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Guilford Person Of The Week

Person of the Week • Published Jun 03, 2023 06 am

Gutierrez Eyeing School Records as Talented Jumper for Guilford Boys’ Track

Every young athlete has aspirations, whether that’s to compete in a sport at an elite level, be the best leader they can be for their team, or to break records. At the st...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 02, 2023 08 am

Working Behind the Scenes to Help #SongStrong 5K

Working behind the scenes since 2018, Brandy Markovich is one among a group of remarkable volunteers supporting the annual #SongStrong 5K, a June 3 shoreline event with a message that resonates in every town.
Person of the Week • Published May 23, 2023 01 pm

Academic Accomplishments, Exciting Future Plans for Katie Hooker

Guilford resident Katie Hooker not only graduated summa cum laude from UConn on May 7, but had the honor of giving the student commencement speech to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CAS). The UConn Nutmeg Scholar, 4.0 GPA Babbidge Scholar, and national Goldwater Scholar has some interesting plans for the immediate future. She’s shown here with family and fans on commencement day outside Gampel Pavilion in Storrs.
Person of the Week • Published May 21, 2023 07 am

Shosho Battles Injury to Dominate On the Mound for Guilford

Everyone has passions and desires. We all strive for goals that may sometimes seem unachievable, but the attitude we put into reaching those aspirations is what matters m...
Person of the Week • Published May 16, 2023 12 pm

A Place to Be Their Creative Selves

Danielle Bargh founded the Teen Art Club at Guilford Art Center, where the club’s first exhibit, ‘The Third Place,’ opens May 26 in the spirit of crediting and promoting local teen artists without critique or judgment
Person of the Week • Published May 09, 2023 01 pm

Wettemann Worked the Ranks as UConn Men’s Director of Basketball Administration

A young Paul Wettemann III grew up in Guilford idolizing UConn men’s basketball. Now an adult in his current role as director of men’s basketball administration with the ...
Person of the Week • Published May 09, 2023 01 pm

Calling Local Artists to Guilford Art League’s Carry-In Supper

Guilford Art League president Sheila Kaczmarek is offering an open invitation to local artists to join her at the art league’s upcoming Carry-In Supper, and to consider joining this remarkable group.
Person of the Week • Published May 06, 2023 06 am

Carignan a Star Scholar Athlete as National Football Foundation Award Recipient

Luke Carignan is a senior at Guilford High School and played football all four years, acting as a captain this past season while starting at defensive end and tackle. He’...
Person of the Week • Published May 03, 2023 08 am

Paris Grateful for Strong Project Graduation Partnerships

In her last year co-chairing Project Graduation, Amy Paris is gratified to report this year’s fundraising effort is exceeding expectations.
Person of the Week • Published Apr 26, 2023 08 am

Guilford’s Teasdale a National Equestrian Finalist

Guilford High School junior Kennedy Teasdale has already achieved a great deal, qualifying for the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) National Finals where she ...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 25, 2023 12 pm

Kristina Rath: Running For a Cure

Kristina Rath started running marathons at age 40, and in the last 13 years, she has raised more than $250,000 for the Children’s Tumor Foundation.
Person of the Week • Published Apr 20, 2023 07 am

Palana to Debut with Goodspeed’s ‘Gypsy’ Cast

Guilford 6th grader Bianca Belle Palana is rehearsing for her professional musical theatre debut with Broadway stars. The talented 11-year-old is an ensemble cast member as well as an understudy for Goodspeed Opera House’s production of <em id="emphasis-ac01cf7e5975aba294e4d6737a7cf96f">Gypsy</em>, April 28 through June 18.
Person of the Week • Published Apr 18, 2023 12 pm

Farace a Versatile and Positive Player for Grizzlies Girls’ Ice Hockey

Hailey Farace has always been drawn to the ice. From the time she was little to when she entered high school, ice hockey has been a passion of hers. The dedication she ha...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 15, 2023 06 am

Hutchison a Positive Leader On the Water for Guilford Crew

Rowing is a very unique sport in that it really takes every member of the boat to compete well in order to put out successful race numbers as a team. Hailey Hutchison is ...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 11, 2023 12 pm

Zack Sees Momentum Building for Cemetery Marker Upkeep Effort

With Memorial Day approaching, thousands of military veterans laid to rest in cemeteries statewide have overgrown and sunken grave markers. Working with many, including State Senator Christine Cohen, Ed Zack Jr. is hoping to help bring change to those including the many ‘common soldiers’ of our communities.
Person of the Week • Published Apr 04, 2023 10 am

DePetris a Key Defender, Motivator for Grizzlies Girls’ Ice Hockey

Being a young player on any organized team can come with challenges in regardsto transitioning and defining your role. For freshman defender Tayte DePetris, she needed ve...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 02, 2023 06 am

Zhou a Force on the Strip for Guilford Fencing

Fencing is a very meticulous sport that can be very demanding on the body and mind. It’s one that requires a lot of practice and precision to master the art and skill tha...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 28, 2023 11 am

‘Paws and Read’ with Theo and Marie Robert

Together with his person, Marie Robert, Theo, an Australian Labradoodle and certified therapy pup, supports kids learning to read by lending an ear during Paws and Read, a twice-weekly Guilford Free Library program in the Children’s Department.
Person of the Week • Published Mar 24, 2023 06 am

Do You Know a SHEro? Award Nominations Open for Women and Girls

Lyne Landry, director of Guilford Youth and Family Services, is also a founding committee member of the annual SHEro Awards, organized by nonprofit Women and Family Life Center. Nominations are open through April 5 for recipients of the awards, which recognize exceptional area women and girls. Photo Courtesy Lyne Landry
Person of the Week • Published Mar 21, 2023 10 am

Eschinger a Strong Middle-Distance Athlete for Lebanon Valley Track and Field

Making the transition from a high school sport to participating at the collegiate level on a much bigger stage can sometimes come with self-doubt and nerves due to the ad...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 14, 2023 05 pm

Epke a Naturally Gifted Goaltender for Guilford Girls’ Ice Hockey

Kadence Epke was quite literally born into the sport of hockey. Having a father who had a stick in his hand at multiple competitive levels and sisters who also enjoyed it...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 14, 2023 11 am

GreenStage Guilford Live Arts: What’s in a Name?

Sue Rollins (left) led months of pro bono brainstorming sessions on the way to developing the new, dramatic name change and logo branding for the Guilford Performing Arts Festival to GreenStage Guilford Live Arts
Person of the Week • Published Mar 12, 2023 08 am

Esposito Among Region’s Top Gymnasts as Team of One for Guilford

Representing your school on your own can be a lot of pressure for a young athlete, especially in a sport like gymnastics that requires a lot of precision and balance. Gui...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 07, 2023 11 am

Mary Didiuk: Encouraging Play

Though the concept of toy libraries has been around since the 1930s, Mary Didiuk has taken it to another level with Guiford-based nonprofit, Traveling Toys. Mary and busi...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 04, 2023 07 am

Considine Leads by Example as Senior Captain for Grizzlies

Being a multi-sport athlete can be difficult for some people due to the focus and balance it takes to constantly improve in various areas. For senior ice hockey captain a...
Person of the Week • Published Feb 28, 2023 10 am

Help Co-Chairs, Volunteers Put on GHS Project Graduation

Volunteers and co-chairs including Sarah Celotto are working hard to put on this year’s Guilford High School Project Graduation (GHSPG) party for the Class of 2023.
Person of the Week • Published Feb 23, 2023 10 am

Bill Segraves: Helping Others on the Path to Playing Bridge

On Tuesday, Feb. 28, Bill Segraves will offer “Introduction to Bridge, the Greatest Partnership Game in the World” at Guilford Free Library from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The Guilford resident is a tournament game player, teacher and club director.
Person of the Week • Published Feb 21, 2023 11 am

Clifford Making Strides as Talented Freshman for Guilford Girls’ Ice Hockey

Freshman defender Emma Clifford has always been inspired by the game of hockey. The Guilford native has made a quick impact already in her short time with the Guilford Gr...
Person of the Week • Published Feb 19, 2023 08 am

Crowley Embracing Role as Star Goaltender for Notre Dame Hockey

Senior captain and goaltender Connor Crowley has embraced his role with the Notre Dame-West Haven Green Knights boys’ ice hockey team this season, taking full advantage o...
Person of the Week • Published Feb 12, 2023 08 am

Kumar’s Positive Attitude Helps Lead Guilford Fencing

For many kids as they enter high school, fencing is a sport that may be unfamiliar to them. With obscure rules and various disciplines, people aren’t always comfortable t...
Person of the Week • Published Feb 07, 2023 10 am

Linda Nedell: Speaking Truth to empowHer

By producing a riveting video themed, ‘The Imagined Life,’ Linda Nedell is helping Guilford’s Women and Family Life Center (WFLC) speak truth to the empowHer Gala, coming Thursday, March 23 to Woodwinds in Branford.
Person of the Week • Published Feb 04, 2023 08 am

Gunderman Takes Passion for Cheerleading to New Heights

It is not every day that you hear about someone from a town in Connecticut being a part of a professional National Football League (NFL) cheerleading team. For Guilford n...
Person of the Week • Published Jan 31, 2023 11 am

Kenna Launches ‘Artemis Sparke and the Sound Seekers Brigade’

Local author Kimberly Behre Kenna, a former 5th grade teacher, launches her eco-conscious, magic-filled middle grade book.
Person of the Week • Published Jan 28, 2023 08 am

Goldberg Stays True to the Basketball Court for Guilford Hoops

Sometimes kids find something they’re passionate about at a young age, and they just stick with it. That’s exactly what happened for Kevin Goldberg, now a senior forward ...
Person of the Week • Published Jan 24, 2023 11 am

Dani Howard: ‘Mom’ of a Guilford ABC Host Family

Guilford A Better Chance (ABC) host mom Dani Howard wants to help spread the news that there are openings for two additional host families to start in the fall of 2023.
Person of the Week • Published Jan 21, 2023 08 am

Cohen Making an Impact In and Out of the Pool for GNH Swimming

Aiden Cohen and the Greater New Haven (GNH) Warriors co-op swimming and diving team started their season on Dec. 1. Their first meet was on Dec. 19 against the Notre Dame...
Person of the Week • Published Jan 18, 2023 08 am

Dr. Ann Hoefer Says Farewell to Guilford Pediatrics

The shoreline will be losing one of its most beloved pediatricians now that Dr. Ann Hoefer has retired from her practice in Guilford. Since 1994, Ann has been with Guilfo...
Person of the Week • Published Jan 11, 2023 08 am

Young Promotes Sustainable Solutions in Fashion

Grace Young hopes the outcome of her Jan. 12 sustainable fashion show at Guilford High School (GHS) will help create a healthier fashion environment. Her work will tackle fashion industry issues ranging from toxic manufacturing practices to disposable clothing, misrepresentation of body image, and lack of diversity among models.
Person of the Week • Published Jan 08, 2023 08 am

Bertrand’s Hard Work Pays Off as a Star on the Ice for Guilford Hockey

The Guilford boys’ ice hockey team is off to a red-hot start for the 2022-’23 campaign, having yet to lose a game. The Grizzlies are led by senior Logan Bertrand, who has...
Person of the Week • Published Dec 28, 2022 12 pm

Thrifting for a Cause: Mollow’s Pop-Up Shop Benefits Local Non-Profits

Evie Mollow puts her knack for great thrift shop fashion finds to work as a business that’s also in the business of assisting local non-profits. She runs “The Rack,” a pop-up clothing and accessories shop, which has as its tagline “Thrifting for a Cause.”
Person of the Week • Published Dec 23, 2022 12 pm

Tammy DeFrancesco: ‘How Can We Help?’

After 31 years, Tammy DeFrancesco will retire as Guilford Social Services (GSS) Director on Jan. 6, 2023. She’s grateful for all of the help GSS has received from community members, businesses, Town departments, non-profit organizations, groups, civic clubs, churches, schools, families, individual donors, and others to support needed services and additional beneficial programs provided to community members.
Person of the Week • Published Dec 14, 2022 09 am

O’Brien Finding His Stride as First Team All-Conference Player

If one thing is obvious about Niall O’Brien, it’s that he knows how to make a good first impression. This quality has suited Niall well in a variety of ways. In fact, it’...
Person of the Week • Published Dec 10, 2022 09 am

Juliana Montgomery Brings Home Gold at World Tap Dancing Championship

Many people travel to Croatia seeking a European vacation. Guilford High School junior Juliana Montgomery made the trip seeking a gold medal. Her mission was successful, ...
Person of the Week • Published Dec 08, 2022 09 am

Steve Rowe: The Cutting Edge

Steve Rowe’s varied career includes stints as the manager of a camera shop, a wedding photographer, a deliveryman for a linen company, a personal trainer, and an Essex St...
Person of the Week • Published Dec 07, 2022 09 am

Francine Farkas Sears: A Woman Who Shines

For her exceptional efforts during the pandemic, and as one who has spent a lifetime mentoring girls and women, and, by example, shared the values of confidence, courage, and hard work, as well as the importance of philanthropy, Francine Farkas Sears will be honored with a prestigious Girl Scouts of CT “Women Who Shine” award at the 26th annual Breakfast Badge Awards in Hartford on Thursday, Dec. 8.
Person of the Week • Published Nov 30, 2022 02 pm

A Lesson in Perseverance: Briganti Pens Thriller, ‘Moral Demise’

Joe Briganti’s first book, <em id="emphasis-c5ecc0909080faa8a932d2b1a387f57f">Moral Demise,</em> is a thriller for young adults. But for this newly-published author, Guilford resident and Branford High School assistant principal, it’s also a story of perseverance, and belief in one’s own abilities.
Person of the Week • Published Nov 24, 2022 12 pm

Thibault Trail Blazing as Pioneers’ Hockey Director at SHU

Jessica Thibault grew up in Guilford surrounded by ice, traveling from rink to rink. It was that puck upbringing that smoothed the path toward her working up to one of th...
Person of the Week • Published Nov 23, 2022 08 am

Tillier Says Teamwork Key Ingredient of Christ Church’s ‘Chili to Go’

Christ Episcopal Church’s ‘Chili to Go’ organizational ladle may been have passed to volunteer Susan Tillier, but she says it’s the continued teamwork of many that makes the annual event, which marks its 51st year on Friday, Dec. 2, a success.
Person of the Week • Published Nov 16, 2022 08 am

Smith and Friends offer ‘Night of Remembrance’ Reflecting on Child Loss

On Sunday, Dec. 4, Shawn Smith and her friends welcome those who may find comfort in the 10th Night of Remembrance, 4 p.m. at First Congregational Church in Guilford.
Person of the Week • Published Nov 13, 2022 10 am

Masotti’s Dedication Fueled Grizzlies’ Success on the Cross Country Course

Throughout his cross country career, Michael Masotti prided himself on perfecting the balance of pacing himself throughout the course of a race while overtaking fellow ru...