May’s Full Moon Is The Full Flower Moon

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May 292018

Today’s full moon will be at its peak at 10:20 a.m. Here’s some information about it.

We use Full Moon names that were used during Native American and Colonial times to help track the seasons.

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, depending on the tribe, the May Full Moon is known as the Full Flower Moon, Mother’s Moon, Milk Moon, and Corn Planting Moon.

The May Moon marked a time of increasing fertility, with temperatures warm enough for safely bearing young, a near end to late frosts, and plants in bloom.

The Almanac also offers this advice on THE BEST DAYS IN MAY 2018

Below are the best days for activities, based on the Moon’s sign and phase in May.

For Planting:

  • Aboveground crops: 18, 19, 26–28
  • Belowground crops: 9, 10

Wow, What An Honor

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May 272018

The summer edition of the Orange Life Magazine has been out for a couple of weeks, so most, if not all Orange residents have it somewhere in their home now.

Orange Life (no relation to Orange Live) is a quality magazine put out by the Orange Economic Development Corporation. I call it a coffee table magazine because it’s full of well-written stories and beautiful photographs. You can pick up and look at this month, next month, or five months from now, it just never gets old.

A while back Maryellen Bespuda asked if I had photos from last summer’s open house at the Stone Otis House’s new garden. I was able to locate them and gave them to OEDC Executive Director Annemarie Sliby for use with an article about the garden. She chose to showcase one on the front page.

I am honored to be a part of this season’s Orange Life Magazine.

Enjoy reading about the garden and be sure to visit the Stone Otis House this summer when they offer another garden tour. It really is beautiful.

Commercial Property Available In Orange

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May 272018

Since Orange Live has readers from New York to Boston, In cooperation with the Orange Economic Development Corporation, Orange Live will offer listing of different commercial properties now available in town.

Firelite Shopping Center (Mixed Use), 35 Old Tavern Rd, Orange, CT. 06477 – Has 54,791 Square Feet +/- with Approximately 6.6 +/- Acres plus 372 Parking Spaces for Future Development. So Much Potential for this Prime Location.

Property is located on Old Tavern Road and Corner of Racebrook Road at the Intersection of US RT 1 (Boston Post Road) and Racebrook Road. Currently Totals 5 Buildings. Retail, Bank, Commercial, Office, Possible future development. Easy for any Commuter. Minutes to I-95, Merritt Pkwy (Wilbur Cross Pkwy), Rt.34 (Derby Ave)

For Sale $4,400,000.00

Arnold Peck’s Commercial World



You may view the complete listing at http://www.orangeedc.com/Available_Properties/

Open House Today, May 27: 2 Bedroom Cape

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May 272018

The parade was canceled, if you’ve got nothing to do, why not check out this open house today from 2:30-4 p.m.

Charming cape with 2 bedrooms / 1.5 bath / 1,336 sq ft (plus an additional 500 sq ft in the finished basement) that has been completely updated with attractive white cabinetry and beautiful granite counters.

There is wood flooring throughout the home. House also features a 2 car garage, oil heat, and central air.

Asking price $309,900.

(Official address is 995 Brookside Road but this street is also known as Opekun Road)

Nearby DMV Express Offers Limited, But Convenient Services

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May 252018

The Orange Chamber of Commerce released the following information that may be useful to town residents. 

The West Haven Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the city of West Haven and the CT DMV is operating the new DMV Express at the West Haven City Hall, 355 Main St, West Haven, on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

It’s a quick and easy place to renew your CT license or ID, replace a lost CT license or ID, make an address change or name change, and to get a verified license for domestic travel.

The new office offers easy access and ample parking

The phone number is 203-933-1500. 

E-mail westhavenchamber.com/DMV

Another Coyote Sighting

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May 242018

Here’s a photo of a coyote that one of your neighbors took in his backyard on Robert Treat Drive.

Remember these wild creatures are everywhere and they are being seen more and more during the daylight hours.

May 232018

The Orange Budget Referendum passed 217-31.

The $70 million budget includes Amity, Orange Board of Education and the Town of Orange.

Once Again, Everybody, Lock Your Cars

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May 232018

Orange Live has already posted two separate incidents of attempted car break-ins in town, and now, there are two more complaints, but this time the offenders got into the cars.

On Tuesday, May 22, a dog on Currier Drive alerted its family to someone breaking into their car in the driveway. The wife said she is sure that the dog’s barking scared the culprits away before they could ransack the interior of the vehicle and nothing was taken. She added that nothing of value was left inside the car anyway.

Another resident said, “We are on Barton, and last week our two cars were broken into. I have it on video and I tried to catch the ‘guys.'”

Currier is one block away from Argyle where the first reported incident took place. Barton is off of Crocker, where the second incident happened.

So, just remember what the Orange Police have told us time and time again. “Lock your car doors. Keep valuables out of sight, or even better take them with you. And If you see any suspicious activity or vehicles in your neighborhood don’t hesitate to call the Orange Police Department immediately at 203-891-2130.”

Coyote Sighting on Old Tavern Road

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May 232018

A family on Old Tavern Road between Orange Center and Peck Lane requested that we share this coyote sighting in their backyard.

Asking that we warn residents in the area to keep an eye on their pets.

How many people attended the meeting about nuisance animals on Tuesday?

BMA Announces Stephen Sondheim Award Nominees

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May 212018

For many years, Amity Regional High School participated in the Connecticut High School Musical Theater Awards program, and year after year it received numerous nominations and prizes, and twice won the lead actor award: John Jorge for Les Miserables and Alli Kramer for Legally Blonde.

The CHSMTA program, now extinct, after its creator retired, left Amity in Limbo — Would there be a way to honor the hard work of Connecticut’s High School Theater programs.

In comes Orange native, Amity Grad Connor Deane to the rescue — Read On!

Broadway Method Academy (BMA), in association with the Shubert Theatre of New Haven and Westport Country Playhouse, is proud to announce the nominees for the Stephen Sondheim Awards. The black-tie gala will take place on June 4 at 7:30 pm at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven, CT.  The program’s mission is to recognize excellence in high school musical theater.

BMA Executive Directors, Connor Deane & J. Scott Handley announced today that Hamilton’s Solea Pfeiffer (Eliza Hamilton) and Ryan Vasquez will host the 2018 black-tie gala.

“We are thrilled to partner with two organizations that have contributed so much to the American theater,” said Deane. “We are looking forward to bringing some of Broadway’s brightest talents to share this special night with the next generation of musical theater performers,” Deane said that over the next two weeks BMA would utilize their social media channels to announce the Broadway presenters.

Over the past eight months, a panel of judges attended performances by the following 14 (fourteen) high schools:

Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School

Suffield Academy

West Warwick High School

Notre Dame High School

North Kingstown High School

Trumbull High School

Branford High School

Newtown High School

Darien High School

Nonnewaug High School

Cheshire High School

Amity Regional High School

Shelton High School

Immaculate High School

The panel of judges was comprised of performing arts educators, entertainment professionals and Broadway performers & designers. On May 19, these judges met for a final discussion and a review of highlights from each high school performance to subsequently create nominations.

The nominees for the 2018 Stephen Sondheim Awards are …

*Amity received 8 nominations in the 10 available categories.

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

BMA is thrilled to partner with the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation to present more than $4,000 in cash scholarships to deserving students who submitted auditions and written responses pertaining to how theater has influenced their lives.

Tickets for the gala are $35 per person and are currently on-sale through the Shubert box office or Ticketmaster.

The gala will be music directed by Jad Bernardo and will feature choreography by Julie Kavanagh and Audra Bryant. Weston G. Wetzel serves as Director of Production.


Broadway Method Academy is a non-profit organization that offers a premier musical theatre-training program and provides the essential tools for young artists in acting, singing, and dancing. BMA also connects children and teens that are passionate about the arts with some of Broadway’s top talents and guest instructors. BMA’s goal is to create a thriving artistic atmosphere where students can create lasting friendships and develop skills they will use forever. 


Opened in 1914, the Shubert Theatre in the New Haven earned the title “The Birthplace of the Nation’s Greatest Hits” by staging over 300 shows that later opened in New York. Although the Shubert is best known for its Broadway presentations, the theatre has played host to the greatest artists of ballet, opera, classical music, jazz, big bands and popular solo artists – a tradition that continues today. The Shubert Theatre is owned and operated by CAPA—A Connecticut Not-For-Profit Organization. CAPA is one of America’s most respected theatre managers and diverse arts and entertainment presenters. In addition to the legendary Shubert Theatre in New Haven, CAPA is owner/operator of downtown Columbus, Ohio’s magnificent historic theatres (Ohio Theatre, Palace Theatre, Southern Theatre) and manager of the contemporary Riffe Center Theatre Complex and Lincoln Theatre.


The mission of Westport Country Playhouse is to enrich, enlighten, and engage the community through the power of professionally produced theater worth talking about and the welcoming experience of the Playhouse campus. The not-for-profit Playhouse provides this experience in multiple ways by offering: Live theater experiences of the highest quality, under the artistic direction of Mark Lamos; educational and community engagement events to further explore the work on stage; the New Works Circle Initiative, a program dedicated to the discovery, development, and production of new live theatrical works; programs for students and teachers with extensive curriculum support material; Script in Hand play readings to deepen relationships with audiences and artists; the renowned Woodward Internship Program during the summer months for aspiring theater professionals; Family Festivities presentations to delight young and old alike and to promote reading through live theater; youth performance training and performance opportunities through Broadway Method Academy, WCP’s resident conservatory; and the beautiful and historic Playhouse campus open for enjoyment and community events year-round.