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Board Of Selectmen To Vote On Fee Increases

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Dec 072021
 

The Orange Board of Selectmen will meet at Town Hall on Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.
The Agenda includes Public Hearings for fee increases for the Building Department and Fire Marshal’s Office.
Following is the full agenda:
Call to order, Fire Exits, Pledge of Allegiance, Introductions
Motion to close the regular meeting and convene Public Hearing

Public Hearing

Fee increases for the Building Department — Lucien DiMeo, Building Official

Motion to close Public Hearing and reconvene the Regular Meeting

Vote

Vote on the fee increases for the Building Department

Motion to close regular meeting and convene Public Hearing

Public Hearing

Fee increases for the Fire Marshal’s Office — Fire Marshal Jamie Vincent

Motion to close Public Hearing and reconvene the Regular Meeting

Vote

Vote on the fee increases for the Fire Marshal’s Office

Public Participation

(2 minutes per speaker)

Announcements

Minutes

• To consider and act upon the minutes of the Nov. 10, 2021 Regular Meeting of the Board of Selectmen.

New Business

  1. To consider and act on bid recommendation for implementation a revaluation on Oct. 1, 2022 in accordance with Public Act 12-62 — Zeoli
  2. To consider and act on the agreement between the Orange Board of Education and the Orange Teachers’ League — Zeoli
  3. To Consider and act on the right of first refusal for 340 Sybil Street — Zeoli
  4. To consider and act on the approval of the tax refunds for December in the amount of $10,456.87

Seats Still Available For Amity’s Production of PUFFS

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Dec 072021
 

This week, Amity High School is proud to present the off-Broadway smash comedy PUFFS by Matt Cox.
For seven years a certain boy wizard went to a certain Wizard School and conquered evil.
This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs… who just happened to be there too. A tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world. The PUFFS motto: “Third or nothing!”
Fun for the hardcore “Harry” fans and “Mug Borns” alike.
Tickets are $12 each. The show runs one week only —  at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 9, Friday, Dec. 10 and Saturday, Dec. 11.
There are plenty of seats open now BUT savvy Amity Theatergoers know that the faster you move the better off you will be. Do not procrastinate!
Click HERE to reserve your seat now, and get ready to have some fun.

Plan And Zoning Meeting Agenda

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Dec 072021
 

TOWN PLAN & ZONING COMMISSION
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2021 – 7:00 P.M.
LOWER LEVEL, ORANGE TOWN HALL
617 ORANGE CENTER ROAD

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.

Do You Know How To Make Royal Icing?

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Dec 022021
 

If you are a novice at Gingerbread House-making, you may not know what Royal Icing is.

With the Orange Holiday Festival and Gingerbread House Contest coming up this weekend, It’s about time you learned!

According to thespruceeats.com, “Royal icing is the edible “glue” or mortar that holds a gingerbread house together and can be used to make fancy sugar decorations. It’s the best option for projects like gingerbread houses since, unlike buttercream frosting, royal icing will harden once dry. It’s the key to keeping your gingerbread house from falling down.”

There are only three ingredients to buy to make a decent sized batch of Royal Icing, they are:

  • 1 pound confectioners’ sugar, sifted, plus more as needed
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup (3 large) pasteurized egg whites, at room temperature

You will find the instructions for making the icing HERE.

Good Luck and have fun creating your gingerbread house entry.

This is what you need to know about the festival contest:

Houses will be on display at the Clark Building from 3-6 p.m.
All entries must be decorated with edible embellishments! No plastic trees or reindeer, so be creative!
Group entries are welcome! Prizes will be awarded!
Drop-off your entry at The Clark Building on Dec. 5 from 2-3 p.m. and pick up between 5:30-6 p.m.
Entries left behind will be discarded, so don’t forget to come back for yours!

We’ll see you on Sunday!