Obituary: Ronald T. Chirgwin, 77, Beloved Husband, Father, Dedicated Town Employee

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Dec 212017

Ronald T. Chirgwin, 77, peacefully entered into eternal rest on December 17, 2017, at Griffin Hospital.

He was the beloved husband of fifty-two years to Rosalie DeCarli Chirgwin.

Mr. Chirgwin was born in Ansonia on Nov. 9, 1940, son of the late Donald and Gertrude Walsh Chirgwin. He was raised in Ansonia and moved to Derby in 1968. Ron was a dedicated employee of the Town of Orange, Dept. of Public Works for thirty-two years, where he also served as safety officer. He was past president of the AFSCME Union.

Ron loved cars, took great pride in his job and enjoyed gardening, plowing snow, traveling and especially spending time with his loving family including the twenty-year tradition of attending the Big E with his daughter and family, where they shared many great memories.

In addition to his wife Rosalie, he is survived by a son, John W. Chirgwin (Lori Ann Young) of Pompano Beach, FL, a daughter, Susan E. Masella (Louis) of West Haven, a brother, David J. Chirgwin (Laurie) of Seymour, sisters, Joan C. Sweet (Charles) of Ansonia and Lois Brozek (Allan) of Oxford, cherished grandchildren, Pamela, Dominic and Nico Masella and Craig, Samantha, Meghan, Ciara and Catalina Chirgwin, great-grandchildren, Brody, Brie and Brock Chirgwin and Michael Masella and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his twin brother, Donald Chirgwin.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, December 21, 2017, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm in the chapel of the SPINELLI-RICCIUTI/BEDNAR-OSIECKI FUNERAL HOME, 62 Beaver Street in Ansonia. At 7:00 pm, a funeral service in celebration of Ron’s life will take place with Rev. Leonard Kvedas officiating. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Griffin Hospital/CT Hospice, 130 Division St., Derby, CT 06418 or through the funeral home.

The family sends a heartfelt thank you to the doctors, nurses, and staff of Griffin Hospital, especially Dr. Kathleen Chaisson, for their outstanding care. To send an act of sympathy, please visit www.spinelliricciutifh.com.

Road Reconstruction Continues in Orange

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Jun 232015

caution-road-work-ahead-temporary-signFrom the Orange PD Facebook Page

Road reconstruction continues:

Mapledale Rd – Orange Center to Derby Ave – Resurfacing
New Haven Ave. – Racebrook Rd to Dogwood Road – Resurfacing
Dogwood Rd. Cummings to Chestnut Ridge – Gas main installation

Expect closures and delays on all these routes.

Old Grassy Hill Rd and Old Tavern Rd are complete but still need center lines and stop bars so use caution.

Orange Highway Department Has A Brand New Payloader

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May 042015

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Crew Chief Donald Foyer and Steve Funk of F&W. (Submitted photo)

The Town of Orange Highway Department received a new 2015 payloader.

The Doosan 220 was delivered Monday, March 16, 2015.

It replaces a 25 year old machine and will be used throughout the year: to clean up brush after storms; load sand into trucks during snow storms; and a myriad of other duties nearly every day, according to Crew Chief Donny Foyer.

The loader was purchased from F&W of Orange at a cost of about $130,000.

Sick of Pot Holes? They’re Disappearing One-By-One

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Jun 072014

Crews work on Old Tavern Road near the Post Office on Friday afternoon.

Crews work on Old Tavern Road near the Post Office on Friday afternoon.

Last winter was brutal on the roads resulting in pot holes that seemed to suck cars in.

In the past week or so, the town Highway Department and Tilcon paving have been out tackling the worst hit main thoroughfares.

If you were detoured around Old Tavern Road yesterday (and today) you just have to be patient because the end result will be safer for your car, and more pleasant for you.

On Friday a leveling course (1-inch of asphalt) was laid, and that is followed by an additional 1.5-inch layer and the road is complete.

Indian River Road, a small section of Marsh Hill Road and Robinson Boulevard are complete and Old Tavern Road should be completed today (Saturday).

Prindle Hill Road and another small section of Indian River Road are on the schedule for today.

Wheelers Farm road and Derby-Milford Road  are next in line.

The work that’s been done so far took so much manpower that the side roads had to take a back seat. They will be chip-sealed once everyone is caught up.