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Orange Police: Man Charged With Disorderly Conduct

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Jun 062021
 

On Wednesday, June 2, officers were dispatched to the Orange Police Department to process Nicholas Fronek, 22, of West Haven (and Endicott, NY) who was turning himself in on an active arrest warrant for Disorderly Conduct at 12:26 p.m. 

According to the report, the warrant stemmed from an incident that occurred on May 8 at the Home Depot. 

Fronek was taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct.

He was released on a promise to appear in court on June. 16.

 

Regular Library Hours Will Be Reinstated On Monday, June 7 

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Jun 032021
 

Library Director Kathy Giotsas, MLIS, MBA, released this statement regarding the reopening of the Case Memorial Library next Monday.

The Case Memorial Library staff would like to extend a sincere thanks to all our patrons for your patience and understanding during this period where the library has been open for limited hours and services. We

Libraries across the state have been dealing with several challenges due to the pandemic. During this time, the library staff has been working behind closed doors to provide and arrange a full slate of virtual events, performances, and more. Staff also developed programs on our YouTube channel and created regular storytime videos, crafts, and recommendations for books along with Zoom book discussions, author talks, and so much more.

For the summer we will continue to create virtual events and programs along with our Summer Reading programs for all ages.

The Case Memorial Library is planning to restore its full hours of operation on June 7th, 2021. We are still planning to observe the wearing of masks, social distancing, and barriers.

Here’s what’s happened recently:

Sunday, May 16th – Outdoor programs began, utilize PPE, distancing and safety protocols must be followed. Zoom programs will also continue.

Monday, May 24th – The library will no longer quarantine materials upon return.

Schedule On Reopening

Monday, June 7th – Regular hours of the library will be restored.

  •   Mon. & Thu. 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
  •   Tue., Wed., Fri., Sat. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Friday July 2nd, – Curbside service will end. Tuesday, July 6th – Fine collection will resume. Safety Procedures

    The Case Memorial Library has instituted a variety of safety precautions and procedures in order to keep staff and patrons as safe as possible.

  •   Programs and events will be held virtually or outdoors until further notice
  •   Masks are required to be worn by all for curbside pickup and inside the building

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Thank you for your understanding as we navigate the challenges of COVID-19. The health and safety of our staff and patrons remain our top priority as we take the next step in reopening to our full schedule.

All Case Memorial Library patrons must continue to follow best practices for COVID-19 health and safety which include masking, social distancing, safety barriers, and frequent cleaning. We continue to ask that all library staff and patrons, age two and older, wear masks or other approved face coverings inside the library building. This measure is in place for both vaccinated and unvaccinated members. Anyone who isunable to wear a mask should contact the library to discuss alternative service options.

  •   Patrons and staff should regularly use hand sanitizer and/or wash hands, clean shared equipment and surfaces between each use
  •   Sanitizing wipes will be located next to every public-use computer for patrons to wipe keyboard and mouse
  •   The library will have all commonly used surfaces sanitized daily
  •   Social distancing will be the norm inside the library and for both curbside pickup and item drop off

    We hope to see everyone in the library soon!

     

Jun 022021
 

The Amity Varsity Sports Season is drawing to a close with a few more games and the CIAC Championship meets and games.

We wish our Spartans and Lady Spartans all the best as they battle to stay on top and come home with the title.

Wednesday, June 2

Girls Tennis vs New Canaan HOME at Amity Tennis Courts at 3 p.m.

Softball vs Newtown HOME at Amity at 4 p.m.

Boys Lacrosse vs Xavier HOME at Amity Field 3 at 4:30 p.m.

Boys Volleyball vs Trumbull AWAY at Trumbull High School at 5 p.m.

Next Week

Monday, June 7

Boys Golf CIAC Div1 Golf Championship AWAY Tallwood CC at 8 a.m.

Wednesday, June 9

Girls Golf CIAC Div1 Golf Championship AWAY Grassy Hill CC at 8:30 a.m.

Boys Outdoor Track CIAC Open Boys Outdoor Track Championship AWAY Willow Brook Park at 1:30 p.m.

Girls Outdoor Track CIAC Open Girls Outdoor Track Championship AWAY Willow Brook Park at 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 12

Boys Golf CIAC State Open Golf Championship AWAY Black Hall Club at 1 p.m.

Girls Golf CIAC State Open Golf Championship AWAY Black Hall Club at 1 p.m.

 

 

Notes In A Nutshell: Orange TP&Z June 1

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Jun 012021
 

The Town Plan and Zoning Commission met via ZOOM on Tuesday, June 1 at 7 p.m.

One discussion involved “illegal” temporary signage used by about 35 different businesses on the Boston Post Road.

The signs that have popped up in mass since the COVID crisis began to draw people’s attention to their businesses are causing some serious Sightline issues.

Business owners need to reacquaint themselves with the town regulations regarding signage – temporary signs are not allowed.

Zoning Enforcement Officer Jack Demirjian will visit business owners and talk to them about the issue.

FIRELIGHT COMMONS

SPECIAL USE & SITE PLAN APPLICATION in conjunction with an ARCHITECTURAL STANDARDS SUPPLEMENT & LIGHTING SUPPLEMENT– Property known as 35 Old Tavern Road and 308 Racebrook Road located in the LSC Zoning District: Submitted by 35 Old Tavern Road, LLC. A proposed mixed-use development including the construction of a 134,000 sq. ft, three story building with 72 dwelling units along with 226 parking spaces. An APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL PERMIT has also been submitted in accordance with section 383-175B for shared parking. (Continuation from the 5/18/2021 meeting)

There is an apartment complex proposal in the works for the Firelight Plaza on Old Tavern Road that includes 72 units and 226 parking places.

The commission previously requested a reduction in the parking spaces.

Attorney Marjorie Shansky, representing the applicant, spoke at length about the demand for her client to provide sidewalks on the opposite side of the street (CVS, Post Office, Bank, etc.) that they would be responsible for clearing after a snowfall, which, she said, didn’t seem right since it had no relation whatsoever to the Firelight Plaza.

The traffic Commission wants a crosswalk put in for the safety of residents crossing over to the shopping area, which the applicant agreed to do.

With the commercial and residential components of the proposal, there is a question if parking will be convenient enough to make the businesses viable. Also, will the already congested traffic in the immediate area become a nightmare?

Resident Cathy Hatrick, whose property borders the entire rear property line spoke of her concern about dumpsters, rodents, and what type of, if any, landscaping would be between her land and the building.

The contractors said there will be a required 30′ landscaped buffer between her property and the parking lot.

Hatrick said she knows she won’t have any privacy in her yard from a three-story building looming over it even with mature plants installed.

After much discussion the commissioners weighed in: Paul Kaplan said he would be in favor of the plans; Judy Smith said she thought the proposal, as presented may actually improve traffic in the area; Kevin Cornell said he still had concerns that the proposal didn’t meet the “town center” idea that it was initially meant to be, Tom Torrenti said he would be in favor of the application if the old NuVita building was torn down.

The applicant agreed to go back to the drawing board and submit a new proposal minus the NuVita building.

Demerjian said the absence of the NuVita building would provide better access for police and fire apparatus, which would be a plus. He added that ALL required departments signed off on the current plans with the exception of the Traffic Commission.

The application has been continue= to the next meeting on June 15 when new plans including where the dumpster enclosure will be located on the property and with the exemption of NuVita.

It’s Not Too Late, Reserve Your Table Today

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Jun 012021
 

1st Annual Orange Artisan Fest & Vendor Fair

The Orange Economic Development Corporation is providing local businesses with a great opportunity to reconnect with community members and promote their business as Connecticut is opening up again. This outdoor event is the perfect way to reach prospective customers and remind them of your great offerings.

DON’T MISS OUT, GO TO THIS LINK TO RESERVE YOUR EXHIBITOR SPACE NOW:

 Registration Form

 

 

For more info click this link:

1st Annual Orange Artisan Fest & Vendor Fair

Orange Memorial Day Ceremony Rainy Weather Style

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May 302021
 

The Memorial Day Ceremony at the gazebo is a treasured tradition in the town of Orange. The Memorial Day Committee works tirelessly for months to plan the events, from who the honored veterans will be to inviting town and state dignitaries and putting together the marching order for the parade.

So when Mother Nature sticks her nose into the mix and decides to rain on the parade, the committee has to quickly change the logistics — move the very important ceremony indoors — inform the public that there won’t be a parade, and ensure that the building custodian is available at the conclusion of the ceremony.

 

This year, longtime chairman Kevin Gilbert, who ran the events for decades, took a step back and handed the reigns over to Kellie Martino. Oh, Kevin is still a part of the planning but he is happy to see things run so smoothly with a new chairman at the helm. “She did a wonderful job, thinking to do things we’ve never done before,” Gilbert said. “Like the Facebook page.”

Martino brought the Committee into the 21st century, introducing an Orange Memorial Day Parade Facebook page to which everyone could refer for information and last-minute updates, such as posting the parade cancellation at 8:30 a.m.

The indoor ceremony was last-minute indeed, but very well organized and well attended. The Orange Police Honor Guard, accompanied by Chief Robert Gagne and Assistant Chief Max Martins were present. Members of Orange CERT, a scout troop, and the American Legion Post 127 Honor Guard also attended. The entire rear corner of the Community Center Gym was filled by the rank and file of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

Many veterans filled the seats, that were spaced a “safe distance” apart. Some in the audience wore masks, others did not.

The ceremony followed the regular schedule, invocation; Pledge of Allegiance; Diane Raikis’s beautiful rendition of the National Anthem; comments from First Selectman Jim Zeoli, then the introductions of, and comments by the three honored veterans — Grand Marshal Dr. Norman Marieb Lt. MCUSNR US Navy 1961-63, Chief of Staff Kevin Hadlock Lt. US Navy 1971-74, and Honored Veteran Louis Eagle SP4 US Army 1960-63.

Our lawmakers came next: Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, Senator Richard Blumenthal, and former House Republican Leader Themis Klarides.

They were followed by Keynote speaker Chris Carvath, an attorney who also serves on the Orange Police Commission.

Anna May Pieger, the president of the Post #127 Auxiliary presented the sons of Al Pol and Richard Manley the sashes that their fathers wore in past parades.

One staple of the ceremony is the student essay winners’ reading of their winning submissions. The subject of the 2021 essay was “Why do we celebrate Memorial Day?”

The winners, one from each Orange elementary school were Armaan Shrivastav, Chloe Chang and Avery French. Their essays won the approving nods of the veterans in attendance.

Rosa DeLauro and Richard Blumenthal both took copies of the essays to enter into the state’s congressional and senate records.

New this year, was the Memorial Day Program Cover Contest. The winner of the inaugural contest was student Avery Alves.

Fred O’Brien read the names of every Orange veteran who passed away between May 2019 to May 2021.

Kevin McKeon played Taps as the veterans stood at attention and saluted.

The ceremony concluded with a benediction from Antoinette Hudgens.

It was wonderful to see so many families come out to honor the brave men and women who helped to secure our freedom.

 

 

Rain, Rain, Go Away…What’s Happening To Memorial Day Plans in Orange?

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May 302021
 

There was an indoor ceremony in 2018.

Memorial Day is a time to reflect on the brave men and women from ALL wars who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Parades and cookouts have become a tradition, but the most important activities are those that involve war veterans.

What can be more appropriate than the sky crying on Memorial Day? It may ruin most holiday plans, but the Orange Memorial Day Committee has one significant ceremony that it never cancels, no matter what the weather is like.

The Committee has canceled the Memorial Day parade for today, and it won’t be rescheduled. But more importantly, the Memorial Day Ceremony scheduled for 10:30 a.m. WILL still take place, not at the gazebo, but inside the gym at the High Plains Community Center as it did in 2018.

Please come out to honor those who died to secure our freedom.

Unusual MVA Leaves Man With Injuries In Orange

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May 282021
 

When a reader sees something happening in town and asks me about it, I try to get answers as soon as possible.

In this case, the caller asked “What happened near the Duchess Restaurant? It looks like someone was run over by a car or something.”

I called Asst. Police Chief Max Martins and the short version of the event goes like this.

A car broke down at Racebrook and the Boston Post Road on Thursday night.

The male driver wanted to get the car out of the roadway and put it in neutral, then began pushing it, steering it down Racebrook/Indian River with the driver’s door open.

The vehicle picked up momentum as it proceeded down the hill.

Unfortunately, the man lost his footing and fell onto the road, and the car continued rolling on without him.

As he lay in the street, a vehicle being driven up the road from the opposite direction hit him, running over his leg(s) and pelvis.

Emergency personnel attended to the injured man.

His car came to rest near Connecticut Pest Elimination, Inc. on Indian River Road.

The names of the victim and the other driver were not available.

 

 

 

Great Results For New Money And Refunding Bond Sales

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May 282021
 

Orange Town officials announced excellent results from Wednesday’s $8.6 million taxable new money bond sale, along with a $4.715 million tax-exempt refunding bond sale, both of which yielded competitive interest rates on the strength of strong reviews from S&P Global Ratings, one of the three major Wall Street Rating Agency firms.

“It is great to see these results and the fact that our bonds were in such a high demand,” said First Selectman Jim Zeoli, “With the rates as low as they are right now, this will help keep the debt burden on the taxpayers as low as possible.”

The Town received a total of four bids on the New Money Bonds, with Morgan Stanley & Co. submitting the winning bid.  Morgan Stanly beat out BOK Financial, Robert W. Baird, and Roosevelt & Cross to get the award. 

The interest rates bid on those 20-year bonds, referred to as the “Series A” bonds, ranged from a winning bid of 2.05% to a high bid of 2.46%.  The winning bid was very aggressive and beat out the second-place bid by 8 basis points (0.08).  The bonds will provide the financing for the purchase of Racebrook Country Club which has been approved earlier this year.

The Town was also able to enter the market to refinance bonds that were originally issued at higher rates in 2012 and 2013 with the Series B Bonds.  By refinancing those older bonds, the Town was able to save over $570,000 in interest costs on the remaining 13-year term of those bonds.  Robert W. Baird & Co provided the lowest interest rate on this issue, coming in at 0.99% on the bonds.  The rate is much lower than the Series A bonds since these bonds are tax-exempt but also because they have a shorter term than the 20-year new money bonds.  Their bid was also aggressive and won by 6 basis points.  It was a tightly contested competitive sale with rates from the second to fifth place bid being only 8 basis points (0.08%) apart.  

“The great results were driven not only by the historically low municipal rate environment we are experiencing right now but also by the Town’s exceptional credit ratings and prudent long term financial management of the Town,” said Matthew Spoerndle, senior managing director of Phoenix Advisors and Orange’s municipal advisor. “The rating agencies continue to recognize the work town officials have done to keep Orange’s fiscal health strong over the years.”

In spite of clear macroeconomic challenges related to the pandemic, S&P affirmed Orange’s “AAA” rating, which is the highest rating available.  Within the report, S&P referenced the Town’s “very strong economy…which we consider broad and diverse” noting the Town’s grand list growth and continued commercial activity.  Also noted was the “very strong liquidity and strong budgetary performance” along with a “very strong debt profile” and noted the Town’s stable financial operations and low unemployment rate.  

Finally, S&P mentioned that they view management as “strong, with good financial policies and practices” under their Financial Management Assessment.

The settlement date for the sale is June 11, 2021, after which the funds become available to the Town.