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Santa’s Helper Is Set For Saturday, Dec. 15. Do You Want In?

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Nov 182018
 

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.

For the first time in 24 years, there are still a few slots open in which your family can share in the magic. Don’t let this rare opportunity pass you by. Send an e-mail to Elf Mama at ofdsantashelper@aol.com as soon as possible to be added to the list and to get directions for dropping off your gifts. DO NOT call the Fire Department about Santa’s Helper.

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 Saturday, Dec. 15, 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.

Background

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.

WE WANT EVERYONE TO HAVE A CHANCE TO JOIN IN ON THE FUN, IT’S EASY!

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.

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.

THE ORANGE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT FAMILY WISHES EVERYONE A SAFE, HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON!

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. 

Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service Planned

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Nov 182018
 

The annual Orange Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service will take place at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Road, Orange on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.
All are welcome to attend.
This is an opportunity for all of us to come together and show unity, especially in light of what is going on in the country and the Amity Community lately.

Open House: 4 Bedroom Ranch On Nice Street Close to School

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Nov 182018
 

Stop by 60 Grannis Road today between 1-3 p.m. to check out this centrally located 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 2,120 sqft ranch with a unique/flexible floor plan.

Entire house inspected and reinforced with insulation under the roof, basement and crawl space of the in-law unit. Attached 2 car garage with individual automatic door openers. Stop for middle and secondary school buses.

Offered for sale for $419,000.

Tickets Now On Sale For Amity Fall Play

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Nov 172018
 

Amity Creative Theater presents “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time”  – Winner of 7 Olivier Awards and 5 Tony Awards® including ‘Best Play,” on Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time brings Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel to thrilling life on stage.

Click HERE to buy your tickets, they’re already starting to sell quickly, and they’re only $12.

Obituary: Lynn (Lebon) Simons, 72, Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother

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Nov 172018
 

Lynn (Lebon) Simons, 72, of Orange, CT, devoted wife of Bruce S. Simons, passed away peacefully at Smilow Cancer Hospital on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018.

Born in Waterbury, CT, Oct. 2, 1946, Lynn was a daughter of the late Max and Thelma Lebon. Beloved mother of Jennifer Cohen (Lewis) of Orange, Kimberly Murphy (James) of Milford, Todd Simons (Ali) of Orange, and Karra Simons of Orange. Dear sister of K.C. Fodor (Joseph) of Hilton Head, S.C. Cherished grandmother of Jacob, Lizzy, Sean, Max, Lily, Grace, and Ethan.

Lynn received her B.S. in Nursing from the University of Connecticut and worked at many area hospitals, Amity Regional High School, the So. CT Hebrew Academy, the Orange Visiting Nurse Assoc., and the Goodwin-Levine Adult Day Care Center. Nursing was Lynn’s passion and caring for others her love. She would always think of others before she would think of herself.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Smilow Cancer Hospital for the loving care given to and devotion shown to Lynn over the past 4 years.

Funeral Services were held at Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Rd., Orange, CT, on Monday morning, Oct. 29 with Interment Services to follow at B’nai Jacob Memorial Park, 200 Wintergreen Ave., New Haven.

Memorial Contributions may be sent to YNHH Development Office, Smilow Oncology Social Work Fund, P.O. Box 1849, New Haven, CT 06508.

Funeral Arrangements in care of Robert E. Shure & Son Funeral Home, New Haven.

To sign an online registry book or to leave a message of condolence, please visit: www.shurefuneralhome.com

Don’t Forget Santa’s Helper Gift Drop Off Saturday Starting at Noon

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Nov 162018
 

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

GIFT DROP-OFF DAY FOR SANTA’S HELPER IS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2018, 12:00 – 3:00 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.

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.

 

Tip A Cop Today Until 1 p.m.

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Nov 162018
 

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.

 

Is There School Today At Amity And In Orange?

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Nov 162018
 

Winter Storm Zoe has caused enough of a mess to secure the first winter storm delay for both Amity Regional and Orange Schools today.

So kids, stay in bed for a little longer and working parents, hustle to find alternate accommodations for your kids.

Good Luck this morning everyone, drive carefully and watch out for the “other guy” on the road.

Kids, if you’re old enough, why not help mom clean off her car this morning?

Everybody have a great day!

A Statement From The Clergy In The Town Of Orange

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Nov 152018
 

In response to the recent anti-Semitic, homophobic and racist rhetoric and actions that have been reported at the Amity High School, we, the members of the Clergy of the Town of Orange stand together and condemn any and all such language and express our profound sadness that students in the Amity School System are being subjected to these hurtful words and symbols of hate. We find these actions gravely offensive and totally unacceptable.

As leaders of the Houses of Worship in the town of Orange, we have always enjoyed an engaging and thoughtful Interfaith Dialogue. We stand united and affirm our longstanding and positive relations with the Jewish Community and peoples of all religions. 
Furthermore, we encourage the parents in our congregations and in the wider community to discuss these issues with their children and to model for them respectful regard for the dignity of all people.  We have been working closely with the Amity High School Administration, A.D.L. and local teenagers establishing the next steps forward.
We pray that during this Holy Season that celebrates peace, thankfulness, and goodwill among all people, that with God’s grace and help, mutual respect, understanding, and love will prevail.
Rev. Timothy Boerger, Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church
Rev. Father Norman Brockett, Holy Infant Roman Catholic Church
Imam Bachir Djehiche, New Haven Islamic Center
Rabbi Michael Farbman, Temple Emanuel
Rev. James Latimer, Orange Congregational Church
Rev. Peter Orfanakos, St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church
Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus, Congregation Or Shalom

Celebrate The Tiger Cubs First Birthday At The Zoo

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Nov 152018
 

Reka and Zeya are turning one, on Sunday, November 25, 2018, so come out to celebrate the beautiful tigers’ special day at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We’ve all watched them grow from less than 2 pounds each with a 25% chance of survival to almost 200 pounds and healthy members of their species.

The day will include two presentations at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., in the Research Station by tiger Animal Care Specialist, Bethany, describing how the cubs were rescued and raised.

Cake and hot chocolate for all guests at noon, with special birthday enrichment gifts for the cubs, and Tiger Talks in front of the tiger habitat all day.

The first 500 guests receive a free tiger bookmark. And the zoo will be selling Team Tiger t-shirts.

Don’t miss this very special day.