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Sep 022014
 

Screen Shot 2014-09-02 at 7.42.14 PMTonight’s Town Plan & Zoning Commission meeting was brief, but many subjects were covered.

Economic Development Director Paul Grimmer requested (in writing) a zone change for the corridor between Prindle Hill Road and the Boston Post Road in order to attract more business to Orange.

This is the area of the Capecelatro property where there currently are greenhouses.

The subject will be discussed further at the next TPZC meeting where Grimmer will be present.

There is a draft of the plan of conservation and development that will be presented in two weeks.

Paul Dinice said he has had many blight and bamboo complaints recently.

One problematic blighted property has been cleaned up.

“Illegal” signs on the Boston Post Road need to be addressed, according to Chairman Walter Clark.

Temple Emanuel Application was not fully prepared, so it has been continued to the next meeting in 2 weeks.

Sep 022014
 

BACK Home at Peck Place School

BACK Home at Peck Place School

Students big and small returned to school this morning in Orange and across the Amity area.

Kent Pierce from WTNH-8 showed up at Peck Place School and took a mini-tour of the inside with Principal Eric Carbone.

Orange Live walked through with Mike Luzzi, Board of Ed Chairman Bill Kraut and Board member Jeff Cap as they checked out the indoor climate control.

The new cooling system was obviously working very well. First-grade Teacher Patty Moffett stood in the doorway of her classroom ready to greet her students and start a new year.

“I love it,” Moffett said of her bright new classroom. The new shelving was installed over the past week and everything was set.

 

Over in the second-grade section, Teacher Kelly Stevens remarked on how wonderfully quiet the new heating/cooling units are.

Ms Stevens waits for her class to arrive.

Ms Stevens waits for her class to arrive.were.

Stevens has been preparing her classroom for the past two months, and the shelving installation was the icing on the cake. Once they were finished she was able to perfect her classroom’s look.

She thanked the two board members for giving them the minimal schedule for the remainder of the week so everyone can finish.

This morning, in her classroom, everything was “perfect” and the only thing that was missing was the students — But they were on the way.

Carbone greeted the children as they stepped off the school busses. There were no tears, not even from the smallest kids.

Everyone was excited to get into the “new” Peck Place School.

 

Kindergarten

The scene at Mary L. Tracy was entertaining as usual with the largest crowd of paparazzi (parents with cameras and smart phones.)

IMG_7750There were some tears, but nothing uncontrollable, just a little jitters.

The children stepped off the bus, walked past the paparazzi and then led up the stairs where someone greeted them and brought them into the gymnasium to meet their new teachers.

It looks like it’s going to be a good school year.

 

Photos of the kids will be published only after they are approved by the schools. Hopefully by tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

 

Sep 012014
 

IMG_0069It’s 6 p.m., on Labor Day and you’re all ready to start school tomorrow, right?

Summer reading assignments are complete. Your backpack is filled and has been double checked to contain everything you need.

If not, you most likely can find a store that’s still open for those last-minute supplies.

Orange public schools do not require uniforms, but there is a dross code of sorts. Lay our all the clothes that you intend to wear for the week and make sure they are clean — this will help ease the stress of last-minute selections.

Know the layout of your school so you don’t have to worry about searching the halls for your classrooms.

Get at least 8 hours of sleep, so if you have to wake up at 6 a.m., make sure you’re in bed by 10 a.m. tonight. Younger kids should shoot for 9 or 10 hours of sleep. You have to alter your summer habits of playing video games or watching tv before bed.

Make sure that you eat a good breakfast tomorrow morning so you don’t feel like you’re starving before lunch.

Have your healthy lunch (according to new OBOE standards) ready and packed so you can just grab it any go before the bus arrives.

If you are a carpool kid, try to get to school early.

Check out the clubs and sports that your school has to offer and join a group that meets your interests.

Be yourself, and don’t lie about yourself in an effort to fit in. Lies have a way of catching up to you. (I knew someone who claimed he was from Canada … something that followed him all the way through High School. His parents, lifelong Amity residents, were very surprised when put on the spot and asked about their lives when they lived in Quebec.)

High Schoolers have the Link Crew Connection, but Elementary and Middle School children are on their own. Don’t worry. Be yourself, find your place and do your best. Everything will be alright.

Sep 012014
 

Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 10.36.46 AMOrange Community Women celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Orange Country Fair.

Purchase your own collectible stoneware pie plate handcrafted in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Each piece of stoneware pottery is handcrafted using traditional 18th century methods.

Every piece is custom made, start to finish. Pie plates are ten inches and fully functional.

ocf pie plate(Actual plowman and lettering will be in dark blue.) $30.00 per plate. Available at the Orange Country Fair in the Civic Tent, Sept 20 and 21

Or order a plate by emailing [email protected] or calling 203-627-2022.

Ordered plates will be delivered at no charge within the Orange area .

Orange Community Women is a chapter of Connecticut Junior Women, Inc.

Proceeds will go to supporting various projects within the community.

Sep 012014
 

Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 11.25.31 AMMaterial Girls, 463 Boston Post Road, Orange is still having its Summer Clearance/Labor Day Sale today from 10 to 5.

Come in for last minute back-to-school shopping and more. Find up to 75% off hundreds of clearance items.

Material Girls has a great selection of all the latest trends in fashion and accessories. The staff is always knowledgable, helpful and genuine.

If you’ve never come to this lovely boutique, this is a great time to discover your “future” favorite store.

So many fabulous items, something for everyone. Stop by today.

Visit their FACEBOOK page for a variety of offers.

Mention the AD on Orange Live and receive a free gift with a purchase of $50 or more.

Sep 012014
 

IMG_7365Today, Labor Day is your last chance to enjoy the St. Barbara Odyssey Greek Festival at 450 Racebrook Road, Orange.

On Monday, Sept.1, the festival runs from noon to 8 p.m.

We don’t want you to miss anything, so here’s Monday’s schedule:

1:00 p.m. Greek Cooking Demo on the front patio

2:00 p.m. Presentation on Greek Orthodoxy in the Church Proper

2:00 p.m. Odyssey Dancers in the Entertainment Area

3:00 p.m. Magic Show: “The Magic of Adam” in the Entertainment Area

3:30 p.m. Greek Cooking Demo on the front patio

IMG_74595:00 p.m. Odyssey Dancers in the Entertainment Area

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Live Greek Music by “The Hellenic Company” in the Entertainment Area

8:00 p.m. Odyssey Raffle Drawing in the Community Center (White House)

And Don’t Forget:

  • Greek marketplace – Gourmet Greek grocery, t-shirts, jewelry, arts & crafts, bookstore
  • Treasures ’n Junque – Odyssey’s giant tag sale
  • Presentations on Greek culture and religion, along with tours of Saint Barbara Church
  • Greek dance performances –Traditional Greek folk dances performed by the ODYSSEY Dancers
  • Greek dance lessons – taught by the ODYSSEY Dancers (5:30 pm, Sat and Sun)
  • Nightly dancing to ODYSSEY’s live Greek band, “The Hellenic Company”
  • Kids’ area – Rides, games, and magic shows.
  • Raffle – A $5 ticket gives you a chance at winning the grand prize of $10,000 cash, or one of 9 additional prizes!

Aug 312014
 

The weather was perfect for picture taking at the Odyssey Greek Festival in Orange on Saturday.

Here are a few of my favorites. To see the complete album or to order photos click HERE.

Aug 312014
 

A screen shot of the doppler Weather map at 4:49 p.m.

A screen shot of the doppler Weather map at 4:49 p.m.

Labor Day weekend has a couple of things residents and visitors have been waiting for: The Greek Festival and the Labor Day Concert. Will Mother Nature cooperate and allow folks to enjoy these last 2 official days of summer, or will she rain on the parade?

If WTNH 8′s Sam Kantrow is correct in his report on WXEdge it seems that today’s warmer and more humid weather with some  heavy rain and moderate to severe thunderstorms may just ruin the holiday for anyone who’d made plans to attend one or both of the events in Orange.

If you are planning on going to the Greek Festival, remember that it opens at noon. You will have a couple of hours to have lunch and enjoy a performance by the Odyssey Dancers at 2 p.m. The dancers are scheduled to perform at 4:30 p.m. too, but be prepared, because a line of thunderstorms could start moving through a little after 5 p.m.

IMG_7648The Taste of Israel Bar-B-Q at 261 Derby Ave. from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. also may be adversely affected by this potential storm front. 

The town’s Labor Day Concert at the Orange Fairgrounds Gazebo, 525 Orange Center Road from 7-9:30 p.m. also may be ruined. it’s scheduled to go on rain or shine, so bring your umbrellas or set yourself up under the pavilion. 

As far as the final day of the Greek Festival, Kantrow said, “Tomorrow starts muggy again, some with a bit of fog. With a bit of sun, we’ll see some more t-storms during the afternoon but they’re not widespread.”

St. Barbara’s Greek Church saw perfect festival weather on Friday and Saturday. For now, we’ll just have to hold our breath and keep our eyes to the sky — hope for the best and get out as soon as the church grounds open at noon.

 

 

 

 

 

Aug 312014
 

ISdk8c35fzwiro1000000000This custom built 4,500 square foot Colonial has 3 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, designer sun drenched kitchen w/granite counters, double ovens & stainless steel appliances livingroom & formal dining room w/hardwood floors, family room w/fireplace, finished Walk-out garden level w/full bathroom, 2 additional rooms ideal w/home office & guest room, 2 car garage and more.

Beautiful 3.05 acre lot.

Home is offered for $499,900.

Come on out to this open house on Sunday, Aug. 31 from 2-4 p.m. to see it yourself.

 

 

 

Aug 312014
 

Greek FoodYou have 2 more days to enjoy the St. Barbara Odyssey Greek Festival at 450 Racebrook Road, Orange.

On Sunday, Aug. 31, the festival runs from noon to 10 p.m.

We don’t want you to miss anything, so here’s Sunday’s schedule.

1:30 p.m. Presentation on Greek Orthodoxy in the Church Proper

2 p.m. Odyssey Dancers in the Entertainment Area

2:30 p.m. Greek Cooking Demo on the front patio

2:30 p.m. Presentation on Greek Orthodoxy in the Church Proper

3 p.m. Magic Show: “The Magic of Adam” in the Entertainment Area

3:30 p.m. St. Barbara Choir Performance in the Church Proper

4 p.m. Greek Cooking Demo on the front patio

4:30 p.m. Odyssey Dancers in the Entertainment Area

5:30 p.m. Greek Dance Lessons in the Entertainment Area

6 p.m.  to 10 p.m. Live Greek Music by “The Hellenic Company” in the Entertainment Area

7 p.m. Presentation on Greek Orthodoxy in the Church Proper

8 p.m. Odyssey Dancers in the Entertainment Area

And Don’t Forget:

  • Greek marketplace – Gourmet Greek grocery, t-shirts, jewelry, arts & crafts, bookstore
  • Treasures ’n Junque – Odyssey’s giant tag sale
  • Presentations on Greek culture and religion, along with tours of Saint Barbara Church
  • Greek dance performances –Traditional Greek folk dances performed by the ODYSSEY Dancers
  • Greek dance lessons – taught by the ODYSSEY Dancers (5:30 pm, Sat and Sun)
  • Nightly dancing to ODYSSEY’s live Greek band, “The Hellenic Company”
  • Kids’ area – Rides, games, and magic shows.
  • Raffle – Have a chance at winning the grand prize of $10,000 cash, or 9 additional prizes!