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Sep 012014
 

IMG_7365Today, Labor Day is your last chance to enjoy the St. Barbara Odyssey Greek Festival at 450 Racebrook Road, Orange.

On Monday, Sept.1, the festival runs from noon to 8 p.m.

We don’t want you to miss anything, so here’s Monday’s schedule:

1:00 p.m. Greek Cooking Demo on the front patio

2:00 p.m. Presentation on Greek Orthodoxy in the Church Proper

2:00 p.m. Odyssey Dancers in the Entertainment Area

3:00 p.m. Magic Show: “The Magic of Adam” in the Entertainment Area

3:30 p.m. Greek Cooking Demo on the front patio

IMG_74595:00 p.m. Odyssey Dancers in the Entertainment Area

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Live Greek Music by “The Hellenic Company” in the Entertainment Area

8:00 p.m. Odyssey Raffle Drawing in the Community Center (White House)

And Don’t Forget:

  • Greek marketplace – Gourmet Greek grocery, t-shirts, jewelry, arts & crafts, bookstore
  • Treasures ’n Junque – Odyssey’s giant tag sale
  • Presentations on Greek culture and religion, along with tours of Saint Barbara Church
  • Greek dance performances –Traditional Greek folk dances performed by the ODYSSEY Dancers
  • Greek dance lessons – taught by the ODYSSEY Dancers (5:30 pm, Sat and Sun)
  • Nightly dancing to ODYSSEY’s live Greek band, “The Hellenic Company”
  • Kids’ area – Rides, games, and magic shows.
  • Raffle – A $5 ticket gives you a chance at winning the grand prize of $10,000 cash, or one of 9 additional prizes!

Aug 312014
 

Pam Staneski for State Rep.

Pam Staneski (R) for State Rep. in 119th district

Following is a Press Release from the Independent Party of CT:

At a caucus held on Aug.t 21, the Independent Party of Connecticut voted unanimously to endorse Pam Staneski as their candidate for State Representative in the November election.

This endorsement means Pam Staneski will not just appear on the Republican line, but will also appear on the Independent Party line on the ballot in November.  Connecticut residents not affiliated with either major party make up the largest percentage of voters in the state and desperately need a voice at the State Capitol.

“I have said all along my campaign is about putting the people of Milford and Orange ahead of any party politics. As a state representative, I pledge to put the needs of the people of the 119th district above the wants of party leaders and special interest,” said Staneski. 

The Milford Independent Party also welcomed Pam on the ballot on Aug. 23. Chair Rocco Frank said, “The endorsement by the Independent Party is given to candidates, like Pam, that exemplify the ideals of honest people for honest government and are supported by the registered members of the Independent Party.” 

According to the Milford Independent Party both Democrats and Republicans are invited to seek their endorsement and participate each year. Pam’s nomination was voted on and endorsed by Party members based on their core principles of good, honest government requiring political leaders work for the people not their respective political party.

 The 119th District is comprised of parts of Milford and Orange. 

NOTE: Staneski will go up against State Rep. James Maroney (D).

Aug 312014
 

The weather was perfect for picture taking at the Odyssey Greek Festival in Orange on Saturday.

Here are a few of my favorites. To see the complete album or to order photos click HERE.

Aug 312014
 

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UPDATE:  6:34 p.m. Sunday.

The rain has stopped in Orange and the Labor Day Concert is ON! (Rain or Shine)

The Town Of Orange and OTN present the Canadian Band “Dreamer.”

In its Connecticut debut, “Dreamer” will give you the Supertramp Experience on Labor Day weekend.

Parking is $5 per car with proceeds going to the Amity Teen Center.

You know the music, “The Logical Song,” “Goodbye Stranger,” and “Dreamer” Come on down to the Orange Fairgrounds Gazebo, 525 Orange Center Road on Sunday, Aug. 31 from 7-9:30 p.m.

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Aug 312014
 

A screen shot of the doppler Weather map at 4:49 p.m.

A screen shot of the doppler Weather map at 4:49 p.m.

Labor Day weekend has a couple of things residents and visitors have been waiting for: The Greek Festival and the Labor Day Concert. Will Mother Nature cooperate and allow folks to enjoy these last 2 official days of summer, or will she rain on the parade?

If WTNH 8′s Sam Kantrow is correct in his report on WXEdge it seems that today’s warmer and more humid weather with some  heavy rain and moderate to severe thunderstorms may just ruin the holiday for anyone who’d made plans to attend one or both of the events in Orange.

If you are planning on going to the Greek Festival, remember that it opens at noon. You will have a couple of hours to have lunch and enjoy a performance by the Odyssey Dancers at 2 p.m. The dancers are scheduled to perform at 4:30 p.m. too, but be prepared, because a line of thunderstorms could start moving through a little after 5 p.m.

IMG_7648The Taste of Israel Bar-B-Q at 261 Derby Ave. from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. also may be adversely affected by this potential storm front. 

The town’s Labor Day Concert at the Orange Fairgrounds Gazebo, 525 Orange Center Road from 7-9:30 p.m. also may be ruined. it’s scheduled to go on rain or shine, so bring your umbrellas or set yourself up under the pavilion. 

As far as the final day of the Greek Festival, Kantrow said, “Tomorrow starts muggy again, some with a bit of fog. With a bit of sun, we’ll see some more t-storms during the afternoon but they’re not widespread.”

St. Barbara’s Greek Church saw perfect festival weather on Friday and Saturday. For now, we’ll just have to hold our breath and keep our eyes to the sky — hope for the best and get out as soon as the church grounds open at noon.

 

 

 

 

 

Aug 312014
 

Screen Shot 2014-08-31 at 9.38.31 AMZeata Ann Witheril, 81, of Guilford, formerly of Hamden and Orange, passed away August 26, 2014, surrounded by her family.

She was the beloved wife of 62 years to the late Eugene A. Witheril, and is survived by her loving children, Linda Kasowitz and her husband Marvin of West Haven, Patrick Witheril and his wife Denise of Guilford and Peggy Choiniere and her husband Ed of Bethany, grandchildren, Kate Kasowitz and her husband Frank McCarty, Allison Romanoff and her husband John, Jill Kasowitz, Meghan Witheril, Stefanie Benoit and her husband Joseph, Sydney Witheril, Matthew & Timothy Eckman, EJ, Cherilyn, Billy, Michael, and Joey Choiniere.

She is also survived by her great-grandchildren, Grace McCarty, Charlotte Romanoff, Amelie Choiniere, Luke Benoit, and Ella Witheril, and lifelong best friends Joanne & Dick Westphal of FL and her puppy Daisy.

Loving sister of Billy Buetow of Pollack Pines, CA, and Mitzi Slater of Stewart, FL.

Mrs. Witheril was predeceased by her infant son Gerald Witheril, and 2 brothers George Straube and Tommy Buetow.

Zeata was born in Racine, WI, Oct. 23, 1932 a daughter of the late George Straube and Maxine Buetow and had resided in Hamden for many years.

She was employed by the Thompson Agency of Farmington and the Monarch Insurance Agency of Orange prior to her retirement.

Zeata will be remembered for her ageless beauty, her radiant smile, her kind heart and her ability to light up any room she entered. She found unending joy in loving her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be sadly missed but cherished memories of her will last forever.

Interment service in Beaverdale Memorial Park will be private.

Arrangements in care of BEECHER & BENNETT, 2399 WHITNEY AVE., HAMDEN, Memorial contributions may be sent to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT, 06405 or to Branford Hills Healthcare Center, 139 Alps Rd. Branford, CT 06405.

To send a condolence please see obituary @ www.beecherandbennett.com

Aug 312014
 

ISdk8c35fzwiro1000000000This custom built 4,500 square foot Colonial has 3 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, designer sun drenched kitchen w/granite counters, double ovens & stainless steel appliances livingroom & formal dining room w/hardwood floors, family room w/fireplace, finished Walk-out garden level w/full bathroom, 2 additional rooms ideal w/home office & guest room, 2 car garage and more.

Beautiful 3.05 acre lot.

Home is offered for $499,900.

Come on out to this open house on Sunday, Aug. 31 from 2-4 p.m. to see it yourself.

 

 

 

Aug 312014
 

Greek FoodYou have 2 more days to enjoy the St. Barbara Odyssey Greek Festival at 450 Racebrook Road, Orange.

On Sunday, Aug. 31, the festival runs from noon to 10 p.m.

We don’t want you to miss anything, so here’s Sunday’s schedule.

1:30 p.m. Presentation on Greek Orthodoxy in the Church Proper

2 p.m. Odyssey Dancers in the Entertainment Area

2:30 p.m. Greek Cooking Demo on the front patio

2:30 p.m. Presentation on Greek Orthodoxy in the Church Proper

3 p.m. Magic Show: “The Magic of Adam” in the Entertainment Area

3:30 p.m. St. Barbara Choir Performance in the Church Proper

4 p.m. Greek Cooking Demo on the front patio

4:30 p.m. Odyssey Dancers in the Entertainment Area

5:30 p.m. Greek Dance Lessons in the Entertainment Area

6 p.m.  to 10 p.m. Live Greek Music by “The Hellenic Company” in the Entertainment Area

7 p.m. Presentation on Greek Orthodoxy in the Church Proper

8 p.m. Odyssey Dancers in the Entertainment Area

And Don’t Forget:

  • Greek marketplace – Gourmet Greek grocery, t-shirts, jewelry, arts & crafts, bookstore
  • Treasures ’n Junque – Odyssey’s giant tag sale
  • Presentations on Greek culture and religion, along with tours of Saint Barbara Church
  • Greek dance performances –Traditional Greek folk dances performed by the ODYSSEY Dancers
  • Greek dance lessons – taught by the ODYSSEY Dancers (5:30 pm, Sat and Sun)
  • Nightly dancing to ODYSSEY’s live Greek band, “The Hellenic Company”
  • Kids’ area – Rides, games, and magic shows.
  • Raffle – Have a chance at winning the grand prize of $10,000 cash, or 9 additional prizes!

Aug 302014
 

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). 

Originally Published on: Aug 26, 2014 @ 21:59

Aug 302014
 

As parents, you know it’s important to have access to a calendar for your child’s school year.

Here is a LINK to the Amity Region 5 calendar.

And, here is a LINK for the Orange School District calendar.

Both Region 5 and Orange have their own websites that you should check throughout the school year for updates and messages.

The Orange District Website can be found at http://www.oess.org/

Individual schools have their own links:

Mary L. Tracy http://www.oess.org/page.cfm?p=1644

Mary L Tracy Bus Information:

Morning Pickup: 
    Refer to the school district in which the student resides for bus stop information.

Afternoon Drop-off:
    School bus will bring the student directly to to the residence in which he/she resides.  A parent or guardian that is registered at the school must be present at the residence or the student will be returned to Mary L Tracy school.

 

Screen Shot 2014-08-30 at 2.07.23 PMPeck Place http://www.oess.org/page.cfm?p=1645

Peck School Bus Routes: http://tirollobus.com/Peck_Place_Page.html

Screen Shot 2014-08-30 at 2.06.08 PMRace Brook http://www.oess.org/page.cfm?p=1646

Race Brook Bus Routes: http://tirollobus.com/Racebrook_Page.html

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Turkey Hill http://www.oess.org/page.cfm?p=1647

Turkey Hill Bus Routes: http://tirollobus.com/Turkey_Hill_School.html

Open House Dates by school: Race Brook – Sept. 9; Mary L. Tracy – Sept. 16; Turkey Hill – Sept. 18 7-9 p.m. parents only; Peck Place – Sept. 23. 7 pm parents only.

The Amity Region 5 Website is http://www.amityregion5.org/

The link to Amity High School is http://www.amityregion5.org/schools/amity_regional_high_school
The link to Amity Middle School is http://www.amityregion5.org/schools/amity_middle_school-_orange

 

Amity HIgh SchoolAmity Board of Ed meetings:

Regular meetings of the Amity Regional School District #5 Board of Education are held the second Monday of every month, unless otherwise noted. All meetings, with the
exception of October, 2014, will be held in the designated room at Amity High School, located at 25 Newton Road, Woodbridge, CT 06525. Meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Here is the meeting schedule for Sept – Dec. 2014

Monday – September 8, 2014

Monday – October 20,2014 (Exception) At Amity Middle School, Bethany 190 Luke Hill Rd. Bethany, CT 06524

Monday – November 10, 2014

Monday – December 8, 2014

Orange’s elected representatives on the ABOE are Christopher Browe, Sue Cohen, Diane Crocco, Steven DeMaio, John Grasso, Thomas Hurley and Tracey Russo.

 

Copy of orangemsAmity Middle School PTSO

The PTSO currently has openings for the President and Secretary posts.

Board members are: Cindy Figuly– Vice President; Kathleen Fuller-Cutler – Second Vice President; Mary Shaw – Treasurer

Cindy Figuly– Vice President; Kathleen Fuller-Cutler – Second Vice President; Mary Shaw – Treasurer

Drop a suggestion, question or ‘issue’ to the PTSO mailbox: [email protected]

Here is the meeting schedule from Sept – Nov 2014

Monday, September 8, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Orange Board of Ed

All meetings are held in the Upstairs Conference Room located in the Board of Education Offices and begin at 7:30 p.m.

Here is the meeting schedule for Sept – Dec. 2014

Monday, September 8, 2014

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Monday, November 10, 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014

Elected Members of the Orange Board of Ed are: Chairman William Kraut, Vice Chairman Jody Dietch, Keith Marquis, Deanna Pucillo, Karen deFur-Maxwell, Christian Young, Jeffery Cap, Kimberley Browe, Robert Ricciardi, Susan Riccio.