Voters Serious About This Presidential Election

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Nov 082016

dsc09799Voter turnout in Orange was steady all day on Tuesday.

By noon, about 1,000 voters had come in to cast their ballots at the District 2 location (High Plains Gymnasium).

The polls close at 8 p.m.

Orange Live will publish the local results as soon as they are made available.


Many residents worked the polls in Orange's 3 district voting locations today.

Many residents worked the polls in Orange’s 3 district voting locations today.

You’re Invited To A “Summers Night” Fundraiser

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Jul 122016

Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 1.39.09 PMThe Orange Republican Town Committee (ORTC) will host a “Summers Night” fundraiser on Thursday, July 14 at the Marino’s house 830 Bayberry Lane, Orange at 7 p.m.

Join them for an evening of “all you can eat” pizza from the amazing Reno’s Pizza Truck along with fine wine, beer and dessert.

The evening will be filled with music, an outdoor fire pit and more.

The cost is $75 per person. Checks can be made payable to the ORTC and mailed to Deb Marino at 657 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT 06477.

For more info, call Deb Marino at 203-214-7008.

Reservations by Sunday, July 10.

Fireworks Are Still Illegal and Dangerous: Read on, Orange

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Jun 292016

It’s that time of year again, people have already begun lighting up fireworks in Orange, as the Fourth of July approaches, fireworks vendors are beginning to sell their wares.

Sparklers are dangerous, they can reach a temperature of 1,800 degrees and burn your hands and/or clothing.

We all look forward to the summer weather and celebrating the opportunity to be outdoors at picnics, barbecues, and other events.  At many of these gatherings, the use of fireworks, both legal and illegal, is on the rise. When used legally and safely by professionals, fireworks can be enjoyed.  Unfortunately, numerous incidents of injuries, fatalities or accidental fires caused by the private use of fireworks are reported each year across the United States.

Orange Fire Marshal Tim Smith reminds residents that the State of Connecticut made it legal for any person sixteen (16) years of age or older to possess, sell, or use any sparkling device.  Use of any type of sparkling device by a person under the age of 16 is illegal.

NO OTHER TYPES OF FIREWORKS ARE LEGAL UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF PUBLIC ACT 00-198!  This includes, but is not limited to, devices known as “M-80’s,” “Cherry Bombs,” “Bottle Rockets,” and any device that is explosive or aerial such as ground displays or roman candles.  While the use of sparkling devices is legal in Connecticut, they can be dangerous if not used properly.

The Orange Fire Marshal’s Office asks that you remember the following safety guidelines.

•   When handling a sparkling device, wear protective goggles and gloves.  Sparklers can reach temperatures of up to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit once they are lit and many burns and eye injuries have been reported as a result of improper use.

•    Do not use ANY open flame devices when dry ground conditions are present.  The Fire Danger Level is available at their website, www.orangefiremarshal.com or by calling the Fire Marshal’s Office at 891-4711.

•   Be aware of your surroundings.  Be sure others are a safe distance away before igniting any sparkling device.  Do not use them at public events such as carnivals, fairs, or concerts where large groups are gathered.


•    Always have a source of extinguishment.  A garden hose or fire extinguisher can quickly  put out a small fire before it gets out of control, only if it is close by.  Anytime there is a fire or other emergency, do not hesitate to call 911.  A delay in a call can make a tragic difference in the outcome.

The local and state fire officials want everyone to enjoy the summer season.  Please keep these tips in mind to ensure that it is a safe one.  If you would like more

information, call the Orange Fire Marshal’s Office  Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at 891-4711.

Internet Safety Seminar In Orange on Tuesday

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Jan 112016

A Message to Amity Parents:

Amity Middle School Orange will be hosting our second installment of Amity Parent University. The session, for parents, will address Internet Safety, and is presented by Scott Driscoll of Internet Safety Concepts. The session will take place on January 12, 2016, from 6:30pm – 8:00pm, in the Amity Middle School Orange Gymnasium. We thank the PTOs from AMSO and the Orange Elementary Schools for their support in presenting this session.

Amity Regional School District No. 5's photo.
Amity Regional School District No. 5's photo.

Open House: 4 Bedroom On Cul-De-Sac, Sunday from 1- 3 p.m.

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Jan 092016

432 Luba Drive

482 Luba Drive

See what you can get for $444,900. Open House, 482 Luba Drive, Sunday, Jan. 10, 1-3 p.m. 

4 BR, 3.1 baths, remodeled kitchen, 1st fl family room, new well, new septic, newer roof & furnace.

Cul de sac location.

Turkey Hill to Deer Run to Luba. 

Denise Mirto will be there to give you a tour.

Tell Denise you saw this on Orange Live.

New Titles Offered At the Case Memorial Library

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Jan 062016

library booksThe Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road now offers the following DVD movie, Audiobook and music CD titles.

Movies on DVD

Magic Mike XXL

Marvel Avengers: Age of Ultron

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl


Mr. Holmes


Sleepy Hollow, Season 1



Welcome to Me


Bock, Laszlo – Work Rules!  (658.4)

Clark, Mary Higgins – All Dressed in White

Connelly, Michael – The Crossing

Grisham, John – Rogue Lawyer

Lagercrantz, David – The Girl in the Spider’s Web

Morton, Kate – The Lake House

Patterson, Richard North – The Spire

Scottoline, Lisa – Corrupted


Adele – 25  (Popular)

Bon Jovi – Burning Bridges  (Rock)

Debussy, Claude – Preludes; Francesco Piemontesi, piano  (Classical)

5 Seconds of Summer – Sounds Good Feels Good  (Rock)

Henley, Don – Cass County  (Rock)

Jerry Garcia Band – Garcialive, Vol. 5  (Rock)

Pentatonix – Pentatonix  (Popular)

Silversun Pickups – Better Nature  (Rock)

Thompson, Richard – Still  (Rock)

Vivaldi, Antonio – Il Teatro alla Moda  (Classical)

Wake Up For The Chilly Chili Run

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Jan 012016


Following is a press release from the Amity Teen Center:

Come and celebrate New Year’s Day in Orange at the 2016 People’s United Bank “Chilly Chili Run” to benefit the Amity Teen Center.

The 2016 event will mark the 19th running of the Race. The 5K (3.1 miles) Run and 2-Mile Fitness Walk will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the High Plains Community Center on Orange Center Road.

All participants will be treated to a “hot chili brunch” after the Race.

The Chilly Chili Run is also known as the Showcase for 90- year- old Legends who Run, Compete, Inspire. In 2011 we were the first official 5K Race in the United States to have three 90+ year olds run and finish the Race.

This year so far we have three nonagenarians who have registered to run: Don Osborne, 94, from Branford, who has run the “Chilly Chili Run” for the past several years. We will be honored to have him here again in 2016.

The other two gentlemen, Sid Skolnick and Herman Bershstein, have celebrated their 90th birthday this year and will be elevated to this elite racing category. Both of them live in Hamden and have known each other for years.

Herman’s sons and grandchildren are runners, as well. These gentlemen are all such an inspiration to

Once again, the Honorary Chairman will be Jim Zeoli. Last year’s race had more than 500 participants and the Chilly Chili Run t-shirt was voted the favorite among Connecticut Runners

Everyone who has pre-registered, and the first 100 to register on the day of the race, will be guaranteed a shirt.

The fee is $27.00 for adults, $15.00 for 12 and under, and $15.00 for the Fitness Walk.


Race Day registration begins at 8:00 in the gym and the Race will begin at 10:30 a.m.

As always the event will feature live entertainment provided by a DJ.

All of the proceeds will go to the Amity Teen Center, a 501 c 3 organizations that was formed in 1987.

The Teen Center is located at 10 Selden Street in Woodbridge.

For any questions about the race, please call Race Director, Joe Riccio, at (203) 481-7453 or Race Coordinator, Jane Opper, at (203) 795-9351.

It’s Time To Think About Others: Adopt A Family

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Dec 172015

Screen Shot 2015-09-19 at 10.31.47 PMA Message From Orange Community Services:

Every year the Community Services Department for the Town of Orange organizes a gift-giving event for our Resident Families and Elderly in Orange who are in need.  The identities of our recipients are kept confidential for their privacy.  We are asking Orange residents to adopt one of our families/elderly residents or to donate whatever they can to help us out this year.

The families that participate are asked to send us wish lists from their children to help our sponsors with ideas for gift giving, whether it’s a toy, clothing, and a book or gift card. We also request grocery gift cards for perishable items and decorated food baskets, containers, boxes, bags, etc. for our recipients to help them with their food needs.

We have a cutoff date of Dec. 19 for Christmas; these are for delivering your donations to our office.

If you would rather send a monetary donation you can donate to the Community Assistance Fund which covers all programs we have in our department.

Send your check to The Town of Orange Community Services Department at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT  06477.

Checks are Payable to:  “Treasurer Town of Orange.”

If you would like to participate in this great cause please contact:

Kim Callahan at 203-891-4788 Monday thru Fridays 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Originally Published on: Oct 27, 2015 @ 00:32

Undefeated Pop Warner Cheer Team Brings Home National Title

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Dec 132015

amity disney 1Amity Pee Wee Pop Warner Cheerleaders took home the first place trophy at the national cheer
competition at Disney World Dec. 8. Their sister team (the Junior Midgets) also competed, marking the
first time Amity sent two teams to the national competition.
Cheer Coordinator Alicia Soderquist said, “I’m so proud of everything these girls have accomplished in
such a short season. The road to Disney hasn’t been easy, but their hard work and dedication made it
worthwhile. Amity Pop Warner could not ask for a better group to represent us at Nationals.”
Soderquiest, coach for Amity Pop Warner for seven years, began choreographing the teams’ routines
weeks before practices began. She was recognized at the national competition with the highest
choreography score award.
The girls begin practicing on August 1 for two hours a day, five days a week until school began, when they met to practice three days a week, and cheered at Pop Warner football games each Sunday throughout the season.
This is the third time her team has made it to the national competition.
The Junior Midget team took first place in the New England Regional Competition in Springfield, Mass., on November 7, where they competed against 10 teams from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire.
The following week, the Pee Wee team also took first place in regionals, earning them a spot in the national competition in Orlando.
Southern CT Pop Warner includes teams from 18 towns and cities in New Haven, Fairfield and Hartford
Counties. The league sent 13 cheer teams to Nationals and seven came home with national titles.
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Fire Marshal Offers Tips For A Safe Holiday Season

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Dec 012015

th-1The winter holidays are a time of celebration and that means cooking, decorating the home and entertaining. 

The Orange Fire Marshal’s Office offers some safety reminders to ensure that the holidays will be happy for you and your family.

Home fire safety is always a major concern. Decorations should be fire resistant or non-combustible and located a safe distance from heat sources, such as cooking and wood stoves, fireplaces, space heaters or televisions. 

If smoking is permitted in your home, provide a place for smokers to discard their cigarettes. Place all used ashtrays in the sink and wet down the contents to prevent an accidental fire. Keep all matches and lighters out of the reach of children. And, check all smoke detectors to be sure they are working properly. 

cat-candle-angela_n-smOne of the most common causes of accidental home fires during the holiday season is unattended candles, as December is the peak time of year for candle fires. Candles are often knocked over by children or pets, causing injuries and fires. Before lighting any candle, secure it in a properly fitting holder with a wide base to catch the hot dripping wax and to prevent the candle from tipping over.  

Trim the wick to one-quarter inch. Extinguish taper and pillar candles when the wick is within two inches of the holder. Votives should be put out before the last half-inch of wax begins to melt. Keep candles at least one foot from combustibles on tables, beside window treatments or decorations. 

More than one-half of candle fires began when something flammable was too close to the candle.  After the candle is lit, it must be supervised until properly extinguished. NEVER leave candles burning when leaving a room or going to sleep.  During a power outage, avoid carrying a lit candle. Use flashlights. 

thBefore displaying any electrical decoration, be sure it is tested and approved by a testing facility such as Underwriter’s Laboratory (U.L) or Factory Mutual (F.M).  Use only lights designed and approved for the outdoors when creating an exterior display. Check all light cords and plugs for worn-out or exposed wiring. Replace any damaged light strings or decorations with new items.  Do not overload electrical circuits.  Use multi-outlet surge protector power strips when running multiple applications of decorative lights.

Due to the cost of home heating fuel, the use of fireplaces and wood-burning stoves for alternative heating sources is at an all time high.  Have the fireplace or wood stove flue inspected and cleaned at least once a year.  Creosote build up is the number one cause of chimney fires.  Check for cracks in the mortar or deterioration of the piping before lighting a fire.  Don’t forget to open the flue.  Make sure that the safety screen or doors are in place to prevent sparks from igniting flammable furnishings or interior finishes. 

smokie-fireplaceNever use lighter fluid or any other flammable liquid to start a fire.  Use kindling and paper which is weighed down to prevent it from flying out of the chimney or fireplace.  Once the fire is out, put the cool ashes into a metal container with a lid, outside and well away from the home The container should be placed on a non-combustible surface.  To prevent the build-up of carbon monoxide, keep a window slightly open to allow fresh air to enter the home. Electric heaters should be at least three feet from any combustible materials. The use of kerosene heaters is not recommended. 

Christmas tree safety begins with the selection of a fresh tree that holds its needles. Trim the trunk at least 1-inch above the original cut before placing the tree in a sturdy stand.  For the first watering, fill the stand with hot water to open up the sap channels so the tree can consume water efficiently. Use cool water thereafter. The tree may be kept inside as long as it kpic-120508-burning-christmas-treeremains fresh and moist. When it begins to lose needles and starts to dry, discard the tree.  Make sure artificial trees are labeled as fire retardant. Keep a fire extinguisher handy, near an exit.  DO NOT attempt to extinguish a fully involved tree fire.  Leave the house and call 9-1-1.  Follow these tips for a safe, happy holiday season. 

The Orange Fire Marshal’s Office has a Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Program that provides and/or installs 10 year lithium battery alarms and carbon monoxide detectors free of charge to Orange residents.  If you have any questions regarding fire safety or wish to have smoke and/or CO detectors provided and/or installed in your home, please contact our office at (203) 891-4711, Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM or visit the website at www.orangefiremarshal.com.