Feb 282015

BEST POLICE Patch EVEROfficers responded to 387 Valleybrook Road regarding a domestic violence complaint on Sunday, Feb. 22 at 1:18 a.m.

Investigation revealed that Timothy Lydon, 41, of 387 Valleybrook Road, Orange, had gotten into an argument with a female relative, and that the argument turned physical.

Lydon allegedly choked the victim and covered her face so she could not breathe.

Officers took Lydon into custody and he was subsequently charged with third-degree strangulation (a felony) and disorderly conduct.

He was held on $5,000 bonds for court later that day.

Feb 282015

Screen Shot 2015-02-28 at 5.22.31 PMZoey Girl Pet Services, 185 Boston Post Road, will host its second Doggy Playtime Sunday, March 1.

Small dogs session will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and large dogs (over 50 lbs) will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

This is a great time to bring your canine buddy to get out of the cold and have fun playing and meeting new friends!

Toys and treats will be provided (for the humans also!)

For just $10 this is a GREAT deal!

No reservations required, just show up.

Their next play date will be on Sunday, March 15 at the same times.

Feb 152015

Screen Shot 2015-02-15 at 10.55.00 AMOpen House at 51 Sunset Drive, Orange, Sunday February 15 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Lovely contemporary L Shape Ranch situated on 2.73 acres of land. Offered for $369,900.

2,296 sq ft of living space with 3 bedrooms, 21×20 living room with sliders and Bay windows, built-in bookcases, Wood burning stove.1st floor 20×17 family Room with fireplace, sliders to deck .

Large Kitchen with loads of cabinets, hardwood floors.18×14 Master suite with walking closet and full bath. 3 additional bedrooms and bath.newer roof, vinyl siding, newer windows.

Two-car garage, front and back deck, septic system.

Close to shopping, rec park, library and major highways

Maria Reynolds will be your hostess, tell her you saw this on Orange Live.

Feb 132015

-home-for-sale-sold-sign.167190117_stdTown Clerk Pat O’Sullivan released this latest list of property transfers in the town of Orange.

313 Goose Lane, $527,521, Sunrise Hill Estates LLC to Ann M Karol, filed on Jan. 29.

711 Derby Ave., $225,000, Keith R. White to Amy LeeAnn Perzan, filed on Feb. 3.

813 Taft St., $273,000, Michele L. Ciancola to Michael A. Piliero, filed on Feb. 5.

59 Putting Green Lane, $750,000, Ellen M. Goldner to David Y Lo, filed on Feb. 10.

Feb 122015

Jim Kaoud in his Orange office.

Jim Kaoud in his Orange office.

Kaoud Oriental Rug has been in business in Orange since 1962. The business itself began in New Haven in 1954,  so this year will be the Kaoud Rug’s 60th Anniversary.

Jim Kaoud, who grew up in the business and came in to help his father in 1984. They’ve been running the business together since then. They own two stores, one at 463 Boston Post Road, Orange and the other at 594 Boston Post Road in Guilford

The current Orange location has been home to Kaoud Oriental Rug since 1987. So why after 27 years in one place do customers still walk in and say, “I never knew you were here.”

Several weeks ago, Orange Live sat down with Jim in his office to talk business — his business.

If you are looking for a new rug you may wonder what the difference is between a Kaoud rug and a really pretty rug you see in a famous name big box furniture store.

Jim said each rug is selected for color, design, and style to compliment what the customer really wants.

“We strive on getting the best quality merchandise we can find. We take care of the quality and bring it to the customer for approval on their colors and designs,” he said. “We’re very quality oriented.” 

Believe it or not, the cost of a rug at Kaoud is not much more than that which you may find in a furniture store or online. (Kaoud meets all online pricing from all the major manufacturers.)

Kaoud has rugs ranging in price from $600 to $60,000 for a room-sized rug. It’s up to the customer whether they want something machine-made or an investment grade antique.

“Good quality rugs tend to take care of themselves, everyday spills can be cleaned up with soapy water and a brush,” Jim said. “They stay cleaner better and longer than lower quality rugs that absorb stains and don’t let them go.”

The store now also offers quality broadloom carpet that won’t break the bank. Come in and check out this new section of the store. You will be pleasantly surprised.

Customers Come First

At Kaoud, they enjoy what they do and strive to bring the best quality products for the best price to their customers.

Kaoud also offers excellent customer service, from assisting them in choosing a rug to cleaning, servicing and restoring their fine rugs.

Jim said he tried expanding the business to include furniture several years ago but it just wasn’t for him.

“Furniture is so inanimate, a rug is more vibrant and has more life in a room than the piece of wood sitting on it,” he said. “When you grow up in a business like this, you obviously have to like what you do. We’ve always been in rugs, and we’ll always be in rugs.”

Unlike big box stores, Kaoud is not bound to package deals and it doesn’t sell items based on a commission. Quality materials and customer satisfaction is what drives this business.

“A rug is the foundation of a room, get the rug first, have it appeal to your heart and then decorate around it,” he said. “It’s easier to buy furniture to match the colors of a rug you love than the other way around.”

Another Passion

Kaoud Oriental Rugs strongly supports the Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital Toy Closet. Every year Jim collects new, unwrapped toys for the cause and gives donating customers 10% off purchases.

His wife, Kristina, who owns the adjoining Material Girls Boutique also offers discount promotions for toy donations.

Contributing to the Toy Closet is something the Kaoud family enjoys and, in a way, getting donations trumps making bigtime sales during the holidays.

Both stores were able to contribute box loads of donated toys to the hospital.

Pay him a visit

If you’ve never been to Kaoud Oriental Rug or are not sure (after 27 years) where it’s located, it’s in between Chef’s Emporium and Pet Supplies Plus, across the street from Prime 16 and Cellini Jewelers.

• In 2013 and 2014, Kaoud Oriental Rug was voted Number 1 in New Haven Living Magazine.

Go visit the store and tell Jim you saw it on Orange Live.

Feb 092015

thA parking ban is in effect in Orange. All vehicles parked on the street are subject to being towed or fined.

If your car is in the street, it makes things difficult for plow drivers to do their job.

Move your vehicle now to save yourself the headache and expense of being fined or towed.

Feb 052015

ice damming photoThe cold winter season is the time when many homeowners see icicles hanging from their eaves and/or water coming in the house due to ice damming on the roof.

There are three main causes of ice damming:

• Poor insulation from a house ceiling. An attic with inadequate or deteriorated insulation can cause ice damming.

• Lack of ventilation. A house with proper ventilation allows the necessary cold air to mix and cool the hot air from the house, which slows the snow melting down.

• Leaking gaps between the living space and the attic. These spaces allow extra heat to “escape” into the attic, which warms the space and melts even more snow.

Snow on the roof will eventually melt, but if the heat from the house causes the snow closer to the roof to turn into water, then that water can either go down slowly to the gutter or travel under the shingles. There is no heat at the gutter, so snow will remain there, creating a barrier. The water that is moving down will hit that cold snow barrier and then freeze again. This creates a dam (ice damming), which will hold the remaining water on the roof.

Shingle roofs are designed to shed water; they cannot handle having it freestanding. That is why a good quality leak barrier is needed at the eaves. To help your homeowner understand the importance, you can perform a simple test with a bottle of water. This will show that every nail going through the leak barrier is automatically sealed.

The most important thing a contractor can do to help homeowners with ice dam problems is to first clean the snow off the roof (following strict safety rules) and then create exits for the trapped water.

In the long term, the contractor should:

• Seal the living space.

• Install adequate attic insulation.

• Make sure that the attic is properly ventilated.

Preventing ice dams and icicles may not be possible at all times, but these are measures that can be taken to help stop water from entering the house.

This information was provided courtesy of Don Oliver Home Improvement

Feb 032015

IMG_1019The Amity Boys Swimming Team went up against undefeated Cheshire at the Orange Town Pool on Tuesday, Feb. 3.

Cheshire (5-0) retained its perfect season, defeating Amity (3-2) 95-79.

Cheshire’s winning events:                          

200 yard Medley Relay: C- 1:45.90 Ryan Mostoller, Michael Goodrich, Kyle Shadeck, Matt Schock

200 yard Freestyle: C- 1:50.92 Karl Bishop

200 Ind. Medley: C-2:05.12 Kyle Shadeck

50 yard Freestyle: C- 23.37 Jamie Eigner

Diving: C- 201.30 Salvatore DeLucia

100 yard Butterfly: C-55.22 Kyle Shadeck

500 yard Freestyle: C- 4:56.05 Karl Bishop

200 yard Freestyle Relay: C- 1:37.19 Jamie Eigner, Dara Malone, Michael Goodrich, Karl Bishop

Amity’s winning events:

100 yard Freestyle: A- 50.90 Ben Clemens

100 yard Backstroke: A- 59.34 Colin Roy

100 yard Breaststroke: A- 1:03.64 Ben Clemens

400 yard Freestyle Relay: A- 3:43.74 Ben Bacal, Sergey Savelyev, Zac Babbitz, Colin Roy

Feb 032015

66985-317x208-Tax_prepFree income tax assistance is provided at the senior center by the AARP Tax-Aide program for low to moderate income taxpayers of all ages.

Sessions are held on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. starting Feb. 4.

For information or to make an appointment, call 203-891-4784.