Hippity Hoppity, The Orange Lions’ Easter Egg Hunt Is On It’s Way!

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Mar 262017

The Orange Lions Club will host its 55th annual Easter Egg Hunt for all Orange Children on Saturday, April 8, at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, beginning at 12:30 p.m. The first hunt for the youngest children steps off at 1 p.m.

In case of inclement weather, a “rain or snow date” has been set for Saturday, April 15th , at High Plains Community Center, with the same schedule of events as on April 8. The Easter Bunny will arrive at 12:30 p.m., one half-hour before the start of the Easter Egg Hunt itself.

There will be face painting for the children, and hot coffee for the adults.

The Easter Egg Hunt is divided into four (4) age groups. This allows each child to have an equal opportunity to collect the thousands of chocolate eggs which the Lions Club will have to distribute.

The four age groups are: (1) Pre School through Kindergarten; (2) First Grade and Second Grade; (3) Third Grade and Fourth Grade; (4) Fifth Grade and Sixth Grade.

Thousands of chocolate eggs will be distributed during the hunt. Prizes will be awarded to children in all age categories for finding specially marked eggs.

An adult should accompany all participating children to this event. Each child should have a bag or basket to collect their eggs (to be fair, children only on the field during his or her designated hunt). Parents may wish to bring a camera for a picture of their child with the Easter Bunny.

Please note that parking for this event should be on paved parking areas only.

Nick Bencivengo is the Chairman of this year’s event. Anyone who wishes to make a donation to this event is asked to contact Nick at 203-901- 9062. All donors will be acknowledged for their generosity at the Easter Egg Hunt.

The annual Easter Egg Hunt is but one of many community events and activities sponsored by the Orange Lions Club each year. Among the other annual events are: the Community Thanksgiving Dinner, the Senior Pizza Party, a Comedy Night fundraiser, eye screenings for pre-schoolers, an annual Wine Tasting fundraiser, and giveaways for children at the Memorial Day parade.

In addition, the Orange Lions make contributions to many community organizations; and for many years, the Lions have run a Community Grants Program for local groups who are seeking funds for a special reason. In particular, the Orange Lions Club has made many gifts to the Case Memorial Library over the years for the purchase of large print books and audio tapes for the sight impaired and the general public. The Orange Lions also fund two $1,000 scholarships each year for students graduating from Amity High School.

Open House: 3 Bedroom Home on Willard Road

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Mar 262017

9f147a772df8483-n10177247Straight out of a magazine! Better than new, 2016 custom renovation to this 3 bedroom, 2 full bath, 1,307 Sq. Ft. Ranch with a lovely front porch.
One level living at it’s best. Brand new oversized 2 car garage and new asphalt driveway, newer septic and city water.
The sunny open floor plan is accented by gleaming Bamboo hardwood floors and features a casual living room, dining room and den.
A fabulous custom kitchen with granite counter tops, which will be a cooks delight! White cabinetry, center island, glass tile backsplash and brand new stainless steel finger print safe appliances.
Three main level bedrooms include an impressive Master bedroom with a walk in closet, master bath with custom tile shower with glass door and double sinks. Main level laundry.
New mechanicals include electric, plumbing and high efficiency propane furnace and water heater. Newer roof on house and brand new roof on garage. Pristine move in condition. Offered for $359,999 (reduced).
Tastefully landscaped yard with seasonal plantings. Convenient to Route 34, Merritt Parkway and I-95. Truly an outstanding home.

Open House Sunday, March 26, 1-3 p.m. at 1036 Willard Road, Orange.

Town Plan And Zoning Meeting: Outdoor Storage and Affordable Housing On The Agenda

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Mar 212017

Walter Clark, Chairman of the Town Plan & Zoning Commission

The Town Plan and Zoning Commission meets tonight at Town Hall at 7:30 p.m.


Following is the agenda:

1. Review of the Minutes from the February 21, 2017 meeting.

2. Old Business.

3. New Business.

4. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

-Review of Zoning Activities Log.

5. T.P.Z.C. Representation on the South Central Regional Council of Governments.


6. SPECIAL PERMIT APPLICATION For Outdoor Storage and Display – Submitted by Home Depot for property known as 440 Boston Post Road. For the outdoor storage and display of seasonal items & merchandise.

7. APPLICATION FOR MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT WITH AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS AS PER 8-30G OF THE CT GENERAL STATUTES – Submitted by Sixty Five Marsh Hill Road, LLC for property known as 65-69 Marsh Hill Road and 0 and 15 Salemme Lane (Proposed Orange Train Station).

The mixed use development has underground parking, commercial and residential components. Sixty apartments are proposed. There will be 18 Affordable Units. A SITE PLAN APPLICATION has been submitted. (Continued from the February 21, 2017 meeting.)

Open House: 3 Bedroom Home on Hitching Post Drive Today From 1-2:30 p.m.

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Mar 192017

Come on out to an open house at 387 Hitching Post Drive, Orange today from 1-2:30 p.m.  to see this wonderful totally updated by builder features, with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths.
Refinished Hardwood floors throughout this 1,779 sqft home.
Imagine yourself entertaining family here on Easter.
Open Island Kitchen with marble counter tops, all new stainless appliances. Kitchen is open to the dining room and living room letting lots of natural light.
Main level family room. Finished lower level with fireplace is great for a rec/play room.
New Septic Tank, Windows, Air Conditioning (2017). Roof (2014). Furnace (2012). New deck.
Close to shopping and restaurants on route 1,  I-95,  route 15 (parkways) and downtown New Haven/ Yale. Just 10 minutes away from the Milford Train Station. At only$459,000, this house is a must see.

Before The Snow Falls: Middle School Fundraiser At Panera Bread Today

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Mar 132017

Amity Middle School Orange PTSO is hosting a fundraiser at Panera Bread, Boston Post Road, today, Monday, March 13, from 4 – 8 p.m.

Come and dine at the restaurant and a portion of the proceeds will go to AMSO.

Please be sure to bring the attached flyer with you to the restaurant or show it on your device.  Panera Bread Flyer.pdf

Get Ready For The Full Worm Moon

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Mar 112017

The March Full Moon peaks at 10:54 a.m. on Sunday, March 12.

This month’s full moon is known as the Worm Moon. The name originated with Native Americans, who knew well that about the time of that full moon the soil had thawed to the point that worms were coming to the surface when rain fell.

But the earthworms you might spot during the full moon on Sunday —unlikely that they will come out in this frigid weather — are not the same species the Native American’s were referencing.

The earthworms and nightcrawlers most of us are familiar with in our backyards and gardens are the descendants of European and Asian species introduced to North America in the soil around plants brought here by European settlers.

The full moon of March also is known as the Sap Moon, in a nod to the time of year when the sap begins flowing in maple tree — you may have noticed Sterling’s blue sap catch bags on trees near Wright’s Farm.

Another Fabulous Band Booked For The 2017 Independence Day Concert/Fireworks

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Mar 102017

The Town of Orange may be small in population, but it gained the reputation for bringing in internationally renowned bands and one of the best fireworks displays in the New Haven County.

For this year’s Independence Day Concert, the Orange Town News, which is once again producing the event, is presenting “Strange Magic – The ELO Experience” to perform prior to the town’s Annual Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular.  Strange Magic is a tribute to the Electric Light Orchestra which features cellos and intricate vocal arrangements. The group performs note-perfect renditions of all the ELO classics. Concert goers can expect to hear all their favorites such as “Living Thing,” “Evil Woman,” “Don’t Bring Me Down,” “Ma Ma Belle,” “Strange Magic,” “Telephone Line,”“Can’t Get it Out of My Head,” “Sweet Talkin’ Woman,” “Turn to Stone,” and “Shine a Little Love.” The nine members of “Strange Magic,”who are making their CT debut, hail from Toronto, Canada. The band will feature internationally renowned lead vocalist Phil Naro.

In addition, “Strange Magic” has been chosen to appear on national television on “THE WORLD’S GREATEST TRIBUTE BANDS” show on AXS TV! They will be appearing live in concert from the legendary “Whisky a Go Go” in Hollywood California (two days before ELO is inducted into the Rock N ‘Roll Hall of Fame). Orange residents with DISH Network, Direct TV or FIOS can get a preview of the band on AXS TV on Wednesday, April 5 at 10 p.m.

The Independence Day Concert will take place on Sunday, July 2 (rain date Monday, July 3rd) at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange.

The festivities will begin promptly at 6:30 pm with welcoming comments from Orange First Selectman Jim Zeoli.  The concert will be followed promptly at 9:30 pm by the Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular with Patriotic Music.

Orange Town News publisher and event producer Rocky Salperto said, “We are looking forward to another premiere event for area residents to enjoy.  We are excited about producing this show for the sixth consecutive year.  We hope everyone continues to enjoy this great community event. Many thanks go out to our sponsors, our first selectman and town officials for their continued support.”

The event is made possible through area sponsors including major sponsors:  Cohen & Wolf, P.C.; Yale University, Regent Wealth Management Group, The Orange Foundation’s Olga Fund, the Orange Town News & the Town of Orange.

Additional Gold, Silver & Bronze Sponsorship opportunities are available in the Orange Town News and at Orange Town Hall. For more information call 203-298-4399, online at www.orangetownnews.com or email rocky@orangetownnews.com.

Food vendors and novelty items will be available for purchase at the fairgrounds beginning at 6:00 p.m.  WPLR Radio will also be on location with a celebrity guest.  Come early and get a good seat.  Admission is free.

— Press Release

Klarides Addresses Malloy’s Budget Issues

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Mar 102017

Statement from House Republican Leader Themis Klarides in response to Gov. Malloy on budget issues.

“House Republican members and staff are fully engaged in the budget process. As your budget winds its way through

the committees we expect to offer alternatives to the tax and spending plans as they were presented just one month

ago,” Klarides said.

“Presumably, the administration used its considerable resources all last fall and into this winter to come up with the 2018-19 budget on Feb. 8.”

Property Transfers: Here’s What Sold In Orange In February

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Mar 072017

Town Clerk Patrick O’Sullivan released this list of property transfers filed with his office in the month of February.

230 Hawthorne Lane, $280,000, James G. Carney Estate to John Neff, filed on Feb. 2.

229 Deerfield Lane, $498,998, Sunrise Hill Estates LLC to Michael Altschuler, filed on Feb. 7.

385 Dogburn Lane, $305,000, 385 Dogburn Lane LLC to Kimberly Cunniff, filed on Feb. 16.

189 Harrison Place, $75,000, Marian Gemmell to WLP Investments LLC, filed on Feb. 17.

496 Dogwood Road, $317,000, Robert Mucci to Makai Rohbar, filed on Feb. 22.

24 Putting Green, $350,000, Ding Lin to Khanh Van Ton, filed on Feb. 23.


Zoning Board Of Appeals Meets Tonight (March 6)

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Mar 062017

The Orange Zoning Board of Appeals meets tonight, Monday, March 6 in the lower level of the Town Hall, 617 Orange Center Road at 7 p.m.

Following is the agenda:

  • Review of the minutes from the February 6, 2017 meeting.
  • Meeting with Town Counsel Vincent Marino to discuss pending litigation, John and Philomena Laviola v. Zoning Board of Appeals of the Town of Orange.

*PETITION #1790, REQUEST FOR A GENERAL REPAIRERS LICENSE, Submitted by James Oppedisano, d.b.a. Quiet Zone, for property owner Alliance Energy Corporation. For property known as 404 Boston Post Road.