Notes In A Nutshell: Nov. 9 Board of Selectmen’s Meeting

 Around Town, Home, Latest News, meeting notes, Meetings, Today's Events  Comments Off on Notes In A Nutshell: Nov. 9 Board of Selectmen’s Meeting
Nov 092016

250px-Orange_CT_town_hallThe Orange Board of Selectmen met at High Plains Community Center on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the business they discussed:


Friday, Nov. 11, Veteran’s Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. Veteran’s walk in front of High Plains.

Friday, Nov. 18, Town Auction, Vehicles, equipment, 2 Kilns also will be available at the auction buy “as is”

Sat. Nov 19, Cub Scout Pack 922 food drive and Wreath Sale in front of High Plains Community Center

Sunday, Nov. 20, Interfaith Service at Orange Congregational Church

Thursday, Nov. 24 Thanksgiving everything closed. 8 a.m. Rotary Turkey Trot

Friday, Nov. 25 town offices closed transfer station open.

Sunday, Nov. 27, Lions Thanksgiving Dinner  at noon, call for reservations

Sunday, Dec. 4, 3-6 p.m. Holiday Festival

Tuesday Dec. 6, 6-8 p.m. Amity Referendum with ONE Orange polling place at High Plains Community Center, $2 million bond for repair, maintenance projects.

Remember to put up a protective barrier near your mailbox to keep it from being damaged by snow plow activity

Racebrook Road Northbound side is being completed, now, during winter, Left hand side work will begin.

Indian River, culvert near Chip’s will begin and a third (turn lane) will go in at Lambert and Route 1.

The new Dunkin Donuts near Citizen’s Bank will finally open this weekend and the one in the plaza near ELI’s will be closing.


To consider and act on the request to authorize the First Selectman to sign the Master Municipal Agreement for RIGHT OF WAY 

Unanimously approved

To consider and act on the request to approve the tax refunds totaling $13,616.04 

Unanimously approved


Pension BoardSelectman Goldblatt   There is a vacancy, if you are interested in serving, contact Town Hall

Capital PlanningSelectman Okenquist  Waiting for requests from department heads

Bond Construction OversightSelectman Goldblatt  working on plans for bridge over Derby Milford Road, looking into a bond amount.  Also projects at town pool, school etc. 

PersonnelSelectmen Zeoli, Okenquist, Davis

Charter RevisionSelectman Carangelo



Approved Minutes of September 14, 2016 Board of Selectmen Meeting

2017 Board of Selectmen Meeting Schedule

American Education Week Letter from OBOE

2016 Holiday Festival Flyer

Letter from Historical Society Regarding Bryan-Andrew House

Summary of 2012 Bond Issue for Road Improvements


Revenue and Expenditure Reports

Fall Food Drive Now In Progress

 Around Town, Charity Events, Home, Latest News, Today's Events  Comments Off on Fall Food Drive Now In Progress
Oct 032016

food-drive-webA Message from the Orange Community Services:
The Annual Community Assistant Fund Donations program Sponsored by Orange Community Services is now if full swing.
Here are some ways for you to help in your community:
1. A Fall Food Drive is in progress to replenish our Food Closet. We distribute non-perishable items to Orange residents on a monthly basis and also in an emergency situation. We cannot accept rusty cans, broken bags, boxes or outdated food.
Some suggestions: dry milk, cereal, juice, canned chicken/turkey or tuna, chili, hash, rice, pasta, cereal, crackers, peanut butter, coffee, tea, toiletries, paper goods, Ensure and any other non-perishable item that can help a resident in need.
Contact: Denise Stein, Elderly Outreach Services at 203-891-4787
2. Food baskets containing complete supplies for a meal are distributed to eligible Orange residents for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas.
Contact: Kim Callahan, Community Services at 203-891-4788 for the basket menus and deadlines.
3. Donations of grocery gift certificates to purchase chicken, turkey, ham, and non-perishables. (Any monetary amount from $20.00 and up)
4. Cash donations, gift cards and movie coupons for the children and teens.
5. Monetary donations for our Community Services Assistance Fund
Contact: Denise Stein, Elderly Outreach Services at 203-891-4787
Please make checks payable to:
Treasurer, Town of Orange
Mail to:
Orange Community Services Department
High Plains Community Center
525 Orange Center Road
Orange. CT 06477
Call the Community Services Department at 203-891-4788 if you, your Group or Business would like to help.

Midweek Snowstorm Could Put A Chill On Thanksgiving Day 5K, Turkey Day Football, Travel Plans

 Amity High School, Around Town, Home, Latest News  Comments Off on Midweek Snowstorm Could Put A Chill On Thanksgiving Day 5K, Turkey Day Football, Travel Plans
Nov 242014

snowturkeyThere are conflicting forecasts for the upcoming snowstorm predicted for Wednesday and Thanksgiving.

On WXEdge, Gil Simmons said the storm will begin Wednesday morning as rain mixed with a little snow then changing to wet snow around 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. He said he expects snow during the afternoon and evening across most of the state with some mixing in southeastern CT.

Simmons said temperatures would be at freezing around 32-34 degrees with the wet snow.

He said the storm should be “done and moving out by 4-5 a.m. Thanksgiving morning” — well before the step off of the Rotary Club’s Thanksgiving Day 5K — Then everyone can expect cold and dry weather with increasing sunshine on Turkey Day.

The National Weather Service is predicting snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches, stating, like Simmons, that a mix of rain and snow Wednesday morning will change to all snow by late Wednesday. But, the NWS goes on to say that, “The snow will continue into early Thursday morning before tapering off to snow showers.”

But what will it really mean for the road race and the Amity Football game? Probably that everyone should dress appropriately for the worst case scenario and whatever you do, drive carefully.

Opinion: Thank You To Everyone Who Helped Make Sure The Less Fortunate Have A Meal Today

 Around Town, Charity Events, Home, Latest News, Today's Events  Comments Off on Opinion: Thank You To Everyone Who Helped Make Sure The Less Fortunate Have A Meal Today
Nov 282013

DSC00345Last Saturday, hundreds of volunteers gathered together to help fill Thanksgiving food baskets for area families in need.

You never know when you may suddenly find yourself having to go to the local food bank. Personal situations can change in the blink of an eye, and it’s not easy seeking help for the first time.

For those who need it, there are many organizations and neighbors who are willing to donate food and their time to help bring some normalcy to your lives again.

Saturday’s event was the Basket Brigade, a wonderful organization that Orange resident Glenn Ketchian brought to my attention several years ago, and I’ve stuck with them since.

The ridiculously well-organized event shows that practice makes perfect. Over the years, organizers have made slight modifications to the assembly line and in about 30 minutes the men, women, teens and children who volunteered for the basket brigade had completed the task of filling more than 152 baskets of food so families who REALLY need it will have a full Thanksgiving meal, including rolls and pie, juice, toys for the children and a handmade Thanksgiving card on the holiday.

I was so happy to see many familiar faces in the crowd this year, and to see people stay behind after 90 minutes of non-stop work — who were ready and willing to spend another hour or two driving around unfamiliar neighborhoods delivering the baskets to the very grateful families.

No matter what amount of volunteer work you did that day, I hope you walked away with a warm feeling inside for all the good you did.

In 2014, I will be sure to give advance notice of the Basket Brigade details so you will be able to plan ahead.

Thank you all for your generosity and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families, and to everyone you helped.