Open Registration For OCC Nursery School Scheduled

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Dec 122019

A notice from the Orange Congregational Church (OCC) Nursery School:

Orange Congregational Church Nursery School is now accepting applications for fall 2020. Our nursery school has served the community for more than 50 years, and is open to all faiths. Our school day runs from 9-1, with 3-year-olds attending twice a week, and 4-year-olds three days. We also offer a five-day program for returning students.

We will be holding an Open House on Sunday, February 9, 2020, from 12:30-2:00 p.m. Snow date will be February 23 12:30-2:00 p.m.

For more information about the school, or to schedule a visit with your child, please e-mail us at occns@yahoo.com. Check us out on Facebook!

Obituary: Joanne Choiniere, 81, beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Friend

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Dec 122019

Joanne Lanese Choiniere, 81, of Orange, beloved wife of Edward Norman Choiniere, passed away peacefully on December 11, 2019.

Born on November 27, 1938, in Bridgeport, she was the daughter of the late Angelo and Louise Lanese. Joanne was a graduate of the University of Bridgeport School of Nursing, and a retired RN, she worked various positions in public health including 21 years as a school nurse in the town of Orange.

She was an active parishioner of Holy Infant Church in Orange and a member of the Ladies Guild. She served as Eucharistic Minister to the homebound, also as a Lector, and was a member of the Holy Infant Bible Group. Over the years Joanne volunteered her free time with the Community Soup Kitchen and FISH of Greater New Haven.

She was a member of the Mother Circle for 42 years, participated in a local book club, and a member of the Red Hats.

She was the 2016 Town of Orange Breast Cancer Awareness honoree. Many of her family members took off from work to attend the ceremony on the front steps of the Town Hall.

Joanne will be remembered as a sweet, kind and caring woman, who more often than not put others before herself. She was a gentle soul and will be sorely missed by everyone who knew and loved her.

Joanne loved family activities involving her beloved children and grandchildren. She loved traveling with her husband, family, and friends. Along with her husband, Joanne is survived by her children, Susan C. Blomster, Edward J. Choiniere (Margaret Choiniere) Jill C. Tucker (Richard Tucker); grandchildren, Edward “E.J.” Choiniere, Jr., Christy T. Collins (Raymond Collins), Bill Choiniere (Kimberly Choiniere), Kirsten L. Ord (Louis Ord), Michael Choiniere (Abigail Ginsberg), Shannon Tucker (Karl Bauer), Zachary Blomster, Joseph Choiniere (Olivia Schlegel), Daniel Blomster; great-granddaughter, Amelie Choiniere; brother, Joseph J. Lanese; and many extended family members and friends.

A gathering of family and friends will be held on December 13, 2019, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT 06460. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Connecticut Hospice, Inc., 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on December 14, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Rd., Orange (MEET DIRECTLY AT CHURCH).

Interment will be private. To leave online condolences, please visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Have You Seen Me? Help Me Find My Way Home By The Holidays

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Dec 122019

Sampson has been missing from his home since Thanksgiving evening.

He lives with his family on Riverside Drive, Orange, and is primarily an indoor cat, but he goes out occasionally.

He answers to Sampson, Sammy or Sam. He may come when you whistle.

His family is desperate to find him and is asking the community for help in locating him. They ask that you check your garages and sheds to see if he is in there.

Help bring Sampson home by the holidays, it would bring a lot of joy to the children and adults who love him.

Sampson’s older brother Guinness lost his battle with hyperthyroidism and a broken heart on Saturday, Dec. 7.

If you see him, please call or text 203-764-0901 or 203-314-7216. 

Wow, 12-12 at 12:12, But Wait, There’s More To The Full Moon Than That!

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Dec 112019

See that big full moon lighting up the night sky tonight? Surprise, no you don’t!

The last full moon of the first decade of the twenty-first century will peak on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 12:12 a.m.

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, December’s Full Moon is known as the Full Cold Moon or Long Nights Moon.

“As the winter solstice approaches the chill in the air deepens, and the frosty grip of winter begins to tighten. Days grow ever shorter, and the nights are at their longest and darkest,” the Almanac states.

“It is, therefore, no wonder that December’s full Moon is known as both the Cold Moon and the Long Night’s Moon.

“The name Long Night’s Moon is doubly appropriate, not only because December nights are indeed long, but also because the midwinter full moon has a high trajectory across the sky, causing it to sit above the horizon for a longer period of time.

“December’s full moon is also sometimes called the Moon Before Yule, in honor of the ancient European festival celebrating the return of the sun heralded by the year’s longest night.”

The Winter Solstice occurs on Saturday, December 21, at 11:19 p.m. mark your calendars and prepare to welcome winter.

The Farmer’s Almanac is known for its very accurate weather predictions, so be prepared. Here’s what it says about Winter 2020:

“The Northeast, including the densely populated corridor running from Washington to Boston, will experience colder-than-normal temperatures for much of the upcoming winter.”

BRRRRRR Global Warming Is VERY REAL.


Wreaths Across America on Agenda for Dec. 11 Board of Selectmen’s Meeting

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Dec 102019

File photo of First Selectman Jim Zeoli during a selectmen’s meeting.

The Orange Board of Selectmen will meet at Town Hall on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the Agenda:

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION (2 minutes per speaker)



To consider and act upon the minutes of the Regular Meeting of November 13, 2019


1. To consider and act on the request to use High Plains Community Center Cafeteria on Saturday, December 14, 201 9, and to waive the rental fee for HPCC cafeteria for a ceremony for Wreaths Across America,  – Thomas Hurley, LTC, CAP and Sr. Vice Cornrnander American Legion Orange Post 127

2. To consider and act on the request to authorize the First Selectman on behalf of the Board of Selectmen to execute the State Homeland Security Grant Program Region 2 Memorandum of agreement

3. To consider and act on the request to approve the Tax Refunds for the month of December in the amount of $3,857.97


1. Capital Planning – Selectman Okenquist

2. Pension Board – Selectman Goldblatt

3. Bond Construction Oversight – Selectman Goldblatt

4. Personnel Committee – Selectmen Zeoli and Okenquist

Motion to close Regular Meeting and convene into Executive Session


A. Discuss possible land purchase (Extremely confidential)

B. Discuss possible land purchase (Extremely confidential)

Close Executive Session and convene into the Regular Meeting


A. Possible vote

B. Possible vote to empower First Selectman to hire appraiser and proceed with process


FYI Approved Minutes of October 2, 2019 Board of Selectmen Meeting

Updated BOS Contact information

Town Holidays 2020

Chamber Members: Register Now For the Orange & Milford Holiday Gathering

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Dec 102019

Celebrate with the Orange and Milford Chambers of Commerce at Golf Lounge 18, 220 Indian River Road, (Christmas Tree Plaza) this Thursday, Dec. 12 from 5-7 p.m.

Register HERE! TODAY!

Come for a holiday celebration and experience all that the Golf Lounge 18 has to offer! Make connections, have a cocktail and enjoy the cuisine!
There is a $15 fee with which you will receive golf and two free drink tickets.

Santa’s Helper 2019: Making Elf Mama Proud This Weekend

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Dec 102019

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!




Gift drop off has already taken place, so get ready for delivery day!

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.


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

Sincerely, the OVFD Auxiliary

Dec 102019

This week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedules:

Monday, Dec. 9

Girls Ice Hockey vs. Greenwich Home – Hamden-Lou Astorino Ice Rink at 4:30 p.m.

Blades 1, Greenwich 3

First PeriodGreenwich – Orszulak, Greenwich- Keaveney (Danielson, Marzullo)

Second PeriodBlades- Haley Cable (Caroline Cadelina, Tess Csejka)

Third PeriodGreenwich-Piatrzkewski (Danielson)

Tuesday, Dec. 10

Girls Basketball vs. Cheshire (Scrim.) Away at Cheshire High School-Gym – East at 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 11

Boys Ice Hockey vs Notre Dame-Fairfield (Scrim.) Away – Shelton – Sports Center of CT-Lower Rink at 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 12

V Boys Basketball vs. Seymour (Scrim.) Away – Seymour High School-Gym at 3:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 13

Boys Basketball vs. Lyman Hall (Scrim.) Away – Lyman Hall High School-Gymnasium at 4:15 p.m.

Boys Ice Hockey vs. West Haven, Notre Dame-West Haven, South Windsor (Scrim.) Away – West Haven Bennet Rink at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 14

Girls Basketball vs. Fairfield Warde, Notre Dame-Fairfield (Scrim.) Away – Fairfield Warde HS-Large Gym at 10:00 a.m.

Girls Ice Hockey vs. Hand-Coginchaug-Valley-Old Lyme Away – Northford Ice Pavilion-White at 6:00 p.m.

FYI: Bobcat Sighting in Orange on Monday

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Dec 092019

A bobcat that was seen in town in recent years.

A Green Hill Road resident reported a bobcat sighting in that neighborhood at 3 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9.

Use precautions when letting your small pets out to relieve themselves, it’s a good idea to accompany them outside even if it’s extremely cold or wet. Hungry predators can swoop in and snatch them in an instant.


Temple Emanuel Gives Back to Community

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Dec 092019

Tikkun Olam in Judaism means “helping to repair the world.” This past September, during the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Temple Emanuel did what it does every year: asks its congregants to give what they can to help the local community.

Thousands of dollars were generously given for the sole purpose of helping to repair the world. The recipients of this generosity are the following organizations:

Beth El Center, a homeless shelter and soup kitchen that provides support services and advocacy to those experiencing homelessness and hunger within the Greater Milford community.www.bethelmilford.org

JCARR (Jewish Community Alliance for Refugee Resettlement), established in 2015 by five area synagogues and the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, which came together to welcome, sponsor and support refugee families new to our area. www.jewishnewhaven.org/refugee-resettlement

CONECT, a collective of churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, and civic organizations from New Haven and Fairfield Counties that have joined together to take action on social and economic justice issues of common concern. CONECT has made an impact on issues as varied as gun violence, health insurance rates, police reform, immigrant rights, and more. www.weconect.org

Rise Against Hunger, an international hunger relief organization that aims to end hunger by 2030. Rise Against Hunger is aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Goal #2 of Zero Hunger. www.riseagainsthunger.org

For Temple Emanuel, it’s simple acts of kindness that benefit the community at large – Tikkun Olam – helping to repair the world.

Temple Emanuel of Greater New Haven is a Reform synagogue located in Orange.
150 Derby Avenue, Orange, CT

For more information, visit www.TEGNH.org