Klarides’ Statement On The Just Released Revenue Figures

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Jan 162018

Today, House Republican Leader Themis Klarides commented on the most recent revenue figures.

“This latest data confirms what we suspected. Our deficit has continued to grow and absent fundamental changes in the way we run the government, Connecticut will face that prospect. Huge tax hikes without significant reductions in spending are not the answer,’’ Klarides said.

Revenues are off in a number of sectors including real estate and sales tax projections are underperforming, she noted.

Klarides added that Republicans remain willing to make the tough choices and do right by the taxpayers of Connecticut.

“Republicans are continuing to work on a Deficit Reduction Plan that they are prepared to offer to deal with the current red ink,” she said.

Agenda For Jan. 16 TP&Z Commission Meeting

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Jan 122018

TP&Z Chair Ozzy Parente

The Town Plan and Zoning Commission will meet at Town Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. (it’s new meeting time)

Following is the agenda:


  • SITE PLAN APPLICATION-Architectural Standards Supplement.  Submitted by Bed Bath & Beyond/Christmas Tree Shops for property known as 220 Indian River Road.  For proposed façade changes to the Christmas Tree Shop.
  • Review of the Minutes from November 21, 2017, December 5, 2017 and January 2, 2018 Meetings.

3.  Old Business.

4.  New Business.

PUBLIC HEARINGS 7:30 p.m.  *(1)

5.  APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL EXCEPTION, PERMIT OR USE –Submitted by Jerome Spector Revocable Trust and Janet Cesanek.  For property known as 772 Derby Milford Road.  For two accessory structures which are already located on the property.  One building is 20’ by 16’ and a second building is 11.9’ x 24’. 

     The application is submitted in accordance with Section 383-26 I (3)(a) of the Orange Zoning Regulations.  A larger ground coverage and height in excess of 15’ is requested.

Winter Storm Warning Issued For Our Area

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Jan 032018

The National Weather Service announced that a Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for portions of Southern CT, including Milford and Orange, from 1 a.m. Thursday to 1 a.m. Friday.

Heavy snow and blowing snow are expected. Plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the morning and evening commutes on Thursday. Branches also could fall. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches, with locally higher amounts are expected.

Winds gusting as high as 50 mph will cause areas of blowing and drifting snow.

NOTE: A Winter Storm Warning for snow and blowing snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions for the state from which you are calling may be obtained by calling 5-1-1.

Just In Time For The Holidays, High School May Have Been Exposed To Mumps

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Dec 152017

File Photo: A young man with swelling in his face from the Mumps Virus.

Amity Supt. Charles Dumais sent out a letter to Amity High School parents and staff informing them that, according to the Health Department, that some people at Amity may have been exposed to a case of the mumps during the week of December 4.

The Health Department recommends that students and staff of Amity High School monitor for signs and symptoms consistent with the mumps until December 29th. If symptoms do develop, they are urged to see their healthcare provider.

Below is the Superintendent’s full letter:

We have been informed by the Health Department that Amity staff and students may have been exposed to a case of mumps at Amity Regional High School during the week of December 4, 2017.

Mumps is an acute viral disease that is transmitted from person-to-person through direct contact with respiratory droplets spread by coughing and sneezing or through contact with saliva from an ill person. Mumps can be prevented by immunization.

To help control the spread of active mumps within the community, please make sure indivudals are properly immunized and refrain from sharing items that come in contact with saliva, such as drink bottles, food, and lip balms.

Persons with mumps may develop headache, body aches, fever and swollen and tender glands in the jaw (parotitis). People who become infected with mumps may not show symptoms until 12 to 25 days after exposure, and they are typically infectious to others a few days prior to developing symptoms.

The Health Department recommends that students and staff of Amity High School monitor for signs and symptoms consistent with the mumps virus until December 29, 2017, which is 25 days after the date of last potential exposure.

If additional cases of mumps are identified, this time period may be expanded. If signs or symptoms of mumps develop, please see your health care provider and take this letter with you.

Your provider should contact the health department to arrange for appropriate testing. In addition, we recommend that all individuals review their immunization status to ensure that they are up-to-date and discuss the need for vaccination with their healthcare provider.

Again, mumps can be prevented with MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine. MMR vaccine prevents most, but not all, cases of mumps and complications caused by the disease.

The mumps vaccine is usually a two-dose series obtained in childhood. Two doses of the vaccine are 88% (range: 66-95%) effective at preventing mumps; one dose is 78% (range: 49%−92%) effective. The doses are typically given at 1 and 4 years of age.

A fact sheet about the mumps virus is attached to this letter. Please feel free to contact the Health Department at (860) 509-7929, should you have questions or concerns.

Dr. Charles Dumais, Superintendent

Click here for more information on mumps.

Remembering The Victims of Sandy Hook 5 Years Later

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Dec 142017

On Dec. 14, 2012, Orange Live was just 7 months old. I’d promised readers that I would stick to the town of Orange and had kept my promise until 9:37 a.m. when I first heard about the murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Everything that I reported that day came from former colleagues at the scene, one who was a good friend of Dawn Hochsprung, the school’s principal.

Although I could have grabbed a press pass and made my way up there, but first responders had enough going on and from the sound of their voices as they relayed their information to me, I knew that it was not necessary for me to be on the scene to feel the sadness and horror of a sicko murdering children and teachers in what everyone thought was a safe place.

I have never mentioned the murderer’s name, nor will I now, because that monster and its non-motive for killing the innocent should not be given any attention. But the principal, teachers, and little children, most of whom were as old as my granddaughter is now, should never be forgotten.


The monster started its morning by killing its mother in their home. Five minutes later at 9:35 a.m. it shot its way through a glass panel next to the locked front entrance doors of the school and was confronted by Dawn Hocksprung, School Psychologist Mary Sherlach, and Lead Teacher Natalie Hammond, who left a meeting to investigate. He killed Hockspring and Sherlach and wounded Hammond.

A school custodian, Rick Thorne ran through the school warning classrooms of the danger.

The monster forced his way into a first-grade classroom where substitute teacher Lauren Rousseau was trying to hide her tiny students in a bathroom. Rousseau and Rachel D’Avino a behavioral therapist, who was only there for the week were killed along with 15 students. Only one 6-year-old girl survived by lying still and playing dead — although she has to live with the horror of what she heard and saw that day.

The murderer then came into Victoria Soto’s first-grade classroom and shot her, teacher’s aid Anne Marie Murphy and five children. What exactly happened is not clear, but somehow, when the monster stopped shooting (possibly because the rifle jammed) nine children were able to run from the classroom to safety. Police later found two surviving children who had hidden in the bathroom.

Vicki’s father told me last year that his daughter was supposed to have the day off, but decided to go in that morning.

So, today, let’s take a few moments to remember the heroes, first responders, and the victims and their families and pray that even though many of our legislators are owned by the NRA and refuse to make changes, that senseless gun violence can be stopped. Enough is enough.

Think about these innocent children and the terror they felt, calling for their mommies’ and sobbing as the merciless monster shot them and their friends.

Charlotte Bacon, 6Daniel Barden, 7, Olivia Engel, 6, Josephine Gay, 7, Dylan Hockley, 6, Madeleine Hsu, 6,  Catherine Hubbard, 6, Chase Kowalski, 7, Jesse Lewis, 6, Ana Márquez-Greene, 6, James Mattioli, 6, Grace McDonnell, 7, Emilie Parker, 6, Jack Pinto, 6, Noah Pozner, 6, Caroline Previdi, 6, Jessica Rekos, 6, Avielle Richman, 6, Benjamin Wheeler, 6, and Allison Wyatt, 6.

The only guns that should be allowed to the public are muskets. They take a long time to load and give you time to think. 

A Look At The Past On A Snowy Day

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Dec 142017

bThis photo, from the Orange Historical Society’s archives, recently was posted on the “You Know You’re From Orange” Facebook page.

Some residents recognized the man pictured, others just thought it was a great photo.

First Selectman Jim Zeoli posted the following so everyone could properly ID him in the future.

“Arnold Hine, Town road worker, farmer, First Selectman 1947 – 1961”

I wonder how difficult it was to pull that wagon through the snow.

Does anyone know the name of his dog?


Wrestling: Amity Shuts Out Cheshire in Season Opener

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Dec 132017

The Spartans Wrestling team kicked off the winter season on Tuesday, Dec. 12 with a shutout victory against Cheshire.

Way to go Amity!

One Night Only: Get Your Tickets For The Laramie Project Ten Years later

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Dec 072017

The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation is sponsoring a performance of “The Laramie Project Ten Years Later,” in the John J. Brady Center at Amity High School on Friday, Dec. 8. at 8 p.m. 

In the fall of 2007, the revamped Amity Creative Theater presented its first play: The Laramie Project.

The Laramie Project tells the story of the brutal killing of a gay college student named Matthew Sheppard and how his hometown of Laramie Wyoming dealt with the aftermath of the crime.

The authors of the play revisited Wyoming ten years later to investigate if any real change had occurred in Laramie. What does change look like? Have we progressed as a nation? How do we stop hate?

Get your tickets for the ACT presentation of The Laramie Project Ten Years Later HERETickets are only $10. 

Festival of Lights and Trees at Maplewood Senior Living of Orange

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Dec 052017

Maplewood Senior Living of Orange, 245 Indian River Road is sponsoring a Festival of Lights and Trees community event to raise funds for the Orange Community Assistance Programs which provide assistance with Food Bank, Fuel Assistance, Holiday Baskets and Adopt a Family.

For this event, donors are asked to decorate a tree for auction at The Festival of Lights and Trees.

The event will take place at Maplewood on Tuesday, Dec. 5, from 4:30 PM to 7 p.m.

The Community Assistance Programs are vital to assist Orange residents in need and are maintained solely by donations and the generosity of local businesses, organizations, schools, churches and residents. Please decorate a tree, stop by for some culinary delights and support your neighbors in need!

Orange Live will be on hand with the “decorative” lighted Gingerbread Lighthouse raffle. Tickets are $2 each with all proceeds going to the Orange Food Bank. (Drawing to be held on December 12).