Orange Police Arrest New Haven Man With Boogie Fever

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Jun 082018

Officers responded to a disturbance complaint at the Puerto Vallarta restaurant, 377 Boston Post Road, on June 3 at 11:15 p.m.

According to the report, officers learned that Joel Diaz, 41, of New Haven had tried to move some chairs in order to create an impromptu ‘dance floor area’ within the restaurant. When staff told him to stop moving the chairs around, Diaz reportedly became belligerent and challenged the employees to fight.

Diaz was subsequently taken into custody and charged with second-degree breach of peace. He was released on a promise to appear in court on June 18.

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.



Amity Creative Theater 10 Year Anniversary Concert On June 9 — Just 3 Tickets Left!

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Jun 082018

Oh My God You Guys (“Legally Blonde”) Amity Theater Alum Connor Deane and Kim Simon are gathering up the old gang and organizing a 10 Year Anniversary Concert to celebrate the Theater Department’s super successful run since Rob and Andrea Kennedy arrived.
There are only 3 tickets left for the One-Night-Only show on Saturday, June 9, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. in the John J. Brady Center for the Performing Arts at Amity High School, 25 Newton Road, Woodbridge.
Celebrate the last ten years of Amity shows at this Anniversary Concert! So many of your favorite drama students from 2008 through 2018, including Deane, Simon, Alli Kramer, Ken Adair, Carson Adair and so many more will present musical numbers from all of their great shows; Grease, Rent, Les Miserables, Chicago, Legally Blonde, Sweeney Todd, Tarzan, In the Heights, Into the Woods and Fiddler on the Roof.
Everyone who knows about it is excited for this one night only, once in a lifetime reunion event that you cannot miss!
Tickets are ONLY $15 each. All proceeds to go to Amity Creative Theater and scholarships for our students.  
Remember, there are only three (3) tickets left (as of 6:42 p.m. on Friday) The ONLY way you can see the show is to click this link – GET TICKETS – HURRY!

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

Mark Your Calendars For the 10th Annual Strawberry Festival This Saturday

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Jun 072018

This Orange Congregational Church will host its 10th Annual Strawberry Festival at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, on Saturday, June 9 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. You can share in a day of food, fun, and family.

YES, this is the same festival that used to take place on the town green in front of the church, but because of its popularity, it was moved to this larger venue a few years ago.

If you get there early you can look forward to pancakes with homemade strawberry compote and whipped cream or just with strawberries! If you are not an early riser, that is okay, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, cheese dogs, chili dog, sausage and peppers, french fries, pulled pork, grilled cheese, veggie burgers and more will be available for sale.

For dessert, you can decide between strawberry shortcake, a slice of strawberry pie or strawberry rhubarb pie, and chocolate covered strawberries! Ask for “to-go” containers!

NOTE: Our suggestion, bring a bit of extra money and bring home a Strawberry Rhubarb Pie to share with everyone you know. They’re amazing!

There will be live music, kids games, rides, face painting, a hayride, pie eating contest, Red Car show, and more than 60 different vendors selling all types of goodies.

Admission and parking for this event are FREE.

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.