Obituary: Gloria M. McMullen, 90, Beloved Mother of William J. McMullen, Jr.

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Feb 052015

Screen Shot 2015-02-08 at 8.31.46 PMGloria M. McMullen, 90, of Milford, beloved wife of the late William J. McMullen, Sr., passed away on February 3, 2015.

Gloria is survived by her children Pamela M. Amendola (David) of Milford, William J. McMullen, Jr. of Orange, Frances E. McMullen of Branford, and Mary M. McMullen Jones (Wendell C.) of New Haven.

Friends and family may call on Friday, February 6 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad St, Milford, CT 06460.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Agnes Church, 400 Merwin Ave., Milford, CT 06460.

Interment will follow at St. Mary Cemetery, Milford, CT.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Gloria’s name to the Beth El Shelter, 90 New Haven Ave., Milford, CT 06460 or the Milford Senior Center, 9 Jepsen Drive, Milford, CT 06460.

To leave online condolences and to read the full obituary, please visit our website at www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Boys & Girls Village Celebrates 2014 Graduation and Awards Ceremony

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Jul 082014

Boys & Girls Village (BGV) Vice President of Educational & Vocational Services Jon Oddo and Michael E. Duane, Jr., BGV alumnus and graduation guest speaker.

Boys & Girls Village (BGV) Vice President of Educational & Vocational Services Jon Oddo and Michael E. Duane, Jr., BGV alumnus and graduation guest speaker.

Boys & Girls Village (BGV) recently honored the achievements of its graduating students at a ceremony at its Milford Campus on June 20. The celebration recognized students who will be advancing to new programs and higher grade levels, as well as students whose progress has led to them continuing their studies at schools in their communities.

There were 57 students participating in this year’s graduation along with family members and friends. Jon Oddo, BGV’s Vice President of Educational & Vocational Services, welcomed all in attendance with an opening address. Following his welcome, Willie, a student from West Haven, led the audience in the pledge of allegiance, and students from Ms. Steele’s music class performed for the audience.

“We are proud of the academic growth that our students have achieved this year,” said BGV President and CEO Dr. Steven M. Kant. “They have made great progress in strengthening their social skills, working together and becoming contributing members of our community.”

“All of the staff and faculty at Boys & Girls Village couldn’t be more proud, and we wish each of our students the very best for the future,” added Kant.

Michael E. Duane, Jr., a former resident of Boys & Girls Village, served as keynote speaker at the graduation. Michael is now a principal/partner of a Wallingford architectural firm and is completing his architectural license requirements. Michael recalled the friendships and memories made while he was at the Milford Campus, and talked about the tools that Boys & Girls Village gave him to succeed.

“Work hard and don’t ever give up,” said Duane. “You will fail. I have and that’s okay. But, don’t ever give up.”

To bring the ceremony to a close, 60 awards and special recognitions were presented to students who excelled in subject areas. Following the conclusion of the graduation ceremony, members of the staff, faculty and Board of Directors hosted and served an outdoor barbeque for students and their families.

Milford Police Release Report Regarding the Activity in Orange April 14.

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May 152014

securedownloadThe Milford Police Department released the following information regarding an incident that brought them to Orange on Wednesday afternoon.

According to the report, police received a complaint regarding a welfare check of a  person who was possibly having a medical episode inside a parked vehicle in the  Barnes & Noble parking lot, 1375 Boston Post Road on April 14 at 1 p.m.

When officers arrived they met with the driver, Susan Highland, 59, of an uncertain address.

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cropped version of the original photo.

As one of the officers was standing at the rear of the vehicle, Highland reportedly accelerated in a reckless manner, almost striking the officer, and then she fled the area.

The report stated that Police stopped the vehicle at the Intersection of Boston Post Road and Peck Lane where Highland was taken into custody. The photo of the incident, which, by then included about 9 police cruisers  — from Milford and Orange, shows the traffic stop was actually on Lambert Road in Orange. 

Further investigation revealed that the vehicle was reported stolen in Biddeford, Maine.

A computer check revealed that Highland had a suspended driver’s license.

Highland ws charged with criminal attempt to assault a police officer, criminal attempt to commit second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, third-degree larceny, reckless driving, engaging officers in pursuit, driving an unregistered motor vehicle, driving with a suspended license and failure to obey a traffic control signal.

She was held on $25,000 bond.

Missing Dog: Have You Seen Mika?

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Apr 172014


.Mika has been missing since Tuesday, April 15

.Mika has been missing since Tuesday, April 15

Mika, a 10 lb, 2 year old mini Pincher, was kenneled at Who’s your Doggie? 100 Gulf Street, Milford when he escaped Tuesday morning (April 15th).

He may be heading home to his family in Orange.

Mika is owned by the Genovese family and if anyone has seen him, they may contact Kathleen Genovese (203) 306-8706.

Obituary: Lenore Serritella Daninhirsch, 67, Loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother

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Jan 052014

Portland_Rose_Garden_04Lenore Serritella Daninhirsch (Frazier) of Milford, Connecticut, entered into eternal rest on January 2, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born on August 11, 1946 in Bridgeport to the late Eleanor Varnelli Serritella and Leonard Serritella.

She graduated from Lauralton Hall in 1964 and received her bachelor’s degree from Caldwell College and her master’s degree from Sacred Heart University.

Lenore was a generous and loving classroom teacher for thirty years in the Diocese of Bridgeport, teaching at St. Theresa in Trumbull and at St. Lawrence in Shelton for many years. Her students brought her great joy and they were continually in her thoughts.

1388859613Lenore loved to read and her beautiful rose garden was much-loved by all who passed by. She enjoyed spending time with her adored Samoyed dogs. Her favorite pastime was enjoying the sun at Bayview Beach, down the road from her home in Milford.

In addition to her caring husband Stuart, Lenore is survived by her loving son and daughter-in-law, Justin and Melissa Frazier, and her two beloved grandchildren, Nathaniel and Jude, all of Ventura, California. She is also survived by her devoted sister, Mary Lou Serritella Sewell of Milford; her nephew, David Sewell and his wife Alexa of Larchmont, NY; and her niece, Kerry Sewell Wetmore and her husband Chris of Orange. She leaves behind her cherished grandnieces and nephews, Anna, John, Grace, John, and Molly, and many treasured friends and family near and far.

She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. The family is very thankful to all who were a special part of Lenore’s life.

Relatives and friends may greet the family on Monday from 4-8 p.m.  in the Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, 419 White Plains Road, Trumbull.


Funeral services will take place at the funeral home on Tuesday, January 7, 2013 at 9:00 a.m., and at 10:00 a.m. in St. Lawrence Church, Shelton for a Mass of Christian Burial.

Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Lenore’s honor to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105. To light a virtual candle, visit us at www.abriola.com.

Opinion: Do You Know Which Animal Shelter Really Works With Orange?

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May 152013

DSC00203Several years ago, the town of Orange broke away from the District Animal Control in Woodbridge and signed an agreement to join up with the Milford Animal Control, 664 East Broadway, Milford.

Animal Control Officer Rick George, and his two assistant ACOs Scott Ellingson and Christopher Connors all were sworn in during a brief ceremony in Orange.

So why then, in the past month have two “local” news agencies published things about the DAC? One even went as far as to say that DAC serves Bethany, Derby, Woodbridge and Orange. This hasn’t been the case for a long time and can confuse residents who weren’t aware of the true situation for some reason.

Orange Live has posted Photos with Santa, Rabies Clinics and other events from the Milford-Orange Animal Control.

As an Orange resident, if you have an animal problem that you would need to report to the Animal Control you would call Milford at 203-783-3279. The staff there is friendly and helpful.

Adoptable Pets

Currently the Shelter has one adoptable dog, “Sasha” a  2 year-old very sweet spayed female Pitbull.
Sasha can be excitable in the kennel environment, but she loves going for walks in the Shelter neighborhood.
She doesn’t care for other animals, but the folks at the shelter believe she will be faithful to a strong, understanding master in the right environment.

She loves giving kisses.


The shelter also has a couple of red-eared slider turtles up for adoption. All they need are a big tank with rocks and water, food, and the right owner who will promise NOT to release them in to the nearest pond.

About the species: The Red-eared Slider is the most common type of water turtle kept as pets. As with other turtles, tortoises, and box turtles, individuals that survive their first year or two can be expected to live generally around 30 years.

Red-eared sliders can be quite aggressive—especially when food is involved. Behavior is usually noted to become this way when fed live food. If being kept as a pet, care must be taken to prevent injury or even death of its smaller tankmates.  — from wikipedia


The Shelter also has Cockatiels and parakeets to adopt, including my former bird, Kramer, which I had to surrender because my home was much too cold for him in the winter.

He’s a funny fellow who will whistle the tune “Over There,” sometimes from start to finish.

I never could get him to talk, except an occasional “Hi.” when I came home.

Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.