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The Source

Mary Solera leads a team of happy volunteers in the community garden at Parmelee Farm, growing fresh produce to given away free at the fifth annual Shared Harvest market this summer. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Mary Solera: Growing a Strong Community

Published June 20, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Every Monday and Thursday morning from April to October, Mary Solera and her dedicated team of volunteer gardeners roll up to Parmelee Farm in Killingworth, armed with their buckets of tools and Mary’s work plan of the day.

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Guilford Courier

For Guilford High School (GHS) Class of 2018 Valedictorian Faren Roth, finding something you like to do, and having fun doing it, has been the key to her success. Faren, who will attend Yale University in the fall, will give her valedictorian’s speech to the GHS Class of 2018 during graduation on the Guilford Green on Friday, June 22. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Having Fun While Learning: Faren Roth, GHS 2018 Valedictorian

Published June 20, 2018 08:30 a.m.

She’s Connecticut’s 2018 individual épée state champion, valedictorian of the Guilford High School (GHS) Class of 2018, and an incoming member of the Yale University Class of 2022.

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East Haven Courier

Board of Education Chair Michele DeLucia is dedicated to sharing and expanding the success of East Haven’s public schools. Photo courtesy of Michele DeLucia

Michele DeLucia is Invested in Education

Published June 20, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Not even the allure of Florence, Italy could keep wife, mother of three, college professor, and chair of the East Haven Board of Education Michele DeLucia, away from what she loves most: family and the town of East Haven.

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North Haven Courier

On June 21, Francesco Spirlì will step up to the podium to deliver his valedictorian address at the North Haven High School Class of 2018 Commencement Exercises. Is he nervous? “Ecstatic,” he says. Photo courtesy of Francesco Spirlì

Francesco Spirlì is at the Top of his Class

Published June 20, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Francesco Spirlì is a man of many accomplishments—and he’s just getting started. Francesco is graduating from North Haven High School on June 21 as the Class of 2018’s valedictorian.

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The Sound

Caroline Erickson shares a smile moments after being named Branford High School Class of 2018 valedictorian during commencement ceremonies on the town green June 12. Caroline will attend Yale University in the fall. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

BHS Valedictorian Caroline Erickson: ‘Be in the Moment’

Published June 20, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Every year at graduation time, a bit of wisdom is imparted by valedictorians in speeches to their graduating class.

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Valley Courier

This year, Cotty Barlow is eager to celebrate the Ivoryton Fourth of July Parade from an unusual perspective: as a spectator. Photo by Leslie Barlow

Cotty Barlow: The Passing Parade

Published June 20, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Think Fourth of July in Ivoryton and Cotty Barlow immediately comes to mind.

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Harbor News

Headed to New Haven: Kunsang Dorjee, a member of the Old Saybrook High School (OSHS) Class of 2018 who graduated June 20, will attend Yale College in the fall. 

Photo by Becky Coffey/Harbor News

OSHS Graduate Kunsang Dorjee Celebrates his Tibetan Heritage

Published June 20, 2018 08:30 a.m.

When asked what he’s passionate about, Kunsang Dorjee says, “Music,” yet “harmony” might be a better word: harmony with music in its many forms, with the world around him, with the stars above, and with the unseen in the universe that scientific theorists imagine and experimental physicists seek to find.

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Valley Courier

Chester’s Jeff Ridgway, a boatbuilder turned homebuilder, will draw on his family’s storied history to present, alongside Deep River’s John Cunningham, a program on PT Boats and Local History on Tuesday, June 19. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Jeff Ridgway: All in the Family

Published June 13, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Jeff Ridgway of Chester has a story to tell, and quite a story it is.

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Harbor News

After a decade serving his parish at the United Methodist Church of Clinton, Reverend Dr. M. Craig Fitzsimmons will retire, though he plans to remain active in the curch.

Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Rev. Fitzsimmons Retiring after Four Decades’ Service

Published June 13, 2018 08:30 a.m.

On Father’s Day 2018, Reverend Dr. M. Craig Fitzsimmons, pastor of the United Methodist Church of Clinton, will retire from pastoral life after 10 years as the pastor in Clinton.

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Guilford Courier

As president of Guilford Land Conservation Trust, David C. Grigsby is leading the charge to raise $250,000 to purchase the Missing Piece, the final inholding of 30 acres of land that will complete the 1,000 acres of protected trust and state lands that make up Westwoods. Photo courtesy of David C. Grigsby

How to Help GLCT Purchase Westwoods ‘Missing Piece’

Published June 13, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Fifty years after Guilford Land Conservation Trust (GLCT) first began conserving the woodlands that have created Westwoods, the non-profit, all-volunteer organization is closing in on purchasing the final “Missing Piece”—and they need your help.

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The Source

A board member of Vista Life Innovations, Ed Riley organizes the volunteer manpower at its annual Tour de Shore fundraising ride. The whole community is invited to attend the event’s kickoff party on Thursday, June 28 and get inspired to start training for the big ride on Sunday, Oct. 14. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Ed Riley: Gearing Up for a Great Ride

Published June 13, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Ed Riley is a great guy to know–and if you participate in Madison’s big community charity events, chances are you probably do. A life-long community volunteer, Ed’s always eager to rally his troops and bring many hands to make the event a success.

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East Haven Courier

Renee McIntyre will soon say goodbye to her 2nd-grade classroom at Deer Run School, home to song, dance, and the Dinosaur Expo. Photo courtesy of Renee McIntyre

Renee McIntyre: 19 Years in Second Grade

Published June 13, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Renee McIntyre has taught 2nd grade at Deer Run School ever since the school opened its doors to 2nd-graders eight years ago. But she was teaching long before that, too.

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The Sound

After four amazing years, North Branford High School Class of 2018 Valedictorian Zelda Galdenzi will attend Wesleyan University in the fall to study biology and neuroscience. She’ll share some words of wisdom with her classmates during the valedictorian’s speech at the NBHS Class of 2018 Commencement Exercises on Friday, June 15 at the school field. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

NBHS Valedictorian Galdenzi Encourages Classmates to ‘Use Your Voice’

Published June 13, 2018 08:30 a.m.

She may consider herself a bit shy, and her academic style bends toward hard work done with quiet effort, but on June 15, Zelda Galdenzi is going to be heard, loud and clear.

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North Haven Courier

Rich DiPalma enjoys exploring his Italian heritage with wine, song, farming, and his love of the language itself. Photo courtesy of Rich DiPalma

Rich DiPalma: Finding Peace in the Digital Age

Published June 13, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Rich DiPalma of North Haven could sing in Italian before he could speak it.

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Susannah Graedel has turned her life-long passion for birds, animals, and all things nature into a successful career as an environmental educator at Bauer Park in Madison and a natural science illustration teacher at Yale University’s Peabody Museum of Natural History in New Haven. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Susannah Graedel: What a Wonderful World

Published June 06, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Susannah Graedel’s successful career as a naturalist, teacher, and scientific illustrator began with the most unlikely of creatures: an earthworm.

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Guilford Courier

On June 2, Guilford’s Christopher “CJ” Rogers stepped up to the stage at the NATAS Boston/New England Student Awards for Excellence and claimed his Crystal Pillar as the winner of the chapter’s 2018 Sports-Live Event category. The prize selection was based on a highlight reel of live Special Olympics coverage he developed for Emerson Channel Sports as executive producer. Photo courtesy of CJ Rogers

A Rising Star: CJ Rogers Wins NATAS’ Crystal Pillar

Published June 06, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Many a hardworking executive producer may dream of the day they’ll take home their first National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) award, but Guilford’s Christopher “CJ” Rogers, 21, has just lived the dream.

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East Haven Courier

Karen Olson writes 1,000 words a day. The prolific mystery author says a book typically takes about three months. Photo courtesy of Karen Olson

Karen Olson: 1,000 Words a Day

Published June 06, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Karen Olson has written a dozen novels—but none of them are the novel she would have pictured herself writing back when she was an English major at Roanoke College.

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North Haven Courier

Christina Montanari led the planning for the Ridge Road School PTA family benefit concert on the North Haven Green on June 3, and you may also see her back on the green at the upcoming summer concerts selling Happy Meal coupons to help raise funds for an all-inclusive playground at Ridge Road Elementary. Photo by Susan Lambert/The Courier

Christina Montanari: Recess for All

Published June 06, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Christina Montanari has a personal investment in Ridge Road Elementary School’s push for a new accessible and inclusive playground.

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Valley Courier

Jane Bolles got involved with the High Hopes Therapeutic Riding center more than 30 years ago when one of her daughters started as a client. Today, the co-owner of the Saybrook Country Barn is on the riding center’s board and is helping organize the upcoming How Sweet It Is High Hopes gala. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Jane Bolles: There’s Always Hope

Published June 06, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Here’s what you will need: 4,300 bales of hay, 91,250 gallons of water, and 18,750 pounds of grain. Here’s what you will get: 25 well fed horses—more precisely, the 25 horses used by High Hopes Therapeutic Riding.

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The Sound

Race Director Dan Montgomery invites area residents to participate in the first annual #SongStrong5K and Kids Fun Run. The “Keep Kids Safe” event features a 5K run/walk and kids fun run on the morning of Saturday, June 9 at Guilford fairgrounds. All event proceeds benefit causes and programs developed and supported by the Ethan Miller Song Foundation. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Dan Montgomery Helps Chart a Course for #SongStrong5K

Published June 06, 2018 08:30 a.m.

As Dan Montgomery will tell you, “Runners run.” It’s a mantra he shares with friend and running buddy Mike Song. In the past four months, it’s helped strike a bit of a balance, especially in a world suddenly without Mike’s son, Ethan.

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The Source

Scranton Memorial Library Futures Campaign Co-chair Nicole Wiles hopes that residents will be inspired to Be M.E., following the generous example of Mary Eliza Scranton, who donated the library building in 1900. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Nicole Wiles: Writing a New Chapter for the Scranton Library

Published May 30, 2018 08:30 a.m.

When Nicole Wiles moved to Madison one of the first places the stay-at-home mom took her two young children was the local library.

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East Haven Courier

Lou Cinque has spent much of his time over the last few years volunteering with the East Haven Food Pantry. Photo by Jenn McCulloch

Lou Cinque: Dedicated East Haven Food Pantry Volunteer Loves Keeping Busy

Published May 30, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Lou Cinque: Dedicated East Haven Food Pantry Volunteer Loves Keeping Busy

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The Sound

With the backdrop of the Branford Town Green and a view from Town Hall where the main stage will rise, Festival Chairman Kris Klarman welcomes all to enjoy—and support—the 34th annual Branford Festival this year. The 2018 Branford Festival comes to town Friday, June 15 through Sunday, June 17. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Kris Klarman: Counting Down the Days to Branford Festival 2018

Published May 30, 2018 08:30 a.m.

As 2018 Branford Festival chairman, Kris Klarman is actually counting the days until the ‘fest gets here—and keeping track of what it takes to bring Branford’s biggest, most beloved community celebration to the Branford green from Friday, June 15 through Sunday, June 17.

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North Haven Courier

Karen Olson writes 1,000 words a day. The prolific mystery author says a book typically takes about three months. Photo courtesy of Karen Olson

Karen Olson: 1,000 Words a Day

Published May 30, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Karen Olson of North Haven has written a dozen novels—but none of them are the novel she would have pictured herself writing back when she was an English major at Roanoke College.

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Valley Courier

Just about every corner of Chester carries significance for Marie Anne Heft. A lifelong resident, she remembers the days when piloting a tricycle through the village center was neither unusual nor unsafe. Her appreciation for preservation inspires her work with groups like the Chester land Trust, for which she’s helping organize the Huckleberry Adventure Recycled Raft Race. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Marie Anne Heft: A Lifetime of Memories

Published May 30, 2018 08:30 a.m.

When Marie Anne Heft thinks about the upcoming Huckleberry Adventure Recycled Raft Race sponsored by the Chester Land Trust, she likes to think of herself as the original Huckleberry Finn

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Harbor News

Known by a generation simply as “Mr. D” for his time coaching youth football, Dennis Donovan is no longer coaching but is still the voice of the Huskies football team. Also active in local government, Dennis is now working on the town’s second effort at charter revision in as many years. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Dennis Donovan Stays Active in Town Government, Youth Football

Published May 30, 2018 08:30 a.m.

If you’ve followed the news in Clinton over the last two years, you’re probably familiar with the saga involving proposed changes to the town’s charter.

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Guilford Courier

Race Director Dan Montgomery is helping friends and co-steering committee members Mike and Kristin Song, Scott Markovich, and Melanie DiNicola bring Guilford the first annual #SongStrong5K and Kids Fun Run. The “Keep Kids Safe” event features a 5K run/walk and kids fun run on the morning of Saturday, June 9 at Guilford fairgrounds. All event proceeds benefit causes and programs developed and supported by the Ethan Miller Song Foundation. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Dan Montgomery Helps Chart a Course for #SongStrong5K

Published May 30, 2018 08:30 a.m.

As Dan Montgomery will tell you, “Runners run.” It’s mantra he shares with friend and running buddy Mike Song.

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East Haven Courier

Joyce Hollenbeck is a familiar face in East Haven Town Hall. She has spent the majority of the past 20 years as the mayor’s executive assistant. Photo courtesy of Joyce Hollenbeck

Joyce Hollenbeck: Every Day is Different

Published May 23, 2018 08:30 a.m.

When Mayor Joe Maturo. Jr., took office in 1998, he was looking for a secretary. Joyce Hollenbeck had recently left a job and one of her friends suggested she apply.

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Guilford Courier

Guilford Keeping Society (GKS) member Barbara Johnson envisioned inviting the community to GKS’s first Memorial Day Picnic 13 years ago. Now, she’s excited to invite all to gather at a new GKS Memorial Day Picnic location that’s right on the parade route—the Thomas Griswold House Museum, 171 Boston Street. The picnic takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, May 28. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Planning a Great Day for Guilford at the GKS Memorial Day Picnic

Published May 23, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Built in 1774, the Thomas Griswold House has witnessed many a parade passing by; but this year, things will be different.

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North Haven Courier

Cindy Kern visited the Great Pyramid of Giza with her husband, Jason, and son, Khorbin, on her recent trip to Egypt. 

Photo courtesy of Cindy Kern

Cindy Kern: Teaching Teachers

Published May 23, 2018 08:30 a.m.

As director of Quinnipiac University’s Science Teaching & Learning Center (QUeST-LC) and a member of its School of Education faculty, Cindy Kern of North Haven is a teacher of teachers.

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