Jul 292014

Get your discount ride wristbands by NOON today!!!!

Get your discount ride wristbands by NOON today!!!!

UPDATE: The deadline for online purchases has passed. BUT the Fire Department has expanded the deadline to Wednesday, July 30 at NOON. You have a second chance, so Don’t procrastinate.

This is it! just a few hours left in which to purchase a discount ride wristband for the Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival. This opportunity ends at 12 p.m. Wednesday, July 30.

Prices vary depending on how many you buy. Click HERE for the wristband ordering page.

Tickets and wristbands are non-refundable, but if the weather forecast is accurate, the firefighters will have a beautiful weekend for the carny.

NOTE: children must be at least 3-feet tall to ride any ride.

You may pick up your wristbands at the rear of the main raffle booth across from the pavilion. A photo ID is required!!

Wristbands are good at the following days/times:

1) Thursday, 5-11 p.m.

2) Friday 5 p.m. to midnight

3) Saturday 12-5 p.m.

4) Saturday, 5 p.m. to midnight

5) Sunday, 12-5 p.m.

Jul 292014

DSC09801The consumer advocacy site NerdWallet has analyzed the federal data and found the best places for homeownership in Connecticut, and out of 60 communities Orange ranked among the top ten.

Owning a home in Connecticut can be expensive – that’s why nerdwallet’s methodology rates affordability, as well as population growth and housing availability. Orange scored well by these metrics, boasting a high homeownership rate of 87.4%.

Here’s what NerdWallet Researchers had to say about Orange.

9. Orange

Just a few miles outside New Haven, Orange is proud of its rural roots; indeed, it still maintains some active farmland and puts on a local country fair, with an emphasis on its agricultural origins. Yet the town also takes care to maintain economic viability, housing the North American headquarters for the candy maker Pez, the United Illuminating Company and Southern Connecticut Gas. Efforts by the Orange Economic Development Corporation have also been largely successful, with 32 new businesses in 2012 alone.

You can see the full story on NerdWallet HERE.

Jul 282014

securedownload-1A message from EARS (Emergency Animal Response Service)

The last 24 hours in our region has seem some severe weather. Yesterday afternoon a tornado touched down in Wolcott, CT, just before 1:00 p.m., and this morning one touched down in Revere, MA, only 5 miles from Boston. In addition to the tornadoes, both areas were pounded by heavy rain winds, and microbursts, causing a path of damage.

All of this serves as an important reminder to make sure you’re prepared for emergencies, especially in these hot summer months where the weather can be highly unpredictable and change in an instant.

In 2013 severe weather events in the U.S. cased over $7 billion in damages, and resulted in the deaths of 109 people. Four tornadoes touched down in Connecticut in 2013, and even though tornadoes in our state are often smaller and less intense than other areas, the one on July 10, 2013, still left a path of damage over 11 miles long. Stronger cells are not out of the realm of possibility here in Connecticut, especially this time of year.

Being prepared for severe weather doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive, and getting started is the most important step. You don’t want to wait until something happens to find out that you’re not prepared! Having a plan for your family—INCLUDING YOUR ANIMALS—can save a life! Here’s a few things you should know…

Watch: conditions are favorable for a thunderstorm, flood, or tornado.

Warning: a thunderstorm, flood, or tornado is occurring or is likely to occur soon.

· When making a disaster kit, make sure you can take it with you in case of evacuation.

· Always listen to weather reports on the radio or television.

· Never approach downed wires or flooded areas.

· If there are heavy winds, and you cannot get into a basement or secured room, stay in the center of the room, away from doors and windows.

Jul 282014

Stunning, inside and out

Stunning, inside and out

595 Cedar Grove, Orange

STOP Looking! Custom Colonial located on Cul-De-Sac in Private Broadview Subdivision.

Grand 2 Story Entry Foyer, Architectural Windows, Gourmet eat in kitchen w/ Granite countertops, Pantry & High End appliances w/ Slider to 2 Tier Deck w/ Jacuzzi Tub , Open fireplace, livingroom w/ fireplace, dining room  w/ Crown Molds & Chair Rail, Den, 3-4Bed, 3 Full Baths, Master Suite.

Finished Media Room in lower level, Bonus Room, Pocket & French Solid  Core Doors, hard wood floors, 2 Car Garage, CAIR, City Water, Private Location, Walk to Trails & Golf Course.

All the Bells & Whistles. Seeing is Believing!

Request a private showing with Charles Kroopneck. Call 203-668-4954.

Move in condition 2,712 Sq Ft home on 1.81 acres. Offered for $539,999 (Sellers lowest price).

Elementary School: Turkey Hill Middle School: Amity High School: Amity

Jul 282014

FIRST Lego League LogoEverybody loves Legos. The Orange Elementary Schools have participated in the FIRST Lego League for a couple of yyears and everyone involved has an amazing time.

FIRST Lego League is a robotics club open to students in grades 4-6.

Students build and program an autonomous robot using Lego Mindstorms technology.

Teams also research real-world challenges facing scientists today and present innovative solutions to their peers as wall as their community.

This is a great opportunity for the children to discover real world math and science and develop team work skills.

The season runs from September – December and culminates in regional and state wide competitions.

Parents, if you are interested in having your child participate in the FIRST Lego League this fall, fill out the attached form and return no later than Friday, Sept. 5.

If you have any questions, e-mail Jennifer Acker at [email protected] 


lego league registration form

Jul 282014

Orange and Woodbridge police working together.

file photo

On July 18, Orange Live sent out a brief on a rollover accident on Route 34 (while simultaneously covering the incident live on Facebook)


Here is the police report:


Police were called to Route 34 on a report of a rollover accident at 10:32 p.m.


According to police, witnesses said a 1997 Jeep Wrangler was speeding and driving erratically. One woman was driving in the right lane when the Jeep sideswiped her vehicle. It then continued on at a high rate of speed and passed the second witness  also in the right lane, on the right, then swerved, hit the guardrail and flipped on its roof.


Kenneth Donnelly, 39, of 8 Richards Ave., Seymour, was transported to Yale New Haven Hospital for his injuries, He was charged with failure to drive in a proper lane.


The investigation is still ongoing and the officer has obtained a warrant .


Donnelly is expected to have an additional charge for Driving Under the Influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI).



Jul 282014

Screen shot 2014-07-24 at 4.50.24 PMDenise Stein from Orange Community Services announced that the Section 8/RAP housing program will begin accepting applications on Monday Aug. 4 through Monday, Aug. 18.

For more information, call Community Services at 203-891-4788.

Community Services is located in the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road.

Demand is expected to be high, so submit yours ASAP.

Jul 282014

claudia Granata obituaryClaudia (Dinan) Granata MD, age 58, of Orange, beloved wife of Dr. Attilio Granata, MD, died Thursday July 24, 2014 in her residence.

Claudia was born in Bridgeport, the daughter of Althea and the late Vincent Dinan.

She was a 1976 graduate of Smith College, and a 1980 graduate of the Yale School of Medicine. She served her internship and residency from 1980 until 1983 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

She was in private practice with Pulmonary Associates of New Haven and was on the medical staff of both Yale New Haven Hospital and St. Raphael Hospital.

After raising her children she taught middle school Mathamatics at the Foote School in New Haven.

Claudia’s family was the center of her life, she enjoyed knitting, cooking, playing the piano, reading and playing with her beloved dogs.

In addition to her husband she is survived by her children; Vincent M., Christopher J., Timothy D. and Elizabeth C. Granata.

Her mother Althea Dinan and her sister Althea Dinan II and her husband Thomas O’Conner.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral on Wednesday, July 30, at 11:00 am at the St. Thomas More Chapel at Yale, for a Mass of Christian burial. Interment will be private.

There will be no calling hours. Larson Funeral Home, 2496 North Ave, Bridgeport is in care of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to either the American Lung Association at www.lung.org or the Breakthrough Collaborative.org

Jul 272014

Screen shot 2014-07-27 at 8.37.24 PMMISSING DOG

Piggy is a puggle (pug/beagle mix) He is cream-colored and responds to anything along the line of Pig (Piggle, Piglet, etc.)

He was last seen near 273 Hawthorne Street in Orange,on Sunday night.

Please call 860-919-7477 if you see him!

From the owner on Sunday night:

No luck with the last sighting. We had to stop for the night because it was too dark. We will be back in the morning.

Please call my cell 860-919-7477 if you see or find him. He is very friendly just frightened.

His tail is mostly tan, if it has white, it would only be a little bit. The underside is whiter

For those who are looking, we believe Piggy has been staying in the general vicinity, we saw him recently, if you live nearby to 273 Hawthorne Street and you have a plant border from your neighbor in any direction, please go check around for him.

NOTE: he was spotted around the Old Tavern, Orange Center and Drummond Road areas late Sunday night. 

If he is returned, please let Orange Live know so we can update. Good Luck Everyone!

Jul 272014

Orange's Pat Walsh, and John Brown assist people at the HazWaste Central on Saturday.

Orange’s Pat Walsh, and John Brown assist people at the HazWaste Central on Saturday.

Three members of the Orange Recycling Committee were among the volunteers helping on Saturday at HazWaste Central at the Regional Water Authority in New Haven. Chair Mitch Goldblatt, Pat Walsh, and John Brown greeted residents from across the region with their florescent orange, Orange Recycling Committee T-shirts and guided them in the disposal of household hazardous waste. The committee will be assisting once again on Oct. 11.

Residents are reminded that can bring household hazardous waste to the Regional Water Authority at 90 Sargent Drive in New Haven on Saturdays through October 25 (except Aug. 30) from 9 a.m. to noon.

Among the popular items disposed are oil and oil based products, gasoline, herbicides, pesticides, furniture polish, floor care products, swimming pool chemicals, and antifreeze. Disposal costs are paid for by each of the towns, so that there is no charge for residents at the disposal site.

For more information call 203-401-2712.


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