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PHOTOS: Orange Holiday Festival Gingerbread Houses and More

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Dec 052018

Coffee, Latkes & Learn at Or Shalom on Wednesday

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Dec 042018

Come to Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, on Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. for a Coffee, Latkes & Learn session.

The topic is “Will the Real Hanukah, please stand up?”

The Rabbi hosts a weekly Coffee and Learn event here each week.

Chamber Event: Lunchtime Wellness Break

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Dec 042018

The Aiping Tai Chi Center is partnering with Eli’s Orange and Eli’s Tavern for a special Lunchtime Wellness Break on Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

The 45 minute Qigong and Tai Chi session will take place at the center, located inside Wudang Kung Fu Academy, 518 Boston Post Road, Orange. The purpose is to relax and recharge. $10-15.

All attendees will receive a 10% discount coupon toward a meal that day at Eli’s Orange or Eli’s Tavern.

Click HERE to register for the event.


The Ultimate Coffee Table Magazine Is Here

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Dec 042018

For several years, we’ve been singing the praises of the Orange Economic Development Corporation’s semi-annual local publication “Orange Life” magazine.

This is not a rival news organization, rather a sister-type business, as we both serve only the Orange community.

Orange Life is beautiful, with quality printing and a high gloss cover featuring a beautiful picture from someone local. The winter issue shows a stunning painting of the Wepawaug by artist Violet Nastri.

Inside, are detailed stories crafted by skilled writers who have time to put in a lot of research to offer the best information about the subject.

Orange Life is the only news publication that you will want to keep on your coffee table for months to come. Sort of like a Reader’s Digest Magazine, you’ll always pick it up again for reference or to take another look at a photograph, or check out an ad (see our ad on page 58).

OEDC Executive Director Annemarie Sliby does a phenomenal job.

Look for your Orange Life Magazine in the mail, you’ll be sure to love it!


Celebrate Hanukkah at Congregation Or Shalom on Friday Night

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Dec 042018

Come to Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, Orange for a fun-filled evening of Hanukah Celebration on Friday, Dec. 7.
The menorah lighting will take place in the lobby at 7 p.m. sharp, and then everyone will gather in the Sanctuary for the dedication of the new Marty Zwerdling Hanukah Menorah, followed by a brief Friday night service.
A Oneg Shabbat will follow, featuring a magic show, latkes, and chocolate gelt!
Children of all ages are invited.

A Wet And Dreary Holiday Festival Filled With Joy

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Dec 042018

The Orange Holiday Festival Committee works very hard to make the annual event fun for everyone. They can make up a schedule and cram a lot of activities into a very short period of time, but they can’t control the weather.

Even with a steady drizzle putting a damper on things, Sunday’s annual event was far from a washout. Al deCant brought smiles and excitement to children’s faces at the library. New visitors appreciated the history lessons they learned at the Stone-Otis House and Academy Building. And who doesn’t love the new model railroad layout in the Academy basement?

Over at the Congregational Church, the Bell Choir was magnificent as usual and guests were treated to something new, The Amity Chamber Singers performed in the balcony instead of at the traditional spot at the library.

The OVNA building had a lot of wonderful gingerbread creations and the fireplace Ice Sculpture was really something else.

The Case Memorial Library experienced less traffic this year due to two major changes. First, as previously mentioned, the absence of the Chamber Singers, and the “break” that the Friends of the Library took from their sponsored decorated tree display this year.

Two features that were appreciated were deCant’s performance, Letters to Santa, and the “guess how many candies” contest (run by Kim Browe).

Now, in its second year, the tractor parade drew the attention of the entire crowd, with more participants than last year. Led by Blue Fantarella, they slowly rolled up Orange Center Road, big tractors, little tractors, tractors pulling trailers, all beautifully decorated with lights, garland, inflatables, and lighted plastic blown figures.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department then announced Santa’s arrival with horns and sirens as they delivered the jolly old elf to the bright-eyed children who’d been anticipating the chance to meet him in person.

Because of the rain, First Selectman Jim Zeoli sped things up a little this time so everyone wouldn’t have to spend any more time getting wet than necessary. A young boy, who’d been chosen came forward and flipped the switch with Buddy the Elf, and he was delighted.

Santa took a seat in the trailer that he and his elves made up in the North Pole and welcomed all of the children to come in and share their Christmas wishes. As expected, some little ones were apprehensive and wouldn’t come in without their mommy, but Santa is clever and found a way for nearly every parent to get a photo of their child with him. Even a puppy happily sat for a photo op.

One of the most sincere exchanges was from a group of Amity Chamber Singers who documented their visit with a selfie video, as they asked Santa for acceptance letters to the college of their choice(s).

Thank you to the Committee for their hard work and for pulling off another successful Holiday Festival — even if Mother Nature had other plans.


Town Plan & Zoning Meeting includes UHaul Facility

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Dec 032018

TP&Z Chair Ozzy Parente

The Town Plan & Zoning Commission meets at Town Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.

Following is the agenda:

1. Action on a proposed settlement for Docket No. AAN-CV17-6024176-S; ORANGE HOTEL DEVELOPMENT LIMITED PARTNERSHIP Et Al v. ORANGE TOWN PLAN AND ZONING COMMISSION Et Al. If the settlement is approved there will be a C.G.S. Section 8-8(n) hearing for the court to decide on the proposed settlement at the Superior Court for the Judicial District of Hartford, Land Use Litigation Docket, 95 Washington Street, Hartford, Connecticut.

2. Review of proposed Budget for 2019-2020 fiscal year.

3. Review of the Minutes from the November 7, 2018 Meeting.

4. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

5. Old Business

6. New Business

7. SITE PLAN APPLICATION – Submitted by Amerco Real Estate Company for property known as 174 Boston Post Road. The proposal is for the conversion of an existing commercial building and property into a public storage facility (UHaul). A SITE PLAN APPLICATION – LIGHTING SUPPLEMENT also has been submitted.

Obituary: Michael F. Torello, 48, Beloved Son Of Thomas and Elinor Torello

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Dec 022018

Michael F. Torello, 48, of Steamboat Springs, CO, formerly of Orange, CT passed away suddenly at home Nov. 29, 2018.

He is survived by his parents Thomas and Elinor, sister Kathryn Torello/Korpi (Andrew) of Utah, former wife Erin and Teddy his pride and joy.

Mike was born in New Haven, CT on July 10, 1970. He graduated Amity High School and Lehigh University. He was an avid skier and passionate and a talented chef in many restaurants in Steamboat. He loved to read, dogs, New York Yankees, and Pittsburgh Steelers, and living in the mountains.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Name Church at 10 a.m. on Dec. 3 in Steamboat.

In lieu of flowers, a gofundme account has been set up in the name Teddy Torello. www.gofundme.com.

Severe Weather Alert

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Dec 022018

The National Weather Service has issued a severe weather alert for our area until 5 a.m. Monday.

Expect locally dense fog this afternoon with visibilities generally from 1 to 3 miles, which will reduce to one-quarter mile or less at times.

Drivers should be on the lookout for rapidly changing visibility.

If you encounter heavy fog, reduce your speed and use your low beams as high beams will make it even harder to see what lies ahead.

Sneak Peek: Boys Ice Hockey Preview

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Dec 012018

After watching one scrimmage game at the beginning of the Amity football season, I predicted that they would have a great season. And, well, I was right.

Friday night I sat in on the Amity Boys Hockey team’s practice session in West Haven to see if I could make some sort of prediction about their future this season.

Nobody was in uniform, so I haven’t a clue who anyone is yet, but I am pleased to say that the 23 boys on the 2018-19 team show a load of potential and I am very optimistic about this season.

It looks like we’ve got some real talent in the pool of three goalies and as far as the rest of the team – they’re fast with some sharp moves I do believe we will have three or four stand-out players as we have in the past few years.

Head Coach Michael “Scooter” Richetelli brought the Spartans all the way to the state championship game in 2014, after a stellar season. That team, which included notable members, Goalie Brian Mosher, Kevin Ryan, Adam Shea, and Brett McNeil, played their hearts out against Daniel Hand, which ended in a loss after Hand broke a 4-4 tie.

Out on the ice, Richetelli commands the boys’ attention and has a strong, yet kind approach to getting them to execute the plays he lays out. The assistant coaching staff has a new face this year, as longtime coach Brian Gonsalves has moved on to Daniel Hand. His replacement, John (I think) is older and has a long ice hockey history. He played at Fairfield Prep, then more recently coached at Masuk.

I’m excited about this year’s boys’ team and I can’t wait to see them in action at next Wednesday’s HOME scrimmage game.

There’s a lot happening with this team in December.

Today, the boys are in Westfield, Mass for a scrimmage game, then, on Wednesday, the 5th, they are HOME in West Haven for a scrimmage against Masuk at 7 p.m. followed by the West Haven Jamboree at 6 p.m. on Friday.

Let The Games Begin

Amity is AWAY for the first three games of the season: Wed., Dec. 12, Danbury Ice Arena vs NFI at 5:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 15, Milford Ice Pavillion vs Milford Coop at 1 p.m.; and Wed., Dec. 19, vs BBD at 7:40 p.m.

They get a holiday break, then return on Sat., Dec. 29, for a HOME  game vs Staples at 1 p.m.