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Veterans Day Ceremony On 11-11 at 11, Commemorative Bricks Available

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Nov 092017
 

The Town of Orange will host a program honoring Veterans on Saturday, November 11, 2017, at the Veterans Remembrance Walkway in front of the High Plains Community Center at 11:00 a.m. 

The town welcomes and encourages the public and any veterans to attend. 

Everyone is reminded that applications are still available to purchase commemorative bricks for the Veterans Remembrance Walkway.  Bricks are $100 each and may be purchased by veterans themselves or by families in memory of beloved veterans, either living or deceased. 

For more information, please contact Mary Shaw at 203-891-4737 or e-mail mshaw@orange-ct.gov

Orange Senior Center Hosts Holiday Dinner Dance

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Nov 092017
 

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The annual Orange Senior Center Holiday Dinner Dance will take place at the Racebrook Country Club on Sunday, Dec. 3 from 12 to 3:30 p.m.

Musical entertainment provided by “Good to Go” from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Meal choice of either Chicken, Beef, or Fish, with dessert and a cash bar. The cost is $35 per person.

Tickets are now on sale. Payment and meal choice must be made at the time of reservation. Tables will seat 8 to 10 persons. If you wish to be seated with particular people, payment for the group
must be made at the same time. Checks payable to “Treasurer, Town of Orange.”

Many thanks to the generosity of the Orange Foundation Trust U/A, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, who gave the grant to pay for the music and to reduce the price of the ticket.

Orange Snow Removal Ordinance Now In Effect

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Nov 092017
 

A message from Highway Department Foreman Don Foyer:

The Orange Highway Department would like to remind residents the “Snow  Removal Ordinance” is in effect now and will remain in effect until April 1, 2018.

The “Unlawful to Park” is listed under Section 2 of the “Snow Removal Ordinance” and reads as follows:

“It shall be unlawful at any time during the period between Nov. 1 and April 1 for anyone to park, or allow to be parked, any vehicle in any street or highway of the Town of Orange in such a way as to hamper and interfere with the work of removing or plowing of snow or the removing or sending of ice from or on such street or highway.”

The ordinance also authorizes the police to tag and remove, at the owner’s expense, any vehicle parked, or allowed to be parked in the street. The Orange Highway Department is seeking the cooperation of all motor vehicle owners in keeping their vehicles parked off of the roadway during winter storms and when storms are forecasted to begin during the night.  Residents who have a particular problem with off-street parking should seek the advice of the Police Department and not disregard the provisions of the Snow Removal Ordinance.

                                                                    Submitted by Donald P. Foyer, Sr., Crew Chief

                                                                    Orange Highway Department   203-891-4775

                                                                    Hours:  7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., Mon-Friday

Notes In A Nutshell: Town Plan And Zoning Commission

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Nov 092017
 

The Town Plan and Zoning Commission met in Room 2 at the High Plains Community Center on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Following are notes from that meeting.

1. SITE PLAN APPLICATION – ARCHITECTURAL STANDARDS SUPPLEMENT – Submitted by David Bushley, LLC., for property known as 91 Boston Post Road (the AT&T Store).

For proposed architectural façade changes at 91 Boston Post Road.

Approved

2. SITE PLAN APPLICATION – Submitted by Majestic Empire Holdings, LLC; for property known as 348 Boston Post Road. For the re-construction of TGI Fridays Restaurant. Application required to determine compliance due to site changes that were made without required approvals.

Unanimously approved site plan application dependent on the condition of including a breakaway fence for emergency vehicles and landscaping changes to be submitted to zoning enforcement officer.

3. Possible Executive Session to discuss pending litigation concerning 320 Michael Court.

Postponed

4. Review of the Minutes of the September 19, 2017 meeting.

Approved

5. Old Business.

None

6. New Business.

Chairman Ozzie Parente suggested changing the start time for Commission meetings from 7:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. effective Jan. 1, 2018. (paperwork will be submitted to Town Clerk)

7. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

Blight and/or Town Ordinance Violations at 829 Racebrook Road, 711 Laurie Lane, 342 Country Lane.

Public Works will begin removing Non-compliant signs on the Boston Post Road.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

8. *PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE PLAN OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT – Upon the initiative of the Orange Town Plan and Zoning Commission. To amend the Orange Plan of Conservation and Development regarding Transit Oriented Development in the Town of Orange. (Continued from the August 1, and August 15, September 5, and September 19, 2017 meetings.)

Revised regulations may cause challenges and concerns, and as far as the TODD District, nothing will be done without a train station.

200 units approved can go up to 240.

Commissioner Judy Smith said personally, she does not believe Orange Needs a train station after the West Haven one was built. She’d rather see light industrial in that area.

Commissioner Ralph Aschettino said Orange has limited LI2 space available and it would be thrown away by following through with the train station/residential plan.

2,000 sq ft per unit most commissioners thought it was not necessary. 1,000 sq ft per unit would be acceptable.

9. *PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING MAP – Upon the initiative of the Orange Town Plan and Zoning Commission. The proposed change is to clarify the Zoning Designation for TODD eligible properties located on Marsh Hill Road. (Continued from the August 1, and August 15, September 5, and September 19, 2017 meetings.)

10. *PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING REGULATIONS — Submitted upon the initiative of the Orange Town Plan and Zoning Commission. To amend Article XXIV – Transit Oriented Development District of the Orange Zoning Regulations. (Continued from the August 1, and August 15, September 5, and September 19, 2017 meetings.)

Commuter parking garage could be used by the state of CT.

11. Discussion and possible vote to correct scrivener’s error with regard to the TODD District and “TODD eligible area” on the Orange Zoning Map.

Steven Studer representing Dichello, the company that would benefit from a train station development in Orange.

Proposed construction could be phased in. Studer said not too confident in his proposal before the commission after listening to their earlier discussion during this meeting.

What you’re doing is closing a regulation which won’t do anything. In order for the TODD to benefit the community, it has to benefit surrounding businesses too.

Geoff Gordon representing Dichello – if you don’t look out for the developers, they aren’t going to come.

Everyone dreams of a big research facility, but it’s not going to happen, Gordon said.

A coffee shop near the train platform would attract customers.

The TODD needs to be expanded because what you’ve proposed is half a TODD.

Millennials want to jump on a train and go to New York or Boston.

Studer said Mr. Hall is very disappointed by the way things are going tonight.

The Commission decided to keep Item #10 Open. Glenn Chalder of Planimetrics said if you keep one open then keep all of them open.

Aschettino said they’ve been beating a dead horse and discussing it for months, so why keep anything open.

The newest commissioner, Kevin Cornell, was very vocal and appeared to be in charge.

Register Now For The Orange Lions’ Thanksgiving Dinner

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Nov 082017
 

Each year the Lions Club of Orange hosts a Thanksgiving Dinner for seniors and those in the community who don’t have anyone to share dinner with on Thanksgiving Day.

All are welcome to attend.

This year, the dinner will take place at the High Plains Community Center Gym on Sunday, Nov. 26 at 12:30 p.m. It always includes a wonderful meal and entertainment.

Registration is required to ensure that the Lions can prepare enough turkey, pie and other fixings.

To register call the Orange Community Services office at 203-891-4788.

Z Team Big Winners in Orange Election

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Nov 072017
 

After months and months of campaigning, the day finally came and now, it’s over.

In short, as I format the numbers for you, I am able to say that Jim Zeoli is still your First Selectman and the Board of Selectmen remains the same.

Following are the unofficial results of the 2017 Orange Municipal Election (listed numbers are subject to change)

First Selectman

D – Margaret Novicki – 1916

R – Jim Zeoli – 2985

I – Alex DeAngelo – 69

Board of Selectmen

D – Paul Davis – 2040

D – Jen Alfaro – 1730

D – Mitch Goldblatt – 2474

R – Judy Williams – 2686

R – Ralph Okenquist – 2708

R – John Carangelo – 2513

Town Clerk

D – Pat O’Sullivan – 3468

Tax Collector

D – Kristie Zanjani – 1789

R – Sandra Pierson – 2996

Board of Finance

D – Stuart Crystal – 1745

D – Shirley Fiedler 1864

D – P.J. Shanley – 2264

R – Joseph Nuzzo – 2894

R – Patricia Romano – 2714

R – Robert Bocek – 2433

Board of Ed

D – Mary Welander – 2025

D – Charles Flynn 2032

D – Frank Renaldi – 1954

R – Kimberley Browe – 2691

R – Christian Young – 2507

R – Jeffery Cap – 2554

Town Plan and Zoning

D – Michael Sodins – 1763

D – Michael Muttitt – 1852

R – Kevin Cornell – 2868

R – Ozzie Parente – 2831

Constables

D – Randy Thomas – 2235

D – Robert Shanley – 2122

D – Santo Galatioto – 2131

D – Marianne Miller – 2040

R – Jody Daymon – 2392

R – Jeffrey Vargo – 2466

R – Michael Donadeo – 2242

R – Glen Papelo – 2204

Amity Board of Ed

D – Raymond Tuccio – 2130

D – Mark Rawden – 1800

D – Carla Eichler – 2510

R – Steve DeMaio – 2769

R – Thomas Hurley – 2665

ABOE – VACA

D- John Gagel – 1852

R – Shannon Carlson – 2565

 

 

 

Today Is Election Day — Get Out and Vote

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Nov 072017
 

Election Day is Tuesday, November 7. You can’t complain if you don’t vote!

Educate yourself on the candidates, what they know, what they’ve done, if they’re all talk or people of action.

Voting hours are 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Town offices remain open but schools are closed.

Voting Locations: District 114: Mary L Tracy School

Districts 117 & 119: High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road.

If you are new to town, Click HERE  for a video from 2013 when the new districts were determined. 

District 1 — [Congress District 3, Senate 14, Assembly 114]

District 2 — [Congress District 3, Senate 14, Assembly 117]

District 3 — [Congress District 3, Senate 14, Assembly 119]

 

Log into Orange Live Tonight for full results after the polls close.

 

Debate Question: Case Memorial Library

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Nov 062017
 

The three candidates for first selectman answer a resident submitted question regarding the Case Memorial Library.

This video was shot during a debate at Congregation Or Shalom.

Here is a Link https://youtu.be/3Bu-Ozjnhuw

Still Undecided? Videos: Closing Statements From Recent Debate

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Nov 062017
 

Election Day is tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 7. If you’re still not sure who you should elect as the town’s First Selectman, you have three choices this year.

A couple of weeks ago, the three candidates took part in a debate at Congregation Or Shalom.

Orange Live posted the debate questions and answers online at that time, and now, so everything will be fresh on your mind, we’re offering videos of the closing statements and the answers to residents’ submitted questions.

We’ll begin with the Closing statements… and subsequent postings will include the remaining Q and A.

Alex DeAngelo  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uTLMib36q4

Margaret Novicki  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxarTMIs_6g

Jim Zeoli  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxZUCE9vxeQ

Varsity Sports Schedule So You Don’t Miss A Thing

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Nov 062017
 

This week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedule includes all of your favorite teams.

 

Monday, Nov. 6

Boys Soccer on the road in New Milford at 4 p.m.

Field Hockey in Hamden at 6 p.m.

Girls’ Volleyball at home vs Shelton at 5 p.m.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 7 (Election Day)

Girls Soccer hosts Simsbury in Woodbridge at 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 8

Girls Swimming and Diving State Diving Championships Away at Middletown High School at 5:30 p.m.

 

Thursday, Nov. 9

Unified Sports Soccer Tournament at Wilby High School – Waterbury at 3 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 10 (Veterans Day Observed)

Football vs Hamden at Amity 7 p.m.

 

Saturday, Nov. 11 (Veterans Day)

Boys Cross Country New England Tournament in Belfast, ME

V Girls Swimming and Diving State Swimming Trials at East Hartford High School at 11:30 a.m.

 

NEXT WEEK

Tuesday, Nov. 14

V Girls Swimming and Diving State Swimming Finals at Wesleyan University at 7 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 16

V Girls Swimming and Diving State Open Diving at Middletown High School at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 18

V Girls Swimming and Diving State Open Swimming at Yale 12:00 p.m.

 

And, of course, don’t forget the annual Powder Puff Football Game vs North Haven In North Haven on Monday, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m.