Obituary: Donald John Jewell, 93, Beloved Husband, Town Treasure

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Feb 192017

Donald John Jewell, 93, of Orange, passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Milford Hospital.

For 66 years, he was the husband Mary Prata Jewell.

Father of Cynthia Romanoff of Orange, Donald Jewell of East Haven and the late Elaine Jewell. Also survived by his grandchildren Jeanna (Matthew) Cascella, Michael Demetrio, Gabriel and Maria Martinez and his great-grandchildren Cameron and Morgan Cascella.

The youngest of five children, he was predeceased by his siblings.

Don was born in West Haven on April 2, 1923, son of the late Andrew and Lillian Tengblad Jewell. He graduated from Hillhouse High School in 1941 and soon after enlisted in the United States Coast Guard, serving from 1942-1946.

During his time in the Coast Guard, Don assisted in rescuing 10 sailors from a torpedoed tanker. He served three years aboard the U.S.S. Rhodes DE384 as a fire controlman 2nd class. Don made fourteen crossings in the Atlantic to England, France, North Africa and Casablanca. His ship was under attack by eight German JW 88s. After the war ended, Don returned home to Connecticut and began working as an electrician at Armstrong Rubber Company in West Haven where he met his loving wife Mary.

While employed at Armstrong Rubber, Don was able to earn an Associates Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Haven. He also served in various capacities on the job including President of the Rubber Workers Union 93 and retired from Armstrong Rubber in 1981.

Don was always very active in community affairs serving as Commander of the American Legion Orange Post 127 and was a life member. He served two terms as District Commander for the New Haven County American Legion.

Don was a life member of the V.F.W. and very dedicated senior member of the Orange Democratic Town Committee. His famous quote was “I don’t always have my way, but I always have my say!”

The hours for visitation will be Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the West Haven Funeral Home at the Green.

All are invited to attend funeral services Wednesday morning at 10:00 in the Orange Congregational Church.

Interment with military honors will follow in Orange Center Cemetery.

For online condolences please visit our website at www.westhavenfuneral.com.

Coming Up At The Case Memorial Library

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Feb 192017

The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, offers the following events for tweens and adults

Battery Motor 
Tuesday, February 21, 11 a.m.
For tweens in grades 4 to 6. Learn how to make a working magnetic motor using
a battery, magnets, and copper wire. All material will be provided. Registration is required. Space is limited.

Teen Craft: Paint by Numbers
Tuesday, February 21, 2 p.m.
For students in grades 6-12. Learn how to create a paint-by-numbers style painting in this fun afternoon class. No painting experience necessary. All materials will be provided. Registration is required. Space is limited.

Art in the Library Reception
Thursday, February 23, 5-7 p.m.
In honor of the February exhibit: Watercolors and colored pencil drawings by Suzanne Wagner and mixed media by Barbara Dierolf, on view February 2-27.

The Bookcase Book Discussion Group
Thursday, February 23, 7 p.m.
Join Bookcase leader Toby Zabinski for a discussion of The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman. Inspired by the life of the woman who would become the mother of Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro, this novel offers a lush, lyrical depiction of 19th-century Jewish life in the Danish West Indies. Check for copies at the Circulation Desk.

Oscar Film: Florence Foster Jenkins
Monday, February 27, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 1, 1 p.m.

1 hr. 51 min. PG-13. The story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice.

Film Buffs: A Man Called Ove
Thursday, March 2, 7 p.m.
Ove, an ill-tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife’s grave, has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friendship develops with his boisterous new neighbors. PG-13. 1 hour 56 minutes.

Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Pre-register in person or by telephone at 203-891-2170

Animal Rescue Benefit This Saturday (Feb. 25)

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Feb 192017

The Orange  Ale House Grille and Burger Bar, 517 Boston Post Road, will host a benefit event for the Furry Friends Foster and Rescue, Inc. on Saturday, Feb. 25 beginning at 6 p.m.
WTNH 8 news anchor Laura Hutchinson will host the event and the band Rude Boy George will preform.
Admission is a $20 suggested donation, which includes food and drink specials, and 5 raffle tickets with the opportunity to purchase more.
All proceeds will benefit the rescue and funds will be used for medical care and the dogs’ training needs.

Boys Swimming and Diving: Glastonbury Bests Amity On Friday

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Feb 192017

The Amity Spartans Boys Swimming and Diving team was away at Glastonbury for a meet on Friday, Feb. 17.

The Spartans, now 7-4 for the season lost this one to Glastonbury 94-83.

Glastonbury’s winning events

200 Medley Relay: G- 1:44.14 Kevin Tierney, Dan Lee, Adam Kim, Matt Mastroianni

200 Freestyle: G- 1:50.03 Chris Walker

200 Ind. Medley: G- 2:01.21 McAllistar Milne

Dive: G- 256.25 Ethan Godfrey

100 Freestyle: G- 49.95 Chris Walker

500 Freestyle: G- 4:53.71 McAllistar Milne

200 Freestyle Relay: G- 1:32.69 Matt Mastroianni, Dan Lee, Chris Walker, McAllistar Milne

Amity’s winning events

50 Freestyle: A– 22.46 Colin Roy

100 Butterfly: A- 54.58 Kevin Yanagisawa

100 Backstroke: A- 54.70 Colin Roy

100 Breaststroke: A- 1:13.94 Raymond Lu

400 Freestyle Relay: A- 3:29.52 Sergey Savelyev, Kevin Yanagisawa, Tyler Roy, Colin Roy

Chinese New Year Celebration Planned

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Feb 192017

In 2016, the first Chinese New Year celebration was held in the town of Orange.

Last February nearly 400 members of the community came together to ring in the Year of the Monkey. Dressed in traditional Chinese garb, they gathered to watch students and adults alike perform to Chinese songs and to enjoy classic Chinese foods.

This year they will celebrate the Year of the Rooster.

The Chinese New Year Festival is the biggest celebration of the year to usher in wealth, abundance, and happiness. Lanterns and words of prosperity decorated the gym of the Community Center, giving off an authentic feel to the experience.

Organizers of the community believe that the event was the first step to promote multiculturalism in the region, so that different nationalities can learn about each other and be exposed to Asian heritage.

The night concluded with a total of 14 performances comprising of dances, songs, kungfu, and classic Chinese instrument. Performances included the artistic “Dui-Hua” dance by children of Orange’s elementary schools, powerful martial-arts exhibits by the students of the Wu Dang Kungfu Academy, gracefully choreographed pieces from the Mulan Art School and Butterfly dancing troop and the Yale Chinese Chorus.

It was a great event to celebrate Asian cultures and to bring to light the growing Asia community within Orange. According to program coordinators Zehua Xia and Ying Peng, the event was not limited only to those in Orange. “Families from all over Connecticut wanted to come. We were setting an example for many other towns, but we just didn’t have enough room to accommodate them all!”

This Saturday, Feb. 25, the second annual event will take place at the High Plains Community Center beginning at 4 p.m. The event is free but advance reservations are required — Due to its popularity, it may already be filled to capacity.

If you are interested in attending, you may take a chance and send an e-mail to ChineseOrangeCT@gmail.com.

 — By Jennifer Zhuang

Open House: 3 Bedroom Home on Hitching Post Drive Today From 1-3 p.m.

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Feb 192017

Come on out to an open house at 387 Hitching Post Drive, Orange today from 1-3 p.m.  to see this wonderful totally updated by builder features, with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths.
Refinished Hardwood floors throughout this 1,779 sqft home.
Open Island Kitchen with marble counter tops, all new stainless appliances. Kitchen is open to the dining room and living room letting lots of natural light.
Main level family room. Finished lower level with fireplace is great for a rec/play room.
New Septic Tank, Windows, Air Conditioning (2017). Roof (2014). Furnace (2012). New deck.
Close to shopping and restaurants on route 1,  I-95,  route 15 (parkways) and downtown New Haven/ Yale. Just 10 minutes away from the Milford Train Station. At only$459,000, this house is a must see.

Mountain Lion in Orange? It’s Possible

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Feb 182017

From 2012: Rounded ears, beige color, long legs … is this a mountain lion?

A resident sent us this message tonight:

“I saw what I thought was a mountain lion walk through my back yard on Howellton Road this morning around 7:30.”

Orange has seen so many different types of wildlife in the past few years, including predators like bobcats, mountain lions and fisher cats, so a report like this is not outlandish.

It is a heads-up for anyone that lets their pet (particularly cats and dogs) out to do their business on their own.

If you see a predator, please try to snap a photo that we can share on Orange Live.


Welcome to A to Z Pet Shop

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Feb 182017

One thing that the town of Orange has been missing since Statewide Pets closed its doors on Bull Hill Lane, is a pet store with cats and dogs and a wide variety of other creatures and supplies.

Welcome A to Z Pet Shop, 185 Boston Post Road in the former Weichert Realty space near the Hibachi Grill.

The new business is a family owned pet store with puppies, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, mice,  a ferret, iguanas, fish and of course all the supplies they’ll need.

Jerry and Tara Fleming of Guilford chose Orange for its need, population and business friendly atmosphere.

All of their puppies come from reputable breeders whose information is listed in plain sight in compliance with state laws.

Today, Saturday, Feb. 18, the Flemings welcome you to the store for a “soft” opening, so you can see the store, make funny faces at the sweet puppies — the Great Dane and Bull Mastiff are so adorable with their giant paws — and find the perfect harness and leash combination for your pet and maybe a toy or two.

“We pride ourselves on keeping our animals happy and healthy and providing great customer service,” Tara said.

So, stop by A to Z today (until 6 or 7 p.m.) shortened hours until the official opening.

Open House: 3 Bedroom Home on Willard Road

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Feb 182017

9f147a772df8483-n10177247Straight out of a magazine! Better than new, 2016 custom renovation to this 3 bedroom, 2 full bath, 1,307 Sq. Ft. Ranch with a lovely front porch.
One level living at it’s best. Brand new oversized 2 car garage and new asphalt driveway, newer septic and city water.
The sunny open floor plan is accented by gleaming Bamboo hardwood floors and features a casual living room, dining room and den.
A fabulous custom kitchen with granite counter tops, which will be a cooks delight! White cabinetry, center island, glass tile backsplash and brand new stainless steel finger print safe appliances.
Three main level bedrooms include an impressive Master bedroom with a walk in closet, master bath with custom tile shower with glass door and double sinks. Main level laundry.
New mechanicals include electric, plumbing and high efficiency propane furnace and water heater. Newer roof on house and brand new roof on garage. Pristine move in condition. Offered for $359,999 (reduced).
Tastefully landscaped yard with seasonal plantings. Convenient to Route 34, Merritt Parkway and I-95. Truly an outstanding home.

Open House Sunday, Feb. 19, 1-3 p.m. at 1036 Willard Road, Orange.

Obituary: Lillian Bartkow Wachuk, 102, Beloved Mother

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Feb 172017

Lillian Bartkow Wachuk, the 102 year-old widow of the late Andrew Wachuk, died peacefully at home in Orange on Feb. 11.

Born in Chester, Penn. on Oct. 17, 1914, she was the beloved daughter of Anna and Paul Bartkow.

Lillian married Andrew Wachuk in Sept. 1939 and they were married for 72 years.

Lillian graduated from Pierce Business College in Philadelphia. She was employed at M.B. Electronics and as an Executive Assistant at Armstrong Rubber Co. in New Haven. She lived in Orange for 69 years.

She had a lifelong love of music and entertained her family at the piano her entire life. Lillian was an active member of The Evangelical Baptist Church in Ansonia where she was an organist and pianist. During those years she provided music for numerous weddings, funerals and other celebrations.

Lillian is survived by 2 children, Robert & his wife Nan of Old Saybrook, CT & Kenneth & his wife Nancy of Hamden, CT., her brother Daniel Bartkow of Florida, 2 grandchildren John and Matthew & his wife Jennifer & 2 great grandchildren Will & Ollie.

Friends may call at The Jenkins King & Malerba Funeral Home, 12 Franklin St. Ansonia on Sunday, Feb. 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Funeral services will begin at 2:00 p.m. Burial will follow on Monday, graveside in Pine Grove Cemetery at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Lillian’s memory may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS. 66675.