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Harbor News

A former TV producer in New York City, Joe Macrino is finding renewed success—and even some fame—as the assistant principal of Clinton’s Lewin G. Joel School, a job for which he has won the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) Assistant Principal of the Year award. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Joe Macrino is Back in the Limelight

Published Jan. 10, 2018 08:30 a.m.

The Lewin G. Joel School in Clinton can now boast of having a winner of the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) Assistant Principal of the Year award.

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Harbor News

New Old Saybrook Middle School Principal Krista Bauchman brings STEM teaching experience and a love for the middle school age group to her new post as school principal. Photo by Becky Coffey/Harbor News

Krista Bauchman is Old Saybrook’s New Middle School Principal

Published Jan. 03, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Arriving on Oct. 2 as the new principal of Old Saybrook Middle School, Dr. Krista Bauchman spent the last two months getting to know staff, parents, and children, and learning more about the school and its programs. She’s excited by what she’s seen so far.

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Harbor News

Phil Williams’s commitment to the education of children didn’t expire with his term on the Board of Education. His current involvement with the Connecticut Invention Convention helped his former colleagues on the board name him the Board of Education’s Person of the Year Award. Photo courtesy of Phil Williams

Phil Williams: Never Stop Learning

Published Dec. 20, 2017 08:30 a.m.

In October, Phil Williams was awarded the Board of Education’s Person of the Year Award at the Chamber of Commerce’s annual award dinner.

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Harbor News

Mary Schettino has now assisted three town leaders in her role as administrative assistant in the Clinton First Selectmen’s Office. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Mary Schettino: Providing Answers and Consistency in Town Hall

Published Dec. 13, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Anyone who has ever called the Clinton Town Hall looking for an answer to a question but wasn’t quite sure who to ask has probably spoken with Mary Schettino, the administrative assistant in the First Selectmen’s Office.

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Harbor News

After 30 years at Grace Episcopal Church, The Rev. Canon Doctor Ellendale Hoffman, LMFT, is retiring at the end of this year. Photo by Becky Coffey/Harbor News

Old Saybrook’s Grace Church Interim Rector Hoffman Retires

Published Dec. 06, 2017 08:30 a.m.

In 2013, the Rev. Canon Doctor Ellendale Hoffman, LMFT, stepped into a full-time role at Grace Episcopal Church serving as the interim rector. Now, with a new permanent rector, Charlie Hamill, starting at Grace Church in January 2018, Ellendale is ready to move on to life’s next chapter.

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Valley Courier

For Rick Cortellessa, there are few things as satisfying as taking the stage, as he will this weekend as part of the Ivoryton Players’ production of Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite.

Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Rick Cortellessa: A Stage of Life

Published Nov. 29, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Rick Cortellessa has been the father of a bride, but never like the father he plays in the upcoming Ivoryton Players production of Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite.

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Harbor News

Michael Cuoco was awarded the Clinton Chamber of Commerce’s Lifetime Achievement Award for 29 years of service to the organization and the town.

Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Michael Cuoco: A Lifetime of Service to the Chamber

Published Nov. 22, 2017 08:30 a.m.

When Michael Cuoco was informed that he’d be accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Clinton Chamber of Commerce at its Annual Awards Dinner last month, he was “surprised and humbled...and honored.”

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Harbor News

Leah Saunders created the “All Things Clinton...” Facebook page, giving local people a forum to share news and discuss town issues. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Leah Saunders Loves ‘All Things Clinton’

Published Nov. 15, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Over the last several years as social media has become more prominent in people’s lives, town-specific groups on Facebook have been created to keep residents informed on local developments. For Clinton residents, that group is called “All Things Clinton…” and it was created by resident Leah Saunders.

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Harbor News

Gillian Carroll, Old Saybrook’s new environmental planner and wetlands enforcement officer, has deep roots in the shoreline. She grew up in Guilford, graduating from Guilford High School; lives in Branford; and now works in Old Saybrook. Photo by Becky Coffey/Harbor News

Gillian Carroll Joins Old Saybrook Town Staff

Published Nov. 08, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Growing up in Guilford, Gillian Carroll spent as much time as she could outside. Her father was a fireman at Eagle Hose in Guilford and her mother had a florist business in Guilford. Many times she remembers going to the docks for family picnics, exploring Grass Island, fishing, and taking hikes.

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Harbor News

Painter Barbara Helander is coming up on 50 years of service with the Westbrook Land Conservation Trust. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Barbara Helander Celebrates Half-Century of Stewardship

Published Nov. 01, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Barbara Helander, one of the founding members and the current vice president of the Westbrook Land Conservation Trust (WLCT), says the idea for the trust started among friends in 1968 as a way to preserve the natural lands along the Connecticut shoreline.

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Harbor News

Ellen Rabin is the New SSKP Director

Published Oct. 25, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Although she returned to Old Lyme to be near her 89-year old mother, the move had an unexpected and exciting upside: Ellen Rabin was selected to follow Patty Dowling as the new executive director of the Shoreline Soup Kitchen & Pantries (SSKP), a non-profit organization that serves the shoreline from its home offices in Old Saybrook.

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Harbor News

Troop 55 Scoutmaster Joe Emack was recently recognized with the Unit Leader Award of Merit and the The Campaign Cover.

Photo courtesy of Joe Emack

Joe Emack: The Scouting Door is Always Open

Published Oct. 18, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Chances are that Clinton residents who either participate or know someone who has participated in the Boy Scouts in the last nine years know Joe Emack, the scoutmaster and leader of Troop 55.

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Harbor News

After a career as an engineer, Dick Campbell is still finding ways to make things work better. Locally, that means serving as Valley-Shore coordinator for Warm the Children.

Photo by Rita Christopher/Harbor News

Dick Campbell: You’re Getting Warmer!

Published Oct. 11, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Can it be time to think about winter? Already? Autumn has just arrived. No need to rush the seasons.

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Harbor News

Goodwin Elementary School’s new art teacher Sarah Bernhardson displays her 2nd-grade students’ project exploring the use of line in art, part of an integration of science, writing and social studies into her art curriculum lessons. Photo by Becky Coffey/Harbor News

Sarah Bernhardson Brings STEM Skills to Art Class

Published Oct. 04, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Her classroom space is bright and airy, enhancing the saturated colors of flecks of paint here and there that are an elementary art teacher’s building blocks.

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Harbor News

It’s been a busy couple of years for Abby Gyenizs, 23. Last year, she opened her own salon and became active with the Chamber of Commerce. With that accomplishment set, she’s now looking forward to her next project: planning her wedding. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Abby Gyenizs Is Making Waves in Clinton

Published Sep. 27, 2017 08:30 a.m.

When most people think back to the months after their 21st birthday, they most likely remember their last months in college, or finally being able to do something fun like go to casinos with their friends.

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Harbor News

English teacher and golf coach Eric Bergman is also the advisor of The Morgan School Political Club, which gets students involved in local politics—and helps voters as elections approach. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Eric Bergman: Inspiring a New Generation of Voters

Published Sep. 20, 2017 08:30 a.m.

On Sept. 7, Clinton residents packed into The Morgan School auditorium to hear what the four candidates running for first selectman had to say.

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Harbor News

Michelle Zimberlin is thrilled to be in her second year teaching science at Old Saybrook High School. She co-taught a summer earth science course with middle school science teacher David Plotkin this summer. Each student who took the course was able to earn high school credit, allowing them to now take upper level science classes as Old Saybrook High School freshmen. Photo by Becky Coffey/Harbor News

Michelle Zimberlin: A Summer of Science

Published Sep. 13, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Finding evidence of the Big Bang theory is not something everyone does during summer vacation, but it was for a group of eager incoming Old Saybrook 9th-graders.

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Harbor News

Lisa Corrone’s dedication to her students and her community has been recognized with the 2017-’18 Clinton Public Schools Teacher of the Year Award. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Lisa Corrone, Clinton’s Teacher of the Year

Published Sep. 06, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Lisa Corrone didn’t always want to be a teacher. When she went to the University of Saint Joseph, she initially thought of doing a different major before she chose to study in elementary education and special education.

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Harbor News

An attorney with a long history of fighting for others’ civil rights, Westbrook’s Andy Schatz was recently awarded Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek’s Philip Scheffler Pursuer of Justice Award. Photo by Rita Christopher/Harbor News

Andy Schatz: Working for Social Justice

Published Aug. 30, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Andy Schatz wants people to listen to each other—and no, he’s not a doctor specializing in auditory problems, a hearing aid specialist, or a telephone repairman.

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Harbor News

Chris Bassette, market master of the Old Saybrook Farmers Market for the past 21 years and co-owner of a farm in Glastonbury, will put on the Old Saybrook Historical Society’s Farm to Table Dinner on Saturday, Sept. 9 at the Hart House. Photo By Becky Coffey/Harbor News

A Market Master Plans Farm to Table Feast

Published Aug. 23, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Chris Bassette Staging the Historical Society Dinner

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Harbor News

After decades of active service in her church, Lorraine Hill is gearing up to help First Church of Christ, Congregational in Clinton to celebrate its 350th birthday.

Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Lorraine Hill: Preparing to Light 350 Candles

Published Aug. 16, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Lorraine Hill has been a dedicated volunteer for the First Church of Christ, Congregational in Clinton, for as long as she can remember, but for her, deciding to step up and help was a simple decision.

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Harbor News

Jeff Mastroianni is a man of many talents—and many commitments. He’s a husband, father of four, director of sales deployment for a national tire chain, and was recently elected chair of the Clinton Chamber of Commerce. You may also know him as co-owner of Chow Food and Beverage Company. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

New Opportunities on Tap for the Clinton Chamber

Published Aug. 09, 2017 08:30 a.m.

The Clinton Chamber of Commerce website states the group’s mission is to “coordinate the concerns and efforts of the business community in improving the business climate of the area.”

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Harbor News

Lt. Kevin Roche, the Old Saybrook Police Department’s public information officer, retires this month—but he’s not done with policing. Photo by Becky Coffey/Harbor News

Lt. Roche Retires—and Returns to Patrol

Published Aug. 02, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Some workers long for a job that will bring them inside from the cold to a warm office. Lt. Kevin Roche, after 29 years with the Old Saybrook Police Department (OSPD), the last eight as public information officer, wants to go the other way.

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Harbor News

Lifelong sailor Tom Russell is having fun helping adults learn the ropes (or, more accurately, lines and sheets) with the Clinton Sailing Club. Photo courtesy of Tom Russell

Tom Russell: A Life at the Helm

Published July 26, 2017 08:30 a.m.

When the Clinton Sailing Club (CSC) expanded its program for the 2017 summer to include adult and family sailing lessons, it sought out an experienced instructor for the classes.

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Harbor News

Ken Hartley, the new executive director of the Clinton Chamber of Commerce, never knows what new challenges and opportunities await each day. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Ken Hartley: Honing the Chamber’s Focus

Published July 19, 2017 08:30 a.m.

When Ken Hartley, the new executive director of the Clinton Chamber of Commerce, went to his 50th high school reunion recently, he exchanged life updates with his former classmates.

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Harbor News

Artist and salesman Dan Price gets to put his full skillset to work, organizing the upcoming Old Saybrook Arts and Crafts Festival for the Chamber of Commerce. The event returns to the Green on Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30. Photo by Becky Coffey/Harbor News

Dan Price is Lead for Saybrook Arts and Crafts Festival

Published July 12, 2017 08:30 a.m.

With more than 140 vendors and just as many personalities, managing to mount the annual Old Saybrook Arts and Crafts Festival successfully each year is always a challenge—but if anyone understands how to do it, it’s Dan Price, who for the second time, chairs the event for the Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce.

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Harbor News

Dr. Alexandra Quarti splits her time working at 18 veterinary hospitals across four states.

Photo courtesy of Alex Quarti

Life Long Love of Animals Drives Alex Quarti

Published July 05, 2017 07:00 a.m.

Dr. Alexandra Quarti had grown used to seeing the birds ever since she first spotted them two years ago.

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Harbor News

With hours of handiwork and sometimes a hug upon delivery, Nancy Burns shows local veterans that their service is appreciated. Nancy helps run the Old Saybrook Piecemakers, a local branch of the Quilts of Valor Foundation, and in addition to seeking nominees to be honored with a quilt, she’s hoping to find a few good stitchers (training is available). Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Making Quilts to Warm Veterans’ Hearts

Published June 28, 2017 07:00 a.m.

When Nancy Burns retired almost four years ago, she decided to keep her options open while she searched for ways to use her time.

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Harbor News

In a few short months as an intern, Tenzin Rabjam (right), then an Old Saybrook High School senior (he graduated on June 15), proved himself so valuable to Town Finance Director Lee Ann Palladino (left) and First Selectman Carl Fortuna, Jr., that the town hired him part time to help convert to a new accounting and payroll system. He’ll take his government experience with him this fall to American University in Washington, D.C., where he’ll focus his studies on politics. Photo by Becky Coffey/Harbor News

Tenzin Rabjam Heads to Washington

Published June 21, 2017 04:00 a.m.

From Selectman’s Office to College in D.C.

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Valley Courier

Many may be familiar with Doreen Breault through her involvement with the St. John’s Church and School in Old Saybrook, but she’s showing a lighter side in her performance with Ivoryton Players’ production of Wit a la Carte 2017 on Friday, June 16, and Saturday, June 17. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Doreen Breault: Getting Her Act Together

Published June 14, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Doreen Breault can check an item off her bucket list: acting. There was a time, she never thought that she would be able to do that.

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