Nov 242014

woman-fastening-her-seat-belt-17051871The Orange Police Department is taking part in the annual Click It Or Ticket safety campaign during the Thanksgiving Holiday week.

Seat belts provide the best defense against impaired, distracted and aggressive drivers.  In fact, wearing your seat belt is the single most effective crash protection available.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, teens and young adults wear seat belts less than any other age demographic.  Sadly, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for American youth — exceeding all crime and disease related causes.

That’s why the Orange Police Department will once again join hundreds of other law enforcement agencies across the country in renewing a pledge to save lives by intensifying efforts to enforce seat belt laws during the Thanksgiving Holiday “Click it or Ticket” seat belt campaign.  This national mobilization effort will help reduce motor vehicle fatalities by cracking down on low seat belt use — among all motorists and around the clock.

The two week enforcement wave will run from Tuesday, Nov. 25 to Sunday, Nov. 30 and include traffic stops, checkpoints, and saturation patrols.

Orange Police Chief Robert Gagne stated that the Orange Police Department remains committed to the Click it or Ticket campaigns because these high visibility enforcement efforts work.

“Buckle up this holiday season and encourage friends and family to do the same,” Chief Gagne said. “You’ll not only save the cost of a ticket, you may even save a life.”

The Orange Police Department urges everyone to be safe both on and off the roads this Thanksgiving holiday.

Nov 242014

Now that you know what the office looks like, why not stop by?

Now that you know what the office looks like, why not stop by?

Arnel Family Chiropractic, a family practice located at 233 Boston Post Road, diagonally across from Duchess restaurant has been collecting non-perishable food items for the Orange Senior Thanksgiving Baskets.

The food drive ends tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 11 a.m., at which time Dr. Jeffrey Arnel will gather up the donations and deliver them to the Senior Services office at High Plains Community Center.

If you are in the area today or tomorrow, drop by Dr. Arnel’s office and donate a can or box of food for the less fortunate and know that some deserving Orange resident will benefit from your generosity.  (Ample Parking in the rear of the building)

Nov 212014

(Photo by Terri Miles)

(Photo by Terri Miles)

Do you have small children? Do you love the magic of Christmas? For 20 years Santa Claus has teamed up with the Orange Volunteer Fire Department for its Santa’s Helper Fundraising event in which 100 percent of the proceeds are used towards the purchase of firefighting and rescue equipment. 

For two decades Santa’s Helper Teams of firefighters, special helpers, family and friends have been honored to deliver gifts, smiles, fun and visit with thousands of families throughout Orange. And now they are visiting the children of the children that they first saw back in 1994 pressing their little faces up against glass doors waiting for the fire trucks to come down their street with lights and sirens announcing Santa’s arrival.

If you would like to join in the fun and have one of the Santa teams arrive at your front door on Sunday, Dec. 14 between 2-8 p.m., it’s easy, Just follow the simple steps:


There is a fee of $15.00 per gift. Each gift must be INDIVIDUALLY wrapped in your favorite holiday paper with an over-wrap of plain brown paper. The name and address of the recipient must be clearly printed on the outside.
Please try not to make the gifts too large or heavy, Santa appreciates that.

We have a limited delivery number of 160 homes. This is an extremely popular event, and those spots fill up quickly. We strongly encourage you to have all of the gifts for your stop with you on Gift Drop-Off day. **For those families having a large party with many gifts on delivery day, please e-mail us at: [email protected] for special instructions.**


Gift Drop Off Day for the general public is at Fire Station #2, 355 Boston Post Road, (Across from TGI Fridays) on Saturday, Nov. 22 from noon to 2 p.m. PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIME FRAME. This year, the organizers ask that the general public begin to arrive no earlier than 11:30 a.m. (30 minutes prior to the 12 p.m. start time.)  You will have a much shorter wait in line by following these new guidelines. Thank you!


Please park your car in the rear of the Fire Station. There will be firefighters there to assist you. The Drop-Off line will be located INSIDE the fire station. USE REAR DOOR MARKED ENTER. 


Delivery takes place on Sunday, Dec. 14 from 2-8 p.m. Santa on his fire truck with his Elf, and special firefighter helpers will arrive at your home to deliver the gifts back to your loved ones, and spend some time with your family for photos and smiles. 

If you have any questions, you can e-mail Elf Mama at: [email protected]
She will help you via e-mail. Please DO NOT call the Fire Stations as it’s a volunteer department and there will not be anyone there available to assist you with Santa’s Helper information.

**E-mailing Santa’s Helper does not guarantee you a spot on the delivery route. Sign-up on drop-off day is on a first come-first serve basis.


Originally Published on: Oct 8, 2014 @ 9:44

Second Publishing on: Oct 29, 2014 @ 17:00

Third publishing: Published on: Nov 19, 2014 @ 16:00

Nov 212014

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Are you looking for a gift that will keep on giving for centuries? What about a data disc on which to share all of your special videos, photos and family memories with your great grandchildren long after you are gone?

All of life’s precious memories: photos of your baby daughter in the delivery room, the best golden retriever you ever had, that special trip to Disney World when your little boy actually met Donald Duck, your grandma standing on the stairs showing off her new pantsuit, weddings and so much more.

You can take a thousand photos but in time they fade, and if you stored them improperly moisture will make them stick together and all those images are gone forever.

Back in the late 70s – early 80s the saving grace was a Betamax or VHS player, if you were tech savvy you could make a decent video slide show of your best photos. But tapes wear out, lose magnetic flux, often break and in humid environments, grow mold and they’re ruined.

Then, in the 90s and at the turn of the century came the invention of the DVD, USB Flash drives, Storage Hard Drives, and Memory cards but each of these long-lasting storage items have less than a generation of anticipated life and have a tendency to fail at the worst time.

When will someone invent a dependable back up medium that will never let you down?

Well Good News!  Working with the DOD, Naval Air Warfare Center, the Millenniata firm presented the D.O.D with the “M-DISC” DVD, which after exhaustive testing, the D.O.D. proved to be unquestionably a permanent storage medium for video or data!


 “The recently announced, Millenniata DVD, ( M-Disc) is very special 4.7GB DVD with a data layer made out of stone-like minerals and metalloids. The idea is that conventional optical discs (recordable DVD’s) have a very soft recording/data layer, and has little resistance to heat, humidity and light, while the M-Disc on the other hand, has an infinitely tougher data layer that can withstand all of the above, along with the test of time. M-Discs can’t be burnt with your current DVD burner — melting pits in stone requires a special laser that’s five times more powerful than normal DVD writing lasers!  But, on the flip side, M-Discs are backwards compatible and can be read by normal DVD drives.

Now the actual statistics:  According to the US Department of Defense, the Millenniata,

(M-Disc) is incredibly resilient. In the D.O.D. accelerated aging tests, 25 different “archival” DVD’s, including the M-Disc, were exposed to 85C (185F) temperatures, 85% humidity, and extremely bright, full-spectrum light for 24 hours.

Where every other archival-quality recordable DVD failed the test with thousands of read errors and with complete loss of data, the M-Disc passed with full data integrity. Millenniata even goes on to say that the stone layer of its DVDs should retain data for over 10,000 years — but the polycarbonate covers are only good for 1,000 years. Still, both figures are worlds higher than the 10-15 year average lifespan of hard drives, recordable DVDs, and flash drives.” The eye-opening fact is, prior to the announcement of the M-Disc, no dependable data-storage medium exists for video or important data that will survive even one generation!

See Final Report for Millenniata DVD Testing August 2009-October 2009″Naval Air Warfare Center,  http://www.esystor.com/images/China_Lake_Full_Report.pdf

Available to You Now

8deab2769c416e5962d56d0be6c0ccfdOrange resident Ron Davis, the owner of VideoLab, 200 Boston Post Road, may be 80, but he is by no means “Old.” Ron keeps up with all the latest technology and is known around the state for miracles he can do with videotapes after he was featured on FOX news for restoring a tape found on the beach after one of our recent hurricanes. 

Ron researched the M-Disc and installed all the necessary equipment needed to create these 1,000-year media storage DVDs for regular folks like you, who have precious memories that you want to pass down through the generations – and know those images will still be there when your great-granddaughter puts it into whatever version of a player companies are making in the future.

He has the blank M-Discs in stock at VideoLab and he’s ready to go.

“We’ve performed extensive testing of the “M-Disc” and couldn’t be more pleased with the results,” he said.

VideoLab is offering these “Forever” discs to customers for just $29. This would make a wonderful, affordable holiday gift for anyone you love.

The M-Disc is also a phenomenal option for hospitals, doctors, lawyers and Government offices that have valuable data that needs to be stored safely, securely and permanently!

VideoLab is the first, and currently only local place to have this service available. Bring your most precious DVD to Ron today at VideoLab and he will create a shiny new, “Forever” M-Disc for you!    Call 203-799-7017.

Originally  Published on: Nov 10, 2014 @ 0:48 

Second publishing on: Nov 12, 2014 @ 16:48

Third publishing on: Nov 15, 2014 @ 21:45

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Nov 212014

Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 2.12.48 PMOrange Superintendent Lynn McMullin has turned in her letter of resignation.

After only three years on the job, McMullin was officially hired by the Litchfield Board of Education as its new Superintendent.

The Litchfield Board announced its decision on Wednesday evening and McMullin immediately informed the Orange BOE of the change in the following letter:

It is with heartfelt appreciation for the opportunities you have afforded me that I write this letter of resignation from my position as Superintendent of the Orange Public Schools.

Just a few moments ago, I accepted a position as the new Superintendent in Litchfield, Connecticut. Litchfield is much closer to my home in Massachusetts and, with a K – 12 school system, offers me a chance to return to my high school roots. I am anticipating my last day of employment in Orange will be January 2, 2015.

Orange’s staff is exceptionally strong, and I have thoroughly enjoyed working alongside a leadership team with such outstanding vision and commitment. You, too, have been a dedicated Board who never shied away from the demanding responsibilities you took upon yourselves.

We have experienced so many unforgettable moments, from the first day we climbed onto Peck’s roof in January of 2012 to the endearing approach of the Orange Elementary Marching Band up Orange Center Road this past Memorial Day.

I won’t forget my three years in Orange and wish you all the best in the future.

All eyes will be on the Board of Education now as they proceed with a search for a new superintendent. Some residents complained about the way in which a new principal for one of the elementary schools was hired, stating that it was not done properly.

As with all sensitive issues in the Orange School system the board must know that they are under the microscope especially when it comes to hiring someone for the top position.

Nov 202014

Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 9.13.30 AMEugene J. McHugh, 81, of Milford, Ct. passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 16, 2014 in Bridgeport Hospital.

Born on May 10, 1933, in Peckville, Pa., “Gene” was the son of the late Anthony and Evelyn Gaughan- McHugh.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Florence Verrrilli McHugh, devoted daughters Jeanne McHugh-Broughton of West Haven, Eileen (David) McHugh-Silva, of Brooklyn, NY and Barbara (Michael) Ceneri of Orange. He is additionally survived by a loving sister, Margaret McHugh, of Milford. He is also survived by his cherished grandchildren, Katherine and Emma Silva of Brooklyn, NY and Nicholas Ceneri of Orange.

He leaves behind many special cousins, nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was pre-deceased by his three brothers: Joseph, Donald and John McHugh as well as his son in law Bruce Broughton.

Gene was employed by Textron/Lycoming for 35 years in the engineering/metrology department. He was a graduate of Olyphant High School and Lackawanna Business School in Scranton, Pa.

He enjoyed life to the fullest and was very active in many groups throughout his life, including the Milford Senior Center, where he enjoyed playing pool, singing in the choir and socializing.

He was an active parishioner at Christ the Redeemer Church and served as an usher there for many years. He will always be remembered for being a compassionate gentleman and caring friend to all who knew him.

Above all, Gene was a devoted brother, husband, father and grandfather, putting his family at the core of everything he did in life.

He will be dearly missed by all who were privileged to know and to love him.

A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 10:30 am in Christ the Redeemer Church, Rutland Rd., Milford, CT. Interment will be private.

Contributions in his memory may be made to Bunnell High School, C/O BHS, McHugh Memorial Scholarship Fund, 1 Bulldog Blvd., Stratford, CT 06614.
To leave condolences, or for directions, visit www.georgejsmithandson.com 

Nov 192014

jewish_funeralElaine P. Weiner, 84 of Fairfield, passed away on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport.

Mrs. Weiner was born in Yonkers, NY, a daughter of the late Ira and Frances Grishaver, and was a lifelong resident of Bridgeport.

Mrs. Weiner was predeceased by her beloved husband Herbert Weiner, and is survived by her devoted children, Ira Weiner and his wife Tara of Voorhees, NJ., Jane Schatz and her husband Bruce of Orange, Michael Weiner of Englewood, CO., and her adored grandchildren, Jordan and Nathan Weiner of Voorhees, NJ, Matthew and Nicole Schatz of Orange, and Kathleen Weiner of Parker, CO.

Services will take place on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. from The Abraham L. Green and Son Funeral Home, 88 Beach Road in Fairfield with interment following at Old Rodeph Sholom Cemetery on Shepard Street in Fairfield.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Jewish Senior Services of Fairfield. www.jseniors.org

Nov 192014

842 Birchwood Drive is being auctioned off by the bank.

842 Birchwood Drive is being auctioned off by the bank.

This bank-owned foreclosed 10 room colonial with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms at 842 Birchwood Drive is a great investor opportunity.

The 2,688 square foot home with fireplace, unfinished basement is being auctioned from Saturday, Nov. 29 – Tuesday, Dec. 2. Starting bid is $150,000.

Cash purchase only – financing not available. Estimated value is $395,244.

Located on .48 acres just off Route 34, convenient to the Wilbur Cross Parkway.

For more information including Open House dates and to register to bid, visit www.Auction.com.

Nov 192014

A member of Amity's SADD plays the part of an accident victim.

A member of Amity’s SADD plays the part of an accident victim.

Seven Years ago, the Amity Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) hosted a mock car crash in the parking lot of Amity High School. The presentation was powerful and memorable and hit home with many of the students who watched from the sidelines.

Such demonstrations commonly take place before prom or graduation, but this year, the students and their advisors chose to do it during Homecoming week and before the holidays to show the entire student body, all 1,600 of them in real time what can happen when you drink and drive (or even text and drive)

A committee of more than 10 people came together to plan the event, including Gary Lindgren, Robert Kennedy, The SADD members, Woodbridge police and fire departments and the Medic 44 ambulance team, so it ran like clockwork.

NOTE: As a reporter, I have been on-scene at many accidents and stay away from taking the “money” shots of victims, grieving loved ones, etc, but since this was not real I took a little more liberty and broke my own accident scene rules, even going as far as shooting a photo of the arrestee in custody inside the police cruiser. Remember, all of the photos are of a set up scenario. The victims, suspects, etc are just actors, even though in the script, the actors’ real names were used. 

IMG_6860The presentation took place at Amity on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 9:45 a.m. The students came out to the parking lot where two cars were covered in tarps.

Orange Assistant Police Chief Tony Cuozzo was the moderator, who read the carefully crafted script and added his own touches to it.

Following is the Mock Car Crash as presented to the Amity Student Body:

These two cars have just been involved in a high speed collision on Amity Road. A witness to the crash has called 911 and emergency personnel have been dispatched to the scene.

The driver of the, blue car , Cristian, is a 17-year old male. He and his passenger Bailey had been drinking at a party at a private home in Orange and were on their way home. Due to his impairment, he ran a red light and impacted another vehicle in the intersection. Cristian was the only one wearing a seat belt. Although Cristian is conscious, he has been screaming to his friend who isn’t responding.

"Bailey" was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown through the windshield.

“Bailey” was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown through the windshield.

His friend, Bailey, the front passenger, is a 17-year old female. Upon impact, her body was thrown forward through the front windshield because she was not wearing her seat belt. She hasn’t answered to her friend’s screams and it appears that she may be dead.

Cristian starts crying and continues to scream to Bailey who is not moving

After the house party in Orange, the girls in the silver car drove into New Haven and went for a burger at the 24 hour diner. The driver of this car, Lauren, a 17 year-old female is conscious at first and appears dizzy and confused. Lauren was the only person in the silver car that was wearing her seatbelt. Unfortunately, Abagail, the unrestrained front seat passenger, was thrown with such force she is pinned under the dash board with severely crushed legs and head trauma. Although Abagail has obvious trauma to her face and head , she is conscious and cannot free herself. She is in a tremendous amount of pain.

Abagail is SCREAMING!

Then Lauren gets out of the car crying and trying to free Abagail from the passenger seat. Cristian continues to scream

"Cristian" checks on the passengers of the car he just plowed into.

“Cristian” checks on the passengers of the car he just plowed into.

and runs to the other vehicle. Cristian realizes the severity of the collision and discovers that the passengers in the other vehicle are friends from their own school.

Keep in mind that, in some cases, emergency personnel must drive several miles and the first person to the scene may not arrive for 10-15 minutes. During the response, they may be slowed by motorists who fail to yield to them and then have to deal with onlookers blocking the roadway around the crash scene. That can be a long time if … you are the victim.

A siren is heard and two Woodbridge officers arrive on the scene 

To the victims’ advantage, an officer happens to be in the proximity of the crash. He is the first to arrive on the scene and will emergently try to evaluate the condition of the victims. In Orange and Woodbridge Police are first responders and have emergency medical training.

Officer surveys the scene and condition of the victims

A first responder assesses the scene.

A first responder assesses the scene.

The officer is running between vehicles, assessing the situation, determining who is in immediate need of assistance, and frantically calling for back up on his radio
Officer “I need back up, quick; this is a severe crash involving multiple victims, the injuries are severe, please send me EMS as soon as possible. Hurry, this may be a fatal of one or more victims.”

Ambulance arrives on scene with siren

Bailey, the 17-year old passenger in the blue car appears to be dead. Her injuries were too severe; therefore, there will be no immediate effort to remove her body from the wreck. All effort will be made toward saving lives. EMS personnel will begin administering medical attention to the severely injured, who is Abagail.

While rendering attention to Abagail, they determine that she is trapped inside the vehicle. The IMG_6885paramedics are in need of the EMS Rescue Unit; as the door must be cut open to safely remove Abagail from the vehicle. She remains conscious and in a great amount of pain. She is screaming and her injuries are severe; Abagail needs to be removed quickly by the Rescue Unit in order to receive further medical care. EMS provides as much medical assistance to Abagail as they can, then turn their attention to Cristian and Lauren.

While EMS offers assistance to the victims (moderately injured receive assistance as well).

Because EMT’s are unable to remove Abagail from the vehicle, they are awaiting the arrival of the EMS Rescue Unit for further assistance. The first 60 minutes following a severe injury crash is the most critical time period. Abagail is alive and screaming in pain. EMT’s stabilize Abagail and the others. Lauren has mild bruising and is shaken, but her injuries are not as severe as Abagail’s, who will be transported via ambulance.

A police officer tends to driver 'Cristian" as EMTs evaluate the wounded.

A police officer tends to driver ‘Cristian” as EMTs evaluate the wounded.

Paramedics determine that Bailey is dead.  Baileys body will remain in place for hours until the police conclude their accident investigation. 

Woodbridge PD radios that there has been a fatality in the accident.   

Cristian screams when he hears that Bailey has been killed.  All others react as well. 

 EMT’s decide on rescue of other victims

While EMS is rendering care, the police officers primary objective is to protect the crash scene. He must first consider the safety of the victims, rescue workers and bystanders. He will also gather evidence to be used in court if necessary. He will try to determine what caused the crash and who is responsible. He will also determine what charges if any will be filed against the wrongful driver.

Officers survey the accident scene 

Cristian, the driver of blue car has only minor injuries, mainly because he was wearing his seatbelt. As the

"Cristian" stumbles through the roadside sobriety test.

“Cristian” stumbles through the roadside sobriety test.

officer talks with him, he can smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage on Cristian’s breath. Upon inspection of Cristian’s car he finds empty beer cans etc.  The officer then performs a field sobriety test on Cristian.

* Officer’s microphone is on. Officer does a SFST over mic and places Cristian under arrest (all audible) Conduct a shorter version of SFST

While Cristian is handcuffed, read Miranda rights and placed in officer’s unit

*EMS Rescue arrives on the scene.

The extrication of Abagail will take additional time, but which is necessary and critical to her survival. The tool the rescue personnel are using is a Hurst Rescue Tool, also called the “Jaws of Life.” The spreaders can exhibit up to 44,000 pounds of force and the cutters can exhibit 152,000 pounds of force. This presents a certain amount of danger to the victims and the rescuers, which is why rescuers will place cervical collars on the victims’ necks to keep the vertebrae in line. This will prevent paralyzing damage to the spinal cord if their necks are fractured or broken. The victims will also be covered to protect them from flying glass and debris as the Hurst Tool is used to cut away parts of the vehicle. When the “Jaws of Life” arrive, Abagail will be placed on a backboard to keep her back straight, and her head immobilized as she is removed from the vehicle.

EMS Rescue talks to extricated participant – while he is working, he is explaining to Abagail that she is trapped and he will have to use the equipment to take the doors off of the vehicle, calm down for me, etc…….

Firefighters use the Jaws of Life to free a severely injured passenger.

Firefighters use the Jaws of Life to free a severely injured passenger.

The “Jaws of Life” are used and Abagail is extracted and loaded into the ambulance.

The Ambulance leaves scene with Abagail & Lauren.

After Abagail is extracted:  Bailey’s mother Maggie arrives on scene in her car.   Maggie explains to the officers that a passerby saw the accident, recognized the kids in the car and called her.  Maggie will approach an officer and ask for her daughter Bailey.  The officer will try to figure out who Bailey is and then explain to Maggie that her daughter has been killed in the accident.  Maggie will act out loudly and emotionally.  She yells at Cristian and the other kids in the car.  The officers will have to try and calm Maggie who is obviously devastated over the news of losing her daughter. 

Abagail is loaded into Ambulance to go to the Hospital

Due to the severity of the impact, Abagail’s legs were crushed under the dashboard. Her pulses are weak and there are obvious deformities – indicating multiple broken bones. As her legs begin to be severely discolored and swollen, the doctors soon realize that she must undergo immediate surgery to save her legs. She is at high risk of having both legs amputated. In addition to losing her legs, her mental status has

"Maggie" the grieving mother tries to get to her daughter's body.

“Maggie” the grieving mother tries to get to her daughter’s body.

become diminished. Abagail is diagnosed with a Traumatic Brain Injury. She will need the blood evacuated from her head to lessen the impact of the head injury. Lauren’s injuries aren’t as severe and her vital signs are stable. A staff member dresses her wounds and notifies her parents.

Abagail’s parents have been notified that their child has been involved in a motor vehicle crash. Directions are given to the Yale New Haven Trauma Center, however for safety reasons, the severity of her condition is not discussed until the parents arrive. Abagail will require months of rehabilitation. She will need to re-learn fine motor skills including feeding herself, writing, and brushing her teeth. She may have to get prosthetic legs fitted for her body. She will require years of physical therapy to re-build her muscles and rehabilitate the nerves that were damaged in her brain.

Bailey’s mother runs past officers and pounds on the windows of the police cruiser where Cristian is sitting in handcuffs. Police pull her away and walk her back away from the scene. 

As you look at the following photo spread notice how many of the 1,600 kids in the audience are texting their friends, laughing, fooling around, etc. — can’t find any? That’s right, you don’t see even one. There were a few kids using their phones to film the presentation, but from what I saw, everyone was paying attention.

Students listen to the presentation at Amity.

Students listen to the presentation at Amity.

Some of the kids cried as the scenario occurred in real-time with the arrival of first responders and Asst. Chief Cuozzo’s narration adding to the emotion, especially when he told them that their deceased classmate’s lifeless body would remain on top of the car until the investigation was completed. That really hit home.

Do these Mock Car Crash programs work? All of the actors were “miked” so everyone could hear the officer giving Cristian his sobriety test instructions, and reading him his Miranda Rights before slapping on the steel handcuffs. They could hear Abagail crying and moaning in pain inside the car. They could hear the Medic talking to her softly as he prepared her for extraction. The sound of her panicked heavy breathing before the firefighters cut the roof off the car.

One boy in a wheelchair told a teacher, “This is all so surreal for me.”

Nov 162014

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UPDATE: All Turkeys are Sold Out — If you acted quickly, you will be enjoying a fresh, free range turkey this Thanksgiving.

Original story (modified)

Thanksgiving is just 2 weeks away, have you thought about what type of turkey you’re going to serve your family?

You could go for that old standby, the 12-14 pound grocery store bird that came from somewhere out of state, where it was processed, frozen and shipped sometime — but no one can tell you when. 

Or you can try a fresh, locally raised turkey that you know was raised humanely and fed grain that was milled in CT. 

Right here in Orange at Cedar Hill Farm you can find these free range birds that are never given any additional hormones.

Cedar Hill Farm is run by Stephen and Rachel Bespuda, a young couple who come from a long line of farming families.

The Bespudas have been raising turkeys for 6 years. They’ve been selling them for Thanksgiving since 2009, always to rave reviews and gaining repeat customers with each passing year. 

Their business runs on a pre-order basis only. The Bespudas are now taking orders for this year’s Thanksgiving Turkeys. You must call 203-889-7282 or e-mail [email protected] for information or to place an order. Don’t procrastinate, once they’re gone, they’re gone!

The turkeys range from 14 to 26 pounds. They come to you fresh and oven ready — never frozen. Fully processed (plucked and ready to cook).

The pickup at 814 Glenbrook Road, Orange will be on Monday November 24th from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Availability of the products will be posted on their Facebook page.

Why Buy Fresh and Local?

So, what’s the difference between store bought and these Orange raised free range turkeys?

Stephen uses the analogy, “Take a tomato that you grow in your garden compared to one that you get from a supermarket you can tell the difference in quality from the flavor and texture.”

Rachel added, “It’s just fresh, locally grown, raised correctly and humanely, and something that we care deeply about, not something we take for granted,” she said. “Even thought we’ve had it all of our lives, we know the work that goes into it. We appreciate the fact that not everyone has the opportunity to purchase fresh meat that is grown in the same town they live in.”

“This is the meat that we eat ourselves,” Stephen said.

If you’ve never had a super fresh turkey before, try one this year. Support this local farm and you’ll be back again next year.

Originally Published on: Nov 2, 2014 @ 0:38

Second Publishing on: Nov 9, 2014 @ 21:38

Third Publishing on: Nov 12, 2014 @ 16:38