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After so many years of reporting, Ann ended her career as managing editor of the Middletown Press. Matt DeRienzo, editor of the Register and its sister papers in Connecticut, promoted her to the job.

Ann usually was working on four or five stories at any given time. Which ones would she file today? She'd let you know later.

Ann Denise DeMatteo, who died Sunday, was born Oct. 5, 1956, in New Haven, daughter of Ann Silvestro DeMatteo and the late Joseph G. DeMatteo Jr. She battled the disease until the end, causing a nurse to say, "Ann has set the new standard of fighting."

were always close her mother, her brother, her beloved niece and nephew.

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"This might sound odd, but I will also miss the way that Ann complained about having too much to do, or complained about how we didn't have our act together in relation to this or that aspect of the newsroom. The underlying joy and passion she had for her job even when she was complaining would always leave me bemused and appreciative."

"She was the very first friend I made, as she was the contestant recruiter at the time. My first experience wasn't exactly fun, as I had laryngitis and didn't have a clue as to what I was getting myself into.

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Nobody could stop Ann DeMatteo. Only cancer could.

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always had something to give everyone.

Register City Editor Helen Bennett Harvey said, "Ann always had too much to do. She would come into the newsroom laden down with bags and if you were to ask her what was on her plate, watch out as the list would be endless. Meetings, stories, pageants, dates, glamor, were all part of her life.

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The line in the newsroom was "Ann knows everybody." She sure seemed to, and she had many of their phone numbers memorized.

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"I have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for Ann DeMatteo," Freda said. "I always found her to be very insightful in terms of the political world." Freda, who said he had both a professional and personal relationship with Ann, said, "If she had to write the tough story, she would do it and I admired that."

Martha Price, the current Miss Wethersfield, remembered meeting Ann at her first pageant.

"But, in the end, no matter how much we fought, how much she yelled at me, the story would be done in time for the next day's newspaper.

Ann's last newspaper stop was as managing editor of the Middletown Press, but her journalistic legacy will be her 34 years as a beat reporter for the New Haven Register, covering Hamden, North Haven and a few other towns briefly for good measure.

Few people in the Register newsroom have Ann's longevity, and they relied on her institutional memory, which was monumental. And when new reporters started, Ann was the one to show them the ropes, give them the inside scoop, make them feel a part of the Register family.

"Ann has never been just a reporter," said Mayor Scott Jackson of Hamden, Ann's hometown. "She has been a part of this community and one who has been tasked with chronicling its ups and its downs. She was a friend to all of us and there is never going to be another Ann DeMatteo."

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the area she covered, knew more about the issues than Ann DeMatteo. And no other reporter of the hundreds that I've supervised had the combination of toughness and compassion that she, to this day, still has.

"She knew everybody, every side of every issue," Carusone said. "When she wrote anything down it was never ever criticized."

Speaking of friendships, Ann has sisters across the country, members of the Omega Phi Alpha service sorority, which she joined at the University of Bridgeport. One of those sisters, Judy Grella Acosta, remembered mentioned Ann's "insatiable love for life, people, and service. Ann will always be one of my forever friends."

Former Mayor John Carusone, who served from 1987 to 1991, said Ann was "real Hamden" and "the best reporter the New Haven Register ever had."

Register Managing Editor Mark Brackenbury worked with Ann for 26 years and covered Hamden with her for two years. "Ann was truly unique. I've never met anyone who touched more people in a positive way," he said. "While Ann wrote lots of big impact stories, she appreciated more than any other reporter the importance of those hundreds of smaller stories that help define a community. No one told those stories better than Ann. It was a privilege to work with her, to learn from her and to have her as a friend."

Whether on the job or not, Ann was always moving, covering the Legislative Council or running to a board meeting of the Miss Connecticut Scholarship Organization. Despite occasional ribbing from her newsroom colleagues, Ann dedicated years to mentoring young women. "Ann always looks like she should have a crown on her head," said Mheegan Rollins, Register assistant news editor.

Jack Kramer, former editor of the Register, knew Ann since they both attended the University of Bridgeport.

"But Ann also always had time to give a shoulder rub too. Her hands were strong and heavenly and I was one of the lucky ones, as she always knew just when I needed one. The fact was that for all she had to do all the time, Ann Nike Jacket Green And White

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She wrote for her readers and gave them what they wanted: the comings and goings, the ins and outs of their town. Her favorite meeting to cover: Planning and Zoning. She called herself "an educator of the public."

"I was excited last summer to put Ann in charge of her own newsroom. She had a knack for pulling up a chair and drilling down into a reporter's work, providing thorough, sometimes brutal feedback, but in a cheerful, encouraging way, at the same time pulling no punches. That's a unique, valuable skill in an editor.

"In the end what she gave so many of us also was an example of true grace under fire. Cancer took Ann's body but it did not take the beauty and love that emanated from within her. And we loved her right back."

"But Ann was so kind, encouraging me to do my best and keep going. . Without her, I would have thrown in the towel and missed out on countless rewarding experiences, opportunities, and friendships!"

"From the days 40 years ago when I was an editor at our college newspaper and she was a reporter to August of 2011, Ann and I have worked together. She always drove me crazy missing deadlines, talking on two or three phones at the same time, telling me to go to hell when I asked her when her story would be done.

´╗┐Ann DeMatteo remembered as an inspiration

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