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Frances Vadney greets customers at the Academy Museum Gift Shop.

Frances Vadney greets customers at the Academy Museum Gift Shop.

There’s still time to find that unique gift for  fall weddings, anniversar1es and birthdays. 

If you don’t have time to get to the mall, stop by the Orange Historical Society Antique Shop, 605 Orange Center Road on Saturdays, 10-3. 

You won’t be disappointed in the quality of the antiques and collectibles.  For information call 203 795-3106.

Sep 012014

Peck Place School

Peck Place School

After a very long weekend, with a dedicated crews of installers and teachers working day and night,  Peck is presentable enough to open tomorrow and welcome your students to a new school year in their nearly-new school building. Most areas look spectacular!

However, there is still a great deal of work that needs to be done. Some teachers did not get their shelves and countertops until Labor Day afternoon. Even teachers who did have some shelves have readied their classrooms, but not organized them the way they want for centers, reading, and small group work. The contractors also have a punch list of items which need to be completed as well.

Therefore, Peck will have three early dismissal days this week. Tuesday, September 2nd will be a full day. On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, September 3rd– 5th, school will be dismissing at 1:00 p.m.

The 21st Century before- and after-school program will be in session all week until 6:00 pm. Peck families with kindergarteners will receive an additional letter through Principal Kai Byrd with the kindergarten options.

I appreciate your understanding and support for the entire Peck staff as we accomplish this final stage.

— Lynn McMullin

Sep 012014

IMG_0069It’s 6 p.m., on Labor Day and you’re all ready to start school tomorrow, right?

Summer reading assignments are complete. Your backpack is filled and has been double checked to contain everything you need.

If not, you most likely can find a store that’s still open for those last-minute supplies.

Orange public schools do not require uniforms, but there is a dross code of sorts. Lay our all the clothes that you intend to wear for the week and make sure they are clean — this will help ease the stress of last-minute selections.

Know the layout of your school so you don’t have to worry about searching the halls for your classrooms.

Get at least 8 hours of sleep, so if you have to wake up at 6 a.m., make sure you’re in bed by 10 a.m. tonight. Younger kids should shoot for 9 or 10 hours of sleep. You have to alter your summer habits of playing video games or watching tv before bed.

Make sure that you eat a good breakfast tomorrow morning so you don’t feel like you’re starving before lunch.

Have your healthy lunch (according to new OBOE standards) ready and packed so you can just grab it any go before the bus arrives.

If you are a carpool kid, try to get to school early.

Check out the clubs and sports that your school has to offer and join a group that meets your interests.

Be yourself, and don’t lie about yourself in an effort to fit in. Lies have a way of catching up to you. (I knew someone who claimed he was from Canada … something that followed him all the way through High School. His parents, lifelong Amity residents, were very surprised when put on the spot and asked about their lives when they lived in Quebec.)

High Schoolers have the Link Crew Connection, but Elementary and Middle School children are on their own. Don’t worry. Be yourself, find your place and do your best. Everything will be alright.

Sep 012014

ChrchNew TwrRobert L. D’Orso, 68, passed away suddenly at home August 24, 2014 in Arlington, TN.

He was born in Norwalk, CT on January 31, 1946.

He was the son of the late Louis J. D’Orso and Dorothy Emond D’Orso. Bob is survived by his wife, Darma Keen D’Orso; daughters Jennifer (Gary) VanKeppel, Megan (James) Eyster, Maureen (Nicholas) Weber all of Indianapolis, IN; sons, Robert (Julie) D’Orso, Jr. of Fort Mill, SC and John D’Orso of Arlington, TN, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He also leaves two sisters, Janet (Anthony) Gaetjens of Seattle, WA and Marianne (Les) Halpern of Monson, MA and one brother, Thomas (Susan) D’Orso of Orange, CT and many nieces and nephews.

He graduated from Fairfield Prep and attended the University of Dayton. He was retired from the mechanical contracting business in Connecticut and Indiana.

He was very active in Kiwanis Clubs in Norwalk and Danbury in CT, as well as in IN and TN. He served as the president of the Norwalk Kiwanis Club for two terms.

During his retirement he enjoyed volunteering through the Bartlett, TN Chamber of Commerce with Team Green Zone, which is a non-profit entity created to aid local businesses and communities develop methods to reduce energy consumption and create sustainability while promoting economic development.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial Mass being celebrated at St. Philip Church, 1 Father Conlon Place, Norwalk, CT at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 3. T

here will be no calling hours and burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Devine & Devine, Trustee, 65 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851 in the name of John D’Orso or to The American Heart Association

Sep 012014

Police Blotter Logo thx DaveOfficers responded to Best Buy, 53 Boston Post Road for a reported identity theft complaint on Aug. 25 at 8:23 p.m.

During the investigation, police learned that two New Yorkers had made a large purchase using a fraudulent account.

Officers found Jonathan Edouard, 23, of  3 Summersweet Dr, Middle Island, NY and Devone Hedgepeth, 24, of 1059 Union St 5E, Brooklyn, NY, nearby with the merchandise in their vehicle. They were subsequently taken into custody and charged.

Edouard was charged with conspiracy to commit fourth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit criminal impersonation. He was held on $20,000 bond for court Aug. 26.

Hedgepeth was charged with conspiracy to commit fourth-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit criminal impersonation and second-degree forgery. He was held on $20,000 bond for court Aug. 26.

Sep 012014

Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 10.36.46 AMOrange Community Women celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Orange Country Fair.

Purchase your own collectible stoneware pie plate handcrafted in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Each piece of stoneware pottery is handcrafted using traditional 18th century methods.

Every piece is custom made, start to finish. Pie plates are ten inches and fully functional.

ocf pie plate(Actual plowman and lettering will be in dark blue.) $30.00 per plate. Available at the Orange Country Fair in the Civic Tent, Sept 20 and 21

Or order a plate by emailing [email protected] or calling 203-627-2022.

Ordered plates will be delivered at no charge within the Orange area .

Orange Community Women is a chapter of Connecticut Junior Women, Inc.

Proceeds will go to supporting various projects within the community.

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Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 11.25.31 AMMaterial Girls, 463 Boston Post Road, Orange is still having its Summer Clearance/Labor Day Sale today from 10 to 5.

Come in for last minute back-to-school shopping and more. Find up to 75% off hundreds of clearance items.

Material Girls has a great selection of all the latest trends in fashion and accessories. The staff is always knowledgable, helpful and genuine.

If you’ve never come to this lovely boutique, this is a great time to discover your “future” favorite store.

So many fabulous items, something for everyone. Stop by today.

Visit their FACEBOOK page for a variety of offers.

Mention the AD on Orange Live and receive a free gift with a purchase of $50 or more.

Sep 012014

IMG_7365Today, Labor Day is your last chance to enjoy the St. Barbara Odyssey Greek Festival at 450 Racebrook Road, Orange.

On Monday, Sept.1, the festival runs from noon to 8 p.m.

We don’t want you to miss anything, so here’s Monday’s schedule:

1:00 p.m. Greek Cooking Demo on the front patio

2:00 p.m. Presentation on Greek Orthodoxy in the Church Proper

2:00 p.m. Odyssey Dancers in the Entertainment Area

3:00 p.m. Magic Show: “The Magic of Adam” in the Entertainment Area

3:30 p.m. Greek Cooking Demo on the front patio

IMG_74595:00 p.m. Odyssey Dancers in the Entertainment Area

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Live Greek Music by “The Hellenic Company” in the Entertainment Area

8:00 p.m. Odyssey Raffle Drawing in the Community Center (White House)

And Don’t Forget:

  • Greek marketplace – Gourmet Greek grocery, t-shirts, jewelry, arts & crafts, bookstore
  • Treasures ’n Junque – Odyssey’s giant tag sale
  • Presentations on Greek culture and religion, along with tours of Saint Barbara Church
  • Greek dance performances –Traditional Greek folk dances performed by the ODYSSEY Dancers
  • Greek dance lessons – taught by the ODYSSEY Dancers (5:30 pm, Sat and Sun)
  • Nightly dancing to ODYSSEY’s live Greek band, “The Hellenic Company”
  • Kids’ area – Rides, games, and magic shows.
  • Raffle – A $5 ticket gives you a chance at winning the grand prize of $10,000 cash, or one of 9 additional prizes!

Aug 312014

Pam Staneski for State Rep.

Pam Staneski (R) for State Rep. in 119th district

Following is a Press Release from the Independent Party of CT:

At a caucus held on Aug.t 21, the Independent Party of Connecticut voted unanimously to endorse Pam Staneski as their candidate for State Representative in the November election.

This endorsement means Pam Staneski will not just appear on the Republican line, but will also appear on the Independent Party line on the ballot in November.  Connecticut residents not affiliated with either major party make up the largest percentage of voters in the state and desperately need a voice at the State Capitol.

“I have said all along my campaign is about putting the people of Milford and Orange ahead of any party politics. As a state representative, I pledge to put the needs of the people of the 119th district above the wants of party leaders and special interest,” said Staneski. 

The Milford Independent Party also welcomed Pam on the ballot on Aug. 23. Chair Rocco Frank said, “The endorsement by the Independent Party is given to candidates, like Pam, that exemplify the ideals of honest people for honest government and are supported by the registered members of the Independent Party.” 

According to the Milford Independent Party both Democrats and Republicans are invited to seek their endorsement and participate each year. Pam’s nomination was voted on and endorsed by Party members based on their core principles of good, honest government requiring political leaders work for the people not their respective political party.

 The 119th District is comprised of parts of Milford and Orange. 

NOTE: Staneski will go up against State Rep. James Maroney (D).

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The weather was perfect for picture taking at the Odyssey Greek Festival in Orange on Saturday.

Here are a few of my favorites. To see the complete album or to order photos click HERE.