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 162015

unnamedIt’s that time of year again, Amity High School will present the Annual 24 Hour Play Festival on Saturday May 16 at 7 p.m.

Students will begin Friday afternoon and work until Saturday Night to create a short one act play in just 24 Hours!

The show will take place in the Black Box Theater at 7 p.m.

Admission is free but donations for the Relay for Life Teams will be gratefully accepted.


Originally Published on: Apr 30, 2015 @ 18:33


May 112015

Applebee-s-Logo31Applebee’s Grill & Bar restaurants in Connecticut, upstate New York, and Pennsylvania is offering discounts, events and perks to thank those who have served or are serving during the Month of May in honor of “National Military Appreciation Month.”

Beginning Friday, May 1 through Sunday, May 31, servicemen and women who dine at participating Applebee’s restaurants will be honored with the following:

  • 10 percent discount: retired and active duty military can enjoy a discounted price on all meals, excluding tax, gratuity, gift cards and other discounts.*
  • Armed Forces Day Celebration on Saturday, May 16:every restaurant location will offer free cake and coffee to retired and active duty military and their families from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Random Giveaways: as another way to say “thanks,” every location will offer random giveaways, including food, beverages and other perks.

“We are excited to offer even more ways of showing our thanks and gratitude in this second year of celebrating military service during May at our Applebee’s locations,” said Stephanie Griffin, Director of Marketing and Public Relations. “We encourage all veterans and active duty military that visit us in May to identify themselves as having served so that our managers can personally thank them for their service.”

Applebee’s patrons and military personnel can participate in the Military Appreciation Month offerings throughout the month of May in Orange and at the following Connecticut Applebee’s restaurant locations: Danbury, Plainville, Groton, Torrington and Mansfield.

Since 2009, Applebee’s locations nationally have served nearly six million free meals to veterans and active duty military members on Veteran’s Day. Applebee’s also began recognizing U.S. veterans and active duty military service members in 2011 with the launch of its national “Thank You Movement,” a program that encourages people to show their appreciation for members of our Armed Forces on Veterans Day. Since launching the program, Applebee’s has received more than 2.5 million personal “thank you” messages through the“Thank You Movement” website.

To learn more about how Applebee’s restaurants in Connecticut, New York, and Pennsylvania support and give back to local communities or participate in these programs, visit www.tlcneighborhood.com.

*Proof of service is required to receive the 10 percent discount. Acceptable identification includes: U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans Organization Card, photograph in uniform or wearing uniform, DD214, Citation or Commendation.

Originally Published on: Apr 23, 2015 @ 14:03

May 092015

drones3I just bought a drone with a camera and can’t for the life of me figure out how to control it.

If there is a teenager — or anyone — with the skills who would like to teach me what to do, I would be forever grateful.

I believe this little device would be an awesome way to show Orange Live readers a different perspective at events around town, but I can’t do that until I know how to use it.

On my own, I’ve crashed it a couple of times, even got it stuck in a tree, but it is sturdy and I haven’t broken it yet. 

If anyone can help, please call me at 203-506-1747 or e-mail [email protected].


May 072015

Aerial view of the Orange Congregational Church

Aerial view of the Orange Congregational Church

The Pilgrim Fellowship Youth Groups of the Orange Congregational Church will sponsor its Annual Community Tag Sale on Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the Orange Town Green on Orange Center Road.

A space can be rented for $25.00 (with table provided = $30.00) by calling the Orange Congregational Church Office at 203-795-9749.

Coffee and donuts will be on sale by the Youth Group, as well as, hot dogs and soda.

If it rains, the Tag Sale will be held on May 16


Originally Published on: Apr 14, 2015 @ 14:53

May 052015

Jesper Nielsen, founder and CEO of Endless Jewelry, with Endless Spirit Award winner Marianne Miller.

Jesper Nielsen, founder and CEO of Endless Jewelry, with Endless Spirit Award winner Marianne Miller.

Orange resident, Marianne Miller was shocked and surprised at Tuesday afternoon’s Cinco de Mayo celebration at Cellini Design Jewelers, 464 Boston Post Road, when she was named the winner of the Endless Spirit Award, presented by Jesper Nielsen, founder and CEO of Endless Jewelry.

The Endless Spirit Award is presented to one woman in the Orange community who deserves to be recognized, but is often left out of the spotlight.

Miller was nominated by several people on Cellini’s Facebook page and won the title. She received a certificate and gifts including a very special Endless Jewelry bracelet handpicked by Nielsen himself.

The bracelet is a purple cord — coincidentally, her favorite color — decorated with a beautiful diamond encrusted bangle, which is one of only 300 in the world, and not available for sale anywhere. Miller was still breathless 90 minutes after the presentation. “I can’t believe this,” she told Orange Live. “I’m on cloud nine.”

Guests at the jewelry store were treated to a smorgasbord of Mexican favorites and margaritas.

Women browsed the vast selection of spring fashion jewelry, including the new JLo line of Endless Jewelry, and obviously liked what they saw. The bracelets were selling very well until closing time.


Cellini Design Jewelry used the occasion as a fundraiser for the Orange Lions Club Charities. They sold tickets for $5 each for a chance to win one of five Endless bracelets (valued at $100 each). All money from ticket sales and 5% of all sales on Tuesday will be donated to the Lions.

Instead of drawing the winning tickets on Cinco de Mayo, Cellini’s is giving everyone a chance to get in on the raffle — a great Mother’s Day gift — by extending the ticket sales until Friday at 5:55 p.m. the drawing will take place at 6 p.m. and the winners will be listed on Cellini’s Facebook page.

May 052015

Screen Shot 2015-04-26 at 10.18.14 PMOn Tuesday, May 5th Cellini Design Jewelers, 464 Boston Post Road, Orange, will be hosting an epic Cinco de Mayo celebration, from 3 – 6 p.m., and everyone is invited. Join them for some amazing prizes, festive music, and traditional refreshments.

Stop in and see all the latest in spring jewelry fashion, including the new JLo line of Endless Jewelry. Entries may be purchased at the event for $5 for your chance to win one of FIVE Endless bracelets, worth $100 each. All entry fees collected and 5% of all sales that day will be donated to the Orange CT Lions Club Charities.

In addition, Jesper Nielsen, founder and CEO of Endless Jewelry will be present. Together they will be honoring one special lady from the community with the Endless Spirit Award! This special recognition will be awarded to one woman in the Orange community who deserves to be recognized, but is often left out of the spotlight.

Also THIS PART IS OVER: If you would like to nominate someone, like the Cellini Facebook page, share the Cinco de Mayo post and tag your nominee along with a brief description of why they deserve this award. The winner will be selected on Friday, May 1st and be presented with her award at the event.


Originally Published on: Apr 26, 2015 @ 22:34

Second Publishing on: Apr 30, 2015 @ 20:14 

Third publishing on: May 3, 2015 @ 21:54

May 032015

Overall Winner Bill Koltnow, 55, races toward the finish line.

Overall Winner Bill Koltnow, 55, races toward the finish line.

Only about 100 people participated in the Cohen and Wolf Cinco K De Mayo 5K on Sunday, May 3, which included plenty of 20-somethings and experienced distance runners so Bill Koltnow, 55, of Miami, FLA, surprised spectators when he crossed the finish line at 19:05, just 14 seconds before 14-year-0ld Anthony Tom.

The first female, Polly Grzegorczyk, 23, of Orange, came in just 2:03 later at 21:08.

Dan Leiper, 51, who has been running since he was 15, took the gold medal for his age group with a time of 21:27.

See Full Results by Fast Track Timing HERE.

Sponsors including: Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Centers, Stony  Creek Urgent Care, Advanced Spine and Sport, First Niagara Bank, Weichert Realtors, University of New Haven, Zorena Wealth Management Group, Law Offices of Debra Marino, LLC, and Cellini Design Jewelers, and Frontier Communications set up tables under the pavilion.

Cohen and Wolf, Orange Life Magazine, Stony Creek Urgent Care and Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Centers, each had teams that participated in the race.


Some were a part of the event. Dr. Durso from Advanced Spine and Sport offered his adjustment services. Smoothie King handed out dairy free fruit smoothies to the incoming runners.