Letter: Auxiliary Member Explains The American Legion’s Golf Tourney Cancellation

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Aug 022015

hall_photoTo the Editor:

Approximately a month ago I sent an email to the local newspapers as well as Orange Live and Orange Patch concerning the cancellation of the American Legion Golf Tournament due to conflict with Orange Hills Country Club. As of right now the only media outlet to even mention the cancellation was Orange Live by posting the announcement the next day.

Here it is a month later and not only has no one else even mentioned the cancellation but no one has even questioned the “conflict with Orange Hills Country Club.”

In case anyone is interested the story goes like this:

In February the golf course was booked for Monday, August 17th (the same Monday as last year) for the American Legion Post 127 Annual Golf Tournament. This is the group’s main fundraiser for the year, the money raised going to improve the building and grounds at 630 Grassy Hill Road. Sometime in April the date was verbally confirmed.

Then in the beginning of June the Country Club called saying the course was double booked for that day and asked if the American Legion could change the date. At this point 150 letters and flyers had already been mailed out or personally handed out while looking for not only golfers but also sponsors, donations and raffle prizes. Emails had already been sent to the local papers, websites, and social media outlets. So of course the answer was no, we could not change the date.

Over the following four weeks many phone calls were made from the Country Club owners again asking to change the date or the time, they tried to get town officials involved, money was even offered to change to another golf course. All of this back and forth was for the Milford Police Department Golf Tournament… because they would bring in more money for the golf course that day.

Please understand that I support all men and women in uniform and thank them for the job they do… but when an out of town department receives priority over the veterans of the town of Orange, there is something wrong with this community.

And I think what bothers me the most is that no one has done or said anything, publicly, about this situation. I just thought people should know why such a fun and worthy event had been cancelled. As well as why next year’s golf tournament may have to be held out of town…


Tricia Cenami

Resident of Orange

Member of the American Legion Auxiliary

Legion Post 127 Has A Great Day for Golf Tourney

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Aug 202014

IMG_7122The skies were clear and the temperature remained pleasant at Orange Hills Country Club on Monday for the American Legion Post 127 Golf Tournament.

Participants rode in comfort on golf carts as they went from hole to hole.

The fundraising event benefits the Legion Post and its various youth baseball teams.

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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 

Obituary: George Lucas (not that one) Army Veteran, Orange Hills CC Member, AKA the “Mayor of Milford”

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Apr 232013

thumb3_white_dove_5-1George Doran Lucas, age 89, passed away peacefully at the Westerly Hospital in Westerly, RI. on March 12th, surrounded by his family.

He had lived for five months at the Carriage House in Westerly, preceded by six happy years at the Elms, a retirement residence. Prior to that he lived in Milford, CT. for 56 years, one block away from Gulf Beach.

Born in Bridgeport, CT. to Gawn Orr Lucas and Daisy Hart Lucas, he enlisted in the U.S. Army AirCorps at the beginning of World War II. He served as an air traffic controller at various airfields in Europe throughout the war.

He married the former Irene Burritt in 1947 and spent his working career in CT. at the Singer Sewing Machine Company and Raybestos Company as a production manager. He welcomed his only child, Bryan Lucas, in 1950. His granddaughters, Valerie and Audrey, arrived in 1988 and 1994.

George enjoyed many hobbies including walking, golf, gardening, softball and bike riding. He and his younger brother Harold were members of the Orange Hills Country Club in Orange, CT. and the Lucas boys frequently partnered together for competitive rounds of golf.

He was a member and former officer of the American Legion Post #34 in Milford, CT. He was known for his outgoing personality and warm regard for friends and neighbors, always willing to lend a helping hand.

He was recognized for his long, daily walks to and around Gulf Beach in Milford, CT. regardless of inclement weather. He would walk for three to six miles a day through his seventies. His neighbors’ fondly dubbed him “the mayor of Milford.”

George is survived by his son Bryan Doran Lucas and daughter-in-law Lynn Gauman of Wakefield, his granddaughter Valerie Gauman Lucas of North Hollywood, CA. and his granddaughter Audrey Gauman Lucas of Wakefield. His beloved wife Irene Burritt Lucas preceded him in death in 2007. His dear brother Harold preceded him in death by one day.

A memorial service will be held at the Woodmont United Church of Christ, 1000 New Haven Avenue, Milford CT 06460, on Saturday, April 27th at 1130 am.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Saint Andrew Preschool, 15 East Beach Road, Charlestown RI 02813. For guest book and condlonces,averystortifuneralhome.com

OEDC Announces Sixth Annual Golf Tournament

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Aug 052012

The Orange Hills Course is lush and green.

The Orange Economic Development Corporation (OEDC) announced its 6th  Annual Golf Tournament, sponsored by PEZ Candy, Inc., is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 21, at Orange Hills Country Club, 389 Racebrook Road.  A rain date of Oct. 5, is scheduled.

OEDC Executive Director Paul Grimmer said,  “Our annual tournament is turning out to be a terrific event.  We have implemented a number of fun activities for our participants and we look forward to wonderful day on the course.   The tournament is providing us an opportunity to network with our peers and generate new ideas for the upcoming year.”

Tournament Schedule

Registration will begin at 10 a.m. with a shot gun start at 11 a.m.  The tournament price is $175 per golfer and includes the following:

18 Holes of Golf with Cart

Bagged lunch given out at registration

Snacks and Drinks on the Course

Massages provided by Inner Essence Spa

Steak or Lobster Dinner Catered by David Grant Caterers

Beer Tent provided by Orange Ale House & Grill

Numerous on-course Contests—Hole in One, Closest to the Pin, Par 3 Challenge, Closest to the Line, Longest Drive (Men & Women).

Tournament Gifts, Contest Awards, and Raffle Prizes total over $6,000

The OEDC is accepting registrations and anyone interested in participating in the event should contact either Paul Grimmer or Annemarie Sliby at (203) 891-1045.  You may also sign up online at the OEDC website www.OrangeEDC.com/golf.htm.

In addition to PEZ Candy, Inc. as the Tournament Sponsor, other sponsors to date include:

Tournament Sponsor:             PEZ Candy, Inc.

Cart Sponsor:                          Cohen and Wolf, P.C.

Lunch Sponsor:                       The Eagle Leasing Company

Beverage Sponsor:                  NORTHEAST Electronics Corporation

The OEDC is accepting additional sponsors as well as Tee Sign Sponsors. Call the OEDC at (203) 891-1045 if interested.