Food Truck Festival Filled The Fairgrounds On Friday

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May 272016

IMG_0437The third annual Race Brook School Food Truck Festival drew a huge crowd to the Orange Fairgrounds Friday night.

Everyone seemed to have their own strategy as to how they would choose their dinner.

Many knew exactly what they were looking for and made a bee line for the Fish, Grilled Cheese or Falafel, while others looked for familiar faces like Dave from Reno’s or Russ at Fire Dog. Although most had no plan at all and just wandered until they found something that suddenly appealed to their taste buds.

The band Velocity sounded great as it provided background music.

Many vendors of non-food items filled in the center of the field. One thing is for certain this event has grown in three years, both in size and popularity.

The Race Brook Food Truck Festival on Friday

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May 262016

12644787_1699229537016452_5480641038331246245_nThe Race Brook School Food Truck Festival is coming!

After being introduced a few years ago, the festival quickly became one of the town’s favorite events, and continues to grow with each passing year.

The Food Trucks will line the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, on Friday, May 27 from 4-8 p.m.

The food vendors include: Get Your Irish On Food Truck, serving everything Corned Beef; 744 West Bar & Grill; Buzz Truck; Zuppardi’s Pizza; Shoreline Prime. Also trucks with Pierogies, Vietnamese, Californian, Middle Eastern, American Grill, Seafood, Irish food, Grilled Cheese, Stuffed Potatoes, and so many more.

New to the event, but offering a service instead of food is Safe in the Car, LLC, a licensed Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) who offers convenient and personalized car seat installation education at your home or business.

One of the new craft vendors is Hipponotic Candles offering hand-poured candles with only the finest natural ingredients. Made with vegan soybean wax, they burn clean, with almost no residue.

Super Fun Inflatables will be set up to keep the children entertained.

This is going to be another wonderful Food Truck Festival. Mark your Calendars and don’t make any plans for dinner that night!


Originally Published on: Apr 04, 2016 @ 02:34

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It’s Strawberry Festival Time

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May 252016

strawberry manStrawberries and family fun will be the name of the game on Saturday, June 11 (rain date June 12) at the 8th annual Strawberry Festival sponsored by the Orange Congregational Church.

The Festival will take place at the Orange Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The strawberry will be king for the day.

Church volunteers are preparing strawberry treats of every description including jams and pies and shortcakes. In addition delicious fair food will be available throughout the day.

The event includes the third Annual Red Car Show, music, rides, and entertainment plus more than 60 craft and home show vendors make the Fairgrounds the place to be on June 11.

For further information contact www.orangecongregationalchurch.org or call (203) 795-9749.

NOTE: The Strawberry Rhubarb Pie is “to die for.”

May 252016

Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 11.05.47 AMWTNH-8 Reported some very sad news this morning:

Middlebury Police say one person was killed in a car accident there Tuesday morning.

Police got a call at 9:14 a.m. for a car that had hit a tree on the side of the road near the intersection of South Street and Long Meadow Road. 

When police got there they pulled Robert Graham, 45, of Orange from the car. He was unresponsive.  Emergency crews administered CPR. He was taken to Waterbury Hospital and pronounced dead.

A family friend contacted Orange Live this morning requesting help for his wife and children.

The text from a new GO FUND ME page is as follows:

The 8th grade Amity Force travel basketball team is asking for your help.   Rob Graham, Tessa’s dad, passed unexpectedly today.   Our hearts and prayers are with all of them at this time.

As some of you know, and some may not know, they were in the  middle of moving to Pennsylvania where Tara’s family is from.   Their house is on the market and were hoping to make the transition after the school year ended.

Instead of sending flowers or a fruit basket, we thought it would be most helpful if we could help them defray any costs of their move or any expenses that may suddenly arise.

We thank you for any support and help that you may be able to provide.

Don’t Forget The Annual OCC Nursery School Bake Sale on Sunday

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May 242016

memorial-day-FlagOn Sunday May 29, Orange Congregational Church Nursery School will have its annual bake sale at the parade in Orange.

Beginning at 10 a.m. they will be selling hot dogs and yummy desserts along with hot and cold beverages.

All proceeds support the preschool program for 3 and 4 year olds, which has been in continuous operation for 49 years.

Stop by their tent on the green. You will find some fabulous refreshments to enjoy at the parade, or to take home with you!

Strutt Your Mutt to Help The Amity Animal Rescue Fund

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May 242016

Screen Shot 2016-03-25 at 9.20.37 PMSave the date for June 4 for the first “Strutt Your Mutt” fundraiser to benefit Amity Animal Rescue Fund (AARF) at the Orange Fairgrounds Pavilion from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

AARF is a nonprofit organization that works for the benefit of cats and dogs by assisting residents in getting their animals spayed and neutered, assisting with adoptions, trapping and neutering feral cats, providing animal food, and helping shelters.

AARF Co-Chairwoman Cheryl Lipson said this is a family friendly day of fun for both dog owners and canine enthusiasts.

Bring your dog and parade him or her around the walking track au naturale or in costume and prizes will be awarded in several categories, including longest ears and best costume.

Lipson said dogs of all sizes and breeds are welcome — as long as they’re leashed and non-aggressive.

If you don’t have a dog, there will be plenty to do with animal information tables, music, food trucks, raffles and other entertainment.

According to Lipson, AARF is still looking for entertainers and animal-related businesses to participate. They’re also looking for sponsors, who will get their name on T-shirts and other perks for a $200 donation.

There is a $15 registration fee for the first dog and $5 for each additional pooch participating in the event. Owners will receive a bandana for their dog, a glove to pick up poop and a dog treat.

For more information, e-mail [email protected] or call 203-389-1996.


Originally Published on: April 27, 2016 @ 04:26

Second Publishing on: May 12, 2016 @ 12:48

OVFD Auxiliary Plans Annual Pancake Breakfast

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May 242016

pancake breakfastThe Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will host its 17th annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, June 4 from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at the Fire Station, 355 Boston Post Rd. Orange.

Enjoy scrambled eggs, your choice of bacon or sausage, potato patties and all you can eat “Chip’s” pancakes prepared for you by the Orange Volunteer Firefighters. Orange juice, milk, coffee and tea also will be served.

Cost is $8 for Adults, Children ages 6-12: $6. Age 5 and under are free with a paid adult.

Save $1 per person by purchasing an advance ticket from any auxiliary member or at Knight’s Inc. 286 Boston Post Road, Orange.

All proceeds benefit the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

For further information, contact Lynn Knight @ 203-795-5882, email: [email protected] or visit our website at www.orangevfd.com


Originally Published on: May 12, 2016 @ 22:13

Support The Beardsley Zoo at the Wild Wine, Beer and Food Safari

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May 232016

From the Beardsley Zoo site.

From the Beardsley Zoo site.

It’s a 17 minute drive from Orange to Connecticut’s only Zoo.

The Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport, may be small, but in two hours time you and your children and/or grandchildren can tour it and see some beautiful wild animals and birds up close and personal.

Currently four penguins, on loan from another zoo, are visiting CT for a few months. They are so much fun to watch, whether on the rocks or swimming in the water.

With all the cuts in state funding, the Beardsley Zoo has been depending on donations and creative fundraisers to provide for the animals in its care.

On Saturday, June 4, the zoo will host one of its most popular fundraising events, the Wild Wine, Beer and Food Safari, from 6-9 p.m.

The affair includes food from area restaurants, including Carl Anthony’s, Focaccia’s Cafe, Luigi’s Italian Pastry, Outriggers Restaurant, Plan B Burger Bar and many others.

Source Coffeehouse will provide coffee samples.

The wine and beer sponsor is GlenRo Spirit Shoppe of Monroe.

Wine and Beer will come from more than a dozen businesses, including Two Roads Brewing Company, Shannon Ridge Winery, Veracious Brewing Company, Aspetuck Brew Lab, Ace Distributing and others.

More than 100 wines and 60 beers will be available.

The evening features live entertainment, silent auction and raffle.

Tickets are $60 each; parties of 4 or more purchased in one transaction will receive each standard ticket for $55.

A limited amount of VIP tickets at $100 are available, entitling the holder to an exclusive pre-event “Behind the Scenes” tour with the animals from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

The tickets are selling fast, (only 100 remaining) so, if you are interested, click HERE and buy yours today.

If any tickets are available on the night of the event, they will be $65 each.

All proceeds go to support the Zoo!

Register Now For The American Legion Golf Tournament

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May 222016

golf-2-2The American Legion Post 127 in Orange, will host its Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, August 15 at the Country Club of Woodbridge, 50 Woodfield Lane, Woodbridge.

The cost is $100 per person, which includes a continental breakfast, lunch, greens fees, cart, tournament prizes and a goodie bag.

Scramble format – registration will be from 8 – 8:30 a.m., shotgun start at 9 a.m. (Be on time)

Registration by Aug. 8. $100 per person or $400 per foursome. You may register as a foursome or individual…the Legion will build foursomes as registrations come in.

This is the main fundraising event held by the Legion. Any monies raised will be used to repair the aging building at 630 Grassy Hill Road.

We are looking for golfers and any donations or anything that can be used at the Golf Tournament either for the golfer’s goodie bags or as raffle prizes.

Tee signs, Banners and Sponsorships available. Raffle donations appreciated.

If you have any questions, call Richard at 203-795-4400 or through email at [email protected]

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Joey Seymour To Be Honored at AHS Hockey Fundraiser

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May 212016

Joe SeymourBig things come in small packages. The Amity Boys Hockey Team got a special gift when Joey Seymour decided to come home to play out the rest of his high school career 43 years ago.

Seymour, a 1975 graduate who is in the next class of Amity Hall of Fame inductees, played at Avon Old Farms as a freshman before changing his mind and becoming a Spartan for the rest of his career. The 5- foot-7, 157-pound skater led the state in scoring for two seasons, made the all-county team three times, was on the 1974 and 1975 New Haven Register All-State teams and earned All-Housatonic League accolades all three winters.

“Size never bothered me. We were all warriors on the ice,” said Seymour. “We shoveled the ice so much at Wright’s Pond (in Orange) our legs got very strong. It really helped me get faster.”

While he got stronger, area sports fans and media certainly took notice, and so did the competition.

“Joey was one of Connecticut’s greatest high school hockey players. He dominated the games and was both feared and respected by the top teams in the state,” said Tom Earley ’75, a teammate on three Amity squads. He had a ferocious slap shot and unbelievable acceleration.”

New HOF Inductee Featured at June 10 Golf Outing

These were the days when Amity played in Division I among the powers of Connecticut hockey. That’s why Seymour, who will be honored at the Spartans’ June 10 Golf Outing Fundraiser at Orange Hills Country Club, got the nod for the school’s hall of fame.

“I had great teammates like Tom Earley, my left wing. He pushed for me to get into the hall of fame, so he deserves all the credit,” said Seymour, whose brothers, Billy ’73, and Danny ’77, were sandwiched around him playing for Amity head coach Hal Smullen. “This is a great honor. I’m happy to represent all my teammates and the great players I skated with. The friendships with my teammates is what I cherish the most. There was a special bond.”

Seymour became a legit Canadian Juniors prospect, receiving a letter of interest from the Chicago Junior Blackhawks, after his junior year at Amity. But most of what he learned about the game at a young age came through playing on a legendary bantams squad called the Gerry Stevens Wheelers. That squad, coached by Ralph O’Connor, went 42-2- 1 and came within a goal of the New England Championship (lost in 2 OT to Wakefield, Mass.) playing out of the old New Haven Arena. Seymour was one of 11 standout Wheelers who went on to prep school hockey from that team.

Fortunately for Amity, going to prep school and living away from his family in Orange did not sit well with Seymour.

Can any family boast five members of the Amity hockey team? Certainly none came match that over just two generations. Matt ’12 and Keating ’14, Joe’s two sons (his daughter Mackenzie ’16 played lacrosse), played for Gary Lindgren, the current head coach of the Spartans who is trying to raise money to send his 2016-17 squad to Munich, Germany, for a hockey and educational tour this December. That’s where most of the golf tournament proceeds will go.

After notching a school-record 169 points over three winters playing out of Bennett Rink and surpassing his brother Billy’s career total of 132, Seymour spurned college hockey offers to join Billy and Danny in their Milford sporting goods store called “3 Brothers.” That partnership lasted 26 years, during which Joey was involved in numerous aspects of the sport, including coaching youth, officiating high school games and tearing up adult leagues as a member of Catapano’s Auto Body.

Seymour, who scored 31 goals both his junior and senior years playing for Spartan teams went deep into the state tournament every year before falling each time to loaded Hamden High School squads, gave credit to his high school coach for helping him progress in the sport and mature into adulthood.

“Coach Smullen was a character building leader as a strict disciplinarian. He was a small guy but was a very feisty competitor,” said Seymour, who learned about the sporting goods business working at Ferguson’s Center Ice Sports and currently owns Nantucket Embroidery Company in Milford.

Good things really do come in small packages.

Story By Steve Conn, Amity ’81