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Madison Person Of The Week

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

Phelan Helps Madison’s Ballplayers Grow as a Coach

When his kids were in Madison Little League (MLL), Michael Phelan was given an opportunity to coach and found that he enjoyed working with the town’s up-and-coming ballpl...
Person of the Week • Published Aug 10, 2022 08 am

Carley Moyher Lays it on the Line

After earning her bachelor’s degree and spending a year in graduate school, Carley Moyher of Killingworth seemed on track for a career in speech pathology. Instead, she s...
Person of the Week • Published Aug 05, 2022 12 pm

Antonetti Proves a True King of the Hill

David Antonetti was standing on the pitcher’s mound when the Daniel Hand baseball team won the Class L state championship last year. In his senior season, David continued...
Person of the Week • Published Aug 03, 2022 08 am

Connie Bombaci: Gone to the Dogs

KILLINGWORTH Local author Connie Bombaci has led a life that truly has gone to the dogs-in all the best ways. Connie was blessed to become owner of a deaf dog in the earl...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 20, 2022 08 am

Christine Montegut Bastian: Sweet, Sweet the Memories

The memories are indeed sweet, and spicy, and creamy, and chocolatey because they are the memories of Restaurant du Village, a fixture in Chester for some 30 years until it was sold in 2009 and the new owners changed the name. Now Christine Montegut Bastian, a server at the du Village for 19 years, has organized a reunion to celebrate the restaurant and the people who worked there. Christine herself is still a server in a French restaurant, now at Bar Bouchee in Madison.
Person of the Week • Published Jul 13, 2022 08 am

Tessa LeMay: Keeping the Beach Safe

Recent closures and hour restrictions at local beaches due to a lack of lifeguards is a reminder of how tough a job on the beach can be. It takes a very special mindset a...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 13, 2022 12 am

Gagliardi Plays with Passion on the Golf Course

For Matt Gagliardi, golf started out as a fun way to spend time with his brother on the driving range, even if they were slicing their shots. Over time, Matt began to tak...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 06, 2022 08 am

Lights, Camera, Action!

Most folks would surmise that if you finally achieved a dream after years of hard work and dedication that you would broadcast it to the world, especially when that dream...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 06, 2022 12 am

Fumex Found His Calling on the Doubles Court

With his family involved in the sport, it didn’t take much for Will Fumex to become interested in tennis. Will wanted to excel in the sport and, over the past four years,...
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

Berger Earns All-Conference Honors with Doubles Partner

While she had played the sport since she was three, Zhu Zhu Berger didn’t have an opportunity to compete for the Hand girls’ tennis team until her junior year of high sch...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 22, 2022 08 am

Helping Local Youth (and Parents) Through Trying Times

The transition from high school to college, or even just from high school to work, trade school, or job is an exciting time for many grads, but it can also be a time of g...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 22, 2022 12 am

Scott Leads the Tigers on the Links

When he walks into his room, Reece Scott always sees a glass golf ball that was given to him by his great-grandfather Dean on a shelf on the wall. The ball has become a h...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 15, 2022 08 am

The Maestro Returns to Madison

Madison’s Fourth of July Concert returns after a three-year hiatus caused by weather and the pandemic, and the parade and fireworks display will also be making their retu...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 15, 2022 12 am

Langille Delivers Big-Time for the Tigers

When you’re a No. 1 singles player in tennis, the spotlight is always on you to perform well and come through for your team. Claire Langille had that responsibility on he...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 08, 2022 08 am

A Horse, of Course

Sometimes help comes in ways that aren’t only unexpected, but downright counter-intuitive. Michele Krumenacker and the folks at High Hopes Therapeutic Riding in Old Lyme ...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 08, 2022 12 am

Leiberman Makes Great Debut as a Freshman

Most freshmen athletes look to use their first season of high school sports as a way to get acclimated and learn the ropes with their new program. However, Bryce Leiberma...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 01, 2022 08 am

A Return to Theatric Roots

Madison Lyric Stage (MLS), originally conceived as a private performance site in a local barn, has risen to become one of the most innovative and cherished theaters in th...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 01, 2022 12 am

Giaccone Never Gives Up with the Cougars

The high school baseball season is typically filled with ups and downs for everyone involved. Joe Giaccone, a junior on the Haddam-Killingworth baseball team, has experie...
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

White’s Netting Success as a Sophomore

Most athletes enter their second season of high school sports ready to thrive in a familiar environment with one year of competition already under their belt. That’s exac...
Person of the Week • Published May 18, 2022 08 am

A Nite Like No Other

Since 1989, the educators and parents of Madison have created a special and safe evening for graduating seniors. Though postponed and revamped the last two years due to t...
Person of the Week • Published May 18, 2022 12 am

Goodrich Provides Good Vibes for the Tigers

Ever since Annie Goodrich was a child, she’s always had a love for baseball and softball. Annie grew up watching the Boston Red Sox, and that love for the diamond inspire...
Person of the Week • Published May 11, 2022 08 am

Sharing a Love for Books

Despite several decades of prediction of the doom and demise of bookstores, the town’s iconic R.J. Julia Booksellers has not only survived, but thrived. The store’s new p...
Person of the Week • Published May 11, 2022 12 am

Bodak Making Huge Contributions for the Cougars

Kaleigh Bodak is proving an integral part of the success of the Haddam-Killingworth softball team this spring. Kaleigh, a junior, is making huge contributions both on the...
Person of the Week • Published May 04, 2022 08 am

Dianne Coyle: Taking Time to Reflect

To say that grief is complicated is something that seems a bit obvious. As we all grieve and process the loss of loved ones in our own unique way, local author Dianne Coy...
Person of the Week • Published May 04, 2022 12 am

Doubles is Tons of Fun for de Chabert

When Will de Chabert joined the Hand boys’ tennis team, he knew that there were going to be big expectations on his shoulders. The Tigers have a storied program with a lo...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 27, 2022 08 am

George Marinelli Proves It’s Cool To Be Kind

A far as cool goes, Madison’s George Marinelli is pretty much as cool as the proverbial cucumber gets. A life-long musician whose list of playing and band credits is as i...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 27, 2022 12 am

Mastrobattisto Striving to Help the Tigers Build a Dynasty

After losing its first game of the season, the Hand baseball team has bounced back in a major way the past few weeks, thanks in large part to the contributions of senior ...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 20, 2022 08 am

Ann Devine: Stewarding a Stable Polling Process

It’ safe to say that Madison’s new Republican Registrar of Voters Ann Devine grew up around a ballot box. Her father was a State Representative, chair of the Republican T...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 20, 2022 12 am

Powers Captains the Cougars as a Junior

Callen Powers is certainly making his presence felt as a member of the Haddam- Killingworth baseball team this spring. In fact, Callen’s leadership has impressed Head Coa...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 13, 2022 08 am

Judy Tewksbury: This Must be a Sign

At a time seemingly overrun with discord, even a small display of positivity can sometimes provide hope. The tight-knit community of Opening Hill has a small ray of optim...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 13, 2022 12 am

Powell Leads the Tigers from Behind the Plate

After winning a state title during his junior year of high school, Connor Powell is raring to go in his final season with the Hand baseball team this spring. Connor is le...
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

Geremia Helps Hand Make History on the Hardwood

Playing with a group of hard-working athletes on the Hand boys’ basketball team is just part of the enjoyment for Hudson Geremia. Hudson recently completed his junior sea...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 30, 2022 08 am

Ernesto Gonzalez: When Service Is the Reward

Officer Ernesto Gonzalez may hail from Puerto Rico, but his heart is here in Madison with his family and job. As a rising member of the Madison Police Department, Ernesto...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 30, 2022 12 am

Lee Swims to Tremendous Success as a Sophomore

When it comes to the cream of the crop of high school swimmers in Connecticut, Elliot Lee is at the very top of that list in his sophomore year at Daniel Hand High School...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 23, 2022 08 am

Fran Brady: Taking Time to Turn to Nature

Fran Brady may have grown up a city kid on the streets of West Philadelphia, but he has developed a profound love and respect for nature that has made him an invaluable r...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 23, 2022 12 am

Glynn Goes Out a True Champion with the Cougars

The Haddam-Killingworth wrestling team put together an epic season by winning its first state championship this winter. One of the biggest reasons why the Cougars made hi...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 16, 2022 08 am

Wayne Hubbs: Scout’s Honor

Wayne Hubbs says he has been “tearing things apart” since his childhood on Long Island, and that curiosity has gone on to serve him well ever since. With a career as an e...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 16, 2022 12 am

Young Makes History with H-K Wrestling

Sam Young had great expectations for the Haddam- Killingworth wrestling team entering the 2022 season. Sam wanted to help the Cougars win a state title and then qualify f...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 09, 2022 07 am

Marika Kuzma: Singing for Survival

Marika Kuzma may have been born in Hartford, but her heart is all Ukrainian. This recent Madison resident is the daughter of Ukrainian refugees who fled the horrors of wa...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 08, 2022 11 pm

Woicik Has a Passion for Coaching Track

Evan Woicik has been involved in track and field an assistant coach for the past eight years, and the role has turned into a big-time passion for him. Now, Evan is passin...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 02, 2022 11 pm

Law Leaps His Way to State Open Title

When Aidan Law got his first taste of varsity competition with the Haddam-Killingworth boys’ indoor track and field team, he knew it was something that he wanted to make ...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 02, 2022 07 am

Samantha Pullaro: The Butterfly Effect

Master Gardener Samantha Pullaro may be your garden’s best friend. Her knowledge and love for gardening and native landscaping is making her passion an in-demand skillset...
Person of the Week • Published Feb 23, 2022 11 pm

Flickinger’s a Freshman Phenom for Hand Gymnastics

Morgan Flickinger is a rarity when it comes to the sport of gymnastics. Only a freshman, Morgan was named the Most Outstanding Performer of the SCC Championship after fin...
Person of the Week • Published Feb 23, 2022 07 am

After a Life of Fear, a Sense of Security

Editor’s note: This interview was conducted via an interpreter, as David Ngeta speaks Lingala and French. David spoke in French and it was translated by Alison Hubley...
Person of the Week • Published Feb 16, 2022 11 pm

Walker Loves Everything About Irish Dance

Even though Alice Walker has a bit of Irish heritage, she says you don’t need to be Irish to love Irish Dance. A seasoned performer, Alice recently received a highly comp...
Person of the Week • Published Feb 16, 2022 07 am

Nancy Gorski is Ready to Serve

Recently elected First Selectwoman Nancy Gorksi fell in love with Killingworth when she and her husband moved here in 1999. Since that time, Nancy has dedicated herself t...
Person of the Week • Published Feb 09, 2022 11 pm

Dean Thrives in Every Event for the Tigers

Paige Dean has always been a high-energy person, and she’s used her energetic nature to succeed as an athlete. Now a senior in high school, Paige is succeeding as an all-...