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FINAL: Amity School Budget Referendum Passes In All Three Towns

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May 032016
 

amity districtThe $47,835,699 Amity Budget Referendum took place in all three member towns today, Tuesday, May 3 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Voters in the town of Orange, which pays the lions share of the cost 48.740% totaling $22,561,538, passed the budget with 257 YES, 100 NO

In Woodbridge, which is responsible for 30.871% or $14,290,054, the totals were 256 YES, 132 NO.

In Bethany, where the allocation is 20.389% at $9,437,981 — voter turnout was the lowest in years at only 6% — 171 voted YES, 73 voted NO.

The Amity Budget PASSED 684-305.

 

Originally published 8:43 p.m.

 

Notes In A Nutshell: May 3 Town Plan and Zoning

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May 032016
 

Plan & ZoningThe Orange Town Plan And Zoning Commission met at Town Hall on Tuesday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Before going into the public hearings, Zoning Enforcement Officer Paul Dinice addressed some blight issues in town.

PUBLIC HEARINGS *(2)

5. SPECIAL PERMIT APPLICATION for the conversion of a single family dwelling to accommodate an elderly apartment for property known as 1026 Field Drive, Orange. Submitted by property owner Susan D. Abate. To create an elderly apartment.

Discussion: Owner Vinny Abate addressed the Commission, stating that the section of the home would be used by his adult daughter. 

No construction is necessary and all department heads have signed off on the plans. 

The application passed unanimously. 

6. PETITION TO AMEND the Orange Zoning Map. Submitted by Orange Land Development LLC. To change the zoning designation of the subject property from LI-2/TODD Overlay to TODD. The submission includes a “concept plan” as required by the Orange Zoning Regulations.

The subject property is an 8.091-acre site located beyond the eastern end of Salemme Lane. It is bordered by Dichello Distributors to the south; CTDOT Railroad right-of- way to the east; Yale University West Campus to the north; and Salemme Lane/Town of Orange, N/F Salemme-Riccio, and N/F Sixty Five Marsh Hill Road, LLC to the west.

The parcel is currently undeveloped. The subject property is shown as “0 Marsh Hill Road,” containing 8.091 acres, on Map #2369 on file at the Orange Town Clerk’s office, and is designated by the Orange Assessor as Map/Block/Lot 3-1- 1.

Since all of the presented plans meet the town regulations. The Commission voted Unanimously to approve the zone change. 

NEXT: A site plan must be submitted.

 

 

You Have A Voice: Amity Budget Referendum Today 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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May 032016
 

referendumThe Amity Budget Referendum will take place this Tuesday, May 3, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at High Plains Community Center.

Here is a link to the 130 page $47,835,699 2016-2017 approved budget with a 1.99% increase, that you will be voting to approve or reject.

Once again, Orange’s share of the cost is significantly higher than the other two member towns, due to the student population [Bethany 461 students, 20.389% allocation/Woodbridge 698 students, 30.871% allocation and Orange 1,102 students with a 48.740% allocation]

Here are each of the town’s costs [shown with the monetary difference from the current budget] Bethany will pay $9,437,981 [<$3,164]; Woodbridge’s share is $14,290,054 [>$783,399]; and Orange’s cost will be $22,561,538 [>$160,644].

Following are links to an explanatory summary text the budget: CCF05012016_0001, CCF05012016

Annual Community Tag Sale on The Green This Weekend

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May 032016
 

Church-aerial-viewThe Orange Congregational Church Pilgrim Fellowship Youth Groups will sponsor the Annual Community Tag Sale on the Orange Town Green, Orange Center Road, Saturday, May 7, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

A space can be rented for $25.00 (with table provided = $30.00) by calling the Orange Congregational Church Office at 203-795-9749.

Coffee and donuts will be on sale by the Youth Group, as well as, hot dogs and soda.

If it rains, the Tag Sale will be held on May 14.

Shop To Help The Amity Theater Kids Go To Scotland

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May 032016
 

Amity Students Perform in the Spring Musical

Amity Students Perform in the Spring Musical

Material Girls Boutique, 463 Boston Post Road, Orange, will host a fundraising evening on Tuesday, May 3, 6 – 8 p.m. to support the Amity Creative Theater and students going to Scotland to attend the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh.

Mother’s Day, Graduation, Prom and many other occasions are almost here, find the perfect gifts. Shop for yourself and find the hottest trends in jewelry including, Lokai and Mantraband bracelets, monogram jewelry, clothing, gifts and so much more!
Shop during this shopping night out, or if you can’t make the event shop anytime during store hours through Sunday, May 8, and mention Amity Creative Theater. If you can’t make it in, you can order gift certificates, monogram jewelry and more over the phone at 203-298-9062.

Orange Rotary Announces Annual Mother’s Day Rose Sale

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May 022016
 

 

0_floric_valentine_12_roses_largeThe Orange Rotary Club host its annual Rose Sale fundraiser on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 (Mother’s Day Weekend).

The cost is $18/dozen which includes Baby’s Breath, greenery, and a care packet.

There will be a variety of colors from which to choose and they will make a wonderful gift for the love of your life. All proceeds from the event will go towards supporting Rotary’s initiatives both in the local community and abroad.

Roses may be pre-ordered by calling the Rotary phone number (203) 516-0870 or e-mailing the Rose Sale Project Manager, Rich Pittala [email protected] or by contacting any Orange Rotarian.

Roses will be available for pick-up between 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Friday, May 6 in front of High Plains Community Center and then on Saturday, May 7 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Orange Transfer Station and at Dip Top across from the Firelight Plaza.

Don’t miss out, order now.

Originally Published on: Apr 21, 2016 @ 09:40

Boys Lacrosse: Amity Battles Branford In Overtime

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May 022016
 

IMG_0501The Amity Spartans Boys Lacrosse Team hosted the Branford Hornets in Woodbridge today.
The home team took an early lead in the first quarter (2-1), but Branford pulled ahead with 2 goals in the second (3-2).
Amity tied things up in the third quarter (3-3) and each team scored 1 goal in the fourth (4-4) forcing the game into overtime.
Both teams battled for the win, but in the end the Spartans were stung by the Hornets when the visitors scored 1 final goal, taking a 5-4 victory.
Scoreboard
Branford 1-2-0-1-1 = 5
Amity      2-0-1-1-0 = 4
Noteable players:
Amity: Mike Cavanagh hit in 2 goals, Mark DellaTorre 1 goal and 1 assist, Adam Cusano 1 goal, Sam King had 1 assist.
Branford: Brian Nichols made 2 goals, Robert Lionetti, John Duffy, and Bradley Valalik each made 1 goal.
Branford outshot Amity 42 – 21
Amity goalie Matt Perrotti made 14 saves; Zach Degoursey made 10 saves for Branford.
Records: Amity 4-6; Branford 5-6.

This Month’s Events At the Orange Congregational Church

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May 022016
 

orange congregational churchOrange Congregational Church, 205 Meeting House Lane, announces the following events planned for this month.

Everyone is welcome to come to worship the regular Sunday worship services taking place at 8 a.m. in the Chapel or 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary.

The annual Tag Sale, sponsored by the youth of the Pilgrim Fellowship, will be held on Sat, May 7, from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. on the Orange Town Green.

On Sunday, May 15 there will be only one worship service at 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary, where we will welcome this year’s Confirmation Class as members of our church community.

On Wednesday May 18, please join us for a midweek service at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary, in the Taize style which uses meditative chants and periods of silence to create an atmosphere of contemplative worship.

Children’s Sunday will take place on May 22 at the 10:00 a.m. worship service, hosted by our Church School children and their leaders.

On Sunday May 29, there will be only one worship service at 9:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary.

The Orange Congregational Church Nursery School will also have their annual Bake Sale.  Many baked goods, sweet treats, hot coffee and cold drinks and much more will be available at their tent on the green during the Memorial Day parade.

Woodbridge Man Wins Cinco K De Mayo Road Race

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May 022016
 

IMG_1007The weather was cold, wet and raw for the Cohen and Wolfe Cinco K De Mayo Road Race when it stepped off at 10 a.m. on Sunday May 1. But that didn’t stop dozens of die-hard runners from pushing themselves to the brink to cross the finish line.

This year’s overall winner, Jeffrey Townsend, 44, of Woodbridge, a familiar name at Orange races, kept up a 6:05 minute pace to cross the line first at 18:56.

He was followed by two other 40-somethings about 30 seconds later: Scott Kaplanka, 40, of Ansonia, at 19:31 and Roland Beaudette, 46, of Orange, at 19:36.

Orange’s Mason Beaudette, 12, finished 1 minute and 16 seconds after his dad at 20:52, placing first in his age group.

Alicja Stannard, 34, was the first female finisher at 21:00.

Click HERE to see the full results. 

Winners List by Division.

See ALL photos at https://www.facebook.com/Orangectlive.

Obituary: Eileen O’Brien, 74, Beloved Mother of Catherine-Ann Knudsen

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May 022016
 

Screen Shot 2016-05-02 at 12.11.37 AMEileen O’Brien (Fitzgerald) of Stony Point, NY, 74 years old passed away at home on April 28, 2016.

Eileen was born in Bronx, NY on January 19, 1942 to Nora (Keenaghan) and Maurice Fitzgerald. She graduated from Cathedral High School and married John O’Brien in 1962. She moved to Stony Point in 1970 and was a parishioner of Immaculate Conception Church.

She worked as a licensed practical nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital.

She is survived by her sons John (Shari) of Stony Point, NY, Francis of Stony Point, NY, Thomas (Patricia) of Sugar Loaf, NY and her daughter Catherine-Ann Knudsen (Thomas) of Orange, CT, her sister Sister Kathleen Fitzgerald, her grandchildren Nicole and Cassidy O’Brien and Thomas, Christine and Matthew Knudsen, in addition to many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband John, her parents Nora and Maurice, her stepfather Francis Magarahan, and her sisters Mary Boyle and Rita Costello.

Family will receive friends on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9pm at Higgins Funeral Home in Stony Point, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church in Stony Point. Followed by interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, NY.