Orange Foundation Announces Grant Recipients

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May 312020

The Orange Foundation has awarded its community grants to the following local organizations:

  • $3,000 to Orange Food2Kids which supplies food to those Orange elementary school students who would benefit from bringing home food for the weekend.
  • $2,000 to Camp Cedarcrest to upgrade the kitchen in the main cabin.
  • $1,000 to the Orange Historical Society to replace the sign at the Academy Building.
  • $582 to the Orange Senior Center to subsidize the cost of their annual holiday party.
  • $1,500 to the Amity Teen Center to partially fund the cost of their intern that assists the community.
  • $2,500 to the Orange Parks & Recreation department towards the purchase of a leg press machine at the High Plains Community Center.
  • $3,400 to American Legion Post 127 towards the renovation of the ladies’ restroom.
  • $1,300 to the Orange Arts and Culture Center to subsidize the cost of the Hop the Bus program which provides bus transportation to cultural events in New Haven.

Scholarship awards will be announced next week.

If you would like to learn more about the Orange Foundation, visit the website at www.OrangeFoundation.org

June Is Dog License Month

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May 312020

All Dogs 6 months or older must be licensed. During the month of June, the original rabies certificate must be shown in order to show rabies vaccination is current. Spaying and neutering certificate must also be shown. You may mail for a license. Enclose rabies certificate, neutering/spaying certificate, and payment in SASE.

  • Un-neutered / Un-spayed dog: $19
  • Neutered / Spayed dog: $8
  • After June 30th, a penalty charge of $1.00 per month will be added

Click HERE for the town clerk’s dog license page and a link to an application.

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!

Obituary: Elizabeth “Betty” Megliola, Beloved Mother of David Megliola

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May 302020

Elizabeth A. (Abbondanza) Megliola, 89, known affectionately as Betty, passed away peacefully on May 26, 2020, in the presence of her loving children. She was born on February 16, 1931, and raised in Springfield by the late Giuseppe and Anna Teresa (Matera) Abbondanza.

She graduated from Commerce High School, class of 1948. Before starting her family, Betty worked for John H. Breck, Co. She raised a family of five children and instilled in them a love of education and discovery.

She enjoyed leadership roles in Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, PTA, and Holy Cross Women’s Club. These led to a position as an elementary school teaching assistant where she made a difference in kids’ lives. She had a great sense of humor and loved to dance and to watch classic movies. Her ability to make lasting connections with people surrounded her with many friends and bottomless pots of coffee.

Betty had a love of and passion for all kinds of animals, especially her dog, Rascal. She was one of a kind and will be dearly missed. She was predeceased by her sister Mary A. Tassinari; and her former husband, Alfred Megliola.

She is survived by her sister Rose A. LaRussa of Springfield, MA and by her daughters Elaine M. Rigazio (Richard), Southwick, MA, Jeanne M. Altman (Jeff) New Canaan, CT, Marianne Ruggiero, Providence, RI, Amy J. Megliola (Nancy A. Remillard), Longmeadow, MA and son David J. Megliola, Orange, CT; her grandchildren Stephen Rigazio (Stephanie), Martha Urizar (Otoniel), Lisa Toal (Donald), William Ruggiero, Mary Elizabeth Ruggiero, Justin Altman (Katie) and Connor Altman, Daniel Megliola, Derek Megliola; and great-grandchildren Alessandro Urizar, Diego Urizar, Alexander Rigazio.

Services will be private. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Forastiere Smith Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

For online condolences please visit www.foratiere.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Animal Adventure Park, Harpursville, NY 13787.

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.”

Orange Dems Announce Annual Meet The Candidates Picnic

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May 292020

The Orange Democrats will host their annual Meet the Candidates Picnic at the High Plains Pavilion, on the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, on Friday, Aug. 28, from 5:30 – 8 p.m.

In a press release, they said, “With social distancing considerations, we are moving forward with our plans for our outdoor Annual Picnic that gives you a chance to meet the candidates for this year’s state elections: State Senate and State Representatives.”

Tickets are $25 per person. For tickets and more information call Jody at 203-314-9975 or Polly at 203-494-5976. You also may visit the Orange Dems Facebook page or Website.

You may make a donation to the Orange Democrats HERE.

Get Ready For Phase 2 Of Reopening The Economy

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May 292020

Below is new information from the State regarding Phase II of reopening the economy, compliance to general rules, Virtual Open House Day, and more.

PHASE 2: Salons and Barbershops are scheduled to reopen on June 1st. Phase II is scheduled to begin on June 20th, pending achievement of public health metrics. See ROADMAP FOR REOPENING CONNECTICUT. Businesses in Phase II consist of:

·    Hotels (no bar areas)

·    Restaurants (indoor dining – no bar)

·    Gyms, Fitness and Sports Clubs

·    Outdoor Arts, Entertainment and Events (up to 50 people)

·    Outdoor Amusement Parks

·    Bowling Alleys

·    Social Clubs

·    Pools

·    Museums, Zoos, Aquariums

·    Movie Theaters

·    Personal Services

Sector Specific Rules will be released at that time. Please remember to SELF-CERTIFY prior to opening.

SMALL BUSINESS REOPENING GUIDE: A guide to assist businesses in the reopening process includes topics regarding financial needs, employee training & support, physical layout, and a list of suppliers. The guide will be updated as new information becomes available.


COMPLIANCE: The State wants to ensure businesses are complying with the GENERAL BUSINESS AND SECTOR-SPECIFIC RULES and that they have completed the mandatory SELF-CERTIFICATION process.

PPP LOAN FORGIVENESS APPLICATION: The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application was released by the SBA. The instructions inform borrowers how to apply for forgiveness of their PPP loans, consistent with the CARES Act. INSTRUCTIONS & LOAN FORGIVENESS APPLICATION

POSTERS FOR YOUR BUSINESS: Posters are available for downloading and printing to place in your business/office:







Meeting Canceled

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May 292020

The Orange Town Plan And Zoning Commission meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 2 has been canceled.
Why? The Zoning Department did not receive any proposals.

Another Program Provided By The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation

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May 282020

Amity residents are no doubt familiar with Judy Primavera and her husband Fred Hulley and their generous non-stop contribution to the arts through the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation [founded in memory of their late daughter Jamie].

The tri-towns are not the only area to benefit from educational grants from the JHAF. It will be sponsoring the Sondheim Awards (which Orange native Connor Deane began after the CT High School Musical Awards folded).

In December, The JHAF helped teacher Jessica Sharpe from Prendergast School in Ansonia bring Whole-Body Math to perform at her school.

The workshop was entitled Matica Arts Whole-Body Math. It was for grades k-1 to learn math skills through body movement and using objects.
Here are photos for a look back to happier times with the help of Jamie A Hulley Arts Foundation.