Important ELECTION DAY Reminder

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Nov 032019

Both candidates for the first selectman office would like to remind all Orange residents that EVERY voting district will be casting their votes at High Plains Community Center on Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

If you are accustomed to voting at Mary L. Tracy School and forget about the change in location, no worries, just follow the signs directing you to High Plains, 525 Orange Center Road.

If, for some reason, you still haven’t chosen a candidate, remember to watch the short video clips from the debates that we are posting here on Orange Live.

Each question is posted on separate video clips (and all are labeled with the subject), so you can find the answers to whatever is important to you.



Chamber Debate: Development On Arterial Roads

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Nov 012019

The Orange Chamber of Commerce hosted a first selectman’s candidates debate between Incumbent Jim Zeoli and challenger Jody Dietch.

In this video, they share their thoughts on developments on the arterial roads between Route one and Route 34.

HERE is a link to the video so you can hear their responses.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5. All Orange Districts will vote at High Plains Community Center from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Orange Shredding/Mattress Recycling Event

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Oct 192019

The Orange Recycling Committee has announced the next paper shredding and mattress recycling event for Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 9 a.m. to Noon at the front parking lot of High Plains Community Center (HPCC).

The committee will once again be joined by the Mattress Recycling Council collecting used mattresses and box springs.

The secure, on-site paper shredding service will once again be handled by Affordable Solutions,
owned and operated by Orange resident Joe Johnston.

Residents may bring bags or boxes filled with documents for shredding and volunteers from the Orange Recycling Committee will deposit them into the shredding truck. This service is generously funded by the Rotary Club of Orange. Residents may show their appreciation by donating to the Orange Rotary Scholarship Fund. Rotarians will be on hand to collect donations.

Residents also may bring mattresses and box springs for recycling. This free service is made
possible through a partnership with the Mattress Recycling Council’s Bye Bye Mattress

Dry mattresses (of all sizes) and box springs will be accepted. However, mattresses
from futons/sofa beds or waterbeds; mattresses infested with bed bugs; wet, damaged or
excessively soiled mattresses; sleeping bag or mattress pads/toppers, are not part of the

For residents who need assistance getting mattresses and box springs to the event, members of
the Orange Lions Club will pick-up these items from residences, given they are outside and dry
or in a garage for easy access, as volunteers will not enter individual homes.

Anyone interested in this pick-up service should contact Ken Lenz at 203-795-3906. The fee for pick-up is $10 per mattress or box spring. Payment is by cash or check made out to Orange Lions Charities, and all proceeds are considered a charitable donation.

Orange Recycling Committee Chair Mitch Goldblatt said he is excited about this opportunity for our residents to dispose of items at no cost.

“Saturday, October 19th will be a great morning for cleaning out before the winter sets in”, Goldblatt said. “I’m encouraging all residents to bring their personal documents, papers, and even mattresses for the ultimate Orange Recycling event!”

“We are thrilled to partner with the Rotary Club of Orange and the Orange Lions Club to offer these important environmental services to residents,” said Goldblatt. “Purging homes of these items and keeping them out of landfills helps our environment as well as our tax dollars. This is a fun event that gives volunteers and residents an opportunity to work together for a cleaner and more sustainable planet.”

For the ninth time, the Orange Recycling Committee is helping residents dispose of thousands of pounds of sensitive financial and medical papers in a secure, environmentally-responsible way. Adding mattress and box spring recycling to this event has made this one event not to be missed.

Paper Shredding and Mattress Recycling Drive


WHEN: Saturday, October 19th, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., rain or shine

WHERE: High Plains Community Center (front parking area), 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT


 Tax papers, bills, receipts, statements, and documents that contain personal, financial and/or
medical information. No need to remove staples or elastic bands, but clips should be removed for

 Mattresses and box springs.


Paper that is already shredded, newspapers, notebooks, folders, and
other papers that can go in the regular residential recycling bins.

About the Orange Recycling Committee

The Orange Recycling Committee is a group of volunteers appointed by the Board of Selectmen, who live in Orange and are committed to educating, increasing, and simplifying recycling options for Orange
Website: www.orangerecycles.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ORCinCT/

Update On High Plains Renovation Projects

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Jul 072019

The bond oversight committee on tour of High Plains

On Thursday, June 27, Orange Live joined the Bond Construction Oversight Committee at High Plains Community Center for a tour of the South Wing and Pool renovation projects.

Anyone who spent time in the South wing for meetings or during the annual train show may remember that the tiled walls were a highly glossed beige.

Since, they were sanded down, prepped and re-painted green. In May, the committee noted that the paint was peeling from the walls in multiple locations. The painting contractor was fired and a new one hired to complete the job.

There are two large areas that had formerly been two rooms, but the dividing walls were knocked down. They are now waiting for Accordion dividers so organizations can make the meeting spaces smaller when necessary.

The men’s and women’s bathrooms have been completely renovated and are bright, clean and modern.

In May, the Pool Locker Room schedule was updated showing the start of tile work on June 5. Floors were puddling badly in the men’s and family locker rooms and were reconfigured for better drainage.

Committee member Mitch Goldblatt, an Orange selectman, said he was disappointed that the job hadn’t been completed before the Recreation Department’s camp program started. He added that the Nursery School should be able to open again in late August.

From what we observed during the tour, we think everyone will be pleased with the “New” and improved High Plains Community Center.

Orange Legislators Upcoming Office Hours With Constituents

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Jun 112019

State Reps. Themis Klarides (R-114), Charles Ferraro (R-117) and Kathy Kennedy (R-119) will host post-session office hours in Orange for constituents this Friday and next Monday.

The first event will take place at Chip’s Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, on Friday, June 14, from 8-9 a.m.

The second session will take place at the High Plains Community Center Cafeteria, 525 Orange Center Road on Monday, June 17 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

With the session ending June 5 at midnight, the legislators will go over the major issues debated in the 2019 legislative session, like the two-year state budget, tolls, the minimum wage increase, and any other issues constituents choose to discuss.

For anyone who is unable to attend but would like to talk to their state representatives, you can contact them at 1.800.842.1423 or send an e-mail to Themis.Klarides@housegop.ct.govCharles.Ferraro@housegop.ct.govKathy.Kennedy@housegop.ct.gov.

The BOW Relay For Life is Coming Up In Two Weeks

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May 022019

The evening Luminary Ceremony (c. 2010)

Relay For Life is a grassroots, community-based team event.

Although every Relay For Life event is different, they do have a few things in common.

Each year, the Bethany, Orange, Woodbridge Relay for Life takes place in our community to recognize those affected by cancer and to raise money to help find a cure.

Here is a basic rundown of the event, which takes place on the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, from noon on May 18 to 8 a.m. on May 19.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend and take part in this important annual event.

Event Schedule

Opening Ceremony Begins at 6 p.m.

Time to get started. We kick off the event by honoring everyone who’s been affected by cancer and everyone who has contributed to the success of this year’s Relay season.  Survivors and Caregivers are encouraged to pre-register online.  Check-in at the Relay begins at 5 p.m.

Opening Ceremony, survivors and caregivers walk (c.2010).

Survivor/Caregiver Walk

Survivors and Caregivers are the heart and soul of Relay For Life events. We honor their strength and courage with every step they take. It doesn’t matter if you were diagnosed 10 days ago or 10 years ago, you can walk while everyone gathers together to cheer you on.

Luminaria Ceremony

During this ceremony, we represent everyone touched by cancer with a Luminaria. Each light represents a life—a life taken by cancer, a survivor of cancer, or support for a person still fighting the disease. It’s a powerful demonstration that gives people the opportunity to grieve but also offers comfort and hope.

Closing Ceremony

Our closing ceremony is the time to commit to take action and help lead the fight for a world free from cancer. It’s a time to celebrate what we’ve accomplished together and a time to unify for the work that needs to be done moving forward.

Have You Registered For The Cinco K deMayo Road Race?

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Apr 012019

The Orange Chamber of Commerce’s annual Cinco K deMayo Road Race will step off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 4 at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road.

The Taco Loco Food Truck will be on site for the event.

Organizers have planned a festive occasion that will be fun for the entire family with a photo booth, music, margaritas, and tacos.

If you haven’t registered yet, go to RunSignUp.com use the keywords “Cohen and Wolf Cinco” to find the race. 

Registration Fees

• Pre-Race Pricing: $30 per runner and walker (includes the fee)

• Entrance Day Pricing: $35 per runner and walker

• Under 18: $23 (includes the fee), Race Day $25 and Free Kid’s Run Too!

This event is sponsored by Cohen and Wolf, Attorneys at Law, Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine,  UBS/ Eng Zorena Wealth Consulting Group, Balanced Health and Family Chiropractic, Stony Creek Urgent Care, and Cellini Design Jewelers.

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.

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.


Veterans Day Ceremony

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Nov 112018

Celebrate Veterans Day the right way.
This holiday is not about store sales, it’s for honoring the veterans who fought to secure the freedoms we enjoy every day.
The annual Orange Veterans Day Ceremony will take place at the Veteran’s Walk in front of High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, on Sunday, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Bring your children so they can meet the veterans and learn some valuable lessons about why this particular day is so important.