Weather Alert: Severe Thunderstorm Watch in Effect Until 11 p.m.

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Aug 172018

The National Weather Service has issued a weather alert for the area.

At 8:09 p.m., radar indicated strong thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Monroe to Trumbull. Movement was northeast at 35 mph. Winds in excess of 40 mph and pea size hail are possible with these storms.

Torrential rainfall is occurring with these storms and may cause localized flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways.

Frequent cloud to ground lightning is occurring with this storm. Lightning can strike 10 miles away from a thunderstorm.

Seek a safe shelter inside a building or vehicle. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch remains in effect until 11:00 p.m. for southern Connecticut.

Short Agenda For Aug. 21 Town Plan And Zoning Commission Meeting

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Aug 172018

The Orange Town Plan And Zoning Commission will meet at Town Hall on Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m.

Following is the Agenda. This will be a short meeting.

1. Review of the Minutes from the August 7, 2018 Meeting.

2. Request by Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church to hold the annual Odyssey Festival August 31, 2018 to September 3, 2018.

3. REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF BOND – URBAN AIR; For property known as 260 Bull Hill Lane. All site work has been completed and a Certificate of Occupancy issued. The request is to release $10,000 cash bond.

4. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

5. OldBusiness.

6. New Business.

Take A Chance On Some Great Raffle Prizes At The Odyssey Festival

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Aug 172018

The St. Barbara Odyssey Greek Festival is one of the most highly anticipated social events of the year here in Orange.

Aside from the fabulous authentic Greek cuisine, they serve and the amazingly talented young dancers who perform every day, the Raffle always draws a crowd.

Many years ago, the top prize was a new car, well, those days are gone. Yet, the first prize this year is nothing to sneeze at — $10,000!

Tickets are just $5 each and are available at the raffle table in the front area near the circular driveway between the Church and Cooking Demo/outdoor dining space.

There are 10 prizes that will be awarded during the drawing on Monday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m.

Here they are!

  1. $10,000
  2. Samsung 55″ 4K Ultra HD LED LCD Television
  3. X Box One X 4K Blu-Ray UHD
  4. NETGEAR Arlo Pro 3 Camera HD Wire Free Security System
  5. KITCHEN AID 6 QT Lift Mixer w/Stainless Steel Bowl
  6. SAMSUNG Galaxy 16B 10.1″ Tab A
  7. KEURIG K-Elite Coffee Maker w/15 Kcup Pods
  8. SHARK Navigator Professional Lift-Away Upright Vac
  9. FITBIT Charge 2 Activity Tracker Bundle
  10. HP Wireless Print/Copy/Scan/Fax Printer

You do NOT have to be present to Win!

The Odyssey Greek Festival takes place at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road, Orange on Labor Day Weekend, beginning on Friday, Aug. 31 at noon, through Monday, Sept. 3 until 7 p.m.


St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church Presents Its 38th Annual Odyssey Festival

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Aug 172018

St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road, Orange, will host its 38th annual Odyssey Greek Festival on Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 31- Sept. 3.

Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church announced details regarding ODYSSEY 2018. This 4-day party features all things Greek, including mouthwatering cuisine, live music, dancing, and a bustling Hellenic agora (marketplace).

Set on the grounds of the beautiful Byzantine-style Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, ODYSSEY 2018 offers something for everyone.

ODYSSEY 2018 includes:

• Classic Greek cuisine – appetizers (meze), Greek pastries (glyka), lamb on the spit (souvla), moussaka, gyro, spanakopita (spinach pie) and pastitisio (Greek style lasagna)

• “Gourmet Meze Grille” – gourmet appetizers, including saganaki (flaming cheese), gyro platter, loukaniko sausage, grilled shrimp, avgolemono soup, dips and pitas, and more • Live Greek cooking demonstrations – learn to prepare some classic Greek foods

• 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 (8:45 p.m., 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!

• Senior Citizens Day: Fri. 8/31, 12 to 3 pm – 20% senior citizen discount on snack bar and restaurant tent purchases.

For 37 years ODYSSEY has delighted the senses with a feast of Greek cuisine, the thrill of Greek dance, the sounds of the bouzouki, and the ethnic flavor of the Agora (Marketplace). Stop by Saint Barbara’s ODYSSEY for Connecticut’s greatest “Greek Party,” a rain-or-shine Labor Day tradition!

HOURS: Friday, Aug. 31, Saturday, Sept. 1 and Sunday, Sept. 2 — 12 noon to 10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3, 12 noon to 7 p.m.

FREE ADMISSION and FREE PARKING (on-site and next door at Holy Infant Church)


For more information visit: www.saintbarbara.org or call 203-795-1347



Klarides Calls For Stiffer Drug Offense Penalties Citing Mass Overdoses In New Haven

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Aug 162018

Citing the mass overdoses in downtown New Haven by scores of people who used synthetic marijuana likely laced with an opioid, House Republican Leader Themis Klarides today said the legislature should have strengthened penalties for those who sell opioids such as fentanyl when it had the chance.

Klarides said the House Republican caucus will again propose legislation to double the penalties for the dealing and manufacturing of opioids such as fentanyl as it has in the past few years. Each time it has failed to gain final approval after support gaining support in committee.

“What has happened in New Haven this week should be a lesson for us all. These mass overdoses tell us that the sale and use of opioids and dangerous substances such as fentanyl are out of control. We need tougher penalties on the sale and manufacture of these substances if we are going to get a handle on this epidemic,’’ Klarides said. “It is not the only answer but it needs to be part of the

A Yale-New Haven Hospital physician told media outlets that the Drug Enforcement Administration confirmed that the drugs contained synthetic marijuana mixed with fentanyl, synthetic opioid about 50 times stronger than heroin. More than 70 people overdosed on the
synthetic marijuana known as K2 on Wednesday. Additional overdoses have continued. The incidents have kept law enforcement and emergency responders busy in downtown New Haven.

“Tougher laws on the sale of fentanyl, in particular, will enhance the public’s awareness on just how dangerous and prevalent this substance is,’’ Klarides said.

The most recent legislation introduced HB 5551 AAC Increasing Penalties for Dealing Synthetic Drugs, hiked penalties for dealing and manufacturing fentanyl substances. In 2016 a similar bill passed unanimously in the Judiciary Committee and cleared the House only to die in the Senate.

Last year the bill passed Judiciary but was never called in the House.

The legislation would have reclassified fentanyl as a narcotic from its current status as a controlled substance. The change in classification would double the penalties to up to 15 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

Klarides called the legislation a straightforward approach to a problem that should enjoy broad support.

Did You Know? News From The Orange Recycling Committee

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Aug 162018

The Orange Recycling Committee is a team of hard-working volunteers who are passionate about helping the town of Orange and the planet. Their mission is to increase and simplify recycling options for Orange residents, and continually share tips and info.

Did you know 

You DO NOT put plastic bags and wraps in your recycling bin.

But they ARE recyclable.

Put clean, dry plastic film packaging, bags and wraps in bins at local stores or the plastic bag recycling shed at the Transfer Station. 

Orange Police: Woman Conceals Merchandise, Resists Arrest

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Aug 162018

On Saturday, Aug. 11 at 8:27 p.m., police were called to Best Buy at 53 Boston Post Road regarding a reported shoplifting in progress.

During the investigation, officers learned that Wilhelmina Washington, 36, of New Haven had concealed $ 199.95 worth of merchandise in her pocketbook.

According to the report, Washington also resisted arrest.

She was taken into custody and charged with sixth-degree larceny and interfering with a police officer.



Tip-A-Cop at Eli’s On August 16 (Tonight)

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Aug 162018

Orange Police officers will trade in their badges for aprons on Thursday, August 16th when they host a Tip-A-Cop fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut at Eli’s Orange, 285 Boston Post Road, Orange, from 5 to 9 p.m.

During the event, officers will volunteer their time to assist restaurant staff in taking orders and serving customers. All tips the officers receive for their efforts will go to Special Olympics Connecticut to support its year-round sports, health and fitness programs for athletes of all abilities.

Tip-A-Cop is a Law Enforcement Torch Run event to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut.

For more information, visit soct.org, call 203-230-1201 or email specialolympicsct@soct.org.

Come To The Orange Farmers’ Market Today

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Aug 162018

The Orange Community Farmers’ Market is open for the summer. The event runs on Thursdays until September 27 under the Pavilion at the Orange Fairgrounds, High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road in Orange. Market hours are from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Note: there is no market on September 13.

There will be many full-time vendors and part-time vendors selling their farm-grown products including vegetables, fruit, meats, baked goods, honey, pasta, soaps, crafts, pet food and more! Farms from the local area will be present; including Grassy Hill, Laurel Glen, Mapleview, North Pease, Oronoque, and Shamrock.

Other vendors include Braids by Britt, Durante’s Pasta, Kind Cactus, Lizzie’s Corner, Mill Pond Essentials, Sweet Seidner’s, and Vic’s Guac Shop and food trucks include Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale, Zuppardi’s and Tipsey Cones. This year, a few guest vendors are added to the schedule.

On Aug. 23, the band, Fools on the Hill will perform under the Gazebo beginning at 6:30 p.m.

In addition, instrumentalists will perform under the Pavilion. Matthew Popp is scheduled to perform on September 6 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Shop at the Market, enjoy the food, stay for the bands and come back often!

If it rains the Farmer’s Market will be open as scheduled, but the band performance will be postponed until the following week.

Please check the website at www.FarmMarketOrange.com for additional information or call 203-891-1045.

An Important Message From United Illuminating

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Aug 152018

The United Illuminating Company sent out this word of caution today via Twitter:

“We never demand immediate payment for our customers over the phone and we do not visit homes without an appointment or notification,” it stated.

“May scammers target business owners as well.” It continued, “If you receive a call or a visit demanding payment, call your local police and operating company.”

The non-emergency phone number for the Orange Police Department is 203-891-2130.

The customer care phone number for the UI is 800.722.5584