Are You A Raffle Prize Winner? Find Out Now!

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Aug 022020

Carnival Chairman Donny Foyer welcomes everyone to the shortest carnival ever.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department did not have it’s 95th Annual Carnival this year due to the Coronavirus, but the Raffle did go on as planned.

Carnival Chairman Donny Foyer said that this year people were very generous and the raffle tickets sold very well, which will help make up for some of the $120,000 that an actual carnival can bring in to the department for its needs.

Along with the raffle ticket sales, the Orange Finance Department also arranged for two additional fundraising events that would bring in money to its $50,000 Fire Truck Challenge that would assist in the purchase of a new fire truck.

Jim Hassenmayer, the owner of the Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, donated 200 $30 gift certificates to his establishment that the firefighters sold for $25 each at the restaurant on Friday, July 24th. The fire department kept the entire$25 for each one sold. Even though the restaurant has suffered since March with all of the restrictions from the COVID-19 crisis, Hassenmayer did not hesitate to give this gift to the OVFD, valued at $6,000.

A second $50K Challenge Fundraiser took place at Golf Lounge 18 with a closest to the pin contest the following Sunday.


The Raffle Ticket drawing took place at the Orange Fairgrounds on Sunday, Aug. 2 at 4:30 p.m.

Selectman Mitch Goldblatt, once again read off the winning numbers and recipients’ names.

#1 –  $10,000 Visa Gift Card                     075872. Duran Villaverde, West Haven

#2 –  $5,000  Visa Gift Card                     085833. Laura Tafuto, Hamden

#3 –  $3,000  Visa Gift Card.                    024682. Ann Friend, Orange

#4 –  $2,500 Gift Cert Anytime Fitness   026117   Linda Geane, Orange

#5 –  $1,200 Gift Cert Diamond Designs 036566 John Coppola, Orange

#6.-  Apple I-Pad from Best Buy.              045461  Dan May, Orange

#7. –  $400 Gift Card Shop Rite.               087455. Victoria Wilde, Orange

#8 –   $300 Gift Card Trader Joes.           030566 Kathleen Chapman, Orange

#9.-   $250 Gift Certificate Knight’s Inc.  043391 Kathleen Taylor, Orange

#10 – $200 Gift Card Kohl’s                       101814. James Kohl, Orange

#11 – $200 Gift Card to Outback               102770. John Kuchar, Orange


Congratulations to all of the winners! And We Hope to see everyone at the Carnival in 2021.

NOTE: The Finance Department has decided to continue the $50,000 Challenge until the end of September so there’s still time to contribute AND you still have an opportunity to purchase any of the remaining $30 Ale House Gift Certificates for a $25 donation to the OVFD. 

Look For The New Plastic Bag And Wrap Shed At The Transfer Station

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Jun 202020

Orange Recycling Committee Chairman Mitch Goldblatt just announced that today at 11 a.m. the Home Depot Store Manager Matt Hyatt, along with his associate Pete, delivered a new shed for the Plastic Bag and Wrap recycling at the Transfer Station and Recycling Center.

With the help of Transfer Station Equipment Operator Gerry Butler, it was set up and ready to go within minutes.

“Please help spread the word and thanks to everyone for their patience,” Goldblatt said.

This is supposed to be a temporary structure as The Home Depot has the approval for a permanent structure, but that may still be several months away.

Hold Onto Your Clothing And Other Textiles For Now

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Mar 252020

Dear Orange Recycling Champions,

Unfortunately, our Pink Bag Recycling Curbside Collection Program has fallen victim to the decree concerning Non-Essential businesses in Connecticut that must suspend work due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Please continue to separate and hold onto your clothing and other textiles and we will let you know when this program resumes.

See the e-mail below from Simple Recycling and thank you for recycling.

Mitch Goldblatt

Recycling Committee Chairman

Effective Immediately, Due to Gov. Lamont’s stay-at-home Executive Order, Simple Recycling will be following the State of Connecticut’s guidance & temporarily suspending ALL curbside collections. This will remain in effect until further notice.

Thank you very much for your partnership. We look forward to your support & working together to successfully have to program up & running soon & servicing your residents!

If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.


Be well & Be Safe!

Sonny Wilkins

VP Municipal Relations  

Orange Recycling Committee Makes Groundbreaking Decision

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Mar 202020

Based on some concerns and with modern technology, Orange Recycling Committee Chairman Mitch Goldblatt set-up a Virtual Meeting using Zoom for the regular committee meeting on Wednesday, March 18.

He e-mailed members the message, “I am doing this due to the COVID-19 situation and the closing of High Plains Community Center to groups and meetings.”

In advance, Goldblatt spoke to Alisha Hannon at the Connecticut Freedom of
Information Commission in Hartford, who thought that this was a great way to
continue to hold a public meeting. “We may be the first in Connecticut to do this!  It is important that the public be able to participate and there is that ability by computer or by phone to do so. Please try to sign on a bit early to make sure you can be seen (using your webcam) and we will hopefully begin at 7 p.m.

NOTE: Orange Live dropped the ball by failing to post this prior to the meeting, but anyone who follows the Recycling Committee on Facebook knew about it. 

After last Wednesday’s meeting, Goldblatt said, “Tonight was perhaps the first ever Town of Orange meeting held via videoconference. The Orange Recycling Committee met using Zoom. The entire committee and one member of the public participated in an official meeting that may become more common as government attempts to continue to operate and transact business during the COVID-19 situation gripping our state and our country.”

Local Benefits Of The Textile Recycling Program

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Jul 092019

Many residents are pleased with the news that the Orange Recycling Committee has arranged for a new textile recycling pick-up service that will begin on July 15.

Those who just skimmed the story or Facebook post had questions — How will this benefit me and the town?

Orange Live reached out to Recycling Committee Chairman Mitch Goldblatt for some answers.

Here’s what he had to say:

1)      This is a way for people to continue to recycle products simply to help the environment. That in itself should be good enough! But there is more!

2)      Items will be re-sold or re-used to decrease our carbon footprint of producing more and also creates jobs.

3)      For every ton collected in the pink bags, the town receives $20.

4)      For every ton diverted from our transfer station solid waste, the town saves about $100.

“This is a win-win for everyone,” he said.

Also, as a follow-up, many want to know exactly what is acceptable. Here you go:

  • Men’s Clothing
  • Women’s Clothing
  • Children’s Clothing
  • Coats and Jackets
  • Jewelry
  • Shoes
  • Purses
  • Hats
  • Toys
  • Blankets
  • Drapes/Curtains
  • Pillows
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Tools
  • Silverware
  • Dishes
  • Pots/Pans
  • Backpacks

If you still want more information about the service provider, click on this link that we provided in the original story.

Orange Celebrates With The Lighting Of The Menorah

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Dec 062018

On Wednesday, Dec. 5, members of the Jewish faith gathered at the High Plains Community Center for a menorah lighting ceremony.

Rabbi Sheya Hecht of Chabad of Orange, welcomed children and adults to the traditional event hailing the start of the Hannukah season.

Selectman Mitchell Goldblatt had the honor of lighting the candles, as he has in past years.

Here are some photos courtesy of Larry Lambert.


Goldblatt Addresses The Anti-Semitic, Hate Issues In Amity Region

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Nov 152018

Most people are disturbed by the things we’ve heard about vandalism and actions leaning toward hatred and anti-Semitism coming from our regional high school.

At this week’s Orange Board of Selectmen’s meeting, longtime Selectman Mitch Goldblatt made the following statement before the board:

“I stand before you tonight as a graduate of the Amity Class of 1975 and the proud father of two Amity graduates, the latest just this past June. But, as I stand here wearing my Amity colors, none of us could foresee the hate and bigotry that we have heard about at the high school in just the last few days.

I am proud of the courageous Amity students who were willing to stand up to such hate and expose the anti-Semitism, racism, and homophobia that exists there.

Amity represents friendship and a bond between the towns of Bethany, Orange, and Woodbridge. That very fabric is being torn by the vile and disgusting acts that have caused many students not to feel safe in their own school.
This hurts all of us and weakens us not just as a school system, but as a community; for this is not just an Amity problem, it is a community problem.

I am pleased that the Amity administration has quickly taken a leadership role in not only inviting students into listening sessions over the past two days, but also by partnering with clergy, elected officials, law enforcement, the Anti-Defamation League, and others to address this issue that exists in our schools and our community.

As town leaders, I expect us to work with the administration in any way possible to understand and then end this intolerance of others. As a first step, I urge all of you to join me this Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the annual Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service being held this year at Holy Infant Church. Let us come together to show our respect for each other’s faiths and rise together as one community during this holiday season.

Those who participate in hate crimes should be held accountable and punished.

However, from this negative publicity, sadness, and shock, I can only hope that we will become a stronger community and a stronger Amity so that we can all be proud once again because Hate Has No Home Here!”

Residents Benefit From The Generosity Of The Orange Lions On Thanksgiving Weekend

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Nov 292017

The Orange Lions Club hosted its 29th annual Thanksgiving Dinner at High Plains Community Center on Sunday, November 26.

For the 21st consecutive year, Lions Harold Cavallaro and Ann Carollo co-chaired the event.

In addition to the 150 guests, the Orange Lions provided a full Thanksgiving meal to several of its members and Boy Scouts from Troop 925 who were there to help.

Girl Scouts, from Daisies to Cadets provided beautifully decorated placemats for each guest.

As always Selectman Mitch Goldblatt assisted in serving with a smile and Vinnie Carr volunteered his time and talent to entertain everyone in attendance.

The biggest decision anyone had to make was which variety of pie to choose. Instead of all time favorites Apple and Pumpkin, guests had a mind-boggling choice of blueberry, French apple, apple crumb, peach, pumpkin, mince, cherry, strawberry rhubarb and coconut custard. Yet, it went much better than expected, no one complained that their favorite wasn’t offered and everyone left with a full tummy.

Thank You Orange Lions for offering this wonderful event every year.

Plastic Bag and Wrap Recycling Now Available in Orange

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Sep 042017

Orange Recycling Committee Chair Mitch Goldblatt has announced that plastic bag and plastic wrap recycling is now available throughout Orange.

The most recent area to recycle is at the Orange Transfer Station. As a Connecticut WRAP (Wrap Recycling Action Program) Champion with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the Orange Recycling Committee secured the Rack ‘N Pak system that all residents can utilize. Located next to the mixed recyclable container there is now a small shed that houses the Rack ‘N Pak. Residents are encouraged to bring their clean and dry plastic bags and wrap to be recycled.

Examples include:

  •   Retail, carryout, produce, newspaper, bread, and dry cleaning bags (clean, dry and free of receipts and clothes hangers)
  •   Zip-top food storage bags (clean and dry)
  •   Plastic shipping envelopes (remove labels), bubble wrap and air pillows (deflate)
  •   Product wrap on cases of water/soda bottles, paper towels, napkins, disposable cups, bathroom tissue, diapers, and female sanitary products
  •   Furniture and electronic wrap
  •   Plastic cereal box liners (but if it tears like paper, do not include)

In addition to the Transfer Station, residents can bring the same recyclable materials to a number of Orange merchants including Kohl’s, Lowe’s, Shop Rite, and Target.

These plastic bags and wraps are recycled into new grocery bags, benches, and decking.

Goldblatt reminds everyone that “plastic bags and wrap are NOT to be put into the blue curbside recycling bins or the single stream recycling at the Transfer Station. When separated using the new Rack ‘N Pak, our hauler City Carting will transfer the plastic bags and wrap to our material recovery facility Winters Brothers. By separating it, we will avoid the inevitable clogging of the sorting machinery, which may require a shut-down to remove the material.”

In addition to the entire Orange Recycling Committee, Goldblatt thanks Town Engineer and Public Works Director Bob Hiza and Transfer Station personnel for their assistance in establishing the area at the Transfer Station for plastic bag and wrap recycling.

If anyone has any questions, they can address them to orangerecycles@gmail.com

Goldblatt Elected President of ConnPELRA

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Jul 212017

Mitchell R. Goldblatt was recently elected President of the Connecticut Public Employer Labor Relations Association (ConnPELRA) Executive Committee for a two-year term beginning September 1, 2017.

Goldblatt has served the past four years as the ConnPELRA Vice-President and has been a member of the Executive Board since 2011. The former Town of Orange First Selectman and present member of the Orange Board of Selectmen, Goldblatt has worked as the Director of Human Resources for the Town of Guilford for the past nine years. In this position Goldblatt has been responsible for all aspects of personnel administration and labor relations including negotiating labor contracts, updating policies and procedures, administering all employee benefits and pension administration, leading wellness programs, and responsible for safety and risk management.

ConnPELRA is the only organization in Connecticut dedicated to educating and training governmental directors, managers, and supervisors in labor relations issues. The organization exchanges information and data pertaining to all areas of public sector labor relations including collective bargaining, as well as providing guidance and assistance to its entire membership in these areas.

Besides Goldblatt as President, also elected were Enfield Director of Human Resources Steven Bielenda as Vice-President, West Hartford Human Resources Specialist Nelson Petrone as Secretary, and Shipman and Goodwin Attorney Lisa Banatoski Mehta as Treasurer.

Goldblatt holds a BA from Muhlenberg College (Allentown, PA) and an MBA from the University of New Haven (West Haven, CT). He also serves as an adjunct professor of Public Administration at the University of New Haven and lives in Orange with his wife Abby, and children Carl and Shayna.