Orange Police Welcome Two New Officers

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Apr 302017

Chief Gagne addresses the new officers

On Friday, April 28, the Orange Police Department held a ceremony to swear-in to service its two newest officers, Brent Crawford and Christopher Ogrinc.

Both officers graduated from the Milford Police Academy on Thursday, where they were recognized for their exceptional firearms ability.

Officer Crawford is a graduate of the University of New Haven. As part of the ceremony, his father Gary, a retired sergeant with the Connecticut State Police pinned him with his badge.

Officer Ogrinc is a graduate of Housatonic Community College. His mother, Carol, a lieutenant with the New Canaan Police Department, pinned him.

Lions Invite You To Have Breakfast For Dinner May 9

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Apr 302017

pancake-with-syrup_zoinkThe Orange Lions Club will host Breakfast For Dinner at Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, Orange on Tuesday, May 9.

For just $10 per person, you will receive 2 pancakes, 2 eggs, bacon, and coffee or tea.

Seating times are 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 7 p.m.

Call 203-795-4867 for tickets.

All proceeds benefit the Lions projects to improve the local community.

Breakfast for dinner…what can be better?

Open House: 5 Bedroom Home On Grace Trail

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Apr 302017

If you’re looking for a classy, roomy home in Orange, then check out this open house at 476 Grace Trail today (April 30) from 12-2 p.m.

Lovely 2,729 sqft Colonial home featuring a spacious formal living room with wood floors and fireplace, large family room with fireplace and built-ins, spacious breakfast room with built-ins, dining room and 3 bedrooms on the first floor, all with ample closet and storage space.

The first-floor master bedroom suite is equipped with several closets, one of which is a walk-in, and private full bath. The second floor features 2 additional bedrooms with 2 floored attic spaces and full bath.

Fully applianced kitchen with sub zero built in refrigerator.

Located just minutes from Route 34, Route 1, I-95 and Route 15 for your easy commute yet close to stores, banks, restaurants and more.

Price reduced to $359,900.

Open House: New Construction In Active Adult Community

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Apr 302017

If you are an empty nester or senior resident looking for a place to live in the town of Orange, this may be the place for you.

Open House at 39 Beecher Walk today from 12-3 p.m.

Newly constructed 1,414 sqft 2 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom condo at 39 Beecher Walk, a lakefront community for active adults that features energy efficient cluster homes with first-floor master bedroom suites.

Traditional design with Arts and Crafts elements mixed in. A modern, open plan includes 9-foot ceilings and lovely kitchens with granite and stainless.
Stylish low maintenance exteriors, Energy Star double hung windows with low e glass and extra insulation. High-efficiency natural gas heating system and central air conditioning. Tankless hot water heaters and energy saving LED lighting.
Wonderful setting on Indian Lake for kayaking, walkers and bird watchers. An enclave just south of the Boston Post Road with all its shopping, restaurants, and access to transportation. Minutes to New Haven and all its educational and cultural activities. 
Available for $299,900.

Get Your Tickets For The Living Treasure Awards Ceremony

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Apr 292017

Anita Pol’s husband Al was a 2015 award recipient.

On Friday, May 5, the Orange Senior Center will host it’s the Thirteenth annual Living Treasure Awards Ceremony (formerly Pasta Festa!) dinner at the beautiful, Birchwood at Oaklane Country Club, in Woodbridge, from 5 to 8 p.m.

The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of this year’s Living Treasure Awards to three deserving Orange residents: Elaine Capecelatro, Susan Clark, and Anita Pol. They will be recognized for all of their hard work and community support for our town over the years.

Winners of the raffle will go home with some great prizes donated by individuals and local businesses.

Tickets are on sale at the Orange Senior Center for $30 per person.

Please consider donating items for raffle baskets. Ad space for our program still available.

Call the office for details, 203-891-4788.

Amity Baseball 10-0 Going Into Saturday’s Rematch With Prep

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Apr 292017

The Amity Spartans Baseball team was on the road in Milford on Thursday, for a matchup with Jonathan Law.

The Spartans took an early lead with 4 runs in the first inning, followed by three in the second, but the Lawmen kept them on their toes with five runs in the second inning.

Amity 432 123 0  — 15 23 2
Law    050 230 0 — 10 11 3

Amity won its ninth consecutive game 15-10. Teddy Hague was the winning pitcher.


Amity Shuts Out Sheehan

On Friday, Amity hosted the Sheehan Titans in Woodbridge.
Max Scheps pitched this one and did a fine job. The Spartans shut out the Titans 10-0.
In the first inning, the Titans’ center fielder went after a fly ball, hit the fence, and crumpled to the ground. His teammates, Amity players and the Amity trainer ran to his assistance as the left and right fielders yelled, “we need a towel!” The boy reportedly cut his face up, but never lost consciousness. He should be alright, and we wish him well.


Sheehan 000 000 0  —  0   6 5

Amity       314  003 X — 11 12 0

Team records: Sheehan 6-5 (3-1); Amity 10-0 (4-0).

Here’s What Happened At The Trader Joe’s Plaza on Thursday

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Apr 292017

This is a photo of an arc flash from the internet.

On Thursday morning, a United Illuminating (UI) workman was performing routine meter maintenance at the Trader Joe’s Plaza 550 Boston Post Road in the section that houses LL Bean, Weight Watchers and Talbot’s.

According to Fire Marshal Tim Smith, there was an arc flash from the electrical circuit — described as a type of electrical explosion.

The worker was badly burned and brought to the Bridgeport Hospital Burn Center for treatment — his status is unknown.

For safety reasons, power to the entire plaza was shut off for several hours while the UI safety people and OSHA investigated the incident and UI crews eventually worked on the lines and restored power to most of the businesses from Trader Joe’s to at least Julia’s Bakery.


Fear Not, Says One Resident, The Library Is Fine

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Apr 292017

This week I posted a press release from our regular source at the Case Memorial Library stating that the library would be closed on Saturdays due to budget cuts.

This has happened in the past and many residents were upset with the news and expressed their concerns on our Facebook page

One resident, though, said that we got it wrong — no phone call or e-mail explaining why the story was inaccurate, just “you’re wrong.”

After some prying, she said that a new decision has been made and that the Library Commission never approved the release. (She has since deleted her comments from the FB page). The story was up for 3 days yet I haven’t heard any complaints or received a corrected press release from anyone in authority at the library.

I will be away today when the library is open and I won’t be able to call. But I encourage someone to contact me at orangectlive01@gmail.com so I can pass on the correct information. I know many people will be relieved if the library hours aren’t affected.


Help Paint The Town Purple on May 13 (Deadline is Saturday)

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Apr 272017

The BOW Relay For Life Committee wants to Paint The Town Purple on Saturday, May 13.

Residents may purchase a purple mylar balloon to raise cancer awareness with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, which takes place at the Orange Fairgrounds, Saturday, May 20 – Sunday, May 21.

Each Balloon costs $5, paid in advance and on May 13th, the balloon(s) will be delivered to your home and tied to your mailbox.

This is a simple way to help raise money for cancer research.

Deadline in which to order balloons is Saturday, April 29, 2017. See the Order Form Below.

If you would like to help Paint The Town Purple, call Relay Chairman Lynn Plaskowitz at 203-627-1673.

Order forms also are available at Park and Recreation Department, located in the High Plains Community Center.


Highway Department Crew Chief Announces Road Work Plans

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Apr 272017

Thanks to the 308 residents who voted YES to approve the bond referendum on April 18, the Orange Highway Department will be able to begin working on repairing some of the worst roads in town.

Four streets have been chosen for the spring project and the work will begin on May 31.

The areas are Treat Lane between Old Tavern and Ridge Road, Herbert Street, Meetinghouse “Hill” Ext., Peck Lane and Turkey Hill School.

The order has not yet been determined, but, according to OHD crew chief Don Foyer, The Southern CT Gas Company is extending its gas line on Peck Lane this spring, so the Highway Department will wait for them before making the necessary repairs there.

In the fall the pothole ridden Police and Highway Department driveways will be fixed.

Later this year the OHD will begin placing a 1-inch overlay on some side streets in preparation for the June 2018 Chip Seal work. That list of roads is not yet available.