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Guilford Courier

Guilford Keeping Society (GKS) member Barbara Johnson envisioned inviting the community to GKS’s first Memorial Day Picnic 13 years ago. Now, she’s excited to invite all to gather at a new GKS Memorial Day Picnic location that’s right on the parade route—the Thomas Griswold House Museum, 171 Boston Street. The picnic takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, May 28. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Planning a Great Day for Guilford at the GKS Memorial Day Picnic

Published May 23, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Built in 1774, the Thomas Griswold House has witnessed many a parade passing by; but this year, things will be different.

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Guilford Courier

Shown here with a stone and plaque on the town green commemorating Guilford Revoluntionary War soldiers; Craig Reynolds has helped the 6th CT Regiment spearhead a new Revolutionary War plaque, to be unveiled May 19 at Sachem’s Head Harbor, the site of the launch of Meigs’ Raid, a critically successful battle early in the war.

Pam Johnson/Guilford Courier

A Revolutionary Effort: Reynolds Helps 6th CT Commemorate ‘Meigs’ Raid’

Published May 16, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Among Guilford’s many historic tributes, one commemorating a critically successful early Revolutionary War action has been missing for too long – 241 years, to be exact.

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Guilford Courier

At the invitation of Adams Middle School PTO, community artist and art educator Daniela Balzano is incorporating 600 individual symbols drawn by each student into a mandala mural. Her goal is to create a single work of community art which celebrates every students’ unique mark in the world. Photo by Pam Johnson/Guilford Courier

Illustrating Universal Acceptance at Adams Middle School

Published May 09, 2018 08:30 a.m.

When the Adams Middle School PTO asked community artist and art educator Daniela Balzano if she could incorporate 600 individual ideas into single mural, her answer was an instant and resounding, “Yes!”

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Guilford Courier

Lisa LeMonte is committed to strengthening local non-profit organizations. She serves on five non-profit boards. Her she holds one of her beloved Ebony Oriental cats, Geechee. Photo by Becky Coffey/The Courier

Lisa LeMonte Brings her Skills to Non-Profit Boards

Published May 02, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Every non-profit organization has a story to tell—it’s what inspires volunteers, donors, and supporters to become part of that story and help advance the group’s mission. But how do non-profit groups make sure the story they tell remains relevant?

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Guilford Courier

Just in time for Memorial Day Weekend, the Guilford Information Plaza kiosk will open for the season on Thurs. May 24. Right now, kiosk co-chair Marcia Safirstein is seeking volunteers for some open three-hour shifts so that guests will find a friendly face behind the window during greeting hours, Thursday to Monday, through Labor Day, Sept. 3. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Organizing Great Guilford Greetings

Published April 25, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Looking for a great way to share your hometown with others?

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Guilford Courier

Shown here after surviving 24 hours in a life raft, water safety and survival expert Ben Rayner, a Guilford native, authored a water safety book and founded non-profit Water Emergency Training (WET), Inc. with the sole mission of preventing drownings. On Thursday, May 3 at 7 p.m. at Guilford Free Library, Ben will share important hands-on information and simple skills to help save lives. Photo courtesy of WET, Inc.

To Prevent Drowning: Water Safety/Survival Expert Rayner at GFL May 3

Published April 18, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Before the next warm day tempts you to head out on a boat, take a swim, or otherwise experience the water, water safety and survival expert Ben Rayner wants to arm you with information that can prevent drowning.

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Guilford Courier

Proceeds from all sales of the first printings of a new poster, Guilford’s Green, designed by artist Kate Mercer, will support the Women & Family Life Center (WFLC). On Friday, April 27, Breakwater Books hosts an artist’s reception/poster sale benefit for WFLC from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the bookstore, 81 Whitfield Street. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Using Creativity to Benefit the Community

Published April 11, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Imagine if every person took their talent and shared it as a way to better the community. That’s the spirit that moved Kate Mercer to create her artwork depicting Guilford’s Green, with proceeds from the first printing benefiting non-profit Women & Family Life Center (WFLC).

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Guilford Courier

If you spot a post on the Guilford Police Department (GPD) Facebook page that brings a smile to your face, chances are it was put there by Sergeant Martina Jakober. The 15-year GPD veteran has been heading the department’s Crime Prevention and Community Policing programs since 2014. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Lighten Up: Jakober Adds Humorous Spin to GPD’s Facebook

Published April 04, 2018 08:30 a.m.

About 10 weeks ago, Guilford Police Sergeant Martina Jakober wondered if adding a little humor to Guilford Police Department (GPD) Facebook posts would increase community reach. She took a shot and started sprinkling in what she calls “a little Martina spin.”

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Guilford Courier

Project Graduation co-chair Laura Mitzelfelt and all parent volunteers are hoping many will find ways to contribute to help give Guilford High School seniors a memorable, substance-free celebration on graduation night. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

An Important Year to Support Project Graduation

Published March 28, 2018 08:30 a.m.

If there has ever been a year when a graduating class has been there for one another, this is that year.

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Guilford Courier

Guilford 16-year-old Ella Stanley hopes to raise awareness about the plight of the homeless, and support for non-profit Columbus House by putting on The Big Sleep Out on the Guilford Green on Saturday, April 28. Photo by Elizabeth Kozarec

Stanley Will Raise Homeless Awareness, Support with The Big Sleep Out

Published March 21, 2018 08:30 a.m.

To raise awareness about the homeless, build a more compassionate community, and support Columbus House, Ella Stanley hopes to inspire at least 100 people to give up their warm bed for one night and make a sleeping bag their home on the Guilford Green on Saturday, April 28, at The Big Sleep Out.

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Guilford Courier

Randy McCartney likes to evoke a bit of his Irish ancestry to extend a warm invitation for the St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance on Saturday, March 17 at St. George Church Hall. Proceeds benefit Connecticut Chapter of Blue Star Mothers.

Photo by Pam Johnson/Guilford Courier

McCartney Helps St. George Men’s Group Deliver Good Works

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

With a last name that evokes a son of Ireland, it may come as no surprise that Randy McCartney is happy to help promote the St. George Men’s Group St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance, coming this Saturday, March 17 to St. George Church Hall, 33 Whitfield Street, Guilford.

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Guilford Courier

As Guilford Center for Children’s (GCC) director of Guilford Before and After School Care (GBASC), Jessica Catlin (center) loves spreading the word about GCC programming. Shown here with Catlin are GBASC students (from left) Nolan Zaweski, Mila AbuGhazaleh, Maggie Sullivan, Liam Kane, Trey Chieffo, Leah Sarno, and Dyson Perkins. Photo courtesy of Jessica Catlin

Guilford Center for Children’s Jessica Catlin: Part of ‘One Big Family’

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

Since 1978, non-profit Guilford Center for Children (GCC) has quietly served the needs of the town’s working families and their kids. Now, thanks to energetic efforts like those of Jessica Catlin, many more community members are learning about GCC.

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Guilford Courier

Liza Catino continues her joyful work of producing community theater at Guilford’s First Congregational Church by sharing her excitement about the cast, music, dance, song, costumes, sets, and stage that will enrich four public performances of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at First Church from March 16 to 18. 

Photo by Pam Johnson/the Courier

Catino Creates Community Theatre at First Church

Published Feb. 28, 2018 08:30 a.m.

With loads of talent and a seemingly endless well of energy and enthusiasm, Liza Catino always puts her heart into creating the best possible community theater at Guilford’s First Congregational Church—but this time, she’s surprised even herself.

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The Sound

BHcare’s Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services (UCDVS) Director Esperina Stubblefield shares word of support programs and services available to victims in 19 towns, including Branford and North Branford. Community members can show their support by joining in the 30th annual Bowl-2-Benefit BHcare’s UCDVS at Bowlero in Milford on Saturday, March 10. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Close to Home: BHCare’s Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services

Published Feb. 21, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Even as domestic violence is making national news, “domestic violence is not new; it’s always happening,” says Esperina Stubblefield, director of BHcare’s Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services (UCDVS).

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Guilford Courier

SARAH, Inc.’s new executive director, Denise Henry (far right) is guiding the agency into the future while honoring a legacy fostered by retired executive director Patricia Bourne (left) and dedicated lifelong supporters such as Diana Morris (center). Photo courtesy of SARAH, Inc.

Henry Leads Proactive, Person-Centric SARAH, Inc.

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

Proactive and person-centric. Those are two words you’ll hear often from SARAH, Inc.’s new executive director, Denise Henry.

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Guilford Courier

Fran Wainer is co-chairing the Guilford Community Fund’s Valentine Dance on Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Proceeds will help GCF send out its annual community appeal, now underway, which helps support 22 shoreline agencies each year. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Wainer Puts Her Heart into Helping

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

More than 60 years ago, volunteers like Francine “Fran” Wainer would have been out knocking on neighbors’ doors to raise money for the Guilford Community Fund (GCF).

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The Sound

In addition to overseeing Murphy & Company LLC of Branford, Guilford’s Camille Murphy has given decades of volunteer service, sharing her accounting and finance expertise and talent with state and local organizations. In January, Murphy was named 2018 chairman of the board of Shoreline Chamber of Commerce and also became a new member of the board of Guilford Savings Bank. Photo by Amy Etra

Camille Murphy: Volunteering a Wealth of Valuable Community Commitments

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

Running a CPA organization during tax season might seem like enough of a challenge; but with her seemingly boundless energy and enthusiasm, Camille Murphy has ramped up her volunteer workload to offer a wealth of valuable commitments to her community.

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Guilford Courier

After 11 years helping to foster and grow Guilford Fund for Education (GFEE) Adult Spelling Bee into one of the community’s favorite fundraising events, Karen Bergantino is looking forward to seeing what the next generation of bee leadership will produce. The 12th annual GFFE Adult Spelling Bee takes place Friday, March 2 at Guilford High School.

Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

GFFE Thanks Bergantino for 11 ‘Un-Bee-lievable’ Years of Support

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

She may not understand what all the buzz is about, but after 11 “un-Bee-lievable” years as an essential part of the Guilford Fund for Education (GFFE) Adult Spelling Bee, Karen Bergantino is stepping down, and she will be missed.

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Guilford Courier

Guilford resident Howard Taylor readies for another day helping his community with his licensed therapy dogs Chief and Miley (foreground). The trio assists at several different programs around town and along the shoreline, including weekly Paws and Read sessions at Guilford Free Library. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Taylor Shares Chief and Miley with ‘Paws and Read’ and More

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

Howard Taylor is enjoying retirement by sharing his licensed therapy dogs, Chief and Miley, with his community.

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The Sound

Bringing 13 years of experience, most recently as vice president of Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, Sheri Cote is the new president of the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce. Photo courtesy of the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce

Cote Excited to Lead Shoreline Chamber of Commerce

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

Sheri Cote may have arrived for her first day on the job just last week, but true to her proactive style, she had already hit the ground running.

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The Sound

Dorothy Goldberg is a volunteer with the Disaster Action Team for the Red Cross.

Photo courtesy of Dorothy Goldberg

Dorothy Goldberg Delivers Comfort and Relief, Near and Far

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

Dorothy Goldberg witnessed a car accident in the Short Beach area last year and, while no one in that accident was severely hurt, she realized she didn’t know what to do if someone had been hurt in that scenario. So she enrolled in a first aid/CPR course with the Red Cross.

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Guilford Courier

Guilford Public Schools Dining Services Director Erica Biagetti is bringing the community together to enjoy delicious, nutritious seasonal meals with live musical entertainment and crafts for kids. She invites all to attend Guilford’s Winter Community Dinner at Guilford High School on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 from 6 to 8 p.m. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Biagetti Helps Bring Guilford Together with Community Dinners

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

By offering a delicious, nutritious seasonal dinner and dessert, boosted by student-powered musical entertainment and even a craft or two for the kids, Erica Biagetti’s concept for Guilford Community Dinners is striking the right chord.

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Guilford Courier

The captain of the Daniel Hand High School robotics team, Kaitlyn Sandor is preparing her team for the regional competition in Madison on Saturday, Dec. 16. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Kaitlyn Sandor: Paving the Way for Girls in STEM

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

When Kaitlyn Sandor visited the Apple Pi robotics club, the team’s mentors were especially eager for her join the group—not just because they’re dedicated to fostering a passion for science and technology. Kaitlyn was the only girl.

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Guilford Courier

Hoping to inspire the next generation, John DellaVentura (shown here with daughters Grace and Abigail) has taken an act of philanthropy from his own childhood to help Roots4Relief offer community members the chance to participate in the first annual Wishing Wheels Holiday Bike Drive. Photo courtesy of the DellaVentura family

Kids Helping Kids: DellaVentura Shares ‘Wishing Wheels’

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

When he was a kid growing up in Guilford, John DellaVentura experienced the power of giving new bikes at Christmas to neighbors in need.

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Guilford Courier

Laurent Mullen brings leading man looks and loads of talent to The Magic Toyshop on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2 and 3. Photo courtesy of Laurent Mullen

Mullen’s Leading-Man Looks, Loads of Talent Add to ‘The Magic Toyshop’

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

With leading-man looks and loads of talent, Laurent Mullen cuts a dashing figure on stage, screen, and the dance floor.

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Guilford Courier

After decades of successful leadership, Sandra Ruoff retires as Guilford Free Library director on Nov. 30 and begins her new role as a selectman for the town of Guilford on Dec. 4. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

From Library Director to Selectman: Ruoff Begins a New Chapter in Guilford

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

When Guilford Free Library Director (GFL) Sandra “Sandy” Ruoff retires on Nov. 30, she’ll be just two months shy of 41 years of GFL service and just a few days ahead of serving Guilford as a newly elected selectman.

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Guilford Courier

For the past six months, Guilford resident and new Guilford Art Center (GAC) Shop Manager Elena Albergo has been working hard to bring the 40th annual Artistry to GAC, where holiday shoppers will find a gorgeous gallery of fine crafts at all price points, created by 200 artisans from around the country. All proceeds benefit the non-profit GAC.

Photo by Pam Johnson/Guilford Courier

Filling GAC’s Artistry is a Joyful Job for Albergo

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

Talk about work you love—Elena Albergo has the joyful job of finding the best inventory possible to fill a unique shoreline shopping destination, Artistry at Guilford Art Center (GAC).

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Guilford Courier

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/The Courier

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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Guilford Courier

Violist Molly Carr spent summers in Guilford and it was here that she came to heal an injured hand five years ago, and became inspired to found Project: Music Heals Us. A unique project fundraising concert is set for Nov. 17 at Guilford First Congregational Church. Photo courtesy of Molly Carr

The Healing Power of Music

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

For many talented musicians, Molly Carr’s enviable position on the Viola Faculty of The Juilliard School, Precollege Division (New York) and Academia Ivan Galamian (Malaga, Spain), as well as with Solera Quartet (quartet in residence, University of Notre Dame), would put a very satisfying check beside some lofty career goals.

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Guilford Courier

Guilford Poets Guild member Jennifer Payne is the author and artist of a new book, Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind. Photo by Christine Chiocchio

A Way with Words: Payne Pens Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind

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

No doubt about it, Jen Payne has a way with words. From her place among invitation-only Guilford Poets Guild to her newest book, Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind, the shoreline author and artist brings together words and images to champion the natural world and remind us of what she terms “our divine and innate connection with nature.”

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