New Business in Orange & Animal Shelter Renamed in Woodbridge

October 20, 2023

Fall is definitely in full swing! The trees are changing, and the nights are getting cooler. Some may try the "no Heat 'til November" challenge for fun, but for others, heating costs are a real concern. CLICK HERE if you would like to learn more about heat/fuel assistance provided by the state.

Governor Ned Lamont visited Orange last week as we cut the ribbon on a new business in town specializing in high-end graphic arts services. It is truly an impressive addition to Orange.

I celebrated the renaming of the regional shelter in Woodbridge in honor of Chief Animal Control Officer Karen A. Lombardi along with many others in the community.

And, a new report shows that Connecticut is one of the safest states in the country. Thank you to all of our law enforcement officers for doing what they do to keep our communities safe.

Below you will find the following sections and topics in this week's email:
  • Orange GHP Fulfillment Operations & Sign Center Opening
  • Renaming of Animal Shelter in Woodbridge
  • Apply Now for the Legislative Internship Program
  • Hamden Police Chief Retirement
  • Drop In Crime Across Connecticut
  • Derby Construction Update
  • In The News
  • Derby Events Calendar
  • Upcoming Events in Hamden
  • Orange Events and Community Calendar
  • Woodbridge Events and Community Calendar
Orange GHP Fulfillment Operations & Sign Center Opening
A new business specializing in high-end graphic arts services is calling Orange home! Governor Ned Lamont was on hand as GHP Media unveiled its new building and sign center. The company was originally based in West Haven, and we’re so happy to welcome them to our community!
Renaming of Animal Shelter in Woodbridge
We celebrated the renaming of the Woodbridge Regional Animal Shelter in honor of Karen A. Lombardi, our Chief Animal Control Officer, for her decades of service and commitment to the safety of animals. 

I joined First Selectwoman Beth Heller, Laura Torrence, Co-Founder of One Big Dog Animal Rescue Fund, and my colleague Rep. Nicole Klarides-Ditria to celebrate Karen and the entire team at the shelter for the important work it does.

Apply Now for the Legislative Internship Program
The Connecticut General Assembly Legislative Internship Program is looking for new candidates! CLICK HERE if you are interested in joining the program for Spring 2024. It's a great way to learn about your state government!

The application deadline is November 1, 2023.

The program offers Connecticut college students the opportunity to learn how state government works through first-hand experience in the legislative offices. Interns earn college credit for their work in the Connecticut General Assembly and gain exclusive access to the legislators and insight into the policy making process.
Click Here For More Information
Hamden Police Chief Retirement
Hamden Police Chief Timothy Wydra is retiring after serving with integrity, honor, and distinction in town for more than 30 years. According to his peers, Chief Wydra is a humble, compassionate, knowledgeable, and hardworking man who always cared about each and every officer. Congratulations on a well-deserved retirement!
Mayor Lauren Garrett has appointed Edward Page Reynolds as the next Chief of Police of the Hamden Police Department, pending Legislative Council approval and State of Connecticut certification. Reynolds would become the first black chief of police in Hamden. CLICK HERE to learn more about Edward Page Reynolds.
Drop in Crime Across Connecticut
Connecticut is one of the safest states in the country, and a new report provides more detail about the downward trend in crime between 2021 and 2022. According to the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection’s Crime Analysis Unit, there was a:
  • 4% reduction in overall crime
  • 13% reduction in violent crime, including a 13% reduction in homicides and an 18% reduction in robberies
  • 3% reduction in property crimes.

Additionally, the report finds that over the last 10 years, overall crime in Connecticut has fallen 26%, including a 41% reduction in violent crime and a 23% reduction in property crime.

Click Here For More Statistics
Derby Construction Update
Route 34 (Main Street) in Derby is taking shape with new parking, lights, and trees! You can see all the progress since my last update about two months ago. The project is expected to wrap up in the fall of 2024.   
In The News
Milford-Orange Times: "Resources for Better Health"
Derby Events Calendar
Check out the events below to see what's going on in Derby, and click the button at the bottom of this section to access the community calendar.
Come visit the Derby Historical Society at the Ansonia Nature Center’s Autumn Festival on Saturday, October 21 from 10 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. Try your hand at spinning and weaving, test out colonial period toys, or purchase something from our “Make Your Own” Table. Toys, crafts, books and other merchandise will be available for sale.
Stop by St. Mary-St. Michael School for the annual Pumpkin Patch & Fall Celebration. For more information, contact Mary Claire at or call (203) 735-6471.
You will find St. Mary-St. Michael School at 14 Seymour Avenue, Derby, CT 06418  
Derby Community Calendar
Upcoming Events in Hamden
Take a look at the flier below and click on the button to learn about upcoming events in Hamden:
Dunbar's Church Annual Apple Festival is on Saturday, October 21 from 9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. at Dunbar United Church of Christ on 767 Benham Street in Hamden.
Restaurants all over Hamden will be featuring either a buy one get one option or three-course prix fixe menu, which for lunch will be $9-$16 and for dinner between $20-$36. CLICK HERE for full list of participating restaurants!
More Hamden Events
Orange Events and Community Calendar
Check out the upcoming events in Orange, and please click the button below to access the community calendar.
Games from 1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.
Trunk or Treat: 2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Call Park & Recreation to register your car at (203) 891-4790
This event is only for Orange residents
Hold onto your seats, prepare your friends, and unleash your inner Halloween enthusiast. The countdown to chills, screams, and the Monster Mash is almost complete.
Tickets are on sale now for this funny, heartwarming, poignant, romantic comedy with all the magic of the Northern lights. Tickets at the door are $25 cash or check only.
Buy Tickets Here
Organizers will not be accepting seat reservations for the show, however, should you require special seating arrangements, please call the box office 475-227-7547 or email
Orange Community Calendar
Woodbridge Events and Community Calendar
Check out the events below and click the button under that to access the community calendar.
Find a painting and add some autumnal touches with acrylic paint, or use a plain canvas to create an original painting while enjoying some wine. Brushes, acrylic paint, blank canvases, and wine provided. Two wine tickets per participant. Please bring IDs; must be 21+. REGISTER HERE!
Stop by Woodbridge Town Library to see the resurrection of legendary author Edgar Allan Poe with a spellbinding one-man show, intertwining dramatic re-enactments, historical biography, and dynamic interactions with the audience. CLICK HERE to register!
Woodbridge Community Calendar