Apr 242015

IMG_1035Don’t miss the Friends of the Library Book Sale, Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thousands of books, tapes, cds, vinyl records, cassettes, sheet music, bargain books, children’s books, science fictions and so much more.

If you’ve never been to the book sale, make a space in your schedule for it — you won’t be disappointed.

Apr 242015

After two weeks of non-stop renovation work, Nuvita Frozen Yogurt and Cafe, 35 Old Tavern Road, this afternoon, received it’s certificate of occupancy from the Orange Fire Marshal’s Office.

With new floors, a fresh coat of paint, revamped floor plan and the appearance of much more space, the area’s best froyo shop will be open for business this afternoon. Probably by 3 p.m.

Deputy Fire Marshal Jamie Vincent left the building around 1:17 pm. and by 1:30 p.m. the machines which had been thoroughly cleaned yesterday, were running again and mixing the yogurt.

Owner Jason Moon has been turning potential customers away for two weeks, as recently as 1:35 p.m. and it’s “killing” him. He can’t wait for everyone to start coming back on a regular basis to see what he and his family have done to the place and to enjoy their frozen treats again.

Apr 232015

7212df70-bf6e-4711-a1f2-61eb4c8d7505Saturday marks the one year anniversary of the senseless murder of high school junior Maren Sanchez.
Orange resident can get in a practice run before the Cinco k de Miles race while supporting a good cause.
Active Health is sponsoring a 5K Run to Benefit The Maren Sanchez Memorial Scholarship Fund taking place on Saturday, April 25 at 9:30 a.m. at Jonathan Law High School, 20 Lansdale Avenue in Milford.
This 5K is part of a larger celebration taking place that day called Peace, Love & Music from Maren to honor the life of Maren Sanchez.
All proceeds from the day will go to the Maren Sanchez Memorial Scholarship fun, which gives back to the graduating seniors at Jonathan Law High School, a place Maren adored.
Registration information for the 5K can be found HERE.
Maren Sanchez

Maren Sanchez

Apr 232015

south seaThe Orange Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting for South Sea Grill, 200 Boston Post Road, Orange, on Wednesday, April 22. 

Guests were treated to food and drinks and a look around the restaurant, which hopes to be the new favorite seafood restaurant in town.

South Sea Grill offers happy hour Monday – Friday from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. with drink specials running from $3 to $5 and four food choices for $5 each: 8 oz burger; Chicken Quesadilla; Chicken Spring Rolls (3 pc) and Steamed Mussels.

The regular menu includes several fresh seafood choices ranging in price from $15 to $26 along with burgers and sandwiches’ beef, ribs and chicken, pasta and kids choices.

South Sea Grill also has nightly specials, including a $25 Twin Lobster dinner that comes with corn on the cob, a cup of clam chowder and drawn butter.

For your convenience a take-out menu also is available.

Stop by or call 203-553-9632. 

Apr 232015

Applebee-s-Logo31Applebee’s Grill & Bar restaurants in Connecticut, upstate New York, and Pennsylvania is offering discounts, events and perks to thank those who have served or are serving during the Month of May in honor of “National Military Appreciation Month.”

Beginning Friday, May 1 through Sunday, May 31, servicemen and women who dine at participating Applebee’s restaurants will be honored with the following:

  • 10 percent discount: retired and active duty military can enjoy a discounted price on all meals, excluding tax, gratuity, gift cards and other discounts.*
  • Armed Forces Day Celebration on Saturday, May 16:every restaurant location will offer free cake and coffee to retired and active duty military and their families from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Random Giveaways: as another way to say “thanks,” every location will offer random giveaways, including food, beverages and other perks.

“We are excited to offer even more ways of showing our thanks and gratitude in this second year of celebrating military service during May at our Applebee’s locations,” said Stephanie Griffin, Director of Marketing and Public Relations. “We encourage all veterans and active duty military that visit us in May to identify themselves as having served so that our managers can personally thank them for their service.”

Applebee’s patrons and military personnel can participate in the Military Appreciation Month offerings throughout the month of May in Orange and at the following Connecticut Applebee’s restaurant locations: Danbury, Plainville, Groton, Torrington and Mansfield.

Since 2009, Applebee’s locations nationally have served nearly six million free meals to veterans and active duty military members on Veteran’s Day. Applebee’s also began recognizing U.S. veterans and active duty military service members in 2011 with the launch of its national “Thank You Movement,” a program that encourages people to show their appreciation for members of our Armed Forces on Veterans Day. Since launching the program, Applebee’s has received more than 2.5 million personal “thank you” messages through the“Thank You Movement” website.

To learn more about how Applebee’s restaurants in Connecticut, New York, and Pennsylvania support and give back to local communities or participate in these programs, visit www.tlcneighborhood.com.

*Proof of service is required to receive the 10 percent discount. Acceptable identification includes: U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans Organization Card, photograph in uniform or wearing uniform, DD214, Citation or Commendation.


Apr 232015

The Sunset Drive Bobcat

The Sunset Drive Bobcat

A resident on Sunset Drive sent Orange Live a photo of an unwanted visitor yesterday — a bobcat.

This is the second reported sighting in a week and the third this month.

Although we have not heard of any small pets going missing or other alarming behaviors associated with the sightings, one Turkey Hill resident did provide a photo of a bobcat carrying away a freshly killed squirrel. We ask that you keep your eyes open, and of course keep a watchful eye on your pets.

About the Bobcat:

Research from several internet sources shows that “Bobcats are very secretive, solitary, and seldom seen by people in the wild. Bobcats are active during the day, but prefer to be crepuscular or nocturnal in habitats where they exists. Bobcats tend to travel well-worn animal trails, logging roads, and other paths. They use their acute vision and hearing for locating enemies and prey.”

“Bobcats commonly move 1 to 4 miles each day. One study found that bobcats moved from 3 to 7.5 miles each day. Transient animals can move much greater distances; for example, a juvenile in one study moved 99 miles.”

“The bobcats is primarily nocturnal. It does most of its hunting at night. The bobcat is a carnivore and eats a wide variety of small mammals like woodchucks, rabbits, skunks, raccoons, moles and squirrels. It also eats birds and reptiles. One of the most common prey of the bobcat is the cotton-tail rabbit. Occasionally the bobcat will kill larger prey like deer. With small prey, the bobcat waits motionless and then pounces. The bobcat stalks midsize prey and then pounces on it, grabbing its neck and cutting its spinal cord. If it hunts large prey like deer, it looks for them while they are bedded down. It eats small animals when it kills them. When it catches larger prey, it will eat some and store the rest to eat later.”

“Bobcats are solitary animals except during mating season. They mark their territory or home range with urine, feces, scent markings, scratches and scrapes (piles of dirt and debris marked with scent). A male’s homerange may overlap with the homerange of a couple of females and often another male. Females’ home ranges usually don’t overlap. Home ranges can vary in size from less than a square mile to more than 20 miles depending on the season of the year and the geographic location.”

“Bobcats are good swimmers and tree climbers, although they usually don’t spend much time in trees. During the day, they prefer to rest on rocky ledges in a thicket.”

Apr 222015

Staneski_Fire_service_DayIn celebration of Fire Service Day at the State Capitol, State Rep. Pam Staneski (R-119) met with Deputy Fire Chief Vaughan Dumas of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department on April 22nd.

Deputy Chief Dumas had the opportunity to discuss pending legislation with Rep. Staneski. Additionally Staneski was asked to support funding for the state fire schools.

“I’m so glad I was able to talk to the Deputy Chief Dumas. Hearing from constituents advocating for or against specific pieces of legislation, especially from an expert in the field of fire service, helps me do my job better,” said Rep. Staneski.

Some of the other bills that the may be considered this legislative session, pertaining to the fire service are:

·         HB-5871, An Act Concerning Workers’ Compensation Coverage For Current And Former Uniformed Members Of Paid Municipal Or Volunteer Fire Departments which would provide adequate workers’ compensation for current and former uniformed members of a paid municipal or volunteer fire department who suffer from certain diseases as a result of performing their jobs.

·         SB-902, An Act Concerning Workers’ Compensation Coverage For Police Officers, Firefighters And Emergency Medical Services Providers With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder which would provide workers’ compensation coverage to police officers and firefighters suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder as a direct result of witnessing the death of a human being or the immediate aftermath of such death.

·         HB-6776, An Act Concerning Just Cause Dismissals for Municipal Fire Chiefs, requires a showing of just cause for municipal fire chief dismissals.

·         HB-5921, An Act Requiring the Display of House Numbers which would require homeowners to prominently display the street number assigned to their home.

Apr 222015

Kyle Beaudette

Kyle Beaudette

The Amity Spartans continued its winning streak as they defeated Branford, Daniel Hand and Xavier at a meet in Madison on Tuesday.

The Spartans won nine of the events including sophomore Kyle Beaudette doing what he does best in the 1,600 and 800 Meter runs and senior Aaron Rattley winning the 110 and 300 meter hurdles.

Final Scores:

Amity 92.5-Xavier 57.5

Amity 102-Hand 48

Amity 125-Branford 25

Xavier 87-Hand 62

Xavier 103.5-Branford 46.5

Amity 90.5, Xavier 59.5

Race Results:

Aaron Rattley

Aaron Rattley

4×800 relay: Amity, 8:26

4×100 relay: Amity, 44.3

110 hurdles: Rattley (A), 15.2

100: Wilson (H) 10.9

Javelin: Post (A) 172-8

Long Jump: Battat (A) 19-7.5

1600: Beaudette (A) 4:33.9

400: Veth (H) 51.1

Shot Put: Greifenberger (A) 44-5.25

800: Beaudette (A) 2:02.2

300 Hurdles: Rattley (A) 42.9

200: Wilson (H) 23.1

3200: O’Hara (X) 9:58.5

High Jump: Ward (X) 5-10

Triple Jump: King (B) 39-9.5

PV Bergere (H) 15-0

Discus: Wyzykowski (X) 126-0

4×400 relay: Xavier (Rodrigues, Collins, Hergott, Kiley), 3:35.5

Apr 222015

Anne Tetamore, Senior Marketing Manager, Frontier; Kira Howell, Regional VP of Marketing, Frontier; Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch; Frank, Frontier’s Spokesbuffalo; Gregg Dancho, Director, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo; Randy Fiveash, Director, Connecticut Office of Tourism; Mike Dunn, Congressman Jim Himes’ Office along with local children visiting the zoo.

Anne Tetamore, Senior Marketing Manager, Frontier; Kira Howell, Regional VP of Marketing, Frontier; Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch; Frank, Frontier’s Spokesbuffalo; Gregg Dancho, Director, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo; Randy Fiveash, Director, Connecticut Office of Tourism; Mike Dunn, Congressman Jim Himes’ Office along with local children visiting the zoo.

Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: FTR), a leading provider of communications services throughout 28 states and headquartered in Connecticut since 1946, kicked off a two-year sponsorship of the popular American Bison Exhibit with a celebration at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo on Wednesday, April 22.

Mayor Bill Finch joined members of the zoo’s board of directors and representatives from Frontier for the launch event to mark the beginning of the partnership.  Randy Fiveash, Director of the State’s Office of Tourism, Mike Dunn from Congressman Himes’ Office and representatives from Bridgeport’s Office of Planning and Economic Development also were in attendance.

In addition to the sponsorship of the exhibit, Frontier is offering its customers and employees a 15 percent discount on admission to the zoo now through October 2015. In order to receive the discount, Frontier customers must present a bill; employees need to bring their work ID badges when purchasing tickets.

Regular Admission:

Adult Admission (ages 12 & older) = $14.00  -15% discount = $11.90
Child Admission (ages 3 -11) = $11.00
IMG_0267Senior Admission (62 & older) = $11.00  -15% discount = $9.35
Under 3 years = FREE
Connecticut Zoological Society Members = FREE

“We’re excited to partner with a state treasure like Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo to sponsor the American Bison Exhibit,” said Kira Howell, Regional Vice President of Marketing at Frontier. “With warm weather finally making its way to the state, we hope our customers and employees will take advantage of the discount offered to them for a day of outdoor fun with their families!”

The American Bison Exhibit features the zoo’s largest residents, a pair of bison best friends named Dakota and Sweet Pea. The impressive size and speed of these two make it one of the zoo’s most popular and well-visited attractions. Frontier’s Spokesbuffalo Frank was on hand for today’s kickoff celebration, and enjoyed getting to know his like-minded friends Dakota and Sweet Pea, as well as posing for photos with the zoo’s guests.

“We have been working with Frontier for the past few months brainstorming ways to help the community take advantage of all the zoo has to offer,” said Gregg Dancho, Director of Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. “Frontier is an excellent community partner and we look forward to welcoming their customers and employees to the zoo in the coming months.”


Apr 222015

Screen Shot 2015-04-14 at 3.29.36 PMThe annual Town of Orange Memorial Day Ceremonies and Parade will take place on Sunday, May 24, 2015. 

Kevin Gilbert once again will serve as Parade Organizer. 

Parade ceremonies will commence promptly at 10:30 a.m. at the Orange Fairgrounds at the gazebo.  The parade will step off immediately following the ceremony down Orange Center Road past the reviewing stand with services following at the Orange Center Cemetery.

The Parade Committee encourages any groups wishing to participate to contact Karen Goldberg at the Orange Town Hall at 203-891-4738 or Kevin Gilbert at 203-795-2417 or 203-795-4647.  Applications for participation in the parade are available in the Orange Town Hall – First Selectman’s Office or on the town’s website at www.orange-ct.gov.  

The Committee anticipates many marching bands and floats.

The Committee invites the public to join in honoring our nation’s veterans.

In the event of rain, exercises will be moved to the High Plains Community Center Auditorium.