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How Cute!

How Cute!

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will host its annual Christmas Bake Sale at Treat Farm, 361 Old Tavern Road, Orange, on Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The fresh, home baked goodies include pies, brownies, cookies, cupcakes, fudge and cookie bars.

If you’ve come to the sale in the past, you know that the Auxiliary women are among the best bakers in town. There is always something for everyone.

Hot chocolate and hot apple cider also will be available.

All proceeds benefit the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

Originally Published on: Oct 31, 2014 @ 19:17

Nov 232014

Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 9.19.39 PMThe Rotary Club of Orange welcomes everyone to register and participate in its second annual Thanksgiving Day 5K and 2 mile walk.

This is a way for you to get out in the fresh air and exercise while helping the Rotary Club in this important fundraising event. 100% of the proceeds will be used to provide charitable services and humanitarian support in the town of Orange.

The 5K Race steps off Thursday Nov 27 at 8 a.m. Registration fee is $20.

The 2 mile walk also begins at 8 a.m. Registration fee is $10.

The first 500 registrants will receive a Dri-FIT running shirt.  Sign up HERE to reserve yours.

Originally Published on: Nov 4, 2014 @ 0:09 

Second Publishing on: Nov 16, 2014 @ 0:09

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Jeremy SaxeYou can make a difference this Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) in honor of Amity Grad Jeremy Saxe, who dedicated his life to giving to others.

The traditional Jeremy Saxe volleyball tournament will take place at the Connecticut Sports Center, 21 South Bradley Road, Woodbridge, Friday, Nov.28, 2-8 p.m.

In addition to the volleyball there will be an expanded marketplace with local artisans offering fine clothing, jewelry, art, home goods, plus handmade woolens and ornaments from artisans in Nepal.

Due to the tremendous turnout in past years, the tournament has been moved from Amity High School to CT Sports Center, which allows more playing time for teams and a refreshment area offering food, beer and wine to enjoy.

The Jeremy Saxe Volleyball Tournament, established in November 2008 by Amity volleyball players, honors Amity Alum Jeremy Saxe who tragically lost his life due to an undiagnosed heart condition.

The Late Jeremy Saxe

The Late Jeremy Saxe

All proceeds support Jiwanko Saathiharu: Jeremy Saxe Foundation for Education and Development, Inc., an independent social development organization with 501 (c)3 tax exempt status formed by Jeremy’s friends, colleagues and family members.  The Foundation funded Clara’s Childcare Center in the village of Pharping, Nepal.

The tournament

The tournament is a Sixes Coed. Please sign up as a team of at least 6 (at least two girls per team) or sign up as a single ($15/player) and get placed on a team. The first 100 players signed up will receive an event t-shirt!

Players should submit their names individually (to be added to teams) or their team rosters by email ([email protected]) or at the Facebook Event page (“Jeremy Saxe Volleyball Tournament with Holiday Artisan Marketplace”).

This is a community event and all are welcome and encouraged to attend.

 What the funding is for

The childcare center furthers the Foundation’s development objectives by improving outreach for the women’s literacy program and providing quality care, school readiness, and Montessori early education to the children. Clara’s Childcare Center empowers women of the Village of Pharping by providing care for their young children while they attend the Women’s Community Literacy School.

Clara’s Childcare Center has served as a model that has now been replicated in the surrounding villages, multiplying the impact of donors on the lives of these families, especially the children!

These children will then have a strong start when they attend the Foundation’s planned project: Jiwanko Saathiharu Sikshyalaya (“Friends of Life/Friends of Jeremy Place of Learning”). Jiwanko Saathiharu Sikshyalaya is planned as a community-based “School for Future Leaders.” The school will be open to all castes and ethnic groups providing American style education and emphasizing critical thinking and analysis with rigorous academics. The school will promote good global citizenship while fostering a love of Nepal that encourages students to build a better future for Nepal

You can view a video thank you from their Nepali partners, ASC and the children of the village of Pharping, Nepal at JiwankoSaathiharu’s Channel – YouTube

In the spring of his junior year he studied abroad in Nepal where he fell in love with the country and its people and committed his future to international development. While in Nepal, Jeremy was given the Nepali name, Jiwan, which means “life” and Jiwanko Saathiharu translates to “Friends of Jeremy/Friends of Life.”

It is the hope of the Foundation that the lives of its donors and volunteers will be touched as deeply as the lives of its recipients when they witness their investment coming to fruition, making our world a better place.

Local sponsors
The tournament committee thanks this year’s very generous sponsors: Amity Auto Repair, Anderson Automotive, Cigar and More, Dr. Robert Rauch the Gentle Dentist, Jamba Juice, Orange Fence & Supply Co., Racebrook Wine & Liquor, Saxe, Doernberger & Vita, P.C., Sponge Brothers, Ted’s Cleaners, Webster Bank and Winkle Bus.

To sign up, volunteer, or for more information, e-mail: [email protected] or [email protected]. Contributions can be mailed to Jeremy Saxe Foundation c/o SDV 1952 Whitney Avenue Hamden, CT 06517.

Nov 232014

Amity Pop Warner Cheerleaders

Amity Pop Warner Cheerleaders

The Amity Pop Warner Pee Wee Cheerleaders have been practicing hard since Aug. 1, and their hard work paid off when they came in First Place on Saturday, Nov. 15 at the New England Region Pop Warner Cheer and Dance Championship in the Pee Wee M1 category.

The Pee Wee team is composed of 20 girls, aged 9-12, from Bethany, Orange and Woodbridge.
During August they practice 4 or 5 nights a week, and once school starts they practice three times a week and cheer at Pop Warner football games on Sunday. Their quest to go to the National Championships began in October, when they competed at- and won- the Southern Connecticut Pop Warner Championships. This allowed them to compete at the Regional Championships where again they came in first.
The final stop on the road is the National Championships. They will be competing on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at Walt Disney World in Orlando along with 400+ other cheer teams.
Amity Pop Warner last won a National Trophy in 2010 and they are hoping to bring another trophy back home this year!
Pop Warner emphasizes scholastic achievement and the girls must maintain a good academic record to be allowed to participate in the program.   But, even though they are busy with school work and practice, they are spending a lot of time fundraising.
Help Support The Team
Keep an eye out for these athletes as they will be out and about, holding bake sales and shaking the can at various locations. Or, visit http://www.gofundme.com/fk2a40 and make a donation today.
The first fundraiser takes place tonight at Woodbridge Social, 12 Selden Street, Woodbridge from 5:30 to 8 p.m.  A portion of proceeds will be donated to Amity Cheer.
Another fundraiser will be on Thanksgiving Day at High Plains Community Center.  The girls will set up a table for a bake sale at 7 a.m., until the Orange Rotary Turkey Trot Race/Walk ends. Amity Cheer will have many bake goods that runners and spectators can bring back home for dessert.

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basketbrigadesmpictureSeveral years ago, Orange resident Glen Ketchian introduced me to a wonderful program in which he’d been involved for 15 years.

The CT Thanksgiving Basket Brigade provides families in need in the Greater New Haven area with a laundry basket full of all the essentials needed for a full Thanksgiving meal.

Each year teams of hundreds of volunteers gather at two locations, Champ Direct Printing & Mailing, 75 Cascade Boulevard, Milford (just over the Orange border), and another building in Trumbull.

Dr. John Sottery continues to be in charge of the event which takes place next Saturday.

Screen-shot-2012-11-16-at-9.58.03-PM-300x124The organizers expect to deliver 600 food baskets between the two locations (Greater New Haven and Fairfield County areas).

Here is a link with all the information for this year’s Basket Brigade http://2014basketbrigade-milford.eventbrite.com (after you click on the link, scroll down the page and watch the youtube videos — it really brings you back to how good it makes you feel to give from the Heart)

The Basket Brigade will be on Saturday, Nov. 22 beginning at 9 a.m. and deliveries should be completed by 2 p.m.

If you would like to donate, help, or can drive a delivery vehicle sign up at the link posted above. (Yes, you really will feel good.)

Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops, High School Students looking for community service credits and anyone else who would just like to feel great by helping others for a day should consider coming out.

 Originally Published on Nov. 16 at 11:37

Nov 212014

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.

Originally Published on: Oct 16, 2014 @ 14:07

Second publishing on: Nov 10, 2014 @ 10:07

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(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:


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 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!


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. 


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

Second Publishing on: Oct 29, 2014 @ 17:00

Third publishing: Published on: Nov 19, 2014 @ 16:00

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FB sky Ronnie nwThe Vece Family is getting together in honor of their angel Ronnie and to help raise money for the annual Ronnie Vece Scholarship Fund, at the Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, Saturday, Nov. 22 from 4-10 p.m.

The family will be raising college scholarship money for the best senior defensive lineman on the Amity High School football team.

“Ronnie was an amazing person and an awesome athlete who made such a huge impact on everyone he met,” said his mother, Claudia Wolf. “We will never forget him so let’s celebrate his memory with family and friends, food, live music, prizes, raffles and a good time.”

Everyone is welcome. $20 will be charged at the door and $10 for people under 18. There will be food and the first beer on the house for “legal aged” guests.

T-shirts will be available again if you didn’t get one last year.

About Ronnie

A former Amity Football player, 2006 Amity Grad, Ronnie Vece, 24, was killed in a motorcycle collision in West Haven on July 13, 2013.

He was a 2006 Amity High School graduate and a star football player; he attended Milford Academy Prep School of South Berlin, NY and Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts where he played football and his team was Division Champions for three years and he later attended SCSU.

Ronnie enjoyed playing his guitar, boating, hunting and fishing; he was truly an outdoor action figure, according to his family.

Originally Published on: Nov 17, 2014 @ 11:27

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Nov 192014

10420269_788384624560806_1464574215635320182_nMaterial Girls Boutique, 463 Boston Post Road, will host a Holiday Sip & Shop to Kick off our Annual Toy Drive to support the Yale Children’s Hospital Toy Closet on Thursday, Nov. 20 from 6-9:30 p.m.

Sip, Shop, & Save during a fun filled Girl’s Night Out. Bring your new, unwrapped non-plush toy donation(s) and enjoy the festivities.
The event includes drinks, deals, raffles, giveaways, and more.
Material Girls will have cupcakes from Sweet Cupcasions, winner of Cupcake Wars.
Bring your friends for this fun event. Let them help you find the perfect gifts, or something for yourself.
They will be gift wrapping too.

Nov 192014

2035225933_VolunteersFeedMySheep_xlargeThe Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen now needs volunteers April 2015 through August 2015.

Congregation Or Shalom volunteers the first Sunday of every month from 4:15-6 p.m. at 311 Temple Street, New Haven.

Interested in helping? It’s easy, there is no cost, no food preparation, just your presence. People helping people.

The Soup Kitchen feeds more than 300 people daily with only 3 paid staff and hundreds of volunteers.

For more information or to volunteer, e-mail Nancy Kline at [email protected]