twelve Percent Beer Project. Photo by Elizabeth Reinhart/The Courier

Alex Blank: Making Complex Beers Look Simple

Published Feb. 12, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Alex Blank is one of the masterminds behind a unique business model—Twelve Percent Beer Project—with a brewery and tap room that opened in North Haven on July 1 of last year.

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North Haven Courier

For the past five years, Donna Meador has volunteered at The Animal Haven walking dogs and training volunteers. Photo courtesy of Donna Meador

Donna Meadors Pays It Forward at The Animal Haven

Published Feb. 05, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Donna Meadors and her golden retriever, Shane, spent years taking a daily two-mile walk.

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North Haven Courier

Jim Stenqvist has worked with the North Haven Clean Energy Task Force for the past three years. Photo courtesy of Jim Stenqvist

Jim Stenqvist Helps North Haven Go Green and Save Money

Published Jan. 29, 2020 08:30 a.m.

For the past three years, Jim Stenqvist has been involved in the North Haven Clean Energy Task Force.

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North Haven Courier

For the past several years, Lynn Fredricksen has been involved in planning the Mayflower Society’s annual banquet, which will be held on Jan. 25. Photo courtesy of Lynn Fredricksen

Lynn Fredricksen Continues Mayflower Society Tradition as Toastmaster

Published Jan. 22, 2020 08:30 a.m.

This weekend marks the Mayflower Society’s 125th annual banquet. For the past several years, Lynn Fredricksen ...

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North Haven Courier

For Patryce Murphy Cintron, skiing (and snowboarding) are more than sport—they’re family traditions she’s actively working to share with others.

Photo courtesy of Patryce Murphy Cintron

Patryce Murphy Cintron Continues Family Skiing Tradition

Published Jan. 15, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Patryce Murphy Cintron has been skiing since she was a young child—and she’s hoping to entice others into it, as vice president of the North Haven Ski Club.

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North Haven Courier

North Haven filmmaker Ashley Brandon is making her second trip to the Sundance Film Festival as an exhibitor later this month.

Photo courtesy of Ashley Brandon

Brandon Heads Back to Sundance

Published Jan. 08, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Since arriving in North Haven in 2017 after taking a position as assistant professor of film, television, and media arts at Quinnipiac University, Ashley Brandon quickly cast her filmmaker’s eye around her new environs and found a local music and culture program that inspired her to co-direct a short documentary, which was recently selected to make its world premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, which runs Thursday, Jan. 23 to Sunday, Feb. 2 in Utah.

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North Haven Courier

Helping find pathways to success has been a passion for Ray Degnan, whether it be in the classroom or on the field. Photo courtesy of Ray Degnan

Ray Degnan: Building Community On and Off the Field

Published Dec. 25, 2019 08:30 a.m.

When Raymond “Ray” Degnan III enrolled at Boston College for his bachelor’s degree, “I was dead set on becoming an attorney,” he says.

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North Haven Courier

Robert Snurkowski is happily settling into his role as community services senior clerk for the Town of North Haven, coordinating stock at the food pantry (shown here) as well as helping neighbors in need address heating needs for the winter season.

Photo by Elizabeth Reinhart/The Courier

North Haven’s Food Bank Program in Good Hands

Published Dec. 18, 2019 08:30 a.m.

In the short time that he has held the position of community services senior clerk, Robert Snurkowski’s professional and up-beat personality has already made a difference in the lives of hundreds of residents in North Haven.

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North Haven Courier

Longtime North Haven resident and dance studio owner Michelle Bonavena is invested in bringing arts lto life in her hometown. Her latest project is choreographing The New Year Nutcracker, a new twist on the classic that will run Saturday, Jan. 4 at the High Lane Club.

Photo by Elizabeth Reinhart/The Courier

Michelle Bonavena Brings ‘The New Year Nutcracker’ to North Haven

Published Dec. 11, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Michelle Bonavena’s passion for the arts has enabled a host of talented individuals and groups to come together to perform a new rendition of a beloved Christmas classic, titled The New Year Nutcracker, which will run Saturday, Jan. 4 at the High Lane Club, 40 High Lane, North Haven at 5 p.m.

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North Haven Courier

Since age 14, Lisa Gilmore has been involved with staging the Kids for Kids, Dancing for Life, Inc., annual Makin’ It Special Christmas Show, which this year comes to the North Haven High School Auditorium on Saturday, Dec. 7. Photo courtesy of Lisa Gilmore

Lisa Gilmore: ‘Makin’ It Special’ for Kids

Published Dec. 04, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Each year, Kids for Kids, Dancing for Life, Inc., hosts the annual Makin’ It Special Christmas Show, collecting unwrapped toys for children in need in the area. Since the show started just a few years after the organization was founded in 1994, Lisa Gilmore has had a hand in making it special.

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North Haven Courier

You may know Justin Appi as Sir Knight Justin Appi, a 4th degree Knight of Columbus. Through the Knights’ Father James F. Donaher Council 3733 in North Haven, Justin works to give back to the community and country he loves. Photo courtesy of Justin Appi

Justin Appi: What It Means to Be a Knight

Published Nov. 27, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Justin Appi doesn’t take anything for granted.

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North Haven Courier

Scott Martus has been North Haven’s deputy fire chief of operations since 2017.

Photo by Elizbeth Reinhart/The Courier

Scott Martus’ Passion for Firefighting and Excellence in Training Burns Bright

Published Nov. 20, 2019 08:30 a.m.

As Deputy Fire Chief of Operations, Scott Martus ensures that North Haven firefighters have the skills they need to offer aid to the public

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North Haven Courier

Janelle Chiasera hit the ground running as new dean of the School of Health Sciences at Quinnipiac University last month. Photo by Lisa Consorte

New Dean at Quinnipiac, Janelle Chiasera, Is Committed to Excellence

Published Nov. 13, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Though a newcomer to North Haven, Janelle Chiasera is already making a difference.

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North Haven Courier

Walter Brockett’s hand-crafted bat box was a big hit at a recent Daytime Gardeners meeting. Photo by Elizabeth Reinhart/The Courier

Family’s Legacy in North Haven Lives On Through Walt Brockett

Published Oct. 30, 2019 08:30 a.m.

For most Americans in 1957, the Russian’s launch of Sputnik was a historical event that altered the global political and scientific climate.

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North Haven Courier

Friends of the North Haven Library President Eileen Fletcher has long appreciated the gifts a library gives its community.

Photo by Elizabeth Reinhart/The Courier

Eileen Fletcher: A Driving Force Behind Library Friends Activities

Published Oct. 23, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Eileen Fletcher may be small in stature, but she has a big impact on the community, especially as president of Friends of the North Haven Library.

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North Haven Courier

Scott Ward’s bat expertise will be shared with attendees at the Tuesday, Oct. 22 Daytime gardeners meeting, which is open to the public. Photo by Elizabeth Reinhart/The Courier

Scott Ward Hopes to Dispel Bats Myths

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

Halloween may conjure images of bats as a scary species, but they are anything but dangerous to people, according to bat rehabilitator Scott Ward.

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North Haven Courier

Lifelong North Haven resident Sandy Stetson is one of the forces behind the upcoming forum, “The Plague of Plastics and What You Can Do About It” at the North Haven High School auditorium on Thursday, Oct, 17. Photo by Elizabeth Reinhart/The Courier

Sandy Stetson Brings Worldwide Environmental Issue Home

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

On Thursday, Oct. 17, Sandy Stetson will be rewarded for bringing public awareness to an issue that’s of great importance to her personally and as secretary of the North Haven Conservation Commission. With Sandy’s help, the commission will host a forum, “The Plague of Plastics and What You Can Do About It” at the North Haven High School auditorium from 7 to 9 p.m.

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North Haven Courier

Artist Alan James was recently filmed for an episode of Put Some Colour in your Life in his studio. Photo courtesy of Alan James

Bringing Art from Connecticut to Australia

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

With the click of a button on his computer’s keyboard, award winning impressionist watercolor artist and North Haven native Alan James was able to fulfill one of his bucket list experiences.

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North Haven Courier

Maria Carofano, an Animal Haven volunteer and board member, is one of the organizers of Dogtoberfest, an event to be held on the North Haven Green on Sunday, Oct. 6. 

Photo courtesy of Maria Carofano

Love of Animals Leads to Volunteer Opportunities for Maria Carofano

Published Sep. 25, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Until very recently, Maria Carofano was afraid of dogs. Now she is one of the key organizers of Dogtoberfest, a fundraiser for The Animal Haven that will be held on Sunday, Oct. 6 from noon to 3 p.m. on the North Haven Green.

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North Haven Courier

Sue Iverson has been an active volunteer with the North Haven Historical Society & Museums for more than 20 years. Photo courtesy of Sue Iverson

Historic Home Purchase Leads to Two Decades of Volunteerism for Sue Iverson

Published Sep. 18, 2019 08:30 a.m.

More than 20 years ago, Sue Iverson and her husband, Robert, were looking to purchase a home.

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North Haven Courier

Among her many community commitments, Pat Buonpane leads tours for the North Haven Historical Society. 

File photo by Jessica Smith/The Courier

Patricia Buonpane: A Mainstay of North Haven

Published Sep. 11, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Pat Buonpane defines herself as a talker.

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North Haven Courier

LuAnn Buono, a longtime volunteer with the North Haven Rotary Club, is looking forward to the upcoming The North Haven Rotary’s 18th Annual Day of Wine, Steins & Roses on Sunday, Sept. 22 where she will be helping to serve the wine.

Photo courtesy of LuAnn Buono

LuAnn Buono is Living Rotary’s Motto of ‘Service About Self’ Lots of Work, Tons of Fun

Published Sep. 04, 2019 08:30 a.m.

LuAnn Buono is really looking forward to the North Haven Rotary’s 18th annual Day of Wine, Steins, & Roses event coming up on Sunday, Sept. 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Forget Me Not Flower Shop on State Street in North Haven.

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North Haven Courier

North Haven Fair Association Vice-president Jeanne Lewis is excited for the upcoming fair, which runs from Thursday to Sunday, Sept. 5 to 8, as well as many other upcoming events hosted on the fairgrounds. The link between all the events—and all her volunteer activities—is fostering family. Photo courtesy of Jeanne Lewis

A Fair to Bring Families Together

Published Aug. 28, 2019 08:30 a.m.

For Jeanne Lewis, volunteering is a part of life.

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North Haven Courier

Ginny Caroleo will start the new school year, along with her student Dante Chiappetta, at North Haven Middle School, though Ginny was so inspired by her experience at Clintonville Elementary School she successfully nominated it as one of the Nicest Places in America. Photo courtesy of Ginny Caroleo

Caroleo Puts Clintonville Elementary on the Map for ‘Nicest Places in America’

Published Aug. 21, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Ginny Caroleo has worked in the education field for nearly 20 years, working as a special education paraprofessional at Clintonville Elementary School (CES) for the past two years.

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North Haven Courier

Justin Hoffman, a 2010 North Haven High School alum, recently completed a nearly 3,600 mile bicycle trip across the U.S. to raise funds for the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.

Photo by Aviva Luria/The Courier

A Ride from Sea to Shining Sea

Published Aug. 14, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Of those who’ve never done a long-distance bike ride, few would choose to start off with a nearly 3,600 mile trek across the country.

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North Haven Courier

A life of travel based on compassionate causes has given Alden Mead a wealth of memories—and often keepsakes—from around the globe. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Alden Mead: Headed Where He’s Needed

Published Aug. 07, 2019 08:00 a.m.

The first time Alden Mead traveled was as a soldier heading to Vietnam. That experience led to a life of world travel, mostly conducting medical research but also working to end whaling practices, among other efforts.

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North Haven Courier

Faye Clarke has spent a lifetime caring for others through nursing, through political advocacy, and most of all through teaching. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Faye Clarke: A Career of Caring About People

Published July 31, 2019 08:30 a.m.

In her nearly 63 years as a North Haven citizen, Faye Clarke has focused on nursing and politics. But above all, Faye has dedicated her life to teaching.

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North Haven Courier

North Haven Land trust member Heidi Boettger preserves important habitats from her own home by growing milkweed, an important source of food for monarch butterflies, which are known to rest in the area on their long migration south. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Heidi Boettger: Protecting Open Spaces

Published July 24, 2019 08:30 a.m.

As a past president of the North Haven Land Trust (NHLT), Heidi Boettger says her goal is to preserve the town’s open spaces. Though many people may not know where the NHLT preserves public land, she says it’s all about saving important habitats and contributing to the character of the town.

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North Haven Courier

Diversity is important to Isabel Alvarez Galeano. That’s partly why she helped connect the North Haven Rotary Club to her hometown in Colombia.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Isabel Alvarez Galeano: Making It Happen

Published July 17, 2019 08:30 a.m.

For Isabel Alvarez Galeano, joining the Rotary Club four years ago felt like coming home.

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