Orange Senior Health & Safety Fair on Friday

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Sep 212015

IMG_0326Orange Community Services will host its 14th Annual Orange Senior Health & Safety Fair at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, on September 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Local businesses and service providers are invited to participate in the annual event in the Gymnasium. Last year’s event was a tremendous success and drew more than 200 seniors from the town of Orange and surrounding communities. 

The fair is sponsored by Orange Community Services, Orange Visiting Nurse Association, Coldwell Bankers and Maplewood of Orange. All proceeds benefit the Orange Community Assistance Programs which include the Food and Fuel Banks.

The cost of a table is $80 for for-profit businesses and free to non-profit service providers with a 501(c) 3 designation. Space is limited to 30 tables so do not delay.  Participants may begin to set up their tables at 8:30 am.

We ask each vendor to contribute a raffle prize. At 11:30 am all raffle prizes will be collected and brought to the raffle location. Persons attending the Fair will be given a raffle ticket when they register.  No individual raffles will be allowed. 

To reserve a table or if there are any questions please contact us as listed below.

Dennis Marsh, Orange Senior Center 203-891-4788

Joan Cretella, Orange Community Services 203-891-4788

Denise Stein, Elderly Outreach 203-891-4788

Originally Published on: Aug 4, 2015 @ 22:31

Orange Republicans Host Community Picnic

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Aug 292015

Screen Shot 2015-08-21 at 12.02.23 PMThe Orange Republicans are hosting a Community Picnic on Saturday, August 29th from 12 noon to 4:00 pm at HPCC in the pavilion. (Rain or Shine)

Meet the Republican candidates and support Jim Zeoli and his Team.

The price is $10.00 pp (Adults), $5.00 pp (Children). The menu includes, hamburgers, a hot dog bar (make it your way with all the fixins), corn on the cob, all cooked up by the candidates, cold salads, wine, beer, soda and water.

Bring your family, friends and neighbors! Come on out and join the fun! You don’t want to miss out on this! RSVP to Lynn Plaskowitz @ 203-627-1673 or email @ [email protected]

Originally Published on: Aug 11, 2015 @ 14:49

Second Publishing on: Aug 21, 2015 @ 12:10

Get Ready to Get Pounced Peck Place Hosts First Fundraiser of 2015-16 School Year

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Aug 172015

panther pounce bannerPeck Place School families, welcome back your favorite Peck Place students with a lawn banner.
For a donation of $15 to the Peck Place PTO, a large banner will be placed on your lawn for 3 days to welcome back your children, grandchildren or favorite Peck Place Student.
Screen Shot 2015-08-17 at 4.53.42 PMWhere will the Peck Place Banner show up next?
 Try and spot the Panthers as they move around town.

Rotary Hosts Lobsterfest Fundraising Event Today At The Pavilion

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Aug 152015

lobsterfestThe Rotary Club of Orange will host its annual Orange Rotary Lobsterfest at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, on Saturday, Aug. 15, from 3:30 to 7 p.m.

Tickets for this highly anticipated yearly event may be purchased online at www.rotarycluboforange.org, from any Orange Rotarian or by calling 203-516-0870.

Tickets are $40 per adult for twin lobsters or steak, clam chowder, corn-on-the-cob, cole slaw, roll & butter, complimentary beer, wine or soda. The kids menu, for $7 includes a hamburger or hot dog and sides.

The Rotary Club is an international service organization whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

The organization is open to all persons regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender or political preference. There are 34,282 clubs and more than 1.2 million members worldwide.

Locally, the Rotary Club of Orange is engaged in numerous charitable activities designed to improve the lives of those in south-central Connecticut and beyond.

All proceeds from the Lobsterfest will go toward supporting Rotary’s initiatives.


Originally Published on: Jul 27, 2015 @ 12:24

Second Publishing on: Aug 8, 2015 @ 00:24








Hot Moms Play Ball, Raise 1K for Charity

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Aug 132015

The Orange Hot Moms Softball game was more fun than a barrel of monkeys, with children hanging from the chain link fence like primates so they could get a better view of their mothers out on Stankye Softball Field at Old Tavern Park, Thursday night.

The game spearheaded by co-organizers Deb Marino and Kara DelVecchio was played to raise money to support the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center at Bridgeport Hospital.

The Uniform T-shirts, White for the Turkey Hill Moms and Pink for the Peck Place/Race Brook Moms were donated by Jim Hassenmayer, owner of the Orange Ale House, where the teams celebrated afterward.

While the Moms played ball — which was often comedic after watching title winning teams play during the school year— their children and husbands, Members of the Orange Little League District 4 State Championship team and Orange Juniorettes worked just as hard collecting donations and manning the concession stand.

This was a light hearted, well attended, fun community gathering. The Peck Place/Race Brook Moms won 16-14 over Turkey Hill. But more important the final tally for the charity was $1,000, possibly more.

Great Job Ladies! You all run and throw like girls and you were delightful to watch!

Orange Softball Moms Play Ball For Charity

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Aug 122015

moms softballThe entire community is encouraged to come out to Stankye  Field at Old Tavern Park on Thursday, Aug. 13 at 6:30 p.m. as two teams of Orange Softball moms play a charity game of softball to raise money to support the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center at Bridgeport Hospital.

After years of watching their kids play, Co-Organizers, Deb Marino and Kara DelVecchio got some people together and formed Orange Hot Moms Softball.

After a little brainstorming among the players, the event grew from a fun game of ball to a charitable mission to fight breast cancer, raise money and donate it to Bridgeport Hospital.

Jim Hassenmayer, owner of the Orange Ale House supports many charitable efforts and offered to sponsor t-shirts in two different shades of pink that will be worn during the game. The teams are planning to go to Orange Ale House for a post-game celebration and they hope the community will join them there too.

Marino and DelVecchio each will be coaching a team.

moms softball“Even though we’re all in this together, we split teams and each player donated $20,” said DelVecchio “Breast cancer is so near and dear to our hearts, with it affecting so many moms in our community and that’s what brings us together.”

Admission to the game is free, but organizers are hoping to raise money when they ‘Pass the Bra’ for donations.

In addition, the Orange Community Juniorettes will be hosting a bake sale and snacks will be available for purchase.

To make a donation, contact [email protected] or [email protected].

Originally Published on: Aug 7, 2015 @ 00:05

Orange’s Victorian Era Home Will Open For Tours

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Aug 102015

stone otis kitchenThe Stone-Otis House615 Orange Center Road, Orange will be open for tours on Saturday, August 22 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

This 1830 house represents one of the finest old homes in what was the newly formed town of Orange. Built on the east side of the Town Green, this modified Greek Revival stands as a tribute to the fine workmanship of the time.

The home has had two owners and it reflects both families with artifacts, furniture, photographs and toys from the 19th century.

Admission is $3.00 for adults and children under 12 are free.

For information call 203-795-3106.


Lots of Events In Orange This Week, Will Mother Nature Cooperate?

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Aug 102015

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The weather was perfect for the Senior Cook Out on Monday as the Orange Lions served about 110 senior residents under the pavilion at High Plains. But how will the rest of the week pan out?

Tuesday is looking like a horrible day for any outdoor activities with thunderstorms forecast for most of the day.

Weather for Wednesday’s Concert at the Gazebo should be nice, so come early, set up a blanket or some lawn chairs, put on your cowboy boots and get ready to dance. The show with Bourbon Cowboys begins at 6:30 p.m.

On Thursday, it’s important to have nice weather all day long. The Farmers’ Market begins at 3:30 p.m. and runs til 7 p.m. For the little ones the Case Memorial Library is having its Teddy Bear Picnic on the back wall at 4 p.m. then everyone can scoot over to the Old Tavern Park to support the Orange Hot Moms Softball Team as they play a charity game to raise money to fight breast cancer.

On Friday, Nu Vita, 35 Old Tavern Road will be showcasing work from many artists on the Wall of Fame, beginning at 7 p.m. Yes, it’s an indoor event, but the weather will be nice to sit outside and enjoy some frozen yogurt.

The weather doesn’t look so great for the Orange Rotary’s Lobsterfest from 3:30-7 p.m. on Saturday. But, at least it’s under the pavilion.

Sunday looks a bit bleak for outdoor activities, but Monday appears to be favorable for the first day of the Historical American Girl Doll Camp at the Stone-Otis House, 615 Orange Center Road, August 17, 18 and 19 from 9:30-12:00.


Photos From The Final Day Of The OVFD Carnival

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Aug 032015

Everywhere you looked someone was taking pictures with their cell phone.

Everywhere you looked someone was taking pictures with their cell phone.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department made out pretty well as far as the weather for their annual fundraising carnival, yet, the crowds still seemed a bit smaller than in past years.

Folks who did come out had a good time, enjoyed the food, rides and fireworks.

It may be some time before we know how the fire department “made out.” Last year they were down by tens of thousands of dollars because it was the first year they couldn’t mail the raffle tickets to every household, but this year, more residents were aware of that situation. But only time will tell, after all the numbers are crunched, if the OVFD is on par with past years’ intake.

Several years ago, you couldn’t even get close to the main raffle tent when the drawing was taking place, but on Sunday there was enough room to sidle right up to the shelf. — a sign of the times? I don’t know.

Here are some photos from Sunday’s final day at the Carnival, including the prize drawing.

Letter: Auxiliary Member Explains The American Legion’s Golf Tourney Cancellation

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Aug 022015

hall_photoTo the Editor:

Approximately a month ago I sent an email to the local newspapers as well as Orange Live and Orange Patch concerning the cancellation of the American Legion Golf Tournament due to conflict with Orange Hills Country Club. As of right now the only media outlet to even mention the cancellation was Orange Live by posting the announcement the next day.

Here it is a month later and not only has no one else even mentioned the cancellation but no one has even questioned the “conflict with Orange Hills Country Club.”

In case anyone is interested the story goes like this:

In February the golf course was booked for Monday, August 17th (the same Monday as last year) for the American Legion Post 127 Annual Golf Tournament. This is the group’s main fundraiser for the year, the money raised going to improve the building and grounds at 630 Grassy Hill Road. Sometime in April the date was verbally confirmed.

Then in the beginning of June the Country Club called saying the course was double booked for that day and asked if the American Legion could change the date. At this point 150 letters and flyers had already been mailed out or personally handed out while looking for not only golfers but also sponsors, donations and raffle prizes. Emails had already been sent to the local papers, websites, and social media outlets. So of course the answer was no, we could not change the date.

Over the following four weeks many phone calls were made from the Country Club owners again asking to change the date or the time, they tried to get town officials involved, money was even offered to change to another golf course. All of this back and forth was for the Milford Police Department Golf Tournament… because they would bring in more money for the golf course that day.

Please understand that I support all men and women in uniform and thank them for the job they do… but when an out of town department receives priority over the veterans of the town of Orange, there is something wrong with this community.

And I think what bothers me the most is that no one has done or said anything, publicly, about this situation. I just thought people should know why such a fun and worthy event had been cancelled. As well as why next year’s golf tournament may have to be held out of town…


Tricia Cenami

Resident of Orange

Member of the American Legion Auxiliary