Breast Cancer Awareness Wreath Hanging At Town Hall

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Oct 222018

The public is invited to join with the Town of Orange to once again participate in Breast Cancer Awareness Month by placing a pink ribbon wreath on the front door of the Orange Town Hall, 617 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT on ThursdayOctober 25 at 1:30 p.m.

This year, instead of honoring one individual cancer survivor, the town will be honoring all survivors. 

Anyone wishing to do so may take a pink ribbon from the wreath to honor those who have survived as well as those who have succumbed to breast cancer.  

Pink ribbon cards will be sold and hung in Town Hall to benefit Susan G. Komen ConnecticutPlease make a $5 monetary contribution and dedicate your donation to those who have survived breast cancer and those who have not.

Chamber Members, Register Today for Tuesday’s Morning Jolt

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Oct 222018

The Orange Chamber of Commerce will host its Morning Jolt! networking program at Eli’s Restaurant, 285 Boston Post Road, on Tuesday, October 23, from 8 to 9 a.m.

Get leads and meet other Chamber Businesses for coffee and conversation.

The event is free and open to local businesses.

Bring your business cards and be ready to network with other business professionals.

RSVP to Carol today at director@orangectchamber.com


Girls Swimming and Diving: Cheshire Kicks Past Amity In Orange

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Oct 212018

The Lady Spartans Swimming and Diving Team hosted the Cheshire Rams at the Orange Pool on Friday, Oct. 19.

Amity knew that this was going to be a battle, and they worked just as hard as always, but this one simply went in Cheshire’s favor 98-80, and Amity dropped to 10-2 for the season.

Cheshire’s Winning Events

200-yard Medley Relay: 1:52.41 Sophie Murphy, Elli Haskes, Julia Stevens, Esther Han

200-yard Freestyle: 1:58.79 Samantha Grenon

200 Ind. Medley: 2:13.80 Julia Stevens

Diving: 260.40 Sienna Breton

100 Freestyle: 55.35 Sophie Murphy

500-yard Freestyle: 5:14.38 Nora Bergstrom

200-yard Freestyle Relay: 1:45.82 Sophie Murphy, Elli Haskes, Samantha Grenon, Shannon Lindsey,

50-yard Freestyle: 24.60 Sophie Murphy

Amity’s Winning Events

100-yard Butterfly: 59.29 Katie O’Connor

100-yard Backstroke:  1:01.87 Molly Cox

100-yard Breaststroke: 1:14.16 Emma Grabowski

400-yard Freestyle Relay: 3:55.96 Katie O’Connor, Olivia Fryer, Molly Cox, Julia Snow

Sponsors, Runners Sought For Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot

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Oct 212018

The Rotary Club of Orange will host its 6th Annual Thanksgiving Day 5k Road Race on Thursday, Nov. 22. The race is certified and will start at the High Plains Community Center and run through Orange with a finish back at the Community Center.

This is an economic development opportunity to bring people and business to Orange. The funds raised from this event will go towards supporting Orange Rotary’s initiatives both locally and abroad. Locally, they provide dictionaries to every third grader in Orange, register area children in the Amber Alert ID Program and make donations for the town food pantry and energy assistance program.

The last six years the Rotary has participated in “Operation Warm” and donated thousands of coats to area schools and shelters to help keep underprivileged kids warm. Additionally, the club awards $6,000 in college scholarships annually to high school seniors from Orange.

Race sponsors make it possible to offer a dynamic race event promoting health and wellness, supporting great causes and driving traffic to the area. Extensive marketing and promotion of the event will give the Sponsors high visibility and recognition throughout the state, along with the opportunity to market their products and services.

The Rotary welcomes everyone to be part of this great event.  By sponsoring Thanksgiving Day 5k Road Race, you are making a valuable financial contribution to help in all of Rotary’s initiatives. 

Mark Your Calendars, Santa’s Helper Is Set For Saturday, Dec. 15

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Oct 212018

Longtime Orange residents, can you believe it? Santa’s Helper is celebrating its 24th year of delivering gifts, smiles, and fun to hundreds of families in town.

Elf Mama was a young lass when she began organizing the popular fundraiser for the Orange Volunteer Fire Department back in 1994. Now, she’s a bit older (1,027 in Elf Years) and wiser (she’s seen it all, and dealt with it) and she’s still just as spry and enthusiastic about getting the elves and firefighter helpers together for the big day.

Santa is practicing his “Ho, Ho, Ho” and the elves and helpers are getting the fire trucks ready to go! Don’t make alternate plans for that day because Santa gets very sad when families aren’t home when he and the firefighters arrive. The start time for Santa’s Helper delivery day is 3 p.m.


A file photo from a previous Santa’s Helper visit. Little Cindy Lou Who is probably 13 years old now.

Elf Mama tells it like this — as many know, Santa’s Helper is a wonderful, exciting, fun and memorable fund-raising event with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting your Orange Volunteer Fire Department for the purchase of firefighting and rescue equipment.

“Each year, every one of our 6 Santa’s Helper Teams of Santa, Elves and firefighter helpers are excited to visit and deliver gifts, share in some fun, 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!  His truck full of gifts, his helpers and Elves coming in to visit with each family,” said Elf Mama.


Drop off the gifts on the designated drop-off day that you would like Santa and his team to deliver back to your loved ones, sign-up and we will take care of the rest.


Here’s a file photo from the 2012 drop off.

GIFT DROP-OFF DAY IS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2018, 12:00 – 3:00 P.M. at Fire Station #2, 355 Boston Post Road (Across from TGI Fridays).  We ask that the general public arrive no earlier than 30 minutes prior to start time.  You will have a much shorter wait in line by following these guidelines.

GIFT RULES AND INFORMATION:  There is a small fee of $19.00 per gift/per household.  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.  PLEASE try not to make the gift too large or too heavy, Santa appreciates that.  We do have a limit of 170 delivery spots/visits available.  We encourage you to try to have all the gifts for your visit with you on Gift Drop-Off day. (For families with a large party and many gifts, please e-mail Anne at ofdsantashelper@aol.com for special instructions.

Parking for Drop-Off day is in the rear of the Fire Station.  Firefighters will be there to assist you.  The Drop-Off Line is located INSIDE the Fire Station. Use the rear door marked ENTER.

ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2018, SANTA on his firetruck with his Elf and Firefighter helpers will arrive at your home to deliver the gifts to your loved ones and spend a few moments with your family and friends for photos and fun!

If you have any questions, e-mail Anne at ofdsantashelper@aol.com she will be happy to help you via e-mail.  Please do not call the Fire Stations as it’s a Volunteer Fire Department and there will not be anyone there to assist you with Santa’s Helper information.

NOTE: *E-mailing Santa’s Helper does not guarantee you a spot on the delivery route.  Sign-up is on Gift Drop-Off day and it is on a first come-first serve basis.


If you’ve never participated in Santa’s Helper, this is a great time to start a new tradition in your family, and you will be helping the all-volunteer fire department at the same time. Don’t miss out!

Below, a collage of one of the Santa’s Helper families in Orange that grew up with the program. The adults were children two decades ago, and the children are theirs. 

Open House: Newly Constructed 2,093 sqft 3 Bedroom Colonial

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Oct 212018

Open House today at 719 Orange Center Road from 12 to 2 p.m. This is your textbook Colonial in the center of a small town! Fabulous yard, with the quaint look of shutters and the taste of yesteryear.

Meticulously maintained with updated kitchen (Carrera marble backsplash) and newer baths.

This beautiful home has crown moldings and a screened-in side porch for drifting off in the shade! The front to back living room has a handsome wood fireplace (hardly ever used) and the formal dining room has two corner built-in hutches, perfect for that elegant glassware display!

THE BEST is the addition of a first floor family room with loads of light and plenty of room to entertain, overlooking the pristine grounds. The garage is attached, the mudroom is the perfect catchall with laundry and the list goes on!

This location, topography and just the right size home, makes this the colonial in Orange that the buyers have been waiting for. Plenty of parking in the driveway and no fear of tree removal expenses in the future. Open space, shaded perfect grass and huge privacy! What else do you need! There seems to even be room to expand the first floor powder room.

Asking price is $399,000.

Football: Amity Holds Its Own Against Notre Dame For Three Quarters

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Oct 202018

Amity was on the road in West Haven for a matchup against Notre Dame on Friday, Oct. 19.

Notre Dame has had a couple of big losses this year, and a couple of big victories as well. Their win against Amity 21-14 was the closest game yet.

The Spartans are warriors this year, and they played hard, and they certainly held their own against the Green Knights.

Here’s how the game played out:

Notre Dame’s Junior Quarterback Jackson Zalinsky scored the first touchdown of the game with 6:04 remaining in the first quarter.

The second quarter had a lot of back and forth, and then, with just 48 seconds on the clock, Amity Junior Joey Digello scored for the Spartans, and Abyan Nawaz’s kick was good, putting Amity ahead 7-6.

The Spartans retained their lead throughout the third quarter. Amity Junior Quarterback James Laubstein made his way across the goal line with 2:41 remaining.

Both teams battled for the next 2.5 minutes, but the Spartans retained their 14-6 lead.

The fourth quarter was a nail-biter, with the Green Knights scoring another touchdown within the first three minutes. At one point behind the Spartans, they needed to make a smart strategic move, so, they went for, and succeeded in executing a two-point conversion, tying the game at 14-14.

The Notre Dame band played through the final quarter, and both teams took turns attempting to break that tie.

Then the Green Knights Senior Warren Murphy made his breakaway move. With Amity Senior Runningback Daniel Beckwith hot on his tail, Murphy lept over fallen players and just made a beeline for the goal line. Beckwith made one last-ditch effort to tackle him, but Murphy sprinted on.

He ran past the goal line and straight over to fans lining the fence. He high-fived several of them and then, the extra point was good.

Notre Dame took the lead, 21-14, with 3:14 left on the clock.

Amity’s Michael Young made a valiant effort to tie things up again, but the clock ran out and the Spartans had to take the loss.

Other notable Amity players in this game were Sophomore Anthony Olenechuk (54), Junior Nico Semmonella (81), Junior Andrew Gnidula (13) and Senior Jake Lettick (10). Everyone played to win.

NOTE: This was the closest game Notre Dame has had so far.

Records: Both Amity and Notre Dame are 4-2 for the 2018 Season.

Next Up for the Spartans: a HOME game against Branford (4-2) at 7 p.m.

Rounding out the season, the final three games are ARGH, the undefeated Shelton Gaels at HOME on Friday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.

Then, and AWAY game at Hamden (not having the best season at 2-4) on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.

And Finally the BIG Thanksgiving Rivalry Game against North Haven (5-1) at Vanacore Field on Nov. 22 at 10:30 a.m.

I’ve said it before, do NOT underestimate the 2018 Amity Spartans, they’re strong, they’re talented and they’re determined. They can do this!

Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.
— Tom Landry


It’s Almost Winter, Time To Start Thinking About Baseball

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Oct 182018

Orange American Legion Post 127 Baseball

The Orange American Legion Post 127 will be holding its 2019 Baseball tryouts on Saturday, November 3, at Brinley Field (Old Tavern Park) at 10 a.m. Anyone who lives in Bethany, Orange or Woodbridge is eligible.

Once again this season, the league will be providing winter workouts. Once the spring freshman and JV seasons are over, the 17U team will begin practice and play exhibition games. The 19U team will begin practice and play exhibition games after the varsity season is over. Each regular season begins in early June.

The coaches hope to make the postseason state tournament at the end of July. Both teams will be playing in the Fourth of July Firecracker Tournament in Providence, Rhode Island which includes an optional showcase. Rising juniors and seniors will be eligible for nomination for the Rawlings American Legion Futures Showcase game at Central Connecticut State University. The teams will potentially enter another local tournament should the schedule permit.

Including exhibition games, regular season and postseason, each team will play approximately a 35-game competitive schedule.

Approximate price is $675.

For more information, or if you cannot make tryouts, e-mail nick.mirto@gmail.com or call Nick Mirto at 203-464-9971.

A couple of well known names who’ve played in the Post 127 league are Vin Sienna (shortstop) who played for the Mets, and Pat Winkel (catcher) who was drafted by the Yankees, but chose UConn.

Police Blotter: Man Charged With Threatening and Breach of Peace

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Oct 172018

On Thursday, Oct. 11, Orange police responded to 526 Boston Post Road regarding an arrest warrant service on John Coscia, 53, of Ansonia, for threatening and a breach of peace, which occurred on Sept. 15, 2018.  Coscia was located on premises. 

Coscia was taken into custody and charged with second-degree threatening and second-degree breach of peace.

He posted a $1,000 surety bond and received a court date of Oct. 25.

Orange Police: Don’t Be A Victim, Lock Your Cars

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Oct 172018

Residents should be aware that like many other area communities, Orange has experienced a rash of car break-ins recently.

Groups of people, usually teenagers and/or young adults enter a neighborhood and run through the driveways, pulling on the door handles of every car they see.

If the car is locked, they move on. If the car is unlocked, they enter it and search it for anything of value. Money, computers, purses, it doesn’t matter, they will take it.

If the key or the fob is in the car, they will take the entire vehicle.

Your best defense against this type of activity is to remove valuables from your car and ensure that it is locked.

If you see anyone or anything suspicious in your neighborhood, please do not hesitate to contact the Orange Police Department 24/7 at 203-891-2130.