Obituary: Louis L. Ceruzzi Jr., 63, Beloved Son of Lucille Ceruzzi

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Sep 082017

Louis L. Ceruzzi Jr., 63, founder, and president of Ceruzzi Properties, a successful real estate development company involved in a number of large-scale real estate projects in Manhattan, died from a coronary event Thursday, August 31, in New York City.

Mr. Ceruzzi was also a successful restaurateur, owning several restaurants in New York City, Nantucket, Boston, and Connecticut.

The son of Lucille and the late Louis L. Ceruzzi, Mr. Ceruzzi was a resident of Southport. He was born in New Haven and raised in Woodbridge.

He received a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law. He began his career as a tax attorney in New Haven, CT in the 1980s, and practiced law for several years before transitioning into real estate development.

Mr. Ceruzzi is survived by his wife, Terese, of Southport and Nantucket; a daughter, Gabrielle Ceruzzi Healey, and her husband Matthew of Southport; a son, James M. Ceruzzi of New York City; and grandchildren Jackson and Blake.

He is also survived by his mother, Lucille Ceruzzi of Orange; three siblings, Dr. William Ceruzzi of West Hartford, Judith Craig of Greenwich and John Ceruzzi of Southport; and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, September 11, 2017, at 12 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 1719 Post Road, Fairfield, CT. The mass will be preceded by a wake from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the church devotional chapel. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to families impacted by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, through the American Red Cross.

For more information or to sign an online register, visit SpearMillerFuneralHome.com.

Asst. Chief Anthony Cuozzo Says Goodbye

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Sep 082017

After a 27-year career with the Orange Police Department, Asst. Chief Anthony Cuozzo said goodbye in one of his favorite formats, “Facebook Live.”

Cuozzo, a longtime fan of Chip’s Restaurant is retired today to take the position of COO at his favorite eatery.

Here is the video in case you missed it.

Farewell Tony, much happiness in your new job and watch your waistline!


Don’t Miss This Saturday Open House On Quarter Mile Road

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Sep 082017


Kennedy Reveals This Year’s Amity Spring Musical

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Sep 082017

The Amity Creative Theater Department, under the direction of Rob and Andrea Kennedy, has been delighting audiences for years with its spectacular Spring Musical presentations.

In the past, we’ve seen “Rent,” “Chicago,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Les Miserables,” “Legally Blonde,” “Tarzan,” “Into the Woods,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “In the Heights” and so many others.

The choice of the musical is always a highly guarded secret, and this year, Kennedy decided to share the announcement LIVE on Facebook.

Watch the big reveal HERE

They’re creepy and they’re kooky,
mysterious and spooky,
They’re all together ooky,
The Addams Family

Yes, Folks, The Addams Family will grace the Amity stage in April. As always, be smart and get your tickets the second they go on sale because they go quickly — no kidding!


Don’t Procrastinate, Get Your Tickets Now For The Jamie A. Hulley Evening For The Arts

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Sep 082017

Have you gotten your tickets for Saturday’s Evening for The Arts Gala yet? If you are planning on going, please, if possible, buy your tickets in advance so organizers can plan for food and drinks for the pre-show party.

Exceptional Auction prizes include Sky Box seats for the Yankee-Oriole game on Sept. 15, an opportunity to laugh with Jimmy Fallon, or relax at Kennebunkport next July … BUT YOU HAVE TO BE AT THE Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation’s Evening for the Arts gala on Saturday, September 9, 2017 to win! (Tickets WILL be available at the door too).


Come and enjoy a trip back to the 80’s with RUBIX KUBE: The Eighties Strike Back Show as well as the talents of the Foundation family Amity CreativeTheaterBroadway Method Academy, and Square Foot Theatre Company. Complimentary beverages and dessert bar and lots more silent auction, raffle, and mystery bag goodies to be won.

Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door. Call The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University Box Office at 203-254-4010.

The Evening for the Arts Gala benefits the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the educational enrichment and professional development of young artists and early career professionals, and created in the memory of Orange, CT, resident Jamie Alaine Hulley. All proceeds from the Gala go to support the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, which sponsors scholarships, educational programs and grants in the arts throughout Connecticut, especially in the greater New Haven and Fairfield counties.

If you have children or grandchildren, nieces or nephews in school, chances are the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation has helped or will help to enrich their lives in some way.

The foundation’s presence has its greatest impact in the BOW elementary schools and the Amity Middle and High Schools. Students in all six elementary schools and the two Amity Middle Schools have benefitted from the foundation’s arts educational programs, including a start-up grant for the Spartan Players theater club on the Bethany campus. At Amity High School, the foundation sponsors a visiting artist series in studio art, music, and theatre; the Memory Project, Mugs for Mankind, storytelling SLAM, as well as Amity Creative Theatre’s fall play and spring musical.

In 2015, a total of nine Amity graduates were recipients of four-year partial college scholarships to study art or theatre.

For information on the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, visit www.jamiehulleyartsfund.org, call (203) 891-8869, or email: jamieart@snet.net.


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Sep 082017

The Orange Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) asks, are you ready? We would like to help you with a simple, yet very important part of being ready, putting together your Disaster Supply Kit.

Disaster preparedness is no longer just for areas prone to earthquakes, tornadoes, and hurricanes. When an event such as the severe weather we recently experienced hits all bets are off. You may need to survive on your own after a disaster, meaning having enough of your own food, water, and other supplies to last for at least 3 days. Local emergency personnel, officials, and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. Help could be there in hours, or it might take days. Basic services like electricity, gas, water, and phones may be cut off and you may need to evacuate to a local shelter. This is when your personal Disaster Supply Kit is important and invaluable. It’s basic, easy to assemble and prepare. Orange CERT offers you some guidance on putting one together and where to keep it.

What is the kit? It’s a collection of basic items that members of you and your family may need in the event of a disaster. Below is the basic list to assist you.

 Three-day supply of non-perishable food, per person, per day.
 Three-day supply of water-one gallon per person, per day.
 Portable, battery powered radio or television and extra batteries.
 Flashlight and extra batteries.
 First aid kit and manual.
 Sanitation and hygiene items (moist towelettes and toilet paper).
 Matches and waterproof container.
 Whistle (this will help to Alert your location to emergency personnel) if needed.
 Extra clothing.
 Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils, including a manual can opener.
 Photocopies of credit and identification cards.
 Cash and coins.
 Special needs items, such as prescription medications, eye glasses, contact lens solutions, and hearing aid batteries.
 Items for infants, such as formula, diapers, bottles, and pacifiers.
 Items for your pets, such as food, water, leash, medications.
 Other items to meet your unique family needs.

Keep all your items in an air-tight, waterproof easy-to-carry container, such as a storage bin or rubber/plastic trash can, in an easy to reach designated location to have ready quickly. Make sure all family members know where it is kept.

Once you’ve assembled and placed your kit in that location, there is something you must remember to do. Check it periodically. Replace any damaged items or expired food items. Change stored water and food every 6 months. It’s a good idea to re-think your needs each year and update your kit as your family needs change.

Shabbat Under The Gazebo Friday Night

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Sep 082017

Join Congregation Or Shalom of Orange for its annual outdoor Friday night Shabbat Service under the Gazebo at the Orange Fairgrounds, FridaySeptember 8 at 7 p.m.

Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus will bring his guitar and lead everyone in a joyful “sing-along” service.

All are welcome.

Hey, Amity Class of ’67, It’s Time For Your 50th Reunion

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Sep 072017

The Amity Class of 67 50th Reunion will take place at Zandri’s Stillwood Inn, 1074 S Colony Road, Wallingford, on Saturday, Oct. 21 from  6 -11 p.m.

The cost is $67 per person and includes, DJ, open bar, and buffet dinner.

There also is an informal get-together Friday evening at Harry’s Sports Grill, Best Western Plus North Haven Hotel, 201 Washington Ave., North Haven, Ct from 7-10 p.m.

On Saturday afternoon, the reunion committee is offering a tour of the high school at 1 pm

See us on Facebook: Amity 67 reunion

For more information, contact Betsy Gandelman Fiske at betsygfiske@gmail.com, Debbie Ledewitz Farber at dftenace@aol.com or contact organizers at amity67reunion@gmail.com

Send checks to Diane Rosner, 229 Shagbark Drive, Derby, Ct 06418

It’s Happening At The Case Memorial Library

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Sep 072017

The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, offers the following events this month.

Art in the Library Reception
Thursday, September 14, 5- 7 p.m.
In honor of the September exhibit: Photography by Paula Esposito, acrylics, watercolors, and oils by Rosalba Saenz, and decorated platters by Vinita Manjunath, on view September 6-29.
Books to Film: The Zookeeper’s Wife
Monday, September 18, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, September 20, 1 p.m.

The true story of Antonina and Jan Zabinski, keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion. 2 hr. 7 min. PG-13.

Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register in person or by phone at 203-891-2170

Police: Woman Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison For Fraud, ID Theft Scheme

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Sep 072017

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Jamila Williams-Stevenson,
37, of West Haven, was sentenced to 48 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for operating a fraud and identity theft scheme.

According to court documents and statements made in court, between 2012 and July 2016, Williams-Stevenson and Lorena Coburn worked together to steal personal identifying information from victims and commit fraud using the stolen information.

The sources of the personal identifying information included patients at Yale New Haven Hospital, where Williams-Stevenson worked as a care companion.

As part of the scheme, she and Coburn submitted to the U.S. Postal Service change of address applications for their victims so that the victims’ mail, including checks that were intended for the victims, would be diverted from the victims’ true addresses to addresses that were controlled byWilliams-Stevenson and Coburn.

The two women also stole checks from residential and business mailboxes and then counterfeited the checks so that they were payable to their identity theft victims. They then opened bank accounts in the names of identity theft victims, deposited the stolen and counterfeit checks into those accounts, and then withdrew the funds from those accounts.

Williams-Stevenson and Coburn also obtained a life insurance policy in the amount of $75,000 in the name of an identity theft victim, and Williams-Stevenson was named as the beneficiary on the policy.

Forensic analysis of Williams-Stevenson’s iPhone, which was seized at the time of her arrest, revealed a series of text messages between her and Coburn discussing how they might be able to cause the death of this victim in order to collect on the life insurance policy.

More than 30 individuals were victimized through this scheme, resulting in an attempted loss of more than $150,000 to banks and victims.

Williams-Stevenson was arrested on July 21, 2016.  On that date, agents executed searches at her house and storage unit and found more than 200 unique credit and debit cards in the names of various identity theft victims.

Judge Bolden ordered Williams-Stevenson to pay restitution of $53,365.37 to various financial institutions and a university that suffered financial losses.

Williams-Stevenson has been detained since her arrest.  On December 12, 2016, she pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. Coburn, of West Haven, pleaded guilty to the same charges on November 30, 2016, and is released on a $100,000 bond pending sentencing.

This matter is being investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division, the Connecticut Financial Crimes Task Force and the West Haven, New Haven and Orange Police Departments.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarala V. Nagala.