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Agenda For June 12 Board Of Selectmen’s Meeting

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Jun 102019
 

The Board of Selectmen will meet at Town Hall on Wednesday, June 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the Agenda:

PUBLIC HEARING

Application for the Neighborhood Assistance Program from the State of Connecticut Department of Revenue Service for funding of $150,000 for the New Haven Hebrew Day School – Hershy Hecht, Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy.

Motion to close Public Hearing and reconvene the Regular Meeting

VOTE

Vote to approve on accepting the Neighborhood Assistance Program Application submitted by the New Haven Hebrew Day School for funding for $150,000.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

(2 minutes per speaker)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MINUTES

Discuss and act on Minutes from three past meetings.

NEW BUSINESS

1. To consider and act on the approval of a vending license for July 5, 2019 firework show – Howard Dragonoff, Action Enterprises

2. To consider and act on three Orange Board of Education Capital Projects – First Selectman Zeoli

3. To consider and act on the request to conduct a Block Party in the Ox Yoke Road Neighborhood – First Selectman Zeoli

4. To consider and act on the approval of a town donation towards the Independence Day Celebration – First Selectman Zeoli

5. To consider and act on the approval of the tax refunds for June in the amount of $2,386.30

COMMITTEES

 

 

Orange Community Farmers’ Market Opens On June 27

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Jun 102019
 

(OEDC photos)

The Orange Community Farmers’ Market will have its opening day on Thursday, June 27.  The event runs on Thursdays until September 26 under the Pavilion at the Orange Fairgrounds, High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road in Orange.  Market hours are from 3:30 pm to 7 pm.  Note there is no market on July 4, August 1 or September 12.   

There will be many full-time and part-time vendors selling their farm-grown products including vegetables, fruit, meats, baked goods, honey, pasta, soaps, crafts, and more!   Farms from the local area will be present, including Grassy Hill, Laurel Glen, Oronoque, and Shamrock.  

Other vendors include Durante’s Pasta, Lizzie’s Corner, Mill Pond Essentials, New Haven Teas, Sugaree Acre, and Sweet Seidner’s.  Food trucks include Cousins Main Lobster, Dad’s Desserts, Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale, Tipsy Cones and Zuppardi’s Pizza.  Guest vendors are scheduled throughout the season. 

Paparazzi Jewelry and Harper Keehn Knife Sharpening will be attending on June 27.  Be sure to save the date and bring your knives, tools, etc. that need sharpening.

(OEDC photos)

  In addition, instrumentalists will perform under the Pavilion on dates that bands are not performing.  Please check the website at www.FarmMarketOrange.com for vendor and entertainment schedules.    

Shop at the Market, enjoy the food, stay for the bands and come back often! 

For additional information call 203-891-1045 or check the website.

The 2019 Summer Concerts Under The Gazebo Schedule

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Jun 102019
 

Five bands are scheduled for the summer Concerts under the Gazebo this year.

Each concert will take place on a specific Thursday evening beginning at 6 p.m.

Boogie Chillun, featuring Orange resident Derek Graham will kick off the market on June 27.

Other performances include:

Fools on the Hill on July 18, Al n Sal Duo on July 25, Bad Moon Risin’ on August 8, and the Vybrations on August 22.

Bring a chair or blanket and a few friends for these great shows brought to you by the folks at the Orange Community Services.

Don’t forget, the Orange Farmer’s Market will be under the pavilion from 3:30 to 7 p.m. And some food trucks will be on-site so you can enjoy dinner before the concerts, too.

Amity MVPs Honored At Annual Block A Dinner

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Jun 102019
 

Amity High School has some phenomenal athletes, that can’t be denied.

On Sunday, June 9, the Amity Booster Club hosted its annual Block A Awards dinner, during which the best of the best in Spartans athletics were recognized.

Most of the MVPs were chosen by their teammates.

One by one, the varsity coaches came up front and gave a brief history of his or her MVPs accomplishments before revealing the name and calling that athlete up to receive his or her plaque.

Following are the 2019 Male MVPs:

Baseball – Senior Pitcher, #7 John Lumpinski

Basketball – Senior Guard, #20 James Van Hise

Cross Country – Senior Connor Visnic

Football – Senior #22 Michael Young

Golf – Senior, Dan Comeau

Hockey – Senior, #18 Jason Csejka

Indoor Track – Senior, Richard Papa

Lacrosse – Senior, Harry Brochinsky

Ski Racing – Junior, James Fortin

Soccer – Senior, #25 Austin Gilbride

Swimming – Senior, Shiva Gowda

Tennis – Senior, Chris Bullers

Track and Field – Senior, Richard Papa

Volleyball – Senior, #5 Christian Tzepos

Wrestling – Senior, Andrew Seaton

Following are the 2019 Female MVPs:

Basketball – Senior, #34 Tara Laugeni

Cheerleading – Senior, Ashley Thomas

Cross Country – Senior, Madelyn Ciskowski

Dance Team – Senior, Sophie Benjamin

Field Hockey – Junior, #18 Tess Csejka

Golf – Junior, Tess Csejka

Ice Hockey – Junior, Tess Csejka

Indoor Track – Senior, Julia Potter

Lacrosse – Junior, #30 Ana Carney

Ski Racing – Senior, Mary Foley

Soccer – Senior, #14 Cailey Esposito

Softball – Junior, #26 Marissa Dwyer

Swimming – Senior, Molly Cox

Tennis – Senior, Sarah Bullers

Track and Field – Senior, Katie Yuan

Volleyball – Senior, #21 Abby Harbinson

Here are photos of the 2018-19 MVPs

 

RV Lifestyle Offers A Look At Some Of The Best Things To Do In CT

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Jun 102019
 

The site “Your RV Lifestyle” presented a list of the 100 Best Things To Do In CT. 
With Summer coming and families planning vacations and road trips, we are, with permission, publishing the list 10 destinations at a time. 
Here are the top 10:

Connecticut is the third smallest state by area, in the USA, and has the highest per-capita income. The capital city is Hartford. It is also known as Constitution State, the Provisions State, The Nutmeg state, and the Land of steady habits.

The first European settlers were of Dutch origin, although the first major settlement was in the 1630’s by English settlers.

Connecticut has a strong tradition with maritime, having the Connecticut and Thames Rivers, along with many ports along the Long Island Sound.

You will find that the state of Connecticut has within its borders shorelines, forests, historic villages, colonial churches, and modern expressways. Connecticut is certainly a thriving state, with a lot to offer the tourist.

1. Long Island Sound


This tidal estuary is over 21 miles at the widest point. It runs from east to west, from east River in New York to the north shore of Long Island. About 8 million people live on the Sound.
You will find many state parks along the sound, as well as many delightful villages. If you enjoy seafood, then make sure you head for one of the many restaurants along the Sound.
There are many places to stay so you may want to book some accommodation and stay a few days while you explore. Alternatively, take an RV and be your own boss!

2. USS Nautilus


USS Nautilus was the first operational nuclear-powered submarine. Because of this, the sub was able to remain submerged for long periods of time.
The Nautilus was ordered to conduct ‘Operation Sunshine’ and on July 23rd 1958 she became the first ship to cross the North Pole.
The submarine was decommissioned in 1980 and has been preserved as a museum open to the public. You will find the submarine in Groton.
Plan to spend a half day here.

3. Yale University


This university is the third oldest in the USA, and is located in New Haven.
The university is open for guided tours. Be sure to take a walk through the gardens which are immaculately maintained. There are frequent concerts which are open to the public to attend. These must be booked in advance.
The guided tours are a great way to learn about the history of the university, and well worth taking advantage of. You will also be able to stop at the library, and the botanical garden, so allow yourself a full day here.

4. Connecticut State Capitol


You will find the State Capitol in Hartford, just south of Bushnell Park. Originally there was a large statue on the top of the dome, but this was removed after the hurricane which happened in 1938.
Note that at the base of the dome there are 12 statues, in pairs which represent Commerce, Education/Law, Agriculture, War/Force, Science/Justice, and Music.
You can take a self-guided tour through the building, although guided tours are available on the weekdays. Guided tours start at the entrance of the Legislative Office, which is on the west side.
Allow a half day to see the building.

5. Mark Twain House


There is also a museum here. You will find them in Hartford. This was the home of Mark Twain and his family from 1874 – 1891.
The author Samuel Clemens wrote many of his best works here, such as The Prince and the Pauper, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
The building has also been used as a school and a public library, until it was until it was taken over by the Mark Twain Memorial group. It is now a national Historic Landmark.

Allow yourself a half day to see themuseum and the house.

6. New England Air Museum


You will find this at Bradley International Airport, in Windsor Locks. There are three hangars where you will find 66 aircraft, 26 helicopters, ejection seats, missiles, and many other aircraft memorabilia.
You can take a guided tour, or walk around by yourself. The museum does many children’s activities, and often hosts special events.
The visitor’s centre has many books and technical manuals to buy. There is also a library where you can find photographs and microfilms.
Plan to spend most of the day here, especially if you have come for a special event.

7. Foxwoods Resort Casino


You will find this hotel and casino complex on the Mashantucket Pequot Indian reservation. There is a total of six casinos with over 250 gaming tables.
If you like casinos, then you will be happy visiting here as there are blackjack tables, roulette, poker, and craps tables, as well as over 5000 slot machines.
Look out for the Hard Rock Café when you need a bite to eat.
If you plan to stay more than a day, then you can book into one of the hotels. There is a special arcade for children and teens.

8. East Rock

This is to be found in Hamden, and you will be astounded by the magnificent views of New Haven, and Long Island Sound. If hiking is what you like, then you will want to head here.
You can either walk, cycle, or take a car along the route. Once you get to east Rock, be sure to check out the ‘Soldiers and Sailors’ monument which is one of the iconic landmarks of the area. You really cannot miss it as it stands over 110 feet high. It dates back to 1887.
If you visit in the winter months, then you may want to bring snowshoes and cross-country ski in the area.

9. Horace Wells Memorial


Horace Wells was a dentist who first pioneered the use of anaesthetic. The story goes that in 1844 Horace and his wife attended a seminar on laughing gas. Horace decided that this might be the answer to removing teeth without the pain.
On his return home, Horace set up a demonstration with a student, the gas was not administered correctly, and the student cried out in pain. Horace was mortified and finally handed over his practise to another dentist.
Horace eventually ended up taking his own life, and is now buried with his family in Hartford. The epitaph reads ‘The Discoverer of Anaesthesia’.

10. Peabody Museum of Natural History


You will find this at Yale University. It is one of the oldest, and largest natural history museums in the world. George Peabody founded it in 1866.
Possibly the most well-known hall is the ‘Great Hall of Dinosaurs’, which includes a baby Brontosaurus.
Look out for the vertebrate collections which are the most expensive fossil collections in the USA.
Allow yourself a full day to look around here. There is a small café where you can get a snack and refreshments.

Orange Recycling Forum on Monday

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Jun 102019
 

Join the Orange Recycling Committee to learn more about what should be put in your residential recycling bin and what should not.

All Orange Residents are invited and encouraged to attend this meeting at the Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road on Monday, June 10 at 7 p.m.

Guest speaker Sherill Baldwin of the CT DEEP (Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection) will discuss acceptable materials in CT’s mixed recycling program and answer questions on recycling and trash.

Please come learn with us! Find out:

o Why certain items such as plastic bags must not go in recycling bins

o What happens when prohibited items are put in recycling bins

o How you can easily recycle more to reduce landfill & ocean waste

 

Recycling in Orange www.orangerecycles.com

What’s IN? What’s OUT? www.recyclect.com

Meet Amity’s 2019 Athletes of The Year

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Jun 102019
 

2019 Athletes of the Year, Connor Visnic and Abby Harbinson.

The Amity Booster Club hosted its annual “Block A” Dinner at Racebrook Country Club on Sunday, June 9.

All of Amity’s top athletes were honored with plaques, trophies or scholarship awards for their exemplary work throughout the years.

The top prize, of course, is the Athlete of the Year distinction.

This year’s winners are runner Connor Visnic and volleyball player Abby Harbinson.

In addition, Connor was named MVP for Boys Cross Country and Abby received the Girls Volleyball MVP Award.

Both are phenomenal athletes and deserving of the recognition.

We will miss them next year, and wish them the best as they go on to college.

Superintendent: It’s Time to Register For School In Orange

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Jun 102019
 

The Orange Public Schools will have rolling registration for new K-6 students. To begin the registration process, visit the registration page for your child’s school at www.oess.org  and fill out the online registration forms.

Please prepare the documents listed and a representative will contact you to set up an appointment. Between July 8 and August 1, registration appointments will be held at Peck Place School, 500 Peck Lane, Monday through Thursdays from 9 to 11 a.m. 

From August 8 on, registration appointments will be held at your child’s respective school.

PLEASE NOTE:  Parents are requested to bring child’s original birth certificate, proof of residency, physical and immunization records at the time of the meeting.

Dr. Vince Scarpetti

Superintendent of Schools

Orange Resident Graduates With Honors From Brandeis University

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Jun 102019
 

Rachel Marcus of Orange graduated from Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass on Sunday, May 19.

Ms. Marcus graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Cum Laude, with Honors, with minors in Hispanic Studies and Anthropology.

She is the daughter of Brad and Paulette Marcus, the older sister of Maddie Marcus and a 2015 graduate of Amity High School.

Ms. Marcus began work at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center of Addiction Medicine as a clinical research coordinator.

June is Dog License Month

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Jun 092019
 

Orange Town Clerk Patrick B. O’Sullivan would like to remind all owners of dogs six months or older, that June is the renewal month for dog licenses.

The costs are as follows:

Spayed Female $8.00

Unfixed Female $19.00

Neutered Male $ 8.00

Intact Male $19.00

The procedure is to either stop in at the Town Hall, Town Clerks Office Monday through Friday, or you may mail to the Town Clerks Office by enclosing:

A) Rabies vaccination certificate,

B) Neutering/Spaying certificate and

C) Check payable to the Town Clerk and

D) Self-addressed, stamped envelope; both certificates will be returned.

It is the responsibility of all dog owners to license their dogs in the month of June each year. Please note that after June 30th, there is a state-mandated $1.00 per month penalty for unlicensed dogs.

If you have any questions, contact your Town Clerk at 203-891-4730.