Hot Moms and Dads Charity Ballgame Benefits AARF

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Sep 072016

img_9487Attorney Debra B. Marino hosted the second annual Orange Hot Moms Charity Softball Event at Old Tavern Park on Friday September 2.

This year, proceeds from the sales of snacks, baked goods, pizza and monetary donations benefit the Amity Animal Rescue Fund (AARF).

Spectators were surprised at the beginning of the game at 6 p.m., when the teams took the field and not only were there women on the field, but they also were joined by a dozen or so men.

Marino explained, “A few days before the game the opposing team decided to drop out of the event. In order to make sure the event was not impacted, my team and I decided to bring the dads in,” she said. “The guys were wonderful. We split into two co-ed teams. Red and green. We had the best time ever. Such camaraderie. The Red team won but we were all winners in my book.”

After the game Marino welcomed both teams to her house for a party.

Thanks to supporters at the game, the organization raised $900 for AARF.

Anyone interested in being part of the Orange Hot Moms Charity Organization may contact Deb Marino at Dmarinolaw@yahoo.com.

Obituary: Bridget Albert, 62, Spouse of Lesley Giovanelli, Journalist, Animal Advocate

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Mar 242014

Screen shot 2014-03-24 at 4.49.21 PMBridget Albert, 62, of Orange entered into rest suddenly on March 21, 2014. She was the spouse of Lesley Giovanelli, and the daughter of Rowena O’Sadnick and Lewis Albert.

Born in Illinois, Bridget settled in Orange in 1989. She was an extremely active member of the community and deeply involved in animal welfare.

She and Lesley founded the volunteer group for the local regional animal shelter. She was a founding member of AARF. Bridget was committed to animal welfare. Any stray dog or injured animal had a loving second chance if found by Bridget.

She began her journalism career with the Naugatuck Daily News, then moved to editor of The Bulletin where she was happy and at her best covering the news for Orange, Woodbridge and Bethany. At the time of her death, Bridget was the editor of the Orange Times.

In addition to her spouse Lesley, Bridget leaves her aunt, Nancy A. Porter, uncle, Thomas O’Sadnick, cousins, Jack and James Porter, father in law, Louis Giovanelli, sister-in-law Karen and brother-in-law Albert deCant.

Friends may visit the West Haven Funeral Home at the green on Saturday March 29 from 11 to 1 pm. At 1 pm, remembrances will be shared at the funeral home. A reception will follow at Orange Hills Country Club. Donations may be made to AARF (Amity Animal Rescue Fund) PO Box 1042 Orange, CT 06477 or to a favorite animal welfare organization

Saying Goodbye To Bridget Albert, Journalist, Animal Advocate

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Mar 222014

Bridget Albert

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.

Our one consolation

Our one consolation

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.