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.

Meet The Birds of Orange on June 17

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Jun 042018

The Orange Conservation Commission (OCC) will host a Bird Walk at the Turkey Hill Preserve in Orange (GPS Address: 700 Derby-Milford Road, Orange) on Sunday, June 17, at 8 a.m. 

Frank Gallo, a leading expert on where to find birds in Connecticut, will lead the tour. Frank is a tour leader for Sunrise Birding, LLC, an international birding tour company, is a member of the Connecticut Avian Rare Records Committee, and a federally licensed master bird bander.

Frank also is the author of two children’s nature books, Bird Calls and Night Sounds, and is a published freelance photographer. Frank’s new book, Birding in Connecticut, a guide to where, when, and how to find birds in the state, came out May 1. He will have copies available to sign at the walk. Frank has led the OCC’s highly acclaimed “Owl Prowl” in the Fall for the last 3 years.

This Bird Walk is made possible by a Community Grant from the Orange Lion’s Club.

The Orange Conservation Commission can be found on Facebook and this website.

Tonight’s The Night, Amity Talent Shoots For The Moon

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Jun 042018

The first Annual Stephen Sondheim Awards will take place at the Shubert Theater, 247 College Street, New Haven tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Amity Has THREE of its fine actors vying for the Best Actor/Actress title and an opportunity to compete in the National High School Musical Awards.

Best of Luck to Marty Gnidula – Uncle Fester for best actor, Alaina Dwyer – Alice Beineke and Lilli Querker in the best actress category for The Addams Family. We can’t wait to see you perform tonight.

The Addams Family is up for the Outstanding Musical Award.

In addition, Ryan Kennedy is nominated for his supporting actor role of Lucas. Best choreography – Andrea Kennedy. Best Directors – Rob and Andrea Kennedy. Best Costume Design – Marissa Proto.

I will give a full update after the show. Until then, Everyone send out Positive thoughts to our extended “Addams Family” group. We MUST have someone go to the Nationals again this year!!!

And once again, thank you Connor Deane and your business for giving our kids this amazing opportunity to shine! As Always, Judy Primavera and the Jamie Hulley Arts Fund for your participation.




Broadway Stars Will Participate In The Inaugural Sondheim Awards

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Jun 042018

On June 4, students and educators from across Connecticut and Rhode Island will gather at the Shubert Theatre of New Haven for the first annual Stephen Sondheim Awards, which will be hosted by Hamilton’s Solea Pfeiffer and Ryan Vasquez. The Sondheim Awards are presented by Broadway Method Academy (BMA), in association with the Shubert Theatre and Westport Country Playhouse.

Modeled after Broadway’s Tony Awards, the Sondheim Awards recognizes excellence in high school musical theater. “We are so excited to welcome Tony winner Joanna Gleason to the gala this year!” said BMA Artistic Director, Julie Kavanagh. Ms. Gleason will present the awards for Best Actor and Actress and the winners will advance to the National High School Musical Theater Awards/The Jimmy Awards in New York City. (Amity has had two students go on to the Nationals: John Jorge and Alli Kramer)

The black-tie gala will feature appearances by Oscar Nominee, Chris Sarandon (Princess Bride, Nightmare Before Christmas), Audrey Cardwell (Alice Murphy in Bright Star), Dan DeLuca (Newsies), Aubrey Berg (CCM Musical Theater), Eric Santagata (Prince of Broadway, Bullets Over Broadway, Chaplin), Hunter Ryan Herdlicka (A Little Night Music), and Mike Ryan (Newsies).

The evening, which will be produced by BMA, will feature an opening number with more than 50 students from each of the fourteen participating high schools. Best Actor and Actress nominees will perform a medley of their nominated roles. The six productions nominated for Best Musical will each perform a segment from their production. NOTE: Amity’s Marty Gnidula – Uncle Fester, Alaina Dwyer – Alice Beineke, and Lilli Querker are nominated in the lead actor/actress categories for The Addams Family. And the Addams Family received a nod for Best Musical. 

BMA is thrilled to partner with the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation to present over $4,000 in cash scholarships to deserving students who submitted auditions and written responses pertaining to how theater has influenced their lives.

Tickets for the gala are $39 per person and are currently on-sale through Ticketmaster.

The gala will be music directed by Jad Bernardo and will feature choreography by Julie Kavanagh and Audra Bryant. David Dreyfoos serves as Production Stage Manager with Weston G. Wetzel serving as Director of Production. Connor Deane and J. Scott Handley produce.

Open House: 3 Bedroom Colonial In Great Location on Cul-De-Sac

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Jun 032018

Lovingly cared for and updated, come to see this 1,700 sqft 1941 Bernard Lohne Colonial at 845 Birchwood Drive, Orange, today, June 3 from 12-3 p.m.
Home has had only 2 owners in all those years. This gorgeous house has 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, and 2 Fireplaces. one wood burning, the other gas log.
Many built-ins both floors. Hardwood throughout.
Lovely level wooded lot, in quiet cul-de-sac neighborhood. Walk to Paugusett club, or across the road to access Racebrook Tract owned by the town of Orange with 570 acres of walking trails. Enjoy your cup of tea on the oversized deck or private patio. Available for $374,900.
Minutes to the Merritt / Wilbur Cross Parkways, 5 min. to YaleBowl. About 3 miles to route 1 to find whatever your heart desires, shopping, and restaurants. 10 min. to local beaches. Long Island Sound.
* Shrubbery removed around the foundation of house. Replaced with new shrubbery * Recently painted exterior August 2017 * ½ bath remodeled * All exterior lighting replaced * Both Chimneys were cleaned and repointed spring 2000 * Replaced garage door * Roof replaced along with gutters 2001 * Replaced all windows with double hung tilt in windows including basement windows. Replaced livingroom back window with single French door. 

Spartans Playing Some Fine Baseball Today

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Jun 022018

The Spartans are playing like the champions we’d known for so many years.

Final score for today’s game, Amity 7- South Windsor 1

Looks like we’ll be going up against *Ridgefield as Amity advances to the Class LL semifinals.

Go Spartans!

Our Softball team is playing on Monday!

Down to the wire for Amity’s amazing athletes!

*Originally, I thought we’d be playing Cheshire.