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A Message From Synagogue President Marc Franzman to the Congregation

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Nov 082018

Dear Fellow Congregants
Sadly, in light of the events in Pittsburgh almost two weeks ago, I am sending out this email to provide everyone with an update on our security measures at our synagogue.
Over the past ten days, the Synagogue leadership team has participated in daily discussions and meetings to determine how to best handle the safety of the synagogue and our members. We have met with and had numerous conversations with the Orange Police Department and we have participated in various programs sponsored by the JCC / Federation and USCJ. We are reviewing all of our protocols and have already made certain security measure changes. We will continue with this process over the near term and make additional changes as deemed necessary.
On a positive note, the efforts that the synagogue has undertaken over the past five years have enabled us to focus on improving the existing security protocols rather than starting at the beginning.
Regarding our upcoming annual Kristallnacht program which is taking place on Sunday, November 18 at 9:00 a.m., you will likely notice some additional security measures. We are asking all members and guests not to bring any large bags into to building; preferably, we are requesting that you leave all bags and purses at home or in your vehicle (but don’t forget your money for the book purchase and signing).
Also, we are asking that those planning to attend the event to arrive early to ensure that everyone can be seated timely and prior to the beginning of the program. Please note that the additional security measures being put in place for next Sunday are out of an abundance of caution as this program, the related topic and the attendees heighten the level of security.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding our overall security strategy, please do not hesitate to contact me at marc.franzman@gmail.com or 203-583–2265.
Finally, I would like to thank everyone who participated in our Friday night Shabbat Solidarity service. With more than 200 people in attendance, we continue to demonstrate our own community unity to remember the eleven individuals who lost their lives and to honor those who bravely risked their own lives to protect the congregants of the Tree of Life synagogue.
Marc Franzman
President Congregation Or Shalom

Mark Your Calendars, Santa’s Helper Is Set For Saturday, Dec. 15

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Nov 082018

Longtime Orange residents, can you believe it? Santa’s Helper is celebrating its 24th year of delivering gifts, smiles, and fun to hundreds of families in town.

Elf Mama was a young lass when she began organizing the popular fundraiser for the Orange Volunteer Fire Department back in 1994. Now, she’s a bit older (1,027 in Elf Years) and wiser (she’s seen it all, and dealt with it) and she’s still just as spry and enthusiastic about getting the elves and firefighter helpers together for the big day.

Santa is practicing his “Ho, Ho, Ho” and the elves and helpers are getting the fire trucks ready to go! Don’t make alternate plans for that day because Santa gets very sad when families aren’t home when he and the firefighters arrive. The start time for Santa’s Helper delivery day is 3 p.m.


A file photo from a previous Santa’s Helper visit. Little Cindy Lou Who is probably 13 years old now.

Elf Mama tells it like this — as many know, Santa’s Helper is a wonderful, exciting, fun and memorable fund-raising event with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting your Orange Volunteer Fire Department for the purchase of firefighting and rescue equipment.

“Each year, every one of our 6 Santa’s Helper Teams of Santa, Elves and firefighter helpers are excited to visit and deliver gifts, share in some fun, take photos and help make lasting memories and traditions for every family. Children and adults alike look forward with excited anticipation to seeing the fire trucks with lights and sirens coming down their street to their front door, with Santa leading the way!  His truck full of gifts, his helpers and Elves coming in to visit with each family,” said Elf Mama.


Drop off the gifts on the designated drop-off day that you would like Santa and his team to deliver back to your loved ones, sign-up and we will take care of the rest.


Here’s a file photo from the 2012 drop off.

GIFT DROP-OFF DAY IS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2018, 12:00 – 4:00 P.M. at Fire Station #2, 355 Boston Post Road (Across from TGI Fridays).  We ask that the general public arrive no earlier than 30 minutes prior to start time.  You will have a much shorter wait in line by following these guidelines.

GIFT RULES AND INFORMATION:  There is a small fee of $19.00 per gift/per household.  Each gift must be INDIVIDUALLY wrapped in your favorite holiday paper with an overwrap of plain brown paper.  The name and delivery address of the recipient must be clearly printed on the outside of each gift.  PLEASE try not to make the gift too large or too heavy, Santa appreciates that.  We do have a limit of 170 delivery spots/visits available.  We encourage you to try to have all the gifts for your visit with you on Gift Drop-Off day. (For families with a large party and many gifts, please e-mail Anne at ofdsantashelper@aol.com for special instructions. If there will be multiple families having their visit at one specific address, please let the Elf helpers know that upon sign-up on drop-off day.

Parking for Drop-Off day is in the rear of the Fire Station.  Firefighters will be there to assist you.  The Drop-Off Line is located INSIDE the Fire Station. Use the rear door marked ENTER.

Delivery Day

ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2018, SANTA on his firetruck with his Elf and Firefighter helpers will arrive at your home to deliver the gifts to your loved ones and spend a few moments with your family and friends for photos and fun!

If you have any questions, e-mail Anne at ofdsantashelper@aol.com she will be happy to help you via e-mail.  Please do not call the Fire Stations as it’s a Volunteer Fire Department and there will not be anyone there to assist you with Santa’s Helper information.

NOTE: *E-mailing Santa’s Helper does not guarantee you a spot on the delivery route.  Sign-up is on Gift Drop-Off day and it is on a first come-first serve basis.


If you’ve never participated in Santa’s Helper, this is a great time to start a new tradition in your family, and you will be helping the all-volunteer fire department at the same time. Don’t miss out!

Below, a collage of one of the Santa’s Helper families in Orange that grew up with the program. The adults were children two decades ago, and the children are theirs. 

Police Blotter: Man Charged With Possession With Intent To Sell

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Nov 042018

Orange police observed a vehicle driving erratically on the Boston Post Road on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 10:38 p.m.  

When officers stopped the car, they reportedly detected a strong smell of marijuana emanating from the vehicle and saw a leafy substance in the vehicle. 

As a result, police searched the driver and car, which yielded multiple narcotics and controlled substances.  Subsequently, Erick A. Mead, 23, of West Haven was taken into custody and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, possession of a narcotic with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Mead was held on a $20,000 surety bond which he posted on Oct. 29. He was given a court date of Nov. 13.

Klarides Slams Democrats Over Late Support for Fire School

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Nov 022018

File Photo: James Vincent, director of training at the Valley Fire Chiefs Regional Training School addresses the students.

House Republican Leader Themis Klarides today chided Democrats for voicing last-minute support for a Naugatuck Valley fire school, calling the staged press event at the Derby train station a desperate ploy to sway voters four days before the election.

The Democrats, Klarides said, had eight years to convince Gov. Malloy to fund the project but it was never a priority. “All we heard today from the Democrats was empty rhetoric.’’

She added, “This effort by Democrats running for office four days before the election is a pathetic attempt to blur the reality that this Democratic administration never supported the Naugatuck Valley fire school.’’

Klarides and the other lawmakers representing the Naugatuck Valley have been at the forefront of the effort to get the fire school built in Beacon Falls. The Malloy administration last month said the project had been mothballed despite wide support among emergency services personnel who say the school is critical to enhancing public safety. The land in Beacon Falls has been purchased by the state and proposals solicited.

Malloy administration officials told Klarides and others that they have no plans to go ahead with the construction.

Klarides said, “We will continue to work hard to get this project completed. The Democrats were in a position to deliver for the thousands of people in the 22 towns that would directly benefit from this fire school and they did not come through.”



Orange Highway Department Snow Plowing Policy

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Oct 312018

This shield goes up on Meetinghouse Lane every year, and when the snow is gone, the mailbox is still there.

There are more than 110 miles of streets in the Town of Orange. Snow removal can cost up to $2,500.00 per hour. Therefore, it is important for the Department of Public Works to use its resources wisely with cooperation from the residents to minimize the cost.

Plow Routes: The streets are plowed and sanded in order of priority. Main (collector) roads are addressed first with
special attention to steep hills and difficult intersections. Side streets are done next, then dead-end streets. Side streets will remain unplowed if the main roads require repeat plowing due to the heavy volume of snowfall. This may not seem fair to the residents of side streets or dead-ends. However, the main roads must remain open.

Blocked Driveways: All snow plows angle the same way; to the driver’s right. While plowing, the plow will push the snow in front of a residential driveway. The homeowner is responsible for access to his/her driveway. The only way to
avoid additional snow removal is to wait until DPW work crews have completed their final clean up of your road.

Mailbox Damage: The town repairs or replaces only those mailboxes and/or posts that are actually struck by the plow blade. Usually, a paint mark or tire tracks provide evidence of a mailbox strike. The Town does not repair or replace mailboxes and/or posts that fall from the force of plowed snow. Mailboxes and supporting posts must be installed to withstand the rigors of snow removal; including the force of snow pushed from the street onto the roadside. It is recommended that homeowners do not purchase and utilize plastic mailboxes and/or posts as they are subject to damage. DPW recommends the use of a 4 x 4 wooden post or 2′ metal pipe with a metal mailbox.

Private Plowing: The Town of Orange prohibits private plow contractors from pushing snow from private driveways
or parking lots onto Town streets. This practice is dangerous and impedes the Town’s snow removal efforts. If there is no other alternative to pushing the snow into the street, the plow driver must plow off the windrow left across the street by re-plowing until the road is safe. This may not necessarily mean bare pavement, but certainly, it should be no worse than when the driver began work.

No Parking: The Town of Orange Snow Removal Ordinance takes effect on November 1 of each year, and continues
to April 1 of the following year. During this time, there shall be no parking on public roads during snowstorms. Should
your vehicle be parked on the street causing an obstruction to snow removal vehicles, your vehicle may be ticketed or removed by the Town of Orange Police Department. The cost of removal and any other subsequent fees shall be borne upon the owner of the vehicle.

Snow Stakes: The Town of Orange Highway Department reminds Orange residents to install “snow stakes” now
before the ground freezes. It is difficult to distinguish between the pavement edge and the edge of a lawn in heavy
snowfall. Installing stakes along property edges as close to the pavement as possible without interfering with traffic will help homeowners avoid unsightly lawn damage this winter, especially for properties with underground sprinklers or invisible fencing. Snow stakes should be 30-36″ high and can be purchased at a local hardware store. If using wooden stakes, paint the top 3″ of the stakes red to increase visibility against the snow.

Residents who feel they have a legitimate complaint should call the Town of Orange Department of Public Works at 203-891-4775.

Orange Police Stop Suspects Following Car Theft

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Oct 302018

An Orange resident on Ferry Road sent us this timely message today.
Hi all friends, family, and neighbors in Orange. Early this morning between 12:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. my car was broken into and rummaged through, and a car was taken from our driveway on Ferry Road.
Luckily, due to ‘suspicious activity police’ located the car a street over on Crofut road. Police apprehended a couple of suspects and a couple got away, but they did not have enough evidence to arrest.
Police mentioned if anyone has cameras that it could be of help because they likely were checking other cars in the area.
We were lucky enough to get most of our things back but would like to find who did this and prevent it from happening to anyone else in our community.
Please let the Orange PD know if you have any information, please share and STAY SAFE!

Do You Know This Man? Person Of Interest In Residential Burglary

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Oct 292018

The Woodbridge Police Department requested that we share this information with our readers.

Woodbridge Police are seeking assistance in identifying the male in the attached photograph.

The unknown man is the suspect in an interrupted residential burglary in Woodbridge.

Police said the man is known to operate a 1999-2004 grey Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Anyone who can identify the male is asked to contact the Woodbridge Police Department’s Investigative Services Unit at 203-387-2511 Ext. 118.

Unique Opportunity, Wine and “Say Cheese”

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Oct 242018

Rubino Family Chiropractic, 326 Boston Post Road, welcomes everyone to a FREE evening of wine, cheese and professional headshots on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Liz Lyon Photography is volunteering its time and services, offering free professional headshots to the community.

Rubino Family Chiropractic will host the event in their office in Orange and will provide wine and appetizers for all.

This event is open to the public.

RSVP today to 203-553-9898 or e-mail RubinoFamilyChiropractic@gmail.com.

Funtober at the Fairgrounds Postponed until Sunday, Oct 28

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Oct 242018

Due to expected rain, the Funtober at the Fairgrounds will be postponed until the rain date, Sunday, October 28 from 1-4.

Cars can start parking for the Trunk or Treat at 12 noon.

If the fairgrounds is too wet from Saturday’s rain then the Trunk or Treat portion will take place in the parking lot by the High Plains Swimming Pool.

We hope to see you Sunday!

Happy Halloween

Funtober at the Fairgrounds Planning Committee

Police Blotter: Man Charged With Threatening and Breach of Peace

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Oct 172018

On Thursday, Oct. 11, Orange police responded to 526 Boston Post Road regarding an arrest warrant service on John Coscia, 53, of Ansonia, for threatening and a breach of peace, which occurred on Sept. 15, 2018.  Coscia was located on premises. 

Coscia was taken into custody and charged with second-degree threatening and second-degree breach of peace.

He posted a $1,000 surety bond and received a court date of Oct. 25.