Or Shalom Presents A Jewish Believe It Or Not!

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Mar 282017

Come to Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road for a very interesting program on Wednesday, March 29, 11 a.m. to noon.

Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus will present “A Jewish Believe It or Not!” In cooperation with the Institute for Learning in Retirement.

Come, Learn, Discuss… ALL ARE WELCOME!

The program will include the following facts:

“Kosher salt” is not Kosher salt!
Adam and Eve didn’t eat an apple! 
Lesbianism is not prohibited in the bible!
Alexander Hamilton went to Hebrew school!
People with tattoos may be buried in a Jewish cemetery!
Grasshoppers are Kosher!
A Jewish nurse may baptize a Christian baby!
The Star of David is not an ancient Jewish symbol!
Ultra-Orthodox couples do not have relations through a sheet! 
There is an age-old Jewish tradition of a Jewish pope!  
Hatikvah, Israel’s national anthem, is not a “Jewish” tune!
Jewish children may be named for the living! 
Jews once knelt when they prayed! 
Giraffes are Kosher!

Weather Advisory In Effect

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Mar 272017

A dense fog advisory is in effect from midnight tonight through noon tomorrow (March 28).

Visibilities expected to be one quarter mile or less at times.

Limited visibility could make travel difficult.

If you must drive during this time, make sure you illuminate your headlights and drive with caution.

Meet The OPD’s Newest Sergeants

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Mar 272017

Chief R. Gagne, Sgt. Kosh, Sgt. DeRubeis, Asst. Chief A Cuozzo

As we announced on Saturday, that two wonderful Orange police officers were promoted to the rank of Sergeant in a ceremony at headquarters on March 24.

Sgt. Michael Kosh, 48, is the married father of two.
He has a BS in Business management from Southern CT State University.
Sgt. Kosh was hired in March 2004. He served on the patrol division from 2004-2016 and was in the Investigative Services Unit from 2016 until his

Officer Mike Kosh and his K-9 partner Max

promotion last week.

Many residents and children in town know Sgt. Kosh from the Special Assignments he’s had:
    K-9 Handler – K-9 Max  2006 – 2013
    School Resource Officer – 2013-2016
During his career so far, Sgt Kosh has earned the following Commendations:
    Certificate of Commendation (2)
    Letter of Recognition (2)
He will Be assigned to the Patrol Division.


Jonathan DeRubeis teaching a firearms chapter at the 2015 Police Citizen’s Academy.

Sgt. Jonathan DeRubeis, 34, is the married father of 2.

He has a BS Sociology/criminology from Southern Ct State University.
Sgt. DeRubeis was hired in July 2007, and has been assigned to patrol from December 2007 to the present.
His Special Assignments include:
    SRT (Strategic Response Team) May 2010 – May 2016
    Firearms instructor, and he assists with Information Technologies.
He earned the following Commendation:
    Meritorious Service Award
Sgt. DeRubeis will be assigned to the Patrol Division.

Give Hair and Hope Next Monday At Amity Middle School

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Mar 272017

Amity Middle School – Orange is gearing up for its 9th annual “Giving Hair and Hope” event next Monday, April 3 at 6 p.m. This annual event raises funds for St. Baldrick’s, an organization that funds childhood cancer research, and participants also donate ponytails to Pantene to make wigs for cancer patients.

The AMSO event continues to grow each year and organizers hope you will consider being a part of this amazing fundraiser.

There are may ways to help. You can “brave the shave” and raise funds for St. Baldrick’s, donate a ponytail, or make a monetary donation. This year they also will raffle off four tickets to see the NY Knicks at Madison Square Garden (please contact Vittoria at Vittoria.Fielosh@reg5.k12.ct.us if you would like to purchase raffle tickets).

You are also invited to come to the event which will take place at the Middle School, 100 Ohman Avenue, Orange, on Monday, April 3, at 6 p.m. Amity’s Pop Warner Cheerleaders will be performing. There will be entertainment for younger children, food, music and more.

For more information, to make a donation, or join the event you can visit the AMSO fundraising page: https://www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/1788/2017

This week students will be raising money by participating in “Money Wars” and they will be hosting a volleyball tournament Tuesday, March 28, after school, from 2:30-4:00 p.m. The cost is $3 to play and all proceeds will benefit St. Baldrick’s Foundation. If students do not have a ride home, they are welcome to take the late bus.

ATTENTION: Get Your Tickets For Fiddler On The Roof Before They’re Sold Out

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Mar 272017

The Amity Theater Department JUST made tickets available for its Spring Musical “Fiddler On The Roof” on Feb. 4 and by 7 p.m. the front center section already was pretty much sold out.

We’ve covered many Amity musicals in the past and can state with certainty that when sales are this brisk on opening day, every show will be sold out before you can blink — and that certainly is the case here.

“Fiddler on the Roof” is a beloved classic show that Amity Theater’s Andrea Kennedy calls the “Best musical of all time.”

Today the Amity Theater Department announced that the show is nearly sold out. Click HERE to buy your tickets NOW!!!

Performances will take place at the John J. Brady Center for the Performing Arts
Amity Regional High School, 25 Newton Road, Woodbridge on March 31, April 1, 6, 7, and 8 at 7:30 p.m.

For more information call (203)-392-2019 or e-mail: amityboxoffice@gmail.com

Visit their website at www.amitytheaterdepartment.com

This Production of Fiddler on the Roof has been made possible through generous donations from The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation, Laticrete International and Caldwell Banker.


Mar 272017

Connecticut author and story-teller Matthew Dicks will visit Amity Regional High School this week to present two master classes in the art of storytelling.

Matthew Dicks is the author of several novels, including Something Missing, Unexpectedly Milo, and The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs. His book, Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, has been nominated for a Nutmeg Award. He has performed as a storyteller around the country, and has won the Moth StorySLAM more than twenty times.

Matthew will speak to Amity’s English Language Arts students involved in creative writing and literary analysis, and will discuss the process for creating written and oral narratives.

Students who have prepared stories will have the opportunity to perform and receive feedback from this seasoned story-teller. At the end of the school day, a Storytelling Slam, open to the entire student body, will be held.

The event will be hosted by Amity’s librarians Robert Musco and Cara McConnell, and made possible by the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation. More information about the Foundation’s mission and work can be found at: jamiehulleyartsfund.org

Bill to Simplify Grant Applications Passes Committee Stage

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Mar 272017


Rep. Pam Staneski in Hartford

State Rep. Pam Staneski (Milford & Orange) hailed passage of her proposal which would create open-access portal in order to streamline the process of applying for these grants.

The legislation, HB 6941, An Act Concerning Streamlining the Grant Application Process for Municipalities would establish and maintain a single electronic portal available on the Internet and located on the state Office of Policy and Management’s Internet website for the purpose of posting all state funded municipal grant applications, to be called the Municipal Grant Portal.

The Municipal Grant Portal shall include, but not be limited to: (1) All state-funded municipal grant applications and municipal reimbursement request forms, (2) a searchable database for locating information regarding state-funded municipal grants, and (3) features to encourage the active recruitment and participation of municipalities in the state-funded municipal grant application process.

Rep. Staneski proposed this legislation after meeting with the Milford Economic and Community Development Director Julie Nash.

The City of Milford Grant Committee submitted testimony at the legislative public hearing in support of the proposal. The Grant Committee testified that a single electronic portal would be helpful to streamline each agency’s rules of compliance, access to grant information and common data requests.

“The current grant application process for municipalities in our state leads to a large amount of confusion among applicants and makes most of the process overly-complicated and hard to navigate. The best solution to this predicament, in my opinion, is the introduction of an open-access portal in order to streamline the process of applying for these grants and make them more accessible to municipalities,” Rep. Staneski said. “Many of the grants that municipalities are applying for actually require the same or similar data and streamlining the process of applying by consolidating all information into one location – an open-access portal would be tremendously helpful for those asking for grants. Ideally, this open-access portal would have a comprehensive list of all grants available to municipalities as well a well-outlined, uniformed process for compliance with each agency.

Staneski added that the portal would also help reduce any confusion or complexity by providing a delineation of all terms and conditions which would be crucial to municipalities understanding the plethora of grants they have available to them amongst sixty-eight different state agencies, as the current system provides no easy way to tell which agencies offer grants and what the grants consist of.

The legislature’s Planning and Development committee voted for unanimously and now moves to the House of Representatives for a full floor debate.

Hippity Hoppity, The Orange Lions’ Easter Egg Hunt Is On It’s Way!

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Mar 262017

The Orange Lions Club will host its 55th annual Easter Egg Hunt for all Orange Children on Saturday, April 8, at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, beginning at 12:30 p.m. The first hunt for the youngest children steps off at 1 p.m.

In case of inclement weather, a “rain or snow date” has been set for Saturday, April 15th , at High Plains Community Center, with the same schedule of events as on April 8. The Easter Bunny will arrive at 12:30 p.m., one half-hour before the start of the Easter Egg Hunt itself.

There will be face painting for the children, and hot coffee for the adults.

The Easter Egg Hunt is divided into four (4) age groups. This allows each child to have an equal opportunity to collect the thousands of chocolate eggs which the Lions Club will have to distribute.

The four age groups are: (1) Pre School through Kindergarten; (2) First Grade and Second Grade; (3) Third Grade and Fourth Grade; (4) Fifth Grade and Sixth Grade.

Thousands of chocolate eggs will be distributed during the hunt. Prizes will be awarded to children in all age categories for finding specially marked eggs.

An adult should accompany all participating children to this event. Each child should have a bag or basket to collect their eggs (to be fair, children only on the field during his or her designated hunt). Parents may wish to bring a camera for a picture of their child with the Easter Bunny.

Please note that parking for this event should be on paved parking areas only.

Nick Bencivengo is the Chairman of this year’s event. Anyone who wishes to make a donation to this event is asked to contact Nick at 203-901- 9062. All donors will be acknowledged for their generosity at the Easter Egg Hunt.

The annual Easter Egg Hunt is but one of many community events and activities sponsored by the Orange Lions Club each year. Among the other annual events are: the Community Thanksgiving Dinner, the Senior Pizza Party, a Comedy Night fundraiser, eye screenings for pre-schoolers, an annual Wine Tasting fundraiser, and giveaways for children at the Memorial Day parade.

In addition, the Orange Lions make contributions to many community organizations; and for many years, the Lions have run a Community Grants Program for local groups who are seeking funds for a special reason. In particular, the Orange Lions Club has made many gifts to the Case Memorial Library over the years for the purchase of large print books and audio tapes for the sight impaired and the general public. The Orange Lions also fund two $1,000 scholarships each year for students graduating from Amity High School.

Open House: 3 Bedroom Home on Willard Road

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Mar 262017

9f147a772df8483-n10177247Straight out of a magazine! Better than new, 2016 custom renovation to this 3 bedroom, 2 full bath, 1,307 Sq. Ft. Ranch with a lovely front porch.
One level living at it’s best. Brand new oversized 2 car garage and new asphalt driveway, newer septic and city water.
The sunny open floor plan is accented by gleaming Bamboo hardwood floors and features a casual living room, dining room and den.
A fabulous custom kitchen with granite counter tops, which will be a cooks delight! White cabinetry, center island, glass tile backsplash and brand new stainless steel finger print safe appliances.
Three main level bedrooms include an impressive Master bedroom with a walk in closet, master bath with custom tile shower with glass door and double sinks. Main level laundry.
New mechanicals include electric, plumbing and high efficiency propane furnace and water heater. Newer roof on house and brand new roof on garage. Pristine move in condition. Offered for $359,999 (reduced).
Tastefully landscaped yard with seasonal plantings. Convenient to Route 34, Merritt Parkway and I-95. Truly an outstanding home.

Open House Sunday, March 26, 1-3 p.m. at 1036 Willard Road, Orange.

Open House: New Construction In Active Adult Community

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Mar 262017

If you are an empty nester or senior resident looking for a place to live in the town of Orange, this may be the place for you.

Open House today from 12-3 p.m.

Newly constructed 1,414 sqft 2 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom condo at 39 Beecher Walk, a lakefront community for active adults that features energy efficient cluster homes with first floor master bedroom suites.

Traditional design with Arts and Crafts elements mixed in. A modern, open plan includes 9 foot ceilings and lovely kitchens with granite and stainless.
Stylish low maintenance exteriors, Energy Star double hung windows with low e glass, and extra insulation. High efficiency natural gas heating system and central air conditioning. Tankless hot water heaters and energy saving LED lighting.
Wonderful setting on Indian Lake for kayaking, walkers and bird watchers. An enclave just south of the Boston Post Road with all its shopping, restaurants, and access to transportation. Minutes to New Haven and all its educational and cultural activities. 
Available for $299,900.