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PLEASE Help Look For This Little Guy

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Jun 202018
 

Little Leo Patel, the male white Maltese from Skyview Road has been missing since yesterday. (Grassy Hill area)

He is wearing a red collar that includes his family’s phone number.

He’s just 10 pounds and needs to be safe at home with his family before the weather turns hideously hot or anything happens to him.

If you see him, please call 203-508-0999 or 203-508-3232.

After you’ve contacted the owner, please update Orange Live, too.

Hang in there little buddy, we’re looking for you!

Notes In A Nutshell: Plan And Zoning June 19

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Jun 192018
 

TP&Z Chair Ozzy Parente

The Town Plan and Zoning Commission had a lengthy agenda on Tuesday, June 19. Following are brief notes of what was discussed.

Zoning enforcement: The Hotel on Marsh Hill Road is coming along well, there are a few things that still need to be discussed.

A home on Buttonball that had an issue with trailers is being dealt with.

Urban Air did some outdoor plantings and there is a matter of additional business coming in.

The architect spoke on the request for a larger occupancy in the amusement business originally 400, now requesting 700, which would mean an increase in parking.

The application was approved pending a letter from Fire Marshal Tim Smith.

• The Former Bear And Grill Building had a proposal for a virtual reality business “Spot VR Lounge”, to be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The parking meets the regulations, no changes to the footprint of the building,

Unanimously approved. 

Public Hearings:

The Gherlones on 535 Highfield Road, requested an elderly apartment permit, received all the necessary signatures and meets all the town requirements.

Unanimously approved.

Special request by Chinmaya Mission on Derby Avenue for a 25% reduction in required parking spaces from 80 to 60 spaces. (use an existing basketball court that is not in use, for parking if needed)

This matter has been continued to the next meeting. 

Senior Housing on Turkey Hill Road. The room was filled with concerned citizens who opposed the application.

One concern is that the septic system could fail. The plan includes each building having its own septic system.

Department heads submitted their comments for the record. Sanitarian said soil testing has been done on the site since 2008, and there are areas of “special concern.”

Public Works Director said he also had concerns depending upon how many units there are and if there will be DEEP

Police Chief said the development would put a strain on police and emergency services, both of which already are overtaxed.

The attorney for the applicant said the following revisions have been made:

She clarified that there is no restaurant in the proposal.

The UNH Campus is NOT a part of the site plan.

Waste systems would be privately owned and not the town’s responsibility.

Reduced maximum building coverage from 30% to 15%

Several residents sent in letters expressing their opposition to the application, citing everything from traffic congestion to safety concerns and the idea that a zone change would open a can of worms that would negatively impact this and other areas in town.

The Attorney presented several letters of support (mostly copies of the same form letter) from residents, most of whom do not live in the immediate area of the proposed development.

Turkey Hill resident Mike DeVito, whose property abuts the proposed site. Initially, he didn’t oppose the plan, but as time went on and the site plan changed the idea became much less desirable. The traffic alone would be unacceptable.

His neighbor and her husband oppose the proposed amendment change.

A resident from Wheelers Farm Road, whose children attend Turkey Hill Road, said he is not opposed to smart growth, but why not put this development in an already approved zone instead of changing a zone to try and fit it in.

Dr. Mohammed from the Health Department said this is not an appropriate location for such a development.

One brave woman stood before the opposition crowd and said some people would actually like to live in a development like this.

The attorneys and other speakers later in the meeting were very chatty. Since I had other work to do, I stopped watching and suggest you click on the video on demand link under the OGAT button to the upper left side of this site and watch the remainder of the meeting.

Local Business Helps Clover Nook Tornado Fundraiser

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Jun 142018
 

Easily accessible on the Boston Post Road.

Kristina Kaoud, owner of Material Girls Boutique, 463 Boston Post Road (Next to Kaoud Oriental Rugs) announced today that she will donate a portion of sales when any customer mentions Clover Nook Farm at checkout Now through Sunday, June 17th.

A longtime Woodbridge resident and friend of Orange Live, Kristina hosts many types of fundraising events and said she hopes to make a nice contribution to this weekend’s fundraiser.

Thank you Kristina!

Customers, don’t forget to mention Clover Nook Farm!

Orange Police/Special Olympics Torch Run Comes Through Town Today

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Jun 082018
 

file photo from the 2015 Torch Run in Orange

Members of the Orange Police Department will be running in the Special Olympics Torch Run today, Friday, June 8, beginning at 4 p.m. (Perhaps as early as 3:45 p.m.)

The Milford PD will pass off the torch at the Orange Town Line on the Boston Post Road at the Raymour and Flanagan outlet store.

Orange Runs up to the West Haven Town Line just past the Guitar Center.

Joining the Orange PD will be Denise Stein from the Orange Senior Services Department. Come out and cheer them on!

Yankees Choose Winkel: What Will He Do?

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Jun 062018
 

Since the beginning of the season everyone’s eyes have been on Patrick Winkel, an Amity High Senior whom we’ve watched grow up on the baseball diamond since Little League.

When you hear that he’s the best catcher in the state, well, that’s undeniable. Pat has such excellent instincts that seeing some of the split-second decisions he makes during Amity and American Legion games is mind-boggling.

All season long we’ve seen MLB scouts jockeying for position along the fences in order to get the best view of him in action and to take video clips to bring back to their bosses.

Just about everyone was talking about the prospect of him being drafted by a major league team this year. The term “First Round Pick” came up over and over again. So what was going to happen? Who was going to draft him? And, of course — How many millions of dollars would he be offered to play right out of high school?

What many seemed to put in the back of their minds is that he already committed to play at UConn (with his brother Chris, who’s been making a name for himself with the Huskies).

The only ones, it seems, that didn’t get caught up in the hype was the Winkel family. Pat remained humble and was dedicated to doing everything he could on the Spartans field to bring them to the state championships.

But how many kids have an opportunity to play major league ball, surely he’ll go with whatever team picks him, right?

At the beginning of the week, I talked to Pat’s mom and she said that he had decided to bypass the pros if he was chosen and go to UConn as he’d planned.

Today, Wednesday, June 6, The New York Yankees picked Patrick Winkel (C) Amity High School, in the draft.

Pat will play for the UConn Huskies and continue his education as planned.

You’re a smart young man, Pat, you follow your heart and use your head and we know you will find success in the future.

 

(updated) The First Annual Sondheim Awards — And The Winners Are:

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Jun 052018
 

The First Annual Stephen Sondheim Awards Show took place at the Schubert Theater in New Haven on Monday night.

The show was run more like the National “Jimmy” High School Musical Awards rather than the old CT High School Musical Theater Awards show. Instead of having each Best Actor and Best Actress nominee sing a full 3-4 minute solo of one of the songs from the show. Early in the show, ALL of the Best Actor nominees came onstage together, and one by one shared a portion of their song for about 1 minute, then joined the rest as background singers. Later the Best Actress nominees did the same.

Last weekend, the 14 Actors and Actresses were treated to a three-day intense workshop, during which they worked with professional choreographers, actors and singers and went over every aspect of stage performance. The boys’ and girls’ group routines were developed at this workshop. And, as the Best Actor winner stated in his acceptance speech, they all became friends. There was no rivalry whatsoever and they were cheering for their peers.

Amity High School’s production of “The Addams Family” was up for 8 nominations.

Our wonderful Marty Gnidula was quite the standout as Uncle Fester performing onstage with 6 other Best Actor nominees. He stayed in character and made everyone laugh with the brilliantly executed choreography.

Alaina Dwyer and Lilli Querker joined 5 other Best Actress nominees and both were just fabulous.

The cast of the Addams Family, in my opinion, was the most together ensemble of all the Best Musical Nominees. They nailed it.

So, as you go down the list you will notice that of the 8 nominations, Amity only brought home 1 (one) award. Were they disappointed? Upset? Keep reading until you see just what they won.

Best Scenic Design

Isabel Adolphe – Heathers – Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School

Justin Mossa – Footloose – Darien High School

Bobby Marcinauskis – Legally Blonde – Shelton High School

Todd Perrin, Dan Reilly and Nina Soriano – Les Miserables – Newtown High School

Best Costume Design

Sophie Howard – Footloose – Darien High School

Kira Turlington – Heathers – Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School

Marissa Proto – The Addams Family – Amity Regional High School

Best Lighting Design

Alicia Foster – Heathers – Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School

Emily Marcinauskis – Legally Blonde – Shelton High School

Oak Chaisathaporn – Hairspray – Suffield Academy

James Gallo – Curtains – Trumbull High School

Dean Jones – Footloose – Nonnewaug High School

Bobby Gaffney- Les Miserables – Newtown High School

Best Supporting Actor

Michael Hoadley – Shrek – Pinocchio – Branford High School

Antonio Mantero – Into the Woods – Mysterious Man – Notre Dame

Callum Zak – Legally Blonde – Kyle/Chad/Dewey – Shelton High School

Thomas Leonard – Curtains – Christopher Belling – Trumbull High School

Ryan Kennedy – Addams Family – Lucas – Amity High School


Best Supporting Actress

Alex Hernandez – Shrek – Dragon – Branford High School

Marina Kolistas – Grease – Patty Simcox – Immaculate HS

Molly Schalenghe – Legally Blonde – Brooke – Shelton

Madison LaPlante – Shrek – Dragon – West Warwick

Ainsley Lugal – Legally Blonde – Serena – Shelton High School

Best Choreography

Andrea Kennedy – The Addams Family – Amity Regional High School

Emily Frangipane – Footloose – Darien High School

Matthew Farina – Grease – Immaculate High School

Katherine Sedlock – Legally Blonde – Shelton High School

Mia White – Hairspray – Suffield Academy

John Carter – Merrily We Roll Along – Cheshire High School

Best Direction

Rob and Andrea Kennedy – The Addams Family – Amity Regional High School

Tim Sorenson – Footloose – Darien High School

Matthew Farina – Grease – Immaculate High School

Fiona Bryson, Katherine Sedlock, Justin Zenchuk – Legally Blonde – Shelton High School

Thomas Dugan – Hairspray – Suffield Academy

Richard Marchetti – Shrek – West Warwick High School

Best Actor

Marty Gnidula – Addams Family – Uncle Fester – Amity High School

Grady Allen – Footloose – Willard – Darien High School

Joshua Cocuzzo – Footloose – Ren – Nonnewaug

Cooper Cardone – Beauty and the Beast – Beast – North Kingstown

Connor Wall – Legally Blonde – Emmett Forrest – Shelton

Max Weiner – Hairspray – Edna Turnblad – Suffield Academy

Matt Sullivan – Legally Blonde – Professor Callahan – Shelton High School

Best Actress

Alaina Dwyer – Addams Family – Alice Beineke – Amity High School

Lexi Staubi – Footloose – Ariel – Darien High School

Teah Renzi – Les Miserables – Eponine – Newtown High School

Kyla Hackett – Legally Blonde – Elle Woods – Shelton High School

Jacqueline Mate – Curtains – Georgia – Trumbull High School

Mia White – Hairspray – Velma Von Tussel – Suffield Academy

Lilli Querker – Addams Family – Pugsley Addams – Amity High School

Best Musical

Hairspray – Suffield Academy

Shrek – West Warwick High School

Footloose – Darien High School

The Addams Family – Amity Regional High School

Legally Blonde – Shelton High School

Grease – Immaculate High School

Yes, that’s right, folks, we are thrilled to announce that Amity earned its SECOND “BEST MUSICAL AWARD” (one for the CT High School Musical Theater Awards and one for the inaugural Stephen Sondheim Awards). That’s the big Kahoona, the prize of all prizes, the most coveted award of all. And Everyone from the parents to Principal Anna Mahon, to the actors and directors, were beaming with pride at the end of the show.

Darien High School, appears to have been the big winner of the night with multiple awards, followed by Shelton High School, but the BIG ONE belongs to Amity.

Aside from going to the National Competition in New York City later this month, Best Actor winner Cooper Cardone and Best Actress Winner Teah Renzi each received a scholarship to the BMA Summer Camp — It will be a very exciting summer for both of these wonderfully talented students. We wish them the best in the future.

This was a very good night, indeed. Thank you again to Orange Native, Amity Alum Connor Deane and his Broadway Method Academy for bringing a High School Musical Awards Night back to Connecticut.

Tonight’s The Night, Amity Talent Shoots For The Moon

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Jun 042018
 

The first Annual Stephen Sondheim Awards will take place at the Shubert Theater, 247 College Street, New Haven tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Amity Has THREE of its fine actors vying for the Best Actor/Actress title and an opportunity to compete in the National High School Musical Awards.

Best of Luck to Marty Gnidula – Uncle Fester for best actor, Alaina Dwyer – Alice Beineke and Lilli Querker in the best actress category for The Addams Family. We can’t wait to see you perform tonight.

The Addams Family is up for the Outstanding Musical Award.

In addition, Ryan Kennedy is nominated for his supporting actor role of Lucas. Best choreography – Andrea Kennedy. Best Directors – Rob and Andrea Kennedy. Best Costume Design – Marissa Proto.

I will give a full update after the show. Until then, Everyone send out Positive thoughts to our extended “Addams Family” group. We MUST have someone go to the Nationals again this year!!!

And once again, thank you Connor Deane and your business for giving our kids this amazing opportunity to shine! As Always, Judy Primavera and the Jamie Hulley Arts Fund for your participation.

 

 

 

Spartans Playing Some Fine Baseball Today

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Jun 022018
 

The Spartans are playing like the champions we’d known for so many years.

Final score for today’s game, Amity 7- South Windsor 1

Looks like we’ll be going up against *Ridgefield as Amity advances to the Class LL semifinals.

Go Spartans!

Our Softball team is playing on Monday!

Down to the wire for Amity’s amazing athletes!

*Originally, I thought we’d be playing Cheshire.

More Coyote Sightings (And Some Nice Photos)

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Jun 012018
 

This coyote keeps coming around Robert Treat Drive.

This time the reporting resident took out the real camera and shot some photos to share.

One was seen on Grannis Road and another was reported on Old Tavern Road this afternoon.

 

 

 

 

 

Orange Tax Collector Shares Information About Your Tax Bills

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May 302018
 

The annual budget for the Town of Orange FY 2018/ 2019 passed on May 23 thereby setting the 2017 Grand List Mill Rate at 32 mills for Real Estate, Personal Property, and Motor Vehicles.

Tax bills are scheduled to be mailed the last week in June, with the first installment due July 1, 2018. The final day to pay without interest or penalty will be August 1, 2018.

Please keep in mind that payments will not be accepted or processed until July 2, 2018. The Office of Policy and Management (OPM) has indicated that outside the provision of 12‐163 (Jeopardy) of the Ct. State Statute, tax collectors are NOT authorized to accept early payments.

To ensure immediate and proper posting your installment coupon is necessary. If you want a receipt, bring the entire three-part tax bill. Payments by mail require a self-addressed stamped envelope along with the entire three-part tax bill.
Tax bills may be paid online, on the Town of Orange website; there is a fee associated.

Motor vehicle clearance will take 11 days. For 24 hr. clearance delinquent tax bills must be paid in cash in the office between 8:30 a.m. – 3: 30 p.m.

The 2017 Grand List information will not be available for viewing until July 1.

The Tax Office will close at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 29, so that the 2016 Grand List can be balanced and closed.

We will have no computer access during this time. The 2017 Grand List information will be loaded and we will begin accepting and processing payments on July 2, 2018.

Sandra Pierson, CCMC
Tax Collector