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Chamber Seeks Road Race Volunteers

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Jan 182017
 

The Orange Chamber of Commerce is looking for volunteers for its annual Cohen & Wolf Cinco K de Mayo road race.

Committee members to help with the planning along with before, during and after volunteers — Parking, registration, set-up and take down are needed.

All levels of sponsors — banners, road signs, T-shirts, vendors, items for goodie bags — also are needed to make the event a success.

If you can help in any way, call the Chamber office at 203-795-3328 or e-mail director@orangectchamber

 

Orange Lions Plan A Spring Tasting

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Jan 182017
 

The Orange Lions Club will host its Spring Tasting at St. Barbara Greek Church Hall, 480 Racebrook Road, on Friday, March 24 from 7 to 10 p.m.

The Wine and Liquor Outlet will provide fine wines, craft beers and bourbon for the event.

This spring wine tasting will include hors d’oeuvres, desserts and raffles.

Tickets are $35 per person and are available from any Orange Lions Club member, at the Wine and Liquor Outlet, 528 Boston Post Road, or by calling 203-795-3906 or 203-795-0134.

Proceeds will benefit local Orange Lions charities.

“Bubblemania” Is Coming to Town: The Most Fun You Will Have In 2017

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Jan 162017
 

Orange Community Women (OCW) invites you to see “Casey Carle’s BubbleMania” at High Plains Community Center, on Saturday, January 28 at 3 p.m. 

BubbleMania is a highly- acclaimed show combining the science of bubbles with theatrical showmanship and comedy.   Its website describes the show as an “extremely unique program combining high energy entertainment with artistic achievement.  

BubbleMania is loaded with visual comedy, quick wit, big band swing music and the untamed, often unbelievable qualities and beauty of spherical liquids.”  This will be a wonderful community event and lots of fun for all ages.

Hurry! Tickets are $5 in advance before Sunday, January 15 or $7 at the door.  Contact Michelle Bailey for tickets at fbailey1@optonline.net or any OCW member. 

Publicity Chairman Laura Griest said, “Orange Community Women is a chapter of Connecticut Junior Women, Inc.  We seek to unite the women of Orange and surrounding areas by participating in community service and providing enrichment, leadership and social interaction.  Our projects include awarding scholarships to Amity students, donating children’s books to the library, collecting for veterans, organizing activities for the Tracy Bunch (a group of special needs adults sponsored by Orange Community Services), visiting and working with the seniors at Silverbrook, donating holiday food baskets and gift cards to Orange Community Services and partnerships with Days for Girls, Manes and Motions Therapeutic Riding Center and Female Soldiers/Forgotten Heroes. Proceeds from this fundraiser support projects such as these.”

For more information on Orange Community Women, contact Donna Wesolowski, 203-799-3519.

Help Send The CT Crushers to Cooperstown

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Jan 162017
 

Cimg_67031hip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, will host a Breakfast For Dinner fundraiser for the CT Crushers Baseball Team.
The event will take place from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017.
For a $10 donation, you get two eggs, two buttermilk pancakes, two pieces of bacon or sausage and coffee or tea.
All proceeds will go to the Crushers for their highly anticipated trip to Cooperstown Dreams Park.
There are four seatings, 4:30-5:30 p.m.; 5:30-6:30 p.m.; 6:30-7:30 p.m.; and 7:30-8:30 p.m.
The cost for this once-in-a-lifetime experience is about $20,000 per team, and that’s just for the boys. Accompanying parents pay their own way for hotel, food, etc and the boys stay in the Cooperstown barracks.
If you need tickets, please leave a comment on our Facebook Page stating how many you would like and the preferred time slot and someone with tickets may be able to accommodate your request.
The Crushers would like to thank Dina and George from Chip’s in advance for their generosity.

See What The Orange Lions Do For Your Eyesight

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Jan 122017
 

Members of the Orange Lions Club recently completed eye screenings for nearly 200 children at Mary L. Tracy School using state of the art camera equipment, and working with Orange School Nursing Director Amy Wargo,

The SCOPE PediaVisionScreener is able to identify vision issues in children aged 2 – 6. By simply taking a picture of a child’s eye in low light from a four foot distance, the Vision Screener measures visual acuity (near – or – far sightedness, “lazy eye,” astigmatism, detached retina, corneal deformity and other potentially serious eye issues. If treated by an eye doctor, these issues can be corrected or cured early to keep vision problems from interfering with education.

In October, the Orange Lions completed eye screenings at several local pre-schools.

 

Taste of The Past: Harriet Tubman

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Jan 092017
 

The Orange Historical Society will present its annual Taste of the Past event at the Orange Congregational Church starring “Harriet Tubman” on Saturday, April 8 from 1-3:30 p.m.

Join the OHS for homemade hearty soups, breads and desserts followed by the performance by Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti as Harriet Tubman, an American hero who was born enslaved, liberated herself, and returned to the area of her birth many times to lead other slaves to freedom. 

Get your reservations in early as seating is limited.

For information call 203 795-3106.

Middle School Students Give To Veterans

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Jan 052017
 

This holiday season Amity Middle School in Orange banded together to say “thank you” to veterans as part of the school’s character building program.  The students, staff, and families sent in various items that were put into stockings and delivered to the V.A. Hospital in West Haven.

Janine Arents, a seventh grade science teacher at Amity Middle School in Orange, has run this drive every year since its beginning in collaboration with the community group, SoHuNewHaven.org.

This year was the first year that Miss Arents and a dedicated group of Team X students collected, organized, filled, and delivered the stockings to the VA Hospital in West Haven right before Christmas.

This year was the most successful yet with the students, families, and staff of Amity Middle School in Orange donating more than 1,500 items that went into 50 stockings!  The outpouring of support from the school community was uplifting to all involved.

These stockings helped make many veterans’ holiday seasons better.  The stockings from Amity Middle School in Orange, combined with the stockings from SoHuNewHaven.org, resulted in over 358 stockings being filled with donations!

Miss Arents would like to thank the students, families, and staff at Amity Middle School in Orange, Lisa Siedlarz, Vittoria Fielosh, and the VA in West Haven for all of their generous support for this worthwhile community endeavor.

Trumbull Man Wins His Third Chilly Chili Run 5K

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Jan 022017
 

 

Race winner Calvin Park makes his way up the hill on Meetinghouse Lane

The Annual New Year’s Day Chilly Chili Run attracted a large crowd to Orange on Sunday morning. A total of 508 registered and 479 finished the race.

Once again, Town Employees, Elderly Outreach Agent Denise Stein and First Selectman’s Administrative Assistant Mary Shaw competed.

Runners, walkers, strollers and a couple of pooches participated and did their best to complete the race, which supports the Amity Teen Center.

Wearing bib #1, the overall winner was Calvin Park, 21, of Trumbull, who finished the race 16:07. He improved his time by :23 seconds over last year’s win.

This is Park’s third win in this race. In 2014, at the age of 18, he ran it in 16:43.36.

Orange resident Timothy Cannata, 19, an Amity Grad and former track “star” came in second at 16:31 , followed by 22-year-old Orange resident Dan McCabe at 16:57.

The first female finisher was Blanca Lucero, 39, of New York at 20:12, followed by Chelsea Krombel, 29, of Wallingford at 20:59, and in third place, Milford resident Colleen Beirne, 47, at 21:18.

The oldest male runner in the race was Herman Bershtein, 91, of Hamden, who crossed the finish line at 1:01:12

The oldest female runner was Betty Holroyd, 90, of Wallingford, who finished at 53:27.

The results are now posted on Hi Tek Racing’s website.

 

(more photos to come)

 

Get Ready For The Chilly Chili Run, Early Packet Pick Up and Registration Today (Dec. 30)

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Dec 292016
 

Sunday’s weather is supposed to be dry and pretty comfortable, so why not start off the New Year with a 5k Road Race?

Organizers from the New Year’s Day Chilly Chili Run will have Early Packet Pickup and Late Chilly Chili Run Registration at the High Plains Community Center lobby today, Friday, December 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Fees are as follows: $27.00 for runners; $15.00 runners 12 and under; $15.00 for the 2 mile fitness walk.

For more information, e-mail Jane Opper at chillychilirun@hotmail.com or call 203-795-9351.

Chilly Chili Run 2017 — Did You Register?

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Dec 292016
 

Dennis Marsh and Denise Stein during the 2016 Chilly Chili Run

Dennis Marsh and Denise Stein during the 2016 Chilly Chili Run

Come and celebrate New Year’s Day in Orange at the 20th Anniversary “Chilly Chili Run” to benefit the Amity Teen Center. The 5K (3.1 miles) Run and 2-Mile Fitness Walk will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the High Plains Community Center on Orange Center Road.

All participants will be treated to a “hot chili brunch” after the Race. Trophies by CUSTOM ENGRAVING of Branford will be given to the first overall finishers (male and female) and to the top three finishers (male and female) in each age division.

The Chilly Chili Run is also known as the Showcase for 90- year- old Legends who Run, Compete, Inspire! In 2011 we were the first official 5K Race in the United States to have three 90+ year old runners compete and finish the Race.

This year one of our regular female runners, who lives in Wallingford, has turned 90 and she will be running along with her daughter and her two granddaughters. Two gentlemen who are 90+ years will also be running. They are all such an inspiration to everyone!

Once again, the Honorary Chairman will be Jim Zeoli. Last year’s race had over 500 participants and our long sleeve t-shirt was voted the favorite among Connecticut Runners.

Race Day registration begins at 8:00 in the gym and the Race will begin at 10:30 a.m.

As always the event will feature live entertainment provided by a DJ.

All of the proceeds will go to the Amity Teen Center, a 501 c 3 organizations that was formed in 1987.

The Teen Center is located at 10 Selden Street in Woodbridge.

For any questions about the race, please call Race Director, Joe Riccio, at (203) 481-7453 or Race Coordinator, Jane Opper, at (203) 795-9351.

ENTRY INFORMATION

5K RACE

 $27.00 Race Day (12 & Under $15)

FITNESS WALK

$15.00 Race Day

NOTE: Online Registration was available until midnight Tuesday December 20th