Last Chance To Register For Tuesday’s Morning Jolt

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May 212018

The Orange Chamber of Commerce invites all local business owners to join in Coffee and Conversation at Eli’s Restaurant, 285 Boston Post Road, Orange, on Tuesday, May 22 from 8 to 9 a.m.

Bring your business cards and be ready to network with other business professionals.

Get leads and meet other Chamber Businesses.

This event is Free and OPEN to local businesses.

RSVP today to director@orangectchamber.com

Jamie Hulley’s Memory Lives On Through Arts Grants To Local Schools

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May 212018

The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation, based in Orange, provides grants to different area schools and organizations to help enrich the lives of young people.
One example was a recent grant to Meladee Ruzbarsky’s third-grade class at Bethany Community School to fund a production of the fairy tale play “Lost In The Attic,” with Magic Storybook Productions, headed by Bethany resident Maria Douglas.
The children performed the play before a full house at their school on May 9.
The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation depends on donations from the public to provide these excellent programs.
We’ll keep you posted on information about their upcoming annual fundraising Gala in September.

WARNING: Resident Reports Attempted Early Morning Car Break-In

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May 202018

Thief Looking Through A Car Window.

An Argyle Road resident reported that 3 or 4 men attempted to break into her car in the “middle of the night” at around 3 a.m. on Sunday.

The vehicle was locked, as Orange police have suggested many times in the past, so they did not gain entry.

There was no damage, nor was anything stolen and police were called to the scene.

Remember, the best way to protect your home and property is to lock your doors and to keep valuables out of sight.

If by chance, you experience something like this on your property or see any suspicious vehicles or people in your neighborhood call the Orange Police Department and they will send a patrol officer out to investigate/check the area.

The phone number is 203-891-2130.

Upcoming Events At The Case Memorial Library

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May 202018

The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, Orange, offers the following upcoming events:

Oscar Film: Call Me By Your Name
Monday, May 21, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, May 23, 1 p.m.

2 hr. 12 min. R. In 1980s Italy, a romance blossoms between a seventeen-year-old student and the older man hired as his father’s research assistant.

Books & Breakfast Morning Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, May 22, 10 a.m.
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult: When her reluctance to treat the newborn of a white supremacist couple results in the child’s death, an African-American nurse is placed on trial and is aided by a white public defender who urges her not to bring up race in the courtroom. Discussion led by Carol Davidson. Check for copies at the Circulation Desk. Refreshments will be served.

Film: The Philadelphia Story
Tuesday, May 22, 2 p.m.
When a rich woman’s ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself. 1 hr. 52 min.

Preschool STEM Storytime: Water
Wednesday, May 23, 3 p.m.
Can a fairytale or picture book really be used to teach science?  See how with Ms. Michelle!  We’ll read the book together as a group, learn more about the story through our re-telling, then make a scientific craft or try some hands-on experiments together.  This storytime is best for children ages 3-5, but older siblings are welcome.

Film: Bringing Up Baby
Tuesday, May 29, 2 p.m.
While trying to secure a $1 million donation for his museum, a befuddled paleontologist is pursued by a flighty and often irritating heiress and her pet leopard, Baby.

Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register.

Phone: 203-891-2170

Here’s Your Opportunity To Get The Answers You’ve Been Seeking

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May 202018


ORANGE LAND TRUST ANNUAL MEETING: Nuisance Wildlife! Problems and Solutions
The Orange Land Trust welcomes everyone to its Annual Meeting, on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, at 7 pm.
Following a short business meeting, the program for the evening features a visit from Chris Vann, a nuisance wildlife biologist who just may have the answers to “critter issues” you may be struggling with around your home and property.

A fox, with a small animal in its mouth photographed on Derby Milford Road. (submitted photo)

Chris is a nuisance wildlife biologist with the CT DEEP Technical Assistance Program, Wildlife Division. This presentation on common wildlife, problems, and solutions, will provide an interesting and informative look at what you need to know and what measures you can take yourself. You will learn about squirrels, raccoons, foxes, coyotes, deer, and other wildlife that can become a problem when they take up residence in, or just visit, populated areas.

There are many other wildlife species that may cause conflicts, but for homeowners, these species are among those most frequently complained about.
He also discusses raccoon and bat rabies and rabies response guidelines. As the Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator (NWCO) Program Biologist he will provide info on this thirty-year-old program and its operation.
All animals require our respect. We will learn the basic precautions that could be taken to avoid or minimize what could possibly become a dangerous or tragic situation.
The Land Trust is anticipating an informative and educational evening for everyone. Plan to join them.
This program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Remember, the Orange Land Trust is always looking for new members and volunteers. For more information visit orangectlandtrust.org or call 203-799-7622.

Obituary: Jeffrey Layne Johnson, 56, Beloved Father, Former Amity Swim Team Captain

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May 202018

Jeffrey Layne Johnson, 56, beloved father of Blake Lee Johnson, 21, and daughter Devin Christina Johnson, 19, passed away on May 8 at his home in Delray Beach, Florida, where he recently moved to be close to his children. Jeff is the son of Robert and Jean Simmons Johnson of Branford, Connecticut, formerly of Woodbridge and Guilford. Jeff was born on January 18, 1962 in Loveland, Colorado, and in 1969 moved with his family to Woodbridge, Connecticut, where he attended schools in the Woodbridge/Amity school system.

Jeff was senior year swim team captain, swimmer/diver for the Amity High School swim team and swam as well for the Woodbridge Club swim team. He attended Colorado State University, then worked at London Labs Ltd. in Woodbridge.

While married to Moya Waters, together they owned and operated Pickles Deli in Milford, and he later managed the Hilario Deli in Newtown, both reflecting his love of cooking and creating his own signature dishes. Jeff also worked in the banking field with Peoples Bank and Wells Fargo mortgages.

He loved music, cooking, fishing, golf and singing; clamming and handyman projects with his son; and doing impressions and going on ice cream escapades with his daughter. Jeff could build and repair anything, was always so helpful, often cooking a Thanksgiving turkey for his fellow employees.

In his youth, he was known to rescue and care for injured birds and other animals. Jeff is remembered by his family and friends for his incredibly outgoing, charismatic and jokester personality, his gourmet cooking prowess, and his wonderful singing voice, entertaining listeners around a piano or singing karaoke.

In addition to his children and parents, Jeff is survived by his paternal grandmother Mayetta Johnson, his sister Debrajean Overholt and husband Kent and their three children, Lexie, Beau and Jack; his brother Deric Johnson and wife Christina and their three children, Michael, Tyler, and Nicole; his Uncle Don Simmons (Gladys), Aunt Joan Loomis (Kirk), Uncle Don Johnson (Kathy); cousins Sean and Tracy; Jim, Doug and Lisa; Christine; Tina and Darcy; Teresa, Rodney and Kurtis, Chad and Elizabeth; Roland and Renee; and half-sister Tina.

A memorial service of Thanksgiving will be held on Thursday, June 14, 2018, at 10 a.m. at The First Church of Christ, 5 Meeting House Lane, Woodbridge.

For the benefit of youth opportunities to learn safe swimming, healthy lifestyle activities, and in remembrance of Jeff’s love for the sport, the family requests that contributions be made in his name to the Woodruff Family YMCA (youth swim program), 631 Orange Avenue, Milford, CT 06461.

For directions and online memorial see www.wsclancy.com.

Amity Varsity Sports Schedule for This Week May 21-27

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May 202018

The regular season is winding down and for many teams, this is the final week of games before the playoffs. For others, the SCC Championships have begun.

Here is this weeks Varsity schedule:

Monday, May 21

Boys and Girls Track SCC Championships, AWAY at Lyman Hall 2 p.m.

Girls Golf vs Greenwich, AWAY at Griffith E Harris Golf Course 3:45 p.m.

Baseball vs Norwich Free Academy, HOME at Amity 4 p.m.

Softball vs Mercy, HOME at Amity 4 p.m.

Boys Volleyball vs Xavier, HOME at Amity 5:15 p.m.

Tuesday, May 22

Boys Golf vs. Daniel Hand, HOME at The Tradition at Oak Lane C.C., Woodbridge 2:45 p.m.

Girls Golf vs. Lauralton Hall, HOME at Race Brook C.C., Orange 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 23

Boys Golf vs Hamden, AWAY at Laurel View C.C. 2:30 p.m.

Girls Golf vs Lauralton Hall, AWAY at Oronoque C.C. 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 24

Girls Golf vs Suffield, HOME at Race Brook C.C. Orange 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 27

Amity Ultimate Frisbee Tournament, HOME at Amity High School 9:00 a.m.

Spartans Final Regular Season Games Postponed To Monday at 4 p.m.

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May 202018

The Amity Spartans Varsity Baseball team will play its final game of the regular season on Monday, May 21 at Amity.

The Spartans will face off against Norwich Free Academy at 4 p.m.

Sal Coppola’s boys have a 14-5 record so far this year and will be going to the playoffs for sure.

The Softball team will take on Mercy at Amity at 4 p.m. The Girls are 16-3 so far and also have a good chance of going all the way.

Enjoy a little dry weather tomorrow afternoon and cheer them on.


Obituary: Susan May Neufeld, 66, Beloved Wife, Daughter, Mother, Orange Yoga Instructor

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May 182018

Susan May Neufeld, an Orange yoga teacher who helped others to discover their lives’ purpose, died May 12 of uterine cancer at a Mexican clinic where she had sought treatment. She was 66.

Family and friends were stunned by the rapid physical decline of a kale-eating Reiki master who rose before dawn to meditate and had seemingly boundless energy to care for her elderly mother, two young grandsons and anyone else in need. She said perhaps the sages needed her help.

During nearly 45 years of marriage to attorney Michael Neufeld, Mrs. Neufeld morphed from an elementary school teacher to a party decorator to a yogini. She attended her first yoga teacher training for her 50th birthday because she wanted to share the practice with her mother, Selma Fishkind. Mrs. Fishkind, 91, has lived with her daughter and son-in-law since 2014.

Mrs. Neufeld studied with Rod Stryker, founder of Para Yoga, and Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA. For the past decade, she taught The Four Desires, a course Mr. Stryker developed from an ancient yogic text to help people identify their dharma, or purpose, and any self-sabotaging patterns preventing them from living it. She was a devoted student of Sanskrit who often sent distance Reiki, or energy healing, to others.

Mr. Stryker gave Mrs. Neufeld the Sanskrit name Ambika, evoking the complete and perfect embodiment of the Divine Mother. She was extremely close with her own mother and with her two daughters, Sara Neufeld of Astoria, Queens, and Heather Neufeld of Brooklyn. She and Mrs. Fishkind drove to Astoria every Thursday in recent years for a sleepover with grandsons Maceo and Paxton Clemens, now ages 4 and 2. Artistic and creative, Mrs. Neufeld made an elaborate bulldozer Halloween costume for Maceo while undergoing chemotherapy last fall.

She was born in Waterbury as Susan May Potoff on Aug. 11, 1951. She called Stephen Potoff her baby brother even though he was two years her senior, supporting and advising him from a young age in exchange for many laughs. Her father, the late Rubin Potoff, owned Metal Fabrications, a company that made cosmetics containers. Her parents divorced when she was 18, a painful experience that eventually led her and her brother to seek spiritual guidance beyond their native Judaism. (He is a devout Buddhist.) She forgave her father as he grew older and fostered loving connections with her three half-siblings.

Mrs. Neufeld graduated from Wilby High School in Waterbury, where she was voted prom queen, most studious and most likely to succeed, and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Simmons College in Boston. She was introduced to Mr. Neufeld after their mothers met playing golf in Westport, and they married on her birthday in 1973. She has supported her husband through his own struggle with prostate cancer since 2010, as he has supported her spiritual journey.

A petite woman often mistaken as her daughters’ sister, Mrs. Neufeld seemed to be a model of health and vitality until last June, when stomach cramping led to the discovery of a large tumor in her uterus. She underwent surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where she put handmade OM stickers on all the bags of chemo drugs streaming into her and distributed yoga nidra (guided relaxation) CDs to the nurses.

A scan on Dec. 27 showed her to be cancer free, but by early February, the disease was found to have metastasized. A second round of chemotherapy was ineffective, and she sought alternative treatments this spring at the Sanoviv Medical Institute in Mexico.

She retained her characteristic optimism until her final days, with hopes to attend her daughter Heather’s upcoming wedding and spend a summer on the Milford beach with her grandsons. And yet she was at peace with the prospect of death and asked friends and relatives to send her love and light, not fear. After a week surrounded by family in Mexico, she was scheduled to fly home by air ambulance on May 12 but passed a few hours beforehand, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and with Heather by her side.

One Four Desires exercise requires participants to write their own eulogy, and she did so for herself last month. “I came, I lived, I appreciated, I shined, I loved,” she wrote. “And my blessed ones, I left. Find me in the stars, in the sacred fire, in a giggle or a smile. Find me in your joy and your love.”

In addition to her husband, mother, daughters, grandsons and brother, Mrs. Neufeld is survived by son-in-law Christopher Clemens of Astoria; future son-in-law Adam Muller of Brooklyn; sister-in-law Deborah Potoff of Wellesley, Mass.; half-sister Lynn Potoff of Wells, Maine; half-sister Jayne and brother-in-law Michael Civitello of North Franklin; half-brother Joseph Potoff of Middletown; and brother-in-law Alan and sister-in-law Sylvie Neufeld of North Miami Beach, FL. In addition to her father, she was predeceased by stepfather Seymour Fishkind, mother-in-law Lorna and father-in-law Herbert Neufeld, and brother-in-law Brian and sister-in-law Barbara Neufeld.

A memorial service took place on Wednesday, May 16 at Temple Emanuel, 150 Derby Ave. in Orange. Details for a subsequent memorial at the Himalayan Institute are forthcoming.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Himalayan Institute’s new shrine for peace or to Temple Emanuel’s community action fund and JCARR fund for refugee resettlement.

Don’t Forget, The Orange Business and Community Expo Is On Wednesday, June 6

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May 172018

The 16th Annual Orange Business and Community Expo will take place on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange. The event is free and open to the public.

Registration in advance is appreciated, but walk-ins are welcome.  Each attendee will receive a visitor’s badge, welcome bag, and event program. 

To register, call 203-891-1045 or register online at www.orangeedc.com/events_activities.

Business owners, their employees, and local residents can look forward to networking, product demonstrations, activities, raffles, and food trucks.  Check our website for more information and our full vendor list at www.orangeedc.com/events_activities.

As a separate event in addition to the Expo, a One-on-One Speed Networking event is taking place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to Expo opening.  This will be a fun and effective way to make connections.  Rob Thomas (ROBTHOMASCT), professional networking coach, will be the moderator.  Seating is limited and registration is required.  Cost is $15 per person and includes goodie bag, refreshments and raffle entry.

Following the Expo, the Orange Chamber of Commerce together with Eli’s Restaurant will host a Business After Hours event under the Pavilion at High Plains Community Center. See the Orange Chamber booth for details.

There are only a few vendor booths left, call the Economic Development office as soon as possible to register.  Exhibitor space is $300 for an 8-foot booth, which includes pipe and drape, linen topped-skirted table and two chairs.    

Many thanks to our sponsors: Gold: Cohen and Wolf, NORTHEAST Electronics Corporation, Orange Economic Development Commission, Taylor Rental/Party Plus and The Shops at Yale; Bronze: Connex Credit Union, Statefarm Insurance, ShopRite, All American Waste, Subway; Pewter: The Eagle Leasing Company and Hurwitz, Sagarin, Slossberg and Knuff. Event Bags: Colonial Properties.

For more information, call the Orange Economic Development Corporation at 203-891-1045 or visit the website at OrangeEDC.com/events_acivities.