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BREAKING: Orange Police Announce Loss of A Treasured Member

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Aug 222016
 

MaxIt is with great sadness that the Orange Police Department announces the loss of an important member of the OPD family.

Retired K-9 Officer Maximus passed earlier today and will be missed.

Please keep Detective Mike Kosh, Max’s handler, and the entire Kosh family in your thoughts on this very difficult day.

Just Lovely, 5 Bedroom, 3,491 Sq. Ft. Home On Orange Center Road

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Aug 212016
 

792d6632E34f4f8-N10152666Exceptional opportunity to own an outstanding 5 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom home at 471 Orange Center Road, Orange.
Beautifully updated, immaculate condition and tastefully decorated.
Five bedrooms on the main level, Master suite with Jacuzzi tub and balcony; Large eat-in kitchen with stainless steel appliances. Private office with separate entrance. Large formal living room with fireplace and formal dining room.
Open stairway to welcoming full basement with walk out family room, sauna room, full bathroom, two car garage and storage galore.
Second floor offers rare legal apartment with living room, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom and two stairways. This unit can easily be rented as extra income or great space for in-laws or extended family. Additional walk-up attic offers future expansion possibilities.
Two decks overlook park like setting with 27 foot above ground pool with a third deck. Two central air units, architectural roof installed 2013.
Schedule your private viewing today. One year Home Warranty included! Three bedroom septic per town.

The Full Sturgeon Moon Is Out Tonight

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Aug 172016
 

IMG_2446Tonight’s Full Moon goes by many names, the “Sturgeon Moon” because Native Americans knew that the sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this Full Moon. They also called August’s Moon the “Full Green Corn Moon.”

Different tribes had different Moon name preferences: “Wheat Cut Moon” (San Ildefonso, and San Juan), or “Moon When All Things Ripen” (Dakotah Sioux) or “Blueberry Moon” (Ojibway).

Whatever you call it, the August Moon is at its fullest at 8 p.m. today.

Do some moon gazing and enjoy it.

Hey Orange! Get Ready For Santa’s Helper 2016

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Aug 172016
 

On of 2015's happy families

One of 2015’s happy families

By now, nearly everyone has heard about the always popular, and exciting Santa’s Helper program from the Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary that has been delivering gifts, smiles and memories to hundreds of Orange families for the past 21 years. 

If you want to join in on the fun and have Santa, on his fire truck, with his elf and firefighter helpers come lights and sirens to your home, it’s easy.  E-mail Elf Mama at:  [email protected] for all the information you will need.

(Please do not call the fire stations as we are a volunteer fire department and there will not be anyone available to help you with Santa’s Helper). 

Santa’s Helper delivery day is Saturday, December 17, 2016, so don’t hesitate to contact Elf Mama. 

Plans are under way and you won’t want to miss out on being one of the 170 homes throughout Orange to have Santa stop by your house this December.

Orange Police: UPDATE Stolen Car Recovered (And Some Words Of Advice)

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Aug 172016
 

Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 9.06.40 PMOrange Asst. Police Chief Anthony Cuozzo said that the vehicle stolen from Longmeadow Road this week was found in New Haven.

The OPD works with many area police departments on cases such as this because these things don’t occur only in Orange, but throughout New Haven County and beyond, often by the same individuals.

Cuozzo said the incidents, like Tuesday morning’s stolen car and other suspicious activity on Longmeadow are crimes of opportunity, most likely done by young people, not seasoned criminals.

Prevention Advice

There are several things residents can do to keep from being victimized.

Read this list, remember his advice and make it a daily practice.

Cuozzo said the Orange Police Department often receives calls AFTER and incident occurs.

• If you are awakened by strange noises or activity around your home or neighborhood, call the Orange Police at 203-891-2130 Immediately. Yes, even at 2 a.m. The Orange Police Department is open 24/7 and dispatchers and the shift commander are on duty at all hours of the day or night. When you call 203-891-2130 you will speak to a dispatcher who will make sure that one, two, three, or more patrol officers on duty responds to your neighborhood.

• If you see someone with a flashlight peeking into your car or a neighbor’s car, call 203-891-2130 immediately, so the investigation can begin and the individual may possibly be caught then and there. The longer you delay the more time you give this person to victimize you and your neighbors.

• These criminals are taking the advantage of the opportunity you have handed them. They’ll check your car door, and if it’s unlocked they don’t hesitate to climb inside and rummage through for the purse you’ve left on the seat or floor, the spare change that’s in your ashtray, glove box, cup holder or dashboard reservoir. Laptop computers and cell phones are an added prize for someone on a mission to take what doesn’t belong to him.

• Once again, LOCK YOUR CAR DOORS!!!! Remove valuables from your vehicle, or keep them out of sight, but Do Not keep your car unlocked and do not leave a spare key inside.

• Orange Police are here to protect and serve, CALL For Assistance IMMEDIATELY for anything that doesn’t seem right — “If you see something DO something” applies here too.

 

Finally Some Relief From the Oppressive Heat and Humidity

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Aug 172016
 

Screen Shot 2016-08-17 at 10.40.54 AMThe National Weather Service tells us that we can enjoy a little relief from the humidity through Friday.

Today will be mostly sunny with a high near 85. Northwest wind 9 to 13 mph.

Tonight partly cloudy with a low around 64 and light northwest wind.

Aug 162016
 

TP&ZThe Orange Town Plan and Zoning Commission will meet at Town Hall tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the agenda:

1. Review of the Minutes from the August 2, 2016 and August 9, 2016 meetings. (not yet available)

2. Old Business.

Buttonball property has shown no real progress. A fence is scheduled to be installed. All debris on property was cleaned up and put into a truck – the truck remains on the property.

3. New Business.

4. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

Dunkin Donuts building is framed and moving forward.

Recreation Showroom building that will be an “eye care business” is going along very well. retaining pond came out great.

The Tractor Supply business is nearly finished. Landscaping was done. The sign on Indian River actually could have been raised another 15 feet making it more visible.

-Review of Zoning Activities Log.

TP&Z5. SITE PLAN APPLICATION – Submitted by Orange Land Development LLC For the construction of a mixed-use Transit Oriented Development. The subject property is an 8.091-acre site located beyond the eastern end of Salemme Lane. The subject property is shown as “0 Marsh Hill Road,” containing 8.091 acres, on Map #2369 on file at the Orange Town Clerk’s office, and is designated by the Orange Assessor as Map/Block/Lot 3-1- 1. An APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATE OF SOIL EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL MEASURES has also been submitted in conjunction with this project

Several representatives were available to speak about the application.

Very little changes have been made to the master site plan.

Screen Shot 2016-08-16 at 7.42.20 PMSalemme Lane will be expanded to 28-feet wide. Water main will be brought in.

(See Orange Live’s Coverage from their presentation at the Police Commission meeting)

Plans include a Yale-Orange Campus pedestrian connection.

This project includes the total reconstruction of Salemme Lane at their cost.

Storm drainage … The retention pond will accommodate run off and storm water.

The presentation was interrupted when the public hearing session began at 8 p.m. 

PUBLIC HEARINGS *(2)

Screen Shot 2016-08-16 at 9.32.48 PM* 6. APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL EXCEPTION, PERMIT OR USE – Submitted by property owner West Haven-OAK St. L.L.C. For property known as 858 Oakwood Road. The application is submitted as per Section 383-26 I. (3) (a) and (b). The proposal is for the construction of a 40’ x 30’ barn to be used for storage and equipment to support an organic farm operation. A larger ground coverage and additional height is requested.

(This is George “Doc” Whitney’s former homestead)

Bill Berletti said his daughter Stephanie has experience working at Organic Farms and plans to open one in Orange.

Chairman Clark said the plans should be prepared by an architect and that was not presented.

Doc Whitney had a Garage that was destroyed by a tree that came down so all that remains is a cement slab. A new building would replace it.

Stephanie would start out using 1.5 acres of open land for her farm.

Ground testing has been done and the soil passed the test for an organic operation.

The future involves selling to local restaurants and perhaps farm stands.

The application with one exception (the missing paperwork) was unanimously approved.

— Back to the Train Station Property —

tp&Z*7. APPLICATION FOR RE-SUBDIVISION – Submitted by Orange Land Development LLC for property on Marsh Hill Road (Assessor’s Map/Block/Lot 3-1- 1) and Salemme Lane that comprises a total of approximately 8.091 acres. The property is located to the east of Marsh Hill Road and to the east of Salemme Lane. The application seeks to divide the property into five lots in connection with the construction of a mixed-use Transit Oriented Development.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) involvement and requirements seem to be complicating the matters at hand as the Commissioners are questioning the reasons for dividing the land and why the buildings are being constructed as they are.

Screen Shot 2016-08-16 at 7.45.30 PMUp to five individuals could own different lots within the development.

Chairman Walter Clark suggested Town Attorney Vin Marino look over the documents prior to the Commission making any decisions on the matter.

Attorney Steven Studer representing Dichello Distributors said he believes the subdivision plans meet the town zoning regulations, and the TODD portion also complies with the town’s requirements.

The 2 hour discussion became rather involved. — for the complete interaction, go to the Video on Demand link under our OGAT button — and look for the Aug. 16 TP&Z Commission meeting video.

 

Orange Train Station, Organic Farm On Aug. 16 TP&ZC Meeting Agenda

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Aug 162016
 

plan and zoningThe Orange Town Plan and Zoning Commission will meet at Town Hall tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the agenda:

1. Review of the Minutes from the August 2, 2016 and August 9, 2016 meetings.

2. Old Business.

3. New Business.

4. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

-Review of Zoning Activities Log.

5. SITE PLAN APPLICATION – Submitted by Orange Land Development LLC For the construction of a mixed-use Transit Oriented Development. The subject property is an 8.091-acre site located beyond the eastern end of Salemme Lane. The subject property is shown as “0 Marsh Hill Road,” containing 8.091 acres, on Map #2369 on file at the Orange Town Clerk’s office, and is designated by the Orange Assessor as Map/Block/Lot 3-1- 1. An APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATE OF SOIL EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL MEASURES has also been submitted in conjunction with this project.

PUBLIC HEARINGS *(2)

* 6. APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL EXCEPTION, PERMIT OR USE – Submitted by property owner West Haven-OAK St. L.L.C. For property known as 858 Oakwood Road. The application is submitted as per Section 383-26 I. (3) (a) and (b). The proposal is for the construction of a 40’ x 30’ barn to be used for storage and equipment to support an organic farm operation. A larger ground coverage and additional height is requested.

*7. APPLICATION FOR RE-SUBDIVISION – Submitted by Orange Land Development LLC for property on Marsh Hill Road (Assessor’s Map/Block/Lot 3-1- 1) and Salemme Lane that comprises a total of approximately 8.091 acres. The property is located to the east of Marsh Hill Road and to the east of Salemme Lane. The application seeks to divide the property into five lots in connection with the construction of a mixed-use Transit Oriented Development.

Orange Police: Stolen Car, Suspicious Activity Reported Tuesday Morning

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Aug 162016
 

opportunityResidents in the Longmeadow Road neighborhood off of Grassy Hill Road saw a lot of police activity this morning around 5 a.m.

According to Asst. Chief Anthony Cuozzo said, “We had several open vehicles rifled through and a car stolen from another residence. We are not sure if the key was in the car although there was no signs of forced entry into the vehicle and a spare key is unaccounted for.”

Once again, police remind residents to always lock their unattended vehicles.
Take your valuables with you or keep them out of sight and locked in the trunk to deter the would-be thieves from making you a victim.

 

Orange Police: Remember the “U Drive, U Text, U Pay” Campaign is Still On

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Aug 152016
 

Texting-and-driving-in-Florida1The Orange Police Department is participating in the “U DRIVE. U TEXT. U PAY.” initiative – an effort to crackdown on motorists who choose to text, talk or otherwise distract themselves from the task of driving by using a hand-held mobile phone.

According to surveys conducted last year’s crackdown, there was an eight percent drop in drivers’ mobile phone use at observation locations throughout municipalities where police conducted enforcement.  The drop in observed use is encouraging to law enforcement agencies, and demonstrates the need to reinforce to motorists that mobile phone use while driving is both dangerous and illegal.

The campaign began Wednesday, Aug. 3 and will run through Tuesday, Aug. 16 and marks the second time this year law enforcement agencies will mobilize by adding special patrols – aimed at catching distracted drivers – especially those on their phones. 

“Distracted Driving continues to be an issue in our communities” said Assistant Police Chief Anthony Cuozzo.  “Chief Gagne continues to make traffic enforcement a priority in Orange and for the Department.  We will staff extra patrols and traffic details during this enforcement period and hopefully we can do our part to make the roads and highways safer,” Cuozzo said.

Under Connecticut’s cell phone and texting law, violations involve heavy fines, ranging from $150 for a first offense, $300 for a second violation, and $500 for each subsequent violation.

In 2014, 3,179 people were killed and an estimated additional 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involv­ing distracted drivers.  

Connecticut remains the only state in the nation to receive special distracted driving prevention funds – the same funds that allow for special patrols to identify, stop and cite drivers who choose to ignore distracted driving laws.  Over $6.8 million dollars has been awarded to the state over the last three years specifically – to fund campaigns like this one.  Connecticut qualifies for this federal funding source through a mix of tough laws – and, a proven track record in strong enforcement of distracted driving laws.

For more information about national distracted driving issues, visit www/distraction.gov.