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Branford Person Of The Week

Person of the Week • Published Aug 10, 2022 08 am

Kristen Russo: DIY Good Works

Using a combination of inspiration, motivation, social media and little elbow grease, Kristen Russo’s good works have benefited others ranging from her Branford neighbors to children impacted by the war in Ukraine.
Person of the Week • Published Aug 03, 2022 08 am

Ginger Vickstrom: “It’s All About the Kids”

As someone dedicated to helping kids feel supported, happy and safe, Ginger Vickstrom served as Branford School Aged Child Care director for 14 years; then retired and began volunteering with Feed Branford Kids. Now, she’s been named a recipient of Shore Publishing’s 2022 Beacon Awards.
Person of the Week • Published Jul 27, 2022 12 pm

Linder Makes a Great Debut on the Lacrosse Field

If you watched Jack Linder play lacrosse as a junior, you wouldn’t have thought that this was his first year competing in the sport. However, Jack picked it up quickly an...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 27, 2022 08 am

Neleber Brings Transformative School Health Services Leadership to Branford

Pam Neleber most recently served as Health Services Coordinator with Guilford Public Schools and will now bring her transformative leadership style to her new role as Director of Health Services with Branford Public Schools (BPS).
Person of the Week • Published Jul 20, 2022 08 am

Marc Collins: A Job Well Done

After 42 years and 4 months with Branford Public Schools, including 40 years as head custodian of the district’s grades 5 to 8 intermediate school, Marc Collins has retired.
Person of the Week • Published Jul 13, 2022 08 am

Peter Balisciano: It’s Never Too Late

Some people embrace the idea of always seeking knowledge and growing as a person, no matter their age. One such person, Peter Balisciano, lives in North Haven and earlier...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 13, 2022 12 am

Helwig Excited to Continue Playing Sports in College

Samantha Helwig never expected to be playing lacrosse at the collegiate level, but after competing for North Branford, her outlook on the future changed. Following a stro...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 06, 2022 07 am

Brian Miniter: Positively Patriotic

Eighteen-year-old Brian Miniter was two days away from his wedding when his Vietnam draft card came in the mail. Yes, the wedding was wonderful – in fact, Brian and his b...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 06, 2022 12 am

Scalia Pushes Past Setbacks for Super Senior Season

Dom Scalia had to battle through numerous injuries on his way to being named a captain and then making All-Conference and All-State in his senior season with the North Br...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 29, 2022 08 am

Brian Boyd: Hail and Farewell

I am going to break some time-honored rules about how to write a news story. In fact, I did it with the first word, I. In a news story, as opposed to a column, you never ...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 29, 2022 12 am

Wilson’s a Defensive Stalwart for the Hornets

Aryana Wilson has been making a name for herself as a three-sport athlete in field hockey, ice hockey, and lacrosse over the past three years at Branford High School. Dur...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 22, 2022 08 am

Gunneson Helps Branford Diaper Bank Programs Grow

Laura Gunneson is working hard to help grow programs centered around the Branford Diaper Bank, a collaborative of Branford-based Community Dining Room (CDR) and Branford ...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 22, 2022 12 am

DePino Honored to Be Part of T-Birds’ Dynasty

When she first started playing softball, Gianna DePino looked up to the older girls on her team and wanted to be just like them. In her senior year with the North Branfor...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 15, 2022 08 am

Hard Work Pays Off: Leete Named 2022 NBHS Valedictorian

When you learn Regan Leete had her choice of entering Lehigh University or UConn next year, the fact she chose Lehigh’s intimate and rigorous academic setting in Bethlehe...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 15, 2022 12 am

Gaudreau Serves Up Amazing Freshman Campaign

Peyton Gaudreau had a storybook freshman season with the Branford girls’ tennis team by going undefeated while earning All-SCC honors as the club’s No. 1 singles player t...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 08, 2022 08 am

Izzo Welcomes Community Back to the Branford Festival

When Dale Izzo served as Branford Festival chair in 2003, only extreme weather could stop the ‘Fest from taking place. Fast forward to 2022, when Dale, now serving her la...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 08, 2022 12 am

Patel Sets an Excellent Example On and Off the Court

Working hard to improve in any sport is typically the focus of every athlete. For Dhruvi Patel, the hard work that she puts into her everyday life has translated into her...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 01, 2022 08 am

For Young Adults Facing Homelessness, Bode Delivers DreamKit ‘Learn & Earn’ Series at CDR

As interim executive director of non-profit DreamKit, Alexandria “Alex” Bode has collaborated with non-profit Community Dining Room (CDR) to deliver an exciting, informat...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 01, 2022 12 am

Acquarulo Leads the Hornets on the Links

Justin Acquarulo has grown into a one-of-kind athlete as a member of Branford boys’ golf team. In his final year with the program, Justin has become one of the steadiest ...
Person of the Week • Published May 25, 2022 08 am

Forgione’s Probate Judgeship: An Honor and a Privilege

As Branford-North Branford probate judge, Frank J. Forgione has been honored to serve the residents of both communities and privileged to provide individuals and families...
Person of the Week • Published May 25, 2022 12 am

Berdon’s a Force on the Hornets’ Court

Josh Berdon has proved a valuable commodity while playing No. 1 singles for the Branford boys’ tennis team the past two years, earning All-SCC accolades in each campaign....
Person of the Week • Published May 18, 2022 08 am

Cudgma Helps SEA ‘Celebration of Healthy Aging’ Return

It’s been a long wait for fans of Shoreline Eldercare Alliance (SEA)’s signature event, but SEA president Steve Cudgma says shoreline seniors, and those who care for them...
Person of the Week • Published May 18, 2022 12 am

Brindisi’s True Keeper for the T-Birds

Dradon Brindisi’s first year of high school lacrosse ended with him being named to the All-Shoreline Conference Second Team in the 2021 season. Now back for year two as a...
Person of the Week • Published May 11, 2022 08 am

Smith Seeks to Help Ukrainians in Need

Shane Smith’s first trip to Ukraine in 1999 was far different from trips he has undertaken in recent months, on his own, to do what he can to help others in need in a tim...
Person of the Week • Published May 11, 2022 12 am

Patel Serving as a Leader with T-Birds’ Tennis

Diya Patel was brand new to tennis when she joined the program at North Branford as a freshman. During the past four years, Diya has seen both her skillset and passion fo...
Person of the Week • Published May 04, 2022 08 am

Rob Deko, Jr: Heroes Helping Heroes

Rob Deko, Jr., comes from a family of helpers, in the form of public service providers via firefighting through his father and nursing via his mother. Born and raised in ...
Person of the Week • Published May 04, 2022 12 am

Gomez Goes Above and Beyond for Thunderbirds

Nichole Gomez has made the full-time leap to varsity team as a senior with North Branford softball squad this season. During her time with the team, Nichole has served as...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 27, 2022 08 am

Zdunek’s Handywork Keeps Branford’s Blackstone Library Running

He may have arrived in Branford speaking no English, carrying a single suitcase and with only $10 in his pocket, but Frank Zdunek feels enriched by the luck that brought ...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 27, 2022 12 am

Strebel Loves Protecting the Hornets’ Net

Aidan Strebel has been the starting varsity goalie for the Hornets’ boys’ lacrosse team from the first day the he stepped foot on Branford’s campus. As he’s improved his ...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 20, 2022 08 am

Logan Shares Self-Worth Journey in ‘Reporting Facts and Running from the Truth’

Former TV journalist Erin Logan doesn’t gloss over some gritty details in her new self-help book, Reporting Facts and Running from the Truth—A TV Anchor’s Struggle to Fin...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 20, 2022 12 am

Raffone Loves Patrolling the Midfield for the Thunderbirds

Marissa Raffone first started playing lacrosse when she was in 8th grade—just four short years ago. In that amount of time, Marissa has transformed herself into a standou...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 13, 2022 08 am

Amber Lake is Already Thinking Summer: NBPS Summer Camp, That Is

It may feel like we just made it to spring, but Amber Lake is already thinking summer—North Branford Public Schools (NBPS) Enrichment Summer Camp, that is. The 2nd grade ...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 13, 2022 12 am

O’Brien Excited to Coach Lacrosse at Her Alma Mater

After growing up in Branford and playing lacrosse for the Hornets, Cait O’Brien dreamed of becoming the team’s coach one day. Now, Cait’s dream has turned into a reality ...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 06, 2022 08 am

Philip Zielinski Fills Many Volunteer Roles for Branford

There’s not much Philip Zielinski won’t do for his hometown, from acting as Branford’s keeper of the flags, to leading ceremonial rife squad duties, and even serving as c...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 06, 2022 12 am

Morgan Becomes a Force for the Hornets

Matt Morgan started as a forward on Branford’s second line during his freshman season and helped the Hornets claim a conference title. After making an immediate impact, M...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 30, 2022 08 am

A Timely Talk on the Resilience of Marine Organisms to Future Climate Change

With help from Friends of Outer Island, Dr. Emma Cross will help interested citizens learn about the resilience of marine organisms to future climate change—and how Long ...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 30, 2022 12 am

Michonski Thrives on the Ice and Diamond

For the past three years, Ryan Michonski has been a two-sport varsity athlete at North Branford High School, playing ice hockey and baseball for the Thunderbirds. Ryan, w...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 23, 2022 08 am

Cellini Helps Branford Bring Back ‘Week of the Young Child’

For many reasons, Kim Cellini couldn’t be more excited about the return of Branford’s celebration of the Week of the Young Child, culminating with a day of fun activities...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 23, 2022 12 am

Angelo Made the Most of Her Chance to Dance

As she watched her two older sisters compete in dance, Emma Angelo knew that she wanted to be in their shoes one day. During the past four years, Emma has had that chance...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 16, 2022 08 am

A Real Lifesaver for Branford Parks and Recreation

When it comes to training certified lifeguards to aid swimmers at town beaches and pools, you could say Lisa Rathsack is a real lifesaver. As Branford Parks and Recreatio...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 16, 2022 12 am

Zdunek Pins Down a Historic Finish with the Hornets

Losing was never an option for Branford wrestler Pat Zdunek. In Pat’s final season competing for the Hornets’ wrestling team, the senior captain finished his career in sp...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 09, 2022 07 am

Meet ‘The Victorian Lady’ at the Blackstone

If you think women’s corsets caused fainting spells during the Gilded Age, think again—and this time, think spandex-style shapewear. As Kandie Carle, aka The Victorian La...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 08, 2022 11 pm

Holmes Emerges for the Hornets as a Sophomore

After playing JV as a freshman, BJ Holmes entered his sophomore year looking to carve out a varsity role with the Branford boys’ basketball team. BJ accomplished his goal...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 02, 2022 11 pm

Burnham Earns All-Conference Honors as a Freshman

With her father having coached at Platt Tech, Shelby Burnham grew up attending high school basketball practices. Now a freshman on the Branford girls’ basketball team, Sh...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 02, 2022 07 am

Kathy Nelson: How Do You Spell Thank You?

For Kathy Nelson, the question is, “How do you spell ‘Thank You?’” On March 12, Kathy will head up Branford Parks & Recreation’s newly named Jeannette A. Palluzzi Annual ...
Person of the Week • Published Feb 23, 2022 11 pm

Criscuolo Pilots the T-Birds at the Point

After being one of the first players off the bench as a freshman, Keana Crisucolo has earned the starting varsity point guard role for the North Branford girls’ basketbal...
Person of the Week • Published Feb 23, 2022 07 am

Holabird Pieces Together a Winner with Smith’s Annual ‘Puzzle Off’

Take it from Teresa Holabird, the competition can be fierce during Edward Smith Library’s annual Puzzle Off, which is hands-down one of the hottest contest tickets in the...
Person of the Week • Published Feb 16, 2022 11 pm

Geist Finds His Stride Between the Pipes

Aidan Geist only had about a year of experience playing goalie when he was put into the varsity net as a freshman. Aidan has been stopping shots ever since while holding ...
Person of the Week • Published Feb 16, 2022 07 am

An Honest Cop vs. the FBI: Dillon’s Story of ‘The Thin Blue Lie’

Back in 1978, Greg Dillon took his first law enforcement job with the Branford Police Department (BPD). Twenty years later, after working for the FBI, then joining the Co...
Person of the Week • Published Feb 09, 2022 11 pm

Frawley Reaches His Peak as a Senior

John Frawley is always looking to make a play on the ball as both a wide receiver and a cornerback. John has only seen his skills improve in his four years with the Branf...