Jul 222018

Are you in the market for a nice home in which to raise a family? Check out this well cared for Raised Ranch with 4 bedrooms and 2 full baths, today at 224 Hemlock Hill Road, from 1-3 p.m.

A true commuter’s dream! Short distance to all major highways, shopping, Yale campus, and train station.

This lovely 1,764 sq ft home boasts a spacious living room with fireplace, formal dining room, eat-in kitchen a bright sunroom that leads you to a deck overlooking a private backyard.

It also comes with wood floors, central air, finished lower level and loads of storage space, a newer furnace and septic system.

The roof is only 7 years old! This home is loaded with many extras and it is well priced at $359,000.

Open House: 3 Bedroom Colonial on Orange Center Road

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Jul 222018

Make the most of this rainy day and come out to this open house at 719 Orange Center Road, today, Sunday, July 22, from 2:30-4 p.m.
Your textbook Colonial in the center of a small town! Fabulous yard, with the quaint look of shutters and the taste of yesteryear.
Meticulously maintained 2,093 sq ft of living space with updated kitchen (Carrera marble backsplash) and two newer baths.
This beautiful home has crown moldings and a screened-in side porch for drifting off in the shade! The front-to-back living room has a handsome wood fireplace (hardly ever used) and the formal dining room has two corner built-in hutches, perfect for that elegant glassware display!
THE BEST is the addition of a first-floor family room with loads of light and plenty of room to entertain, overlooking the pristine grounds.
The garage is attached, the mudroom is the perfect catchall with laundry and the list goes on!
This location, topography and just the right size home, makes this the colonial in Orange that the buyers have been waiting for.
Plenty of parking in the driveway and no fear of tree removal expenses in the future. Open space shaded perfect grass and huge privacy! What else do you need!
There seems to even be room to expand the first-floor powder room. 
Listing price is $409,000.

Legion Baseball Fundraiser on July 24

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Jul 212018

Show your team spirit by joining members of Bob Mirto’s ball players at a fundraiser to support American Legion Post 127 Baseball League.

Come into the Chipotle at 1319 Boston Post Road (Space 4B) in Milford on Tuesday, July 24 between 4 – 8 p.m.

Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 33% of the proceeds are donated to American Legion Post 127 Baseball.

Police: Man Charged With DUI

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Jul 202018

Orange Police on special drunk driving patrol on Marsh Hill Road reportedly observed a vehicle changing lanes abruptly without signaling on Thursday, July 12 at 10:57 p.m.

Officers stopped the vehicle, driven by Michael Rinehart, 37, of East Hartford and administered Standardized Field Sobriety Tests.

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

He was released on $50 bond for court July 23.


Police Blotter: Orange Man Charged With Sexual Assault, Risk Of Injury

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Jul 202018

On Wednesday, July 6, at 8:06 a.m., an Orange resident surrendered himself at the Orange Police Department on a warrant.

Police said Shankar Rajendran, 43, of Orange, was wanted on an outstanding warrant charging two counts of fourth-degree sexual assault and two counts of risk of injury to a child.

Rajendran was taken into custody and charged. He was released on $10,000 bond for court July 18.

Orange Police: Woman Charged With Fifth-Degree Larceny

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Jul 202018

Orange Police responded to a complaint of a shoplifting in progress at the Target store, 25 Boston Post Road on July 17 at 2:30 p.m.

During the investigation, officers learned that Wendy Shaw, 36, of New Haven allegedly had attempted to take $733.69 worth of merchandise without paying for it.

Shaw was taken into custody and charged with fifth-degree larceny and possession of less than a half an ounce of marijuana.

She was held on $500 non-surety bond for court July 18.


Change the Date – Orange Senior Summer Picnic On August 21

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Jul 202018

Senior Services Coordinator Dennis Marsh, announced this week that he had to change the date for this year’s Summer Picnic.

The new date is Tuesday, Aug. 21 (rain date, Wednesday, Aug 22), from 5 to 8 p.m.

As in previous years, the event will take place under the pavilion at the Orange Fairgrounds.

Jose Paulo will perform.

Tickets are available at the Community Services Office at High Plains for only $20.

“Thank you to the Orange Lions for cooking and serving over the years,” Marsh said. “Thank
you to Bob’s Discount Furniture for sponsoring!”

Griffin Hospital Offers Free Smoking Cessation Starting Aug. 1

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Jul 192018

Griffin Hospital offers free education, advice, and support to help individuals prepare to quit smoking with its four-week smoking cessation program starting Aug. 1.

“That’s It – Learn to Quit” teaches a variety of methods to help individuals quit smoking. The program consists of Wednesday night meetings from 5:30-7 p.m. scheduled for Aug.1, 8, 15 and 22 at the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital, 350 Seymour Ave., Derby. There also is a “reunion” for graduates of the program on Aug. 29 at 5:30 p.m. in the Center.

“The goal of the program is to help you learn how to quit,” said program co-coordinatorRichard Le Pera. “There are different methods of quitting and managing nicotine withdrawal. If one method didn’t work for you in the past we’ll help you understand all your options.”

Through group discussion and interactive activities, participants learn how to develop a quit plan that addresses their personal behaviors and habits. Strategies to manage nicotine withdrawal, behaviors, triggers, and urges are discussed as well as weight control and stress management.

Participants must be prepared to attend all four sessions.

To register for “That’s It – Learn to Quit,” call 203-732-7106.

Representatives Klarides and Davis Address Malloy’s Proposed Toll Study

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Jul 192018

Following is a letter sent to Gov. Malloy after he announced plans to pay for a study to bring tolls back to CT. (As you may know Malloy is NOT seeking re-election and the toll decision will be made after he is gone for good.)

Dear Governor Malloy,

We write to urge you to reconsider your proposed use of taxpayer dollars to fund a study of tolls.

Advocates for tolls in the current General Assembly have been unable to garner enough votes to allow tolls back into Connecticut. As you well know, the composition of the General Assembly and the governor’s office will be different in a few short months. The planning and preparation for tolls as described in your recent Executive Order, including environmental analysis, implies that the return of tolls is inevitable. The reality is that the coming election casts even greater doubt on the likelihood of tolls gaining sufficient support.

Your proposal to spend $10 million of taxpayer money on a study of tolls without approval from the legislature is a blatant circumvention of our Democratic process. It is also a complete waste of money that could be used to actually improve roads, fix bridges, and, generally, to address our transportation infrastructure needs – an undertaking that is supported by the legislature as a whole.

While we may not know the granular details of a plan for tolls, the preamble of your Executive Order identifies the financial challenge of the Special Transportation Fund and the state’s transportation infrastructure. We know that tolls cannot legally be implemented solely at our state borders to catch non-resident travelers. Tolls will be spread throughout the state, impacting every commuter and costing residents hundreds of millions of dollars.

For us, as Republicans, that is enough to know that we need to find another way to pay for the necessary improvements in our transportation infrastructure. Fortunately, as you are well aware, we have developed an alternative to tolls. We have shared all of the details of our plan with you and your fellow Democrats. The concept is fairly simple: Under your administration, General Obligation borrowing has increased dramatically. Our plan would take the recent increased funding for general purposes and, instead, dedicate the funding to cover the cost of transportation borrowing.

Therefore, we are urging you to reconsider your proposal to seek a $10 million bond allocation for a study of tolls at the next State Bond Commission meeting. Please do not include this as an item on the agenda. Again, there will be a new legislature and a new Governor six months from tomorrow. Let them determine whether or not the state should bring back tolls.

Republicans have begun the process of obtaining signatures for a petition to bring the legislature in for a special session in the event that the Bond Commission approves this item. We hope that enough Democrats will join us in supporting a special session to pass a bill that will prevent your administration from spending any additional money evaluating a plan for tolls.


Representative Themis Klarides, House Republican Leader Ranking Member

Representative Christopher Davis, Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee

Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival Raffle: You Can’t Win If You Don’t Buy A Ticket!

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Jul 192018

For the first time in quite a while, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department was allowed to mail raffle tickets through the US Postal Service. They sent them out a month or so ago, so everyone should have received them by now. If you have your tickets, don’t forget to fill them out and send them back with your payment (Still a bargain at only $5 each)

During the years when the Postal Service prohibited them from sending the tickets out, the OVFD was down thousands of dollars in its usual Carnival income, which greatly affected the department and all the dedicated men and women who volunteer their time to serve the community.

The Firemen’s Carnival is the department’s major fundraiser of the year and the majority of the money comes from the raffle ticket sales. The OVFD depends upon these funds to pay for equipment and training so it can offer the town of Orange the very best service possible.

For decades, raffle prizes were things you could see right there under the raffle tent. Riding mowers, leaf blowers, etc, but as the times changed, so did the type of prizes that are donated for the cause.

And who wouldn’t want to win just about any one of these eleven prizes?

Here’s this year’s list:

1st Prize – $7,000 Visa Gift Card – People’s Bank

2nd Prize – $3,500 Visa Gift Card – People’s Bank

3rd Prize – $3,000 Visa Gift Card – People’s Bank

4th Prize – $2,500 Gift Certificate – Anytime Fitness, 560 Boston Post Road, Orange (Orange Location ONLY)

5th Prize – $1,200 Gift Certificate – Diamond Designs, 500 Boston Post Road, Orange

6th Prize – Apple iPad WiFi, 128GB – Best Buy, 53 Boston Post Road, Orange

7th Prize – $400 Gift Card – ShopRite, 935 Boston Post Road, Milford

8th Prize – $350 Gift Card – Exxon Quick Shop, 404 Boston Post Road, Orange

9th Prize – $250 Gift Card – Knight’s, Inc, 286 Boston Post Road, Orange

10th Prize – $200 Gift Card – Shell Fuel, 380 Boston Post Road, Orange

11th Prize – Gift Certificate to Yale-New Haven Open at Yale Tennis Tournament

*** How To Purchase Tickets***

People’s Bank, 653 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT

First Selectman’s Office
Orange Town Hall
M-F 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Knight’s Power Equipment
286 Boston Post Road
M-F 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM; Saturday 8:30 AM – 12 Noon

Chip’s Family Restaurant
321 Boston Post Road
7 days a week, 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Orange Firemen’s Carnival
Orange Fairgrounds
During Carnival Hours

* Contact your local firefighter

Drawing to be held on Sunday, August 5th, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT

Alcoholic beverages not included

Tickets $5.00/Each Suggested Donation