Orange Police Note: Millwork and Repaving On State Roads

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Jun 242020

The Orange Police announced the following roadwork that is currently taking place. Be aware of these projects and plan your detour routes accordingly.

State Route 121 (Grassy Hill Road / North Street) is being milled down and repaved from RT34 (Derby Avenue) in Orange to RT1 (Boston Post Road) in Milford. Road milling is being accomplished this week from 6:30 am – 4:00 pm.

Expect delays and use alternate routes when possible.

Paving will follow and will be accomplished from 7:00 pm – 5:00 am. The entire project will take a few weeks. Please use caution, be patient, and drive safely.

Connex Presents Giuliano With Scholarship Award

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Jun 242020

Lauryn Giuliano of Orange (pictured with her parents) was the recipient of the Nicolas G. Hackett Memorial Scholarship, an award named in honor of a longtime volunteer at Connex Credit Union.

Lauryn is currently majoring in Psychology at Southern Connecticut State University, where she maintains a 4.0 GPA while serving as a presidential student ambassador and mathematics peer mentor.

In high school, Lauryn also completed more than 415 hours of volunteer service working with organizations such as the West Haven Animal Shelter and Locket’s Meadow Horse Rescue Farm in Bethany.

For more information on the scholarship program or Connex Credit Union, visit connexcu.org.

Building Confidence through Proper Signage is Key to the Safe Re-opening

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Jun 242020

As the state moves through phase two and toward phase three of re-opening, businesses will begin looking for signs with which to guide their customers through their stores and restaurants.

The following is a message from Orange’s own Signarama, 553 Boston Post Road.

As Connecticut begins our phased re-opening, as a Business Owner or Human Resources leader, you will need to take utmost precautions to adapt your business into a safe environment for both workers and customers. Discover all the ways to allow your business to function– without compromising public health or confidence.

Our business, Signarama-Orange, is here to support you in workplace readiness with a wide variety of products and advice on what your business will need for a wide variety of required signage.

Signarama has been an integral part of many businesses in this community for over 20 years. We will continue to provide the professional support and products you need in this unprecedented time to get everyone back at work with the right reminders and modifications.

Call us today at 203-795-5450 for a free consultation, or email us at sales@signs-ct.com.


Goddard School Gives Preschoolers A Proper Send-Off

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Jun 232020

While not being able to host a traditional graduation ceremony in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, an Orange area preschool came up with a way to give their graduates a proper send-off, while remaining socially responsible.

Earlier this month, teachers and staff from The Orange, CT Goddard School traveled from Milford to Guilford spreading cheer by providing each graduate with a mini-parade celebration. The students saw their favorite teachers and administrators, received their diploma and a gift bag of goodies, along with a graduation sign and tee-shirt.

Kimberly Kick, the on-site owner of The Goddard School in Orange, said that graduation is not only a celebration for the children and parents but for the faculty as well. “It’s been a journey filled with excitement and friendships, learning, and laughter. Many of the children have been with us since they were infants,” she said. “While we’ll miss seeing them on a daily basis, we’re confident that they are well prepared for the road ahead.”

“Many of the children and families come back to visit us and share their accomplishments with us long after their Goddard School graduation. It’s a wonderful feeling,” Kimberly said.

For more information on The Goddard School, visit www.goddardschool.com. 


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

Wake And Funeral Service Information For Al Pol

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Jun 232020

The wake for Al Pol will take place on Thursday, June 25, from 5 – 8 p.m. at Porto Funeral Home, 830 Jones Hill Road, West Haven.

The funeral service will be on Friday at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Road, Orange, at 11 am.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department’s Engine 1 will be used as the caisson.

Burial will be at the St. Lawrence Cemetery, 280 Derby Ave, West Haven, immediately following the mass.

Obituary: Mary Ehrler, Beloved Mother, Grandmother, An Exciting Life, Full of Love

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Jun 222020

Mary Elisabeth (Coutts) (Mallinson) Ehrler passed away gracefully surrounded by love on Friday, June 19, 2020. She was married to the love of her life, the late George W. Ehrler, Deputy Chief, New Haven Fire Department.
She was educated in the New Haven school system and then earned an associate degree in Police Science & Administration and then a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of New Haven. She was employed by the New Haven Police Department as one of the first Traffic Safety Assistants in 1968.
She became the first female Police Officer hired for patrol on July 1, 1974, in the town of Woodbridge. She retired after 25 years of service on September 4, 1999. Upon retirement, she went to work for the Amity Regional School District #5 as a Security Officer, or as she liked to say, she was Mom to 1600 students.
She was a member of many organizations during her life, New Haven Police Assoc. of CT, Ct Assoc. of Woman Police, Bethany Wanders, Bethany CERT, Bethany Cemetery Committee, St. Andrew’s Society of CT, MADD, and Woodbridge District Animal Control. Hers was a life of service.
She was the loving mother of Donna (Donald) Shea, Keith (Sheila) Mallinson of Bethany, Brian (Kelly) Mallinson of Rutland, VT. Beloved Gramma to Lisa (Bugsy) Lockwood, Donald Shea, Robert (Annice) Mallinson, Jonathan (Holly Mathews) Shea, Ryan (Alissa Grey) Shea, Jacqui, and Dominique (Thomas Grimshaw) Luca. Cherished Great-Gramma to seven whom she loved with all her heart. She is also survived by her sister, Ellen Coutts Waff (William) of NC, and several nieces and nephews.
Her family would like to extend a note of thanks to her doctor, Uyen To, whose care for their Mom was second to none.
Donations in her memory can be made to the St. Andrew’s Society of CT or to Bethany Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
Friends and family are invited to pay their respects at the Celentano Funeral Home, 424 Elm St., New Haven on Monday, June 22 from 4-7 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m., also at the Celentano Funeral Home, followed by interment at Eastside Cemetery in Woodbridge. Masks and Social Distancing are required.

ASD Fitness Center Plans To Re-Open On July 1

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Jun 222020

The ASD Fitness Center, 307 Racebrook Road, Orange, will be re-opening on Wednesday, July 1.

The Fitness Center is dedicated to working with youth and adults with autism and other special needs. Their services will be limited to one-on-one personal training.

As they progress through reopening the center will eventually offer its usual schedule of group classes that include karate, yoga cardio dance, sports, and team building.

All state recommended safety and sanitation measures will be strictly followed to protect staff and customers.

Call 203-553-9508 or e-mail www.asdfitnesscenter.com  to schedule your free assessment and get started on the road to health and fitness today.




Scout Eagle Project Brings Beauty To Historic Homestead

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Jun 202020

The Orange Historical Society would like to celebrate Eagle Scout candidate Jason Buyn and other members of Troop 12 from Milford who have been hard at work at the historic Bryan-Andrew House on Old Tavern Road in Orange.
After completing the beautiful retaining wall, the scouts are clearing weeds and brush, repairing and staining an outside staircase, and planting arborvitae trees along the driveway.
Members of the OHS Board said, “Thank you, Scouts.” They praised them for being responsible and wearing masks, even on hot and humid days. 

Look For The New Plastic Bag And Wrap Shed At The Transfer Station

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Jun 202020

Orange Recycling Committee Chairman Mitch Goldblatt just announced that today at 11 a.m. the Home Depot Store Manager Matt Hyatt, along with his associate Pete, delivered a new shed for the Plastic Bag and Wrap recycling at the Transfer Station and Recycling Center.

With the help of Transfer Station Equipment Operator Gerry Butler, it was set up and ready to go within minutes.

“Please help spread the word and thanks to everyone for their patience,” Goldblatt said.

This is supposed to be a temporary structure as The Home Depot has the approval for a permanent structure, but that may still be several months away.