Obituary: William J. Neidig, 97, Beloved Father, Grandfather

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Apr 262018

William J. Neidig, 97, of Orange, beloved husband of the late Marian P. Shaw, passed away on April 10, 2018.

He was born on March 30, 1921 in Jonestown, Pennsylvania. He was the son of the late Joseph Neidig and Carrie Ney.

As a young boy he received commendations for perfect attendance from Kindergarten through 12th grade. His work ethic continued throughout his life contributing to his long and successful business career as Vice President of Asplundh Tree Expert Company. He successfully expanded the Asplundh market share throughout New England and the US. He and his wife were avid Boston Red Sox fans and upon his retirement visited every baseball stadium in America.

William is survived by his daughter, Marcia (Barry) Zarb; grandchildren, Parker and Jordan White; son-in-law, Phil White. William was predeceased by his daughter, Carol L. White.

All services for William will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meetinghouse Lane, Orange, CT 06477. To leave online condolences please visit the website of www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

House Passes Bill to Examine Habeas Corpus Filings, Heads to Senate

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Apr 262018

State Reps. Themis Klarides and Nicole Klarides-Ditria testify with Marianne Heffernan, the sister of Joyce Stochmal, in support of House Bill 5465 on March 28th in the Judiciary Committee.

House Republican Leader Themis Klarides and State Rep. Nicole Klarides-Ditria applauded the bipartisan passage of House Bill 5407, An Act Establishing a Task Force to Promote Efficiencies in the Filing of Habeas Corpus Matters, on Tuesday.

The Klarides sisters introduced H.B. 5407, after seeing the problem first hand. The family of Joyce Stochmal, a young woman from Seymour who was murdered in 1984, did not receive notice from the Department of Criminal Justice that the defendant in their case had a viable habeas claim until very late in the process. In fact, the defendant in the case was released from prison last March through a sentence modification.

“It’s time for a major overhaul of the habeas corpus application system in Connecticut,” said Rep. Klarides. “Inmates are filing seemingly endless habeas corpus applications at the cost of taxpayers and victims. The Stochmal family and other families are not being well served by Connecticut’s criminal justice system. We need to improve the habeas corpus system and passing this bill will be the first step in that direction.”

Rep. Klarides-Ditria added, “I want to thank the Stochmal family for continuing to advocate for victims and their families. Victims’ families should come first and not notifying them of habeas corpus claims is unacceptable. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to pass this legislation.”

H.B. 5407 now awaits a vote by the Senate. The legislative session ends at midnight on Wednesday, May 9th.

Orange Chamber Calendar

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Apr 262018

The Orange Chamber of Commerce has released its latest calendar of events, including this Sunday’s Road Race, Business After Hours and a networking event.


Sunday, April 29 – The FIESTA BEGINS at 9:00 a.m. at the High Plains Pavillion, 525 Orange Center Road

Run The Cohen and Wolf Cinco K deMayo Road Race

NEW Course! And…Taco Loco Truck!

Music, Margaritas, Tacos, Kid’s Run!

Go To: www.RunSignUp.com to register


Thursday, May 10 – Business After Hours at TGI Fridays with the West Haven Chamber. $15 per person, 5-7 p.m. reservations needed.


Tuesday, May 22 – MORNING JOLT! Coffee and Conversation at Eli’s Orange, 285 Boston Post Road, 8 – 9 a.m. 

Free and OPEN to local businesses! Bring your business cards, Get Leads! Meet other Chamber Businesses!

RSVP to director@orangectchamber.com


Visit the Chamber’s New Website at www.orangectchamber.com for all the latest events and information!

Your “Go To” site for area goods & services!


E-mail: director@orangectchamber.com or call 203-795-3328

Orange Community Women Clothing and Household Goods Drive Added To Paper Shredding And Mattress Recycling Event

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Apr 262018

The Orange Community Women will be hosting a FUNDrive for Clothes and Household Items joining the Orange Recycling Committee’s (ORC) paper shredding and mattress recycling event on Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 9 a.m. to noon at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road.

The Orange Community Women are asking residents to bring clothing, shoes, towels, electronics, toys and games, kitchen items, sporting goods and more to the pavilion that morning. This benefit will help support many community projects. Orange Recycling Committee Chair Mitch Goldblatt is excited about the additional service. “Saturday, April 28 will be a great morning for Spring cleaning at its best,” Goldblatt said. “I’m encouraging all residents to bring their household goods and clothes in addition to their documents, papers, and even mattresses for an ultimate recycling event!”

The secure, on-site paper shredding service will once again be handled by town resident Joe
Johnston’s company, Affordable Solutions. 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.

For the second year, 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 Program. 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 program.

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 homes. Those 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 to Orange Lions Charities, and all proceeds are
considered a charitable donation.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Rotary Club of Orange The Orange Lions Club and the
Orange Community Women to offer these important environmental services to residents,” said
Mitch Goldblatt, Chair of the Orange Recycling Committee. “Purging homes of these items and keeping them out of landfills helps our environment as well as 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 sixth time, this shredding event will help residents dispose of thousands of pounds of
sensitive financial and medical papers in a secure, environmentally-responsible way. Adding
mattress and box spring recycling last year proved a success, so it’s expected that more
residents will be availing themselves of this opportunity this year.

Paper Shredding, Mattress Recycling, Clothing and Household Item Drive – Details:
WHEN:  Saturday, April 28, 2018, 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 reuse.

DO NOT BRING:  Paper that is already shredded, newspapers, notebooks, folders, and other papers that can go in the regular residential recycling bins.
 Mattresses and box springs.
 Clothing, shoes, bedding, towels, accessories, CDs, DVDs, books, electrical items, toys, games,
kitchen items, sporting goods, knick-knacks.

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 increasing and simplify recycling options for Orange residents.
         Website: http://www.orange-ct.gov/180/Recycling
         Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ORCinCT/

Congratulations To Amity Middle School’s “The 7’s” Band On Your Big Win

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Apr 252018

Orange Band Takes Home Grand Prize at Teen Band Competition!
On Sunday, April 22, four Orange Teens claimed the title of best Middle School Band at the Ridgefield Playhouse 2018 Band Jam. Playing to a packed house, Christopher Carlson, Lucas Ketchian, Oliver Nappi and Declan O’Rourke in their band called “The 7’s,” rocked out in Connecticut’s biggest band competition.
The annual battle of the bands which was started by three Ridgefield boys in order to save the struggling playhouse, has raised more than $100,000 for the Playhouse since it’s inception in 2010. Each year local bands vie for bragging rights as BandJam champion.
Bands are judged on musicianship, quality of sound, and showmanship. In this year’s battle, middle school rockers, the 7’s competed against 2 Minute Minors, Band2 and Sky Bandits. They were joined by high school bands, Abby & The Roadsters, Gilbert, Orbit and Sound Beacon.
BandJam 2018 celebrity judges included Broadway’s Debbie Gravitte, Living Color bassist Doug Wimbish and i95fm’s Ethan Carey.
The 7’s who love ’80’s and ’90’s rock performed Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes and Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana. The judges were blown away by the ‘7’s performance and got quite the compliment when Doug Wimbash said “Well done! I look forward to seeing you guys at Madison Square Garden!” This was the first year The ‘7’s competed and had such a positive experience that they will definitely be doing it again next year.
Who know what lies in the future for The 7’s but right now they are riding the high of being crowned the best middle school band in Connecticut!
Congratulations Boys! Keep playing as long as it’s fun. You make Orange Proud!

Memorial Day Program Includes Three WWII Combat Veterans

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Apr 252018

The annual Town of Orange Memorial Day Ceremonies and Parade will take place on Sunday, May 27, 2018.

The Memorial Day Parade Committee put out a request for residents to make suggestions for this year’s parade honorees, and, according to Parade Organizer Kevin Gilbert, it worked. “We’ve got some great men,” he said. “This year’s honorees are all World War II Combat Veterans, and they are all in their 90s.”


Grand Marshal – Albert Rapini (98 years old) – U.S. Army 1942 – 1945 – Rank of Tech Sergeant.

Honorary Chief of Staff – Frank Tagliatela (96 years old) – U.S. Army 1942 – 1946 – Rank of Private First Class.

Honored Veteran – Robert Swirsky (98 years old)  – U.S. Army 1943-1945 – rank of Tech Sergeant.

The Keynote Speaker is Orange Town Clerk Patrick B. O’Sullivan, III: Veteran’s Affairs Liaison, former State Representative and former member of the Board of Selectmen.

Kevin Gilbert once again will serve as Parade Organizer.  Parade ceremonies will commence promptly at 10:30 a.m. at the High Plains Community Center Field (Orange Fairgrounds at the Gazebo) The parade will step off immediately following the ceremony down Orange Center Road past the reviewing stand with services following at the Orange Center Cemetery.

The Parade Committee encourages any groups wishing to participate to contact Karen Goldberg at the Orange Town Hall at 203-891-4738 or Kevin Gilbert at 203-795-4647.  Applications for participation in the parade are available in the Orange Town Hall – First Selectman’s Office or on the town’s website at www.orange-ct.gov. The Committee anticipates many marching bands and floats.

The Committee invites the public to join in honoring our nation’s veterans.


Editor’s Note: Don’t just leave after the parade is over. Take a few minutes to honor those who secured our freedom and attend the brief ceremony at the Orange Center Cemetery across from Mary L. Tracy School. And bring your children, too, so they may understand the reason for this national holiday.


Lawmakers Stand With Veterans In Support Of Restoring Funding

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Apr 252018

House Republican Leader Themis Klarides and State Reps. Charles Ferraro and Pam Staneski joined veterans from across the state on Tuesday at the Capitol to express the need to restore funding to the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs.

Last week, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle presented budget proposals that restored $2 million in funding to the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs. The Republican budget plan does so without increased spending or raising taxes.

Rep. Ferraro, the Ranking Member of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, said, “I am glad to see Republican and Democrats committed to restoring this critical funding to the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs. We need to make sure that our Veterans are receiving top-notch services and care and restoring this funding will help make sure this happens.”

House Republican Leader Themis Klarides said, “I look forward to having bipartisan budget talks and will be fighting to get this funding restored. Our veterans and individuals who need it the most will always be our top priority during budget negotiations.”

 Rep. Pam Staneski, who is supporting a budget proposal this session that restores these proposed cuts to the Department of Veterans Affairs said, “These brave heroes put their lives on the line for us, and it is our duty to provide them with the vital services and treatment they need and require.”

More information about the Republican budget proposal can be found by visiting cthousegop.com/budgetfy19.

Saturday Is Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

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Apr 252018

It’s that time of year again: National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day takes place this weekend.

Gather up your unused drugs and on Saturday, April 28, 2018, bring them to the Orange CVS, 279 Boston Post Road, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

If you have any prescription or even over-the-counter medications around that you don’t need anymore, simply bring them to the CVS store parking lot and authorized helpers will direct you to drop them into the large boxes they have set up.

Orange Police officers, working in conjunction with the DEA will take them off of your hands, no questions asked. You’ll leave knowing that your old medications will be properly disposed of, and won’t fall into the hands of anyone who shouldn’t have them.

These helpers will not rummage through the boxes to look at or remove anything that has been deposited.

At the end of the collection period, a DEA officer will take the collection containers to a site where all of the materials will be incinerated.

NOTICE: Amity Budget Referendum

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Apr 252018

The Amity Budget Referendum will take place on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at High Plains Community Center from  6  a.m. to 8 p.m.

Pursuant to State Law Absentee Ballots are Available in the Town Clerks Office at Town Hall during normal hours.


Town Budget Hearing On Thursday

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Apr 252018

The Town Budget Hearing is scheduled for Thursday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m.
The hearing will take place at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road.
Come and listen to what the Finance Committee has been working on and get answers to your questions.