Apr 222015

Staneski_Fire_service_DayIn celebration of Fire Service Day at the State Capitol, State Rep. Pam Staneski (R-119) met with Deputy Fire Chief Vaughan Dumas of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department on April 22nd.

Deputy Chief Dumas had the opportunity to discuss pending legislation with Rep. Staneski. Additionally Staneski was asked to support funding for the state fire schools.

“I’m so glad I was able to talk to the Deputy Chief Dumas. Hearing from constituents advocating for or against specific pieces of legislation, especially from an expert in the field of fire service, helps me do my job better,” said Rep. Staneski.

Some of the other bills that the may be considered this legislative session, pertaining to the fire service are:

·         HB-5871, An Act Concerning Workers’ Compensation Coverage For Current And Former Uniformed Members Of Paid Municipal Or Volunteer Fire Departments which would provide adequate workers’ compensation for current and former uniformed members of a paid municipal or volunteer fire department who suffer from certain diseases as a result of performing their jobs.

·         SB-902, An Act Concerning Workers’ Compensation Coverage For Police Officers, Firefighters And Emergency Medical Services Providers With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder which would provide workers’ compensation coverage to police officers and firefighters suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder as a direct result of witnessing the death of a human being or the immediate aftermath of such death.

·         HB-6776, An Act Concerning Just Cause Dismissals for Municipal Fire Chiefs, requires a showing of just cause for municipal fire chief dismissals.

·         HB-5921, An Act Requiring the Display of House Numbers which would require homeowners to prominently display the street number assigned to their home.

Apr 202015

File photo from zoning meeting

File photo from zoning meeting

The Orange Town Plan & Zoning Commission will meet at Town Hall, 617 Orange Center Road, Tuesday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the agenda:

1.  SITE PLAN APPLICATION – Silverbrook Plaza at 350 Boston Post Road, submitted by owner Barbara Thomas.  The proposal is to construct a 136 sq. ft. stair and entrance addition from the lower level to first floor of Wasabi Restaurant.

Request for Release of Bond Starbucks, 538 Boston Post Road.  For $105,000 Performance Bond and $5,000 cash bond held for approved Site Plan work.


3.   PUBLIC HEARING ON “DRAFT” ORANGE 2015 PLAN OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT.  In accordance with Section  8-23 of the Connecticut State Statutes, this is a public hearing to obtain public comment, concerns, and questions.  A copy of the proposed plan has been filed in the Office of the Orange Town Clerk and is also available in the Orange Zoning Department and Town of Orange Website.

After completion of the public hearing, the commission may revise the plan and may adopt the plan or any part thereof or amendment thereto by a single resolution or may, by successive resolutions, adopt parts of the plan and amendments.

4.    APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL USE.  Submitted by property owner Stellato Realty, LLC.  For property known as 403 Derby Avenue.  The proposal is to have a wine tasting facility in conjunction with a vineyard on site.  Also for the sale of agricultural products produced on site.  Sales include wine and accessory items such as cheeses, breads, and other complimentary food items.

Facility will be a 5,878 sq. ft. addition to an existing 2,733 sq. ft. building. A SITE PLAN APPLICATION has also been submitted in conjunction with this application.

5.  APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL USE – DRIVE THRU SERVICE WINDOW.  Submitted by property owner Stanley A. Jacobs Et Al.  For property known as 111 Boston Post Road.  The proposal is to install a Drive Thru Service Window for a proposed restaurant in an existing building.  [this is the former samurai restaurant]

Discussion and possible vote on ORANGE 2015 PLAN OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT.  If approved an effective date will be determined.

7.  Discussion and review of “Draft” LI-3 Modifications as prepared by Consultant Planner Glenn Chalder.

5.   Old Business.

6.   New Business.

Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

           -Review of Zoning Activities Log. 

Mar 192015

Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 6.54.49 PMFrom Amity Middle School Orange Campus:

Tonight’s PTSO meeting (Thursday, March 19) that will take place in the Amity Regional High School at 7:00 p.m. followed by Superintendent Charles Dumais presenting the 2015-2016 Amity Budget.   Parents are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

 Here is the calendar for the remainder of the 2015 school year.

  • March 20 – No School for students (Teacher PD)
  • March 24 – Solo/Ensemble Concert, 6:30 p.m. in the gym
  • April 3 – No School, Good Friday and Passover
  • April 20 – 24 – Spring Recess
  • May 7 – Spring Concert, band, choir, strings, 7:00 p.m. in the gym
  • May 13 – 14 – Eighth Grade overnight trip to Philly
  • May 15 – Career Fair (if you would like to be a presenter, please call Pam Pero in the guidance office).
  • May 22 – Music Adjudication and Six Flags Field Trip …time schedule TBA in April
  • June 19 – Eight Grade Step Up Ceremony (if there are no more storm days)
  • June 22 – Last day of School (if no more storm days)

Mar 122015

Lisa Kaplan

Lisa Kaplan – 5 yr


On Tuesday, March 10, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department hosted its 90th annual meeting/dinner at Grassy Hill Lodge.

Fourteen members were presented their service awards.

5 Years of Service

Lieutenant Joseph Duplinsky

Firefighter Lisa Kaplan

Firefighter Dave Evans

Firefighter Jeremy Bartow

10 Years of Service

Lieutenant Drew Panapada

Firefighter Greg Lockwood

The following Firefighters received citations from the state, presented by Selectman Mitch Goldblatt, and from the town, presented by First Selectman Jim Zeoli.

20 Years of Service

Firefighter George Geane

25 Years of Service

Firefighter Roman Oleschuk

35 Years of Service

Secretary Peter Daniel

Chief Engineer David Gagel

40 Years of Service

Past Chief Charles Gagel

Firefighter Don Foyer

45 Years of Service

Past Chief / Assistant Chief Dr. Charles Sherwood

50 Years of Service

Firefighter Fred Palmer

Mar 112015

Orange Police Headquarters

Orange Police Headquarters

Orange Asst. Police Chief Anthony Cuozzo presented the following information during the monthly police commission meeting on Monday afternoon.

Here are some of the challenges we faced in the month of February, 2015:

2810 Calls for Service
1 Robbery
5 Burglaries (3 residential, 2 commercial)
112 Activated Burglar Alarms
28 Criminal Arrests
19 Shoplifting/Larcenies
15 Fights/Disturbances
5 Arrest for DWI
79 Traffic Accidents
161 Motor Vehicle Citations Issued
109 Medical Emergencies

Mar 072015

Screen-Shot-2015-01-19-at-10.20.20-AM-300x206What is an officer looking for when she patrols a shopping center parking lot?

Is a shoplifting investigation an easy 5 minute job, or can it take several hours to complete?

Why do the Orange Police need all those vehicles? What is that truck used for? Does Orange have a SWAT unit?

A group of 20 pre-registered students will get the answers to these questions and so much more when they take part in the Orange Citizens Police Academy, beginning on Wednesday.

The academy is a unique opportunity for regular citizens to see first-hand all the behind the scenes workings of the Orange Police Department.

This is an eight-session course that includes lessons on the traffic division; firearms; legal issues in the court system; crime scene processing – fingerprinting techniques; how patrol officers deal with intoxicated drivers; meet the K-9 officers Trent and Loki (and their handlers, of course) and much more.

The course may even culminate in a ride-along with a patrol officer during his or her regular shift, during which students would get the feel of what it’s like to be an officer (but not put in harms way).

The class begins on Wednesday, March 11, and will run every Wednesday evening for 8 weeks from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Orange Police Department, 314 Lambert Road.

Registration was first come first served, with preference given to Orange residents, and limited to 20 students, age 18 and older.

Mar 022015

DSC08005Hey, Orange residents, here’s some great news, the consumer advocacy site NerdWallet has released the second annual edition of its study, “Best Cities for Young Families in Connecticut,” and Orange ranked #5 statewide.
Last Year Orange Was Ranked #9.
To create this ranking they analyzed U.S. Census data to assess four key factors:
  • Home affordability
  • Growth and prosperity score
  • Education quality
  • Family friendliness
You can see the full methodology and findings HERE. `

Feb 032015

Screen Shot 2015-02-03 at 7.36.07 PMThe Orange Town Plan & Zoning Commission met Tuesday night at Town Hall.

The commission heard a site plan application submitted by Adnan Akil for 254 Bull Hill Lane, owned by the New Haven Islamic Center.

The proposal was to locate a 3,000 sq. ft. restaurant and bakery in an existing building.

Several parts of the application were not completed, so it was unacceptable.


Adnan Akil

Commission Chairman Beau Clark said the paperwork has to be done properly before the commission can vote on it.

Even though the plan is a proper use of the building, the amount of parking spaces on the provided paperwork did not match.

After a brief discussion, Akil said it takes a lot of time to do the paperwork and he changed his mind. “I give up, I’ll just go to West Haven it’s just a couple of blocks away.” With that, he withdrew his application.

Old Business

Regarding the discussion at the last meeting on making a Zone Change for two properties on Indian River Road, the commission will refer the issue to Consultant Planner Glenn Chalder of Planimetrics for review.

Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer 

• 158 Ohman Ave. was a littered mess when ZEO Paul Dinice went to check on it.

• Buttonball property Dinice will discuss fine payments with the owner

• 756 Wheelers Farm Road there are 6-7 vehicles on the property

• 449 Derby Milford there is a blight order out for that property and there are 2 campers (occupied) in the yard, for which the property owner also will be cited.

• 420 Michael Court abandoned cars and unkept property

The Open Space Priority List from Conservation Commission is the same list as from 2000, and needs to be updated. A new list has been compiled and will be discussed next week.

Feb 032015

Orange Volunteer Firefighters clear a hydrant

Orange Volunteer Firefighters clear a hydrant

Tonight, after coming home from a full day’s work at their paying jobs, our Orange volunteer firefighters will be out in the freezing cold on Hydrant Detail.

They’ll be shoveling out the fire hydrants in YOUR neighborhoods that are covered in snow and ice.

The firefighters know all too well how long it takes to clear a hydrant, and how precious those extra minutes are when they have to get to a home for a fire emergency.

If YOU have a hydrant near your home, PLEASE shovel it out.

Jan 142015

The Orange Board of Selectmen met at Town Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 14.

Jan. 19 Town Hall Offices will be closed for Martin Luther King Day, but the Transfer Station will be open.

Kim Browe

Kim Browe

 To consider and act on the request to approve the 6th Annual Race Brook School Rockin’Road Race and to hang a banner for the event 

Kim Browe spoke for the event

June 6 the Kids fun run 9 am. 5K at 10 a.m. certified route.

Participation is usually very good, revenue was high last year even though participation was down for whatever reason.

Unanimously approved for race and banner. 

 To consider and act on the request from the Lions Club to waive the customary rental fees for use of the gym at HPCC for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt.  

53rd anniversary Hunt will be March 28.

Unanimously approved.

Screen Shot 2015-01-14 at 8.09.00 PM To re-consider and act on changing the boiler at the Orange Center Road Firehouse from gas to dual fuel (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli

Furnace at firehouse blew up last week. Insurance will cover part of the cost. $32,388 cost for dual Fuel. (gas would be $30,000 but who knows what the price of either fuel will be at any given time)

Unanimously approved.

 To consider and act to participating in a mattress recycling program (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli

 ADDED to agenda Benefit concert for Community Services Charitable programs. Gary Harger and Barbie Harger will be featured along with the new chorus.

Tickets will be $20 each.

The show will be followed by a reception with coffee “and” in the cafeteria.

Screen Shot 2015-01-14 at 8.10.46 PMThis is a self sustaining fund, meaning it depends upon private donations

Unanimously approved.

 To consider and act on recommending to the Board of Finance appropriations for the new grass fields at Fred Wolf Park 

Money is coming in from different organizations to cover the costs of equipment and work. The town will contribute $20,000 to help.

Unanimously approved

 To consider and act on the 2015 Plan of Conservation and Development 

Sandy Pierson

Sandy Pierson

The Board of Selectmen would discuss it and then offer their thoughts on the plan before the March 17 public hearing.


 To consider and act on entering into a contract with Quality Data Services for on-line collection of tax payments 

Tax collector Sandra Pierson said there is a company that would offer this service by summer and give residents an opportunity to see their information online, including when they paid their bills, how much they paid, what they owe, etc.

Cost would be $2,4o0 annually with a $125 set up fee, and it wouldn’t go into effect until July.

Zeoli said you can check out the North Haven website, which already has it, and see how it would work.

Unanimously approved

 To consider and act on SuperGreen Solutions Window enclosures for the Academy Building 

A sample of the window enclosure.

A sample of the window enclosure.

LOCIP funded project. South side of building — six 40″ X 93″ windows (original to the building) opposite the Clark Building — would get UV protection windows, the other side would receive regular (without UV protection). It would be good for energy efficiency.

Judy Williams said the heat rises and in old buildings like this, the attic could be a huge problem, since they lose a lot of heat through it.

This item was tabled

 To consider and act on the request to approve the re-appointment of Denise Stein as the Municipal Agent for the Elderly

Unanimously approved

 To consider and act on the request to approve the tax refunds totaling $2594.57 (enclosure)

Unanimously approved