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

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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.

Oct 172014

Comedy And Tragedy Masks (10)The Orange Players Anniversary Gala will take place on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at The American Legion Hall,  630 Grassy Hill Road, Orange.  The Gala is a celebration of 40 years of performances, and rumored to be the second oldest continually performing community theater in the state of CT.

The evening will feature hors d’oeuvres and dinner by Chefs a l’Orange. Ice and glasses will be provided; the event will be BYOB. Raffles, door prizes and a musical revue highlighting past Orange Players shows will be part of the celebration.

Tickets are $40 and checks should be sent to Joan Stenner, 205 Wilson Road, Orange, CT or Margaret Meisenhelder, 77B East Broadway, Milford, 06460 

Founded in 1974, the first production mounted by the Orange Players was “Pajama Game,” presented at Mary L. Tracy School Auditorium. Other shows followed, including “Guys and Dolls”, “Diary of Anne Frank”,“The Music Man”, “The Man Who Came to Dinner’, “The King and I”, “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Whose Life Is It, Anyway”, “Plaza Suite”, “Brighton Beach Memoirs, “The Odd Couple”, Rumors”, “I Love You, You’re Perfect—Now Change!”, “Carousel,”  “Harvey” and “The Sound of Music,” among  many others.

The group has shown its community involvement by  performing many cabarets for community groups and also community fundraisers, including ones for the Library, The Garden Club’s sprinkler system on the Green, the now–departed Tot Lot by the library, Orange Board of Ed’s Schools for the 21st Century, a Chernobyl victim, a local family after a devastating fire.

The Players presented an original musical for children, “Oh, My Stars!” for the Orange Seisquicentennial Celebration. To help support young people interested in pursuing the study of theater arts, the Jerome Honig Scholarship is presented annually to a graduating  Amity High School student.

Performances have been given in several venues, including Mary L. Tracy School, Amity High School, Dodd’s Hall at UNH, the Paugussett Club, the JCC, the Case Memorial Library and churches and synagogues throughout our area.

Workshops that are open to the public as well as members have been held in various areas such as acting, vocal performance, dance, audition preparation, improvisation, set construction, scene painting, stage lighting, and stage make-up, etc

The Orange Players always welcomes new members. All levels of experience ( or even no level of experience) are appropriate. On-stage or off-stage, wherever you want to be—it’s up to you! Check out their web-site at orangeplayers.net

Everyone is invited to join the Players for the 40th Anniversary Gala, celebrating with friends, memories, fun, laughter and music.

Originally Published on: Oct 6, 2014 @ 0:16

Oct 162014

fraser3Cub Scout Pack 922, chartered by the Orange Volunteer Fire Department, is hosting its 3rd annual holiday wreath sale event. Pack 922 will have the wreaths on display and available for on-site purchase at the Orange Volunteer Fire Station #2, 355 Boston Post Road, Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Pack also will be taking pre-orders and delivering the wreaths starting Nov. 22. if you are unable to attend this event on-site. If you would like to pre-order a holiday wreath, please contact Pack 922 at 203-298-0818 or e-mail: [email protected]

The event is open to the public. The wreaths measure in size from about 22-24.” The wreaths are available either decorated (with a bow and pine cones) or undecorated.  The cost is $20.00 per wreath for either option. Pack 922 is working with a local supplier in CT, keeping the business in our home state!

All proceeds from the wreath sales will benefit Cub Scout Pack 922 to help fund scouting events, scouting awards, community projects, and much more!

Cub Scout Pack 922 meets once per month as a pack and has several fun and exciting activities planned for the pack each and every year.

If your son is interested in joining Cub Scouts (grades 1 through 5), you can visit Pack 922′s website at www.OrangeCTscouting.com for additional information and/or to e-mail the Cubmaster, Jeff Cap.

Oct 092014

Andrew Eldredge

Andrew Eldredge

Amity graduate Andrew Eldredge was in a pedestrian accident with a motorcycle in New York City early on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Currently, he’s recovering from multiple injuries including traumatic brain injury and is in the Neurological ICU at New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Hospital in Manhattan.

Family and friends have set up a fundraising page to help raise money for his medical bills.

Since he was injured, Andrew has been unconscious, but we have faith that he is aware of the constant vigil kept by his parents Stacey and David Eldredge, sisters Lindsay and Maddy Eldredge, girlfriend Jess Halpern, extended family, friends from all corners of the world, and the professionals at New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Hospital. 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.

Andrew is well-known for his zest for life (and sense of fun), his intellectual curiosity, his speaking/debating prowess, and his humility.  If he could speak now, he would surely express gratitude and be humbled by all the love and support that he has received. Those who know him have always been curious to see how Andrew’s many skills and personal strengths will come together in his life’s work.  Despite this terrible injury, we have no doubt that Andrew will continue on his path, making the world a bit better for all of us along the way.

Andrew was in the process of interviewing for several summer associate positions/post-graduate jobs with law firms in Boston, New York, and Washington, DC when he was injured. He was also enjoying time with friends before heading to Boston to begin his studies at Harvard Law School. Andrew grew up in Woodbridge, Connecticut, 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. It’s exciting to hear of the several internship/job offers Andrew received before his injury and heartening to hear that many of these offers are being kept open until he is fully recovered.

The Eldredges’ extended family and friends would appreciate any support that you can provide to help Andrew through all the phases of his recovery. We hope to reach half of the fundraising goal by November 14, Andrew’s 25th birthday (more than $4,000 has been raised independent of this website by friends in Andrew’s hometown of Woodbridge).

Oct 082014

Trained screeners, Lions Arlene Consiglio (seated), Marianne Miller and Betty Hadlock

Trained screeners, Lions Arlene Consiglio (seated), Marianne Miller and Betty Hadlock

Several Orange Lions Club members have been busy all week performing free eye screenings at the nursery schools around town in a continuing effort to eradicate blindness and low vision as early as possible.  Lions Club members who received training are utilizing an innovative computer visual screening system, the Welch Allyn Pediavision SPOT camera.

The SPOT screening system provides an early, valid detection of amblyopia in children, as well as all common visual deficiencies, such as near- and far-sightedness, astigmatism and “lazy” eye.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends photoscreening in a series of age- appropriate screenings during a child’s first decade.  If any visual deficiency is detected the children’s parents are alerted and receive a written screening report to take to their healthcare professional for follow up.

Studies have shown that 80% of all learning occurs visually.  That is one reason why it is so important that visual impediments be discovered and corrected early in childhood, so that each child can attain his or her full educational potential.  The Orange Lions Club is proud to participate in this effort, and to provide such a service free of charge to the community.

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service organization, with more than 1.3 million members in over 200 countries around the world.  Its special mission is to aid in blindness prevention and services to the sight-disabled, as well as to serve many other humanitarian needs.  Its motto is “WE SERVE.” The Orange Lions Club has more than 50 members, and meets twice monthly at Chips Family Restaurant.  For more information visit the Club’s website at www.orangectlions.org or contact Club President Ken Lenz at  203-641-3843.