Gather Your Things, Paper Shredding And Mattress Recycling Day Is Coming

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Mar 022021

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The Orange Recycling Committee has announced the next paper shredding and mattress recycling event, which will take place at the front parking lot of High Plains Community Center (HPCC) on 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.

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/

Amity Varsity Games Feb. 15-20

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Feb 142021

Here are the Amity Varsity Sports schedules for this week.

Monday, Feb. 15

Girls Ice Hockey vs West Haven – Sacred Heart Academy AWAY Bennett Rink West Haven 12 p.m.

Boys Ice Hockey vs East Haven Coop HOME Bennett Rink West Haven 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 16

Boys Basketball vs Foran AWAY Foran High Milford 5:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming and Diving vs Shelton HOME High Plains Pool Orange 3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming and Diving vs Xavier HOME High Plains Pool Orange 4 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs Foran HOME Amity High School 6 p.m.

Girls Ice Hockey vs West Haven – Sacred Heart Academy AWAY Bennett Rink West Haven 5:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 17

Boys Ice Hockey vs Sheehan AWAY Louis Astorino Ice Arena Hamden 8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 19

Boys Basketball vs North Haven AWAY North Haven High 7 p.m.

Boys Swimming and Diving vs N Haven, E Haven, N Branford, Guilford HOME High Plains Orange 3:20

Girls Ice Hockey vs Masuk, Barlow, Newtown Lauralton, Shelton, New Milford AWAY Sports Center Shelton Upper Rink 4 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs North Haven HOME Amity High 6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 20

Boys Ice Hockey vs *Guilford HOME Bennett Rink West Haven 3 p.m.

*Change North Branford will play in place of Guilford.


“Scooter’s” 2021 Amity Spartans Show Potential

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Feb 112021

The 2021 Boys Hockey Season has begun. On Wednesday night, Feb. 10, the Amity Spartans took to the ice at the Ct. Sports Center Rinks in Shelton.

The face of High School sports has changed dramatically. The players are socially distanced as they gear up since they don’t use the locker rooms. A crucial part of their uniform is a face mask, which must be put on properly before the helmet goes on and they can enter the rink.

There are no spectators, no Amity Army, no moms and dads crowding the glass around the ice or filling the stands. No game announcer, just me and the rink manager (who checked to make sure I wasn’t a mom who’d sneaked in to watch her baby boy play in violation of CIAC Covid rules) giving our silent approval for impressive teamwork and unusually skillful shot into the net.

The MVP honor for the game, if you will, has to go to Watertown-Pomperaug’s Ryan Magee’s (10) Hat Trick.

Magee scored his first goal in the first 14 seconds of the game. In the second period, he shot one in with just shy of 4 minutes left on the clock. In the third period, just seconds after Amity’s goalie, Brendan Smith (30) was pulled from the ice — a common strategic move to get another player in the game — Magee took advantage of the empty net and scored with just 1:16 remaining in the game.

The congratulatory team line up after the game even looked different, instead of skating past each other and saying “good game,” each team lined up on their own blue lines and hit their sticks on the ice before heading off to change.

The Spartans may not have won this game, but they proved they weren’t afraid to shoot, pass to one another and play as a team. There are no cowboys on this team, no “Me” players, they get out on the ice and play as a unit, looking for an opening and passing to someone who is in a good position and covering for one another.

Head Coach Mike “Scooter” Richetelli acknowledged he has a good group of players this year and said he wasn’t disappointed in the way they played last night.

“They haven’t played a game since November when Youth Hockey ended, so it will take a little while to get used to it again,” he said. “They played well and they’ll only get better.”

The Spartans go up against Cheshire on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Louis Astorino Ice Arena Hamden. (No spectators allowed)

See more photos on the Orange Live Facebook Page







Agenda: Feb. 10 Board Of Selectmen’s Meeting

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Feb 102021

The regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Wednesday, Feb. 10 will be a ZOOM format at 7 p.m.

NOTICE: In accordance with Governor Lamont’s Executive Order 7B Regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic, this meeting will be held remotely with no in-person attendance. The meeting will still be broadcast live on OGAT Optimum channel 79 and Frontier channel 6063 and streamed on YouTube and OGAT on the following links:

Any comments for public participation or an agenda item must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 to: izeoli@,orange-ct.gov

Call to order Introductions

To consider and act on the minutes of the January 13, 2021 Regular Meeting of the Board of Selectmen

To consider and act on the minutes of the January 26, 2021 Special Meeting of the Board of Selectmen


PUBLIC PARTICIPATION (2 minutes per speaker)




1. Pension Board – Selectman Goldblatt
2. Emergency Management – Selectman Novicki
3. Capital Planning – Selectman Okenquist
4. Bond Construction Oversight – Selectman Goldblatt
s. Personnel – First Selectman Zeoli, Selectman Okenquist & Novicki


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Approved Minutes of the December 09, 2020 Regular Meeting of the Board of Selectmen Appointments and Reappointments

Now You Can Fully Enjoy The Beauty Of The Ewen Farm Preserve

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Feb 102021

One positive aspect of 2020 was the increased use of town walking trails. One trail in Orange that remains relatively unused is the Ewen Farm Preserve. One reason for its not being used is that the trail is not clearly marked, and people may not be familiar with the path.

This link (shown below)which is on the Orange Conservation Committee website, is the orienteering directions to walk this trail, which begins at the intersection of Farm Hill Road and St Johns Drive. This walk of approximately 1 and 1/4 miles (about 30 minutes) and takes you past streams, a pond, and even a 75-yard boardwalk (pictured below) through wetlands to the Wepawaug River.

So grab your compass (or compass phone app) and try your hand at orienteering. The course includes comments on visual handrails and endpoints so that you can adjust for slight inaccuracies in direction or distance.


LETTER: OCC — Vote Yes On Feb. 16

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Feb 062021

To The Editor:

The Orange Conservation Commission strongly encourages Orange Voters to vote “Yes” on the February 16 referendum to authorize the Town’s acquisition of the Racebrook Country Club (RCC).

The purchase of the RCC will preserve the Town’s control over the future use of the 287 acres property and prevent RCC from selling land to developers to resolve their current financial crisis. This purchase will maintain the open space and the Town’s character that we all have come to love about Orange.

See you at the Polls on February 16 and remember – Vote Yes!

The Orange Conservation Commission

Symptoms Of The UK Covid Variant — How Are You Celebrating Superbowl 55?

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Feb 032021

With Superbowl Sunday coming up this weekend, some die-hard football fans may still want to party like it’s 1999, but seriously, think about it ONE boring Super Bowl Sunday won’t kill you, but one reckless, typical Super Bowl Sunday celebration during a pandemic could very possibly lead to your death.

The UK Covid Variant is here in CT, and it is said to be more contagious than the initial Wuhan virus. A big Superbowl Party could become a SuperSpreader event.

Some of the symptoms are similar to the original, but you also should be aware of the more unusual symptoms found with this variant.

They include:


Blood clots

Hearing loss

High blood sugar

Back to Super Bowl Sunday — If you’ve been lucky enough to get a covid vaccination, congratulations, I am very happy for you — but If you haven’t, how secure do you feel that the guy next to you in the bar, who’s swigging beer and pounding down wings and the community nacho platter isn’t asymptomatic?

If you’re a terrible cook, but are craving that spicy, cheezy bar food, why not give your favorite pub a call and request a take-out spread?

If you’re not a Kansas City Chiefs or Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan, then watch the game at home, take in the commercials and the Weeknd’s halftime show. Look ahead to 2022 when YOUR favorite team may be playing and Budweiser may decide to deliver on a Clydesdale commercial again (no Bud horses this year).

Think of brighter days when you won’t have to wear a mask, and you can stuff yourself into a crowded bar like you used to and scream at the top of your lungs without worrying about anything except if your team will win or not.

If you do go out, the weather will be a little warmer with a high around 35 degrees and some snow is in the forecast. Take it easy on the drinking and drive carefully, watch out for the other guy.

Take every precaution this weekend. We want you to be around for a very long time.


Police Blotter: Orange Resident Charged With DUI And More

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Feb 032021

On Friday, Jan. 29, officers observed a motor vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed and blowing through a red stoplight on Old Tavern Road at 10:08 p.m.  

During the traffic stop, police spoke to the driver, Christopher J. Celone, 43, of Orange who was slurring his speech. 

He was asked to perform standardized field sobriety tests. 

Subsequently, he was taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, possession of less than 1/2 ounce of marijuana and failure to obey a traffic signal. 

Celone was released after posting a $500 bond and given a court date of Feb. 22.

COVID-19 Vaccines Now Available To Orange Senior Citizens

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Feb 022021

We are pleased to announce that the Orange Health Department is now an established vaccine clinic site per the DPH requirements. 

We successfully hosted our first clinic on Jan 28 at the High Plains Community Center (HPCC) and will continue to offer weekly clinics based on the availability and supply of COVID-19 vaccines.

The clinic is presently open to 75 or older age persons by appointment. Go online to the Town of Orange Webpage and fill out an online registration form.

If you do not have access to the internet, call the Orange Senior Center at (203) 891-4788 during business hours to receive assistance in scheduling your vaccines.

The Orange Health Department will contact you to confirm your appointments.

Take A Gander At The Full Wolf Moon

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Jan 282021

The Full Moon tonight, the Wolf Moon, is really magnificent, I know it’s freezing outside, but take a moment to take a look.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac has this to say about tonight’s moon:

“It’s thought that January’s full Moon came to be known as the Wolf Moon because wolves were more often heard howling at this time. It was traditionally believed that wolves howled due to hunger during winter, but we know today that wolves howl for other reasons. Howling and other wolf vocalizations are generally used to define territory, locate pack members, reinforce social bonds, and coordinate hunting.”