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Jason Van Stone • 36 • Waterbury
   Van Stone seems to be succeeding mightily at the art of combining long days at work with a wide array of political and community activities in his hometown. By day, he’s the director of marketing for Waterbury-based OptiCare Eye Health & Vision Centers, which has 18 locations in Connecticut. His very active role the rest of the time includes serving on the board of education, charter revision commission, neighborhood associations and even as chairman of the Waterbury Republican Town Committee. What Van Stone seems to get completely is that his sort of civic-mindedness is critical if Connecticut’s cities are to survive and thrive in the future.
Rory D.L. Moorer • 34 • Higganum
   When author and illustrator Tomie dePaola saw illustrator and painter Rory Moorer’s work, he called him one of the most talented young artists he’d ever seen. Since then, the contemporary artist has won multiple awards for his work, which has been exhibited in galleries around the country. But Moorer’s most recent work illustrates his views about the human condition. His desire “to make good art accessible to the community” has prompted him to get involved with a number of charitable endeavors, like painting murals for the Meriden downtown revitalization project. Last year, he opened the impressive Gallore Gallery in Middletown, where he hopes to help promote emerging artists while continuing to donate his talents to worthy causes.
Beth Collins • 38 • Guilford
   Dr. Beth Collins has quite the pedigree—the Connecticut native is a graduate of University College Dublin Medical School, is double board-certified (in general surgery and plastic and reconstructive surgery), is affiliated with the Yale School of Medicine’s Department of Plastic Surgery and Saint Raphael’s, and won a coveted prize for her research in breast reconstruction and body contouring. Since opening her practice in Guilford just two years ago (her father, Raymond Ippolito, is a shoreline surgeon), she’s also added a medical spa, performed breast reconstructions on uninsured women and supported local breast-cancer fundraisers. Most important, she’s won kudos from patients for her extraordinary skill, caring and concern. The favorite parts of her work? “Patient interaction and working with residents,” she says. “Actually, I love everything about my work—I’m very lucky.”
Paul Paris Jr. • 36 • Norwich
   With entrepreneurial drive and a passion for green building, Paul Paris Jr. started ZeroDraft Insulation LLC in 2001 out of his parents’ basement when he was only 26; today the company, with offices in Waterford, Bridgeport and Torrington, has 65 employees and is on track to top $5 million in sales (from energy audits, spray-foam insulation, etc.). He’s done numerous retrofits for the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund (CEEF), one of the first five state contractors licensed to do so. “I’m passionate about helping Connecticut residents—from the low-income, disabled and elderly to the ‘1 percenters’—save money on energy and reduce their carbon footprint,” he says. “I take pride in being an innovator and pioneer in the green-building field.”
Jessica Hazan • 39 • Hamden
   What do you do when friends tell you, “I would pay you to cook for my family”? If you’re Jessica Hazan, you open up your own business called The Soup Girl and deliver homemade soups to customers near your Hamden home. Hazan’s entrepreneurial spirit came alive after she and her young family moved up from New York and she took time off from teaching to be a full-time mom—well, not quite full-time. That’s when she started making soup in large batches (roasted beet bisque has become a special favorite) and The Soup Girl was born. This month, the story grows with the opening of a retail location on Whitney Avenue in Hamden next to her sister Erica O’Brien’s cake shop.

 

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