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Orange Loses A True Town Treasure

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May 122021
 

Words cannot express how I feel about the passing of Kenny Lyke, a friend, a true gentleman, the hardest working man I know.

Kenny passed away peacefully at the hospital this afternoon with his family by his side.

Many residents knew Kenny as a limousine driver, an EMT-Paramedic at Flanagan Ambulance, a Fire Fighter/EMT at Sikorsky Aircraft, or as the leader of the Orange CERT.

Kenny, Annie Davis, and Tim Smith were instrumental in the establishment of the Orange CERT many years ago.

Annie and Kenny adored, trusted, and treasured one another. They had a friendship that lasted for decades. When Annie died on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, I started a fundraising drive for a memorial bench in Annie’s honor, and Kenny was the first to step up to assist in any way he could. He was my right-hand man throughout the process taking it upon himself to order the bench, find a place to store it until the weather was a little nicer, and recruit Roy Cuzzocreo from Orange Fence to set it in place for us.

The only thing remaining was to hold a dedication. We’d planned it for several months ago, but COVID restrictions and cold and/or rainy weather made it difficult to pin a date down. He called me in late April and left a message for me, that’s the last time I heard his voice. He was admitted into the hospital soon afterward and I was unable to contact him again.

It breaks my heart to dedicate Annie’s bench without Kenny by my side, after his tireless efforts to get it done.

The only comfort I have is picturing Tim Smith giving Kenny a hearty handshake and big bear hug and Annie greeting him with a tender hug as they greet him up in Heaven. Three friends back together again.

Kenny, you already are missed. You were one of a kind. I hope you are pain-free now.

Orange Live will post the details of his funeral arrangements as soon as they become available.

 

 

Get Your Tickets Now For The Lions Club Wine Tasting Fundraiser

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May 122021
 

The Orange Lions Club will host its biggest and most popular fundraiser “Get Uncorked!” A Wine Tasting Event on Friday, June 18, 2021. 

Sadly, COVID-19 forced the cancelation of last year’s wine tasting and the hope is that, with the continued vaccinations and falling infection numbers, by June it will be safe to congregate and join friends and neighbors in raising money for the Lions Charities.

The Wine Tasting will be facilitated by Ye Old Liquor Shoppe, 174 Main Street, West Haven. You will be able to sample fine wines, beers, and spirits.

Once again, the event will take place at St. Barbara’s Greek Church Hall, 480 Racebrook Road, Orange from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Enjoy Hors d’oeuvres, Desserts and Raffles

Tickets are $35 per person, and all proceeds go to the Lions Charities, including, Scholarships and Community Grants.    

Town Meeting Tonight at 7:30 p.m.

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May 122021
 

TOWN OF ORANGE NOTICE OF ANNUAL TOWN MEETING

Notice is hereby given to the legal voters and those persons qualified to vote in Town Meetings of the Town of Orange, that the Annual Town Meeting of said Town will be held on Wednesday,
May 12, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. in the gymnasium of the High Plains Community Center, 525 0range Center Road, Orange, CT for the purpose of taking action at that time upon the following matters:

  1. To authorize the Board of Selectmen to sell and convey land acquired by the Town through foreclosure of tax liens or by deed in lieu of foreclosure of tax liens.

2.  To determine in accordance with Sections 12-142 and 12-144(a) of the Connecticut General          Statutes the installment due dates for all property tax including the property tax on motor vehicles.

3.  To receive and discuss the report of the budget prepared by the Board of Finance for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2021.

By virtue of Town Charter Section 2.6(c) and a vote of the Board of Selectmen, Item 3 shall be voted on by machine ballot at an adjourned Town Meeting-Referendum to be held on Thursday, May 20, 2021, between the hours of 6 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. (E.D.T.) at the High Plains Community Center, 525 0range Center Road, Orange, CT 06477.

Orange Police: Man Charged With Identity Theft, Fraud, Forgery, and Larceny

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May 122021
 

On Sunday, May 9 at 9:11 p.m., officers responded to Police Headquarters at 314 Lambert Road to process Tylon D. Mims, 26, of Waterbury, who was turning himself in on an active arrest warrant.

According to the report, the warrant stemmed from an incident that occurred on April 8 on Marsh Hill Road.  Subsequently, Mims was taken into custody and charged with third-degree forgery, payment card fraud, payment credit theft, third-degree identity theft, and fifth-degree larceny.  

Mims posted a $10,000 cash bond and received a court date of June 3. 

 

 

Fall In Love With The Great Outdoors On June 5

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May 112021
 

The Orange Conservation Commission will host a hike at The Ewen Preserve on Saturday, June 5 starting at 10:00 a.m.

Hikers will meet at the trailhead at 648 St. John’s Dr. in Orange.

This hike will be part of Connecticut Trails Day where hosted hikes are being held throughout
Connecticut on the same day.

Trails Day is a two-day national event on the first weekend in June every year. It is a great time to pay tribute to all the wonderful trails our country has to offer.

Trails and open spaces have become the places to escape to and enjoy when we need fresh air, a place to be inspired and to connect with our natural world.

Travis Ewen, who grew up on this land, will lead the hike.

Highlights included a new walkway over wet sections and work done to restore fish movement on the Indian River, which flows through the Ewen Preserve. Heavy rain will cancel this event.

Wear long pants and bring tick spray and water.

Baseball: Amity Shines At Old Tavern Park With Cheshire Shutout

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May 112021
 

Spartans Senior Julian “JuJu” Stevens (18) showed off his talent under the lights at Old Tavern Park in Orange on Monday night when Amity took on the Cheshire Rams.

JuJu went 3-4, getting the game started with a home run in the first inning and again in the fourth.

Early in the game, it was clear that Cheshire had been outmatched, trailing Amity by several runs by the third inning.

Senior Sebastian Holt (23) slammed a three-run homer to end the game 12-0 in just 5 innings.

 

 

 

 

 

The Spartans have had a phenomenal season with only 2 losses, one of those against Daniel Hand on April 19.

On Wednesday, Amity will face off against Hand in Madison at 3:45 p.m. This is an important game, but spectator attendance will be limited.

 

 

 

Orange Residents: Are You Up To Date On Your MV Tax Payments?

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May 112021
 

Effective May 1, 2021, all motor vehicle tax bills on the 2018 grand list and back have been sent to American National Recovery (ANRG) for collection.

Their direct contact number for payments is 1-845-512-8444.

If you need to register or re-register at DMV please ask ANRG to call the Tax Office once their payment has cleared.

This Week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedules May 10-15

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May 092021
 

Following are this week’s Amity Varsity Sports schedules:

Monday, May 10

Boys Golf vs Wilbur Cross AWAY at Alling Memorial Golf Course 2:45 p.m.

Girls Golf vs Mercy AWAY at Lyman Orchards 3:10 p.m.

Boys Tennis vs North Haven AWAY at North Haven Athletic Complex 3:45 p.m.

Girls Tennis vs Foran HOME at Amity High School 3:45 p.m.

Softball vs Lyman Hall HOME at Amity HIgh School 4:15 p.m.

Boys Volleyball vs Cheshire HOME at Amity High School 5:30 p.m.

Boys Lacrosse vs Lyman Hall AWAY at Lyman Hall High School 6 p.m.

Baseball vs Cheshire HOME at Old Tavern Road Complex – Brinley Field 7 p.m.

Tuesday, May 11

Boys Golf vs North Haven AWAY at Tradition Golf Club 3 p.m.

Girls Golf vs Cheshire HOME Race Brook Country Club 3:30 p.m.

Boys Outdoor Track vs Hillhouse HOME at Seymour High School 3:45 p.m.

Girls Outdoor Track vs Hillhouse HOME at Seymour High School 3:45 p.m.

Boys Tennis vs Daniel Hand HOME at Amity High School 3:45 p.m.

Girls Lacrosse vs Lyman Hall AWAY at Lyman Hall 6 p.m.

Wednesday, May 12

Girls Golf vs Lauralton Hall AWAY at Oronoque Country Club 3:30 p.m.

Baseball vs Daniel Hand AWAY at Daniel Hand High School 3:45 p.m.

Boys Tennis vs Fairfield Prep HOME at Amity High School 3:45 p.m

Boys Volleyball vs Xavier AWAY at Xavier 5 p.m.

Thursday, May 13

Boys Golf vs Sheehan AWAY Farms Country Club 2:45 p.m.

Girls Golf vs Daniel Hand HOME at Race Brook Country Club 3:30 p.m.

Girls Tennis vs Daniel Hand AWAY at Poison Middle School, Madison 3:45 p.m.

Softball vs East Haven AWAY at East Haven High School 4 p.m.

Boys Lacrosse vs Trumbull HOME at Amity High School 4 p.m.

Friday, May 14

Baseball vs Wilbur Cross AWAY at Wilbur Cross High School 3:45 p.m.

Boys Tennis vs Xavier AWAY Wesleyan University 3:45 pm.

Girls Tennis vs Guilford HOME at Amity High School 3:45 p.m.

Softball vs Cheshire HOME at Amity High School 4:15 p.m.

Girls Lacrosse vs Jonathan Law AWAY at Jonathan Law 4:30 p.m.

Boys Volleyball vs Norwich Free Academy AWAY at Norwich Free Academy 5:15 p.m.

Saturday, May 15

Boys Lacrosse vs Jonathan Law AWAY at Jonathan Law 12 p.m.

 

Orange Police: Man Charged With DUI, and Possession

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May 082021
 

On Thursday, May 6, at 11:34 a.m., officers responded to Police Headquarters at 314 Lambert Road to process Linval S. Dillon, 36, of West Haven, who was turning himself in on an active warrant.

The warrant stemmed from an incident that occurred on Dec. 21, 2000, on Derby Avenue.

Dillon was taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, possession of a controlled substance, and driving an unregistered motor vehicle.

He was released after posting a $10,000 bond and received a court date of June 2.

Orange Police: Woman Charged With Threatening And Breach Of Peace

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May 082021
 

On Tuesday, May 4 at 4:42 p.m. Orange police responded to Police Headquarters to process Saba Seyal, 20, of Derby, who was turning herself in on an active arrest warrant.

The warrant stemmed from an incident that occurred on April 25 at 85 Boston Post Road (Goodwill Store). Subsequently, she was taken into custody and charged with second-degree threatening and two counts of second-degree breach of peace.

Seyal was released on a promise to appear in court on May 5.