Tonight’s The Night: Eagles Tribute Band /Fireworks At The Fairgrounds

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Jul 052015

HCal_POSTER_ALLTEXTThe Town of Orange may be small in population, but it now has the reputation for bringing in internationally renowned bands and one of the most spectacular fireworks displays in the New Haven County.

For this year’s Independence Day Concert, “Hotel California – The Original Eagles Tribute” will perform prior to the town’s Annual Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular. The four man band, which is making its CT debut, hail from Toronto, Canada, prides itself on creating the illusion that you are listening to the actual “Eagles.” 

They’ve shared the stage with the Doobie Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Gretchen Wilson and many more International artists. They’ve performed in Dubai, Japan, India, Bermuda & all over the United States and Canada. The event will take place at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, on Sunday, July 5 (rain date Monday July 6).

Come early and get a good seat. Admission is free. There will be a suggested parking donation of $5 that will benefit the Orange Little League.

The festivities will begin promptly at 6:30 pm with welcoming comments from Orange First Selectman Jim Zeoli. The Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular with Patriotic Music will begin promptly at 9:30 p.m.

Producer Rocky Salperto said, “We are looking forward to another premiere event for area residents to enjoy. We are excited about producing this show for the fourth consecutive year. As the crowds keep increasing year to year, we feel we must be doing something right.”

The event is made possible through area sponsors including:

Major Sponsors: The Orange Foundation; Cohen & Wolf, P.C.;  Yale University; Orange Town News and the Town of Orange.

Gold Sponsors: Orange Insurance Center, Bella Napoli Pizza, and Urgent Care Center.

And many Silver, Bronze and Patron Sponsors, without whom this event could never take place.

Food vendors and novelty items will be available for purchase at the fairgrounds beginning at 6:00 pm. WPLR Radio also will be broadcasting live on location with a celebrity guest.

The Orange Lions will be in the Pavilion selling snacks.

Look for the Orange Volunteer Firemen (and women) selling tickets for their upcoming carnival raffle — top prize $5,000 Visa Gift Card.

 Originally Published on: May 31, 2015 @ 23:49

Second Publishing on: June 30, 2015 at 10:38 

Third Publishing on: Jul 2, 2015 @ 19:08

Organizers See Smaller Crowd, Still Pleased With Doc’s Race Participation

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Jun 282015

IMG_2398A Stamford teen wasted no time in crossing the finish line at Sunday’s Doc’s Race in Orange. For Gilmar Barrios, 17, there was no pressure as he rounded the corner into the Orange Fairgrounds for the final quarter mile of the 5K and won the race at 16:50.30.

Barrios was second last year behind Kyle Beaudette. 

Elizabeth Fengler, 19, of Wallingford repeated last year’s win as the first female finisher at 19:36.50 (11 seconds shy of her 2014 time)

The first Orange resident to finish was Anthony Tom, 14, with a time of 19:31.77.

Branford’s Don Osborne, 93, no stranger to Orange Road Races, finished at 63:45.96

One memorable runner was Orange Parks Dept Worker Chris Small, who ran with his 3 kids in a a stroller. They finished at 27:34.22

Race Director Joe Riccio said Orange has so many 5K races that it’s hard to get people to come out especially when they use the same route.

“I paid to have this route certified and everyone uses it,” Riccio said. “The Board of Selectmen approve any race that’s requested.”

He said runners don’t like participating in 5Ks that are close together on the same route, so if local races are going to be successful, they have to be well managed by experienced people, use different routes and spaced out so they can attract more runners.

Race Coordinator Jane Opper said she was happy with the turn-out, (about 200 participants), but a larger crowd would have been better for the cause. Doc’s inaugural race in 2013 had 353 runners; in 2014 there were 273.

Full Results can be found on the Fast Track Timing website.

Today is The Online Registration Deadline For Doc’s Race 5K on June 28

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Jun 232015

Last year's winner, Orange resident Kyle Beaudette.

Last year’s winner, Orange resident Kyle Beaudette.

Get your mismatched socks ready because the Third Annual 5K “Doc’s Race” is happening in Orange at the High Plains Community Center on Sunday, June 28 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 Fitness Walk be held in his name in Orange.  All of the proceeds 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. Applications also are available online at www.hitekracing.com and you can register online until June 23.

One special feature of “Doc’s  Race” is that there will be no registration fee for people 65 and up.  However, this is only for participants who mail in an application and pre-register by June 20.  You will not be able to take advantage of this offer online.

For more information, please call Race Director, Joe Riccio at 203-481-7453 or email him at [email protected] Or you can call Race Coordinator, Jane Opper, at 203-795-9351.

Originally Published on: May 22, 2015 @ 14:25

Second Publishing on: Jun 17, 2015 @ 10:25

Nuvita Grand Re-Opening Will Coincide With Fourth Anniversary

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Jun 222015


This is a change from the original announcement:

Nuvita Frozen Yogurt & Cafe, 35 Old Tavern Road, Orange will be celebrating its fourth anniversary on July 11, and it is ready to show off its new look.

For a few weeks in 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.

A Grand Re-Opening Celebration is being planned to coincide with the anniversary  with live music, the first 30 customers get bogo (buy 1 get 1 free) yogurt, and there will be a $3 bubble tea special (oriental tea with tapioca pearls on the bottom).

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

The exact date and time will be announced soon.

Panther Pounce, A Memorable Event For Many Participants

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Jun 202015

IMG_1276Peck Place School had a beautiful day for its annual Panther Pounce 5K Road Race today.

Although event organizer Whitney Shanley said, “We had a decent turnout for the race.”

Similar to the Race Brook School Rockin’ Road Race the crowd was a bit smaller than usual (161 participants) perhaps because so many new 5K races have been popping up in town every year.

Food For Thought

Firefighter George Geane may have come up with the best solution to help save these two classic school fundraising events — combine them. It’s something both schools can consider the “Rockin’ Pather Pounce” could take the same certified route as the Chilly Chili Run and registered runners may check a box for either Peck Place or Race Brook so their entry fee would go to the school of their choice.

The union could save on the cost of the police presence, entertainment, awards and refreshments. — Think about it.

Victorious Moments

All that aside, today’s race was special for some runners:

One older man who crashed to the ground on Treat Lane near Old Country Road was fortunate to have medical assistance immediately available. The school nurse was one of the first on scene and provided CPR and Orange Police Lt. Max Martins gave him a jump start with an AED. (By the end of the race the man was sitting up in his hospital bed and talking to people.)

A 35-year-0ld first time 5k runner was thrilled to cross the finish line, period, but was ecstatic to see others coming in after the 32 minute mark behind her.

For 15-year-old Shayna Goldblatt, it was a huge day for her entire family. She was the first Goldblatt EVER to run a 5K, and for Shayna, well, she came in 18th overall, just 2 seconds behind the first place female in her age category.

Orange’s Nick Bencivengo, 17, placed second overall and first in his age group, his second big win in as many races.

This also was a fine day for the Beaudette family. Dad, Roland was the overall winner, crossing the finish line ahead of the pack at 18:56; 11-year-old Mason came in second in his age group at 21:48; mom, Jamie came in third in her age group at 30:14; and 14-year-old Lani came in at 29:11.

Son Kyle, who is known for his accomplishments on the Amity High School track team was the only family member that didn’t run today, but he still had an important role in the event — he was the guy in the panther suit.



School Will Be Over, But The Peck Place Panther Pounce Will Go On

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Jun 202015

race2586-logo.btjCaPThis Saturday, June 20, Peck Place School, 500 Peck Lane, Orange, will host its third annual Peck Place Panther Pounce 5K.

Race registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

Race steps off at 9 a.m.

Registration Information:
Adults: $35.00 Race Day Registration Fee
Students:  $10.00 Registration Fee

10:00 am Awards Ceremony Begins

Questions / Sponsorship Information:

If you have questions, contact Whitney Shanley at [email protected]. 

If you would like to be an event sponsor, make a donation to the prize raffle, or show your support by becoming a family sponsor ($10.00 donation per family), contact Tracey Russo at [email protected].

Show Your Support By Running Or Walking On June 20, 2015


In addition to the race, rock station 99.1 WPLR will be on hand to DJ the event, there will be a huge air slide for the kids, face painting, complimentary chiropractic adjustments courtesy of Dr. David Durso of Advanced Spine and Sports, Smoothie King with free smoothies, and much more.

Orange Rotary Presents Scholarship Awards

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Jun 142015

Rotary Scholarship Presentation. (Photo courtesy of Brad Marcus)

Rotary Scholarship Presentation. (Photo courtesy of Brad Marcus)

The Orange Rotary presented three scholarships to Amity Seniors during a luncheon on Friday June 12.

This year’s scholarship winners were Orange residents Rachel Marcus, Amanda Hudson, and Sarah Killian.

Congratulations to all of these students on this well-deserved recognition.

PHOTOS: A Great Day For The Strawberry Festival

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Jun 132015

The Orange Congregational Church hosted its annual Strawberry Festival on the Orange Fairgrounds Saturday, June 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The lines for the Strawberry Shortcake and such were long and steady all day long. The fresh baked Strawberry Rhubarb pies (still warm) were flying off the table, and vendors sold their wares in under tents on the field.

Shamrock Farm brought truckloads of potted and hanging plants for sale which made for a colorful backdrop at the event.

Here are some photos from the Festival:



Why Are There Firefighters in My Neighborhood?

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Jun 102015

Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 8.04.04 PMIf you see fire trucks in your neighborhood and firefighters going door-to-door, don’t worry, nothing is wrong, they’re just there making it easy for you to obtain raffle tickets for the annual Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival.

In past years, the firefighters were able to mail the tickets and residents would return the stubs along with a check. But then, last year, the postal service said “No, you can’t do that.” and the fire department took a big hit.

This year’s top prize is a $5,000 Visa Card, second prize $4,000 … and 8 other desirable prizes to win, all for the cost of a $5 raffle ticket.

The proceeds go to the Orange Volunteer Fire Department for their expenses, such as, equipment and training.

So when you see the firemen coming to your door, grab your wallet and a pen and buy as many tickets as you can to help them out and show that you appreciate these highly trained volunteers for their service to the community.

Knights Of Columbus Hosts Art Auction In Orange June 13

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Jun 092015

Screen Shot 2015-06-09 at 5.54.30 PMHere’s something new to do: an Art Auction in Orange! The Holy Infant Knights of Columbus are sponsoring an art auction, to be run by Marlin Fine Auctions & Creative Events, Inc. in the Holy Infant School Auditorium, 460 Racebrook Road on Saturday, June 13. Parking is free and plentiful.

The preview of items to be auctioned will begin at 6 p.m, with hors d’oeuvres, dessert and beverages provided. The auction itself will begin at 7 p.m. Items to be auctioned include fine art, photographs, contemporary, landscape, sports and more.

A suggested donation of $10 is requested for admission and advance purchase is requested. Tickets are available by calling Mike at 203-799-7818 or Kevin at 203-795-0134. All net proceeds are for the benefit of the Knights’ Father Killeen Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships for young men and women graduating from high school each year.

Guest Artist John Stanisci will be in attendance. John Stanisci has been a professional illustrator for Marvel and DC Comics for more than 18 years. Mr.Stanisci has worked on characters such as Spider-man, The Hulk, Batman, Cat Woman, Superman and most recently on Batman Beyond. The trade paperback edition of Batman Beyond premiered at number one on the New York Times best seller list for graphic novels.

The comic books acquired through an auction are rare in that John Stanisci only autographs them for Marlin Art because he is a personal friend of the owner. In addition, John has expanded his repertoire to include amazing original watercolors. Customized commissioned pieces are available that can include your favorite characters (comic book or even your own kids)!

In addition to being an artist, John is also an actor who recently made his Broadway debut in “Irena’s Vow” starring opposite 4 time Tony Nominee, Tovah Feldshuh. John has appeared in many plays, films, and TV shows. Most recent is the upcoming film “Expecting Mary”, where John co starred opposite Cybil Shepard, Linda Gray, Elliot Gould and others.