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Get Ready For Santa’s Helper 2017

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Oct 102017
 

Our Santa Teams at the Orange Volunteer Fire Department are busy getting ready for our 23rd year of delivering gifts, smiles, and fun to hundreds of families in Orange once again this year.  As many of you know, Santa’s Helper is a wonderful, exciting and fun-filled memorable fund-raising event with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting your Orange Volunteer Fire Department for the purchase of firefighting and rescue equipment.

Each year, every one of our 6 Santa’s Helper Teams of Santa, Elves and firefighter helpers are excited and honored to visit and deliver gifts, share in some fun, take photos and help make lasting memories and traditions for every family.  Children and adults alike look forward with great anticipation to seeing the fire trucks with lights and sirens coming down their street to their front door, with Santa leading the way!  His truck full of gifts, his helpers and Elves visiting with each family. 

This year, for everyone’s convenience, the Santa visits are on a Saturday (instead of Sunday) again — so mark your calendars for December 16.

WE WANT EVERYONE TO JOIN IN THE FUN, IT’S EASY! 

Drop off the gifts that you would like Santa and his team to deliver back to your loved ones, on the designated drop-off day, sign-up and we will do the rest.

PLEASE FOLLOW THE SIMPLE GUIDELINES BELOW:

GIFT DROP OFF DAY IS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2017, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Fire Station #2, 355 Boston Post Road (Across from T.G.I. Friday’s).  We ask that the general public arrive no earlier than 30 minutes prior to the 12:00 start time.  You will have a much shorter wait in line by following these new guidelines.

GIFT RULES AND INFORMATION:  There is a small fee of $18.00 per gift/per household.  Each gift must be INDIVIDUALLY wrapped in your favorite holiday paper with an over-wrap of plain brown paper.  The name and address of the recipient must be clearly printed on the outside of each gift.  PLEASE try not to make the gift too large or too heavy, Santa appreciates that. 

We have a total of 170 delivery spots/visits available.  We encourage you to try to have all the gifts for your delivery stop with you on Gift Drop-Off day.  (For Families with a large party with many gifts, please email Elf Mama at ofdsantashelper@aol.com for special instructions.

Parking for Drop-Off day is in the rear of the Fire Station.  Firefighters will be there to assist you.  The Drop-Off line is located INSIDE the Fire Station. Use the rear door marked ENTER.

ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2017 Santa on his fire truck with his Elf and firefighter helpers will arrive at your home to deliver the gifts to your loved ones and spend a few moments with your family and friends for photos and fun! 

If you have any questions, you can email Elf Mama at ofdsantashelper@aol.com, she will be happy to assist you via email.  Please do not call the Fire Stations as it’s a Volunteer Fire Department and there will not be anyone there to assist you with Santa’s Helper information.  Visit www.orangevfd.com and click on the Santa’s Helper page for additional information and to see some fun pictures of what we do!

*E-mailing Santa’s Helper does not guarantee you a spot on the delivery route.  Sign-up is on Gift Drop-Off Day and is on a first come-first serve basis.*

THE ORANGE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT FAMILY WISHES EVERYONE A SAFE, HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON!

Everyone Needs Help Some Time. Adopt A Family or Elderly Person For The Holidays

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Oct 102017
 

Every year the Community Services Department for the Town of Orange organizes a gift-giving event for our Resident Families and Elderly in Orange who are in need.  The identities of our recipients are kept confidential for their privacy.  We are asking Orange residents to adopt one of our families or elderly residents or to donate whatever they can to help us out this year.

The families that participate are asked to send us wish lists from their children to help our sponsors with ideas for gift giving, whether it’s a toy, clothing, and a book or gift card. We also request grocery gift cards for perishable items and decorated food baskets, containers, boxes, bags, etc. for our recipients to help them with their food needs.

We will have cutoff dates of November 17th for Thanksgiving and December 15th for Christmas; these are for delivering your donations to our office.

If you would rather send a monetary donation you can donate to the Community Assistance Fund which covers all programs we have in our department.

Send your check to The Town of Orange Community Services Department at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT  06477.

Checks are Payable to:  “Treasurer Town of Orange.”

If you would like to participate in this great cause please contact Kim Callahan at 203-891-4788 Monday thru Fridays 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

“3 Guys Walk Into A Bar” To Benefit Or Shalom

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Oct 102017
 

Curtains with microphone

Treehouse Comedy Productions Funny 4 Fund$ Present the “…3 Guys Walk Into A Bar…” Third Annual Comedy Night at Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, Orange, on Saturday, Oct. 14.

Doors open at 7 p.m., Cocktail Reception is at 7:15 and the show, starring Joey Novick, Pat Oates, and Goumba Johnny, begins at 8:30 p.m.

The event features a 50/50 raffle and silent auction.

Tickets are $36, VIP seating is $54 and include Hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, choice of (2) beer, wine or soft drink.

For tickets, call 203-799-2341, e-mail info@orshalomct.org or visit www.OrShalomCT.org.

Orange Lions Club Announces Its Comedy Night Fundraiser

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Oct 102017
 

The Orange Lions Club is proud to bring back by popular demand Comedy Night! Come join us for an exciting night of great food, beverages, and fun.

This year the event will feature a variety of Comedians to entertain and amuse you. They will have you rolling with laughter.

Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 14, 2017, at St. Barbara Hall at 480 Racebrook Road, Orange. The event starts at 6:00 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the show starting at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets are $30.00 pp and VIP tickets are $35.00 Reserve a table for family and friends!!

There will be basket raffles, door prizes, a cash bar, beer and wine, coffee and dessert. Call 203-795-9651 for more information or to reserve a table!

You don’t want to miss this!!

Fall Basketball Clinics With The Lady Spartans Begin Tonight, Register At The Door

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Oct 052017
 

IMG_5305The Junior and Senior Amity Spartans Girls Basketball players will join their coach Michelle Shoop for their popular Fall Basketball Clinics for 6 sessions in October and November.

The program offers developmental skills for players in second to eighth grades, including:

Drills — Skills that, if practiced regularly will elevate your game to a higher level.

Shooting Sessions — Players can work exclusively on their shooting skills.

Competitions — Players will build the basketball skills required for success at any level.

One-On-One Time with current Amity High School Players.

Games — Each clinic will end with gameplay to practice what you have learned.

The clinics are scheduled for Thurs. Oct 5, Weds. Oct 11, Thur. Oct 19, Weds. Oct 25, Wed. Nov 1, and Weds. Nov 8. All sessions will take place at Amity High School, in the Paul Mengold Gymnasium from 6 to 8 p.m.

Pre-registration is $90 for all 6 sessions or $15 per session.

Registration at the door is $102 for all 6 sessions or $17 per session.

Make checks payable to Amity Girls’ Basketball:

Mail Clinic Registration Form to Elise Laugeni, 13 Brightwood Drive, Woodbridge, Ct 06525 or drop off with Coach Shoop at Amity High School

This is the Lady Spartans’ top fundraiser of the year.

For information, e-mail amitygirlsball@gmail.com

 

Orange Community Women Need Your Help

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Sep 132017
 

The Orange Community Women, an organization dedicated to helping worthy causes in Tthe area is running a FUNDrive under the Pavillion at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The OCW is asking the Orange community to donate clothing and household items to help them raise money for a variety of programs.

They will be accepting clothing, shoes, bedding, towels, accessories, CDs, DVDs, Books, electrical items, toys and games, kitchen items, knick knacks and sporting goods.

The Orange Community Women’s projects support Amity Scholarships, the Case Memorial Library, Veterans, the Tracy Bunch, Relay for Life, Silverbrook, Orange Community Services, Days for Girls, Manes and Motions Therapeutic Riding Center and Female Soldiers/Forgotten Heroes.

If you can’t make it to the Pavillion on Oct. 14, contact Michelle Bailey at 203-605-4363 or by e-mail at fbailey1@optonline.net for an advance drop off or pick up.

The FUNDrive is held in cooperation with the SAVERS store, 130 Boston Post Road, Orange.

 

Orange Resident Announces Grand Opening Of Halloween Haunted House

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Sep 122017
 

Fright Haven, Connecticut’s largest indoor Halloween Haunted House, owned and operated by Charles F. Rosenay of Orange, re-opened its doors last year to rave reviews while raising funds for several charities. It returns for its second season with new attractions and features. Opening night is Saturday, September 23 for a six-week run through October 31. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Housed in the Stratford Square shopping plaza on 411 Barnum Avenue Cutoff across from Home Depot and next to L.A. Fitness & Ninety Nine Restaurant, with ample free parking, Fright Haven is the largest indoor haunted attraction in Connecticut. It occupies 20,000 square feet and contains several attractions under the same roof. Brand new features for Halloween 2017 include the Deadly Grounds, the Green Lagoon Swamp, the Tunnel of Terror, the Buried Alive coffin simulator ride and much more.

The property had been vacant for years, and Rosenay, along with his producers, transformed the large cavernous building – which was previously Bally’s Gym and Showcase Cinemas – into a magical haunted attraction last Halloween, attracting thousands of guests in its inaugural season. It had the distinction of being voted “Connecticut’s #1 ‘Must-See’ Attraction.” Visitors compared the experience to a theme park, or perhaps more specifically, a roller-coaster, where the scares are fun but you can return to the stable ground after the ride. At Fright Haven, all the scares are intentional, rehearsed and well-choreographed, but guests can walk out the door at any time.

A Connecticut psychologist, Dr. Mark Kirschner, who was one of Rosenay’s consultants for Fright Haven, and even developed one of the most highly regarded features, “the pit,” notes that haunted houses appeal to all ages. However, he stresses that Fright Haven intends to truly scare visitors. While there will be no age restrictions, parents should be certain that their child is mature enough to handle the intensity of the experience. Pre-teens should be accompanied by a parent or guardian. A lights-on, family-friendly day will be announced during the season.

Bobby Arel, one of the producers of Fright Haven, notes, “Due to the intensity and fear factor of Fright Haven, those with weak hearts, health conditions, young children and pregnant women are advised to enter at their own risk. We only take responsibility for future nightmares. For your own well-being, do not visit Fright Haven alone. Be sure that you are accompanied by friends, family and those you trust to keep you safe from the evils and the unknown contained within the haunted walls of this attraction.”

Fright Haven incorporates 40 to 50 volunteers every single night as actors in the haunt, and there is an ongoing casting call for “scarers of all ages.” Rosenay not only oversees every aspect of the haunt, he also one of the main “scare masters.” Many area students participate and earn their community hours, as the event benefits several schools’ fundraising campaigns, with Stratford PAL (Police Activities League) as one of the benefiting charitable association.

Halloween has been in Rosenay’s blood (no pun intended) for many years. He was a partner in the Halloween Zone on the Boston Post Road in Orange for several years, and since 1998 he has organized themed vampire vacation tours to Transylvania (Romania) known as the “Dracula Tours.”

After its Saturday night, September 23 grand season opener, Fright Haven will be open ThursdaySunday evenings through Halloween, October 31. Tickets are only $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and there are V.I.P. skip-the-line options. All attractions are indoors so unlike outdoor haunts the attraction will be open rain or shine (the more thunder and lightning the better!) and will be completely handicapped accessible.

There are also fundraising opportunities available for schools and organizations in Orange and surrounding communities.

Additional information is available at www.frighthaven.com or by calling 203-799-FEAR.

Local Classroom School Supplies Fundraising Opportunity

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Sep 112017
 

If you’re a teacher in the local area then you know how limited school funding is for classroom supplies. In some cases just $1 per student.

The Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, wants to help.

For the months of September and October, the business is offering all teachers the opportunity to raise a little extra money for their classroom supplies.

Here’s how it could work:

Set up a Happy Hour party at Orange Ale House. Owner Jim Hassenmayer will provide unlimited Free pizza and a free beverage (select beers, house wines, and various drinks included) for each of the guests.

YOU sell tickets for whatever price you’re comfortable with, ie $8, $10, $12, $15 Etc. Also maybe do a raffle.

You collect the money, you keep the money. It’s an after work party that can raise some needed money for classroom school supplies. That’s it. No obligation or minimum required.

To book one, email Lindsey at events@orangealehouse.com or call 203-795-0707 or simply stop in.

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: Once you’ve set a date, send an e-mail to orangectlive01@gmail.com and we will help get the word out to the entire community for you. 

Check It Out: Free Health Fair and Medical Camp on Sunday

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Sep 102017
 

Chinmaya Saraswati, 393 Derby Avenue, in Orange is hosting a Free Health Fair and Medical Camp Sunday, September 10, 2017, from 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
The Free Health Fair and Medical Camp is sponsored by the CT Association of Physicians from India (CAPI). The following services will be offered: Screenings for Asthma; Blood Pressure & Blood Sugar; Body Mass Index, and Assessment of Cardio Metabolic Risk.
Second opinion consultations by specialists in the following fields: Internal Medicine, OBGYN, Infertility, Gastroenterology, Pulmonology, Neurology, Endocrinology, Oncology, Psychiatry, Sleep Apnea & Sleep Disorders.
Also offered are Dental Screenings & Dentistry (Pediatric and Adult aesthetic & Fluoride treatments.)
All services are free, confidential, and available on a first-come, first-served basis to people of all ages. Walk-ins are welcome, and early registration is available thru info@chinmayasaraswati.com.

Don’t Procrastinate, Get Your Tickets Now For The Jamie A. Hulley Evening For The Arts

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Sep 082017
 

Have you gotten your tickets for Saturday’s Evening for The Arts Gala yet? If you are planning on going, please, if possible, buy your tickets in advance so organizers can plan for food and drinks for the pre-show party.

Exceptional Auction prizes include Sky Box seats for the Yankee-Oriole game on Sept. 15, an opportunity to laugh with Jimmy Fallon, or relax at Kennebunkport next July … BUT YOU HAVE TO BE AT THE Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation’s Evening for the Arts gala on Saturday, September 9, 2017 to win! (Tickets WILL be available at the door too).

 

Come and enjoy a trip back to the 80’s with RUBIX KUBE: The Eighties Strike Back Show as well as the talents of the Foundation family Amity CreativeTheaterBroadway Method Academy, and Square Foot Theatre Company. Complimentary beverages and dessert bar and lots more silent auction, raffle, and mystery bag goodies to be won.

Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door. Call The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University Box Office at 203-254-4010.

The 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.

If you have children or grandchildren, nieces or nephews in school, chances are the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation has helped or will help to enrich their lives in some way.

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 on 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.

In 2015, a total of nine Amity graduates were 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: jamieart@snet.net.