Orange Police: Woman Charged With Fifth-Degree Larceny

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Jul 202018

Orange Police responded to a complaint of a shoplifting in progress at the Target store, 25 Boston Post Road on July 17 at 2:30 p.m.

During the investigation, officers learned that Wendy Shaw, 36, of New Haven allegedly had attempted to take $733.69 worth of merchandise without paying for it.

Shaw was taken into custody and charged with fifth-degree larceny and possession of less than a half an ounce of marijuana.

She was held on $500 non-surety bond for court July 18.


Change the Date – Orange Senior Summer Picnic On August 21

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Jul 202018

Senior Services Coordinator Dennis Marsh, announced this week that he had to change the date for this year’s Summer Picnic.

The new date is Tuesday, Aug. 21 (rain date, Wednesday, Aug 22), from 5 to 8 p.m.

As in previous years, the event will take place under the pavilion at the Orange Fairgrounds.

Jose Paulo will perform.

Tickets are available at the Community Services Office at High Plains for only $20.

“Thank you to the Orange Lions for cooking and serving over the years,” Marsh said. “Thank
you to Bob’s Discount Furniture for sponsoring!”

Griffin Hospital Offers Free Smoking Cessation Starting Aug. 1

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Jul 192018

Griffin Hospital offers free education, advice, and support to help individuals prepare to quit smoking with its four-week smoking cessation program starting Aug. 1.

“That’s It – Learn to Quit” teaches a variety of methods to help individuals quit smoking. The program consists of Wednesday night meetings from 5:30-7 p.m. scheduled for Aug.1, 8, 15 and 22 at the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital, 350 Seymour Ave., Derby. There also is a “reunion” for graduates of the program on Aug. 29 at 5:30 p.m. in the Center.

“The goal of the program is to help you learn how to quit,” said program co-coordinatorRichard Le Pera. “There are different methods of quitting and managing nicotine withdrawal. If one method didn’t work for you in the past we’ll help you understand all your options.”

Through group discussion and interactive activities, participants learn how to develop a quit plan that addresses their personal behaviors and habits. Strategies to manage nicotine withdrawal, behaviors, triggers, and urges are discussed as well as weight control and stress management.

Participants must be prepared to attend all four sessions.

To register for “That’s It – Learn to Quit,” call 203-732-7106.

Representatives Klarides and Davis Address Malloy’s Proposed Toll Study

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Jul 192018

Following is a letter sent to Gov. Malloy after he announced plans to pay for a study to bring tolls back to CT. (As you may know Malloy is NOT seeking re-election and the toll decision will be made after he is gone for good.)

Dear Governor Malloy,

We write to urge you to reconsider your proposed use of taxpayer dollars to fund a study of tolls.

Advocates for tolls in the current General Assembly have been unable to garner enough votes to allow tolls back into Connecticut. As you well know, the composition of the General Assembly and the governor’s office will be different in a few short months. The planning and preparation for tolls as described in your recent Executive Order, including environmental analysis, implies that the return of tolls is inevitable. The reality is that the coming election casts even greater doubt on the likelihood of tolls gaining sufficient support.

Your proposal to spend $10 million of taxpayer money on a study of tolls without approval from the legislature is a blatant circumvention of our Democratic process. It is also a complete waste of money that could be used to actually improve roads, fix bridges, and, generally, to address our transportation infrastructure needs – an undertaking that is supported by the legislature as a whole.

While we may not know the granular details of a plan for tolls, the preamble of your Executive Order identifies the financial challenge of the Special Transportation Fund and the state’s transportation infrastructure. We know that tolls cannot legally be implemented solely at our state borders to catch non-resident travelers. Tolls will be spread throughout the state, impacting every commuter and costing residents hundreds of millions of dollars.

For us, as Republicans, that is enough to know that we need to find another way to pay for the necessary improvements in our transportation infrastructure. Fortunately, as you are well aware, we have developed an alternative to tolls. We have shared all of the details of our plan with you and your fellow Democrats. The concept is fairly simple: Under your administration, General Obligation borrowing has increased dramatically. Our plan would take the recent increased funding for general purposes and, instead, dedicate the funding to cover the cost of transportation borrowing.

Therefore, we are urging you to reconsider your proposal to seek a $10 million bond allocation for a study of tolls at the next State Bond Commission meeting. Please do not include this as an item on the agenda. Again, there will be a new legislature and a new Governor six months from tomorrow. Let them determine whether or not the state should bring back tolls.

Republicans have begun the process of obtaining signatures for a petition to bring the legislature in for a special session in the event that the Bond Commission approves this item. We hope that enough Democrats will join us in supporting a special session to pass a bill that will prevent your administration from spending any additional money evaluating a plan for tolls.


Representative Themis Klarides, House Republican Leader Ranking Member

Representative Christopher Davis, Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee

Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival Raffle: You Can’t Win If You Don’t Buy A Ticket!

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Jul 192018

For the first time in quite a while, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department was allowed to mail raffle tickets through the US Postal Service. They sent them out a month or so ago, so everyone should have received them by now. If you have your tickets, don’t forget to fill them out and send them back with your payment (Still a bargain at only $5 each)

During the years when the Postal Service prohibited them from sending the tickets out, the OVFD was down thousands of dollars in its usual Carnival income, which greatly affected the department and all the dedicated men and women who volunteer their time to serve the community.

The Firemen’s Carnival is the department’s major fundraiser of the year and the majority of the money comes from the raffle ticket sales. The OVFD depends upon these funds to pay for equipment and training so it can offer the town of Orange the very best service possible.

For decades, raffle prizes were things you could see right there under the raffle tent. Riding mowers, leaf blowers, etc, but as the times changed, so did the type of prizes that are donated for the cause.

And who wouldn’t want to win just about any one of these eleven prizes?

Here’s this year’s list:

1st Prize – $7,000 Visa Gift Card – People’s Bank

2nd Prize – $3,500 Visa Gift Card – People’s Bank

3rd Prize – $3,000 Visa Gift Card – People’s Bank

4th Prize – $2,500 Gift Certificate – Anytime Fitness, 560 Boston Post Road, Orange (Orange Location ONLY)

5th Prize – $1,200 Gift Certificate – Diamond Designs, 500 Boston Post Road, Orange

6th Prize – Apple iPad WiFi, 128GB – Best Buy, 53 Boston Post Road, Orange

7th Prize – $400 Gift Card – ShopRite, 935 Boston Post Road, Milford

8th Prize – $350 Gift Card – Exxon Quick Shop, 404 Boston Post Road, Orange

9th Prize – $250 Gift Card – Knight’s, Inc, 286 Boston Post Road, Orange

10th Prize – $200 Gift Card – Shell Fuel, 380 Boston Post Road, Orange

11th Prize – Gift Certificate to Yale-New Haven Open at Yale Tennis Tournament

*** How To Purchase Tickets***

People’s Bank, 653 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT

First Selectman’s Office
Orange Town Hall
M-F 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Knight’s Power Equipment
286 Boston Post Road
M-F 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM; Saturday 8:30 AM – 12 Noon

Chip’s Family Restaurant
321 Boston Post Road
7 days a week, 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Orange Firemen’s Carnival
Orange Fairgrounds
During Carnival Hours

* Contact your local firefighter

Drawing to be held on Sunday, August 5th, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT

Alcoholic beverages not included

Tickets $5.00/Each Suggested Donation


Come To The Farmers’ Market Today

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Jul 192018

The Orange Community Farmers’ Market is open for the summer. The event runs on Thursdays until September 27 under the Pavilion at the Orange Fairgrounds, High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road in Orange. Market hours are from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Note: there is no market on August 2 or September 13.

There will be many full-time vendors and part-time vendors selling their farm-grown products including vegetables, fruit, meats, baked goods, honey, pasta, soaps, crafts, pet food and more! Farms from the local area will be present; including Grassy Hill, Laurel Glen, Mapleview, North Pease, Oronoque, and Shamrock.

Other vendors include Braids by Britt, Durante’s Pasta, Kind Cactus, Lizzie’s Corner, Mill Pond Essentials, Sweet Seidner’s, and Vic’s Guac Shop and food trucks include Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale, Zuppardi’s and Tipsey Cones. This year, a few guest vendors are added to the schedule. Harper Keehn Knife Sharpening will be attending on July 26. Be sure to save the date and bring your knives, tools etc. that need sharpening.

The following bands are scheduled to perform under the Gazebo beginning at 6:30 p.m. Frantic City on August 9 and Fools on the Hill on August 23.

In addition, instrumentalists will perform under the Pavilion. Matthew Popp is scheduled to perform on September 6 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Shop at the Market, enjoy the food, stay for the bands and come back often!

If it rains the Farmer’s Market will be open as scheduled, but the band performance will be postponed until the following week.

Please check the website at www.FarmMarketOrange.com for additional information or call 203-891-1045.

Upcoming Events At The Case Memorial Library

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Jul 192018

Case Memorial Library

The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, offers the following upcoming activities in the next couple of weeks.

Books & Breakfast
Tuesday, July 24, 10 a.m.
Join Books & Breakfast leader Carol Davidson for a discussion of A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline. Refreshments will be served.

Internet Basics
Tuesday, July 24, 10:30 a.m.
Are you an internet novice in need of more information? In this class, you’ll learn basic internet terminology and how to navigate a browser, locate a website, identify common domains and stay safe while searching. Registration is required.


Mystery Book Discussion Group
Thursday, July 26, 7 p.m.
The Passenger by Lisa Lutz: Forty-eight hours after leaving her husband’s body at the base of the stairs, Tanya Dubois cashes in her credit cards, dyes her hair brown, demands a new name from a shadowy voice over the phone, and flees town. It’s not the first time … Discussion led by Librarian Samantha Jasulavic.  Check for copies at the Circulation Desk.


Teen Craft: Sushi Candles
Friday, July 27, 2 p.m.
Roll your own California roll beeswax candles. For teens entering grades 6-12.


Sound Explorers
Monday, July 30, 2 p.m.
Get a new spin on the science of sound with Matthew Cantello!  We’ll make instruments from recycled materials, engage in unique sound science experiments, try out group movement, create “sound stories”, and play listening games to awaken a sense of wonder with the experience of sound and music in our lives.  This event is fully booked, but you may register to join the waiting list.

Teen STEM Craft: Spin Art Machines
Saturday, August 4, 2 p.m.
Learn simple circuitry to build and use a working spin art machine. For students entering grades 6-12.


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

call 203-891-2170


Orange Police: Two Commercial Burglaries Reported In June

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Jul 192018

The Orange Police Department had a very busy month in June 2018.

Here are the statistics:

During the month of June, Orange Police responded to 3,145 Calls for Service

Two Commercial Burglaries were reported.

On Thursday, June 7, someone forced open a door at Natura Nails, 477 Boston Post Road and took a small amount of loose change. (Hardly worth the risk of getting a criminal record)

On Thursday, June 14, someone attempted to break into the Exotic Birds shop at 501 Boston Post Road, but did not gain entry.

Among the calls were: 136 Medical Emergencies, 32 Shoplifting/Larcenies, 22 Fights/Disturbances, 118 Activated Burglar Alarms, and 0 Robberies. 

The traffic division reported 173 Motor Vehicle Citations Issued, 95 Traffic Accidents, and 11 Arrest for DWI.

Officers made 33 Criminal Arrests.




Former State Senator Win Smith Jr. Endorses Pam Staneski

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Jul 192018

Former State Senator Win Smith Jr. today came out in full support of Pam Staneski in her bid to be the Republican nominee for State Senate in the 14th Senate District of Milford, Orange, West Haven and Woodbridge. 

“I’ve known Pam for many years and she is someone we need at the State Capitol, who will advocate our for families and district businesses to help turn Connecticut’s economy around,” said Win Smith. 

“One thing is clear, Pam is always prepared and willing to listen,” said Smith. As an example, I remember when she was first elected to the House, she made it her mission to educate herself on the shellfishing industry in Milford. She met with the industry, heard how they contribute to the local economy and went out in the boat to observe for a day. Pam brought that experience to the State Capitol and proposed legislation to promote and protect our local shellfishing economy.” 
Smith also discussed how Pam has fought for the taxpayers, “Pam has stood up to Gov. Malloy and stopped his harmful cuts to education and plans to bring tolls back to state highways. There is no greater friend and ally for the 14th Senate District than Pam Staneski.” 
Win Smith Jr. served as the State Senator for the 14th Senate District from 1993 to 2005.

Evening For The Arts Gala Features The Broadway Boys — September 8

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Jul 182018

The Broadway Boys, a collection of the hottest male voices direct from the New York stage, headlines the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation’s 16th Annual Evening for the Arts Gala Benefit on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

The performance is part of The Evening for the Arts Gala, benefitting the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the educational enrichment and professional development of young artists and early career professionals, created in the memory of Orange, Conn. resident Jamie Alaine Hulley.

The performance begins at 7 p.m. and is preceded by an Evening for the Arts reception at 6 p.m., which includes complimentary wine and beer, a dessert bar and silent and live auctions. Tickets are available through the Quick Center Box Office: (203) 254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396. Tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the door.

The Broadway Boys features six handsome, talented vocalists who have performed in the biggest hits on Broadway including Hamilton, Rent, Mamma Mia, Jersey Boys, The Lion King, Kinky Boots, and many more.  Their set list features classic and contemporary Broadway hits presented in a fresh, new way by adding elements of Pop, Funk, Gospel and Jazz.  Their captivating harmonies truly transports their audience to “a new Broadway.” In addition to their extensive New York City stage credits, The Broadway Boys have toured nationally across the U.S. and throughout Europe.  In addition to two studio albums, “The Lullaby of Broadway” and “Hark!” The Broadway Boys are about to release a third entitled, “A New Broadway,” which will feature the iconic song, For Good from Broadway’s smash hit, Wicked, dedicated to Jamie.

“A Broadway Boys performance is like an exhilarating journey through eight decades of musical theater all rolled into one spectacular evening.” said Judy Primavera, co-founder and president of the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation. “There is something for everyone—excellent entertainment, yummy desserts, and a wide array of ‘must have’ auction and raffle items to bring home.”  There are chances to win Delta skybox seats to the red-hot Yankees vs. Blue Jays, September 14 game, theatre tickets, sports & Marvel comics memorabilia, gift cards, spa packages, and baskets of goodies.

The Gala also showcases the talents of young aspiring performers involved in the foundation’s programs at Square Foot Theatre in Wallingford, Amity High School’s Creative Theatre, and Broadway Method Academy in Fairfield. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening is Jared Andrew Brown, Artistic Director of Square Foot Theatre with Amity Creative Theatre’s Rob Kennedy & Kimberly Jenna Simon, and Broadway Method Academy’s Connor Deane & J. Scott Handley serving as co-hosts.

The Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the educational enrichment and professional development of young artists and early career professionals, was founded to celebrate the life of Orange, Conn. resident Jamie Alaine Hulley. All proceeds from the Gala are dedicated to scholarships, educational programs and grants in the arts throughout Connecticut especially in the greater New Haven and Fairfield counties.  Since the foundation’s creation in 2002, nearly $800,000 in scholarships and grants have been awarded which have touched the lives of thousands of area youth each year.

For information on the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, visit www.jamiehulleyartsfund.org, call (203) 891-8869, or email: jamieart@snet.net.