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Jul 312014
 

10568896_818998994785801_4801231508169601358_nLast year, Amity Swimmer (now team captain) Hannah Babbitz and her team raised $10,000 for St. Vincent’s Swim Across The Sound.

This year, Hannah and her teammates have raised the bar and set a goal of $14,000. As of 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, the team had already raised $9,016, but with the event just 4 days away, they still have a ways to go.

This young team consists of 14-17 year old swimmers (Hannah Babbitz, Zachary Babbitz, Madyson Barnick, Skyler Marini, Lydia Pokluda and Jillian Rice) who will swim relay style for the 15.5 mile course from Port Jefferson, LI to Captains Cove, Bridgeport.

All the money raised goes to Local Cancer Patients.

If you would like to donate to the SONOCO Swimming team, click HERE, or visit their page HERE.

For detailed information about Swim Across the Sound click HERE.

Here’s hoping for nice weather and jellyfish free waters.

Jul 302014
 

Isreal_60th_Dance_t479Kyra Shevis wanted to have a lemonade stand to help Israel, but her block doesn’t get enough traffic.  So instead, she decided to host a dance-a-thon at the Grill N’ Chill taking place at the JCC, 360 Amity Road, Woodbridge, from 5-8 p.m.

You will pay to participate dance.  All of the money raised will be donated to Israel. All donations accepted.

Kyra is a member of Congregation Or Shalom in Orange.

Jul 292014
 

Get your discount ride wristbands by NOON today!!!!

Get your discount ride wristbands by NOON today!!!!

UPDATE: The deadline for online purchases has passed. BUT the Fire Department has expanded the deadline to Wednesday, July 30 at NOON. You have a second chance, so Don’t procrastinate.

This is it! just a few hours left in which to purchase a discount ride wristband for the Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival. This opportunity ends at 12 p.m. Wednesday, July 30.

Prices vary depending on how many you buy. Click HERE for the wristband ordering page.

Tickets and wristbands are non-refundable, but if the weather forecast is accurate, the firefighters will have a beautiful weekend for the carny.

NOTE: children must be at least 3-feet tall to ride any ride.

You may pick up your wristbands at the rear of the main raffle booth across from the pavilion. A photo ID is required!!

Wristbands are good at the following days/times:

1) Thursday, 5-11 p.m.

2) Friday 5 p.m. to midnight

3) Saturday 12-5 p.m.

4) Saturday, 5 p.m. to midnight

5) Sunday, 12-5 p.m.

Jul 262014
 

golf-ball-reviewsThe American Legion Post 127 Orange Golf Tournament will take place at the Orange Hills Golf Course, 389 Racebrook Road on Monday August 18.

The cost is $100 per person which includes a continental breakfast, dinner, greens fees, cart , tournament prizes, bag of goodies and a raffle to follow.

It will be a scramble format with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.

Registration will start at 7:30.

Tee Sponsorships are available for $25.

For more details about playing or sponsoring the event, contact Rich Cenami at 203-795 4400 or e-mail [email protected].

 

Jul 242014
 

Orange Lions we serveThe Orange Lions Club held an installation ceremony on Wednesday, June 23, at the High Plains Community Center for its incoming club officers. Lion Ken Lenz was elected as the club president for 2014-2015. Lion Ken has been an active member of the Orange Lions Club for 12 years and said he is eager to assume the duties of Club President.

“Our Lions Club is strong and growing,” Lenz said. “I look forward to leading our many service projects and fundraisers, and continuing the Club’s commitment to serving Orange and the greater community.”

The other officers installed were: Lion Maria Sandillo as First Vice-president; Lion Nick Bencivengo as Second Vice President; Lion Fred Turner as Third Vice President; Lion Jeanne Consiglio as club treasurer and Lion Laurie Bouve as club secretary.

Since the club’s charter in 1952, its members have worked on a variety of service projects in the local community, the Easter Egg Hunt for children, Community Thanksgiving dinner, free eye screenings, and events for Orange youth and seniors.  They have also raised funds for a wide variety of local, national and international causes such as Wounded Warrior Project, Fidelco Guide Dogs, CT Radio Information Services for the Blind, college scholarships for Amity High School graduates, the Orange Library, Fire and Police Departments, the CT Lions Eye Research Foundation and annual Community Grants which have gone to local projects.

Lions Clubs are groups of men and women who identify those in need within their community and work together to serve them. The Orange Lions Club meets at 6:30 PM on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at Chips Family Restaurant in Orange.  Anyone interested in joining is welcome to attend!

For more information or to get involved with the Orange Lions Club, please contact Lion Joan Zorena, Membership Chair at 203-494-0248.  The Club will have a booth at the Orange Country Fair where more information about the Club will be distributed.

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service organization with 1.3 million members in 45,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions Clubs have prevented blindness, aided the visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community and youth service throughout the world. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit the Web site at www.lionsclubs.org.

Jul 222014
 

blood_drive-244x300-1The Red Cross announced YESTERDAY thru August 15  that we are in URGENT APPEAL.

The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give.

Donations through the Red Cross are down by about 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected.

The number of donors continues to decline and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks.

The Independence Day holiday falling on Friday reduced the number of blood drives scheduled in early July. Many sponsors did not host drives because people took vacations during the long weekend or the entire week.

In an average summer week, about 4,400 Red Cross blood drives are scheduled, compared to Independence Day week when 3,450 drives occurred.

The Red Cross expected more people would donate after the holiday weekend ended, but donations did not significantly increase

 

There will be blood drives in the following Orange locations: 

Congregation Or Shalom

205 Old Grassy Hill Road

Wed July 23rd

1-6:15

 

Bertucci’s

550 Boston Post Road

Monday Aug 4th

11:30-4:30

 

To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS ~ 1-800-733-2767

Or visit online at Redcrossblood.org

Jul 182014
 

9691036806_43a2bfa221-734636St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road, will host its 34th annual Odyssey Greek Festival, Labor Day Weekend, Aug 29, 30, 31, Sep 1, 2014

The grounds will be open from 12 to 10 PM Friday, Saturday and Sunday and 12 to 8 p.m. on Labor Day (Monday)

Parking and admission are always free.

The event goes on rain or shine, let’s hope for dry sunny days.

This is the best time of year to get your fill of St. Barbara’s excellent home made Greek delicacies, Greek Dancing and music.

Orange Live will have more information as the event draws nearer.

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MEZE PLATTER

[Keftethes (Greek meatballs), Dolmathes (stuffed grape leaves), Loukaniko (Greek sausage), feta cheese, olives, tomatoes, cucumber, spanakopita and tiropita]

Jul 152014
 

For as far back as longtime residents can remember, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department has mailed raffle ticket booklets to every home in town  a couple of months before the  annual Carnival.

The event which serves as the department’s major fundraiser, begins on July 31 and runs through Aug. 3

The reason you haven’t received your tickets yet is (in short) because the Postal Service said “no.” Something about regulations.

The direct mail tickets were a main source of revenue over the years and the fire department is worried that ticket sales will be low because of the Postal Service’s decision.

Unfortunately, this has proved to be the case this year.

According to Fire Chief John Knight, in spite of their best efforts, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department is seeing only a fraction of the sales compared to  2013.

“On opening night of the carnival last year, we’d sold more than $60,000 in raffle tickets. So far, this year because we couldn’t mail them out, we’ve only sold about $12,000,” Knight said.

The scene at the Martino's home at 2 a.m. on Jan. 21.

The scene at the Martino’s home at 2 a.m. on Jan. 21.

“We sent out a letter last month explaining this to residents,” said Knight. “We’ve set up several locations for people to pick up tickets, and hope they’ll come out and buy them.”

The firefighters have set up tables at the town concerts and a couple of locations on weekends, even gone door-to-door. At homes, they often hear, “Oh, I got mine in the mail.” The fact of the matter is, residents received a letter from the fire department, but no tickets.

The fire department depends on the raffle proceeds to fund equipment, training and other necessities that are not included in the town budget. It’s not for them, it’s for you.

If you have an emergency at home or are in a car accident, you’re relieved to see the fire trucks rolling up because you know they have the equipment and know how to help save you and/or your property.

Without the ticket sales the Orange Volunteer Fire Department will be at a loss when it needs something that will help YOU.

So when you see the firefighters canvassing your neighborhood, or sitting at a table outside of your favorite store, please remember that they are volunteering their time to bring the tickets to you, just as they volunteer their time to come to your assistance when you need them.

Orange Volunteer Firefighters at work for you... for free... 24/7

Orange Volunteer Firefighters at work for you… for free… 24/7

This year’s raffle prizes

A little different than the offerings from past years. There are no trips, but the three top prizes would be more than enough to pay for just about any trip you would want to take with your family.

For just $5 per ticket you have a chance of winning one of the following prizes:

1st prize – $5,000 Visa Gift Card

2nd prize – $4,000 Visa Gift Card

3rd prize – $2,000 Visa Gift Card

4th prize – $1,200 Gift Certificate – Diamond Designs, 500 Boston Post Road

5th prize – Apple iPad WiFi 16 GB – Best Buy, 53 Boston Post Road

BRUSH FIRE6th prize – $300 Gift Card – Trader Joe’s, 560 Boston Post Road

7th prize – $250 Gift Card – Knights, Inc.,  286 Boston Post Road

8th prize – $200 Gift Card – Ben’s Service Center, 115 Boston Post Road

9th prize – Tickets to the New Haven Open at Yale Tennis Tournament

10th prize – $100 Gift Card – Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road

How Do I Purchase Tickets?

Visit the Fire Department Website at www.OrangeVFD.com 

People’s Bank, 653 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT

Diamond Designs, 500 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT

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Orange Fire Station 1
Orange Center Road
Tuesdays, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM, from June 1 through July 29

First Selectman’s Office
Orange Town Hall
M-F 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Knight’s Power Equipment
286 Boston Post Road
M-F 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM; Saturday 8:30 AM – 12 Noon

Chip’s Family Restaurant
321 Boston Post Road
7 days a week, 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Orange Firemen’s Carnival
Orange Fairgrounds
July 31, August 1, 2 and 3 during Carnival Hours

Nighttime fun at the Orange Firemen's Carnival

Nighttime fun at the Orange Firemen’s Carnival

Or contact any of your local firemen [Firefighters will come to different locations around town in the coming weekends making it easier for you to purchase tickets]

Drawing will be held on Sunday, August 3 at 4:30 p.m. at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT

Alcoholic beverages not included

Tickets $5.00/each

This year’s Carnival Includes:

• Family Fun For Everyone

• Free Entertainment

• Spectacular Rides

The Firefighter Class of 2014

The Firefighter Class of 2014

• Family fun-filled rides including a kiddieland for youngsters

Here is a LINK to the online Advance Ride Ticket Wristband page.

• PARKING & ADMISSION are FREE

FIREWORKS-FUN SHOWS-RAFFLES and much more!

IT’S AT THE ORANGE FAIRGROUNDS 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT 06477

BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY!

Originally Published on: Jul 8, 2014 @ 16:34

Jul 122014
 

A recent photo of Sam Seeley

A recent photo of Sam Seeley

Many residents will remember hearing the horrific reports of an accident on River Road in Shelton last Sept. 7, when a 22-year-old girl in a minivan collided with a motorcycle carrying 2 Orange residents at around 9 p.m.

It’s been more than 10 months since the accident that changed Sam Seeley’s  life forever.

He lost his wife, Ramona, 54, who died from her injuries on Sept. 10, leaving him and their 4 adult children to grieve and heal together.

Sam, who worked for AT&T, was taken to the hospital with serious “non-life threatening” injuries. He lost his leg in the accident.

Sam was known for his ZZ Top beard, his close, fun-loving relationship with his wife, and his great personality.

If you didn’t know Sam before, hopefully you feel like you do now.

Organizers are planning a fund-raiser to help Sam with his mounding bills.

The event will take place at the Orange Ale House, Sunday, July 13 from 4-9 p.m.

Tickets are now available. The suggested $20 donation includes a buffet, one free glass of wine or draft beer, raffles, etc. All proceeds go to help Sam.

The Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road and Pawn King784 Boston Post Rd, Milford have tickets. 

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. To save a little, reserve your tickets by e-mailing [email protected] – include your name, phone number and how many tickets you need, then pick them up at the door for $20. 

This is a shout-out to all businesses and individuals who would like to help with ticket sales, raffle donations, and set up.

The Organizers send their thanks to those who’ve donated items for the raffle including Jim at Kaoud Oriental Rug, John at Knight’s, Jason at NuVita, New York Pop Artist Michael Albert, Off The Hook Bar and Grill, Stratford, Outback Steakhouse, Texas Roadhouse, West Haven,  Silver Sands Pizza, Milford.

Call Ron at 203-446-6948 or Terri at 203-506-1747  for tickets, to volunteer or for more information.

Jun 282014
 

2nd Annual Doc’s Racedoc

5K Run & Walk and Kids Fun Runs

Sunday, June 29, 2014

High Plains Community Center

525 Orange Center Road

Orange, CT

UNIFORM OF THE DAY: EVERYONE IS ASKED TO WEAR MISMATCHING SOCKS


Honory Chair
James Zeoli, First Selectman of the Town of Orange

Race Director
Joe Riccio
(203) 481-7453
[email protected]

Race Coordinator
Jane Opper
(203) 795-9351

Email: [email protected]

EARLY PACKET PICKUP AND LATE REGISTRATION
SATURDAY JUNE 28, 2014

HIGH PLAINS COMMUNITY CENTER PAVILION – 525 ORANGE CENTER ROAD, ORANGE, CT
Noon – 3:00PM

FEATURES & HIGHLIGHTS

  • Day of Race Registration & Packet Pickup Begins 7:30AM.
  • Kids Fun Run (Ages 6 & Under) – 9:20am
  • Kids Fun Run (Ages 7-11) – 9:40am
  • 5K Road Race & Fitness Walk – 10:00am
    • 5K Certified Course (CT93019) USATF Sanctioned – Mile Splits at 1, 2 and 3 miles
    • 1 Water Station
  • Computerzied Timing and results by Fast Track Timing
    • Race results posted at both HI-TEK Racing and Fast Track Timing
    • Special commemorative “DOC” T-Shirts by Graphic FX to all pre-registered participants by June 24th
  • DJ by 99 DOLLAR DJ SERVICE
  • Post Race buffet or seasonal refreshments

ENTRY INFORMATION (UPDATED) early registration is over

5K RACE ADULT
$27.00 Race Day

5K RACE YOUTH (18 & UNDER)
$15.00 Race Day

FITNESS WALK
$15.00 Race Day

FUN RUNS
$8.00 Race Day

Online Registration available until midnight June 24th!
https://www.hitekracing.com/docsrace/online.htm

 

Originally Published on: Jun 10, 2014 @ 20:33

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