The Zoo Welcomes Changbai

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Jan 252017

An Amur Tiger

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport, welcomed a new family member this week according to Zoo Director Gregg Dancho.

Changbai, a female Amur Tiger arrived earlier this week from the Philadelphia Zoo.

In the weeks to come, check out the zoo’s Facebook page for the most up-to-date information on when she will make her debut.

About the Amur Tiger

The Amur Tiger is native to Siberia, northern China and Korea.

It’s life span is 12-14 years in the wild and up to 25 years in captivity.

Males and females come together to breed and then separate. Females give birth to 2 to 3 cubs. The cubs may stay with their mom for up to two years.

The Amur Tiger is a critically endangered subspecies of tiger. Only about 350 of these great cats survive in northern Asia. All tigers are endangered and protected worldwide. They suffer from habitat loss and poaching.

NOTE: What does this have to do with Orange? — The Beardsley Zoo is CT’s only public Zoo and it is only about 10 minutes from town. The zoo offers intern and teaching programs for children and teens, in which many Amity High School students participate. The zoo depends on fundraisers and visitor contributions to stay open. We are a vital part of its’ survival, just as the zoo is a vital part of it’s animals’ survival.


West Haven Man Found With Marijuana During Motor Vehicle Stop

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Sep 242013

police carOn Sept. 18, officers patrolling Route 34 reportedly observed a vehicle weaving within its lane on the eastbound direction around 1:09 a.m.

Upon stopping the vehicle, officers administered standardized roadside sobriety tests on the driver, James Coubrough, 30, of 164 Daytona St. #3, West Haven.

After which Coubrough was taken into custody and charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI), possession of marijuana and failure to drive in a proper lane. 

He was released after posting $50 bond for court Oct. 2.  


Chabad of Orange-Woodbridge Hosts A Taste Of Israel Bar-B-Q

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Aug 092013

Chabad barbq

Chabad of Orange Woodbridge presents its 1st ANNUAL “A TASTE OF ISRAEL BAR-B-Q” open to the entire community

Sunday Sept. 1,  5 to 8 p.m.
at 261 Derby Ave, Orange

Join us under the big white tent and experience an authentic Israeli Barbecue. All-You-Can-Eat! Enjoy music, juice bar, spirited fun for adults, crafts and play activities for children. Shop our Little Jerusalem Shuk for the best Lemon Meringue Pies, Local Produce, Candy, Judaica Items & more!

Sumptuous menu includes: Chicken Kabobs with Mango Sauce, Zatar Chicken wings, Pulled Barbeque Beef on Pita, Hot Dogs, Falafel, Frilled  Vegetables, Summer Cous Cous Salad, Israeli Potato Salad, Israeli Chopped Salad, Corn on the Cob, Watermelon and lots more!

Adults – $15
Children Under 10 – $7

Tickets available online at www.chabadow.org or at the office –  795-7095

This is a press release from Chabad of Orange-Woodbrige

Police Blotter: Woman Charged With Risk of Injury, Littering and Breach of Peace

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Aug 102012

Risk Of Injury

Orange police went to the Ansonia Police Department Aug. 5 at 8:17 p.m. to take custody of Crystal Gontarz, 28, of 26 South Cliff St., Ansonia, who was being detained on an unrelated matter.

According to the report, Gontarz was brought to the Orange Police Department and processed for an arrest warrant stemming from a June 12 incident, during which she was accused of causing a disruption at the Chase Bank at 262 Boston Post Road.

Gontarz reportedly was angry regarding a bank transaction, began yelling at employees inside the bank and punched a door. Once employees told her to leave, she picked trash up from the ground outside in the parking lot and threw it at the glass doors of the bank.

Throughout this incident,Gontarz was carrying a small child.

She was charged with risk of injury to a minor, breach of peace and littering. She was released on $1,000 bond for court Aug. 20.


Unauthorized Car Use

Orange police responded to 235 Boston Post Rd #30  at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 7, regarding the unauthorized use of a vehicle.

When officers arrived, they learned that Harold Byrnes, 54, of the above address had taken a vehicle owned by the resident there and used it overnight without permission from the owner.

Police were able to return the vehicle to the owner and took Byrnes into custody.

Byrnes was charged with using a motor vehicle without permission. He was held on $500 bond for court Aug. 8.


Court Order Violation

Officers responded to a private residence on New England Lane, where a man was observed entering the home in violation of a protective order, Aug. 8 at 3:53 p.m.

According to police, Haichang Huang, 45, of 25 Shelton Terrace 2nd floor, New Haven

He was subsequently taken into custody and charged with violation of a protective order.

Huang was held on $10,000 bond for court Aug. 9.



Orange Legion: Ballou Hits It Out Of The Park

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Jun 272012

Ted Ballou takes off running after hitting a homer onto a rooftop way beyond left field fence.


Sports Writer

Sturdy pitching by Austin Pokluda and Ted Ballou’s towering 3-run home run combined to lead Orange Post 127 past Post 196 of Milford 5-2 in a Zone 2 contest Tuesday night at Brinley Field. The victory prevented Post 127 from being swept in its 3 game summer series with the Sixers. Milford (now 3-3) took the first 2 games by scores of 9-2 and 2-1. The win also improved the winners’ record to 8-3.

Pokluda’s victory upped his mark to 2-1. He allowed 2 runs on 9 hits while walking 2 and striking out 9. He had only 1 bad inning—the second inning when he gave up both Milford runs.

According to Post 127 Coach Bob Mirto, “ Austin really picked us up tonight and we needed that. He got off to a slow start He became much more effective once he began to spot his change-up in the third inning. It’s his most effective pitch.”

Trailing 2-0 after Milford had scored twice in the top of the second inning, Orange struck back in the bottom of the third. With 1 out, Mark Boland slashed an opposite field double into the left-center field gap. After Brian Speer’s 2-out walk, Nick Baviello slashed a single down the right field line to drive Boland home. Ballou stepped in and walloped a towering drive far over the left field fence to put Orange on top, 4-2.

“Teddy just mashed that ball,” Mirto said. “He put it onto the roof of the building beyond the left field fence. He launched a 3-run rocket.”

The winners played with 3 regulars—Vin Siena, Paul Gusmano, and Chris Katz who all missed the game with a variety of valid reasons.

Milford scored both of its runs in the top of the second inning. Pokluda issued a 1-out walk to Christian Baglini and served up a base hit to Nick Pinto. Following a double steal that put both runners into scoring position, Sean Cameron ripped a 2-run 2 bagger into right center field.

Pokluda avoided trouble when he ended a bases-loaded jam in the top of the first inning by striking out Jake Saley.

Mirto was pleased to note that after leaving 21 runners on base in the 2 previous losses to Post 196, this time, Orange cashed in on its scoring opportunities, getting 6 hits and stranding only 4 base runners.

He added, “We didn’t get a lot of hits tonight but we made the ones we got count. We didn’t leave guys on base like we did in the first 2 games with Milford .”

Boland, who banged out 4 hits in the weekend losses to the Sixers, added 2 more safeties and scored a run on Tuesday night. Ed Michaud singled twice for the losers.

On Monday night, Dane Simone tossed a 1-hitter as Orange battered Hamden Post 88 and improved his record to 3-0. The winners were led by Baviello, who belted a 3-run homer.

Orange is on the road tonight and tomorrow night, visiting Post 76 of North Haven at DeMayo Field. On Friday, Mirto and Co. are off to Rhode Island to participate in the annual Firecracker Tournament. They open tourney play on Saturday at Bryant College in Smithfield , R.I.