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Vendors Sought For Orange Senior Health & Safety Fair

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Aug 042015
 

IMG_0326Orange Community Services is looking for vendors to participate in the 14th Annual Orange Senior Health & Safety Fair at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, on September 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Local businesses and service providers are invited to participate in the annual event in the Gymnasium. Last year’s event was a tremendous success and drew more than 200 seniors from the town of Orange and surrounding communities. 

The fair is sponsored by Orange Community Services, Orange Visiting Nurse Association, Coldwell Bankers and Maplewood of Orange. All proceeds benefit the Orange Community Assistance Programs which include the Food and Fuel Banks.

The cost of a table is $80 for for-profit businesses and free to non-profit service providers with a 501(c) 3 designation. Space is limited to 30 tables so do not delay.  Participants may begin to set up their tables at 8:30 am.

We ask each vendor to contribute a raffle prize. At 11:30 am all raffle prizes will be collected and brought to the raffle location. Persons attending the Fair will be given a raffle ticket when they register.  No individual raffles will be allowed. 

To reserve a table or if there are any questions please contact us as listed below.

Dennis Marsh, Orange Senior Center 203-891-4788

Joan Cretella, Orange Community Services 203-891-4788

Denise Stein, Elderly Outreach 203-891-4788

Notes In A Nutshell: Orange Town Plan And Zoning Commission

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Aug 042015
 

Screen Shot 2015-08-04 at 7.50.21 PMThe Town Plan & Zoning Commission met at Town Hall on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the discussion that took place on the agenda items:

1. Meeting with Ms. Kathleen Conroy Cass to discuss use of former Enchanted Garden property at 461 Derby Avenue.

The discussion included the grandfathered use from Enchanted Gardens to St. Anthony’s Book & Gift Shop.

Chairman Walter Clark seemed to be in favor of the plans throughout most of the discussion with the idea of selling seasonal flowers — mums in fall, poinsettia at Christmas. stating that any non-conforming use should be changed to conforming as soon as possible.

He also added that a fence should be erected to keep people from parking in the grass thereby extending the parking area. And the building also cannot be extended.

He insisted that the name reflect the approved use of the property.

Screen Shot 2015-08-04 at 8.09.11 PMThe woman who spoke for Cass said Clark was biased and against the plans at the last meeting and that it was filmed and on the record. She said if they are forced to JUST be a florist shop and not sell other items, the business will not succeed.

She added that forcing them to change the name of their business on the sign is a violation of their First Amendment Rights.

The former owner sent in a letter requesting the commission approve Cass’s application as she is an established business owner in Shelton and Derby and that she would be a great addition to the community.

Santo Galatioto and his wife also supported the plans and encouraged the Commission to approve it.

Commission Member Ralph Aschettino said he felt the proposal is a good one and would be an improvement to what is there now. “As a board we are elected to make decisions,” he said. “This is not substantially different from the former use.”

Ozzie Parente said he was concerned with the extra conditions that were being placed on the new owner.

The decision went to a vote with a 3-1 approval (Clark said Nay) “Welcome to Orange”

2. SITE PLAN APPLICATION – 260 BULL HILL LANE. – Submitted by NCC Orange/CT Associates Limited Partnership. For a proposed lot line revision and property size reduction (former Builders Square Building).

Discussion: The building has been bought by someone who intends to clean it up.

For now, this site plan application was unanimously approved.

3. Review of the Minutes from the July 7, 2015 meeting.

approved

6. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

Buttonball property is still an issue and legal action is being taken against the owner and the fines are around $30,000 to date.

There are several anti-blight issues that went out that were resolved immediately.

Blight at 339 Boston Post Road, Enchanted Gardens lawn needs to be mowed, Paul Dinice is hitting the road giving warnings for illegal signs, Residents with Bamboo on the property are being addressed. Lakeview and Ravenswood site is being discussed.

Executive Session ****

The Commission voted on contacting Planametrics to do more work for the Town.

 

CHANGE TO TONIGHT’S Plan & Zoning Agenda

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Aug 042015
 

Screen-Shot-2015-07-07-at-7.57.31-PM-300x204The Town Plan & Zoning Commission meets at Town Hall on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the Agenda:

1. Meeting with Ms. Kathleen Conroy Cass to discuss use of former Enchanted Garden property at 461 Derby Avenue.

2. SITE PLAN APPLICATION – 260 BULL HILL LANE. – Submitted by NCC Orange/CT Associates Limited Partnership. For a proposed lot line revision and property size reduction (former Builders Square Building).

3. Review of the Minutes from the July 7, 2015 meeting.

6. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

-Review of Zoning Activities Log.

PUBLIC HEARINGS *(1)  

THIS ITEM HAS BEEN CANCELED FROM TONIGHT’S MEETING

7. * AFFORDABLE HOUSING 8-30g APPLICATION – 504-506 Boston Post Road. Submitted by AMP Investments LLC, for property known as 504-506 Boston Post Road. The proposal is for an adaptive reuse of the rear building of the property currently known as 504 Boston Post Road.

The intent is to make the plaza a mixed use Retail-Residential property with an 8-30g residential component. Ten apartments are proposed.

Nu Vita Frozen Yogurt & Café’s Wall Of Fame Art Showcase

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Aug 042015
 

11221295_10204354117268265_3797410584848915336_nNuVita Frozen Yogurt & Café is offering local artists, photographers, painters, poets, creatives an opportunity to show their work. 
Nu Vita will be showcasing work from many artists in its Orange Location, 35 Old Tavern Road, on Friday, August 14, beginning at 7 p.m.
Come check their work out in a friendly, comfortable, air conditioned venue. 

 

Orange Police: Next Wave of “U Drive. U Text. U Pay” to Launch August 3 – August 16

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Aug 032015
 

11802757_850721321647958_6459216305425376931_oThe Orange Police Department along with the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Office, today announced the continuation of the “U DRIVE. U TEXT. U PAY.” initiative – an effort to crackdown on motorists who choose to text, talk or otherwise distract themselves from the task of driving by using a hand-held mobile phone.

According to surveys conducted before and after April’s crackdown, there was an eight percent drop in mobile phone use by drivers at observation locations throughout municipalities where police conducted enforcement. The drop in observed use is encouraging to law enforcement agencies, and demonstrates the need to reinforce to motorists that mobile phone use while driving is both dangerous and illegal.

texting-drivingThe campaign will run from August 3rd through the 16th and marks the second time this year law enforcement agencies will mobilize by adding special patrols – aimed at catching distracted drivers – especially those on their phones.

The last operation, which took place during April 2015, resulted in nearly 16,000 citations issued to motorists who chose to ignore Connecticut’s distracted driving laws. That is FOUR TIMES more citations in one month than any other month over the most recent three-year period (2012-2014) when a specialized enforcement campaign did not occur. Over 50 law enforcement agencies including both state and local police are again participating in this operation – aimed at keeping Connecticut’s roadways safe.

The Department of Transportation had announced in April that the results of recent research found an estimated 11.1 million of occurrences of distracted driving happen each day throughout the state of Connecticut. According to the findings, in total, it is estimated that 9.6% of drivers were either texting or talking on a hands free device.

Under Connecticut’s cell phone and texting law, violations involve heavy fines, ranging from $150 for a first offense, $300 for a second violation, and $500 for each subsequent violation.

textingIn 2013, 3,154 people were killed and an estimated additional 424,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. According to a 2014 special article in the New England Journal of Medicine, the risk of a crash or near-crash among novice drivers increased with the performance of many secondary tasks, including texting and dialing cell phones.

Connecticut remains the only state in the nation to receive special distracted driving prevention funds – the same funds that allow for special patrols to identify, stop and cite drivers who choose to ignore distracted driving laws. Over $4.6 million dollars has been awarded to the state over the last two years specifically – to fund campaigns like this one. Connecticut qualifies for this federal funding source through a mix of tough laws – and, a proven track record in strong enforcement of distracted driving laws.

“The Men and Women of the Orange Police Department remain committed to the reduction in distracted driving. This initiative will lead to a reduction of traffic crashes and make our community safer,”  Asst. Chief Anthony Cuozzo said. “We will continue to enforce these laws long after the official campaign concludes”

For more information about national distracted driving issues, visit www/distraction.gov.

— This announcement is posted on the Orange PD Facebook Page

Originally Published on: Jul 28, 2015 @ 13:53

Come Browse Through Old Postcards At The Academy Museum

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Aug 032015
 

Screen Shot 2015-08-03 at 8.45.04 PMThe Orange Historical Society Academy Museum,605 Orange Center Road, open every Saturday has received a collection of old postcards.

In addition to the antiques & collectibles, the museum offers tours of the 1878 Academy building that once housed town meetings and the secondary school.

Come take a tour and browse through the shop. You might find just the right gift for your summer events.

Admission is Free.  For information call 203 795-3106.

New Titles Introduced At The Case Memorial Library in Orange

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Aug 032015
 

library booksThe Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, has added the following titles to its inventory:

Movies on DVD

Big Eyes

The Gambler

Inherent Vice

It Happened One Night

Mr. Turner

Orange Is the New Black, Season 2

Predestination

Unbroken

Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken

Woman in Gold

Audiobooks

Anderson, Laurie Halse – The Impossible Knife of Memory  (Teen)

Baker, Jo – Longbourn

Clark, Mary Higgins – The Melody Lingers On

Delinsky, Barbara – Blueprints

Hilderbrand, Elin – The Rumor

Lee, Harper – Go Set a Watchman

Maas, Sarah J. – Throne of Glass  (Teen)

Scottoline, Lisa – Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?  (818)

Silva, Daniel – The English Spy

Stiefvater, Maggie – The Raven Boys  (Teen)

Music

Bernstein, Leonard – On the Town (New Broadway Cast Recording)

Brahms, Johannes – Music for piano, op. 117-119, and related works

Cage, John – Aria: Nicholas Isherwood Performs John Cage

Elling, Kurt – Passion World  (Jazz)

Honegger, Arthur – Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher (Joan of Arc at the Stake)

Jesso, Tobias, Jr. – Goon  (Rock)

Mendelssohn, Felix – String Quartets no. 1, no. 4, and MWV R18

Sibelius, Jean – Complete Works for Mixed Choir

Sondheim, Stephen – Into the Woods (Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Vaughan Williams, Ralph, and James MacMillan – Oboe Concertos

 


http://www.casememoriallibrary.org

 

Property Transfers In Orange July 23-Aug. 3

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Aug 032015
 

home-for-sale-sold-signTown Clerk Patrick O’Sullivan released this list of property transfers filed with his office from our last publication through Aug. 3.

325 Juniper Drive, $343,500, Irina Rosewater to Michael Hessberger, filed on July 27.

718 Derby Milford Road, $425,000, Robert Ehorn to Thomas Rizzotti, filed on July 27.

370 Haystack Hill Road, $359,900, Ciro Tacinelli to Jonathan Hawes, filed on July 27.

520 Howellton Road, $310,000, Peter Mueller to Jacqulyn Mitchell, filed on July 28.

373 Old Silo Road, $395,000, Juan Haydu Tr to Gabriele Agnello, filed on July 28.

933 Ox Yoke Road, $279,000, Lawrence Wechsler to James Ray, filed on July 28.

138 Sunrise Hill Circle, $432,671, Sunrise Hill Estates LLC to Mary Ann Facenda, filed on July 29.

398 Old Country Road, %337,000, 395 Old Country Road, Marisa Honig to Richard Ricard, filed on July 29.

230 Karen Drive, $339,900, Michael Dorney to Richard Hardt Jr. , filed on July 30.

241 Deerfield Lane, $480,206.78, Sunrise Hill Estates LLC to Lawrence Forte, filed on July 30.

846 Hillcrest Road, $299,900, Susan Smith to Danielle Izzo, filed on July 31.

773 Orange Center Road, $352,000, Kathryn B. Freda Revocable Trust to Margaret Edgar, filed on July 31.

367 Old Silo Road, $414,500, Robert Jalette to Marc Fairty, filed on Aug. 3.

668 Estelle Court, $540,000, Gian Varbaro to Mei Shao, filed on Aug. 3.

 

 

 

 

 

Photos From The Final Day Of The OVFD Carnival

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Aug 032015
 

Everywhere you looked someone was taking pictures with their cell phone.

Everywhere you looked someone was taking pictures with their cell phone.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department made out pretty well as far as the weather for their annual fundraising carnival, yet, the crowds still seemed a bit smaller than in past years.

Folks who did come out had a good time, enjoyed the food, rides and fireworks.

It may be some time before we know how the fire department “made out.” Last year they were down by tens of thousands of dollars because it was the first year they couldn’t mail the raffle tickets to every household, but this year, more residents were aware of that situation. But only time will tell, after all the numbers are crunched, if the OVFD is on par with past years’ intake.

Several years ago, you couldn’t even get close to the main raffle tent when the drawing was taking place, but on Sunday there was enough room to sidle right up to the shelf. — a sign of the times? I don’t know.

Here are some photos from Sunday’s final day at the Carnival, including the prize drawing.

Orange Center Road Paving Starts Tonight (Mon. Aug. 3)

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Aug 032015
 

caution-road-work-ahead-temporary-signJust as the town paving project, with road closures and upset residents finally concluded the town announced today that another paving project, this time, by the state, will begin on Monday, Aug. 3.

The CT Dept. of Transportation will be repaving Orange Center Road, all 3.3 miles of it from Route 1 to Derby Turnpike (Route 34) from Aug. 3 through Aug. 24.

The difference, aside from it being a state project rather than a town job, is that the work will be done at night from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. in an attempt to save on the traffic interruptions.

Their job description is: 2″ to be ground off existing pavement and replaced by 2″ of bituminous concrete (a fancy term for asphalt).

Residents who live along Orange Center Road may be disturbed by the overnight noise, but this is how the state has scheduled it to be done.

This is NOT a Town Project, so don’t call the Highway Department with complaints, contact the CTDOT at 203-789-7842.

 

Originally Published on: Jul 23, 2015 @ 17:10

Second Publishing on: Jul 31, 2015 @ 10:10