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Young West Haven Man Killed In Crash On Route 34 Sunday Morning

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Jul 242016
 

(Photo by Orange Police Dept.)

(Photo by Orange Police Dept.)

Shortly after midnight Saturday night into Sunday morning, July 24, Orange Police responded to a serious motor vehicle crash on Derby Avenue, (Rt. 34), just west of the intersection of Racebrook Road, (Rt. 114).

The initial investigation showed that a black Honda Civic was headed westbound toward Derby at a high rate of speed when it lost control and left the roadway, making contact with a large boulder and a fence off the roadway.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department responded to extricate the driver, Abraham Evans, 22, of West Haven from the wreck.

Evans was the only occupant of the vehicle and medical personnel pronounced him dead at the scene.

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone who may have witnessed the accident or who may have information is asked to contact Officer John Reshotnik of Orange Police at 203-891-2130.

 

This press release is on the OPD Facebook Page.

Senior Health and Safety Fair Scheduled In September

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Jul 202016
 

A scene from a past fair.

A scene from a past fair.

The Orange Senior Center will host its 15th Annual Health and Safety Fair at the High Plains Community Center on Friday, Sept. 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon.

Vendors representing all sorts of agencies will be on hand to give out information about products and services that benefit older adults. The Parish Nurses of Griffin Hospital will be on hand.

The Yale New Haven Mammography van is scheduled to attend. Call 203-688-1010 for an appointment.

The Orange VNA will offer blood pressure screenings.

There will be raffle prizes and refreshments.

Sponsored by Coldwell Banker, Orange Visiting Nurses Association, Maplewood of Orange and the Orange Senior Center.

Admission is free. For more information call (203) 891-4784.

We Need YOU To Help At The Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival

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Jul 202016
 

Denise Mirto organizes a majority of the volunteer help under the main food tent.

Denise Mirto organizes a majority of the volunteer help under the main food tent.

A message from carnival food tent volunteer coordinator Denise Mirto:

The Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival will be held again this year beginning Thursday, August 4 through Sunday, August 7.

Help is again gratefully accepted and very much needed in the main food tent.

If you are interested in giving of your time for a few hours, especially on Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. for the day shift, or the evening time, beginning at 4 p.m.

Help is also needed on Sunday, beginning at noontime. The carnival does not go into the evening on Sunday.

We will also need some assistance on Thursday and on Friday beginning at 4:30 p.m.

If your company would like to volunteer together, as a group, that would be great and very much appreciated.

Coldwell Banker-Orange volunteers on Thursday night and Weichert Realtors Orange comes in on Friday night.

Please remember that aside from having a good time pitching in with your neighbors and friends to help, the volunteer fire department also helps keep our town taxes lower. These highly trained men and women volunteer their time 24/7/365. 

Call Denise Mirto to add your name. 203-795-1080, call or text 203-464-9972, or e-mail  [email protected]

The 2016 Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival Is Coming Soon

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Jul 202016
 

Screen Shot 2016-07-01 at 12.02.09 PMThe Orange Volunteer Fire Association is on duty 24/7/365. The men and women are highly trained just like the paid firefighters in some nearby cities. They depend upon fundraisers like the annual four-day carnival to bring in money for training, equipment and apparatus.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department has been working on the 2016 carnival since the day after the 2015 carnival ended.

Parking and admission are always free.

It takes a lot of planning to keep such a big operation rolling every year, keeping the public interested in coming and finding volunteer non-firefighters willing to help in the food tent and pitch in at various games around the fairgrounds.

Recently, Denise Mirto sent a shout-out for food tent volunteers  and really can use your help mostly on Saturday day & night shifts and Sunday during the day.

Under the Raffle Tent you will find many familiar faces, selectmen, various committee and board members and residents who come back year after year and donate their time to the fire department, just as the firefighters donate their time to the town every hour of every day.

Several years ago, First Selectman Jim Zeoli called the Carnival the “cheapest fire insurance that an Orange Resident can have.”

“If every household spent a couple hundred bucks at the carnival, it is the cheapest insurance they can have for fire service,” Zeoli said. “If we had a paid Fire Department it would cost us millions of dollars every year.”

Did you know?

There are many rides, games, and food options at the carnival, and everyone has their favorite, but did you know that the Fire Department only benefits from the proceeds at the games and food that they run?

The games are the Frog Bog, Dunk Tank, High Striker, Speedball and Blower ball – the little game of chance next to the raffle tent. The 50/50 raffle benefits both the civilian winner and the fire department, who split the pot a couple of times a day.

The main food tent (under the pavilion) and the satellite food tent straight up the aisle next to the fence on Orange Center Road also are Fire Department run.

Of course, you can’t beat $5 for a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of 11 great prizes, including a $7,000 Visa Gift Card, $4,000 Gift Card, $2,500 Gift Certificate – Anytime Fitness, $2,000 Visa Gift Card, $1,200 Gift Certificate – Diamond Designs, Apple iPad Air 2, 16GB, Best Buy, $350 Gift Card – Chip’s Family Restaurant, $300 Gift Card – Trader Joe’s, $250 Gift Card – Knights, Inc., $200 Gift Card – Ben’s Service Center, Gift Certificate to Yale New Haven Open at Yale Tennis Tournament.

You may purchase Raffle Tickets at People’s Bank, 653 Orange Center Road; The First Selectman’s Office; Knight’s Power Equipment, 286 Boston Post Road; Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road; at the carnival or from any firefighter.

Rides

Pick up Advanced Online Ride Bracelets behind the Main Raffle Booth
Photo ID and signature are required at pickup

• Children must be at least 3’ tall to ride any ride

Ride bracelets  purchased online in advance (by Tuesday, Aug. 2 at noon) may be used during one of the following periods:
Thursday 5-11 p.m., Friday, 5 p.m. to midnight, Saturday Matinee 12 to 5 p.m., Saturday evening, 5 p.m. to midnight and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Also, if you don’t get your on line wristbands on time, the firefighters offer a special at carnival ride bracelet special for $28.

Ride bracelets purchase at the carnival ticket booths may be used during one of the following periods:
Saturday Matinee noon to 5 p.m. or Sunday Family Fun Day from noon to 5 p.m.
And Don’t Forget
The Carnival Spectacular Fireworks Displays on Friday at 10:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10:45 p.m.As always, there is a Free raffle for Children 12 and younger on Saturday, during the matinee
Children 12 years and younger can register at the main raffle booth to win free prizes. (must be present)

Screen Shot 2016-07-01 at 12.01.30 PMSchedule

Thursday – 5:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Friday – 5:00 p.m. to 12 midnight

Saturday – 12 Noon to 12 midnight

Sunday – 12 Noon to 5:00 p.m.

It’s Carnival Raffle Ticket Time!

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Jul 142016
 

20160623_133637-1The Orange Volunteer Fire Department Carnival will take place on the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, on August 4, 5, 6 and 7.

The sale of raffle tickets is one of the most important aspects of this fundraising event.

The volunteer firefighters gathered up some desirable prizes that anyone can use, such as a $7,000 Visa Gift Card and gift certificates to local businesses.

You can’t beat $5 for a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of 11 great prizes, including a $7,000 Visa Gift Card, $4,000 Gift Card, $2,500 Gift Certificate – Anytime Fitness, $2,000 Visa Gift Card, $1,200 Gift Certificate – Diamond Designs, Apple iPad Air 2, 16GB, Best Buy, $350 Gift Card – Chip’s Family Restaurant, $300 Gift Card – Trader Joe’s, $250 Gift Card – Knights, Inc., $200 Gift Card – Ben’s Service Center, Gift Certificate to Yale New Haven Open at Yale Tennis Tournament.

Raffle Tickets are available at People’s Bank, 653 Orange Center Road; The First Selectman’s Office; Knight’s Power Equipment, 286 Boston Post Road; Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road; at the carnival or from any firefighter.

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to win one of these great prizes, and help the Orange Volunteer Fire Association.

Third Person Arrested in Theft From Police Cruiser

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Jul 132016
 

AR 15 Rifle

AR 15 Rifle

A third person was arrested today in connection with the theft of an AR-15 rifle with two fully loaded 30 round magazines and a department-issued bullet proof vest from a police cruiser in Milford during the early morning hours on March 8.

After a search of the area, the suspects were not located by police. The Connecticut State Police- Central District Major Crime Squad took over the investigation.

Two other suspects were arrested this week and today, police arrested 19-year-old James Lee, of New Haven, at New Haven Superior Court.

Lee, who was being arraigned on unrelated charges, faces several charges in connection with the theft.

A Message From The Orange Police Department

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Jul 102016
 

BEST-POLICE-Patch-EVER-275x300 4.30.39 PMOne of our K-9 officers found this note on their cruiser when they headed to work today (on Friday).

We have seen a remarkable outpouring of gratitude from our community and beyond. Rest assured, the men and women of the Orange Police Department appreciate the sentiments. We serve with pride everyday…today, tomorrow and always.

Our community should “Expect the Best” from our Officers and nothing less.

13590440_1031735000213255_5249590800827052028_nWe know that there will always be an element of danger in the career that we have chosen. We followed the path into service knowing the risks and the rewards.

Thank you all, once again for appreciating our service.

Can Anyone Beat The Heat?

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Jul 072016
 

thermometerToday promises to be another wicked hot and humid day with temperatures in the 90s.

In spite of her protests, at my insistence, my brother carried my mother’s air conditioner upstairs and installed it in the family room yesterday. We just felt that 90 degrees and nasty humidity inside the house was not healthy for our 80-something year old mom, her dog or any of us.

Dr. Oz has these 5 tips to beat the heat posted on his website.

1.    Stay Well Hydrated – Drink plenty of fluids; if you are sweating a lot, consider sports drinks to replace the salts and minerals.

2.    Cover Up in the Sun – Use sunscreen and wear loose, light-colored clothing as well as a brimmed hat.

3.    Limit Activity During the Hottest Part of the Day – Try not to be participating in outdoor activity during midday, which is the hottest part of the day. Pace yourself if you are exercising in the heat; you should not allow your heart rate to be pounding nor should you allow yourself to feel completely out of breath and gasping for air.

4.    If Indoors, Keep Your House Ventilated – If you are indoors and have no air-conditioning, open windows and use fans to circulate the air.

5.    Don’t Delay Getting Help for Symptoms – If you find yourself or someone else might be suffering from heat-related illness, move to a cooler shady place, lie down, drink some fluids, and call 911.

Where can you go?

If you don’t have air conditioning and you are sweating and miserable, consider a trip to the library, it is air conditioned and there are comfortable seats in several areas, computer work stations, private desk areas and plenty of books, newspapers and magazines to keep you occupied.

The Orange Ale House has wonderful lunch offerings and non-alcoholic beverages for its customers. The business is open around 3:30 p.m. and comfortable and COOL.

NuVita Frozen Yogurt has free Wifi, the best froyo around and cool drinks and is well worth the visit.

Restaurants and stores also provide air conditioned comfort.

When we have a heat wave, the town most likely also will open High Plains Community Center as a cooling center like it did last year, but wait for an announcement before you trek over there looking for a place to relax.

But, what about my dog?

Dog lovers who have a special bond with their buddies may bring them to a park with a pond for a swim or a stroll in the woods, but what happens when they get back into the car?

According to the ASPCA, three years ago, “a Bronx, NY, man left his Maltese in his van—with the windows cracked—while he went for a swim at a state park. The temperature inside the van climbed to 140 degrees and despite intervention by park police, the dog didn’t survive.”

We see dogs in cars in parking lots at local pharmacies and strip malls here in Orange and wonder, what should I do? One of the first things the police dispatcher may ask is, “how long has he been alone?” If you just came upon the car and noticed the animal inside, you can’t answer that question.

Then, the dispatcher may ask, “is the dog in distress?” — to you, a common concerned citizen who would never bring your dog out on a hot day, the answer would be, “yes.”

Even on a relatively mild 85-degree day, it takes only 10 minutes for the interior of a car to reach 102 degrees—and within 30 minutes, the inside of the car can be a staggering 120 degrees. Leaving windows open a few inches does not help. Cars with darker interiors tend to heat up even faster.

According to information from the ASPCA, when it comes to the body’s ability to cool itself, canine physiology is vastly different from ours. While humans have sweat glands all over our bodies that help regulate our body heat, dogs cool down mostly by panting, which is much less efficient than sweating.

In only a short amount of time, a dog with a high body temperature can suffer critical damage to his nervous system, heart, liver and brain.

If you’re out and about on a hot day and see an animal alone in a car, you should immediately try to find the car’s owner (have nearby stores page the owner of the vehicle noting the license plate number) If you have no luck, or if the owner refuses to act, contact the Orange Police Department at 203-891-1080 and/or the Milford-Orange Animal Control at 203-783-3279.

Obituary: Angelo Alfonso Rolli, 84, Beloved Husband, Father

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Jul 062016
 

Screen Shot 2016-07-06 at 10.46.19 PMAngelo Alfonso Rolli, 84, of Orange, entered into eternal life on July 1, 2016 at West Haven VA Hospital.

He leaves his beloved wife Christine Palmieri Rolli of 62 years and two sons, Alfonso Rolli (Diane, deceased dearest love) of Riverhead, NY and Monte (Ava) Rolli of North Haven.

Angelo was born in West Haven on September 17, 1931 son of the late Alfonso and Angelina Monte Rolli. He served his community as Fire Marshal and Deputy Chief of the Allingtown Fire Department, West Haven until his retirement of 25 years.

He also worked for CT Limousine and New Haven Ambulance (AMR) for several years. He honorably served in the US Army National Guard for 32 years.

Angelo was an expert on rifles and hand guns and often fired at the New Haven Gun Club where he was a member for several years.

He and his wife enjoyed traveling with friends and spent winters in Dania Beach, FL.

He loved and enjoyed his five grandchildren; Jenna, Ashley, Angela, Alfonso and Anthony. He also leaves his sister Sylvia (Michael) Santarcangelo of East Haven, a devoted cousin Carmela “Millie” Heckert and several nieces, great nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will take place Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the Vertical Church (LWM), 225 Meloy Road, West Haven with viewing from 10:00-11:00 AM at the Church.

Interment with military honors follows service at St. Lawrence Cemetery West Haven.

Please omit flowers. Donations may be given to a favorite charity.

Two Suspects Arrested From March Theft From Police Cruiser

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Jul 062016
 

Screen Shot 2016-07-06 at 7.07.05 PMOn March 8, the community was on edge after it was reported that a department issued bullet proof vest and AR-15 rifle along with two loaded 30-round magazines were stolen from the locked trunk of a state police cruiser on Rutland Road in Milford, a little too close for comfort for many Orange residents.

But, now everyone can rest easy, state police have arrested two suspects in the theft and said arrests are pending for two other people who  already are incarcerated.

Travis Ingram, 20, of New Haven, has been charged with firearms trafficking, larceny, stealing a firearm and possession of an assault weapon and other additional charges.

Leandre Crockett, 18, also of New Haven, has been charged with firearms trafficking, larceny, stealing a firearm and possession of an assault weapon and other additional charges.

Four months ago it was like a free-for-all in Milford with 12 car break-ins on West Rutland Road, Plains Road and Haystack Road and at the end of the crime spree, a green 2015 Ford Fusion with Vermont plates GHK528 was stolen, according to Milford police.

NBC Connecticut announced the arrests in a breaking news brief today.