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Contents WINTER 2018 ISSUE #18


Publisher and Editor-in-Chief

Annemarie F. Sliby, Executive Director Orange Economic Development Corporation


Mary Bialy Orange Economic Development Corporation

Contributing Writers

Julie Baumgart, Alyssa Davanzo, Peter Decoteau, Michele Kelly, Kimberly Kick, Shaileen Kelly Landsberg, Marion Rizzo, Joan Roberts, Karen Singer, MacKenzie Stuart

Contributing Photographers (whose name will appear on their picture)

Liverpool Productions, Violet Nastri, Jim O’Connor, Hillary Roberts, Paula Severino, Lia Shina, Still Media Group, and websites: and

Advertisement & Graphic Artist Paula Severino

Design & Production

Dale J Pavlik | DJP Design LLC |


LSC Communications, Inc., Chicago, IL

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On the Cover

The cover picture is a painting, “Wepawaug Reflections,” provided by Violet Nastri. She painted the landscape of a portion of the Wepawaug River as it runs through the Orange Conservation area. See story on Page 21.

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DRAGONE CLASSIC MOTORCARS A Drive into the Past THE ENTERTAINMENT HUB The Spot VR Lounge, Escape Rooms Connecticut, Urban Air Adventure Park LIVERPOOL PRODUCTIONS Bringing Joy Through Entertainment JOE CONSIGLIO The Local Farrier VIOLET NASTRI Flowers Around the Flagpole

HOME-BASED BUSINESSES OF ORANGE Freeman Roberts and Jim O’Connor Films NOODLE HOUSE Local Couple Brings Their Flavor to Town INTERNATIONAL VEIN CLINICS Taking Root in Orange LUNG DOCS OF CONNECTICUT New Allergy, Sleep and Pulmonary Center in Orange DENTAL CARE Reliable Dental Care RUBINO FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC Bottles Pop, Eggs get Cracked, but Spines get Adjusted PHYSICAL THERAPY AND SPORTS MEDICINE CENTERS Expands into New and Improved Space TRAVELAND Travel Expertise with a Personal Touch TECHNOLOGY There’s an App for That EDUCATION Five Benefits of Imaginative Play CALENDAR OF EVENTS Winter and Spring


Publisher’s Letter

While thinking about the business population in town; what quickly comes to mind are shops, restaurants, and offices along the Boston Post Road. However, there are many who operate a business out of their home. Orange residents, Rick and Joan Roberts began a marketing company while raising a family, and later, their daughter Hillary joined the business. Jim O’Connor has a passion for film and after acting and directing in Los Angeles, he brought his passion back to Orange and began a film making company.

Joe Consiglio operates from the home — or I should say — from his truck. With a love for horses, Consiglio followed his dream of becoming a cowboy and moved from Connecticut to Texas competing in rodeos, before returning to Orange and starting a farrier business. His truck provides everything he needs to go from client to client — or horse to horse — within a 35-mile radius.

Enjoy this issue and have a wonderful holiday season! When visiting any of the businesses or interacting with any of the residents we have featured, please let them know you read their story in Magazine. ANNEMARIE F. SLIBY

Executive Director, OEDC

As always, we wish to thank First Selectman, James Zeoli; the Orange Economic Development Commission; and the Orange Economic Development Corporation board members; as well as our advertisers. Please support the advertisers and let them know you saw their ad in OrangeLife Magazine.




Dragone Classic Motorcars: A Drive into the Past WRITTEN BY: ALYSSA DAVANZO

With a 1924 Marmon 34B Speedster on the right and a 1951 Fiat Stanga Barchetta on the left, it is easy for someone visiting Dragone Classic Motorcars to believe they’ve stepped straight inside a time capsule. feature films. The 1948 Cadillac Series 75 featured in “The Godfather” has appeared in the shop.

“We have customers from all over the United States and from around the world,” Manny said. “We don’t sell cars that people would buy out of the newspaper — we sell classic cars that are highly collectible, like artwork.”

Photo: Paula Severino

Dragone’s expansive showroom.

Manny and George Dragone opened Dragone Classic Motorcars in 1978 with a car restoration business in Bridgeport and a sales facility in Westport. Known as one of the oldest existing antique, classic and vintage car dealers in the world, Dragone Classic Motorcars has been built upon years of buying, selling, restoring and collecting the greatest motorcars in the world. “My family has been in the car business since 1946,” Manny said. “My father began collecting cars in the early 1950s and my brother and I have acquired cars that go back from before the turn of the century.” 8



After four decades, Dragone Classic Motorcars made the move to a stateof-the-art, 66,000 square foot facility at 5 Connair Road in Orange, consolidating its successful restoration and showroom operations under one roof. The space is completely renovated, with a plethora of windows for natural lighting, new flooring and a state-of-the-art paint booth. The sleek showroom, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, features a wide range of classics, from a display of motorcars from the early days of the automobile to cars from celebrated

The team at Dragone Classic Motorcars aims to provide personal one-on-one experiences to its customers by educating both buyers and sellers about cars and the vast histories behind them.


With an impressive restoration space made up of 30 of the most talented craftsmen and technicians sourced from across the globe, Dragone offers storage, rally support and rare parts sourcing. The team, fully equipped with knowledge and expertise, can


also preserve and maintain brass era cars, European sports cars among thousands of other makes and models.

“We have all aspects of restoration in-house here,” Manny said. “We do anything from a small mechanical job to a complete restoration. Our services include machining, wood work, paint and body work, panel making, upholstery — you name it.”

For car enthusiasts and sophisticated collectors looking to witness a part of history, Dragone Classic Motorcars has owned and sold cars with famous pasts, from Abraham Lincoln’s grandson’s car to George Barris’ 1967 Oldsmobile Tornado Mannix Roadster.

Photo: Paula Severino

The 1967 Oldsmobile Tornado (Mannix Roadster) used in the TV show Mannix.

Built in 1968 by George Barris, an American designer and builder of some of Hollywood’s most well-known custom cars, including the 1966

Photo: Paula Severino

An example of a car before the refurbishing process.

Batmobile, the Mannix Roadster was used in the first two seasons of the hit TV series “Mannix.” Complete with a phone between the seats, a hidden gun holder in the arm rest, custom heated leather seats and a convertible top, the car was used extensively by George as he traveled from one Hollywood party to the next.

Dragone Classic Motorcars has seen and worked on almost every make and type of car imaginable, from 1932 Packard Roadsters and 1964 Sunbeam Tigers to Jaguars and MercedesBenz’s from the 1970s. Not only can Dragone’s mechanical experts rebuild any engine, but they can fine-tune cars for high speed vintage racing. PERSONALIZED CUSTOMER SERVICE EXPERIENCE

The team at Dragone Classic Motorcars aims to provide personal one-on-one experiences to its customers by educating both buyers and sellers about cars and the vast histories behind them.

“Orange residents are more than welcome to come in and take a tour,” Manny said. “We enjoy meeting and building relationships with collectors, car enthusiasts and specialists, and we look forward to doing so for years to come.” 쮿

Photo: Paula Severino

Andrew L. Riker’s 1898 Riker Electric. The first electric car to exceed 40 miles per hour. Note the license plate is made of leather and is the owner’s initials. WINTER 2018

For more information about Dragone Classic Motorcars, visit, call the main office and restoration center at 203-335-4643 or the sales office at 203-218-1903.


Orange: The Entertainment Hub of Connecticut

Orange has gained the reputation of becoming an entertainment hub. With the opening of Urban Air Adventure Park on Bull Hill Lane in June and the opening of the astoundingly immersive The Spot VR Lounge and Escape Rooms Connecticut to the Boston Post Road recently, Orange is taking traditional fun to new heights. The Spot VR Lounge

coast has all the cool gaming and e-sport venues.”


“Kids will get to

Everyone has a fantasy bucket list. Some may dream of winning the Daytona 500 in their sleek red Ferrari while others may wish to one day save the world from a zombie apocalypse.

check out the new

technology and the

games will hopefully

Joseph Champagne and Darison Dorival opened The Spot VR Lounge at 385 Boston Post Road allowing these dreams to be realized, with cutting edge, never-before-seen experiences that plunge guests into three-dimensional, virtual worlds.

Champagne and Dorival met at UCONN Waterbury. Besides taking similar classes of Computer Science and Engineering as well as riding the bus together, they had similar interests — technology, music, and gaming — and quickly became good friends. They later moved to UCONN Storrs and got an apartment together. After each joined the workforce, they discussed, worked on and attempted different projects and business models, including mobile apps, a few inventions, and even a tech support company. Being gamers and techies themselves, the idea of a Virtual Reality Arcade came up and they were surprised to find out there were 10


inspire them to

become developers

of new technology Photo: Still Media Group, LLC

The Motion VR Experience feature by Virtuix Omni, which allows players to run in a virtual environment making it more realistic.

none in Connecticut, and very few at all in the North East area as a whole. At that point, they did research to find the most innovative VR experiences available and set things in motion.

Dorival said, “I hear so many people in Connecticut complain about not having places to go, or that the west

for the future.”

“I’ve lived in Connecticut all my life and as a kid I used to love going to Smiles Entertainment Center in Milford,” said Champagne. “After I graduated from UConn, I found out that Smiles closed. I don’t like going to clubs or bars, and I felt like there was a need for a cool, safe place for people to go and unwind after work. By opening The Spot VR Lounge in Orange, I wanted to bring that excitement I felt as a kid back to the Boston Post Road.” WINTER 2018

Popular in Asia and Europe, virtual reality centers have revolutionized gaming. At The Spot VR Lounge, visitors have the opportunity to choose from three different VR experiences and a myriad of games.

“People can step into a whole new world here,” Champagne said. “While playing a video game, it’s common to sit down with a remote control. At The Spot VR Lounge, you are in the game, running and sweating.”

The Spot VR Lounge features Omni VR, a room scale VR platform and VR racing. Omni VR is a treadmill-like locomotion simulator for virtual reality games that allows gamers to move within the game they are playing. Players could run, walk, make quick turns and interact in any virtual environment in an unprecedented way. “We have experiences here as far as the imagination could take you,” Champagne said. “We have bikes where you could enter any scene you

want. You could feel like you’re riding on the beach. There is also a game that makes you feel like you’re a bird. This machine sprays the scent of whatever you are passing — If you fly by a baker, you’ll smell fresh bread.” Bikes and flying machines will be available in the spring.

For those looking for adrenalinepumping competition, the room scale VR system uses 360-degree tracking equipment to monitor and translate users’ movements in all directions and in real time. Gamers can freely walk around a spacious play area with their real-life monitor reflected in their virtual surroundings.

“Zombie games tend to be the most popular, where there are challenges gamers must overcome to progress to the next level,” Champagne said.

“In the room scale arena, friends could enter the virtual reality world together and feed off of each other’s energy.”

VR racing, a foundational genre in gaming for decades, gives gamers the chance to hop in the driver’s seat for an exhilarating racing experience.

They hope to expand the offerings at The Spot VR Lounge to after-school and summer programs for children in the Orange community.

“Kids will get to check out the new technology and the games will hopefully inspire them to become developers of new technology for the future,” Champagne said.

Whether you are looking for a new adventure or longing to try something new, visit their website at or For additional information, call (203) 449-0110.

Escape Rooms Connecticut


After four years as a New Haven police officer, five years as a North Haven police officer and three years as a detective, Julie Mateus realized she wanted to get involved in a completely different field.

“I did everything I wanted to do as a police officer and as a detective, and it was at that point I realized I did everything I could do, and I wanted to start something new,” Julie said. “My wife and I are escape room enthusiasts, and we’ve visited locations across the country. While we’ve had a lot of fun, we’ve always looked for places that offer intensely immersive experiences, but we haven’t had much luck finding them. One day we thought ‘Why not sell an innovative and compelling experience in Orange?’”

A year later, Escape Rooms Connecticut was born. Located at 500 Boston Post Road, Unit 9 in the rear of the Hawley Lane Plaza, WINTER 2018

Photo: Paula Severino

Owner, Julie Mateus and designer, Alan Rushlow.

creative storylines and impeccably designed rooms with special effects and realistic sounds put visitors in the center of the adventures they’ve chosen.

Julie’s wife Michelle, a Massachusetts native, had an amazing vision regarding this project. Working for an ad tech company, she is very savvy in marketing and advertising and her meticulous eye has taken this project to the next level. Julie said, “It wouldn’t have gotten off the

ground without her.” The two worked together to create something special and Orange was the perfect location.

To help with room design they enlisted designer, Alan Rushlow, owner of Algorythm Designs as well as owner of Themescape Escape Rooms both located in Colorado. Rushlow has provided design and decoration work for many major festivals, such as Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and Imagine Music Festival. His design specialty and

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escape room experience were instrumental to the development. “Alan has been such a mentor to us during this whole process,” Julie said.

For those who do not know what an Escape Room is, it is an interactive game where groups of eight to ten people work together using their mental abilities to complete challenges and decode clues/crack codes to escape each room within 60 minutes. Currently there are three rooms, all with different themes.

In the “Sector X” room, guests are dropped onto the Orion space station as scientists assigned to the research lab. The “Stolen Relic” room takes place in an archeologist’s office, and “The Terminal” is a room in the heart

of a New York City subway station. “To actually escape these rooms, it’s really helpful for people in the groups to have different minds,” Julie said. “A lot of times it takes creative brains and logical brains to come together. There are so many different types of challenges and puzzles that use different parts of the brain.”

The creative sets, visually mesmerizing special effects and lighting makes Escape Rooms Connecticut unlike any other business in New England. Each adventure room has imaginative, original and complex puzzles that make visitors truly feel like they are part of the themed experience.

Escape Rooms Connecticut hosts unforgettable events, from birthday

and graduation parties to corporate outings. Games are designed for adults, but children between the ages of 10 and 18 are welcome. An adult must be present to register, and for children between the ages of 10 to 13, a parent or guardian must participate in the game.

“Escape rooms are great for corporations because of the team building aspect,” Julie said. “Coworkers could find out whose brain is more creative or more logical and teams could utilize that information in the office.”

To find out more about Escape Rooms Connecticut, go to their website at or call at (203) 553-9544.

Urban Air Adventure Park


Urban Air Adventure Park, featured in the last edition of OrangeLife before the facility opened, has kicked off with a bang. Up and running since July, the 84,200 square foot space featuring over 16 various attractions, including indoor Go Karts and Bowling to Zip Line and Rock Climbing — all under one roof has had a phenomenal response.

“We have built a year-round indoor amusement park in the easily accessible Town of Orange that is not only attracting folks from all over the state but also attracting visitors from New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island,” said owner Lakshman Paidi.

The company has given full time and part time jobs to over 130 people from the local and greater New Haven area. Employees from all the school districts in the area are accomplished in various sports teams, honors societies and groups such as theater, Boosters Club, school newspapers, etc. Co-owner Veena Choudary said, “We really have a great team working with us. The kids are so very responsible and respectful, and we are proud of their accomplishments outside of their positions at Urban Air.” 12


Photo: Paula Severino

The Spin Zone Bumper Cars with the Go-Kart track in the background.

The park also hosts several group events and team building activities attracting local schools, corporations, Scouts and church groups, and many other local teams. Groups range from 20 to 300 participants and more. The park has many other upcoming activities such as spirit nights, band nights, family fun nights, sensory friendly activities, Comic Conn and Super Hero night, among others. Urban Air is also the destination for a safe Halloween event — indoors.

The franchise has received many accolades — to name a few it was voted BEST Gym in America for Kids

by Shape Magazine, as well as BEST Place to Take Energetic Kids.

The park is the largest indoor facility of its kind in the country. There is no doubt this facility will be here for the long run, as different and new features can be replaced or added as technology changes, giving the latest and greatest to the public for years to come.

Urban Air is located at 260 Bull Hill Lane and can be reached at (203) 3500241. Birthday packages are available for special pricing Monday to Thursday. Birthday packages sell out quick on weekends, make a reservation as soon as possible. 쮿 WINTER 2018



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Bringing Joy Through Entertainment WRITTEN BY: SHAILEEN KELLY LANDSBERG

Orange resident Charles Rosenay, of Liverpool Productions, is a charismatic gentleman with an entrepreneurial mindset and a solid passion for developing events and services that bring others joy. He’s lived in town since the mid-1990’s, but is in his 40th year of using his entertainment skills to make people happy. kids get excited when they hear the announcement that it’s time for the costume parade. A HUGE BEATLES FAN

Photo: Paula Severino

Charles Rosenay at the 2018 Orange Business & Community Expo.

“I am fortunate in that everything I do brings people joy,” Rosenay explains with a smile. Through his successful DJ service, he has brought music, fun, and energy to Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebrations, weddings, school dances, private parties, and much more. “I actually pioneered a lot of the fun, interactive things that people take for granted now with DJs. We don’t just play music — we perform, have choreography, act as emcees, and get people moving.” One example Rosenay shares involves the Racebrook School father-daughter dance, where he annually conducts a dance-off. He encourages the interested kids (and there were many, 14


according to Rosenay,) to take turns showing off their moves atop his speakers, then change out one child for another child when prompted. This was a big hit with the students.

Rosenay also provides the DJ entertainment at the town’s Funtober at the Fairgrounds (previously called Trunk or Treat), which takes place on the Orange Fairgrounds each October. There are many activities during the 3-hour event and it’s important to have someone in the lead to keep the activities on schedule, make announcements, and again, get the crowd moving. Halloween-themed music is played throughout the event and the

Rosenay, who has been a huge Beatles fan since an early age, also provides Beatles-themed entertainment. He is the organizer of the “Fab4 Music Festival,” a NY/New England regional Beatles festival, which was held in June this year at the Toyota Oakdale Theater, and had 20 music groups paying tribute to the iconic band. Half of the bands played indoors, and the other half played at the outdoor stage, making this a dynamic indoor/outdoor festival.

In addition to the festival, he offers a very special Beatles-themed trip to Liverpool and London, dubbed the “Magical History Tour.” During this whirlwind and musically-focused tour, which Rosenay has hosted since 1983, guests get to visit a multitude of Beatles-related sites and hear some great music. One of the repeat guests wrote on the Liverpool Productions website blog, “This was my 19th tour and just as fun and informative and wonderful as previous tours. I look forward to more great Magical History Tours with Charles and LiverpoolTours.” Liverpool and London are not the only travel destinations that Rosenay organizes. He’s provided the oppor-


different-themed areas, such as “Dead End Manor,” which is described as a “Victorian mansion infested with cannibalistic vampires,” the “Frightmare Institute,” a frightening experience held in the pitch dark, and “Carnival of Evil in 3D,” a nod to all of the torn-down amusement parks, including Savin Rock Park, Palisades Park, and more. Rosenay has dubbed the actors who perform in the haunted house “scareactors,” (scare-actor-characters) and encourages them to really personify their roles. NOT JUST FOR HALLOWEEN

Photo: Liverpool Productions

Gabbie Mininberg’s Bat Mitzvah — pictured from left to right: Diana Garcia, Tony Allevato, Gabbie Mininberg, Charles Rosenay, and Lauren Rosenay.

tunity for Beatles fans and other music lovers to “Explore Rockin’ Cuba” for a very special glimpse of the island nation as well. His most recent tour to Cuba was held in November. HAUNTED CASTLE TOURS

Along with the music-themed travel, Rosenay offers “GHOSTours” and Haunted Castle tours to Scotland, Hungary, Ireland, Germany, England and Wales, and a unique tour to Transylvania. “People love the supernatural, and can you imagine how cool it would be to actually spend a night in Dracula’s Castle on Halloween night?” shares Rosenay. Tours take travelers to haunted castles, cathedrals, theaters, cemeteries, pubs and other locations, which are individualized for each country. Such as a visit to Loch Ness in Scotland or Frankenstein Castle in Germany. In August, upon returning from the “Haunted Hungary GHOSTour,” one of the travelers who has been on several of these paranormal themed trips admitted “We didn’t encounter any ghosts, but Charles made sure we had fun day and night.” The guest added that she is looking forward to the next travel adventure with Charles in July of 2019, the “Wicked Wales GHOSTour.” WINTER 2018


In keeping with his passion for ensuring that people have fun but sticking with the Halloween/spooky elements, Rosenay was instrumental in creating the largest and scariest indoor haunted house in Connecticut. He explains, “Our goal with this is to provide people with a mix of laughs and screams, which they really like!”

“People love the

supernatural, and can you imagine

how cool it would be to actually spend a night in Dracula’s

Castle on Halloween night?”

Fright Haven, a 20,000 square foot indoor haunted house, is located at 411 Barnum Avenue Cutoff in Stratford, and promises to provide thrills and chills to the intrepid guests who visit. They are led through

Rosenay shares that although most people think of haunted houses only at Halloween, Fright Haven is open with different themes at other times of the year as well. He explains, “For example we have a Christmas version called ‘Nightmare Before Christmas,’ another in February, the ‘Valentine’s Day Massacre,’ and there was even a ‘Halloween in Summer’ in July to coincide with that month’s Friday the 13th. It’s the closest haunted attraction to Orange, and we have a great following of people who love to come and be scared.” MEANINGFUL TIME WITH FAMILY

Diverse interests and skills have allowed Rosenay to develop unique and successful entertainment services. When asked what his favorite thing about his business is, he shares that it allows him meaningful time with his family. “I do travel a bit, and many weekends are spent entertaining, but this really facilitates family life. I’m able to be around for my kids, and that means a lot.” He also includes his wife and children in his business ventures, including Fright Haven, allowing even more time together. 쮿

Rosenay is easily contacted for any of his services by phone at 203-795-4737, by email at Check the website at for information on any events. His DJ entertainment company, Liverpool Productions, can be found on Facebook at liverpoolproductions

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As long as our horses need shoes, there will be farriers.

Photo: Paula Severino

Joe Consiglio: The Local Farrier WRITTEN BY: KAREN SINGER

On a sweltering September morning, Karuso stood patiently in an open garage in Huntington, getting fitted for a new pair of shoes. The stately 23-year old Dutch Warmblood horse didn’t bat an eye when Joe Consiglio removed an old metal horseshoe from his left front hoof, cut off chunks of overgrown keratin from the sole, trimmed the edge of the hoof and filed the bottom with a rasp.

Nor did Karuso flinch as Consiglio banged the new horseshoe into shape on an anvil, heated it to glowing orange in a portable forge, pressed it against his hoof, spewing clouds of acrid smoke, and hammered in half a dozen two-inch nails to secure it.

Shoeing a horse isn’t painful, Consiglio explained, because the

outer wall of their hooves is like our fingernails. “It doesn’t hurt unless you get too close to the white line, which is the ‘quick’ (or sensitive flesh) under the nail,” he said.

Consiglio, who lives in Orange, is a farrier, the term for a person who trims and shoes horses’ hooves.

Some horses have trouble walking after shoeing, according to Andrea DeMarco, owner of Ripton Farm, where Karuso and a dozen horses live, along with goats, peacocks, prairie dogs and other critters. “But that has never happened with Joe,” DeMarco said, “and he has been coming here for 30 years.”

On this particular morning, Consiglio made new shoes for Karuso’s front hooves and trimmed the back hooves. He also trimmed all the hooves on a quarter horse, a former party pony and a cantankerous donkey named Jeter. As DeMarco led the animals up a hill and into the garage, Consiglio observed how each one walked.

“I always look to see if they are lame, and I look at the feet to see how badly they need to be done,” he said. HORSESHOEING HAS BEEN IN USE FOR CENTURIES

Protecting horses’ hooves dates to around the 1st century AD, when Romans used metal sandals secured by leather straps. By the sixth century, northern Europeans were nailing on metal horseshoes.

“In this part of the country, horses need shoes because it’s so rocky,” Consiglio said. “Growing hooves change the angle of the foot and put pressure on the tendons and the legs.” He added that horses ridden frequently need new shoes every seven or eight weeks, while unshod horses should have hoof trimmings every eight to ten weeks.

“In warm weather, hooves grow quicker,” Consiglio said. Most horses wear shoes that are open at the heels, but some may need more support, depending on how they are ridden and their medical condition.

Photo: Paula Severino

Joe Consiglio fitting “Bubbles” for his shoes. 18


Common problems Consiglio encounters are navicular disease, which causes lameness and laminitis,


where one cowboy wrestles a steer to the ground,” he said.

By fall 1972, Consiglio was back in Connecticut, “seeking some work I could do for myself.”

A farrier friend hired him, after he completed an intensive horseshoeing course in Oklahoma. In 1976, Consiglio started his own business — Joe Consiglio Horseshoeing. Two years later, he moved to Orange.

Most of Consiglio’s customers are in New Haven, Fairfield and Litchfield counties. “I generally cover a 35-mile radius from where I live,” Consiglio said. Photo: Paula Severino

Joe Consiglio heating the horseshoe in the portable forge on his truck.

a hoof infection caused by conditions such as being ridden hard and not cooled down, eating grain from the ground and eating too much spring grass. FAMILY OF SHOEMAKERS

Consiglio, 72, comes from a family of shoemakers — for human clients. His father and grandfather practiced the trade, as does his brother. “I tried it but didn’t enjoy it because I wanted to be outside,” he said. Instead, he pursued a less trodden path.

complaining about how hard it was to find ranch hands,” Consiglio recalled. HEADED TO TEXAS

Two weeks later, he and his horse headed to the Lone Star State. “I did everything from cleaning stalls and cleaning horses to branding, vaccinating and fixing fences, for $45 a week plus room and board,” Consiglio said. “I became friends with cowboys I had read about and got to ride and rodeo with them on weekends.”

Growing up in Westville, Consiglio watched “every Western on TV,” and dreamt of being a cowboy. He learned to ride at the Age of 11 at the longgone West End Stables on the Boston Post Road in West Haven.

Over the next four years, Consiglio earned his spurs working for Riley and two other renowned calf ropers, Texan Lee Cockrell and Ernie Taylor, a world champion calf roper in Hugo, Oklahoma.

After high school, Consiglio spent several years as a Connecticut Department of Transportation road maintenance worker, before a chance meeting in 1968 with champion calf roper Lanham Riley that led to a job in Texas.

Amid the rodeo posters plastered on Consiglio’s living room wall is a grainy black and white photo showing him proudly holding two trophies, for calf roping and the all-around title at the 1972 Painted Pony Championship Rodeo in upstate New York.

“I got my first horse two years later, when my family moved to Hamden,” Consiglio said, “and started going to 4H club horse shows and joined the Connecticut Calf Roping Association.”

“Riley was hired by the Connecticut Calf Roping Association to teach a course, and one day I overheard him


He returned to the Northeast from time to time, to compete in rodeos, winning cash, buckles and other prizes for calf roping and team roping.

“To become the all-round champion, I competed in bull riding and bulldogging, a two-person event


His clientele has evolved over the decades, from pleasure horses and a few big contracts, including Yale polo ponies, to show horses, active and retired, and other four-footed hooved creatures. Ripton Farm owner DeMarco said rising costs of horse care have “eliminated the middle class” from owning pleasure horses. NOT AN EASY OCCUPATION

Horseshoeing is a grueling occupation. Consiglio spends hours hunched over, clamping hooves between his knees while trimming and replacing shoes, which come in an array of shapes, sizes and materials.

His left forearm is crisscrossed with scars from nails tearing his flesh when horses moved while he was trying to cut off and bend back sharp, protruding ends. “Sometimes a horse won’t stand still, or will pull away, kick or try to bite your leg,” he said. “Even the good ones sometimes get spooked.”

Consiglio competed in his last rodeo in 1983 and no longer owns horses. Leaving the cowboy life, he said, is “my biggest regret.”

Asked when he might stop shoeing horses, Consiglio replied, “I’ll do it as long as I can.” 쮿

Joe Consiglio Horseshoeing can be reached at (203) 435-3630.

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Flowers Around the Flagpole WRITTEN BY: MARION RIZZO

Each year the Garden Club of Orange publishes a Program Book, which is solely used by the members. The book highlights the club’s monthly programs and contains members’ contact information and useful facts regarding the club. Violet Nastri’s original oil painting, Flowers Around the Flagpole, depicting the Town Green and surrounding buildings, was chosen for the cover of the 2018-2019 Program Book.

The Garden Club is responsible for the plantings in that area each year, and Violet created the painting to honor the club’s work. Nastri notes, “The idyllic scene features elements of our town — the US flag, our Town Hall, the original Congregational Church, old School House, Stone-Otis House and the Town Green which reflect the values and heritage of our country, town and community. The intentional use of the Americana composition with

a sunlit background was meant to invoke a feeling of history, optimism and serenity.” VERY INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY

Joining club members to plant impatiens on the town green is just one of the projects Violet participates with club members. She also works on the biannual Holiday House Tours project. In many past years, she has lead team members in creating beautiful holiday floral designs for a town residence on the tour. Violet’s designs will be seen again in this year’s Garden Club of Orange Holiday House Tour, “Deck the Halls,” scheduled for December 9th.

Photo: Violet Nastri

Violet Nasti’s painting, Flowers around the Flagpole, the Garden Club’s Program Book cover. WINTER 2018

Photo: Violet Nastri

Violet Nastri

Decorating for the holidays is one of Violet’s favorite activities. Nastri also volunteers with garden club members throughout Connecticut to decorate The Osborne Homestead at Osbornedale State Park in Derby for Christmas. Museum curators assign a new theme and space each year to the participating clubs, challenging their ingenuity. From a toy-filled child’s bedroom and sparkling aqua hued library, to an elegant yesteryear Christmas wedding themed living room; Violet has helped transform the beautiful old home into a holiday wonderland. The homestead will be open to the public again this year for holiday tours.

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“I paint places around Orange and scenes of favorite vacation spots throughout New England. I like the challenge of capturing the movement of water and the play of light and shadow on the landscape. I also enjoy varying my work by occasionally concentrating on a still life composition,” she says.

Nastri continues to grow as an artist by occasionally attending workshops with other artists. Photo: Violet Nastri

Violet Nastri’s painting, Ready to Fly.


The desire to draw, paint and create has always been a part of Violet’s life. She began her art studies as an undergraduate at Fairfield University. After graduation she returned to Fairfield University to study interior design through which her technical perspective and drawing skills were expanded. Violet went on to become a member of the American Society of Interior



Design and achieved National Design Accreditation (NCIDQ). TOTALLY FOCUSED ON PAINTING

After a 25-year career running her own design firm, she is now concentrating on her love of oil painting.

Local woodlands and rivers, a picturesque barn, horses in a field, crashing ocean waves are all captured in the landscapes Violet paints.


Violet is an elected artist member of the Madison Art Society and is also a member of the Lyme Art Association. A recent painting, Clearing Over Lewis Bay is currently on display at the Lyme Art Association’s most recent juried show, The New England Landscape. Nastri is also a member of the Orange Art in the Library Committee and had a showing of her works in December of 2016. 쮿

Violet’s paintings may be viewed at her website:




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Home-based Businesses of Orange

With the availability of rapidly advancing technology, the capability to “work from home” has become more possible than ever. Being able to work from a desktop, PC or even an iPad or phone in a small office or even a living room from one’s home, has made owning a business a dream come true. Two very different Orange home-based businesses are featured — one focuses on marketing and communications, while the other is arts driven. Whatever the dream, it’s all possible from the home. Freeman Roberts: An Evolution of a Family Marketing Business

Currently a marketing and communications company focused on strategic messaging, graphic design, promotional products, and basically anything imprinted, Freeman Roberts has had quite an evolution.

Orange residents Rick Roberts and his wife Joan (Freeman), combined their skills to create something together, giving them the feasibility to work successfully from their home, while raising a family.

Working in the corporate world in the 1980s, Rick in the rapidly changing (and not for the better) business forms industry and Joan in advertising, going to work meant leaving the home and going to an office. But after many years of working for others, Rick and Joan (a stay-at-home mom at the time), decided to try entrepreneurship from their home base in 1987. The couple realized they had the perfect set of skills to create a marketing and communications company. Joan is a graduate of Boston University with a BS in Communications, and Rick is a graduate of UConn with WINTER 2018

Photo: Paula Severino

Hillary Roberts (seated) with Rick and Joan Roberts in their home office.

a BS Urban Studies/Economics. The couple met in 1977, married in 1979, and began raising a family shortly thereafter. Joan left her position at the Hamden Chronicle to be at home with the kids. Rick worked for Data Documents, a Pitney Bowes company, for eight years and was ready for a change.


The newly-formed company offered business forms, commercial printing, graphic design and direct mail services. Joan said, “As long as we kept a low overhead, we saw a competitive advantage in becoming a distributor in a newly evolving ‘trade only’ production network.” In the beginning, Joan focused on the business side while Rick focused on the technical side.

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Board. They used their design, writing and marketing skills to bring in new advertisers, added more informational content and improved distribution through a town-wide mailing. This proved to be advantageous for the Chamber for both revenue and membership. Shortly thereafter, Rick was elected Vice President and then President of the Chamber, serving two terms. GROWING WITH THE FAMILY

Products Hillary Roberts provided for an event in New York City.

Another service offered by their new company was database software application development. Experience and training in business systems and paper flow design, allowed Rick to develop software that helped businesses operate more efficiently. With new remote access internet capabilities, he was able to service national clients, in addition to local accounts. Website design was a natural addition and gradually grew with the business. NETWORKING FOR GROWTH

Joan recognized the importance of networking to keep the business growing. One example was a connection with Bridges, a local nonprofit. The organization was looking for help with promoting their message and increasing fundraising. Joan’s background in communications was the perfect fit. She wrote newsletters and press releases, and together with Rick, designed and produced brochures, signage and more for their events. When they and other clients asked about promotional products, Rick and Joan’s philosophy was: “Of course we can do that.”


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From pens to bags to apparel, there were thousands of suppliers, and Joan made it her business to establish great relationships with the most reliable and cost-effective ones. “Our goal is to make it easy for our clients,” said Joan. Rick’s graphic design background was a big plus too.

“One thing we

have learned as self-

employed entrepre-

neurs is flexibility.

You can’t anticipate

all of the challenges that you will face in business or in life,

but you must be

ready to evolve if

you are to succeed,” In 2005, Rick and Joan joined the Orange Chamber of Commerce and noticed the Chamber’s printed Directory was limited in scope and distribution. They proposed a revamp which was accepted by the Chamber

As a Senior Event Planner in Manhattan working with high-end social and corporate clients, Rick and Joan’s daughter Hillary discovered a natural connection between event planning and her family’s promotional products business. While still consulting in the city, Hillary joined Freeman Roberts in 2016 and began expanding its scope. Today, includes event swag, imprinted high-end gifts and trade show items.

“Guests remember the personal touches at a social event, and potential clients are more likely to work with a company that gives them useful promotional products,” said Hillary. “I’m always looking out for unique new products with my clients in mind, and I love to hear their excitement when we find the right fit.”


As small business owners, the Roberts family enjoys making their customers’ lives easier, saving them time and money and ensuring they receive quality products and services. Whether this means personally hand delivering products or responding to calls/emails on nights and weekends, the life of a small business owner is anything but predictable.

“One thing we have learned as self-employed entrepreneurs is flexibility. You can’t anticipate all of the challenges that you will face in business or in life, but you must be ready to evolve if you are to succeed,” said Rick. 쮿

Freeman Roberts can be reached at (203) 795-1591 or check the website at WINTER 2018

Emerging Filmmaker Brings West Coast Energy to Orange

an intimate process where it’s just you and your camera.” However, he has long been interested in narrative films, which require a larger team. In the future, Jim aspires to eventually grow his company and direct a feature film in Los Angeles.


For filmmaker Jim O’Connor, Orange isn’t just a place to live, it’s a source of inspiration. Jim moved to Orange at the Age of 11, and almost a decade later, he’s come full circle: Indian River Lake served as the set for his most recent project, a chill-inducing film that he submitted to Two Roads Brewing Company in Stratford for their Halloween-themed horror film competition. The grandson of an artist, Jim thinks his interest in film may have sprouted when he worked at the Connecticut Post Mall’s movie theater as a teen and a student at Amity. Originally a psychology major at Roger Williams University, Jim transferred to Quinnipiac, where he found his creative niche in film and decided to pursue that instead. After graduation, he went on to do freelance film production work in Connecticut and New York City before moving to Los Angeles from 2013 to 2015, where he tried his hand at acting in small roles, in addition to directing. He jokes that because he was an extra in La La Land, it means he’s now an awardwinning actor. AWARD WINNING

In reality, he does have several film awards under his belt, including “Breakout Storyteller of the Year” from the Taste Awards in Los Angeles. His true love lies in capturing food culture. Partially attributing his interest to his years working as a bartender, Jim has done a number of projects featuring food, ranging from documentaries to promotional work. His favorite project thus far is “Family Meal,” a behind-the-scenes look at how restaurant families balance life with their fast-paced, consuming work commitment. Also notable is “Food Haven,” a feature film which explores New Haven’s rich food culture.



Photo: Jim O’Connor

Jim O’Connor behind the camera.

Jim frequently reaches out to restaurants, cafes, and breweries, offering his creative services to make a free one-minute video for social media, with the hope of expanding into a business relationship if they like what they see. One of his most successful relationships is with Black Hog Brewing Company in Oxford, which has grown its Instagram following to about 19 thousand since he’s been generating funny content and creating a video series for them. He offers extremely reasonable prices because he is rooting for the restaurants he helps and wants them to do well. He points out that the restaurant industry can be as cutthroat as the film industry, with some places only staying open for a short period of time before closing their doors.

In the meantime, he has a mission to help Orange residents rediscover and appreciate the area in which they live. “My goal with that first documentary I did was to bring in the excitement of LA. Whenever a restaurant opens in LA, they always do a red-carpet ceremony and a huge commercial. I wanted to bring that excitement to Connecticut and I started with the restaurants of New Haven and want to bring it to Orange as well. That was one of my goals, to do a bunch of fun videos and get people excited about restaurants.” 쮿

Jim can be reached at (203) 710-7203 or check out his website at: for more information.


When he’s not busy running his own film company out of his Orange home, Jim teaches an introductory film class at his alma mater, Quinnipiac University, where he is also completing a master’s degree in interactive communications. He also stays busy by educating himself on the latest technology and has earned his license to fly a drone, from which some spectacular aerial footage can be obtained. For right now, Jim works solo on his films, saying, “It’s kind of like a sacred thing for me. Filming can be

Photo: Jim O’Connor

Jim O’Connor at the Taste Awards in Los Angeles.

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Local Couple Brings their Flavor to Town WRITTEN BY: SHAILEEN KELLY LANDSBERG

Someone looking for a bite to eat has many choices of cuisine in the Town of Orange and thanks to Orange residents Soraya Kaoroptham and her husband Aroon, they can add delicious noodle dishes to their list. IT ALL STARTED IN NEW HAVEN

The couple owns two additional successful restaurants in New Haven — Noodle House New Haven on York Street and Midnight Ramen on Chapel Street. In fact, Midnight Ramen won Top Ramen Destination in Connecticut (the only winner in the state for this award) by USA Today in January and was also placed under Best Ramen Category by Connecticut Magazine in 2017 and 2018. With this success, the Kaoroptham’s saw the opportunity to bring their popular menu to their hometown and opened their newest restaurant, Noodle House at 514 Boston Post Road, in January of 2018.

The couple opened their first restaurant, York Street Noodle House, in 2005 and the opening of Midnight Ramen followed ten years later. Although neither had worked in the restaurant business previously, they always had a dream of opening a noodle restaurant one day, sharing their Asian culture. She is from Indonesia and he is from Thailand but have been living in Connecticut since 1995. They both have degrees in Computer Science and worked in a Thai food distribution center together, and Soraya previously worked as a waitress and as a realtor in the area. THIRD RESTAURANT OPENED IN ORANGE

Ready to open their third restaurant, the couple knew they wanted to open in Orange but had not found the right WINTER 2018

Photo: Paula Severino

Ten-hour broth Ramen with beef brisket.

location until Soraya noticed someone at the then-closed Yao’s diner, and stopped in to have a chat. The person turned out to be Charles Eaton, who controls the lease on the restaurant. Soraya discussed her vision and plans, and through her boundless enthusiasm and restaurant experience made a deal with Eaton to lease the space for their third restaurant. “We didn’t have to make any major renovations,” explained Soraya, “But we did make some changes, mostly with seating and decorations.”

Soraya praised the Town of Orange and her experience with regulatory officials during the development of the restaurant. “Everyone I worked with, from Town Hall to the Fire Marshall, was very helpful.”

The décor at Noodle House is simple yet elegant. Off-white cushioned booths offer comfortable seating for up to 61 patrons and are complemented by dark wooden tables with “Noodle House” emblazoned in the middle. Dark walls with motivational quotes offer diners inspiration as they enjoy their meal.

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True to the restaurant’s theme, noodle dishes — Ramen, Pho, and Wok Noodles — dominate the menu at Noodle House, although other choices such as dim sum, dumplings, wings, and rice dishes are available. A few unique salads and Baos (Japanese sliders) are also offered. QUALITY AND SERVICE

Soraya expressed her commitment to providing high-quality meals with exceptional service at Noodle House. “We use the best ingredients, and we take our time preparing meals. For example, we use antibiotic-free chicken, and the most popular dish here, ’10-Hour Broth Ramen,’ does really take that long to make. We simmer the bones for at least 10 hours.”

“We also want our customers to have the best experience here, so we focus on dining room service instead of doing delivery.” Although, takeout is also available, but Soraya encourages patrons to enjoy their meal in the dining room to enjoy the full experience.

In addition to the 10-Hour Broth Ramen (Noodle House’s signature bone broth with a splash of black

garlic oil and choice of topping — pork belly chashu, beef brisket, grilled chicken, tofu, or veggie avocado), there are so many other popular menu choices, such as: Spicy Miso Ramen (Spicy red miso with rich dashi stock, accented with simmered vegetable stock, topped with homemade garlic chili oil and choice of pork belly chashu, beef brisket, grilled chicken, tofu, or veggie avocado toppings); Shio Ramen (vegan friendly, clear Shio broth with Japanese sea salt and Kombu stock, with pork belly Chashu, beef brisket, grilled chicken, tofu, or veggie avocado); and Pho, a Vietnamese noodle soup, with beef, chicken or shrimp. CATERING

Noodle House offers catering and can provide for small and larger events. Soraya beamed as she shared their most recent large event, “I was so

Photo: Paula Severino

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Soraya Kaoroptham

excited — we were chosen to cater an event for the French Consulate in New York City!” She described one of the unique and intriguing dishes on her catering menu, “Raclette Ramen, it’s just like it sounds; ramen with raclette cheese. People love it.”Noodle House is a popular dining destination and promises to bring delicious dishes with excellent service for years to come. The restaurant is open Monday through Friday for lunch from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm and reopens for dinner from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Weekend hours they are open all day Saturday from 11:30 am to 9:30 pm and Sunday from 11:30 am to 9 pm. Reservations are welcome and can be made by calling (203) 553-9581. 쮿

The three restaurants are not affiliated with the Noodle House located in Amity Plaza in New Haven. Note, the Kaoropthams own all the rights in Connecticut for the trademark of the word Noodle House and is properly registered with the Secretary of State as well as Department of Revenue and local offices.




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International Vein Clinics: Taking Root in Orange WRITTEN BY: MACKENZIE STUART

For International Vein Clinics’ (IVC) Ann-Marie Williams, vascular medical care wasn't exactly what she pictured when she envisioned her career trajectory. Originally a dietitian working in New York City, Ann-Marie witnessed physician assistants treating victims of 9/11 and was inspired to assume a more hands-on role in patient care. She went on to graduate from St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Centers of New York and began her career as a Physician Assistant at Bellevue Hospital before relocating to Connecticut and joining Yale. Eleven years later, she set her sights on The Vascular Experts (TVE), where she was the practice’s first PA, or as she likes to call it, the “first guinea pig.” The experiment proved successful: TVE/IVC now employs eight mid-level practitioners in total. At first averse to vascular surgery units, because she was reluctant to work in surgery, Ann-Marie has now devoted over a decade to specializing in the vascular system. She says, “Originally I did not like vascular surgery, but now I’ve dedicated my entire career to it and I’ve realized that sometimes you don’t pick what you do, it picks you.” FLAGSHIP OFFICE IN ORANGE

The first office that was opened from the ground up rather than bought out, Orange is now the site of the flagship branch of IVC, which has eight locations in total: five in Connecticut, two in Jamaica and one in Dubai. AnnMarie attributes much of the practice’s success to its stellar expertise: it’s backed by The Vascular WINTER 2018

time they had an eye exam, but venous health is very rarely discussed or made a priority. Symptoms like Varicose veins, venous ulcer wounds and symptoms like leg swelling often go overlooked. International Vein Clinic is dedicated to educating people on the importance of venous health and treating these problems that may be not only unsightly, but painful.

Photo: Paula Severino

Ann-Marie Williams

Experts, North America’s largest private practice of board-certified vascular surgeons. IVC offers services ranging from screenings to diagnostic ultrasounds, to minimally invasive surgical treatments for varicose veins and spider veins.

Not long ago, venous health was considered more of a cosmetic issue than a medical necessity. Ann-Marie points out that even today, primary care physicians inquire about patients’ diet, exercise, and the last

“We’re looking to get rooted in a community, take care of that community and the towns around it, and provide them with top-notch medical surgical care.” CONTINUITY AND CAPACITY

One of the most important factors IVC took into consideration when deciding where to open its new branch was the surrounding community and its health needs. Prior to the opening of this new branch, Orange did not have a

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High Plains Community Center and the Milford Senior Center to educate citizens about venous health, and the practice is looking into initiatives to provide free screenings for Orange town employees and teachers.

Photo: Paula Severino

Ann-Marie Williams with Medical Assistant Gina Orts and Ultrasound Technician Rachel Piro.

practice dedicated to venous health that provided these vital services. Fortunately for Orange residents, there is an added perk to the new branch: it’s located in the same plaza as Stony Creek Urgent Care, which means that Stony Creek patients who need to be referred elsewhere for services such as an ultrasound to screen for blood clots, can walk next =door to IVC to be seen that very



same day. This continuity and capacity for rapid diagnosis means that Orange residents can receive quick and effective treatment without delays in care. SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY

Orange’s International Vein Clinic also plans to bring its resources directly to people in the community who struggle to make time for the doctor’s office. Some of its care providers plan to visit

Regarding giving back to the community, Ann-Marie, who likes Orange so much she decided to make it her new home for her and her daughter, in addition to her workplace, says, “You can have an office and you can work and can go home to wherever your home is regardless of which town it’s in, but until you actually get vested in the community, I don’t think you ever are a part of the community. You could just pick up and open somewhere else. But that’s not what we’re looking to do. We’re looking to get rooted in a community, take care of that community and the towns around it, and provide them with top-notch medical surgical care.” 쮿

Orange’s International Vein Clinic is located at 236 Boston Post Road and can be reached at (203) 290-6080.




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New Allergy, Sleep and Pulmonary Center in Orange WRITTEN BY: JULIE BAUMGART

For those who suffer from allergies, sleeping problems or breathing disorders, a new medical center is in town to help. Lung Docs of CT was previously located in Milford but moved to Orange at 521 Boston Post Road in June. The facility is part of Docs Medical Group, which includes 15 Urgent Care Centers known as Docs Urgent Care (one is located at 109 Boston Post Road), the largest and most highly rated Urgent Care network in the State of Connecticut. Docs Medical Group is owned and managed by CEO and pulmonologist, Dr. Jasdeep Sidana.

The reason for the move from Milford to Orange was to extend accommodations to patients. “We see a lot of patients from Orange, and we recognized the need for easier access for our patients. We have previously worked with the Town of Orange and always have had positive experiences,” said Sidana. TOP DOCTORS IN THE STATE

Sidana states the physicians at Docs Medical Group are acknowledged as top doctors in the state. They hold national board certifications in a variety of medical specialties — critical care, allergy and sleep medicine, pulmonary disease and internal medicine. Docs of CT has a caring team of providers that assists those with difficulties breathing.

Sidana said, “When it comes to breathing disorders, our physicians


and staff at Lung Docs of CT understand how important it is for you to choose a qualified physician who will provide the best care possible to get you back to living a healthy and comfortable life.”

Sidana says for those with pulmonary disorders, the providers here help patients with lung cancer, asthma, COPD, and Interstitial and Occupational Lung diseases. There is also pulmonary function testing on site, nebulizer treatments and oxygen evaluations. They coordinate with other hospitals and specialists and work with insurance companies regarding necessary information of patients. ASTHMA AND ALLERGY SERVICES PROVIDED

Allergies are very common among all ages and can affect patients in many ways. Asthma and allergy services are available for children and adults alike. Someone with food allergies will receive a blood test to determine allergies. Allergy scratch tests will be administered to a patient with environmental allergies. During a scratch test, he or she will be tested for 58 environmental allergens all in one test. This is a very imperative test, since allergies can lead to certain ongoing illnesses. “It’s important for us to determine which allergens can trigger these

Photo: Paula Severino

Dr. Jasdeep Sidana

different diseases or pathogens so that we can better treat the patient,” said nurse manager, Glenda Ortiz.

When it comes to allergy treatment, immunotherapy is a very convenient, beneficial and effective solution offered at Lung Docs.

“Our protocol facilitates in-home allergy shots, with limited doctor visits which helps improve compliance and does not take away much in terms of time spent visiting a doctor’s office,” said Sidana. “Also, we retest the allergy profile at the end of the year of treatment to objectively see the results and discuss with our patients. Ninety percent of patients are

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Unfortunately, many of us under-stand the agony of suffering from any type of sleeping disorder. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, those who do not get Photo: Paula Severino enough sleep have a higher risk of Pictured left to right: Kelly Velazquez (Medical Assistant), developing certain Heather Hannon (LPN), Joseph Salzillo (PA-C), Dr. Tom Abbenante. diseases than those who receive an ideal amount. These clinically allergy free after one year,” diseases include diabetes, obesity, he said. heart disease and more. According to Ortiz immunotherapy is like a vaccine. “You’re injecting yourself with pure extracts in a safe manor and a limited amount at a time so that your body has time to adjust and become desensitized to the different allergens that your body is exposed to,” she said.



Lung Docs helps individuals suffering from insomnia, narcolepsy and sleep apnea. According to Sidana, patients spend the night at the facility for Nocturnal Polysomnography (NPSG), or they can choose to have a sleep test at their homes. One of the specialties at Lung Docs is the Continuous

Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Therapy, which involves a CPAP machine to assist in one’s breathing. The providers help patients with any difficulties they may be experiencing. PATIENT-CENTRIC PHILOSOPHY

“The mission at Lung Docs is to be patient-centric and our goal is to ensure that each patient’s journey at our facility is painless. We want them to leave being an advocate of the practice. Our employees see people with chronic diseases and illness, they are empathetic, professionally trained and friendly. Some of our patients have been with the practice for years,” said Sidana.

Sidana is delighted to manage Docs Medical Group. He cares deeply about his patients and wants them to live healthy and happy lives. Lung Docs is thrilled to be joining the Orange Community! 쮿

To contact Lung Docs of CT, call (203) 529-3271; to contact Doc’s Urgent Care, call the Orange office at (203) 298-4599.




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Vickie Yates was in a quandary. A crown on one of her front teeth had broken and her dentist was unavailable to fix it right away. She drove to several other dental offices but had no luck until she arrived at Reliable Dental Care in Waterbury and met Dr. Lon Polverari. “He told me, ‘I have other patients, but if you can wait a bit I will help you,’” Yates recalls. “I walked out with a temporary cap and couldn’t be happier.”


The duo became business partners and opened Reliable Dental Care in Waterbury in 2013.

“Our goal is to treat patients like family, educate them and let them make informed decisions regarding their treatment,” says McKernan, who is the practice’s business manager.

Over the ensuing months, Yates says, “Dr. Lon,” as all his patients refer to him, “did other extensive dental work on me and gave me a beautiful smile.” He also became her family’s dentist.


The center offers services ranging from teeth whitening to fillings, extractions, root canals, dentures and implants. Most major insurance plans are accepted, including Husky Health for adults and children, Delta Dental, Aetna, Cigna, United Healthcare, MetLife, Humana, Guardian, Principal, Benecare, Careington, Anthem, United Concorida and Dentemax. Senior and military discounts are also available.

“Our philosophy is simple,” says Dr. Polverari. “We treat people no matter what.”

Dr. Polverari grew up in Bethany and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Connecticut and a DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) from Boston University in 1987. After completing a one-year residency at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, he worked mainly at a practice he established with another dentist in Fairfield for about 25 years. WINTER 2018

Photo: Paula Severino

Yates and her four sons have been seeing Dr. Polverari in Orange since December 2017, when Reliable Dental Care opened a second family dentistry and oral surgery center at 102 Boston Post Road (Burlington Plaza).

Dr. Lon Polverari and Pam McKernan.

“When my partner retired, I was ready for a change,” Dr. Polverari says. “I wanted to serve a wider community.”

He discussed the idea with Pam McKernan, a former sparring partner –– and fellow black belt –– at a Taekwondo martial arts school in Monroe.

“Our families became friends about 20 years ago when our kids were taking lessons, and we decided to get in on the fun,” explains McKernan, a Chesebrough-Ponds financial manager who subsequently worked for several dentists.

“Lon and I agreed that dental offices should be encompassing and welcoming to patients regardless of income, and that treatments and options should thoroughly be explained,” McKernan says.

Reliable Dental Care was voted Best Dental Clinic in the greater Waterbury area for 2015, 2016 and 2017 in the Waterbury Observer’s Annual Readers’ Poll.

“During your appointment, Dr. Lon doesn’t rush you,” Yates says. “He takes the time you need and wants you to be comfortable.” Encouraged by their success, McKernan and Dr. Polverari sought a site for a second clinic. They chose the Greater New Haven area for its diverse demographic profile of potential clients and the Boston Post Road location in Orange for its high visibility, according to McKernan.

Staff members in both offices speak English and Spanish and the practice includes an oral surgeon. Dr. Polverari divides his schedule between Orange and Waterbury.

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“My son was traumatized by a dentist who removed a molar without Novocain, and he cried when I brought him for his first cleaning,” she says. “Dr. Lon let him hold the cleaning tool and explained everything he was going to do.” As a result, her son now jokes with his dentist.

Photo: Paula Severino

McKernan says the Reliable Dental Care clinic in Orange is growing by direct mail solicitation and word of mouth. “During your appointment, Dr. Lon doesn’t rush you,” Yates says.



“He takes the time you need and wants you to be comfortable.”

Yates recalls watching in amazement how Dr. Polverari helped one of her teenage sons overcome his fear of dental practitioners.

“Our goal is to treat patients like family, educate them and let them make informed decisions regarding their treatment.” “Dr. Lon really has empathy and caring for patients,” Yates says. “And you don’t find that a lot.” 쮿

For more information or to make an appointment, call (203) 795-1600 or visit their website at




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Bottles Pop, Eggs get Cracked, but Spines get Adjusted WRITTEN BY: MACKENZIE STUART

A young Orange couple is shifting the perception of chiropractic care with their new chiropractic office on the Boston Post Road. For Orange natives Dr. Rob and Mallory Rubino, choosing their hometown as the location of their new chiropractic business was a no-brainer. Before opening Rubino Family Chiropractic on the Boston Post Road in August of this year, Dr. Rob attended Amity High School and studied exercise science at Central Connecticut State University, during which time he shadowed physical therapists and strength and conditioning coaches before he decided to pursue a chiropractic career. He earned his doctorate at Life University in Marietta, Georgia, which came highly recommended to him by his mentors as one of the best chiropractic schools in the country.

“My parents never pushed me into chiropractic because that was what my father had done — they pushed me really hard to figure out what I wanted to do. How do I support a family one day, what do I want to do all day, what am I really passionate about? Those were the questions they pushed me to solve. When my father took me to a chiropractic seminar, and once I heard one or two of the doctors’ stories that really resonated with me, it was an easy decision.”


After their four-year stint in Georgia and his time working in West Haven, Dr. Rob and his wife Mallory were ready to return to their roots and serve the Town of Orange. Reflecting on the decision to return to their hometown, Dr. Rob recalls, “We grew up here, this is where our family is, and there’s not too many other priorities higher than our family to us. I can think of maybe two or three other chiropractors that see their


Although his practice is less than a year old, Dr. Rob is no stranger to the business of chiropractic — his father has been practicing for 30 years and runs Rubino Chiropractic Wellness Center on Saw Mill Road in West Haven. Upon receiving his license, Dr. Rob jumped right into working at his father’s practice, helping to keep patients on track as his father healed from an accident resulting in two broken legs. When asked how his father’s business influenced his own career choice, Dr. Rob says that his parents always encouraged him to explore.


Dr. Rob, his wife Mallory and the “office mascot,” Caley.

Photo: Paula Severino

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patients and do what we do in the state. So there’s very few of us and we just really wanted to come back and influence our community in a positive way.”

That positive influence comes in the form of an overhaul of the public perception of chiropractic. Most of us associate visits to the chiropractor with accidents, injuries, and pain management. While chiropractic can be helpful for those issues, Dr. Rob describes neck and back pain as “the tip of the iceberg,” noting that chiropractic is really about the health of one’s brain and nervous system.

He specializes in adjustment techniques that correct the alignment of the spine in order to take pressure off surrounding nerves and help one’s body function at maximum efficiency. Misalignment can afflict people at any age, even newborns can suffer from ill effects due to the trauma of birth on the head and neck. He has seen chiropractic adjustment improve several infant ailments, from colic to ear infections. Regarding chiropractic’s



ability to produce a variety of positive health outcomes in all ages, Dr. Rob says that “very few people know that and it’s my mission to tell that story to as many human beings as possible.”

Because there’s so very few of us, we just really wanted to move back to Orange and influence our community in a positive way. DEFINITELY KID-FRIENDLY

The Rubinos’ dedication to making their practice pediatric-friendly is reflected in the design of the office. Child-sized chairs adorn a corner mounted with a chalkboard displaying patient art, while “office mascot” Caley, a gentle Labrador Retriever, greets visitors. Pop music filters in softly through the speakers,

contributing to an overall upbeat and positive atmosphere. Mallory, whose role is office manager, prioritizes making the office a place where patients can feel at home. She says, “The biggest thing I have been taught by other chiropractic assistants and office managers is to love them in and love them out. We want this to be a place where people come in and have a sigh of relief from their day…that’s what my biggest goal is during office hours.”

The Rubinos aim to differentiate their practice by the amount of care and attention they give their patients. Mallory points out that while people may see their primary care doctor only once a year, their business sees many of the same faces returning weekly for adjustments. That time together starts to add up. “I want to know everybody by name. They’re not just our patients—they’re our friends, and they’re like our family.” 쮿

Rubino Family Chiropractic is located at 326 Boston Post Road, Unit G and can be reached at 203-553-9898.




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PTSMC of Orange Expands into New and Improved Space WRITTEN BY: PETER DECOTEAU

Last year, we had the opportunity to highlight Anthony Ciaburri and his team at Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Centers (PTSMC) of Orange as they celebrated their five-year anniversary. That article ended with Ciaburri looking to the future, where he was determined to find new and exciting ways to serve even more people from the Orange community. His latest move will allow him to do just that. PTSMC recently relocated into a brand new 4,000 square-foot facility to better serve an ever-expanding base of patients, as well as to accommodate a growing team of Physical Therapists. While the move was a short one — from the front of Spring Brook Common on Indian River Road to the adjacent building in the same complex — the new location offers triple the clinical space and a number of upgrades for patients and clinicians, including additional private treatment rooms and new equipment.

which has brought new people into the clinic.”

“At the same time,” he continued, “people are beginning to understand that you can often save time and money by taking advantage of ‘Direct Access’ — meaning you can see a physical therapist without a referral from a doctor — and they are seeing positive results.”

To accommodate this growth, it became clear that Ciaburri and his team would soon need additional space. The group spent much of October preparing for and completing the move, and now that they are settled in, they are looking forward to another five years — and more — in their new home. 쮿

PTSMC can be reached at (203) 2989828 or online at:


Earlier this year, the office also added a fourth full-time physical therapist, Stephanie Weyrauch, who joined Partner & Director Ciaburri and his team, Assistant Director Juliann Chacko and Physical Therapists Nicholas Almonte and Katy Sullivan.

Ciaburri attributes his growth to both relationship-building and larger trends in physical therapy, saying “Through-out the past five years, we’ve built strong relationships and a strong reputation in the community, WINTER 2018

Photo: Paula Severino

Anthony Ciaburri in the expansive new space.

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Travel Expertise with a Personal Touch WRITTEN BY: SHAILEEN KELLY LANDSBERG

The travel industry has drastically changed over the years, forcing travel agencies to re-think their approaches, re-invent themselves, and re-focus their vision for serving customers. Many were unable to adapt to the changing environment and consumer expectations. Traveland, however, is one travel agency that has not only survived the changing times, but has evolved and continues to thrive.

Located in a beautifully renovated stand-alone building at 564 Racebrook Road, Traveland is a successful, established agency that has recently relocated from Shelton to Orange. With an office in Bridgeport as well, the agency has always been a family business and is owned by brothers Eitan, Oded, and Tamir Battat. FIRST OPENED IN 1978

The agency was the brainchild of the brothers’ parents, who opened the first office in Bridgeport in 1978. Avid travelers, the elder Battats decided the best way to facilitate their globetrotting adventures was to have their own travel agency and therefore created Traveland. At the time, there was a multitude of agencies in the area, and since it was long before the internet, most people planning a trip would use an agency to book their flight, hotel and tours. Oded Battat shared, “It used to be very local; people needed an agent to help them book their travel.” As the business grew and the Battats became the go-to resource for travelers, the industry changed, forcing many agencies to close up shop. In fact, after 2001, as much as 30% of the industry was no longer in business. The Battats doubled down WINTER 2018

Photo: Paula Severino

Oded Battat busy in his office.

at that time, adapting to the political and economic climates, and kept Traveland robust and successful. They were able to absorb a few closing agencies and continued to work to bring their comprehensive travel services to customers. ADAPTING TO CHANGE

The next big change for Traveland and the Battats was the information revolution created by access to the internet. Instead of arranging trips through traditional agencies, travelers began to use the internet to purchase airline tickets and book hotels. The brothers shared they recognized early on that “we could use tech NOT as an enemy, but we could still operate as a traditional agency and also move into the digital world.”


Traveland’s owners and staff are frequent travelers, and one of the many benefits that customers receive is their expertise and knowledge of all the different destinations travelers may visit for vacation or business. Travelers can meet with someone who has first-hand experience of the desired destination and can explain the ins-and-outs of travel there. From the best airport lounges to which restaurants to visit, the Battats and their staff share the important information customers need for their trip, as well as taking care of the nuts and bolts of booking the flight, cruise, hotel, car rental, restaurant reservation, and more. Currently most of Traveland’s customers are taking advantage of

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Photo: Lia Shina

Pictured from left to right: Efrat Shina-Battat, Tamir Battat, Eitan Battat, Oded Battat.

to European river cruises, adventure and family cruises, and more. FROM SHELTON TO ORANGE

Moving from a storefront in a strip mall in Shelton to a free-standing building on Racebrook Road in Orange put Traveland, in an optimal location to become the travel resource for residents of Orange and the surrounding area.

The Battats and everyone at Traveland are happy to have become a part of the Orange community and look forward to continuing to serve their established clients while becoming the premier travel resource in the area! 쮿

Traveland’s hours are from 9 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday, and 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, and later by appointment. Check their social media pages at






their services for leisure travel, according to the Battats. The agency’s employees will meet with customers to learn exactly what type of travel the client is interested and will make recommendations for trips that cater to those interests. They organize individual and family vacations, but also have a robust group travel department. Agents book many different types of cruises, based on clients’ requests—from luxury cruises

The Battats and their staff look forward to Traveland establishing itself as an integral part of the local community and are committed to giving back as well. This winter they will be holding a series of travel seminars at their office; bringing in representatives of different avenues of travel, as well as having presentations about various destinations. Information about these can be obtained by calling the agency at 800246-0466 or by checking their website,




There’s an App for That! WRITTEN BY: MICHELE KELLY

Small business owners wear many hats — marketing, sales, bookkeeping, as well as administrative duties. Why not take advantage of the many FREE apps available that can help streamline workload, giving more time to devote to customer service and increasing bottom line.

There are many apps

available to help with book-

keeping, time management,

organization, communication

and so much more! Below

are some apps I find to be

very useful in running my


Zoom is a new virtual meeting app that can be used on a desktop computer or mobile phone. Zoom improves collaboration among teams, remote employees and participants as they are able to start and join a meeting instantly. It’s simple to use: when signing up to host a meeting, select a topic, date, time and duration; and Zoom can announce details of the meeting through iCal, google calendar or Outlook. Participants just sign in at the requested time. Another reason why the app is a great tool is that both host and participants can send files through the in-meeting chat. The app is free but for a small fee, Zoom can be used for video conferencing presentations.


Oftentimes, sending a document or a photo, results in a return message stating the file is undeliverable because it’s too large and it cannot be accepted by the incoming mailbox. Enter Dropbox. Dropbox is an app that takes the worry out of sending, receiving and storing large files. Download Dropbox and conveniently drag and drop files you want to share directly to the Dropbox folder on your desktop. Dropbox provides instant access to your most important files, no matter where you are. Invite clients or collaborators to the Dropbox as viewers and/or editors. Besides using it for business, it’s a great way to send high resolution family photos as well.

Keeping track of expenses can be challenging, especially for those who write their expenses on torn note paper and toss them aside. Time to get organized! From receipt scanning to reimbursement, Expensify automates every step of the expense reporting process. Simply take a photo with your mobile phone of each receipt when you make a business related purchase. Expensify automatically transcribes the receipt

information and stores the image for you. Need to log miles? Automatic GPS mileage tracking makes it easy to deduct business travel miles. You can also sync your credit card to Expensify to keep track of what you spend on business, even when you don’t have receipts. Though they have team and corporate plans for under $10.00, start out with the FREE individual account and get 10 free scans per month and unlimited receipt storage.

HootSuite is a time saver that offers the convenience of managing all your social media posts from one single app. You can send and schedule up to 30 posts per month from up to three platforms. HootSuite will even calculate the best send time for you to send your posts to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and just recently, Instagram, which was added to the mix as well. If you're not using HootSuite, sign on today and join the 10 million people who are already using this app for social media integration. With HootSuite and 1-2 hours a month, you can schedule all your social media posts and boost engagements with clients and prospects.

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more than 25 contacts (unlimited), they can upgrade to the PRO plan which is $4.99 per month.


Ever get busy working and have to switch around to different sites only to be road blocked because you forgot your password? Never forget a password again with a nifty, award winning app called Dashlane, an easy-to-use password management app that can really boost productivity. Setting up Dashlane is easy. After choosing a master password, install Dashlane on your browser and follow the steps to store and manage all of your passwords, allowing you to automatically log-in every time the site is loaded.

The app is very safe with high-level encryption and two factor authentication, so there is no need to worry about security. Dashlane will even help generate new, safe passwords, so there’s no need in trying to create something you think you’ll remember but never can! Ever wonder what will happen to your business if you are unable to operate for any reason? A great feature of Dashlane is that it allows you to set up an emergency contact to inherit your passwords.

Browse through the app

store’s business section

for more useful apps. 54


This app organizes your travel plans by combining details into a master itinerary. The app will consolidate the information and create an itinerary when users forward their travel emails. The app will allow users to view their itineraries on an interactive map, gives information on how to navigate through an airport, directions, restaurant options, parking details, and even gives flight alerts as well as alerts users to leave for the airport.

Networking is important to the business world and collecting and storing business cards can be cumbersome. LincSphere helps users organize their network of professional relationships, turning them into productive relationships. The app gives users the ability to scan business cards and store contact information, gives tips on making introductions, relationship building, ideas on how to follow-up and interact with contacts, the ability to set up follow-up reminders, the ability to view contacts on a map, and more. It’s free to download with use of up to 25 contacts. If users would like to add

Stumble upon interesting articles via websites, email links and subscriptions, etc. during the day but have no time to read them? Place it in your “pocket” for later—the Pocket app allows you to save and read at your leisure. Save your favorite articles from anywhere and read or listen at any time. Users can save articles, videos, recipes, web pages, and more. The app will allow users to customize the display and has display adjustments to reduce visual stimulation for those who want to read before bed. If users choose not to read, they can use the listen feature. The app is free.

The Moon Invoice app allows users to generate, manage and track invoices easily. There’s a PDF invoice generator and many invoice templates to choose from, which can be customized with users’ images and colors. Users have the capability to turn estimates into invoices, accept payments for invoices generated, track purchase orders, import and export reports and details of customers and vendors, and more. An alert system sends notifications when recurring invoices become overdue. The app also has iCloud sync support so nothing is lost. There is a charge for this app, but a free trial period is available 쮿

Michele Kelly is Owner and Creative Director of Graphicways, which develops brands for small to mid-size businesses and designs creative print, email and web solutions. She can be reached at 203-799-2723 or view her website at: WINTER 2018

Five Benefits of Imaginative Play WRITTEN BY: KIMBERLY KICK

Kimberly Kick is the owner of The Goddard School at 42 Old Tavern Road and occasionally submits articles to OrangeLife that is useful to new parents. She can be reached at (203) 795-5575. Imaginative play benefits the growth of the cerebellum. This part of the brain is “responsible for key cognitive functions such as attention, language processing, sensing musical rhythms, and more” (Brown & Vaughan, 2009, p. 34). Here are five other benefits of imaginative play for children.

1: Play fosters the development of

imagination — Imaginative play encourages children to be anything they want to be. This anything-goes thinking allows them to come up with ideas that they might not think about in a more structured environment.

2: It encourages the development

of problem-solving skills — Problem solving requires the ability to think creatively. Imaginative play involves experimenting with different activities, such as building with blocks or sculpting with modeling clay (White, 2015). Engaging in these playful activities helps children become more creative, which gives them the ability to solve different problems. (Roskos & Christie, 2000)

4: It encourages social-emotional

development — When pretending to be, say, a mother or a father, the child must imagine being in that person’s shoes. As a result, the child learns to interact and think about things as a parent, which helps the child become empathetic and practice language that is more in a parent’s vocabulary than a child’s.

5: It helps children unwind —

Unstructured imaginative play gives children the opportunity to be in their own world for a while without worrying about anything except playing and having fun. 쮿

References: Brown, S., & Vaughan, C. (2009). Play: How it shapes the brain, opens the imagination, and invigorates the soul. New York, NY: Avery.

Lillemyr, O. F. (2009). Taking play seriously: Children and play in early childhood education —A n exciting challenge. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Roskos, K. A., & Christie, J. F. (2000). Play and literacy in early childhood: Research from multiple perspectives. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

White, R. E. (2015). The power of play: A research summary on play and learning. Retrieved from MCMResearchSummary.pdf

3: Play allows a child to fail

without consequences — For example, when children play house, they imagine themselves as parents or spouses. They learn from those scenarios without dealing with negative consequences. Imaginative play, in other words, gives children the freedom to fail and try again without feeling defeated. (Lillemyr, 2009)



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Winter and Spring Calendar of Events WRITTEN BY: MARY BIALY


High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Orange. This is an annual event that has become an Orange tradition. The 5K course is certified and sanctioned by the USAT&F Association. The funds raised go directly to the community service and international relief projects that the Rotary Club of Orange sponsors. Register at Race/CT/Orange/RoraryCluboforange thanksgivingday5Kturkeytrotwalkforh ealth. The entry fee is $27 for runners or walkers. NOVEMBER 25TH AND DECEMBER 9TH: WAGON RIDE WITH SANTA AND VENDOR FAIR

The Party Barn at Mapleview Farm, 603 Orange Center Road. Handcraft vendors throughout both days for your Holiday Shopping. This is in conjunction with our Wagon Rides with Santa which are sold out. For more information contact DECEMBER 6TH: FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS & TREES

The annual event is sponsored by Maplewood of Orange, 245 Indian River Road, 4 pm – 6:30 pm. Threeinch trees beautifully decorated by local businesses will be displayed for silent auction. Light refreshments will be available. Proceeds will go to the Orange Food Bank. DECEMBER 9TH: DECK THE HALLS A DECORATIVE TOUR OF FIVE BEAUTIFUL HOMES

12:00 Noon to 3:30 pm, $25.00 ticket fee. Reservations are prepaid by mail only. No tickets sold at the door. WINTER 2018

The event will be held Rain or Shine and is non-refundable. Contact Nancy Becque for more information at 203-795-9425. DECEMBER 2ND: ANNUAL HOLIDAY FESTIVAL AND TREE LIGHTING

The event will take place on and around the Orange Town Green from 3:00 – 6:00 pm. All activities are free of charge and include a Tour of the Stone-Otis House to experience what a Victorian Christmas was like. The Academy Building and the antique shop will be open, as well as the Orange to Derby line model railroad in the lower level. The Orange Congregational Church Bell Choir will perform a hand bell concert and carol sing. The Annual Gingerbread Contest will be featured in the Clark Building and an ice carving demonstration will take place on the front lawn. Also returning this year is the 2nd Annual Holiday Tractor Parade down Orange Center Road. The Tree Lighting will take place after dusk and immediately following, Santa Claus will arrive at the Town Green for a visit with the children. JANUARY 1: 22ND ANNIVERSARY CHILLY CHILI RUN 5K ROAD RACE & BRUNCH

High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, 10:30 am start. Walkers, Runners and Wheelchair Participants welcome! The Showcase for 90-year-old legends that run, compete, inspire! Proceeds benefit the Amity Teen Center. Two Mile fitness walk and 5K Certified Course (CT93019) for runners. Chili brunch following road race/walk. For more information, contact Race Director Joe Riccio at 203-481-7453

or Email: or Fees are $22 for the 5K race. Preregistration by December 15, 2018. Special $12 early entry fee for those 12 & under, $27 after & race day (12 & Under $15). Fitness walk, $12 Pre-registration by December 15, 2018, $15.00 after & race day. MAY 4TH: COHEN AND WOLF CINCO K DE MAYO ROAD RACE & WALK

High Plains Pavilion, 525 Orange Center Road. Race starts at 9:00 am. Register at, early bird special in the month of November, 2018, $27 per person, after December 1st, $30 per person. MAY 18TH THROUGH MAY 19TH: AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY RELAY FOR LIFE OF BETHANY ORANGE WOODBRIDGE

High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road. The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Bethany, Orange, and Woodbridge, Noon to 8:00 am. The Relay For Life is an overnight walk and is the largest fundraising movement to end cancer. Funds raised by the event helps the American Cancer Society’s mission to create a world free from the pain and suffering caused by cancer through research, education, patient services, and advocacy. Teams and individuals can sign up for the Relay for Life event by visiting 쮿

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