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.

Come To The Farmers’ Market Today

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Jul 192018

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 August 2 or 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. Harper Keehn Knife Sharpening will be attending on July 26. Be sure to save the date and bring your knives, tools etc. that need sharpening.

The following bands are scheduled to perform under the Gazebo beginning at 6:30 p.m. Frantic City on August 9 and Fools on the Hill on August 23.

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.

Orange Police/Special Olympics Torch Run Comes Through Town Today

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Jun 082018

file photo from the 2015 Torch Run in Orange

Members of the Orange Police Department will be running in the Special Olympics Torch Run today, Friday, June 8, beginning at 4 p.m. (Perhaps as early as 3:45 p.m.)

The Milford PD will pass off the torch at the Orange Town Line on the Boston Post Road at the Raymour and Flanagan outlet store.

Orange Runs up to the West Haven Town Line just past the Guitar Center.

Joining the Orange PD will be Denise Stein from the Orange Senior Services Department. Come out and cheer them on!

Orange Summer Concerts and Farmers’ Market Schedule

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Jun 012018

Orange Community Services is pleased to announce four Summer Concerts at the High Plains Community Center Gazebo (Orange Fairgrounds) 525 Orange Center Road. As they have done in past Community Services has partnered with the Orange Community Farmers’ Market.

The Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from 3:30 to 7:00 p.m. from June through September. 

The 2018 Market begins on Thursday, June 28, with the bands going on at 6:30 p.m. Bands will be performing on selected dates.

The band schedule is:

June 28, 2018 – Lunch Box (50s to 70s) Rain Date: 7/5

July 12, 2018 – Cruise Machine (Classic Rock) Rain Date: 7/19

August 9, 2018 – Frantic City (80s, 90s & Beyond) Rain Date: 8/16

August 23, 2018 – Fools on the Hill (Beatles Tribute) Rain Date: 8/30

The Summer Concert Series is still looking for sponsors. To find out how to become a sponsor or for more information about the concerts call Dennis Marsh 203-891-4784 or e-mail dmarsh@orange-ct.gov.

Be aware that the Independence Concert and Fireworks are through the Orange Town News and is not part of this program.

For more information on the Farmers’ Market contact the Orange Economic Development Corp. at 203-891-1045.

Thank you to Coldwell Bankers, AMR, Orange Lions Club and Orange Community Services for being Summer Concerts sponsors!

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

Orange Students Honored With Superintendent’s Recognition Award

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May 312018

Ten Orange Elementary School students were awarded the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents’ (CAPSS) Superintendent/Student Recognition Award at a ceremony during the May 21, 2018 Board of Education meeting. 

Those honored were: Jeslyn Jacob, Suhail Mohammed, Dana Pletter, and Emily Russo from The Peck Place School; Luciana Dottori, Sarah Ginsberg, and Devin Maroney from Race Brook School; and Vivian Cain, Meghan Kirck, and Justin Palmer from Turkey Hill School

Criteria for the award include leadership, service to school, academic prowess relative to ability, and service to others in the community. 

Dr. Vince Scarpetti, Superintendent of Schools in Orange and the school principals, made the presentation as part of a program designed by school administrators to recognize students who have served their schools and communities while maintaining good scholastic progress.

Nearby DMV Express Offers Limited, But Convenient Services

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May 252018

The Orange Chamber of Commerce released the following information that may be useful to town residents. 

The West Haven Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the city of West Haven and the CT DMV is operating the new DMV Express at the West Haven City Hall, 355 Main St, West Haven, on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

It’s a quick and easy place to renew your CT license or ID, replace a lost CT license or ID, make an address change or name change, and to get a verified license for domestic travel.

The new office offers easy access and ample parking

The phone number is 203-933-1500. 

E-mail westhavenchamber.com/DMV

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group Meets In Orange

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May 142018

Maplewood Senior Living, 245 Indian River Road, Orange will host an Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group on Thursday, May 17, from 6:15-8 p.m.

Join us for an ongoing monthly support group led by Maria Tomasetti from the Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Share experiences, learn strategies, gather information, guidance and support.
For more details or to RSVP, contact Liz Castille-Gannon at 203-795-3117 or e-mail lcastiline@maplewoodsl.com

Minerals, Gems, and Fossils, Oh My!

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Apr 082018

The New Haven Mineral Club presents its 45th Annual Show at Amity Middle School, 100 Ohman Ave., Orange, on Sunday, April 8.

The show is a gem collector’s favorite and only comes around once each year. Dozens of vendors and dealers will have a wide variety of minerals, gems, crystals, metaphysical stones, fossils, and jewelry for sale and to admire. The event includes exhibits, demonstrations, door prizes, kids activities, and refreshments.

The Show is open on Sunday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Parking is free. Admission is $6, Children under 12 admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

For more information, go to NewHavenMineralClub.org.

This is a wonderful place to start buying crystals and minerals for a child’s collection or to find something special for yourself.