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Aug 012014
 

The Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival opened at 5 p.m. Thursday, and will go on through Sunday night.

This is the fire department’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Come on by, even if it’s raining. There’s plenty of food and OH, don’t forget to buy your raffle tickets.

Jul 312014
 

10568896_818998994785801_4801231508169601358_nLast year, Amity Swimmer (now team captain) Hannah Babbitz and her team raised $10,000 for St. Vincent’s Swim Across The Sound.

This year, Hannah and her teammates have raised the bar and set a goal of $14,000. As of 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, the team had already raised $9,016, but with the event just 4 days away, they still have a ways to go.

This young team consists of 14-17 year old swimmers (Hannah Babbitz, Zachary Babbitz, Madyson Barnick, Skyler Marini, Lydia Pokluda and Jillian Rice) who will swim relay style for the 15.5 mile course from Port Jefferson, LI to Captains Cove, Bridgeport.

All the money raised goes to Local Cancer Patients.

If you would like to donate to the SONOCO Swimming team, click HERE, or visit their page HERE.

For detailed information about Swim Across the Sound click HERE.

Here’s hoping for nice weather and jellyfish free waters.

Jul 312014
 

IMG_6439Orange Little League is now accepting registrations for its Fall Ball programs.

Girls Softball for girls ages 8-13 — born 1/1/2001 to 12/31/2006 — in three divisions: 8-9 year olds, 10-11 year olds and 12-13 year olds.

There will be some travel to other towns for all leagues since they are participating in a program coordinated by another town. Games will be played on the weekends. Level of play will be determined by your child’s age as of 12/31/2014.

There is a fee associated with this program. Registrations must be received by Aug. 28.

OLL Softball is looking for volunteer managers and coaches.

For information, visit the OLL WEBSITE or call Ed Whitman at 203-494-4369.

Fall baseball for boys 7-12 — born between 5/01/2002 and 4/30/2009.

For those new to the Fall Baseball League, it is a great opportunity to get a jump-start into next season.

For kids in the younger age groups moving up, this will be their first look at facing kid-pitching, as opposed to a coach or a machine. It will get them acclimated and ready for the spring season.

For the kids in the older leagues they will start to see better, faster pitching, also in preparation for the spring.

Fee for Baseball/Softball:  $ 125.00

Visit the OLL WEBSITE for information and registration forms.

Jul 312014
 

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The Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival starts tonight, see this story on WXEdge

Thursday – 5PM to 11:30PM
Friday – 5PM to 12 midnight
Saturday – 12 Noon to 12 midnight
Sunday – 12 Noon to 5PM

AT CARNIVAL RIDE SPECIAL $22.00 for unlimited rides:
SATURDAY MATINEE noon to 5:00pm
SUNDAY FAMILY FUN DAY noon to 5:00p
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INDIVIDUAL RIDE Tickets Available At Ticket Booth
Children must be at least 3’ tall to ride any ride

SPECTACULAR FIREWORKS DISPLAY..
Friday 10:30PM and Saturday at 10:45PM

FREE RAFFLE FOR CHILDREN… 
SATURDAY during the matinee
Children 12 years and younger can register at the main raffle booth to win free prizes.

Buy Your Raffle Tickets!

For as far back as longtime residents can remember, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department has mailed raffle ticket booklets to every home in town  a couple of months before the  annual Carnival.

The event which serves as the department’s major fundraiser, begins on July 31 and runs through Aug. 3

The reason you haven’t received your tickets yet is (in short) because the Postal Service said “no.” Something about regulations.

The direct mail tickets were a main source of revenue over the years and the fire department is worried that ticket sales will be low because of the Postal Service’s decision.

Firefighters Rich Williamson (shown) Klevis Kimca and Mark Osinski sold raffle tickets at this week's summer concert on at Orange Fairgrounds.

Firefighters Rich Williamson (shown) Klevis Kimca and Mark Osinski sold raffle tickets at this week’s summer concert on at Orange Fairgrounds.

“We sent out a letter last month explaining this to residents,” said Fire Chief John Knight. “We’ve set up several locations for people to pick up tickets, and hope they’ll come out and buy them.”

This year’s raffle prizes

A little different than the offerings from past years. There are no trips, but the three top prizes would be more than enough to pay for just about any trip you would want to take with your family.

For just $5 per ticket you have a chance of winning one of the following prizes:

1st prize – $5,000 Visa Gift Card

2nd prize – $4,000 Visa Gift Card

3rd prize – $2,000 Visa Gift Card

4th prize – $1,200 Gift Certificate – Diamond Designs, 500 Boston Post Road

5th prize – Apple iPad WiFi 16 GB – Best Buy, 53 Boston Post Road

6th prize – $300 Gift Card – Trader Joe’s, 560 Boston Post Road

7th prize – $250 Gift Card – Knights, Inc.,  286 Boston Post Road

8th prize – $200 Gift Card – Ben’s Service Center, 115 Boston Post Road

9th prize – Tickets to the New Haven Open at Yale Tennis Tournament

10th prize – $100 Gift Card – Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road

How Do I Purchase Tickets?

Visit the Fire Department Website at www.OrangeVFD.com 

People’s Bank, 653 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT

Diamond Designs, 500 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT

Orange Fire Station 1
Orange Center Road
Tuesdays, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM, from June 1 through July 29

First Selectman’s Office
Orange Town Hall
M-F 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Knight’s Power Equipment
286 Boston Post Road
M-F 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM; Saturday 8:30 AM – 12 Noon

Chip’s Family Restaurant
321 Boston Post Road
7 days a week, 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Orange Firemen’s Carnival
Orange Fairgrounds
July 31, August 1, 2 and 3 during Carnival Hours

Or contact any of your local firemen [Firefighters will come to different locations around town in the coming weekends making it easier for you to purchase tickets]

Drawing will be held on Sunday, August 3 at 4:30 p.m. at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT

Alcoholic beverages not included

Tickets $5.00/each

This year’s Carnival Includes:

• Family Fun For Everyone

• Free Entertainment

• Spectacular Rides

• Family fun-filled rides including a kiddieland for youngsters

Here is a LINK to the online Advance Ride Ticket Wristband page.

• PARKING & ADMISSION are FREE

FIREWORKS-FUN SHOWS-RAFFLES and much more!

IT’S AT THE ORANGE FAIRGROUNDS 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT 06477

BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY!

 Originally Published on: Jun 13, 2014 @ 12:41 

Jul 302014
 

File Photo: Players on the Post 127 team are close to their coach Bob Mirto.

File Photo: Players on the Post 127 team are close to their coach Bob Mirto.

The Orange Post 127 senior legion coaching staff will be holding tryouts for a 13-15 year old prep team which will participate in the Southern Division American Legion fall prep league.

The tryouts will be at DeGennaro Field in Orange on Monday, August 11 at 6 p.m. Most games will be played on weekends and no games will be require extensive travel.
This is an opportunity for younger players to enter the prestigious Post 127 American Legion program. Post127′s website can be found at www.post127.com
If interested call 203-687-8299 or 203-464-9971

Jul 302014
 

 

Piggy in the arms of one of his rescuers.

Piggy in the arms of one of his rescuers.

To all the caring Orange residents and others who shared his story, I am happy to let you know that Piggy Has Been Found.

His owner said, “He crossed Boston Post Road and he was caught in the woods next to Home Depot. Thank goodness he didn’t get hurt!! An Orange police officer and Buddha Dog Rescue were totally responsible for us getting him back. We couldn’t be more grateful!!!”

He’s home with his family and most likely relaxing for the first time in nearly three days.

His family extends their gratitude to everyone who helped in the search and passed the word along through social networks.

This is the type of happy ending that everyone was hoping for.

Welcome Home Piggy — Now don’t ever do that again!

(But, if you do, we’ll be there for you.)

Jul 302014
 

Isreal_60th_Dance_t479Kyra Shevis wanted to have a lemonade stand to help Israel, but her block doesn’t get enough traffic.  So instead, she decided to host a dance-a-thon at the Grill N’ Chill taking place at the JCC, 360 Amity Road, Woodbridge, from 5-8 p.m.

You will pay to participate dance.  All of the money raised will be donated to Israel. All donations accepted.

Kyra is a member of Congregation Or Shalom in Orange.

Jul 302014
 

cookoutThis year’s Orange Senior Center Summer Cookout will be held on Tuesday Aug. 12 with a rain date of Wednesday, Aug 13 from 5 to 8 pm.

Hot dogs and hamburgers will be grilled and served with salads, followed by dessert and coffee.

“Good 2 Go” will perform.

Stop by the Orange Senior Center to pick up tickets for only $15.

Jul 292014
 

Get your discount ride wristbands by NOON today!!!!

Get your discount ride wristbands by NOON today!!!!

UPDATE: The deadline for online purchases has passed. BUT the Fire Department has expanded the deadline to Wednesday, July 30 at NOON. You have a second chance, so Don’t procrastinate.

This is it! just a few hours left in which to purchase a discount ride wristband for the Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival. This opportunity ends at 12 p.m. Wednesday, July 30.

Prices vary depending on how many you buy. Click HERE for the wristband ordering page.

Tickets and wristbands are non-refundable, but if the weather forecast is accurate, the firefighters will have a beautiful weekend for the carny.

NOTE: children must be at least 3-feet tall to ride any ride.

You may pick up your wristbands at the rear of the main raffle booth across from the pavilion. A photo ID is required!!

Wristbands are good at the following days/times:

1) Thursday, 5-11 p.m.

2) Friday 5 p.m. to midnight

3) Saturday 12-5 p.m.

4) Saturday, 5 p.m. to midnight

5) Sunday, 12-5 p.m.

Jul 292014
 

DSC09801The consumer advocacy site NerdWallet has analyzed the federal data and found the best places for homeownership in Connecticut, and out of 60 communities Orange ranked among the top ten.

Owning a home in Connecticut can be expensive – that’s why nerdwallet’s methodology rates affordability, as well as population growth and housing availability. Orange scored well by these metrics, boasting a high homeownership rate of 87.4%.

Here’s what NerdWallet Researchers had to say about Orange.

9. Orange

Just a few miles outside New Haven, Orange is proud of its rural roots; indeed, it still maintains some active farmland and puts on a local country fair, with an emphasis on its agricultural origins. Yet the town also takes care to maintain economic viability, housing the North American headquarters for the candy maker Pez, the United Illuminating Company and Southern Connecticut Gas. Efforts by the Orange Economic Development Corporation have also been largely successful, with 32 new businesses in 2012 alone.

You can see the full story on NerdWallet HERE.

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