Drug Take Back Day a Valuable Resource

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Sep 262015

IMG_6268On Saturday, Sept. 26, the town of Orange participated in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

This year’s event took place in the parking lot of the CVS Pharmacy on the Boston Post Road.

Orange Police Officer Robert Amarone and several members of the Orange Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) were on hand to explain the program to anyone with questions or concerns and to keep an eye on the thousands of old, unused or unwanted prescription medications that were deposited until the DEA arrived to transport them to an incinerating facility in CT.

In 4 hours time (9 a.m. – 2 p.m.) the crew had collected several large trash bags filled with doctors’ samples, items that family members gathered up from a deceased relative’s medicine cabinet, etc.

Participating residents thanked the collection team for offering the convenient service.

The Drug Take Back Day is a valuable resource for a variety of reasons, including  the fact that it keeps prescription medications out of the wrong hands and protects the environment from contamination.


Property Transfers: Here’s What Sold In Orange, Sept. 14-21

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Sep 252015

SOLD SIGNTown Clerk Patrick O’Sullivan released this list of property transfers filed with his office between Sept. 14 and Sept. 21.

• 614 East Slope Drive, $355,000, Taavi Neklesa to Paul Grava, filed on Sept. 14.

• 447 Clement Lane, $390,000, Bertram Gill to John Rawlinson, filed on Sept. 16.

• 280 Old Lambert Road Unit 12, $200,000, Darryl Lamonico to Richard Zell, filed on Sept 15.

• 523 Highfield Drive, $343,000, Joan Sette Kacey to Romaine Chamberlain, filed on Sept. 15.

• 482 Derby Milford Road, $$298,000, Colleen Punch exix to Jeffrey Fortin, filed on Sept. 15.

• 500 Boston Post Road, $300,000, Dara Peck to One Hundred Ninety Nine Boston Post Road, filed on Sept. 16.

• 329 Derby Avenue, $385,000, Bernard Penoro to Andrey Doubovik, filed on Sept. 18.

• 388 Longmeadow Road, $221,676, Laurie Jane Batter Trust, 56 Carlson LLC, filed on Sept. 18.

• 388 Longmeadow Road, $$103,324, Fab Four LLC to 56 Carlson LLC, filed on Sept. 18.

• 393 West River Road, $370,000, Craig Rappaport to Donald Bailey III, filed on Sept. 21.

Orange Senior Health & Safety Fair on Friday

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Sep 212015

IMG_0326Orange Community Services will host its 14th Annual Orange Senior Health & Safety Fair at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, on September 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Local businesses and service providers are invited to participate in the annual event in the Gymnasium. Last year’s event was a tremendous success and drew more than 200 seniors from the town of Orange and surrounding communities. 

The fair is sponsored by Orange Community Services, Orange Visiting Nurse Association, Coldwell Bankers and Maplewood of Orange. All proceeds benefit the Orange Community Assistance Programs which include the Food and Fuel Banks.

The cost of a table is $80 for for-profit businesses and free to non-profit service providers with a 501(c) 3 designation. Space is limited to 30 tables so do not delay.  Participants may begin to set up their tables at 8:30 am.

We ask each vendor to contribute a raffle prize. At 11:30 am all raffle prizes will be collected and brought to the raffle location. Persons attending the Fair will be given a raffle ticket when they register.  No individual raffles will be allowed. 

To reserve a table or if there are any questions please contact us as listed below.

Dennis Marsh, Orange Senior Center 203-891-4788

Joan Cretella, Orange Community Services 203-891-4788

Denise Stein, Elderly Outreach 203-891-4788

Originally Published on: Aug 4, 2015 @ 22:31

It’s Time To Think About Others: Adopt A Family

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Sep 192015

Screen Shot 2015-09-19 at 10.31.47 PMA Message From Orange Community Services:

Every year the Community Services Department for the Town of Orange organizes a gift-giving event for our Resident Families and Elderly in Orange who are in need.  The identities of our recipients are kept confidential for their privacy.  We are asking Orange residents to adopt one of our families/elderly residents or to donate whatever they can to help us out this year.

The families that participate are asked to send us wish lists from their children to help our sponsors with ideas for gift giving, whether it’s a toy, clothing, and a book or gift card. We also request grocery gift cards for perishable items and decorated food baskets, containers, boxes, bags, etc. for our recipients to help them with their food needs.

We will have cutoff dates of Nov. 14 for Thanksgiving and Dec. 19 for Christmas; these are for delivering your donations to our office.

If you would rather send a monetary donation you can donate to the Community Assistance Fund which covers all programs we have in our department.

Send your check to The Town of Orange Community Services Department at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT  06477.

Checks are Payable to:  “Treasurer Town of Orange.”

If you would like to participate in this great cause please contact:

Kim Callahan at 203-891-4788 Monday thru Fridays 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Chamber Announces Date For First Selectman’s Debate

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Sep 162015

6a00d8341bf80c53ef00e54fa8a52e8833-800wiThe Orange Chamber of Commerce has announced that its Semi-Annual First Selectman’s Debate will take place at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, on Monday, October 26, at 7 p.m.

Once again the chamber will pit Republican four-term incumbent, James Zeoli, against Democratic challenger, Kenneth Lenz, a town selectman and local attorney.

Orange resident Dr. Daniel May, University of New Haven Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, will moderate the debate.

Cost is $10 per person, and students will be admitted at no charge. Light refreshments will be served. Reservations can be made by calling the chamber office at 203-795-3328 or e-mailing [email protected]. Tickets to the debate may also be purchased at the door.

UPDATE: Missing Woman Contacts Parents

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Sep 162015

Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 10.22.44 PMAnastasia Petrou, 31, went missing on Sunday.

Her family filed a missing person report and the Orange Police, FBI and entire nation were on the case, and a Silver Alert was issued.

Today, Wednesday, Sept. 16, “Ana” contacted her parents, and she is alright.

Her sister posted the following on her Facebook page:

“I just want to thank everyone for the love and support that we have gotten.. My family and I are forever grateful for everyone’s genuine concern and love for her…Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

Hi Ho, Come To The Fair!

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Sep 162015

Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 10.02.01 AMThe Orange Country Fair is this weekend (Sept. 19-20). Fair booklets are available at Town Hall, Library, and High Plains Community Center.

The Orange Police Dogs will be showcased in a demonstration on Saturday at 1 p.m. on the Upper Field. This is a good time for everyone to meet Loki and handler Officer Chris Brown and Trent and his handler Officer Mary Bernegger if you haven’t already, and see what these highly trained K-9s can do for the town of Orange.

Saturday’s headline musical performer is the Shari Puorto Band, a blues band that travels the entire country whose lead singer, an Orange native, will remind you of Janis Joplin. They grace the stage at 3 p.m.

On Sunday, Connecticut’s own Rum Runners Band will entertain on the main stage at 2 p.m.

Also on Sunday, the Magic and Comedy of Bill Hoagland at 12 p.m. — “One of Magic’s Finest Examples of a Magician. Combined with His Charisma and Intuitive Connection To His Audience, He Draws Everyone Into His Show, Young and Old Alike.”

HOURS and Admission

Friday, September 18, 2015
6:00 PM  –  Truck Pull until Finish
Free Entry on Friday Only
Free Parking
Pets Not Allowed  –  Alcohol Not Allowed on Grounds
No ATM onsite

Saturday, September 19, 2015
8:00 AM  –  7:00 PM
$8.00 Adults, $5.00 Senior Citizens, Children 15 and under Free
Free Parking  –  Free Shuttle
Pets Not Allowed  –  Alcohol Not Allowed on Grounds
No ATM onsite
**Purchase a Two Day Ticket on Saturday for only $15.00!

Sunday, September 20, 2015
8:00 AM  –  6:00 PM
$8.00 Adults, $5.00 Senior Citizens, Children 15 and under Free
Free Parking  –  Free Shuttle
Pets Not Allowed  –  Alcohol Not Allowed on Grounds
No ATM onsite

Exhibits removed on Sunday at 6:00 PM

Volunteer help

Help is needed in the Food Pavilion & Satellite Tent, Admission Booths, Grounds Keeping & in the Exhibition Hall. Contact Fair Co-chairman Karen McCausland at [email protected] if you would like to volunteer some time.

Find all the information you need about the fair at the Orange Country Fair Website.

Labor Day Concert Features A Fan Favorite

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Sep 042015

Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 1.06.28 PM“The British Invasion Tribute” will play this year’s Labor Day Concert at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange on Saturday, Sept. 5. (Rain Date of Sept. 6)

More than just The Beatles, The British Invasion Tribute’s performance is three shows in one. First, you hear classic songs by iconic British groups such as The Zombies, The Moody Blues, Dave Clark Five and Herman’s Hermits.

Then the American musical “response” follows, with memorable hits by celebrated artists such as The Monkees, The Turtles, The Mamas & The Papas, and Tommy James & The Shondells, and more.

This retrospective concludes with an extraordinary finale paying tribute to the four lads from Liverpool who started it all, The Beatles.

Audiences are amazed by the full sound meticulously recreated by just four musicians! Complete with authentic outfits, it’s as if you are attending a concert from a bygone era- pure ’60s Rock ‘n Roll as it was intended to be.

The concert will begin promptly at 6:30 pm at the Gazebo. Food vendors will be available and parking is $5 donation to the Amity Teen Center. 

The Orange Lions will be selling tickets to their upcoming Comedy Show fundraiser too!

Originally Published on: Aug 20, 2015 @ 13:08

Second Publishing on: Aug 30, 2015 @ 09:12

Get Ready, ‘Cuz Here It Comes – Odyssey Greek Festival Begins Sept. 4

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Sep 032015

Greek FoodThe Annual St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church Odyssey Festival takes place on the church grounds, 480 Race Brook Road, Orange for four days on Labor Day weekend beginning at noon, Friday, Sept. 4.

For 35 years the festival has drawn visitors from near and far for some of the best authentic Greek food, music and dancing available anywhere in New England.

As always, parking and admission are free. the festival goes on rain or shine.

Hours are:

Friday, Sept. 4: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 5: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 6: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. and finally, Monday, Sept. 7, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Senior Day

Friday, Sept. 4 Seniors Get a 20% discount on meals between 12-3 p.m.

Everyone should come and enjoy the excellent, reasonably priced, food for lunch or dinner any of the four days Click HERE for the menu.

Don’t miss the ODYSSEY Dancers performing 2 or 3 times each day, the Magic of Adam Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and so much more. Don’t miss the Greek Festival! Click HERE for the Festival Schedule.

Originally Published on: Aug 30, 2015 @ 17:11

Introducing the Orange Ct Tag Sale Site

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Aug 212015

orange tag sale siteFollowing the model of many similar sites in other towns, a resident started the Orange Ct Tag Sale site on Facebook last week to help people sell useful items without having to set up tables and taking time out on a weekend. Although, you may post a tag sale you are having in the local area.

PLEASE READ BEFORE POSTING ITEMS. Welcome to the Orange Ct Tag Sale site. This is a site to post and sell your gently used items – similar to items you would see at an actual tag sale.

Please DO NOT advertise any services or business you may have. You can post items for sale from your business, but don’t advertise your actual business on here.

DO NOT sell partially used personal items such as lotions, cosmetics, etc.

NO selling of anything illegal (i.e. knock-off purses, mattresses, etc.) If you do so, you will be subject to immediate removal from the site.

When listing, please post a photo, price, and location of where the item is being sold from. (If you are cross-posting, please say that in your post)

There is NO BIDDING allowed.

The first person to comment “interested” should get first dibs. Then you go to the next, etc. If you make contact with that interested person, please allow them sufficient time (12 hrs) to respond back.

If you have multiple items to sell, please create a photo album. Have your photos saved on your computer. Click on “Add Photo / Video,” then click on “Create Photo Album,” and then select your photos to upload. You can put the price and description in the caption for each photo.

Please remove your post immediately after your item has sold and the transaction is complete.

All transactions between parties are to be conducted by private message. If you make an arrangement to pick up an item, please show up to pick up that item! Contact seller immediately if there is an issue with an item pick-up. NO-SHOW BUYERS ARE SUBJECT TO REMOVAL FROM THIS SITE.

Buy At Your Own Risk! This group and its administrator is not responsible for sales that go awry, the condition of items, or recalls of items.

Whether you are buying, selling, or communicating in any way on this site, please be courteous and play nice! If not, you may be removed from this site. This is not the place for rude comments.

-Please remember to be safe. This is a public group, so DO NOT post your address here. Keep that in private messages or emails.