Rotary Hosts Lobsterfest Fundraising Event

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Jul 272015

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.









Orange Historical Society Tag Sale Features Collectible Baseball Cards

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Jul 252015

Screen Shot 2015-07-19 at 4.03.22 PMThe Orange Historical Society is planning its monthly tag sale for July 25 at the Academy Museum and Antique Shop,605 Orange Center Road, weather permitting.

The antique shop is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with quality antiques and collectibles.

Ask to see our collection of baseball cards and look through the newest postcard as well.

Come shop for those summertime hostess gifts.
For information call 203-795-3106.

The baseball cards can be seen on Craig’s list under “collectibles baseball cards, Orange, updated list.”

Business: You Can Be a Tee Sign Sponsor At OEDC Golf Tourney

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Jul 212015

Screen Shot 2015-07-21 at 9.16.49 AMThe Orange Economic Development Corporation’s 9th Annual Golf Tournament, will take place at the Orange Hills Country Club in Orange on Friday, Sept. 18.

We would like to encourage local businesses to become Tee Sign Sponsors.  Tee Signs are priced at $100 per sign.  If you are interested in this opportunity and/or are interested in participating in the tournament, call us at 203-891-1045.

The OEDC projects 80 to 100 golfers to participate in the tournament.

We are planning a great event and are looking forward to having a fantastic day on the course!

OH WHAT A NIGHT! Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation Gala Benefit Concert To Beat All Concerts!

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Jul 162015

hyully flierPresenting a dynamic musical review of hit songs from America’s favorite boys from New Jersey, OH WHAT A NIGHT! A Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons headlines the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation’s thirteenth annual Evening for the Arts Gala Benefit on Saturday, Sept. 12, at Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

The performance begins at 7 p.m. and is preceded by an Evening for the Arts reception at 6 p.m., which includes complimentary wine and beer, light hors d’oeuvres and a Silent Auction. This year’s pre-concert Silent Auction features more than 150 items including a vacation getaway, a sunrise hot air balloon ride, vintage, handcrafted & designer items, baskets of treats, theater and sports tickets, as well as Hollywood and sport memorabilia.

Tickets are available through the Quick Center Box Office: (203) 254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396. (1-877-278-7396). Tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the door.

About the Headliners

OhWhatANight!_photo2OH WHAT A NIGHT! is an exciting musical revue written by Motown producer George Solomon, directed by award-winning Broadway producer/director Michael Chapman with choreography by Paul Holmquist. The show features all the original Valli-Four Season hits as well as many top 10 releases not in Broadway’s Tony award-winning hit musical. According to Judy Primavera, foundation co-founder and president,“Everyone loves this music. We are very fortunate to have the country’s #1 Frankie Valli-Four Seasons tribute band at our gala.”

OH WHAT A NIGHT’s exhilarating, family-friendly musical revue thrills its audiences with great choreography, boundless energy, humor and instantly recognizable classic hits such as Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like A Man, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, My Eyes Adored You, Working My Way Back To You, Let’s Hang On and Who Loves You. The Gala will also showcase the talents the young people who are involved in the foundation’s programs.

The Masters of Ceremonies for the evening’s festivities is Jared Brown, Artist Director of Square Foot Theatre in Wallingford, with Rob and Andrea Kennedy, Directors of Amity Creative Theatre, serving as co-hosts and auctioneers.

About the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation

jamieThe Evening for the Arts Gala benefits the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the educational enrichment and professional development of young artists and early career professionals, and created in the memory of Orange, CT, resident Jamie Alaine Hulley. All proceeds from the Gala go to support the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, which sponsors scholarships, educational programs and grants in the arts throughout Connecticut, especially in the greater New Haven and Fairfield counties.

The foundation’s presence has its greatest impact in the BOW elementary schools and the Amity Middle and High Schools. Students in all six elementary schools and the two Amity Middle Schools have benefitted from the foundation’s arts educational programs, including a start-up grant for the Spartan Players theater club at the Bethany campus. At Amity High School, the foundation sponsors a visiting artist series in studio art, music, and theatre; the Memory Project, Mugs for Mankind, storytelling SLAM, as well as Amity Creative Theatre’s fall play and spring musical.

This year a total of nine Amity graduates are recipients of four-year partial college scholarships to study art or theatre.

For information on the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, visit www.jamiehulleyartsfund.org, call (203) 891-8869, or email: [email protected].

Just 15 Days Until The Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival Begins

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Jul 152015

IMG_5153The Orange Public Works Department strung the sign over Orange Center Road this morning, so it won’t be long before the 2015 Firemen’s Carnival begins.

The Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival takes place at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange July 30, 31 August 1, 2, 2015

Carnival Operating Hours

Thursday – 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Friday – 5:00 PM to 12 midnight

Saturday – 12 Noon to 12 midnight

Sunday – 12 Noon to 5:00 PM

Friday 10:30PM and Saturday at 10:45PM


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

5th prize Apple iPad WiFi 16 GB – Best Buy

6th prize $350 Gift Card – Chip’s Family Restaurant

7th prize $300 Gift Card – Trader Joe’s

8th prize $250 Gift Card – Knights, Inc.

9th prize $200 Gift Card – Ben’s Service Center

10th prize Tickets to New Haven Open at Yale Tennis Tournament

LETTER: Food Tent Volunteers Still Needed To Help At The Firemen’s Carnival

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Jul 152015

Volunteers working in the main food tent

Volunteers working in the main food tent

Hi Everyone:

As most of you know the Firemen’s Carnival starts on Thursday July 30 this year and then Friday night, all day and night Saturday and wraps up Sunday during the day with the raffle drawing.

It has been harder and harder to find volunteers to assist in the food pavilion. We need help!

Please come to pitch in. Even if you have a couple of hours-Remember having a volunteer department helps keep our taxes lower than having a paid department.

Give a few hours to show your support. A lot of Amity students come to help fulfill their community service hours.

Note: Day time is starting at 11:30 a.m. to get rolling for noon. Evening volunteers get there at 4:30 p.m. or later.
Any time you can give is greatly appreciated.
— I hope to hear from you soon,
Denise Mirto, Volunteer Coordinator

Knights Of Columbus Golf Tourney Benefits Homeless Veterans

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Jul 112015

Screen Shot 2015-07-11 at 9.14.32 PMThe Knights of Columbus, W Patrick Donlin Assembly 2459 will host its Third annual Golf Tournament at The Country Club of Woodbridge • Woodbridge, CT on Friday, September 11.

Registration and Breakfast at 8:00 a.m. with a 9:00 a.m. Shotgun Start, Reception Luncheon and Awards immediately following play. Registration is $150 per golfer. Non-Golfers Luncheon: $50 Donation

The primary beneficiary of the tournament is Harkness House, which is Columbus house’s home for homeless veterans in New Haven. For more information, call: Ric Raffone at 203.640.6482 or email: [email protected] or Michael Muttitt at [email protected]

Welcome To The New NuVita! Grand Re-Opening at 6 p.m. July 11

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Jul 112015

Welcome To NuVita! Take off your coat and stay a while.

Nuvita Frozen Yogurt & Cafe, 35 Old Tavern Road, Orange is ready to show off its new look and celebrating its fourth anniversary today, July 11, starting at 6 p.m.

For a few weeks this Spring, owner Jason Moon and his crew revamped the interior of the popular Froyo shop and prepared to add some new items to the menu.

This Grand Re-Opening Celebration is planned to coincide with the anniversary  with live music, the first 30 customers get 50% off their yogurt purchase, and there will be a $3 bubble tea special (oriental tea with tapioca pearls on the bottom) all night.

There will be free New Nuvita Shirt giveaways and you will have a chance to win a raffle for a $100 Nuvita Gift Card.

When you walk in, you will notice new flooring, a new counter layout, new seating arrangement, a large table that Jason made himself, window counter seating with tall stools, and as always, a helpful, friendly staff.

Also, 20% of all proceeds go to help the people of Nepal who were devastated by earthquakes.

If you haven’t tried NuVita yet — why not? If you have, come on by and see what’s new and exciting.

Notes In A Nutshell: Information From the July 8 Board of Selectmen’s Meeting

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Jul 082015

The Orange Board of Selectmen’s meeting took place Wednesday, July 8 at 7:30 p.m.


Selectman Judy Williams said the crews did a wonderful job on the roads and she hopes that more roads can be done with the same quality workmanship.


Screen Shot 2015-07-08 at 7.36.22 PMWilliams said the Farmer’s Market last week was great, adding that Zuppardi’s Pizza Truck will attend the Market and be selling pizza.

First Selectman Jim Zeoli said two dedicated townspeople, Ed Vaughn and John Serfilippi both recently died and will be sorely missed.

The 4th of July event was excellent with a great band and larger fireworks show. He suggested everyone watch Kevin Arnone’s Fireworks Drone Video.

Roadwork is complete except for Dogwood Road which is 3/4 of the way done. Backfilling and seeding near the new curbs still has to be done.

The work in the grassy area in front of High Plains Community Center is the preparation for a parking lot.

The Farmers’ Market goes on until 7 p.m. on Thursdays.


Screen Shot 2015-07-08 at 8.00.09 PMTo consider and act on the request to hold a concert at the Orange Fair Grounds – Alec Melotto

Benefit concert for the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation.

Bands would audition for participation (much like the Amity Pops Concert).

The Foundation would benefit from Donations only.

He expects about 200 people in the audience for the 3 hour show 6:30 – 9:30 (approximate).

Concert Friday, Aug. 7  rain date on Sat. Aug. 8.

Request was unanimously approved.

Screen Shot 2015-07-08 at 8.01.55 PMTo consider and act on the request from the American Legion Post 127 for the use of HPCC for a fundraiser (enclosure)Lewis Merritt

November 21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Nov. 22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekend. Stratford Gun Collector’s Association Show and exhibit. Includes classes and lectures. antique firearms.  — No guns will be fired

Everything conforms to the state laws and have been Ok’d by the town and state police. Security personnel will be on hand at all times.

This will benefit the American Legion Post 127, which serves Orange Veterans.

Request approved 4-1.

Screen Shot 2015-07-08 at 7.58.32 PMTo consider and act on the proposal for a trial period cleaning service for the Case Memorial Library (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli

Local business to be used for a trial 6 month trial period, then if it proves to be worthwhile, it would go out to bid.

The former custodian John Serfilippi recently passed away prompting the town to consider different options.

Two selectmen didn’t care for the idea of not going out to bid, two thought it was a good idea to have a trial period with a vendor.

Zeoli said 3 months wouldn’t be long enough to prove its worth, and he didn’t want to commit to a year.

Vangard Cleaning Services.

Unanimously Approved

Screen Shot 2015-07-08 at 7.37.44 PMTo consider and act on the waiver of medical benefits for one employee (enclosure)

Unanimously Approved

To consider and act on the request to approve the tax refunds totaling $11,400.45(enclosure)

Unanimously Approved


Bond Construction Oversight – Selectman Goldblatt

Bond committee pleased with roads projects, may have to go out for another bond for additional road work next year.

Close Regular Meeting and convene Executive Session


Discussion of the Collective Bargaining Agreement Between The Town of Orange and United Public Service Employees Union, Local 424, Unit 21 (Clerical) (enclosure)  James Zeoli, First Selectman

Unanimously Approved

Discussion of the agreement between the Town of Orange and Amaya Architects – Vincent Marino, Town Counsel

Terminate an agreement with the contractor for the HPCC.

Unanimously Approved

Discussion of pay rates and insurance co-pays for non-union Town of Orange employees– James Zeoli, First Selectman

for 2015-2016

Unanimously Approved