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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.
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!
GIFT RULES AND INFORMATION:
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.
Sincerely, the OVFD Auxiliary
Monday, Dec. 9
Girls Ice Hockey vs. Greenwich Home – Hamden-Lou Astorino Ice Rink at 4:30 p.m.
Blades 1, Greenwich 3
First Period: Greenwich – Orszulak, Greenwich- Keaveney (Danielson, Marzullo)
Second Period: Blades- Haley Cable (Caroline Cadelina, Tess Csejka)
Third Period: Greenwich-Piatrzkewski (Danielson)
Tuesday, Dec. 10
Girls Basketball vs. Cheshire (Scrim.) Away at Cheshire High School-Gym – East at 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 11
Boys Ice Hockey vs Notre Dame-Fairfield (Scrim.) Away – Shelton – Sports Center of CT-Lower Rink at 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 12
V Boys Basketball vs. Seymour (Scrim.) Away – Seymour High School-Gym at 3:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 13
Boys Basketball vs. Lyman Hall (Scrim.) Away – Lyman Hall High School-Gymnasium at 4:15 p.m.
Boys Ice Hockey vs. West Haven, Notre Dame-West Haven, South Windsor (Scrim.) Away – West Haven Bennet Rink at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 14
Girls Basketball vs. Fairfield Warde, Notre Dame-Fairfield (Scrim.) Away – Fairfield Warde HS-Large Gym at 10:00 a.m.
Girls Ice Hockey vs. Hand-Coginchaug-Valley-Old Lyme Away – Northford Ice Pavilion-White at 6:00 p.m.
A Green Hill Road resident reported a bobcat sighting in that neighborhood at 3 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9.
Use precautions when letting your small pets out to relieve themselves, it’s a good idea to accompany them outside even if it’s extremely cold or wet. Hungry predators can swoop in and snatch them in an instant.
Here is the latest news from the Orange Senior Center:
Senior Center Weather Policy
Classes are canceled when the Orange School System closes due to weather. If there is a school delay then only those classes during the delay are canceled. WTNH 8 is the official station for weather cancelations. If you have any questions contact the Senior Center at (203) 891-4784.
Holiday Door Decorating
Come on down see the beautiful doors decorated as part of the annual Holiday Door Decorations.
Mind Fit from Home Care Assistance
Just like the body, the brain will show signs of aging over time. While this is a natural result of growing older, there are positive lifestyle changes you can make to keep your mind sharper for longer. In the Mind Fit Series, we will learn about the various factors that contribute to brain health, while engaging in group activities based on the Cognitive Therapeutics Method offered by Home Care Assistance. Join us for a fun and informative six-part series, led by Home Care Assistance brain fitness experts. Part 2 will be on December 17th at 12:30 pm. We will be making a brain and heart-healthy snack! Call us to let us know you are coming (203) 891-4784.
Living Treasure Nominations
Nominations are being accepted through March 2, 2020 for the 2020 Living Treasure Awards. The three individuals chosen will be honored at Pasta Festa in May 2020, at the High Plains Community Center.
New Haven Chamber Orchestra
Join us on Saturday, February 29 for a very special concert in New Haven. The New Haven Chamber Orchestra will be performing at the Fair Haven School. Park at High Plains and ride with us into New Haven for this free concert. Call (203) 891-4784 to register. Departs at 1:00pm.
Documentary & Discussion
Join us for Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” on December 27 at 1:00 pm. A documentary of footage as Michael prepares for sold-out shows in London. Call for a seat (203) 891-4784.
Homebound Library Delivery Service
The Case Memorial Library will bring books to homebound Orange residents at no charge. Some restrictions apply. For more information call Samantha Jasulavic at 203-891-2170 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Griffin Hospital/Parish Nurse Van
Take control of your health! Come on the RV and have Griffin Hospital RN’s take your blood pressure. High Blood Pressure may have no symptoms at all. Be informed. They will teach you what the blood pressure normally should be and what your reading means. Have an apple also. They will be at the Orange Senior Center on December 23, the 4th Monday in December.
Arts & Crafts on Monday, Name 5 or Scattergories on Tuesdays, Mexican Train Dominos on Wednesdays, Bingo on Thursdays, Scrabble on Fridays at 1:00 pm in the Cafe. So come on out and join us and be part of the fun!
Join us on a celluloid adventure! Our group will discuss a current movie playing locally. We will then meet to critique the film as we discuss the script, acting, cinematography and directing. Meetings are held on the second Friday of the month at 3pm in the town conference room at the HPCC
The Orange Senior Center offers lunch Monday through Friday, 11:30 am – 12:00 pm. A $3.00 donation is suggested for persons 60 years and over. To register call (203) 891-4765 before 1 pm, the day before.
ESCAPE THE COLD—ENJOY SOME “SUN” @ MOHEGAN SUN—No minimum trip Wednesday, January 29-30, 2020 At Mohegan Sun every turn leads to a new adventure with an indoor 7-story waterfall, the world’s largest and most spectacular planetarium dome, and the awe-inspiring Wombi Rock. Cost $169pp double, $234 single, $159pp triple. This no-minimum trip includes round-trip transportation, Hotel Accommodations, and more. Full payment due at registration. Considerable walking.
39TH ANNUAL HOME & GARDEN SHOW at the Mohegan Sun—No minimum trip February 22, 2020 (snow date 2/23). This Show offers a diverse array of home and garden products and services by local, state, and national vendors, each presenting innovative and imaginative displays. You will receive a casino bonus and meal ticket, so feel free to leave the show at any time to try your luck at the gaming tables.. Cost $59pp. Includes transportation, Casino Bonus, meal ticket, & Admission. Full payment due at registration. Considerable walking.
2020 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE (AAC)WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT, SEMI-FINAL GAME at Mohegan Sun Arena. No minimum trip, Sunday, March 8, 2020. There is nothing like seeing a live game. Cost $TBApp. This no minimum trip includes transportation and tickets to the game, Food Voucher and Casino Bonus, Drivers’s Gratuity. Full payment due at registration. Moderate Walking.
ST PATRICK’S DAY at the Aqua Turf – no minimum trip March 17, 2020. Enjoy live Irish entertainment by Padraig Allen and the Maclean Avenue Band. Enjoy an Irish lunch including corned beef & cabbage, baked scrod, and all the fixings, topped off with carrot cake. Also a complimentary glass of wine or beer. Cost: $86pp. Includes transportation, lunch, show, & driver gratuities. Full payment due at registration. Minimal Walking.
First Selectman Jim Zeoli notified Orange Live of the new, complete event details.
He said, “There is a makeup event this Sunday at the fairgrounds. The park and Rec Dept will have hotdogs and drinks. They will be holding an outdoor movie night for the kids with a couple of Disney movies.”
“At 4:30 p.m., the lighted tractors will parade up Orange Center Road to the Green, wait for the police to open the road, clear traffic, then close again so the tractors will return to the fairgrounds,” he said. “A new event is being born!”
Tractor Participants will line up on the Basketball Ball Court Side of Community Center at 4:00 p.m.
Race Brook School families from Orange generously donated gifts for the Connecticut Education Association’s Holiday Bear Project. The annual gift drive was organized once again by the Student Council under the direction of third-grade teacher Janet Greenspan.
“It felt wonderful to help kids who don’t get many gifts during the holidays. Thank you to the families of Race Brook School for donating so many gifts,” said Student Council member Maite I.
Many families now include the gift drive as part of their annual holiday tradition. The goal of the program is to collect donated gifts for less fortunate children in Connecticut’s public schools and help put more smiles on their faces. “It feels very caring to give clothes and toys to children who do not have enough during the holidays. The families of Race Brook School always care about helping other people,” said student helper Brennan W with pride.
Race Brook families chose paper candles from the school’s front bulletin board. Each of the one hundred fifty candles had a child’s gift wish on it. The sponsoring families bought and wrapped the gifts that will be delivered to twenty-five children this holiday season.
The students pictured with the gifts are members of the Student Council Gift Drive Committee. “It felt good to prepare the gifts to be delivered to the kids. Some kids don’t have important things like coats, jackets or blankets to keep them warm. I am happy those kids can stay warm now,” said Olivia P.
The students commendably collected and organized the gifts first thing in the morning and after school giving them the opportunity to show citizenship, responsibility, and goodwill towards others. “I helped out during the gift drive because I love helping others. It’s an amazing feeling,” Brady W. emphasized.
“There are many kids who do not get everything they need. It was important to me to donate a gift and help get the gifts together,” Sidney K. thoughtfully added.
Submitted by Valerie Anton
Fourth Grade Teacher &
Student Council Public Relations Representative
Race Brook School, Orange, CT
The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, Orange, offers the following activities and events this month.
Fall Film: The Farewell
Monday, December 9, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, December 11, 1 p.m.
A Chinese family discover their grandmother has only a short while left to live and decide to keep her in the dark, scheduling a wedding to gather before she dies. PG. 1 hr. 40 min.
Lapsit Storytime with Musical Folk
Tuesday, December 10, 10:30 a.m.
For babies and toddlers up to two years old. Little ones and caregivers will play with shaker eggs, use movement scarves, and learn simple songs from around the world with Christina Montanari. Then, stick around for playtime after class! Registration is not required and all materials will be provided.
Hygge Holiday Party for Teens
Tuesday, December 10, 3:30 p.m.
For teens in grades 7-12. Get in the hygge (pronounced “hoo-gah”) mindset with this peaceful holiday party for teens. Create a needle felted ornament to hang on your tree or in your locker and enjoy customized hot cocoa at our hot cocoa bar. Space is limited. Registration is required.
Wednesday, December 11, 3:45 p.m.
For children and tweens in grades 1-6. Come join our chess club! This club is open to beginners and experienced players. During our meetings, children and tweens will be able to learn about this strategic board game and play against other club members. Feel free to bring your own chess board as the library has a small supply.
The Bookcase Evening Book Discussion Group
Thursday, December 12, 7 p.m.
Join Bookcase leader Toby Zabinski for a discussion of Trinity by Louisa Hall.
Hot Chocolate Slime
Monday, December 16, 3:45 p.m.
For children in grades 1-3. Enjoy the delicious scent of hot chocolate with this winter-themed sensory slime. Please note: this slime is not meant to be eaten. Children’s skin may come into contact with the following ingredients: white glue, baking soda, contact lens solution, brown food coloring and/or unsweetened cocoa powder, and dried marshmallows. Registration is required.
Tween Cookie Decorating Class
Wednesday, December 18, 3:45 p.m.
For children ages 9-12. Frost, sprinkle, and decorate cookies with ShopRite’s Registered Dietician, Courtney Huggins. Registration is required.
State Representatives Themis Klarides (R-114), Charles Ferraro (R-117) and Kathy Kennedy (R-119) will be volunteering to raise money for local residents-in-need by collecting for the Salvation Army at the Orange Walgreens at 54 Boston Post Road on Friday, December 13 from 10 to 11 a.m.
The lawmakers welcome all constituents to stop by and help make this fundraising event a success! If you are unable to make it on December 13 you can also visit the Salvation Army’s website at www.salvationarmyusa.org to learn of other ways to do good this holiday season; for example, by donating cars, clothing, household goods, airline miles, bonds, and stocks, or volunteering for the community.
As a group, the state Republican caucuses have raised more than $200,000 for the Salvation Army over the past several years. The Salvation Army responds to natural disasters such as wildfires and tornadoes, provides meals and toys to families in need, and conducts research and analyses regarding human needs around the country. They also provide adult rehabilitation, veteran services, elderly services, missing person searches, housing assistance, youth recreation, sponsorship, and support in the fight to end human trafficking.
You can also text CTREP to 71777 to donate on your mobile phone.
He lives with his family on Riverside Drive, Orange, and is primarily an indoor cat, but he goes out occasionally.
He answers to Sampson, Sammy or Sam. He may come when you whistle.
His family is desperate to find him and is asking the community for help in locating him. They ask that you check your garages and sheds to see if he is in there.
Help bring Sampson home by the holidays, it would bring a lot of joy to the children and adults who love him.