Jul 222014

blood_drive-244x300-1The Red Cross announced YESTERDAY thru August 15  that we are in URGENT APPEAL.

The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give.

Donations through the Red Cross are down by about 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected.

The number of donors continues to decline and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks.

The Independence Day holiday falling on Friday reduced the number of blood drives scheduled in early July. Many sponsors did not host drives because people took vacations during the long weekend or the entire week.

In an average summer week, about 4,400 Red Cross blood drives are scheduled, compared to Independence Day week when 3,450 drives occurred.

The Red Cross expected more people would donate after the holiday weekend ended, but donations did not significantly increase


There will be blood drives in the following Orange locations: 

Congregation Or Shalom

205 Old Grassy Hill Road

Wed July 23rd




550 Boston Post Road

Monday Aug 4th



To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS ~ 1-800-733-2767

Or visit online at Redcrossblood.org

Jul 182014

9691036806_43a2bfa221-734636St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road, will host its 34th annual Odyssey Greek Festival, Labor Day Weekend, Aug 29, 30, 31, Sep 1, 2014

The grounds will be open from 12 to 10 PM Friday, Saturday and Sunday and 12 to 8 p.m. on Labor Day (Monday)

Parking and admission are always free.

The event goes on rain or shine, let’s hope for dry sunny days.

This is the best time of year to get your fill of St. Barbara’s excellent home made Greek delicacies, Greek Dancing and music.

Orange Live will have more information as the event draws nearer.



[Keftethes (Greek meatballs), Dolmathes (stuffed grape leaves), Loukaniko (Greek sausage), feta cheese, olives, tomatoes, cucumber, spanakopita and tiropita]

Jul 152014

For as far back as longtime residents can remember, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department has mailed raffle ticket booklets to every home in town  a couple of months before the  annual Carnival.

The event which serves as the department’s major fundraiser, begins on July 31 and runs through Aug. 3

The reason you haven’t received your tickets yet is (in short) because the Postal Service said “no.” Something about regulations.

The direct mail tickets were a main source of revenue over the years and the fire department is worried that ticket sales will be low because of the Postal Service’s decision.

Unfortunately, this has proved to be the case this year.

According to Fire Chief John Knight, in spite of their best efforts, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department is seeing only a fraction of the sales compared to  2013.

“On opening night of the carnival last year, we’d sold more than $60,000 in raffle tickets. So far, this year because we couldn’t mail them out, we’ve only sold about $12,000,” Knight said.

The scene at the Martino's home at 2 a.m. on Jan. 21.

The scene at the Martino’s home at 2 a.m. on Jan. 21.

“We sent out a letter last month explaining this to residents,” said Knight. “We’ve set up several locations for people to pick up tickets, and hope they’ll come out and buy them.”

The firefighters have set up tables at the town concerts and a couple of locations on weekends, even gone door-to-door. At homes, they often hear, “Oh, I got mine in the mail.” The fact of the matter is, residents received a letter from the fire department, but no tickets.

The fire department depends on the raffle proceeds to fund equipment, training and other necessities that are not included in the town budget. It’s not for them, it’s for you.

If you have an emergency at home or are in a car accident, you’re relieved to see the fire trucks rolling up because you know they have the equipment and know how to help save you and/or your property.

Without the ticket sales the Orange Volunteer Fire Department will be at a loss when it needs something that will help YOU.

So when you see the firefighters canvassing your neighborhood, or sitting at a table outside of your favorite store, please remember that they are volunteering their time to bring the tickets to you, just as they volunteer their time to come to your assistance when you need them.

Orange Volunteer Firefighters at work for you... for free... 24/7

Orange Volunteer Firefighters at work for you… for free… 24/7

This year’s raffle prizes

A little different than the offerings from past years. There are no trips, but the three top prizes would be more than enough to pay for just about any trip you would want to take with your family.

For just $5 per ticket you have a chance of winning one of the following prizes:

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, 500 Boston Post Road

5th prize – Apple iPad WiFi 16 GB – Best Buy, 53 Boston Post Road

BRUSH FIRE6th prize – $300 Gift Card – Trader Joe’s, 560 Boston Post Road

7th prize – $250 Gift Card – Knights, Inc.,  286 Boston Post Road

8th prize – $200 Gift Card – Ben’s Service Center, 115 Boston Post Road

9th prize – Tickets to the New Haven Open at Yale Tennis Tournament

10th prize – $100 Gift Card – Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road

How Do I Purchase Tickets?

Visit the Fire Department Website at www.OrangeVFD.com 

People’s Bank, 653 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT

Diamond Designs, 500 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT


Orange Fire Station 1
Orange Center Road
Tuesdays, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM, from June 1 through July 29

First Selectman’s Office
Orange Town Hall
M-F 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Knight’s Power Equipment
286 Boston Post Road
M-F 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM; Saturday 8:30 AM – 12 Noon

Chip’s Family Restaurant
321 Boston Post Road
7 days a week, 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Orange Firemen’s Carnival
Orange Fairgrounds
July 31, August 1, 2 and 3 during Carnival Hours

Nighttime fun at the Orange Firemen's Carnival

Nighttime fun at the Orange Firemen’s Carnival

Or contact any of your local firemen [Firefighters will come to different locations around town in the coming weekends making it easier for you to purchase tickets]

Drawing will be held on Sunday, August 3 at 4:30 p.m. at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT

Alcoholic beverages not included

Tickets $5.00/each

This year’s Carnival Includes:

• Family Fun For Everyone

• Free Entertainment

• Spectacular Rides

The Firefighter Class of 2014

The Firefighter Class of 2014

• Family fun-filled rides including a kiddieland for youngsters

Here is a LINK to the online Advance Ride Ticket Wristband page.



IT’S AT THE ORANGE FAIRGROUNDS 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT 06477


Originally Published on: Jul 8, 2014 @ 16:34

Jul 122014

A recent photo of Sam Seeley

A recent photo of Sam Seeley

Many residents will remember hearing the horrific reports of an accident on River Road in Shelton last Sept. 7, when a 22-year-old girl in a minivan collided with a motorcycle carrying 2 Orange residents at around 9 p.m.

It’s been more than 10 months since the accident that changed Sam Seeley’s  life forever.

He lost his wife, Ramona, 54, who died from her injuries on Sept. 10, leaving him and their 4 adult children to grieve and heal together.

Sam, who worked for AT&T, was taken to the hospital with serious “non-life threatening” injuries. He lost his leg in the accident.

Sam was known for his ZZ Top beard, his close, fun-loving relationship with his wife, and his great personality.

If you didn’t know Sam before, hopefully you feel like you do now.

Organizers are planning a fund-raiser to help Sam with his mounding bills.

The event will take place at the Orange Ale House, Sunday, July 13 from 4-9 p.m.

Tickets are now available. The suggested $20 donation includes a buffet, one free glass of wine or draft beer, raffles, etc. All proceeds go to help Sam.

The Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road and Pawn King784 Boston Post Rd, Milford have tickets. 

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. To save a little, reserve your tickets by e-mailing [email protected] – include your name, phone number and how many tickets you need, then pick them up at the door for $20. 

This is a shout-out to all businesses and individuals who would like to help with ticket sales, raffle donations, and set up.

The Organizers send their thanks to those who’ve donated items for the raffle including Jim at Kaoud Oriental Rug, John at Knight’s, Jason at NuVita, New York Pop Artist Michael Albert, Off The Hook Bar and Grill, Stratford, Outback Steakhouse, Texas Roadhouse, West Haven,  Silver Sands Pizza, Milford.

Call Ron at 203-446-6948 or Terri at 203-506-1747  for tickets, to volunteer or for more information.

Jul 072014

golf-ball-reviewsThe American Legion Post 127 Orange Golf Tournament will take place at the Orange Hills Golf Course, 389 Racebrook Road on Monday August 18.

The cost is $100 per person which includes a continental breakfast, dinner, greens fees, cart , tournament prizes, bag of goodies and a raffle to follow.

It will be a scramble format with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.

Registration will start at 7:30.

Tee Sponsorships are available for $25.

For more details about playing or sponsoring the event, contact Rich Cenami at 203-795 4400 or e-mail [email protected].


Jun 282014

2nd Annual Doc’s Racedoc

5K Run & Walk and Kids Fun Runs

Sunday, June 29, 2014

High Plains Community Center

525 Orange Center Road

Orange, CT


Honory Chair
James Zeoli, First Selectman of the Town of Orange

Race Director
Joe Riccio
(203) 481-7453
[email protected]

Race Coordinator
Jane Opper
(203) 795-9351

Email: [email protected]


Noon – 3:00PM


  • Day of Race Registration & Packet Pickup Begins 7:30AM.
  • Kids Fun Run (Ages 6 & Under) – 9:20am
  • Kids Fun Run (Ages 7-11) – 9:40am
  • 5K Road Race & Fitness Walk – 10:00am
    • 5K Certified Course (CT93019) USATF Sanctioned – Mile Splits at 1, 2 and 3 miles
    • 1 Water Station
  • Computerzied Timing and results by Fast Track Timing
    • Race results posted at both HI-TEK Racing and Fast Track Timing
    • Special commemorative “DOC” T-Shirts by Graphic FX to all pre-registered participants by June 24th
  • Post Race buffet or seasonal refreshments

ENTRY INFORMATION (UPDATED) early registration is over

$27.00 Race Day

$15.00 Race Day

$15.00 Race Day

$8.00 Race Day

Online Registration available until midnight June 24th!


Originally Published on: Jun 10, 2014 @ 20:33

Jun 142014


Every June  the Orange Congregational Church’s annual Strawberry Festival sees a flurry of activity with crafters, musicians, artists and of course strawberry shortcake.

The festival is one of the most anticipated and well attended events in town, so popular that last year it moved from the Green to the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, where there is more space to allow for a better layout and easier navigation between the vendors, entertainment and dining areas.

The 2014 Strawberry Festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 14 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Everything depends on which side of the bed Mother Nature wakes up on. Today’s forecast is for sprinkles early, chance of showers most of the day. Tomorrow promises to be clear and sunny.

It looks like she woke up in a good mood! Come on down to the Orange Fairgrounds and enjoy a beautiful day!

Red Car Show

New to the Strawberry Festival is the Red Car Show.

Screen shot 2014-05-26 at 2.03.03 PMRegistration is $10 per car (no cut off date).

All red cars and trucks are welcomed. They will be shown from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dash Plaques, trophies, ballot voting.

For information, contact George Catalano at 203-799-6748 or e-mail [email protected].

The festival attracts about 4,000 guests each year. The strawberry shortcake is great, but don’t forget to pick up a strawberry rhubarb pie – they’re phenomenal.

Originally Published on: May 24, 2014 @ 14:48

Second publishing on: Jun 12, 2014 @ 8:48


Jun 142014

Screen shot 2014-05-26 at 2.03.03 PMA message from George Catalano, Car Show organizer:
We are trying to assemble the largest group of Red Cars! We know of no other car shows like it and there seems to be great interest among Red Car owners who hear about it!
It is open to all makes, models and years and includes trucks (we have some vintage Firetrucks that have promised to come!)
There will be trophys and dash plaques for entrants, and the entry fee is $10 per show car.
It all takes place at the Orange Fairgrounds on Orange Center road as part of the Orange Strawberry Festival Sat June 14 (raindate is the following day Sun June 15)
Entrants must be in place on the field by 10 and may leave at 3pm.
Thank you!
George Catalano
Originally Published on: May 28, 2014 @ 12:02


Jun 082014

DSC_0293On Sunday, AARF hosted a low cost Rabies Clinic in the Pavilion at the Orange Fairgrounds.

June is dog license month and dogs must have proof of rabies vaccination in order to be issued a license.

Dogs of all ages, sizes, colors and breeds lined up with their human companions and waited for their names to be called.

Dr. Tara Nanavati, an Orange resident, volunteered his time to help the AARF organization.

Woodbridge selectman Beth Heller was one of the volunteers that helped during the clinic.


Jun 072014

IMG_9707A 19-year-old from Oxford won the fifth annual Race Brook School Rockin’ Road Race this morning.

Chris Faber crossed the finish line at 18:02. 

The first female finisher was 31-year-old Arielle Gionfriddo of Orange, who clocked in at 20:42.

The weather was perfect and runners were treated to music and water stops along the entire 5k route.

One note worthy part of this race was that five members of the Schumacher family from Colebrook, CT  (Litchfield County on the MASS border) won awards for their accomplishments.

One runner, Jan Hewitt, was from Michigan.

See All Results HERE.



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