Nov 262014

black-iceIf you MUST go out today, please proceed with caution.

The roads are getting increasingly slippery.

In Milford, you may find yourself sliding around corners if you’re traveling even 2 mph over the speed limit. The road conditions seem to improve as you cross into Orange, but it’s still slippery. Be sure to keep a safe distance between yourself and other cars at lights and intersections and as you are driving down inclines of any size.

Over in West Haven the roads are much like Milford with scary sliding and near collisions wherever you look.

As you travel further north the snow is actually accumulating, Hamden, Bristol, etc.

You know what this means. Wear your seat belts, as the police are looking for violations and face it, not everyone is as good at driving in the snow or on slippery roads as you are. Watch out for the other guy and be careful. Stay home if you can and bake a pie or two for Thanksgiving.

Nov 252014

Screen Shot 2014-11-24 at 10.36.44 PMIn August, Orange Live published a story about the Connecticut Natural Science Illustrators (CTNSI), at the Yale West Campus in Orange offering art classes in natural science illustration.

The courses were open to all levels and abilities.

Well, now it’s time to see what the students have accomplished with the 2014 Student & Faculty Exhibit, Sunday, Dec. 7 from 2-4 p.m.

The student exhibit presentation will take place at 3 p.m.

CTNSI, located at 230 West Campus Drive, offers the following courses: Beginning Drawing, Botanical Watercolor, Landscape Painting, Drawing and Painting Birds and Mammals, Colored Pencil, Mixed Media Painting and Field Sketching.

Nov 242014

909 Mapledale Road

909 Mapledale Road

Fantastic raised ranch with walkout in-law accessory apartment, ideal for related family.

Located at 909 Mapledale Road, convenient to Route 15, Route 34 and I-95, this 4,400 sqft home has 4 bedrooms 2.5 bathrooms for just $2,500 per month (available immediately) Also for sale.

Features a fabulous family room, dining room, library, master bath, office, pantry and workshop, very private quiet location, brand new furnace, new roof, new siding, very large deck, nicely landscaped .93 acres.
Full, partially finished basement with walk out, oil fuel, septic system, public water.
Includes a dishwasher, range/oven, and refrigerator
Contact Mario Gambardella at 203-795-2700 about MLS #: N356417.  Tell him you saw this listing on Orange Live


Nov 242014

1TempleThe Institute for Learning in Retirement will offer a class at the Congregation Or Shalom synagogue, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, Tuesday morning, Nov. 24, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. till noon.

Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus will lead the class titled: “4,000 years of Jewish History in 90 minutes!”


Nov 242014

b9865a6ba1da777beab20c9d27f6aab6The Orange Lions Thanksgiving Dinner will take place at High Plains Community Center at 12 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30.

The Orange Lions Club began the tradition of a Thanksgiving Dinner for seniors.

The Lions extended this invitation to all Orange Residents on the Sunday after Thanksgiving in 1989.  It met with some resistance in the beginning but the Club prevailed and this will be their 25th dinner.

The town of Orange graciously allows the Lions to use their kitchen facilities at High Plains Community Center.  To see the gym transformed into a decorated dining room with many of their guests enjoying themselves is a sight to behold.  This has become one of the highlights of the holiday season. While it requires volunteers and a good amount of effort, the Lions truly enjoy cooking together and serving this meal.  It is one of their favorite undertakings.

Many town officials volunteer along with n the Lions to make this event a success. Along with a delicious dinner the seniors are treated to some of the finest entertainment.   The Tappers have performed in the past, local school choral groups have sung, Members of the Lions Club along with their children have played beautiful music on the piano to entertain their guests.

This is a well established tradition and one the Lions intend to continue indefinitely. To  register, call Orange Community Services at (203) 891-4788 by Friday, Nov. 28 to make a reservation.

Nov 242014

woman-fastening-her-seat-belt-17051871The Orange Police Department is taking part in the annual Click It Or Ticket safety campaign during the Thanksgiving Holiday week.

Seat belts provide the best defense against impaired, distracted and aggressive drivers.  In fact, wearing your seat belt is the single most effective crash protection available.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, teens and young adults wear seat belts less than any other age demographic.  Sadly, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for American youth — exceeding all crime and disease related causes.

That’s why the Orange Police Department will once again join hundreds of other law enforcement agencies across the country in renewing a pledge to save lives by intensifying efforts to enforce seat belt laws during the Thanksgiving Holiday “Click it or Ticket” seat belt campaign.  This national mobilization effort will help reduce motor vehicle fatalities by cracking down on low seat belt use — among all motorists and around the clock.

The two week enforcement wave will run from Tuesday, Nov. 25 to Sunday, Nov. 30 and include traffic stops, checkpoints, and saturation patrols.

Orange Police Chief Robert Gagne stated that the Orange Police Department remains committed to the Click it or Ticket campaigns because these high visibility enforcement efforts work.

“Buckle up this holiday season and encourage friends and family to do the same,” Chief Gagne said. “You’ll not only save the cost of a ticket, you may even save a life.”

The Orange Police Department urges everyone to be safe both on and off the roads this Thanksgiving holiday.

Nov 242014

snowturkeyThere are conflicting forecasts for the upcoming snowstorm predicted for Wednesday and Thanksgiving.

On WXEdge, Gil Simmons said the storm will begin Wednesday morning as rain mixed with a little snow then changing to wet snow around 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. He said he expects snow during the afternoon and evening across most of the state with some mixing in southeastern CT.

Simmons said temperatures would be at freezing around 32-34 degrees with the wet snow.

He said the storm should be “done and moving out by 4-5 a.m. Thanksgiving morning” — well before the step off of the Rotary Club’s Thanksgiving Day 5K — Then everyone can expect cold and dry weather with increasing sunshine on Turkey Day.

The National Weather Service is predicting snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches, stating, like Simmons, that a mix of rain and snow Wednesday morning will change to all snow by late Wednesday. But, the NWS goes on to say that, “The snow will continue into early Thursday morning before tapering off to snow showers.”

But what will it really mean for the road race and the Amity Football game? Probably that everyone should dress appropriately for the worst case scenario and whatever you do, drive carefully.

Nov 242014

real_world_design_challengeAmity’s Real World Design Challenge team participated in a national competition in Washington DC last week.

The team was judged by teachers and industry professionals on its presentation which focused on precision agriculture using unmanned aerial vehicles to detect pest infestation.

Amity was recognized as the best new team at the competition.

Nov 242014

14460985_130130023000The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation and the Amity High School YA Book Club will sponsor Matthew Dicks, CT teacher and author of Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, in the AHS library; Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 7 p.m.

This creative, quirky and heartwarming book is narrated by the (very real) imaginary friend of an eight-year-old boy on the autism spectrum.

Matthew will tell stories, do a Q&A, give away prizes and sign books.

Readers of all ages are welcome.

Nov 242014

Lisa accepts a customer's gift with a twinkle in her eye and on her antlers.

Lisa accepts a customer’s gift with a twinkle in her eye and on her antlers.

More than 150 parents came to the Orange Volunteer Fire Department Station 2 on the Boston Post Road on Saturday to drop off gifts for the upcoming Santa’s Helper event.

In past years people would arrive several hours early (much like Black Friday) often braving freezing temperatures to be first in line for the drop-off.

Last year, the Fire Department opened its truck bays to participants so they could wait for their turn in comfort. The Auxiliary also began passing out reflective stakes and balloons so participants could mark their homes clearly for the Firefighters to see on delivery day.

This year, they took it up a notch and changed the drop-off time to noon to 2 p.m., indoor waiting area again was available, and with the assistance of several scouts, the gifts were processed and bagged and immediately moved to a secure, locked storage area where they will remain until the December 14 delivery day.

Sadly, the one thing that was missing in the drop-off room where the Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary members were greeting parents and processing the gifts, was longtime member Sue Palmer, who passed away on October 15. Anyone who knew Sue will remember that she loved Santa’s Helper and working with the other women on drop-off day.