Open House: 3 Bedroom Home on Willard Road

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Mar 262017

9f147a772df8483-n10177247Straight out of a magazine! Better than new, 2016 custom renovation to this 3 bedroom, 2 full bath, 1,307 Sq. Ft. Ranch with a lovely front porch.
One level living at it’s best. Brand new oversized 2 car garage and new asphalt driveway, newer septic and city water.
The sunny open floor plan is accented by gleaming Bamboo hardwood floors and features a casual living room, dining room and den.
A fabulous custom kitchen with granite counter tops, which will be a cooks delight! White cabinetry, center island, glass tile backsplash and brand new stainless steel finger print safe appliances.
Three main level bedrooms include an impressive Master bedroom with a walk in closet, master bath with custom tile shower with glass door and double sinks. Main level laundry.
New mechanicals include electric, plumbing and high efficiency propane furnace and water heater. Newer roof on house and brand new roof on garage. Pristine move in condition. Offered for $359,999 (reduced).
Tastefully landscaped yard with seasonal plantings. Convenient to Route 34, Merritt Parkway and I-95. Truly an outstanding home.

Open House Sunday, March 26, 1-3 p.m. at 1036 Willard Road, Orange.

Mar 252017

Damon Robinson

The memorial for Damon Robinson will take place at the Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meeting House Lane, on Saturday, April 1 at 2 p.m.

There will be a reception following the service.

If you have any questions see contact information in the update on the go fund me page.

Two Well Deserved Promotions In the OPD

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Mar 252017

Orange Live Exclusive: On Friday, March 24, two Orange Police Officers were promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

Officer Mike Kosh, well known to the town’s children as a K-9 officer (with Max) and DARE Officer, and Jonathan DeRubeis, who taught a firearms lesson

Chief R. Gagne, Sgt. Kosh, Sgt. DeRubeis, Asst. Chief A Cuozzo

during the Citizen’s Police Academy.

Orange Live will have more information on Monday.

Congratulations Sergeants.


Orange Lions’ Spring Tasting A Real Crowd Pleaser

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Mar 242017

A large crowd gathered at St. Barbara Greek Church Hall on Friday night for the Orange Lions Club’s Spring Tasting fundraiser.

The Wine and Liquor Outlet,528 Boston Post Road, provided fine wines, craft beers and bourbon for the event.

This spring wine tasting included hors d’oeuvres, desserts and raffles.

Proceeds benefit local Orange Lions charities.

Just In: Weather Alert

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Mar 222017

The National Weather Service just posted a weather alert — wind advisory — effective until 6 p.m.

Northwesterly winds of 20-25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.

Strongest winds this afternoon will decrease in the evening.

Gusty winds will blow unsecured objects around and tree limbs could be blown down possibly resulting in a few power outages.


Clark Leaving Town Plan & Zoning Commission

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Mar 212017

During Tuesday’s Town Plan & Zoning Commission meeting at Town Hall, longtime chairman Walter “Beau” Clark announced that he is leaving the commission.

Clark told his fellow commissioners that he is getting married in June and will be moving out of town.

Commission members must reside in town, therefore he must resign. His last meeting will be at the end of May.

Clark is well known, respected (and feared) for his knowledge and unwavering respect for the rules and regulations of the town of Orange.

Clark is tough, but always fought for whatever was the best decision for the town. His fellow commissioners praised him for his hard work over the years and said it was an honor to have served with him.

Judy Morgan will take the chairman’s seat in June.

Congratulations Beau, you will be missed.

Town Plan And Zoning Meeting: Outdoor Storage and Affordable Housing On The Agenda

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Mar 212017

Walter Clark, Chairman of the Town Plan & Zoning Commission

The Town Plan and Zoning Commission meets tonight at Town Hall at 7:30 p.m.


Following is the agenda:

1. Review of the Minutes from the February 21, 2017 meeting.

2. Old Business.

3. New Business.

4. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

-Review of Zoning Activities Log.

5. T.P.Z.C. Representation on the South Central Regional Council of Governments.


6. SPECIAL PERMIT APPLICATION For Outdoor Storage and Display – Submitted by Home Depot for property known as 440 Boston Post Road. For the outdoor storage and display of seasonal items & merchandise.

7. APPLICATION FOR MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT WITH AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS AS PER 8-30G OF THE CT GENERAL STATUTES – Submitted by Sixty Five Marsh Hill Road, LLC for property known as 65-69 Marsh Hill Road and 0 and 15 Salemme Lane (Proposed Orange Train Station).

The mixed use development has underground parking, commercial and residential components. Sixty apartments are proposed. There will be 18 Affordable Units. A SITE PLAN APPLICATION has been submitted. (Continued from the February 21, 2017 meeting.)

ShopRite of Orange Brighter and More Efficient After Energy Upgrades

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Mar 172017

It takes a lot of resources to run an expansive 63,500 square-foot grocery store, but through an Energize Connecticut initiative, ShopRite is operating a new location in Orange as efficiently as possible.

United Illuminating (UI), a subsidiary of AVANGRID Inc., provided programs and services through the Energize Connecticut Energy Blueprint program to help ShopRite make energy saving upgrades to their lighting and refrigeration systems. The store, owned and operated by Garafalo Markets, is projected to experience an annual energy savings of about 659,909 kWh, equating to an estimated $118,783.

Sustainable technologies were used when renovating the store, which was completely overhauled from an outdated grocery store under different ownership. All LED lighting and environmentally friendly refrigerant systems were installed, putting the store in line with Garafalo Markets’ five-year plan to reduce energy, water and gas by 20 percent.

“We continue to improve efficiency and promote health initiatives as part of our company’s mission,” said owner Harry Garafalo. “We have expanded our recycling programs and also incorporate Green Teams, utilizing associates to assist in raising recycling efforts in all locations. These energy upgrades make for clean, bright supermarkets, which are contemporary in design and appealing to a larger group of shoppers looking for more healthy and natural alternatives.”

Beyond direct cost savings and aesthetics, the benefits of the energy efficiency upgrades touch on many areas of operation. Adding sensors and central monitoring to control temperatures and to identify problems also enhances reliability of equipment performance. This improvement frees up employees who often dealt with maintenance issues and allows them to focus on ensuring that customers are provided with top quality product and experience.

Similar energy efficiency measures were taken when the owners transformed an old movie theater in Milford into a ShopRite location in summer of 2016. Estimated savings from the installation of efficient lighting and refrigeration systems at that location will save an estimated $125,074 and 694,860 kWh in energy compared to standard systems.

Garafalo Markets, which also operates ShopRite stores in East Haven, Stratford, West Haven and Hamden, is no stranger to these available energy programs. The success of upgrades in other locations has increased the programs’ appeal.

“Garafalo Markets has taken advantage of various efficiency programs available, we worked with them to identify financial incentives to help make these improvements more fiscally feasible,” said Glen Eigo, Lead Engineer, United Illuminating. “These success stories serve as great examples for others in the community, showing how being more efficient provides tangible energy cost savings and supports sustainable business practices.”

Looking For A Job In Orange?

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Mar 152017

The following Orange businesses are seeking qualified help.

Andini’s Restaurant, 555 Boston Post Road, is looking for a part time line cook. See the specifics and apply HERE.

J & M Landscaping, 85 Norman Street, is interviewing for a hard working full time irrigation/ landscaping laborer. Click HERE for details.

Goodwill in Orange is looking for a full time Retail Material Handler. Click HERE for specifics and to apply.

Raymour & Flanigan, Boston Post Road, is hiring a full time Sales Consultant. Click HERE for list of expectations, salary, benefits, etc.

Love animals? A to Z Pet Shop, 185 Boston Post Road, is now hiring responsible, dependable folks to work in the store. Stop by for an application.


Obituary: Robert J. Fox, 90, Athlete, Veteran, Postal Worker

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Mar 152017

Robert J. Fox, 90, died March 12, 2017 at Maplewood of Orange.

Bob was born in Greenwich on Oct 7th 1926 to Frank and Anna Schreder’s Fox. He grew up with 9 siblings, (Deceased)Thomas Jr., Grace, (Deceased)Ruth,(Deceased) Raymond (Moaner),(Deceased) Anita (Neet), (Deceased) Edwin, Agnes (Elaine), Elizabeth (Betty Lou) and Virginia (Ginger).

He started out young in life working picking apples at Conyers Farm and then caddying at Milbrook Club in Greenwich plus playing golf there. Growing up he was a very active boy engaging first of all at the Greenwich Boy’s Club with all of his friends and brothers in Basketball and Baseball. He ran wherever he went all the time and loved it.

In high school he played basketball, ran track and Cross Country which was his love and excelled at it. He still holds the cross country record at the Bruce Park course which he set in the States Championship.

After high school he enlisted in the Army air corps even though he had won a scholarship at Fordham University for sports. He was stationed in Casa Blanca.

He married his wife (deceased), Margaret McKnight and had 3 children, Robert J. Jr., Sheila Ann, and Kenneth (deceased). He has 4 grandchildren Sheri Anne Fox, Robert W. Fox, Kristin Barnes Appling and Matthew Barnes. He has 5 great grandchildren Isabella & Emily (Robert W. and Valerie), Caden and Kayli Appling (Kristin & Troy) and Dougie Barnes (Matthew).

He came home to a couple of jobs before starting with the Post Office where he had worked and retired after 38 years of service. He was then asked to come to Cadbury Schweppes from one of his mail customers, Robert Ix where he started and was appointed as a chauffeur to Mr. Ix (president) and to all of the senior management and eventually to the owners of Cadbury, the Cadbury brothers. He was very close with Sir Adrian Cadbury always received Xmas cards and was invited to stay at his Condo in London while vacationing. He retired from there once and was immediately called back after the Cadbury Brothers Sir Adrian and Dominic would not let anyone else drive for them.

His most loved time was when he drove Duchess Fergie around New York for a couple of days.

In 1956, he built his present home on Idar Court in Greenwich with the help of brother Raymond (Moaner), the mason and his best friend Joe Shannon, the Master Carpenter. He has many friends and relatives in Fairfield County, New England and all over the United States plus internationally in Germany and Italy.

He has a tremendous love for children, as his Mother Anna had, especially after she had 35 grandchildren. If anyone ever needed anything, especially rides to the airport he would always be there for them without a question as to time. If anyone needed a hand Uncle Bob or Pop Pop would always be there, on time, if not 45 minutes early. That was just him! ;-).

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday March 16, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. in St. Mary’s Church, 178 Greenwich Ave. Greenwich, CT Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greenwich Boys and Girls in Bob’s name.