In response to the recent anti-Semitic, homophobic and racist rhetoric and actions that have been reported at the Amity High School, we, the members of the Clergy of the Town of Orange stand together and condemn any and all such language and express our profound sadness that students in the Amity School System are being subjected to these hurtful words and symbols of hate. We find these actions gravely offensive and totally unacceptable.
Reka and Zeya are turning one, on Sunday, November 25, 2018, so come out to celebrate the beautiful tigers’ special day at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
We’ve all watched them grow from less than 2 pounds each with a 25% chance of survival to almost 200 pounds and healthy members of their species.
The day will include two presentations at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., in the Research Station by tiger Animal Care Specialist, Bethany, describing how the cubs were rescued and raised.
Cake and hot chocolate for all guests at noon, with special birthday enrichment gifts for the cubs, and Tiger Talks in front of the tiger habitat all day.
The first 500 guests receive a free tiger bookmark. And the zoo will be selling Team Tiger t-shirts.
Don’t miss this very special day.
The Orange Police Department and Connecticut Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics will host the annual Tip-A-Cop fundraiser at Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, on Friday, Nov. 16 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tip-A-Cop is a signature Torch Run event where officers trade their uniform for an apron and serve you! All money donated during this event will go directly to Special Olympics Connecticut to support their athletes and raise awareness about individuals with intellectual disabilities.
So bring your family for breakfast, brunch or lunch and tip your awesome server generously for a worthwhile cause.
The Orange Highway Department has tested all its equipment, and the trucks are ready to roll when the first flakes fall this afternoon.
Highway Foreman Don Foyer said the town uses straight salt on the roads and they are all set to get out there to make things safe for drivers today.
“We can handle whatever comes and we’re ready,” he said.
Editor’s Note: The forecast along the coast is calling for a little less accumulation than inland areas, but slippery is slippery, so be careful out there this afternoon and evening.
If you can, stay home and off the roads. Even if you know your car can handle the conditions, there’s always someone out there that’s going to be in a hurry and a little reckless and that’s how accidents happen.
At this week’s Orange Board of Selectmen’s meeting, longtime Selectman Mitch Goldblatt made the following statement before the board:
“I stand before you tonight as a graduate of the Amity Class of 1975 and the proud father of two Amity graduates, the latest just this past June. But, as I stand here wearing my Amity colors, none of us could foresee the hate and bigotry that we have heard about at the high school in just the last few days.
I am proud of the courageous Amity students who were willing to stand up to such hate and expose the anti-Semitism, racism, and homophobia that exists there.
Amity represents friendship and a bond between the towns of Bethany, Orange, and Woodbridge. That very fabric is being torn by the vile and disgusting acts that have caused many students not to feel safe in their own school.
This hurts all of us and weakens us not just as a school system, but as a community; for this is not just an Amity problem, it is a community problem.
I am pleased that the Amity administration has quickly taken a leadership role in not only inviting students into listening sessions over the past two days, but also by partnering with clergy, elected officials, law enforcement, the Anti-Defamation League, and others to address this issue that exists in our schools and our community.
As town leaders, I expect us to work with the administration in any way possible to understand and then end this intolerance of others. As a first step, I urge all of you to join me this Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the annual Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service being held this year at Holy Infant Church. Let us come together to show our respect for each other’s faiths and rise together as one community during this holiday season.
Those who participate in hate crimes should be held accountable and punished.
However, from this negative publicity, sadness, and shock, I can only hope that we will become a stronger community and a stronger Amity so that we can all be proud once again because Hate Has No Home Here!”
Mixed precipitation is expected with up to two inches of snow with a light glaze of ice on top. Winds may gust up to 35 mph.
Plan for slippery road conditions up to 11 p.m.
The hazardous conditions will impact the evening commute. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches.
Don’t forget to wear warm footwear with traction, the roads aren’t the only surfaces that will be slippery.
Know your vehicle’s capabilities, take it easy, keep a respectable distance between your car and other vehicles. Check traffic reports before venturing out and plan your trip accordingly. Keep an eye out for other drivers who may not be operating as safely as they should be.
Be careful out there and even if it takes longer than you’d like, get back home to your family safely tonight.
“These reported acts of hatred are unacceptable in any place and at any time,” Klarides said.
Klarides has reached out to school officials, including Principal Anna Mahon and acting Superintendent James A. Connelly, and has pledged her full support to local officials. “I am available to them in any capacity they deem appropriate,’’ she said.
“These young people need to be assured that they will be safe and protected,” Klarides said. “As leaders in our communities, our first priority must be protecting their rights and safeguarding their daily lives. This behavior cannot be tolerated.”
Their efforts were successful and the generous donation was delivered to the Orange Food Bank just in time for the Holiday Season.
It’s community service projects like this that teach the girls valuable lessons on kindness, and the importance of giving to those less fortunate.
This is a wonderful thing you’ve done girls, and we commend your troop leaders for their dedication and guidance.
We live in a scary world. With news of anti-semitic symbols and other vandalism at Amity that is making some of our young people uneasy, it is disturbing to find out that vandalism at High Plains may also have sent the same message of hatred in this community which also has a large Jewish population.
Orange Live reached out to Police Chief Robert Gagne for some reassurances.
Gagne confirmed that there was indeed vandalism at High Plains, and there have been eggings and spray painting incidents done by Amity kids, but some of the information that’s being shared has been misconstrued.
“There has been vandalism, which is bad,” he said. “But there were no swastikas, or anything anti-Semitic here in Orange, which is good.”
Gagne said Amity is taking the right steps, working to bring an end to this negative situation.