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2020 Bright Lights

From the pandemic to BLM, Lauren Gee stood for the afflicted

From the pandemic to BLM, Lauren Gee stood for the afflicted

She has been at the forefront of the pandemic as a funeral director, and of the Black Lives Matter movement, driving a hearse with the name of Black victims of police brutality.

GALLERIES: 2020 Bright Lights

Personal care assistant at L+M a role model for patients, peers alike

Donna Whitehouse dreams of the day she can once again 'sit on the edge of someone’s bed and simply talk to them.'

Chelsea Groton loan officer helped nearly 100 businesses get PPP loans

Some of the businesses Rich Balestracci helped obtain forgivable loans included Bank Square Books, New England Science and Sailing, and Sea Well Seafood.

'Black Lives Matter': How a New London woman found her voice as an activist

Alexis Thornton never pictured herself being an activist, let alone leading crowds of protesters through the streets of her hometown. But living through the year 2020 changed everything.

Student and EMT thrives in unfamiliar circumstances

Sydney Bryan, 23, has been working on the front lines throughout the pandemic.

Front-line workers shine at New London's Homeless Hospitality Center

In the year of plague, front-line workers at homeless shelters are perhaps overlooked in the crucial and dangerous work they do.

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