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New Drug Drop Box Makes Disposal of Unwanted Prescriptions Easy

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Aug 142018
 

Do you have old prescriptions taking up space in your house? Perhaps a bottle of blood pressure medication that went unused after your doctor changed the dosage or a half-empty bottle of antibiotic medicine from your child’s last bout with a cold, or maybe that expired tube of cream that the vet prescribed for your pet’s skin infection.

Instead of waiting for the semi-annual drug drop-off events in town, for your convenience, the BOW Drug / Alcohol Action Committee (BOWDAAC) donated a new prescription drug disposal receptacle that now has a permanent home in the Orange Police Department lobby.

The process is simple, just bring your old, unused or unwanted prescription medications to the OPD and drop them into the box. The box is right near the front door, so you don’t have to interact with anyone, you don’t have to empty the containers or remove the labels because once they are inside the box, they go directly into a large bag and no one else touches them or looks at them.

The drugs will be incinerated (disposed of properly) along with collections from other police departments.

Commissioner Christopher Carveth suggested circulating a flyer to the schools about the box since children’s prescriptions expire quickly and shouldn’t be left around the house.

Here’s a list of do’s and don’ts for disposal:

Accepted: Prescriptions, Prescription Patches, Prescription Medications, Prescription Ointments*, Over-the-Counter Medications, Vitamins, Samples and Medications for Pets

Not Accepted: Needles (sharps), Medications from businesses or clinics, Ointments*, lotions or liquids, Thermometers, Inhalers, Hydrogen Peroxide and Aerosol cans.

Primary Elections on August 14

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Aug 132018
 

You have a voice, you have a choice.

The Democratic and Republican Primary Elections will take place on Tuesday, August 14, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. in your regular polling places (both Mary L Tracy and High Plains)

NOTE: You MUST be Registered with either the Republican or Democratic parties in order to vote in the primaries.

Notes In A Nutshell: Orange Police Commission

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Aug 132018
 

The Orange Police Commission met at the Police Department on Monday, Aug. 13.

Following are notes from that meeting:

Mobile MRI

Jeff Gordon of Codespoti Associates made a presentation regarding a project at 330 Boston Post Road (Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists).

The proposal is to have a Mobile MRI Unit in the parking lot about 3 days per week. The patient would be wheeled out to the parking lot to the trailer and placed on a lift that will get them up to the platform where the entrance door stands.

The MRI machine is inside the trailer and can move to whatever location it is needed.

NOTE: there is a mobile MRI that parks at Mount Desert Island Hospital in Maine a few days a week and it works out well. 

Gordon said the plans include removing a light pole, and an asphalt island from the parking lot. He said there is enough parking under the town regulations — there are 39 spaces when only 35 are required. The trailer would take up the excess parking spaces.

After a short discussion, the Commission unanimously approved the proposal.

Monthly Activity

The monthly activity log for July showed a total of 3,338 incidents, including 42 criminal arrests, 128 motor vehicle citations, 2 residential burglaries (backyard sheds where tools were reported missing), 6 commercial burglaries on the Boston Post Road (among them New England Ballet, Blue Moon Massage and Spa) 5 stolen motor vehicles, 88 motor vehicle accidents.

Records Revenue

Reports $397.18, Records Checks $20,  Fingerprints $5

Expenditures

• As of 9:15 a.m. Monday morning, the department’s Communications Room is completely renovated, the radio system is fully digital now. All radio transmissions are encrypted like may other towns for officer safety. (Scanners will not be able to pick them up anymore)

• When the phones are replaced, the phone contract is partially reimbursable by the town.

• One officer was sent to School Resource Officer training, and another to DARE training.

• The budget is in order and Overtime is in good shape.

• After a problem was discovered with the service pistols, the department ordered new ones. The US Army uses the same weapon, so the order was backlogged. Once they are delivered later this month, each officer will receive a replacement (the same model) and will be required to qualify with the new gun.

• The lobby of the OPD is now home to a new prescription drug disposal box. The BOW Drug / Alcohol Action Committee (BOWDAAC) donated the receptacle.  Bring your old, unused or unwanted prescription medications in and drop them into the box. The drugs will be disposed of properly along with collections from other police departments. Commissioner Christopher Carveth suggested circulating a flyer to the schools about it since children’s prescriptions expire quickly and shouldn’t be left around the house.

• The cell block project requested at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting last week, “forego the usual bid process for cell block improvement project — would improve suicide prevention and officer safety.

Other departments want to do the same thing and the work would be contracted together with them through a company that is an “expert” in police cellblock doors.”

Since the Selectmen approved the request, the work will begin soon.

• This Thursday, August 16, the Orange Police Department will be participating in the annual Tip-A-Cop event to benefit Special Olympics at Eli’s Restaurant, 285 Boston Post Road, from 5-9 p.m.

UPS Battery System

The Orange Police Department uses a UPS battery system to keep continuous power in the Communications Center in the event of a power outage. Since it takes time for the generator to power up, the battery system keeps everything running protecting the expensive equipment from being damaged by, for example, a power surge.

The current UPS is 10 years old and needs replacement and with the department adding more IT equipment the new unit will have to be bigger and have the ability to be expanded on in the future.

The unit may cost up to $30,000, but the exact cost for Orange has not yet been determined.

Annual Report

The town wants all municipal departments to submit their yearly reports by the end of the month.  The Orange Police report includes its yearly statistics, wants and needs. The OPD averages 100 requests for service per day, including 4.7 medical calls.

Letters and Communications

• Lt. Andrew Steinbrick filed papers for retirement, his last day was August 3. In his absence, Sgt. Mike Kosh has been serving as the interim commander of the Investigative Services Unit.

• Sheila Craw from the National Alliance for Law Enforcement Support delivered artwork from children who appreciate law enforcement. The pictures will be hung in the break room so officers can see them.

• Chief Gagne received a note from Deputy Chief Joseph Perno of the West Haven Police Department. Perno thanked the OPD for responding to the West Haven Beach on July 3 (along with several other departments) after a disturbance broke out during the annual fireworks show.

• Children from Camp Courant in Hartford sent a thank you card and drawings to K-9 Loki and Officer Chris Brown after they visited the camp.

• Chief Gagne sent thank you notes to Officer Paul Piscitelli for bringing and ATV to Camp Courant and to Officer Brown and K-9 Loki for their visit as well.

• Chief Gagne also Congratulated Brown and Loki on their first place win at the K-9 Olympics earlier this month.

• Loki and Officer Brown will be part of the K-9 demonstrations at the Milford Oyster Festival this weekend.

Orange Police: Rear End Accident Leads To DUI Arrest

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Aug 132018
 

On Sunday, August 5, at 11:49 p.m. Orange police responded to a motor vehicle accident on Route 34, where one vehicle struck another from behind.

During the investigation, officers had one of the drivers, Danielle Rogers, 34, of Ansonia, perform standardized roadside sobriety tests.

She was subsequently taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, following too closely, and driving with a suspended license.

Rogers was released after posting $100 bond and given a court date of Aug. 20.

Tip-A-Cop at Eli’s On August 16

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Aug 132018
 

Orange Police officers will trade in their badges for aprons on Thursday, August 16th when they host a Tip-A-Cop fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut at Eli’s Orange, 285 Boston Post Road, Orange, from 5 to 9 p.m.

During the event, officers will volunteer their time to assist restaurant staff in taking orders and serving customers. All tips the officers receive for their efforts will go to Special Olympics Connecticut to support its year-round sports, health and fitness programs for athletes of all abilities.

Tip-A-Cop is a Law Enforcement Torch Run event to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut.

For more information, visit soct.org, call 203-230-1201 or email specialolympicsct@soct.org.

Orange Volunteer Fire Department Call On Sunday Evening

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Aug 122018
 

OVFD units responded to New Haven Avenue at 7 p.m. on a report of burning power lines down in the road.

They asked that drivers avoid this area as the road was completely shut down during the emergency.

Cloudy Skies Will Ruin The View Of The Perseid Meteor Shower Tonight

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Aug 122018
 

In ideal observing conditions The Perseid meteor shower and high rates (an average of 60 meteors per hour at the peak) would be visible tonight. 

Make plans to stay up late tonight or wake up early on Monday, August 13. The Perseids are best seen between about 2 a.m. your local time and dawn.

A live broadcast of the meteor shower from a camera in Huntsville, AL is available on the NASA Meteor Watch Facebook until the early hours of August 13. Meteor videos recorded by the NASA All Sky Fireball Network are also available each morning; to identify Perseids in these videos, look for events labeled “PER.”

Open House: 5 Bedroom Home On Orange Center Road

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Aug 122018
 

Check out this fantastic 5 bedroom, 3,416 sqft home at 792 Orange Center Road, today from 11-2 p.m.

Originally designed in 1929 by celebrated CT Architect Alice Washburn; this Palladio styled Colonial home has been tastefully renovated top to bottom to preserve the classic details of yesteryear w/the modern conveniences today’s lifestyle demands.

Original details start at the front door, with Pilasters and Semi-Elliptical Arch framing the front door. Entering the main foyer you will notice the hardwood floors flow throughout the home leading to the formal LR with fireplace on your left and an additional room perfect for a home office/library.

To the right is the new enlarged kitchen with center island, breakfast bar seating, white maple cabinetry, granite counters, stainless appliances including a professional style dual-fuel range, tile backsplash and oversized sink; the enlarged doorway leads to the formal dining room and back staircase.

Going up either front or back stairs to the second floor, a large front to back Master bedroom w/His and Hers closets, on-suite bath with Carrera Marble double vanity and over-sized tile walk-in shower with glass enclosure. Three additional bedrooms and full bath also can be found on this floor.

The laundry room is on the main level off the kitchen and heated enclosed rear porch.

The Original woodwork, fireplace mantle, doors with glass knobs and new LED light fixtures, modern kitchen and bath fixtures mix seamlessly creating a masterpiece. There is also a 3 room in-law suite with kitchen, living room with built-ins, bedroom and full bath, all located on a pretty 2.2 acres at the center of town. 

All this for $649,000.

Open House: Lovely Updated 4 Bedroom Colonial On Derby Avenue

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Aug 122018
 

Enjoy part of this nice, less humid day touring an open house at 295 Derby Avenue from 2-4 p.m.

Beautifully updated and expanded 4 bedroom Colonial in the Amity School District.  This 2,406 sqft home has hardwood floors thru-out, newer roof, newer siding, and replacement thermopane windows all done in the last two years. Other notable features such as a heated mud room, 3 zones for heating, over-sized two car garage, large fully fenced in backyard and huge 30’X12′ deck are just some of the reasons to call this place home.
Inside on the main level, you will find a large eat-in kitchen with granite counters, breakfast bar, and new cabinets. Located just off the kitchen is the formal dining room with a chandelier which leads to the living room complete with fireplace. From the living room, you can step through the french doors into the study/library boasting lots of natural light.
Between the kitchen and living-room lies a fantastic family room with wall to wall sliders out to the deck and a full bath. Off of this amazing room is a bonus room that can easily be used for a master bedroom suite, with full bath, laundry hookup, walk-in closet and sliders out to the deck. Just up the sprawling wood staircase are four ample sized bedrooms, a full bath, linen closet and access to the walk-up attic with tons of storage space.
Conveniently located to RT. 15, RT 8, RT 34, Yale University, shopping, restaurants and so much more. 

Recently reduced price, now offered for $339,900.

Orange Police: Town Resident Charged With Strangulation

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Aug 112018
 

At 7:57 p.m. on July 30, officers responded to 5124 Avalon Drive West in regards to a physical domestic altercation.

The investigation revealed that Christopher M. Williams, 27, of that address, had a physical altercation with another person.

He was taken into custody and charged with third-degree assault, third-degree strangulation, risk of injury and breach of peace.

Williams was held on a $10,000 bond and given a court date of July 31.