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Oct 292014
 

(Photo by Terri Miles)

(Photo by Terri Miles)

Do you have small children? Do you love the magic of Christmas? For 20 years Santa Claus has teamed up with the Orange Volunteer Fire Department for its Santa’s Helper Fundraising event in which 100 percent of the proceeds are used towards the purchase of firefighting and rescue equipment. 

For two decades Santa’s Helper Teams of firefighters, special helpers, family and friends have been honored to deliver gifts, smiles, fun and visit with thousands of families throughout Orange. And now they are visiting the children of the children that they first saw back in 1994 pressing their little faces up against glass doors waiting for the fire trucks to come down their street with lights and sirens announcing Santa’s arrival.

If you would like to join in the fun and have one of the Santa teams arrive at your front door on Sunday, Dec. 14 between 2-8 p.m., it’s easy, Just follow the simple steps:

GIFT RULES: 

There is a fee of $15.00 per gift. Each gift must be INDIVIDUALLY wrapped in your favorite holiday paper with an over-wrap of plain brown paper. The name and address of the recipient must be clearly printed on the outside.
Please try not to make the gifts too large or heavy, Santa appreciates that.
We have a limited delivery number of 160 homes. This is an extremely popular event, and those spots fill up quickly. We strongly encourage you to have all of the gifts for your stop with you on Gift Drop-Off day. **For those families having a large party with many gifts on delivery day, please e-mail us at: [email protected] for special instructions.**

GIFT DROP-OFF DAY: 

Gift Drop Off Day for the general public is at Fire Station #2, 355 Boston Post Road, (Across from TGI Fridays) on Saturday, Nov. 22 from noon to 2 p.m. PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIME FRAME. This year, the organizers ask that the general public begin to arrive no earlier than 11:30 a.m. (30 minutes prior to the 12 p.m. start time.)  You will have a much shorter wait in line by following these new guidelines. Thank you!

PARKING FOR DROP-OFF DAY: 

Please park your car in the rear of the Fire Station. There will be firefighters there to assist you. The Drop-Off line will be located INSIDE the fire station. USE REAR DOOR MARKED ENTER. 

SANTA’S HELPER DELIVERY DAY:

Delivery takes place on Sunday, Dec. 14 from 2-8 p.m. Santa on his fire truck with his Elf, and special firefighter helpers will arrive at your home to deliver the gifts back to your loved ones, and spend some time with your family for photos and smiles. 

If you have any questions, you can e-mail Elf Mama at: [email protected]
She will help you via e-mail. Please DO NOT call the Fire Stations as it’s a volunteer department and there will not be anyone there available to assist you with Santa’s Helper information.

**E-mailing Santa’s Helper does not guarantee you a spot on the delivery route. Sign-up on drop-off day is on a first come-first serve basis.

 

Originally Published on: Oct 8, 2014 @ 9:44

Oct 282014
 

fire home golfUPDATE:
Fire Marshal Tim Smith is still investigating the cause of the garage fire reported by the homeowner on Golf Road Monday, Oct. 27 at 10:51 p.m.
On Tuesday afternoon, Smith said the fire was confined to the garage, which sustained moderate damage.
He said working smoke detectors alerted the residents of the blaze — both escaped the home safely and no one was hurt.
One car that was in the garage had minor damage. The home itself had significant smoke damage.
Original Story:
At 10:51 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department responded to a residential fire on Golf Road — on the outskirts of town near the Great River Golf Course.
According to the dispatch the homeowner reported a fire in an attached garage. While Orange Firefighters were en route, a Milford Fire Engine called in to say it also was responding (The Milford firehouse is geographically closer than Oranges).
The first Orange units on the scene reported that the garage was fully engulfed in flames and requested a second tone for additional personnel and equipment.
The nearest fire hydrant was a block away on Fairway Road.
After extinguishing the flames, the chief called for the fire marshal.
Around 1 a.m. many firefighters had left the scene, but Chief Knight and Fire Marshal Tim Smith didn’t leave until 6:10 a.m. Tuesday.
This is the home as it appears on the Trulia Real Estate site. note the 3 car garage at the bottom on the far end.

This is the home as it appears on the Trulia Real Estate site. note the 3 car garage at the bottom on the far end.

 

Oct 282014
 

Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 10.53.56 PMFirefighters were on the scene of a garage/house fire for about 2 hours late last night into the early morning.
Note: This was heard on the scanner — (I tried to go to the scene but my new glasses didn’t come in yet and I couldn’t find the place.) I will seek out more information today.
At 10:51 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department responded to a residential fire on Golf Road — on the outskirts of town near the Great River Golf Course.
According to the dispatch the homeowner reported a fire in an attached garage. While Orange Firefighters were en route, a Milford Fire Engine called in to say it also was responding (The Milford firehouse is geographically closer than Oranges).
The first Orange units on the scene reported that the garage was fully engulfed in flames and requested a second tone for additional personnel and equipment.
The nearest fire hydrant was a block away on Fairway Road.
After extinguishing the flames, the chief called for the fire marshal.
Around 1 a.m. many firefighters had left the scene, but chief Knight and fire marshal Tim Smith didn’t leave until 6:10 a.m. Tuesday.
This is the home as it appears on the Trulia Real Estate site. note the 3 car garage at the bottom on the far end.

This is the home as it appears on the Trulia Real Estate site. note the 3 car garage at the bottom on the far end.

 

Oct 262014
 

BEST POLICE Patch EVERAt 9:04 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24th, officers responded to a residence on Hyland Terrace on the report of a forced residential burglary. 

According to police, the elderly resident had been in her bedroom watching television and dozing off when at about 9 p.m. she noticed a male in a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled up covering his head enter her bedroom and take her jewelry box off of her dresser and walk out.  The only light in the room was from the TV, but she described the burglar as about 5’10″ and 200 lbs and said that he had his back to her while he was in the bedroom. She called 911 and police responded.

Officers found that the point of entry was a sun room window which had been pried open, then more pry marks on the door leading from the sun room to the interior.  The homeowner didn’t hear or notice anything until she saw the suspect in the bedroom. There was no interaction between the suspect and the homeowner

A canine from Seymour Police Department responded and tracked twice with negative results.  Officers canvassed the neighborhood late Friday and returned Saturday to talk with neighbors.  Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Petrucelli at 203-891-2138

Residents are reminded to leave an exterior light on and to be sure all doors and windows are locked before going to bed.  Residents should not hesitate to report suspicious activity in their neighborhoods.

Oct 252014
 

Screen Shot 2014-10-24 at 10.53.55 PMOn Oct. 7 at 7 a.m., Kenneth Donnelly, 39, of 8 Richards Ave, Seymour, surrendered himself at Orange Police Headquarters after learning of a warrant for his arrest.

The warrant stemmed from a single-car motor vehicle accident that occurred on July 18, 2014 on Route 34. (which Orange Live covered as it was happening.)

Donnelly was the driver of the involved vehicle, and was injured as a result of the roll-over accident. Officers pursued an investigation due to the crash, and that investigation led to the issuance of a warrant, which was served on the above date/time.

Donnelly was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI), failure to drive in proper lane, driving an unregistered motor vehicle, illegal passing, and driving a motor vehicle with no insurance

He was released after posting $1,500 bond for court Oct. 21. 

Oct 242014
 

BEST-POLICE-Patch-EVER-275x300Breach of peace

Officers responded to the parking lot of a restaurant at 385 Boston Post Road on a disturbance complaint, Oct. 18 at 8:05 p.m.

During the investigation, officers learned that Joseph Chipello, 59, of 378 Manley Heights Road, had gotten into a loud argument with a female companion, which caused bystanders to contact police for assistance.

Chipello was subsequently taken into custody and charged with second-degree breach of peace.

He was released after posting $250 bond for court Oct. 20.

Oct 232014
 

orange police duiDrinking while driving

Patrol officers observed a vehicle drive into the parking area of a business on the Boston Post Road that was closed at 3:34 a.m. on Oct. 5.

Upon stopping the vehicle, police administered standardized roadside sobriety tests on the driver, Paco Garcia, 27, of 14 Fox St., New Haven.

Garcia was subsequently taken into custody and charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, drinking while driving and driving without a license.

He was released after posting $50 bond for court Oct. 20.

Oct 222014
 

Copper-pipesThe residential burglary that was touched on in the September Police Activity Report is still under investigation.

Here is a little preliminary information so residents know where it took place and what was taken.

The incident took place on Sept. 19 at a foreclosed home on Long Meadow.

Tools and copper pipes were taken.

Police are trying to get in touch with the former property owner and the real estate agent for more information.

Oct 222014
 

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 2.39.42 PMThe Orange Police Department has recently launched new access on several social media fronts. 

The Department now has a Facebook page as well as twitter and instagram accounts. 

“It is our hope to be able to better inform the community of our activity both on a routine basis and during emergencies,” said Asst. Chief Anthony Cuozzo. “In the past the department had relied on members individual pages or the Emergency Management pages to get the word out.  This will allow us to showcase our efforts in community policing, whether its in the schools, partnering with youth services, or any of the many outreach programs the department uses.”

We will use the sites to post press releases, although we also will use traditional media outlets to get that news out.

The facebook site can be found under “Town of Orange Police Department,” follow us on Twitter and instagram at  “@orangepdct”

Oct 202014
 

Police Blotter Logo thx DaveShopping Cart Rage

Orange Police served a warrant against Laura Durkin, 53, of 2240 Park Avenue, Bridgeport on Oct. 8 at 11:09 a.m. after she surrendered herself at Police Headquarters.

According to the report, the warrant stemmed from a July 27 incident in the parking lot of the Target store, 25 Boston Post Road.

Investigation revealed that Durkin had gotten into an altercation with another shopper and proceeded to strike the other person’s car twice with a shopping cart, causing $4,453 in damage to the vehicle.

A warrant, charging criminal mischief was issued for Durkin’s arrest.

She was released on a promise to appear in court Oct. 22.

Public Disturbance

Officers responded to a disturbance complaint at a restaurant at 350 Boston Post Road on Oct. 13 at 1:26 p.m.

During the investigation, police learned that the complainant and a friend were having lunch inside the restaurant when Mike Molleur, 47, of 103 Ford Road, Woodbridge, a family member of the complainant began shouting at her and caused a scene.

According to the report, Molleur was located a short time later, taken into custody and charged with second-degree breach of peace. He was released after posting $100 bond, and given a court date Oct. 27.

Police said no one was injured during the incident.