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Blake Honored for 34 Years of ServiceBy Melissa Nicefaro - Orange Town News Correspondent
After 34 years of serving the town of Orange on the Board of Selectmen, Joseph Blake sat at the table for his last meeting Wednesday, November 13. Cake and coffee were served at a pre-meeting honoring the selectman, who chose to ‘retire’ at the age of 80 and not seek reelection for the next term.
Ralph Okenquist has served on the Board of Selectmen with Blake for 12 years and calls Blake a helper, a worker and a person who was ‘here to serve the town—not a party—but the town of Orange.’
Selectman Mitch Goldblatt, who noted he was running mates with Blake on several occasions, told Blake he was a real tribute to the community. “You’re a legend. You have served your community well,” Goldblatt said. “You are the epitome of politics, of compromise. You bring the partisans together.”
First Selectman James Zeoli referred to Blake as a friend and confidante who brought leadership and calmness to the table. “You will be missed,” Zeoli said.
In his parting words to the board, Blake passed out candy bars and combs, saying, “May sweetness come out of all of your mouths and use the comb to always look your best.
“When you vote,” Blake said to the Board of Selectmen, “Do what’s best for the people of Orange. Don’t listen to politics, listen to your heart.”
A gala event honoring Blake for his years of service to the town will be held January 31 at 6:30 at the Grassy Hill Country Club. The dinner costs $60 per person and according to Zeoli, “It will be an enjoyable evening. I guarantee that.”
BREATHE, BALANCE, BELIEVE Vinyasa Yoga for the Family, Mondays @ 5:15- 6:15 pm, Saturdays 9:00- 10:00 am, in the Parish hall, Church of the Good Shepherd 680 Racebrook Road, designed to help children and adults strengthen both physically and mentally, participants practice at their own level, teacher is certified and member RYT. Please bring a yoga mat and blocks if you have them.
Nicotine Anonymous Meetings, Mondays, 6:30 – 7:30pm, Trinity Lutheran Church, 21 Robert Treat Parkway, Milford, open to all, no dues or fees, only requirement is the desire to be free of nicotine. For more information, call Bridges, 203-878-6365.
Zumba Gold Classes At Congregation Or Shalom, Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7 p.m., Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, simple and easy routines to follow, designed for people of all ages and no experience is needed. If interested, call Robin at 203.314.8176 or temple office at 203.799.2341.
Clean Energy Task Force of Orange, meets on the third Tuesday of every month at HPCC, 525 Orange Center Road, conference room, 8 o'clock. The public is invited.
Orange Arts & Culture Council meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month, 7:30pm, Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road. The public is invited.
Orange Recycling Committee meets every 3rd Wednesday except for January, July & August, 7pm, HPCC conference room, 525 Orange Center Road, public is invited to attend. For more information, email Orangerecycles@gmail.com.
Blood Pressure Clinic presented by Gentiva & Maplewood of Orange, 1st Thursday of every month, Maplewood of Orange (formerly Laurel Estates), 245 Indian River Road, 1:30-2:30pm in the Community Room. No appointment necessary.
The Rotary Club Of Orange meets every Friday, 12:15pm at the Racebrook Country Club, 246 Derby Avenue; prospective new members may contact Diane Eger at 203-530-4526 or visit www.orangectrotary.org for information about the club.
Orange Historical Society Academy Antique & Gift Shop Museum, open Saturdays, 10:00am-3:00pm. For information call 203-795-3106.
The United Church of Christ in Devon Family Movie Night, "Monsters University", Friday, November 22, 2013, 6:00pm, 30 Ormond Street, Devon (Milford), suggested donation: $6.00/over 5 years of age, $3.00/ages 3-5, under 3 is free; price includes hot dog, chips, pickles, beverage, dessert and unlimited popcorn. Tickets are available at the door. Call Jean Klink at 203-874-6422 for more information. The building is handicapped accessible.
The United Church of Christ in Devon 2nd Annual "Friend-raising", Sunday, November 24, 2013, 10:00am, bring a friend to church, “There’s no place like this place anywhere near this place so this must be the place”, 30 Ormond Street, Devon. Church is handicapped accessible.
Milford’s Annual Multi-Faith Community Thanksgiving Eve Service, Wednesday, November 27, 2013, 7:00pm, Sanctuary/Saint Mary Roman Catholic Church, 70 Gulf Street, Milford. For more information, contact The Rev. Karl Duetzmann, Pastor at (203) 878-4685.
City of Milford 2013 Festival of Lights & Tree Lighting, Friday, November 29, 2013, 5:30 PM, tree lighting 6:30 pm, Downtown Milford, CT – On the Green, Holiday music & Lights courtesy of the Milford Chamber of Commerce, Inc., Free Horse & Carriage rides provided by The Milford Bank, Free hot chocolate provided by Devon Rotary Club, An eight foot balloon making elf courtesy of the Downtown Milford Business Association, A jolly red suited fellow arriving by fire truck to celebrate the tree lighting at 6:30 pm courtesy of Milford Firefighters Union IAFF Local 944, and Lighting of the Green by Milford Mayor Ben Blake.
The United Church of Christ in Devon "Hanging of Greens" Service, Sunday, December 1, 2013, 10:00am, 30 Ormond Street, Devon, child care available, church is handicapped accessible and open to all.
Aqua Zumba Classes, beginning Monday, December 2, 2013 and Friday, December 6, 2013, 7:30-8:30pm, Milford Parks and Recreation, McCann Natatorium 34 Park Circle, Milford, Instructor: Renay; Pre register at www.ci.milford.ct.us or call Renay 203-522-2616 or email firstname.lastname@example.org; 8-week class held Mondays or Fridays $56R/$61NR; 16-week class held Monday &Friday $112R/$122NR.
Hooked on the Sound Crochet Guild, Saturday, December 7, 2013; 10am-1pm, Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, small meeting room on 2nd level (elevator available); share stitch successes, assist with pattern problems and have a great time crocheting, no fee. For more information, visit http://hotscrochetguild.yolasite.com/, or Email HOTSCrochetGuild@Live.com.
The United Church of Christ in Devon 72nd Annual Christmas Fair, Saturday, December 7, 2013, 9:30am-2:30pm, 30 Ormond Street, Devon, includes: knitted, crocheted & homemade items, Christmas decorations, a raffle and a tea cup auction, baked goods, tag sale, children’s clothes closet, a “Cookie Walk” and more! A luncheon will also be served. Call Jean Klink @ 874-6422 for more information. The building is handicapped accessible!
New England Ringers “Joy in Bronze” Hand Bell Choir Concert, Sunday, December 8, 2013, 4:00 pm, The United Church of Christ in Devon, 30 Ormond Street, Tickets: General Admission/$20, Seniors (65+)/$15. For information and tickets contact: Jean Klink at 203-874-6422 The church building is handicapped accessible.