May 212015

338317-photo3On Saturday June 6, the Orange and Woodbridge Conservation Commissions will celebrate “Connecticut Trails Day” by jointly hosting a hike at the Racebrook Tract in Orange, CT.  All members of the community are invited to attend this fun outdoor event via a free guided walking tour. 

The event will be supervised by members of the Conservation Commissions from 10 am to 1 pm, and there will be a 1-hour-guided hike starting at 10:30 am.

The Racebrook Tract encompasses nearly 400 acres of open space in the towns of Woodbridge and Orange and provides pristine near-wilderness exploration and passive recreation to all who visit it.  The Tract was purchased from two farmers in the early 1900s by the New Haven Water Company, and the stone walls crisscrossing the Tract are the original farm fences.  Under the direction of the Yale School of Forestry, the Tract was one of the first professionally managed forests in the country, and because periodic timber harvests were conducted by the water authority, the forest is delightfully open today. 

Two relatively level and circuitous trails start in Orange and cross into Woodbridge.  The longer trail is just over 2.5 miles.  The trails pass through expanses of mixed hardwoods and impressive stands of 100-year-old white pines.  Just off the parking lot, there is a handicap-accessible boardwalk going through some interesting wetlands.

Because of its large size, the Tract contains a wide variety of natural habitats and wildlife.  Streambelts, forests, wetlands, meadows, and brush make the area attractive to a variety of animals and songbirds.  Many species of reptiles and amphibians inhabit the Tract along with avian predators such as the great horned owl.   

The Orange and Woodbridge Conservation Commissions were formed to advise their Board of Selectmen on the preservation, development, and conservation of natural resources, including water resources, within the Towns of Orange and Woodbridge, respectively. 

Screen Shot 2015-05-21 at 11.02.34 PMThe joint OCC-WCC Racebrook Tract Walk offers an opportunity to take a guided tour of this beautiful open space, meet with your neighbors, and enjoy a lovely New England spring day in the woods.  All members of the community are invited to attend this fun outdoor event.  Children are encouraged, and comfortable and sturdy shoes and clothing are recommended.  Walkers are encouraged to bring water, and refreshments will be served at the end of the hike.  Steady rain and/or lightning will cancel.  Drizzle will not.  Sunday, June 7 is the rain date. 

Orange Conservation Website for additional info: www.orangectconservationcommission.com

For further information contact:  Dan Lynch, Orange Park & Recreation:  203-891-4790.

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May 212015

unnamedAmity High School Music Department Presents: Back To The Future Pops in the John J. Brady Center for the Performing Arts, Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $10 (click link)
Come out and see the great talent of our Amity High School music students.  They have been working hard and are excited to perform.
Start your summer with a rockin’ performance. Always a great evening of entertainment that won’t break your wallet.


May 212015

academy stuffIt’s not too late to mention your Mom’s name at the Orange Historical Society Antique Shop to receive a 10% discount on any item displayed for sale at the 1878 Academy Museum, 605 Orange Center Road.

In addition to the displays of Orange history, which are not for sale, one can find many collectibles and antiques, paper, books, china, toys, pewter, glassware, dolls, primitive kitchen collectibles etc. all waiting for just the right person who needs to find a gift for someone special.

Mother’s Day is behind us but why not surprise her with a gift of history from the shop. [Don’t forget to mention her name for the discount.]

Open Saturdays from 10-3.  For more information call 203-795-3106.

May 212015

Jason Moon greets a young fan at Nuvita.

Jason Moon greets a young fan at Nuvita.

Hello Everyone,

As many of you may know, the last few months have been one of the busiest and hardest days of my life. My team and I have been working very hard to bring new and improved products and services.

I cannot thank everyone enough for all the support. I have been receiving words of encouragement with the improvements done so far. Every day I think about how blessed I am to have such loyal fans, customers, and friends.

We have been preparing to celebrate and present everyone our final and finished look this Friday for our Grand Re-Opening. However, due to unfortunate events, there was a passing of one of my family members and will be re-scheduling the celebration.

The company and I want to a make a sincere apology to all who were planning to attend. Please stay tuned for new date.

Thank you.


Jason Moon

May 212015

IMG_4520The Amity Varsity Volleyball Team hosted Joel Barlow in Woodbridge on Wednesday night.

Barlow came out 3-1 over Amity with the following game scores: 24-26, 25-13, 25-18, 25-15

Notable Players


Chatham Studer had 19 kills and 8 blocks; Jake Tritchonis had 18 kills and Luke OHara had 44 assists and 4 blocks.


Josh Sloat had 14 digs; Ethan Smith had 8 kills and Brett Southworth had 9 kills and 11 digs.


Barlow 15-2; Amity 4-14

May 212015

Tag, you're out.

Tag, you’re out.

The Lady Spartans found it hard to shine during Wednesday night’s game against the Foran Lions in Woodbridge.

The Foran managed to keep Amity at bay for the first 6 innings while racking up 3 runs of their own.

In the seventh inning Amity came alive and scored 4 runs, and Foran added 3 more to win 6-4.

In this challenging SCC interdivison game Amity’s Morgan Perry had 2 RBIs, Amanda Rieser and Alessandra Gusmano each had 1 RBI, Katie Koshes and Dani Nordyk both hit doubles.

Foran’s Natalia Hart and Alex Ives each hit home runs and had 2 RBIs; Hannah DeSousa hit a double and had an RBI; Dani Kemp also had an RBI.

Ashely Mendillo was the game’s winning pitcher for Foran and Morgan Perry pitched for Amity.

Records: Foran 11-8; Amity 14-5.

The Lady Spartans go up against East Haven tonight at Old Tavern Park.


May 212015

Master of Ceremonies Bob Mirto

Master of Ceremonies Bob Mirto

The Town of Orange Memorial Day Ceremonies and Parade will be held on Sunday, May 24, 2015.  Ceremonies will commence promptly at 10:30 a.m. at the High Plains Community Center Field.  The parade will follow the ceremony down Orange Center Road past the reviewing stand with services following at the Orange Center Cemetery.

Richard Cenami will be the Grand Marshal.  He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, 1962-1966 with a rank of LCPL and is a Vietnam Era Veteran.

Richard Manley will be the Honorary Chief of Staff. He served in the U.S. Navy Seabees, 1958 – 1964 and is a Vietnam Era Veteran.

The Reverend Stoddon (Tod) G.N. King will be the Honored Veteran.  He served in the U.S. Navy 1965-1970 with a rank of full Lieutenant and is a Vietnam Veteran.

The Keynote Speaker will be Emily Dewey Trudeau, the Deputy Assistant State’s Attorney, Judicial District of Fairfield, CT.  From 2005 – 2006, she was the Special Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office;  from 2006 – 2012, she was the Judge Advocate General’s Corps Attorney, United States Navy; and from 2012 – present she is the Vice-Chair/Legislative Liaison, Military and Veteran’s Affairs Committee, Connecticut Bar Association.   

Sgt. Stubby

Sgt. Stubby

This year, the Memorial Day Committee will be honoring Sgt. Stubby, the most decorated war dog of World War I.  He was the official mascot of the 102nd Infantry, the Yankee Division, and is presently in the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

The Committee would like to encourage all Vietnam War Veterans to attend the ceremonies and be recognized.  This is the 50th Anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam conflict.                                                           

The public is invited to join in honoring our nation’s veterans.  In the event of rain, exercises will be held in the High Plains Community Center Auditorium.

Originally Published on: May 14, 2015 @ 17:23

May 212015

The seniors and their parents.

The seniors and their parents.

On Monday, prior to the Amity Lacrosse game against West Haven in Woodbridge, 13 senior members were recognized for Senior Day 2015.

Jake Milner (#2) scored his 100th career goal and now has 102 in his career.
The Blue Devils took a quick lead in the first quarter 2-0; then the Spartans showed what they were made of with 7 goals to the westies 1 in the second quarter (7-3 Amity); In the third quarter Amity added 4 goals to West Haven’s 2 (11-7 Amity); The Spartans wrapped things up with 6 goals to the Devils’ 3 in the fourth quarter, winning this game 17-8.
Notable Players
Jake Milner was the game’s high scoring player with 6 goals 2 assists; Brad Uscilla made 3 goals and had 4 assists; Sean Grenier had 2 goals and 1 assist; Mike Cavanagh made 2 goals; Matt Attolino made 1 goal and had 2 assists; Sam King and Matt DeLizio each made 1 goal; Kyle Luisi and Tyler Vincent each had 1 assist.
West Haven
Justin Tuschoff made 4 goals; Steve Hives made 2 goals and had 2 assists; Mark Conlan had 3 assists.
Amity outshot West haven 44-24.
Matt Perrotti made 7 saves for the Spartans; Ryan Pickering made 11 saves for the Blue Devils.
Amity 9-6; West Haven 8-7

May 212015

1509866_1396964540576288_248310034_nOne of the newer annual events that the public seems to love is the Race Brook School Food Truck Festival.

Now in its second year, people already are talking about coming to the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, on Friday, May 22, from 4-8 p.m. when more than 20 popular food trucks will roll in and serve up a wide variety of their specialties, sure to tempt your tummy and please your taste buds.

Stroll around the grounds and find your favorite foods from Pizza, Lobster, Cannolis, Cupcakes and so much more.

This year there will be more trucks, craft venders and children’s activity vendors. Entertainment will be provided by Velocity, a CT party band that plays covers from Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Earth Wind & Fire, Journey, Steely Dan and more.

Plan to make a night of it, bring a blanket and/or lawn chairs and enjoy the evening with family and friends.


Originally Published on: Apr 30, 2015 @ 22:04

Second Publishing on: May 18, 2015 @ 0:24 

May 212015

Pam Staneski State Rep.

Pam Staneski State Rep.

State Reps. Charles Ferraro (R-117) & Pam Staneski (R-119) supported a proposal to improve the state voyeurism laws by prohibiting the practices of ‘upskirting’ and ‘revenge porn’ and increasing the criminal penalties for voyeurism. The bill passed the House of Representatives 145-0 and now heads to the State Senate.

The legislation was proposed to address an inadequacy in state law after a recent state of Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court case found “upskirting’ was not prohibited by that state’s voyeurism laws. The bill looks to address, define and criminalize what the news media has referred to as “upskirting.” Upskirting is a term referring to photographing the view up a woman’s skirt.

“This creepy practice of upskirting violates a woman’s rights to privacy and should be considered a crime against her person,” said Rep. Ferraro, a member of the Public Safety and Security committee.

Sized_Ferraro_DeskDisseminate is defined as “means to sell, give, provide, lend, trade, mail, deliver, transfer, publish, distribute, circulate, present, exhibit, advertise or otherwise offer.”

Under existing law, a person commits voyeurism when they knowingly photograph, film, videotape, or record the victim’s image; acts maliciously or intends to satisfy their or another’s sexual desire; and when the victim is not in plain view, has a reasonable expectation of privacy under the circumstances, and does not know of, or consent to, the conduct.

“The dissemination of ‘revenge porn’ is a violation of the victim’s privacy even though they may have consented to or shared intimate photos during an intimate relationship. Sadly, if the relationship ends poorly, those intimate photos may later be used to embarrass or harass the victim. The victim needs to feel protected against such a vengeful act,” said Rep. Staneski.

Voyeurism is currently a class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $5,000, or both.

Under the new legislation voyeurism would become a class C felony when (1) the victim is under age 16 or (2) it is a subsequent voyeurism conviction or the offender has a prior conviction of: 1) risk of injury to a minor involving sexual contact with a child under age 16; 2) 1st, 2nd, or 3rd degree sexual assault; 1st degree aggravated sexual assault; 3rd degree sexual assault with a firearm; or sexual assault in a spousal or cohabiting relationship; 3) enticing a minor, promoting a minor in an obscene performance, or importing child pornography; or 4) 1st, 2nd, or 3rd degree possessing child pornography.

By law, a class C felony is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $10,000, or both.

Finally, the bill designates committing these new types of voyeurism as a “nonviolent sexual offense” subject to 10-years sex offender registration but allows the court to exempt a person from registration if it is not required for public safety. As under current law, lifetime registration is required for someone who commits a subsequent nonviolent sexual offense or a crime designated as a “criminal offense against a victim who is a minor.”