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Sep 082014
 

Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 9.32.09 AMA small mini-pinscher (mix) male (older) with a collar and tags was seen wandering aimlessly on Peck Lane and Mallard Drive (behind Trader Joe’s area) this morning around 9 a.m. 

He concerned the resident who reported this because he was running back and forth across the busy road.

Does he belong to you? If so, is he home safe or still wandering?

Sep 022014
 

BACK Home at Peck Place School

BACK Home at Peck Place School

Students big and small returned to school this morning in Orange and across the Amity area.

Kent Pierce from WTNH-8 showed up at Peck Place School and took a mini-tour of the inside with Principal Eric Carbone.

Orange Live walked through with Mike Luzzi, Board of Ed Chairman Bill Kraut and Board member Jeff Cap as they checked out the indoor climate control.

The new cooling system was obviously working very well. First-grade Teacher Patty Moffett stood in the doorway of her classroom ready to greet her students and start a new year.

“I love it,” Moffett said of her bright new classroom. The new shelving was installed over the past week and everything was set.

 

Over in the second-grade section, Teacher Kelly Stevens remarked on how wonderfully quiet the new heating/cooling units are.

Ms Stevens waits for her class to arrive.

Ms Stevens waits for her class to arrive.were.

Stevens has been preparing her classroom for the past two months, and the shelving installation was the icing on the cake. Once they were finished she was able to perfect her classroom’s look.

She thanked the two board members for giving them the minimal schedule for the remainder of the week so everyone can finish.

This morning, in her classroom, everything was “perfect” and the only thing that was missing was the students — But they were on the way.

Carbone greeted the children as they stepped off the school busses. There were no tears, not even from the smallest kids.

Everyone was excited to get into the “new” Peck Place School.

 

Kindergarten

The scene at Mary L. Tracy was entertaining as usual with the largest crowd of paparazzi (parents with cameras and smart phones.)

IMG_7750There were some tears, but nothing uncontrollable, just a little jitters.

The children stepped off the bus, walked past the paparazzi and then led up the stairs where someone greeted them and brought them into the gymnasium to meet their new teachers.

It looks like it’s going to be a good school year.

 

Photos of the kids will be published only after they are approved by the schools. Hopefully by tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

 

Sep 012014
 

IMG_7365Today, Labor Day is your last chance to enjoy the St. Barbara Odyssey Greek Festival at 450 Racebrook Road, Orange.

On Monday, Sept.1, the festival runs from noon to 8 p.m.

We don’t want you to miss anything, so here’s Monday’s schedule:

1:00 p.m. Greek Cooking Demo on the front patio

2:00 p.m. Presentation on Greek Orthodoxy in the Church Proper

2:00 p.m. Odyssey Dancers in the Entertainment Area

3:00 p.m. Magic Show: “The Magic of Adam” in the Entertainment Area

3:30 p.m. Greek Cooking Demo on the front patio

IMG_74595:00 p.m. Odyssey Dancers in the Entertainment Area

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Live Greek Music by “The Hellenic Company” in the Entertainment Area

8:00 p.m. Odyssey Raffle Drawing in the Community Center (White House)

And Don’t Forget:

  • Greek marketplace – Gourmet Greek grocery, t-shirts, jewelry, arts & crafts, bookstore
  • Treasures ’n Junque – Odyssey’s giant tag sale
  • Presentations on Greek culture and religion, along with tours of Saint Barbara Church
  • Greek dance performances –Traditional Greek folk dances performed by the ODYSSEY Dancers
  • Greek dance lessons – taught by the ODYSSEY Dancers (5:30 pm, Sat and Sun)
  • Nightly dancing to ODYSSEY’s live Greek band, “The Hellenic Company”
  • Kids’ area – Rides, games, and magic shows.
  • Raffle – A $5 ticket gives you a chance at winning the grand prize of $10,000 cash, or one of 9 additional prizes!

Aug 312014
 

The weather was perfect for picture taking at the Odyssey Greek Festival in Orange on Saturday.

Here are a few of my favorites. To see the complete album or to order photos click HERE.

Aug 302014
 

It doesn't get fresher than this.

It doesn’t get fresher than this.

You have 3 more days to enjoy the St. Barbara Odyssey Greek Festival at 450 Racebrook Road, Orange.

On Saturday, Aug. 30, the festival runs from noon to 10 p.m. Always Free Parking and Admission.

We don’t want you to miss anything, so here’s Saturday’s schedule.

1 p.m. Greek Cooking Demo on the front patio

1:30 p.m. Presentation on Greek Orthodoxy in the Church Proper

2 p.m. Odyssey Dancers in the Entertainment Area

2:30 p.m. Presentation on Greek Orthodoxy in the Church Proper

3 p.m. Magic Show: “The Magic of Adam” in the Entertainment Area

3:30 p.m. St. Barbara Choir Performance in the Church Proper

4 p.m. Greek Cooking Demo on the front patio

4:30 p.m. Odyssey Dancers in the Entertainment Area

5:30 p.m. Greek Dance Lessons in the Entertainment Area

6 p.m.  to 10 p.m. Live Greek Music by “The Hellenic Company” in the Entertainment Area

7 p.m. Presentation on Greek Orthodoxy in the Church Proper

8 p.m. Odyssey Dancers in the Entertainment Area

And Don’t Forget:

  • Greek marketplace – Gourmet Greek grocery, t-shirts, jewelry, arts & crafts, bookstore
  • Treasures ’n Junque – Odyssey’s giant tag sale
  • Presentations on Greek culture and religion, along with tours of Saint Barbara Church
  • Greek dance performances –Traditional Greek folk dances performed by the ODYSSEY Dancers
  • Greek dance lessons – taught by the ODYSSEY Dancers (5:30 pm, Sat and Sun)
  • Nightly dancing to ODYSSEY’s live Greek band, “The Hellenic Company”
  • Kids’ area – Rides, games, and magic shows.
  • Raffle – Have a chance at winning the grand prize of $10,000 cash, or 9 additional prizes!

Aug 242014
 

sold_sign_400 Town Clerk Patrick O’Sullivan released this list of the most recent property transfers filed with his office.

• 588 Derby Avenue, $360,000, Jill Fay Teitelman to Byungik Chang, filed on Aug. 18.

• 36 Red Cedar Circle, $310,000, Audra Leigh Bruno Trust to Lucille Ceruzzi, filed on Aug. 19.

• 23 North Rolling Ridge Road, $305,000, Dara Robyn Peck to Michael Flora, filed on Aug. 19.

• 327 Racebrook Road, $258,500, Amy Rebecca Tirollo to Jamie Plaskowitz, filed on Aug. 20.

• 592 Derby Milford Road, $402,000, Property Edge LLC to Julie French, filed on Aug. 22.

• 85 Norman Street, $469,000, Joseph M Tirollo to Joseph M. Tirollo III, filed on Aug. 22.

• 2 Pond Brook Court, $330,000, Claudia Guy to Mark Welch, filed on Aug. 22.

Aug 222014
 

Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 8.56.32 PMArthur J. Guerri, 89, (retired NHPD) husband of Mary Guidone Guerri of Orange, passed away August 19, 2014, in CT Hospice.

Father of Lisa Guerri of Orange, Deborah Guerri Leighton Mullins of Hamden, and the late Arthur J. Guerri, Jr. Grandfather of Christopher (Adrianna) Leighton and great-grandfather of Lilliana Leighton. Son of the late Augusto and Inez Bucci Guerri.

Brother of the late Hilda Glocowski, Inez Pierce, Irma Ziemiski Beatrice Barboza, and Aldo Guerri.

Prior to his retirement, Art was a Police Officer with the New Haven Police Department from 1952-1991 and also worked for the Corporation Council’s Office for many years.

He was Past President of the Marchegian Men’s Society and a WWII Navy veteran.

There will be NO CALLING HOURS. 

Relatives and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial Saturday morning at 9:30 in Holy Infant Church. Interment will follow in East Lawn Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405.

Arrangements are in care of the PORTO FUNERAL HOME, 830 Jones Hill Rd., West Haven.

Sign Art’s guestbook online at www.portofuneralhomes.net 

Aug 182014
 

vintage_electric_guitarOrange Youth Services hosts “Super Raffle & Prize Bingo Pizza Party, Spot Shot, and Events Orientation” for the Orange new Incoming Seventh Graders at the High Plains Community Cafeteria, Tuesday, Aug. 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The event is for Orange’a incoming 7th graders and is funded by the Orange Lions Club.

Get super raffle prizes (new guitars, gift cards from local vendors) and play the winning Bingo cards.

Enjoy pizza and refreshments.

Special board games area also will be set up for all to enjoy.

In addition, a Spot-Shot contest will take place in the gym.

Learn about Youth Services activities. Parent chaperones welcomed.

Parents may e-mail John Ulatowski, Orange Youth Services Coordinator at [email protected] if they have any questions or want to chaperone.

Youth Services sincerely wishes to thank Banko’s of Ansonia, The Guitar Center, Heavenly Donuts, Wal-Mart, and Dip-Top for their participation.

Aug 132014
 

police carAs Orange Live reported yesterday, police logged 8 home burglaries in the four month April-July time span.

Many people do not know the difference between a robbery and a burglary and residents often forget the basic prevention tips that Orange Police offer during high incidence times.

Definition:

A burglary occurs when a person enters or remains in a home/building unlawfully with the intent to commit a crime. — It is a property crime.

A burglary is not “robbery,” which is a crime against a person. Burglary is a crime of opportunity.

Most burglaries occur during the daylight hours because most people are working or running errands. Entry is most often made through a front or back door. Glass is seldom broken, but will be if necessary.

The first goal in prevention is to reduce the opportunity.

Prevention Tips:

• Keep all doors and windows closed and securely fastened. An open window or door is an open invitation for burglars. Thieves also are quick to spot weak locks that may be easily forced open. Doors should have deadbolt locks with a one-inch throw and reinforced strike plate with three-inch screws. All windows should have window locks.

• Secure sliding glass doors. Place a metal rod or piece of plywood in the track and install vertical bolts. These will help prevent burglars from forcing the door open or lifting it off the track.

• Always lock the door to an attached garage. Don’t rely on your automatic garage door opener for security.

• Update locks if necessary.

• Burglar alarms are not necessarily a deterent for the professional, but more for peace of mind. They can reduce the amount of time thieves are in your home, and they help to notify police of a problem.

• Keep shrubbery trimmed away from entrances and walkways. While large, ornate hedges may be beautiful, they also provide a hiding place for burglars who need only a minute to break in through a window or door.

• Secure your valuables in a home safe or lock box.

• Photograph your valuables and log their serial numbers.

• Apply a personal identification number, such as your driver’s license number on your valuables by engraving  or with a permanent marker.

Residents are asked to be vigilant and to immediately report any suspicious vehicles or activity to the Orange Police Department at 203-891-2130.

Aug 112014
 

STOP! or pay the fine

STOP! or pay the fine

With the first day of school just weeks away, many of our regular readers are looking up information. One of the most popular is this story that we published last February. 

Watch out, Bus drivers are keeping an eye out and police responding to complaints of drivers who do not comply with the laws regarding stopping for stopped school busses.

Orange Board Of Education Vice Chairman Jody Dietch said,  “Coming soon to Orange: if you pass a bus, a camera will take a picture of your vehicle and you will get a summons.”

From the State Website the whole story, including fines:

You want to know the legislative history of the act requiring police, on receipt of a written complaint from a school bus driver, to issue a written warning or summons to a motor vehicle owner for illegally passing a stopped school bus.

For your information, we also have appended a chart showing the disposition of cases in which vehicles failed to stop for a school bus from 2007 through 2011, according to figures provided by the Judicial Branch. We were unable to determine how many of these cases were based on a bus driver’s written report. Representatives of the Chief State’s Attorney’s office and the Judicial Branch said the state does not track those numbers.

BACKGROUND

A motor vehicle cannot pass a stopped school bus displaying flashing red signal lights, but must stop at least 10 feet before or behind such a bus (CGS § 14-279). Under the law, police must issue a written warning or a summons to the owner of a vehicle who illegally passes a school bus “upon a written report from any school bus operator…specifying the license plate number, color and type of any vehicle” the bus driver sees violating the law. The driver’s report must also note the date, approximate time, and location of the violation.

PA 85-71

A provision allowing police to issue a written warning to a vehicle owner on receiving a bus driver’s written report was enacted in 1985 (PA 85-71, originating as HB 5749). The act also allowed anyone over age 18 to submit such a written report.

The Transportation Committee held a hearing on HB 5749 on February 4, 1985. Several people testified in support of the provision, arguing there was insufficient enforcement of the school bus passing law. A Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) representative spoke against the bill.

Sharon Ward, school transportation safety director for a school bus contractor, said “the statute must be changed so that local police and state troopers are required to make arrests when drivers give an adequate amount of information…the marker number, the color and make of the car.”

Another witness, Robin Leeds, executive director of the Connecticut School Transportation Association, said the bill “represents an attempt to address the most serious problem in school transportation, the danger in the unloading zones. Not only do all our fatalities occur here, but our most severe injuries as well. Already this winter, we have seen at least five children hit and seriously injured by motorists who did not stop for the flashing red lights of the school bus. In two of those instances, the motorist said to the officer…I didn’t know I was supposed to stop.”

“It is safe to assume,” she continued, “that those motorists had passed a school bus before. If their license numbers had been turned in by a bus driver and accepted by a policeman…who then sent a written warning…they would have known they were supposed to stop before they hit the children.” She said 20 states already had similar laws.

John O’Connell, DMV’s public transportation administrator, opposed the bill, saying the department had “some…concerns regarding the question of constitutionality and an abuse of such a statute about drivers picking up the plate numbers…”

The House of Representatives considered the bill on April 10, 1985, and passed it after amending it by voice vote to allow, rather than require, police to issue a written warning on receipt of a bus driver’s written report (LCO # 5478).

Speaking in support of the amended bill, Representative Wilber said “the feeling of the [transportation] committee was that most people do not pass school buses intentionally, but they do it forgetfully, and if a warning is issued, they probably will not do it again, or not so likely to do it again.”

Representative Frankel opposed the bill, saying its “fatal flaw” was that it was directed at vehicle owners, rather than the person driving the vehicle when the violation occurred. But Representative Ward, arguing for the bill, said school bus drivers “faced…a dilemma. They see a vehicle pass them illegally…They do not know who the operator is, but they clearly can get a marker number.”

“Nothing in this bill prevents a ticket, if you know who was the driver,” Ward said. “It takes the extra step, however, of allowing a warning to the owner of a vehicle when you cannot identify the operator.”

The House passed the amended bill by a 117 to 32 vote.

The Senate debate occurred on April 17, 1985. Senator Giulietti opposed the measure, saying it did not “really have any teeth” because it allowed, rather than required, police to issue a warning. He also objected to “making school bus drivers or any other person over 18…policemen.” Senator Consoli also objected to giving “non-police personnel” the authority to make a complaint in these cases.

Senator Morano, speaking on behalf of the bill, argued that “any tool…to teach people not to go racing by stopped school buses would be good legislation.” Senator DiBella, also speaking on behalf of the bill, said it would allow a policeman “to issue a warning without being on the scene.”

The Senate passed the bill, as amended by the House, by a vote of 30 to 3.

SUBSEQUENT CHANGES TO THE LAW

PA 85-71 was codified in CGS § 14-279. The statute has since been amended several times, as follows (excluding technical changes):

PA 86-155 changed the law by (1) explicitly requiring vehicles to stop for stopped school buses displaying flashing red signal lights on any highway, private road, parking area, or school property; (2) eliminating the ability of “other persons 18 years of age or over” to submit written reports of vehicles failing to stop; and (3) requiring, rather than allowing, a police officer to issue either a written warning or summons on receiving a school bus driver’s written report.

PA 01-192 expressly required emergency vehicles, such as fire department and police vehicles, to stop at least 10 feet from a school bus displaying flashing red signal lights.

PA 11-255 replaced the fine for a first offense of between $100 and $500 with a $450 fine and allowed video evidence of failing to stop for a school bus.

 Originally Published on: Feb 2, 2014 @ 22:45