UPDATE: Power Back On, Most Of Plaza Back In Business

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Apr 262017

According to an Orange Live reader, the power went back on in most of the Trader Joe’s Plaza at around 2:45 p.m.

Julia’s Bakery and Trader Joe’s are definitely open now. Talbot’s and LL Bean both of which are in the area where the problem originated, are still dark. Call any of your favorite stores before you venture out — just in case.

Thanks to the OVFD and Orange Fire Marshal Tim Smith for their quick response this morning and the precautionary measure of shutting the power off to all of the buildings to keep everyone safe.

The UI’s response also was quite timely and they worked tirelessly to fix the problem.

We hope all of the businesses in the plaza can recuperate from losing a half day of operating time.


UPDATE: Plaza Still Closed

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Apr 262017

Quite some time ago, Orange Live reported a power outage at the Trader Joe’s plaza at 550 Boston Post Road.

At 1:10 p.m. UI trucks are in the parking lot instead of fire trucks and the electricity is still off.

People who don’t read Orange Live are driving in and trolling the parking lot, even going as far as pulling on door handles, before seeing the handwritten note  “Closed, No Power.”

WE hope the situation is remedied soon for the sake of the businesses and the customers who so desperately need to buy things here.

One UI truck left the parking lot and pulled over to the sid of the road near the rear entrance where a worker is now in the bucket checking the lines (1:37 p.m.) A second truck just pulled up.

We suggest you call ahead to your favorite store before heading out today.


The Town Charter With Proposed Revisions Marked (Updated Version)

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Apr 232017

If you are interested in the upcoming Charter Revision Referendum and are up to a bit of light reading. Here is a copy of the Town Charter with the proposed revisions on which you would be voting marked in red.


This Version DOES show the changes!

When you click the link above, a copy should download to your computer.

It is very important that as many registered voters as possible come out for this referendum. At least 1,700 are necessary to pass this referendum, (more than four times the number who voted in this week’s referendum) so mark your calendars, check out the questions in the previous story and educate yourself on the issues.

Church of the Good Shepherd Spring Rummage Sale

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Apr 212017

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, invites the public to visit its Spring Rummage Sale on Friday, May 12 from 1-6 p.m. and Saturday, May 13 from 9 a.m. to noon. 

Shoppers will find a wide array of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, along with shoes, handbags, scarves, jewelry, accessories, children’s games, puzzles, toys, books, DVDs, housewares, glassware, pictures, linens, etc. 

“There is something for everyone!  Make sure to stop by and peruse our treasures,” said Elaine Swirsky, long-standing Chairperson of this fun event. All are welcome to stop by and find a gift for Mother’s Day.

Church Worship Services

Sunday service times at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd include Rite II Holy Eucharist without music at 8 a.m. and Rite II Holy Eucharist with music at 10 a.m.  All are welcome. 

For more information about the The Church of the Good Shepherd’s many other programs call the Parish Office at 203- 795-6577, e-mail thegoodspheherd@optonline.net, visit the website at www.thegoodshepherdorangect.org, and check out the Facebook page www.facebook.com/cgsorangect for frequent postings.

Do You Know Where To Recycle Your Old Electronics?

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Apr 212017

In celebration of Earth Day this weekend, we encourage residents to properly dispose of their old electronics. Orange residents should bring all electronics to the Orange Transfer Station for recycling.

But you can share this information with your friends and family out-of-town. This Technology Recycling Map to map allows users to enter a zip code, and then displays the closest technology recycling centers to that zip code.

Here is an example of the sites within 20 miles of Orange, anyone can choose his or her home location and distances in the search box by following the link ABOVE.

Orange Democrats and Republicans jointly support Charter Revision Proposal

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Apr 202017

Orange Democratic Town Chairman, Jody Dietch, and Orange Republican Town Chairman, Nancy Nastri, jointly announced that the Town’s two political parties both support the proposed amendments to the Town’s Charter and are each working to encourage residents to vote at the referendum which is scheduled to be held on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the High Plains Community Center from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Dietch stated that “the proposed amendments are the result of the hard work and collaboration of the Republicans and Democrats that served on the Charter Revision Commission over the last year.”  Nastri echoed Dietch’s statement.  Nastri said “our current town officials have worked well together to develop the proposed Charter amendments which are for the good of the town and are designed to modernize our local government and update provisions that haven’t been changed in more than 40 years.”  

Dietch agreed with Nastri and emphasized that “the proposed changes do not reflect a change to our form of government, but simply reflect changes caused by laws that require some of our town officials to obtain certifications, or that reflect changes in property values, and trends in resident participation.”  Nastri added “for example, our Board of Selectmen is limited to making decisions on purchasing real property that has a value of $150,000 or less.  This amount has not changed since the 1970’s, but property values have increased dramatically since that time.  The proposed change increases the selectmen’s authority to $500,000, an amount that better represents modern property values.”  Nastri added to this point that “this example demonstrates that the proposed changes are not overreaching or changing our town meeting form of government.  The residents of Orange will continue to have input on the major decisions that impact our town, like the annual budget, major open space purchases and bond issues, but the proposed changes will allow our elected officials to conduct town business with a modest increase in their discretion.”

In addition, the Charter Revision proposes changes to the terms of office for elected officials, including First Selectman as well as a change to the number needed for a quorum at a town meeting.  These are important issues that both Dietch and Nastri strongly encourage residents to educate themselves on and turn out to vote on May 18.  Further detail on the Charter Revisions are included in the local Orange newspapers.

Dietch and Nastri both applauded the effort that went into the proposed charter revisions.   “It is clear from the bipartisan support on both the Charter Revision Commission and the Board of Selectmen that the parties can come together on issues that are for the good of the town,” they said.  

Since the proposed revisions to the charter will be voted on at a special election that will take place on Thursday, May 18, the law requires a turnout of at least 15% of the registered voters in order for the vote to count.  Nastri and Dietch stated “this vote provides a rare opportunity for residents to make changes to how our town is governed.  Our elected officials and neighbors appointed to serve on the Charter Revision Commission volunteered a lot of their personal time and we hope that all registered voters come out on May 18th to participate in this process.”

The referendum questions can be obtained from the town clerk’s office or the First Selectman’s office.  Polls open on May 18 at 6 a.m. and will remain open until 8 p.m.  Everyone will vote at the High Plains Community Center and absentee ballots can be obtained from the town clerk.



USDA Announces Burrito Recall

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Apr 202017

Request Foods, Inc., of Holland, Mich. is recalling around 30,537 pounds of burrito products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products are mislabeled as a chicken with cheese and bean burrito but contain an egg and sausage burrito product. The product contains egg and soy, known allergens, which are not declared on the product label.

The frozen burrito items were produced on Dec. 19, 2016. The following products are subject to recall: [View Label]

  • 6 oz. plastic package containing “ATKINS CHICKEN WITH CHEESE AND BEAN BURRITO” with a “Best By” date of Dec. 19, 2017.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-17644” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

The problem was discovered after the firm received a consumer complaint.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to eat them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify that recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Consumer Affairs at (844) 342-3400. Media with questions about the recall can contact Tom Lindell, Vice President of Public Affairs, at (612) 305-6149.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov.The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

Register Now For The Orange Lions Glow Ball Golf Tournament

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Apr 192017

The Orange Lions Club is teaming up with the Orange Ale House for its annual Glow Ball Golf Tournament on Friday, June 2.
The event will kick off at the Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road at 6 p.m. for food and drinks then proceed to the Orchards Golf Course, 137 Kozlowski Drive, Milford for a Shot Gun Start at 8:30 p.m.
At 11 p.m. prizes will be awarded and drinks served.
The format for this tournament is a 4 person scramble. You can look forward to competing in the Closest to the Pin contest, Low Gross and Putting Contest.
Register BEFORE MONDAY, MAY 1 for the early bird fee of $100 per golfer. After May 1 the fee is $125 per golfer which includes Glow Ball, Food/Drinks and Prizes.
For tickets, call Nick Bencivengo at 203-901-9062, or Ron Ruotolo at 203-996-0989 or e-mail  Ronruotolo@orangectlions.org

Boys’ Lacrosse: Spartans Destroy The Lawmen in Milford

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Apr 192017

The Amity Spartans Lacrosse Team was on the road in Milford at Jonathan Law High School Wednesday, April 19.
Amity took an early lead with seven goals in the first quarter. They kept up the momentum with six additional goals in the second.
Both the Spartans and the Lawmen scored three goals in the third and Amity wrapped things up in the final quarter with an additional two goals.
Score Board
Amity:          7-6-3-2 = 18
Jonny Law: 0-0-3-0 = 3Notable players:
Amity — Adam Cusano made 5 goals and had 1 assist; Tyler Vincent made 4 goals; Ryan Rattley, Mark DellaTorre and Tyler Ballaro each made 2 goals; Colin Hughes made 1 goal and had 4 assists; Harry Brochinsky and Luke Smith each made 1 goal and had 2 assists; Max Trachten had 2 assists; Cory Sachs and Matt Merriam each had 1 assist.

Jonathan Law —  Cole Egersheim made 2 goals and had 1 assist; Hayden Hulme made 1 goal.

Amity outshot Jonathan Law 34-13.

Saves: Amity — Matt Perrotti made 4 saves and Dane Walsh made 2 for the Spartans.  Law — Tanner Georgelos made 6 saves.

Records: Amity 5-3, Jonathan Law 2-4

Softball: Amity Slams Branford 15-2 in Woodbridge

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Apr 122017

The Lady Spartans softball team hosted the Branford Hornets on Monday in Woodbridge.

Amity pitcher Grace Whitman had some big shoes to fill after Katie Koshes and Morgan Perry graduated last year, but she has some chops and is making a name for herself this year.

Whitman had 5 strikeouts in Monday’s game.

The Lady Spartans took an early lead with four runs in the first inning, followed by two in the second, while Branford didn’t get on the scoreboard until the fourth inning with two runs. Amity kept forging ahead with four runs in the fourth and five runs in the fifth inning.

Whitman works well with catcher Rachel Crow.

Records: Amity 3-0; Branford 0-2

Amity is on the road today, Wednesday, April 12 at Lauralton Hall in Milford at 4:15 p.m.

The 2017 Roster includes:

Freshman Abigail Fletcher (#20)

Sophomores — Elizabeth Brownfield (#2); Rachael Crow (#4); and Sarah Sudhoff (#28)

Juniors — Grace Whitman (#6); Danielle Nordyk (#7); Carly Marchitto (#10); Nicole Koshes (#16); and Brooke Matyasovsky (#17);

Seniors — Emily Mullins (#3); Audrey Regan (#13); Aviva Green (#15); Jenna Thomas (#25), and Taylor Derienzo (#27)