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

Oct 162014

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.

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.

Sep 202014

BEST-POLICE-Patch-EVER-275x300Orange Police went to Derby Superior Court to serve a warrant on a West Haven man who was appearing on an unrelated matter on Sept. 17 at 10 a.m.

According to the report, Eric Dingus, 36, of 133 Forest Rd, West Haven, was wanted on a warrant stemming from a burglary at the Grid Construction Company, 156 Boston Post Road, in June, where tools valued at a total of $6,530 were taken from the business.

Dingus was charged with third-degree burglary, third-degree larceny and third-degree criminal mischief.

The warrant was served at court and arraignment was immediate.

Sep 082014

Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 9.32.09 AMA small mini-pinscher (mix) male (older) with a collar and tags was seen wandering aimlessly on Peck Lane and Mallard Drive (behind Trader Joe’s area) this morning around 9 a.m. 

He concerned the resident who reported this because he was running back and forth across the busy road.

Does he belong to you? If so, is he home safe or still wandering?

Sep 022014

BACK Home at Peck Place School

BACK Home at Peck Place School

Students big and small returned to school this morning in Orange and across the Amity area.

Kent Pierce from WTNH-8 showed up at Peck Place School and took a mini-tour of the inside with Principal Eric Carbone.

Orange Live walked through with Mike Luzzi, Board of Ed Chairman Bill Kraut and Board member Jeff Cap as they checked out the indoor climate control.

The new cooling system was obviously working very well. First-grade Teacher Patty Moffett stood in the doorway of her classroom ready to greet her students and start a new year.

“I love it,” Moffett said of her bright new classroom. The new shelving was installed over the past week and everything was set.


Over in the second-grade section, Teacher Kelly Stevens remarked on how wonderfully quiet the new heating/cooling units are.

Ms Stevens waits for her class to arrive.

Ms Stevens waits for her class to arrive.were.

Stevens has been preparing her classroom for the past two months, and the shelving installation was the icing on the cake. Once they were finished she was able to perfect her classroom’s look.

She thanked the two board members for giving them the minimal schedule for the remainder of the week so everyone can finish.

This morning, in her classroom, everything was “perfect” and the only thing that was missing was the students — But they were on the way.

Carbone greeted the children as they stepped off the school busses. There were no tears, not even from the smallest kids.

Everyone was excited to get into the “new” Peck Place School.



The scene at Mary L. Tracy was entertaining as usual with the largest crowd of paparazzi (parents with cameras and smart phones.)

IMG_7750There were some tears, but nothing uncontrollable, just a little jitters.

The children stepped off the bus, walked past the paparazzi and then led up the stairs where someone greeted them and brought them into the gymnasium to meet their new teachers.

It looks like it’s going to be a good school year.


Photos of the kids will be published only after they are approved by the schools. Hopefully by tomorrow.






Sep 012014

IMG_7365Today, Labor Day is your last chance to enjoy the St. Barbara Odyssey Greek Festival at 450 Racebrook Road, Orange.

On Monday, Sept.1, the festival runs from noon to 8 p.m.

We don’t want you to miss anything, so here’s Monday’s schedule:

1:00 p.m. Greek Cooking Demo on the front patio

2:00 p.m. Presentation on Greek Orthodoxy in the Church Proper

2:00 p.m. Odyssey Dancers in the Entertainment Area

3:00 p.m. Magic Show: “The Magic of Adam” in the Entertainment Area

3:30 p.m. Greek Cooking Demo on the front patio

IMG_74595:00 p.m. Odyssey Dancers in the Entertainment Area

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Live Greek Music by “The Hellenic Company” in the Entertainment Area

8:00 p.m. Odyssey Raffle Drawing in the Community Center (White House)

And Don’t Forget:

  • Greek marketplace – Gourmet Greek grocery, t-shirts, jewelry, arts & crafts, bookstore
  • Treasures ’n Junque – Odyssey’s giant tag sale
  • Presentations on Greek culture and religion, along with tours of Saint Barbara Church
  • Greek dance performances –Traditional Greek folk dances performed by the ODYSSEY Dancers
  • Greek dance lessons – taught by the ODYSSEY Dancers (5:30 pm, Sat and Sun)
  • Nightly dancing to ODYSSEY’s live Greek band, “The Hellenic Company”
  • Kids’ area – Rides, games, and magic shows.
  • Raffle – A $5 ticket gives you a chance at winning the grand prize of $10,000 cash, or one of 9 additional prizes!

Aug 312014

The weather was perfect for picture taking at the Odyssey Greek Festival in Orange on Saturday.

Here are a few of my favorites. To see the complete album or to order photos click HERE.