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

Three Amity Wrestlers Reach the Finals at the New Milford Tournament

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Jan 222018

Justin Griffin, Head Coach Ryan Roddy, Matt Rothman and; Aiden Hebert.
                              (Photo by Dorothy Seaton)

On Saturday, January 20 the Amity High School wrestling team placed 5th out of 20 teams at a tough 37th Annual New Milford Tournament while landing three wrestlers in the finals.

Senior Captain Matt Rothman (152 lbs.) and Junior Justin Griffin (285 lbs.) captured individual titles while Sophomore Aiden Hebert (120 lbs.) placed second.

Also helping the team to their 5th place finish was Senior Captain Sam Keylock (160 lbs.) who placed 4th. This was the best finish ever for the Amity wrestling team at the New Milford Tournament.

Head Coach Ryan Roddy said, “The entire team wrestled tough and all contributed to their 89 team points while this young team got some great wrestling experience against tough competition.”

Amity wrestling will be back in action on Tuesday, January 23 at 6:30 p.m. to take on Branford at Branford High School in an SCC B division match up with Amity looking to remain undefeated in the conference.

— Written by Chris Chadwick

Boys Basketball: Mighty Spartans Beat The Gaels 78-60

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Jan 172018

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The Amity Spartans Boys’ Basketball team was on the road in Shelton on Tuesday, Jan. 16 for a matchup against the Gaels.

Amity took an early lead, finishing the first quarter 22-15. With 20 points to Shelton’s 14 in the second quarter, Amity finished the first half at 42 – 29.

The second half was much of the same, with the Spartans getting 20 points to the Gaels’ 15. Ending the third period with a 62-44 lead.

The final quarter saw each team making 16 points, with Amity winning over Shelton 78-60.

Game Notes


Shelton’s Brian Berritto was the game’s high scoring player with 19 points.

Amity: Tyler Thomas 5 2-4 13 (includs one 3-pointer), James Van Hise 6 0-0 12, Chris Bierezowiec 3 3-4 9, Joseph Benedetti 4 0-1 8, Jack Nolan 2 1-3 5,  Nicholas Huribal 2 1-2 5,  Mike Young 2 2-2 4, Brian Curtin 1 2-2 4, Quinn Burke 1 0-0 2, Cole Wissink 4 0-0 12 (includes four 3-point goals). Totals: 30 11-18 78.

Shelton: Brian Berritto 7 4-6 19 (includes one 3-pointer), Brian Belade 5 0-0 14 (includes four 3-point goals), Kyle Davis 4 2-4 10, Peri Basimakopoulos 4 1-1 10 (includes one 3-pointer), Matt Hunyadi 1 1-2 4 (includes one 3-pointer), Will Ciccone 1 0-0 2, Kevin Belden 0 1-2 1. Totals: 22 8-14 60

3-point goals: Amity 5, Shelton 7.

Records: Amity (8-2), Shelton (1-9)

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.