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Remember Irene? We Sure Do.

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Aug 282016
 

Screen Shot 2016-08-28 at 11.32.06 AMFive years ago, many in the town of Orange and around the state were powerless against the ferocity of Hurricane Irene.

Truth be told the shoreline towns, Milford, West Haven, East Haven, etc experienced the most damage with the Ocean waves crashing into homes, sea walls and destroying docks in its path.

Irene, which began forming as a tropical storm on Saturday, Aug 20, 2011. It became a Category 1 hurricane as it crossed over Puerto Rico on Aug. 21.

It intensified into a Category 3 hurricane with winds up to 120 mph as it made landfall in he Bahamas.

After the storm hundreds of residents in the town of Orange were struggling through each day with downed trees and power lines littering their lawns and streets.

The restoration of electricity was uncertain as crews came in from several other states to help us out.

One of the most impressive things was the town’s emergency management team, putting into action for the first time their emergency response plans and strike teams that worked so well.

Members of Orange CERT stepped up and manned the shelter at High Plains where dozens upon dozens of residents came every day to take showers and/or charge their cell phones.

The town was a mess for a very long time, but everyone came together and made it bearable.

The storm dissipated on Aug. 28 and left a total of 56 fatalities in its wake.



Orange Police Find Man Sleeping In His Idling Car

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Aug 272016
 

Screen Shot 2016-08-27 at 5.54.59 PMOrange officers patrolling on Marsh Hill Road observed a stationary vehicle with the driver asleep and the car running at 2:36 a.m. on Aug. 14.

Police woke the driver, Gabriel Mazo, 26, of 78 Vine St, Bridgeport, and put the car in ‘park’. Then they had the Mazo perform standardized roadside sobriety tests.

He was subsequently taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Mazo was released after posting $50 bond for court Aug. 29.

National Guardsmen Returning From Middle Eastern Tour on Friday

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Aug 252016
 

Tomorrow afternoon a plane full of Connecticut National Guardsmen will arrive at Windsor Locks, into the waiting arms of their loved ones. 

Soldiers return homeAmong them is Army LT Josh Paille, an Orange resident and member of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

Paille and more than 60 other soldiers of the 1109th TASMG out of Groton were deployed to the Middle East in Late 2015.

On Friday, Paille’s wife and one year old son will be waiting for his arrival.

Welcome Home Josh! Thank You for your service.

 

 

BREAKING: Orange Police Announce Loss of A Treasured Member

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Aug 222016
 

MaxIt is with great sadness that the Orange Police Department announces the loss of an important member of the OPD family.

Retired K-9 Officer Maximus passed earlier today and will be missed.

Please keep Detective Mike Kosh, Max’s handler, and the entire Kosh family in your thoughts on this very difficult day.

Orange Police: Amity Man Caught On Radar Charged With DUI

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Aug 222016
 

Screen Shot 2016-08-22 at 4.15.31 PMOrange police officers conducting radar patrol on Route 34 observed a vehicle traveling above the speed limit on Aug. 13 at 6:36 a.m. and performed a traffic stop.

Police had the driver, Nahar Alghunaim, 25, of 1681 Litchfield Turnpike #1, Woodbridge perform standardized roadside sobriety tests.

He was subsequently taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving an unregistered motor vehicle, driving with a suspended license and driving without insurance.

Alghunaim was released after posting $50 bond for court Aug. 29.

 

People’s United Bank Supports the Orange Volunteer Fire Department

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Aug 222016
 

Screen Shot 2016-08-22 at 11.31.48 AMOne of the few remaining all-volunteer incorporated fire departments in the State of Connecticut just received a boost from People’s United Bank.

As part of the People’s United Bank Employee Volunteer Recognition Program, Customer Service Manager Silvi Sboui recently donated $750 to the Orange Volunteer Fire Department (OVFD).

The People’s United Employee Volunteer Recognition Program recognizes employees for the time and talent they devote to local organizations in the communities served by the bank. Sboui, who works at the Orange Center Branch, was chosen to receive the bank’s Community Champion Award. The award includes the opportunity to designate a donation to the employee’s charity of her choice, so Sboui chose the OVFD.

Active OVFD members are on-call to serve the community 24-hour a day, seven days a week, dispatching from two stations: Station 1 at Orange Center Road and Station 2 at Boston Post Road.

“They are always willing to help the community and every year we witness, firsthand, their efforts to raise money through their annual carnival,” explained Sboui.

Due to federal regulations, the OVFD is no longer able to mail raffle tickets to help pay for equipment and safety gear. The organization now must rely on individual contributions and proceeds from the annual carnival. The $750 donation from People’s United Bank will help the Orange Volunteer Fire Department in its efforts to raise $900,000 towards a much-needed new fire truck.

“People’s United Bank is extremely proud of the positive impact that our employees make in their local neighborhoods,” said Karen Galbo, Director of People’s United Community Foundation and Community Relations. “The recognition program is a way for us to not only honor our employees for their volunteer work, but to also thank organizations for their dedication and service to our communities.”

To make a donation, contact the Orange Volunteer Fire Department at 203-891-1052, or by email at [email protected].

Orange Police: Victim Penalized Due To Identity Thief’s Actions

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Aug 212016
 

Screen Shot 2016-08-21 at 6.38.44 PMA woman surrendered herself at police headquarters onAug. 12 at 11:30 a.m. after learning of a warrant for her arrest.

Police said the warrant stemmed from a traffic stop in May of 2015, when Monique Morales, 28, of 155 Bungay Rd, Seymour, presented another woman’s driver’s license as her own to the police officer that stopped her.

That officer issued a ticket for the traffic stop, which went unpaid. The unpaid ticket resulted in the innocent person’s license being suspended.

When the license owner learned what happened, she reported it to police, and investigation determined that Morales had presented herself as someone else in order to evade responsibility for the traffic ticket.

An arrest warrant, charging criminal impersonation, third-degree identity theft and interfering with a police officer was issued and served as listed above.

 

Morales was released after posting $1,000 bond, for court Aug. 25.

 

Orange Police: Town Resident Charged With Criminal Impersonation, Credit Card Theft

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Aug 212016
 

Screen Shot 2016-08-21 at 4.41.19 PMOn Aug. 12, Noah Tarifi, 38, of 602 East Slope Dr, Orange, surrendered himself at police headquarters at 10:15 a.m. after learning of a warrant for his arrest.

According to police, the warrant stemmed from a series of incidents in late 2015 and early 2016 when the Tarifi was accused of stealing checks from a family member and cashing them, obtaining more than $9,000 for himself.

He also used a credit card belonging to the same family member to purchase more than $13,000 worth of merchandise, which he then sold for cash.

An arrest warrant  charging two counts of criminal impersonation two counts of first-degree identity theft, first-degree forgery, two counts of second-degree larceny, credit card theft and illegal use of a credit card was issued and served at police headquarters.

Tarifi was held on $35,000 bond for court Aug. 15.

Orange Police: Loud Restaurant Customer Skips Out On Bill

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Aug 192016
 

Screen Shot 2016-08-19 at 9.32.35 PMOfficers responded to the Puerto Vallarta restaurant on the Boston Post Road in regard to an unruly patron on Aug. 9 at 9:10 p.m.

Officers learned that Christopher Weiner, 35, of 40 Brooklawn Drive, Milford had been inside the restaurant causing a disruption when restaurant employees asked him to calm down and be quiet.

He refused, and left without paying his bill of more than $230.

Officers located Weiner at a nearby restaurant, where he was taken into custody and charged with breach of peace and sixth-degree larceny.

He was released after posting $500 bond for court Aug. 23.

OVFD Auxiliary Plans “Paint Nite” Fundraiser

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Aug 182016
 

Screen Shot 2016-08-18 at 9.41.54 AMThe Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will host a ‘Paint Nite at the Fire House’ Fundraiser on Monday, October 24 at 7 p.m.

Join the Auxiliary for an evening of fun and painting while helping to support the Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary. All the money the Auxiliary raises goes to support our 100% volunteer Fire Department to help with the expenses for training, equipment, and apparatus to keep Orange safe.

Come let your inner artist out as you paint along with a professional artist, and learn how to create your very own one of a kind masterpiece that you get to take home with you.

The featured painting is ‘Buzzin Around’ which you can see here.

No experience necessary and all supplies are provided so you don’t have to worry about a thing (except having a great time!).

In keeping with Fire Department rules, this a family friendly event, and alcohol is not permitted on the premises.

Coffee and dessert will be served.

The event begins promptly at 7 p.m. at the Station 1, next to Town Hall, 625 Orange Center Road, so arrive early to park and get a seat with those you’re coming with.

Cost is $45, tickets must be purchased in advance and are being sold exclusively online. Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Walk-ins cannot be admitted at the door.

If you don’t have access to buying online or need more information, contact Jillian at 203-799- 2486 or [email protected] to make arrangements to attend.

Visit the Auxiliary on Facebook.

Once you’ve tried it, you won’t believe the artwork you can create.