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Tip-A-Cop at Eli’s On August 16 (Tonight)

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Aug 162018
 

Orange Police officers will trade in their badges for aprons on Thursday, August 16th when they host a Tip-A-Cop fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut at Eli’s Orange, 285 Boston Post Road, Orange, from 5 to 9 p.m.

During the event, officers will volunteer their time to assist restaurant staff in taking orders and serving customers. All tips the officers receive for their efforts will go to Special Olympics Connecticut to support its year-round sports, health and fitness programs for athletes of all abilities.

Tip-A-Cop is a Law Enforcement Torch Run event to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut.

For more information, visit soct.org, call 203-230-1201 or email specialolympicsct@soct.org.

Come To The Orange Farmers’ Market Today

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Aug 162018
 

The Orange Community Farmers’ Market is open for the summer. The event runs on Thursdays until September 27 under the Pavilion at the Orange Fairgrounds, High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road in Orange. Market hours are from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Note: there is no market on September 13.

There will be many full-time vendors and part-time vendors selling their farm-grown products including vegetables, fruit, meats, baked goods, honey, pasta, soaps, crafts, pet food and more! Farms from the local area will be present; including Grassy Hill, Laurel Glen, Mapleview, North Pease, Oronoque, and Shamrock.

Other vendors include Braids by Britt, Durante’s Pasta, Kind Cactus, Lizzie’s Corner, Mill Pond Essentials, Sweet Seidner’s, and Vic’s Guac Shop and food trucks include Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale, Zuppardi’s and Tipsey Cones. This year, a few guest vendors are added to the schedule.

On Aug. 23, the band, Fools on the Hill will perform under the Gazebo beginning at 6:30 p.m.

In addition, instrumentalists will perform under the Pavilion. Matthew Popp is scheduled to perform on September 6 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Shop at the Market, enjoy the food, stay for the bands and come back often!

If it rains the Farmer’s Market will be open as scheduled, but the band performance will be postponed until the following week.

Please check the website at www.FarmMarketOrange.com for additional information or call 203-891-1045.

An Important Message From United Illuminating

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Aug 152018
 

The United Illuminating Company sent out this word of caution today via Twitter:

“We never demand immediate payment for our customers over the phone and we do not visit homes without an appointment or notification,” it stated.

“May scammers target business owners as well.” It continued, “If you receive a call or a visit demanding payment, call your local police and operating company.”

The non-emergency phone number for the Orange Police Department is 203-891-2130.

The customer care phone number for the UI is 800.722.5584

Orange Police: Man Charged With Assault On An Elderly Person

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Aug 152018
 

Orange police were dispatched to 348 Boston Post Road for a motor vehicle accident caused by an assault on Aug. 9 at 6:46 p.m.

The investigation revealed that William DeFelice, 32, of Derby, struck another person. He was taken into custody and charged with third-degree assault of an elderly person and second-degree breach of peace.

DeFelice posted a $1,000 surety bond and received a court date of Aug. 23.

 

 

 

 

Officers Brown and Loki Are Number One

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Aug 152018
 

Olympic Champions

Orange Police Officer Chris Brown and his K-9 Partner Loki competed in the 27th Connecticut K9 Olympics in Enfield on July 28, in the oppressive heat and humidity, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event consisted of a competition in a “round robin”* setting. Areas of competition were obedience, obstacles, and an apprehension drill, building search with simulated “shots” fired, and a K-9 alert search.

After the “games,” awards were given out to the top teams in each of the following categories:

Obedience
Criminal Apprehension
Top Overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd
Most Experienced Handler
Most Experienced K-9
Obstacles

Officer Brown and Loki have been partners for 4 years, and as the story goes, Brown knew Loki was a very special dog from the moment he first laid eyes on him.

(photo by Kim Carino Photography)

“His drive was high and he went the extra mile to get (the ball),” Brown said in our first interview after 14-month-old Loki graduated from the Police K9 Academy. “I chose him without hesitation, I know he’ll have the longevity to do the work for 6-7 years.”

This was the Orange team’s third consecutive year of competition. In 2016 the duo brought home the obedience award, last year they came home empty-handed, but they made up for it this year by earning the top prize, a plaque as the first place K9 Olympic Champions. The Department of Corrections came in second.

I spoke to Officer Brown on July 31, just days after their victory. Loki seemed unfazed and was happy as long as he had his ball. But his partner, although modest and humbled, was very proud of his dog’s performance and happy to talk about it. He said they competed against 35 excellent K9 teams from various local police agencies along with Connecticut State Police, State of Connecticut Department of Corrections and even teams from Massachusetts.

He said teams were graded for obedience, obstacles and criminal apprehension. The competition is extensive with three different categories of obedience, about 12 obstacles and then the criminal apprehension drills.

After last year, Officer Brown knew he and Loki had some work to do. on their downtime, the pair practiced their skills on the department’s obstacle course that Police Commissioner Mark Grasso’s nephew built as an Eagle Project back in October 2016.

“You never know what you’re going up against,” he said, We practice every day, the department lets me train in all the aspects that we’re certified in. I know what I have to do up there, so I focus our training on these things. You have to train to stay good.”

“Loki did very well in everything, but his obedience was the best,” Brown said. Still, he said, even though other officers were telling him that they thought he and Loki were on top, he was shocked when his name was called during the awards presentation. “This is great. I’m very proud of him, but there’s always room for improvement and we’ll keep training for next year.”

He added that the Olympics is a great family event and that a lot of the teams are his friends with whom he trains. “K9 Teams stick together, so it’s cool to have that bond.”

He also was surprised at how many Orange and local residents attended the event to support him and his partner.

Money raised through the sales of shirts and food, and from donations, is returned to local charities. This year money raised goes to the Hometown Foundation (SPECIAL OLYMPICS), “CHIPS” Program, Shriners Children’s Burn Centers and other ‘police related’ charities.

On a side note, the Emergency Animal Response Service (EARS) Ambulance crew was on hand providing both Veterinary Medical standby and information about its K9 Critical Care Program for those attending.

You can see Loki and Officer Brown at this weekend’s Milford Oyster Festival K9 demonstration and, of course, at the Orange Country Fair in September.

Competition photos by Kim Carino Photography

 

The Final Primary Results From Orange’s Three Districts

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Aug 142018
 

Here’s the total of all 3 districts (combined) in the primary today (Aug. 14)

Stefanowski will take on Lamont in November.

Republicans

Governor

Mark Boughton                 150

Timothy Herbst                 179

Steve Obsitnik                   104

Bob Stefanowski              338

David Stemerman             135

Lt. Governor

Joe Markley                     380

Jayme Stevenson            244

Erin Stewart                     267

US Senator

Matthew Corey            557

Dominic Rapini             270

State Senator

Anthony Giannattasio      215

Pam Staneski                   530

Treasurer

Thad Gray             508

Art Linares            330

Comptroller

Kurt Miller                    514

Mark Greenberg          329

Attorney General

Sue Hatfield             672

John Shaban            181

Democrats

Governor

Ned Lamont         682

Joe Ganim            126

Lt. Governor

Susan Bysiewicz      557

Eva Zimmerman        255

Treasurer

Shawn Wooden         478

Dita Bhargava            304

Attorney General

William Tong       390

Paul Doyle            128

Chris Mattei         284

How Did Orange Vote In The Primaries? District 3 Results

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Aug 142018
 

Here’s how District 3 voted in the primary at High Plains Community Center:

Republicans

Governor

Mark Boughton               34

Timothy Herbst              37

Steve Obsitnik                35

Bob Stefanowski            81

David Stemerman           28

Lt. Governor

Joe Markley                   81

Jayme Stevenson         56

Erin Stewart                  69

US Senator

Matthew Corey           129

Dominic Rapini              68

State Senator

Anthony Giannattasio      57

Pam Staneski                 159

Treasurer

Thad Gray               115

Art Linares               80

Comptroller

Kurt Miller                   97

Mark Greenberg     102

Attorney General

Sue Hatfield             158

John Shaban              47

Democrats

Governor

Ned Lamont                 146

Joe Ganim                     16

Lt. Governor

Susan Bysiewicz          111

Eva Zimmerman             52

Treasurer

Shawn Wooden             98

Dita Bhargava                63

Attorney General

William Tong             82

Paul Doyle                 26

Chris Mattei              53

How Did Orange Vote In The Primaries? District 2 Results

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Aug 142018
 

Here’s how District 2 voted in the primary at High Plains Community Center:

Republicans

Governor

Mark Boughton        30

Timothy Herbst        34

Steve Obsitnik          14

Bob Stefanowski    78

David Stemerman    31

Lt. Governor

Joe Markley                89 

Jayme Stevenson       39

Erin Stewart                49

US Senator

Matthew Corey       120

Dominic Rapini          49

State Senator

Anthony Giannattasio     46

Pam Staneski                144

Treasurer

Thad Gray                 112

Art Linares                 62

Comptroller

Kurt Miller                  123

Mark Greenberg         52

Attorney General

Sue Hatfield      140

John Shaban       34

Democrats

Governor

Ned Lamont          144

Joe Ganim               27

Lt. Governor

Susan Bysiewicz       123

Eva Zimmerman           50

Treasurer

Shawn Wooden           101

Dita Bhargava               63

Attorney General

William Tong         83

Paul Doyle             24

Chris Mattei          62

How Did Orange Vote In The Primaries? District 1

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Aug 142018
 

Here’s how District 1 voted in the primary at Mary L Tracy School:

Republicans

Governor

Mark Boughton        86

Timothy Herbst      108

Steve Obsitnik         55

Bob Stefanowski 179

David Stemerman   76

Lt. Governor

Joe Markley           210

Jayme Stevenson   124

Erin Stewart            149

US Senator

Matthew Corey      308

Dominic Rapini       153

State Senator

Anthony Giannattasio     112

Pam Staneski                 388

Treasurer

Thad Gray             281

Art Linares            188

Comptroller

Kurt Miller                294

Mark Greenberg       175

Attorney General

Sue Hatfield          374

John Shaban          100

Democrats

Governor

Ned Lamont           392

Joe Ganim                83

Lt. Governor

Susan Bysiewicz    323

Eva Zimmerman       153

Treasurer

Shawn Wooden      279

Dita Bhargava          178

Attorney General

William Tong           225

Paul Doyle                 78

Chris Mattei            169

 

Oxen in Orange – Stampede 2019

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Aug 142018
 

An example of a painted Ox Figure (from the internet)

The Orange Chamber of Commerce and the Orange Economic Development Corporation are partnering to transform the Town of Orange into a destination for tourists, shoppers, and the general public during the summer of 2019. We are asking you to join us and other town businesses to help lead the charge.

Life-size painted acrylic Oxen will be placed along the Boston Post Road and select major streets in Orange. We are now in the planning stage, identifying businesses who want to purchase and place a painted Ox in front of their company.

The cost of the Ox is $2,000. The order will be placed November 1, 2018, for delivery by April 15, 2019. The Oxen will be primed and ready for businesses to design and paint using local artists or company personnel. Stampede 2019 begins the end of June and runs through September.

Sign up for this public art display today, bring visitors to our community, create a climate for growth, and have a lasting economic impact! Lead The Stampede in 2019!

For information call Carol Smullen, Orange Chamber of Commerce, 203-795-3328 or Annemarie Sliby, Orange Economic Development, 203-891-1045.