Support Officer Peterson In This Year’s Super Plunge — With Update

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Mar 142020

Officer Denny Peterson is a member of the the Orange Police Department and a town captain for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

Last year, he participated in his First Super Plunge to benefit the CT Special Olympics and with the help of family and friends, he was able to exceed his goal of raising $2,400 and brought in $2,800.


On Saturday, March 14, Officer Peterson wrote: “With regards to my SUPER PLUNGE Fundraiser… Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Special Olympics Connecticut have cancelled all Penguin Plunges to include the 24th and final plunge on March 29th. The SUPER PLUNGE, however, is still scheduled as of this time. It will just be us with no spectators.”

He added, “I know with these uncertain economic times, it may be difficult for some to donate to a fundraiser. I will continue to try and raise funds for this cause. https://www.classy.org/fundraiser/2508900


In two weeks, on Saturday, March 28th through Sunday, March 29th, Officer Peterson will be joining the Super Plungers for another 24 hours of fun. His fundraising goal, once again, is $2,400, though he is hoping to exceed last year’s $2,800. But he needs your help.

The SUPER PLUNGE is a Penguin Plunge Event to Benefit Special Olympics Connecticut and is an effort to increase both awareness and fundraising for the Torch Run Plunge.

The SUPER PLUNGE is exactly like your typical Penguin Plunge, with only one small difference.  Instead of plunging into the near-freezing water a single time, “SUPER PLUNGERS” must plunge once per hour for a 24-hour period.

Peterson said the water feels like a million needles, and as the day goes on the pain increases, yet it’s worth it for the cause.

Want to help?

Support by making a donation to his page. The process is fast, easy, and secure… and you can be sure that it will benefit a great cause. As of today, Saturday, March 14, he is $837 shy of his goal, so why not help him out now while it’s fresh on your mind?


Donate Online: Just click the donate button and answer a few questions to use your credit card online.

Donate by Check: Make a check out to Special Olympics CT and send it to Officer Peterson.  Make a note on the check that your contribution is for his plunge.

“Thank you all so much for your donations,” he said. “Together we can reveal the champion in all of us.”

ATTENTION: Lions Wine Tasting Postponed

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Mar 122020

File photo 2013: Guests gather around a table to taste an intriguing variety of wine.

Following is a message from Orange Lion Betty Hadlock, co-chair of the Lions Wine Tasting Event:

The Orange Lions Club regrets to announce that our wine tasting event scheduled for Friday, March 20, is  being postponed due to recommendations and our concern for the safety and health of our supporters.  

Save your tickets – as soon as we have a new date we will notify all ticket holders. We appreciate your support and patience. 

NOTE: Orange Live will update the information with reminders until the new event date.

The Wine Tasting attracts hundreds of patrons every year. We feel that the Lions made the right decision in light of the ongoing coronavirus situation. It is better to be safe than sorry.

The Orange Lions Uncorked Wine Tasting Event POSTPONED

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Mar 112020

The Orange LIONS Club’s annual Spring Wine Tasting event, “Get Uncorked” scheduled for Friday, March 20, 2020 at St Barbara’s Church Hall, 480 Racebrook Road, from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. has been POSTPONED.

The tasting will be facilitated by Ye Olde Liquor Shoppe of West Haven.

The event will feature a large selection of wines, boutique beers, and some specialty spirits. Also included will be a large cheese table, appetizers and delicious desserts.

As always, a lively raffle of baskets will take place during the evening.

They thank this year’s major sponsors in advance: Eli’s, Trader Joe’s, Subway, ShopRite, and Coldwell Banker.

All proceeds will benefit LIONS Club local and national charities.

Additionally, the club supports Fidelco Guide Dogs and Low Vision Centers. The Club awards Community Grants to worthy groups/individuals such as the Orange Historical Society, Senior Center, Case Memorial Library, Youth Services and the Volunteer Fire Department, serves an annual Thanksgiving dinner to local seniors, does vision screenings for young children in Orange, and provides scholarships to qualified Amity seniors.

Please gather your friends and join the LIONS on Friday, March 20, 2020, for a wonderful evening.

Tickets are available from any Orange Lion Club member, Ye Old Liquor Shoppe at 174 Main Street, West Haven, or by calling (203) 795-3906 or (203) 645-8209.

Tickets also are available at the following link: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4497351

Obituary: William “Billy” John Day, Jr. 63, Beloved Brother, Avid Golfer

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Feb 232020

William John Day, Jr., 63, of Orange, passed away on February 18, 2020. Billy was born on January 21, 1957 in New Haven, CT to the late William and Emma (Struwas) Day.

Billy graduated from Amity High School with the Class of 1975 and went on to attend Southern Connecticut State University where he was selected to play on the Division II All American Golf Team. He was a former member of Race Brook Country Club in Orange and both a member and a manager at Highland Golf Club in Shelton.

Billy was an amazingly talented golfer with a long amateur career, during which he won countless tournaments and was a highly regarded competitor. Additionally, his encyclopedic memory of the game, its history, and players was legendary. Because of this, many presumed golf was his greatest talent, but Billy’s true gift was people.

Billy was a great friend who was loved by many. He respected all, and impacted everyone he met. Billy will be remembered for his gregarious personality, friendly demeanor, and unique smile. He will be truly missed.

Billy is survived by his sister, Dr. Sharon Day and her husband, Dr. Kevin Crutchfield of Potomac, Maryland; his niece Emma and nephews, Bryan, and Andrew.

Friends and family may call from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2020 at CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT. In addition, there will be a gathering to remember Billy at Highland Golf Club, 261 Wooster St., Shelton, CT, on Saturday, February 29, 2020 anytime between 12-2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of “Billy Day” to the Widdy Neale scholarship fund through the Connecticut State Golf Association, online at CSGAlinks.org or by mail to CSGA, 35 Cold Spring Road, Suite 212, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.

To leave online condolences, visit https://www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Memorial Bench For Annie Davis Update: New Location

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Feb 202020

Annie “Elf Mama” Davis was a huge part of the Orange Community, For more than 20 years, she took the reigns of the OVFD Auxiliary’s Santa’s Helper program and helped bring joy to thousands of children and families across town. She also was a founding member of the Orange Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

Monday, Sept. 23, Annie passed away at the hospital after having a heart attack.

The friends of Annie Davis would like to purchase a memorial bench for the Orange Fairgrounds with Annie’s name on it so she will never be forgotten.

UPDATE: After some discussion at this week’s CERT meeting, a vote was taken and the majority decided that a better place for the bench would be in front of Fire Station #2 on the Boston Post Road where Annie worked for many years, and which served as Santa’s Helper Headquarters since day one. 

According to CERT spokesman Ken Lyke, the fire department personnel has agreed to placing the bench there, and so it will be.

We are still a little short on our goal, but we are confident that the bench will be in place this spring, possibly as soon as April. 

The cost of the bench, with an engraved plaque and installation, is $1,500 and we need your help to make our goal.

The Friends of Annie Davis’s Memorial Bench collection is being done in cooperation with the Orange Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and we still need to raise $400. This could have been accomplished, for example, by soliciting $10 from just 40 families in Orange. 

We are working on different ways to get the money so that we can dedicate the bench by spring as a continual reminder to the townspeople about just how wonderful and dedicated Annie was to this town.

Anyone who’d like to help us with the funding, please send a check made out to “Friends of Annie Davis” to Friends of Annie Davis, 131 Clark Street, Milford, CT 06460. Any denomination would be greatly appreciated.

We have a Friends of Annie Davis Bank Account at Bank of America where all monies collected for the bench are being deposited.

Thank You, if you already have made a donation!

Obituary: Dale J. Pavlik, 55, Beloved Father, Friend, Talented Designer

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Feb 032020

Dale J. Pavlik, 55, of Orange, beloved father of Chrissy Pavlik, passed away on February 2, 2020. Born on December 17, 1964 in Bridgeport, CT, he was the son of the late Elaine and John S. Pavlik.

Dale was the Creative Director and Owner of DJP Design, LLC. He also was the designer on staff at the Orange Life magazine in the town of Orange where he resided. Dale loved the cinema, architecture and design and spending time with his daughter, Chrissy.

Dale is survived by his daughter, Chrissy Pavlik of North Haven, CT; sister, Debra Pavlik of Hamden, CT; uncle, Lawrence P. Smetana and his wife Sheila of Boston, MA; aunt, Carol Ackerman of Colorado Springs, CO and aunt, Suanne Pavlik of Cheshire, CT as well as several cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, Elaine and John S. Pavlik; his brother, Chris Allen Pavlik; his maternal grandparents, Margaret and Frank A. Smetana; his paternal grandparents, Mary and John M. Pavlik; his uncles, Frank A. Smetana of Derby, CT, Robert J. Pavlik of Bridgeport, CT, and Richard P. Pavlik of Cheshire, CT.


Jan 292020

The Purple Power week at Amity began on Monday, but it’s not too late to join in the fight against cancer.

Wear your purple tonight (Wed. Jan. 29) during Wrestling at Amity HS at 6 p.m. and Boys Hockey in West Haven at 7:30 p.m.; and Friday (Jan. 31) Boys Basketball at Amity at 7 p.m.

Visit RelayForLife.org/BOWCT  for more information about the BOW Relay For Life coming up at High Plains — Orange Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 16, 2020.

Cancer touches everyone’s life somehow. Your support may help beat it before it gets personal with you or a loved one.

Orange Community Women Present Mad Science!

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Jan 232020

Here is a fun family event for all ages, mark your calendar for Saturday, Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. when the Orange Community Women present Mad Science at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road.

Mad Science stage shows have been captivating audiences of all ages for more than 30 years. 

This spectacular show thrills audiences with impressive science experiments including foggy dry ice storms and giant beach balls floating in the air.

Advance tickets are $5 (or $7 at the door) get yours now by contacting Michelle at 203-605-4383 or by e-mail at fbailey1@optonline.net or from any member of OCW

Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation Presents A $3,000 Grant Award

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Jan 062020

The Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation based in Orange recently awarded Amity Middle School in Bethany $3,000 in grant awards for three creative proposals to integrate arts into its curriculum.

Eighth-grade social studies teacher, Marika Wissink, was awarded $1,000 for a special interdisciplinary project.

Ms. Wissink’s students will work with visiting artist, Heather Stoltz, to create a fiber arts project where
students create fiber art to demonstrate their learning of the 19th-century social reform movements.

Eighth-grade social studies teacher, Robert Murphy, was awarded $1,000 to host singer/songwriter Laura
Clapp to collaborate on an interdisciplinary project where students will create music to demonstrate their
learning of reform propaganda and its’ relationship to the 19th-century social reform movements.

Seventh-grade social studies teacher, Nick DaPonte, was awarded $1,000 to have the Okra Dance Company
perform “Journey into Africa”.  This is in conjunction with the social studies unit on African Geography and
Culture, the English classes reading “A Long Walk to Water”, and the special Global Issues project for all

Chilly Chili Run 5K/Fitness Walk Details

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Dec 302019


File photo of 2017 race winner Calvin Park

Here is the schedule for the 2020 New Years Day Chilly Chili Run 5K/Fitness Walk which steps off from the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange CT on Wednesday.

  • 8:00 – 10:00 am  Day of Race Registration Indoors (Race Day registration will close at 10:15 am SHARP!)


  • 10:30 AM Start of Race & Walk
  • 2 Mile fitness walk on the property of the High Plains Community Center


  • 5K Certified Course (CT93019) for runners
  • 1 Water Stop
  • Mile Splits at 1, 2 and 3 miles
  • Computerized Timing and Results by Fast Track Timing
  • Results posted on Fast Track Timing & HI-TEK Racing websites
  • Long Sleeve T-Shirts by Graphic FX to all pre-registered participants & 1st 100 on race day
  • CHILI BRUNCH following road race/walk
  • Drawing for Prizes

Find full details HERE