Town Auction A Success

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Nov 172017

The Orange Highway Department hosted a tri-town auction on Friday, Nov. 17.

Unlike past years, when there have been several retired police cruisers, pick up trucks and SUVs, the auction featured just one cruiser this year, a 2011 Crown Victoria that went for about $1,200. A dump truck and plow truck also were available, along with several pieces of lawn equipment and, of all things, a dog cage.

Dozens of people from Bethany, Orange and Woodbridge gathered in the Highway Dept parking lot and vigorously bid on each item.

The final tally hasn’t yet been released, but, the auction was, once again a huge success.

TODD On Nov. 21 TPZC Meeting Agenda

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Nov 172017

TP&Z Chair Ozzy Parente

The Town Plan and Zoning Commission will meet at Town Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21.

Following is the agenda:

  • Review and possible vote on proposed Budget for 2018-2019 fiscal year.
  • Review of the Minutes from the October 17, 2017 Meeting and the October 23, 2017 Special Meeting.

3.  Old Business.

4.  New Business.

5.  Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

PUBLIC HEARINGS 8:00 p.m.  *(3)

6.  *PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE PLAN OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT – Upon the initiative of the Orange Town Plan & Zoning Commission.  To amend the Orange Plan of Conservation & Development regarding Transit Oriented Development (TOD) in the Town of Orange.

7.  *PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING MAP – Upon the initiative of the Orange Town Plan & Zoning Commission. The proposed change is to clarify the Zoning Designation for TODD eligible properties located on Marsh Hill Road.

8.  *PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING REGULATIONS – Submitted upon the initiative of the Orange Town Plan & Zoning Commission. To amend Article XXIV – Transit Oriented Development District of the Orange Zoning Regulations.

9.   Discussion and possible vote to correct scrivener’s error with regard to the TODD District & “TODD eligible area” on the Orange Zoning Map.

Local Toys For Tots Drop Off Announced

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Nov 172017

The Wireless Zone, 330 Boston Post Road, Orange, is partnering with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign to collect new toys for less fortunate children in the area during Christmas.

The Wireless Zone will have a box instore beginning this week through the end of the season for local residents to drop off donations.

New Event Added To Annual Holiday Festival

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Nov 162017

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Here’s something you didn’t know about, on Sunday, Dec. 3 during the annual Holiday Festival, the town of Orange will have its very first Holiday Tractor Parade!

Historically, Orange is a farming town, so what’s a better way to celebrate the town’s great farming heritage than a parade of tractors?

Coordinator Denise Fantarella said she is so excited about the new event and the smiles it will bring to everyone’s faces at the Christmas Tree Lighting.

Those participating in the tractor parade will meet at the Orange Fairgrounds at 4 p.m. on Dec. 3. They’ll line up and proceed up Orange Center Road to the Town Green for the tree lighting opening ceremony by 4:45 p.m.
If you have a tractor and would like to participate, contact Denise at 203-515-9921 or send her an e-mail at denisefantarella@att.net

Get Ready For Santa’s Helper 2017

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Nov 162017

A message from Elf Mama:

Each year, every one of the Orange Fire Association’s 6 Santa’s Helper Teams of Santa, Elves and firefighter helpers are excited and honored 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 great 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 visiting with each family. 

This year, for everyone’s convenience, the Santa visits are on a Saturday (instead of Sunday) again — so mark your calendars for December 16.


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


GIFT DROP OFF DAY IS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2017, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Fire Station #2, 355 Boston Post Road (Across from T.G.I. Friday’s).  We ask that the general public arrive no earlier than 30 minutes prior to the 12:00 start time.  You will have a much shorter wait in line by following these new guidelines.

GIFT RULES AND INFORMATION:  There is a small fee of $18.00 per gift/per household.  Each gift must be INDIVIDUALLY wrapped in your favorite holiday paper with an over-wrap of plain brown paper.  The name and 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 have a total of 170 delivery spots/visits available.  We encourage you to try to have all the gifts for your delivery stop with you on Gift Drop-Off day.  (For Families with a large party with many gifts, please email Elf Mama 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 16, 2017 Santa on his fire truck 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, you can email Elf Mama at ofdsantashelper@aol.com, she will be happy to assist you via email.  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.  Visit www.orangevfd.com and click on the Santa’s Helper page for additional information and to see some fun pictures of what we do!

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


Free Suzuki Pillow Concert In Orange

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Nov 162017

On the heels of international artists Sirena Huang and Claudio Suzin Rodriguez, The Suzuki Music School’s ‘Pillow Concert’ series continue with a performance by it’s Orange campus’s ‘Suzuki All-Stars,’ on Sunday, Dec. 10, from 3 – 4 p.m.
The ‘All-Stars’ will be performing (violin, viola, cello, and flute) at the Library at St Barbara’s, 480 Racebrook Road, Orange.
‘Pillow Concerts’ are short concerts suitable for the whole family, and children are encouraged to bring a pillow and sit close to the performers.
Tickets are free but limited, so reserve yours today at  https://www.suzukischools.org, they go quickly!

Orange Inauguration Ceremony Slated

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Nov 152017

The 2017 Town of Orange Inauguration Ceremony will take place at High Plains Community Center on Friday, November 17, 2017, at 2 p.m.

All of Orange’s newly elected officials will be sworn-in for his or her designated term.

All are welcome to attend.

Why Did All The Trees Have To Go?

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Nov 152017

A couple of weeks ago, the state experienced heavy rain and high winds that took down trees and left thousands of people in the dark.

The UI Company worked quickly to restore power to affected customers.

If you don’t remember this, it may be because the town of Orange really didn’t lose electrical service.

Orange Highway Foreman Donny Foyer credits the tree work that his men and the UI have done around town during the past few months.

No matter where you go, whether in Orange or Milford or any of the other surrounding towns, you will notice that many well-established trees have been chopped down to the ground. This may be upsetting to some, but it does serve a purpose.

Foyer said the extensive tree-cutting helped prevent weather-related damage to power lines and everyone benefitted from it. “We didn’t lose power, while so many other people in the UI coverage area were in the dark for quite some time.”


Chip’s Charitable Thanksgiving Day Breakfast To Benefit Relay For Life

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Nov 152017

Start your Thanksgiving Day off with family, friends and the wonderful staff at Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, Orange, as they help to support those in the community who are battling cancer and remembering those we love.

The Annual Thanksgiving Day Breakfast takes place on Thursday, November 23 from 6 to 11 a.m. and 100% of the proceeds goes to the BOW Relay for Life.

Cost is $12 per person, cash only, and it includes 2 pancakes and 2 eggs, bacon or sausage, coffee or tea.

Relay Committee Chairman Debbie Davis is determined to get more adults involved in this year’s Relay For Life Fundraising event and this is a great place to start.

Mark your calendars, set your alarm clock and head down to Chip’s before you go to the Amity Football game (it’s at HOME this year) or walk it off at the Rotary’s Turkey Trot.

Tri-Town Auction In Orange On Friday

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Nov 142017

Are you looking for a truck, a payloader, or an old police cruiser perhaps?

The annual tri-town auction will take place this Friday, Nov. 17 at the Orange Town Garage, 308 Lambert Road, at 10 a.m.

Anyone interested in bidding and buying an item from the towns of Orange, Bethany or Woodbridge must register prior to the 10 a.m. starting time. Cash or Bank Checks are the only acceptable form of payment, No personal checks or credit cards.

Orange Highway Foreman Donny Foyer said the auction includes trucks, payloaders, leaf blowers and some other “small stuff.” Word has it that a large building from a Woodbridge Golf Course also is available and must be disassembled and moved by the buyer.

The live auctioneer makes this an exciting and often satisfying event for the right audience.

Consider coming down and being a part of this annual event.