Back In The Saddle Again

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Jul 162019

When my work computer started acting up I knew I had to get it fixed immediately.

I brought it over to PCW on the Boston Post Road and it was quickly diagnosed and repaired.

I know Orange Live has been a bit quiet – believe me it bothers ME TOO!

But thanks to Omar at PCW, I’m back in the saddle again and ready and able to post.

There was a house fire on Turkey Hill Road on Saturday night. I requested information from the Public Information Officer and he has yet to respond, but I heard no one was home at the time and a dog may have died. I can’t confirm though. If this is the case, my deepest sympathy to the family.


Police Blotter: Florida Man Passed Bad Checks

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Jul 092019

On Monday, July 8, Connecticut State Police contacted the Orange Police Department regarding having Jonathan X. Velez, 30, of Bradenton FL (a wanted person from the Town of Orange) in custody. 

Orange Police confirmed the active arrest warrant and the CT State Police transported him to the Orange Police Department at 4:40 p.m.   

According to the report, Velez was wanted for Issuing Bad Checks and fifth-degree larceny, stemming from an incident at Greyson’s Guns that occurred on Jan. 2, 2016 incident.  He was taken into custody and charged.

Velez posted $500 bond and released with a court date of July 22.

Orange Police: Woman Charged With DUI

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Jul 092019

On Friday, July 6, Orange police were dispatched to the scene of a motor vehicle accident on Dentree Drive at 5:33 p.m.

During the investigation, officers discovered that Barira A. Chaudhry, 25, of Hamden struck multiple vehicles and proceeded to keep driving. 

According to the report, she was having difficulties keeping her eyes open. 

Police administered Standardized Sobriety Field Tests after which Chaudhry was taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

She was released on $50 bond for court July 19.

OVFD: Avoid Dangers That Accompany Summer Fun

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Jul 042019

Summer activities peak during July. Everyone, for instance, loves food cooked on an outside grill. And although Independence Day is over, others celebrate summer with fireworks.

“These common activities are lots of fun, but can create hazards,” said the Orange Fire Chief. “But a little caution will keep things safe.”


Fireworks are responsible for about 18,500 fires per year, including 1,300 structure fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. The celebratory explosives also are responsible for about three deaths and $43 million in property damage each year. In 2017, almost 13,000 people were seen in emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries. More a third of those were under 15 years old.

“Fireworks are inherently dangerous,” the chief said. “That’s one reason they’re illegal in Connecticut for non-professional, non-licensed consumers. We recommend you don’t use consumer fireworks. If you want to see fireworks, go to a professional display.”

While sparklers and fountains are legal, he said they’re just as dangerous as exploding fireworks.

“Sparklers burn at 1,200 degrees,” he said. “To put that in perspective, wood burns at 575 degrees and glass melts at 900 degrees. Would you want your child to hold on to a piece of burning wood?”

Sparklers account for one-quarter of emergency department fireworks-related visits, according to the NFPA, the chief said. More information is available at the NFPA website.


“I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t have some sort of grill, hibachi or other outside cooking areas,” said the chief.  “They make great food. But like anything else that operates at high temperatures, you’ve got to be careful.”

Unfortunately, he added, not everyone is.  Nationally, grills cause an average of 10,200 home fires a year, including 4,500 structure fires and $123 million in property damage. Grill-related fires cause 10 deaths and 160 injuries each year across the United States.

“It’s important to remember is that these devices are designed to be used outdoors, well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves or branches,” he said. “The grill shouldn’t be unattended, and kids and pets should be kept at least three feet away.”

He also recommended starting and ending grilling carefully. For instance, never add gasoline or lighter fluid to “speed up” your coals. And let the coals completely cool before disposing of them in a metal container.

For propane grills, the gas tank hose should be checked for leaks at the beginning of the year.  If you smell gas, shut off your grill and have it serviced by a professional. If the flame goes out, turn off the grill and the gas and wait at least five minutes before relighting. If you smell gas after you’ve had it serviced or turned it off, call the fire department.

“July is the peak month for grill fires,” said the chief. “Roughly half of the injuries involving grills are thermal burns. Either one can ruin a great cookout.”

More information about grilling safety is available on the NFPA website.

“Summer should be a time for lots of fun,” he said. “Being careful around grills and seeing fireworks displays performed by professionals are two important steps anyone can take to keep things fun while avoiding injuries and property damage.”

Those with questions can call the Orange Volunteer Fire Department at 203-891-4703.

About Orange Volunteer Fire Association

The Orange Volunteer Fire Association provides fire protection residents and businesses in Orange and, through mutual aid, surrounding towns. Members receive training in fire suppression, rescue, hazardous materials response, homeland security issues, and other emergency services.

Operating strictly with revenues from fund-raisers and donations, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department is one of the remaining few all-volunteer incorporated fire departments in Connecticut. Active members are on-call to serve the community on a 24-hour/seven-day basis, responding from stations on Orange Center Road and Boston Post Road.

In addition, the fire company offers public education services including lectures, demonstrations, and training. For information about membership, donations or public education, call (203) 891-4703,  click on https://www.orangevfd.org/ or find us on Facebook.

Orange Police: DUI Arrest On The Boston Post Road

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Jun 252019

On Sunday, June 23 at 2:08 a.m., Orange patrol officers stopped a car that did not have Its lights illuminated on the Boston Post Road at Racebrook Road.

During the stop, officers administered field sobriety tests on Tayler J. Ross, 29, of West Haven. After which she was taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, failure to insure a motor vehicle, driving an unregistered motor vehicle, and driving without a license.

Ross posted a $50 bond for court July 8.

Police: Orange Man Charged With DUI

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Jun 212019

Officers were dispatched to 460 Oakview Drive for a report of a motor vehicle collision with a utility pole on June 16 at 4:42 p.m.

Upon arrival, officers met with William J. Day, 62, of Orange, who reportedly had an odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from his person.

Police administered Standardized Sobriety Field Tests. Subsequently, Day was taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving without a license and failure to maintain a proper lane.

He was released on $50 cash bond for court July 1.

Who’s That Knocking At My Door?

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Jun 112019

From the Orange Police Department:

Residents should be aware that there will be a group canvassing in town over the next few weeks.

Citizens Campaign for the Environment will be going door-to-door weekdays between 4p-9p and weekends from 11a-4p. If they are requested to perform follow-up visits from residents, those will take place between 8-9p.

This organization has registered with the police department and will continue to advise police of their activities/whereabouts while operating in town.

Their logo is shown below for recognition purposes. You can search for their website online as well if you desire more information.

Three Residents Evaluated For Smoke Inhalation In Orange

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Jun 022019

A fire in an unattended self-cleaning oven Saturday night caused damage to an Orange home and led to three people being evaluated for smoke inhalation.

Orange volunteer firefighters were called to 832 Quarter Mile Road in Orange shortly before 9:30 p.m. Saturday for a report of an oven fire. Firefighters discovered that the family had set the self-cleaning oven to clean and then left the house. When they returned, they found the house full of smoke and items in the storage drawer under the stove burning.

According to the fire chief, “The family called 9-1-1 and they were able to put out the fire and remove the storage drawer from the home. In doing so, however, they inhaled a lot of smoke, causing some health concerns.”

While some firefighters cleared smoke from the home, others performed an initial medical evaluation of the people who were in the home. The residents were further evaluated by American Medical Response personnel but declined to go to the hospital.

“Operating between 800 and 1,000 degrees, self-cleaning ovens are a great convenience, but should not be left unattended,” the chief said. “While some ranges have storage drawers underneath the ovens, homeowners should be certain that the drawer is indeed a storage drawer rather than a warmer or broiler. It can be confusing. And, like any other appliance, ranges need to be maintained and used following instructions.”

He said the fire resulted in damage to the oven and smoke damage to the kitchen. The Fire Department does not issue damage estimates and because Orange firefighters were involved in the medical treatment of the homeowners, their names were protected under federal patient privacy rules. The Orange Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the incident.

The Best Kept Memorial Day Secret in Orange

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May 262019

Today we celebrate Memorial Day and honor those brave men and women who served this country and paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

Everyone knows about the Parade, the ceremony prior to the parade and the brief service at the cemetery afterward.

The one thing that only I have covered in the past 15-20 years is the Orange Volunteer Fire Department’s Memorial ceremony on the Town Green at the Firemen’s Memorial Stone which is located at the opposite end of the green from the church.

Every year, after the cemetery service, members of the OVFD march down to the memorial and the officers read the names of all the deceased firefighters who served in the department.

I encourage all residents who are still around after the parade to try to attend and see just how special it is. No one outside of the OVFD family (and I) have ever been there,  but it is quite touching and a nice solemn way to recognize and honor these brave men and women.

The Relay For Life Is Under the Full Blue Moon Today

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May 182019

This was taken two days ago.

The Full Flower Blue Moon will be at its peak today, Saturday, May 18, 2019, at 5:11 p.m., Of course, it will be glorious later at night once it gets darker — perfect for the Luminaria Ceremony at 9 p.m.

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, this moon is referred to as “blue” not because of its color or appearance, but because it marks the third time in a season that there’s been a full moon.

“If a season has four full moons, then the third full moon in the season may be called a Blue Moon,” the Almanac reads.

Seasonal blue moons occur on average once every two or three years, and the next one won’t be until October 31, 2020, so appreciate this one while you are walking the track tonight.

According to the Almanac, the “full flower” name for the full moon during the month of May, simply because it’s typically the month when flowers bloom.