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.

Jan 302015

wind-advisoryA Wind Advisory is in effect from 4 p.m. this afternoon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Be prepared for:

– Strong Winds.

– Winds Northwest 15 To 25 mph With Gusts 45 To 50 mph.

– Strong winds may down some tree limbs and power lines and make driving high profile vehicles difficult especially on elevated roadways and bridges.

A Wind Advisory Is Issued When Sustained Winds Of 31 To 39 mph Or Gusts Of 46 To 57 mph Are Expected Or Occurring. 

Use extra caution.

Jan 292015

BroadwayBoundThe Orange Players will hold auditions for Neil Simon’s “Broadway Bound” at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road on Monday, Feb. 23 and Wednesday, Feb. 25 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The script calls for 6 main characters, 4 men and 2 women.

You may prepare a short monologue of your choosing or a “side” from the script will be provided.  If you have a headshot and theater resume please bring them with you.

The show is directed by Kevin Miller of Stratford and will run May 8- 10th.  Rehearsal will begin in March.

For further information or questions, contact Marianne Miller at (203) 795-3906/marianne_miller@sbcglobal.net or visit the website at www.orangeplayers.net

Jan 292015

BEST-POLICE-Patch-EVER-275x300Orange police served a warrant on a West Haven woman Jan. 19 at 9:35 p.m.

According to the report, Meghan Robinson, 33, of 20 Elizabeth St., surrendered herself at police headquarters after learning of a warrant for her arrest.

The warrant stemmed from an incident on Christmas Day in the parking lot of the Kohl’s store, where Robinson reportedly got into a physical altercation with her girlfriend.

She was charged with third-degree assault and released on a promise to appear in court Jan. 20.


Jan 292015

Police Headquarters

Police Headquarters

An Orange business owner surrendered himself at police headquarters on Jan. 20 at 1:50 p.m. after learning of a warrant for his arrest.

Police said Gomosta Muniruzzaman, 43, of 374 Orange Center Road, was wanted on a warrant stemming from an investigation of credit card fraud perpetrated at the Valero Gas Station, 347 Boston Post Road, Orange, which he owns.

Investigation revealed that a separate person obtained credit cards that did not belong to her, then used them at the Valero Gas Station to purchase gasoline, food, and cigarettes, and also to receive cash advances from the cards.

According to police, Muniruzzaman facilitated these fraudulent transactions. Officers expect to make more arrests in this case.

Muniruzzaman was charged with four counts of conspiracy to commit illegal use of a credit card, conspiracy to commit fourth-degree larceny, four counts of conspiracy to commit receipt of goods by illegal use of credit cards and second-degree filing a false statement.

He was released after posting $7,500 bond for court Feb. 3.


Jan 292015

Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 1.27.38 PMThe Rev. Richard Mallette Sr. passed away on Thursday, January 22, 2015, at the Branford Hospice.

He was the husband of Adrienne Mallette for 53 years. Richard was born on May 2, 1936, the son of Herbert and Marian Mallette in Worcester, Mass and was raised in Athol, Mass. Richard was one of six children.

As a young man, he attended seminary in New York State for four years. He left and joined the U.S. Air Force and served from 1954 – 1958 at the end of the Korean War. Richard returned to the United States and attended Becker College, graduating with his degree in 1960 and moved to Connecticut.

He married Adrienne Terrazano in 1962. He was employed by Standard & Poors for fifteen years, where he rose to the position of General Manager of Circulation and Fulfillment.

In 1977, Richard left his secular career to pursue the call of God on his life. He and his wife Adrienne pioneered a church in West Haven, Connecticut called Living Word Ministries. Through their leadership, they built two church buildings, one located on Bull Hill Lane and one on Meloy Road. Under their pastorate, the congregation experienced continual growth and remains a thriving church.

Living Word Ministries was the first charismatic church in the city of West Haven. Pastor Mallette completed his Doctor of Theology degree from Vision Christian University in 1991. Pastor Mallette retired from the pastorate of Living Word Ministries in November of 2004. He founded a new ministry in 2010 called New Heart Christian Church located in Orange, CT.

Richard leaves behind his wife, Adrienne, and two children, daughter Lauren Mallette and son Richard Jr. and Paloma Mallette, as well as two grandchildren, Juliana and Nathaniel Schull.

A Memorial Service is planned for Saturday, January 31, 2015, at Vertical Church, 225 Meloy Road, West Haven at 10:30am.

Arrangements are in care of the West Haven Funeral Home at the Green.

For online condolences, please visit www.westhavenfuneral.com