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Guilford Courier

Guilford’s Katie Trainer, music teacher at the North Branford High School, is the winds instructor for the East Haven/North Branford Co-Op Marching Band that recently took home a second win in the state-wide and New England championships. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Katie Trainer: Taking Playing Together to the Next Level

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

As an educator and a musician, Katie Trainer always strives to find new ways to bring people and music together. She started with music at a young age and soon decided to make a career of it.

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Guilford Courier

Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Anne Keene has made an important impact on Guilford Public Schools (GPS) during her 20-year tenure, and is working hard to make the most of every moment in her final school year with GPS. She’ll retire from GPS in June. Photo by Pam Johnson/Guilford Courier

‘The Most Important Thing’: A Thoughtful Gift to Guilford Schools From Dr. Anne Keene

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

Twenty years ago, Dr. Anne Keene started a tradition of reading a children’s book at convocation, the annual back-to-school gathering of Guilford Public School (GPS) teachers and administrators.

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Guilford Courier

Thea Martin is an attorney, mediator, yoga teacher, mom, and wife who volunteers at the Women & Family Life Center to lead divorce workshops, including the upcoming Adapt program on Saturday, Jan. 12. Photo courtesy of Thea Martin

Thea Martin: Real Change Starts at Home

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

When Thea Martin began pursuing her career in law, she was drawn to public policy and social justice, but as she began practicing, she found her true calling as a divorce attorney. A self-proclaimed feminist, Thea found herself fighting for women and children.

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The Source

With the end of 2018, Branford resident Ted Kennedy, Jr., concludes four years as District 12 state senator. He recently met with the The Sound at Branford’s Parthenon Diner to talk about his work on behalf of the district and the state, and what’s ahead for him next. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Two Terms, Many Accomplishments: Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jr., Concludes District 12 Legislative Service

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

Following a productive four years as a state senator, Ted Kennedy, Jr., says his decision to step away from Connecticut’s legislative landscape at the end of 2018 was difficult, but allows him to fully focus on helping to protect disability rights at very critical point in the nation’s history.

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Guilford Courier

Colleen Wall’s nurses office at Melissa Jones School is filled with heartfelt notes from students, all signs of gratitude for a much-appreciated school nurse. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Colleen Wall: Caring for Kids at MJS

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

It’s not even halfway through the school year, but Colleen Wall’s office at Melissa Jones School (MJS) is already displaying plenty of heartfelt notes from students and classroom posters decorated with adjectives like “loving, caring, kind, compassionate”—all signs of gratitude for a much-appreciated school nurse.

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Guilford Courier

As treasurer of Wesleyan Potters and a potter himself, Scott Caraway encourages his Guilford and shoreline neighbors to make a holiday shopping (or personal shopping) visit to the non-profit’s annual sale through Sunday, Dec. 9. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Caraway is a Hands-On Volunteer for Wesleyan Potters

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

As part of Wesleyan Potters, an organization built on volunteers, Scott Caraway can get pretty hands-on—and not just when he’s throwing pottery.

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Guilford Courier

With ever-expanding programs and holiday needs right around the corner, Community Dining Room Volunteer Coordinator Courtney Rosenberg welcomes volunteer help, donations, and other assistance from individuals, schools, businesses, and organizations. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Gathering Volunteers, Donations for Community Dining Room

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

Somehow, Community Dining Room (CDR) Volunteer Coordinator Courtney Rosenberg never fails to rise to the challenge of rounding up enough volunteers to staff and/or help donate to ever-expanding programs; fill CDR’s kitchen crew with prep, cook, service, and clean up volunteers dishing up 50 to 90 meals per day (365 days a year); and line up drivers for 70 to 75 home deliveries sent out several days a week.

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Guilford Courier

As director of retail operations for Zane’s Cycles, Tom Girard loves collaborating with Guilford’s Roots4Relief on the charity’s annual Wishing Wheels Holiday Bike Drive. Donations are being accepted now to help provide brand-new Zane’s Cycles kids’ bikes (foreground) at cost. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Helping Zane’s Cycles Support Roots4Relief’s ‘Wishing Wheels’

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

As director of retail operations for Zane’s Cycles, Tom Girard has helped tie the Branford-based company into plenty of feel-good events. But he’s quickly learned there’s nothing quite like collaborating with Guilford’s Roots4Relief on the charity’s annual Wishing Wheels Holiday Bike Drive.

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Guilford Courier

Successful pets’ rights lobbyist, non-profit founder/president, author, and singer/songwriter Lori Nicholson is reaching out to ask shoreline residents to help her new YouTube music video, “Thank God for Dogs,” go viral to bring attention to her efforts to help establish the nation’s first pet health metrics database program. Photo courtesy of Lori Nicholson

Nicholson Hopes ‘Thank God for Dogs’ Video Goes Viral to Save Pets’ Lives

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

Every time a pet goes to the vet, valuable information could be gathered and shared to help save other pets’ lives. It’s happening now in the United Kingdom (UK), yet no nationwide surveillance exists in the United States. That’s where Lori Nicholson is determined to make a difference, and she needs her shoreline neighbors to help her.

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Guilford 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: Magical Elf House Coming to the Shoreline

Published Nov. 07, 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, and now, it’s nearly time for the big reveal.

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The Sound

Resident potter for Guilford Art Center (GAC) Dana Lofink is shown here throwing one of many bowls she’s crafted to help a great cause, Soup for Good. Proceeds from the hearty soup supper, which takes place Sunday, Nov. 11, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at GAC, will support non-profit, Branford-based Community Dining Room as well as non-profit GAC. Photo courtesy of the Guilford Art Center

Lofink Goes Hands-On to Help ‘Soup for Good’

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

As the new resident potter for Guilford Art Center (GAC), Dana Lofink is going hands-on to help a great cause, GAC’s sixth annual Soup for Good. She’s had a hand in making many of the unique pottery bowls that will be given away as part of the event.

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Guilford Courier

A national spotlight is shining on Katrina Cain, a Guilford native, thanks to her appearances on NBC’s The Voice: Season 15. Cain got her singing start growing up in Guilford and is grateful for her hometown’s support. Photo courtesy of NBC’s The Voice

Guilford Native Katrina Cain Capturing Hearts on ‘The Voice’

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

Katrina Cain may call Texas home, but she’s carrying Guilford in her soul as she captures the hearts of fans nationwide on NBC’s The Voice: Season 15.

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Guilford Courier

Through statewide organizations like The Cove and Camp Erin and local groups like the Madison and Guilford ABC programs, Renée McIntyre has been a vital resource for kids dealing with grief and transition. Photo by Chris Dobbins/The Source

Renée McIntyre: Going with the Hope

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

Asked about her work or various volunteer activities, at some point Renée McIntyre will say, “It’s a privilege” about each thing she does.

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Guilford Courier

Celebrity Chef Ric Orlando returns to emcee and judge the 24th annual Men Who Cook to benefit programs of non-profit Women & Family Life Center on Sunday, Oct. 21 at the Guilford Yacht Club. Photo by Franco Vogt

Chef Ric Orlando: A Champion for Good Causes

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

He beat Bobby Flay and is a two-time Chopped champion, but when it comes to putting his star power where his heart is, Chef Ric Orlando chooses serving a good cause every time.

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Guilford Courier

As a volunteer with Shoreline Arts Alliance (SAA), Rose Marie Cushing is committed to answering the call to help with SAA’s mission to transform lives through the arts, with support from events like Costumes & Cocktails, offering Halloween fun for grown-ups on Friday, Oct. 26 at the Madison Country Club. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

From Shakespeare to Costumes & Cocktails, Cushing Supports SAA

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

When Shoreline Arts Alliance (SAA) brought Legacy Theatre’s production of Hamlet to Guilford for five nights in August, Rose Marie Cushing was at every show, passing the hat among blanket-to-blanket crowds to support non-profit SAA.

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Guilford Courier

Guilford native, radio and DJ icon, and community service volunteer extraordinaire John “Cadillac” Saville will be honored Wednesday, Oct. 3 with a Beacon Award for all that he does to assist and inspire others. Photo by Chris Dobbins/The Courier

John Saville: A Guilford Gift that Keeps on Giving

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

If you Google Guilford events, it’s highly likely that John “Cadillac” Saville will pop up in the content, and for good reason—this guy just keeps on giving back to his hometown.

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Guilford Courier

On Saturday, Oct. 6, join Peter Mousch at the Thomas Griswold House Museum, where the Guilford Keeping Society will launch its Mystery Buildings Tour II from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The downtown tour offers a rare glimpse behind the doors of some of Guilford’s most interesting 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century outbuildings and other structures. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Just the Man for the Job: Mousch Helps GKS Reveal Mystery Buildings Tour II

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

When Peter Mousch was growing up, some of downtown Guilford’s most remarkable historic homes and outbuildings were simply places were kids could play—including a Broad Street home with a Victorian-era bowling alley on the property.

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Guilford Courier

On Tuesday, Sept. 25, Ron Rosa, together with other members of the Rosa family, mark the continuation of his father’s tradition of giving back to the community with the 25th annual Bill Rosa Memorial Golf Tourney to benefit the Guilford Community Fund. 

Photo courtesy of Ron Rosa

Continuing a Legacy of Giving Back to the Community

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

When the late Bill Rosa founded an annual golf tourney to benefit the Guilford Community Fund (GCF), it was just one more way he felt he could give back to a community that had supported his family and his business, the Guilford Food Center.

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The Sound

Beginning Friday, Sept. 7, Dr. Dut Malek, DVM, opens his new practice, Lakes Veterinary Services, at 201 East Main Street in Branford. The business name is an homage to his native Lake state in the Republic of South Sudan and to his American home in the Guilford Lakes area. Photo courtesy of Dut Malek

From South Sudan to Success: Dr. Dut Malek Opens Veterinary Clinic

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

Twenty years after he first came to America, Dr. Dut Malek, DVM, is about to realize a dream: opening his own veterinary clinic.

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Guilford Courier

Guilford’s Chris Cozzi (right) has authored Me & Chris as a tribute to lessons learned through a life shared with his dog Alex. Alex also served as Cozzi’s teaching assistant in New Haven art education classrooms from 1999-2009. The book’s collage of photos, artwork, and journal entries includes a photo of student Kayla Corey as a 3rd-grader in Cozzi’s classroom with Alex; Corey (left) is shown here with Cozzi upon her high school graduation in June 2018. Photo courtesy of Chris Cozzi

Much to Learn from Cozzi and Alex in ‘Me & Chris’

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

These days, back-to-school time grows ever more bittersweet for teacher Chris Cozzi, as students who spent early years sharing their New Haven art classroom with him and his late dog, Alex, head for high school graduation.

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Guilford Courier

As cousin of team founder Stacey Hubbard, Heidi Schoenfeldt says the care Smilow professionals gave to the Hubbard family during Carl Hubbard’s cancer battle is a strong reason why she became a charter member of Carl’s Crusaders and has joined the Closer to Free Ride with the team every year. Here, Heidi gets a high-five as she crosses the finish line during a past race. Photo courtesy of Heidi Schoenfeldt

Three Speeds, One Mission for Carl’s Crusaders

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

Six years ago, Heidi Schoenfeldt got on a three-speed bike she’d picked up for rides to the beach and around town and rode 65 miles in honor of Carl Hubbard.

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Guilford Courier

A familiar face to many, Peter Perkins gives back to his hometown in many ways. On Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24 and 25, he’ll be back at the heart of the St. George Men’s Group’s popular Italian Festival, helping the all-volunteer group put on a fun event with proceeds to benefit Guilford Meals on Wheels. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Peter Perkins: Manning the Italian Fest and Much More

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

Whether he’ stirring up sauce, manning a smoker, swinging a hammer, or supporting local farming, Peter Perkins is one of those guys who, as he says, is “willing to sweat for somebody else.”

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Guilford Courier

Founder and president of non-profit Smile Anyway, Amy Johansson invites shoreline residents to come out and enjoy the Love is Louder music festival on Friday, Aug. 24 at the Owenego Beach and Tennis Club in Branford. Proceeds will benefit efforts of Smile Anyway, which has a goal of establishing a local transitional facility where young adults can join a community providing a continuum of post-rehabilitation support. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

‘Love is Louder:’ Johansson Gathers Music Fest in Support of Young Adults Battling Addiction

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

When Amy Johansson’s son needed a local transitional facility where young adults could receive comprehensive, supportive post-rehabilitation assistance for their new, sober lifestyle, there was none to be found.

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Guilford Courier

As co-chair of the Missions Committee, Diane Powers proudly shares recent honors received from Columbus House, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, and the State of Connecticut recognizing the charitable assistance of North Guilford Congregational Church (NGCC). Powers will help man the 55th annual North Guilford Country Fair and Auction at NGCC on Saturday, Aug. 18, which will give 10 percent of the day’s profits to another charitable effort supported by the church, The Small Things. The North Guilford Country Fair and Auction takes place or shine on Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at NGCC, 159 Ledge Hill Road. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

A Country Fair’s Mission

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

You could say 10 percent of every peach Diane Powers peels in the wee hours of Saturday, Aug. 18 will make an impact across the world, in Tanzania.

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Guilford Courier

History hangs all around Louise Odermatt at 100 Years of Wedding Gowns, an exhibit she’s created for the Guilford Keeping Society at the Thomas Griswold House Museum. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

A Bride’s Finest Hour: Odermatt Shares ‘100 Years of Wedding Gowns’ at Griswold House Museum

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

Odermatt Shares 100 Years of Wedding Gowns at Griswold House Museum

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Guilford Courier

Between June 24 and 29, Guilford’s Mariam Kisch participated in American Legion Auxilaries (ALA) Laurel Girls State at Post University (Waterbury) with more than 140 other delegates statewide. There, she so impressed program leaders that she was selected as one of two Connecticut senators who will attend ALA Girls Nation in D.C. July 21 to 28. Photo courtesy of Mariam Kish

Call Her Senator: Mariam Kish Represents CT at Girls Nation

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

At 17, Mariam Kish has already served as mayor of Grasso City and is now a state senator. On July 21, she heads to Washington, D.C., where she’s pretty sure she’ll run for president.

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Guilford Courier

Community Dining Room intern and Guilford resident Cody Walston is getting a world of experience while helping bring the shoreline community together for Tuesday Dinners on the Green in Branford. The free program, open to all,including Guilford residents, runs through Aug. 21. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Walston Helps CDR Serve Up a Summer Evening of Community

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

Community Dining Room (CDR) intern Cody Walston of Guilford has already clocked 100 hours of service, and not a minute has been wasted.

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Guilford Courier

Branford resident Denise Isaac moved to the shoreline 11 years ago and barely unpacked her bags before she started volunteering with Guilford Art Center (here, she visits the latest exhibition in the Mill Gallery). Right now, Denise is helping the center gear up for its Seaside Benefit Party, a classic summer party set for Friday, July 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Owenego Beach & Tennis Club in Branford. Proceeds will benefit GAC educational and community outreach programs. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Denise Isaac: A Model Volunteer for GAC

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

If the creative minds at Guilford Art Center (GAC) could craft a model volunteer to help the non-profit inspire and promote community participation in the visual arts, they’d design someone just like Denise Isaac.

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Guilford Courier

Kristin Song hugs Oliver, the 100th dog fostered at the Song family home since 2013. Fostering 100 dogs was a goal Song set with her son, Ethan, who helped her foster 95 dogs until he lost his life in January. His legacy of kindness and compassion and love of animals continues, along with advocacy and intiatives to keep kids safe from guns and threats, through the Ethan Miller Song Fund established by Kristin and Mike Song.

Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

For Ethan: Kristin Song Fosters 100th Pup and Keeps Kids Safe

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

Kristin Song’s mom had deep love of animals that she passed on to her daughter. When Kristin’s mother passed away in 2013, she and her youngest son, Ethan, embarked on a compassionate mission to “clear a shelter” in her honor by fostering 100 dogs at their Guilford home.

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Guilford Courier

For Guilford High School (GHS) Class of 2018 Valedictorian Faren Roth, finding something you like to do, and having fun doing it, has been the key to her success. Faren, who will attend Yale University in the fall, will give her valedictorian’s speech to the GHS Class of 2018 during graduation on the Guilford Green on Friday, June 22. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Having Fun While Learning: Faren Roth, GHS 2018 Valedictorian

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

She’s Connecticut’s 2018 individual épée state champion, valedictorian of the Guilford High School (GHS) Class of 2018, and an incoming member of the Yale University Class of 2022.

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