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

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Jun 282016

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 on 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]

Jun 252016

Grill in fames

Grill in fames

The Orange Fire Marshal’s Office offered this information as the outdoor grilling and camping season has officially begun.

Every year Americans look forward to summer vacations, camping, family reunions, picnics, and the Fourth of July. Summertime, however, also brings fires and injuries due to outdoor cooking and recreational fires. Annually, there are almost 3,800 Americans injured by gas or charcoal grill fires.

Summertime should be a time of fun and making happy memories. Knowing a few fire safety tips and following safety instructions will help everyone have a safe summer.

Safety Tips for Grilling and Campfires

  • 090523_200637-campfire--by-scott-carpenter--cc-by-sa-30Position the grill well away from siding, deck railing, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets from the grill area: declare a three-foot “safe zone” around the grill.
  • If you own a propane grill, check the cylinder hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. A light soap and water solution applied to the hose will reveal escaping propane quickly by releasing bubbles.
  • Avoid using soft wood, such as pine or cedar that will likely pop and throw sparks, in a fire pit. Use of seasoned hardwood is suggested.
  • Don’t build a campfire at a site in hazardous, dry conditions or if the campground, area, or event rules prohibit campfires.

For more information on cooking safely with gas grills or charcoal grills visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website.

Orange Firefighters Free Toddler From Storm Drain

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Jun 252016

Screen Shot 2016-06-25 at 6.13.38 PMAround 5 p.m. on Saturday afternoon Orange Volunteer Firefighters were called to Robert Treat Drive to help free a 3-year-old whose leg was stuck in a storm drain grate.

Police and Medic 33 were on scene and could not free the child, due to swelling, so they summoned firefighters hoping they may have a tool that would be able to cut the steel grate.

Within a few seconds of their arrival, the child was free.

No further information is available at this time.

Fire Consumes Garage, Vehicles and Boat on Indian River Road

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Jun 232016

Total destruction

Total destruction

Around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon (June 22) the police dispatcher fielded several calls from people driving on Marsh Hill Road who reported heavy smoke coming from the rear of the UI building.

Responding Orange Volunteer Fire personnel quickly discovered that the smoke was coming from a fully involved detached garage and 10×10 shed at 85 Indian River Road.

The property is set back up a long driveway far from the main road directly behind the UI property.

Fire Marshal Tim Smith said the fire extended from the two buildings to a boat and a truck.

The wind was blowing the smoke away from the house to a populated area, and could be seen from miles away.

The property owner was not at home when the fire broke out or during the firefight.

No one was hurt and the cause is still under investigation.

A garage, shed, two cars, one truck and a boat were lost in this fire.

A garage, shed, two cars, one truck and a boat were lost in this fire.

Home Alone Presentation On June 20

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Jun 152016

kids-safetyOrange Youth Services is presenting a free Home Alone presentation for parents who would like to know Home Alone basics in order to prepare their children when they are left home alone.

Parents are invited to attend the presentation in the High Plains Community Center Cafeteria on Monday, June 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., which will include a question and answer segment as well.

Deputy Fire Marshal James Vincent will lead the presentation.

The event will cover items such as passwords, strangers, personal safety, playing outside, answering the door, and fire escape planning and options.

Refreshments will be served.

Jun 152016

file photo from a past Amity Graduation

file photo from a past Amity Graduation

The 2016 Amity Commencement Ceremony will take place on the Football Field today at 4 p.m. It’s supposed to be hot, but not sweltering (I hope).

I wish all of the graduates good luck in their future endeavors.

The Other Thing

There is one very disturbing trend that we see every year around graduation week, and that is the THEFT of congratulatory balloons from the tri-town area.

Kids, remember, if you didn’t get any balloons of your own, you do not have the right to STEAL someone else’s.

In Orange, someone or a couple of people went around and cut the strings on bundles of balloons, at the expense of the family members who dished out $5 each for the gifts.

It is uncertain if the nasty culprits simply let the helium filled mylar balloons fly or if they took them for themselves. In either instance it is wrong. The loose balloons most likely will end up killing sea turtles or whales (so congratulations, genius).  And the sudden appearance of these grad balloons on your own mailbox several days after the deliveries were completed, earmark you as a selfish individual.

If the individual(s) is/are caught they could face charges of criminal mischief or sixth-degree larceny (depending on just how many balloons you stole) and won’t it be embarrassing to have THAT on your record when you go for a job interview? — It tells a LOT about your character.

It’s time to stop!

Orange Police Prepared For Special Olympics Torch Run On Friday

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Jun 102016

Spec Olympic torch runThe Orange Police Department is dedicated to the CT Special Olympics and takes part in  a few fundraising events each year as well as the annual Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run.

In 2015, the OPD team was the largest ever with 17 people who took part in the Torch Run and carried the CT Special Olympics torch from the Milford Line (Raymour and Flannigan Clearance Center) to the West Haven City Line (Sam’s Club).

The group made the 3 mile run in record time and handed the torch off to the West Haven Police who wasted no time in continuing the run toward New Haven.

The run ends at the Campus of Southern Ct. State University where this year’s state games are held.

Come out to the Boston Post Road on June 10 to cheer the OPD runners on after they pick up the torch around 4 p.m.


Originally Published on: May 26, 2016 @ 00:11

Orange Police Chief, Asst. Chief Welcome Woodbridge’s New Top Cop

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Jun 052016

Woodbridge Police Chief Frank Cappiello

Woodbridge Police Chief Frank Cappiello

In a tight community such as Amity where the three towns share a high school, and the volunteer fire departments often train together and offer mutual aid during emergencies, it is not unusual for the police departments to share information on some cases or coordinate joint traffic details, such as DUI roadblocks or seat belt enforcement.

So when Woodbridge Chief Gene Marcucci retired, police from other departments were paying attention and waiting with interest to hear whom the Police Commission would choose.

Sgt. Frank Cappiello a well-respected and liked 36-year veteran member of the Woodbridge Police Department was among the 43 applicants for the top position.

After a five-month search, the Commission announced that Cappiello, was their man.

Cappiello began working with the department in 1980, starting as a patrol officer before being promoted to sergeant in 1987.  He served as a patrol officer for the City of New Haven for one year before joining his hometown police department.

“I am honored and humbled that I’ve been selected for this position,” Cappiello said in the release. “The position of Chief is something I’ve prepared for over the course of my entire professional career.”

“Delivering the highest quality of police services involves building mutual trust, confidence and respect with the community is part of my policing philosophy,” Cappiello said.

On Thursday, May 26, the Woodbridge Town Green was crowded with townspeople, friends and dignitaries including Orange Police Chief Robert Gagne and Asst. Chief Anthony Cuozzo who came to witness the new chief’s swearing-in. Both agreed that Frank Cappiello is a fine choice and that they know they all will work well together.

Annual OVFD Auxiliary Pancake Breakfast Today Til 11 a.m.

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Jun 042016

pancake breakfastThe Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will host its 17th annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, June 4 from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at the Fire Station, 355 Boston Post Rd. Orange.

Enjoy scrambled eggs, your choice of bacon or sausage, potato patties and all you can eat “Chip’s” pancakes prepared for you by the Orange Volunteer Firefighters. Orange juice, milk, coffee and tea also will be served.

Cost is $8 for Adults, Children ages 6-12: $6. Age 5 and under are free with a paid adult.

Save $1 per person by purchasing an advance ticket 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, contact Lynn Knight @ 203-795-5882, email: [email protected] or visit our website at www.orangevfd.com


Originally Published on: May 12, 2016 @ 22:13

Photos: 2016 Memorial Day Parade

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May 302016

IMG_1205It was a fine day for a Parade on Sunday, as residents lined both sides of Orange Center Road to cheer on their town leaders, lawmakers, children’s groups, veterans, bands and of course Stuart the Giant Strawberry.

Police K-9 Loki did pretty well for his first walk down the “Orange Mile” (well, not quite).

Parade Organizer Kevin Gilbert and his committee did a great job once again this year.

It would be remiss of me if I did not share with you the fact that 93-year-old Al Pol, wearing his firefighters dress uniform, chose to walk the entire parade route rather than accept a ride in one of the available cars or a golf cart.

Here are some photos from the parade. Can you find yourself in the crowd?