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One Firefighter Still Hospitalized: A Message From The Woodbridge VFD Re: JCC Fire

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Dec 062016
 

screen-shot-2016-12-05-at-10-47-36-pmRegarding the 4 alarm fire at the JCC on Dec. 5, the Woodbridge Volunteer Fire Department received the call at 3:47 pm. The fire, which appears to have started in the sauna, was under control at 4:50 pm. The fire investigation continues today. The building sustained smoke damage throughout and water damage.

Two Woodbridge Volunteer fire fighters were injured while fighting the fire, one is still in the hospital and expected to make a full recovery.

We commend the JCC staff for evacuating the building safely and efficiently and thank the Brookdale of Woodbridge staff for sheltering those evacuated.

The Woodbridge Volunteer Fire Department is grateful to the volunteer fire departments from Prospect, Bethany, Seymour, and Orange for their tremendous assistance last night as well as the use of Orange’s aerial apparatus. We thank you.

The JCC will remain closed today.

Polls Open 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. For Amity Facilities Bond Referendum

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Dec 062016
 

20161205_130919A bond referendum will take place today, Tuesday, December 6, and all voters are encouraged to participate. That includes students who are registered to vote anytime between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. at High Plains Community Center.

As you can see from the Ballot question below, the bond includes work at the High School and Bethany Middle School … all part of being in a three town Regional School District. If the middle school in Orange needed work, Taxpayers in Woodbridge and Bethany would be asked to approve that funding, too. 

The resolution on the ballot will read, “SHALL REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT NUMBER 5 APPROPRIATION OF $2,065,000 AND AUTHORIZATION OF BONDS AND TEMPORARY NOTES IN THE SAME AMOUNT FOR VARIOUS IMPROVEMENTS AT AMITY REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL AND AMITY MIDDLE SCHOOL, BETHANY CAMPUS?”

The District seeks to bond the costs related to:

  1. Air handler replacements at Amity Regional High School that serve classrooms in A wing and in the kitchen area, and any related work at an estimated cost of $360,956.
  2. The replacement of the air handler units in  the middle gym at Amity Regional High School with full heating/cooling units, and any related work, at an estimated cost of $293,635.
  3. HVAC upgrades at Amity Middle School, Bethany Campus, and any related work, at an estimated cost of $189,909;
  4. Renovate a consumer science room at Amity Regional High School, and any related work, at an estimated cost of $200,000.
  5. Replace the tennis courts at Amity Regional High School, and any related work, at an estimated cost of $405,700.
  6. Partial Parking lot replacement at Amity Regional High School and any related costs, at an estimated cost of $350,000.
  7. Estimated financing and contingency cost estimated at a cost of $264,800.

A retro-commissioning project was completed to help prioritize the replacement of air handler units on an educated time schedule. The units’ lifecycle is the main criteria for prioritizing on the schedule.

HVAC upgrades at Amity Middle School, Bethany Campus are intended to improve the layout of the air diffusers in the classrooms and locker rooms to be more effective for thermal comfort and regulate the amount of outside air that is needed to keep a building’s air quality high.

The consumer science room was installed in 1995 and the planned upgrades are intended meet modern standards.

The tennis courts at Amity Regional High School have been routinely repaired and resurfaced.  The new courts will have a 10 year warranty.

Parking lot replacement at Amity Regional High School will be done in two phases.  Phase I is included in this project. The remaining sections will be replaced at a future date.

Four Alarm Fire at JCC Prompts Response from Bethany, Orange and Woodbridge — Two Firefighters Injured

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Dec 052016
 

screen-shot-2016-12-05-at-10-48-35-pmAt least 150, and up to 300 people were inside the JCC of Greater New Haven on Amity Road in Woodbridge when a fire broke out in a sauna on the lower floor around 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5.

Everyone was evacuated when local police and firefighters from Bethany, Orange and Woodbridge rushed there in response to the four-alarm fire.

Children and babies from the daycare center inside, along with members who were swimming when the fire broke out (and evacuated wearing only their bathing suits) were brought next door to the Brookdale Woodbridge Senior Living Facility where they could be safe and warm.

screen-shot-2016-12-05-at-10-47-36-pmTwo firefighters were transported to the hospital with smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide exposure. At least one was released and is now resting at home. He assured Orange Live that his is “fine.”

Ambulances remain on the scene just in case they are needed.

The tri-town Amity fire departments often work together on drills so when emergencies like this occur, they all work well together.

Route 63 was closed for several hours (a fire hose was hooked to a hydrant near Bond Road and ran up the long driveway to the facility).

The JCC will definitely be closed on Tuesday as there was a lot of smoke and water damage. If you are a member, or have business there, check the JCC website for up to the minute details.

Photos With Santa From The Orange Holiday Festival

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Dec 042016
 

On Sunday, Dec. 4, Santa Claus attended the Orange Tree Lighting Ceremony then personally sat down with 76 children — and tweens, on their parents’ requests.

Every youngster entered Santa’s workshop with rosy cheeks and plenty with cold feet. Once inside, Santa made the chilly wait well worth their time, giving each visitor personal attention and entertained many with the Mickey Mouse Express Train Set that races around the rafters of the workshop.

Thank You Santa! (and thank you, parents for patiently waiting in the cold and still being so pleasant when you got inside.)

 

 

Open House: Unique 2 Bedroom Contemporary In Orange

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Dec 042016
 

screen-shot-2016-11-20-at-10-19-19-amSleek updated contemporary with high ceilings and sought after modern flow highlighted with large windows that emit light and showcase private views.
Many interesting updates that set this home apart from the rest!
Very well maintained with private .49 acre landscaped yard and garden shed plus separate laundry area and storage space.
Spectacular – one of a kind!
Come see it today, Sunday, Dec. 4, at 161 New Haven Ave. from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
A solid deal at $269,900, this 1,353 Sq Ft home has 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom.

Sip and Shop at Material Girls Tonight

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Dec 012016
 

material girlsMaterial Girls of Orange, 463 Boston Post Road, between pet Supplies Plus and Kaoud Oriental Rugs, is hosting a Sip & Shop Girls Night Out tonight from 6-8 p.m.

The event focuses on the Yale Toy Closet Toy Drive and getting ladies to prepare their wish lists so loved ones can purchase them “The Perfect Gift” for the holidays.
Grab your Friends and have a fun night out at Material Girls. Bring your toy(s) donation for the Yale Toy Closet and receive special offers. Learn about Essential Oils, and all the great things they can be used for.

Rochan Needs A New Habitat

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Nov 302016
 

screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-2-12-00-amNearly a year ago, the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport welcomed an adorable Red Panda named Rochan, who quickly became a visitor favorite.

By mid-summer, the zoo announced that the little guy was here to stay, but he would need a more suitable habitat.

This month, while everything is a little slow, the zoo is working on raising enough money to construct Rochan’s new home.

From his dreams of tree-top sunbathing to a 24/7 bamboo buffet, Rochan deserves only the best. In order to help build his posh pad, the zoo needs your help!  Your donation today will help them turn $75,000 into $150,000. Every dollar you donate will be matched 1:1 by the Werth Family Foundation Challenge Grant.

Remember, the Beardsley Zoo vas the victim of state funding cuts several years ago, and depends upon public fundraising to continue running. It is Connecticut’s only zoo, and we are fortunate to have it located so close to Orange.

Click HERE  for more information on the needs of the Red Panda and a link to donate to his habitat. 

 

 

Please Help The Amity PTSO Make This A Happy Holiday Season For Those In Need

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Nov 282016
 

thThe Amity PTSO has a certain amount of money allocated in its budget every year to support families in need but the more they can collect the more they can help!

Every holiday season the Amity High School PTSO supports a family in need from Bethany, Woodbridge and Orange. If you would like to donate contact your town coordinator listed below. Monetary donations or gift cards to Walmart, Stop & shop, Target and Kohls are the most helpful so the PTSO can shop and meet the family’s needs in the best way possible.

All donations can be sent into the Amity High School main office by Thursday, December 9 so there is time to shop and prepare the gifts for delivery.

Thank you in advance for your continued support.

Orange – Durga Anumolu [email protected],  Anna Mahon [email protected],  also, Woodbridge – Lynn Estra [email protected], Nancy Nadelmann [email protected] and Bethany- Eileen Babbitz [email protected]

Make-A-Wish Ornament Drive At Orange Ale House Til Christmas

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Nov 262016
 

20161126_055916This year, the folks at the Orange Ale House decided they need a Christmas Tree, but they don’t have any ornaments.

So OAH owner Jim Hassenmayer decided to ask for donations of unique or special ornaments. In turn they’ll number and record whose donation it is and they also will donate $10 for every ornament to The Make-A-Wish-Foundation.

As a thank you, donors will get a $5 off coupon too.

This announcement first went up on Nov. 16 and the 7-foot artificial tree looks like a taller, fuller version of the Charlie Brown tree. sad and bare.

So find an ornament you can part with and bring it to O.A.H. The Make-A-Wish ornament drive will run until Christmas.

If every faithful customer who comes in on Trivia Tuesday brings an ornament, the tree could actually take on a festive appearance.

Does the ornament REALLY have to come from your box of family treasures? At this point, I’m not sure if it matters,  find a nice ornament and bring it in. Make-A-Wish brings real joy to sick children, and donating an ornament for this cause would put some joy in your heart too.

Help the tree pictured above to look like THIS by Christmas.th

Thank You For Supporting Relay For Life — Thank You Chip’s For Hosting

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Nov 242016
 

imagejpeg_0-copyMany families came out to support the BOW Relay For Life today at Chip’s Family Restaurant’s annual Thanksgiving Charity Breakfast.

Each $12 donation was given to the local Cancer Fundraiser and families and friends enjoyed pancakes, eggs, bacon or sausage, coffee or tea and of course one another’s company.

(Thank you George Geane for the photos)