Aug 152017

Town Clerk Patrick O’Sullivan recently released this list of property transfers filed with his office between June 24 and Aug. 11, 2017.

277 Pine Tree Drive, Richard Sheramy to Jing Li, $330,000, filed on June 26

235 High Plains Drive, Anthony Mastrofrancesco to Joseph Cubellotti, $470,000, filed on June 28

497 Dogwood Road, Paul Davis to Patricia Coffey, $310,000, filed on June 30

1006 Grassy Hill Road, Mary O’Neill to James Swain Jr., $345,000, filed on June 30

490 Golf Road, Joseph Staffieri III Exec to Sameh Girges, $240,000, filed on July 3


425 Old Country Road, Andrew Toross to Timothy Dooley, $325,000, filed on July 5

450 Pine Tree Drive, Glenn Shiffrin to Sean Egan, $417,500, filed on July 10

34 High Meadow Road, Cynthia Botti to Sara Holycross, $430,000, filed on July 11

131 Sunrise Hill Circle, Sunrise Hill Estates LLC to Joyce Bodie, $420,113, filed on July 12

121 Estate Acres Drive, William Boroson to Christian Blatherwick, $465,000, filed on July 14

421 Clement Lane, Rachel Maclellan to Vivienne Saldibar, $211,000, filed on July 14

164 Sunrise Hill Circle, Sunrise Hill Estates LLC to James Zdrowski, $519,051.96, filed on July 14

159 Sunrise Hill Circle, Sunrise Hill Estates LLC to Jacqueline Koral, $660,619, filed on July 14

133 Sunrise Hill Circle, Sunrise Hill Estates LLC to Robert Pinsker, $445,578, filed on July 17

61 Red Cedar Circle, Lauren Mallette to Margaret Bednar Trust, $292,500, filed on July 19

484 Sportsmans Road, Dennis Johnsky to Eleanor Harding, $365,000, filed on July 24

323 Sarah Circle, Edgar Hernandez to Chi Lam, $445,000, filed on July 24

790 Riverside Drive, Allan Greenberg to Julian Garay, $205,000, filed on July 28

624 Douglas Drive, Thomas McNulty to Jayson Streit, $362,500, filed on July 31

442 old Cellar Road, Jacqueline Koral to Hugo Pinzon, $430,000, filed on July 31

12 Woodside Drive, Denise Wiedmann EXIX to Vugar Imanov, $300,000, filed on Aug. 1

476 Grace Trail, Nancy King to Jerome Pagter, $332,000, filed on Aug. 1

120 Coram Lane, Charlotte Goldblatt to Brian May, $755,000, filed on Aug. 2

577 Treat Lane, Linda Schlissel to Ersoy Mus, $433,000, filed on Aug. 3

471 Wolcott Lane, Michee Pavisic to Ronald Castillo, $432,000, filed on Aug. 3

379 Pine Tree Drive, Robert Hanscome to Stacy Lynn Murphy, $357,000, filed on Aug. 4

589 Orange Center Road, Arthur Shaffer to Matthew Gregory, $387,500, filed on Aug. 8

129 Derby Avenue, Quick Time LLC to Robert Velazquez, $210,000, filed on Aug. 9














Come Honor Some Of The Greats At Amity’s Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner

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Aug 152017


The Amity Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame will induct six new members at the annual Amity Hall of Fame / Hall of Honor Dinner on Thursday, October 19, 2017, at Grassy Hill Country Club in Orange CT at 5:30 p.m.

The 2017 inductees include: Len Marazzi, football coach and physical education teacher; James Clabby, Class of 1959 football and baseball; Craig Colberg, Class of 1969, Swimming and Tennis; Steve Funk, Class of 1988 Swimming; Asia (Pantaleo) Work, Class of 1996, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field; Kristen (Maturo) Campos, Class of 1997, field hockey and softball.

The dinner tickets for this event are $50 in advance with a purchase deadline of Sunday, October 1.

Make checks payable to the Amity Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame and send to Amity High School Athletic Department Att. Lori Bonney, 25 Newton Rd., Woodbridge, CT 06525.

Register Now For The OEDC 11th Annual Golf Tournament

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Aug 152017

The Orange Economic Development Corporation will be hosting its 11th Annual Golf Tournament at Orange Hills Country Club, 389 Racebrook Road, on Friday, Sept 8.
This year the OEDC will partner with Rotary and donate a portion of proceeds to the Rotary Club of Orange Youth Services Program. Also new this year, dinner will take place at the Orange Ale House immediately following the tournament. Awards and raffle prize winners will be announced during dinner.
Executive Director Annemarie Sliby said, “The tournament is a great way to have some fun while networking with peers and coworkers.”
Check-in begins at 11 a.m. at the clubhouse, where players will receive tournament gifts, can purchase raffle tickets, and have lunch while waiting for the shotgun start at noon “sharp.”
Massage Green also will provide chair massages during this time.
Tournament price is $175 per golfer and includes the following:
18 Holes of golf with cart
Tournament gift
Lunch at Check-in
Snacks and drinks on the course
Contests – Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive (Men & Women) and Hole-in-One
Dinner at Orange Ale House
Massages (provided by Massage Green)
Cold drinks at the Beer Tent provided by (Orange Ale House & Grill)
Cigars (provided by Orange Cigar & More)
Your chance to win some great Raffle Prizes
The OEDC is accepting registrations. Note accommodation of singles, doubles and triples can be made. Please call 203-891-1045 to register or register online at www.OrangeEDC.com/Events_Activities. The OEDC also is accepting Tee Sign sponsors–call if interested.
Sponsors include: Colonial Properties, F&W Equipment, Cohen and Wolf, Eagle Leasing, NORTHEAST Electronics, Massage Green, Orange Ale House, Orange Cigar and More,  and Tamaro Oil Corporation.

Candidates Debate Planned For Oct. 26

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Aug 142017

The Orange Chamber and Orange Democratic and Republican parties will sponsor the biggest town-wide Candidates’ Debate at the Grassy Hill Country Club on Thursday, Oct 26.

Daniel May Provost Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs at the University Of New Haven will serve as moderator.

Republican Incumbent First Selectman Jim Zeoli will face off against Democrat Margaret Novicki and Independent Alex Deangelo.

The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Debate begins promptly at 7 p.m.

Coffee and water will be served.

The Chamber will provide 3X5 Index cards on which the audience will be able to submit their own questions.

If you have a question or concern that you would like addressed, email it in advance to Carol Smullen, Executive Director of the Orange Chamber at director@orangectchamber.com.


Tuesday’s Plan & Zoning Meeting Includes Choosing A New Chairman, Affordable Housing Discussion

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Aug 132017

The Orange Town Plan and Zoning Commission meets at Town Hall on Tuesday, Aug. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the agenda: 

1. Election of Town Plan & Zoning Commission Chairman.

2. Review of the Minutes from July 5, 2017, and July 18, 2017, meetings.

3. Old Business.

4. New Business.

5. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.
-Review of Zoning Activities Log.

6. RESUBMISSION OF APPLICATION FOR MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT WITH AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS AS PER 8-30G OF THE CT GENERAL STATUTES –Submitted by Sixty Five Marsh Hill Road, LLC for property known as 65-69 Marsh Hill Road and 0 and 15 Salemme Lane. The mixed use development has underground parking, commercial and residential components. Sixty apartments are proposed. There will be 18 Affordable Units.

A SITE PLAN APPLICATION has been submitted. (The Public Hearing on this matter was closed at the August 1, 2017, meeting.)

PUBLIC HEARINGS 8:00 p.m. *(3)

7. PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE PLAN OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT – Upon the initiative of the Orange Town Plan & Zoning Commission. To amend the Orange Plan of Conservation & Development
regarding Transit Oriented Development in the Town of Orange.

8. PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING MAP – Upon the initiative of the Orange Town Plan & Zoning Commission. The proposed change is to clarify the Zoning Designation for TODD eligible properties located on Marsh Hill Road.

-Submitted upon the initiative of the Orange Town Plan & Zoning Commission.

To amend Article XXIV – Transit Oriented Development District of the Orange Zoning Regulations.

Do You Recognize These Young Men?

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Aug 132017

A resident posted a few surveillance video shots of two young men who recently caused some damage to his property in Orange.

If you recognize them, call the Orange Police at 203-891-2130 to give a tip.

Open House: Amazing Opportunity, Move In Ready Ranch With Separate In-Law Set Up

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Aug 132017

Complete first-floor in-law ranch, independent from pristine, fabulous sprawling 2,506sq ft ranch at 889 Grassy Hill Road with bedrooms, bathrooms, available for $469,000.

Check it out today (Sunday, Aug. 13 from 1-3 p.m.)

One of a kind! Everything separate. Main home is elegant with great room and in-law is perfect. Separate entrances, garage use too! Each side has a full basement, separate utilities, central air, laundry, septic. This is amazing. Ready for move in! Quick close!

There are very few official in-law homes in town. Beautiful drive way is huge for loads of cars.

Situated on 40,075 sq ft of open, level grounds with professional landscaping and walkways.


Support The Arts! Jamie Hulley Fundraising Gala On Sept. 9

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Aug 132017

“RUBIX KUBE – the galaxy’s most original ’80s tribute band” and their EIGHTIES STRIKES BACK SHOW – headlines the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation’s fifteenth annual Evening for the Arts Gala Benefit on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

The performance begins at 7 p.m. and is preceded by an Evening for the Arts reception at 6 p.m., which includes complimentary wine and beer, a dessert bar and silent and live auctions. Tickets are available through the Quick Center Box Office: (203) 254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396. (1-877-278-7396). Tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the door.

RUBIX KUBE and their EIGHTIES STRIKES BACK SHOW is a one-of-a-kind, interactive ’80s time warp extravaganza. RUBIX KUBE is led by a male and female dynamic duo of karma chameleons, able to transform in-the-blink-of-an-eye into the voice and character of any ’80s icon. Madonna, Michael Jackson, Prince, Devo, Bon Jovi, Guns N’ Roses, Van Halen, Aerosmith and more! Their supporting sidekicks are some of the most excellent and versatile musicians around, including Steve Brown of the million-selling Rock band TRIXTER and David Z from The Trans-Siberian Orchestra. All are decked out in vibrant, vintage ’80s threads and with enough hairspray to take down Freddy Krueger, The Terminator, and all The Gremlins at once. The KUBE is able to crank out Pop, Rock, New Wave, and Dance hits from the decade of decadence, and perform them just like the originals – yet with their own gnarly twist.  This fast-paced, exhilarating show is truly a most AWESOME ‘80s experience.

“RUBIX KUBE is so exciting – they look like and sound like the real thing! It’s a ’80s party so guests should feel free to come dressed in their favorite ’80s garb,” said Judy Primavera, co-founder, and president of the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation.  “There is something for everyone – excellent entertainment, yummy desserts, and ‘totally rad’ auction and raffle items to bring home.” 

The Gala also showcases the talents of young aspiring performers involved in the foundation’s programs at Square Foot Theatre in Wallingford, Amity High School’s Creative Theatre, and Broadway Method Academy in Fairfield. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening is Jared Brown, Artistic Director of Square Foot Theatre with Amity Creative Theatre’s Rob and Andrea Kennedy and Broadway Method Academy’s Connor Deane & J. Scott Handley serving as co-hosts.

The Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the educational enrichment and professional development of young artists and early career professionals, was founded to celebrate the memory of Orange, CT, resident Jamie Alaine Hulley. All proceeds from the Gala are dedicated to scholarships, educational programs and grants in the arts throughout Connecticut especially in the greater New Haven and Fairfield counties.  Since the foundation’s creation in 2002, nearly 750,000 in scholarships and grants have been awarded which have touched the lives of thousands of area youth each year. For information on the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, visit www.jamiehulleyartsfund.org, call (203) 891-8869, or email: jamieart@snet.net.

Three Amity Grads Under The Age Of 25 (and one 29-year-old) Have Died In The Past Month

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Aug 122017

In the past month, Amity has lost three young men under the age of 25 and one 29-year-old.

Following are their obituaries in order of their passing:


Daniel W. Donnelly, 24, of Orange, left this world too soon on Monday, July 3, 2017. Born in Bridgeport on Sept. 3, 1992, Danny was the cherished son of Robert and Theresa Durso Donnelly. Growing up in Orange, he played baseball and was an avid Yankees fan.

He graduated from Amity High School, and his dream was to work in the music industry. He will be remembered for his love of guitars and music and for his favorite band, Phish, which he enjoyed following on tour with the love of his life, Emilee Sousa, the late Joey Ciancola and their many friends.

Danny is now reunited with his beloved brother, Robbie, and other family members Tim and Kim Donnelly, John Donnelly and Gerri Marie Durso. Besides his parents, he leaves behind many aunts, uncles, and cousins to cherish his memory, including Patricia Davitt, Kathleen Tillman, Chris, Mary, Paul and Mike Donnelly, Anne Gumersell, Janet Waldman, Mary Ellen and Jack Durso.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the West Haven Funeral Home at the Green. Remembrances and prayers for Danny will take place at the funeral home on Saturday morning at 10 o’clock. Burial will follow in Orange Center Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations, for the family, will be gratefully accepted at the funeral home.


Edward William de Langley Torrence, Eddie and Eggy to his friends and family, age 24, unexpectedly left this realm on Sunday, August 6, 2017.

He grew up in Woodbridge on his family farm.  He was passionate about music, computers, engineering, and driving.  He composed electronic music, produced videos and loved to play the piano.  He and his brother Leland had many adventures together traveling the world and especially loved to ski.

He was most happy when helping his Mother with the family pets, and taking “walk abouts,” driving with his Father.  He was a pure spirit who mentored and cared for all those he encountered.  He found great strength in his relationships with friends and family, and now enjoys the peace he hoped all others would find.

He is survived by his parents Laura M. and Leland R. S. Torrence, his brother Leland Jr. and his grandmother Lorraine Mirando of Woodbridge, CT and his grandmother Nikki Torrence Lindberg of Essex, CT.

Friends may call at the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue on Thursday, August 10 between 3 to 5 p.m.

In honor of his love of animals, donations may be made to One Big Dog, 135 Bradley Road, Woodbridge, CT  06525.

Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family



Akash Prashant Mehta, 21, of Bethany passed away Thursday, August 10, 2017.

He was born in New Haven on September 14, 1995, and was the beloved son of Prashant and Varsha Jariwala Mehta. Brother of Akshay and Shraiya Mehta. Grandson of Manjoo and Hasmukh Jariwala, Dayalal Mehta, and the late Saroj Mehta.

He also is survived by his large loving family.

Akash played lacrosse at Amity High School and is terribly missed and fondly remembered by his former team mates and coach.

Family and friends may come to pay their respects at the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue on Sunday, August 13 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Sharing of memories will take place at 11:30 a.m.


And another Amity Grad who was living in Seymour

Nicholas R. “Nick” Yorkshaitis, 29, of Seymour entered peaceful rest on July 9, 2017.
Mr. Yorkshaitis was born October 5, 1987, in Waterbury, beloved son of Thomas, Sr. and Susan (Samuelson) Yorkshaitis of Bethany.
Nicholas was employed as a Machine Programmer at J.V. Precision Tool. Nick was a communicant of St. Lawrence Church, Huntington, where he also did volunteer work.
He enjoyed riding dirt bikes, and building and fixing trucks, and working out in the gym. Nicholas will be fondly remembered as being a happy person.
In addition to his parents, Nick leaves a brother, Thomas Yorkshaitis, Jr. in New Hampshire, and a sister, Samantha Yorkshaitis and her fiance Norman Best of Naugatuck, and several aunts, uncles, and nieces and nephews.
Calling Hours will be held Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Ralph E. Hull Funeral Home, 161 West Church Street, Seymour.
Interment will be at the convenience of the family.
Memorial gifts may be sent to the Rutland County Humane Society, 765 Stevens Street, Pittsford, VT 05763.



So many people assume that they know what happened to each of these young men, and from what I’ve heard, most are wrong.

Inserting the cause of death, unless it was from a car accident or a long bout with cancer is unnecessary and just adds to the pain that the families already have to bear.

Unless you are personal friends of the family (families) and have first-hand knowledge – and their blessing to share, please keep your conclusions and assumptions to yourselves.

Remember what Felix Unger said about assumptions “When You Assume, you make an A** out of U and Me.”


Giant Doll Sale Saturday, Aug. 12 At The Academy

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Aug 122017

The Orange Historical Society will host its first Giant Doll Sale at the Academy, 605 Orange Center Road, on Saturday, August 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Rain Date: Saturday, August 19).
This is a special sale with lots of dolls. This is your chance to make a little girl happy with a doll just like the one you had, or treat yourself with a doll from your past.
The society has many vintage and collectible dolls, doll furniture and doll clothes for sale.
The collection includes many girl dolls and a couple of boys, too.
All dolls have been cleaned and are in good condition. Who knows, you may even be able to find that doll of your dreams that you didn’t get for your sixth birthday.
Come to the Academy and check them out.