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Six Amity Alumni Chosen For Hall of Fame honors

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Aug 202018
 

The Amity Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame will induct six new members at the annual Amity Hall of Fame / Hall of Honor Dinner on Thursday, October 18, 2018, at Grassy Hill Country Club in Orange CT at 5:30 p.m.

The 2018 inductees include: Thom Jacobs, Class of 1982 Boys Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field coach and science teacher; Margaux Farrell, Class of 2008 Girls Swimming; Robin (Gordon) Schaffer, Class of 1975, Field Hockey and Tennis; Brandon Stavola, Class of 2004 Wrestling; Chung – Yi Sun, Class of 1998, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field; Beth (Gedansky) Young, Class of Booster Club President.

The dinner tickets for this event are $50 in advance with a purchase deadline of October 1.

Make checks made payable to the Amity Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame and send to Amity High School Athletic Department Att. Lori Bonney, 25 Newton Road, Woodbridge CT 06525

Klarides Calls For Stiffer Drug Offense Penalties Citing Mass Overdoses In New Haven

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Aug 162018
 

Citing the mass overdoses in downtown New Haven by scores of people who used synthetic marijuana likely laced with an opioid, House Republican Leader Themis Klarides today said the legislature should have strengthened penalties for those who sell opioids such as fentanyl when it had the chance.

Klarides said the House Republican caucus will again propose legislation to double the penalties for the dealing and manufacturing of opioids such as fentanyl as it has in the past few years. Each time it has failed to gain final approval after support gaining support in committee.

“What has happened in New Haven this week should be a lesson for us all. These mass overdoses tell us that the sale and use of opioids and dangerous substances such as fentanyl are out of control. We need tougher penalties on the sale and manufacture of these substances if we are going to get a handle on this epidemic,’’ Klarides said. “It is not the only answer but it needs to be part of the
solution.’’

A Yale-New Haven Hospital physician told media outlets that the Drug Enforcement Administration confirmed that the drugs contained synthetic marijuana mixed with fentanyl, synthetic opioid about 50 times stronger than heroin. More than 70 people overdosed on the
synthetic marijuana known as K2 on Wednesday. Additional overdoses have continued. The incidents have kept law enforcement and emergency responders busy in downtown New Haven.

“Tougher laws on the sale of fentanyl, in particular, will enhance the public’s awareness on just how dangerous and prevalent this substance is,’’ Klarides said.

The most recent legislation introduced HB 5551 AAC Increasing Penalties for Dealing Synthetic Drugs, hiked penalties for dealing and manufacturing fentanyl substances. In 2016 a similar bill passed unanimously in the Judiciary Committee and cleared the House only to die in the Senate.

Last year the bill passed Judiciary but was never called in the House.

The legislation would have reclassified fentanyl as a narcotic from its current status as a controlled substance. The change in classification would double the penalties to up to 15 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

Klarides called the legislation a straightforward approach to a problem that should enjoy broad support.

Come To The Orange Farmers’ Market Today

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Aug 162018
 

The Orange Community Farmers’ Market is open for the summer. The event runs on Thursdays until September 27 under the Pavilion at the Orange Fairgrounds, High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road in Orange. Market hours are from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Note: there is no market on September 13.

There will be many full-time vendors and part-time vendors selling their farm-grown products including vegetables, fruit, meats, baked goods, honey, pasta, soaps, crafts, pet food and more! Farms from the local area will be present; including Grassy Hill, Laurel Glen, Mapleview, North Pease, Oronoque, and Shamrock.

Other vendors include Braids by Britt, Durante’s Pasta, Kind Cactus, Lizzie’s Corner, Mill Pond Essentials, Sweet Seidner’s, and Vic’s Guac Shop and food trucks include Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale, Zuppardi’s and Tipsey Cones. This year, a few guest vendors are added to the schedule.

On Aug. 23, the band, Fools on the Hill will perform under the Gazebo beginning at 6:30 p.m.

In addition, instrumentalists will perform under the Pavilion. Matthew Popp is scheduled to perform on September 6 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Shop at the Market, enjoy the food, stay for the bands and come back often!

If it rains the Farmer’s Market will be open as scheduled, but the band performance will be postponed until the following week.

Please check the website at www.FarmMarketOrange.com for additional information or call 203-891-1045.

An Important Message From United Illuminating

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Aug 152018
 

The United Illuminating Company sent out this word of caution today via Twitter:

“We never demand immediate payment for our customers over the phone and we do not visit homes without an appointment or notification,” it stated.

“May scammers target business owners as well.” It continued, “If you receive a call or a visit demanding payment, call your local police and operating company.”

The non-emergency phone number for the Orange Police Department is 203-891-2130.

The customer care phone number for the UI is 800.722.5584

The Final Primary Results From Orange’s Three Districts

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Aug 142018
 

Here’s the total of all 3 districts (combined) in the primary today (Aug. 14)

Stefanowski will take on Lamont in November.

Republicans

Governor

Mark Boughton                 150

Timothy Herbst                 179

Steve Obsitnik                   104

Bob Stefanowski              338

David Stemerman             135

Lt. Governor

Joe Markley                     380

Jayme Stevenson            244

Erin Stewart                     267

US Senator

Matthew Corey            557

Dominic Rapini             270

State Senator

Anthony Giannattasio      215

Pam Staneski                   530

Treasurer

Thad Gray             508

Art Linares            330

Comptroller

Kurt Miller                    514

Mark Greenberg          329

Attorney General

Sue Hatfield             672

John Shaban            181

Democrats

Governor

Ned Lamont         682

Joe Ganim            126

Lt. Governor

Susan Bysiewicz      557

Eva Zimmerman        255

Treasurer

Shawn Wooden         478

Dita Bhargava            304

Attorney General

William Tong       390

Paul Doyle            128

Chris Mattei         284

How Did Orange Vote In The Primaries? District 3 Results

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Aug 142018
 

Here’s how District 3 voted in the primary at High Plains Community Center:

Republicans

Governor

Mark Boughton               34

Timothy Herbst              37

Steve Obsitnik                35

Bob Stefanowski            81

David Stemerman           28

Lt. Governor

Joe Markley                   81

Jayme Stevenson         56

Erin Stewart                  69

US Senator

Matthew Corey           129

Dominic Rapini              68

State Senator

Anthony Giannattasio      57

Pam Staneski                 159

Treasurer

Thad Gray               115

Art Linares               80

Comptroller

Kurt Miller                   97

Mark Greenberg     102

Attorney General

Sue Hatfield             158

John Shaban              47

Democrats

Governor

Ned Lamont                 146

Joe Ganim                     16

Lt. Governor

Susan Bysiewicz          111

Eva Zimmerman             52

Treasurer

Shawn Wooden             98

Dita Bhargava                63

Attorney General

William Tong             82

Paul Doyle                 26

Chris Mattei              53

How Did Orange Vote In The Primaries? District 2 Results

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Aug 142018
 

Here’s how District 2 voted in the primary at High Plains Community Center:

Republicans

Governor

Mark Boughton        30

Timothy Herbst        34

Steve Obsitnik          14

Bob Stefanowski    78

David Stemerman    31

Lt. Governor

Joe Markley                89 

Jayme Stevenson       39

Erin Stewart                49

US Senator

Matthew Corey       120

Dominic Rapini          49

State Senator

Anthony Giannattasio     46

Pam Staneski                144

Treasurer

Thad Gray                 112

Art Linares                 62

Comptroller

Kurt Miller                  123

Mark Greenberg         52

Attorney General

Sue Hatfield      140

John Shaban       34

Democrats

Governor

Ned Lamont          144

Joe Ganim               27

Lt. Governor

Susan Bysiewicz       123

Eva Zimmerman           50

Treasurer

Shawn Wooden           101

Dita Bhargava               63

Attorney General

William Tong         83

Paul Doyle             24

Chris Mattei          62

How Did Orange Vote In The Primaries? District 1

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Aug 142018
 

Here’s how District 1 voted in the primary at Mary L Tracy School:

Republicans

Governor

Mark Boughton        86

Timothy Herbst      108

Steve Obsitnik         55

Bob Stefanowski 179

David Stemerman   76

Lt. Governor

Joe Markley           210

Jayme Stevenson   124

Erin Stewart            149

US Senator

Matthew Corey      308

Dominic Rapini       153

State Senator

Anthony Giannattasio     112

Pam Staneski                 388

Treasurer

Thad Gray             281

Art Linares            188

Comptroller

Kurt Miller                294

Mark Greenberg       175

Attorney General

Sue Hatfield          374

John Shaban          100

Democrats

Governor

Ned Lamont           392

Joe Ganim                83

Lt. Governor

Susan Bysiewicz    323

Eva Zimmerman       153

Treasurer

Shawn Wooden      279

Dita Bhargava          178

Attorney General

William Tong           225

Paul Doyle                 78

Chris Mattei            169

 

New Drug Drop Box Makes Disposal of Unwanted Prescriptions Easy

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Aug 142018
 

Do you have old prescriptions taking up space in your house? Perhaps a bottle of blood pressure medication that went unused after your doctor changed the dosage or a half-empty bottle of antibiotic medicine from your child’s last bout with a cold, or maybe that expired tube of cream that the vet prescribed for your pet’s skin infection.

Instead of waiting for the semi-annual drug drop-off events in town, for your convenience, the BOW Drug / Alcohol Action Committee (BOWDAAC) donated a new prescription drug disposal receptacle that now has a permanent home in the Orange Police Department lobby.

The process is simple, just bring your old, unused or unwanted prescription medications to the OPD and drop them into the box. The box is right near the front door, so you don’t have to interact with anyone, you don’t have to empty the containers or remove the labels because once they are inside the box, they go directly into a large bag and no one else touches them or looks at them.

The drugs will be incinerated (disposed of properly) along with collections from other police departments.

Commissioner Christopher Carveth suggested circulating a flyer to the schools about the box since children’s prescriptions expire quickly and shouldn’t be left around the house.

Here’s a list of do’s and don’ts for disposal:

Accepted: Prescriptions, Prescription Patches, Prescription Medications, Prescription Ointments*, Over-the-Counter Medications, Vitamins, Samples and Medications for Pets

Not Accepted: Needles (sharps), Medications from businesses or clinics, Ointments*, lotions or liquids, Thermometers, Inhalers, Hydrogen Peroxide and Aerosol cans.

Notes In A Nutshell: Orange Police Commission

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Aug 132018
 

The Orange Police Commission met at the Police Department on Monday, Aug. 13.

Following are notes from that meeting:

Mobile MRI

Jeff Gordon of Codespoti Associates made a presentation regarding a project at 330 Boston Post Road (Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists).

The proposal is to have a Mobile MRI Unit in the parking lot about 3 days per week. The patient would be wheeled out to the parking lot to the trailer and placed on a lift that will get them up to the platform where the entrance door stands.

The MRI machine is inside the trailer and can move to whatever location it is needed.

NOTE: there is a mobile MRI that parks at Mount Desert Island Hospital in Maine a few days a week and it works out well. 

Gordon said the plans include removing a light pole, and an asphalt island from the parking lot. He said there is enough parking under the town regulations — there are 39 spaces when only 35 are required. The trailer would take up the excess parking spaces.

After a short discussion, the Commission unanimously approved the proposal.

Monthly Activity

The monthly activity log for July showed a total of 3,338 incidents, including 42 criminal arrests, 128 motor vehicle citations, 2 residential burglaries (backyard sheds where tools were reported missing), 6 commercial burglaries on the Boston Post Road (among them New England Ballet, Blue Moon Massage and Spa) 5 stolen motor vehicles, 88 motor vehicle accidents.

Records Revenue

Reports $397.18, Records Checks $20,  Fingerprints $5

Expenditures

• As of 9:15 a.m. Monday morning, the department’s Communications Room is completely renovated, the radio system is fully digital now. All radio transmissions are encrypted like may other towns for officer safety. (Scanners will not be able to pick them up anymore)

• When the phones are replaced, the phone contract is partially reimbursable by the town.

• One officer was sent to School Resource Officer training, and another to DARE training.

• The budget is in order and Overtime is in good shape.

• After a problem was discovered with the service pistols, the department ordered new ones. The US Army uses the same weapon, so the order was backlogged. Once they are delivered later this month, each officer will receive a replacement (the same model) and will be required to qualify with the new gun.

• The lobby of the OPD is now home to a new prescription drug disposal box. The BOW Drug / Alcohol Action Committee (BOWDAAC) donated the receptacle.  Bring your old, unused or unwanted prescription medications in and drop them into the box. The drugs will be disposed of properly along with collections from other police departments. Commissioner Christopher Carveth suggested circulating a flyer to the schools about it since children’s prescriptions expire quickly and shouldn’t be left around the house.

• The cell block project requested at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting last week, “forego the usual bid process for cell block improvement project — would improve suicide prevention and officer safety.

Other departments want to do the same thing and the work would be contracted together with them through a company that is an “expert” in police cellblock doors.”

Since the Selectmen approved the request, the work will begin soon.

• This Thursday, August 16, the Orange Police Department will be participating in the annual Tip-A-Cop event to benefit Special Olympics at Eli’s Restaurant, 285 Boston Post Road, from 5-9 p.m.

UPS Battery System

The Orange Police Department uses a UPS battery system to keep continuous power in the Communications Center in the event of a power outage. Since it takes time for the generator to power up, the battery system keeps everything running protecting the expensive equipment from being damaged by, for example, a power surge.

The current UPS is 10 years old and needs replacement and with the department adding more IT equipment the new unit will have to be bigger and have the ability to be expanded on in the future.

The unit may cost up to $30,000, but the exact cost for Orange has not yet been determined.

Annual Report

The town wants all municipal departments to submit their yearly reports by the end of the month.  The Orange Police report includes its yearly statistics, wants and needs. The OPD averages 100 requests for service per day, including 4.7 medical calls.

Letters and Communications

• Lt. Andrew Steinbrick filed papers for retirement, his last day was August 3. In his absence, Sgt. Mike Kosh has been serving as the interim commander of the Investigative Services Unit.

• Sheila Craw from the National Alliance for Law Enforcement Support delivered artwork from children who appreciate law enforcement. The pictures will be hung in the break room so officers can see them.

• Chief Gagne received a note from Deputy Chief Joseph Perno of the West Haven Police Department. Perno thanked the OPD for responding to the West Haven Beach on July 3 (along with several other departments) after a disturbance broke out during the annual fireworks show.

• Children from Camp Courant in Hartford sent a thank you card and drawings to K-9 Loki and Officer Chris Brown after they visited the camp.

• Chief Gagne sent thank you notes to Officer Paul Piscitelli for bringing and ATV to Camp Courant and to Officer Brown and K-9 Loki for their visit as well.

• Chief Gagne also Congratulated Brown and Loki on their first place win at the K-9 Olympics earlier this month.

• Loki and Officer Brown will be part of the K-9 demonstrations at the Milford Oyster Festival this weekend.