Sep 032014

SOLD SIGNTown Clerk Patrick O’Sullivan released this information regarding property transfers filed with his office from Aug. 25-29.

• 848 1/2 Derby Avenue, $309,000, Roger Mastrony to Alexander Zamachaj, filed on Aug. 25.

• 179 Sunrise Hill Circle, $880,584, Sunrise Hill Estates LLC to John Levy, filed on Aug. 27.

• 64 Hampton Close, $550,000, Gregory Viola Est to Marius Gladczuk, filed on Aug. 28.

* 75 Wellington Drive, $325,000, Dechantel Gherlone to Diane MacMillan, filed on Aug. 29.

Sep 022014

Screen Shot 2014-09-02 at 9.15.19 PMJames (Jim) E. Thomas, Sr., age 76 of Orange, passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side August 28, 2014, at CT Hospice in Branford.

Jim was born on March 25, 1938, a son of the late Jeannette Sennett Thomas and Lester H. Thomas.

Jim is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Thomas, and his sons, Scott A. Thomas of Texas, James E. Thomas, Jr., Michael Thomas and daughters, Deborah (Mark) Augur and Karen Thomas all of CT; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; brothers, Lester (Carol) Thomas, Douglas Thomas and sister, Gail (James) Skelly, as well as an uncle, aunts, several cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Gina Thomas and a brother, Robert Thomas.

Jim was an accomplished artist whose main focus was in Norman Rockwell reproductions, many of which are now gracing the walls of numerous homes.

He also enjoyed many other pastime activities including boating and archery.

Jim was very proud and passionately held his Schaghticoke Native American Heritage close to his heart never missing the opportunity to speak of his connection to the Schaghticokes, and also participated in several of their tribal meetings and activities.

In granting Jim’s wishes, there will be no calling hours.

Burial Service will be private at Orange Center Cemetery.

Beecher & Bennett – Taylor Funeral Home, 410 Campbell Ave., West Haven, is in charge of arrangements.


Sep 022014

Screen Shot 2014-09-02 at 7.42.14 PMTonight’s Town Plan & Zoning Commission meeting was brief, but many subjects were covered.

Economic Development Director Paul Grimmer requested (in writing) a zone change for the corridor between Prindle Hill Road and the Boston Post Road in order to attract more business to Orange.

This is the area of the Capecelatro property where there currently are greenhouses.

The subject will be discussed further at the next TPZC meeting where Grimmer will be present.

There is a draft of the plan of conservation and development that will be presented in two weeks.

Paul Dinice said he has had many blight and bamboo complaints recently.

One problematic blighted property has been cleaned up.

“Illegal” signs on the Boston Post Road need to be addressed, according to Chairman Walter Clark.

Temple Emanuel Application was not fully prepared, so it has been continued to the next meeting in 2 weeks.

Sep 022014

Screen Shot 2014-09-02 at 5.05.50 PMThe Orange Visiting Nurse Association offers the following Community FLU Clinics:

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
High Plains Community Center
525 Orange Center Road
Appointment ONLY
Call 203-891-4752 to schedule appointment Mon-Thurs 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25, 1 – 3 p.m.
High Plains Community Center
525 Orange Center Road
No appointment Necessary

Thursday, Oct. 2, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Orange VNA
605 A Orange Center Road
Appointment ONLY

Call 203-891-4752 to schedule appointment Mon-Thurs 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Insurances Accepted : Medicare, Medicaid, Aetna, Connecticare, Anthem BC/BS.

Private Pay $35.00

Please wear short sleeve shirt, and bring your insurance card.

Sep 022014

BACK Home at Peck Place School

BACK Home at Peck Place School

Students big and small returned to school this morning in Orange and across the Amity area.

Kent Pierce from WTNH-8 showed up at Peck Place School and took a mini-tour of the inside with Principal Eric Carbone.

Orange Live walked through with Mike Luzzi, Board of Ed Chairman Bill Kraut and Board member Jeff Cap as they checked out the indoor climate control.

The new cooling system was obviously working very well. First-grade Teacher Patty Moffett stood in the doorway of her classroom ready to greet her students and start a new year.

“I love it,” Moffett said of her bright new classroom. The new shelving was installed over the past week and everything was set.


Over in the second-grade section, Teacher Kelly Stevens remarked on how wonderfully quiet the new heating/cooling units are.

Ms Stevens waits for her class to arrive.

Ms Stevens waits for her class to arrive.were.

Stevens has been preparing her classroom for the past two months, and the shelving installation was the icing on the cake. Once they were finished she was able to perfect her classroom’s look.

She thanked the two board members for giving them the minimal schedule for the remainder of the week so everyone can finish.

This morning, in her classroom, everything was “perfect” and the only thing that was missing was the students — But they were on the way.

Carbone greeted the children as they stepped off the school busses. There were no tears, not even from the smallest kids.

Everyone was excited to get into the “new” Peck Place School.



The scene at Mary L. Tracy was entertaining as usual with the largest crowd of paparazzi (parents with cameras and smart phones.)

IMG_7750There were some tears, but nothing uncontrollable, just a little jitters.

The children stepped off the bus, walked past the paparazzi and then led up the stairs where someone greeted them and brought them into the gymnasium to meet their new teachers.

It looks like it’s going to be a good school year.


Photos of the kids will be published only after they are approved by the schools. Hopefully by tomorrow.






Sep 022014

dr k reviewRevisiting the Motown Sound and reprising one of modern music’s golden eras, Dr. K’s Motown Review headlines the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation’s twelfth annual Evening for the Arts Gala Benefit on Saturday, Sept. 6,  at Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The performance begins at 7 p.m. and is preceded by an Evening for the Arts reception at 6 p.m., which includes complimentary wine and beer, light hors d’oeuvres and a Silent Auction.

This year’s pre-concert Silent Auction features over 150 items including a vacation getaway, a sunrise hot air balloon ride, vintage, handcrafted & designer items, baskets of treats, theater and sports tickets including Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tickets, Hollywood and sport memorabilia, and special gifts from the cast of the Broadway Musical “Motown,” the New York Giants, the Boston Red Sox, and Derek Jeter’s Turn2Foundation. Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door and may be purchased through the Quick Center Box office. 

Jamie Hulley foundation.jpgDr. K’s Motown Revue is led by veteran bassist, Paul Korman, whose musical quest was to put together the ultimate Motown tribute band. With Dr. K’s Motown Revue he succeeds in presenting an outstanding array of seasoned musicians and singers taking audiences on a very realistic journey back to the Motown era, when the songs emanating from Motown Records in Detroit filled the radio airwaves. The combination of powerhouse singers and precise musicianship brings an authentic musical punch to the stage, as Dr. K’s Motown Revue present an evening of classic Motown songs – hit after hit after hit – reprised in real time.

According to Judy Primavera, foundation co-founder and president, “It is going to be a night to remember. Not only will Dr. K’s Motown Revue will have the audience dancing in the aisles but our Gala will also showcase some of our own local talent – the young people who are involved in the foundation’s programs. Jared Brown, Artist Director of Square Foot Theatre in Wallingford is Masters of Ceremonies and Rob and Andrea Kennedy, Directors of Amity Creative Theatre, will be wielding the auctioneer’s gavel.”

 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.

The foundation’s presence has its greatest impact in the Orange & Amity schools providing over $20,000 annually in college scholarships, artist in residence programs, and program sponsorship in theater, studio art, music, and film at Amity High School. In fact, since the foundation’s inception in 2002, the foundation has given away over $500,000 in scholarships and educational programs benefiting many thousands of young people and early career professionals.  

The foundation provides educational programs to local public and parochial schools to bring professional artists, musicians, dancers, actors, and authors into the classroom to enhance the traditional curriculum through the arts. Thus far, schools in Ansonia, Bethany, Bridgeport, Derby, East Haven, Fairfield, Hartford, Orange, Manchester, New Haven, North Haven, Stratford, West Haven, Willimantic, and Woodbridge have benefited from the foundation’s educational programs.

The foundation also awards grants to local non-profits such as the Amity Teen Center, the New England Ballet Company for a 20-week school-readiness-through-dance program for Bridgeport preschoolers, the Milford Boys & Girls Club for an after school art program, and the Square Foot Theatre in Wallingford’s youth and adult theater companies. The foundation provides college scholarships in Theatre and in Studio Art as well as scholarships to children for music lessons and summer theater camp. For information on the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, visit www.jamiehulleyartsfund.org, call (203) 891-8869, or email: [email protected].

 Tickets are available through the Quick Center Box Office: (203) 254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396. (1-877-278-7396). 

Originally Published on: Aug 26, 2014 @ 21:59

Sep 012014


Frances Vadney greets customers at the Academy Museum Gift Shop.

Frances Vadney greets customers at the Academy Museum Gift Shop.

There’s still time to find that unique gift for  fall weddings, anniversar1es and birthdays. 

If you don’t have time to get to the mall, stop by the Orange Historical Society Antique Shop, 605 Orange Center Road on Saturdays, 10-3. 

You won’t be disappointed in the quality of the antiques and collectibles.  For information call 203 795-3106.

Sep 012014

Peck Place School

Peck Place School

After a very long weekend, with a dedicated crews of installers and teachers working day and night,  Peck is presentable enough to open tomorrow and welcome your students to a new school year in their nearly-new school building. Most areas look spectacular!

However, there is still a great deal of work that needs to be done. Some teachers did not get their shelves and countertops until Labor Day afternoon. Even teachers who did have some shelves have readied their classrooms, but not organized them the way they want for centers, reading, and small group work. The contractors also have a punch list of items which need to be completed as well.

Therefore, Peck will have three early dismissal days this week. Tuesday, September 2nd will be a full day. On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, September 3rd– 5th, school will be dismissing at 1:00 p.m.

The 21st Century before- and after-school program will be in session all week until 6:00 pm. Peck families with kindergarteners will receive an additional letter through Principal Kai Byrd with the kindergarten options.

I appreciate your understanding and support for the entire Peck staff as we accomplish this final stage.

— Lynn McMullin

Sep 012014

IMG_0069It’s 6 p.m., on Labor Day and you’re all ready to start school tomorrow, right?

Summer reading assignments are complete. Your backpack is filled and has been double checked to contain everything you need.

If not, you most likely can find a store that’s still open for those last-minute supplies.

Orange public schools do not require uniforms, but there is a dross code of sorts. Lay our all the clothes that you intend to wear for the week and make sure they are clean — this will help ease the stress of last-minute selections.

Know the layout of your school so you don’t have to worry about searching the halls for your classrooms.

Get at least 8 hours of sleep, so if you have to wake up at 6 a.m., make sure you’re in bed by 10 a.m. tonight. Younger kids should shoot for 9 or 10 hours of sleep. You have to alter your summer habits of playing video games or watching tv before bed.

Make sure that you eat a good breakfast tomorrow morning so you don’t feel like you’re starving before lunch.

Have your healthy lunch (according to new OBOE standards) ready and packed so you can just grab it any go before the bus arrives.

If you are a carpool kid, try to get to school early.

Check out the clubs and sports that your school has to offer and join a group that meets your interests.

Be yourself, and don’t lie about yourself in an effort to fit in. Lies have a way of catching up to you. (I knew someone who claimed he was from Canada … something that followed him all the way through High School. His parents, lifelong Amity residents, were very surprised when put on the spot and asked about their lives when they lived in Quebec.)

High Schoolers have the Link Crew Connection, but Elementary and Middle School children are on their own. Don’t worry. Be yourself, find your place and do your best. Everything will be alright.

Sep 012014

ChrchNew TwrRobert L. D’Orso, 68, passed away suddenly at home August 24, 2014 in Arlington, TN.

He was born in Norwalk, CT on January 31, 1946.

He was the son of the late Louis J. D’Orso and Dorothy Emond D’Orso. Bob is survived by his wife, Darma Keen D’Orso; daughters Jennifer (Gary) VanKeppel, Megan (James) Eyster, Maureen (Nicholas) Weber all of Indianapolis, IN; sons, Robert (Julie) D’Orso, Jr. of Fort Mill, SC and John D’Orso of Arlington, TN, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He also leaves two sisters, Janet (Anthony) Gaetjens of Seattle, WA and Marianne (Les) Halpern of Monson, MA and one brother, Thomas (Susan) D’Orso of Orange, CT and many nieces and nephews.

He graduated from Fairfield Prep and attended the University of Dayton. He was retired from the mechanical contracting business in Connecticut and Indiana.

He was very active in Kiwanis Clubs in Norwalk and Danbury in CT, as well as in IN and TN. He served as the president of the Norwalk Kiwanis Club for two terms.

During his retirement he enjoyed volunteering through the Bartlett, TN Chamber of Commerce with Team Green Zone, which is a non-profit entity created to aid local businesses and communities develop methods to reduce energy consumption and create sustainability while promoting economic development.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial Mass being celebrated at St. Philip Church, 1 Father Conlon Place, Norwalk, CT at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 3. T

here will be no calling hours and burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Devine & Devine, Trustee, 65 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851 in the name of John D’Orso or to The American Heart Association