Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Harbor News Person of the Week

The Sound

Co-chair Lynn DeJoseph helped raise more than $330,000 over two days in Branford to benefit the cutting edge research supported by non-profit Cure Rare Disease (CRD). DeJoseph and co-chair Dave Rettig organized the second annual CRD Golf Tourney and added on ‘CRD After Dark’ events to raise funds on behalf of national CRD sponsor East River Energy of Guilford. Photo courtesy of Lynn DeJoseph

DeJoseph Assists on the Fundraising Forefront to Help CRD

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

In a year when most fundraisers have been canceled or otherwise compromised by COVID-19, Lynn DeJoseph helped raise more than $330,000 over two days in Branford to benefit the cutting edge research supported by non-profit Cure Rare Disease (CRD).

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Valley Courier

Anonymously helping neighbors in need is on way Colin Bennett likes to give back to the Deep River community. Photo courtesy of Colin Bennett

Colin Bennett: It’s All About Community

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

When he needed a used refrigerator, Colin Bennett did what any media savvy Gen-Xer would do: He put the word out of Facebook.

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East Haven Courier

Anna DelRosso Looking Forward to Serving Residents as New Tax Collector

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

When Anna DelRosso retired as the Town of Branford’s assistant tax collector in February, she’d had big plans for her year.

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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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Harbor News

Justin Teague, a software consultant by day, also volunteers on the Clinton Sustainability Committee and pursues his hobbies through his downtown shop Akiba Underground and travel. This picture was taken during a trip to Tokyo. Photo courtesy of Justin Teague

Helping his Hometown Thrive

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

Justin Teague has long appreciated Clinton’s natural beauty, in particular the marshes and bird sanctuaries by the rivers.

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The Source

As director of land management at The Nature Conservancy and president of the Killingworth Land Conservation Trust, David Gumbart is in his element when he is working outdoors. Photo courtesy of David Gumbart

David Gumbart Talks Conservation and Community Commitment

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

If you see David Gumbart in his element, you might find him observing an object with fascination, maybe even using a camera or some visual tool to gather evidence.

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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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The Sound

Guilford home cook and well-known Branford retired educator Virginia ‘Ginny’ Baltay has just unlocked the lid on her new cookbook, 'A Steamy Affair with a Pressure Cooker: Recipes, Stories & Saucy Suggestions.' She also plans to share her passion for pressure cooking during three Zoom-connected Shoreline Adult Education evening classes. Photo courtesy of Virginia Baltay

Baltay Uncovers 'A Steamy Affair with a Pressure Cooker: Recipes, Stories & Saucy Suggestions'

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

'When you mention the word ‘pressure cooker,’ people really turn off. But if you talk about in a saucy way, they get a kick out of it,' says Virginia 'Ginny'Baltay.

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Valley Courier

Behind the desk at the Essex Library, Child and Teen Librarian Christina Carpino is working to assist patrons despite the challenges of the COVID pandemic.

Photo courtesy of Christina Carpino

Christine Carpino: Never Too Young for a Good Book?

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

A good book lingers in the memory. Christina Carpino, the new children and teen librarian at the Essex Library, knows that

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East Haven Courier

Patrick Kelaher has been volunteering at the Haunted Isle for more than 10 years, starring in recent years as Happy the Clown. The Haunted Isle is running Friday and Saturday nights (except Halloween) through October at the Shore Line Trolley Museum.

Photo courtesy of Patrick Kelaher

Patrick Kelaher Is Happy to Give People a Scare at Haunted Isle

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

Growing up, Patrick Kelaher was “terrified of everything.” It didn’t help that his sister and grandmother jumped at every chance they could to give him a scare. That all changed in middle school, though. Patrick remembers watching Creepshow 2 and being intrigued instead of terrified.

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Harbor News

Clinton Teacher of the Year and Presidential Excellence winner Stephanie Quarato is, like her colleagues across the nation, keeping classes moving ahead despite the current COVID-related challenges. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Quarato

Stephanie Quarato is Making the Grade and More

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

Stephanie Quarato wasn’t a big fan of math class when she was a middle school student. In fact, it was one she struggled with.

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The Source

As head teacher of Circle Nursery School in Madison, Shannon Baker enjoys teaching the young children, but adds that she learns valuable lessons from them, as well. Photo courtesy of Shannon Baker

Shannon Baker Teaches and Learns the Lessons of Life

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

Play is the highest form of research—at least that’s what Albert Einstein is thought to have said. Well, if that saying is true, then Shannon Baker is immersing her young students in the best form of research.

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The Sound

On Oct. 2, Sgt. David Madoule (right) was recognized and thanked for his 25 years on the force by North Branford Police Chief Kevin Halloran (left) during a social-distanced retirement ceremony held at the North Branford Police Department. 

Photo courtesy of the North Branford Police Department

NBPD’s Sgt. Madoule Retires to Head Up NBPS School Security

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

After 25 years on the force, North Branford Police Sergeant David Madoule retired on Friday, Oct. 2—but he only took the weekend off.

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Guilford Courier

Supported by Guilford Performing Arts Festival (GPAF), Guilford author/actress Julie Fitzpatrick’s spoken word piece All the World’s a Stage: A Guilford Love Story is taking shape right now and will premiere at the next festival, scheduled for September 2021. She is one of six Connecticut performing artists just named a recipient of GPAF’s 2020 Artists’ Awards. Photo by Alana Range

Inspiration in a Pandemic: Fitzpatrick Pens ‘All the World’s a Stage: A Guilford Love Story’

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

Inspired in a pandemic and supported by Guilford Performing Arts Festival (GPAF), Guilford author/actress Julie Fitzpatrick’s spoken word piece All the World’s a Stage: A Guilford Love Story is taking shape right now and will premiere at the next festival, scheduled for September 2021.

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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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Harbor News

Since arriving in town six years ago, Michael Hornyak has served on numeorous boards and committees, including the Charter Revision Committee that proposed the successful adoption of a new form of town government. Photo courtesy of Michael Hornyak

Michael Hornyak: A Newcomer at the Center of the Action

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

Though he has only lived in Clinton for six years, Michael Hornyak has quickly made a name for himself in Clinton.

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East Haven Courier

Sean Mumford returned to the school district he attended when he was younger and is now a 4th-grade teacher at Momauguin Elementary School. Photo courtesy of Momauguin Elementary School

Sean Mumford Returns to His Roots as East Haven Teacher

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

Though he didn’t take a direct path to get there, Sean Mumford is excited to be a 4th-grade teacher at Momauguin Elementary School.

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Valley Courier

As part of Camp Hazen YMCA’s efforts to keep kids safe and engaged when COVID protocols kept them out of the classroom, Nicole Fauteux was there to help students from nine different school districts stay on task. Photo courtesy of Nicole Fauteux

Nicole Fauteux: No More Back to School

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

It’s coming to an end, but Nicole Fauteux has spent the fall doing something she never anticipated, going back to school. At 27 and a graduate of the University of New Haven, Nicky thought she was all done, but not only did Nicky go back to school, she went back as far as elementary school.

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The Source

A high school junior and Madison resident, Nick Koobatian developed and maintains tech-savvy-seniors.org, a website that seeks to teach seniors how to use technology, including email, video chats, social media, and online shopping. Photo courtesy of Nick Koobatian

Nick Koobatian: A Teen Dedicated to Helping Seniors

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

Technology is moving with lightning speed.

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East Haven Courier

Frank Tupka, a history teacher at Foran High School where he was named teacher of the year, has had a lifelong love of cars.

Photo courtesy of Frank Tupka

Tupka’s Love of Cars Drives Success

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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Harbor News

Experience helping family led Becky Cuevas to where she is today, leading ACES Head Start in Middlesex County. Photo courtesy of Becky Cuevas

Becky Cuevas: A Focus on Family

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

Becky Cuevas’s concern for struggling families has deep roots. A native of New Haven, Becky was around 15 years old when she became an advocate for members of her own large and close-knit family, many of whom had come to Connecticut from Puerto Rico and weren’t fluent speakers of English.

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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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Valley Courier

Essex pediatrician Marybeth Ellison specializes in special-needs patients, a community that is facing even greater challenges in this time of pandemic. 

Photo courtesy of Marybeth Ellison

Marybeth Ellison: Advocating for Children

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

Marybeth Ellison is worried. Yes, yes, everybody is worried these days, but her worry has a particular focus: children with special needs. Marybeth is a pediatrician in Essex specializing in children with developmental challenges.

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The Sound

Sylvia Curcio has always made time to volunteer in various ways in the community, while also making family time a priority. Photo courtesy of Sylvia Curcio

Sylvia Curcio Loves Giving Back to Family and Community

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

Though Sylvia Curcio grew up in Canada and lived in Michigan with her husband, they have called the Connecticut shoreline home for more than three decades.

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The Source

Working for the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, Emily Shafer learned about the Connecticut Interstate Fire Crew (CIFC), a team of special firefighters who help battle wildfires across the nation. Today, the Madison resident is part of the CIFC and has been to California and Colorado to help fight the wildfires there. 

Photo courtesy of Emily Shafer

Emily Shafer Blazes Her Own Trail

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

When 24-year old Emily Shafer traveled from Madison to California earlier this year, some may have assumed she was going to soak up the sun and enjoy the white-sand beaches.

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Guilford Courier

Guilford author Milton Brasher-Cunningham’s new book, ‘The Color of Together: Mixed Metaphors of Connectedness,’ will be celebrated Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 5 p.m., when Breakwater Books presents a special, outdoor book signing event (pre-registration required) at the barn at 19 Church Street, Guilford.

Photo Courtesy Milton Brasher-Cunningham

Brasher-Cunningham Shares Hope with ‘The Color of Together’

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

“I was two years late on my deadline for my book submission. Sometimes you miss a moment, and sometimes, you land in one you didn’t know you were preparing for.”

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The Sound

On Friday, Sept. 11, Branford Fire Department and the Town of Branford recognized and thanked Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal Shaun Heffernan upon retiring from a remarkable 32 years tied to the town’s fire service as both a volunteer and career member. He’s shown in this file photo speaking at a past Branford 9/11 remembrance ceremony.

File photo by Kelley Fryer/The Sound

Heffernan Completes a Remarkable 32 Years Tied to BFD

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

Shaun Heffernan was still in Branford High School (BHS) when he went over to the Indian Neck firehouse and signed up with Volunteer Company No. 9. On Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, Branford Fire Department (BFD) and the Town of Branford recognized BFD Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal Shaun Heffernan upon retiring from a remarkable 32 years tied to the town’s fire service.

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Guilford Courier

Guilford resident Alexandra Demitrack is shown here at a prolific vegetable garden, which she also helps to maintain, at her place of employment, Branford Fire Department (BFD). The Branford firefighter/paramedic is putting her organic gardening experience to work to help BFD establish organic pollinator pathway gardens on the grounds of the firehouse. Photo courtesy of Alexandra Demitrack

A Growing Effort to Support Pollinator Pathways

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

This Guilford resident spent part of the summer nurturing and growing a native, sustainable, and all-organic pollinator pathway garden on the grounds where she works.

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Valley Courier

Connecticut River Museum’s new executive director, Jennifer Carlson, comes to Essex from the Wyck Historic House and Garden in Philadelphia. 

Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Jennifer Carlson: Days at the Museum

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

Jennifer Carlson is about to do something for the second time this year that most people shudder to think about doing once. She and her husband Ben are packing up again for another move in less than 12 months.

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Harbor News

When outdoor tennis season winds down, Kevin Joyce switches gear (and strategy) by shifting to paddle tennis. Photo by Rita Christopher/Harbor News

Kevin Joyce: Paddle Tennis Anyone?

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

Do what your physician recommends: exercise. But how to do it in the era of COVID-19, especially with warm weather dissolving into fall and winter? Old Saybrook native Kevin Joyce has a suggestion. Play paddle tennis.

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