Last Chance To Register For Tuesday’s Morning Jolt

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Feb 252019

The Orange Chamber of Commerce invites all local business owners to join in Coffee and Conversation at Eli’s Restaurant, 285 Boston Post Road, Orange, on Tuesday, February 26, from 8 to 9 a.m.

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

Get leads and meet other Chamber Businesses.

This event is Free and OPEN to local businesses.

RSVP today to director@orangectchamber.com

Paper Shredding, Mattress Recycling, and Clothing and Household Goods Collection Saturday

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Oct 122018

The Orange Recycling Committee’s paper shredding and mattress recycling event scheduled for Saturday, October 13, from 9 a.m. to noon at High Plains Community Center (HPCC), 525 OrangeCenter Road, will once again be joined by the Orange Community Women hosting a FUNDrive for Clothes and Household Items.

The Orange Community Women are asking residents to bring clothing, shoes, towels, electronics, toys and games, kitchen items, sporting goods and more to the pavilion that morning. This benefit will help support many community projects.

Orange Recycling Committee Chair Mitch Goldblatt is excited about the additional service. “Saturday, October
13th will be a great morning for a Fall Clean-Out at its best”, Goldblatt said. “I’m encouraging all residents to bring their household goods and clothes in addition to their documents, papers, and even mattresses for an ultimate recycling event!”

The secure, on-site paper shredding service will once again be handled by town resident Joe Johnston’s company, Affordable Solutions. 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 Program. 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 program.

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 “We are thrilled to partner with the Rotary Club of Orange, the Orange Lions Club, and the Orange Community Women to offer these important environmental services to residents,” said Mitch Goldblatt. “Purging homes of these items and keeping them out of landfills helps our environment as well as 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 seventh 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 as well as household goods recycling to this event has made this one event not to be missed.

Paper Shredding, Mattress Recycling, Clothing and Household Item Drive – Details:
WHEN: Saturday, October 13, 2018, 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 reuse. DO
NOT BRING: Paper that is already shredded, newspapers, notebooks, folders, and other papers that
can go in the regular residential recycling bins.
 Mattresses and box springs.
 Clothing, shoes, bedding, towels, accessories, CDs, DVDs, books, electrical items, toys, games,
kitchen items, sporting goods, knick-knacks.

Details Of The 2018 Orange Independence Day Concert and Fireworks

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Jun 152018

The town of Orange may be small in population, but it gained the reputation for bringing in top-flight bands and one of the best fireworks displays in the New Haven County.

For this year’s Independence Day Concert, the Orange Town News, which is once again producing the event, is presenting “The British Invasion Years” to perform prior to the town’s Annual Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular.

More than just The Beatles, The British Invasion Years is three shows in one!

First, you will hear classic songs by iconic sixties, British Groups. British Invasion music was instantly embraced because it was so eclectic…the bad boy soul of the Rolling Stones, the defiant anthems of The Who, the raw and powerful guitar sounds of The Kinks, the flower power grooves ofThe Zombies, and the uplifting pop of Herman’s Hermits.

The American Musical response follows, with memorable hits by celebrated artists like The Beach Boys, The Monkees, The Doors, and Steppenwolf.

The sixties-era retrospective concludes with an extraordinary note-for-note finale of The Beatles Abby Road album.

To preview the band, go to www.britishinvasionyears.com.

The Independence Day Concert will take place on Sunday, July 1 (rain date Monday, July 2) at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange.

The festivities will begin promptly at 6:30 pm with welcoming comments from Orange First Selectman Jim Zeoli.  The concert will be followed promptly at 9:30 pm by the Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular with Patriotic Music.

Event producer Rocky Salperto said, “We are looking forward to another premiere event for area residents to enjoy.  We are excited about producing this show for the seventh consecutive year.  We hope everyone continues to enjoy this great community event. Many thanks go out to our sponsors, our first selectman and town officials for their continued support.”

The event is made possible through area sponsors including major sponsors:  Cohen & Wolf, P.C.; Yale University, The Orange Foundation’s Olga Fund, the Orange Town News & the Town of Orange.

            Popular Food Trucks have been lined up and novelty items will also be available for purchase at the fairgrounds beginning at 6:00 pm.  WPLR Radio will also be on location.  Come early and get a good seat.  Admission is free.  There will be a suggested parking donation of $5 that will benefit the Orange Little League.

O.V.F.D. Auxiliary Pancake Breakfast Scheduled

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May 312018

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will host its 19th annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, June 2 from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Station #2, 355 Boston Post Road. Orange.

Enjoy scrambled eggs, your choice of bacon or sausage, potato patties and all you can eat “Chip’s” pancakes prepared for you by the Orange Volunteer Firefighters. Orange juice, milk, coffee, and tea also will be served.

Prices are $8.00 for Adults, Children ages 6-12: $6.00. Age 5 and under are free with a paying adult.

Save $1.00 per person by purchasing advance tickets from any auxiliary member or at Knight’s Inc. 286 Boston Post Road, Orange.

All proceeds benefit the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The cost has been the same for many years. So come on out and help the OVFD!

For further information, contact Lynn Knight @ 203-795- 5882, e-mail: lmk415@yahoo.com or visit the website at www.orangevfd.com

Get Ready! The Annual Church Tag Sale Is On May 12

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May 102018

Aerial view of the Orange Congregational Church

The annual Orange Congregational Church Youth Group Tag sale will take place on the Orange Town Green on Saturday, May 12  from 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (rain date: May 19).

If you wish to rent a space—without a table is $20, and a space with a table is $25, please call Esther at the church office 203-795-9749 during office hours.

There also will be a Bake Sale during the Tag Sale and proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity Youth United.

Donations of items for the sale are welcome and can be brought after May 6 to the church at 205 Meetinghouse Lane, Orange.

Church office hours are Mon-Fri, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can email them any time at occhurch@snet.net.

Clothing For A Cause

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May 052018

The Orange Lions Club is collecting NEW clothes for the Rape Crisis Center of Milford, servicing the Milford, Orange, Derby, Ansonia, Seymour, Shelton and West haven areas.

New Clothing Only! Women’s sizes — Med and X-Large Preferred. Including Flip Flops, Athletic Pants and Shirts, Sweatshirts, Socks, T-Shirts, and Underwear.

Bring items to High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road on Saturday, May 5, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Mark Your Calendar For St. Barbara’s Taste Of Greece

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May 032018

St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road, will host its sixth Annual “A Taste Of Greece” on Saturday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Why wait for the Labor Day Greek Festival when you can enjoy all of your Greek Favorites at this Springtime mini-festival. Parking and admission are free.

Meet friends and family in the beautiful Saint Barbara Social Hall to dine Greek style or take home some of your favorites.


•  Classic Greek cuisine – Avgolemeno Soup(egg lemon), Greek SaladSpanakopita (spinach pie), Tiropita (cheese pie), GyroPork Souvlaki, Lamb dinner, Pastitisio (Greek style lasagna), Greek style roasted Chicken.

•  Greek Pastries (glyka) – Baklava (layers of nuts and filo, drenched in syrup)Kourabiedes (shortbread dusted with powdered sugar), Ekmek Kataifi (shredded filo pastry with syrup, topped with custard and freshly whipped sweet cream and silvered, toasted almonds), Rice Pudding (creamy blend of rice, milk and sugar) and Ravani (moist almond and honey cake).

•  Eat-In or Take-Out – Dine in our elegant social hall, and/or take food and pastries to go for another Greek meal. 


Orange Business and Community Expo Scheduled

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May 022018

Save the date for the 16th Annual Orange Business and Community Expo which will take place at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Executive Director Annemarie Sliby,  said, “We are looking forward to hosting the 16th Expo and would like to welcome the public and business population to stop by to network and enjoy the day.”

The Expo is free and open to the public. Business owners, their employees, and local residents can look forward to product demonstrations, activities, raffles and food trucks. Visit and network with 56 business vendors including: Albertus Magnus College, All American Waste, Cody White Funeral Home, Beardsley Zoo, Orange Visiting Nurse Association, Shops at Yale, University of Bridgeport, Visiting Angels and many more. For a complete list, check our website at www.orangeedc.com/events_activities.

A Speed Networking event is taking place from 10 am to 11 am prior to Expo opening. This will be a fun and effective way to make connections. Rob Thomas, of Rob Thomas CT, professional networking coach, will be the moderator. Seating is limited and registration is required. Cost is $15 per person and includes a goodie bag, refreshments and raffle entry.

Following the Expo, the Orange Chamber of Commerce together with Eli’s restaurant will host a Business After Hours event on site under the Pavilion at High Plains Community Center. See the Orange Chamber booth for details.

Vendor space is still available. Showcase your business, products or service, sell your products on site, and network with business vendors/attendees. Vendor space is limited to 56 exhibitor booths.

“Booth space is selling fast and we expect to be sold out soon,” Sliby said.

Exhibitor space is reasonably priced at $300 for an 8-foot booth, which includes pipe and drape, linen topped-skirted table and 1 chair. In addition, all vendors receive their business information listed in the Event Program, their business marketing materials included in Event Welcome Bags, their company name listed in OrangeLife Magazine, an entry into the Vendor/Sponsor appreciation raffle, and exhibitor lanyards. Booths with electricity are very limited but may be provided for an additional $100. If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please register online at the OEDC website, OrangeEDC.com/events_activities or call the OEDC office at (203) 891-1045.

If you unable participate as a vendor in the Expo this year, your business can still have a presence. For just $75, your marketing materials will be included in the Event Welcome Bags, which go to all attendees and vendors. You may also place an ad in the Event Program; sizes and prices vary.

Please call our office at 891-1045 for information on both opportunities.

Many thanks to our sponsors: Gold: Cohen and Wolf, NORTHEAST Electronics Corporation, Orange Economic Development Commission, Taylor Rental/Party Plus and The Shops at Yale; Bronze: Connex Credit Union, Statefarm Insurance, Shop Rite, All American Waste, Subway; Pewter: The Eagle Leasing Company and Hurwitz, Sagarin, Slossberg and Knuff. Event Bags: Colonial Properties.

For more information, call the Orange Economic Development Corporation at (203) 891-1045 or visit the website at OrangeEDC.com/events_acivities.

Town Budget Hearing On Thursday

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Apr 252018

The Town Budget Hearing is scheduled for Thursday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m.
The hearing will take place at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road.
Come and listen to what the Finance Committee has been working on and get answers to your questions.

Police Blotter: New Haven Man Accused Of Stealing More Than $1,300 from Employer

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Apr 252018

A New Haven man turned himself in at the Orange Police Headquarters on an active warrant for his arrest following an investigation into money being stolen from his place of employment.

Jean Davis, 22, of New Haven, was charged with fourth-degree larceny, first-degree forgery, and criminal impersonation.

Davis was arrested around 12:40 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, when he turned himself in after hearing of an active warrant for his arrest.

The warrant stemmed from an investigation that started in Sept. 2017.

Davis was employed at the Plato’s Closet store on the Boston Post Road when police learned that he allegedly had written store checks to himself and signed manager approvals on all of them to cash them and keep the money.

Police said Davis stole about $1,303.50 before the store management realized what was going on and contacted the police department.