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Guilford Courier

Mary Young is the outgoing president of Valley Shore Toastmasters and now takes on the role of vice president of education for the group. Photo courtesy of Mary Young

Mary Young: Well Spoken, Well Practiced

Published July 10, 2019 08:30 a.m.

When it comes to her time with the Toastmasters, Mary Young does have one regret—that she didn’t join the group even earlier.

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The Source

Mary Young is the outgoing president of Valley Shore Toastmasters and now takes on the role of vice president of education for the group. Photo courtesy of Mary Young

Mary Young: Well Spoken, Well Practiced

Published July 10, 2019 08:30 a.m.

When it comes to her time with the Toastmasters, Mary Young does have one regret—that she didn’t join the group even earlier.

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The Sound

Bill Ludwig is helping share his appreciation for the meditative practice of labyyrinth walking through a newly completed 72-foot diameter path along the Shoreline Greenway Trail in Branford. Photo courtesy of Bill Ludwig

Bill Ludwig: Taking the Path Less Traveled

Published July 10, 2019 08:30 a.m.

A publisher by trade, Branford resident Bill Ludwig was searching for an image for the cover of a book about spiritual meditation, and that’s when it happened.

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Valley Courier

Deep River Housing Authority Chair Lisa Johnson takes her commitment to area seniors a step further by preparing her famous Monday night meals for seniors at Kirtland Commons. Photo courtesy of Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson: Food as a Way to Happiness

Published July 10, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Using food as her genre of giving and to make others happy, Lisa Johnson seasons her phenomenal cooking with love.

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East Haven Courier

Dave Torello retired from the East Haven Police Department in June, though you’ll likely still see him in uniform around town working as a part time officer with the department. 

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Dave Torello: More Than Just a DARE Officer

Published July 10, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Recently retired police officer Dave Torello only spent four of his 26 year career as a Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) officer in East Haven schools, but he says it was a big part of his time in the department.

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North Haven Courier

A self-described people person, Apryl Thomas puts her skills to full use as a mother and a banker. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Apryl Thomas: Taking It All Seriously

Published July 10, 2019 08:30 a.m.

As the supervisor of the Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union and DMV Express location on Washington Avenue, Apryl Thomas is working hard to adapt to the changing business landscape and raise her two kids.

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Harbor News

Clinton Rotary Club President Andrew Marzano shares his love of water with his students in the Navigator Program at Hamden Middle School. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Andrew Marzano: Teaching Life Navigation Skills

Published July 10, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Andrew Marzano is quite fond of the water, and he’s sharing that appreciation with a new audience each year.

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Valley Courier

After a lifetime of caring for the elderly, Andrea Schaffner will be stepping down as Essex Meadows’ medical director. Photo by Rita Christopher

Andrea Schaffner: A Change of Status

Published July 03, 2019 08:30 a.m.

What happened to the college freshman who wanted to be an artist and a writer?

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The Source

Matt Link of Killingworth founded the Unified Sports program in Madison and has been running it for the past 15 years. Photo courtesy of Matt Link

Matt Link: Bringing Athletic Opportunities to Students of Every Ability through Unified Sports

Published July 03, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Matt Link has worked with many children in Madison over the past two decades. He has been a middle school physical education teacher in Madison since 1995.

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Guilford Courier

Winnie Seibert helped bring Rhythms of Grace, a service designed to invite comfort and connection for those on the Autism spectrum, and others sensitive to sensory overload or with special needs, to Christ Episcopal Church. She welcomes families and people of all ages and faiths to experience Rhythms of Grace during a 5 p.m. outdoor summer service at Jacobs Beach, under the pavillion, on Sunday, July 14. Photo courtesy of Winnie Seibert

Seibert Helps ‘Rhythms of Grace’ Provide Comfort, Connection for All Faiths and Needs

Published July 03, 2019 08:30 a.m.

On Sunday, July 14, a Christ Episcopal Church service designed to invite comfort and connection for those on the autism spectrum and others sensitive to sensory overload or with special needs, welcomes families and people of all ages and faiths to experience Rhythms of Grace during a 5 p.m. outdoor service at Jacobs Beach.

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Harbor News

Steve Mazeau and Daisy Ingraham Principal Ruth W. Rose with Mr. Sullivan’s first-grade class. Photo by Jeffrey Sullivan

Longtime Volunteer Honored for Community Work

Published July 03, 2019 08:30 a.m.

In fifth grade, Steve Mazeau took up drums at school. But he was so shy, he couldn’t bring himself to participate in his first school band concert.

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East Haven Courier

Valedictorian Cameron Cordaway is off to represent East Haven High School at the University of Connecticut, where she will bring lessons learned from pain and triumphs at school.

Photo courtesy Cameron Cordaway

Cameron Cordaway Takes EHHS Lessons to UConn

Published July 03, 2019 08:30 a.m.

East Haven High School (EHHS) valedictorian Cameron Cordaway is taking lessons of love, pain, and patience to the University of Connecticut. She plans to study chemistry on the pre-med track, with the goal of becoming a pediatrician.

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North Haven Courier

Jack Frank, the North Haven High School valedictorian, says he learned many life lessons while in high school, both in and out of the classroom. Photo courtesy of Chris Kirby

Jack Frank Takes Leadership Skills to Georgetown

Published July 03, 2019 08:30 a.m.

With qualities of leadership and teamwork learned from North Haven High School (NHHS), valedictorian Jack Frank has accepted an offer to attend Georgetown University in the fall, where he plans to study business.

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The Sound

Branford Community Foundation (BCF) board member and Community Investment Committee chair Rita Berkson invites the Branford community to come out to the beautiful grounds of the Owenego Beach and Tennis Club on Friday, July 19 at 6 p.m. to enjoy “Hometown Harmonies & Branford’s Official 375th Birthday Party,” hosted by BCF. To help BCF plan for a crowd, advance reservations (pay-what-you-can) are requested.

Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

BCF’s Berkson Helps Hometown Harmonies Celebrate Branford’s 375th

Published July 03, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Did you hear? With Hometown Harmonies, Branford Community Foundation (BCF) is throwing Branford’s official 375th birthday bash, and everyone is invited.

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The Sound

Grammy-nominated jazz drummer and composer Dan Pugach brings the Dan Pugach Nonet featuring Nicole Zuraitis to open the free Branford Summer Jazz Series on Thursday, June 27 at 6:30 p.m. on the Branford town green.

Photo courtesy of www.danpugach.com

Back in Branford: Dan Pugach Nonet Opens Branford Jazz Series June 27

Published June 26, 2019 08:30 a.m.

When Dan Pugach Nonet featuring Nicole Zuraitis opens the free Branford Summer Jazz Series on Thursday, June 27, fans will be arriving from across Connecticut to hear the sound put together by the band of Dan Pugach, the Grammy-nominated jazz drummer/composer who’s career has blown up since the last time he played the Branford green, back in 2012.

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Guilford Courier

Guilford High School Class of 2019 valedictorian Katie Hooker, who will be among the next generation of incredible women making their mark in STEM fields, encourages her classmates to seize opportunities and follow their passions. Photo courtesy of Katie Hooker

STEM Stand Out: Katie Hooker, GHS 2019 Valedictorian

Published June 26, 2019 08:30 a.m.

For Guilford High School (GHS) valedictorian Anne Katherine “Katie” Hooker, there’s no time like the present to take her academic ability into the world of scientific research, and make her mark.

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Valley Courier

Chester resident Deb Vilcheck is chairman of the annual Four on the Fourth Road Race in downtown Chester. Photo by Karena Garrity

Deb Vilcheck: Hitting the Ground Running with Four on the Fourth

Published June 26, 2019 08:30 a.m.

For 20-year Chester resident Deb Vilcheck, being the chairman of the 41st annual Four on the Fourth Road Race in downtown Chester is one more way to give back to a town and a community she loves so much.

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Harbor News

A career in environmental science transformed to one in environmental education and now elementary education for Dana Skidmore, but the Clinton teacher has brought her science background and enthusiasm with her the whole way. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Dana Skidmore: Sharing a Love and Understanding of Nature

Published June 26, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Though teaching at the Abraham Pierson School in Clinton since 2008, Dana Skidmore says that “teaching was for sure a second job for me.”

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North Haven Courier

Nick Casella lost his son, Marc, in 2008. Though it’s not been easy, Nick says he’s focused that loss into something positive. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Nick Casella: Helping When and Where it’s Needed

Published June 26, 2019 08:30 a.m.

At work and on his own time, Nick Casella is working to find aid for families and organizations concerned with helping chronically ill children.

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East Haven Courier

In her retirement, Deb DeFelice has stepped up her accounting skills to first volunteer with the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program to now coordinating the volunteer counselors who help fellow residents complete their taxes. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Deb DeFelice: By the Numbers

Published June 26, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Deb DeFelice didn’t have much accounting experience when she agreed to give free tax help at the Hagaman Memorial Library.

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The Source

A shoreline resident of more than 40 years, world-famous master chef Jacques Pépin debuts the first comprehensive exhibition of his artwork at Guilford Art Center with a sold-out opening celebration on Friday, June 21, after which The Artistry of Jacques Pepin will be on display in the center’s Mill Gallery through Sunday, July 21 as a free exhibit available for the public to view. Photo by Tom Hopkins

‘The Artistry of Jacques Pepin’ Debuts at GAC

Published June 26, 2019 08:30 a.m.

As a Madison resident of more than 40 years, world-famous master chef Jacques Pépin is delighted to debut the first comprehensive exhibition of another passion, his artwork, at Guilford Art Center (GAC).

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Guilford Courier

A shoreline resident of more than 40 years, world-famous master chef Jacques Pépin debuts the first comprehensive exhibition of his artwork at Guilford Art Center with a sold-out opening celebration on Friday, June 21, after which The Artistry of Jacques Pepin will be on display in the center’s Mill Gallery through Sunday, July 21 as a free exhibit available for the public to view. Photo by Tom Hopkins

‘The Artistry of Jacques Pepin’ Debuts at GAC

Published June 19, 2019 08:30 a.m.

As a shoreline resident of more than 40 years, world-famous master chef Jacques Pépin is delighted to debut the first comprehensive exhibition of another passion, his artwork, at Guilford Art Center (GAC).

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North Haven Courier

A lifelong appreciation of teachers led Laura Landino to lead her own hairdressing academy—and to ensure local youngsters have opportunities to learn.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Brightening the Days of Clients and Students, Too

Published June 19, 2019 08:30 a.m.

For Laura Landino, making people feel good is just as important as making them look good.

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The Source

Artist, retired executive, and World War II veteran Janet Lee continues at 96 to lead a remarkable and interesting life. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Source

Janet Lee: Time to Remember

Published June 19, 2019 08:30 a.m.

How long ago is long ago? That depends on your vantage point. For most people, D-Day, June 6, 1944, is much too long ago for personal memories.

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The Sound

North Branford High School (NBHS) Class of 2019 president Allie Augur capped an incredible career at NBHS by being named 2019 valedictorian and bringing national attention to town as a twice-named All American soccer goalie. Next fall, she’ll attend Boston College (BC), where she’ll play soccer. She committed to BC in the summer of her freshman year at NBHS. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Hometown Support Behind Augur’s Successful Years at NBHS

Published June 19, 2019 08:30 a.m.

She may be following in her sibling’s footsteps—both her brother and sister were also class presidents—but it’s a pretty safe bet that North Branford High School (NBHS) may not see another spectacular student like Allie Augur for some years to come. She says her success is due to the support of her hometown.

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East Haven Courier

After a childhood and teen years full of good memories of the Hagaman Memorial Library, Bruno Lieto is back among the stacks helping to ensure another generation has a reason to love libraries. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Bruno Lieto: Always a Book in Hand

Published June 19, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Bruno Lieto started working with the Hagaman Memorial Library as a teen volunteer, but he’s stuck around to help run the program on his way to a teaching career.

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Harbor News

Opera Theater of Connecticut Artistic Director Alan Mann has toured the globe, but found a home in Clinton not only for himself and his family, but for the opera he shares with the community. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Alan Mann: Making a Home for Opera on the Shoreline

Published June 19, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Alan Mann was born in Montreal, lived in New York and London, but for almost four decades he has called Clinton home.

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Valley Courier

For this year’s Ivoryton Fourth of July Parade—the 14th for the village—Lorraine Donovan has the unenviable job of parking czar, but she’s also had the pleasure of helping to plan this small-town event. She also helps organize the village’s Ivoryton Illuminations in winter. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Lorraine Donovan: On Duty on the Fourth

Published June 19, 2019 08:30 a.m.

If Lorraine Donovan talks to you while she is volunteering at the Ivoryton Fourth of July parade, she may utter one of the most feared sentences in the English language: You can’t park here.

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The Sound

The Animal Haven manager Michelle DeRosa says both Tank and Mario are looking for new homes, just like more than a hundred other animals currently staying in the shelter. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Sound

Michelle DeRosa: Advocating for Animals

Published June 12, 2019 08:30 a.m.

As manager of The Animal Haven shelter, Michelle DeRosa is working hard to make it the best shelter it can be.

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Guilford Courier

On Sunday, June 23, The Witness Stones Project of the Guilford Preservation Alliance and the Hyland House Museum present the second annual Juneteenth. This year’s event, Juneteenth–A Garden Party, includes a day of civic engagement, refreshments, music, and remembrance of those enslaved in Guilford’s past, chaired by Stephanie Little Brown at the historic Hyland House, 84 Boston Street, from 4 to 7 p.m. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

A Witness to History: Brown Chairs Witness Stone’s ‘Juneteenth’ at Hyland House

Published June 12, 2019 07:00 a.m.

“When we did the first Juneteenth last year, the first question we asked the audience was, ‘How many people know what Juneteenth is?’” recalls Stephanie Little Brown.

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