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Meet Lou Paternoster, Board of Education Member

If you haven't met Lou Paternoster, you've at least seen him around town at one point or another. Read on to see why he's everywhere.

“I’m a jack of all trades and a master of none,” laughed Lou Paternoster and who could describe Paternoster better than the man himself? The long-time North Branford resident has made it a point to apply himself in as many facets around town as possible in order to give back to the town where he raised his three children.

Paternoster gave Patch a glimpse at what a day in his life is like and how he came to be a staple of the town.

North Branford Patch:
What is a day in the life of like?

Lou Paternoster: I coach the 6th- and 8th-grade girls' travel basketball teams, I’m a referee for youth baseball, I umpire Little League, I coach girls' soccer and I help coach middle school girls' basketball team. Sports keep me occupied year-round, that’s what keeps the busiest.

I was also recently . I go to those meetings and I’m also on five subcommittees: the Permanent Project Building Committee, the Communication Committee, the Curriculum Committee, the Transportation Committee and the Pension Committee.

North Branford Patch: As packed as that seems, you’re involved in yet more activities?

Paternoster: I’m a justice of the peace, I can marry people. It was a nominated position, someone asked me to do it and I volunteered. I help out with the . I wouldn’t say that I help put it together or anything, but I volunteered to park cars.

I help out with , it has always been part of year to year. This year we crated a new aspect to it and that was the battle of the schools. We raised around $550 and three out of four schools were represented. There’s a plaque the school can win and it will rotate from school to school like the Stanley Cup. Hopefully it will grow.

I helped get the raffle prizes and the referees to donate their time. It’s a four-day event so we had to have referees for that whole time and I refereed as well.

North Branford Patch: What sparked your desire to become a part of the Board of Education?

Paternoster: I basically just wanted to make sure the people in town had a voice and to make sure the people were heard. My kids are older so I felt it was important for someone with no agenda and nothing to gain by it to step up. I didn’t have anything in mind I wanted to change, I was just looking to commit myself to whatever benefits the town. Ultimately, I wanted to give back. I’ve been here for 25 years and I’ve always been very happy with the .

North Branford Patch: How do you keep yourself organized?

Paternoster: I have a Blackberry where I get all my emails, I have two calendars on there. The most important thing is that I don’t delay in getting anything done now. I stay on top of everything. Responding to things on a timely basis keeps you out of trouble. I don’t let anything fall through the cracks. If you send me an email, you get a response maybe in an hour. I want people to treat me like I treat them and if I don’t return your call, then why would I expect you to return mine? That’s how I treat life, I treat people exactly the way I’d like to be treated.  

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