Mark Your Calendars For The Stone Otis Herb Garden and House Tour

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Jun 182018

The Garden Club of Orange and the Orange Historical Society will host a Summer Solstice tour of the Stone Otis House Herb Garden and the Victorian Era home on Thursday, June 21 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Come and enjoy the redesigned herb and flower gardens, in their early season glory. Then come back in the fall and tour it again to see how it’s changed.

See the current Orange Life Magazine for bit of background and a glimpse of just how beautiful it can be.

Admission is free.


Details Of The 2018 Orange Independence Day Concert and Fireworks

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Jun 152018

The town of Orange may be small in population, but it gained the reputation for bringing in top-flight bands and one of the best fireworks displays in the New Haven County.

For this year’s Independence Day Concert, the Orange Town News, which is once again producing the event, is presenting “The British Invasion Years” to perform prior to the town’s Annual Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular.

More than just The Beatles, The British Invasion Years is three shows in one!

First, you will hear classic songs by iconic sixties, British Groups. British Invasion music was instantly embraced because it was so eclectic…the bad boy soul of the Rolling Stones, the defiant anthems of The Who, the raw and powerful guitar sounds of The Kinks, the flower power grooves ofThe Zombies, and the uplifting pop of Herman’s Hermits.

The American Musical response follows, with memorable hits by celebrated artists like The Beach Boys, The Monkees, The Doors, and Steppenwolf.

The sixties-era retrospective concludes with an extraordinary note-for-note finale of The Beatles Abby Road album.

To preview the band, go to www.britishinvasionyears.com.

The Independence Day Concert will take place on Sunday, July 1 (rain date Monday, July 2) at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange.

The festivities will begin promptly at 6:30 pm with welcoming comments from Orange First Selectman Jim Zeoli.  The concert will be followed promptly at 9:30 pm by the Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular with Patriotic Music.

Event producer Rocky Salperto said, “We are looking forward to another premiere event for area residents to enjoy.  We are excited about producing this show for the seventh consecutive year.  We hope everyone continues to enjoy this great community event. Many thanks go out to our sponsors, our first selectman and town officials for their continued support.”

The event is made possible through area sponsors including major sponsors:  Cohen & Wolf, P.C.; Yale University, The Orange Foundation’s Olga Fund, the Orange Town News & the Town of Orange.

            Popular Food Trucks have been lined up and novelty items will also be available for purchase at the fairgrounds beginning at 6:00 pm.  WPLR Radio will also be on location.  Come early and get a good seat.  Admission is free.  There will be a suggested parking donation of $5 that will benefit the Orange Little League.

Guess What’s New At The Farmers’ Market — Opening Day June 28

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Jun 152018

The Orange Community Farmers’ Market will have its opening day on Thursday, June 28. The event runs on Thursdays until September 27 under the Pavilion at the Orange Fairgrounds, High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road in Orange. Market hours are from 3:30 pm to 7 pm. Note there is no market on August 2 or September 13.

There will be many full-time vendors and part-time vendors selling their farm-grown products including vegetables, fruit, meats, baked goods, honey, pasta, soaps, crafts, pet food and more! Farms from the local area will be present; including Grassy Hill, Laurel Glen, Mapleview, North Pease, Oronoque, and Shamrock.

Other vendors include Braids by Britt, Durante’s Pasta, Kind Cactus, Lizzie’s Corner, Mill Pond Essentials, Sweet Seidner’s, and Vic’s Guac Shop and food trucks include Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale, Zuppardi’s and Tipsey Cones. This year, a few guest vendors are added to the schedule. Harper Keehn Knife Sharpening will be attending on July 26. Be sure to save the date and bring your knives, tools etc. that
need sharpening.

Four bands are scheduled throughout the summer to perform under the Gazebo beginning at 6:30 p.m. The band, Lunch Box, will kick off the market on June 28. Other performances include Cruise Machine on July 12, Frantic City on August 9 and Fools on the Hill on August 23.

In addition, instrumentalists will perform under the Pavilion. Matthew Popp is scheduled to perform on September 6 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Shop at the Market, enjoy the food, stay for the bands and come back often!

Please check the website at www.FarmMarketOrange.com for additional information or call 203-891-1045.

Turkey Hill Residents, School Parents Vow to Fight New Development

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Jun 142018

On Tuesday, June 19, at 7 p.m. there will be a continuation of a hearing regarding an Active Adult 55+ Community housing development on Turkey Hill Road, directly across from the Turkey Hill School Exit.

The meeting will take place at the Orange Town Hall.

Residents of that neighborhood ask that all residents join them in an effort to protect the community and children from further disturbance and commercial development.


Local Business Helps Clover Nook Tornado Fundraiser

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Jun 142018

Easily accessible on the Boston Post Road.

Kristina Kaoud, owner of Material Girls Boutique, 463 Boston Post Road (Next to Kaoud Oriental Rugs) announced today that she will donate a portion of sales when any customer mentions Clover Nook Farm at checkout Now through Sunday, June 17th.

A longtime Woodbridge resident and friend of Orange Live, Kristina hosts many types of fundraising events and said she hopes to make a nice contribution to this weekend’s fundraiser.

Thank you Kristina!

Customers, don’t forget to mention Clover Nook Farm!

Meet Amity’s Two 2018 Scholar Athletes

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Jun 122018

Jake Silliman and Shayna Goldblatt, Amity’s 2018 Amity Scholar Athletes

On Sunday, June 10, The Amity Booster Club hosted the annual Block A Dinner at Race Brook Country Club.

The event honors the best of the best of all the Athletes at Amity High School.

Top honors (Athlete of the Year), as we posted the other day, went to Patrick Winkel and Nicole Koshes.

One of the other highest awards (Scholar Athlete) went to one boy and one girl who are not only excellent on the field, court, links, track, whatever but also excel in the classroom.

This year, the male scholar-athlete Jacob Silliman was an Amity Ice Hockey defenseman.  He has an astounding 4.9 GPA.

The female scholar-athlete Shayna Goldblatt, a tiny, physically fit young lady who surprised the wrestling coach when she expressed her desire to join the team a couple of years ago. With sports trainer Kim Pierce’s encouragement, Shayna learned everything she needed to know and this year, she was one of the co-captains. She also played field hockey, contributing a lot to that team and as an underclassman, she was on the outdoor track team.


No matter what she takes on, Shayna always gives her all. She obviously takes her studies seriously and is a fantastic choice for this year’s scholar athlete award.


At The Block A Dinner, “It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again”

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Jun 112018

As Yogi Berra once said, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” At least that’s what it felt like for me. I don’t know if anyone else realized it, but it immediately struck me when the Athlete of the Year winners were announced at the Block A dinner at Race Brook Country Club in Orange.

Two years ago, at the annual Sports Dinner, Chris Winkel and Katie Koshes were crowned Amity’s Athletes of the Year.

Go forward to Sunday, June 10, Patrick Winkel and Nicole Koshes were named the 2018 Athletes of the Year.

So, there we go again. Two amazing Orange athletes with highly recognizable last names earning the top honor. This is quite a tribute to their parents, as this particular award is not only for the athlete’s playing ability but for the way they conduct themselves on and off the field.

Congratulations Pat and Nicole, you both deserve this honor. Thank you for all you did for Amity over the years, all the best in College and in all your future endeavors.

UPDATE: What Happened At The World Record Attempt Today?

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Jun 102018

Amity High School Junior Jake Bronson announced that he is organizing a world record attempt for the most participants in a baseball throwing relay.
This event is taking place on Sunday, June 10, at the Amity High School Track. Check-in will start at 9 a.m. and will continue until 11 a.m. or until he reaches the 251 person minimum.
He and his fellow organizers also are collecting monetary donations for Pitch in for Baseball, a charity that donates baseball equipment to children who cannot afford this equipment to play baseball.
If you would like to help Jake and be a part of this event and possibly make it into the Guinness Book of World Records Mark your calendar and make your way down to the Amity Track, even if it’s just to witness the action — better if you participate, though.
UPDATE: Unfortunately, not enough people showed up to make the record. Jake will try again, perhaps in the Fall.
He worked so hard and filled out all of the paperwork, prepared the track and even had games and entertainment set up for participants. It just became evident that the required amount of people were not going to show up so he reluctantly closed up shop.

Police Blotter: Resident Charged With Harassment

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Jun 092018

On June 4, at 12:01 p.m., Patricia Angerame, 62, of Orange, surrendered herself at police headquarters after learning of a warrant for her arrest.

According to the report, the warrant stemmed from a complaint reported in May 2018 that the complainant received harassing messages from Angerame.

Officers had previously warned Angerame to stop contacting the complainant, but she ignored those orders and contacted that person online, which led to the issuance of an arrest warrant.

Angerame was charged with second-degree harassment and released on a promise to appear in court on June 18.

Orange Police Arrest New Haven Man With Boogie Fever

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Jun 082018

Officers responded to a disturbance complaint at the Puerto Vallarta restaurant, 377 Boston Post Road, on June 3 at 11:15 p.m.

According to the report, officers learned that Joel Diaz, 41, of New Haven had tried to move some chairs in order to create an impromptu ‘dance floor area’ within the restaurant. When staff told him to stop moving the chairs around, Diaz reportedly became belligerent and challenged the employees to fight.

Diaz was subsequently taken into custody and charged with second-degree breach of peace. He was released on a promise to appear in court on June 18.