Fireworks Are Still Illegal and Dangerous: Read on, Orange

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Jun 242020

It’s that time of year again, people have already begun lighting up fireworks across the state, as the Fourth of July approaches, fireworks vendors are beginning to sell their wares.

Sparklers are dangerous, they can reach a temperature of 1,800 degrees and burn your hands and/or clothing.

We all look forward to the summer weather and celebrating the opportunity to be outdoors at picnics, barbecues, and other events.  At many of these smaller than usual gatherings, the use of fireworks, both legal and illegal, is on the rise. When used legally and safely by professionals, fireworks can be enjoyed.  Unfortunately, numerous incidents of injuries, fatalities, or accidental fires caused by the private use of fireworks are reported each year across the United States.

Several years ago, the State of Connecticut made it legal for any person sixteen (16) years of age or older to possess, sell, or use any sparkling device.  The use of any type of sparkling device by a person under the age of 16 is illegal.

NO OTHER TYPES OF FIREWORKS ARE LEGAL UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF PUBLIC ACT 00-198!  This includes, but is not limited to, devices known as “M-80’s,” “Cherry Bombs,” “Bottle Rockets,” and any device that is explosive or aerial such as ground displays or roman candles.  While the use of sparkling devices is legal in Connecticut, they can be dangerous if not used properly.

The Orange Fire Marshal’s Office asks that you remember the following safety guidelines.

•   When handling a sparkling device, wear protective goggles and gloves.  Sparklers can reach temperatures of up to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit once they are lit and many burns and eye injuries have been reported as a result of improper use.

•    Do not use ANY open flame devices when dry ground conditions are present. The Fire Danger Level is available at their website, www.orangefiremarshal.com or by calling the Fire Marshal’s Office at 203-891-4711.

•   Be aware of your surroundings.  Be sure others are a safe distance away before igniting any sparkling device.


•    Always have a source of extinguishment.  A garden hose or fire extinguisher can quickly put out a small fire before it gets out of control, only if it is close by.  Anytime there is a fire or other emergency, do not hesitate to call 911.  A delay in a call can make a tragic difference in the outcome.

The local and state fire officials want everyone to enjoy the summer season.  Please keep these tips in mind to ensure that it is a safe one.  If you would like more information, call the Orange Fire Marshal’s Office  Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at 203-891-4711.

Postponed: Pancake Supper To Benefit The Volunteer Fire Department

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Mar 232020

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary has postponed its 11th annual Pancake Supper that was scheduled for Wednesday, April 22, at Chip’s Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, Orange.

Here are the details of the event which we will update when it is rescheduled:

The menu includes Pancakes, Eggs, choice of Bacon or Sausage and a beverage.

There will be an early seating at 5:30 p.m. and late seating at 6:30 p.m.

Prices are: $12 for Adults, $6 Children 10 and under, gratuity included.

Tickets must be purchased in advance as we a limited number of seats available.

Tickets may be purchased from any Auxiliary member or at Knight’s Inc., 286 Boston Post Road. Orange. All proceeds benefit the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

For further information, email Lynn@ LMK415@yahoo.com or visit our website at www.orangevfd.com

Support Officer Peterson In This Year’s Super Plunge — With Update

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Mar 142020

Officer Denny Peterson is a member of the the Orange Police Department and a town captain for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

Last year, he participated in his First Super Plunge to benefit the CT Special Olympics and with the help of family and friends, he was able to exceed his goal of raising $2,400 and brought in $2,800.


On Saturday, March 14, Officer Peterson wrote: “With regards to my SUPER PLUNGE Fundraiser… Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Special Olympics Connecticut have cancelled all Penguin Plunges to include the 24th and final plunge on March 29th. The SUPER PLUNGE, however, is still scheduled as of this time. It will just be us with no spectators.”

He added, “I know with these uncertain economic times, it may be difficult for some to donate to a fundraiser. I will continue to try and raise funds for this cause. https://www.classy.org/fundraiser/2508900


In two weeks, on Saturday, March 28th through Sunday, March 29th, Officer Peterson will be joining the Super Plungers for another 24 hours of fun. His fundraising goal, once again, is $2,400, though he is hoping to exceed last year’s $2,800. But he needs your help.

The SUPER PLUNGE is a Penguin Plunge Event to Benefit Special Olympics Connecticut and is an effort to increase both awareness and fundraising for the Torch Run Plunge.

The SUPER PLUNGE is exactly like your typical Penguin Plunge, with only one small difference.  Instead of plunging into the near-freezing water a single time, “SUPER PLUNGERS” must plunge once per hour for a 24-hour period.

Peterson said the water feels like a million needles, and as the day goes on the pain increases, yet it’s worth it for the cause.

Want to help?

Support by making a donation to his page. The process is fast, easy, and secure… and you can be sure that it will benefit a great cause. As of today, Saturday, March 14, he is $837 shy of his goal, so why not help him out now while it’s fresh on your mind?


Donate Online: Just click the donate button and answer a few questions to use your credit card online.

Donate by Check: Make a check out to Special Olympics CT and send it to Officer Peterson.  Make a note on the check that your contribution is for his plunge.

“Thank you all so much for your donations,” he said. “Together we can reveal the champion in all of us.”

Don’t Forget, You LOSE 1 Hour Of Sleep

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Mar 072020

Mi Sun says, "Don't forget to change your clocks."

Mi Sun says, “Don’t forget to change your clocks.”

Daylight Savings Time, Farmers Hours, Waking up earlier in the morning than what our bodies have become accustomed to.

A time when depression rates are statistically higher and on the other side of the spectrum: it’s the time when people reacquaint themselves with Mother Nature, start exercising and feel better about themselves.

Daylight Savings Time (DST) begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 8.

Don’t know what you’re supposed to do? Remember this simple rule — Spring Forward; Fall Behind — So before you go to bed set your clocks ahead by 1 hour, (DVD players, Microwaves, cars, etc.) which means you get 1 hour less sleep in the morning if you are on a schedule.

This is one of two times of the year that the Fire Marshal’s office reminds everyone to change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

A Little Background

It was 54 years ago that Congress established the Uniform Time Act of 1966 that stated DST would begin on the last Sunday of April and end on the last Sunday of October. However, states still had the ability to be exempt from DST by passing a local ordinance.

In 1973 DST saved the equivalent in energy of 10,000 barrels of oil each day, but DST still proved to be controversial. Many complained that the dark winter mornings endangered the lives of children going to school.

The DST schedule in the US was revised several times throughout the years.

The current schedule began in 2007 and follows the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which extended the period by about one month where DST starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November.

Register NOW for the Orange Police Citizen’s Academy

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Feb 142020

What is an officer looking for when she patrols a shopping center parking lot?

Is a shoplifting investigation an easy 5-minute job, or can it take several hours to complete?

Why do the Orange Police need all those vehicles? What is that truck used for? Does Orange have a SWAT unit?

A group of 20 pre-registered students will get the answers to these questions and so much more when they take part in the Orange Citizens Police Academy, beginning in April.

The academy is a unique opportunity for regular citizens to see first-hand all the behind the scenes workings of the Orange Police Department.

The Orange Police Department is offering an opportunity for citizens to see the inner-workings of a municipal police department.

Classes will be offered on Wednesday evenings, 6:30p-9:00p, beginning April 22, 2020. Classes are held at Orange Police Department Headquarters, 314 Lambert Road in Orange.

The Citizen’s Academy will include subjects such as the history of the Orange Police Department, traffic accident investigation, firearms, court system overview, police patrol procedures, and crime scene processing.

Students also will have the opportunity to ride along with a patrol officer. Each session will be conducted by members of the department deemed knowledgeable in specific areas of the curriculum.

Class size is limited to twenty; all attendees must be eighteen years of age or older. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to Orange residents.

For further information, or to register, contact Detective Carolyn Bailey at 203-891-2138, ext. 8246. Registration will be available until April 15, 2020, or until the class is filled, whichever comes first.

This is a great chance for you to learn about the police department that serves you and your community.

Former Amity Baseball Player Now Head Coach In Tolland

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Feb 042020

Orange native, Howie Dietch has been named the new Tolland High School Varisty Baseball Coach.
Howie previously coached at Hamden High as the Freshman and JV coach, at Southington as an assistant varsity coach and last year was the Manchester High Assistant Varsity coach where he also is a History teacher.
Howie played baseball at Amity High School. He is the son of Jody and Jeffrey Dietch.

Boys Swimming and Diving: Amity Bests Hand in Orange

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Feb 042020

Amity’s Kevin Sweeney won the 100 Fly in 57.12

The Amity Spartans Boys Swim Team hosted the Daniel Hand Tigers in Orange Monday night.

The Spartans (4-4) were at the top of their game, outscoring Hand 102-82
Amity’s winning events:
200 Medley Relay 1:47.53 A Nolan Young, Brodey Lu, Kevin Sweeney, John Alvarado
50 Free 24.08 A Nic Robinson

No one could touch Amity’s Tyler Roy in the 100 Free

100 Fly 57.12 A Kevin Sweeney
100 Free 50.96 A Tyler Roy
500 Free 5:13.94 A Connor Hallstrom
200 Free Relay1:34.97 A Kevin Sweeney, John Alvarado, Nic Robinson, Tyler Roy
100 Breast 1:07.09 A Brodey Lu
Hand’s winning events:

Hand’s Alexander Hauser’s perfect form won him the diving competition.

200 Free 1:55.22 H William Porter

200 IM 2:04.85 H Daniel Chen
Diving 186.25 H Alexander Hauser
100 Back 56.77 H Daniel Chen
400 Free Relay 3:34.65 H William Porter, Jack Signorello, Joseph Starkey, Daniel Chen

Recap: State Lawmakers’ Town Hall Coffee Hour

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Feb 032020

State lawmakers, State Reps. Themis Klarides, Charles Ferraro and Kathy Kennedy held a pre-session coffee hour Thursday morning at the Orange Town Hall to talk with residents about the issues that will be discussed during the upcoming legislative session, which will start on Wednesday, February 5th.

Rep. Klarides said, “Of course until we settle the issue of tolls it is going to keep dominating the legislative landscape. But there are other matters outside of the budget cuts that need to be made to balance just this year also up for discussion: marijuana legalization and sports gambling to name a couple.’’

“Tolls will be one of the major topics being discussed before and during the legislative session,” said Rep. Ferraro. “Tolls are the number one thing Democratic lawmakers want to pass in Hartford. Instead of looking at ways we can save taxpayers’ money, they are always looking at ways to increase revenue sources. We need to make our state more affordable and stop the unnecessary revenue grabs.”

Rep. Kennedy added that she enjoyed listening to Orange constituents express their concerns about state issues including tolls, job training, the effect of the minimum wage on small businesses and the state budget.

“The issue that dominated the conversation was tolls. People just do not trust the government, they think a truck-only toll option will inevitably lead to tolls for all cars at every location,” said Rep. Kennedy.

To contact the lawmakers or to sign up to receive their updates, visit cthousegop.com

This Week’s Varsity Sports Schedules

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Feb 022020

Following are this week’s Amity varsity sports schedules:

Monday, Feb. 3

Boys Ice Hockey vs Lyman Hall/H-K/Coginchaug Away at the Northford Ice Pavilion-Red at 4:20 p.m.

Boys Swimming and Diving vs Daniel Hand Home High Plains Community Community Center at 6:45 p.m.

Boys Basketball vs Wilbur Cross Away at Wilbur Cross High School at 7:00 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs Daniel Hand Home at Amity at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 4

Wrestling vs Branford Away at Branford High School at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 5

Boys and Girls Alpine Skiing Boys Ski Racing Home – Southington Mountain at 3:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs Shelton Home at Amity at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 6

Boys and Girls Alpine Skiing Boys Ski Racing Home – Southington Mountain at 3:30 p.m.

Girls Gymnastics vs Fairfield Warde Home – Gymnastics and Cheerleading Academy at CT-Gym 1 at 6:30 p.m.
V Boys Basketball vs Daniel Hand  Away at Daniel Hand HS at 7:00 p.m.
V Girls Ice Hockey vs Simsbury Away at Simsbury ISCC-NHL at 4:20 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 7
Boys Indoor Track SCC Championship Meet Away at Floyd Little Athletic Center at 4:00 p.m.
Girls Indoor Track SCC Championships Away at Floyd Little Athletic Center-Field House at 4:00 p.m.
Boys Swimming and Diving vs Suff./E.Windsor/Ell./W.Locks Away – Windsor Locks High School-Pool- No diving at 4:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs Sheehan Home at Amity at 6:00 p.m.

 Saturday, Feb. 8

Wrestling Foran Duals Away at Foran High School at 9 a.m.

Boys Basketball vs Shelton Home – Amity at 3:30 p.m.

Boys Ice Hockey vs Milford Co-op Home at Bennett Rink at 5:00 p.m.

Girls Ice Hockey vs West Haven-SHA Home – Hamden-Lou Astorino Ice Rink at 8:00 p.m.

Girls Hockey: Blades Have Unusual Shutout Loss

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Feb 022020

(file photo)

The Amity/North Haven/Cheshire Blades hosted Hall Conard on Saturday night, Feb. 1, in Hamden.

Their opponents dominated this game, with one player, Gracie Cho, getting a hat trick.


                              1              2              3           F

Blades                  0              0              0          0

Hall/Conard         2              0              3          5

First Period

Hall/Conard- Ana Haubrich (Luci Allissi)

Hall/Conard- Gracie Cho (Annie Woods)

Second Period

No Scoring

Third Period

Hall/Conard- Gracie Cho (Ana Haubrich)

Hall/Conard- Gracie Cho

Hall Conard- Bailey Manning-Ingala (Luci Allissi, Jordyn Trent)

The Blades may have lost this one, but they are awesome and they’ll be back!

The girls will play again on Thursday, Jan 6 in Simsbury at 4:20 p.m