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Aug 152014
 

Amity HIgh SchoolWith the first day of school just weeks away, Amity High School Principal Charles Britton wasted no time in getting the first e-mail of the season out to district parents.

Among the things Britton shared in his first e-mail blast was that Amity (Region 5) schools will be using PowerSchool, a new student management software program.

PowerSchool will provide parents and students online access to student schedules, grades, attendance, biographical information and other school records. A letter will be mailed home at the end of this week to parents,  Britton wrote.

The letter will provide information about creating a parent account and linking student accounts to the parent account and it will contain unique IDs and passwords for each student.

Parents who have trouble accessing PowerSchool may call the Amity High School IT Help Desk at 203-397-6025 or by e-mailing the Amity IT Tech Director, Shaun DeRosa at [email protected].

Training for Parents

The Region 5 IT Office is planning a PowerSchool training for parents, Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 12-3 p.m. in the Amity High School media center.

For more information about the training and to RSVP, e-mail  Lisa Lassen, Amity computer content coach, at [email protected].

Aug 142014
 

File photo from zoning meeting

File photo from zoning meeting

The Town Plan & Zoning Commission meets at Town Hall on Tuesday, Aug. 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the agenda:

  1. SITE PLAN APPLICATION – Submitted by Sixty Five Marsh Hill Road, LLC – Frank Dilieto for property known as 0 Salemme Lane a.k.a Assessor’s Map 3-1-6.  The proposal is for the use of the property as a temporary warehousing/dumpster supply company.  Empty dumpster-containers will be stored on-site and enclosed with a slatted chain link fence.
  1. SITE PLAN APPLICATION, ARCHITECTURAL SUPPLETMENT – Submitted by Kin Properties for property known as 130 Boston Post Road.

For proposed façade work.

3.  Review of draft “Outdoor Storage & Outdoor Displays” regulations.

4.  Review of the Minutes from the August 5, 2014 Meeting.

5.  Old Business.

6.   New Business.

  1. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

-Review of Zoning Activities Log.

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS *(2)    

8.   *APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL EXCEPTION, PERMIT OR USE – Submitted by Mike LaRocco for property known as 119 Old Tavern Road.  The proposal is to construct an addition to an existing garage.   A larger ground coverage is requested as per Section 383-26 I (3) (a) of the Orange Zoning Regulations.

  1. APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL EXCEPTION, PERMIT OR USE – Submitted by New Haven Hebrew Day Inc. for property known as 261 Derby Avenue.  The proposal is to create and provide temporary classroom space to accommodate current student levels at an existing school.  Approximately 20 students will be using the space at any one time between the school hours of 8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Aug 132014
 

Zeoli BOSThe Orange Board of Selectmen will meet at Town Hall on Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the agenda:

Call to order

Fire Exits

Pledge of Allegiance

Introductions

Motion to close regular meeting and convene Public Hearing

PUBLIC HEARING

To consider and act on the request to approve Golden Spa as a massage establishment (enclosure) – Yan Long Han & Su Fang Wu

Motion to Close Public Hearing and reconvene regular meeting

VOTE

To vote on the approval of Golden Spa as a massage establishment

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

(2 minutes per speaker)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MINUTES

To consider and act upon the minutes of the Regular Meeting of July 9, 2014 (enclosure)

To consider and act upon the minutes of the Special Meeting of June 10, 2014 (enclosure)

NEW BUSINESS

To consider and act on the request to hold a block party on Great Oak Road (enclosure) – Joy Iheanacho

To consider and act on the request to hold a block party on Shagbark Drive (enclosure)Timothea Ryan

To consider and act on the request to hold a block party on Rainbow Trail (enclosure) – Sheila Millea

To consider and act on the request to hang a banner on the fence at HPCC from 8/18/14 – 9/2/14 promoting “Come Together for a Night of Beatles Music”  – Kathryn Bellis, Church of the Good Shepherd

To consider and act on the request to hold the 18th Annual Chilly Chili Run (enclosure)Jane Opper, Race Coordinator

To consider and act on the request to hold the 2nd Annual Rotary Club of Orange Thanksgiving Day Run and 2 Mile Walk and to hang a banner to promote the event (enclosure) – Carl Russell, Rotary Club

To consider and act on amending Chapter 211 of the Town Code – Firearms (enclosure) – Town Counsel Vincent Marino

COMMITTEES

Capital Planning – Selectman Okenquist

Pension Board – Selectman Goldblatt

Bond Construction Oversight – Selectman Goldblatt

Personnel Committee – Selectmen Zeoli, Okenquist, Lenz

Close Regular Meeting and convene Executive Session

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Potential Land Purchase Discussion  (enclosure)

Close Executive Session and convene Regular Meeting

Close Regular Meeting 

FYI

Approved Minutes – June 11, 2014

Labor Day Concert Flyer

Appointments & Reappointments

Revenue & Expenditure Reports

Originally Published on: Aug 7, 2014 @ 21:27

Aug 112014
 

stock photo of Turkey Hill School

stock photo of Turkey Hill School

Turkey Hill area students, are you ready to go back to school?

This Thursday Aug. 14, Turkey Hill School, will host its new student registration from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

On Wednesday, Aug. 27, new student orientation will take place at Turkey Hill School from 7-8 p.m.

Aug 112014
 

Screen shot 2014-08-11 at 5.44.48 PMYouth Services is offering a Super Raffle & Prize Bingo Pizza Party, Spot Shot, and Events Orientation for Orange Incoming 7th graders at the High Plains Community Center Cafeteria Tuesday, Aug. 265:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Funding is provided by the Orange Lions Club.

Get super raffle prizes and play the winning Bingo cards. Enjoy pizza and refreshments.

Special board games room also will be set up for all to enjoy.

Also, a Spot-Shot contest in the gym.

Learn about Youth Services activities. Parent chaperones welcomed.

Parents of Incoming 7th grade students who need a copy of the flier and dance permission slip for Youth Services dances starting in September may e-mail John at [email protected] and forms will be e-mailed to you. (Completed forms may be submitted by e-mail.)

Aug 112014
 

an aerial shot of the Ohman Ave. property

an aerial shot of the Ohman Ave. property

At the last Town Plan And Zoning Commission meeting, Zoning Enforcement Officer Paul Dinice said a settlement had been reached with Frank Rogers (aka Fran Clark Woodruff Rogers), whose blighted properties have been a thorn in the town’s side for several years.

Rogers owns properties at 238 Old Grassy Hill Road, 661-663 Orange Center Road, and 158 Ohman Avenue, all of which have at one time or another been under investigation for alleged violations of the Anti-blight ordinance.

With the TP&Z blessing, Dinice lodged fines against Rogers, which began to run into the tens of thousands of dollars.  ($26,000 per property)

A settlement was finally reached on Aug. 1, which includes the following:

Rogers is to pay the town of Orange $4,000 of which $500 would be payable in cash, certified check or bank check immediately. The remaining $3,500 would be paid over a seven-month period beginning Aug. 2014.

The town would put liens and deeds on all three properties, and Rogers must agree to sell the home on Ohman Avenue, which has been the subject of conversation at the TPZC meetings for various reasons for several years.

The properties will be closely monitored and cannot violate any of the town ordinances hereon in.

At our request Dinice obtained and released the details of the settlement agreement today.

The full 37 page settlement agreement can be found HERE

Aug 102014
 

A Meeting of the Finance Committee of the Amity Regional Board of Education will be held on Monday, August 11, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. in the Presentation Room at the Amity District Offices. 

AGENDA

Call to Order

Discussion and Possible Action on Minutes

Finance Committee Meeting – June 9, 2014

Public Comment

Discussion and Possible Action on Recommended Uses of 2013-2014 Year End Available Funds

Discussion and Possible Action on Contracts of $35,000 or More

Fixed Asset Accounting Module

Amity Regional High School Cooling Tower Refurbishment

Conversion to Natural Gas at Amity Middle School – Orange Campus

Engineering Study for Fuel Cell Waste Heat Use at Amity Regional High School

Athletic Training Contract

Discussion of Monthly Financial Statements for Fiscal Year 2013-2014

Director of Finance and Administration Approved Transfers Under $3,000

Fiscal Year 2013-2014

Fiscal Year 2014-2015

Discussion and Possible Action on Budget Transfers of $3,000 or More

Fiscal Year 2013-2014

Fiscal Year 2014-2015

Discussion and Possible Action on New Funding Requests

Other

Update on MicroGrid Project and HVAC Upgrades at Amity Middle School – Orange Campus

Information on Second Quarter 2014 Executive Summary Review of Amity Pension Fund, Sick and Severance Account and OPEB Trust

Adjourn

Aug 052014
 

Screen shot 2014-08-05 at 8.09.55 PMThe Town Plan & Zoning Commission will meet at the Orange Town Hall, Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 7:30 p.m.  Here’s the agenda:

1. SITE PLAN APPLICATION – Submitted by Sixty Five Marsh Hill Road, LLC – Frank Dilieto for property known as 0 Salemme Lane a.k.a Assessor’s Map 3-1-6. The proposal is for the use of the property as a temporary warehousing/dumpster supply company. Empty dumpster-containers will be stored on-site and enclosed with a slatted chain link fence.

Discussion:

In spite of some strong arguments by Jeff Gordon, the applicant, the Zoning Commissioners stood strong on its conviction that the lot did not meet any of the zoning regulations.

3. Review of the Minutes from the July 15, 2014 Special Meeting. — Approved

4. Old Business.

5.   New Business.

Blight at the Firelight Plaza is being addressed.

  1. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

The Rogers property blight violations have gone to a settlement, of which the details are not yet available.

Zoning Officer is receiving a lot more complaints regarding blighted properties and of people purchasing homes and renting them out to people and not being occupied by the owner.

-Review of Zoning Activities Log.

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS *(4)    

APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL EXCEPTION, PERMIT OR USE – Submitted by Mike LaRocco for property known as 119 Old Tavern Road. The proposal is to construct an addition to an existing garage.   A larger ground coverage is requested as per Section 383-26 I (3) (a) of the Orange Zoning Regulations.

Discussion:

Chairman Beau Clark said the commission needs to know the square footage of the existing home and garage and the lot size in order to make a decision. Clark requested that LaRocco get the assessor’s map as well as papers showing where the reserve septic system is located. and to bring them to the next meeting.

Decision: Continued to next meeting

*APPLICATION FOR TEMPORARY SPECIAL USE EARTH MATERIALS REMOVAL & FILLING – Submitted by Tramontana, LLC. & 226 Boston Post Associates, LLC. For property known 226 Boston Post Road & 308 Indian River Road. The proposal is to construct a 1,825 sq. ft. new bakery/takeout store (Dunkin’ Donuts) with parking and associated site work. An APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION OF SOIL EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL MEASURES has also been submitted.

Decision:  Approved

*APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL EXCEPTION, PERMIT OR USE – Submitted by Tramontana, LLC. & 226 Boston Post Associates, LLC. For property known 226 Boston Post Road & 308 Indian River Road. The proposal is to construct a 1,825 sq. ft. new bakery/takeout store (Dunkin’ Donuts) with parking and associated site work. A special permit is required for a Drive-thru Service Window, ordering at a service counter, and take out service. A SITE PLAN APPLICATION, an ARCHITECTURAL STANDARDS SUPPLEMENT, and a LIGHTING SUPPLEMENT have also been submitted.

Discussion:

Jeff Gordon spoke for the applicants. He provided variance approvals from the Zoning Board of Appeals. Two non-conforming parcels combined would conform. The plans would require changes to an existing business near the Wells Fargo Bank. The new configuration for this Dunkin Donuts would provide for Left AND Right turns at the exit. The Traffic Commission requested changes reflected in the new plans. Commissioner Kaplan asked if the cars in the cue would prevent someone from passing them and exiting onto Indian River Road. The retaining wall at the “Orange Fashion Park” will be rebuilt and they also will resolve a drainage issue for a neighboring property. Clear signage should prevent anyone from getting into an accident when using the business. The Dunkin Donuts in the plaza near the Redfish Grill is leased and will be closing. If you are not clear about where this Dunkin’ would be it is the property where the Psychic now stands.

Chairman Clark said Gordon met all of the requirements, except for the lighting standards (which can easily be remedied) This is the one condition that will hold it up for now.

*APPLICATION FOR TEMPORARY SPECIAL USE EARTH MATERIALS REMOVAL & FILLING – Submitted by MLG Real Estate LLC. For property known 205 Edison Road. The proposal is to construct a 40,280 sq. ft. addition to an existing 75,000 sq. ft. industrial building. An APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION OF SOIL EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL MEASURES a SITE PLAN APPLICATION, an ARCHITECTURAL STANDARDS SUPPLEMENT, and a LIGHTING SUPPLEMENT have also been submitted.

Discussion: Gary Capatanio speaking for the applicant Aurora Products. In its initial application, the business planned ahead for further expansion. 99,318 existing space. If approved they will have an additional 45 parking spaces. Capatanio studied the zoning regulations and standards so the plans would not be denied, yet he made an assumption regarding existing lighting poles, but Clark said he would be required to provide the lighting supplement (a condition for commission approval).

Decision: Unanimously Approved

Aug 052014
 

The location of a proposed Dunkin' Donuts with drive thru.

The location of a proposed Dunkin’ Donuts with drive thru.

The Town Plan & Zoning Commission will meet at the Orange Town Hall, Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 7:30 p.m.  Here’s the agenda:

      1. SITE PLAN APPLICATION – Submitted by Sixty Five Marsh Hill Road, LLC – Frank Dilieto for property known as 0 Salemme Lane a.k.a Assessor’s Map 3-1-6. The proposal is for the use of the property as a temporary warehousing/dumpster supply company. Empty dumpster-containers will be stored on-site and enclosed with a slatted chain link fence.

      3. Review of the Minutes from the July 15, 2014 Special Meeting.

4. Old Business.

5.   New Business.

  1. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

-Review of Zoning Activities Log.

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS *(4)    

APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL EXCEPTION, PERMIT OR USE – Submitted by Mike LaRocco for property known as 119 Old Tavern Road. The proposal is to construct an addition to an existing garage.   A larger ground coverage is requested as per Section 383-26 I (3) (a) of the Orange Zoning Regulations.

 

*APPLICATION FOR TEMPORARY SPECIAL USE EARTH MATERIALS REMOVAL & FILLING – Submitted by Tramontana, LLC. & 226 Boston Post Associates, LLC. For property known 226 Boston Post Road & 308 Indian River Road. The proposal is to construct a 1,825 sq. ft. new bakery/takeout store (Dunkin’ Donuts) with parking and associated site work. An APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION OF SOIL EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL MEASURES has also been submitted.

 

*APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL EXCEPTION, PERMIT OR USE – Submitted by Tramontana, LLC. & 226 Boston Post Associates, LLC. For property known 226 Boston Post Road & 308 Indian River Road. The proposal is to construct a 1,825 sq. ft. new bakery/takeout store (Dunkin’ Donuts) with parking and associated site work. A special permit is required for a Drive-thru Service Window, ordering at a service counter, and take out service. A SITE PLAN APPLICATION, an ARCHITECTURAL STANDARDS SUPPLEMENT, and a LIGHTING SUPPLEMENT have also been submitted.

 

*APPLICATION FOR TEMPORARY SPECIAL USE EARTH MATERIALS REMOVAL & FILLING – Submitted by MLG Real Estate LLC. For property known 205 Edison Road. The proposal is to construct a 40,280 sq. ft. addition to an existing 75,000 sq. ft. industrial building. An APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION OF SOIL EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL MEASURES a SITE PLAN APPLICATION, an ARCHITECTURAL STANDARDS SUPPLEMENT, and a LIGHTING SUPPLEMENT have also been submitted.

Aug 012014
 

Case Memorial Library

Case Memorial Library

The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, presents the following programs Aug. 4- 9.

Oscar Film: Saving Mr. Banks

Monday, Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. and Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 1 p.m. (with subtitles)

Author P. L. Travers reflects on her childhood after reluctantly meeting with Walt Disney, who seeks to adapt her Mary Poppins books for the big screen. PG-13 125 minutes.

Teens: Henna Tattoos

Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2-4 p.m.

For students entering grades 6-12. Learn about henna and get your own tattoo from professional henna artist Jamilah.

Drop-In Tech Help

Thursday, Aug. 7, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Get the answers to your technology questions in this informal drop-in session. Our experts can help you with your questions about downloading e-books and audiobooks, using your device or laptop, Microsoft Office applications, using the Internet and more.

The Bookcase Book Discussion Group

Thursday, Aug. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent is a brilliant literary debut, inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829.  Discussion led by Toby Zabinski. Check for copies at the Circulation Desk.

Children’s End-of Summer Reading Party

Saturday, Aug. 9 at 11 a.m.

Half Moon Music with Al deCant, raffle drawings and refreshments. You must be registered for the summer reading program and have read 5 or more books to atend.

Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register in person or by phone 203-891-2170