Don’t Forget, This New Event Added To Annual Holiday Festival

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Dec 032017

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Here’s something you didn’t know about, on Sunday, Dec. 3 during the annual Holiday Festival, the town of Orange will have its very first Holiday Tractor Parade!

Historically, Orange is a farming town, so what’s a better way to celebrate the town’s great farming heritage than a parade of tractors?

Coordinator Denise Fantarella said she is so excited about the new event and the smiles it will bring to everyone’s faces at the Christmas Tree Lighting.

Those participating in the tractor parade will meet at the Orange Fairgrounds at 4 p.m. on Dec. 3. They’ll line up and proceed up Orange Center Road to the Town Green for the tree lighting opening ceremony by 4:45 p.m.
NOTE: Police will close Orange Center Road around 4:30 p.m. until all tractors are in place around the Town Green.
If you have a tractor and would like to participate, contact Denise at 203-515-9921 or send her an e-mail at denisefantarella@att.net

Notes In A Nutshell: Nov. 9 Board of Selectmen’s Meeting

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Nov 092016

250px-Orange_CT_town_hallThe Orange Board of Selectmen met at High Plains Community Center on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the business they discussed:


Friday, Nov. 11, Veteran’s Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. Veteran’s walk in front of High Plains.

Friday, Nov. 18, Town Auction, Vehicles, equipment, 2 Kilns also will be available at the auction buy “as is”

Sat. Nov 19, Cub Scout Pack 922 food drive and Wreath Sale in front of High Plains Community Center

Sunday, Nov. 20, Interfaith Service at Orange Congregational Church

Thursday, Nov. 24 Thanksgiving everything closed. 8 a.m. Rotary Turkey Trot

Friday, Nov. 25 town offices closed transfer station open.

Sunday, Nov. 27, Lions Thanksgiving Dinner  at noon, call for reservations

Sunday, Dec. 4, 3-6 p.m. Holiday Festival

Tuesday Dec. 6, 6-8 p.m. Amity Referendum with ONE Orange polling place at High Plains Community Center, $2 million bond for repair, maintenance projects.

Remember to put up a protective barrier near your mailbox to keep it from being damaged by snow plow activity

Racebrook Road Northbound side is being completed, now, during winter, Left hand side work will begin.

Indian River, culvert near Chip’s will begin and a third (turn lane) will go in at Lambert and Route 1.

The new Dunkin Donuts near Citizen’s Bank will finally open this weekend and the one in the plaza near ELI’s will be closing.


To consider and act on the request to authorize the First Selectman to sign the Master Municipal Agreement for RIGHT OF WAY 

Unanimously approved

To consider and act on the request to approve the tax refunds totaling $13,616.04 

Unanimously approved


Pension BoardSelectman Goldblatt   There is a vacancy, if you are interested in serving, contact Town Hall

Capital PlanningSelectman Okenquist  Waiting for requests from department heads

Bond Construction OversightSelectman Goldblatt  working on plans for bridge over Derby Milford Road, looking into a bond amount.  Also projects at town pool, school etc. 

PersonnelSelectmen Zeoli, Okenquist, Davis

Charter RevisionSelectman Carangelo



Approved Minutes of September 14, 2016 Board of Selectmen Meeting

2017 Board of Selectmen Meeting Schedule

American Education Week Letter from OBOE

2016 Holiday Festival Flyer

Letter from Historical Society Regarding Bryan-Andrew House

Summary of 2012 Bond Issue for Road Improvements


Revenue and Expenditure Reports

Accident Takes Out Fire Hydrant on Derby Milford Road

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Dec 062015

Screen Shot 2015-12-06 at 2.43.00 PMAround 2:30 p.m. today a car took out a fire hydrant near 470 Derby Milford Road.

There’s water everywhere and the road is shut down at Derby Milford and North Greenbrier.

Take an alternate route if you’re coming to the Holiday Festival from this area.

This is It! Today Is The Annual Holiday Festival Beginning at 3 p.m.

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Dec 072014

IMG_5334You asked for it, now here it is, everything you need to know about the Holiday Festival.

The Town of Orange invites you to attend the Annual Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting on Sunday, December 7, 2014.  Festivities on and around the Orange Town Green will begin at 3:00 p.m.    

Visitors may tour the Stone-Otis House to learn what a Victorian Christmas was like.  The Connecticut Yuletide Carolers will provide musical entertainment strolling around town buildings and at the Stone-Otis House from 3:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

The Academy Building and the antique shop will be open and invites you to view the Historical Society’s antique collections and Emily Prudden Watercolors. The Orange-Derby model Railroad will not be participating this year as they are rebuilding their display. 

The Orange Juniorettes will have its First Annual Wonderland Waggin’ Pet Food Drive to benefit the Milford/Orange Animal Shelter. We will accept donations at the decorated wagon located on the front lawn of Mapleview Farm throughout the Tree Lighting ceremonies. The shelter is in need of pet food (wet or dry), litter, treats, toys, and pet beds. 

Screen Shot 2014-11-14 at 1.32.51 PMThe Orange Congregational Church Bell Choir will perform a hand bell concert and carol sing in the church sanctuary from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. as well as an alternative giving opportunity for Heifer International, cookie sale and crafts for the kids from 3 – 5 p.m.

The Case Memorial Library will be splendidly decorated, and will host a performance from the Amity Chamber Singers from 3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and from Al deCant who will perform a children’s musical program in the library meeting room from 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Guess how many candies in the jar at the library and win a prize, write a letter to Santa Claus and make a craft in the craft room.  The Library will be open from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Annual Gingerbread Contest will be featured in the Clark Building.  Friends of all ages are invited to enter a gingerbread creation.  Entries must be dropped off at the Clark Building from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. on Dec. 7 and must be picked up between 5:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Watch a gingerbread house making demonstration by Julia’s Bakery and Chef’s Emporium from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. The Gingerbread House Contest will be judged by Julia’s Bakery and Chef’s Emporium and the winner will be invited to light the Christmas Tree.  Crafters will be available near the Clark Building.

An ice carving demonstration will take place in front of the Clark Building from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Santa Claus will arrive at 5:00 p.m. The Tree Lighting will take place at 5:30 p.m. Children can visit with Santa on the Town Green. The Holiday Festival will end at 6:00 p.m.

Originally Published on: Nov 13, 2014 @ 21:11

Second Publishing on: Nov 22, 2014 @ 20:01

Come See The Model Railroad (As It Is) For The Last Time Today

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Dec 082013

securedownload-3When you come to today’s Holiday Festival don’t forget to stop by to see the model railroad in the basement of the Academy Museum.

If you’ve loved the display in the past, it’s important to include the railroad in your activities today because the Beacon section (Right side against the wall) is gone and the New Haven & Derby Model Railroad Club is rebuilding the entire HO set-up (1-inch = 87-inches) to show how the train routes truly ran in the past.

According to Joel Mandell, the new display, which club members have been working tirelessly to reconstruct in the past several months, will include Ansonia.

For those of us who have enjoyed the display in the past, It may seem sad to see the existing models go away. So why would they want to take it apart?

Mandell said the old tracks in the existing set up don’t quite line up correctly. Trains derail when they run and it is not up to their standards.

“What they are doing is laying new track for Ansonia and making it as perfect as possible,” he said.

The center island will be taken down, Danbury will be taken down, and the display will be condensed from Long Wharf to Ansonia.

It took 8 months to deconstruct the display, and now the construction with new track, power and getting it tied in to the existing display is in progress.

Next, another crew will do the detail work, with buildings, trees, landmarks that people will recognize and everything else that makes the display magical for visitors (and the members).

Next, the deconstruction of the center island will be done with (GASP!) most of the materials that we’ve come to love going in the garbage.

The trains, and buildings will be saved but everything else … gone.

Two new tracks will bring the trains to Shelton, then Derby, Orange, West Haven, and Long Wharf. “We’re taking the far reaches of the railroad that we built and bringing it closer to home,” Mandell said. “We’ll solve all the track problems and give the railroad the proper curve radius that it needs to run smoothly.”

The members have been taking walking tours of the old train routes, taking pictures and making notes so they can include the cattle crossings and other interesting features that they discovered.

When will the work be completed?

One member said “By 2020.”

Another member added “Model railroads are never finished.”

How Does The Weather Look For the Busy Upcoming Weekend?

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Dec 062013

Screen shot 2013-12-05 at 11.04.09 PMWill nasty weather ruin the Orange Holiday Festival on Sunday? No one really knows for sure, THAT’S in the hands of Mother Nature, but the 7-day forecast from WFSB 3 may make you question how pleasant it will be.

This is what their chief meteorologist Bruce Deprest has to say:

Fri., Dec. 6: expect clouds and some rain highs around 50, but getting colder in the afternoon.

Sat., Dec. 7: SNOW and sleet in the early morning with spotty coating, then mostly sunny and breezy high around 42.

Sun., Dec. 8: Increasing clouds with snow and sleet during evening. High around 37.  

Mon., Dec. 9: Icy combination of freezing rain and sleet in the morning changing to rain in the afternoon. High around 46.

Tues., Dec. 10: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain or snow showers, chilly and breezy. High around 42.

Wed., Dec. 11: Partly sunny, windy and colder. High around 36.

Thurs., Dec. 12: Partly to mostly sunny and cold. High around 35.

The Academy Museum Will Be Open During Sunday’s Festival

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Nov 272012

While you are at the Academy, be sure to stop in to see the model railroad set up

The Academy Museum Antique Shop is anticipating a busy Tree Lighting Sunday on Dec. 2 so be sure and check out the wonderful selection of antiques and collectibles it has to offer.

Inventory increases daily with vintage linens, china, glass, silver plate, toys, collectible dolls and doll accessories to say nothing of the selection of Christmas ornaments and hostess gifts.

Come celebrate the Orange Tree Lighting this weekend and get started on those “hard to buy for” gifts.

In addition to Dec. 2nd, the shop, located at 605 Orange Center Road, is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

For information call 203 795-3106.