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  • Hometown Hero Information

    Hometown Hero Information

    Do you know a Hometown Hero? Call, write, or email News 12 Connecticut and that person could be featured on News 12 Connecticut's Hometown Hero segment every Wednesday. 

    Do you know a Hometown Hero? Call, write, or email News 12 Connecticut and that person could be featured on News 12 Connecticut's Hometown Hero segment every Wednesday. 

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    Hometown Hero photos

    Thursday, July 13 2017 2:26 PM EDT2017-07-13 18:26:33 GMT

    Hometown Hero photo gallery

    Photos of Connecticut's "Hometown Heroes"

  • Hometown Hero: Alicia D'Anna

    Hometown Hero: Alicia D'Anna

    Alicia D'Anna is a volunteer at the Westport Historical Society who helped build the set for their latest exhibit, Remembered: the History of African Americans in Westport.

    Alicia D'Anna is a volunteer at the Westport Historical Society who helped build the set for their latest exhibit, Remembered: the History of African Americans in Westport.

  • Hometown Hero: Marianne Laska

    Hometown Hero: Marianne Laska

    Marianne Laska has volunteered at the Mercy Learning Center in Bridgeport since 2002. She first started as a tutor and later became a nurse consultant for its day care program. The center provides literacy and life skills training to low-income women.
  • Hometown Hero: Dottie Fincher

    Hometown Hero: Dottie Fincher

    Dottie Fincher has been a member of the Westport Gardening Club for over 45 years.
  • Hometown Hero: Barbara Degaltini

    Hometown Hero: Barbara Degaltini

    She's the office manager for the Open Door Shelter's Norwalk location, and she's helping with the nationwide Movers for Mom campaign to delivery toiletries to needy women on Mothers Day.
  • Hometown Hero: Lucian Terranova

    Hometown Hero: Lucian Terranova

    Lucian Terranova has assisted thousands during disasters as a Red Cross volunteer. He has been a volunteer and in various leadership positions for 18 years, and has helped people displaced from fires and victims of natural disasters. During Hurricane Katrina, Terranova was one of the people in charge at the Astrodome and helped process over 27,000 people in 30 days.
  • Hometown Hero: Herb Kohn

    Hometown Hero: Herb Kohn

    Herb Kohn, 94, has had many roles in Stamford, including police commissioner, zoning board member, the head of an adult baseball league and a facilities manager for the city. He currently spends his time volunteering with the State Street Debating Society, which he says awards scholarships and has been a big part of his life.
  • Hometown Hero: Terri Watson

    Hometown Hero: Terri Watson

    Terri Watson has been a volunteer at the The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County in Stamford for 13 years. She assists agencies and non profits like the Yearwood Center and Person to Person when they come into shop and shows them where items are.
  • Hometown Hero: Charlotte Suhler

    Hometown Hero: Charlotte Suhler

    Hometown Hero: Charlotte SuhlerHometown Hero: Charlotte Suhler

    Charlotte Suhler, of Darien, has spent over 25 years with one of Fairfield County’s most well-known philanthropic organizations as one of the founders of the Fairfield County Foundation's Fund for Women and Girls.

    Charlotte Suhler, of Darien, has spent over 25 years with one of Fairfield County’s most well-known philanthropic organizations as one of the founders of the Fairfield County Foundation's Fund for Women and Girls.

  • Hometown Hero: Erica Pivor

    Hometown Hero: Erica Pivor

    Erica Pivor is a mom of two and a volunteer at Earthplace's Preschool in Westport. Pivor plans events and fundraisers for the preschool and nature center.
  • Hometown Hero: Arden Lesoravage

    Hometown Hero: Arden Lesoravage

    Arden Lesoravage serves as a Lead Executive Ambassador at Kids Helping Kids. The organization aims to empower students to elevate their passion for community service by implementing service projects that benefit low income children in the community.
  • Hometown Hero: Attorney James Dougherty

    Hometown Hero: Attorney James Dougherty

    James Dougherty has practiced law in Greenwich for more than 30 years -- but he says his true joy is promoting his Irish heritage as the founding director of the Irish American Museum of Washington, DC, and the publicity chairman of the Greenwich St. Patrick's Day Parade.
  • Hometown Hero: Brendan Collins

    Hometown Hero: Brendan Collins

    Detective Brendan Collins is the president of The Norwalk Police Emerald Society, a nonprofit organization that puts on the annual Norwalk's St. Patrick's Day Parade.
  • Hometown Hero: Lizanne Galbreath

    Hometown Hero: Lizanne Galbreath

    Lizanne Galbreath has been Fairfield County's Community Foundation board chair for nearly three years. She is involved with the foundation's 24-hour Giving Day event, which allows people to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits through online donations.
  • Hometown Hero: John Sciarretta

    Hometown Hero: John Sciarretta

    John Sciarretta, of Norwalk, started the Mental Minute Project, which allows people to submit minute-long videos explaining their mental illnesses and their coping methods.
  • Hometown Hero: Alicia O'Neill

    Hometown Hero: Alicia O'Neill

    Alicia O'Neill is the director of partnerships and business development at the Norwalk-based Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. As part of its Moving Mountains program she founded, O'Neill and a team of patients and doctors will begin a nine-day trek to Nepal to Everest Base Camp, and then to Kala Patthar.
  • Hometown Hero: Paul Otzel

    Hometown Hero: Paul Otzel

    Paul Otzel, of Milford, has spent his life giving back to the city and was awarded the Community Service Award by the Milford Chamber of Commerce.
  • Hometown Hero: Mary Ann O'Connor

    Hometown Hero: Mary Ann O'Connor

    O'Connor has been volunteering with the Stanwich Church's outreach missions for over five years.
  • Hometown Hero: Hank Solis

    Hometown Hero: Hank Solis

    Hank Solis has volunteered for Meals on Wheels with the Norwalk Senior Center twice a week for five years.

    Hank Solis has volunteered for Meals on Wheels with the Norwalk Senior Center twice a week for five years.

  • Hometown Hero: Cathy Kangas

    Hometown Hero: Cathy Kangas

    Cathy Kangas, of New Canaan, uses her skin care business to advocate for animals and clear out shelters. She is the founder of Prai Beauty, which is free of animal ingredients, does not test on animals and since last May has partnered with the Stamford Animal Control and Care Center for its Free the Shelters event.
  • Hometown Hero: Dudley Williams

    Hometown Hero: Dudley Williams

    Dudley Williams was named the 2017 Stamford Citizen of the Year and will be honored in April.
  • 2017 Hometown Hero

    2017 Hometown Hero

    These "hometown heroes" truly stand out for what they do in their communities.

    These "hometown heroes" truly stand out for what they do in their communities.

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