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ATTENTION! Important Information From The Orange Police Department

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Jul 022016

BEST-POLICE-Patch-EVER-275x300 4.30.39 PMThe Town of Orange will hold its Annual July 4th Concert and Fireworks Display on Saturday July 2nd. The Concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the Fireworks at 9:35 p.m. There is no on-street parking and local roads will be barricaded and posted as no parking. Cars are subject to towing.

Expect traffic delays both into and out of the Fairground and on Orange Center Road. Please have patience.

No campfires or open fires are allowed on the fairgrounds, parking area surrounding the Community Center, or any other Town property.

No fireworks or sparklers are allowed. Drones are prohibited.

Dogs must be leashed and cleaned up after.

Please keep the safety aisles clear of blankets, chairs and tables.

The Orange Police and Orange CERT Team will be on site for general assistance and emergencies.

There will be overflow parking at the Town Hall, and Town Library.

First Lost Dog Of The Holiday Weekend

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Jul 012016

13565336_10154368061283217_456328486_nNot even the fourth of July yet and already it’s begun… this dog was found on Dogburn Lane tonight.

The Milford Animal Control came and picked her up.

The Shelter is located at 664 East Broadway, Milford.

Saturday: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Monday – Friday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sundays and Holidays Closed

Call before you go at 203-783-3279.

After hours phone number [Orange Residents 203 891-2130]

Check Out The Set List For The Independence Day Concert

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Jul 012016

Screen Shot 2016-07-01 at 4.22.11 PMThe Orange Town News has released the song list for “Queen Flash” for the upcoming Town of Orange Independence Day Concert on Saturday, July 2, as well as the song list to accompany this year’s Annual Fireworks Show.

If you weren’t psyched about the show yet, you will be after seeing this set list!

Queen Flash

Set 1 (6:45-7:45pm):

We Will Rock You

Tie Your Mother Down

Under Pressure

Killer Queen

I’m In Love with my Car

You’re My Best Friend

I Want to Break Free

Another One Bites the Dust

Spread Your Wings

Keep Yourself Alive

Stone Cold Crazy


Intermission with Music Supplied by WPLR Radio Personality Megan Stone. (7:45-8:15pm)


Set 2 (8:15-9:30):

One Vision

Now I’m Here

Play the Game

Bicycle Race

Bohemian Rhapsody

Hammer to Fall

Somebody to Love

Crazy Little Thing Called Love

We Will Rock You (reprise)

We are the Champions

Show Must go on



Love of my Life

Fat Bottom Girls


Fireworks Display Music (9:35-10:00):

God Bless the USA – Lee Greenwood

An American Girl – Carrie Underwood

We Didn’t Start the Fire – Billy Joel

Rocket Man – Elton John

Firework – Katy Perry

God Bless America – Kate Smith


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Jul 012016

Screen Shot 2016-07-01 at 2.34.38 PM“Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” — Dorothy Gale

Over the past couple of decades we’ve learned that tornadoes are not limited to the midwest.

You never know, it could happen anywhere.

On July 10, 1989 around 4:40 p.m. Mohawk Mountain ski area was devastated by a tornado, another tornado hit Watertown then an EF-4 tornado ripped through southern Hamden 5:45 p.m.

On June 24, 2010 an EF-1 tornado touched down in Bridgeport around 2:20 p.m. The twister traveled in an east-northeast direction, cutting a swath about 100 yards wide and two-tenths of a mile long.

There is a TORNADO WATCH in effect for several areas of Connecticut, including New Haven and Fairfield counties, until 10 p.m.

There is a chance for severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. The main threat is damaging winds.

There also is a small chance for large hail and isolated tornadoes.

If the sky turns an ominous green color or if the wind begins to pick up, be smart and head for your basement.


The 2016 Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival Is Coming Soon

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Jul 012016

Screen Shot 2016-07-01 at 12.02.09 PMThe Orange Volunteer Fire Association is on duty 24/7/365. The men and women are highly trained just like the paid firefighters in some nearby cities. They depend upon fundraisers like the annual four-day carnival to bring in money for training, equipment and apparatus.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department has been working on the 2016 carnival since the day after the 2015 carnival ended.

Parking and admission are always free.

It takes a lot of planning to keep such a big operation rolling every year, keeping the public interested in coming and finding volunteer non-firefighters willing to help in the food tent and pitch in at various games around the fairgrounds.

Denise Mirto sent a shout-out for food tent volunteers  this week and really can use your help.

Under the Raffle Tent you will find many familiar faces, selectmen, various committee and board members and residents who come back year after year and donate their time to the fire department, just as the firefighters donate their time to the town every hour of every day.

Several years ago, First Selectman Jim Zeoli called the Carnival the “cheapest fire insurance that an Orange Resident can have.”

“If every household spent a couple hundred bucks at the carnival, it is the cheapest insurance they can have for fire service,” Zeoli said. “If we had a paid Fire Department it would cost us millions of dollars every year.”

Did you know?

There are many rides, games, and food options at the carnival, and everyone has their favorite, but did you know that the Fire Department only benefits from the proceeds at the games and food that they run?

The games are the Frog Bog, Dunk Tank, High Striker, Speedball and Blower ball – the little game of chance next to the raffle tent. The 50/50 raffle benefits both the civilian winner and the fire department, who split the pot a couple of times a day.

The main food tent (under the pavilion) and the satellite food tent straight up the aisle next to the fence on Orange Center Road also are Fire Department run.

Of course, you can’t beat $5 for a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of 11 great prizes, including a $7,000 Visa Gift Card, $4,000 Gift Card, $2,500 Gift Certificate – Anytime Fitness, $2,000 Visa Gift Card, $1,200 Gift Certificate – Diamond Designs, Apple iPad Air 2, 16GB, Best Buy, $350 Gift Card – Chip’s Family Restaurant, $300 Gift Card – Trader Joe’s, $250 Gift Card – Knights, Inc., $200 Gift Card – Ben’s Service Center, Gift Certificate to Yale New Haven Open at Yale Tennis Tournament.

You may purchase Raffle Tickets at People’s Bank, 653 Orange Center Road; The First Selectman’s Office; Knight’s Power Equipment, 286 Boston Post Road; Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road; at the carnival or from any firefighter.


Pick up Advanced Online Ride Bracelets behind the Main Raffle Booth
Photo ID and signature are required at pickup

• Children must be at least 3’ tall to ride any ride

Ride bracelets  purchased online in advance (by Tuesday, Aug. 2 at noon) may be used during one of the following periods:
Thursday 5-11 p.m., Friday, 5 p.m. to midnight, Saturday Matinee 12 to 5 p.m., Saturday evening, 5 p.m. to midnight and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Also, if you don’t get your on line wristbands on time, the firefighters offer a special at carnival ride bracelet special for $28.

Ride bracelets purchase at the carnival ticket booths may be used during one of the following periods:
Saturday Matinee noon to 5 p.m. or Sunday Family Fun Day from noon to 5 p.m.
And Don’t Forget
The Carnival Spectacular Fireworks Displays on Friday at 10:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10:45 p.m.As always, there is a Free raffle for Children 12 and younger on Saturday, during the matinee
Children 12 years and younger can register at the main raffle booth to win free prizes. (must be present)

Screen Shot 2016-07-01 at 12.01.30 PMSchedule

Thursday – 5:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Friday – 5:00 p.m. to 12 midnight

Saturday – 12 Noon to 12 midnight

Sunday – 12 Noon to 5:00 p.m.

Get Ready For Potential Nasty Weather Tonight

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Jul 012016

severe-thunderstorm-watchNBC Connecticut is reporting that thunderstorms are likely during the late afternoon or evening today.

Highs in the low 80s inland, high 70s along the shore. South winds 10-15 mph with higher gusts in storms.

Later tonight, showers and thunderstorms are likely, some of this could be on the STRONG side with frequent lightning and damaging winds.

We can expect clearing after 2 a.m. with lows near 60.

The weather for tomorrow’s Orange Independence Day concert and fireworks should be dry, comfortable and less humid.


Improvements Made For This Year’s Independence Concert Experience

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Jun 302016

Orange Fairgrounds July 5, 2015 (from Kevin Arnone's Drone)

Orange Fairgrounds July 5, 2015 (from Kevin Arnone’s Drone)

The Orange Independence Day Concert and Fireworks extravaganza always draws a huge crowd, but none as large as in 2015. HERE is Kevin Arnone’s Drone Video from that event.

There were a number of situations that police, fire and security personnel had to deal with throughout the evening, including unexpected traffic and parking difficulties and then there was the “potty” situation that drove hundreds of people into the woods behind the fire line.

Asst. Police Chief Anthony Cuozzo said the Orange Police met with organizers to go over the details of this year’s show so things may go easier on everyone this weekend.

Another HUGE band has been booked and if 5,000 people show up again, there will be at least 16 strategically placed “comfort stations” aka Porta Potties on the grounds as well as the regular brick bathroom facilities near the parking lot closest to the Community Center.

Unfortunately, the State has moved the fire line back a few yards, so the fairgrounds will lose some parking spaces in order to keep everyone a safe distance from the dangerous fireworks pit.

The Orange Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will assist police in traffic and security details where needed.

Everyone is asked to respect the fire line near the rear of the fairgrounds (wooded area). It is there for a reason. As we’ve seen in the past, fireworks and other explosive devices are volatile and can go off unexpectedly and take off in any direction. If you are in the woods and a firework goes off by itself you risk getting severely injured, burned or maimed.

The CERT and Fire personnel are not down there turning you away to be mean, they are doing their jobs and could very well help save your life.

AC Cuozzo said side roads will be closed and clearly marked during the event, so everyone is asked to respect the residents who live on those streets by following the rules.

He added that additional parking will be available at the Library and at Mary L. Tracy School.

If you are parked in the rear and traffic isn’t moving it may be because there are unexploded fireworks still in the tubes and BY LAW the traffic control personnel CANNOT let you drive by.

“Everyone wants to get in and out quickly and to find a great parking space,” he said. “These are things we can’t guarantee, but we ask that everyone be patient and enjoy your holiday weekend.”

On a side note, the Orange Recycling Committee asks that everyone use the recycling bins for Recyclables and trash cans for garbage only.

Nearby Fireworks Shows — FRIDAY’S SHOWS CANCELED

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Jun 302016

fireworksThere are several Independence Day fireworks shows around the state, but not everyone is willing to travel more than a few miles to attend one.

For this reason, Orange Live is providing only shows that are within a reasonable distance to town for your information and enjoyment.

Friday, July 1  CANCELED!

Stratford, Short Beach Park, 7 p.m. (rain date July 5)

Hamden, Town Center Park at Dusk

Derby, over the water in the Center of Town at 9 p.m. (rain date July 3)

• Shelton, Riverwalk — Fireworks at dusk

Milford, POSTPONED!!!!!!!!! See Below

West Haven, Bradley Point, 9 p.m. (rain date July 5)

Saturday, July 2

• Orange, Concert at 6:30 p.m., Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Orange Fairgrounds (rain date July 3)

Monday, July 4

New Haven, Wilbur Cross High School, 9 p.m. (rain date July 9)

Wednesday, July 6

• Milford: Helwig Street, Milford Lisman’s Landing — Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.



WTNH – 8 posted this complete list if you are willing to travel to New London or other distant towns.

Thank You Highway Department

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Jun 302016

Everyone appreciated the newly paved roads during last weekend's 5K road race.

Everyone appreciated the newly paved roads during last weekend’s 5K road race.

The Orange Highway Department has been working tirelessly in the heat and humidity during the past couple of months paving the worst worn roadways with new asphalt.

It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it and by the end of today, according to Highway Foreman Donny Foyer, it will be complete.

The inconvenience bumpy graded surfaces and road closures has been replaced with smooth even streets where many of us do a lot of our driving.

Thank you Highway boys for all your hard work.

It’s Happening At The Library

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Jun 302016

The Case Memorial Library.

The Case Memorial Library.

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


Shibori Tie Dye Totes
Wednesday, July 6 at 2 PM
Make your own tie-dye book tote using the Japanese shibori method, then make a frozen banana parfait while you wait for your tote to dye. Wear old clothes; this might get messy! All supplies will be provided. Supplies are limited so give us a call or stop by the Library to let us know if you plan to come.

Art in the Library Reception
Thursday, July 7, 5-7 PM
In honor of the July exhibit: Watercolors and sculptures by Nandou Lu and Gary Rappaport, on view July 2-29.

Oscar Film: Joy
Monday, July 11 at 7 PM
Wednesday, July 13 at 1 PM (with subtitles)
Joy is the story of the title character, who rose to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty. PG-13. 124 min.

Friends Members-Only Book Sale
Saturday, July 16, 10 AM-12 noon
Gently used books, records, CDs, sheet music, cassettes, bargain books, children’s, science fiction and more!

“The Tortoise and the Hare” Drama Workshop with Ingrid Schaeffer
Saturday, July 16 at 1:30 PM
Children ages 5-10 will be provided with a costume piece and props to act out this classic Aesop fable with a twist. The workshop will conclude with a craft that corresponds to the theme of the story. Space is limited to 22 children.
Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register in person or by telephone.
Phone: 203-891-2170