Orange Lions 2019 Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday

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Apr 122019

The Orange Lions Club will host its 55th annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 13, at the High Plains Community Center grounds (Orange Fairgrounds) on Orange Center Road.

In case of inclement weather, a “rain or snow date” has been set for Saturday, April 20 at High Plains Community Center, with the same schedule of events as on April 13.

The Easter Bunny will arrive at 12:30 PM, one half-hour (30 minutes) before the start of the Easter Egg Hunt itself.

There will be face painting for the children, and hot coffee for the adults.

The Easter Egg Hunt is divided into four (4) age groups. This allows each child to have an equal opportunity to collect the thousands of chocolate eggs which the Lions Club will have to distribute.

The four age groups are (1) Pre School through Kindergarten; (2) First Grade and Second Grade; (3) Third Grade and Fourth Grade; (4) Fifth Grade and Sixth Grade.

Thousands of chocolate eggs will be distributed during the hunt. Prizes will be awarded to children in all age categories for finding specially marked eggs.

An adult should accompany all participating children. Each child should have a bag or basket to collect their eggs. Parents may wish to bring a camera for a picture of their child with the Easter Bunny. Please note that parking for this event should be on paved parking areas only.

Nick Bencivengo is the Chairman of this year’s event. Anyone who wishes to make a donation to this event is asked to contact Nick at 203-901-9062. All donors will be acknowledged for their generosity at the Easter Egg Hunt.

The annual Easter Egg Hunt is but one of many community events and activities sponsored by the Orange Lions Club each year. Among the other annual events are the Community Thanksgiving Dinner, the Senior Pizza Party, a Comedy Night fundraiser, eye screenings for pre-schoolers, and an annual Wine Tasting fundraiser. In addition, the Orange Lions make contributions to many community organizations; and for many years, the Lions have run a Community Grants Program for local groups who are seeking funds for a special reason. In particular, the Orange Lions Club has made many gifts to the Case Memorial Library over the years for the purchase of large print books and audio tapes for the sight impaired and the general
public. The Orange Lions also fund scholarships each year for students graduating from Amity High School.

The Amity Varsity Sports Schedule for Wednesday, April 10

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Apr 102019

The Amity Varsity Baseball team is 2-1 for the season so far after a huge 10-0 five-inning shut out against North Haven on Monday.

The Lady Spartans Softball team is 2-1 with two big victories under their belts: 12-3 vs Fitch and 9-1 against Lyman Hall.

Both teams are playing HOME games today at 4 p.m. Baseball vs Hand and Softball vs West Haven.

The Boys Track Team takes on Sheehan and West Haven at 3:45 p.m. at Sheehan, Boys Volleyball takes on Shelton in Shelton at 6 p.m. Girls Golf faces Plainville in Southington at 3 p.m., and Girls Tennis goes up against Glastonbury in Glastonbury at 4 p.m.


Race Brook Students Help Support Other Children

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Apr 082019

Race Brook School students held a very successful drive in March to show their care and support for the children at the Hall Early Learning Center, part of the Hall Neighborhood House in the East Side of Bridgeport. Hall’s Early Learning Center provides services to over 270 preschool-age children through enriching, hands-on curriculum.

Race Brook School’s Student Council, directed by third-grade teacher Janet Greenspan, worked tirelessly to collect hundreds of new or nearly new books, educational games, puzzles, and craft supplies for the children at the center.

Devoted Student Council members at Race Brook School in Orange show their support for the Hall Neighborhood House in Bridgeport with a special drive to collect gently used or new books, educational games, puzzles, and craft supplies.

Fifth-grader Remmy C. really enjoyed contributing to the success of the drive. “I’m happy I was able to help make the flyer for collecting donations. I felt terrific knowing I was helping younger children.”

The Hall Early Learning Center is affiliated with and supported by the Jamie A. Hulley Foundation. The foundation has a special place in the hearts of the students and staff of Race Brook School in Orange. Jamie attended the school from
1987 to 1993. Throughout her young life, Jamie was very involved in the arts. Jamie’s Fund helps to provide the children at the center with enriching experiences in literature, art, music, and theatre. Race Brook students hope their donations to the center will provide hours of educational and creative
enjoyment for the children.

Third-grader Ashlie A. emphatically stated, “I feel lucky I was able to help younger kids. Being on Student Council, I had the chance to collect toys, books, and art supplies to put smiles on many children’s faces at the center.”

Fellow classmate Sophie C. added, “I think it was important for me to take part in making the flyer and inform the school about the drive. The Jamie A. Hulley organization gives our school many grants to help us run fun enrichment programs. This is our way of giving back.”


Bizarre Attempt To Dry A Ballfield

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Apr 072019

(Photo contributed by Christian Baglini)

Yesterday (Saturday, April 7) The Amity Spartans Baseball team was waiting to play a game against Ridgefield at Governor Park when some “Einstein” came up with a solution to dry the muddy field.

Orange Live Posted the information on its Twitter Page around 3 p.m.

Here is a notice released by the town of Ridgefield on its Facebook Page later in the evening.

There has been an incident in town that we want to make citizens aware of. An RHS baseball game at Governor Park was delayed due to weather conditions on the field this morning.

A poor decision was made (and being looked into by the RPD) to “dry the field quicker” and 24 gallons of gasoline was poured and set on fire.

Thanks to the RFD, Peter Hill the Director of Public Works, DEEP, the RPD, and our Certified Spill Response Team for their incredible help. No one was injured and no one is in danger. The plan is to excavate the infield, place dirt in a safe container, and add fresh, clean soil to the field.

The game was postponed until 3:45 p.m. and both teams were bussed to Woodbridge where they played at Amity High School.


Joint Chambers’ Women’s Leadership Conference A Success

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Apr 042019

Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz opened the Annual Women’s Leadership Conference on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at the West Haven Italian American Club, West Haven. This event was sponsored by W.O.W., West Haven & Orange Women in Business, a joint committee of the West Haven and Orange Chambers of Commerce.

This year, 200 area women and high school students were able to hear local business women sharing their stories of conviction, commitment, and courage. The speakers included: Jennifer Heath, President & CEO, United Way of Greater New Haven; Monique Bolt, Director of Events, Undergraduate Admissions, University of New Haven; and Sara Longobardi, Senior Vice President, Retail Banking, People’s United Bank.

The proceeds from the conference benefit the Women in Business Scholarship program for female, college-bound, high school seniors from Amity High and West Haven High Schools.

Scholarships were presented to Jenna Nicole Acanfora, and Taylor Joy Gourdier, both from Amity High School. Jenna will be attending the University of Rhode Island where her interests lie with a career in Business. Taylor will be going to the University of Connecticut, she is interested in pursuing a career combining business and social action. Two students from West Haven High also received scholarships.

Major sponsors contributing to the success of this event include TD Bank, Yale University, University of New Haven, The Milford Bank and the West Haven Voice.

Apr 032019

The Orange Scholarship Fund Association is pleased to offer, among its scholarships, the Ashley Krakowski Scholarship, in the amount of $3,000.00, to be awarded to an Orange graduating student intending to pursue a career in a healthcare field.
Scholarship criteria include financial need, academic achievement, community service and leadership roles in organizations and activities.  Application deadline is Monday, April 15th. 
The application may be obtained at the Career Center at Amity Regional High School or http://orangescholarshipfund.com/
Background: The promising life of Ashley Krakowski, 19, of Orange, ended tragically on June 13, 2009, when (former) Milford Police Officer Jason Anderson slammed into her car at a speed in excess of 90 MPH while he was returning from the scene of a bar fight in West Haven — there was no need to return to the station in a hurry. 
Both Ashley and her boyfriend David Servin, also 19, died at the scene. 
Ashley had just completed her final Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) test and was planning on studying to become a nurse. David was studying to be a social worker. 
The scholarship will be awarded at the annual June meeting.

Apr 022019

This week’s Varsity game scores (Monday and Tuesday) No details, just scores. THAT has got to change!


Monday, April 1

Baseball: Amity defeated Cheshire 1-0

Boys Tennis: Xavier defeated Amity 4-3

Boys Volleyball: St. Joseph defeated Amity 3-0

Softball: Amity crushed Fitch 12-3

Girls Tennis: Amity shut out Sacred Heart Academy 7-0


Tuesday, April 2

Boys Golf: Amity vs Xavier, No details available

Boys Outdoor Track: Amity vs Cheshire, No details available

Girls Lacrosse: Amity lost to North Haven 10-11 in Overtime

Girls Outdoor Track: Amity vs Cheshire, Hamden, Amity 83.5-Cheshire 66.5, Amity 104-Hamden 37. Amity 2-0!

Girls Tennis: Amity defeated Guilford 6-1

Have You Registered For The Cinco K deMayo Road Race?

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Apr 012019

The Orange Chamber of Commerce’s annual Cinco K deMayo Road Race will step off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 4 at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road.

The Taco Loco Food Truck will be on site for the event.

Organizers have planned a festive occasion that will be fun for the entire family with a photo booth, music, margaritas, and tacos.

If you haven’t registered yet, go to RunSignUp.com use the keywords “Cohen and Wolf Cinco” to find the race. 

Registration Fees

• Pre-Race Pricing: $30 per runner and walker (includes the fee)

• Entrance Day Pricing: $35 per runner and walker

• Under 18: $23 (includes the fee), Race Day $25 and Free Kid’s Run Too!

This event is sponsored by Cohen and Wolf, Attorneys at Law, Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine,  UBS/ Eng Zorena Wealth Consulting Group, Balanced Health and Family Chiropractic, Stony Creek Urgent Care, and Cellini Design Jewelers.

New Haven Mineral Club Show At Amity Middle School This Weekend

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Mar 312019

The New Haven Mineral Club will celebrate its 46th annual show on Saturday and Sunday, April 6-7, at Amity Middle School in Orange. There will be minerals and gems, of course, to dazzle visitors, but the show also serves to promote the study of mineralogy, geology, paleontology (fossils), lapidary and other sciences.

Each year, a scholarship is awarded to an area high school student, too, to assist in the continuation of studies. The club also does field trips, speakers and special events during the year, but the annual show — with dealers, door prizes, lectures, and demonstrations, is the most popular.

Amity Regional Middle School, 100 Ohman Ave., Orange. Saturday, April 6, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, April 7, 10-5. Donation $6, under 12 free with an adult. newhavenmineralclub.org

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Obituary: Edmund Tucker, 96, A Brilliant Mind And Good Friend

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Mar 312019

Edmund Tucker, 96, passed away in Manchester, New Hampshire on March 25.

He was born in Wolfeville, NS, Canada to Herbert and Leota Tucker.

While a small child, his family lived in East Granby, Connecticut, West Newbury, Mass. and Mount Pleasant, Iowa. In 1930, they moved to Sackville, NB where he attended school including Mount Allison University. He obtained both chemistry and physics degrees from MTA. In the Spring of 1944, he enrolled in the Canadian Navy.

After joining the Navy, he was transferred to Plymouth, England where he was on loan to the British Navy for training. His selection for the next assignment allowed him to travel around the world as the Radar officer of the ship.

After the war, in an all Canada competition, he won a Rhodes Scholarship and attended Oxford University, eventually getting a Master’s degree in Physics.

Just before traveling to England for the Rhodes scholarship, he married his wife Noreen. He returned to Sackville in 1948. The Tuckers came to the US in 1948 shortly after their son was born in Sackville. Ed and Noreen had three children. His daughters live in NH and his son in Ohio.

Dr. Tucker had a distinguished career. He graduated from Yale with a Ph.D. in Physics and went on to a postdoc at the University of Minnesota. Disenchanted by big classes he joined the General Electric research lab where he became an expert in the field of Solid State Masers. In 1968, his book “Solid State Masers” was published in the UK and the US.

In the late 1960s after a time as personnel manager for the GE Research Laboratory, he transitioned to the General Electric Foundation for Educational Research and began visiting Universities across the country to assess their research programs to see if they were deserving of funding from GE to further develop their programs. This transition caused a move from New York to Connecticut.

After nearly 16 years in Educational Research, he retired at 62 to enjoy sailing on Long Island Sound and gardening with his wife. He was involved with the Land Trust in Orange from its inception and also the Wet Lands Commission, Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce of Orange, CT.

In 2001, a park, Tucker’s Ridge, was named in his honor for him having served for such a long time and having such a positive influence on the preservation of parcels of land for open space within Orange.
He lived in Orange from 1972 until 2015 when he moved to NH. His wife Noreen died in 2010, leaving him alone in their long-term home. In NH, he resided at Birch Hill Terrace in Manchester nearer to his daughters.

A memorial celebration will take place at the Orange Congregational Church on Saturday, April 13 at 11 a.m. with an additional celebration at Tucker’s Ridge at 3 p.m.