It’s Happening At The Library This Month

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Dec 052019

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.

Chess Club
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.

Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register.
Phone: 203-891-2170


Local State Reps To Ring Bell For The Salvation Army

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Dec 052019

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.

Have You Seen Me? Help Me Find My Way Home By The Holidays

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Dec 052019

Sampson has been missing from his home since Thanksgiving evening.

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.

If you see him, please call or text 203-764-0901 or 203-314-7216. 

The Tri-Town Communities Came Out For The Amity Referendum – AND …

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Dec 042019

The Amity Referendum took place today in all three towns, and this is what you voted on and the results town by town.

Question 1:

The first of these projects will address improvements to the building and grounds facilities at all three schools.  Included in this project are ongoing upgrades to the HVAC system at Amity Regional High School, as well as adding air conditioning to the small gym, the last space in the building that is not air-conditioned. 

These improvements are part of an ongoing plan to address needs identified in the vanZelm Condition Assessment report from January 2016.  Chillers will also be refurbished at the high school and phase three (of three) of parking lot paving will be completed at Amity Regional High School. Additionally, the project seeks to design and improve the acoustics in the gymnasiums and cafeterias at both middle schools.

Passed: 1210-443

The second project aims for improvements to the Amity Regional High School outdoor athletic facilities.  This project includes a complete upgrade of the athletic stadium, as well as upgrades to our competition field.  The athletic stadium was last improved 30 years ago, and almost all aspects of the stadium are at end-of-life. 

The asphalt track, constructed in 1999, would be replaced with a post-tensioned concrete track with an expected lifespan of 50 years or more.  The metal halide lights and wooden poles, installed in 1988, would be replaced with energy-efficient LED lights on metal poles. 

An all-weather field would be installed, replacing the current sod field.  Installation of an all-weather field would increase the use of the stadium from its current single sport, football, to all six-field sports by adding competition space for girls’ field hockey, boys’ and girls’ soccer, and girls’ and boys’ lacrosse. 

The proposal also includes the installation of an LED scoreboard, which would allow the scoreboard to be adjusted to the sport or competition being played in the stadium.  Lastly, the proposal includes enhancements to the current Amity competition field.  This field, originally designed as a practice field, would be upgraded with permanent spectator bleachers and an ADA compliant walkway, and an LED scoreboard.

Passed: 913-740  (failed in Woodbridge, but passed in the other two towns)

UPDATE: Tractor Parade Plans Are Finalized

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Dec 032019

As we announced on Monday, an Orange Holiday Festival fan-favorite event, The Lighted Tractor Parade, now in its third year, will take place after all.

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.

The Parade will begin at 4:30 p.m. followed by drive-in holiday movies beginning at 6:00 PM at High Plains.  Hot dogs, chili, hot chocolate, and popcorn will be available.
Come, enjoy and spread the word!

Santa’s Helper 2019: The Show Must Go On — Making Elf Mama Proud

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Dec 032019

If you hadn’t heard, sadly, our Elf Mama, Anne Davis, recently passed away.  Because of this huge loss, while we will still continue to hold Santa’s Helper, it will come with some changes this year.  We appreciate your understanding and look forward to our 25th year!

We have a new e-mail!  Moving forward, please make sure you are only using OVFDSantasHelper@gmail.com, as we will not see anything sent to the old one.  This also means we don’t know what has already been sent or received through Anne, so we are starting from square one this year.

Please be advised, Santa’s Helper 2019 has a NEW DATE!!! Saturday, December 14, 2019, Santa will arrive between 2:00 and 8:00 P.M.

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.

Santa’s Helper is a wonderful, exciting and memorable fund-raising event with all of the proceeds going to the Orange Volunteer Fire Department for purchasing life-saving equipment.

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 drop off has already taken place, so get ready for delivery day!

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.


We hope to make our Elf Mama proud this year, and most importantly, the show will go on.

Sincerely, the OVFD Auxiliary

AVANGRID Offers Cold Weather Tips

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Dec 012019

United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas and Connecticut Natural Gas, subsidiaries of AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR), are urging customers to take measures to stay safe and warm during the bitterly cold weather that is forecast for the region.

Temperatures are expected to plunge into the single digits overnight, with potential wind chills dropping well below zero. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont has activated the state’s cold weather protocol.

UI, SCG, and CNG warned that the risk of fire, carbon monoxide poisoning, exposure, and other hazards can increase during bitterly cold weather. They urged customers to take measures to remain safe during the cold snap.

Staying Warm

If you are unable to keep your home safely and comfortably heated, call Infoline at 211 for resources that can help you and your family.

Exposure to extreme cold can cause serious medical conditions including hypothermia and frostbite. To avoid them, stay indoors if possible and wear warm clothing, including head covering and gloves or mittens.

For information about frostbite, hypothermia, and other concerns, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/index.html.

Fire and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Fire and carbon monoxide poisoning incidents rise during cold weather, as a result of malfunctioning appliances, poor ventilation and improper use of heat sources. Place smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on every level of your home, outside of sleeping areas and inside each bedroom. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors monthly to make sure the batteries are working, and replace the batteries at least twice a year.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless and tasteless toxic gas. It is a product of fuel combustion, and a buildup can result from a furnace or space heater problem. Symptoms of CO poisoning can mimic flu.

For more information about fire and carbon monoxide dangers, visit the National Fire Protection Association: https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Seasonal-fires/Put-A-Freeze-on-Winter-Fires.

Stove and Range

The stove, range, and other kitchen appliances are designed for cooking. Do not use them to heat your home. Use them only as specified in the manufacturer’s instructions.

Space Heaters

Use only space heaters that have been tested and certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory. Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions, and never use a device designed for outdoor use indoors. Place the space heater on a level surface away from foot traffic, at least 3 feet from combustible materials. Inspect the cord for fraying, and after plugging it in, periodically feel the cord near the outlet to make sure the plastic is not getting hot. Do not run the cord under a rug or carpeting, and never use an extension cord for a space heater. Keep children and pets away, and turn off the space heater when you leave the area.

More space heater safety information can be found on the U.S. Department of Energy website, at https://energy.gov/energysaver/portable-heaters.

Heating, Hot Water and Plumbing

Keep the furnace area clear of flammable materials and keep vents clear to provide a good air supply to your heating system to ensure proper combustion.

Water pipes that are exposed to cold temperatures may freeze and burst. Don’t ignore drips or odd noises from your heating system — call your heating company to investigate. Wrap exposed pipes in your basement with pipe insulation to help them retain heat.

The American Red Cross offers additional tips for avoiding frozen pipes at http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/winter-storm/preventing-thawing-frozen-pipes.

Orange Highway Department Snow Plowing Policy

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Nov 302019

This shield goes up on Meetinghouse Lane every year, and when the snow is gone, the mailbox is still there.

There are more than 110 miles of streets in the Town of Orange. Snow removal can cost up to $2,500.00 per hour. Therefore, it is important for the Department of Public Works to use its resources wisely with cooperation from the residents to minimize the cost.

Plow Routes: The streets are plowed and sanded in order of priority. Main (collector) roads are addressed first with
special attention to steep hills and difficult intersections. Side streets are done next, then dead-end streets. Side streets will remain unplowed if the main roads require repeat plowing due to the heavy volume of snowfall. This may not seem fair to the residents of side streets or dead-ends. However, the main roads must remain open.

Blocked Driveways: All snow plows angle the same way; to the driver’s right. While plowing, the plow will push the snow in front of a residential driveway. The homeowner is responsible for access to his/her driveway. The only way to
avoid additional snow removal is to wait until DPW work crews have completed their final clean up of your road.

Mailbox Damage: The town repairs or replaces only those mailboxes and/or posts that are actually struck by the plow blade. Usually, a paint mark or tire tracks provide evidence of a mailbox strike. The Town does not repair or replace mailboxes and/or posts that fall from the force of plowed snow. Mailboxes and supporting posts must be installed to withstand the rigors of snow removal; including the force of snow pushed from the street onto the roadside. It is recommended that homeowners do not purchase and utilize plastic mailboxes and/or posts as they are subject to damage. DPW recommends the use of a 4 x 4 wooden post or 2′ metal pipe with a metal mailbox.

Private Plowing: The Town of Orange prohibits private plow contractors from pushing snow from private driveways
or parking lots onto Town streets. This practice is dangerous and impedes the Town’s snow removal efforts. If there is no other alternative to pushing the snow into the street, the plow driver must plow off the windrow left across the street by re-plowing until the road is safe. This may not necessarily mean bare pavement, but certainly, it should be no worse than when the driver began work.

No Parking: The Town of Orange Snow Removal Ordinance takes effect on November 1 of each year, and continues
to April 1 of the following year. During this time, there shall be no parking on public roads during snowstorms. Should
your vehicle be parked on the street causing an obstruction to snow removal vehicles, your vehicle may be ticketed or removed by the Town of Orange Police Department. The cost of removal and any other subsequent fees shall be borne upon the owner of the vehicle.

Snow Stakes: The Town of Orange Highway Department reminds Orange residents to install “snow stakes” now
before the ground freezes. It is difficult to distinguish between the pavement edge and the edge of a lawn in heavy
snowfall. Installing stakes along property edges as close to the pavement as possible without interfering with traffic will help homeowners avoid unsightly lawn damage this winter, especially for properties with underground sprinklers or invisible fencing. Snow stakes should be 30-36″ high and can be purchased at a local hardware store. If using wooden stakes, paint the top 3″ of the stakes red to increase visibility against the snow.

Residents who feel they have a legitimate complaint should call the Town of Orange Department of Public Works at 203-891-4775.

Donations Sought To Purchase Memorial Bench For Annie “Elf Mama” Davis

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Nov 262019

A file photo from a Santa’s Helper visit. Little Cindy Lou Who is probably 15 years old now.

Annie “Elf Mama” Davis was a huge part of the Orange Community, For more than 20 years, she took the reigns of the OVFD Auxiliary’s Santa’s Helper program and helped bring joy to thousands of children and families across town.

While at home with her only son, Michael, on Monday, Sept. 23, Annie wasn’t feeling well and she passed out. Michael called 911 and his mom passed away at the hospital after having a heart attack.

The friends of Annie Davis would like to purchase a memorial bench for the Orange Fairgrounds with Annie’s name on it so she will never be forgotten.

The cost of the bench, with an engraved plaque and installation, is $1,500 and we need your help to make our goal.

Cookies and an Ornament

Annie’s Chocolate Chip Cookies were legendary around town. We are selling copies of the recipe, along with a chocolate chip cookie ornament for $3. All proceeds go toward the bench purchase. Contact Terri at orangectlive01@gmail.com if you are interested.

You may mail monetary donations to Friends of Annie Davis, 131 Clark Street, Milford, CT 06460.

We have a short term designated bank account for this cause, with none of the regular fees for a couple of months. But $1,500 is a lot of money and even as the checks are deposited as they come in, we are hoping for a lot of community support to get Annie this bench.

We’d come closer to seeing it come to fruition if all the families that participated in the Santa’s Helper event over the years sent in a little something as a thank you to Annie for her dedication to you and the program.

Make out checks to “Friends of Annie Davis,” and mail to Friends of Annie Davis, 131 Clark Street, Milford, CT 06460.

THANK YOU if you already have donated!

Make the Holidays Safer for Pets

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Nov 262019

Royalty-free stock photo     By evrymmnt

During Thanksgiving and the other holidays, families and guests gather and there is usually plenty of food and snacks. If you have a pet, you need to be aware that the “cute face” they give in order to get a little something extra from the table, may lead to a dangerous, even deadly situation.

Remember these tips to keep your pet safe during the holiday season:

  1. Keep people food out of the reach of your pet, and ask your guests to do the same.
  2. Make sure your pet doesn’t have any access to treats, especially those containing chocolate, xylitol, grapes/raisins, onions or other toxic foods.
  3. Don’t leave your pet alone in the room with lit candles, a decorated tree or potpourri.
  4. Keep holiday plants (especially holly, mistletoe and lillies) out of reach of pets.
  5. Consider leaving the tinsel off your tree if you have a cat.
  6. Secure your Christmas tree to keep it from falling over if your dog bumps it or your cat climbs it. Hanging lemon-scented car air fresheners in the tree may deter your cat from climbing it.
  7. Provide a safe place for your pet to escape the excitement (such as a kennel, crate, perching place, scratching post shelf or hiding place) if you’re entertaining guests. If your pet is excitable or scared, consider putting your pet in another room with some toys and a comfortable bed.

Source: AVMA, American Veterinary Medical Association