Introducing “Quint-32” The Newest Member Of The OVFD

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Aug 142019

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department will unveil its newest apparatus, Quint-32, at a “wetdown” and cornhole tournament at noon this Saturday.
The new truck replaces an older vehicle that has since been sold. It is called a Quint because it performs a variety of functions. Like most fire engines, it is a powerful pumper and brings 500 gallons of water with it. In addition, it has a 75-foot aerial ladder and several ground ladders. It also has equipment on board that allows firefighters staffing the truck to perform a variety of tasks.
The OVFD received the truck earlier this month and firefighters are now being trained to use it.
The firefighters will officially unveil this fire truck at a wetdown and cornhole tournament this Saturday,  Aug. 17, at the Orange Volunteer Fire Dept. Station 2, 355 Boston Post Road kicking off at noon.

The cornhole tournament is open to residents of Orange, West Haven, and Milford as well
as teams of firefighters. The cost to enter is $10 and prizes will be awarded to the winners. For
more information about the cornhole tournament or to register, send an e-mail to ovfdq32@gmail.com.

Orange Police: Woman Charged With DUI

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Aug 132019

On Friday, Aug. 9 at 12:30 a.m. Orange Police Officers were completing a routine traffic detail on the Boston Post Road when they reportedly observed a motor vehicle proceeding erratically.

Police stopped the car, driven by Lashawna C. Cardoza, 31, of West Haven, and administered standardized field sobriety tests.

Cardoza was taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and driving an unregistered motor vehicle.

She was released on $50 bond for court on Aug. 23.

Don’t Forget To Buy Your OVFD Raffle Tickets, Top Prize is $10,000

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Aug 032019

Raffle tickets for the Orange Volunteer Fire Department’s carnival are still a bargain at only $5 each

As most of you know, the dedicated men and women of the OVFD volunteer their time to serve the community. Day or night, freezing cold or brutal heat, they are there, just as they were last Sunday morning at 6 a.m. when an alarm went off at Applebee’s Restaurant (everything’s okay). When they get the call, they leave their homes and respond wherever they’re needed.

In return, you can help support them and their operations by attending the carnival and reaching into your wallets to buy a raffle ticket or two or three, or more. And don’t forget the 50/50 raffle where you could win 1/2 the pot and the OVFD gets the other 1/2.

The Firemen’s Carnival is the department’s major fundraiser of the year and the majority of the money comes from the raffle ticket sales. The OVFD depends upon these funds to pay for equipment and training so it can offer the town of Orange the very best service possible.

For decades, raffle prizes were things you could see right there under the raffle tent. Riding mowers, leaf blowers, etc, but as the times changed, so did the type of prizes that are donated for the cause.

And who wouldn’t want to win just about any one of these eleven prizes?

Here’s this year’s list:

1st- $10,000 Visa gift card

2nd- $5,000 Visa gift card

3rd- $3,000 Visa gift card

4th- $2,500 Anytime Fitness gift card

5th- $1,200 Diamond Designs gift card

6th- iPad wifi 128GB from Best Buy

7th- $400 ShopRite gift card

8th- $300 Trader Joe’s gift card

9th- $250 Knights Power gift card

10th- $200 Kohl’s gift card

11th- $200 Outback gift card

*** How To Purchase Tickets***


Orange Firemen’s Carnival
Orange Fairgrounds
During Carnival Hours

* Contact your local firefighter

Drawing to be held on Sunday, August 4th, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT

Alcoholic beverages not included

Tickets $5.00/Each Suggested Donation

Special BOS Meeting on Tuesday

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Aug 022019

File photo of First Selectman Jim Zeoli during a selectmen’s meeting.

There will be a Special Meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 4:30 p.m.

Following is the agenda:

Call to order

Motion to call the Board into Executive Session

Discussion Regarding Confidential Attorney Client Privileged Communications (Iegal Opinion) Concerning Police Department Retiree Benefits


Motion to close the Executive Session and convene to the Lower Level Meeting Room 5:00 P.M.

Lower Level Meeting Room piscussion with the Police Department Retirees Regarding Retiree Benefits


No, Discount Ride Tickets Are Not Available Online Anymore

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Aug 022019

Each year, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department offers discounted ride wrist bands for sale on its website through noon the day prior to opening day.

The cut-off time is usually posted, but I don’t recall seeing it this year, but for many, it is common knowledge.

The carnival began on Thursday and anyone who purchased the wrist bands by the deadline may pick them up in the rear of the main raffle tent across from the pavilion (main food tent) when they arrive.

Each wrist band can be used for one of the following time periods; Thursday, Friday, Saturday afternoon matinee, Saturday night, or Sunday.

All sales are final; there are no exchanges or refunds. There is a minimum height requirement of 36 inches.

Carnival Hours Are:

Friday:  5 p.m. to 12 a.m.  Fireworks at night!

Saturday:  12 p.m. to 12 a.m.  Fireworks at night!

Sunday:  12 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Raffle Drawing at 4 p.m.


Remember: There Is NO Farmers’ Market This Thursday, Aug. 1

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Jul 312019

The Farmers’ Market will NOT take place at the Orange Fairgrounds this Thursday, Aug. 1, to make way for the annual Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival.

The carnival is important to the town because it provides funding to the volunteer organization with which the department can pay for training for the selfless men and women who VOLUNTEER to answer the call whenever they are needed to help a stranger or neighbor in an emergency.

The pavilion, where the Farmers’ Market always sets up, is home base for the main food pavilion, run by the firefighters and other volunteers. Proceeds from this location go to support the OVFD.

The Satellite Food Tent also is run by the volunteer firefighters and their family members working side by side with community volunteers. It is located by the fence on Orange Center Road.

Admission is free! So even if you’re not in the carnival mood, or if the weather seems a little dicey, you can help support the OVFD by picking up dinner to go! While you’re there walk another 50-feet and buy a raffle ticket or two.

Top Prize this year is a $10,000 Visa Gift Card. Can’t hurt to try!

Pay Your Bill, But Don’t Be Scammed

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Jul 312019

Unscrupulous individuals will do anything to steal your hard-earned money without any regard for their victim’s health, age, or financial security or lack thereof.

Every year we hear about several new scams sweeping the nation. Sometimes the thieves’ stories are so convincing that they get away with thousands of dollars before anyone knows what’s happening.

On Monday the UI notified a Realtor that the home she was selling had several months worth of unpaid electric bills and if it wasn’t paid immediately, they would remove the meter from the house.

The woman notified the out-of-state homeowner and he contacted the UI employee directly and explained that the bills are paid automatically every month.

The “UI” said the payment had not been received and the customer had to pay in excess of $900 in cash NOW. The owner said he would pay by credit card and was ready with the information, but the employee demanded cash only and directed him to use a bitcoin machine in a specific location.

This was even more of a hassle for the homeowner since he’s out-of-state. He asked the realtor to get the money from his elderly mother who’s in a nursing home and to please make the deposit for him.

The realtor didn’t like what was happening to her client and decided to help. As she was using the machine, a store clerk stopped her, asking, “What are you doing?”

As she explained, he quickly told her it was a scam.

She called the REAL UI which verified that this is true.

The UI shared this information on its website:

Lights out!

Someone calls you up and tells you that you’re behind on your bills. If you don’t pay up now, they’re going to shut off your electricity. They ask you to give them a credit card number, or preferably, the account and routing number for your bank account.

This scam has been around for years, but it works because it scares people into action before they can think twice.

Most utility companies will never call you on the phone in order to inform you that your power is being shut off. They prefer to communicate by mail. And don’t be fooled by the caller ID: scammers can spoof their phone number into looking like it’s from your state, even if they’re in another part of the country or abroad.

Avoid the scam: If someone calls you on the phone and says your electricity or gas is being turned off, hang up the phone immediately and alert local authorities of criminal activity. Contact your utility company’s billing department to confirm you’re in good standing and to alert them of the scam.

(Here’s how to stop those spam calls for once and for all.)

Utility companies will never ask you for cash, even if a charge is applicable for reconnecting your service. On top of that, utility companies won’t send representatives to your home without confirming with you ahead of time.

Avoid the scam: Don’t give cash to any “representative” who comes to your home, even if they do have a uniform or ID. If someone does come to your home, call your utility company to confirm that they’re a real employee and authorized to be there.

Put this phone number into your cell phone or on your refrigerator door for easy access when needed -UI Customer Service: 800-722-5584.

What Does Mother Nature Have In Store For The Carnival?

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Jul 292019

Every year, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department members have to cross their fingers and hope for the best when it comes to Carnival weather.

Carnival Chairman Don Foyer said, “It looks like we’ll have a good weekend.”

Today, the National Weather Service released this weekend weather forecast.

Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 62.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 64.

Saturday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 84.

Saturday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 65.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.

Orange Volunteer Firefighters, Shelton FD Work Together In Dramatic Rescue

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Jul 282019

Orange and Shelton firefighters today rescued an unconscious man from the Housatonic River, carrying him from a remote area to waiting paramedics.

Orange Fire Chief Vaughan Dumas said the man, who is in his 20s, was using a rope swing in a remote area where youths often have parties. He swung out over the Housatonic but struck some rocks when he landed.

According to Dumas, the man suffered head and leg injuries and was unconscious.

Dumas said civilians on the scene moved the man to shore and alerted authorities. It was determined that the quickest way to evacuate the victim was carrying him in a special stretcher called a Stokes basket.

Orange firefighters walked to the scene on railroad tracks while Shelton firefighters responded by boat. Firefighters from both departments worked together to immobilize the man and place him the basket stretcher.

Orange and Shelton firefighters then carried the man about a quarter-mile to the waiting EMS crews. Derby’s Storm Ambulance and AMR paramedics treated and brought the victim to the hospital.

“This is a great example of how area departments work together to take care of our neighbors,” said Dumas. “It also shows the dedication of local firefighters and EMS personnel.”

Dumas said the area where the man was hurt has presented problems for firefighters in the past and he urged residents to stay away from it.

“Every kid likes to have a place out of the watchful eye of parents to enjoy themselves,” he said. “The people who walk down the railroad tracks to these areas by the river are actually putting themselves in grave danger. We’ve had fires there and others hurt and it’s difficult to get there to help.”

The call for help came in around 2:30 p.m., Dumas said. About 10 firefighters from Orange responded in addition to personnel from Shelton, Derby and Ansonia fire departments, Orange Police and other agencies.

The victim’s identification is not available at this time.

— OVFD Press Release

Editor’s Note:

The OVFD was not boastful in this release, the Chief did a phenomenal job communicating what was needed at the scene between the cemetery on Derby-Milford Road and the river, considering other agencies were giving out directions of their own. 

After a request to stop train traffic on the rails for firefighter safety, as they were going to be carrying the victim to the ambulance along the tracks, the dispatcher said Metro-North knew nothing of the rescue, but they had now been informed. A short time later, the chief screamed into the radio to call Metro back because a train just zipped past them while they were on the tracks — this could have been an epic tragedy. 

Orange Volunteer Firefighters risked their lives to help a stranger today, for this alone, they deserve your thanks and gratitude. You have an opportunity to show them your appreciation this weekend by attending the OVFD Carnival and buying raffle tickets and food from the main food tent (the pavilion) and the remote tent – right near the entrance at Orange Center Road. 

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year — The Orange Firemen’s Carnival!

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Jul 262019

Orange volunteer firefighters will kick off their annual carnival at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1, at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, continuing an area tradition and undertaking their biggest fund-raiser of the year.

The Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival is a tradition that is almost 100 years old, according to carnival chairman Don Foyer.

It runs Thursday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday 5 p.m. to midnight, Saturday noon to midnight and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

Advance sales for ride wristbands, sold at a discount, are available at the Orange Volunteer Fire Department website https://www.orangevfd.org/carnival until Wednesday.

Wristbands will be available at the carnival Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Ride tickets also
will be available at the carnival. Fireworks are planned for Friday and Saturday.

Not only has the carnival grown to be an area favorite for a night out, it’s a major fund-raiser for the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

“It’s a really important event for the fire department,” said Foyer. “We’re self-funded. The town gives us a small contribution, but this event is how we finance the department and its operations for the next year, including the purchase of equipment, supplies, apparatus, and training.”

Firefighters will be showing off their newest fire truck, Quint-32. The $850,000-vehicle is equipped with an aerial ladder, pumps, a water tank and transports equipment and personnel. It arrived in July.

“The town doesn’t buy us equipment like this,” Foyer said. “We buy it with funds raised at the Carnival and other fund-raisers. Just like when a family buys a car, we plan and save for a few years. This year, we added the truck and all of the equipment that goes in it to our fleet.”

There are new things for carnival-goers, too. Eli’s Restaurant will be on-hand selling lobster rolls. In addition to food trucks, Orange firefighters and their friends will be cooking as always, and the food lines have been reorganized to make it easier. Foyer said there always new rides and games to play.

Foyer, a firefighter for 45 years, has chaired the carnival for 10 years. It’s grown larger and has become a regional favorite. Foyer said the carnival was started shortly after the creation of the fire department in 1925. As it has grown, the carnival moved from the town green, to the area behind town hall and then to its current home on the Orange Fairgrounds.

“We’re looking forward to another great year for everyone,” said Foyer. “It never get old or boring. Every year brings new excitement.”

Orange Volunteer Fire Association
625 Orange Center Road • P.O. Box 878
Orange, CT 06477
(203) 891-4703