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UPDATE: Power Back On, Most Of Plaza Back In Business

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Apr 262017
 

According to an Orange Live reader, the power went back on in most of the Trader Joe’s Plaza at around 2:45 p.m.

Julia’s Bakery and Trader Joe’s are definitely open now. Talbot’s and LL Bean both of which are in the area where the problem originated, are still dark. Call any of your favorite stores before you venture out — just in case.

Thanks to the OVFD and Orange Fire Marshal Tim Smith for their quick response this morning and the precautionary measure of shutting the power off to all of the buildings to keep everyone safe.

The UI’s response also was quite timely and they worked tirelessly to fix the problem.

We hope all of the businesses in the plaza can recuperate from losing a half day of operating time.

 

UPDATE: Plaza Still Closed

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Apr 262017
 

Quite some time ago, Orange Live reported a power outage at the Trader Joe’s plaza at 550 Boston Post Road.

At 1:10 p.m. UI trucks are in the parking lot instead of fire trucks and the electricity is still off.

People who don’t read Orange Live are driving in and trolling the parking lot, even going as far as pulling on door handles, before seeing the handwritten note  “Closed, No Power.”

WE hope the situation is remedied soon for the sake of the businesses and the customers who so desperately need to buy things here.

One UI truck left the parking lot and pulled over to the sid of the road near the rear entrance where a worker is now in the bucket checking the lines (1:37 p.m.) A second truck just pulled up.

We suggest you call ahead to your favorite store before heading out today.

 

BREAKING: Entire Plaza Closed Due To Possible Electrical Fire

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Apr 262017
 

If you’re heading out to Trader Joes, Julia’s Bakery, LLBean, or any other business in the plaza at 560 (etc) Boston Post Road call ahead first because the entire plaza has no electricity.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department is on the scene now (11:40 a.m.) and will be for an undetermined amount of time due to a possible electrical fire.

 

 

 

 

Orange Recycling Adds a New Twist To Its Shredding Day Event

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Apr 252017
 

The Orange Recycling Committee (ORC) will host its fifth shredding day on Saturday, June 3, in the front parking area of the High Plains Community Center (HPCC), 525 Orange Center Road, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

This service is free of charge to Orange residents due to a generous donation from the Rotary Club of Orange. In addition, the ORC is expanding the event to include mattress and box spring recycling. This free service is made possible through a partnership with the Mattress Recycling Council’s Bye Bye Mattress Program.

“Since our first paper shredding event in 2013, hundreds of residents have purged their homes and offices of sensitive financial and medical papers by bringing them for secure, environmentally-responsible shredding,” said ORC Chairman Mitch Goldblatt. “We’re thrilled to expand recycling opportunities for residents by also collecting mattress and box springs.”

Residents may bring bags or boxes filled with documents for shredding, and volunteers from the Orange Recycling Committee will deposit them into the shredding truck. The secure, on-site shredding trucks will once again be provided by Affordable Solutions, owned by Orange resident Joe Johnston.

To show their appreciation for these free recycling opportunities, residents may donate to the Orange Rotary Scholarship Fund. Rotarians will be on hand to collect donations.

There will be a separate area for residents to bring mattresses and box springs for recycling,

The Orange Lions Club has agreed to pick up Mattresses at the homes of residents on Saturday, June 3 and deliver them to High Plains for recycling.

They will charge $10 per mattress or box spring as long as it is clean, and either outside the house or in a garage for easy access. They will not go into the resident’s home.

Arrangements can be made by contacting Ken Lenz at 203 795-3906. Payment made be made by cash or check to Orange Lions Charities, and all proceeds are considered a charitable donation.

Paper Shredding and Mattress Recycling Event

BRING:  Tax papers, bills, receipts, statements, and documents that contain personal, financial and/or medical information. No need to remove staples or elastic bands, but clips should be removed for reuse. Mattresses and/or box springs.

DO NOT BRING: Newspapers, notebooks, folders, and other papers that can go in the regular residential recycling bins.

”Keeping these items out of landfills benefits our local community and contributes to a more global responsibility,” Goldblatt said. “It’s an added benefit that the event itself is a fun day for our volunteers and a great chance to interact with residents of our wonderful community.”

Additional information and contacts:

About the Orange Recycling Committee

The Orange Recycling Committee is a group of volunteers who live in Orange and are committed to increasing and simplify recycling options for Orange residents, at home and at town events:

Website: http://www.orange-ct.gov/govser/recycling.htm

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ORCinCT/

About Bye Bye Mattress Bye Bye Mattress:

Bye Bye Mattress is Connecticut’s mattress recycling program. Established by law and operated by the non-profit Mattress Recycling Council, the program uses a recycling fee collected on each mattress and box spring sold to state residents to make recycling easier in our communities.

Whether a city picks up your discarded mattress, a retailer takes it back with your new purchase, or you drop it off, the Bye Bye Mattress program diverts your old mattress from waste to recycling.

Now, our landfills will be less crowded as old mattresses are recycled into new, useful products.

Visit www.ByeByeMattress.com or call 1-855-700-9973 for more information or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.

 

Obituary: Josephine Bergantino, 102, Beloved Mother, Grandmother

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Apr 242017
 

Josephine Bergantino, 102, of Orange passed away at home on April 22, 2017.
Wife of the late Angelo Bergantino. Mother of MaryAnn Imperati and her husband Michael of Branford, William Bergantino and his wife Stacy of Orange, and the late Elaine Dziubinski, grandmother of Michele (Robert Campagnoulo) Amendola, Michael (Barbara) Amendola, Kim (Joe) Dawson, Marisa (Glyn) Faulkner, Richard Dziubinski, Marc (Jennifer) Amendola, Brianna Chairaluce, JoAnn (Michael) Zendan and Laurie (David) Brennan and great grandmother of 8. She was predeceased by her siblings Pietro Iuraduri and Nina Buscio. Josephine was a member of the Holy Infant Ladies Guild.
Visitation will be (today) Monday from 4-8pm at the West Haven Funeral Home at the Green. Funeral Services will be Tuesday morning at the funeral home at 11:30. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery. Donations may be made in Josephine’s name to the Orange Visiting Nurses Association, 605A Orange Center Rd., Orange, CT. 06477. For online condolences visit
She was predeceased by her siblings Pietro Iuraduri and Nina Buscio. Josephine was a member of the Holy Infant Ladies Guild.
Visitation will be Monday from 4-8 p.m. at the West Haven Funeral Home at the Green. Funeral Services will be Tuesday morning at the funeral home at 11:30. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery.
Donations may be made in Josephine’s name to the Orange Visiting Nurses Association, 605A Orange Center Rd., Orange, CT. 06477. For online condolences visit www.westhavenfuneral.com.

Upcoming Events At The Case Memorial Library

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Apr 242017
 

Case Memorial Library

The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, offers the following upcoming events and activities.


Oscar Film: Fences
Monday, April 24, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, April 26, 1 p.m.

2 hr. 19 min. PG-13. A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life.
Aging Gracefully: Practicing Self-Care with Meditation and Massage
Thursday, April 27, 7 p.m.
Learn to lead a more relaxed, mindful, and open state of living with insight meditation and self-massage. Guided practice will be led by Barbara O’Neill and Rita Lombardi of the Anam Cara Center. Presented by the Case Memorial Library and Orange Senior Center as part of Boomers and Beyond: A Lifelong Learning Center. Registration is required.


Oscar Film: Hidden Figures
Monday, May 1, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, May 3, 1 p.m.

2 hr. 7 min. PG. The story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who played a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program.


Yoga for Peace and Well-Being: De-stress with Breath
Tuesday, May 2, 7 p.m.
The ancient science of yoga offers easy access to tools for rest and relaxation. Learn to use breathing techniques plus meditation to relax your nervous system and bring you to a state of calm and peace. Led by instructor Sue Neufeld. Bring a yoga mat or towel. Held at High Plains Community Center.


Art in the Library Reception
Thursday, May 4, 5-7 p.m.
In honor of the May exhibit: Seniors, on view May 2-30.

Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register in person or by telephone.

Phone: 203-891-2170

 

Volunteer Firefighters Open Their Doors To The Public, Potential New Members

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Apr 242017
 

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department Station 2 firehouse, 355 Boston Post Road was open and ready to welcome guests on Sunday at 10 a.m.

In preparation for Volunteer Firefighters Day, the men and women washed all the trucks and cleaned up the firehouse.

The volunteers were neatly dressed and ready to give tours, show off the trucks and gear and maybe even recruit a few new members.

Sadly, the weather was sunny, warm and beautiful. People were gardening, playing ball at Old Tavern Park, flying kites, and walking the track at the Orange Fairgrounds. Nothing was further from their minds than an indoor activity.

A table was set up with some gear, pamphlets, plastic fire hats for the kids…but hardly anyone came. Still, the volunteers, who are on call 24/7, stayed at the firehouse until the scheduled 2 p.m. event closing time.

One little girl chatted it up and charmed firefighter Lisa Kaplan, and that alone made the day worthwhile for at least one firefighter.

The importance of fire volunteers

It’s astounding that there are still many Orange residents who don’t realize that the town’s fire department is made up of 100% volunteer members.

These men and women are highly trained and have the same skills as the paid firefighters in neighboring cities and towns. When the alarm sounds on Christmas, Thanksgiving, The Fourth of July, Superbowl Sunday or any of the other 361 days or nights of the year, they stop whatever they are doing and respond. They save the town money and depend on the support of the community through various fundraisers to purchase the vehicles and equipment needed to best serve the town and help save lives and property in emergency situations.

More than eighty percent of all fire personnel in Connecticut are volunteers, and the majority of fire departments throughout the state are experiencing a volunteer shortage. Local fire departments need volunteers of all skill levels and abilities, people willing and able to respond to emergencies whenever called upon.

Volunteer Firefighter Day was part of Everyday Hero CT, a program dedicated to increasing the number of volunteer firefighters throughout the state. A partnership of the Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association (CFCA) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the Everyday Hero CT campaign is a two-year Volunteer Workforce Solutions (VWS) initiative designed to address the shortage of volunteer firefighters in Connecticut. It is helping achieve a viable and sustainable volunteer firefighter workforce for fire departments throughout Connecticut. Everyday Hero CT is funded by a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant awarded to the CFCA by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to develop a model to enhance the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters.

Obituary: Nina D. Judd, 95, Beloved Sister, Mother, Grandmother

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Apr 232017
 

Nina D. Judd, 95, of Orange, beloved wife of the late Burton F. Judd, Jr., passed away on April 21, 2017.

Nina was born on April 17, 1922 to the late Kiril and Elizabeth Dorosko.

While her children were in school, she was a member of the PTA.

She worked for many years for Western Electric as a comptometer clerk. She was also a member of the Telephone Pioneers, which was a community group associated with Western Electric.

Some of her hobbies included sewing and quilting.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to those who have loved and cared for Nina, including her primary caregiver Theo Ocansey, the Somerville family and the VNA of Orange.

Nina leaves behind her children, Robert Judd and his wife, Martha and Sandra DiStefano and her husband Richard; her grandchildren, Christina Judd, Zach DiStefano and Chantal DiStefano and her fiancé, Jon Warner; great-grandson, Avery Warner; her sister, Alice Belsky of North Wilbraham, MA; and a niece and nephew.

She was predeceased by her brothers, Peter and George Dorosko.

All services will be privately conducted.

Memorial contributions may be made to the VNA of Orange, 605 Orange Center Rd., Orange, CT 06477.

To leave online condolences, visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Obituary: Frederick “Fred” Pucillo, Sr., 91, Beloved Father, Step Father

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Apr 232017
 

Frederick “Fred” Pucillo, Sr., 91 of Orange passed away April 21, 2017 in Yale New Haven Hospital.

Husband of the late Bernice Jacques Pucillo and Helen Ursini Pucillo. Father of Frederick Pucillo, Jr. and his wife Susan of East Greenwich, RI. Stepfather of Geraldine Curulli of Guilford, Bernadette (Ken) Davis of East Haven, Rosalie Hylwa of Orange and John (Delois) Ursini of Bronx, NY. Grandfather of Frederick Pucillo, III of East Greenwich , RI, 9 step grandchildren and many step great grandchildren and step great great grandchildren.

Son of the late Catillo and Virginia Reinzo Pucillo. Brother of Frank (Eleanor) Pucillo of Bethany and the late Anthony “Lee” Pucillo.

Prior to his retirement Fred was a Truck Driver and Rigger with Teamsters Union Local #443 for many years. His funeral procession will leave the PORTO FUNERAL HOME, 830 Jones Hill Rd., West Haven Monday morning at 9:30.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Holy Infant Church at 10:00.

Interment will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Vitas Hospice, 56 Franklin St., Waterbury, CT 06706.

Sign Fred’s Guest book online at www.portofuneralhomes.net

The Town Charter With Proposed Revisions Marked (Updated Version)

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Apr 232017
 

If you are interested in the upcoming Charter Revision Referendum and are up to a bit of light reading. Here is a copy of the Town Charter with the proposed revisions on which you would be voting marked in red.

CHARTER (WITH PROPOSED REVISIONS – REDLINED 2017-3-9

This Version DOES show the changes!

When you click the link above, a copy should download to your computer.

It is very important that as many registered voters as possible come out for this referendum. At least 1,700 are necessary to pass this referendum, (more than four times the number who voted in this week’s referendum) so mark your calendars, check out the questions in the previous story and educate yourself on the issues.