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Remember Irene? We Sure Do.

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Aug 282016
 

Screen Shot 2016-08-28 at 11.32.06 AMFive years ago, many in the town of Orange and around the state were powerless against the ferocity of Hurricane Irene.

Truth be told the shoreline towns, Milford, West Haven, East Haven, etc experienced the most damage with the Ocean waves crashing into homes, sea walls and destroying docks in its path.

Irene, which began forming as a tropical storm on Saturday, Aug 20, 2011. It became a Category 1 hurricane as it crossed over Puerto Rico on Aug. 21.

It intensified into a Category 3 hurricane with winds up to 120 mph as it made landfall in he Bahamas.

After the storm hundreds of residents in the town of Orange were struggling through each day with downed trees and power lines littering their lawns and streets.

The restoration of electricity was uncertain as crews came in from several other states to help us out.

One of the most impressive things was the town’s emergency management team, putting into action for the first time their emergency response plans and strike teams that worked so well.

Members of Orange CERT stepped up and manned the shelter at High Plains where dozens upon dozens of residents came every day to take showers and/or charge their cell phones.

The town was a mess for a very long time, but everyone came together and made it bearable.

The storm dissipated on Aug. 28 and left a total of 56 fatalities in its wake.



Obituary: Krystyna Szyszkowska Sikorski, 88, Beloved Mother, Grandmother

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Aug 282016
 

Screen Shot 2016-08-28 at 9.26.18 AMKrystyna Szyszkowska Sikorski, 88, of Orange died August 22, 2016 at home.

She was the wife of the late Dr. Jerzy Sikorski. Mrs. Sikorski was born in Warsaw, Poland, July 16, 1928, a daughter of the late Witold and Helena Szyszkowska and was a floor secretary at Milford Hospital for many years before retiring.

Mother of Ted, Mark and Edward Sikorski and grandmother of Emma and Nick. She is also survived by her sister Maria in Poland.

There will be no visiting hours.

Mass of Christian Burial took place in Holy Infant Church 450 Racebrook Road, Orange, Friday morning Aug. 26, at 10 a.m.

Burial followed in Sacred Heart Cemetery, 662 Burritt Street, New Britain.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Milford Hospital 300 Seaside Avenue Milford, CT 06460 or the Orange Senior Center 525 Orange Center Road Orange, CT 06477. Please make checks payable to Treasurer Town of Orange and use Krystyna’s name in the memo.

The LUPINSKI FUNERAL HOME, INC. was in care of arrangements. Sign Mrs. Sikorski’s guestbook online at www.lupinskifuneralhome.com.

Open House: Lovely 4 Bedroom Home 2 – 4 PM Today

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Aug 282016
 

389 N. Lakeview DriveLooking for a home in Orange that’s spacious, move-in ready and convenient to all main highways for commuters. Here’s new listing.

Spacious 2,367 sq ft, four bedroom, 2.5 bathroom colonial at 809 N. Lakeview Drive with nice updates. Stunning hardwood floors throughout.

New powder room and updated kitchen (floor, appliances, lighting, cabinets, countertops).

Three zone heating. Light and bright living room with a cozy fireplace overlooking the backyard and deck.

Fabulous closet space, two Master bedroom closets.  6 panel doors.

Walk out basement, and a nine foot basement ceiling.

Two car garage.

Backyard and cul-de-sac living is a wonderland for all ages.

See it today from 2 – 4 p.m. Offered for $389,900.

Special Town Plan & Zoning Meeting On August 30

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Aug 272016
 

plan and zoningThe Town Plan & Zoning Commission will host a special meeting at Town Hall, 617 Orange Center Road, on Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m.

Meeting with Consultant Planner Glenn Chalder of Planimetrics. 

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss strategy options, concepts/ideas; comments received from the public, property owners, and municipal department heads; and review of ‘Draft Report’, concerning Transit-Oriented Development. [The Orange Train Station Area]

Orange Police Find Man Sleeping In His Idling Car

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Aug 272016
 

Screen Shot 2016-08-27 at 5.54.59 PMOrange officers patrolling on Marsh Hill Road observed a stationary vehicle with the driver asleep and the car running at 2:36 a.m. on Aug. 14.

Police woke the driver, Gabriel Mazo, 26, of 78 Vine St, Bridgeport, and put the car in ‘park’. Then they had the Mazo perform standardized roadside sobriety tests.

He was subsequently taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Mazo was released after posting $50 bond for court Aug. 29.

Come To The Orange Historical Society Tag Sale

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Aug 262016
 

Free “Beat The Odds” College Applications Seminar

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Aug 262016
 

Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 8.40.17 PMWith applications to the Ivies and highly selective schools exceeding 30,000 for only about 2,500 slots, the odds of getting higher, Dr. Paul Lowe, managing director of Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group and Woodbridge Admissions Advisors, will discuss beating the odds, what students will need to know in the hyper competitive admissions process and provide invaluable advice, in this free seminar.  

For more than eighteen years, Dr. Lowe, a leading global educational and college admissions expert, has successfully advised clients who have been accepted into their top-choice colleges.

This free and informative seminar is for high school parents and students who are interested in applying to Ivy League, highly selective and competitive schools and Combined BA/MD Programs.  

Join other concerned parents and students for an interactive discussion followed by an intimate Q&A. Parents of high school juniors and seniors are encouraged to attend.

The seminar will take place at the Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Seating is limited.

Community Services Seeks Vendors for The Senior Health and Safety Fair

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Aug 262016
 

Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 10.44.42 PMA note from Community Services Director Joan Cretella:
Community Services is looking for local businesses and service providers for its 15th Annual Orange Senior Health and Safety Fair at the High Plains Community Center Gym, 525 Orange Center Road, this Friday September 16, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Cost of a table is $80 for businesses and free to non profit providers with a 501(c)3 designation.
The event is free to the public. All proceeds from this event will go to the Orange Senior Center.
All of its programs, activities, events and offerings are self-generated solely from fees and donations.
For more information or to reserve a table, contact Joan Cretella, Dennis Marsh or Denise Stein at Community Services 203-891-4788
Community Services asks for your support to maintain these vital programs.

Or Shalom’s Annual Outdoor Service Scheduled

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Aug 252016
 

Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus leads the congregation in song at a recent outdoor service.

Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus leads the congregation in song at a recent outdoor service.

Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road will host its annual Outdoor Friday Night Shabbat Service under the Gazebo at the Orange Fairgrounds, 225 Orange Center Road, on Friday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m.

The Rabbi will bring his guitar and lead us in a joyful “sing-along” service.

This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce prospective members to Or Shalom and to Rabbi Wainhaus.

About 100 people attend this popular Service. Some chairs are provided but you are encouraged to bring your own lawn chair.

Note: the grounds will be available prior to the Or Shalom event, if you would like to bring a blanket and picnic.

The congregation will recognize its new members during the Service.

National Guardsmen Returning From Middle Eastern Tour on Friday

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Aug 252016
 

Tomorrow afternoon a plane full of Connecticut National Guardsmen will arrive at Windsor Locks, into the waiting arms of their loved ones. 

Soldiers return homeAmong them is Army LT Josh Paille, an Orange resident and member of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

Paille and more than 60 other soldiers of the 1109th TASMG out of Groton were deployed to the Middle East in Late 2015.

On Friday, Paille’s wife and one year old son will be waiting for his arrival.

Welcome Home Josh! Thank You for your service.