UPDATE: Orange Residents Take Town Budget/Charter Revision Vote Seriously

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May 182017

The Orange Town Budget/Charter Revision Referendum took place today at the High Plains Community Center.

The following results are from the machine votes cast there. Absentee Ballots will change the totals, and perhaps the face of the Town Charter.

The Town Budget passed 1088 -201

Charter Revision Questions all passed as depicted below:

1) 968 -325

2) 992 -283

3) 835-450

4) 960 -317

5) 873-408

6) 1193 – 97

There were 1,350 votes cast and as we have reported for the past few weeks, the Charter Revision would only go through if 1,700 voters came out. (Does not include the absentee ballots)

Town Attorney Vincent Marino stated:

Thank you for coming out today. The budget passed by a 5 to 1 margin. That vote counts.

It looks like we fell short of our 15% vote number by 240 votes, but I will be reviewing the statute and verifying the tally with the registrars tomorrow.

While it does not appear that the Charter vote will count, all of the initiatives received support by overwhelming majorities.

While we believe we did everything we could to educate everyone and to get out the vote, including public hearings, public meetings, social media, robo calls, lawn signs and publication in 2 local papers, we always like to hear what else we might of, could have or should do in the future.

Notwithstanding the Charter vote, it is great to see that the budget we presented was supported in great numbers. We are fortunate to live in a town that has such dedicated, talented and intelligent people that serve on our boards and commissions, particularly on our Boards of Finance and Selectmen.

First Selectman Jim Zeoli said, “What this shows is that people actually took the time to read the questions, and for that I am grateful.”


Orange Live will keep you apprised of any further updates on this situation.

Prepared Lasagna Recall Announced

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May 182017

Italian Gluten Free Food Cl Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Egg In “Chef Luca’s Lasagna Al Forno – Baked Cheese Lasagna”

Italian Gluten Free Food CL of 1899 Bushwick Avenue, Merrick, NY 11566, is recalling its 15-ounce packages of “Chef Luca’s Lasagna Al Forno – Baked Cheese Lasagna” food because they may contain undeclared egg. People who have allergies to eggs run the risk of serious or life- threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The product comes in a 15 ounce – (425 grams), Black and Goldish Yellow in color cardboard / Paper sleeve with a picture of the product and stating Chef Luca’s Baked Cheese Lasagna” “Gluten Free” and “All Natural,” No Preservatives, Lower Calorie, Lower Cholesterol with a 15 ounce (425 grams) portion size marked with the following lot number(s).

Product Code: CL-LAS

Lot Number 0387 – Expiration Date: (02/07/2018)
Lot Number 0527 – Expiration Date: (02/21/2018)
Lot Number 0547 – Expiration Date: (02/23/2018)
Lot Number 1147 – Expiration Date: (04/24/2018)

The recalled “Lasagna Al Forno – Baked Cheese Lasagna” were distributed MA, CT, NY, NJ, VA, DE, PA, MD, DC through Distributors and Retail stores: “KeHe Distributors, River Valley Foods, Wegmans, H.E.B. stores, and Uncle Giuseppe’s” retail stores.

The firm received one (1) report of Anaphylaxis has been reported on or about May 12th, 2017. The individual was treated and released.

The recall was initiated immediately upon discovering that an individual became ill. The egg-containing product was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of eggs. Production of this product has been suspended until FDA and the company are certain that the problem has been corrected.

Consumers who have purchased 15-ounce packages of “Chef Luca’s Lasagna Al Forno – Baked Cheese Lasagna” are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-498-8911 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. 9 (EST).

If It’s The Only Thing You Do Today, Please Get Out And Vote

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May 182017

Following is a message from Town Attorney Vincent Marino:

The referendum on our annual budget and the Charter Revision will be held tomorrow, May 18th. The polls are open between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. at the High Plains Community Center.

State law requires a 15% voter turnout (1,700 voters) in order for the Charter Revision vote to count. We need you to come out and vote!

For the past year and a half, I have been working as town attorney with town officials and a number of volunteers to review our town’s charter and determine whether recommended changes are advisable.

After a lot of effort by the Board of Selectmen and the Charter Review Commission, it has been determined that the questions on the attached ballot should be put out to a referendum. While those of us that have been involved in this process believe that these recommendations are in the best interest of our town, the ultimate decision rests with the voters.

Johns Hopkins Honors Amity Middle School Student

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May 172017

Nishaan Patel of Orange was honored as one of the brightest young students in the world at a recent awards ceremony sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY).

Nishaan, a participant in the CTY Talent Search, was recognized for scoring exceptionally high on a rigorous, above-grade-level test.

As part of the CTY Talent Search, advanced students in second through eighth grades take challenging tests that can reveal their true capacity for learning. Seventh and eighth graders take the SAT or ACT, the same tests used for college admissions. These students may also take advanced versions of the School and College Ability Test (SCAT) or the Spatial Test Battery (STB). Younger students take the SCAT, STB, or PSAT 8/9.

Nishaan, a student at Amity Middle School, was one of more than 27,000 students from more than 65 countries who participated in the CTY Talent Search between March 2016 and February 2017. Only about 25 percent of Talent Search participants earned the High Honors designation.

This spring, more than 6,700 CTY Talent Search participants were invited to CTY award ceremonies across the U.S. and in China and Hong Kong. Most of these students also qualified for CTY’s summer and online courses.

“We congratulate all of our CTY Talent Search honorees for their hard work and academic achievement,” said Elaine Tuttle Hansen, executive director of CTY. “This is a moment not just to celebrate our students, but to honor the parents and educators who recognized their academic talent and provided them with opportunities to develop it.”

Connecticut’s regional ceremonies took place at Yale University on Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14.

Editor’s Note: Johns Hopkins also honored Nishaan’s brother, Armaan. Congratulations to both of these fine young men.

Are You Going To The Orange Business Expo?

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May 172017

The 15th Annual Orange Business Expo will take place at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Expo is free to visit and open to the public and includes 56 vendors and these programs:


Blood Mobile organized by the Orange Visiting Nurses Association

Seminar:  Estate Planning provided by Floman DePaola

Passport Raffle – Free Entry to all that Attend

Zoo Critters provided by Beardsley Zoo

Body Fat Testing and Physical Fitness Advice provided by Crunch Fitness

For more information, call the OEDC Office at 203-891-1045, or via email at asliby@orangeedc.com

Are You Ready For The Orange Strawberry Festival?

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May 172017

Years ago, the little Orange Congregational Church Strawberry Festival moved from the Town Green to the Orange Fairgrounds and that is where it will be again this year on Sunday, June 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Free parking/Free admission

Come join the expanded Arts and Craft Fair and Home Show at the 9th Annual Strawberry Festival featuring live music, hayrides, children’s events, a Red Car Show and fabulous food, including sausage and peppers, burgers, hot dogs, pulled pork, strawberry shortcake, sundaes, and chocolate-dipped berries.

Don’t forget to bring home a jar of jam or one of the church’s famous strawberry rhubarb pies (they’re amazing!)

If you are a vendor and would like to display your wares, sign up to get a table now.

Schedule of Events

  • 9 AM ­­–Pancake Breakfast
  • 10 AM-3 PM –Red Car Show
  • 11 AM- 12 Noon –Hay Rides
  • 12 Noon -12:45 PM –Al DeCant – Children’s Entertainment
  • 1 PM-5 PM–Furious George- classic rock
  • 2 PM-3 PM–Magician -Bryan Lizotte
  • 4 PM –Pie Eating Contest

All Day

60+ Vendors
Artisans, antiques, local businesses, and service organizations
Rides, Face Painting, Children’s Games

The rain date is Sunday, June 11, same place and time.

Students Show Their Athletic Strengths During Annual School Olympic Games

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May 162017

The annual Orange Elementary School Olympics took place at the Orange Fairgrounds today from 4 to 7:30 p.m.
For eleven years Jim Ronai has been running the event, and more than 150 Orange 4th and 5th-grade students were conditioned and ready to compete against their peers from the three elementary schools during the games.
The student-athletes must qualify in order to compete in one or more of the seven featured events. One of the goals of the program is to give children an opportunity to display their athletic talents in a school affiliated venue.
The hope is that many of these students will associate this positive experience with their academic experience and pride in their work, thus producing the foundation for the development of true student athletes. The kids work hard to qualify and play to win the competitions. They show good sportsmanship and support one another during the games.
A large crowd of parents, teachers, and siblings were there to cheer on these phenomenal athletes.

Included in the fun was emcee/DJs Jimmy Pino, filling in for longtime participant Eddie Choiniere. Both are Orange natives and Ronai’s childhood friends, who year, after year, make the afternoon and evening entertaining for everyone on the fairgrounds.

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place athletes in each event receive medals during the award ceremony at the conclusion of the games.

Woman Injured After Vehicle Careens 100-Feet Down Hill On Mother’s Day

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May 162017

(Photo by Orange PD)

Orange police are investigating a single car accident that occurred at around 5 p.m. on Sunday afternoon that sent a driver to Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Police responded to the 900 block of Derby-Milford Road after getting reports of an accident.

When they arrived, they found a car that had gone through the guard wire, eventually ending up about one hundred feet down an embankment.

Police say the driver was hurt but was she still able to walk most of the way up the steep hill. Emergency personnel then sent down a basket to bring her the rest of the way up.


(Photo by Orange PD)

Baseball: Amity Now 15-2 With Three Games To Go

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May 162017

On April 17, the Amity Spartans Baseball team defeated the Daniel Hand Tigers, 4-3 in Woodbridge.

The mighty Spartans had 13 consecutive wins this season, until their rematch with the Tigers in Madison on Monday, May 8.

The Tigers handed Amity its first loss of the season, getting their revenge with an identical score to their loss in April.

Amity 010 110  0 — 3
Hand  012 001 X — 4 

The Spartans picked themselves up and hosted Career Magnet in Woodbridge two days later on May 10. Amity won 9-2.

The following day, on May 11, the Spartans were on the road for a game against Norwich Free Academy. Amity played the way we’re used to and shut Norwich out 11-0. Bringing their season record to 15-1.

Notre Dame – West Haven

On April 24, the Spartans defeated Notre Dame – West Haven 4-2 at Quigley Stadium.

On Monday night, Notre Dame got its revenge at Old Tavern Park in Orange by defeating the Spartans 1-3 (a 2-run home run in the third or fourth inning sealed the deal).

The Spartans are now 15-2.

Final Three

The Spartans only have three more games left in the regular season, all to be played this week: Home at Amity on Tuesday against Jonathan Law at 4 p.m.; Away in Wallingford at Sheehan on Wednesday at 3:45 p.m.; and Home at Old Tavern Road against Cheshire on Friday at 7 p.m.