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Oct 292014
 

(Photo by Terri Miles)

(Photo by Terri Miles)

Do you have small children? Do you love the magic of Christmas? For 20 years Santa Claus has teamed up with the Orange Volunteer Fire Department for its Santa’s Helper Fundraising event in which 100 percent of the proceeds are used towards the purchase of firefighting and rescue equipment. 

For two decades Santa’s Helper Teams of firefighters, special helpers, family and friends have been honored to deliver gifts, smiles, fun and visit with thousands of families throughout Orange. And now they are visiting the children of the children that they first saw back in 1994 pressing their little faces up against glass doors waiting for the fire trucks to come down their street with lights and sirens announcing Santa’s arrival.

If you would like to join in the fun and have one of the Santa teams arrive at your front door on Sunday, Dec. 14 between 2-8 p.m., it’s easy, Just follow the simple steps:

GIFT RULES: 

There is a fee of $15.00 per gift. Each gift must be INDIVIDUALLY wrapped in your favorite holiday paper with an over-wrap of plain brown paper. The name and address of the recipient must be clearly printed on the outside.
Please try not to make the gifts too large or heavy, Santa appreciates that.
We have a limited delivery number of 160 homes. This is an extremely popular event, and those spots fill up quickly. We strongly encourage you to have all of the gifts for your stop with you on Gift Drop-Off day. **For those families having a large party with many gifts on delivery day, please e-mail us at: [email protected] for special instructions.**

GIFT DROP-OFF DAY: 

Gift Drop Off Day for the general public is at Fire Station #2, 355 Boston Post Road, (Across from TGI Fridays) on Saturday, Nov. 22 from noon to 2 p.m. PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIME FRAME. This year, the organizers ask that the general public begin to arrive no earlier than 11:30 a.m. (30 minutes prior to the 12 p.m. start time.)  You will have a much shorter wait in line by following these new guidelines. Thank you!

PARKING FOR DROP-OFF DAY: 

Please park your car in the rear of the Fire Station. There will be firefighters there to assist you. The Drop-Off line will be located INSIDE the fire station. USE REAR DOOR MARKED ENTER. 

SANTA’S HELPER DELIVERY DAY:

Delivery takes place on Sunday, Dec. 14 from 2-8 p.m. Santa on his fire truck with his Elf, and special firefighter helpers will arrive at your home to deliver the gifts back to your loved ones, and spend some time with your family for photos and smiles. 

If you have any questions, you can e-mail Elf Mama at: [email protected]
She will help you via e-mail. Please DO NOT call the Fire Stations as it’s a volunteer department and there will not be anyone there available to assist you with Santa’s Helper information.

**E-mailing Santa’s Helper does not guarantee you a spot on the delivery route. Sign-up on drop-off day is on a first come-first serve basis.

 

Originally Published on: Oct 8, 2014 @ 9:44

Oct 282014
 

Screen-shot-2013-09-26-at-2.04.48-PMThe American Red Cross will host a blood drive at Bertucci’s,  550 Boston Post Road on Thursday, Nov 6,  from 11:30am to 4:15 pm.

Call today to make an appointment at 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit WWW.redcrossblood.org.

“Please support our community, with the gift of life,” said Paul Leahy of the Red Cross. “Every donation can save up to 3 lives. Every day someone somewhere needs blood. Without dedicated donors like you serving as a vital link between the blood supply and those who need blood, the Red Cross could not carry out its lifesaving mission.”

Get the FREE app today! Text: BLOODAPP to 90999* Search: Red Cross Blood on the App Store℠ or on Google Play™ Visit: redcrossblood.org/bloodapp

In order to donate you must be healthy — feel well and be able to perform normal activities.

If you have a chronic condition such as diabetes, healthy also means that you are being treated and the condition is under control.

Oct 272014
 

Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 4.58.53 PMJoin the Amity Lacrosse team and their families for a fundraising dinner at Katz’s Deli, 1658 Litchfield Turnpike, Woodbridge, Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 5-8 p.m.

15% of all proceeds (eat in or take out) go to Amity HS Boys Lacrosse Program.

In 2013, the Varsity Lacrosse Team went all the way to the playoffs.

They had the first CIAC Tournament win since 2009

Also, they had their first Semi-Final appearance in Class L – which is the cream of the crop for High School lacrosse in the COUNTRY.

This year’s team has a lot of talent even after graduating so many senior players in June. Under the leadership of Coach Brandon Pepe, we should expect to see some good things on the field when their season begins.

Oct 272014
 

IMG_5849The Amity Regional High School Chapter of the National Honor Society and the American Red Cross sponsored a blood drive at Amity High School on Monday, Oct. 27.

A steady stream of students volunteered to donate blood, some were first-timers (identified by a green sticker), while others were repeat donors (red stickers).

According to the teachers who were on hand to assist, there were no fainters this year — as of 2 p.m.

You never know when you may need a life-saving blood transfusion. Accidents and illnesses happen all the time when we least expect them and it would be tragic if the hospital you were in was experiencing a blood shortage when you need it most.

Every student who donated a pint today could help save up to 3 lives.

Oct 232014
 

Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 1.51.36 PMIn honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month My Gym Children’s Fitness Centers, 391 Boston Post Road, Orange is going pink to recognize all those who have battled and are battling Breast Cancer.

On Friday, Oct. 24, the center will be hosting “Donate to Play” during which all ages are invited to come into the gym and play with a parent or guardian at the cost of a monetary donation. All proceeds will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.

The staff is hoping for a good turnout to play for a great cause. 

Oct 212014
 

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The Friends of the Eldredge Family is planning a Pasta Dinner to benefit the family of Amity grad Andrew Eldredge, a young man with a bright future who has been unconscious and hospitalized since an accident in late August.

The fundraiser will take place at the Woodbridge Club, 10 Milhaven Road, Woodbridge, on Sunday, Nov. 16 from 5-8 p.m. The event includes live music and silent auction.

Tickets are $25 per person. For tickets or more information contact Sherrie Bitterman at 203-598-5414.

About Andrew

Andrew Eldredge was struck by a motorcycle while walking in New York City on August 29, just days before he was to begin studies at Harvard Law School.

Since he was injured, Andrew has been unconscious. His progress has been steady and encouraging, but it will be a long road to recovery, both in the hospital and in extended rehabilitation for traumatic brain injury. His parents, Stacey and David, and his sisters, Lindsay and Madeline, have kept a constant vigil by his bedside since the accident.

Andrew grew up in Woodbridge and graduated from Amity High School in 2007. He graduated magna cum laude from Colgate University (’11), worked at Orion Consultants in NYC for two years, and completed a year at Boston University School of Law before transferring to Harvard.

The Eldredge family will need financial support for Andrew’s journey to recovery. Please help The Friends of the Eldredge Family with this effort.

Cash or checks only. Make checks payable to The Andrew Eldredge Family Fund.

Contributions can be made directly to: http://www.youcaring.com/andreweldredge

*donations are not tax deductible 

Oct 212014
 

Thea Torrenti and her family.

Thea Torrenti and her family.

For more than a decade, the town of Orange has been observing Breast Cancer Awareness Month with what I call the Pink Ribbon Wreath Ceremony. 

Click link for a VIDEO of this event

Town resident, Anita Pol crafted a straw wreath festooned with little pink ribbons on which safety pins are attached so they can be removed and worn by anyone who would like to show their support for survivors and victims of breast cancer. 

Each year, even as she grows older, Anita still replenishes the ribbons so the wreath that adorns the front door at Town Hall is full and beautiful and ready to share with the public. 

The Pink Ribbon Wreath Ceremony grew over the years to include cancer survivors from Orange as the honorees, usually one person who shared her story (Angela Booth and Debbie Davis are among the past honorees), but a few years ago several honorees, including a man, were chosen to share what they’d endured from discovery to treatment and some, being declared cancer free. 

The 2014 honoree is Thea Torrenti, who, in 2007 was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer after her sister insisted she go for her first mammogram. 

Thea said early detection is key, a positive attitude and a good support team are what got her through. Last year she again was diagnosed with cancer, but instead of letting it get her down, she said, “I forged ahead, knowing I would get through this.”

First Selectman Jim Zeoli read a proclamation, then Thea and Karen Goldberg hung the wreath on the front door. 

This year’s ceremony was well attended, with Thea’s family support group, her fellow survivors from the “Boob Crew,” State Rep. Paul Davis, Town Hall employees, and several residents.

The First Selectman’s office and Town Clerk’s Office are accepting donations and selling items to benefit the Susan G Komen Cancer Organization.

 

 

Oct 212014
 

Screen Shot 2014-10-04 at 11.05.47 AMThe Lions Club of Orange will host an inaugural Comedy Night, “COME ROAR WITH US” on Saturday, Oct. 25, at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church Hall at 480 Racebrook Road. 

Headlining the show is Billy Winn, former morning DJ on WPLR.

The evening includes full buffet dinner, cash bar and the show. The cost per person is $30 or $55 per couple. VIP seating also is available for an additional charge. 

Doors will open at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the show at 8 p.m.

For tickets or more information call Ron at 203-996-0989. Tickets also are available from any Orange Lions Club member.

Originally Published on: Oct 4, 2014 @ 11:07

Second posting on: Oct 10, 2014 @ 10:47

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Oct 202014
 

breast-cancer-awareness1The public is invited to join with the Town of Orange to once again participate in Breast Cancer Awareness Month by placing a pink ribbon wreath on the front door of the Orange Town Hall, 617 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT on Monday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m.

The Town will be honoring one individual this year: Thea Torrenti, an Orange resident. Anyone wishing to do so may take a pink ribbon from the wreath to honor those who have survived as well as those who have succumbed to breast cancer.

Pink ribbon cards will be sold and hung in Town Hall to benefit Susan G. Komen Connecticut. Please make a $5 monetary contribution and dedicate your donation to those who have survived breast cancer and those who have not.

This wonderful annual event has been going on at town hall for years, past honorees, both men and women, include Angela Booth and Debbie Davis.

Oct 182014
 

A woman carries a large box of paperwork to be shredded at High Plains on Saturday.

File Photo: A woman carries a large box of paperwork to be shredded at High Plains on Saturday.

On Saturday, Oct. 18, more than 175 Orange residents made their way to the Orange Community Center for a chance to have all of their important personal documents and other paperwork securely shredded free of charge.

Mitch Goldblatt, Chairman of the Orange Recycling Committee, said the Orange Rotary Club made a generous donation to make the event possible.

Last Year hundreds of residents took advantage of this opportunity to dispose of personal paperwork that could make them vulnerable to identity theft.

The process is secure, no one is allowed to touch your paperwork or examine the contents of your boxes or bags. The papers are dumped into recycling bins, which are emptied into a truck via mechanical equipment and then shredded inside the enclosed truck.

Goldblatt said although the inaugural year was successful with 35 bins filled, this year surpassed all of their expectations by filling nearly half again as many large recycling bins (47) and the driver for the licensed and bonded PROSHRED SECURITY Truck estimated that about 10,000 pounds of paper was shredded today.

The paper is shredded on-site and then delivered to a local recycling facility.

Goldblatt added that a few participating residents made donations to the Rotary Club to show their appreciation for their help.