Jun 102015

Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 8.04.04 PMIf you see fire trucks in your neighborhood and firefighters going door-to-door, don’t worry, nothing is wrong, they’re just there making it easy for you to obtain raffle tickets for the annual Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival.

In past years, the firefighters were able to mail the tickets and residents would return the stubs along with a check. But then, last year, the postal service said “No, you can’t do that.” and the fire department took a big hit.

This year’s top prize is a $5,000 Visa Card, second prize $4,000 … and 8 other desirable prizes to win, all for the cost of a $5 raffle ticket.

The proceeds go to the Orange Volunteer Fire Department for their expenses, such as, equipment and training.

So when you see the firemen coming to your door, grab your wallet and a pen and buy as many tickets as you can to help them out and show that you appreciate these highly trained volunteers for their service to the community.

Jun 062015

IMG_9145The Annual Race Brook Rockin’ Road Race only attracted 101 registered runners.

Event Chairman Melissa Nicefaro did a phenomenal job advertising it, so why the low turnout?

In past years, the Rockin’ Road Race was a wildly popular event and a great fundraiser for Race Brook School. Unfortunately, nowadays every time you turn around someone else is sponsoring another 5K, which takes away the interest from these established fundraising road races.

The town also seems to have gone Golf Tournament crazy, so will there be a Rockin’ Road Race next year? Only time will tell.


This is what Melissa Nicefaro had to say in response on our Facebook page:

Yes, it is unfortunate that runner turnout has dropped. What that says to us is it may be time to add something new to make our event stand out from the others. We’re starting to brainstorm ideas for next year’s big event (did you really think we wouldn’t have a seventh annual?!? You should know us better than that!!)

For now, instead of focusing on a lack of runners, I’m choosing to focus on the fact that it was a spectacular day for the RBS community.

The sixth annual Rockin Road Race was a huge accomplishment for over 100 runners and an additional 100 walkers and fun-runners. That’s something to smile about.


Still, it was a great day to compete in a 5K.

First to cross the finish line was Jeffrey Townsend, 43, of Woodbridge, who ran a 6:05 minute mile with a time of 18:53.

Orange resident Sarah Smeriglio, 17, was the first female to cross the finish line at a pace of 7:33 per mile, coming in at 23:23.

Members of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department left their own pancake breakfast fundraiser this morning to raise the American Flag for the start of the race.


May 262015

IMG_5111On Memorial Day, more and more residents are attending the ceremony at the gazebo and service at the cemetery.

But the best kept, yet highly visible, secret in town is the Orange Volunteer Fire Department’s memorial ceremony on the town green which takes place after all the other events have ended.

The firefighters walk from Station 1 on Orange Center Road down to the OVFD Memorial Stone at the end of the green.

The department chaplain says a prayer, then the chief and other members read the names of their brothers who have died.

This is always a solemn occasion, and well done.

May 242015

A view of the rear of the home and the propane tanks. (courtesy of Art Williams)

A view of the rear of the home and the propane tanks. (courtesy of Art Williams)

The devastating fire that destroyed a beautiful raised ranch on Derby Milford Road in a very short time on Saturday actually could have been much worse.

There was a danger right around the corner, that our volunteer firefighters were warned of before they arrived yet they still jumped right in and did their job. The danger — two giant propane tanks — in plain sight at the rear of the home as the fire poured out of the structure.

Imagine the injuries (or worse) that firefighters could have suffered if the tanks exploded.

Thankfully, there were no injuries.

The remaining structure continued to sizzle through the night and firefighters stood watch until about midnight to make sure no hot spots re-ignited.

Apr 252015


Orange Fire Station #2

On March 4, the Orange Fire Department took delivery of a 2014 Smeal pumper with a 1,500 GPM pump and 1,000 gal tank of water. The new Engine 34 will replace the old 1987 truck.

Chief John Knight announced this at the Annual Firemen’s Dinner.

On Sunday, April 26 at 4 p.m. the OVFD will have the new truck blessed at Fire Station #2 on the Boston Post Road, and then take a department photo as they celebrate their 90th anniversary of serving the community.


Apr 042015

IMG_8053If you were out and about today (Indian River Road/Marsh Hill Road area) you may have seen fire trucks lining the road and firefighters in the street holding boots.

For a few hours early this morning and afternoon the Orange Volunteer Fire Department held a boot drive to raise money for the department.

Drivers, both Orange residents and out-of-towners, were generous and made the firefighters’ efforts well worth the time.


Mar 042015

oThe Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will host its 6th annual Pancake Supper  at Chip’s Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Rd., Orange on Wednesday, March 4, with two seatings. There will be an early seating at 5:30 p.m. and late seating at 6:30 p.m.

The special menu includes Pancakes, Eggs, choice of Bacon or Sausage and a beverage.

Cost is $10 for Adults, $5 Children 10 and under. Tickets must be purchased in advance as a limited number of seats are available.

Tickets may be purchased from any Auxiliary member or at Knight’s Inc. 286 Boston Post Rd. Orange.

All proceeds benefit the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

For further information, email Lynn@ [email protected] or visit their website at www.orangevfd.com

Originally Published on: Feb 11, 2015 @ 18:13

Second Publishing on: Feb 28, 2015 @ 12:13


Feb 032015

Orange Volunteer Firefighters clear a hydrant

Orange Volunteer Firefighters clear a hydrant

Tonight, after coming home from a full day’s work at their paying jobs, our Orange volunteer firefighters will be out in the freezing cold on Hydrant Detail.

They’ll be shoveling out the fire hydrants in YOUR neighborhoods that are covered in snow and ice.

The firefighters know all too well how long it takes to clear a hydrant, and how precious those extra minutes are when they have to get to a home for a fire emergency.

If YOU have a hydrant near your home, PLEASE shovel it out.

Jan 152015

Screen Shot 2015-01-14 at 6.38.37 PMThe Orange Volunteer Fire Department’s Santa’s Helper program has gone global, and our own “Elf Mama” Annie Davis has been getting phone calls from around the world since a Subway company newsletter was delivered to EVERY Subway from here to Timbuktu and beyond.

Davis, an associate member of the OVFD, who began the Santa’s Helper fundraiser 20 years ago to raise money to buy rescue equipment for Orange’s all-volunteer Fire Department, also happens to work at Subway World Headquarters in Milford.

When someone in the office learned about the unique program, and that another employee, Eric Sudol, who also is a Subway Shop franchisee, fed Santa and his elves on Santa’s Helper delivery night with 80 SUBWAY to Go! boxed meals (prepared by 3 Sandwich Artists— Debbie, Donna and Kim — at his Milford store) She gathered information and wrote a little story for the company newsletter.

Davis said she’s received requests for information from several people from across the country who are interested in starting Santa’s Helper programs for their own volunteer fire departments. (Something she is happy to provide)

Davis works on the project 9 months (or more) each year — really! It’s a lot of work, but she loves the energy that abounds when Santa and the elves return to the station after they deliver the gifts, and the response she gets from families after their visits.




Dec 132014

The look of wonder on their faces speaks volumes.

The look of wonder on their faces speaks volumes.

Santa’s Helper is one of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department’s most magical traditions.

Now in its 20th year, Orange Live is asking participants to share their most treasured memories of Santa’s Helper and what it’s meant to you and your family.

Send us an e-mail to [email protected] (this is NOT a Link) with “Santa’s Helper” in the subject line by Saturday, Dec. 20. Include a Photo of your special Santa’s Helper visit with your submission if you have one.

Orange Live will publish as many of your stories as possible. Then, Elf Mama, who’s been the backbone of the event for two decades, along with firefighters and elves, will choose their favorite one(s) and the winner(s) will receive a special prize.