Dietch Ready To Face Off Against Zeoli

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Jul 162019

On Tuesday night, July 16, the Orange Democrats unanimously voted Jody Dietch as their nominee for First Selectman.  

Here is the context of her acceptance speech:

I am honored to stand here before you to accept the nomination as the Democratic nominee for the First Selectman of the Town of Orange, a town that I have lived in nearly my entire life.

I moved to Orange when I was 4 years old and attended Race Brook School, then Amity Junior High School, as it was called then, and I graduated from Amity Regional High School.  Coincidentally, these are the same schools my sons, Howie and Mike, also attended and graduated from.  Yes, I am a product of our great public school system.

I attended Keene State College where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and minored in business. I then went on to graduate from American University’s Kogod School of Business in Washington, DC with a Master’s Degree in Public Relations. For the past 12 years, I have been an Executive Director in the non-profit sector.  Recently, I became a trained mediator through the Quinnipiac University Law School’s Center on Dispute Resolution.

After I got married, my husband, Jeff, and I moved back to Orange in 2001.  I became involved in the Race Brook PTA serving on the Playground Committee and eventually the executive board as Co-President with Jackie Esposito.  I went on to serve two elected terms on the Orange Board of Education in a bi-partisan manner. 

As a former owner of the Little White House Learning Center in Milford, I understand the importance of early childhood education.  During my time as the owner of Little White House, I joined Kids Count of Milford, which among many things, offers scholarships for children to attend preschool, because we know how important preschool is to a child’s future success.  I eventually served as its president, as well.

After leaving the Orange Board of Education, I became more involved in the Orange Democratic Town Committee serving in various capacities including Treasurer, secretary and, currently, chair.  My desire to serve my town is what has driven me to work diligently in these positions.

I have often considered a run for First Selectman, and as they say, timing is everything.  It is time to move Orange into the future, while respecting our past.  But our farming past is not the basis for our future.  Nearly every year that the current Republican First Selectman and his administration have been in office, our taxes have increased.  We need to look at more ways to control expenses including, but certainly not limited to, sharing resources with our neighboring towns. Yes, we do some of that now but there is more to be done.

We need to look at alternatives for the large empty big box stores that haunt the east end of Route 1 where LA Fitness, Lowe’s and Sam’s used to be. It is time to resurrect the Post Road Study Committee to present new ideas that will help lead us into the next decade with significant economic development and not economic stagnation.

Over several elections, we have talked about helping our seniors stay in their homes but what has been done to help them? My parents moved in with me recently.  I understand the challenges our seniors face. It took the campaign 2 years ago of Democrat Margaret Novicki to get new chairs at the High Plains Senior Center.  It is time to look at meaningful ways to work with our seniors and not just provide them with lip service.

We need better communication and transparency in government.  How is it our Orange Community Nursery school didn’t even know they were going to be forced out of their home last year?  They heard about it second hand. That is unacceptable.  Why was our pool not ready for our paying campers this summer? Our First Selectman needs to be on top of these situations and pay attention to issues that affect our residents.

Orange is a great town and I think we can make it better. We need to be a sustainable community.  Our current administration doesn’t even talk about ways to help the environment.  We need to make Orange green.  I want the residents of Orange to work with the administration to make this a reality and become a Sustainable Town.

I ask you to join me over the next 3 ½ months to work to elect this slate for the future of the Town of Orange.  I humbly accept your nomination as the Democratic candidate for First Selectman and ask you to be with me on this journey to victory November 5th.

The 2019 Summer Concerts Under The Gazebo Schedule

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Jul 162019

Four more bands are scheduled for the summer Concerts under the Gazebo this year.

Each concert will take place on a specific Thursday evening beginning at 6 p.m.

These performances include:

Fools on the Hill on July 18, Al n Sal Duo on July 25, Bad Moon Risin’ on August 8, and the Vybrations on August 22.

Bring a chair or blanket and a few friends for these great shows brought to you by the folks at the Orange Community Services.

Don’t forget, the Orange Farmer’s Market will be under the pavilion from 3:30 to 7 p.m. And some food trucks will be on-site so you can enjoy dinner before the concerts, too.

Don’t Forget To Pay Your Taxes!

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Jul 162019

Tax bills were mailed the last week of June, the first installment is due Monday, July 1, 2019.

The final day to pay without interest or penalty will be Thursday, August 1,  2019.

Payments will not be accepted or processed until July 1, 2019.  Ct. State Statute 12‐163. If you want a  receipt, bring the entire three-part tax bill. Payments by mail require a self-addressed stamped envelope along with the entire three-part bill.

Tax bills may be paid online, on the Town of Orange website; there is a fee associated.

Summer Workshops For Small Business Owners, Interested Participants

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Jul 162019

The Orange Chamber of Commerce shared this list of workshops for small business owners — none of them are in Orange.

Entrepreneurship in 3 Easy Steps!

This workshop series lays the groundwork for helping new and aspiring entrepreneurs launch a business idea and understand the steps to building a business that is credit ready. The information is laid out simply in three modules. Come to all three or attend the one that fits your needs. The three modules focus on:

  1. 7/12 – READY: Basics of Business Startup (Covers what you need to consider and prepare for in the early stages)
  2. 7/19 – SET: Essentials of becoming credit-ready (Where to get money; five C’s of Credit; how to prepare a business loan application)
  3. 7/26 – GO: How and where to find additional small business support and educational resources. (SBA District Office, SCORE, SBDC, Center for Women & Enterprise, Veteran’s Centers)

Place: New Britain Public Library, 20 High St. New Britain, CT 06051

Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm

Register: Aubrey Muscaro, (860) 224-3155 ext.155

Women’s Business Development Council hosts Community Coffee / Café con la Comunidad – July 23

WBDC invites you to coffee or tea and treats so we can share experiences, challenges, and explore ideas for how we might support organizations and businesses owned by the Latino community of Southeastern CT. As a community leader, your perspective is valuable and we want to understand where there are challenges and exciting opportunities for us to help with the free programs and tools we have available.

Comience el día con una dosis de cafeína y una multitud de grandes conexiones para aumentar el impacto que podemos tener juntos en nuestra comunidad!

WBDC te invita a un café o té y refrigerios para que podamos compartir experiencias, desafíos, y explorer ideas de como podemos ayudar y apoyar a los dueños de organizaciones y negocios de la comunidad Latina del Sureste de CT. Como líderes de la comunidad Hispana, su perspectiva es valiosa y queremos entender dónde hay desafios y oportundidades para poderle ayudar con los programas e instrumentos completamente gratuitos que podemos ofrecerle.  

Date: Tuesday, July 23

Time: 8:30am-10:00am

Place: WBDC, 300 State St. Ste., 419, New London, CT

RSVP: (860) 574-9246

Yes, There IS A Full Moon Today

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Jul 162019

This month’s full moon at 5:38 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16, is known as the Full Buck Moon. At this time, a buck’s antlers are in full growth mode.

This Full Moon was also known as the Thunder Moon because thunderstorms are so frequent during this month. Thunder Moon, a tribute from the Algonquin to a time of year when spectacular electrical storms rake the northern forests.

The Chinese deserve credit for an equally ominous name. The moon coincides with the Hungry Ghost Festival, a time when the living honor the dead by leaving food and drink to the ancestors. Their name? The Moon of the Hungry Ghosts.

In medieval England, the moon had a more cheerful connotation. Crops were nearing harvest and if the fields were tall and healthy, the farmers went out to celebrate with their favorite drink, a fermented mixture of honey, malt, yeast and water (an acquired taste).

Today farmers might call it The Beer Moon, but back then the growers knew it as the Mead Moon.

Back In The Saddle Again

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Jul 162019

When my work computer started acting up I knew I had to get it fixed immediately.

I brought it over to PCW on the Boston Post Road and it was quickly diagnosed and repaired.

I know Orange Live has been a bit quiet – believe me it bothers ME TOO!

But thanks to Omar at PCW, I’m back in the saddle again and ready and able to post.

There was a house fire on Turkey Hill Road on Saturday night. I requested information from the Public Information Officer and he has yet to respond, but I heard no one was home at the time and a dog may have died. I can’t confirm though. If this is the case, my deepest sympathy to the family.


It’s Happening At The Library

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Jul 162019

The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, Orange, offers the following events this month.


Color War
Tuesday, July 16, 3:30 p.m.
Prepare to get messy! Tweens will be playing an epic game of capture the flag with color powder, which will be used to “color-tag” the other teams! This program will take place on the lawn behind the library, and is open to tweens entering grades 4-6. Registration is required. Parents must sign their tween up in the Children’s Room. Registration cannot be completed over the phone or online. If you have any questions, please call the library at 203-891-2170.

Oscar Film: Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Wednesday, July 17, 1 p.m.
When Lee Israel falls out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception.1 hr. 46 min. R.

Beardsley Zoomobile
Thursday, July 18, 1 p.m.
For children ages 3-5.  Meet and touch amazing animals, plus examine rare artifacts!  Registration is required.


Mystery Book Discussion
Thursday, July 18, 7 p.m.

Join Librarian Samantha Jasulavic for a discussion of I Found You by Lisa Jewell.

Teen Craft: Paper Flowers
Friday, July 19, 3 p.m.
For students entering grades 7-12. Make your own colorful crepe paper poppies.

Chess Club
Tuesday, July 23, 3:45 p.m.
Come join our chess club! This club is open to beginners and experienced players. During our meetings, children and tweens will be able to learn about this strategic board game and play against other club members. Feel free to bring your own chess board as the library has a small supply. For children and tweens in grades 1-6. Registration is required. Click below, stop by the Children’s Room or call the Library to sign up!


Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register.

Phone: 203-891-2170

Garden Tour Scheduled For July 25

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Jul 102019

The Stone-Otis House herb garden.

Come and see the lovely gardens at the Stone-Otis House, at the corner of Orange Center Road and Tyler City Road, on Thursday, July 25 from 4-6 p.m.

The Garden Club of Orange will host tours of the expansive gardens that they have worked so hard to keep weed-free and beautiful for several years.
The Victorian Era Stone-Otis House also will be opened for tours with members of the Orange Historical Society on-hand to show you around.
Light refreshments will be served.
These tours have become a favorite event for many residents and visitors who enjoy the beauty of dozens of strategically planted flowers and learning about the uses of the herbs in the special garden plot found directly behind the home.
Don’t miss it! They’re only there for two hours, and it’s well worth the trip.

Vendors Sought For Annual Event

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Jul 092019

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Community Services is looking for local businesses and service providers for the 18th Annual Orange Senior Health and Safety Fair on Friday, September 27, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the High Plains Community Center Gym, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange.

Early bird registration by August 5, 2019, is $85, after that, the fee is $90 a table for businesses and free to nonprofit providers with a 501(c)3 designation.  Final registration is due by September 13.  The event is free to the public. 

All proceeds from this event will go to the Community Assistance Fund.  All of our programs, activities, events, and offerings are self-generated solely from fees and donations.

For more information or to reserve a table please contact Joan Cretella, Dennis Marsh or Denise Stein at Community Services 203-891-4788

We ask your support to maintain these vital programs

Thank you,

Joan Cretella Director of Orange Community Services

Police Blotter: Florida Man Passed Bad Checks

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Jul 092019

On Monday, July 8, Connecticut State Police contacted the Orange Police Department regarding having Jonathan X. Velez, 30, of Bradenton FL (a wanted person from the Town of Orange) in custody. 

Orange Police confirmed the active arrest warrant and the CT State Police transported him to the Orange Police Department at 4:40 p.m.   

According to the report, Velez was wanted for Issuing Bad Checks and fifth-degree larceny, stemming from an incident at Greyson’s Guns that occurred on Jan. 2, 2016 incident.  He was taken into custody and charged.

Velez posted $500 bond and released with a court date of July 22.