Nov 272014

black-friday-shoppers-lineIf you go out to the strip malls on Thanksgiving night to see how long the lines are outside the big box stores you will notice a lot of die hard shoppers who are willing to brave the bone chilling cold to get the latest electronics or the hottest toys.

Some of these people are hard working moms and dads whose child’s only Christmas wish is for a special video game or gadget.

In front of, or behind them are the vultures and scoundrels who also will brave the cold, be lucky enough to get one of the limited quantity hot item and then rush home to sell it on eBay to a hard-working mom or dad for 3 to 4 times the price they paid.

I’ve gone out on Thanksgiving evening to interview these sidewalk crawlers in the past and each year, the story is the same.

I had my hands on a “Tickle Me Elmo” 20 years ago after the mother of a needy child asked for a “Wiggle-Giggle Red Oscar” for a Christmas Wish holiday drive.

Everyone told me I was nuts for not selling it on eBay for $100 and giving the needy child something else. I just remember thinking — That’s so wrong!

I found a special “Frozen” play set for my granddaughter direct from the store’s website. It was not available in stores anymore and it was so cute.

Out of curiosity, I checked eBay, Amazon and other sites and found the $40 play set for $60; $79; $124 — WHAT?

It is just so sick how people will take advantage of the desperation of others in order to make a profit. I could have bought another play set for $40 and tried to sell it on eBay, but my conscience just wouldn’t let me do that.

I wish all the parents out there the best of luck in fulfilling their child’s biggest dreams this Christmas … and that the space in front of you on the sidewalk is filled by another hard working mom or dad — not a vulture.

Nov 272014

Snow-Plow1The Orange Police Department released this list of tips to remember when winter storms hit the area.

• Vehicles should not be parked on Public streets, even if not prohibited to do so. Keeping streets clear of parked vehicles will expedite road clearing.

• Do not leave snow piles in the road when clearing driveways. This makes for a dangerous hazard for vehicles on the roadways.

• Adjust your speed for bad weather. Vehicles can slide on slippery surfaces. Always slow down on snow covered roads and increase following distances between your car and others on the roadway. Remember, your 4 wheel drive car or truck wont stop any quicker than others on the roadway.

• Avoid unnecessary travel during snow events.

Your Highway Department will be out clearing streets as soon as the storm hits.

Nov 272014

A preview of the 2014 Lincoln Lights

A preview of the 2014 Lincoln Lights

Chris Small has been working on his Christmas light display for a couple of months.

This year, with a little different set up than what we saw on the Great Christmas Light Fight on national television last December, Chris has about 70,000 lights all synchronized to blink and flash to music along with delightful penguins on a sled, bears on a train, flying Santas, spiral Christmas Trees and so much more all neatly organized on his spacious front lawn at 360 Lincoln Road.

Instead of lighting the front porch, Small designed a giant tree shape with color changing lights to fill that space.

After working on the lights all day on Saturday, Chris lit them up at night and enjoyed the view with his neighbors.

The display officially premiers on Thanksgiving night, and even though they are not on national TV this year, Chris is going to request that Lincoln Road be designated as a one-way street for the season as a courtesy to his neighbors.

“The neighbors like it, and it helps prevent traffic jams so everyone can get to their homes,” he said.

Check out the Lincoln Lights FACEBOOK page for photos and updates.

Originally Published on: Nov 23, 2014 @ 21:51


Nov 272014

b9865a6ba1da777beab20c9d27f6aab6The Orange Lions Thanksgiving Dinner will take place at High Plains Community Center at 12 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30.

The Orange Lions Club began the tradition of a Thanksgiving Dinner for seniors.

The Lions extended this invitation to all Orange Residents on the Sunday after Thanksgiving in 1989.  It met with some resistance in the beginning but the Club prevailed and this will be their 25th dinner.

The town of Orange graciously allows the Lions to use their kitchen facilities at High Plains Community Center.  To see the gym transformed into a decorated dining room with many of their guests enjoying themselves is a sight to behold.  This has become one of the highlights of the holiday season. While it requires volunteers and a good amount of effort, the Lions truly enjoy cooking together and serving this meal.  It is one of their favorite undertakings.

Many town officials volunteer along with n the Lions to make this event a success. Along with a delicious dinner the seniors are treated to some of the finest entertainment.   The Tappers have performed in the past, local school choral groups have sung, Members of the Lions Club along with their children have played beautiful music on the piano to entertain their guests.

This is a well established tradition and one the Lions intend to continue indefinitely. To  register, call Orange Community Services at (203) 891-4788 by Friday, Nov. 28 to make a reservation.

Originally Published on: Nov 24, 2014 @ 18:17

Nov 272014

OVFDThe Orange Fire Department was called to a home on Russell Avenue for a house fire Wednesday night just before 7 p.m.

The first firefighter to arrive lives nearby and reported a fully involved fire, which was knocked down rather quickly after the Orange Volunteers arrived.

The Woodbridge Volunteer Fire Department still sent a Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) to assist.

When they arrived they were asked to stand by at Station 1 on Orange Center Road and cover the town in the event of another emergency while Orange finished up at the scene.

The Red Cross arrived and offered the residents lodging and any other assistance they may need, but the family had already made arrangements.

Fire Marshal Tim Smith said the fire was likely caused by a cigarette in a chair in the living room.


Nov 272014

Screen Shot 2014-11-27 at 4.41.56 PMMary Kate McNabola, 95, of West Haven, kind, gentle, and caring wife of the late John T. McNabola, loving mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother of 10 devoted grandchildren who will forever cherish her memory, died Tuesday, November 25, 2014, at Connecticut Hospice in Branford.
Mary was born October 31, 1919 in Mohill, County Leitrim, Ireland, a daughter of the late Michael and Rose Ann Kelly Wrynn. She immigrated to America as a young woman and lived in West Haven all her life.
She was a faithful communicant of St. Lawrence Church, a past long-time member of the Saint Theresa Guild, and a member of the West Haven Irish American Club.
Mary was always the happiest when she was spending time with her family. She has always been the light of her children’s lives and will be greatly missed.
She is survived by five children, Kathy (Michael) Wysoczanski, of Cheshire, Rosemary (Joseph) Mrazik, (with whom Mary made her home for the past seven years), of West Haven, Jack (Cheri) McNabola, of Orange, Sheila (James) Bertini, of Cheshire, and Kevin (Angela) McNabola, of Orange; ten beloved grandchildren, Christopher, Timothy, and Patricia Wysoczanski, Mary Kate (Kyle Bassoli) Mrazik, Megan, and Kathleen Mrazik, Kathryn McNabola, Sean Bertini, and Caroline and John McNabola.
Mary was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister, John and Michael Wrynn, and Elizabeth Wrynn Heggarty, all of Ireland.
Family and friends may call at the Keenan Funeral Home, 238 Elm Street, West Haven, Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.
The funeral will be from the funeral home Saturday, Nov. 29, at 8:15 a.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Lawrence Church at 9 a.m. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Hamden.
Donations in Mary’s memory should be directed to St. Lawrence Church, 207 Main Street, West Haven, CT 06516.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.keenanfuneralhome.com

Nov 262014

black-iceIf you MUST go out today, please proceed with caution.

The roads are getting increasingly slippery.

In Milford, you may find yourself sliding around corners if you’re traveling even 2 mph over the speed limit. The road conditions seem to improve as you cross into Orange, but it’s still slippery. Be sure to keep a safe distance between yourself and other cars at lights and intersections and as you are driving down inclines of any size.

Over in West Haven the roads are much like Milford with scary sliding and near collisions wherever you look.

As you travel further north the snow is actually accumulating, Hamden, Bristol, etc.

You know what this means. Wear your seat belts, as the police are looking for violations and face it, not everyone is as good at driving in the snow or on slippery roads as you are. Watch out for the other guy and be careful. Stay home if you can and bake a pie or two for Thanksgiving.

Nov 252014

winterweatheradvisoryThe National Weather Service has issued a Winter Wether Advisory for snow which is in effect from 7 a.m. Wednesday to 1 a.m. Thursday.

It calls for a snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches for our area.

According to the report, we should expect a mix of rain and snow tomorrow morning that should change to mostly snow by early afternoon.

There may be periods of rain mixing in even during the afternoon hours.

The snow will significantly impact holiday travel, making driving dangerous at times.

A winter weather advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing ran will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities and use caution while driving.


Nov 252014

Screen Shot 2014-11-24 at 10.36.44 PMIn August, Orange Live published a story about the Connecticut Natural Science Illustrators (CTNSI), at the Yale West Campus in Orange offering art classes in natural science illustration.

The courses were open to all levels and abilities.

Well, now it’s time to see what the students have accomplished with the 2014 Student & Faculty Exhibit, Sunday, Dec. 7 from 2-4 p.m.

The student exhibit presentation will take place at 3 p.m.

CTNSI, located at 230 West Campus Drive, offers the following courses: Beginning Drawing, Botanical Watercolor, Landscape Painting, Drawing and Painting Birds and Mammals, Colored Pencil, Mixed Media Painting and Field Sketching.

Nov 242014

909 Mapledale Road

909 Mapledale Road

Fantastic raised ranch with walkout in-law accessory apartment, ideal for related family.

Located at 909 Mapledale Road, convenient to Route 15, Route 34 and I-95, this 4,400 sqft home has 4 bedrooms 2.5 bathrooms for just $2,500 per month (available immediately) Also for sale.

Features a fabulous family room, dining room, library, master bath, office, pantry and workshop, very private quiet location, brand new furnace, new roof, new siding, very large deck, nicely landscaped .93 acres.
Full, partially finished basement with walk out, oil fuel, septic system, public water.
Includes a dishwasher, range/oven, and refrigerator
Contact Mario Gambardella at 203-795-2700 about MLS #: N356417.  Tell him you saw this listing on Orange Live