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Orange Police: Burglary And Possession of Burglary Tools

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Aug 022021
 

On Wednesday, July 28, at 8:56 a.m. Orange police officers responded to Summit Drive to meet with town resident Christopher Barretta, 47, only to find he was not there.

The officers learned that Barretta was at the Derby Adult Probation Office, and then they headed over there to serve an arrest warrant.

The warrant, stemming from an incident on Summit Drive on July 22, charged third-degree burglary and possession of burglar tools.

Barretta was taken into custody and charged. He was held on a $125,000 bond with a court date of July 30.

Get Your Raffle Tickets And A Chance To Win One Of The 11 OVFD Carnival Prizes

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Aug 022021
 

File photo from the Ticket Booth in 2019.

After COVID-19 ruined just about everything last year, it’s great to see things coming back to as normal as possible this summer.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Association will be having its carnival in August and to make things very convenient for everyone. Ride and Raffle tickets are now available online at https://www.orangevfd.org/carnival

This year the raffle drawing will take place on the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, at 4:30 p.m. on the final day of the Carnival, Sunday, Aug. 8.

Who wouldn’t want to take a chance at winning the top prize of $10,000 cash? The 11th prize is pretty awesome too, $150 gift card to Outback Steakhouse.

Here is the entire list of prizes from First to Eleventh:

  1. $10,000 Cash
  2. $5,000 Cash
  3. $3,000 Cash
  4. $2,500 Gift Card to Anytime Fitness
  5. $1,200 Gift Certificate to Diamond Designs
  6. $500 I-Pad 128 GB WiFi from Best Buy, Orange
  7. $300 Gift Card to Shop Rite, Orange
  8. $300 Gift Card to Orange Ale House
  9. $250 Gift Card to Knight’s Inc.
  10. $200 Gift Card to Home Depot, Orange
  11. $150 Gift Card to Outback Steakhouse, Orange

At only $5 per ticket, with all proceeds going to the OVFD for training and equipment, you should definitely buy more than one and give yourself a greater chance at winning one of these wonderful prizes.

Don’t forget, go to https://www.orangevfd.org/carnival now and get your tickets!

Lyman Orchards To Open Sunflower Maze On Saturday, July 31

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Jul 302021
 

Are you looking for something different to do with your children before they have to go back to school? This isn’t in Orange, but, it sure sounds like fun!

Lyman Orchards, an independently-owned family destination for more than 275 years, has announced that Saturday, July 31 is the opening day for its 2021 Sunflower Maze at 105 South Street, Middlefield, CT. (just a 40 minute drive from Orange). A three-acre area adorned with 350,000 blooming sunflowers, the maze is the only one of its kind in Connecticut. This year’s theme will center on Arthur Read, star of the popular CPTV kids’ series “Arthur.” A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 9 a.m., with Arthur himself in attendance. 

Children like Nevaeh will benefit from the Sunflower Maze this year.

One dollar of each admission fee will be donated to support Connecticut Children’s Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders. Connecticut Children’s is dedicated to helping children like Nevaeh—an eight-year-old born with a rare genetic disorder who is doing great today, thanks to the comprehensive care she receives at Connecticut Children’s. Lyman Orchards’ Sunflower Maze has raised more than $148,000 for Connecticut’s only health system dedicated exclusively to the care of children since the maze began operations in 2006. 

“It is our utmost honor to help children and their parents in need of financial support for medical care,” states Lyman Orchards Executive Vice President John Lyman. “We look forward every year to opening our Sunflower Maze, knowing that we are providing lots of family-oriented fun, while supporting a terrific cause.”    

“We are so grateful for the generosity of the Lyman Orchards family, whose support enables our team of pediatric experts to provide the highest quality care for families throughout our community,” says David Kinahan, President, Connecticut Children’s Foundation.

Maze Facts, Cost and Location

  • More than 350,000 yellow, orange, and red sunflowers make up this year’s maze.
  • The maze is approximately 3 acres in size
  • The average time to make it through the maze is about 30 minutes
  • During your walk amidst the sunflowers you’ll see butterflies and yellow finches, with the surrounding orchard hills as a beautiful scenic backdrop.
  • Your trip through the Sunflower Maze will be educational too as you’ll learn all about Arthur Read, the star of the popular CPTV Kid’s series “Arthur”
  • The Sunflower Maze has raised over $148,000 for Connecticut Children’s.
  • It is Connecticut’s Original Sunflower Maze, now in its 15th year of operation.

The maze will be open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for ages 4 – 12, and free for children under 3 years.(One dollar of each admission fee will be donated to support Connecticut Children’s Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders)

The last entrance to the maze is at 4:30 p.m. For daily updates on the maze and Pick Your own, call our 24-hour hotline at 860-349-6015. Group pricing is available for companies or outings, call 860-349-6019.

 

 

August Happenings At The Library

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Jul 292021
 

The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, announced the following activities in August.

Teen Take & Make Kit: Fortune Cookies
Monday, August 2

For teens in grades 7-12. Create your own fortune cookies with this take-home baking kit. Instructions and most supplies will be provided. Participants must supply 3 large egg whites, a baking sheet, measuring cups and spoons, a mixing bowl, a mixing spoon or beaters, and water. Registration will end Thursday, July 29. Kits will be available for pickup in the Library from Monday, August 2 through Saturday, August 7. Click here to register.

 

Virtual Summer Reading Finale
Saturday, August 7

For children of all ages and their families.  Using mime, comedy, and interactive stories,Robert Rivest will bring original and classic Tall Tales (with Tails) to life before your eyes.  Registration is not required!  Sponsored by the Friends of the Case Memorial Library.

 

 

Concert: Survivors Swing Band
Sunday, August 8, 2 p.m.

Remember when you listened, sang, and danced to the great old tunes of the 1920’s through the 1940’s? The Survivors Swing Band will get your toes a-tappin’ and fingers snappin’ as you revive those memories. This program will be held outside on the Library’s back lawn. Please bring your own chair, wear a mask, and maintain social distancing. In the event of rain, this event will be postponed to Sunday, August 22.
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Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register.
Phone: 203-891-2170
http://www.casememoriallibrary.org
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New Audiobook Titles At The Library

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Jul 292021
 

The Case Memorial Library introduced the following audiobooks to its shelves in July.

The consequences of fear / Jacqueline Winspear.

Golden girl / Elin Hilderbrand.

The good sister : a novel / Sally Hepworth.

Hour of the Witch / Chris Bohjalian.

The last bookshop in London : a novel of World War II / Madeline Martin.

The Personal Librarian [sound recording] / Marie Benedict.

The plot : a novel / Jean Hanff Korelitz.

Where the forest meets the stars : a novel / Glendy Vanderah

 

Bobcat Sightings Around Town

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Jul 282021
 

Residents have reported seeing bobcats around town.

One homeowner caught this photo of one yesterday, Tuesday, July 27 at 2:10 p.m. carrying a rabbit on Taulman Road.

Bobcats, coyote, and foxes are not unusual in Orange, yet we always feel it’s important to report sightings and remind residents to keep an eye on their pets, especially small cats and dogs so they don’t become a meal for one of these hungry predators.

 

Q & A With Orange’s Pat Winkel, Twins Baseball Draft Pick

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Jul 262021
 

If you are from the Amity area, you know the name Pat Winkel. If you are lucky enough to have met him, you know how genuine, polite and smart he is.

With the Amity Spartans

If you’ve been fortunate enough to have seen him play baseball locally, from the time he was a child playing in Orange Little League, then later on the American Legion team, and finally at Amity High School where he was named Athlete of the Year in 2018 then you have seen the joy on his face when he’s on the field. This young man genuinely loves the game.

While in high school, Pat made headlines as the 31st round pick by the New York Yankees in the 2018 MLB Draft. He chose to study at UCONN and play baseball with his big brother, Chris, instead.

Earlier this month, he was picked in the 9th round by the Minnesota Twins.

Last week Orange Live talked to Pat to catch up, congratulate him and to get the answers to those questions that may have been bopping around your heads.

Here’s our conversation:

OL: How does it feel to be drafted again? 

From UConn Website

It feels unbelievable, especially with the draft being shorter, and less kids being picked, its even more of an honor now than it was back then. I’m finally able to start that chapter in my life and it feels even better.

OL: Out of High School you chose your further education and playing college ball with your brother over the Yankees, how is this time different?

I think I’m more ready. I used that time at UConn to learn about myself more – to learn about my game a little bit more and hone in on those things that I’m good at, and fix some things that I wasn’t “amazing” at to become a better player. 

OL: Did you expect your name to come up sooner or later?

At the end of the day I’m just really happy that it worked out for me. It’s not really about where, it’s about the opportunity and that’s an important way to look at it. It’s great to say that you were in this round pick or that one, but really it’s all about getting the opportunity and getting a chance to come here and start that pro career that people always dream about. For me, just getting the call and hearing my name — it was awesome.

OL: Were you happy that it was the Twins who chose you?

I’m happy the Twins took me, it’s a great organization. I was surprised because it happened really quick from the time I found out they were considering me to when they took me was all in a couple of minutes. It happened really fast.

OL: Where are you now?

I’m in Fort Myers, Florida at their baseball academy which is their spring training complex and we’re doing physicals and acclamation and [other] work over the next so many days.

OL: The Twins have 6 farm teams — Are you going somewhere else or are you going to be based in Florida?

I’m not quite sure, yet. I’m down here for what’s called a mini-camp and then after the mini-camp I’m assuming the players that are drafted will be placed on different teams, but I’m not sure yet.

UCONN

OL: How many catchers do the Twins have in their farm teams? What kind of competition do you have?

I’m not really sure. I know they took another great catcher that I met through college and this summer when I was at Cape Cod. He’s a great player. I’m not sure how many they have in the farm system but obviously everyone here is a professional and everyone is here for a reason so I’m sure, but the competition is going to be very tough. 

OL: How many steps away from major leagues are you now?

Well, I’m here now and then there are four or five teams prior to the majors, depending on where you get placed. The goal is to just keep playing well and going up the system.

OL: How did our local Orange little league, American Legion and Amity High School prepare you for this moment in your life?

They are all so intertwined. Not only Orange but the Woodbridge and Bethany (Amity) system puts such an emphasis on not only sports but also making good quality people too. The coaches we’ve had preach on you being a good person on and and off the field and tell you how to have a good character, so just going through that system and the little league system really gives you the tools to be able to go to that next level. So whether it was going from little league to middle school and middle school to high school, then college it just made the transitions seamless.

OL: When did you first take on the position of catcher?

I first became a catcher in little league. So, I’ve been catching for 13 or 14 years and I haven’t had any problems (knee injuries) with it, and that’s the goal to just stay healthy. I knew pretty early that that’s what I wanted to do, and that’s when I became serious about it. I think that benefitted me to take all of those years and hone in on one thing versus trying different positions and figuring out that I didn’t want to play shortstop or be a pitcher.

OL: How are your friends and fans reacting to the latest news?

Oh, it’s great, I’ve gotten so much support from all my friends, kids that I knew in high school who I haven’t talked to in a long time because we went to different schools, or they’ve been busy. But there have been a ton of people reaching out saying congrats and wishing me the best. It’s great hearing from people from Amity and even middle school and grammar school that I haven’t heard from in a bit.

My coaches were some of the first ones to call me. (Bob Mirto from Legion ball and Amity Coach Sal Coppola) They’re the greatest. They always wish the guys the best. I always have them to talk to, they’re always checking in. Those are great relationships that will never die.They are lifelong friends, quality coaches that only want the best for their players.

OL: Do you have any advice for kids in the early stages of baseball (little league, etc) to get to where you are.

Yes. At the end of the day, it is a game, especially in little league that’s the time when you want to enjoy it the most. You should really have fun and don’t put too much pressure on yourself, because it’s hard to play when there’s too much pressure on you, and you may not play well. So remember it’s a game, enjoy it the best you can and good things will happen.

OL: You were always known for wearing bowties when you dressed up, can we expect to see that signature look in the future?

Absolutely you can. That’s going nowhere.

 

Orange Live thanks Pat for taking the time to chat with us and of course, we wish him the very best in the future. 

It’s Happening At The Library

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Jul 252021
 

The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, offers the following:

Virtual Author Talk: Found in Transition

Monday, July 26, 7 p.m.
In this autobiographical narrative, an Iranian-American pediatrician and mother of three is blindsided when one of her children comes out as transgender. As the author grapples with her child’s transition from male to female, she is forced to re-examine her ideas of parenting, gender, and personal identity.  Join us for a Zoom talk with author Paria Hassouri!
Click here to register.

Teen Take & Make Kit: Fortune Cookies
Monday, August 2
For teens in grades 7-12. Create your own fortune cookies with this take-home baking kit. Instructions and most supplies will be provided. Participants must supply 3 large egg whites, a baking sheet, measuring cups and spoons, a mixing bowl, a mixing spoon or beaters, and water. Registration will end Thursday, July 29. Kits will be available for pickup in the Library from Monday, August 2 through Saturday, August 7.
Click here to register.

Virtual Summer Reading Finale
Saturday, August 7
For children of all ages and their families.  Using mime, comedy, and interactive stories, Robert Rivest will bring original and classic Tall Tales (with Tails) to life before your eyes.  Registration is not required!  Sponsored by the Friends of the Case Memorial Library.

Events are free and open to the public, except as noted.

Please pre-register.

Phone: 203-891-2170
http://www.casememoriallibrary.org
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Golf Tourney Planned For September 27

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Jul 252021
 

The Orange Economic Development Corporation will host its 15th annual Golf Tournament at Race Brook Country Club, 246 Derby Ave., Orange on Monday, Sept. 27.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department will receive a portion of the proceeds from this event.

Check-in will begin at 11:30 a.m. followed by a lunch reception at noon. A shotgun start takes place at 1 p.m.

Cost per player is $175 and includes 18 holes with cart, tournament gift, lunch reception, snacks and beverages on the course, contests and cocktail hour.

Lunch-only tickets are available for non-golfers at $35 each.

Click HERE to Register.

For more information contact Annmarie Sliby at Asliby@Orange EDC.com or call 203-891-1045.

 

Orange Police Served Two Warrants Against One Man

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Jul 252021
 

Orange police responded to the Derby Courthouse on Wednesday, July 21 at 12:24 p.m. when they learned that Mario Simmons, 39, of New Haven, who was wanted on two separate warrants from this town, was being held on an unrelated matter.

The first warrant that was served charged fifth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit fifth-degree larceny.

The second warrant charged sixth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny.

Simmons was held on arraignment at the Derby Court.