Obituary: Joan Marie Wajdowicz, 76, Beloved Mother of Kristen Marquis

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Feb 202020

Joan Marie Wajdowicz, 76, of Ansonia, beloved wife of the late Henry W. “Butch” Wajdowicz, died peacefully with her daughters by her side, on February 18, 2020 at the Villa Marie Claire, Saddle River, NJ.
Born on March 20, 1943 in Derby, CT, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary Solomon Motel.
Mrs. Wajdowicz was a lifelong resident of Ansonia and worked for the State of CT, Department of Labor for 25 years, until the time of her retirement in 2003. She was a Communicant and active volunteer at St. Michael Church, Derby.
She will be long remembered for the special love she had for her family, most especially for her grandchildren. She is survived by her children, Kristen (Keith) Marquis of Orange, Cheryl (Thomas) Kelly of NJ and Edward (Cheryl) Wajdowicz of East Haven; cherished grandchildren, Claire and Kate Marquis, Sarah and Henry Kelly and Caroline and Michael Wajdowicz; beloved sister and best friend, Loretta Wajdowicz of FL; brother-in-law, Matthew (Terri) Wajdowicz, as well as several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband “Butch” of 40 Years, she was predeceased by her brother, Eugene Motel. Joan Marie was also predeceased by several dear in-laws, Gene and Ray Wajdowicz, Sally Ambro and Celia Hyjack.
Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday, February 23, 2020, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Funeral services will take place on Monday, February 24, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. from the Wakelee Memorial Funeral Home, 167 Wakelee Avenue, Ansonia. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. in St. Michael Church, 75 Derby Avenue, Derby. Private interment will take place in St. Michael Cemetery, Derby.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Children’s Eye Foundation, 655 Beach St., San Francisco, CA 94109, www.childrenseyefoundation.org. Online condolences may be made at WWW.WAKELEEMEMORIAL.COM

Memorial Bench For Annie Davis Update: New Location

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Feb 202020

Annie “Elf Mama” Davis was a huge part of the Orange Community, For more than 20 years, she took the reigns of the OVFD Auxiliary’s Santa’s Helper program and helped bring joy to thousands of children and families across town. She also was a founding member of the Orange Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

Monday, Sept. 23, Annie passed away at the hospital after having a heart attack.

The friends of Annie Davis would like to purchase a memorial bench for the Orange Fairgrounds with Annie’s name on it so she will never be forgotten.

UPDATE: After some discussion at this week’s CERT meeting, a vote was taken and the majority decided that a better place for the bench would be in front of Fire Station #2 on the Boston Post Road where Annie worked for many years, and which served as Santa’s Helper Headquarters since day one. 

According to CERT spokesman Ken Lyke, the fire department personnel has agreed to placing the bench there, and so it will be.

We are still a little short on our goal, but we are confident that the bench will be in place this spring, possibly as soon as April. 

The cost of the bench, with an engraved plaque and installation, is $1,500 and we need your help to make our goal.

The Friends of Annie Davis’s Memorial Bench collection is being done in cooperation with the Orange Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and we still need to raise $400. This could have been accomplished, for example, by soliciting $10 from just 40 families in Orange. 

We are working on different ways to get the money so that we can dedicate the bench by spring as a continual reminder to the townspeople about just how wonderful and dedicated Annie was to this town.

Anyone who’d like to help us with the funding, please send a check made out to “Friends of Annie Davis” to Friends of Annie Davis, 131 Clark Street, Milford, CT 06460. Any denomination would be greatly appreciated.

We have a Friends of Annie Davis Bank Account at Bank of America where all monies collected for the bench are being deposited.

Thank You, if you already have made a donation!

Get Uncorked With The Orange Lions On March 20

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Feb 202020

The Orange LIONS Club will host its annual Spring Wine Tasting event, “Get Uncorked” on Friday, March 20, 2020 at St Barbara’s Church Hall, 480 Racebrook Road, from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

The tasting will be facilitated by Ye Olde Liquor Shoppe of West Haven.

The event will feature a large selection of wines, boutique beers, and some specialty spirits. Also included will be a large cheese table, appetizers and delicious desserts.

As always, a lively raffle of baskets will take place during the evening.

They thank this year’s major sponsors in advance: Eli’s, Trader Joe’s, Subway, ShopRite, and Coldwell Banker.

All proceeds will benefit LIONS Club local and national charities.

Additionally, the club supports Fidelco Guide Dogs and Low Vision Centers. The Club awards Community Grants to worthy groups/individuals such as the Orange Historical Society, Senior Center, Case Memorial Library, Youth Services and the Volunteer Fire Department, serves an annual Thanksgiving dinner to local seniors, does vision screenings for young children in Orange, and provides scholarships to qualified Amity seniors.

Please gather your friends and join the LIONS on Friday, March 20, 2020, for a wonderful evening.

Tickets are available from any Orange Lion Club member, Ye Old Liquor Shoppe at 174 Main Street, West Haven, or by calling (203) 795-3906 or (203) 645-8209.

Tickets also are available at the following link: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4497351

Tickets Available for Amity’s Spring Musical The Drowsy Chaperone

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Feb 192020

The award-winning Amity Regional High School Theater Department, under the direction of Robert and Andrea Kennedy, is headed back to the Roaring Twenties with the musical comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone.

The Drowsy Chaperone is the tale of a modern-day musical theater maven, known simply as Man in Chair. To chase his blues away, he drops the needle on his favorite LP – the 1928 musical comedy, The
Drowsy Chaperone. From the crackle of his hi-fi, the musical magically bursts to life on-stage telling the tale of the pampered Broadway starlet who wants to give up showbiz to get hitched and her producer’s attempts to sabotage her impending nuptials.

Hilarious antics ensue with her chaperone, the debonair groom, the ditsy chorus girl, the Latin lover and a pair of gangsters masquerading as pastry chefs. Man in Chair’s love of The Drowsy Chaperone speaks to anyone who has ever been transported by the theater.

Performances are March 27, 28 and April 2, 3 and 4 at 8:00 p.m. at the John J. Brady Center for the
Performing Arts at Amity Regional High School, 25 Newton Road in Woodbridge.

Tickets are $18 and can be purchased online at www.amitytheaterdepartment.com or by contacting the box office at 203.392-2019 or email amityboxoffice@gmail.com.

This year’s corporate sponsors include the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, Burns Insurance & Financial,
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, LATICRETE, BENDER, New England Performance Insulation, Rick’s
Plumbing Service, B and B Transportation, Applied Behavioral Strategies and Total Mortgage. All proceeds raised go to the self-funded Amity Theater program.

For further information, please call the box office at 203.392.2019 or e-mail amityboxoffice@gmail.com.

UI Customers Invited To Learn About Assistance Programs

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Feb 192020

United Illuminating, (headquartered in Orange)in partnership with local Community Action Agencies and Operation Fuel, will host a series of outreach events to increase public awareness about energy assistance, winter service protection and other programs that can help customers pay their bills and maintain service all year long.

Customers are invited to attend the sessions to learn about payment arrangements, financial and medical hardships, matching payment programs, energy efficiency programs, winter service protection and more. UI, Operation Fuel, and Community Action Agency staff will be on hand to answer customers’ questions during the two-hour sessions. Spanish-speaking personnel also will be available to assist.

The schedule is as follows:

For more information, visit uinet.com or call 800-722-5584. You can also learn more about energy assistance programs at operationfuel.org/get-help/residents.

Chamber Hosts Morning Jolt With State Legislators

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Feb 182020

The Orange and Milford Chambers of Commerce will host a joint Morning Jolt Coffee and Conversation event with local legislators at Eli’s Restaurant, 285 Boston Post Road, Orange, on Tuesday, Feb. 25 from 7:45 to 9 a.m.

Guests include: State Rep. Themis Klarides (R-114), State Sen. James Maroney (D-14), State Rep. Charles Ferraro (R-117) and State Rep. Kathy Kennedy (R-119).

Reservations are required, so don’t procrastinate, e-mail director@orangectchamber.com or call Carol at 203-795-3328, or pstaneski@milfordct.com or call Pam at 203-878-0681.

Girl’s Hockey: Blades Have a Close One In Newington

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Feb 182020

On Monday, Feb. 17, the Amity/North Haven/Cheshire Blades were away in Newington for a matchup against Avon/Southington.



                              1              2              3          F

Blades                  0              0              2          2

Avon                     0              2              1          3


First Period

in spite of some valiant efforts, neither team was able to score in the first.

Second Period

The second period belonged to Avon, with with Mackenzie Gallinoto making the first goal, assisted by Kori Bartko and Sarah Murphy.

A little later, Shelby Little shot one in assisted by Gallinoto and Murphy. Avon left the ice with a comfortable 2-0 lead.

Third Period

The Blades came out on fire with two unassisted goals, first by Caroline Cadelina, then Tess Csejka tying the game.

But Avon’s Murphy would have none of that, she hit the winning goal, assisted by Little.

The Blades lost this one 3-2.

This Week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedule – Feb. 17 to Feb. 22

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Feb 172020

Following are this week’s Amity Varsity Sports schedules:

Monday, Feb. 17

Boys Ice Hockey vs Tri-Town Home Bennett Rink 3:00 p.m. O.T 2-2 Tie

Girls Basketball vs Career Magnet Home at Amity 5:00 p.m. W 58-41

Girls Ice Hockey vs Avon-Southington-RHAM-Newington-Mills-Wethersfield,Away – Newington Ice Arena at 1:30 p.m. L 3-2

Tuesday, Feb. 18
Girls Indoor Track Eastern State Championships Away – Not Listed 4:30 p.m.
Boys Basketball vs Hamden Away – Hamden High School at 5:00 p.m.
Girls Ice Hockey vs West Haven-SHA Away Bennett Rink 5:15 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 19
Boys Ice Hockey vs Glastonbury Home Bennett Rink at 7:15 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 20
Girls Basketball vs Sacred Heart Academy Away – Sacred Heart Academy at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 21
Wrestling CIAC Class L Divisional Championship Away – Bristol Central 3:00 p.m.
Boys Swimming and Diving vs. Fitch/Ston./Ledy./Wheeler/N.Lond. Away – UCONN Pool 4:30 p.m.
Girls Gymnastics vs Daniel Hand Home – Gymnastics and Cheerleading Academy 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 22
Wrestling CIAC Class L Divisional Championship Away – Bristol Central-9:00 a.m.
Girls Indoor Track CIAC Girls State Open Championship Away – Floyd Little Athletic Center-FieldHouse 12:00 p.m.
Boys Indoor Track CIAC Boys State Open Championship Away – Floyd Little Athletic Center-Field House 12:00 p.m.
Boys Ice Hockey vs. Watertown-Pomperaug Home – West Haven High School-Bennett Rink 1:00 p.m.
Winter Dance Team Dance Team Competition @ Fairfield Warde HS Away – Not Listed 3:00 p.m.

Orange Police: Man Charged With Fifth-Degree Larceny

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Feb 172020

Officers were called to Chef’s Emporium at 449 Boston Post Road on a shoplifting complaint Feb. 12 at 2:37 p.m.

According to the report, investigation revealed that Sean Amendola, 46, of West Haven took about $1,000 worth of merchandise without paying for it.

He was taken into custody and charged with fifth-degree larceny and placed on a $15,000 surety bond for court Feb. 26.

New Pastor’s Installation Ceremony Planned

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Feb 172020

The Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meetinghouse Lane, will celebrate the installation of the Rev. Jennifer L. Campbell as its Settled Senior Pastor.

The service will take place on Sunday, March 1, from 3 – 5 p.m. All are welcome.

Clergy are invited to gather in the Katherine Knight Room at 2:45 to robe and process.

A reception will follow.