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Officer Amarone, CERT Volunteers Brave Raw Weather to Collect Unwanted Drugs

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Oct 222016

dsc09754The Orange Police Department once again participated in “Drug Take Back Day” on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Officer Robert Amarone was at the CVS, 279 Boston Post Road along with members of the Orange CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and Drug Enforcement Administration (D.E.A.) collecting unwanted prescription medications.

This year, they withstood freezing temperatures, sporadic rainfall and wind and collected only 2.5 bags of unwanted medications. (In past years, they’ve filled as many as 6 bags)


Many teenagers and young people who abuse prescription drugs get them from family and friends or from their home medicine cabinets.

Prescription drugs pose dangers to children and others who may take them by accident or who may use them for abusive purposes. Expired drugs may have lost their effectiveness and therefore no longer be a safe and adequate treatment for the conditions for which they were prescribed.

In addition to concerns of potential poisoning, abuse or overdose, it also is important environmentally that medicines be disposed of in a proper manner rather than simply being thrown into garbage, flushed away or poured down drains, as they could contaminate water supplies and cause an environmental hazard.

All you have to do is bring your old prescriptions (bottles and all) to the drop off and place them in one of the containers. No one is allowed to touch or inspect the contents, so your privacy is guaranteed. The DEA officer will load a van with all of the bags and bring them to an undisclosed location where they will be incinerated.

Yes, folks, epi pens and old over the counter drugs also are accepted.


Video: Orange Police Dept. K9 Agility Course

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Oct 222016


The new K9 Agility Course at the Orange Police Department was dedicated today after a brief ceremony inside the PD Headquarters.

Orange K9s Loki and Trent, along with dogs from Milford and West Haven showed their skills on (most) of the new equipment — all of them were unsure about the narrow catwalk balance beam.



Orange Police K9 Agility Course Dedication Today at 1 p.m.

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Oct 222016

Boy Scout Ben Grasso

Boy Scout Ben Grasso

The Orange Police Department welcomes the community to come to a brief dedication ceremony for its new K9 Agility Course at police headquarters, 314 Lambert Road, today at 1 p.m.

You will be directed to the site, OR, if it rains, the event will take place inside the community meeting room.


It’s been a little more than a year since a Boy Scout Eagle Project proposal went before and was unanimously approved by the Police Commission (on Oct. 13, 2015).

Ben Grasso, a member of Troop 3, Derby (Housatonic Council) is an Orange resident and the nephew of Orange Police Commissioner Mark Grasso.

Ben gave a well thought out Eagle Project presentation to make a portable K9 agility course in Orange.

He said he loves and admires dogs and law enforcement and this project would help dogs work on their training.

“I want to make it mobile so you can take it to the Orange Country Fair and anywhere else it may be needed,” he said. “I came up with this idea after seeing Milford’s course.”

The commission was enthusiastic about the project and agreed that the Orange Police Department has space at the side of the building that would be ideal for it.

Grasso said he would build the entire course himself including a ramp, dog walk a-frame with “bridge” to another a frame, and expandable hurdles.

“I need to do fundraising and make sure each of the items is safe,” he said. “I want it completed by end of winter or early spring.”

Chief Robert Gagne said the project would benefit the K-9 program and help other departments too. He said he liked the idea of making it mobile.

“The lot here is a perfect size for this project and the dogs could really make good use of it,” Gagne said.

Former K-9 handler Officer Mike Kosh will be Grasso’s Police Department contact person and he and Grasso will look at all the other courses around the area to make this one is safe and awesome.

Commissioner Cuzzocreao from Orange Fence offered to help with some materials and perhaps a space in which to build it.

Grasso said he would need to raise about $750 in order to complete the project.

Grasso then brought his Eagle Project plans before the Board of Selectmen on Nov. 5, 2015. Again, it was unanimously approved.

Officer Kosh and K9 Officer Chris Brown helped advise Grasso, resulting in the extremely useful K9 Agility Course seen in the photos below.

Race Brook School Halloween 5K Dash Saturday

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Oct 212016

10614395_10152757079727597_2988861799300040965_nThe Race Brook School PTA will host a Monster Bash and 5K Dash at the school, 107 Grannis Road, Orange On Saturday, Oct. 22.

The Kids Fun Run will step off at 2 p.m. followed by the 5K Run and 2 Mile Fitness Walk at 5 p.m.

This Halloween themed race runs through the Race Brook district of beautiful Orange. Race through the amazing colors of the fall harvest while enjoying hauntingly decorated houses along the route!

Prizes will be given for best costume, best decorated house, most team “spirit” and of course race winners will be awarded trophies in several different categories.

10384801_10152743217877597_6360322643056822349_nImmediately following the race, runners and spectators alike are invited back to RBS For a spooktacular bon fire, hot cocoa and monster-chip cookies and snacks. Don’t miss this wicked good time!

(Formerly known as the Rockin’ Road Race).

Click HERE to register for the run, walk, or fun run.


• Fun Run FREE, registration ends at 5 p.m. on Oct. 20.

• 2 Mile Fitness Walk, $12.00 Race Fee + $2.50 SignUp Fee. Price increases to $15 after Oct. 10 at 11:59 p.m. 
14233154_940103149435135_6222240961396837970_n• 5K, $20.00 Race Fee + $2.50 SignUp Fee (T Shirts For All Pre-Registered. Tech shirts for first 150 pre-registered). Price increases to $25 after Oct. 10 at 11:59 p.m.
All proceeds benefit the Race Brook Elementary School PTA.

Heather LaRock Is Orange PD’s First Female Lieutenant

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Oct 212016

Lt. Heather LaRock

Lt. Heather LaRock

It was 17 years ago that I sat down with two rookie police officers for an interview at the Orange PD Headquarters. One of them was a polite young blonde named Heather Chambers. I remember thinking that this girl had a lot of potential as she answered my questions with “M’am” included in all of her responses. 

Today, Sgt. Heather LaRock became the Orange Police Department’s first female Lieutenant as she was sworn before a capacity crowd of fellow officers, friends and family at headquarters.

Her career in Orange brought her from being a patrol officer, to DARE officer, Detective, Field Training Officer (Supervisor), EMT, Certified Instructor, Certified Child Safety Seat Technician, RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) Instructor, Domestic Violence Liason Officer, CT Special Olympic Liason, Trained in CIT (Crisis Intervention Team), Police Honor Guard.

See the VIDEO for all of her accomplishments and the swearing-in.

Lt. LaRock is highly respected by members of the department and the community. She is an asset to the Orange Police Department.


Town of Orange Department of Public Works Snow Plowing Policy

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Oct 212016

blizzard+snow+plowThere 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

Music In Motion 2.0: Amazing Sights And Sounds On the Amity Stage

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Oct 212016

screen-shot-2016-10-18-at-1-09-37-pmThe Amity Music Department presents Music In Motion 2016: 2.0!  Come enjoy a great evening of music presented in a way that you’ve never seen before!  It’s sure to be a great night of fun music for the entire family!  Children 14 and under are FREE with the purchase of an adult tickets!

The band, drumline, color guard and jazz band will be featured throughout the program.  Selections include music from The Planets, The Chicken, America the Beautiful, original music commissioned especially for Music In Motion by EDM artist Scott Osborne and much, much more!

Performances are Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the John J. Brady Center for Arts!

Tickets are $12!  Children under 14 are FREE with a paying adult! Click HERE for tickets. Get yours today!

Music In Motion is proud to have HB Communications of North Haven, and the Connecticut Hurricanes Drum and Bugle Corps as sponsors for this years production.

Click HERE to see the 2016 Music In Motion Trailer.

Girls’ Volleyball: YESSSSS! You Go Lady Spartans!

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Oct 202016

img_1253With the end of the season drawing near, and the SCC and State Championships in sight, the Amity Lady Spartans continue to dominate the competition.

On Wednesday, Oct. 19, Amity was on the road in Milford at Foran, and earned their 15th consecutive victory, 3-1.

Game scores: Amity 25-14, 20-25, 25-17, 25-15.


Amity – Abby Harbinson 17 kills, 2 blocks, Kathleen Walsh 15 kills, 10 digs. Jaiden Williams 40 assists, 5 digs;

Foran – Alyssa Deptulski 27 digs, 3 aces, Viktoria Notholt, 4 blocks, 9 kills, Katherine Kiernan 10 kills, 8 digs.

Records: Amity 15-0; Foran 9-8.

Keep it up Amity, You’ve Got This!

BREAKING: A Grocery Store In Orange Before November!

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Oct 202016

shoprite-logoThis just in: Shop Rite, at 259 Bull Hill Lane will open at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30.

This is great news to residents who’ve been traveling to other towns for their grocery needs and recently lost their favorite Adams store in the Orange-Derby mall.

If you recall, Orange Live was the one that broke the news that the former Stop & Shop was closing, so we are happy to once again be the first to report the opening date for the new Shop Rite.

Log onto Orangectlive.com every day for all your current Orange News.


Nearby: You May Not Want To Miss This

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Oct 202016

vvmfwth2015sm-1024x257On Wednesday October 19, the Traveling Wall That Heals arrived in the City Of West Haven for a four-day visit (Oct. 19-23).

The Wall That Heals is a half-scale replica of The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.

While in West Haven, it will be open 24 hours a day, from October 19 – 23 and accompanied by a trailer that houses a traveling museum and learning center. It is located at Bradley Point Park, Captain Thomas Boulevard.

Don’t miss this opportunity to visit, pay respect and teach our children about our history.