Nov 242014

b9865a6ba1da777beab20c9d27f6aab6The Orange Lions Thanksgiving Dinner will take place at High Plains Community Center at 12 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30.

The Orange Lions Club began the tradition of a Thanksgiving Dinner for seniors.

The Lions extended this invitation to all Orange Residents on the Sunday after Thanksgiving in 1989.  It met with some resistance in the beginning but the Club prevailed and this will be their 25th dinner.

The town of Orange graciously allows the Lions to use their kitchen facilities at High Plains Community Center.  To see the gym transformed into a decorated dining room with many of their guests enjoying themselves is a sight to behold.  This has become one of the highlights of the holiday season. While it requires volunteers and a good amount of effort, the Lions truly enjoy cooking together and serving this meal.  It is one of their favorite undertakings.

Many town officials volunteer along with n the Lions to make this event a success. Along with a delicious dinner the seniors are treated to some of the finest entertainment.   The Tappers have performed in the past, local school choral groups have sung, Members of the Lions Club along with their children have played beautiful music on the piano to entertain their guests.

This is a well established tradition and one the Lions intend to continue indefinitely. To  register, call Orange Community Services at (203) 891-4788 by Friday, Nov. 28 to make a reservation.

Nov 242014

Lisa accepts a customer's gift with a twinkle in her eye and on her antlers.

Lisa accepts a customer’s gift with a twinkle in her eye and on her antlers.

More than 150 parents came to the Orange Volunteer Fire Department Station 2 on the Boston Post Road on Saturday to drop off gifts for the upcoming Santa’s Helper event.

In past years people would arrive several hours early (much like Black Friday) often braving freezing temperatures to be first in line for the drop-off.

Last year, the Fire Department opened its truck bays to participants so they could wait for their turn in comfort. The Auxiliary also began passing out reflective stakes and balloons so participants could mark their homes clearly for the Firefighters to see on delivery day.

This year, they took it up a notch and changed the drop-off time to noon to 2 p.m., indoor waiting area again was available, and with the assistance of several scouts, the gifts were processed and bagged and immediately moved to a secure, locked storage area where they will remain until the December 14 delivery day.

Sadly, the one thing that was missing in the drop-off room where the Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary members were greeting parents and processing the gifts, was longtime member Sue Palmer, who passed away on October 15. Anyone who knew Sue will remember that she loved Santa’s Helper and working with the other women on drop-off day.

Nov 242014

Now that you know what the office looks like, why not stop by?

Now that you know what the office looks like, why not stop by?

Arnel Family Chiropractic, a family practice located at 233 Boston Post Road, diagonally across from Duchess restaurant has been collecting non-perishable food items for the Orange Senior Thanksgiving Baskets.

The food drive ends tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 11 a.m., at which time Dr. Jeffrey Arnel will gather up the donations and deliver them to the Senior Services office at High Plains Community Center.

If you are in the area today or tomorrow, drop by Dr. Arnel’s office and donate a can or box of food for the less fortunate and know that some deserving Orange resident will benefit from your generosity.  (Ample Parking in the rear of the building)

Nov 232014

A preview of the 2014 Lincoln Lights

A preview of the 2014 Lincoln Lights

Chris Small has been working on his Christmas light display for a couple of months.

This year, with a little different set up than what we saw on the Great Christmas Light Fight on national television last December, Chris has about 70,000 lights all synchronized to blink and flash to music along with delightful penguins on a sled, bears on a train, flying Santas, spiral Christmas Trees and so much more all neatly organized on his spacious front lawn at 360 Lincoln Road.

Instead of lighting the front porch, Small designed a giant tree shape with color changing lights to fill that space.

After working on the lights all day on Saturday, Chris lit them up at night and enjoyed the view with his neighbors.

The display officially premiers on Thanksgiving night, and even though they are not on national TV this year, Chris is going to request that Lincoln Road be designated as a one-way street for the season as a courtesy to his neighbors.

“The neighbors like it, and it helps prevent traffic jams so everyone can get to their homes,” he said.

Check out the Lincoln Lights FACEBOOK page for photos and updates.


Nov 232014

How Cute!

How Cute!

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will host its annual Christmas Bake Sale at Treat Farm, 361 Old Tavern Road, Orange, on Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The fresh, home baked goodies include pies, brownies, cookies, cupcakes, fudge and cookie bars.

If you’ve come to the sale in the past, you know that the Auxiliary women are among the best bakers in town. There is always something for everyone.

Hot chocolate and hot apple cider also will be available.

All proceeds benefit the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

Originally Published on: Oct 31, 2014 @ 19:17

Nov 232014

Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 9.19.39 PMThe Rotary Club of Orange welcomes everyone to register and participate in its second annual Thanksgiving Day 5K and 2 mile walk.

This is a way for you to get out in the fresh air and exercise while helping the Rotary Club in this important fundraising event. 100% of the proceeds will be used to provide charitable services and humanitarian support in the town of Orange.

The 5K Race steps off Thursday Nov 27 at 8 a.m. Registration fee is $20.

The 2 mile walk also begins at 8 a.m. Registration fee is $10.

The first 500 registrants will receive a Dri-FIT running shirt.  Sign up HERE to reserve yours.

Originally Published on: Nov 4, 2014 @ 0:09 

Second Publishing on: Nov 16, 2014 @ 0:09

Nov 232014

Jeremy SaxeYou can make a difference this Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) in honor of Amity Grad Jeremy Saxe, who dedicated his life to giving to others.

The traditional Jeremy Saxe volleyball tournament will take place at the Connecticut Sports Center, 21 South Bradley Road, Woodbridge, Friday, Nov.28, 2-8 p.m.

In addition to the volleyball there will be an expanded marketplace with local artisans offering fine clothing, jewelry, art, home goods, plus handmade woolens and ornaments from artisans in Nepal.

Due to the tremendous turnout in past years, the tournament has been moved from Amity High School to CT Sports Center, which allows more playing time for teams and a refreshment area offering food, beer and wine to enjoy.

The Jeremy Saxe Volleyball Tournament, established in November 2008 by Amity volleyball players, honors Amity Alum Jeremy Saxe who tragically lost his life due to an undiagnosed heart condition.

The Late Jeremy Saxe

The Late Jeremy Saxe

All proceeds support Jiwanko Saathiharu: Jeremy Saxe Foundation for Education and Development, Inc., an independent social development organization with 501 (c)3 tax exempt status formed by Jeremy’s friends, colleagues and family members.  The Foundation funded Clara’s Childcare Center in the village of Pharping, Nepal.

The tournament

The tournament is a Sixes Coed. Please sign up as a team of at least 6 (at least two girls per team) or sign up as a single ($15/player) and get placed on a team. The first 100 players signed up will receive an event t-shirt!

Players should submit their names individually (to be added to teams) or their team rosters by email ([email protected]) or at the Facebook Event page (“Jeremy Saxe Volleyball Tournament with Holiday Artisan Marketplace”).

This is a community event and all are welcome and encouraged to attend.

 What the funding is for

The childcare center furthers the Foundation’s development objectives by improving outreach for the women’s literacy program and providing quality care, school readiness, and Montessori early education to the children. Clara’s Childcare Center empowers women of the Village of Pharping by providing care for their young children while they attend the Women’s Community Literacy School.

Clara’s Childcare Center has served as a model that has now been replicated in the surrounding villages, multiplying the impact of donors on the lives of these families, especially the children!

These children will then have a strong start when they attend the Foundation’s planned project: Jiwanko Saathiharu Sikshyalaya (“Friends of Life/Friends of Jeremy Place of Learning”). Jiwanko Saathiharu Sikshyalaya is planned as a community-based “School for Future Leaders.” The school will be open to all castes and ethnic groups providing American style education and emphasizing critical thinking and analysis with rigorous academics. The school will promote good global citizenship while fostering a love of Nepal that encourages students to build a better future for Nepal

You can view a video thank you from their Nepali partners, ASC and the children of the village of Pharping, Nepal at JiwankoSaathiharu’s Channel – YouTube

In the spring of his junior year he studied abroad in Nepal where he fell in love with the country and its people and committed his future to international development. While in Nepal, Jeremy was given the Nepali name, Jiwan, which means “life” and Jiwanko Saathiharu translates to “Friends of Jeremy/Friends of Life.”

It is the hope of the Foundation that the lives of its donors and volunteers will be touched as deeply as the lives of its recipients when they witness their investment coming to fruition, making our world a better place.

Local sponsors
The tournament committee thanks this year’s very generous sponsors: Amity Auto Repair, Anderson Automotive, Cigar and More, Dr. Robert Rauch the Gentle Dentist, Jamba Juice, Orange Fence & Supply Co., Racebrook Wine & Liquor, Saxe, Doernberger & Vita, P.C., Sponge Brothers, Ted’s Cleaners, Webster Bank and Winkle Bus.

To sign up, volunteer, or for more information, e-mail: [email protected] or [email protected]. Contributions can be mailed to Jeremy Saxe Foundation c/o SDV 1952 Whitney Avenue Hamden, CT 06517.

Nov 232014

Amity Pop Warner Cheerleaders

Amity Pop Warner Cheerleaders

The Amity Pop Warner Pee Wee Cheerleaders have been practicing hard since Aug. 1, and their hard work paid off when they came in First Place on Saturday, Nov. 15 at the New England Region Pop Warner Cheer and Dance Championship in the Pee Wee M1 category.

The Pee Wee team is composed of 20 girls, aged 9-12, from Bethany, Orange and Woodbridge.
During August they practice 4 or 5 nights a week, and once school starts they practice three times a week and cheer at Pop Warner football games on Sunday. Their quest to go to the National Championships began in October, when they competed at- and won- the Southern Connecticut Pop Warner Championships. This allowed them to compete at the Regional Championships where again they came in first.
The final stop on the road is the National Championships. They will be competing on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at Walt Disney World in Orlando along with 400+ other cheer teams.
Amity Pop Warner last won a National Trophy in 2010 and they are hoping to bring another trophy back home this year!
Pop Warner emphasizes scholastic achievement and the girls must maintain a good academic record to be allowed to participate in the program.   But, even though they are busy with school work and practice, they are spending a lot of time fundraising.
Help Support The Team
Keep an eye out for these athletes as they will be out and about, holding bake sales and shaking the can at various locations. Or, visit http://www.gofundme.com/fk2a40 and make a donation today.
The first fundraiser takes place tonight at Woodbridge Social, 12 Selden Street, Woodbridge from 5:30 to 8 p.m.  A portion of proceeds will be donated to Amity Cheer.
Another fundraiser will be on Thanksgiving Day at High Plains Community Center.  The girls will set up a table for a bake sale at 7 a.m., until the Orange Rotary Turkey Trot Race/Walk ends. Amity Cheer will have many bake goods that runners and spectators can bring back home for dessert.

Nov 212014

basketbrigadesmpictureSeveral years ago, Orange resident Glen Ketchian introduced me to a wonderful program in which he’d been involved for 15 years.

The CT Thanksgiving Basket Brigade provides families in need in the Greater New Haven area with a laundry basket full of all the essentials needed for a full Thanksgiving meal.

Each year teams of hundreds of volunteers gather at two locations, Champ Direct Printing & Mailing, 75 Cascade Boulevard, Milford (just over the Orange border), and another building in Trumbull.

Dr. John Sottery continues to be in charge of the event which takes place next Saturday.

Screen-shot-2012-11-16-at-9.58.03-PM-300x124The organizers expect to deliver 600 food baskets between the two locations (Greater New Haven and Fairfield County areas).

Here is a link with all the information for this year’s Basket Brigade http://2014basketbrigade-milford.eventbrite.com (after you click on the link, scroll down the page and watch the youtube videos — it really brings you back to how good it makes you feel to give from the Heart)

The Basket Brigade will be on Saturday, Nov. 22 beginning at 9 a.m. and deliveries should be completed by 2 p.m.

If you would like to donate, help, or can drive a delivery vehicle sign up at the link posted above. (Yes, you really will feel good.)

Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops, High School Students looking for community service credits and anyone else who would just like to feel great by helping others for a day should consider coming out.

 Originally Published on Nov. 16 at 11:37

Nov 212014

fraser3Cub Scout Pack 922, chartered by the Orange Volunteer Fire Department, is hosting its 3rd annual holiday wreath sale event. Pack 922 will have the wreaths on display and available for on-site purchase at the Orange Volunteer Fire Station #2, 355 Boston Post Road, Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Pack also will be taking pre-orders and delivering the wreaths starting Nov. 22. if you are unable to attend this event on-site. If you would like to pre-order a holiday wreath, please contact Pack 922 at 203-298-0818 or e-mail: [email protected]

The event is open to the public. The wreaths measure in size from about 22-24.” The wreaths are available either decorated (with a bow and pine cones) or undecorated.  The cost is $20.00 per wreath for either option. Pack 922 is working with a local supplier in CT, keeping the business in our home state!

All proceeds from the wreath sales will benefit Cub Scout Pack 922 to help fund scouting events, scouting awards, community projects, and much more!

Cub Scout Pack 922 meets once per month as a pack and has several fun and exciting activities planned for the pack each and every year.

If your son is interested in joining Cub Scouts (grades 1 through 5), you can visit Pack 922’s website at www.OrangeCTscouting.com for additional information and/or to e-mail the Cubmaster, Jeff Cap.

Originally Published on: Oct 16, 2014 @ 14:07

Second publishing on: Nov 10, 2014 @ 10:07