May 232015

Screen Shot 2015-05-23 at 9.35.34 PMA fire broke out at 400 Derby Milford Road on Saturday May 23.

The homeowner was working outside, when he suddenly noticed his house was on fire.

The first fire truck arrived in minutes, a hose was hooked up to a nearby fire hydrant and the members of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department began working feverishly to extinguish the flames.

The smoke was so thick that it was impossible for neighbors to see what was happening. (courtesy of George Geane)

The smoke was so thick that it was impossible for neighbors to see what was happening. (courtesy of George Geane)

Derby and Woodbridge firefighters also assisted, but in spite of the quick response, and water availability, the home could not be saved.

The family’s loss was the talk of the town on Saturday afternoon and residents speculated as to how the fire started and why the home already was engulfed in flames when the dispatcher called firefighters to the scene.

Fire Marshal Tim Smith arrived at the home when flames were still shooting out of the roof and soon began his investigation.

He told Orange Live that the fire appears to be accidental, and it possibly started in a clothes dryer.

He said the house looks like a total loss.

So, how DID it spread so quickly? Smith said it had a good head start and went undetected for quite a while. “Once it broke out, the breeze pushed it through the house,” he said.

The aftermath.

The aftermath.

May 232015

Master of Ceremonies Bob Mirto

Master of Ceremonies Bob Mirto

The Town of Orange Memorial Day Ceremonies and Parade will be held on Sunday, May 24, 2015.  Ceremonies will commence promptly at 10:30 a.m. at the High Plains Community Center Field.  The parade will follow the ceremony down Orange Center Road past the reviewing stand with services following at the Orange Center Cemetery.

Richard Cenami will be the Grand Marshal.  He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, 1962-1966 with a rank of LCPL and is a Vietnam Era Veteran.

Richard Manley will be the Honorary Chief of Staff. He served in the U.S. Navy Seabees, 1958 – 1964 and is a Vietnam Era Veteran.

The Reverend Stoddon (Tod) G.N. King will be the Honored Veteran.  He served in the U.S. Navy 1965-1970 with a rank of full Lieutenant and is a Vietnam Veteran.

The Keynote Speaker will be Emily Dewey Trudeau, the Deputy Assistant State’s Attorney, Judicial District of Fairfield, CT.  From 2005 – 2006, she was the Special Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office;  from 2006 – 2012, she was the Judge Advocate General’s Corps Attorney, United States Navy; and from 2012 – present she is the Vice-Chair/Legislative Liaison, Military and Veteran’s Affairs Committee, Connecticut Bar Association.   

Sgt. Stubby

Sgt. Stubby

This year, the Memorial Day Committee will be honoring Sgt. Stubby, the most decorated war dog of World War I.  He was the official mascot of the 102nd Infantry, the Yankee Division, and is presently in the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

The Committee would like to encourage all Vietnam War Veterans to attend the ceremonies and be recognized.  This is the 50th Anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam conflict.                                                           

The public is invited to join in honoring our nation’s veterans.  In the event of rain, exercises will be held in the High Plains Community Center Auditorium.

Originally Published on: May 14, 2015 @ 17:23

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

Second Publishing on: May 18, 2015 @ 0:24 

And finally, on: May 21, 2015 @ 1:04

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 222015

Screen Shot 2015-05-22 at 10.07.41 AMJerome Schwartz, 82, of Orange, passed away peacefully in his home beside his family on Wednesday, May 20, 2015.

Born on June 27, 1932, in Bronx, NY to the late Jack and Frieda Schwartz. He attended City College in NY.

Jerry worked in retail management for many years and finished his career working at Dworkin Chevrolet.

He is survived by his loving wife, Maxine, of sixty years, his daughters, Karen Evangelista and Mindy Schwartz, his son, Larry Schwartz (Deborah Schwartz) and his four loving grandchildren, Steven, Rachel, Alexis and Rebekka.

Funeral Services at Or Shalom Cemetery, 3 Farwell St. West Haven, CT. Friday morning May 22,2015 at 10:00 o’clock.

The Robert E. Shure Funeral Home 543 George St. New Haven, CT is in care of arrangements.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

Period of mourning will be held Saturday Thru Wednesday 7pm to 9pm with Minyan Services Monday thru Wednesday evening at 7pm. at Family’s Home 481 Wolcott Ln. Orange, CT.

May 222015

227Josephine Papa, 87, of Hamden, died at CT Hospice, May 14, 2015.

Josephine was born in New Haven, July 29, 1927, the daughter of the late John and Mary Ruggiero Papa, graduated from St. Agnes College in West Hartford and was past Secretary and Treasurer of St. Agnes Alumni Ass’n.

She worked in St. Raphael Hospital Newborn Nursery prior to opening her own day care center in Hamden, retiring after 35 years.

She is survived by two nephews, Richard (Heather) Papa and Michael (Michele) Papa, all from Orange, 4 grandnieces and 1 grandnephew.

She was pre-deceased by her brother, Louis Richard Papa.

Friends are invited to a memorial mass of Christian Burial in Holy Infant Church, Orange, Saturday at 10 o’clock.

Committal service will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery.

The Peter H. Torello & Son Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

May 212015

338317-photo3On Saturday June 6, the Orange and Woodbridge Conservation Commissions will celebrate “Connecticut Trails Day” by jointly hosting a hike at the Racebrook Tract in Orange, CT.  All members of the community are invited to attend this fun outdoor event via a free guided walking tour. 

The event will be supervised by members of the Conservation Commissions from 10 am to 1 pm, and there will be a 1-hour-guided hike starting at 10:30 am.

The Racebrook Tract encompasses nearly 400 acres of open space in the towns of Woodbridge and Orange and provides pristine near-wilderness exploration and passive recreation to all who visit it.  The Tract was purchased from two farmers in the early 1900s by the New Haven Water Company, and the stone walls crisscrossing the Tract are the original farm fences.  Under the direction of the Yale School of Forestry, the Tract was one of the first professionally managed forests in the country, and because periodic timber harvests were conducted by the water authority, the forest is delightfully open today. 

Two relatively level and circuitous trails start in Orange and cross into Woodbridge.  The longer trail is just over 2.5 miles.  The trails pass through expanses of mixed hardwoods and impressive stands of 100-year-old white pines.  Just off the parking lot, there is a handicap-accessible boardwalk going through some interesting wetlands.

Because of its large size, the Tract contains a wide variety of natural habitats and wildlife.  Streambelts, forests, wetlands, meadows, and brush make the area attractive to a variety of animals and songbirds.  Many species of reptiles and amphibians inhabit the Tract along with avian predators such as the great horned owl.   

The Orange and Woodbridge Conservation Commissions were formed to advise their Board of Selectmen on the preservation, development, and conservation of natural resources, including water resources, within the Towns of Orange and Woodbridge, respectively. 

Screen Shot 2015-05-21 at 11.02.34 PMThe joint OCC-WCC Racebrook Tract Walk offers an opportunity to take a guided tour of this beautiful open space, meet with your neighbors, and enjoy a lovely New England spring day in the woods.  All members of the community are invited to attend this fun outdoor event.  Children are encouraged, and comfortable and sturdy shoes and clothing are recommended.  Walkers are encouraged to bring water, and refreshments will be served at the end of the hike.  Steady rain and/or lightning will cancel.  Drizzle will not.  Sunday, June 7 is the rain date. 

Orange Conservation Website for additional info: www.orangectconservationcommission.com

For further information contact:  Dan Lynch, Orange Park & Recreation:  203-891-4790.

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May 212015

unnamedAmity High School Music Department Presents: Back To The Future Pops in the John J. Brady Center for the Performing Arts, Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $10 (click link)
Come out and see the great talent of our Amity High School music students.  They have been working hard and are excited to perform.
Start your summer with a rockin’ performance. Always a great evening of entertainment that won’t break your wallet.


May 212015

academy stuffIt’s not too late to mention your Mom’s name at the Orange Historical Society Antique Shop to receive a 10% discount on any item displayed for sale at the 1878 Academy Museum, 605 Orange Center Road.

In addition to the displays of Orange history, which are not for sale, one can find many collectibles and antiques, paper, books, china, toys, pewter, glassware, dolls, primitive kitchen collectibles etc. all waiting for just the right person who needs to find a gift for someone special.

Mother’s Day is behind us but why not surprise her with a gift of history from the shop. [Don’t forget to mention her name for the discount.]

Open Saturdays from 10-3.  For more information call 203-795-3106.

May 212015

Jason Moon greets a young fan at Nuvita.

Jason Moon greets a young fan at Nuvita.

Hello Everyone,

As many of you may know, the last few months have been one of the busiest and hardest days of my life. My team and I have been working very hard to bring new and improved products and services.

I cannot thank everyone enough for all the support. I have been receiving words of encouragement with the improvements done so far. Every day I think about how blessed I am to have such loyal fans, customers, and friends.

We have been preparing to celebrate and present everyone our final and finished look this Friday for our Grand Re-Opening. However, due to unfortunate events, there was a passing of one of my family members and will be re-scheduling the celebration.

The company and I want to a make a sincere apology to all who were planning to attend. Please stay tuned for new date.

Thank you.


Jason Moon