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Orange Democrats and Republicans jointly support Charter Revision Proposal

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Apr 202017
 

Orange Democratic Town Chairman, Jody Dietch, and Orange Republican Town Chairman, Nancy Nastri, jointly announced that the Town’s two political parties both support the proposed amendments to the Town’s Charter and are each working to encourage residents to vote at the referendum which is scheduled to be held on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the High Plains Community Center from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Dietch stated that “the proposed amendments are the result of the hard work and collaboration of the Republicans and Democrats that served on the Charter Revision Commission over the last year.”  Nastri echoed Dietch’s statement.  Nastri said “our current town officials have worked well together to develop the proposed Charter amendments which are for the good of the town and are designed to modernize our local government and update provisions that haven’t been changed in more than 40 years.”  

Dietch agreed with Nastri and emphasized that “the proposed changes do not reflect a change to our form of government, but simply reflect changes caused by laws that require some of our town officials to obtain certifications, or that reflect changes in property values, and trends in resident participation.”  Nastri added “for example, our Board of Selectmen is limited to making decisions on purchasing real property that has a value of $150,000 or less.  This amount has not changed since the 1970’s, but property values have increased dramatically since that time.  The proposed change increases the selectmen’s authority to $500,000, an amount that better represents modern property values.”  Nastri added to this point that “this example demonstrates that the proposed changes are not overreaching or changing our town meeting form of government.  The residents of Orange will continue to have input on the major decisions that impact our town, like the annual budget, major open space purchases and bond issues, but the proposed changes will allow our elected officials to conduct town business with a modest increase in their discretion.”

In addition, the Charter Revision proposes changes to the terms of office for elected officials, including First Selectman as well as a change to the number needed for a quorum at a town meeting.  These are important issues that both Dietch and Nastri strongly encourage residents to educate themselves on and turn out to vote on May 18.  Further detail on the Charter Revisions are included in the local Orange newspapers.

Dietch and Nastri both applauded the effort that went into the proposed charter revisions.   “It is clear from the bipartisan support on both the Charter Revision Commission and the Board of Selectmen that the parties can come together on issues that are for the good of the town,” they said.  

Since the proposed revisions to the charter will be voted on at a special election that will take place on Thursday, May 18, the law requires a turnout of at least 15% of the registered voters in order for the vote to count.  Nastri and Dietch stated “this vote provides a rare opportunity for residents to make changes to how our town is governed.  Our elected officials and neighbors appointed to serve on the Charter Revision Commission volunteered a lot of their personal time and we hope that all registered voters come out on May 18th to participate in this process.”

The referendum questions can be obtained from the town clerk’s office or the First Selectman’s office.  Polls open on May 18 at 6 a.m. and will remain open until 8 p.m.  Everyone will vote at the High Plains Community Center and absentee ballots can be obtained from the town clerk.

 

 

USDA Announces Burrito Recall

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Apr 202017
 

Request Foods, Inc., of Holland, Mich. is recalling around 30,537 pounds of burrito products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products are mislabeled as a chicken with cheese and bean burrito but contain an egg and sausage burrito product. The product contains egg and soy, known allergens, which are not declared on the product label.

The frozen burrito items were produced on Dec. 19, 2016. The following products are subject to recall: [View Label]

  • 6 oz. plastic package containing “ATKINS CHICKEN WITH CHEESE AND BEAN BURRITO” with a “Best By” date of Dec. 19, 2017.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-17644” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

The problem was discovered after the firm received a consumer complaint.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to eat them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify that recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Consumer Affairs at (844) 342-3400. Media with questions about the recall can contact Tom Lindell, Vice President of Public Affairs, at (612) 305-6149.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov.The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

Orange Congregational Church: Sunday Services, Tag Sale

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Apr 202017
 

Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meeting House Lane, invites you to come to one of its two weekly Sunday Worship Services:  at 8 a.m. in the Chapel or 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary.

The 10 a.m. worship service includes Sunday School programming for school age children, as well as a church nursery with a child-care experienced Crib Room Attendant for all birth to Pre-K children whose parents or guardians are attending worship service.

Tag Sale

The annual Orange Congregational Church Pilgrim Fellowship Tag Sale will take place on the Orange Town Green  Saturday, May 13 from 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (rain date:  May 20).

If you wish to rent a space, a space without a table is $20, or a space with a table is $25.

To sign up, call Esther in the church office at 203-795-9749.

Donations to the PF Tag Sale are also very welcome and can be dropped off to the church after May 7; call the same number.

Upcoming Events At The Case Memorial Library

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Apr 202017
 

Case Memorial Library

The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, offers the following upcoming events and activities.


Oscar Film: Fences
Monday, April 24, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, April 26, 1 p.m.

2 hr. 19 min. PG-13. A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life.


Aging Gracefully: Practicing Self-Care with Meditation and Massage
Thursday, April 27, 7 p.m.
Learn to lead a more relaxed, mindful, and open state of living with insight meditation and self-massage. Guided practice will be led by Barbara O’Neill and Rita Lombardi of the Anam Cara Center. Presented by the Case Memorial Library and Orange Senior Center as part of Boomers and Beyond: A Lifelong Learning Center. Registration is required.


Oscar Film: Hidden Figures
Monday, May 1, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, May 3, 1 p.m.

2 hr. 7 min. PG. The story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who played a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program.


Yoga for Peace and Well-Being: De-stress with Breath
Tuesday, May 2, 7 p.m.
The ancient science of yoga offers easy access to tools for rest and relaxation. Learn to use breathing techniques plus meditation to relax your nervous system and bring you to a state of calm and peace. Led by instructor Sue Neufeld. Bring a yoga mat or towel. Held at High Plains Community Center.


Art in the Library Reception
Thursday, May 4, 5-7 p.m.
In honor of the May exhibit: Seniors, on view May 2-30.

Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register in person or by telephone.

Phone: 203-891-2170

 

Register Now For The Orange Lions Glow Ball Golf Tournament

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Apr 192017
 

The Orange Lions Club is teaming up with the Orange Ale House for its annual Glow Ball Golf Tournament on Friday, June 2.
The event will kick off at the Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road at 6 p.m. for food and drinks then proceed to the Orchards Golf Course, 137 Kozlowski Drive, Milford for a Shot Gun Start at 8:30 p.m.
At 11 p.m. prizes will be awarded and drinks served.
The format for this tournament is a 4 person scramble. You can look forward to competing in the Closest to the Pin contest, Low Gross and Putting Contest.
Register BEFORE MONDAY, MAY 1 for the early bird fee of $100 per golfer. After May 1 the fee is $125 per golfer which includes Glow Ball, Food/Drinks and Prizes.
For tickets, call Nick Bencivengo at 203-901-9062, or Ron Ruotolo at 203-996-0989 or e-mail  Ronruotolo@orangectlions.org

Boys’ Lacrosse: Spartans Destroy The Lawmen in Milford

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Apr 192017
 

The Amity Spartans Lacrosse Team was on the road in Milford at Jonathan Law High School Wednesday, April 19.
Amity took an early lead with seven goals in the first quarter. They kept up the momentum with six additional goals in the second.
Both the Spartans and the Lawmen scored three goals in the third and Amity wrapped things up in the final quarter with an additional two goals.
Score Board
Amity:          7-6-3-2 = 18
Jonny Law: 0-0-3-0 = 3Notable players:
Amity — Adam Cusano made 5 goals and had 1 assist; Tyler Vincent made 4 goals; Ryan Rattley, Mark DellaTorre and Tyler Ballaro each made 2 goals; Colin Hughes made 1 goal and had 4 assists; Harry Brochinsky and Luke Smith each made 1 goal and had 2 assists; Max Trachten had 2 assists; Cory Sachs and Matt Merriam each had 1 assist.

Jonathan Law —  Cole Egersheim made 2 goals and had 1 assist; Hayden Hulme made 1 goal.

Amity outshot Jonathan Law 34-13.

Saves: Amity — Matt Perrotti made 4 saves and Dane Walsh made 2 for the Spartans.  Law — Tanner Georgelos made 6 saves.

Records: Amity 5-3, Jonathan Law 2-4

Gather Up Your Drugs For Take-Back Day This Month

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Apr 192017
 

Get rid of your unused drugs in April.

For the past six years the town of Orange has participated in Drug Take-Back Day with great success.

On Saturday, April 29, the Orange Police Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (D.E.A.), has scheduled another one-day National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Once again, the Orange Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members will assist in the collection.

This event will take place in the CVS parking lot, 279 Boston Post Road.  This is free and anonymous, no questions asked.  This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted or unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.

These take-back events highlight the problems related to prescription drug abuse, and give citizens an opportunity to contribute to the solution.  This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.

Unwanted, unused, or expired medications in our homes are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.  Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are very high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

Studies have shown that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.  In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines, such as flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, can pose a potential safety and health hazard.

Just bring your unwanted drugs in a box or bag and dump them into one of the large containers provided at the site.

The DEA will bring all of Connecticut’s collected items to an undisclosed site and incinerate them.

Country Line Dancing Tonight At The Ale House

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Apr 192017
 

The Orange Ale House and Grille, 517 Boston Post Road, is bringing country back to Orange with Line Dancing every Wednesday from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.

There is NO Cover charge, just wear your blue jeans and boots (or other comfortable footwear).

Food and drink specials will be offered.

The evening includes DJs Alan Kohn and Jazzy Kat and Line Dance instruction by Premier Entertainment Dance Team.

Come on out and get ready to Yee Haw!

Get Your Tickets For The Living Treasure Awards Ceremony

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Apr 192017
 

Anita Pol’s husband Al was a 2015 award recipient.

On Friday, May 5, the Orange Senior Center will host it’s the Thirteenth annual Living Treasure Awards Ceremony (formerly Pasta Festa!) dinner at the beautiful, Birchwood at Oaklane Country Club, in Woodbridge, from 5 to 8 p.m.

The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of this year’s Living Treasure Awards to three deserving Orange residents: Elaine Capecelatro, Susan Clark, and Anita Pol. They will be recognized for all of their hard work and community support for our town over the years.

Winners of the raffle will go home with some great prizes donated by individuals and local businesses.

Tickets are on sale at the Orange Senior Center for $30 per person.

Please consider donating items for raffle baskets. Ad space for our program still available.

Call the office for details, 203-891-4788.

Girls’ Lacrosse: Warde Mustangs Trample Lady Spartans

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Apr 192017
 

The Lady Spartans Lacrosse team hosted the Mustangs from Fairfield Warde on Tuesday in Woodbridge.

Amity has not had the most stellar season, going into this game with three losses behind them (Southington 8-13, Shelton 2-14 and Hand 2-14).

The mustangs charged onto the field, winning most of the face-offs and effortlessly scored the first goal in less than 30 seconds, and the first six goals in 4 minutes and 15 seconds.

Goal number 7 flew into the net at 17:51. Warde really had to work for the next goal which came nearly five minutes later with 12:03 remaining in the first period.

And so it continued. The final score was 15-1, Warde.

Records: Amity 0-4, Warde 4-1

The season is young and the Lady Spartans have time to regroup and pull themselves together. We wish them luck.

Amity Roster

Seniors — Kathryn Kaligian (#3); Bailey MacNamara (#12); Micaela Casapulla (#16); Bridget Taylor (#18); Cassandra Bishop (#20); Jenna Saleh (Goalie #41); Kaitlyn Paradis (#43); Jena Casman (Goalie #50).

Juniors — Eliza Crane (#6); Alana Mosley (#7); Faith Philpot (#8); Merin Cooper (#9); Taylor Walsh (#15); Mckenzie Mcdermott (#22);  Abigail Chamberlain (no number given).

Sophomores — Madelyn Pickett (#11); Elaina Ferraro (#27).

Freshmen — Ana Carney (#30);  Abigail Wisnewski (#44).