Obituary: Elfo “Al” Pol, 94, Beloved Father, Grandfather, Town Treasure, Veteran

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Jun 232020

Elfo “Al” Sante Pol, 94, of Orange, husband of the late Anita De Mio Pol, passed away June 18, 2020, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Loving father of Raymond Pol of Orange, Kenneth (Linda) Pol of Meriden, Andrew Pol of Milford, Michael (Laura) Pol of Onset, MA, Daniel (Laura Schumann) Pol of Washington, DC and the late Lawrence Pol. Brother of William F. Pol of Canoga Park, CA.

He also is survived by 7 cherished grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. Al was born in New Haven on January 2, 1926, a son of the late Pietro and Adele Fullin Pol.

After attending Boardman Trade School in New Haven, Al proudly served in the U.S. Army, 65th Infantry Division during WWII as a heavy machine gunner, cook, and divisional instructor in electricity and electronics and participated in the Rhineland and Central European campaigns.

He worked as an electrician for the New York-New Haven-Hartford, Penn Central, and Conrail Railroads for 40 years while also establishing an electrical contracting business. After retiring in 1985, he became the Town of Orange electrical inspector for 32 years, until retiring in 2018 at age 92. Al and his late wife Anita had never-ending civic pride for the Town of Orange, the place they called home for over 60 years.

He was an elected constable, rose early to work the election polls, and volunteered at the Orange Country Fair and Firemen’s Carnival. Even into his 90s, you could find Al marching in the Memorial Day Parades, typically as a Parade Marshal.

Al was a member of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department for 55 years, retiring at age 90 – after serving as a Captain, and more than 30 years as treasurer. A member of the American Legion Orange Post 127 for 56 years, serving many years as their treasurer and receiving the Legionnaire of the Year award in 2019.

Al played card games weekly throughout his life with family and friends. At the Orange Senior Center, he taught his favorite card game, bridge. Along with his passion for cards, he would enjoy a good book, a great movie, crossword puzzles, and Sudoku.

An avid sports fan, he enjoyed attending NY Yankee games and watching NY Yankees and NY Giants games with his sons.

Friends may call at the PORTO FUNERAL HOME, 830 Jones Hill Rd., West Haven, on Thursday, June 25, from 5-8 p.m., and are invited to go directly to Holy Infant Church Friday morning for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Interment with military honors will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery, 280 Derby Ave, West Haven.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Post 127, 630 Grassy Hill Rd., Orange CT 06477. Sign Al’s guest book online at www.portofuneralhomes.net

Orange Foundation Announces Grant Recipients

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May 312020

The Orange Foundation has awarded its community grants to the following local organizations:

  • $3,000 to Orange Food2Kids which supplies food to those Orange elementary school students who would benefit from bringing home food for the weekend.
  • $2,000 to Camp Cedarcrest to upgrade the kitchen in the main cabin.
  • $1,000 to the Orange Historical Society to replace the sign at the Academy Building.
  • $582 to the Orange Senior Center to subsidize the cost of their annual holiday party.
  • $1,500 to the Amity Teen Center to partially fund the cost of their intern that assists the community.
  • $2,500 to the Orange Parks & Recreation department towards the purchase of a leg press machine at the High Plains Community Center.
  • $3,400 to American Legion Post 127 towards the renovation of the ladies’ restroom.
  • $1,300 to the Orange Arts and Culture Center to subsidize the cost of the Hop the Bus program which provides bus transportation to cultural events in New Haven.

Scholarship awards will be announced next week.

If you would like to learn more about the Orange Foundation, visit the website at www.OrangeFoundation.org

American Legion Post 127 Honors Capt. Kristen Griest

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Aug 232015

capt GriestThe American Legion Post 127 today announced that they are adding Capt. Kristen Griest to their Wall of Honor.

Griest, as many now know is one of two women to make history as the first females to graduate from West Point as Army Rangers.

Kristen is an Orange resident.

Letter: Resident Protests Selectmen’s Decision to Allow Gun Show Fundraiser at High Plains

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Aug 082015

lou merrickI read recently that on Nov. 21st and 22nd there will be a gun show and sale at the High Plains Community Center.  This is very upsetting to me and sends a terrible message to our friends and neighbors in Newtown…..as well as the rest of the country.
This is government property, paid for with our tax dollars. Our Board of Selectmen voted 4 to 1 to allow this with Ken Lenz the only dissenting vote.
I believe that our community center, with children present is not the appropriate place for such a show. Are we so desperate for money that we would approve such a show and sale?
 I’m sure the American Legion could find another venue.
If you agree with me….please forward to every one you know in Orange and come to a Board of Selectman meeting on Wed. August 12th at 7:30 in the basement of the Orange Town Hall.  A good showing would carry a lot of weight.  I believe we must make a stand as a community and stop the gun-toting crazies, wherever and whenever we can.
— Lynda Sheldon
Editor’s Note: To educate yourselves on this issue, the discussion from this Board of Selectmen’s meeting can be found HERE. It begins at 27:55 on the video.

Orange American Legion Baseball Forms Prep 15 and Under Team

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Feb 182014

Ted Ballou runs for first in this file photo.

Ted Ballou runs for first in this file photo.

The Orange American Legion program is proud to announce the formation of a Prep 15 and under team which will commence its season in June of 2014. Tryouts will be held in early March at the Grind in Orange. The exact date will be announced shortly.  Players between the ages of 13 and 15 who are interested in trying out should contact Bob Mirto at 203-687-8299 immediately.

The program will introduce players from Bethany, Orange and Woodbridge to the esteemed legion program immediately upon their transition from the smaller field. They will obtain all the benefits of a travel program at a reasonable cost, including excellent coaching and workouts as well as an extremely competitive season.

Players who are playing Babe Ruth or Senior Little League are eligible, as we have flexibility in our schedule.  This program has attempted to coordinate its schedule with Babe Ruth and Senior Little League and has the endorsement of the Amity High School Coaching Staff.  Coach Coppola has been a party to the meetings coordinating the leagues and is extremely supportive of this endeavor.

Obituary: Michael D’Agostino, 90, WWII Veteran, American Legion Member, Visitation This Morning Oct. 2, 9 a.m.

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Oct 022013

Screen shot 2013-10-02 at 1.29.26 AMMichael A. D’Agostino, age 90, of Branford, formerly of Orange, passed away on September 29, 2013.

He was predeceased by his wife Madeline Gallo D’Agostino. Father of Anthony (Lillian) D’Agostino of Milford and Michael (Diane) D’Agostino of Branford, grandfather of Mark (Jessica) D’Agostino, Michael D’Agostino, and James (Annie) D’Agostino, and great grandfather of Joseph and Marisa D’Agostino.

He is also survived by his sister Theresa Polverari. He was predeceased by 7 brothers and sisters.

Michael was a WWII Army Veteran, a member of the American Legion and the Exchange Club, both of Orange.

He worked for 34 years at CT White Truck Company.

Visitation will be Wednesday morning from 9-10:30 at the West Haven Funeral Home at the Green.

His funeral procession will leave the funeral home at 10:30 for a Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Infant Church at 11am.

Interment will follow in Orange Center Cemetery.

For online condolences please visit the website .

Legion Seeks Cold Weather Clothing Accessory Donations

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Oct 262012

There is a festively covered cardboard box in the hallway outside the First Selectman’s office that is sadly quite empty right now.

The American Legion Post 127 is hoping residents will fill the box with winter hats, gloves and scarves to help keep our neighbors in need warm this winter.

Even in this economy, many of us can afford to go to the store and buy a hat, gloves or a scarf if we need them, but there are still some Orange residents who struggle with the little things.

The Legion will distribute the donated items to those in need so everyone will be a bit warmer in the cold winter months.

All you have to do is bring the items to the Town Hall and place them in the special box.

Orange Legion Needs Your Help

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Sep 092012

The . Legion Post 127 on Grassy Hill Road

The Orange American Legion Post 127 needs a new furnace, so it is teaming up with Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, for a fund-raising Breakfast for Dinner event, Monday, Oct. 8.

Tickets are only $10 and menu includes 3 of Chip’s famous buttermilk pancakes, 2 eggs, sausage or bacon and coffee or tea.

There will be three seatings: 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Save the date now for a yummy dinner to support this worthy cause.

Phil Is Here!: American Legion Season Begins June 10

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Jun 092012


Orange Live is proud to welcome the 2010 “Sportswriter of the Year” Phil Brodsky to report on the upcoming American Legion Post 127 Baseball season.

Many of our Amity High School Baseball players are on the Legion Team.

Brodsky has been covering Legion games for 40 years and is anxious to get back in the game.

We welcome his expertise and talent to Orange Live and we know our readers will appreciate him too.

Let’s play ball!!!!




Legion Ball begins June 10

Sun.  June 10    Orange  @ Shelton              Shelton HS                     10 AM  POSTPONED DUE TO AMITY CARWASH

Tue.  June 12    Shelton  @ Orange             Brinley Field                    7 PM

Wed. June 13    Orange @ Shelton              Shelton HS                       7 PM

Thu.  June 14    West Haven @ Orange       Brinley Field                    7 PM

Sat.   June 16     Orange @ West Haven HS      Piurek Field             10 AM