Aug 272014

Israel barbequeChabad of Orange – Woodbridge and the Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy present the second annual A Taste of Israel Bar-B-Q at 261 Derby Ave, Orange on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. 

Join us under the big white tent and experience authentic Israeli BBQ food and juice bar.

All-You-Can-Eat with music, spirited fun for adults, crafts and play activities for children. Shop our Little Jerusalem Shuk for Local Produce, Candy, Judaica Items & more!

Menu includes: Chicken Kabobs, Zatar Chicken Wings, Pulled Barbeque Beef on Pita, Hot Dogs, Falafel, Grilled  Vegetables, Summer Cous Cous Salad, Israeli Potato Salad, Israeli Chopped Salad, Corn on the Cob, Watermelon and lots more!

Tickets are: Adults – $15; Chlldren Under 10 – $6; Children Under 3 – Free

Tickets are available online at www.chabadow.org or call 203-795-7095, e-mail [email protected]

Originally Published on: Aug 18, 2014 @ 21:21

Aug 262014

orange police duiPolice on patrol on Derby Avenue came upon a vehicle sitting stationary in the westbound lane of Route 34 on Aug. 14 at 1:44 a.m.

When officers approached the vehicle they noticed it was in gear and the driver, Thomas LaBlanc, 40, of 56 Saint Joseph Street #421, of Fall River, MA, seemed to be asleep.

Upon waking him, officers administered standardized roadside sobriety tests

LaBlanc was subsequently taken into custody and charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI).

He was released after posting $100 bond for court Aug. 28.


Aug 262014

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). 

Aug 262014

IMG_7128On Aug. 25, I shared an inside view of Peck Place School from a tour I took the previous Tuesday. 

At that time, some teachers were unloading boxes, setting up bulletin boards and getting comfortable in their classrooms, anxious to start the new school year with their students. 

The one thing that was missing was the custom cabinetry … and it is still missing. 

This morning, Supt. Lynn McMullin said the cabinets had been loaded onto trucks and left the suppliers’ — they were expected to arrive tomorrow (Wednesday, Aug. 27).

According to McMullin, the installers made a promise to work the entire weekend, including Sunday in order to get the job done (or as close to finished as possible).

Will Peck Place School have a prefect opening or an “okay” opening on Sept. 2?

Perfect: If the cabinets are completely installed and teachers can get all of their books and supplies put away.

Okay: Classrooms will have boxes on the floor and teachers will retrieve whatever they need from them during the first couple of days of school. 

If the cabinets are not done before school open, the workers will come in after school. The School of the 21st Century will go on normally, and the decision to have the cabinet installers begin work at 3:30 p.m. or 6 p.m. will be made next week. If the noise disrupts the School of the 21st Century, then workers will begin at 6 p.m. after the students have gone home. 

In the event that more time is needed, students at Peck Place School may be put on the half day schedule on Thursday and Friday, so that when they return to school on Monday, Sept.8 they will find the “perfect” school.

The condenser installation and roof trim work will be completed by the weekend. 

“Everything else is done except the cabinets,” McMullin said.

The parent’s open house also may be delayed since Principal Eric Carbone and the BOE want them to get their first look at a “perfect” school – not an incomplete school.

Aug 262014

Undercover Colors detects date rape drugs

Undercover Colors detects date rape drugs

You can’t control what your daughter does when away at college. One night she may be out with her friends and a handsome young man sends a drink over to her table.

Their eyes meet, she twirls her hair with one hand while swirling her drink with her finger and immediately she will know if Prince Charming is a gentleman or a predator.

Renowned Forensic Scientist Dr. Henry Lee shared THIS LINK on his Facebook page that females of all ages should find very interesting.

It explains how a new nail polish can detect date rape drugs.

Aug 262014

Screen shot 2014-08-14 at 5.30.48 PMAmity Class of 1994 20 Year Reunion. Come join our class on September 27 and see how much has changed.

The festivities will get under way, Saturday, Sept. 27th, at 7 p.m. with buffet dinner and DJ at The Woodbridge Club, 10 Milhaven Road, Woodbridge.

Tickets are $60 per person.

Beer and soda will be provided along with a cash bar. Feel free to bring any other “spirits” you’d like to enjoy.Please RSVP and pay online, as early as possible (by Sept. 15).

It is required to RSVP and pay online before the Reunion.

Find all the details here: http://spoch76.wix.com/amityclass1994


Originally Published on: Aug 14, 2014 @ 17:35

Aug 262014

film-enough-said-2013The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, continues its Film Buffs series with another installment next Thursday.

Come to the library for a showing of the movie “Enough Said,” starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini on Thursday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m.

A divorced woman decides to pursue the man she’s interested in, then learns he’s her new friend’s ex-husband.

The film is 93 minutes. Rated PG-13.

Aug 252014

Amity HIgh SchoolWith the first day of school just weeks away, Amity High School Principal Charles Britton wasted no time in getting the first e-mail of the season out to district parents.

Among the things Britton shared in his first e-mail blast was that Amity (Region 5) schools will be using PowerSchool, a new student management software program.

PowerSchool will provide parents and students online access to student schedules, grades, attendance, biographical information and other school records. A letter will be mailed home at the end of this week to parents,  Britton wrote.

The letter will provide information about creating a parent account and linking student accounts to the parent account and it will contain unique IDs and passwords for each student.

Parents who have trouble accessing PowerSchool may call the Amity High School IT Help Desk at 203-397-6025 or by e-mailing the Amity IT Tech Director, Shaun DeRosa at [email protected].

Training for Parents

The Region 5 IT Office is planning a PowerSchool training for parents, Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 12-3 p.m. in the Amity High School media center.

For more information about the training and to RSVP, e-mail  Lisa Lassen, Amity computer content coach, at [email protected].

Aug 252014

or-shalom-at-gazeboCongregation Or Shalom will host its annual Shabbat Service under the Gazebo at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Friday evening, September 5 at 7 p.m.
The Rabbi will bring his guitar and lead us in a joyful “sing-along” service.
This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce prospective members to Or Shalom and Rabbi Wainhaus.

About 100 people attend this Service each year.

Some chairs are provided but you are encouraged to bring your own lawn chair.

(Note: the grounds will be available prior to the Or Shalom event, if you would like to bring a blanket and picnic.)



Aug 252014

IMG_7146I took a tour of Peck Place School on Aug. 19, so I could see for myself how things were coming along with the building project.

From what I saw, I can say with confidence that students and parents will be pleased with the “new” school, after spending six months of the 2013-14 school year at the Yale Campus.

When you step in through the front doors of Peck Place School, and every other Orange school, you will find yourself inside the  Sally Port where a security guard will point you in the direction of the main office. From there you will be approved and allowed to enter the school.

The library no longer has the “spaceship” shape in the center, the entire space is open and bright. The library staff has been busy over the past couple of weeks restocking the shelves and making the space their own again.

The hallways that used to be rather dark, now are bright with energy efficient lighting and a fresh coat of paint.

As we walked through the classrooms, it was brought to my attention that there no longer is insulation sitting on top of the ceiling tiles and the rooms can now “breathe.” During the entire tour the temperature inside was comfortable, both in the classrooms and the hallways.

The insulation is inside the walls and everything is set up so the pipes will not freeze (which, if you recall caused the catastrophic flooding last winter.)

Each room has new univents (heating/cooling units) that were in the process of being installed last week.

Water fountains are no longer inside the classrooms, but located in the hallways so the water comes down from the interior walls, not the exterior walls. (Another decision to prevent water pipes from being effected by the temperature during a deep freeze.)


If you are wondering why the town had to go out to bid for new cabinets, the answer is simple if you are familiar with the school, some of the walls are curved and basic straight cabinetry would not fit properly (wasting space and leaving a gap between the wall and the back of the cabinet).

The Orange BOE put it out to bid and received that number on May 8, which was the last day to submit it to the state (for reimbursement). The cabinets were ordered and expected to be delivered by Aug. 15.


Everything that was brought to Yale last winter has been returned to Peck Place School. Last week desks were still stacked up in the gymnasium, and some items were still inside trailers in the parking lot. But don’t worry, they will all be put in their proper places by next Tuesday.

Setting up

Teachers have already been busy setting up their classrooms, putting their bulletin boards together, sorting books and anxiously awaiting the first day of school.

The teachers who were prepping their spaces last week expressed how happy they were with the brightness of their rooms. (And No, the rooms don’t smell like paint)

The gymnasium has freshly painted walls, and a beautiful new floor (the old one buckled under 2-inches of water during the flood).

The hallway leading in from the playground has a sturdy carpet, so the floors don’t get slippery during damp weather.

The computer lab has new lighting, which is muted so it doesn’t cast a glare on the computer screens.

The move from electric to gas will not only save on the heating bill, but has proved to work on keeping the temperature comfortable throughout the school.

Finishing touches

The school will be open for teachers on Wednesday, through Saturday and again on Sept. 1 so everything will be perfect when the kids step off the school busses on Tuesday.

Small things like the roof trim, which will not effect the students most likely will be done before Sept. 2. The roof itself has been completed.

Trees have been trimmed back so the security cameras have the perfect line-of-sight. The butterfly garden also has been trimmed down.

The parking lot will not be paved immediately, that’s a project for next year.

Parents are invited to an open house the evening of the first day of school.

An Open House for the entire community will be scheduled for a Sunday at the end of September, so everyone can see what’s been done.

Principal Eric Carbone is looking forward to welcoming the students back “home.”