AMSO Students Deliver Valentines to Seniors

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Mar 202017

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Members of Team X at Amity Middle School Orange created  Valentines this year using their English (poems and stories) and artistic skills.

The cards were delivered to Coachman’s Square at Woodbridge, a senior living community.


“The residents were ecstatic to receive them,” according to school administrators. “It truly brightened their day.”

The Tale Of The Traveling Cell Phone

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Aug 022015

Screen Shot 2015-08-02 at 9.36.24 AMIf there’s one thing that the Police Command Post at the Orange Firemen’s Carnival has after the day is done, it’s plenty of tales to tell.

All day long, harried carnival-goers of all ages rush up to the table with a million different dilemmas, most common are lost keys, cell phones, and wallets.

One mom asked if they had any tape so she could fix her brand new “selfie stick” that broke – and she had to use it to take pictures of her son. A CERT member handed her a roll of medical tape, and that did the trick.

The police were happy to return wallets to their rightful owners and pleased to know that all of the money was still inside.

A Gold and Ruby bracelet also was returned to its owner after the husband described it AND produced a photo of it on his cell phone.

This year’s Carnival Announcer Brian Smith reported “lost and found” items over the intercom throughout the day and often followed up with the Command Post to see if the items had been claimed or still needed another announcement.

Smith, the CERT members and Orange Police all shared the same favorite story on Saturday night, that was:”The Tale of the Traveling Cell Phone.”

Someone found a cell phone on the ground near one of the amusement rides and turned it in at the main raffle tent. Smith announced it, then when no one claimed it after a while, sent it over to the Command Post for proper handling and storage if needed.

The phone’s battery was dead, so the folks at the Post charged it. Once it could be turned on, Annie Davis from CERT gave it to Orange Police LT. Max Martins, who checked it out for a phone number that he could call in order to find the owner. “Mom” seemed like the best choice.

Martins told MOM that he had her son’s phone and that it was found at a carnival in Orange, CT.

She was flabbergasted, and explained that her son had lost it on a ride at a carnival in Massachusetts a week or two ago and never thought he’d see it again.

Martins took her name and address and told her he would send it to her.

Another job well done by our great police investigators, CERT and the honest person who turned it in.

CBS is Back on Cablevision

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Jan 192014

Screen shot 2014-01-19 at 12.43.46 PMOrange and Woodbridge residents who subscribe to Cablevision are happily reporting that they have CBS back.

WFSB announced yesterday that they had reached an agreement with Cablevision.

This is great news for everyone who appreciates the programming and news coverage and have missed it since Friday, Jan. 3.

WFSB sent out a reporter and cameraman to the special Board of Education meeting regarding the Peck Place School situation and some residents were compelled to taunt the cameraman, asking “Why are you here? We can’t even watch your channel.”

On Jan. 6 State Rep Paul Davis  called for officials at Cablevision and WFSB-Channel 3 to continue to negotiate and restore  Connecticut’s CBS affiliate’s service to the three New Haven County towns of Milford, Orange and Woodbridge.

Thankfully, this was a short-lived problem, but several residents caution Cablevision, “Don’t let it happen again.”

West Haven Man Found With Marijuana During Motor Vehicle Stop

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Sep 242013

police carOn Sept. 18, officers patrolling Route 34 reportedly observed a vehicle weaving within its lane on the eastbound direction around 1:09 a.m.

Upon stopping the vehicle, officers administered standardized roadside sobriety tests on the driver, James Coubrough, 30, of 164 Daytona St. #3, West Haven.

After which Coubrough was taken into custody and charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI), possession of marijuana and failure to drive in a proper lane. 

He was released after posting $50 bond for court Oct. 2.  


Chabad of Orange-Woodbridge Hosts A Taste Of Israel Bar-B-Q

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Aug 092013

Chabad barbq

Chabad of Orange Woodbridge presents its 1st ANNUAL “A TASTE OF ISRAEL BAR-B-Q” open to the entire community

Sunday Sept. 1,  5 to 8 p.m.
at 261 Derby Ave, Orange

Join us under the big white tent and experience an authentic Israeli Barbecue. All-You-Can-Eat! Enjoy music, juice bar, spirited fun for adults, crafts and play activities for children. Shop our Little Jerusalem Shuk for the best Lemon Meringue Pies, Local Produce, Candy, Judaica Items & more!

Sumptuous menu includes: Chicken Kabobs with Mango Sauce, Zatar Chicken wings, Pulled Barbeque Beef on Pita, Hot Dogs, Falafel, Frilled  Vegetables, Summer Cous Cous Salad, Israeli Potato Salad, Israeli Chopped Salad, Corn on the Cob, Watermelon and lots more!

Adults – $15
Children Under 10 – $7

Tickets available online at www.chabadow.org or at the office –  795-7095

This is a press release from Chabad of Orange-Woodbrige

Obituary: Beatrice (Bridgett) Cordone, age 89, Beloved Matriarch, “Nanna B”

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Jan 022013

“Nanna B” Cordone

Beatrice (Bridgett) Cordone, age 89, passed away at home on December 31, 2012.

Wife of the late Anthony Cordone. Born in Derby, daughter of the late Augusto and Maria Tonelli Lanci.

She is survived by her children Dr. Anthony (Rose Paolino) Cordone of Milford, Peter (Ann Marie) Cordone of West Haven, and Marie (Salvatore) Carrano of West Haven, her grandchildren, Salvatore (Patricia) Carrano, Donna Thatcher, Anthony (Jennifer) Cordone, and Dr. Michael (Rachel) Cordone, her great grandchildren, Jackson, Amanda, Julianna, and Carolyn, and her great great granddaughter Samantha.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Patricia A. Anastasio, and her brother, Primo Lanci, and her sisters, Eva Esposito, Adele “Tina” Sandacata, Lena Simonetti, Jeana Mea, Eleanor Murray, and Dorothy Graham.

Beatrice was a secretary for the University of New Haven prior to her retirement. Her great joy in life was spending time with her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren, who referred to her as “Nanna B”.

The hours for visitation will be FRIDAY from 4-7pm at the West Haven Funeral Home at the Green. Her funeral procession will leave the funeral home on Saturday morning at 8:30 for a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Anthony’s Church at 9am. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery.

For online condolences please visit our website at www.westhavenfuneral.com.

Orange Residents Arrested In Murder-For-Hire Plot In Milford

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Oct 042012

Marsh Hill Road residents arrested

The Milford Police Department is currently investigating an incident involving two Orange residents who have been arrested in connection with an alleged plan to “solicit the murder and assault of two persons known to them.”

Investigators received information regarding the alleged plans which led to arrest warrants being issued for Gregory A. Christofakis,  50 and his companion, Ziba Guy, 44, who are both former Milford residents currently residing at 69 Marsh Hill Road, Orange.

Christofakis is being charged with criminal attempt to commit murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree assault.

He is being held on a $750,000 bond.

Guy is being charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree assault and is being held on a $250,000 bond.

Both are being arraigned this afternoon at Milford Superior Court.

Police Blotter: Woman Charged With Risk of Injury, Littering and Breach of Peace

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Aug 102012

Risk Of Injury

Orange police went to the Ansonia Police Department Aug. 5 at 8:17 p.m. to take custody of Crystal Gontarz, 28, of 26 South Cliff St., Ansonia, who was being detained on an unrelated matter.

According to the report, Gontarz was brought to the Orange Police Department and processed for an arrest warrant stemming from a June 12 incident, during which she was accused of causing a disruption at the Chase Bank at 262 Boston Post Road.

Gontarz reportedly was angry regarding a bank transaction, began yelling at employees inside the bank and punched a door. Once employees told her to leave, she picked trash up from the ground outside in the parking lot and threw it at the glass doors of the bank.

Throughout this incident,Gontarz was carrying a small child.

She was charged with risk of injury to a minor, breach of peace and littering. She was released on $1,000 bond for court Aug. 20.


Unauthorized Car Use

Orange police responded to 235 Boston Post Rd #30  at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 7, regarding the unauthorized use of a vehicle.

When officers arrived, they learned that Harold Byrnes, 54, of the above address had taken a vehicle owned by the resident there and used it overnight without permission from the owner.

Police were able to return the vehicle to the owner and took Byrnes into custody.

Byrnes was charged with using a motor vehicle without permission. He was held on $500 bond for court Aug. 8.


Court Order Violation

Officers responded to a private residence on New England Lane, where a man was observed entering the home in violation of a protective order, Aug. 8 at 3:53 p.m.

According to police, Haichang Huang, 45, of 25 Shelton Terrace 2nd floor, New Haven

He was subsequently taken into custody and charged with violation of a protective order.

Huang was held on $10,000 bond for court Aug. 9.



Orange Legion: Ballou Hits It Out Of The Park

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Jun 272012

Ted Ballou takes off running after hitting a homer onto a rooftop way beyond left field fence.


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Sturdy pitching by Austin Pokluda and Ted Ballou’s towering 3-run home run combined to lead Orange Post 127 past Post 196 of Milford 5-2 in a Zone 2 contest Tuesday night at Brinley Field. The victory prevented Post 127 from being swept in its 3 game summer series with the Sixers. Milford (now 3-3) took the first 2 games by scores of 9-2 and 2-1. The win also improved the winners’ record to 8-3.

Pokluda’s victory upped his mark to 2-1. He allowed 2 runs on 9 hits while walking 2 and striking out 9. He had only 1 bad inning—the second inning when he gave up both Milford runs.

According to Post 127 Coach Bob Mirto, “ Austin really picked us up tonight and we needed that. He got off to a slow start He became much more effective once he began to spot his change-up in the third inning. It’s his most effective pitch.”

Trailing 2-0 after Milford had scored twice in the top of the second inning, Orange struck back in the bottom of the third. With 1 out, Mark Boland slashed an opposite field double into the left-center field gap. After Brian Speer’s 2-out walk, Nick Baviello slashed a single down the right field line to drive Boland home. Ballou stepped in and walloped a towering drive far over the left field fence to put Orange on top, 4-2.

“Teddy just mashed that ball,” Mirto said. “He put it onto the roof of the building beyond the left field fence. He launched a 3-run rocket.”

The winners played with 3 regulars—Vin Siena, Paul Gusmano, and Chris Katz who all missed the game with a variety of valid reasons.

Milford scored both of its runs in the top of the second inning. Pokluda issued a 1-out walk to Christian Baglini and served up a base hit to Nick Pinto. Following a double steal that put both runners into scoring position, Sean Cameron ripped a 2-run 2 bagger into right center field.

Pokluda avoided trouble when he ended a bases-loaded jam in the top of the first inning by striking out Jake Saley.

Mirto was pleased to note that after leaving 21 runners on base in the 2 previous losses to Post 196, this time, Orange cashed in on its scoring opportunities, getting 6 hits and stranding only 4 base runners.

He added, “We didn’t get a lot of hits tonight but we made the ones we got count. We didn’t leave guys on base like we did in the first 2 games with Milford .”

Boland, who banged out 4 hits in the weekend losses to the Sixers, added 2 more safeties and scored a run on Tuesday night. Ed Michaud singled twice for the losers.

On Monday night, Dane Simone tossed a 1-hitter as Orange battered Hamden Post 88 and improved his record to 3-0. The winners were led by Baviello, who belted a 3-run homer.

Orange is on the road tonight and tomorrow night, visiting Post 76 of North Haven at DeMayo Field. On Friday, Mirto and Co. are off to Rhode Island to participate in the annual Firecracker Tournament. They open tourney play on Saturday at Bryant College in Smithfield , R.I.