Wednesday’s Virtual Board Of Selectmen’s Meeting Agenda

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May 112020



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 be broadcast on the following:

Orange Public Access Live Streaming – Via the internet

Orange YouTube Live Stream Link – Via the internet

Orange Public Access Television – Optimum Cable Channel 79 AND Frontier Channel 6063




We Told You Where To Find Meeting Agendas and Minutes 10 Months Ago

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Aug 112018

During this week’s Selectmen’s meeting, a resident said she wished there was a way to be better informed of what is going on in town.

She said that because of her busy nighttime schedule she can’t attend meetings and it would be nice to know what’s on the meeting agendas and maybe have access to the meeting minutes.

She and some other residents obviously haven’t been following Orange Live regularly and depend on print newspapers for their news.

For years we’ve provided agendas and meeting notes with our “Notes in a Nutshell” feature.

One thing, in particular, is a post we published on October 26, 2017, entitled “Introducing The New Town Of Orange Website — It’s Fabulous!”

Had everyone read that, they would have known that the town website offers meeting agendas, meeting minutes, and an option to get push notifications when new items that would be of interest are added to the site.

About Orange Live

Orange Live has been a valued community resource for hundreds of Orange residents since May 2012 and we offer the most up to the minute Orange news of ANY “local” news source. It is not your basic cookie cutter website. Orange Live was custom built for ease of use. We update the website, twitter, and Facebook pages several times every day, including weekends.

We have direct links to the Orange Government Access Television site and “On Demand” OGAT video site, which its administrator, Ron Davis said is the main source for traffic to these sites.

Below these, we’ve added a box that will lead you to the town website so you can connect to the Meeting Agendas and Minutes easily.

Orange Live is, and always has been, dedicated to the town of Orange, you won’t find stories from Milford on our pages, but we do share information from Amity High School in Woodbridge because Orange students go there, play sports there and perform in its theater program. We also occasionally include items from the Beardsley Zoo, which is Connecticut’s Zoo, and only a short car ride away, in Bridgeport.

Orange Live has ONE employee who is responsible for every aspect of the site: Writing, photographs, research, answering phone calls and e-mails, building ads, posting to the website, twitter, Facebook and everything else.


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Orange Live receives more views in a week than the local newspapers get in their monthly print issues.

We never pay other professionals to provide us with clicks, so we can offer our advertisers honesty and true numbers.

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Notes In A Nutshell: Town Plan & Zoning Meeting April 19

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Apr 192016

The Town Plan & Zoning Commission met at Town Hall, 617 Orange Center Road on Tuesday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m.

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Robin Pearson addresses the Commission

• As required by Section 8-24 of the CT General Statutes – Request for the  conveyance of land and Construction Easement on Salemme Lane.  For the widening of Salemme Lane.  Submitted by Robin Pearson, Esq. for 65 Marsh Hill Road, LLC.

Pearson’s client wants to donate 1,368 sq ft of land to the town so Salemme Lane can be widened making way for the proposed Orange Train Station.

Commission voted to send a favorable recommendation to the Board of Selectmen regarding this land donation. 

• As required by Section 8-24 of the CT General Statutes – Request to abandon the Town’s rights to “Christmas Tree Lane.” Submitted by Kenneth A. Votre, Esq.

Screen Shot 2016-04-19 at 8.06.59 PMVotre represents two residents on Cricket Lane who actually own title to the 50-foot strip of land which has been an issue since 1961.

Zoning enforcement officer Paul Dinice recommended that the Commission NOT approve this request as a matter of public safety.

First Selectman Jim Zeoli addressed the commission and gave a brief history of the situation and clarified that neither the TPZC nor the Board of Selectmen would make the decision to abandon or retain the property, but the residents would have the final say at the Town Meeting in May.

The Commissioners voted to send an unfavorable recommendation to the BOS [as a formality. ]


 7.  SPECIAL PERMIT APPLICATION for the conversion of a single family dwelling to accommodate an elderly apartment. For property known as 1026 Field Drive, Orange, CT.  Submitted by property owner Susan D. Abate.  To create an elderly apartment.

The applicant did not show up for the meeting, so it was continued to the next meeting. 

Screen Shot 2016-04-19 at 8.35.01 PM8.  PETITION TO AMEND the Orange Zoning Regulations.  Submitted by Orange Land Development LLC.  To amend Article XXIV Transit Oriented Development District Regulations. 

Screen Shot 2016-04-19 at 8.40.29 PMMany changes have been made to the original plans.

9.  PETITION TO AMEND the Orange Zoning Map.  Submitted by Orange Land Development LLC.  To change the zoning designation of the subject property from LI-2/TODD Overlay to TODD.  The submission includes a “concept plan” as required by the Orange Zoning Regulations.  The  subject property is an 8.091-acre site located beyond the eastern end of Salemme Lane.  It is bordered by Dichello Distributors to the south; CTDOT Railroad right-of-way to the east; Yale University West Campus to the north; and Salemme Lane/Town of Orange, N/F Salemme-Riccio, and N/F Sixty FiveMarsh Hill Road, LLC to the west.  The parcel is currently undeveloped.  The subject property is shown as “0 Marsh Hill Road,” containing 8.091 acres, on Map #2369 on file at the Orange Town Clerk’s office, and is designated by the Orange Assessor as Map/Block/Lot 3-1-1. 

Screen Shot 2016-04-19 at 9.42.50 PMZeoli spoke again stating that the town is committed to the train station and that the project is well planned out. Even though some residents my be frustrated by the slow process at least it will be a good project. Many large businesses support the train station, but we must get the message to the state and let them know that it is important.

[I suggest you watch Video on Demand on OGAT for the complete discussion, including Dichello’s Ed Crowley’s presentation]

Town of Orange Celebrates Veteran’s Day — Indoors This Year

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Nov 122015


The annual Orange Veteran’s Day ceremony took place at High Plains Community Center on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.

Many of the town’s veterans attended the event, emceed by Vicky Grande, which was highlighted by the presence of the Orange Police Department Honor Guard and a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem performed by three fine young choir singers from West Haven High School.

First Selectman Jim Zeoli read the names of every veteran in attendance.

Legion Auxiliary president AnnaMay Geipel-Pieger laid a wreath crafted by Margie Cronin, 89. Cronin, a long-time auxiliary member has been making the wreath for this occasion for more than a decade, and she is not showing any signs of slowing down.

The ceremony was brief (and dry) inside the Community Center. And moments after it’s conclusion, the sun broke through the clouds and illuminated the Veteran’s Walkway outside. The Auxiliary wreath was brought outside and placed at the flagpole where it belongs.

Ron Davis video taped the entire ceremony for OGAT.  You will be able to find it on the “on demand” site soon.

(Orange Live will provide its own clips as soon as they are edited)

Learn What Parents Need To Know About Bullying — April 22 at 7 p.m.

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Apr 202014

a8c8a98c6bb58057101c97392d64f86cA Parenting Program on bullying will take place at the High Plains Community Center Cafeteria, Tuesday April 22, 7-8:30 p.m. 

Orange Youth Services and The Anti-Defamation League – A World of Difference Institute are offering a parenting session on Bullying entitled “What Do We Want for Our Children – What Parents Need to Know About Bullying- Strategies”  

The program will cover both elementary and middle school levels. There also will be a parent question and answer session.

Admission is free and snacks and refreshments will be provided.

NOTE: The program will be filmed by OGAT.

POSTPONED: What Parents Need To Know About Bullying

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Mar 242014


The scheduled Youth Services/ ADL e-Parenting program for Tuesday, March 25 at High Plains Community Center has been postponed due to possible Nor’easter and snow accumulation. The program will be rescheduled in April. 

Orange Youth Services and The Anti-Defamation League – A World of Difference Institute are offering a Parenting session on Bullying at the High Plains Community Center Cafeteria on Tuesday, March 25, from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

As part of an E-Parenting series funding provided by SDE Enhancement Grant, the program is entitled “What Do We Want for Our ChildrenWhat Parents Need to Know About Bullying- Strategies.”

The program will cover both Elementary and Middle school levels. There will also be a parent question and answer session to allow for personal strategies.

The program will be filmed by OGAT.

Admission is free and snacks and refreshments are provided.

Originally Published on: Mar 13, 2014 @ 19:36

Notes In A Nutshell: Park & Rec News

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Jan 082014

The Park & Rec Commission gathers before its July 25 meeting.

A file photo of the Park & Rec Commission 

A brief look at the Dec. 18 meeting:

The Park & Rec Commission is still anxious to receive a report on the Camp Programs it offers, which have seen a decline in enrollment.

Chairman Joe Lembo said this also reflects in the decreasing school enrollment in town.

OLD BUSINESS included the approval of Leslie Giovanelli’s new exercise program, and the use of Old Tavern Park Fields for Amity High School Use at the end of its season.

Updates on the Fred Wolfe Park Renovation project. Residents came out on Oct. 23 to ask any questions and air concerns about the proposal. It appears that architects from Fuss and O’Neill satisfactorily answered all the queries and the Park & Rec added the project to the meeting as an agenda item.

Lembo said the presented plan, with the Commission’s changes and recommendations should be approved. He added that DEEP Grant money would be very helpful and that they should apply for whatever is available for such a project.

He suggested that the project would be planned in phases as Old Tavern Park had been done.

The discussion was tabled until the January meeting.

In November, Steve Bespuda and Chris Small attended a Recycling Committee meeting in the hopes to iron out any concerns that group had regarding recycling efforts at Park & Rec sponsored events in town.

Small borrowed stands with clear plastic bags as recycling receptacles for the Rotary’s Turkey Trot Road Race and the Holiday Festival, according to Bespuda, but both were windy days, and they were not used a much as they could have been. “But it’s a start.”

Park & Rec Director Dan Lynch said his office hopes to be approved for a new lease for a new copy machine in June.

Director’s Report: The Parks Crew trimmed the tree on the Town Green for the Holiday Festival.

Editor’s Note: If you miss a town meeting on OGAT, you can catch up any time with the Video On Demand Link here on Orangectlive.com, found in the upper left corner under the Orange OGAT button.


Orange Live is posting this meeting now because the original story was lost when our work computer crashed.



OGAT Coming To AT&T Uverse

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Mar 162013

Screen shot 2013-03-16 at 11.41.01 AMSince 1998 the Orange Government Access Television has been available to residents on Cablevision.

Then came the OGAT Online option (We have a direct access button on Orange Live) which gives you the programming that is on Cablevision NOW to your computer anywhere in the world.

Ron Davis said OGAT will be available on AT&T Uverse channel 99 along with other Government Access broadcasts from other cities and towns across CT.

“If you have Uverse and don’t see Orange in the list, scroll down to Sunview Community Media and search for it there.

The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the request to make OGAT available on AT&T Uverse with the cooperation of Discover Video.

The cost of equipment and charges will be picked up by AT&T so the town will not have to dish out any money for the service.

Davis said there are still a few things to work out with AT&T, but the option should be available (on smart phones etc) within 60 days.