Jul 242014

Here is the full video of the press conference held at the Orange Police Department at 7 p.m. July 24.

Chief Robert Gagne gives as much information as he can regarding the murder of Claudia Granata, 58, allegedly at the hands of her 22-year-old son, Timothy at their home on Wild Rose Drive around 2:15 p.m.

















Jul 242014

The Case Memorial Library.

The Case Memorial Library.

The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, offers the following events next week:

Oscar Film: The Book Thief

Monday, July 28 at 7 p.m. and Wednesday, July 30 at 1 p.m. (with subtitles)

During World War II in Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, her adoptive parents are sheltering a Jewish refugee. 

Children’s Paper-Making Craft

Wednesday, July 30, 11 a.m.

For ages 6-10. Outside at the sitting wall; in the Craft Room if it is raining. Limited to 20 children. Reserve your space now.

Make it Yourself: Water Balloon Luminaries

Thursday, July 31, 2-3:30 p.m.

For students entering 6-12 grades. Create a unique luminary using hot wax and water balloons.

Teddy Bear Picnic Storytime

Thursday, July 31 at 4 p.m.

For ages 2-5. Bring a snack; Library will provide juice.


Events are free and open to the pubic. Pre-register in person or by phone 203-891-2170.


Jul 242014

Orange Lions we serveThe Orange Lions Club held an installation ceremony on Wednesday, June 23, at the High Plains Community Center for its incoming club officers. Lion Ken Lenz was elected as the club president for 2014-2015. Lion Ken has been an active member of the Orange Lions Club for 12 years and said he is eager to assume the duties of Club President.

“Our Lions Club is strong and growing,” Lenz said. “I look forward to leading our many service projects and fundraisers, and continuing the Club’s commitment to serving Orange and the greater community.”

The other officers installed were: Lion Maria Sandillo as First Vice-president; Lion Nick Bencivengo as Second Vice President; Lion Fred Turner as Third Vice President; Lion Jeanne Consiglio as club treasurer and Lion Laurie Bouve as club secretary.

Since the club’s charter in 1952, its members have worked on a variety of service projects in the local community, the Easter Egg Hunt for children, Community Thanksgiving dinner, free eye screenings, and events for Orange youth and seniors.  They have also raised funds for a wide variety of local, national and international causes such as Wounded Warrior Project, Fidelco Guide Dogs, CT Radio Information Services for the Blind, college scholarships for Amity High School graduates, the Orange Library, Fire and Police Departments, the CT Lions Eye Research Foundation and annual Community Grants which have gone to local projects.

Lions Clubs are groups of men and women who identify those in need within their community and work together to serve them. The Orange Lions Club meets at 6:30 PM on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at Chips Family Restaurant in Orange.  Anyone interested in joining is welcome to attend!

For more information or to get involved with the Orange Lions Club, please contact Lion Joan Zorena, Membership Chair at 203-494-0248.  The Club will have a booth at the Orange Country Fair where more information about the Club will be distributed.

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service organization with 1.3 million members in 45,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions Clubs have prevented blindness, aided the visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community and youth service throughout the world. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit the Web site at www.lionsclubs.org.

Jul 172014

Screen shot 2014-07-17 at 11.19.02 PMMohan’s Custom Tailors of Midtown Manhattan counts numerous celebrities among its clientele, (Ed Koch, Rudy Giuliani, Wilt Chamberlain, Walk Frazier, Patrick Ewing, Rickey Henderson, Bernie Williams and others) has designed more than 150,000 crafted, made-to-order men’s suits, shirts, formalwear, and top-coats since opening in 1972.

Mohan’s is hosting a one-day pop-up store at Courtyard Marriott, 136 Marsh Hill Rd., Orange, on Wednesday, July 30 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.,  for men desirous of the New York City custom tailoring experience in their backyard.

It’s part of a 17 city-in-20 day tour from Boston to northern Virginia. Mohan’s allows customers to select from more than 10,000 fabrics, 40 suit styles, 16 shirt cuff styles, and 20 collar styles, along with myriad personalized touches like  number of pockets, number of buttons, handmade buttons, lapel size, jacket vents, custom jacket linings and more.

They’ll  do 25-plus measurements, as well as take digital photographs, to perfectly match the suit to the contours of the client’s frame.

When the suit is complete, the client receives the product at a shipping address of their choice. Turnaround time is three-to-four weeks.



Jul 172014

Michele Aterbury

Denise Arterbery

Following is an announcement from the Orange Board of Education:

On Monday night, July 14, the Orange Board of Education appointed Denise Arterbery Principal of Turkey Hill School.

Arterbery was a sixth-grade teacher at Turkey Hill and the chair of both the PBIS Team and the school Success Team.

She has conducted multiple professional development sessions for staff and school-wide assemblies for students.

Arterbery developed the school’s schedule for the past ice years, including the addition of the intervention or QUEST block.

She was the coördinator of the Words of Wisdom program, which is part of Turkey Hill’s morning announcements and she served as the liaison for to the PTO.

She also piloted two of the Language Arts programs in her classroom, including the Journeys program, which was adopted in June.

She served as a First LEGO League Coach, giving her a strong STEM (Science-Technology-engineering-Math) connection; and over the summer she has served with People-to-People as an Ambassador Leader for student youth groups touring abroad.

Arterbery attended Southern Connecticut State University for her undergraduate and graduate degrees, Currently she is enrolled in their Doctorate program.

Her dissertation will be on “Professional Development sans its impact on Teacher self Efficacy for Educating students with Special Needs.”

Throughout the two interviews, Arterbery impressed the committee with her educational expertise, her extraordinary work ethic and thoughtful and common sense approach to so many of the real-life issues presented.

After the committee’s recommendation and the Board’s appointment, her excitement was obvious. She asked, “When can I start?”

Jul 142014

Walter Clark, Chairman of the Town Plan & Zoning Commission

Walter Clark, Chairman of the Town Plan & Zoning Commission

Following is the agenda for the TP&Z Special Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, July 15, 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.

  1. Proposed update and workshop on the Plan of Conservation & Development – The TPZC will be meeting with Consultant Planner Glenn Chalder of Planimetrics.  Topics of discussion will include: -Booklet #7 – Infrastructures Issues.
  2. Review of draft “Outdoor Storage & Outdoor Displays” regulations.
  3. Review of the Minutes from the June 3, 2014; & June 17, 2014 meetings.
  4. Old Business.

5.   New Business.

  1. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

1. Review of Zoning Activities Log.

Jul 102014

Screen shot 2014-07-10 at 8.07.17 AMAt the July 9 Board of Selectmen’s meeting, the following items ere discussed and/or approved.

• Police Chief Robert Gagne requested the board’s approval for bonding of a HVAC upgrade project for $395,057, not to exceed $411,000 (including engineering fees)

Controlled Air of Branford, was the low bidder to do the job, which was approved by the bond oversight committee.

The work would include exhaust fans and heat in the shooting range.

The police department hopes to have the work done in the fall when the temperature is more pleasant.

— The board unanimously approved the project.

Screen shot 2014-07-10 at 8.09.07 AM• Waive the medical benefits of a new employee

— unanimously approved

• This month’s tax refunds for certain residents

— approved

• The Rotary Club requested permission to hang a banner for their annual Lobster Fest on Aug 9

— the board approved hanging a banner over Orange Center Road from Aug. 4 to Aug. 9 and on the fence the week prior.


• Roofing projects for Turkey Hill and Race Brook Schools will be voted on at a special meeting Thursday, July 10, after the Bond Committee makes a recommendation.

• Work at High Plains Community Center will take a while to begin,  but it is still scheduled to be done. 

•The Town of Orange sold $8 million + in bonds at a very good rate, which had previously been approved by taxpayers. 

Jul 092014


WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2013 AT 7:30 P.M.



Call to order

Fire Exits

Pledge of Allegiance



(2 minutes per speaker)



To consider and act upon the minutes of the Regular Meeting of June 12, 2013 (enclosure)


To consider and act the request to hang a banner on the fence at HPCC from 8/19/13 – 9/3/13 promoting “The Amazing 70’s Prom” (enclosure)- Kathryn Bellis, Church of the Good Shepherd    

To consider and adopt the Anti-Drug and Alcohol Misuse Policy as presented by CT DAC (enclosure)Carol Nardini, Director of Community Services

To consider and act on the approval of the agreement between Green Meadows Farm and the Town of Orange to operate at the fairgrounds from May 20-22, 2014. (enclosure)

To consider and act on the request to hold a block party on Shagbark Drive (enclosure)Timothea Ryan 

To consider and act on the request to approve the tax refunds totaling $11,686.83 (enclosure)

Close Regular Meeting and convene Executive Session.


Discussion of  Salemme Lane Appraisal (enclosure)Vincent Marino, Town Counsel

Discussion pay rates and insurance co-pays for non-union Town of Orange employees (enclosure) – James Zeoli, First Selectman

Close Executive Session and convene Regular Meeting.


To consider and act on condemning the property known as 0 Salemme Lane

To consider and act on pay rates and insurance co-pays for non-union Town of Orange employees

Jul 022014

jewish funeral candleThree Israeli teens, Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gil-ad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, 16, were kidnapped on June 12. Sadly, the boys were murdered and their bodies found buried side by side in Palestine on June 30.

Here is a message from Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus from Congregation Or Shalom:

Israel mourns for Naftali Frenkel ז״ל, Eyal Yifrach ז״ל and Gilad Shaar ז״ל.

Words cannot adequately express our sense of outrage and sadness over the murder of these three defenseless Yeshivah boys.

May G-d sustain their parents and families, for whom our hearts ache.

May those responsible for their murders be brought to justice.

Tonight, Wednesday, July 2, at 7pm, consider joining the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven and the Jewish Community Relations Council at the JCC in Woodbridge, where we will come together as a community in solidarity with the families of the victims and the State of Israel.

TomorrowThursday morning, July 3consider joining us at our weekday Minyan at Congregation Or Shalom as we remember Naftali, Gilad and Eyal in prayer. Our Minyan begins at 7:30 am, and will end at about 8:10 am with a special Kaddish for Naftali, Eyal and Gilad.


Jul 012014

thOrange has become quite the recycling town, more and more homeowners have made recycling a regular part of their daily routine and recyclable materials are being recycled instead of going into landfills.

Now, if only everyone would properly use the recycling containers in public places instead of tossing their trash into them.

Following is a message from Recycling Committee Chairman Mitch Goldblatt:

I had a meeting today with Rich Antonucci from City Carting and Chris Small from Parks and Recreation to discuss recycling for this Saturday’s concert and fireworks.

Last year, Parks and Rec put out 14 barrels which were overrun with garbage and recycling.

This year we will have the following:

20 trash barrels AND

20 large (96 gallon) recycling bins

Each bin will be next to each barrel, so we are hoping for excellent participation from the concert-goers to recycle.

I am especially thankful to Rich and Chris, as well as Dan Lynch for helping to set up today’s meeting.

City Carting will be picking up the recyclables on Monday, July 7 and leaving behind 6 of the 20 recycling bins. These will be used for upcoming events throughout the summer including the other concerts, the Lobsterfest, picnics at the pavilion, etc.

The Orange Firemen’s Carnival contracts disposal services separately and we will discuss the Country Fair when I get more details of their operation and after we see how this goes.

Looking forward to a great concert, great fireworks, and great recycling!


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