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The Sound

Branford Fire Police is a volunteer affiliate of the Branford Fire Department (BFD). As captain of Branford Fire Police, Buzz Johnson is putting out a call to the public: This small but very important group needs more volunteers. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Putting Out the Call for Branford Fire Police Volunteers

Published Sep. 11, 2019 08:30 a.m.

You’ve likely come across a member of Branford’s volunteer Fire Police on the scene of an emergency response—but you just didn’t know it.

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The Source

Lindsey Lehet works as a prevention coordinator at the Youth & Family Service of Haddam-Killingworth, Inc., to help keep youth out of trouble, educate the public about risky behaviors, and make a difference in the community. Photo b Maria Caulfield/The Source

Lindsey Lehet: Promoting Prevention as a Solution

Published Sep. 11, 2019 08:30 a.m.

We’ve all heard the saying before and we repeat it as often as we think it necessary: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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North Haven Courier

Among her many community commitments, Pat Buonpane leads tours for the North Haven Historical Society. 

File photo by Jessica Smith/The Courier

Patricia Buonpane: A Mainstay of North Haven

Published Sep. 11, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Pat Buonpane defines herself as a talker.

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Valley Courier

As captain of Team ICE (that’s Ivoryton, Centerbrook, and Essex), Don Shannehan expects the best showing in years when his players face off against the teams from Chester and Deep river on Sunday, Sept. 22 for the annual Old Time Baseball Game.

Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Don Shannehan: Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Published Sep. 11, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Don Shannehan thought his ball playing days were over after he broke a finger fielding a line drive in an adult softball game more than 25 years ago.

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Harbor News

Clinton native Jack Kavanagh has created a modern circus performance that commemorates the Hartford circus fire of 1944. The show comes to Andrews Memorial Town Hall on Friday, Sept. 20. Photo courtesy of Jack Kavanagh

When a Circus Reflects on Tragedy

Published Sep. 11, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Jack Kavanagh recalls being on his family’s sailboat and gazing from where the boat was anchored to the Clinton Town Hall.

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East Haven Courier

Read to Grow Executive Director Kyn Tolson and a small staff, together with many volunteers, spread the non-profit’s mission of promoting early childhood literacy statewide, such as the group’s book place in East Haven at the Overbrook Early Learning Center. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

20 Years, 2 Million Books: Tolson Invites All to Celebrate with Read to Grow

Published Sep. 11, 2019 08:30 a.m.

It all started on the shoreline in 1999.

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Guilford Courier

Bishop’s Orchards may be best known for apples, but co-CEO Keith Bishop is also winemaker for the company. Now proprietor of Connecticut’s only commercial cranberry bog, located in Killingworth, the winery and market can also add home-grown cranberries to its ingredients list. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Courier

Bearing Fruit: Keith Bishop Expands the Family Orchards

Published Sep. 11, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Mention the Bishop name and locals will likely think of Bishop’s Orchards in Guilford.

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The Source

Sam DeBurra serves the town of Madison as fire marshal and emergency management director. He is also the president of the Madison Ambulance Association and a volunteer firefighter. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Samuel DeBurra, Jr.: His Job Description is to Save Lives

Published Sep. 04, 2019 08:30 a.m.

One might say that the job of Samuel DeBurra, Jr., comes with all the bells and whistles—along with sirens and air horns.

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Guilford Courier

Following its successful 2017 debut, the 2019 Guilford Performing Arts Festival is bringing in more performers to more venues, adding a new teaching component, and creating a central location with a new main tent on the town green. Those are just a few of many reasons why Peter Hawes, the festival’s vice chairman and head of programming and marketing, is excited about the return of this biennial event from Thursday to Sunday, Sept. 26 to 29. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Peter Hawes Helps Build Excitement for Guilford Performing Arts Festival

Published Sep. 04, 2019 08:30 a.m.

After the success of the inaugural Guilford Performing Arts Festival two years ago, the small group of volunteers who dared to dream of filling churches, community buildings, shops, and restaurants with a packed schedule of free performances by brilliant artists got to work planning the next.

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The Sound

At Read to Grow’s headquarters in Branford, Executive Director Kyn Tolson and a small staff, together with many volunteers, spread the non-profit’s mission of promoting early childhood literacy statewide. On Thursday, Oct. 3, Kyn invites the public to support Read to Grow by attending its 20th anniversary celebration honoring the vision and leadership of founder Roxanne J. Coady. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

20 Years, 2 Million Books: Tolson Invites All to Celebrate with Read to Grow

Published Sep. 04, 2019 08:30 a.m.

It all started in Branford in 1999. Now, 20 years and more than two million books later, Read to Grow has grown into a statewide non-profit supporting the importance of developing early childhood literacy.

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North Haven Courier

LuAnn Buono, a longtime volunteer with the North Haven Rotary Club, is looking forward to the upcoming The North Haven Rotary’s 18th Annual Day of Wine, Steins & Roses on Sunday, Sept. 22 where she will be helping to serve the wine.

Photo courtesy of LuAnn Buono

LuAnn Buono is Living Rotary’s Motto of ‘Service About Self’ Lots of Work, Tons of Fun

Published Sep. 04, 2019 08:30 a.m.

LuAnn Buono is really looking forward to the North Haven Rotary’s 18th annual Day of Wine, Steins, & Roses event coming up on Sunday, Sept. 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Forget Me Not Flower Shop on State Street in North Haven.

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East Haven Courier

In July, at age 20, Anne-Marie Frattini earned her commercial pilot’s license. As one of only a fraction of female commercial pilots in the country, the former Robinson Aviation student plans to go on to become an airline pilot. Photo courtesy of Anne-Marie Frattini

The Sky’s the Limit for Frattini

Published Sep. 04, 2019 08:30 a.m.

In July, 20 year-old Anne-Marie Frattini got behind the controls, kicked on the engine of a single-prop Cessna in Daytona Beach, Florida, and took off into the sky.

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Harbor News

Acton Public Library Director Amanda Brouwer came in to the position at a turbulent time for the library, but has spent the past year finding talented new staff and moving the library ahead. Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

Amanda Brouwer Sees Libraries as Favorite Places

Published Sep. 04, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Starting a new job at a new place of work is a major life transition. When that job is a position of leadership, the stress level might be even higher.

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Valley Courier

Throughout his career as a teacher and administrator in local schools, Dave Russell has kept his oar in the water as a member of the Westbrook Marine Patrol. 

Photo by Aviva Luria/The Courier

Keeping Current with Dave Russell

Published Sep. 04, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Dave Russell was born in a city located at the confluence of three rivers, but it was in Connecticut that he became a boater.

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The Source

Bishop’s Orchards may be best known for apples, but co-CEO Keith Bishop is also winemaker for the company. Now proprietor of Connecticut’s only commercial cranberry bog, located off Pond Meadow Road in Killingworth, the winery and market can also add home-grown cranberries to its ingredients list. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Bearing Fruit: Keith Bishop Expands the Family Orchards

Published Aug. 28, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Mention the Bishop name and locals will likely think of Bishop’s Orchards in neighboring Guilford.

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Guilford Courier

In July, at age 20, Anne-Marie Frattini earned her commercial pilot’s license. As one of only a fraction of female commercial pilots in the country, the GHS Class of 2017 graduate plans to go on to become an airline pilot. She’s studying—and flying—at Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, where she’s just started her junior year. Photo courtesy of Anne-Marie Frattini

The Sky’s the Limit for Frattini

Published Aug. 28, 2019 08:30 a.m.

In July, 20 year-old Anne-Marie Frattini got behind the controls, kicked on the engine of a single-prop Cessna in Daytona Beach, Florida, and took off into the sky.

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The Sound

As treasurer of Feed Branford Kids (FBK), Renee Pantani hopes to help grow local support provided by the non-profit founded by her late mother-in-law, Johanne Pantani. She invites supporters to help by purchasing tickets to Onofrio Total Construction’s annual FBK benefit, a Murder Mystery Fundraiser, set for Friday, Sept. 20 at Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club. Photo courtesy Renee Pantani

Continuing a Family Legacy by Serving Feed Branford Kids

Published Aug. 28, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Back to school is a busy time for Feed Branford Kids (FBK), but this year, the Branford non-profit hopes to serve more kids than ever before, says Renee Pantani.

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Valley Courier

As children’s librarian at the Deep River Library, Elaine Alexander likes to have all the ingredients on hand to keep kids of any age engaged and entertained.

Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Elaine Alexander: Kids Are Her Game

Published Aug. 28, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Maybe you saw Bat Girl at the library, or maybe Mrs. Santa Claus, or maybe a pirate.

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North Haven Courier

North Haven Fair Association Vice-president Jeanne Lewis is excited for the upcoming fair, which runs from Thursday to Sunday, Sept. 5 to 8, as well as many other upcoming events hosted on the fairgrounds. The link between all the events—and all her volunteer activities—is fostering family. Photo courtesy of Jeanne Lewis

A Fair to Bring Families Together

Published Aug. 28, 2019 08:30 a.m.

For Jeanne Lewis, volunteering is a part of life.

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Harbor News

Christy Pontillo has combined a lifelong love of history and a life in Clinton together to help the Clinton Historical Society, most recently as its president.

Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Christy Pontillo: A Life in History

Published Aug. 28, 2019 08:30 a.m.

It’s no stretch to say that Clinton Historical Society President Christy Pontillo lives and breathes Clinton history.

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East Haven Courier

When she was 15, Gabriela Garcia-Perez founded Community Integration Mentoring Program (CIMP). Now entering its third school year, CIMP links shoreline kids with New Haven English language learner (ELL) elementary students to help close language, culture, and diversity gaps. To date, she has connected 25 mentors with 37 ELL kids. Photo courtesy of Gabriela Garcia-Perez

Garcia-Perez: Breaking Barriers, Making a Difference with CIMP

Published Aug. 28, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Gabriela Garcia-Perez grew up in East Haven speaking Spanish and English. That’s why she knew she could help when, in 2017, Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, sending many Spanish-speaking families seeking refuge to New Haven.

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The Source

Assistant Director Tammy Eustis has been working at the Killingworth Library since 1998, improving services and making sure patrons receive their reference needs.

Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Back to the Future: As Killingworth Librarian, Tammy Eustis Talks About History, A Time Capsule, and the Future

Published Aug. 21, 2019 08:30 a.m.

For Tammy Eustis, gone are the days when a librarian’s job fit the stereotype of sitting behind a desk in a dark, musty reading room. Her job as assistant director of Killingworth Library is part customer service and part instinctive sleuthing to help patrons find their reference needs in a modern, open library with a welcoming lobby.

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Guilford Courier

When she was 15, Gabriela Garcia-Perez, (now 17 and an incoming Guilford High School senior), founded Community Integration Mentoring Program (CIMP). Now entering its third school year, CIMP links Guilford kids with New Haven English language learner (ELL) elementary students to help close language, culture and diversity gaps. To date, she has connected 25 mentors with 37 ELL kids. Photo courtesy of Gabriela Garcia-Perez

Garcia-Perez: Breaking Barriers, Making a Difference with CIMP

Published Aug. 21, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Gabriela Garcia-Perez grew up speaking Spanish and English. That’s why she knew she could help when, in 2017, Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, sending many Spanish-speaking families seeking refuge to New Haven.

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The Sound

As a retired R.N. and praticing holistic nurse, Corrine Panagos instantly connected with non-profit Smile Anyway’s mission to assist young adults, and their families, battling addiction. As a volunteer board member of the Branford-based non-profit, she invites the community to come to out to the second annual Love is Louder music festival on Saturday, Aug. 31 on the Branford Green from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Love is Louder: Corrine Panagos Shares a Passion for Supporting Smile Anyway’s Mission

Published Aug. 21, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Corrine Panagos hadn’t set foot in Toad’s Place for more than 40 years, but if getting on the floor in a crowd of youthful reggae/folk/blues/rock fusion devotees would help the cause of Smile Anyway, this retired R.N.-turned-holistic nurse was all in.

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Valley Courier

Accomplished classical musician Michael Sanders’s main career was in transportation, though in his retirement he’s been able to share his musical appreciation by serving on the board of the Robbie Collomore Concerts. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Michael Sanders: This Double Bass is not a Fish

Published Aug. 21, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Michael Sanders’s family has a special relationship to the Person of the Week column. Mike is the third member of his family to be featured.

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East Haven Courier

Gina Marenna, a longtime East Haven resident, just released the first book in a series she has written under the name Gina Marie Martini. Photo courtesy of Gina Marenna

Gina Marenna Brings Stories to Life in New Book Series

Published Aug. 21, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Ever since she was young, Gina Marenna has been creating stories. She remembers recording her first stories at around 10 years old. She grew up in Meriden but after getting a job at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield when she was 19, she moved to East Haven.

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North Haven Courier

Ginny Caroleo will start the new school year, along with her student Dante Chiappetta, at North Haven Middle School, though Ginny was so inspired by her experience at Clintonville Elementary School she successfully nominated it as one of the Nicest Places in America. Photo courtesy of Ginny Caroleo

Caroleo Puts Clintonville Elementary on the Map for ‘Nicest Places in America’

Published Aug. 21, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Ginny Caroleo has worked in the education field for nearly 20 years, working as a special education paraprofessional at Clintonville Elementary School (CES) for the past two years.

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Harbor News

Longtime Clinton Public Works staffer Todd Hajek now spends more time behind the desk than before as director of the department where he’s worked for almost 28 years.

Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Todd Hajek: Building on Clinton’s Successes

Published Aug. 21, 2019 08:30 a.m.

The Clinton Department of Public Works (DPW) is the town agency responsible for making sure the town facilities are kept in the best possible shape

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The Source

A longtime teacher in Madison, Linnea Page enjoyed shaping the minds and inspiring the hearts of young children. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Linnea Page’s School of Thought

Published Aug. 14, 2019 08:30 a.m.

As a young child, Linnea Page knew what she wanted to be: a school teacher. She pursued that career choice and became a lifelong teacher of young children. A longtime resident of Madison, she formed the minds and inspired the hearts of 3rd-grade students at Island Avenue School

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Guilford Courier

A giant waterslide on the Baldwin Middle School hillside Aug. 9 highlights just one small area of the many public and park spaces and fields maintained through the work of Guilford Park Foreman Tony Annicelli and his team. Photo by Pam Johnson/Guilford Courier

Teamwork Helps Tony Annicelli Maintain Guilford’s Parks, Playing Fields, and More

Published Aug. 14, 2019 08:30 a.m.

What do Guilford’s town green, parks, playing fields, school athletic fields, lakes, beaches, town government building landscapes, and even Town of Guilford trash receptacles have in common?

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