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Westbrook Person Of The Week

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 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 23, 2024 11 am

Silva Serving It Up as Doubles Champ and Three-Sport Athlete for Westbrook

Giovanna Silva has always had a knack for athletics. Over the years of partaking in a variety of different circuits, she has grown into a well-rounded athlete that has ut...
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 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 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 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 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 30, 2024 12 am

Pires Made Her Mark as Three-Sport Captain for Westbrook

There are certain people in life who are meant to lead, no matter what situation you put them in. That exact sentiment applies to Leticia Pires, who has made her mark as ...
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 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 03 pm

Karasay Giving His All to the Soccer Field as Player and Coach

When you think of local legends, you think of Tom Karasay. Within the town of Westbrook and the surrounding community, the Guilford resident is known as a man who has giv...
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 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 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 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 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 Sep 05, 2023 02 pm

Valentin Put Heart into Horseshoes as Youngest Player for Deep River

This summer across the shoreline within the Deep River Horseshoe League, one of the biggest stories of the campaign was the rapid and meteoric rise and emergence of a you...
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 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...
Person of the Week • Published Aug 02, 2023 11 am

Heidi Wallace: Serving Her Community

For the past 28 years, the person most concerned with protecting Westbrook’s natural resources has been Environmental Planner Heidi Wallace. Growing up, Heidi always knew...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 18, 2023 12 pm

Lisa Barbour: There to Help

Whether it’s helping people find the documents they need as the assistant town clerk in Clinton or helping in an emergency as an EMT in Killingworth, Lisa Barbour looks f...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 11, 2023 11 am

Brian Corbin: Moves With Jagger

For the past year, the most popular duo walking down the hallway in The Morgan School has been Student Resource Officer (SRO) Brian Corbin and his partner, Jagger, the th...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 04, 2023 07 am

Joe Carapella: Caring About Clinton

After almost 20 years in Clinton, Joe Carapella found out that it’s never too late to get involved. For the past two years, Joe has been volunteering with the Human Servi...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 30, 2023 09 am

Palumbo Plays Through Injury as Top Doubles Player for Westbrook Girls’ Tennis

Olivia Palumbo picked up a tennis racquet for the first time as a freshman in high school during her first practice with the Westbrook girls’ tennis team and hasn’t looke...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 20, 2023 08 am

Beeman Retires After 39 Strong Years of Coaching

As a coach, painting a legacy takes time and experience. Being around a sport you love to mentor others and help them grow their game often makes for success. All of this...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 20, 2023 08 am

Gina Johnson: Networking with Purpose

Gina Johnson was tired of going to the same old networking events over and over. In looking for a new way to network while also helping out the community, Gina took matte...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 13, 2023 12 pm

Leandri Shines as All-Conference Freshman for Westbrook Baseball

Sometimes natural talent is prevalent, whether that be in a sport or other activity. The Westbrook baseball team, despite having a tough spring in which they finished the...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 13, 2023 12 pm

Joan Winters: Serving the Community with the Rotary

On May 20, volunteers came out to clean the public beaches of Old Saybrook, Old Lyme, and Westbrook. The event was part of the Rotary Day of Service organized locally by ...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 06, 2023 08 am

Frances Russell: The Write Stuff

“This is my sixth book, but it’s special because it’s about the place I love the most,” Frances Russell says. The former first selectman and teacher has written a new boo...
Person of the Week • Published May 30, 2023 12 pm

Brajczewski a Passionate Member as Westbrook Athletic Boosters President

When Westbrook athletics is in need, the Boosters are there. Westbrook Athletic Boosters President Ken Brajczewski says it is an honor and privilege to provide both the h...
Person of the Week • Published May 30, 2023 12 pm

Tabatha Black: For the Love of Business

In an effort to increase cooperation and advocate for the needs of business owners in town, Tabatha Black started a networking group that seeks to make its presence felt ...
Person of the Week • Published May 23, 2023 01 pm

Davis Walker: A Drive to Help VSAWL

Like many high school kids, Davis Walker is fascinated by cars. Unlike many high school kids, Davis is turning that fascination into charity by organizing a car show on S...