The answer is simple — fairly.
I will post information about candidates, issues, and events as they are submitted as long as it is not an attack piece on an opponent.
If there happens to be more information about one party than another, it is simply that one side has a better publicity person than the other.
Note: In a past state election, I got some grief from a reader who believed I was taking sides by running one candidate’s press releases and nothing from another candidate. This was because HER camp sent me press releases and HIS didn’t. I do not go out looking for political commentary.
I will not be endorsing local candidates on Orange Live but I will do profiles of the key candidates. I do not attend political fundraisers, simply because if I can make it to one, but am busy during the other party’s event I will be accused of choosing sides. I will though, accept a well-composed photo from these events and publish them.
If I request a candidate’s profile information or photograph, please send it to me as soon as possible to firstname.lastname@example.org.
However, I will not run anything that resembles negative campaigning on Orange Live. Some may call that censorship — but I believe that candidates need to run on their own merits, and I plan to allow my readers to learn about the candidates without the mudslinging that will be found on many other news media outlets.
Orange Live readers know that I don’t allow comments on the website, but comments may be posted on our Facebook page. BUT If I notice people attacking or insulting others I will remove the negative comments, so, it’s simple, be kind. We DO have many young people who follow Orange Live and we will not be a party to exposing them to political negativity. Be civil. Praise your own candidate, but do not post anything ugly about their opponent on any Orange Live related pages.
Just as I do not step up to the voting table with you and help you fill in the circles on your ballot, I will let YOU decide who the best candidate is for YOU and your family.
I will go to the polls, take photos of Democrats, Republicans, and Independent candidates and try to have an equal amount of photographs from both sides (After 20 years of covering Orange, I know that some people actually count images and judge) and finally, I will get the results up online ASAP.
… and that is my political coverage policy.
This policy has been in place for 5 years and will never change.
Join friends and family for three outdoor all ages shows in the Gazebo, during this summer’s free Thursday night concerts from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Come early for the Farmers’ Market!
June 29, River of Dreams — Billy Joel Tribute Band
July 13, 60’s Satisfaction
August 10, Fools on the Hill—Beatles Tribute Band
The Gazebo is located on the Orange Fairgrounds at 525 Orange Center Road.
Seniors, call 203-891-4788 for a ride.
Greenbaum, who brought audiences to their feet as Tevia in Fiddler on the Roof on both the Amity and Waterbury’s Palace Theater stages, also received a standing ovation from his fellow graduates at the commencement ceremony on June 14, 2017.
If you missed his hilarious speech, or if you were lucky enough to see it live and would like to see it again,… here it is for your viewing pleasure.
Get ready to laugh, he’s awesome. This is what you need right now.
One instructor (instructor must be a certified teacher-any and all grades) and one high school student (9th-12th grade) volunteer intern are needed for Camp Invention, a one-week K-6 summer camp in Orange.
The camp runs from June 19-23 at Mary L. Tracy School, from 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Student volunteers will receive 40 service hours and a letter of recommendation from Camp Invention.
Certified teacher instructors will receive $750 for the week.
Interested instructors and volunteers should contact Kate Jolly at email@example.com or call 860-418-9957. Don’t delay!
For more information about Camp Invention visit: http://campinvention.org/.
If you attended Amity High School anytime since 1985, even if you weren’t a student and just stopped by for an event, you know Debbie Davis.
The “most beloved teacher” at Amity is retiring after 32 years.
Debbie came to Amity as a Health and Physical Education teacher and got involved with everything over the years.
She was a Senior Class Advisor for 20 years, Co-Chairman of the BOW Relay For Life, helped with the After Prom and was the school’s biggest and loudest cheerleader.
Her former boss Athletic Director Paul Mengold would ask her to do something with athletics and she would dive in with both feet.
Prior to her employment at Amity, Debbie’s husband Paul Davis was the Amity Boys and Girls Swim Coach and she became dedicated to that program. To this day, she still announces at Amity’s home swim meets in Orange.
As she reflected on three decades with Amity, Debbie said, without missing a beat, that her favorite part was, “I LOVE, love, being with my Department. We laugh every day when you go to work it’s like an extended family,” she said. “I’m extremely fortunate.”
Debbie also loves the kids, she loves watching them as they grow from Freshman to Seniors and seeing their academic and athletic accomplishments over the years.
Although tennis is her favorite person sport, at the school she is partial to girls volleyball because of the coach, her son Seth (who was chosen by his peers as the 2017 Coach of the Year).
“They have a phenomenal team,” she said.
It seems that every day, Debbie runs into a former student who will give her a hug and chat.
One such incident surprised her when the gentleman said that she “changed his life forever and for that he will always be indebted.”
Debbie’s lesson to him was to think with your heart, not with your brain.
She feels that the best thing she’s taught her students is the importance of relationships with their family members, not just their friends. “Talk to your parents, talk to your siblings because they are the most important people in your life.”
Debbie’s husband, Paul, said, “She loves the kids but demands respect and she treats them with respect. She always tells them the truth she will let them know if they aren’t being respectful.”
“Debbie is like a second parent to the kids at Amity. She demands that they work to their highest potential, but also knows the importance of having fun,” Paul said.
Her popularity is evident at basketball games and other events when the kids start chanting “Deb-bie Da-vis,” out of the blue.
The Administration allowed Debbie to do the things she did because they knew it worked.
Amity Principal Anna Mahon spoke affectionately about her. “Debbie Davis is not just the face of Amity, she is the heart and soul. She has been a part of our school community and the greater BOW community for so many years and so many ways.”
Mahon continued, “The students love Mrs. Davis because they know that she truly loves them. Debbie is one of the most enthusiastic educators I know and she will be sorely missed by everyone, particularly during lunch when we no longer have her whistle to rely on or her signature yell while standing on a bench seat, “Clean off your tables, thank you!”
Athletic Director Ernie Goodwin has only worked with Davis for a couple of years, but already has a deep respect and affection for her.
He said, “She embodies everything Amity Athletics stands for. She knows what’s right, what’s wrong, and she calls people on their behavior.”
“You know she’s special when you meet her,” Goodwin said. “Everyone gravitates toward her and everyone knows her as a motherly figure.”
“What I will miss most about her is when she’ll close my door and say, “Ok, talk to me what’s the matter.” He added, “Thankfully, she will still help out next year, so we’ll see her, but I will miss the day to day interactions.”
Her friend and Relay Co-Chair Lynn Plaskowitz said, “Debbie is a very special person. She loves the kids and puts her heart into everything she does. She is respected by everyone and has a great sense of humor.”
Davis said she has mixed emotions about leaving Amity.
She will miss her best buddy Betsy in the Amity Athletic Department, with whom she has worked for many years and never argued even once.
She will no longer work 14 hour days and will have more time to spend with her grandchildren.
She can get up at any time she wants in the morning, take a swim, babysit the grandchildren and simply enjoy life. But don’t worry Amity. She’ll still be around at the games with her signature yell, “Come On Amity!”
Orange Live wishes you the very best in your retirement, Debbie. You are a Very special lady and we treasure your friendship and wisdom over the years.
Visit our FACEBOOK page to leave a comment, share a memory or wish Debbie well.
The road has been posted as “Closed to Thru Traffic” at Turkey Hill Rd and Prudden Lane. The road will remain closed to thru traffic, however, it is passable to local residents and emergency vehicles. Residents should use caution on that portion of the roadway.
The primary contractor is Complete Construction, however, Regional Water Authority, UI, and Frontier will all have crews on the project.
Access to the UNH Orange Campus should be made from the Southern end of Derby-Milford Rd. from Grassy Hill Road. Detours have been posted specifically for UNH traffic.
Detours have been posted specifically for UNH traffic.
Construction is scheduled to take approximately 6 months.
The Amity Athletics Booster Club hosted its 61st Annual Block A Athletic Award Dinner at Grassy Hill Country Club on Sunday, June 11.
The best of the best in Amity Athletics gathered at the event, which withholds the names of the winners until they are officially announced by his or her coach following a brief biography.
In addition, four retiring coaches/educators also were recognized for their contributions: George Taylor, Rick McGowan, Gary Lindgren and Debbie Davis.
Following are the 2016-2017 MVPs in their respective sports:
Baseball – Max Scheps
Boys Basketball – Tyler Thomas
Girls Basketball – Emma Gehr
Dance – Sophie Benjamin
Boys Cross Country – Kyle Beaudette
Cross Country – Emily Criscuolo
Field Hockey – Jenna Thomas
Football – Colin Beaulieu
Boys Golf – Charlie Csejka
Girls Golf – Bridget Barnsley
Boys Ice Hockey – Nick DeGennaro
Girls Ice Hockey – Tess Csejka
Boys Indoor Track and Field – Kyle Beaudette
Girls Indoor Track and Field – Natalie Iwaszkiewicz
Boys Lacrosse – Mark Della Torre
Girls Lacrosse – Ana Carney
Boys Ski Racing – Henry Molot
Girls Ski Racing – Mary Foley
Boys Soccer – Matthew D’Onofrio
Girls Soccer – Jennifer Hauser
Softball – Brooke Matyasovsky
Boys Swimming – Colin Roy
Girls Swimming – Megan Lasto
Boys Tennis – Marco DelSanto
Girls Tennis – Daphne Kreiger
Girls Track and Field – Amy Chen
Boys Volleyball – Ari Kaufman-Frankel
Girls Volleyball – Kathleen Walsh
Wrestling – Nathan Shilling
And here are some special awards, and scholarship awards:
Versatility Award – John Ahern and Emma Gehr
Scholar Athlete – Teddy Hague and Bailey MacNamara
Sportsmanship Award – Nathan Shilling and Natalie Iwaszkiewicz
Paul Mengold Outstanding Leadership Award – Andrew Hague
Albert J. Seymour Memorial Award – Matthew Hill and Jessica Ferraiolo
Thomas G. Laugeni Memorial Award – Ari Kaufman-Frankel and Kathleen Walsh
Steven J. Zeider Memorial Swimming Award – Zachary Babbitz
James Dunleavy Memorial Hockey Award – Zachary White
Mark E. Greco Memorial Hockey Award – Nicholas DeGennaro
Jeremy Saxe Memorial Scholarship – Alexander Friedman
Thomas J. Ross Memorial Manager Award – Daniel Chodos
Coach of the Year Award – Seth Davis
Assistant Coach of the year – Chris Parisi
Outstanding Service Award – David Teitelman
Athlete of the Year Award – Colin Beaulieu and Emily Criscuolo
Not Presented At Block A Dinner
Joseph Ciancola Memorial Baseball Award – Andrew Hague
CIAC Scholar Athlete Award – Bailey MacNamara and Jethin Gowda
Jeffery Ramadon Lacrosse Scholarship – Mark Della Torre
Marietta Mattei Outstanding Citizenship – Andrew Hague
The 15th Annual Orange Business Expo will take place at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Expo is free to visit and open to the public and includes 56 vendors and these programs:
Blood Mobile organized by the Orange Visiting Nurses Association
Seminar: Estate Planning provided by Floman DePaola
Passport Raffle – Free Entry to all that Attend
Zoo Critters provided by Beardsley Zoo
Body Fat Testing and Physical Fitness Advice provided by Crunch Fitness
For more information, call the OEDC Office at 203-891-1045, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kids, remember, if you didn’t get any balloons of your own, you do not have the right to STEAL someone else’s.
Last year in Orange, someone or a couple of people went around and cut the strings on bundles of balloons, at the expense of the family members who dished out $5 each for the gifts.
It is uncertain if the nasty culprits simply let the helium filled mylar balloons fly or if they took them for themselves. In either instance it is wrong. The loose balloons most likely will end up killing sea turtles or whales (so congratulations, genius). And the sudden appearance of these grad balloons on your own mailbox several days after the deliveries were completed, earmark you as a selfish individual.
If the individual(s) is/are caught they could face charges of criminal mischief or sixth-degree larceny (depending on just how many balloons you stole) and won’t it be embarrassing to have THAT on your record when you go for a job interview? — It tells a LOT about your character.