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Heavy Snow Causing Problems (Snow Photos)

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Feb 052016
 

In front of Peck Place School

In front of Peck Place School

The Orange Highway Department is hands down, the BEST around. After driving around for a couple of hours, I found that Orange’s roadways were the safest around.

When you leave Orange and venture into Milford you can’t hep but notice that the Milford roads are slippery and untouched by plows in many areas. West Haven is no better. It’s always a comfort knowing that the Highway Department is on the job in Orange.

The heavy snow is dragging down wires and snapping weak tree limbs.

Currently, there are three events in Orange that has caused power outages to 437 UI Customers.

It may take up to 3 hours to restore power to everyone.

The Orange Police Department reminds residents to report hazards to the police and Never touch downed wires!  You can reach the OPD at 203-891-2130.

A reminder, there is an “on street” parking ban for the entire Town of Orange. Please move vehicles off the roadway so that highway crews can properly treat the roadways and clear the snow.

While you’re waiting for your electricity to turn on, why not shovel out that fire hydrant in front of your house? Remember to lift with your legs not your back.

Horrific 5 Vehicle Accident Closes Route 1

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Feb 042016
 

20160204_193725 Sometime around 7 p.m. Thursday night a 5 vehicle accident in front of Walgreens on the Boston Post Road, sent some people to the hospital and totaled 4 cars and a cargo van.

Still waiting for official word, but it appears that the van pulled out of the Lowes parking lot, turned and proceeded down Route 1 on the wrong side of the road.

A tire from one of the vehicles was found on the opposite side of the road near McDonalds. (Possibly from the car was carrying a very young -possibly 1 or 2 years old – girl in the rear seat.

Ladders from the van were on the ground and a car’s windshield was smashed.

About 3 ambulances were called to the scene, along with the Volunteer Fire Department.

Flatbed trucks and tow trucks removed the wrecks while firefighters cleared the debris.

The road was closed from the Walgreens entrance to the Lowe’s entrance and traffic was rerouted around the accident scene.

We are waiting for the report and official details to be released.

Notes In A Nutshell: TP&ZC Tuesday Feb. 2

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Feb 022016
 

Screen Shot 2016-02-02 at 7.41.40 PMReport of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

Enforcement Officer Paul Dinice is getting 2-3 residential complaints per day.

Residents are interested in the TODD (Transit Oriented Development Districts) at Firelight Plaza.

-Review of Zoning Activities Log.

Discussion with consultant planner Glenn Chalder regarding Screen Shot 2016-02-02 at 7.53.24 PMpossible review and revisions to the TODD zoning regulations.

After the commissioners shared their thoughts, they turned the discussion over to Chalder.

Chalder said he thought he should meet with property owners to get to know their thoughts.

Commissioner Ozzie Parente said the commission did not Screen Shot 2016-02-02 at 7.50.07 PMhear from many of the larger businesses in town, i.e. UI, YALE, etc.

Will a train station change the way developers do business in town.

Chairman Beau Clark said last month’s discussion included the wear and tear on emergency services if large residential complexes are included in certain zoning districts.

“When we wrote the regulations we wanted to make sure that residential units weren’t built and occupied and then…the train station falls through,” Clark said.

Chalder said the concept of a Transit Oriented Development — such as a train station with available residential units — needs special language in the regulations.

The train station parking structure also came up.

Chalder said he wants to give the commission a variety of options so they can come up with a regulation that will work in the long term.

Judy Smith said while Chalder does his research the commissioners also should take a look at similar TODs in other towns – such as Fairfield.

Chalder said his research most likely will take about 4 months.

He asked the Commission to look into what they were thinking when they current regulations were drafted and what has changed since that time.

Clark said they had many things to consider, including protecting businesses on Route 1 and still attract large desirable businesses to town.

Further discussion revealed that the decisions were made in 2010 before the West Haven Train Station was built.

Clark said adjoining property owners will want to jump on the wagon and build a mini-metropolis in the area of the new train station.

Parente said residents don’t want a high density residential development in the Marsh Hill Road area.

Clark said he thought that the housing should be restricted to 21 and older, because it is no place for children.

That said, this portion of the meeting was closed and the public hearing was opened at 8:45 p.m. 

 

Screen Shot 2016-02-02 at 8.50.37 PMPUBLIC HEARINGS *(1)

PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING REGULATIONS – REVISIONS TO THE ORANGE PARKING REGULATIONS. Submitted upon the initiative of the Orange Town Plan & Zoning Commission. Proposed amendments include “change of use” exemption; location of parking spaces; joint parking spaces; number of spaces required; parking reduction; loading space reduction; trees & shrubs within parking areas; and access management.

Discussion: A portion of the current parking regulations were written with private educational institutions, such as vocational schools, Yale, Foundation, etc, not the town’s elementary schools in mind.

Chalder offered his recommendations for changes to the parking regulations.

The Commission Voted unanimously in favor of the changes.

For Full Meeting Video, click on the OGAT Video on Demand button on the left column of this page, as soon as tomorrow afternoon.

UPDATE: Do you know where your dog is?

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Feb 022016
 

The location of the black lab.

The location of the black lab.

UPDATE: The owners have been found.

Are you missing a black lab with a red collar?

A family on Dogburn Lane has had a runaway black lab at their home since around 4 p.m. this afternoon.

Does he belong to you?

Call Orange Live at 203-506-1747 or send us an e-mail at [email protected] and we’ll try to reconnect you with him.

 

 

UPDATE: It’s Groundhog Day…What do the Furry Forecasters Say?

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Feb 022016
 

groundhog-day-powerpointGroundhogs from across the country are predicting an early spring.

According to widespread reports none of the furry forecasters saw their shadows so, we are to expect only about 4 more weeks of cold weather.

Locally, the Beardsley Zoo does not have a groundhog, so Beardsley Bart, the Prognosticating Prairie Dog has been doing the honors for more than a decade.

I haven’t heard what Bart had to say, but I’m going to the zoo

Beardsley Bart

Beardsley Bart

later this afternoon and will ask someone… or the dog himself.

UPDATE: I ran into Zoo Director Gregg Dancho at Beardsley this afternoon and he verified that Bart did indeed predict an early spring.

“They are all hiding underground today because it’s too cold, but a little while ago he did pop his head up again,” Dancho said. “He’s always 100% accurate, so I’m looking forward to more warm weather to come.”

Tonight’s TP&ZC Meeting Has A Short Agenda

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Feb 022016
 

zoningThe Orange Town Plan & Zoning Commission meets at Town Hall tonight at 7:30 p.m.

 

Following is the agenda:

3. Old Business.

4. New Business.

5. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

-Review of Zoning Activities Log.

6. Discussion with consultant planner Glenn Chalder regarding possible review and revisions to the TODD zoning regulations

PUBLIC HEARINGS *(1)

*7. PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING REGULATIONS – REVISIONS TO THE ORANGE PARKING REGULATIONS. Submitted upon the initiative of the Orange Town Plan & Zoning Commission. Proposed amendments include “change of use” exemption; location of parking spaces; joint parking spaces; number of spaces required; parking reduction; loading space reduction; trees & shrubs within parking areas; and access management.

A Message From State Rep. Charles Ferraro

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Feb 022016
 

Sized_Ferraro_DeskState Representative Charles Ferraro recently announced that he will run for a second term in the 117th Assembly District which includes portions of Milford, Orange and West Haven.

“It has been my privilege to serve as State Representative and have worked very hard to look out for the interests of my constituents. I am proud that I have kept my campaign promises by voting against misguided tax increases, unfunded mandates and policies that drive businesses and good jobs out of Connecticut.

As your Representative, I have co-sponsored bills that will make life better for all of us. They include helping Veterans with higher education and benefit assistance, working to secure adequate funding for state residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities, protecting electric consumers from deceptive billing practices, and improving in-service training of teachers to better assist students with Dyslexia. In order to properly fund these types of programs we must get our fiscal house in order.

The current Governor and Democrat majority refuses to be inclusive and consider our proposals to streamline government and spend responsibly so we don’t overburden taxpayers. Despite their record tax increases, our state is once again facing large budget deficits. We must increase Republican Representation in our State Legislature, in order to bring a balanced perspective to Hartford.

Please join me as I continue the fight to make Connecticut a better place to live and work.”

Charles Ferraro serves on the Legislature’s Appropriations, Human Services and Public Safety and Security Committees. After the current session ends in May, Representative Ferraro will be out in the community speaking with voters to discuss the past legislative session and the impact on the future of our state.

Charles wants to hear from people in the district to understand their concerns and share ideas on how to move Connecticut forward. He can be reached at 203 410-3207 or [email protected].

Boys Swimming: Amity Suffers First Defeat of the Season

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Feb 022016
 

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(Photo by Ernie Goodwin)

The previously undefeated Amity Boys Swimming and Diving team hosted undefeated Cheshire in Orange on Monday night. Colin Roy led the Spartans in points.

Both are excellent teams and only one thing was for certain when they first hit the water — one team would be defeated.
In the end Amity won more events, but Cheshire racked up 94 points to Amity’s 86.
Following are the scores from this meet:
Amity’s winning events:
200 yard Medley Relay: A- 1:40.42 Colin Roy, Ben Clemens, Adam Ambrosey, Zac Babbitz
200 IM: A-1:58.58 Adam Ambrosey
50 Free: A- 22.93 Colin Roy
100 Butterfly: A – 53.47 Adam Ambrosey
500 Free: A – 5:01.73 Kevin Yanagisawa
100 Back: A- 55.77 Colin Roy
100 Breast: A- 1:01.79 Ben Clemens
400 Free Relay: A-3:27.99 Adam Ambrosey, Kevin Yanagisawa, Ben Clemens, Colin Roy
Cheshire’s winning events:
200 Free: C- 1:50.46 Ben Brewer
Diving: C – 184.10 Christopher Gessman
100 Freestyle: C- 50.56 Ben Brewer
200 Free Relay: C- 1:34.63 Karl Bishop, Ben Brewer, Dara Malone, Jamie Eigner
Records: Cheshire (7-0), Amity (6-1)

Today Is February 1, “Rabbit, Rabbit. Rabbit”

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Feb 012016
 

rabbitsI have a friend who has a habit of saying Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit on the first day of each month.

I’d never heard of that before and thought it odd, but then recently it came to my attention that other people I know do the same thing.

So what the heck is going on, what does it mean?

Here’s a brief explanation from Wikipedia:

“Rabbit rabbit rabbit” is one variant of a common British superstition which states that a person should say or repeat the word “rabbit” or “rabbits”, or “white rabbits”, or some combination of these elements, out loud upon waking on the first day of the month, because doing so will ensure good luck for the duration of that month.

So, before you say anything else today, remember to say “rabbit, rabbit, rabbit.”

Have a great month.

Emergency Crews on Scene of Rollover Accident

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Jan 302016
 

police carPolice, fire dept, etc on scene of a rollover accident near Station 2 on the Boston Post Road.

Traffic is backed up all over the place.

Find a detour if you are out and about and try to stay out of the way while the emergency crews do their jobs.