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North Haven Courier

Kirsten Lombardi has not only founded a business based on her love of crafting, but made connections in the crafting community through her volunteer work with the North Haven Fair, which is launching a monthly Outdoor Craft Barn Series in May.

Photo courtesy of Kirsten Lombardi

Kirsten Lombardi Brings Crafting Community Together with North Haven Fair’s Outdoor Craft Barn Series

Published April 07, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Ever since she was young, Kirsten Lombardi has had a creative side. She has always turned to crafting to unwind, but when she was pregnant with her first child, she left her full-time position to focus on her family and decided to turn her crafting into a side gig.

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North Haven Courier

When North Haven’s elder residents sought help finding vaccine appointments, Valerie Goodkin was a key part of the team connection those in need with the right resources. Photo courtesy of Valerie Goodkin

Valerie Goodkin Rises to New Challenges During COVID Pandemic

Published March 31, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Having worked as executive assistant to First Selectman Mike Freda since he took office in 2009, Valerie Goodkin has seen the town of North Haven and its residents face many challenges.

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North Haven Courier

Dr. Phil M. Boiselle has been appointed dean of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, effective July 1. Photo courtesy of Jean Kirby

Dr. Phil M. Boiselle Ready to Return to New England as Dean of QU’s Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine

Published March 24, 2021 08:30 a.m.

This summer, Dr. Phil M. Boiselle will return to the area where his academic and professional career began as he was recently appointed dean of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University, a position he begins on July 1.

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North Haven Courier

With a new lodge in the works at 80 Old Broadway West, the Elks Lodge #25 is growing its efforts to grow the community, thanks in part to its exalted ruler, Paul Salisbury. 

Photo courtesy of Paul Salisbury

Paul Salisbury Excited to Continue Weaving Elks Into the Fabric of Community

Published March 17, 2021 08:30 a.m.

While Paul Salisbury has been involved with the Elks for more than three decades, he still carries the same passion for the group as he did when he first started. Paul is now serving his fourth term as exalted ruler of Elks Lodge 25.

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North Haven Courier

Karen Ann Wolujewicz took over as director of health for Quinniack Valley Health District in August, taking on the task in the midst of a pandemic.

Photo courtesy of Karen Ann Wolujewicz

Karen Ann Wolujewicz Fulfilling Mission of Protecting Public Health as QVHD Director

Published March 10, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Growing up in North Haven, Karen Ann Wolujewicz always dreamt of becoming a doctor. After studying biology at Villanova with a plan of taking that path, she was inspired by her aunt Ofelia Calubiran, an infectious disease physician, to take a different path.

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North Haven Courier

North Haven native Gabrielle Carrubba made her Broadway debut right out of college in the original cast of Dear Evan Hansen as an understudy, later playing the role of Zoe Murphy. Photo courtesy of Gabrielle Carrubba

North Haven’s Gabrielle Carrubba Ready to Return to Broadway

Published March 03, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Gabrielle Carrubba has had a love of performing for as long as she could remember. She began dancing when she was five years old, spent her 7th-grade year in a Broadway national tour of Annie, and found her calling in the school musicals at North Haven High School.

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North Haven Courier

Tracy Wolkovitz has seen friends, family, and the community come together to support her throughout the past year as she served as a nurse on the Yale New Haven Hospital COVID floor. Photo courtesy of Tracy Wolkovitz

Tracy Wolkovitz Grateful for Support She’s Received as an R.N.

Published Feb. 24, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Tracy Wolkovitz has worked as a nurse on the same floor for nearly 13 years, seeing some changes over the years. Originally, she worked for St. Raphael’s Hospital, which then became part of Yale New Haven Hospital.

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North Haven Courier

Through his work, Birch Bidwell facilitated the donation of an AED machine to the North Haven Fire Department.

Photo courtesy of Birch Bidwell

Birch Bidwell Has New AED Machine Donated to NHFD

Published Feb. 17, 2021 08:30 a.m.

As a member of the marketing team at Defibtech, LLC, in Guilford, Birch Bidwell learned that his company offered a program to its employees that allows them to make a donation of an automated external defibrillator (AED) to a non-profit or organization of the employee’s choice.

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North Haven Courier

Reaching out through social media, Jackie Ford recently hosted a virtual collection drive help donors purchase and drop-ship new, life-like baby dolls to give to those living with dementia and Alzheimer’s while receiving assistance from Orchard House Medical Adult Day Center in Branford. Photo courtesy of Jackie Ford

Baby Dolls and Beyond: Ford Makes Connections to Help Others

Published Feb. 10, 2021 08:30 a.m.

As a member of the social media group #Volunteer-ItsWhatWeDo and through her own efforts to help others during the pandemic, North Haven resident Jackie Ford found a way to bring baby dolls, comfort, and joy to non-profit Orchard House Medical Adult Day Center in Branford.

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North Haven Courier

Sandra Preneta shifted from an assistant principal role at North Haven High School for the past 14 years to serving as the interim principal at Montowese Elementary School for the 2020-’21 school year. Photo courtesy of Sandra Preneta

Sandra Preneta Loves Sense of Community at Montowese Elementary

Published Feb. 03, 2021 08:30 a.m.

It is no surprise to Sandra Preneta that found herself working in the field of education as becoming a teacher had been her dream since she was a little girl.

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East Haven Courier

Evelyn Rossetti-Ryan, an East Haven resident and chief of outreach and access for Area Cooperative Education Services in North Haven, is honored with the Quinnipiac Chamber’s Excellence in Advocacy distinction. Photo courtesy of Evelyn Rossetti-Ryan

East Haven’s Evelyn Rossetti-Ryan of ACES Earns Excellence in Advocacy Award from Quinnipiac Chamber

Published Jan. 27, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Growing up in New Haven, Evelyn Rossetti-Ryan was always interested in the many aspects of education and communication. She loved poetry, learning new languages, connecting with people, and raising awareness for various causes.

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North Haven Courier

After learning about StudioBE’s efforts to perform The Nutcracker from his neighbor, Bryan Lauriat wanted to support the arts and found a new interest. Photo courtesy of Bryan Lauriat

Bryan Lauriat Discovers Passion for the Arts through Nutcracker Sponsorship

Published Jan. 20, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Growing up in North Haven, Bryan Lauriat has fond memories of his days playing baseball and hockey, including playing both at North Haven High School.

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North Haven Courier

At the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce’s annual Women’s Achievement Awards, a virtual event on Thursday, Jan. 28, Nanette Pastore will be presented with the Woman of the Year award. Photo courtesy of Nanette Pastore

Nanette Pastore Named Woman of the Year by Quinnipiac Chamber

Published Jan. 13, 2021 08:30 a.m.

The Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Women’s Achievement Awards as a virtual event on Thursday, Jan. 28, honoring seven local women, including North Haven resident Nanette Pastore.

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North Haven Courier

Dan Montgomery will do whatever it takes to support a great cause; he’s shown here on Dec. 12 chairing a Toy Drive event in the Washington Commons Plaza on behalf of non-profit Kids for Kids Dancing for Life, Inc. Photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier

This Dance Dad Steps Up: Montgomery Helps ‘Kids for Kids’ and More

Published Jan. 06, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Whether it’s standing outside for hours in the freezing rain or breaking out his “Dance Dads” sneakers, Dan Montgomery will step up to support a great cause, and he’s found another one in his volunteer work with non-profit Kids for Kids Dancing for Life, Inc.

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North Haven Courier

Dan Montgomery will do whatever it takes to support a great cause; he’s shown here on Dec. 12 chairing a Toy Drive event in the Washington Commons Plaza on behalf of non-profit Kids for Kids Dancing for Life, Inc. Photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier

This Dance Dad Steps Up: Montgomery Helps ‘Kids for Kids’ and More

Published Jan. 04, 2021 08:16 a.m.

Dan Montgomery will step up to support a great cause; and he’s found another one in his volunteer work with non-profit Kids for Kids Dancing for Life, Inc.

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North Haven Courier

This time of year, Sal Anastasio is usually the man behind the music that lights up holiday gatherings for seniors and many others across the shoreline. While COVID-19 has curbed this year’s performance schedule, Sal has not hit the pause button. Instead, this local musician has recorded Happy Holidays from Sal Anastasio, a CD of seasonal songs, with sales going to give back to local causes in several towns, including North Haven’s Animal Haven. Photo courtesy of Sal Anastasio

‘Happy Holidays from Sal Anastasio’ CD Benefits Local Causes

Published Dec. 23, 2020 08:30 a.m.

This time of year, Sal Anastasio is usually the man behind the music that lights up holiday gatherings for seniors...

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North Haven Courier

Lauren Grogan spearheaded an effort to create recess bags for all of North Haven Public Schools’ students in pre-K through 5th grade. Photo courtesy of Lauren Grogan

Lauren Grogan Brings Recess Bags to Every Elementary Student in North Haven

Published Dec. 16, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Thanks to the efforts of Lauren Grogan and donations from residents and local businesses, every student from preschool to 5th grade will receive a recess bag.

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East Haven Courier

Paul Cicarella plans to bring hard work, honesty, accessibility, and dedication to the constituents in the 34th District as the newly elected state senator. Photo courtesy of Paul Cicarella

Paul Cicarella, Jr., Excited to Get to Work as District 34 State Senator

Published Dec. 09, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Though state senator-elect Paul Cicarella always knew he wanted to serve the community, he had never imagined that he might one day do so as an elected official

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North Haven Courier

Patty Jackson-Marshall (D) has been one of North Haven’s registrar of voters for the past 12 years. Photo courtesy of Patty Jackson-Marshall

Patty Jackson-Marshall Rises to the Challenges of 2020

Published Dec. 02, 2020 08:30 a.m.

There are a lot of things that Patty Jackson-Marshall hasn’t expected in her career. While she had never considered working for a municipality or becoming the Democratic registrar of voters for the Town of North Haven, the opportunity came up about 12 years ago and she has held the position ever since.

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North Haven Courier

Anwar Mahmud has organized several events to give back to the community that supported him. Photo courtesy of Anwar Mahmud

Giving Back to a Community that Helped a Family in Time of Need

Published Nov. 25, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Though 2020 has been a difficult year for everyone, Anwar Mahmud’s most trying times began years ago when his family received word that his wife was to be deported.

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North Haven Courier

John Tibor has been volunteering with the North Haven Church Food Pantry for more than 20 years. Photo courtesy of John Tibor

Holiday Food Drive Seeks Volunteers and Donations with Help of People Like John Tibor

Published Nov. 18, 2020 08:30 a.m.

When John Tibor moved to North Haven 20 years ago, he and his wife joined the North Haven Congregational Church, quickly becoming involved with the Churches of North Haven Community Food Pantry.

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North Haven Courier

Megan Pereira’s love for animals has grown into Road to Refuge, an animal sanctuary that revolves around rescuing, rehabilitating, and re-homing animals.

Photo courtesy of Megan Pereira

Megan Pereira’s Lifelong Passion for Animals Paves Road to Refuge

Published Nov. 11, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Growing up in Naugatuck, Megan Pereira wasn’t exactly raised in a farming community, but when she started riding horses at age 8, she found her passion.

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North Haven Courier

Being inspired by another Facebook group, Christen Quijano created the Clean Up North Haven” page to organize cleanups throughout town and spread environmental awareness. Photo courtesy of Christen Quijano

Christen Quijano Wants to Work Together to Clean Up North Haven

Published Nov. 04, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Volunteers Needed for Cleanup at Tidal Marsh Trail on Saturday

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North Haven Courier

Officer Jon Dahlstrom began training with K9 Cyrus at the Connecticut State Police K9 Unit earlier this month. Photo courtesy of Jon Dahlstrom

Officer Dahlstrom and Cyrus Begin K9 Training with State Police

Published Oct. 28, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Jon Dahlstrom has enjoyed serving his hometown of North Haven as a police officer for the past 6 ½ years, working in the patrol division. Over the summer, though, when a K9 position was posted, he knew he wanted to pursue the opportunity.

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North Haven Courier

Dr. Listy Thomas, associate professor of medical sciences and assistant dean for simulation at the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University, recently earned the American Medical Association’s Inspiration Award. Photo by Autumn Driscoll

QU’s Dr. Listy Thomas Honored with Inspiration Award

Published Oct. 21, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Ever since she was little, Listy Thomas had two dreams about what she wanted to be when she grew up: a teacher and a doctor.

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North Haven Courier

Attorney John Lambert grew up in California and has lived in North Haven for the past 40 years, serving the town in a number of ways throughout that time. 

Photo courtesy of John Lambert

‘Newcomer’ John lambert Dedicates Years of Service to North Haven

Published Oct. 14, 2020 08:30 a.m.

While John Lambert may have lived in North Haven longer than many people in town, having moved here 40 years ago, he still refers to himself as a “newcomer.” John came to town in 1980, moving to be with his new wife’s father, who was in failing health after his mother-in-law passed away.

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North Haven Courier

Matthew Puzycki, who grew up in North Haven, recently self-published his first book, Forming the Javelin, while working full-time as a social worker.

Photo courtesy of Matthew Puzycki

Matthew Puzycki Realizes Longtime Dream of Publishing a Book

Published Oct. 07, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Matthew Puzycki can remember the first time he though he might want to be a writer. He had completed an English assignment at North Haven Middle School, writing a short thriller.

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North Haven Courier

For the past 19 years, Martha Butterworth has worked with the technology department for North Haven Public Schools, starting as an aide in the computer lab and now is a senior technician and the interim assistant director of technology.

Photo courtesy of Martha Butterworth

Martha Butterworth Sees NHPS Technology Department Through Changes and Challenges

Published Sep. 30, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Martha Butterworth has seen the North Haven Public Schools Technology Department through many changes over the nearly two decades she has worked with the schools.

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North Haven Courier

Frank Landino enjoys giving back to the community and helping his clients navigate the Medicare system. Photo courtesy of Frank Landino

Helping the Community is a Priority for Frank Landino

Published Sep. 23, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Though Frank Landino grew up in New Haven, he has worked in North Haven for more than 20 years, including the last 10 as a partner at Health Insurance Associates, LLP. Frank and his family moved to North Haven, his wife’s hometown, five years ago.

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North Haven Courier

J. Stacey Yarbrough has been elected as the town clerk/tax collector/registrar of vital records for the Town of North Haven since 2009. Photo courtesy of J. Stacey Yarbrough

Town Clerk J. Stacey Yarbrough Loves Helping Residents Participate in Government

Published Sep. 16, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Growing up in a “very political family” in Mississippi, J. Stacey Yarbrough always dreamed of becoming an attorney.

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