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Harbor News

After a career in health, Cathy Weiss returned in earnest to a lifetime pursuit of creating art. Photo courtesy of Cathy Weiss

Cathy Weiss: From Quiet Reflection to Artistic Fruition

Published March 25, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Cathy Weiss has what she calls “a serious hobby—something I pursue passionately.” That passion is art, and Cathy has been fortunate to find time to do it later in life.

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Harbor News

Nancy McCormick (accompanied here by T.C. the chicken) has helped reinvigorate the Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore organization, which serves the towns of Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Guilford, Killingworth, Lyme, Madison, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook. Photo by Mark McCormick

Nancy McCormick: Learning from Experience

Published March 11, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Nancy McCormick has a chicken named Experience.

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Harbor News

Longtime former first selectman Willie Fritz, Jr., has remained an active supporter of youth sports in town. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Out of the Spotlight, Willie Fritz Stays Engaged

Published March 04, 2020 08:30 a.m.

“Grass will never grow under Willie’s feet, he’s always going”—that’s how one acquaintance described Clinton’s former longtime first selectman Willie Fritz, Jr., and his penchant for constant activity.

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Harbor News

Coming off a four-year stint on the New England Patriots’ cheer squad, Clinton’s Alex Brandy challenges many people’s preconceptions of a professional cheerleader. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

From NFL Sidelines to the Connecticut Shoreline

Published Feb. 26, 2020 08:30 a.m.

In 2014, during her first time skiing, Alex Brandy severely injured her ACL.

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Harbor News

Established clay artist Gloria Elliott has also mastered other art forms, including quilting, which she uses to tell her family’s story. In the foreground, a panel depicts her father, a Norwegian emigré who found a job delivering milk by horse. Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

Gloria Elliott: A Quiet, Creative Life

Published Feb. 19, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Perhaps those who first meet Gloria Elliott along with her husband, Tom, see her as a rather quiet, retiring person, ...

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Harbor News

Though it took two full years, Margo Valentine oversaw the story of her life move from her handwritten manuscript to finished product. Photo by Rita Christopher/Harbor News

Margo Valentine: Looking Back

Published Feb. 12, 2020 08:30 a.m.

If Margo Valentine had not fallen down the stairs while going to a tailor’s shop in 2016, she would not have written a book. But Margo, then 85, did fall down. And she did write a book.

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Harbor News

Now once again enjoying semi-retirement, Peter Neff once again stepped up to serve Clinton when the Town Council needed an interim town manager. Photo courtesy of Peter Neff

Peter Neff: Trusted with the Town’s Transition

Published Feb. 05, 2020 08:30 a.m.

At its first ever meeting on Nov. 20, 2019 the Clinton Town Council had a big decision to make. The group was still in the process of interviewing candidates for the fulltime town manager position, but needed an interim manager.

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Harbor News

After a career in manufacturing, Bob Werner was looking for a way to share his skills and help his new hometown, His work on the Clinton Manufacturing Coalition fulfilled both goals. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Raising Awareness a Best Practice for Bob Werner and the CMC

Published Jan. 29, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Bob Werner has only lived in Clinton for three years, but that hasn’t stopped him from pitching in.

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Harbor News

For four decades, Westbrook residents have been able to rely on Lew Daniels to helm the Westbrook Public Library. He’ll resign his post in June, creating a gap to fill that’s almost as large as the legacy he’ll leave. Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

Lew Daniels: ‘A Lucky, Lucky’ 40 Years

Published Jan. 22, 2020 08:30 a.m.

When Lew Daniels retires at the end of June, he’ll have served as director of the Westbrook Public Library...

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Harbor News

Eddie Alberino is a longtime volunteer for several of the organizations that help make Clinton safe and welcoming. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Eddie Alberino: Helping Drive the Direction of Clinton

Published Jan. 15, 2020 08:30 a.m.

It’s hard to find someone in Clinton who doesn’t know Eddie Alberino. From politics to helping people in emergencies, Eddie has had quite a journey in Clinton.

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Harbor News

After more than two decades of serving in Clinton as a police officer (among other roles) Jerry Dunn (shown here with Boston and Amigo) is retiring from the department to take a job with the state Department of Agriculture Animal Control Unit.

Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Jerry Dunn: Heading Out on a High Note

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

Sergeant Jeremiah Dunn had a problem. The massive trailer that the Clinton Police Department was using for the annual toy drive that Jerry oversees was only about a third full with two weeks until Christmas.

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Harbor News

The ever-upbeat Debra Mal, a 2019 Shore Publishing Beacon Award winner, has brought dance—and joy—to generations of Old Saybrook residents. In her Beacon interview, she shared her mantra: “God is the DJ, life is the dance floor, love is the rhythm, and you are the music—and that’s why you should always have a disco ball. And leave a trail of glitter wherever you go!” Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

Debra Mal: Dancing a Life of Exuberance

Published Dec. 25, 2019 08:30 a.m.

It’s no wonder that Debra Mal calls her children’s dance classes “Dance for Joy with Deb.” For Debra, known around town as Miss Glitter or simply Deb, dance is euphoric, an expression of happiness and vibrancy.

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Harbor News

Of all that Phil Sengle will be remembered for in Clinton, it’s possible his efforts on helping bring about the town manager form of government—and helping select that town manager—will be top the list. Photo courtesy of Phil Sengle

Phil Sengle: From Start to Finish

Published Dec. 18, 2019 08:30 a.m.

On Dec. 11, when Clinton’s Town Council unanimously voted to offer Karl Kilduff the opportunity to become Clinton’s first ever town manager, sitting in the audience in town hall observing the announcement with a big smile was Phil Sengle, one of those most instrumental in helping the town through its recent change in government.

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Harbor News

New Town Council Chair Chris Aniskovich is a decidedly small-town kind of guy.

Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Chris Aniskovich Blazes a Trail as Town Council Chair

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

Nov. 20, 2019 was a historic day in the town of Clinton. Officially gone was the centuries-old tradition of the Board of Selectmen meetings; in its place was the new town council form of government.

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Harbor News

A lifelong love of nature helps Richard Esty set priorities and find solutions as chair of the Old Saybrook Conservation Commission. Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

Richard Esty: For the Love of Animals

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

Richard Esty, chair of Old Saybrook’s Conservation Commission, has been an animal rescuer pretty much all his life.

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Harbor News

Clinton Poet Laureate Pat Barone is also a visual artist was well as appreciator of the arts in general. She’s looking forward to the 2020 Clinton Art Gallery Sunday Series, which will run from April to November which she is already busy coordinating. 

Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Pat Barone Promotes Verse—and Other Arts—as Clinton’s Poet Laureate

Published Nov. 27, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Patricia Barone, or Pat for short, has always been intrigued by art.

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Harbor News

Jason Corrado, a teacher at Jared Eliot Middle School in Clinton, helps train students for the National History Bee. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Jason Corrado Helps Bring the World to His Jared Eliot Middle School Students

Published Nov. 20, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Jason Corrado remembers being a high school kid, unsure of what he wanted to do with his life.

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Harbor News

Westbrook’s new youth program coordinator, David Fernandes, isn’t new to town—he’s a native who made a name for himself on the Westbrook High School soccer pitch. Now working with the Parks & Recreation Department, he’s dedicated to giving residents of all ages a chance to be active and engaged. Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

David Fernandes: Back Home and Loving It

Published Nov. 13, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Just over a month ago, Westbrook Parks & Recreation hired a new youth program coordinator, Westbrook native son David Fernandes.

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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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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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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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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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Harbor News

Since first finding success staging a student musical fundraiser 35 years ago, Tony Raucci has helped other organizations raise funds for the St. Jude’s Children’s research Center through the St. Jude’s Connecticut Network. Next up is “An Evening from Broadway to the Great American Song Book” on Sunday, Nov. 3 at the Katherine Hepburn Theater in Old Saybrook. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Tony Raucci: Putting Kids’ Health Center Stage

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

The Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook will host “An Evening from Broadway to the Great American Song Book,” on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m., a Broadway-style production with the funds raised going to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

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Harbor News

The Morgan School Teacher of the Year Emily Lisy is eager to share her enthusiasm for both the sciences and field hockey at her high school. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Protecting the Environment through Education

Published Oct. 02, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Emily Lisy always knew she’d have a career in the sciences, but it wasn’t until she was responsible for helping other scientists share their knowledge and passion that she realized she wanted to teach.

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Harbor News

Among her many community efforts, Mike Neville runs the Artist of the Month program at the Estuary Council of Seniors. She’s shown here with the work of current Artist of the Month Dominic Massa. Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

An Interesting Name, an Interesting Life

Published Sep. 25, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Mike Neville is a well-known presence at the Estuary Council of Seniors, where she not only participates in exercise classes and other activities, but oversees the Artist of the Month program, helps to organize the annual craft fair, and has served on its Board of Directors and Finance Committee.

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Harbor News

One of a growing group that sees Clinton as poised for positive growth, Steve Van Ness has stepped up to lead the newly formed Clinton Arts Council. 

Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Giving Clinton a Framework for Arts Growth

Published Sep. 18, 2019 08:30 a.m.

In an effort to support Clinton’s art scene as well as hopefully attract new visitors, the town recently formed its own arts organization, the Clinton Arts Council (CAC). The council will be led by its president, Steve Van Ness.

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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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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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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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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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