Aug 202014

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 9.14.24 PMMarie Anquillare Apuzzo, 88, of North Haven, formerly of Orange for many years, passed away Saturday, August 16, 2014 at her home.

She was the wife of the late Louis P. Apuzzo.

Marie was born in New Haven on September 25, 1925; daughter of the late Theodore and Antoinette Buonocore Anquillare; she and her late husband were the owner and operators of the former Apuzzo Market, West Haven.

Marie was an active parishioner and volunteered much of her time to St. Therese Church, North Haven; was a member of A.C.I.M., but most importantly was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother to her “little pumpkins” whom she loved unconditionally.

Mother of Patricia (Thomas) Elliot, Mary Lou (John) DiPaola and Michael P. Apuzzo, Sr. and his late wife Regina. Grandmother of Stephen (Claudine) Elliot, Christopher (Alison) Elliot, Melissa (David) Knight, Mark Peter (Cristiana) DiPaola, Scott (Kate) Apuzzo, Michael P. Apuzzo, Jr. and Louis C. Apuzzo.

Great-Grandmother of Andrew, Matthew, Ashley, Celeste and Dax Elliot, Juliana DiPaola and Luca Knight. Sister of Ceasar Anquillare and Louis (Rosemarie) Anquillare.

The visiting hours will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 PM. 

Her funeral procession will leave the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue Thursday morning at 9:30. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in St. Therese at 10:00.

Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Association, 4 Oxford Road, Unit D4, Milford, CT 06460 in memory of her late husband Louis P. Apuzzo. www.northhavenfuneral.com 

Aug 192014

Fresh and delicious bread and seasoned oil.

Fresh and delicious bread and seasoned oil.

When is the last time you went to the Redfish Grill? Now is a great time to try it and get hooked.

A friend, and Orange resident said she had lunch there for the first time on Saturday and liked it so much she came back with friends for dinner on Sunday.

We’ve heard nothing but good comments about the food, service and atmosphere but some diners have been put off by the price of their meal.

Well, Spiro has some good news for you, Redfish Grill now offers early dining specials, Monday thru Friday from 4-6 p.m.

The special menu includes 10 of the restaurant’s most popular dishes (seafood, beef, pork and chicken) all for $11.95 each.

You will have a choice of Scottish Salmon; Santorini Shrimp; Redfish Mediterranean; Tilapia Florentine; Broiled Scrod; Linguini with Clam Sauce; grilled Pork Chop; Pork Loin Marsals; Filet Mignon or Lemon Chicken.

Side dish selections are: Mac n’ Cheese; French Fries; Cole Slaw, Jasmine Rice; Roasted Potatoes or Seasonal Vegetables.

Even if you are not a bread lover, you will love the bread here.

Come on in and try the Redfish Grill. The food is always fresh and delicious, the service is fast and friendly and now the price is right too.

Don’t forget to mention that you heard about it on Orange Live

Originally Published on: Jun 10, 2014 @ 1:59 

Second Posting on: Jun 15, 2014 @ 22:59

Re-posted on July 11 @ 10:36 a.m.

Aug 192014

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 7.36.14 PMThe Town Plan And Zoning Commission met tonight at Town Hall.

Following are the agenda items and discussions that took place:

  1. SITE PLAN APPLICATION – Submitted by Sixty Five Marsh Hill Road, LLC – Frank Dilieto for property known as 0 Salemme Lane a.k.a Assessor’s Map 3-1-6.  The proposal is for the use of the property as a temporary warehousing/dumpster supply company.  Empty dumpster-containers will be stored on-site and enclosed with a slatted chain link fence.

Discussion: The applicant hired attorney Brian Stone, who asked that the subject be postponed until the next meeting.

  1. SITE PLAN APPLICATION, ARCHITECTURAL SUPPLEMENT – Submitted by Kin Properties for property known as 130 Boston Post Road. For proposed façade work.

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 7.39.32 PMDiscussion: Kathy McDavid, store manager explained that current aluminum facade is chipping and unattractive, would be replaced with stucco.

Chairman Clark said proposed material does not comply with the town’s preferred materials regulation. He suggested incorporating stone or brick.

McDavid could not reach the architect by phone, so Clark said instead of denying the application, it would be continued to the next meeting.

3.  Review of draft “Outdoor Storage & Outdoor Displays” regulations.

Discussion: Town Attorney Vin Marino presented the draft.

In short
big stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s would bring in a site plan showing the parking lot, where merchandise would be on display and the amount of time it would be displayed outside the store, in order to obtain TP&ZC approval.

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 7.42.50 PMSidewalks would have to comply with ADA regulations so customers in wheel chairs would be able to get by safely.

Stores like Porch and Patio, Christmas Tree Shops and AC Moore should not have merchandise on the sidewalks, which is a safety issue, as it forces people to walk in the parking lot.

Zoning Enforcement Officer Paul Dinice said the two Garden Center stores often get large shipments of bulky materials, such as mulch for seasonal sales that wind up outside the store.

Clark suggested perhaps separating stand alone stores and multi-tenant stores.

Commissioner Judy Smith Morgan said maybe the regulations should gear more toward the size of the establishment.

Commissioner Ralph Aschettino said a 6-foot sidewalk with two way pedestrian traffic may be too tight.

After considering all the discussions, Marino said he would work on the draft and present it at the next meeting.

  1.  Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 7.43.59 PM• Firelight Plaza issued an abatement order. An Outdoor dining area is not approved

A dumpster enclosure is in disrepair, construction has been done without the proper permits.

• The owner and a tenant at — address? — would be sited for violations and anti-blight regulation issues. (commercial trucks, messy, machinery outside)

• Foreclosed properties that are in violation of the anti-blight regulations. Dinice is going to inspect several of them.

• Cars for sale in commercial parking lots must be removed.


8.   *APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL EXCEPTION, PERMIT OR USE – Submitted by Mike LaRocco for property known as 119 Old Tavern Road.  The proposal is to construct an addition to an existing garage.   A larger ground Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 8.03.58 PMcoverage is requested as per Section 383-26 I (3) (a) of the Orange Zoning Regulations.

Discussion: Clark said some residents reported that LaRocco repairs cars as a side job and this is not an allowed use, BUT the remainder of the application meets all criteria, and should be approved. He added that the LaRocco’s property is immaculate and well kept. The request passed unanimously.

  1. APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL EXCEPTION, PERMIT OR USE – Submitted by New Haven Hebrew Day Inc. for property known as 261 Derby Avenue.  The proposal is to create and provide temporary classroom space to accommodate current student levels at an existing school.  Approximately 20 students will be using the space at any one time between the school hours of 8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Discussion: The rear of the school has the most foot traffic so the school administrator asked that the temporary trailer (for up to 2 years) would be parked there and used for the girls’ High School.

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 8.07.12 PMClark said, in terms of regulations the trailer would be considered a building.

The trailer would have air conditioning and heat, the egress would be facing the existing building for safety reasons.

Clark said it meets all the criteria and there has never been any problems with traffic etc.

The application was unanimously approved with the addition of “after two years the temporary trailer would be revisited.”


Aug 142014

Turkey Hill School[tps_footer][/tps_footer]Turkey Hill School Principal Denise Arterbery announced today that the hiring committee has selected two dynamic teachers to fill the fifth and sixth grade openings at Turkey Hill School.

Both candidates went through a rigorous interview process that included first and second interviews, a lesson observation, and a writing sample.

Jennifer Acker, no stranger to Turkey Hill, will be joining the fifth-grade team. She has been a part of the THS community since 2007 as its manager of the School of the 21st Century. Through her position she has built a strong rapport with students, teachers, and families which will be a great asset to her as she joins our teaching team.

Additionally, Acker brings a broad understanding, appreciation, and excitement for technology and the incorporation of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) due to her involvement as Orange’s Lego League Coordinator. Her excitement and motivation to get started is clearly evident; when she was offered the position she asked “when can I come in and get to work on my classroom and curriculum?”

Joining the sixth-grade team is Jennifer Ziegler, who brings more than 15 years of teaching experience in private and public schools to Turkey Hill. She has experience teaching kindergarten, fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth  grades.

Ziegler comes to Turkey Hill from Amistad Academy Elementary School in New Haven. Her rigorous yet enthusiastic personality and teaching style will help prepare sixth graders as they begin the transition from elementary to middle school this year.

Arterbery said, “Throughout the entire interview process Jennifer’s engaging, dynamic, and fun personality was irresistible and I know that she will capture the hearts and minds of our sixth-grade students!


Aug 132014

Screen shot 2014-08-13 at 5.14.43 PMVirginia Kelley Moran, age 95, of Milford, CT entered into eternal rest on Sunday August 10, 2014 at Milford Hospital Hospice Suite.

Born on November 9, 1918 to the late Edward J. Kelley and Frances (Hallowell) Kelley, Virginia was a Bridgeport resident most of her life before moving to Milford in 1979.

Virginia worked at St. Augustine’s school when her children were young, but then went to work for the Bridgeport City Employees Federal Credit Union for the next 32 years retiring in 2001.

Virginia loved the beach, her Thursday night get togethers with her best friends referred to as “the club” and her jaunts to Broadway as often as she could.

Virginia was predeceased by her husband Bob of 65 years just this past July and her sister Doris Harding of Shelton. She is survived by her three children; Robert Moran and his wife Helen of Trumbull, Chris and his wife Robin of Orange and Sally of Milford, her cherished grandchildren; Christopher, Darren and Scott of whom she was so proud, and her special nieces, Kathy Jacobi of Milford and Virginia Dedad of Shelton.

Her family would like to extend their thanks to VITAS Hospice and Connecticut Hospice for their special care and to the nurses of Milford Hospital. Also to “Vida” her wonderful aide.

Friends may call on Wednesday, August 13 from 4-7 p.m. in The Gregory F Doyle Funeral Home, 291 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford.


Friends and Family are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, August 14 at 10:30 a.m. directly in St Ann Church, 501 Naugatuck Avenue, Milford.

Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VITAS Hospice or to Connecticut Hospice. To leave an online condolence, please visit, www.gregoryfdoylefuneralhome.com – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ctpost/obituary.aspx?n=virginia-moran&pid=172064056&fhid=7999&eid=sp_ommatch#sthash.r9WDGl1d.dpuf

Aug 132014

Volunteers working in the main food tent

Volunteers working in the main food tent

To all Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival Volunteers:


A most sincere thank you to all the people who helped make this year’s Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival a huge success.


This annual fundraiser, the largest for this volunteer fire association, could not run each year without the many dedicated volunteers who work day and night over weeks and months for this event.  From the volunteers who worked selling raffle tickets, to the volunteers who prepped and cooked the food, to those who manned the food tents, and to all the public works employees who set up and broke down the carnival.  This whole event runs on the backs of its volunteers.


Without our volunteers the carnival could not have been the success it was.  Thank you for your continued support and dedication.  OVF volunteers – you’re the best!  See you next year.




Donald Foyer

Carnival Chairman

Aug 122014

Tom Foley declared winner of CT Republican Primary

Tom Foley declared winner of CT Republican Primary

Today a small percentage of Orange’s Republicans came out to vote in the primary for the state officials.

District 1 (voting at Mary L. Tracy School) Districts 2&3 combined (voting at High Plains Community Center)

Here are the unofficial results from the town of Orange.


Office and candidate                                       D1             D2             Absentee             Total

Governor — Tom Foley                                  101             87                    4                       192

Governor — John McKinney                         104           107                   9                      220*

Lt. Gov. — Penny Bocchiochi                          58            45                    3                       106

Lt. Gov. — Heather Somers                            68           68                    3                       139

Lt. Gov.  — David Walker                                76           77                     7                       160*

Comptroller — Sharon McLaughlin          152          118                   5                        273*

Comptroller — Angel Gadena                       48            52                   4                       104


As of 9:15 p.m. the statewide results were showing Foley as the winner. After all the results are tabulated we most likely will see Foley going up against Dann Malloy for the second consecutive time.

Early statewide results also show Penny Bocchiochi in the lead for Lt. Gov. and Sharon McLaughlin for Comptroller.

Update: On Wednesday, Bocchiochi conceded to Somers

Aug 112014

an aerial shot of the Ohman Ave. property

an aerial shot of the Ohman Ave. property

At the last Town Plan And Zoning Commission meeting, Zoning Enforcement Officer Paul Dinice said a settlement had been reached with Frank Rogers (aka Fran Clark Woodruff Rogers), whose blighted properties have been a thorn in the town’s side for several years.

Rogers owns properties at 238 Old Grassy Hill Road, 661-663 Orange Center Road, and 158 Ohman Avenue, all of which have at one time or another been under investigation for alleged violations of the Anti-blight ordinance.

With the TP&Z blessing, Dinice lodged fines against Rogers, which began to run into the tens of thousands of dollars.  ($26,000 per property)

A settlement was finally reached on Aug. 1, which includes the following:

Rogers is to pay the town of Orange $4,000 of which $500 would be payable in cash, certified check or bank check immediately. The remaining $3,500 would be paid over a seven-month period beginning Aug. 2014.

The town would put liens and deeds on all three properties, and Rogers must agree to sell the home on Ohman Avenue, which has been the subject of conversation at the TPZC meetings for various reasons for several years.

The properties will be closely monitored and cannot violate any of the town ordinances hereon in.

At our request Dinice obtained and released the details of the settlement agreement today.

The full 37 page settlement agreement can be found HERE

Aug 082014

Orange Police K-9 Major

Orange Police K-9 Major

Here is Video from the first half of the police memorial service held in honor of K-9 Major who was killed in the line of duty on July 19, 2014.

Hear what former K-9 handler Mike Kosh, Chief Robert Gagne said in the first half, then what Officer Chris Brown had to say about this magnificent dog in the second half of the Video.

Read the full story here.


Only 2 media people were at the ceremony. You will read about this in a print publication in 3 weeks. 



Aug 082014

The final resting place of K9 Major is in front of the Orange Police Dapartment.

The final resting place of K9 Major is in front of the Orange Police Dapartment.

The Orange Police Department hosted a small memorial service for K-9 Major who died tragically in the line of duty in the early morning hours of July 19.

More than a dozen police K-9s and their handlers from surrounding police departments, police officers, a handful of town employees, former Asst. Chief Ed Koether (one of the department’s original K-9 handlers), the Rev. Ann Ritonia, and a couple of invited guests attended the outdoor service under sunny skies.

Major’s partner Officer Christopher Brown, received a plaque from Chris Wheatman of the American Kennel Club —Trap Falls Kennel Club with a brass plate and a photo of Brown and Major.

Speakers included Detective Michael Kosh, who addressed the crowd accompanied by his retired K-9 Maximus.

Officer Kosh said, “There’s a special bond between you and your K-9 partner. From the moment you select your partner it starts, whether you realize it or not. I saw this in officer Brown and Major. … In the end, it was always about the dog.”

He read the poem “Guardians of the Night,” stating that he believes it fits the handler and his partner.

Brown choked up as he spoke briefly about his partner’s short life and their time together.

Chief Robert Gagne also choked as he paid tribute to the dog, reading a poem “Grieve Not For Me“, and concluding with a sincere “Good Boy, Major.”

The Rev. Ann Ritonia blessed the area in front of the police department where a dogwood tree provides shade over a polished black granite stone bearing Major’s image and the inscription “Major, July 28-2012 — July 19, 2014 LODD (Line of Duty Death). His ashes are buried there.

Highway Department Employee Steve Cifarelli donated the stone which was engraved by the father of one of the Orange policemen.

See more photos on our Orange Live Facebook page