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Get Ready For The Orange Holiday Festival

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Nov 112017
 

It’s time to start planning your gingerbread (house) creation, the annual Orange Holiday Festival, and Tree Lighting is planned for Sunday, Dec. 3.

The festivities will take place on and around the Orange Town Green beginning at 3 p.m.

Visitors may tour the Stone-Otis House to see what Christmas was like in Victorian times.

The Academy Building and Antique Shop will be open and all are welcome to view the Orange Historical Society’s antique collections and Emily Prudden Watercolors. While you’re there, head to the lower level between 3 – 5 p.m. to see the New Haven and Derby line model railroad setup — It’s wonderful!

The Orange Congregational Church will host a cookie sale and have crafts for the kids from 3-5 p.m. The Bell Choir will perform a hand bell concert and carol sing in the church sanctuary from 4-5 p.m. An alternative giving opportunity for Heifer International also will be available.

As always, the Case Memorial Library will be beautifully decorated and will host musical performances by Al deCant of Half Moon Music, whose children’s program in the library meeting room from 3:30 – 4 p.m. is a crowd pleaser, and the Amity Chamber Singers performance on the main level from 4:15 to 4:30 p.m. should not be missed.

Also in the library, guess how many candies are in the jar and win a prize, write a letter to Santa Claus and make a craft in the craft room. The Library will be open from 3 – 5 p.m.

The Annual Gingerbread contest will be featured in the Clark Building. Friends of all ages are invited to enter a gingerbread creation. Entries must be dropped off at the Clark Building between 2-3 p.m. on Dec. 3 and must be picked up between 5:30 – 6 p.m. The winner will be invited to light the Christmas Tree.

Always a crowd favorite, an ice carving demonstration will take place in front of the Clark Building from 3 – 5 p.m.

Of course, the highlight of the entire festival day happens at 5 p.m. when Santa Claus arrives. The tree lighting will take place at 5:15 p.m. Children may visit with Santa on the

The New Light Switch was designed by Chris Small.

Town Green until the end of the Holiday Festival at 6 p.m.

It’s Happening This Week At The Case Memorial Library

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Aug 162015
 

The Case Memorial Library.

The Case Memorial Library.

The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, Orange, has the following events scheduled for this week. 

The Bookcase Book Discussion Group
Monday, August 17 at 7 p.m.

The Transcriptionist by Amy Rowland: Lena sits alone turning recorded stories into print, until she encounters a story that shatters the reverie her life has become. Discussion led by Toby Zabinski. Check for copies at the Circulation Desk.

Teen Craft: Marbled Clay Ring Dishes
Tuesday, August 18, 2-3 PM

Create a customized, marbled ring dish with oven-bake clay. Please bring a small (6-8-inch) oven-safe bowl. All other supplies will be provided.

Children’s Film: Big Hero 6
Wednesday, August 19 at 1 PM

Come see this Oscar-winning Disney film about a band of heroes on our big screen! Rated PG. Refreshments will be served.

Children’s End-of-Summer-Reading Party
Friday, August 21 at 11 AM

Al deCant will perform “Music for Little Superstars.” Raffle drawings will be held and certificates awarded to summer reading participants who have read 5 or more books. Refreshments will be served.

Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Pre-register in person or by telephone at 203-891-2170.

Case Memorial Library Features an Oscar Film, Al deCant Performance Next Week

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Mar 262015
 

 

The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, offers the following programs next week, March 30-April 1.

Whiplash-5547.cr2Oscar Film: Whiplash
Monday, March 30 at 7 PM
Wednesday, April 1 at 1 PM (with subtitles)

A promising young drummer enrolls at a cutthroat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential.
107 minutes. R.

Won Three Oscars including Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role J.K. Simmons (the Farmers Insurance guy), Sound Mixing and Film Editing.

 

Music for Little SuperstarsScreen Shot 2015-03-26 at 1.30.32 PMTuesday, March 31 at 10:30 AM
For children ages Birth to 4. Join Al deCant for this music and movement program designed to nurture your child’s music aptitude, rhythm, motor coordination, imagination, and more! Space is limited.

This is It! Today Is The Annual Holiday Festival Beginning at 3 p.m.

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Dec 072014
 

IMG_5334You asked for it, now here it is, everything you need to know about the Holiday Festival.

The Town of Orange invites you to attend the Annual Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting on Sunday, December 7, 2014.  Festivities on and around the Orange Town Green will begin at 3:00 p.m.    

Visitors may tour the Stone-Otis House to learn what a Victorian Christmas was like.  The Connecticut Yuletide Carolers will provide musical entertainment strolling around town buildings and at the Stone-Otis House from 3:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

The Academy Building and the antique shop will be open and invites you to view the Historical Society’s antique collections and Emily Prudden Watercolors. The Orange-Derby model Railroad will not be participating this year as they are rebuilding their display. 

The Orange Juniorettes will have its First Annual Wonderland Waggin’ Pet Food Drive to benefit the Milford/Orange Animal Shelter. We will accept donations at the decorated wagon located on the front lawn of Mapleview Farm throughout the Tree Lighting ceremonies. The shelter is in need of pet food (wet or dry), litter, treats, toys, and pet beds. 

Screen Shot 2014-11-14 at 1.32.51 PMThe Orange Congregational Church Bell Choir will perform a hand bell concert and carol sing in the church sanctuary from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. as well as an alternative giving opportunity for Heifer International, cookie sale and crafts for the kids from 3 – 5 p.m.

The Case Memorial Library will be splendidly decorated, and will host a performance from the Amity Chamber Singers from 3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and from Al deCant who will perform a children’s musical program in the library meeting room from 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Guess how many candies in the jar at the library and win a prize, write a letter to Santa Claus and make a craft in the craft room.  The Library will be open from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Annual Gingerbread Contest will be featured in the Clark Building.  Friends of all ages are invited to enter a gingerbread creation.  Entries must be dropped off at the Clark Building from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. on Dec. 7 and must be picked up between 5:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Watch a gingerbread house making demonstration by Julia’s Bakery and Chef’s Emporium from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. The Gingerbread House Contest will be judged by Julia’s Bakery and Chef’s Emporium and the winner will be invited to light the Christmas Tree.  Crafters will be available near the Clark Building.

An ice carving demonstration will take place in front of the Clark Building from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Santa Claus will arrive at 5:00 p.m. The Tree Lighting will take place at 5:30 p.m. Children can visit with Santa on the Town Green. The Holiday Festival will end at 6:00 p.m.

Originally Published on: Nov 13, 2014 @ 21:11

Second Publishing on: Nov 22, 2014 @ 20:01

It Was A Wonderful Day For The Strawberry Festival

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Jun 152014
 

Forecasters said the day would be iffy for outdoor activities, but luckily for the Orange Congregational Church and festival-goers the weather was perfect for the Strawberry Festival.

Al deCant and “Furious George” provided entertainment for the crowds.

Visitors lined up for hot dogs and hamburgers nearly as much as they did for the sweet strawberry treats.

The vendors received plenty of attention, as did the amusement rides that kept children busy.

But the first-ever Red Car Show had a steady stream of visitors, both car enthusiasts and children alike.

Al deCant Not Idle In His Retirement

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Jul 022012
 

Al deCant performs for a captive audience.

Since his retirement at the end of this school year Orange singer-songwriter Al deCant has been concentrating on his music, making personal appearances and putting the finishing touches on his new children’s CD.

In the past weeks he’s performed at the Case Memorial Library in Orange and Capt. Kidd Pirate Day in Milford and the Waterford Public Library, just this past Wednesday.

He has 10 shows booked this month including Goddard School today and Orange Park and Rec summer camp next week.

deCant is over the moon with his retirement and the opportunity to do what he loves, entertain children of all ages from infants (See Video of 7-month old listening to his songs) to their grandparents, who say his tunes get stuck in their heads all day long after listening to the CD with their grandchildren.

If you would like Al deCant to perform at your event visit his website for booking information.

“I’m loving this,” he told Orange Live. “It’s so much fun.”

Al is excited about the upcoming release of his new CD and he hopes that everyone likes it as much as they do Meta Morphesis, which is available at Jesse’s Toys, 185 Boston Post Road, Orange.

Meet Eric Carbone, Principal (to be) of Peck Place School

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Jun 122012
 

New Peck Place Principal Eric Carbone meets OGAT's Ron Davis.

On Monday night, June 11, at the regular Board of Education meeting, Eric Carbone was introduced as the new Peck Place School Principal. See Video HERE.

The BOE met Carbone, an Asst. Principal in Wallingford, with six years of experience [Elementary school level for 4 years, Middle School 2 years], on Monday June 4.

The search was done by a dual committee: committee number one initiated the process and then turned over the work to the second committee. “He was the unanimous choice of both committees,” said Supt. Lynn McMullin.

Carbone is the father of two boys. His wife is a Spanish teacher at Amity Middle School.

If the transition from Wallingford runs smoothly, Carbone could begin his job on July 1.

Two New Principals, But Not What You Think

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Jun 082012
 

Earlier this year both Ralph Nuzzo, Principal of Mary L. Tracy School and Al deCant, Principal of Peck Place School announced their plans to retire at the end of the school year (later this month).

So, one might think that this would mean that the Board of Education would have the undertaking of finding new principals for Mary L. and Peck Place right?

Not quite.

It turns out, the Principal searches are actually for Peck Place and Turkey Hill Schools.

Why? You ask. Where did Colleen Murray go? Well — now follow closely.

Peck Place

On Monday night, June 11, at the regular Board of Education meeting, Eric Carbone will be introduced as the new Peck Place School Principal.

The BOE met Carbone, an Asst. Principal in Wallingford, with six years of experience [Elementary school level for 4 years, Middle School 2 years], on Monday June 4.

The search was done by a dual committee: committee number one initiated the process and then turned over the work to the second committee. “He was the unanimous choice of both committees,” said Supt. Lynn McMullin.

Carbone is the father of two boys. His wife is a Spanish teacher at Amity Middle School.

If the transition from Wallingford runs smoothly, Carbone could begin his job on July 1.

Turkey Hill

The Principal search for Turkey Hill is currently in the first interview phase — Committee number one is interviewing candidates, about seven applicants thus far, (which should now be completed).

Committee One will make their recommendations to Committee number Two, which will conduct its own interviews of these recommended candidates and make a decision in the neighborhood of June 18-19.

Shortly after the committees have completed their task, the Board of Education will hold a special meeting at which it will meet the recommended candidate.

What about Mary L Tracy?

McMullin explained the Mary L. situation to Orange Live.

Ralph Nuzzo was Principal of Mary L. Tracy School with eight kindergarten classrooms and several pre-K classrooms. A part time director of curriculum rounded out the leadership at that school.

With the Board of Education’s approval, McMullin moved Turkey Hill Principal Colleen Murray over to the Central Office to become the Director of Curriculum and Instruction and Part Time Principal of Mary L. Tracy School.

“Mary L. has something called a 1.0 Lead Teacher, most of the teachers have a .84 contract and a 1.0 lead teacher. We restructured the 1.0 Lead teacher so that person has more leadership opportunities,” McMullin said. “Colleen will supervise the Kindergarten from here (Central Office) and be the Director of Curriculum and Instruction.

About the searches

Race Brook School Principal Mike Gray is leading the Principal Search for Turkey Hill School.

“It’s a huge undertaking for him, but he’s doing a terrific job,” McMullin said.

McMullin was chairman for the search committee for Peck Place School.

“We have a protocol for it that is on our web page if anyone would like to see it,” she said. “Mike and I are both following the same protocol and it is working well.”