Plan And Zoning Meeting Agenda

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Dec 072021

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2021 – 7:00 P.M.

1. Review of the Minutes from the November 16, 2021 meeting.
2. Old Business
3. New Business
4. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer

5. SITE PLAN APPLICATION- Submitted by Glanbia Nutritional’s Inc. For property known as 50 Prindle Hill Road. To construct a parking lot expansion to improve current parking conditions.

PUBLIC HEARINGS: 7:00 p.m. – (3)

6. SPECIAL PERMIT APPLICATION- Submitted by Orange Plaza LLC. For property known as 200 Indian River Road. To install a swim school in the LI-3 District under Section 383-90 of the Orange Zoning Regulations.

7. SITE PLAN APPLICATION- Submitted by R & F Orange, LLC. For property known as 556 Boston Post Road. To construct a 2,361 square foot expansion in the rear of the existing building and update the current parking lot. A LIGHTING SUPPLEMENT has also
been submitted in conjunction with this application.

8. PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING REGULATIONS-Submitted upon the initiative of the Town of Orange Planning and Zoning Commission. To amend Article III Section 383-26 I 4(a) & Article XIX Sections 383-186 and 383-187: Off-street parking
in the Residential District to include updated standards for commercial vehicles. (Continued from the 11-16-21 meeting)

WHO Won The Holiday Contests In Orange?

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Dec 062021

Was this a winning entry?

Everyone is wondering who the lucky winners of the “Gingerbread House” and “Guess the Candy” contests were at Sunday’s Holiday Festival.

Now that the winners have been notified, we can reveal their identities:

Of the 256 people to submit guesses for the candy filled snowman container, Monica Celozzi got to take home the candy and a fun snowman decorating kit with a guess of 671.

The actual amount of kisses in the whimsical container … 670.

Congratulations Monica!

Gingerbread Masters

The top three Gingerbread winners were:

The Kovar Family

The Kowalewski Family

and Anita McCall & Wanda Mitchell.

Congratulations one and all, and thank you EVERYONE who participated this year, ALL of your entries were AWESOME!

(I’m not sure whose Gingerbread houses these are, but I wanted to share a sampling of the creative entries on display at the Festival)

Orange Holiday Festival…Gingerbread, Ice Sculpture and Olivia, Oh My!

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Dec 052021

Even with the new Omicron variant emerging in the US, nothing it seems, could stop Orange residents from coming out to enjoy a bit of traditional fun on Sunday afternoon.

The annual Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting, highlighted by the Lighted Tractor Parade drew a huge record crowd to the town center from 3 to 6 p.m.

Everyone honored the mask mandates for any indoor activities — Library, OVNA, Stone-Otis House, Academy Building and Model Railroad display and everyone gathered around the green for the spectacular Lighted Tractor Parade.

Santa arrived on a fire truck and the jolly old elf joined a young lady named Olivia in lighting the Christmas Tree!

We will let you know who won the Gingerbread House Contest and Candy guessing contest when we get the results.

In the meantime, stay safe, and have a wonderful holiday season!

(Check out Brian Smith’s guest column and our video of the parade)

Guest Columnist Brian Smith Sheds Some Light On The Orange Tractor Parade

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Dec 052021

This is a rare guest column by the ever delightful Brian Smith who rode in the “Lighted Tractor Parade” during the “Orange Holiday Festival” — although his name for the event is much more fun!


When my friend, TERRI MILES (she runs this news site) asked me to check out the “Orange Connecticut Electrical Christmas and Holiday Lights Extravaganza Big Fancy Tractor Parade” (name approximate)… I thought it sounded like a great idea.  Then when my friend, DAVE EISENMAN (tractor-driver) invited me to be in the same parade, as he has asked for the past many years, I said yes.  Great Idea.

So…  Sunday night, I hitched a ride on a corn trailer with a giant illuminated inflatable penguin wearing a Santa hat, and I was proud of it.  Orange Center Road never looked better than it did with more than fifty lit up John Deeres and Kubotas and International Harvesters.

I became an embedded reporter where the tractor parade assembled… over in the parking lot for the Fred Wolfe Park soccer fields.  When I got there, I was surprised by the sustained thunder of dozens of tractors with full-throated, some perhaps faulty, exhaust systems.  It sounded terrific.  All those lit up tractors and trailers were dazzling…  I felt like I was at the Big E… or Disney World… or sitting on the curb outside that house with the Christmas lights on Lincoln Road that can be seen from space (probably).

And, I mean this… everyone was in a tremendously good mood as they were getting ready to roll.  Eleven on a scale of 1 to 5 mood.  No one is ever unhappy at a parade… unless you are standing next to a kid whose parents just got him a horn from the souvenir guy.

Sculpting Rudolph

At around 5 o’clock, the procession of blinking and flashing farm equipment made its way from Fred Wolfe Park  through the dark roads over to the Orange Center Historic District… where the ice sculpture and the singing carolers and model train builders and SANTA CLAUS HIMSELF had entertained the crowd until the tractors appeared out of the shadows…

And… because of the relatively humane weather (45º F and clear on December 5 is not bad at all), the crowd… of hundreds, maybe a thousand… holiday-fun-loving grownups and kids at The Town Green and along Orange Center Road and over at The Fairgrounds…was a bit larger than usual.

From start to finish it was a sensational and well done “Orange Connecticut Electrical Christmas and Holiday Lights Extravaganza Big Fancy Tractor Parade” (name approximate)… the Macy’s parade people in New York City should be jealous.  I already have an idea for next year… if I can just get to a ski mountain and “borrow” one of their snow-making machines.  Oh, I WILL win first place.
And a big thanks to KEN CIOLA (tractor-driver) for letting me have a place on that corn trailer next to Opus (inflatable penguin)… Tow Mater (inflatable tow truck) and Olaf (huge inflatable snow man)…thanks, Ken, for giving me the chance to be a reporter inside the parade… and  for driving so well… and safely… that I was able to wave to the crowd… shout to the kids… and.. the best news of my day, I didn’t fall off the trailer.

Lighted Tractor Parade Steals The Show On Festival Night

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Dec 052021

The very creative “hay” Rudolph really wowed the crowd.

The lighted tractor parade stole the show at the Orange CT Holiday Festival on Dec. 5, 2021.

Once again, this year’s parade was a real crowd pleaser, with all of the participants giving everything they’ve got into creating amazing eye candy for the enthusiastic spectators.

Here is an unedited video of the first 7 minutes of the parade.

See if you can spot surprise guest “celebrity” Brian Smith** on one of the floats.

Bravo, Everyone! Thanks for the show!


**Hint: Brian is nearly as tall as his Frozen companion

Police Blotter: Orange Woman Charged With Assault

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Dec 022021

On Wednesday Dec. 1, officers responded to Chestnut Ridge Road on a dispute complaint at 8:15 p.m.

According to the report, investigation revealed that Ariana P. Holmes, 36, of Orange was involved in that dispute which turned physical. 

Subsequently, she was taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct and third-degree assault. 

Holmes was released on a promise to appear in court Dec. 2.



Celebrating The Fifth Day Of Hanukkah

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Dec 022021

Selectman Mitch Goldblatt had the honor of lighting the Menorah on the fifth day of Hanukkah during a huge outdoor celebration at High Plains Community Center on Thursday night, Dec. 2.

Click HERE for a short video of the lighting.

The event began with a parade of vehicles driving from Chabad of Orange/Woodbridge on Derby Avenue to High Plains where the lighting took place, followed by a stunt bike demonstration featuring champion riders from across the country.

Donuts and other refreshments were served to spectators of all ages.

The warmer than usual temperatures made for a very pleasant evening for the annual event.

A very Happy Hanukkah to all of our readers of the Jewish faith.

Shopping For The Most Important People On Your List

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Nov 262021

With everyone scrambling for the perfect gift during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday craziness you may feel frustrated wondering what on earth you can buy for Gramma Betty or Uncle Joe since the dementia diagnosis came to light earlier this year.
Finding something that will engage her or him with the family may be more elusive than happening upon a Tickle Me Elmo back in 1996. Where can you turn for advice? Who would know how to break that new invisible barrier separating a once familiar granddaughter from her beloved nana?
Last year Orange Live introduced readers to two local residents and occupational therapists Robyn Martin and Rebecca Strichman and their business Dabblesack.com.
A recent conversation revealed that business is going well and that clients are very pleased with their ability to connect with loved ones through Dabblesack’s recommendations.
Both Martin and Strichman sing the praises of the game OuiSi and how it appeals to users of all ages. “There are no wrong or right answers. It gets everyone talking, and laughing.”
According to the game’s creator, “OuiSi is a set of 210 visually-connecting photo cards, with games and activities that foster creativity, build mindfulness, and ignite wonder. The name of this inventive set of photo cards is “yes-yes” in French and Spanish, pronounced “we-see” in English. Fun, isn’t it? It’s a nod to our belief that pictures are a language almost all of us speak, regardless of age or background. Each lush photo card connects visually with other cards in the deck, based on similar patterns, shapes, colors – really, anything you can imagine. There are more than two thousand connections waiting to be found, each providing a wonderful “aha!” moment.”

Understanding Dabblesack’s Mission

Giving the Gift of Leisure Activities for those with Dementia
Why are activities important?
– They can help to keep people engaged, thinking, chatting, focused, relaxed
– They promote socialization
– They can be great ice-breakers with new caregivers
– They provide a fun focus for intergenerational visits
– They can be soothing or just plain fun!
Benefits and helpful hints with specific activities:
Puzzles: Can provide a sense of accomplishment, can be worked on as a team or solo, can be relaxing, the puzzle picture can be used to spark conversation and reminiscing
Hints: Choose a puzzle with the appropriate number of pieces for the individual (keep in mind you can make a larger piece count smaller by combining 2 pieces together before giving them to the individual to piece together with another section of 2 already fit together), look for easy to grip larger pieces if necessary. Family style puzzles are great for intergenerational use! These puzzles have 3 different size pieces and are created to be worked on by different people at the same time.
Games: Can provide a sense of fun for solo or group play, can decrease isolation (some can be used virtually), great to encourage conversation, focus and thinking.
Hint: Look for games that can be modified for various levels of play. Open-ended games can be less intimidating for some people. Look for games with simpler rules and not too long of a playing time to complete.
Crafts: Can be very relaxing, Can promote a feeling of accomplishment.
Can be performed with soothing background music.
HInts: Look for activities that aren’t too detailed. Choose ergonomic (easy to grip) colored pencils, markers, paint brushes.
Use the pictures to spark conversation and reminiscing. Don’t worry about perfection . . . just enjoy the process. Think about suggesting to the recipient that they can use a craft to make a gift for someone else. This can provide a wonderful sense of purpose!
Other Hints:
Enjoy your activities on an uncluttered, well-lit table
Wear glasses and hearing aids as needed
Play games or work on puzzles as a team when necessary
Provide cues and assistance as needed
Spend as much or as little time as indicated
Come back to an activity another time if the recipient is too tired or not interested at the moment. Keep in mind that an activity that may be successful at one moment may not “work” at another moment . . . so just keep trying.
When it’s time to clean up, make sure there are no small pieces that have fallen onto a lap or on the floor.
If senior centers or assisted living facilities are interested in finding new ways to engage with their clients, I highly recommend contacting Robyn Martin or Rebecca Strichman and asking for their expertise.

Dog Lovers Pay Attention! Recall Alert!

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Nov 222021

Many dog parents treat their pets like family and will shop for the holidays early for something special to have under the tree. Hopefully you will see this notice before you open the package.

As a precautionary measure, Sam’s West, Inc. is voluntarily recalling Member’s Mark Beef Stick Dog Treats due to the potential presence of metal material. The recall was initiated across all Sam’s Clubs following a limited number of customer contacts. See below for the product description, UPC and product type.

Product Description UPC Product Type 2.2 lb. Member’s Mark Beef Stick Dog Treats 19396-804731 All Products Sold Since March 1, 2021.

If you have the affected product in your possession do not feed it to your pets. The affected product should be discarded or may be returned to Sam’s Club for a full refund.

If you have any questions or concerns about this recall, please contact Member’s Mark customer service at 1-888-301-0332 from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. EST Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST on Sundays.

Members also may contact the Sam’s Member Care center via the live chat on https://help.samsclub.com/

Dietch Makes Way For New Leadership

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Nov 222021

A Message from Orange Democratic Committee Chairman Jody Dietch:
As we move into 2022, I have been thinking about where the ODTC goes from here.
I think changes need to be made. We need to be sure that our elected members represent the democrats in Orange fully, fairly and without prejudice.
As we all know, in any organization 20% of the people do the work for 100% of the organization. Yet for the ODTC, I believe and expect more from our elected members. I expect people to work hard and support one another.
We also need new people with new ideas. I stepped onto the executive board when Trish Pearson was chair to cover the treasurers job, after our treasurer had an accident at home. A year later, I became secretary for 5 years. Then I was asked to take the chairmanship for two years. Here I am six years later. Almost the entire time I have been fortunate to be a member of the ODTC, I have been on the executive committee. I would also say, times up.
I am announcing that I will not be seeking re-election to a fourth term. I have enjoyed my time on the executive committee but look forward to sitting out there with all of you! Unlike some, I know when it is time to turn the page, move on, and let others grab the reins.
I want to thank all of you for your support over all of these years. I have learned a lot and more importantly gained some wonderful friendships. We may not have always agreed but we had the same goals in mind. I am not going anywhere and plan to remain involved but as the worker bee, not the Queen bee!
Please know that my decision not to seek re-election was made months ago and has nothing to do with the election or anything else. Our term limits allow me another term but it is time.
Thank you.
Jody Dietch