Jul 242014

Here is the full video of the press conference held at the Orange Police Department at 7 p.m. July 24.

Chief Robert Gagne gives as much information as he can regarding the murder of Claudia Granata, 58, allegedly at the hands of her 22-year-old son, Timothy at their home on Wild Rose Drive around 2:15 p.m.

















Jul 242014

Timothy Granata

Timothy Granata

At a press conference this evening, Police Chief Robert Gagne revealed the name of the murder suspect from today’s homicide on wild Rose Drive.

Timothy Granata, 22, of 130 Wild Rose Drive was arrested this afternoon around 2:20 p.m. a short distance away from the home where he allegedly murdered his mother, Claudia Granata, 58, of the same address.

Chief Gagne had very few details that he was willing to release about this incident (weapon used, method of murder, past psychological woes, etc.) as it was an ongoing investigation and police were still on scene as he spoke.

In a press release the following information was revealed:

Today, Thursday, July 24 at about 2:18 p.m. the Orange Police responded to a reported homicide at 130 Wild Rose Drive. Patrol officers and detectives arrived within minutes.

The accused perpetrator was immediately located on Wild Rose Drive a short distance from the home. Officers immediately took him into custody. He was unarmed and submitted to the arrest. He was identified as Timothy Granata, 22, of 130 Wild Rose Drive.

the victim, Claudia Granata, 58, of the same address  was located in a room inside the home and pronounced dead by paramedics on scene.

Timothy Granata

Timothy Granata

The investigation is ongoing and the State Police Central Dstrict major Crime Squad is assisting Orange Police, and will be processing the crime scene.

An Autopsy will be performed and further details will be released after the Medical Examiner is done with the body.

Granata was charged with murder and will be arraigned at Derby Superior Court Friday morning.

The last homicide in Orange took place in 1992 when George Young murdered his mother.

Jul 242014

The Case Memorial Library.

The Case Memorial Library.

The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, offers the following events next week:

Oscar Film: The Book Thief

Monday, July 28 at 7 p.m. and Wednesday, July 30 at 1 p.m. (with subtitles)

During World War II in Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, her adoptive parents are sheltering a Jewish refugee. 

Children’s Paper-Making Craft

Wednesday, July 30, 11 a.m.

For ages 6-10. Outside at the sitting wall; in the Craft Room if it is raining. Limited to 20 children. Reserve your space now.

Make it Yourself: Water Balloon Luminaries

Thursday, July 31, 2-3:30 p.m.

For students entering 6-12 grades. Create a unique luminary using hot wax and water balloons.

Teddy Bear Picnic Storytime

Thursday, July 31 at 4 p.m.

For ages 2-5. Bring a snack; Library will provide juice.


Events are free and open to the pubic. Pre-register in person or by phone 203-891-2170.


Jul 242014

Screen shot 2014-07-24 at 4.50.24 PMDenise Stein from Orange Community Services announced that the Section 8/RAP housing program will begin accepting applications on Monday Aug. 4 through Monday, Aug. 18.

For more information, call Community Services at 203-891-4788.

Community Services is located in the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road.

Demand is expected to be high, so submit yours ASAP.

Jul 242014

Orange Lions we serveThe Orange Lions Club held an installation ceremony on Wednesday, June 23, at the High Plains Community Center for its incoming club officers. Lion Ken Lenz was elected as the club president for 2014-2015. Lion Ken has been an active member of the Orange Lions Club for 12 years and said he is eager to assume the duties of Club President.

“Our Lions Club is strong and growing,” Lenz said. “I look forward to leading our many service projects and fundraisers, and continuing the Club’s commitment to serving Orange and the greater community.”

The other officers installed were: Lion Maria Sandillo as First Vice-president; Lion Nick Bencivengo as Second Vice President; Lion Fred Turner as Third Vice President; Lion Jeanne Consiglio as club treasurer and Lion Laurie Bouve as club secretary.

Since the club’s charter in 1952, its members have worked on a variety of service projects in the local community, the Easter Egg Hunt for children, Community Thanksgiving dinner, free eye screenings, and events for Orange youth and seniors.  They have also raised funds for a wide variety of local, national and international causes such as Wounded Warrior Project, Fidelco Guide Dogs, CT Radio Information Services for the Blind, college scholarships for Amity High School graduates, the Orange Library, Fire and Police Departments, the CT Lions Eye Research Foundation and annual Community Grants which have gone to local projects.

Lions Clubs are groups of men and women who identify those in need within their community and work together to serve them. The Orange Lions Club meets at 6:30 PM on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at Chips Family Restaurant in Orange.  Anyone interested in joining is welcome to attend!

For more information or to get involved with the Orange Lions Club, please contact Lion Joan Zorena, Membership Chair at 203-494-0248.  The Club will have a booth at the Orange Country Fair where more information about the Club will be distributed.

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service organization with 1.3 million members in 45,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions Clubs have prevented blindness, aided the visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community and youth service throughout the world. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit the Web site at www.lionsclubs.org.

Jul 232014

Carmela Apuzzo

Carmela Apuzzo

After 23 years as Registrar of Voters and more than 43 years of service to the town of Orange, Carmela Apuzzo is retiring.

The Orange Democratic Town Committee is hosting a retirement party at Grassy Hill Lodge, 77 Sodom Lane, Derby, on Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 6 p.m.

Dinner choices are Chicken Marsala, Stuffed Shrimp, Prime Rib  or Grilled Portobello Mushroom.

Tickets are $40 each with a cash bar.

Reservations must be made by Sept. 2.

Send a check with meal choice to ODTC, c/o Jody Dietch, 601 Harborview Road, Orange, CT 06477 [email protected]

Jul 232014

545 Ferry Road, Open House on Sunday

545 Ferry Road, Open House on Sunday

Great family home in a nice neighborhood.

Come by 545 Ferry Road on Sunday, July 27 from 12-1:30 p.m. and Ross Cotjanle from Real Living Wareck D’Ostilio will be happy to give you a tour. 
This is a Lohne-built Cape 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and 2,112 sq ft. Open interior.
Attractive living room with fireplace opens to a FR.Kitchen w/granite bbar that opens to a dining room.
New 1st floor BA. Refinished hardwood floors.
Large addition in 2000 with 2nd floor laundry.
A 4 year old roof. Newer windows. 20×12 Kloter Farm shed in yard.
  • Lot: 0.69 acres
  • Single Family
  • Flooring: Carpet, Hardwood, Tile
  • Parking: Garage – Attached
  • Built in 1953
  • 111 days on Zillow
  • Heating: Baseboard
  • Last sold: Jul 1998 for $180,000
  • Price/sq ft: $151
  • MLS #: N347516


Jul 222014

IMG_6297Members of the American Legion Post 127 were on hand to root for their Orange Baseball team at Brinley Field on Sunday.

Chris Winkel had two extra base hits, helping Orange Post 127 to an 8-3 victory over Naugatuck on Sunday at Brinley.

He doubled in the second and fourth innings.

Nick Fusco held Naugatuck scoreless for eight innings. Fusco allowed six hits, one walk and struck out three.

Jake Russo, Winkel and Matt Ronai helped lead Orange Post 127. They combined for seven hits and five RBIs.

Naugatuck’s Tavarez was charged with the loss. He allowed seven runs in two innings, walked two and struck out one.

Orange Post 127 went up for good in the first, scoring two runs on two singles.

Orange Post 127 tacked on another five runs in the second. A error scored Josh Sabitsky for the inning’s first run. That was followed up by Winkel’s double, plating Sebastian DiMauro, Gerald Farace and Russo.

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