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North Haven Courier

Bob Bishop enjoyed a long and happy career at Pratt & Whitney and has donated pictures and memorabilia from the company to the Town of North Haven. Here, Bob is wearing the watch he received for 30 years service, and the ring for 35 years service, at Pratt & Whitney. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Bob Bishop Talks Growing Up at Pratt & Whitney

Published Feb. 14, 2018 08:30 a.m.

For decades, Pratt & Whitney was an important name in North Haven—not only for the money it generated for the town as the largest employer, but also for the memories of the many local people it employed.

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North Haven Courier

“Comedian-slash-mother” Lisa Donnan has a growing following on Twitter, and is making a new career for herself in stand-up. Whether online or on stage, she relishes making a connection with her audience. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Lisa Donnan: Make ’em Laugh

Published Feb. 07, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Carol Burnett once described comedy as tragedy, plus time.

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North Haven Courier

The North Haven Historical Society’s mission is bringing an appreciation of local history to life, and member Kathy Prentiss does her part through her engaging displays at the library. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Kathy Prentiss Displays Love of History

Published Jan. 31, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Several fun and informative displays by the local historical society greet visitors in the foyer of the North Haven Memorial Library. These impressive exhibits are the work of avid library member

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North Haven Courier

A digital analytics implementation expert by day, Amanda Gabriele is invested in ensuring all kids have opportunities to learn, locally through her work on the Board of Education and PTA, and internationally through volunteering with People Investing in People.

Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Amanda Gabriele: Having Fun While Serving the Community

Published Jan. 24, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Growing up, Amanda Gabriele’s parents stressed to her that civic involvement isn’t optional, it’s necessary. One can see that she’s applied that in her life now, as she was recently elected to the Board of Education (BOE) in November and even brought a former White House deputy chief of staff to town.

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North Haven Courier

Safety First: Hubie Chidsey is hard to miss due to his crossing guard garb, which he wears each morning and afternoon in front of the North Haven Middle School as he referees traffic. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Hubie Chidsey: Making Sure Kids are Safe

Published Jan. 17, 2018 08:30 a.m.

In his fourth year as a crossing guard at North Haven Middle School (NHMS), Hubert “Hubie” Chidsey has faced some extra challenges directing traffic during the school’s recent renovation and cold winter months, but he enjoys his interactions with people at the school, and makes sure everyone is safe.

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North Haven Courier

Bus driver Deanna Fusco or “Miss D” helps local children start and end their school day with a smile. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

A Fun Bus Ride with Deanna Fusco

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

Students and parents in town may well be familiar with a school bus driver nicknamed “Miss D,” as the woman behind the name, Deanna Fusco goes above and beyond to make sure kids on her bus have an enjoyable and safe ride to and from school.

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North Haven Courier

An attorney who once regularly traveled the country for his firm, Joseph Solimene chose to stay closer to his kids, starting his own practice in town and serving on both the Board of Education and Planning & Zoning Commission. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Joseph Solimene: Setting an Example of Giving Back

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

People in town may be familiar with Joseph Solimene for a number of reasons; he’s now a member of the Board of Education (BOE), an alternate on the Planning & Zoning Commission (PZC), and is an attorney whose office is in town, among other things.

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North Haven Courier

Peter Conte has been helping local causes close to his heart. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Peter Conte: Getting Involved, Staying Involved

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

Peter Conte is one of those go-to guys—when his wife Donna’s best friend was moving back to Connecticut from Virginia, it was Peter who flew down to Virginia to drive a U-Haul truck back.

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North Haven Courier

After serving his community and his country in a number of ways over the years, Bill Pieper is now serving the town as a selectman. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Bill Pieper: Ready to Serve North Haven

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

After the November elections, the Board of Selectmen (BOS) is set for the next two years, and the three-person board’s one new member is William “Bill” Pieper, who’ll be serving in the role of second selectman.

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North Haven Courier

From efforts like ensuring kids get vision screenings through the Lions Club to ensuring everyone can see clearly via LED light installations aided by the Clean Energy Task Force, Alan Sturtz is doing his part for North Haven. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

North Haven Lions: A Small Group with a Big Impact

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

While Alan Sturtz may be known throughout town for his time in politics, including challenging First Selectman Michael Freda in the elections last month, he’s also active in the community in other ways.

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North Haven Courier

Holly LaPrade (left) of North Haven is working to raise awareness of fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP), a disease so uncommon that she and Jasmin Floyd (right) are the only two in the state with FOP. Photo courtesy of Holly LaPrade

Holly LaPrade Focuses on Finding the Positives

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

North Haven resident Holly LaPrade was diagnosed a rare genetic bone condition known as fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva or FOP, at age 16, but the diagnosis doesn’t stop her from living her life.

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North Haven Courier

Martin Carlo, Jr., shows off a photo of the old North Haven firehouse and someof the old fire engines he once worked on. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Martin Carlo, Jr. Remembers Firefighting Career, and Still Gives Back

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

A former firefighter in North Haven, Martin Carlo, Jr. has helped bring fire safety education to the community and show that firefighters give back to the community.

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North Haven Courier

Kerri Gilmore is the new assistant principal at the Mill Road School and excited by the opportunity to work directly with all students to learn and spread kindness in the community. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Kerri Gilmore: Teaching with Kindness

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

Classroom teacher, special education teacher, assistant principal; Kerri Gilmore has done all these jobs and kept her work right where her heart is: ACES Mill Road School in North Haven.

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North Haven Courier

Most people know Steve Fontana as the town’s representative in Hartford for 14 years, but six years on, he’s still busy with roles including president of the North Haven Trail Association and Montowese Volunteer Fire Association secretary. 

Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Steve Fontana: Committed to Town Service

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

Whether from his time as state representative or his service in local organizations, Steve Fontana is a very familiar name in North Haven.

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North Haven Courier

Classic police car collector Ted Stockmon is North Haven Police Department’s longest-serving patrol officer. 

Photo courtesy of Ted Stockmon

Ted Stockmon: Patrol Officer and Vintage Enthusiast

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

As a police officer, Theodore “Ted” Stockmon is now halfway through his 32nd year serving the town. He’s still out on patrol, but he’s also involved in town and has fun with some of his unique collections.

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North Haven Courier

North Haven High School special education teacher Mike Proto is an advocate for veterans in and out of the school community. He’s helping the First Priority club organize a veteran’s benefit concert on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at the high school.

Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Mike Proto: Honoring Veterans with a Concert

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

Attending a concert on Wednesday, Nov. 15 will do more than put you in front of some great local musicians: the evening is a way to honor veterans and their families, and is also a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project.

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North Haven Courier

Paulette DeMaio leads a local team of volunteers who clean up the yards of local veterans, honoring their service in a tangible way on Veteran’s Day.

Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Paulette DeMaio: Helping Veterans on Veteran’s Day

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

A few years ago, Paulette DeMaio saw social media posts about Veteran’s Day and was motivated to start an event to assist local veterans. This year, she and a team of volunteers will visit the homes of veterans on Saturday, Nov. 11 to clean-up leaves as a way of giving back to those who served.

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North Haven Courier

Joe Baker isn’t putting his fiscal expertise to a good use—he’s putting it to hundreds of good uses in his role as chief financial officer for Fairfield County’s Community Fund. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Joe Baker: Helping Communities through the Non-Profit Sector

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

North Haven resident Joseph “Joe” Baker has worked for non-profit entities for the majority of his career, saying it’s satisfying knowing what he’s doing makes a difference, and was recently named chief financial officer (CFO) for Fairfield County’s Community Foundation.

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North Haven Courier

For Dr. Theodore “Ted” Gargano, practicing dentistry isn’t just following in his father’s footsteps, it’s a way to connect with people from around the world. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Ted Gargano: Helping Smiles in Many Places

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

With his father, Joseph, working as a dentist in North Haven for many years, Dr. Theodore “Ted” Gargano says he learned at an early age that being a dentist is what he wanted to do. With his goal achieved, it hasn’t just been people in North Haven that he’s helped.

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North Haven Courier

A 30-year veteran of teaching, Robin River is invested in ensuring students feel welcomed, accepted, and in control of their lives through the North Haven High School Diversity Team. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Robin River Helps Students Become Leaders and Promote Acceptance

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

Not only has Robin River had a long career teaching, but she’s also helping the Diversity Team at North Haven High School grow and thrive, saying it’s exciting to watch kids who may be quiet and shy at first be able to talk in front of a crowd of other students.

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North Haven Courier

Artist Adam Mulholland was a hit at the North Haven Fair, with crowds watching him wield the chainsaw on his large wooden sculptures. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Adam Mulholland: Making Art with a Chainsaw

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

The loud noise of the chainsaw carving through wood has surprised many an onlooker at the North Haven Fair in the past two years.

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North Haven Courier

By day, Donna Harper works with special needs clients; in her free time, she’s dedicated to providing a safe, creative outlet to kids whose voices might not otherwise be heard. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Donna Harper: Helping Others Find their Voice

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

There’s a link between Donna Harper’s work helping those with intellectual and mental disabilities in North Haven, and her involvement with Ignite the Voice, a non-profit organization that focuses on helping youth in New Haven and surrounding cities through the arts.

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North Haven Courier

After almost four decades of teaching and mentoring kids in many roles, North Haven High School teacher and North Haven Education Association President Tom Marak will retire at the end of the academic year. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Tom Marak Reflects on Career in Final Year of Teaching

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

When Tom Marak announced he would be retiring at the end of this school year during his speech at the teacher’s annual convocation licking off the school year, there was an audible gasp in the auditorium.

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North Haven Courier

A rescue dog named Memphis helped inspire Greg Belcher to get involved with the animal rescue movement, which led him to his current role as president of Bikers Against Animal Cruelty. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Greg Belcher Shows Love for Animals—and Motorcycles

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

Bikers Against Animal Cruelty (BAAC) President Greg Belcher has a passion for both animals and motorcycles.

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North Haven Courier

With more than 40 years in the ambulance and rescue services, Caesar Rondina is returning to his love of writing and has several books releasing back to back in the coming years. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

North Haven Author Caesar Rondina Writes to Help Others and Show Heroes

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

During his career, Caesar Rondina says he kept track of two things: how many babies he’s delivered, and how many patients he’s taken care of so far.

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North Haven Courier

A former Pratt & Whitney worker, Bill Richards had acquired several aerial photos of the former Pratt & Whitney plant. He’s donating the collection to the North Haven Historical Society, though copies will soon be framed in Town Hall. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Bill Richards Shares Memories of Pratt & Whitney and Town Activities

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

The news that Amazon.com is taking over the former Pratt & Whitney site has had the town talking since it was revealed.

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North Haven Courier

Doodles Lanhorn and the Quest to Save Inner Earth, a story of a boy with unexpected talents, is one of Russell Bernstein’s best-selling books. Russell’s day job working with special needs students helps fuel his writing and public speaking promoting bullying awareness and prevention. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Russell Bernstein: Helping to Spread a Positive Message

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

Russell Bernstein switched his major in college and had a few different jobs during the start of his career, but now he’s found his niche by working with special needs individuals and helping spread a positive message to children through his books and talks.

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North Haven Courier

A tinkerer since birth, Ray Pavkov wasn’t drawn to clocks until Army service brought him to Germany in the late ‘60s; the bug caught there and blossomed a few years later with the opening of a clock repair service. The owner of Yankee Clock Peddler in North Haven, he’s been building repairing clocks for more than four decades. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Ray Pavkov: Making and Repairing Clocks in the Digital Age

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

Growing up on a farm in Ohio, Ray Pavkov says he has always been interested mechanical things, and he’s turned that interest into a successful career as a clockmaker.

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North Haven Courier

Camille Annunziato has found a place to flourish in North Haven, and through her work at ACES and through other community groups, she’s ensuring it stays a place where others can find satisfaction and support, too. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Camille Annunziato Enjoys Her Town and Her Job

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

A longtime resident of North Haven and a longtime employee of Area Cooperative Educational Services (ACES), Camille Annunziato shared stories of watching the organization grow, and how she and her family have been involved in the community over the years.

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North Haven Courier

It’s hard to miss Nick Mastroianni in North Haven—from volunteering for everything from the North Haven Fair to the Memorial Day Parade to the Senior Center, he’s made himself a go-to guy for many town activities. Photo by Matthew DaCorte/The Courier

Nick Mastroianni: Meeting People and Helping his Town

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

Whether it’s from the Photography Department at the North Haven Fair or via the Memorial Day Parade, chances are that residents in town have heard the name Nick Mastroianni.

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