Aug 292018

MLT Principal Tricia Lasto welcomes a student on the first day of school.

Wednesday, Aug. 29, marked the first day of the 2018-19 school year. Parents lined the sidewalk in front of each school waiting anxiously for the school buses to arrive.

Teachers came out to greet the students and the principals at each school went up and warmly welcomed the kids as they stepped off each bus.

Out of respect for the new safety protocols, you may notice that Orange Live isn’t publishing any photos of recognizable children without permission. Heart-wrenching pictures of nervous children crying are withheld and backpacks with children’s names on them have been cropped out, but tearful parents and grandparents, well, they are a different story.

Peck Place Principal, Eric Carbone greets students as they arrive on Wednesday.

At the Kindergarten, the parent paparazzi gallery is always the main focus — they are so animated and delightful.

Unlike back-to-school photo spreads from 20 years ago, this photo array is a sign of the times when responsible media does what it can to protect our precious children. NOTE: One resident submitted photos of her grandson and gave permission to publish them.

Parents, you will know which photos contain images of your kindergarten and elementary school children, from the socks and shoes he or she wore, backpacks, hair bows, etc. The Middle School and High School photos were published in public forums by those schools.

Students at Amity High School were greeted by well-known alum Connor Deane, of the Broadway Method Academy in Fairfield and Broadway actor Julian Decker “Sunset Boulevard,” who spoke to them about “being the change” which is this year’s theme at Amity. It comes from the quote “Be the Change You Want to See in the World” – Mahatma Gandhi

Welcome back to school. Have a great year everyone.



Aug 272018

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New Drug Drop Box Makes Disposal of Unwanted Prescriptions Easy

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Aug 272018

Do you have old prescriptions taking up space in your house? Perhaps a bottle of blood pressure medication that went unused after your doctor changed the dosage or a half-empty bottle of antibiotic medicine from your child’s last bout with a cold, or maybe that expired tube of cream that the vet prescribed for your pet’s skin infection.

Instead of waiting for the semi-annual drug drop-off events in town, for your convenience, the BOW Drug / Alcohol Action Committee (BOWDAAC) donated a new prescription drug disposal receptacle that now has a permanent home in the Orange Police Department lobby.

The process is simple, just bring your old, unused or unwanted prescription medications to the OPD and drop them into the box. The box is right near the front door, so you don’t have to interact with anyone, you don’t have to empty the containers or remove the labels because once they are inside the box, they go directly into a large bag and no one else touches them or looks at them.

The drugs will be incinerated (disposed of properly) along with collections from other police departments.

Commissioner Christopher Carveth suggested circulating a flyer to the schools about the box since children’s prescriptions expire quickly and shouldn’t be left around the house.

Here’s a list of do’s and don’ts for disposal:

Accepted: Prescriptions, Prescription Patches, Prescription Medications, Prescription Ointments*, Over-the-Counter Medications, Vitamins, Samples and Medications for Pets

Not Accepted: Needles (sharps), Medications from businesses or clinics, Ointments*, lotions or liquids, Thermometers, Inhalers, Hydrogen Peroxide and Aerosol cans.

PCAC Distinguished Chiefs Dinner In Orange Sept. 26

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Aug 222018

The Police Commissioners Association of Connecticut (PCAC) announced its 2018 Distinguished Chiefs Honorees:

Chief Ed Lennon of the East Haven Police Department
Chief Tim Shaw of the Easton Police Department
Chief Jim Viadero of the Newtown Police Department
Each of these police chiefs has demonstrated skills and abilities that make them leaders among their peers, and assets to their individual agencies and communities as a whole.
The PCAC will host a dinner in honor of these award recipients on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at the Grassy Hill Country Club, 441 Clark Lane, Orange from 6-9 p.m.
Frank Cipriano
PCAC President
Chip Rubenstein
Dan O’Connor
The PCAC also will honor the South Central Regional S.W.A.T. Team that evening.

Klarides Calls For Stiffer Drug Offense Penalties Citing Mass Overdoses In New Haven

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Aug 162018

Citing the mass overdoses in downtown New Haven by scores of people who used synthetic marijuana likely laced with an opioid, House Republican Leader Themis Klarides today said the legislature should have strengthened penalties for those who sell opioids such as fentanyl when it had the chance.

Klarides said the House Republican caucus will again propose legislation to double the penalties for the dealing and manufacturing of opioids such as fentanyl as it has in the past few years. Each time it has failed to gain final approval after support gaining support in committee.

“What has happened in New Haven this week should be a lesson for us all. These mass overdoses tell us that the sale and use of opioids and dangerous substances such as fentanyl are out of control. We need tougher penalties on the sale and manufacture of these substances if we are going to get a handle on this epidemic,’’ Klarides said. “It is not the only answer but it needs to be part of the

A Yale-New Haven Hospital physician told media outlets that the Drug Enforcement Administration confirmed that the drugs contained synthetic marijuana mixed with fentanyl, synthetic opioid about 50 times stronger than heroin. More than 70 people overdosed on the
synthetic marijuana known as K2 on Wednesday. Additional overdoses have continued. The incidents have kept law enforcement and emergency responders busy in downtown New Haven.

“Tougher laws on the sale of fentanyl, in particular, will enhance the public’s awareness on just how dangerous and prevalent this substance is,’’ Klarides said.

The most recent legislation introduced HB 5551 AAC Increasing Penalties for Dealing Synthetic Drugs, hiked penalties for dealing and manufacturing fentanyl substances. In 2016 a similar bill passed unanimously in the Judiciary Committee and cleared the House only to die in the Senate.

Last year the bill passed Judiciary but was never called in the House.

The legislation would have reclassified fentanyl as a narcotic from its current status as a controlled substance. The change in classification would double the penalties to up to 15 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

Klarides called the legislation a straightforward approach to a problem that should enjoy broad support.

Orange Police: Woman Conceals Merchandise, Resists Arrest

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Aug 162018

On Saturday, Aug. 11 at 8:27 p.m., police were called to Best Buy at 53 Boston Post Road regarding a reported shoplifting in progress.

During the investigation, officers learned that Wilhelmina Washington, 36, of New Haven had concealed $ 199.95 worth of merchandise in her pocketbook.

According to the report, Washington also resisted arrest.

She was taken into custody and charged with sixth-degree larceny and interfering with a police officer.



Tip-A-Cop at Eli’s On August 16 (Tonight)

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Aug 162018

Orange Police officers will trade in their badges for aprons on Thursday, August 16th when they host a Tip-A-Cop fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut at Eli’s Orange, 285 Boston Post Road, Orange, from 5 to 9 p.m.

During the event, officers will volunteer their time to assist restaurant staff in taking orders and serving customers. All tips the officers receive for their efforts will go to Special Olympics Connecticut to support its year-round sports, health and fitness programs for athletes of all abilities.

Tip-A-Cop is a Law Enforcement Torch Run event to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut.

For more information, visit soct.org, call 203-230-1201 or email specialolympicsct@soct.org.

Orange Police: Man Charged With Assault On An Elderly Person

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Aug 152018

Orange police were dispatched to 348 Boston Post Road for a motor vehicle accident caused by an assault on Aug. 9 at 6:46 p.m.

The investigation revealed that William DeFelice, 32, of Derby, struck another person. He was taken into custody and charged with third-degree assault of an elderly person and second-degree breach of peace.

DeFelice posted a $1,000 surety bond and received a court date of Aug. 23.





Officers Brown and Loki Are Number One

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Aug 152018

Olympic Champions

Orange Police Officer Chris Brown and his K-9 Partner Loki competed in the 27th Connecticut K9 Olympics in Enfield on July 28, in the oppressive heat and humidity, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event consisted of a competition in a “round robin”* setting. Areas of competition were obedience, obstacles, and an apprehension drill, building search with simulated “shots” fired, and a K-9 alert search.

After the “games,” awards were given out to the top teams in each of the following categories:

Criminal Apprehension
Top Overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd
Most Experienced Handler
Most Experienced K-9

Officer Brown and Loki have been partners for 4 years, and as the story goes, Brown knew Loki was a very special dog from the moment he first laid eyes on him.

(photo by Kim Carino Photography)

“His drive was high and he went the extra mile to get (the ball),” Brown said in our first interview after 14-month-old Loki graduated from the Police K9 Academy. “I chose him without hesitation, I know he’ll have the longevity to do the work for 6-7 years.”

This was the Orange team’s third consecutive year of competition. In 2016 the duo brought home the obedience award, last year they came home empty-handed, but they made up for it this year by earning the top prize, a plaque as the first place K9 Olympic Champions. The Department of Corrections came in second.

I spoke to Officer Brown on July 31, just days after their victory. Loki seemed unfazed and was happy as long as he had his ball. But his partner, although modest and humbled, was very proud of his dog’s performance and happy to talk about it. He said they competed against 35 excellent K9 teams from various local police agencies along with Connecticut State Police, State of Connecticut Department of Corrections and even teams from Massachusetts.

He said teams were graded for obedience, obstacles and criminal apprehension. The competition is extensive with three different categories of obedience, about 12 obstacles and then the criminal apprehension drills.

After last year, Officer Brown knew he and Loki had some work to do. on their downtime, the pair practiced their skills on the department’s obstacle course that Police Commissioner Mark Grasso’s nephew built as an Eagle Project back in October 2016.

“You never know what you’re going up against,” he said, We practice every day, the department lets me train in all the aspects that we’re certified in. I know what I have to do up there, so I focus our training on these things. You have to train to stay good.”

“Loki did very well in everything, but his obedience was the best,” Brown said. Still, he said, even though other officers were telling him that they thought he and Loki were on top, he was shocked when his name was called during the awards presentation. “This is great. I’m very proud of him, but there’s always room for improvement and we’ll keep training for next year.”

He added that the Olympics is a great family event and that a lot of the teams are his friends with whom he trains. “K9 Teams stick together, so it’s cool to have that bond.”

He also was surprised at how many Orange and local residents attended the event to support him and his partner.

Money raised through the sales of shirts and food, and from donations, is returned to local charities. This year money raised goes to the Hometown Foundation (SPECIAL OLYMPICS), “CHIPS” Program, Shriners Children’s Burn Centers and other ‘police related’ charities.

On a side note, the Emergency Animal Response Service (EARS) Ambulance crew was on hand providing both Veterinary Medical standby and information about its K9 Critical Care Program for those attending.

You can see Loki and Officer Brown at this weekend’s Milford Oyster Festival K9 demonstration and, of course, at the Orange Country Fair in September.

Competition photos by Kim Carino Photography


Notes In A Nutshell: Orange Police Commission

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Aug 132018

The Orange Police Commission met at the Police Department on Monday, Aug. 13.

Following are notes from that meeting:

Mobile MRI

Jeff Gordon of Codespoti Associates made a presentation regarding a project at 330 Boston Post Road (Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists).

The proposal is to have a Mobile MRI Unit in the parking lot about 3 days per week. The patient would be wheeled out to the parking lot to the trailer and placed on a lift that will get them up to the platform where the entrance door stands.

The MRI machine is inside the trailer and can move to whatever location it is needed.

NOTE: there is a mobile MRI that parks at Mount Desert Island Hospital in Maine a few days a week and it works out well. 

Gordon said the plans include removing a light pole, and an asphalt island from the parking lot. He said there is enough parking under the town regulations — there are 39 spaces when only 35 are required. The trailer would take up the excess parking spaces.

After a short discussion, the Commission unanimously approved the proposal.

Monthly Activity

The monthly activity log for July showed a total of 3,338 incidents, including 42 criminal arrests, 128 motor vehicle citations, 2 residential burglaries (backyard sheds where tools were reported missing), 6 commercial burglaries on the Boston Post Road (among them New England Ballet, Blue Moon Massage and Spa) 5 stolen motor vehicles, 88 motor vehicle accidents.

Records Revenue

Reports $397.18, Records Checks $20,  Fingerprints $5


• As of 9:15 a.m. Monday morning, the department’s Communications Room is completely renovated, the radio system is fully digital now. All radio transmissions are encrypted like may other towns for officer safety. (Scanners will not be able to pick them up anymore)

• When the phones are replaced, the phone contract is partially reimbursable by the town.

• One officer was sent to School Resource Officer training, and another to DARE training.

• The budget is in order and Overtime is in good shape.

• After a problem was discovered with the service pistols, the department ordered new ones. The US Army uses the same weapon, so the order was backlogged. Once they are delivered later this month, each officer will receive a replacement (the same model) and will be required to qualify with the new gun.

• The lobby of the OPD is now home to a new prescription drug disposal box. The BOW Drug / Alcohol Action Committee (BOWDAAC) donated the receptacle.  Bring your old, unused or unwanted prescription medications in and drop them into the box. The drugs will be disposed of properly along with collections from other police departments. Commissioner Christopher Carveth suggested circulating a flyer to the schools about it since children’s prescriptions expire quickly and shouldn’t be left around the house.

• The cell block project requested at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting last week, “forego the usual bid process for cell block improvement project — would improve suicide prevention and officer safety.

Other departments want to do the same thing and the work would be contracted together with them through a company that is an “expert” in police cellblock doors.”

Since the Selectmen approved the request, the work will begin soon.

• This Thursday, August 16, the Orange Police Department will be participating in the annual Tip-A-Cop event to benefit Special Olympics at Eli’s Restaurant, 285 Boston Post Road, from 5-9 p.m.

UPS Battery System

The Orange Police Department uses a UPS battery system to keep continuous power in the Communications Center in the event of a power outage. Since it takes time for the generator to power up, the battery system keeps everything running protecting the expensive equipment from being damaged by, for example, a power surge.

The current UPS is 10 years old and needs replacement and with the department adding more IT equipment the new unit will have to be bigger and have the ability to be expanded on in the future.

The unit may cost up to $30,000, but the exact cost for Orange has not yet been determined.

Annual Report

The town wants all municipal departments to submit their yearly reports by the end of the month.  The Orange Police report includes its yearly statistics, wants and needs. The OPD averages 100 requests for service per day, including 4.7 medical calls.

Letters and Communications

• Lt. Andrew Steinbrick filed papers for retirement, his last day was August 3. In his absence, Sgt. Mike Kosh has been serving as the interim commander of the Investigative Services Unit.

• Sheila Craw from the National Alliance for Law Enforcement Support delivered artwork from children who appreciate law enforcement. The pictures will be hung in the break room so officers can see them.

• Chief Gagne received a note from Deputy Chief Joseph Perno of the West Haven Police Department. Perno thanked the OPD for responding to the West Haven Beach on July 3 (along with several other departments) after a disturbance broke out during the annual fireworks show.

• Children from Camp Courant in Hartford sent a thank you card and drawings to K-9 Loki and Officer Chris Brown after they visited the camp.

• Chief Gagne sent thank you notes to Officer Paul Piscitelli for bringing and ATV to Camp Courant and to Officer Brown and K-9 Loki for their visit as well.

• Chief Gagne also Congratulated Brown and Loki on their first place win at the K-9 Olympics earlier this month.

• Loki and Officer Brown will be part of the K-9 demonstrations at the Milford Oyster Festival this weekend.