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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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North Haven Courier

“Comedian-slash-mother” Lisa Donnan has a growing following on Twitter, and is making a new career for herself in stand-up. Whether online or on stage, she relishes making a connection with her audience. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Lisa Donnan: Make ’em Laugh

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

Carol Burnett once described comedy as tragedy, plus time.

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North Haven Courier

The North Haven Historical Society’s mission is bringing an appreciation of local history to life, and member Kathy Prentiss does her part through her engaging displays at the library. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Kathy Prentiss Displays Love of History

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

Several fun and informative displays by the local historical society greet visitors in the foyer of the North Haven Memorial Library. These impressive exhibits are the work of avid library member

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North Haven Courier

A digital analytics implementation expert by day, Amanda Gabriele is invested in ensuring all kids have opportunities to learn, locally through her work on the Board of Education and PTA, and internationally through volunteering with People Investing in People.

Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Amanda Gabriele: Having Fun While Serving the Community

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

Growing up, Amanda Gabriele’s parents stressed to her that civic involvement isn’t optional, it’s necessary. One can see that she’s applied that in her life now, as she was recently elected to the Board of Education (BOE) in November and even brought a former White House deputy chief of staff to town.

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North Haven Courier

Safety First: Hubie Chidsey is hard to miss due to his crossing guard garb, which he wears each morning and afternoon in front of the North Haven Middle School as he referees traffic. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Hubie Chidsey: Making Sure Kids are Safe

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

In his fourth year as a crossing guard at North Haven Middle School (NHMS), Hubert “Hubie” Chidsey has faced some extra challenges directing traffic during the school’s recent renovation and cold winter months, but he enjoys his interactions with people at the school, and makes sure everyone is safe.

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North Haven Courier

Bus driver Deanna Fusco or “Miss D” helps local children start and end their school day with a smile. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

A Fun Bus Ride with Deanna Fusco

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

Students and parents in town may well be familiar with a school bus driver nicknamed “Miss D,” as the woman behind the name, Deanna Fusco goes above and beyond to make sure kids on her bus have an enjoyable and safe ride to and from school.

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North Haven Courier

An attorney who once regularly traveled the country for his firm, Joseph Solimene chose to stay closer to his kids, starting his own practice in town and serving on both the Board of Education and Planning & Zoning Commission. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Joseph Solimene: Setting an Example of Giving Back

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

People in town may be familiar with Joseph Solimene for a number of reasons; he’s now a member of the Board of Education (BOE), an alternate on the Planning & Zoning Commission (PZC), and is an attorney whose office is in town, among other things.

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North Haven Courier

Peter Conte has been helping local causes close to his heart. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Peter Conte: Getting Involved, Staying Involved

Published Dec. 20, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Peter Conte is one of those go-to guys—when his wife Donna’s best friend was moving back to Connecticut from Virginia, it was Peter who flew down to Virginia to drive a U-Haul truck back.

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North Haven Courier

After serving his community and his country in a number of ways over the years, Bill Pieper is now serving the town as a selectman. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Bill Pieper: Ready to Serve North Haven

Published Dec. 13, 2017 08:30 a.m.

After the November elections, the Board of Selectmen (BOS) is set for the next two years, and the three-person board’s one new member is William “Bill” Pieper, who’ll be serving in the role of second selectman.

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North Haven Courier

From efforts like ensuring kids get vision screenings through the Lions Club to ensuring everyone can see clearly via LED light installations aided by the Clean Energy Task Force, Alan Sturtz is doing his part for North Haven. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

North Haven Lions: A Small Group with a Big Impact

Published Dec. 06, 2017 08:30 a.m.

While Alan Sturtz may be known throughout town for his time in politics, including challenging First Selectman Michael Freda in the elections last month, he’s also active in the community in other ways.

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