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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).


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):


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


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 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.

Another Hot, Disgusting Weather Week Ahead

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Jul 242016

Screen Shot 2016-07-24 at 8.23.04 PMFrom WFSB 3: Get ready for another hot, humid week. The heat wave will continue this week with a possibility of scattered showers on Monday morning adding to the humidity, with temps in the upper 90s.

Then we could see storms in the afternoon, but most of the activity will be upstate.

Tuesday and Wednesday will still be in the 90s but with lower humidity.

Humidity returns on Thursday and in the afternoon, we may see some more rain, when another cold front approaches the area.

Orange Live will let you know if High Plains Community Center is open as a cooling center this week.

In the meantime, you may seek comfort in the air conditioned library: Monday and Thursday — 10 am-8 pm; Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday — 10 am-5 pm; Saturday — 10 am-4 pm. Or any of the wonderful restaurants or shops in town.

Stay hydrated: drink plenty of water not coffee or other caffeinated beverages.

Young West Haven Man Killed In Crash On Route 34 Sunday Morning

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Jul 242016

(Photo by Orange Police Dept.)

(Photo by Orange Police Dept.)

Shortly after midnight Saturday night into Sunday morning, July 24, Orange Police responded to a serious motor vehicle crash on Derby Avenue, (Rt. 34), just west of the intersection of Racebrook Road, (Rt. 114).

The initial investigation showed that a black Honda Civic was headed westbound toward Derby at a high rate of speed when it lost control and left the roadway, making contact with a large boulder and a fence off the roadway.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department responded to extricate the driver, Abraham Evans, 22, of West Haven from the wreck.

Evans was the only occupant of the vehicle and medical personnel pronounced him dead at the scene.

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone who may have witnessed the accident or who may have information is asked to contact Officer John Reshotnik of Orange Police at 203-891-2130.


This press release is on the OPD Facebook Page.

Get Your Tickets Early For the 2016 Rotary Lobsterfest

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Jul 242016

rotary lobsterfestThe Rotary Club of Orange will host its annual Lobsterfest fundraiser RAIN OR SHINE at the Pavilion, High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, Saturday, August 13, 3:30-7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $45/person and include choice of twin lobsters or NY Strip steak. Menu includes corn on the cob, New England clam chowder, coleslaw, dessert, beer, wine, and soft drinks.

Kids meals, including a Hot Dog or Hamburger and sides are $7 (available at event only)

All proceeds from the event will go towards supporting the Rotary’s initiatives both in the local community and abroad, including supporting the Orange Food Bank, the Annual Scholarship Program and Operation Warm Coats for Kids Program.

Click HERE to purchase dinner tickets.