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UPDATE: Man Killed In Accident on Route 34.

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Mar 252019
 

On Monday, March 25, 2019, at 3:14 pm, the Orange Police Department responded to the westbound side of Derby Avenue just prior to Sodom Lane for a motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian.

The investigation is still on-going but it appears that a vehicle being driven by a 79-year-old female was traveling westbound on Derby Avenue when it drifted off the right side of the roadway for unknown reasons and struck a 45-year-old male who was standing to the rear of his flatbed tractor-trailer truck.

The vehicle also struck the rear of the trailer and then careened into another vehicle traveling on Derby Avenue.

The tractor-trailer had been parked off the right shoulder of the roadway after delivering a large piece of construction equipment to the area. The male pedestrian was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. His identity is being withheld at this time pending notification of his family.

The female vehicle operator also was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital with unspecified injuries. The operator of the third vehicle was not injured.

The westbound side of Derby Avenue was closed to traffic for several hours. The Orange Fire Department was called to provide additional lighting to the scene.

If anyone witnessed the collision or has any information, they may contact Lt. Raymond LaPlante of the Orange Accident Reconstruction Unit at 203-891-2130. RF Case #19-8906.

BREAKING NEWS: RT 34 W Shut Down

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Mar 252019
 

Route 34 Westbound is shut down near Hine’s Farm between Baldwin Road and Grassy Hill Road/Sodom Lane for a serious accident.

According to the OPD Facebook Page the road is closed due to a serious motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian, the westbound lanes of Derby Avenue (RT34) are closed at the intersection of Sodom Lane.

Traffic is being rerouted down Baldwin Road for the time being. The investigation has just begun and the westbound lanes of Derby Avenue will be closed for several hours.

One passerby who took a photo said a small car ran into the rear of a tractor-trailer truck. There is no information on injuries, but police are diverting traffic away from the area.

Orange Live will have more information as it becomes available.

(We chose not to use a submitted photo of the vehicle for several reasons)

Orange Police: Man Charged With Computer Crimes

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Mar 242019
 

On March 17, at 5:53 p.m., Richard A. Gaskins, 22, of Milford turned himself in at the Orange Police Department on an active arrest warrant. 

He was taken into custody and charged with second-degree breach of peace, fifth-degree computer crimes, possession of voyeuristic material, and unauthorized procurement of telephone records.

The warrant stemmed from an incident that occurred at an Orange business at 481 Boston Post Road

Gaskins received a promise to appear in court on April 1.

Orange Lions Award 13 Community Grants

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Mar 242019
 

Earlier this month, the Lions Club of Orange hosted its annual Community Grants evening and awarded grant money to 13 worthy community services organizations.

The following local organizations received grants.

• Orange Fire Marshal’s Office

• Orange Police Department

• Orange Historical Society

• Orange Community Services

• Orange Elementary Olympic Festival

• Orange Youth Services

• Orange Conservation Commission

• Orange Volunteer Fire Association

• Case Memorial Library

• Community Soup Kitchen

• Racebrook School

• CT regional Group Blinded Vets

• Rape Crisis Center of Milford

The Orange Lions is an active, involved, serving and caring group of your neighbors and they welcome everyone to become a member.

A favorite Lions tag line is: “Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion.”

Police Blotter: Woman Charged With Passing Bad Checks, Larceny

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Mar 212019
 

On Monday, March 18, at 11:40 a.m., Lakeysha Bowens, 43, of New Haven, surrendered herself at the Orange Police Department on an arrest warrant.

Bowens was taken into custody and charged with two counts of issuing a bad check and two counts of sixth-degree larceny for an incident that took place at Ocean State Job Lot, 401 Boston Post Road.

Bowens was released on a promise to appear in court on April 2.

 

OVFD Celebrates Members’ Service At Annual Event

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Mar 172019
 

Peter Daniel, 40 years; David Gagel, 40 years; Ken Mitchell Jr., 45 years; George Geane, 25 years; Fred Palmer, 55 years; and Deputy Chief Charles Sherwood, 50 years.

Six members of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department with a combined 250 years of service were recognized by the department and the Connecticut General Assembly at the department’s annual dinner on March 12.

Joining Orange firefighters at the dinner were fire and EMS officers from surrounding towns, Orange Police Chief Robert Gagne, Orange Selectwoman Judy W. Williams, State Rep. Charles Ferraro (R-117) and State Sen. James Maroney (D-14). Ferraro and Maroney brought special resolutions from the legislature celebrating years of service for six members. They were:

  • George Geane, 25 years of service;
  • Secretary Peter Daniel and David Gagel, 40 years
  • Ken Mitchell Jr., 45 years
  • Deputy Chief Charles Sherwood, 50 years
  • Fred Palmer, 55 years

Other firefighters receiving recognition included:

  • 5 years of service: Lt. Daniel Abrams, Lt. Eric Auscavitch, Executive Board member Steven Bernadini, and Klevis Kimca
  • 10 years: Capt. Daniel Cole, Capt. Joe Duplinsky, Corresponding Secretary Lisa Kaplan
  • 15 years: Chief Vaughan Dumas, Assistant Chief Dan Johnson, Drew Panapada, and Lt. David Tufano
  • 25 years: Stephen Douglas
  • 30 years: John Grasso Sr, Joseph Oleschuk, Roman Oleschuk
  • Firefighter of the Year: Engineer Robert Panapada
  • Most Responses: Tom Astram
  • Special Award: Lt. Eric Auscavitch

The Fire Chief, who acted as master of ceremonies, also awarded honorary membership in the association to Joe Davis, Harold Manley, and George Rogers. Honorary membership is conferred on people who have supported the fire department in a variety of ways. Rogers operates Rogers Towing.

A donation from the Fire Department Auxiliary also was acknowledged. The money, raised through a variety of fund-raisers, including bake sales, breakfasts, and Santa’s Helper, will be used to purchase rescue equipment for a new fire truck that will be delivered later this year.

Volunteer firefighters in Orange responded to 579 incidents during 2018. That is among the highest in the fire company’s history during a year without a major event such as a hurricane. False alarms were down 13 percent.

“The calls we’re getting are more and more challenging,” according to the chief, using automobile accidents as an example. “You can’t just throw down some absorbent material anymore. These jobs often include hazardous materials and other challenges.”

In addition to responding to alarms, many members had completed lengthy classes for certifications as firefighters, fire officers, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics. The chief acknowledged and thanked all the town’s active firefighters for their time and hard work.

About Orange Volunteer Fire Association

The Orange Volunteer Fire Association provides fire protection residents and businesses in Orange and, through mutual aid, surrounding towns. Members receive training in fire suppression, rescue, hazardous materials response, homeland security issues, and other emergency services.

Operating strictly with revenues from fund-raisers and donations, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department is one of the remaining few all-volunteer incorporated fire departments in Connecticut. Active members are on-call to serve the community on a 24-hour/seven-day basis, responding from stations on Orange Center Road and Boston Post Road.

In addition, the fire company offers public education services including lectures, demonstrations, and training. For information about membership, donations or public education, call (203) 891-1052, click on https://www.orangevfd.com/index.htm or find us on Facebook.

— Contributed by Douglas Fenichel

OVFD Auxiliary Introduces New Fundraiser — Register Today!

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Mar 172019
 

Egg My Yard is a NEW fundraiser hosted by the Orange Volunteer Fire Department which will take place on Saturday, April 13. You have the choice between candy and toys inside prefilled eggs. 

The first 2 dozen eggs are $18, and every additional dozen after is $7.  Register By March 30. 

The Easter bunny will hide eggs in your front yard for your kids to find the next morning.  The form is available on the auxiliary Facebook page- link below.

You can email OVFDAuxiliary@hotmail.com or call or text Jillian  203-907-9054

For more information about this fundraiser, and other upcoming events please visit https://www.facebook.com/OVFDAuxiliary/

Proceeds of fundraisers directly benefit the Orange Volunteer Fire Department

Mark Your Calendars For The Annual OVFD Auxiliary Pancake Supper

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Mar 122019
 

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will host its 10th annual Pancake Supper on Wednesday, March 13 at Chip’s Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Rd., Orange.

The menu includes Pancakes, Eggs, choice of Bacon or Sausage and beverage.

There will be an early seating at 5:30 p.m. and late seating at 6:30 p.m.

Prices are: $12.00 for Adults, $6.00 Children 10 and under, gratuity included.

Tickets must be purchased in advance as a limited number of seats available.

Tickets may be purchased from any Auxiliary member or at Knight’s Inc., 286 Boston Post Rd. Orange. All proceeds benefit the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

For further information, e-mail Lynn at LMK415@yahoo.com or visit our website at www.orangevfd.com

Who Wants To Win A Pig Roast? Meat-O OVFD Fundraiser Tonight!

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Mar 092019
 

Meat-O is a NEW fundraiser hosted by the Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxilary and will be held on Saturday, March 9 at the Orange Center Road firehouse at 6 p.m.  It is similar to bingo, but played with a hand of 3 playing cards, for prizes of gift certificates, baskets, meats and more! 

The big prize is a PIG ROAST! Pig and cooker are included in this great prize!

Hands are bought before each round for a price range of $1-10 depending on the value of the prize; multiple hands may be bought by each person. 

Advance seating price is $5 per person, $8 at the door.  Coffee and dessert will be provided, you can bring snacks. (No alcohol please)

You can email OVFDAuxilary@hotmail.com or call or text Vickie 203-915-4822

For more information about this fundraiser, and other upcoming events please visit https://www.facebook.com/OVFDAuxiliary/

Proceeds of fundraisers directly benefit the Orange Volunteer Fire Department

Orange Police Officer Asks For Your Support

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Mar 092019
 

The Super Plunge is a Penguin Plunge event to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut on March 30 and 31 in Westbrook. A select group of individuals will plunge every hour for 24 consecutive hours to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Connecticut athletes.

Penguin Plunges give participants an opportunity to come together with friends and other warm-hearted individuals in their community to have fun and do good. Participants jump into the chilly waters of a lake or ocean in an exciting, festive atmosphere and earn great incentive prizes by raising money online to support Special Olympics’ year-round sports, health and fitness programs for people of all abilities.

So, who’s dedicated (and brave) enough to repeatedly run into the frigid ocean water 24 times over the course of 24-hours?

Well, for one, Orange Police Officer Denny Peterson, who is a town captain for the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

“I’m taking part in a Super Plunge at the end of March. I have to raise $2,400 by March 30th,” Peterson said. So far, he’s raised $2,205. Click HERE for his page to donate and help him reach his goal before the deadline in a couple of weeks.

The community is invited to join our brave Super Plungers for the Final Plunge at 12 p.m. on Sunday, March 31.

For more information contact Jackie at jackiet@soct.org