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East Haven Person Of The Week

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

Gaudioso-Crisafi Honored to Coach at Her Alma Mater

As a softball player, Jenna Gaudioso-Crisafi was tasked with patrolling center field for East Haven and catching any fly ball that came her way. For the past three years,...
Person of the Week • Published Aug 10, 2022 08 am

Charlie ‘Chuck’ Barbera: While the Band Played On

Charlie “Chuck” Barbera is no stranger to challenges, and he’s certainly had his share. Through all of it, however, he has had his music. In what Chuck calls his “band li...
Person of the Week • Published Aug 03, 2022 10 am

Loda Comes Home as Easties’ Pitching Coach

Talia Loda was a star pitcher for the East Haven softball team from 2011 to 2014. After going on to play in college, Talia continued her softball career through coaching ...
Person of the Week • Published Aug 03, 2022 08 am

David Thomas: Education Advocate at Hagaman Library

Since March of this year David Thomas has volunteered at Hagaman Memorial Library to stay close to his love of all things related to education and lifelong learning. A na...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 27, 2022 12 pm

Tapia Finds a Family on the Tennis Court

When Carole Tapia moved to East Haven in July of 2019, she was introduced to the sport of tennis and quickly realized that she enjoyed being on the court. Carole spent tw...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 27, 2022 08 am

Amy Farotti: Meet the EHHS Assistant Principal

Amy Farotti has come full circle in her ties to East Haven. She grew up in town, went off to pursue higher education at Sacred Heart University, entered the field of teac...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 22, 2022 12 pm

Brasile’s Dedicated to East Haven on the Diamond

For over two decades, Gary Brasile has been committed to giving back to his hometown as a member of the coaching staff with the East Haven High School baseball team. Gary...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 20, 2022 08 am

Jane Leamon: Raised to Help Others

If the phrase “Pay it Forward”—which first appeared in the 1916 book In the Garden of Delight by Lily Hardy Hammond—had a picture of a person to go along with it, the mod...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 13, 2022 08 am

Randall Mena: Portraits of First Responders

In Randall Mena’s desire to support the local community around New Haven he volunteers his professional photographic talents to create portraits of police officers and fi...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 13, 2022 12 am

Clancy Makes Triumphant Return as a Junior

Autumn Clancy’s sophomore season with the East Haven softball team was cut short due to an injury. However, Autumn made a complete recovery as a junior and became a full-...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 06, 2022 08 am

Timothy Shaw: A Life of Police & Community Service

East Haven native Timothy “Tim” Shaw graduated from East Haven High School in 1984 to begin his undergraduate study at UCONN. He left college in his senior year, however,...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 06, 2022 12 am

Gleason Coaches for the Love of the Game

Dan Gleason has served as an assistant coach with the East Haven baseball team for the past 22 years. Throughout the past two decades, Dan has had the opportunity to coac...
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

Brooks Finds Her Stride Between the Baselines

When Abby Brooks played tennis for first time as a sophomore, she was immediately thrown into a starting role with the Yellowjackets. By the time she came back for her ju...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 22, 2022 08 am

Derek Coady: Meet the EHHS Class of 2022 Valedictorian

Each year the graduating senior with the highest academic record is named the school’s valedictorian. For the East Haven High School Class of 2022, the person to achieve ...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 22, 2022 12 am

Sorrentino Finds His Passion on the Golf Course

When Nick Sorrentino was a freshman at East Haven High School, he made a decision to join the boys’ golf team and officially compete in the sport for the first time. Duri...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 15, 2022 08 am

Eileen Parlato: A Life of Fire Fighting and Paramedic Service

East Haven native Eileen Parlato has spent the past 28 years serving the town of East Haven through the East Haven Fire Department. On June 17 she will retire from her po...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 15, 2022 12 am

Dupree Makes Key Contributions to Easties’ Historic Season

It can be stressful when you’re counted on as impact player for two different teams, but junior Arielle Dupree tackles that challenge by displaying a great work ethic as ...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 08, 2022 08 am

Erika Crawford Mennone: The Tree Whisperer

Some 10,000 years ago the land we now call East Haven had no trees. Not even one. The glacial ice sheet that covered the Connecticut shoreline at the time—a mile deep—des...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 08, 2022 12 am

Rome Etches Her Legacy with the Yellowjackets

In her four years at East Haven High School, Norah Rome has competed as a dominant swimmer, earning numerous accolades in the pool. Also a member of the golf team, Norah ...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 01, 2022 08 am

Renee Forte Dominguez: From Childhood Wish to Chief of Police

Many people who chose police work as their career will tell you that someone or something inspired them to pursue the law enforcement field. East Haven native Renee Forte...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 01, 2022 12 am

Carangelo Takes His Place Behind the Plate

The responsibilities of a catcher go far beyond just blocking the ball behind home plate. The catcher has to track every play and make sure to always be in the right posi...
Person of the Week • Published May 25, 2022 08 am

Frank Butler, Sr.: The Art of Ice Maintenance

East Haven was a perfect place for Frank Butler, Sr., to grow up. He fell in love with and played youth hockey from ages 4 to 13, he ended up working for the town in the ...
Person of the Week • Published May 25, 2022 12 am

Vazquez Holds Big Roles as a Senior

Diana Vazquez played her first sport when she stepped on the tennis court as a freshman at East Haven. During the past four years, Diana has seen her game grow by leaps a...
Person of the Week • Published May 18, 2022 08 am

Beth Purcell: Volunteering Close to Home

There’s an old saying that life’s greatest riches are often right in our own backyards and that one does not have to venture far to have a full and productive life. East ...
Person of the Week • Published May 18, 2022 12 am

Golia Loves Leading the Easties on the Ballfield

From a young age, Dom Golia has always loved being on the baseball diamond. After joining the East Haven baseball team last year, Dom quickly made a name for himself and ...
Person of the Week • Published May 11, 2022 08 am

Marissa Mollica-Velazquez: Preparing Preschoolers for Success in K-12

Marissa Mollica-Velazquez may have a long title—East Haven Family Resource Center (FRC) and School Readiness Early Childhood Facilitator—but her mission is simple and cle...
Person of the Week • Published May 11, 2022 12 am

Plano Keeps Carding Solid Scores for the Easties

When Dom Plano first started playing golf three years ago, he dreamed of breaking 40 over nine holes. In his junior season with the East Haven golf team, Dom has achieved...
Person of the Week • Published May 04, 2022 08 am

Lynn LaFogg: A Two-Wheeler Supports Four-Leggers

East Haven native Lynn LaFogg grew up loving animals. Today, when not caring for and enjoying her own dogs—Diva, a blue heeler-Chow mix, and Gunner, a Labrador retriever ...
Person of the Week • Published May 04, 2022 12 am

Gagnon’s Making Crucial Contributions as a Junior

During her first year with the East Haven softball team, Lily Gagnon watched as the Yellowjackets made a run to the Class L state semifinals when she was a sophomore. Now...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 27, 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 Apr 27, 2022 12 am

Lynn Stepping Up in Her Senior Season

In her first year playing the sport, Karlee Lynn immediately found herself in the No. 2 doubles spot for East Haven girls’ tennis team as a junior last season. For year t...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 20, 2022 08 am

George Ambel: Helping Disabled Veterans

George Ambel, 83 years young, may live in North Haven but his desire to help U.S. military veterans reaches across the shoreline, including East Haven. Today, George like...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 20, 2022 12 am

Angelo’s Dealing as the Easties’ Ace

When Jack Angelo first stepped on the pitcher’s mound, he had found his home on the baseball field. Once he started unpacking, Jack settled in nicely and has gone to beco...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 13, 2022 08 am

Kalie Peccerillo: Gathering Donations for Ukraine

When tragedies occur and people step in to help the victims a snowball effect can form. The outpouring of aid in times of emergency is encouraging and heartwarming. This ...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 13, 2022 12 am

Capozzo Leads East Haven to Solid Season as Captain

After watching his sister grow up playing basketball, Mike Capozzo decided that he wanted to give the sport a shot. As a senior, Mike got his opportunity to play for the ...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 06, 2022 08 am

Claudia Giulietti: The Joy of Life-Long Volunteering

Claudia Guilietti may prefer to avoid the spotlight and remain behind the scenes with all the volunteerism she does, but it is precisely her devotion to helping others th...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 06, 2022 12 am

Verderame Works Hard as a Combo Guard

Joe Verderame spent many hours working to improve his shot while growing up with a basketball hoop in his backyard. Joe continued adding new skills to his repertoire as t...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 30, 2022 08 am

Aaron Marcel: Hockey Haven Founder Helps Underserved Youth

Aaron Marcel, a native of the South Shore region of Massachusetts, arrived in North Haven last fall to begin his medical studies at the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medic...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 30, 2022 12 am

Ali Helps the Easties Succeed as a Senior

When he was in 8th grade, Hassan Ali was encouraged by a few of his friends to play basketball at Joseph Melillo Middle School. Throughout the past five years, Hassan has...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 23, 2022 08 am

Eileen O’Keefe-Roxbee: Celebrating Irish-American Traditions

Eileen O’Keefe-Roxbee’s family history drives her love of the Irish American Community Center (IACC), which makes its home on Venice Street in East Haven but serves the e...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 23, 2022 12 am

Espinoza Finds Her Passion on the Track and the Paths

While she entered her freshman year having never running competitively, Juliana Espinoza finished her sophomore year as a member of the girls’ cross country, indoor track...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 16, 2022 08 am

Wahid Nabiz: For the Love of Libraries

Like so many before them, Wahid Nabiz and his wife immigrated to the United States in search of a new and better life. Their move to Connecticut from Uzbekistan, a countr...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 16, 2022 12 am

Torres Sees a Total Turnaround on the Mat

With no experience in the sport, Marchello Torres was introduced to wrestling as a freshman by a senior friend on the East Haven wrestling team. The sport didn’t immediat...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 09, 2022 07 am

Christine Ucich Creates Community Space through Coffee, Volunteer Work, and Wellness

Through the end of this month, residents can help fund the restoration of the steeple at Old Stone Church while also supporting a local business and getting their caffein...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 08, 2022 11 pm

Robert’s a Leader on Defense with the Easties

When he was in 4th grade, Michael Robert came home with a hockey flyer and was eager to get on the ice. Michael has developed a big-time passion for the sport through the...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 02, 2022 11 pm

Iovino’s a Powerful Presence for the Yellowjackets

Juliana Iovino has been a starter for the East Haven girls’ basketball team since the first day of her freshman season. Now a sophomore, Juliana’s skills on the court con...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 02, 2022 07 am

Cherie Bicknell: Helping Make Prom Accessible for All

Ever since Cherie Bicknell’s four-year-old daughter Kaylee was just seven months old, she has participated in pageants. Through their involvement, Cherie recently heard a...
Person of the Week • Published Feb 23, 2022 11 pm

Sigular Brings Good Cheer to the Easties

While she isn’t on the competition squad, Vanessa Sigular is still an important member of the East Haven cheerleading team. Vanessa is constantly cheering on her fellow Y...
Person of the Week • Published Feb 23, 2022 07 am

Emerman Loves Helping Make Performance Possible for EHHS Students

Even though Dawn Emerman has been involved with the East Haven High School (EHHS) Drama Club’s musicals since 2016, she had decided to take a break this year as her posit...