Orange Resident Selected as Governor’s Scholar

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May 302016

CAS-logo-colorThe Governor’s Scholars Program recognizes academically talented high school students in schools throughout the state.

Principals of CAS (Connecticut Association of Schools) member high schools are given the opportunity to nominate one junior who ranks in the top five percent of his or her class. Those members of the Governor’s Scholars Committee who are professional educators from throughout Connecticut judge the completed applications and assign a composite score to each student’s PSAT or SAT score and the student essay.

Thirty of the top students are selected as “Governor’s Scholars” and will receive recognition as well as information on participation in courses at various Connecticut colleges and universities.

The 2016 Connecticut Governor’s Scholars are:

 Nikita Babushkin, Somers High School

Suvasini Balaji, Amity Regional High School

 David Blain, Harvard H. Ellis Technical High School, Danielson

 Charlotte Boland, Valley Regional High School, Deep River

 Jason Campe, New Canaan High School

 Joshua Chang, Old Saybrook High School

 Hannah Chua-Reyes, Mercy High School, Middletown

 Calvin Colby, Xavier High School, Middletown

 Nicole DiMauro, Immaculate High School, Danbury

 Daniel DiPrimio, Watertown High School

 Jacob Fried, Trumbull High School

 Corey Jalbert, Tolland High School

 Paul Jeon, Fairfield Ludlowe High School

 Colleen Keenan, Ridgefield High School

 Signe Lee, East Hampton High School

 David Mantese, East Catholic High School, Manchester

 Peter Morrissey, Naugatuck High School

 Timothy Noto, Stafford High School, Stafford Springs

 Tess Oatley, Holy Cross High School, Waterbury

 Kristen Richichi, New Fairfield High School

 Natalie Rugg, Lyme-Old Lyme High School, Old Lyme

 Emily Schussheim, Staples High School, Westport

 Rose Silver, West Haven High School

 Paul Tamburro, RHAM High School, Hebron

 Kira Venables, Newington High School

 Vod Vilfort, Wilby High School, Waterbury

 Hilliard Wolfe, Branford High School

 Eric Xia, Daniel Hand High School, Madison

 Lily Zhong, East Lyme High School

 Angela Zhu, Cheshire High School

Police: Orange Resident Charged With Disorderly Conduct

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Feb 152016

police carPolice responded to a private residence on Derby-Milford Road in regard to a disturbance on Feb. 14 at 11:48 p.m.

During the investigation, officers learned that Frank Bolick, 34, of 955 Derby Milford Road, had gotten into an argument with another resident at the address.

During this argument Bolick allegedly took the complaints phone and threw it against a wall, then closed a door on the complainant’s hand.

He was subsequently taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct and third-degree criminal mischief.

Bolick was released on a promise to appear in court Feb. 16.

Amity Basketball Phenom Elise Graham Commits To Fairleigh Dickinson University

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Sep 262015

IMG_5086Orange resident Elise Graham, whom we’ve watched play alongside — but never in the shadow of — her big sister, Janae, has committed to a college.

The Lady Spartans guard posted 17 points per game last season, and received a full scholarship to play basketball at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey while continuing her higher education.

Elise told the New Haven Register, “Ever since I was little it was a dream to play Division I ball. Over the years hearing I’m not tall enough and all that kind of stuff, it was really my own will. I wanted to do it.”

Fairleigh Dickinson is a Division I school in the Northeast Conference.

The talented scholar athlete was highly sought after by Fairleigh Dickinson, Northeastern, Siena, Stonehill IMG_3051and Boston University.

Graham received CHSCA All-State honors, All-SCC Housatonic and the New Haven Tap Off Club, according to the Register.

Her parents Derek and Mara Graham told Orange Live, “We are so very proud of her.”





Police: Orange Man Charged With DUI

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Aug 162015

BEST POLICE Patch EVEROn Aug. 13 at 2:45 p.m. Christopher Packard, 45, of 689 Estelle Court, Orange, surrendered himself at police headquarters after learning of a warrant for his arrest.

The arrest stemmed from a February 22 traffic accident caused by Packard, according to police.

The accident resulted in injuries to the involved parties.

Officers conducted an investigation which revealed that Packard was intoxicated at the time of the crash.

Officers obtained a warrant which was served when Packard surrendered.

He was charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and failure to obey a traffic control signal.

He was released after posting $2,500 bond, for court Aug. 27.


Weeklong Event To Benefit Get In Touch Foundation

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Apr 122015

11107368_1555895661338856_4044350448747709272_nAmity High School student Natalie Booth, of Orange, whose mother has battled cancer for several years,  and the Amity Helping Hands Club are sponsoring a week-long fundraiser to support the Get in Touch Foundation which teaches both girls and boys about breast self-exams and breast health to aid in the fight against breast cancer.

Natalie invites everyone to wear pink, make a donation, or order a t-shirt to show your support all week long Monday, April 13 at 7:35 a.m. — Friday, April 17 at 2:20 p.m.

T-shirt design will be revealed later in the week.

Donations will be accepted during the lunch waves all next week.

Parents or members of the community who would like to donate may contact Natalie Booth at natawee44@snet.net, please cc Amity High School teacher Debbie Davis at Deborah.Davis@reg5.k12.ct.us.

Stay tuned to her Facebook Event page for more information and to ask questions.


Obituary: Margaret Carrano Giorcelli, 91, Beloved Sister, Aunt

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Jan 232015

Screen Shot 2015-01-27 at 12.55.20 AMMargaret Carrano Giorcelli, 91, of Orange entered into rest, Jan. 22, 2015.

She was the wife of the late Tino Giorcelli: sister of Andrew (Linda) Carrano of Orange, Terrie (Frank) DePino of Branford, the late Salvatore, Alphonse (Carmel), Michelina, Sue, Marie & Antoinette Carrano, Vivian (Rocco) Salperto of Orange and Camille (Joseph) Esposito of North Haven; also survived by several nieces & nephews; born June 4, 1923 daughter of the late Anthony & Coletta Pinto Carrano.

She had worked as a beautician for many years in several New Haven County salons.

Friends may call Sunday at MARESCA & SONS FUNERAL HOME, 592 Chapel St. from 4 to 7 pm.

Funeral at the funeral home Monday at 10:15 am. Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Infant Church at 11 am.

Burial in St. Lawrence Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the CT Hospice Inc.

Orange Resident Named Area General Manager for Frontier Communications

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Oct 052014

Screen Shot 2014-10-05 at 9.39.27 PMFrontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: FTR) a leading provider of communications services throughout 27 states and headquartered in Connecticut since 1946, announced the appointment of Joseph Ferraiolo, of Orange, as Area General Manager for New Haven County.

The appointment follows from Frontier’s agreement to acquire AT&T’s wireline business, statewide fiber network, and U-verse video and satellite operations in Connecticut.  The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority issued a draft ruling in favor of the proposed acquisition, which is expected to be completed during the fourth-quarter of 2014. Ferraiolo reports to Paul Quick, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Frontier’s Connecticut operations.

As Area General Manager for Frontier’s operations in New Haven County, Ferraiolo will be responsible for every aspect of the customer experience, including all issues related to the provision of broadband, voice, U-verse and satellite TV; marketing; the development of business strategies; and providing leadership to engage employees and key community stakeholders. 

Most recently, Ferraiolo served as Vice President of Auto and Boat Relocation Services, LLC in New Britain and before that, Director of Corporate Sales and Strategies for Siracusa Moving & Storage Service Company and Director of Corporate Sales for West End Moving & Storage Co. in Bridgeport.

Those jobs, plus earlier positions in the moving industry, give Ferraiolo solid background in creating a superior customer experience and in-depth exposure to all areas of Connecticut.  He is active in the community and a Past President of the Greater New Haven Jaycees, a former Executive Board Member of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce, involved in Parks and Recreation in his hometown of Orange, a volunteer coordinator for the Connecticut Special Olympics held at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, and a member of the University of Connecticut’s Alumni association.

He received a Bachelor of Science in Management & Human Resource Development from the University of Connecticut and is a graduate of Notre Dame High School in West Haven.

Quick said, “Joe has a proven track record of success in delivering outstanding customer experiences. We’re thrilled to have him join our Connecticut team. He will be instrumental in making Frontier the communications company that customers want to deal with for all the right reasons: technology, service, relationships and community involvement.”

Police Blotter: Orange Resident Charged With DUI

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Sep 132014


Officers reportedly observed a man driving erratically, including disregarding a stop sign on Derby Avenue on Sept. 6 at 11:24 p.m.

Upon stopping the vehicle, police administered standardized roadside sobriety tests on Richard Papa, 54, of 343 Saybrook Road, Orange.

He was subsequently taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI), failure to obey a stop sign, failure to stay in a proper lane.


Obituary: Harriett Velms Lattanzi, 85, Artist, Beloved Mother, Grandmother

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Feb 192014

Screen shot 2014-02-19 at 7.17.36 AMHarriett Velms Lattanzi, age 85, of Orange, beloved wife of 42 years to the late Dr. William E. Lattanzi, died peacefully surrounded by her children at the Connecticut Hospice in Branford on Sunday, February 16.

Harriett was born on August 3, 1928 to the late Joseph and Helen Hamulak Velms of Ansonia.

She was a graduate of the University of Connecticut where she  majored in Home Economics and English.

Harriett was a resident of Orange for more than 50 years.

An artist well known for her watercolors of landscapes, nature scenes and flowers, she taught in local after school programs for many years.

A gourmet cook, elegant dresser, and self-professed tomboy, she enjoyed horseback riding, tennis, golf, and bridge, walking with her friends (the “Walkie-Talkies”), reading, writing poetry, and traveling the world.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend who will be truly missed. Harriett is survived by her sister, Jeanne Steiner of Bristol, CT; daughter Laura Sterling and her partner Joseph Deuel of Saratoga Springs, NY; son William Lattanzi and daughter-in-law Martha Vibbert of Belmont, MA; daughter Susan Roser and son-in-law Mark Roser of Hebron CT; her seven grandchildren; and the vibrant community of friends that brought her so much joy throughout her life.

Friends and family may call on Wednesday, February 19th from 4-8 PM at Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford CT 06460. At 7 PM, any and all are invited to share their memories of Harriett.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, February 20th at 11 AM at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Road, Orange CT, 06477.

Interment will immediately follow at Orange Center Cemetery.

A reception at the family home will follow from 1 to 4 PM.

Donations may be made to the St. Raphael’s Campus of the Yale New Haven Hospital, the Orange Arts and Culture Council, or a charity of choice .

To leave online condolences, visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com

Salvatore J. Melchiore, Sr., 85, Beloved Husband, Father, US Marine, Korean War Veteran

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Jan 162014

Marine FuneralSalvatore J. Melchiore, Sr., 85, passed away on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in West Haven.

He was the loving husband of Helen L. (Lasky) Melchiore [A former Orange Town Employee]

Mr. Melchiore was born in Waterbury, CT, son of the late Frank and Elvira Melchiore. He had worked at Boise Cascade Co. for 42 years (only two sick days) and retired as production manager.

He nobly served his country in the United States Marines during the Korean War.

Sal was an avid golfer, proudly had four hole-in-ones, and played at the Orange Hills Country Club with his many friends.

He was the epitome “Mr. Fix it” and loved helping everyone he knew. He was known for his soft spoken demeanor and the honor and dignity in which he always carried himself.

He loved his family, his friends, and his country. He was also an avid Notre Dame Football, New York Yankee, and Giants fan.

Besides his wife of 58 years, Sal is survived by his mother-in-law, Adele Lasky; his daughter, Marla Melchior Polites; two sons, Salvatore J. Melchiore, Jr. and John Melchiore, two daughters-in-law, Kersti Melchior and Jennifer Melchior; his sister Judith M. Gonillo; brother-in-law, Vito Gonillo; brother Frank Melchiore; sister-in-law, Jean Melchior; sister-in-law, Irene Lasky Klotz; brother-in-law, Bob Klotz; seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sister, Marie Rosa.

Calling hours will be held at the Naugatuck Valley Memorial/Fitzgerald Zembruski Funeral Home, 240 North Main Street, Naugatuck on Saturday from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. A Mass will follow at St. Mary’s Church, 338 North Main Street, at Noon.

Burial with military honors will follow in St. James Cemetery, Naugatuck. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Connecticut Veterans Administration Hospice Unit, 950 Campbell Avenue, West Haven, CT 06516 or to Smilow Cancer Center at Yale New Haven, 20 York Street, New Haven, CT 06510.

To send an online condolence, please visit www.naugatuckvalleymemorial.com