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Valley Courier

The work-from-home revolution (and just generally function-from-home revolution) is familiar territory for Jon Claude Haines, a Chester tech specialist who’s sharing his expertise to help local organizations stay connected. Photo courtesy of Jon Claude Haines

Jon Claude Haines: Zooming In

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

A rocket zooms into the sky; a Nascar driver zooms around the Daytona 500 track; and now everybody else can Zoom to meet with colleagues.

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The Source

With the help of his chefs, family members, and friends, Francesco Lulaj, owner of La Foresta Restaurant & Wine Bar, cooked and delivered meals to feed 600 members of a 55-plus community in Killingworth. Photo from Francesco Lulaj

Francesco Lulaj Delivers Food Seasoned with Kindness

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

Francesco Lulaj’s food shopping list was not for a typical household: 200 pounds of pasta, 150 pounds of meatballs, and 25 gallons of pomodoro sauce.

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The Sound

As a project manager for FIP Construction of Farmington, Stony Creek resident Tim Barry was part of a team that put in place three COVID-19 Triage Trailers and assessment tents, at three different emergency facilities, in just one week’s time. Photo by Amy Barry

Tim Barry Joins Team Effort to Construct COVID-19 Triage Trailers & Testing Tents

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

When Tim Barry and his team started working on a hospital interior renovation project in January, their goal was to be finished in under a year.

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Guilford Courier

Chris Ruser, MD, has led Veterans Administration CT (VACT) Healthcare System’s primary care program for 10 years. Over the past two months, the Guilford resident’s focus has largely shifted to his involvement in VACT’s COVID Response Team.

Photo by Susan Kashaf

Ahead of the Curve: Ruser Helps VACT Respond to COVID-19 Crisis

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

Well before the COVID-19 crisis forced medical professionals to convert to “virtual care” by flipping in-person visits to phone or video conferencing, the systems were in place at Veterans Administration CT (VACT) Healthcare System, which serves 50,000 veterans statewide.

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East Haven Courier

Len Fasano recently announced that he would not seek re-election after serving as state senator for the 34th District since 2003. Photo courtesy of Len Fasano

Len Fasano Honored to Have Served as State Senator for 18 Years

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

In his ninth term in office as 34th District state senator representing East Haven, North Haven, Wallingford, and Durham, Len Fasano announced that he would not seek re-election in 2020.

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Valley Courier

Nautical Needles owner Sue Lennox is putting her skills to work sewing protective cloth masks that she’s donating to healthcare workers. Photo courtesy of Sue Lennox

Sue Lennox: When Masks Are Not for Halloween

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

It’s unusual to start a newspaper piece with the classic fairy tale opening, Once Upon a Time. But now Once Upon A Time is not a Hans Christian Andersen phrase; it is last month.

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Harbor News

With a 25-year career as a Connecticut state trooper, Rob Derry has no shortage of stories to share. Photo courtesy of Rob Derry

Rob Derry: Protecting, Serving, and Serving Some More

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

Rob Derry’s career choice was never complicated.

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Heather is assistant director for Madison Senior Services, a job that allows her to be an advocate for seniors and remain connected to Madison where she grew up. 

Photo from Heather Noblin

Heather Noblin: An Advocate for Madison’s Seniors

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

While she was a senior at the University of Rhode Island, Heather Noblin was compelled by concern and love for her grandmother, Ruth Hause, to travel to Philadelphia and care for her when Ruth had taken a fall.

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The Sound

In North Branford, Northford resident Debbie DeLillo is now a leader of a mask-making village of sewers, pattern cutters, and others helping her to donate hundreds of the protective face coverings to those who need them most. Photo courtesy of Debbie DeLillo

DeLillo Helps Lead a Village to Make Masks for Others

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

She didn’t plan it this way, but Debbie DeLillo is now a leader of a mask-making village of sewers, pattern cutters, and others helping her to donate hundreds of the protective face coverings to those who need them most.

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Guilford Courier

Dr. Urania Magriples has regularly taught OB/GYN residents in Rwanda, and has now found another benefit to her outreach: The colorful masks she brought back with her are being modified and issued to healthcare professionals on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo courtesy of Urania Magriples

Coming Together to Make Masks for Yale Health Professionals

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

Across the country, hospitals and health care workers have been forced to work with limited or inadequate protection equipment as they lead the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

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East Haven Courier

Last month Fred Sego and Mack completed their training and started patrolling the Town of East Haven. Photo courtesy of Fred Sego

Fred Sego and K9 Mack Are Third K9 Team to Hit the Road for EHPD

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

Growing up in Naugtuck, Fred Sego remembers watching when his neighbors, two police officers, got their first police dogs.

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North Haven Courier

Lou Coppola and members of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) have helped organize food distribution and pickup for the North Haven Food Pantry.

Photo courtesy of Lou Coppola

Lou Coppola and CERT Team Called Upon to Help During COVID Crisis

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

For more than two decades, Lou Coppola has run a construction business in North Haven.

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Valley Courier

Though COVID-19 has curtailed many of the person-to-person connections that are a part of Rachel Thomas’s day-to-day work as a region missionary with the Episcopal Church, she’s living in the moment and encouraging her flock to do the same.

Photo courtesy of Rachel Thomas

Rachel Thomas: A Minister Reflects

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

Rachel Thomas is working at home, attending computer meetings on group sites, connecting with people by telephone.

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Harbor News

It’s hard to find efforts to improve life in Clinton that haven’t been fostered in some way by Jane Scully Welch. Photo courtesy of Jane Scully Welch

A Bellringer and More for Clinton

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

In downtown Clinton, toward the neighborhoods by the town marina on recent nights, there was a bit of a cacophony on recent nights.

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Justin Murphy’s volunteer organizations and programs include the Knights of Columbus, Operation American Soldier, Helping Hands Ministry, Habitat for Humanity, and a host of fundraisers. His volunteer work has been so valuable, he was named by the Archdiocese of Hartford as the recipient of the St. Joseph Medal of Appreciation representing St. Margaret parish. Photo courtesy of Justin Murphy

Justin Murphy: In Service to Community

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

As the COVID-19 virus winds its silent infection through cities and towns and heroic health care professionals labor ceaselessly to treat the most afflicted, many non-medical individuals find ways to make a difference in their communities.

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Valley Courier

Historical fiction author Loretta Goldberg found many of the same social concerns in Elizabethan England as she sees in modern life when researching for her novel The Reversible Mask. Photo courtesy of Loretta Goldberg

Loretta Goldberg: Playing the Espionage Game

Published April 01, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Loretta Goldberg sees connections between what appear to be very dissimilar careers. She started out as a serious...

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Harbor News

As administrator for Westbrook Visiting Nurses and Public Health, Caroline Mullaney is better prepared than most for the COVID-19 pandemic—and her first reaction was to get her crew prepared. Photo courtesy of Caroline Mullaney

Caroline Mullaney: Putting her Training to Use

Published April 01, 2020 08:30 a.m.

When Caroline Mullaney, administrator of the Westbrook Visiting Nurses and Public Health (generally referred to...

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The Source

Nancy McCormick (accompanied here by T.C. the chicken) has helped reinvigorate the Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore organization, which serves the towns of Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Guilford, Killingworth, Lyme, Madison, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook. Photo by Mark McCormick

Nancy McCormick: Learning from Experience

Published April 01, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Nancy McCormick has a chicken named Experience.When she and her husband, Mark, moved into their 18th-century...

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East Haven Courier

Sister Patty Cook is a retired sister with the Religious Sisters of Mercy who worked in her ministries to spread the message of God’s loving mercy. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Courier

Sister Patty Cook: A Sister of God’s Mercy

Published April 01, 2020 08:30 a.m.

In the midst of a world overwhelmed with anxiety about the COVID-19 outbreak, Sister Patricia Cook RSM, PhD, does...

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North Haven Courier

Joe Whitmore, one of the founding members of the North Haven Camera Club, now serves as the club’s president. Photo courtesy of Darlene Whitmore

Joe Whitmore Enjoys Sharing Love of Photography as President of North Haven Camera Club

Published April 01, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Nearly 10 years ago when Joe Whitmore was working part-time at Brandfon Honda in Branford, he responded to an ad in...

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The Sound

When the state’s gyms were ordered closed on March 16, Branford resident Lisa Peterson, the leader and trainer of Lisa’s Bike & Bootcamp Studio, loaned out all of her studio equipment to keep her family of 300-plus clients on track with exercise and training routines they can do with her from home, following daily videos she produces online.

Photo by Gabby Peterson

Lisa’s Bike & Bootcamp Rolls Out Support for Members

Published April 01, 2020 08:30 a.m.

When Governor Ned Lamont ordered all gyms closed as of March 16 to help slow community spread of COVID-19, Lisa...

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Guilford Courier

By contributing her social media marketing skills, Nicole White put her head together with friends Catherine Kiernan, Meghan McCartan ,and Amy Stefanowski to launch The Gift Card Project in Guilford and Madison, at www.thegiftcardproject.com. The Gift Card Project allows community members help small businesses while also giving back locally to those in need or on the frontline during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Brian White

White Helps Host The Gift Card Project

Published April 01, 2020 08:30 a.m.

When four local women wanted to do something, fast, to help neighbors, local heroes, and small businesses affected...

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The Sound

As local schools were shutting buildings down in response to COVID-19, Jim Woodworth was coordinating an emergency plan for 3,000 to 4,000 baby brown trout, or fry, being fostered in Trout in the Classroom tanks, including those in North Branford and Branford public schools. Photo courtesy of Jim Woodworth

Woodworth Works with Local Schools to Sustain Trout in the Classroom

Published March 25, 2020 08:30 a.m.

As local schools were announcing shutting buildings down in response to COVID-19, Jim Woodworth was coordinating an emergency plan for 3,000 to 4,000 baby brown trout, or “fry,” being fostered in Trout in the Classroom (TIC) tanks, including those in four tanks spread out at public schools in North Branford and Branford.

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Guilford Courier

As schools began announcing closings in response to COVID-19, Guilford native Jim Woodworth was coordinating an emergency plan for about 4,000 baby brown trout, or “fry,” being fostered in Trout in the Classroom (TIC) tanks, including hundreds making their home in a 55-gallon tank at Guilford High School. Photo courtesy of Jim Woodworth

Woodworth Works to Sustain ‘Trout in the Classroom’

Published March 25, 2020 08:30 a.m.

As schools began announcing shutting buildings down in response to COVID-19, Jim Woodworth was coordinating an emergency plan for about 4,000 baby brown trout, or “fry,” being fostered in Trout in the Classroom (TIC) tanks, including hundreds making their home in a 55-gallon tank at Guilford High School (GHS).

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Valley Courier

As health director for the Town of Essex, Lisa Fasulo has been helping keep the community safe and healthy during the COVID-19 crisis. Photo by David Fasulo

Lisa Fasulo: Busy Times

Published March 25, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Lisa Fasulo, the director of the Essex Health Department and a registered sanitarian, was following her own advice. She was maintaining social distancing with a reporter—in fact, extreme social distancing.

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Harbor News

After a career in health, Cathy Weiss returned in earnest to a lifetime pursuit of creating art. Photo courtesy of Cathy Weiss

Cathy Weiss: From Quiet Reflection to Artistic Fruition

Published March 25, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Cathy Weiss has what she calls “a serious hobby—something I pursue passionately.” That passion is art, and Cathy has been fortunate to find time to do it later in life.

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North Haven Courier

For the past five years, Christina Karasinski has been involved in helping backstage at plays at both North Haven Middle School and North Haven High School.

Photo courtesy of Christina Karasinski

Christina Karasinski’s Passion for Theater Grows Through Volunteer Work

Published March 25, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Little did Christina Karasinski know what a big difference one form brought home from school could make in her life. When her son Tyler, who is now a senior, was in 5th grade, the middle school drama club sent flyers to the elementary schools seeking extras.

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East Haven Courier

Vin Mauro has been involved with Riverside Volunteer Fire Department for 39 years. He’s also served in town government. Photo courtesy of Vin Mauro

Vin Mauro Volunteers for Nearly Four Decades with Riverside Fire Department

Published March 25, 2020 08:30 a.m.

For as long as he can remember, Vin Mauro has been interested in the fire department. He remembers perking up when he heard the sirens as a young child growing up in East Haven.

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The Source

Sister Patty Cook is a retired sister with the Religious Sisters of Mercy who worked in her ministries to spread the message of God’s loving mercy. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Sister Patty Cook: A Sister of God’s Mercy

Published March 25, 2020 08:30 a.m.

In the midst of a world overwhelmed with anxiety about the COVID-19 outbreak, Sister Patricia Cook RSM, PhD, does not let the barrage of bad news faze her.

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Valley Courier

When growing up, Anne Bishop frequently heard the statement “Make yourself useful” from her father. It’s a message she’s taken to heart. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Anne Bishop: Useful is the Word

Published March 18, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Most adults have only dim recognition of childhood babysitters, but not Anne Bishop. That’s because one of her sitters is now enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame: Carl Yastrzemski.

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