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North Haven Courier

Janelle Chiasera hit the ground running as new dean of the School of Health Sciences at Quinnipiac University last month. Photo by Lisa Consorte

New Dean at Quinnipiac, Janelle Chiasera, Is Committed to Excellence

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

Though a newcomer to North Haven, Janelle Chiasera is already making a difference.

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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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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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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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North Haven Courier

Lifelong North Haven resident Sandy Stetson is one of the forces behind the upcoming forum, “The Plague of Plastics and What You Can Do About It” at the North Haven High School auditorium on Thursday, Oct, 17. Photo by Elizabeth Reinhart/The Courier

Sandy Stetson Brings Worldwide Environmental Issue Home

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

On Thursday, Oct. 17, Sandy Stetson will be rewarded for bringing public awareness to an issue that’s of great importance to her personally and as secretary of the North Haven Conservation Commission. With Sandy’s help, the commission will host a forum, “The Plague of Plastics and What You Can Do About It” at the North Haven High School auditorium from 7 to 9 p.m.

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North Haven Courier

Artist Alan James was recently filmed for an episode of Put Some Colour in your Life in his studio. Photo courtesy of Alan James

Bringing Art from Connecticut to Australia

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

With the click of a button on his computer’s keyboard, award winning impressionist watercolor artist and North Haven native Alan James was able to fulfill one of his bucket list experiences.

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North Haven Courier

Maria Carofano, an Animal Haven volunteer and board member, is one of the organizers of Dogtoberfest, an event to be held on the North Haven Green on Sunday, Oct. 6. 

Photo courtesy of Maria Carofano

Love of Animals Leads to Volunteer Opportunities for Maria Carofano

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

Until very recently, Maria Carofano was afraid of dogs. Now she is one of the key organizers of Dogtoberfest, a fundraiser for The Animal Haven that will be held on Sunday, Oct. 6 from noon to 3 p.m. on the North Haven Green.

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North Haven Courier

Sue Iverson has been an active volunteer with the North Haven Historical Society & Museums for more than 20 years. Photo courtesy of Sue Iverson

Historic Home Purchase Leads to Two Decades of Volunteerism for Sue Iverson

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

More than 20 years ago, Sue Iverson and her husband, Robert, were looking to purchase a home.

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North Haven Courier

Among her many community commitments, Pat Buonpane leads tours for the North Haven Historical Society. 

File photo by Jessica Smith/The Courier

Patricia Buonpane: A Mainstay of North Haven

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

Pat Buonpane defines herself as a talker.

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North Haven Courier

LuAnn Buono, a longtime volunteer with the North Haven Rotary Club, is looking forward to the upcoming The North Haven Rotary’s 18th Annual Day of Wine, Steins & Roses on Sunday, Sept. 22 where she will be helping to serve the wine.

Photo courtesy of LuAnn Buono

LuAnn Buono is Living Rotary’s Motto of ‘Service About Self’ Lots of Work, Tons of Fun

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

LuAnn Buono is really looking forward to the North Haven Rotary’s 18th annual Day of Wine, Steins, & Roses event coming up on Sunday, Sept. 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Forget Me Not Flower Shop on State Street in North Haven.

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North Haven Courier

North Haven Fair Association Vice-president Jeanne Lewis is excited for the upcoming fair, which runs from Thursday to Sunday, Sept. 5 to 8, as well as many other upcoming events hosted on the fairgrounds. The link between all the events—and all her volunteer activities—is fostering family. Photo courtesy of Jeanne Lewis

A Fair to Bring Families Together

Published Aug. 28, 2019 08:30 a.m.

For Jeanne Lewis, volunteering is a part of life.

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North Haven Courier

Ginny Caroleo will start the new school year, along with her student Dante Chiappetta, at North Haven Middle School, though Ginny was so inspired by her experience at Clintonville Elementary School she successfully nominated it as one of the Nicest Places in America. Photo courtesy of Ginny Caroleo

Caroleo Puts Clintonville Elementary on the Map for ‘Nicest Places in America’

Published Aug. 21, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Ginny Caroleo has worked in the education field for nearly 20 years, working as a special education paraprofessional at Clintonville Elementary School (CES) for the past two years.

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North Haven Courier

Justin Hoffman, a 2010 North Haven High School alum, recently completed a nearly 3,600 mile bicycle trip across the U.S. to raise funds for the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.

Photo by Aviva Luria/The Courier

A Ride from Sea to Shining Sea

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

Of those who’ve never done a long-distance bike ride, few would choose to start off with a nearly 3,600 mile trek across the country.

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North Haven Courier

A life of travel based on compassionate causes has given Alden Mead a wealth of memories—and often keepsakes—from around the globe. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Alden Mead: Headed Where He’s Needed

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

The first time Alden Mead traveled was as a soldier heading to Vietnam. That experience led to a life of world travel, mostly conducting medical research but also working to end whaling practices, among other efforts.

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North Haven Courier

Faye Clarke has spent a lifetime caring for others through nursing, through political advocacy, and most of all through teaching. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Faye Clarke: A Career of Caring About People

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

In her nearly 63 years as a North Haven citizen, Faye Clarke has focused on nursing and politics. But above all, Faye has dedicated her life to teaching.

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North Haven Courier

North Haven Land trust member Heidi Boettger preserves important habitats from her own home by growing milkweed, an important source of food for monarch butterflies, which are known to rest in the area on their long migration south. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Heidi Boettger: Protecting Open Spaces

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

As a past president of the North Haven Land Trust (NHLT), Heidi Boettger says her goal is to preserve the town’s open spaces. Though many people may not know where the NHLT preserves public land, she says it’s all about saving important habitats and contributing to the character of the town.

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North Haven Courier

Diversity is important to Isabel Alvarez Galeano. That’s partly why she helped connect the North Haven Rotary Club to her hometown in Colombia.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Isabel Alvarez Galeano: Making It Happen

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

For Isabel Alvarez Galeano, joining the Rotary Club four years ago felt like coming home.

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North Haven Courier

A self-described people person, Apryl Thomas puts her skills to full use as a mother and a banker. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Apryl Thomas: Taking It All Seriously

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

As the supervisor of the Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union and DMV Express location on Washington Avenue, Apryl Thomas is working hard to adapt to the changing business landscape and raise her two kids.

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North Haven Courier

Jack Frank, the North Haven High School valedictorian, says he learned many life lessons while in high school, both in and out of the classroom. Photo courtesy of Chris Kirby

Jack Frank Takes Leadership Skills to Georgetown

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

With qualities of leadership and teamwork learned from North Haven High School (NHHS), valedictorian Jack Frank has accepted an offer to attend Georgetown University in the fall, where he plans to study business.

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North Haven Courier

Nick Casella lost his son, Marc, in 2008. Though it’s not been easy, Nick says he’s focused that loss into something positive. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Nick Casella: Helping When and Where it’s Needed

Published June 26, 2019 08:30 a.m.

At work and on his own time, Nick Casella is working to find aid for families and organizations concerned with helping chronically ill children.

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North Haven Courier

A lifelong appreciation of teachers led Laura Landino to lead her own hairdressing academy—and to ensure local youngsters have opportunities to learn.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Brightening the Days of Clients and Students, Too

Published June 19, 2019 08:30 a.m.

For Laura Landino, making people feel good is just as important as making them look good.

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North Haven Courier

Emigrating from Ireland at age 21, Brendan McCaffery found a welcoming community at the Irish American Community Center and has been helping the organization ever since, including his work on the upcoming Connecticut Irish Festival on the North Haven fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and June 23. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Brendan McCaffery: Keeping his Culture Alive

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

Brendan McCaffery has contributed to New Haven county’s oldest Irish festival for many years. He says it takes a huge group effort to put together the cultural display coming soon to the North Haven Fairgrounds.

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North Haven Courier

The Animal Haven manager Michelle DeRosa says both Tank and Mario are looking for new homes, just like more than a hundred other animals currently staying in the shelter. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Michelle DeRosa: Advocating for Animals

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

As manager of The Animal Haven shelter on Mill Road, Michelle DeRosa is working hard to make it the best shelter it can be.

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North Haven Courier

Monica Hatton’s new Special Needs Advocacy Group (SNAG) is a public resource on Facebook for parents of children with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Monica Hatton: Connecting and Empowering Parents

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

Monica Hatton says that the best way for families of children with special needs to succeed is to understand their weaknesses.

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North Haven Courier

The ninth annual fashion show put on by the North Haven Sons and Daughters of Italy Lodge 2805 raised $1,000 for Camp Disocvery. Chairperson Regina Najarian hopes this year’s show will be as successful. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Regina Najarian: Fashion and Fun for a Cause

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

For Regina Najarian, raising money with the North Haven branch of the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America is personal.

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North Haven Courier

Sheryl Holle says that keeping kids interested in their studies helps them to learn. She teaches 4th and 5th graders in Ridge Road Elementary School’s Integrated Day program. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Sheryl Holle: Teaching a New Generation of Researchers

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

Sheryl Holle has been teaching in the Integrated Day (ID) program for most of her last 17 years in the North Haven School District, but her familiarity with the 45-year-old program goes back farther than that— she started out right where her kids are today.

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North Haven Courier

After 44 years as a teacher, the last 29 at North Haven High School, Kristine Blauvelt will retire with the Class of 2019. 

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Kristine Blauvelt Asks: How Are You Smart?

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

High school students aren’t the only graduates of Kristine Blauvelt’s classroom at North Haven High School (NHHS)—cats, skunks, and squirrels have also been through the classroom.

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North Haven Courier

Fire Commissioner Peter Criscuolo (left) gets a lift from firefighter Dan Spetland to test the 100-foot reach on the North Haven Fire Department’s new tower truck.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

His Greatest Honor: Fire Commissioner

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

Throughout his career, Peter Criscuolo has been a state marshal and a political campaigner, but he says that his greatest honor has been his long tenure on the North Haven Board of Fire Commissioners.

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North Haven Courier

The fourth annual Big Mike Car Show held at Masonicare in Wallingford on Saturday, May 4 will support the Connecticut Police Academy. Those interested in donating or seeking more information should contact Darrin Magro at bigmikefund@gmail.com.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Darrin Magro: Getting Geared Up for 4th Annual Car Show

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

Retired state trooper Darrin Magro is using his love of cars to honor a fallen friend and help the police by...

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North Haven Courier

Christine Reardon’s work with the Workforce Alliance will bring Amazon’s first hiring event to town in June ahead of their new distribution center’s opening.

Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Chris Reardon is Focused on the Jobs of the Future

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

It’s Christine Reardon’s job to see the future. She is the manager of strategic development at Workforce Alliance, which connects employers in south central Connecticut with skilled workers

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