Prepare Yourselves For The Impact of High Winds

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Jan 222017

A High Wind Warning in effect now  through 1 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24.

We may expect northeast winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts 60 to 70 mph.

Winds could begin gusting as high as 45 mph just before daybreak Monday. The strongest winds are expected Monday afternoon and evening.

High wind impacts are as follows: damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Numerous power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles and on elevated roadways and bridges.

Secure any planters, bird feeders and outdoor furniture so they don’t become missiles if carried away,

Fog As Thick As Pea Soup This Morning

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Jan 222017

If you were out and about this morning you know just how foggy it was.

For those of you who slept in, here are some photos from around 8 a.m.

Open House: 5 Bedroom Home On Grace Trail

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Jan 212017

If you’re looking for a classy, roomy home in Orange, then check out this open house at 476 Grace Trail today (Jan. 22) from 12-2 p.m.

Lovely 2,729 sqft Colonial home featuring a spacious formal living room with wood floors and fireplace, large family room with fireplace and built ins, spacious breakfast room with built ins, dining room and 3 bedrooms on the first floor, all with ample closet and storage space.

The first floor master bedroom suite is equipped with several closets, one of which is a walk in, and private full bath. Second floor features 2 additional bedrooms with 2 floored attic spaces and full bath.

Fully applianced kitchen with sub zero built in refrigerator.

Located just minutes from Route 34, Route 1, I-95 and Route 15 for your easy commute yet close to stores, banks, restaurants and more.

Offered for $399,900.

Girls’ Basketball: Tigers Have No Mercy on Amity

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Jan 212017

The Lady Spartans Basketball team was on the road in Middletown on Friday to face off with the highly ranked Mercy High School Tigers.

The Tigers took an early 3 point lead and, although the Lady Spartans played hard, the third quarter belonged to Mercy which scored 10 more points than Amity after the half.

Mercy simply kept Amity on its toes until the end, and walked away with a 54-35 victory.

Amity 7 9 8 11 – 35
Mercy 10 10 18 16 – 54

How the girls played:  

Mercy’s Kameryn King was the game’s high scoring player with 17 points (including five 3-pointers).

Amity — Amanda Granados 15, Emma Gehr 8, Carly Marchitto 4, Tara Laugeni 4, Jillian Martin 4.

Totals: 13 7-12 35

Mercy — Kameryn King 17, Meghan DeVille 16, Bella Santoro 7, Sophia Finkeldey 5,Samantha Chapps  2, Lexi Leon 2, Tia Giansiracusa 2,  Vienna Knox 2, Jessica Carroll 1.

Totals: 18 12-14 54

3-point goals: Amity 2 (Gehr 2); Mercy 6 (King 5, Finkeldey 1)

Records: Amity 6-5, Mercy 10-2

Dr. Lowe Offers Important Information For High School Juniors To Follow

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Jan 212017

8 Important Things High School Juniors Should Be Doing Now For College Admissions

1. Plan, plan and plan.

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll wind up somewhere else” – Yogi Berra

Create a timeline and meet your goals.  Deadlines are a crucial aspect of the college admissions process.

2.  Make a balanced preliminary college list.  Start your search by familiarizing yourself with many different colleges and universities.  Use the Internet to facilitate your research on the different options that are available. Visit the webs sites of the schools you are considering.

3. Visit colleges.  Start to visit campuses. First, the ones that are close by, then schools that are farther way.  More than printed materials, websites, virtual tours and visits from admissions counselors, college visits allow you to get a true feel for the campus environment and the students that attend.

4. Begin to consider letters of recommendation.  It’s not who is writing or what they are writing.  It’s how they are writing about you in a meaningful way.  Choose your recommenders wisely.

5. Carefully Consider Financial Aid.  If your family can not pay $26,000 – $53,000 through investment income, savings or a fund for your college tuition, then you and your parents should plan to fill out the FAFSA and a CSS/Financial Aid Profile.

6. Standardized Tests.  Plan your SAT and/or ACT timelines.  Don’t forget SAT subject tests.

7. Grades.  Colleges view grades with the utmost importance. Remember, your grades should come first.  Colleges look at junior year grades to understand the academic abilities of a student.  Junior year grades are the last full year of grades for admissions committees to look at in determining a student’s acceptance.  A recent survey by the National Association for College Admission Counselors (NACAC) found that admissions officers gave “considerable importance” to grades in students’ college-prep classes.

8. Energize your Holistic Acceptance Profile.  College acceptance is not just about high scores on the new SATs, high GPAs and a manufactured Common Application or personal statement.   Ivy League and highly-selective colleges and universities use a holistic approach and review assessments to admit qualified applicants.   Admissions committees want to know the student behind the application.  Only by understanding the person behind the scholarly achievements (behind the application), and the context in which they were earned, can universities make a proper assessment to accept a qualified applicant.  What’s your “holistic acceptance profile”?  Visit our website to see what schools use:  Holistic Approach.

Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe is the managing director and lead admissions expert at Woodbridge Admissions Advisors. Tel. (203) 387-1574, and founder of Ivy League Admissions Advisors  a part of the Pinnacle Educational Admissions Advisors Group network.   Pinnacle is located in the 245 Amity Office/Retail Complex at the corner of Amity Road and Bradley Road.

Audition For The Next Orange Players Production

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Jan 212017

The Orange Players will be holding open auditions for our spring production of “Bell, Book and Candle”, written by John Van Druten and to be directed by Kevin Miller. A synopsis of the play and character descriptions can be found below.

Auditions will be held January 23, 24 & 25 from 7:00pm – 9:30pm at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Rd, Orange, CT. Actors will be asked to perform cold readings from the play, scripts will be provided. Call backs will be held on January 26 if needed.

Performance dates are April 21, 22, 28, & 29. Tech Week, April 17 through April 20. Brush Up Rehearsal April 27. Performances will take place at High Plains Community Center.

For additional information e-mail TheOrangePlayers@gmail.com

Gillian Holroyd is one of the few modern people who can actually cast spells and perform feats of supernaturalism. She casts a spell over an unattached publisher, Shepherd Henderson, partly to keep him away from a rival and partly because she is attracted to him. He falls head over heels in love with her at once and wants to marry her. But witches, unfortunately, cannot fall in love, and this minute imperfection leads into a number of difficulties. Ultimately, the lady breaks off with her companions in witchery, preferring the normal and human love offered her by the attractive publisher. But before the happy conclusion of the romance, Gillian comes very near to losing him—but doesn’t.

“One of the author’s greatest comedy successes. An outstanding and popular title among community theaters. “…completely enchanting—a wonderfully suave and impish fantasy.” —NY Times.

Gillian Holroyd, 25-40 years of age. “Gill” is a very powerful witch who seems to want to live a “normal” life. Her family doesn’t understand her, and her best friend is her cat Pyewacket, a “familiar.” Gill has to consider whether magic or love will be foremost her life.

Shepherd Henderson, 25-45 years of age. “Shep” has a very social and modern life, and is engaged to a young socialite. When Gill, Shep’s landlady, finds out he’s engaged to an old rival of hers, she decides to break it up.

Miss Holroyd. Gill’s Aunt, 40+ years of age. “Aunt Queenie” is an incorrigible, eccentric and charming witch who encourages magical mischief in Gill and Gill’s brother Nicky. But she’s come late to witchcraft and has to practice her spells at odd times and in odd places.

Nicky Holroyd. Gill’s brother. 25-40 years of age. A playboy socialite in the magic community, Nicky is flamboyant and young at heart, a jokester who enjoys playing tricks, gaining notoriety and surpassing his sister’s powers.

Sidney Redlitch: Any age, probably in 50s. This foremost scholar of modern magic – in his own mind, anyway — wants to write about New York witches and reclaim his fame from an earlier book on magic in Mexico. He’s messy, drinks copiously, and is excitable and gullible, which makes him exploitable by Nicky.

State Reps Host How to Lower Your Electric Bill Workshop

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Jan 212017

Due to the popularity of last year’s electric bill reading workshop, State Representatives Themis Klarides (R-114), Charles Ferraro (R-117) & Pam Staneski (R-119) are inviting interested Orange and Milford residents to an informational workshop about lowering your electric bill.

The informative workshop called ‘Learn How to Lower Your Electric Bill’ will be co-hosted by Reps. Klarides, Ferraro and Staneski. Additionally, electric rate specialists from Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) will be on hand to guide residents through the process and presentation.

The workshop will take place at the High Plains Community Center Cafeteria, 525 Orange Center Road on Tuesday, Jan. 31 from 6 to 7 p.m.

The legislators ask those that attend to please bring a recent copy of their electric bill.

For more information, call the Representatives at 800-842-1423 or send an email to Themis.Klarides@housegop.ct.govCharles.Ferraro@housegop.ct.gov, or  Pam.Staneski@housegop.ct.gov.


Boys’ Basketball: Amity Enjoys Another Big Win

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Jan 212017

The Amity Spartans Boys Basketball team hosted the East Haven Yellowjackets Friday night (Jan. 20) in Woodbridge.

This was another big victory for the Spartans, which took a 9-point early lead and made the Yellowjackets battle through four quarters with no chance of catching them.

In the end, Amity earned a 61-36 victory, their second big win this week.

Amity 14 20 15 12 – 61

East Haven 5 7 9 15 – 36

How the players scored:


Amity (61) — Bob Kirpas 16 (including five 3-pointers), Ted Weber 9,  Tyler Thomas 9, Gerald Singleton 8, John Ahern 6, Colin Beaulieu 4, Nick Huribal 4 Jack Nolan 3, Chris Bierezowiec 2.

Totals: 23 10-13 61

East Haven (36) — Jeremiah Cureton 9, Nick Guarino 8, Luke Delguidice 6, Eddie Popolizio 5, Brandon DePalma 3, Gabe Longley 3, Ryan Spano 2.

Totals: 12 6-6 36

3-point goals: East Haven 6 (Guarino 1, Cureton 1, DePalma 1, Longley 1, Popolizio 1, Delguidice 1); Amity 5 (Kirpas 5);

Records: Amity 6-3, East Haven 1-8

Boys’ Swimming: Amity Remains Undefeated Following Friday Meet

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Jan 202017

The Amity Spartans Boys Swim Team hosted Haddam Killingworth in Orange on Friday, Jan. 20.

Both teams won 6 events, but Amity outscored their guests 93-79.

Amity’s Winning Events

200 Medley Relay: A- 1:48.29 Shiva Gowda, Matt Hill, Dan Madsen, Colin Roy

200 Ind. Medley: A- 2:19.60 Matt Hill

Dive: A- 171.90 Uranik Klobucishta

100 Butterfly: A- 1:01.66 Dan Madsen

100 Freestyle: A- 54.67 Casey Donovan

200 Freestyle Relay: A- 1:35.46 Dan Madsen, Uranik Klobucishta, Tyler Roy, Colin Roy

Haddam Killingworth’s Winning Events

200 Freestyle: HK- 1:56.82 Elijah Houlton

50 Freestyle: HK24.69 Elijah Houlton

500 Freestyle: HK- 5:18.82 Zach Houlton

100 Backstroke: HK- 1:03.30 Jake Torello

100 Breaststroke: HK- 1:14.60 Will Carlson

400 Freestyle Relay: HK- 4:03.13 Jake Torello, Evan Stock, Will Carlson, Zach Houlton

Records: Amity (5-0), Haddam Killingworth (1-6)

Art In The Library Will Feature The Works Of Rev. Suzanne Wagner

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Jan 202017

“Visions in Art” opens at the Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road during the month of February 2017 featuring the work of Rev. Suzanne E. Wagner, natural science artist in watercolor and colored pencil. 

The Artist opening will be on February 9 from 5– 7 p.m.  The exhibit is part of the library’s, Art in the Library series.

Rev. Wagner said, “It is fulfilling to be able to recreate some of nature’s most amazing miracles like the anatomy of a flower or the wing structure of a bird, even the antennae of a beetle.  These aspects of nature are extraordinary works of art in and of themselves.  I live in gratitude to be able to study them and then paint or draw them to the best of my given ability. I use art, especially watercolor, as a contemplative practice; a way in which to go deep into my spirit and meditate upon the issues of life, my children, my work.  I use my art in search of answers to problems that the subject poses and indeed, life poses.

I have nurtured my creativity through painting and in the beauty of the world around me. I majored in art while I was in college not knowing exactly what I was going to do with it, if anything at all.  It wasn’t until later that I realized that delving so deeply in art would help me to use the creative process in so many different aspects of my life and work.”

After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Watercolor from William Woods University in Fulton MO, Rev. Wagner later went on to complete a Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School, Newton Center, MA. 

She was ordained in the United Church of Christ in 2002 and serves at the Orange Congregational Church as their Senior Redevelopment Pastor.  She continues to take art classes with the Connecticut Natural Science Illustrators in collaboration of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History: Yale University, New Haven.

She is a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, Connecticut Natural Science Illustrators, New York Botanical Garden, and the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.