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The Amity Teen Center Celebrating Its 30th Anniversary Today

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Oct 222017
 

On Sunday, October 22, from 1 to 3 p.m., the Amity Teen Center, 10 Selden St., Woodbridge, will host a celebration with music, an art show, refreshments and a ribbon cutting for its Medical Loan Closet.

“The not-for-profit business model Amity Teen Center Medical Loan Closet is a business started last year by our teens. The mission is two-fold,” said ATC President Jane Opper. “We are teaching the teens how to start and run a business, in addition to learning about the benefits of giving back to the community.”

Opper added, “We have collected (and continue to collect) gently used medical equipment such as hospital
beds, wheelchairs, walkers, etc. We then loan them out to those in the community that need
them. Unlike many other loan closets, we do not have restrictions based on the town you live
in, your age or your income. Every aspect of this business is run by the teens.”

We also will be unveiling our new logo and sign. This was designed by our Venture Crew teens. They came up with the idea, drafted the design and researched the process.

Artwork done by the Amity High School students will be on display. In addition, we have some special guest speakers coming, who as teenagers, attended the Teen Center and they will be speaking about what the Amity Teen Center meant to them.

This celebration will be followed by the Amity Teen Center’s own special Online Giving Day sponsored by the Community Foundation for Greater New Havenon Monday, October 23, from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. The Community Foundation will pay credit card and host fees on gifts up to $5,000 designated to our organization through giveGreater.org® —  which means donation dollars go further!. The funds will be used to support the Medical Loan Closet Project.

We invite everyone in the community to celebrate our 30th Anniversary with us!

Orange And Three Other Departments Respond to TGI Fridays Fire

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Oct 212017
 

Customers were relaxing and watching the baseball games on the big screen tvs at TGI Fridays this evening around 8 p.m. when the smell of smoke came wafting in and a fire was detected in the ceiling in the kitchen area.

The manager quickly evacuated the building and called 911.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department, which is right across the Boston Post Road from the restaurant responded in no time and quickly called for firefighters’ assistance from Woodbridge VFD and West Haven. and soon after requested Milford Fire come to be on standby for the town while OVFD was working.

While I was at the scene, the firefighters were concentrating on the roof, they used the ladder on Woodbridge’s Tower 1 to access it from the front of the building. Restaurant employees sat in the cold night air on the guardrail watching and wondering when they would be able to return to their jobs.

A UI truck arrived and the electricity to the restaurant was shut off as firefighters entered the building with bright halogen flashlights, their shadowy figures barely seen through the thick smoke.

Smaller groups of 2 or 3 firefighters checked the building’s exterior.

Firefighters on the roof reported finding fire on the roof and they were being pulled from the area before the structure could no longer hold them.

The sound of approaching fire sirens filled the air and then, the Boston Post Road was shut down at Lambert Road and fire hoses were hooked up to a fire hydrant and laid across the street to provide more water for an aerial attack.

That was around 9:50 p.m.

We will try to get an update tomorrow morning.

 

Girls Volleyball: Amity Defeats Shelton

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Oct 212017
 

Amity’s final regular season competition will take place at Mercy High School on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 5:30 p.m.

Girls Swimming and Diving: A Near Perfect Season For The Lady Spartans

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Oct 212017
 

The Lady Spartans Swimming and Diving Team concluded the regular season 10-1-1 on the road last night with a 93-93 tie with Glastonbury.

Once again coach Todd Rainey’s girls had a phenomenal year, showing off their individual and group talents week after week.

Amity’s Winning Events

200-yard Medley Relay: A- 1:58.15 Molly Cox, Emma Grabowski, Vera Belfonti, Amanda Hendrick

200-yard Freestyle: A- 2:03.94 Kayleigh Foley

200 Ind. Medley: A-2:21.65 Jenna Lu

50-yard Freestyle: A- 26.01 Amanda Hendrick

500-yard Freestyle: A- 5:31.64 Kayleigh Foley

200-yard Freestyle Relay: A- 1:44.66  Christiane Delda, Molly Cox, Kalynna Hauser, Amanda Hendrick

100-yard Backstroke: A- 1:04.08 Molly Cox

100-yard Breaststroke: A- 1:14.15 Emma Grabowski

Glastonbury’s Winning Events

Diving: G- 181.70 Briana Feldman

100-yard Butterfly: G- 1:04.27 Marley Milne

100 Freestyle: G- 56.15 Hallie Campbell

400-yard Freestyle Relay: G- 3:51.41 Julia Lord, Ashley Walker, Caleigh Straker, Hallie Campbell

Mark Your Calendars For Music In Motion 2017

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Oct 202017
 

The Amity Music Department presents “Grammy Night” Music In Motion 2017, Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m.  in the John J. Brady Center for the Performing Arts at Amity High School, 25 Newton Road, Woodbridge.

Click HERE to check out the trailer!!

Click HERE to get your tickets today!

Music In Motion 2017 is a fun, exciting, family friendly production that brings elements of the marching arts, dance and music to the stage. The theme this year is “Grammy Night.” Experience an eclectic blend of music like you have never experienced before!

 

Conservation Commission Hosts Owl Prowl on Oct. 20

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Oct 202017
 

Don’t forget that tonight’s the night Friday, Oct. 20 (if you pre-registered) to join the Orange Conservation Commission under the stars for the annual Owl Prowl at the Ewen Farm Preserve at 7 p.m.

There will be a brief introduction about Owls lead by Frank Gallo followed by a guided walk. This
Preserve has an identified area that is known for a variety of Owls which we will walk around on the
tour. We want to give you the experience of seeing and/or hearing wild owls. Species that are most

We want to give you the experience of seeing and/or hearing wild owls. Species that are most
often heard are Barred and Eastern Screech-Owls, but Northern Saw-whet Owls, Great Horned Owls and even Long-eared Owls also are possible.

DRESS WARMLY in boots, down jackets, and wool sweaters, hats and mittens are not overkill for Standing still listening for owls. Flashlights too.

The walk will take about an hour followed by Hot Chocolate and Tea.

This is recommended for ages Kindergarten and up and those who are capable of walking over uneven terrain

Again, there are a limited amount of spots for this exclusive event so it will be based on first come first serve basis.

Also, please dress appropriately based on weather.

Parking for the Ewen Farm Preserve is on GPS 648 St Johns Drive, Orange

Orangectconservationcommission.com

Gas Leak Update

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Oct 192017
 

UPDATE: This just in at 10:38 a.m.

Route 34 E has re-opened after a 90-minute closure due to a ruptured gas line.

Lakeview Drive is still closed while the Gas Co completes its work. Service to homes may be off for a while.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department has just cleared the scene.

Still, as a precautionary measure, please don’t discard lit cigarettes from your vehicle in the area.

Enjoy the weather today and, be careful out there.

Chamber Members, Mark Your Calendars For These Events

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Oct 192017
 

Here is an updated Chamber Calendar for October and November. Chamber Members, mark your calendars and set the alarm on your smartphones.

October

 24 – Business After Hours at The Milford Bank, 1455 Boston Post RoadMilford 5-7 p.m., $15.

Octoberfest Beers, Bourbon & More, Appetisers by Bar 333,”Lock In” vault photo booth by 24/7 Entertainment,

Discount tickets available to the first 15 who register!

Call today: 203-795-3328 or email: director@orangectchamber.com 

 

26 – First Selectman Debate, Town of Orange, Grassy Hill Country Club, Clark Lane, Orange at 6:30 p.m. 

Free and open to the public.

Email Candidate questions to: director@orangectchamber.com

   

November

– “Friendsgiving” BAH at Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, Orange – 5-7 p.m.,

$15 per person, Bring co-workers and friends! You Must Register!

50% percent of the Proceeds to be donated to the Food Bank!

Fabulous Raffle Prizes to celebrate the season!

 

15 –  Women’s Breakfast, Orange & West Haven Chambers at Raymour & Flanagan, 538 Boston Post Road, Orange at 8:00 a.m.

“Yes! You Can Enjoy Networking!” presented by Rob Thomas.

Catered by Eli’s, $5, Reservations Required! 

Open to all women in the West Haven & Orange Area

Email: director@orangectchamber.com 

Everyone Needs Help Some Time. Adopt A Family or Elderly Person For The Holidays

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Oct 192017
 

Every year the Community Services Department for the Town of Orange organizes a gift-giving event for our Resident Families and Elderly in Orange who are in need.  The identities of our recipients are kept confidential for their privacy.  We are asking Orange residents to adopt one of our families or elderly residents or to donate whatever they can to help us out this year.

The families that participate are asked to send us wish lists from their children to help our sponsors with ideas for gift giving, whether it’s a toy, clothing, and a book or gift card. We also request grocery gift cards for perishable items and decorated food baskets, containers, boxes, bags, etc. for our recipients to help them with their food needs.

We will have cutoff dates of November 17th for Thanksgiving and December 15th for Christmas; these are for delivering your donations to our office.

If you would rather send a monetary donation you can donate to the Community Assistance Fund which covers all programs we have in our department.

Send your check to The Town of Orange Community Services Department at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT  06477.

Checks are Payable to:  “Treasurer Town of Orange.”

If you would like to participate in this great cause please contact Kim Callahan at 203-891-4788 Monday thru Fridays 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

BREAKING! Major Gas Leak, Route 34 E Shut Down

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Oct 192017
 

This Just In… Route 34 E is Shut Down due to a ruptured Gas Line (Near Lakeview Drive) toward West Haven Line. (If your gas furnace and hot water heater suddenly stopped working this is why)

The westbound lanes are still open.

Stay clear of the area. DO NOT SMOKE!

There is no estimation for when the road will be reopened. Find an alternate route.