Chamber’s Morning JOLT! In New Location Tomorrow

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Sep 162019

Orange Business owners, join the Chamber of Commerce at this month’s Morning JOLT! hosted by Coldwell Banker, 236 Boston Post Road, Orange, tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 8 to 9 a.m.

Coffee and Conversation!

Bring your business cards and be ready to network with other business professionals.

Get Leads! Meet other Chamber Businesses.

This event is Free and OPEN to local businesses.

Register Here


Meet The Candidates Event Slated For Sept. 22

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Sep 162019

A 50% Women’s Slate deserves its own event!

Meet Jody Deitch, Candidate for First Selectman and many of the candidates on the Democratic team.

For Cocktails & Hors D’Oeuvres on Sunday, September 22 from 3-5 p.m.

Hosted by Jen Alfaro, 38 Skyview Road, Orange

RSVP to Jen at alfarofamily2001@gmail.com

If you would like to make a donation to Friends of Jody Deitch, suggested minimum donation is $50. Donation is not required to attend.

Mark Your Calendars For The Next Orange Shredding/Mattress Recycling Event

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Sep 152019

The Orange Recycling Committee has announced the next paper shredding and mattress recycling event for Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 9 a.m. to Noon at the front parking lot of High Plains Community Center (HPCC).

The committee will once again be joined by the Mattress Recycling Council collecting used mattresses and box springs.

The secure, on-site paper shredding service will once again be handled by Affordable Solutions,
owned and operated by Orange resident Joe Johnston.

Residents may bring bags or boxes filled with documents for shredding and volunteers from the Orange Recycling Committee will deposit them into the shredding truck. This service is generously funded by the Rotary Club of Orange. Residents may show their appreciation by donating to the Orange Rotary Scholarship Fund. Rotarians will be on hand to collect donations.

Residents also may bring mattresses and box springs for recycling. This free service is made
possible through a partnership with the Mattress Recycling Council’s Bye Bye Mattress

Dry mattresses (of all sizes) and box springs will be accepted. However, mattresses
from futons/sofa beds or waterbeds; mattresses infested with bed bugs; wet, damaged or
excessively soiled mattresses; sleeping bag or mattress pads/toppers, are not part of the

For residents who need assistance getting mattresses and box springs to the event, members of
the Orange Lions Club will pick-up these items from residences, given they are outside and dry
or in a garage for easy access, as volunteers will not enter individual homes.

Anyone interested in this pick-up service should contact Ken Lenz at 203-795-3906. The fee for pick-up is $10 per mattress or box spring. Payment is by cash or check made out to Orange Lions Charities, and all proceeds are considered a charitable donation.

Orange Recycling Committee Chair Mitch Goldblatt said he is excited about this opportunity for our residents to dispose of items at no cost.

“Saturday, October 19th will be a great morning for cleaning out before the winter sets in”, Goldblatt said. “I’m encouraging all residents to bring their personal documents, papers, and even mattresses for the ultimate Orange Recycling event!”

“We are thrilled to partner with the Rotary Club of Orange and the Orange Lions Club to offer these important environmental services to residents,” said Goldblatt. “Purging homes of these items and keeping them out of landfills helps our environment as well as our tax dollars. This is a fun event that gives volunteers and residents an opportunity to work together for a cleaner and more sustainable planet.”

For the ninth time, the Orange Recycling Committee is helping residents dispose of thousands of pounds of sensitive financial and medical papers in a secure, environmentally-responsible way. Adding mattress and box spring recycling to this event has made this one event not to be missed.

Paper Shredding and Mattress Recycling Drive


WHEN: Saturday, October 19th, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., rain or shine

WHERE: High Plains Community Center (front parking area), 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT


 Tax papers, bills, receipts, statements, and documents that contain personal, financial and/or
medical information. No need to remove staples or elastic bands, but clips should be removed for

 Mattresses and box springs.


Paper that is already shredded, newspapers, notebooks, folders, and
other papers that can go in the regular residential recycling bins.

About the Orange Recycling Committee

The Orange Recycling Committee is a group of volunteers appointed by the Board of Selectmen, who live in Orange and are committed to educating, increasing, and simplifying recycling options for Orange
Website: www.orangerecycles.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ORCinCT/

Man Charged With Burglary

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Sep 122019

At 10:15 a.m. on Sept. 6, 2019, Willie E. Griffin, 24, of New Haven, was at the Derby Superior Court on unrelated matters. 

It was discovered that he held an active arrest warrant originating from the town of Orange charging third-degree burglary and conspiracy. 

The warrant stemmed from an incident that occurred on 496 Ferry Road on Oct. 30, 2018, regarding a motor vehicle theft. 

Subsequently, he was charged.

Hit The Links For This Autism Fundraiser

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Sep 122019

The Bethany Leapley Autism Spectrum Disorder Scholarship Fund will host its annual Golf Tournament at Orange Hills Country Club on Thursday, September 26.

The day’s schedule is as follows:

11:30 am Registration and Lunch

1 pm Tee Off

Click here to register now or go to www.bethanyleapleyasdfund.org

  • Individual $200
  • Foursome $750
  • Hole Sponsorship $125 per hole
  • Foursome for Military Veterans, Cops, Firemen, Teachers & Special Ed Professionals – 50% off! ($375) Thank you for all that you do!

Can’t attend? 

If you are unable to attend, but would like to donate, you may click here or go to: www.bethanyleapleyasdfund.org/donate 

All funds collected will be utilized to award scholarships to children and adults for the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Fitness Center. The ASD Fitness Center is a facility designed specifically to provide a safe, comfortable and structured environment for empowering individuals with ASD to improve their level of physical fitness.

For more information E-mail ASDScholarship@gmail.com


SCAM ALERT Watch Out For These Calls

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Sep 112019

This week, scammers have attempted to victimize Orange residents with a school-related subject.

One mom in town said her call went like thia:

A nice woman called, she sounded older with a southern accent, says she is from SAT/ACT and that she has my daughter’s practive tests and CDs that she requested from May.

I wondered, was she on a waiting list?

She had all of my daughter’s information, making the call very convincing. My daughter denied ordering anything, but you know how that goes with teenagers.

The woman asked for a credit card to secure the CDs until I returned them. (That’s when I became suspicious).

I asked what school district? She said “Orange.”

Wrong Answer! It would be Amity or St. Joe’s.

That’s when she hung up on me.

Beware of any unsolicited phone calls, especially if the caller asks you for your credit card or bank information.

Orange Volunteer Fire Department Warns Against Fake Fund-Raisers

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Sep 052019

Orange residents are being warned not to respond to solicitation letters from the “Volunteer Firefighters Association.” Those letters are not from the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

Fire Chief Vaughan Dumas said he has received reports of people receiving the official-looking letters that include the resident’s name and a “Pledge Reminder Payment Coupon.”  He warned that the letters are untrue.

“We didn’t send the letters and we don’t get anything from them,” said Dumas. “We’ve asked them to stop soliciting our residents, but they continue to ask for money. None of those funds come back to Orange.”

The letters are emblazoned with “Volunteer Firefighters Association” across the top. After a personalized greeting, the letter says, “Our records indicate that we have had no response from you” and urges the recipient to mail their pledge. The coupon includes a confirmation number, a pledge date and an address in Milwaukee.

“It all looks very legitimate, but it isn’t,” Dumas said.

Dumas said donations are very important to the Orange Volunteer Fire Department because the department runs on donations. Its largest fund-raiser is the Fireman’s Carnival during the first weekend in August, but other contributions are appreciated – and needed.

Any solicitation letter from the Orange Volunteer Fire Department will have the department’s name on it and will include an Orange address, Dumas said. People who want to contribute may mail donations directly to the department at P.O. Box 878, Orange, Ct. 06477.

Orange Conservation Commission Asking for Photos

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Sep 032019

The Orange Conservation Commission invites all who enjoy our Open Spaces to share a picture of someone being a proper steward of our town trails.

Take a picture of yourself, your family, your friends, or your pets hiking our trails. Show how you help to keep the trails welcoming for all who visit them. We will display the pictures at our booth in the Civic Tent at the 2019 Orange Country Fair – showcasing our favorites for all to see.

Send pictures to orangeconscomm@gmail.com by Saturday, September 14, then come by to see us at the Fair, Sept 21-22.

What Is The Fine For Passing A School Bus with Flashing Lights?

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Aug 262019

school bus with flashing lightsOriginally published in 2014, but still relevant.

Watch out, Bus drivers are keeping an eye out and police responding to complaints of drivers who do not comply with the laws regarding stopping for stopped school buses.

If you pass a bus, a camera will take a picture of your vehicle and you will get a summons.

From the State Website the whole story, including fines:

You want to know the legislative history of the act requiring police, on receipt of a written complaint from a school bus driver, to issue a written warning or summons to a motor vehicle owner for illegally passing a stopped school bus.

For your information, we also have appended a chart showing the disposition of cases in which vehicles failed to stop for a school bus from 2007 through 2011, according to figures provided by the Judicial Branch. We were unable to determine how many of these cases were based on a bus driver’s written report. Representatives of the Chief State’s Attorney’s office and the Judicial Branch said the state does not track those numbers.


A motor vehicle cannot pass a stopped school bus displaying flashing red signal lights but must stop at least 10 feet before or behind such a bus (CGS § 14-279). Under the law, police must issue a written warning or a summons to the owner of a vehicle who illegally passes a school bus “upon a written report from any school bus operator…specifying the license plate number, color and type of any vehicle” the bus driver sees violating the law. The driver’s report must also note the date, approximate time, and location of the violation.

PA 85-71

A provision allowing police to issue a written warning to a vehicle owner on receiving a bus driver’s written report was enacted in 1985 (PA 85-71, originating as HB 5749). The act also allowed anyone over age 18 to submit such a written report.

The Transportation Committee held a hearing on HB 5749 on February 4, 1985. Several people testified in support of the provision, arguing there was insufficient enforcement of the school bus passing law. A Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) representative spoke against the bill.

Sharon Ward, school transportation safety director for a school bus contractor, said: “the statute must be changed so that local police and state troopers are required to make arrests when drivers give an adequate amount of information…the marker number, the color and make of the car.”

Another witness, Robin Leeds, executive director of the Connecticut School Transportation Association, said the bill “represents an attempt to address the most serious problem in school transportation, the danger in the unloading zones. Not only do all our fatalities occur here, but our most severe injuries as well. Already this winter, we have seen at least five children hit and seriously injured by motorists who did not stop for the flashing red lights of the school bus. In two of those instances, the motorist said to the officer…I didn’t know I was supposed to stop.”

“It is safe to assume,” she continued, “that those motorists had passed a school bus before. If their license numbers had been turned in by a bus driver and accepted by a policeman…who then sent a written warning…they would have known they were supposed to stop before they hit the children.” She said 20 states already had similar laws.

John O’Connell, DMV’s public transportation administrator, opposed the bill, saying the department had “some…concerns regarding the question of constitutionality and an abuse of such a statute about drivers picking up the plate numbers…”

The House of Representatives considered the bill on April 10, 1985, and passed it after amending it by voice vote to allow, rather than require, police to issue a written warning on receipt of a bus driver’s written report (LCO # 5478).

Speaking in support of the amended bill, Representative Wilber said “the feeling of the [transportation] committee was that most people do not pass school buses intentionally, but they do it forgetfully, and if a warning is issued, they probably will not do it again, or not so likely to do it again.”

Representative Frankel opposed the bill, saying its “fatal flaw” was that it was directed at vehicle owners, rather than the person driving the vehicle when the violation occurred. But Representative Ward, arguing for the bill, said school bus drivers “faced…a dilemma. They see a vehicle pass them illegally…They do not know who the operator is, but they clearly can get a marker number.”

“Nothing in this bill prevents a ticket if you know who was the driver,” Ward said. “It takes the extra step, however, of allowing a warning to the owner of a vehicle when you cannot identify the operator.”

The House passed the amended bill by a 117 to 32 vote.

The Senate debate occurred on April 17, 1985. Senator Giulietti opposed the measure, saying it did not “really have any teeth” because it allowed, rather than required, police to issue a warning. He also objected to “making school bus drivers or any other person over 18…policemen.” Senator Consoli also objected to giving “non-police personnel” the authority to make a complaint in these cases.

Senator Morano, speaking on behalf of the bill, argued that “any tool…to teach people not to go racing by stopped school buses would be good legislation.” Senator DiBella, also speaking on behalf of the bill, said it would allow a policeman “to issue a warning without being on the scene.”

The Senate passed the bill, as amended by the House, by a vote of 30 to 3.


PA 85-71 was codified in CGS § 14-279. The statute has since been amended several times, as follows (excluding technical changes):

PA 86-155 changed the law by (1) explicitly requiring vehicles to stop for stopped school buses displaying flashing red signal lights on any highway, private road, parking area, or school property; (2) eliminating the ability of “other persons 18 years of age or over” to submit written reports of vehicles failing to stop; and (3) requiring, rather than allowing, a police officer to issue either a written warning or summons on receiving a school bus driver’s written report.

PA 01-192 expressly required emergency vehicles, such as fire department and police vehicles, to stop at least 10 feet from a school bus displaying flashing red signal lights.

PA 11-255 replaced the fine for the first offense of between $100 and $500 with a $450 fine and allowed video evidence of failing to stop for a school bus.

Free Diabetes Screening in Orange on Sept. 27

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Aug 262019

The Orange Lons Club will be conducting free diabetes screenings at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road. Orange on Friday, September 27, 2019, from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

This event is in conjunction with the
Community Services Senior Health Fair.

Glucose Test: Fasting is recommended, but not necessary.