Jan 282015

Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 10.20.20 AMHave you ever wondered why a police officer is sitting in his patrol car with the interior lights on?

What is an officer looking for when she patrols a shopping center parking lot?

Is a shoplifting investigation an easy 5 minute job, or can it take several hours to complete?

Why do the Orange Police need all those vehicles? What is that truck used for? Does Orange have a SWAT unit?

You can get the answers to these questions and so much more when you take part in the Citizens Police Academy.

The academy is a unique opportunity for regular citizens to see first-hand all the behind the scenes workings of the Orange Police Department.

This is an eight-session course that includes lessons on the traffic division; firearms; legal issues in the court system; crime scene processing – fingerprinting techniques; how patrol officers deal with intoxicated drivers; meet the K-9 officers Trent and Loki (and their handlers, of course) and much more.

The course culminates in a ride-along with a patrol officer during his or her regular shift, during which you will get the feel of what it’s like to be an officer (but you will not be put in harms way).

The class begins on Wednesday, March 11, and will run every Wednesday evening for 8 weeks from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Orange Police Department, 314 Lambert Road.

Registration is first come first served, with preference given to Orange residents. Limited to 20 students. Age 18 and older.

Register by Monday, March 2 by calling Officer Robert Amarone at 203-891-2138 ext. 215.

Historically, classes fill up quickly, so don’t procrastinate.


Originally Published on: Jan 19, 2015 @ 10:29

Jan 272015

Screen Shot 2015-01-27 at 12.28.24 PMDisappointed in what snowmageddon left in your neighborhood today? Are you anxious to get out already?

Many residents are reporting a whopping 7-inches at their homes, so, where is that 24-30-inches we’d been preparing for?

This “Historic Storm” may go down in history as a big Chicken Little event.

Still, a blizzard warning is in effect until 6 p.m. (although we’re really not seeing much of anything new out there now.)

Here’s what the powers-that-be had to say about the current situation.

This morning Gov. Dannel Malloy said the eastern part of the state was heaviest hit and “still receiving significant and continued snowfall.”

“The Statewide travel ban will be lifted as of 2 p.m. today. We still encourage all residents to limit travel and use common sense while driving,” he announced at 12:03 p.m.

Limited Metro North – New Haven Line  service is expected to start at 1 p.m. today on a Sunday schedule. Normal service anticipated to resume tomorrow, according to Malloy. “Bus service will resume on Wednesday morning.”

He expects things to be back to normal for most of our state tomorrow.

Jan 142015

Screen Shot 2015-01-11 at 7.27.54 PMMaterial Girls Boutique, 463 Boston Post Road, will celebrate its 4th Anniversary this Thursday, Jan. 15 with a Denim & Diamond, Sip & Shop and Sale Event beginning at 6 p.m.

Friends and customers are invited to join the celebration with drinks, deals, giveaways and all that this neighborhood shop is known for.

Be sure to RSVP to https://www.facebook.com/events/339818996220893/

Dec 092014

orange congregational churchOCC seeks a part-time (20 hour per week) Church Secretary. This position reports to the Board of Trustees with daily oversight by the Senior Minister.

Responsibilities include general secretarial services in support of the Minister and Church Boards to include reception duties, correspondence, publish e-newsletter and bulletins, filing, and other office duties which includes data management and sharing some tasks with the Financial Secretary.
Requirements include previous secretarial experience, proficiency with Microsoft Office, data management software (Servant Keeper preferred), excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, and the ability to maintain confidential information at all times. Must be able to communicate well and collaborate on behalf of OCC with a variety of individuals and groups.
This position provides an hourly rate of pay allowed by budget, and modest paid time off benefits.

Dec 052014

home-for-sale-sold-signThe Town Clerk’s Office released this list of recent property tranfers. Here’s what was filed at Town Hall between Nov. 17 and Nov. 24.

• 123 Cherry Hill Road, $540,000, Christopher Vendola to Kenneth Waldo Jr., filed on Nov. 18.

• 450 Grace Trail, $340,000, Sharon M. Ona Reagan to Eric Jadach, filed on Nov. 20.

• 127 Sunrise Hill Circle, $373,597, Sunrise Hill Estates LLC to Phyllis Grabinski, filed on Nov. 20.

• 483 Ferry Road, $349,000, Peter A Persano, Jr., to Kevin Carrano, filed on Nov. 20.

• 637 South Greenbrier Drive, $469,900, Gino Alfaro to Peter A Persano, filed on Nov. 21.

• 38 Skyview Road, $945,000, Thomas Hutchinson to Gino Alfaro, filed on Nov. 21.

• 483 Halliwell Ave., $277,500, Jie Zhang to Deepa Shirali, filed on Nov. 24.

Nov 212014

fraser3Cub Scout Pack 922, chartered by the Orange Volunteer Fire Department, is hosting its 3rd annual holiday wreath sale event. Pack 922 will have the wreaths on display and available for on-site purchase at the Orange Volunteer Fire Station #2, 355 Boston Post Road, Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Pack also will be taking pre-orders and delivering the wreaths starting Nov. 22. if you are unable to attend this event on-site. If you would like to pre-order a holiday wreath, please contact Pack 922 at 203-298-0818 or e-mail: [email protected]

The event is open to the public. The wreaths measure in size from about 22-24.” The wreaths are available either decorated (with a bow and pine cones) or undecorated.  The cost is $20.00 per wreath for either option. Pack 922 is working with a local supplier in CT, keeping the business in our home state!

All proceeds from the wreath sales will benefit Cub Scout Pack 922 to help fund scouting events, scouting awards, community projects, and much more!

Cub Scout Pack 922 meets once per month as a pack and has several fun and exciting activities planned for the pack each and every year.

If your son is interested in joining Cub Scouts (grades 1 through 5), you can visit Pack 922’s website at www.OrangeCTscouting.com for additional information and/or to e-mail the Cubmaster, Jeff Cap.

Originally Published on: Oct 16, 2014 @ 14:07

Second publishing on: Nov 10, 2014 @ 10:07

Nov 132014

WP_20141101_14_08_20_ProCub Scout Pack 922, chartered by the Orange Volunteer Fire Department in Orange, CT, recently made a trip to Battleship Cove, in Fall River, MA to explore the world’s largest collection of historic naval ships. After touring the battleship Massachusetts, destroyer Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., submarine Lionfish, PT Boats 617 & 796, and the Russian missile corvette Hiddensee, the scouts, their parents, and adult leaders spent the night of Nov. 1 on board the famous Battleship Massachusetts.

Battleship Cove serves as the Commonwealth’s official memorial for the Massachusetts citizens of all military branches who lost their lives in WP_20141101_13_20_44_ProWorld War II, and the Korean, Vietnam and Persian Gulf Wars. Most recently, the memorial mission was expanded to include the Commonwealth’s victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Preserving five National Historic Landmark naval vessels, Battleship Cove also delivers educational programs that expose a national audience of 60,000 youths to a mission that promotes duty, honor and country.

Battleship Cove’s Nautical Nights program included a storyteller, question/answer session from a Navy Veteran who actually served aboard the Massachusetts battleship during wars and battles, major motion pictures, and knot tying. The trip has enabled the scouts to better understand and appreciate the sacrifices made by veterans of all military branches in all wars.

Jeff Cap, cubmaster for Pack 922 shared with the scouts his name being displayed on the Joseph P. Kennedy on the Volunteer Hall of Fame plaque. Individuals who dedicate five or more years of volunteering their time to improving the memorial ships, specifically the Joseph P. Kennedy for him, are recognized in this fashion. Jeff volunteered for over ten years attending “field days” that consist of three or four day weekends, twice a year. Jeff volunteers for this cause to give back to the military because both of his grandfathers served in the Navy during World War II.

Cub Scout Pack 922 visits Battleship Cove approximately every two years. Scouts love exploring Battleship Cove. Pack 922 meets once per month as a pack and has several fun and exciting activities planned for the pack each and every year. If your son is interested in joining cub scouts (grades 1 through 5), you can visit Pack 922’s website at www.OrangeCTscouting.com for additional information and to email the Cubmaster, Jeff Cap. 

Nov 112014

IMG_6810Chairman Vicki Grande couldn’t have been happier with the weather this morning at the annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony in Orange.

A rather large crowd, including more than a dozen veterans gathered at the Veteran’s Remembrance Walk in front of the High Plains Community Center at 11 a.m.

The ceremony was brief with a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem, First Selectman Jim Zeoli’s comments, and Grande’s reading of “The Greatest Man I Know.”

Here is a VIDEO with highlights from the ceremony.









Nov 062014

thAs many candle enthusiasts know, Yankee Candle has some of the most glorious “flavors” (scents) of any candle maker out there.

Orange is lucky to have a Yankee Candle store conveniently located right near the Christmas Tree Shop on Indian River Road.

Yankee Candles make wonderful gifts for the holidays, and with the current sale, you don’t have to spend a fortune to make a nice gift basket for your Thanksgiving hostess or as a Christmas (or other December holiday) present.

Beginning today the popular Votive (sampler) candles and Tarts (wax melts) are on sale for 50% off. That’s $1 each instead of $1.99.

There are some great scents to fill your home, like, Apple Cider, Apple Pumpkin, Candy Cane Lane, Christmas Cookie, Cranberry Pear, Cranberry Peppermint and Gingerbread.

Purchases are limited to 30 candles at half price, so choose your favorites wisely when you’re there.

The Car Jar air fresheners are just $1 instead of $2.99, and jar candles of different sizes also are on sale for Veteran’s Day.

Yankee Candle offers an additional 10% Military Discount for all active and retired military (available everyday).