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Old Saybrook Person Of The Week

Person of the Week • Published Jun 12, 2024 08 am

Richard Brown: Happy to Help Out in Clinton

For the past four months, Richard Brown served has served as the interim town manager in Clinton. With his stint in town now finished, Richard took some time to reflect o...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 05, 2024 08 am

Jim Barnett: Making an Impact

This season marked Jim Barnett’s 14th year as head coach of the Morgan fencing team. However, for Jim, coaching is just the tip of the spear when it comes to making an im...
Person of the Week • Published May 29, 2024 08 am

Bob Tait: Clinton’s New Money Man

Last month, the Clinton ended a four-month search when the Town Council announced it had hired Robert Tait as the town’s new finance director. Clinton had been without a ...
Person of the Week • Published May 15, 2024 08 am

Nancy Popp: Looking for the Bare Necessities

On June 22, Bare Necessities will host its annual Duck Dash for Diapers fundraiser that raises money to combat diaper need along the shoreline. Bare Necessities’ Vice Pre...
Person of the Week • Published May 08, 2024 08 am

Kim Bratz: Proudly Serving Westbrook

For over 25 years, Kim Bratz has not only been a familiar face at Westbrook Town Hall, but she’s also been a regular at various volunteer events around town. For Kim, Dec...
Person of the Week • Published May 07, 2024 11 am

Maselli Possesses Deep Love for the Game as Senior Captain for Rams Boys’ Lacrosse

Will Maselli has been drawn to the sport of lacrosse for a good portion of his life. Whenever he has that stick in his hand, he always puts forth his best effort in any g...
Person of the Week • Published May 01, 2024 08 am

Joe Gallagher: Always Helping People in Need

Whether it’s working as a peer counselor for first responders, as a fire inspector at Yale, or as a private chef, Joe Gallagher has made serving others a top priority. Du...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 24, 2024 08 am

Rich Holton: Running One of Westbrook’s Biggest Events

For nearly 20 years, Westbrook children have had the opportunity to enjoy a free community egg hunt thanks to the organizing work of Rich Holton. When Rich and his wife D...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 17, 2024 08 am

Laura Attanasio: Connecting Kids Through Theater

One day, an attentive English teacher encouraged a shy girl in her class to try out for the school play, igniting a lifelong passion for theater. Now, Laura Attanasio hel...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 10, 2024 08 am

Maureen Dalton: Helping Recognize Veterans for Their Service

Maureen Dalton is helping spread the word to anyone who is interested in remembering the sacrifices that a loved one has made by serving their country. Those who are inte...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 09, 2024 02 am

Percival Shows Versatility and Growth as Old Saybrook Basketball Captain

Wesley “Wes” Percival was meant to play sports. He has showcased his skills in various athletic avenues over the years, and his athleticism led him to be trusted as a str...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 03, 2024 08 am

Schumann Steps Up to Coach Local Wrestling Club

Kate Schumann was never much of a wrestling fan while growing up. However, when the Sled Dog Wrestling Club needed a coach this year, Kate stepped up and made sure that b...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 02, 2024 11 am

Castro an All-Out Star for Old Saybrook Cross Country and Track

Carlina Castro was born to run. As a versatile athlete who displays quite the endurance and dedication on multiple running circuits, she has earned her way to an even big...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 27, 2024 08 am

Sally Heffernan: Ready for a Big-Time Film Festival

On Saturday, May 4, the Clinton Land Conservation Trust (CLCT) and the Madison Land Conservation Trust will unite for a joint film festival showcasing acclaimed nature do...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 20, 2024 08 am

Shannon Worcester-Juran: Helping Out with the Girl Scouts

On Wednesday, March 27 at 6 p.m., Clinton Girl Scout Troop 62255 will be collecting items for party bags to be donated to Clinton Family Services Mobile Food Pantry. For ...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 19, 2024 11 am

Cassella Gives His All as Three-Sport Athlete for Old Saybrook

Being a three-sport athlete is challenging in itself, but performing well in all three takes an exceptional amount of hard work and leadership year-round. Brendan Cassell...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 12, 2024 11 am

All-State Selection Dobratz Drums Up Selflessness on the Ice for Hand

In a short span, Kendall Dobratz has established herself as a preeminent goalscorer in the Connecticut girls’ ice hockey landscape. Yet no matter how many accolades or la...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 06, 2024 08 am

Tunnacliffe Co-founds Business to Help People Deal with Chemotherapy

Whether you’re going through it yourself or watching someone you love go through it, chemotherapy is a struggle that too many people face. Thanks to a new business co-fou...
Person of the Week • Published Feb 28, 2024 08 am

Charlie McSorley: Always Lending a Helping Hand

From volunteering with his church to participating in Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce events to making sure folks are being safe on the water, Charlie McSorley is always...
Person of the Week • Published Feb 27, 2024 11 am

Dobratz Setting Records as Old Saybrook Indoor Track Captain

Running is considered to be an individual sport, but there is also very much a team aspect to the game, too. Lauren Dobratz understands this sentiment all too well, as sh...
Person of the Week • Published Feb 21, 2024 08 am

Roy Has a Passion for Giving Back

Whether it’s organizing a community egg hunt in Clinton or her new role with the Madison Chamber of Commerce, Emily Roy has a passion for giving back to her community. E...
Person of the Week • Published Feb 21, 2024 08 am

Bob Merrick: New Chair of Valley Shore YMCA Board

You want to swim, bike, and run? You want to do it competitively? If so, you want to do a triathlon. That is what Bob Merrick does. A triathlon is an outdoor event, but B...
Person of the Week • Published Feb 07, 2024 08 am

McAllister Helping Students Make Beautiful Music

Nancy McAllister has three favorite things in life: laughing, children, and music. Based on those criteria, it’s no surprise that Nancy says, “I have the perfect job” as ...
Person of the Week • Published Jan 31, 2024 08 am

Cummings Loves Being Artistic in Clinton

Have you ever noticed the murals on the side of The Glenwood Plaza or the Coffee Break? If they’ve ever caught your eye, you can thank local artist and Clinton resident L...
Person of the Week • Published Jan 25, 2024 09 am

Hollis Helps Feed People in Need with SSKP

Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Pantries (SSKP) makes sure that residents of 11 towns have access to groceries and meals. For SSKP Executive Director Amy Hollis, this effort ...
Person of the Week • Published Dec 27, 2023 12 pm

Baker Shines as Two-Sport Athlete for Old Saybrook

Some athletes are gifted in multiple sports, and when they develop an interest in different aspects of each one, they ride the waves and figure out the most effective bal...
Person of the Week • Published Dec 27, 2023 08 am

Mark Israel: A Delicious Career

After a long career in the technology industry, Mark Israel turned his passion for baking into a new job when he opened Westbrook’s Still Delicious, a gluten and allergen...
Person of the Week • Published Dec 19, 2023 10 am

Nye Made his Mark as Conference Player of the Year for MSW Football

Growing up, Morgan Huskies senior wide receiver/running back Jack Nye loved the game of football. In fact, the sport runs in the Nye family, as his brother Jason, is curr...
Person of the Week • Published Dec 13, 2023 08 am

Rob Lemire: Bringing the Fun

Growing up in Old Saybrook, Rob Lemire can fondly recall a childhood and young adulthood spent having fun outside. As an adult, Rob has found a new way to get people of a...
Person of the Week • Published Dec 05, 2023 12 pm

Elizabeth Meyer: Lighting the Holidays

On Dec. 7 at 6 p.m., for the first time ever in Old Saybrook, a menorah will be lit and a celebration will take place to mark the first night of Hanukkah. The idea came t...
Person of the Week • Published Nov 29, 2023 08 am

An-Ming Truxes: Part of the Community’s Foundation

Annually, the Westbrook Foundation provides grants and scholarships to various nonprofits and institutions in Westbrook. As a member of the foundation’s board, An-Ming Tr...
Person of the Week • Published Nov 22, 2023 08 am

Susan Lightly: Helping Stars Shine Bright

When people make their way to the Starlight Festival in downtown Old Saybrook on Dec. 2, in addition to the holiday merriment, attendees will have an opportunity to send ...
Person of the Week • Published Nov 15, 2023 10 am

Dobratz a Sophomore Superstar for Old Saybrook Field Hockey

The Old Saybrook field hockey team had a successful 2023 season, landing a spot in the Class S State Tournament and making it all the way to the quarterfinals. One of the...
Person of the Week • Published Nov 15, 2023 08 am

Michelle Centore: Love at First Sight

For Michelle Centore, it was love at first sight when she walked into Westbrook Public Library. That feeling has never left, as Michelle now serves as the Library Directo...
Person of the Week • Published Nov 07, 2023 01 pm

Kevin McCarthy: The Godfather

Like seemingly everywhere along the shoreline, pickleball has exploded in popularity in Westbrook. One of the people responsible for spreading that popularity is Kevin Mc...
Person of the Week • Published Oct 24, 2023 11 am

D’Anna a Talented Forward as Junior Captain for Old Saybrook Field Hockey

Pressure always comes with being the star of a collective unit, whether that’s a sports team or any other entity that involves working together. For Ayla D’Anna, she take...
Person of the Week • Published Oct 13, 2023 07 am

Sigersmith Shines on the Circuit as Exceptional Player and Captain for Rams Field Hockey

Every team has a certain player that’s looked at to be the heart of the squad, bringing a sense of energy and dedication that’s completely immeasurable. In the case of th...
Person of the Week • Published Oct 11, 2023 09 am

Christine Picklo: Staying Aware

Between raising awareness of environmental issues and assisting people with disabilities, Christine Picklo has made helping her community a key part of her life over the ...
Person of the Week • Published Oct 04, 2023 09 am

Miller Builds Family Bonds as Strong Asset to Old Saybrook Cross Country

Everett Miller found a home on the Old Saybrook boys’ cross country team. As a speedy junior this fall, he has established himself as a key member of the varsity squad. O...
Person of the Week • Published Oct 03, 2023 12 pm

Eric Salmon: Ready to Help

Last month, the town of Westbrook officially welcomed a new member: full-time Zoning Enforcement Officer (ZEO) Eric Salmon. At a Board of Selectman meeting on Aug. 8, Fir...
Person of the Week • Published Sep 27, 2023 07 am

Lois Caldrello: A Colossal Project

Old Saybrook resident Lois Caldrello has started a nonprofit called The Colossus Project to help support Ukrainian refugees living in the area, including a family of four...
Person of the Week • Published Sep 19, 2023 02 pm

Brenda Partyka: Living on the Wild Side

For close to three decades, Brenda Partyka has been helping Old Saybrook’s children build their confidence and life skills through the town’s wilderness camp. Brenda can ...
Person of the Week • Published Sep 13, 2023 03 pm

Dean Paglino: The Write Stuff

On Sept. 23, Shoreline Theater Academy/Kidz Konnection in Clinton will hold a very special performance titled Cycle of the Sun. The musical is an original story written b...
Person of the Week • Published Sep 06, 2023 11 am

Rich Annino: A Program for Everyone

For over 20 years, the person leading Westbrook’s Parks and Recreation Department has been Parks and Recreation Director Rich Annino. “Basically, I provide the programmi...
Person of the Week • Published Aug 29, 2023 10 am

Harry Plaut: Master of the Harbor

If you ask someone what comes to mind when they hear the word “Westbrook,” one of the first things they’ll mention is boating. As harbor master, Harry Plaut is one of the...
Person of the Week • Published Aug 23, 2023 06 am

Tommy Manning: Taking the Mic For a Good Cause

On Thursday, Sept. 14, North Branford’s Caruso-Bode family will host its 25th annual fundraiser for the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA). Emceeing the event w...
Person of the Week • Published Aug 17, 2023 07 am

Jan Swanson: The Library is the Place To Be

For over 30 years and at two different locations, librarian assistant Jan Swanson has been one of the most popular mainstays at The Henry Carter Hull Library. Jan has bee...
Person of the Week • Published Aug 10, 2023 07 am

Glenn Herman: Dollars for Scholars

Make sure you get the N’s right: Glenn Herman’s first name has two; his last name has one. The students who apply for scholarships from Essex Rotary should know the corre...
Person of the Week • Published Aug 09, 2023 07 am

Justin Alessio: It’s All About Kids

“I could feel it was a good fit for me,” Justin Alessio says about working in Old Saybrook. Since May, Justin has worked as a program coordinator in Old Saybrook’s Youth ...
Person of the Week • Published Aug 03, 2023 09 am

Clint Reid: May the Force Be with Him

Clint Reid calls the Community Foundation of Middlesex County (CFMC) a force multiplier, and as chair of the board of directors, he is not talking the language of “Star W...