Police: Sleeping “Driver” Charged

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May 272016

Screen Shot 2016-05-27 at 9.30.02 PMOfficers responded to the intersection of Routes 121 (Grassy Hill Road) and 15 (Wilbur Cross Parkway) regarding a suspicious vehicle on May 14 at 12:34 a.m.

Officers observed the driver, Nicholas Holt, 20, of 192 Worth Avenue, Hamden, asleep in his vehicle in that location, with his foot on the brake pedal.

Upon waking him, officers had Holt perform standardized roadside sobriety tests. He was subsequently taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

He was released after posting $50 bond for court May 26.

Food Truck Festival Filled The Fairgrounds On Friday

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May 272016

IMG_0437The third annual Race Brook School Food Truck Festival drew a huge crowd to the Orange Fairgrounds Friday night.

Everyone seemed to have their own strategy as to how they would choose their dinner.

Many knew exactly what they were looking for and made a bee line for the Fish, Grilled Cheese or Falafel, while others looked for familiar faces like Dave from Reno’s or Russ at Fire Dog. Although most had no plan at all and just wandered until they found something that suddenly appealed to their taste buds.

The band Velocity sounded great as it provided background music.

Many vendors of non-food items filled in the center of the field. One thing is for certain this event has grown in three years, both in size and popularity.

Are You Ready For The Orange Business and Community Expo?

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May 272016

Screen Shot 2016-05-27 at 3.51.13 PMThe Orange Economic Development Corporation will be hosting the 15th Annual Orange Business and Community Expo on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange. The Expo is free and open to the public.  Enjoy the day with free activities, food samples, and networking.  Spread the word to all your friends, family, and co-workers.

Start the day by signing up at the Welcome Center to receive your Welcome Bag full of goodies and register for the Passbook Raffle for your chance to win one of five prizes.  Drawing will be at 3:45 p.m.  Continue your day by enjoying food samples from various restaurants such as Chips, Coromandel, DiBellas Subs, or buy a bag of Kettle Korn by Elm City and a slice of pizza at Reno and Sons Pizza Truck for the ride home. 

Returning this year, for kids of all ages, will be an Animal Exhibit by Beardsley Zoo and a first time appearance by the Barnum Museum.  Other activities include Chair Massages with Massage Green; Skin Analysis & Makeovers with Mary Kay; Spinal Screenings & Postural Evaluations with Connecticut Chiropractic Specialists/Omni Physical Therapy; Blood Pressure, Body Fat & BMI Checks with Crunch Fitness; and Nutrition, Fitness Advice & BMI Checks with The Edge Fitness Club.  Activities and admission is free!

Network with 56 business vendors including, Amity Insurance & Financial Services, Floman and Depaola Law Firm, StateFarm Insurance Agent Kevin Piscitelli, Orange Visiting Nurse Association, Morgan Stanley, Salons by JC,The Maids and many more.   A Business After Hours event hosted by the Orange Chamber of Commerce will follow the Expo at Mexico Tipico Restaurant.  Details are available at the Chamber Booth.

New this year is the Expo Marketplace area, where you can shop for jewelry, cosmetics, accessories and crafts while listening to the sounds of Musician, Tim Payson.  Payson’s performance will begin at 1:30 p.m.

We couldn’t do it without the help of our Sponsors—many thanks to:  Signature:The United Illuminating Company; Gold: Cohen and Wolf, Northeast Electronics Corporation, Orange Economic Development Commission, Taylor Rental/Party Plus, University of New Haven, Yale University, and Bronze: Orange Fence and Supply.

Please call the Orange Economic Development Corporation office at (203) 891-1045 for more information or visit the OEDC website at OrangeEDC.com/expo.htm.

Mark Your Calendars For The Orange Senior Center Pasta Festa/Living Treasure Awards

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May 272016

Screen Shot 2016-04-27 at 5.09.44 PMThe Orange Senior Center will host its 12th annual Pasta Festa! Dinner at the Grassy Hill Country Club, 441 Clark Lane, on Friday, May 27 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: Gail Nixon, Ginny Reinhard, and Pat Zeoli, who 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.

Businesses and Individuals are asked to consider donating items for raffle baskets.

Ad space for the program is still available. Call the office at 203-891-4788 for details.


Second Publishing on: Mar 28, 2016 @ 15:41

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The Race Brook Food Truck Festival on Friday

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May 262016

12644787_1699229537016452_5480641038331246245_nThe Race Brook School Food Truck Festival is coming!

After being introduced a few years ago, the festival quickly became one of the town’s favorite events, and continues to grow with each passing year.

The Food Trucks will line the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, on Friday, May 27 from 4-8 p.m.

The food vendors include: Get Your Irish On Food Truck, serving everything Corned Beef; 744 West Bar & Grill; Buzz Truck; Zuppardi’s Pizza; Shoreline Prime. Also trucks with Pierogies, Vietnamese, Californian, Middle Eastern, American Grill, Seafood, Irish food, Grilled Cheese, Stuffed Potatoes, and so many more.

New to the event, but offering a service instead of food is Safe in the Car, LLC, a licensed Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) who offers convenient and personalized car seat installation education at your home or business.

One of the new craft vendors is Hipponotic Candles offering hand-poured candles with only the finest natural ingredients. Made with vegan soybean wax, they burn clean, with almost no residue.

Super Fun Inflatables will be set up to keep the children entertained.

This is going to be another wonderful Food Truck Festival. Mark your Calendars and don’t make any plans for dinner that night!


Originally Published on: Apr 04, 2016 @ 02:34

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Baseball: And The Beat Goes On

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May 262016

IMG_0331The Amity Spartans defeated the Fairfield Prep Jesuits 3-2 in the SCC Semi-Final game at West Haven High School Thursday night.

Our Spartans took a quick lead with 2 runs in the first inning, but Prep tied the score in the third.

Amity pulled ahead with one run in the fourth inning and that’s where it stayed, good enough to win and move on to the SCC Championship game, same field, against Notre Dame West Haven Saturday, May 28 at 11 a.m.

It’s forecast to be 85 and humid on Saturday.

NOTE: Built right next to a swamp, the WH High field is unpleasant for spectators with gnats and bugs constantly getting in your face, so, if you are coming out for the game apply lots of bug repellent, hydrate and sun block may not be a bad idea either.

Records going into the Championships: Amity 20-1, Notre Dame 14-8.

Buckle Up For Safety…and…It’s The Law

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May 262016

13254230_1001601663226589_1029631629951004299_nPress release from the Orange Police Department Facebook Page:

The Orange Police Department will once again join state and local law enforcement officials this Memorial Day Holiday to promote safe driving and increase the protection of all motorists. All law enforcement officials will be out on Connecticut’s roads enforcing the state occupant protection laws.

The two week enforcement wave will run from Monday May 23 to Sunday June 05 and include traffic stops, checkpoints, and saturation patrols. The Orange Police Department actively participates in these high visibility efforts because they work.

Orange Police Chief Robert Gagne and the entire Orange Police Department remain committed to these Click it or Ticket campaigns. Officers will be out on the roads enforcing adult and child restraint laws and issuing citations to those who are unbuckled. Because in real life you don’t get a second chance.

Originally Published on: May 20, 2016 @ 10:40

Police Blotter: Driver Dispute Leads To Arrest

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May 262016

Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.07.36 PMOfficers were investigating a motor vehicle accident on May 22 at 6:49 p.m. when they observed a dispute in a nearby parking lot at 350 Boston Post Road (Smoothie King, Ola Plaza).

The dispute quickly turned physical, and officers separated the parties.

The aggressor in the incident, identified as Carmen Rosario, 46, of 323 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport, was arrested for her actions.

Rosario was charged with second-degree breach of peace and released on a promise to appear in court May 23.


Here’s The 2016 Memorial Day Program

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May 262016

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The Orange Volunteer Fire Department fleet marks the end of the parade.

The annual Town of Orange Memorial Day Ceremonies and Parade will be held on Sunday, May 29.

Parade ceremonies will commence promptly at 10:30 a.m. at the Orange Fairgrounds Gazebo.

The parade will step off immediately following the ceremony down Orange Center Road past the reviewing stand with services following at the Orange Center Cemetery.

Kevin Gilbert once again will serve as Parade Organizer.

The Memorial Day Committee is proud to announce the recipients for this year’s parade.

Arnold J. Casola has been chosen Grand Marshal. He is a U.S. Army, World War II Veteran – T5 Corporal – who served from 1944 to 1946. He was awarded the European African Middle Eastern, Good Conduct and Victory Medal. He is a member of theAmerican Legion Post 127 and a past Sergeant-at- Arms.

James T. Dallas will be the Honorary Chief of Staff. He is a U.S. Army Korean War Veteran – Corporal – who served from 1950 to 1952. He served in the National Guard from 1948 – 1950 and at the Camp Pickett, Army Hospital for 2 years. He was a member of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department for 26 years now retired. He has been a member of the American Legion Post 127 for 55 years and worked for the Town of Orange Highway Department for 27 years now retired.

The keynote speaker will be Emily Dewey Trudeau, Deputy Assistant State’s Attorney, Judicial District of Fairfield and a Bronze Star decorated Veteran. From 2005-2006, she was a Special Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office District of Utah; from 2006-2012, she was an officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, United States Navy; and she is currently Chair of the Military and Veteran’s Affairs Committee, Connecticut Bar Association.

Robert Mirto, Esq., will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

Frederick O’Brien, Esq. will serve as Parade Announcer.

The Committee invites the public to join in honoring our nation’s veterans.

In the event of rain, exercises will take place inside the High Plains Community Center Auditorium.


Originally Published on: May 12, 2016 @ 20:46


Ben’s Service Station’s Gas Pumps Are Open!

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May 262016

12573879_10153850863179166_3440881017635952353_nBen’s Service Center, 115 Boston Post Road has been undergoing some major renovations lately, and customers may have been wondering when they will be able to go there for gas again.

Well, good news, Today’s the day! Ben’s gas pumps are open and as an added bonus, they now have Diesel fuel too.

Just beep your horn if you need FREE full service.

Don’t forget to bring your Stop & Shop Fuels Rewards Points with you when you stop by. Pop inside for a complimentary cup of coffee.

Stop by Ben’s, your friendly neighborhood gas and service station today.