Apr 142014

IMG_0008Two longtime supporters of the University of New Haven were celebrated Friday at 5 p.m. when UNH’s newly opened Orange Campus complex was named in their honor at a ceremony hosted by the UNH Board of Governors.

The complex of three buildings, which opened in January, will be named the Bergami and Pompea Graduate Center in honor of Samuel S. Bergami, Jr. ’85 EMBA and his wife, Lois, and Charles E. Pompea ’71, ’90 EMBA and his wife, Tamera.

The Bergamis and the Pompeas made significant contributions to the university to permit the purchase of the campus, which is located at the former Hubbell Electronics headquarters. Both families are among the most generous donors and ardent supporters of the university.

Located on 47 rural acres, the campus in Orange is used by the College of Business for its MBA and EMBA programs. The university’s master’s degree in sports management program, the College of Lifelong & eLearning, several graduate programs in engineering and the Center for Family Business also are located at the Orange facility. Plans call for other graduate programs to eventually be located on the campus.

“The University is grateful to the Bergamis and Pompeas for their generous support,” said President Steven H. Kaplan. “They have embraced our mission and are committed to helping the University of New Haven become a national leader in higher education.”

Bergami has spent nearly 50 years at Alinabal, Inc., moving up the ranks from a tool and die apprentice to president and CEO and co-owner of the company, which employs 400 people.

Pompea spent nearly 20 years at Primary Steel, which he purchased in 1993 and grew into a $600 million company. He is now the owner of the Springfield Falcons, a Massachusetts-based American Hockey League team.

Both the Bergami and Pompea families were significant donors to the construction of two of the university’s signature buildings, the Beckerman Recreation Center and the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science.

Additionally, the Bergamis funded the construction of the Samuel S. Bergami Jr. Learning Center for Finance and Technology in Maxcy Hall and the university’s purchase of what is now Bergami Hall on the Boston Post Road. The Pompeas have funded renovations of a number of significant campus facilities and many other important initiatives.

Bergami was chair of the university’s Board of Governors from 2006 to 2012.Pompea previously served as vice chair of the board and is now an emeritus member.

UNH has invested more than $9 million in the Bergami and Pompea Graduate Center, including purchasing the property for $3.1 million and renovating and equipping it. Built in 1960 for Associated Seed Growers, it was sold to Hubbell in 1971.  Hubbell expanded the building in 1973 and 1985.  The building now has about 77,000 square feet.

The Orange campus has 12 classrooms ranging in capacity from 16 to 40 seats, an 88-seat cafeteria, offices for faculty and staff, a computer lab and six breakout spaces for student use. The campus is at 25 percent capacity now, and it is anticipated that eventually it will serve 220 students and staff during days and evenings.

Apr 132014

enchanted gardensThe purple building at the corner of Orange Center Road and Derby Ave. is a landmark.

Enchanted Gardens and Ponds has been serving customers since 2000. The store sells everything you need to build your own water gardens and more but now, sadly, it’s over.

A big “For Sale” sign has been on the front grass strip for weeks and this week customers are coming from everywhere to take advantage of the going out of business sale.

This is most likely another casualty of a small business having to compete with the big box stores.

Whomever buys the building most likely will paint over the familiar purple exterior and people will have to say something  other than “turn at the purple building” when giving directions.



Apr 072014

Kennedy Drive RentalLooking for a rental home in Orange? Something close to major roadways? This one may be perfect for you and your family.

Here is a well kept 4 bedroom 3.5 bath, 3,987 square foot Tudor Style home at 143 Kennedy Drive.

Nice large level yard, deck, large eat in kitchen Conveniently located near Rt 15, RT 34, RT 1, minutes to Yale and New Haven.

Pets might be ok. Credit check/security required,

Monthly Rent $3,200

Brokered by Weichert Realtors Regional Properties

Listing agent Audra DiGello 203-795-2394

Tell her you saw it on Orange CT Live


Apr 072014

sold_sign_400Town Clerk Patrick O’Sullivan released this (short) list of property transfers filed in Town Hall last week.

11 Conhurst Drive, North Haven, $150,000, Paul Moscato to Mark D. Stevens, filed on March 31.  (a real estate agent informs us that the Orange address is 827 Grassy Hill Road)

42 Williamsburg Drive, $320,000, Sarah G. Rubin Est. to Andrew T. Dows and Alicia Little, filed on April 2.

Apr 012014

-home-for-sale-sold-sign.167190117_stdTown Clerk Patrick O’Sullivan released this list of property transfers filed with his office between March 21 and March 31.

829 Bayberry Lane, $385,000, Judith Smith to Keith Bodie, filed on March 21.

496 Derby Milford Road, $338,000, Bruce Harvey to Andrew Sauer, filed on March 25.

277 Great Oak Road, $365,000, Teresa Nusdeo Trust to Barbara Welker, filed on March 26.

11 Farm Meadow Road (East Haven), $175,000, Anthony Ferraro to PDD123 LLC ℅ Peter Spambanato, filed on March 27.

Mar 302014
145 Cummings Drive, Orange

145 Cummings Drive, Orange

For Sale: 145 Cummings Drive, Orange

Location!! Fantastic, updated family home with flexible floor plan. Perfect for extended family or au-pair. Updated kitchen, bathrooms. Multi-zone heating Spacious grounds w Tennis Court/Half-Pipe/Bball. Convenient to major highways/Racebrook Country Club.

3,078 sq ft home on .79 acres. 5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms

Offered for $479,900

Call William Raveis Real Estate 888-699-8876

Mar 242014

sold_signTown Clerk Patrick O’Sullivan released this list of the latest property transfers in Orange.

These four homes sold between March 14 – 21.

933 Patricia Court, $720,000, Edward Fedor to Shelley Goodstine and Jose Gomez, filed on March 17.

434 Old Tavern Road, $350,000, Sarah Monck to Connor Monck, filed on March 18.

722 North Greenbrier Drive, $285,000, Xuchen Zhang to Chi Liu, filed on March 19.

913 Green Circe, $$375,000, Thomas Macre to John Soto, filed on March 19.

Mar 202014

l33306844-m0xSTOP Looking! Custom Colonial located on Cul-De-Sac in Private Broadview Subdivision.

Grand 2 Story Entry Foyer, Architectural Windows, Gourmet eat in kitchen w/ Granite countertops, Pantry & High End appliances w/ Slider to 2 Tier Deck w/ Jacuzzi Tub , Open fireplace, livingroom w/ fireplace, dining room  w/ Crown Molds & Chair Rail, Den, 3-4Bed, 3 Full Baths, Master Suite.

Finished Media Room in lower level, Bonus Room, Pocket & French Solid  Core Doors, hard wood floors, 2 Car Garage, CAIR, City Water, Private Location, Walk to Trails & Golf Course.

All the Bells & Whistles. Seeing is Believing!

Request a private showing with Charles Kroopneck. Call 203-668-4954.

Move in condition 2,712 Sq Ft home on 1.81 acres. Offered for $559,500.

Elementary School: Turkey Hill

Middle School: Amity

High School: Amity

Mar 192014
A look at the Feb. 25 public meeting.

A look at the Feb. 25 public meeting.

Recently, residents were asked to give their input on how they see the Town of Orange and what, if anything, they would like to change.

Among the desired changes were sidewalks and bike paths in certain areas of town, planting trees along some roads to help slow traffic, underground utilities, public water and natural gas hook ups.

Following are the documents prepared by Planimetrics.

01 Primer

02 Conditions And Trends

03 Scoping Summary

Mar 172014

SOLD SIGNTwo recent property transfers were filed at Town Hall, including the Orange Medical Center, which has been vacant for several years.

404 Cold Spring Lane, Richard T. Wright to Francis Gormley Jr., $315,000, filed on March 5.

339 Boston Post Road, Orange Medical Center LLC to Three Hundred Thirty Nine BPR Associates, $1,450,000, filed on March 6.

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