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Have You Signed Up For the New Year’s Day Chilly Chili Run?

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Dec 302018
 

Dennis Marsh and Denise Stein during the 2016 Chilly Chili Run

It’s hard to believe, but it is almost time for the New Year’s Day Chilly Chili Run to benefit the Amity Teen Center.

The 22nd annual 5K Race and Fitness Walk, followed by a hot chili brunch, will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 1 at the High Plains Community Center in Orange.

Entry fees are $27.00 for the 5K Road Race, $15.00 for runners 12 and under, and $15.00 for those who want to register for the Fitness Walk.

There will be an Early Packet Pickup and Late Registration in person at the High Plains Community Center on Monday, December 31, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Day of Race registrations will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the gymnasium.

Teen Center President Jane Opper said, “This is the Amity Teen Center’s largest fundraiser of the year.  We are fortunate, once again, to have People’s United Bank as our Title Sponsor.  So, join us on January 1 to walk or run to celebrate the New Year and enjoy a hot chili brunch afterward.”

For more information, please call Race Director, Joe Riccio at (203) 481-7453 or email him at wssac-ct@juno.com.

Trumbull Man Wins His Third Chilly Chili Run 5K

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Jan 022017
 

 

Race winner Calvin Park makes his way up the hill on Meetinghouse Lane

The Annual New Year’s Day Chilly Chili Run attracted a large crowd to Orange on Sunday morning. A total of 508 registered and 479 finished the race.

Once again, Town Employees, Elderly Outreach Agent Denise Stein and First Selectman’s Administrative Assistant Mary Shaw competed.

Runners, walkers, strollers and a couple of pooches participated and did their best to complete the race, which supports the Amity Teen Center.

Wearing bib #1, the overall winner was Calvin Park, 21, of Trumbull, who finished the race 16:07. He improved his time by :23 seconds over last year’s win.

This is Park’s third win in this race. In 2014, at the age of 18, he ran it in 16:43.36.

Orange resident Timothy Cannata, 19, an Amity Grad and former track “star” came in second at 16:31 , followed by 22-year-old Orange resident Dan McCabe at 16:57.

The first female finisher was Blanca Lucero, 39, of New York at 20:12, followed by Chelsea Krombel, 29, of Wallingford at 20:59, and in third place, Milford resident Colleen Beirne, 47, at 21:18.

The oldest male runner in the race was Herman Bershtein, 91, of Hamden, who crossed the finish line at 1:01:12

The oldest female runner was Betty Holroyd, 90, of Wallingford, who finished at 53:27.

The results are now posted on Hi Tek Racing’s website.

 

(more photos to come)

 

Get Ready For The Chilly Chili Run, Early Packet Pick Up and Registration Today (Dec. 30)

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Dec 292016
 

Sunday’s weather is supposed to be dry and pretty comfortable, so why not start off the New Year with a 5k Road Race?

Organizers from the New Year’s Day Chilly Chili Run will have Early Packet Pickup and Late Chilly Chili Run Registration at the High Plains Community Center lobby today, Friday, December 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Fees are as follows: $27.00 for runners; $15.00 runners 12 and under; $15.00 for the 2 mile fitness walk.

For more information, e-mail Jane Opper at chillychilirun@hotmail.com or call 203-795-9351.

The Chilly Chili Run, Connecticut’s Favorite 5K is 18 Years Old: Have You Registered Yet?

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Dec 252014
 

IMG_1478If you’d like to ring in the New Year with a “hot chili brunch” and help out a non-profit organization at the same time, please sign up to walk or run in the People’s United Bank 2015 Chilly Chili Run to benefit the Amity Teen Center.  This year will mark the 18th running of the Race.

The 5K (3.1 miles) Run and Fitness Walk will begin at 10:30 a.m. on New Years Day at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road in Orange.  The registration will be $27.00 for runners and $15.00 for runners 12 and younger, and people doing the Fitness Walk.

You can register online at www.hitekracing.com up until December 26.  Applications also are available at the Orange Park and Recreation office.  Race organizers will have a table set up in the front lobby of the High Plains Community Center on Wednesday, December 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for an Early Packet Pickup and Late Registration. 

In addition to serving a “hot chili brunch” to all of the participants, another highlight is the Chilly Chili T-shirt, voted the Favorite among Connecticut Runners.  Everyone who has pre-registered and the first 100 to register on the day of the race will be guaranteed a shirt.  For the past few years the Chilly Chili Run has been the only official 5K race to have three 90+ year old runners register and complete the race. 

All of the proceeds will go to the Amity Teen Center, a 501 c 3 organization that was formed in 1987. The Teen Center is located at 10 Selden Street in Woodbridge.

For more information, please contact Race Director Joe Riccio at (203) 481-7453, Linda Cohen at (203) 980-3409 or Jane Opper at (203) 795-9351.  Questions also may be sent to wssac-ct@juno.com or chillychilirun@hotmail.com

Originally Published on: Dec 13, 2014 @ 11:18

Notes In A Nutshell: Board of Selectmen Aug. 13

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Aug 132014
 

The Orange Board of Selectmen will meet at Town Hall on Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 7:30 p.m.

massage• To consider and act on the request to approve Golden Spa as a massage establishment (enclosure) – Yan Long Han & Su Fang Wu

Discussion:

The business is located in the Peck & Post Plaza 2nd floor. Only Wu is a licensed Massage therapist.

Currently, the windows are blocked with paper and should be removed after it is open for safety sake.

The police must complete background checks prior to approval. Mr. Han does not really speak English so Su Fang Wu translated the selectmen’s questions for him.

The Board voted 5-1 to approve pending the police chief’s signature after background checks. (Ken Lenz opposed)

zeoli board• Selectman Ralph Okenquist mentioned that First Selectman Zeoli was voted the 3rd best politician in CT in New Haven Living Magazine.

• Zeoli and John Carangelo toured Peck Place School today and even though it’s not 100% complete, it will be ready enough for the start of school on Sept. 2. Cabinetry will be the last thing installed.

• Zeoli gave a thumbs up to Mike Luzzi for his ability to be on top of four huge projects in town.

• The death of K-9 Major will be covered by the town’s insurance company.

• Fred Trotta is retiring and his replacement is already on the job learning the ropes.

• Sept 1 all town departments and the transfer station will be closed.

beatles• Sunday Sept. 28, the Beardsley Zoo will host Orange Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission for Orange Residents with proof of residency will be $5.

• UI tree trimming Rt34, Dogwood and Racebrook. Then Cart Lane, Cedar Grove, Old Cellar roads are next on the list.

• Rocco, the barber at Country Squire Barber Shop at 661 Orange Center Road is celebrating 50 Years as licensed barber.

• To consider and act on the request to hold a block party on Great Oak Road (enclosure) – Joy Iheanacho — Approved

• To consider and act on the request to hold a block party on Shagbark Drive (enclosure) – Timothea Ryan — Approved

• To consider and act on the request to hold a block party on Rainbow Trail (enclosure) – Sheila Millea — Approved

• To consider and act on the request to hang a banner on the fence at HPCC from 8/18/14 – 9/2/14 promoting “Come Together for a Night of Beatles Music”  – Kathryn Bellis, Church of the Good Shepherd

Proceeds will support outrach programs  Sat. Oct. 18 in the St. Barbara Greek Chuch Ballroom, $75, catered dinner, beer, wine, soda. Doors open at 6:30 goes on til midnight. — Approved

Jane• To consider and act on the request to hold the 18th Annual Chilly Chili Run (enclosure) – Jane Opper, Race Coordinator

She asked to waive rental fees (not custodial fees) The Amity Teen Center is 27 years old this year, and the new building is wholly owned by the Teen Center. The Teens will be doing the parking at the Labor Day Concert ($5 each car)  — Approved

• To consider and act on the request to hold the 2nd Annual Rotary Club of Orange Thanksgiving Day Run and 2 Mile Walk and to hang a banner to promote the event (enclosure) – Carl Russell, Rotary Club   

Proceeds are used for Rotary Charities — Approved

To consider and act on amending Chapter 211 of the Town Code – Firearms (enclosure) – Town Counsel Vincent Marino

Discussion:

Vincent Marino says town ordinance states no one can discharge a firearm without a permit from the Police Department.

Police Chief wants to work directly with businesses with indoor ranges.

The sound proofing is so good now that no one would ever hear anything.

Marino will draft the change and present to the Board at the September meeting.

COMMITTEES

Capital Planning – Selectman Okenquist — will request drafts for department’s 5-year-plan

Pension Board – Selectman Goldblatt – Thursday meeting

Bond Construction Oversight – Selectman Goldblatt — road milling work has been completed, everyone seems pleased with the results. Still money left in the bond for future work. chip sealing is being done. There is a culvert under Old Grassy Hill Road near Wright’s Pond that must be done. The road will be closed for quite a while so plan to use alternate routes around the area. Wright’s Pond will be pumped out so don’t be concerned if you see that happening. 

Close Regular Meeting and convene Executive Session

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Potential Land Purchase Discussion  (enclosure) No Action Will Be Taken tonight. 

Aug. 13 Board of Selectmen’s Meeting Agenda

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Aug 132014
 

Zeoli BOSThe Orange Board of Selectmen will meet at Town Hall on Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the agenda:

Call to order

Fire Exits

Pledge of Allegiance

Introductions

Motion to close regular meeting and convene Public Hearing

PUBLIC HEARING

To consider and act on the request to approve Golden Spa as a massage establishment (enclosure) – Yan Long Han & Su Fang Wu

Motion to Close Public Hearing and reconvene regular meeting

VOTE

To vote on the approval of Golden Spa as a massage establishment

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

(2 minutes per speaker)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MINUTES

To consider and act upon the minutes of the Regular Meeting of July 9, 2014 (enclosure)

To consider and act upon the minutes of the Special Meeting of June 10, 2014 (enclosure)

NEW BUSINESS

To consider and act on the request to hold a block party on Great Oak Road (enclosure) – Joy Iheanacho

To consider and act on the request to hold a block party on Shagbark Drive (enclosure)Timothea Ryan

To consider and act on the request to hold a block party on Rainbow Trail (enclosure) – Sheila Millea

To consider and act on the request to hang a banner on the fence at HPCC from 8/18/14 – 9/2/14 promoting “Come Together for a Night of Beatles Music”  – Kathryn Bellis, Church of the Good Shepherd

To consider and act on the request to hold the 18th Annual Chilly Chili Run (enclosure)Jane Opper, Race Coordinator

To consider and act on the request to hold the 2nd Annual Rotary Club of Orange Thanksgiving Day Run and 2 Mile Walk and to hang a banner to promote the event (enclosure) – Carl Russell, Rotary Club

To consider and act on amending Chapter 211 of the Town Code – Firearms (enclosure) – Town Counsel Vincent Marino

COMMITTEES

Capital Planning – Selectman Okenquist

Pension Board – Selectman Goldblatt

Bond Construction Oversight – Selectman Goldblatt

Personnel Committee – Selectmen Zeoli, Okenquist, Lenz

Close Regular Meeting and convene Executive Session

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Potential Land Purchase Discussion  (enclosure)

Close Executive Session and convene Regular Meeting

Close Regular Meeting 

FYI

Approved Minutes – June 11, 2014

Labor Day Concert Flyer

Appointments & Reappointments

Revenue & Expenditure Reports

Originally Published on: Aug 7, 2014 @ 21:27

Before You Head Out Tomorrow Morning, Know How To Run Safely In Cold Weather

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Dec 312013
 

47851caaa385481acf828c8bc1cba76aIf you are competing in the annual Chilly Chili Run tomorrow (New Year’s Day) be sure to prepare for the cold weather. 

I found these tips for running in cold weather HERE and wanted to share portions of it with you — go to the site for FULL text and details.

1. Dress in thin, wicking layers.

“Start with a thin layer of synthetic material such as polypropylene, which wicks sweat from your body. Stay away from cotton because it holds the moisture and will keep you wet. An outer, breathable layer of nylon or Gore-Tex will help protect you against wind and precipitation.”

2. Protect your hands and feet.

“Mittens are a better choice on colder days because your fingers will share their body heat. You can also tuck disposable heat packets into your mittens. Add a wicking sock liner under a warm polar fleece or wool sock.”

3. Pay attention to temperature and wind chill.

“If the wind is strong, it penetrates your clothes and removes the insulating layer of warm air around you. Your movement also creates wind chill because it increases air movement past your body.”

4. Avoid overdressing.

“If you’re warm and comfortable when you first start, you’re going to start sweating very early in your run.”

5. Don’t forget to cover your head.

“Wear a hat will help prevent heat loss, and when it’s really cold, wear a face mask or a scarf over your mouth to warm the air you breathe and protect your face.”

6. Watch for frostbite.

“On really cold days, make sure you monitor your fingers, toes, ears, and nose.” Medics are available at the Chilly Run, and there are stations along the route where you can ask for help is you suspect possible frostbite, do NOT wait until it’s too late.

7.  Stay hydrated.

“Make sure you drink water or a sports drink before, during, and after your run.”

8. Don’t stay in wet clothes.

“If you’re wet, change your clothes and get to warm shelter as quickly as possible. If you suspect hypothermia — characterized by intense shivering, loss of coordination, slurred speech, and fatigue — get emergency treatment immediately.”

 

9. Take it easy when it’s frigid.

“You’re at greater risk for a pulled muscle when running in the cold, so warm up slowly and run easy on very cold days.”

The Chilly Chili Run Is Destined To Be Really Ch-Ch-Ch-Chilly on Wednesday

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Dec 292013
 

We will sorely miss Doc Whitney at this year's race.

We will sorely miss Doc Whitney at this year’s race.

The annual Chilly Chili Run 5k road race will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 1.

Over the past few years, we’ve seen balmy to freezing temperatures, sunshine and drizzle, but this year it is truly going to be a Chilly Run.

Here is this week’s weather forecast for Orange from the National Weather Service. Prepare to bundle up, we’re looking at freezing to below freezing temperatures.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. West wind 6 to 15 mph.

  • Monday Mostly sunny, with a temperature falling to around 28 by 5pm. Northwest wind 7 to 16 mph.
  • Monday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 16. Northwest wind 6 to 9 mph.
  • Tuesday Partly sunny, with a high near 32. Calm wind becoming southwest 5 to 8 mph in the morning.
  • Tuesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 20. West wind 5 to 8 mph.
  • New Year’s Day Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32.
  • Wednesday Night A chance of snow after 1am.  Cloudy, with a low around 18. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
  • Thursday A chance of snow.  Cloudy, with a high near 21. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
  • Thursday Night A chance of snow.  Cloudy, with a low around 17. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
  • Friday A chance of snow.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 19. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
  • Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 4.
  • Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 27.
  • Saturday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 18.
  • Sunday Partly sunny, with a high near 40.

Chilly Chili Run, Chilly Chilly Fun!

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Jan 012013
 

And…GO!

The 36 degree temperature was appropriately chilly for the annual New Year’s Day Amity Teen Center Chilly Chili Run.

For the second consecutive year, Matt Klein, 18, of Trumbull was the overall winner with bib #1 he was the first to cross the finish line.

Liz Gottlieb, 37, of San Rafael, Ca., who has been the first woman across the finish line in the past repeated this accomplishment again, coming in at 19:00.

Of 537 runners, several were age 90 or older. The oldest, 94 year old George “Doc” Whitney, came in ahead of 10 other participants, with a time of 48:56.

Kyle Beaudette, 14, was the first Orange resident to cross the finish line, also earning him first place in the 13-15 age group with a time of 18:49.

Complete results from the race can be found on the hitekracing website.

Many Road Race Virgins Will Be In Chilly Race — Here’s How To Dress In The Cold

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Jan 012013
 

A few first time 5k runners will be joining the masses at today’s annual Chilly Chili Run.

The temperature is predicted to be appropriately chilly so you may be tempted to overdress to keep warm, which will quickly backfire on you.

Dressing in layers that you can easily remove if necessary as you go may be a better strategy.

According to writer Rick Morris from Runningplanet.com three specific layers, each with its own purpose is the way to go.

The Chilly Chili Run has the most pre-registrations in its history, if the weather cooperates it should be a lot of fun with 5 runners over the age of 90 hitting the pavement with all the young-uns.

The race begins at 10:30 a.m. at the High Plains Community Center.  Registration for runners is $25 now and on the day of the race.  Registration for the Fitness Walk is $12 now and on the day of the race.

If you’re not running, come on down and cheer the participants on along the route — and dress accordingly.