Chris Winkel Named Tri-Captain Of 2019 UConn Baseball Team

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Dec 062018

Here’s a recent notice from UConn Baseball, which includes Orange native Chris Winkel, who grew up in the Orange Little League, American Legion, and Amity Baseball Programs:

Keeping with tradition, the UConn baseball team concluded their fall workouts atop Cemetery Hill, at the graves of university founders, Charles, and Augustus Storrs. Head coach Jim Penders then announced the team’s 2019 captains, as voted on by the team. Mason FeoleJohn Toppa and Chris Winkel will captain the team for the 2019 season.

Winkel garners captain status after a breakout sophomore season in Storrs. The versatile first basemen played in 59 games with 55 starts and registered 986 fielding percentage. The Orange native set career-highs by hitting .264 with 53 hits, 22 runs scored, 11 doubles, four home runs, and 33 RBIs.

He is the son of James and Marcy Winkel and has one brother, Patrick, who joined him at UConn this year.

Details of Chris’s 2018 Season: Had a breakout sophomore season for the Huskies…Played in 59 games with 55 starts…Hit .264 with 53 hits, 22 runs scored, 11 doubles, four home runs, 33 RBIs and stole seven bases…Registered a .986 fielding percentage at first base…Stroked an RBI double during a three-hit game at Georgia Tech (Feb. 18)…Smoked a three-run home run at Southeastern Louisiana (Feb. 24)…Smashed a grand slam in the first inning at No. 30 Coastal Carolina (March 13)…Recorded two-hit games in all three contests at No. 20 Wichita State (April 13-15) totaling three doubles and four RBIs during the series…Went 2-4 with three RBIs at Cincinnati (April 21)…Clobbered a home run vs. Tulane (April 29)…Roped a go-ahead, two-run double in the eighth inning at Northeastern (May 9) to lead UConn to comeback win…Went 2-4 with an RBI single in The American Championship game vs. ECU (May 26).

Obituary: John E. DeFeo, 59, Orange Native, Beloved Husband, Father, Son, Brother

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Oct 312018

John E. DeFeo, 59, of Kinnelon, New Jersey, passed away on October 22, 2018.

John was born and raised in Orange, Connecticut, the son of Robert and Judith DeFeo. John then studied for his law degree while living in New York City, where he met his wife, Margaret and later settled in Kinnelon, where they lived since 2001.

John was a lifelong goofball and loved being the life of the party. Whether joking with old friends, embellishing long stories with new, or telling the same jokes to his family, he could always be counted on to make you laugh.

John also had a lifelong passion for politics. He studied political science in undergrad at Fordham University, attending national conventions, and was later involved in local politics at various times in his life. Later in life he ended up spending most evenings catching up on the day’s events, and could often be found debating good-naturedly with friends and family. 

He was also an avid traveller, and loved exploring new places, visiting all 50 states over the course of his life. He also loved sharing this passion with his family, planning trips all over the U.S. as well as to visit his wife’s family in Ireland most summers.  

John is survived by his devoted family, wife, Margaret and children, Ellen, Paul and Tim; his parents, Robert and Judith DeFeo; his siblings, Robert DeFeo (Dawn), Dave DeFeo, Sue Simone, Mark DeFeo (Aileen) and Steve DeFeo (Pam); his mother in-law, Susan Finnerty; his nieces and nephews, Kevin and Jessica Simone, Brian, Sarah and Daniel DeFeo, Christopher and Robert DeFeo, Will DeFeo, Aoife, Anna, Hugh, and Emily Broderick, Mark, Andrew, and Lucy Finnerty, Catherine and Patrick Finnerty, Hannah and Rosie O’Brien; and his brothers and sisters in-law, Patricia (Tony) Broderick, Enda (Mary) Finnerty, Cormac (Rachael) Finnerty, Susan (J.P.) O’Brien. John was predeceased by his father in-law, Patrick Finnerty and brother-in-law Sandy Simone.

Friends and family visited on Thursday, Oct. 25, at Our Lady of the Magnificat RC Church, Kinnelon. A funeral Mass was celebrated on Friday, Oct. 26, at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory can be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.

Obituary: Catherine Cleary Gilson, 97, Beloved Aunt, Friend

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Aug 012018

Catherine Cleary Gilson, 97, passed away July 29, 2018 at the Arden House in Hamden.

She was the beloved wife of the late Frank Gilson. Catherine was born on August 7, 1920 to the late Thomas and Anne Malone Cleary in Orange, CT.

Kay worked for Yale Medical School. She was a devoted Catholic and an Ecumenical Master for St. Lawrence Church for 25 years.

She is predeceased by her sisters Margaret Gilson, Elizabeth Platt, Eleanor Gilson and brothers John Cleary, Francis Cleary and Thomas Cleary. She is survived by her dear Sister-In-Law Mary Cleary, three generations of Nieces and Nephews and special friend Mary McGovern.

Special thanks to Vitas Caregivers, her roommate Emily and her aide Rosley at Arden House.

Family and Friends may visit the Keenan Funeral Home, 238 Elm St. West Haven Thursday, August 2, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 3 at St. Lawrence Church, 207 Main Street, West Haven. Interment immediately following at St. Lawrence Cemetery, 280 Derby Avenue, West Haven.

To leave an online condolence or tribute, visit www.keenanfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Andrea Jacobson Grant, 77, Beloved Mother, Grandmother

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Apr 182018

Andrea Jacobson Grant, 77, of Orange, passed away on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. Born in Providence on July 6, 1940, Andrea was the eldest child of the late Eric Gunnar Jacobson and Mary Elizabeth (Grieve) Jacobson. The family moved to Westerly in 1950 after purchasing a former physical therapy clinic on the Shore Road and converting it to an inn known as the Winnapaug House (later the Grandview).

She graduated from Westerly High School in 1958. She served as class secretary, editor-in-chief of the Driftwood (yearbook), a member of the Barker staff (school newspaper), and a member of the cheering squad. She was inducted into the Rhode Island and National Honor Societies and received the D. A. R. Award for Good Citizenship. Classmates voted her most likely to succeed, most mature, and most respected.

Andrea attended Pembroke College (now Brown University) and graduated in 1962 with a major in English. Work and family took her to western New York, Florida, Pennsylvania and Maryland before she returned to New England in the early 1980s. For most of her professional life, she worked as a teacher of children with special needs, many of them autistic.

Andrea read voraciously and regularly attended movies. She maintained elaborate flower gardens, and among her culinary skills was her fine-tuning of Rhode Island clam chowder, the “real” kind without milk, cream or tomatoes. Perhaps her greatest love was East Beach, where she spent many an afternoon throughout her life.

Andrea is survived by her brothers, Kent A. Jacobson (Martha Lyon) of Northampton, MA, and Peter L. Jacobson (Terry Lorant) of Oakland, CA; daughters Lisa Hartjen of Honsdale, PA, and Anne Hartjen (Larry Laconi) of New Haven, CT; two grandchildren, James and Elizabeth Laconi; and first husband, Raymond Hartjen of East Hampton, NY. She was predeceased by her second husband, John Grant.

Contributions may be made in memory of Andrea Jacobson Grant to the Westerly Public Library, 44 Broad Street, Westerly, RI, 02891.

More Undesirable Weather Coming Into Orange Today: Here’s Kevin’s Take On It

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Mar 032015

snow house“Our” Meteorologist Kevin Arnone breaks down the incoming weather system on WXEdge accessible through our “weather tab (above).

As most Orange Live readers know Kevin is an Orange native who has been with us since the beginning (nearly 3 years).

He now has a great job at WTNH which always was his dream and he is still the most accurate forecasters out there.

A Positive Change To Orange Live’s Weather Tab When You Need It Most

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Jan 312015

Kevin Arnone

Kevin Arnone

When Orange Live opened for business in May 2012, Kevin Arnone joined us as our weather forecaster.

His predictions were always incredibly accurate and he gained quite a following.

Since, Kevin realized his lifelong dream and became affiliated with WTNH-8, but had to give up his own site since it was a conflict of interest.

Our Weather Tab at the top of the page was linked to his website, which he hasn’t updated in a very long time. So we changed the link to his Weather Facebook page, which is nearly always up-to-date.

At times like this when snowstorms, high winds and other hazardous weather are threatening the area, it’s nice to know that you can access a trusted meteorologist with just the click of a tab here on Orange Live.

We welcome Kevin’s updates back to our site and we’re proud to share this Orange native’s expertise with YOU.

Obituary: Capt. Robert W. Klementz, USN Ret.

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Jan 222015

Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 2.30.07 PMCapt. Robert W. Klementz, USN Ret, 78, of Annandale, VA, passed away on January 13th 2015.

A native of Orange, CT, Capt. Klementz was a 30 year active service Navy Veteran.

He was born in Shelton, CT, on September 11, 1936, the son of the late William & Emma Hafner Klementz.

He is survived by his wife, they were married for 56 years, Barbara Miller Klementz, and their 2 daughters, Lauren K. Harte of CA & Holly K. Scott of SC; their son, David Klementz of AL; his sister, Linda K. Arbesman of FL, and blessed with 6 grandchildren.

Friends are invited to attend his Masonic Graveside Service and Military Honors on Saturday, Jan. 24th at 10:30 AM in Evergreen Cemetery, 679 Ella Grasso Blvd, New Haven.

Contributions in Capt. Klementz memory may be made to the Lynn House, 4400 W. Braddock Rd, Alexandria, VA 22304.

For more information on Capt. Klement’s career or to send a condolence to his family please see www.beecherandbennett.com