Oktoberfest Fundraiser On Saturday

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Oct 222019

The Orange Republicans will host an Oktoberfest in support of Incumbent First Selectman Candidate Jim Zeoli, at the home of Ron and Laurie Ruotolo, 55 Rolling Ridge Road, Orange, on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 6-10 p.m.

The event promises to be fun with music, games, and entertainment.

Beer, wine, soda, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and coffee will be served.

Pull your lederhosen out of storage and come dressed for Oktoberfest and you may win a prize for best costume.

Tickets are $100 each.

Make Checks Payable to Friends of Zeoli, and mail to ORTC, PO Box 632, Orange, CT 06477 or purchase tickets online at ORTC.online.

Amity School Board Moves December Referendum Forward

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Oct 222019

Last evening (Monday, Oct. 21) the Amity Regional School District No. 5 Board of Education voted in favor of two resolutions that will move two facilities projects forward to a referendum in December.  The referendum will take place on December 4, 2019.  Polls will be open 6:00 am – 8:00 pm at the Bethany Town Hall, the High Plains Community Center in Orange, and the Center Building in Woodbridge.

The first of these projects will address improvements to the building and grounds facilities at all three schools.  Included in this project are ongoing upgrades to the HVAC system at Amity Regional High School, as well as adding air conditioning to the small gym, the last space in the building that is not air-conditioned. 

These improvements are part of an ongoing plan to address needs identified in the vanZelm Condition Assessment report from January 2016.  Chillers will also be refurbished at the high school and phase three (of three) of parking lot paving will be completed at Amity Regional High School. Additionally, the project seeks to design and improve the acoustics in the gymnasiums and cafeterias at both middle schools.

The second project aims for improvements to the Amity Regional High School outdoor athletic facilities.  This project includes a complete upgrade of the athletic stadium, as well as upgrades to our competition field.  The athletic stadium was last improved 30 years ago, and almost all aspects of the stadium are at end-of-life. 

The asphalt track, constructed in 1999, would be replaced with a post-tensioned concrete track with an expected lifespan of 50 years or more.  The metal halide lights and wooden poles, installed in 1988, would be replaced with energy-efficient LED lights on metal poles. 

An all-weather field would be installed, replacing the current sod field.  Installation of an all-weather field would increase the use of the stadium from its current single sport, football, to all six-field sports by adding competition space for girls’ field hockey, boys’ and girls’ soccer, and girls’ and boys’ lacrosse. 

The proposal also includes the installation of an LED scoreboard, which would allow the scoreboard to be adjusted to the sport or competition being played in the stadium.  Lastly, the proposal includes enhancements to the current Amity competition field.  This field, originally designed as a practice field, would be upgraded with permanent spectator bleachers and an ADA compliant walkway, as well as an LED scoreboard.

Additional information can be found on the district website at https://www.amityregion5.org/  direct link to the presentation is HERE

Chamber Hosts First Selectman Debate On Wednesday

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Oct 222019

The Orange Chamber of Commerce will host its bi-annual Town Of Orange First Selectman Debate at Grassy Hill Country Club, 411 Clark Lane, on Wednesday, October 23, at 6:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

Follow the Orange Chamber HERE.

Orange Live has posted several videos from the first official debate at Congregation Or Shalom.


Apply Now For The Howard Jacobson Scholarship Award

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Oct 202019

Cable Advisory Council Area 2 will bestow two scholarships in memory of former longtime Chairperson Howard Jacobson.  One high school and one college student studying film, mass communications, and television or media studies will receive $500 to help further their studies.

The CAC of Area 2, which serves the towns of Fairfield, Bridgeport, Stratford, Milford, Orange, and Woodbridge promotes quality Community Access Television.  The Council is an ongoing asset for Cable Area 2 with the support of Altice/Cablevision.

Scholarship Qualifications & Criteria – Applicants must be able to prove:

  • They are residents of one of the six CAC area towns – Fairfield, Bridgeport, Stratford, Milford, Orange or Woodbridge – currently attending a high school, community college, college or university.
  • They have declared a major in mass communications or media studies.  Along with pursuing a career in this field, they are taking classes or engaged in independent studies.
  • They are in good standing with their academic institution.
  • They must submit a short essay under 500 words describing their creative coursework, portfolio or project and how it relates to this scholarship award.  Supplemental links to media projects are welcome.

The two winners will be selected on the basis of their overall academic performance, portfolio, and their personal statement.

The application deadline is December 31, 2019.  To apply, e-mail postmaster@cacarea2.com.

Fundraiser To Benefit The Son Of Annie “Elf Mama” Davis

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Oct 202019

A file photo from a Santa’s Helper visit. Little Cindy Lou Who is probably 15 years old now.

Annie “Elf Mama” Davis was a huge part of the Orange Community, For more than 20 years, she took the reigns of the OVFD Auxiliary’s Santa’s Helper program and helped bring joy to thousands of children and families across town.

While at home with her only son, Michael, on Monday, Sept. 23, Annie wasn’t feeling well and she passed out. Michael called 911 and his mom passed away at the hospital after having a heart attack.

Michael has a job but cannot afford to stay in his childhood home. He’ll be moving out of state at the end of October.

Annie adored her son and always wanted what was best for him.

We, the friends of Annie Davis, are hosting this fundraiser at the Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, Orange, in three weeks, on Friday, Nov. 8 from 5-9 p.m.

We will have raffle baskets, a silent auction, and food.

Advance Ticket Sales

Tickets are $20 when ordered HERE in advance or $25 at the door.

Please buy your discounted tickets in advance so we will have a good idea of how many guests to expect.

We hope to see many of the Santa’s Helper families that Annie loved so much so we can share stories about your experiences with the program over the years.

Sponsor A Gift Basket

Any Businesses or organizations that would like to sponsor a gift basket please call Terri at 203-506-1747 and someone will happily come and pick up your donation prior to Nov. 5.

Visit the Elf Mama Event Facebook page.

Memorial Bench

We also would like to purchase a memorial bench for the Orange Fairgrounds with Annie’s name on it so she will never be forgotten.

You may mail monetary donations to Friends of Annie Davis, 131 Clark Street, Milford, CT 06460.

Library Basement Book Sale Slated For Nov. 7

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Oct 192019

The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, will host its popular book sale in the basement of the library on Thursday, Nov. 7 and Friday, Nov. 8 from 1-4 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Find incredible deals on gently used books, videotapes, CDs, DVDs and more.

Everyone waits for this sale, don’t miss it.

For more information, call  203-891-2170.

Another Successful Shredding Day In Orange

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Oct 192019

(Photos by Ilene Moyher)

The Rotary Club of Orange sponsored the Orange Recycling Committee’s Free Shredding and Mattress Recycling Day at High Plains Community Center on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The secure, on-site paper shredding service was handled by Affordable Solutions, owned and operated by Orange resident Joe Johnston.

The Orange Lions Club also was involved in the program by picking up mattresses from Orange residences so they could be recycled. 

The Orange Recycling Committee provides a great service to the town, introducing many opportunities over the years that make recycling easier and more efficient for Orange residents. The members work hard to help you help the environment.




Orange Shredding/Mattress Recycling Event

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Oct 192019

The Orange Recycling Committee has announced the next paper shredding and mattress recycling event for Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 9 a.m. to Noon at the front parking lot of High Plains Community Center (HPCC).

The committee will once again be joined by the Mattress Recycling Council collecting used mattresses and box springs.

The secure, on-site paper shredding service will once again be handled by Affordable Solutions,
owned and operated by Orange resident Joe Johnston.

Residents may bring bags or boxes filled with documents for shredding and volunteers from the Orange Recycling Committee will deposit them into the shredding truck. This service is generously funded by the Rotary Club of Orange. Residents may show their appreciation by donating to the Orange Rotary Scholarship Fund. Rotarians will be on hand to collect donations.

Residents also may bring mattresses and box springs for recycling. This free service is made
possible through a partnership with the Mattress Recycling Council’s Bye Bye Mattress

Dry mattresses (of all sizes) and box springs will be accepted. However, mattresses
from futons/sofa beds or waterbeds; mattresses infested with bed bugs; wet, damaged or
excessively soiled mattresses; sleeping bag or mattress pads/toppers, are not part of the

For residents who need assistance getting mattresses and box springs to the event, members of
the Orange Lions Club will pick-up these items from residences, given they are outside and dry
or in a garage for easy access, as volunteers will not enter individual homes.

Anyone interested in this pick-up service should contact Ken Lenz at 203-795-3906. The fee for pick-up is $10 per mattress or box spring. Payment is by cash or check made out to Orange Lions Charities, and all proceeds are considered a charitable donation.

Orange Recycling Committee Chair Mitch Goldblatt said he is excited about this opportunity for our residents to dispose of items at no cost.

“Saturday, October 19th will be a great morning for cleaning out before the winter sets in”, Goldblatt said. “I’m encouraging all residents to bring their personal documents, papers, and even mattresses for the ultimate Orange Recycling event!”

“We are thrilled to partner with the Rotary Club of Orange and the Orange Lions Club to offer these important environmental services to residents,” said Goldblatt. “Purging homes of these items and keeping them out of landfills helps our environment as well as our tax dollars. This is a fun event that gives volunteers and residents an opportunity to work together for a cleaner and more sustainable planet.”

For the ninth time, the Orange Recycling Committee is helping residents dispose of thousands of pounds of sensitive financial and medical papers in a secure, environmentally-responsible way. Adding mattress and box spring recycling to this event has made this one event not to be missed.

Paper Shredding and Mattress Recycling Drive


WHEN: Saturday, October 19th, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., rain or shine

WHERE: High Plains Community Center (front parking area), 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT


 Tax papers, bills, receipts, statements, and documents that contain personal, financial and/or
medical information. No need to remove staples or elastic bands, but clips should be removed for

 Mattresses and box springs.


Paper that is already shredded, newspapers, notebooks, folders, and
other papers that can go in the regular residential recycling bins.

About the Orange Recycling Committee

The Orange Recycling Committee is a group of volunteers appointed by the Board of Selectmen, who live in Orange and are committed to educating, increasing, and simplifying recycling options for Orange
Website: www.orangerecycles.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ORCinCT/

Girls’ Swimming: And The Beat Goes On

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Oct 192019

Amity(9-1) hosted North Haven in Orange on Friday, Oct. 18.
Amity defeated North Haven 95 to 89.
Amity’s Winning Events
200-yard Freestyle: A- 2:01.63 Julia Snow
500-yard Freestyle: A- 5:25.65 Julia Snow
200-yard Freestyle Relay: A- 1:43.08 Katie O’Connor, Emma Tirollo, Julia Snow, Grace Mahon
100 Butterfly: A- 59.76 Katie O’Connnor
North Haven’s Winning Events
200 yard Medley Relay: NH- 1:52.90 Brooke Nebor, Angela Gambardella, Mikayla Rapuano, Madeline Bergin
200 Ind. Medley: NH-2:13.95 Angela Gambardella
50-yard Freestyle: NH- 25.06 Madeline Bergin
Diving: NH- 227.70 Ava Santacroce
100 Freestyle: NH- 55.50 Madeline Bergin
100 yard Backstroke: NH- 1:04.39 Mikayla Rapuano
100 yard Breaststroke: NH- 1:07.55 Angela Gambardella
400 yard Freestyle Relay: NH- 4:04.60 Mikayla Rapuano, Riley Jooss, Giulia Faulkner, Taya Laborde

Santa’s Helper 2019: The Show Must Go On — Making Elf Mama Proud

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Oct 182019

If you hadn’t heard, sadly, our Elf Mama, Anne Davis, recently passed away.  Because of this huge loss, while we will still continue to hold Santa’s Helper, it will come with some changes this year.  We appreciate your understanding and look forward to our 25th year!

We have a new e-mail!  Moving forward, please make sure you are only using OVFDSantasHelper@gmail.com, as we will not see anything sent to the old one.  This also means we don’t know what has already been sent or received through Anne, so we are starting from square one this year.

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!



Saturday, November 23, 2019, 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. at Fire Station #2, 355 Boston Post Road. We ask that you arrive no earlier than 30 minutes prior to start time. You will have a much shorter wait in line by following these guidelines.


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.

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.

*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.

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

Sincerely, the OVFD Auxiliary