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House Republicans Welcome Fundraising Transparency, Must Limit PACS

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Mar 292017
 

Responding to claims that Democrats want to reform campaign finance laws, House Republican Leader Themis Klarides today welcomed greater transparency laws, but said the GOP proposal to crack down on individual political action committees would clean up the system that has been gradually subverted since reforms were put in place.

Klarides said that the Democratic approach ignores the intent of those reforms as the individual PACs run by rank and file lawmakers pump more money into campaigns and get around earlier restrictions. She referenced recent testimony from GOP State Rep. Jason Perillo of Shelton to the Government Administration and Elections Committee that explains how the system is being subverted.

“The PACs were supposed to be limited to leadership and each caucus. We have seen in the last election cycle that more and more sitting members have created their own PACs in order to funnel more money into their colleagues campaigns in contested races,’’ Klarides said. “We welcome any efforts to make the system more transparent, but the Democratic proposal does not address these glaring issues.’’

Republicans have proposed restrictions on PACs that would ban contributions as described by Perillo in his testimony.

Democrats today proposed limiting outside independent contributions and requiring organizations or unions to approve of those donations – the so-called “dark money’’ donations.

“There should be greater disclosure throughout the campaign finance system;’’ Klarides said. “But the funneling of money raised right here at home into targeted races that have already received maximum contributions under the law is an obvious attempt to get around the intent of the reforms.’’

Don’t Forget The 44th Annual New Haven Mineral Club Show This Weekend

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Mar 292017
 

The New Haven Mineral Club will host its 44th annual gem and mineral show at Amity Middle School, 100 Ohman Ave., Orange on Saturday, April 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 2 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If you have never attended this show, now is a great time to start.

You will find unique gifts, fossils, minerals, gems, jewelry and so much more.

This is the club’s largest show to date with 20 fantastic vendors displaying and selling their goods.

The NHMC is a great place to get children interested in geology and mineral collecting. It is a fascinating hobby.

There is a $5 admission fee — children 11 and under FREE with paid adult. And parking is free.

(File photo)

Chamber Seeks Road Race Volunteers, Register to Run Now!

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Mar 292017
 

The Orange Chamber of Commerce is looking for volunteers for its annual Cohen & Wolf Cinco K de Mayo road race and 2 Mile Walk, scheduled for Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 10 a.m. 

Volunteers are needed to help before, during and after the event with parking, registration, set-up and take down are needed.

Last Chance For Sponsors — banners, road signs, T-shirts, vendors, items for goodie bags — all are important to make the event a success.

Tee Shirt Sponsors $150

Directional Signs $100 each

Inserts for Runner Bags $25

If you can help in any way, call the Chamber office at 203-795-3328 or e-mail director@orangectchamber

Runners: click HERE to register by 11 p.m. on April 28. Registration fee is $20.

Help Paint The Town Purple on May 13

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Mar 292017
 

The BOW Relay For Life Committee wants to Paint The Town Purple on Saturday, May 13.

Residents may purchase a purple mylar balloon to raise cancer awareness with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, which takes place at the Orange Fairgrounds, Saturday, May 20 – Sunday, May 21.

Each Balloon costs $5, paid in advance and on May 13th, the balloon(s) will be delivered to your home and tied to your mailbox.

This is a simple way to help raise money for cancer research.

Deadline in which to order balloons is this Saturday, April 29, 2017. See the Order Form Below.

If you would like to help Paint The Town Purple, call Relay Chairman Lynn Plaskowitz at 203-627-1673.

Order forms also are available at Park and Recreation Department, located in the High Plains Community Center.

 

Results of 2016-17 Winter Sports at Amity

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Mar 282017
 

Kyle Beaudette

Amity High School Athletes work hard during every season in every sport. Some, like the baseball and softball teams are well known for their accomplishments year after year.

During the Winter Sports Award Night earlier this month all of the athletes from the winter sports gathered in the High School Gymnasium where several individual teams and athletes were recognized for making their mark in the state this year, including Orange’s own Kyle Beaudette who placed first in the 1600 meter in Indoor Track and Nicole Koshes 1st Place for 55HH in the SCC Tournament and Shayna Goldblatt 2nd Place – Girls States for wrestling.

The list below also includes a few athletes who broke school records.    

Congratulations to all the teams and athletes for all you’ve done.

Shayna Goldblatt

2016-2017  TEAM ATHLETIC HONORS

Boys’ Basketball SCC Participants

State Tournament Participants

Girls’ Basketball    SCC Tournament Participants

State Tournament Participants

Dance State Tournament 4th Place overall

New England Regional: Pom – 5th place overall

Boys’ Ice Hockey State Tournament Participants

Girls’ Ice Hockey SCC Runner Up – Division II

Boys’ Indoor Track SCC Participants

State Tournament Participants

New England Tournament Participants

Girls’ Indoor Track SCC Tournament Participants

State Tournament Participants

Girls’ Ski Racing State Tournament 5th Place

Boys’ Swimming SCC Tournament 5th Place

State Tournament 4th Place

State Open 2nd, 3rd and 7th Place

Wrestling SCC Tournament Participants

State Tournament Participants                        

2016-2017 INDIVIDUAL WINTER ATHLETE HONORS

Boys’ Basketball Tyler Thomas All SCC 1st Team, New Haven Tap Off Club All Area Team

Girls’ Basketball Amanda Granados All SCC 2nd Team

Dance Haley Fusco All American

Madison Kiska All American

Boys’ Ice Hockey Zach White Hobey Baker Character Award

Mac Deane SCC/SWC All League 2nd Team – Defense

Jason Csejka SCC/SWC All League 2nd Team – Forward, CIAC Division II 1st Team All State Team

Girls’ Ice Hockey Bailey MacNamara All SCC Honorable Mention

Tess Cjeska All SCC Honorable Mention

Boys’ Indoor Track Kyle Beaudette New Haven Register All-Area

SCC East Sectional 1st Place 1600 meter

SCC Championship Meet 1st Place 1600 meter

New England Tournament Participant  – 1600 meter

Chris Pigatt SCC East Sectional 2nd Place 55 meter dash

Matt D’Onofrio SCC East Sectional 2nd Place Pole Vault

Dan Koproski SCC East Sectional 2nd Place Long Jump

Zach Bailey SCC East Sectional 2nd Place Shot Put

SCC Championship Meet 1st Place Shot Put

Girls’ Indoor Track Amy (Zizhu) Chen New School Record for Pole Vault 9’0”

Nicole Koshes SCC Tournament 1st Place for 55HH with time of  9.082, All SCC

Natalie Iwaskiewicz  State Tournament 5th Place – 3200m time 11:45.46

Girls’ Ski Racing Mary Foley All State Team

Team Connecticut Selection

State Open 1st Place

Boys’ Swimming Colin Roy All-SCC 50 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke

All-State – 50 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle

School Record –  50 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle

State Open 50 Freestyle 2nd Place, 100 Freestyle 3rd Place


Ken Yanaisawa All-SCC 100 Butterfly

State Open 500 Freestyle, 7th  Place

Wrestling Nathan Shilling 5th Place State Tournament @ 285 lbs.

Nathan Morrissey 6th Place State Tournament @ 170 lbs.

Shayna Goldblatt 2nd Place – Girls States

Claire Jackson 3rd Place – Girls States

 

The Amity Athletic Department would like to express its sincere thanks to the following individuals who volunteered their time to assist our programs:

Mr. Todd Dandelske – Boys’ Ice Hockey

Mr. Don Linley – Boys’ Ice Hockey

Mr. Brian Gonsalves – Boys’ Ice Hockey

Mr. Jeff Buchter – Boys’ Ice Hockey

Mr. Tom Haley – Indoor Track

Holocaust Survivor Ruth Fishman Speaks At Holocaust Remembrance

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Mar 282017
 

Holocaust survivor Ruth Fishman, of West Hartford, will be the keynote speaker at the University of New Haven’s 14th annual Holocaust Remembrance Event on Wednesday, April 19 at 3 p.m. in the Bucknall Theater in Dodd’s Hall.

The ceremony, free and open to the public, will feature the reading of names of persons who perished in the Holocaust and who have a relationship to a member of the university.

The ceremony will include a rendition of the poem, “The Butterfly” by Pavel Friedman, delivered by students in the theatre department. Friedman was a prisoner at Theresienstadt, a concentration camp in Czechoslovakia near Prague, where Fishman was also held.

“The event has found resonance because it affords a unique opportunity for our students to get clear lessons on the roots of genocide and the importance of tolerance and understanding as bedrocks for a peaceful society,” said Ira Kleinfeld, professor emeritus of engineering and retired associate provost.

“Its primary purpose is to honor and memorialize the millions of Jews and others who were targeted and murdered during the Holocaust. In today’s climate, such lessons are increasingly important.”

Ruth Lichtenstern Fishman was born in Cologne, Germany, on July 17, 1936, but moved with her family to Amsterdam.  She was with her family at Theresienstadt when it was liberated by Soviet troops on May 9, 1945. She moved  to the United States when she was 18.

Fundraiser To Help Victim Of Parkway Accident

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Mar 282017
 

On Thursday, March 2, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department responded to an accident on the Wilbur Cross Parkway to extricate two men from a plumbing van crushed by a huge 50,000 pound pine tree that came down during a storm with extremely heavy wind gusts.

The business owner, Chris Scofield and his business partner both were injured.

The pine tree was partially resting on Scofield’s chest.

While his partner is recovering at home, Scofield, the father of two young sons, won’t be home for at least two months. He suffered multiple fractures in his spine and a neck fracture. Scofield’s many injuries will lead to multiple surgeries according to his family. This comes just six months after he beat cancer.

He is currently in Yale New Haven Hospital in the Trauma Unit.  He will be there for at least another 10-14 days, according to his wife, Lisa.  After that, because they live in a third floor apartment, he won’t be able to go home.

He has to go to a rehab facility for another 4-8 weeks, possibly more.

“Our two little boys are confused and scared one minute, then they’re ok the next.  I know as the days go by, it’s going to get harder for them not to see him,” Lisa said. “All this weighs heavily on me, and I do not want Chris to have to worry about anything right now.  He is our sole financial provider.  We agreed even before we got engaged that if we got married, I would stay home and raise our children.”

The accident may result in financial ruin for Chris Scofield’s family and their small plumbing business, A&S Mechanical of Shelton, with hospital stays, surgeries and rehabilitation ahead. This family just can’t seem to catch a break.

Lisa’s car broke down twice while she rushing to Yale-New Haven Hospital.

How You Can Help

If you’d like to assist the family, here are a couple of ways that you can help: A GoFundMe has been set up and tomorrow, Wednesday, March 29, Orange resident Carol Gloria is opening the bar area of her restaurant La Famiglia Vincenzo, 1573 Boston Post Road, Milford for its popular Guest Bartender event from 6-9 p.m.

Lisa Lion and Laura are Guest Bartending and have the opportunity to serve drinks for a great cause — raising money to help the Scofield family during this difficult time.

Laura and Lisa will be donating their tips to this cause. Come down and show your support. You can even order the drink of the night: a “ScofieldStrong.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or Shalom Presents A Jewish Believe It Or Not!

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Mar 282017
 

Come to Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road for a very interesting program on Wednesday, March 29, 11 a.m. to noon.

Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus will present “A Jewish Believe It or Not!” In cooperation with the Institute for Learning in Retirement.

Come, Learn, Discuss… ALL ARE WELCOME!

The program will include the following facts:

BELIEVE IT OR NOT!
“Kosher salt” is not Kosher salt!
Adam and Eve didn’t eat an apple! 
Lesbianism is not prohibited in the bible!
Alexander Hamilton went to Hebrew school!
People with tattoos may be buried in a Jewish cemetery!
Grasshoppers are Kosher!
A Jewish nurse may baptize a Christian baby!
The Star of David is not an ancient Jewish symbol!
Ultra-Orthodox couples do not have relations through a sheet! 
There is an age-old Jewish tradition of a Jewish pope!  
Hatikvah, Israel’s national anthem, is not a “Jewish” tune!
Jewish children may be named for the living! 
Jews once knelt when they prayed! 
Giraffes are Kosher!

Weather Advisory In Effect

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Mar 272017
 

A dense fog advisory is in effect from midnight tonight through noon tomorrow (March 28).

Visibilities expected to be one quarter mile or less at times.

Limited visibility could make travel difficult.

If you must drive during this time, make sure you illuminate your headlights and drive with caution.

Meet The OPD’s Newest Sergeants

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Mar 272017
 

Chief R. Gagne, Sgt. Kosh, Sgt. DeRubeis, Asst. Chief A Cuozzo

As we announced on Saturday, that two wonderful Orange police officers were promoted to the rank of Sergeant in a ceremony at headquarters on March 24.

Sgt. Michael Kosh, 48, is the married father of two.
He has a BS in Business management from Southern CT State University.
Sgt. Kosh was hired in March 2004. He served on the patrol division from 2004-2016 and was in the Investigative Services Unit from 2016 until his

Officer Mike Kosh and his K-9 partner Max

promotion last week.

Many residents and children in town know Sgt. Kosh from the Special Assignments he’s had:
    K-9 Handler – K-9 Max  2006 – 2013
    School Resource Officer – 2013-2016
During his career so far, Sgt Kosh has earned the following Commendations:
    Lifesaving
    Certificate of Commendation (2)
    Letter of Recognition (2)
He will Be assigned to the Patrol Division.

 

Jonathan DeRubeis teaching a firearms chapter at the 2015 Police Citizen’s Academy.

Sgt. Jonathan DeRubeis, 34, is the married father of 2.

He has a BS Sociology/criminology from Southern Ct State University.
Sgt. DeRubeis was hired in July 2007, and has been assigned to patrol from December 2007 to the present.
His Special Assignments include:
    SRT (Strategic Response Team) May 2010 – May 2016
    Firearms instructor, and he assists with Information Technologies.
He earned the following Commendation:
    Meritorious Service Award
Sgt. DeRubeis will be assigned to the Patrol Division.