The highlight for the week at Amity High School was a reception held to welcome the new Region 5 Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Charles “Chip” Dumais.
According to Amity Principal Charles Britton, this past Wednesday afternoon, Dumais met with Amity faculty, staff and administration during an after school reception. He will begin his tenure in Amity next Monday, March 3.
Dumais looks forward to meeting with students and parents soon. As he transitions into the position, interim superintendent, Mike Nast, will be transitioning out.
“Mr. Nast served as the interim superintendent since July, 2013. On behalf of the entire faculty, staff and administration, we extend our appreciation to him for his exemplary leadership,” Britton said. “We wish Mr. Nast all the best of luck in his future endeavors. We know he will continue to work tirelessly as an advocate for public education across Connecticut.”
The Scholar In Residence Program “End of Life Challenges in Healthcare for People of Faith,” is a discussion with our own orange clergy facilitated by Dr. Julius Landwirth, Past associate director & current member of the Yale interdisciplinary center for bioethics.
Everyone in the Orange Interfaith Community, and our friends, are welcome to participate in the Potluck Supper & Program.
Potluck Dinner at 4:00 p.m.
Program at 5:30 p.m.
As you can see from the banner on the left side of the site, it’s the time of year when many local businesses are asking for your support in the Advocate Best of New Haven Reader’s Poll.
Orangectlive.com has been a registered business in the town of Orange since May 2012. Since then, “Orange Live, the best source for 24/7 news in Orange CT” has published more than 3,000 stories, keeping you abreast of everything that’s happening in town without the benefit of a staff.
Orangectlive.com (along with the Orange Live Facebook Page) is a one-person show, photos, meetings, business stories, police and fire coverage, school updates, sports, even the ads are all done by just one Yia Yia — that’s what my granddaughter calls me — even when my computer crashed in December, you still got your news.
All I ask is that every one of the 1,000 people who visit the site today and unique visitors who come on until next Wednesday, take 10 minutes to visit the “Best Of” Poll page, Fill in the voter registration information and click “Vote” to begin, then please vote for orangectlive.com in two categories • Best Local Blogger and • Best Hyperlocal News Site. Both can be found in the Media and Education section.
You must vote in at least 10 categories. But, if you love Orange, there are plenty of Orange businesses and personalities from which to choose. Look for the Orange Ale House, Material Girls, NuVita, Redfish Grill, Georgina Hair Studio, Kaoud Oriental Rug … Even First Selectman Jim Zeoli is listed under the People and Places section.
One ballot per person. They count ballots from this website and paper ballots from this week’s CTNow newspaper. You may submit a paper ballot or an online ballot, but not both.
Online voting ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014.
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This announcement was posted on the Orange BOE website tonight:
Great news, and though you’ve likely already heard it, let’s put it in print – both the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Finance approved the renovations at Peck Place as was proposed. They have appropriated up to $1.9 million, as per the state-bide estimates. This does not mean we will be frivolous or careless with spending. This does mean new floors, ceilings, paint, cabinetry, lighting, and plumbing, and the end result will be a ‘renovated as new’ building when the kids and staff return.
The finish date we are working extremely hard to achieve is August 1, 2014, leaving time for teachers and staff to move in and set-up their classrooms and other teaching spaces.
The Board of Selectmen and the Board of Finance both televised their meetings so you can catch them on OGAT. As a result of both meetings, the work at Peck is back in gear. We need to accomplish two tasks: 1. both Boards asked for a timeline, which we are working to provide; and 2. we need to go out to RFP for 3 of the projects, the univents, cabinetry, and the roof.
Many people have asked about the insurance claim, and we are still working on that with our insurance adjuster and CIRMA, our insurance carrier. It is an extensive process and will take time. This is not an unusual wait.
Many people have asked about the abatement. Phase I (the 11 heavily-impacted classrooms) is complete and did receive a clean bill of health. Phase II (the corridors and remaining classrooms) and Phase III (the library) are underway. Because of the manner in which the company seals-off areas for abatement, the renovation work can now begin in the Phase I portion of the building. The building is still closed to the public, and children under the age of 18 are not allowed on the property.
Many people have asked about the way in which the previous mold issue will now be addressed. You’ll recall this was a common mold problem, and it can be addressed by maintaining low humidity. Therefore, the new univents in each classroom will be heat/air/air-circulation univents. In addition, new ceilings and new insulation will vastly improve the efficiency of the univents in the classrooms.
The Plan of Conservation and Development Public Meeting is Tonight in the High Plains Community Center Gym from 7-9 p.m.
The Town Plan and Zoning Commission invites all residents to attend and give their input.
A Plan of Conservation and Development is an advisory document used by the TPZC and other town agencies to:
• Protect the resources important to residents
• Guide growth and change in Orange
• Identify facilities and services needed to support the community we want to be.
This is not your typical meeting.
This is an interactive forum. You will be able to state what you like about Orange; what you don’t like about the town; share what you would like to see in the future, so the town can update its Plan of Conservation and Development and plan its vision for the town of Orange for the coming decade.
Below is a diagram of the room layout for this evening’s event so you will know what to expect.
The Board of Finance (BOF) sat at a very full table Monday night at Town Hall, when joined by members of the Board of Education (BOE).
The two boards discussed, item-by-item the proposed cost to get Peck Place School back up and running by Aug. 1, 2014 so that it can be ready for the first day of the 2014-15 school year on Sept. 2.
On Jan. 6, a pipe burst at Peck Place School causing flooding throughout 60% of the building.
The BOE jumped on it immediately in an effort to get the problem areas repaired as quickly as possible so the students could get back to their school.
After finding asbestos in the mastic (glue) under the damaged floor tiles, school officials explored the remainder of the building for other issues that could cause problems in the future.
They approached First Selectman Jim Zeoli, with their findings and went through the state database to find certified contractors who are approved by the state to start working on the project.
The BOS approved $115,000 for the Phase 1 asbestos abatement.
BOF member PJ Shanley asked the BOE what was being done to ensure that the same thing wouldn’t happen again.
BOE Facilities Director Mike Luzzi said they were going to insulate the outside walls; possibly get an automatic shutoff; disconnect and try not to have any water pipes in any of the classrooms, except for the very little kids who they wouldn’t want to send out in the halls by themselves to get a drink of water or to wash their hands.
BOF member James Leahy stressed that he wanted a timeline for all of the work that was to be done at the school.
This was something that selectmen Mitch Goldblatt and Ralph Okenquist both spoke of during the special BOS meeting just hours prior to the BOF meeting.
Fred Kendrick also from the BOF said, he wanted to be assured that the work would be done in time for the kids to get back to school in the fall. He insisted that when contracts were drawn up that each included a timeline for the work to be done.
Leahy said, “A timeline is imperative. we must know that the job can be done by Aug. 1 or the BOF can’t approve anything.”
After looking over the entire spending spreadsheet provided by BOE Business Manager Kevin McNabola, BOF Chairman Kevin Houlihan said, “This estimate is for the worst case scenario. There has to be savings in there somewhere.”
Houlihan verified that the town’s current fund balance is $13 million. “This would be a supplemental appropriation from the fund balance to the BOE budget, non-transferable for anything but this action,” he told the BOE members.
The BOF approved the spending, stressing that the words “not to exceed” the dollar amount before them was included in the motion, and any reimbursements received through bonding, the state or insurance would go to reduce the appropriation.
Below is the spending spreadsheet presented to the BOS and BOF on Monday.
The Lines for Cabinetry and Electrical work both were blacked out for a reason. The cabinetry is going out to bid and the UI has an incentive program the will cut down on the lighting costs. The town has used it in several buildings and it has been a proven cost cutting program.
Superintendent Lynn McMullin said “Renovate Like New” Grant money could be available but waiting for approval and to obtain it would take a long time.
One of the discussions during this week’s Plan & Zoning meeting was in regards to getting the word out and piquing interest in the Plan of Conservation and Development meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 25.
The meeting will take place in the gymnasium at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road from 7 to 9 p.m.
The Town Plan and Zoning Commission scheduled the public meeting to get input from Orange residents regarding the proposed update of the Plan of Conservation and Development.
The meeting will provide an opportunity for Orange residents to identify issues of concern to them and suggest priorities and strategies for the next Plan. Following the public meeting, the Town Plan and Zoning Commission will be looking at identified issues and evaluating strategies to help guide the community in the future.
A Plan of Conservation and Development is an advisory document used by the Town Plan and Zoning Commission and other Town agencies to:
- Protect the resources important to residents
- Guide growth and change in Orange
- Identify facilities and services needed to support the community we want to be
Orange residents are encouraged to come to the meeting to help ensure that the Plan of Conservation and Development reflects community goals.
“This Plan is an important document which will be used to guide future conservation and development activity over the next decade and beyond,” said Walter “Beau” Clark, IV, Chairman of the Town Plan and Zoning Commission.
Originally Published on: Feb 8, 2014 @ 13:00
Reposted on: Feb 18, 2014 @ 21:15 and Feb. 20 @ 11:09
This past Thursday and Friday, counselors met with students at the Middle School in Orange and the Middle School in Bethany to review course recommendations and assist 8th graders with the selection of 9th grade electives.
This week, 9th, 1oth and 11th grade students will meet with counselors in computer labs to review course and level recommendations, and select electives.
In preparation for these meetings, parents and students are asked to review the 2014-15 Amity Regional High School Program of Studies, which is posted on the high school website, and available by clicking: http://www.amityregion5.org/file/612/view.
I clicked the link and got this message:
Oops! No file here by that name
If you are a parent and could not access the list, either call the school in the morning or pay close attention to the form your child brings home from school.
Students will bring home paper printouts of course verification forms. Parents are asked to review the selection of academic courses, course levels and electives, and sign the course verification form. Students are required to return the signed course verification form to the counseling office before the end of the school day on Monday, March 3.
Parents who have any questions may contact their child’s school counselor. Questions about course and course level recommendations should be addressed to teachers.