News traveled like wildfire on Friday Night, Bridget Albert, the editor of the Orange Times had died.
Many Orange residents know her name. Bridget freelanced for Hometown Publications before I began working there nearly 20 years ago.
Soon after I became the editor of the Amity Observer, she was named the editor of the Orange Bulletin.
We were friends back then and she talked me into getting a rather large Akita-mix from the District Animal Control that was going to be put to sleep. My children and I called her Melissa.
Over the years Bridget and I had our ups and downs, about 17 years ago we had a falling out from which we never fully recovered.
I left print newspapers and joined an online group. She joined the New Haven Register.
I started my own news site, she began working as editor of the Orange Times.
It seems that we had a lot in common with this history of journalism, but the one thing that we truly had in common was a love for dogs.
Melissa tore up the molding in the cellar doorway and messed on the floor countless times, but she was a good watchdog and became a valuable member of the family — My daughter loved her more than anything.
In spite of whatever differences we may have had, when Melissa died, Bridget sent me a condolence note and I did the same when she lost one of her dogs.
She founded the Amity Animal Rescue Fund (AARF) and was an advocate for animals of all kinds — but especially dogs.
Bridget had a kind heart and when she was passionate about something she gave it her all.
My heart goes out to her partner Leslie and (of course) the dogs she left behind. I can’t imagine how empty that house must feel now.
Bridget was a big part of the town of Orange. She will be (and already is) sorely missed.