Police Blotter: Man Accused Of Stealing Sign In Orange

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Nov 202019

On Nov. 11, at 11:55 a.m., Orange Police responded to Orange Center Road on a suspicious activity complaint regarding someone removing a town posted parking sign.

Investigation revealed that Frank C. Rogers, 86, of Orange, took the sign and drove off with it.

According to the report, he was taken into custody and charged with sixth-degree larceny and released on a promise to appear in court Nov.22.

Register Now For The Orange Lions Thanksgiving Dinner

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Nov 172019

Every year, the members of the Lions Club of Orange host a Thanksgiving Dinner at High Plains Community Center on the first Sunday after Thanksgiving (December 1, 2019) at 12 p.m.

The dinner is open to everyone but their target guests are the town’s elders, shut-ins, and all those in need of good food and fellowship.

Entertainment is provided.

If you plan to attend, please call Orange Community Services at (203) 891-4788 to get your name on the list. This will let the Lions know how many guests to expect so they will have enough food for everyone.

Transportation can be provided by the Community Services Transportation program. Call the Transportation Coordinator, Kim Callahan at (203) 891-4788 to arrange a ride.

Don’t Forget Santa’s Helper Gift Drop Off Saturday, Nov. 23 Starting At 9 a.m.

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Nov 172019

Here’s a file photo from the 2012 drop off.

GIFT DROP-OFF DAY FOR SANTA’S HELPER IS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2019, 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. at Fire Station #2, 355 Boston Post Road (Across from TGI Fridays).  We ask that the general public arrive no earlier than 30 minutes prior to start time.  You will have a much shorter wait in line by following these guidelines.


There is a small fee of $19.00 per gift/recipient. Each gift must be INDIVIDUALLY wrapped in your favorite holiday paper with an overwrap of plain brown paper. The name and delivery address of the recipient must be clearly printed on the outside of each gift. 

PLEASE try not to make the gift too large or too heavy, Santa appreciates that.  We do have a limit of 170 delivery spots/visits available.  We encourage you to try to have all the gifts for your visit with you on Gift Drop-Off day. (For families with a large party and many gifts, please e-mail OVFDSantasHelper@gmail.com for special instructions.)

Parking for Drop-Off day is in the rear of the Fire Station.  Firefighters will be there to assist you.  The Drop-Off Line is located INSIDE the Fire Station. Use the rear door marked ENTER.


Donations Sought To Purchase Memorial Bench For Annie “Elf Mama” Davis

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Nov 172019

A file photo from a Santa’s Helper visit. Little Cindy Lou Who is probably 15 years old now.

Annie “Elf Mama” Davis was a huge part of the Orange Community, For more than 20 years, she took the reigns of the OVFD Auxiliary’s Santa’s Helper program and helped bring joy to thousands of children and families across town.

While at home with her only son, Michael, on Monday, Sept. 23, Annie wasn’t feeling well and she passed out. Michael called 911 and his mom passed away at the hospital after having a heart attack.

The friends of Annie Davis would like to purchase a memorial bench for the Orange Fairgrounds with Annie’s name on it so she will never be forgotten.

The cost of the bench, with an engraved plaque and installation, is $1,500 and we need your help to make our goal.

Cookies and an Ornament

Annie’s Chocolate Chip Cookies were legendary around town. We are selling copies of the recipe, along with a chocolate chip cookie ornament for $3. All proceeds go toward the bench purchase. Contact Terri at orangectlive01@gmail.com if you are interested.

You may mail monetary donations to Friends of Annie Davis, 131 Clark Street, Milford, CT 06460.

We have a short term designated bank account for this cause, with none of the regular fees for a couple of months. But $1,500 is a lot of money and even as the checks are deposited as they come in, we are hoping for a lot of community support to get Annie this bench.

We’d come closer to seeing it come to fruition if all the families that participated in the Santa’s Helper event over the years sent in a little something as a thank you to Annie for her dedication to you and the program.

Make out checks to “Friends of Annie Davis,” and mail to Friends of Annie Davis, 131 Clark Street, Milford, CT 06460.

THANK YOU if you already have donated!

The Best Christmas Bake Sale Set For December 1

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Nov 152019

Auxiliary treats are always made with love.

A longtime tradition in Orange is the OVFD Auxiliary Christmas Bake Sale.

The sale takes place on the same weekend as the Orange Holiday Festival. Just go to Treat Farm, 361 Old Tavern Road on Saturday, Nov. 30 and Sunday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Auxiliary women are – Hands Down – some of the best bakers in the region and every year they create something new and exciting that will have you wishing you’d bought more when you were there.

All kinds of Christmas goodies will be available, along with hot chocolate and hot spiced cider.

All proceeds support the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

We Highly Recommend it! Mark your calendars now and don’t forget!

Town Officials Swearing In On Friday

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Nov 142019

Board of Selectmen (2017)

A brief ceremony to welcome all of the newly elected Selectmen, Board and Commission members, Town Clerk, Tax Collector, and First Selectman Jim Zeoli will take place at High Plains Community Center on Friday, Nov. 15 at 2 p.m.

Everyone is invited to this bi-annual event.

Refreshments will be served.

Make the Holidays Safer for Pets

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Nov 142019

Royalty-free stock photo     By evrymmnt

During Thanksgiving and the other holidays, families and guests gather and there is usually plenty of food and snacks. If you have a pet, you need to be aware that the “cute face” they give in order to get a little something extra from the table, may lead to a dangerous, even deadly situation.

Remember these tips to keep your pet safe during the holiday season:

  1. Keep people food out of the reach of your pet, and ask your guests to do the same.
  2. Make sure your pet doesn’t have any access to treats, especially those containing chocolate, xylitol, grapes/raisins, onions or other toxic foods.
  3. Don’t leave your pet alone in the room with lit candles, a decorated tree or potpourri.
  4. Keep holiday plants (especially holly, mistletoe and lillies) out of reach of pets.
  5. Consider leaving the tinsel off your tree if you have a cat.
  6. Secure your Christmas tree to keep it from falling over if your dog bumps it or your cat climbs it. Hanging lemon-scented car air fresheners in the tree may deter your cat from climbing it.
  7. Provide a safe place for your pet to escape the excitement (such as a kennel, crate, perching place, scratching post shelf or hiding place) if you’re entertaining guests. If your pet is excitable or scared, consider putting your pet in another room with some toys and a comfortable bed.

Source: AVMA, American Veterinary Medical Association

Thank You For Remembering Annie Davis With Us

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Nov 142019

The “Friends of Annie Davis” (Lisa Hartshorn, Ken Lyke, Sue Smith, Marissa Russo, and Terri Miles) thank everyone who came out to Friday night’s fundraiser in honor of Annie “Elf Mama” Davis. We hope you all enjoyed yourselves.

We’d like to thank all of the local businesses and town offices, and individuals that contributed with generous gift baskets, gift certificates and other items that we gave away as raffle prizes:

Trader Joe’s, First Selectman Jim Zeoli, Chowder Pot, Eli’s, VideoLab, Chip’s Restaurant, Knight’s, Beachside Nutrition, Orange CERT, Cherilyn Miles, Amelie Choiniere, Zoey Girl, The Russo Family, Yia Yia & Amelie, Toni Sowitcky, Subway Corporate Headquarters, 221 Post Salon, Coromandel, Georgina’s Hair Studio, Two Guys, OVFD Auxiliary, Cork and Barrel of Hamden. Mr. Kold Kuts, Ken.

We also want to acknowledge the following people who made monetary donations: Orange Police Department, Orange Fire Marshal’s Office, and Orange Community Services Department.

In addition, thank you to the Orange Ale House for providing us with a wonderful buffet and a large, clean venue for this event. Your staff is the best.

Also, Cherilyn, Toni, Marie and, of course, Mary and Amelie for your tireless help all evening. We couldn’t have done it so seamlessly without you. Special thanks to Nick Bencivengo for your help.






Orange Holiday Festival On December 1

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Nov 132019

The Town of Orange invites you to attend the Annual Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting on Sunday, December 1, 2019.  Festivities on and around the Orange Town Green will begin at 3:00 p.m.    

Visitors may tour the Stone-Otis House to learn what a Victorian Christmas was like.

The Academy Building and the antique shop will be open and invites you to view the Historical Society’s antique collections and Emily Prudden Watercolors, as well as the New Haven to Derby line model railroad in the lower level from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

The Orange Congregational Church will hold a cookie sale, handbell concert, and carol sing in the church sanctuary from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m featuring the Amity Chamber Singers.

The Case Memorial Library will be splendidly decorated, and will host a performance from Al deCant of Half Moon Music who will perform a children’s musical program in the library meeting room from 3:30 – 4:00 p.m.  Guess how many candies in the jar at the library and win a prize, write a letter to Santa Claus and make a craft in the craft room. The Library will be open from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Annual Gingerbread Contest will be featured in the Clark Building.  Friends of all ages are invited to enter a gingerbread creation.  Entries must be dropped off at the Clark Building from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. on December 1st and must be picked up between 5:30 – 6:00 p.m.  Prizes will be given to the winner of the contest.

An ice carving demonstration will take place in front of the Clark Building from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Hot chocolate will be available compliments of Starbucks in Orange.

A Lighted Tractor Parade will take place down Orange Center Road at 5:00 p.m.

Santa Claus will arrive at the conclusion of the Lighted Tractor Parade and the Lighting of the Tree will follow.  Children can visit with Santa on the Town Green after the Tree is lit. 

The Holiday Festival will end at 6:00 p.m.

UPDATE: Woodbridge Homicide Victim Identified

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Nov 132019

Here is a followup to a previous story regarding a body found in Woodbridge.

Police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the body of a deceased male that was located Saturday evening in a wooded area along Woodfield Road.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has positively identified the victim in this homicide investigation to be Abdur Terrell, age 28, of New Haven, CT. The victim was found to have suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Woodbridge Police Department at (203) 387-2511.

No further information is available for release at this time.