Oct 302014

The-Lunchbox-PosterThe Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, will host this month’s “Film Buffs” feature next Thursday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m.

The Lunchbox” (India 2013) A mistaken delivery in Mumbai’s famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox.

104 minutes. Rated PG-13.

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

Originally Published on: Oct 23, 2014 @ 13:33

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:


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 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!


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. 


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

sue palmerSusan Louise Short Palmer, age 71, of Orange, died October 15, 2014.

She was the devoted wife of Frederick Palmer for 47 years and mother of Carla Palmer, Arlington, MA and Debra Palmer Stratford, CT.

Daughter of the late John M. Short and Helen Ahrens Short. Sister of Judith (Thomas) Pryor, Gorham ME, Nancy (Richard) Ross, Milford, CT and Leslie (Eugene) Skibitsky, Dixfield, ME and aunt of many nieces and nephews.

She was a 1961 graduate of Milford High school and earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Southern CT State College.

She was a very enthusiastic kindergarten and nursery school teacher.

Susan was an active member of the First United Church of Christ in Milford, CT for over 65 years as a member of the choir, and many other positions including the Hospitality Committee, Christian Education, Music Committee, Deacon, as well as the Church Moderator.

She was a Mariner and Girl Scout as a child and continued in scouting as a lifetime member and a leader for her daughters.

She was an active member and volunteer for the Orange Country Fair committee, Orange and Milford Historical Societies, the CT Historical Automobile Society, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, the Milford Red Cross, the American Cancer Society and Habitat for Humanity.

Calling hours will be held Friday, Oct. 31, directly in the Fellowship Hall of the First United Church of Christ in Milford from 4 to 8 p.m.

A Memorial service at the Church will be held Saturday, Nov. 1 at 10:30 am. Interment will be private.

In Lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Cancer Research Institute, The American Cancer Society or The music fund at First United Church of Christ.

The arrangements are in the care of Smith & Sefcik Funeral Home, Milford. To leave condolences or for directions, visit www.georgejsmithandson.com 

Oct 292014

The "50 Children" arrive in New York.

The “50 Children” arrive in New York.

Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, presents its annual Kristallnacht Commemoration on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014 at 9 a.m.All are welcome to attend.

This year’s program is in honor of “50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Eleanor & Gilbert Kraus.”

In early 1939, few Americans were doing anything about the darkening storm clouds over Europe’s Jews. But one ordinary Jewish-American couple decided something had to be done. Despite overwhelming obstacles – both in Europe and the United States – Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus made a bold and unprecedented decision to travel to Nazi Germany and Austria in an effort to save 50 Jewish children from mortal danger.

The program features guest speakers:

Steven Pressman,producer of the Emmy-nominated documentary film “50 Children”  and author of the recently published book by that title

Dr. Robert Braun one of the “50 children” rescued by Mr. & Mrs. Kraus

Ginger Kraus, granddaughter of Eleanor & Gilbert Kraus

And Senator Richard Blumenthal

Save the date to hear this inspiring story of bravery, selflessness and compassion.

Kristallnacht: “The Night Of Broken Glass” — A brief explanation for non-Jewish readers

On November 9, 1938, Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels announced a government-sanctioned reprisal against the Jews. Synagogues were ravaged and then burned. Jewish shop windows were broken. Jews were beaten, raped, arrested, and murdered. Throughout Germany and Austria, the pogrom rampaged.

Police and firefighters stood by as synagogues burned and Jews were beaten, only taking action to prevent the spread of fire to non-Jew owned property and to stop looters – upon SS officer Reinhard Heydrich’s order

The pogrom spanned the night of November 9 to 10. During this night 191 synagogues were set on fire.

The damage to shop windows was estimated at $4 million U.S. dollars. 91 Jews were murdered while 30,000 Jews were arrested and sent to camps such as Dachau, Sachsenhausen, and Buchenwald.

— source: Jennifer Rosenberg on About Education (read more HERE)

Originally Published on: Oct 14, 2014 @ 10:21

Oct 292014

Screen Shot 2014-10-04 at 6.27.04 PMAmity Middle School students are welcome to attend the following open house events and take entrance exams for these private schools.

  • Notre Dame Wast Haven – Entrance Test, Saturday, Nov. 8, at 8 a.m. – mandatory $60 fee pre-registration.
  • Sacred Heart Academy – Entrance Test, Saturday, Nov. 8 at 8 a.m.
  • Notre Dame Fairfield – Pre-registration on website is mandatory.
  • Trumbull High School Regional Agriscience & Biotechnology Center - Open House, Thursday, Nov. 6, 5:30-6:30 p.m. or 7-8 p.m. – Application Deadline, Dec. 1.

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.


Oct 292014

This shield goes up on Meetinghouse Lane every year, and when the snow is gone, the mailbox is still there.

This shield goes up on Meetinghouse Lane every year, and when the snow is gone, the mailbox is still there.

The Town of Orange Highway Department would like to remind homeowners of the town’s mailbox policy.

The Highway Department does not replace mailboxes or posts.  If the slush from the snowplows knocks off a mailbox or breaks a post, the homeowner is responsible.  Only if the Highway Department initiates contact with the homeowner will the post be repaired or the box replaced.  Slush and snow thrown from the plows is unavoidable.  

It is up to the homeowner to take preventative steps to protect their mailbox.

The Highway Department suggests you do not use plastic mailboxes or posts.  The plastic cannot withstand frigid cold temperatures.  When slush or snow impacts cold plastic the plastic will shatter.   We suggest using a good 4” x 4” wooden post or a 2″ pipe with a metal box.  This combination seems to be most durable.

Oct 282014

Screen Shot 2014-10-28 at 5.32.42 PMThe Town Plan and Zoning Commission has scheduled a public meeting at the High Plains Community Center gymnasium on Tuesday, Nov. 18 from 7-9 p.m. to get Orange residents’ input regarding the update of the Plan of Conservation and Development.  

The Commission has been working on updating the Town Plan for the past year or so and has prepared a draft Plan for review and comment.  The meeting will provide an opportunity for Orange residents to listen to a short presentation about the Plan and then provide comments and feedback to the Commission. 

Following the meeting, the Commission will be looking at further refining the strategies in the Draft Plan.  

A Plan of Conservation and Development is an advisory document used by the Town Plan and Zoning Commission and other Town agencies to:

• Protect the resources important to residents

• Guide growth and change in Orange

• Identify facilities and services needed to support the community we want to be

Orange residents are encouraged to attend the meeting to help ensure that the Plan of Conservation and Development reflects community goals.

“This Plan is an important document which will be used to guide future conservation and development activity over the next decade and beyond,” said Walter “Beau” Clark, IV, Chairman of the Town Plan and Zoning Commission.

Oct 282014

Screen-shot-2013-09-26-at-2.04.48-PMThe American Red Cross will host a blood drive at Bertucci’s,  550 Boston Post Road on Thursday, Nov 6,  from 11:30am to 4:15 pm.

Call today to make an appointment at 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit WWW.redcrossblood.org.

“Please support our community, with the gift of life,” said Paul Leahy of the Red Cross. “Every donation can save up to 3 lives. Every day someone somewhere needs blood. Without dedicated donors like you serving as a vital link between the blood supply and those who need blood, the Red Cross could not carry out its lifesaving mission.”

Get the FREE app today! Text: BLOODAPP to 90999* Search: Red Cross Blood on the App Store℠ or on Google Play™ Visit: redcrossblood.org/bloodapp

In order to donate you must be healthy — feel well and be able to perform normal activities.

If you have a chronic condition such as diabetes, healthy also means that you are being treated and the condition is under control.

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