When Will The Leaves Peak In Orange?

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Sep 232020

If you are a fan of fall leaf-peeping, here’s a site you may like. The New England Today Seasons website features a “Live” foliage map that shows your where the leaves are changing.

The spring and summer conditions that we had may be detrimental to the rich colors of fall. The leaves may dry and fall before they have a chance to change color.

Yesterday, Sept. 22, was the first day of Autumn and the weather conditions from now on also count. We will need dry, warm sunny days and cool, but not freezing nights for a pretty leaf-peeping season.

Fingers crossed for a colorful autumn.


PCH Scam Reported

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Sep 232020

In these uncertain times, so many people are finding themselves in desperate financial situations. So a phone call from the Publishers Clearing House telling you that you’ve won a prize couldn’t come at a better time.

But don’t be fooled, even though it may sound AMAZING, don’t be fooled, it is most definitely a scam.

Publishers Clearing House does not notify its winners by e-mail or phone, they come to your home with all of that over the top enthusiasm and surprise them, so they get a genuine reaction on camera.

This is from the PCH website:

“At PCH winners of our major prize awards are notified live and in person by our famous Prize Patrol. Since PCH awards a steady range of prizes throughout the year, at our option, we may notify winners of lesser prize amounts via an overnight express carrier such as UPS, FedEx, or USPS Express Mail and occasionally via email. Major prize awards and SuperPrize winners are not notified via email. Prizes are awarded within eight weeks of final winner selection.”

If you believe you are being scammed, here’s how to contact the real Publisher’s Clearing House:

http://pch.custhelp.com/app/home, or call us toll free at 1-800-566-4724 for Customer Service assistance

One Year Ago We Lost Someone Very Special

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Sep 232020

It’s hard to believe that one year ago today on Sept. 23, 2019, we lost Annie  “Elf Mama,” “Cookie Mama,” Davis.

Immediately after learning of this sad news, I (Terri Miles) began collecting money with which to purchase a memorial bench for Annie so no one ever forgets her or her contributions to the town of Orange.

Annie was the driving force behind the Santa’s Helper fundraising program that brought joy to hundreds of Orange residents each year and brought in badly needed funds to the Orange Volunteer Fire Department for the purchase of gear or whatever it needed at the time.

She spent several months each year organizing the event so it ran without a hitch, as long as everyone followed her directions to the letter. She’d call me at lunchtime from her work office and let me know that a press release was in the works and that I could edit it anyway I’d like, to make it “fun.”

She was known for her love of baking and the delicious cookies she made for the police, fire, CERT, and EMT members at big community events such as the Orange Country Fair, Firemen’s Carnival, and, of course in the break room during Santa’s Helper night.

She was a dedicated and founding member of the Orange Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

As many of you know, all of the necessary funds finally came through, and with the assistance of CERT member, and Annie’s longtime friend, Ken Lyke, the bench was ordered and we are just waiting for its’ delivery.

With the first selectman’s approval, we found the perfect location for the bench and we will host a social distancing dedication ceremony for all of the wonderful people who donated money for the bench.


If you helped the cause by donating to the Annie Davis Memorial Bench Fund, please send me an e-mail at orangectlive01@gmail.com expressing your interest in joining us for the dedication. (Put in your two cents for Saturday or Sunday – 11 a.m. or 1 p.m.)

At this time I don’t know the exact date because we don’t have it yet, BUT it will take place on a weekend giving everyone a fair shake at having a vote on the most convenient day and time.

The dedication will be limited to ONLY those who made a donation. Without YOU this memorial would not be possible.

Police: Woman Charged With Violating A Protective Order

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Sep 232020

On Monday, Sept. 14, Orange police were dispatched to Wilson Road at 7:29 p.m. on a complaint of a violation of a protective order.
Investigation revealed that Deana A. Baldino, 46, of Hamden went to Wilson Road knowing that she had a court order stating not to return to that residence.
In addition, according to the report, Baldino had contacted a protected person multiple times via electronic devices which also was prohibited.
She was taken into custody and charged with violation of a protective order and released after posting a
$1,000 bond for a court appearance on Sept. 15.

Orange Police: Man Charged With Risk Of Injury To A Minor And More

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Sep 232020

Orange police responded to a disturbance complaint at Homewood Suites, 99 Marsh Hill Road, at 2:18. a.m. on Sept. 9.
Investigation revealed that Jose Lopez-Lopez, 27, of Medford, NY, was involved in a verbal argument that turned physical.
According to the report, his actions caused structural damage to another person’s vehicle and placed a child in harm’s way.
Lopez-Lopez was taken into custody and charged with risk of injury to a minor, first-degree criminal mischief, and second-degree breach of peace.
He was held on a $15,000 bond for court on Sept. 10.

Orange Police:

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Sep 232020

Orange police responded to a shoplifting complaint at Target, 25 Boston Post Road, on Sept. 10 at 2:54 p.m.

According to the report, the incident had just occurred, and officers were given a description of the shoplifter, whom they immediately located in the store parking lot.

Police said, William E. Mcelveen, 67, of New Haven, was accused of taking $392.80 worth of merchandise without paying for it. He was taken into custody and charged with sixth-degree larceny.

Mcelveen was released on a promise to appear in court on Dec. 16.

Orange CT Property Transfers

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Sep 202020

Following are the property transfers for July and August from the Orange Town Clerk’s Office.

Aug. 27 

42 Grannis Street, $196,000, Carl Carangelo admin Anne Davis Est. To James and Sara Vincent

423 Sheldon Court $345,000 Jean Williams to Tian Wushuang

120 Coram Lane $805,000 Brian and Jennifer May to Kumar Vuay

55 Red Cedar Circle $280,000, Mary Newell Estate, to Robert and Elizabeth Dow

147 Cherry Hill Road, $330,000 Anna Caccavale Estate to Sawsan Kassar

Aug. 26139 Coram Lane $820,000 Heather Enos and Ross Wohlert to Shivakumar Rujaraman and Darshana Dhanaraj

No address given $642,500 Georg Ling and Suzanne Elliott to Samantha Smith and Matthew Zegarek

913 Green Circle $685,000 Gladys Soto to Asmath and Shelina Mohammed 

Aug. 25

117 Cricket Lane $349,900 John and Nyleen Dories to Elizabeth Gerace and Timothy Ryan

270 Zak Court. $475,000 Timothy and Margaret Dowd to Karolina Dudzik

Aug. 24 

27 Hedgefield Court $795,000 Mark and Joan Nordstrom to Robert and Rebecca Sanderson

Aug. 21

393 West River Road. $460,000 Donald Bailey III and Kristina Houst to Jason Staples

705 Orange Center Road, $135,000, Elizabeth Hovey Family Trust, to 706 Orange Center Road LLC

Aug. 20

502 Grassy Hill Road, $314,000 Peter Cahill to Annacarina and David Jacob

259 Hemlock Hill Road, $365,000 Alfred Mayer to Belal Basatna and Alia Shehada

Aug. 18

Clark Lane , No Price Given, BGRS Relocation Inc to Ahsley and Kevin Siros

483 Ferry Road $365,000 Kivin and Danielle Carrano to Alex and Katherine Bird

503 Carriage Drive, $430,000,  Elaine Pavlik Trust to Vera and Glenn Gaetano

Aug. 14

615 St. Johns Drive $275,000 Michael Richetelli to Norma Camacho and Daniel Tarifi

Aug. 11

Miles Road, $465,000, Jane Cenami to Joshua Orlinsky and Melanie Sion

Lot 3 Sunrise Hill Estates, $306,000 Sunrise Hill Estates LLC to Jennifer Lucarelli

Aug. 10

No Address Given, $320,000, Sidney Gimple to Christopher Pizzi

Aug. 8

129 Cherry Hill Road, $440,000, Elnur Nasibov to Ryan and Kelly Mihalyak

Aug. 4

70 Russell Ave. $297,000 Lorraine Sikeritzky to Kristen Isacsson and Craig Parsons

Aug. 3. 

20 Shepherd Lane Parcel $510,000 Church of the Good Shepherd to Jessica and Finn MacDaniel

392 Clark Lane $539,000, Brian and Kathryn Malagrida to BGRS Relocation INC

295 Derby Turnpike $351,000 Oyster Point Investments LLC to Marie Vazquez

37 Rolling Ridge Road, $325,000, Mark Gorenbert Trust to Mengke Tang

July 31 

19 Hampton Close $550,000 Richard McCarthy Trust to Thomas and Heather Weatherly

July 30

436 Treat Lane, $1,110,000 Michael and Sheryl Richetelli to Jeremy and Jennifer Myers. 

139 Wild Rose Drive $650,000 Mindy Printz-Kopelson to Adriana and Sebastian Tavenas

July 28

65 Lakeside Drive, Beecher Walk, $269,900, Oak Tree Development to Wan Meng Ting

July 27

630 Lakeview Road, $349,900 Kelli Jelsma to Charles Buynovsky III

312 Hawthorne Lane, $325,000 James Flynn to Sheryl Richetelli

July 23
21 Crofut Road, $400,000, 21 Crofut LLC to Richard Carlstrom

350 Woodland Lane, $565,000, Robert Kroepel Jr and Rosanne Kropel to Jeffrey and Robin Adefun

July 21 

357 Ridge Road, $441,000, Jeffrey and Robin Adefun to Joseph Sulzychi and Linsay Aronheim

July 20

Fairway Road, $441,000, Pauline Lin and Albert Shaw to Arun and Anusha Pillai

25 Hampton Close, $648,000 George Palermo to Bhavika and Dinesh Patel
(Two pieces) Wagon Trail, $480, Robert and Gina Bohan to Azem and Send Dushaj

July 17
571 Summit Drive $330,000 Brian and Mary Moulder to Anthony Calandro

Derby Milford Road, $260,000 Kopek Family Trust to Lauro Marin

July 16

650 St. Johns Drive $1,175,000 Richard and Heather Sell to Prashanth Vallabhajosyula

457 Pine Tree Drive, $405,000 Jeffrey and Gail Barnett to Xiau Wu and Xia Wang

July 15

Orange Center Road $240,000 Janet Lutz to Fabricio Zelaya-Salgado

July 13

293 Arnold Lane, $355,000 Matthew Shaw to Troy Kovalik

July 6 

388 Fairlea Road, $320,000, Jennie Klinger Estate to Junkai Zhou and Jinglan Wang

350 Woodland Lane, $565,000, Robert Kroepel Jr and Rosanne Kropel to Jeffrey and Robin Adefun

(Two pieces) Wagon Trail, $480, Robert and Gina Bohan to Azem and Send Dushaj

July 1 
62 South Rolling Ridge Road, $493,000 Jackson Voss to Aung Naing

67 Lakeside Drive , $276,510, Oak Tree Development LLC to Maryann Palmieri Trust

361 Drummond Road, $370,000 Stanton Taylor to Nicholas and Amy Rivers

Coronavirus At Amity High

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Sep 182020

Dear Amity Community Members:

On Friday, September 18, 2020, Amity Regional School District No. 5 was notified that a member of our school community has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

The affected person has been instructed to remain home in self-isolation for 10 days and has been provided with additional instructions to follow prior to returning to school. Family members have also been instructed to self-quarantine and get tested.

The last day this person was in Amity Regional High School was Monday, September 14, 2020. Anyone who is considered a “close contact” with this person has been contacted or will be contacted by local health officials and provided with instructions on the appropriate steps to take.

COVID-19 is spread mainly via person-to-person contact through contaminated air droplets from coughing and sneezing by an infected person.

As with controlling the spread of other viruses, we urge everyone to discuss the following preventive measures with your children and family members:

• Wash your hands frequently, but especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for about 20 seconds. Be sure to also wash your fingertips. When soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer.

• Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze inside the elbow of your arm.

• As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.

• Wear a face covering (mask) whenever there is a likelihood that you or your family members will be in the presence of others.

• Maintain social distancing (at least 6 feet) between yourself and others when outside of your home.

Below is the list of COVID-19 symptoms for which everyone should monitor in their family members:

❑ Fever (100.4° Fahrenheit or higher)

❑ Chills or shaking chills

❑ Uncontrolled new cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)

❑ Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

❑ New loss of taste or smell

For additional information on COVID-19 symptoms, please see:


Everyone is reminded that staff and students exhibiting any of the above symptoms, or feeling ill, should remain home and call their medical provider to report their symptoms and ask about testing prior to seeking in-person care at a clinic, physician’s office, or hospital.

For more information on what to do if you or a family member has possible symptoms, a diagnosis, or exposure to COVID-19, please see Addendum 5: Interim Guidance for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios in Connecticut School Districts, available here:


We are closely monitoring this situation and working with the Orange Health Department and Quinnipiack Valley Health District. At this time, health officials are not recommending a closure of school. We will provide you with updates if the situation changes.

Sincerely, Jenn Byars

Amity Superintendent

Obituary: Walter E. Hassenmayer, 91, Beloved Father, Grandfather, Friend

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Sep 172020

Walter Edward Hassenmayer, 91, of Milford, affectionately known to family, friends, and business associates as “Skip,” passed away quickly and peacefully on August 29, 2020, at Connecticut Hospice in Branford.            

Skip was born on May 24, 1929 in Middletown, New York.  He was the son of Theodore August and Pearl Lewis Hassenmayer. He was one of seven children.  He moved with his family to Milford, CT so his father could work as a union carpenter.             

The following year, his family returned to Middletown.  However, Skip liked Milford and had already started school at Milford High School.  He stayed behind living and working at Ryder Trailer Park with Ralph and Ella Ryder. Ralph was to become his legal guardian as he was only fourteen years old and on his own.  

It was at MHS that he met his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Ruth Miles.  After graduating in 1948, they were married on September 10, 1949.            

Over the next few years, they would go on to have four sons and build a house in Milford. In 1954, he started a welding business, Mesco Incorporated, in Milford.  

Initially, they made railings but eventually moved into fabricating and manufacturing.  Mesco serviced the metal fabricating needs of local manufacturers, including the three major aerial lift manufacturers in Milford, as well as building massive forklift trucks for Silent Hoist and Crane Company in Brooklyn, New York.  Mesco was known for quality workmanship and fair dealings.  

Everyone knew “Skip from Mesco.” After retirement from Mesco, he spent considerable time on his farm in South Ryegate, Vermont.  Agriculture was Skip’s lifelong passion. He was a fifty-year member of Ansantawae Lodge #89, having been raised on March 23, 1962.  He also was a member of Pyramid Shrine, Milford Elks, and Indian River Grange.            

Skip was predeceased by his loving wife of over 70 years, Ruth, who passed away in April; his parents; brothers Richard, Fred, Albert, and Thomas, and sons Douglas Hassenmayer and David Hassenmayer.              

He is survived by his sister Nancy Forbes of Middletown, New York; brother William Hassenmayer of Princess Anne, Maryland; Sons Thomas E. Hassenmayer (Morgan) of New Haven, and James R. Hassenmayer of Orange; Daughters-in law Kathleen Hassenmayer of  Milford and Analida Hassenmayer of Fayetteville NC.            

Also, grandsons Daniel Hassenmayer of Orange, Robert Hassenmayer (Tricia) of Orange, Edward Hassenmayer of Fayetteville NC, and Gerry Hassenmayer (Dana) of Greenville NC; great-grandchildren Callen and Landyn; numerous nieces and nephews and longtime family friend David Eisenman.           

 Skip was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend.  He was a dedicated family man and will be missed and remembered by all who knew him.           

 Interment will be private, and a memorial service will be held at a later date to celebrate the lives of Ruth and Skip.

Three Promotions Announced At Orange Police Department This Week

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Sep 172020

This announcement was posted on the OPD Facebook page this week.

On Monday, September 14, the Board of Police Commissioners voted unanimously to promote Sergeant Michael Kosh to the rank of Lieutenant and Officers William Edwards and Sean Bartley to the rank of Sergeant. 

Please join us in congratulating three well-deserving, hard-working individuals on their promotions.