Dine Out And Help The BOW Relay For Life

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Feb 252020

The American Cancer Society will host a fundraiser today, Feb. 25 from 4 to 10 p.m. at all Connecticut Five Guys locations.

Have dinner and Five Guys will donate 20% of your purchase to the Relay For Life.

This is a simple way to support the cancer organization. You don’t have to cook, and the American Cancer Society benefits.

New “Hot Yoga” to Open in Orange

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Feb 242020


Compass Yoga Studio is Orange’s new hot yoga studio located right on the Post Road in the heart of town.

Their mission is to have their students find themselves through the practice of yoga by making it fun and accessible to all. Compass offers many different styles of yoga classes but at its core, it wants students to feel the empowerment of nailing a posture while training the mind, body and spirit to be more intentional in our daily lives.

Interested students should check out the website at www.compassyoga.org for class descriptions, schedules, and special events. The staff looks forward to meeting you on the mat.

Join Compass at 391 Boston Post Road.


Obituary: Leo “Lee” Liberman, 96, Beloved Father of Laurie Becker, WWII Veteran

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Feb 232020

Leo “Lee” Liberman age 96 of Tower Lane, New Haven, passed away with his family by his side on Feb. 21, 2020.

Devoted husband of 75 years to Lillian (Estren) Liberman, married on Feb. 27, 1944.

Born in Springfield, Ma on Sept. 12, 1923, he was the son of the late Jacob and Rebecca Liberman.

Devoted Father of Anita Silver of Berlin, Kathi Liberman of Rocky Hill, and Laurie Becker (Benny) of Orange. Cherished grandfather of Jennifer Cavey (Joseph), Brian Silver (Rebecca), Maggie Becker, Timothy Becker (fiancé Elise Bitterman). Treasured great-grandfather of Ryan, Matthew, Libby and William. Predeceased by his sister Tessie Sadowsky and brother Joseph Liberman.

Lee fought in WWII in the Battle of the Bulge. He was past president of The Orchard St. Shul and Adas Israel Assoc. An active member of the Knights of Pythias, Westville Synagogue, Jewish Historical Society, Hebrew Free Loan and Burial Assoc., Armdi and NALU.

Lee volunteered for more than 25 years at St. Raphael’s heart unit and was instrumental in starting their Take Heart Program. He also worked for Metropolitan Insurance for over 40 years.

Funeral Services were on Sunday, Feb. 23.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Beth Israel Synagogue (The Orchard St. Shul) at 232 Orchard St., New Haven. To sign an online registry book or to leave a message of condolence, visit: www.shurefuneralhome.com.

Obituary: William “Billy” John Day, Jr. 63, Beloved Brother, Avid Golfer

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Feb 232020

William John Day, Jr., 63, of Orange, passed away on February 18, 2020. Billy was born on January 21, 1957 in New Haven, CT to the late William and Emma (Struwas) Day.

Billy graduated from Amity High School with the Class of 1975 and went on to attend Southern Connecticut State University where he was selected to play on the Division II All American Golf Team. He was a former member of Race Brook Country Club in Orange and both a member and a manager at Highland Golf Club in Shelton.

Billy was an amazingly talented golfer with a long amateur career, during which he won countless tournaments and was a highly regarded competitor. Additionally, his encyclopedic memory of the game, its history, and players was legendary. Because of this, many presumed golf was his greatest talent, but Billy’s true gift was people.

Billy was a great friend who was loved by many. He respected all, and impacted everyone he met. Billy will be remembered for his gregarious personality, friendly demeanor, and unique smile. He will be truly missed.

Billy is survived by his sister, Dr. Sharon Day and her husband, Dr. Kevin Crutchfield of Potomac, Maryland; his niece Emma and nephews, Bryan, and Andrew.

Friends and family may call from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2020 at CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT. In addition, there will be a gathering to remember Billy at Highland Golf Club, 261 Wooster St., Shelton, CT, on Saturday, February 29, 2020 anytime between 12-2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of “Billy Day” to the Widdy Neale scholarship fund through the Connecticut State Golf Association, online at CSGAlinks.org or by mail to CSGA, 35 Cold Spring Road, Suite 212, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.

To leave online condolences, visit https://www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Obituary: William Luciano, 79, Beloved Father, Brother, Veteran

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Feb 232020

William “Bill” Luciano, 79, of Orange and formerly of Milford, passed away peacefully at Bridgeport Hospital (Milford Campus) on Sunday, February 16, 2020, surrounded by his family.

Born on December 25, 1940 in Bridgeport, he was the son of the late William and Dorothy (Capozzi) Luciano. In addition to his parents, he was also predeceased by his beloved wife and best friend of over 21 years, Alberta Dzubin Luciano; and a stepdaughter, Dawn Marie Scharf.

A 1958 graduate of Stratford High School, Bill served in the U.S. Army in the 101st Airborne. After his discharge from the Army, he was employed by Coulter-McKenzie Mfg. for many years. Prior to his retirement, he worked as a security guard for Conyers Farm/Securitas of Greenwich for more than 17 years. Bill loved food, watching movies, listening to 70’s music, and spending time with his family, especially with his three step-great-grandchildren who were the shining lights of his life.

Bill is survived by his son, William Luciano. In addition to his son, he is also survived by his two sisters, Barbara (Donald) Butterworth of Stratford and Elaine (Ralph) Esposito of Southbury; two stepdaughters, Doreen (Tom) Van Horn and Faye (Dave) Marklinsky; step-granddaughter, Sarah (Richard) Catenza and their three children, all of Hamden. He also leaves behind brother-in-law, Leroy Dzubin of Wallingford; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews whom he adored.

Family and friends are invited to gather on Friday, February 28, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a Memorial Service at 12:30 p.m. at the CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT. Burial with military honors will immediately follow at St. Michael’s Cemetery, 2205 Stratford Ave., Stratford, CT.

To leave online condolences, visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Open House: 3 Bedroom Ranch With City Water

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Feb 232020

Stop by 502 Grassy Hill Road, Orange, today, between 1-3 p.m. and let Sophia Messore show you this beautifully maintained 1,300 sqft ranch with many updates and move in condition.

Easy one level living. Features living room with fireplace, formal dining room, eat in kitchen and sparkling wood floors throughout. Lots of sunshine and natural light.

Three nice size bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, enclosed porch, walk up attic with expansion possibilities, full basement with fireplace and 2 car garage, Owner has replaced the septic system, connected to city water, has newer windows and the roof also was replaced.

Situated on level private wooded lot. Enjoy all Orange has to offer and Award Winning Schools. Sale is subject to the Seller’s Lender’s approval.

Offered for $298,000.

Cancer Society Seeks Teams For BOW Relay For Life

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Feb 232020

The American Cancer Society (ACS) is asking community members to be part of the world’s largest peer-to-peer fundraising event to save lives from cancer by participating in the 26th annual Relay for Life of Bethany-Orange-0Woodbridge at the Orange Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 16.

The Relay For Life movement unites 2.5 million participants globally to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a cancer-free world.

“We Relay because it’s fun to walk with friends and make a difference. The Luminaria Ceremony, where we honor and remember those touched by cancer, is so special,” said high school student Ivy Zheng.

Relay planning meetings take place at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. This year’s theme is “Celebrate Hope.” Teams re encouraged to select any holiday and plan their camp sight decorations and fundraisers around it. Cancer survivors, fighters, and caregivers are invited to register online at RelayForLife.org/BOWCT or contact ACS at 1-800-227-2345.

Founded by Dr. Gordy Klatt in Tacoma, Washington in 1985 Relay for Life events around the world have raised nearly $6.5 billion to help ACS attack cancer. Funds raised help ACS fund and conduct breakthrough research and give cancer patients and their families the resources they need, like free rides to chemo, free places to stay near hospitals, and a live 24/7 helpline for answers and support.

Last year more than 500 participants, local cancer survivors, and community sponsors raised $70,147 to help ACS fight cancer on every front. the event is free and open to the public.

Together we are attacking cancer in our community. No one walks alone. We would love for you to join us,” said event co-chairman Lynn Plaskowitz.

To learn more about Relay  For Life visit RelayForLife.org.

















Reserve Your Space Now For Meat-O Event

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Feb 232020

Come to the Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary’s Second Annual St. Patrick’s Day Meat-O at the Orange Center Fire House, 625 Orange Center Road, on Saturday, March 7, beginning at 6 p.m.

A complementary light meal will be provided, but you can bring snacks (please no alcohol).

Each round will be played with a set of 3 playing cards for a specific prize which will be announced before each round.  When all 3 of your cards are called, yell MEAT-O to win that prize!

Prizes may include corned beef, fresh kielbasa dinners, gift cards, etc.

Admission is $5 per person to reserve your seat in advance, $8 at the door, walk-ins are accepted based on availability (Does not include game cards which must be purchased before each round).

Reservations in advance must be received by Tuesday, March 3.

Mail check to:

OVFD Auxiliary

c/o Victoria Arms

36 Winter St, Ansonia CT 06401

You also may send payment by PayPal to equus1095@hotmail.com  or Venmo (Jillian-Gagel) 

(make note of Meat-o and number attending)

Any questions may be directed to Victoria Arms at OVFDAuxiliary@hotmail.com

Or call/text 203-915-4822

All proceeds benefit the Orange Volunteer Fire Department

Orange Board of Education Member Challenging Klarides

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Feb 222020

Mary Welander of Orange officially launched her candidacy on Saturday for State Representative in the 114th House District, serving the towns of Derby, Orange and Woodbridge. Mary enters the race with the goal of representing and fighting for comprehensive educational opportunities for our children, advancement for families, and stronger support for seniors in the district.

“For too long we have been waiting for someone to put our needs and priorities first, and it hasn’t happened,” said Welander. “Opportunities have been missed, families are being left behind, and people aren’t being helped. And that is what this is all about: helping people. It’s not about building up a name for yourself; it’s about building up our communities. The truth is that things aren’t going to get better for the everyday families in our communities until we have more people from those families involved in making the decisions that affect our everyday lives. We feel the effects; we should be part of the conversation.”

“Mary Welander is a dedicated community advocate who is committed to addressing the challenging issues in education, economic improvement, the environment, and a better quality of life for all our citizens.” said Paul Davis, former State Representative and Selectman, and current member of the Amity Board of Education. “Mary’s focus is on people, not politics.”

“Mary understands what our community is facing and is ready to work so that our families have the best chance for success in their futures,” said Beth Heller, First Selectwoman of Woodbridge. “Her commitment to our towns and real-life problem solving is clear and we look forward to Mary truly representing Woodbridge in Hartford.”

Mary is a member of the Orange Board of Education and currently serves as the Vice Chair of both the Finance and Personnel, Policy, and Transportation subcommittees. She is also Co-President of the Race Brook School PTA. Mary is an Ambassador for Connecticut for Sandy Hook Promise and regularly promotes education-based, common sense solutions for gun violence prevention programs both within the state and through bi-partisan outreach trips to Washington, DC. Mary has recently joined the team of Pirie Associates, an architecture, landscape, and interior design firm in New Haven committed to sustainable and equitable built environments.

Marc Garofalo, former Mayor of Derby, said, “Mary shows true commitment to bipartisan problem solving every day with her work on the Orange Board of Education. She has dedicated herself to making better futures for families in her town and I know she will do the same for the families of Derby.”

Mary and her husband Matt (a college professor, small business owner, and volunteer Scout leader), live in Orange with their three children and their dog, Bauer. These days Mary is often found at High Plains Community Center and other various pools cheering on their daughter and the rest of the ARAC Swim Team, or attending meetings for Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, or other various organizations she and her family are part of.

“My dedication to the Orange Board of Education will not change; serving on the board and working in a bi-partisan way to help our children is a huge honor for me,” Welander said. “My commitment to all of our towns hasn’t wavered, in fact it has grown. This district, my neighbors, our schools, and our state deserve someone who will do the work and fight for them. Problems aren’t solved by pointing fingers and I am tired of hearing the same arguments while nothing changes and families continue to struggle. Orange, Derby, and Woodbridge deserve more. I hope I can earn their trust and support.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about Mary or her candidacy for State Representative can visit www.welanderforct.com or @welanderforct on Facebook.


Boys Swimming: Amity Defeats Fitch Co-Op

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Feb 222020

The Amity Boys Swim Team was on the road in Groton for a meet against Fitch Co-Op on Friday

Amity (7-5) outscored Fitch 94-71.
Amity’s winning events:
200 Medley Relay A 1:46.08 Seamus Hennessey, Brodey Lu, Kevin Sweeney, Tyler Roy
200 Free A 1:54.17 Mark Platonov
500 Free A 5:07.87 Mark Platonov
200 Free Relay A 1:37.47 Nic Robinson, Raymond Lu, Mark Platonov, Kevin Sweeney
100 Back A 59.48 Seamus Hennessy
Fitch’s winning events:
200 IM F 2:06.64 Alex Doerwaldt
50 Free F 23.61 Michael Urgo
100 Fly F 57.47 Michael Urgo
100 Free F 52.75 AJ Murko 
100 Breast F 1:04.55 Alex Doerwaldt 
400 Free Relay F 3:35.12 Michael Urgo, Oliver Guijarro-Sines, AJ Murko, Alex Doerwaldt