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Don’t Forget Santa’s Helper Gift Drop Off Saturday, Nov. 23 Starting At 9 a.m.

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Nov 172019
 

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

GIFT DROP-OFF DAY FOR SANTA’S HELPER IS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2019, 9:00 A.M. – 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/recipient. 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 OVFDSantasHelper@gmail.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.

 

Donations Sought To Purchase Memorial Bench For Annie “Elf Mama” Davis

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Nov 172019
 

A file photo from a Santa’s Helper visit. Little Cindy Lou Who is probably 15 years old now.

Annie “Elf Mama” Davis was a huge part of the Orange Community, For more than 20 years, she took the reigns of the OVFD Auxiliary’s Santa’s Helper program and helped bring joy to thousands of children and families across town.

While at home with her only son, Michael, on Monday, Sept. 23, Annie wasn’t feeling well and she passed out. Michael called 911 and his mom passed away at the hospital after having a heart attack.

The friends of Annie Davis would like to purchase a memorial bench for the Orange Fairgrounds with Annie’s name on it so she will never be forgotten.

The cost of the bench, with an engraved plaque and installation, is $1,500 and we need your help to make our goal.

Cookies and an Ornament

Annie’s Chocolate Chip Cookies were legendary around town. We are selling copies of the recipe, along with a chocolate chip cookie ornament for $3. All proceeds go toward the bench purchase. Contact Terri at orangectlive01@gmail.com if you are interested.

You may mail monetary donations to Friends of Annie Davis, 131 Clark Street, Milford, CT 06460.

We have a short term designated bank account for this cause, with none of the regular fees for a couple of months. But $1,500 is a lot of money and even as the checks are deposited as they come in, we are hoping for a lot of community support to get Annie this bench.

We’d come closer to seeing it come to fruition if all the families that participated in the Santa’s Helper event over the years sent in a little something as a thank you to Annie for her dedication to you and the program.

Make out checks to “Friends of Annie Davis,” and mail to Friends of Annie Davis, 131 Clark Street, Milford, CT 06460.

THANK YOU if you already have donated!

The Best Christmas Bake Sale Set For December 1

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Nov 152019
 

Auxiliary treats are always made with love.

A longtime tradition in Orange is the OVFD Auxiliary Christmas Bake Sale.

The sale takes place on the same weekend as the Orange Holiday Festival. Just go to Treat Farm, 361 Old Tavern Road on Saturday, Nov. 30 and Sunday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Auxiliary women are – Hands Down – some of the best bakers in the region and every year they create something new and exciting that will have you wishing you’d bought more when you were there.

All kinds of Christmas goodies will be available, along with hot chocolate and hot spiced cider.

All proceeds support the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

We Highly Recommend it! Mark your calendars now and don’t forget!

Thank You For Remembering Annie Davis With Us

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Nov 142019
 

The “Friends of Annie Davis” (Lisa Hartshorn, Ken Lyke, Sue Smith, Marissa Russo, and Terri Miles) thank everyone who came out to Friday night’s fundraiser in honor of Annie “Elf Mama” Davis. We hope you all enjoyed yourselves.

We’d like to thank all of the local businesses and town offices, and individuals that contributed with generous gift baskets, gift certificates and other items that we gave away as raffle prizes:

Trader Joe’s, First Selectman Jim Zeoli, Chowder Pot, Eli’s, VideoLab, Chip’s Restaurant, Knight’s, Beachside Nutrition, Orange CERT, Cherilyn Miles, Amelie Choiniere, Zoey Girl, The Russo Family, Yia Yia & Amelie, Toni Sowitcky, Subway Corporate Headquarters, 221 Post Salon, Coromandel, Georgina’s Hair Studio, Two Guys, OVFD Auxiliary, Cork and Barrel of Hamden. Mr. Kold Kuts, Ken.

We also want to acknowledge the following people who made monetary donations: Orange Police Department, Orange Fire Marshal’s Office, and Orange Community Services Department.

In addition, thank you to the Orange Ale House for providing us with a wonderful buffet and a large, clean venue for this event. Your staff is the best.

Also, Cherilyn, Toni, Marie and, of course, Mary and Amelie for your tireless help all evening. We couldn’t have done it so seamlessly without you. Special thanks to Nick Bencivengo for your help.

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATE: Woodbridge Homicide Victim Identified

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Nov 132019
 

Here is a followup to a previous story regarding a body found in Woodbridge.

Police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the body of a deceased male that was located Saturday evening in a wooded area along Woodfield Road.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has positively identified the victim in this homicide investigation to be Abdur Terrell, age 28, of New Haven, CT. The victim was found to have suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Woodbridge Police Department at (203) 387-2511.

No further information is available for release at this time.

Body Found in Woodbridge Woods

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Nov 102019
 

The Woodbridge Police Department has had a busy day. Here is a press release from the department in regards to a body found there Saturday evening.

The Woodbridge Police Department is currently conducting an active criminal investigation after the body of an apparent homicide victim was located last evening in a wooded area on Woodfield Road.

The incident is related to a report of a missing person being investigated by the New Haven Police Department.

Detectives from the CT State Police Central District Major Crime Unit have been on scene and are assisting in the investigation.

The body has since been removed from the scene and transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner where an autopsy will be performed to positively confirm the victim’s identity and the cause of death.

Annie Davis Fundraiser In Two Days (Friday, Nov. 8)

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Nov 062019
 

The Fundraiser in memory of Annie “Elf Mama” Davis is just two days away.

On Friday, Nov. 8, the Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, will open its “Big Room” up for this event from 5 to 9 p.m.

Online ticket sales are picking up. Advance sale price is $20, At The Door tickets are $25.

You can save a little bit of money by buying in advance HERE and use those savings for our VERY DIFFICULT “Guess how many candies are in the jar” contest, and getting raffle tickets for a chance on one of our wonderful donated prizes (10 for $5 or 25 for $10). We’re confident that we’ve got something of interest for everyone. We’ve got a whole team of Annie’s friends collecting them.

We’ve been told that some people are afraid to give their information online, so we will offer you this option. Send an e-mail to orangectlive01@gmail.com by 10 a.m. on Friday with the words “Tickets” in the subject line, and you will be put on the list of attendees for the $20 advance ticket price. 

We are hoping to fill the Ale House with those special families that shared the joy of Santa’s Helper over the years, as well as bringing Annie’s friends and co-workers together to share stories.

Skip Dinner at home and stop by the Ale House and enjoy their special fundraiser cuisine (included) or you CAN buy dinner for yourself and order from the regular menu.

We’re working hard to make this a memorable celebration. If residents, business owners, municipal offices, organizations, or any group would like to donate a raffle prize, or collect money and we will assemble an appropriate basket in your name, text Terri at 203-506-1747, and I will be happy to come and get it by Thursday, Nov. 7.

Contributors will be recognized at the event and on Orange Live.

Thank You in advance for remembering Annie.

Bring Some Love To The Orange Polls On Election Day

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Oct 302019
 

My friend who lives in California, in the path of the wildfires, posted this message on her Facebook page:

(Posted during Tick Fire): I would like to share a little bit of info I learned on Friday I work at a local retail pharmacy on Friday while at work 3 different firefighters from other counties came into my store buying items that I don’t think any of us ever think about them needing I know I never did they were baby wipes to wipe their faces off one of the most important items were eyewash and eye drops their eyes were so red it broke my heart for them, they said to me the eyewash was going to save their lives (they bought the only 3 bottles we had)

I know so many people think about giving them water and food but I don’t think we ever think about the eyewash and eye drops even the baby wipes so they can clean themselves up a little I think it would be great if everyone could put some kind of care packages together with these items in it for all the firefighters that come from near and far to protect us. Thank you for reading this it just broke my heart on Friday seeing them spending their own money on things that should be provided to them.

If anyone would like to donate any of these items, let me know. I would love to send a giant care package out there to help them out. Text me at 203-506-1747 and I will make arrangements to collect the items and send them out.

In fact, I will have a box at High Plains on Election Day, so when you come in to vote you can drop the donations in the box and I will send it to my friend by express mail so they can have what they need ASAP.

Santa’s Helper 2019: The Show Must Go On — Making Elf Mama Proud

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Oct 242019
 

If you hadn’t heard, sadly, our Elf Mama, Anne Davis, recently passed away.  Because of this huge loss, while we will still continue to hold Santa’s Helper, it will come with some changes this year.  We appreciate your understanding and look forward to our 25th year!

We have a new e-mail!  Moving forward, please make sure you are only using OVFDSantasHelper@gmail.com, as we will not see anything sent to the old one.  This also means we don’t know what has already been sent or received through Anne, so we are starting from square one this year.

Please be advised, Santa’s Helper 2019 has a NEW DATE!!! Saturday, December 14, 2019, Santa will arrive between 2:00 and 8:00 P.M.

Our Santa Teams at the Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary are busy getting ready for our 25th year of delivering gifts, smiles, and fun to dozens of families in Orange.

Santa’s Helper is a wonderful, exciting and memorable fund-raising event with all of the proceeds going to the Orange Volunteer Fire Department for purchasing life-saving equipment.

Each year, our 6 Santa’s Helper Teams are excited to visit and deliver gifts, 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!

PLEASE FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES:

GIFT DROP-OFF DAY:

Saturday, November 23, 2019, 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. at Fire Station #2, 355 Boston Post Road. We ask that you 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/recipient. 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. 

Santa has a lot of gifts to deliver, so please, no gifts too large or too heavy, Santa appreciates that. We encourage you to try to have all the gifts for your visit with you on Gift Drop-Off day. Please contact us for special directions if you have a large party or a large number of gifts.

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.

*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.

We hope to make our Elf Mama proud this year, and most importantly, the show will go on.

Sincerely, the OVFD Auxiliary

UPDATE: Orange Police Identify Officer Struck By Car, Injured on Marsh Hill Road

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Oct 112019
 

Shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday night, K9 Officer Chris Brown was dispatched to assist the fire department with a reported possible car fire on Marsh Hill Road near the Outback Steakhouse.

Upon arrival, there was a minor engine fire to the disabled vehicle, Officer Brown stopped behind the (disabled) pickup truck in the center lane of southbound Marsh Hill Road and as he approached the driver’s side of the vehicle, he was struck by a white 2013 Nissan Rogue driven by Arthur Schultz (age 76) out of Stratford, CT that was traveling S/B in the left turn lane of Marsh Hill Road. 

According to WTNH8, the people in the pickup pulled the officer to safety away from the burning truck and waited for an ambulance.

Officer Brown was transported to Yale Hospital by AMR ambulance. Miraculously, he did not suffer any apparent broken bones or serious internal injuries from the collision.

Mr. Schultz remained on scene and is cooperating fully with the investigation, which is being conducted by the CT State Police.

The southbound side of Marsh Hill Road was closed during the investigation.

Officer Brown was released from the hospital early Friday morning and is resting at home. The total extent of his injuries are still not known.

The Connecticut State Police is assisting with the on-going investigation.

The Orange Police Department thanks everyone for all the well wishes and asks that we please respect Officer Brown and his family’s privacy.