Apr 272015

Officer Chris Brown and K-9 Loki

Officer Chris Brown and K-9 Loki

From the OPD Facebook Page:

The Orange Police Department offered a Citizen’s Academy this Spring to interested area residents.

On Wednesday, April 15, Officer Chris Brown and K-9 Loki made a presentation to the group. Officer Brown demonstrated how Loki has been trained, among other things, to find evidence and assist Officer Brown in arresting criminals.

The accompanying photos show K-9 Loki preventing ‘suspect’ (and Orange PD Dispatcher Dan Schweitzer) from getting away. Dispatcher Schweitzer wore what is known as a ‘bite sleeve’ to protect himself from potentially being harmed. Officer Brown called out commands and warnings, but when Dispatcher Schweitzer wouldn’t comply, Loki took over.


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Apr 272015

Paul Davis

Paul Davis

Orange Democratic Town Committee chairman Trish Pearson announced that the town committee has established an award to be given annually to recognize an Orange resident for outstanding community service through their involvement in local, state or national government.  Former State Representative Paul Davis has been chosen as the first recipient.

The award is named in honor of the O’Sullivan family whose tradition of public service spans four generations:  Beginning in 1893, Dr. Thomas J. O’Sullivan was the first Mayor of Derby and later appointed Postmaster by President Grover Cleveland. 

His son, Patrick B. was elected to the State Senate later elected to Congress representing the 5th District.  He went on to serve on the Orange Board of Selectmen and as Chairman of the State Democratic Party.  He was then appointed to the Superior Court and later to the State Supreme Court where he retired as Chief Justice in 1957. His wife Marguerite, also served on the Orange Board of Education for 27 years. 

Their son, Thomas was a renowned and respected Superior Court judge. He also served Orange in many elected and appointed capacities including; the Board of Selectmen, Zoning Appeals, and the Amity Regional Board of Education.

The fourth generation of O’Sullivans to serve our community, are well known to many; Patrick B. O’Sullivan is the current Orange Town Clerk and a former State Representative, Selectman and member of the Board of Finance.  His brother, David is the Executive Director of the Downtown Community Soup Kitchen. 

“Paul was an easy choice” said Pearson.  During his tenure in the state legislature he had an outstanding record of solving problems, making sure that our town received its “fair share” of funding and proactively working with other legislators on both sides of the aisle to move our state forward.” 

Orange Town Clerk, Patrick O’Sullivan also endorsed the committee’s choice, saying “I cannot  think of a better person to receive this award.  My family’s legacy of public service is embodied in Paul Davis.”

Paul Davis and the O’Sullivan Family will be honored at a gala dinner on Thursday, May 21 at Grassy Hill Lodge, 77 Sodom Lane, Derby.  The event begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, dinner follows at 7 p.m.  Tickets are $65 per person.  To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Kevin Moffett, 203-795-3325 or [email protected]

Apr 262015

Officer Mary Bernegger and K-9 Trant

Officer Mary Bernegger and K-9 Trant

From the OPD Facebook Page:

The Orange Police Department offered a Citizen’s Academy this Spring to interested area residents.

On Wednesday, April 15, 2015, Officer Mary Bernegger and K-9 Trent made a presentation to the group. Officer Bernegger demonstrated Trent’s ability to locate drugs by scent.

Trent is a Labrador Retriever trained and certified to sniff out marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, crack cocaine, hashish, synthetic marijuana (Spice/bath salts), steroids, MDMA (Ecstasy/Molly), and opiates (heroin).

Officer Bernegger first demonstrated a ‘people search’ using students from the class. Selectwoman Judy Williams volunteered to hold the test drugs while Trent searched all the students by scent.

Trent alerted to the drug location by sitting nearby. Officer Bernegger confirmed the find, then rewarded Trent for his effort. The ‘lineup of suspects’ was shuffled, and Trent located the drugs again.

Trent then demonstrated a more open search by finding test drugs that had been hidden inside a wall cabinet. He alerted to the drugs, and was again rewarded for his efforts.

From his first day just under a year ago to date, Trent has already located over thirty pounds of drugs, all of which were seized by officers and taken off of the streets.


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Apr 262015

Womens Leadership Network - Orange ChamberThe Orange Chamber of Commerce will host its 7th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference at Race Brook Country Club, 246 Derby Ave., Wednesday, April 29 beginning at 7:30 a.m.

Three inspiring women will tell how they successfully balance the hats they wear and share the tools they have implemented to achieve their professional and personal life balance.

You also will learn useful techniques to help you balance the many hats you wear to maintain a healthy work/life balance.

Cost: $30 per person.

Click HERE to register.


Apr 262015

political-symbols-democrat-republican-oEven though I do my best to keep Orange Live all about Orange, I will, on occasion offer Zoo News or a tidbit from the tri towns only if I know it has mass appeal. Amity High School is a given, Orange residents attend the school and athletes like Katie Koshes and Kyle Beaudette are on the Spartans rosters.

In another week the town of Woodbridge will have its municipal election and the Orange Live readers who live in that town can tell you that their campaign season (at least for one party) has been a nasty one. Residents said they were turned off by blatant lies printed on mailers and other desperate underhanded political techniques that had been applied over the past few months.

For that town’s sake, I hope that residents can see through the smoke screen and do what is best for their community.

That said, even though no one has announced their candidacy for office in Orange, the “silly season” it seems, already has begun.

Troubling whispers and allegations against one potential candidate have begun as one party prepares to “destroy” their opponent.

In the coming months, I predict you will read and hear a lot of nastiness as one political party works on sweeping the Orange municipal election.

To All Parties, Republicans, Democrats, and Independents — Remember the Orange Live political policy [this version was published Aug 18, 2014]— “I will post information about candidates, issues, and events as they are submitted as long as it is not an attack piece on an opponent.”

Candidates, you should run on your own merits, say what YOU can do for the town of Orange and highlight the positive things that you have done that make you the best person for the job.

In advance of the first installment of the 2015 smear campaign, I ask Orange residents to keep an open mind, see through the smoke screen and do what is best for your community on election day.

Orange Live will not respond to any stories published in other newspapers or tabloids, but, if you have concerns about something you’ve heard or read somewhere else, send an e-mail to [email protected]  and I will be more than willing to bring you the other side of the story and clarify what may have been left hiding behind the curtain.



Apr 262015

military-emblems-300x195On Friday, May 1, the Orange Senior Center/Community Services will honor the men and women of Orange who have served our country.

The extensive program, beginning at 2 p.m. will include a scrolling frame picturing living town veterans, and will honor the 6 different branches of service.

Registration forms are available through Orange Community Services.

This Wall of Honor will be forever a part of our mission and values and will serve as a daily reminder as to the Service, Sacrifice and Honor of our Veterans.

Call (203) 891-4784 for more information.

Apr 262015

lee712f45-m0oSpectacular, contemporary William Mack-designed home sited on a large, private, sylvan lot. See it at 344 West River Road, Orange, Sunday, April 26 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Sunny, spacious, open main level in the shape of an 8-angled half-circle with beamed ceiling. Living area and dining area separated by a stone chimney with fireplaces on both sides. Wraparound deck for lots of light. Renovated galley kitchen is a cook’s delight. Huge office/library in the lower level with natural light and exterior door.

Energy efficient structure and mechanicals, multi-zoned. Loads of closet space throughout, 3-bay garage under the house, additional 3 bays and workshop in a detached building. Could be purchased with adjacent .95 acre lot.

Has Central Air. Comes with dishwasher, washer, dryer, oven/range, refrigerator.

Sewage System: Septic


Offered by Betsy Grauer Realty, Inc for $699,500.

Agent Katherine Bennett

MLS N10037155

Apr 262015

Screen Shot 2015-04-14 at 3.29.36 PMThe annual Town of Orange Memorial Day Ceremonies and Parade will take place on Sunday, May 24, 2015. 

Kevin Gilbert once again will serve as Parade Organizer. 

Parade ceremonies will commence promptly at 10:30 a.m. at the Orange Fairgrounds at the gazebo.  The parade will step off immediately following the ceremony down Orange Center Road past the reviewing stand with services following at the Orange Center Cemetery.

The Parade Committee encourages any groups wishing to participate to contact Karen Goldberg at the Orange Town Hall at 203-891-4738 or Kevin Gilbert at 203-795-2417 or 203-795-4647.  Applications for participation in the parade are available in the Orange Town Hall – First Selectman’s Office or on the town’s website at www.orange-ct.gov.  

The Committee anticipates many marching bands and floats.

The Committee invites the public to join in honoring our nation’s veterans.

In the event of rain, exercises will be moved to the High Plains Community Center Auditorium.

Originally Published on: Apr 22, 2015 @ 9:33

Apr 262015

Screen Shot 2015-04-26 at 9.47.05 AMMildred Carmela Sileo Donohue, 91, of Hamden, passed away peacefully April 23, 2015 at the Whitney Center. She was the devoted wife of 60 years of the late John J. Donohue Jr.

She was born July 11, 1923 in Brooklyn, NY, to the late Joseph E. and Josephine (Albano) Sileo Sr. She received her B.A. from Queens College in 1944. She met her future husband, John Joseph Donohue Jr., at Teacher’s College, Columbia University, where they both earned master’s degrees. She worked for AT&T during the war years until 1951.

In the 1960’s, Mildred went back to school, received her master of library science from Southern Connecticut State University, and became a school media specialist in the Orange School System. She assisted her husband in his work in the Democratic Party and the Caucus of Connecticut Democrats to promote social justice and good government. Mildred also did considerable volunteer work in Orange, at the Orange Teachers League (president); at the Mary L. Tracy School (library volunteer); the Orange Scholarship Committee; and the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary (president, secretary, and Girls State).

Bear Springs Camp in Rome, Maine, was the family’s summer retreat for many years. Mildred and John traveled to Ireland, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Argentina, Canada, Scandinavia, and of course within the US. In 2004, she and John moved from Orange to the Whitney Center in Hamden, where she was active in the Library Committee, Lecture Committee, and Residents’ Council.

She spent her last few months in the Whitney Center’s Health Center, where doctors, nurses and aides gave expert and loving care. Mildred will be truly missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her children, Jeanne D. Miner and her husband Bruce of Wethersfield; John J. Donohue III and his wife Maureen of Stanford, CA; her six grandchildren: Julia C. Perez of Milford and husband Will; Kevin B. Miner and wife Nicole of the Bronx, NY; Alison K. Miner of Newington; Lauren E. Donohue of Redwood City, CA; and Aidan and Patrick Donohue of Stanford, CA; and three great-grandchildren: Anthony, Adrianna, and Joey. She is also survived by her sister, Marie Calamari and husband Joseph of Garden City, NY; and her beloved nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her brothers, Joseph E. Sileo Jr. and Robert Sileo, who died in infancy, and her cousin, Michael G. (Eddy) Sileo, who was raised as a brother.

Friends and family may call on Sunday, April 26th from 5-8 p.m. at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, April 27th at 10 a.m. at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Road, Orange, (MEET DIRECTLY AT CHURCH). Burial will follow at Orange Center Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Mildred’s name to Save The Children, 501 Kings Highway E, Fairfield, CT, 06880.

To leave online condolences, visit www.codywhitefuneralhome.com.

Apr 262015

thCongregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road will host its Adult Education Movie Of the Month (today) Sunday, April 26 at 2 p.m.
“Nora’s Will” is a heart-warming, humorous, award-winning  film.
When Joseph’s ex-wife Nora passes away before Passover, Joseph gradually realizes that he is part of Nora’s plan to bring her estranged family together, posthumously, for a Passover Seder. This, in turn, leads him to re-discover their undying friendship.
(1 hour 32 minutes; Mexican film with subtitles)
Nora’s Will” will be followed by a brief discussion led by Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus