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Two Restaurant Changes Coming To Orange

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Oct 252016

screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-10-19-09-pmIn December 2014, The South Sea Grill at 200 Boston Post Road opened its doors, serving super fresh seafood, excellent appetizers and featuring daily specials, including drink specials.

Like many other restaurants that have come and gone in Orange, the South Sea Grill also is going through some changes. It will be changing hands, but it isn’t yet known if it will remain a seafood restaurant or become something else.

The second change is the departure of Q’s Pho BBQ Dumplings, 514 Boston Post Road, near the Raymour and Flanigan Plaza, which is being replaced by Yao’s Diner.

Open House: 4 Bedroom Home on Woodland Lane

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Oct 232016

screen-shot-2016-10-23-at-9-56-51-amLooking for a nice 4-bedroom, single family home on a cul-de-sac? Visit this open house at 350 Woodland Lane, Sunday, Oct. 23 from 12:30 – 2 p.m.

Beautiful custom built sprawling ranch in central Orange. Has 2,388 sqft on main level in mint condition.

Large foyer invites you into a formal Living room and Dining room.

A custom updated kitchen features granite counter tops, subzero refrigerator, vaulted ceilings open to family room with fireplace, built-ins and atrium to deck.

4 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, Master suite with full bath and double closets. 2 additional bedrooms and bath.

First floor laundry room. The lower level +/- 900 sqft includes a large rec room, fully applianced kitchen, full bath, bedroom and office.

Possible in-law set up, two car attached garage, Professionally landscaped, Hot Tub.

Offered for $549,900.

Video: Orange Police Dept. K9 Agility Course

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Oct 222016


The new K9 Agility Course at the Orange Police Department was dedicated today after a brief ceremony inside the PD Headquarters.

Orange K9s Loki and Trent, along with dogs from Milford and West Haven showed their skills on (most) of the new equipment — all of them were unsure about the narrow catwalk balance beam.

Click HERE to see video of the indoor ceremony.

I am working on putting together a video of the four dogs working the course.

Orange Police K9 Agility Course Dedication Oct. 22 at 1 p.m.

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Oct 222016

Boy Scout Ben Grasso

Boy Scout Ben Grasso

The Orange Police Department welcomes the community to come to a brief dedication ceremony for its new K9 Agility Course at police headquarters, 314 Lambert Road, today at 1 p.m.

You will be directed to the site, OR, if it rains, the event will take place inside the community meeting room.


It’s been a little more than a year since a Boy Scout Eagle Project proposal went before and was unanimously approved by the Police Commission (on Oct. 13, 2015).

Ben Grasso, a member of Troop 3, Derby (Housatonic Council) is an Orange resident and the nephew of Orange Police Commissioner Mark Grasso.

Ben gave a well thought out Eagle Project presentation to make a portable K9 agility course in Orange.

He said he loves and admires dogs and law enforcement and this project would help dogs work on their training.

“I want to make it mobile so you can take it to the Orange Country Fair and anywhere else it may be needed,” he said. “I came up with this idea after seeing Milford’s course.”

The commission was enthusiastic about the project and agreed that the Orange Police Department has space at the side of the building that would be ideal for it.

Grasso said he would build the entire course himself including a ramp, dog walk a-frame with “bridge” to another a frame, and expandable hurdles.

“I need to do fundraising and make sure each of the items is safe,” he said. “I want it completed by end of winter or early spring.”

Chief Robert Gagne said the project would benefit the K-9 program and help other departments too. He said he liked the idea of making it mobile.

“The lot here is a perfect size for this project and the dogs could really make good use of it,” Gagne said.

Former K-9 handler Officer Mike Kosh will be Grasso’s Police Department contact person and he and Grasso will look at all the other courses around the area to make this one is safe and awesome.

Commissioner Cuzzocreao from Orange Fence offered to help with some materials and perhaps a space in which to build it.

Grasso said he would need to raise about $750 in order to complete the project.

Grasso then brought his Eagle Project plans before the Board of Selectmen on Nov. 5, 2015. Again, it was unanimously approved.

Officer Kosh and K9 Officer Chris Brown helped advise Grasso, resulting in the extremely useful K9 Agility Course seen in the photos below.

Heather LaRock Is Orange PD’s First Female Lieutenant

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Oct 212016

Lt. Heather LaRock

Lt. Heather LaRock

It was 17 years ago that I sat down with two rookie police officers for an interview at the Orange PD Headquarters. One of them was a polite young blonde named Heather Chambers. I remember thinking that this girl had a lot of potential as she answered my questions with “M’am” included in all of her responses. 

Today, Sgt. Heather LaRock became the Orange Police Department’s first female Lieutenant as she was sworn before a capacity crowd of fellow officers, friends and family at headquarters.

Her career in Orange brought her from being a patrol officer, to DARE officer, Detective, Field Training Officer (Supervisor), EMT, Certified Instructor, Certified Child Safety Seat Technician, RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) Instructor, Domestic Violence Liason Officer, CT Special Olympic Liason, Trained in CIT (Crisis Intervention Team), Police Honor Guard.

See the VIDEO for all of her accomplishments and the swearing-in.

Lt. LaRock is highly respected by members of the department and the community. She is an asset to the Orange Police Department.


Town of Orange Department of Public Works Snow Plowing Policy

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Oct 212016

blizzard+snow+plowThere 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 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 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 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 Release Name of Accident Victim

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Oct 192016

screen-shot-2016-08-08-at-9-06-40-pmOn Friday, Oct. 14, Orange Live reported that a person had been struck by a vehicle while crossing the Boston Post Road and possibly died.

In subsequent notices we, along with several other news agencies stated that the victim was a male (he).

Today, Orange Live requested more information about the victim and driver and Chief Robert Gagne released this notice a short time later.

The Pedestrian struck and killed on Friday Oct. 14 has been identified as Charlotte Fox, 35, of unknown address in New Haven.

Ms. Fox was attempting to cross five lanes of the Boston Post Road at around 9:45 p.m. on Friday when she was struck by a motorist traveling west bound.

Investigators Identified Fox with the help of New Haven PD and friends of Fox who are part of the homeless community in New Haven.  Ms. Fox has family out of state who had to be notified which slowed release of her identity.

The Investigation continues and no charges have been filed against the driver of the vehicle, Identified as Paul Storo, 37, of West Haven. [Who stayed on the scene and cooperated with police.]

Anyone who may have witnessed the accident is asked to contact Det. Harry Burke at 203-891-2138.

Town Plan & Zoning Commission Meets Tuesday

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Oct 182016

plan and zoningFollowing is the Town Plan & Zoning Commission Meeting agenda for tonight, Tuesday, Oct. 18.

The meeting will take place at the Orange Town Hall, 617 Orange Center Road at 7:30 p.m.

1. Request for release of Bond. Tractor Supply Inc. at 250 Indian River Road

2. Old Business.

3. New Business.

4. Review and discussion concerning Orange Transit Oriented Audit and Strategy Options (study), possible changes to the TODD Regulations, and possible changes to the Orange Zoning Map. Discussion will also concern the Moratorium on TODD zone change applications.



For property known as 422 Ridgeview Road, Orange, CT. Submitted by property owner Donald and Nicole Feuerstein. To create an elderly apartment.

Girls’ Volleyball: Cheshire Is Good, But Amity Is Still Better

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Oct 182016

Girls’ Swimming: Lady Spartans Come Back Strong After First Loss Of The Season

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Oct 172016

img_1510Last Thursday, Oct. 13, the Amity Lady Spartans swim team went up against another unbeaten team, their SCC Rival the Cheshire Rams, at the Orange Pool.

The Rams butted Amity out of its perfect season 94.5 – 83.5.

Coming off their first loss of 2016, the Lady Spartans hosted Madison’s Daniel Hand on Monday in Orange.

Although Hand won more events in this meet, Amity’s scores helped them come out on top 99 – 83.

Amity’s Winning Events

200 Freestyle: A- 2:02.29 Kayleigh Foley

200 Ind. Medley: A- 2:20.43 Kate Alvarado

100 Butterfly: A- 1:01.41 Kate Alvarado

200 Freestyle Relay: A- 1:49.16 Kally Hauser, Jenna Lu, Kayleigh Foley, Vera Belfonti

100 Breaststroke: A- 1:12.30 Megan Lasto

Hand’s Winning Events

200 Medley Relay: H- 1:59.30 Kayla Mendonca, Caroline Genther, Case Porter, Allie Mascia,

50 Freestyle: H- 25.64 Allie Mascia

Diving: H- 222.52 Noelle Bergere

100 Freestyle: H- 57.17 Allie Mascia

500 Freestyle: H- 5:28.37 Caroline Genther

100 Backstroke: H- 1:01.94 Kayla Mendonca

400 Freestyle Relay: H- 3:53.34 Emma Connolly, Kelly Doktorski, Allie Mascia, Kayla Mendonca

Records: Amity 10-1, Hand 7-4