Come To the Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival This Weekend!

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Aug 032017

Orange Firemen’s Carnival

The Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival opens tonight at 5 p.m.

This is the Department’s biggest fundraiser of the year, so while you’re there take advantage of all the things the OVFD has to offer, including fantastic food at the pavilion and the satellite food tent near the fence. Take a chance on the fire department sponsored games and don’t forget to buy your raffle tickets for 11 great prizes!

The 50/50 raffle offers you an opportunity to win half of the accumulated pot (and the fire department will receive the other half) each night – that’s at the raffle tent, too.

Come on out and support your all volunteer Orange fire department this weekend. Have fun, and enjoy some great food.

The Hours are:

Thursday – 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Friday – 5:00 PM to 12 midnight

Saturday – 12 Noon to 12 midnight

Sunday – 12 Noon to 5:00 PM

Saturday Matinee at The Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival (photos)

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Aug 062016

Volunteers wait for customers at the main raffle tent.

Volunteers wait for customers at the main raffle tent.

Foot traffic was sparse at the Orange Fairgrounds early today. The Saturday Matinee at the Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival usually draws a huge crowd, but the threat of late afternoon thunderstorms and perhaps the oppressive humidity, kept people away.

Those who did attend enjoyed short, or no lines at rides and food vendors.

Kids 12 and younger stood at the raffle tent hoping his or her number would be announced during the free children’s raffle drawing. Two lucky kids, one boy, AJ from New Haven and one girl, Gillian from Woodbridge, walked away with brand new bicycles — a carnival tradition for many years.

The “world’s best” ice cream sundaes were selling well as carnival goers tried to beat the heat.

Light rain did roll by after 6 p.m., but nothing like the wicked weather everyone had been told to expect.

If you’ve been waiting until Sunday to use your pre-paid ride wristbands, you are supposed to have a pleasant, less humid day for the Sunday Family Fun Day. Wristbands are good from 12 – 5 p.m.

The carnival opens at noon and closes promptly at 5 p.m.

Here are photos from the Saturday Matinee:

Fire Department Suffers Giant Monetary Loss

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Nov 162014

Carnival Chairman Donny Foyer (forefront) and a screen shot of one of the 2014 raffle tickets.

Carnival Chairman Donny Foyer (forefront) and a screen shot of one of the 2014 raffle tickets.

In July, Orange Live was the first to tell Orange residents that the Orange Volunteer Fire Department was in trouble.

The tried and true decades old method of selling Carnival Raffle tickets was squashed by the US Postal Service and ticket sales were down.

By the time all the vendors were paid and the receipts were counted after this year’s carnival, the Volunteers were down by $30,000 from last year according to carnival chairman Donny Foyer.

The carnival is the department’s biggest fundraiser and year-after-year it’s been more than profitable, padding the bank account enough to enable the men and women to purchase the equipment they needs to serve the town of Orange, and to pay for training and turnout gear for every volunteer.

How Will They Sell Tickets?

Since they can no longer send tickets through the mail, the firefighters looked into other options that nearby departments use.

The tentative plan is to mail every resident a card asking if they would like to purchase raffle tickets and if so, how many. The residents would then return the card with the number of tickets marked, along with a check with their donation.

The firefighters will fill out the resident’s information on the tickets, then return the corresponding stubs by mail.

This would mean a significant amount of extra work for the volunteer firefighters, but earning the proceeds that they were accustomed to would be well worth the effort and the additional postage.

When the firefighters decide on a definitive plan, Orange Live will release the information (late in spring 2015 or early summer 2015) so you will know what to expect.

When you help the Orange Volunteer Fire Department’s fundraising efforts, you are contributing to the safety of your town.


Jun 172012

Joseph Cuzzocreo

Joseph Cuzzocreo, Sr., 83, beloved husband of Emma Clini Cuzzocreo of Orange passed away June 15 in the Hospital of St. Raphael.

Loving father of Toni Marie (Robert) Gelineau of Woodbridge, Roy (Stephanie) Cuzzocreo and Joseph Cuzzocreo, Jr. both of Orange and the late James L. Cuzzocreo. Cherished grandfather of Matthew, David, Daniel and Brian Cuzzocreo and Marciana Gelineau. Son of the late Anthony and Lucy DeAngelo Cuzzocreo. Brother of Ernest Cuzzocreo of Sonora, CA and the late Marguerite Viggiano and John Cuzzocreo. Nephew of Mary Cuzzocreo of Orange.

It is almost impossible to have lived in Orange and not know Joseph Cuzzocreo. At ease speaking to school children and Senators, Joe loved his family, his community and his town.

A rodeo rider in his youth, his involvement in community and civic affairs spanned the length of his life, from boy scouts as a youth, service in the United States Army as a young man, to being awarded the Town of Orange Living Treasure Award in 2012.

Born in Orange, Joe worked as a carpenter in town, building houses with his brother, John Cuzzocreo, until taking over the Orange Fence and Supply Company in 1958 from his father, Anthony, who started the company in 1930. Joe handed the reins of the company to his son, Roy, in 1990 and continued to work and serve the town and its people. Joe Cuzzocreo served his town in innumerable ways over the years.

An Orange Police Commissioner for 47 years, he served also as chairman of that Commission, and member of the building committee constructing the new police facility on Lambert Road.

Joe also volunteered to build the book shelving in the Public Library when it first opened in the Firelight Shopping Center.

Joe was also a member of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department and could be seen every year at the Orange Fireman’s Carnival. Joe volunteered with the Orange Memorial Day Parade Committee, the Orange Country Fair, the Orange Sesquicentennial Celebration and the Orange Playground Committee.

A past president of the Orange Rotary Club, Joe was presented by Rotary International with both the Paul Harris Fellowship Award and, in 2006, the “Service Above Self” award. Joe took particular pride in his work on the Rotary Scholarship committee.

Joseph Cuzzocreo accepting his 2012 Living Treasure Award.

He loved working with young people, and was for 55 years a bus driver for the Orange/Amity school system, sometimes carrying to school the children of students he had driven years before.

In 1982 Joe and his wife, Emma, established a non-profit organization for the a community living facility in the town for adults with developmental disabilities; this facility continues it’s work today.

Joe received the “Good Scouts Award” in 2011 from the Connecticut Yankee Council of the Boy Scouts of America, served as a board member for Easter Seals Goodwill Industries and past member of the Lions Club. His service to the Town of Orange included membership on the Orange Land Trust, the Orange Safety Committee, the Orange Economic and Development Committee.

In 2005 he was named the Democrat of the Year by the Orange Democrats, and in 2001 received the first ever Public Service Award from the Secretary of the State of Connecticut. He was a founding member of the group that became the Orange Chamber of Commerce, and received the Chambers Community Service Award in 2001, and a 50-year (retired) member of the American Legion.

Friends may call at the PORTO FUNERAL HOME, 830 Jones Hill Rd., West Haven MONDAY from 4:00-8:00 PM. and are asked to go directly to Holy Infant Church Tuesday morning at 11:00 for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment with military honors will follow in Orange Center Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Rotary Club of Orange Foundation, P O Box 894, Orange, CT 06477.