Orange Business and Community Expo Scheduled

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Apr 192018

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 by the end of April,” 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.

Obituary: Andrea Jacobson Grant, 77, Beloved Mother, Grandmother

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Apr 182018

Andrea Jacobson Grant, 77, of Orange, passed away on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. Born in Providence on July 6, 1940, Andrea was the eldest child of the late Eric Gunnar Jacobson and Mary Elizabeth (Grieve) Jacobson. The family moved to Westerly in 1950 after purchasing a former physical therapy clinic on the Shore Road and converting it to an inn known as the Winnapaug House (later the Grandview).

She graduated from Westerly High School in 1958. She served as class secretary, editor-in-chief of the Driftwood (yearbook), a member of the Barker staff (school newspaper), and a member of the cheering squad. She was inducted into the Rhode Island and National Honor Societies and received the D. A. R. Award for Good Citizenship. Classmates voted her most likely to succeed, most mature, and most respected.

Andrea attended Pembroke College (now Brown University) and graduated in 1962 with a major in English. Work and family took her to western New York, Florida, Pennsylvania and Maryland before she returned to New England in the early 1980s. For most of her professional life, she worked as a teacher of children with special needs, many of them autistic.

Andrea read voraciously and regularly attended movies. She maintained elaborate flower gardens, and among her culinary skills was her fine-tuning of Rhode Island clam chowder, the “real” kind without milk, cream or tomatoes. Perhaps her greatest love was East Beach, where she spent many an afternoon throughout her life.

Andrea is survived by her brothers, Kent A. Jacobson (Martha Lyon) of Northampton, MA, and Peter L. Jacobson (Terry Lorant) of Oakland, CA; daughters Lisa Hartjen of Honsdale, PA, and Anne Hartjen (Larry Laconi) of New Haven, CT; two grandchildren, James and Elizabeth Laconi; and first husband, Raymond Hartjen of East Hampton, NY. She was predeceased by her second husband, John Grant.

Contributions may be made in memory of Andrea Jacobson Grant to the Westerly Public Library, 44 Broad Street, Westerly, RI, 02891.

Hurry! Time Is Running Out To Submit Your Grant Applications

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Apr 182018

The Orange Foundation is accepting Applications for grants to be distributed in the spring of 2018. Funding is available for projects benefiting the residents of Orange

Those eligible for grants include non-profit organizations, parent-teacher organizations and service organizations.

According to Distribution Committee Member and Chair of Grant Distribution, Janice Lettick, “Since it began giving out grants, the Foundations has distributed more than $170,700 to various local civic and community organizations.”

The grants range in size from $500 to $6,234. Past recipients include Amity Teen Center; Camp Cedarcrest; Case Memorial Library; Orange Senior Services; and Silberbrook Estates.

“We encourage Orange community organizations to apply for funding to support their activities,” Lettick said.

The deadline for applications is April 30, 2018. Applications are available online at www.orangefounation.org. and at the Orange Town Hall. Completed applications should be mailed to the Orange Foundation, P.O Box 729, Orange, CT 06477-0729.

Don’t Throw Away Your Bertucci’s Gift Certificates, There Is A Silver Lining

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Apr 182018

The corner of Peck Lane and the Boston Post Road is darker with the closing of Bertucci’s.

The Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, Orange, has announced that it will honor valid Bertucci’s gift certificates until Sunday, July 1.

Owner Jim Hassenmayer said, “We’ve got great food and a nice selection of beverages. This offer does not include tax, gratuity or alcoholic beverages. Because we cannot determine what the value might be of a gift card we will have to assume a maximum value of $25. Hopefully, this lessens the pain a little.”

So stop by the Ale House, relax at a quiet table in the rear dining room, or gather with friends in a booth or one of the tall tables in the big room and discover what regular customers already know about the great menu items the restaurant has to offer.

If you like the bar scene and haven’t tried the Orange Ale House yet, this is a great time to find out what it’s all about.


Boys Lacrosse: Fairfield Prep Puts Amity In The Corner

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Apr 182018

The Amity Spartans Boys Lacrosse team spent part of their Tuesday of April Vacation hosting Fairfield Prep in Woodbridge.

The Jesuits took a quick lead and in typical Prep fashion, did not look back, nor show any mercy.

Junior Mason Reale led Prep with 5 goals and 6 assists, Ethan Grandolfo, another Prep Junior also made 5 goals, followed by Senior Matthew Chiota with 3 goals.

Sophomore Patrick McAleavey had 1 goal and 6 assists, Junior Timothy Rohach and Senior Jae Young Stuhlman each had 1 goal and 1 assist, Seniors Skyler Celotto and Dustin Duffy added 1 goal each.

Amity Sophomore Simon Flaherty prevented a shut out and scored the Spartans’ one and only goal.


Fairfield Prep easily won this one 18-1.

Records: Amity 1-4, Prep 2-2


Case Memorial Library Hosts The Rainbow Fish Drama Workshop

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Apr 172018

The Case Memorial Library will host a drama workshop on Saturday, April 21 from 2-3:30 p.m. for children ages 5-10.

Deep in the ocean, a fish with sparkling rainbow scales captivates fellow sea creatures with his beauty. But everything changes when the rainbow fish refuses to share any beauty with his admirers.

Ingrid Schaeffer will read Marcus Pfister’s tale aloud to the group and provide costumes and props. Then, we’ll re-enact the story together.

Participants also will complete an art activity based on the book as part of the workshop.

Registration is required, call 203-891-2170.

Camp Argo Hosts Open House On April 22

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Apr 172018

Everyone is invited to the Camp Argo Open House on Sunday, April 22 from 6-7 p.m.  Kids are always welcome. Rain or shine (or snow).  

Learn more about the camp, meet some of the counselors, take a brief tour and ask any questions.  Park in the main parking lot directly off of 886 Mapledale Road and then walk across the bridge to the main cafeteria building.  
There have been so many camper registrations so far that organizers are seeking more help from high school aged volunteer counselors for this summer. Volunteering at Camp Argo can satisfy community service hours, improve a resume for college, and is a great way to learn more leadership skills while spending the summer outdoors. 
If you know of an energetic, responsible teenager who loves or wants to work with kids please point them in our direction and to the “Join Our Team” page http://campargo.com/volunteer.php to fill out an application.
Feel free to forward this e-mail to others that you feel would be interested or who may have questions. 
Your friends, family & neighbors are all welcome to have fun with us at Camp Argo this summer. 
Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @campargo1.

This Week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedule

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Apr 162018

Following is the Amity Varsity sports schedule for the week of April Vacation (April 16-21).

Monday, April 16

All events canceled due to the weather.

Tuesday, April 17

Boys Outdoor Track vs Xavier, Jonathan Law, Wilbur Cross AWAY at Xavier 3:45 p.m.

Boys Lacrosse (1-3) vs Fairfield Prep (1-2) HOME at Amity 4 p.m.

Girls Lacrosse vs East Lyme AWAY East Lyme Turf Field 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 18

Baseball vs Career Magnet HOME at Amity 12 p.m.

Boys Tennis vs Xavier HOME Amity Tennis Courts 3:45 p.m.

Girls Tennis vs Shelton HOME at Amity Tennis Courts 3:45 p.m.

Boys Lacrosse vs Jonathan Law HOME at Amity 4 p.m.

Softball vs Hamden HOME at Amity 4 p.m.

Boys Volleyball vs Daniel Hand HOME Amity gym 5:15 p.m.

Thursday, April 19

Baseball vs Daniel Hand AWAY at Daniel Hand 3:45 p.m.

Boys Tennis vs North Haven AWAY North Haven Athletic Complex 3:45 p.m.

Girls Lacrosse vs Foran AWAY at Foran High School Turf Field 3:45 p.m.

Girls Outdoor Track vs Mercy, Wilbur Cross, Daniel Hand AWAY at Xavier 3:45 p.m.

Softball vs Shelton AWAY at Shelton Softball Field 3:45 p.m.

Friday, April 20

Girls Tennis vs Sacred Heart Academy AWAY at Hamden Middle School 11:30 a.m.

Softball vs Sacred Heart Academy HOME at Amity 2:30 p.m.

Baseball vs Jonathan Law HOME at Amity 3:45 p.m.

Boys Tennis vs East Haven HOME at Amity Tennis Courts 3:45 p.m.

Boys Volleyball vs Masuk AWAY Masuk High School 5:15 p.m.

Saturday, April 21

Boys Outdoor Track Lawmen Froshmore Invite AWAY Jonathan Law 10 a.m.

Girls Lacrosse vs Sheehan HOME at Amity 10 a.m.

Boys Lacrosse vs Brookfield AWAY Brookfield High Stadium 1 p.m.


Bertucci’s Closes Orange Restaurant, 14 Other Locations

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Apr 162018

As residents and passersby drove along the 500 block of the Boston Post Road today, it was hard to miss a change in the landscape.

All of the signs, at Bertucci’s Restaurant, 550 Boston Post Road, including the big square one near the street and all identifiers on the building itself, are gone.

Bertucci’s based in Boston filed for bankruptcy protection and closed a total of 15 locations, including three in CT: Orange, Southington, and Manchester, all were stripped of identifying markers and quietly shut down.

No one in the Town Hall was notified, including First Selectman Jim Zeoli, who said he’d only heard about it from a resident and me today. Most employees were informed on Sunday night that this was their last service.

The Newington Restaurant was spared, as were 59 other locations up and down the east coast.

The casual family-friendly eatery will be missed, especially by those of us who contributed to the decor when the restaurant contacted us for photos for their wall murals. My favorites were those that I took of then K-9 officer Mike Kosh and his handsome partner, the late Maximus (Max to those who knew him and loved him.) And a huge photo on the opposite wall of members of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.  Both graced the front foyer.

Bertucci’s was a go-to place for fundraising events, the police department had Tip-a-Cop fundraisers, Schools, Scout Troops, church organizations and so many more loved this Restaurant.




Dance Studio Hosts Charity Event For Cancer Research

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Apr 162018

Join the Fred Astaire Dance Studio, 547 Boston Post Road, Orange on Saturday, April 21, from 5:30 – 7 p.m., for a fundraiser supporting Smilow Cancer Research for female reproductive organs.

The Smilow Cancer Research Hospital at Yale-New Haven Health treats more cancer patients than any other hospital in Connecticut.

The event will include a team match competition where you can watch the dancers face off and an open house including food and drink.

Swing into spring and come dance for the cure for Ovarian Cancer research.

To RSVP, call 203-795-5200.