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The Sound

Tikso families may recognize Sarah Nelson due to her work as a full-time pre-K paraprofessional, but she’s also the creative force behind the costumes that will transform Tabor Arts Branford’s youthful players into the iconic cast of that forever kid-friendly musical, Annie Jr., during four performances Friday to Sunday, Nov. 15 to 17. Photo courtesy of Sarah Nelson

Nelson Gets Creative to Assist Tabor Arts Branford’s ‘Annie Jr.’

Published Nov. 06, 2019 08:30 a.m.

If there’s anyone in town who knows that “...you’re never fully dressed without a smile,” it’s got to be Sarah Nelson, the creative costumer transforming Tabor Arts Branford’s youthful players into the iconic cast of Annie Jr., coming Friday to Sunday, Nov. 15 to 17 to the Tabor stage.

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Guilford Courier

Guilford psychotherapist Lianne Escher, MSW celebrates her new book, A Mythic Sisterhood: The Goddess Way to Courage, Clarity and Grace. Photo courtesy of Lianne Escher

Escher Encourages Women to Embrace Their Inner Goddesses

Published Nov. 06, 2019 08:30 a.m.

For psychotherapist, artist, and author Lianne Escher, women coping with significant—and often troublesome—life transitions need to consider embracing their inner goddesses. Seven of them, to be exact.

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The Source

Dr. Leslie Sude, a Yale pediatrician, volunteers her time to StreetCred and the Madison Land Conservation Trust, where serves as a board member and heads the Rettich Preservation Committee. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Leslie Sude: Serving Children, Preserving Nature

Published Nov. 06, 2019 08:30 a.m.

“Health is wealth,” as the saying goes.

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Harbor News

A member of the Henry Carter Hull Library Board of Trustees, Phylllis McGrath also answered the call when the town was forming its Senior Citizen Task Force.

Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Phyllis McGrath: Centering in on Senior Needs

Published Nov. 06, 2019 08:30 a.m.

In late 2018 the Clinton Board of Selectmen (BOS) created the Senior Citizen Task Force to help gauge the needs and interests of Clinton’s senior population. The person chosen to co-chair the task force was Phyllis McGrath.

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East Haven Courier

After being sidelined by Lyme disease, Porsha Amodio found she needed to re-launch her career, leading to a new mission of helping like-minded women in business hone their professional skills. Photo by Elizabeth Reinhart/The Courier

Porsha Amodio: Authenticity in Business and Perseverance in Life

Published Nov. 06, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Long-time East Haven resident Porsha Amodio exudes a warmth and authenticity that enables her success in business and in life.

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East Haven Courier

Noted pharmacologist King Lee made North Haven his pick when moving to the state two decades ago. Photo courtesy of King Lee

Lee’s Spark for Innovation in Pharmacology Contributes to North Haven Community

Published Nov. 06, 2019 08:30 a.m.

When King Lee was an undergraduate student in premedical sciences at Eastern Kentucky University, he couldn’t wait to leave that state’s rural farmland to return to the hustle and bustle of his native city, Hong Kong.

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Valley Courier

A former U.S. Navy aviator, Keith LaFlair will be a part of the Chester American Legion Post 97 Veterans Day parade and ceremonies on Monday, Nov. 11.

Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Keith LaFlair: Marking a Special Day

Published Nov. 06, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Keith LaFlair spent more than 40 years flying in airplanes but not as a passenger. Keith was a pilot and there’s more to the story than that.

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Harbor News

A familiar face at Planning & Zoning Commission, former commission clerk Kathy King is taking over as Clinton’s new zoning enforcement officer.

Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Kathy King: A New Role in a Familiar Agency

Published Oct. 30, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Sitting on a couch in the lobby of Clinton Town Hall, Kathy King recalls how she got her start in working in land use: She saw a friend in the parking lot of the Old Saybrook Town Hall and made small talk with her.

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The Sound

As an airman first class, Bob Russell provided key military intelligence during a classified mission of the Vietnam War. The past commander of Branford’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12106 will provide this year’s talk during Branford’s 2019 Veterans Day Ceremonies and Parade, beginning at 1 p.m. on the Town Green on Sunday, Nov. 10. Photo by Bill O’Brien

Russell Heads Up Branford’s Veterans Day Ceremony, Parade Nov. 10

Published Oct. 30, 2019 08:30 a.m.

On Sunday, Nov. 10, when former Branford VFW Post Commander Bob Russell heads up this year’s Branford Veterans Day Ceremony and Parade, the former U.S. airman, first class will be carrying more computer power in his smartphone than all of the technology he used to track movements of weapons and troops on the Ho Chi Minh trail during the Vietnam War.

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Valley Courier

Stacie DiNello is joined on the Riverwind Inn porch by Fred and Ethel, this year’s Deep river Merchants Association Scarecrow Contest third-place winners. (The Deep River historical Society’s Corn Goddess scarecrow took top honors, with the Friends of the Deep River Library’s entry taking second.) The contest is just one of the projects Stacie helps oversee as president of the merchant’s association. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Stacie DiNello: In at the Inn

Published Oct. 30, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Okay, want to date yourself? Then identify Fred and Ethel Mertz. If you are a certain age, that’s no problem. Fred and Ethel were Lucy and Desi’s faithful neighbors and sidekicks on the old I Love Lucy Show.

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The Source

Sarah Davis was awarded the Women in Excellence Award for changing the lives of adults as a literacy volunteer and opening the door to better educational opportunities to the underserved youth through a tutoring group called Flyte Scholastics, which helps students at St. Martin de Porres Academy and other schools. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Sarah Davis: Changing Lives Through Education

Published Oct. 30, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Sarah Davis was in for a surprise.

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Guilford Courier

Though Rachael Allen is new to town, the new director of choral ensembles at Guilford High School has long been familiar with the program’s reputation. 

Photo by Jesse Williams/The Courier

Rachael Allen: Hitting the Ground Singing

Published Oct. 30, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Rachael Allen is no stranger to fast starts. She began her first music teaching job 48 hours after graduating college, she says, and has never looked back.

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North Haven Courier

Walter Brockett’s hand-crafted bat box was a big hit at a recent Daytime Gardeners meeting. Photo by Elizabeth Reinhart/The Courier

Family’s Legacy in North Haven Lives On Through Walt Brockett

Published Oct. 30, 2019 08:30 a.m.

For most Americans in 1957, the Russian’s launch of Sputnik was a historical event that altered the global political and scientific climate.

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East Haven Courier

For more than three decades, Carol Richards has been involved in Girl Scouts, spending most of that time as a troop leader. Here, she’s standing with a statue of Juliette Gordon Lowe in Savannah, Georgia, on a tour of the birthplace of Girl Scouts. 

Photo courtesy of Carol Richards

Carol Richards Continues to Serve East Haven Girl Scouts

Published Oct. 30, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Growing up, Carol Richards had a brief experience with Girl Scouts of the USA, participating as a brownie in a local troop.

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Harbor News

Chet Bialicki, Westbrook High School’s teen leadership coordinator, says he’s in awe of what his students have been able to accomplish in increasing understanding of school climate issues. Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

Chet Bialicki: Taking Those Important Steps for School Climate

Published Oct. 23, 2019 08:30 a.m.

For six years now, Chet Bialicki and students at Westbrook High School (WHS) have been addressing school climate in innovative ways.

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Sunnie Scarpa Shares Her Vision for the Scranton Library

Published Oct. 23, 2019 08:30 a.m.

At the age of 8, Sunnie Scarpa started to pursue her career. She volunteered at her local library and liked it.

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North Haven Courier

Friends of the North Haven Library President Eileen Fletcher has long appreciated the gifts a library gives its community.

Photo by Elizabeth Reinhart/The Courier

Eileen Fletcher: A Driving Force Behind Library Friends Activities

Published Oct. 23, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Eileen Fletcher may be small in stature, but she has a big impact on the community, especially as president of Friends of the North Haven Library.

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East Haven Courier

The Old Stone Church’s distinctive 1894 Johnson pipe organ will be in full song for a Sunday, Nov. 17 recital led by organist and choir director Jonathan Budd. Photo by Elizabeth Reinhart/The Courier

New Minister of Music Jonathan Budd Revives Programming at Old Stone Church

Published Oct. 23, 2019 08:30 a.m.

“A well-trained organist plays with both their hands and their feet,” says Jonathan Budd, organist and choir director at East Haven’s Old Stone Church.

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Guilford Courier

Guilford Art Center’s (GAC) new resident potter, Megan Mayall, brings plenty of experience to share with students, and is also enjoying learning from others in GAC’s pottery community. Mayall is GAC’s fifth resident potter and will be in residence through August 2020. She holds a BFA in ceramics (May, 2018) from the Alfred University College of Art & Design, located in her home state of New York. Photo courtesy of the Guilford Art Center

GAC Offers Artful Opportunities for New Resident Potter Megan Mayall

Published Oct. 23, 2019 08:30 a.m.

It’s a busy day in the Guilford Art Center (GAC) ceramics studio practice space, and that’s just how GAC’s new resident potter, Megan Mayall, likes it.

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The Sound

Joe Mooney has brought his wealth of financial oversight experience to assist Connecticut Hospice as its chief operating officer/chief financial officer.

Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Joe Mooney Lends His Financial Expertise to Connecticut Hospice

Published Oct. 23, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Joe Mooney had only recently retired as deputy commissioner for Connecticut’s Department of Revenue Services when he was snapped up for a new leadership position as Connecticut Hospice Inc.’s chief operating officer/chief financial officer (COO/CFO) this past spring.

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The Sound

For the past five years, North Branford Town Planner Carey Duques has covered a lot of ground among North Branford’s 26 square miles. But on Sunday, Nov. 3, she’ll cover 26.2 miles, running the famed New York City Marathon. Inspired by a friend’s seven-year-old son who lives with a rare disease, Carey is running with a team to raise funds for the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

North Branford Town Planner Carey Duques Covers Many Miles

Published Oct. 16, 2019 08:30 a.m.

As North Branford’s Town Planner, Carey Duques covers a lot of ground among North Branford’s 26 square miles.

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Guilford Courier

Rob Oman is a managing partner of The Stone Agency Insurance, which is showing its support of Shoreline Arts Alliance (SAA) by hosting the SAA Guild’s Costumes & Cocktails at the agency’s expansive home and beautiful grounds on Goose Lane on Friday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Oman Helps to ‘Insure’ a Great Night for SAA’s Costumes & Cocktails

Published Oct. 16, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Believe it or not, ice hockey played a part in building a great partnership of support between Shoreline Arts Alliance (SAA) and The Stone Agency Insurance.

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The Source

Rachel Schemmerling is co-chair of Preservation 2020, a fundraising campaign to restore The Congregational Church in Killingworth, a 200-year old landmark church. 

Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Clear as a Bell: Preserving a Landmark Church is Rachel Schemmerling’s Calling

Published Oct. 16, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Restoring and preserving a 200-year-old church is undoubtedly a formidable task. Volunteering for the job while managing a business, raising a teenager and a kindergartner, and battling multiple sclerosis is downright daunting.

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East Haven Courier

Chris Sanchez is the captain of Riverside Fire Company 6, an all-volunteer department serving East Haven. Photo courtesy of Chris Sanchez

Chris Sanchez Brings Decades of Firefighting Experience to Company 6

Published Oct. 16, 2019 08:30 a.m.

For nearly four decades, Chris Sanchez has been involved in firefighting and emergency services.

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Harbor News

When George Reid-Perry joined the staff at SARAH, Inc., he found close-knit communities in both his job and along the shoreline. Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

George Reid-Perry: Giving Support Where It’s Needed

Published Oct. 16, 2019 08:30 a.m.

George Reid-Perry talks at a fast clip, one sentence tumbling into the next, yet his manner is full of warmth and sincerity. He’s confident but not off-putting.

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North Haven Courier

Scott Ward’s bat expertise will be shared with attendees at the Tuesday, Oct. 22 Daytime gardeners meeting, which is open to the public. Photo by Elizabeth Reinhart/The Courier

Scott Ward Hopes to Dispel Bats Myths

Published Oct. 16, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Halloween may conjure images of bats as a scary species, but they are anything but dangerous to people, according to bat rehabilitator Scott Ward.

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Valley Courier

It’ safe to say Peggy Winkley knows how to be a good neighbor. She and her family lived in many of the homes she’s renovated for use by adults with mental and emotional challenges as part of Brian House, for which she serves as executive director. 

Photo courtesy of Peggy Winkley

Peggy Winkley: Making a House into a Home

Published Oct. 16, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Thirty-five years ago, Peggy Winkley and her late husband Mal had an idea.

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The Sound

Karen McMinn TenBroeck stands at Branford Early Learning Center’s (BELC) Wall of Fame, where photos include hundreds of children she’s taught in her 40 years as a BELC educator. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

McMinn TenBroeck Celebrates 40 Years, and Counting, at BELC

Published Oct. 09, 2019 08:30 a.m.

More than four decades of annual class photos fill the Wall of Fame at Branford Early Learning Center (BELC), and teacher Karen McMinn TenBroeck is in just about every one of them.

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Guilford Courier

As the new assistant superintendent of Guilford Public Schools (GPS), Annine Crystal started the new school year by sharing with the town’s teachers a bit of her own story: how reading books with her dad as a very young child inspired her to learn. 

Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

As GPS Assistant Superintendent, Crystal Adds New Chapter to Her Story

Published Oct. 09, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Before starting her 10th year with Guilford Public Schools (GPS) in her brand-new role as assistant superintendent, Annine Crystal spent nine years working among the district’s elementary schools as a literacy coach

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East Haven Courier

Jim Comiskey is a longtime East Haven resident who volunteers with many organizations in town. Photo courtesy of Jim Comiskey

Comiskey Volunteers for Love of East Haven Community

Published Oct. 09, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Jim Comiskey has always served his community. He grew up in New Haven before his family moved to Hamden where he graduated from Hamden High School.

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