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Santa’s Helper Is Set For Saturday, Dec. 15. Do You Want In?

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Nov 182018
 

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.

For the first time in 24 years, there are still a few slots open in which your family can share in the magic. Don’t let this rare opportunity pass you by. Send an e-mail to Elf Mama at ofdsantashelper@aol.com as soon as possible to be added to the list and to get directions for dropping off your gifts. DO NOT call the Fire Department about Santa’s Helper.

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 Saturday, Dec. 15, because Santa gets very sad when families aren’t home when he and the firefighters arrive. The start time for Santa’s Helper delivery day is 3 p.m.

Background

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.

WE WANT EVERYONE TO HAVE A CHANCE TO JOIN IN ON THE FUN, IT’S EASY!

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. If there will be multiple families having their visit at one specific address, please let the Elf helpers know that upon sign-up on drop-off day.

Delivery Day

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.

THE ORANGE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT FAMILY WISHES EVERYONE A SAFE, HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON!

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. 

Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service Planned

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Nov 182018
 

The annual Orange Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service will take place at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Road, Orange on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.
All are welcome to attend.
This is an opportunity for all of us to come together and show unity, especially in light of what is going on in the country and the Amity Community lately.

Open House: 4 Bedroom Ranch On Nice Street Close to School

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Nov 182018
 

Stop by 60 Grannis Road today between 1-3 p.m. to check out this centrally located 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 2,120 sqft ranch with a unique/flexible floor plan.

Entire house inspected and reinforced with insulation under the roof, basement and crawl space of the in-law unit. Attached 2 car garage with individual automatic door openers. Stop for middle and secondary school buses.

Offered for sale for $419,000.

Tickets Now On Sale For Amity Fall Play

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Nov 172018
 

Amity Creative Theater presents “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time”  – Winner of 7 Olivier Awards and 5 Tony Awards® including ‘Best Play,” on Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time brings Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel to thrilling life on stage.

Click HERE to buy your tickets, they’re already starting to sell quickly, and they’re only $12.

Obituary: Lynn (Lebon) Simons, 72, Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother

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Nov 172018
 

Lynn (Lebon) Simons, 72, of Orange, CT, devoted wife of Bruce S. Simons, passed away peacefully at Smilow Cancer Hospital on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018.

Born in Waterbury, CT, Oct. 2, 1946, Lynn was a daughter of the late Max and Thelma Lebon. Beloved mother of Jennifer Cohen (Lewis) of Orange, Kimberly Murphy (James) of Milford, Todd Simons (Ali) of Orange, and Karra Simons of Orange. Dear sister of K.C. Fodor (Joseph) of Hilton Head, S.C. Cherished grandmother of Jacob, Lizzy, Sean, Max, Lily, Grace, and Ethan.

Lynn received her B.S. in Nursing from the University of Connecticut and worked at many area hospitals, Amity Regional High School, the So. CT Hebrew Academy, the Orange Visiting Nurse Assoc., and the Goodwin-Levine Adult Day Care Center. Nursing was Lynn’s passion and caring for others her love. She would always think of others before she would think of herself.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Smilow Cancer Hospital for the loving care given to and devotion shown to Lynn over the past 4 years.

Funeral Services were held at Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Rd., Orange, CT, on Monday morning, Oct. 29 with Interment Services to follow at B’nai Jacob Memorial Park, 200 Wintergreen Ave., New Haven.

Memorial Contributions may be sent to YNHH Development Office, Smilow Oncology Social Work Fund, P.O. Box 1849, New Haven, CT 06508.

Funeral Arrangements in care of Robert E. Shure & Son Funeral Home, New Haven.

To sign an online registry book or to leave a message of condolence, please visit: www.shurefuneralhome.com

Don’t Forget Santa’s Helper Gift Drop Off Saturday Starting at Noon

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Nov 162018
 

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

GIFT DROP-OFF DAY FOR SANTA’S HELPER 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.

 

Tip A Cop Today Until 1 p.m.

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Nov 162018
 

The Orange Police Department and Connecticut Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics will host the annual Tip-A-Cop fundraiser at Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, on Friday, Nov. 16 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tip-A-Cop is a signature Torch Run event where officers trade their uniform for an apron and serve you! All money donated during this event will go directly to Special Olympics Connecticut to support their athletes and raise awareness about individuals with intellectual disabilities.

So bring your family for breakfast, brunch or lunch and tip your awesome server generously for a worthwhile cause.

 

Letter: Amity Administrators, Clergy, Community Leaders Discuss Anti-Semitism, Intolerance

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Nov 162018
 

Dear Amity Community,

On Wednesday, November 14, a very productive meeting was conducted with the Amity High School Administration, leaders from local organizations and clergy to discuss the school and community’s response to the incidents of Anti-Semitism and other intolerant behavior in the school community.

This type of behavior is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. The high school administrators have spent the last few days working with students in small and large groups along with meeting with the faculty and representatives from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to listen and develop an action plan.

During yesterday’s meeting, there was a strong commitment to continue to work together to keep the community informed of the school’s response and action plan. We will know more about the plan to address the issues we are facing by November 30, at which time it will be shared with the community. Our priority is to make Amity a safe and supportive environment for all students. The following people are resources for you to contact for support or with questions:

Judy Alperin
Jewish Federation of Greater NH
jalperin@jewishnewhaven.org                                                               

Marji Lipshez-Shapiro
Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
mshapiro@adl.org

Anna Mahon, Principal
Amity Regional High School
Anna.mahon@amityregion5.org
Frank Barretta, Assistant Principal
Amity Regional High School
Frank.barretta@amityregion5.org

Rev. Shephard Parsons
First Church of Christ Woodbridge
Shepard_parsons@mac.com

Rev. Dr. Brian R. Bodt
Retired
Brianbodt@sbcglobal.net

Tyler Pepe
Regional Director, BBYO
TPepe@BBYO.org

Rabbi Michael Farbman
Temple Emanuel of Greater New Haven
Orange
rabbi@tegnh.org 

Rabbi Rona Shapiro

Congregation B’nai Jacob Woodbridge
rgshapiro430@gmail.com
Rabbi Shea Hecht
Southern CT Hebrew Academy-CHABAD
Orange
shecht@schacademy.org

Robyn Teplitzky
Jewish Federation of Greater NH
rteplitzky@jewishnewhaven.org

Monica Kreuzer, Associate Principal
Amity Regional High School
Monica.kreuzer@amityregion5.org

Dr. Jason Tracy, Associate Principal
Amity Regional High School
Jason.tracy@amityregion5.org

Jill LaPlante, Director of Counseling
Amity Regional High School
Jill.laplante@amityregion5.org
Susan Walden
Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
swalden@adl.org

Jennifer P. Byars
Amity Regional School District 5
Jennifer.byars@amityregion5.org

Obituary: John Powers McGill, 92, Beloved Father, Grandfather

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Nov 162018
 

John Powers McGill, 92, passed away peacefully at his home in Orange, CT on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. Born at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Dorchester, Boston on April 28, 1926, he first resided in the Bronx with his parents Charles and Colette and in later years in Fairfield, CT, joined by his sister, Martha.

After graduating from high school at age 17, John joined the Navy, where he served as a submariner from 1943 to 1946, and then went on to UConn, where he met the love of his life, Marcia McGill. They were married for 57 years until her death in November 2008. After graduating in 1951 as an economics major, John worked at Sikorsky Aircraft where he sold everything but the aircraft itself until he retired in 1989.

In his free time, John followed his love of the sea and was an avid small boat sailor who spent many hours navigating harbors from Maine to the Carolinas with Marcia and their friends.

After he retired from Sikorsky, John was a tireless advocate for mental health care, in particular through his involvement with Bridges Healthcare as a board member who filled many roles. Most of all, John loved to spend time with his family and friends, listening to their stories and telling his own, listening to music, dancing and discussing politics.

He is survived by his three children, David (Peggy), Sarah (James Silberstein) and Paula; his five grandchildren; his four great-grandchildren; his sister, Martha Thornley; and many nieces and nephews.

All services will be private. In lieu of flowers, his family welcomes donations to Bridges Healthcare, 949 Bridgeport Ave., Milford, CT 06460 or at www.bridgesct.org.

The family is being cared for by CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME. To leave online condolences,  visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Is There School Today At Amity And In Orange?

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Nov 162018
 

Winter Storm Zoe has caused enough of a mess to secure the first winter storm delay for both Amity Regional and Orange Schools today.

So kids, stay in bed for a little longer and working parents, hustle to find alternate accommodations for your kids.

Good Luck this morning everyone, drive carefully and watch out for the “other guy” on the road.

Kids, if you’re old enough, why not help mom clean off her car this morning?

Everybody have a great day!