Mar 062015

orange foundationThe Orange Foundation is now accepting applications for its grants to be distributed in the Spring. Funding is available for projects benefiting Orange residents. Those eligible for grants include non-profit organizations, parent-teacher organizations and service organizations.

According to Janice Lettick, Distribution Committee Member and Chair of Grant Distribution, “Since it began giving out grants, the Foundation has distributed more than $145,000 to various local civic and community organizations.”

“The grants range in size from $500 to $1,500,” Lettick said. “We encourage Orange community organizations to apply for funding to support their activities.”

Past recipients include: Shepherd’s Table; Orange Juniorettes; Orange Senior Services; Orange Historical Society and the American Legion Post 127.

Deadline for applications is April 30. Applications are available at the Orange Town Hall, Case Memorial Library or by sending an e-mail request to Janice Lettick at [email protected]. Completed applications may be mailed to the Orange Foundation, P.O.Box 729, Orange, CT 06477-0729.

Mar 052015

library booksThe Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, just added the following DVD movies, Audio Books and Music CDs to its inventory.

Movies on DVD


Downton Abbey, Season 5

The Equalizer

Game of Thrones, Season 4

The Giver

Gone Girl

If I Stay


The Maze Runner

This Is Where I Leave You


Genova, Lisa – Still Alice

Greaney, Mark – Full Force and Effect

Hannah, Kristin – The Nightingale

Tyler, Anne – A Spool of Blue Thread

Zamperini, Louis – Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In  (Biography)


Bach, Johann Sebastian – Italian Concerto and other works  (Classical)

Brooks, Garth – Man against Machine  (Country)

Despicable Me 2  (Soundtrack)

Mellencamp, John – Plain Spoken  (Rock)

Nickelback – No Fixed Address  (Rock)

Rush – Moving Pictures  (Rock)

Terje, Todd – It’s Album Time  (Popular)

Testa, Mary – Have Faith  (Popular)

Wu-Tang Clan – A Better Tomorrow  (Rap)

Yo La Tengo – Extra Painful (Rock)

Mar 052015

967248f4150e11e14b340da29d291cc0The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, offers the following events next week, March 9-13

Cookbook Club
Monday, March 9 at 7 PM
Choose a recipe from the featured cookbook, Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan. Prepare it at home and come ready to share your dish and experiences with the group. Cookbooks are available at the Circulation Desk. Please pre-register.

Art in the Library Reception
Thursday, March 12, 5-7 PM
In honor of the current exhibit: Watercolors and oils by John Bencivengo, Lynn Howson Page, and Carol Weber, on view March 3-30.

An Irish Song Celebration
Saturday, March 14 at 1 PM
World-class jazz pianist Joel Zelnik and accomplished singing actress Francine Evans will entertain us with Irish songs such as “Danny Boy,” “The Wearing of the Green,” and “Harrigan,” and even a little step dancing! Sponsored by the Shirley Martin Prown Fund.

Events are free and open to the public, except as noted.

Please pre-register in person or by telephone at 203-891-2170.

Mar 052015

police carEarly Thursday morning, an Orange Police officer en route to a training exercise in a department cruiser was rear-ended by another driver on Marsh Hill Road.

The accident occurred at 8 a.m.

The officer was brought to the hospital for evaluation, but, according to Asst. Police Chief Anthony Cuozzo, there were no serious injuries.

The cruiser did sustain some damage.

Mar 052015

IMG_5336The Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary thanks everyone who showed their support for the fire department during its 6th annual Pancake Supper at Chip’s Family Restaurant on Wednesday night.

Both the 5:30 and 6:30 seatings were well attended and everyone seemed to have a nice time and enjoyed their breakfast for dinner.

Proceeds from the evening went to the Orange Volunteer Fire Department for equipment and other expenses.

The attached photos were taken at the end of the evening.



Mar 042015

State Rep. Ferraro

State Rep. Charles Ferraro

For the financial protection of his constituents, State Rep. Charles Ferraro (R-117) submitted testimony in support of legislation to credit electric customers for prolonged electric service outages.


Ferraro has co-sponsored HB-6013, An Act Requiring Electric Distribution Companies to Credit Customers for Prolonged Service Outages which is a proposal that holds electric distribution companies like United Illuminating responsible for failure to provide service to their customers after long prolonged outages.

The proposal received a public hearing in the Energy and Technology committee Tuesday Feb. 24.

In written testimony Ferraro discussed electric ratepayers being inconvenienced when their power was out for a week or longer along the shoreline of West Haven and Milford during the 2011 October storm and Super-storm Sandy in 2012.

“The purpose of this legislation is to develop a consistent policy covering customer outage credit policies and other consumer protection policies as they relate to prolonged electric service outages. In light of the extraordinary impact of Storm Sandy on the utility systems and service to customers in Connecticut, we should direct utilities to take a number of actions to better the impacts of the outages on their customers. It’s just the right and fair thing to do,” said Rep. Ferraro.

Mar 042015

1513779_10203893109429248_1010114093005472524_nOn Saturday, March 14 at 7 p.m., Jim Hassenmayer and Angela McNabola will host a Meatball Cook Off and Wine Tasting at the Orange Ale House, 617 Boston Post Road.

The event is a fundraiser to benefit the local charity  SOaRINg  (Saving Orange Residents In Need).

The evening promises to be a lot of fun: Local favorite Jimmy Pino Jr. and friends will provide music and Pino will be the master of ceremonies.

Gallo Wines/Connecticut Distributors will sponsor the wine tasting portion of the event.

There will be raffle prizes, silent auction items and the Meatball Challenge.

Everyone who makes the “best” meatballs around will compete for the audience vote and coveted title of Top Meatball Maker.

Admission is $20 per person and includes meatball, ziti, salad and bread — and the right to vote for the winner.

If you are one of those amazing meatball makers, or would like to contribute something to the raffle or silent auction, contact Angela at [email protected]

About the Charity

The ultimate goal of SOaRINg is to reach out and help any Orange resident that is justifiably in need.

One hundred percent of the proceeds collected by SOaRINg will be distributed to residents in need directly to residents through the Board of Directors. For more information about SOaRINg, to become involved or to make a donation, contact Debra Marino at [email protected] or at 203-298-0611.

Anyone interested in making a donation should send a check payable to Saving Orange Residents in Need and mail it to 657 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT 06477.

Mar 042015

325bf55f54f5f6cd1d6ec0bc279d60ed.wix_mp_srz_p_647_509_75_22_0.50_1.20_0The Friends of the Case Memorial Library proudly present “An Irish Song Celebration,” featuring singer actress Francine Evans and renowned jazz pianist Joel Zelnik, in the Meeting Room at the Library, 176 Tyler City Road, on Saturday, March 14, at 1 p.m.

For this appearance, the audience will be treated to music, movement and mirth — with songs that include “Danny Boy,” “The Wearing of the Green,” “Harrigan” and many more St. Patrick’s Day favorites. There also will be a wee bit of step dancing.

Evans and Zelnik are married and between them have more than 20 years of experience performing music of many genres. They made the Guinness Book of Records for the Longest Variety Show Appearance at the Metropolitan Room in NYC. 

They also were competitors on “America’s Got Talent.” Their performances are quite popular, lively and engaging.

Join the Friends at the Case Memorial Library for an afternoon of quality entertainment!

Mar 042015

acs_logo_test_2_0061-thumb_narAmity junior Christopher Hughes is hosting “Voltage” a school dance to benefit the American Cancer Society.

The dance will take place at Amity High School, 25 Newton Road, Woodbridge, on Friday, March 6 from 7 to 10:30 p.m.

Tickets are $12 and are available on MyPaymentsPlus.com.

Cost of admission includes entertainment by three different DJs playing dance music, a variety of free food, and some food that will be available for a small price. Water is always free. All of the proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

Hughes said, “I am doing this because I see how much cancer affects everyone’s lives on a daily basis.”

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

Mar 042015

Screen Shot 2015-03-04 at 2.42.27 PMThe Orange Volunteer Fire Department has been very busy lately and the snowy conditions don’t necessarily make things easy.

On Tuesday, March 3, a teenager was home alone with the family dog when he detected a fire in a bedroom and called 911 at around 5:15 p.m.

When the OVFD arrived, the fire had extended into a good portion of the home and flames were coming out from the rear of the house.

The boy and dog escaped to safety.

The Derby Fire Department assisted at the scene, and the Woodbridge Volunteer Fire Department stood by at the firehouse and covered the town while Orange fought the fire.

Fire Marshal Tim Smith said the house sustained very little structural damage, minimal water damage, but heavy smoke and heat damage.

Smith said no one was hurt, but the family will be displaced for a while.

After his preliminary investigation, Smith said the incident appears to have been accidental and it was possibly an electrical fire.