May 272015

Screen Shot 2015-05-27 at 10.32.08 PMTheodore N. “Bud” DiDonato, 78, of Ansonia, entered into eternal rest on May 25, 2015, at Bridgeport Hospital.

He was the beloved husband of Helene S. Quinn DiDonato.

Ted was born in Ansonia on Oct. 9, 1936, son of the late Theodore and Julia Sabetta DiDonato. A lifelong resident of Ansonia, he was the former owner of Hillcrest Fuel in Ansonia and proudly served the community for more than 60 years, until he turned the reigns over to his son Matthew.

He served in the U.S. National Guard and enjoyed fishing, golfing and traveling to Maine and Cape Cod.

In addition to his wife Helene, he is survived by sons, Theodore N. DiDonato of Ansonia and Matthew DiDonato (Carole) of Orange, cherished grandchildren, Peter J. DiDonato and Sandra J. DiDonato of Orange and Julia D. DiDonato of Ansonia, sisters, Arlene Varsane and Marie Tinari of FL and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may greet the family on Thursday May 28, 2015, from 5-7 pm in the chapel of the SPINELLI-RICCIUTI/BEDNAR-OSIECKI FUNERAL HOME, 62 Beaver Street in Ansonia.

At 7:00 pm, a funeral service in celebration of Bud’s life will take place with Deacon Richard Renker officiating.

Interment will be private in Cape Cod.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association , 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Rocky Hill, CT 06067 or at www.alz.org/ct/ or through the funeral home.

To send an act of sympathy, visit www.spinelliricciutifh.com.

May 272015

250px-Orange_CT_town_hallThe annual budget for the Town of Orange FY 2015/ 2016 passed on May 19th, thereby setting the 2014 Grand List Mill Rate at 31.4

Tax bills are scheduled to be mailed the last week in June, with the first installment due July, 1, 2015. The final day to pay without interest or penalty will be August 3, 2015.

Please keep in mind that payments will not be accepted or processed until July 1, 2015. The Office of Policy and Management (OPM) has indicated that outside the provision of 12-163 (Jeopardy) of the Ct. State Statute, tax collectors are NOT authorized to accept early payments.

To ensure immediate and proper posting send or bring the “taxpayer copy” of your three part tax bill.  If you want a receipt bring the entire three part tax bill. Payments by mail require a self addressed stamped envelope along with the entire three part tax bill.

Tax information can now be viewed on-line, on the Town of Orange web-site. The 2014 Grand List information will not be available for viewing until July 1st.

May 272015

copy-rbrr-logo-1The Sixth Annual Race Brook Rockin’ Road Race is Saturday, June 6. Registration deadline is Wednesday, June 3.

The event includes a Fun Run, 2 mile Fitness Walk and 5k Road Race. (Click links for registration pages)IMG_9712

Fun Run begins at 9 a.m., 5K at 10 a.m. This is sure to be a morning of fun and activities for runners, walkers and families.

All events begin and end at Race Brook School, 107 Grannis Road, Orange.

Kids Fun Runs, start time 9 a.m., registration fee is $10 plus $2 sign up fee.

Registration ends June 3 at 11:59 p.m.

5k-route-map2 Mile Fitness Walk, start time 10 a.m., registration fee is $15 plus $2.50 sign up fee. 

Registration ends June 3 at 11:59 p.m.

5K Run, start time 10 a.m. registration fee $25 plus $2.50 sign up fee  

T Shirts For All Pre-Registered. Tech shirts for first 150 pre-registered.

Registration ends June 3 at 11:59 p.m.

Proceeds go to Race Brook School.

May 272015

Screen Shot 2015-05-27 at 10.58.54 AMThe Amity Force girls’ basketball coaching staff will host a developmental skills clinic at Amity Middle School, 100 Ohman Avenue, Orange, on Friday, May 29 and June 5.

The girls will learn basketball drills and skills, work on dribbling, shooting, passing, defense and decision making. There also will be small sided competitive games.

Two sessions are available, grades 3-5 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and grades 6-8 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.. Participants are asked to arrive 15 minutes early for registration.

Cost is $20, pay at the door, cash or check.

Bring your own water bottle and basketball.

For information, call Robyn Martin at 203-988-6797 or e-mail [email protected]

May 272015

unnamed-1State Rep. Pam Staneski (Milford & Orange) hailed final House of Representative passage of legislation looks to improve the residential care for veterans and address several concerns veterans had with the current structure and organization at the Connecticut Veterans Home in Rocky Hill.

The legislation, House Bill, 6855, An Act Implementing the Recommendations of the Legislative PRI Committee Regarding Residential Services at the Veterans’ Home, contains a series of recommendations arising from an in-depth study of the home and services provided to the veterans.

The bill received unanimous support in the House of Representatives Tuesday night.

“It is appropriate to be debating and passing this landmark veterans legislation the day after honoring our military heroes on Memorial Day. Our state’s veterans, who reside at the home, deserve to receive the necessary services for the needs they require to live. Veterans are asking for three key issues to be addressed, employee accountability, an appropriate level of assistance, and improvements to the physical structure of the facility. We are not asking too much from the state. Veterans that call the facility in Rocky Hill their home, deserve a suitable, adequate and workable institution,” said Rep. Staneski.

Staneski toured the State Veterans’ Home in February and talked to both residents and administrators of the home.

Details of the bill are:

  • Gives the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Board of Trustees more oversight over the department. It requires (1) the DVA commissioner to give certain information to the board to monitor DVA’s performance and (2) the board to review and comment on the DVA budget and major policies relating to the Veterans’ Home.
  • The bill also increases the membership of DVA’s Board of Trustees, from 17 to 19 members, by adding two Veterans’ Home residents as voting members, giving veteran residents more of a voice.
  • Requires (1) the DVA commissioner to report to the legislature, by January 1, 2016, a plan for providing transitional and permanent housing and implementing the Program Review and Investigations (PRI) recommendations and (2) to submit a report to each Veterans’ Home resident on how the institutional general welfare fund was used.
  • Requires the DVA commissioner to continue to provide housing to any veteran residing at the Veterans’ Home or its health care facility upon the bill’s passage.
  • Veterans’ Home residents, their relatives or authorized representatives, or any DVA employee may file a written complaint concerning the home with the DVA Board of Trustees.

The Rocky Hill Veterans’ home is currently home to 217 domicile residents, and 117 hospital patients it was constructed in 1938 and opened for occupancy in 1940.

May 272015

4713291_1432646588.973By now most residents are aware of the devastating, fast-moving fire that destroyed a home at 400 Derby Milford Road on Saturday morning, May 23.

Many have sent e-mails to Orange Live asking for information on any fundraisers that may be planned.

Here you go:

The victim’s niece, Tiffany Skurjo set up a Go Fund Me page to help him get back on his feet.

On the page, she wrote:

IMG_4768Please help us get my Uncle, Dennis Skurjo, back on his feet! He recently had a house fire on Saturday, May 23rd which destroyed his entire home.

He walked away with himself and his puppies (which we will forever be grateful for), the clothes on his back, his cars, and some pictures and photo albums the generous firefighters were able to save for him.

He has been working hard the past 30 something years of his life and within a matter of minutes his entire home and all his belongings were destroyed.

If anyone knows my Uncle they first know he has the biggest, and most kind, genuine heart out of anyone I know.

A view of the rear of the home and the propane tanks. (courtesy of Art Williams)

He has treated myself and my sisters as if we were his own and he would give the clothes off his back for anyone who needed them and we are trying to do the same for him, it’s our turn to help him.

Let’s come together as a community and help jump start him into his next chapter.

Thank you in advance and God bless everyone!

Tiffany Skurjo

May 262015

unnamedTo protect unpaid interns in our state, State Rep. Charles Ferraro (R-117) supported a measure to unpaid interns in Connecticut would receive workplace protections against sexual harassment and discrimination under legislation approved unanimously by the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

“We are trying to address the lack of any workplace protections for people who take an internship with this legislation. The current absence of workplace protections against sexual harassment and discrimination meant unpaid interns had no grounds to file a civil complaint. The hope is this legislation will protect Connecticut’s unpaid interns,” said Rep. Ferraro.

The legislation SB-428, An Act Protecting Interns from Workplace Harassment and Discrimination prohibits discrimination based on an intern’s race, color, religious creed, age, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, ancestry, present or past history of mental disability, intellectual disability, learning disability or physical disability, including, but not limited to, blindness. The bill also bans an employer from firing or taking other discriminatory steps against an intern for filing a complaint or testifying in a proceeding about a discrimination complaint.

Rep. Ferraro said, “We must remember that a four-year degree is not always the most important factor in hiring decisions, today more and more employers have begun to place a higher level of importance on years of workplace experience. Students who take on internships for school credit do not usually get paid or receive benefits but they should be protected from sexual harassment and discrimination.”

The bill bans sexual harassment of interns and anyone seeking an internship. Harassment is any unwanted sexual advances or any other conduct of a sexual nature when submission to the conduct is made a condition of the internship, the basis for workplace decisions affecting the intern or substantially interferes with an intern’s work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment. The bill’s prohibition covers hiring, firing, and advertising internships.

The bill is supported by the Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services, the Connecticut Permanent Commission on the Status of Women and the state Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.


May 262015

Screen Shot 2015-05-26 at 9.52.23 PMThe Seventh Annual Orange Congregational Church Strawberry Festival will take place at High Plains Community Center (Orange Fairgrounds) Saturday, June 13 from 9am to 5pm, and admission is FREE! (Rain date is Sunday, June 14 same time)

Check out crafters and fine arts, enter to win great raffle prizes, entertain the kids with rides, games, face painting and hayrides, and of course, enjoy luscious strawberry shortcake and other summer specialties.

Back again this year: a Red Car Show!

Call 203-795-9749 or visit http://www.orangecongregationalchurch.org/ for more information.



May 262015

burglaryOfficers were called to a home on Arrowhead Drive Tuesday afternoon around 5 p.m. when a resident returned home to find the rear slider door and window were broken.

According to police, the incident occurred around 4:45 p.m. when a neighbor reportedly observed a white male running through the back yard and hopping a fence toward the Wilbur Cross Parkway.

The property backs up to the parkway rest area.

The resident was only out of the house for about an hour.

If you see suspicious activity in your neighborhood, including unfamiliar vehicles or people, call the Orange Police Department at 203-891-2130.

May 262015

Cruz Machine

Cruz Machine

The Orange Community Services has again scheduled three outdoor all-ages shows in the Gazebo and audiences of all ages are welcome.

Orange Transportation is available to Orange seniors or disabled residents, for the Wednesday night concerts.

Call 203-891-4788 for a ride.

Wednesday, June 24, 6:30-8:30pm—Cruz Machine—Classic Rock. Rain date is Thursday June 25.

Wednesday, July 15, 6:30-8:30pm—Six 2 Midnight—Contemporary duo. Rain date is Thursday July 16.

Wednesday, August 12, 6:30-8:30pm—The Bourbon Cowboys—Country. Rain date is Thursday, August 13.

Commuity Services says, “Thank you to our sponsors for making it all possible.”

So bring your family and your friends! Since its free, bring your friend’s family!