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Apr 232014
 

250px-Orange_CT_town_hallThe Orange Board of Finance will host a Public Hearing at the High Plains Community Center Gym, Wednesday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Te hearing is for the express purpose of presenting the expenditures and proposed budget for the town for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014 and ending June 30, 2015.

Residents may present oral and/or written comments.

The proposed budget is now available for examination in the Town Clerk’s Office at Town Hall.

 

Originally  Published on: Apr 2, 2014 @ 22:30

Apr 232014
 

Screen shot 2014-04-06 at 6.21.22 PMThe Amity Link Crew will host a fundraiser at Chip’s Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, on Tuesday, April 29.

Admission is $10 and includes 2 buttermilk pancakes, 2 bacon or sausage, 2 eggs, coffee or tea.

Seatings are at 5, 6, and 7 p.m.

Link Crew is a group of trained volunteer students who take incoming freshmen under their wings as they transition into high school.

Originally Published on: Apr 6, 2014 @ 18:23

Apr 232014
 
The Juniorettes, front to back: Emily, Caelin, Josie, Erika, Keira, Alli, Alexa and Lilli Back Row -Cheri and Karen

The Juniorettes, front to back: Emily, Caelin, Josie, Erika, Keira, Alli, Alexa and Lilli
Back Row -Cheri and Karen

The Orange Community Juniorettes held their first fundraiser last weekend, April 18-19 at Material Girls, 463 Boston Post Road.

The Juniorettes sold handmade Easter eggs, baskets, fresh cut flowers, and plants.
“We wish to thank Material Girls, The Home Depot, and Trader Joe’s for all of their support,” said Juniorette Advisor Holly Gregory. “And of course, a big thank you to all who came out to support us.”
All proceeds go directly to service projects within Orange.
Apr 232014
 
Screen shot 2014-04-23 at 10.08.12 AMWith all the chaos that surrounded Peck Place School this year, Parents and administrators had to find inventive ways to make everything work as seamlessly as possible to minimize disruption to the students’ lives.
One annual event that everyone looks forward to is the 5k Road Race, but since the school was out of bounds, organizers had to find an alternative location to make it happen this year.
Jamie Beaudette went before the Board of Selectmen and asked the Park & Rec Commission if the school could use the High Plains Community Center as a starting point and use the certified Chilly Chili Run route for their fundraiser. It was approved without any problems and so, here is the information you need to take part in this great fundraising event.
Here is their notice:
Please join in supporting the Peck Place School by participating in the Second Annual 5k Road Race, Saturday, May 17.   The race/walk starts promptly at 8:30 a.m. with check in/day of event registration starting at 6:30 a.m. at the High Plains Community Center (Orange Fairgrounds) 525 Orange Center Road.
In addition to the race/walk,  we will have many interesting things for children to do and opportunities for everyone to learn about health and wellness.  To register visit www.hiteckracing.com and search by the date — May 17, 2014 — and the race name.  All registered runners/walkers will receive a swag bag complete with a race t-shirt and lots of fantastic items from local sponsors.Pre-Registration:  $25 adults / $10 students
Day of Registration:  $35 adults / $10 students
Street Address of Event: High Plains Community Center, Orange Center Road, Orange CT
Date and Time of Event: May 17, 2014 8:00 am

Apr 232014
 

The New Truck is taller than the older models

Many residents have been asking when will the roads in Orange be fixed? It was a tough winter and the Highway Department personnel knows better than anyone that the roads are a mess. Fixing them is a top priority, but like every other big project, things have to be planned out, including determining the priority locations with the most damage.

In answer to your questions: here is the 2014 roadwork schedule, including definitions of the different types of work so everyone in town will be fully informed.

 

MILL AND PAVE:

Milling is the removal of the top 2 inches of existing pavement, leaving behind a rough surface. Paving of the surface will follow milling. Please be advised, after road surface is milled road surface will be uneven. Please reduce speed and exercise caution traveling on unfinished roads.

The following streets are to be milled and paved:

 

ROAD                                                FROM                                                TO____________

Indian River Road                   Milford Town Line                   Marsh Hill Road

Prindle Hill Road                    West Haven Town Line          Indian River Road

Robinson Blvd.                         Connair Road                           Cul-de-sac

Old Tavern Road                      Route 1                                        Lambert Road

Dogburn Road                          Route 34                                     Woodbridge Town Line

Derby-Milford Road                Turkey Hill Road                    Grassy Hill Road

Wheeler’s Farm Road             Derby-Milford Road              Milford Town Line

 

CHIP SEAL:

Chip Seal is a process where liquid asphalt is sprayed on the road surface, small stone is applied, the surface is then rolled and swept.

The following roads are for Chip Seal:

Birchwood Drive, Dentree Drive, Center Road Circle, Green Hill Road, Oakwood Road, Pinecrest Road, Racebrook Terrace, Whitney Lane, Williamsburg Drive and Walnut Hill Road.

While this road construction is underway we ask all drivers to reduce speed and obey flagmen. Please call the Highway Department (203) 891-4775, Monday through Friday, 7 AM– 3 PM with any questions.

We thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work to improve our roads.

We approximate the work will begin May 27 and run through the month of June.

 

Apr 232014
 

DSC03259The Orange Volunteer Fire Department in conjunction with the Yankee Council of Boy Scouts is starting a Fire Explorer Program for young members of the Orange Community.

Any male or female between the ages of 13 and 17, and their parents, who would like to participate in this program, are encouraged to attend an open house at Station – 2 on the Post Road, on Wednesday April 30 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM.

This meeting will explain the program to the participants and their parents and will have applications for those who would like to sign up.

Refreshments will be served.

Parents may call advisor Peter Boppert at 203-799-2760 for additional information.

 

Apr 232014
 

IMG_8873The Amity Varsity Tennis Team defeated Xavier 7-0 in Woodbridge on Monday April 21.

Singles:

Jason Seidman (A) def Richard Ciamarra 3-6, 6-2, 6-2

Max Einbinder (A) def Trevor Morris 6-1, 6-0

Jarred Pepper (A) def. James Rosborough 6-0, 6-0

Marco Canepa (A) def. Michael Higgins 6-0,6-0

Doubles:

Nick Sabatelli/Noah Gallant (A) def. Rob Borea/Dylan Amble 6-4, 6-2

Jake Noyes/Gabe Betancur (A) def John Borea/Garrett Baker 6-2, 6-0

Nathan Brownstein/Kolby Santos (A) def Matt Ferris/Jack Curran 6-1, 6-3

 

Apr 222014
 

IMG_9121The Amity Spartans Boys Lacrosse team showed Jonathan Law how the game is supposed to be played on Tuesday afternoon in Woodbridge.

The Lawmen played hard, staying on top of their men throughout the game but scoring was a problem.

Amity outshot Law 19-10

Two Amity goalies took turns working the net: Evan Campbell made 3 saves and James Chapman had 1.

Law’s Goalkeeper Paul Johnson made 3 saves for the Lawmen.

Scoring

Amity: Kyle Sullivan 3 goals, 2 assists; Nick Mazzacco 2 goals; Steve Sember and Joe Choiniere 1 each had 1 goal and 1 assist; Jesse Cala 1 goal, 2 assists,
Ajay King,  Matt Attolino, Tyler Burns, Nick Coassin, Jake Cala, and Sean Grenier each made 1 goal. Bubba Pignataro had 2 assists.

Law: Tyler Cavallaro scored the solitary goal for the Lawmen with 2:39 left in the third quarter.

Amity                    6 – 3 – 5 – 0 = 14
Jonathan Law   0 – 0 – 1 – 0 =   1

The Spartans play Wilbur Cross-Career-Hyde on Friday, April 25 at 4 p.m. 

The following CIAC schools participate in boys lacrosse:  Amity Regional, Branford 15-2, Cheshire, Daniel Hand, Fairfield Prep, Foran, Guilford 10-7, Jonathan Law 14-1, Hamden, North Haven, Notre Dame, Shelton, West Haven, Wilbur Cross-Career-Hyde, Xavier

Non-conference Games

Notre Dame-West Haven 8-7

Lyman Hall 17-2

Amity is now 5-0 for the season. 

 

Apr 222014
 

dog dayThe CT Emergency Animal Response Service will host its first Dog Day Afternoon this Saturday at the Orange Fairgrounds from 2-6 p.m.

Here is their press release:

Celebrate the start of spring with the Dog Day event taking place at the High Plains Community Center (Orange Fairgrounds) 525 Orange Center Road. There will be lots of great fun for dogs and their humans. We’ll have contests, information tables, snacks, and so much more.

*Rain Date: Sunday, April 27 – 2-6 p.m.

• EARS will be offering microchipping (for dogs only) on site! (Please see our page for more details on what our microchipping en-tails:http://www.earsct.org/pet-microchips-by-ears.html)

• “Brass City Rescue Alliance” will be joining us as well. They work with the Waterbury Dog Pound, as well as other shelters, to help promote and expand the search for foster and forever homes.

• “Life is Ruff Pet Sitting & Dog Walking” to our event! Erica will be offering helpful information for pet owners who need to travel and want an experienced animal lover to help watch their furry family members!

• “The Refined Canine, LLC” will be joining us as well! Michelle is a dog trainer and will be discussing important aspects of training your dog to play well with other dogs and people!

• Orange Veterinary Hospital also will attend Saturday’s Dog Day in Orange! They’ll be available to answer your pet health questions, and provide some tips for the coming spring and warmer weather!

 

 

 

Apr 222014
 
Pre-order by April 26th

Pre-order by April 26th

The sign is up, if you’ve driven down Derby-Milford Road this week you couldn’t miss it. It’s time to order your fresh chickens from Orange’s own Cedar Hill Farm.

People who’ve tried them come back year-after-year, order their chickens in advance and pick them up when they’re ready.

Cedar Hill Farm is run by Stephen and Rachel Bespuda, a young couple that both come from a long line of farmers.

Rachel’s grandparents had dairy cows upstate and when they sold them, her parents started raising beef cattle, Rachel and her sister joined 4H and honed their skills on raising cows there.

The Bespuda family is well-known in town and currently three generations are helping and working in the daily operations of the farm which was purchased around 1929.

Like Rachel’s family, the farm used to operate as a dairy, with the milk bottled and delivered locally. After the dairy herd was sold the beef herd expanded.

Rachel and Stephen met at UCONN where they studied at the college of agriculture and natural resources, majored in animal science and learned management skills.

They were married in Fall of 2013.

They grow hay, straw, and corn right here in Orange.

cedar Hill farm cowsFresh Meat

They offer beef year-round (but everything is pre-ordered so it may not be readily available). The steers are pasture raised, and when the pastures are not suitable for grazing the steers are fed locally grown hay and corn silage, from right here in Orange.

The beef is sold by the quarter or side. It is cut, wrapped, labeled, and frozen. You get steaks, roast, and ground beef.

in 2009 they began selling Thanksgiving Turkeys, to rave reviews, and then 2010 they started selling chickens in the spring and summer.

The chickens and turkeys start their lives indoors with heat lamps and the warmth they need to be healthy, at 3 weeks in nice weather they go outside and roam the farm (free range).

The chickens and turkeys are sold fresh and whole (turkeys are raised for Thanksgiving)— Pre-Order ONLY.

Why Buy Fresh and Local?

So, what’s the difference between store bought and these Orange raised free range chickens?

Stephen uses the analogy, “Take a tomato that you grow in your garden compared to one that you get from a supermarket you can tell the difference in quality from the flavor and texture.”

Rachel added, “It’s just fresh, locally grown, raised correctly and humanely, and something that we care deeply about, not something we take for granted,” she said. “Even thought we’ve had it all of our lives, we know the work that goes into it. We appreciate the fact that not everyone has the opportunity to purchase fresh meat that is grown in the same town they live in.”

“This is the meat that we eat ourselves,” Stephen said.

Availability of the products will be posted on their Facebook page, and you must call 203-889-7282 or e-mail [email protected] for information or to place an order.

There is no 24/7 farm stand, but the system works for regular customers. Pre-Order now through April 26 and the chickens will be available for pick-up on Sunday April 27 from 12 to 2 p.m.

Existing customers on the mailing list receive postcards or e-mails when it’s time to order the chickens.

Watch for the Cedar Hill Farm Ad on Orange Live this Spring and Summer when it is time to call and pre-order your chicken.

 

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