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A preview of the 2014 Lincoln Lights

A preview of the 2014 Lincoln Lights

Chris Small has been working on his Christmas light display for a couple of months.

This year, with a little different set up than what we saw on the Great Christmas Light Fight on national television last December, Chris has about 70,000 lights all synchronized to blink and flash to music along with delightful penguins on a sled, bears on a train, flying Santas, spiral Christmas Trees and so much more all neatly organized on his spacious front lawn on Lincoln Road.

Instead of lighting the front porch, Small designed a giant tree shape with color changing lights to fill that space.

After working on the lights all day on Saturday, Chris lit them up at night and enjoyed the view with his neighbors.

The display officially premiers on Thanksgiving night, and even though they are not on national TV this year, Chris is going to request that Lincoln Road be designated as a one-way street for the season as a courtesy to his neighbors.

“The neighbors like it, and it helps prevent traffic jams so everyone can get to their homes,” he said.

Check out the Lincoln Lights FACEBOOK page for photos and updates.


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For many of us, our pets are the loves of our lives. They make us laugh. They keep us company and provide comfort. They also can be mischievous, getting into things they shouldn’t like Christmas stockings, trash cans, wrapped presents, which could include chocolates.

Every year, when pet owners could be visiting friends and loved ones, they may be making an unplanned and very expensive trip to the emergency animal hospital because their pet was exposed to some type of dangerous item or situation. (And who needs extra expenses during the holidays?)

• Toxic Treats

We all know about the danger of dark chocolate and sugar free chocolate which may contain an ingredient called Xylitol, which is highly toxic to dogs. That said, you have to be careful with everything you have around your home during the holidays. Sugar-free gum also contains Xylitol and although your dog may be a happy camper after swiping a stocking containing gum and candy from the mantle, but you won’t be smiling when you’re handed a $900 vet bill.

• Shiny Dangers

During the holidays we hear about the danger of tinsel, cats and dogs may eat it and make a mess out of their intestines, but have you thought about glass ornaments? An enthusiastic Golden Retriever tail can easily knock an ornament off a tree branch and cause it to shatter. The shards of glass can either be eaten or get lodged in a pets paw and this could lead to a vet visit and a big bill of $500 or more. (Make sure your tree is secured in a heavy, grounded base so it won’t fall over if your cat decides to go exploring inside during the day.)

• Open Flames

Decorative candles and fireplaces can be particularly relaxing during the holidays, but not if your pet gets too close. Make sure the screen on your fireplace is closed and lit candles are out of reach and kept on secure holders.

• Rawhide

During the holiday season, store shelves are full of fancy rawhide treats for dogs. From giant bones to cute sneaker shaped snacks, how can you resist? But, did you know that when dogs swallow large clumps of these dried animal hide, it can easily block their intestines causing major pain and suffering for your pet and an incredible hit to your bank account.

• Poisoning

Be sure to keep your bottle of pain reliever out of reach from your pet. Veterinarians see a rise in pain reliever (NSAIDs) poisonings during the holidays. Treatments to save your pet could run in the thousands of dollars. Lilies of all kinds are toxic to cats by causing kidney failure. They are beautiful and often given as gifts during the holidays, but if your cat ingests any part of the plant, even a small amount, it can be poisoned. If you notice your cat is having difficulty breathing, vomiting or drinking excessive amounts of water call your vet right away. Holly also is a threat, as it can result in severe gastrointestinal upset.

• Destroyed Toys

Some dogs love squeaky toys so much that they chew and chew until the cute little round giraffe is in pieces on the floor and the squeaker is … missing. The introduction of softer toys may take care of this problem, but where there’s a will, there’s a way, some dogs just tear plastic and rubber toys to shreds no matter what. If your dog likes plush toys, an ambitious pup may tear at it until all the stuffing comes out. So, try the stuffing-free varieties to save yourself the mess and most dogs like them. A vet visit to remove plastic pieces from a dog’s stomach could run upwards of $900.

• Bones

For all the owners of garbage picking dogs, be sure to properly and securely dispose of turkey, chicken and pork bones (any bones) after a big family meal. All of these can splinter, get stuck in the esophagus, windpipe, intestines or stomach. Also, your dog can suffer from peritonitis, a difficult-to-treat bacterial infection of the abdomen, caused when bone fragments poke holes in your dog’s stomach or intestines. Your dog needs an emergency visit to your veterinarian because peritonitis can kill your dog.

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How Cute!

How Cute!

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will host its annual Christmas Bake Sale at Treat Farm, 361 Old Tavern Road, Orange, on Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The fresh, home baked goodies include pies, brownies, cookies, cupcakes, fudge and cookie bars.

If you’ve come to the sale in the past, you know that the Auxiliary women are among the best bakers in town. There is always something for everyone.

Hot chocolate and hot apple cider also will be available.

All proceeds benefit the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

Originally Published on: Oct 31, 2014 @ 19:17

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interfaithsymbolsEveryone is welcome to attend the annual Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, Orange on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m.

Clergy from several local churches and synagogues participate in the service.

Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus from Congregation Or Shalom will deliver the sermon.


Originally Published on: Nov 20, 2014 @ 21:49

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Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 9.19.39 PMThe Rotary Club of Orange welcomes everyone to register and participate in its second annual Thanksgiving Day 5K and 2 mile walk.

This is a way for you to get out in the fresh air and exercise while helping the Rotary Club in this important fundraising event. 100% of the proceeds will be used to provide charitable services and humanitarian support in the town of Orange.

The 5K Race steps off Thursday Nov 27 at 8 a.m. Registration fee is $20.

The 2 mile walk also begins at 8 a.m. Registration fee is $10.

The first 500 registrants will receive a Dri-FIT running shirt.  Sign up HERE to reserve yours.

Originally Published on: Nov 4, 2014 @ 0:09 

Second Publishing on: Nov 16, 2014 @ 0:09

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Jeremy SaxeYou can make a difference this Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) in honor of Amity Grad Jeremy Saxe, who dedicated his life to giving to others.

The traditional Jeremy Saxe volleyball tournament will take place at the Connecticut Sports Center, 21 South Bradley Road, Woodbridge, Friday, Nov.28, 2-8 p.m.

In addition to the volleyball there will be an expanded marketplace with local artisans offering fine clothing, jewelry, art, home goods, plus handmade woolens and ornaments from artisans in Nepal.

Due to the tremendous turnout in past years, the tournament has been moved from Amity High School to CT Sports Center, which allows more playing time for teams and a refreshment area offering food, beer and wine to enjoy.

The Jeremy Saxe Volleyball Tournament, established in November 2008 by Amity volleyball players, honors Amity Alum Jeremy Saxe who tragically lost his life due to an undiagnosed heart condition.

The Late Jeremy Saxe

The Late Jeremy Saxe

All proceeds support Jiwanko Saathiharu: Jeremy Saxe Foundation for Education and Development, Inc., an independent social development organization with 501 (c)3 tax exempt status formed by Jeremy’s friends, colleagues and family members.  The Foundation funded Clara’s Childcare Center in the village of Pharping, Nepal.

The tournament

The tournament is a Sixes Coed. Please sign up as a team of at least 6 (at least two girls per team) or sign up as a single ($15/player) and get placed on a team. The first 100 players signed up will receive an event t-shirt!

Players should submit their names individually (to be added to teams) or their team rosters by email ([email protected]) or at the Facebook Event page (“Jeremy Saxe Volleyball Tournament with Holiday Artisan Marketplace”).

This is a community event and all are welcome and encouraged to attend.

 What the funding is for

The childcare center furthers the Foundation’s development objectives by improving outreach for the women’s literacy program and providing quality care, school readiness, and Montessori early education to the children. Clara’s Childcare Center empowers women of the Village of Pharping by providing care for their young children while they attend the Women’s Community Literacy School.

Clara’s Childcare Center has served as a model that has now been replicated in the surrounding villages, multiplying the impact of donors on the lives of these families, especially the children!

These children will then have a strong start when they attend the Foundation’s planned project: Jiwanko Saathiharu Sikshyalaya (“Friends of Life/Friends of Jeremy Place of Learning”). Jiwanko Saathiharu Sikshyalaya is planned as a community-based “School for Future Leaders.” The school will be open to all castes and ethnic groups providing American style education and emphasizing critical thinking and analysis with rigorous academics. The school will promote good global citizenship while fostering a love of Nepal that encourages students to build a better future for Nepal

You can view a video thank you from their Nepali partners, ASC and the children of the village of Pharping, Nepal at JiwankoSaathiharu’s Channel – YouTube

In the spring of his junior year he studied abroad in Nepal where he fell in love with the country and its people and committed his future to international development. While in Nepal, Jeremy was given the Nepali name, Jiwan, which means “life” and Jiwanko Saathiharu translates to “Friends of Jeremy/Friends of Life.”

It is the hope of the Foundation that the lives of its donors and volunteers will be touched as deeply as the lives of its recipients when they witness their investment coming to fruition, making our world a better place.

Local sponsors
The tournament committee thanks this year’s very generous sponsors: Amity Auto Repair, Anderson Automotive, Cigar and More, Dr. Robert Rauch the Gentle Dentist, Jamba Juice, Orange Fence & Supply Co., Racebrook Wine & Liquor, Saxe, Doernberger & Vita, P.C., Sponge Brothers, Ted’s Cleaners, Webster Bank and Winkle Bus.

To sign up, volunteer, or for more information, e-mail: [email protected] or [email protected]. Contributions can be mailed to Jeremy Saxe Foundation c/o SDV 1952 Whitney Avenue Hamden, CT 06517.

Nov 232014

Amity Pop Warner Cheerleaders

Amity Pop Warner Cheerleaders

The Amity Pop Warner Pee Wee Cheerleaders have been practicing hard since Aug. 1, and their hard work paid off when they came in First Place on Saturday, Nov. 15 at the New England Region Pop Warner Cheer and Dance Championship in the Pee Wee M1 category.

The Pee Wee team is composed of 20 girls, aged 9-12, from Bethany, Orange and Woodbridge.
During August they practice 4 or 5 nights a week, and once school starts they practice three times a week and cheer at Pop Warner football games on Sunday. Their quest to go to the National Championships began in October, when they competed at- and won- the Southern Connecticut Pop Warner Championships. This allowed them to compete at the Regional Championships where again they came in first.
The final stop on the road is the National Championships. They will be competing on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at Walt Disney World in Orlando along with 400+ other cheer teams.
Amity Pop Warner last won a National Trophy in 2010 and they are hoping to bring another trophy back home this year!
Pop Warner emphasizes scholastic achievement and the girls must maintain a good academic record to be allowed to participate in the program.   But, even though they are busy with school work and practice, they are spending a lot of time fundraising.
Help Support The Team
Keep an eye out for these athletes as they will be out and about, holding bake sales and shaking the can at various locations. Or, visit http://www.gofundme.com/fk2a40 and make a donation today.
The first fundraiser takes place tonight at Woodbridge Social, 12 Selden Street, Woodbridge from 5:30 to 8 p.m.  A portion of proceeds will be donated to Amity Cheer.
Another fundraiser will be on Thanksgiving Day at High Plains Community Center.  The girls will set up a table for a bake sale at 7 a.m., until the Orange Rotary Turkey Trot Race/Walk ends. Amity Cheer will have many bake goods that runners and spectators can bring back home for dessert.

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Screen Shot 2014-11-11 at 8.54.42 PMThe Amity Creative Theater (ACT) at Amity High School is proud to announce that tickets sales have begun for their fall production of New York By David Rimmer.  The show dates are Dec. 5 and 6 at 8 p.m.  General admission seats for $10 can be purchased through their website at www.amitytheaterdepartment.com

The plays author David Rimmer, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his play Album that opened to great success off-Broadway starring film star Kevin Bacon. 

New York was originally written to raise funds for volunteer psychiatrists dedicated to helping the overwhelming number of patients psychologically affected by 9/11. Depicting the reactions of 15 individuals to the events of that day, the characters all speak to a central psychiatrist. The play has been performed at theaters throughout New York, the United States and internationally to great acclaim. 

The New York Resident called the play “brilliantly written… a thought-provoking event avoiding the sentimental and capturing realistic portraits of how we’re all dealing with it… a touching exploration of the effects of September 11 on the lives of average New Yorkers”. 

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Amity students and Judy Primavera visiting the 9/11 Memorial in New York.

The Amity production is directed by theater teacher Rob Kennedy.  Kennedy said he chose this production for his student actors because, “The oldest of the Amity Students were only four years old when the events of 9/11 occurred and the youngest ones were barely a year old.  I think it’s an important learning opportunity for our school to talk about that time in our countries history and how it changed all of us.”

The cast and crew recently visited the 9/11 Memorial and Museum on a trip sponsored by the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation to get some perspective.  The students had a special guided tour of the museum and spent time with New York’s playwright David Rimmer.  

After the trip, Amity senior Ethan Smith who is playing a fireman named Tom O’Neil said, “It was an incredible experience.  It really put a human face on the part I am playing.  And meeting the author of the play was great too.  We got to ask him questions about the play and the characters we are playing.”  The cast and crew have been working on the show since early September and have been busy rehearsing and creating the technical elements of the play.  

The play also will be shown during school hours to the entire Amity High School student body and the eighth grade classes from the two middle schools, as part of the Spartan Seminar program.  The students will view the play and then have discussions related to the topic afterward. 

Amity Principal Charles Britton said, “The fall play gives us the opportunity to showcase the talent of our students, build a little school spirit and camaraderie, and capitalize on the “teachable moment” offered by the themes of the production. Our students were very young in 2001; we owe it to our nation to keep the memory of 9/11 alive”.  

The Cast Includes Clara Gamsu, Addie Robbins, Ethan Smith, Kahari Blue, Yulia Faryna, Ryan Chizmadia, Alex Cavanagh, Kevin Durkee, Clara Stirling, George Grotheer, Emily Kilian, David Linet, Chris Cassella and Caroline Burkhart.  The crew is led by Stage managers Megan Foley, Sage Saffran and Jacob Okolo.  

For Information and tickets go to the ACT website at www.amitytheaterdepartment.com or call the box office at 203-392-2019.  The ACT production has been made possible by a grant from the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation.  

Originally Published on: Nov 13, 2014 @ 21:34

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Police Blotter Logo thx DaveOrange police patrolling the Boston Post Road observed a vehicle weaving in and out of traffic on Nov. 9 at 9:05 p.m., with a license plate covered by a plastic bag.

Upon stopping the vehicle, officers reportedly saw a knife in the driver’s side door pocket.

Police secured the knife and later found a facsimile firearm in the glove box.

The driver,David Pulcinella, 43, of 97 Bull Hill Lane, West Haven, was subsequently taken into custody and charged with carrying weapons in a motor vehicle, failure to carry insurance, reckless driving, driving with a suspended registration, and failure to display a license plate.

He was released on a promise to appear in court Nov. 24.

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IMG_5334You asked for it, now here it is, everything you need to know about the Holiday Festival.

The Town of Orange invites you to attend the Annual Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting on Sunday, December 7, 2014.  Festivities on and around the Orange Town Green will begin at 3:00 p.m.    

Visitors may tour the Stone-Otis House to learn what a Victorian Christmas was like.  The Connecticut Yuletide Carolers will provide musical entertainment strolling around town buildings and at the Stone-Otis House from 3:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

The Academy Building and the antique shop will be open and invites you to view the Historical Society’s antique collections and Emily Prudden Watercolors. The Orange-Derby model Railroad will not be participating this year as they are rebuilding their display. 

The Orange Juniorettes will have its First Annual Wonderland Waggin’ Pet Food Drive to benefit the Milford/Orange Animal Shelter. We will accept donations at the decorated wagon located on the front lawn of Mapleview Farm throughout the Tree Lighting ceremonies. The shelter is in need of pet food(wet or dry), litter, treats, toys, and pet beds. 

Screen Shot 2014-11-14 at 1.32.51 PMThe Orange Congregational Church Bell Choir will perform a hand bell concert and carol sing in the church sanctuary from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. as well as an alternative giving opportunity for Heifer International, cookie sale and crafts for the kids from 3 – 5 p.m.

The Case Memorial Library will be splendidly decorated, and will host a performance from the Amity Chamber Singers from 3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and from Al deCant who will perform a children’s musical program in the library meeting room from 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Guess how many candies in the jar at the library and win a prize, write a letter to Santa Claus and make a craft in the craft room.  The Library will be open from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Annual Gingerbread Contest will be featured in the Clark Building.  Friends of all ages are invited to enter a gingerbread creation.  Entries must be dropped off at the Clark Building from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. on Dec. 7 and must be picked up between 5:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Watch a gingerbread house making demonstration by Julia’s Bakery and Chef’s Emporium from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. The Gingerbread House Contest will be judged by Julia’s Bakery and Chef’s Emporium and the winner will be invited to light the Christmas Tree.  Crafters will be available near the Clark Building.

An ice carving demonstration will take place in front of the Clark Building from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Santa Claus will arrive at 5:00 p.m. The Tree Lighting will take place at 5:30 p.m. Children can visit with Santa on the Town Green. The Holiday Festival will end at 6:00 p.m.

Originally Published on: Nov 13, 2014 @ 21:11