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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.

 

 

Obituary: Allen Mushin, 82, Beloved Husband, US Navy Veteran, CERT Leader, HAM Radio Operator

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Apr 282021
 

Allen E Mushin, 82, of Orange, unexpectedly passed away Friday, April 23, 2021.

Allen was born in Brooklyn, NY on July 16, 1938, to Anne and Victor Mushin. He was raised in New Haven, CT, and graduated from Hill House High School in 1956. He proudly served in the US Navy as a radio operator on the USS Tingey. He spent his career as a technical writer until retirement.

During retirement, he was very active in the town of Orange as the leader of the CERT team for 13 years. Allen enjoyed magic, amateur (HAM) radio, and was a disc jockey on an internet radio show called The Doo Wop Cafe.

The highlight of his life was spending time with friends and family, especially his grandchildren.

Allen is survived by his wife, of 60 years, Sheila Mushin (Spivak), his two children, Mark Mushin and Beth Korman, son in law, Jay Korman, sister Linda Saslow, grandchildren, Andrew Mushin and his fiance Beth Wellington, Jenna Mushin, Elana Korman, Sydney Korman, and nieces and nephews, Randi Saslow, Wendy Saslow, Betsy Spivak, and Scott Spivak. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Alyssa Mushin, and brother-in-law Harold Saslow.

Due to COVID-19 Restrictions, a private graveside ceremony is planned for the immediate family. The Robert E. Shure & Son Funeral Home, New Haven is in care of Arrangements In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to National Tay-Sachs & Allied Diseases Association (NTSAD) 2001 Beacon Street, Suite 204 Boston, MA 02135 or to a charity of your choice.

To sign an online registry book or to leave a message of condolence, visit www.shurefuneralhome.com

 

Rest in peace Al. Your talent, humor, and friendship will be missed. 

Devastating News, Cookiemama, “Elf Mama” Annie Davis Has Died

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Sep 242019
 

A pillar of the Orange community, loving mother, and priceless friend to many, Annie Davis, also known as Elf Mama to everyone who has ever participated in the Santa’s Helper program, passed away on Monday of a heart attack.

Annie’s larger than life personality will be sorely missed. Her selfless efforts on behalf of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department working on the Santa’s Helper arrangements for 9 months out of the year. Doing volunteer work as a founding member of the CERT group, and “being there” for friends and the community whenever she was needed.

Annie was a wonderful friend for more than 20 years and I don’t know how I will fill this void.

Please look for information regarding a fundraiser Orange Live will host at Orange Ale House to help her Son Michael with the expenses he’ll be facing.

My love goes out to Michael and Annie’s best friend Lisa in this very difficult time.

Hurricane Irma Pounds Florida, Where Will She Go Next?

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Sep 112017
 

At this moment, Hurricane Irma is pounding Orlando FLA. Disney World closed for the 6th time in 45 years on Sunday and will be closed today and perhaps longer depending on what sort of damage it sustains.
Millions of Floridians are without power and many people have secured their homes and are sheltering in place with their pets.
We are in contact with several friends and family members who continue to report that they are safe and just waiting for the storm to be over.
Police are busy keeping homes and businesses safe from looters who are taking advantage of the areas that were evacuated.
At least 6 people have died as a result of the storm. Two tornados touched down in Brevard County and there have been a lot of tornado warnings throughout the state.
NOTE: For reference, Brevard County contains the cities of Titusville and West Melbourne. and the towns of Grant-Valkaria, Indialantic, Malabar, Melbourne Beach, Melbourne Village and Palm Shores.
Irma battered Cuba and the Carribean Islands as a category 4 Hurricane.
Her track and strength keeps changing, and the question is, will she visit Connecticut?  Would you be prepared?

Orange CERT: SEVERE STORM WARNING ISSUED- ARE YOU READY?

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Sep 082017
 

The Orange Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) asks, are you ready? We would like to help you with a simple, yet very important part of being ready, putting together your Disaster Supply Kit.

Disaster preparedness is no longer just for areas prone to earthquakes, tornadoes, and hurricanes. When an event such as the severe weather we recently experienced hits all bets are off. You may need to survive on your own after a disaster, meaning having enough of your own food, water, and other supplies to last for at least 3 days. Local emergency personnel, officials, and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. Help could be there in hours, or it might take days. Basic services like electricity, gas, water, and phones may be cut off and you may need to evacuate to a local shelter. This is when your personal Disaster Supply Kit is important and invaluable. It’s basic, easy to assemble and prepare. Orange CERT offers you some guidance on putting one together and where to keep it.

What is the kit? It’s a collection of basic items that members of you and your family may need in the event of a disaster. Below is the basic list to assist you.

 Three-day supply of non-perishable food, per person, per day.
 Three-day supply of water-one gallon per person, per day.
 Portable, battery powered radio or television and extra batteries.
 Flashlight and extra batteries.
 First aid kit and manual.
 Sanitation and hygiene items (moist towelettes and toilet paper).
 Matches and waterproof container.
 Whistle (this will help to Alert your location to emergency personnel) if needed.
 Extra clothing.
 Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils, including a manual can opener.
 Photocopies of credit and identification cards.
 Cash and coins.
 Special needs items, such as prescription medications, eye glasses, contact lens solutions, and hearing aid batteries.
 Items for infants, such as formula, diapers, bottles, and pacifiers.
 Items for your pets, such as food, water, leash, medications.
 Other items to meet your unique family needs.

Keep all your items in an air-tight, waterproof easy-to-carry container, such as a storage bin or rubber/plastic trash can, in an easy to reach designated location to have ready quickly. Make sure all family members know where it is kept.

Once you’ve assembled and placed your kit in that location, there is something you must remember to do. Check it periodically. Replace any damaged items or expired food items. Change stored water and food every 6 months. It’s a good idea to re-think your needs each year and update your kit as your family needs change.

Clean Out Your Cabinets, Saturday Is Drug Take Back Day In Orange

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Apr 302016
 

TAKE-BACK-300x184The Orange Police Department is participating in “Drug Take Back Day” this  Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Officer Amarone will be at the CVS, 279 Boston Post Road along with members of the Orange CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and Drug Enforcement Administration (D.E.A.) collecting unwanted prescription medications.

Many teenagers and young people who abuse prescription drugs get them from family and friends or from their home medicine cabinets.

Prescription drugs pose dangers to children and others who may take them by accident or who may use them for abusive purposes. Expired drugs may have lost their effectiveness and therefore no longer be a safe and adequate treatment for the conditions for which they were prescribed.

In addition to concerns of potential poisoning, abuse or overdose, it also is important environmentally that medicines be disposed of in a proper manner rather than simply being thrown into garbage, flushed away or poured down drains, as they could contaminate water supplies and cause an environmental hazard.

Originally Published on: Apr 27, 2016 @ 00:44

Orange Land Trust Plans Guided Hike Of Housatonic Overlook

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Apr 092016
 

march-2211The Orange Land Trust will be leading a guided walk at the Housatonic Overlook area on Saturday, April 9th. Participants should meet at 9:30 a.m. at the end of High Ridge Road (off of Derby-Milford Road). The walk is expected to take about two hours.

This event will include a viewing of the Housatonic River, looking up and down the valley from atop Tucker’s Ridge, which is about 200 feet above the river, and a walk through the easy to moderately difficult trails in this area. We will learn some interesting information about the Housatonic, one of Connecticut’s three major rivers that reach Long Island Sound, and yes, it is true, Orange has a coastline!

The hike will take us through a beautiful rocky, wooded landscape, typical of areas on “higher ground” around Connecticut. Many of the trails are lined by Connecticut’s state flower – the Mountain Laurel. It will be too early to see the Mountain Laurel in bloom, but it is the right season to catch sight of a bald eagle soaring above the river. Compact binoculars will help in this and always add to the enjoyment of the outdoors.

The Land Trust will be joined by the Orange CERT Emergency Communications Team. They will serve as trail assistants, while they get to know the area terrain and perform a simulated search and rescue communications exercise, such as would be needed to find and escort lost hikers out to safety.

Wear appropriate footwear as there are some rocky areas and some “ups and downs” in the trail. We recommend hiking boots/shoes or shoes/sneakers with a good tread. A hiking stick or trekking pole(s) can be helpful.

This unique hike is free, not difficult, and always a pleasure. All are welcome, please plan to join us and bring a friend. Only steady rain showers or severe weather will cancel. Please park along the end of road.

For information, call Chris at 203-397-7599.

Orange Police, CERT Participate in “National Drug Take Back Day” Today

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Sep 262015
 

free, easy, anonymous

free, easy, anonymous

The Orange Police Department is participating in “National Drug Take Back Day” today, Sept. 26. Officer Amarone will be at the CVS, 279 Boston Post Road along with members of the Orange CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) collecting unwanted prescription medications between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Many teenagers and young people who abuse prescription drugs get them from family and friends or from their home medicine cabinets.

Prescription drugs pose dangers to children and others who may take them by accident or who may use them for abusive purposes. Expired drugs may have lost their effectiveness and therefore no longer be a safe and adequate treatment for the conditions for which they were prescribed.

In addition to concerns of potential poisoning, abuse or overdose, it also is important environmentally that medicines be disposed of in a proper manner rather than simply being thrown into garbage, flushed away or poured down drains, as they could contaminate water supplies and cause an environmental hazard.

Orange CERT Hosts Important Safety Course for First Responders

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Mar 292015
 

Speaker Warren Rogers

Speaker Warren Rogers

The Orange Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) recently hosted a training session for fellow Orange, Bethany, New Haven, and Hamden CERT members at the High Plains Community Center.

More than 60 volunteers attended the session entitled “Electrical Hazard Safety for First Responders” presented by Warren Rogers, of Eversource (CL&P) from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Rogers runs the class on his own time and expense for all first responders, including CERT members, Police, Fire, EMS. It’s also good for anyone in the household.

Orange CERT members Annie Davis and Jamie Buck attended a previous session and immediately decided they needed to have him come down to this area.

The session was very informative and well received.  It instructed everyone on how electricity is delivered from the very first source to where we flip a switch and our lights turn on, etc.

Most important instruction was how to be safe while on duty doing their jobs, etc. During storms, motor vehicle accidents, anywhere where the electrical wires etc. are compromised, how to deal with all of that safely.

What to do, and what NOT to do.

For example, did you know that if a wire is “hot” (charged) and falls on a guardrail the entire guardrail becomes electrified – even if it is 60 feet or more down the road from the source?

If you or someone else is in an accident and wires are lying on the car — everyone should stay inside the vehicle — and everyone outside the vehicle should stay away until the utility company turns the power off.

Before using a generator, make sure it is hooked up properly by someone who knows what they are doing. There are consequences to having an improperly installed generator.

Never walk near a downed wire — or in water that the wire is touching.

Rogers is a phenomenal, animated speaker and would be a great guest for police, fire, even senior groups.

Residents Take Advantage of Prescription Drug Take Back Day

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May 062014
 

Thousands of prescription drugs and containers were properly disposed of after Drug Take Back Day on Sept. 26.

Thousands of prescription drugs and containers were properly disposed of after Drug Take Back Day on Sept. 26.

On Saturday, April 26, the town of Orange participated in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

This year’s event took place in the parking lot of the CVS Pharmacy on the Boston Post Road.

Orange Police Officer Mike Kosh and several members of the Orange Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) were on hand to explain the program to anyone with questions or concerns and to keep an eye on the thousands of old, unused or unwanted prescription medications that were deposited until the DEA arrived to transport them to an incinerating facility in CT.

In 6 hours time, the crew had collected several large trash bags filled with doctors’ samples, items that family members gathered up from a deceased relative’s medicine cabinet, etc.

The Drug Take Back Day is a valuable recourse for a variety of reasons, including  the fact that it keeps prescription medications out of the wrong hands and protects the environment from contamination.