Pre-Election Cocktail Party Planned

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Oct 132018

The Orange Democratic Town Committee will host a pre-election cocktail party at Biagetti’s Restaurant, 77 Campbell Avenue, West Haven, on Thursday, Oct. 18 from 6-8 p.m.

Local and Statewide Candidates will be in attendance.

Cost is $50 per person and includes • Cash Bar • Passed Hors D’oeuvres • Carving Station • Pasta Station

RSVP to Jen Alfaro by calling 203-623-5693 or e-mail alfarofamily2001@gmail.com.

Send checks to 38 Skyview Road, Orange

Girls Swimming and Diving: Amity Splashes Past North Haven On Friday

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Oct 122018

The Lady Spartans Swimming and Diving team was on the road in North Haven on Friday.

Although Amity only won four of the 12 events, the girls outscored the home team by 11 points and defeated North Haven 97.5 to 86.5.

Amity’s Winning Events

200 Free: Julia Snow, 2:03.77

100 Fly: Katie O’Connor, 1:00.11

100 Free: Molly Cox, 57.94

100 Back: Molly Cox, 1:03.04

North Haven’s Winning Events

200 Medley Relay: Nebor, Gambardella, Jooss, Bergin 1:53.54

200 IM:  Gambardella, 2:12.89

50 Free: Bergin, 24.54

Diving: Santacroce, 233.70

500 Free: Bergin, 5:20.39

200 Free Relay: Gambardella, Jooss, Nebor, Bergin 1:44.20

100 Breast: Gambardella, 1:07.62

400 Free Relay: Vogel, Laborde T, Faulkner, Regan 4:14.98

Records: Amity 9-1 / North Haven 6-3

Paper Shredding, Mattress Recycling, and Clothing and Household Goods Collection Saturday

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Oct 122018

The Orange Recycling Committee’s paper shredding and mattress recycling event scheduled for Saturday, October 13, from 9 a.m. to noon at High Plains Community Center (HPCC), 525 OrangeCenter Road, will once again be joined by the Orange Community Women hosting a FUNDrive for Clothes and Household Items.

The Orange Community Women are asking residents to bring clothing, shoes, towels, electronics, toys and games, kitchen items, sporting goods and more to the pavilion that morning. This benefit will help support many community projects.

Orange Recycling Committee Chair Mitch Goldblatt is excited about the additional service. “Saturday, October
13th will be a great morning for a Fall Clean-Out at its best”, Goldblatt said. “I’m encouraging all residents to bring their household goods and clothes in addition to their documents, papers, and even mattresses for an ultimate recycling event!”

The secure, on-site paper shredding service will once again be handled by town resident Joe Johnston’s company, Affordable Solutions. Residents may bring bags or boxes filled with documents for shredding and volunteers from the Orange Recycling Committee will deposit them into the shredding truck. This service is generously funded by the Rotary Club of Orange. Residents may show their appreciation by donating to the Orange Rotary Scholarship Fund. Rotarians will be on hand to collect donations.

Residents also may bring mattresses and box springs for recycling. This free service is made possible through a partnership with the Mattress Recycling Council’s Bye Bye Mattress Program. Dry mattresses (of all sizes) and box springs will be accepted. However, mattresses from futons/sofa beds or waterbeds; mattresses infested with bed bugs; wet, damaged or excessively soiled mattresses; sleeping bag or mattress pads/toppers, are not part of the program.

For residents who need assistance getting mattresses and box springs to the event, members of the Orange Lions Club will pick-up these items from residences, given they are outside and dry or in a garage for easy access as volunteers will not enter individual homes. Anyone interested in this pick-up service should contact Ken Lenz at 203-795-3906. The fee for pick-up is $10 per mattress or box spring. Payment is by cash or check made out to Orange Lions Charities, and all proceeds are considered a charitable donation “We are thrilled to partner with the Rotary Club of Orange, the Orange Lions Club, and the Orange Community Women to offer these important environmental services to residents,” said Mitch Goldblatt. “Purging homes of these items and keeping them out of landfills helps our environment as well as tax dollars. This is a fun event that gives volunteers and residents an
opportunity to work together for a cleaner and more sustainable planet.”

For the seventh time, the Orange Recycling Committee is helping residents dispose of thousands of pounds of sensitive financial and medical papers in a secure, environmentally- responsible way. Adding mattress and box spring as well as household goods recycling to this event has made this one event not to be missed.

Paper Shredding, Mattress Recycling, Clothing and Household Item Drive – Details:
WHEN: Saturday, October 13, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., rain or shine
WHERE: High Plains Community Center (front parking area), 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT
 Tax papers, bills, receipts, statements, and documents that contain personal, financial and/or medical
information. No need to remove staples or elastic bands, but clips should be removed for reuse. DO
NOT BRING: Paper that is already shredded, newspapers, notebooks, folders, and other papers that
can go in the regular residential recycling bins.
 Mattresses and box springs.
 Clothing, shoes, bedding, towels, accessories, CDs, DVDs, books, electrical items, toys, games,
kitchen items, sporting goods, knick-knacks.

Mark Your Calendars, Santa’s Helper Is Set For Saturday, Dec. 15

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Oct 122018

Longtime Orange residents, can you believe it? Santa’s Helper is celebrating its 24th year of delivering gifts, smiles, and fun to hundreds of families in town.

Elf Mama was a young lass when she began organizing the popular fundraiser for the Orange Volunteer Fire Department back in 1994. Now, she’s a bit older (1,027 in Elf Years) and wiser (she’s seen it all, and dealt with it) and she’s still just as spry and enthusiastic about getting the elves and firefighter helpers together for the big day.

Santa is practicing his “Ho, Ho, Ho” and the elves and helpers are getting the fire trucks ready to go! Don’t make alternate plans for that day because Santa gets very sad when families aren’t home when he and the firefighters arrive.


A file photo from a previous Santa’s Helper visit. Little Cindy Lou Who is probably 13 years old now.

Elf Mama tells it like this — as many know, Santa’s Helper is a wonderful, exciting, fun and memorable fund-raising event with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting your Orange Volunteer Fire Department for the purchase of firefighting and rescue equipment.

“Each year, every one of our 6 Santa’s Helper Teams of Santa, Elves and firefighter helpers are excited to visit and deliver gifts, share in some fun, take photos and help make lasting memories and traditions for every family. Children and adults alike look forward with excited anticipation to seeing the fire trucks with lights and sirens coming down their street to their front door, with Santa leading the way!  His truck full of gifts, his helpers and Elves coming in to visit with each family,” said Elf Mama.


Drop off the gifts on the designated drop-off day that you would like Santa and his team to deliver back to your loved ones, sign-up and we will take care of the rest.


Here’s a file photo from the 2012 drop off.

GIFT DROP-OFF DAY IS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2018, 12:00 – 3:00 P.M. at Fire Station #2, 355 Boston Post Road (Across from TGI Fridays).  We ask that the general public arrive no earlier than 30 minutes prior to start time.  You will have a much shorter wait in line by following these guidelines.

GIFT RULES AND INFORMATION:  There is a small fee of $19.00 per gift/per household.  Each gift must be INDIVIDUALLY wrapped in your favorite holiday paper with an overwrap of plain brown paper.  The name and delivery address of the recipient must be clearly printed on the outside of each gift.  PLEASE try not to make the gift too large or too heavy, Santa appreciates that.  We do have a limit of 170 delivery spots/visits available.  We encourage you to try to have all the gifts for your visit with you on Gift Drop-Off day. (For families with a large party and many gifts, please e-mail Anne at ofdsantashelper@aol.com for special instructions.

Parking for Drop-Off day is in the rear of the Fire Station.  Firefighters will be there to assist you.  The Drop-Off Line is located INSIDE the Fire Station. Use the rear door marked ENTER.

ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2018, SANTA on his firetruck with his Elf and Firefighter helpers will arrive at your home to deliver the gifts to your loved ones and spend a few moments with your family and friends for photos and fun!

If you have any questions, e-mail Anne at ofdsantashelper@aol.com she will be happy to help you via e-mail.  Please do not call the Fire Stations as it’s a Volunteer Fire Department and there will not be anyone there to assist you with Santa’s Helper information.

NOTE: *E-mailing Santa’s Helper does not guarantee you a spot on the delivery route.  Sign-up is on Gift Drop-Off day and it is on a first come-first serve basis.


If you’ve never participated in Santa’s Helper, this is a great time to start a new tradition in your family, and you will be helping the all-volunteer fire department at the same time. Don’t miss out!

Below, a collage of one of the Santa’s Helper families in Orange that grew up with the program. The adults were children two decades ago, and the children are theirs. 

Zoo News: Rochan and Meri’s Habitat Opening Saturday Morning

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Oct 122018

For months frequent visitors of Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave, Bridgeport, have anxiously been awaiting the opening of the new Natt Family Red Panda Habitat.
Rochan, the male red panda came to the zoo as a temporary visitor a couple of years ago, but his popularity led to his permanent residence and the addition of a female companion, Meri.
A brand new larger habitat with better viewing options for visitors has been constructed on the opposite side of the zoo (they are currently in front of the rainforest building) and will be moving to the isolated curved area where the pronghorn used to be (around the corner from the leopards).
The zoo announced today that the grand opening will be on Saturday, Oct. 13, with a ribbon cutting at 10:30 a.m.
Come help celebrate Rochan and Meri’s new home, with paid Zoo admission.

Ben’s Hosts Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraising Event

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Oct 122018

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Ben’s Service Center, 115 Boston Post Road, Orange is hosting its annual Pink Out Week for Breast Cancer Awareness from Monday, Oct. 15 through Saturday, Oct. 20. Complimentary Coffee, Tea, and snacks will be served all week

For all the men and women affected by breast cancer, Ben’s will be promoting its Lubes 4 Boobs program during which it will donate $5 from every oil change done during that week. In return, you will receive a goodie bag filled with “great stuff” including coupons and promotional items from local small businesses from the area, Breast Cancer Awareness information and a free pink air freshener.

Book your oil change early by calling 203-795-9324 or 203-800-5748.

In addition, 100% of all sales of Lokai bracelets at 2 for $5 will be donated to “Lori’s Loves” towards cancer survivor Lori Girola McCarthy’s walk to help end cancer.

Police Blotter: Woman Charged With Criminal Impersonation

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Oct 122018

Orange police made a motor vehicle stop in front of 528 Boston Post Road on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 7: 51 p.m. for failure to display marker plates.

During the stop, officers learned that the driver, Brittany Tomling, 31, of New Haven was driving with a suspended license. Further investigation revealed that Tomling had an active hard copy warrant out of the City of New Haven and an active PRAWN warrant out of the Connecticut State Police.

She was taken into custody and charged with criminal impersonation and interfering with a police officer.

Tomling received a promise to appear in court on Oct. 18, and she was released to New Haven Police Department on an active outstanding warrant out of that city.

Severe Weather Warning In Effect

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Oct 112018

A severe weather warning from the National Weather Service is in effect.

A strong line of thunderstorms will affect the area with wind gusts up to 50 mph are possible.

These storms may intensify, so be certain to monitor local radio stations and available television stations for additional information and possible warnings from the National Weather Service.

Coming Up At The Library This Month

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Oct 112018

The Case Memorial Library176 Tyler City Road, offers the following activities and events of interest to different age groups through the end of October.

Fall Film: Book Club
Monday, October 15, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, October 17, 1 p.m.

Four lifelong friends have their lives forever changed after reading 50 Shades of Grey in their monthly book club. PG-13. 1 hr. 44 min.

I Spy Fun
Thursday, October 18, 5:30 p.m.
For children ages 6-8.  “I spy with my little eye…” Hone your observation skills as you complete “I Spy”-themed challenges!  Conquer a scavenger hunt with a twist and make a fun craft to take home.  Registration is required.  Click below, call the Library, or stop by the Children’s Room to reserve your space!

Boo Bubbles
Saturday, October 20, 11 a.m.
To get in the holiday spirit, the library is running a Boo Bubbles program. Tweens will learn about these bouncing smoke bubbles and will be given an opportunity to hold and play with them. Please note that dry ice will be used during this program. Please bring your own pair of knitted gloves similar to the ones in the picture. For tweens grades 4-6. Registration is required. Click below, stop by the Children’s Room, or call the Library to reserve your space!

Teen Craft: Pumpkin Decorating
Saturday, October 20, 1 p.m.
Create a pumpkin masterpiece! Pumpkins and decorating supplies will be provided. Bring a box to carry home your pumpkin. For students in grades 7-12.

Jazz Concert: Songs from Classic American Films
Saturday, October 20, 2 p.m.
A jazz concert by the Jim Clark Quartet, who will perform memorable songs from some of the most beloved (and some more obscure) American films. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

Adult Make & Take Workshop: Gemstone Soaps
Monday, October 22, 7 p.m.
Create your own gemstone soaps scented with essential oils at this small hands-on workshop. Led by Librarian Rebecca Harlow. All supplies will be provided. For adults and teens ages 16 and up. Space is limited. Registration is required.

Computers for Beginners
Tuesday, October 23, 10:30 a.m.
Are you a new computer user with little experience using a keyboard and mouse? If so, come to this class and learn how to left-click, right-click and use basic command keys. Laptops will be provided to registrants for use during this class. Space is limited. Registration is required.

Discovery Museum: Crime Lab
Thursday, October 25, 5:30 p.m.
For children in grades 4-8.  Ready to dive into some CSI-style science?  Observe the scene of a theft and learn about three suspects before testing evidence in this fun and engaging stations-based lab.  Learn what forensics is, discover different types of evidence, and question motive and means.  After building and discussing our case, we’ll present evidence.  Registration is required.  Please note: any cancellations or changes in registration status MUST be made by Tuesday, October 23 at 4:30 p.m.

The Bookcase Evening Book Discussion Group
Thursday, October 25, 7 p.m.
Join The Bookcase leader Toby Zabinski for a discussion of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

Big Pumpkin
Saturday, October 27, 2 p.m.
For children ages 5-10.  Hear and re-enact the tale of the Big Pumpkin, then complete a fun art activity!  This drama workshop is generously funded by a grant from the Orange Foundation Trust U/A, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.  Registration is required.  Click below, call the Library, or stop by the Children’s Room to reserve your spot!

Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register.

Phone: 203-891-2170

Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation Funds Amity Middle School (Bethany) Production

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Oct 112018

Michael Crisci, Forest Vandeflor, Fred Hulley (sponsor), Judy Primavera (sponsor),
Dr. Keith Smolinski, Nina Carmeli, Spencer Fiske

With a generous grant from their headlining sponsor, The Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation [based in Orange], The Spartan Players (Bethany campus) announced the production of High School Musical Jr. as its fall musical.

The show will take place at the school on  Friday, Nov. 9 and Saturday, Nov. 10 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. 

The Spartan Players look forward to bringing this energetic story to life.

The Squarefoot Theatre Company’s Patrick Laffin has teamed up with Amity staff members, Keith Smolinski, Robert Fragione, and Marissa Nall, to bring this amazing show to the Middle School stage.

Tickets will be on sale at the door for all performances.