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Orange Community Women Donate Funds To The Volunteer Fire Department

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Sep 052017
 

Fire Chief John Knight and Volunteer Firefighter Lisa Kaplan with members of the Orange Community Women.

Orange Community Women (OCW) recently presented the Orange Volunteer Fire Department (OVFD) with a $200 check from the money earned from community activities during the past club year.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department is 92 years old and volunteer run with 60 active members.  Chartered to provide fire service for the Town of Orange, they also own and maintain the trucks as well as maintain the fire houses.

The OVFD is in the process of purchasing a new truck that will be used for protection of life and property in the town of Orange. The new fire truck will cost about $850K, without all the necessary equipment.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department appreciates all donations as they can apply the money where the need arises.  For example, full gear with tanks and masks costs several thousand dollars for each firefighter.

When a call comes into the police station, our volunteer firefighters hit the ground running.

Orange Community Women is a chapter of Connecticut Junior Women, Inc. and seeks to unite the women of Orange and surrounding areas by participating in community service and providing enrichment, leadership and social interaction. 

OCW hosts various activities throughout the year and the proceeds are returned to the Orange community. 

This Fall, OCW is coordinating a Children’s Fair Fact Scavenger hunt at the Orange Country Fair to help promote all of the fun activities at the fair.  In October, they will have a Saver’s Fundraiser to turn community donations back into cash for the community. 

Also in October, OCW will present a “ Women & War “ lecture from Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame “Talks on the Road” series at the Case Memorial Library.  Check back here soon for further information.

OCW meets at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, at 7 p.m. on the 4th Wednesday of the month and new members are always welcome.  For information about joining OCW, please contact Donna Wesolowski at donnaweso@optimum.net.

Orange Police Try Something New Today – And You’re Invited

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Sep 052017
 

The Orange Police Department is moving into the 21st Century by offering, for the first time a live-stream swearing-in ceremony on Facebook.

Traditionally, new officers are sworn-in at the Police Headquarters in the very crowded Conference Room, and rarely are regular citizens in attendance.

Today, Sept. 5, the OPD welcomes its newest officer Makiem Miller with a LIVE swearing-in Ceremony that you can see on your smart phone, computer, tablet or laptop no matter where you are.

Just log into the Town Of Orange Police Department Facebook page at 3 p.m. for this historic occasion.

Mark Your Calendars For The Orange Health and Safety Fair

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Sep 052017
 

Orange Senior and Community Services will host the 16th Annual Health and Safety Fair at the Orange Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, on Friday, September 15 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 event includes raffle prizes and refreshments.

This year’s fair is sponsored by Coldwell Banker, Orange Visiting Nurses Association, Maplewood of Orange, Orange Rehabilitation, Rite Aid Pharmacy, and Orange Community Services.

Admission is free. Special Musical guest Vinnie Carr at 10:30 a.m.

Maplewood of Orange will provide lunch to the first 200 people.

For more information call 203=891-4784.

Senior Accused of Inappropriately Touching A Child

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Aug 292017
 

An 84-year-old man is accused of inappropriately touching a child at the ShopRite store last week.

On Thursday, Aug. 24, Orange officers were dispatched to the ShopRite at 259 Bull Hill Lane in regards to a minor being touched inappropriately .

Investigation revealed that Michael A. Cifarelli, 84, of West Haven allegedly inappropriately touched a child while the parent and child were standing in line at the register.

According to police, the juvenile’s mother immediately reported the incident to store officials and contacted the police.

Prepare For A Power Outage On Sept. 2

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Aug 242017
 

Orange residents should be aware of this notice from United Illuminating:

During the early morning hours of Saturday, September 2nd, United Illuminating will be conducting system testing at its Woodmont electrical sub station in Milford to maintain the reliability of its energy grid.

During this procedure, which will be conducted between 3 and 5 a.m., customers in some areas of Milford and Orange may experience a brief power outage.

The outage is expected to last less than 5 minutes. Customers may wish to check clocks and electronic devices that typically need to be reset following an outage.

What Is The Fine For Passing A School Bus with Flashing Lights?

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Aug 232017
 

school bus with flashing lightsOriginally published in 2014, but still relevant.

Watch out, Bus drivers are keeping an eye out and police responding to complaints of drivers who do not comply with the laws regarding stopping for stopped school buses.

If you pass a bus, a camera will take a picture of your vehicle and you will get a summons.

From the State Website the whole story, including fines:

You want to know the legislative history of the act requiring police, on receipt of a written complaint from a school bus driver, to issue a written warning or summons to a motor vehicle owner for illegally passing a stopped school bus.

For your information, we also have appended a chart showing the disposition of cases in which vehicles failed to stop for a school bus from 2007 through 2011, according to figures provided by the Judicial Branch. We were unable to determine how many of these cases were based on a bus driver’s written report. Representatives of the Chief State’s Attorney’s office and the Judicial Branch said the state does not track those numbers.

BACKGROUND

A motor vehicle cannot pass a stopped school bus displaying flashing red signal lights but must stop at least 10 feet before or behind such a bus (CGS § 14-279). Under the law, police must issue a written warning or a summons to the owner of a vehicle who illegally passes a school bus “upon a written report from any school bus operator…specifying the license plate number, color and type of any vehicle” the bus driver sees violating the law. The driver’s report must also note the date, approximate time, and location of the violation.

PA 85-71

A provision allowing police to issue a written warning to a vehicle owner on receiving a bus driver’s written report was enacted in 1985 (PA 85-71, originating as HB 5749). The act also allowed anyone over age 18 to submit such a written report.

The Transportation Committee held a hearing on HB 5749 on February 4, 1985. Several people testified in support of the provision, arguing there was insufficient enforcement of the school bus passing law. A Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) representative spoke against the bill.

Sharon Ward, school transportation safety director for a school bus contractor, said: “the statute must be changed so that local police and state troopers are required to make arrests when drivers give an adequate amount of information…the marker number, the color and make of the car.”

Another witness, Robin Leeds, executive director of the Connecticut School Transportation Association, said the bill “represents an attempt to address the most serious problem in school transportation, the danger in the unloading zones. Not only do all our fatalities occur here, but our most severe injuries as well. Already this winter, we have seen at least five children hit and seriously injured by motorists who did not stop for the flashing red lights of the school bus. In two of those instances, the motorist said to the officer…I didn’t know I was supposed to stop.”

“It is safe to assume,” she continued, “that those motorists had passed a school bus before. If their license numbers had been turned in by a bus driver and accepted by a policeman…who then sent a written warning…they would have known they were supposed to stop before they hit the children.” She said 20 states already had similar laws.

John O’Connell, DMV’s public transportation administrator, opposed the bill, saying the department had “some…concerns regarding the question of constitutionality and an abuse of such a statute about drivers picking up the plate numbers…”

The House of Representatives considered the bill on April 10, 1985, and passed it after amending it by voice vote to allow, rather than require, police to issue a written warning on receipt of a bus driver’s written report (LCO # 5478).

Speaking in support of the amended bill, Representative Wilber said “the feeling of the [transportation] committee was that most people do not pass school buses intentionally, but they do it forgetfully, and if a warning is issued, they probably will not do it again, or not so likely to do it again.”

Representative Frankel opposed the bill, saying its “fatal flaw” was that it was directed at vehicle owners, rather than the person driving the vehicle when the violation occurred. But Representative Ward, arguing for the bill, said school bus drivers “faced…a dilemma. They see a vehicle pass them illegally…They do not know who the operator is, but they clearly can get a marker number.”

“Nothing in this bill prevents a ticket if you know who was the driver,” Ward said. “It takes the extra step, however, of allowing a warning to the owner of a vehicle when you cannot identify the operator.”

The House passed the amended bill by a 117 to 32 vote.

The Senate debate occurred on April 17, 1985. Senator Giulietti opposed the measure, saying it did not “really have any teeth” because it allowed, rather than required, police to issue a warning. He also objected to “making school bus drivers or any other person over 18…policemen.” Senator Consoli also objected to giving “non-police personnel” the authority to make a complaint in these cases.

Senator Morano, speaking on behalf of the bill, argued that “any tool…to teach people not to go racing by stopped school buses would be good legislation.” Senator DiBella, also speaking on behalf of the bill, said it would allow a policeman “to issue a warning without being on the scene.”

The Senate passed the bill, as amended by the House, by a vote of 30 to 3.

SUBSEQUENT CHANGES TO THE LAW

PA 85-71 was codified in CGS § 14-279. The statute has since been amended several times, as follows (excluding technical changes):

PA 86-155 changed the law by (1) explicitly requiring vehicles to stop for stopped school buses displaying flashing red signal lights on any highway, private road, parking area, or school property; (2) eliminating the ability of “other persons 18 years of age or over” to submit written reports of vehicles failing to stop; and (3) requiring, rather than allowing, a police officer to issue either a written warning or summons on receiving a school bus driver’s written report.

PA 01-192 expressly required emergency vehicles, such as fire department and police vehicles, to stop at least 10 feet from a school bus displaying flashing red signal lights.

PA 11-255 replaced the fine for the first offense of between $100 and $500 with a $450 fine and allowed video evidence of failing to stop for a school bus.

Asst Chief’s Announcement: The Big News On Eclipse Day Had Nothing To Do With The Moon And The Sun

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Aug 222017
 

After months of hype about the total solar eclipse, many Connecticut residents felt a little let down with only a bit of grayness and a 2/3 coverage.

The gig was over at around 2:50 p.m. – completely sunny, hot and humid by 4:30 p.m.

But the real show began shortly after 6 p.m. on Facebook, of all places, when Orange Asst. Police Chief Anthony Cuozzo balanced his cell phone on his kitchen table and with his wife nearby made a big announcement.

Cuozzo said he submitted his retirement papers to the department on Monday and would be leaving on Sept. 8.

Always full of surprises, Tony is not moving on to another police department or taking a job as the head of the FBI, rather, he is becoming a big part of his home away from home, Chip’s Family Restaurant.

Yes, you read that right. Asst. Police Chief Anthony Cuozzo is retiring from the Orange PD after 27.5 years to become the COO of Chip’s six current locations and its new franchise “The Simple Greek.”

The Cuozzos’ just became empty nesters with their youngest arriving at college this week another daughter moving to California with her fiance, and their son finishing up his college career this year.

Cuozzo is the 3rd most senior member of the department behind Chief Robert Gagne and Lieutenant Andrew Steinbrick.

He was sworn in as Asst. Chief on Sept. 12, 2012.

 

Orange Police: Man Causes Disturbance, Flees From Officers

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Aug 202017
 

Orange Police responded to Gabriele’s Restaurant, 326 Boston Post Road on a disturbance complaint on August 4 at 10:01 p.m.

Upon arrival, officers saw John M. Miner, 40, of 125 Clark Street, Milford, outside the restaurant and asked him to “stop.”

Miner proceeded to accelerate his pace across the parking lot and ran behind another commercial building.

Officers caught up with John Miner, took him into custody and charged him with second-degree breach of peace and interfering with an officer.

He was released on a $10,000 non-surety bond for court Aug. 18.

Orange Police Blotter: Man Accused of Causing Disturbance At Local Gym

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Aug 162017
 

Orange Police responded to the Edge Fitness Center, 50 Boston Post Road, on a report of a physical altercation on July 27 at 2:59 p.m.

During the investigation, officers learned that Bilal Kadi, 30, of West Haven had allegedly kicked and struck another person at the gym and taken that person’s wallet.

Kadi was charged with second-degree breach of peace and sixth-degree larceny.

He was released on a promise to appear in court July 28.

Do You Recognize These Young Men?

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Aug 132017
 

A resident posted a few surveillance video shots of two young men who recently caused some damage to his property in Orange.

If you recognize them, call the Orange Police at 203-891-2130 to give a tip.