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Local Toys For Tots Drop Off Announced

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Nov 172017
 

The Wireless Zone, 330 Boston Post Road, Orange, is partnering with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign to collect new toys for less fortunate children in the area during Christmas.

The Wireless Zone will have a box instore beginning this week through the end of the season for local residents to drop off donations.

New Event Added To Annual Holiday Festival

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Nov 162017
 

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Here’s something you didn’t know about, on Sunday, Dec. 3 during the annual Holiday Festival, the town of Orange will have its very first Holiday Tractor Parade!

Historically, Orange is a farming town, so what’s a better way to celebrate the town’s great farming heritage than a parade of tractors?

Coordinator Denise Fantarella said she is so excited about the new event and the smiles it will bring to everyone’s faces at the Christmas Tree Lighting.

Those participating in the tractor parade will meet at the Orange Fairgrounds at 4 p.m. on Dec. 3. They’ll line up and proceed up Orange Center Road to the Town Green for the tree lighting opening ceremony by 4:45 p.m.
If you have a tractor and would like to participate, contact Denise at 203-515-9921 or send her an e-mail at denisefantarella@att.net

Orange Inauguration Ceremony Slated

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Nov 152017
 

The 2017 Town of Orange Inauguration Ceremony will take place at High Plains Community Center on Friday, November 17, 2017, at 2 p.m.

All of Orange’s newly elected officials will be sworn-in for his or her designated term.

All are welcome to attend.

Why Did All The Trees Have To Go?

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Nov 152017
 

A couple of weeks ago, the state experienced heavy rain and high winds that took down trees and left thousands of people in the dark.

The UI Company worked quickly to restore power to affected customers.

If you don’t remember this, it may be because the town of Orange really didn’t lose electrical service.

Orange Highway Foreman Donny Foyer credits the tree work that his men and the UI have done around town during the past few months.

No matter where you go, whether in Orange or Milford or any of the other surrounding towns, you will notice that many well-established trees have been chopped down to the ground. This may be upsetting to some, but it does serve a purpose.

Foyer said the extensive tree-cutting helped prevent weather-related damage to power lines and everyone benefitted from it. “We didn’t lose power, while so many other people in the UI coverage area were in the dark for quite some time.”

 

Chip’s Charitable Thanksgiving Day Breakfast To Benefit Relay For Life

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Nov 152017
 

Start your Thanksgiving Day off with family, friends and the wonderful staff at Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, Orange, as they help to support those in the community who are battling cancer and remembering those we love.

The Annual Thanksgiving Day Breakfast takes place on Thursday, November 23 from 6 to 11 a.m. and 100% of the proceeds goes to the BOW Relay for Life.

Cost is $12 per person, cash only, and it includes 2 pancakes and 2 eggs, bacon or sausage, coffee or tea.

Relay Committee Chairman Debbie Davis is determined to get more adults involved in this year’s Relay For Life Fundraising event and this is a great place to start.

Mark your calendars, set your alarm clock and head down to Chip’s before you go to the Amity Football game (it’s at HOME this year) or walk it off at the Rotary’s Turkey Trot.

Tri-Town Auction In Orange On Friday

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Nov 142017
 

Are you looking for a truck, a payloader, or an old police cruiser perhaps?

The annual tri-town auction will take place this Friday, Nov. 17 at the Orange Town Garage, 308 Lambert Road, at 10 a.m.

Anyone interested in bidding and buying an item from the towns of Orange, Bethany or Woodbridge must register prior to the 10 a.m. starting time. Cash or Bank Checks are the only acceptable form of payment, No personal checks or credit cards.

Orange Highway Foreman Donny Foyer said the auction includes trucks, payloaders, leaf blowers and some other “small stuff.” Word has it that a large building from a Woodbridge Golf Course also is available and must be disassembled and moved by the buyer.

The live auctioneer makes this an exciting and often satisfying event for the right audience.

Consider coming down and being a part of this annual event.

Come To The First Peck Place Holiday Craft Fair

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Nov 142017
 

It’s that time of year, the holiday season is upon us and everyone is beginning to bustle around getting presents and decorations for their family and homes.
This year, try something new, the inaugural Peck Place School Holiday Craft Fair this Saturday, Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The fair will take place at the school, 500 Peck Lane, Orange.
Organizers promise lots of great vendors, Cappetta’s pizza truck, a raffle, bake sale, kids crafts and a fun time for all!

Ballot Question Results

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Nov 132017
 

It’s been almost a week since the election, but here you go. These are the results of the seven questions that were on the ballot.

Take a close look at the numbers to see which ones Orange residents were most passionate about.

QUESTIONS ON THE BALLOT FOR THE NOVEMBER 07, 2017 MUNICIPAL ELECTION  

1. “Shall the Charter be amended to increase the terms of the First Selectman, Board of Selectmen, Tax Collector, Town Clerk, Registrar of Voters and Constables from a two year term to a four year term, with terms to commence on the first Monday of December, or as otherwise provided by state statute, effective January 1, 2018? ”

YES  1813   NO  1954

2. “Shall the Charter be amended to change the term of the Town Planiiing and Zoning Commissions deferred position so that begriming with the 2023 biennial election three members shall have concurrent four-year terms?”

YES  1777   NO  1873

3. “Shall the Charter be amended to modify the definition of “quorum of qualified electors or taxpayers al a town meeting from “1 00” to “those present”?”

YES  1742   NO  1906

4. “Shall the Charter be amended to modify the need for town meeting action for the purchase and sale of real estate of the town or any interest therein for properties or interests with a value of $500,000 or greater?”

YES  2707    NO  1444

5. “Shall the Charter be amended to require that all votes concerning the annual budget be sent to a referendum?”

YES  2719    NO  1388

6. “Shall the Charter be amended to delete the requirement that all ordinances be published iii their entirely following passage and only require a publication of a notice of passage?”

YES  1950     NO  2183

7. “Shall the Charter be amended to correct typographical and grammatical errors, to delete outdated references and update other references?”

YES  3699    NO  499

Obituary: Nathan Sokoloff, 100, Hardworking Man of Integrity, Beloved Father of Heidi Saxe

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Nov 132017
 

Nathan Sokoloff, 100, a long time resident of Orange, and most recently of Tower One in New Haven, devoted husband of the late Clara (Tolchinsky) Sokoloff, died at his home on November 10, 2017.

Born in Brooklyn, NY., December 16, 1916, he was the son of the late Irwin & Rachel (Wiener), Sokoloff. He was preceded in death by wife Clara; grandson Jeremy Saxe; son-in-law Gregory Johnson; his brother George and his sister Sophie. Beloved Father of Jill Noel (John) of Hamden, Heidi Saxe (Tracy) of Orange and Michael Sokoloff (Judy) of Cheshire. Cherished Grandfather of Dayna, Jessica, Robert, Ryan, Brian, Thomas and the late Jeremy Saxe.

Nat had a long career working full-time from 13 years old in the Garment District in NYC and was still working one day a week even after his 100th birthday. In addition to his long career in textiles, he had success in other industries as well, including the game industry, banking and, finally, working part-time in legal services. Nat served in the US Army during the Second World War. He was also President of Orange Little League during their championship year.

Nat was an extremely devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Nat and Clara were married for more than 70 years before she passed in 2010. Always the love his life, she inspired in him a passion for songwriting after her death that resulted in him writing over 70 songs in both English and Yiddish, many of them romantic ballads to Clara’s memory. He began to perform live shows at his new home at Tower One in his 90s and was preparing another performance at the time of his death. They both excelled at ballroom dancing and enjoyed traveling.

There was nothing Nat wouldn’t do for his family. Nathan leaves behind a loving family who have always admired him, learned from him, and will deeply miss him. Well educated, and self-taught, he continued his lifelong learning to the very end through extensive reading, research on the internet and kept current with technology using his iPhone for texting and social media to keep abreast of his grandchildren.

A celebration of the life of Nathan Sokoloff will be held at Robert E. Shure Funeral Home, 543 George Street, New Haven on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. with interment services to follow with military honors at B’nai Jacob Memorial Park, 200 Wintergreen Avenue, New Haven.

Nat’s family will be receiving from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be sent to Jeremy Saxe Foundation Saxe Doernberger & Vita, P.C. 35 Nutmeg Drive, Trumbull, CT 06611.

To sign an online registry book or leave a message of condolence, please visit: www.shurefuneralhome.com

Get Ready For The Orange Holiday Festival

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Nov 112017
 

It’s time to start planning your gingerbread (house) creation, the annual Orange Holiday Festival, and Tree Lighting is planned for Sunday, Dec. 3.

The festivities will take place on and around the Orange Town Green beginning at 3 p.m.

Visitors may tour the Stone-Otis House to see what Christmas was like in Victorian times.

The Academy Building and Antique Shop will be open and all are welcome to view the Orange Historical Society’s antique collections and Emily Prudden Watercolors. While you’re there, head to the lower level between 3 – 5 p.m. to see the New Haven and Derby line model railroad setup — It’s wonderful!

The Orange Congregational Church will host a cookie sale and have crafts for the kids from 3-5 p.m. The Bell Choir will perform a hand bell concert and carol sing in the church sanctuary from 4-5 p.m. An alternative giving opportunity for Heifer International also will be available.

As always, the Case Memorial Library will be beautifully decorated and will host musical performances by Al deCant of Half Moon Music, whose children’s program in the library meeting room from 3:30 – 4 p.m. is a crowd pleaser, and the Amity Chamber Singers performance on the main level from 4:15 to 4:30 p.m. should not be missed.

Also in the library, guess how many candies are in the jar and win a prize, write a letter to Santa Claus and make a craft in the craft room. The Library will be open from 3 – 5 p.m.

The Annual Gingerbread contest will be featured in the Clark Building. Friends of all ages are invited to enter a gingerbread creation. Entries must be dropped off at the Clark Building between 2-3 p.m. on Dec. 3 and must be picked up between 5:30 – 6 p.m. The winner will be invited to light the Christmas Tree.

Always a crowd favorite, an ice carving demonstration will take place in front of the Clark Building from 3 – 5 p.m.

Of course, the highlight of the entire festival day happens at 5 p.m. when Santa Claus arrives. The tree lighting will take place at 5:15 p.m. Children may visit with Santa on the

The New Light Switch was designed by Chris Small.

Town Green until the end of the Holiday Festival at 6 p.m.