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Come On Out To Tip A Cop On Friday

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Jun 162017
 

Come out and help the Orange Police and Chip’s Restaurant support the Connecticut Special Olympics. 

The annual Tip-A-Cop fundraising event will take place at Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road on Friday, June 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Orange police officers will serve your meal and work hard to collect a great tip.

All tips collected and money donated during this event will go directly to Special Olympics Connecticut to support the athletes and raise awareness about individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Jun 112017
 

There is one very disturbing trend that we see every year around graduation week, and that is the THEFT of congratulatory balloons from the tri-town area.

Kids, remember, if you didn’t get any balloons of your own, you do not have the right to STEAL someone else’s.

Last year in Orange, someone or a couple of people went around and cut the strings on bundles of balloons, at the expense of the family members who dished out $5 each for the gifts.

It is uncertain if the nasty culprits simply let the helium filled mylar balloons fly or if they took them for themselves. In either instance it is wrong. The loose balloons most likely will end up killing sea turtles or whales (so congratulations, genius).  And the sudden appearance of these grad balloons on your own mailbox several days after the deliveries were completed, earmark you as a selfish individual.

If the individual(s) is/are caught they could face charges of criminal mischief or sixth-degree larceny (depending on just how many balloons you stole) and won’t it be embarrassing to have THAT on your record when you go for a job interview? — It tells a LOT about your character.

Jun 112017
 

As you may have noticed, the convenient event calendar that once graced the left column of our front page has been missing for a while. This happened after an update and we haven’t been able to get it back yet – but we’re still working on it.
Many people, including us, depended on the calendar for a quick reference of upcoming events.
As a courtesy, we’re going to go through all of our postings to make an at-a-glance listing for everyone.
We’ll keep it updated and place it on the front page as often as possible.
This is for convenient (nearby) events.
Sunday, June 11 — (FYI) Block A Dinner [Amity Athlete Awards] at Grassy Hill Country Club, Orange, at 5 p.m.
Tuesday, June 13 — The annual Amity High School Senior Breakfast sponsored by the PTSO will take place at the school at 9:30 a.m. prior to mandatory graduation rehearsals. The PTSO is looking for donations of food and drink items and gift cards for the raffle from local restaurants and families. They also need volunteers for set up.
Wednesday, June 14 — The 15th Annual Orange Business Expo will take place at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Expo is free to visit and open to the public and includes 56 vendors and special events.
Wednesday, June 14 — Last Day of School Orange Elementary (tentative) Min. Day
Wednesday, June 14 — Amity High Graduation on the football field at 4 p.m.
Friday, June 16 —  The annual Tip-A-Cop fundraising event to benefit the Spacial Olympics will take place at Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, June 17 — Orange Conservation Commission will host a bird walk with Frank Gallo, at the Turkey Hill Preserve beginning at 8 a.m.
Thursday, June 29 — The Orange Senior Center welcomes everyone to enjoy a free concert featuring The Vybrations on the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Come early for the Farmers’ Market!

Are You Ready For The Orange Strawberry Festival?

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Jun 102017
 

Years ago, the little Orange Congregational Church Strawberry Festival moved from the Town Green to the Orange Fairgrounds and that is where it will be again this year on Saturday, June 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Free parking/Free admission

Come join the expanded Arts and Craft Fair and Home Show at the 9th Annual Strawberry Festival featuring live music, hayrides, children’s events, a Red Car Show and fabulous food, including sausage and peppers, burgers, hot dogs, pulled pork, strawberry shortcake, sundaes, and chocolate-dipped berries.

Don’t forget to bring home a jar of jam or one of the church’s famous strawberry rhubarb pies (they’re amazing!)

If you are a vendor and would like to display your wares, sign up to get a table now.

Schedule of Events

  • 9 AM ­­–Pancake Breakfast
  • 10 AM-3 PM –Red Car Show
  • 11 AM- 12 Noon –Hay Rides
  • 12 Noon -12:45 PM –Al DeCant – Children’s Entertainment
  • 1 PM-5 PM–Furious George- classic rock
  • 2 PM-3 PM–Magician -Bryan Lizotte
  • 4 PM –Pie Eating Contest

All Day

60+ Vendors
Artisans, antiques, local businesses, and service organizations
Rides, Face Painting, Children’s Games

The rain date is Sunday, June 11, same place and time.

Doc’s Race on June 4, Runners 90 And Older Encouraged To Participate

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Jun 032017
 

Get your mismatched socks ready once again because the 5th Annual 5K “Doc’s Race” is going to happen in Orange at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road in Orange, on Sunday, June 4 at 10 a.m.

Many local residents remember George “Doc” Whitney as a veterinarian in Orange, but in his later years, he was known for being an exceptional runner.  “Doc” started running at the age of 80 and kept at it until his death in 2013, at the age of 94.  He participated in just about every 5 K Race in Connecticut and many others throughout New England.  He was truly an inspiration for everyone!

Doc was known for wearing mismatched socks and his fluorescent orange knit cap at the town’s Chilly Chili Run 5K.

Shortly after his death, Doc’s family requested that a 5K Race and 2 Mile Fitness Walk be held in his name every year in Orange. All of the proceeds will go to the George “Doc” Whitney Memorial Scholarship Fund.

In addition to the Race and Fitness Walk, there will be two “Fun Runs” for the kids at 9:15 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. before the actual race.

 After May 20 and up until Race Day the fees are $27.00 for runners and $15.00 for runners under 12 and Fitness Walkers.  All of the Kid’s Fun Run registration will be $6.

Early packet pickup and Late Registration will be available at the High Plains Community Center Pavilion on Saturday, June 3rd from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Registration on the day of the Race will begin at 7:30 a.m.

For more information, call Race Director, Joe Riccio, at 203 481-7453.

Come out on June 4 and join us to help keep “Doc” Whitney’s memory alive!

Jun 032017
 

Today is Saturday, June 3. Forecasters are telling us that today is the best day of the weekend weather-wise, so get out and enjoy it before the rain sets in again.
First, pack your car with any papers, old bills, documents that you would like safely shredded. Maybe toss an old mattress on the roof of the car or in the back of your minivan, then head off to the Post Road Fire Station for breakfast.
The Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will host its 18th annual Pancake Breakfast at the Post Road Fire Station, 355 Boston Post Road, from 7:30  to 10:30 a.m.
Then drive over to High Plains Community Center to get rid of those old papers and mattress.
The Orange Recycling Committee (ORC) will host its fifth shredding day in the front parking area of the High Plains Community Center (HPCC), 525 Orange Center Road, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. This service is free of charge to Orange residents and includes Mattress recycling.
Then spray on the tick repellant and go for a hike.
The Orange Conservation Commission is hosting an Educational Walk at Turkey Hill Preserve from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (rain date is Sunday, June 4, same times).  Noted naturalists Anthony Zimba and Michael Ross, will lead the walk.
And finally, cheer on one of the best baseball teams in the state, The Amity Spartans.
The third round of the CIAC Baseball Championship tournament vs Fairfield Ludlowe (10-10) will take place at Amity at 2 p.m.  [The Softball team will be playing in Stamford at 4 p.m.]
Then you can go home and do yard work or simply relax.
Have a great weekend.

Fire Department Hosts Annual Pancake Breakfast On June 3 — The Best Deal In Town

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Jun 012017
 

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will host its 18th annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, June 3 from 7:30  to 10:30 a.m. at the Post Road Fire Station, 355 Boston Post Road. Orange.

Enjoy scrambled eggs, your choice of bacon or sausage, potato patties and all you can eat “Chip’s” pancakes prepared for you by the Orange Volunteer Firefighters. Orange juice, milk, coffee, and tea will also be served.

Prices are $8 for Adults, Children ages 6-12: $6. Age 5 and under are free with a paying adult.

Save $1.00 per person by purchasing advance tickets from any auxiliary member or at Knight’s Inc., 286 Boston Post Road., Orange.

All proceeds benefit the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

For further information, contact Lynn Knight @ 203-795-5882, e-mail: lmk415@yahoo.com, or visit our website at www.orangevfd.com

Also: The Racebrook School Girl Scout Junior Troop 60140 will have a bake sale at the Fire House during the Pancake Breakfast.

Register For The Sal Semmonella Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament

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May 292017
 

The 10th annual Sal Semmonella Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament will take place at the Orange Hills Country Club, 389 Racebrook Road, on Monday, June 19, 2017 at 8 a.m.
There will be a continental breakfast at 7 a.m.with shotgun scramble format starting at 8 a.m. Included with the $125 entry fee is 18 holes of golf, breakfast, a special luncheon cookout which will begin at 12:30 p.m.
Awards will be announced during lunch as well as the raffle winners. Sponsorships are available as well as donations to cover Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, and Tee/Green flags.
To register or for more information, please contact Ken Miller at 203-795-8025.
Sal Semmonella was a 17-year-old Amity High School student athlete, who died in a car crash on March 3, 2008.
 
The Scholarship Fund has donated to The American Cancer Society, Amity High School Football Program, Holy Infant Church Religious Education, Keefe Family, Peck Place School, Racebrook School, and much more. 

Golf Fundraiser To Benefit Amity Boys Hockey Team

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May 262017
 

The Amity Boys Hockey Team is hosting a shotgun-start fundraising golf tournament at Orange Hills Country Club, 389 Racebrook Road, on Friday, June 9, at 8 a.m. 

If you are interested in playing, please e-mail timhughes@optonline.net 

Don’t Cook Tonight, Come To The Racebrook Food Truck Festival

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May 262017
 

Organizers of the annual Race Brook School Food Truck Festival are looking forward to greeting you tonight from 4-8 p.m. at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road.

Several direct sales vendors will be on hand, including: Avon, Chloe + Isabel, doTerra, Jafra Cosmetics, LaLaRoe, Magnabilities, Magnolia and Vine, Origami Owl, Pampered Chef, Paparazzi, Scentsy, Tastefully Simple, Thirty One, Usborne Books, Tupperware, Touchtone Crystal

For more information on the festival, visit their Facebook page.

Bring your wallets and appetites!