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It Could Have Been So Much Worse

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Mar 302017
 

The end result of a car vs 18-wheeler on the Boston Post Road near Cumberland Farms  can be seen in this photo sent in by an Orange Live reader.

According to reports, this car pulled out of Cumberland Farms into the path of a passing tractor trailer truck just after 7:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

The crash sent the car careening into a neighboring parking lot where it landed on its roof.

No extrication was needed, as the driver was able to get out of the wreck on his own. He was transported to a hospital for treatment.

 

 

 

Fundraiser To Help Victim Of Parkway Accident

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Mar 282017
 

On Thursday, March 2, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department responded to an accident on the Wilbur Cross Parkway to extricate two men from a plumbing van crushed by a huge 50,000 pound pine tree that came down during a storm with extremely heavy wind gusts.

The business owner, Chris Scofield and his business partner both were injured.

The pine tree was partially resting on Scofield’s chest.

While his partner is recovering at home, Scofield, the father of two young sons, won’t be home for at least two months. He suffered multiple fractures in his spine and a neck fracture. Scofield’s many injuries will lead to multiple surgeries according to his family. This comes just six months after he beat cancer.

He is currently in Yale New Haven Hospital in the Trauma Unit.  He will be there for at least another 10-14 days, according to his wife, Lisa.  After that, because they live in a third floor apartment, he won’t be able to go home.

He has to go to a rehab facility for another 4-8 weeks, possibly more.

“Our two little boys are confused and scared one minute, then they’re ok the next.  I know as the days go by, it’s going to get harder for them not to see him,” Lisa said. “All this weighs heavily on me, and I do not want Chris to have to worry about anything right now.  He is our sole financial provider.  We agreed even before we got engaged that if we got married, I would stay home and raise our children.”

The accident may result in financial ruin for Chris Scofield’s family and their small plumbing business, A&S Mechanical of Shelton, with hospital stays, surgeries and rehabilitation ahead. This family just can’t seem to catch a break.

Lisa’s car broke down twice while she rushing to Yale-New Haven Hospital.

How You Can Help

If you’d like to assist the family, here are a couple of ways that you can help: A GoFundMe has been set up and tomorrow, Wednesday, March 29, Orange resident Carol Gloria is opening the bar area of her restaurant La Famiglia Vincenzo, 1573 Boston Post Road, Milford for its popular Guest Bartender event from 6-9 p.m.

Lisa Lion and Laura are Guest Bartending and have the opportunity to serve drinks for a great cause — raising money to help the Scofield family during this difficult time.

Laura and Lisa will be donating their tips to this cause. Come down and show your support. You can even order the drink of the night: a “ScofieldStrong.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet The OPD’s Newest Sergeants

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Mar 272017
 

Chief R. Gagne, Sgt. Kosh, Sgt. DeRubeis, Asst. Chief A Cuozzo

As we announced on Saturday, that two wonderful Orange police officers were promoted to the rank of Sergeant in a ceremony at headquarters on March 24.

Sgt. Michael Kosh, 48, is the married father of two.
He has a BS in Business management from Southern CT State University.
Sgt. Kosh was hired in March 2004. He served on the patrol division from 2004-2016 and was in the Investigative Services Unit from 2016 until his

Officer Mike Kosh and his K-9 partner Max

promotion last week.

Many residents and children in town know Sgt. Kosh from the Special Assignments he’s had:
    K-9 Handler – K-9 Max  2006 – 2013
    School Resource Officer – 2013-2016
During his career so far, Sgt Kosh has earned the following Commendations:
    Lifesaving
    Certificate of Commendation (2)
    Letter of Recognition (2)
He will Be assigned to the Patrol Division.

 

Jonathan DeRubeis teaching a firearms chapter at the 2015 Police Citizen’s Academy.

Sgt. Jonathan DeRubeis, 34, is the married father of 2.

He has a BS Sociology/criminology from Southern Ct State University.
Sgt. DeRubeis was hired in July 2007, and has been assigned to patrol from December 2007 to the present.
His Special Assignments include:
    SRT (Strategic Response Team) May 2010 – May 2016
    Firearms instructor, and he assists with Information Technologies.
He earned the following Commendation:
    Meritorious Service Award
Sgt. DeRubeis will be assigned to the Patrol Division.

Two Well Deserved Promotions In the OPD

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Mar 252017
 

Orange Live Exclusive: On Friday, March 24, two Orange Police Officers were promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

Officer Mike Kosh, well known to the town’s children as a K-9 officer (with Max) and DARE Officer, and Jonathan DeRubeis, who taught a firearms lesson

Chief R. Gagne, Sgt. Kosh, Sgt. DeRubeis, Asst. Chief A Cuozzo

during the Citizen’s Police Academy.

Orange Live will have more information on Monday.

Congratulations Sergeants.

 

Orange Police Officers find themselves at the “Right place at the right time.”

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Mar 242017
 

From the Orange Police Facebook Page:

Some might say, luck has a lot to do with success in police work. Officer James Kline and Officer Amable Colon found themselves at the right place at the right time while on patrol back in June of 2015.

Ofc. Kline had been assigned as Colon’s Field Training Officer and the two were patrolling the commercial corridor in Orange along the Boston Post Road. It was then, that Kline saw the Google Maps car pulling into the main driveway of the plaza they had been patrolling, and he decided to seize the moment.

Kline called it an exercise in “Media Relations” and “Police & the Public.” As the picture reflects as the google vehicle drove by the officers were able to give a friendly wave. Google voluntarily blurred the officers face and the cruiser plate in the photo.

Ofc. Colon would check the Google Maps site on occasion to see if the picture was used and just recently stumbled upon the image. 

Often people will stage scenes for the google photo cars, in this case is was purely being in the right place at the right time.

Volunteer Firefighters Honored For Service

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Mar 172017
 

Assistant Fire Chief Charles Sherwood presents Chief John Knight with his 45 year service pin.

During the Orange Volunteer Fire Department‘s Annual Meeting several members received pins honoring their years of service in the department.

The honorees include: Bill Laudenslager, 5 years; Rich Lohrenz, Dave Tufano and Dan Cole, 10 years; Joseph Oleschuk, 30 years, and Chief John Knight, 45 years.

The event took place at Racebrook Country Club on Thursday, March 16.

Orange Fire Chief Speechless After Presentation

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Mar 172017
 

OVFD Auxiliary President Jillian Gagel presents Chief John Knight with a huge donation.

On Thursday evening the Orange Volunteer Fire Department hosted its annual meeting at Racebrook Country Club.

Traditionally, the yearly event is when new officers are sworn in, service awards are presented, the Firefighter of the Year is revealed and the Women’s Auxiliary presents the chief with a check.

The Auxiliary raises money for fire equipment in a number of ways throughout the year: selling baked goods, cook books, pies at the Country Fair, hosting the pancake breakfast, pancake dinner and of course, Santa’s Helper.

Auxiliary President Jillian Gagel said thanks to the public’s help, the auxiliary had a very good year. “We’re happy to present you with this check for $13,000 to go toward the purchase of an infrared camera.”

Everyone in the room gasped at her announcement (last year the donation totaled $9,000) and OVFD Chief John Knight was so stunned that he was speechless. Although, once the amount of the donation sunk in, he was able to beautifully express his gratitude.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department depends upon the public’s support in order to provide the community with their excellent service 24/7. Orange residents should keep this in mind when they see an Auxiliary fundraiser announced or when it comes time to purchase raffle tickets for the OVFD Carnival.

 

Mar 142017
 

With a nor’easter on our doorstep, early planning is the name of the game. A Blizzard Warning remains in effect until midnight.

All Town offices and schools are closed in anticipation of 18-inches of snow or more (possibly less if a rain/sleet line makes its way into our area).

The Police Department will be open, Volunteer Firefighters will be ready to roll whenever necessary and the Highway Department workers, well, I can’t say enough about the wonderful guys in the highway department who work tirelessly to make the roads safe.

The milk cooler at Shop Rite was nearly empty by 5 p.m. — does anyone really depend on milk that much during a storm?

The governor has called for a statewide travel ban, so no thruway driving once the storm is underway.

The best thing for everyone to do is settle in at home and hope we don’t get any power outages as a result of the high wind gusts (up to 50 mph) that are predicted.

If you must shovel, remember to take breaks if you get too cold or before you strain yourself. If you have a fire hydrant in front of your home, make sure to clear around it.

Enjoy your snow day.

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After this storm is over, reflect on the fact that the first day of Spring is on Monday, March 20.

Orange Police Welcome New Officer

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Mar 102017
 

On Tuesday, March 7, 2017, Officer Garrett Vesta was sworn in to service at Orange Police Department headquarters.

Garrett is an experienced officer. He graduated the Connecticut State Police Academy in 2011 and worked with the Meriden Police Department for the last five years. After a brief training period, he will be assigned to the overnight patrol shift.

Garrett holds a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Northeastern University. He also is a volunteer firefighter for the Town of Madison.

He and his wife Victoria reside on the Connecticut shoreline.

The Orange Police Department family wishes Officer Garrett Vesta a long and safe career with the agency.

What Will This Vehicle Be Doing In Your Neighborhood?

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Mar 062017
 

The town wide revaluation has begun. State law requires towns and cities to revalue real estate every five years. The Town of Orange’s last revaluation was October 1, 2012.

The town has retained J.F Ryan & Associates Inc., Facet Technology Corporation, and Pictometry International Corporation to assist the town in various phases of the revaluation project.

Mr. Gerd Sommelroggen of J.F Ryan & Associates Inc., will be conducting the inspections of homes. Since the 2017 revaluation is interim, only exterior inspections will be performed.  Data mailers will be sent to all homeowners in the summer of 2017.  The new valuation notices will be sent in November 2017.

Facet Technology Corporation will perform street level digital imagery of all primary residential, commercial and industrial structures by use of their collection van captioned below. The street level digital imagery will be available to all Town departments including the Police and Fire.