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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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Harbor News

A transplant from New York City, Jodi Kelly moved to Old Saybrook for a greater sense of community and has become part of the fabric of that community through her work with Old Saybrook Youth & Family Services and youth theater. Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

Sharing Skills, Building Community

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

Born in Pittsburgh, raised in Erie, Pennsylvania—a city of around 100,000—and having spent most of her life in New York City, Jodi Kelly first found life in a small town to be an adjustment.

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Harbor News

Clinton Town Clerk Sharon Uricchio compares her office to a pawn shop: “You never know what’s going to walk in the door.”

Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Sharon Uricchio: Keeping Tabs on Everything

Published Aug. 07, 2019 08:00 a.m.

Anyone who has ever needed access to any licenses or documents in town has probably run into Sharon Uricchio, Clinton’s town clerk.

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Harbor News

Longtime Henry Carter Hull librarian Lisa Gugliotti is making the most of her last month working in a community she has grown to love. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Lisa Gugliotti: Tackling the Technical at HCH

Published July 31, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Lisa Gugliotti fondly recalls trips to the Silas Bronson Library during her youth in Waterbury.

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Harbor News

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/Harbor News

Dave Russell: Education is the Key

Published July 24, 2019 08:30 a.m.

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

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Harbor News

With a background in counseling and a knack for bringing groups together, Jill Paglino has found a welcoming home in the Clinton Youth & Family Services Department. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Jill Paglino: Empowerment for All Ages

Published July 17, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Clinton’s Youth & Family Services Department hosts numerous programs geared toward all age groups in the community. The person behind many of those programs is Program Coordinator Jill Paglino.

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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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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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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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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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Harbor News

A CPA by trade and training, Valley Shore YMCA Controller Debbie Quinn has helped her community flourish through projects like the Y’s Community garden, which provides fresh produce for the Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries as well as a chance for locals to get involved. Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

Debbie Quinn: Helping her Community Grow

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

Debbie Quinn is not a gardener.

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Harbor News

Some in Clinton best know Dara Onofrio as the person who accompanies Jessie the therapy dog (at right) at The Morgan School and Maggy (left) and Jessie around town, though she’s also taken a prominent role in town government as chair of the Board of Finance. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Dara Onofrio: A Quick Connection to Clinton

Published June 05, 2019 08:30 a.m.

“It was probably one of the most terrifying moment of my life,” says Dara Onofrio.

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Harbor News

Paul Orsini became an active member of the Clinton business community when he and his wife Jane opened Doc’s Bar and Grill in 2014, and he’s now stepped up his involvement as executive director of the Clinton Chamber of Commerce, which has a summer full of events scheduled. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

A Town Where Everyone Knows Your Name

Published May 29, 2019 08:30 a.m.

The Clinton Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to enhancing the business community within the town, as well as hosting various events geared toward celebrating and entertaining the town as a whole. As the chamber’s new executive director, Paul Orsini is responsible for making sure the chamber meets those two goals.

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Harbor News

Summer Plans? For Kathy Cobb and her crew of volunteers, summer means providing free, nutritious lunches to Old Saybrook kids, thanks to the support of local restaurants and other community organizations. Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

When it Comes to Kids’ Nutrition, Kathy Cobb Doesn’t Quit

Published May 22, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Kathy Cobb isn’t one to give up when faced with adversity. A registered dietician and nutritionist, she has run the Old Saybrook free children’s summer lunch program, Kidz Summer Lunch Bunch, since 2015, when it was first implemented.

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Harbor News

Clinton Harbor Master Wayne Church’s commitment to the town’s waterfront doesn’t end with moorings and channel dredging. He has also been a key contributor to reopening the town’s storied shellfish beds. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Wayne Church: On the Waterfront

Published May 15, 2019 08:30 a.m.

One day nearly 20 years ago, Wayne Church went to Clinton’s town hall to ask for a shellfish license.

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Harbor News

To help empower a new generation, Lorrie Milton founded She’s Speaking, an advocacy group that supports local high school and middle school girls as they learn from women in leadership roles. Photo by Rita Christopher/Harbor News

Lorrie Milton: Speaking of Speaking Up

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

Lorrie Milton wants to get the word out to young women: You can speak up; you can make a difference; don’t buy into a lesser opinion of yourself. That’s what she hopes the new organization she heads, She’s Speaking, will do: Challenge the barriers that can define women’s professional and personal lives.

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Harbor News

Lynn Davis, an active member of the Clinton Tree Committee and several historical societies, is preparing to add published author to her titles with the upcoming A Frog Hollow Childhood: A Memoir of Hartford. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Lynn Davis: On the Importance of Trees—and Roots

Published May 01, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Clinton resident and Tree Committee member Lynn Davis describes her interest in the committee simply: “I was always a lover of trees. Several years ago, I became a member.”

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Harbor News

Westbrook’s John Rie is drawn to the water—and has been drawn into helping manage the town’s waterways to the benefit of all.

Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

On the Waterfront with John Rie

Published April 24, 2019 08:30 a.m.

It’s not often these days one hears the term “Renaissance man,” but it might be an apt way to describe John Rie.

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Harbor News

Clinton pride is something Dave Elder is proud to show, and he’s now doing just that from the head of the Clinton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. 

Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Clinton Chamber Chair Sees Good Changes Coming

Published April 17, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Dave Elder has been in Clinton for about 12 years and started a local business soon after. His involvement in the community has grown ever since and last month, the Clinton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors selected him as chairman. He’s taking the helm at an exciting time for the organization.

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Harbor News

Clinton resident Robert LaFrance enjoys getting out on the Indian River for birdwatching trips, a fitting endeavor for the new director of policy for Audubon Connecticut. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Blending an Interest in Economics and Environment

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

You may not associate watching bear and bull markets with watching birds, but former stockbroker Robert LaFrance is combining his interests as the new policy director for Audubon Connecticut.

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Harbor News

Helen Bosch, chief executive officer of Vista Life Innovations, has devoted her career to helping Vista members become active members of the community; now she’s looking toward the future. Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Helen Bosch: Affecting Positive, Direct Change

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

Helen Bosch of Madison always wanted to pour her energy into something that could affect change and help people in a direct way, and for 28 years, she’s done just that as the chief executive officer of VISTA Life Innovations.

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Harbor News

Westbrook Garden Club member Carolyn Fish isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty in her efforts to keep Westbrook beautiful. Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

Carolyn Fish: Sharing the Art of the Garden

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

Carolyn Fish has fond memories of summer visits to her grandparents’ summer home, which they purchased in Westbrook’s Old Kelsey Point Association in 1920.

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Harbor News

Paula Chabot taught Latin to Madison students for more than 40 years; now she’s helping shoreline residents learn English, among her many other volunteer activities. 

Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Paula Chabot: For the Love of Language

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

For 44 years, Paula Chabot taught at Daniel Hand High School in Madison; after she retired in 2014, she turned her attention toward giving back to her community in new ways.

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Harbor News

Robert Parrott has a signature design that, depending on the viewer, recalls shoreline, desert, or rolling fields. Photo by Margaret McNellis/Harbor News

Robert Parrott: Evolution of an Iconic Design

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

Potter Robert Parrott’s sunset-shoreline-desert-mountain design adorns plates, teapots, canisters, and more—and proves the power of the eye of the beholder.

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Harbor News

Dr. Michelle West with two of the Shoreline Vet Academy’s patients, who will stand in for real pets at the Shoreline Animal Hospital’s vet academy. 

Photo by Margaret McNellis/Harbor News

Dr. Michelle West: Encouraging and Educating Future Veterinarians

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

Dr. Michelle West, DVM of Shoreline Animal Hospital in Clinton is encouraging future veterinarians and veterinary technicians with the hospital’s upcoming Shoreline Vet Academy for children.

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Harbor News

Abraham Pierson School music teacher Gina Nedderman is preparing her charges for their final Pierson theater production, Mary Poppins Junior, in May. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Gina Nedderman: Finding the Elements of Fun

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

Eleven years ago, music teacher Gina Nedderman was talking with some students in the Abraham Pierson School about theater productions in other venues when one of the kids asked, “Mrs. Nedderman, why don’t we do something here?”

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Harbor News

Frank Boccia and his wife Debra restored a historic wooden boat from England in their Westbrook garage, and can now be seen making the most of the summer aboard Tinker Bell. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Frank Boccia Has a Belief in Boats

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

The Connecticut shoreline offers locals some exceptional scenery. For shore-goers in Westbrook, a trip to the water may mean catching a glimpse of Frank Boccia and his wife Debra cruising past aboard Tinker Bell, their 20-foot antique wooden boat.

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