Another Successful Shredding Day In Orange

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Oct 142018

On Saturday, Oct. 13, The Orange Recycling Committee hosted its annual paper shredding and mattress recycling event from 9 a.m. to noon at High Plains Community Center which was generously funded by the Rotary Club of Orange. At the same time, the Orange Community Women had a FUNDrive for Clothes and Household Items under the pavilion on the fairgrounds.

The clothing, shoes, towels, electronics, toys and games, kitchen items, sporting goods, and other items the OCW collected were brought to Savers on the Boston Post Road. This donation will help support many community projects. This year, they filled about 9 SUVs with your donations.

After the morning showers stopped, the women stood by the vehicles and told Orange Live how much they appreciate the generosity of everyone who stopped by and donated so many useful items this year.

Orange Recycling Committee Chairman Mitch Goldblatt called this the ultimate recycling event.

“We took in 17 mattresses, which will be torn apart and the wood will be used in some way, the metal springs will be recycled, the padding will be shredded and be recycled into something else, through the Bye Bye Mattress Program,” Goldblatt said. “We broke down all the cardboard boxes and gathered up the plastic bags, they’re being brought to the transfer station and recycled.”

Once again, Orange resident Joe Johnston, who owns Affordable Solutions, brought his truck for the on-site paper shredding service. He estimated that he’d shredded about 8.5 tons of paper that morning.

This is the seventh time the Recycling Committee has offered this service free of charge to Orange residents. All they ask for in return is that residents show their appreciation by donating to the Orange Rotary Scholarship Fund. Rotarians were on hand to collect donations and helped unload cars and broke down boxes all morning long.



OPEN HOUSE: 4 Bedroom Home Close To Everything

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Oct 142018

Are you looking for a nice family home in Orange? Stop by 233 Hemlock Hill Road today between 2-4 p.m.
This house has had a lot of new upgrades in 2018! The total value of upgrade projects is around $58.5K, which include: $15k for installation of brand new energy efficient windows for the entire house. Refinished hardwood floor and new painting throughout; $10K for the upgraded bathroom; $3K for finished new workout basement; $4K for the upgraded well system; $11K for installation of water/flood prevention system at basement; $7K for removing trees from the backyard.
Within the 1,822 sqft, you will find 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, refinished new hardwood floor, newly finished basement, central air-conditioning, and a sunroom. It has a large backyard. Perfect location in the town of Orange. Set on a 0.69-acre lot in a very quiet and peaceful neighborhood.
Features include: kitchen with new appliances and eat in area, formal living room, family room (office), dining room, total 10 rooms; two fireplaces; new hardwood floors, finished walkout basement. A lot of storage space, Sunroom, side porch, large backyard, two-car garage, wide driveway, convenient to all major highways and train station, close to orange community center/swimming pool, schools, library, Yale University, and Costco, Home Depot etc. “
Listed for $375,000

Open House: Beautiful Move In Ready Ranch With Hardwood Floors, finished Basement And A Workshop

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Oct 142018

In the market for a beautiful family home that you can move into right away? Check out this open house at 536 Dogwood Road in Orange with 1,468 sqft of living space, three bedrooms, two bathrooms. Take a tour from 12:00-1:30 p.m.

This ranch style brick home is not only beautiful but unique! Enjoy first level living with the option to go downstairs to your complete finished basement with a wood burning fireplace and bar, perfect for cozy gatherings.
Equally inviting is the living room complete with gleaming hardwood floors and yet another fireplace for relaxing on winter nights. Central air for comfort in the summertime.
The master bedroom, master bath and sitting room/office complete with a second private trex deck for ultimate relaxation all were remodeled in 2014.
That’s not all, a large fenced in trex deck surrounds the above ground pool and manicured level yard, perfect for entertaining during those warm summer months.
The 2 car garage has been converted into a HEATED garage/workshop with cabinetry and a separate entrance.
Located in Amity’s award-winning school district, minutes from Yale, Rt 15 and I-95. This home checks all the boxes for year-round enjoyment. Offered for $360,000.

Orange Chamber Welcomes the International Vein Clinic To Town

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Oct 132018

The International Vein Clinics (IVC) recently opened its latest location at 236 Boston Post Road, right here in Orange.  The other seven offices are throughout Connecticut, Jamaica, and Dubai.  They are here to provide exceptional care to the residents of Orange and the surrounding towns. Physician Assistant Ann-Marie Williams and her supporting staff, Medical Assistant Gina Orts, and Registered Vascular Technician Rachel Piro care for patients.

IVC is the sister company of The Vascular Experts. The expertise and patient-focused care are carried over by all the providers who are board-certified. 

As an accredited vascular lab, the office is able to provide same day ultrasound studies which will allow for faster diagnosis and treatment in the continuity of care. The personalized treatment plans are performed in the office including vein closures, varicose vein removal and injections for spider veins. 

Everyone deserves healthy attractive legs! Call 203-290-6080 to make an appointment.

Football: Don’t Underestimate The Amity Spartans

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Oct 132018

Photo by Ernie Goodwin

The Amity Spartans football team hasn’t gotten, nor earned much credit for several years, but now, under the leadership of new Head Coach Craig Bruno and Asst. Coach John Johnson, the boys are more than impressive this year.

Fans had grown used to leaving games disappointed more often than not, but so far this season, Amity has seen more victories than defeats, starting with Harding on Sept. 7, W 26-8; Hillhouse, Sept 21, W 27-18; Wilbur Cross, Sept. 27, W 27-12; and today’s tremendous shut-out in New Milford Oct. 13, W 36-0. The Spartans’ only loss was to Foran on Sept. 14. L 8-21.

We don’t have much information on today’s game, except that at halftime Amity was leading New Milford 29-0.

As stated above, the Spartans shut out the Green Wave 36-0.

Records: Amity 4-1, New Milford 0-5

Amity is on the road again next week, a little closer to home, going up against Notre Dame-West Haven (3-2) at Veteran’s Stadium on Friday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m.

Orange Republicans Host Comedy Show Fundraiser

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Oct 132018

Join the Orange Republican Town Committee for a Fundraising “Comedy Show” at St. Barbara Hall, 480 Racebrook Road, Orange on Friday, October 19 at 7 p.m.

Republican candidates attending to date are Themis Klarides (114th). Pam Staneski (State Senate), Kathy Kennedy (119th), Charlie Ferraro (117th), Joe Markley (Lt. Governor),  Kurt Miller (Comptroller) and Matt Corey (U.S. Senate).

Come and enjoy a night of fun-filled comedy with Pat Oates, Mel Vs, and E J Murphy!

Pat Oates has been performing all over New England for more than 10 years and is a regular on WPLR’s the Chaz & AJ morning show. Mel Vs is a favorite of audiences across the Northeast and is currently the founder and host of the Comedy Cocktail Hour in Simsbury. EJ Murphy is a Vermont native and has built a reputation as one of the Northeast’s funniest comedy acts. They will keep you laughing long after the show is over.

Enjoy cabaret-style seating, and reserve a table for you and your friends. BYOB, bring your own snacks and/or appetizers will make your night complete! There will be a large assortment of themed raffle baskets plus coffee and dessert will be provided.

The cost is $40 per person and advance ticket sales are a must. Tickets can be purchased by calling 203-795-9651 or 203-795-4619 or go online at www.orangectrepublicans.com

It will be a fun-filled and eventful night! You don’t want to miss this one!!

Pre-Election Cocktail Party Planned

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Oct 132018

The Orange Democratic Town Committee will host a pre-election cocktail party at Biagetti’s Restaurant, 77 Campbell Avenue, West Haven, on Thursday, Oct. 18 from 6-8 p.m.

Local and Statewide Candidates will be in attendance.

Cost is $50 per person and includes • Cash Bar • Passed Hors D’oeuvres • Carving Station • Pasta Station

RSVP to Jen Alfaro by calling 203-623-5693 or e-mail alfarofamily2001@gmail.com.

Send checks to 38 Skyview Road, Orange

Girls Swimming and Diving: Amity Splashes Past North Haven On Friday

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Oct 122018

The Lady Spartans Swimming and Diving team was on the road in North Haven on Friday.

Although Amity only won four of the 12 events, the girls outscored the home team by 11 points and defeated North Haven 97.5 to 86.5.

Amity’s Winning Events

200 Free: Julia Snow, 2:03.77

100 Fly: Katie O’Connor, 1:00.11

100 Free: Molly Cox, 57.94

100 Back: Molly Cox, 1:03.04

North Haven’s Winning Events

200 Medley Relay: Nebor, Gambardella, Jooss, Bergin 1:53.54

200 IM:  Gambardella, 2:12.89

50 Free: Bergin, 24.54

Diving: Santacroce, 233.70

500 Free: Bergin, 5:20.39

200 Free Relay: Gambardella, Jooss, Nebor, Bergin 1:44.20

100 Breast: Gambardella, 1:07.62

400 Free Relay: Vogel, Laborde T, Faulkner, Regan 4:14.98

Records: Amity 9-1 / North Haven 6-3

Mark Your Calendars, Santa’s Helper Is Set For Saturday, Dec. 15

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Oct 122018

Longtime Orange residents, can you believe it? Santa’s Helper is celebrating its 24th year of delivering gifts, smiles, and fun to hundreds of families in town.

Elf Mama was a young lass when she began organizing the popular fundraiser for the Orange Volunteer Fire Department back in 1994. Now, she’s a bit older (1,027 in Elf Years) and wiser (she’s seen it all, and dealt with it) and she’s still just as spry and enthusiastic about getting the elves and firefighter helpers together for the big day.

Santa is practicing his “Ho, Ho, Ho” and the elves and helpers are getting the fire trucks ready to go! Don’t make alternate plans for that day because Santa gets very sad when families aren’t home when he and the firefighters arrive.


A file photo from a previous Santa’s Helper visit. Little Cindy Lou Who is probably 13 years old now.

Elf Mama tells it like this — as many know, Santa’s Helper is a wonderful, exciting, fun and memorable fund-raising event with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting your Orange Volunteer Fire Department for the purchase of firefighting and rescue equipment.

“Each year, every one of our 6 Santa’s Helper Teams of Santa, Elves and firefighter helpers are excited to visit and deliver gifts, share in some fun, 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!  His truck full of gifts, his helpers and Elves coming in to visit with each family,” said Elf Mama.


Drop off the gifts on the designated drop-off day that you would like Santa and his team to deliver back to your loved ones, sign-up and we will take care of the rest.


Here’s a file photo from the 2012 drop off.

GIFT DROP-OFF DAY IS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2018, 12:00 – 3:00 P.M. at Fire Station #2, 355 Boston Post Road (Across from TGI Fridays).  We ask that the general public arrive no earlier than 30 minutes prior to start time.  You will have a much shorter wait in line by following these guidelines.

GIFT RULES AND INFORMATION:  There is a small fee of $19.00 per gift/per household.  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.  PLEASE try not to make the gift too large or too heavy, Santa appreciates that.  We do have a limit of 170 delivery spots/visits available.  We encourage you to try to have all the gifts for your visit with you on Gift Drop-Off day. (For families with a large party and many gifts, please e-mail Anne at ofdsantashelper@aol.com for special instructions.

Parking for Drop-Off day is in the rear of the Fire Station.  Firefighters will be there to assist you.  The Drop-Off Line is located INSIDE the Fire Station. Use the rear door marked ENTER.

ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2018, SANTA on his firetruck with his Elf and Firefighter helpers will arrive at your home to deliver the gifts to your loved ones and spend a few moments with your family and friends for photos and fun!

If you have any questions, e-mail Anne at ofdsantashelper@aol.com she will be happy to help you via e-mail.  Please do not call the Fire Stations as it’s a Volunteer Fire Department and there will not be anyone there to assist you with Santa’s Helper information.

NOTE: *E-mailing Santa’s Helper does not guarantee you a spot on the delivery route.  Sign-up is on Gift Drop-Off day and it is on a first come-first serve basis.


If you’ve never participated in Santa’s Helper, this is a great time to start a new tradition in your family, and you will be helping the all-volunteer fire department at the same time. Don’t miss out!

Below, a collage of one of the Santa’s Helper families in Orange that grew up with the program. The adults were children two decades ago, and the children are theirs. 

Zoo News: Rochan and Meri’s Habitat Opening Saturday Morning

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Oct 122018

For months frequent visitors of Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave, Bridgeport, have anxiously been awaiting the opening of the new Natt Family Red Panda Habitat.
Rochan, the male red panda came to the zoo as a temporary visitor a couple of years ago, but his popularity led to his permanent residence and the addition of a female companion, Meri.
A brand new larger habitat with better viewing options for visitors has been constructed on the opposite side of the zoo (they are currently in front of the rainforest building) and will be moving to the isolated curved area where the pronghorn used to be (around the corner from the leopards).
The zoo announced today that the grand opening will be on Saturday, Oct. 13, with a ribbon cutting at 10:30 a.m.
Come help celebrate Rochan and Meri’s new home, with paid Zoo admission.