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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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North Haven Courier

Holly LaPrade (left) of North Haven is working to raise awareness of fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP), a disease so uncommon that she and Jasmin Floyd (right) are the only two in the state with FOP. Photo courtesy of Holly LaPrade

Holly LaPrade Focuses on Finding the Positives

Published Nov. 29, 2017 08:30 a.m.

North Haven resident Holly LaPrade was diagnosed a rare genetic bone condition known as fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva or FOP, at age 16, but the diagnosis doesn’t stop her from living her life.

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North Haven Courier

Martin Carlo, Jr., shows off a photo of the old North Haven firehouse and someof the old fire engines he once worked on. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Martin Carlo, Jr. Remembers Firefighting Career, and Still Gives Back

Published Nov. 22, 2017 08:30 a.m.

A former firefighter in North Haven, Martin Carlo, Jr. has helped bring fire safety education to the community and show that firefighters give back to the community.

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North Haven Courier

Kerri Gilmore is the new assistant principal at the Mill Road School and excited by the opportunity to work directly with all students to learn and spread kindness in the community. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Kerri Gilmore: Teaching with Kindness

Published Nov. 15, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Classroom teacher, special education teacher, assistant principal; Kerri Gilmore has done all these jobs and kept her work right where her heart is: ACES Mill Road School in North Haven.

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North Haven Courier

Most people know Steve Fontana as the town’s representative in Hartford for 14 years, but six years on, he’s still busy with roles including president of the North Haven Trail Association and Montowese Volunteer Fire Association secretary. 

Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Steve Fontana: Committed to Town Service

Published Nov. 08, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Whether from his time as state representative or his service in local organizations, Steve Fontana is a very familiar name in North Haven.

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North Haven Courier

Classic police car collector Ted Stockmon is North Haven Police Department’s longest-serving patrol officer. 

Photo courtesy of Ted Stockmon

Ted Stockmon: Patrol Officer and Vintage Enthusiast

Published Nov. 01, 2017 08:30 a.m.

As a police officer, Theodore “Ted” Stockmon is now halfway through his 32nd year serving the town. He’s still out on patrol, but he’s also involved in town and has fun with some of his unique collections.

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North Haven Courier

North Haven High School special education teacher Mike Proto is an advocate for veterans in and out of the school community. He’s helping the First Priority club organize a veteran’s benefit concert on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at the high school.

Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Mike Proto: Honoring Veterans with a Concert

Published Oct. 25, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Attending a concert on Wednesday, Nov. 15 will do more than put you in front of some great local musicians: the evening is a way to honor veterans and their families, and is also a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project.

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North Haven Courier

Paulette DeMaio leads a local team of volunteers who clean up the yards of local veterans, honoring their service in a tangible way on Veteran’s Day.

Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Paulette DeMaio: Helping Veterans on Veteran’s Day

Published Oct. 18, 2017 08:30 a.m.

A few years ago, Paulette DeMaio saw social media posts about Veteran’s Day and was motivated to start an event to assist local veterans. This year, she and a team of volunteers will visit the homes of veterans on Saturday, Nov. 11 to clean-up leaves as a way of giving back to those who served.

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