Orange Police Place Second In Battle Of The Badges Competition

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Apr 222018

The Orange Police Department sent a team to this year’s ‘Battle of the Badges’ competition at Yale University to benefit the Smilow Cancer Center.

This is a contest where teams of three make as many bench-press repetitions as they can. Each lift equals 75% of the competitor’s body weight if the contestant is male, and 50% of their body weight if female.

The Orange Police Department team, consisting of officers Chris Brown, Vin Landisio, and Brent Crawford combined for 128 repetitions, which was good for second place.

Click HERE to see some photos of the team with their trophy, and you can click the link to learn more about the cause behind the competition.

Our Local Heroes!


BREAKING: Fatal Accident On Marsh Hill Road

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Apr 212018

Emergency crews reported to a three-car accident on Marsh Hill Road near Dichello Distributors around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 21.

According to residents, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department used the Jaws of Life to cut open one vehicle. And, our sources said, there was at least one fatality.

The Orange Police Department has no additional information at this time, but it appears that this section of the road will be closed during the accident investigation.

Orange Live will publish more on this incident as it becomes available.


Get Ready! The Annual Church Tag Sale Is On May 12

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Apr 212018

Aerial view of the Orange Congregational Church

The annual Orange Congregational Church Youth Group Tag sale will take place on the Orange Town Green on Saturday, May 12  from 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (rain date: May 19).

If you wish to rent a space—without a table is $20, and a space with a table is $25, please call Esther at the church office 203-795-9749 during office hours.

There also will be a Bake Sale during the Tag Sale and proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity Youth United.

Donations of items for the sale are welcome and can be brought after May 6 to the church at 205 Meetinghouse Lane, Orange.

Church office hours are Mon-Fri, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can email them any time at occhurch@snet.net.

Camp Argo Hosts Open House On April 22

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Apr 212018

Everyone is invited to the Camp Argo Open House on Sunday, April 22 from 6-7 p.m.  Kids are always welcome. Rain or shine (or snow).  

Learn more about the camp, meet some of the counselors, take a brief tour and ask any questions.  Park in the (Camp Cedarcrest) main parking lot directly off of 886 Mapledale Road and then walk across the bridge to the main cafeteria building.  
There have been so many camper registrations so far that organizers are seeking more help from high school aged volunteer counselors for this summer. Volunteering at Camp Argo can satisfy community service hours, improve a resume for college, and is a great way to learn more leadership skills while spending the summer outdoors. 
If you know of an energetic, responsible teenager who loves or wants to work with kids please point them in our direction and to the “Join Our Team” page http://campargo.com/volunteer.php to fill out an application.
Feel free to forward this e-mail to others that you feel would be interested or who may have questions. 
Your friends, family & neighbors are all welcome to have fun with us at Camp Argo this summer. 
Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @campargo1.

Dance Studio Hosts Charity Event For Cancer Research

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Apr 212018

Join the Fred Astaire Dance Studio, 547 Boston Post Road, Orange on Saturday, April 21, from 5:30 – 7 p.m., for a fundraiser supporting Smilow Cancer Research for female reproductive organs.

The Smilow Cancer Research Hospital at Yale-New Haven Health treats more cancer patients than any other hospital in Connecticut.

The event will include a team match competition where you can watch the dancers face off and an open house including food and drink.

Swing into spring and come dance for the cure for Ovarian Cancer research.

To RSVP, call 203-795-5200.

It’s Here! The First Carnival Of 2018

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Apr 212018

The Orange Fairgrounds will be filled with rides, games and fun as Rainbow Amusements brings the first Carnival of the year to town on Saturday, April 21 (12-9). A rain date is scheduled for Sunday, April 22 (12-5). 

The Peck Place Carnival will have food trucks offering dinner and dessert choices for your family to enjoy. Peanut & tree nut free trucks will be on the premises.

Wristbands will be sold at the event for $25 each. 

Any Questions: Contact Gina Vuolo @ gvuolo@optonline.net

All pre-paid wristbands will be available for pick-up at the Will Call window. *Please bring photo ID to pick-up your tickets.

Boys Volleyball: Hand Defeats Amity in Woodbridge

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Apr 202018

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The Amity Spartans Boys Volleyball team hosted the Daniel Hand Tigers in Woodbridge on Wednesday.

Hand took the first two games 25-18, 25-17.  Then Amity won one 25-19, and Hand finished it off with the third win 25-21.

It was a 3-1 victory for Daniel Hand.

Noteworthy Players

Hand—Mike Card had 39 assists and four aces. Erik Lazor had 13 kills and three blocks. Tucker Rathe had 10 kills and four blocks.

Amity—Gunnar Poulimas had six kills and four digs. Christian Tzepos had 23 assists.

Records: Hand 4-2, Amity 1-6.

Orange Business and Community Expo Scheduled

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Apr 192018

Save the date for the 16th Annual Orange Business and Community Expo which will take place at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Executive Director Annemarie Sliby,  said, “We are looking forward to hosting the 16th Expo and would like to welcome the public and business population to stop by to network and enjoy the day.”

The Expo is free and open to the public. Business owners, their employees, and local residents can look forward to product demonstrations, activities, raffles and food trucks. Visit and network with 56 business vendors including: Albertus Magnus College, All American Waste, Cody White Funeral Home, Beardsley Zoo, Orange Visiting Nurse Association, Shops at Yale, University of Bridgeport, Visiting Angels and many more. For a complete list, check our website at www.orangeedc.com/events_activities.

A Speed Networking event is taking place from 10 am to 11 am prior to Expo opening. This will be a fun and effective way to make connections. Rob Thomas, of Rob Thomas CT, professional networking coach, will be the moderator. Seating is limited and registration is required. Cost is $15 per person and includes a goodie bag, refreshments and raffle entry.

Following the Expo, the Orange Chamber of Commerce together with Eli’s restaurant will host a Business After Hours event on site under the Pavilion at High Plains Community Center. See the Orange Chamber booth for details.

Vendor space is still available. Showcase your business, products or service, sell your products on site, and network with business vendors/attendees. Vendor space is limited to 56 exhibitor booths.

“Booth space is selling fast and we expect to be sold out by the end of April,” Sliby said.

Exhibitor space is reasonably priced at $300 for an 8-foot booth, which includes pipe and drape, linen topped-skirted table and 1 chair. In addition, all vendors receive their business information listed in the Event Program, their business marketing materials included in Event Welcome Bags, their company name listed in OrangeLife Magazine, an entry into the Vendor/Sponsor appreciation raffle, and exhibitor lanyards. Booths with electricity are very limited but may be provided for an additional $100. If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please register online at the OEDC website, OrangeEDC.com/events_activities or call the OEDC office at (203) 891-1045.

If you unable participate as a vendor in the Expo this year, your business can still have a presence. For just $75, your marketing materials will be included in the Event Welcome Bags, which go to all attendees and vendors. You may also place an ad in the Event Program; sizes and prices vary.

Please call our office at 891-1045 for information on both opportunities.

Many thanks to our sponsors: Gold: Cohen and Wolf, NORTHEAST Electronics Corporation, Orange Economic Development Commission, Taylor Rental/Party Plus and The Shops at Yale; Bronze: Connex Credit Union, Statefarm Insurance, Shop Rite, All American Waste, Subway; Pewter: The Eagle Leasing Company and Hurwitz, Sagarin, Slossberg and Knuff. Event Bags: Colonial Properties.

For more information, call the Orange Economic Development Corporation at (203) 891-1045 or visit the website at OrangeEDC.com/events_acivities.

Obituary: Andrea Jacobson Grant, 77, Beloved Mother, Grandmother

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Apr 182018

Andrea Jacobson Grant, 77, of Orange, passed away on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. Born in Providence on July 6, 1940, Andrea was the eldest child of the late Eric Gunnar Jacobson and Mary Elizabeth (Grieve) Jacobson. The family moved to Westerly in 1950 after purchasing a former physical therapy clinic on the Shore Road and converting it to an inn known as the Winnapaug House (later the Grandview).

She graduated from Westerly High School in 1958. She served as class secretary, editor-in-chief of the Driftwood (yearbook), a member of the Barker staff (school newspaper), and a member of the cheering squad. She was inducted into the Rhode Island and National Honor Societies and received the D. A. R. Award for Good Citizenship. Classmates voted her most likely to succeed, most mature, and most respected.

Andrea attended Pembroke College (now Brown University) and graduated in 1962 with a major in English. Work and family took her to western New York, Florida, Pennsylvania and Maryland before she returned to New England in the early 1980s. For most of her professional life, she worked as a teacher of children with special needs, many of them autistic.

Andrea read voraciously and regularly attended movies. She maintained elaborate flower gardens, and among her culinary skills was her fine-tuning of Rhode Island clam chowder, the “real” kind without milk, cream or tomatoes. Perhaps her greatest love was East Beach, where she spent many an afternoon throughout her life.

Andrea is survived by her brothers, Kent A. Jacobson (Martha Lyon) of Northampton, MA, and Peter L. Jacobson (Terry Lorant) of Oakland, CA; daughters Lisa Hartjen of Honsdale, PA, and Anne Hartjen (Larry Laconi) of New Haven, CT; two grandchildren, James and Elizabeth Laconi; and first husband, Raymond Hartjen of East Hampton, NY. She was predeceased by her second husband, John Grant.

Contributions may be made in memory of Andrea Jacobson Grant to the Westerly Public Library, 44 Broad Street, Westerly, RI, 02891.

Hurry! Time Is Running Out To Submit Your Grant Applications

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Apr 182018

The Orange Foundation is accepting Applications for grants to be distributed in the spring of 2018. Funding is available for projects benefiting the residents of Orange

Those eligible for grants include non-profit organizations, parent-teacher organizations and service organizations.

According to Distribution Committee Member and Chair of Grant Distribution, Janice Lettick, “Since it began giving out grants, the Foundations has distributed more than $170,700 to various local civic and community organizations.”

The grants range in size from $500 to $6,234. Past recipients include Amity Teen Center; Camp Cedarcrest; Case Memorial Library; Orange Senior Services; and Silberbrook Estates.

“We encourage Orange community organizations to apply for funding to support their activities,” Lettick said.

The deadline for applications is April 30, 2018. Applications are available online at www.orangefounation.org. and at the Orange Town Hall. Completed applications should be mailed to the Orange Foundation, P.O Box 729, Orange, CT 06477-0729.