Apr 182014

JuniorettesThe girls of the Orange Community Juniorettes will have a two-day Easter Flower Sale and Material Girls Fundraiser, Friday, April 18 and Saturday, April 19 from 12 to 5 p.m.

The fundraisers will take place at Material Girls Boutique, 463 Boston Post Road (left side of the same building as Kaoud Rugs).

Stop by and do some shopping for Easter, Mother’s Day, Spring or just because.

When you mention Juniorettes at checkout, 10% of the sale will be donated to the group to help fund future community service projects.

The flowers are great ready made gifts for Easter or Passover. Come on out and support the girls.

Originally Published on: Apr 5, 2014 @ 0:08

2nd printing on  Apr 14, 2014 @ 22:08

Apr 152014

628x471Residents who’ve heard about proposed changes for establishing an Indian tribe has many Orange residents feeling uneasy.

Anyone living in the area about two decades ago will remember how their property was jeopardized when an Indian tribe attempted to receive recognition and “take what was rightfully theirs.”

This Wednesday, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro will host a discussion on the Draft Proposed Changes by the Bureau of Indian Affairs to the procedures for establishing an American Indian Tribe.

The meeting will take place in the main meeting room of the Woodbridge Town Hall, 11 Meetinghouse Lane at 5:30 p.m.

If you would like to attend, RSVP to District Director Jennifer Lamb at 203-562-3718 or at [email protected].

Apr 142014

IMG_0008Two longtime supporters of the University of New Haven were celebrated Friday at 5 p.m. when UNH’s newly opened Orange Campus complex was named in their honor at a ceremony hosted by the UNH Board of Governors.

The complex of three buildings, which opened in January, will be named the Bergami and Pompea Graduate Center in honor of Samuel S. Bergami, Jr. ’85 EMBA and his wife, Lois, and Charles E. Pompea ’71, ’90 EMBA and his wife, Tamera.

The Bergamis and the Pompeas made significant contributions to the university to permit the purchase of the campus, which is located at the former Hubbell Electronics headquarters. Both families are among the most generous donors and ardent supporters of the university.

Located on 47 rural acres, the campus in Orange is used by the College of Business for its MBA and EMBA programs. The university’s master’s degree in sports management program, the College of Lifelong & eLearning, several graduate programs in engineering and the Center for Family Business also are located at the Orange facility. Plans call for other graduate programs to eventually be located on the campus.

“The University is grateful to the Bergamis and Pompeas for their generous support,” said President Steven H. Kaplan. “They have embraced our mission and are committed to helping the University of New Haven become a national leader in higher education.”

Bergami has spent nearly 50 years at Alinabal, Inc., moving up the ranks from a tool and die apprentice to president and CEO and co-owner of the company, which employs 400 people.

Pompea spent nearly 20 years at Primary Steel, which he purchased in 1993 and grew into a $600 million company. He is now the owner of the Springfield Falcons, a Massachusetts-based American Hockey League team.

Both the Bergami and Pompea families were significant donors to the construction of two of the university’s signature buildings, the Beckerman Recreation Center and the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science.

Additionally, the Bergamis funded the construction of the Samuel S. Bergami Jr. Learning Center for Finance and Technology in Maxcy Hall and the university’s purchase of what is now Bergami Hall on the Boston Post Road. The Pompeas have funded renovations of a number of significant campus facilities and many other important initiatives.

Bergami was chair of the university’s Board of Governors from 2006 to 2012.Pompea previously served as vice chair of the board and is now an emeritus member.

UNH has invested more than $9 million in the Bergami and Pompea Graduate Center, including purchasing the property for $3.1 million and renovating and equipping it. Built in 1960 for Associated Seed Growers, it was sold to Hubbell in 1971.  Hubbell expanded the building in 1973 and 1985.  The building now has about 77,000 square feet.

The Orange campus has 12 classrooms ranging in capacity from 16 to 40 seats, an 88-seat cafeteria, offices for faculty and staff, a computer lab and six breakout spaces for student use. The campus is at 25 percent capacity now, and it is anticipated that eventually it will serve 220 students and staff during days and evenings.

Apr 102014

thDuring the April 9 Board of Selectmen’s Meeting the subject of damaged roads was discussed.

“There are a significant number of roads that will be repaired this year,” according to Selectman Mitch Goldblatt. “The town roads have been surveyed and they will be dealt with on a basis of the worst condition first. $5 million of the bond money goes toward fixing roads and that money will be used in the next 2 years, but the roads can’t all be done at one time.”

Orange Highway Dept. Crew Chief Donald Foyer is on top of this, and well aware of where each of the troublesome pot holes exist around town.

Foyer said he is meeting with the contractor next week and a list is currently being assembled. Work is expected to begin in May or June.

Orange Live will have updates on this subject as more information becomes available.

Apr 052014

Zeoli BOSFollowing is the agenda for the Wednesday, April 9 Board of Selectmen’s Meeting at Town Hall 7:30 p.m.  


  • Call to order
  • Fire Exits
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Introductions

Motion to close regular meeting and convene Public Hearing


  • Renewal of Public Dance Hall/Pool Room permits for (enclosures)
    • Bart A. Rivezzi, Corner Pocket Café
    • William Janikies, Grassy Hill Country Club
    • James Hassenmayer, Orange Ale House Bar & Grill
    • Philip Grande, Jr., Paugusset Club
    • Jack Kealey, Race Brook Country Club
    • Jason Ebert, RSVP Orange


Motion to close Public Hearings


  • Renewal of Public Dance Hall/Pool Room permits



(2 minutes per speaker)




  • To consider and act upon the minutes of the Regular Meeting of March 12, 2014 (enclosure)



  1. To consider and act on the request from the Orange Players to waive the customary rental fees for the theatrical production “A Kick Out of Cole” at HPCC  (enclosure) – Marianne Miller, Orange Players
  1. To consider and act on the request for the abandonment of a no name right of way between Taft Road & Alling Road (enclosure) – Selectman Zeoli
  1. To consider and act on the request for a Paint Recycling Program at the Town Transfer Station (enclosure) – Selectman Zeoli
  1. To consider act on the request to approve the bid for replacing catch basin tops on Wheelers Farm Road (enclosure)
  1. To consider and act on the request to hang a banner to promote the Orange Volunteer Fire Department Carnival (enclosure) – Donald Foyer, OVFD Carnival Chair
  1. To consider and act on the request to authorize the First Selectman on behalf of the Board of Selectmen to execute the FFY 2013 State Homeland and Security Grant Program Region 2 Memorandum of Agreement (enclosure) – Selectman Zeoli
  1. To consider and act on the request to approve the contracts for funding of services at Silverbrook Estates (enclosure) – Sue Mauro, Administrator Silverbrook Estates
    1. Congregate and Rental Assistance Subsidies
    2. Housing Management Agreement
    3. DECD Management Plan
    4. Food Services contract with CW Resources
    5. Renewal of Security Contract with Securitas Security
    6. Renewal of Assisted Living Services Agreement between Utopia assisted Living services and Silverbrook Estates
  1. To consider and act on the approval of the tax refunds for April in the amount of $17,988.91 (enclosure)
  1. To consider and act on the request to put on the Suspense List the unpaid taxes      from 2010 in the amount of $57,084.69 (enclosure)




  1. Capital Planning – Selectman Okenquist
  2. Pension Board – Selectman Goldblatt
  3. Bond Construction Oversight – Selectman Goldblatt
  4. Personnel Committee – Selectmen Blake, Okenquist, Zeoli




  • Approved Minutes, February 12, 2014, February 19, 2014 & February 24, 2014
  • Invitation from the Tree Committee
  • Appointments/Re-appointments/Resignations
  • General Code Updates
  • Revenue & Expenditure Reports
  • Dates for Budget Hearing, Town Meeting and Referendum
Apr 022014

250px-Orange_CT_town_hallThe Orange Board of Finance will host a Public Hearing at the High Plains Community Center Gym, Wednesday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Te hearing is for the express purpose of presenting the expenditures and proposed budget for the town for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014 and ending June 30, 2015.

Residents may present oral and/or written comments.

The proposed budget will be available for examination in the Town Clerk’s Office at Town Hall on Monday, April 21.

Apr 022014

Screen shot 2014-03-28 at 8.35.52 PMThe Orange Senior Center has a special treat for you on Thursday, April 3.

Come and enjoy a very special free concert with the Shelton division of the United Girls Choir.

If you have ever seen them perform then you know how fabulous they are.

Maria Biondi of the OVNA will provide Coffee and dessert 5:30 – 6 p.m.

The girls will sing from 6 – 7 p.m.

RSVP to 203-891-4784

Originally  Published on: Mar 28, 2014 @ 20:53

Apr 022014
The loss of trees in Orange is devastating.

The loss of trees in Orange is devastating.

Commissioners and/or staff members of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) will inspect the tree trimming practices in the service territory of the United Illuminating Company (UI) on Thursday, April 3, beginning at 9 a.m. at the UI Administrative Offices, 180 Marsh Hill Road and proceed to sites in Orange, Hamden and New Haven.

The public may call the PURA office at 860-827-1553, option 4, beginning at 7:30 a.m. to be advised as to whether this tour or any event has been cancelled or postponed due to inclement weather.


Mar 282014

zoningThe Orange Plan & Zoning Commission will meet at the Town Hall Tuesday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the agenda:

1.  REQUEST BY STARBUCKS, 538 BOSTON POST ROAD to locate a temporary trailer while construction improvements are made to the existing building.  A Site Plan Approval was granted August 6, 2013 for a Drive-thru service window and Outdoor Dining Area.

2. Review of contract from Tighe & Bond to update and revise future revisions to the Orange Zoning Map.

3. Review of the Minutes from the March 18, 2014 meeting.

4. Old Business.

5. New Business.

  • Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

-Review of Zoning Activities Log.

Mar 202014

Amity Winter SportsA notice from Athletic Director Paul Mengold Wednesday afternoon was more than welcomed by parents and athletes alike.

The e-mail stated: “Just a reminder that the winter sports awards night was postponed from Wednesday March 26, to a new date of Thursday April 3 at 6:00.”

The original date was problematic for a few athletes as the Lacrosse try-outs fall on March 26th.

So many Amity students play more than one sport and, for example, Indoor Track and Hockey athletes who play Lacrosse would miss the awards night because the try-outs take place out of town the same evening (as the original date).

The parents and students thank Mengold for his understanding of this situation and for changing the awards to the later date.


Winter Sports Awards Night is being held on Thursday, April 3 at 6 p.m. in the gymnasium. All Athletes that participated in the Amity High School Winter Athletic Program are invited to attend along with their parent/guardian. ALL Athletes will be receiving an award.

Winter Sports include: Boys Basketball; Boys hockey; Boys Indoor Track, Boys Swimming; Wrestling; Girls Basketball; Girls Hockey; and Girls Indoor Track.

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