Over the years we’ve learned that the Fourth of July celebration begins and ends several days before and after Independence Day.
Every year, the committee carefully chooses veterans to honor during the Memorial Day ceremony on the Orange Fairgrounds before the parade. These veterans fill the roles of Grand Marshal, Chief of Staff and Honored Veteran in the Memorial Day Parade.
Committee Chairman Kevin Gilbert said they are looking for veterans, who are Orange residents who were honorably discharged, particularly women who often are overlooked. He said many WWII veterans don’t talk about the war, so some people may not even know that they served.
As the holiday draws closer, there is a lot of planning and preparation that needs to be done, but nothing is as important as choosing the candidates they will recognize this year. “We hope to make a decision by the second week of April, so we need help getting names submitted for consideration as soon as possible,” Gilbert said.
If you have someone in mind, or if you are a veteran who would like to be considered please call Kevin Gilbert at 203-795-4647 or e-mail email@example.com or contact Karen Goldberg at 203-891-4738 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Well, now you can find out- the Orange Police Department is offering a ‘Citizens’ Academy’, where you can participate in an eight-week program that will help you better understand the role of police officers in your community.
Classes will be held on Wednesday nights at Orange PD headquarters from 630p-900p, for eight weeks beginning on May 9, 2018. You must be 18 years or older to attend.
Come for great deals on thousands of new and gently used books including hardcover and paperback fiction and nonfiction for adults, children, and teens as well as vinyl records, DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks.
Don’t miss this event! It’s the perfect place to pick up a gift for an upcoming event, add a new special book to your coffee table collection, or just grab a few great new things to read.
Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Open to the Public
Light refreshments will be served and a newly published book will be raffled.
The Orange Lions Club is hosting its 56th annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, on Saturday, March 24 at 1 p.m. In case of inclement weather, a “rain or snow date” has been set for Saturday, March 31 at High Plains Community Center, with the same schedule of events as proposed for March 24th.
The Easter Bunny will arrive at 12:30 p.m., one half-hour before the start of the Easter Egg Hunt itself. There will be face painting for the children, and hot coffee for the adults.
The Easter Egg Hunt is divided into four (4) age groups. This allows each child to have an equal opportunity to collect the thousands of chocolate eggs which the Lions Club will have to distribute. The four age groups are: (1) Pre School through Kindergarten; (2) First Grade & Second Grade; (3) Third Grade & Fourth Grade; (4) Fifth Grade & Sixth Grade. Thousands of chocolate eggs will be distributed during the hunt. Prizes will be awarded to children in all age categories for finding specially marked eggs.
An adult should accompany all participating children. Each child should have a bag or basket to collect their eggs. Parents may wish to bring a camera for a picture of their child with the Easter Bunny. Please note that parking for this event should be on paved parking areas only. Nick Bencivengo is the Chairman of this year’s event. Anyone who wishes to donate to this event is asked to contact Nick at 203-901-9062. All donors will be acknowledged for their generosity at the Easter Egg Hunt.
The annual Easter Egg Hunt is but one of many community events and activities sponsored by the Orange Lions Club each year. Among the other annual events are: The Community Thanksgiving Dinner, the Senior Pizza Party, a Comedy Night fundraiser, eye screenings for preschoolers, an annual Wine Tasting fundraiser, and giveaways for children at the Memorial Day parade. In addition, the Orange Lions make contributions to many community organizations; and for many years, the Lions have run a Community Grants Program for local groups who are seeking funds for a special reason. The Orange Lions Club has made many gifts to the Case Memorial Library over the years for the purchase of large print books and audio tapes for the sight impaired and the public and offer $1,000 scholarships for students graduating from Amity High School.
The Orange Visiting Nurse Association would like to invite the community to honor a longtime friend, Elaine Arena, with the dedication of our Community Monthly Blood Pressure Clinic in Elaine’s memory.
First Selectman James Zeoli will be in attendance making a proclamation on behalf of Elaine Arena. The ceremony will take place on March 22, 2018, 12 p.m. at the Orange Visiting Nurse Association, 605A Orange Center Road.
Juliette Elaine Winfield Downes Arena of Orange passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. She was 91 years old.
For twenty-two years Elaine was Finance Manager of the Town of Orange Visiting Nurse Association. After retirement, she was a dedicated volunteer for many years, most particularly as an IRS-AARP income tax preparer for the city of West Haven Senior Center. She had also volunteered with Orange VNA at their monthly blood pressure clinics for many years.
The blood pressure clinics are offered on the fourth Thursday of every month from 1 to 2 p.m. at the OVNA. This clinic offers residents an opportunity to have their blood pressure monitored or to receive information and counseling on health-related matters. The sessions are held by a Registered Nurse (RN) and/or a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). The screenings are free and no appointment is necessary.
The Orange Recycling Committee (ORC) of Orange, CT will host a paper shredding and mattress recycling event Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 9 a.m. to noon at High Plains Community Center (HPCC). Both services will be provided free of charge to Orange residents.
The secure, on-site paper shredding service will once again be handled by town resident Joe Johnston’s company, Affordable Solutions. Residents may bring bags or boxes filled with documents for shredding and volunteers from the Orange Recycling Committee will deposit them into the shredding truck. This service is generously funded by the Rotary Club of Orange. Residents may show their appreciation by donating to the Orange Rotary Scholarship Fund. Rotarians will be on hand to collect donations.
For the second year, residents also may bring mattresses and box springs for recycling. This free service is made possible through a partnership with the Mattress Recycling Council’s Bye Bye Mattress Program. Dry mattresses (of all sizes) and box springs will be accepted. However, mattresses from futons/sofa beds or waterbeds; mattresses infested with bed bugs; wet, damaged or excessively soiled mattresses; sleeping bag or mattress pads/toppers, are not part of the program.
For residents who need assistance getting mattresses and box springs to the event, members of the Orange Lions Club will pick-up these items from residences, given they are outside and dry or in a garage for easy access as volunteers will not enter homes. Those interested in this pick-up service should contact Ken Lenz at 203-795-3906. The fee for pick-up is $10 per mattress or box spring; payment is by cash or check to Orange Lions Charities, and all proceeds are considered a charitable donation.
“We are thrilled to once again partner with the Rotary Club of Orange and The Orange Lions Club to offer these important environmental services to residents,” said Mitch Goldblatt, Chair of the Orange Recycling Committee. “Purging homes of these items and keeping them out of landfills helps our environment as well as tax dollars. This is a fun event that gives volunteers and residents an opportunity to work together for a cleaner and more sustainable planet.”
For the sixth time, this shredding event will help residents dispose of thousands of pounds of sensitive financial and medical papers in a secure, environmentally-responsible way. Adding mattress and box spring recycling last year proved a success, so it’s expected that more residents will availing themselves of this opportunity this year..
Paper Shredding and Mattress Recycling Event – Details:
WHEN: Saturday, April 28, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., rain or shine
WHERE: High Plains Community Center (front parking area), 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT
Tax papers, bills, receipts, statements, and documents that contain personal, financial and/or medical information. No need to remove staples or elastic bands, but clips should be removed for reuse.
Mattresses and box springs
DO NOT BRING Paper that is already shredded, newspapers, notebooks, folders, and other papers that can go in the regular residential recycling bins.
About the Orange Recycling Committee
The Orange Recycling Committee is a group of volunteers appointed by the Board of Selectmen, who live in Orange and are committed to increasing and simplify recycling options for Orange residents.
Amity residents are more than familiar with the masterful, award-winning spring musical productions at Amity High School (this year it’s the Addams Family), but what about the “other” school musicals?
This Friday and Saturday, the Spartan Players at Amity Middle School, 100 Ohman Avenue, Orange will present Meredith Willson’s The Music Man Jr.
Here’s a synopsis of this play from the mtishows website:
“Based on Meredith Willson’s six-time-Tony-Award-winning musical comedy, The Music Man JR. features some of musical theatre’s most iconic songs and a story filled with wit, warmth and good old-fashioned romance. The Music Man JR. is family entertainment at its best – a bold, brassy show that will have the whole town atwitter!”
“Master showman Harold Hill is in town and he’s got “seventy-six trombones” in tow. Can upright, uptight Marian, the town librarian, resist his powerful allure? The story follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize. The catch? He doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, whose belief in Harold’s power just might help him succeed in the end in spite of himself.”
“The Music Man JR. is the perfect vehicle for a young cast, a toe-tapping crowd-pleaser that features a soaring soprano ingénue part and a leading role for a charismatic actor, as well as plenty of roles for kids of every level.”
CAST LIST In order of appearance:
CONDUCTOR Marco A. Lopez
SALESMAN #1 Jayden Benichak
SALESMAN #2 Ashley Daneshfar
SALESMAN #4 Allison Bowler
SALESMAN #5 Molly Blair
NEWSPAPER READER #1 Leah Katz
NEWSPAPER READER #2 Aanchal Poddar
NEWSPAPER READER #3 Claudia Homiski
CHARLIE COWELL Christopher Chizmadia
HAROLD HILL Nolan T. Young
MAYOR SHINN Michael Perrone
ALMA HIX Katherine Sim
ETHEL TOFFELMIER Caitlyn Shanley
FARMER Corey Richards
FARMERíS WIFE Caitlyn Shanley
JACEY SQUIRES Arielle M. Chetwynd
OLIN BRITT Annika Lyngdal
OLIVER HIX Grace Mahon
EWART DUNLOP Holly Thorndike
MARCELLUS WASHBURN Corey Richards
MARIAN PAROO Zola M. Kneeland
MRS. PAROO Ashley Daneshfar
AMARYLLIS Greta Pedenski
WINTHROP PAROO Colleen Shaw
EULALIE MACKECKNIE SHINN Gillian Fuchs
CONSTABLE LOCKE Jackie Tice
GRACIE SHINN Jenna Chizmadia
MAUD DUNLOP Olivia Sceppa
TOMMY DJILIAS Max Hemstock
MRS. SQUIRES Annabella Gefen-Alves
THE PICK-A-LITTLE LADIES Aanchal Poddar, Molly Blair, Mia Destival, Marisa F. Scotti,
WA TAN YE GIRLS Emma Curis, Claudia Homiski, Abigail Tirollo, Ana DeBassio, Athanasia Zikos, Sydney Melchoir
BOYSí BAND Marco A. Lopez, Jayden Benichak, Allison Bowler, Leah Katz
RIVER CITY TOWNSPEOPLE Sophia Cossitt-Levy, Jackie Tice, Caitlyn Smith, Cassidy Smith, Bridget Lillis
KIDS Molly Blair
The production is sponsored by the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation.
The show takes place on Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24 at 7 p.m.
Tickets are a bargain at only $8 and $10. Visit www.squarefoottheatre.tix.com to purchase tickets online. Tickets also will be available at the door.
The Amity Spartans Boys Basketball team made History last week. After working tirelessly all season, they made it to the CIAC D II state semi-final and then the Final at Mohegan Sun before an audience of nearly 5,000.
Amity, the no. 9 seed (20-7) was pitted against no. 2 Immaculate (22-5)
Points Per Quarter
AMITY 13 10 8 3 — 34
IMMACULATE 10 16 14 13 — 53
AMITY 13 23 31 34
IMMACULATE 10 26 40 53
To the surprise and delight of hundreds of Spartans fans Amity held a 2-0 lead with just 2:49 left in first quarter.
The lead quickly grew to 4 to 0; and by the end of the quarter, the score was 13-10 Amity.
The Spartans lead didn’t last long, as the Immaculate Mustangs tied Amity at 20.
Amity pulled ahead to 23-22, but by halftime the score was 26-23 Immaculate.
Early into the third quarter Amity’s Tyler Thomas reportedly held his previously injured wrist in obvious discomfort and Immaculate picked up steam and took control of the game, adding 10 points along the way and leading Amity 33 to 28.
The Mustangs gained a 9 point lead on the Spartans, ending the 3rd quarter at 40 to 31.
Soon after returning to the court, the Mustangs lead the Spartans 42 to 33.
Immaculate soon widened the spread to 48 to 33, then, in the blink of an eye the scoreboard read 52-33.
The Mustangs stampeded away with a 53-34 victory and the Division II state title.
Tyler Thomas 6 1-2 17 (four 3-pointers); Tanner Thomas 3 0-0 6; Cole Wissink 2 0-0 5 (one 3-pointer); Brian Curtin 1 0-0 3 (one 3-pointer); Chris Bierezowiec 1 0-0 2; Quinnlan Burke 0 1-2 1. Totals 13 2-6 34.
Quinn Guth 6 2-2 18 (four 3-pointers); Isaiah Payton 5 3-5 13; Jack Woods 4 3-4 13 (two 3-pointers); Michael Basile 3 1-2 7; Ronan Doherty 1 0-0 2. Totals 19 9-13 53.
One reason the Spartans made it to the state final is their not-so-secret weapon, SCC Player of the Year Tyler Thomas.
Perhaps Thomas’s best game of the season was on Jan. 8, when he scored a game-high 47-points, including six 3-pointers, and made his 1,000th point — and he’s only been with the Spartans for three years.
During the Championship game, Thomas was only 3 points shy of beating the all-time school scoring record, held for decades by Ed Goldstone. He finished with 1,533 career points — imagine what he could have achieved if he’d played all four years. This young man is an amazing player, and humble. He never hogged the ball and never made excuses if things didn’t go quite right.
This held true at the Championship game. Thomas scored eight points (including two 3-pointers) in both the first and second quarters. in the third quarter, something happened to his wrist, which he injured while attempting to dunk the ball during the semi-final game on March 14. He made one point in the second half, but he would not use the injury as an excuse for his overall performance.
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