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Santa’s Helper Is Set For Saturday, Dec. 15. Do You Want In?

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Nov 182018
 

Longtime Orange residents, can you believe it? Santa’s Helper is celebrating its 24th year of delivering gifts, smiles, and fun to hundreds of families in town.

Elf Mama was a young lass when she began organizing the popular fundraiser for the Orange Volunteer Fire Department back in 1994. Now, she’s a bit older (1,027 in Elf Years) and wiser (she’s seen it all, and dealt with it) and she’s still just as spry and enthusiastic about getting the elves and firefighter helpers together for the big day.

For the first time in 24 years, there are still a few slots open in which your family can share in the magic. Don’t let this rare opportunity pass you by. Send an e-mail to Elf Mama at ofdsantashelper@aol.com as soon as possible to be added to the list and to get directions for dropping off your gifts. DO NOT call the Fire Department about Santa’s Helper.

Santa is practicing his “Ho, Ho, Ho” and the elves and helpers are getting the fire trucks ready to go! Don’t make alternate plans for Saturday, Dec. 15, because Santa gets very sad when families aren’t home when he and the firefighters arrive. The start time for Santa’s Helper delivery day is 3 p.m.

Background

A file photo from a previous Santa’s Helper visit. Little Cindy Lou Who is probably 13 years old now.

Elf Mama tells it like this — as many know, Santa’s Helper is a wonderful, exciting, fun and memorable fund-raising event with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting your Orange Volunteer Fire Department for the purchase of firefighting and rescue equipment.

“Each year, every one of our 6 Santa’s Helper Teams of Santa, Elves and firefighter helpers are excited to visit and deliver gifts, share in some fun, take photos and help make lasting memories and traditions for every family. Children and adults alike look forward with excited anticipation to seeing the fire trucks with lights and sirens coming down their street to their front door, with Santa leading the way!  His truck full of gifts, his helpers and Elves coming in to visit with each family,” said Elf Mama.

WE WANT EVERYONE TO HAVE A CHANCE TO JOIN IN ON THE FUN, IT’S EASY!

GIFT RULES AND INFORMATION:  There is a small fee of $19.00 per gift/per household.  Each gift must be INDIVIDUALLY wrapped in your favorite holiday paper with an overwrap of plain brown paper.  The name and delivery address of the recipient must be clearly printed on the outside of each gift.  PLEASE try not to make the gift too large or too heavy, Santa appreciates that.  We do have a limit of 170 delivery spots/visits available.  We encourage you to try to have all the gifts for your visit with you on Gift Drop-Off day. (For families with a large party and many gifts, please e-mail Anne at ofdsantashelper@aol.com for special instructions. If there will be multiple families having their visit at one specific address, please let the Elf helpers know that upon sign-up on drop-off day.

Delivery Day

ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2018, SANTA on his firetruck with his Elf and Firefighter helpers will arrive at your home to deliver the gifts to your loved ones and spend a few moments with your family and friends for photos and fun!

If you have any questions, e-mail Anne at ofdsantashelper@aol.com she will be happy to help you via e-mail.  Please do not call the Fire Stations as it’s a Volunteer Fire Department and there will not be anyone there to assist you with Santa’s Helper information.

NOTE: *E-mailing Santa’s Helper does not guarantee you a spot on the delivery route.  Sign-up is on Gift Drop-Off day and it is on a first come-first serve basis.

THE ORANGE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT FAMILY WISHES EVERYONE A SAFE, HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON!

If you’ve never participated in Santa’s Helper, this is a great time to start a new tradition in your family, and you will be helping the all-volunteer fire department at the same time. Don’t miss out!

Below, a collage of one of the Santa’s Helper families in Orange that grew up with the program. The adults were children two decades ago, and the children are theirs. 

Don’t Forget Santa’s Helper Gift Drop Off Saturday Starting at Noon

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Nov 162018
 

Here’s a file photo from the 2012 drop off.

GIFT DROP-OFF DAY FOR SANTA’S HELPER IS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2018, 12:00 – 3:00 P.M. at Fire Station #2, 355 Boston Post Road (Across from TGI Fridays).  We ask that the general public arrive no earlier than 30 minutes prior to start time.  You will have a much shorter wait in line by following these guidelines.

GIFT RULES AND INFORMATION:  There is a small fee of $19.00 per gift/per household.  Each gift must be INDIVIDUALLY wrapped in your favorite holiday paper with an overwrap of plain brown paper.  The name and delivery address of the recipient must be clearly printed on the outside of each gift.  PLEASE try not to make the gift too large or too heavy, Santa appreciates that.  We do have a limit of 170 delivery spots/visits available.  We encourage you to try to have all the gifts for your visit with you on Gift Drop-Off day. (For families with a large party and many gifts, please e-mail Anne at ofdsantashelper@aol.com for special instructions.

Parking for Drop-Off day is in the rear of the Fire Station.  Firefighters will be there to assist you.  The Drop-Off Line is located INSIDE the Fire Station. Use the rear door marked ENTER.

 

Tip A Cop Today Until 1 p.m.

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Nov 162018
 

The Orange Police Department and Connecticut Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics will host the annual Tip-A-Cop fundraiser at Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, on Friday, Nov. 16 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tip-A-Cop is a signature Torch Run event where officers trade their uniform for an apron and serve you! All money donated during this event will go directly to Special Olympics Connecticut to support their athletes and raise awareness about individuals with intellectual disabilities.

So bring your family for breakfast, brunch or lunch and tip your awesome server generously for a worthwhile cause.

 

Get Your Tickets For The Holiday House Tour Now!

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Nov 152018
 

Holiday House Chairmen Pat Nizen and Lisa Stackpole (Photo by Linda Bradford)

The Garden Club of Orange will host its biennial Holiday House Tour, “Deck The Halls” on Sunday, December 9, 2018, from !2:00 Noon to 3:30 p.m.

Co-Chairs Pat Nizen and Lisa Stackpole announced that five charming and unique Orange homes beautifully decorated by members of The Garden Club of Orange will be available for viewing.

House chairs include Pat Dray, Sally Denny, Lana Ho, Larry Huzi, Sandy Horling, Marianne Bauer and Nancy Bartle.

Limited tickets are available for purchase at $25 each, by contacting Nancy Becque at 203-795-9425.

The Garden Club of Orange is a member of the FGCCT, NEG, and NEC.

For membership information contact Joanne Friedrichs at 203-795-4266.

Girl Scouts Realize The Joy Of Giving

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Nov 142018
 

The Girl Scouts from Orange Troop 60274 recently had a food collection drive.

Their efforts were successful and the generous donation was delivered to the Orange Food Bank just in time for the Holiday Season.

It’s community service projects like this that teach the girls valuable lessons on kindness, and the importance of giving to those less fortunate.

This is a wonderful thing you’ve done girls, and we commend your troop leaders for their dedication and guidance.

Don’t Miss The Auxiliary Bake Sale On Dec. 1 and 2

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Nov 142018
 

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will host its annual Christmas Bake Sale on Saturday, December 1, and Sunday, December 2, at Treat Farm, 361 Old Tavern Road, Orange.

This wonderful annual event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

As you know by now, the Women’s Auxiliary includes some of the most talented bakers in the entire region. Every year you will find some new culinary creation that is absolutely delicious.

Treats Include Pies, Brownies, Cookies, Cupcakes, Fudge and some surprises.

Buy some Hot Chocolate and/or Hot Cider to sip while you shop for your Christmas Tree at the Farm.

All proceeds benefit the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

Many residents make a day of it by coming to the bake sale first, then head off to the town center for the Holiday Festival.

 

Sponsors, Runners Sought For Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot

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Nov 082018
 

The Rotary Club of Orange will host its 6th Annual Thanksgiving Day 5k Road Race on Thursday, Nov. 22. The race is certified and will start at the High Plains Community Center and run through Orange with a finish back at the Community Center at 8 a.m.

Contact Roger Tausig, 203-605-5151 or send an e-mail
There is a $27 entry fee (run or walk) Click HERE.

Sponsorships

This is an economic development opportunity to bring people and business to Orange. The funds raised from this event will go towards supporting Orange Rotary’s initiatives both locally and abroad. Locally, they provide dictionaries to every third grader in Orange, register area children in the Amber Alert ID Program and make donations for the town food pantry and energy assistance program.

About the Rotary

The last six years the Rotary has participated in “Operation Warm” and donated thousands of coats to area schools and shelters to help keep underprivileged kids warm. Additionally, the club awards $6,000 in college scholarships annually to high school seniors from Orange.

Race sponsors make it possible to offer a dynamic race event promoting health and wellness, supporting great causes and driving traffic to the area. Extensive marketing and promotion of the event will give the Sponsors high visibility and recognition throughout the state, along with the opportunity to market their products and services.

The Rotary welcomes everyone to be part of this great event.  By sponsoring Thanksgiving Day 5k Road Race, you are making a valuable financial contribution to help in all of Rotary’s initiatives. 

Treat Yourself to A Play And Help A Great Cause

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Nov 082018
 

The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation, based in Orange, invites everyone to a “Preview Night” Fundraiser at the Square Foot Theater, 950 Yale Ave., Wallingford on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

This is a wonderful, intimate BYO cabaret-style venue, where you can bring your favorite food and drinks to enjoy before and during the show.

The production is “Into The Woods,” and the cost is whatever you decide to donate! Imagine that, a play for $5, $10, $15, $20… it’s up to you, and your donation goes to the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation, which is then given back to local arts programs at our schools and others in nearby communities.

The doors open at 6:30 p.m. just come the night of the show, but to guarantee seating, reservations are highly recommended. Reserve your space by calling 203-506-5003 or e-mail jamieart@snet.net.

Pay at the door: cash or checks only.

Orange Lions’ Thanksgiving Dinner

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Nov 072018
 

First Selectman Jim Zeoli and Selectman Mitch Goldblatt are among the volunteers at the annual Lions Thanksgiving Dinner.

The members of the Lions Club of Orange will host their annual Thanksgiving Dinner the first Sunday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 25.

The dinner is open to everyone but their target guests are the town’s elders, shut-ins, and all those in need of good food and fellowship. Entertainment during the event is provided.

For more information, call Joan Cretella at 203-891-4786.

Transportation can be provided by the Community Services Transportation program. Call the Transportation Coordinator, Kim Callahan at 203-891-4788 to arrange a ride.

 

Orange Live Offers Special Short-Term Holiday Advertising Rates

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Nov 042018
 

Small business owners who don’t have a lot of money for advertising, may enjoy this special short-term offer from Orange Live.

In October, a candidate requested that we post a campaign ad in our right side column for one week. We agreed to this and found that the ad performed incredibly well.

Then, in November, a second candidate asked for ad space for a six-day period. Again, we agreed and provided a daily rate. That ad, too, performed and continues to perform, incredibly well.

This said, Orange Live believes that some businesses that have weekly holiday specials or last-minute events may appreciate the opportunity to be able to get the word out in an eye-catching ad on our website. This would include restaurants that have space for holiday parties, gift certificates, are taking holiday dinner reservations or want to get the word out about a special promotion. How about a jewelry store with a one-week Christmas sale? Maybe a boutique that’s having a one-night wine and cheese party and sale?

We believe that Orange Live has some of the most reasonable advertising rates in the area, and we provide our clients with the views, hovers, and clicks that their ad receives on our site.

Surely, you will find that advertising on Orange Live works, and the short-term agreement will give you an opportunity to try it out, no matter what your budget is. We’ve never heard of anyone else with an offer like this.

You may send us a prepared ad to post, or we will custom build one for you at no extra cost.

Call Terri at 203-506-1747 and leave a message or e-mail orangectlive01@gmail.com and we will be delighted to work with you.