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Open House Today Four Bedroom Home On River

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Jun 252017
 

No expense was spared on this 4 bedroom, 2 bath remodeled home. Stop by and see it today at343 W River Road between 2 – 4 p.m.

The new windows and French doors provide tons of natural light throughout the home. The interior features of the home are stunning, including all wood floors and a gorgeous finished basement!

The focal point of the living room is the brick-faced fireplace with built-in shelving and cabinets. The gorgeous kitchen, perfect for any budding chef, features an abundance of new white shaker cabinets, beautiful granite counter tops, tile backsplash, copper sink, and new stainless steel appliances.

The large master bedroom has a walk-in closet and full bath. Both bathrooms have been beautifully appointed with new vanities, fixtures, and toilets. There is a large laundry room off the back of the house with tons of cabinet space and storage that leads out to the flat, spacious yard that backs up to the stocked Wepawaug River.

A short distance to Boston Post Road’s shopping, easy access to the 15 and 95 freeways, and nightly entertainment, makes for the perfect location in the highly sought after Orange School District. Bring your pickiest buyers, this home will sell fast!

Here’s A Thing Or Two You May Not Know

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Jun 242017
 

Ever since the town of Orange began actively recycling, pizza boxes have been a HUGE no no.

So, is it okay to put a pizza box in your recycling bin?

Well, if you are still stuffing them into your trash, STOP!

According to revised Connecticut recycling rules it IS now okay to recycle pizza boxes as long as they don’t have any cheese or grease on them. Are you surprised? You’re not alone.

The Orange Recycling Committee shared this information during the Orange Business and Community Expo earlier this month.

Here’s a quick question. Can you place shredded paper in your recycling bin? It’s paper, and paper is recyclable, right?

Well, no, you can’t. The same goes for paper cups.

Do you want to know more? Visit the Connecticut recycling website for all the answers you seek.

Educate yourself and your children on how recycling works and you can help save the world a little bit at a time every day. And residents, recycling helps keep your property taxes down.

No Legion Ball, But Wait, There’s More To Do Today

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Jun 242017
 

If you were planning on attending the American Legion Baseball doubleheader in Orange today, you are out of luck, but you don’t have to wait long. The team will play tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. in Hamden.

There is the Orange Summer Craft Festival on the front lawn of The Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road until 5 p.m. today.

If you’re from Milford, today is Milford Day at the Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave, Bridgeport. Admission is only $5 with proof of Milford residency. The Zoo is open until 4 p.m. come on out and see what’s new since your last visit.

UPDATE: Police Release Identities Of Dogburn Road Crash Victims

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Jun 222017
 

Zeoli: Town In Great Fiscal Shape

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Jun 212017
 

First Selectman Jim Zeoli is pleased to announce that the town of Orange is on a solid fiscal footing.

He stated this after a Standard and Poor’s Review reaffirmed an AAA bond rating prior to the upcoming municipal bond sale.

Orange Live will have more information on this when it becomes available.

Orange Post 127 Legion Baseball Wins Two On Saturday

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Jun 172017
 

The Orange Post 127 American Legion Baseball team hosted New Haven for a double header at Brinley Field in Orange Saturday morning/afternoon.

Smith Throws Shutout As Orange Post 127 Defeats New Haven

Jared Smith didn’t allow a single run as Orange Post 127 defeated New Haven 6-0 on Saturday. Smith allowed just five hits and got one batter to hit into a fielder’s choice to end the game.

Jack Nolan led Orange to victory by driving in four runs. He went 3-for-4 at the plate. Nolan drove in runs on a single in the third and a home run in the sixth.

Jake Nolan hit a 2-run homer.

Orange scored three runs in the sixth inning. Post 127 scored its runs on a home run by Nolan.

One bright spot for New Haven was a single in the first inning.

Jared Smith earned the win for Post 127. He tossed seven innings, surrendering zero runs, five hits, striking out four, and walking zero. New Haven’s pitcher took the loss. He threw six innings, surrendering six runs, 11 hits, and striking out three.

Orange had 11 hits in the game. Nolan, Andy Hague, and Teddy Hague each collected multiple hits for the home team.

One player led New Haven with two hits in three at-bats. New Haven didn’t commit a single error in the field. Another player had the most chances in the field with one.

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Hague’s Walkoff Gives Orange Post 127 Victory Over New Haven

Orange Post 127 took Saturday’s second game in dramatic fashion, with a 5-4 walk-off victory over New Haven. Orange was down 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning when Andy Hague singled and drove in two runs.

New Haven knotted the game up at two in the top of the fifth inning. New Haven scored one run on a wild pitch by Burzynski.

Tyler Appel earned the win for Orange. He went two innings, surrendering two runs, one hit, and striking out three. The opposing team’s pitcher took the loss for New Haven. He threw four innings, allowing three runs, five hits, and striking out two.

Burzynski started the game for Post 127. He threw five innings, surrendering two runs, five hits, striking out two, and walking zero.

Appel and Andy Hague each drove in two runs to lead Orange. Our home team didn’t commit a single error in the field. Burzynski had one chance in the field, the most on the team.

New Haven’s pitcher led his team with two hits in four at-bats.

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Post 127’s record for the 2017 season is 4-1, they lost a close game to Stratford 3-1 on the road on Thursday.

A Light Agenda For Tonight’s Board Of Selectmen’s Meeting

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Jun 152017
 

 

  • The Orange Board of Selectmen will have a special meeting at Town Hall tonight, Thursday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m.
    Call to order
    Fire Exits
    Pledge of Allegiance
    Introductions
    PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
    (2 minutes per speaker)
    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    MINUTES
    To consider and act upon the minutes of the Public Hearings and Regular
    Meeting of May 10, 2017 (enclosure)
    NEW BUSINESS
    1. To consider and act on the approval of a vending license for July 2, 2017
    firework show (enclosure) – Howard Dragonoff, Action Enterprises
    2. To consider and act on the approval of a town donation towards the
    Independence Day Celebration – First Selectman James Zeoli
    3. To consider and act on the tax assessment agreement between MLG Real
    Estate, LLC and the Town of Orange (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli
  • 4. To consider and act on the appointment of Shannan Carlson to the Amity
    Board of Education – First Selectman James Zeoli
    5. To consider and act on the approval of the bid recommendation for wood and
    brush disposal (enclosure) – First Selectman James Zeoli
    6. To consider and act on the approval of the bid recommendation for refuse
    collection services (enclosure) – First Selectman James Zeoli
    7.To consider and act on the waiver of medical benefits for one employee
    (enclosure) – First Selectman James Zeoli
    8.To consider and act on the formation of a Charter Revision Committee
    (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli
    9. To consider and act on the request to put on the Suspense List the unpaid taxes
    from 2013 in the amount of $41,734.22 (enclosure)
    10. To consider and act on the approval of the tax refunds for June in the amount
    of $6595.90 (enclosure)
    11. Update on the Redesign of the Town Website
    COMMITTEES
    1. Capital Planning – Selectman Okenquist
    2. Pension Board – Selectman Goldblatt
    3. Bond Construction Oversight – Selectman Goldblatt
    4. Personnel Committee – Selectmen Zeoli, Okenquist, Davis
    5. Charter Revision Commission – Selectman Carangelo
    FYI
    Approved Minutes, Public Hearing & Special Meeting – April 5, 2017
    Appointments and Reappointments
    Revenue & Expenditure Reports
    2017 Orange Volunteer Fire Association Carnival Raffle Prize Brochure
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Whether You’re Taking A Detour or Just Cruising Around Remember Children Are Everywhere

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Jun 142017
 

As you may already know, the Derby-Milford Road Construction project has begun and will continue for several months (til the end of the year).

Prudden Lane is one of the approved detour roadways and drivers are taking advantage of this route.

But, there is a problem, drivers are speeding on Prudden when they come from Derby-Milford (maybe blowing off steam because they’re aggravated?)

Well, school is out for summer, and there are many children who live on that street. Please drive carefully, keep your eyes open for children who may be riding bicycles, playing catch or tag, walking a dog… you never know. Children are everywhere and their lives are more important than you getting wherever you’re going a minute or two faster.

 

After 32 Years At Amity, Deb-bie Da-vis Is Retiring

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Jun 142017
 

Retiree Debbie Davis

If you attended Amity High School anytime since 1985, even if you weren’t a student and just stopped by for an event, you know Debbie Davis.

The “most beloved teacher” at Amity is retiring after 32 years.

Debbie came to Amity as a Health and Physical Education teacher and got involved with everything over the years.

She was a Senior Class Advisor for 20 years, Co-Chairman of the BOW Relay For Life, helped with the After Prom and was the school’s biggest and loudest cheerleader.

Her former boss Athletic Director Paul Mengold would ask her to do something with athletics and she would dive in with both feet.

Prior to her employment at Amity, Debbie’s husband Paul Davis was the Amity Boys and Girls Swim Coach and she became dedicated to that program. To this day, she still announces at Amity’s home swim meets in Orange.

Legendary Amity Football Coach Bill Johnson, Teacher Debbie Davis.

As she reflected on three decades with Amity, Debbie said, without missing a beat, that her favorite part was, “I LOVE, love, being with my Department. We laugh every day when you go to work it’s like an extended family,” she said. “I’m extremely fortunate.”

Debbie also loves the kids, she loves watching them as they grow from Freshman to Seniors and seeing their academic and athletic accomplishments over the years.

Although tennis is her favorite person sport, at the school she is partial to girls volleyball because of the coach, her son Seth (who was chosen by his peers as the 2017 Coach of the Year).

“They have a phenomenal team,” she said.

It seems that every day, Debbie runs into a former student who will give her a hug and chat.

One such incident surprised her when the gentleman said that she “changed his life forever and for that he will always be indebted.”

Debbie’s lesson to him was to think with your heart, not with your brain.

She feels that the best thing she’s taught her students is the importance of relationships with their family members, not just their friends. “Talk to your parents, talk to your siblings because they are the most important people in your life.”

Debbie’s husband, Paul, said, “She loves the kids but demands respect and she treats them with respect. She always tells them the truth she will let them know if they aren’t being respectful.”

“Debbie is like a second parent to the kids at Amity. She demands that they work to their highest potential, but also knows the importance of having fun,” Paul said.

Her popularity is evident at basketball games and other events when the kids start chanting “Deb-bie Da-vis,” out of the blue.

The Administration allowed Debbie to do the things she did because they knew it worked.

Amity Principal Anna Mahon spoke affectionately about her. “Debbie Davis is not just the face of Amity, she is the heart and soul. She has been a part of our school community and the greater BOW community for so many years and so many ways.”

Mahon continued, “The students love Mrs. Davis because they know that she truly loves them. Debbie is one of the most enthusiastic educators I know and she will be sorely missed by everyone, particularly during lunch when we no longer have her whistle to rely on or her signature yell while standing on a bench seat, “Clean off  your tables, thank you!”

Athletic Director Ernie Goodwin has only worked with Davis for a couple of years, but already has a deep respect and affection for her.

He said, “She embodies everything Amity Athletics stands for. She knows what’s right, what’s wrong, and she calls people on their behavior.”

George Geane and Debbie Davis

“You know she’s special when you meet her,” Goodwin said. “Everyone gravitates toward her and everyone knows her as a motherly figure.”

“What I will miss most about her is when she’ll close my door and say, “Ok, talk to me what’s the matter.” He added, “Thankfully, she will still help out next year, so we’ll see her, but I will miss the day to day interactions.”

Her friend and Relay Co-Chair Lynn Plaskowitz said, “Debbie is a very special person. She loves the kids and puts her heart into everything she does. She is respected by everyone and has a great sense of humor.”

Davis said she has mixed emotions about leaving Amity.

She will miss her best buddy Betsy in the Amity Athletic Department, with whom she has worked for many years and never argued even once.

She will no longer work 14 hour days and will have more time to spend with her grandchildren.

She can get up at any time she wants in the morning, take a swim, babysit the grandchildren and simply enjoy life. But don’t worry Amity. She’ll still be around at the games with her signature yell,  “Come On Amity!”

Orange Live wishes you the very best in your retirement, Debbie. You are a Very special lady and we treasure your friendship and wisdom over the years.

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It’s Flag Day – Honor the Red, White and Blue Today

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Jun 142017
 

Today is Flag Day.

Every year the town of Orange celebrates Old Glory with a ceremony hosted by the American Legion, but with the Orange Expo going on and the Amity Graduation pulling people from town this year, for the first time in … well forever, there will be NO Flag Day ceremony in Orange.

This is actually sad, at a time in our country when we need to come together as Americans.

If you have small children, please take a moment to chat with them about the flag and explain its importance to them.

If you have a flag fly it proudly today.