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Goldblatt Addresses The Anti-Semitic, Hate Issues In Amity Region

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Nov 152018

Most people are disturbed by the things we’ve heard about vandalism and actions leaning toward hatred and anti-Semitism coming from our regional high school.

At this week’s Orange Board of Selectmen’s meeting, longtime Selectman Mitch Goldblatt made the following statement before the board:

“I stand before you tonight as a graduate of the Amity Class of 1975 and the proud father of two Amity graduates, the latest just this past June. But, as I stand here wearing my Amity colors, none of us could foresee the hate and bigotry that we have heard about at the high school in just the last few days.

I am proud of the courageous Amity students who were willing to stand up to such hate and expose the anti-Semitism, racism, and homophobia that exists there.

Amity represents friendship and a bond between the towns of Bethany, Orange, and Woodbridge. That very fabric is being torn by the vile and disgusting acts that have caused many students not to feel safe in their own school.
This hurts all of us and weakens us not just as a school system, but as a community; for this is not just an Amity problem, it is a community problem.

I am pleased that the Amity administration has quickly taken a leadership role in not only inviting students into listening sessions over the past two days, but also by partnering with clergy, elected officials, law enforcement, the Anti-Defamation League, and others to address this issue that exists in our schools and our community.

As town leaders, I expect us to work with the administration in any way possible to understand and then end this intolerance of others. As a first step, I urge all of you to join me this Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the annual Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service being held this year at Holy Infant Church. Let us come together to show our respect for each other’s faiths and rise together as one community during this holiday season.

Those who participate in hate crimes should be held accountable and punished.

However, from this negative publicity, sadness, and shock, I can only hope that we will become a stronger community and a stronger Amity so that we can all be proud once again because Hate Has No Home Here!”

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.

Don’t forget to wear warm footwear with traction, the roads aren’t the only surfaces that will be slippery.

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.