May 272015

copy-rbrr-logo-1The Sixth Annual Race Brook Rockin’ Road Race is Saturday, June 6. Registration deadline is Wednesday, June 3.

The event includes a Fun Run, 2 mile Fitness Walk and 5k Road Race. (Click links for registration pages)IMG_9712

Fun Run begins at 9 a.m., 5K at 10 a.m. This is sure to be a morning of fun and activities for runners, walkers and families.

All events begin and end at Race Brook School, 107 Grannis Road, Orange.

Kids Fun Runs, start time 9 a.m., registration fee is $10 plus $2 sign up fee.

Registration ends June 3 at 11:59 p.m.

5k-route-map2 Mile Fitness Walk, start time 10 a.m., registration fee is $15 plus $2.50 sign up fee. 

Registration ends June 3 at 11:59 p.m.

5K Run, start time 10 a.m. registration fee $25 plus $2.50 sign up fee  

T Shirts For All Pre-Registered. Tech shirts for first 150 pre-registered.

Registration ends June 3 at 11:59 p.m.

Proceeds go to Race Brook School.

May 272015

4713291_1432646588.973By now most residents are aware of the devastating, fast-moving fire that destroyed a home at 400 Derby Milford Road on Saturday morning, May 23.

Many have sent e-mails to Orange Live asking for information on any fundraisers that may be planned.

Here you go:

The victim’s niece, Tiffany Skurjo set up a Go Fund Me page to help him get back on his feet.

On the page, she wrote:

IMG_4768Please help us get my Uncle, Dennis Skurjo, back on his feet! He recently had a house fire on Saturday, May 23rd which destroyed his entire home.

He walked away with himself and his puppies (which we will forever be grateful for), the clothes on his back, his cars, and some pictures and photo albums the generous firefighters were able to save for him.

He has been working hard the past 30 something years of his life and within a matter of minutes his entire home and all his belongings were destroyed.

If anyone knows my Uncle they first know he has the biggest, and most kind, genuine heart out of anyone I know.

A view of the rear of the home and the propane tanks. (courtesy of Art Williams)

He has treated myself and my sisters as if we were his own and he would give the clothes off his back for anyone who needed them and we are trying to do the same for him, it’s our turn to help him.

Let’s come together as a community and help jump start him into his next chapter.

Thank you in advance and God bless everyone!

Tiffany Skurjo

May 222015

1509866_1396964540576288_248310034_nOne of the newer annual events that the public seems to love is the Race Brook School Food Truck Festival.

Now in its second year, people already are talking about coming to the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, on Friday, May 22, from 4-8 p.m. when more than 20 popular food trucks will roll in and serve up a wide variety of their specialties, sure to tempt your tummy and please your taste buds.

Stroll around the grounds and find your favorite foods from Pizza, Lobster, Cannolis, Cupcakes and so much more.

This year there will be more trucks, craft venders and children’s activity vendors. Entertainment will be provided by Velocity, a CT party band that plays covers from Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Earth Wind & Fire, Journey, Steely Dan and more.

Plan to make a night of it, bring a blanket and/or lawn chairs and enjoy the evening with family and friends.


Originally Published on: Apr 30, 2015 @ 22:04

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May 222015

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.

May 162015

unnamedIt’s that time of year again, Amity High School will present the Annual 24 Hour Play Festival on Saturday May 16 at 7 p.m.

Students will begin Friday afternoon and work until Saturday Night to create a short one act play in just 24 Hours!

The show will take place in the Black Box Theater at 7 p.m.

Admission is free but donations for the Relay for Life Teams will be gratefully accepted.


Originally Published on: Apr 30, 2015 @ 18:33


May 112015

Applebee-s-Logo31Applebee’s Grill & Bar restaurants in Connecticut, upstate New York, and Pennsylvania is offering discounts, events and perks to thank those who have served or are serving during the Month of May in honor of “National Military Appreciation Month.”

Beginning Friday, May 1 through Sunday, May 31, servicemen and women who dine at participating Applebee’s restaurants will be honored with the following:

  • 10 percent discount: retired and active duty military can enjoy a discounted price on all meals, excluding tax, gratuity, gift cards and other discounts.*
  • Armed Forces Day Celebration on Saturday, May 16:every restaurant location will offer free cake and coffee to retired and active duty military and their families from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Random Giveaways: as another way to say “thanks,” every location will offer random giveaways, including food, beverages and other perks.

“We are excited to offer even more ways of showing our thanks and gratitude in this second year of celebrating military service during May at our Applebee’s locations,” said Stephanie Griffin, Director of Marketing and Public Relations. “We encourage all veterans and active duty military that visit us in May to identify themselves as having served so that our managers can personally thank them for their service.”

Applebee’s patrons and military personnel can participate in the Military Appreciation Month offerings throughout the month of May in Orange and at the following Connecticut Applebee’s restaurant locations: Danbury, Plainville, Groton, Torrington and Mansfield.

Since 2009, Applebee’s locations nationally have served nearly six million free meals to veterans and active duty military members on Veteran’s Day. Applebee’s also began recognizing U.S. veterans and active duty military service members in 2011 with the launch of its national “Thank You Movement,” a program that encourages people to show their appreciation for members of our Armed Forces on Veterans Day. Since launching the program, Applebee’s has received more than 2.5 million personal “thank you” messages through the“Thank You Movement” website.

To learn more about how Applebee’s restaurants in Connecticut, New York, and Pennsylvania support and give back to local communities or participate in these programs, visit www.tlcneighborhood.com.

*Proof of service is required to receive the 10 percent discount. Acceptable identification includes: U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans Organization Card, photograph in uniform or wearing uniform, DD214, Citation or Commendation.

Originally Published on: Apr 23, 2015 @ 14:03

May 092015

drones3I just bought a drone with a camera and can’t for the life of me figure out how to control it.

If there is a teenager — or anyone — with the skills who would like to teach me what to do, I would be forever grateful.

I believe this little device would be an awesome way to show Orange Live readers a different perspective at events around town, but I can’t do that until I know how to use it.

On my own, I’ve crashed it a couple of times, even got it stuck in a tree, but it is sturdy and I haven’t broken it yet. 

If anyone can help, please call me at 203-506-1747 or e-mail [email protected].


May 072015

Aerial view of the Orange Congregational Church

Aerial view of the Orange Congregational Church

The Pilgrim Fellowship Youth Groups of the Orange Congregational Church will sponsor its Annual Community Tag Sale on Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the Orange Town Green on Orange Center Road.

A space can be rented for $25.00 (with table provided = $30.00) by calling the Orange Congregational Church Office at 203-795-9749.

Coffee and donuts will be on sale by the Youth Group, as well as, hot dogs and soda.

If it rains, the Tag Sale will be held on May 16


Originally Published on: Apr 14, 2015 @ 14:53

May 052015

Jesper Nielsen, founder and CEO of Endless Jewelry, with Endless Spirit Award winner Marianne Miller.

Jesper Nielsen, founder and CEO of Endless Jewelry, with Endless Spirit Award winner Marianne Miller.

Orange resident, Marianne Miller was shocked and surprised at Tuesday afternoon’s Cinco de Mayo celebration at Cellini Design Jewelers, 464 Boston Post Road, when she was named the winner of the Endless Spirit Award, presented by Jesper Nielsen, founder and CEO of Endless Jewelry.

The Endless Spirit Award is presented to one woman in the Orange community who deserves to be recognized, but is often left out of the spotlight.

Miller was nominated by several people on Cellini’s Facebook page and won the title. She received a certificate and gifts including a very special Endless Jewelry bracelet handpicked by Nielsen himself.

The bracelet is a purple cord — coincidentally, her favorite color — decorated with a beautiful diamond encrusted bangle, which is one of only 300 in the world, and not available for sale anywhere. Miller was still breathless 90 minutes after the presentation. “I can’t believe this,” she told Orange Live. “I’m on cloud nine.”

Guests at the jewelry store were treated to a smorgasbord of Mexican favorites and margaritas.

Women browsed the vast selection of spring fashion jewelry, including the new JLo line of Endless Jewelry, and obviously liked what they saw. The bracelets were selling very well until closing time.


Cellini Design Jewelry used the occasion as a fundraiser for the Orange Lions Club Charities. They sold tickets for $5 each for a chance to win one of five Endless bracelets (valued at $100 each). All money from ticket sales and 5% of all sales on Tuesday will be donated to the Lions.

Instead of drawing the winning tickets on Cinco de Mayo, Cellini’s is giving everyone a chance to get in on the raffle — a great Mother’s Day gift — by extending the ticket sales until Friday at 5:55 p.m. the drawing will take place at 6 p.m. and the winners will be listed on Cellini’s Facebook page.