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Mark Your Calendars, AARP Fourth Fridays FREE

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Aug 212018
 

AARP CT’s Fourth Fridays Free at the Beardsley Zoo is back!

AARP will provide members with free admission on the fourth Friday from May through September (Aug. 24, Sept. 28 remain) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Come to the zoo as many times as you like, (on these dates) but please, be sure to register (HERE) individually for each visit so the AARP knows to expect you.

Arrive at the zoo by 3 p.m. (closing time is 4 p.m.) and see the AARP CT representatives outside of the front gate for check-in and your admission certificate.

AARP members may purchase admission for up to three additional guests at a 15% discount off regular admission prices through its ongoing AARP Member Offer. You’ll even get a coupon for the gift shop!

Friends and Family Bowling Night with the Good Shepherd

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Aug 202018
 

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd kicks off the school year with a Friends and Family Bowling Night at the Amity Family Bowling Center, 30 Seldon Street, Woodbridge, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, September 15.

This fun event is open to all ages from 5 through 105 years old, no bowling experience is necessary. Bring yourself, family and friends for fellowship and fun with open lane bowling. The cost is $20/ person, $10/kids under 12 years old, $60 maximum per family, which gets you a bowling ball, shoes, soda, and popcorn. Cash bar and grill are available. Monies will be collected at the door, first come first served.

The Church of the Good Shepherd is located on 680 Racebrook Road,
Orange, Connecticut. For more information about The Church of the Good Shepherd’s
service times and many other programs please call the Parish Office at (203) 795-6577,
email us at thegoodspheherd@optonline.net, visit our website at www.thegoodshepherdorangect.org, and of course, check our Facebook page www.facebook.com/cgsorangect for frequent postings.

Orange Senior Summer Picnic On August 21

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Aug 202018
 

Senior Services Coordinator Dennis Marsh reminds all town seniors that this year’s Summer Picnic is on Tuesday, Aug. 21 (rain date, Wednesday, Aug 22), from 5 to 8 p.m.

As in previous years, the event will take place under the pavilion at the Orange Fairgrounds.

Jose Paulo will perform.

Tickets are available at the Community Services Office at High Plains for only $20.

“Thank you to the Orange Lions for cooking and serving over the years,” Marsh said. “Thank
you to Bob’s Discount Furniture for sponsoring!”

Orange Dems Host Annual Meet The Candidates Picnic

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Aug 202018
 

The Orange Democrats will host their annual Meet the Candidates Picnic at the Pavilion on the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, on Wednesday, Aug. 29, from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Enjoy a catered meal by Lasse’s, beer, wine and bring your friends (registration table will open at 4:30 p.m).  Cost is $25 per person for all you can eat and drink.  The party’s not over until the keg is empty.
Mingle and meet Lt Governor candidate Susan Bysiewicz and Secretary of State Denise Merrill.  Along with local candidates, James Maroney for State Senate, State Representative candidates Mary Welander (114th, if you vote at Mary L), Cindy Boynton (117, if you vote in the gym at High Plains) and Ellen Beatty (119, if you vote in the cafe at High Plains).
For more information or tickets, call Jody at 203-314-9975, or Bob at 203-530-7206. Visit www.orangedems.org or their Facebook page.
If you haven’t already, let them know if you plan to attend so they can be sure there is enough for everyone. Children under 12 are free. It’s a good excuse not to cook.

Teen Cooking Class At The Library

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Aug 182018
 

Case Memorial Library

The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, Orange offers the following two teen programs this week

Teen Cooking Class
Wednesday, August 22, 2 p.m.
For teens entering grades 6-8. Cook tasty treats with ShopRite’s Registered Dietician Courtney Huggins. Please notify the Library of any food allergies at the time of registration.This class is fully booked, but you may register to be placed on the waiting list.

Teen Cooking Class
Thursday, August 23, 2 p.m.
For students entering grades 9-12. Cook tasty treats with ShopRite’s Registered Dietician Courtney Huggins. Please notify the Library of any food allergies at the time of registration.Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register.

Phone: 203-891-2170

Short Agenda For Aug. 21 Town Plan And Zoning Commission Meeting

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Aug 172018
 

The Orange Town Plan And Zoning Commission will meet at Town Hall on Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m.

Following is the Agenda. This will be a short meeting.

1. Review of the Minutes from the August 7, 2018 Meeting.

2. Request by Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church to hold the annual Odyssey Festival August 31, 2018 to September 3, 2018.

3. REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF BOND – URBAN AIR; For property known as 260 Bull Hill Lane. All site work has been completed and a Certificate of Occupancy issued. The request is to release $10,000 cash bond.

4. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

5. OldBusiness.

6. New Business.

Take A Chance On Some Great Raffle Prizes At The Odyssey Festival

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Aug 172018
 

The St. Barbara Odyssey Greek Festival is one of the most highly anticipated social events of the year here in Orange.

Aside from the fabulous authentic Greek cuisine, they serve and the amazingly talented young dancers who perform every day, the Raffle always draws a crowd.

Many years ago, the top prize was a new car, well, those days are gone. Yet, the first prize this year is nothing to sneeze at — $10,000!

Tickets are just $5 each and are available at the raffle table in the front area near the circular driveway between the Church and Cooking Demo/outdoor dining space.

There are 10 prizes that will be awarded during the drawing on Monday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m.

Here they are!

  1. $10,000
  2. Samsung 55″ 4K Ultra HD LED LCD Television
  3. X Box One X 4K Blu-Ray UHD
  4. NETGEAR Arlo Pro 3 Camera HD Wire Free Security System
  5. KITCHEN AID 6 QT Lift Mixer w/Stainless Steel Bowl
  6. SAMSUNG Galaxy 16B 10.1″ Tab A
  7. KEURIG K-Elite Coffee Maker w/15 Kcup Pods
  8. SHARK Navigator Professional Lift-Away Upright Vac
  9. FITBIT Charge 2 Activity Tracker Bundle
  10. HP Wireless Print/Copy/Scan/Fax Printer

You do NOT have to be present to Win!

The Odyssey Greek Festival takes place at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road, Orange on Labor Day Weekend, beginning on Friday, Aug. 31 at noon, through Monday, Sept. 3 until 7 p.m.

 

St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church Presents Its 38th Annual Odyssey Festival

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Aug 172018
 

St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road, Orange, will host its 38th annual Odyssey Greek Festival on Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 31- Sept. 3.

Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church announced details regarding ODYSSEY 2018. This 4-day party features all things Greek, including mouthwatering cuisine, live music, dancing, and a bustling Hellenic agora (marketplace).

Set on the grounds of the beautiful Byzantine-style Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, ODYSSEY 2018 offers something for everyone.

ODYSSEY 2018 includes:

• Classic Greek cuisine – appetizers (meze), Greek pastries (glyka), lamb on the spit (souvla), moussaka, gyro, spanakopita (spinach pie) and pastitisio (Greek style lasagna)

• “Gourmet Meze Grille” – gourmet appetizers, including saganaki (flaming cheese), gyro platter, loukaniko sausage, grilled shrimp, avgolemono soup, dips and pitas, and more • Live Greek cooking demonstrations – learn to prepare some classic Greek foods

• Greek marketplace – Gourmet Greek grocery, T-shirts, jewelry, arts & crafts, bookstore

• Treasures ’n Junque – Odyssey’s giant tag sale • Presentations on Greek culture and religion, along with tours of Saint Barbara Church

• Greek dance performances –Traditional Greek folk dances performed by the ODYSSEY Dancers

• Greek dance lessons – taught by the ODYSSEY Dancers (8:45 p.m., Sat, and Sun)

• Nightly dancing to ODYSSEY’s live Greek band, “The Hellenic Company”

• Kids’ area – Rides, games, and magic shows.

• Raffle – Have a chance at winning the grand prize of $10,000 cash, or 9 additional prizes!

• Senior Citizens Day: Fri. 8/31, 12 to 3 pm – 20% senior citizen discount on snack bar and restaurant tent purchases.

For 37 years ODYSSEY has delighted the senses with a feast of Greek cuisine, the thrill of Greek dance, the sounds of the bouzouki, and the ethnic flavor of the Agora (Marketplace). Stop by Saint Barbara’s ODYSSEY for Connecticut’s greatest “Greek Party,” a rain-or-shine Labor Day tradition!

HOURS: Friday, Aug. 31, Saturday, Sept. 1 and Sunday, Sept. 2 — 12 noon to 10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3, 12 noon to 7 p.m.

FREE ADMISSION and FREE PARKING (on-site and next door at Holy Infant Church)

CONTINOUS FREE SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE BETWEEN GOOD SHEPHERD CHURCH (680 Racebrook Rd) and ODYSSEY FESTIVAL (480 Racebrook Rd) – 1 MILE AWAY

For more information visit: www.saintbarbara.org or call 203-795-1347

 

 

Klarides Calls For Stiffer Drug Offense Penalties Citing Mass Overdoses In New Haven

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Aug 162018
 

Citing the mass overdoses in downtown New Haven by scores of people who used synthetic marijuana likely laced with an opioid, House Republican Leader Themis Klarides today said the legislature should have strengthened penalties for those who sell opioids such as fentanyl when it had the chance.

Klarides said the House Republican caucus will again propose legislation to double the penalties for the dealing and manufacturing of opioids such as fentanyl as it has in the past few years. Each time it has failed to gain final approval after support gaining support in committee.

“What has happened in New Haven this week should be a lesson for us all. These mass overdoses tell us that the sale and use of opioids and dangerous substances such as fentanyl are out of control. We need tougher penalties on the sale and manufacture of these substances if we are going to get a handle on this epidemic,’’ Klarides said. “It is not the only answer but it needs to be part of the
solution.’’

A Yale-New Haven Hospital physician told media outlets that the Drug Enforcement Administration confirmed that the drugs contained synthetic marijuana mixed with fentanyl, synthetic opioid about 50 times stronger than heroin. More than 70 people overdosed on the
synthetic marijuana known as K2 on Wednesday. Additional overdoses have continued. The incidents have kept law enforcement and emergency responders busy in downtown New Haven.

“Tougher laws on the sale of fentanyl, in particular, will enhance the public’s awareness on just how dangerous and prevalent this substance is,’’ Klarides said.

The most recent legislation introduced HB 5551 AAC Increasing Penalties for Dealing Synthetic Drugs, hiked penalties for dealing and manufacturing fentanyl substances. In 2016 a similar bill passed unanimously in the Judiciary Committee and cleared the House only to die in the Senate.

Last year the bill passed Judiciary but was never called in the House.

The legislation would have reclassified fentanyl as a narcotic from its current status as a controlled substance. The change in classification would double the penalties to up to 15 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

Klarides called the legislation a straightforward approach to a problem that should enjoy broad support.

Did You Know? News From The Orange Recycling Committee

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Aug 162018
 

The Orange Recycling Committee is a team of hard-working volunteers who are passionate about helping the town of Orange and the planet. Their mission is to increase and simplify recycling options for Orange residents, and continually share tips and info.

Did you know 

You DO NOT put plastic bags and wraps in your recycling bin.

But they ARE recyclable.

Put clean, dry plastic film packaging, bags and wraps in bins at local stores or the plastic bag recycling shed at the Transfer Station.