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No Carnival But The Raffle Will Go On! (Updated)

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Jun 052020
 

The Raffle Booth Won’t Look Like This In 2020

Donny Foyer, Chairman of the Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival released the list of this year’s Raffle Prizes.

List of 2020 Raffle Prizes

1st Prize $10,000 Visa Card – People’s Bank

2nd Prize $5,000 Visa Card – People’s Bank

3rd Prize $3,000 Visa Card – People’s Bank

4th Prize $2,500 Gift Certificate, Anytime Fitness, 560 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT

5th Prize $1,200 Gift Certificate – Diamond Designs, 500 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT

6th Prize Apple I-Pad Wi-Fi – 128 GB, Best Buy, 53 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT

7th Prize $400 Gift Card – ShopRite, 935 Boston Post Road, Milford, CT

8th Prize $300 Gift Card – Trader Joe’s, 560 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT

9th Prize $250 Gift Card – Knight’s, Inc., 286 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT

10th Prize $200 Gift Card – Kohl’s, 250 Bull Hill Lane, Orange, CT

11th Prize Gift Card – Outback Steakhouse, 132 Marsh Hill Road, Orange, CT

Alcoholic beverages not included

About Ticket Sales and the drawing

Tickets will be mailed out to homes next week. (June 8 – 12) They also will be available from ANY Orange Volunteer Firefighter; at People’s Bank, 653 Orange Center Road, Orange; First Selectman’s Office, Orange Town Hall; and Knight’s Power Equipment, 286 Boston Post Road.

Raffle Tickets are now available online via the Orange Fire Department website: OrangeVFD.org/carnival until July 19, 2020. All online orders will be processed and the ticket stubs returned via mail. Please allow 7-10 days for receipt of the paper tickets.

Price is still $5.00/each Suggested Donation

Drawing to be held on Sunday, August 2, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT
Ticket holders need not be present to win.

Have You Heard Of The Fire Truck $50K Challenge?

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Jun 042020
 

The six elected Members of the Orange Board of Finance are sponsoring a program to help raise money for the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

The Fire Truck $50K Challenge is 100% integrated with and supported by the First Selectman and Orange Volunteer Fire Association (OVFA) Leadership.

Due to the Covid-19 situation, and current edicts from the State of CT, the Orange Volunteer Fireman’s Association (OVFA) canceled its annual Carnival in August 2020.

The OVFA relies on the carnival for funding the costs associated with its operations. In particular, the OVFA spends $50K annually for an updated truck purchased recently.

The Firetruck Challenge’s aim is to Collect volunteer contributions to support the OVFA in light of the carnival being canceled.

The GOAL: 

• $50K (or more) to support the OVFA

• All money contributed (100%) goes directly to the OVFA

SPONSORSHIP LEVELS:

For companies and organizations that can afford it, there are three sponsorship levels

  • The “2% CLUB”  – $1,000 donation
  • GOLD – $2,500 donation
  • PLATINUM – $5,000

Orange is a close-knit community where we help each other. Now it’s time for us all to step up and support our volunteer firefighters.  

Please consider a generous donation to get us past this time.  No amount is too small.

Click HERE to support the GoFundMe for the Fire Truck $50K Challenge. 

NOTE: In the first day, the program already raised $6,866 toward its $50,000 goal. 

What about the Raffle?

In addition, the highly anticipated Carnival Raffle WILL take place this year. Tickets will be mailed out to homes next week. They also will be available at People’s Bank, 653 Orange Center Road, Orange; First Selectman’s Office, Orange Town Hall; and Knight’s Power Equipment
286 Boston Post Road.

Orange Live will provide a complete list of prizes very soon.

Orange Police: Resident Accused Of Larceny At Grocery Store

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Jun 032020
 

Police were dispatched to ShopRite at 259 Bull Hill Lane on a shoplifting complaint on Thursday, May 21 at 10:47 a.m.

Investigation revealed that Darian L. Middleton, 55, of Orange concealed $45.97 worth of merchandise and left the store without paying for it.

He was taken into custody and charged with sixth-degree larceny.

Middleton received a promise to appear in court on June 24.

A Statement From Orange Police Chief Robert Gagne

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Jun 022020
 

Police Chief Robert Gagne
(File Photo by Cory Ziman)

This statement was posted on the OPD Facebook page:

The men and women of the Orange Police Department condemn the actions of the four police officers who were involved in the mistreatment and death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week.

It was sickening to watch the lack of training, judgment, and human empathy displayed by these officers. We have worked hard to ensure that nothing like this will ever occur here. We start by making sure that we hire good people, who we can trust to engage our public with our values and mission always in mind.

We are committed to community policing and were practicing that in this Department before the term ever became popular. Our officers are well trained in the proper use of force, procedural justice, crisis intervention, and the sanctity of life.

We are the medical first responder for the Town. Each of our officers is trained to at least the level of EMR (Emergency Medical Responder), with many being trained to the higher level of EMT (Emergency Medical Technician). We embrace that responsibility, our multiple roles, and all that comes with them.

Our thoughts and prayers remain with the family of George Floyd. We stand with the good men and women of law enforcement who continue to believe in human respect and dignity.

Chief Robert J. Gagne

Orange Open Spaces In A COVID-19 World 

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May 312020
 

The Orange Conservation Commission wants to remind Orange residents of how fortunate we are to have nearly a thousand acres of open space which we can enjoy while being socially distant.

We have seen a dramatic increase in the usage of our trails by individual hikers, couples, and families. Folks have been very considerate of their fellow hikers by wearing masks when appropriate and remaining at least 6 feet apart and doing it with a smile to their fellow sojourners.

Unfortunately, we also have had an increasing number of users who have complained about unleashed dogs running free. We had an incident this past week in which a large unleashed dog attacked a woman at Turkey Hill Preserve who had a small dog in her arms. Police were called as were the Animal Control authorities. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries but it was very frightful for the woman and her puppy.

It is shameful that dog owners who do not leash their dogs are making our Open Spaces scary for people to enjoy. The OCC has asked both the OPD and Animal Control to step up patrols to identify irresponsible owners and issue citations and impose fines.

It is our goal to ensure that Orange Open Spaces continue to serve as refuges for the COVID-19- weary and our residents can get out of the house and take a walk in a safe environment.

Remember, we can get through this if we all work together.

Drive Thru Food Drive A Huge Success

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May 302020
 

Orange Police Detective Carolyn Bailey, Youth Services Coordinator Jessica Simone, Community Services Director Joan Cretella, and Orange Food2Kids coordinator Susan vonRabenstein stood outside the High Plains Community Center on Saturday, May 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. collecting food for Orange Food 2 Kids, and the Orange Food Bank.
Food 2 Kids is a nonprofit that was created to deliver bags of food to children in need on the weekends. However, with the coronavirus, the need has become full-time.
The OPD is asking for individually packaged foods and snacks. Meals that can be prepared with no or water only. Any other donations that are received will be donated to the Orange Food Bank.

Simone, vonRabenstein, and Officer Bailey show off the day’s Food2Kids donations

By the end of the four-hour collection period, the front room of the center that used to house the Probate Office was filled with bags of food for distribution.

“This is just from TODAY! A million thank yous from Orange Food2Kids and the Orange Food Bank! This community is so very generous.” vonRabenstein wrote on the Food2Kids Facebook page. “Thank you to OPD Det. Carolyn Bailey for putting this together and getting the word out!

Klarides’s Thoughts On The Minneapolis Tragedy 

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May 302020
 

Statement from House Republican Leader Themis Klarides:

I know I cannot begin to understand the depths of pain and suffering inflicted on our African American communities – not just in the last several weeks – but over the last several centuries – brought on by systemic racism and inequality that led us to where we are today. 

I know that not a single thing I say today will end that pain and suffering, but it is so vitally important for me and, frankly, for all of us to not remain silent as our friends and neighbors of color are suffering. 

First and foremost we must condemn these horrendous acts of violence against Black Americans. George Floyd, Ahmaoud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor are just three of the countless lives lost to a system that failed to protect them. 

We must acknowledge these wrongs. We must hear the concerns and the feelings of our friends and neighbors who are scared and angry. And for those of us in position to make a difference, we must vow to take these difficult and emotional issues head-on. 

This is not a problem in another city, in another state. We know this is a problem in our cities and towns right here in Connecticut. 

We cannot naively believe that what is happening in other places does not make very real the fear and sadness felt by our communities of color in Connecticut. 

We can and must do better. 

“If we allow this conversation to devolve into political posturing and finger-pointing, we will have failed to rise to this moment. 

I am here to listen, to speak, and to keep up the fight.”

They’re Here! Police Warn Of Black Bear Sightings In Orange

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May 282020
 

The Orange Police Department has received multiple reports of a black bear in the area north of Derby Avenue between Orange Center Road and Racebrook Road.

Sightings also were reported yesterday in the Westville section of New Haven and the Johnson Road area of Woodbridge bordering the northeast corner of Orange.

As Orange Live reported last week, Bear sightings are common in Connecticut and police request that you only call the department when there is a threat or an emergency associated with a bear.

Please do not feed nor approach the bear. Keep your distance and respect all wildlife.

Click HERE for additional info and tips regarding black bears.

 

Orange Police Blotter: Man Charged With Larceny

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May 282020
 

Orange police responded to Home Depot at 440 Boston Post Road in response to a shoplifting in progress complaint on May 23 at 12:42 p.m.

Upon arrival, officers found Robert Lin, 26, of New Haven in the parking lot. Investigation revealed that he had taken multiple power tools without paying for them.

Lin was taken into custody and charged with sixth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny.

He was released on a promise to appear in court on June 25.

Orange Police: Woman Arrested Three Times in Nine Hours

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May 262020
 

#1 On Thursday, April 30, at 5:32 p.m. officers responded to 235 Boston Post Road (trailer park?) in regards to an unwanted person on the property.

Investigation revealed that Gina M. Dean, 44, West Haven violated a protective order with another party by appearing at their residence.

Dean was taken into custody and charged with violation of a protective order.

She was released on a promise to appear in court in Bridgeport on May 1.

#2  On Friday, May 1, police returned to 235 Boston Post Road at 12:19 a.m. in regards to an unwanted person on the property.

Investigation revealed that Gina M. Dean, 44, West Haven, once again violated a protective order with another person by going to the residence and entering the residence without permission.

Less than seven hours earlier she was advised not to return to the residence and apprised of the Protective Order in place but decided to return anyway.

Subsequently, she was taken into custody and charged with violation of a protective order and third-degree burglary.

She was held on a $3,000 bond and received a second court date of May 1 in Bridgeport.
#3 On Friday, May 1, at 2:18 p.m., officers again were dispatched to 235 Boston Post Road in regards to a violation of a protective order.
Officers’ learned that the offender, Gina M. Dean, 44, of West Haven, was previously arrested twice for violation of a protective order and came back a third time and gained access into the residence by the use of a burglary tool.
Subsequently, she was taken into custody and charged with two counts of first-degree violation of conditions, two counts of violation of a protective order, third-degree burglary, and possession of burglary tools.

This time, she was held on a $50,000 bond and received a court date of May 4.