Orange Lions’ Spring Tasting A Real Crowd Pleaser

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Mar 242017

A large crowd gathered at St. Barbara Greek Church Hall on Friday night for the Orange Lions Club’s Spring Tasting fundraiser.

The Wine and Liquor Outlet,528 Boston Post Road, provided fine wines, craft beers and bourbon for the event.

This spring wine tasting included hors d’oeuvres, desserts and raffles.

Proceeds benefit local Orange Lions charities.

Start Practicing Your Skills For the Best Meatball Challenge

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Mar 242017

The Orange Ale House Grille and Burger Bar, 517 Boston Post Road, will host the third annual  Greater New Haven Best Meatball Challenge on Saturday, April 1 from 6-10 p.m.

It’s going to be a another fun night to see who makes the best balls around and raise some money for Paul Newman’s The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.

Admission is $40 per person and includes meatballs from the contestants, unlimited pasta, salad, Italian bread, the wine tasting and the beer tasting.

There will be a Celebrity Bartender series this year.

The Wine Tasting is sponsored by Connecticut Distributors and a beer tasting by Dichello Distributors.

The contest is open to individual entries only — NO restaurant or company entries.

The winner gets a beautiful trophy, a $100 gift card to OAH, a Food Channel contract and bragging rights for the year. (Ok… so we’re kidding about the Food Channel contract.) There will be some miscellaneous donated deserts and raffles/silent auctions too.

Guest Judges so far are Vincent Farricelli, Robert Modena, Erin Logan, Anna Zap from Star 99.9, Mike Lapitino from WPLR.


Don’t Forget The 44th Annual New Haven Mineral Club Show Next Weekend

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Mar 242017

The New Haven Mineral Club will host its 44th annual gem and mineral show at Amity Middle School, 100 Ohman Ave., Orange on Saturday, April 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 2 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If you have never attended this show, now is a great time to start.

You will find unique gifts, fossils, minerals, gems, jewelry and so much more.

This is the club’s largest show to date with 20 fantastic vendors displaying and selling their goods.

The NHMC is a great place to get children interested in geology and mineral collecting. It is a fascinating hobby.

There is a $5 admission fee — children 11 and under FREE with paid adult. And parking is free.

Orange Police Officers find themselves at the “Right place at the right time.”

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Mar 242017

From the Orange Police Facebook Page:

Some might say, luck has a lot to do with success in police work. Officer James Kline and Officer Amable Colon found themselves at the right place at the right time while on patrol back in June of 2015.

Ofc. Kline had been assigned as Colon’s Field Training Officer and the two were patrolling the commercial corridor in Orange along the Boston Post Road. It was then, that Kline saw the Google Maps car pulling into the main driveway of the plaza they had been patrolling, and he decided to seize the moment.

Kline called it an exercise in “Media Relations” and “Police & the Public.” As the picture reflects as the google vehicle drove by the officers were able to give a friendly wave. Google voluntarily blurred the officers face and the cruiser plate in the photo.

Ofc. Colon would check the Google Maps site on occasion to see if the picture was used and just recently stumbled upon the image. 

Often people will stage scenes for the google photo cars, in this case is was purely being in the right place at the right time.

Gather Up Your Drugs For Take-Back Day In April

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Mar 242017

Get rid of your unused drugs in April.

For the past six years the town of Orange has participated in Drug Take-Back Day with great success.

On Saturday, April 29, the Orange Police Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (D.E.A.), has scheduled another one-day National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Once again, the Orange Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members will assist in the collection.

This event will take place in the CVS parking lot, 279 Boston Post Road.  This is free and anonymous, no questions asked.  This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted or unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.

These take-back events highlight the problems related to prescription drug abuse, and give citizens an opportunity to contribute to the solution.  This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.

Unwanted, unused, or expired medications in our homes are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.  Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are very high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

Studies have shown that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.  In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines, such as flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, can pose a potential safety and health hazard.

Just bring your unwanted drugs in a box or bag and dump them into one of the large containers provided at the site.

The DEA will bring all of Connecticut’s collected items to an undisclosed site and incinerate them.

Holy Infant Orangemen Basketball Team Rocked This Season

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Mar 242017

Bottom row: Brett Chodos, Colby O’Connor, Corey Donovan and Jake Genovese.
Back row: Coach Powell Chodos, Macallister Burke, Martin Zhang, Justin Zamkov, Scott Lowder, Coach Jim O’Connor and Coach Jamie Zamkov. Missing: Liam Tassiello

The final seconds ticked off the scoreboard at Jonathan Law High School and with that concluded the Holy Infant-Orangemen’s 7th grade boys basketball season.

But it wasn’t just any season, it was a wildly successful season on all accounts.  “Historically, this has to be one of the best seasons head coach Powell Chodos explained,  “We went 44-11 against  7th grade teams from all over Connecticut, we won the Bristol Christmas Tournament (4-0), we won the Sal Tinari-East haven tournament (4-1), we won the A division of the Fairfield County tournament (3-0) and we won the prestigious Milford Hoopfest tournament (40 seventh grade teams, 6-1 record) I’m not sure if any Orange team has ever accomplished all that.”

Kneeling: ColbyO’Connor. First row: Liam Tassiello, Corey Donovan, Jake Genovese and Brett Chodos. Back row: Coach Jamie Zamkov, Coach Jim O’Connor, Scott Lowder, Justin Zamkov, Coach Powell Chodos, Macallister Burke and Martin Zhang.

Chodos gives credit to his team, “They are a smart bunch, they show up to practice, they play hard, they share the ball and they genuinely love playing together–as a coach that’s all you can ask for”.

Coming Up At The Library

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Mar 232017

The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, offers the following upcoming events:

Oscar Film: Hacksaw Ridge
Monday, March 27, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 29, 1 p.m.

2 hr. 19 min. R. WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.

Art in the Library Reception
Thursday, April 6, 4-6 p.m.
In honor of the April exhibit: Art by the children of Orange elementary schools, on view April 2-28.

Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register in person or by telephone at 203-891-2170

Just In: Weather Alert

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Mar 222017

The National Weather Service just posted a weather alert — wind advisory — effective until 6 p.m.

Northwesterly winds of 20-25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.

Strongest winds this afternoon will decrease in the evening.

Gusty winds will blow unsecured objects around and tree limbs could be blown down possibly resulting in a few power outages.


Middle School Students Celebrate Pi Day

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Mar 222017

Nolan, Ryan, Joseph, Faith, and Rocco working on their Pi projects.
(photo by Eleanor Stephens)

Team X at Amity Middle School, Orange celebrated Pi Day with activities that were interdisciplinary.

March 14 is recognized as Pi Day because of its connection to the first three digits of Pi, 3.14. Students wrote poems and made artistic creations to explain Pi.

They also had a computer scavenger hunt to learn interesting facts about Pi, one of which was to locate the position of their birthdate in the numbers of Pi.

Mathematically they measured several objects to find the relationship between the circumference and the diameter of their circular object and see how close they could get to 3.14.

Lastly, they made a histogram, identifying how many of each digit there were in the first 50 digits of Pi. Of course, they were also treated to pie and oranges! Many students also made treats for their classmates.

Fundraiser To Benefit Bethany Leapley ASD Scholarship Fund

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Mar 222017

Adam and Dedra Leapley were inspired to create a specialized gym for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) based on their own experience of raising a child with ASD. In May 2014, the ASD Fitness Center, opened at 307 Racebrook Road.
The Center serves families in the greater New Haven area from ages 5 to young adult. The 5,000-square-foot fitness center is staffed by special education teachers with fitness certifications. Trainers provide one to one training with children as well as memberships for families in need and group classes. Scholarships provide children with access to a full gum membership, which includes two or three one-on-one sessions and a group class every week.
Prior to opening the center, Adam and Dedra founded The Bethany Leapley ASD Scholarship Fund.  The charity is a registered 501(c)(3) with the goal being to raise funds for families in need of financial support so they can send their children to the ASD Fitness Center to receive one on one personal training and attend small adaptive group classes.
Their largest annual fundraiser is a Wine and Beer Tasting event.  This year the 4th annual event will take place at St. Barbara’s Church, 480 Racebrook Road, on Saturday, April 22 beginning at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $100 each/ $725 – table of 8/ $900 – table of 10
The event Emceed by Tony Terzi, includes live acoustic music by The Mediums, a silent auction, speakers, fine wine, craft beer, Hors D’oeuvres from OLA restaurant, and desserts from Thurston Foods, Inc.
Tickets can be purchased at WWW.BETHANYLEAPLEYASDFUND.ORG or by check payable to the Bethany Leapley ASD Scholarship Fund, mailed to: Bethany Luna, 17 Cannonball Road, North Haven, CT 06473.
If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation, click HERE or send a check to the above listed address.