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Branford Person Of The Week

Person of the Week • Published Apr 17, 2024 08 am

Richard Shanahan: In Support of Branford’s Great Open Spaces

Richard Shanahan is the chairman of the Town of Branford’s Parks and Open Space Authority.
Person of the Week • Published Apr 10, 2024 08 am

Ariana Loyola: For the Kids

Branford Family Resource Center Interim Director Ariana Loyola invites families to help celebrate the Week of the Young Child during Branford’s annual Early Childhood Fair and Family Day on Saturday, April 20 at the Branford Community House.
Person of the Week • Published Apr 09, 2024 02 am

Giordano Grew as Athlete and Leader as Branford Junior Cheer Captain

For the Branford cheerleading team, it had to endure many twists and turns this season. Though in the end, it all came together in the best way possible–thanks in large p...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 03, 2024 08 am

Rose Crisci: Educating and Advocating with Blue Moon Raptors

Rose Crisci is the founder of non-profit Blue Moon Raptors, which rehabilitates ill, injured, and orphaned birds of prey to return them back to their natural habitat. She also provides important educational programming with some of Blue Moon Raptors’ feathered ambassadors.
Person of the Week • Published Mar 20, 2024 08 am

Kate Galambos: Imagination Made Real

Kate Galambos, a Branford artist who enjoys exploring color, line, and shape, is exhibiting 35 of her works as the featured March and April artist in the Blackstone Library Artists Circle.
Person of the Week • Published Mar 19, 2024 11 am

Jones Drew Up Dime of Time in Helping Branford Cheer Grow

The cheerleading mat was Danielle Jones’ first home base for athletics. And more than a decade later, it has remained her lone nest for sports, but she has gained some en...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 13, 2024 08 am

Still in her Heart: Tenbroeck Retires after 44 Years with BELC

After 44 years teaching with Branford Early Learning Center (BELC), Karen Tenbroeck retired on March 1. Generations of Tenbroeck’s BELC family gathered to wish her well during a special celebration at BELC on March 7.
Person of the Week • Published Mar 12, 2024 11 am

Zalewski a Decorated Dancer and All-Stater for Branford

The dance floor is a harbor for constant hustle and a multitude of movements. For Sadie Zalewski, she is a consistent locomotive–never stopping or leaning on past laurels...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 06, 2024 08 am

Amy Scholz: Keeping Food Safe at Area Eateries

Amy Scholz heads the East Shore District Health Department’s Environmental Health Division, looking after food safety, water and septic quality, and overall quality control of the federal Food Code. Photo courtesy of Amy Schloz
Person of the Week • Published Mar 05, 2024 10 am

Budz Bursts Through with Speed All the Way to Nationals

No matter how much energy her rigorous training regimen drains out of her, Joelle Budz’s drive is kept in motion by the fact that she is well aware it is all worth it in ...
Person of the Week • Published Feb 28, 2024 08 am

RJ’s Goals: Fostering Kid’s Love of Soccer, One Ball at a Time

To honor the legacy of the late Robert Joseph “RJ” Giammattei and his love of soccer, his mom, Dawn Saczynski, and siblings, Vincent Giammattei, Jr., Michael Cross Giammattei and Marina Giammattei have founded a charitable organization, “RJ’s Goals.”
Person of the Week • Published Feb 21, 2024 08 am

Halloran Retires Upon 35 Years of Police Leadership

Kevin Halloran is shown here with wife, Pamela, and their two children, Ryan and Shannon, during his swearing in as North Branford Police Chief in 2019. After five years of exceptional North Branford police leadership, Halloran has retired from the role, completing a 35-year career in policing. Halloran also served as Branford Police Chief for eight years during a 30 year-career in Branford.
Person of the Week • Published Feb 20, 2024 11 am

Muhammad Keeps Moving Upward as Leader and Jumper for Branford Track

Enaji Muhammad just naturally loved the ability to leap. So when he saw he could actually put that attribute to an athletic competition, it was a move that was anything b...
Person of the Week • Published Feb 14, 2024 08 am

Jeffrey Fletcher: Bringing Black History to Life in Connecticut

Branford resident Jeffrey Fletcher brings important history to life as founder and executive director of the Ruby and Calvin Fletcher African American History Museum in Stratford. He also shares the museum’s mission as a guest speaker including his recent talk in Branford and an upcoming talk in Guilford on Thursday, Feb. 22.
Person of the Week • Published Feb 12, 2024 12 am

Branford’s Wasiolek Staying on Track with Mercy

The sport of running can often exhibit the purest form of athleticism and competition, as it is the body and the mind waging war. Tess Wasiolek has grasped that concept, ...
Person of the Week • Published Feb 06, 2024 11 am

Trio of Physical, Medical Setbacks Could Not Stall Zielinski’s Return to Basketball

Many times in sports, tales of triumph over adversity are often told on terrains of competition. Yet for Eric Zielinski’s story, he has penned an ultimate comeback volume...
Person of the Week • Published Jan 25, 2024 09 am

For the Love of Poetry, and Branford: Inaugural Poet Laureate Judith K. Liebmann

For the love of poetry, and of her hometown of Branford, accomplished poet and educator Judith K. Liebmann has exciting plans for her new role as Branford’s inaugural Poet Laureate.
Person of the Week • Published Jan 23, 2024 10 am

Pham Finding His Home as Junior Captain for Hand Swimming

In many tasks and skills in life, the wherewithal to excel in it is quite often not enough. And so, one additionally needs the correct function and form to thrive. This i...
Person of the Week • Published Jan 10, 2024 08 am

Rosen’s Blanket Drive Helps Shoreline Seniors Snuggle Up

Around the same time that November’s cold days and nights began piling up, Branford resident Amy Rosen came up with a great idea to support local senior citizens. In a sn...
Person of the Week • Published Jan 03, 2024 10 am

Burnham Boasts Unbridled Pride for Hoops as Branford Point Guard

Basketball has been in Shelby Burnham’s blood ever since she could remember, and the beat of the rock unlocked her full and unearthed passion for the paint, and heart for...
Person of the Week • Published Dec 27, 2023 12 pm

Jones Juggled Both Sides of the Line as Captivating Captain for Branford Football

They say that home is where the heart is, and for Ryan Jones, that beat sounded true within the Branford football program. He was motivated and impassioned by his peers a...
Person of the Week • Published Dec 19, 2023 11 am

O’Brien a Motivated All-SCC Libero for Branford Volleyball

Once Riley O’Brien first stepped foot onto a volleyball court, she saw the sport as a ladder to success, and was eager to climb it. Now, only about seven years into it, s...
Person of the Week • Published Dec 13, 2023 02 pm

Mioline Made the Most of Connections as Branford Soccer Captain

Sophie Mioline was always drawn to the game of soccer at the surface, but once she delved deeper and discovered the importance of quintessential colleagues and coaches aw...
Person of the Week • Published Dec 05, 2023 12 pm

Brockett’s ‘Christmas Lights for a Cause’ Benefit CDR

For many years, Branford resident Tom Brockett has dazzled community members with a show-stopping Christmas lights display at his Milo Drive home. This year, Tom’s displa...
Person of the Week • Published Nov 29, 2023 08 am

Madison Taylor: Calendar Girl

Sometimes, it's okay to be the guinea pig, especially when you are one that is beloved and set to be the star of your own calendar. Madison Taylor of Killingworth has cre...
Person of the Week • Published Nov 22, 2023 08 am

Caty Helps ‘Traveling Toys’ Meet a Need

Diana Caty is a co-founder of non-profit Traveling Toys Inc., which funds and creates toy libraries by partnering with local libraries in high ALICE population communities. Photo courtesy Diana Caty
Person of the Week • Published Nov 09, 2023 08 am

Making Connections: Laurenson Sees Our Common Bonds

By capturing images of children and adults in daily life in Asia, Africa, and South America, Branford photographer Alice Laurenson offers a stunning display of the univer...
Person of the Week • Published Nov 09, 2023 08 am

Hauswirth Holds Swift and on Course with Branford Cross Country

It is not always how you start in a race or any athletic endeavor in life, but more about how you finish. Noah Hauswirth endured a slow and steady start, but he has sprin...
Person of the Week • Published Oct 31, 2023 12 pm

Mary Amter: Bring People Together Through Cooking

Volunteering has always been a part of Mary Amter’s life, and food was a fixture in that work. Even during her involvement with the Parent Teacher Organization or with to...
Person of the Week • Published Oct 26, 2023 07 am

Sachs Seizes Opportunity as Defensive Leader, Captain for Hornets’ Field Hockey

Reanna Sachs grew up in a deep and very athletic family, and her student-athlete life has mimicked her home life and upbringing by being part of another haven of support ...
Person of the Week • Published Oct 24, 2023 11 am

Namaste: Yoga to Benefit CDR with Gina MacDonald Page

Hold that pose: a special opportunity to enjoy the benefits of Hatha yoga with expert Gina MacDonald Page is open to the community, with all session proceeds to benefit t...
Person of the Week • Published Oct 18, 2023 06 am

A Special Year to Celebrate Sound Life Connections

It’s been quite a year for one of the shoreline’s newest non-profits, Sound Life Connections Inc., which offers vocational, communication, and life skills training for yo...
Person of the Week • Published Oct 11, 2023 09 am

Now is the Time: Kenney Debuts First Album at 56 Years Young

Now that she’s launched her debut record at age 56, Laurie Kenney is ready to meet her next challenge: performing live. She’s set to take the stage for the very first tim...
Person of the Week • Published Oct 03, 2023 12 pm

Jacob Invites Community to Enjoy SCC Fall Festival and Expo

Saturday, Oct. 14 at Guilford Fairgrounds Gather your family and friends: from donkey rides, a petting zoo, and touch-a-truck to live music and festive food and drin...
Person of the Week • Published Sep 29, 2023 04 pm

DeFrancesco Finds Great Reward Through Leadership as Volleyball Captain

The volleyball court corrals quite a communal feeling for Jenna DeFrancesco and, through her experiences around her second family, she has been swarming the net with reso...
Person of the Week • Published Sep 29, 2023 07 am

Bernadette Canning: The Luck of the Irish

Call it the luck of the Irish — or, in this case, a love of everything Irish — for Bernadette Canning, the 2024 Grand Marshal of the Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day P...
Person of the Week • Published Sep 22, 2023 08 am

John Allen: Bringing Vegan to the Table at CDR

As a Community Dining Room (CDR) board member, John Allen brings a lot to the table, including his dedication to helping CDR incorporate more nutritional, plant-based mea...
Person of the Week • Published Sep 15, 2023 04 pm

Atkinson Grabbed Advantage over Adversity Following Lumbar Injury

Adversity hits us all at different points of time in our lives. We can choose two paths: one more productive, and another that can leave one spiraling into negativity and...
Person of the Week • Published Sep 14, 2023 01 pm

Eric Goldstein: Burning the Pavement to Support Recovery Treatment

With plans to run his fifth, sixth, and seventh marathons in Berlin, New York City (NYC), and London, Eric Goldstein is willing to go the extra mile to help fund scholarships dedicated to supporting individuals seeking addiction and mental health treatment.
Person of the Week • Published Sep 08, 2023 03 pm

Bozzi Boasts Great Leadership as Captain, Goaltender for Branford Field Hockey

Throughout her tenure in the sport of field hockey, Julia Bozzi has had great success between the pipes throughout the town of Branford. And for her final foray with her ...
Person of the Week • Published Sep 05, 2023 02 pm

John Smith: A Friend Indeed to Blackstone Library Book Sale

Friends of the Blackstone Library, board member John Smith is a friend, indeed, when it comes to promoting and supporting the Friends of the Blackstone Library Annual Book Sale. This year’s big tent event takes place on the Branford Green Thursday, Sept. 14 through Sunday, Sept. 17. Pam Johnson/The Sound
Person of the Week • Published Sep 01, 2023 06 am

Lynk Created a Chain of Solid Showings for Madison 19-U Baseball

Antonio Lynk has never not had a baseball in his hand, while simultaneously housing the drive and determination to improve and succeed on his skills. This was quite evide...
Person of the Week • Published Aug 23, 2023 06 am

Italian Fest: A Signature Shoreline Event

Jim Plunkett is proud to help put on a signature shoreline event for a great cause, the St. George Men’s Group Italian Festival in Guilford. The 2023 Italian Festival is set for Friday, Aug. 25, from 5 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 26, from 3 to 10 p.m. Admission is $5; ages 15 and under are free.
Person of the Week • Published Aug 15, 2023 11 am

Extra Effort by Muniz Ushers in Branford’s New Automated Trash, Recycling Collections

As the chairman of the all-volunteer and selectmen-appointed Solid Waste Management Commission, Paul Muniz has led the effort to transform Branford’s curbside automated trash and single-stream recycling program as point-person throughout a complicated process.
Person of the Week • Published Aug 11, 2023 05 am

Loffredo Introduces Interactive Birding Trail for Branford

For his eagle scout award project, Jonathan Loffredo, 15, completed an interactive Branford trail walk with a technology-based native bird information component available at the tap of a Smartphone.
Person of the Week • Published Jul 26, 2023 08 am

‘Branford Girl’ Torelli Hopes to Thrive and Help Others

After 43 years working with Branford Public Schools, and eight elective terms on the RTM, Clare Torelli is retiring, and hopes to find a living kidney donor to help her overcome stage 5 kidney failure due to polycsytic kidney disease.
Person of the Week • Published Jul 25, 2023 11 pm

D’Amuri Dazzled as Team MVP for Branford Girls’ Lax

For Clara D’Amuri, she prides herself on appearing on the lacrosse turf in any way, shape or form, and she did that in quite a big way for the Branford girls’ lacrosse te...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 18, 2023 12 pm

Savino Helping CDR Summer Community Dinners Branch Out

Community Dining Room’s (CDR) Andrea Savino has developed a 9-week series where weekly free Tuesday Night Community Dinners on the green are landing in one of four towns assisted by non-profit CDR: Branford, North Branford, Guilford and East Haven.
Person of the Week • Published Jul 13, 2023 08 am

Ashley McClain: Linking Communities with Autism Safety

As founder of LINKED-Autism Safety Project, North Branford mom Ashley McClain is linking first responder emergency preparedness with the important family issue of safe and effective assistance to loved ones on the Autism spectrum.
Person of the Week • Published Jul 07, 2023 05 am

McDowell Shares Summer Camp Experiences at Soundview YMCA

Soundview YMCA Camp Director Carl McDowell helps campers enjoy exploring nature, swimming, shooting bows and arrows, singing camp songs, making friends and new memories, and much more, day by day.