This Month at the Case Memorial Library

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Jun 132019

Case Memorial Library

The Case Memorial Library offers events and programs for all ages. Following is a list of this months’ schedule.



Make sure you pre-register where required.


Oscar Film: The Wife
Monday, June 17, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, June 19, 1 p.m.

A wife questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband, where he is slated to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.1 hr. 39 min. R.

Tuesday, June 18, 3:45 p.m.
Tell us what to do! Join our tween advisory group (TWAG) and help us make the library a better place for our tweens! As a member of TWAG, tweens will be able to brainstorm and help plan programs that they want to see at the library, as well as recommend books for our collection. This is a great opportunity for tweens to make their voices heard at the library! Our TWAG meetings will run once a month for tweens in grades 4-6.  Registration is required. Click below, stop by the Children’s Room or call the Library to sign up!

Chess Club
Wednesday, June 19, 3:45 p.m.
Come join our chess club! This club is open to beginners and experienced players. During our meetings, children and tweens will be able to learn about this strategic board game and play against other club members. Feel free to bring your own chess board as the library has a small supply. For children and tweens in grades 1-6. Registration is required. Click below, stop by the Children’s Room or call the Library to sign up!

The Bookcase Evening Book Discussion Group
Thursday, June 20, 7 p.m.
Join Bookcase leader Toby Zabinski for a discussion of A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash.

The Yo-Yo Guy (Summer Reading Kick-Off)
Saturday, June 22, 1 p.m.
For children of all ages.  We’re kicking off summer reading with world yo-yo champion John Higby and his high-energy comedy yo-yo show!  This interactive performance will include amazing feats with giant yo-yos, unicycling, and of course, big laughs.  Don’t miss out on a chance to see a 4-time Guinness World Record holder!  Registration is required.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

Teen Summer Reading Kickoff: Pizza Taste Test and Cornhole Tournament
Saturday, June 29, 1 p.m.
For students entering grades 7-12. Who makes the best pizza in town? You decide at our first pizza taste test! Enjoy hot, tasty pizza and vote for your favorite. After we choose a winner we’ll play a cornhole elimination tournament.

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

Phone: 203-891-2170


More Awards from the Block A Dinner

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Jun 132019

The Annual Block A Awards Dinner took place at Racebrook Country Club on Sunday, June 9.

Orange Live already published all of the male and female MVPs, the male and female Athlete of the Year recipients, and the three Coaches Association Award winners.

Here are some of the special award honorees:

Athletic Director, Ernie Goodwin, Olivia Greco, Sharon Greco, Ryan Miller, and Hockey Coach Michael “Scooter” Richetelli.

As a teenager, Mark Greco was a Spartans Ice Hockey Goalie. He went on to college, joined the Orange Police Department and worked his way up the ladder to become the Assistant Chief.

The community was shocked and saddened by his death during routine hernia surgery. His wife, Sharon was in the very early stages of pregnancy at the time, and gave birth to their daughter, Olivia, several months after losing her husband.

A year or two later, Sharon established the Mark E. Greco Memorial Hockey Award which she has presented each year to an Amity Hockey player who shares Mark’s character, values and passions.

This year’s winner was #7 senior Ryan Miller, a very talented hockey player, and nice person off the ice.


The Jeremy Saxe Memorial Award as presented to Senior Soccer defenseman #16 Sam Koorejian

Jeremy Saxe was one of Amity’s memorable multi-sport athletes. He was known for his talent in every sport he played, positive attitude, and his upbeat spirit. He died from an undiagnosed heart condition while in college.

It is an honor for any athlete to take this prize home.




The James Dunleavy Memorial Hockey Award named for a former hockey coach was presented to Senior Captain #20 Kenny Page.

Page had a phenomenal year on the ice and proved his leadership skills and athletic talent.

He and his fellow senior teammates will be sorely missed next season. It was a pleasure watching them play in 2018-19.



There are many more awards that were presented on Sunday, so, in order to get all of them in by Graduation Day, I have to rush a few of them by giving a little less detail.



The Thomas J Ross Memorial Manager Award was given to Jake Bronson, whose commitment to the Boys Varsity Basketball team was greatly appreciated by Coach Jeff Neilsen and the entire team.

Bronson will be hard to replace.






Jared Sullivan won the Steven J. Zeider Memorial Swimming Award.






The Paul D. Mengold Award was presented to Track Runner Madelyn “Maddie” Ciskowski.

Recognizing her leadership skills and integrity.






The male athlete honored with the Sportsmanship Award was Hockey Captain Kenny Page.





The female athlete to earn the Sportsmanship Award was Senior Soccer player #12 Madelyn “Maddie” Pickett.




The Unified Sportsmanship Award went to Joey Wasikowski who was unable to attend the award dinner.


We will publish the final installment of the award announcements prior to Graduation.

Who’s That Knocking At My Door?

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Jun 112019

From the Orange Police Department:

Residents should be aware that there will be a group canvassing in town over the next few weeks.

Citizens Campaign for the Environment will be going door-to-door weekdays between 4p-9p and weekends from 11a-4p. If they are requested to perform follow-up visits from residents, those will take place between 8-9p.

This organization has registered with the police department and will continue to advise police of their activities/whereabouts while operating in town.

Their logo is shown below for recognition purposes. You can search for their website online as well if you desire more information.

Orange Legislators Upcoming Office Hours With Constituents

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Jun 112019

State Reps. Themis Klarides (R-114), Charles Ferraro (R-117) and Kathy Kennedy (R-119) will host post-session office hours in Orange for constituents this Friday and next Monday.

The first event will take place at Chip’s Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, on Friday, June 14, from 8-9 a.m.

The second session will take place at the High Plains Community Center Cafeteria, 525 Orange Center Road on Monday, June 17 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

With the session ending June 5 at midnight, the legislators will go over the major issues debated in the 2019 legislative session, like the two-year state budget, tolls, the minimum wage increase, and any other issues constituents choose to discuss.

For anyone who is unable to attend but would like to talk to their state representatives, you can contact them at 1.800.842.1423 or send an e-mail to Themis.Klarides@housegop.ct.govCharles.Ferraro@housegop.ct.govKathy.Kennedy@housegop.ct.gov.

Students Not The Only Honorees At The Block A Dinner

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Jun 112019

On Sunday, June 9, Amity student-athletes, their coaches and family members gathered at Racebrook Country Club for the annual Block A Dinner.

We know that the athletes are recognized for their hard work and success in their respective sports. But students are not the only ones to receive awards at this event.

The Amity Coaches Association Awards go to those adults who make a difference in the lives of these student-athletes.

Outstanding Service Award

Girls’ Golf Coach Michael Cofrancesco presented the Outstanding Service Award to a mom who volunteers her time to teach the game to girls who want to be on the team.

Jennifer Barnsley has donated her time selflessly for years.

Her assistance is greatly appreciated by the coach and girls alike.


Coach of the Year

Boys’ Basketball Coach Jeff Nielsen had the honor of presenting the Coach of the Year award to longtime Girls’ Basketball Coach Michelle Shoop.

Michelle, the mother of two small children has guided the talented girls to championship games and is known for her patience, passion, and respect. Former players often come back to watch the games and check in with their beloved coach every year.


Assistant Coach               of the Year

Boys Hockey Coach Michael “Scooter” Richetelli surprised his assistant coach Todd Dandelske with this award.

Todd has been working with the Spartans Hockey Team for a long time and was part of the coaching staff when Richetelli won this award back in 2014. The year the boys went all the way to the state championship final.

Todd is well liked, and always smiling. Richetelli was joined by three of this year’s players (Jason Csejka, Kenny Page, and Ryan Miller) for the presentation.



Camp Argo Open House: Tour, Information and Counselors Needed

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Jun 102019

Everyone is invited to the Camp Argo OPEN HOUSE on Tuesday, June 11, the last one of the year, from 6-7 p.m. Kids are always welcome.
If you are interested in learning more about camp, meeting some of the counselors, taking a brief tour and ask any questions, then we will see you soon.
Park in the main parking lot directly off of 886 Mapledale Rd. and then walk across the bridge to the main building.  
Feel free to share this information with others that you feel would be interested or who may have questions.  Your friends, family and neighbors are all welcome to have fun with us at Camp Argo this summer!
Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @campargo1 
Campers can be registered online from the Campdocs link on our “Registration” page at www.campargo.com.  All medical forms can be easily uploaded, it’s super simple and convenient when you’re ready.  
There have been so many camper registrations that we are seeking more help from volunteer counselors this summer.  For a high school student – volunteering can satisfy community service hours, improve a resume for college or career, and is a great way to learn more leadership skills while spending the summer outdoors!  If you know of an energetic, responsible person that loves or wants to work with kids please point them our direction and to the “Join Our Team” page at www.campargo.com to fill out an application. 

Agenda For June 12 Board Of Selectmen’s Meeting

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Jun 102019

The Board of Selectmen will meet at Town Hall on Wednesday, June 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the Agenda:


Application for the Neighborhood Assistance Program from the State of Connecticut Department of Revenue Service for funding of $150,000 for the New Haven Hebrew Day School – Hershy Hecht, Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy.

Motion to close Public Hearing and reconvene the Regular Meeting


Vote to approve on accepting the Neighborhood Assistance Program Application submitted by the New Haven Hebrew Day School for funding for $150,000.


(2 minutes per speaker)



Discuss and act on Minutes from three past meetings.


1. To consider and act on the approval of a vending license for July 5, 2019 firework show – Howard Dragonoff, Action Enterprises

2. To consider and act on three Orange Board of Education Capital Projects – First Selectman Zeoli

3. To consider and act on the request to conduct a Block Party in the Ox Yoke Road Neighborhood – First Selectman Zeoli

4. To consider and act on the approval of a town donation towards the Independence Day Celebration – First Selectman Zeoli

5. To consider and act on the approval of the tax refunds for June in the amount of $2,386.30




Orange Community Farmers’ Market Opens On June 27

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Jun 102019

(OEDC photos)

The Orange Community Farmers’ Market will have its opening day on Thursday, June 27.  The event runs on Thursdays until September 26 under the Pavilion at the Orange Fairgrounds, High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road in Orange.  Market hours are from 3:30 pm to 7 pm.  Note there is no market on July 4, August 1 or September 12.   

There will be many full-time and part-time vendors selling their farm-grown products including vegetables, fruit, meats, baked goods, honey, pasta, soaps, crafts, and more!   Farms from the local area will be present, including Grassy Hill, Laurel Glen, Oronoque, and Shamrock.  

Other vendors include Durante’s Pasta, Lizzie’s Corner, Mill Pond Essentials, New Haven Teas, Sugaree Acre, and Sweet Seidner’s.  Food trucks include Cousins Main Lobster, Dad’s Desserts, Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale, Tipsy Cones and Zuppardi’s Pizza.  Guest vendors are scheduled throughout the season. 

Paparazzi Jewelry and Harper Keehn Knife Sharpening will be attending on June 27.  Be sure to save the date and bring your knives, tools, etc. that need sharpening.

(OEDC photos)

  In addition, instrumentalists will perform under the Pavilion on dates that bands are not performing.  Please check the website at www.FarmMarketOrange.com for vendor and entertainment schedules.    

Shop at the Market, enjoy the food, stay for the bands and come back often! 

For additional information call 203-891-1045 or check the website.

The 2019 Summer Concerts Under The Gazebo Schedule

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Jun 102019

Five bands are scheduled for the summer Concerts under the Gazebo this year.

Each concert will take place on a specific Thursday evening beginning at 6 p.m.

Boogie Chillun, featuring Orange resident Derek Graham will kick off the market on June 27.

Other performances include:

Fools on the Hill on July 18, Al n Sal Duo on July 25, Bad Moon Risin’ on August 8, and the Vybrations on August 22.

Bring a chair or blanket and a few friends for these great shows brought to you by the folks at the Orange Community Services.

Don’t forget, the Orange Farmer’s Market will be under the pavilion from 3:30 to 7 p.m. And some food trucks will be on-site so you can enjoy dinner before the concerts, too.

Amity MVPs Honored At Annual Block A Dinner

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Jun 102019

Amity High School has some phenomenal athletes, that can’t be denied.

On Sunday, June 9, the Amity Booster Club hosted its annual Block A Awards dinner, during which the best of the best in Spartans athletics were recognized.

Most of the MVPs were chosen by their teammates.

One by one, the varsity coaches came up front and gave a brief history of his or her MVPs accomplishments before revealing the name and calling that athlete up to receive his or her plaque.

Following are the 2019 Male MVPs:

Baseball – Senior Pitcher, #7 John Lumpinski

Basketball – Senior Guard, #20 James Van Hise

Cross Country – Senior Connor Visnic

Football – Senior #22 Michael Young

Golf – Senior, Dan Comeau

Hockey – Senior, #18 Jason Csejka

Indoor Track – Senior, Richard Papa

Lacrosse – Senior, Harry Brochinsky

Ski Racing – Junior, James Fortin

Soccer – Senior, #25 Austin Gilbride

Swimming – Senior, Shiva Gowda

Tennis – Senior, Chris Bullers

Track and Field – Senior, Richard Papa

Volleyball – Senior, #5 Christian Tzepos

Wrestling – Senior, Andrew Seaton

Following are the 2019 Female MVPs:

Basketball – Senior, #34 Tara Laugeni

Cheerleading – Senior, Ashley Thomas

Cross Country – Senior, Madelyn Ciskowski

Dance Team – Senior, Sophie Benjamin

Field Hockey – Junior, #18 Tess Csejka

Golf – Junior, Tess Csejka

Ice Hockey – Junior, Tess Csejka

Indoor Track – Senior, Julia Potter

Lacrosse – Junior, #30 Ana Carney

Ski Racing – Senior, Mary Foley

Soccer – Senior, #14 Cailey Esposito

Softball – Junior, #26 Marissa Dwyer

Swimming – Senior, Molly Cox

Tennis – Senior, Sarah Bullers

Track and Field – Senior, Katie Yuan

Volleyball – Senior, #21 Abby Harbinson

Here are photos of the 2018-19 MVPs