Open Registration For OCC Nursery School Scheduled

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Dec 122019

A notice from the Orange Congregational Church (OCC) Nursery School:

Orange Congregational Church Nursery School is now accepting applications for fall 2020. Our nursery school has served the community for more than 50 years, and is open to all faiths. Our school day runs from 9-1, with 3-year-olds attending twice a week, and 4-year-olds three days. We also offer a five-day program for returning students.

We will be holding an Open House on Sunday, February 9, 2020, from 12:30-2:00 p.m. Snow date will be February 23 12:30-2:00 p.m.

For more information about the school, or to schedule a visit with your child, please e-mail us at occns@yahoo.com. Check us out on Facebook!

Have You Seen Me? Help Me Find My Way Home By The Holidays

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Dec 122019

Sampson has been missing from his home since Thanksgiving evening.

He lives with his family on Riverside Drive, Orange, and is primarily an indoor cat, but he goes out occasionally.

He answers to Sampson, Sammy or Sam. He may come when you whistle.

His family is desperate to find him and is asking the community for help in locating him. They ask that you check your garages and sheds to see if he is in there.

Help bring Sampson home by the holidays, it would bring a lot of joy to the children and adults who love him.

Sampson’s older brother Guinness lost his battle with hyperthyroidism and a broken heart on Saturday, Dec. 7.

If you see him, please call or text 203-764-0901 or 203-314-7216. 

Wow, 12-12 at 12:12, But Wait, There’s More To The Full Moon Than That!

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Dec 112019

See that big full moon lighting up the night sky tonight? Surprise, no you don’t!

The last full moon of the first decade of the twenty-first century will peak on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 12:12 a.m.

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, December’s Full Moon is known as the Full Cold Moon or Long Nights Moon.

“As the winter solstice approaches the chill in the air deepens, and the frosty grip of winter begins to tighten. Days grow ever shorter, and the nights are at their longest and darkest,” the Almanac states.

“It is, therefore, no wonder that December’s full Moon is known as both the Cold Moon and the Long Night’s Moon.

“The name Long Night’s Moon is doubly appropriate, not only because December nights are indeed long, but also because the midwinter full moon has a high trajectory across the sky, causing it to sit above the horizon for a longer period of time.

“December’s full moon is also sometimes called the Moon Before Yule, in honor of the ancient European festival celebrating the return of the sun heralded by the year’s longest night.”

The Winter Solstice occurs on Saturday, December 21, at 11:19 p.m. mark your calendars and prepare to welcome winter.

The Farmer’s Almanac is known for its very accurate weather predictions, so be prepared. Here’s what it says about Winter 2020:

“The Northeast, including the densely populated corridor running from Washington to Boston, will experience colder-than-normal temperatures for much of the upcoming winter.”

BRRRRRR Global Warming Is VERY REAL.


Wreaths Across America on Agenda for Dec. 11 Board of Selectmen’s Meeting

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Dec 102019

File photo of First Selectman Jim Zeoli during a selectmen’s meeting.

The Orange Board of Selectmen will meet at Town Hall on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the Agenda:

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION (2 minutes per speaker)



To consider and act upon the minutes of the Regular Meeting of November 13, 2019


1. To consider and act on the request to use High Plains Community Center Cafeteria on Saturday, December 14, 201 9, and to waive the rental fee for HPCC cafeteria for a ceremony for Wreaths Across America,  – Thomas Hurley, LTC, CAP and Sr. Vice Cornrnander American Legion Orange Post 127

2. To consider and act on the request to authorize the First Selectman on behalf of the Board of Selectmen to execute the State Homeland Security Grant Program Region 2 Memorandum of agreement

3. To consider and act on the request to approve the Tax Refunds for the month of December in the amount of $3,857.97


1. Capital Planning – Selectman Okenquist

2. Pension Board – Selectman Goldblatt

3. Bond Construction Oversight – Selectman Goldblatt

4. Personnel Committee – Selectmen Zeoli and Okenquist

Motion to close Regular Meeting and convene into Executive Session


A. Discuss possible land purchase (Extremely confidential)

B. Discuss possible land purchase (Extremely confidential)

Close Executive Session and convene into the Regular Meeting


A. Possible vote

B. Possible vote to empower First Selectman to hire appraiser and proceed with process


FYI Approved Minutes of October 2, 2019 Board of Selectmen Meeting

Updated BOS Contact information

Town Holidays 2020

Chamber Members: Register Now For the Orange & Milford Holiday Gathering

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Dec 102019

Celebrate with the Orange and Milford Chambers of Commerce at Golf Lounge 18, 220 Indian River Road, (Christmas Tree Plaza) this Thursday, Dec. 12 from 5-7 p.m.

Register HERE! TODAY!

Come for a holiday celebration and experience all that the Golf Lounge 18 has to offer! Make connections, have a cocktail and enjoy the cuisine!
There is a $15 fee with which you will receive golf and two free drink tickets.

Santa’s Helper 2019: Making Elf Mama Proud This Weekend

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Dec 102019

Please be advised, Santa’s Helper 2019 has a NEW DATE!!! Saturday, December 14, 2019, Santa will arrive between 2:00 and 8:00 P.M.

Our Santa Teams at the Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary are busy getting ready for our 25th year of delivering gifts, smiles, and fun to dozens of families in Orange.

Santa’s Helper is a wonderful, exciting and memorable fund-raising event with all of the proceeds going to the Orange Volunteer Fire Department for purchasing life-saving equipment.

Each year, our 6 Santa’s Helper Teams are excited to visit and deliver gifts, 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!




Gift drop off has already taken place, so get ready for delivery day!

There is a small fee of $19.00 per gift/recipient. 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. 

Santa has a lot of gifts to deliver, so please, no gifts too large or too heavy, Santa appreciates that. We encourage you to try to have all the gifts for your visit with you on Gift Drop-Off day. Please contact us for special directions if you have a large party or a large number of gifts.


We hope to make our Elf Mama proud this year, and most importantly, the show will go on.

Sincerely, the OVFD Auxiliary

Dec 102019

This week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedules:

Monday, Dec. 9

Girls Ice Hockey vs. Greenwich Home – Hamden-Lou Astorino Ice Rink at 4:30 p.m.

Blades 1, Greenwich 3

First PeriodGreenwich – Orszulak, Greenwich- Keaveney (Danielson, Marzullo)

Second PeriodBlades- Haley Cable (Caroline Cadelina, Tess Csejka)

Third PeriodGreenwich-Piatrzkewski (Danielson)

Tuesday, Dec. 10

Girls Basketball vs. Cheshire (Scrim.) Away at Cheshire High School-Gym – East at 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 11

Boys Ice Hockey vs Notre Dame-Fairfield (Scrim.) Away – Shelton – Sports Center of CT-Lower Rink at 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 12

V Boys Basketball vs. Seymour (Scrim.) Away – Seymour High School-Gym at 3:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 13

Boys Basketball vs. Lyman Hall (Scrim.) Away – Lyman Hall High School-Gymnasium at 4:15 p.m.

Boys Ice Hockey vs. West Haven, Notre Dame-West Haven, South Windsor (Scrim.) Away – West Haven Bennet Rink at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 14

Girls Basketball vs. Fairfield Warde, Notre Dame-Fairfield (Scrim.) Away – Fairfield Warde HS-Large Gym at 10:00 a.m.

Girls Ice Hockey vs. Hand-Coginchaug-Valley-Old Lyme Away – Northford Ice Pavilion-White at 6:00 p.m.

FYI: Bobcat Sighting in Orange on Monday

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Dec 092019

A bobcat that was seen in town in recent years.

A Green Hill Road resident reported a bobcat sighting in that neighborhood at 3 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9.

Use precautions when letting your small pets out to relieve themselves, it’s a good idea to accompany them outside even if it’s extremely cold or wet. Hungry predators can swoop in and snatch them in an instant.


Latest News From The Orange Senior Center

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Dec 092019

High Plains

Here is the latest news from the Orange Senior Center:

Senior Center Weather Policy

Classes are canceled when the Orange School System closes due to weather. If there is a school delay then only those classes during the delay are canceled. WTNH 8 is the official station for weather cancelations. If you have any questions contact the Senior Center at (203) 891-4784.

Holiday Door Decorating

Come on down see the beautiful doors decorated as part of the annual Holiday Door Decorations.

 Mind Fit from Home Care Assistance

Just like the body, the brain will show signs of aging over time. While this is a natural result of growing older, there are positive lifestyle changes you can make to keep your mind sharper for longer. In the Mind Fit Series, we will learn about the various factors that contribute to brain health, while engaging in group activities based on the Cognitive Therapeutics Method offered by Home Care Assistance. Join us for a fun and informative six-part series, led by Home Care Assistance brain fitness experts. Part 2 will be on December 17th at 12:30 pm. We will be making a brain and heart-healthy snack! Call us to let us know you are coming (203) 891-4784.

Living Treasure Nominations

Nominations are being accepted through March 2, 2020 for the 2020 Living Treasure Awards. The three individuals chosen will be honored at Pasta Festa in May 2020, at the High Plains Community Center.

New Haven Chamber Orchestra

Join us on Saturday, February 29 for a very special concert in New Haven. The New Haven Chamber Orchestra will be performing at the Fair Haven School. Park at High Plains and ride with us into New Haven for this free concert. Call (203) 891-4784 to register. Departs at 1:00pm.

Documentary & Discussion

Join us for Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” on December 27 at 1:00 pm. A documentary of footage as Michael prepares for sold-out shows in London. Call for a seat (203) 891-4784.

Homebound Library Delivery Service

The Case Memorial Library will bring books to homebound Orange residents at no charge. Some restrictions apply. For more information call Samantha Jasulavic at 203-891-2170 or email sjasulavic@casememoriallibrary.org

Griffin Hospital/Parish Nurse Van

Take control of your health! Come on the RV and have Griffin Hospital RN’s take your blood pressure. High Blood Pressure may have no symptoms at all. Be informed. They will teach you what the blood pressure normally should be and what your reading means. Have an apple also. They will be at the Orange Senior Center on December 23, the 4th Monday in December.

 Afternoon Fun!

Arts & Crafts on Monday, Name 5 or Scattergories on Tuesdays, Mexican Train Dominos on Wednesdays, Bingo on Thursdays, Scrabble on Fridays at 1:00 pm in the Cafe. So come on out and join us and be part of the fun!

Movie Club

Join us on a celluloid adventure! Our group will discuss a current movie playing locally. We will then meet to critique the film as we discuss the script, acting, cinematography and directing. Meetings are held on the second Friday of the month at 3pm in the town conference room at the HPCC

Hot Lunch

The Orange Senior Center offers lunch Monday through Friday, 11:30 am – 12:00 pm. A $3.00 donation is suggested for persons 60 years and over. To register call (203) 891-4765 before 1 pm, the day before.


ESCAPE THE COLD—ENJOY SOME “SUN” @ MOHEGAN SUN—No minimum trip Wednesday, January 29-30, 2020 At Mohegan Sun every turn leads to a new adventure with an indoor 7-story waterfall, the world’s largest and most spectacular planetarium dome, and the awe-inspiring Wombi Rock. Cost $169pp double, $234 single, $159pp triple. This no-minimum trip includes round-trip transportation, Hotel Accommodations, and more. Full payment due at registration. Considerable walking.

39TH ANNUAL HOME & GARDEN SHOW at the Mohegan Sun—No minimum trip February 22, 2020 (snow date 2/23). This Show offers a diverse array of home and garden products and services by local, state, and national vendors, each presenting innovative and imaginative displays. You will receive a casino bonus and meal ticket, so feel free to leave the show at any time to try your luck at the gaming tables.. Cost $59pp. Includes transportation, Casino Bonus, meal ticket, & Admission. Full payment due at registration. Considerable walking.

2020 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE (AAC)WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT, SEMI-FINAL GAME at Mohegan Sun Arena. No minimum trip, Sunday, March 8, 2020. There is nothing like seeing a live game. Cost $TBApp. This no minimum trip includes transportation and tickets to the game, Food Voucher and Casino Bonus, Drivers’s Gratuity. Full payment due at registration. Moderate Walking.

ST PATRICK’S DAY at the Aqua Turf – no minimum trip March 17, 2020. Enjoy live Irish entertainment by Padraig Allen and the Maclean Avenue Band. Enjoy an Irish lunch including corned beef & cabbage, baked scrod, and all the fixings, topped off with carrot cake. Also a complimentary glass of wine or beer. Cost: $86pp. Includes transportation, lunch, show, & driver gratuities. Full payment due at registration. Minimal Walking.

Dress For The Cold, Come For The Displays. Tractor Parade Dec. 8

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Dec 082019

As we announced last Monday, an Orange Holiday Festival fan-favorite event, The Lighted Tractor Parade, now in its third year, will take place after all.

First Selectman Jim Zeoli notified Orange Live of the new, complete event details.

He said, “There is a makeup event this Sunday at the fairgrounds. The park and Rec Dept will have hotdogs and drinks. They will be holding an outdoor movie night for the kids with a couple of Disney movies.”

“At 4:30 p.m., the lighted tractors will parade up Orange Center Road to the Green, wait for the police to open the road, clear traffic, then close again so the tractors will return to the fairgrounds,” he said. “A new event is being born!”

 Tractor Participants will line up on the Basketball Ball Court Side of Community Center at 4:00 p.m.

The Parade will begin at 4:30 p.m. followed by drive-in holiday movies beginning at 6:00 PM at High Plains.  Hot dogs, chili, hot chocolate, and popcorn will be available.
This morning the temperature was in the teens, but luckily, by the time this event begins, it will be closer to 40, or at least the upper 30s. But you really need to be prepared. Dress appropriately for the activities you’re planning to enjoy.
If your kids choose to be outside, bring waterproof blankets to cover the ground on which to put warm blankets for the movie viewing. Dress the kids in snowsuits and snow boots so they’ll be toasty warm during the movies.
Come, enjoy and spread the word!