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Men’s basketball head coach Donyell Marshall, Dr. Joseph P. Paige, Philosophy lecturer Stephen Balkaran, Ramon Hernandez ’90, and Johnny Kidd ’93 were honored Oct. 20 at the 100 Men of Color Black Tie Gala at The Bushnell in Hartford. The 100 Men of Color Black Tie Gala & Awards recognizes honorees’ contributions in business, education, entrepreneurship, government, entertainment, and service and the impact they have made on the lives of people in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts.

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Tracey Lay ’92, ’16, director of School Age Programs & Development Services for EdAdvance, was named chair of the Board of Directors for the National AfterSchool Association on June 15. Lay was elected to the board two years ago in a national election. EdAdvance is one of the state’s Regional Education Service Centers tasked with developing programs and services for Connecticut’s public school districts. The National AfterSchool Association is the membership association for professionals who work with children and youth in diverse school and community-based settings to provide a wide variety of extended learning opportunities and care during out-of-school hours.

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The East Hartford Public Schools named Matthew Martucci ’10 the school district’s Teacher of the Year on June 1. Before he received his district-wide award, Martucci was named East Hartford High School’s 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year. Martucci joined the faculty at East Hartford in 2011 and teaches physical education and health and serves as the school’s badminton and softball coach.

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The Hartford Public Schools named Sonia Turner ’04 Teacher of the Year on May 25. Turner teaches sixth grade at Annie Fisher STEM Magnet School, where she has worked for 18 years.

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Connecticut’s Region 10 school district named Patti Smaldone ’88, ’98 its Teacher of the Year for 2017-18. Smaldone teaches Spanish at Lake Garda Elementary in Burlington and Harwinton Consolidated School. Smaldone also has worked as an adjunct professor at Tunxis Community College and Central Connecticut State University.

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Andrea Thiede ’99 was honored at Connecticut’s first 60 Over 60 Awards ceremony in June for her work in the human resources field. The 60 Over 60 Awards identified the top 60 people age 60 and older throughout the state who have made an impact on their world, their communities, or the lives of others. Thiede, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is a consultant with KardasLarson in Glastonbury. In 2016, she created and funded a series of scholarships for HR professionals to help recipients offset the expense of studying and testing for their HR credentials.

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Candace Patten ’02, ’10, ’14 was named Southington’s Teacher of the Year for the 2017-18 academic year. Patten is a member of the Social Studies Department at Southington High School, where she teaches civics and psychology classes.

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Debra Manente ’98 won the 2016 Mrs. Connecticut United States pageant, which celebrates married women and “their ability to integrate beauty and intelligence.” Manente notes, “As Mrs. Connecticut United States 2016, I tried to make a difference while volunteering and raising over $21,000 for local charities. Being a volunteer has been a cornerstone for me throughout my life and it always brings great happiness to know I helped the community and brought smiles to many faces.” Manente is the associate director of Career Services at Western Connecticut State University.

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The Plainville Community Schools named Linden Street School Physical Education teacher Melissa Patterson ’02, ’08 as its 2017-18 Teacher of the Year. She was honored at the June 12 Plainville Board of Education meeting. Patterson has taught for 15 years and has served as a Physical Education teacher at Linden for 13 years. In 2016, Patterson was selected as Teacher of the Year by the Connecticut Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.

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Patricia Cintorino ’86, ’93 was named the Consolidated School District of New Britain’s Teacher of the Year on May 15. Cintorino teaches third grade at Vance Elementary School and completed her 28th year of service in the city at the end of 2016-17 school year.

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Jean Nadeau ’10, ’14 a visiting nurse, received a Citation of Merit from the Avon Fire Department for saving the life of one of her patients, Estelle Hebb, 94, a resident of River Ridge at Avon. Nadeau was not scheduled to see Hebb on the day of the incident, but she decided to drop in and say hello to her patient. When she entered the unlocked apartment, Nadeau found Hebb asleep and her room filled with black smoke. Nadeau woke Hebb, helped her into a wheelchair, and removed her from the room and alerted staff to the fire, which originated in a nearby bathroom.

The Avon Town Council presented Nadeau with the award at its Sept. 7 meeting.

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The United States Tennis Association of New England selected Jerry Albrikes ’93 for induction into the Hall of Fame Class of 2017. The former No. 1-ranked player was inducted on June 10 at a ceremony at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, RI.

Albrikes played tennis at Central Connecticut State University and served as captain for three years. After college, Albrikes held a top ranking in singles, doubles, and mixed and consistently played in New England tournaments until 2010. He captained multiple Church Cup teams and played in the Talbert Cup. Albrikes also has served as a coach for several Intersectional teams, the Women’s USTA League Nationals team, and he led the girls’ program at Lauralton Hall in Milford. He also served as an assistant coach at CCSU.

In 2010, Albrikes and his family moved to Daniel Island, SC, where he runs and coaches at the nearby LTP Tennis and Swim Club. He splits his time playing competitively in a local pro league and coaching juniors and adults at his club.

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