Fire Auxiliary Offers Mohegan Bus Trip Fundraiser

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May 232017

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary is hosting a Bus Trip to Mohegan Sun Casino on Saturday, July 8.

Up front cost is $40 per person but after all the perks, ($25.00 back – $10.00 game voucher & $15.00 food voucher) it doesn’t cost you a thing (do the math), but the Volunteer Fire Department benefits from the proceeds.

Bus leaves High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road parking lot at 4 p.m. and departs from Mohegan Sun at 10 p.m.

For more information, call/text Karen at 203-395-2581 or e-mail Vickie at equus1095@hotmail.com

NOTE: The last day to purchase a seat is Friday, June 23.

Come join the fun while helping the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

Another Fabulous Band Booked For The 2017 Independence Day Concert/Fireworks

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May 232017

The Town of Orange may be small in population, but it gained the reputation for bringing in internationally renowned bands and one of the best fireworks displays in the New Haven County.

For this year’s Independence Day Concert, the Orange Town News, which is once again producing the event, is presenting “Strange Magic – The ELO Experience” to perform prior to the town’s Annual Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular.  Strange Magic is a tribute to the Electric Light Orchestra which features cellos and intricate vocal arrangements. The group performs note-perfect renditions of all the ELO classics. Concert goers can expect to hear all their favorites such as “Living Thing,” “Evil Woman,” “Don’t Bring Me Down,” “Ma Ma Belle,” “Strange Magic,” “Telephone Line,”“Can’t Get it Out of My Head,” “Sweet Talkin’ Woman,” “Turn to Stone,” and “Shine a Little Love.” The nine members of “Strange Magic,”who are making their CT debut, hail from Toronto, Canada. The band will feature internationally renowned lead vocalist Phil Naro.

In addition, “Strange Magic” has been chosen to appear on national television on “THE WORLD’S GREATEST TRIBUTE BANDS” show on AXS TV! They will be appearing live in concert from the legendary “Whisky a Go Go” in Hollywood California (two days before ELO is inducted into the Rock N ‘Roll Hall of Fame). Orange residents with DISH Network, Direct TV or FIOS can get a preview of the band on AXS TV on Wednesday, April 5 at 10 p.m.

The Independence Day Concert will take place on Sunday, July 2 (rain date Monday, July 3rd) at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange.

The festivities will begin promptly at 6:30 pm with welcoming comments from Orange First Selectman Jim Zeoli.  The concert will be followed promptly at 9:30 pm by the Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular with Patriotic Music.

Orange Town News publisher and event producer Rocky Salperto said, “We are looking forward to another premiere event for area residents to enjoy.  We are excited about producing this show for the sixth consecutive year.  We hope everyone continues to enjoy this great community event. Many thanks go out to our sponsors, our first selectman and town officials for their continued support.”

The event is made possible through area sponsors including major sponsors:  Cohen & Wolf, P.C.; Yale University, Regent Wealth Management Group, The Orange Foundation’s Olga Fund, the Orange Town News & the Town of Orange.

Additional Gold, Silver & Bronze Sponsorship opportunities are available in the Orange Town News and at Orange Town Hall. For more information call 203-298-4399, online at www.orangetownnews.com or email rocky@orangetownnews.com.

Food vendors and novelty items will be available for purchase at the fairgrounds beginning at 6:00 p.m.  WPLR Radio will also be on location with a celebrity guest.  Come early and get a good seat.  Admission is free.

— Press Release

Come On Out To Tip A Cop In June

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May 232017

Come out and help the Orange Police and Chip’s Restaurant support the Connecticut Special Olympics. 

The annual Tip-A-Cop fundraising event will take place at Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road on Friday, June 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Orange police officers will serve your meal and work hard to collect a great tip.

All tips collected and money donated during this event will go directly to Special Olympics Connecticut to support the athletes and raise awareness about individuals with intellectual disabilities.

MADD CT Honors Police Officers

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May 232017

Chief Robert Gagne, Officer Amarone, Officer Colon, and Asst. Chief Anthony Cuozzo at the MADD Awards.

On Thursday, May 18, MADD Connecticut honored Police Officers from throughout our state for their efforts in eliminating drunk and drugged driving.

The luncheon took place at the Aqua Turf facility in Southington.

This year, three Orange Officers were recognized for their efforts. Officer Amable Colon, Officer Jeffery Fernandes, and Officer Robert Amarone. These Officers were nominated by their supervisors for leading the Department’s efforts against drugged and drunk driving.

Congratulations to this year’s honorees.

Baseball: Amity SCC Quarterfinal Postponed Til Tuesday

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May 222017

The SCC Quarterfinal Baseball game at Amity High School has been postponed until Tuesday at 4 p.m. due to the rain.

Be sure to make time tomorrow afternoon for the first in hopefully several games leading to the state championship.

Amity Earns 14 CT High School Musical Theater Award Nominations

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May 222017

Amity High School’s Production of Fiddler On The Roof earned 14 Ct High School Musical Theater Award Nominations.

This is Amity’s 8th year in the awards and its 8th consecutive year being nominated for Outstanding production of the year.

The nominations, announced today, are:

Hair and Makeup – Andrea Kennedy (and crew)

Costumes – Julie Chevan, Brenda Burt and team

Lighting – Dan Hassenmayer

Scenery – Rob Kennedy (and crew)

Sound – Tom Ivanovich

Direction – Rob  and Andrea Kennedy

Choreography – Andrea Kennedy

Music Direction – Marcia Rizzotti

Orchestra – Phil Dolan Conductor (Amity Musicians)

Chorus – Amity Theater members

Lobby -Kim Goklowski and Amity Theater Parents

Leading Actor – Tevye – Eric Greenbaum

Supporting Actress – Golde – Yuliya Faryna

Outstanding Production of the Year – Fiddler on the Roof

The show nearly swept every category, the only ones that did not receive a nomination were Ensemble Member, Featured Performer, Supporting Actor, and Lead Actress.

Congratulations to Amity, Rob and Andrea Kennedy, The actors, musicians, costumers and everyone involved in this show.

Click HERE to see all of the Nominations.

Award recipients will be announced from the stage of The Palace Theater, Waterbury, on Monday, June 5, 2017, in a stunning and entertaining black tie gala. Tickets are on sale through the Palace Theater Box office.

Mission Statement:

The CHSMTA program recognizes excellence on stage and behind the scenes. We do not believe that everyone deserves an award for “showing up.” We believe that exceptional achievement should be celebrated as beacons of inspiration and aspiration.

Amity PTSO Needs Your Help For The Senior Breakfast

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May 212017

The annual Amity High School Senior Breakfast sponsored by the PTSO will take place on Tuesday, June 13 at 9:30 a.m. prior to mandatory graduation rehearsals.

The PTSO is looking for donations of food and drink items and gift cards for the raffle from local restaurants and families. They also need volunteers for set up and serving.

This is one of the PTSO’s favorite events!

If you can help, contact Eileen Babbitz at eileenebean@aol.com.

Baseball: Amity Wins Two In A Row, Final Game On Friday

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May 182017

After losing its second game of the season, this time to Notre Dame-West Haven on Monday, the Amity Spartans were back on track Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Amity hosted Jonathan Law in Woodbridge. The Spartans shut out the Lawmen 5-0.

On Wednesday, the Spartans were on the road in Wallingford against Sheehan.

With Max Scheps pitching and a phenomenal 10-run third inning, Amity defeated Sheehan 21-6.

Amity      4310 030 1 — 21
Sheehan 20 1  021 0 —   6

Amity’s season record as of Wednesday, May 17,  16-2

The final game of the regular season takes place tonight as Amity takes on Cheshire at Old Tavern Road Complex in Orange at 7 p.m.

Amity (17-2) defeated Cheshire (13-8) 1-0 earlier in the season, so this should be a good game.

On Monday, May 22, the Spartans are home in Woodbridge to play in the SCC Quarterfinals at 4 p.m. Come on out and cheer on the Spartans as they reach for another state record — a fifth State Championship title.

UPDATE: Orange Residents Take Town Budget/Charter Revision Vote Seriously

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May 182017

The Orange Town Budget/Charter Revision Referendum took place today at the High Plains Community Center.

The following results are from the machine votes cast there. Absentee Ballots will change the totals, and perhaps the face of the Town Charter.

The Town Budget passed 1088 -201

Charter Revision Questions all passed as depicted below:

1) 968 -325

2) 992 -283

3) 835-450

4) 960 -317

5) 873-408

6) 1193 – 97

There were 1,350 votes cast and as we have reported for the past few weeks, the Charter Revision would only go through if 1,700 voters came out. (Does not include the absentee ballots)

Town Attorney Vincent Marino stated:

Thank you for coming out today. The budget passed by a 5 to 1 margin. That vote counts.

It looks like we fell short of our 15% vote number by 240 votes, but I will be reviewing the statute and verifying the tally with the registrars tomorrow.

While it does not appear that the Charter vote will count, all of the initiatives received support by overwhelming majorities.

While we believe we did everything we could to educate everyone and to get out the vote, including public hearings, public meetings, social media, robo calls, lawn signs and publication in 2 local papers, we always like to hear what else we might of, could have or should do in the future.

Notwithstanding the Charter vote, it is great to see that the budget we presented was supported in great numbers. We are fortunate to live in a town that has such dedicated, talented and intelligent people that serve on our boards and commissions, particularly on our Boards of Finance and Selectmen.

First Selectman Jim Zeoli said, “What this shows is that people actually took the time to read the questions, and for that I am grateful.”


Orange Live will keep you apprised of any further updates on this situation.