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Celebrate Chanukah at Temple Emanuel of Greater New Haven

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Nov 112018

Come join the fun and celebrate Shabbat Chanukah at Temple Emanuel. On Friday, December 7, we will welcome Shabbat with a music-filled service led by Rabbi Michael Farbman and the Temple Emanuel Band. We will fill the sanctuary with the light of our chanukiot and have a delicious dinner with family and friends. All are welcome to participate in this joyous annual event.
The service begins at 6 p.m. Please bring your voices, your favorite chanukiah, and candles and, if you’d like to, some latkes to share as part of our family-style meal. Dinner reservations are required and can be made either on our new website, tegnh.org, or by calling the TE office: 203-397-3000. The suggested donation for dinner is $10 per person or $25 per family.
Not a member of Temple Emanuel? Come check us out.
For more information about services and celebrations at Temple Emanuel, please go to the TE website, tegnh.org. Temple Emanuel is located at 150 Derby Ave. in Orange.

Save The Date for The Orange Tip-A-Cop

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Nov 112018

The Orange Police Department and Connecticut Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics will host the annual Tip-A-Cop fundraiser at Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, on Friday, Nov. 16 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tip-A-Cop is a signature Torch Run event where officers trade their uniform for an apron and serve you! All money donated during this event will go directly to Special Olympics Connecticut to support their athletes and raise awareness about individuals with intellectual disabilities.

So bring your family for breakfast, brunch or lunch and tip your awesome server generously for a worthwhile cause.


Jaxx Is Still Missing, Please Help Find Him

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Nov 112018

Jaxx is STILL MISSING. Jaxx the cream-colored cat went missing on August 17 near High Meadow Lane.

Although it’s been nearly 3 months, his family is still holding out hope that he’ll be found alive and returned home for the holidays.

If you see Jaxx or saw him back in August, September, or October, please report it.

Veterans Day Ceremony

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Nov 112018

Celebrate Veterans Day the right way.
This holiday is not about store sales, it’s for honoring the veterans who fought to secure the freedoms we enjoy every day.
The annual Orange Veterans Day Ceremony will take place at the Veteran’s Walk in front of High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, on Sunday, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Bring your children so they can meet the veterans and learn some valuable lessons about why this particular day is so important.

November Chamber Events To Consider

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Nov 092018

The Orange Chamber of Commerce has two more events on its calendar for this month.

WOW Women’s Luncheon

On Tuesday, Nov. 20, join other local businesswomen for the WOW Women in Business Lunch at Savin Rock Roasting Company, 305 Captain Thomas Boulevard, West Haven, at 11:45 a.m.

Cost is $12 per person, includes lunch.

RSVP to director@orangectchamber.com or call 203-795-3328.

Morning Jolt

On Tuesday, Nov. 27, join fellow chamber members for the “Morning Jolt” Coffee and Conversation at Eli’s Orange, 285 Boston Post Road, from 8 to 9 a.m.

This relaxed event is open to all businesses. Bring your business cards, share information and meet new people.

RSVP to director@orangectchamber.com or call 203-795-3328.

Chamber Website

Visit the Chamber Website today for all the latest business & community events and information.

It’s a go-to site for area goods & services!   

Many Items Up For Grabs At Friday’s Town Auction (full list)

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Nov 092018

file photo from 2014


The Town of Orange will hold an auction of surplus equipment from the towns of Bethany, Orange and Woodbridge on Friday, November 9, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at the Highway Dept. Garage, 308 Lambert Road, Orange, CT 06477 on all used vehicles and equipment (to be sold as is/where is, no warranties provided or implied).

Preview starting at 8:00 a.m.

Woodbridge and Bethany both are involved again, (with few items).

1  Trailer Hitch

2 Toro Powerlite 3.25 HP Engine 16" Wide Snowblower

3  Pioneer Starliner Turf Striper

4 Homelite 360 Chain Saw

5 Toro Powerlite 3.25 HP Engine  Wide Snowblower

6 Stihl FS 55R Weed Wacker

7 Two (2) Ford Crown Victoria Seats

8 Stihl FS 55R Weed Wacker

9 Pioneer Starliner Turf Striper

10 Stihl FS 55R Weed Wacker

11 Sulky off a Scag Mower

12 Craftsman Compressor (may have bad motor or something wrong)

13 Stihl Hand Held Blower

14 Stihl Backpack Blower

15 Basketball Hoop

16 2011 Ford Crown Victoria 2FABP7BV0BX181049
Rear doors only open from outside 84,705 Miles

17  2008 Ford E350 Handicap Van 1FD3E35S68DA16133
140,582 Miles

18 2007 Ford Crown Victoria 2FAHP71W97X100187
Rear doors only open from outside 119,086 Miles

19 2013 Dodge Charger 2C3CDXAGXDH560510
Rear doors only open from outside 99,762 Miles

20 2005 Chevrolet 2500HD 1GCHK24UX53163223 with Fisher Plow 74,342 Miles

21 2003 Chevrolet Astro Van – White 1GCDM19XX3B13883
70,890 Miles

22 Swenson Stainless Steel Spreader

23 1988 Packmule Trailer 41XFU1821JW000092

24 3,000 Gallon Fuel Tank



25 Obstacle Course Moon Bounce
Blue, Purple, Green, Red, Yellow

26 Big Yellow Shoe

27 Inflatable Game
Yellow, Red, Blue

28 Smithco Gas Power 3-Wheel Rake

29 Blower for Inflatables – Brand new

30 Blower for Inflatables – Brand new

31 Blower for Inflatables – Brand new

32 Blower for Inflatables – Brand new

33 Blower for Inflatables – Brand new

34 Blower for Inflatables – Brand new

35 Blower for Inflatables – Brand new



36 1976 American LeFrance Ladder Truck PC144696

      Broken Odometer
Bad Power Steering

37  1997 GMC Sierra Pick-up Truck 1GTGK24R9VE542916
Broken rear brake line 130,590 Miles
Broken rear leaf springs
Some rot on frame

38  1996 Ford L8000 Plow w/Drop-in Sander FDYK82E5TVA10952
Needs brakes and hydraulic lines 38,000 Miles
Some rot and rust on body

39  2005 Ford Explorer 4 x 4 1FMZU72EX5ZA22969

195,781 Miles

40  Aviva Partner Full Voicemail System and Partner Plus/Partner II

Communication System Including:
1 Lucent CPU
3 Avaya 400 EC Module
2 AT&T and Avaya 206E Module

3 AT&T and Avaya 206 EC Module
1 Lucent R3.1 Expansion Processor Module
1 AT&T R4.1 Processor Module
2 SNET Phones
11 SNET Lucent Phones
8 Avaya Phones

FYI: Following are the guidelines for the auction taken from last year’s coverage.
TERMS OF SALE:  Cash or Cashier’s check (no personal checks or credit/debit cards accepted). The balance of full purchase price must be paid within two (2) business days of auction or sooner. Item(s) must be picked up within two (2) business days. All sales are final. All towns have the right to reject any and all bids. Payment must be paid to town items are purchased from. Tables are marked. Town of Orange items must be paid for at garage office.

There may be defects not noted at the time of sale. All items are sold “As Is” with NO WARRANTIES. The Town of Orange assumes no responsibility for repairs regardless of any oral statements about the item. Buyer will be responsible for all costs for any repairs.

These terms were agreed to by purchaser by signature on “Sign-On” sheet at registration.

The Town has the right to accept or reject any and all bids.


A Message From Synagogue President Marc Franzman to the Congregation

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Nov 082018

Dear Fellow Congregants
Sadly, in light of the events in Pittsburgh almost two weeks ago, I am sending out this email to provide everyone with an update on our security measures at our synagogue.
Over the past ten days, the Synagogue leadership team has participated in daily discussions and meetings to determine how to best handle the safety of the synagogue and our members. We have met with and had numerous conversations with the Orange Police Department and we have participated in various programs sponsored by the JCC / Federation and USCJ. We are reviewing all of our protocols and have already made certain security measure changes. We will continue with this process over the near term and make additional changes as deemed necessary.
On a positive note, the efforts that the synagogue has undertaken over the past five years have enabled us to focus on improving the existing security protocols rather than starting at the beginning.
Regarding our upcoming annual Kristallnacht program which is taking place on Sunday, November 18 at 9:00 a.m., you will likely notice some additional security measures. We are asking all members and guests not to bring any large bags into to building; preferably, we are requesting that you leave all bags and purses at home or in your vehicle (but don’t forget your money for the book purchase and signing).
Also, we are asking that those planning to attend the event to arrive early to ensure that everyone can be seated timely and prior to the beginning of the program. Please note that the additional security measures being put in place for next Sunday are out of an abundance of caution as this program, the related topic and the attendees heighten the level of security.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding our overall security strategy, please do not hesitate to contact me at marc.franzman@gmail.com or 203-583–2265.
Finally, I would like to thank everyone who participated in our Friday night Shabbat Solidarity service. With more than 200 people in attendance, we continue to demonstrate our own community unity to remember the eleven individuals who lost their lives and to honor those who bravely risked their own lives to protect the congregants of the Tree of Life synagogue.
Marc Franzman
President Congregation Or Shalom

Mark Your Calendars, Santa’s Helper Is Set For Saturday, Dec. 15

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Nov 082018

Longtime Orange residents, can you believe it? Santa’s Helper is celebrating its 24th year of delivering gifts, smiles, and fun to hundreds of families in town.

Elf Mama was a young lass when she began organizing the popular fundraiser for the Orange Volunteer Fire Department back in 1994. Now, she’s a bit older (1,027 in Elf Years) and wiser (she’s seen it all, and dealt with it) and she’s still just as spry and enthusiastic about getting the elves and firefighter helpers together for the big day.

Santa is practicing his “Ho, Ho, Ho” and the elves and helpers are getting the fire trucks ready to go! Don’t make alternate plans for that day because Santa gets very sad when families aren’t home when he and the firefighters arrive. The start time for Santa’s Helper delivery day is 3 p.m.


A file photo from a previous Santa’s Helper visit. Little Cindy Lou Who is probably 13 years old now.

Elf Mama tells it like this — as many know, Santa’s Helper is a wonderful, exciting, fun and memorable fund-raising event with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting your Orange Volunteer Fire Department for the purchase of firefighting and rescue equipment.

“Each year, every one of our 6 Santa’s Helper Teams of Santa, Elves and firefighter helpers are excited to visit and deliver gifts, share in some fun, take photos and help make lasting memories and traditions for every family. Children and adults alike look forward with excited anticipation to seeing the fire trucks with lights and sirens coming down their street to their front door, with Santa leading the way!  His truck full of gifts, his helpers and Elves coming in to visit with each family,” said Elf Mama.


Drop off the gifts on the designated drop-off day that you would like Santa and his team to deliver back to your loved ones, sign-up and we will take care of the rest.


Here’s a file photo from the 2012 drop off.

GIFT DROP-OFF DAY IS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2018, 12:00 – 4:00 P.M. at Fire Station #2, 355 Boston Post Road (Across from TGI Fridays).  We ask that the general public arrive no earlier than 30 minutes prior to start time.  You will have a much shorter wait in line by following these guidelines.

GIFT RULES AND INFORMATION:  There is a small fee of $19.00 per gift/per household.  Each gift must be INDIVIDUALLY wrapped in your favorite holiday paper with an overwrap of plain brown paper.  The name and delivery address of the recipient must be clearly printed on the outside of each gift.  PLEASE try not to make the gift too large or too heavy, Santa appreciates that.  We do have a limit of 170 delivery spots/visits available.  We encourage you to try to have all the gifts for your visit with you on Gift Drop-Off day. (For families with a large party and many gifts, please e-mail Anne at ofdsantashelper@aol.com for special instructions. If there will be multiple families having their visit at one specific address, please let the Elf helpers know that upon sign-up on drop-off day.

Parking for Drop-Off day is in the rear of the Fire Station.  Firefighters will be there to assist you.  The Drop-Off Line is located INSIDE the Fire Station. Use the rear door marked ENTER.

Delivery Day

ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2018, SANTA on his firetruck with his Elf and Firefighter helpers will arrive at your home to deliver the gifts to your loved ones and spend a few moments with your family and friends for photos and fun!

If you have any questions, e-mail Anne at ofdsantashelper@aol.com she will be happy to help you via e-mail.  Please do not call the Fire Stations as it’s a Volunteer Fire Department and there will not be anyone there to assist you with Santa’s Helper information.

NOTE: *E-mailing Santa’s Helper does not guarantee you a spot on the delivery route.  Sign-up is on Gift Drop-Off day and it is on a first come-first serve basis.


If you’ve never participated in Santa’s Helper, this is a great time to start a new tradition in your family, and you will be helping the all-volunteer fire department at the same time. Don’t miss out!

Below, a collage of one of the Santa’s Helper families in Orange that grew up with the program. The adults were children two decades ago, and the children are theirs. 

Chinese Educators to Visit Amity Middle Schools Next Week

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Nov 082018

Twenty-five distinguished Chinese educators, mostly principals, will be visiting the Amity Middle Schools in Bethany and Orange on Tuesday, November 13.

These educators have been selected by Guangdong Province, one of China’s most progressive provinces, to come to the United States this year. The trip for the delegation, which is visiting Connecticut November 4 through November 16, has been arranged by Daniel W. Gregg, Director of International Programs, Connecticut Association of Schools.

The purpose of this visit will be to explore how schools in the United States provide innovative school types and
approaches to address student populations; develop management strategies to ensure teacher quality and student learning; employ innovative teaching methods to improve learning for all students, and promote effective teaching and learning by engaging in dialogue with American educators.

Their visit to Amity will focus on middle school programs in Connecticut. This will be the second year the Connecticut Association of Schools has hosted educators from Guangdong Province. The delegation will be visiting Amity Middle School in Bethany 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and Amity Middle School in Orange 10:45 a.m.
to 12:00 noon.


Or Shalom Hosts Kristallnacht Program

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Nov 082018

The Or Shalom Men’s Club will host the annual Kristallnacht Program at Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, on Sunday, Nov. 18 from 9 to 11 a.m.
This year’s Yellow Candle event honors Joseph DuBois who convinced President Franklin Roosevelt to help rescue thousands of Jews held captive by the Nazis during World War II.
The entire story will be told to all in attendance. Joseph’s son, Robert DuBois, will be among the dignitaries in attendance along with Senator Richard Blumenthal.