Fire Marshal’s Office Shares Grilling Tips

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May 142020

The Orange Fire Marshal’s office shared this information from the NFPA (National Fire Prevention Association):

While there will likely be fewer gatherings with family and friends this Memorial Day in response to COVID-19, many observances of the holiday this year will likely continue to involve outdoor grilling. Plus, as more people continue to cook at home in the warmer months ahead, many of them will turn to their outdoor grills to prepare and enjoy meals.

These factors contribute to an increased risk of home grilling fires. In response, NFPA is reminding everyone to follow basic grilling safety precautions over Memorial Day weekend and beyond.

According to NFPA data, cooking equipment is the leading cause of U.S. home fires overall, annually contributing to nearly half (49 percent) of all home fires. NFPA estimates show that between 2014 and 2018, an annual average of 10,600 home fires involving grills, hibachis, or barbecues, which resulted in 10 civilian deaths, 160 civilian injuries, and $149 million in direct property damage.

Gas grills were involved in an average of 8,900 home fires per year, including 3,900 structure fires and 4,900 outdoor fires annually. Leaks or breaks were primarily a problem with gas grills.

July is the peak month for grilling fires, followed by June, May, and August.

NFPA offers these tips and recommendations for enjoying a fire-safe grilling season:

• For propane grills, check the gas tank for leaks before use. (Watch NFPA’s video on how to check for leaks.)

• Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat build-up from the grills and in trays below the grill.

• Place the grill well away from the home, deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.

• Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.

• Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grilling area.

• If you use starter fluid when charcoal grilling, only use charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire. When you have finished grilling, let the coals cool completely before disposing of them in a metal container.

• Never leave your grill unattended when in use.

Best wishes to everyone for a happy, safe Memorial Day weekend!

Honor The Fallen Today

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May 292016

poppyThe Flanders Field Memorial Poppy was first worn as a symbol of remembrance in 1918 by Miss Moina Belle Michael, an American teacher.

Inspired by Colonel John McCrae’s 1915 poem, “In Flanders Fields,” Moina vowed in her poem, “We Shall Keep the Faith” to always wear a red poppy to honor those who perished in World War I.

As a result of her tireless campaigning, the flower has become an internationally recognized symbol of remembrance for war veterans of every era in the United States, England, New Zealand, Australia and Canada.

Donations Sought For Uniforms And Equipment For Orange Elementary School Band

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Mar 262014

elementary school bandA notice from Supt. Lynn McMullin:

We are only two years into a full instrumental music program in Orange, and already our 4th, 5th, and 6th grade players are talented enough to march in  the Memorial Day Parade this year.  As near as we can tell, there hasn’t been an elementary marching band since the early 80’s.

In order to march with pride and confidence, the kids need uniforms and light-weight percussion instruments. We have selected a simple orange T-shirt and black dress pants for their first appearance. Students will wear the same uniforms for concerts and other band performances.

There are only two months to go before the parade (Sunday, May 25) and the students still need instruments and uniforms to make it happen.

The Orange Elementary Marching Band has a fundraising site for new uniforms and percussion instruments.

The goal is $10,000.

EDITOR’S NOTE: There are many T-shirt businesses in the area, wouldn’t it be wonderful if one of them donated all the shirts? Orange Live will be sure to let everyone know about your generosity if you do. 


Letter: Thank Yous and Acknowledgements From Parade Coordinator

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Jun 182013

Flags mark veterans graves at the Orange Cemetery.

Flags mark veterans graves at the Orange Cemetery.

To the Editor:

The Town of Orange Memorial Day Ceremonies and Parade were held on Sunday, May 26, 2013.  Anthony Monaco – U.S. Air Force, 1950-1954, a Korean War Veteran was the Grand Marshal.  James L. Marenna – U.S. Navy, 1963-1969, a Vietnam War Veteran, was the Chief of Staff.

The Honored Veterans this year were the 103rd Air Control Squadron of the Connecticut Air National Guard headquartered in the Town of Orange and commanded by Lt. Col. William A. Neri. Miguel A. Rodriguez, MSW, Counselor and Social Worker with the New Haven Vet Center within the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and Captain in the New York National Guard was the Keynote Speaker.

Dignitaries and speakers at the gazebo on Memorial Day.

Dignitaries and speakers at the gazebo on Memorial Day.

Diane Raikis sang the National Anthem.  Robert Mirto, Esq. was the Master of Ceremonies and Fred O’Brien, Esq. was the Parade Announcer.

Memorial Day was coordinated by Mr. Kevin Gilbert.  The services at the Veteran’s Memorial Monument at the Orange Center Cemetery were led by Laurence Czajkowski, Commander, American Legion Post #127.  Wreaths were laid at the monument by the American Legion Auxiliary and the Jewish War Veterans.

We would like to acknowledge those who made the day successful including the Highway Department, the Police Department, the Police Benevolent Association (PBA), the American Legion and its Auxiliary, and the Fire Department for the use of their communication radios.

A special “Thank You” to the Park & Recreation Grounds Crew for preparing the grounds for Memorial Day, the Orange Cemetery Association in memory of Marjorie Case who bequest funds each year to help defray parade costs, The Orange Foundation for the plaques given to the honorees, Lou Eagle of Eagle Leasing for the use of a flat bed trailer that was used as our reviewing stand,  Chris Winkle and the Winkle Bus Company for the use of a bus and driver to shuttle people to and from the cemetery and back to the parade grounds, Tom Hill for the use of two outdoor conveniences, Pinpoint Pro Motions & Printing for their poster boards, and Bob Fantarella for his audio system.

Lastly, we thank the school readers, the boys and girls who handed out all the flags and programs during the ceremonies and Skylar Spear for playing taps both at the opening and closing ceremonies.

Generous contributions from private parties and organizations were received to honor our fallen veterans and to support the soldiers who are presently serving our country.

Kevin Gilbert,

Memorial Day Parade Coordinator