Orange Police: Has Anyone Tried To Access Your Car Recently?

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Mar 172018

A Public Advisory from the Orange Police Department

Last week, we advised the Orange community about thefts from unlocked vehicles.

Today, we are asking residents to check to make sure their vehicles have not been subject to this type of theft, or even an attempt of this type.

Often the perpetrator(s) will check all vehicles in a certain area until they locate the ones that are unlocked, and will rummage through them to find any valuables.

If you have found that your car was gone through, or if it appears that someone even tried to access your car, please let us know.

We are interested in ANY activity of this nature, and we’ve had reports from the Avon Drive and Cummings Drive areas in the last two days.

If you have information regarding thefts from cars, please contact Detective Sean Murphy at 203-891-2138 x214 or via e-mail at smurphy@orange-ct.gov

Boys Basketball: Wissink’s Block Secures Spartans Victory And A Trip To The Sun

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Mar 152018

The Amity Spartans were on the road in Shelton for the CIAC D II Semifinal game against Newtown on Wednesday, March 14.

The lower than average score in the first and second quarters meant that the defense was working overtime on both sides.

Tyler Thomas was the game’s high scoring player with 18 points, his brother Tanner followed with 11 for Amity.

Newtown’s Nick Weiland and Robert DiSibio each made 14 points.

First Quarter

Newtown had a 3-point lead over Amity, ending the first quarter at 10-7.

Second Quarter

The Spartans pulled ahead with 13 points over the Nighthawk’s 7. Second quarter score 20-17 Amity

Third Quarter

This was a big quarter for the Spartans, who added 18 points to Newtown’s 11. Third Quarter score  38 – 28 Amity.

Fourth Quarter

Even with a solid 10 point lead the Spartans knew that the Nighthawk’s were in the semifinals with them for a reason, and so far, they had given them quite a run. So every move, every pass, everything that happened in the next few minutes would lead to a victory or devastation.

Both teams quickly pushed forward with Amity keeping a lead as the minutes ticked away 45 – 36; 47 – 36; 47 – 38 with 39 seconds remaining; 48 – 40 at the 31-second mark; 48 – 42 and just 15.2 seconds left, and down to the wire at 6.3 seconds 48 – 45.

After Tanner Thomas sunk a foul shot for Amity, Newtown’s Riley Ward took the ball to their end of the court and passed it to Ryan Escoda, who threw it for a 3-pointer, which would have tied the game. But, Amity’s 6′-1″ freshman, Cole Wissink lept into the air and blocked the shot, sending the ball into the bleachers.

And all of their hard work paid off, the Amity Spartans (20-6) are going to their first state final game against #2 Immaculate at Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

Score by quarter

AMITY          7  13  18  10 – 48

NEWTOWN  10   7  11  17 – 45


AMITY (20-6) Tyler Thomas 7 2-5 18 (includes three 3-pointers); Tanner Thomas 4 3-6 11; Chris Bierezowiec 4 2-3 10; Cole Wissink 2 0-0 4 (one 3-point field goal);  Joe Benedetti 1 0-0 3; John Nolan 1 0-0 2;  . Totals: 19 7-14 48.

NEWTOWN (14-11) Nick Weiland 7 0-1 14, Robert DiSibio 5 1-2 14, Todd Peterson 5 0-3 11, Ryan Escoda 1 0-0 3, Riley Ward 1 0-0 2, Shea Talbot 0 1-3 1. Totals: 19 2-9 45.


Amity Students Participate In National Walkout Day With Teachers’ Blessing

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Mar 142018

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Amity High School students were met with an unexpected gathering outside the school grounds when they arrived this morning (Wednesday, March 14, 2018).

On a day when they were planning to participate in the National Walkout Day to show solidarity for the 17 killed in the Valentine’s Day attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The students received support from their teachers, who lined the walking path along the main driveway at Amity holding signs with messages, such as “Our Students Deserve Safe Schools,” and “I Am Proud Of My Students.”

About 30% of the Amity student body left their classrooms at 10 a.m. and gathered on the baseball fields to reflect on the lives lost, share ideas on how to stop the madness and hope that they are never put in the same situation.

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One teacher said the students returned to the classrooms around 10:30 “respectfully and with grace.”

The handwritten signs included the hashtag ENOUGH, which has become the universal outcry for gun control after so many senseless school shootings — Columbine, 15 killed in 1999; Red Lake, 7 killed at senior high school (3 others in another location) in 2005; Virginia Tech, 33 killed, 2007; Sandy Hook Elementary – perhaps the most heinous, 28 murdered in 2012; Marysville Pilchuck High School  Washington, 5 killed, 2014; Umpqua Community College, Oregon, 10 killed, 2015; and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, 17 killed, 2018.

The RANT is now a separate posting (as it took away from this story)

Time And Place Announced For CIAC Boys Basketball D II Semifinal Game (Get Your Tickets Now)

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Mar 132018

As we watch our Amity Spartans Boys Basketball team dribble and dunk their way to the state championship we know there will be some traveling involved.

Luckily, the Semifinal between the Spartans and the Newtown Night Hawks will take place fairly close at Shelton High School Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

Get your tickets in advance at gofan.co/app/events/23876

Orange-Milford Chambers Plan March 14 Event At Ale House

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Mar 132018

Hey Chamber members, join the Orange and Milford Chambers at the Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, Orange for a fun pre-St. Patrick’s Day business after hours event on Wednesday, March 14, from 5-7 p.m.

Admission is $15 pre-registration, $20 at the door.

To reserve your space call Carol at 203-795-3328 or e-mail director@orangectchamber.com.


March 14 First Selectmen’s Meeting Agenda

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Mar 132018

    Following is the AGENDA:
    Call to order
    Fire Exits
    Pledge of Allegiance
    (2 minutes per speaker)
    To consider and act on the approval of the minutes of the February 14, 2018
    Regular Meeting of the Board of Selectmen (enclosure)
    1. To consider and act on the resolution allowing the Town Clerk to apply for the
    2019 Historic Preservation Grant (enclosure) – Patrick O’Sullivan, Town Clerk
    2. To consider and act on the resolution with respect to the authorization,
    issuance and sale of not exceeding $4,000,000 Town of Orange general
    obligation refunding bonds (enclosure) – John Cifarelli, Finance Director
    3. To consider and act on the Greater Bridgeport Regional Recycling Interlocal
    Agreement (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli
    4. To consider and act on the Application for Recognition of Supplemental First
    Responders Status (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli
    5. To consider and act on the License Agreement Between the Town of Orange
    and Ed Oberg d/b/a Ashford Restoration of Connecticut and Daniel Shields
    d/b/a Olbords of Massachusetts (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli
    6. To consider and act on the request to approve the Tax Refunds for the month
    of March in the amount of $54,176.15 (enclosure)
    1. Pension Board – Selectman Goldblatt
    2. Capital Planning – Selectman Okenquist
    3. Bond Construction Oversight – Selectman Goldblatt
    4. Personnel – Selectmen Zeoli, Okenquist, Davis
    Approved Minutes of the January 10, 2018 Public Hearing Regarding a
    Massage Establishment Permit, Public Hearing on the Proposed Financing by
    the Orange Volunteer Fire Association and the Regular Meeting of the Board
    of Selectmen
    Revenue and Expenditure Reports

Mar 132018

Stay in Bed kids, there’s no school in the Amity district or Orange Elementary.

Try and have some fun, but also get out there and help your parents by cleaning up the snow.

Don’t leave your pets out too long in the snow, as they can get frostbite, just like you and I.

The way things are going you may be going to school until July!

Half of the flights out of CT have been canceled, trains are on a shortened schedule, call before you go.

Boys Basketball: CIAC Division II, Amity Advances to Semifinal on Wednesday

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Mar 132018

Amity hosted the CIAC Division !! Basketball Quarterfinals on Monday, March 12.

The Amity Spartans were matched up with the Stamford Black Knights for this round of the tournament.

The Amity Army (student fans) was out in force filling a quarter of the bleachers to cheer on the Spartans.

First Quarter

The Spartans came on strong with Tyler Thomas, Jack Nolan and Tanner Thomas sinking most of the 26 points. Stamford’s Tevin St. John singlehandedly scored all of the Black Knight’s 8 points.

Second Quarter

The Thomas brothers scored all 11 points for the Spartans, while St. John and Josh Thervil added 21 points for the Black Knights. Second quarter score 37-29, Amity.

Third Quarter

Amity’s Tyler Thomas and Chris Bierezowiec contributed to the third quarter score along with Cole Wissink’s 3-pointer.  Thervil and Jelani Jackson were credited with Stamford’s 5 points. Third quarter score 54-34, Amity.

Fourth Quarter

Tyler Thomas, Bierezowiec, Joe Benedetti, and John Nolan, each contributed to this 19-point quarter. and Thervil, Jackson and St. John each added to the final 14 points in the game. Score 73-49 Amity

After the game, the fans stormed the court to congratulate the Spartans on their victory

Score By Quarter

AMITY         26  11 17 19 – 73

STAMFORD    8  21  5  14 – 49

Game Notes:

AMITY (18-5)
Tyler Thomas 9 6-7 27 (includes three 3-pointers); John Nolan 5 4-6 14; Tanner Thomas 5 3-6 13;Chris Bierezowiec 5 0-0 10;  Joe Benedetti 2 0-0 4; Cole Wissink 1 0-0 3 (one 3-point field goal); Sebastian Formica 1 0-0 2. Totals: 28 13-19 73

Tevin St. John 10 5-7 25; Josh Thervil 4 1-2 12; Jelani Jackson 1 2-2 4; Tyheim Burgess 2 0-0 4;  Jaden Bell 1 0-0 2;  Tyler Landsiedel 0 1-2 1; Totals: 18 9-15 49


March 14

No. 9 Amity (18-5) vs. No. 21 Newtown (14-9) at Site TBA, Wednesday, March 14, Time TBA;

Notice: Fire Department Dinner and Swearing-In Postponed

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Mar 122018

Due to the weather conditions expected tomorrow, the Orange Fire Department Annual Dinner & Officers swearing-in will be held on Wednesday night March 14th – same location & time

Obituary: Anita J. Fusco Valente, 93, Beloved Mother, Grandmother, Good Friend

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Mar 122018

Anita J. Fusco Valente, 93, of Orange, CT; beloved wife of the late Louis V. Valente passed away peacefully March 10, 2018, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born May 8, 1924, daughter of the late Sebastian and Anna Sperandeo Fusco and resided in West Haven until her marriage in 1959. She graduated from Putnam Catholic Academy in Putnam, CT in 1941 and Weylister Jr. College in 1943.

Anita was the private secretary to the President of Enthone, Inc. from 1943 to 1949 and then left to join her mother and sisters in their retail lingerie business, Saxon-Kent in Derby. They later opened a second location in Orange. They enjoyed success and loyal patronage for 52 years until the business was sold in 2000. In addition to the lingerie shop, she worked with her husband to establish the Hamden Travel Agency.

She was a former member and officer of the West Haven Jr. Women’s Club and Holy Infant Ladies Guild. Anita was a member of the St. Anne’s Pilgrim Society and with her sisters, led an annual pilgrimage to the shrines of Canada for 72 years.

She leaves behind a legacy of love, strength, and generosity to her family. Anita is survived by her five devoted children, Anita Cassella of Waterbury, Brian Valente of Hamden, Gregory Valente and wife Diana of Greenville, SC, Geralyn Beers and husband Robert of Guilford and Victor Valente and wife Leah of Milford, MA. She is also survived by six loving grandchildren, Christopher Cassella and wife Cheryl of West Hartford, Jason Cassella and wife Dominique of Fairfield, Trevor Beers of NYC, Dylan Beers of Guilford, Eliza and Amelia Valente of Milford, MA, four great-grandchildren Grace, Peyton, George and Luca, her two sisters and best lifelong friends Edna Casolino of Orange and Marion Denegre of Westbrook, as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call at MARESCA & SONS FUNERAL HOME 592 Chapel St. New Haven, Wednesday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Infant Church 450 Racebrook Rd., Orange at 11:30 a.m.

Burial will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Anita, to Our Lady of Grace Monastery, 11 Race Hill Rd. Guilford, CT 06437 or Vantage Group, Inc., serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 29 North Plains Highway, Wallingford, CT 06492.