Feb 012015

IS5mobohjwdcmt0000000000Open House as seen on Zillow, 466 Cart Lane, Orange, today, Feb. 1 from 12:30 – 2 p.m.

Eye catching 2,129 sqft home, 4 beds, 3 baths, with completely updated interior.

New Kitchen Cabinets (2014) w/ granite and CT backsplash. Hardwood floors throughout including kitchen.

Brand new baths. 2 rooms have been combined to create a sumptuous front to back master bedroom Suite complete with walk in closet, patio doors to deck, large bath with double sinks and glass shower enclosure.

Finished lower level with full CT bath, ideal for mom, home office or teenager heaven. Lower level family room with brick fireplace.

Large deck overlooks heated fabulous in ground salt pool (no chemicals needed).

End of cul de sac in great neighborhood. Home heated by public gas. Updates include Hardie Plank siding that rarely needs painting, new windows, heated garage (separate zone, ideal for contractors), new interior doors, new hot water heater.

Bright and sunny private lot that drenches the pool in sun most times of the day.

Security system installed and home is wired for generator. A special home. 

Jan 312015

Kevin Arnone

Kevin Arnone

When Orange Live opened for business in May 2012, Kevin Arnone joined us as our weather forecaster.

His predictions were always incredibly accurate and he gained quite a following.

Since, Kevin realized his lifelong dream and became affiliated with WTNH-8, but had to give up his own site since it was a conflict of interest.

Our Weather Tab at the top of the page was linked to his website, which he hasn’t updated in a very long time. So we changed the link to his Weather Facebook page, which is nearly always up-to-date.

At times like this when snowstorms, high winds and other hazardous weather are threatening the area, it’s nice to know that you can access a trusted meteorologist with just the click of a tab here on Orange Live.

We welcome Kevin’s updates back to our site and we’re proud to share this Orange native’s expertise with YOU.

Jan 312015

Amity HIgh SchoolThe State Department of Education today announced the winners of a new grant designed to help top-performing schools share best strategies for boosting student performance and replicate those practices throughout Connecticut.

The first Schools of Distinction Best Practice grants were awarded to four schools: Amity Regional High School in Woodbridge, Engineering and Science University Magnet School in New Haven, Clark Lane Middle School in Waterford, and Masuk High School in Monroe. They will serve as Spotlight Schools and help lead efforts to replicate their award-winning programs in schools throughout the state.

“With this grant, we want to shine a light on the best practices for improving student performance and make them available to other schools and districts in the state,” said Interim Commissioner of Education Dr. Dianna R. Wentzell. “These four schools have earned recognition as Schools of Distinction by excelling at high levels of performance. By taking their best ideas and putting them into practice, we will strengthen our efforts to turn around underperforming schools. The winning proposals will serve as models for others to follow, and we will be working with them to help disseminate their ideas and practices.”

The grant required applicants to describe a best practice that the school seeks to share, scale, and replicate. They were asked to summarize the results achieved by the best practice—the impact on students, staff and/or families—and explain how the school would share this strategy with other schools, for example, videos, webinars, toolkits, professional development, and site visits.

Amity Regional High School (Region 5) in Woodbridge was awarded $43,000 for developing a series of remedial supports in math and science aligned to the Connecticut Academic Performance Tests (CAPT) Science. “The faculty and administration at Amity Regional High School welcomes the opportunity to share our best practices related to alignment of curriculum, instruction and assessment, and intervention and remedial programming with our colleagues across the state,” said Amity Regional School District #5 Superintendent of Schools Charles Dumais. “We hope that insight into our programming will offer other professionals ideas that will help them better meet the needs of their students.”

New Haven’s Engineering and Science University Magnet School (Grades 6-12) received $40,000 for a school climate and culture program focused on attendance, behavior management, and engaging families in their children’s education. “In efforts to prepare young people for success in college, career and life, engagement has become one of our top priorities,” said New Haven Superintendent of Schools Garth Harries. “It is an honor to be recognized by the State Department of Education for the best practices that Engineering and Science University Magnet School has implemented to meet each individual student’s needs. We look forward to sharing our successes throughout Connecticut to improve student learning.”

Waterford’s Clark Lane Middle School won $20,000 to develop a literacy program focused on deep understanding of complex material. Waterford Superintendent of Schools Jerry Belair said: “This recognition is well-deserved! The Waterford community is very proud of its middle school and the commitment of its teachers and staff to provide the best learning experience for its young adolescents. We look forward to sharing our best practices with other middle schools across Connecticut.”

Finally, Monroe’s Masuk High School was awarded $16,000 to improve student literacy and to use technology for assessing and analyzing literacy data. “The Monroe school community is proud and honored of the achievement of Masuk High School,” said Monroe Superintendent of Schools James Agostine. “Masuk, and all of our schools, have made significant investments in technology integration through Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) initiatives, inquiry based instruction, and flipped classroom development consistent with the Monroe Board of Education’s Goals and Action Plan. We feel privileged to have the opportunity to share the insights we have gained over the past four years with other Connecticut schools.”

Connecticut recognizes Schools of Distinction as part of its school rating and accountability system. Announced last year during the second annual Schools of Distinction awards in May, 73 schools were invited to submit grant proposals based on their performance that led them to earn the School of Distinction honor.

Out of 10 eligible applications, the Department chose four that were best suited to the purpose of this new grant program. The Department of Education will schedule the four winners to lead a workshop for Alliance District or Commissioner’s Network schools. (Alliance Districts are Connecticut’s 30 lowest-performing districts; Commissioner’s Network schools are the state’s most chronically underperforming schools.)

A total of $122,765 in funding was available with individual awards up to $50,000.

Jan 312015

254 Bull Hill Lane

254 Bull Hill Lane

The Town Plan & Zoning Commission meets at Town Hall Tuesday, Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m.

There is a short agenda this week, including:

1. SITE PLAN APPLICATION – Submitted by Adnan Akil for 254 Bull Hill Lane, owned by the New Haven Islamic Center. The proposal is to locate a 3,000 sq. ft. restaurant & bakery in an existing building.

2. Review of the Minutes of the January 6, 2015 meeting

3. Old Business.

4. New Business.

5. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

-Review of Zoning Activities Log.

Jan 312015

Police Blotter Logo thx DaveOfficers were dispatched to the Burlington Coat Factory, 80 Boston Post Road on a shoplifting complaint, Jan. 24 at 12:18 p.m.

According to the report, Radames Marrero-Garcia, 37, of 104 Hallock Ave., New Haven, was accused of taking $459.77 worth of clothing, watches and cologne from the store without paying. He reportedly ran away when store security confronted him, but officers found him nearby and took him into custody.

He was charged with sixth-degree larceny and possession of a shoplifting device.

During the investigation, officers learned that Marrero-Garcia also was wanted on a warrant from the Farmington Police Department, which was served after his Orange arrest.

He was released after posting $1,000 bond for court Feb. 9. 

Jan 302015

Chandler Howard, President and CEO of Liberty Bank/Liberty Bank Foundation, Jen Romanoff, Amity Teen Center Executive Director, Michael Helfgott, Chairman Liberty Bank Foundation and Jane Opper, Teen Center President.

Chandler Howard, President and CEO of Liberty Bank/Liberty Bank Foundation, Jen Romanoff, Amity Teen Center Executive Director, Michael Helfgott, Chairman Liberty Bank Foundation and Jane Opper, Teen Center President.

The Liberty Bank Foundation has awarded a $2,000 grant to the Amity Teen Center to support the Teens Making a Difference Program.

“The program encourages teens to participate in hands-on community service projects to gain an awareness of the needs in their community,” said Sue Murphy, executive director of Liberty Bank Foundation. “The teens involved learn the importance of community outreach, develop problem-solving and social skills, and encourage leadership and life-long participation in community service.”

“All of us at the Amity Teen Center appreciate the generosity of the Liberty Bank Foundation in rewarding us this grant,” said Jen Romanoff, the Teen Center’s Executive Director.

Since its inception in 1997, the Liberty Bank Foundation has awarded over $8.7 million in grants to nonprofit organizations within Liberty Bank’s market area.  The foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for people of low or moderate income by investing in three areas:  education to promote economic success for children and families; affordable housing; and nonprofit capacity building.  Along with its grantmaking, the foundation strives to foster the convening and collaboration of nonprofits, funders, business, and government to address community issues. 

The Amity Teen Center is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that was formed in 1987.  We provide after school, evening and weekend activities for area teens in grades 7 – 12 in our own 7,000 square foot building at 10 Selden Street in Woodbridge.  Anyone wishing to learn more about the Teen Center, please go to  www.amityteencenter.org

Jan 302015

The Lady Spartans Basketball team takes on Lauralton Hall in Woodbridge tonight (Friday, Jan. 30) at 7 p.m.

This is a very special night for four of the girls — the seniors — Mariana Marchitto (#10), Kaitlain Thomas (#12), Sarah Kilian (#34) and Captain Janaya Young (#52), as this is Senior Night.

We missed seeing Janaya play this season since she is out with an injury, but she is always on the sidelines supporting her team. It’s a shame, really, because she was always such a strong player in whatever sport she took on. She’ll always be remembered for her contributions in past seasons.

Mariana Marchitto

Mariana Marchitto

Sarah Kilian

Sarah Kilian

Kaitlin Thomas

Kaitlin Thomas

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Jan 302015

Scholarship Graphic for Inside PageApplications to the Orange Scholarship Fund are now available at the Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road.

Seniors at any of the local public and private high schools who are residents of Orange and plan to continue their education are eligible to apply, with scholarships being awarded on the basis of need, academic achievement, and community service.

April 15 is the deadline for completed applications.

NOTE: Applications that are incomplete will not be considered.

Jan 302015

Oh, Yes She Did!

Oh, Yes She Did!

The Amity Girls are part of a co op hockey team known as the Blades. On Wednesday, Jan. 28, they went up against the Notre Dame Raiders in Shelton.

The Blades came out strong in the first period scoring their first goal within the first 2 minutes.

At 11:44 they scored again; and less than a minute later at 10:46, they struck again; at 9:30 the fourth goal came in; with just 2:11 left in the period number 5.

End of period score 5-0 Blades.

The second period started strong too, in the first 56 seconds the Blades scored but it wasn’t until there were only 16.3 seconds remaining that they scored again — leaving the Raiders scoreless.

End of period score 7-0 Blades.

In the third period the Blades again was first to score. At 11:11 they logged the 8th point of the game.

In the last 4:30 Notre Dame finally got on the scoreboard, followed by a final goal by the Blades.

Final Score Blades 9 – Notre Dame 1.

(My apologies for the lack of information on this game. I don’t know the players and, as I have said before, I am not a sports writer.)

Jan 302015

Youth Group-Kitchen

Youth Group-Kitchen

The Church of the Good Shepherd’s Youth Group invites everyone to attend their Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Feast on Tuesday Feb. 17 beginning at 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Everyone is encouraged to bring a board game to complement this evening of family fun.

The youth group looks forward to taking over the church’s commercial kitchen! Under the supervision of adult volunteers, the entire event will be prepared and served by the youths. When they get together, a fun time is guaranteed. New youth group members are always welcome. In February, the CGS Youth Group meets every other Friday, beginning on Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. for an Ice Cream Social.  For more information, call the Parish Office.

PrayerShawlKnittingOn Sunday, Feb. 22, between 6-7:30pm, the Prayer Shawl Ministry will host a Pasta Supper in the Parish Hall. Anyone interested in learning how to knit a prayer shawl is invited to join the crafters; a small and dedicated group who create beautiful prayer shawls all year round. 

Good Shepherd is looking to grow its group and would like to help other religious organizations start a Prayer Shawl Ministry. If interested, RSVP and come to the Pasta Supper to learn more.  This is a wonderful ministry to share with individuals who need the comfort of a hug from a blessed prayer shawls.

It doesn’t take much to bring a group of people together when you offer good food and fellowship. This is evident every Wednesday when the Shepherd’s Table opens its doors between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. for its free weekly lunch program with Bingo.

This week was a special week at the Shepherd’s Table as we celebrated its 4th anniversary. If you are in town on Wednesday,  stop in and join the fun. Happy 4th Birthday, Shepherd’s Table!

All are welcome to join the many community programs and services at Good Shepherd, especially as we approach the Lenten Season. For more information, call the Church Office @ 203-795-6577, e-mail Patrice, the Administrative Assistant at [email protected],  visit our website at www.thegoodsheperdorangect.org and/or visit our Facebook page.

The Church of the Good Shepherd is located at 680 Racebrook Road, Orange. The entrance to the Parish Hall is located at the lower level parking lot.