PEZ has been making its famous candy in Orange since 1974, and in December 2011 the long awaited visitor center at 35 Prindle Hill Road opened to the public.
Today, Thursday, Dec. 18, the town fulfilled its promise and PEZ Boulevard was dedicated.
Among those in attendance was Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, who was instrumental in making the Edison Road project a reality. She was a tireless advocate for the project from start to finish bringing in millions to ensure its completion.
First Selectman Jim Zeoli said the new road, which connects Prindle Hill and Marsh Hill roads and is home to PEZ, Aurora Products and Restaurant Depot, to name a few also opens up the possibility of attracting more businesses to open on the 65 additional acres to which it is connected.
Joe Vittoria, President and CEO of PEZ said the thoroughfare has brought more than 80,000 cars to the Visitor Center so far.
On December 10, 2014, Orange Police officers participated in the ‘Shop with a Cop’ program sponsored by the REACH Foundation.
Orange PD Officers Lynn Dey, Jeff Fernandes, Brian Petrucelli, Ryan DePolo, Robert Amarone, and Lt. Max Martins volunteered their time to meet with local children, have dinner with them, and then join them on a shopping trip at the Milford Target store.
The event was a huge success, and the officers had as much fun as the kids did.
Orange Live profiled the program on Dec. 9. See Story HERE.
I also want to remind you to keep your pets safe as you celebrate with all of your traditional foods and your Menorah.
Be sure to keep the sufganiyot away from your pets. If they eat them, it could lead to gastrointestinal difficulties and even pancreatitis.
Dogs and cats both can become ill or even die from eating latkes. The onions in them are toxic to animals and the fats and carbohydrates may upset your pet’s stomach.
Keep the chocolate gold coins away from your pets, too. Not only the chocolate, but the metallic foil wrappers can be dangerous if consumed.
Dreidels can be fun for children, but a curious pet, especially one that tends to eat just about anything, can suffer terribly if it consumes one of the toys and it gets stuck in the throat, behind the teeth or in its intestines.
It is traditional to let the candles of the Menorah burn out, so it would be wise to lock your pet out of the room where your Menorah is lit. To keep everyone safe, you may want to consider using battery operated candles in your Menorah.
Have a safe, happy Hanukkah.
Both Staneski and Ferraro were elected to their first term on Nov. 4 and in the days afterward they have prepared themselves for the start of the legislative session that opens on Jan. 7.
After Rep. Klarides announced to Pam and Charles their committee appointments she said, “The early work of the committee process is where our state laws are born, and it’s where legislators like Pam and Charles can provide the most positive influence for the people they serve and the state as a whole.”
Staneski was tapped to serve on the Education, Children’s and Veterans Affairs committees.
“I am looking forward to an exciting legislative session serving on both the Education and Children’s committees with a bi-partisan focus on putting forth legislation that will improve our young people’s education and protect and support our state’s most precious resource, our children,” said Staneski.
“I fought hard to get on the Veterans Affairs committee. Connecticut needs to do everything possible to make sure our state’s veterans are properly cared for and have employment opportunities when they return back to civilian life,” she said.
When he takes office, Ferraro will serve on the legislature’s Appropriations Committee, which is tasked with writing the two-year state budget.
“Analysts say we’re facing a massive budget deficit, and just before the legislative session begins we’re hearing little beyond talk about tax increases to fill the multi-billion-dollar gap,” he said. “People can’t afford tax hikes, and the legislature should explore ways to reduce government spending before digging deeper into anybody’s pocket,” said Ferraro.
Ferraro has also been tapped by House Republican Leader Themis Klarides to serve on the Public Safety and Security committee which has cognizance over all matters relating to homeland security, the Department of Public Safety, including state police, state organized task force on crime, municipal police training, fire marshals, the fire safety code and the state building code, civil preparedness and legalized gambling.
Additionally, Ferraro is being appointed to the Human Services committee which oversees all matters relating to the Department of Social Services (DSS) and the Department of Children and Families, including institutions under their jurisdiction; the Office of Child Day Care; the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities; the Commission on the Deaf and the Hearing Impaired; and the Board of Education and Services for the Blind.
“Serving on the Human Services committee gives me an inside look at the Department of Social Services which is the largest line item in Connecticut’s state budget and serves so many state residents,” he said.
These wood ornaments are made with love locally and perfectly hand painted. They were sold at the Orange Country Fair and during the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot so the availability is getting low. They are being sold for $10 each
The artist will be selling the ornaments at Stop and Shop on Old Gate Lane in Milford on Thursday, Dec. 18, from 9 a.m. until evening while they last.
Elaine B. (Leko) Mastroni, 70, of Stratford, beloved wife of Robert Mastroni, died peacefully on Friday evening surrounded by her loving family in the warm, comfortable home that she had created as the centerpiece of her family’s life.
Elaine was born in Bridgeport to the late James and Edith (Tagg) Leko. She retired from the Stratford Board of Education where she had been employed as a teacher’s aide for twenty years.
Elaine was a loving and devoted wife, mother and “Grammy”. Her family’s happiness was what mattered most to her. They were her pride and joy and her legacy and traditions will endure.
Survivors in addition to her husband include her four loving children and five cherished grandchildren. Rob Mastroni of Black Rock, Amie and David Link and their daughter, Ava, of Sandy Hook, Melanie and Thomas Saxa and their children, Macy and Thomas, of Orange and Meredith Mallon and her sons, Liam and Emmett, of Stratford; two brothers, James Leko and his wife, Stephanie of Stratford and John Leko and his wife, Judy, of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call on Wednesday from 4 to 8 pm at the Pistey Funeral Home, 2155 Main Street, Stratford.
Friends are invited to attend the funeral on Thursday, December 17, 2014 at 10 am DIRECTLY at Our Lady of Peace Church with a Mass of Christian Burial officiated by Reverend Nicholas Pavia. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Elaine Mastroni Scholarship Fund c/o People’s Bank, 2772 Main St., Stratford, CT 06615.
Please visit www.pisteyfuneralhome.com to share memories or to leave condolences online.
Congratulations on a phenomenal job girls! All your hard work paid off.
Hats off the coaches for your fine leadership and to the parents for your unwavering support.