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UPDATE: Good News! Lost Dog Reunited With His Family

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Dec 072018

I am so happy to announce that the male dog that was found on Opekun Road has been reunited with his family.

Luckily “Aspen” had a microchip and the family thought to bring him to the vet to be scanned and the vet contacted the owner.

A big thank you to the family that was kind enough to bring him in from the cold and give him the love he needed until his family was found.

This is the best news we’ve had so far this week.

Help Reunite This Boy With His Family

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Dec 072018

Are you missing your dog? A family on Opekun Road in Orange found this older, gentle male dog on their porch around 2 a.m. this morning.

They say he is definitely a family dog that listens well.

They said, “We took him in our home and we have a cat, dog, baby, and a kindergartener so we know he’s a good family dog.”

They’d like to reunite this guy with his family — wouldn’t that be a wonderful Christmas present?

If he belongs to you, or you know who his family is, please e-mail curcurup@hotmail.com. And, of course let Orange Live know, too, so we can tell our readers that he’s been identified.

Orange Resident Presents Frightmare Before Christmas This Month

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Dec 062018

This holiday season, visit Fright Haven in Stratford for a haunted house event like no other: “FRIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS.”

For three nights only this month Saturday, December 15, Friday, December 21 and Saturday, December 22, visitors to CT’s largest and greatest indoor Halloween Haunted House will experience brand new holiday attractions, all decked out for the holidays and ready to make guests scream ’til the New Year.

The start of the scares begins with “Dead End Doctors Office: No Home for the Holidays,” a horrific look into one not-so picture perfect pre-Christmas doctors office visit. Ornaments are smashed, stockings are torn…and is that blood on the dentist’s chair? Who…or what…could have done this? When did the “sleigh ride” turn into a medical “slay-ride?!”

Next, take a tour of Santa’s infamous toy workshop in “The Forest Factory.” Don’t expect to find any happy elves, however — they’ve been overworked this season, and Santa’s demanding schedule has caused them all to lose their minds and lose their way to the North Pole.  Will guests survive this terrifying tour and escape the angry elves and rejected toys that have seemingly come to life? Or will visitors become just another piece on the assembly line?

Guests will marvel at the vintage Christmas sets, decor, props and figurines which are used for the production. Combine the visuals with special effects, animatronics and live actors, and you have some clue as to what to expect at   “FRIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS.” But it’s hard to expect the unexpected, and there are scares around every corner at this haunted holiday show.

The limited-run of 3 weekend nights this month is expected to draw an equal number of return visitors who experienced Fright Haven during the Halloween season, and those who didn’t yet get a chance to enjoy the fun and fear of the 20,000 square foot indoor attraction.

Fright Haven’s “FRIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS” received rave reviews in the past, and producers have promised to amp up the ho-ho-horrors. Chestnuts may not be the only thing roasting on an open fire! Chestnuts may not be the only thing roasting on an open fire.

Fright Haven is located in the Stratford Square/Marshall’s Shopping Plaza, 411 Barnum Avenue Cutoff, next to L.A. Fitness and Ninety Nine Restaurant (across from Home Depot). Parking is free, and all events are indoors. Hours are 7pm-10pm. The event is open to all ages but recommended for 12 and over unless accompanied by an adult.

Advance tickets are $20 each ($ 25 door or $20 at door with non-perishable food donation) and now on sale from https://frighthaven.ticketleap.com/frightmare2018/.  Using the code word “CLAWS” (as in Santa ‘Claws’) at check-out will enable visitors to save $5 off each ticket purchased in advance.

Fright Haven is working with Stratford’s Volunteer EMS to raise funds, collect food items and raise awareness for Sterling House. Visitors to the holiday Haunted Attraction may take $5 off on-site admission or $5 off merch by bringing a non-perishable food donation. Stratford volunteer EMS Association will be on location collecting donations on behalf of Sterling House. All donations impact the local community.

For more information, call 203-799-FEAR  203-799-3327 or visit www.FrightHaven.com

Girls’ Ice Hockey: Blades Fall To Hall/Conard In First Scrimmage of Season

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Dec 062018

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The Amity/North Haven/ Cheshire coop team (known as the Blades) played a scrimmage game against Hall/Conard at Veterans Rink in West Hartford on Wednesday, Dec. 5.

We’ve come to know the Blades as nearly unbeatable in past years, but new season, new team, you can never tell how things will go.

Last night wasn’t their night, they lost to Hall/Conard 5-2.  The good news is that as a scrimmage, it doesn’t reflect on their season record either, and these girls have a long way to go until the end of the season. There are several familiar names still on the roster too.

Here’s how the game went last night.

First Period

Hall/Conard’s Nikki Herz scored the first goal off an assist from Luci Alissi.

Score 1-0 HC

Second Period

Our Blades’ Andrea DelVecchio tied the game off an assist from Shannon Reilly.

HC’s Maya Borden made an unassisted goal. Then, Abby Goncalves scored, assisted by Gracie Cho.

Score 3-1 HC

Third Period

Out of the gate, the Blades’ Meaghan Hogan scored on an assist from Tess Csejka.

HC forged ahead with an unassisted goal by Liv Fernandez, followed by the winning goal by Claire Ittleson, assisted by Nikki Herz.

Final Score 5-2 Hall/Conard

UI Offers A Few Valuable Tips for The Holiday Season

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Dec 062018

United Illuminating, a subsidiary of AVANGRID Inc. (NYSE: AGR), reminds customers to follow some simple electrical safety and efficiency tips to ensure this holiday season is filled with safety, comfort, and joy.

“The holidays are a time for celebration, and you can help keep the holidays joyful by acting now to head off preventable accidents and bill surprises,” said Joe Thomas, UI’s Vice President for Electric System Operations. “A warm, safe home is the greatest gift for our families and friends as we gather for the holidays.”

UI offers the following tips to help customers keep their homes safe, warm and energy efficient as they “deck the halls” for the holidays.


  • Dry Christmas tree limbs and hot lights can be a dangerous combination. If you have a live tree, keep it fresh. Before you put the tree in its stand, cut its base at a 45-degree angle so it can absorb more water. Water the tree liberally — the average tree can consume between a quart and a gallon of water a day. Remove the tree promptly after the holiday, or when it becomes dry.
  • Consider using LED lights, which produce less heat and use less energy than traditional decorative lights. The cooler-burning LEDs can help reduce the drying effect on the tree.
  • All lights and cords should be factory tested; check for the UL label on the packaging. Carefully inspect cords, plugs, and receptacles for worn or frayed insulation and loose connections. Throw away damaged items.
  • Keep wires away from toddlers and pets. Push wires toward the center of the tree, and clip them securely to the branches.
  • Make sure cords are tucked away safely to prevent anyone from tripping over them. However, never run cords them under rugs, since they can overheat.
  • Keep flammable decorations away from the tree’s lights. Also, make sure that electric window candles do not touch drapes or other flammable objects.
  • Never use electric lights on metallic trees. Avoid using plastic trees unless they’re flame resistant.
  • Turn holiday lights off before going to sleep and when you leave home. Consider using a programmable timer to turn lighting displays on and off automatically.
  • Avoid overloading electrical circuits or extension cords. Follow the directions on cord labels regarding connecting light strings and extension cords. If a cord feels hot to the touch, it is overloaded and can cause an electrical fire.

Around the House:

  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace batteries as necessary.
  • Plan escape routes for your family in case of a fire or other emergency.
  • In the kitchen, keep a close watch on your stovetop, grill, and oven while in use. Never use them for heating.


  • While decorating the outside of your home, look up and around the area first to identify overhead lines and other hazards.
  • Never raise ladders, poles or other extended objects into or near power lines. Check to make sure any tree limbs you may come into contact with aren’t near power lines. Remember: no power line is safe to touch, ever.
  • Use only outdoor-approved lights that can withstand cold temperatures, and inspect them for damage.

Customers can monitor their holiday energy use during the holidays or year-round with UI’sfree Energy Analyzer. For information or to sign up, visit http://www.uinet.com.

Be sure to follow @UnitedIllum on Twitter and “like” UI on Facebook.

Orange Celebrates With The Lighting Of The Menorah

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Dec 062018

On Wednesday, Dec. 5, members of the Jewish faith gathered at the High Plains Community Center for a menorah lighting ceremony.

Rabbi Sheya Hecht of Chabad of Orange, welcomed children and adults to the traditional event hailing the start of the Hannukah season.

Selectman Mitchell Goldblatt had the honor of lighting the candles, as he has in past years.

Here are some photos courtesy of Larry Lambert.


Chris Winkel Named Tri-Captain Of 2019 UConn Baseball Team

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Dec 062018

Here’s a recent notice from UConn Baseball, which includes Orange native Chris Winkel, who grew up in the Orange Little League, American Legion, and Amity Baseball Programs:

Keeping with tradition, the UConn baseball team concluded their fall workouts atop Cemetery Hill, at the graves of university founders, Charles, and Augustus Storrs. Head coach Jim Penders then announced the team’s 2019 captains, as voted on by the team. Mason FeoleJohn Toppa and Chris Winkel will captain the team for the 2019 season.

Winkel garners captain status after a breakout sophomore season in Storrs. The versatile first basemen played in 59 games with 55 starts and registered 986 fielding percentage. The Orange native set career-highs by hitting .264 with 53 hits, 22 runs scored, 11 doubles, four home runs, and 33 RBIs.

He is the son of James and Marcy Winkel and has one brother, Patrick, who joined him at UConn this year.

Details of Chris’s 2018 Season: Had a breakout sophomore season for the Huskies…Played in 59 games with 55 starts…Hit .264 with 53 hits, 22 runs scored, 11 doubles, four home runs, 33 RBIs and stole seven bases…Registered a .986 fielding percentage at first base…Stroked an RBI double during a three-hit game at Georgia Tech (Feb. 18)…Smoked a three-run home run at Southeastern Louisiana (Feb. 24)…Smashed a grand slam in the first inning at No. 30 Coastal Carolina (March 13)…Recorded two-hit games in all three contests at No. 20 Wichita State (April 13-15) totaling three doubles and four RBIs during the series…Went 2-4 with three RBIs at Cincinnati (April 21)…Clobbered a home run vs. Tulane (April 29)…Roped a go-ahead, two-run double in the eighth inning at Northeastern (May 9) to lead UConn to comeback win…Went 2-4 with an RBI single in The American Championship game vs. ECU (May 26).

You’re Invited To Preview The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

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Dec 062018

The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation, based in Orange, invites everyone to a “Preview Night” Fundraiser at the Square Foot Theater, 950 Yale Ave., Wallingford on Friday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

This is a wonderful, intimate BYO cabaret-style venue, where you can bring your favorite food and drinks to enjoy before and during the show.

The production is “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” and the cost is whatever you decide to donate! Imagine that, a play for $5, $10, $15, $20… it’s up to you, and your donation goes to the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation, which is then given back to local arts programs at our schools and others in nearby communities.

The doors open at 6:30 p.m. just come the night of the show, but to guarantee seating, reservations are highly recommended. Reserve your space by calling 203-506-5003 or e-mail jamieart@snet.net.  

Pay at the door: cash or checks only.

Get Excited For The Amity 2018-19 Winter Sports Season

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Dec 052018

The Amity Winter Sports preview (scrimmage) games begin next week, and we just can’t wait to see what this year’s teams have in store for us.

On Wednesday, Dec. 5, there are four events to look forward to.

3:30 p.m. Varsity Girls Basketball vs Oxford Home  at Amity

5 p.m. Varsity Boys Basketball vs Guilford Home at Amity

7 p.m. Boys Ice Hockey vs Masuk Home at Bennett Rink, West Haven

7:30 p.m. Varsity Girls Ice Hockey vs Hall-Conard Away at Veterans’ Memorial Rink, West Hartford.


PHOTOS: Orange Holiday Festival Gingerbread Houses and More

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Dec 052018