Orange Police: Has Anyone Tried To Access Your Car Recently?

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Mar 172018

A Public Advisory from the Orange Police Department

Last week, we advised the Orange community about thefts from unlocked vehicles.

Today, we are asking residents to check to make sure their vehicles have not been subject to this type of theft, or even an attempt of this type.

Often the perpetrator(s) will check all vehicles in a certain area until they locate the ones that are unlocked, and will rummage through them to find any valuables.

If you have found that your car was gone through, or if it appears that someone even tried to access your car, please let us know.

We are interested in ANY activity of this nature, and we’ve had reports from the Avon Drive and Cummings Drive areas in the last two days.

If you have information regarding thefts from cars, please contact Detective Sean Murphy at 203-891-2138 x214 or via e-mail at smurphy@orange-ct.gov

Mar 142018

I have been on earth for more than half a century and I can remember all of the shootings and massacres in the United States that sent shockwaves across the nation. Columbine is the one in recent history of which most Americans are familiar, but the one that sticks with me the most is Sandy Hook. For my coverage, I relayed information from a fellow journalist who was on scene and a personal friend of Principal Dawn Hochsprung, who died during the rampage.

Nothing has been done about gun control in the five years since, and the incidents keep coming.

And now, my RANT

The list of school shootings and violence is endless, dating back to 1764 in Greencastle, PA when 10 were killed in the Enoch Brown School Massacre. Do your research, and you will see hundreds of incidents where 1 or 2 people died in senseless acts of violence and know that that ONE person had a family and friends and is sorely missed, and left an impact on many. One Life is TOO MUCH.

Since the president and our lawmakers in Washington are unwilling to take on the NRA, it is up to the youth in our nation to find a way to put an end to gun violence. The pleas of parents of the slain Sandy Hook children and teachers have fallen on deaf ears, so perhaps hearing from the well-spoken survivors of the most recent Florida school shooting.

I believe that people have the right to bear arms. Hunters can own and use hunting rifles for that purpose – Hunting if they have a license. Handguns in the possession or responsible people also is not an issue in my mind. Although I do not like the idea of parents having guns in the house where children have access to them, as there are too many accidental shooting deaths across the nation every year. Lock them up and don’t let the children know where you keep the key.

I used to own a .357 Magnum – the BIG “Dirty Harry” type, and I enjoyed using it for target practice, but I never dreamed of using it for any other purpose. It’s been gone for more than 30 years since I had my children.

Teenagers should not own guns because it’s just too easy to impulsively grab one and do some damage.

The AR-15 is NOT a weapon that anyone should have in his or her home to protect their family from intruders. It does NOT belong in the hands of a depressed teenager who has enough money to purchase one online as a means of getting payback, or a mentally unstable adult like the Las Vegas shooter whose excuse I’m not sure I ever heard.

The ONLY ones who should have an AR-15 ASSAULT RIFLE are members of POLICE SWAT or SOLDIERS who are fighting for our country overseas.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH Thanks to the bravery of the students in Parkland, Florida, and all of the students who’ve followed their lead, maybe lawmakers will finally listen and DO SOMETHING. Do not sit with the kids with a note in your hand stating “I hear you” if you aren’t going to listen or do anything.

Let our kids go to school to learn. No more fear. No more anonymous threats that interfere with their education. NO MORE.

The time is NOW, Stand Up and Do Something. #ENOUGH!

When I first posted this online attached to the Walkout story, I received a Facebook Comment from “Aimee” stating: “Instead of looking OUTWARD to blame others, look INWARD to be part of the solution!”

I am looking OUTWARD at our lawmakers to make a decision like they did in Australia in 1996 after 36 people were killed during the Port Arthur massacre. It’s time to make some real changes in the gun laws now.

I have watched our lawmakers dodge the issue for years, I’ve written letters with my concerns, I wrote this “rant” and put myself out there for the public to agree or disagree with.

So I ask you, Aimee, what are you doing to be part of the solution?

Please go to our Facebook Page for some lively feedback from readers. Pay close attention to Jamie Vincent’s comments.

Time And Place Announced For CIAC Boys Basketball D II Semifinal Game (Get Your Tickets Now)

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Mar 132018

As we watch our Amity Spartans Boys Basketball team dribble and dunk their way to the state championship we know there will be some traveling involved.

Luckily, the Semifinal between the Spartans and the Newtown Night Hawks will take place fairly close at Shelton High School Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

Get your tickets in advance at gofan.co/app/events/23876

March 14 First Selectmen’s Meeting Agenda

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Mar 132018

    Following is the AGENDA:
    Call to order
    Fire Exits
    Pledge of Allegiance
    (2 minutes per speaker)
    To consider and act on the approval of the minutes of the February 14, 2018
    Regular Meeting of the Board of Selectmen (enclosure)
    1. To consider and act on the resolution allowing the Town Clerk to apply for the
    2019 Historic Preservation Grant (enclosure) – Patrick O’Sullivan, Town Clerk
    2. To consider and act on the resolution with respect to the authorization,
    issuance and sale of not exceeding $4,000,000 Town of Orange general
    obligation refunding bonds (enclosure) – John Cifarelli, Finance Director
    3. To consider and act on the Greater Bridgeport Regional Recycling Interlocal
    Agreement (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli
    4. To consider and act on the Application for Recognition of Supplemental First
    Responders Status (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli
    5. To consider and act on the License Agreement Between the Town of Orange
    and Ed Oberg d/b/a Ashford Restoration of Connecticut and Daniel Shields
    d/b/a Olbords of Massachusetts (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli
    6. To consider and act on the request to approve the Tax Refunds for the month
    of March in the amount of $54,176.15 (enclosure)
    1. Pension Board – Selectman Goldblatt
    2. Capital Planning – Selectman Okenquist
    3. Bond Construction Oversight – Selectman Goldblatt
    4. Personnel – Selectmen Zeoli, Okenquist, Davis
    Approved Minutes of the January 10, 2018 Public Hearing Regarding a
    Massage Establishment Permit, Public Hearing on the Proposed Financing by
    the Orange Volunteer Fire Association and the Regular Meeting of the Board
    of Selectmen
    Revenue and Expenditure Reports

Notice: Fire Department Dinner and Swearing-In Postponed

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Mar 122018

Due to the weather conditions expected tomorrow, the Orange Fire Department Annual Dinner & Officers swearing-in will be held on Wednesday night March 14th – same location & time

Sign Up Now For The Orange Police Citizen’s Academy

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Mar 112018

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a police officer? Are you curious about what the officers in your community do, and what their jobs are like?

Well, now you can find out- the Orange Police Department is offering a ‘Citizens’ Academy’, where you can participate in an eight-week program that will help you better understand the role of police officers in your community.

Classes will be held on Wednesday nights at Orange PD headquarters from 630p-900p, for eight weeks beginning on May 9, 2018. You must be 18 years or older to attend.

If you would like to enroll, please contact Officer Carolyn Bailey at 203.891.2138 or cbailey@orange-ct.gov

Police: Be Aware Of Car Break-Ins, Lock Your Doors!

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Mar 112018

Over the past few days, the Orange Police Department has had numerous reports of vehicles broken into and two vehicles have been stolen from their driveways.

These thefts have occurred in the overnight to early morning hours, and the common denominator has been that the vehicles that were broken into were unlocked. The vehicles that were stolen had key fobs accessible to the thieves.

Officers were able to view residential surveillance video of some of the perpetrators and their actions. The perpetrators (in this instance) worked in groups, moving from car-to-car in a neighborhood, checking doors to find cars that were unlocked.

When they found an unlocked car, they ransacked the interior for valuables. The cars that had fobs accessible were stolen outright.

The Orange Police Department asks that you lock all of your vehicles and do not leave valuables visible inside a vehicle, even if that vehicle is locked.

If you have any information on these incidents or see any suspicious activity in your neighborhood, call the Orange Police Department 24/7 at 891-2130.

Seriously, Clean ALL Of The Snow Off Of Your Vehicle

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Mar 082018

It’s frustrating when I see snow covered cars on the thruway, parkway, or any roadway after I’ve spent a decent amount of time removing every bit of snow from my SUV.

I’m no spring chicken, yet I find a way to get out there and clean my vehicle off before I leave the driveway.

Why is this important? Chunks of snow flying off your roof onto another car can be like missiles and they’re dangerous.

Also, it’s the law in CT since 2013.  You must remove the snow from all areas of your vehicle, including the hood, trunk and roof … “so that any ice or snow accumulated on such vehicle does not pose a threat to persons or property while the vehicle is being operated on any street or highway of this state. Any operator who fails to remove accumulated ice or snow that poses such a threat shall be fined seventy-five dollars.”


Obituary: William J. Bozelko, Jr., 84, Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather

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Mar 012018

William J. Bozelko, Jr., 84 of Orange, beloved husband and father, passed away on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 surrounded by loved ones, after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Lucille A. Bozelko and his adoring children Wendy (Peter Hoffman), Wylie, and Whitney (PJ Shanley). Predeceased by his son, William J. Bozelko III.

Aside from his wife and 4 children, Bill will always be loved and remembered by his 4 grandchildren, Peter Hoffman, Matthew Hoffman, Caitlyn Shanley and Colleen Shanley, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Born in New Haven on October 24, 1933, Bill graduated from West Haven High School and went on to attend the University of Connecticut. He was a successful builder and entrepreneur in West Haven and surrounding towns. In addition, Bill was involved in many organizations, but among his favorite were judging the Pinewood Derby for the Cub Scouts which he did for many years and being an usher and an active parishioner of Holy Infant Church. He also was a staunch supporter of the UCONN Woman’s basketball team.

Throughout his life, he loved to travel and was able to see a vast amount of the world. Most of all, he loved spending time with his friends and family.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the many doctors and nurses that cared for him at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Smilow, Orange Visiting Nurse Association, Visiting Angels and VITAS. The compassion and care of these individuals was truly amazing and his loved ones will forever be grateful to them.

The hours for visitation will take place from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the West Haven Funeral Home on Friday, March 2.

On Saturday morning everyone is asked to meet directly at Holy Infant Church at 10 o’clock for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow in Orange Center Cemetery.

Bill loved the Orange community and all of its traditions so the family asks that any donations in his memory be made to the Orange Volunteer Fire Department, 625 Orange Center Road, P.O. Box 878, Orange, Ct. 06477. To leave an online remembrance, please visit: www.westhavenfuneral.com

Save The Date For The Annual OVFD Pancake Supper

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Feb 272018

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will host its 9th annual Pancake Supper at Chip’s Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, on Wednesday, February 28. 

There will be an early seating at 5:30 PM and late seating at 6:30 PM

The menu includes Pancakes, Eggs, choice of Bacon or Sausage and beverage.

Prices are: $12 for Adults, $6 Children 10 and under, gratuity included.

Tickets must be purchased in advance as we a limited number of seats available.   

Tickets may be purchased from any Auxiliary member or at Knight’s Inc. 286 Boston Post Road, Orange.  All proceeds benefit the Orange Volunteer Fire Department. 

For further information, email Lynn@ LMK415@yahoo.com or visit the department’s website at www.orangevfd.com