Open House on Racebrook – 5 Bedroom Custom Ranch

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Aug 252019

Spend this beautiful day checking out your future home at 609 Racebrook Rd, Orange, CT. Open House from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Beautiful multi-story custom ranch-style home with 5 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, 2 half bathrooms and more than 4,300 sq ft of finished living space.

Built in 1952, this home was completely upgraded & renovated in 2005 with a new architectural roof & gutter system, new windows, new vinyl siding and insulation. The home was redesigned to be family-friendly with privacy and convenience.

For example, the floor plan suits a large family with a separate living area on the 1st floor for visiting relatives or friends (or for teenagers and returning college graduates!.

The 1st floor bedrooms have a full bathroom and a private deck area. The other 3 bedrooms are on the other side of the house and include a spacious master bedroom and bathroom, 2 additional bedrooms and a full bathroom.

The kitchen has been beautifully designed with mission-style cabinetry and includes zodiac solid surface counters, an island, stainless steel appliances (including a gas range) and access to an oversized exterior TREX deck.

The dining and living rooms are comfortably sized and light filled. Unique features are: a 3 car garage w/a workbench area; an enormous lower level finished living space perfect for family activities w porcelain tile flooring, kitchenette and built-ins, and half-bath; and, a first-floor laundry area and half bath.

Conveniently located near RT 34 and RT 1, this location is perfect for commuters including YALE employees. for the award-winning Orange elementary schools and the award-winning Amity middle and high schools.

Recently reduced asking price is $559,000.

Don’t Miss This Amazing Doll Sale

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Aug 232019

The Academy Museum

The Orange Historical Society will host a huge doll sale on Saturday, August 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Academy, 605 Orange Center Road.

Dolls of every age and description will be for sale with accessories and doll cribs as well.

Come and see what childhood was like in the early days.

For information call 203-795-3106.

It’s Happening At The Library

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Aug 222019

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

Oscar Film: Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Monday, August 26, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, August 28, 1 p.m.

When Lee Israel falls out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception.1 hr. 46 min. R.
Tuesday, August 27, 3:45 p.m.
We’re going to take a break from our TWAG duties and have some fun! Instead of program prep, we are going to play some board games! Feel free to bring your favorite board game that you want to share or play one of the library’s board games. Snacks will be served. For tweens grades 4-6. Registration is required. Click below, stop by the Children’s Room or call the Library to sign up!
Chess Club
Thursday, August 29, 3:45 p.m.
Come join our chess club! This club is open to beginners and experienced players. During our meetings, children and tweens will be able to learn about this strategic board game and play against other club members. Feel free to bring your own chess board as the library has a small supply. For children and tweens in grades 1-6. Registration is required.

Lapsit Storytime with Liz McNicholl of Musical Folk
Tuesday, September 3, 10:30 a.m.
For babies and toddlers up to two years old.  Little ones and their caregivers are invited to a very special Lapsit session with Liz McNicholl of Wee Musical Folk.  We’ll use our voices, simple handheld instruments, and other props to learn through music.  Registration is not required and all materials will be provided.

Make & Take Workshop: Arashi Shibori
Saturday, September 7, 11 a.m.
Make and take your own indigo tote bag using the arashi, or pole wrapping, method of shibori, an ancient Japanese form of tie dye. Led by Librarian Rebecca Harlow. All supplies will be provided. Open to adults and high school students.

Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register.

Phone: 203-891-2170   http://www.casememoriallibrary.org

D.A.R.E. To Save A Life Event Today

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Aug 222019

Raymour & Flanigan Furniture and Mattresses presents D.A.R.E. to Save a Life! at it’s Orange store at 538 Boston Post Road, Thursday, Aug. 22 from 2 to 6 p.m.

Plenty of things to keep family members of all ages entertained. A Fire Truck, Police Car and Dump Truck will be on site.

Take a CPR Course or get your flu shot by Walgreens, insurance accepted.

What You Should Know About The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation

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Aug 222019

When I was working at the Amity Observer Newspaper back in 2002, I came across a very sad notice. A young woman from Orange had passed away and the more I learned about her, the more I felt I knew her.

Jamie Alaine Hulley, the daughter of Judy Primavera and Fred Hulley, was only 20 years old when she died, leaving behind a legacy of talent and creativity.

Shortly after her death, the Jamie A Hulley Arts Foundation was established to help other young people learn about and appreciate all of the things Jamie loved. In the past 17 years, it has helped thousands of children, teens and college students realize their potential for creativity and gave many underprivileged children opportunities they otherwise would never have been able to experience.

Who was Jamie A. Hulley?

(from the foundation website)

jamieJamie was a creative soul who had the gift of seeing the world as a thing of beauty. As a child, Jamie saw pictures in the clouds, danced rather than walked, filled reams of paper with her sketches and paintings, performed for any audience, sang to anyone who would listen, and turned anything and everything into a beautiful art project. Her dreams for the future always involved “creating” in one way or another.

As she grew into adulthood, she became a talented studio artist, writer, dancer, singer, songwriter, actor, and comedian. Jamie was a lover of people who had the talent of seeing the good in others and making all who knew her feel special. She was known for her warm smile, quick wit, and her loud infectious laughter.

Jamie was an avid seeker of new experiences. She embraced the unknown with a seemingly insatiable curiosity and definitely was a person who danced through life to the beat of a different drummer. Jamie’s dream of pursuing a career in the arts was cut short in 2002 just two weeks before her 21st birthday after a brief battle with an aggressive form of lymphoma.

To celebrate Jamie’s vivacious spirit and the beauty that she brought to the world, her family and friends established the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation. The foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides educational and career development opportunities in the arts including Grants for Schools, Special Project Grants in the Community; Scholarships, and Jamie’s legacy programs that reflect the experiences, the places, and the people that she loved.

This is where the money goes:

From Sept. 2017 through now, this is how the foundation has distributed its funds


 Eight 4–year college scholarships in theater and studio arts to Amity HS students
 13 full scholarships to Missoula Children’s Theatre camp at Fairfield University (based on need) to youth in greater Bridgeport area
 3 talent development scholarships for youth (based on need) to take weekly lessons in musical theater at Broadway Method Academy — The program run by Orange native, Connor Deane
 Four $1,000 scholarships awarded at the Sondheim Awards – 2 to the best actor/actress and 2 to students nominated by their high school teachers and chosen by the JAH foundation recognizing talent in both performance and in promoting a positivity on stage and off.

School Educational Programs:
 More than 25 different educational programs were sponsored in schools in the Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford regions
• Orange schools: 5 programs including Dancing with the Racebrook stars for its 9th year; yoga program for 1st graders at Turkey Hill School for its 4th year; and sponsorship of the Peck Place Drama Club’s production
• Amity Middle School Orange: 3 programs including the film production program in its 4th-year and Sponsorship of the Spartan
Player’s production of The Music Man
• Amity Middle School – Bethany: 3 programs – including sponsorship of the Spartan Players production of Once on This Island, Jr.
• Amity High School: 13 programs including sponsorship of Amity Creative Theatre’s productions of The Laramie Project Ten Years
Later and The Addams Family, funding to have ACT students mentored by Laramie Project people and Broadway actor Erick Buckley who was a cast member in The Addams Family; sponsorship of The Duality School of Music’s after-school music industry workshop series; visiting artists in studio art, music, and English including sponsorship of the annual Storytelling SLAM; The Memory Project; NAHS annual museum trip, etc.

Programs with Community Groups:
 Fellowship Place in New Haven – sponsorship of a year-round weekly dance class for clients living with mental illness
 Broadway Method Academy in Fairfield – support for development and production of Evita
 Square Foot Theatre in Wallingford – Headlining Sponsor for the 2017-2018 season
 Theatre Fairfield at Fairfield University – sponsorship of the student independent project
 Orange Community Women – sponsorship of Bubblemania Early Career Awards
 One award to Johnny Shea – he is now starring in the lead role in Peter Pan at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Legacy Awards:
 Art Award at Racebrook School
 Art Award at Amity Middle School Orange
 Dance Award at Lee Lund Studio of Dance in Milford CT
 Senior Thesis Stipend Award at Wesleyan University

What Can YOU Do?

That said, there are ways that you can help keep the foundation strong, so it can continue its good work throughout the next year.

Obviously, you may attend the 17th Annual Gala on Sept. 7. But, if you cannot attend the event, you may make a donation at any time.

Send a check/money order to:
Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation
P.O. Box 1208
Orange, CT 06477


Major Intersection Closed Due To Accident

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Aug 202019

random file photo of a nighttime accident scene.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department responded to an accident on Grassy Hill and Old Grassy Hill Roads around 8:15 p.m.

The accident reportedly involved a piece of farm equipment and emergency crews are dealing with chemical and fluid spills in the road, which is very near a watershed and popular fishing area.

The DEEP has been called and the road is closed and will be closed for quite some time.

Find an alternative route if you are headed to the Parkway or Route 34.

Give the crews some room to do their jobs and let others know if you’re aware of anyone that will be heading out that way.


2019-20 Bus Route #58 RaceBrook School

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Aug 192019

RaceBrook School – 2019/2020

Driver: Mike Delmedico

Route No. 58

Start Time 7:40 AM

Arrival Time 8:15 AM – Regular Dismissal 3:00 PM

(1st Stop)  Founder Way & Lindy St

16 Founders Way

351 Dogburn Lane

380 Spring St

145 New Haven Ave

175 New Haven Ave

399 Dogwood Road

484 Alpom Drive

120 Russell Ave

483 New England Lane

New England La & Overland Drive

Overland Drive & Highfield Drive

523 Highfield Drive

549 Highfield Drive

111 Cricket Lane

402 Dogburn Lane

124 New Haven Ave

64 New Haven Ave

484 Halliwell Ave

548 Halliwell Ave

545 Ferry Road

New Haven Ave & Quintard Lane

5 Russell Ave

32 Russell Ave

95 Russell Ave


2019-20 Bus Route #57 RaceBrook School

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Aug 192019

RaceBrook School – 2019/2020

Driver: Al Cremonie

Route No. 57

Start Time 7:40 AM

Arrival Time 8:15 AM – Regular Dismissal 3:00 PM

(1st Stop) 806 North Lakeview Drive

826 North Lakeview Drive

825 Tall Timber Road

844 Tall Timber Road

95 Derby Ave

129 Derby Ave

811 Dogburn Road

826 Dogburn Road

Dogburn Road & North Indian Hill Rd

North Indian Hill Rd & Shagbark Rd

846 Shagbark Drive

Shagbark Drive & Hillcrest Road

North Indian Hill Rd & Hillcrest Rd

594 Chestnut Ridge Road

616 Chestnut Ridge Road

656 Chestnut Ridge Road

74 Derby Ave.

Juniper Drive & Lakeview Road

325 Juniper Drive

Juniper & South Indian Hill Rd

284 Great Oak Road

290 Great Oak Road

595 Harborview Road

Harborview Road & Hunting Hill Road

2019-20 Bus Route #56 RaceBrook School

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Aug 192019

RaceBrook School – 2019/2020

Driver: Nicholas Marcarelli

Route No. 56

Start Time 7:40 AM

Arrival Time 8:15AM – Regular Dismissal 3:00PM

(1st Stop) 363 Dogwood Road

377 Dogwood Road

Sheldon Court & Howleton Road

462 Howelton Road

483 Howelton Road

Howleton Rd & Grace Trail

486 Grace Trail

Grace Trail & Sheldon Court

450 Grace Trail

464 Alling Farm Road

476 Alling Farm Road

572 Summit Drive

551 Summit Drive

Crestwood Terrace & Summit Drive

447 Dogwood Road

455 Dogwood Road

496 Dogwood Road

510 Dogwood Road

521 Dogwood Road

537 Dogwood Road

Dogwood Road & Riggs Road

605 Dogwood Road

642 Dogwood Road

638 Avon Drive

579 Avon Drive

551 Avon Drive

2019-20 Bus Route #55 RaceBrook School

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Aug 192019

RaceBrook School – 2019/2020

Driver: Gary Colello

Route No. 55

Start Time 7:40 AM

Arrival Time 8:15 AM – Regular Dismissal 3:00 PM

(1st Stop) 493 Derby Ave

537 Derby Ave

936 Green Circle

Trillium Court & Green Circle

916 Mapledale Road

886 Mapledale Road

145 Peach Tree Drive

854 Mapledale Road

834 Mapledale Road

181 Surrey Drive

202 Surrey Drive

132 Cherry Hill Road

104 Cherry Hill Road

840 Orange Center Road

Orange Center Road & Pardee Manor

122 Pardee Manor

780 Mapledale Road

647 School House Lane

625 Schoolhouse Lane

669 Orange Center Road

695 Orange Center Road

166 Orchard Road

Old Hickory Road & South Hickory Rd

128 Buttonball Road

114 Buttonball Road

125 Rogers Road

121 Tyler City Road