Open House: 3 Bedroom Colonial with Public Water On Derby Avenue 12 – 2 p.m.

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Feb 132016

derby ave houseGet out today and attend the open house at this 1,803 sq ft 3 bedroom, 2 bath home at 208 Derby Ave, Orange, Feb. 14 from 12 to 2 p.m.

Not a Drive-by! This is a charming, updated colonial offering spacious, sunny rooms. Sited on level 1.5 Acre lot. Plenty of room to build a 2-car+ garage.

Remodeled kitchen, newer stainless appliances, tile floor. Large formal Dining Room. Big Living Room w/built-in bookcases, plus 9 x 12 sunroom . Gleaming refinished hardwood floors throughout. Remodeled 1.5 Baths. Main level laundry. Walk up attic for storage.

Lovely condition throughout and newer mechanics too! Convenient location, easy access to New Haven, Yale & Wilbur Cross Parkway.

Offered for $269,900 (price reduced) it has an unfinished basement with a hatchway, a floored walk up attic for extra storage, and it includes the dishwasher, microwave, Oven/Range, Refrigerator, washer and dryer.

Connected to public water is a plus. Has an above ground oil tank and septic system.

MLS #: 99086060

Police: DUI Arrest On Route 34

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Feb 132016

BEST-POLICE-Patch-EVER-275x300Officers conducting traffic patrol observed a vehicle driving erratically across the eastbound lanes of Route 34 at 2:34 a.m. on Feb. 7.

Upon stopping the vehicle, officers had Irma Lazo, 20, of 17 Shepard Street, Apt 1, New Haven, perform standardized roadside sobriety tests.

She was subsequently taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, failure to drive in a proper lane, driving without a license.

She was released on $50 bond for court Feb. 22.

Police Blotter: Man Charged With Falsely Reporting an Incident

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Feb 132016

Screen Shot 2016-02-13 at 8.27.20 AMOn Wednesday, Feb. 10, Michael Graves, 33, of New Haven, was served an arrest warrant at Police Headquarters at 8:45 a.m.

According to the report, Graves filed a complaint of a motor vehicle accident where the ‘offending’ car fled the scene. Investigation led officers to the other driver involved in the incident.

That person was able to provide photos from the scene of the accident that contradicted the story Graves gave. Surveillance video from a nearby business confirmed the details of the accident were not as initially reported by Graves.

An arrest warrant charging falsely reporting an incident and interfering with an officer was obtained by the investigating officer.

Graves was released after posting $5,000 bond and given a Feb. 25 court date. 

Police Release Information On Last Week’s 5 Vehicle Accident

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Feb 122016

20160204_193512On Thursday, Feb. 4, Orange Live posted a story about a “Horrific Five Vehicle Accident” on the Boston Post Road.

HERE is a link to that story along with photos published while crews were still on scene. 

Today, the Orange Police Department released the following information regarding that accident.


On Feb. 4 at 7:11 p.m., multiple Orange Police officers, Orange Volunteer Fire Department personnel and AMR emergency medical staff responded to the scene of a serious motor vehicle accident on the Boston Post Road near the entrance to the Lowe’s store.

Officers found that a van traveling westbound passed a line of standing traffic, disregarded a red light, veered to the oncoming lanes, and struck a line of stopped vehicles waiting for the eastbound traffic light.

Emergency medical assistance was given to all involved parties; four were transported to area hospitals.

The accident is currently under investigation by Officer Brian Foote of the OPD Major Accident Reconstruction team.

Any potential charges will be based on the conclusion(s) of the investigation.

Burglaries in Orange: Police Say, Always Report Suspicious Activity

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Feb 122016

police carDuring this week’s Police Commission Meeting Asst. Chief Anthony Cuozzo reported that officers were investigating two home burglaries that occurred in January.

Cuozzo said the incidents took place in the North West area of town off of Route 34.

In both incidents the unknown suspect (s) forcibly entered the homes and took jewelry and small electronic items, which, Cuozzo said are easily pawned.

The Orange Police are sharing information with other regional police departments to determine if there is any connection to their cases.

Detectives also are working with the regional group to try and solve the recent Smoothie King robbery.

In addition, police are investigating a “smash and grab” burglary at Knight’s Power Equipment on the Boston Post Road that happened today at 5:30 a.m.

Cuozzo asks residents to be aware of any suspicious activity in town, both at businesses and in their own neighborhoods and to call the Orange Police Department at 203-891-2130 to report it immediately.

“We take all calls seriously, and it often is the citizen caller reporting something that doesn’t seem right that leads to arrests in these types of incidents,” Cuozzo said.

Get Ready For the Arctic Chill

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Feb 112016

Screen Shot 2016-02-11 at 8.15.34 PMThe National Weather Service is warning us of the bone chilling cold coming in this weekend.

A wind chill watch is in effect from Saturday evening through Sunday morning
Get ready for extreme cold weather and wind chill values as low as 25-30 below zero, with the coldest wind chills Saturday night – Sunday morning.

The frigid air temperatures have the potential to result in frozen pipes, frostbite and hypothermia.

There are several things to consider when the temperatures dip below zero.

Even cleared roads can be deceptive, and you should be careful of black ice.

If it is necessary to shovel show during this cold snap, dress in layers and don’t overdo it. Protect your face and hands from possible frostbite


In freezing conditions, some may be tempted to supplement their furnaces with space heaters. If you do, remember to keep flammable materials away from the heaters, but the best idea is to refrain from using them if possible.

Your pets are especially vulnerable in single digit weather. Remember, paws, which are bare skin, get frostbite just like humans do. Don’t let your dog (or cats) stay outside for any longer than necessary to do their business. When they come inside, wipe excess snow from their feet and even give them a massage until they are warmed up. If your pet has a coat, make sure to put it on them before they go outside.

Freezing temperatures can deaden vehicle batteries. To avoid it, drivers should crank the engine with their foot off the gas for no more than 15 seconds. If the vehicle doesn’t start, let the starter cool for five minutes, then try again, with the gas pedal floored.

For older cars with a carburetor, pump the gas twice, then holding the gas pedal halfway down while turning the key.

Bursting pipes in homes are a danger in freezing weather. Homeowners should keep sink cabinets open to allow warm air to circulate, and to run a thin stream of cold water through faucets.




Notes In A Nutshell: Board of Selectmen Feb 10

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Feb 102016

Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 7.42.22 PMThis month’s Board of Selectmen’s meeting took place at Town Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Following are notes of what they discussed:
Ordinance to Amend the Code of the Town of Orange, Chapter 331, Solid Waste, Article ll. Recycling
Copies available at the Town Clerk’s Office.
Tom George of the Recycling Committee. Now in its 16th year the Recycling effort in Orange has grown dramatically. The town came up with an amended ordinance for which he is grateful.
First Selectman Jim Zeoli said the printer cartridge recycling program is highly successful.
Recycling chairman/selectman Mitch Goldblatt spoke about the grant money
Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 7.42.52 PMTown of Orange gets $20 per ton from the recycled items in the blue bins.
Goldblatt said the number of residents who recycle is unknown, but in the month of December 100 tons was recycled in Orange — between the blue bins and at the transfer station.
VOTE : To consider and act on amending the Code of the Town of Orange, Chapter 331, Solid Waste, Article ll. Recycling.
Unanimously approved.
George Munk an active member of the Orange Country Fair passed away.
Feb. 15 all town offices will be closed, but the transfer station will be open.
March 13 daylight savings time begins.
Sat. July 2 – Independence day fireworks will take place.
Complaint about mail boxes damaged by snow plows. It’s still not too late to put up a “batter board” to protect your mailboxes, but unless they are run over, the town will NOT replace them.
Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 7.37.00 PMDogs on Town Property must be leashed, and you must clean up after them.
Commercial vehicles parked in your residence is not allowed. You may be cited.
Shop Rite is remodeling the interior of the former Stop & Shop on
New Signal Lights including cross walk lights are being installed at the intersection of Orange Center and Old Tavern roads.
1. To consider and act on the approval of the minutes of the January 13, 2016
Regular Meeting of the Board of Selectmen (enclosure)
Two corrections were suggested (Davis and Goldblatt)
Unanimously Approved.
1. To consider and act on the request to hang a banner to promote the Strawberry Festival (enclosure)Marie Gesler, Strawberry Festival Co-Chairperson
Strawberry Festival will take place at the Orange Fairgrounds on June 11.
Zeoli recommends that everyone purchase a Strawberry-Rhubarb pie
The Banner will be erected soon after the Memorial Day Parade.
Unanimously Approved
2. To consider and act on the request to hold the Cinco K de Mayo Road Race, waive the rental fee for HPCC gym/cafeteria and hang a banner on Orange Center Road (enclosure) – Richard Zorena, Chamber of Commerce
Unanimously Approved
3. To consider and act on request for funding to reevaluate and amend the Orange TODD Regulations (enclosure) Paul Dinice, Zoning Administrator and Enforcement Officer
Regulations were drawn up more than a decade ago when a train station was proposed for Orange. The TP&ZC needs $16,000 to pay Planametrics for its work on the plans.
Selectman Okenquist said the printing costs were not included in the request, so should they add money to the request to meet those costs? Zeoli said NO, they asked for $16,000, if they need more they can come back and ask for it.
Goldblatt asked about a timeline. Town Attorney Vin Marino said he would like to have it wrapped up by April.
Unanimous Approval to send the recommendation to fund it to the Board of Finance. 
4. Review of proposed Charter Revision Committee – First Selectman Zeoli
Zeoli suggested Laura Reid, Roy Cuzzocreo and Leo Imperati Jr. for the committee.
Judy Williams said all have history in town and experience.
Unanimously Approved, John Carangelo abstained. 
5. To consider and act on the request to approve Health Insurance Waivers for 19 employees.
Employees would receive a stipend instead of Insurance if person is covered by a spouses insurance.
Unanimously Approved
6. To consider and act on the request to approve the tax refunds totaling $14,606.89
Unanimously Approved
    1. Pension BoardSelectman Goldblatt
    Thurs,  Feb 25 meeting at town hall open to public.
    2. Capital PlanningSelectman Okenquist
    $981,000 proposed expenditures.
    A new phone system is being put into elementary schools so all schools are tied together.
    Pubic Works needs a new dump truck to replace 25 year old model.
    Community Services received $25,000 grant for a new van. town would put in $11,000
    PD needs a new digital console and digital radio system. PD would impose a new incription system to prevent public from hearing their transmissions.
    3. Bond Construction OversightSelectman Goldblatt
    4. PersonnelSelectman Okenquist, Zeoli, Davis
  • Close Regular Meeting convene into Executive Session
    1. Labor Contract Between the Town of Orange and Supervisors Unit
    2. MOA for Correction of Wage Schedule between the Town of Orange and
    the Dispatchers Unit (enclosure)
    Close Executive Session and convene into the Regular Meeting
    3. Upgrade to secretary to Building Department.
    1. To consider and act on the Labor Contract Between the Town of Orange
    and Supervisors’Unit
    Unanimously approved
    2. To consider and act on the MOA for Correction of Wage Schedule between
    the Town of Orange and the Dispatchers’ Unit
    Unanimously approved
    3. Upgrade to secretary to Building Department.
    Upgraded to 37.5 hours and a salary increase.
    Unanimously approved

Boys Swimming: Amity Improves Record to 7-1 On Tuesday Night

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Feb 102016

3906424-male-swimmers-racing-in-pool-underwater-viewThe Amity Boys Swimming and Diving Team hosted Notre Dame-West Haven in Orange on Tuesday night.
The stellar Spartans splashed past their opponents, racking up their 7th victory of the season 94-89.
Amity’s winning events: 
200 yard Medley Relay: A- 1:41.50 Colin Roy, Ben Clemens, Kevin Yanagisawa, Zac Babbitz
200 Free: A- 1:46.92 Adam Ambrosey
200 IM: A-2:09.39 Kevin Yanagisawa
50 Free: A- 23.10 Colin Roy
Diving: A – 174.75 Uranik Klobucishta
100 Butterfly: A – 57.31 Sergey Savelyev
100 Freestyle: A- 49.28 Adam Ambrosey
200 Free Relay: A- 1:35.94 Uranik Klobucishta, Dan Madsen, Zac Babbitz, Adam Ambrosey
100 Back: A- 55.33 Colin Roy
100 Breast: A- 1:02.02 Ben Clemens
Notre Dame’s winning events
500 Free: ND- 4:58.35 North Hansen
400 Free Relay: ND-3:42.18 Dylan Latella, Tony Lopez, Marco Secchiaroli, North Hansen
Records: Amity 7-1; Notre Dame 4-2

Enjoy a Night Of Comedy to Benefit the Orange Community Women

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Feb 102016

Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 12.49.23 PMThe Orange Community Women is having a Night of Comedy fundraising event at the Bridge House, 49 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford, Saturday, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m.

The show will feature Stacy Kendro, a regular performer in Las Vegas, who has appeared on Comedy Central.

The opening act is Chuck Burks, whose had appearances on The Sopranos the Chris Rock Show and Conan O’Brien.

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased from any member of the Orange Community Women or by calling 203-627-2022.

All proceeds go to support projects in and around the town of Orange

For more Information e-mail [email protected].

If you would like to make a night of it, you should call the Bridge House at 203-878-2800 and book dinner reservations before the show.

Girls Basketball: Senior Day Heartbreaker For The Lady Spartans

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Feb 102016

IMG_0056Truth be told, we love our Lady Spartans Basketball Team. As in past years this team shows not only great athleticism, but good sportsmanship as well. They play hard and play well together, no one player ever trying to steal the spotlight because they all know “there is no ‘I’ in TEAM.”

But as good as this team is, the Daniel Hand Tigers are extremely aggressive and if you are in possession of the ball you have to shoot it, even if you aren’t in the perfect position to score, because one of the Tigers will steal it from you if you don’t.

The  game on Tuesday night — Amity’s Senior Night — had a lot of back and forth, tied up several times and Hand eventually defeated Amity with successful foul shots.

Amity ruled the first quarter outshooting Hand 18-12.

The Tigers came alive and dominated the second quarter with 18 points to Amity’s 6. 2nd Quarter score 30-24 – Hand.

Going into the second half, Amity fought hard, even tying the score a few times and making double the points as Hand (14-7) yet the Tigers still had the upper “Hand” 38-37.

The heartbreak came in the final quarter when the teams were tie at 49 and Hand won In the final minute after making 4 foul shots.

Amity’s Pointmakers:

Molly Dragan 15, Elise Graham 15 (including three 3-point goals), Kate Helfenbein had an excellent night, contributing 12 points, Melanie Hauser 5, Amanda Granados 2.


Hand’s top scoring players:
Junior Gabby Martin (#3) was the Tiger’s high scoring player with 15 points (including two 3-point goals), Paula Materin 13 (including two 3-pointers), and Colleen Caruth 8.

Records: Hand 14-4; Amity 12-6