Eagle Project Completed at Holy Infant Church

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Jul 152021

On Saturday, July 10, 2021, Benjamin Cap from Boy Scout Troop 12 completed his eagle project at Holy Infant Church, focusing on beautifying the outdoor front right wing section of the church.

In late summer 2020, Ben met with Fr. Norman at Holy Infant Church to discuss a few ideas he had for his eagle project. Fr. Norman was thrilled that Ben thought of doing a project at Holy Infant Church first before pursuing other locations in town. Ben and Fr. Norman both agreed the best idea was a major beautification project that would involve raising thousands of dollars and would need a lot of pre-planning and precise material ordering.

If you remember last summer, we were in the middle of the covid crises situation and fundraising was going to be extremely tough for Ben. Through many announcements at weekly masses and articles in the church bulletins, as well as online posts, Ben was able to raise more than $2,500 to cover the costs of materials for the project.

Ben collected and returned recyclable cans and bottles throughout the past year to specifically use those funds towards drinks and food on the day of his eagle project workday (last Saturday), which kept all the helpers well hydrated, and provided them with lunch. Ben’s smart advanced planning resulted in successful completion of this major project on July 10.

Throughout the planning process, Ben worked with many vendors to get the best pricing and quality for his project. According to Ben, “Home Depot in Orange was a pleasure to work with.” Ben worked with June from the front desk several times who helped and walked Ben through ordering every item he would need for his project.

“She was awesome to work with,” Ben said. “She literally walked around with me in the garden center looking at each item and taking notes. She made sure I had every item delivered and that everything was correct. I learned how important these people are to us when we need help,” Ben said.

Ben stated that he could not be happier with the Home Depot team who provided top-notch assistance, from June in customer service, to Jose in the garden center confirming correct materials and quantities for his project, and Chris who also had a friendly smile and provided direction on who to speak to – all went above and beyond to help. “I couldn’t be any happier with the three of them,” stated Ben.

Here’s what the grounds looked like before the project.

Ben started the onsite beautification project back in May 2020 by contacting Call Before You Dig. After he had everything marked out, he was able to create his final drawing and layout of where everything would be built and planted. Ben, along with his family, spent several days at the work site after school and started cutting down the overgrown bushes and cleared the entire site out. He made sure he had everything cleared ready to go for the big workday on Saturday, July 10, 2021.

Ben and some of his volunteer work crew.

That morning Ben and his family arrived at Holy Infant Church at 7:15 a.m., all ready to work. Shortly after, scouts, leaders, friends, and other family members arrived and started to assist Ben with completing his planned project of refreshing/improving the look at Holy Infant Church. “Thank you to everyone who donated and/or helped me throughout my project,” Ben said. “I feel like I put in so many hours and it paid off with giving it all back to the church in our community.”

The following Troop 12 members assisted Ben on his project: Tim Cap, Nate Milea, Nick Massey, Jason Byun, Zack Geramia, Ken Gunun, Brendan Zeigler, Pete Zeigler, Vicky Cap and Jeff Cap. In addition, Ben received assistance from other family members as well.

Timely News: Boy Scout Breathes New Life Into Outdoor Classroom

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Jul 312020

Just In Time For Students’ Return To School After Pandemic Lockdown

Troop 12 Eagle Project Volunteers

The aging and overgrown outdoor classroom at Race Brook Elementary School in Orange included decaying tree stump seats and dilapidated picnic benches and it was in dire need of renovation.

Frankie Cavallaro, a Boy Scout with Troop 12 in Milford and an RBS alumnus, saw an opportunity to serve his community while working toward achieving his Eagle Scout rank:

“The outdoor classroom was in pretty bad shape, and it occurred to me that this was the perfect way for me to transform it into a more inviting and usable space to which staff and students might escape for some fresh air and social distancing during the school day,” he said.

Cavallaro solicited area businesses for material donations and set to work in his home garage constructing new bench seating and decorating them with school colors. He enlisted 10 other scouts from his troop to spend a Saturday cleaning out the area, weeding, edging, spreading new pea stone, assembling, and painting picnic tables.

Mike Gray, Director of Business and Operations for Orange Public Schools, said, “His efforts have led to an inviting open-air space that will certainly be utilized by students and staff at Race Brook School. Frankie is a fine example of youth putting their leadership skills into action and giving back.”

Cavallaro would like to thank the following organizations for the generous materials and financial contributions that made this project possible: Ivy League Landscaping, Home Depot in Orange, Rings End in Orange, and the Race Brook School PTA.

He would also like to thank his troop, Mr. Gray, and his parents for their assistance and support, “I couldn’t have done it without them!”

Newly Updated Outdoor Classroom at Race Brook School


Get Ready For The Orange Country Fair

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Jun 092019

The Orange Country Fair is a tradition in town, and every year it goes off seamlessly.

People may think that it’s because it’s been going on so long that it’s easy to set up and run. But it takes a village to organize such a huge two-day event and make it entertaining and successful.

On Monday, the Orange Country Fair Committee met to discuss plans for this year’s fair.

The event will take place at the Orange Fairgrounds, Sept. 20 (with the tractor pull and contest entry drop-offs), Sept. 21-22.

A Boy Scout has chosen to make benches for his Eagle project, [like the green ones shown in the photo] and they will be ready in time for the fair, so guests will have a comfortable place to rest at the fairgrounds.

Those members who’ve been in charge of specific contests or other areas of the fair know what they have to do. For example, as always, Bobby Fantarella is rounding up the entertainment for the weekend.

The Committee is hoping to obtain a few more Little Tykes Cozy Coupes for the little kids’ “Driving School.”

This is a good time for students to gather up their dioramas, photos, artwork or collections, including any that they may have made as school projects prior to summer vacation. There are so many areas of the fair where plants or any of the above-mentioned items can be entered and displayed for a chance to earn a ribbon.

Adults, too, start cultivating your plants and flowers and working on your photos, crafts, or artwork. Maybe this will be your year to take home a Best-In-Show Ribbon.

Remember that the fair runs smoothly with volunteer help. Consider clearing your calendar for a few hours on Sept. 21-22 to help out in the food tent this year. Your participation will be greatly appreciated.

Notes In A Nutshell: Special Board of Selectmen’s Meeting Nov. 5

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Nov 052015

Screen Shot 2015-11-05 at 8.18.29 PMANNOUNCEMENTS

Nov. 11 Rotary Club of Orange will have a special buffet at Grassy Hill Country Club. Make reservations by calling Don Lewis.

Inauguration Friday Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. High Plains Community Center.

Thanksgiving Rotary Club’s Turkey Trot 5k and 2 mile walk at 8 a.m. Transfer station is closed.

Transfer Station open sundays 8-2 for LEAF disposal only

Wednesday, Dec. 2 Town Clerk’s Office will be closed for a mandatory meeting.

Dec. 6,  3-6 p.m. Tree Lighting Ceremony Town-wide

Shredding day was an overwhelming success 11,000 lbs into a 10,000 truck.

There WILL be another shredding day in 2016 any non-sensitive materials can be put in your regular recycling bin.


Ben Grasso

Ben Grasso

To consider and act on the request to approve an Eagle Scout projectScout Ben Grasso


The Selectmen were enthusiastic about the project stating that it was unique and would be beneficial to many.

Unanimously approved

To consider and act on a request from the Orange Rotary Club to refurbish the outdoor bathroom building by the Rotary Pavilion at HPCC (enclosure)Robert Sigler, President, Orange Rotary Club

Since it was submitted something changed…

Sigler said they already ran it by the Park & Rec. which approved it.

First Selectman Jim Zeoli said the Fair Committee approached him with its own plan to build something in that area as well, that would benefit several organizations.

Unanimously approved

To consider and act on a contract between the Town of Orange and Benesch Engineering regarding Edison Road (enclosure)Paul Grimmer, Director Economic Development

engineering work was done for $14,500.

There was a federal contract that was missing when the state was closing out the paperwork.

Quick discussion and it was unanimously approved.

To consider and act on the request to approve the bid for snowplowing services (enclosure) – Robert Hiza, Town Engineer

6 bids from contractors who’ve worked for the town before, still need ONE more.

To consider and act on the request to approve the bid for sodium chloride (rock salt) (enclosure)– Robert Hiza, Town Engineer

Went with the state bid that is lower cost than last year.

Unanimously approved 

To consider and act on the request to approve the tax refunds totaling $10,595.75 (enclosure)

Unanimously approved

Screen Shot 2015-11-05 at 8.13.30 PMTo consider and act on a resolution to amend the 401A Pension Plan 

A town employee wants to make a withdrawal from his or her pension plan (someone who’s been in the plan for 5 years)

Selectman Goldblatt said it isn’t a good idea because this is money that is set aside for retirement.

Selectman Carangelo said he felt in these tough economic times that some people just need to have money now because they can’t get it from anywhere else.

There was some discussion as to whether or not people should be able to take loans against their money.

The item was tabled. 

Boy Scout Completes Eagle Project at Camp Cedarcrest

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Jan 152015

IMG_3214Rishubh “Ryan” Agrawal, a member of Boy Scout Troop 925 in Orange, recently completed his Eagle scout project at Camp Cedarcrest.

Camp Cedarcrest is a non-profit organization located on Mapledale Road in Orange that provides an enjoyable outdoor experience to the people of greater New Haven area.

The project was to beautify its entrance and to create a new garden along the side of a garage. Scouts searched for various rocks in the 43 acre camp property to create stone walls.

The scouts purchased the soil, plants, and mulch thanks to the generous grant from the Orange Foundation’s Olga Fund II and Dusty and Frank Downy Fund. Without their support the project could not have been completed. 

After hours of hard work, they finished two beautiful walls.

“Our sincere thanks to Mr. Jacob Urban in guiding us towards the right spots for rocks and a crash course in making the stone walls,” Agrawal said. “I also wish to give my sincere thanks to Mr. John Wesolowski our troop leader for his guidance.”

Boy Scout’s Eagle Project Will Benefit Less Fortunate Children

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Dec 082014

Joe Bonsangue of Mr. Kold Kuts in Orange with Boy Scout Billy Panzella.

Joe Bonsangue of Mr. Kold Kuts in Orange with Boy Scout Billy Panzella.

You may have noticed toy collection boxes to benefit Boys & Girls Village at Mr. Kold Kuts, 529 Boston Post Road, and the Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, but don’t know the story behind them.

The collection drive is the brainchild of Billy Panzella, 15, a Boy Scout with Troop 1 out of Milford as part of his quest to become an Eagle Scout.

Eagle Scout is the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouting. To earn the rank a Boy Scout must, progress through all other ranks in proper order, earn 21 merit badges, serve 6 months in a troop leadership position, take part in a Scoutmaster conference, plan and develop a service project and successfully complete an Eagle Scout board of review.

Achieving Eagle Scout rank means the world to Billy. He said, “When someone reaches the rank of Eagle Scout it says something about them as a person. It shows what you are capable of doing, if you are determined and put your mind to something. It helps to teach you to be a responsible, productive member of the community.”

Billy explained why he chose Boys & Girls Village, Inc. as a beneficiary, “I believe BGV is a great organization that does wonderful things to help less fortunate children and families and give these kids a chance to be better and more productive citizens in their communities.”

Billy describes the project: “I decided to do this project because I wanted to do a service project for the Boys & Girls Village. I approached Joseph Tramuta, Co-Chair of their Board of Directors with this idea, and he paved the way for me to move forward. I have set up donation boxes in various locations around Milford and Orange. Once collected, my plan is to deliver the toys to BGV, and assist with wrapping and distributing the presents to the children.”

Those wishing to donate can drop off a new unwrapped toy at either Orange location until this Friday, Dec.12.