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THE CHESHIRE HERALD, FEBRUARY 25, 2010

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The Cheshire Herald

February 25, 2010

February 26, 2009


THE CHESHIRE HERALD, FEBRUARY 25, 2010

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new Beginnings E n g ag e m e n t s Zemke – Bartlett The engagement of Jenn Zemke and Matt Bartlett has been announced. Ms. Zemke is the daughter of Bonnie Zemke and Peter Zemke of Meriden. She is a 2004 graduate of Platt High School in Meriden. She graduated magna cum laude from Quinnipiac University in 2008 with bachelor of arts degrees in journalism and history, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in library science at Southern Connecticut State University. She is a clerk at the Cheshire Public Library, Sunday technical assistant at the Hamden Public Library, a project manager at Central Connecticut Foot Care Center, and a teacher for The Flute Fairy. Mr. Bartlett is the son of Janice Bartlett and Wayne Bartlett of Meriden. He is a 2004 graduate of Platt High School in Meriden. He graduated cum laude from Western Connecticut State University with a bachelor of music degree in organ performance. He is employed in security and SWAT at Best Buy in Meriden, director of music at Plainville Congregational Church, and a private music teacher. An October 2010 wedding is planned.

Golden – Callahan The engagement of Paige Symington Golden and Jay Dee Callahan has been announced. Ms. Golden is the daughter of Ruth Golden and Kevin Golden of Cheshire. She received a bachelor of science degree in psychology, with a concentration in elementary education, from Mary Washington College in 2003, and a master of science degree in reading from Southern Connecticut State University in 2008. She is a literacy coach in the New Haven Public Schools system. Mr. Callahan is the son of Danny Callahan and the late Patricia Callahan of Manassas, Va. He received a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Mary Washington College in 2005 and is employer services manager at Job Target in New London. A July 2010 wedding is planned.

Hill – Ehrlich The engagement of Lindsay Hill and Scott Ehrlich has been announced. Ms. Hill is the daughter of Joan Hill and Tom Hill of Cheshire. A 2001 graduate of Cheshire High School, she received a bachelor of arts degree in communications from the University of Maryland in 2005. She is an account manager at The Corporate Executive Board in Washington, D.C. Mr. Ehrlich is the son of Nancy Ehrlich and Dr. Len Ehrlich of Blue Bell, Pa. A 1998 graduate of Germantown Academy, he received a bachelor of arts degree in communications from the University of Maryland in 2003. He was a professional golfer for five years and is now a financial representative at Northwestern Mutual. An August 2010 wedding is planned.

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Mr. & Mrs. Damien McGrath Erin Maureen Kelly and Damien David McGrath were married on May 1, 2009 in St. John R.C. Church in Middletown. Father James Sucholet officiated the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Nancy Kelly and James Kelly of Cheshire. The groom is the son of Margaret McGrath and Eamon McGrath of Tipperary, Ireland. The bride was given in marriage by her father. Maid of honor was Meaghan Kelly, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Melissa Stanton, Kadah Reich, and Tiffany Ehmka, friends of the bride, and Elizabeth Keefe, cousin of the bride. Flower girls were Morrighan Leavitt, cousin of the bride, and Madison Ehmka, friend of the bride. Best man was Fergal McGrath, brother of the groom. Ushers were Michael Kelly, brother of the bride, and Trevor McGrath and John McGrath, brothers of the groom. A reception followed at Saint Clements Castle in Portland. The bride is a 2000 graduate of Cheshire High School and a 2004 graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design. She is an interior designer with Michael Greenberg and Associates in Westport. The groom is a graduate of Galway National Institute of Technology in Ireland. He is the owner of DMcG Interiors in Hamden. The couple resides in Hamden.

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Allyson M. Olewnik and Richard R. Gosselin were married on Aug. 1, 2009 in the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola at Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Mass. Rev. Robert VerEecke officiated the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Devorah Olewnik and Richard Olewnik of Cheshire. The groom is the son of Irene Gosselin of Agawam, Mass., and Robert and Denise Gosselin of Hadley, Mass. The bride was given in marriage by her parents. Maid of honor was Dr. Amy Molis, friend of the bride. Bridesmaids were Ashley Brasefield, cousin of the bride, and Denise Anderson, Laura Carey, Erin Harper, Caitlin Plummer Hincker and Nancy Walenten, friends of the bride. Best man was Timothy LeDoux, friend of the groom. Groomsmen were Brian Babineau, Matthew Bellico, Marc Chen, Scott Litchfield, and Kyle Nardi, friends of the groom, and Justin Olewnik, brother of the bride. A reception followed at the Boston Marriott-Newton in Newton, Mass. The honeymoon destination was St. Lucia. The bride received a bachelor of arts degree from Boston College and a master of business administration degree from Boston University. She was formerly the associate director of assessment and research at Boston University. The groom received a bachelor of science degree from Boston College, and an MD from Georgetown University, with fellowships at UMass Medical Center and St. Vincent’s Hospital, Worcester, Mass. He is an interventional cardiologist at Hudson Valley Heart Center in New Windsor, N.Y. The couple resides in Newburgh, N.Y.

Mr. & Mrs. Geoffrey W. Mattheis Mary E. Grelle and Geoffrey W. Mattheis were married on May 15, 2009 at Lily Lake Inn in Wolcott. The Rev. Richard Murphy, uncle of the bride, officiated the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Anne Murphy of Cheshire and Mr. Richard Grelle of Texas. The groom is the son of Maj. and Mrs. Bernd Matthies of Cheshire. The honeymoon destination was the Cayman Islands. The couple resides in New Hartford.


THE CHESHIRE HERALD, FEBRUARY 25, 2010

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new Beginnings w e dd i n g s Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Klauer Meghan Elizabeth Generous and Kevin Paul Klauer, II were married on Nov. 14, 2009 in Corpus Christi Church in Sandwich, Mass. Father John Murray officiated the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Susan H. Generous and Edward J. Generous of Cheshire. The groom is the son of Patricia A. Klauer and Kevin P. Klauer of Sandwich, Mass. The bride was given in marriage by her father. Matron of honor was Katie Marsala, cousin of the bride. Bridesmaids were Erin Klauer, sister of the groom; Summer Cerruto, cousin of the bride; and Ashley Tucker, Jaime Tucker and Emily Salzer, friends of the bride. Best man was Christopher Randall, friend of the groom. Ushers were Matthew Generous, brother of the bride; Joseph Daxberger, cousin of the groom; Anthony Marsala, cousin-in-law

of the bride; and Kevin Reino and Evan Horton, friends of the groom. A reception followed at The Coonamessett Inn in Falmouth, Mass. The honeymoon trip was to Aruba and Curacao. The bride received a bachelor of science degree in nutritional sciences from the University of New Hampshire in 2005, and a master of arts degree in medical nutrition science from Boston University School of Medicine in 2007. She is a pediatric dietician at Massachusetts General Hospital. The groom received a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of New Hampshire in 2005, and a juris doctorate from Suffolk University Law School in 2008. He is an associate attorney at Rosales & Rosales LLC. The couple resides in Belmont, Mass.

Mr. & Mrs. Mark H. Turshen Sarah E. Huse and Mark H. Turshen were married on Aug. 8, 2009 in an outdoor ceremony at Ocean Cliff in Newport, R.I. Justice of the Peace Frank Camera officiated. The bride is the daughter of Meredith Huse and Dr. Jack Huse of Bristol. R.I. The groom is the son of Sharon Turshen and I. Jeffrey Turshen of Stamford. The bride was given in marriage by her father. Matron of honor was Rebecca Porter, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Melissa Wajciechowski, Sarah Appel, Melissa Lang, Janna Runyon, Crystal Hinnant and Britt Haaland, friends of the bride; Rachel Graham, sister-in-law of the bride; and Elyse Turshen, sister of the groom. Best men were Andrew Walker and Geoffrey Gamble, friends of the groom. Ushers were Matthew Huse, brother of the bride; Andrew Porter, brother-in-law of the bride; Benjamin Turshen, cousin of the groom; and Daniel Campion, Joshua Slepkow, Matthew Carvette and Mark Condon, friends of the groom. Ring bearer was Wyatt Porter, nephew of the bride. A reception followed at Ocean Cliff in Newport, R.I. The honeymoon destination was Mykonos, Santorini, and Athens, Greece. The bride is a graduate of Cheshire High School. She graduated magna cum laude from Gettysburg College with a bachelor of arts degree and received a master of education degree from Lesley University. She is a first grade teacher in Framingham, Mass. The groom is a graduate of West Hill High School in

Stamford. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Gettysburg College and is currently attending Tufts University Medical School. The couple resides in Brighton, Mass.

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new Beginnings w e d d i n g s Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Ramadei

Mr. & Mrs. Mark Colangelo Amanda Lynn Barra and Mark Anthony Colangelo were married on July 10, 2009 at Villa Rosa in Waterbury by Justice of the Peace Susan Noonan. The bride is the daughter of Thomas and Cheryl Barra of Prospect and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dominic Castle-Vetro, and Mrs. Rose Barra and the late Flavio Barra. The groom is the son of Mark and Nancy Colangelo of Prospect, formerly of Cheshire, and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. William O’Brien and Major Anthony and Roseann Pagoni. The bride’s honor attendant was Melissa Polseno. Bridesmaids were Marissa Colangelo, Marissa Iaiennaro, Katelyn Hourigan, Alysse Lembo and Jessica Trzaski. The flower girl was Brianna Masse. Best man was Casey Beers. Groomsmen were Joshua Colangelo, Nicholas Barra, Anthony Mascia, John Dino Matteis and William Shendrawy. Ushers were Michael Blum, Chris Dale, Nick Commendatore, Sean Allen and Jason Morehouse. The bride graduated from Woodland Regional High School in Beacon Falls and from Southern Connecticut State University with a degree in accounting. The groom also graduated from Woodland Regional High School. He is currently serving in the U.S. Air Force as an airborne communications engineer stationed at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Neb.

Hilary Elizabeth Sargent and Joseph Benjamin Ramadei were married on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009 at The Harvard Club of Boston in Boston, Mass. Unitarian minister Reverend Kim CrawfordHarvie and Rabbi Mark Newton co-officiated the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Dr. Susan Sargent and David Van Ness Taylor of Boston Mass. and Fitzwilliam Sargent, III of Fayetteville, Ark. She is a graduate of Milton Academy and received a bachelor of science degree in operations and strategic management from Boston College. She is an investigator at the law firm of Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer. The groom is the son of Miriam and John Ramadei of Cheshire. A 1996 graduate of Cheshire High School, he received a bachelor of arts degree in American Studies from Cornell University and a juris doctorate, cum laude, from Cornell Law School. He is an associate at the law firm of Fish & Richardson. The couple resides in New York City.

Mr. & Mrs. Carl Fifield JoAnn O’Hara and Carl Mark Fifield were married on Saturday, June 27, 2009 at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Chicago, Ill. The celebrant was Rev. James Heneghan. The bride is the daughter of Ann V. O’Hara and the late William P. O’Hara of Cheshire and Southington. The groom is the son of June and Carl Fifield of Venice, Fla. The bride was given in marriage by her brother, Bill O’Hara. The bride’s brother, David O’Hara, accompanied their mother down the aisle. Matron of honor was Stephanie O’Hara Clark, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Tricia Kelly and Deb Pine, friends of the bride. Flower girl was Abigail Elliott, friend of the bride. Readers were Kelly Nicole and Ryan Leigh Umberger, nieces of the bride. Best man was Robert Caldwell, friend of the groom. Groomsmen were Dr. David Kamp and Dr. David Bresnahan, friends of the groom. Jack and Peter Teegardin, nephews of the bride, ushered the guests. Curtis Teegardin, nephew of the bride, was ringbearer. The couple honeymooned in Scotland, Ireland and Italy. The bride received a bachelor of science degree and an MBA from the University of Connecticut. She is a senior solution advisor at SAP in Chicago, Ill. The groom received a bachelor of science degree from Michigan State University and a master’s degree from Northwestern University. He is a certified safety professional (CSP) at Administaff in Chicago. The couple resides in Chicago.

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THE CHESHIRE HERALD, FEBRUARY 25, 2010

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new Beginnings E n g ag e m e n t s Wiles – Avery The engagement of Jody Wiles and Edward Avery has been announced. Ms. Wiles is the daughter of Barbara Gode Wiles and Alan T. Wiles of Cheshire. A 2006 graduate of Cheshire High School, she is the owner of Wiles Photography, LLC and is currently employed at Doodlebugz in Cheshire. Mr. Avery is the son of Linda Avery and Edward Avery of Southington. He is a 2001 graduate of Southington High School and the owner of Everyone’s Knife & Sword in Southington. A May 2010 wedding is planned.

Olsen – Dawson The engagement of Maureen R. Olsen and William C. Dawson, Jr. has been announced. Ms. Olsen is the daughter of Eileen O’Regan and Michael Olsen of Cheshire. She graduated from Cheshire High School in 2001 and from Boston College in 2004 and is attending Boston University Graduate School of Management. She is employed by AOL Advertising. Mr. Dawson is the son of Ruby Smith Dawson of Chicago, Ill. and the late William C. Dawson, Sr. A 1996 graduate of St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Mass., he graduated from Boston College in 2000 and received a master’s degree from Northeastern University. He is employed by Mercer. An autumn 2010 wedding is planned.

White – Mann The engagement of Donna S. White and Jeffrey A. Mann, Jr. has been announced. Ms. White is the daughter of Hedwig A. Casso and Joseph P. Casso of Kensington. She is a 1996 graduate of Berlin High School and an associate at Lowe’s Home Improvement Center in Newington. Mr. Mann is the son of Kyong H. Mann and Jeffrey A. Mann of Cheshire. He is a 1999 graduate of Cheshire High School and department manager at Lowe’s Home Improvement Center in Newington. An April 2010 wedding is planned.

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new Beginnings b i rt h s A daughter, Nicole Brianna Kaplan, was born on Aug. 14, 2009 at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Mass. to Meredith V. Kaplan and Eric D. Kaplan of Newton, Mass. Maternal grandparents are Vicki and Wesley Veysey of Glens Falls, N.Y. Paternal grandparents are Kathy and Jay Kaplan of Cheshire. • • • A son, Eli Grant Radin, was born on Aug. 23, 2009 at MidState Medical Center in Meriden to Michele Brayfield Radin and Greg Radin of Cheshire. Maternal grandparents are Cathy and Bob Trussell of Cheshire and Billy and Claire Brayfield of Higganum. Paternal grandparents are Roz and Barry Radin of Bethany. Maternal great-grandfather is Richard Gauthier of Prospect. He joins a sister, Gabriella, 5. • • • A son, Dillon Spencer McNally, was born on Aug. 14, 2009 in Meriden to Christine Davis McNally and Cary McNally of Cheshire. He joins a sibling, Bradyn, 3. • • • A son, Tyler Owen Greco, was born on Aug. 19, 2009 to Kelly Carrano Greco and Corey Greco of Wallingford. Maternal grandparents are Paul Carrano and Diane Carrano of Cheshire. Paternal grandmother is Barbara Greco of Fort Meyers, Fla. Maternal great-grandmother is Dorothy Drews of Cheshire. Paternal great-grandmother is Wanda Ross of Georgia. • • • A son, Landon Mario Sparano, was born on Sept. 18, 2009 at Waterbury Hospital to Joy Maria Barros Sparano and William James Sparano of Cheshire. Maternal grandparents are Adelaide and Mario Barros of Cheshire. Paternal grandparents are Rosemary and Martin Sparano of Goshen. Paternal great-grandfather is William Sparano of Waterbury. • • • A daughter, Shannon Perry LaFrance, was born on Oct. 8, 2009, in Waterbury, to Erica Milton LaFrance and Matthew LaFrance of Cheshire. Maternal grandparents are Joanie Milton of Naugatuck and Tom Milton of Prospect. Paternal grandparents are Kenneth and Holly LaFrance of Cheshire. Maternal great-grandparents are Robert “Bud” Milton of Prospect and Elizabeth Woodworth of Oxford. Paternal great-grandmother is Sharon Perry of Cheshire. She joins a sister, Cadence, 2. • • • A son, Ben Samuel Gesseck, was born on Oct. 13, 2009 at Yale-New Haven Hospital to Elisha (LaMonico) Gesseck and Richard E. Gesseck of Cheshire. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Samuel LaMonico of Orange. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Richard H. Gesseck of Cheshire. Maternal great-grandmother is Mrs. Dora LaMonico of Derby. He joins a sister, Julia, 18 months, and a brother, Jake, 5. • • •

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A daughter, Gianna May Brucato, was born on Nov. 10, 2009 in Providence, R.I. to Stephanie McGraw Brucato and Jarrod Brucato of Providence. Maternal grandparents are Stephen and Jane McGraw of Rochester, Mass. Paternal grandparents are John and Dawn Brucato of Cheshire. • • • A daughter, Alexis Allison Veleber, was born on Nov. 11, 2009 at MidState Medical Center in Meriden, to Melissa Panagrossi Veleber and David Veleber of Cheshire. Maternal grandparents are Peggy Panagrossi of Cheshire and Phil Panagrossi of Hamden. Paternal grandparents are Ruth Veleber of Cheshire and Richard Veleber of Venice, Fla. Maternal great-grandmother is Carmel Panagrossi of Hamden. She joins sisters Caroline, 4, and Madelyn, 2. • • • A daughter, Adriana Marie Guarino, was born on Nov. 11, 2009 at Yale-New Haven Hospital to Wendy Czepiel Guarino and Robert Guarino of Cheshire. Maternal grandparents are MaryAnn and Joseph Czepiel of Bristol. Paternal grandparents are Loretta and Frank Guarino of Florida, formerly of Cheshire. She joins a sister, Angelina, 3. • • • A son, Jack Thomas Mutty, was born on Nov. 15, 2009 at Yale-New Haven Hospital to Erin A. Mutty and Thomas D. Mutty of Wallingford. Maternal grandparents are Marion and Anthony Arcesi of Cheshire. Paternal grandparents are Stephanie and Daniel Mutty of Portsmouth, R.I. • • • A daughter, Riley Frances LaMadeleine, was born on Nov. 19, 2009 at MidState Medical Center in Meriden to Michele Faath LaMadeleine and John LaMadeleine of Cheshire. Maternal grandparents are Maria and Thomas Faath of Cheshire. Paternal grandparents are Ann and the late Ernest LaMadeleine of Cheshire. She joins a sister, Sophia Isabelle, 2-1/2. • • • A daughter, Avery Grace Fowler, was born on Dec. 8, 2009 at Waterbury Hospital to Danielle Collins Fowler and Gregory Fowler of Cheshire. Maternal grandparents are Ann Collins of Rochester, N.Y. and Patrick Collins of Houston, Texas. Paternal grandparents are Ginny and Donald Fowler of Cheshire.

Maternal great-grandmother is Jean Bagley of Spencerport, N.Y. Paternal great-grandparents are Nancy and Donald Fowler of Cheshire and Annette Knutson of Waterbury. She joins a sister, Allison, 2. • • • A son, Cole Peter Kubicza, was born on Jan. 5, 2010 at MidState Medical Center in Meriden to Jennifer Sparago Kubicza and James Kubicza of Plantsville. Maternal grandparents are Marion and Peter Sparago of Cheshire. Paternal grandparents are Patty and Paul Kubicza of Cheshire. He joins a brother, Lincoln, 19 months. • • • A son, Jack Michael Harma, was born on Jan. 8, 2010 at Yale-New Haven Hospital to Jenna Albano Harma and Michael Harma of Plantsville. Maternal grandparents are Lynne and Keith Albano of Somers. Paternal grandparents are Nancy and Bert Harma of Cheshire. Maternal great-grandmother is Jean Albano of Hampden, Mass. Paternal great-grandmother is Gertrude Robarge of Muskegon, Mich. He joins a sister, Sophia Grace, 3. • • • A daughter, Catherine Elizabeth (Catie) Cohen, was born on Jan. 20, 2010 in Wynnewood, Pa. to Ellen Cressy Cohen and Robert Cohen of Havertown, Pa. Maternal grandparents are David and Elizabeth Cressy of Cheshire. Paternal grandparents are Lynne Cohen of Haverford, Pa. and Howard Cohen of Broomhall, Pa. Maternal great-grandmother is Harriet Cressy of Greenville, R.I. She joins a brother, Patrick, 2-1/2. • • • A son, Brady George Pawlush, was born on Feb. 2, 2010 in Charlotte, N.C. to Hunter Vergakis Pawlush and George Pawlush of Waxhaw, N.C. Maternal grandparents are Linda and Ron Vergakis of Virginia Beach, Va. Paternal grandparents are Carol and George Pawlush of Cheshire. Maternal grandmothers are Mrs. Gerry Clark of Norfolk, Va. and Mrs. Iris Murdoch of Virginia Beach, Va. Paternal grandparents are Mary and Dan Corbett of Archibald, Pa. and Anne Pawlush of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. He joins a sister, Margaret “Maggie” Pawlush, 22 months.

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new Beginnings E n g ag e m e n t s Gandolfo – Hammons The engagement of Amanda Gandolfo and Todd Hammons has been announced. Ms. Gandolfo is the daughter of Merle Gandolfo and Jeffrey Gandolfo of Cheshire. A 2004 graduate of Cheshire High School, she received a bachelor of science degree in communications from Plymouth State University in 2008. She is employed by Stork Club, Inc. Mr. Hammons is the son of Karen Hammons and Steven Hammons of Southington. He is a 2002 graduate of Southington High School and employed with K&E Electric. An October 2010 wedding is planned.

Celliers – Gionfriddo The engagement of Arielle Diana Celliers and Steven Michael Gionfriddo has been announced. Ms. Celliers is the daughter of Gordon Celliers of Cheshire and the late Eleanor Celliers. She received a bachelor of science degree in education from Syracuse University and a master of arts degree in education from the University of Connecticut. She is a special education teacher in Orange. Mr. Gionfriddo is the son of Carol Gionfriddo and Salvatore Gionfriddo of New Britain. He received a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina. He is director of child care at the Southington Community YMCA in Southington. A summer 2010 wedding is planned.

Chmist – Deme The engagement of Katarzyna Chmist and Jeremy Deme has been announced. Ms. Chmist is the daughter of Ewa Chmist and Miroslaw Chmist of Elkton, Fla. She graduated from South Windsor High School in 2003 and from the University of Connecticut School of Nursing in 2009. She is a registered nurse. Mr. Deme is the son of Linda Deme and Peter Deme of Cheshire. He graduated from Cheshire High School in 2003 and from Central Connecticut State University School of Business in 2007. He is a products asset specialist at Seton. An August 2011 wedding is planned.

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DiMichele – Brewster The engagement of Lisa DiMichele and James Brewster has been announced. Ms. DiMichele is the daughter of Nina Szocs of Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Robert Maroldy of Gahanna, Ohio. She is a 1983 graduate of Shelton High School and attended Quinnipiac University, where she studied sales and marketing. She currently resides in Cheshire and is employed in marketing at Nutmeg Financial, MHC in Naugatuck. Mr. Brewster is the son of Judy Brewster of Enfield and the late Thomas Brewster. He is a 1980 graduate of Fermi High School in Enfield. He received a bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic design from Paier College of Art. He is the owner of Your Castle Carpenter in Hamden. A May 2010 wedding is planned.


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new Beginnings E n g age m e n t s O’Dea – Nargi The engagement of Kristen O’Dea and Keith Nargi has been announced. Ms. O’Dea is the daughter of Ann O’Dea and Richard O’Dea of Cheshire. She is a graduate of Quinnipiac University, where she received a bachelor of science degree in computer information systems in 2003 and a master of science degree in computer information systems in 2006. She is a business solutions consultant at ING. Mr. Nargi received a bachelor of science degree in information technology from Fairfield University in 2001, and a master of engineering degree in computer and electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2007. He is a network engineering manager for The Travelers. A September 2010 wedding is planned.

Testa – Matos

The engagement of Kimberly Testa and Josh Matos has been announced. Ms. Testa is the daughter of Judi Ackerman of Cheshire and Joseph Testa of Wallingford. She received an associate’s degree from Naugatuck Valley Community College and is a behavioral therapist. Mr. Matos is the son of Gayla Matos and David Matos of Watertown. He received a degree in mechanical engineering from Porter and Chester and is employed as a sales manager. A May 2010 wedding is planned.

Gunn – Skryzowski The engagement of Stephanie Gunn and Mark Skryzowski has been announced. Ms. Gunn is the daughter of Laura and Doug Elder of Webster, N.Y. and Craig and Janet Gunn of Dansville, N.Y. She received a bachelor of arts degree in political science and international studies from SUNY Brockport and an MPA in public and nonprofit management from New York University. She is employed at Global Partnership for Afghanistan in New York City. Mr. Skryzowski is the son of Claire Skryzowski and Jon Skryzowski of Hamden, formerly of Cheshire. He graduated from Cheshire High School in 1999 and received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology. He is employed at Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford. An October 2010 wedding is planned.

Nygard – Flavin The engagement of Erin Nygard and Rick Flavin has been announced. Ms. Nygard is the daughter of Diane Nygard and Paul Nygard of Prospect. She is a 1994 graduate of Cheshire High School and is a medical claims analyst for Teamsters Union Local 677 in Waterbury. Mr. Flavin is the son of Susan Flavin of Cheshire and the late Richard Flavin. A 1989 graduate of Cheshire High School, he received a bachelor’s degree in business studies from Hampshire College in 1993. He is self-employed and works part time at his family’s business, Blackie’s in Cheshire. A September 2010 wedding is planned.

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new Beginnings E n g age m e n t s Jackson – Maguire The engagement of Jeanne-Marie Jackson and James P. Maguire has been announced. Ms. Jackson is the daughter of Ellen Sackman of Meriden, formerly of Cheshire, and Ralph Jackson, Jr. of Wallingford, formerly of Cheshire. A 2002 graduate of Platt High School in Meriden, she received a bachelor of arts degree in Russian language and literature from Drew University and master of arts and master of philosophy degrees in comparative literature from Yale University. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Yale. Mr. Maguire is the son of Terry Maguire and Paul Maguire of Ashburnham, Mass. A 2004 graduate of The Groton (Mass.) School, he received an A.B. in social studies and comparative religion from Harvard University. He is currently a second year law student at Harvard Law School. A May 2010 wedding is planned.

Fryc – Fagan The engagement of Jessica Fryc and Joseph Fagan has been announced. Ms. Fryc is the daughter of Rosalie Fryc and Joseph Fryc of Cheshire. She is a 2002 graduate of Cheshire High School and received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Merrimack College in 2006 and a master of science degree in school counseling from Southern Connecticut State University in 2009. She is a school counselor at Watertown High School. Mr. Fagan is the son of Susan Fagan and John Fagan of Cheshire. He is a 2001 graduate of Cheshire High School and received a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of New Hampshire in 2005. He is a process engineer at SCAPA North America in Windsor. A July 2010 wedding is planned.

Jones – Hajdasz The engagement of Sarah Jones and Keith Hajdasz has been announced. Ms. Jones is the daughter of Karen Methot of Worcester, Mass. and Allan Jones of Cheshire. A 2000 graduate of Cheshire High School, she received a degree in liberal studies and business/marketing from Southern Connecticut State University. Mr. Hajdasz is the son of Adine Hajdasz and John Hajdasz of West Hartford. He graduated from West Virginia University in 1999 with a degree in business/marketing. A wedding is planned for 2011.

Is there a special event you would like to announce? The Cheshire Herald welcomes engagement, wedding and birth announcements, which are run free of charge as space becomes available, in the order in which they are received. Forms are available online at www. cheshireherald. com. Announcements must include contact information and photos should be labeled with name of sender. (Photos are not run with birth announcements.)

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hile some couples go all out and invite everyone they know to their wedding, others opt for a smaller, more intimate affair. Although they can be less costly, small weddings are not always easy to pull off. Whittling the guest list to a select few can be difficult and cause conflict among family members. If you would like to keep your wedding small, be aware of the pitfalls and approach the initial planning with tact. You must decide first just how small you want your wedding to be: 10 people, 20 to 40 people, 100 people? The smaller your guest list, the more lightly you will have to tread. There will be people who expect to be invited who will be hurt and angry when they do not receive an invitation. Consider having a large bridal shower or postwedding party for everyone not invited to your wedding. Depending upon how small your target number is, you may have to make some hard decisions like excluding extended family or children from your guest list. Whatever your decision, be prepared for conflict. There may be some hurt feelings and even pressure to change your mind and have a larger wedding. Don’t give in—it is your wedding. After you have completed your guest list, make a list of everyone you couldn’t invite and find a way to let them know why they weren’t invited. Send a note, shoot them an e-mail, or give them a call. If you intend to have a large bridal shower, you may be able to wait until then to let everyone know that you will be having a small wedding. When informing others of your decision, be tactful. Let them know that, while you would have liked to invite everyone, you chose not to for personal, financial, or other reasons. Reassure them that they are still very much a part of your life and thank them for everything they have done for you. Choosing to have a small wedding is easy; implementing the idea, on the other hand, takes work. Be prepared and forge ahead with a smile on your face.


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new Beginnings w e d d i n g s Mr. & Mrs. Jordan Dorsey

Mr. & Mrs. Stuart Heisler Clare Louise Guest and Stuart Angus Heisler were married on Feb. 6, 2010 at the groom’s parents’ home in Meriden. The Reverend Amy Johnson officiated the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Elizabeth Guest and Dr. Andrew Guest of Marion. The groom is the son of Dr. Faye Heisler and Hugh R. Heisler of Meriden. The bride was given in marriage by her twin sons, Marek and Arthur Gordiski. Maid of honor was Lara Foldvari, friend of the bride and groom. Bridesmaid was Elizabeth Mary Heisler, daughter of the groom. Flower girls were Hillary and Courtney Jones, cousins of the groom. Best man was Bruce Owen, friend of the bride and groom. Andrew Cooper Heisler, son of the groom, was an usher. A reception followed at the groom’s parents’ home. The honeymoon destination was Montreal, Canada. The bride is a graduate of Cheshire Academy, City College of New York, and Le Cordon Bleu Ecole de Cuisine in London. She is a freelance makeup artist in Connecticut for Lancôme. The groom is a graduate of Cheshire High School. He is an eight-year veteran of the U.S. Navy and served in Operation Desert Storm. He is currently attending Southern Connecticut State University where he is studying mathematics and secondary education. The couple resides in Kensington.

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Kristin Ellen Sienkowski and Jordan Todd Dorsey were married on July 18, 2009 at the First Congregational Church of Cheshire. The ceremony was officiated by Stephen Isaacs. The bride is the daughter of Nancy Sienkowski and Thomas Sienkowski, Jr. of Cheshire. The groom is the son of Rosalee and David Ball of Virginia Beach, Va. and John and Judy Dorsey of Huntington Beach, W.Va. The bride was given in marriage by her father. Maid of honor was Greer Gibbs, friend of the bride. Bridesmaids were Elizabeth Cowan, cousin of the bride, and Katie Smith, Jessica McCauley, Emily Culpepper and Julie Hafenbrack, friends of the bride. Best man was Trevor Dorsey, brother of the groom. Ushers were Jordan Baldwin, David Hendren, Bill Kirkhoff, Adam Culpepper, John Waltz and Nicholas Turner, friends of the groom; Richard Sienkowski and Thomas Sienkowski, III, brothers of the bride; and Eric Cowan, cousin of the bride. Ring bearer was Tanner Dorsey, brother of the groom. A reception followed at Bond Ballroom in Hartford. The honeymoon destination was Sandals Resort in St. Lucia. The bride received a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from West Virginia Wesleyan College. She is an eighth grade history teacher in Chesapeake, Va. The groom received a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master of business administration degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College. He is a contract specialist for the Department of Defense in Norfolk, Va. The couple resides in Virginia Beach, Va.

Be It A Live Band Or DJ, Music Sets The Mood

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hether just a CD or a live band, most couples choose to incorporate music into their wedding ceremony and reception. A wedding without music would seem strange, wouldn’t it? Music may be recorded or live. Some couples hire a DJ to play recorded music, while others choose to have CDs played over a stereo system at the venue. Some couples hire a band or orchestra, while

others hire a singer or guitarist to perform acoustically. For many couples, acoustic music adds a unique element to their wedding. If this is the route you choose, here are some tips for hiring a musician. You should start by selecting the songs you want to have played at your wedding. This will give you some idea as to the genre, which, in turn, will give you some idea as to the type of musician to hire. If See MAKING, page 12

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continued from page 11 much of what you select is rock, you probably don’t want to hire a harpist or flutist, as the music won’t suit the instruments. A guitarist or pianist, on the other hand, might work well. Once you have an idea of what type of musician you need for the music you want played, you can start looking for one. Ask family and friends for recommendations. Check with music teachers and local colleges. Look at the listings in the phone book and online. Set up phone interviews with each of the candidates on your list and find out if they are interested, and available the times you need them. Ask about fees and requirements. The answers to these questions should help you narrow your choices considerably. Once you have a few candidates in mind, set up faceto-face interviews with them. Find out all of the details and ask for a sample of their work. Go over the song list with them and make sure they can play the selections you want. Arrange to go to one of their performances or set up a time when they can give you a quick audition. This will enable you to see them perform. When you are ready to hire a musician, work up a contract. Do not make a verbal agreement. Get the agreement in writing with all of the terms listed. This will ensure you get what you pay for. Hiring a musician to play at your wedding is no different than hiring any other professional. Do your homework and get the right person for the job.

Mr. & Mrs. Todd Koransky Meghan Elizabeth Huntley and Todd Michael Koransky were married on Oct. 17, 2009 at Chateau Elan. Rabbi Ronald Segal officiated the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Kathleen Huntley of Cheshire and granddaughter of Cecilia Cavanaugh of Cheshire. The groom is the son of Ellen Koransky and Dr. Jack Koransky of Sandy Springs, Ga. The bride was given in marriage by her mother and the groom’s father. Maid of honor was Megan Bernard, friend of the bride. Bridesmaids were Dr. Blair Davis, friend of the bride and Teresa Koransky, sister-in-law of the bride. Flower girls were Natalie Ostrow and Charlotte Reese, cousins of the groom. Best man was Andrew Koransky, brother of the groom. Ushers were Lance Kosmal and Blair Rothstein, friends of the groom. A reception followed in Braselton, Ga. The honeymoon destination was Maui and Kauai, Hawaii. The bride is a 1995 graduate of Cheshire High School. She received a bachelor of arts degree in international relations from Wheaton College inn 1999 and a juris doctorate from Tulane University School of Law in 2002. She is a communications consultant. The groom received a bachelor of science degree in accounting from the University of Georgia in 1999. He is a certified public tax accountant. The couple resides in Sandy Springs, Ga.

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