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Debate: What Improvements Are Needed In Town?

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Oct 122015
 

Screen Shot 2015-10-12 at 7.07.37 PMThe Mens Club at Congregation Or Shalom hosted a First Selectmen’s Debate on Sunday, Oct. 11.

In this VIDEO the two candidates, Incumbent Jim Zeoli (R) and Challenger Ken Lenz (D) talk about improvements needed in town.

VIDEO: First Selectman’s Debate #2 — Re: Cell Towers

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Oct 122015
 

Screen Shot 2015-10-12 at 12.47.53 PMThe Congregation Or Shalom Mens Club hosted a First Selectman’s Debate on Sunday, Oct. 11.

In this VIDEO, incumbent Republican First Selectman Jim Zeoli and Democratic challenger Ken Lenz state how they plan to stop the influx of cell towers in town.

Town Clerk Urges Students To Register To Vote

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Aug 102015
 

votingOrange Town Clerk Patrick O’Sullivan is urging all students to register to vote prior to leaving for school or college and if needed complete an application for Absentee Ballot.

“One of the greatest ways we can demonstrate our commitment to our democracy is to exercise our right to a free and secret vote,” O’Sullivan said, “When you look at other countries you immediately recognize it is not something that we should ever take for granted.”

Any U.S. citizen, 17 years of age, may apply for admission as an elector by pre-registering and will become an elector on the day of their 18th birthday.

You may complete the voter registration application at Town Hall weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

You also may download a voter registration application and / or an application for absentee ballot by going to the Secretary of the State’s website at www.sots.ct.gov – click on the elections area.

This year, Election Day is November 3. voters will be exercising their constitutional right to vote for:

First Selectman

Selectmen

Town Clerk

Tax Collector

Board of Finance

Board of Education

Town Plan & Zoning Commission

Constable

Amity Regional Board of Education

 

October 2 is the first day absentee ballots may be issued by the Town Clerk. For those voting by absentee ballot, they must first submit a completed application for absentee ballot, which can be done now.

Upon receipt of the completed application, the Town Clerk will mail the actual absentee ballot to you; please be sure to have an accurate college address.

Here It Is: Republican Slate for the November Election

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Jul 232015
 

republican-symbolThe Orange Republican Party endorsed the following candidates for the November municipal election at its caucus on Wednesday evening, July 22.

1st Selectman

James M.  Zeoli

Board of Selectman

Judy Wright Williams

John J. Carangelo

Ralph G. Okenquist

Board of Finance

Kevin  Houlihan

James Leahy

Robert Bocek

Planning and Zoning

Judy Smith

Ralph Aschettino

TPZ Deferred Ken Gambardella

Tax Collector

Sandra D. Pierson

Orange Board of Education

William Kraut

Ken Ziman

Chantelle Ewen Bunnell

Amity Board of Education

Christopher Browe

Tracy Lane Russo

John C. Belfonti

Constable

Jody Daymon

Jeff Vargo

Glen Papelo

Mike Donadeo

Opinion: Silly Season? — More Like “Nasty” Season

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Apr 262015
 

political-symbols-democrat-republican-oEven though I do my best to keep Orange Live all about Orange, I will, on occasion offer Zoo News or a tidbit from the tri towns only if I know it has mass appeal. Amity High School is a given, Orange residents attend the school and athletes like Katie Koshes and Kyle Beaudette are on the Spartans rosters.

In another week the town of Woodbridge will have its municipal election and the Orange Live readers who live in that town can tell you that their campaign season (at least for one party) has been a nasty one. Residents said they were turned off by blatant lies printed on mailers and other desperate underhanded political techniques that had been applied over the past few months.

For that town’s sake, I hope that residents can see through the smoke screen and do what is best for their community.

That said, even though no one has announced their candidacy for office in Orange, the “silly season” it seems, already has begun.

Troubling whispers and allegations against one potential candidate have begun as one party prepares to “destroy” their opponent.

In the coming months, I predict you will read and hear a lot of nastiness as one political party works on sweeping the Orange municipal election.

To All Parties, Republicans, Democrats, and Independents — Remember the Orange Live political policy [this version was published Aug 18, 2014]— “I will post information about candidates, issues, and events as they are submitted as long as it is not an attack piece on an opponent.”

Candidates, you should run on your own merits, say what YOU can do for the town of Orange and highlight the positive things that you have done that make you the best person for the job.

In advance of the first installment of the 2015 smear campaign, I ask Orange residents to keep an open mind, see through the smoke screen and do what is best for your community on election day.

Orange Live will not respond to any stories published in other newspapers or tabloids, but, if you have concerns about something you’ve heard or read somewhere else, send an e-mail to orangectlive01@gmail.com  and I will be more than willing to bring you the other side of the story and clarify what may have been left hiding behind the curtain.

 

 

Mar 022015
 

IMG_9890-1024x682The Orange Republican Town Committee is sponsoring its annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner on Monday, March 16 at Biagetti’s Restaurant, 77 Campbell Ave., West Haven at 6 pm.

There will be a complete Irish Dinner with Corned Beef and Cabbage and all that goes with it.

Tickets are $38 per person and reservations must be made in advance by Sunday, March 8.

Checks should be made out to ORTC and mailed to P.O. Box 632, Orange CT 06477.

There will be a cash bar and door prizes. We hope many of our friends will join us. It is always an enjoyable opportunity for “Wearing of the Green” by all who attend.

For questions and/or reservations, please call Pat Zeoli at (203) 795-9679.

— press release from the Orange Republican Town Committee

Originally Published on: Feb 7, 2015 @ 13:04

Staneski: “Your Voice Counts!”: Asks for Response to Questions on Tolls

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Feb 042015
 

A still shot of the old West Haven Toll Booths from WTNH .com

A still shot of the old West Haven Toll Booths from WTNH .com

With the legislative session in full swing, State Representative Pam Staneski (Milford & Orange) is asking her constituents for feedback on the issue of tolls being installed on Connecticut highways.

CT Toll booths were torn down after a fatal accident at the Stratford Tolls in 1985.

“There has been discussion about re-instituting tolls on our state highways. Soon, the Transportation committee will be hearing public testimony a on toll proposal. I also want to hear from the constituents in Milford & Orange on what your thoughts are on bringing back tolls to our state highways. I strongly value your feedback on this important transportation issue,” said Rep. Staneski.

To fill out the survey go to: http://cthousegop.com/119th-district-survey/

You may also access the survey by visiting Rep. Staneski’s website www.repstaneski.com.

As always, if you have any thoughts or concerns you’d like Rep. Staneski to be aware of, contact her office direct at 800-842-1423 or email at Pam.Staneski@housegop.ct.gov

Legislators Host Coffee Hour At Chip’s on Jan. 20

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Jan 122015
 

state repsState Reps. Themis Klarides, Charles Ferraro and Pam Staneski will be holding a coffee hour for constituents in Orange on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at Chip’s Restaurant321 Boston Post Road, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. 

All three state representatives have a slice of Orange in their legislative districts.

Constituents are encouraged to join their legislators for coffee and talk about any issues, questions or concerns related to the Town of Orange or state government.

Anyone who is unable to attend but would like to talk to their state representatives you can contact them at 1.800.842.1423 or send an email to Themis.Klarides@housegop.ct.gov, Charles.Ferraro@housegop.ct.gov or Pam.Staneski@housegop.ct.gov.

UPDATED: 100% of the Results Are In: Davis, Maroney Unseated; Ferraro, Staneski Are New Reps

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Nov 062014
 

James Maroney and Paul Davis

James Maroney and Paul Davis

Voters across the country seemed to be sending a message to President Obama by voting in a majority of Republicans in this election. This reflected in our local (Orange) results as well.

With 100% of the precincts in (Orange, Milford and West Haven) the 117th House district, newcomer Charles Ferraro (R) took 51% of the vote with 4,281; Incumbent Paul Davis (D) received 4,138, reflecting 49% of the total votes.

Pam Staneski (R) defeated Incumbent James Maroney (D) by 161 votes for the 119th House Seat. She received 4,423 votes, a 51% share; Maroney stayed strong with 4,262 at 49%.

Both Maroney and Davis WON their races in Orange.

The only one of our State Representatives to retain a seat was Themis Klarides (R) in the 114th District who received a lot of support at 66% throughout her district with 5,822 votes defeating Aldon Hynes (D) for the second consecutive race. Hynes received 34% of the votes at 2,937.

Election Day (Preliminary Results) Voting District 3

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Nov 042014
 

IMG_6807VOTING DISTRICT 3 @ HIGH PLAINS COMMUNITY CENTER

These are preliminary numbers without the absentee ballots and they are subject to change.

GOVERNOR & LT. GOVERNOR

 R — Tom Foley and Heather Somers  129  Total  133

 D — Dannel Malloy and Nancy Wyman  107  Total  111

WF — Malloy and Wyman  2  +  2

IND — Foley and Somers  4

REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS

R — James Brown 94

D — Rosa DeLauro 132  Total  149

WF — DeLauro  15  +  2

STATE SENATOR

R — Matt Gaynor  109  Total  113

D — Gayle Slossberg  129

IND — Gaynor  3

STATE REPRESENTATIVE  119th

R — Pam Staneski  106  Total  111

D — James Maroney 129

IND — Staneski  5

SECRETARY OF THE STATE

R — Peter Lumaj  112  Total  118

D — Denise Merrill  107  Total  113

WF — Merrill  5  +  1

IND — Lumaj  6

GREEN — Michael DeRosa  4

TREASURER

R — Timothy Herbst  123  Total  128

D — Denise Nappier  103  Total  110

WF — Nappier  5  +  2

IND — Herbst  5

COMPTROLLER

R — Sharon McLaughlin 115  Total  119

D — Kevin Lembo  107  Total  112

WF — Lembo  4  +  1

IND — McLaughlin 4

GREEN — Rolf Maurer  3

ATTORNEY GENERAL

R — Kie Westby  108  Total  112

D — George Jepsen  113  Total  120

WF — Jepsen  6  +  1

IND — Westby  4

GREEN — Stephen Fournier  1

JUDGE OF PROBATE

R — Thomas Miller  111

D — Beverly Streit-Kefalas  123

REGISTRAR OF VOTERS

R — Frederick Kendrick  115

D — Janice Casey  116

QUESTION

Yes  102

No  112