Tri-Town Auction In Orange On Friday

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Nov 142017

Are you looking for a truck, a payloader, or an old police cruiser perhaps?

The annual tri-town auction will take place this Friday, Nov. 17 at the Orange Town Garage, 308 Lambert Road, at 10 a.m.

Anyone interested in bidding and buying an item from the towns of Orange, Bethany or Woodbridge must register prior to the 10 a.m. starting time. Cash or Bank Checks are the only acceptable form of payment, No personal checks or credit cards.

Orange Highway Foreman Donny Foyer said the auction includes trucks, payloaders, leaf blowers and some other “small stuff.” Word has it that a large building from a Woodbridge Golf Course also is available and must be disassembled and moved by the buyer.

The live auctioneer makes this an exciting and often satisfying event for the right audience.

Consider coming down and being a part of this annual event.

Come To The First Peck Place Holiday Craft Fair

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Nov 142017

It’s that time of year, the holiday season is upon us and everyone is beginning to bustle around getting presents and decorations for their family and homes.
This year, try something new, the inaugural Peck Place School Holiday Craft Fair this Saturday, Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The fair will take place at the school, 500 Peck Lane, Orange.
Organizers promise lots of great vendors, Cappetta’s pizza truck, a raffle, bake sale, kids crafts and a fun time for all!

Ballot Question Results

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Nov 132017

It’s been almost a week since the election, but here you go. These are the results of the seven questions that were on the ballot.

Take a close look at the numbers to see which ones Orange residents were most passionate about.


1. “Shall the Charter be amended to increase the terms of the First Selectman, Board of Selectmen, Tax Collector, Town Clerk, Registrar of Voters and Constables from a two year term to a four year term, with terms to commence on the first Monday of December, or as otherwise provided by state statute, effective January 1, 2018? ”

YES  1813   NO  1954

2. “Shall the Charter be amended to change the term of the Town Planiiing and Zoning Commissions deferred position so that begriming with the 2023 biennial election three members shall have concurrent four-year terms?”

YES  1777   NO  1873

3. “Shall the Charter be amended to modify the definition of “quorum of qualified electors or taxpayers al a town meeting from “1 00” to “those present”?”

YES  1742   NO  1906

4. “Shall the Charter be amended to modify the need for town meeting action for the purchase and sale of real estate of the town or any interest therein for properties or interests with a value of $500,000 or greater?”

YES  2707    NO  1444

5. “Shall the Charter be amended to require that all votes concerning the annual budget be sent to a referendum?”

YES  2719    NO  1388

6. “Shall the Charter be amended to delete the requirement that all ordinances be published iii their entirely following passage and only require a publication of a notice of passage?”

YES  1950     NO  2183

7. “Shall the Charter be amended to correct typographical and grammatical errors, to delete outdated references and update other references?”

YES  3699    NO  499

Coffee and Learn At Or Shalom on Wednesday

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Nov 132017

Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road announced that its Weekly Coffee and Learn classes, led by Rabbi Wainhaus, will begin on Wednesday, November 15.
Classes will take place from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Opening topic: “Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Wildfires! What does Judaism say about Natural Disasters?
All are Welcome

Obituary: Nathan Sokoloff, 100, Hardworking Man of Integrity, Beloved Father of Heidi Saxe

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Nov 132017

Nathan Sokoloff, 100, a long time resident of Orange, and most recently of Tower One in New Haven, devoted husband of the late Clara (Tolchinsky) Sokoloff, died at his home on November 10, 2017.

Born in Brooklyn, NY., December 16, 1916, he was the son of the late Irwin & Rachel (Wiener), Sokoloff. He was preceded in death by wife Clara; grandson Jeremy Saxe; son-in-law Gregory Johnson; his brother George and his sister Sophie. Beloved Father of Jill Noel (John) of Hamden, Heidi Saxe (Tracy) of Orange and Michael Sokoloff (Judy) of Cheshire. Cherished Grandfather of Dayna, Jessica, Robert, Ryan, Brian, Thomas and the late Jeremy Saxe.

Nat had a long career working full-time from 13 years old in the Garment District in NYC and was still working one day a week even after his 100th birthday. In addition to his long career in textiles, he had success in other industries as well, including the game industry, banking and, finally, working part-time in legal services. Nat served in the US Army during the Second World War. He was also President of Orange Little League during their championship year.

Nat was an extremely devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Nat and Clara were married for more than 70 years before she passed in 2010. Always the love his life, she inspired in him a passion for songwriting after her death that resulted in him writing over 70 songs in both English and Yiddish, many of them romantic ballads to Clara’s memory. He began to perform live shows at his new home at Tower One in his 90s and was preparing another performance at the time of his death. They both excelled at ballroom dancing and enjoyed traveling.

There was nothing Nat wouldn’t do for his family. Nathan leaves behind a loving family who have always admired him, learned from him, and will deeply miss him. Well educated, and self-taught, he continued his lifelong learning to the very end through extensive reading, research on the internet and kept current with technology using his iPhone for texting and social media to keep abreast of his grandchildren.

A celebration of the life of Nathan Sokoloff will be held at Robert E. Shure Funeral Home, 543 George Street, New Haven on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. with interment services to follow with military honors at B’nai Jacob Memorial Park, 200 Wintergreen Avenue, New Haven.

Nat’s family will be receiving from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be sent to Jeremy Saxe Foundation Saxe Doernberger & Vita, P.C. 35 Nutmeg Drive, Trumbull, CT 06611.

To sign an online registry book or leave a message of condolence, please visit: www.shurefuneralhome.com

Get Ready For The Orange Holiday Festival

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Nov 112017

It’s time to start planning your gingerbread (house) creation, the annual Orange Holiday Festival, and Tree Lighting is planned for Sunday, Dec. 3.

The festivities will take place on and around the Orange Town Green beginning at 3 p.m.

Visitors may tour the Stone-Otis House to see what Christmas was like in Victorian times.

The Academy Building and Antique Shop will be open and all are welcome to view the Orange Historical Society’s antique collections and Emily Prudden Watercolors. While you’re there, head to the lower level between 3 – 5 p.m. to see the New Haven and Derby line model railroad setup — It’s wonderful!

The Orange Congregational Church will host a cookie sale and have crafts for the kids from 3-5 p.m. The Bell Choir will perform a hand bell concert and carol sing in the church sanctuary from 4-5 p.m. An alternative giving opportunity for Heifer International also will be available.

As always, the Case Memorial Library will be beautifully decorated and will host musical performances by Al deCant of Half Moon Music, whose children’s program in the library meeting room from 3:30 – 4 p.m. is a crowd pleaser, and the Amity Chamber Singers performance on the main level from 4:15 to 4:30 p.m. should not be missed.

Also in the library, guess how many candies are in the jar 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 – 5 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 between 2-3 p.m. on Dec. 3 and must be picked up between 5:30 – 6 p.m. The winner will be invited to light the Christmas Tree.

Always a crowd favorite, an ice carving demonstration will take place in front of the Clark Building from 3 – 5 p.m.

Of course, the highlight of the entire festival day happens at 5 p.m. when Santa Claus arrives. The tree lighting will take place at 5:15 p.m. Children may visit with Santa on the

The New Light Switch was designed by Chris Small.

Town Green until the end of the Holiday Festival at 6 p.m.

Orange Police: Fatal Car Accident

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Nov 102017

The following is a statement from Town of Orange Police Department Chief Robert Gagne:
First and foremost, the thoughts and prayers of the entire Orange Police Department are with the family of Philip Hunt, who unfortunately succumbed to his injuries as a result of the crash in West Haven.
Orange Police were called to the scene of a motor vehicle crash at Route 34 and Route 152 (in Orange) in which a light-colored minivan struck another vehicle from behind, then fled the scene, eastbound, on Route 34 without stopping.
Shortly thereafter, Orange Police observed a vehicle matching the description of the offending vehicle traveling southbound on Dogwood Road near New Haven Avenue. The vehicle had front-end damage and was being operated in an erratic manner. The vehicle initially slowed to a stop (or near-stop) for police on Dogwood Road near Route One, but then continued east on Route One, and then south on Meloy Road into West Haven, prior to crashing on Meloy Road.
Orange police were cooperative with the West Haven Haven Police Department at the scene of the crash. Orange Police are cooperating fully with the Connecticut State Police, who are investigating this incident. The original accident at Route 34 152 and its connection to the West Haven crash remains under investigation.
The Orange Police Department defers any further comment to the Connecticut State Police Public Information Office.

Daisy Troop Makes A Greatly Appreciated Donation

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Nov 102017

Amity Daisy Troop 60274 brought donations to the Orange Food Bank at High Plains Community Center this week.

It’s wonderful that such young children already have learned about charitable giving. They are well on their way to a great way of life.

Thank you, girls, for your kindness and generosity. I know it is greatly appreciated.

Orange Highway Department Snow Plowing Policy

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Nov 092017

There are more than 110 miles of streets in the Town of Orange. Snow removal can cost up to $2,500 per hour. Therefore, it is important for the Department of Public Works to use its resources wisely with cooperation from the residents to minimize the cost.

Plow Routes: The streets are plowed and sanded in order of priority. Main (collector) roads are addressed first with special attention to steep hills and difficult intersections. Side streets are done next, then dead-end streets.  Side streets will remain unplowed if the main roads require repeat plowing due to the heavy volume of snowfall. This may not seem fair to the residents of side streets or dead-ends.  However, the main roads must remain open.

Blocked Driveways: All snow plows angle the same way; to the driver’s right. While plowing, the plow will push the snow in front of a residential driveway.  The homeowner is responsible for access to his/her driveway. The only way to avoid additional snow removal is to wait until DPW work crews have completed their final clean up of your road.

Mailbox Damage: The town repairs or replaces only those mailboxes and/or posts that are actually struck by the plow blade.  Usually, a paint mark or tire tracks provide evidence of a mailbox strike.  The Town does not repair or replace mailboxes and/or posts that fall from the force of plowed snow. Mailboxes and supporting posts must be installed to withstand the rigors of snow removal; including the force of snow pushed from the street onto the roadside.  It is recommended that homeowners do not purchase and utilize plastic mailboxes and/or posts as they are subject to damage.  DPW recommends the use of a 4″ x 4″ wooden post or 2″ metal pipe with a metal mailbox.

Private Plowing: The Town of Orange prohibits private plow contractors from pushing snow from private driveways or parking lots onto Town streets.  This practice is dangerous and impedes the Town’s snow removal efforts.  If there is no other alternative to pushing the snow into the street, the plow driver must plow off the windrow left across the street by re-plowing until the road is safe.  This may not necessarily mean bare pavement, but certainly, it should be no worse than when the driver began work.

No Parking:   The Town of Orange Snow Removal Ordinance takes effect on November 1 of each year, and continues to April 1 of the following year.  During this time, there shall be no parking on public roads during snowstorms.  Should your vehicle be parked on the street causing an obstruction to snow removal vehicles, your vehicle may be ticketed or removed by the Town of Orange Police Department.  The cost of removal and any other subsequent fees shall be borne upon the owner of the vehicle.

Snow Stakes:   The Town of Orange Highway Department reminds Orange residents to install “snow stakes” now before the ground freezes.  It is difficult to distinguish between the pavement edge and the edge of a lawn in heavy snowfall.  Installing stakes along property edges as close to the pavement as possible without interfering with traffic will help homeowners avoid unsightly lawn damage this winter, especially for properties with underground sprinklers or invisible fencing.  Snow stakes should be 30-36″ high and can be purchased at a local hardware store.  If using wooden stakes, paint the top 3″ of the stakes red to increase visibility against the snow.

Residents who feel they have a legitimate complaint should call the Town of Orange Department of Public Works at (203) 891-4775

Stars and Stripes Dance To Benefit Knights Scholarship Fund

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Nov 092017

The Holy Infant Knights of Columbus will host its annual Scholarship Fundraiser Dance this coming Saturday, November 11, from 7-11 p.m. in the Holy Infant School gym, 450 Racebrook Road. Everyone is Welcome to attend.
This year’s dance called a “Stars & Stripes Dance,” is taking place on Veteran’s Day to honor all veterans attending the dance. Each military veteran attending this event will receive a memento to signify how we feel about our veterans.
Complimentary wine, beer, soft drinks, water, light hors-d’oeuvres, and desserts also will be available.
The dance will be hosted by Orange’s own “DJ Steve” Schneider, who will play a wide variety of music from the 1940s to the present day (he has an incredible library of music—bring your requests!).
There will be a “Name That Tune” contest, and several line dances will be featured. All net proceeds will benefit the Knights’ Scholarship Fund.
Tickets are only $25 per person, and may be obtained from any Holy Infant Knight member, or by calling Kevin at 203-795-0134 or Mike at 203-799-7818.
originally Published on: Nov 7, 2017 @ 23:12