Kevin Arnone Wants YOU To Join His Bowling League

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Aug 292015

Kevin Arnone at the lanes

Kevin Arnone at the lanes

Do you want to go bowling? Back in the day it was the thing to do. Then it was something our dads did with the mens league from church. But now, younger people like Orange native, WTNH 8 meteorologist Kevin Arnone are making this “old man’s sport” cool again.

Well, it’s that time of year again, and Kevin is putting together teams for the Far Mill River League.

Come to the AMF Milford Lanes (across from Costco) on Monday, Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m.

• Cost is $20 per week for 30 weeks of bowling.

11874930_2488601089554_131941224_o• 4 person teams, any combination works. Practice starts at 6:30 p.m. (bowling starts at 6:45 p.m.)

• Brackets, side pots and 50/50 raffle.

• 90% of 230 for handicap.

• End of year banquet and prize fund.

Contact Kevin at [email protected] or text/call at 203-988-1295 for more information.


Originally Published on: Aug 20, 2015 @ 21:48




Introducing the Orange Ct Tag Sale Site

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Aug 212015

orange tag sale siteFollowing the model of many similar sites in other towns, a resident started the Orange Ct Tag Sale site on Facebook last week to help people sell useful items without having to set up tables and taking time out on a weekend. Although, you may post a tag sale you are having in the local area.

PLEASE READ BEFORE POSTING ITEMS. Welcome to the Orange Ct Tag Sale site. This is a site to post and sell your gently used items – similar to items you would see at an actual tag sale.

Please DO NOT advertise any services or business you may have. You can post items for sale from your business, but don’t advertise your actual business on here.

DO NOT sell partially used personal items such as lotions, cosmetics, etc.

NO selling of anything illegal (i.e. knock-off purses, mattresses, etc.) If you do so, you will be subject to immediate removal from the site.

When listing, please post a photo, price, and location of where the item is being sold from. (If you are cross-posting, please say that in your post)

There is NO BIDDING allowed.

The first person to comment “interested” should get first dibs. Then you go to the next, etc. If you make contact with that interested person, please allow them sufficient time (12 hrs) to respond back.

If you have multiple items to sell, please create a photo album. Have your photos saved on your computer. Click on “Add Photo / Video,” then click on “Create Photo Album,” and then select your photos to upload. You can put the price and description in the caption for each photo.

Please remove your post immediately after your item has sold and the transaction is complete.

All transactions between parties are to be conducted by private message. If you make an arrangement to pick up an item, please show up to pick up that item! Contact seller immediately if there is an issue with an item pick-up. NO-SHOW BUYERS ARE SUBJECT TO REMOVAL FROM THIS SITE.

Buy At Your Own Risk! This group and its administrator is not responsible for sales that go awry, the condition of items, or recalls of items.

Whether you are buying, selling, or communicating in any way on this site, please be courteous and play nice! If not, you may be removed from this site. This is not the place for rude comments.

-Please remember to be safe. This is a public group, so DO NOT post your address here. Keep that in private messages or emails.

American Girl Doll Camp Was A Big Hit This Week

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Aug 212015

Lea Turner talking to the girls about their dolls at the 3-day American Girl Doll camp held at the historic Stone-Otis House this week.

Lea Turner talking to the girls about their dolls at
the 3-day American Girl Doll camp held at the historic Stone-Otis House this week.

Thirteen girls from various towns around Orange as far west as Seymour and south from Ridgefield attended a 3-day American Girl Doll Camp this week at the historic Stone-Otis House.

The program was coordinated by Pat Lovelace from the Guilford Keeping Society in conjunction with the Orange Historical Society staff members Jan Clarke and Ginny Reinhard.

During the three days, the girls read, wrote and created. They learned about their everyday lives by reading their stories, heard about when they lived, wrote in their own journals, made crafts, played games from the doll’s time period and sampled food from recipes they would have used.

By the time camp ended on Wednesday, the girls already were talking about returning next year.

As a special treat to the community the Stone-Otis House is open Saturday, Aug. 22  from 11-2.

Obituary: Anna Mary Caldaroni Lisi, 94, Beloved Mother, Grandmother, Devout Christian

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Aug 202015

Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 4.14.55 PMAnna Mary Caldaroni Lisi of Trumbull, 94, died in her sleep on Wednesday, August 19, 2015. Daughter of the late Antonio and Dora Corso Caldaroni, she was born on January 20, 1921 in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

She retired from Metropolitan Life and also spent many years as a hairdresser. She was a faithful member of Holy Rosary Church in Bridgeport, and held leadership roles in the Holy Rosary Society and the St. Theresa’s Guild.

She was also a longtime member of the Mother Cabrini Council of the Columbiettes. Prayer and mass attendance was a consistent part of Anna’s life, attending mass just about every day, and via EWTN when her health prevented attending in person.

She also volunteered her time generously for many years and for several causes, and received the US Presidential Award for Volunteerism.

She enjoyed lobster, celebrating family events, playing cards and bingo, and vacation cruises with her “man,” Edward A. Lisi, who predeceased her. Together they shared a 63-year marriage.

She leaves her devoted children: Ann and Michael Purr of Stone Mountain, Georgia and their children: Ann Marie and Michael Martin; Edward and Margherita Lisi of Orange, Connecticut and their children: Kate, Marc, Juliana, and her husband, Patrick Carter; Dominic and Robin Lisi of Trumbull, Connecticut and their children: Pamela and Diana, and her husband, Harry Shyket.

She also leaves her 1-year old great grandson, Dylan Dominic Shyket, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by eleven brothers and sisters, including: Josephine Minaudo, Gussie, Dora, Mary, Frank (Sharkey), Thomas (Timmy), Nick (Gee), Joseph (Pepo), Salvatore, Giovanni, and Anthony (Toto) Caldaroni.

Relatives and friends may call on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, 419 White Plains Road, Trumbull.

Funeral services will take place Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. from the funeral home, and at 10:00 a.m. in Holy Rosary Church, 365 East Washington Avenue, Bridgeport for a Mass of Christian Burial.

Interment will follow at St. Michael’s Cemetery, 2205 Stratford Ave., Stratford.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrew Academy, 395 Anton Street, Bridgeport, CT 06606 for The Anna and Edward Lisi Scholarship.

To leave an online condolence, visit www.abriola.com 

Rescue Team Organizes Massive Search Effort For Missing Dog

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Aug 192015


Roxie missing since Aug. 14

This is the dog that Orange Live reported missing on Friday, Aug. 14. The group that rescued her from a bad home situation sent this e-mail out this afternoon.


We are organizing a MASSIVE poster distribution effort for Roxie, who escaped her crate just after having been pulled by our rescue on Wednesday from Meriden Animal Control.

Anyone who is able to help – please do!

We will meet at Old Tavern Park – 116 Old Tavern Rd, Orange – divide the area up into quadrants – and go door to door handing out flyers.


We also will have people stationed in front of businesses in the area, handing flyers out to people as they enter or exit the businesses. OF COURSE – we hope that we will be able to cancel this effort because we hope and pray that Roxie will be found before then! However, if not – we will be there and we hope many people will be able to come out and help.

Any questions you have, please private message our page. [yet in their e-mail they did not mention the name of the page]

THANK YOU! IF YOU SHOULD SEE ROXIE: She is VERY SHY and VERY SCARED! PLEASE DO NOT APPROACH HER, FOLLOW HER, OR EVEN CALL HER NAME! SHE WILL RUN! Roxie is a corgi/lab mix, about 1-2 years old, about 25-30 lbs.

Lost on 8/14/15 – last seen in the vicinity of Puerto Vallarta Restaurant, 377 Boston Post Road, Orange CT.

Please call one or more of the following IMMEDIATELY if you see her: Leslie: 413-664-2096 Kim: 203-801-8599 Ray: 860-459-0896 Ansonia Animal Shelter: (203) 410-7716 West Haven Animal Control: 203-937-3642 Milford Animal Control: 203-783-3279

Obituary: Anthony “Tony” Moccia, 92, Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother

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Aug 192015

Screen Shot 2015-08-19 at 1.36.01 PMAnthony “Tony” Moccia, 92, husband of 66 years to Pearl Elia Moccia and resident of Orange, entered into eternal rest Aug. 18, 2015.

He was born April 1, 1923 in Derby, son of the late Carmine and Anne Storiale Moccia.

He worked as a tool & die maker for Avco Co. in Stratford and was a parishioner of Holy Infant Church in Orange. Tony also was a member of the Knights of Columbus, as well as the Orange, Milford, Ansonia & Derby Senior Centers.

In addition to his wife, he leaves to cherish his memory, children, Paul Moccia (Gerrie) of Lansdale, PA., Carmine Moccia of Maui, Hawaii, Robert Moccia of Key West, FL., Richard Moccia (Teri) of Bridgeport, Christine Moccia of Orange and John & Paula Moccia, his brother Mario Moccia (Pat) of Orange, sister Delores Moore of Shelton, 7 grandchildren & 1 great-grandchild.

He was predeceased by his son, David Moccia & sister, Jennie D’Amico. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

The Jenkins King & Malerba Funeral Home, 12 Franklin St., Ansonia, has been privileged with the arrangements. (www.jenkinskingfh.com)

In lieu of flowers, donations in Tony’s memory may be made to The Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, 20 York Street, New Haven, CT 06510.

Theft Victim Makes Plea For Return of His Property

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Aug 182015

macbook-proA man whose car was burglarized two weeks ago is making an impassioned plea for the return of his computer — or at least some of the information stored on the hard drive.

Many people depend on their laptop computers for everything. Some compose music and store their creations on their PCs or Macs. I do all of my work on a laptop because I need the portability and it’s just more comfortable than sitting at a desk as I did for 3/4 of my career. Others, like our afore mentioned victim use it for business and store important information, in this case family recipes that aren’t written down anywhere else.

The man is a cook and was about to introduce his family’s favorites to the world, but now, they are gone — they vanished forever when someone entered his car at night and stole his MacBook Pro here in Orange.

He knows it’s a long shot, but if the thief has a heart and would please return the computer or at least transfer the personal information onto a flash drive so he can get on with his life, he would be eternally grateful.

Of course, the return of the computer with the promise of no legal implications would be best.

You may contact this news site at [email protected] or call 203-506-1747 to make arrangements for its return. OR if you remember where you took it from, just leave it on the front porch and call it a day.


Notes in a Nutshell: Aug. 18 Town Plan & Zoning — Affordable Housing

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Aug 182015

Screen Shot 2015-08-18 at 8.19.16 PMThe Town Plan & Zoning Commission met at the Town Hall on Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Chairman Walter Clark was not there, so Judy Smith presided over the meeting.

Report of Zoning Enforcement Officer

Zoning Enforcement Officer Paul Dinice has been policing the Boston Post Road.

Buttonball fines continue to accumulate, nearly $40,000 at this point.


Screen Shot 2015-08-18 at 8.01.03 PMThis plan was discussed at the July 7 meeting.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING 8-30g APPLICATION – 504-506 Boston Post Road.  Submitted by AMP Investments LLC, for property known as 504-506 Boston Post Road.  The proposal is for an adaptive reuse of the rear building of the property currently known as 504 Boston Post Road. The intent is to make the plaza a mixed use Retail-Residential property with an 8-30g residential component.  Ten apartments are proposed.


Jeff Gordon speaking on behalf of the applicant: Below Market Rate Units are proposed.

30% have to be affordable 2 60% units and 1 80% unit would be provided here. (I suggest watching this on OGAT Video on Demand for Gordon’s detailed explanation when it is posted).

These will be rental apartments. The building owner would upgrade the apartments, making them more valuable and more taxes for the town with 2 80% units and 1 60% unit if the commission does not force them to go through an appeal process.

Rent would be 60% 1 bedroom unit $688 month plus $150 utilities (state formula calculation) 650sqft apt

Rent for 80% 2 bedroom unit $1,200+ plus utilities (state formula calculation) 875-1,300sqft

Resident Don Ludington and others in his neighborhood on Mallard Drive have concerns. their property abuts 506 Boston Post Road. They are afraid tenants will trash the wetlands as businesses had in the past. There is a danger to anyone who may have children because there is a very steep hill behind the building leading to the wetlands. Approval wouldn’t be in the best interest of the town, residents or other business owners.

No positive impact. The wetlands feeds into Indian Lake.

Screen Shot 2015-08-18 at 8.32.01 PMJim Garrand believes the plan should go through wetlands as well. The building was constructed as a furniture store overflow storage space and the builder illegally put a second floor on it many years ago. This is commercial space, if this goes in the entire town will be open to affordable housing.

This is the nesting area for Indian Lake, the wildlife could be in danger if it is developed as proposed and children are living there.

Gordon said the police commission, fire marshal and wetlands signed off on the application. The Units are not attractive to people with children. It’s really for empty nesters and older people.

“I know people get scared when they hear the words ‘affordable housing’ A 4 person family can have an income of $65,000 to be in the 80%,” Gordon said.

Commissioner Ralph Aschettino asked when the building was constructed. A quick records check showed that it was built in 2002.

Smith said the commissioners should all go and look at the property to see if there are safety issues with the drop off in the back as Mr. Ludington stated.

The public hearing was continued until the Sept. 1 TPZC meeting.



Klarides Releases Statement On The Passing Of Former State Rep. Julia Wasserman

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Aug 182015

8596938_GFollowing is a Statement From House Republican Leader Themis Klarides on the Passing of Former State Rep. Julia Wasserman of Newtown who passed away at the age of 91. 

“Julia Wasserman had a remarkable life and career and was the consummate public servant. She served her town, state and country in elected life with distinction and defended this nation in war. Julia was so highly respected among all her colleagues in both the House and Senate and on both sides of the aisle for her intellect, hard work and humor.

“Julia was a true friend and a role model for so many of us in public life. Though she lived a life full, she is truly missed. She enriched all our lives and now our own lives are a little less bright  with her passing.’’    


Her biography on the state’s website said she served the 106th District in 1990 and was most recently re-elected in 2000.