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Winter Weather Advisory: Snow, Ice, Slippery Conditions Today

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Nov 152018

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from 2 p.m. this afternoon to 11 p.m.

Mixed precipitation is expected with up to two inches of snow with a light glaze of ice on top. Winds may gust up to 35 mph.

Plan for slippery road conditions up to 11 p.m.

The hazardous conditions will impact the evening commute. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches.

Know your vehicle’s capabilities, take it easy, keep a respectable distance between your car and other vehicles. Check traffic reports before venturing out and plan your trip accordingly. Keep an eye out for other drivers who may not be operating as safely as they should be.

Be careful out there and even if it takes longer than you’d like, get back home to your family safely tonight.

Nov 142018


Today, House Republican Leader Themis Klarides called the recent reports of anti-Semitic acts at Amity Regional High School unacceptable.

“These reported acts of hatred are unacceptable in any place and at any time,” Klarides said.

Klarides has reached out to school officials, including Principal Anna Mahon and acting Superintendent James A. Connelly, and has pledged her full support to local officials. “I am available to them in any capacity they deem appropriate,’’ she said.

“These young people need to be assured that they will be safe and protected,” Klarides said. “As leaders in our communities, our first priority must be protecting their rights and safeguarding their daily lives. This behavior cannot be tolerated.”

Girl Scouts Realize The Joy Of Giving

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Nov 142018

The Girl Scouts from Orange Troop 60274 recently had a food collection drive.

Their efforts were successful and the generous donation was delivered to the Orange Food Bank just in time for the Holiday Season.

It’s community service projects like this that teach the girls valuable lessons on kindness, and the importance of giving to those less fortunate.

This is a wonderful thing you’ve done girls, and we commend your troop leaders for their dedication and guidance.

Nov 142018

We live in a scary world. With news of anti-semitic symbols and other vandalism at Amity that is making some of our young people uneasy, it is disturbing to find out that vandalism at High Plains may also have sent the same message of hatred in this community which also has a large Jewish population.

Orange Live reached out to Police Chief Robert Gagne for some reassurances.

Gagne confirmed that there was indeed vandalism at High Plains, and there have been eggings and spray painting incidents done by Amity kids, but some of the information that’s being shared has been misconstrued.

“There has been vandalism, which is bad,” he said. “But there were no swastikas, or anything anti-Semitic here in Orange, which is good.”

Gagne said Amity is taking the right steps, working to bring an end to this negative situation.

Don’t Miss The Auxiliary Bake Sale On Dec. 1 and 2

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Nov 142018

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will host its annual Christmas Bake Sale on Saturday, December 1, and Sunday, December 2, at Treat Farm, 361 Old Tavern Road, Orange.

This wonderful annual event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

As you know by now, the Women’s Auxiliary includes some of the most talented bakers in the entire region. Every year you will find some new culinary creation that is absolutely delicious.

Treats Include Pies, Brownies, Cookies, Cupcakes, Fudge and some surprises.

Buy some Hot Chocolate and/or Hot Cider to sip while you shop for your Christmas Tree at the Farm.

All proceeds benefit the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

Many residents make a day of it by coming to the bake sale first, then head off to the town center for the Holiday Festival.


Obituary: Anita Pol, 92, Beloved Wife, Mother, Town Treasure

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Nov 142018

Anita De Mio Pol, 92, beloved wife of Elfo Pol of Orange passed away November 10, 2018, at her home surrounded by her loving family.
Loving mother of Raymond Pol of Orange, Kenneth (Linda) Pol of Meriden, Lawrence Pol of New Haven, Andrew Pol of Milford, Michael (Laura) Pol of Onset, MA and Daniel (Laura Schumann) Pol of Washington, DC.
Anita was born in Caviola, Italy on November 27, 1925, a daughter of the late Augusto and Virginia Fenti De Mio. She is also survived by a brother Dante De Mio of Colorado Springs, CO, 7 cherished grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.
Anita emigrated from Italy at the age of 12.  She spoke no English when she immigrated, but by the time she graduated high school, she was a member of the National Honor Society.  Prior to the birth of her children, Anita worked as an electrical engineer at US Motors.
After successfully raising her 6 boys, she returned to the workforce, entering public service for the town of Orange.  She held many posts, most notably as Tax Collector, a position she was elected to several times.  Anita made lifelong friends through her work and many community activities, volunteering at the Orange Fireman’s Carnival and Country Fair, the American Legion Auxiliary, and playing bridge.
Friends may call Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at the Porto Funeral Home, 830 Jones Hill Rd., West Haven.
Her funeral procession will leave the Funeral Home on Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in Holy Infant Church at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship Fund, 630 Grassy Hill Road, Orange, CT 06477 or Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Road, Orange, CT 06477.

Security Will Be Strong At Or Shalom Kristallnacht Program

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Nov 142018

The Or Shalom Men’s Club will host the annual Kristallnacht Program at Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, on Sunday, Nov. 18 from 9 to 11 a.m.
This year’s Yellow Candle event honors Joseph DuBois who convinced President Franklin Roosevelt to help rescue thousands of Jews held captive by the Nazis during World War II.
The entire story will be told to all in attendance. Joseph’s son, Robert DuBois, will be among the dignitaries in attendance along with Senator Richard Blumenthal.
Please Note:  
. Security will be checking small bags, small pocketbooks and small backpacks. All other bags will need to be brought back to your car! 
. Our guest speaker’s book will be available for $25.00, check or cash only. 

Amity Addresses Reports of Anti-Semitic Behavior In School And The Community

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Nov 132018

Dear Amity Community,

The Amity Board of Education and the Amity School District were shocked and saddened by the fears and concerns reported by the students and community members about the anti-Semitic behaviors they have experienced in both school and the community. The students feel unsafe because of these hurtful and hateful acts against them and their community.

The Amity School District will not tolerate this type of harassment and will investigate and take disciplinary action against students who demonstrate unacceptable behavior. We will also cooperate and coordinate with the local police department in some of these investigations.

The district will take a leadership role in partnering with the community, including religious leaders, elected officials, advocacy groups such as the Anti-Defamation League, state and federal officials, youth groups and other people of good will in a comprehensive effort to address this issue in our schools and community.

The most critical members of this partnership are the students, families, and staff of our schools. We sincerely welcome their involvement. Our goal is to make the Amity Schools and community the inclusive, tolerant, and safe community we all demand it should become again.

James A. Connelly

Interim Superintendent of Schools

Get Ready For Open Registration For The OCC Nursery School

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Nov 132018

Orange Congregational Church Nursery School is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year for the preschool program.

The nursery school has served the community for more than 50 years and is open to all faiths.

The OCC school day runs from 9-1 with a five-day option for returning students.

Parent participation is most welcome but is not required during the school day.

Staff and administrators will host an Open House on Sunday, February 10, 2019, from 12:30-2 p.m.

For more information about the school, or to schedule a visit with your child, send an e-mail to occns@yahoo.com.

Check out their Facebook page.

Orange Students, Have You Made Your Fire Prevention Poster Yet?

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Nov 132018

Orange Fourth-and-Fifth grade students from public, private and parochial schools, you only have 17 more days to complete your 2018 Fire Prevention Poster for this year’s contest.

The purpose of the Fire Prevention Poster contest is to make school children and their families aware that preventing fires requires everyone being alert everyday to those acts, omissions, and dangers which cause fires, and to develop an interest in fire prevention/fire safety through a poster recognition program for the fourth and fifth grade students, and to promote a joint education effort between schools and the fire services.

As a former local judge, I must tell you how important it is to follow ALL of the guidelines listed below. One misspelled word, crowded illegible writing, tiny drawings or the omission of the words Fire Prevention – Everyone / Everyday will make your poster ineligible for the contest. Take your time, and do your best!

The recognition program theme is: FIRE PREVENTION – EVERYONE / EVERYDAY

Poster Recognition Program Entry Requirements

Posters must meet the following requirements to be eligible for the contest:

1. The posters must be created 12-inch by 18-inch paper. Manila, white drawing, colored construction paper, oak tag, or their equivalents can be used.
2. Use materials in color or black and white which can be commercially reproduced, e.g., poster tempera, crayon, felt tip markers, watercolors, pen and ink, computers, etc. Collage techniques are acceptable. Bold, solid colors carry better at a distance.
3. Include the theme title “FIRE PREVENTION – EVERYONE / EVERYDAY“. Additional phrases or words should be kept to a minimum. All words must be spelled correctly and readable at a distance.
4. Be original artwork and lettering.
5. The use of replicas of copyrighted or registered characters and/or logos, or software clip art is prohibited!
6. The poster must be reproducible.
7. All posters must be done by an individual. Joint artwork is not permitted.
8. Have fun and show off your talent!

Computer-generated art will be judged on the quality of the work and how well it conforms to all contest criteria. Collage techniques may be used to meet size requirements. Judging will be on the same basis as all other entries.

Each poster submitted must show legibly on the back of the poster:
1. Student’s name and grade
2. The School name
3. School information, including address, town, county, and telephone number
4. Teacher’s name

Each town is allowed to submit one (1) fourth-grade poster and one (1) fifth-grade poster to the County recognition programs. Local winners represent the town where they attend school. Town winners must sign a release statement for reproduction and a statement that the idea, concept, and artwork are all original, and free of “doctoring up”, corrections or overdrawing or outlining by the teacher or someone else to be considered. Two (2) fourth and two (2) fifth-grade winners will be chosen for each County and will be entered into the State final. One (1) state winner will be chosen.

Dates and Deadlines

A. LOCAL recognition programs officially begin on October 1.
B. Posters must be submitted to your local Fire Marshals, or their designee, through your school principal by December 1.
C. Local Fire Marshals must submit town winners to their County Representative by January 5.
D. County winners must be submitted for State judging by February 2.
E. A luncheon will be held for all county winners. The state winner will be announced at that time

Rights and Awards

A. All recognition program entries become the property of the Connecticut Fire Prevention Poster Committee and will not be returned. The winning posters will be used to promote fire safety and prevention throughout the State of Connecticut. The winning statewide poster will be reproduced and distributed to all towns. Winning county posters will be exhibited at various locations, including the State Capitol during the month of October.
B. The decision of all judges will be final.
C. Each local participant will receive a certificate of participation.
D. Sponsoring Teacher of the State Winner will receive a framed certificate.
E. Prizes:
Local: At the discretion of the local Fire Marshal
County: Fourth and Fifth-grade winners – $150 check
State: One overall winner – $750 Check
State winner’s school: $500 Grant check

Possible Fire Prevention Poster Topics:

1. SMOKE DETECTORS: The poster could include where they should be in the home, and how often to clean and test them, replacement of batteries.
2. FIRE SPRINKLERS: How they work
4. CARBON MONOXIDE ALARMS: Where you should have them, or how they work
5. FIRE CAUSE- CARELESSNESS: Examples of poor maintenance of your home could contribute to a fire
6. FIRE CAUSE- MISUSE OF ELECTRICITY: Overloading of outlets with power strips, use of extension cords, or damaged electrical cords and equipment
7. FIRE CAUSE- MISUSE OF SMOKING MATERIALS: Misuse of matches and/or lighters, Careless smoking
8. FIRE CAUSE- ALTERNATIVE HEATING: Use of space heaters, wood stoves, or pellet stoves incorrectly
9. Fire Survival programs such as E.D.I.T.H (Exit Drills In The Home); Stop, Drop, and Roll; Learn not to Burn, etc.

If you have any questions, the staff at the Fire Marshal’s office are there to help! You can call 203-891-4711, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and get a quick answer from someone in the office. If they aren’t there, leave a message and someone will call you back as soon as he or she can!