Notes In A Nutshell: Plan And Zoning June 19

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Jun 192018

TP&Z Chair Ozzy Parente

The Town Plan and Zoning Commission had a lengthy agenda on Tuesday, June 19. Following are brief notes of what was discussed.

Zoning enforcement: The Hotel on Marsh Hill Road is coming along well, there are a few things that still need to be discussed.

A home on Buttonball that had an issue with trailers is being dealt with.

Urban Air did some outdoor plantings and there is a matter of additional business coming in.

The architect spoke on the request for a larger occupancy in the amusement business originally 400, now requesting 700, which would mean an increase in parking.

The application was approved pending a letter from Fire Marshal Tim Smith.

• The Former Bear And Grill Building had a proposal for a virtual reality business “Spot VR Lounge”, to be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The parking meets the regulations, no changes to the footprint of the building,

Unanimously approved. 

Public Hearings:

The Gherlones on 535 Highfield Road, requested an elderly apartment permit, received all the necessary signatures and meets all the town requirements.

Unanimously approved.

Special request by Chinmaya Mission on Derby Avenue for a 25% reduction in required parking spaces from 80 to 60 spaces. (use an existing basketball court that is not in use, for parking if needed)

This matter has been continued to the next meeting. 

Senior Housing on Turkey Hill Road. The room was filled with concerned citizens who opposed the application.

One concern is that the septic system could fail. The plan includes each building having its own septic system.

Department heads submitted their comments for the record. Sanitarian said soil testing has been done on the site since 2008, and there are areas of “special concern.”

Public Works Director said he also had concerns depending upon how many units there are and if there will be DEEP

Police Chief said the development would put a strain on police and emergency services, both of which already are overtaxed.

The attorney for the applicant said the following revisions have been made:

She clarified that there is no restaurant in the proposal.

The UNH Campus is NOT a part of the site plan.

Waste systems would be privately owned and not the town’s responsibility.

Reduced maximum building coverage from 30% to 15%

Several residents sent in letters expressing their opposition to the application, citing everything from traffic congestion to safety concerns and the idea that a zone change would open a can of worms that would negatively impact this and other areas in town.

The Attorney presented several letters of support (mostly copies of the same form letter) from residents, most of whom do not live in the immediate area of the proposed development.

Turkey Hill resident Mike DeVito, whose property abuts the proposed site. Initially, he didn’t oppose the plan, but as time went on and the site plan changed the idea became much less desirable. The traffic alone would be unacceptable.

His neighbor and her husband oppose the proposed amendment change.

A resident from Wheelers Farm Road, whose children attend Turkey Hill Road, said he is not opposed to smart growth, but why not put this development in an already approved zone instead of changing a zone to try and fit it in.

Dr. Mohammed from the Health Department said this is not an appropriate location for such a development.

One brave woman stood before the opposition crowd and said some people would actually like to live in a development like this.

The attorneys and other speakers later in the meeting were very chatty. Since I had other work to do, I stopped watching and suggest you click on the video on demand link under the OGAT button to the upper left side of this site and watch the remainder of the meeting.

Coming Up At The Case Memorial Library

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Nov 262016

Case Memorial Library

Case Memorial Library

The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, offers the following upcoming activities.

Wellness Book Group at the Orange Senior Center

Wednesday, November 30, 11:30 a.m.
Join Adult Services Librarian Marianne Pysarchyk at the Senior Center for a discussion of 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works — A True Story by Dan Harris. Copies can be checked out from the Library or purchased at a discounted price through the Senior Center. This program is free and open to all. Please call the Senior Center at 203-891-4784 to register.

2016 Oscar Shorts: Live Action & Animated
Monday, December 5, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, December 7, 1 p.m.

Join us for a screening of the 2016 Oscar-nominated shorts — both live action and animated — including Ave Maria, Shok, Alles Wird Gut, Stutterer, Day One, Bear Story, Prologue, World of Tomorrow, and Sanjay’s Super Team. 2 hours 28 minutes. Registration is required.

Art in the Library Reception
Thursday, December 8, 5-7 p.m.
In honor of the December exhibit: Monotypes by Joan Jacobsen Zamore, oils by Violet Nastri, and woolen dolls by Chyeon Lee, on view December 2-29.


The Bookcase Book Discussion Group
Thursday, December 8, 7 p.m.
Join Bookcase leader Toby Zabinski for a discussion of The Hours Count by Jillian Cantor. Check for copies at the Circulation Desk.

Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register in person or by telephone.
Phone: 203-891-2170





Senior Health and Safety Fair on Friday, Sept. 16

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Sep 162016

A scene from a past fair.

A scene from a past fair.

The Orange Senior Center will host its 15th Annual Health and Safety Fair at the High Plains Community Center on Friday, Sept. 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon.

Vendors representing all sorts of agencies will be on hand to give out information about products and services that benefit older adults. The Parish Nurses of Griffin Hospital will be on hand.

The Yale New Haven Mammography van is scheduled to attend. Call 203-688-1010 for an appointment.

The Orange VNA will offer blood pressure screenings.

There will be raffle prizes and refreshments.

Sponsored by Coldwell Banker, Orange Visiting Nurses Association, Maplewood of Orange and the Orange Senior Center.

Admission is free. For more information call (203) 891-4784.

Pasta Festa/Living Treasure Awards on May 15

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May 012015

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 10.28.13 AMDon’t Forget, the annual Pasta Festa! will take place at a new location this year, the beautiful, Grassy Hill Lodge, 77 Sodom Lane, Derby, on Friday, May 15 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of this year’s Living Treasure Awards to Netti Bartocetti, Kevin Hadlock, and Al Pol.

Winners of the raffle will go home with some great prizes donated by individuals and local businesses.

Tables of 10 are available. If you wish to be seated with particular people, payment for the group must be made at the same time. Otherwise no one can guarantee that you will be sitting together.

Contact the Senior Center at 203-891-4784 if you would like to donate a prize for the raffle or would like to buy tickets.

Tickets are $20 per person.



Last Chance To Get Your Tickets For the Concert to Benefit The Orange Food and Fuel Bank

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Apr 162015

IMG_0732-200x300Orange Community Services will present its first Food And Fuel Bank Benefit Concert “Spring Into Action,” at the High Plains Community Center, tonight, Friday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m.

The concert will feature Orange resident Gary Harger with Art Bellucci on piano. Special guests include Barbie Harger and the Orange Chorale.

Musical selections from Broadway, the American Songbook and songs about Spring – the season of renewal will be featured.

After the concert a reception will take place in the cafeteria.

All proceeds from this event will benefit the Orange Community Assistance Programs, which includes the Food and Fuel Bank.

Come support these vital programs.

Tickets are $20 and are available at the Community Services Department or by calling 203-891-4788.

Originally Published on: Feb 10, 2015 @ 13:54

Second publishing on: March 6, 2015 @ 19:00

Last Published on: Apr 1, 2015 @ 19:20

2015 Orange Pasta Festa In New Location

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Apr 022015

Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 4.15.29 PMEvery year three deserving residents are honored as Living Treasures at the annual Pasta Festa Dinner.

This year, the festivities will take place at the Grassy Hill Lodge, 77 Sodom Lane, Derby on Friday, May 15 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Tickets went on sale today, April 2 at $20 per person. Tables of 8 to 10 are available. (If you wish to be seated with particular people, payment for the group must be made at the same time. Otherwise there is no guarantee that you will be seated together.)

The event includes raffle prizes, dinner and presentation of the Living Treasure Awards.

Tickets are available at the Community Services Office at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road.

Call 203-891-4784 for more information or to donate a prize for the raffle.


Grants Available from The Orange Foundation

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Mar 062015

orange foundationThe Orange Foundation is now accepting applications for its grants to be distributed in the Spring. Funding is available for projects benefiting Orange residents. Those eligible for grants include non-profit organizations, parent-teacher organizations and service organizations.

According to Janice Lettick, Distribution Committee Member and Chair of Grant Distribution, “Since it began giving out grants, the Foundation has distributed more than $145,000 to various local civic and community organizations.”

“The grants range in size from $500 to $1,500,” Lettick said. “We encourage Orange community organizations to apply for funding to support their activities.”

Past recipients include: Shepherd’s Table; Orange Juniorettes; Orange Senior Services; Orange Historical Society and the American Legion Post 127.

Deadline for applications is April 30. Applications are available at the Orange Town Hall, Case Memorial Library or by sending an e-mail request to Janice Lettick at robolettick@optonline.net. Completed applications may be mailed to the Orange Foundation, P.O.Box 729, Orange, CT 06477-0729.

Mar 022015

DSC08005Hey, Orange residents, here’s some great news, the consumer advocacy site NerdWallet has released the second annual edition of its study, “Best Cities for Young Families in Connecticut,” and Orange ranked #5 statewide.
Last Year Orange Was Ranked #9.
To create this ranking they analyzed U.S. Census data to assess four key factors:
  • Home affordability
  • Growth and prosperity score
  • Education quality
  • Family friendliness
You can see the full methodology and findings HERE. `

Senior Center Book Club Meeting Scheduled

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Feb 122015

thThe Senior Center Book Club meets in the Senior Lounge at the High Plains Community Center, Friday, Feb. 27, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

All you need is The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd and yourself.

Feb 092015

img-article-12-part-time-jobs-for-seniorsThere is a tutoring program for Orange students grades 3-12, that is held in the Case Memorial Library on Thursdays between 3 and 5 p.m.

Retired seniors tutor Orange Elementary school children in English, Math, History, Science, Language Arts, and Study Skills.

Call John Ulatowski at 203-891-4785 to get onto the waiting list, or if you are a senior who would like to volunteer.