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Dec 202014
 

215px-Tarzan_musical_Broadway_PosterAfter the gruelling process of auditioning more than 100 super talented singer/actors (and going through call backs) at Amity, the directors released the cast list for the Spring musical “Tarzan” on Friday.

The actor who is playing the lead character is Max Karsanow, who you will immediately recognize from his roles as Anthony in Sweeney Todd — the young man who wooed Johanna (Shaylen Harger); and he was the understudy for the role of Benny in last year’s “In the Heights,” which he was able to fulfill at least during one performance.

Tarzan: This is the older version of the young Tarzan. He has more friends than he used to. He has his best friends Terk and Tantor, who have each others backs. He is stronger and has enemies to challenge. But, he still wonders of what he is. Songs include: Strangers Like Me, Who Better Than Me? Reprise, You’ll Be In My Heart Reprise.

Since Amity has no young children, Ryan Kennedy will play the role of Little Tarzan: A little boy who is raised in the jungle by gorillas. He tries to fit in and wonders why he doesn’t. He notices that he isn’t exactly like all of the apes that he is around. He has a friend named Terk as well. Songs include: Who Better than Me? and I Need To Know. If the name sounds familiar, Ryan is the son of directors Robert and Andrea Kennedy.

The lovely Addie Robbins will play Jane: She adores species and specimen she hasn’t seen before which makes sense when her, her father, and Clayton their hunter/protector come to the jungle. She befriends Tarzan and comes to like him. She always has dreamed of coming to the jungle. Songs Include: Waiting For this Moment, Like No Man I’ve Ever Seen, and Strangers Like Me.

Max is Tarzan

Max is Tarzan

Josiah Oakley will play Terk: The older version of young Terk. He has more style than the younger one. Still, he is best friends with Tarzan and now Tantor the elephant. He has the rhythm of the jungle. Songs include: Son of Man, Trashin’ the Camp, Who Better than Me? Reprise.

Morgan Guadagnoli has been pegged to play Kala: A mother ape that takes Tarzan for her son. She adores him and keeps him safe. She has a special bond with him that no one can understand. She is the wife to Kerchak, the leader. Songs include: You’ll Be In My Heart, Sure As Sun Turns to Moon and You’ll Be In My Heart Reprise.

Kahari Blue is Kerchak: The strong and powerful leader of the gorilla pack. He doesn’t feel that Tarzan belongs and shuns him for awhile. Doesn’t like humans too much. He finally tells tarzan the way he feels at the end. Songs include: Sure As Sun Turns to Moon.

Jali – (Narrators): Ryan Rattley, Kevin Durkee, Ryan Rappaport, Emily Kilian, Joyce Lin and Julia Goclowski.

Caroline Burkhart is Sabor: (description from wiki) The predator of the jungle. He kills Tarzan’s real mother and father and Kala’s and Kerchak’s baby. He continues to kill and destory until Tarzan comes and ends him. Songs include: none but dances/fights.

Jacob Leibowitz is Porter:  Jane’s father. He knows many things about the jungle. He is a lot like Jane in certain areas. He has his quirks about him, too. Songs include: Like No Man I’ve Ever Seen.

Ethan Smith is Clayton:  He is the hunter that protects the Porter family on this expedition. He likes to shoot things with his rifle. He was sent to protect but he might want some things of his own. Songs include: none.

George Grotheer is Snipes: A sailor.

Ape/Animal Ensemble

Jeff Gallo, Chris Casella, David Linet, Michael Prinz, Ryan Chizmadia, Dean Pocweirz, Robert Worth, Max Seigman, Caroline Burkhart, Cynthia elone, Lauren Flaumenhaft, Sedona Trelleik, Ashlyne Gallo, Christina Genovese, Alayra Dixson, Clara Stirling, Nina Triplett, Sarah Warner, Revekah Haupt, Clara Gamsu, Karalyn Kachmar, Emily McManus, Audrey Grotheer, Rebecca Kaplan, Lauren Duhl, Kendall Dolan, Grace Blanchard, Lily Forchetti.

Expedition Crew

Nathan Stirling, Jacob Lyngdal, Eric Greenbaum

Dance Captains

Caroline Burkhart, Lauren Flaumenhaft

Play rehearsals begin next week. I for one can’t wait to see Tarzan swing across the stage next spring.

Dec 192014
 

This shield goes up on Meetinghouse Lane every year, and when the snow is gone, the mailbox is still there.

This shield goes up on Meetinghouse Lane every year, and when the snow is gone, the mailbox is still there.

The Town of Orange Highway Department would like to remind homeowners of the town’s mailbox policy.

The Highway Department does not replace mailboxes or posts.  If the slush from the snowplows knocks off a mailbox or breaks a post, the homeowner is responsible.  Only if the Highway Department initiates contact with the homeowner will the post be repaired or the box replaced.  Slush and snow thrown from the plows is unavoidable.  

It is up to the homeowner to take preventative steps to protect their mailbox.

The Highway Department suggests you do not use plastic mailboxes or posts.  The plastic cannot withstand frigid cold temperatures.  When slush or snow impacts cold plastic the plastic will shatter.   We suggest using a good 4” x 4” wooden post or a 2″ pipe with a metal box.  This combination seems to be most durable.

Dec 192014
 

 BasketballThe Lady Spartans Basketball Team is off to a great start this season. Already 2 for 2 with big point spreads.

On Friday, Dec. 12, Amity crushed West Haven 36-13 and on Wednesday, Dec. 17, the ladies bounced Wilbur Cross out 56-23.

Tonight they take on Hamden at Amity at 7 p.m.

Going in, we knew that the experience of Elise Graham would be a force to be reckoned with, but she is by no means a one-woman show on the court.

Surprisingly, Amity has a very good team this year in spite of losing a lot of “star” players to graduation in June including Allison Denny, Chloe Brinton, Molly Ronan, Mikaila Schmitt, Janae Graham, Amanda Vecchio and Kathleen Feng.

Stay on the lookout for great things from Graham, Kaitlin Thomas, Kate Helfenbein, Sarah Kilian and Molly Dragan, all of whom have shown their skills in the first two games.

Dec 192014
 

Dec 192014
 

Screen Shot 2014-12-19 at 2.58.53 PMShirley Caroline (Knopp) Ruttner, 80, of Guilford, died peacefully on Dec. 11 at Connecticut Hospice where she was surrounded by her children.

Originally from Yakima, WA, she moved to Orange, CT in 1965 which is where she raised her three children with her husband of 55 years, James Ruttner.

Shirley enjoyed gardening, baking cookies, and decorating her home, especially during the holiday season.

An avid reader, Shirley could be found at the Guilford Public Library several times per week taking out the mysteries she loved.

Shirley was a gifted and creative quilt maker, and was especially proud of the quilts she made for each of her 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Shirley was beloved by her 3 children; Michael Ruttner of Boston, MA, Sally Ruttner of Florence, KY, Nancy Iannuzzi of Madison, CT; her stepson Steven Ruttner of Seattle, WA; her grandchildren Caroline, Julia, and Benjamin Ruttner and Michael, Nicholas, and Christopher Iannuzzi, and her great-grandchildren Isabel and Harper Hoyt who are heartbroken and missing her terribly.

A memorial service will be held at the North Madison Congregational Church at 1:00 pm on January 24th, 2015.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Connecticut Hospice in Branford.

For online tributes and condolences please visit www.swanfuneralhomemadison.com

Dec 182014
 

boys swimmingThe Amity Spartans Boys Swim Team went up against Haddam Killingworth in the season opener on Wednesday, Dec. 18.
Although Haddam Killingworth won more events, Amity was victorious by 4 points: 87-83.
Amity’s winning events:
200 yard Medley Relay: A-1:48.45 Dan Madsen, Ben Clemens, Sergey Savelyev, Kevin Zhao
100 yard Freestyle: A- 52.38 Ben Clemens
500 yard Freestyle: A- 5:24.66 Zac Babbitz
Haddam Killingworth’s winning events:
200 Freestyle: HK- 1:55.18 Garrett Mazzioti
200 IM: HK- 2:07.39 Mason Revis
50 yard Freestyle: HK-24.15 Conor Champagne
100 yard Butterfly: HK-55.77 Garrett Mazziotti
200 yard Freestyle Relay: HK- 1:39.29  Connor McLaughlin, Garrett Mazziotti , Mason Revis, Conor Champagne
100 yard Backstroke: HK- 1:00.16 Jake Torello
100 yard Breaststroke: HK- 1:09.12 Mason Revis
400 yard Freestyle Relay: HK- 3:36.77 Garrett Mazziotti, Connor McLaughlin, Jake Torello, Mason Revis
Records: Amity 1-0; Haddam Killingworth 0-1

Dec 182014
 

IMG_7976During last week’s Board of Selectmen’s meeting a request to change the name of recently completed Edison Road to PEZ Boulevard was unanimously approved.

PEZ has been making its famous candy in Orange since 1974, and in December 2011 the long awaited visitor center at 35 Prindle Hill Road opened to the public.

Today, Thursday, Dec. 18, the town fulfilled its promise and PEZ Boulevard was dedicated.

Among those in attendance was Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, who was instrumental in making the Edison Road project a reality. She was a tireless advocate for the project from start to finish bringing in millions to ensure its completion.

First Selectman Jim Zeoli said the new road, which connects Prindle Hill and Marsh Hill roads and is home to PEZ, Aurora Products and Restaurant Depot, to name a few also opens up the possibility of attracting more businesses to open on the 65 additional acres to which it is connected.

Joe Vittoria, President and CEO of PEZ said the thoroughfare has brought more than 80,000 cars to the Visitor Center so far.

Dec 172014
 

20141217_112654_resizedDuring the cold winter months many of us start receiving visitors, unwelcomed guests, if you will, that sneak around our homes in the middle of the night, forage through our cabinets and leave icky trace evidence wherever they go.

Mice!

Some people have no problem setting up wooden mouse traps with metal snaps that sometimes take their heads off, depending on their position when it activates, then disposing of the corpse in the trash and re-setting it for another unwitting victim.

I have an issue with the vermin scurrying around my kitchen, but I think I have more of an issue with killing them. After all, they’re just homeless creatures looking for some warmth and food. Still, I don’t want them in my house!

The other day I went out in search of the well known hav-a-hart humane traps. I did the search on my phone and after checking a couple of stores that supposedly had them for about $17 each (a bargain, I thought) I walked away empty handed as they were sold out.

I wound up at Home Depot in Orange and after wandering through aisle 44 for a few minutes, I saw large traps for squirrels and other critters, but nothing small enough for the field mice that frequent their winter vacation destination at my house.

I asked an employee for assistance and he led me to the glue traps — no, that’s cruel. And the poison — no, what if my dog gets into it. and finally, a small plastic contraption that I had overlooked on the shelf.

He said you can catch them and then throw them out — no, that’s just wrong … OR you can release them. AH! and they’re only $3.33 each.

I wanted three traps one for each floor (basement, main floor, attic) but there was only one on the shelf. He did a computer search and found out that they had more in stock and magically produced an unmarked brown cardboard box with a whole new display box inside.

For around $10 I left the store with three new mouse traps and went home to check them out. I really liked the fact that there was nothing to set up, just bait and close.

There was nothing complicated about the design, so how well could they possibly work? I slathered a tortilla chip with almond butter and closed the trap then placed it in the kitchen.

The following morning I checked the three traps: nothing upstairs, nothing in the basement, but in the kitchen, through the dark tinted plastic case I could see a mouse… and a second tail under the metal hatch. This inexpensive little mouse trap had captured two field mice within 16 hours.

I carried the box out to the car and drove to a secluded wooded area away from my home and anyone else’s home, and prepared to release the mice. The box opened easily enough, but they were too scared to exit. I turned it upside down, shook it for a bit and finally one fell out, then the other.

The product is called the Victor Catch & Hold Mice Trap. So If you have unwanted visitors and feel the same way I do about killing them, this is the solution for you.

As I mentioned before, you can find them at Home Depot in aisle 44 and they cost about the same as a medium coffee from your favorite coffee shop.

Dec 172014
 

10850265_747501041969987_1110753153982734140_nOn December 10, 2014, Orange Police officers participated in the ‘Shop with a Cop’ program sponsored by the REACH Foundation.

Orange PD Officers Lynn Dey, Jeff Fernandes, Brian Petrucelli, Ryan DePolo, Robert Amarone, and Lt. Max Martins volunteered their time to meet with local children, have dinner with them, and then join them on a shopping trip at the Milford Target store.

The event was a huge success, and the officers had as much fun as the kids did.

Orange Live profiled the program on Dec. 9. See Story HERE.

 

 

Dec 172014
 

menorah catsToday is the first day of Hanukkah. I wish you joy and many happy memories with your family and friends on this important holiday.

I also want to remind you to keep your pets safe as you celebrate with all of your traditional foods and your Menorah.

Be sure to keep the sufganiyot away from your pets. If they eat them, it could lead to gastrointestinal difficulties and even pancreatitis.

Dogs and cats both can become ill or even die from eating latkes. The onions in them are toxic to animals and the fats and carbohydrates may upset your pet’s stomach.

Keep the chocolate gold coins away from your pets, too. Not only the chocolate, but the metallic foil wrappers can be dangerous if consumed.

Dreidels can be fun for children, but a curious pet, especially one that tends to eat just about anything, can suffer terribly if it consumes one of the toys and it gets stuck in the throat, behind the teeth or in its intestines.

It is traditional to let the candles of the Menorah burn out, so it would be wise to lock your pet out of the room where your Menorah is lit. To keep everyone safe, you may want to consider using battery operated candles in your Menorah.

Have a safe, happy Hanukkah.