Nov 042019

The Amity Football team is having one of the best seasons in years. They are 4-3 so far.

On Friday, Nov. 8, they host Hamden in Woodbridge at 7 p.m.


Next week, Nov. 15,  they are away at Wilbur Cross at 7 p.m.

And the Thanksgiving Game will take place at Amity on WEDNESDAY, Nov. 27 against North Haven at 6 p.m.

Go Spartans!




Important ELECTION DAY Reminder

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Nov 032019

Both candidates for the first selectman office would like to remind all Orange residents that EVERY voting district will be casting their votes at High Plains Community Center on Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

If you are accustomed to voting at Mary L. Tracy School and forget about the change in location, no worries, just follow the signs directing you to High Plains, 525 Orange Center Road.

If, for some reason, you still haven’t chosen a candidate, remember to watch the short video clips from the debates that we are posting here on Orange Live.

Each question is posted on separate video clips (and all are labeled with the subject), so you can find the answers to whatever is important to you.



The Beardsley Zoo Shares Some Sad News

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Oct 312019

The family at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is saddened to announce the recent passing of Rizzo, a North American river otter (Lutra canadensis), due to complications from his advanced age.

Rizzo was 16 years old. River otters live to be 10 to 12 years old in the wild, and an average of 17 years in human care. Rizzo’s longtime companion Nessie died last spring from heart disease. The pair was always a favorite of guests and beloved by all who knew them.

The Zoo is currently making long-planned improvements to the habitat in anticipation of new otters arriving.

Zoo Director Gregg Dancho said, “Our river otters have always been some of the most popular animals who make their home here at the Zoo, for their playful nature and intelligence as well as their role as an iconic North American animal. Nessie and Rizzo were the last of several river otters here, and we’ve been proud to have welcomed otter pups in years past. We look forward to a new family of otters here again soon.”

Rizzo and Nessie in 2017

Antique Shop Has A New Look

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Oct 312019

The Academy Museum

The Orange Historical Society antique shop has a new look.

The antique shop is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The holidays are upon us so come visit and stock up on the most unusual gift items for those friends and family members who you are the hardest to buy for.
The shop is located at 605 Orange Center Road.  For information call 203-795-3106.

Bring Some Love To The Orange Polls On Election Day

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Oct 302019

My friend who lives in California, in the path of the wildfires, posted this message on her Facebook page:

(Posted during Tick Fire): I would like to share a little bit of info I learned on Friday I work at a local retail pharmacy on Friday while at work 3 different firefighters from other counties came into my store buying items that I don’t think any of us ever think about them needing I know I never did they were baby wipes to wipe their faces off one of the most important items were eyewash and eye drops their eyes were so red it broke my heart for them, they said to me the eyewash was going to save their lives (they bought the only 3 bottles we had)

I know so many people think about giving them water and food but I don’t think we ever think about the eyewash and eye drops even the baby wipes so they can clean themselves up a little I think it would be great if everyone could put some kind of care packages together with these items in it for all the firefighters that come from near and far to protect us. Thank you for reading this it just broke my heart on Friday seeing them spending their own money on things that should be provided to them.

If anyone would like to donate any of these items, let me know. I would love to send a giant care package out there to help them out. Text me at 203-506-1747 and I will make arrangements to collect the items and send them out.

In fact, I will have a box at High Plains on Election Day, so when you come in to vote you can drop the donations in the box and I will send it to my friend by express mail so they can have what they need ASAP.

Orange Chamber Welcomes Hook & Reel to Orange

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Oct 302019

The Orange Chamber of Commerce welcomes the nationwide seafood restaurant and bar concept to Orange. The new restaurant is located at 385 Boston Post Road and is owned and operated by franchise owner David Chen.

 “We are excited to bring Hook & Reel to the greater Orange region,” says Ed O’Grady, Regional Director at Hook & Reel.

“This is a fun and festive experience that we know the Orange community will really enjoy,” said Carol Smullen, Orange Chamber Director.

The 8,000 square foot restaurant has seating for 220 customers and employs 60 local community members. The restaurant menu features seafood boils where patrons can pick their favorite seafood combinations and then add their choice of sauces, including original Cajun, garlic butter or the famous Hook and Reel special blend. The boils are brought to guests steaming hot and shaken up table-side. “We aim to provide a celebratory space for the community. A place to make genuine connections over a one-of-a-kind Cajun-inspired seafood experience,” said Chen.

He added, “There aren’t many seafood restaurants in the area and I think this is a great location. I’m so happy to open this restaurant in Orange.”

The restaurant is open Sunday through Thursday from noon to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. For promotions and news for the Orange location, fans can follow the restaurant’s Facebook page.

If you like good food, or if you are fond of Cajun spices and reasonable prices, you will love Hook & Reel. Click HERE to see the menu. The staff is friendly and attentive and you will feel right at home. With the holidays coming, you may consider booking an office party here, there’s plenty of room.

Give Someone Special A Unique One-Of-A-Kind Gift For Christmas

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Oct 272019

Get ahead of the holiday rush. Gifts of memories are highly appreciated for the holidays, birthdays, anniversaries and so much more.

Ron Davis of VideoLab, 200 Boston Post Road, Orange (Next to New England Ballet) has expert experience in transferring old videos, movies, audio cassettes and photos to the modern formats you use today.

Christmas is just three months away, so think about giving your loved one a one-of-a-kind gift of memories on DVDs transferred from those old videotapes aging in a box somewhere.

Bring your old tapes over to VideoLab in Orange and receive a 20% discout any time in October. Just mention the attached ad.

Take advantage of our October special and save money.

Contact Ron at www.videolab.org or call 201-799-7017.

Clocks Go Back One Hour As Daylight Savings Time Ends

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Oct 252019

Don’t Forget!!!!

Sunday, Nov. 3 marks the end of Daylight Savings Time.

Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour at 2 a.m. Not just alarm clocks, microwaves, toaster ovens, DVD Player, Car radios, et al.

This also is the perfect time to check and change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Amity School Board Moves December Referendum Forward

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Oct 222019

Last evening (Monday, Oct. 21) the Amity Regional School District No. 5 Board of Education voted in favor of two resolutions that will move two facilities projects forward to a referendum in December.  The referendum will take place on December 4, 2019.  Polls will be open 6:00 am – 8:00 pm at the Bethany Town Hall, the High Plains Community Center in Orange, and the Center Building in Woodbridge.

The first of these projects will address improvements to the building and grounds facilities at all three schools.  Included in this project are ongoing upgrades to the HVAC system at Amity Regional High School, as well as adding air conditioning to the small gym, the last space in the building that is not air-conditioned. 

These improvements are part of an ongoing plan to address needs identified in the vanZelm Condition Assessment report from January 2016.  Chillers will also be refurbished at the high school and phase three (of three) of parking lot paving will be completed at Amity Regional High School. Additionally, the project seeks to design and improve the acoustics in the gymnasiums and cafeterias at both middle schools.

The second project aims for improvements to the Amity Regional High School outdoor athletic facilities.  This project includes a complete upgrade of the athletic stadium, as well as upgrades to our competition field.  The athletic stadium was last improved 30 years ago, and almost all aspects of the stadium are at end-of-life. 

The asphalt track, constructed in 1999, would be replaced with a post-tensioned concrete track with an expected lifespan of 50 years or more.  The metal halide lights and wooden poles, installed in 1988, would be replaced with energy-efficient LED lights on metal poles. 

An all-weather field would be installed, replacing the current sod field.  Installation of an all-weather field would increase the use of the stadium from its current single sport, football, to all six-field sports by adding competition space for girls’ field hockey, boys’ and girls’ soccer, and girls’ and boys’ lacrosse. 

The proposal also includes the installation of an LED scoreboard, which would allow the scoreboard to be adjusted to the sport or competition being played in the stadium.  Lastly, the proposal includes enhancements to the current Amity competition field.  This field, originally designed as a practice field, would be upgraded with permanent spectator bleachers and an ADA compliant walkway, as well as an LED scoreboard.

Additional information can be found on the district website at https://www.amityregion5.org/  direct link to the presentation is HERE