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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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.”


Why Is The Library Going To Be Closed On Saturdays In August?

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Jul 242015

The Case Memorial Library.

The Case Memorial Library.

Yesterday’s message from the Case Memorial Library that the library would be closed on Saturdays in August seemed to strike a chord with a lot of residents.

Library Director Meryl Farber was out of state on Friday, but took the time to call Orange Live to offer an explanation for the Case Memorial Library Commission’s decision.

“The library has several unfilled positions and it’s impossible to stay open six days a week until those positions are filled,” she said. “We have some wonderful trained volunteers, but the staff consists of professionals with masters degrees and trained paraprofessionals.”

Hundreds of people read the story on Thursday evening and on Friday and many posted their concerns and comments on the Orange Live Facebook Page. Most said they would be willing to volunteer a few hours on the weekend in order to keep it open, but is that really possible?

Because training is necessary, the library has to decline all of the generous offers from potential volunteers.

At its last meeting, the Library Commission discussed the staffing shortage and decided that the best way to offer residents with quality services Monday – Friday, the best thing they could do is cut out Saturdays for the month of August.

“We have many events going on during the work throughout the month for children, teens and adults,” Farber said.

The Commission meets again on Thursday, August 20, (7:30 p.m. at the Library) at which time the staffing shortage again will be discussed.

“We’re hoping that the Saturday closing will just be for the month of August,” she said.

If you have any questions for Farber you may call her at the Library on Monday at 203-891-2170.

NOTE: You also may direct your comments and concerns to the members of the board of selectmen. 

New crops and a new face at the Orange Community Farmers’ Market

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Jul 242015

farmers marketThe Orange Community Farmers’ Market is open under the pavilion at the Orange Fairgrounds every Thursday from 3:30 – 7 p.m.

A couple of weeks ago the Zuppardi’s Pizza Truck made its debut there and was met with open arms. This week, however, unless you were at the fairgrounds when the market opened you may have missed getting your pizza.

The truck was double booked, according to some vendors and had to leave Orange to go somewhere else after serving a few customers.

Grassy Hill Farm and Shamrock Farm both had a larger variety of  fresh picked vegetables available, Buttermilk Lane Farm’s beautiful fresh flower bouquets — a bargain at $5 each — were selling well.

The yarn and handcrafted goods at the Maple View Farm table also were selling, with people looking beyond the recent heatwave and summer season and looking ahead to Christmas and Hanukah.

Also back at the market were the local maple syrup, goat soap and Julia’s Bakery.

The new kid on the block was Durante’s Pasta, selling fresh varieties of pasta, sauce and olive oil.

The Farmers’ Market is on hiatus next week because the Orange Volunteer Firemen will be using the pavilion and the entire fairgrounds for its annual Carnival.

The Farmers’ Market will be back on Aug. 6 from 3:30 – 7 p.m.