Orange Middle School Students Participate In Government Day

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Oct 182019

On Wednesday, October 16, students from Amity Middle School in Orange worked in the government offices for the town of Orange. From the 55 essays submitted to the contest, 17 students were chosen to participate.

Eighth-grade social studies teacher, Jennifer Marganski, has coordinated this annual event for the past few years.  “Seventh and eighth-graders were able to learn from Town Clerk, Pat O’Sullivan, how our democracy is an evolutionary process and that local government allows us to do collectively what we cannot do alone,” Marganski stated.

Jillian Barnes, an eighth-grader, said, “It was a fun and educational experience.  I would recommend it to other students.”  Eighth-grader, Raegan French, said, “I drive by the community center every day, and I never knew all the work that goes on inside [until participating in Government Day].”  Furthermore, eighth-grader, Andie Napolitano, said, “Everybody [at the library] was so kind; and I loved every moment of it, especially when I got to help out with the kids.”  Finally, eighth-grader, Taylor Thomas said, “It was fun!”  That seemed to be the overriding sentiment for the day; everyone enjoyed the experience.

Students also met with First Selectmen Jim Zeoli before spending time in their designated positions.  He explained that each department in local government is valuable; and together the departments create the town, of which the school is a vital part.

After spending the morning in their positions, the Student Council at Amity Middle School in Orange treated the students to lunch at Chip’s Family Restaurant.  Students were very grateful for the opportunity to shadow local leaders and spend the day actively learning about their town.

Register Your 6th Grader For The Home Alone Course

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May 192014

Home AloneOrange Youth Services, together with the Fire and Police Departments is offering a Home Alone program for sixth – grade  students.

There are openings for the class,  Tuesday, May 27,  to be held at High Plains Community Center from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., in Room 2.

The course is Free, but parents need to register with John at Youth Services at julatowski@orange –ct.gov . Include name of child, address, parent contact information, and school.

Participation will be on a first-come-first served basis. Course materials cover a wide range of categories such as fire and personal safety, visitors, and student responsibilities.

Parents would also need to make arrangements for pickup for their child after the course

Police And Fire Personnel Respond To Untimely Death Call On Grassy Hill Road

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Feb 022014

Rescue 1 outside of Station 2

Rescue 1 outside of Station 2

This afternoon at 1:50 p.m. the Orange Volunteer Fire Department was called to 974 Grassy Hill Road to assist the Orange Police.

The Fire Chief called for specific apparatus and full crews along with an extension ladder to get up to the second floor and remove a window

The details are vague, but according to Police Chief Robert Gagne, the call was in regards to a deceased person who had a medical history.

“There was no foul play,” he said.

The fire department’s part was to gain entry and help remove the deceased.

Asst Chief Swearing In Ceremony Today at 4 p.m.

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Sep 272012

Anthony Cuozzo hard at work during a recent emergency management drill

The swearing in ceremony for Assistant Chief Anthony Cuozzo will take place in the front parking lot of the Orange Police Department, 314 Lambert Road, Thursday, Sept. 27 at 4 p.m.

In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved inside to the Orange Firehouse #2 on the Boston Post Road.

The Police Commission chose Cuozzo from a pool of highly qualified Orange police lieutenants on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

In his own words, Cuozzo has some big shoes to fill. He replaces former Assistant Chief Edward Koether, who retired last month.

Since the official announcement last week, Cuozzo has been getting familiar with the paperwork and other aspects of the job.

How Prepared Is Orange In The Face Of An Emergency?

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Jul 302012

Emergency Preparedness Drill planned.

During Hurricane Irene last August, the Orange Police Department, Volunteer Fire Department, Highway Department, Emergency Management Personnel and CERT came together with an excellent plan that covered every possible challenge seamlessly.

The Police Headquarters served as the Emergency Command Center, with representatives from each department working together for a full 48-hour period.

This weekend every town and city in the state is taking part in the Emergency Preparedness and Planning Initiative (EPPI).

Emergency Management Director Fred Palmer said, “‘Orange is participating in the Statewide Hurricane Exercise — EPPI Statewide Hurricane Exercise 2012 on Monday and Tuesday, July 30 and 31.”

With the threat of thunderstorms on both days, the inclement weather will simply add a bit of reality to the mock situations.

If last year’s actual activation of the town’s plan is a gauge for what Orange can do, the town will surely impress the powers that be in Hartford and Homeland Security.