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Orange Community Farmers’ Market Open Today

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Jul 282016
 

file photo from 2015.

file photo from 2015.

The Orange Community Farmers’ Market will run each Thursday until Sept. 29 under the Pavilion at the Orange Fairgrounds, High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road in Orange.  Market hours are 3:30 to 7 p.m.

There will be 14 vendors selling their farm-grown products including vegetables, cut flowers, maple syrup and candy, meats, baked goods, oils, pasta, animal treats as well as bath products, pottery, and more!   Farms from Orange to Oxford will be present; including Mapleview, Shamrock, Grassy Hill, Buttermilk Lane, Fox Hollow, Dream Come True, B4 and After, and The Little Farm on Main.  The Zuppardi’s Pizza Truck will also be at the market.  While shopping, stop by the Truck for a slice of pizza!

In addition to the Market, there will be live music at the Gazebo on Aug. 11.  Shop at the Market, stay for the bands, come back often!

Check the Farmer’s Market Website  for market participants, band details, etc. or call 203-891-1045.

Property Transfers: Orange Property Sales Through June 23

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Jul 282016
 

home-for-sale-sold-signThe Town Clerk’s office released this list of recent property transfers:

258 Hawthorne Lane, $359,000, Albert Mantilia III Exec to Gary Tenk, filed on May 17.

185 Sunrise Circle, $799,125, Sunrise Hill Estates LLC to Alan Ruskis, filed on May 17.

820 Walnut Hill Road, $490,000, Maryann Diette to Mark Corriere, filed on May 18.

80 Englewood Drive, $425,000, Douglas Macrae to Matthew Ziino, filed on May 19.

472 Boston Post Road, $166,000, Four Seventy Two Post Road LLC to E&P Property LLC, filed on May 19.

16 Hedgefield Court, $800,000, R& D Custom Builders LLC to Saurabh Chaturvedi, filed on May 19.

51 Farm Hill Road, $945,000, Alan Ruskis to Lingsheng Meng, filed on May 20.

48 Red Cedar Circle, $305,000, Mary Parmelee to Jennie Riccio, filed on May 24.

359 Dogwood Road, $151,000, John Serfilippi Revocable Trust to Leo Ye, filed on May 27.

308 Meetinghouse Lane, $346,5000, Carmela Castiglione Trust to Zongynin Li, filed on June 1.

270 High Plains Drive, $300,000, Giorgianna Passariello to Danielle McNemar, filed on June 1.

420 Yellow Brick Road, $485,000, Brenda Cordova to Brian Catti, filed on June 1.

517 Turkey Hill Road, $216,600, John Hackett Exec to LDK Realty LLC, filed on June 3.

108 Sunrise Hill Circle, $580,500, Paul Strilka to Sun Hee Koo, filed on June 6.

221 Mulberry Lane, $718,000, Clement Lewin to Lin Feng, filed on June 7.

575 Lambert Road, $685,000, Brian Mulvaney to Brian Bon-Jeong Koo, filed on June 7.

789 Riverside Drive, $283,000, Alan Barton to Dennis Hine, filed on June 7.

484 Halliwell Avenue, $287,500, Joseph Marchionni to Jie Deng, filed on June 9.

311 Goose Lane, $488,499, Sunrise Hill Estates LLC to Arlene Carollo, filed on June 10.

358 Knight Lane, $346,000, Ping Sheng to Christine Doran, filed on June 13.

655 Cedar Grove, $57,500, Ally Bank to Nicholas Mastrangelo, filed on June 13.

601 Fawn Drive, $415,000, Daniel Direinzo to Robert Webber, filed on June 14.

530 Summit Drive, $255,000, Gene Frohman to Kevin Rugarber, filed on June 15.

393 Grassy Hill Road, $350,000, Mario Zangari Trust to Jeffrey Smith, filed on June 17.

849 Dogburn Road, $425,000, Scott Derosa to Lev Mayzler, filed on June 20.

386 Wildwood Drive, $332,500, Blanche Shaftel to John Skopp, filed on Juen 21.

219 Goose Lane, $498,366, Sunrise Hill Estates LLC to Emily Snitow, filed on June 21.

314 Goose Lane, $543,336, Sunrise Hill Estates LLC to Ibrahim Hefzallah Trust, filed on June 22.

366 Manley Heights Road, $327,000, Dean Coassin to Christopher Woll, filed on June 22.

 

Police: Man Arrested At An Orange Dollar Store

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Jul 272016
 

Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 9.45.44 PMOfficers were called to the Dollar Tree Store, 96 Boston Post Road on a shoplifting complaint, July 13 at 9:22 a.m.

During the investigation, officers learned that Robert Hallett, 46, of 789 Congress Ave, New Haven had attempted to take $107 worth of merchandise out of the store without paying.

Store employees stopped Hallett and pointed him out to police.

He was stopped by store employees and pointed out to police.

Hallett was taken into custody and charged with sixth-degree larceny.

He was released after posting $500 bond and given a July 18 court date.

Welcome To La Famiglia Vincenzo, Your New Favorite Restaurant

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Jul 272016
 

Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 1.27.29 PMWhen Orange resident Carol Gloria opened her restaurant La Famiglia Vincenzo at 1573 Boston Post Road, Milford, (across from PC Richard), in 2015, she wanted to offer guests a place to enjoy a quality meal at an affordable price, in a family friendly setting.

La Famiglia Vincenzo features daily specials sure to attract anyone looking for a new favorite hang out.

On some days Gloria welcomes guest bartenders. Any man or woman (of legal age) with the desire and talent is invited to take his or her place behind the bar and share a signature drink. A photo of the guest bartender will be displayed on the wall of the bar too. If you are interested in this opportunity, call Rob (the House Bartender), at 203-951-0585.

The specials are well-received, reasonably priced and surely worth a visit.

Sunday — Brunch 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. $19.99

Monday — 1/2 prices bottles of wine and $8 pizza

Wednesday — $6 Martinis and $6 Meatballs

Thursday — beginning at 5 p.m. Prime Rib Dinner $19.99

Monday – Friday — Happy Hour 3 – 6:30 p.m. reduced drink and appetizer specials

La Famiglia also hosts private parties and special events.

If you’re looking for a nice place to have a birthday party, bridal or baby shower, retirement; graduation; engagement; or office party or have a sports team even, call 203-951-0585 for information on reserving the private room or dining room for your event.

Once you’ve tried La Famiglia Vincenzo, you will sure to come back. The food is delicious and the staff is knowledgable, attentive (without hovering) and absolutely delightful.

A very special event at La Famiglia

A very special event at La Famiglia

 

Obituary: Margaret Kinsman Wachs, 102, Beloved Mother of Bonnie Huey

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Jul 272016
 

Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 11.51.19 AMMargaret Kinsman Wachs, 102,  of Stratford passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was the widow of Miller Allen Wachs. Born in North Thetford, VT on September 20, 1913 she was a daughter of the late John Kinsman and Glen Cora Staples Kinsman.

Mrs. Wachs graduated from the University of Vermont and was the Christian Education Director at Stratford United Methodist Church prior to her retirement. She was also a nursery school teacher at the Sterling House for many years.

A devoted Christian, Mrs. Wachs was very active at the Stratford United Methodist Church and a member of UMW and AAUW.

She is survived by her 5 loving daughters; Ann Marie Wilkinson and her husband Thomas of Ansonia, Greta Jacobsen of Stratford, Martha Weintraub and her husband David of Hillsborough, NJ, Elaine Matto and her husband Ralph of Shelton and Bonnie Huey and her husband Ray of Orange.

She also is survived by her grandchildren; Jeffery Coe, Danny Coe, Kirsten Jacobsen, Lars Jacobsen, David Weintraub, Amy Weintraub, Ben Huey, Margaret Huey, great grandchildren; Andrew Coe, Sarah Coe, Natalie Johanesen, Miranda Johanesen, Lorelei Johanesen and great great grandchildren; Caeden and Rylee Ann Marie.

Friends may great the family on Friday, July 29, 2016 from 5 to 7 pm at the Dennis & D’Arcy – Abriola & Kelemen Funeral Home, 2611 Main Street, Stratford.

Funeral services will take place on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 10:00 am at Stratford United Methodist Church with Pastor Simeon Law officiating. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations in her memory may be made to Stratford United Methodist Church, 2600 Main Street, Stratford, CT 06615.

For online condolences, visit www.dennisanddarcy.com

Orange Native Performs In American Sacred Music Concert On Friday

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Jul 272016
 

76b58eda-79b8-46cb-8f11-2b04bcf5aab6Musicians from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, including Orange native Edward Vogel, will be presenting a concert in the Orange Congregational Church on Friday, July 29, at 7 p.m.

“Healing Waters: A Concert of American Sacred Music” explores the rich heritage of religious music that has come from folk traditions in the United States, including African American spirituals, Appalachian folk songs, and revivalist hymns.

The program will feature favorites like “Deep River” and “There is a Balm in Gilead,” as well as more unknown pieces like “Plenty Good Room” and “Down in the River to Pray.”

Performing in the concert are Vogel, a baritone, soprano Sarah Noone, and pianist Elliott Smith.

Admission is free, however a free-will offering will be graciously accepted (suggested donation is $10).

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Support the Arts: Four By Four Will Put On An Awesome Show

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Jul 262016
 

FourByFour-textFairfield University Quick Center for the Arts hosts “FOUR by FOUR – A Tribute to the Legendary Music of the Beach Boys, Beatles, Bee Gees and Motown,” Saturday, September 10.

The performance is part of The Evening for the Arts Gala, which 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 resident Jamie Alaine Hulley.

“FOUR by FOUR – A Tribute to the Legendary Music of the Beach Boys, Beatles, Bee Gees and Motown” — an exhilarating musical revue of hits songs from four of the most iconic musical styles of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s — headlines the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation’s fourteenth annual Evening for the Arts Gala Benefit on Saturday, September 10, 2016, at Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

The performance begins at 7 p.m. and is preceded by an Evening for the Arts reception at 6 p.m., which includes complimentary wine and beer, light hors d’oeuvres and silent and live auctions. Tickets are available through the Quick Center Box Office: 203-254-4010, or toll-free 1-877- ARTS-396. (1-877- 278-7396). Tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the door.

“FOUR by FOUR” hails from Las Vegas and is the brainchild of the same creative team that brought OH WHAT NIGHT! to last year’s Hulley Foundation event. This exciting and nostalgic music revue is conceived and directed by award-winning Broadway producer/director Michael Chapman, written by Motown producer George Solomon, and choreographed by Paul Holmquist.

The show features some of the most memorable songs from the California surfing scene, the British Invasion, the Disco decade, and Detroit city’s Motown – FOUR electrifying musical performances in ONE extraordinary night of entertainment!

“Everyone is sure to be singing along to the music and on their feet dancing – this music makes everyone feel good!” said Judy Primavera, co-founder and president of the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation. “There is something for everyone – it’s a real musical smorgasbord of classic hits songs from three decades.”

FOUR by FOUR thrills its audiences with their vocal perfection, great choreography, humorous banter, and music-inspired costume changes as they perform some of the most memorable songs of our time including Good Vibrations, She Love You, Staying Alive, and My Girl. The Gala also showcases the talents of young aspiring performers involved in the foundation’s programs at Square Foot Theatre in Wallingford, Amity High School’s Creative Theatre, and Broadway Method Academy in Fairfield. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening is Jared Brown, Artistic Director of Square Foot Theatre with Rob and Andrea Kennedy, Directors of Amity Creative Theatre, serving as co-hosts and auctioneers.

The Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the educational enrichment and professional development of young artists and early career professionals, was founded to celebrate the memory of the late Jamie Alaine Hulley. All proceeds from the Gala are dedicated to scholarships, educational programs and grants in the arts throughout Connecticut especially in the greater New Haven and Fairfield counties.

Since the foundation’s creation in 2002, nearly $700,000 in scholarships and grants have been awarded which have touched the lives of thousands of area youth each year. For information on the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, visit www.jamiehulleyartsfund.org, call 203-891-8869, or e-mail: [email protected].

Police Blotter: Orange Resident Had Loaded Gun While Driving Drunk

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Jul 252016
 

Screen Shot 2016-07-25 at 7.36.01 PMOrange Police Officers observed a vehicle driving erratically on Old Tavern Road on July 2 at 2:16 a.m.

Upon stopping the vehicle, officers had the driver, Shawn Nugent, 50, of 386 Hitching Post Drive, perform standardized roadside sobriety tests.

During the investigation, officers seized a loaded handgun while searching the vehicle.

Nugent was subsequently taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, failure to maintain a proper lane and illegal carry of a firearm while under the influence.

He was released after posting $100 bond, he was given a July 17 court date.

Coming Up: Greater Orange Restaurant Week

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Jul 252016
 

Screen Shot 2016-07-11 at 7.29.02 PMGreater Orange Restaurant Week is planned for August 8-14.

More than 20 area restaurants will be serving up some sizzling summer specialties for the event.

Here is a list of some of the participants (listed by town):

Orange

Eli’s, 285 Boston Post Road, Orange, (203) 553-9933

Andini’s Restaurant, 555 Boston Post Road, Orange, (203) 799-0200

Coromandel Cuisine of India, 185 Boston Post Road, Hitchcock Plaza, Orange, (203) 795-9055

Gabriele Ristorante Italiano & Bar, 326 Boston Post Rd, Orange, (203) 799-2633

Prime 16 – Orange, 464 Boston Post Road, Orange, (203) 553-9616

Puerto Vallarta Mexican Restaurant, 377 Boston Post Road, Orange, (203) 799-9977

South Sea Grill, 200 Boston Post Road, Orange, (203) 553-9627

Milford

La Famiglia Vincenzo, 1573 Boston Post Road, Milford, (203) 951-0585

Aldario’s Restaurant, 240 Naugatuck Avenue, Milford, (203) 874-6096

Bella Napoli Pizza, 864 Boston Post Road, Milford, (203) 877-1102

 

Gusto Trattoria, 255 Boston Post Road, Milford, (203) 876-7464

México Típico Authentic Mexican Cuisine, 1061 Boston Post Road, Milford, (203) 713-8887

Michael Anthony’s Tuscan Grill, 475 New Haven Avenue, Milford, (203) 877-1370

Oscar’s Woodmont Kitchen, 186 Hillside Avenue, Milford, (203) 283-9734

Plan B Milford, 1638 Boston Post Road, Milford, (203) 713-8700

 

Reggiano’s Ristorante, 487 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford, (203) 713-8300

Seasons at Jeffrey’s, 501 New Haven Avenue, Milford, (203) 878-1910

Stonebridge Rest, 50 Daniel Street, Milford, (203) 874-7947

Woodbridge

Woodbridge Social, 12 Selden Street, Woodbridge,  (203) 553-9135

Visit www.GreaterOrangeRestaurantWeek.com for information.

 

Originally published on July 11, 2016 @ 7:35 p.m. 

Orange Resident Completes A Very Important Eagle Project

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Jul 252016
 

Scout Jake Hollander and the sorting boxes he built for his Eagle Project.

Scout Jake Hollander and the sorting boxes he built for his Eagle Project.

If you have been at the Orange Fairgrounds since Thursday, July 21, you may have noticed something new and innovative near the pavilion — big chestnut brown and bright blue wooden boxes that will be a great help to town residents and the environment for years to come.

A few months ago, Boy Scout Jake Hollander, an Orange resident and member of Troop 1 in Milford, was getting ready to plan and execute his Eagle Scout project. Family friend Ilene Moyher, a member of the Orange Recycling Committee discussed the possibility of having him do a recycling-related project.
The Committee discussed the town’s recycling needs and with Jake and his mother, Patti in attendance at their meeting, everyone agreed that Jake would build sorters for the High Plains Community Center (HPCC) fairgrounds area.
The idea is to make it easy for people to recycle more during events and when using the field for any leisure activities. They are similar in concept to sorters that are becoming more commonplace at supermarkets, big box stores, and outdoor venues — and fit within the “single-stream recycling” set up that Orange has (via City Carting).
Jake volunteered to build four sorters. Moyher’s husband Mark helped him build a prototype, which the committee tested out and approved.  Jake and about 10 scouts from his troop, and about six adults got to work planning, constructing, painting and labeling the sorters. Mark Krom is his scout leader.
As a finishing touch, Bret Riley, an Eagle Scout who was part of Troop 1, and has a business called On Time on Route 34 in Derby, is donating plaques that will be added to each sorter.
The Rotary Club of Orange and the Orange Recycling Committee both helped fund the project. 
The ORC determined the colors for the sorters (blue for recycling and brown for trash), based on the colors of the residential recycling bins and the colors of trash bins people are used to seeing at HPCC.
The sorters are made of weather-resistant material to stand the test of time. They’re made of sturdy construction, eye-catching, and easy-to-use. The Parks Dept also was involved as it takes their cooperation in helping to make sure the sorters are placed in convenient places for use, and that they’re emptied.
Currently there are two sorters placed under the pavilion, and two are stored away for larger events.
 If you haven’t already seen them, you may take a peek during the Farmer’s Market on Thursday, or wait until the Firemen’s Carnival in August.