Lions Most Important Fundraiser On March 16

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Mar 112018

The Orange Lions Club needs your support, so they can continue their programs for blindness, aid, prevention and eye research along with community projects and donations.

Their annual Wine Tasting is on Friday, March 16, 2018, at the St. Barbara’s Church Hall on Racebrook Road. in Orange, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. The event is facilitated by Wine and Liquor Outlet of Orange (528 Boston Post Rd.) and will feature tastings of wines, craft beers, and whiskeys.

You also will enjoy a cheese smorgasbord sponsored by Trader Joe’s of Orange, delicious stuffed bread, and more from Eli’s of Orange, and an Irish themed dessert table.

The night includes entertainment by Orange resident musician, Craig Calistro, many raffle baskets, and a fabulous silent auction! 

This year’s featured silent auction item is a Tesla Kiddie Car complete with all the bells and whistles and several items from NCIS, specially donated to the Orange Lions Club which includes one of Mark Harmon’s scripts from the show, autographed by the cast!

Tickets are $35 per person and are available from any Orange Lions Club member at the Wine & Liquor Outlet, or by calling co-chairs Betty Hadlock at 203-795-0134 or Marianne Miller at 203-795-3906.

Thank to our corporate sponsors, Wine and Liquor Outlet, Eli’s, and Trader Joe’s and the business and friend sponsors as follows: Annunziata & Co Accounting of Orange, Bruce Spiewak (AIA Consulting Architect), Cellini Design Jewelers, Coldwell Banker of Orange, Eve Overchuk, Knights Inc., Marian and Bob Drobish, Mild to Wild Automotive, and Wayne Hugendubel of Coldwell Banker. If anyone would still like to donate a “business sponsorship” of $100 or $50 for a “friend,” please call 203-795-3906.

Call today and join us for a wonderful and fun evening as you support the many projects of the Orange Lions Club, a 501c3 organization!

Who’s In The Mood For Snow?

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Mar 052018

Here are a couple of early weather forecasts for the mid-week snowstorm.

First, from Kevin Arnone, our friend and trusted meteorologist from exactweathernow

As one Nor’easter departs, another approaches from the west. Who turned Winter back on? The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the entire state of Connecticut which will likely be updated to a Winter Storm Warning over the next 24 hours.

Our weather computer models are in good agreement with another storm to move in as early as Wednesday morning and last into Thursday morning. However, this one will be a little different than the last. The wind will not be as strong, coastal flooding will not be as big as an issue and heavy rain won’t be an issue. That all sounds great of course but there’s more cold air to tap into, which means more snow.

I’m expecting 25-35+ MPH gusts during the peak of the storm (Wednesday late afternoon into the evening) and tides to run a little higher than normal but nothing like what we just saw.

Flakes will start to fly as early as Wednesday morning, the heaviest of the snow falls during the late afternoon into the evening. Snowfall rates over an inch an hour are possible, especially in Northern CT. Snow tapers off before sunrise on Thursday.

An early call for snowfall totals is 4 to 8 inches statewide with a little less in SE CT and along the shoreline too because of mixing with rain. Early dismissals from school are likely Wednesday with cancellations Thursday.

And here’s some additional information from the National Weather Service

Heaviest snow expected Wednesday afternoon into early Thursday morning. The Wednesday evening rush hour is expected to be significantly impacted where precipitation is falling as heavy snow.

Travel could be very difficult where precipitation remains heavy snow with the potential for 2 to 3 inch per hour snowfall rates. Significant reductions in visibility are possible.

This will be a wet snow, especially just northwest of the rain/snow line which may result in downed trees and scattered power outages.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS: A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

Good Shepherd’s 2018 Holy Week And Easter Services

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Mar 052018

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, Orange, released its schedule of events for Holy Week and Easter Sunday Worship 2018

The Church of the Good Shepherd invites you to attend any of our upcoming services and events during Holy Week and on Easter Sunday.

All are welcome.

Sunday, March 25
Palm Sunday services at 8 am and 10 am with Blessing of the Palms and Reading of the Passion

Thursday, March 29
Maundy Thursday service begins at 6:30 pm with fellowship and refreshments at 6:30, and service at 7 pm
Thursday, March 29- Friday, March 30
Vigil Altar of Repose Thursday 8:30 pm-10 pm, and Friday 8 am-3 pm
Sanctuary open for prayer and anointing for healing

Friday, March 30
Good Friday Hour of Prayer at 12 pm
Outdoor Stations of the Cross at 3 pm, rain or shine
Holy Eucharist from the reserve at 7 pm

Sunday, April 1
Easter Sunday services at 8 am and 10 am
Easter Egg Hunt following the 10 am service

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd is located on 680 Racebrook Road, Orange. Sunday service times include Rite II Holy Eucharist without music at 8 a.m. and Rite II Holy Eucharist with music at 10 a.m. For more information about The Church of the
Good Shepherd’s many other programs please call the Parish Office @ (203) 795-6577, e-mail us at thegoodspheherd@optonline.net, visit our website at www.thegoodshepherdorangect.org, and of course, check our Facebook page www.facebook.com/cgsorangect for frequent postings.

Schedule Of Events For 2018 Holy Week and Resurrection at Orange Congregational Church

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Mar 052018

Aerial view of the Orange Congregational Church

Here is the 2018 Holy Week and Resurrection schedule of events at Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meeting House Lane (at the corner of Orange Center Road) in Orange.

Palm Sunday   
March 25
8:00 a.m.  Worship in the Chapel
9:45 a.m.  Palm Processional:
Meet us in the back parking lot to receive your palm and process with bagpiper into the Sanctuary.
If you wish not to process, please go directly into the Sanctuary.

10:00 a.m.  Worship in the Sanctuary
11:30 a.m.  Prayer Walk offered by the Confirmation Class:

This will be a lunch theater style dramatization of the last days of Jesus’ life.  For a $5 per person suggested donation, we will offer Middle Eastern fare.  Sign up with the church office at 203-795-9749.

Maundy Thursday   
March 29
Service of Tenebrae at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Lights will be extinguished as we hear the passion of Christ in his final hours.
Communion by intinction will be offered.

Good Friday   
March 30
7:00 p.m.  Worship in the Sanctuary

Easter Sunday   
April 1st 
6:00 a.m.  Sunrise Service at Hannah’s Hill outside near the church
A service offered by our Youth to celebrate the risen Christ.
After worship, we will meet at Chip’s Restaurant in Orange for breakfast.

9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.  Worship in the Sanctuary

Music from our Junior Choir, Bell Choir and Senior Choirs

UPDATED: Are You Powerless? Let Us Know

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Mar 022018

As of 5:15 p.m., the UI is reporting that 63 customers are without power due to 4 incidents in town.

What the company does not specify is WHERE the power is out and WHY.

If you are without power, go to our Facebook Page, report your situation, how long you’ve been powerless and include the reason, if you know. 

What areas of town have trees/tree limbs down, damaged power lines, etc.

Thanks so much, and good luck!

At 7 a.m. on Saturday, a resident reported that power was out on Prudden Lane. “We are the 4 houses that face the Merrit Parkway. Been out since around 4 pm yesterday.”
Later in the day, she reported that the Power was back on.

This was the ONLY person to report an outage.

UI Offers Tips On Surviving This Weekend’s Storm

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Mar 022018

United Illuminating, a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR), is monitoring weather forecasts in advance of a storm that’s expected to bring gusty winds, heavy rain and possible snow to some areas of Connecticut throughout Friday.

The company urges customers to monitor forecasts and prepare for the possibility of extended service interruptions.

UI storm readiness teams have been tracking the storm, holding planning meetings, readying crews and equipment, mobilizing employees for storm duty, and making arrangements to bring in additional contractor and mutual assistance crews to help restore service if necessary. The company is coordinating preparations with state and local emergency management authorities.

Current forecasts call for rain and wind to begin tonight, picking up Friday morning and continuing through the day, with gusts potentially exceeding 40 mph. The saturating rains and gusty winds have the potential to bring down trees and limbs, causing damage to overhead power lines and other electrical equipment.

UI reminds customers to stay far away from downed power lines. Even lines that appear dead can be dangerous. Report downed lines and other hazardous situations to UI at 800.722.5584.

UI offers customers the following tips to prepare for the storm and stay safe and comfortable if power outages do occur.

Before a storm strikes:

  • Enroll in free UI Outage Alerts. Text “REG” to 839-884 or visit Outage Central at uinet.com to sign up for alerts by text, email or phone.
  • Keep battery-operated flashlights and radios on hand, along with supplies of drinking water and non-perishable foods.
  • Make sure that smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices are fully charged.
  • Fill your car’s fuel tank.

For customers with generators:

  • Hire a licensed electrician to install permanent generators and transfer switches.
  • Carefully read and observe all instructions in your generator’s operating manual.
  • Properly ground all portable generators.
  • Never run a generator indoors, or even in an open garage.
  • If your carbon monoxide detector goes off, get out of the building immediately and call 911.
  • Do not store fuel indoors or try to refuel a generator while it’s running.

For additional information, including storm preparation tips, storm safety information, generator safety information, restoration priorities and emergency resources, visit Outage Central at uinet.com.

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Winter Weather Advisory — When Will It End?

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Feb 062018

The National Weather Center has released a winter weather advisory for our area from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Mixed precipitation is expected. Total snow accumulation of 1-3 inches with localized amounts up to 5 inches and on top of that, about 1/10 inch of ice are expected.

The ice will result in difficult travel conditions, including during the morning commute. Be prepared for reduced visibilities at times.

Pay attention to the news, the early morning weather will most likely impact school schedules.

Boys’ Hockey: Guilford’s Goal Was To Defeat Amity

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Jan 302018

(Photo by Steve Conn)

On Saturday, Jan. 27, the Amity Spartans Hockey Team was on the road in Guilford for a game against the Indians.

First Period

Although Amity’s Connor Bath put the Spartans on the scoreboard first at 6:34 assisted by Joey Schittina and Colin Hughes. Within a minute, Guilford’s Jack Ring tied the score, assisted by Jack Dacey and John DeLucia. The trio of Ring, Dacey, and DeLucia repeated the feat at 3:35. Then, with just 1:12 left in the period, DeLucia made a goal on an assist from Ring. Score 3-1 Indians.

Second Period

Four minutes after returning to the ice, Lucas Napolitano pulled Guilford even further ahead, assisted by Zach Woxland, and Jake Watrous.

Now three points behind, the Spartans fought back and at 8:15, Cody White shot one in on an assist from Schittina. After a lot of back and forth, and with just :29 remaining in the period, James Blum scored, assisted by Brian Early. Score 4-3 Indians.

Third Period

At this point, it really was anyone’s game and both teams wanted a win.

At 7:51 the Guilford trio of DeLucia, Ring, and Dacey came together again and scored the final goal and skating away with a 5-3 victory.

Records: Amity 6-5, Guilford 10-2.

Next Up: Amity is HOME on Wednesday for a game against Cheshire (7-6) at 6:30 p.m.

Orange Police: What You Should Know About Large-Scale Fencing Operations

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Jan 262018

From the Orange Police Department:

Due to the retail section in Orange, our officers respond to quite a few shoplifting incidents. Often these thefts are perpetrated by those struggling with drug addiction, but they do not operate alone.

People who shoplift from stores often use another person as a ‘fence,’ or a place where they sell their stolen goods. The ‘fence’ then resells the items to the public.

In the matter detailed below, the actions of two people acting as fences, and paying for others to act as shoplifters, caused retail stores in this area to lose just under $4 million worth of merchandise.

The following press release details the prosecution of one such person:

Stratford Man Sentenced to 18 Months In Prison For Role in Large-Scale Fencing Operation

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Matthew Harwood, 43, of Stratford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to 18 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for his role in a large-scale fencing operation.

Judge Shea also ordered Harwood to pay a $35,000 fine and perform 100 hours of community service while on supervised release.

According to court documents and statements made in court, between January 2012 and December 2014, Harwood participated in a conspiracy to purchase the stolen property from “boosters,” who typically were shoplifters with opioid addictions, and then resell the property at online websites.

Harwood, his co-conspirator Andrew Sacco, and others instructed the boosters to steal certain items from retail stores such as Petco, Staples, Walmart, and Bed Bath & Beyond and paid cash for the stolen items at approximately one-third of their retail price.

At times, Harwood provided expenses for car rentals and spending money for overnight or out-of-state trips to steal products.

After receiving the stolen merchandise, Harwood and Sacco stored the merchandise at multiple locations, including Harwood’s former residence in Durham, Sacco’s former residence in Durham, and business locations in North Haven. Harwood and Sacco then sold the stolen products at online sites, including eBay and Amazon.

Through this scheme, retailers lost more than $3.9 million.

On November 3, 2016, Harwood pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit the interstate transport of stolen property and one count of interstate transport of stolen property.

Harwood also has forfeited the house in Durham where he formerly resided, and two mutual fund accounts in his name.

Harwood, who is released on a $100,000 bond, was ordered to report to prison on March 19, 2018.

Sacco pleaded guilty to the same charges and, on December 6, 2017, was sentenced to 48 months of imprisonment.

This matter has been investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Connecticut State Police, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division, Connecticut Department of Correction, Connecticut Chief State’s Attorney’s Office, and the New Haven, North Haven, Milford, West Haven, Wallingford, Hamden and Orange Police Departments.

Get Your Flu Shot On Saturday!

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Jan 252018

To protect the public’s health and reduce the spread of influenza (flu) virus, the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) is teaming up with local health departments to provide free or low-cost influenza vaccine at several locations across the state this Saturday.

The DPH strongly encourages all Connecticut residents over the age of 6 months to get a flu shot and is working with local health departments and districts to make it easy for everyone to get one.

The town of Orange is participating in this weekend’s State Flu Vaccination Day event on Saturday, Jan. 27 at the Health Department, 605A Orange Center Road, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

You may attend ANY clinic listed on the DPH website regardless of the town you live in. If you have an insurance card please bring one. Your insurance will be billed a small administration fee but you will not be charged anything out of pocket. The vaccine is free.

The current strain of flu is particularly dangerous and according to state health officials, it is to blame for 32 deaths in CT so far this season.

The state Department of Public Health released its weekly report today, Jan. 25. According to the report, from Aug. 27 through Jan. 20, 824 patients were hospitalized with confirmed cases of the flu. There have been 32 deaths attributed to the flu – 28 in patients over the age of 65, two in patients between 50 and 64, 1 patient between 25 and 49, and one between the ages of 5 and 17.

Flu symptoms vary from person to person. In general, people who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms, according to the CDC:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills (not everyone with flu will have fever)
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Vomiting and diarrhea, although this is more common in children than adults