It’s Time To Register Your Children For School (New K-6 Students)

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Jun 082018

A Message from Dr. Vince Scarpetti, Orange Superintendent of Schools:

The Orange Public Schools will have rolling registration for new K-6 students.

To begin the registration process, please visit the registration page for your child’s school at www.oess.org  and fill out the online registration forms. Please prepare the documents listed and a representative will contact you to set up an appointment.

Between July 16th and August 2nd, registration appointments will be held at Mary L. Tracy School, 650 School House Lane, Monday through Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  

From August 9th on, registration appointments will be held at your child’s respective school.  

PLEASE NOTE:  Parents are requested to bring child’s original birth certificate, proof of residency, physical and immunization records at the time of the meeting.



Coming Up At The Case Memorial Library

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Jun 072018

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

Oscar Film: Mudbound
Monday, June 11, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, June 13, 1 p.m.

2 hr. 14 min. R. Two men return home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi, where they struggle to deal with racism and adjusting to life after the war.

Computer Basics
Tuesday, June 12, 10:30 a.m.
Are you a new computer user with little experience using a keyboard and mouse? If so, come to this class and learn how to left-click, right-click, and use basic command keys as you prepare to enter the online world! Registration is required.

Summer Reading Kickoff: Jester Jim
Saturday, June 16, 10:30 a.m.
Ready for a performance unlike any other?  Jester Jim will show off his amazing juggling, balancing, and beatboxing skills at this sidesplitting family comedy show for kids of all ages.  Voted “Best Family Show” by Entertainer America, this performance is not to be missed!

Shakespeare on the Sound: A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 30 Minutes
Saturday, June 16, 1 p.m.
Shakespeare on the Sound tells the story of Shakespeare’s most delightful and well-known comedy in this 30-minute interactive production. Presented by the Friends of the Library. Registration is required.

ScienceTellers: The Mystery of the Golden Piano
Thursday, June 21, 6 p.m.
Grab your spurs and journey with us to the Wild West, where a legendary bank-robbing outlaw is back in town, about to strike again!  We’ll explore the fascinating science behind chemical reactions, combustion, inertia, and more through this action-packed western with “notes” of science.  For children entering grades K-5.

Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register.

Phone: 203-891-2170

How’s This For A Summer Camp Experience?

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Jun 072018

If you’re looking for a summer camp experience for your child this year, have you considered the “Zoo Patrol”?

The Beardsley Zoo offers the Zoo Patrol, a week full of Zoo Keeper talks, behind the scenes tours, hands-on learning, games, crafts and so much more.

Zoo Patrol is open to children ages 6-8, 9-11 and 12-14 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It takes place in the Research Station and throughout the zoo grounds

This is a wonderful opportunity for children to learn about all kinds of animals, and the zoo’s conservation efforts. Every day includes snack time with an air-conditioned break. Special Friday activities include a carousel ride and a trip to the gift shop.

Cost is $165 per week for members, $180 for non-members.

Click HERE for session dates and to register. Hurry, though, spaces are filling up quickly. Don’t miss out, register NOW.

Learn about the Stress-Relieving Emotional Freedom Technique

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Jun 062018

With everything that’s going on in the world, it’s easy for anyone to get stressed out. Stress will cause headaches, trouble concentrating, and sleep disturbances. If you experience any of these symptoms, here’s something that may help.

The Community Health Resource Center at Griffin Hospital, 130 Division St., Derby, will host a free talk about the stress-relieving Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) on Thursday, June 7 at 10:30 a.m.

Stacey Altomari, a certified EFT Level 1 & 2 practitioner, will discuss how EFT, also known as “tapping,” can help individuals lower stress, and improve focus and sleep. EFT is a non-invasive and painless technique that combines acupressure and modern psychology to help a person feel calm and safe.

This program is part of a series of free, educational forums hosted by the Community Health Resource Center in an effort to help improve the health of the community. To register or for more information, call Kerry or Deborah at 203-732-7399.

The Community Health Resource Center at Griffin Hospital is a traditional library that provides an array of medical and health information, including a large collection of easy to read health and lifestyle-related materials. The Center is open to the public to educate themselves on ways to enhance their well-being, prevent illness and play an active role in decisions about their health.

Yankees Choose Winkel: What Will He Do?

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Jun 062018

Since the beginning of the season everyone’s eyes have been on Patrick Winkel, an Amity High Senior whom we’ve watched grow up on the baseball diamond since Little League.

When you hear that he’s the best catcher in the state, well, that’s undeniable. Pat has such excellent instincts that seeing some of the split-second decisions he makes during Amity and American Legion games is mind-boggling.

All season long we’ve seen MLB scouts jockeying for position along the fences in order to get the best view of him in action and to take video clips to bring back to their bosses.

Just about everyone was talking about the prospect of him being drafted by a major league team this year. The term “First Round Pick” came up over and over again. So what was going to happen? Who was going to draft him? And, of course — How many millions of dollars would he be offered to play right out of high school?

What many seemed to put in the back of their minds is that he already committed to play at UConn (with his brother Chris, who’s been making a name for himself with the Huskies).

The only ones, it seems, that didn’t get caught up in the hype was the Winkel family. Pat remained humble and was dedicated to doing everything he could on the Spartans field to bring them to the state championships.

But how many kids have an opportunity to play major league ball, surely he’ll go with whatever team picks him, right?

At the beginning of the week, I talked to Pat’s mom and she said that he had decided to bypass the pros if he was chosen and go to UConn as he’d planned.

Today, Wednesday, June 6, The New York Yankees picked Patrick Winkel (C) Amity High School, in the draft.

Pat will play for the UConn Huskies and continue his education as planned.

You’re a smart young man, Pat, you follow your heart and use your head and we know you will find success in the future.


Compassionate Care Awards Planned For June 21

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Jun 062018

Hope After Loss, Inc.®, a  non-profit organization helping those who experience pregnancy and/or infant loss to find the inspiration of hope by providing connections, comfort, and care, will present its 2018 Compassionate Care Awards at the International Wine and Craft Beer Tasting on Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 6-9 p.m. at Woodwinds, 29 School Ground Road, Branford, Connecticut.

The Compassionate Care Awards recognize and promote excellence in the care of families who have lost a pregnancy and/or infant.  This year’s distinguished honorees are Charlene Cannon, RN (Yale), Ana Carneiro, RN (Yale), Marianna Erenhouse, RN (Yale), Dr. Steven Peterec (Yale), and Dr. Dina Barnaby, DO (Women’s Obstetrics and Gynecology, PC).

The 2018 Compassionate Care Awards Gala includes a buffet dinner, craft beer and wine tasting, silent auction, and a program to honor this year’s recipients and to thank generous sponsors and contributors. Proceeds from this event will benefit Hope After Loss’s peer-to-peer support groups, the burial assistance program, and educational outreach programs and initiatives.

Early sponsors include Acelleron Medical Products, Yale Reproductive Endocrinology, and Infertility/Yale Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Fetal Care Center, Shure Funeral Home, Warner Financial Group, Leslie and Jim Chapman, With Women Wellness, LLC, and University of Connecticut Health Center Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Center for Advanced Reproductive Services. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

For tickets, more information about Hope After Loss, Inc., or to make a donation to the 2018 Compassionate Care Awards gala, please visit www.hopeafterloss.org.  Limited tickets will be available at the door.

Don’t Forget, The Orange Business and Community Expo Is On Wednesday, June 6

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Jun 062018

The 16th Annual Orange Business and Community Expo will take place on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange. The event is free and open to the public.

Registration in advance is appreciated, but walk-ins are welcome.  Each attendee will receive a visitor’s badge, welcome bag, and event program. 

To register, call 203-891-1045 or register online at www.orangeedc.com/events_activities.

Business owners, their employees, and local residents can look forward to networking, product demonstrations, activities, raffles, and food trucks.  Check our website for more information and our full vendor list at www.orangeedc.com/events_activities.

As a separate event in addition to the Expo, a One-on-One Speed Networking event is taking place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to Expo opening.  This will be a fun and effective way to make connections.  Rob Thomas (ROBTHOMASCT), professional networking coach, will be the moderator.  Seating is limited and registration is required.  Cost is $15 per person and includes goodie bag, refreshments and raffle entry.

Following the Expo, the Orange Chamber of Commerce together with Eli’s Restaurant will host a Business After Hours event under the Pavilion at High Plains Community Center. See the Orange Chamber booth for details.

Many thanks to our sponsors: Gold: Cohen and Wolf, NORTHEAST Electronics Corporation, Orange Economic Development Commission, Taylor Rental/Party Plus and The Shops at Yale; Bronze: Connex Credit Union, Statefarm Insurance, ShopRite, All American Waste, Subway; Pewter: The Eagle Leasing Company and Hurwitz, Sagarin, Slossberg and Knuff. Event Bags: Colonial Properties.

For more information, call the Orange Economic Development Corporation at 203-891-1045 or visit the website at OrangeEDC.com/events_acivities.

June is Dog License Month

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Jun 052018

Orange Town Clerk Patrick B. O’Sullivan would like to remind all owners of dogs six months or older, that June is the renewal month for dog licenses.

The costs are as follows:

Spayed Female $8.00

Unfixed Female $19.00

Neutered Male $ 8.00

Intact Male $19.00

The procedure is to either stop in at the Town Hall, Town Clerks Office Monday through Friday, or you may mail to the Town Clerks Office by enclosing:

A) Rabies vaccination certificate,

B) Neutering/Spaying certificate and

C) Check payable to the Town Clerk and

D) Self-addressed, stamped envelope; both certificates will be returned.

It is the responsibility of all dog owners to license their dogs in the month of June each year. Please note that after June 30th, there is a state-mandated $1.00 per month penalty for unlicensed dogs.

If you have any questions, contact your Town Clerk at 203-891-4730.

Softball: The Lady Spartans Performed A Miracle In The State Semi-Final – Advance To Championship Game

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Jun 052018

The Amity Lady Spartans varsity Softball team is a mighty team of talented athletes.

At Monday’s State semi-final against Southington, they were far behind and it wasn’t looking good … until.

I wish I could write sports stories like Mike Madera from the New Haven Register. (actually, I wish I knew how to write a decent sports story).

Since I wasn’t able to attend the game, (I was getting ready for the Sondheim Awards) but I think the girls deserve proper attention, I give you Gametime’s excellent coverage of the game.

Photos are courtesy of Amity Mom Myla Chadwick, an amazing photographer who has an excellent relationship with the girls on the team. No one else can get pictures like this. THANK YOU.


(updated) The First Annual Sondheim Awards — And The Winners Are:

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Jun 052018

The First Annual Stephen Sondheim Awards Show took place at the Schubert Theater in New Haven on Monday night.

The show was run more like the National “Jimmy” High School Musical Awards rather than the old CT High School Musical Theater Awards show. Instead of having each Best Actor and Best Actress nominee sing a full 3-4 minute solo of one of the songs from the show. Early in the show, ALL of the Best Actor nominees came onstage together, and one by one shared a portion of their song for about 1 minute, then joined the rest as background singers. Later the Best Actress nominees did the same.

Last weekend, the 14 Actors and Actresses were treated to a three-day intense workshop, during which they worked with professional choreographers, actors and singers and went over every aspect of stage performance. The boys’ and girls’ group routines were developed at this workshop. And, as the Best Actor winner stated in his acceptance speech, they all became friends. There was no rivalry whatsoever and they were cheering for their peers.

Amity High School’s production of “The Addams Family” was up for 8 nominations.

Our wonderful Marty Gnidula was quite the standout as Uncle Fester performing onstage with 6 other Best Actor nominees. He stayed in character and made everyone laugh with the brilliantly executed choreography.

Alaina Dwyer and Lilli Querker joined 5 other Best Actress nominees and both were just fabulous.

The cast of the Addams Family, in my opinion, was the most together ensemble of all the Best Musical Nominees. They nailed it.

So, as you go down the list you will notice that of the 8 nominations, Amity only brought home 1 (one) award. Were they disappointed? Upset? Keep reading until you see just what they won.

Best Scenic Design

Isabel Adolphe – Heathers – Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School

Justin Mossa – Footloose – Darien High School

Bobby Marcinauskis – Legally Blonde – Shelton High School

Todd Perrin, Dan Reilly and Nina Soriano – Les Miserables – Newtown High School

Best Costume Design

Sophie Howard – Footloose – Darien High School

Kira Turlington – Heathers – Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School

Marissa Proto – The Addams Family – Amity Regional High School

Best Lighting Design

Alicia Foster – Heathers – Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School

Emily Marcinauskis – Legally Blonde – Shelton High School

Oak Chaisathaporn – Hairspray – Suffield Academy

James Gallo – Curtains – Trumbull High School

Dean Jones – Footloose – Nonnewaug High School

Bobby Gaffney- Les Miserables – Newtown High School

Best Supporting Actor

Michael Hoadley – Shrek – Pinocchio – Branford High School

Antonio Mantero – Into the Woods – Mysterious Man – Notre Dame

Callum Zak – Legally Blonde – Kyle/Chad/Dewey – Shelton High School

Thomas Leonard – Curtains – Christopher Belling – Trumbull High School

Ryan Kennedy – Addams Family – Lucas – Amity High School

Best Supporting Actress

Alex Hernandez – Shrek – Dragon – Branford High School

Marina Kolistas – Grease – Patty Simcox – Immaculate HS

Molly Schalenghe – Legally Blonde – Brooke – Shelton

Madison LaPlante – Shrek – Dragon – West Warwick

Ainsley Lugal – Legally Blonde – Serena – Shelton High School

Best Choreography

Andrea Kennedy – The Addams Family – Amity Regional High School

Emily Frangipane – Footloose – Darien High School

Matthew Farina – Grease – Immaculate High School

Katherine Sedlock – Legally Blonde – Shelton High School

Mia White – Hairspray – Suffield Academy

John Carter – Merrily We Roll Along – Cheshire High School

Best Direction

Rob and Andrea Kennedy – The Addams Family – Amity Regional High School

Tim Sorenson – Footloose – Darien High School

Matthew Farina – Grease – Immaculate High School

Fiona Bryson, Katherine Sedlock, Justin Zenchuk – Legally Blonde – Shelton High School

Thomas Dugan – Hairspray – Suffield Academy

Richard Marchetti – Shrek – West Warwick High School

Best Actor

Marty Gnidula – Addams Family – Uncle Fester – Amity High School

Grady Allen – Footloose – Willard – Darien High School

Joshua Cocuzzo – Footloose – Ren – Nonnewaug

Cooper Cardone – Beauty and the Beast – Beast – North Kingstown

Connor Wall – Legally Blonde – Emmett Forrest – Shelton

Max Weiner – Hairspray – Edna Turnblad – Suffield Academy

Matt Sullivan – Legally Blonde – Professor Callahan – Shelton High School

Best Actress

Alaina Dwyer – Addams Family – Alice Beineke – Amity High School

Lexi Staubi – Footloose – Ariel – Darien High School

Teah Renzi – Les Miserables – Eponine – Newtown High School

Kyla Hackett – Legally Blonde – Elle Woods – Shelton High School

Jacqueline Mate – Curtains – Georgia – Trumbull High School

Mia White – Hairspray – Velma Von Tussel – Suffield Academy

Lilli Querker – Addams Family – Pugsley Addams – Amity High School

Best Musical

Hairspray – Suffield Academy

Shrek – West Warwick High School

Footloose – Darien High School

The Addams Family – Amity Regional High School

Legally Blonde – Shelton High School

Grease – Immaculate High School

Yes, that’s right, folks, we are thrilled to announce that Amity earned its SECOND “BEST MUSICAL AWARD” (one for the CT High School Musical Theater Awards and one for the inaugural Stephen Sondheim Awards). That’s the big Kahoona, the prize of all prizes, the most coveted award of all. And Everyone from the parents to Principal Anna Mahon, to the actors and directors, were beaming with pride at the end of the show.

Darien High School, appears to have been the big winner of the night with multiple awards, followed by Shelton High School, but the BIG ONE belongs to Amity.

Aside from going to the National Competition in New York City later this month, Best Actor winner Cooper Cardone and Best Actress Winner Teah Renzi each received a scholarship to the BMA Summer Camp — It will be a very exciting summer for both of these wonderfully talented students. We wish them the best in the future.

This was a very good night, indeed. Thank you again to Orange Native, Amity Alum Connor Deane and his Broadway Method Academy for bringing a High School Musical Awards Night back to Connecticut.