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Guilford Person Of The Week

Person of the Week • Published Aug 13, 2022 11 am

Gentile Loved Coaching with His All-Stars Club This Summer

The influence of every member of a team’s coaching staff is critical when it comes to that club’s success. This summer, Joe Gentile fulfilled that role by making signific...
Person of the Week • Published Aug 10, 2022 08 am

Karolyn Nicolaides: More than Little Bit Country at St. John’s Bluegrass Festival

Karolyn Nicolaides, founder, organizer and event planner of the St. John’s Episcopal Church annual Bluegrass Festival, has some exciting additions lined up for the fourth annual festival on Saturday, Aug. 27, which will also help celebrate the 275th anniversary of the historic North Guilford church
Person of the Week • Published Aug 03, 2022 08 am

Pastor Billy Greene: Creating Next-Generation Bethel Church in Guilford

Guilford Bethel Assembly of God lead pastor Rev. Billy Greene is helping revitalize the spirit of the church and its members.
Person of the Week • Published Jul 29, 2022 01 pm

Eaton Coaches All-Star Team Through Championship Run

Any head coach would feel fortunate to have someone like Chad Eaton by their side. This summer, Chad and his fellow coaches with the East Haddam-Guilford (EH-G) 12-U All-...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 27, 2022 08 am

A Shepherd, a Showman, and So Much More

On Saturday, Aug. 20, as a local farmer and member of the Guilford Agricultural Commission (GAC), Schuyler Beeman will help shine a spotlight on the unveiling the new Guilford farm map and brochure. On Monday, Aug. 22, as a member of the Ivoryton Playhouse Board of Trustees (and as one who has performed, choreographed and directed at the playhouse), Beeman will share his new solo cabaret,<em id="emphasis-71a8dac7de07163693d9c50a483255e3"> Broadway at the Ivoryton</em>.
Person of the Week • Published Jul 22, 2022 11 am

Farrah Helps the Grizzlies Flip the Script in 2022

Jack Farrah exemplifies all the qualities that come with being a true team player. Throughout the past two seasons, Jack has made a considerable impact as a member of the...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 20, 2022 08 am

Neleber’s Transformative Leadership Supports School Nursing

Pam Neleber’s transformative leadership style has supported Guilford’s school nursing program.
Person of the Week • Published Jul 13, 2022 08 am

Christina Acampora: A Point Person for Seniors

“My first friend I made in town was actually a senior citizen,” Christina Acampora says with a laugh. That’s a fitting anecdote for Christina who started earlier this mon...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 13, 2022 12 am

Forselius Emerges on Defense in Junior Season

Any team that’s as dynamic as the Guilford girls’ lacrosse squad needs each of its players to provide steady contributions in every game. While the Grizzlies’ offensive f...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 06, 2022 07 am

Carrying On: Carol Griffin Grateful for Community of Clients

“When I first started here, I said, ‘It’s going to be like a country club, where everybody’s a member,’” Carol Griffin recounts. “Then sometimes I say, ‘No, it’s more lik...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 06, 2022 12 am

Mahoney’s Shutdown Defense and Leadership Guides Grizzlies

James Mahoney anchored the defense for the Guilford boys’ lacrosse team during the 2022 season. A two-year starter, James turned in a dominant performance as a junior to ...
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

Peterson’s Sophomore Performance Helps the Grizzlies Make History

The Guilford girls’ tennis team featured a variety of reliable players this season, and sophomore Molly Peterson proved as reliable as anyone on the Grizzlies’ roster. Mo...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 22, 2022 08 am

Stone Invites All to St. John’s Pollinator Meadow Earth Blessing Ceremony June 25

On behalf of St. John’s Episcopal Church in North Guilford, pollinator garden proponent Judy Stone invites the public to a special event at the church’s new pollinator me...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 22, 2022 12 am

Hickey Helps Grizzlies Break School Record in 4x8 Relay

The Guilford girls’ outdoor track team’s 4x800 relay enjoyed a record-setting season this year, and freshman Riley Hickey played a big role in that success. Riley and her...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 15, 2022 08 am

Osborn Helps Bring ‘Swords to Plowshares Northeast’ to Guilford

As a volunteer with Swords to Plowshares Northeast, retired Rev. Mary Anne Osborn is humbled to help Christ Episcopal Church bring this powerful, hands-on program to the ...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 15, 2022 12 am

Munson Enjoys Phenomenal Freshman Season

The Guilford softball team made significant improvements on its way to putting together a special season in 2022. One of biggest factors behind Guilford’s resurgence was ...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 08, 2022 08 am

West Unites Talented Group to Offer ‘Cellists for Ukraine’

“I believe important lessons are being learned in these difficult times. That we’re all connected on one fragile planet is a truth that can no longer be ignored. Kindness...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 08, 2022 12 am

Shiffrin Goes the Distance with the Grizzlies

Justin Shiffrin has mastered the art of running as an athlete at Guilford High School. A senior captain for the boys’ cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track teams...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 01, 2022 08 am

Kevin Lam: Banding Together

Kevin Lam conducts bands. But Guilford resident and former restaurateur Kevin, the instrumental music director at Valley Regional High School (VRHS) and group lessons tea...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 01, 2022 12 am

McBrierty Finds His Stride Down the Stretch

Aiden McBrierty has been constantly growing as a leader while serving as a senior captain for the Guilford baseball team this spring. After seeing some struggles in the f...
Person of the Week • Published May 25, 2022 08 am

Keeping the Caring Going Via the KARE Foundation

When people we love die, memories, traditions, even a simple walk down the street can trigger the best and worst of our thoughts, bringing the pain and grief rushing back...
Person of the Week • Published May 25, 2022 12 am

Hergan’s Seeing Instant Success as a Freshman

A young athlete can create a fulfilling opportunity by choosing to play sports in high school. For Caroline Hergan, a freshman on the Guilford girls’ tennis team, that ch...
Person of the Week • Published May 18, 2022 08 am

Staying Strong After an Unfathomable Tragedy

Most Guilford residents are sadly all too aware of the tragedy that occurred in January 2018, when 15-year-old Ethan Song lost his life in an accidental shooting. The gri...
Person of the Week • Published May 18, 2022 12 am

Root Grows into a Quality Lacrosse Player

Payton Root has been a staple in the lineup ever since she started playing for the Guilford girls’ lacrosse team last year. Now a sophomore, Payton has already scored 63 ...
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

Meade’s Delivering Big-Time for the Red-Hot Grizzlies

After starting the season by splitting its first four games, the Guilford softball team has won nine in a row to bring its record to 11-2 on the year. One of the major re...
Person of the Week • Published May 04, 2022 08 am

Blumberg Rallies Support for GHS Project Graduation

After Covid created a two-year upheaval to traditional Project Graduation (PG) celebrations, Christine Blumberg and many parent volunteer members of the Guilford High Sch...
Person of the Week • Published May 04, 2022 12 am

Meder Making Key Contributions as a Sophomore

Bryce Meder is only a sophomore at Guilford High School, but he’s already making a massive impact on the ballfield. Bryce has been producing both on the mound and at the ...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 27, 2022 08 am

Press Play: Simon Explores Modern Egypt’s Cassette Culture in ‘Media of the Masses’

An introductory Arabic class at Guilford High School. Experiencing the Egyptian Revolution in Tahrir Square. Discovering the power of two magnetic tape reels inside a pla...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 27, 2022 12 am

Petonito Sparks the Grizzlies’ Offense

Allie Petonito is playing a huge role in the Guilford softball team’s solid start to the 2022 season. Allie, a senior captain shortstop, has been swinging a hot bat for a...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 20, 2022 08 am

Martone Shares News of GFL Spring Book Sale and Other Exciting Events

As one who jumps into costume to help host Guilford Free Library (GFL)’s annual Comic Con, it’s safe to say Teen Services Librarian Sara Martone can get pretty enthusiast...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 20, 2022 12 am

Williams Stepping Up to the Plate as a Junior

When Carter Williams reflects on what got him to fall in love with the sport of baseball, he thinks back fondly on the memories that he shared with his father Todd as a c...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 13, 2022 08 am

Four Seasons of Dance, One Important Dialogue: Morley van Yperen Helps Present ‘Body & Land’

As a former Guilford resident, Morley van Yperen has always loved the Guilford Green—winter, spring, summer, and fall. That’s why she’s thrilled to be returning on Sunday...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 13, 2022 12 am

King Looking to Help the Grizzlies Keep Their Crowns

Lorelei King vividly remembers the first time that she picked up a lacrosse stick—and it isn’t one of her fondest memories. However, Lorelei stuck with the sport and has ...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 06, 2022 08 am

Hens-Kaplan Helped Make GAC ‘A Happy Place’ for Many

When Suzanne Hens-Kaplan retires in June as Guilford Art Center (GAC) chief financial officer and operations director, it will be knowing that, for 18 years, she’s helped...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 06, 2022 12 am

Fraser Begins First Year as Old Saybrook’s Skipper

Ryan Fraser has always had a goal of becoming the head coach of a high school baseball program. This spring, Ryan’s dream turned into a reality when he was named the new ...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 30, 2022 08 am

Walston Retires After 40 Years with Emergency Services

Ever since Mike Walston was in high school, he knew what he wanted to do and despite those who said he would never be able to succeed, Mike was able to forge a 40-plus ye...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 30, 2022 12 am

Reynolds Nets Instant Success as a Freshman

The Guilford girls’ basketball team put together a tremendous bounceback season this year after winning just two games last winter. One of the reasons why the Grizzlies s...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 23, 2022 08 am

50 Years with Florence, and Counting

When you learn why Florence Verdurmen values the impact of gymnastics on a young life, it helps to explain why her Guilford Parks & Recreation programs have been in deman...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 23, 2022 12 am

Angkatavanich Makes History with Grizzlies’ Fencing

Owen Angkatavanich wanted to make his senior season with the Guilford fencing program a memorable one. A captain of the boys’ saber team, Owen led the Grizzlies to a stat...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 16, 2022 08 am

Emerman Loves Helping Make Performance Possible

Even though Guilford resident Dawn Emerman had been involved with high school musicals since 2016, she had decided to take a break this year as her position within the Ea...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 16, 2022 12 am

Ste. Marie Makes Contributions All Over the Court

The Guilford boys’ basketball put together a strong season that saw the Grizzlies notch 13 victories while qualifying for both SCCs and states this year. One of Guilford’...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 09, 2022 07 am

A Self Care Workbook by Kathy Leckey and (Your Name Here)

One day, Kathy Leckey started making lists on her phone. She’d put down something she wanted to do, but had doubted she could. Did a person, place, or thing trigger a sen...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 08, 2022 11 pm

Considine Thrives on the Back Line

When Shane Considine was younger, he made it a point to attend all of his brother’s ice hockey practices and games. Shane’s older brother Tyler served as a role model for...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 02, 2022 11 pm

Gahm Makes a Great Debut on the Track Scene

Clara Gahm is in her first year as a member of the Guilford girls’ indoor track team, and the sophomore is loving every second of it. Clara recently enjoyed an excellent ...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 02, 2022 07 am

Speaking Out for Positive Change: David Knapp

In 1994, David Knapp stood up at First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ (UCC to share something many wouldn’t dare to say at the time: that he was a closete...
Person of the Week • Published Feb 23, 2022 11 pm

Smith Knows How to Foil the Opposition

Prior to attending high school, Taylor Smith was fascinated at the sight of her sister Lindsey competing for the Guilford girls’ fencing team. Taylor attended all of her ...
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

Raucci Sees Success on the Strip

AJ Raucci first picked up a fencing sword five years ago when one of his friends suggested that he try out the sport. AJ knew that competitive fencing included being part...