Jan 292015

Lauren Richetelli

Lauren Richetelli

Lauren Richetelli, 13 of Orange made this past holiday season a little brighter for kids suffering with cancer and other diseases by organizing a toy drive to benefit children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The Amity Middle School 8th grader saw a commercial asking for donations for St. Jude’s in November. She went to work immediately, enlisted the help of a couple friends, by creating a flyer requesting toys or monetary donations and received permission from the school to distribute the flyer to all 600 middle school kids and also place a box for toy donations in the school’s office.

Lauren then appealed to family and friends by mailing the flyer to over 50 families. The response from the community was incredible! She received donations totaling $685, which she used to purchase 92 items, including toys, books and gift cards for kids of all ages. She collected donations of 64 toys from the collection box at Amity.

Lauren was able to send 5 large boxes, totaling 156 items to St. Jude’s in December, making for a tremendously successful project. She hopes to grow the toy drive for next holiday season.

Jan 292015

Little League LogoA Message From Orange Little League:

It’s that time of year…baseball registration! Come join us for OLL’s first fundraiser of the season at the Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, Orange, on Thursday Jan. 29 from 6 – 9 p.m.

Admission is$20/person to benefit Orange Little League, and includes food (pasta, salad, chicken tenders, pizza), 2 cocktails of your choice, with silent auction, 50/50, and door prizes.

Come support OLL and complete the registration for your kids for the upcoming season.

Register at www.OrangeCTLittleLeague.com and come on down We can take payments for pre-registered players or help with any registration issues. Have questions? We will get you the answers!

Don’t forget early bird registration ends on January 31st. Come down and find out more about the upcoming season!

For more information email Pete – [email protected]

Jan 282015

Screen Shot 2015-01-28 at 2.53.46 PMRobert A. Dommer, 90, passed away peacefully, January 21, 2015 at the Regency House of Wallingford.

He was born in 1924 in New Haven, CT; son of George and Emily Dommer, and a brother the late William Dommer.

He served in the Army Air Force in World War II.

He married Ruth Forsman, and had two children and lived in Orange, CT. He was a builder / carpenter until he retired.

Robert loved to travel and go on cruises with his longtime girlfriend Ann Mullans.

He is survived by his son Brett Dommer and his wife Judi of North Branford; and their son Raymond. His daughter Betsy DeVito and husband David of Wallingford and their children, Kristen Bonzagni, Katelyn Mitchell and Nicholas DeVito, and his great granddaughter Francesca Bonzagni.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Friday, January 30th at 11:00 AM at Beaverdale Cemetery in New Haven, CT.

Contibutions in Bob’s memory may be made to the Alzheimers Foundation of America. The Cremation Society of New England has been entrusted with arrangements.

Jan 282015

Screen Shot 2015-01-03 at 11.30.32 PMMary L. Tracy School, 650 Schoolhouse Lane, will host its annual Valentine’s Children’s Fair on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. (snow date Feb. 7).

Fairgoers can expect a silent auction, raffle baskets, games, crafts, nail painting and tattoos, plus a cake walk, cupcake decorating, and more!

This fair is one of the PTO’s largest fundraisers and profits directly support programs for MLT students.

Jan 282015

Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 10.20.20 AMHave you ever wondered why a police officer is sitting in his patrol car with the interior lights on?

What is an officer looking for when she patrols a shopping center parking lot?

Is a shoplifting investigation an easy 5 minute job, or can it take several hours to complete?

Why do the Orange Police need all those vehicles? What is that truck used for? Does Orange have a SWAT unit?

You can get the answers to these questions and so much more when you take part in the Citizens Police Academy.

The academy is a unique opportunity for regular citizens to see first-hand all the behind the scenes workings of the Orange Police Department.

This is an eight-session course that includes lessons on the traffic division; firearms; legal issues in the court system; crime scene processing – fingerprinting techniques; how patrol officers deal with intoxicated drivers; meet the K-9 officers Trent and Loki (and their handlers, of course) and much more.

The course culminates in a ride-along with a patrol officer during his or her regular shift, during which you will get the feel of what it’s like to be an officer (but you will not be put in harms way).

The class begins on Wednesday, March 11, and will run every Wednesday evening for 8 weeks from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Orange Police Department, 314 Lambert Road.

Registration is first come first served, with preference given to Orange residents. Limited to 20 students. Age 18 and older.

Register by Monday, March 2 by calling Officer Robert Amarone at 203-891-2138 ext. 215.

Historically, classes fill up quickly, so don’t procrastinate.


Originally Published on: Jan 19, 2015 @ 10:29

Jan 282015

filled-recycling-binThis just in: The Orange recycling pick-up schedule has been pushed back by one day this week due to Tuesday’s blizzard.

Tuesday’s pick-ups will be done on Wednesday (today), Wednesday’s pick-ups will be done on Thursday, etc.


Jan 282015

ASD Fitness CenterMartha Leary, CCC-SLP will be the Keynote Speaker at a Wine & Craft Beer Tasting in support of the Bethany Leapley Autism Spectrum Disorder Scholarship Fund at St. Barbara’s Church Hall, 480 Racebrook Road, on Saturday, Feb. 28, beginning at 7 p.m.

Leary has learned from people with autism, their supporters and families for nearly 40 years. She has lectured extensively in the United States, Canada, Ireland, Australia and England.

The Guest Speaker is Dr. Ruth Eren. Ed. D., Professor of Special Education / Chairman of the Department of Special Education / Reading Director at the Center of Excellence on ASD Disorders at Southern Connecticut State University.

Tickets are $125 per person, $800 for a table of eight, $1,000 for a table of ten.

The event includes hors d’oeuvres and desserts, silent auction.

WTNH News Anchor Jim Watkins will DJ-Emcee the event.

Tickets may be purchased online via PayPal at [email protected] or by sending a check payable to the Bethany Leapley ASD Scholarship Fund to Bethany Luna, 17 Cannonball Road, North Haven, CT 06473.

If you are unable to attend, but would still like to donate, you may do so by check or PayPal to the above address.

Research has proven that exercise is beneficial to those with ASD, however not everyone affected has the ability to afford the expense of supervised training and is in need of financial assistance.

The ASD Fitness Center is located at 307 Racebrook Rd, Orange.

All funds collected will be used to award scholarships to those in need to attend the ASD Fitness Center — A facility specifically designed to provide a safe, comfortable and structured environment for empowering individuals with ASD to improve their level of physical fitness.

Like the Bethany Leapley ASD Scholarship Fund on Facebook.

For more information, contact the group at [email protected] or visit www.bethanyleapleyasdfund.com

Jan 272015

SOLD SIGNOrange Town Clerk Patrick O’Sullivan released this list of property tranfers filed with his office between Dec. 19, 2014 and Jan. 26, 2015.

• 834 Columbia St., $325,000, Ferdinand Banti Jr. to George Cuzio, filed on Dec. 22.

• 317 Juniper Drive, $359,000, Brian C Inyart to Christopher Kulenych, filed on Dec. 22.

• 568 Russell Court, $320,000, Rex W. Spencer Jr. to Mark Rawden, filed on Dec. 22.

• 27 Red Cedar Circle, $305,000, Ruth C. Blake EST to Suzanne Ucci, filed on Dec. 30.

• 160 Cummings Drive, $269,000, Ronald Callahan Est to Matthew E. Thomas, filed on Jan. 5.

• 85 Grannis Road, $375,000, Margaret McGowan to Anne Jasorkowski, filed on Jan. 7.

• 512 Kanuga Trail, $310,000, Carmel Latella to Jason Roseman, filed on Jan. 8.

• 155 Tyler City Road, $451,000, Justin Berlepsch to James Crawford, filed on Jan. 9.

• 811 Oakwood Road, $221,763, Dorothy Napolitano EST to Ryan E. Davies, filed on Jan. 13.

• 424 Janet Lane, $253,000, Audrey H. Roman to Steven A. Nilson, filed on Jan. 14.

• 662 Peck Lane, $290,000, Burton Kaufman Revoakable Trust to Carrie Sulzycki, filed on Jan. 14.

• 357 Peck Lane, $285,000, Roberta D’Amico Family Trust to Carolyn Telker, filed on Jan. 20.

• 22 Brierwood Drive, $580,000, Craig Zalis to Thomas Priest Jr. and Karen Priest, filed on Jan. 21.

• 489 Luba Drive, $203,000, Vivienne Saldibar to Rachel Maclellan, filed on Jan. 21.

• 748 N. Greenbrier Drive, $315,000, William Ladutko to Jaswant Mand, filed on Jan. 22.

• 29 Red Cedar Circle, $289,900, Lorelei Spitzbard to Angelo Rolli, filed on Jan. 22.



Jan 272015

Screen Shot 2015-01-27 at 12.28.24 PMDisappointed in what snowmageddon left in your neighborhood today? Are you anxious to get out already?

Many residents are reporting a whopping 7-inches at their homes, so, where is that 24-30-inches we’d been preparing for?

This “Historic Storm” may go down in history as a big Chicken Little event.

Still, a blizzard warning is in effect until 6 p.m. (although we’re really not seeing much of anything new out there now.)

Here’s what the powers-that-be had to say about the current situation.

This morning Gov. Dannel Malloy said the eastern part of the state was heaviest hit and “still receiving significant and continued snowfall.”

“The Statewide travel ban will be lifted as of 2 p.m. today. We still encourage all residents to limit travel and use common sense while driving,” he announced at 12:03 p.m.

Limited Metro North – New Haven Line  service is expected to start at 1 p.m. today on a Sunday schedule. Normal service anticipated to resume tomorrow, according to Malloy. “Bus service will resume on Wednesday morning.”

He expects things to be back to normal for most of our state tomorrow.