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Oct 212014
 

The AcademyThe Orange Historical Society will host a Tag Sale at The Academy this weekend.

This most likely is the last one until spring, so take some time to visit The Academy at 605 Orange Center Road on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The antique shop will be open as well so do some thrift shopping and holiday shopping at the same time. Don’t forget those fall weddings and hostess gifts for the unusual and distinctive collectibles.

For information call 203-795-3106

Oct 212014
 

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The Friends of the Eldredge Family is planning a Pasta Dinner to benefit the family of Amity grad Andrew Eldredge, a young man with a bright future who has been unconscious and hospitalized since an accident in late August.

The fundraiser will take place at the Woodbridge Club, 10 Milhaven Road, Woodbridge, on Sunday, Nov. 16 from 5-8 p.m. The event includes live music and silent auction.

Tickets are $25 per person. For tickets or more information contact Sherrie Bitterman at 203-598-5414.

About Andrew

Andrew Eldredge was struck by a motorcycle while walking in New York City on August 29, just days before he was to begin studies at Harvard Law School.

Since he was injured, Andrew has been unconscious. His progress has been steady and encouraging, but it will be a long road to recovery, both in the hospital and in extended rehabilitation for traumatic brain injury. His parents, Stacey and David, and his sisters, Lindsay and Madeline, have kept a constant vigil by his bedside since the accident.

Andrew grew up in Woodbridge and graduated from Amity High School in 2007. He graduated magna cum laude from Colgate University (’11), worked at Orion Consultants in NYC for two years, and completed a year at Boston University School of Law before transferring to Harvard.

The Eldredge family will need financial support for Andrew’s journey to recovery. Please help The Friends of the Eldredge Family with this effort.

Cash or checks only. Make checks payable to The Andrew Eldredge Family Fund.

Contributions can be made directly to: http://www.youcaring.com/andreweldredge

*donations are not tax deductible 

Oct 212014
 

DSC_0076Amity Pop Warner cheer season starts at the same time when the football season starts in the beginning of August.

In addition to cheering on the Amity Pop Warner Football Teams, They compete at a minimum of two competitions every fall. So far, they have won the Southern CT Pop Warner championship and the State championship.

After the excellent performance at the Southern CT championships which helped clinch the Grand Town Champion Trophy for Amity for the first time in Amity Pop Warner history, The Amity Pee Wee cheerleading team has qualified for the regional competition in Springfield, MA on Saturday, November 15.

If they are placed in the top two in Massachusetts, they will earn a chance to compete at the National Pop Warner Championships at Disney World in December. 

Amity Cheerleaders had won the National Title in the past, and this year, they are determined to get it back.

 

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Oct 212014
 

IMG_3109 2Amity (15-2) traveled to Wallingford for a battle with another challenging team — Sheehan (12-4) on Monday night.

The Titans got a leg up on the Lady Spartans with a 25-20 win in the first game, but Amity got it done in the remaining three games: 27-25, 25-16, and 25-13, to walk away with a 3-1 victory, improving their record to 16-2. Sheehan dropped to 12-5 for the season.

Amity’s noteable players:

Micaela Cardoza had 14 kills and 3 aces, Katie Helfenbein had 8 kills and Haley Pierson had 35 assists and 9 aces.

Sheehan’s noteworthy players:

Makayla Ricci had 9 kills, 3 blocks and 3 aces, Nicki Petit had 13 digs and 9 kills and Sara Pisanelli added 15 digs.

 

 

 

 

Oct 212014
 

Thea Torrenti and her family.

Thea Torrenti and her family.

For more than a decade, the town of Orange has been observing Breast Cancer Awareness Month with what I call the Pink Ribbon Wreath Ceremony. 

Click link for a VIDEO of this event

Town resident, Anita Pol crafted a straw wreath festooned with little pink ribbons on which safety pins are attached so they can be removed and worn by anyone who would like to show their support for survivors and victims of breast cancer. 

Each year, even as she grows older, Anita still replenishes the ribbons so the wreath that adorns the front door at Town Hall is full and beautiful and ready to share with the public. 

The Pink Ribbon Wreath Ceremony grew over the years to include cancer survivors from Orange as the honorees, usually one person who shared her story (Angela Booth and Debbie Davis are among the past honorees), but a few years ago several honorees, including a man, were chosen to share what they’d endured from discovery to treatment and some, being declared cancer free. 

The 2014 honoree is Thea Torrenti, who, in 2007 was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer after her sister insisted she go for her first mammogram. 

Thea said early detection is key, a positive attitude and a good support team are what got her through. Last year she again was diagnosed with cancer, but instead of letting it get her down, she said, “I forged ahead, knowing I would get through this.”

First Selectman Jim Zeoli read a proclamation, then Thea and Karen Goldberg hung the wreath on the front door. 

This year’s ceremony was well attended, with Thea’s family support group, her fellow survivors from the “Boob Crew,” State Rep. Paul Davis, Town Hall employees, and several residents.

The First Selectman’s office and Town Clerk’s Office are accepting donations and selling items to benefit the Susan G Komen Cancer Organization.

 

 

Oct 212014
 

Screen Shot 2014-10-04 at 11.05.47 AMThe Lions Club of Orange will host an inaugural Comedy Night, “COME ROAR WITH US” on Saturday, Oct. 25, at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church Hall at 480 Racebrook Road. 

Headlining the show is Billy Winn, former morning DJ on WPLR.

The evening includes full buffet dinner, cash bar and the show. The cost per person is $30 or $55 per couple. VIP seating also is available for an additional charge. 

Doors will open at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the show at 8 p.m.

For tickets or more information call Ron at 203-996-0989. Tickets also are available from any Orange Lions Club member.

Originally Published on: Oct 4, 2014 @ 11:07

Second posting on: Oct 10, 2014 @ 10:47

And again onOct 16, 2014 @ 0:01

Oct 202014
 

Amity Swim TeamWe knew that Monday’s SCC swim meet between two excellent undefeated high school teams that would decide the season Championship winner was going to be tough.

One team would leave the Hamden Hall Pool in the Beckerman Athletic Complex with heavy hearts, but would it be Amity or Cheshire?

Both teams won 6 events, both are known for their talent, professionalism and good sportsmanship.

IMG_3971Here are Amity’s winning events

200 Freestyle: A- 2:01.68 Madeline Snow

200 IM: A- 2:17.96 Maggie Lasto

50 yard Freestyle: A-24.81Dana Chung

100 yard Freestyle: A- 53.83 Dana Chung

200 yard Freestyle Relay: A- 1:43.73  Megan Lasto,  Elise Grabowski, Madeline Snow, Dana Chung

400 yard Freestyle Relay: A- 3:48.00 Madeline Snow, Maggie Lasto, Hannah Flaherty, Dana Chung

IMG_5247These are Cheshire’s winning events

200 yard Medley Relay: C-1:53.46 Lindsay Smalec, Liz Boyer, Lily Kurtz, Ellie Senft

Diving: C- 226.10 Emily Glatt

100 yard Butterfly: C-58.50 Lindsay Smalec

100 yard Backstroke: C- 1:02.36 Lindsay Smalec

100 yard Breaststroke: C- 1:08.60 Liz Boyer

500 yard Freestyle: C- 5:17.35 Liz Boyer 

Amity Senior Swimmers: Madeline Snow, Dana Chung, Hannah Babbitz and Mollee Lasto

Amity Senior Swimmers: Madeline Snow, Dana Chung, Hannah Babbitz and Mollee Lasto

After all was said and done the still undefeated Cheshire (11-0) had scored 95.5 points; and Amity (11-1) wasn’t far behind at 88.5 but took its defeat with grace.

Congratulations to the winners.

Note to Amity’s Seniors: Thank You for an exciting four years. It was an honor watching you compete. 

Oct 202014
 

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The Amity Annihilators lived up to their team name at the Yale Physics Competition.

The team won Gold!

Congratulations to Coach Deborah Day and these brilliant students.

The Annihilators and Day, wearing their medals pose for a photo with Amity Supt. Charles Dumais and Amity High School Principal Charles Britton.

 

Oct 202014
 

Screen Shot 2014-09-26 at 1.17.49 PMThe Amity High School Music Department is currently in production for its fall Music in Motion production.  This new concept incorporates ideas brought forward from the marching arts, and moves them to the stage for an entertaining production of music, dance, and musical theater.  

The theme this year is Music in Motion: City Life.  

The Amity High School jazz ensemble, percussion ensemble, color guard and choir will be featured throughout the show.  It is sure to be an entertaining evening of music and movement unlike anything you have seen before.  

Show dates are October 24th & 25th at 7:30 pm in the John J. Brady Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door, online at www.amityband.org, or by calling the Amity High School Box Office at (203) 392-2019.  

If you have children in a Region 5 middle school or BOW elementary school, purchase your tickets at the door and your child will be free with the purchase of an adult tickets.  

If you are interested is helping with our Music in Motion Ad Book, please visit www.amityband.org.  Click HERE for a Music in Motion video trailer! 

 

Originally Published on: Oct 1, 2014 @ 10:20 

Second Publishing on: Oct 10, 2014 @ 14:50

Oct 202014
 

Police Blotter Logo thx DaveShopping Cart Rage

Orange Police served a warrant against Laura Durkin, 53, of 2240 Park Avenue, Bridgeport on Oct. 8 at 11:09 a.m. after she surrendered herself at Police Headquarters.

According to the report, the warrant stemmed from a July 27 incident in the parking lot of the Target store, 25 Boston Post Road.

Investigation revealed that Durkin had gotten into an altercation with another shopper and proceeded to strike the other person’s car twice with a shopping cart, causing $4,453 in damage to the vehicle.

A warrant, charging criminal mischief was issued for Durkin’s arrest.

She was released on a promise to appear in court Oct. 22.

Public Disturbance

Officers responded to a disturbance complaint at a restaurant at 350 Boston Post Road on Oct. 13 at 1:26 p.m.

During the investigation, police learned that the complainant and a friend were having lunch inside the restaurant when Mike Molleur, 47, of 103 Ford Road, Woodbridge, a family member of the complainant began shouting at her and caused a scene.

According to the report, Molleur was located a short time later, taken into custody and charged with second-degree breach of peace. He was released after posting $100 bond, and given a court date Oct. 27.

Police said no one was injured during the incident.