Orange Dems Annual Picnic Aug. 30

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Aug 302017

Come meet the Democratic candidates who are running for office in your town and your state at the High Plains Pavilion during the Annual Meet the Candidates Picnic tonight at 5:30 p.m. 
Cost is $25 per person. For tickets, Call Jody at 203-314-9975 or Bob at 203-530-7206.
If you would like to help with the election, contact Jody Dietch Chairman of the Orange Democratic Town Committee at
You can find the Orange Democrats on Facebook or www.orangedems.org. 

Rosa DeLauro to Speak with Orange Residents

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Mar 272015

rosa delauroCongresswoman Rosa DeLauro will be the featured speaker at a brunch sponsored by the Orange Democratic Town Committee at the Bear & Grill Restaurant, 385 Boston Post Road,  on Sunday, March 29 from 12:30-2:30 p.m.

The cost is $35 per person and will feature the Bear & Grill brunch buffet.

Rosa will provide an update on this year’s congressional session focusing in particular on healthcare, pay equality and food safety.

State Senator Gayle Slossberg will moderate the discussion.

The event is open to the public and there will be opportunity for questions.

For more information and reservations contact: Mara Saccente at msaccente@gmail.com or call 203-530-7160.

Originally Published on: Mar 10, 2015 @ 0:07

Second Publishing on: Mar 24, 2015 @ 14:00

Orange Democrats Plan Several Events in September and October

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Sep 102013

Democrat-Donkey_generic_pinback-buttonOrange residents will have several opportunities to meet and support the members of the Orange Democratic slate in the next two months.

First on tap Kim Leventhal Syrop and Jen Alfaro are hosting a campaign fundraising party on Saturday, Sept 21, at 7 p.m. Donation is $50 a head. First Selectman Candidate Ken Lenz said, “We may be announcing a special guest soon.” RSVP to Jennifer at aaa333aaa333@aol.com or Kim at kim.syrop@optonline.net

The Democratic Election Headquarters Opening Reception will take place at 116 Boston Post Rd. (David’s Bridal Plaza) Monday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m.

The Annual Reception for the Candidates will take place at Grassy Hill Lodge, 77 Sodom Lane, Derby, on Sunday, Oct. 6, 5 to 7 p.m.  Invited guests include US Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, Governor Dannel Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman.



For more information contact: Trish Pearson trishpearson281@gmail.com or 203-516-0780.

Meet The Orange Democrats Picnic

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Aug 142013

968772_208830285935164_253489815_n-1The Orange Democrats will host their annual Summer Picnic at the High Plains Pavilion, 525 Orange Center Road, Thursday, Aug. 15 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Meet the candidates for the November Elections, have some food and enjoy entertainment by Bob Mel and Doc Wight.

Donation is $25 per person.

The 2013 candidate for First Selectman is Ken Lenz, meet him and the entire slate at this event.

Originally Published on: Jul 9, 2013 @ 8:18 a.m.

Lenz opposes Banquet Facility on “The Preserve” Cries “Sour Grapes” on Orange Vineyard

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Aug 022013

An aerial view of 393 Derby Ave. aka "the Preserve"

An aerial view of 393 Derby Ave. aka “the Preserve”

This is a press release from the Orange Democrats.

Democratic First Selectman candidate Ken Lenz today said he would vigorously oppose any attempt by a developer to construct a commercial banquet facility on “The Preserve” on Route 34 in Orange. Lenz said he is concerned that many nearby homeowners are fearful about their property values, the traffic congestion and noise such a business would generate.

Lenz said “One of the advantages of having a Comprehensive Town Plan is that it lays out a vision for the community.  Nowhere in that vision was there supposed to be a banquet facility, or any other commercial endeavor on property that was a retreat facility once owned by the Legionnaires of Christ.”

Lenz is responding to concerns of neighbors  who informed him that Stellato Realty, LLC has conferred with town officials and unveiled plans for “The Windmill Vineyards” at 403 Derby Avenue. “It is bad enough that the owner has clear cut a tremendous amount of land on what they call “The Preserve,” but now they want to put a 15,000 square foot commercial facility on what was going to be a vineyard and three renovated single family homes”, Lenz said.

The developers are the owners of another large catering hall in Hamden and are proposing to create a similar facility on the property located on Rt. 34 between Orange Center and Racebrook Roads.

“The neighbors are concerned and rightfully so, that they will have to deal with noise, traffic and large crowds in their backyards.  This property abuts many homes on Racebrook Road, Green Hill Road, Walnut Hill Road and others. Is this the same developer who said a year ago that Orange will be very happy with the finished product? Well these neighbors and many of us in town are not happy!” retorted Lenz.

“First, the owners applied to Plan and Zoning under one premise, and then did what they wanted by clear cutting the land. A project of this size would not even be feasible without the possibility of a sewer connection which was permitted when Fieldstone Village was started four years ago. This was approved over the strong objections of many residents who live along the Grassy Hill Road/Derby Avenue (Route 34) corridor, and now their worst fears are being realized.

“This is a bad plan and further opens a “Pandora’s Box” of potential congregate housing development along Route 34 by extending public sanitary sewers further into Orange.  The time to take action is now. Let this developer know that this residential zone will not be changed and make them stick to their original proposal for a vineyard and renovating the existing houses,” Lenz concluded.

Democratic Slate Contains A Who’s Who Of Citizens

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Jul 232013

Screen shot 2013-07-23 at 10.14.51 AMLast Night, Monday, July 22, the Orange Democrats held its caucus and chose the candidates they will run in the November Municipal Election.

As you can see, the list contains many prominent residents to make a well rounded slate. Some are incumbents, but it also contains a number of newcomers.

First Selectman
Ken Lenz

Board of Selectmen (3)
Mitch Goldblatt

John Cifarelli

Jody Dietch

Town Clerk
Pat O’Sullivan

Board of Finance (3)
PJ Shanley

Jen Alfaro

Glenn Pearson

Planning & Zoning (2)
Jen Chasen

John Sandella

Orange Board of Ed (3)
Karen DeFur Maxwell

Deanna Pucillo

Marc Robbins

-two year term (1)
Sue Riccio

Amity Board of Ed (3)
Sue Cohen

Judy Primavera

Kim Syrop

Constables (4)
Santo Galatioto Jr

Bob Shanley

Randy Thomas

Matt Norko

Dems Bring in the Pizza Truck to Help Raise Party Funds

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Jun 102013

MMMMM Pizza!

MMMMM Pizza!

The Democratic Town Committee will host a fund-raiser at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road (RT 152), on Thursday, June 20 at 6 p.m.

“Under the Stars” will feature The Big Green Pizza Truck and entertainer Bob Mel.

The Big Green Pizza Truck visits have become a popular annual event in Orange. Bring your family, friends and neighbors to enjoy a bit of relaxed summer fun with pizza, salad, dessert, beer, wine, coffee and Espresso and live music.

Bob Mel will entertain with his self-contained music act. Bob sings, plays acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards and harmonica accompanied by full musical backgrounds. His repertoire includes tunes from the 40s through today.

Tickets for this “all you can…” event are $50 per person and must be purchased in advance. Call or text Marianne at 203-795-3906.

Make checks payable to the ODTC (Orange Democratic Town Committee) and mail to M. Miller, P. O. Box 1162, Orange, CT 06477