Local Businesses, Service Providers Sought For Health And Safety Fair

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Aug 112017

OVNA and Community Services represented

Message from Joan Cretella Director of Orange Community Services

Community Services is looking for local businesses and service providers for the 16th Annual Orange Senior Health and Safety Fair.

The event will take place at the High Plains Community Center Gym, 525 Orange Center Road, Friday, September 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Registration is $85 a table for businesses and free to nonprofit providers with a 501(c)3 designation. 

The event is free to the public. 

All proceeds from this fair will go to the Community Assistance Fund. All of our programs, activities, events, and offerings are self-generated solely from fees and donations. For more information or to reserve a table please contact Joan Cretella, Dennis Marsh or Denise Stein at Community Services 203-891-4788

We ask your support to maintain these vital programs.

Get Ready To Audition For Acting Up! 2017

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Aug 112017

The Orange Players will host open auditions for its upcoming winter production of Acting Up! 2017 at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, on Wednesday, Sept. 6 and Thursday, Sept. 7 from 7 to 9:15 p.m.

Acting Up! 2017 is an evening of 10 Minute unpublished One Acts by local playwrights.

Performance dates are Friday, Nov. 3 and Saturday, Nov. 4.

Auditions are open to anyone 16 years of age and older. The players are looking for a variety of ages and personalities to fill roles.

Performers will be asked to do cold readings from the scripts.

Rehearsal schedules are at the discretion of the directors.

Actors are required to attend Tech rehearsal the week of October 30 (10/30, 10/31, 11/1 & 11/2 from 7 – 11 p.m.).

For more information e-mail TheOrangePlayers@gmail.com

NOTE:The Playwrights and One Acts are: Elaine Alexander – “Car Talk”, Kay Bullard – “Bonnie and Clyde at the 7-11”, Peter Charney – “Math and the Moon”, Hal Corley – “Contemplata Aliis Tradere”, Susan Goodell – “Pie in the Sky”, Jayne Hannah – “Baking Soda”, Betsy MacGuire – “The Nightcap”, John Mehm – “Mirror On the Wall”, Steve Myerson – “The “L” Word”, and Dave Ortoleva – “A Play On Words”.

The Directors are Ann Baker, Patt Brotschul, Noah Golden, Jeanette Harris, Patrique Alton Hurd, Pat Miller, Jess Rodi, Gina Tracy, and Phil Tremblay.

Man Accused Of Trying to Sell Stolen Guitar Equipment

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Aug 112017

Orange police were called to Guitar Center, 50 Boston Post Road on a larceny complaint July 31 at 2:59 p.m.

According to the report, Juan L. Carrion, 21, of New Haven was accused of attempting to sell the store several guitar pedals and other guitar accessories that had recently been reported stolen.

Carrion was charged with sixth-degree larceny and released on a promise to appear in court Aug. 14.


Orange Residents Love Their Free Concerts

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Aug 102017

A rather large crowd gathered at the Orange Fairgrounds on Thursday evening to enjoy a free concert by the band Fools on the Hill (Beatles cover band).

The band performed under the Gazebo beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Everyone seemed to enjoy the music as they sang along with their favorite Fab Four songs.

The Orange Community Services offers one final concert on Sept. 7.


Upcoming Orange Chamber Events

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Aug 102017

The Orange Chamber of Commerce released this calendar of events for the coming weeks and months.

August 22 – LEAD’s Meeting, 8 a.m. at Maplewood Senior Living, 245 Indian River Road, Orange

September 12 – BAH (Business After Hours) from 5-7 p.m., $15 at State Farm and Floman DePaola, 380 Boston Post Road, Orange

14 – LEAD’s Meeting, 8 am Breakfast Special Program, Maplewood, 245 Indian River Road, Orange

26 – BAH at Orange Rehabilitation & Healthcare, 5-7 p.m., $15, 225 Boston Post Road, Orange

October 17 – LEAD’s Meeting, 8 a.m. at Maplewood Senior Living, 245 Indian River Road, Orange

24 – BAH at The Milford Bank, 5-7 P.M., $15, at 1455 Boston Post Road, Milford, CT  06460


Farmers’ Market and Free Concert on Thursday, Aug. 10

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Aug 092017

Come on down to the Orange Community Farm Market under the pavilion at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road.

The market runs from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The following vendors will be in attendance:

Durante’s – pasta, sauce, oil
Grassy Hill Farm – Vegetables
Laurel Glen Farm – Vegetables, flowers
Mapleview Farm – Wool Products
Oronoque Farm – Pies, Donuts, Cookies
Seasonal Catering – Teas, Prepared Foods, Hummus
Shamrock Farm – Vegetables, Meat
Sweet Seidners – Cookies, Cookie Bars
Szabos Seafood – Prepared Foods
Wayne & Son Growers – Fig and Citrus Trees
Whole German Bread – Breads & Bakery Items
Zuppardi’s Pizza – Pizza, Italian Ices

Note: Fox Hollow Farm and Guardians Farm will be back next week!

The band Fools on the Hill (Beatles cover band) will be performing under the Gazebo at 6:30 p.m.

Country Fair: Orange Land Trust Presents North American Birds Of Prey

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Aug 082017

Photo Credit: ©2012 Alex Iannelli

North American Birds of Prey: from the smallest to some of the largest.

The Orange Land Trust has invited WINGMASTERS’ Julie Collier to present another of her captivating Birds of Prey programs at the Orange Country Fair on Saturday and Sunday, September 16 and 17. This presentation, featuring live raptors, from the adorable Saw-whet Owl to some of the largest, will center around the birds found in our region of eastern North America.

Birds of prey, also known as raptors, are hunting birds characterized by hooked beaks and powerful grabbing feet armed with sharp talons (the word raptor comes from a Latin word that means “to seize”). Raptors also boast the best eyesight and the sharpest hearing in the animal kingdom. Raptors include eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls, and this presentation gives an overview of these different categories. We will gain an understanding of predation, the birds’ place at the top of the food web, their different hunting adaptations and their status in a rapidly changing world. Because many birds of prey are declining in number, this presentation also features one or more endangered raptors and explains why these species face an uncertain future.

WINGMASTERS is dedicated to increasing public understanding and appreciation of North American birds of prey. Julie Anne Collier and Jim Parks are both licensed raptor rehabilitators based in Massachusetts. Together they care for injured birds of prey with the goal of ultimately releasing them back into the wild. In cases where the birds are left permanently handicapped, Julie and Jim are further licensed to provide a home for these non-releasable raptors and to use them for educational programs.

The Orange Country Fair is held at the Fairgrounds on Orange Center Road. Each day there will be four half-hour presentations on the hour – at 11 a.m., 12 noon, 1 p.m., and 2 p.m.    

Collier has been our guest at the Fair for several years. “One of the reasons I like working with Land Trusts is that the biggest problem with these birds is the loss of habitat, and Land Trusts work to preserve open space much needed by so many birds.” She is concerned about the fragmentation of forests and destruction of remaining open space areas by development.

The citizens of the Town of Orange have done much to provide excellent habitat for a wide variety of birds and other wildlife through the preservation of natural open space. This includes the former Hubble property now known as the Turkey Hill Preserve. This, along with other areas, is managed by the Orange Conservation Commission or the Orange Land Trust for protection, preservation, and passive use.

As usual, the Orange Land Trust will have its own tent. Stop by to view the free programs, get information on walking and hiking areas in the Town of Orange, and see the photography display.  There will be pen and ink note cards designed and drawn by Michael O’Bymachow, and tee-shirts featuring a bird of prey drawn by Julie Collier. Proceeds will benefit the OLT.

Collier will have for sale suitable-for-framing art prints of the birds. These sales will benefit her Educational Raptor Center and her special work with endangered species and preparing them for release into the wild.     

The Orange Land Trust is a private non-profit, volunteer organization, supported by its membership, that is dedicated to acquiring and preserving natural resources and open space in the Town of Orange. New members are always welcome. Membership registration forms will be available at the tent!

For information, call Chris at 203-397-7599.

Colonial Properties Brokers Big Car Wash Sale

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Aug 082017

Michael Richetelli and Fred A. Messore, Senior Vice President with Colonial Properties of Orange, brokered the sale of Brothers 4 Car Wash at 926 Boston Post Road in West Haven for $425,000.

The sale included a long standing, fully operational car wash business with two buildings totaling 7,000 SF on 1 acre of land.  The Seller was A&M Car Washes, represented by Attorney John Resnik of Resnik & Resnik in Woodbridge.

The Buyer was JBC Realty, represented by Al Ippolito of Fasano, Ippolito & Lee in New Haven.

Richetelli and Messore were the only Brokers in the transaction.

The new owners will continue to operate the property as Budget Car Wash.

“Brothers 4 Car Wash has been a landmark business in West Haven for over 30 years and thus garnered significant interest when we took this opportunity to the market.  We’re pleased to have brokered a transaction where both parties walked away very satisfied,” Richetelli said.

Shabbat Under The Gazebo Scheduled

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Aug 072017

Join Congregation Or Shalom of Orange for its annual outdoor Friday night Shabbat Service under the Gazebo at the Orange Fairgrounds, FridaySeptember 8 at 7 p.m.

Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus will bring his guitar and lead everyone in a joyful “sing-along” service.

All are welcome.

Obituary: Kenneth Leaf, 74, Commander American Legion Post 127, Orange

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Aug 072017

Kenneth H. Leaf, age 74, of Orange passed away on Saturday, August 5, 2017, in St. Raphael’s Hospital in New Haven surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on December 15, 1942, in Bridgeport to the late Charles and Ellen Swensen Leaf and was a graduate of Bassick High School Class of 1960.
He proudly served in the US Air Force during the Vietnam Era serving as a B-52 Crew Chief and assigned to the organizational maintenance squadron at the March Air Force Base in California and was also stationed in Guam where he was part of 4133rd Bombardment Wing at Anderson Air Force Base.
He worked for Avco Lycoming of Stratford where he was a member of Local 1010, Bullard Company of Bridgeport and was currently employed as a quality assurance specialist for 33 years for the Department of Defense.
An active member of the community, he is the current Commander of the American Legion Post 127 in Orange, where he previously served as the Vice Commander. He previously belonged to the SS Norden Club of Black Rock. He also was a car enthusiast and raced at Dover Raceway and Connecticut Drag Strip.
A devoted husband, father, brother and uncle, he is survived by his loving wife Deborah Barnes Leaf, his children Jacqueline, Derek and Elena Leaf all of Orange, sister Dorothy DeWalt and her husband Al of Trumbull and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he is predeceased by his brother Charles Leaf Sr. and nephews Charles Leaf Jr. and Doug DeWalt.
Visitation is Thursday, August 10, 2017,  from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Smith Funeral Home, 135 N Broad St., Milford.
A funeral service will take place at the funeral home on Friday, August 11 at 10 a.m.
Interment will follow in Orange Center Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society or the American Legion Post 127 Scholarship Fund.
The family would like to thank all first responders and health care professionals that helped with Ken’s care.