Open House: 3 Bedroom Ranch On Old Tavern Road

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Mar 182018

Life is easier in one level living. Sprawling ranch with 1900 square feet plus a finished lower level with 1500 square feet. Prime location accessible to shops, restaurants and parks.

Huge family room at 144 Old Tavern Road with loads of natural light. Eat in kitchen with breakfast nook. All stainless steel appliances with brand new stove and dishwasher. 3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, all hardwood floors refinished.

Beautiful wrap around deck overlooking 3/4 acre of southern exposure.

Open House March 18 from 1-3 p.m.

Available for $379,000

It’s Happening At The Library

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Mar 172018

The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road offers the following events for patrons of all ages.


Oscar Film: Wonder
Monday, March 19, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 21, 1 p.m.

1 hr. 53 min. PG. The incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.

Books & Breakfast Morning Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, March 20, 10 a.m.
A Violet Season by Kathy Leonard Czepiel: The violet industry is booming in 1898, and a Hudson Valley farm owned by the Fletcher family is turning a generous profit for its two oldest brothers. But Ida Fletcher has taken up wet nursing to help pay the bills, and her daughter, Alice, has left school to work. As they risk losing their share of the farm, the two women make increasingly great sacrifices for their family’s survival. Discussion led by Carol Davidson. Check for copies at the Circulation Desk. Refreshments will be served.

Tween Bubble Science
Wednesday, March 21, 3:45-4:45 p.m.
For children in grades 4-6. Create and hold bubbles in the palm of your hand using our super-strong solution. We might even get to create some cool bubble art! Registration is required.

Friends’ Great! Basement Book Sale 
Thursday, March 22, 4-7 p.m.: Members’ Preview (nonmembers may join at the door)
Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Open to the Public

Come for great deals on thousands of new and gently used books including hardcover and paperback fiction and nonfiction for adults, children, and teens as well as vinyl records, DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks. It’s the perfect place to pick up a gift for an upcoming event, add a new special book to your coffee table collection, or just grab a few great new things to read.


Art in the Library Reception
Thursday, March 22, 5-7 p.m. (Rescheduled from March 8)
In honor of the March exhibit: Oils by Andy Bishop, on view March 3-30.


Unplugged Coding
Saturday, March 24, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
For children in grades K-3. Explore the foundational basics of coding using tech toys like Code the Mouse, Code-A-Pillar, and our GoldieBlox sets. Registration is required.

Oscar Film: The Florida Project
Monday, March 26, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 28, 1 p.m.

1 hr. 51 min. R. Set over one summer, the film follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Walt Disney World.

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

Phone: 203-891-2170

Orange Police: Has Anyone Tried To Access Your Car Recently?

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Mar 172018

A Public Advisory from the Orange Police Department

Last week, we advised the Orange community about thefts from unlocked vehicles.

Today, we are asking residents to check to make sure their vehicles have not been subject to this type of theft, or even an attempt of this type.

Often the perpetrator(s) will check all vehicles in a certain area until they locate the ones that are unlocked, and will rummage through them to find any valuables.

If you have found that your car was gone through, or if it appears that someone even tried to access your car, please let us know.

We are interested in ANY activity of this nature, and we’ve had reports from the Avon Drive and Cummings Drive areas in the last two days.

If you have information regarding thefts from cars, please contact Detective Sean Murphy at 203-891-2138 x214 or via e-mail at smurphy@orange-ct.gov

Boys Basketball: Wissink’s Block Secures Spartans Victory And A Trip To The Sun

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Mar 152018

The Amity Spartans were on the road in Shelton for the CIAC D II Semifinal game against Newtown on Wednesday, March 14.

The lower than average score in the first and second quarters meant that the defense was working overtime on both sides.

Tyler Thomas was the game’s high scoring player with 18 points, his brother Tanner followed with 11 for Amity.

Newtown’s Nick Weiland and Robert DiSibio each made 14 points.

First Quarter

Newtown had a 3-point lead over Amity, ending the first quarter at 10-7.

Second Quarter

The Spartans pulled ahead with 13 points over the Nighthawk’s 7. Second quarter score 20-17 Amity

Third Quarter

This was a big quarter for the Spartans, who added 18 points to Newtown’s 11. Third Quarter score  38 – 28 Amity.

Fourth Quarter

Even with a solid 10 point lead the Spartans knew that the Nighthawk’s were in the semifinals with them for a reason, and so far, they had given them quite a run. So every move, every pass, everything that happened in the next few minutes would lead to a victory or devastation.

Both teams quickly pushed forward with Amity keeping a lead as the minutes ticked away 45 – 36; 47 – 36; 47 – 38 with 39 seconds remaining; 48 – 40 at the 31-second mark; 48 – 42 and just 15.2 seconds left, and down to the wire at 6.3 seconds 48 – 45.

After Tanner Thomas sunk a foul shot for Amity, Newtown’s Riley Ward took the ball to their end of the court and passed it to Ryan Escoda, who threw it for a 3-pointer, which would have tied the game. But, Amity’s 6′-1″ freshman, Cole Wissink lept into the air and blocked the shot, sending the ball into the bleachers.

And all of their hard work paid off, the Amity Spartans (20-6) are going to their first state final game against #2 Immaculate at Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

Score by quarter

AMITY          7  13  18  10 – 48

NEWTOWN  10   7  11  17 – 45


AMITY (20-6) Tyler Thomas 7 2-5 18 (includes three 3-pointers); Tanner Thomas 4 3-6 11; Chris Bierezowiec 4 2-3 10; Cole Wissink 2 0-0 4 (one 3-point field goal);  Joe Benedetti 1 0-0 3; John Nolan 1 0-0 2;  . Totals: 19 7-14 48.

NEWTOWN (14-11) Nick Weiland 7 0-1 14, Robert DiSibio 5 1-2 14, Todd Peterson 5 0-3 11, Ryan Escoda 1 0-0 3, Riley Ward 1 0-0 2, Shea Talbot 0 1-3 1. Totals: 19 2-9 45.


Mar 142018

I have been on earth for more than half a century and I can remember all of the shootings and massacres in the United States that sent shockwaves across the nation. Columbine is the one in recent history of which most Americans are familiar, but the one that sticks with me the most is Sandy Hook. For my coverage, I relayed information from a fellow journalist who was on scene and a personal friend of Principal Dawn Hochsprung, who died during the rampage.

Nothing has been done about gun control in the five years since, and the incidents keep coming.

And now, my RANT

The list of school shootings and violence is endless, dating back to 1764 in Greencastle, PA when 10 were killed in the Enoch Brown School Massacre. Do your research, and you will see hundreds of incidents where 1 or 2 people died in senseless acts of violence and know that that ONE person had a family and friends and is sorely missed, and left an impact on many. One Life is TOO MUCH.

Since the president and our lawmakers in Washington are unwilling to take on the NRA, it is up to the youth in our nation to find a way to put an end to gun violence. The pleas of parents of the slain Sandy Hook children and teachers have fallen on deaf ears, so perhaps hearing from the well-spoken survivors of the most recent Florida school shooting.

I believe that people have the right to bear arms. Hunters can own and use hunting rifles for that purpose – Hunting if they have a license. Handguns in the possession or responsible people also is not an issue in my mind. Although I do not like the idea of parents having guns in the house where children have access to them, as there are too many accidental shooting deaths across the nation every year. Lock them up and don’t let the children know where you keep the key.

I used to own a .357 Magnum – the BIG “Dirty Harry” type, and I enjoyed using it for target practice, but I never dreamed of using it for any other purpose. It’s been gone for more than 30 years since I had my children.

Teenagers should not own guns because it’s just too easy to impulsively grab one and do some damage.

The AR-15 is NOT a weapon that anyone should have in his or her home to protect their family from intruders. It does NOT belong in the hands of a depressed teenager who has enough money to purchase one online as a means of getting payback, or a mentally unstable adult like the Las Vegas shooter whose excuse I’m not sure I ever heard.

The ONLY ones who should have an AR-15 ASSAULT RIFLE are members of POLICE SWAT or SOLDIERS who are fighting for our country overseas.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH Thanks to the bravery of the students in Parkland, Florida, and all of the students who’ve followed their lead, maybe lawmakers will finally listen and DO SOMETHING. Do not sit with the kids with a note in your hand stating “I hear you” if you aren’t going to listen or do anything.

Let our kids go to school to learn. No more fear. No more anonymous threats that interfere with their education. NO MORE.

The time is NOW, Stand Up and Do Something. #ENOUGH!

When I first posted this online attached to the Walkout story, I received a Facebook Comment from “Aimee” stating: “Instead of looking OUTWARD to blame others, look INWARD to be part of the solution!”

I am looking OUTWARD at our lawmakers to make a decision like they did in Australia in 1996 after 36 people were killed during the Port Arthur massacre. It’s time to make some real changes in the gun laws now.

I have watched our lawmakers dodge the issue for years, I’ve written letters with my concerns, I wrote this “rant” and put myself out there for the public to agree or disagree with.

So I ask you, Aimee, what are you doing to be part of the solution?

Please go to our Facebook Page for some lively feedback from readers. Pay close attention to Jamie Vincent’s comments.

Amity Students Participate In National Walkout Day With Teachers’ Blessing

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Mar 142018

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Amity High School students were met with an unexpected gathering outside the school grounds when they arrived this morning (Wednesday, March 14, 2018).

On a day when they were planning to participate in the National Walkout Day to show solidarity for the 17 killed in the Valentine’s Day attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The students received support from their teachers, who lined the walking path along the main driveway at Amity holding signs with messages, such as “Our Students Deserve Safe Schools,” and “I Am Proud Of My Students.”

About 30% of the Amity student body left their classrooms at 10 a.m. and gathered on the baseball fields to reflect on the lives lost, share ideas on how to stop the madness and hope that they are never put in the same situation.

Shared photo

One teacher said the students returned to the classrooms around 10:30 “respectfully and with grace.”

The handwritten signs included the hashtag ENOUGH, which has become the universal outcry for gun control after so many senseless school shootings — Columbine, 15 killed in 1999; Red Lake, 7 killed at senior high school (3 others in another location) in 2005; Virginia Tech, 33 killed, 2007; Sandy Hook Elementary – perhaps the most heinous, 28 murdered in 2012; Marysville Pilchuck High School  Washington, 5 killed, 2014; Umpqua Community College, Oregon, 10 killed, 2015; and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, 17 killed, 2018.

The RANT is now a separate posting (as it took away from this story)

Time And Place Announced For CIAC Boys Basketball D II Semifinal Game (Get Your Tickets Now)

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Mar 132018

As we watch our Amity Spartans Boys Basketball team dribble and dunk their way to the state championship we know there will be some traveling involved.

Luckily, the Semifinal between the Spartans and the Newtown Night Hawks will take place fairly close at Shelton High School Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

Get your tickets in advance at gofan.co/app/events/23876

Orange-Milford Chambers Plan March 14 Event At Ale House

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Mar 132018

Hey Chamber members, join the Orange and Milford Chambers at the Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, Orange for a fun pre-St. Patrick’s Day business after hours event on Wednesday, March 14, from 5-7 p.m.

Admission is $15 pre-registration, $20 at the door.

To reserve your space call Carol at 203-795-3328 or e-mail director@orangectchamber.com.


March 14 First Selectmen’s Meeting Agenda

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Mar 132018

    Following is the AGENDA:
    Call to order
    Fire Exits
    Pledge of Allegiance
    (2 minutes per speaker)
    To consider and act on the approval of the minutes of the February 14, 2018
    Regular Meeting of the Board of Selectmen (enclosure)
    1. To consider and act on the resolution allowing the Town Clerk to apply for the
    2019 Historic Preservation Grant (enclosure) – Patrick O’Sullivan, Town Clerk
    2. To consider and act on the resolution with respect to the authorization,
    issuance and sale of not exceeding $4,000,000 Town of Orange general
    obligation refunding bonds (enclosure) – John Cifarelli, Finance Director
    3. To consider and act on the Greater Bridgeport Regional Recycling Interlocal
    Agreement (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli
    4. To consider and act on the Application for Recognition of Supplemental First
    Responders Status (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli
    5. To consider and act on the License Agreement Between the Town of Orange
    and Ed Oberg d/b/a Ashford Restoration of Connecticut and Daniel Shields
    d/b/a Olbords of Massachusetts (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli
    6. To consider and act on the request to approve the Tax Refunds for the month
    of March in the amount of $54,176.15 (enclosure)
    1. Pension Board – Selectman Goldblatt
    2. Capital Planning – Selectman Okenquist
    3. Bond Construction Oversight – Selectman Goldblatt
    4. Personnel – Selectmen Zeoli, Okenquist, Davis
    Approved Minutes of the January 10, 2018 Public Hearing Regarding a
    Massage Establishment Permit, Public Hearing on the Proposed Financing by
    the Orange Volunteer Fire Association and the Regular Meeting of the Board
    of Selectmen
    Revenue and Expenditure Reports

Mar 132018

Stay in Bed kids, there’s no school in the Amity district or Orange Elementary.

Try and have some fun, but also get out there and help your parents by cleaning up the snow.

Don’t leave your pets out too long in the snow, as they can get frostbite, just like you and I.

The way things are going you may be going to school until July!

Half of the flights out of CT have been canceled, trains are on a shortened schedule, call before you go.