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

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Jun 242017

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

Here’s A Thing Or Two You May Not Know

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Jun 242017

Ever since the town of Orange began actively recycling, pizza boxes have been a HUGE no no.

So, is it okay to put a pizza box in your recycling bin?

Well, if you are still stuffing them into your trash, STOP!

According to revised Connecticut recycling rules it IS now okay to recycle pizza boxes as long as they don’t have any cheese or grease on them. Are you surprised? You’re not alone.

The Orange Recycling Committee shared this information during the Orange Business and Community Expo earlier this month.

Here’s a quick question. Can you place shredded paper in your recycling bin? It’s paper, and paper is recyclable, right?

Well, no, you can’t. The same goes for paper cups.

Do you want to know more? Visit the Connecticut recycling website for all the answers you seek.

Educate yourself and your children on how recycling works and you can help save the world a little bit at a time every day. And residents, recycling helps keep your property taxes down.

Hear What Margaret Novicki Has To Say About Running For First Selectman

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Jun 212017

On Tuesday, June 20, 2017, the Orange Democratic Town Committee announced Margaret Novicki as its nominee for the candidate for the first selectman’s seat in the upcoming election.

In this VIDEO, Novicki shares her background as an Orange resident, her career with the United Nations and why she hopes to become the first selectwoman of the town of Orange.

Although the production quality of the video is nothing to brag about, you can hear Margaret share her background and views, in her own words. Click HERE to hear what the Democratic challenger for the first selectman has to say.


Check Out Camp Argo — A New Option For This Summer — Open House Tonight

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Jun 202017

With summer on our doorstep and parents scrambling to figure out exactly what to do with the kids, here’s some information about a new camp program in town.

Camp Argo, which originated in California, will take place at Orange’s own Camp Cedarcrest grounds on Mapleview Road this summer. 

Camp Director Jason Nevis, an Orange resident, welcomes everyone to an Open House at the campground on Tuesday, June 20 from 5-7 p.m. Learn more about the camp, meet some staff, take a tour and ask any questions.  There will be a free raffle and activities for the kids too.  More information can be found on the Camp Argo website www.campargo.com  or call 203-799-ARGO.

Make sure to Like them on Facebook @campargo and Instagram @campargo1

New this summer, Camp Argo has added an Autism Inclusion Program component to provide those families that have children on the Autism Spectrum a place to send ALL of their children with or without autism to the same camp!  

If you feel generous, the camp could use help funding this new endeavor.  So if you know someone that has a HUGE heart and can donate to its YouCaring fundraising page  https://www.youcaring.com/autisminclusionprogramatcampargo-834673  then this summer will be an extraordinary one for all the campers! 

Interested in getting more information before the open house? Nevis will have a booth at the Orange Strawberry Festival, so stop on by and say hello. 

It’s Not Too Late To Enroll In Theater and Instrumental Music Camps

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Jun 182017

Award-winning Amity Theater Directors Rob and Andrea Kennedy invite students from second grade through high school for a summer filled with singing, dancing, acting, and lots of fun.

This is the tenth summer that they’ve run the Amity Theater Arts Camp, and this year, they’re celebrating the big tenth anniversary with “The Most Magical Show On Earth.”

The program features daily classes in singing, dancing and acting along with other activities.

Camp runs from July 5 – July 28 from 8 a.m. to noon. Click HERE for Registration information.

Music Camp

Don’t forget, there also is an Instrumental Music Camp at Amity.

This fun camp, for students ages 8 and up, is designed to teach students instrumental performance skills on the instrument of their choice, as well as build performance experience; build on their creative spirit and sense of accomplishment and, most of all, Have Fun!! All skill levels are welcome.

Camp Includes: Daily Group and Individual Classes, Sheet Music and Instruction Book, Studio Recording Sessions, Camp T-Shirt, Fun Camp Activities including Movie Day, Pirate Day and more, and Performance on stage at the end of the month. There is a $50 sibling discount if more than one student from the same family registers for camp.

Click HERE to register.

Instrument Rental

Instruments are available for rent, at an additional fee, through Bethel Music Center. See below for rental fees. (The renter is solely responsible for the instrument, as Amity Region 5 can assume no responsibility for rented instruments). The rental period is for 3 months, as time is needed to clean and prepare the instruments after they are used. Contact Bethel Music Center at (800)-276-7974 or visit their website: http://www.bmcmusicsource.com/index.php.

Music Camp is directed by award-winning Amity teacher and conductor Phil Dolan.

Both camps will take place at Amity High School, 25 Newton Road, Woodbridge, CT



Elizabeth Ewing’s “Soundtrack Of Our LIves” Commencement Speech

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Jun 182017

Amity Senior Class President Elizabeth Ewing integrates song titles into her commencement speech as she reminisces about the Class of 2017’s four years at Amity.

She skillfully fits plenty of fond memories into her 9 minutes in the spotlight.

Here is a VIDEO of Elizabeth’s speech.


Come On Out To Tip A Cop On Friday

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Jun 162017

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.

Amity Students Flip At Graduation

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Jun 152017

Who is this Amity Grad?

The Amity High School Graduation was delightful. It was not too hot with a steady breeze. There were good class speakers, especially the extremely funny piece by Eric, the self-proclaimed most unqualified speaker. (Give me a couple of days to post the videos).

This year, there were fewer beach balls than ever before and I didn’t see one soap bubble rising from the grad seats.

Yet, there was some entertainment when the diplomas were handed out. As he approached the dignitaries from the right side of the field, one student did a perfect flip, received his diploma, then before the official photographer could take his picture, he flipped again and wowed the crowd.

A few minutes later a second classmate also showed his gymnastic skills after receiving his diploma.

From Baseball, Volleyball, Tennis, Theater, Science and more, the Class of 2017 is a very talented bunch.

We took more than 6,000 photos at graduation and it will take some time to edit all of them. They most likely will be available on Shutterfly or a similar service. 


A Light Agenda For Tonight’s Board Of Selectmen’s Meeting

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Jun 152017


  • The Orange Board of Selectmen will have a special meeting at Town Hall tonight, Thursday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m.
    Call to order
    Fire Exits
    Pledge of Allegiance
    (2 minutes per speaker)
    To consider and act upon the minutes of the Public Hearings and Regular
    Meeting of May 10, 2017 (enclosure)
    1. To consider and act on the approval of a vending license for July 2, 2017
    firework show (enclosure) – Howard Dragonoff, Action Enterprises
    2. To consider and act on the approval of a town donation towards the
    Independence Day Celebration – First Selectman James Zeoli
    3. To consider and act on the tax assessment agreement between MLG Real
    Estate, LLC and the Town of Orange (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli
  • 4. To consider and act on the appointment of Shannan Carlson to the Amity
    Board of Education – First Selectman James Zeoli
    5. To consider and act on the approval of the bid recommendation for wood and
    brush disposal (enclosure) – First Selectman James Zeoli
    6. To consider and act on the approval of the bid recommendation for refuse
    collection services (enclosure) – First Selectman James Zeoli
    7.To consider and act on the waiver of medical benefits for one employee
    (enclosure) – First Selectman James Zeoli
    8.To consider and act on the formation of a Charter Revision Committee
    (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli
    9. To consider and act on the request to put on the Suspense List the unpaid taxes
    from 2013 in the amount of $41,734.22 (enclosure)
    10. To consider and act on the approval of the tax refunds for June in the amount
    of $6595.90 (enclosure)
    11. Update on the Redesign of the Town Website
    1. Capital Planning – Selectman Okenquist
    2. Pension Board – Selectman Goldblatt
    3. Bond Construction Oversight – Selectman Goldblatt
    4. Personnel Committee – Selectmen Zeoli, Okenquist, Davis
    5. Charter Revision Commission – Selectman Carangelo
    Approved Minutes, Public Hearing & Special Meeting – April 5, 2017
    Appointments and Reappointments
    Revenue & Expenditure Reports
    2017 Orange Volunteer Fire Association Carnival Raffle Prize Brochure


Hurwitz’s Walkoff Gives Orange Post 127 A Victory Over Stratford

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Jun 152017

Orange American Legion Post 127 Baseball

Orange Post 127 defeated Stratford 3-2 on Tuesday thanks to a walk-off single. The game was tied at two with Orange Post 127  batting in the bottom of the seventh when Adam Hurwitz singled off of Stratford’s pitcher, driving in one run.

The pitching was strong on both sides. Mike Ficaro struck out two, while Stratford’s pitcher sat down five.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
STRT 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 6 1
ORNG 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 3 8 3
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Orange Post 127  tied things up at one.
Ficaro earned the win for Orange Post 127. He went seven innings, surrendering two runs, six hits, striking out two, and walking one. Stratford’s pitcher took the loss. He tossed six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs, eight hits, and striking out five.
Adam Hurwitz and Chase Burzynski each drove in one run to lead Orange Post 127.
A Stratford player went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead Stratford in hits.
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Orange Roster
Tyler Appel (#10)
Chase Burzynski (#25)
Zach Cole (#21)
Mike Ficaro (#13)
Teddy Hague (#7)
Adam Hurwitz (#15)
Ben Lodewick
Jack Nolan (#20)
Quentin Pitter (#23)
Jared Smith (#6)
Al Smith (#32)