Police: Man Charged With DUI

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Jul 202018

Orange Police on special drunk driving patrol on Marsh Hill Road reportedly observed a vehicle changing lanes abruptly without signaling on Thursday, July 12 at 10:57 p.m.

Officers stopped the vehicle, driven by Michael Rinehart, 37, of East Hartford and administered Standardized Field Sobriety Tests.

Rinehart was subsequently taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

He was released on $50 bond for court July 23.


Police Blotter: Orange Man Charged With Sexual Assault, Risk Of Injury

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Jul 202018

On Wednesday, July 6, at 8:06 a.m., an Orange resident surrendered himself at the Orange Police Department on a warrant.

Police said Shankar Rajendran, 43, of Orange, was wanted on an outstanding warrant charging two counts of fourth-degree sexual assault and two counts of risk of injury to a child.

Rajendran was taken into custody and charged. He was released on $10,000 bond for court July 18.

Orange Police: Man Charged With DUI

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Jul 202018

Orange police on patrol reportedly observed a car drifting in and out of its lane on Derby Avenue near Orange Center Road on July 5 at 1:48 a.m.

Officers stopped the vehicle and during the investigation determined that the driver, Sherone L Ndiaye, 32, New Haven, was driving under the influence.

Ndiaye was taken into custody and charged with DUI, failure to maintain a proper lane and possession of less than 5 ounces of marijuana.

He was released on a $50 non-surety bond for court July 19.

Klarides Endorses Staneski For State Senate In The 14th District

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Jul 202018

House Republican Leader Themis Klarides (R-114) today gave her full support to Pam Staneski in her race for the Republican nomination in the 14th State Senate race.

“Serving with Pam Staneski, I quickly learned Pam is a natural leader and someone I could rely on. Pam’s commitment to serving her constituents is second to none, and I have every confidence that Pam will represent the entire 14th District with the same integrity and dedication that has guided her to this point,” said Rep. Themis Klarides.

 Pam Staneski (R-119) currently serves with Rep. Themis Klarides who has lead the House Republican Caucus for the last four years, fighting the destructive economic policies pushed by Gov. Malloy.

Staneski And Ferraro Ask Bond Commission To Oppose Funds For Toll Study

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Jul 202018


Dismayed by Governor Malloy’s plan to use his executive authority to request a $10 million dollar feasibility toll study by the Department of Transportation conduct, State Reps. Pam Staneski (R-119) and Charles Ferraro (R-117) delivered a letter to the Governor and all other members of the State Bond Commission asking that the commission oppose the $10 million request at its July 25th special meeting.

In the letter both Reps. Staneski and Ferraro said they felt strongly that such use of taxpayer’s money is irresponsible on many levels, not the least of which is the fragile fiscal condition of our state.

In the 2018 General Assembly Session it was the will of leadership in the House of Representatives to not debate tolls legislation.

“The concept of tolls was summarily dismissed as pressure mounted from the citizens of the State of Connecticut who did not want tolls and freely expressed that sentiment. The General Assembly as a body decided we would not expend money for a study of tolls,” Staneski said“I received 100s of letters, calls and emails this past session almost all opposed to any sort of toll plan.”

Both Staneski and Ferraro believe that the fact that this item has now been fast-tracked for the July 25th Bond Commission special meeting not only disregards what the legislature explicitly and expressively decided but is a massive misuse of taxpayer’s dollars at a time when, on a bi-partisan vote, the legislature has made a commitment to get our fiscal situation under control through the Biennium Budget.

Rep. Ferraro said, “The tolls study is a frivolous spending plan that completely ignores the Legislative Branch at a time when the people of Connecticut have reached out to us as their elected officials and made it quite clear they do not want tolls.”

According to the Governor’s executive order, DOT would use the $10 million to conduct the following:

  • Prepare a comprehensive assessment for possible electronic tolling on I-95, I-91, I-84, the Wilbur Cross Parkway, the Merritt Parkway, and any other limited access highways as determined by the DOT Commissioner, which includes potential toll monitoring and specifies proposed toll charges;
  • Explore potential ways to provide discounts, tax credits, or other value-pricing options to Connecticut residents while ensuring out-of-state drivers contribute their fair share;
  • Explore plans that could reduce motor vehicle fuel taxes; and
  • Study the environmental impacts of electronic tolling systems.

The Special State Bonding Commission is scheduled to meet at 10:30 a.m. next Wednesday, July 25th to approve funding requests submitted by Governor Malloy. As chairman of the commission, Gov. Malloy has the discretion to determine which items that are included in the bonding meeting.

State Comptroller Kevin Lembo, who is a member of the State Bond Commission, already has expressed his intent to vote against the $10 million for a toll study.

Orange Police: Woman Charged With Fifth-Degree Larceny

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Jul 202018

Orange Police responded to a complaint of a shoplifting in progress at the Target store, 25 Boston Post Road on July 17 at 2:30 p.m.

During the investigation, officers learned that Wendy Shaw, 36, of New Haven allegedly had attempted to take $733.69 worth of merchandise without paying for it.

Shaw was taken into custody and charged with fifth-degree larceny and possession of less than a half an ounce of marijuana.

She was held on $500 non-surety bond for court July 18.


Change the Date – Orange Senior Summer Picnic On August 21

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Jul 202018

Senior Services Coordinator Dennis Marsh, announced this week that he had to change the date for this year’s Summer Picnic.

The new date is Tuesday, Aug. 21 (rain date, Wednesday, Aug 22), from 5 to 8 p.m.

As in previous years, the event will take place under the pavilion at the Orange Fairgrounds.

Jose Paulo will perform.

Tickets are available at the Community Services Office at High Plains for only $20.

“Thank you to the Orange Lions for cooking and serving over the years,” Marsh said. “Thank
you to Bob’s Discount Furniture for sponsoring!”

Griffin Hospital Offers Free Smoking Cessation Starting Aug. 1

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Jul 192018

Griffin Hospital offers free education, advice, and support to help individuals prepare to quit smoking with its four-week smoking cessation program starting Aug. 1.

“That’s It – Learn to Quit” teaches a variety of methods to help individuals quit smoking. The program consists of Wednesday night meetings from 5:30-7 p.m. scheduled for Aug.1, 8, 15 and 22 at the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital, 350 Seymour Ave., Derby. There also is a “reunion” for graduates of the program on Aug. 29 at 5:30 p.m. in the Center.

“The goal of the program is to help you learn how to quit,” said program co-coordinatorRichard Le Pera. “There are different methods of quitting and managing nicotine withdrawal. If one method didn’t work for you in the past we’ll help you understand all your options.”

Through group discussion and interactive activities, participants learn how to develop a quit plan that addresses their personal behaviors and habits. Strategies to manage nicotine withdrawal, behaviors, triggers, and urges are discussed as well as weight control and stress management.

Participants must be prepared to attend all four sessions.

To register for “That’s It – Learn to Quit,” call 203-732-7106.

Representatives Klarides and Davis Address Malloy’s Proposed Toll Study

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Jul 192018

Following is a letter sent to Gov. Malloy after he announced plans to pay for a study to bring tolls back to CT. (As you may know Malloy is NOT seeking re-election and the toll decision will be made after he is gone for good.)

Dear Governor Malloy,

We write to urge you to reconsider your proposed use of taxpayer dollars to fund a study of tolls.

Advocates for tolls in the current General Assembly have been unable to garner enough votes to allow tolls back into Connecticut. As you well know, the composition of the General Assembly and the governor’s office will be different in a few short months. The planning and preparation for tolls as described in your recent Executive Order, including environmental analysis, implies that the return of tolls is inevitable. The reality is that the coming election casts even greater doubt on the likelihood of tolls gaining sufficient support.

Your proposal to spend $10 million of taxpayer money on a study of tolls without approval from the legislature is a blatant circumvention of our Democratic process. It is also a complete waste of money that could be used to actually improve roads, fix bridges, and, generally, to address our transportation infrastructure needs – an undertaking that is supported by the legislature as a whole.

While we may not know the granular details of a plan for tolls, the preamble of your Executive Order identifies the financial challenge of the Special Transportation Fund and the state’s transportation infrastructure. We know that tolls cannot legally be implemented solely at our state borders to catch non-resident travelers. Tolls will be spread throughout the state, impacting every commuter and costing residents hundreds of millions of dollars.

For us, as Republicans, that is enough to know that we need to find another way to pay for the necessary improvements in our transportation infrastructure. Fortunately, as you are well aware, we have developed an alternative to tolls. We have shared all of the details of our plan with you and your fellow Democrats. The concept is fairly simple: Under your administration, General Obligation borrowing has increased dramatically. Our plan would take the recent increased funding for general purposes and, instead, dedicate the funding to cover the cost of transportation borrowing.

Therefore, we are urging you to reconsider your proposal to seek a $10 million bond allocation for a study of tolls at the next State Bond Commission meeting. Please do not include this as an item on the agenda. Again, there will be a new legislature and a new Governor six months from tomorrow. Let them determine whether or not the state should bring back tolls.

Republicans have begun the process of obtaining signatures for a petition to bring the legislature in for a special session in the event that the Bond Commission approves this item. We hope that enough Democrats will join us in supporting a special session to pass a bill that will prevent your administration from spending any additional money evaluating a plan for tolls.


Representative Themis Klarides, House Republican Leader Ranking Member

Representative Christopher Davis, Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee

Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival Raffle: You Can’t Win If You Don’t Buy A Ticket!

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Jul 192018

For the first time in quite a while, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department was allowed to mail raffle tickets through the US Postal Service. They sent them out a month or so ago, so everyone should have received them by now. If you have your tickets, don’t forget to fill them out and send them back with your payment (Still a bargain at only $5 each)

During the years when the Postal Service prohibited them from sending the tickets out, the OVFD was down thousands of dollars in its usual Carnival income, which greatly affected the department and all the dedicated men and women who volunteer their time to serve the community.

The Firemen’s Carnival is the department’s major fundraiser of the year and the majority of the money comes from the raffle ticket sales. The OVFD depends upon these funds to pay for equipment and training so it can offer the town of Orange the very best service possible.

For decades, raffle prizes were things you could see right there under the raffle tent. Riding mowers, leaf blowers, etc, but as the times changed, so did the type of prizes that are donated for the cause.

And who wouldn’t want to win just about any one of these eleven prizes?

Here’s this year’s list:

1st Prize – $7,000 Visa Gift Card – People’s Bank

2nd Prize – $3,500 Visa Gift Card – People’s Bank

3rd Prize – $3,000 Visa Gift Card – People’s Bank

4th Prize – $2,500 Gift Certificate – Anytime Fitness, 560 Boston Post Road, Orange (Orange Location ONLY)

5th Prize – $1,200 Gift Certificate – Diamond Designs, 500 Boston Post Road, Orange

6th Prize – Apple iPad WiFi, 128GB – Best Buy, 53 Boston Post Road, Orange

7th Prize – $400 Gift Card – ShopRite, 935 Boston Post Road, Milford

8th Prize – $350 Gift Card – Exxon Quick Shop, 404 Boston Post Road, Orange

9th Prize – $250 Gift Card – Knight’s, Inc, 286 Boston Post Road, Orange

10th Prize – $200 Gift Card – Shell Fuel, 380 Boston Post Road, Orange

11th Prize – Gift Certificate to Yale-New Haven Open at Yale Tennis Tournament

*** How To Purchase Tickets***

People’s Bank, 653 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT

First Selectman’s Office
Orange Town Hall
M-F 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Knight’s Power Equipment
286 Boston Post Road
M-F 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM; Saturday 8:30 AM – 12 Noon

Chip’s Family Restaurant
321 Boston Post Road
7 days a week, 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Orange Firemen’s Carnival
Orange Fairgrounds
During Carnival Hours

* Contact your local firefighter

Drawing to be held on Sunday, August 5th, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT

Alcoholic beverages not included

Tickets $5.00/Each Suggested Donation