Carnival Going Strong Until Midnight, Fireworks at 10:45 p.m.

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Aug 012015

IMG_6560The Orange Firemen’s Carnival has seen some nice weather so far and will throughout its run.

There’s still plenty of time to get in on all the fun. The 50/50 Raffle @ $2 per ticket, gives you a chance to win half of the jackpot — yesterday, one lucky winner walked away with $172 and the Fire Department received $172 to put toward equipment and training. The first drawing tonight at 7 p.m. had a $127 winner — not too shabby for a $2 investment to the town’s fire service.

Operated by the Volunteer Firefighters, the main food tent has a variety of favorites, but did you know that the Auxiliary is selling slices of PIE from Lyman’s Orchard? Get a generous helping of Apple, Apple Crumb, Blueberry, Lemon Merangue or Strawberry Rhubarb to finish off your meal.

Don’t forget the Satellite Food Tent near the fence at Orange Center Road where sales also benefit the Fire Department.

There are a few games that also benefit the fire department, including the Speed Ball — throw a baseball and show your accuracy and speed, the dunk tank, and blower ball.

Today, your Ride Bracelets are good until Midnight.

And one of the best things this year, is the Carny’s new announcer Brian Smith, not since Bob Crocco “The Voice of the Orange Firemen’s Carnival” has there been a more likable person behind the microphone.

So stop by tonight or tomorrow, join in on the fun, Support the Orange Volunteer Fire Department and get your Raffle Tickets for the Big Drawing tomorrow… Top Prize is $5,000 Visa Gift Card!


Here It Is, Carnival Day: Everything You Need To Know

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Aug 012015

carnival 2015The Orange Volunteer Fire Department has been working on the 2015 carnival since the day after the 2014 carnival ended.

Parking and admission are always free.

It takes a lot of planning to keep such a big operation rolling every year, keeping the public interested in coming and finding volunteer non-firefighters  willing to help in the food tent and pitch in at various games around the fairgrounds.

Denise Mirto sent a shout-out for food tent volunteers more than a month ago and has been successful, but she can still use a few extra hands on Saturday day and night and Sunday.

Under the Raffle Tent you will find many familiar faces, selectmen, various committee and board members and residents who come back year after year and donate their time to the fire department, just as the firefighters donate their time to the town every hour of every day.

Several years ago, First Selectman Jim Zeoli called the Carnival the “cheapest fire insurance that an Orange Resident can have.”

“If every household spent a couple hundred bucks at the carnival, it is the cheapest insurance they can have for fire service,” Zeoli said. “If we had a paid Fire Department it would cost us millions of dollars every year.”

Did you know?

There are many rides, games, and food options at the carnival, and everyone has their favorite, but did you know that the Fire Department only benefits from the proceeds at the games and food that they run?

The games are the Frog Bog, Dunk Tank, High Striker, Speedball and Blower ball – the little game of chance next to the raffle tent. The 50/50 raffle benefits both the civilian winner and the fire department, who split the pot a couple of times a day.

The main food tent (under the pavilion) and the satellite food tent straight up the aisle next to the fence on Orange Center Road also are Fire Department run.

Of course, you can’t beat $5 for a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of 10 great prizes, including a $5,000, $4,000, or $2,000 Visa Gift Card, $1,200 Gift Certificate from Diamond Designs, Apple iPad WiFi 16 GB from Best Buy, or one of the gift cards from Chip’s, Trader Joes, Knights Inc or Ben’s Service Center. And finally, there’s the Tickets to New Haven Open at Yale Tennis Tournament.


Pick up Advanced Online Ride Bracelets at the Main Raffle Booth
Photo ID and signature are required at pickup

• Children must be at least 3’ tall to ride any ride

Advanced online purchase ride bracelets may be used during one of the following periods:
Thursday 5-11 p.m., Friday, 5 p.m. to midnight, Saturday Matinee 12 to 5 p.m., Saturday evening, 5 p.m. to midnight and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Also, if you didn’t get your on line wristbands on time, the firefighters offer a special at carnival ride bracelet special for $28.

Ride bracelets purchase at the carnival ticket booths may be used during one of the following periods:
Saturday Matinee noon to 5 p.m. or Sunday Family Fun Day from noon to 5 p.m.
And Don’t Forget
The Carnival Spectacular Fireworks Displays on Friday at 10:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10:45 p.m.As always, there is a Free raffle for Children 12 and younger on Saturday, during the matinee
Children 12 years and younger can register at the main raffle booth to win free prizes. (must be present)


Thursday – 5:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Friday – 5:00 p.m. to 12 midnight

Saturday – 12 Noon to 12 midnight

Sunday – 12 Noon to 5:00 p.m.


After a little rain forecast between 4-8 tonight, the weather is supposed to be great all weekend so, come on down and support your Volunteer Fire Department.

Firemen’s Carnival Fun and Games For a Good Cause

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Aug 012015

IMG_6375Friday night was a beautiful night for the Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival.

Come out today between Noon and Midnight.

Free Children’s Raffle during the matinee.

Fireworks at 10:45 p.m.

Don’t forget to get your tickets for the Big Raffle, top prize is a $5,000 Visa Gift Card.

Step up for the 50/50 raffle $2 per ticket – half the pot goes to the winning ticket holder and half goes to the OVFD. Friday’s biggest prize winner brought home $172. The more people that participate, the higher the amount you can win.

Proceeds from the Raffles, Main Food Tent, Firemen’s Satellite Food Tent (near the fence on Orange Center Road) and fire department sponsored games, go to support the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.


Police: Orange Man Charged With DUI

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Aug 012015

police carOfficers responded to the scene of a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Old Tavern and Orange Center roads July 27 at 6:31 p.m.

Upon arrival, officers had Terrance McGovern, 27, of 452 David Court, Orange, perform standardized roadside sobriety tests. He was subsequently taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and failure to yield.

McGovern was released after posting $50 bond for court Aug. 10.


The Anteaters Have Arrived!

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Jul 312015

anteater Two Giant anteaters have moved into their new home in the much anticipated opening of the Pampas Plains South American exhibit at the Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport.

Featuring animals from the Pampas region of Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil, the new exhibit launches phase one of our South American Adventure exhibit.

The zoo hasn’t exhibited anteaters for 40 years! This pair came to CT from the Palm Beach Zoo.

Come welcome them to Connecticut!

Are You Missing Someone?

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Jul 312015

Found Cat 7-31A resident in the Racebrook Road – Lambert Road area found this cat in her backyard this afternoon.

She said it is a very friendly, big kitty with no collar.

If he/she belongs to you, contact Orange Live at 203-506-1747 and I will call the woman for you.

Obituary: Lila (Ment) Rudnick, 85, Beloved Mother, Grandmother

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Jul 312015

thLila (Ment) Rudnick, 85, of Orange, and formerly of Woodbridge, passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, July 27, 2015.

She was the devoted and beloved wife of the late David Rudnick, the caring daughter of the late Myer Ment and Jennie Ment Bass, the dear sister of Rita Ment Benjamin and the late Roslyn Ment Lesser, the loving mother of Amy (Michael Zeldin), Marla and Maxine Rudnick, and the cherished grandmother of Paul, Spencer and Rachel Ciancola and Rebecca and Alexander Zeldin.

Lila was beautiful inside and out. She was loved by everyone.

Graveside funeral services will be held at Mt. Sinai Memorial Park Memorial, 80 Jewell Street, on Sunday, August 2, at 11:00 am.

A shiva minyan will be held at Maplewood at Orange at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Contributions may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011,Washington, DC 20090-6011 or Jewish Family Services of Greater New Haven, 1440 Whalley Avenue, New Haven, CT 06515.

Funeral arrangements in care of Robert E. Shure Funeral Home, New Haven.

Bourbon Cowboys Play The Gazebo on Aug. 12

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Jul 312015

10341986_820435167984673_3203525403348381029_nThe Orange Community Services final outdoor all-ages shows in the Gazebo is scheduled for Wednesday, August 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m.—The Bourbon Cowboys—Country. Rain date is Thursday, August 13.

Orange Transportation is available to Orange seniors or disabled residents, for the Wednesday night concerts.

Call 203-891-4788 for a ride.

Commuity Services says, “Thank you to our sponsors for making it all possible.”

So bring your family and your friends! Since its free, bring your friend’s family!

Don’t Miss The “Blue Moon” Tonight

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Jul 312015

Blue Moon Friday, July 31

Blue Moon Friday, July 31

The full moon could be seen in it’s full glory this morning at 6:42:54 a.m.

This is the second full moon in July 2015 and therefore it is called a blue moon.

You will see it up there again tonight in the clear sky over the Orange Firemen’s Carnival at the Orange Fairgrounds.

It’s not a super moon, but it sure is round and should be bright all night.


Get Ready For More Paving, Inconvenience, Smooth Driving Surface

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Jul 312015

caution-road-work-ahead-temporary-signJust as the town paving project, with road closures and upset residents finally concluded the town announced today that another paving project, this time, by the state, will begin on Monday, Aug. 3.

The CT Dept. of Transportation will be repaving Orange Center Road, all 3.3 miles of it from Route 1 to Derby Turnpike (Route 34) from Aug. 3 through Aug. 24.

The difference, aside from it being a state project rather than a town job, is that the work will be done at night from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. in an attempt to save on the traffic interruptions.

Their job description is: 2″ to be ground off existing pavement and replaced by 2″ of bituminous concrete (a fancy term for asphalt).

Residents who live along Orange Center Road may be disturbed by the overnight noise, but this is how the state has scheduled it to be done.

This is NOT a Town Project, so don’t call the Highway Department with complaints, contact the CTDOT at 203-789-7842.


Originally Published on: Jul 23, 2015 @ 17:10