Police Blotter: Man Accused Of Stealing Hundreds Of Dollars Worth Of Shoes

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Apr 062021

On Monday, April 5, Orange police observed a male walking quickly through the parking lot of 526 Boston Post Road, where DSW Shoes is located.

The man, later identified as Eric T. Woodson, 57, of New Haven, then dropped four boxes of merchandise in front of the officers. Investigation revealed that Woodson had taken $360 worth of merchandise without paying for it.

He was taken into custody and charged with sixth-degree larceny.

Woodson was released on a promise to appear in court on May 4.

Rac N Pack Is Back At The Transfer Station

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Apr 062021

Following is a message from Orange Recycling Chairman Mitch Goldblatt:

Thank you to Orange Recycling Committee Member Chris Prokop, Home Depot Manager Matt Hyatt, and Gerry, Ed, and Steve at the Transfer Station. As of mid-morning Friday, April 2, our Rac N Pack is back in place for collecting Plastic Bags and Wrap at the Transfer Station!

While we await Home Depot Corporate to approve the permanent shed, we will have this one (see photos). It is larger and sturdier than the last one. The “No Plastic Bags” sign with the right-hand arrow will soon be reattached to the railing in front of the bottle, can, and paper trailer.

The Transfer Station crew said that they would get someone next week to disassemble the “Plastic Bag” Sign (it was saved) from the bracket (which can’t be used on this shed) and most likely affix it to the left door.

For now, the left door will remain latched and closed at all times so that the sign will be visible and the door won’t break off.

So no more excuses! Plastic Bags and Plastic Wrap need to be separated and recycled in the Rac N Pack bag in the shed.

Thanks for your support and help in getting the word out to everyone.



Orange Country Fair Committee Sponsors Food Drive on Saturday

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Apr 052021

The Orange Country Fair Committee is sponsoring a Food Drive on Saturday, April 10 from 9 am-12 pm under the food pavilion at the fairgrounds. The drive will benefit the town’s Community Services Food Bank and Food2Kids programs.
The Orange Country Fair Committee wants to give back to the community and show its appreciation for the love and support over the past year.
They are starting the planning process and fully intend to have a fair in the fall. While it may not look exactly like fairs in the past, they hope to bring you some fun and still keep everyone safe.
If you are coming to the paper shredding/mattress recycling event, just swing around to the right to the pavilion to drop off your food items. The weather is supposed to be clear, so it will be a great day in Orange!

What is needed?

Donated food/gift cards/cash will go to the Community Services Food Bank as well as to the Food2Kids programs here in Orange.-Items for the F2K program include single-serve packaged food (e.g. juice boxes, cereal cups, microwavable mac and cheese cups, etc.).

Food Bank needs include canned vegetables, pasta, pasta sauce, cereal, paper towels, etc., etc.

Both of these programs were heavily used over the last year and need replenishment.

Gather up those food items, gift cards, and donations and bring them to the Fair Grounds on April 10.

New Senior Discussion Group Begins Soon

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Apr 052021

The Orange Lions Club and Orange Community Services are sponsoring a “Discussion Group” for all Seniors. The group will meet on the third Friday of each month from 1-2 p.m., beginning Friday, April 16.

This is a great time to meet new people, make friends and voice your opinion on topics which are of concern to you. The group will meet in the senior lounge at High Plains Community Center. Call (203) 891-4784 to reserve your spot for each month’s discussion group. 

Members of the Orange Lions Club are looking forward to hosting this group. During the first session, you will meet Lion Jim Leahy and Lion Suzanne Anderson. 

All CDC protocols will be observed, so do not forget your mask. Call today to join the event.

Gather Your Things, Paper Shredding And Mattress Recycling Day Is This Weekend

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Apr 052021

The Orange Recycling Committee is preparing for the next paper shredding and mattress recycling event, which will take place at the front parking lot of High Plains Community Center (HPCC) this Saturday, April 10, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The committee will again be joined by the Mattress Recycling Council, which will collect used mattresses and box springs.

The secure, on-site paper shredding service will once again be handled by Affordable Solutions, owned and operated by Orange resident Joe Johnston. Residents may bring bags (preferably paper, not plastic) or boxes filled with documents for shredding. Volunteers from the Orange Recycling Committee will deposit them into the shredding truck. Residents who want their boxes or containers returned should tell a volunteer.

Due to COVID-19, residents are asked to put documents in their trunks, wait in line, and pop the trunk when it is their turn. To keep this event as “contactless” as possible, residents should stay in their vehicles. Wearing a mask is requested.

This service is generously funded by the Rotary Club of Orange. Residents may show their appreciation by donating to the Orange Rotary Scholarship Fund. Rotarians will be on hand to collect donations.

Residents may also bring mattresses and box springs for recycling. This free service is made possible through a partnership with the Mattress Recycling Council’s Bye Bye Mattress Program. Dry mattresses (of all sizes) and box springs will be accepted. However, some items cannot be accepted (see ‘Mattresses and box springs: DO NOT BRING’ below). For residents who need assistance, members of the Orange Lions Club will pick up mattresses and box springs from residences, given items are outside and dry or in a garage for easy access, as volunteers will not enter individual homes. Anyone interested in this pick-up service should contact Ken Lenz at 203-795-3906. The fee for a pick-up is $10 per mattress or box spring. Payment is by cash or check made out to Orange Lions Charities, and all proceeds are considered a charitable donation.

If residents are in the cleaning out mode, they may also bring old clothing and shoes to deposit in the Simple Recycling bin near the back of the community center. This bin is available 24/7, making it a great option for when the Orange Transfer Station & Recycling Center is closed. The town gets paid for items deposited in the Simple Recycling bins at High Plains and the Transfer Station and Recycling Center.

Orange Recycling Committee Chair Mitch Goldblatt is excited about this opportunity for our residents to dispose of items at no cost. “Saturday, April 10th will help everyone do some spring cleaning and dispose of outdated, sensitive paperwork,” Goldblatt said. “I’m encouraging all residents to bring their personal documents, papers, and even mattresses and clothing to this community event!”

“We are very excited to once again partner with other town groups, the Rotary Club of Orange and the Orange Lions Club, to offer these important environmental services to residents,” said Goldblatt. “This is a fun event that gives volunteers and residents an opportunity to work together for a cleaner and more sustainable planet, even during a pandemic.”

For the eleventh time, the Orange Recycling Committee will ensure the disposal of thousands of pounds of sensitive financial and medical papers in a secure, environmentally responsible way. Adding mattress and box spring recycling has made this event a popular one with residents.

Paper Shredding and Mattress Recycling Event:

WHEN: Saturday, April 10, 2021 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., rain or shine
WHERE: High Plains Community Center (front parking area), 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT

BRING: Tax papers, bills, receipts, statements, and documents that contain personal, financial and/or medical information. No need to remove staples or elastic bands, but clips should be removed for reuse.

DO NOT BRING Paper that is already shredded, newspapers, notebooks, plastic folders, and other papers and mail that can go in the regular residential recycling bins.

Mattresses and box springs.

DO NOT BRING: Some items will not be accepted: mattresses from futons/sofa beds or waterbeds; mattresses infested with bed bugs; wet, damaged, or excessively soiled mattresses; and sleeping bags or mattress pads/toppers.

Simple Recycling

All sorts of clothing and shoes, no matter the size or condition.

If residents are in the cleaning out mode, they may also bring old clothing and shoes to deposit in the Simple Recycling bin near the back of the community center. This bin is available 24/7, making it a great option for when the Orange Transfer Station & Recycling Center is closed. The town gets paid for items deposited in the Simple Recycling bins at High Plains and the Transfer Station and Recycling Center. 

Orange Recycling Committee Chair Mitch Goldblatt said he is excited about this opportunity for residents to dispose of items at no cost. 

Food Drive

Please bring non-perishable Food Items to the Pavilion where they are being collected by the Orange Country Fair Committee.

About the Orange Recycling Committee:

The Orange Recycling Committee is a group of volunteers appointed by the Board of Selectmen, who live in Orange, meet monthly, and are committed to educating about, increasing, and simplifying recycling options for Orange residents.

Website: www.orangerecycles.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ORCinCT/

In Case You Were Wondering: Two Serious Accidents In Woodbridge Today

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Apr 022021

Early this morning (Friday, April 2) Woodbridge Police, Fire, and Emergency Medical Services personnel responded to two separate motor vehicle incidents involving injuries.

The first incident, reported at approximately 4:11 a.m., was a motor vehicle accident on Rimmon Road, just east of Racebrook Road.  Emergency responders found that the sole occupant had been ejected and was pinned beneath the car.  He was extricated by Fire Department personnel and transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital with severe injuries.

The second incident, which occurred on Litchfield Turnpike (RT 69) south of Morris Road, was reported at around 5:27 a.m. and involved a combustion-related accident within a vehicle which resulted in severe injuries and burns to the driver.

The vehicle fire was extinguished by Fire Department personnel and the driver was transported the Yale-NH Hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries.  This incident is being investigated by the CT State Police Fire and Explosive Investigation Unit in conjunction with the Woodbridge Fire Marshal’s Office, and the Woodbridge Police Department.

At this time the names of those injured are not available for release.

Keep The Arts Blooming — And The Winners Are:

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Apr 022021

It is with great pleasure that we announce the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation raised around $30,000 for its charitable giving programs with its Keep The Art Blooming Raffle.

For many years, the JHAF has supported the Arts for students in Amity and surrounding communities in a myriad of ways — sponsoring plays, visiting authors and artists, etc. Those who are aware of their good work, realize how important it is to support the foundation whenever possible, so when the opportunity to buy tickets for a big 10-prize raffle arose, people stepped up.

The drawing took place on Thursday evening, April 1 at 7 p.m.

Here is a list of winning Entries:

1st Prize: $2,000 gift card, Diane Dalle Ave, # W1421

2nd Prize: $1,000 gift card, Bowley Moore Appraisal Centre, #W1591

3rd Prize: $500 gift card, Trish Pearson, #W441

4th Prize: $500 gift card, Elisabeth Labriola, #W1171

5th Prize: $200 gift card, Marianne Miller, #W1403

6th Prize: $200 gift card, CarolAline Flaumenhaft, #W1370

7th Prize: $200 gift card, Laurel Brown, #W494

8th Prize: $200 gift card, Erin Neblett, #W817

9th Prize: $100 gift card, Evelyn Boyd (Carly’s aunt), #W312

10th Prize: $100 gift card, Lori Berisford, #W31


Congratulations to all of the winners and a heartfelt thank you to everyone who participated.


New This Year, The Orange Artisan Fest and Vendor Fair

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Apr 022021

Save the date for the 1 st Annual Orange Artisan Fest and Vendor Fair scheduled for Thursday, June 17, 2021, from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Orange Fairgrounds at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange. The all-outdoor event is free and open to the public.

The event replaces the 17-year run Orange Business and Community Expo. Annemarie Sliby, Executive Director said, “We are excited to present this new community-oriented event, giving business owners and artisans a chance to mingle with visitors outside. People are looking forward to outdoor events and it will be a great start to the summer.”

Small business owners, artisans, and farm market vendors will be participating and visitors can look forward to product demonstrations, activities, shopping, raffles, food trucks, and live music.

The event opens at 2:30 pm and more than 60 vendors will be participating. Sliby said, “Network with business vendors, visit Artisan Row and shop for that unique Father’s Day gift, grab a bite from our food trucks, and listen to the sounds of The Sabb’s Brothers, who will be performing under the Gazebo from 6 pm – 8 pm.”

Exhibitor space is still available and registration is open. Showcase your business, products or
service, sell your products on-site, and network with vendors and attendees. Vendor space is limited and it is expected to sell out by May. Space includes a 6-foot table, tablecloth, and chair. In addition, all vendors receive their business information listed in the Business Directory, their business marketing materials included in Event Welcome Bags, and their company name listed in the Artisan Fest ad in OrangeLife Magazine.

Anyone interested in becoming a vendor, can register online via the OEDC website: OrangeEDC.com/events_activities, or call the OEDC office at 203-891-1045.
If you are unable to participate as a vendor, your business can still have a presence. For just $75, your marketing materials will be included in the Event Welcome Bags, which go to all attendees and vendors. Please call our office for information.

Many thanks to our sponsors: American Job Center, Beltone, The Eagle Leasing Company,
Economic Development Commission, Northeast Electronics Corporation, Senior Insurance
Consultants, StateFarm Insurance, Sue Ianniello – New York Life, Taylor Rental, TrinityPoint Wealth, and UIL Holdings Corporation.

For more information, call the Orange Economic Development Corporation at (203) 891-1045 or visit the website at OrangeEDC.com/events_acivities.

Apr 012021

Amity Senior Caroline Cadelina, who plays defense for the Blades Girls Ice Hockey team has earned a place on the Connecticut High School Girls Ice Hockey Association Team.

Cadelina has played for the Blades for her entire High School career. She’s been quite an asset to the team, and it’s been a pleasure watching her play.

Congratulations Caroline! Well Deserved!

Information About COBRA Subsidy Under The American Rescue Plan Act Of 2021

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Mar 312021


COBRA Subsidy Overview:

For a limited period, the ARPA requires employers to cover 100% of the cost of continuing group health coverage under COBRA for up to six months for “assistance eligible individuals” or “AEIs”. An AEI is a current or former employee who has lost coverage under their employer’s health care plan due to a reduction in hours or involuntary termination (for reasons other than gross misconduct). This will effectively allow AEIs (and their spouses and dependent children) to continue employer-sponsored health insurance coverage without having to contribute towards the premium costs through September 2021. Individuals who voluntarily terminated their employment are not eligible, and all other COBRA Qualifying Events do not quality for ARPA’s COBRA subsidy.

What Employers Need to Know:

  • Employers will need to identify their AEIs. AEIs are employees or former employees who lost health plan coverage within the past 18 months (on or after November 1, 2019), because of an involuntary termination of employment or reduction in hours.
  • AEIs and family members who currently have COBRA coverage will be eligible for a 100 percent subsidy of their premiums for up to six months (through September 30, 2021). The employer, insurer, or multiemployer plan sponsor will offset the cost by claiming a credit against Social Security and Medicare payroll taxes.
  • AEIs and family members who lost coverage because of involuntary termination or reduction in hours after November 1, 2019, but who either did not elect COBRA or let their COBRA lapse, will have until 60 days after receipt of the notice to elect COBRA beginning April 1st. Any election for these participants would be prospective only, and not retroactive to the date coverage was lost. It is unclear whether these election deadlines will supersede the previous Department of Labor extension for COBRA elections.
  • Employers will need to send the below notices to each of these AEIs (and their covered family members) within 60 days after April 1, 2021. The Department of Labor is supposed to issue model notices within 30 days of enactment.

    – General Election Notice- Employers must provide a General Election Notice to AEIs who first become eligible for subsidized coverage between April 1st and September 30th, 2021. This notice must provide AEIs with information regarding premium assistance.

    – Special Election Notice- Employer must provide a Special Election Notice to AEIs who previously elected and discontinued COBRA coverage or declined COBRA coverage between November 2019 to March 31, 2021.

    – Expiration of Subsidy Notice- Employers must provide this notice to AEIs to alert them that the subsidized aspect of their COBRA coverage will expire on a certain date.This notice must be provided between 15 to 45 days before the subsidy ends.

  • The ARPA subsidy does not extend COBRA coverage—coverage will still expire 18 months after coverage was lost, even if that is in the middle of the subsidy period. Apart from ARPA, coverage can be extended for a second qualifying event (up to a total of 36 months). ARPA does not address whether the subsidy will apply during that period.
  • Any AEI or family member who is or becomes eligible for other group health coverage or Medicare is not eligible for the subsidy. The individual has the obligation to notify the employer if he or she is not eligible or loses eligibility.
  • Employers can allow AEIs to enroll in other health plan options offered by the employer (rather than the option the AEI was enrolled in prior to the loss of coverage) if that other option is less expensive.
  • The subsidy is not taxable to the COBRA beneficiary.
  • There is no income cap for the subsidy.

    While this subsidy goes into effect in a matter of days, there are still many questions yet to be answered. As the DOL releases model notices, regulations, and other guidance, R+R will continue to update clients on the COBRA subsidy.

    If you have questions about new COBRA subsidy requirements or how it will impact your business, Contact R+R’s Director of HR Services Katie Hall at katieh@reynoldsrowella.com.

Submitted by Reynolds + Rowella
  of Ridgefield, CT