Dec 092014

orange congregational churchOCC seeks a part-time (20 hour per week) Church Secretary. This position reports to the Board of Trustees with daily oversight by the Senior Minister.

Responsibilities include general secretarial services in support of the Minister and Church Boards to include reception duties, correspondence, publish e-newsletter and bulletins, filing, and other office duties which includes data management and sharing some tasks with the Financial Secretary.
Requirements include previous secretarial experience, proficiency with Microsoft Office, data management software (Servant Keeper preferred), excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, and the ability to maintain confidential information at all times. Must be able to communicate well and collaborate on behalf of OCC with a variety of individuals and groups.
This position provides an hourly rate of pay allowed by budget, and modest paid time off benefits.

Dec 052014

home-for-sale-sold-signThe Town Clerk’s Office released this list of recent property tranfers. Here’s what was filed at Town Hall between Nov. 17 and Nov. 24.

• 123 Cherry Hill Road, $540,000, Christopher Vendola to Kenneth Waldo Jr., filed on Nov. 18.

• 450 Grace Trail, $340,000, Sharon M. Ona Reagan to Eric Jadach, filed on Nov. 20.

• 127 Sunrise Hill Circle, $373,597, Sunrise Hill Estates LLC to Phyllis Grabinski, filed on Nov. 20.

• 483 Ferry Road, $349,000, Peter A Persano, Jr., to Kevin Carrano, filed on Nov. 20.

• 637 South Greenbrier Drive, $469,900, Gino Alfaro to Peter A Persano, filed on Nov. 21.

• 38 Skyview Road, $945,000, Thomas Hutchinson to Gino Alfaro, filed on Nov. 21.

• 483 Halliwell Ave., $277,500, Jie Zhang to Deepa Shirali, filed on Nov. 24.

Nov 212014

fraser3Cub Scout Pack 922, chartered by the Orange Volunteer Fire Department, is hosting its 3rd annual holiday wreath sale event. Pack 922 will have the wreaths on display and available for on-site purchase at the Orange Volunteer Fire Station #2, 355 Boston Post Road, Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Pack also will be taking pre-orders and delivering the wreaths starting Nov. 22. if you are unable to attend this event on-site. If you would like to pre-order a holiday wreath, please contact Pack 922 at 203-298-0818 or e-mail: [email protected]

The event is open to the public. The wreaths measure in size from about 22-24.” The wreaths are available either decorated (with a bow and pine cones) or undecorated.  The cost is $20.00 per wreath for either option. Pack 922 is working with a local supplier in CT, keeping the business in our home state!

All proceeds from the wreath sales will benefit Cub Scout Pack 922 to help fund scouting events, scouting awards, community projects, and much more!

Cub Scout Pack 922 meets once per month as a pack and has several fun and exciting activities planned for the pack each and every year.

If your son is interested in joining Cub Scouts (grades 1 through 5), you can visit Pack 922’s website at www.OrangeCTscouting.com for additional information and/or to e-mail the Cubmaster, Jeff Cap.

Originally Published on: Oct 16, 2014 @ 14:07

Second publishing on: Nov 10, 2014 @ 10:07

Nov 132014

WP_20141101_14_08_20_ProCub Scout Pack 922, chartered by the Orange Volunteer Fire Department in Orange, CT, recently made a trip to Battleship Cove, in Fall River, MA to explore the world’s largest collection of historic naval ships. After touring the battleship Massachusetts, destroyer Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., submarine Lionfish, PT Boats 617 & 796, and the Russian missile corvette Hiddensee, the scouts, their parents, and adult leaders spent the night of Nov. 1 on board the famous Battleship Massachusetts.

Battleship Cove serves as the Commonwealth’s official memorial for the Massachusetts citizens of all military branches who lost their lives in WP_20141101_13_20_44_ProWorld War II, and the Korean, Vietnam and Persian Gulf Wars. Most recently, the memorial mission was expanded to include the Commonwealth’s victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Preserving five National Historic Landmark naval vessels, Battleship Cove also delivers educational programs that expose a national audience of 60,000 youths to a mission that promotes duty, honor and country.

Battleship Cove’s Nautical Nights program included a storyteller, question/answer session from a Navy Veteran who actually served aboard the Massachusetts battleship during wars and battles, major motion pictures, and knot tying. The trip has enabled the scouts to better understand and appreciate the sacrifices made by veterans of all military branches in all wars.

Jeff Cap, cubmaster for Pack 922 shared with the scouts his name being displayed on the Joseph P. Kennedy on the Volunteer Hall of Fame plaque. Individuals who dedicate five or more years of volunteering their time to improving the memorial ships, specifically the Joseph P. Kennedy for him, are recognized in this fashion. Jeff volunteered for over ten years attending “field days” that consist of three or four day weekends, twice a year. Jeff volunteers for this cause to give back to the military because both of his grandfathers served in the Navy during World War II.

Cub Scout Pack 922 visits Battleship Cove approximately every two years. Scouts love exploring Battleship Cove. Pack 922 meets once per month as a pack and has several fun and exciting activities planned for the pack each and every year. If your son is interested in joining cub scouts (grades 1 through 5), you can visit Pack 922’s website at www.OrangeCTscouting.com for additional information and to email the Cubmaster, Jeff Cap. 

Nov 112014

IMG_6810Chairman Vicki Grande couldn’t have been happier with the weather this morning at the annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony in Orange.

A rather large crowd, including more than a dozen veterans gathered at the Veteran’s Remembrance Walk in front of the High Plains Community Center at 11 a.m.

The ceremony was brief with a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem, First Selectman Jim Zeoli’s comments, and Grande’s reading of “The Greatest Man I Know.”

Here is a VIDEO with highlights from the ceremony.









Nov 062014

thAs many candle enthusiasts know, Yankee Candle has some of the most glorious “flavors” (scents) of any candle maker out there.

Orange is lucky to have a Yankee Candle store conveniently located right near the Christmas Tree Shop on Indian River Road.

Yankee Candles make wonderful gifts for the holidays, and with the current sale, you don’t have to spend a fortune to make a nice gift basket for your Thanksgiving hostess or as a Christmas (or other December holiday) present.

Beginning today the popular Votive (sampler) candles and Tarts (wax melts) are on sale for 50% off. That’s $1 each instead of $1.99.

There are some great scents to fill your home, like, Apple Cider, Apple Pumpkin, Candy Cane Lane, Christmas Cookie, Cranberry Pear, Cranberry Peppermint and Gingerbread.

Purchases are limited to 30 candles at half price, so choose your favorites wisely when you’re there.

The Car Jar air fresheners are just $1 instead of $2.99, and jar candles of different sizes also are on sale for Veteran’s Day.

Yankee Candle offers an additional 10% Military Discount for all active and retired military (available everyday).

Oct 192014

7355383_origThe Orange Historical Society will host an open house at the Bryan-Andrew House, 131 Old Tavern Road (said to be the oldest house in Orange) on Sunday, Oct. 19 from 12-4 p.m.

Parking will be at the Old Tavern Road Baseball Complex with a shuttle bus running to and from the historic home.

Come and see what your donations have allowed the society to do to open the house museum for your enjoyment and education of colonial times in Orange.

Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served.

The town of Orange purchased the Bryan-Andrew House (circa 1740) in 2000. The Bryan family was associated with Milford from its founding in 1639.

With grants from the State of Connecticut, donations, and fundraisers, the Orange Historical Society has restored the home. It will be used as a house museum for local school tours to experience a day in the life of early Orange using Bryan’s Farms as its historical site.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.

In the summer of  2001 and 2002, an archeological dig took place at the home and artifacts unearthed are now cataloged and available for viewing.  If interested, call 203 795-3106 for an appointment.

Restoration is continuing with plaster walls and ceilings with original lath underneath to recreate the 1740 construction.  The fireplace in the parlor was altered many years ago and is now undergoing an original restoration.  The hearth brick which was obviously 20th century was removed to show the original red brick which is in excellent condition.

Originally  Published on: Oct 5, 2014 @ 19:05

Second Publishing on: Oct 12, 2014 @ 16:45 

Oct 172014

Comedy And Tragedy Masks (10)The Orange Players Anniversary Gala will take place on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at The American Legion Hall,  630 Grassy Hill Road, Orange.  The Gala is a celebration of 40 years of performances, and rumored to be the second oldest continually performing community theater in the state of CT.

The evening will feature hors d’oeuvres and dinner by Chefs a l’Orange. Ice and glasses will be provided; the event will be BYOB. Raffles, door prizes and a musical revue highlighting past Orange Players shows will be part of the celebration.

Tickets are $40 and checks should be sent to Joan Stenner, 205 Wilson Road, Orange, CT or Margaret Meisenhelder, 77B East Broadway, Milford, 06460 

Founded in 1974, the first production mounted by the Orange Players was “Pajama Game,” presented at Mary L. Tracy School Auditorium. Other shows followed, including “Guys and Dolls”, “Diary of Anne Frank”,“The Music Man”, “The Man Who Came to Dinner’, “The King and I”, “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Whose Life Is It, Anyway”, “Plaza Suite”, “Brighton Beach Memoirs, “The Odd Couple”, Rumors”, “I Love You, You’re Perfect—Now Change!”, “Carousel,”  “Harvey” and “The Sound of Music,” among  many others.

The group has shown its community involvement by  performing many cabarets for community groups and also community fundraisers, including ones for the Library, The Garden Club’s sprinkler system on the Green, the now–departed Tot Lot by the library, Orange Board of Ed’s Schools for the 21st Century, a Chernobyl victim, a local family after a devastating fire.

The Players presented an original musical for children, “Oh, My Stars!” for the Orange Seisquicentennial Celebration. To help support young people interested in pursuing the study of theater arts, the Jerome Honig Scholarship is presented annually to a graduating  Amity High School student.

Performances have been given in several venues, including Mary L. Tracy School, Amity High School, Dodd’s Hall at UNH, the Paugussett Club, the JCC, the Case Memorial Library and churches and synagogues throughout our area.

Workshops that are open to the public as well as members have been held in various areas such as acting, vocal performance, dance, audition preparation, improvisation, set construction, scene painting, stage lighting, and stage make-up, etc

The Orange Players always welcomes new members. All levels of experience ( or even no level of experience) are appropriate. On-stage or off-stage, wherever you want to be—it’s up to you! Check out their web-site at orangeplayers.net

Everyone is invited to join the Players for the 40th Anniversary Gala, celebrating with friends, memories, fun, laughter and music.

Originally Published on: Oct 6, 2014 @ 0:16

Sep 212014

Screen Shot 2014-09-21 at 11.21.14 PMEstelle Charlotte Feinberg, 90, of Orange, died peacefully at CT. Hospice, Branford on Wednesday, September 17, 2014.

Estelle was born to Joseph and Anne Brozak of Ansonia.

She is predeceased by her parents, brother Joseph Brozak, sister Ceil Thornton and by her husband Harry M. Feinberg, her beloved spouse of 68 years.

She is survived by her brother, Robert F. Brozak and nephew Robert Brozak of Stafford Spring, son Harry J. Feinberg, daughter-in-law Karen and grandson Ethan of Durham, and her daughter Lynnore Feinberg of Manchester.

A graduate of Ansonia High School, Estelle worked for many years as a bookkeeper and in sales in retail stores.

She loved being with family and friends, enjoying cooking, trying new recipes and entertaining. She knew how to throw a great party, no matter what the occasion.

Estelle and her husband enjoyed ballroom dancing, Broadway shows, new experiences, and walking hand in hand. She knew how to make every day special as her children were growing up; she enjoyed traveling and was quite artistic and creative.

She loved music, the wonders of nature, had an enquiring mind and was a voracious reader.

All who knew Estelle, admired her generous, loving heart, strong spirit, beauty, style and caring soul. She always found time for a kind word and a smile, knew the right thing to say and when to say it.

Friends and family may call on Monday, Sept. 22 from 11 am to 1 pm with a Memorial Service celebrating Estelle’s life at 12:30 pm at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT.

Committal will be private.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405.

To leave online condolences please visit our website at www.codywhitefuneralservice.com

Sep 212014

Screen Shot 2014-09-21 at 10.59.31 PMBruna “Nicky” Noccioletti Petrucci, 84, of Orange, beloved wife of the late Edwin F. Petrucci passed away on September 16, 2014 at her home.

Loving mother of Edward R. Petrucci of Orange. Also survived by 3 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Sister of Natalie DeMartino and George Noccioletti both of New Haven and the late Anthony Noccioletti. Bruna was born in New Haven on September 18, 1929 daughter of the late Alfredo and Andreina Felaci Noccioletti.

The Petrucci family would like to thank the Visiting Angels Living Assistance Service and CT. Hospice for the special care shown to Bruna during her illness and a special thank you to Cecilia Tawiah.

At the request of Bruna all services will be private.

Memorial Contributions may be made to CT. Hospice 100 Double Beach Rd. Branford, CT. 06405 or Clifford W. Beers Guidance Clinic 93 Edwards St. New Haven, CT. 06511.

Arrangements in care of the PORTO FUNERAL HOME 830 Jones Hill Rd. West Haven.