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Friday Was A Heartbreaking Day For Three Amity Sports Teams

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Oct 252016

img_1268Friday, Oct. 21, was a tough day for three Amity Sports teams: The undefeated Girls’ Volleyball players, the Amity Swim Team and the Varsity Football Team.


The big heartbreaker of the day, of course was the Lady Spartans Volleyball team’s first season loss on the road in Shelton.

The Gaels broke Amity’s perfect season with a 3-1 victory.

Game scores: Shelton 21-25, 25-20, 26-24, 25-20.

img_1727Girls Swimming

 The Girls’ Swim team hosted Glastonbury in Orange, and experienced its second loss of the season, a very close 94-90.

Amity’s Winning Events:

50 Freestyle: A- 25.55 Megan Lasto

Diving: A- 191.40 Juliet Melotto

500 Freestyle: A- 5:32.42 Kayleigh Foley

100 Breaststroke: A- 1:13.15 Megan Lasto

400 Freestyle Relay: A- 3:54.89 Kayeigh Foley, Kate Alvarado, Kalynna Hauser, Vera Belfonti

 Glastonbury’s Winning Events:

200 Medley Relay: G- 1:53.17 Grace Moore, Cori Bryant, Brynn Campbell, Hallie Campbell

200 Freestyle: G- 2:00.79 Jessica Zhang

200 Ind. Medley: G- 2:16.80 Grace Moore

100 Butterfly: G- 59.28 Grace Moore

100 Freestyle: G- 55.40 Jessica Zhang

200 Freestyle Relay: G- 1:43.55 Jessica Zhang, Caleigh Straker, Shannon Linsey, Hallie Campbell

100 Backstroke: G- 1:01.35 Brynn Campbell

Season Record: Amity 10-2

spartan footballFootball

The Amity Spartans Football team has not had the best season, but on Friday night in Branford, they played their hearts out and with a 56 seconds on the clock and a score of 28-27, Amity chose to try and win this one with a two-point conversion. But Colin Beaulieu was tackled a yard shy of victory.

Here is a rundown of this very close game:

Amity 6 0 15 6 0 — 27
Branford 6 8 7 7 0 — 28

First quarter
Branford—Jackson Seward 1 yard run [kick no good]
Amity—Colin Beaulieu 5 yard run [kick blocked]

Second quarter
Branford—Dalton Carden 1 yard run [Griffin Lynch run]

Third quarter
Amity—Colin Beaulieu 22 yard run [Nile Ellis pass from Ryan Sabo]
Branford—Dalton Carden 2 yard run [Jay Dering kick good]
Amity—Colin Beaulieu 49 yard run [Jordan Conn kick good]

Fourth quarter
Branford—Dalton Carden 31 yard run [Jay Dering kick good]
Amity—Colin Beaulieu 62 yard run [run failed]

Team records: Branford 4-2; Amity 1-5


Hundreds Come To Orange’s Trunk Or Treat

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Oct 252016

Dorothy and the Scarecrow Hide under Glinda's Dress.

Dorothy and the Scarecrow Hide from the Wicked Witch of the West under Glinda’s Dress.

After a rather cold and rainy Friday and Saturday, it was a relief for those planning to participate in the annual Trunk Or Treat on the Orange Fairgrounds to have cool, but dry weather during the event.

This year, organizer Brad Marcus traded in his whoopie cushion costume for a bacon costume. He knows how to stand out in a crowd.

With a portion of the parking lot still closed due to paving, the available parking areas were filled to capacity and the fairgrounds were lined with decorated cars, SUVs and trucks and their owners ready to greet costumed children and hand out candy — in many cases up to 7 or 8 bags full.

Police officer Robert Amarone and Deputy Fire Marshal Jamie Vincent were two of the town employees who cheerfully hand out candy. Two business owners went all-out. Marsha Oliver from Donald Oliver Home Improvement had a Wizard of Oz themed set up, including a tornado and all the characters and the folks from Chef’s Emporium had a haunted house and gave out freshly made candy apples.

The Zuppardi’s Pizza Truck and Chip’s Restaurant Truck provided food for purchase.

Here are some photos from the Oct. 23 event.


“Threads” The Musical Coming To Orange In November

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Oct 252016

screen-shot-2016-10-18-at-12-41-23-amThe Orange Players fall production of Threads, an original musical based on The Emperor’s New Clothes will be held at High Plains Community Center in Orange on Friday, November 4 at 7 p.m.; and on Saturdays, November 5 and 12 at both 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Threads was written by Marian Drobish, Pat Miller and Linda Sobolewski, with original music by Ann Diers and additional music by Brad Blake. The Director is Pat Miller and Musical Director is Jim Teti. The play is produced by Joan Stenner and Peg Meisenhelder with Halina Slawsky assisting. Leading and supporting roles will be played by 23 actors from Orange, Milford and surrounding towns.

Threads takes place in the Kingdom of Vogueland, whose Emperor is focused on being the best dressed monarch in the universe. And, he needs new clothes! Out goes the call for designers. He’s chosen the best! But, are his new clothes as wonderful as they say they are? Whom can he trust to tell him? Enter the lords and ladies, knights, designers, jesters — a full array of characters who bring the story and the music to life. Threads has music, humor, color and movement — something for everyone, young and old! Bring your children, grandchildren, friends and yourselves to this Orange artistic endeavor. Tickets can be reserved by calling the Orange Players Box Office at 475-227-7547.

The Orange Players was formed 42 years ago and has been performing continuously since then. It is our purpose to present good theater to the community and to support community endeavors. This production has received grants from The Orange Foundation, The Lions Club and The Jamie Hulley Foundation.

Bryan-Andrew House Still Coming Along

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Oct 242016

dsc09769On Sunday, the Orange Historical Society hosted an open house at the historic Bryan-Andrew House on Old Tavern Road.

The Town of Orange purchased the circa 1740 Bryan-Andrew House in 2000.

Soon afterward, a microburst hit Old Tavern Road and came close, but missed the historic home.

With grants from the State of Connecticut, the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, donations, and fundraisers, the Orange Historical Society has been restoring the home for more than a decade.

It is now open by appointment as a house museum for local school tours to experience a day in the life of early Orange using Bryan’s Farms as its historical location.

One element that’s slowing the process is the Orange sanitarian’s requirements that the home have a fully functional, yet not true to the 1700s period, stainless steel kitchen in which to prepare and cook food for guests. This requires a wagonload of cash that the society does not currently have at its disposal.

Rotary Club To Host Veterans Celebration Dinner, And You’re Invited Too (Reserve Tickets TODAY)

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Oct 242016

screen-shot-2016-10-15-at-10-08-29-pmThe Rotary Club of Orange invites Veterans to join them and members of the community for an evening of food and fellowship on Friday, Nov. 4. (Ticket Reservation Deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 3 p.m. – don’t miss out!)

Veterans will be guests of Rotary for the evening at a Celebration which will take place at Grassy Hill Country Club, 441 Clark Lane, Orange. 

The event will commence at 6:30 p.m., and dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m. The menu for the evening includes Salad, Prime Rib, Breast of Chicken Francaise, New England Baked Scrod, vegetables, and dessert.

This is an opportunity for the public to join us for the evening and personally thank Veterans for their service.

Tickets are $40, and may be purchased by calling 203-795-3486.

Veterans wishing to attend, please call 203-795-3486.

Come Tour Orange’s Oldest Home On Sunday

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Oct 232016

Bryan HouseJoin members of the Orange Historical Society for an Open House at the Bryan-Andrew House, 131 Old Tavern Road, Orange, on Sunday, October 23, from 12 to 4 p.m.

Parking will be available at the Old Tavern Park Complex with a shuttle bus running to and from the Bryan-Andrew House.

Progress continues in the restoration of Orange’s oldest standing house. Come see what your donations have allowed us to do to open this house museum.

Admission is free.

Light refreshments will be served.

Open House: 4 Bedroom Home on Woodland Lane

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Oct 232016

screen-shot-2016-10-23-at-9-56-51-amLooking for a nice 4-bedroom, single family home on a cul-de-sac? Visit this open house at 350 Woodland Lane, Sunday, Oct. 23 from 12:30 – 2 p.m.

Beautiful custom built sprawling ranch in central Orange. Has 2,388 sqft on main level in mint condition.

Large foyer invites you into a formal Living room and Dining room.

A custom updated kitchen features granite counter tops, subzero refrigerator, vaulted ceilings open to family room with fireplace, built-ins and atrium to deck.

4 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, Master suite with full bath and double closets. 2 additional bedrooms and bath.

First floor laundry room. The lower level +/- 900 sqft includes a large rec room, fully applianced kitchen, full bath, bedroom and office.

Possible in-law set up, two car attached garage, Professionally landscaped, Hot Tub.

Offered for $549,900.

Stock Up On Candy, Today Is Trunk Or Treat (For Orange Residents)

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Oct 232016

Trunk or TreatIn 2012, Hurricane Sandy swept through Orange and surrounding communities and states causing extensive damage and threatened to cancel Halloween for hundreds of thousands of children everywhere.

Orange resident, Brad Marcus declared war on Sandy with the battle cry, “We won’t let Sandy take our candy” and with the help of Alice DiNicola organized the first ever Orange CT Trunk or Treat.

Each year the popular event grows bigger and children of all ages experience the joy of trick or treating in a safe environment.

The fourth annual Orange Trunk or Treat takes place at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, on Sunday, October 23 from 2 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Halloween fun for all ages, and an opportunity for kids to trick or treat with their friends.

Parents: This event is for Orange residents ONLY.

Organizers ask that everyone participate by driving in, decorating their trunks and giving out candy to the kids. For the safety of the kids, there is no late entrance and no early exits.

Schedule of events
This year’s event will start at 2 p.m. with cars arriving and setting up.
For safety reasons, no cars will be allowed in after 2:45 p.m.
Kids will start trick or treating at 3 p.m.
At 3:45 p.m. candy collecting is done and prizes will be awarded for best costume, scariest costume, cutest costume, prettiest costume, best decorated car.  Maybe a few more pending prizes.
Food trucks from Zuppardi’s pizza and Chip’s will be on hand.  Each kid can get a free treat at the Chip’s truck.
Orange Juniorettes will be selling drinks and popcorn and Amity G.I.V.E. will be having a bake sale, both to benefit their Relay for a Life efforts.
Prizes have been donated by Pez, Peabody Museum, Wayback, Orso, Manchester United, Eli’s and many others.

Officer Amarone, CERT Volunteers Brave Raw Weather to Collect Unwanted Drugs

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Oct 222016

dsc09754The Orange Police Department once again participated in “Drug Take Back Day” on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Officer Robert Amarone was at the CVS, 279 Boston Post Road along with members of the Orange CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and Drug Enforcement Administration (D.E.A.) collecting unwanted prescription medications.

This year, they withstood freezing temperatures, sporadic rainfall and wind and collected only 2.5 bags of unwanted medications. (In past years, they’ve filled as many as 6 bags)


Many teenagers and young people who abuse prescription drugs get them from family and friends or from their home medicine cabinets.

Prescription drugs pose dangers to children and others who may take them by accident or who may use them for abusive purposes. Expired drugs may have lost their effectiveness and therefore no longer be a safe and adequate treatment for the conditions for which they were prescribed.

In addition to concerns of potential poisoning, abuse or overdose, it also is important environmentally that medicines be disposed of in a proper manner rather than simply being thrown into garbage, flushed away or poured down drains, as they could contaminate water supplies and cause an environmental hazard.

All you have to do is bring your old prescriptions (bottles and all) to the drop off and place them in one of the containers. No one is allowed to touch or inspect the contents, so your privacy is guaranteed. The DEA officer will load a van with all of the bags and bring them to an undisclosed location where they will be incinerated.

Yes, folks, epi pens and old over the counter drugs also are accepted.


Video: Orange Police Dept. K9 Agility Course

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Oct 222016


The new K9 Agility Course at the Orange Police Department was dedicated today after a brief ceremony inside the PD Headquarters.

Orange K9s Loki and Trent, along with dogs from Milford and West Haven showed their skills on (most) of the new equipment — all of them were unsure about the narrow catwalk balance beam.

Click HERE to see video of the indoor ceremony.

I am working on putting together a video of the four dogs working the course.