Or Shalom Plans Shabbat Service On The Beach

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Jul 292015

Screen Shot 2015-07-21 at 11.53.19 PMCongregation Or Shalom will hold its first ever Shabbat service at the beach on Friday evening, July 31 at 7 p.m.

This gathering, sponsored by Sisterhood and Men’s Club, will take place at Gulf Beach, 460 Gulf Street, Milford.

(Coming from the Synagogue, drive to the Shop-Rite on the corner of Cherry St & Gulf St …turn left onto Gulf St… Proceed till you arrive at the beach. Set your GPS for 460 Gulf St) Look for us on the beach alongside the the inlet, to the right of the Goody’s concession.

Sisterhood and Men’s Club members will welcome you and point to where we’ll be. If you would like to join a carpool from the synagogue to the beach please be at the synagogue by 6:15 pm or call Allen Cohen at 203.288.5011 (Men’s Club is coordinating).

The service will begin at the usual 7 pm time.  (Feel free to arrive earlier – bring a picnic if you’d like and dress casually (The rabbi promises not to wear a tie)


Call  203 605-9318 if you can’t find us.

Originally Published on: Jul 22, 2015 @ 00:07

Hey Kevin, How’s The Weather Looking For The Firemen’s Carnival?

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Jul 292015

Meteorologist Kevin Arnone getting ready for the 5 p.m. broadcast.

Meteorologist Kevin Arnone getting ready for the 5 p.m. broadcast.

Our favorite Meteorologist, Kevin Arnone (click the Orange Live “Weather” tab at the top of the page) is On Air on WTNH today for All the evening broadcasts. At 5, 5:30, and 6 he said the same thing about tomorrow night… of course he did — he wouldn’t change his forecast. And it’s not too favorable for Most of the opening day at the Orange Firemen’s Carnival.

Rain will start about 4 p.m. and be out of here by 8 p.m. on Thursday, then the rest of the weekend looks much better.

You can see Kevin tonight at 10 p.m. on channel 9 and at 11 on channel 8.

He’s always been deadly accurate, so I guess that means you may not be going on rides when the carny opens at 5 p.m. But there will still be plenty of food and, don’t forget to stock up on those raffle tickets to win one of the great prizes the Volunteer Fire Department has to offer this year.

Watch Kevin, and Come to the Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival!

UPDATE: Carnival Wristband Sales Ended At NOON — No, You CAN’T buy them now

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Jul 292015

Screen Shot 2015-07-28 at 6.01.10 PMThe Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival opens on Thursday, July 30 at 5 p.m.

The following text has been re-worded from the original copy to reflect what happened after noon on Wednesday. 

Discounted ride wristband sales have been available online for more than a month, but all good things must come to an end, and online wristband sales ended today at NOON after that, it’s too late!

The Firemen’s Carnival Ad at the top of this site logged more than 57,600 views in less than 30 days, so everyone had fair warning.

After 12 p.m. Wednesday the discounted 2015 wristbands will not be available for sale anymore and no excuses or any amount of whining, begging or bartering will make a difference.

At 12:05 p.m. Carnival Chairman Don Foyer received his first call with an iron-clad excuse, followed by several other pleas for personal favors … his answer, “No.”

After the sales close the paperwork has to be closed out and all the information from those who purchased them on time has to be double checked and then, when you come to the carnival on Thursday and beyond, your wristbands will be waiting for you in the rear of the main raffle tent across from the Pavilion.



Don’t Be Stupid: Dangers of Leaving Pets And Children In Hot Cars

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Jul 292015

Hot DOGMore and more people are coming to the rescue of dogs and children locked inside hot cars and are breaking car windows without hesitation.

Down south, in Georgia, there’s already been an unfortunate incident involving a dog left in a hot car. No, the dog didn’t die, but the Iraq war veteran who saved it was arrested.

Last week, two dogs died inside a hot car after being left alone for about a half hour.

If you have a dog have the compassion, or at least the common sense to leave him or her home on a hot day, no matter how much your pet begs you to go for a ride.

881854be0cdd33063469565771faed8aMy dog loves going in the car. BUT I love her enough to say “No.” especially on hot days like we’ve seen this week and last when even I don’t want to go outside.

No 5 minute stop in a store EVER lasts just 5 minutes, and unless you have a certified service dog – and can prove it – most stores don’t allow dogs inside.

The heat in a car can quickly rise to lethal levels. Reports state that heat coming in through the windows is absorbed by the interior, and the glass acts as an insulator. The temperature in your car get up to 200 degrees.

Screen Shot 2015-07-29 at 11.41.44 AMYou know that you can’t stand it when you open the car door after its been sitting in a parking lot for a while. You may open all the doors or roll the windows down to air it out and then turn the air conditioner on as soon as possible to make it comfortable. So imagine being a tiny or medium sized dog – 10-50 pounds (about the size of a 3-year-old) helplessly trapped inside a locked vehicle with no ventilation as the temperature begins to rise. Don’t be naive and think that cracking the window will help.

Just 10 minutes in a hot car, even with the windows partially open, can lead to dehydration, heat stroke and even death.

Every year pets die in cars.  Veterinarians say the victim will be quiet as heat overcomes them, so there won’t be crying or other audible indications of trouble. If you see a pet in a hot car, report it to the police immediately by calling 911, in Orange the direct line to the Police Department is 203-891-2130.

Don’t Get Me Started

Man-breaking-into-a-car-001That’s right, don’t get me started on leaving children in hot cars. Last summer the state and the entire country saw an increased number of children left in cars while parents and/or caregivers shopped, went to work, forgot to drop them off at the daycare, etc.

As the grandmother of a 3-year-old, I can’t imagine forgetting my granddaughter in the car no matter what the situation. Sure, it’s inconvenient walking around the car, getting her out of the car seat in the back, and now that she’s vocal,  sometimes arguing with her about getting into a shopping carriage or taking the stairs instead of the elevator at Town Hall. Still, I would NEVER leave her in the car, no matter what the season.

This year let’s all think before we leave the house with a child or pet in the car. Make sure you have a plan, know where you’re going and include the child or pet in those plans, pack a cooler with water and snacks and whatever you do, when you get out of the car EVERYONE gets out of the car.

Let’s make this the safest summer ever for pets and children.



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Jul 292015

Orange Firemen's Carnival

Orange Firemen’s Carnival

The weekly Orange Community Farmers’ Market will not take place Thursday, July 30 because the Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival begins at 5 p.m. and will be using the Pavilion.

The Carnival is the Fire Department’s biggest, most important fundraiser of the year.

Discounted online ride wristband sales end today at noon.

The Carnival hours are:

Thursday – 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Friday – 5:00 PM to 12 midnight

Saturday – 12 Noon to 12 midnight

Sunday – 12 Noon to 5:00 PM

The Farmers’ Market will be back Next week, August 6 from 3:30 to 7 p.m.

Register For American Girl Doll Camp at the Stone-Otis House

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Jul 282015

american girl dollsThe Orange Historical Society will present a Summer Historical American Girl Doll Camp for ages 7-12 at the Stone-Otis House, 615 Orange Center Road, August 17, 18 and 19 from 9:30-12:00.

Come join with Historical American Girls as they travel through American history.

Read, write and create.  Learn about their everyday lives by reading their stories, hear about when they
lived, write in your own journal, make crafts, play games from the doll’s time period and sample food from recipes they would have used.

Cost:  $60 (includes project materials) Bring your own American Girl Doll.

Limited to 10 girls so make your reservations early by sending a check to Orange Historical Society, PO Box 784, Orange CT 06477.

Orange Police: Next Wave of “U Drive. U Text. U Pay” to Launch August 3 – August 16

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Jul 282015

11802757_850721321647958_6459216305425376931_oThe Orange Police Department along with the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Office, today announced the continuation of the “U DRIVE. U TEXT. U PAY.” initiative – an effort to crackdown on motorists who choose to text, talk or otherwise distract themselves from the task of driving by using a hand-held mobile phone.

According to surveys conducted before and after April’s crackdown, there was an eight percent drop in mobile phone use by drivers at observation locations throughout municipalities where police conducted enforcement. The drop in observed use is encouraging to law enforcement agencies, and demonstrates the need to reinforce to motorists that mobile phone use while driving is both dangerous and illegal.

texting-drivingThe campaign will run from August 3rd through the 16th and marks the second time this year law enforcement agencies will mobilize by adding special patrols – aimed at catching distracted drivers – especially those on their phones.

The last operation, which took place during April 2015, resulted in nearly 16,000 citations issued to motorists who chose to ignore Connecticut’s distracted driving laws. That is FOUR TIMES more citations in one month than any other month over the most recent three-year period (2012-2014) when a specialized enforcement campaign did not occur. Over 50 law enforcement agencies including both state and local police are again participating in this operation – aimed at keeping Connecticut’s roadways safe.

The Department of Transportation had announced in April that the results of recent research found an estimated 11.1 million of occurrences of distracted driving happen each day throughout the state of Connecticut. According to the findings, in total, it is estimated that 9.6% of drivers were either texting or talking on a hands free device.

Under Connecticut’s cell phone and texting law, violations involve heavy fines, ranging from $150 for a first offense, $300 for a second violation, and $500 for each subsequent violation.

textingIn 2013, 3,154 people were killed and an estimated additional 424,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. According to a 2014 special article in the New England Journal of Medicine, the risk of a crash or near-crash among novice drivers increased with the performance of many secondary tasks, including texting and dialing cell phones.

Connecticut remains the only state in the nation to receive special distracted driving prevention funds – the same funds that allow for special patrols to identify, stop and cite drivers who choose to ignore distracted driving laws. Over $4.6 million dollars has been awarded to the state over the last two years specifically – to fund campaigns like this one. Connecticut qualifies for this federal funding source through a mix of tough laws – and, a proven track record in strong enforcement of distracted driving laws.

“The Men and Women of the Orange Police Department remain committed to the reduction in distracted driving. This initiative will lead to a reduction of traffic crashes and make our community safer,”  Asst. Chief Anthony Cuozzo said. “We will continue to enforce these laws long after the official campaign concludes”

For more information about national distracted driving issues, visit www/distraction.gov.

— This announcement is posted on the Orange PD Facebook Page

They Did It! Orange 10-11 Little Leaguers Win State Championship!

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Jul 282015

The Orange 10-11 LL State Champs pictured after Monday night's WIN.

The Orange 10-11 LL State Champs pictured after Monday night’s WIN.

According to the Orange Little League, the Orange 10-11 year old Baseball team moves on to the state final in Terryville on Sunday, Aug. 2.

It’s a best-of-3 series against Tolland beginning Sunday at 6 p.m.

There will be an Opening Ceremony at 5:30pm.  Parking restrictions around the Terryville Complex apply.

Parents and fans should refer to the Terryville Little League website for those gameday restrictions.

— Submitted story

Congratulations Boys (and coaches) You Make Orange Proud!

Jul 282015

Screen shot 2013-06-13 at 2.17.31 PMSince launching Orange Live in May 2012, some residents, and politicians wondered how I would go about covering local, state, and national elections.

The answer is simple — fairly.

I will post information about candidates, issues, and events as they are submitted as long as it is not an attack piece on an opponent.

If there happens to be more information about one party than another, it is simply that one side has a better publicity person than the other.

Note: In a past state election, I got some grief from a reader who believed I was taking sides by running one candidate’s press releases and nothing from another candidate. This was because HER camp sent me press releases and HIS didn’t. I do not go out looking for political commentary.

I will not be endorsing local candidates on Orange Live but I will do profiles of the key candidates. I do not attend political fundraisers, simply because if I can make it to one, but am busy during the other party’s event I will be accused of choosing sides. I will though, accept a well composed photo from these events and publish them.

If I request a candidate’s profile information or photograph, please send it to me as soon as possible to [email protected].

However, I will not run anything that resembles negative campaigning on Orange Live. Some may call that censorship — but I believe that candidates need to run on their own merits, and I plan to allow my readers to learn about the candidates without the mudslinging that will be found on many other news media outlets.

Just as I do not step up to the voting table with you and help you fill in the circles on your ballot, I will let YOU decide who the best candidate is for YOU and your family.

I will go to the polls, take photos of  Democrats, Republicans, and Independent candidates and try to have an equal amount of photographs from both sides (After 20 years of covering Orange, I know that some people actually count images and judge) and finally I will get the results up online ASAP.

… and that is my political coverage policy.


This policy has been in place for 3 years and will never change. 

Election 2015: In For Round Two – Ken Lenz

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Jul 282015

IMG_0831Spending two years on the Board of Selectmen has shown Ken Lenz one thing – we have a great town and we can and need to do more for the people.

Considering this one of the longest “listening tours” on record, Lenz is now ready to help move Orange forward.  “There are many needs that are not being addressed says Lenz, such as: “more senior housing that is affordable for people in a broader range of income levels; better service from Town Departments and the lack of retail development.”  He pointed out concerns about the number of businesses leaving Orange and the lack of a full service grocery store.    

An attorney in private practice, Lenz has continued his involvement with the Lions Club, Orange Players and is a member of the town Personnel committee.  “I am committed to continue serving the people of Orange and working to make our town better for everyone. “

He also wants to engage voters this year, while noting that barely 50% of registered voters have participated in recent elections.  “It is our job as public officials to reach the community and deliver a message that touches on issues that are important to them. “It starts with our candidates, who will be the messengers.” 

Submitted photo of the 2015 Democratic slate.

Submitted photo of the 2015 Democratic slate.

Democratic Town Chair, Trish Pearson said that Orange voters can expect a lively and robust dialogue during the next two months.  “We have an outstanding team of candidates who bring both experience and original ideas to the table.”   She also noted that a number of the candidates are under the age of 35 including 22 year old Howard Dietch who is running for Tax Collector. 

The rest of the ticket will include a strong team of experienced and dedicated town servants running for the Board of Selectmen:  former First Selectman Mitch Goldblatt is running for his 12th term on the Board along with former State Representative Paul Davis and Board of Education member and vice chairman Jody Dietch.

Pat O’Sullivan will be once again running unopposed for Town Clerk.

Incumbent Kevin Moffett along with Kevin Hadlock are running for the Board of Finance, and incumbent Paul Kaplan will be joined by Matt Norko and Pat Luddy as candidates for the Town Plan & Zoning Commission.

Incumbents Mara Saccente, and Susan Riccio will be joined by newcomers Ed Thorndike, and Betty Hadlock running for seats on the Orange Board of Education, while Judy Primavera and Roz Klein will be among those running for the Amity Board of Education.

Bob Shanley, Randy Thomas, Santo Galatioto, Jr. and John Gagel have been endorsed as Constable candidates.

The election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.

— Press Release From The Orange Democratic Party