Obituary: Thomas C. Reynders, 47, Orange Native, Amity Grad

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Mar 252017

Thomas Conrad “Tommy Tsunami” Reynders of Golden, CO, passed suddenly on February 22, 2017. He was 47 years old.
Tommy is survived by his parents, John and Charlotta Reynders of Harwich Port, MA; his three siblings, John L Reynders of Apple-ton, WI, Alison Elliott of Milford, CT, Katharine Lumpkin of Alpharetta, GA and many nieces and nephews. Tommy was born on Feb. 19, 1970 in Orange, CT to John and Charlotta Reynders.
He graduated from Amity Regional High School and attended two years at Old Dominion University (ODU) in Norfolk, VA. After leaving ODU, Tommy moved to Puerto Rico to teach windsurfing and finally to Colorado where he remained.
Tommy was a beautiful person and artist. He loved music, nature, windsurfing, snowboarding, water sports, and more. His favorite pastime was the many hours spent tubing on Clear Creek with friends.
His talent and artistic eye allowed him to work with local musicians as a lighting and stage technician. He worked as a handy man doing landscaping, tiling, carpentry and home restoration.
Tommy enjoyed life with a youthful enthusiasm. He shared a friendly, authentic smile with all who crossed his path. He was known for his kind words of those who surrounded him and leaves a community grieving his early departure.
He was a fixture in the Golden community and supported musicians, shop owners and the local artists. He will be most remembered for his generous spirit and the many improvements to homes and properties in and around Golden, Colorado.
Loved ones held a memorial service on February 26 for Tommy following his death. His body was cremated and his ashes will be spread in the many places he loved.
Memorial donations in Tommy’s name can be made to Second Wind Fund at (LINK) or mailed to Second Wind Fund, 13701 W. Jewel Ave #251, Lakewood CO 80228 or to Foothills Animal Society at (LINK) or mailed to Foothills Animal Shelter, 580 McIntyre Street, Golden, CO 80401.

Mar 252017

Damon Robinson

The memorial for Damon Robinson will take place at the Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meeting House Lane, on Saturday, April 1 at 2 p.m.

There will be a reception following the service.

If you have any questions see contact information in the update on the go fund me page.

Open House: Move In Ready Colonial On Sarah Circle

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Mar 252017

Visit this newly listed open house at 294 Sarah Circle, Sunday, March 26 from 12-2 p.m.

This immaculate 1,951 Sq.Ft. 8 room classic Colonial on 1.09 acres is truly a gem, very well-maintained with 4 bedrooms, including a Master bedroom suite, 2 1/2 baths. A family room with deck, hardwood floors throughout, fireplace, built-in corner cabinets and an abundance of closets and storage are only a few of the amenities this wonderful house offers.

Has a 2 car garage, septic system and city water.

Three sheds, outdoor seating areas, stone walls and walking paths enhance the outdoor experience. Pride of ownership is reflected everywhere!

Available for $359,900.


Two Well Deserved Promotions In the OPD

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Mar 252017

Orange Live Exclusive: On Friday, March 24, two Orange Police Officers were promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

Officer Mike Kosh, well known to the town’s children as a K-9 officer (with Max) and DARE Officer, and Jonathan DeRubeis, who taught a firearms lesson

Chief R. Gagne, Sgt. Kosh, Sgt. DeRubeis, Asst. Chief A Cuozzo

during the Citizen’s Police Academy.

Orange Live will have more information on Monday.

Congratulations Sergeants.


Orange Lions’ Spring Tasting A Real Crowd Pleaser

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Mar 242017

A large crowd gathered at St. Barbara Greek Church Hall on Friday night for the Orange Lions Club’s Spring Tasting fundraiser.

The Wine and Liquor Outlet,528 Boston Post Road, provided fine wines, craft beers and bourbon for the event.

This spring wine tasting included hors d’oeuvres, desserts and raffles.

Proceeds benefit local Orange Lions charities.

Start Practicing Your Skills For the Best Meatball Challenge

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Mar 242017

The Orange Ale House Grille and Burger Bar, 517 Boston Post Road, will host the third annual  Greater New Haven Best Meatball Challenge on Saturday, April 1 from 6-10 p.m.

It’s going to be a another fun night to see who makes the best balls around and raise some money for Paul Newman’s The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.

Admission is $40 per person and includes meatballs from the contestants, unlimited pasta, salad, Italian bread, the wine tasting and the beer tasting.

There will be a Celebrity Bartender series this year.

The Wine Tasting is sponsored by Connecticut Distributors and a beer tasting by Dichello Distributors.

The contest is open to individual entries only — NO restaurant or company entries.

The winner gets a beautiful trophy, a $100 gift card to OAH, a Food Channel contract and bragging rights for the year. (Ok… so we’re kidding about the Food Channel contract.) There will be some miscellaneous donated deserts and raffles/silent auctions too.

Guest Judges so far are Vincent Farricelli, Robert Modena, Erin Logan, Anna Zap from Star 99.9, Mike Lapitino from WPLR.


Don’t Forget The 44th Annual New Haven Mineral Club Show Next Weekend

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Mar 242017

The New Haven Mineral Club will host its 44th annual gem and mineral show at Amity Middle School, 100 Ohman Ave., Orange on Saturday, April 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 2 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If you have never attended this show, now is a great time to start.

You will find unique gifts, fossils, minerals, gems, jewelry and so much more.

This is the club’s largest show to date with 20 fantastic vendors displaying and selling their goods.

The NHMC is a great place to get children interested in geology and mineral collecting. It is a fascinating hobby.

There is a $5 admission fee — children 11 and under FREE with paid adult. And parking is free.

Orange Police Officers find themselves at the “Right place at the right time.”

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Mar 242017

From the Orange Police Facebook Page:

Some might say, luck has a lot to do with success in police work. Officer James Kline and Officer Amable Colon found themselves at the right place at the right time while on patrol back in June of 2015.

Ofc. Kline had been assigned as Colon’s Field Training Officer and the two were patrolling the commercial corridor in Orange along the Boston Post Road. It was then, that Kline saw the Google Maps car pulling into the main driveway of the plaza they had been patrolling, and he decided to seize the moment.

Kline called it an exercise in “Media Relations” and “Police & the Public.” As the picture reflects as the google vehicle drove by the officers were able to give a friendly wave. Google voluntarily blurred the officers face and the cruiser plate in the photo.

Ofc. Colon would check the Google Maps site on occasion to see if the picture was used and just recently stumbled upon the image. 

Often people will stage scenes for the google photo cars, in this case is was purely being in the right place at the right time.

Gather Up Your Drugs For Take-Back Day In April

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Mar 242017

Get rid of your unused drugs in April.

For the past six years the town of Orange has participated in Drug Take-Back Day with great success.

On Saturday, April 29, the Orange Police Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (D.E.A.), has scheduled another one-day National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Once again, the Orange Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members will assist in the collection.

This event will take place in the CVS parking lot, 279 Boston Post Road.  This is free and anonymous, no questions asked.  This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted or unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.

These take-back events highlight the problems related to prescription drug abuse, and give citizens an opportunity to contribute to the solution.  This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.

Unwanted, unused, or expired medications in our homes are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.  Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are very high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

Studies have shown that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.  In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines, such as flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, can pose a potential safety and health hazard.

Just bring your unwanted drugs in a box or bag and dump them into one of the large containers provided at the site.

The DEA will bring all of Connecticut’s collected items to an undisclosed site and incinerate them.

Holy Infant Orangemen Basketball Team Rocked This Season

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Mar 242017

Bottom row: Brett Chodos, Colby O’Connor, Corey Donovan and Jake Genovese.
Back row: Coach Powell Chodos, Macallister Burke, Martin Zhang, Justin Zamkov, Scott Lowder, Coach Jim O’Connor and Coach Jamie Zamkov. Missing: Liam Tassiello

The final seconds ticked off the scoreboard at Jonathan Law High School and with that concluded the Holy Infant-Orangemen’s 7th grade boys basketball season.

But it wasn’t just any season, it was a wildly successful season on all accounts.  “Historically, this has to be one of the best seasons head coach Powell Chodos explained,  “We went 44-11 against  7th grade teams from all over Connecticut, we won the Bristol Christmas Tournament (4-0), we won the Sal Tinari-East haven tournament (4-1), we won the A division of the Fairfield County tournament (3-0) and we won the prestigious Milford Hoopfest tournament (40 seventh grade teams, 6-1 record) I’m not sure if any Orange team has ever accomplished all that.”

Kneeling: ColbyO’Connor. First row: Liam Tassiello, Corey Donovan, Jake Genovese and Brett Chodos. Back row: Coach Jamie Zamkov, Coach Jim O’Connor, Scott Lowder, Justin Zamkov, Coach Powell Chodos, Macallister Burke and Martin Zhang.

Chodos gives credit to his team, “They are a smart bunch, they show up to practice, they play hard, they share the ball and they genuinely love playing together–as a coach that’s all you can ask for”.