UPDATE: Carnival Wristband Sales Ended At NOON — No, You CAN’T buy them now

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Jul 292015

Screen Shot 2015-07-28 at 6.01.10 PMThe Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival opens on Thursday, July 30 at 5 p.m.

The following text has been re-worded from the original copy to reflect what happened after noon on Wednesday. 

Discounted ride wristband sales have been available online for more than a month, but all good things must come to an end, and online wristband sales ended today at NOON after that, it’s too late!

The Firemen’s Carnival Ad at the top of this site logged more than 57,600 views in less than 30 days, so everyone had fair warning.

After 12 p.m. Wednesday the discounted 2015 wristbands will not be available for sale anymore and no excuses or any amount of whining, begging or bartering will make a difference.

At 12:05 p.m. Carnival Chairman Don Foyer received his first call with an iron-clad excuse, followed by several other pleas for personal favors … his answer, “No.”

After the sales close the paperwork has to be closed out and all the information from those who purchased them on time has to be double checked and then, when you come to the carnival on Thursday and beyond, your wristbands will be waiting for you in the rear of the main raffle tent across from the Pavilion.




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Jul 292015

Orange Firemen's Carnival

Orange Firemen’s Carnival

The weekly Orange Community Farmers’ Market will not take place Thursday, July 30 because the Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival begins at 5 p.m. and will be using the Pavilion.

The Carnival is the Fire Department’s biggest, most important fundraiser of the year.

Discounted online ride wristband sales end today at noon.

The Carnival hours are:

Thursday – 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Friday – 5:00 PM to 12 midnight

Saturday – 12 Noon to 12 midnight

Sunday – 12 Noon to 5:00 PM

The Farmers’ Market will be back Next week, August 6 from 3:30 to 7 p.m.

Orange Democrats Announce Municipal Election Slate

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Jul 272015

6262125702_a086dd49f1The Orange Democratic Party endorsed the following candidates for the November municipal election at its caucus on Monday evening, July 27.

1st Selectman

Ken Lenz

Board of Selectman


Mitch Goldblatt

Paul Davis

Jody Dietch

Board of Finance


Kevin Moffett

Kevin Hadlock

Diane Crocco

Planning and Zoning

Matt Norko

Pat Luddy

TPZ Deferred Paul Kaplan

Tax Collector

Howie Dietch

Orange Board of Education


Susan Riccio

Ed Thorndike

Betty Hadlock

— Two Year Term (1)

Mara Saccente

Amity Board of Education


Judy Primavera

Roz Klein

David Oestreicher

Pam Malec



Bob Shanley

Randy Thomas

Santo Galatioto, Jr.

John Gagel

Town Clerk

Patrick O’Sullivan

Are You Ready To Protect And Serve? Apply At The OPD

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Jul 272015

Orange Police Headquarters

Orange Police Headquarters

Even though Orange is a small community, members of the police department don’t just sit on their hands — It’s a very active group of law enforcement professionals.

If you’ve ever wanted to become a member of the Orange Police Department, now is the time to take action. The OPD is currently hiring quality, qualified men and women.

Applications are available online from the South Central Criminal Justice Administration (SCCJA)  or at the information window at Police Headquarters, 314 Lambert Road, Orange.

The application deadline is August 4, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.

Entry Level Requirements

• U.S. citizenship and valid Connecticut Driver’s License.

• 21 years of age and possess a high school diploma or GED.

• Pass a physical performance, a written, and an oral board examination.

• Undergo a psychological exam, a polygraph exam, and a background investigation, including a criminal record check.  No candidate will be appointed to the Connecticut Police Academy if he or she has been convicted of a felony or a Class A or B misdemeanor, or committed an act which would constitute perjury or false statement.
• Undergo controlled substance screening which indicates no presence of any controlled substance not prescribed for the candidate.

You will find all the pertinent information about this job HERE, including physical testing requirements, training, salary, benefits, etc. 

JUST IN: Diligent Residents Report Suspicious Activity That Leads to Arrest

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Jul 272015

A phone call from an alert homeowner on Monday led to the arrest of Christopher Esteves, 27, of 445 Beaver Street Apt C48, Ansonia, for burglarizing at least one shed  on Wheelers Farms Road.

The resident was home for lunch when a silver Dodge pick-up entered his driveway.  The male operator exited the truck and rang the door bell several times.  The homeowner kept the male 15-20703 001under surveillance and observed him enter his garden shed at the rear of the property and look at his garden tractor.  He then drove off east on Wheelers Farms Rd without taking anything from the shed.

The Orange Police flooded the area with patrol officers and detectives. While officers were speaking to the complainant, a second caller from Wheelers Farms Rd called to report a similar incident, and moments later  the truck drove past the officers.

Police stopped the truck and both complainants positively 15-20703 002identified the male.  Police recovered several items from the truck.  Police do not know who the owner of those items are.

Residents of the Wheelers Farms area are urged to check their garages and garden sheds for missing tools, and to contact the Orange Police if anything is missing.

Detectives will continue the investigation to determine which, if any, other shed thefts he may have been involved in.

Anyone with further information is asked to call police at 203-891-2130.

NOTE: A great job by both the residents and police in this case. 

Property Transfers: Orange Sales July 1-22

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Jul 272015

home-for-sale-sold-signTown Clerk Patrick O’Sullivan released this latest list of property transfers filed with his office between July 1 and July 22.

584 Grassy Hill Road, $415,000, Judith Ode to Casey Bjorkdahl, filed on July 1

140 Sunrise Hill Road, $461,616, Sunrise Hill Estates LLC to Cathy Markle, filed on July 1

Commercial Property, $2,140,000, Three hundred thirty nine Boston Post Road Assoc. to CT Center For Child Development, filed on July 6

12 Goose Lane, $467,689, Sunrise Hill Estates to Michael Riordan Jr., filed on July 6

353 Woodlane Lane, $532,500, Donald Acker to Scott Rocchio, filed on July 13

993 Willard Road, $509,000, Peter Macchiarelli to Joseph Kim, filed on July 14

568 Meetinghouse Circle, $285,500, Stella C. Smith Est to Bryan Knight, filed on July 15

458 Clement Lane, $365,000, Anthony Johns to Donald Acker, filed on July 16

438 Old Tavern Road, $575,000, Richard Beattie to Robert Curis, filed on July 16

217 Deerfield Lane, $529,442, Sunrise Hill Estates LLC to Jane Maretz, filed on July 17

257 Harvester Road, $250,000, Joseph Seymour to David Pantalone, filed on July 20

831 Oakwood Road, $436,000, Nadine Schwab Revocable Trust to Johanna Westermann, filed on July 21

853 Birchwood Drive, $400,000, Debra Britz to Elena Obymachow, filed on July 22

631 Aspen Lane, $589,900, Claudia Heyman to Rebekah Melville Neklesa, filed on July 22

1017 Opekun Road, $259,000, Ndrek Kimca to Katherine Sosnoff, filed on July 22





Car Enthusiasts Gather On Route 34

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Jul 262015

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Spookee mobile

A regular Orange Live reader sent this photo of a cool car from the weekly Sunday Classic Car Cruise Night at Heav’nly Donuts, 658 New Haven Avenue, at the Orange/Derby Town Line on Route 34.

He said it was reminiscent of the Munsters TV show from the 60s, and there were more unusual vehicles there today as well.

Bravo Pet Foods Recalls Select Lots of Bravo Chicken Products

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Jul 262015

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Bravo Pet Foods of Manchester, Connecticut, is recalling select lots of Bravo Chicken pet foods for dogs and cats due to concerns of the possible presence of Salmonella.

The recall was initiated after routine testing by the New York State Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Salmonella contamination.

Bravo has received no reports of illness to date in either humans or animals associated with these products.

The following product is being voluntarily recalled because of the possible presence of Salmonella.

Bravo Blend Chicken diet for dogs & Cats – Chub 

Item # 21-102 

2 lb (32 oz) chub 

Best used by date 12-05-16

UPC 829546211028


The following items did not test positive for Salmonella. However, they are also being voluntarily recalled out of an abundance of caution.

That’s because these items were manufactured in the same manufacturing facility on the same day as the product that tested positive.

Bravo Recall July 2015 Lot Numbers 2

These products were sold to distributors, retail stores, Internet retailers and directly to consumers in the U.S.

All products had tested negative by a third party independent laboratory prior to release for distribution to consumers.

No additional products are affected by this recall.


What to Do?

The recalled product should not be sold or fed to pets.

Pet owners who have the affected product at home should dispose of this product in a safe manner — for example, a securely covered trash receptacle.

To get a refund, customers are advised to return to the store where they bought the product.

They should then submit the Bravo Recall Claim Form available on the Bravo website www.bravopetfoods.com/consumerrecall.html for a full refund or store credit.

See the Bravo Product Claim Form on the company website for details. More information on the Bravo recall can also be found atwww.bravopetfoods.com

About Salmonella

Salmonella can cause serious illness or fatal infection in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Although healthy individuals may suffer only short term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal cramping and diarrhea.

Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Always use proper caution when handling raw foods.



Obituary: Mortimore H. Saffran, 91, Beloved Father,Grandfather, WWII Veteran

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Jul 242015

Screen Shot 2015-07-24 at 8.23.57 PMMortimore H. Saffran, 91, of Orange, died on July 21, 2015 at Yale-New Haven Hospital-St. Raphael Campus.

Born in Naugatuck, on December 1, 1923, the son of the late Philip and Eva Saffran. Beloved Father of Mindy Saffran Russo (Peter Sanchez), Jeffrey Saffran, Robert Saffran, and Larry (Linda) Saffran and the late Paul Saffran.

Dear Brother of the late Anita (Jules) Gutterman of Sherman Oaks, CA and Marjorie (Morton) Denker of Encino, CA.

Cherished Grandfather of Scott, Sage, and Saunder.

Mortimore was a 1941 graduate of Naugatuck High School.

Mort was a WWII veteran having served in the U.S. Army-Air Force from 1943-46 as a Gunner Engineer and Mechanic. He earned his collegiate degree from what is now known as Quinnipiac University.

After college Mort helped run the family-owned dry goods store in Naugatuck before moving on to become Financial Controller/GM of H.C. Cook Co. in Ansonia in the early 60’s.

He owned and operated a retail store in Branford CT in the mid 60’s, then went to work for Stelray Plastic Products, Inc. (Shelton, CT.) in the late 1960’s.

By 1974, Mort was named President of Stelray and eventually took over ownership of the business and continued to grow the business over the past several decades, acquiring E.H. Kneen Company (Ansonia, CT) in 1987, and Aero-Med Molding Technologies, Inc. (Orleans, MA) in 1997 before his semi-retirement in 2013.

Mort has served board positions with the Society of Plastics Engineers, and as President of Beth Israel Synagogue in Derby CT, as well numerous other volunteer roles over the years.

The family would also like to recognize Daniel Numberg, and other personal caregivers that took such wonderful care of Mort over the past 16 months.

A Memorial Service was held at Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Rd., Orange, Friday at 11:00 a.m.

Shiva will be observed at 89 Bethany Farms Road, Bethany on Saturday from 5–8 p.m.

Memorial Contributions may be sent to Yale-New Haven Hospital, directed to the Saffran Family Fund which serves to help promote the advancement of medical treatment and patient care at the Hospital.

Coyote Spotted on Drummond Road Early Friday Morning

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Jul 242015

This is NOT the Drummond Road coyote, just an example of a healthy animal.

This is NOT the Drummond Road coyote, just an example of a healthy animal.

A “very healthy” coyote was seen this morning on Drummond Road.

It was cruising through a resident’s yard toward Old Tavern Road around 6 a.m.

The resident said, “We have quite a few dogs, roaming cats and small children in the neighborhood and people should be aware that this animal is out in the neighborhood.”