Help Those In Need This Holiday Season

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Nov 162020

A Holiday Note From Orange Community Services:

Every year Community Services organizes a gift-giving event for our resident families and elderly in need. The identities of our recipients are kept confidential for their privacy.

We are asking Orange residents to adopt one of our families/elderly residents or to donate whatever they can.

We also request grocery gift cards for perishable items and decorated food baskets, containers, boxes, bags, etc. for our residents to help them with their food needs.

The families that participate are asked to send us wish lists from their children to help our sponsors with ideas for gift giving, whether it’s a toy, clothing, and a book or gift card.

For more information, contact Denise Stein, dstein@orange-ct.gov

Future Firefighters, Here’s Something For You

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Nov 162020

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department is accepting applications for its Junior FireFighter program for teens ages 16-18.
This is a great opportunity to get involved in your community and start a rewarding future in the fire service and set yourself up for a possible career in Fire and EMS. NOTE: Inclusion in this public service looks great on a college application.
For more information, and links to the application, visit https://orangevfd.org/juniors/

Surprised-Looking Pumpkin Wins First Orange Pumpkin Blaze

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Nov 152020

A surprised, one-eyed pumpkin won the People’s Choice Award at the Orange Volunteer Fire Department’s first pumpkin-carving contest.

Adria Boyle won the top prize. She carved the face into the surface of the pumpkin. And to make it just a little more Halloween-scary, the missing eye – a chunk of stringy pumpkin – sits on the bench in front of the winning gourd.


Other winners included:

Brynn Panapada, Happiest pumpkin

Kate Panapada, Cutest pumpkin

Chloe Clemens, Prettiest pumpkin

Helene Flynn, Best traditional pumpkin

Silas Hill, Most hungry pumpkin

Kaury and Ian Kucera, Most intricate pumpkin

Zoe Kucera, Most adorable pumpkin

Melissa Parniawski, Spookiest pumpkin

Orange Children’s Dentistry, Most unusual pumpkin

Mia Quoka, Most athletic pumpkin

Greyson Fatone, Most team-spirited pumpkin

All winners received a certificate and more importantly, had fun.

“We created this contest to give people a little extra fun during a Halloween season during which the nouveau coronavirus prevented a lot of traditional activities,” said Rob Panapada, the Orange firefighter who created and coordinated the program. “All the participants said they had a good time. We hope the Orange Pumpkin Blaze will become a new Orange tradition.”

Racebrook Students: “We Love Our Heroes, the Veterans”

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Nov 142020

Race Brook School was committed to preserving its tradition of honoring veterans this year.

The school’s lawn was patriotically decorated with American flags and bright red paper poppies made by students. A large multi-colored banner was visible as cars and buses drove up the school’s driveway reading: We Thank Our US Veterans.”

The school collected more than $600 in donations for House of Heroes, an organization that assists veterans with much-needed home repairs. Students decorated paper soldiers representing all branches of the military that were hung up on classroom windows.

There was a schoolwide moment of silence at 11:00 am followed by a video presentation of Taps in each classroom. First-grade teacher Kathy Battles delivered thank you letters and acrostic poems from students throughout the school to the Veterans Hospital.

Sixth-grade students wrote enthusiastic acrostic poems on posters dedicated to veterans. Some of the posters went to the American Legion Post in Orange. Additionally, each grade level learned a song during Music class as a tribute to veterans.

The special activities for the day were planned and organized by the Veterans Day Committee: Kellie Martino, Tina Denton, Kathy Battles, Jill Volmar, and  Janet Greenspan. The Committee knew the activities would need to be modified to address protocols guarding against the spread of the Coronavirus, so they put their brains together to come up with creative, fun, safe, and engaging activities for the students and staff.

Once again, sixth-grade teacher Kellie Martino put together a touching and heartfelt slideshow presentation picturing veterans from the Race Brook Community with identifying captions. The slideshow was part of another elaborate, colorful Veterans Day Bitmoji slideshow created by the committee.

Students and staff were able to interactively click on links to read articles, listen to songs and read alouds of books with a Veterans Day theme, view greetings and interviews from Veterans, and even participate in interactive simulations from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

Submitted by Valerie Anton

RBS Public Relations Representative 

Have You Wondered Where I’ve Been?

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Nov 142020

This beautiful, young black/ domestic short-haired/ polydactyl cat with big yellow eyes was fortunate enough to be rescued by a caring Orange resident on Thursday, November 5 in a wooded area in the Schoolhouse Lane area of town.
For the past week, the woman has given the cat shelter, a lot of love, and even brought it to the vet for a complete physical exam.
Still, she would like to do the “right thing” and return this little charmer to its rightful owner.
If this kitty is yours, please call Lorraine at 203 734 2471 or 203 305 0457 to claim him (OR her). An important part of returning this shy sweetheart to the right home is the caller knowing if it’s a boy or girl that they’re missing. 

New Audiobook Titles At The Library

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Nov 122020

Case Memorial Library

The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, announced the arrival of several New Audiobooks.

November 2020

Each title is linked to its catalog entry, where you can place a request to pick up the item at the Case Memorial Library.

The book of two ways: a novel / Jodi Picoult.

Invisible girl: a novel / Lisa Jewell.

Magic lessons: the prequel to Practical Magic / Alice Hoffman.

The return / Nicholas Sparks.

Sex and vanity / Kevin Kwan.

A time for mercy / John Grisham.

The truths we hold: An American journey / Kamala Harris.

Did You Lose A Ring?

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Nov 112020

An Orange resident found a ring in the parking lot of Ocean State Job Lot and would like to return it to the rightful owner.

If you lost a ring in that area, contact Orange Live and text or leave a message at 203-506-1747 with a description of the ring (type of metal – gold, platinum, sterling; color gold, silver, rose; plain or with a stone, or stones; type of stone or stones; engraved or plain; men’s or woman’s) along with your name and phone number.

I will contact the person who found it, and if your description matches the item, you will receive a call.


Even The Coronavirus Can’t Stop Orange From Honoring Veterans

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Nov 112020

The town of Orange has always respected its veterans and honored the brave men and women who served and secured our freedom especially on Veterans Day.

Due to the highly infectious coronavirus and the vulnerability of the town’s treasured Vets who fought in the Korean War, Vietnam, and perhaps some battles prior to these, it was important to observe social distancing to fight for their well-being as they had so selflessly fought for ours.

This year’s gathering was small, with metal chairs spaced out on the grassy side of the Veterans’ Walk in front of High Plains Community Center. A wooden podium set up near the flagpole and only the American Legion Honor Guard was on hand to present the colors — Usually, the Orange Police Department Honor Guard and the Orange Rotary displays a Giant American Flag.

First Selectman Jim Zeoli, Legion Historian Jim White, and Police Chief Robert Gagne addressed the gathering.

What Covid stole from us this year was a local talented singer performing the National Anthem, but thankfully, the American Legion Post 127 was able to find a way to responsibly honor our local heroes on this special day.

Thank you to all of our veterans both here in Orange and around the world for your service and sacrifice.


A Child’s View Of The Coronavirus

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Nov 112020

Hello, My name is Amelie. I’m 9-years-old, so I am a kid.

In March, when Covid-19 started I went home from school and the next day we did not go to school – for the rest of the school year.

It is so hard to be a kid during the coronavirus, and here’s why:

#1: You don’t get to see your friends AT ALL!!!

#2: I have my fears, then my family has their fears, so I have to worry about their fears too.

#3: I LOVE SCHOOL and not going to school was torture!

#4: The coronavirus started happening when I was in third grade, right before our living museum presentations, which we spent months working on.

#5: I could not see my Yia Yia for four months — only on Zoom calls. I was lucky if I could see her from the front porch! I got a pillow of her face that I could hug because I missed her so much!

Grownups don’t understand that it is very, very, VERY hard for kids during this pandemic.

But there are some good things to come out of it.

#1: It made everyone really good at washing their hands.

#2: I learned how to sew masks.

#3: I got to wear my pajamas during homeschooling.

#4: During homeschooling, I got to sleep super late.

#5: I don’t have to smile in pictures, because I get to wear a mask.

I hope that the pandemic ends soon so that everything can go back to normal. Until then, wear a mask and wash your hands often.

For The First Time In 26 Years There Is No Santa’s Helper in Orange

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Nov 102020

A classic file photo from a previous Santa’s Helper visit. Little Cindy Lou Hoo, who is a teenager now.

With an uptick in COVID-19 cases in town and too few reindeer masks for an extra trip to Orange, Santa has asked members of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary to cancel the annual Santa’s Helper fund-raising event.

“This is usually the time of year when we start planning the event that brings Santa and firefighters to homes all over town to deliver gifts,” said Jillian Gagel, president of the Auxiliary. The Auxiliary supports the Orange Volunteer Fire Department through fund-raising and other means. “Unfortunately, with the rise in coronavirus cases, it’s dangerous for our members to do the work they have to do to make the event happen and it’s equally dangerous to residents to have people they don’t know enter their homes.”

Santa’s Helper has been a treasured tradition in Orange for the past 26 years, run by the Auxiliary and spearheaded by “Elf Mama” Annie Davis, who passed away on Sept. 23, 2019, prior to the landmark 25th Anniversary event. Sadly, Annie looked forward to leaving the command center for the first time and joining the firefighters for the first time to experience the joy of Santa’s Helper last year. We knew she was with us in spirit.

The Orange Fire Chief called the cancelation an added disappointment to the Orange community and for the Fire Department.

“This is the second annual tradition that we have had to cancel due to the coronavirus pandemic,” the chief said. “We are very thankful that the Orange community has been wonderfully supportive with the $50K Fire Truck Challenge and other contributions but the health and safety of our members, the Auxiliary, the First Responders, and the community must come first.”

Both the chief and Miss Gagel expressed optimism that they would be escorting Santa to homes for the 2021 holidays.