Apply Now For The Orange Scholarship

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Mar 262020

The Orange Scholarship Fund Association as extended its application deadline.

The Scholarship Association will now accept applications until May 1.

Applications are available online at orangescholarshipfund.com.

Criteria for receiving scholarships are as follows: Financial need, academic achievement, community service and leadership roles in organizations and activities.

We hope that high school seniors from Orange will take advantage of the new deadline to complete applications.

A Look Back: A Nice Memory For These Trying Times

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Mar 252020

Marty Gnidula interviews Alumni Joey Sansone and Nick Clark

Orange Live received this press release and photos today from Deborah Sansone at Turkey Hill School.

We believe the timing is perfect to take everyone’s mind off of being prisoners in their own homes during this coronavirus crisis.

Sit back, look back, and enjoy.

The curtain opened on Friday, January 10 at the Turkey Hill School Drama Club’s 10th Anniversary Reunion Concert and more than thirty alumni actors took the stage singing, dancing and reminiscing.

Alumni included Master of Ceremonies, Marty Gnidula, Elizabeth Bodie, Mitchell Bronson, Luke Chang, Nick Clark, Maria Dalle Ave, Claire DeRosa, Ava DiVincenzo, Raegan French, Brigitte Gagnon, Marcelle Gagnon, Dana Jossick, Audrey Jurczyk, Hannah Hayes, Michaela Kraut, Anna Laganovska, Maya Patel, Thomas Sampson, James Sansone, Joseph Sansone, Sydney Sherrick, Kasey Smith, Molly Stratford, and Ledgym Washington.

The THS Drama Club thanks the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation for sponsoring the drama club and making the performance possible.

Michaela Kraut, a sophomore at the University of Rhode Island, performed at THS.

The Tenth Anniversary Reunion Concert Performers.

Schools, Library Closed, Large Gatherings, Senior Events Suspended

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Mar 122020

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With the Coronavirus now identified as a global pandemic and human cases as close as Stratford, the town of Orange is taking every precaution  to try and keep residents safe and stop the spread of the virus in the BOWA area.

Please read this entire article so you know what services are and aren’t open to the public until further notice.

Everyone should do his or her part to help prevent the spread of this potentially deadly virus. If you were exposed you may not know that you have it until you have symptoms, yet, in the meantime, you could be spreading it to others.

If you are a senior, if you have a compromised immune system or chronic illnesses, you may be more susceptible to getting the virus and passing it to others in the same age demographic. Please take precautions, follow the health director’s suggestions, and stay safe.

Case Memorial Library

The Town Library will be closed today for two weeks or until further notice. All non essential programs, meetings, and gatherings at the High Plains Community Center will be cancelled for the next two weeks.

Senior Center

Senior Center Director Dennis Marsh today announced, “Please be aware that due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as a precautionary measure, the Orange Senior Center is suspending all Senior Center activities until further notice.”

BOWA Schools 

The BOWA Superintendents sent out this message:

This afternoon, the Quinnipiack Valley Health District (QVHD) and the Orange Department of Health made the recommendation that all Bethany, Orange, Woodbridge, and Amity schools should be closed. This step is being taken as a precautionary measure to limit community transmission of ​Novel Coronavirus (​COVID-19).

The closure is effective immediately and will begin ​Friday, March 13, 2020​.

At this time, we anticipate schools will be closed until further notice. As this situation is evolving, we ask that you continue to check district websites for information and we will continue to use our communication systems to keep families and staff informed.

During the school closure, resources for supplemental learning may be available. Further information about supplemental learning activities will come from each individual BOWA school district and/or your children’s teachers.

Please remember that the purpose of the school closures is to limit community transmission through contact and by gathering large groups of individuals together. You can support our community by keeping your children home during the closure. During the closure, school buildings will remain staffed but not open to the public. Our districts will continue to follow guidance, recommendations, and directives from the health departments and the state Department of Education.

High Plains Community Center

Offices at the High Plains Community Center will remain open, but all meetings and gatherings have been suspended for the time being.

Town Hall, Police, Fire, Highway Offices

The Orange Town Hall offices will be open so, if you have any questions or an emergency situation you will be able to reach a human for answers.



No Sports At Amity Until At Least Mid April

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Mar 122020

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The coronavirus has done a number on sports throughout the USA. There is no March Madness, High School teams will not realize the joy of winning a state championship title, Indoor professional games are being squashed with every passing day, opening day for Minor League baseball teams has been delayed indefinitely, and so on.

Opening Day for Amity Baseball, Softball, Tennis and Volleyball is scheduled for Monday, April 13, but only time will tell when the games will actually begin.

BOWA schools will be closed for two weeks, so that also will have an impact.

Take care everyone. And do everything you can to stay healthy.

Virus Concerns Affect Amity Spring Musical

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Mar 112020

Due to recommendations from the State of Connecticut, Amity’s production of the musical The Drowsy Chaperone has been rescheduled until the last week of April and the first week of May.
The theater department will be honoring all tickets previously purchased on the new scheduled dates. You will have the same seats and same tickets that you have already purchased for these new dates. The new dates will correspond as follows:
 Previous Performance                     New Rescheduled Performance
Friday March 27th 2020 8pm    ——>    Friday April 24th 2020 8pm
Saturday March 28th 2020 8pm  ——> Saturday April 25th 2020 8pm
Thursday April 2nd 2020 8pm.   ——>  Thursday April 30th 2020 8pm
Friday April 3rd 2020 8pm      ——>       Friday May 1st 2020 8pm
Saturday April 4th 2020 8pm   ——>     Saturday May 2nd 2020 8pm
“We will be posting regular updates on our Facebook and twitter pages. Our volunteer parent box office can be reached at amityboxoffice@gmail.com or at (203) 392-2019. We will do our best to assist you.
There are still great seats available for all 5 performances of The Drowsy Chaperone! You can still purchase tickets at www.amitytheaterdepartment.com
This hilarious broadway musical will be a welcome respite from our daily lives. We look forward to seeing you at the show!
We thank you for your patience and understating during this difficult situation.
Warmest Regards,
Robert Kennedy

Klarides Calls on Gov. Lamont to Finally Release Fire School Funds

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Mar 042020

File photo from 2015 fire school session

With the debate on tolls over, House Republican Leader Themis Klarides today called on Gov. Lamont to make good on a 2018 campaign promise and finally release money he identified for a fire training school in Beacon Falls.

Klarides noted that in campaigning for governor Lamont came to the Naugatuck Valley and promised that if elected he would come through for the Naugatuck Valley and finally build the facility slated for Beacon Falls.

“It is appropriate now that the tolls issue has been concluded for the time being that the governor make good on his campaign promise and authorize the money,’’ Klarides said. “This is not about politics, this is about public safety.’’  

Lamont delayed acting on a bond package for municipalities and state projects while the tolls issue was being debated. The governor made clear he would not finalize a bond package until the tolls were dealt with. Last month he acknowledged that he could get the toll plan through the legislature and abandoned it after months of rancorous public debate.   

The long-delayed school was planned nearly two decades ago when officials first drew up a priority list of schools to build. The Valley Fire Chiefs Regional Fire School was identified but the $14 million authorized for construction was never finalized by the state Bond Commission. The facility was designed to serve 22 towns in the Greater Naugatuck Valley. Currently, firefighters train at a variety of sites around the state.

Klarides noted that local and state officials from both political parties have long advocated for the training school.

“As I have repeatedly said, this transcends political philosophy and party affiliation. This project has been on the books for almost 20 years and needs to be completed,’’ Klarides said.


Let The States Begin: Girls Hockey at 4 p.m.

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Mar 032020

The Girls Ice Hockey State Championship will begin today between the Blades (Amity/NH/Cheshire) and rivals Guilford.

On Saturday, the Blades lost the SCC title to the Indians, so this will be a great game, as always.

The puck drops in the first round of the States on the Blades’ home ice, Lou Astorino Ice Rink in Hamden at 4 p.m.


Turkey Hill School Presents “The Pirate Princess”

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Mar 032020

One hundred and eight Turkey Hill School students will take the stage in Turkey Hill School’s second original production “The Pirate Princess” on Friday, April 3rd at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 4th at 1 p.m.

The original show is written by Deborah Sansone, THS Drama Club Producer, and the THS Drama Writing Club, which included 18 THS students. The students began writing in April 2019 and worked through the summer to finish the script. Mr. Kyle Ryan, THS Music Teacher, has joined the team again writing an original song and reprise to support the production.

“Our first original show last year, “Halloween, Again” was such a success we decided to do it again,” says Sansone. “The student writers worked so hard creating characters, plot and dialogue writing throughout the summer. We are  so fortunate to have Kyle Ryan as our Musical Director. He once again wrote an amazing original song for the show.”

“The Pirate Princess” is about a girl, Kelsey, who grows up on a pirate ship with her adopted father, Captain Cal. Since girls aren’t allowed on the ship, Kelsey has been hiding her identity. Kelsey’s plan is to take over as Captain some day, but her father wants her to leave the ship and learn how to be a girl. When a stow-way and an evil talking Raven come aboard, Kelsey’s courage, identity and determination are tested.

Turkey Hill School Student writers included Aiza Amir, Gabriela Celozzi, Avery French, Anushka Gupta, Caryn Kim, Hannah May, Juliana Menga, Aarya Mulmi, Alice Niang, Gianna Pergolotti, Abby Salmini, Emily Shaw, Elona Spiewak, Rebecca Spiewak, Claire Theiss, Sarina Tian and CJ Visnic. Amity High School Junior, Ava DiVencenzo, worked with the team as well.

The club is once again supported by the Jaime A. Hulley Arts Foundation. Tickets can be purchased in advance by stopping by THS or at the door for $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for seniors and students.


Blades Advance in SCC Tournament

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Feb 272020

The Blades (Amity/Cheshire/North Haven) Girls Ice Hockey team won the SCC Semi Final game against Hamden 4-3 on Wednesday, Feb. 26 in Hamden.


1              2              3          F

Blades                  1              2              1          4

Hamden               0              1              2          3


The Blades outshot Hamden 48-17.

Here is a rundown of the game.

First Period

The Blades’ Tess Csejka scored the first goal, assisted by Olivea Kosh.

Second Period

Hamden’s  Lauren Mullally answered with a goal off an assist from Demeri Carangelo.

The Blades’ Nadia DiNitale broke the tie on an assist from Tess Csejka.

The duo of DiNitale from Csejka struck again bringing the second period score to 3-1

Third Period

Hamden came on strong in the third period with Reilly Sargolini scored, assisted by Demeri Carangelo.

Then Sargolini tied the game, assisted by Kathleen Gould.

But wait, it wasn’t over yet, In came Csejka hitting one in for the Blades, assisted by Caroline Cadelina.  And the Blades Win! 4-3.


Blades Jade Krukar 14

Hamden- Katherine Shapland 44

What’s Next?

This is a very exciting time for our extremely talented girls as all of their hard work this season culminates in the following opportunities:

The #1 Blades advance to the SCC Final against Guilford on Saturday, Feb. 29 at the Bennett Rink in West Haven at 1 p.m.

Then, on Tuesday, March 3, the Blades play Guilford in the first round of the States on their home ice, Lou Astorino Ice Rink in Hamden at 4 p.m.

Go Blades!

Feb 262020

Two championship competitions will take place on Friday, Feb. 28.

Boys Swimming and Diving will participate in the SCC Diving Championship at Sheehan High School at 5:30 p.m.

The Wrestling team will participate in the CIAC State Open Championship at Floyd Little Athletic Center Field House at 3 p.m.