Orange Open Spaces In A COVID-19 World 

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May 312020

The Orange Conservation Commission wants to remind Orange residents of how fortunate we are to have nearly a thousand acres of open space which we can enjoy while being socially distant.

We have seen a dramatic increase in the usage of our trails by individual hikers, couples, and families. Folks have been very considerate of their fellow hikers by wearing masks when appropriate and remaining at least 6 feet apart and doing it with a smile to their fellow sojourners.

Unfortunately, we also have had an increasing number of users who have complained about unleashed dogs running free. We had an incident this past week in which a large unleashed dog attacked a woman at Turkey Hill Preserve who had a small dog in her arms. Police were called as were the Animal Control authorities. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries but it was very frightful for the woman and her puppy.

It is shameful that dog owners who do not leash their dogs are making our Open Spaces scary for people to enjoy. The OCC has asked both the OPD and Animal Control to step up patrols to identify irresponsible owners and issue citations and impose fines.

It is our goal to ensure that Orange Open Spaces continue to serve as refuges for the COVID-19- weary and our residents can get out of the house and take a walk in a safe environment.

Remember, we can get through this if we all work together.

The Memorial Day Parade Revisited (1)

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May 302019

As many faithful readers know, we posted dozens of photos from the Memorial Day Ceremony on our Facebook page.

Here are a few photos from the parade. See if you can find yourself or a loved one in the background.

Orange Police: 10-Year-Old Involved In Car VS Building Crash

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Oct 082016

screen-shot-2016-10-08-at-11-25-40-amOfficers responded to the parking lot of 400 Boston Post Road for a car versus building motor vehicle accident on Oct. 1 at 12:10 p.m.

During the investigation, officers learned that Rise Burrow, 36, of Guilford and a ten-year old child had visited the massage center at that location.

The Burrow was still inside the massage center when the child requested to wait in the car. She allowed the child to do so, and provided the keys to the vehicle.

While inside the vehicle, the child started it up, put it into reverse, and then exited the vehicle when it began moving.

The vehicle left its parking spot, jumped the curb, and backed into the FedEx building in the same plaza. No one was injured. The building received slight structural damage but was not compromised.

Burrow was taken into custody and charged with risk of injury to a child and leaving a child under the age of 12 alone in a motor vehicle.

She was released after posting $5,000 bond for court Oct. 17.

Due to age restrictions, the child will not be identified.




Police Commission Approves Scinto’s Marsh Hill Building Proposal

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Aug 162015

Aerial view of the Scinto building site from Edison Road to the I-95 exit ramp

Aerial view of the Scinto building site from Edison Road to the I-95 exit ramp

Attorney Stephen Studer and Neil Olinski, representing R. D. Scinto presented the Police Traffic Authority with plans for a new building that would be erected on the “Gateway into Orange” on the former Stew Leonard Property at 161 Marsh Hill Road.

The plans are for an 80,700 sqft (4 story, 57-foot tall) office building.

The men explained that this would be the first phase of a large building project that Scinto has planned for the property he purchased from Leonard around 2012.

Scinto’s people had a traffic study done that proved the space can accommodate office traffic.

The existing traffic and future traffic may require some timing adjustments with the traffic signals. They propose extending the southbound turn lane on Marsh Hill by about 250 feet or re-striping the road.

Police Chief Robert Gagne said the state would have to get involved considering its’ impact on Route 1 and other roads.

The entrance to the Scinto complex would be from Edison Road (NOT near I-95) to avoid traffic back ups on the ramp and overpass.

The town Wetlands Commission approved the plans at its July meeting and the police traffic authority also approved it pending approval from the state.


Police Blotter: West Haven Man Charged With Burglary in Orange

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Sep 202014

BEST-POLICE-Patch-EVER-275x300Orange Police went to Derby Superior Court to serve a warrant on a West Haven man who was appearing on an unrelated matter on Sept. 17 at 10 a.m.

According to the report, Eric Dingus, 36, of 133 Forest Rd, West Haven, was wanted on a warrant stemming from a burglary at the Grid Construction Company, 156 Boston Post Road, in June, where tools valued at a total of $6,530 were taken from the business.

Dingus was charged with third-degree burglary, third-degree larceny and third-degree criminal mischief.

The warrant was served at court and arraignment was immediate.

What Happens If You Don’t Stop For A School Bus With Flashing Lights?

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Aug 112014

STOP! or pay the fine

STOP! or pay the fine

With the first day of school just weeks away, many of our regular readers are looking up information. One of the most popular is this story that we published last February. 

Watch out, Bus drivers are keeping an eye out and police responding to complaints of drivers who do not comply with the laws regarding stopping for stopped school busses.

Orange Board Of Education Vice Chairman Jody Dietch said,  “Coming soon to Orange: if you pass a bus, a camera will take a picture of your vehicle and you will get a summons.”

From the State Website the whole story, including fines:

You want to know the legislative history of the act requiring police, on receipt of a written complaint from a school bus driver, to issue a written warning or summons to a motor vehicle owner for illegally passing a stopped school bus.

For your information, we also have appended a chart showing the disposition of cases in which vehicles failed to stop for a school bus from 2007 through 2011, according to figures provided by the Judicial Branch. We were unable to determine how many of these cases were based on a bus driver’s written report. Representatives of the Chief State’s Attorney’s office and the Judicial Branch said the state does not track those numbers.


A motor vehicle cannot pass a stopped school bus displaying flashing red signal lights, but must stop at least 10 feet before or behind such a bus (CGS § 14-279). Under the law, police must issue a written warning or a summons to the owner of a vehicle who illegally passes a school bus “upon a written report from any school bus operator…specifying the license plate number, color and type of any vehicle” the bus driver sees violating the law. The driver’s report must also note the date, approximate time, and location of the violation.

PA 85-71

A provision allowing police to issue a written warning to a vehicle owner on receiving a bus driver’s written report was enacted in 1985 (PA 85-71, originating as HB 5749). The act also allowed anyone over age 18 to submit such a written report.

The Transportation Committee held a hearing on HB 5749 on February 4, 1985. Several people testified in support of the provision, arguing there was insufficient enforcement of the school bus passing law. A Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) representative spoke against the bill.

Sharon Ward, school transportation safety director for a school bus contractor, said “the statute must be changed so that local police and state troopers are required to make arrests when drivers give an adequate amount of information…the marker number, the color and make of the car.”

Another witness, Robin Leeds, executive director of the Connecticut School Transportation Association, said the bill “represents an attempt to address the most serious problem in school transportation, the danger in the unloading zones. Not only do all our fatalities occur here, but our most severe injuries as well. Already this winter, we have seen at least five children hit and seriously injured by motorists who did not stop for the flashing red lights of the school bus. In two of those instances, the motorist said to the officer…I didn’t know I was supposed to stop.”

“It is safe to assume,” she continued, “that those motorists had passed a school bus before. If their license numbers had been turned in by a bus driver and accepted by a policeman…who then sent a written warning…they would have known they were supposed to stop before they hit the children.” She said 20 states already had similar laws.

John O’Connell, DMV’s public transportation administrator, opposed the bill, saying the department had “some…concerns regarding the question of constitutionality and an abuse of such a statute about drivers picking up the plate numbers…”

The House of Representatives considered the bill on April 10, 1985, and passed it after amending it by voice vote to allow, rather than require, police to issue a written warning on receipt of a bus driver’s written report (LCO # 5478).

Speaking in support of the amended bill, Representative Wilber said “the feeling of the [transportation] committee was that most people do not pass school buses intentionally, but they do it forgetfully, and if a warning is issued, they probably will not do it again, or not so likely to do it again.”

Representative Frankel opposed the bill, saying its “fatal flaw” was that it was directed at vehicle owners, rather than the person driving the vehicle when the violation occurred. But Representative Ward, arguing for the bill, said school bus drivers “faced…a dilemma. They see a vehicle pass them illegally…They do not know who the operator is, but they clearly can get a marker number.”

“Nothing in this bill prevents a ticket, if you know who was the driver,” Ward said. “It takes the extra step, however, of allowing a warning to the owner of a vehicle when you cannot identify the operator.”

The House passed the amended bill by a 117 to 32 vote.

The Senate debate occurred on April 17, 1985. Senator Giulietti opposed the measure, saying it did not “really have any teeth” because it allowed, rather than required, police to issue a warning. He also objected to “making school bus drivers or any other person over 18…policemen.” Senator Consoli also objected to giving “non-police personnel” the authority to make a complaint in these cases.

Senator Morano, speaking on behalf of the bill, argued that “any tool…to teach people not to go racing by stopped school buses would be good legislation.” Senator DiBella, also speaking on behalf of the bill, said it would allow a policeman “to issue a warning without being on the scene.”

The Senate passed the bill, as amended by the House, by a vote of 30 to 3.


PA 85-71 was codified in CGS § 14-279. The statute has since been amended several times, as follows (excluding technical changes):

PA 86-155 changed the law by (1) explicitly requiring vehicles to stop for stopped school buses displaying flashing red signal lights on any highway, private road, parking area, or school property; (2) eliminating the ability of “other persons 18 years of age or over” to submit written reports of vehicles failing to stop; and (3) requiring, rather than allowing, a police officer to issue either a written warning or summons on receiving a school bus driver’s written report.

PA 01-192 expressly required emergency vehicles, such as fire department and police vehicles, to stop at least 10 feet from a school bus displaying flashing red signal lights.

PA 11-255 replaced the fine for a first offense of between $100 and $500 with a $450 fine and allowed video evidence of failing to stop for a school bus.

 Originally Published on: Feb 2, 2014 @ 22:45



Police: New Haven Man Arrested After Causing Disturbance

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Feb 242014

BEST POLICE Patch EVERShopping Rage

Officers responded CVS, 279 Boston Post Road, for a reported disturbance, Feb. 17 at 4:33 p.m.

According to the report, investigation revealed that, while inside the store, Michael Sgro, 37, of 7721R Fountain St, New Haven, felt that another customer had ‘cut’ in front of him in line at the pharmacy, so he began to yell at that customer causing a disturbance.

Sgro then followed the customer outside the store and pushed him to the ground.

He was subsequently taken into custody and charged with third-degree assault and second-degree breach of peace.

Sgro was released on a promise to appear in court March 3.              





New Haven Man Charged With Public Indecency

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Jul 312013

police carPublic Indecency

A New Haven man was arrested last weekend after he was seen performing a lewd act on himself in his car in the Christmas Tree Shops parking lot.

According to the report, two women left a craft store and on the way to their car saw a man masturbating in his car. They made eye contact and he continued what he was doing.

The women sought someone of authority to whom they could report the incident, and found volunteer firefighters selling raffle tickets in front of the Christmas Tree Shop Store.

After hearing the complaint, one of the firefighters saw the car leaving the parking lot and wrote down the license plate number.

A nearby patrol officer stopped the car and the witnesses positively identified Manuel Soares, 48, of 126 Plymouth Street, New Haven as the man they saw.

Soares was charged with public indecency, second-degree breach of peace and driving an unregistered motor vehicle.

He was released on $500 bond for court Aug. 9.


From the Orange Superintendent: Door-To-Door Scam Alert

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Jun 212013

doortodoor-lgOrange Town Residents,

Several Superintendents to the north of us have reported that scammers are knocking on doors in their districts, trying to sell educational programming they claim is endorsed by the school district.  They have even gone so far as to ask residents to point out the homes of other people in the neighborhood who have children.

Orange Public Schools does not sell, or authorize anyone to sell on our behalf, any curriculum or educational materials of any kind.  Should someone come to your door with such a sales pitch, say ‘no’ and please call the police (203-891-1080).

Orange Schools Superintendent

Lynn McMullin

Supt. Lynn McMullin Outlines Orange School Security Plan

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Feb 262013

All of your Orange Elementary Schools

All of your Orange Elementary Schools

In a letter posted on the Orange Board of Education website, Superintendent Lynn McMullin explains measures the Orange schools and police are taking to provide students with the most secure environment possible.

McMullin answers questions that some parents may have about entering a building and not holding a door for someone directly behind him or her, the purpose of Sally Ports, why they now will have to show ID before entering the building, how will panic buttons work, etc.

The tragedy in Sandy Hook seems like it happened yesterday, but, it was just a little more than 2 months ago, and the town of Orange has been on top of improving security from the moment it happened.

See McMullin’s Letter HERE.