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Printable Information for Mary L Tracy School Families

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Jul 302016

Mary L. Tracy School

Mary L. Tracy School

Here is some important information for parents whose children will be attending Pre-k and Kindergarten at Mary L. Tracy School,  650 School House Lane beginning Monday, August 29. From the Orange Elementary School System website:

School contact info:

Phone: 203-891-8028

Fax: 203-795-2119

Nurse Fax: 888-974-5950

Principal Kai Byrd e-mail: [email protected]

Administrative Assistant Sherryl Iannone e-mail [email protected]

Kindergarten Hours

Regular School Day 
8:35 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.
Minimum School Day 
8:35 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.
Delayed School Opening 
10:35 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.Pre-Kindergarten Hours

Regular School Day 

AM Class: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
PM Class: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Scheduled Minimum School Day
Early Dismissal AM Class: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
PM Class: Class Canceled
Delayed School Opening due to Inclement Weather 
AM Class: Class Canceled 
PM Class: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Here is a LINK to the 2016-2017 School Calendar

Or Shalom’s Annual Outdoor Service Scheduled

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Jul 302016

Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus leads the congregation in song at a recent outdoor service.

Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus leads the congregation in song at a recent outdoor service.

Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road will host its annual Outdoor Friday Night Shabbat Service under the Gazebo at the Orange Fairgrounds, 225 Orange Center Road, on Friday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m.

The Rabbi will bring his guitar and lead us in a joyful “sing-along” service.

This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce prospective members to Or Shalom and to Rabbi Wainhaus.

About 100 people attend this popular Service. Some chairs are provided but you are encouraged to bring your own lawn chair.

Note: the grounds will be available prior to the Or Shalom event, if you would like to bring a blanket and picnic.

The congregation will recognize its new members during the Service.

Come Out Today and Explore Historic Orange Landmarks

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Jul 302016

stone otis houseThe Stone-Otis House, 615 Orange Center Road, is buzzing again with tours, so check your calendars for the Open House, Saturday, July 30 from 11:00-2:00 p.m.

The Academy Museum, and antique shop two doors down is open from 10-3 with antiques, collectibles and displays of Orange history.

Plan to spend a few hours at the lovely Orange Green.

For information call 203 795-3106.

EARS Boasts Connecticut’s ONLY Animal Ambulance

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Jul 292016

EARS Animal Ambulance

EARS Animal Ambulance

For several years, Orange Live has been sharing the good work done by Jon Nowinski and his Amity based organization, EARS (Emergency Animal Rescue Service), which was born from a series of emergency situations during an unusually brutal winter — barn collapses and large animal rescues when there weren’t many trained professionals in the area that could help.

Each year, volunteer members trained hard and dedicated countless hours learning new skills and sharing their knowledge with emergency personnel (firefighters, police, animal owners). EARS grew as the go-to group, which specialized in just about anything that anyone needed in CT.

Nowinski transformed his SUV into the EARS 1 vehicle, filling it with all the equipment his group needed for a wide variety of responses.

As their reputation grew, so did the needs of this volunteer organization.

Jon landed a job with the VCA Shoreline Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Shelton. He saw more and more situations in which an ambulance would be a priceless addition to assist in EARS responses.


Back in 2012 I had the most beautiful Golden Retriever that meant the world to me. One night, I gave him dinner, let him out and then went on a news assignment that kept me away from home for about 3 hours. 

Baron von Saberwolfe, 4 months before his death.

Baron von Saberwolfe, 4 months before his death.

When I returned, he did not greet me at the door as he had for the previous 5 years. I searched for him in the bedrooms, livingroom, under the kitchen table and he was nowhere to be found. Finally I located him under the desk in the dining room. He was lying on his side, panting heavily and his stomach was huge, about 3 times its normal size. He was obviously in pain. 

I put out a plea to my friend who is a veterinarian, she told me that it sounded like bloat, and to get him to the emergency hospital as fast as possible. 

I tried to get him into the SUV, but he couldn’t jump up, he was in so much pain. I couldn’t pick him up because I didn’t want to hurt him any more. I was frantic to get help, just so I could quickly get him to the hospital. 

Luckily, my brother was nearby and helped me lift Baron into the back seat after we got him to lay down on a blanket. 

The ride up to New Haven was excruciating. Baron was crying in the back seat where he’d always happily paced across. 

That was the night I had to say goodbye to my best friend. What I needed more than anything was someone who could help me, prepare me for what bloat does to a dog and explain that he would likely never return home. 


After searching for a used ambulance, Jon set up a gofundme page to raise enough money to purchase a good responsible vehicle. With EARS excellent reputation, the response was overwhelming. In March, after locating a used ambulance that could be transformed to accommodate animals of all species and sizes, EARS was able to buy the Rescue 2 Ambulance, the ONLY animal ambulance in CT.

It took months of work to get the ambulance ready for the road. It was outfitted with cabinets for bandages, emergency clothing (the Orange Volunteer Fire Department donated old fire turnout gear to EARS). a specially equipped stretcher, several sizes of animal oxygen masks, travel crates and so much more.

Since it came into service, Rescue 2 has responded to dozens of emergency situations, including several that mirror my own personal needs from four years ago. It has transported large dogs — Great Danes, Labradors, etc. that were too big for the owner to lift, or bigger than the limited area available inside a typical car or the Rescue 1 SUV.

Working with the Emergency Hospital, Nowinski also has been called for some unusual patients, including a Maned Wolf from the Beardsley Zoo that needed surgery.

Nowinski said he has had positive response from people around the state. When he is driving on the thruway, regular (human) ambulances will pull up alongside and the emergency personnel will give him a thumbs up.

“In Connecticut we are pretty unique,” he said. “No one has ever seen anything like this before.”


From the EARS website:

Because of our certification and training in animal triage, safe and compassionate transportation of injured animals, and the capabilities of our Animal Ambulance such as onboard pet oxygen and triage supplies, we are available to help make sure that animals receive the best possible care they can when faced with an emergency! We can be called upon by individual owners as well as veterinary practice, and are also available to emergency services facing animal issues such as pulling animals from house fires, car accidents, or other incidents. We carry special equipment that is similar to what you would find on a regular ambulance, but is animal-specific. Among this includes:

· Two pet stretchers
· Oxygen masks and an oxygen tank
· Triage  supplies
· Lift-Assist for down dogs
· A unique carrier for cats and small dogs that are in respiratory distress
· Sling support
· Heated pet blankets
· Extra slip leashes  and supplies
· And a battery generator that can run IV pumps or monitoring equipment during transit

We are available on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and responds to all requests as quickly as possible.  And while we primarily operate in Fairfield and New Haven Counties, we do dispatch throughout Connecticut when there is a need.

Contact us at http://www.earsct.org/ or call 203-872-PAWS (7297) or for 24/7 Animal Emergency #203-247-0310

How You Can Help EARS

As with the other aspects of EARS, our animal ambulance service has always been – and will continue to be – operated strictly through donations. We do not charge owners or veterinarians who call us, and do not require a set donation for our assistance. The way we keep going is by the support of animal lovers and the community, and we have been lucky to have that wonderful group behind us. For more information on how you can help, please read about our service, and visit our DONATE & SUPPORT page on our website.


The Orange Ale House & Grille, 517 Boston Post Road, Orange will host the EARS Fundraiser Bash on Saturday, August 13 from 3 – 7 p.m.

Come join us at the Orange Ale House for a special fundraiser bash in support of EARS. There will be LOADS of activities taking place, including door prizes, raffles, music, a chance to meet members of the EARS Team, a photo and multimedia display of EARS Operations, our Rescue 2 Animal Ambulance will be on display, and so much more.
For more details see https://www.facebook.com/events/211709199224059/





Or Shalom at the Beach! Service Friday, July 29

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Jul 292016

Shabbat at the beach“Or Shalom at the Beach!” Tonight! July 29.
“♫…The sand and the sea, the rush of the waters…♫” 
On Friday evening, July 29, Congregation Or Shalom will host its second annual Shabbat service at the beach.
The service begins at 7 p.m.  Feel free to arrive earlier – bring a picnic if you like.
This event takes place at Gulf Beach, Milford. (Coming from the Synagogue, drive to the former Shop-Rite on the corner of Cherry Street & Gulf Street …turn left onto Gulf Street … Proceed till you arrive at the beach.
(Set your GPS for #460 Gulf St) Look for members on the beach alongside the inlet, to the right of the Goody’s snack store. 
Men’s Club members will welcome you and point to where the service will be.
If you would like to join a carpool from the synagogue to the beach, call Allen Cohen at 203-494-4983.

Dress casually, The rabbi promises not to wear a tie or shoes.

The 2016 Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival Is Coming Soon — Online Ride Ticket Sales End at Noon Aug. 2

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Jul 292016

Screen Shot 2016-07-01 at 12.02.09 PMThe Orange Volunteer Fire Association is on duty 24/7/365. The men and women are highly trained just like the paid firefighters in some nearby cities. They depend upon fundraisers like the annual four-day carnival to bring in money for training, equipment and apparatus.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department has been working on the 2016 carnival since the day after the 2015 carnival ended.

Parking and admission are always free.

It takes a lot of planning to keep such a big operation rolling every year, keeping the public interested in coming and finding volunteer non-firefighters willing to help in the food tent and pitch in at various games around the fairgrounds.

Recently, Denise Mirto sent a shout-out for food tent volunteers  and really can use your help mostly on Saturday day & night shifts and Sunday during the day.

Under the Raffle Tent you will find many familiar faces, selectmen, various committee and board members and residents who come back year after year and donate their time to the fire department, just as the firefighters donate their time to the town every hour of every day.

Several years ago, First Selectman Jim Zeoli called the Carnival the “cheapest fire insurance that an Orange Resident can have.”

“If every household spent a couple hundred bucks at the carnival, it is the cheapest insurance they can have for fire service,” Zeoli said. “If we had a paid Fire Department it would cost us millions of dollars every year.”

Did you know?

There are many rides, games, and food options at the carnival, and everyone has their favorite, but did you know that the Fire Department only benefits from the proceeds at the games and food that they run?

The games are the Frog Bog, Dunk Tank, High Striker, Speedball and Blower ball – the little game of chance next to the raffle tent. The 50/50 raffle benefits both the civilian winner and the fire department, who split the pot a couple of times a day.

The main food tent (under the pavilion) and the satellite food tent straight up the aisle next to the fence on Orange Center Road also are Fire Department run.

Of course, you can’t beat $5 for a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of 11 great prizes, including a $7,000 Visa Gift Card, $4,000 Gift Card, $2,500 Gift Certificate – Anytime Fitness, $2,000 Visa Gift Card, $1,200 Gift Certificate – Diamond Designs, Apple iPad Air 2, 16GB, Best Buy, $350 Gift Card – Chip’s Family Restaurant, $300 Gift Card – Trader Joe’s, $250 Gift Card – Knights, Inc., $200 Gift Card – Ben’s Service Center, Gift Certificate to Yale New Haven Open at Yale Tennis Tournament.

You may purchase Raffle Tickets at People’s Bank, 653 Orange Center Road; The First Selectman’s Office; Knight’s Power Equipment, 286 Boston Post Road; Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road; at the carnival or from any firefighter.


Pick up Advanced Online Ride Bracelets behind the Main Raffle Booth
Photo ID and signature are required at pickup

• Children must be at least 3’ tall to ride any ride

Ride bracelets  purchased online in advance (by Tuesday, Aug. 2 at noon) may be used during one of the following periods:
Thursday 5-11 p.m., Friday, 5 p.m. to midnight, Saturday Matinee 12 to 5 p.m., Saturday evening, 5 p.m. to midnight and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Also, if you don’t get your on line wristbands on time, the firefighters offer a special at carnival ride bracelet special for $28.

Ride bracelets purchase at the carnival ticket booths may be used during one of the following periods:
Saturday Matinee noon to 5 p.m. or Sunday Family Fun Day from noon to 5 p.m.
And Don’t Forget
The Carnival Spectacular Fireworks Displays on Friday at 10:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10:45 p.m.As always, there is a Free raffle for Children 12 and younger on Saturday, during the matinee
Children 12 years and younger can register at the main raffle booth to win free prizes. (must be present)

Screen Shot 2016-07-01 at 12.01.30 PMSchedule

Thursday – 5:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Friday – 5:00 p.m. to 12 midnight

Saturday – 12 Noon to 12 midnight

Sunday – 12 Noon to 5:00 p.m.

Meeting Agenda: Town Plan & Zoning Aug. 2 Includes Winery on Route 34

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Jul 292016

Chairman Walter "Beau" Clark at a recent Plan & Zoning meeting.

Chairman Walter “Beau” Clark at a recent Plan & Zoning meeting.

The Orange Town Plan and Zoning Commission is scheduled to meet at Town Hall on Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 7:30 p.m.


Following is the Agenda:

1. SITE PLAN APPLICATION – Medical Clinic at Orange Promenade Shopping Center. 100 Boston Post Road (Former Staples Store). Change of use from retail to medical clinic. A SITE PLAN APPLICATION – ARCHITECTURAL STANDARDS SUPPLEMENT has also been submitted.

2. Review of the Minutes from the May 17, 2016, June 7, 2016; and July 5, 2016 meetings.

3. Old Business.

4. New Business.

5. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

-Review of Zoning Activities Log.

6. Request by Home Depot, 440 Boston Post Road to extend the Special Permit for Outdoor Storage and Display.

7. SITE PLAN APPLICATION – ARCHITECTURAL STANDARDS SUPPLEMENT – for property known as 550-560 Boston Post Road. Proposed façade improvements to retail center occupied by LL Bean and Trader Joe’s.


* 8. PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING REGULATIONS –-Submitted by Stellato Realty L.L.C. – To amend the Orange Zoning Regulations to provide Special Standards for a “Farm Winery”. (Continued from the June 7, 2016 meeting.)

*9. APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL EXCEPTION, PERMIT OR USE – Submitted by Stellato Realty L.L.C. For property known as 403 Derby Avenue. The proposal is for a Farm Winery including the growing of grapes and other fruit products and the manufacturing, storing, and selling of wine products. (Continued from the June 7, 2016 meeting.)

Coming To The Library: Harry Potter Potions Class For Tweens

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Jul 282016

The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, offers the following upcoming events:

Harry Potter Potions Class for Tweens
Monday, August 1 at 2:30 PM
The Case Memorial Library is pleased to invite you to a potions class for young witches and wizards. Explore the magic of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child with Professor Gina, who will be teaching students on crafting a Gillyweed potion. For tweens entering grades 4 to 6.

Oscar Film: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Monday, August 1 at 7 PM
Wednesday, August 3 at 1 PM (with subtitles)

Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a ragtag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance. PG-13. 135 min.

Friendship Day Craft and Games
Wednesday, August 3 at 2 PM
Bring a friend and make new friends at Friendship Day! We will be making friendship bracelets out of recycled t-shirts and playing board games like Jenga and checkers. The library will have t-shirts available, but feel free to bring an old one from home. For children entering grades 1-3.

Art in the Library Reception
Thursday, August 4, 5-7 PM
In honor of the August exhibit: Watercolors by Lisa Rehm and Shuba Balakumar, on view August 2-30.

Family Film: Zootopia
Wednesday, August 10 at 1 PM
Come watch a new flick on the big screen! Refreshments will be provided. This film is rated PG. Registration is not required.

Teen Craft: Stamped Initials Bracelets
Thursday, August 11, 2-3 PM
We’re making stamped initials bracelets! Make one for yourself, craft matching bracelets with your friends, or create a gift for someone special. Supplies are limited so give us a call or stop by the library to let us know if you plan to come.

Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register in person or by telephone at 203-891-2170.

Tractor Trailer Loses Load on Rt 34, Punctures Fuel Tank

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Jul 282016

rt 34 truck accidentRte 34 West Bound at Birchwood Dr. was closed today around 3 p.m. due to a traffic crash.

A tractor trailer lost its load, puncturing one of the fuel tanks.

Orange Police, Orange Fire and DOT are on scene managing the incident. Expect lane closures and delays.

Property Transfers: Orange Property Sales Through June 23

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Jul 282016

home-for-sale-sold-signThe Town Clerk’s office released this list of recent property transfers:

258 Hawthorne Lane, $359,000, Albert Mantilia III Exec to Gary Tenk, filed on May 17.

185 Sunrise Circle, $799,125, Sunrise Hill Estates LLC to Alan Ruskis, filed on May 17.

820 Walnut Hill Road, $490,000, Maryann Diette to Mark Corriere, filed on May 18.

80 Englewood Drive, $425,000, Douglas Macrae to Matthew Ziino, filed on May 19.

472 Boston Post Road, $166,000, Four Seventy Two Post Road LLC to E&P Property LLC, filed on May 19.

16 Hedgefield Court, $800,000, R& D Custom Builders LLC to Saurabh Chaturvedi, filed on May 19.

51 Farm Hill Road, $945,000, Alan Ruskis to Lingsheng Meng, filed on May 20.

48 Red Cedar Circle, $305,000, Mary Parmelee to Jennie Riccio, filed on May 24.

359 Dogwood Road, $151,000, John Serfilippi Revocable Trust to Leo Ye, filed on May 27.

308 Meetinghouse Lane, $346,5000, Carmela Castiglione Trust to Zongynin Li, filed on June 1.

270 High Plains Drive, $300,000, Giorgianna Passariello to Danielle McNemar, filed on June 1.

420 Yellow Brick Road, $485,000, Brenda Cordova to Brian Catti, filed on June 1.

517 Turkey Hill Road, $216,600, John Hackett Exec to LDK Realty LLC, filed on June 3.

108 Sunrise Hill Circle, $580,500, Paul Strilka to Sun Hee Koo, filed on June 6.

221 Mulberry Lane, $718,000, Clement Lewin to Lin Feng, filed on June 7.

575 Lambert Road, $685,000, Brian Mulvaney to Brian Bon-Jeong Koo, filed on June 7.

789 Riverside Drive, $283,000, Alan Barton to Dennis Hine, filed on June 7.

484 Halliwell Avenue, $287,500, Joseph Marchionni to Jie Deng, filed on June 9.

311 Goose Lane, $488,499, Sunrise Hill Estates LLC to Arlene Carollo, filed on June 10.

358 Knight Lane, $346,000, Ping Sheng to Christine Doran, filed on June 13.

655 Cedar Grove, $57,500, Ally Bank to Nicholas Mastrangelo, filed on June 13.

601 Fawn Drive, $415,000, Daniel Direinzo to Robert Webber, filed on June 14.

530 Summit Drive, $255,000, Gene Frohman to Kevin Rugarber, filed on June 15.

393 Grassy Hill Road, $350,000, Mario Zangari Trust to Jeffrey Smith, filed on June 17.

849 Dogburn Road, $425,000, Scott Derosa to Lev Mayzler, filed on June 20.

386 Wildwood Drive, $332,500, Blanche Shaftel to John Skopp, filed on Juen 21.

219 Goose Lane, $498,366, Sunrise Hill Estates LLC to Emily Snitow, filed on June 21.

314 Goose Lane, $543,336, Sunrise Hill Estates LLC to Ibrahim Hefzallah Trust, filed on June 22.

366 Manley Heights Road, $327,000, Dean Coassin to Christopher Woll, filed on June 22.