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The 2016 Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival Is Coming Soon

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Jul 012016
 

Screen Shot 2016-07-01 at 12.02.09 PMThe Orange Volunteer Fire Association is on duty 24/7/365. The men and women are highly trained just like the paid firefighters in some nearby cities. They depend upon fundraisers like the annual four-day carnival to bring in money for training, equipment and apparatus.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department has been working on the 2016 carnival since the day after the 2015 carnival ended.

Parking and admission are always free.

It takes a lot of planning to keep such a big operation rolling every year, keeping the public interested in coming and finding volunteer non-firefighters willing to help in the food tent and pitch in at various games around the fairgrounds.

Denise Mirto sent a shout-out for food tent volunteers  this week and really can use your help.

Under the Raffle Tent you will find many familiar faces, selectmen, various committee and board members and residents who come back year after year and donate their time to the fire department, just as the firefighters donate their time to the town every hour of every day.

Several years ago, First Selectman Jim Zeoli called the Carnival the “cheapest fire insurance that an Orange Resident can have.”

“If every household spent a couple hundred bucks at the carnival, it is the cheapest insurance they can have for fire service,” Zeoli said. “If we had a paid Fire Department it would cost us millions of dollars every year.”

Did you know?

There are many rides, games, and food options at the carnival, and everyone has their favorite, but did you know that the Fire Department only benefits from the proceeds at the games and food that they run?

The games are the Frog Bog, Dunk Tank, High Striker, Speedball and Blower ball – the little game of chance next to the raffle tent. The 50/50 raffle benefits both the civilian winner and the fire department, who split the pot a couple of times a day.

The main food tent (under the pavilion) and the satellite food tent straight up the aisle next to the fence on Orange Center Road also are Fire Department run.

Of course, you can’t beat $5 for a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of 11 great prizes, including a $7,000 Visa Gift Card, $4,000 Gift Card, $2,500 Gift Certificate – Anytime Fitness, $2,000 Visa Gift Card, $1,200 Gift Certificate – Diamond Designs, Apple iPad Air 2, 16GB, Best Buy, $350 Gift Card – Chip’s Family Restaurant, $300 Gift Card – Trader Joe’s, $250 Gift Card – Knights, Inc., $200 Gift Card – Ben’s Service Center, Gift Certificate to Yale New Haven Open at Yale Tennis Tournament.

You may purchase Raffle Tickets at People’s Bank, 653 Orange Center Road; The First Selectman’s Office; Knight’s Power Equipment, 286 Boston Post Road; Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road; at the carnival or from any firefighter.

Rides

Pick up Advanced Online Ride Bracelets behind the Main Raffle Booth
Photo ID and signature are required at pickup

• Children must be at least 3’ tall to ride any ride

Ride bracelets  purchased online in advance (by Tuesday, Aug. 2 at noon) may be used during one of the following periods:
Thursday 5-11 p.m., Friday, 5 p.m. to midnight, Saturday Matinee 12 to 5 p.m., Saturday evening, 5 p.m. to midnight and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Also, if you don’t get your on line wristbands on time, the firefighters offer a special at carnival ride bracelet special for $28.

Ride bracelets purchase at the carnival ticket booths may be used during one of the following periods:
Saturday Matinee noon to 5 p.m. or Sunday Family Fun Day from noon to 5 p.m.
And Don’t Forget
The Carnival Spectacular Fireworks Displays on Friday at 10:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10:45 p.m.As always, there is a Free raffle for Children 12 and younger on Saturday, during the matinee
Children 12 years and younger can register at the main raffle booth to win free prizes. (must be present)

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Thursday – 5:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Friday – 5:00 p.m. to 12 midnight

Saturday – 12 Noon to 12 midnight

Sunday – 12 Noon to 5:00 p.m.

We Need YOU To Help At The Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival

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Jun 282016
 

Denise Mirto organizes a majority of the volunteer help under the main food tent.

Denise Mirto organizes a majority of the volunteer help under the main food tent.

A message from carnival food tent volunteer coordinator Denise Mirto:

The Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival will be held again this year beginning on Thursday, August 4 through Sunday, August 7.

Help is again gratefully accepted and very much needed in the main food tent.

If you are interested in giving of your time for a few hours, especially on Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. for the day shift, or the evening time, beginning at 4 p.m.

Help is also needed on Sunday, beginning at noontime. The carnival does not go into the evening on Sunday.

We will also need some assistance on Thursday and on Friday beginning at 4:30 p.m.

If your company would like to volunteer together, as a group, that would be great and very much appreciated.

Coldwell Banker-Orange volunteers on Thursday night and Weichert Realtors Orange comes in on Friday night.

Please remember that aside from having a good time pitching in with your neighbors and friends to help, the volunteer fire department also helps keep our town taxes lower. These highly trained men and women volunteer their time 24/7/365. 

Call Denise Mirto to add your name. 203-795-1080, call or text 203-464-9972, or e-mail  [email protected]

Monroe Teen Wins The Doc’s Race 5K in Orange

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Jun 272016
 

Here is a video of Andrew Whitney, 17, as he makes it to the top of the “killer hill” on Meetinghouse Lane ahead of the pack of 178 runners.

Whitney’s time was 17:44.15. He was followed by 44-year-old Mario Longo of Cheshire who finished at 18:33.14.

Stephen Fengler, 16, finished third at 19:07.27, followed by his 20-year-old sister, Elizabeth, both of Wallingford, at 19:07.78.

Here is a link to the Race Results on the Fast Track Timing web site.

Can you find yourself in these step-off photos?

Everyone takes pictures at the finish line, but Orange Live was at the top of Meetinghouse Lane. Find those pictures on our Facebook page.

 

Wash Your Mismatched Socks And Warm Up For Doc’s Race

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Jun 262016
 

leader-of-the-packGet your mismatched socks ready because the 4th Annual 5K “Doc’s Race” is happening in Orange at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, on Sunday, June 26 at 10 a.m.

George “Doc” Whitney was well remembered as a veterinarian in Orange, but in his later years he was also known for being a runner. “Doc” started running at the age of 80 and participated in just about every 5K race in the state, and many in New England from then on.

When he passed away at 94 in 2013 his family requested that a 5K Road Race and 2 Mile Fitness Walk be held in his name in Orange. All of the IMG_1794-300x110proceeds this year will go to the George “Doc” Whitney Memorial Scholarship Fund.

In addition to the Race and Fitness Walk there will be two “Fun Runs with Spiderman” starting at 9:20 a.m. You can find applications for both the Race and the Fun Run at the Orange Park and Recreation office at 525 Orange Center Road.

Race Day Entry Fees are $27 for Runners, $15 for 12 & Under Runners, $15 for the 2 Mile Fitness Walk and $8 for the Kids Fun Runs

Early Packet pickup and Late Registration will be held on Saturday, June 25th, at the High Plains Pavilion from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Day of the Race Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m.

For more information, contact Race Director Joe Riccio at (203) 481-7453 or Race Coordinator Jane Opper at (203) 795-9351.

Originally Published on: Jun 4, 2016 @ 19:49

Second Publishing on Jun 13, 2016 @ 07:14

Also Published on: Jun 20, 2016 @ 11:06

 

Shredding Day, Bicycle Collection A Great Success

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Jun 252016
 

IMG_9346Another very successful Shredding Day event took place at the High Plains Community Center parking lot on Saturday, June 25 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Orange Recycling Committee Chairman Mitch Goldblatt said, “More than 130 Orange Residents brought about 11,000 pounds of documents to be shredded by Affordable Solutions, LLC of Orange.”

In addition, the Rotary Club of Orange collected about 30 bicycles that will be given to BEEEP Inc. (Bicycle Education, Entrepreneurship and Enrichment Program). BEEEP is a New Haven-based non-profit program that recycles bicycles and teaches repair and riding skills.

A small video camera inside the truck allows you to see your documents being destroyed.

A small video camera inside the truck allows you to see your documents being destroyed.

Goldblatt added, “Special thanks goes to the Rotary Club who sponsored this event for us and allowed this to once again be free of charge to Orange residents. Finally, the Rotarians collected hundreds of dollars in donations for the Orange Rotary Scholarship Fund.”

“We had lots of help today and truly many hands do make light work,” Goldblatt said. “I would like to acknowledge the following people and apologize in advance for anyone I missed:”

Orange Recycling Committee

Tom George, Mary-Jo Sierakowski, Karen Della-Giustina, John Brown (former member).

Student Volunteers

Jake Hollander, Evan Hollander, Dana Della-Giustina, Megan Sullivan.

Rotary Club of Orange

Bob Sigler, Glenn Pearson, Trish Pearson, Diane Eger, Ed Cowern, Carl Russell, And others!

 

Thanks again EVERYBODY for a real TEAM effort!

                                                                                            Mitch

 

Still Time To Get To This Excellent Benefit Tag Sale

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Jun 252016
 

An Orange family is hosting a benefit Tag Sale at 456 Grassy Hill Road, Orange, for their good friends Willie and Annette. [Please read his story here:https://www.gofundme.com/supportwillieheal.]

The posted “end” time was 4 p.m., but if you stop by, they will be more than happy to see you before they begin cleaning up at 5 p.m. (even while they are cleaning up).

There are still thousands of excellent items available for sale. One woman just walked away with a beautiful Cello with case and bow for a bargain price.

Grab your wallet and make your way over to 456 Grassy Hill Road now for a very good cause.

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Orange Rotary, Recycling, Join For Shredding Event, Bicycle Donation Day

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Jun 252016
 

Screen Shot 2016-05-30 at 11.23.49 AMThe Rotary Club of Orange, together with Orange Recycling, will hold a shredding day at High Plains Community Center on June 25 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Bicycles of all sizes also may be donated at the same time.

Items brought for shredding should be personal documents, and all paper should be removed from binders or notebooks beforehand. Although there is no charge to area residents, donations will be gratefully received. The donations will be used for our annual student scholarships.

Donated bicycles will be given to BEEEP Inc. (Bicycle Education, Entrepreneurship and Enrichment Program). BEEEP is a New Haven-based non-profit program that recycles bicycles and teaches repair and riding skills. BEEEP enriches the community through biking for people who don’t have bikes, those whose bikes are broken, and those who don’t feel safe riding in the city.

Rotary is the only service club of its type in the world. Orange Rotary welcomes new members at its weekly luncheons. The Orange Rotary Club includes community business people, professionals, and like-minded individuals. Those interested in membership can consult www.rotaryclubfororange.org This website offers insight into Rotary’s mission and service opportunities.

Originally Published on: May 30, 2016 @ 11:27

Second Publishing on: Jun 14, 2016 @ 14:23

Help A Neighbor: Fundraiser For The Graham Family

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Jun 222016
 

Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 12.05.02 PMAs many of you know, Rob Graham tragically lost his life a few short weeks ago to a car accident. He leaves behind a wife and two children, one going into 6th grade and one going into high school.

This family is incredible and really needs our help.

Deb Marino, in partnership with Jim Hassenmayer will host a fundraiser for the Graham Family at the Orange Ale house Grille and Burger Bar, 517 Boston Post Road, Orange, on Friday, July 15 from 5 to 9 p.m. with food, music by DJ RE, a silent auction and raffle. Cash bar but drink specials. Tickets are $40 per person.

Please come and support the Graham family and buy your tickets now (you can buy at the door). Tickets may be purchased in cash or via a check payable to cash and sent to Deb Marino at 658 Orange Center Road in Orange.

If you would like to donate a silent auction or raffle item, or have any questions, contact Jim Hassenmayer at the Ale House or Deb Marino at 203-214-7008.

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Tee Off With The Orange Lions

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Jun 152016
 

892275_250933571717294_1307934427_oREMINDER: The Orange Lions Club will host its annual Glow Ball Golf Tournament on Friday, June 17.

The event begins at 6 p.m. with a stop at the Orange Ale House Grille and Burger Bar,  517 Boston Post Road  for food and drinks.

Then you’ll be off to The Orchards Golf Course, 137 Kozlowski Drive, Milford for a Shot Gun Start at 8:30 p.m.

The tournament uses a 4 person scramble format with a closest to the pin contest, low gross and putting contest.

Prizes and drinks at 11 p.m.

Registration closed on Friday, May 20.

Registration fee is $125 per golfer, which includes glow ball, food/drinks and prizes.

For tickets call Nick Bencivengo at 203-901-9062, or Ron Ruotolo at 203-996-0989 or e-mail [email protected].

Space is limited, so register today!

Originally Published on: Apr 27, 2016 @ 11:23

Second Publishing on: May 13, 2016 @ 02:27

You’re Invited To A “Summers Night” Fundraiser

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Jun 132016
 

Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 1.39.09 PMThe Orange Republican Town Committee (ORTC) will host a “Summers Night” fundraiser on Thursday, July 14 at the Marino’s house 830 Bayberry Lane, Orange at 7 p.m.

Join them for an evening of “all you can eat” pizza from the amazing Reno’s Pizza Truck along with fine wine, beer and dessert.

The evening will be filled with music, an outdoor fire pit and more.

The cost is $75 per person. Checks can be made payable to the ORTC and mailed to Deb Marino at 657 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT 06477.

For more info, call Deb Marino at 203-214-7008.

Reservations by Sunday, July 10.