Orange Lions 2019 Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday

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Apr 122019

The Orange Lions Club will host its 55th annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 13, at the High Plains Community Center grounds (Orange Fairgrounds) on Orange Center Road.

In case of inclement weather, a “rain or snow date” has been set for Saturday, April 20 at High Plains Community Center, with the same schedule of events as on April 13.

The Easter Bunny will arrive at 12:30 PM, one half-hour (30 minutes) before the start of the Easter Egg Hunt itself.

There will be face painting for the children, and hot coffee for the adults.

The Easter Egg Hunt is divided into four (4) age groups. This allows each child to have an equal opportunity to collect the thousands of chocolate eggs which the Lions Club will have to distribute.

The four age groups are (1) Pre School through Kindergarten; (2) First Grade and Second Grade; (3) Third Grade and Fourth Grade; (4) Fifth Grade and Sixth Grade.

Thousands of chocolate eggs will be distributed during the hunt. Prizes will be awarded to children in all age categories for finding specially marked eggs.

An adult should accompany all participating children. Each child should have a bag or basket to collect their eggs. Parents may wish to bring a camera for a picture of their child with the Easter Bunny. Please note that parking for this event should be on paved parking areas only.

Nick Bencivengo is the Chairman of this year’s event. Anyone who wishes to make a donation to this event is asked to contact Nick at 203-901-9062. All donors will be acknowledged for their generosity at the Easter Egg Hunt.

The annual Easter Egg Hunt is but one of many community events and activities sponsored by the Orange Lions Club each year. Among the other annual events are the Community Thanksgiving Dinner, the Senior Pizza Party, a Comedy Night fundraiser, eye screenings for pre-schoolers, and an annual Wine Tasting fundraiser. In addition, the Orange Lions make contributions to many community organizations; and for many years, the Lions have run a Community Grants Program for local groups who are seeking funds for a special reason. In particular, the Orange Lions Club has made many gifts to the Case Memorial Library over the years for the purchase of large print books and audio tapes for the sight impaired and the general
public. The Orange Lions also fund scholarships each year for students graduating from Amity High School.

Notes In A Nutshell: Police Commission

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Mar 302019

The Traffic Authority of the Orange Police Commission met at the Orange Police Department on Monday, March 11.

Following are brief notes from that meeting:

Chief Robert Gagne made the Board aware of the Ride for Hope Charity Motorcycle Ride that will be coming through town on June 2. Lt. Ray LaPlante will be involved.

The monthly meeting of the Orange Police Commission included the following:

The activity of the Department– Assistant Chief Max Martins outlined the February statistics with the Commissioners.

There were 32 criminal arrests

136 motor vehicle citations.

There was l commercial burglary.

There were 2 motor vehicles stolen and neither was recovered.

In addition, there were 23 larcenies and 72 motor vehicle accidents.

There were 3,030 calls for service that generated 490 written reports.


Chief Gagne reported that the Records Division took in the following revenue:

Report sales $139.00

Parking tags $325.00

Fingerprints $20.00

Permits $760.OO

For a total of $1,244.00.


Chief Gagne explained that the expenditures for the month were routine and highlighted expenses for training, medical supplies, a recruit physical, computer equipment, and cleaning supplies.

Budget Balances Chief Gagne went over the budget – no major concerns.

Chief Gagne explained that overtime is continuing to be very low and the department spent less in overtime at this point than it did at the same time last year.

Old Business: 

CLESPP Audit (Compliance to Law Enforcement Standards and Practices Program): This is the minimum standards audit which will eventually lead to accreditation. The audit is complete and was successful, Mark Fasano felt the department was well on its way to accreditation.

DARE Graduations: All are complete, Det. Bailey did an excellent job mentoring, telling stories for parents, etc. It was a successful year for DARE.

Cell Block Project: Chief Gagne advised that there is no real change. He did advise the Board of Finance that bids came in unexpectedly high. Waiting to hear back from the architect.

New Business General Order s-14 Family Violence: There have been changes to the Family Violence Laws, so the OPD policy has been changed to support the new laws.

Wiring Project – New Phone System: The town is implementing a new phone system which requires pre-wiring of all buildings. It is a 3 week/phase project for the Police Department and it is now in phase 2.

Citizens Academy: New Academy will be starting April 24, 2019, for 8 weeks from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Correspondence Charles Sherwood SCCJA – thanking Sgt. Aquino for serving on the oral board examination panel for the position of Recruit Police Officer.

Personnel Letter from Chief Gagne to Sgt. Mike Kosh – thanking him for his service as the ISU Interim Commander. Chief Gagne advised the board that Sgt. Kosh did an outstanding job.

Recruit Graduation – March 27, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at SCSU for Officers Withington and Coutu. Their swearing-in will be Thursday, March 28 at 9:00 a.m.

Super Plunge for Special Olympics – Officer Peterson has taken an enthusiastic interest in the Torch Run and all fundraisers for Special Olympics. He has a fundraising page. On March 30 – March 31, he will be jumping into Long Island Sound in Westbrook every hour for 24 hours. The OPD will have people there to support him.

Notes In A Nutshell: Orange Park & Rec

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Mar 302019

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The Orange Park and Recreation Commission met at Town Hall on Wednesday, March 27.

Following is the information that came from this meeting.


Director Dan Lynch reported that Simon Khairallah will be going before the Board of Selectmen on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, for the final approval for his Eagle Scout project.

Mr. Lynch also reported that the garbage can and ice hockey goals were removed from Wright’s Pond.


Two new seasonal maintenance staff members will begin working on Monday, April first.

Director’s Report:

Mr. Lynch spoke about the pool locker room renovations. The pool is currently shut down and the lifeguards are not working at this time. Pool members can use the alternate pool locations at the Jewish Community Center and the Woodbridge Town Pool. The expected completion for this project is July 1.

The South Wing renovations at High Plains Community Center. The expected completion time is the end of May or the beginning of June.

The Exercise Room continues to remain open to members.

There is a new page on the Park & Rec website titled “What’s New.” This page will continue to give pool renovation updates as well as list the upcoming programs. Summer Camp will begin on June 17 and registration begins on April 29. Traveling Teens registration begins on April 22.

Disk golf will resume again this spring.

Mar 292019

The Amity Spartans Boys Hockey Team attended its annual Banquet on Wednesday, March 27.

This event is an opportunity for the coaches and players to recognize their own for all the hard work they put in on the ice during the past season.

The Spartans made it into the states, but, like the girls’ team (which won the SCC Title) they were eliminated after the first round. We’re proud of the 2018-19 Spartans for all of their accomplishments and tip a hat to Head Coach Mike “Scooter” Richetelli and the assistant coaches for a job well done.

The following players were honored at the dinner.

The Hobey Baker Award for Character and Sportsmanship — Nelson Bordeleau #10

Most Improved Player — Justin Miller #4

Top Defenseman — Kenny Page #20

Top Offensive Player — Jason Csejka #18

Rookie Of The Year ‚— Caleb Marcin #6

Team Player: Unsung — Nelson Bordeleau #10

Bethany-Orange-Woodbridge Community ‚— Colin Hughes #8 and Ryan Miller #7

The Gerry Couden Coaches Award — Colin Hughes #8

Joey Ciancola Memorial Award — Kenny Page #20

We will miss the seniors: Csejka, Page, Hughes, Bordeleau, and Ryan Miller. But there is still a lot of talent to carry the team through next season.In

In addition, watch this: https://youtu.be/VXJAzgr8SS0



UPDATE: Racebrook Crash Required Extrication, Child Escapes Injury

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Mar 282019

On Wednesday night, March 27 at around 10 p.m., Orange Police responded to a serious one-car motor vehicle accident on Racebrook Road (Rt. 114) near the Woodbridge town line.

Preliminary investigation shows that a 2008 Toyota Rav4 was traveling southbound on Rt.114 at a high rate of speed when the 25-year-old driver lost control of the vehicle. The car crossed the center line into the northbound lane before leaving the roadway and crashing into a tree.

The driver suffered life-threatening injuries and the Orange Volunteer Fire Department extricated her. There also was a 6-year-old passenger in the Toyota who was able to release his restraints and get out of the vehicle with only minor injuries.

The Orange Police crash reconstruction team responded to take over the investigation. The driver’s name is not being released at this time until the Department is certain that the driver’s family has been notified.

If anyone witnessed the crash or has any further information, please contact Lt. Raymond LaPlante at 203-891-2130, RF CN #19-9162.

Fire Danger High Today

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Mar 262019

There will be enhanced potential for fire spread today as relative humidities fall into the teens to lower 20s, and winds gust to 20 to 25 mph.

Take care of your actions to prevent causing a dangerous situation. If you smoke, do not toss your cigarette butt out of the car window, as it can easily ignite dry grass or foliage at the side of the road.



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Mar 252019

Route 34 Westbound is shut down near Hine’s Farm between Baldwin Road and Grassy Hill Road/Sodom Lane for a serious accident.

According to the OPD Facebook Page the road is closed due to a serious motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian, the westbound lanes of Derby Avenue (RT34) are closed at the intersection of Sodom Lane.

Traffic is being rerouted down Baldwin Road for the time being. The investigation has just begun and the westbound lanes of Derby Avenue will be closed for several hours.

One passerby who took a photo said a small car ran into the rear of a tractor-trailer truck. There is no information on injuries, but police are diverting traffic away from the area.

Orange Live will have more information as it becomes available.

(We chose not to use a submitted photo of the vehicle for several reasons)

Orange Lions Fundraiser Attracts Record Crowd

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Mar 252019

The Orange Lions Club would like to say thank for all the recent support of our “Spring Tasting” on March 22. It was a roaring success with neatly 200 guests in attendance!

Thank you to our Sponsors: Wine and Liquor Outlet, Eli’s of Orange, Trader Joe’s, Wayne Hugendubel of Coldwell Banker. Shop Rite, Cellini’s Design Jeweler, Eve Overchuk, Ken Carney of Baybrook Remodeling, Marion Nugent, Bruce Spiewak of AIA Architect Consulting, and Yale Surgical.

We also would like to thank our Friends:
Marian and Bob Drobish and Mild to Wild Automotive

In addition, many local businesses and members of our club donated prizes to our raffle table and silent auction. Thank you to these businesses and Lions:
Glam Spa, 221 Post a Salon, Gabriele’s, Baja, TGI Fridays, On the Border, 744 West, Stonebridge, Panera, Munson Chocolate, I-spa Nail, Lucinda’s Hair and Boutique, Sunflower Farms, Lions Ann Carollo, Lea Turner, Pat Romano, Marie Kaufman, Deb Hart, Anna Marie Goldberg, Marion Nugent, Linda Muttitt, Suzanne Anderson, and Nick Bencivengo.

The Spring Tasting on Friday, March 22 at St Barbara’s Greek Hall was a fun, social, community event. The relaxed atmosphere made for a wonderful evening for all who attended. The feedback we have received
from everyone has been overwhelmingly positive. We had a record crowd and exceeded our goals!

This major club fundraiser helps to support many community organizations. The Orange Lions Charities Inc. is a 501-C3 nonprofit organization permit #E-2370472, with the main focus on blindness aid,
prevention, and eye research. Tax-deductible contributions benefit the Lions Club’s local and national charities such as Fidelco Guide Dogs, Low Vision Centers, the Orange Senior Center, Public Library (specialty large print and audio books), Youth Services, DARE, the Orange Historical Society, and the Volunteer Fire Department. Our club also awards Community Grants to worthy groups and/or individuals and provides scholarships to qualified seniors at Amity High School.

The participation and attendance of so many in the Spring Tasting were key to its roaring success and the Orange Lions Club thanks you! Thank you all for your support!

— The Orange Lions Club

Orange Lions Award 13 Community Grants

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Mar 242019

Earlier this month, the Lions Club of Orange hosted its annual Community Grants evening and awarded grant money to 13 worthy community services organizations.

The following local organizations received grants.

• Orange Fire Marshal’s Office

• Orange Police Department

• Orange Historical Society

• Orange Community Services

• Orange Elementary Olympic Festival

• Orange Youth Services

• Orange Conservation Commission

• Orange Volunteer Fire Association

• Case Memorial Library

• Community Soup Kitchen

• Racebrook School

• CT regional Group Blinded Vets

• Rape Crisis Center of Milford

The Orange Lions is an active, involved, serving and caring group of your neighbors and they welcome everyone to become a member.

A favorite Lions tag line is: “Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion.”

Meet Lad, the Smooth Coat Collie Pup

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Mar 242019

The Woodbridge Regional Animal Control has available for adoption a breed of dog not seen very often.

Lad is an eight-month-old, male, smooth coat Collie in sable and white. He is friendly, attentive, swift and athletic with a lot of puppy behavior and energy.

Lad is good with adults, older children, friendly dogs but no cats. What the pup needs to thrive is active human companionship, gentle training and regular exercise in a physically fenced-in yard or other confined area.

The Collie’s loyalty, intelligence, and sterling character are the stuff of legend. Now all Lad needs is a chance.

Lad and other dogs and cats are available for adoption at the Woodbridge Regional Animal Control. The shelter is located at 135 Bradley Road and can be reached by phone at 203 389-5991.