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North Branford Person Of The Week

Person of the Week • Published Jul 20, 2024 06 am

In A Minute: DeNegre Invites Shoreline Neighbors to Guilford Craft Expo

Vivika DeNegre invites her shoreline neighbors in Branford and North Branford to attend one of the most successful and longest-running annual craft shows in America, the Guilford Craft Expo, which brings over 160 juried artisans to the Guilford green Friday, July 19 through Sunday July 21. Ticket sales benefit non-profit Guilford Art Center, serving the shoreline.
Person of the Week • Published Jul 16, 2024 11 am

NB’s Falcioni Found Her Niche as First Team All-Shoreline Softball Selection

Lexi Falcioni garnered great longevity in the game of softball, thanks to the constant uplifting and encouragement of her long-standing teammates. Through that, she has l...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 08, 2024 02 pm

O’Connor Craved Perseverance as Second Team All-Shoreline Selection for NB Baseball

Jason O’Connor loves the basic teaching nature of the sport of baseball and how it mirrors life. He used that to become a great reflection and model of persistence for th...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 03, 2024 08 am

Summer Food and Fun: Ferrall Coordinates CDR Outdoor Community Dinners

Community Dining Room (CDR) Program Coordinator Jane Ferrall welcomes all to come out and enjoy CDR free dinners and activities at outdoor community-building events taking place Tuesdays and Wednesdays all summer long.
Person of the Week • Published Jun 26, 2024 08 am

Jason Cisto brings Buddy Barker’s Helpful Messages to Kids

Northford native Jason Cisto has published the third installment of his Buddy Barker children’s book series.
Person of the Week • Published Jun 25, 2024 11 am

Sinski Savored Skills and Manners as Court Captain for North Branford

The sport of tennis is more about securing points, sets, and matches. There is a certain element to it that challenges one to play the game with a certain dignity and rev...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 19, 2024 08 am

Best Foot Forward: NBHS 2024 Valedictorian Kiley Mullins

North Branford High School Valedictorian Kiley Mullins put her best foot forward excelling in academic and athletics. She will study nursing at her dream school, where she will also play Division 3 softball with the varsity team
Person of the Week • Published Jun 18, 2024 12 pm

Prato Saw Successes with Books and Brawn as ND-WH Salutatorian, Squad Captain

Matt Prato is graduating from high school as one of the more well-rounded students, athletes, and people in his class. He has done it all on the back of hard work, dedica...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 12, 2024 08 am

BELC’s Diane Pappacoda: Always Focusing on the Children

On Friday, June 28, after 38 years with BELC, including the last 10 years as BELC Director, Diane Pappacoda will officially retire.
Person of the Week • Published Jun 05, 2024 08 am

A Heartfelt ‘Thank You’ from Clare Torelli

This time last year, Clare Torelli was in stage 5 kidney failure, Now, she is now on the road to recovery, thanks to a lot of help from her family and friends as well as the caring show of support from so many in her community.
Person of the Week • Published May 29, 2024 08 am

Nancy Popp: In Support of ‘Bare Necessities’

As Bare Necessities Vice President, Nancy Popp works to assist struggling families in need of donations of baby diapers and wipes. She’s grateful for continued community support of Bare Necessities collection efforts, including those who responded to the annual Law Enforcement Diaper Drive joined once again by Branford and North Branford police departments
Person of the Week • Published May 21, 2024 11 am

O’Brien Bolsters NB Girls’ Lax Defense with Diverse Skill Set

Mikella O'Brien is always soaking up knowledge and taking on new challenges to strengthen her repertoire with lacrosse. That determined drive has led to her being a sharp...
Person of the Week • Published May 07, 2024 11 am

Marino Molding Her Way to Superb Sophomore Stopper for NB Girls’ Lax

Any athlete that is asked to change their field assignment on the fly might feel some trepidation, much less when you are an underclassman. Yet Alyssa Marino showed a cer...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 30, 2024 01 pm

Sophomore Sorrell Surging as Diverse and Dynamic Track Athlete for NB

Sophia Sorrell always had a curious and adventurous mind and body when it came to sports during her upbringing. Now, those personality traits have served her well in her ...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 24, 2024 08 am

Creative Thinking: Hackett envisions exciting CDR Art Gala and Auction

Patrick Hackett, the new fundraising coordinator for Community Dining Room (CDR) is organizing CDR’s Art Gala and Auction on Sunday, April 28, 2 to 5 p.m. at beautiful Millpond Gatherings in Northford.
Person of the Week • Published Apr 16, 2024 11 am

Christie Crushes Through Any Hurdles as All-Shoreline Track Star

Whether you are running full steam ahead in your own lane, or waiting for your leg of a relay race to take off, track and field can be a physically grueling and mentally ...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 02, 2024 11 am

Gu Gained Great Strength, Balance as Newcomer to North Branford Fencing

Emily Gu has grasped the essential skills of fencing in order to master it and become a pivotal piece of the burgeoning North Branford fencing team. Yet even more crucial...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 27, 2024 08 am

Happy Retirement to Donna Weidenmann, Atwater Children’s Librarian/WeeRock Star

Donna Weidenmann has been Atwater children’s librarian since 2007 and has served the community as part of the North Branford public library team since 1987. She will retire in April.
Person of the Week • Published Mar 26, 2024 11 am

Ardito an Advocate of Arduous Fitness Journeys as Three-Sport Athlete

Lily Ardito treats her stature as an athlete like a temple with constant upkeep via moving year-round. Yet she never complains no matter how grueling the endeavor is and ...
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 Feb 27, 2024 11 am

Gott Garners Track of Confidence as Multi-Event School Record Holder

Sam Gott looks at the world of competitive running and track through the prism of stress and anxiety relief, along with constructing connections. He has utilized that ess...
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 07, 2024 08 am

Mayhew Dedicated to Helping People Defeat Addiction

Hunter Mayhew lost his best friend, Joe Deane, as a result of fentanyl poisoning in 2018. The North Branford resident has since dedicated himself to helping people who struggle with addiction.
Person of the Week • Published Jan 31, 2024 08 am

From North Branford to Guilford, by Way of Darien: Pam Gery Comes Home

From North Branford to Guilford, by way of Darien, former North Branford Parks and Recreation and Seniors Director Pamela “Pam” Gery is rounding out her exceptional career as she begins her new role as Guilford’s Parks and Recreation and Senior Center director.
Person of the Week • Published Jan 30, 2024 12 am

O’Brien’s Competitiveness Knows No Bounds for NB Basketball

When it comes to raising his spirits and his game in the midst of competition, few will surpass Jack O’Brien. In terms of hustle, effort, and drive to leave no stone untu...
Person of the Week • Published Jan 17, 2024 01 pm

Janet Stanley: Putting in the Hard Work

By putting in the hard work after her day’s work as general manager of North Branford’s McDonald's restaurant, Janet Stanley earned her associates degree, with highest honors, in less than two years’ time.
Person of the Week • Published Jan 16, 2024 11 am

Deng Earns Joyous Medals at Junior Fencing Olympics Qualifier

Joy Deng only just recently got into the sport of fencing upon her arrival into the Nutmeg State. Yet she has certainly made up for lost time, while grasping the essentia...
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 09, 2024 11 am

Preiss Prides Herself on Excelling for T-Birds Girls’ Hoops

The frenetic pace of the game of basketball works Emma Preiss up into a frenzy, and truly houses the source of her passion for the court. She loves the sport, along with ...
Person of the Week • Published Dec 20, 2023 07 am

‘Ask Earl:’ A North Branford Small Business Success Story

Whether in person or in the form of a familiar, pony-tailed caricature, Earl Norwood of Country Paint and Hardware may be one of North Branford’s best-known and most appr...
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 21, 2023 02 pm

Hansen Heaping Gains On the Ground for T-Birds’ Football

Camaraderie among a unit of players, or an entire team on a bigger front, can draw attraction to the game of football in many young athletes. Tommy Hansen falls under tha...
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 Oct 31, 2023 12 pm

Kendrick Keeping Strong on Field Hockey Turf at Eastern

Alyssa Kendrick came into learning the sport of field hockey under the umbrella of one of the state’s most prestigious programs in the sport at North Branford High School...
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 20, 2023 10 am

Brigance Brings It to the Floor as Freshman Spark for Thunderbirds' Volleyball

Once Reese Brigance first grasped a volleyball, it was all systems go, as she hit the ground floor running and is now quickly ascending up the ranks as a resounding rooki...
Person of the Week • Published Oct 11, 2023 09 am

Hutchinson Lets Friendships Fly as Three-Sport Star for Thunderbirds

Friendship has been the biggest conveyor for Aiden Hutchinson when it comes to him becoming connected with a sport, and so it is almost fitting that when it comes full ci...
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 06, 2023 08 am

Melillo Makes Moves on the Court for North Branford Volleyball

Whether it is gliding across the dance floor, or maneuvering herself around the volleyball court, Sam Melillo has always been fast on her feet, and is setting the North B...
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 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 22, 2023 08 am

Falcioni Found Sound Mind as Leader for T-Birds’ Baseball

Nico Falcioni has enjoyed baseball from the first time he hit a ball off a tee, very much so for its tendency to reward the patient and mentally fortified athlete, and it...
Person of the Week • Published Aug 25, 2023 04 pm

Garrett Gave Nothing but Gratitude for North Branford Baseball

If any individual spent just a few quick moments speaking to Cameron Garrett, they would instantly come away from the conversation knowing full well that he is someone wh...
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 18, 2023 06 am

Lucibello Lit Up Plate as First Team All-Shoreline Third Baseman

An absence of complacency has proven to be quite an asset for the North Branford softball program and its lengthy string of success, and Natalia Lucibello embodies that s...
Person of the Week • Published Aug 11, 2023 05 pm

Onofrio Displayed Strong Leadership as T-Birds’ Shortstop, Captain

While other toddlers were playing in their toy boxes with trucks and various other trinkets, John Onofrio took his play time outside with a bat, ball, and glove in his ha...
Person of the Week • Published Aug 04, 2023 04 pm

Defaranos Dedicated to T-Birds’ Lax as Midfielder, Captain

When he first picked up a lacrosse stick, Eli Defaranos was not all too keen on the idea of playing the game, yet he changed his tune after being drawn to the entertainme...
Person of the Week • Published Aug 02, 2023 11 am

Part of ‘Team POCO’

Mary-Elissa Giovanni and her PoCo co-coordinators are prepared to bring an exciting festival to North Branford Friday Aug. 4 through Sunday Aug. 6.
Person of the Week • Published Jul 18, 2023 12 pm

Juniver Jumped High as Two-Sport Captain for T-Birds

Intensity is not always an early indication of proficiency with any given task, as Tessa Juniver has learned with a more relaxed approach in the field, at the plate, and ...