Jan 272015

SOLD SIGNOrange Town Clerk Patrick O’Sullivan released this list of property tranfers filed with his office between Dec. 19, 2014 and Jan. 26, 2015.

• 834 Columbia St., $325,000, Ferdinand Banti Jr. to George Cuzio, filed on Dec. 22.

• 317 Juniper Drive, $359,000, Brian C Inyart to Christopher Kulenych, filed on Dec. 22.

• 568 Russell Court, $320,000, Rex W. Spencer Jr. to Mark Rawden, filed on Dec. 22.

• 27 Red Cedar Circle, $305,000, Ruth C. Blake EST to Suzanne Ucci, filed on Dec. 30.

• 160 Cummings Drive, $269,000, Ronald Callahan Est to Matthew E. Thomas, filed on Jan. 5.

• 85 Grannis Road, $375,000, Margaret McGowan to Anne Jasorkowski, filed on Jan. 7.

• 512 Kanuga Trail, $310,000, Carmel Latella to Jason Roseman, filed on Jan. 8.

• 155 Tyler City Road, $451,000, Justin Berlepsch to James Crawford, filed on Jan. 9.

• 811 Oakwood Road, $221,763, Dorothy Napolitano EST to Ryan E. Davies, filed on Jan. 13.

• 424 Janet Lane, $253,000, Audrey H. Roman to Steven A. Nilson, filed on Jan. 14.

• 662 Peck Lane, $290,000, Burton Kaufman Revoakable Trust to Carrie Sulzycki, filed on Jan. 14.

• 357 Peck Lane, $285,000, Roberta D’Amico Family Trust to Carolyn Telker, filed on Jan. 20.

• 22 Brierwood Drive, $580,000, Craig Zalis to Thomas Priest Jr. and Karen Priest, filed on Jan. 21.

• 489 Luba Drive, $203,000, Vivienne Saldibar to Rachel Maclellan, filed on Jan. 21.

• 748 N. Greenbrier Drive, $315,000, William Ladutko to Jaswant Mand, filed on Jan. 22.

• 29 Red Cedar Circle, $289,900, Lorelei Spitzbard to Angelo Rolli, filed on Jan. 22.



Jan 262015

DeansListUniversity of New Haven

Orange residents Sylvia Antonellis and Melissa Volpe graduated from the University of New Haven

Norwich University

Tess Victoria Osinski of Orange was named to the dean’s list at Norwich University for the fall semester. The University is in Northfield, Vt.

Western New England University

Elissa Ben-Eli of Orange was named to the president’s list at Western New England University for the fall semester.

Students are named to the president’s list for achieving a semester grade point average of 3.80 or higher.

Eastern Connecticut State University

Eastern Connecticut State University released the names of full-time students who were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2014 semester. The students from Orange were:

• Dana Blydenburg, ’16, major is Psychology.

• Connor Dunleavy, ’18, major is Environmental Earth Science.

• Taylor Flanagan, ’15, major is Women’s and Gender Studies and Sociology.

• Michael Mastrianni, ’16, major is Business Information Systems.

• Joseph Mortali, ’15, major is Communication.

• Kyle Mullins, ’16, major is Economics.

Colby College

Jacob F. Laser of Orange was named to the dean’s list at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, for his academic achievement during the fall semester. Laser, a member of the Class of 2017, is the son of Mark Laser and Amy Knorr of Orange and attended Amity Regional High School.

The dean’s list at Colby is highly selective, this fall reserved for students whose semester grade point averages were 3.68 or higher.

Jan 262015

Screen Shot 2015-01-26 at 3.33.59 PMSoon we will be heading outside to start tackling the snow.

Most of us will feel the pain of shoveling 1, 2 or 3- feet of heavy white stuff, mainly because we don’t use the proper technique.

Here is what you should know:

• Feet should be kept wide apart. Weight should be placed on the front foot close to the shovel. Use your leg to push the shovel straight ahead.

• Shift weight to your rear foot with the load of snow close to your body. Lift the load with the power of your legs and arms.

• Shift your body in the direction of the snow instead of twisting your waist.

Proper technique

Proper technique

Improper shoveling technique

Improper shoveling technique

Jan 262015

Blizzard Warning 2013The latest from the National Weather Service, Blizzard Warning remains in effect until midnight Tuesday night.

“Crippling and potentially historic blizzard will impact the area into Tuesday,” the NWS announced.

Much of the report mirrors what Orange Live published yesterday.

• Heavy Snow and blowing snow with blizzard conditions.

• Accumulations of 20 – 30 Inches with locally higher amounts.

• Snowfall rates 2-4 inches per hour late tonight into Tuesday morning.

• Northerly winds 20 – 30 mph with gusts up to 50-60 mph.

• Visibility of 1/4 mile or less at times.

• Temperatures in low to mid 20s.

• Accumulations of up to 4 inches by sunset. Snow will pick up in intensity tonight with the heaviest snowfall and strongest winds from around midnight into Tuesday afternoon.

• Life threatening conditions and extremely dangerous travel due to heavy snowfall and strong winds with whiteout conditions. Many roads may become impassable and strong winds my down power lines and tree limbs.

• Do not travel, but if you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle. All unnecessary travel is discouraged beginning Monday afternoon to allow people already on the road to safely reach their destinations before the heavy snow begins and to allow snow removal equipment to clear the roads.

• A travel ban is in effect beginning at 9 p.m. per the governor, so aside from police, emergency crews and snow removal crews, no one is allowed on the roads until the ban is lifted.


Jan 262015

smush_draft_snow_cart_tcm3-23268With the blizzard already rearing its ugly head into Orange, some residents may be wondering what they are supposed to do about their recycling items.

According to Recycling Committee Chairman Mitch Goldblatt, if the Governor closes the roads on Tuesday, there will be NO pick up that day, the same goes for Wednesday and so forth.

“If you put your recycling bin out and it doesn’t get picked up, do NOT bring it back in, because it will be picked up this week,” Goldblatt said. “With a storm like this, it’s a domino effect. The recycling trucks will come as soon as they can and resume pickups in the regular order and continue until they’re done, even if it runs into Saturday or Sunday.”

(So Tuesday’s pickup may be on Thursday, etc.)

Jan 262015

Screen Shot 2015-01-26 at 12.24.01 AMOrange Emergency Management Director Fred Palmer passed along these Red Cross Safety Tips:

❏ Dress in several layers of lightweight clothing, wear mittens and a hat (preferably one that covers your ears).

❏ Wear waterproof, insulated boots to keep your feet warm and dry and to maintain your footing in ice and snow.

❏ Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle.

❏ Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or other local news channels for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS) 

❏ Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.

❏ Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.

❏ Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year.

❏ Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.

❏ Running water, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing.

❏ All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside and kept clear.

Cold-Related Emergencies 

Frostbite and hypothermia are two dangerous and potentially life-threatening emergencies. Learn how to care for these emergencies by taking a first aid class.

❏ Go to a designated public shelter if your home loses power or heat during periods of extreme cold.

❏ Avoid driving when conditions include sleet, freezing rain or drizzle, snow or dense fog.

❏ Before tackling strenuous tasks in cold temperatures, consider your physical condition, the weather factors and the nature of the task.

❏ Protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia by wearing warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in several layers. Stay indoors, if possible.

❏ Help people who require special assistance such as elderly people living alone, people with disabilities and children.

❏ Check on your animals and make sure that their access to food and water is not blocked by snow drifts, ice or other obstacles. If possible, bring them indoors.

Caution: Carbon Monoxide Kills 

❏ Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Locate unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.

❏ The primary hazards to avoid when using alternate sources for electricity, heating or cooking are carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock and fire.

❏ Install carbon monoxide alarms in central locations on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide.

❏ If the carbon monoxide alarm sounds, move quickly to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door.

❏ Call for help from the fresh air location and remain there until emergency personnel arrive to assist you. Let Your Family Know You’re Safe If your community experiences a severe winter storm, or any disaster, register on the American Red Cross Safe and Well Web site available through RedCross.org to let your family and friends know about your welfare. If you don’t have Internet access, call 1-866-GET-INFO to register yourself and your family.

Be RedCrossReady Winter Storm Safety Checklist

What should I do? What supplies do I need? What do I do after a storm? Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind driven snow that lasts for several days.

Some winter storms are large enough to affect several states, while others affect only a single community. Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain.

For more information on disaster and emergency preparedness, visit RedCross.org

Winter Storm Watch Winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36 to 48 hours. People in a watch area should review their winter storm plans and stay informed about weather conditions. Winter Storm Warning Life-threatening, severe winter conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours. People in a warning area should take precautions immediately.

❏ Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day

❏ Food—at least a 3-day supply of nonperishable, easy-to-prepare food

❏ Flashlight

❏ Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)

❏ Extra batteries

❏ First aid kit

❏ Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)

❏ Multi-purpose tool

❏ Sanitation and personal hygiene items

❏ Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)

❏ Cell phone with chargers

❏ Family and emergency contact information

❏ Extra cash

❏ Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)

❏ Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)

❏ Tools/supplies for securing your home

❏ Sand, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter to make walkways and steps less slippery

❏ Warm coats, gloves or mittens, hats, boots and extra blankets and warm clothing for all household members

❏ Ample alternate heating methods such as fireplaces or wood- or coal-burning stoves.

Jan 252015

Screen shot 2013-11-25 at 6.24.19 PMFeel the chill in the air? Winter is here, so it’s time to adopt a fire hydrant.

In the event of an emergency, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department will need to access all local fire hydrants for water.

But if they are covered in snow, the firefighters would have to clear it themselves, taking up valuable time and possibly cause a delay in putting out a fire — no one wants that to happen.

Some town residents already have signed up for the “Adopt A Hydrant” program at the Orange Country Fair and the Firemen’s Carnival. Other residents just automatically take it upon themselves to clear around fire hydrants near their homes and the fire department greatly appreciates it.

The Orange Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is asking residents interested in adopting a fire hydrant and helping out the town and fire department to please e-mail CERT member Lisa Hartshorn at [email protected] with your name, address, fire hydrant number (if applicable), location of hydrant and e-mail address so she can add you to the directory of volunteers.

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Originally Published on: Jan 4, 2015 @ 18:44

Jan 252015

Orange Snow Plows stood at the ready Tuesday afternoon in anticipation of storm Derby.

Orange Snow Plows stood at the ready last year in anticipation of storm Derby.

There are more than 110 miles of streets in the Town of Orange. Snow removal can cost up to $2,500.00 per hour. Therefore, it is important for the Department of Public Works to use its resources wisely with cooperation from the residents to minimize the cost.

Plow Routes:   The streets are plowed and sanded in order of priority. Main (collector) roads are addressed first with special attention to steep hills, and difficult intersections. Side streets are done next, then dead-end streets.  Side streets will remain unplowed if the main roads require repeat plowing due to heavy volume of snowfall. This may not seem fair to the residents of side streets or dead-ends.  However, the main roads must remain open.

Blocked Driveways:   All snow plows angle the same way; to the driver’s right. While plowing, the plow will push the snow in front of a residential driveway.  The homeowner is responsible for access to his/her driveway. The only way to avoid additional snow removal is to wait until DPW work crews have completed their final clean up of your road.

Mailbox Damage:   The town repairs or replaces only those mailboxes and/or posts that are actually struck by the plow blade.  Usually, a paint mark or tire tracks provide evidence of a mailbox strike.  The Town does not repair or replace mailboxes and/or posts that fall from the force of plowed snow. Mailboxes and supporting posts must be installed to withstand the rigors of snow removal; including the force of snow pushed from the street onto the roadside.  It is recommended that homeowners do not purchase and utilize plastic mailboxes and/or posts as they are subject to damage.  DPW recommends the use of a 4″ x 4″ wooden post or 2″ metal pipe with a metal mailbox.

Private Plowing:   The Town of Orange prohibits private plow contractors from pushing snow from private driveways or parking lots onto Town streets.  This practice is dangerous and impedes the Town’s snow removal efforts.  If there is no other alternative to pushing the snow into the street, the plow driver must plow off the windrow left across the street by re-plowing until the road is safe.  This may not necessarily mean bare pavement, but certainly it should be no worse than when the driver began work.

No Parking:   The Town of Orange Snow Removal Ordinance takes effect on November 1 of each year, and continues to April 1 of the following year.  During this time, there shall be no parking on public roads during snowstorms.  Should your vehicle be parked on the street causing an obstruction to snow removal vehicles, your vehicle may be ticketed or removed by the Town of Orange Police Department.  The cost of removal and any other subsequent fees shall be borne upon the owner of the vehicle.

Snow Stakes:   The Town of Orange Highway Department reminds Orange residents to install “snow stakes” now before the ground freezes.  It is difficult to distinguish between the pavement edge and the edge of a lawn in heavy snowfall.  Installing stakes along property edges as close to pavement as possible without interfering with traffic will help homeowners avoid unsightly lawn damage this winter, especially for properties with underground sprinklers or invisible fencing.  Snow stakes should be 30-36″ high and can be purchased at a local hardware store.  If using wooden stakes, paint the top 3″ of the stakes red to increase visibility against snow.

Residents who feel they have a legitimate complaint should call the Town of Orange 

Department of Public Works at (203) 891-4775

Originally Published on: Oct 29, 2014 @ 0:01

Jan 252015

Screen Shot 2015-01-25 at 11.22.29 PMAmity – Region 5 AND Orange Elementary Schools will dismiss early on Monday, Jan. 26 due to the impending blizzard.

The forecast for the storm is still developing so check back for potential additional announcements.

Jan 252015

blizzard+snow+plowFrom the NOAA:

A Blizzard Warning remains in effect from 1 p.m. Monday to Midnight Tuesday night.

Expect heavy, blowing snow with blizzard conditions, snowfall rates of 2 to 4 inches per hour with a total accumulation of 20-30 inches, late Monday night into Tuesday morning. Visibility of 1/4 mile or less at times.

Northerly winds of 30-40 mph with gusts of 55-65 mph. Temperatures in the lower 20s.

Light snowfall will begin Monday morning with accumulations of 1 to 3 inches possibly by the evening rush. Snow will pick up in intensity Monday evening with the heaviest snow and strongest winds from about midnight Monday into Tuesday afternoon.

Life threatening conditions and extremely dangerous travel due to heavy snowfall and strong winds with whiteout conditions. Secondary and tertiary roads may become impassable.

Strong winds may down power lines and tree limbs. Snow drifts could be 4-6 feet.

Do not travel. If you MUST travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle. All unnecessary travel is discouraged beginning Monday afternoon to allow people already on the road to safely reach their destinations before the heaviest snow begins and to allow snow removal equipment to clear roads.