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Community Services Seeks Vendors for The Senior Health and Safety Fair

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Aug 262016

Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 10.44.42 PMA note from Community Services Director Joan Cretella:
Community Services is looking for local businesses and service providers for its 15th Annual Orange Senior Health and Safety Fair at the High Plains Community Center Gym, 525 Orange Center Road, this Friday September 16, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Cost of a table is $80 for businesses and free to non profit providers with a 501(c)3 designation.
The event is free to the public. All proceeds from this event will go to the Orange Senior Center.
All of its programs, activities, events and offerings are self-generated solely from fees and donations.
For more information or to reserve a table, contact Joan Cretella, Dennis Marsh or Denise Stein at Community Services 203-891-4788
Community Services asks for your support to maintain these vital programs.

Mark Your Calendars For The 36th Annual Odyssey Greek Festival

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Aug 252016

Senior Odyssey DancersSaint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road, is preparing for its 36th Annual Odyssey Greek Festival on Labor Day Weekend — Friday – Monday, Sept. 2, 3, 4, and 5.

Festival to Feature All Things Greek including Greek Cuisine, Live Music, Greek Dancing, and a bustling Hellenic agora (marketplace).

Set on the grounds of the beautiful Byzantine-style Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, ODYSSEY 2016 offers something for everyone.

ODYSSEY 2016 includes:

• Classic Greek cuisine – appetizers (meze), Greek pastries (glyka), lamb on the spit (souvla), moussaka, gyro, spanakopita (spinach pie) and pastitisio (Greek style lasagna) • “Gourmet Meze Grille” – gourmet appetizers, including saganaki (flaming cheese), loukaniko sausage, grilled shrimp, lamb chops, avgolemono soup, dips and pitas

• Live Greek cooking demonstrations – learn to prepare some classic Greek foods

• Greek marketplace – Gourmet Greek grocery, t-shirts, jewelry, arts & crafts, bookstore

• Treasures ’n Junque – Odyssey’s giant tag sale

• Presentations on Greek culture and religion, along with tours of Saint Barbara Church • Greek dance performances –Traditional Greek folk dances performed by the ODYSSEY Dancers

• Greek dance lessons – taught by the ODYSSEY Dancers (8:30 p.m., Sat and Sun)

• Nightly dancing to ODYSSEY’s live Greek band, “The Hellenic Company”

• Kids’ area – Rides, games, and magic shows.

• Raffle – Have a chance at winning the grand prize of $10,000 cash, or one of 9 additional prizes!

• Senior Citizens Day: Fri. Sept. 2, from 12 – 3 pm – 20% senior citizen discount on meals.

For 35 years ODYSSEY has delighted the senses with a feast of Greek cuisine, the thrill of Greek dance, the sounds of the bouzouki, and the ethnic flavor of the Agora (Marketplace).

Stop by Saint Barbara’s ODYSSEY for Connecticut’s greatest “Greek Party,” a rain-or-shine Labor Day tradition.

HOURS: 12 noon to 10 PM on Fri., Sat., Sun. 9/2, 9/3, 9/4; 12 noon to 7 PM on Mon. 9/5.

FREE ADMISSION and FREE PARKING (on-site and next door at Holy Infant Church).

RAIN OR SHINE INFO: 203-795-1347 or visit www.saintbarbara.org


Orange Republicans Plan Annual Picnic

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Aug 242016

republican picnicThe Orange Republican Town Committee will host its annual picnic in the pavilion at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road on Saturday, August 27 from 12 -4 pm.

Come enjoy some food, dessert, wine, beer and soft drinks.
The cost is $25 per adult and $10 per child.
The cost at the door is $30 so reserve your space today.
Make checks payable to ORTC and Mail to P. O. Box 632, Orange CT 06477.
For other information, call Nancy at 203-795-4619.

People’s United Bank Supports the Orange Volunteer Fire Department

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Aug 222016

Screen Shot 2016-08-22 at 11.31.48 AMOne of the few remaining all-volunteer incorporated fire departments in the State of Connecticut just received a boost from People’s United Bank.

As part of the People’s United Bank Employee Volunteer Recognition Program, Customer Service Manager Silvi Sboui recently donated $750 to the Orange Volunteer Fire Department (OVFD).

The People’s United Employee Volunteer Recognition Program recognizes employees for the time and talent they devote to local organizations in the communities served by the bank. Sboui, who works at the Orange Center Branch, was chosen to receive the bank’s Community Champion Award. The award includes the opportunity to designate a donation to the employee’s charity of her choice, so Sboui chose the OVFD.

Active OVFD members are on-call to serve the community 24-hour a day, seven days a week, dispatching from two stations: Station 1 at Orange Center Road and Station 2 at Boston Post Road.

“They are always willing to help the community and every year we witness, firsthand, their efforts to raise money through their annual carnival,” explained Sboui.

Due to federal regulations, the OVFD is no longer able to mail raffle tickets to help pay for equipment and safety gear. The organization now must rely on individual contributions and proceeds from the annual carnival. The $750 donation from People’s United Bank will help the Orange Volunteer Fire Department in its efforts to raise $900,000 towards a much-needed new fire truck.

“People’s United Bank is extremely proud of the positive impact that our employees make in their local neighborhoods,” said Karen Galbo, Director of People’s United Community Foundation and Community Relations. “The recognition program is a way for us to not only honor our employees for their volunteer work, but to also thank organizations for their dedication and service to our communities.”

To make a donation, contact the Orange Volunteer Fire Department at 203-891-1052, or by email at [email protected].

Get Your Tickets For The Columbus Day Weekend Brew At The Zoo

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Aug 192016

beardsley zoo tiger

The Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport, is Connecticut’s ONLY Zoo, and it is just 15 minutes away from Orange.

Amity High School Students had the opportunity to spend time there this summer as part of a conservation program.

It takes a lot of money and volunteer work to run the Zoo, including keeping the grounds clean and caring for the animals. Fundraising events help keep things running smoothly. You can help by purchasing season passes or by attending one of the special events they plan every year.

Tap Into Your Wild Side, Don’t miss Brew at the Zoo hosted by GlenRo Spirit Shoppe on Sunday, Oct. 9, 3 to 7 p.m.

Enjoy craft beers, live music, a silent auction, and more.  Delicious fare will be available for purchase from local food trucks.

Visit beardsleyzoo.org for updates on participating brews and food trucks.


General Admission is $40. If available, tickets are $50 at the gate.

Ticket price includes Zoo admission, souvenir tasting glass and all beer samples.

This is an adult-only event. Must be 21 or older to attend.

Click HERE to buy tickets

Support the Arts: Four By Four Will Put On An Awesome Show

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Aug 192016

FourByFour-textFairfield University Quick Center for the Arts hosts “FOUR by FOUR – A Tribute to the Legendary Music of the Beach Boys, Beatles, Bee Gees and Motown,” Saturday, September 10.

The performance is part of The Evening for the Arts Gala, which 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 resident Jamie Alaine Hulley.

“FOUR by FOUR – A Tribute to the Legendary Music of the Beach Boys, Beatles, Bee Gees and Motown” — an exhilarating musical revue of hits songs from four of the most iconic musical styles of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s — headlines the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation’s fourteenth annual Evening for the Arts Gala Benefit on Saturday, September 10, 2016, 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 silent and live auctions. 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.

“FOUR by FOUR” hails from Las Vegas and is the brainchild of the same creative team that brought OH WHAT NIGHT! to last year’s Hulley Foundation event. This exciting and nostalgic music revue is conceived and directed by award-winning Broadway producer/director Michael Chapman, written by Motown producer George Solomon, and choreographed by Paul Holmquist.

The show features some of the most memorable songs from the California surfing scene, the British Invasion, the Disco decade, and Detroit city’s Motown – FOUR electrifying musical performances in ONE extraordinary night of entertainment!

“Everyone is sure to be singing along to the music and on their feet dancing – this music makes everyone feel good!” said Judy Primavera, co-founder and president of the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation. “There is something for everyone – it’s a real musical smorgasbord of classic hits songs from three decades.”

FOUR by FOUR thrills its audiences with their vocal perfection, great choreography, humorous banter, and music-inspired costume changes as they perform some of the most memorable songs of our time including Good Vibrations, She Love You, Staying Alive, and My Girl. The Gala also showcases the talents of young aspiring performers involved in the foundation’s programs at Square Foot Theatre in Wallingford, Amity High School’s Creative Theatre, and Broadway Method Academy in Fairfield. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening is Jared Brown, Artistic Director of Square Foot Theatre with Rob and Andrea Kennedy, Directors of Amity Creative Theatre, serving as co-hosts and auctioneers.

The Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the educational enrichment and professional development of young artists and early career professionals, was founded to celebrate the memory of the late Jamie Alaine Hulley. All proceeds from the Gala are dedicated to scholarships, educational programs and grants in the arts throughout Connecticut especially in the greater New Haven and Fairfield counties.

Since the foundation’s creation in 2002, nearly $700,000 in scholarships and grants have been awarded which have touched the lives of thousands of area youth each year. For information on the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, visit www.jamiehulleyartsfund.org, call 203-891-8869, or e-mail: [email protected].


Previously Published on: Aug 8, 2016 @ 03:00

OVFD Auxiliary Plans “Paint Nite” Fundraiser

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Aug 182016

Screen Shot 2016-08-18 at 9.41.54 AMThe Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will host a ‘Paint Nite at the Fire House’ Fundraiser on Monday, October 24 at 7 p.m.

Join the Auxiliary for an evening of fun and painting while helping to support the Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary. All the money the Auxiliary raises goes to support our 100% volunteer Fire Department to help with the expenses for training, equipment, and apparatus to keep Orange safe.

Come let your inner artist out as you paint along with a professional artist, and learn how to create your very own one of a kind masterpiece that you get to take home with you.

The featured painting is ‘Buzzin Around’ which you can see here.

No experience necessary and all supplies are provided so you don’t have to worry about a thing (except having a great time!).

In keeping with Fire Department rules, this a family friendly event, and alcohol is not permitted on the premises.

Coffee and dessert will be served.

The event begins promptly at 7 p.m. at the Station 1, next to Town Hall, 625 Orange Center Road, so arrive early to park and get a seat with those you’re coming with.

Cost is $45, tickets must be purchased in advance and are being sold exclusively online. Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Walk-ins cannot be admitted at the door.

If you don’t have access to buying online or need more information, contact Jillian at 203-799- 2486 or [email protected] to make arrangements to attend.

Visit the Auxiliary on Facebook.

Once you’ve tried it, you won’t believe the artwork you can create.




Hey Orange! Get Ready For Santa’s Helper 2016

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Aug 172016

On of 2015's happy families

One of 2015’s happy families

By now, nearly everyone has heard about the always popular, and exciting Santa’s Helper program from the Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary that has been delivering gifts, smiles and memories to hundreds of Orange families for the past 21 years. 

If you want to join in on the fun and have Santa, on his fire truck, with his elf and firefighter helpers come lights and sirens to your home, it’s easy.  E-mail Elf Mama at:  [email protected] for all the information you will need.

(Please do not call the fire stations as we are a volunteer fire department and there will not be anyone available to help you with Santa’s Helper). 

Santa’s Helper delivery day is Saturday, December 17, 2016, so don’t hesitate to contact Elf Mama. 

Plans are under way and you won’t want to miss out on being one of the 170 homes throughout Orange to have Santa stop by your house this December.

Democrats Announce Annual Picnic

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Aug 162016

Screen Shot 2016-07-20 at 5.32.26 PMThe Orange Democrats will host their annual Meet the Candidates Picnic at the High Plains Pavilion, Orange Fairgrounds , 525 Orange Center Road, on Thursday, Aug. 18 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call Bob at 203-530-7206 or Jody at 203-314-9975.


Originally Published on: Jul 20, 2016 @ 17:41


Sign Up Today For The OEDC 10th Anniversary Golf Tournament

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Aug 162016

OEDC LogoThe Orange Economic Development Corporation will host its 10th Annual Golf Tournament at Orange Hills Country Club, 389 Racebrook Road on Friday, September 16, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Executive Director Annemarie Sliby said, “The tournament is a great way to have some fun while networking with peers and coworkers.”
Registration begins at 11 a.m. at the clubhouse, where players will receive tournament gifts, can purchase raffle tickets, and can have lunch while wating for the shotgun start at noon sharp.
The tournament price is $175 per golfer and includes the following:
• 18 Holes of golf with cart
• Tournament gift
• Lunch at registration
• Snacks and drinks on the course (provided by Weichert Realtors)
• Contests – Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive (Men & Women) and Hole-in-One
• Dinner (your choice of steak or lobster)
• Massages (provided by Massage Green)
• Cold drinks at the Beer Tent provided by (Orange Ale House & Grill)
• Cigars (provided by Orange Cigar & More)
• Your chance to win some great Raffle Prizes
Contest and raffle prize winners will be announced during dinner.
The OEDC is accepting registrations. Note accommodation of singles, doubles and triples can be made. Call 203-891-1045 to register or register online at www.OrangeEDC.com/Events_Activities.
The OEDC is also accepting Tee Sign sponsors–call if interested.
Additional Sponsors include: F&W Equipment, Cohen and Wolf, Eagle Leasing, NORTHEAST Electronics, Massage Green, Orange Ale House, Orange Cigar and More, Tamaro Oil Corporation, and Weichert Realtors.