Sep 292014

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.

Sep 282014

Screen Shot 2014-09-28 at 8.36.54 PMJoin the Iassogna family and members of Team Possible at the Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, for the Light the Night Leukemia & Lymphoma Society fundraiser on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 5-8 p.m.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door (includes buffet).

The event will feature a silent auction and raffle.

The Orange Ale House is donating all the food. Raffle prizes are donated by local residents and businesses.

100% of the proceeds go to Team Possible Light the Night and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

For more information or to purchase tickets call Karen or Mike Iassogna at 203-799-6633.


Sep 232014

Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 10.36.46 AMOrange Community Women celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Orange Country Fair.

Purchase your own collectible stoneware pie plate handcrafted in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Don’t miss this opportunity, the first run is sold out.

Each piece of stoneware pottery is handcrafted using traditional 18th century methods.

Every piece is custom made, start to finish. Pie plates are ten inches and fully functional.

ocf pie plate(Actual plowman and lettering will be in dark blue.) $30.00 per plate. Place your order by Tuesday, Sept. 30.

Or order a plate by emailing [email protected] or calling 203-627-2022.

Ordered plates will be delivered at no charge within the Orange area.

Orange Community Women is a chapter of Connecticut Junior Women, Inc.

Proceeds will go to supporting various projects within the community.

Sep 232014

An aerial view of the Amity Teen Center at 10 Selden St., Woodbridge.

An aerial view of the Amity Teen Center at 10 Selden St., Woodbridge.

Following is a press release from the Amity Teen Center:

The Amity Teen Center, Inc. (ATC) is a 501 (c ) (3) nonprofit organization established in 1987 to provide a safe environment for area teenagers after school and on weekends.  The ATC purchased and renovated a building at 10 Selden Street in Woodbridge, which opened in 2006 for its activities. 

Energy costs have steadily risen and have reduced funds available for operations.  Therefore, the ATC has applied for funding under the Neighborhood Assistance Act for its Energy Conservation Program.  We are seeking sponsors to help fund new solar panels and other energy efficient improvements.


For further information please call Linda Cohen at (203) 980-3409 or Barry Vine at (203) 982-3414.

Sep 222014

Park & Rec's Chris Small takes one or the team.

Park & Rec’s Chris Small takes one or the team.

In case you missed the Community Ice Bucket Challenge at the Orange Country Fair on Saturday, here is a VIDEO of (most of) the event that Mike Muttit videotaped for Orange Live while I took photos.

One by one, starting with Orange Volunteer Firefighters Cristin and Logan, people stepped up to have a bucket of ice water dumped on his or her head in front of the gazebo.

While this was going on, two young ladies walked around and collected money to be donated to Orange resident Mike Mizzone, the father of several children, who recently was diagnosed with ALS.

NOTE: Vin Marino, who spearheaded the fundraising effort said $1,278.92 was raised at the fair.  So Far, he’s taken in $4,100 in the past week since he began raising money, and an additional $1,500 has been pledged for the cause. 

“Thank you to everyone that participated,” Marino said. “If you would still like to send a donation, checks in any amount should be made payable to SOARING and mailed to 657 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT 06477.”

Cristen Lohrenz was the first to get the Ice water.

Cristen Lohrenz was the first to get the Ice water.

Sep 202014

ornamentMany people have asked First Selectman Jim Zeoli where he got the Orange Town seal Christmas tree ornaments on the tree in his office.

The ornaments are on sale this weekend at the fair for $10.00.

Price will increase after the fair. 

Sep 192014

Coyote has appeared on News 12 several times

Coyote has appeared on News 12 several times

The Raymour & Flanigan Furniture, 538 Boston Post Road will host a free “Adopt A Pet” event featuring food, entertainment, fun, and of course animals, on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The team from the Emergency Animal Response Service (EARS) will set up a special information and demonstration area with the theme of “Pet Preparedness” to coincide with September being National Preparedness Month.
Look for the EARS area where visitors can get an up-close look at the Animal Rescue Truck, equipment used on emergency responses, and take part in an animal first aid demonstration. You can also meet the EARS K9 “Coyote” and learn about the job of Search & Rescue dogs as well as other types of working dogs that assist in times of disaster.
Handouts on emergency pet preparedness starting in your own home also will be provided, and finally the team will be offering on-site microchipping for dogs. The cost of the microchip is $20.00 per pet, which is a one-time only cost adopt couponand includes lifetime registration in the PetLink International database as well as the “EARS Connecticut Rescue Registry,” an exclusive database created by EARS to help assist owners in our state during emergencies and disasters.

EARS is a nonprofit, all-volunteer, organization, designed for rapid-response to emergencies affecting animals and their owners. The team is based in Bethany, Connecticut, but responds to incidents throughout the state. With many team members locally-based, EARS has been very active in the Orange community, hosting events, presentations, and workshops for pet owners, as well taking part in town activities like the Orange Expo. One aspect that makes EARS such a unique team is their experience and training with all types of animals as well as emergency response situations. Team members are required to complete certified courses through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) which provide the knowledge needed to conduct animal response work side-by-side with local emergency services. Additionally EARS team members are certified in special “Technical Animal Rescue” aspects, which includes work with large animals such as horses, as well as animals needing specialized response knowledge.  


Originally Published on: Sep 16, 2014 @ 22:33



Sep 182014

Ritas-IceTeam Possible will host a Light The Night fundraiser tonight, Sept. 18, at Rita’s, 175 Boston Post Road, Milford, from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Team Possible of Orange participates in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Walk to raise money to help find a cure.

Stop in tonight and 15% of your purchase will be donated to Team Possible.

Help this great cause.

Sep 182014

Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 2.07.05 PMJason Moon and Nuvita Frozen Yogurt & Cafe, 35 Old Tavern Road, will host a live music event featuring SIX2MIDNIGHT, Thursday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m.

Jason will donate 10% of all proceeds from the evening to the BOW Relay For Life.

Today, in celebration of Autumn, Jason has brought back Pumpkin flavored yogurt — a seasonal favorite.

While you’re there, try one of Jason’s special Yospresso treats, a combination of NuVita’s famous yougurt drizzled with freshly brewed espresso. You won’t believe how good it is.

NuVita Yospresso

NuVita Yospresso

Originally Published on: Sep 15, 2014 @ 14:21

Sep 162014

Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 11.01.27 PMAmity Middle School Principal Kathi Fuller-Cutler released this fund-raising information today:

The first fundraising event of the year has begun. With the PTSO, we are selling KidStuff Coupon Savings Books. Homeroom teachers have passed out a Ziploc bag containing KidStuff books and directions, for each student to bring home. We are asking students to sell at least two books. The books sell for $25.00 and we make a 50% profit on each book.

If a student is enrolled in the band, strings or choir, the first book sold will go to the PTSO and the second book’s profit will go to the music department to be allocated towards the individual student’s cost of his or her spring trip.

This is one of the largest fundraisers of the year and we need your support.

The fundraiser will run from Sept. 15 to Sept. 26.