May 242015

IMG_4914Mother Nature woke up in a great mood today and gave us beautiful weather for the Memorial Day ceremonies, parades and picnics.

After the Ceremony at the gazebo, Orange Center Road was wall-to-wall people, waving flags and cheering as the parade passed from the first police car to the last fire truck the energy was strong and patriotism apparent.

The Orange Congregational Church Nursery Group sold hot dogs, treats and cold drinks on the green. A couple of vendors had balloons and other inflatables for sale, but it’s the free stuff that really got people excited: American Flags, pinwheels and Sgt. Stubby pins were gladly accepted on the fairgrounds and along the parade route.

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May 242015

IMG_4817After the Parade was over, Kevin Gilbert returned to the gazebo and found a “very nice” blazer that someone had left behind up there.

If it belongs to you, he left it in the rear of the gazebo, and you may pick it up before 5:30 or so tonight.

Gilbert was concerned that it would get ruined if the weather gets damp tonight, so he is going to retrieve it

Update: jacket and owner have been reunited.





May 242015

Don and Mary Jewell were honored during the ceremony on Sunday.

Don and Mary Jewell were honored during the ceremony on Sunday.

The Memorial Day Committee did a wonderful job planning an informative and meaningful ceremony at the gazebo prior to the annual parade on Sunday, May 24.

This year the Committee decided to honor Vietnam War veterans and a little known WWI Hero, “Sgt. Stubby.”

Commentator Bob Mirto read the story of Sgt. Stubby, a stray Pitbull who was smuggled on a ship and became a WWI hero, saving  dozens of lives and after receiving his Sergeant stripes, he outranked his handler.

When the guest speaker failed to show up, US Senator Richard Blumenthal stepped in and offered a brief speech.

Don and Mary Jewell were recognized as VIP Orange Veterans

The flags were waving, everyone was entertained and the weather was perfect – no one fainted from the heat and the well-attended ceremony went on quickly and got the message out that THIS is one of the most important things that anyone could do on Memorial Day.


May 242015

A view of the rear of the home and the propane tanks. (courtesy of Art Williams)

A view of the rear of the home and the propane tanks. (courtesy of Art Williams)

The devastating fire that destroyed a beautiful raised ranch on Derby Milford Road in a very short time on Saturday actually could have been much worse.

There was a danger right around the corner, that our volunteer firefighters were warned of before they arrived yet they still jumped right in and did their job. The danger — two giant propane tanks — in plain sight at the rear of the home as the fire poured out of the structure.

Imagine the injuries (or worse) that firefighters could have suffered if the tanks exploded.

Thankfully, there were no injuries.

The remaining structure continued to sizzle through the night and firefighters stood watch until about midnight to make sure no hot spots re-ignited.

May 232015

Screen Shot 2015-05-23 at 9.35.34 PMA fire broke out at 400 Derby Milford Road on Saturday May 23.

The homeowner was working outside, when he suddenly noticed his house was on fire.

The first fire truck arrived in minutes, a hose was hooked up to a nearby fire hydrant and the members of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department began working feverishly to extinguish the flames.

The smoke was so thick that it was impossible for neighbors to see what was happening. (courtesy of George Geane)

The smoke was so thick that it was impossible for neighbors to see what was happening. (courtesy of George Geane)

Derby and Woodbridge firefighters also assisted, but in spite of the quick response, and water availability, the home could not be saved.

The family’s loss was the talk of the town on Saturday afternoon and residents speculated as to how the fire started and why the home already was engulfed in flames when the dispatcher called firefighters to the scene.

Fire Marshal Tim Smith arrived at the home when flames were still shooting out of the roof and soon began his investigation.

He told Orange Live that the fire appears to be accidental, and it possibly started in a clothes dryer.

He said the house looks like a total loss.

So, how DID it spread so quickly? Smith said it had a good head start and went undetected for quite a while. “Once it broke out, the breeze pushed it through the house,” he said.

A view of the rear of the home. (courtesy of Art Williams)

A view of the rear of the home. Look At Those Propane Tanks !!! (courtesy of Art Williams)

The aftermath.

The aftermath.

May 232015

Master of Ceremonies Bob Mirto

Master of Ceremonies Bob Mirto

The Town of Orange Memorial Day Ceremonies and Parade will be held on Sunday, May 24, 2015.  Ceremonies will commence promptly at 10:30 a.m. at the High Plains Community Center Field.  The parade will follow the ceremony down Orange Center Road past the reviewing stand with services following at the Orange Center Cemetery.

Richard Cenami will be the Grand Marshal.  He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, 1962-1966 with a rank of LCPL and is a Vietnam Era Veteran.

Richard Manley will be the Honorary Chief of Staff. He served in the U.S. Navy Seabees, 1958 – 1964 and is a Vietnam Era Veteran.

The Reverend Stoddon (Tod) G.N. King will be the Honored Veteran.  He served in the U.S. Navy 1965-1970 with a rank of full Lieutenant and is a Vietnam Veteran.

The Keynote Speaker will be Emily Dewey Trudeau, the Deputy Assistant State’s Attorney, Judicial District of Fairfield, CT.  From 2005 – 2006, she was the Special Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office;  from 2006 – 2012, she was the Judge Advocate General’s Corps Attorney, United States Navy; and from 2012 – present she is the Vice-Chair/Legislative Liaison, Military and Veteran’s Affairs Committee, Connecticut Bar Association.   

Sgt. Stubby

Sgt. Stubby

This year, the Memorial Day Committee will be honoring Sgt. Stubby, the most decorated war dog of World War I.  He was the official mascot of the 102nd Infantry, the Yankee Division, and is presently in the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

The Committee would like to encourage all Vietnam War Veterans to attend the ceremonies and be recognized.  This is the 50th Anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam conflict.                                                           

The public is invited to join in honoring our nation’s veterans.  In the event of rain, exercises will be held in the High Plains Community Center Auditorium.

Originally Published on: May 14, 2015 @ 17:23

May 222015

1509866_1396964540576288_248310034_nOne of the newer annual events that the public seems to love is the Race Brook School Food Truck Festival.

Now in its second year, people already are talking about coming to the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, on Friday, May 22, from 4-8 p.m. when more than 20 popular food trucks will roll in and serve up a wide variety of their specialties, sure to tempt your tummy and please your taste buds.

Stroll around the grounds and find your favorite foods from Pizza, Lobster, Cannolis, Cupcakes and so much more.

This year there will be more trucks, craft venders and children’s activity vendors. Entertainment will be provided by Velocity, a CT party band that plays covers from Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Earth Wind & Fire, Journey, Steely Dan and more.

Plan to make a night of it, bring a blanket and/or lawn chairs and enjoy the evening with family and friends.


Originally Published on: Apr 30, 2015 @ 22:04

Second Publishing on: May 18, 2015 @ 0:24 

And finally, on: May 21, 2015 @ 1:04

May 222015

Last year's winner, Orange resident Kyle Beaudette.

Last year’s winner, Orange resident Kyle Beaudette.

Get your mismatched socks ready because the Third Annual 5K “Doc’s Race” is happening in Orange at the High Plains Community Center on Sunday, June 28 at 10 a.m.!

George “Doc” Whitney was well remembered as a veterinarian in Orange, but in his later years he was also known for being a runner.  “Doc” started running at the age of 80 and participated in just about every 5K race in the state, and many in New England from then on.  When he passed away at 94 in 2013 his family requested that a 5K Road Race and Fitness Walk be held in his name in Orange.  All of the proceeds this year will go to the George “Doc” Whitney Memorial Scholarship Fund.

In addition to the Race and Fitness Walk there will be two “Fun Runs with Spiderman” starting at 9:20 a.m.  You can find applications for both the Race and the Fun Run at the Orange Park and Recreation office at 525 Orange Center Road. Applications also are available online at www.hitekracing.com and you can register online until June 23.

One special feature of “Doc’s  Race” is that there will be no registration fee for people 65 and up.  However, this is only for participants who mail in an application and pre-register by June 20.  You will not be able to take advantage of this offer online.

For more information, please call Race Director, Joe Riccio at 203-481-7453 or email him at [email protected] Or you can call Race Coordinator, Jane Opper, at 203-795-9351.

May 222015

Screen Shot 2015-05-22 at 10.07.41 AMJerome Schwartz, 82, of Orange, passed away peacefully in his home beside his family on Wednesday, May 20, 2015.

Born on June 27, 1932, in Bronx, NY to the late Jack and Frieda Schwartz. He attended City College in NY.

Jerry worked in retail management for many years and finished his career working at Dworkin Chevrolet.

He is survived by his loving wife, Maxine, of sixty years, his daughters, Karen Evangelista and Mindy Schwartz, his son, Larry Schwartz (Deborah Schwartz) and his four loving grandchildren, Steven, Rachel, Alexis and Rebekka.

Funeral Services at Or Shalom Cemetery, 3 Farwell St. West Haven, CT. Friday morning May 22,2015 at 10:00 o’clock.

The Robert E. Shure Funeral Home 543 George St. New Haven, CT is in care of arrangements.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

Period of mourning will be held Saturday Thru Wednesday 7pm to 9pm with Minyan Services Monday thru Wednesday evening at 7pm. at Family’s Home 481 Wolcott Ln. Orange, CT.

May 222015

227Josephine Papa, 87, of Hamden, died at CT Hospice, May 14, 2015.

Josephine was born in New Haven, July 29, 1927, the daughter of the late John and Mary Ruggiero Papa, graduated from St. Agnes College in West Hartford and was past Secretary and Treasurer of St. Agnes Alumni Ass’n.

She worked in St. Raphael Hospital Newborn Nursery prior to opening her own day care center in Hamden, retiring after 35 years.

She is survived by two nephews, Richard (Heather) Papa and Michael (Michele) Papa, all from Orange, 4 grandnieces and 1 grandnephew.

She was pre-deceased by her brother, Louis Richard Papa.

Friends are invited to a memorial mass of Christian Burial in Holy Infant Church, Orange, Saturday at 10 o’clock.

Committal service will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery.

The Peter H. Torello & Son Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.