Full Hunter’s Moon Rises Oct. 13

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Oct 122019

October’s full moon, the Hunter’s Moon at 5:08 p.m. is the first full moon of autumn.

Last month’s full moon, the Harvest Moon was the closest full moon to the autumn equinox.

Native Americans called it the Hunter’s Moon because they would go out to hunt deer and fox in preparation for winter.

They could easily see their prey by the bright light of the full moon.


Oktoberfest Fundraiser Announced

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Oct 112019

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.

UPDATE: Orange Police Identify Officer Struck By Car, Injured on Marsh Hill Road

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Oct 112019

Shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday night, K9 Officer Chris Brown was dispatched to assist the fire department with a reported possible car fire on Marsh Hill Road near the Outback Steakhouse.

Upon arrival, there was a minor engine fire to the disabled vehicle, Officer Brown stopped behind the (disabled) pickup truck in the center lane of southbound Marsh Hill Road and as he approached the driver’s side of the vehicle, he was struck by a white 2013 Nissan Rogue driven by Arthur Schultz (age 76) out of Stratford, CT that was traveling S/B in the left turn lane of Marsh Hill Road. 

According to WTNH8, the people in the pickup pulled the officer to safety away from the burning truck and waited for an ambulance.

Officer Brown was transported to Yale Hospital by AMR ambulance. Miraculously, he did not suffer any apparent broken bones or serious internal injuries from the collision.

Mr. Schultz remained on scene and is cooperating fully with the investigation, which is being conducted by the CT State Police.

The southbound side of Marsh Hill Road was closed during the investigation.

Officer Brown was released from the hospital early Friday morning and is resting at home. The total extent of his injuries are still not known.

The Connecticut State Police is assisting with the on-going investigation.

The Orange Police Department thanks everyone for all the well wishes and asks that we please respect Officer Brown and his family’s privacy.

First Selectman’s Candidates Debate

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Oct 102019

The Men’s Club of Congregation Or Shalom will host the first of two longtime tried and true First Selectman’s Candidates Debates (the other is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce) on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 10 a.m.

The Debate between incumbent James Zeoli (R) and challenger Jody Dietch (D) will take place at Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road.

The Men’s Club of Or Shalom is sponsoring this Free event, which is open to the public.

Moderator is Roger Tausig.

Come to Or Shalom this Sunday morning to hear what these two candidates for the top office in Orange have to offer.

Orange Police Department Recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Oct 082019

The Orange Police Department announced on its Facebook Page that its pink patrol car is ready and on the road for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

In the post the police sent out a special thanks to Nu-Age Warning LLC out of Seymour for donating their time to wrap the vehicle.

Be on the lookout for this special police vehicle when you’re out and about in Orange this month.


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

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Oct 082019

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

Chamber Morning Jolt, Different Time, Place, and A Schedule of Events

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Oct 082019

On Tuesday, Oct. 15, the monthly Morning Jolt Coffee and Networking event will be a little different — Like Jolt 3.0.

Members of the Orange, Milford and West Haven Chambers of Commerce will meet at Connecticut Pest Elimination, Inc., 273 Indian River Road, Orange, at 8:45 a.m.

As always, bring your business cards and your “A” game as you spread the word about your business to dozens of other business owners from the area — and more.

This Morning Jolt will include:

  • Food
  • Coffee

  • Networking

  • Mini-events

  • Giveaways

We are hoping for a big turnout and encourage you to join and bring a guest if you would like. We just ask that you register so we know how to prepare. Registration is encouraged but not required.

Click HERE to register.


8:45 am: Arrive and settle in.

9:00 – 9:10: Introduction from CT Pest – (Training Room)

After the introduction, there will be 3 things to choose from:

  • General Networking (Training Room, 9:10 – stay as long as you like)- The Introduction will be held in the training room. You are welcome to stay there and enjoy food, coffee, and networking.

  • Social Media Meetup (Marketing Department, approximately 9:20 – 10:20)- There will be a mini-event in the Marketing Department about social media. It will include a brief presentation and then an open forum. We are experimenting with the idea of creating a social media support group where local businesses can come on a regular basis, learn, and bounce ideas off of each other about what they are doing.

  • CT Pest Services Presentation (Conference Room, 9:10 – stay as long as you like )- If you are interested in learning more about CT Pest’s commercial or residential services, you can jump in the conference room and hear what we have to say.

    If you have any questions about these activities, please e-mail Anthony.Pascale@ctpest.com


You can park in front of the building. If there happens to be an overflow, there is additional parking behind the building.

Orange Business Gives Man The Gift of Hearing

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Oct 062019

Cassandra MacDonald and client Bobby Simmons at Beltone in Orange.

Cassandra MacDonald is a warm caring person with a heart of gold. When there’s someone in need, nothing stands in her way to help them, and that includes going above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to her patients.

Macdonald is a Hearing Care Professional at the Beltone Hearing Center located in Orange, CT. Her patient is Bobby Simmons, 54 of Bridgeport, CT. who suffers from severe hearing loss and is in desperate need of hearing aids but unfortunately cannot afford to purchase them at this time.

MacDonald knew that she needed to take action in order to help this wonderful man, so she decided to take matters into her own hands and do something about it. She went ahead and applied to the Beltone Hearing Care Foundation on his behalf to see if she could get him approved for new hearing aids.

The Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, donates hearing aids to those who are in need and are unable to access them. Both individuals and organizations are eligible to receive assistance from the Foundation through direct nominations to Beltone or at one of its 1,500 locations across North America.

“This Foundation gives us a new path to achieve this mission by helping deserving individuals and organizations in their communities enrich their quality of life,” states Michael Andreozzi, CEO of Beltone New England.

A letter from MacDonald was included with the application. In it, she said, “Bobby Simmons came to the Beltone clinic on September 19 in need of hearing aids. He knew his hearing was impaired but had no means to pay for hearing aids.  He was tested by Cassandra and, indeed has a moderate hearing loss and needs binaural hearing aids.”

“Mr. Simmons is 54 years old and originally from South Carolina but now lives alone in Bridgeport, CT, where he has rented an apartment for the past three years.  He was a manager of a Subway in the South as well as a clothing store until he became ill.  He receives dialysis due to two failed kidney transplants and is currently on a list for a third kidney. He has a daughter and two grandchildren ages 5 and 7.”

“He desperately needs hearing aids o he can secure a part time job for income to pay his rent and is applying now to the Foundation for assistance.”

“I can hear you now”

Well, miracles do happen, as Bobby Simmons was approved by The Foundation and was fit with his new hearing aids on Thursday, October 3, at 12:30 PM at The Beltone Hearing Center at 518-2 Boston Post Road, Orange. This will make his life and his hearing much better.

We are thrilled to be able to help Bobby Simmons, obviously a person who is truly deserving and who needed our assistance in a huge way,” states Andreozzi.

Simmons said he was very grateful for the hearing aids and explained how they would help him in life. “This will change my life. I’ll be able to hear the other person during job interviews. I will be able to hear the beep of my dialysis machine at home. I’ll be able to hear my grandchildren and talk to them instead of saying ‘huh?’ and guessing what they said to me,” he said.

“We are also happy to have played an important role in changing his life for the better.  That’s what Beltone is all about.”

About Beltone 

Throughout its 79-year history, Beltone has helped enrich the quality of life for countless hearing-impaired individuals in the United States and around the world. By combining new technologies and superior care, the Beltone Hearing Care Foundation will give more people the opportunity to hear.

Protect Your Plants NOW – Frost Advisory Issued

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Oct 042019

cover plants from frost

The National Weather Service has issued a Frost Advisory for our area from midnight to 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5.

Temperatures are expected to be falling into the mid and upper 30s which will result in frost formation.

Frost could harm sensitive outdoor vegetation if left uncovered.

If you have any potted plants that you can bring indoors any time between now and midnight, do so as soon as possible. If not, bring out the blankets and cover any valued plants, such as tomatoes, garden flowers, herbs or anything you would like to keep from being ruined in extremely cold temperatures.

Get off the computer and go fetch your plants! Hurry!

I’ll be covering my moonflower and cypress vines. Today, I picked my larger tomatoes and put them in paper bags to ripen, why let them go to waste?


Give Someone Special A Unique One-Of-A-Kind Gift For Christmas

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Oct 022019

Get ahead of the holiday rush. Gifts of memories are highly appreciated for the holidays, birthdays, anniversaries and so much more.

Ron Davis of VideoLab, 200 Boston Post Road, Orange (Next to New England Ballet) has expert experience in transferring old videos, movies, audio cassettes and photos to the modern formats you use today.

Christmas is just three months away, so think about giving your loved one a one-of-a-kind gift of memories on DVDs transferred from those old videotapes aging in a box somewhere.

Bring your old tapes over to VideoLab in Orange and receive a 20% discout any time in October. Just mention the attached ad.

Take advantage of our October special and save money.

Contact Ron at www.videolab.org or call 201-799-7017.