Sign Up Now For The Orange Police Citizen’s Academy

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Mar 112018

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a police officer? Are you curious about what the officers in your community do, and what their jobs are like?

Well, now you can find out- the Orange Police Department is offering a ‘Citizens’ Academy’, where you can participate in an eight-week program that will help you better understand the role of police officers in your community.

Classes will be held on Wednesday nights at Orange PD headquarters from 630p-900p, for eight weeks beginning on May 9, 2018. You must be 18 years or older to attend.

If you would like to enroll, please contact Officer Carolyn Bailey at 203.891.2138 or cbailey@orange-ct.gov

Police: Be Aware Of Car Break-Ins, Lock Your Doors!

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Mar 112018

Over the past few days, the Orange Police Department has had numerous reports of vehicles broken into and two vehicles have been stolen from their driveways.

These thefts have occurred in the overnight to early morning hours, and the common denominator has been that the vehicles that were broken into were unlocked. The vehicles that were stolen had key fobs accessible to the thieves.

Officers were able to view residential surveillance video of some of the perpetrators and their actions. The perpetrators (in this instance) worked in groups, moving from car-to-car in a neighborhood, checking doors to find cars that were unlocked.

When they found an unlocked car, they ransacked the interior for valuables. The cars that had fobs accessible were stolen outright.

The Orange Police Department asks that you lock all of your vehicles and do not leave valuables visible inside a vehicle, even if that vehicle is locked.

If you have any information on these incidents or see any suspicious activity in your neighborhood, call the Orange Police Department 24/7 at 891-2130.

Don’t Forget, You LOSE 1 Hour Of Sleep … Prepare To Be Exhausted

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Mar 102018

Mi Sun says, "Don't forget to change your clocks."

Mi Sun says, “Don’t forget to change your clocks.”

Daylight Savings Time, Farmers Hours, Waking up earlier in the morning than what our bodies have become accustomed to.

A time when depression rates are statistically higher and on the other side of the spectrum: it’s the time when people reacquaint themselves with Mother Nature, start exercising and feel better about themselves.

Daylight Savings Time (DST) begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 11.

Don’t know what you’re supposed to do? Remember this simple rule — Spring Forward; Fall Behind — So before you go to bed set your clocks ahead by 1 hour, (DVD players, Microwaves, cars, etc.) which means you get 1 hour less sleep in the morning if you are on a schedule.

This is one of two times of the year that the Fire Marshal reminds everyone to change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

A Little Background

It was 52 years ago that Congress established the Uniform Time Act of 1966 that stated DST would begin on the last Sunday of April and end on the last Sunday of October. However, states still had the ability to be exempt from DST by passing a local ordinance.

In 1973 DST saved the equivalent in energy of 10,000 barrels of oil each day, but DST still proved to be controversial. Many complained that the dark winter mornings endangered the lives of children going to school.

The DST schedule in the US was revised several times throughout the years.

The current schedule began in 2007 and follows the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which extended the period by about one month where DST starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November.

Boys Hockey: Spartans Defeat Rams, Advance to CIAC Quarterfinal On Friday

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Mar 082018

On Tuesday, March 6, the Amity Spartans hosted the Cheshire Rams in West Haven for the first round CIAC Boys Ice Hockey Tournament game.

First Period

Amity took the lead just 5:57 into the first period with a goal by sophomore Connor Bath, assisted by Jake Silliman and Joey Schittina.

Second Period

The Spartans didn’t waste any time scoring after returning to the ice. Jason Csejka got one in at just 32 seconds, assisted by Jamie Blum.

Third Period

Now 2 points behind, the Rams wanted nothing more than to get on the scoreboard and just 1:17 into the period Benjamin O’Connor took a shot from a blindside and made it past Amity Goalie Tyler Cole, who’d played an excellent game all afternoon.

As the game wound down Jamie Blum made two unassisted goals for the Spartans, the first at with 3:63 left on the clock and again with just 54 seconds remaining.

Amity wins, 4-1 and advances to the quarterfinals on Friday, March 9 at the Milford Ice Pavilion at 6 p.m.

#7 Amity (13-7-1) goes up against #2 Watertown-Pomperaug (17-3-1).

The last time these two teams met was just two weeks ago on Feb. 24, which was Amity’s “Senior Day” Game. Watertown won 6-1, and with that fresh on their minds, the Spartans will be ready for battle and hungry for a victory as they edge their way to the championship title.

NOTE: Ever since their first scrimmage, I’ve been telling Coach Mike Richetelli that these boys were going to the Championship game. Come on Amity, do what I KNOW you can do. stay focused and play hard. and remember DEFENSE! Best of Luck Boys.

Klarides Testifies In Favor of 3D Image Screening For Women

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Mar 082018

House Republican Leader Themis Klarides on Thursday testified before members of the legislature’s Insurance and Real Estate Committee about clarifying insurance codes to make certain that Tomosynthesis, a three-dimensional image screening process, is considered a mammography. Klarides was joined by Dr. Thomas Farquhar, chief of radiology at Hartford Hospital.

In 2016, Klarides got legislation passed that requires insurances companies to cover Tomosynthesis if a patient’s physician deems it necessary. But since then, Klarides has learned that some insurance companies weren’t covering Tomosynthesis because they didn’t consider it a mammography.

The committee’s leadership thanked Klarides for not only pursuing the legislation last year but for coming back this year to make sure it’s done right. Farquhar said the process is more likely to identify breast cancer, and that the test saves lives.

Boys Basketball First Round Division II States: Thomas Leads Amity To Victory

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Mar 082018

On Tuesday night the #9 Amity Spartans Boys Basketball team hosted #24 Hartford Public for the First Round of the CIAC Division II State Tournament.

Amity’s Tyler Thomas was the game’s high scoring player with 30 points.

All of the Spartans towered over Hartford’s three high scoring players —  Jaquan Kins, Josh Colon, and Ferguson Louis — but that didn’t keep these scrappy players from continuously surprising Amity with their often Globetrotter-like moves.

Amity took an 8-point lead in the first quarter and seemed to be well on their way. Hartford had a better second quarter with twice as many points as Amity, narrowing the Spartans’ lead to just 2 points.

The Spartans crushed the third quarter, adding 26 points, enjoying a healthy 16-point lead.

In the fourth-quarter, Hartford came on strong and at one point made 8 points in quick succession. But in the end, Amity was victorious at 72-55. The Spartans advance to the second round.


Points Per Quarter                                             

AMITY                     22   6 26 18—72

HARTFORD PUBLIC 14 12 12 17—55



AMITY                     22  28  54  72

HARTFORD PUBLIC  14  26  38  55

Tyler Thomas 11 6-6 30 (including two 3-pointers, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists), Tanner Thomas 4 1-4 9 (7 rebounds),  Jack Nolan 3 1-1 7 (7 rebounds), Joe Benedetti 3 0-0 6 (9 rebounds), Chris Bierezowiec 3 0-2 6, Cole Wissink 1 2-2 4, James Van Hise 4 2-3. Totals 29 12-19 72.

Hartford Public

Jaquan Kins 6 2-4 16 (two 3-pointers), Josh Colon 5 0-0 12 (two 3-pointers),  Ferguson Louis 3 2-2 8, Mark Fenty 4 0-0 8, Armani Gonzalez 2 0-0 4, Zarques Rodriguez 1 0-0 3 (one 3-pointer), Ismael Moore 1 0-1 2,  Damon Hill 0 2-2 2. Totals 22 6-9 55.


3-Point Field Goals: Hartford Public 5; Amity 2

The Spartans (16-5) are on the road Friday night to face off with Manchester (16-5) in the CIAC second round at 7 p.m.

Let’s Go Spartans, You’ve got this!

Mar 062018

Amity Freshman Cally Dixon, A member of the Blades Girls Ice Hockey Team (#17) has been named to the 2017-18 CHSGHA

Ferraro Seeks Third Term 

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Mar 062018

State Representative RE (R-117) announced he is seeking to continue the important work of resolving the state’s financial crisis and advocating for the residents of Milford, Orange, and West Haven.

“Right now my focus is on the legislative session and preventing Governor Malloy from pushing more taxes through.” said Representative Ferraro. “I joined my Republican colleagues’ last session and showed that we can pass a state budget that starts to restore our state’s economy and doesn’t rely on increased taxes. Allowing a tire tax, a restaurant tax, and tolls to go through now will set us back drastically. ”

Since 2014, Rep. Ferraro has championed legislation helping veterans, small business owners, individuals with intellectual disabilities, first responders, and reformed the affordable housing regulations. Ferraro also supported a historic bipartisan budget passed last year that implemented a real bonding and spending cap.

“In 2014 I went to Hartford and hit the ground running,” said Rep. Ferraro. “By working across the aisle I was able to pass legislation that helped taxpayers in our communities and legislation that will reform our state government. I am proud of what I have been able to accomplish in such a short period of time, but we still have a lot of work to do. I will not stop until our economy is firing on all cylinders and taxes are reduced.”

Rep. Ferraro is the ranking member of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee and serves on the legislature’s Human Services and Energy and Technology Committees. Ferraro owns West Haven Academy of Karate, Inc. and oversees more than 70 karate schools in the United States and 30 in South America.

Once the current session has been completed, Charles will be out in the community speaking with voters to discuss the past legislative session and understand your concerns. Ferraro says his door is always open and can be reached at 203-410- 3207 or cferraro04@snet.net. He encourages residents to follow his campaign on Facebook @ReelectFerraro or on his website www.ReelectFerraro.com.

Cohen Chosen To Receive The O’Sullivan Award

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Mar 062018

The Orange Democrats are honoring Sue Cohen, a longtime member of the Board of Education for her years of service to the community with the O’Sullivan Award.

The presentation will take place at the 4th Annual O’Sullivan Award Dinner at Birchwoods at Oak Lane, 1027 Racebrook Road, Woodbridge, on Tuesday, March 27 at 6 p.m.

The event includes hors d’oeuvres, and dinner followed by the program and dessert (cash bar).

Dinner choices are Prime Rib or Chicken Francaise (Vegetarian option is available upon request).

Cost is $65 per person. RSVP with dinner choice by March 19 t Mary Welander at marywelander@gmail.com or call 802-522-9297.

Make checks payable to “Orange Democratic Town Committee” and mail to O’Sullivan Award Dinner, c/o Mary Welander, 377 Dogwood Road, Orange, CT 06477.

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Who’s In The Mood For Snow?

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Mar 052018

Here are a couple of early weather forecasts for the mid-week snowstorm.

First, from Kevin Arnone, our friend and trusted meteorologist from exactweathernow

As one Nor’easter departs, another approaches from the west. Who turned Winter back on? The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the entire state of Connecticut which will likely be updated to a Winter Storm Warning over the next 24 hours.

Our weather computer models are in good agreement with another storm to move in as early as Wednesday morning and last into Thursday morning. However, this one will be a little different than the last. The wind will not be as strong, coastal flooding will not be as big as an issue and heavy rain won’t be an issue. That all sounds great of course but there’s more cold air to tap into, which means more snow.

I’m expecting 25-35+ MPH gusts during the peak of the storm (Wednesday late afternoon into the evening) and tides to run a little higher than normal but nothing like what we just saw.

Flakes will start to fly as early as Wednesday morning, the heaviest of the snow falls during the late afternoon into the evening. Snowfall rates over an inch an hour are possible, especially in Northern CT. Snow tapers off before sunrise on Thursday.

An early call for snowfall totals is 4 to 8 inches statewide with a little less in SE CT and along the shoreline too because of mixing with rain. Early dismissals from school are likely Wednesday with cancellations Thursday.

And here’s some additional information from the National Weather Service

Heaviest snow expected Wednesday afternoon into early Thursday morning. The Wednesday evening rush hour is expected to be significantly impacted where precipitation is falling as heavy snow.

Travel could be very difficult where precipitation remains heavy snow with the potential for 2 to 3 inch per hour snowfall rates. Significant reductions in visibility are possible.

This will be a wet snow, especially just northwest of the rain/snow line which may result in downed trees and scattered power outages.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS: A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.