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Video: First Selectman’s Debate – Police Training, Support

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Oct 292017
 

Candidates for Orange First Selectman answer a question about keeping the Orange Police Department trained and strong during the debate at Congregation Or Shalom on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017.

First up, Incumbent Republican Jim Zeoli, Second, Independent Alex DeAngelo and finally, Democrat Margaret Novicki.

Click HERE for video.

 

Middle School Students Shadow Local Government Officials

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Oct 262017
 

Back row: Adam Glassman, Landon Rocchio, Frank Cavallaro, Mason Beaudette, Spencer Stratford, Aayan Chaturvedi Middle Row: Jade Krukar, Anna Varholak, Alana Abrams, Zoe May Front row: Jasmina Krehic, Madison Samoncik, Colleen Shaw, and Caityln Shanley

By Jennifer Marganski

Many seventh and eighth grade students at Amity Middle School Orange submitted essays this year to shadow fifteen different local positions in the town. Pictured are the students who had the opportunity to shadow local town government officials.  The students learned about local government from Town Clerk Pat O’Sullivan and were also able to take a private tour of historical buildings in Orange Center with First Selectman Jim Zeoli. 

October has come to mean Government Day in Orange and on a bright Wednesday morning, fifteen students were able to not only learn about some early events in their town’s history including its separation from Milford but also about the founding families of the town, including the Treat and Clark families who have played pivotal roles in the Orange community. 

Students had an opportunity to introduce themselves to local government officials and explain why they wanted to participate in the day shadowing local leaders.  They were even interviewed by the OGAT channel!

Update: TGI Fridays Damaged But Not A Total Loss

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Oct 222017
 

The fire that forced the evacuation of customers and staff at TGI Fridays on Saturday night is being blamed on equipment failure, specifically an exhaust hood in the kitchen, according to Fire Marshal Tim Smith.

Smith broke the evening’s event down like this:

TGI Fridays Restaurant has a drop ceiling and is required by law to have a sprinkler system.

Around 7:45 p.m. on Oct. 21 while bar customers were watching the Major League baseball games and others were having a meal in the dining room an alarm went off, alerting the Orange Volunteer Fire Department of a problem.

The manager and staff immediately got busy and made sure everyone was safely evacuated from the building.

The firefighters assembled at their respective firehouses and arrived at the restaurant within about 6 minutes.

The fire was contained to the drop ceiling and roof portion of the building and a sprinkler head activated, holding the fire in check.

The flames began to burn a section of the roof above the kitchen and firefighters had to cut a hole in the roof to get access to and extinguish the fire.

Restaurant Employees sat on the guardrail near the Boston Post Road and First Selectman Jim Zeoli viewed the scene while speaking to residents and crew members near Station 2.

Orange and Woodbridge Volunteer Fire Departments and West Haven’s West Shore had firefighters and equipment at the fire. Milford FD provided coverage for the town until the OVFD cleared the scene.

Smith said the building sustained smoke and water damage, but there was no fire within the main floor of the restaurant. “Just the kitchen to the roof, it’s damaged but not a total loss,” Smith said.

With his investigation completed, Smith turned the building over to the restaurant owners so they can begin their renovations.

TGI Fridays will be closed for a while, but at this point, no one can say just how long.

 

Orange And Three Other Departments Respond to TGI Fridays Fire

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Oct 212017
 

Customers were relaxing and watching the baseball games on the big screen tvs at TGI Fridays this evening around 8 p.m. when the smell of smoke came wafting in and a fire was detected in the ceiling in the kitchen area.

The manager quickly evacuated the building and called 911.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department, which is right across the Boston Post Road from the restaurant responded in no time and quickly called for firefighters’ assistance from Woodbridge VFD and West Haven. and soon after requested Milford Fire come to be on standby for the town while OVFD was working.

While I was at the scene, the firefighters were concentrating on the roof, they used the ladder on Woodbridge’s Tower 1 to access it from the front of the building. Restaurant employees sat in the cold night air on the guardrail watching and wondering when they would be able to return to their jobs.

A UI truck arrived and the electricity to the restaurant was shut off as firefighters entered the building with bright halogen flashlights, their shadowy figures barely seen through the thick smoke.

Smaller groups of 2 or 3 firefighters checked the building’s exterior.

Firefighters on the roof reported finding fire on the roof and they were being pulled from the area before the structure could no longer hold them.

The sound of approaching fire sirens filled the air and then, the Boston Post Road was shut down at Lambert Road and fire hoses were hooked up to a fire hydrant and laid across the street to provide more water for an aerial attack.

That was around 9:50 p.m.

We will try to get an update tomorrow morning.

 

Gas Leak Update

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Oct 192017
 

UPDATE: This just in at 10:38 a.m.

Route 34 E has re-opened after a 90-minute closure due to a ruptured gas line.

Lakeview Drive is still closed while the Gas Co completes its work. Service to homes may be off for a while.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department has just cleared the scene.

Still, as a precautionary measure, please don’t discard lit cigarettes from your vehicle in the area.

Enjoy the weather today and, be careful out there.

BREAKING! Major Gas Leak, Route 34 E Shut Down

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Oct 192017
 

This Just In… Route 34 E is Shut Down due to a ruptured Gas Line (Near Lakeview Drive) toward West Haven Line. (If your gas furnace and hot water heater suddenly stopped working this is why)

The westbound lanes are still open.

Stay clear of the area. DO NOT SMOKE!

There is no estimation for when the road will be reopened. Find an alternate route.

 

Orange PD Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Oct 152017
 

If you see Patrol Vehicle #22 around town this month, and you think it looks different…you’re right.

The Orange Police Department marked this vehicle in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, and they’re hoping it reminds people to reach out to those fighting this disease already and to learn more about what they can do to help minimize their own risks.

Pictured is Community Resources Officer Carolyn Bailey with Car 22

Another Fun Fire Safety Day At Home Depot

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Oct 082017
 

On Saturday, October 7, members of the Orange Volunteer Fire Association and Orange Police Department were
on hand to help at the Fire Safety Day at Home Depot 2017.
Home Depot had fire extinguishers available for purchase and prepared a craft for the children.
Both fire and police personnel greeted the public and answered questions.
Firefighters gave children plastic fire hats and showed them their firefighting equipment and let them climb on the trucks.
This is one of the favorite public education events in which the town’s public servants participate every year.

Chatting With Members Of The OPD at Coffee With A Cop

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Oct 042017
 

Police Chief Robert Gagne, Officer Carolyn Bailey, and future Asst Police Chief Max Martins.

The Orange Police made themselves available to the public this morning at Chip’s Restaurant.

This is the second time that Chief Robert Gagne and members of the OPD participated in the annual Coffee with a Cop event (about 167 other departments also participated in their communities). The back room at the restaurant was never crowded but people came in waves, talked to an officer or two, had a cup of coffee and then went on with his or her day.

Among the officers on hand were Lt. Max Martins, a 22-year department veteran, who will be sworn in as the new Assistant Chief next Wednesday morning and Carolyn Bailey, who is the new department Public Information/DARE officer.

Chief Gagne has nothing but praise for both of them, expressing his full confidence in their abilities.

He said Officer Bailey has many great ideas and already is doing a great job in her new position.

NOTE: We look forward to working with Asst Chief Martins (after his inauguration) and Officer Bailey both of whom we’ve known for many years. We know they will be terrific.

The Coffee with a Cop event is really a great opportunity for the public to get to know the members of the Orange Police Department. We hope that it will grow in popularity in the future.

OPD Announces Lt Max Martins As New Assistant Chief

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Oct 042017
 

 

The Orange Police Department recently announced that the Board of Police Commissioners selected Lieutenant Max Martins to be the next Assistant Chief of Police.

Lieutenant Martins is a twenty-two year veteran of the Orange Police Department and has been a lieutenant since 2007. He has been the department’s Administrative Lieutenant since 2013.

Lieutenant Martins will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of former Assistant Chief Anthony Cuozzo.

There will be a promotional ceremony for Lt. Martins on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 9 a.m. at police headquarters. Family, friends, and well-wishers are all invited.

The OPD will be streaming the ceremony LIVE on Facebook for those that cannot attend in person.

Here are a few links to stories we’ve published about the future Asst. Chief: Lifesaving, Lost Cell Phone, Quick thinkingLetter of Recognition, Off Duty Action, Giving His Time.