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Orange Public Works Department’s snow plowing convoy prepares to hit the streets during last Sunday’s snow storm.

Town Dealing with Rash of Winter Snowstorms

By Laura Fantarella - Orange Town News Correspondent

The Orange Public Works Department staff may be even more fed up than its residents about the steady onslaught of cold, nasty weather. “We’ve had enough, we’re all tired,” reported Public Works Crew Chief Don Foyer. Though Foyer has endured plenty of tough New England winters in his nearly four decades on the job, 2015 has been unique. “The problem is it’s all come at once, one storm after another. If the bad weather was spread out from December you wouldn’t notice it as much,” he said. “But when you get it all within a three-week period it’s a lot.” Whether it’s called a blizzard or just a mixed bag of ice, sleet and snow, Public Works is out there, keeping major town roads and side streets cleared and safe.

The challenge this year has been keeping the town’s coffers of sand and salt full. According to First Selectman Jim Zeoli, while the town has not had to spend much hiring outside contractors this year, the biggest challenge has been getting deliveries of salt and sand from the town’s supplier. “Since these little storms are coming back to back to back we are using a tremendous amount of salt and anti-slip products on streets and walkways. We have had trouble getting deliveries from New Haven Terminal in a timely manner because all the towns are in the same predicament,” he said. Still Orange is faring better than nearby Woodbridge and Bethany who actually ran out of salt. Foyer noted that his department is not using salt and anti-slip products as generously as he would like, keeping some stashed away for that snowy day.

As usual, Public Works still gets its typical winter complaints from residents with downed mailboxes. “Unfortunately we only repair mailboxes if our plow actually hits the box,” Foyer said. “But 99.9 percent of the time the mailbox is knocked down from the snow that comes off the plow. I know the homeowner doesn’t like to hear that.” He suggests mounting boxes on sturdy wood posts as plastic becomes too brittle in the cold weather and snaps more easily.

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Al-Anon Parents Meeting, Monday nights, 7:30pm year-round, United Church of Christ, Plymouth Building, 18 West Main Street, Milford – supporting parents of alcoholics and/or substance abusers. For more information, go to or call Margaret at (203) 877-4313.

Al-Anon Meeting
, Monday mornings, 10:00 - 11:30am, Holy Infant Church Hall, 450 Racebrook Road, Orange; a support group for relatives and friends of alcoholics. For more information, contact

Nicotine Anonymous Meetings,
Mondays, 6:30 – 7:30pm, Trinity Lutheran Church, 21 Robert Treat Parkway, Milford, open to all, no dues or fees, only requirement is the desire to be free of nicotine. For more information, call Bridges, 203-878-6365.

Zumba Gold Classes at Congregation Or Shalom, Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7 p.m., Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, simple and easy routines to follow, designed for people of all ages and no experience is needed. If interested, call Robin at 203.314.8176 or temple office at 203.799.2341.

Clean Energy Task Force of Orange meets on the third Tuesday of every month at HPCC, 525 Orange Center Road, conference room, 8 o'clock. The public is invited.

Orange Arts & Culture Council meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month, 7:30pm, HPCC, 525 Orange Center Road, check chalk board for meeting room. The public is invited.

Orange Recycling Committee meets every 3rd Wednesday 7:30pm, HPCC conference room, 525 Orange Center Road, public is invited to attend. For more information, email Beginning August, meetings will be held every 3rd Tuesday at 7:00pm except for October which will be held on October 14, 2014.

Elm City Kennel Club General Meetings, third Wednesday of each month, except during July and August, 7:30pm, Paws’N Effect, 36 Corporate Ridge Drive (off Sherman Avenue), Hamden. For more information, contact New Member Coordinators Gary Wilson, at 203-996-2245 ( or Maureen Anderson, at 203-430-5229 ( Next meeting Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Refreshments will be served. Our April meeting will include a program on AKC Dog Shows 101.

Blood Pressure Clinic
presented by Gentiva & Maplewood of Orange, 1st Thursday of every month, Maplewood of Orange, 245 Indian River Road, 1:30-2:30pm in the Community Room. No appointment necessary.

The Rotary Club of Orange
meets every Friday, 12:15pm at the Racebrook Country Club, 246 Derby Avenue; prospective new members may contact Diane Eger at 203-530-4526 or visit for information about the club.

Orange Historical Society Academy Antique & Gift Shop Museum
, open Saturdays, 10:00am-3:00pm. For information call 203-795-3106.

The Bethany Leapley Autism Spectrum Disorder Scholarship Fund 2
nd Annual Wine and Beer Tasting, February 28, 2015, St. Barbara’s Church, 480 Racebrook Road, Orange; emceed by Jim Watkins, WTNH news anchor, feature keynote speaker Martha Leary, CCC-SLP and guest speaker Dr. Ruth Eren, Ed. D., a silent auction, open bar, hors d’oeuvres and desserts, and music provided by DJ Jay.

NAMI Support Group Meeting
, every first Monday of the month, meetings begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. and end promptly at 7:30pm, BRIDGES, a community support system, 949 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford, conference room M16 on the first floor (entrance in rear, ask at desk for directions to meeting room), meeting dates are March 2, April 6, May 4, June 1, July 6, August 3, August 31, September 14, October 5, November 2 & December 7, 2015. They are free of charge and facilitator led. Family & Friends welcome.

Morning Book Discussion Group
, meets the first Thursday monthly, next meeting Thursday, March 5, 2014, 10:30am, Ellen Aftamonow Woodmont Library, 16 Dixon Street, Milford, book for March is, “The Storied Life of A. J. Fikery” by Gabrielle Zevin, April’s book is “The Apple Tree Yard” by Louise Doughty. All are welcome. For more information, call 203-875-5675.

Love to Crochet, Hooked on the Sound (HOTS) Crochet Guild, a non-profit group of enthusiastic crocheters meet monthly, NO FEES, Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, Orange CT, 203-891-2170 (library only), Saturdays, 10:00am-1:00pm, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6, July 11, August 1, September 12, October 3, November 7, December 5.
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