Obituary: Donald Blanchard, 74, Beloved Father Of Michelle Garay, Victim Of COVID-19

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May 242020

Donald P. Blanchard, 74, of Southington, passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2020, at Hartford Hospital, as a result of complications from COVID-19.

He had been the devoted husband of Sandi (Woods) Blanchard for nearly 55 years.

Donald was born on May 22, 1945, in Clair, New Brunswick, Canada to the late Philias and Jeanne (d’Arc Nadeau) Blanchard and had been a longtime Southington resident.

Donald worked as a truck driver and was a member of Teamster Local 559 for 35 years. He was also a member of Mickey’s AC and the Elks Lodge 1669 in Southington and loved NASCAR, camping, and bowling. Donald enjoyed attending daily “meetings” at Dunkin Donuts and he never met a stranger.

In addition to his beloved wife Sandi, Donald is survived by two daughters, Lisa Olson and her husband Jim of Southington and Michelle Garay and her husband John of Orange, and 4 grandchildren, Lars and Erik Olson, Ashleigh Rivera and Ariana Garay. He also is survived by two brothers, Paul Blanchard and his wife Carol of Plainville and Jeannot Blanchard of Bristol.

He was predeceased by 4 siblings. Donations in Donald’s memory may be made to St. Dominic’s Church, 1050 Flanders Rd., Southington, CT 06489.

Due to the current health concerns surrounding COVID-19, a memorial service will be announced and held at the later date. Plantsville Funeral Home has been entrusted with handling the arrangements.

For online condolences, please visit www.plantsvillefuneralhome.com.

Obituary: Rose Ramadei, 103, Beloved Mother, Loved Life, Victim of COVID-19

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May 242020

Rose Vanacore Ramadei, 103, of Orange, the beloved wife of the late Furio “Mark” Ramadei, passed away from COVID-19 on Thursday, May 21, 2020, at The Regency House, Wallingford.
Born in New Haven on Aug. 11, 1916, she was the daughter of the late Catello and Genoveffa Vanacore. She was employed at Lerner Shops on Chapel Street in New Haven for many years.
Her family was her most cherished. She enjoyed adult coloring books, making homemade macaroni, and making her wonderful Italian cream pies for the holidays for each of her children.
She and her husband loved to travel, and they had many wonderful friends. Rose had an exceptional life and was loved by everyone. She will be missed by all who knew her. Rose is survived by her five children, Richard Ramadei, Marge Quinn, Ann (John) Walsh, Mark Ramadei and James (Robert Peterson) Ramadei; her six grandchildren, Steve (Kristi) Quinn, Brian (Kimberly) Quinn, Michael (Stacie) Walsh, Christopher (Kelly) Walsh, Danielle Ramadei and John “Chip” (Kimberly) Walsh; and her nine great-grandchildren.
She also is survived by her in-laws Ann Ramadei and Alex (Rosalie) Ramadei and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughters-in-law, Betty Lou Ramadei and Lucille Ramadei, and her son-in-law, Steve Quinn. She also was predeceased by her seven siblings, John (Grace) Vanacore, Mary (Paul) DeMennato, Madeline (John) Giannotti, Salvatore (Mary Tim) Vanacore, Ernest (Dorothy) Vanacore, Joseph (Mollie) Vanacore and Marjorie (John) Martucci; and her in-laws Rosina (Paul) Miceli, Mat (Mildred) Ramadei, Anthony Ramadei, Art (Louise) Ramadei and John Ramadei.
A special thanks for the care and compassion from the staff at The Regency House. Funeral services will be private. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Camp Rising Sun, Charitable Foundation, P.O. Box 472, Branford, CT 06405 or a food bank of your choice.
Celentano Funeral Home, 424 Elm St., New Haven is in charge of arrangements.

Police Blotter: Orange Resident Charged With Larceny

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May 232020

At 7:45 p.m. on April 25, Orange Police responded to Knight’s Power Tools, 286 Boston Post Road, on a complaint of a suspicious person in the area.

Officers located the man, identified as Christopher Barretta, 46, of Orange on the property and discovered that he had taken items from the business without paying for them.

Barretta was taken into custody and charged with sixth-degree larceny, third-degree criminal mischief and third-degree criminal trespass.

He was released on a promise to appear in court on June 22.





Congratulations Grads Signs Available

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May 222020

Signarama, 553 Boston Post Road, Orange, has school specific Class of 2020 signs available for the special graduating senior in your life. 

Each single sided, 18” X 24” Coroplast sign comes with a wire stake for easy display. 

They are $30 each plus tax and volume pricing is available. 

Call 203-795-5450 or visit sales@signs-ct.com to order yours today.

Obituary: Luke Smith, 20, Beloved Son, Brother, Amity Grad

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May 212020

Luke Richard Smith, 20, of Bethany  died on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at Yale New Haven Hospital as a result of a motor vehicle accident.
Luke is survived by his loving parents, William and Cynthia Smith of Bethany, CT and his sister Alexandra Smith of Wallingford, CT, his maternal grandparents, Richard and Mary Freeman of Trumbull, CT, his adoring cousins, Bridget, Nora and Patrick Murray of Worcester, MA, Edward Smith of Ansonia, CT, Austin Weiss and Autumn Merrill of Milford, CT, and Abigail Kamaitis of Oxford, CT, as well as many loving aunts, uncles and friends. He was predeceased by his paternal grandmother Gloria Merrill, his paternal grandfather William Smith, Sr. and his paternal uncle Richard Lucas.
Luke was born in New Haven, CT and grew up in Bethany, CT where he attended Bethany Nursery Group, Bethany Community School, Amity Middle School Bethany, and graduated from Amity High School in 2018. During his time at Amity High School, Luke was a stellar athlete, where he was the member of both the Amity High school football and lacrosse teams.
He received various honors and awards for his athleticism and team sportsmanship during these years. He then went on to play Division II lacrosse at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH. In true Luke fashion, his kinship with his teammates extended well beyond the field and his teammates became his brothers.
Apart from his athletic achievements, Luke will be best remembered as an “old soul”. He was a sweet, humble, gracious, respectful and loving young man. He had a large and extended circle of friends and developed bonds with all of them that were unique, long lasting and meaningful.
Luke’s giving and infectious personality transcended generations. He had the unique ability to make everyone he met feel at ease and like the most special person in the room. He had as much fun playing a silly game of wiffleball in the back yard with his cousins as he did playing a college lacrosse game in front of a stadium full of fans.
Luke also enjoyed a special relationship with his grandparents, who will always remember his warm and loving hugs. Most of all, Luke was a loving son and brother to his parents and sister.
He was the apple of his parents’ eye, who brought such joy into their lives with his infectious smile and rosy cheeks. Luke idolized his sister Lexie, in addition to being siblings, they were each other’s best friend. Luke was a “giver” in every sense of the word. In that spirit, he was an organ donor and his contributions will be life saving to others. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate.
A live stream wake service with video tribute will be held on Thursday, May 21, from 3:45 p.m. 5:00 p.m. followed by a prayer service at 5:00 p.m. Please go to www.adzimafh.com to see the live stream link.
Friends and family are invited to pay their respects in celebration of Luke’s on Friday, May 22 from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. by driving through the Eastside Cemetery, 157 Pease Road Woodbridge, CT. Due to the current COVID-19 restraints, this is a drive through only procession and the service and burial will be private.
The Edward F. Adzima Funeral Home, 253 Elizabeth St., Derby has been entrusted with the arrangements.

May 212020

The Anti-Defamation League is celebrating the efforts that schools across the country are making to promote diversity, inclusion, and allyship through a nationwide viral campaign #noplaceforhate.

On Thursday, May 21st, Amity Regional School District No. 5 will be participating in this campaign by creating a post featuring one thing that has been accomplished in this area.

Amity is committed to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion. At this uncertain time, it is even more important to celebrate these efforts.

Principal Anna Mahon would be happy to talk with you about the work the school has been engaged in with creating a positive and inclusive school culture.

Please contact Michelle Pincince mpincince@adl.org, ADL CT Director of Education, for
more information about No Place for Hate.

FREE Face Masks Available Until 1 p.m. In Orange

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May 212020

The Masks for CT giveaway is taking place today at Yale West Campus off Marsh Hill Road, Orange Until 1 p.m.

The process is quick and easy. Everything is so well organized that you drive in and follow the signs and guards or volunteers directions. Pull in all the way to the end of the aisle. A volunteer will approach your car and place a bag of 5 face masks in through your open back window, then off you go.

I volunteered from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. and at no time was the wait longer than a minute.

Recipients drove through, some with signs to thank the volunteers, Early on, Scott Haney from WFSB3 was there talking to us, WPLR was playing music and broadcasting live.

I saw so many people that I knew, I don’t know how they recognized me behind my homemade mask, but it was nice to be part of it.

If you need masks, you still have time. The program is open until 1 p.m. – Hurry!


My Hero: Karin Lewis

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May 212020

My name is Thomas Lewis, and I lived in Orange, CT for about 18 years. My mother, Karin Lewis, is my hero.

My mother works for the town itself, in the accounts payable department. She also worked for the OVNA, in their finance department, for many years. I would like to honor my mother, for not only all that she does for the town, but for her family as well.

Honoree Karin Lewis, Right, and her sisters.

My mother has always been there for me and her two sisters, and I am hoping having a

piece written about her would make her day. Her birthday is on May 21st, so I am hoping she likes this as part of her birthday gift.

She is an amazing woman, friend, and mother, and I would love to honor My Hero this way.

Happy Birthday Karin! Thank you for all you do. 

Masks For CT Distribution In Orange On Thursday

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May 202020

Masks for CT will distribute masks at Yale West Campus, 100 West Campus Drive, Orange, on Thursday, May 21, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on a first come first served basis to anyone in the community who wishes to drive by and pick up masks for their personal use. Contactless protocol is to roll down a window, drive by, and a volunteer will put a bag of masks inside your car.

Channel 3 joined forces with the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, 99.1 WPLR, Yale University and Masks for Heroes to make sure more people can protect themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a member of the Orange Chamber of Commerce, I will be there from 6 to 8 a.m. helping to hand out the bags of five (5) masks to those who drive by. 

This is a wonderful free program that has been going on throughout the state in several locations from Stamford to Mohegan Sun. 

Now that many businesses in Connecticut are opening again, masks are required before you can walk through the doors of your favorite stores. 

Wearing a mask is one way to help flatten the curve and hopefully eventually rid the state of this deadly virus for good. 

DeBarba receives Republican nomination, Klarides endorsement at Convention

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May 192020

Dan DeBarba, candidate for State Representative in the 114th District, received the full backing and support of area Republicans and delegates for the 114th District Republican Party Convention on Tuesday night.

State Representative and current House Republican Leader, Themis Klarides, announced earlier this month that she would not be seeking the nomination to run for re-election. Rep. Klarides endorsed DeBarba before the Convention. Klarides said DeBarba’s background in the healthcare industry and experience as a small business owner will enable him to be a strong advocate for the residents of the 114th district.

“Not only is Dan a successful CFO of a hospital system, he is a father, husband, and grandfather, who wants to see our state move in a better direction. Dan understands the many challenges families, businesses, and seniors face daily and is especially equipped to address and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak,” Klarides said. “Dan will be a great addition in Hartford and a person that we can trust to put politics aside to get the job done. I proudly support Dan and ask that my fellow neighbors vote for Dan in November.”

Derby Mayor, Richard Dziekan, thanked Rep. Klarides for her years of service to the community. Mayor Dziekan went on to nominate DeBarba to be the Republican candidate for State Representative.

“Dan knows what needs to get done and the importance of focusing on kick-starting our economy and fighting for good paying jobs,” said Mayor Dziekan. “Dan doesn’t need any training when it comes to understanding finances, running a business or how the healthcare industry operates. Dan will be a great partner for our communities, business leaders, hospitals, veterans, and all the residents of the 114th district. I will be voting for Dan in November and I hope you will join me.”

A long time friend and delegate, Leo DiSorbo, seconded DeBarba’s nomination. DiSorbo said, “Dan is a good neighbor and his work ethic and commitment to helping others will make him a tremendous State Representative. We need Dan fighting for us and our families in Hartford.”

With the full support of the delegates, DeBarba accepted the nomination to run for State Representative.

“I am very grateful to Representative Klarides, not only for her support, but for her tireless work over the past two decades in making our district and all of Connecticut a better place to live. After all, improving the quality of life for Connecticut’s residents is what any of us drawn to public service should be interested in doing,” DeBarba said.

He added, “Themis has embodied that effort each and every day. I thank the convention delegates for placing their confidence in me and I will work as hard as I can to be deserving of that confidence. I plan to use my experiences in finance, healthcare and small business to make Connecticut a better place for all and I will do all I can to be a strong, level-headed, and hard-working public servant.”

For more information, contact Dan at dan@debarbaforstaterep.com or call 203-699-6569.