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Oct 292014
 

(Photo by Terri Miles)

(Photo by Terri Miles)

Do you have small children? Do you love the magic of Christmas? For 20 years Santa Claus has teamed up with the Orange Volunteer Fire Department for its Santa’s Helper Fundraising event in which 100 percent of the proceeds are used towards the purchase of firefighting and rescue equipment. 

For two decades Santa’s Helper Teams of firefighters, special helpers, family and friends have been honored to deliver gifts, smiles, fun and visit with thousands of families throughout Orange. And now they are visiting the children of the children that they first saw back in 1994 pressing their little faces up against glass doors waiting for the fire trucks to come down their street with lights and sirens announcing Santa’s arrival.

If you would like to join in the fun and have one of the Santa teams arrive at your front door on Sunday, Dec. 14 between 2-8 p.m., it’s easy, Just follow the simple steps:

GIFT RULES: 

There is a fee of $15.00 per gift. Each gift must be INDIVIDUALLY wrapped in your favorite holiday paper with an over-wrap of plain brown paper. The name and address of the recipient must be clearly printed on the outside.
Please try not to make the gifts too large or heavy, Santa appreciates that.
We have a limited delivery number of 160 homes. This is an extremely popular event, and those spots fill up quickly. We strongly encourage you to have all of the gifts for your stop with you on Gift Drop-Off day. **For those families having a large party with many gifts on delivery day, please e-mail us at: [email protected] for special instructions.**

GIFT DROP-OFF DAY: 

Gift Drop Off Day for the general public is at Fire Station #2, 355 Boston Post Road, (Across from TGI Fridays) on Saturday, Nov. 22 from noon to 2 p.m. PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIME FRAME. This year, the organizers ask that the general public begin to arrive no earlier than 11:30 a.m. (30 minutes prior to the 12 p.m. start time.)  You will have a much shorter wait in line by following these new guidelines. Thank you!

PARKING FOR DROP-OFF DAY: 

Please park your car in the rear of the Fire Station. There will be firefighters there to assist you. The Drop-Off line will be located INSIDE the fire station. USE REAR DOOR MARKED ENTER. 

SANTA’S HELPER DELIVERY DAY:

Delivery takes place on Sunday, Dec. 14 from 2-8 p.m. Santa on his fire truck with his Elf, and special firefighter helpers will arrive at your home to deliver the gifts back to your loved ones, and spend some time with your family for photos and smiles. 

If you have any questions, you can e-mail Elf Mama at: [email protected]
She will help you via e-mail. Please DO NOT call the Fire Stations as it’s a volunteer department and there will not be anyone there available to assist you with Santa’s Helper information.

**E-mailing Santa’s Helper does not guarantee you a spot on the delivery route. Sign-up on drop-off day is on a first come-first serve basis.

 

Originally Published on: Oct 8, 2014 @ 9:44

Oct 292014
 

SwimmingTonight (Wednesday, Oct. 29) is a big night for two of Amity’s best girls sports teams.

The Girls Swimming and Diving will compete in the SCC Championship meet at the Moore Fieldhouse at Southern at 6 p.m.

Also at 6 p.m., our Girls Volleyball will take on Foran in the SCC semi-finals at Amity High School.

Come out tonight and cheer on at least one of these excellent teams as they battle for the SCC Championship title.

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Oct 282014
 

Screen Shot 2014-10-28 at 5.54.04 PMMary A. Dunne, age 100, of Madison, formerly of Orange, and beloved wife to the late Martin W. Dunne, entered into eternal rest Thursday, October 23, 2014.

Born in Sunlight, West Virginia on May 2, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Michael A. McHale and Mary Agnes (Yates) McHale.

Mary was a registered nurse graduate of St. Francis School of Nursing, Charleston, WV in 1937. She attended post-graduate work at Columbia University in New York, NY, in 1940.

She entered the Army Nurse Corps as an officer in World War II, serving 30 months (1942-1944) in China, Burma, and the India Theater (CBI) with the 159th Station Hospital and 181st General Hospital in India, working for the 10th and 14th Air Force pilots.

Mary was a decorated soldier; she received the European African Defense Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal and World War II Victory Medal.

Upon returning to the US, Mary was assigned as Supervisor of the Operations Rooms Department at Fort Meade, Maryland’s General Hospital, in 1945. Mary married Martin Dunne in 1945 at Fort Meade.

She was employed by the Upjohn Co. in North Haven as supervisor of the medical unit until her retirement in 1981. She was a certified occupational nurse, advanced first aid instructor and taught many classes throughout the area.

Mary was an active member of the Holy Infant Church who taught CCD and remained active in the Veteran’s Affairs of CBI, V.F.W. and American Legion, Post 127.

Mary was extremely proud of her Irish heritage, and visited Ireland with her late husband many times. She was very proud of her service to her country.

Mary is survived by her son Martin “Rusty” Dunne, grandmother of Ryan Dunne of Madison and Brittany Dunne of Columbia, South Carolina. Mary was predeceased by her sisters, Marjorie Austin, Susan Holley and Theresa Louden, and her brothers, Michael McHale, Mark McHale, John McHale and Aloyisous McHale.

Mary was also predeceased by her infant daughter Mary in 1948.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, October 29th, at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Road. Orange, CT, 06477 (MEET DIRECTLY AT CHURCH).

Burial will follow at Orange Center Cemetery, Orange CT. Friends and family may call on Tuesday, October 28th, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT 06460.

To leave online condolences, please visit our website at www.codywhitefuneralservice.com 

Oct 282014
 

fire home golfUPDATE:
Fire Marshal Tim Smith is still investigating the cause of the garage fire reported by the homeowner on Golf Road Monday, Oct. 27 at 10:51 p.m.
On Tuesday afternoon, Smith said the fire was confined to the garage, which sustained moderate damage.
He said working smoke detectors alerted the residents of the blaze — both escaped the home safely and no one was hurt.
One car that was in the garage had minor damage. The home itself had significant smoke damage.
Original Story:
At 10:51 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department responded to a residential fire on Golf Road — on the outskirts of town near the Great River Golf Course.
According to the dispatch the homeowner reported a fire in an attached garage. While Orange Firefighters were en route, a Milford Fire Engine called in to say it also was responding (The Milford firehouse is geographically closer than Oranges).
The first Orange units on the scene reported that the garage was fully engulfed in flames and requested a second tone for additional personnel and equipment.
The nearest fire hydrant was a block away on Fairway Road.
After extinguishing the flames, the chief called for the fire marshal.
Around 1 a.m. many firefighters had left the scene, but Chief Knight and Fire Marshal Tim Smith didn’t leave until 6:10 a.m. Tuesday.
This is the home as it appears on the Trulia Real Estate site. note the 3 car garage at the bottom on the far end.

This is the home as it appears on the Trulia Real Estate site. note the 3 car garage at the bottom on the far end.

 

Oct 282014
 

email-iconTo Orange Live Mail Subscribers: 

At the end of every month I field questions from e-mail blast subscribers as to “Why haven’t I gotten my morning e-mail?”

In Short, because I don’t want to charge Orange Live readers for the service.

This is the explanation the “blast company” — MailChimp provided: “MailChimp’s Forever Free plan allows you to send 12,000 total emails a month to up to 2,000 subscribers. When taking a look into the account, it looks like the subscriber count is below the 2,000 subscriber limit. However, this month, the account has sent close to 12,000 emails. So, in order to continue sending this month, the account will need to be upgraded to one of our paid plans.”

I personally don’t have money to put into yet another bill and I think it’s terrible to ask readers to pay for the service ($5 – $10 year).

So all I ask is that everyone make it a habit to bookmark Orangectlive.com on their computer and check it each day as part of their daily routine.

The e-mail service will automatically begin again at the start of a new month — November and run pretty much through Thanksgiving before it cuts off again.

I know some see this as an inconvenience, but, it’s my way of saving you money. Please be patient and come back daily to see what’s new on Orange Live.

Thank You!

Terri Miles, Editor

Oct 282014
 

Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 10.53.56 PMFirefighters were on the scene of a garage/house fire for about 2 hours late last night into the early morning.
Note: This was heard on the scanner — (I tried to go to the scene but my new glasses didn’t come in yet and I couldn’t find the place.) I will seek out more information today.
At 10:51 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department responded to a residential fire on Golf Road — on the outskirts of town near the Great River Golf Course.
According to the dispatch the homeowner reported a fire in an attached garage. While Orange Firefighters were en route, a Milford Fire Engine called in to say it also was responding (The Milford firehouse is geographically closer than Oranges).
The first Orange units on the scene reported that the garage was fully engulfed in flames and requested a second tone for additional personnel and equipment.
The nearest fire hydrant was a block away on Fairway Road.
After extinguishing the flames, the chief called for the fire marshal.
Around 1 a.m. many firefighters had left the scene, but chief Knight and fire marshal Tim Smith didn’t leave until 6:10 a.m. Tuesday.
This is the home as it appears on the Trulia Real Estate site. note the 3 car garage at the bottom on the far end.

This is the home as it appears on the Trulia Real Estate site. note the 3 car garage at the bottom on the far end.

 

Oct 272014
 

IMG_5944The Lady Spartans had a pretty stellar season with only three losses (2 to Cheshire and 1 to Daniel Hand), so when they went up against Hand in the first round of the SCC Championship competition (the Quarterfinal) everyone knew it was anyone’s game.

Amity came out on top in all three games: 25-19, 25-23, 25-14

Spectators could not help but notice that Hand played well, but with the same six players all night and they were tired by the third game.

Amity, the number 2 seed moves on in the tourney and will play the winner of the Mercy-Foran game on Wednesday (at Amity).

First year coach Seth Davis said it is very rewarding to win the first game leading into the tournament.

“Hand has a good team and they played well,” Davis said. “From here we move forward.”

Amity’s noteworthy players from Monday’s game:

Katie Helfenbein had 11 kills and 1 block; Kathleen Walsh had 8 kills; Haley Pierson had 35 assists and 3 digs.

Hand’s noteworthy players:

Krissy LaSance had 8 kills and 14 digs; Chika Ogbejesi had 18 assists.

Oct 272014
 

IMG_5849The Amity Regional High School Chapter of the National Honor Society and the American Red Cross sponsored a blood drive at Amity High School on Monday, Oct. 27.

A steady stream of students volunteered to donate blood, some were first-timers (identified by a green sticker), while others were repeat donors (red stickers).

According to the teachers who were on hand to assist, there were no fainters this year — as of 2 p.m.

You never know when you may need a life-saving blood transfusion. Accidents and illnesses happen all the time when we least expect them and it would be tragic if the hospital you were in was experiencing a blood shortage when you need it most.

Every student who donated a pint today could help save up to 3 lives.

Oct 252014
 

IMG_1032The Friends of the Case Memorial Library is holding a Book Sale at the library, 176 Tyler City Road, today until 3 p.m.

Bargain hunters young and old can find  a wide variety of books, CDs, DVDs, Record Albums and more.

No one will leave there empty-handed.

The Friends organization is one of the town’s most dedicated groups, and they are accepting new members. The purpose of the organization, is to support the town library with programs and activities that enrich the normal library services.

The Friends provide scholarship money, museum passes, books for babies, special programs for children and adults, delivering items to homebound residents, and preparing the library for the town holiday festival.

If you would like to be part of the Friends organization, membership forms are available at the main circulation desk. Annual dues are $5.00 for a single membership and $10.00 for a family.

Oct 242014
 

music-notesAmity Music Department presents Music in Motion. 

The theme this year is Music in Motion: City Life.  

The Amity High School jazz ensemble, percussion ensemble, color guard and choir will be featured throughout the show.  It is sure to be an entertaining evening of music and movement unlike anything you have seen before.  

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door, online at www.amityband.org, or by calling the Amity High School Box Office at (203) 392-2019.  

If you have children in a Region 5 middle school or BOW elementary school, purchase your tickets at the door and your child will be free with the purchase of an adult tickets.  

Show dates are October 24th & 25th at 7:30 pm in the John J. Brady Center for the Performing Arts. 

Click HERE for a Music in Motion video trailer.