May 302015

State Rep. Pam Staneski

State Rep. Pam Staneski

To help students who struggle with reading skills, State Rep. Pam Staneski (Milford & Orange) gave final House of Representatives approval to legislation which will improve our state’s dyslexia detection and educational training to the learning disability.

This bill makes several changes to state education law regarding dyslexia by requiring the State Department of Education to designate an employee to help parents and boards of education detect and intervene for students with dyslexia, and for teacher preparation programs and in-service training programs to include dyslexia education and training.

Additionally, the bill also sets a January 1, 2016 deadline for state to develop or approve reading assessments, which, among other things, will help identify students at risk for dyslexia. And it puts dyslexia in the same category as other learning disabilities that call for the development of individual education programs.

“This bill is a critical first step in making sure K-3 educators who might not be schooled in phonemic awareness are fully trained on how to detect and educate students with dyslexia. With proper education, children with dyslexia can be very successful students,” said Rep. Staneski, a former educator herself and a member of the legislature’s Education committee.

Dyslexia is a sub-category of “specific learning disabilities,” which are disorders of at least one basic psychological process involved in the understanding, or use of, written or spoken language that may manifest themselves in a number of ways involving the ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or do math. These disabilities do not include learning problems that are primarily the result of visual, hearing, or motor disabilities, or mental retardation or emotional disturbance, or environmental or economic disadvantage.

The bill now goes to Governor Malloy for his review and signature.

May 302015

Sandals, not the smart choice.

Sandals, not the smart choice.

Are you planning to participate in the 2015 Relay for Life? The first aid providers ask that you choose wisely when picking out your footwear the day.

Last year, the first aid station was busy with dirty, cut and bloodied feet, many with ripped toe nails. After the first 4 or 5 they figured out that each of the patients was either walking barefoot or wearing flip flops.

The thing about the walking track around the Orange Fairgrounds is that it is not paved, rather the surface is cut stone, not rounded tumbled stones, but sharp little rocks that act like shards of glass on bare feet.

Open sandals may be good for showing off a pedicure, but they are not good for walking several miles on a crushed stone surface.

The Relay Organizers’ main goal is to raise money to help fight cancer, but they also want all of the participants to have a safe and memorable time.



May 302015

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Fair warning for Orange residents who frequent Old Grassy Hill Road for their daily travel.

On Friday, signs were posted on Old Grassy Hill Road for road closure to allow for necessary utility work beginning Monday, June 8.

Map out your alternate routes to work, school, the parkway, etc. now so you’re not taken by surprise.

May 292015

Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 10.19.11 PMA resident contacted us about a drone that was lost in flight Thursday night around sunset.

On Friday night, the owner called with an update. A resident down at the end of Orchard Road found it in a tree on Thursday evening after noticing the blinking lights and notified police.

The owner said he was surprised that the drone flew all the way to the end of Orchard Road, although it was in the general area that he’d expected.

“I want to thank them very much for getting it back to me. Very nice people.” he said. “My phone started ringing all at once with the police and others telling me it was found. Just — Thank You.”

Original story:

The missing drone is a small black and green model (shown) and is most likely somewhere in the Orange Center, Orchard Road, Englewood, Blue Ridge Terrace, Wild Rose Drive area. (see map)

If everyone could please take a moment to check their back yards, rooftops, trees, driveways, etc. to see if the toy landed on your property, it would be greatly appreciated.

If you find it please contact Orange Live at [email protected], call 203-506-1747 or send a message on facebook.

No, this is not MINE, I still can’t get that one off the ground.

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Originally Published on: May 28, 2015 @ 22:35 

May 292015

lee712f45-m0oSpectacular, contemporary William Mack-designed home sited on a large, private, sylvan lot. See it at 344 West River Road, Orange, Sunday, May 31, 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 $649,500.  (Reduced by $50,000 on May 16)

MLS N10037155

May 292015

Screen Shot 2015-05-29 at 8.38.34 PMTen months ago, the town of Orange was shaken to the core by the news that a son violently murdered  his mother in their home in a quiet neighborhood off of Orange Center Road.

Dr. Claudia Dinan Granata, 58, died at the hands of her 22-year-old son, Timothy on Thursday, July 24, 2014.

In November, the now 23-year-old Timothy Granata pled not guilty in his mother’s death.

He was found competent to face legal proceedings Dec. 29 after a competency evaluation — that was the last we heard about this case.

Granata appeared in court on Thursday, May 21, and the New Haven Register, which does court reporting, published a story stating Granata’s lawyer has filed a “notice of intention to rely upon the affirmative defense of mental disease or defect.”

According to the Register, the prosecution received two defense reports on Granata’s mental health and now, the state must decide whether to agree with the defense experts’ conclusions or get its own team.

— Source: New Haven Register

May 292015

Father Peter Orfanakos (St. Barbara’s Church), Chief Robert Gagne, Officer Denny Peterson, Officer Ryan Miniaci, Officer Christina Nicolia, Officer Amable Colon, Assistant Chief Anthony Cuozzo

Father Peter Orfanakos (St. Barbara’s Church), Chief Robert Gagne, Officer Denny Peterson, Officer Ryan Miniaci, Officer Christina Nicolia, Officer Amable Colon, Assistant Chief Anthony Cuozzo

On Monday, The Milford Police Academy Class of 2015 graduated. Four of those officers joined the Orange Police Department, as you read on Orange Live on May 22.

Following are brief biographies of each officer, courtesy of Chief Robert Gagne, who said, “We are excited to welcome these new officers to our Department.”

Officer Denny Peterson

Born in Seoul, South Korea (speaks limited Korean)

Graduated from North Branford High School

Attended Housatonic Community College

Graduated from Lincoln College of New England w/ Associate’s degree in Mortuary Science

Former Funeral Director for West Haven Funeral Home

Received the Arnold Markle Award at graduation ceremony from Milford Police Academy:

Prior to his death Arnold Markle was the New Haven State’s Attorney. He died suddenly at age 51 at the height of a brilliant career prosecuting the worst of the worst.  He was a true mentor and friend of Law Enforcement.

The Arnold Markle Award is presented to the Recruit Officer graduating from the Milford Police Academy who best portrays the education and loyalty to the law enforcement profession that Mr. Markle personified:  Honesty, professionalism, intelligence and a strong belief in the rule of the law and the Constitution.

Officer Ryan Miniaci

Born in New Haven

Attended high school at Fairfield Prep, Canterbury School (New Milford), and graduated from Manchester High School West in New Hampshire.  Ryan changed schools to further his ice hockey skills.

Graduated from Sacred Heart University where he played ice hockey, and earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Criminal Justice.

Former Assistant Hockey Coach at East Haven High School

Officer Christina Nicolia

Born in Bridgeport

Graduated from Central Magnet High School (Bridgeport)

Earned certification in Crisis Prevention from the Kennedy Center in Trumbull

Graduated from Sacred Heart University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology

Earned accreditation in Triple P (Positive Parenting Program), a therapeutic approach to teaching parenting strategies.

Former Case Manager at Child & Family Guidance Center in Bridgeport

Officer Amable Colon

Born in the Dominican Republic (speaks fluent Spanish)

Graduated high school from Centro Educativo Catolico Ana Delia Jorge (Dominican Republic)

Earned Computer Technician Certificate from Insercom Technical School (Dominican Republic)

Attended Bergen Community College in Paramus, NJ where he studied Computer Science

Currently working towards an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice from Penn Foster College

Former manager at Terryville Chevrolet

May 292015

The AcademyThe Orange Historical Society is starting its Tag Sale season at the Academy Museum, 605 Orange Center Road, on May 30, weather permitting.

The museum is always open from 10-3 for tours and shopping for antiques and collectibles every Saturday and they welcome visitors and shoppers to browse among the history of Orange collections as well.

For information call 203-795-3106.

May 292015

pancakesThe Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will host its 16th annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, June 6, from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Fire Station, 355 Boston Post Rd. Orange.

Enjoy scrambled eggs, your choice of bacon or sausage, potato patties and all you can eat “Chip’s” pancakes prepared for you by the Orange Volunteer Firefighters. Orange juice, milk, coffee and tea also will be served.

Prices are: $8.00 for Adults, Children ages 6-12: $6.00. Age 5 and under are free with a paying adult.

Save $1.00 per person by purchasing an advance ticket from any auxiliary member or at Knight’s Inc. 286 Boston Post Rd., Orange.

All proceeds benefit the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

For further information, contact Lynn Knight at 203-795-5882 email: [email protected] or visit our website at www.orangevfd.com

May 292015

Screen Shot 2015-05-29 at 12.48.21 PMThe 16th Annual BOW American Cancer Society Relay for Life will take place at High Plains Community Center (Orange Fairgrounds) 525 Orange Center Road this Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31.

The fairgrounds will open at noon on Saturday for teams to check in and set up camp, and Luminaria sales will begin.

At 2 p.m. food concessions with hot dogs and hamburgers will be open under the pavilion.

At 3 p.m. there will be a chalk drawing contest. A limited number of 8×8 squares are available for purchase at $20 each – proceeds go to the Relay for Life.

From 5-7 p.m. the Kids Care events with bounce house, crafts, cotton candy, popcorn and more will be open.

The Relay for Life opening ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. After the opening ceremony, there will be a cancer survivor lap (and a caregivers lap) around the track at 6:15 p.m.  The team laps will follow.

At 6:30 p.m. the Survivors will be treated to dinner while the band “Lunchbox” plays.

At 7:30 p.m. there will be live music and a DJ at the gazebo and the volleyball and basketball tournaments will begin.

At 9 p.m. the Luminaria ceremony will begin. This always is a touching, solemn ceremony when candles are lit and teams take a lap in the darkness as names of the departed scroll on a screen in the field.

A movie is scheduled to play on the big screen around 11 p.m. although forecasters are predicting nighttime and overnight showers.

The Relay for Life will close on Sunday at 7:00 am.

If you’ve never attended a Relay for Life, please come on out for this moving event. The best time for non-participants to come is from 6:00 – 10 p.m. on Saturday.

So far, the BOW Relay for life has raised $63,649.19. The Relay Committee is hoping to make more than $100,000.00 by the end of the weekend.

Consider donating to the American Cancer Society. To learn more about the BOW Relay for Life and to make a donation to a favorite team or member, click – BOW Relay Donations.