OCC Hosts Trail Maintenance Day At Housatonic Overlook

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Nov 122019

A view from the Housatonic Overlook (Orange’s waterfront property).

The Orange Conservation Commission (OCC) is hosting a “trail maintenance day” at the Housatonic Overlook and Tucker’s Ridge Open Space located at 672 High Ridge Road in Orange on Saturday, November 16th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Participants are encouraged to wear work gloves and warm footwear and welcomed to bring rakes, small pruning tools, etc. We will be clearing branches and debris from trails and picking up trash.

Saturday is predicted to be a cold 38 degrees, so dress appropriately.

The OCC will provide water and trash bags. It will be canceled in the event of rain.

This is a fun way to learn about the trail! Please come out and help maintain Orange’s beautiful open spaces!

Today The Full Beaver Moon Will Grace The Heavens

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Nov 122019

The Farmer’s Almanac reports the following:

November’s Full Beaver Moon reached its peak fullness Tuesday, November 12, at 8:34 a.m.

The full moon has this name because this is when beavers become extremely active in building their winter dams in preparation for the cold weather. These nocturnal creatures work very hard under the light of the full moon.

Although the weather may keep us from seeing it, the power of the full moon will still be in full force.


AVANGRID Offers Cold Weather Tips

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Nov 122019

United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas and Connecticut Natural Gas, subsidiaries of AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR), are urging customers to take measures to stay safe and warm during the bitterly cold weather that is forecast for the region.

Temperatures are expected to plunge into the single digits overnight, with potential wind chills dropping well below zero. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont has activated the state’s cold weather protocol.

UI, SCG, and CNG warned that the risk of fire, carbon monoxide poisoning, exposure, and other hazards can increase during bitterly cold weather. They urged customers to take measures to remain safe during the cold snap.

Staying Warm

If you are unable to keep your home safely and comfortably heated, call Infoline at 211 for resources that can help you and your family.

Exposure to extreme cold can cause serious medical conditions including hypothermia and frostbite. To avoid them, stay indoors if possible and wear warm clothing, including head covering and gloves or mittens.

For information about frostbite, hypothermia, and other concerns, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/index.html.

Fire and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Fire and carbon monoxide poisoning incidents rise during cold weather, as a result of malfunctioning appliances, poor ventilation and improper use of heat sources. Place smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on every level of your home, outside of sleeping areas and inside each bedroom. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors monthly to make sure the batteries are working, and replace the batteries at least twice a year.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless and tasteless toxic gas. It is a product of fuel combustion, and a buildup can result from a furnace or space heater problem. Symptoms of CO poisoning can mimic flu.

For more information about fire and carbon monoxide dangers, visit the National Fire Protection Association: https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Seasonal-fires/Put-A-Freeze-on-Winter-Fires.

Stove and Range

The stove, range, and other kitchen appliances are designed for cooking. Do not use them to heat your home. Use them only as specified in the manufacturer’s instructions.

Space Heaters

Use only space heaters that have been tested and certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory. Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions, and never use a device designed for outdoor use indoors. Place the space heater on a level surface away from foot traffic, at least 3 feet from combustible materials. Inspect the cord for fraying, and after plugging it in, periodically feel the cord near the outlet to make sure the plastic is not getting hot. Do not run the cord under a rug or carpeting, and never use an extension cord for a space heater. Keep children and pets away, and turn off the space heater when you leave the area.

More space heater safety information can be found on the U.S. Department of Energy website, at https://energy.gov/energysaver/portable-heaters.

Heating, Hot Water and Plumbing

Keep the furnace area clear of flammable materials and keep vents clear to provide a good air supply to your heating system to ensure proper combustion.

Water pipes that are exposed to cold temperatures may freeze and burst. Don’t ignore drips or odd noises from your heating system — call your heating company to investigate. Wrap exposed pipes in your basement with pipe insulation to help them retain heat.

The American Red Cross offers additional tips for avoiding frozen pipes at http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/winter-storm/preventing-thawing-frozen-pipes.

Body Found in Woodbridge Woods

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Nov 102019

The Woodbridge Police Department has had a busy day. Here is a press release from the department in regards to a body found there Saturday evening.

The Woodbridge Police Department is currently conducting an active criminal investigation after the body of an apparent homicide victim was located last evening in a wooded area on Woodfield Road.

The incident is related to a report of a missing person being investigated by the New Haven Police Department.

Detectives from the CT State Police Central District Major Crime Unit have been on scene and are assisting in the investigation.

The body has since been removed from the scene and transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner where an autopsy will be performed to positively confirm the victim’s identity and the cause of death.

Remember The Veterans On Veterans Day

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Nov 102019

This little fellow will be celebrating with his daddy, a Top Gun pilot.

Veterans Day is a day to honor our Veterans.

Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day and marked the end of hostilities of World War I that occurred at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month.

The day is always recognized on November 11th, regardless of the day of the week the 11th falls on.

Although it seems that for some, Veterans Day means special savings at car dealerships and local merchants, the best way to celebrate is by taking some time out of your day to honor the veterans from past conflicts and the men and women who are presently serving our country.

In Orange, the Veterans Day ceremony will take place on Monday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Walk in front of High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road. Bring your children, so they can understand the importance of the day. The weather is predicted to be warmer than the last couple of days (55 degrees).

Traditionally, the ceremony is brief, and no matter what the weather, it’s a wonderful way to recognize the significance of the day and an opportunity to thank the veterans in attendance and honor those who can’t be there.

I’ll be honoring my Father, Richard Haas, who served in the Air Force during the Korean War; my Uncle, Marine Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Nalewaik who served in Vietnam; and my nephew, Major David Haas, a Top Gun Pilot who’s proudly served in the Marine Corps for 19 years so far. He’s is currently a flight instructor, classified as a Naval Aviator. I’m so proud of all of them. 

Orange Election Results: The Only Guaranteed Winners

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Nov 072019

On Election Night every candidate with a lick of sense is a bit nervous, but in Orange, there were two longtime elected officials who knew they would win. Town Clerk Pat O’Sullivan and Tax Collector Sandra Pierson.

In this election, O’Sullivan earned 3,535 votes, Pierson received 3,951. We’ll see both of you at town hall.

Maroney Releases Statement Re: DVA Commissioner Saadi

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Nov 062019

State Senator James Maroney (D-Milford 14th) released the following statement in response to an announcement that Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) Commissioner Thomas J. Saadi will be taking a six-month, quasi-leave of absence beginning Friday, November 15 while on active duty with the U.S. Army.

“I wish Commissioner Saadi the best as he continues to courageously serve our country,” Sen. Maroney said. “It is an honor to work with the commissioner as we strive to ensure our state’s veterans have the resources they require to flourish in our state.”

Commissioner Saadi expects to return to his position full time in mid-May 2020. The Commissioner was reconfirmed by the Connecticut General Assembly as commissioner of DVA in March 2019 after being nominated by Governor Ned Lamont to continue in the position he held since February 2018.

Commissioner Saadi previously served as acting commissioner of DVA from October 2017 through February 2018, and prior to that served as the agency’s chief of staff and general counsel. He received his commission as a judge advocate in the Army Reserve in November 2005, completed officer basic training in 2006, officer advanced training in 2014, and command and general staff college in 2016.

In his absence, day-to-day operations will be overseen by two senior DVA managers: Michael Clark, fiscal and business manager, and Joseph Danao, director of projects and operations.


About James Maroney: Sen. Maroney was first elected to represent the 14th District (Milford) in 2018. Before being elected to the Senate, he was a State Representative for the 119th District from 2012-2014, where he served on the Higher Education Committee. Due to his distinguished service on the Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee, he was asked to serve on the Planning Commission for Higher Education and help develop a strategic plan for higher education in Connecticut.

Annie Davis Fundraiser In Two Days (Friday, Nov. 8)

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Nov 062019

The Fundraiser in memory of Annie “Elf Mama” Davis is just two days away.

On Friday, Nov. 8, the Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, will open its “Big Room” up for this event from 5 to 9 p.m.

Online ticket sales are picking up. Advance sale price is $20, At The Door tickets are $25.

You can save a little bit of money by buying in advance HERE and use those savings for our VERY DIFFICULT “Guess how many candies are in the jar” contest, and getting raffle tickets for a chance on one of our wonderful donated prizes (10 for $5 or 25 for $10). We’re confident that we’ve got something of interest for everyone. We’ve got a whole team of Annie’s friends collecting them.

We’ve been told that some people are afraid to give their information online, so we will offer you this option. Send an e-mail to orangectlive01@gmail.com by 10 a.m. on Friday with the words “Tickets” in the subject line, and you will be put on the list of attendees for the $20 advance ticket price. 

We are hoping to fill the Ale House with those special families that shared the joy of Santa’s Helper over the years, as well as bringing Annie’s friends and co-workers together to share stories.

Skip Dinner at home and stop by the Ale House and enjoy their special fundraiser cuisine (included) or you CAN buy dinner for yourself and order from the regular menu.

We’re working hard to make this a memorable celebration. If residents, business owners, municipal offices, organizations, or any group would like to donate a raffle prize, or collect money and we will assemble an appropriate basket in your name, text Terri at 203-506-1747, and I will be happy to come and get it by Thursday, Nov. 7.

Contributors will be recognized at the event and on Orange Live.

Thank You in advance for remembering Annie.

Election Results: Town Plan and Zoning Commission

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Nov 062019

Here are the results for the Town Plan and Zoning Commission:


           Kaplan       Compagnone     Galatiotto
114     1745                 920               1049
117      593                  315                 342
119      716                  369                423
ABS     134                  152

3054                1738             1966


                                         Smith            Aschettino
114                                  1739               1576
117                                    622                577
119                                   662                623
ABS                                  193                 178

TOTAL                            3216             2954

Video: Zeoli Wins Orange Election, Grateful, Not Boastful

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Nov 062019

First Selectman Jim Zeoli and his entire slate swept the Orange election on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Before leaving High Plains Zeoli said he was grateful to the town for putting their trust in him for another two years and so happy that his mother was able to be there to see it happen.

He also gave his opponent a nod for working very hard throughout the election season and for running a clean campaign.

Click HERE for the video of his brief speech before his supporters.


My thanks to Jeff Cap for videotaping this for me while I was running around getting the final numbers.