Improvements Made For This Year’s Independence Concert Experience

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Jun 302016

Orange Fairgrounds July 5, 2015 (from Kevin Arnone's Drone)

Orange Fairgrounds July 5, 2015 (from Kevin Arnone’s Drone)

The Orange Independence Day Concert and Fireworks extravaganza always draws a huge crowd, but none as large as in 2015. HERE is Kevin Arnone’s Drone Video from that event.

There were a number of situations that police, fire and security personnel had to deal with throughout the evening, including unexpected traffic and parking difficulties and then there was the “potty” situation that drove hundreds of people into the woods behind the fire line.

Asst. Police Chief Anthony Cuozzo said the Orange Police met with organizers to go over the details of this year’s show so things may go easier on everyone this weekend.

Another HUGE band has been booked and if 5,000 people show up again, there will be at least 16 strategically placed “comfort stations” aka Porta Potties on the grounds as well as the regular brick bathroom facilities near the parking lot closest to the Community Center.

Unfortunately, the State has moved the fire line back a few yards, so the fairgrounds will lose some parking spaces in order to keep everyone a safe distance from the dangerous fireworks pit.

The Orange Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will assist police in traffic and security details where needed.

Everyone is asked to respect the fire line near the rear of the fairgrounds (wooded area). It is there for a reason. As we’ve seen in the past, fireworks and other explosive devices are volatile and can go off unexpectedly and take off in any direction. If you are in the woods and a firework goes off by itself you risk getting severely injured, burned or maimed.

The CERT and Fire personnel are not down there turning you away to be mean, they are doing their jobs and could very well help save your life.

AC Cuozzo said side roads will be closed and clearly marked during the event, so everyone is asked to respect the residents who live on those streets by following the rules.

He added that additional parking will be available at the Library and at Mary L. Tracy School.

If you are parked in the rear and traffic isn’t moving it may be because there are unexploded fireworks still in the tubes and BY LAW the traffic control personnel CANNOT let you drive by.

“Everyone wants to get in and out quickly and to find a great parking space,” he said. “These are things we can’t guarantee, but we ask that everyone be patient and enjoy your holiday weekend.”

On a side note, the Orange Recycling Committee asks that everyone use the recycling bins for Recyclables and trash cans for garbage only.

Nearby Fireworks Shows

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Jun 302016

fireworksThere are several Independence Day fireworks shows around the state, but not everyone is willing to travel more than a few miles to attend one.

For this reason, Orange Live is providing only shows that are within a reasonable distance to town for your information and enjoyment.

Friday, July 1

• Stratford, Short Beach Park, 7 p.m. (rain date July 5)

• Hamden, Town Center Park at Dusk

• Derby, over the water in the Center of Town at 9 p.m. (rain date July 3)

• Shelton, Riverwalk — Fireworks at dusk

Milford, POSTPONED!!!!!!!!! See Below

• West Haven, Bradley Point, 9 p.m. (rain date July 5)

Saturday, July 2

• Orange, Concert at 6:30 p.m., Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Orange Fairgrounds (rain date July 3)

Monday, July 4

New Haven, Wilbur Cross High School, 9 p.m. (rain date July 9)

Wednesday, July 6

• Milford: Helwig Street, Milford Lisman’s Landing — Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.



WTNH – 8 posted this complete list if you are willing to travel to New London or other distant towns.

Thank You Highway Department

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Jun 302016

Everyone appreciated the newly paved roads during last weekend's 5K road race.

Everyone appreciated the newly paved roads during last weekend’s 5K road race.

The Orange Highway Department has been working tirelessly in the heat and humidity during the past couple of months paving the worst worn roadways with new asphalt.

It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it and by the end of today, according to Highway Foreman Donny Foyer, it will be complete.

The inconvenience bumpy graded surfaces and road closures has been replaced with smooth even streets where many of us do a lot of our driving.

Thank you Highway boys for all your hard work.

It’s Happening At The Library

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Jun 302016

The Case Memorial Library.

The Case Memorial Library.

The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, offers the following free upcoming events.


Shibori Tie Dye Totes
Wednesday, July 6 at 2 PM
Make your own tie-dye book tote using the Japanese shibori method, then make a frozen banana parfait while you wait for your tote to dye. Wear old clothes; this might get messy! All supplies will be provided. Supplies are limited so give us a call or stop by the Library to let us know if you plan to come.

Art in the Library Reception
Thursday, July 7, 5-7 PM
In honor of the July exhibit: Watercolors and sculptures by Nandou Lu and Gary Rappaport, on view July 2-29.

Oscar Film: Joy
Monday, July 11 at 7 PM
Wednesday, July 13 at 1 PM (with subtitles)
Joy is the story of the title character, who rose to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty. PG-13. 124 min.

Friends Members-Only Book Sale
Saturday, July 16, 10 AM-12 noon
Gently used books, records, CDs, sheet music, cassettes, bargain books, children’s, science fiction and more!

“The Tortoise and the Hare” Drama Workshop with Ingrid Schaeffer
Saturday, July 16 at 1:30 PM
Children ages 5-10 will be provided with a costume piece and props to act out this classic Aesop fable with a twist. The workshop will conclude with a craft that corresponds to the theme of the story. Space is limited to 22 children.
Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register in person or by telephone.
Phone: 203-891-2170

Obituary: Louis Gloria, Sr., 71, Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Friend

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Jun 292016

Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 11.21.30 PMLouis Gloria, Sr., age 71, of Orange, passed away peacefully in his home on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s.

He was born on July 26, 1944 in Milford to the late Anthony and Grace Marino Gloria, Sr.

Before retiring, he was the dedicated owner of Gloria’s Inc., which included the Garden Center and Farm Market for 55 years.

In the early years he passionately played on his softball team, Gloria’s. Lou was the pitcher, bringing home many championship titles.

He actively enjoyed tennis and playing mixed doubles with his wife Margaret. He developed a passion for the sport and went on to coach his son throughout his career, while continuing to introduce and mentor his grandchildren in the sport.

B, as he was affectionately known, rarely missed any event that his children and grandchildren participated in.

From its humble beginnings as a fruit stand, Gloria’s became an iconic landmark in Milford, CT. This was accomplished by the extraordinary dedication of Lou, his brother and parents who founded the business in 1949. Lou voluntarily retired from the business in 2001 to spend more time with his family.

A devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother, he is survived by his loving high school sweetheart and wife of 52 years Margaret Coppola Gloria, children Louis Gloria, Jr and his wife Anna, daughter Stephanie Sullo and her husband Vincent, all of Orange, grandchildren Chadd Sullo, Taylor Sullo, Brett Gloria and Ava Gloria. Besides his parents, he is predeceased by his brothers Anthony, Vincent and Joseph Gloria.

Calling hours are Friday, July 1, 2016 from 4pm to 8pm at the Smith Funeral Home, 135 N Broad St., Milford.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, July 2nd in Holy Infant Church, 456 Racebrook Rd., Orange at 10:00am.

Entombment will follow in Mt. Saint Peter’s Cemetery in Derby.

Donations may be made in his name to the Alzheimer’s Assoc. of CT, 200 Executive Blvd., Suite 4B, Southingon, CT 06489.

To leave condolences or for directions, please visit www.georgejsmithandson.com.

Jun 292016

It’s that time of year again, people have already begun lighting up fireworks in Orange, as the Fourth of July approaches, fireworks vendors are beginning to sell their wares.

Sparklers are dangerous, they can reach a temperature of 1,800 degrees and burn your hands and/or clothing.

We all look forward to the summer weather and celebrating the opportunity to be outdoors at picnics, barbecues, and other events.  At many of these gatherings, the use of fireworks, both legal and illegal, is on the rise. When used legally and safely by professionals, fireworks can be enjoyed.  Unfortunately, numerous incidents of injuries, fatalities or accidental fires caused by the private use of fireworks are reported each year across the United States.

Orange Fire Marshal Tim Smith reminds residents that the State of Connecticut made it legal for any person sixteen (16) years of age or older to possess, sell, or use any sparkling device.  Use of any type of sparkling device by a person under the age of 16 is illegal.

NO OTHER TYPES OF FIREWORKS ARE LEGAL UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF PUBLIC ACT 00-198!  This includes, but is not limited to, devices known as “M-80’s,” “Cherry Bombs,” “Bottle Rockets,” and any device that is explosive or aerial such as ground displays or roman candles.  While the use of sparkling devices is legal in Connecticut, they can be dangerous if not used properly.

The Orange Fire Marshal’s Office asks that you remember the following safety guidelines.

•   When handling a sparkling device, wear protective goggles and gloves.  Sparklers can reach temperatures of up to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit once they are lit and many burns and eye injuries have been reported as a result of improper use.

•    Do not use ANY open flame devices when dry ground conditions are present.  The Fire Danger Level is available at their website, www.orangefiremarshal.com or by calling the Fire Marshal’s Office at 891-4711.

•   Be aware of your surroundings.  Be sure others are a safe distance away before igniting any sparkling device.  Do not use them at public events such as carnivals, fairs, or concerts where large groups are gathered.


•    Always have a source of extinguishment.  A garden hose or fire extinguisher can quickly  put out a small fire before it gets out of control, only if it is close by.  Anytime there is a fire or other emergency, do not hesitate to call 911.  A delay in a call can make a tragic difference in the outcome.

The local and state fire officials want everyone to enjoy the summer season.  Please keep these tips in mind to ensure that it is a safe one.  If you would like more

information, call the Orange Fire Marshal’s Office  Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at 891-4711.

Town Plan and Zoning Agenda includes new Medical Clinic, Route 34 Winery

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Jun 292016

The Town Plan and Zoning Commission meets on Tuesday, July 5 at Town Hall at 7:30 p.m.

proposed location for a medical clinic

proposed location for a medical clinic

Following is the agenda:

1. SITE PLAN APPLICATION – Medical Clinic at Orange Promenade Shopping Center. 100 Boston Post Road (Former Staples Store). Change of use from retail to medical Clinic.

2. Request by Home Depot, 440 Boston Post Road to extend the Special Permit for Outdoor Storage and Display.

3. Review of the Minutes from the May 17, 2016 and June 7, 2016 meetings.

2. Old Business.

3. New Business.

4. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

-Review of Zoning Activities Log.


winery* 5. PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING REGULATIONS -Submitted by Stellato Realty L.L.C. – To amend the Orange Zoning Regulations to provide Special Standards for a “Farm Winery”. (Continued from the June 7, 2016 meeting.)

*6 APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL EXCEPTION, PERMIT OR USE – Submitted by Stellato Realty L.L.C. For property known as 403 Derby Avenue. The proposal is for a Farm Winery including the growing of grapes and other fruit products and the manufacturing, storing, and selling of wine products. (Continued from the June 7, 2016 meeting.)

Queen Tribute Band Will Rock The Town Of Orange July 2 (Fireworks!)

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Jun 292016

4th july concertThe Town of Orange may be small in population, but it now has the reputation for bringing in internationally renowned bands and one of the most spectacular fireworks displays in the New Haven County.

“Queen Flash” a 6-member Queen tribute band from Montreal, Canada, will perform prior to the town’s Annual Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular.  The band will feature Special Guest vocalist Phil Naro. The internationally renowned Naro, will lead the group with 2 hours of Queen’s greatest hits including, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Under Pressure,” and “We are the Champions.” 

This fabulous Queen tribute is an exciting, high energy show that will get people out of their seats. For more information on the band, visit their website at www.queenflash.ca.

The event will take place on Saturday, July 2 (rain date Sunday, July 3) at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road.

The festivities will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. with welcoming comments from Orange First Selectman Jim Zeoli.  The concert will be followed promptly at 9:30 p.m. by the Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular with Patriotic Music.

Event producer Rocky Salperto said, “We are looking forward to another premiere event for area residents to enjoy.  We are excited about producing this show for the fifth consecutive year.  As the crowds keep increasing year to year, (the 2015 event produced a record crowd of more than 8,000) we hope everyone continues to enjoy this great community event. Many thanks go out to our sponsors, our first selectman and town officials for their continued support.”

The event is made possible through area sponsors including major sponsors:  Cohen & Wolf, P.C.; Yale University, Regent Wealth Management Group, the Orange Town News & the Town of Orange.

Additional Gold, Silver & Bronze Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information call 203-298-4399, online or e-mail .

Food vendors and novelty items will be available for purchase at the fairgrounds beginning at 6:00 pm.  WPLR Radio will also be broadcasting live on location with a celebrity guest.  Come early and get a good seat.  Admission is free.  There will be a suggested parking donation of $5 that will benefit the Orange Little League.

Originally Published on: Jun 6, 2016 @ 14:17

Community Services Hosts Free Summer Concerts

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Jun 292016

45172_146415665389531_3209864_n-300x260Orange Community Services will partner with the OEDC Farmers’ Market for three outdoor all ages shows in the Gazebo.

Orange Transportation is available to Orange seniors or disabled residents, for the Thursday night concerts. Call (203) 891-4788 for a ride.

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

June 30, Wednesday 6:30-8:30 p.m.—Airborne Jazz—Jazz Band. Rain date is Thursday July 7.

July 14, Wednesday 6:30-8:30 p.m.—Six 2 Midnight—Amity’s Own. Rain date is Thursday July 21.

August 11, Wednesday 6:30-8:30 p.m.—Fools on the Hill—Beatles Tribute Band. Rain date, August 18

Legion Baseball: Orange Team Gives Coach The Ultimate Birthday Gift

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Jun 292016

File Photo: Players on the Post 127 team are close to their coach Bob Mirto.

File Photo: Players on the Post 127 team are close to their coach Bob Mirto.

There is no denying that Coach Bob Mirto is beloved by the boys on his American Legion Post 127 Baseball team, we’ve seen it over and over again with each passing year.

So what do you give your coach for his birthday when it falls on game day? How about a big shut-out win!

Orange hosted Milford at Brinley Field Tuesday night (June 28) and, even though Milford played well, they couldn’t seem to catch a break and score.

Doug Rives had a very good evening on the mound for the hometown team.

Not that it was a walk in the park for Orange, but Post 127 did kick it into gear and racked up 10 runs in this 5 inning game.

After Orange celebrated its 10-0 shut-out victory, it was time to celebrate Coach Mirto’s birthday with cupcakes. (See VIDEO)

Records: Orange 10-5, Milford 5-8

Orange is once again in third place in Zone 2 behind Stratford (12-1) and Branford (11-1).

Mirto’s boys meet Milford again Wednesday at Foran High School at 5:45 p.m.