Orange Memorial Day Ceremony Rainy Weather Style

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May 302021

The Memorial Day Ceremony at the gazebo is a treasured tradition in the town of Orange. The Memorial Day Committee works tirelessly for months to plan the events, from who the honored veterans will be to inviting town and state dignitaries and putting together the marching order for the parade.

So when Mother Nature sticks her nose into the mix and decides to rain on the parade, the committee has to quickly change the logistics — move the very important ceremony indoors — inform the public that there won’t be a parade, and ensure that the building custodian is available at the conclusion of the ceremony.


This year, longtime chairman Kevin Gilbert, who ran the events for decades, took a step back and handed the reigns over to Kellie Martino. Oh, Kevin is still a part of the planning but he is happy to see things run so smoothly with a new chairman at the helm. “She did a wonderful job, thinking to do things we’ve never done before,” Gilbert said. “Like the Facebook page.”

Martino brought the Committee into the 21st century, introducing an Orange Memorial Day Parade Facebook page to which everyone could refer for information and last-minute updates, such as posting the parade cancellation at 8:30 a.m.

The indoor ceremony was last-minute indeed, but very well organized and well attended. The Orange Police Honor Guard, accompanied by Chief Robert Gagne and Assistant Chief Max Martins were present. Members of Orange CERT, a scout troop, and the American Legion Post 127 Honor Guard also attended. The entire rear corner of the Community Center Gym was filled by the rank and file of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

Many veterans filled the seats, that were spaced a “safe distance” apart. Some in the audience wore masks, others did not.

The ceremony followed the regular schedule, invocation; Pledge of Allegiance; Diane Raikis’s beautiful rendition of the National Anthem; comments from First Selectman Jim Zeoli, then the introductions of, and comments by the three honored veterans — Grand Marshal Dr. Norman Marieb Lt. MCUSNR US Navy 1961-63, Chief of Staff Kevin Hadlock Lt. US Navy 1971-74, and Honored Veteran Louis Eagle SP4 US Army 1960-63.

Our lawmakers came next: Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, Senator Richard Blumenthal, and former House Republican Leader Themis Klarides.

They were followed by Keynote speaker Chris Carvath, an attorney who also serves on the Orange Police Commission.

Anna May Pieger, the president of the Post #127 Auxiliary presented the sons of Al Pol and Richard Manley the sashes that their fathers wore in past parades.

One staple of the ceremony is the student essay winners’ reading of their winning submissions. The subject of the 2021 essay was “Why do we celebrate Memorial Day?”

The winners, one from each Orange elementary school were Armaan Shrivastav, Chloe Chang and Avery French. Their essays won the approving nods of the veterans in attendance.

Rosa DeLauro and Richard Blumenthal both took copies of the essays to enter into the state’s congressional and senate records.

New this year, was the Memorial Day Program Cover Contest. The winner of the inaugural contest was student Avery Alves.

Fred O’Brien read the names of every Orange veteran who passed away between May 2019 to May 2021.

Kevin McKeon played Taps as the veterans stood at attention and saluted.

The ceremony concluded with a benediction from Antoinette Hudgens.

It was wonderful to see so many families come out to honor the brave men and women who helped to secure our freedom.



Rosa DeLauro Plans “Town Hall” Meeting In West Haven – Teens Especially Welcome

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Apr 062018

Rosa DeLauro Representative (D-CT 3rd District) has announced a Town Hall meeting, especially to listen to high school students concerns on Monday, April 9 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the West Haven High School auditorium, West Haven.

Rosa DeLauro to Speak with Orange Residents

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Mar 272015

rosa delauroCongresswoman Rosa DeLauro will be the featured speaker at a brunch sponsored by the Orange Democratic Town Committee at the Bear & Grill Restaurant, 385 Boston Post Road,  on Sunday, March 29 from 12:30-2:30 p.m.

The cost is $35 per person and will feature the Bear & Grill brunch buffet.

Rosa will provide an update on this year’s congressional session focusing in particular on healthcare, pay equality and food safety.

State Senator Gayle Slossberg will moderate the discussion.

The event is open to the public and there will be opportunity for questions.

For more information and reservations contact: Mara Saccente at msaccente@gmail.com or call 203-530-7160.

Originally Published on: Mar 10, 2015 @ 0:07

Second Publishing on: Mar 24, 2015 @ 14:00

Feds Grant Orange Volunteer Fire Department $111,626 for Operations and Safety Needs

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May 092014

Ladder 37 rolls down the road.

Ladder 37 rolls down the road.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Association will receive a $111,626 federal grant, according to a press release issued by Rosa DeLauro’s office.

The the local congressional delegation, including Rosa DeLauro, Richard Blumenthal, Chris Murphy and Elizabeth Esty made the announcement.

The Orange grant was one of two operations and safety grants coming to the state. In addition to Orange, the Waterbury Fire Department will be receiving $91,464.

Operations & Safety grants can be used in five areas: training, equipment, personal protective equipment, wellness and fitness, and modification to facilities.

The grants are the 27th and 28th firefighting grants awarded to Connecticut for Fiscal Year 2013.

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) said “Ensuring first responders have updated and necessary equipment, and proper training, is crucial to protecting not only the public, but the brave men and women who serve our communities.

“The equipment purchased with these grants , and the training they will enable, will better prepare the first responders of Waterbury and Orange for the dangerous and lifesaving work they so ably do.”

Join Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro For A Discussion About Indian Tribes (Possible Changes)

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Apr 152014

628x471Residents who’ve heard about proposed changes for establishing an Indian tribe has many Orange residents feeling uneasy.

Anyone living in the area about two decades ago will remember how their property was jeopardized when an Indian tribe attempted to receive recognition and “take what was rightfully theirs.”

This Wednesday, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro will host a discussion on the Draft Proposed Changes by the Bureau of Indian Affairs to the procedures for establishing an American Indian Tribe.

The meeting will take place in the main meeting room of the Woodbridge Town Hall, 11 Meetinghouse Lane at 5:30 p.m.

If you would like to attend, RSVP to District Director Jennifer Lamb at 203-562-3718 or at Jennifer.lamb@mail.house.gov.