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Orange Community Women Present Mad Science!

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Jan 232020
 

Here is a fun family event for all ages, mark your calendar for Saturday, Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. when the Orange Community Women present Mad Science at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road.

Mad Science stage shows have been captivating audiences of all ages for more than 30 years. 

This spectacular show thrills audiences with impressive science experiments including foggy dry ice storms and giant beach balls floating in the air.

Advance tickets are $5 (or $7 at the door) get yours now by contacting Michelle at 203-605-4383 or by e-mail at fbailey1@optonline.net or from any member of OCW

Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation Presents A $3,000 Grant Award

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Jan 062020
 

The Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation based in Orange recently awarded Amity Middle School in Bethany $3,000 in grant awards for three creative proposals to integrate arts into its curriculum.

Eighth-grade social studies teacher, Marika Wissink, was awarded $1,000 for a special interdisciplinary project.

Ms. Wissink’s students will work with visiting artist, Heather Stoltz, to create a fiber arts project where
students create fiber art to demonstrate their learning of the 19th-century social reform movements.

Eighth-grade social studies teacher, Robert Murphy, was awarded $1,000 to host singer/songwriter Laura
Clapp to collaborate on an interdisciplinary project where students will create music to demonstrate their
learning of reform propaganda and its’ relationship to the 19th-century social reform movements.

Seventh-grade social studies teacher, Nick DaPonte, was awarded $1,000 to have the Okra Dance Company
perform “Journey into Africa”.  This is in conjunction with the social studies unit on African Geography and
Culture, the English classes reading “A Long Walk to Water”, and the special Global Issues project for all
students.

Chilly Chili Run 5K/Fitness Walk Details

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Dec 302019
 

 

File photo of 2017 race winner Calvin Park

Here is the schedule for the 2020 New Years Day Chilly Chili Run 5K/Fitness Walk which steps off from the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange CT on Wednesday.

  • 8:00 – 10:00 am  Day of Race Registration Indoors (Race Day registration will close at 10:15 am SHARP!)

 

  • 10:30 AM Start of Race & Walk
  • 2 Mile fitness walk on the property of the High Plains Community Center

 

  • 5K Certified Course (CT93019) for runners
  • 1 Water Stop
  • Mile Splits at 1, 2 and 3 miles
  • Computerized Timing and Results by Fast Track Timing
  • Results posted on Fast Track Timing & HI-TEK Racing websites
  • Long Sleeve T-Shirts by Graphic FX to all pre-registered participants & 1st 100 on race day
  • DJ by 99 DOLLAR DJ SERVICE
  • CHILI BRUNCH following road race/walk
  • Drawing for Prizes

Find full details HERE

Memorial Bench For Annie Davis Update

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Dec 292019
 

This is a revised copy of this morning’s story

During the past few weeks, we’ve had several inquiries as to how the fundraising for Annie’s Memorial Bench is going.

Thanks to the generosity of some wonderful donors, we are about 1/3 of the way to our goal.

For obvious reasons, the target group from which we sought donations was the Santa’s Helper families who’ve enjoyed the program that Annie dedicated her life to for the past 25 years.

On the day of the Gift Drop-Off, the Auxiliary had a collection jar out and everyone was very generous, filling it to the top, from what we understand. The Auxiliary decided to split the money between the Heart Association and the Diabetes Foundation in Annie’s name. A Wonderful idea to help two very worthy causes.

From what we’ve heard from our readers, some said they didn’t know exactly where the donations were going and assumed it was for the memorial bench they’d read about on Orange Live.

Here is a photo of the sign that the Auxiliary put up with the donation container clearly stating their intentions.

We’d like to clarify, the Auxiliary and Friends of Annie Davis are two totally different things. That collection and the ongoing Memorial Bench collection are unrelated. NOTE: Orange Live continues to support the Auxiliary and its various fundraisers throughout the year that help the wonderful Orange Volunteer Fire Department which is always there for the community.

The Friends of Annie Davis’s Memorial Bench collection is being done in cooperation with the Orange Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and we still need to raise $800. This could have been accomplished, for example, by soliciting just $10 or less from each Santa’s Helper Family — not through the Auxiliary, but through the donation requests published in OL. 

The Friends of Annie Davis hosted a Fundraiser at the Orange Ale House on November 8, and we had about 43 wonderful raffle prizes, including an enormous gift basket from the Auxiliary, but ALL of the proceeds from that event went to Annie’s son, Michael, nothing else.

Last week, Yia Yia & Amelie, a home-based charity organization participated in a craft fair and donated 25% of their proceeds to the Bench Fund, but individual residents mailing donations have all but stopped since mid-December.

We are working on different ways to get the money so that we can dedicate the bench by spring as a continual reminder to the townspeople about just how wonderful and dedicated Annie was to this town.

Anyone who’d like to help us with the funding, please send a check made out to “Friends of Annie Davis” to Friends of Annie Davis, 131 Clark Street, Milford, CT 06460. Any denomination would be greatly appreciated.

We have a Friends of Annie Davis Bank Account at Bank of America where all monies collected for the bench are being deposited.

 

Santa’s Helper 2019: Making Elf Mama Proud This Weekend

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Dec 102019
 

Please be advised, Santa’s Helper 2019 has a NEW DATE!!! Saturday, December 14, 2019, Santa will arrive between 2:00 and 8:00 P.M.

Our Santa Teams at the Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary are busy getting ready for our 25th year of delivering gifts, smiles, and fun to dozens of families in Orange.

Santa’s Helper is a wonderful, exciting and memorable fund-raising event with all of the proceeds going to the Orange Volunteer Fire Department for purchasing life-saving equipment.

Each year, our 6 Santa’s Helper Teams are excited to visit and deliver gifts, take photos and help make lasting memories and traditions for every family.  Children and adults alike look forward with excited anticipation to seeing the fire trucks with lights and sirens coming down their street to their front door, with Santa leading the way!

FYI

 

GIFT RULES AND INFORMATION:

Gift drop off has already taken place, so get ready for delivery day!

There is a small fee of $19.00 per gift/recipient. Each gift must be INDIVIDUALLY wrapped in your favorite holiday paper with an overwrap of plain brown paper. The name and delivery address of the recipient must be clearly printed on the outside of each gift. 

Santa has a lot of gifts to deliver, so please, no gifts too large or too heavy, Santa appreciates that. We encourage you to try to have all the gifts for your visit with you on Gift Drop-Off day. Please contact us for special directions if you have a large party or a large number of gifts.

 

We hope to make our Elf Mama proud this year, and most importantly, the show will go on.

Sincerely, the OVFD Auxiliary

Donations Sought To Purchase Memorial Bench For Annie “Elf Mama” Davis

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Nov 262019
 

A file photo from a Santa’s Helper visit. Little Cindy Lou Who is probably 15 years old now.

Annie “Elf Mama” Davis was a huge part of the Orange Community, For more than 20 years, she took the reigns of the OVFD Auxiliary’s Santa’s Helper program and helped bring joy to thousands of children and families across town.

While at home with her only son, Michael, on Monday, Sept. 23, Annie wasn’t feeling well and she passed out. Michael called 911 and his mom passed away at the hospital after having a heart attack.

The friends of Annie Davis would like to purchase a memorial bench for the Orange Fairgrounds with Annie’s name on it so she will never be forgotten.

The cost of the bench, with an engraved plaque and installation, is $1,500 and we need your help to make our goal.

Cookies and an Ornament

Annie’s Chocolate Chip Cookies were legendary around town. We are selling copies of the recipe, along with a chocolate chip cookie ornament for $3. All proceeds go toward the bench purchase. Contact Terri at orangectlive01@gmail.com if you are interested.

You may mail monetary donations to Friends of Annie Davis, 131 Clark Street, Milford, CT 06460.

We have a short term designated bank account for this cause, with none of the regular fees for a couple of months. But $1,500 is a lot of money and even as the checks are deposited as they come in, we are hoping for a lot of community support to get Annie this bench.

We’d come closer to seeing it come to fruition if all the families that participated in the Santa’s Helper event over the years sent in a little something as a thank you to Annie for her dedication to you and the program.

Make out checks to “Friends of Annie Davis,” and mail to Friends of Annie Davis, 131 Clark Street, Milford, CT 06460.

THANK YOU if you already have donated!

Thank You For Remembering Annie Davis With Us

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Nov 142019
 

The “Friends of Annie Davis” (Lisa Hartshorn, Ken Lyke, Sue Smith, Marissa Russo, and Terri Miles) thank everyone who came out to Friday night’s fundraiser in honor of Annie “Elf Mama” Davis. We hope you all enjoyed yourselves.

We’d like to thank all of the local businesses and town offices, and individuals that contributed with generous gift baskets, gift certificates and other items that we gave away as raffle prizes:

Trader Joe’s, First Selectman Jim Zeoli, Chowder Pot, Eli’s, VideoLab, Chip’s Restaurant, Knight’s, Beachside Nutrition, Orange CERT, Cherilyn Miles, Amelie Choiniere, Zoey Girl, The Russo Family, Yia Yia & Amelie, Toni Sowitcky, Subway Corporate Headquarters, 221 Post Salon, Coromandel, Georgina’s Hair Studio, Two Guys, OVFD Auxiliary, Cork and Barrel of Hamden. Mr. Kold Kuts, Ken.

We also want to acknowledge the following people who made monetary donations: Orange Police Department, Orange Fire Marshal’s Office, and Orange Community Services Department.

In addition, thank you to the Orange Ale House for providing us with a wonderful buffet and a large, clean venue for this event. Your staff is the best.

Also, Cherilyn, Toni, Marie and, of course, Mary and Amelie for your tireless help all evening. We couldn’t have done it so seamlessly without you. Special thanks to Nick Bencivengo for your help.

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t Forget Santa’s Helper Gift Drop Off Saturday, Nov. 23 Starting At 9 a.m.

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Nov 072019
 

Here’s a file photo from the 2012 drop off.

GIFT DROP-OFF DAY FOR SANTA’S HELPER IS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2019, 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. at Fire Station #2, 355 Boston Post Road (Across from TGI Fridays).  We ask that the general public arrive no earlier than 30 minutes prior to start time.  You will have a much shorter wait in line by following these guidelines.

GIFT RULES AND INFORMATION:  

There is a small fee of $19.00 per gift/recipient. Each gift must be INDIVIDUALLY wrapped in your favorite holiday paper with an overwrap of plain brown paper. The name and delivery address of the recipient must be clearly printed on the outside of each gift. 

PLEASE try not to make the gift too large or too heavy, Santa appreciates that.  We do have a limit of 170 delivery spots/visits available.  We encourage you to try to have all the gifts for your visit with you on Gift Drop-Off day. (For families with a large party and many gifts, please e-mail OVFDSantasHelper@gmail.com for special instructions.)

Parking for Drop-Off day is in the rear of the Fire Station.  Firefighters will be there to assist you.  The Drop-Off Line is located INSIDE the Fire Station. Use the rear door marked ENTER.

 

Oktoberfest Fundraiser On Saturday Oct. 26

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Oct 182019
 

The Orange Republicans will host an Oktoberfest in support of Incumbent First Selectman Candidate Jim Zeoli, at the home of Ron and Laurie Ruotolo, 55 Rolling Ridge Road, Orange, on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 6-10 p.m.

The event promises to be fun with music, games, and entertainment.

Beer, wine, soda, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and coffee will be served.

Pull your lederhosen out of storage and come dressed for Oktoberfest and you may win a prize for best costume.

Tickets are $100 each.

Make Checks Payable to Friends of Zeoli, and mail to ORTC, PO Box 632, Orange, CT 06477 or purchase tickets online at ORTC.online.

Lions Comedy Night Set For Oct. 19 — Did You Get Your Tickets Yet?

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Oct 172019
 

Come share a laugh at the Orange Lions Club’s annual Comedy Night with three outstanding stand-up comedians on Saturday, Oct. 19.

The event will take place at the social hall at St. Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road, Orange. Doors open at 7 p.m., Show starts at 8 p.m.

Bring your own snacks and refreshments (set-ups provided)

Tickets are $35, available from any Lions Club member, onlineor call 203-795-3906

This event benefits the Lions Club Charities.