Come To The First Peck Place Holiday Craft Fair

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Nov 142017

It’s that time of year, the holiday season is upon us and everyone is beginning to bustle around getting presents and decorations for their family and homes.
This year, try something new, the inaugural Peck Place School Holiday Craft Fair this Saturday, Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The fair will take place at the school, 500 Peck Lane, Orange.
Organizers promise lots of great vendors, Cappetta’s pizza truck, a raffle, bake sale, kids crafts and a fun time for all!

Ballot Question Results

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Nov 132017

It’s been almost a week since the election, but here you go. These are the results of the seven questions that were on the ballot.

Take a close look at the numbers to see which ones Orange residents were most passionate about.


1. “Shall the Charter be amended to increase the terms of the First Selectman, Board of Selectmen, Tax Collector, Town Clerk, Registrar of Voters and Constables from a two year term to a four year term, with terms to commence on the first Monday of December, or as otherwise provided by state statute, effective January 1, 2018? ”

YES  1813   NO  1954

2. “Shall the Charter be amended to change the term of the Town Planiiing and Zoning Commissions deferred position so that begriming with the 2023 biennial election three members shall have concurrent four-year terms?”

YES  1777   NO  1873

3. “Shall the Charter be amended to modify the definition of “quorum of qualified electors or taxpayers al a town meeting from “1 00” to “those present”?”

YES  1742   NO  1906

4. “Shall the Charter be amended to modify the need for town meeting action for the purchase and sale of real estate of the town or any interest therein for properties or interests with a value of $500,000 or greater?”

YES  2707    NO  1444

5. “Shall the Charter be amended to require that all votes concerning the annual budget be sent to a referendum?”

YES  2719    NO  1388

6. “Shall the Charter be amended to delete the requirement that all ordinances be published iii their entirely following passage and only require a publication of a notice of passage?”

YES  1950     NO  2183

7. “Shall the Charter be amended to correct typographical and grammatical errors, to delete outdated references and update other references?”

YES  3699    NO  499

Obituary: Nathan Sokoloff, 100, Hardworking Man of Integrity, Beloved Father of Heidi Saxe

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Nov 132017

Nathan Sokoloff, 100, a long time resident of Orange, and most recently of Tower One in New Haven, devoted husband of the late Clara (Tolchinsky) Sokoloff, died at his home on November 10, 2017.

Born in Brooklyn, NY., December 16, 1916, he was the son of the late Irwin & Rachel (Wiener), Sokoloff. He was preceded in death by wife Clara; grandson Jeremy Saxe; son-in-law Gregory Johnson; his brother George and his sister Sophie. Beloved Father of Jill Noel (John) of Hamden, Heidi Saxe (Tracy) of Orange and Michael Sokoloff (Judy) of Cheshire. Cherished Grandfather of Dayna, Jessica, Robert, Ryan, Brian, Thomas and the late Jeremy Saxe.

Nat had a long career working full-time from 13 years old in the Garment District in NYC and was still working one day a week even after his 100th birthday. In addition to his long career in textiles, he had success in other industries as well, including the game industry, banking and, finally, working part-time in legal services. Nat served in the US Army during the Second World War. He was also President of Orange Little League during their championship year.

Nat was an extremely devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Nat and Clara were married for more than 70 years before she passed in 2010. Always the love his life, she inspired in him a passion for songwriting after her death that resulted in him writing over 70 songs in both English and Yiddish, many of them romantic ballads to Clara’s memory. He began to perform live shows at his new home at Tower One in his 90s and was preparing another performance at the time of his death. They both excelled at ballroom dancing and enjoyed traveling.

There was nothing Nat wouldn’t do for his family. Nathan leaves behind a loving family who have always admired him, learned from him, and will deeply miss him. Well educated, and self-taught, he continued his lifelong learning to the very end through extensive reading, research on the internet and kept current with technology using his iPhone for texting and social media to keep abreast of his grandchildren.

A celebration of the life of Nathan Sokoloff will be held at Robert E. Shure Funeral Home, 543 George Street, New Haven on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. with interment services to follow with military honors at B’nai Jacob Memorial Park, 200 Wintergreen Avenue, New Haven.

Nat’s family will be receiving from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be sent to Jeremy Saxe Foundation Saxe Doernberger & Vita, P.C. 35 Nutmeg Drive, Trumbull, CT 06611.

To sign an online registry book or leave a message of condolence, please visit: www.shurefuneralhome.com

Get Ready For The Orange Holiday Festival

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Nov 112017

It’s time to start planning your gingerbread (house) creation, the annual Orange Holiday Festival, and Tree Lighting is planned for Sunday, Dec. 3.

The festivities will take place on and around the Orange Town Green beginning at 3 p.m.

Visitors may tour the Stone-Otis House to see what Christmas was like in Victorian times.

The Academy Building and Antique Shop will be open and all are welcome to view the Orange Historical Society’s antique collections and Emily Prudden Watercolors. While you’re there, head to the lower level between 3 – 5 p.m. to see the New Haven and Derby line model railroad setup — It’s wonderful!

The Orange Congregational Church will host a cookie sale and have crafts for the kids from 3-5 p.m. The Bell Choir will perform a hand bell concert and carol sing in the church sanctuary from 4-5 p.m. An alternative giving opportunity for Heifer International also will be available.

As always, the Case Memorial Library will be beautifully decorated and will host musical performances by Al deCant of Half Moon Music, whose children’s program in the library meeting room from 3:30 – 4 p.m. is a crowd pleaser, and the Amity Chamber Singers performance on the main level from 4:15 to 4:30 p.m. should not be missed.

Also in the library, guess how many candies are in the jar and win a prize, write a letter to Santa Claus and make a craft in the craft room. The Library will be open from 3 – 5 p.m.

The Annual Gingerbread contest will be featured in the Clark Building. Friends of all ages are invited to enter a gingerbread creation. Entries must be dropped off at the Clark Building between 2-3 p.m. on Dec. 3 and must be picked up between 5:30 – 6 p.m. The winner will be invited to light the Christmas Tree.

Always a crowd favorite, an ice carving demonstration will take place in front of the Clark Building from 3 – 5 p.m.

Of course, the highlight of the entire festival day happens at 5 p.m. when Santa Claus arrives. The tree lighting will take place at 5:15 p.m. Children may visit with Santa on the

The New Light Switch was designed by Chris Small.

Town Green until the end of the Holiday Festival at 6 p.m.

Daisy Troop Makes A Greatly Appreciated Donation

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Nov 102017

Amity Daisy Troop 60274 brought donations to the Orange Food Bank at High Plains Community Center this week.

It’s wonderful that such young children already have learned about charitable giving. They are well on their way to a great way of life.

Thank you, girls, for your kindness and generosity. I know it is greatly appreciated.

Veterans Day Ceremony On 11-11 at 11, Commemorative Bricks Available

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Nov 092017

The Town of Orange will host a program honoring Veterans on Saturday, November 11, 2017, at the Veterans Remembrance Walkway in front of the High Plains Community Center at 11:00 a.m. 

The town welcomes and encourages the public and any veterans to attend. 

Everyone is reminded that applications are still available to purchase commemorative bricks for the Veterans Remembrance Walkway.  Bricks are $100 each and may be purchased by veterans themselves or by families in memory of beloved veterans, either living or deceased. 

For more information, please contact Mary Shaw at 203-891-4737 or e-mail mshaw@orange-ct.gov

Orange Senior Center Hosts Holiday Dinner Dance

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Nov 092017

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The annual Orange Senior Center Holiday Dinner Dance will take place at the Racebrook Country Club on Sunday, Dec. 3 from 12 to 3:30 p.m.

Musical entertainment provided by “Good to Go” from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Meal choice of either Chicken, Beef, or Fish, with dessert and a cash bar. The cost is $35 per person.

Tickets are now on sale. Payment and meal choice must be made at the time of reservation. Tables will seat 8 to 10 persons. If you wish to be seated with particular people, payment for the group
must be made at the same time. Checks payable to “Treasurer, Town of Orange.”

Many thanks to the generosity of the Orange Foundation Trust U/A, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, who gave the grant to pay for the music and to reduce the price of the ticket.

Orange Snow Removal Ordinance Now In Effect

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Nov 092017

A message from Highway Department Foreman Don Foyer:

The Orange Highway Department would like to remind residents the “Snow  Removal Ordinance” is in effect now and will remain in effect until April 1, 2018.

The “Unlawful to Park” is listed under Section 2 of the “Snow Removal Ordinance” and reads as follows:

“It shall be unlawful at any time during the period between Nov. 1 and April 1 for anyone to park, or allow to be parked, any vehicle in any street or highway of the Town of Orange in such a way as to hamper and interfere with the work of removing or plowing of snow or the removing or sending of ice from or on such street or highway.”

The ordinance also authorizes the police to tag and remove, at the owner’s expense, any vehicle parked, or allowed to be parked in the street. The Orange Highway Department is seeking the cooperation of all motor vehicle owners in keeping their vehicles parked off of the roadway during winter storms and when storms are forecasted to begin during the night.  Residents who have a particular problem with off-street parking should seek the advice of the Police Department and not disregard the provisions of the Snow Removal Ordinance.

                                                                    Submitted by Donald P. Foyer, Sr., Crew Chief

                                                                    Orange Highway Department   203-891-4775

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Notes In A Nutshell: Town Plan And Zoning Commission

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Nov 092017

The Town Plan and Zoning Commission met in Room 2 at the High Plains Community Center on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Following are notes from that meeting.

1. SITE PLAN APPLICATION – ARCHITECTURAL STANDARDS SUPPLEMENT – Submitted by David Bushley, LLC., for property known as 91 Boston Post Road (the AT&T Store).

For proposed architectural façade changes at 91 Boston Post Road.


2. SITE PLAN APPLICATION – Submitted by Majestic Empire Holdings, LLC; for property known as 348 Boston Post Road. For the re-construction of TGI Fridays Restaurant. Application required to determine compliance due to site changes that were made without required approvals.

Unanimously approved site plan application dependent on the condition of including a breakaway fence for emergency vehicles and landscaping changes to be submitted to zoning enforcement officer.

3. Possible Executive Session to discuss pending litigation concerning 320 Michael Court.


4. Review of the Minutes of the September 19, 2017 meeting.


5. Old Business.


6. New Business.

Chairman Ozzie Parente suggested changing the start time for Commission meetings from 7:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. effective Jan. 1, 2018. (paperwork will be submitted to Town Clerk)

7. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

Blight and/or Town Ordinance Violations at 829 Racebrook Road, 711 Laurie Lane, 342 Country Lane.

Public Works will begin removing Non-compliant signs on the Boston Post Road.


8. *PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE PLAN OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT – Upon the initiative of the Orange Town Plan and Zoning Commission. To amend the Orange Plan of Conservation and Development regarding Transit Oriented Development in the Town of Orange. (Continued from the August 1, and August 15, September 5, and September 19, 2017 meetings.)

Revised regulations may cause challenges and concerns, and as far as the TODD District, nothing will be done without a train station.

200 units approved can go up to 240.

Commissioner Judy Smith said personally, she does not believe Orange Needs a train station after the West Haven one was built. She’d rather see light industrial in that area.

Commissioner Ralph Aschettino said Orange has limited LI2 space available and it would be thrown away by following through with the train station/residential plan.

2,000 sq ft per unit most commissioners thought it was not necessary. 1,000 sq ft per unit would be acceptable.

9. *PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING MAP – Upon the initiative of the Orange Town Plan and Zoning Commission. The proposed change is to clarify the Zoning Designation for TODD eligible properties located on Marsh Hill Road. (Continued from the August 1, and August 15, September 5, and September 19, 2017 meetings.)

10. *PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING REGULATIONS — Submitted upon the initiative of the Orange Town Plan and Zoning Commission. To amend Article XXIV – Transit Oriented Development District of the Orange Zoning Regulations. (Continued from the August 1, and August 15, September 5, and September 19, 2017 meetings.)

Commuter parking garage could be used by the state of CT.

11. Discussion and possible vote to correct scrivener’s error with regard to the TODD District and “TODD eligible area” on the Orange Zoning Map.

Steven Studer representing Dichello, the company that would benefit from a train station development in Orange.

Proposed construction could be phased in. Studer said not too confident in his proposal before the commission after listening to their earlier discussion during this meeting.

What you’re doing is closing a regulation which won’t do anything. In order for the TODD to benefit the community, it has to benefit surrounding businesses too.

Geoff Gordon representing Dichello – if you don’t look out for the developers, they aren’t going to come.

Everyone dreams of a big research facility, but it’s not going to happen, Gordon said.

A coffee shop near the train platform would attract customers.

The TODD needs to be expanded because what you’ve proposed is half a TODD.

Millennials want to jump on a train and go to New York or Boston.

Studer said Mr. Hall is very disappointed by the way things are going tonight.

The Commission decided to keep Item #10 Open. Glenn Chalder of Planimetrics said if you keep one open then keep all of them open.

Aschettino said they’ve been beating a dead horse and discussing it for months, so why keep anything open.

The newest commissioner, Kevin Cornell, was very vocal and appeared to be in charge.

Register Now For The Orange Lions’ Thanksgiving Dinner

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Nov 082017

Each year the Lions Club of Orange hosts a Thanksgiving Dinner for seniors and those in the community who don’t have anyone to share dinner with on Thanksgiving Day.

All are welcome to attend.

This year, the dinner will take place at the High Plains Community Center Gym on Sunday, Nov. 26 at 12:30 p.m. It always includes a wonderful meal and entertainment.

Registration is required to ensure that the Lions can prepare enough turkey, pie and other fixings.

To register call the Orange Community Services office at 203-891-4788.