Local Benefits Of The Textile Recycling Program

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Jul 092019

Many residents are pleased with the news that the Orange Recycling Committee has arranged for a new textile recycling pick-up service that will begin on July 15.

Those who just skimmed the story or Facebook post had questions — How will this benefit me and the town?

Orange Live reached out to Recycling Committee Chairman Mitch Goldblatt for some answers.

Here’s what he had to say:

1)      This is a way for people to continue to recycle products simply to help the environment. That in itself should be good enough! But there is more!

2)      Items will be re-sold or re-used to decrease our carbon footprint of producing more and also creates jobs.

3)      For every ton collected in the pink bags, the town receives $20.

4)      For every ton diverted from our transfer station solid waste, the town saves about $100.

“This is a win-win for everyone,” he said.

Also, as a follow-up, many want to know exactly what is acceptable. Here you go:

  • Men’s Clothing
  • Women’s Clothing
  • Children’s Clothing
  • Coats and Jackets
  • Jewelry
  • Shoes
  • Purses
  • Hats
  • Toys
  • Blankets
  • Drapes/Curtains
  • Pillows
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Tools
  • Silverware
  • Dishes
  • Pots/Pans
  • Backpacks

If you still want more information about the service provider, click on this link that we provided in the original story.

Relax, Big Apartment Development Not In The Works Yet

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Jul 082019

Several residents have called, e-mailed, and texted Orange Live regarding a housing development planned for 35 Old Tavern Road, the Firelight Plaza.

What we learned is that an application has been submitted to amend the text in the Orange (LSC) Local Shopping Center District Regulations at the plaza.

The applicant wants to add a mixed-use residential development limited to the area served by public water and sewer.

NO Housing Application Has been submitted at this time.

Some time ago, a large 3-4 story retail/residential structure was requested, but that is not the same application.

Currently, there is not much information available. There are no drawings, except for a residential density map and other things the TPZC would understand.

This application is only for a text change to the zoning regulations, but residents should be aware of this from the beginning.

The next Town Plan and Zoning Commission Meeting will take place on August 6.

Obituary: Franklin “Curt” Bradley III, 72, Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather

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Jul 072019

Franklin Curtis “Curt” Bradley III 72, of Orange beloved husband of 44 years to Cathy Bartnicki Bradley passed away suddenly on July 4, 2019, in Yale-New Haven Hospital, St. Raphael Campus surrounded by his loving family.

Loving father of Franklin C. “Scooby” (Trisha) Bradley IV of Orange and the late Charles J. “CJ” Bradley. Grandfather of Logan Curtis Bradley. Brother of Susan Elizabeth Bradley of Middleton, NH.

He is survived by his dog Mason and the late King. He was a very generous and kind soul has touched many people’s lives. Everyone that knew Curt knew that his family was his pride and joy.

Curt graduated from Amity High School with a full hockey scholarship to Syracuse University where he majored in Economics. He attended and graduated from the University of New Haven with a master’s degree in Business Administration. He was an avid hockey player and played for the New Haven Blades.

A beloved coach that enjoyed all sports, especially working with kids. In addition, Curt helped and mentored young adults who were starting out in business. He had a passion for helping others in need without looking for recognition.

Curt was a car enthusiast, collecting and restoring several classic cars. He was a member of the CT Regional Valley Porsche Association, Porsche of North America, Car Clubs of CT and many more. He participated in many car shows and won top awards and honors.

His favorite thing to do was boating on the sound with his family. He was proud to serve as the Deputy Harbor Master of Branford, CT.

At the time of his death, Curt owned and operated CB Landscaping, LLC. His legacy, aside from his love for his family, is he could literally fix anything.

Curt was born in New Haven on May 7, 1947 son of the late Franklin C. and Shirley Westmark Bradley Jr.

Friends may call on MONDAY from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the PORTO FUNERAL HOME, 830 Jones Hill Rd., West Haven.

Relatives and friends are invited to go DIRECTLY to Our Lady of the Assumption Church located at 81 Center Rd., Woodbridge on TUESDAY morning to celebrate A Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Sign Curt’s guest book online at www.portofuneralhomes.net

Free Curbside Textile Recycling Service Coming to Orange

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Jul 072019

Beginning the week of July 15, 2019, Orange residents will be able to recycle unwanted textiles and small household items simply by bagging them and leaving them at the curb on their regular recycling collection day. Orange is providing the new service in partnership with Simple Recycling.  The service is free to residents and the Town.

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), more than 84% of old clothes, shoes, belts, handbags, and textile items end up in a landfill or an incinerator.  On average, that works out to about 85 lbs. of textile items per person each year.  As a result, textiles make up more than 6% of all the residential and municipal trash in the US.

Solon, Ohio-based Simple Recycling (www.simplerecycling.com) aims to change all that.  The company provides free curbside collection and recycling of unwanted textiles and small housewares to communities across the United States.  Currently, Simple Recycling serves more than four million households across eight states and will soon be serving residents here in Orange.

In the week before the program’s Monday, July 15 launch date, Simple Recycling will send informational mailers to homes that receive recycling collection from the Town.  The mailers will contain free pink Simple Recycling bags.

When cleaning out closets or disposing of unwanted items, residents can place them in the bags.  If a resident doesn’t have enough bags, then it’s OK to use regular trash bags that are clearly marked for Simple Recycling.  Residents can then place the bags at the curb on their normal recycling collection day.  Simple Recycling’s trucks will pick them up, free of charge, and leave behind additional bags.

The company will accept a wide range of used textiles and small household items.  The list of accepted items includes all types of used or new clothing, boots and shoes, belts and ties, handbags, hats and gloves, toys, towels, sheets and blankets, small kitchen appliances, and more.  A complete list of accepted items can be found at SimpleRecycling.com.

The Simple Recycling service is not meant to compete with local charities.  Its purpose is to provide a convenient curbside collection option for residents who want it.  Ultimately, it’s about keeping those items out of the trash.

Selectman Mitch Goldblatt, who is also the Orange Recycling Committee Chair is “urging all residents to purge their excess clothes, linens, shoes, and other textiles and fill these pink bags so that we may expand our community recycling efforts while reducing our municipal solid waste.”

For more information about the Simple Recycling program, residents can call Public Works Office Manager Sylvie Napoli at (203) 891-4712 or visit https://www.orangerecycles.com/.

Update On High Plains Renovation Projects

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Jul 072019

The bond oversight committee on tour of High Plains

On Thursday, June 27, Orange Live joined the Bond Construction Oversight Committee at High Plains Community Center for a tour of the South Wing and Pool renovation projects.

Anyone who spent time in the South wing for meetings or during the annual train show may remember that the tiled walls were a highly glossed beige.

Since, they were sanded down, prepped and re-painted green. In May, the committee noted that the paint was peeling from the walls in multiple locations. The painting contractor was fired and a new one hired to complete the job.

There are two large areas that had formerly been two rooms, but the dividing walls were knocked down. They are now waiting for Accordion dividers so organizations can make the meeting spaces smaller when necessary.

The men’s and women’s bathrooms have been completely renovated and are bright, clean and modern.

In May, the Pool Locker Room schedule was updated showing the start of tile work on June 5. Floors were puddling badly in the men’s and family locker rooms and were reconfigured for better drainage.

Committee member Mitch Goldblatt, an Orange selectman, said he was disappointed that the job hadn’t been completed before the Recreation Department’s camp program started. He added that the Nursery School should be able to open again in late August.

From what we observed during the tour, we think everyone will be pleased with the “New” and improved High Plains Community Center.

Obituary: Fortunato “Fred” DePonte, 86, Beloved Father, Grandfather

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Jul 052019

Fortunato “Fred” DePonte, 86, of Orange, beloved husband of the late Marie DePonte, passed away peacefully on July 2, 2019. Fred was born on January 22, 1933, in New Haven, CT to the late Luigi and Mary DePonte.

Fred graduated from Notre Dame as valedictorian and went on to graduate from Yale.

He worked as an electrical engineer at Sikorsky and Pitney Bowes, from where he retired. He was an active parishioner at Holy Infant Church and enjoyed taking walks around his neighborhood.

Fred loved his family and enjoyed every moment spent with them. Fred’s family would like to thank the staff at CT Hospice for their kind and compassionate care.

Fred leaves behind his daughters, Cynthia Varrone (Jay), Diane DiMauro (Dennis) and Catherine DePonte; grandchildren, Melissa Varrone, Jessica Varrone DiTroia (Jennifer), Matthew Varrone and Danielle DiMauro; and great-grandson, Gianni Fortunato DiTroia. He was predeceased by his siblings, Madeline Neclerio, Anne Criscuolo, Rose Lombardozzi and Frank DePonte.

Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday, July 7, 2019, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, July 8, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Rd., Orange, CT. (MEET DIRECTLY AT CHURCH).

Burial will follow at All Saints Cemetery, 700 Middletown Ave., North Haven, CT.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405.

To leave online condolences, please visit the funeral home website at www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Obituary: Diane Roberts, 62, Beloved Wife, Mother, Friend. A Beautiful Soul

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Jul 042019

Diane Roberts, 62, of Milford, died June 30, 2019, at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She was born on March 9, 1957, in Jamaica Queens, New York to Anthony and Mary Costa.

She is survived by her husband of more than 35 years of marriage John Douglas Roberts. Diane has left behind her son, Daniel Roberts, stepson Kristofer Roberts, brother Anthony Costa, and sister Linda Saggese.

Diane was a professional in the automotive industry for more than 25 years. Most of her career has been as an executive assistant and customer relations manager at Toyota of Wallingford. She is leaving behind a close-knit group of friends and family at Toyota of Wallingford and will be missed by all.

To pay tribute to Diane and the many lives she touched, a symbol will be embroidered on every employee’s shirt.

Diane loved going to the beach and her family. She was such a fun and loving soul and changed many lives for the good through her kind words and understanding. If you knew Diane for 10 minutes or 10 years you could see the way she would light up a room with her contagious laugh and caring personality.

She would not want us to weep for her but to celebrate her in the ways she celebrated living. She was an amazing person inside and out and will live on forever in all of us. She has a lot of close friends and family and this wonderful soul will be missed by many but hardly forgotten.

The visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 6, 2019, at Cody White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford. Followed by a celebration of her life for all at Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, Orange.

OVFD: Avoid Dangers That Accompany Summer Fun

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Jul 042019

Summer activities peak during July. Everyone, for instance, loves food cooked on an outside grill. And although Independence Day is over, others celebrate summer with fireworks.

“These common activities are lots of fun, but can create hazards,” said the Orange Fire Chief. “But a little caution will keep things safe.”


Fireworks are responsible for about 18,500 fires per year, including 1,300 structure fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. The celebratory explosives also are responsible for about three deaths and $43 million in property damage each year. In 2017, almost 13,000 people were seen in emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries. More a third of those were under 15 years old.

“Fireworks are inherently dangerous,” the chief said. “That’s one reason they’re illegal in Connecticut for non-professional, non-licensed consumers. We recommend you don’t use consumer fireworks. If you want to see fireworks, go to a professional display.”

While sparklers and fountains are legal, he said they’re just as dangerous as exploding fireworks.

“Sparklers burn at 1,200 degrees,” he said. “To put that in perspective, wood burns at 575 degrees and glass melts at 900 degrees. Would you want your child to hold on to a piece of burning wood?”

Sparklers account for one-quarter of emergency department fireworks-related visits, according to the NFPA, the chief said. More information is available at the NFPA website.


“I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t have some sort of grill, hibachi or other outside cooking areas,” said the chief.  “They make great food. But like anything else that operates at high temperatures, you’ve got to be careful.”

Unfortunately, he added, not everyone is.  Nationally, grills cause an average of 10,200 home fires a year, including 4,500 structure fires and $123 million in property damage. Grill-related fires cause 10 deaths and 160 injuries each year across the United States.

“It’s important to remember is that these devices are designed to be used outdoors, well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves or branches,” he said. “The grill shouldn’t be unattended, and kids and pets should be kept at least three feet away.”

He also recommended starting and ending grilling carefully. For instance, never add gasoline or lighter fluid to “speed up” your coals. And let the coals completely cool before disposing of them in a metal container.

For propane grills, the gas tank hose should be checked for leaks at the beginning of the year.  If you smell gas, shut off your grill and have it serviced by a professional. If the flame goes out, turn off the grill and the gas and wait at least five minutes before relighting. If you smell gas after you’ve had it serviced or turned it off, call the fire department.

“July is the peak month for grill fires,” said the chief. “Roughly half of the injuries involving grills are thermal burns. Either one can ruin a great cookout.”

More information about grilling safety is available on the NFPA website.

“Summer should be a time for lots of fun,” he said. “Being careful around grills and seeing fireworks displays performed by professionals are two important steps anyone can take to keep things fun while avoiding injuries and property damage.”

Those with questions can call the Orange Volunteer Fire Department at 203-891-4703.

About Orange Volunteer Fire Association

The Orange Volunteer Fire Association provides fire protection residents and businesses in Orange and, through mutual aid, surrounding towns. Members receive training in fire suppression, rescue, hazardous materials response, homeland security issues, and other emergency services.

Operating strictly with revenues from fund-raisers and donations, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department is one of the remaining few all-volunteer incorporated fire departments in Connecticut. Active members are on-call to serve the community on a 24-hour/seven-day basis, responding from stations on Orange Center Road and Boston Post Road.

In addition, the fire company offers public education services including lectures, demonstrations, and training. For information about membership, donations or public education, call (203) 891-4703,  click on https://www.orangevfd.org/ or find us on Facebook.

Be Safe At The Independence Day Concert

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Jul 032019

A view of the Orange Fairgrounds on July 5, 2015, from Kevin Arnone’s Drone.

The Annual Independence Day Concert and Fireworks Display is a great time to usher in the summer season and to greet your neighbors. It’s a fun occasion to enjoy the music, perhaps share a meal and to watch an awesome fireworks show.

The Orange Fire Marshal’s Office would like to remind everyone that grills and individual fireworks, including sparklers, are not permitted at the event. The best place to enjoy fireworks is at a public display conducted legally and safely by trained professionals. Be safe and show respect for fellow area residents.

Event Coordinator, Rocky Salperto added; Please do not leave children unsupervised. The Department of Police Services and AMR will have a designated safety area (Orange Center Road Entrance) to report lost children or any suspicious activity. Announcements of lost children WILL NOT be made by public address systems.

Please exercise care when entering and leaving the fairgrounds. Be courteous to your fellow residents as a crowd in excess of 6,000 is expected. Designated CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) members will be present to enforce and keep clear safety areas (marked with white lines on the fairgrounds.)

Pets must be leashed. Be safe and enjoy the show!


Food Trucks

Here is a list of food vendors scheduled to be present on the fairgrounds beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday.

Food Trucks include: Rita’s Italian Ice, Reno’s Pizza, JD Kettle Corn, Nutmeg Concessions, 744 Express, Mamoun’s Falafel, Lenny & Joes Seafood, Cousins Maine Lobster, Polar Sweets, Tipsy Cones, Lemonade Grenade.




Don’t Miss Your Favorite Song At Friday’s Big Concert

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Jul 022019

The Town of Orange Independence Day Concert & Fireworks Show Event Coordinator, Rocky Salperto released the tentative setlist for the “Back in Time – A Tribute to Huey Lewis and the News” concert to be held Friday night prior to the Independence Day Fireworks Show.

It’s going to be hot and humid but maybe this cool music will keep your mind off of the weather.

The concert begins at 6:30 pm. Having a set list will make it easy for you to know when to listen for your favorite song.

Set #1


Heart of Rock and Roll

Jacob’s Ladder

Power of Love

Couple Days Off

Heart and Soul

I Know What I Like

Walking on a Thin Line

Miami 2017

Bad is Bad

But It’s Alright

Soul Man

Midnight Hour

Knock on Wood

We’re for a Good Time


Set #2

8:30-9:30 pm

Back in Time

Some Kind of Wonderful

Hit Me Like a Hammer

Working for a Living

If This is it

Stuck with You

Alright Now

Lido Shuffle

Life in the Fast Lane

Bad Case of Loving You

I Want a New Drug

Do you Believe in Love

Feels Like the First Time

Doing it all for my Baby

Hip to be Square