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Bizarre Accident Behind Orange School Today

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Sep 302016
 

imagejpeg_0Police and fire personnel responded to Schoolhouse Lane behind Mary L. Tracy School this afternoon around 3 p.m. for an strange accident involving a piece of heavy equipment and a Toyota SUV.

Details are sketchy right now, but the truck (or the load it was carrying) apparently flipped while turning the corner as the SUV was driving by in the opposite direction.

As seen in this submitted photo, the heavy equipment hit the passenger side of the vehicle.

No one was injured.

Orange Police will be investigating the cause of this accident.

PHOTOS: Orange Memorial Day Parade

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May 242015
 

IMG_4914Mother Nature woke up in a great mood today and gave us beautiful weather for the Memorial Day ceremonies, parades and picnics.

After the Ceremony at the gazebo, Orange Center Road was wall-to-wall people, waving flags and cheering as the parade passed from the first police car to the last fire truck the energy was strong and patriotism apparent.

The Orange Congregational Church Nursery Group sold hot dogs, treats and cold drinks on the green. A couple of vendors had balloons and other inflatables for sale, but it’s the free stuff that really got people excited: American Flags, pinwheels and Sgt. Stubby pins were gladly accepted on the fairgrounds and along the parade route.

See More Photos on Our Orange Live Facebook Page.

A Look Back: SmartLiving Earth Day

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Jun 102014
 

from the kids craft corner

from the kids craft corner

Each year the SmartLiving Center celebrates Earth Day with a family fun day offering entertainment and fun activities for the kids.

This year was no different. Children made bird feeders from recyclable materials and musical instruments from things you find around the house.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department was on-hand to give children and adults tours of the rescue truck.

Here are some photos from the event that we didn’t have time to publish immediately.

 

 

 

Register Your 6th Grader For The Home Alone Course

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May 192014
 

Home AloneOrange Youth Services, together with the Fire and Police Departments is offering a Home Alone program for sixth – grade  students.

There are openings for the class,  Tuesday, May 27,  to be held at High Plains Community Center from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., in Room 2.

The course is Free, but parents need to register with John at Youth Services at julatowski@orange –ct.gov . Include name of child, address, parent contact information, and school.

Participation will be on a first-come-first served basis. Course materials cover a wide range of categories such as fire and personal safety, visitors, and student responsibilities.

Parents would also need to make arrangements for pickup for their child after the course

Police And Fire Personnel Respond To Untimely Death Call On Grassy Hill Road

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Feb 022014
 

Rescue 1 outside of Station 2

Rescue 1 outside of Station 2

This afternoon at 1:50 p.m. the Orange Volunteer Fire Department was called to 974 Grassy Hill Road to assist the Orange Police.

The Fire Chief called for specific apparatus and full crews along with an extension ladder to get up to the second floor and remove a window

The details are vague, but according to Police Chief Robert Gagne, the call was in regards to a deceased person who had a medical history.

“There was no foul play,” he said.

The fire department’s part was to gain entry and help remove the deceased.

Pre-Schoolers Enjoy A Community Helper Vehicle Visit

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Jun 082013
 

Steve Cifarelli from the Highway Department gives high fives to the young visitors.

Steve Cifarelli from the Highway Department gives high fives to the young visitors.

Pre-school children at Mary L. Tracy School had some special visitors on Thursday. The weather cooperated beautifully for the final chapter of the students’ “Community Helpers” social studies pre-k curriculum.

In addition to learning about the work that the fire department, police, highway department, tow truck drivers and AMR Ambulance personnel do,  the students personally experienced both a hurricane and blizzard during the school year.

It is unusual for students to have such personal experiences to draw from in relationship to community helpers within their town.

With this event, students were able to identify community workers and associate them with a vehicle.

• Youth Officer John Aquino brought a Police Cruiser

• Orange Volunteer Firefighters brought the Engine 37 Fire Truck

• The familiar faces from AMR brought an Ambulance and Paramedic truck

• Highway Foreman Don Foyer and his crew from the Orange Highway Department brought a Plow, Payloader, Bucket Truck, and Backhoe.

• Bruneau’s of Milford brought in a heavy duty Tow Truck.

The children were able to climb in and on all of the vehicles, talk to the drivers and get all the answers they needed to any questions they had.

It’s hard to tell who had more fun the children or the community workers. This day was a great end to an important lesson in the Pre-K curriculum.

 

Total Vehicles:    9    Total workers:  12

Police: Driver Clings To Life

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Sep 302012
 

Engine 34 makes its way to the scene.

The Orange Police put out a press release regarding the accident on Marsh Hill Road that closed the roadway for two hours Sunday afternoon.

Police are investigating a one-car accident on Marsh Hill Road that occurred around 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30.

The unidentified driver sustained serious injuries after his northbound vehicle struck a utility pole near the Restaurant Depot driveway.

Orange Volunteer firefighters extricated the driver and he was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital where he “clings to life.”

Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to call Officer John Roshotnik at 203-891-2138.

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Orange Live arrived (at what we were told was a fatal accident) moments after the fire trucks responded to the scene.

Marsh Hill Road was closed while police, firefighters and paramedics did their jobs.

Once home, preliminary information and the first fire truck and distance shots were posted, as well as updates about the road closure. We put the word “fatal” in parentheses until we received official word that the driver was breathing when he was transported to the hospital and clarified it within 45 minutes of the initial posting.

Police have not yet released the driver’s identity yet, so we don’t know if he is an Orange resident or not. We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

Orange Live will not post photos of the vehicle since they can be very upsetting, and we regret any undue concern our use of  (fatal) in the initial story may have caused.

Engine 34 and a police car block Marsh Hill Road at Indian River Road.

Midnight Alarm: Tree vs House, Family Displaced

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Jun 122012
 

Fire Dept. Call 12 a.m.

The location on Peck Lane where a tree fell into a home.

A tree reportedly fell into a home on Peck Lane around midnight.

There were no injuries, but fire personnel are enroute just in case there is an issue with power lines or other potential hazards.

12:06 a.m. Fire officers arriving.

12:07 a.m.  Confirmation: no injuries, no fire, structural damage to the house.

12:13 a.m. Fire officer suggests shutting off power to the home from the interior breaker panel.

12:16 a.m. Building Inspector is requested to assess the damage.

12:25 a.m.  Fred T. is on the way.

The rear of the home as seen from Arnold Lane

1:30 a.m. Family is displaced for a while – per the building inspector. Fire Dept. has cleared the scene.

According to property records the family just moved into this home in November, 2011.

Building Inspector Fred Trotta was away in a meeting by the time I made it up to Town Hall.