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Two Person Art Show At The Library In July

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Jun 092017
 

Art lovers, get ready for this one: Michael Voytek and Jessica Zamachaj are exhibiting their artwork in a collaborative show at the Case Memorial Library, 179 Tyler City Road, Orange.
The artwork will be on display from July 3 through July 31.

A reception will take place on July 6 from 5-7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

CT High School Musical Theater Awards Night – Guilford’s Sweeney Was King

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Jun 062017
 

We all love the Amity Spring Musicals, the singing, the dancing, the acting, lighting, sets, and music, but evidently, the judges for the Connecticut High School Musical Theater Awards (CHSMTA) thought that Guilford’s production of Sweeney Todd was just “this much” better.

Of its 13 nominations, including its eighth nomination for outstanding musical production, Amity took home one award and ONE very special recognition, but no trophy.

Our own Yuliya Faryna won the Outstanding Supporting Actress award for her role as Golde (the mother) in Fiddler on the Roof.

And CHSMTA founder Brett A. Bernardini took time out from the Outstanding Student Achievement announcements to recognize Amity’s Harrison Paek for his work in the Arts in Education Student Achievement category.

Even though Harrison didn’t receive an award, he did have an opportunity to make a very well thought out speech.

Maybe I’m just partial to our Amity students, but I believe Eric Greenbaum, Tevye from Fiddler on The Roof, brought the house down when he performed “If I Were A Rich Man.” Thunderous applause and a standing ovation followed his song. (Not all of the Lead Actor Nominees received the same awesome reaction). He is a winner in my eyes.

The cast performed the “dream” sequence, including the towering ghost, also getting a standing ovation from their peers and the entire audience.

What do they say, “It doesn’t matter if you win, just being nominated is enough.” (?)

Although we always hope for more, there was an awful lot of talent on the Palace Theater stage on Monday night and Amity was well represented. Principal Anna Mahon did a terrific job making an award presentation.

Congratulations to Yuliya and Harrison for your honors, and to everyone that won awards.

To the Amity Theater Department as a whole, congratulations on all of your nominations. You deserved every one.

Until next year.

It Was Only A Matter Of Time: Black Bear Sightings In Orange

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Jun 052017
 

File Photo Black Bear

The Orange Police sent out this announcement today:

The Orange Police received calls this morning regarding bear sightings in the Northwest part of Town. One resident reported the bear had run through their yard (Old Coach Rd), while a second called when the bear rummaged through their garbage (Bayberry La).
These are the first reported sightings this year in Orange, however not the first time we have been visited by black bears. These sightings will become more frequent. Black bears are generally shy, secretive and are usually fearful of humans; however, easy sources of food such as bird feeders and garbage are often too tempting. Removing food sources, such as bird feeders and outdoor garbage cans, reduces the chance that bears will go near homes.
If you see a bear, never attempt to feed it, and advertise your presence by shouting and waving your arms and walking away slowly.
Bear sightings should be reported Orange Police Department at 203-891-2130, The Orange Police will report the sighting to DEEP.

FOUND: White Pigeon

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Jun 042017
 

(stock photo of white pigeon)

A White Pigeon was found on Green Hill Road, Orange today.

He doesn’t appear to be injured but is sitting on the resident’s porch.
Please e-mail if you are missing your pigeon.
It’s raining, chilly and a miserable night to be outside.

 

Next Up For The Amity Spartans Baseball Team

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Jun 042017
 

The Amity Spartans Baseball team is still alive in the CIAC State Tournament. Danbury

On Tuesday, June 6, the boys go up against Danbury (10-9 last documented record on CIAC website) at Municipal Stadium in Waterbury at 7 p.m.

Doc’s Race on June 4, Runners 90 And Older Encouraged To Participate

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Jun 032017
 

Get your mismatched socks ready once again because the 5th Annual 5K “Doc’s Race” is going to happen in Orange at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road in Orange, on Sunday, June 4 at 10 a.m.

Many local residents remember George “Doc” Whitney as a veterinarian in Orange, but in his later years, he was known for being an exceptional runner.  “Doc” started running at the age of 80 and kept at it until his death in 2013, at the age of 94.  He participated in just about every 5 K Race in Connecticut and many others throughout New England.  He was truly an inspiration for everyone!

Doc was known for wearing mismatched socks and his fluorescent orange knit cap at the town’s Chilly Chili Run 5K.

Shortly after his death, Doc’s family requested that a 5K Race and 2 Mile Fitness Walk be held in his name every year in Orange. All of the proceeds will go to the George “Doc” Whitney Memorial Scholarship Fund.

In addition to the Race and Fitness Walk, there will be two “Fun Runs” for the kids at 9:15 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. before the actual race.

 After May 20 and up until Race Day the fees are $27.00 for runners and $15.00 for runners under 12 and Fitness Walkers.  All of the Kid’s Fun Run registration will be $6.

Early packet pickup and Late Registration will be available at the High Plains Community Center Pavilion on Saturday, June 3rd from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Registration on the day of the Race will begin at 7:30 a.m.

For more information, call Race Director, Joe Riccio, at 203 481-7453.

Come out on June 4 and join us to help keep “Doc” Whitney’s memory alive!

Jun 032017
 

Today is Saturday, June 3. Forecasters are telling us that today is the best day of the weekend weather-wise, so get out and enjoy it before the rain sets in again.
First, pack your car with any papers, old bills, documents that you would like safely shredded. Maybe toss an old mattress on the roof of the car or in the back of your minivan, then head off to the Post Road Fire Station for breakfast.
The Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will host its 18th annual Pancake Breakfast at the Post Road Fire Station, 355 Boston Post Road, from 7:30  to 10:30 a.m.
Then drive over to High Plains Community Center to get rid of those old papers and mattress.
The Orange Recycling Committee (ORC) will host its fifth shredding day in the front parking area of the High Plains Community Center (HPCC), 525 Orange Center Road, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. This service is free of charge to Orange residents and includes Mattress recycling.
Then spray on the tick repellant and go for a hike.
The Orange Conservation Commission is hosting an Educational Walk at Turkey Hill Preserve from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (rain date is Sunday, June 4, same times).  Noted naturalists Anthony Zimba and Michael Ross, will lead the walk.
And finally, cheer on one of the best baseball teams in the state, The Amity Spartans.
The third round of the CIAC Baseball Championship tournament vs Fairfield Ludlowe (10-10) will take place at Amity at 2 p.m.  [The Softball team will be playing in Stamford at 4 p.m.]
Then you can go home and do yard work or simply relax.
Have a great weekend.

Meet Officer Frank Koshes, Orange’s Newest Man In Blue

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Jun 022017
 

The Orange Police Department announced the swearing in of its newest officer today.

The Orange Police Department is proud to welcome Officer Frank Koshes to our ranks. Officer Koshes comes to us following a 25-year career with the Waterbury Police Department.

Officer Koshes holds an Associates Degree from Naugatuck Community College, A B.S. in Sociology (with a concentration in criminology) from Southern Ct. State University and a Masters in Criminal Justice from Boston University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy 224th session.

Officers Koshes held the rank of Captain in Waterbury and is an adjunct professor at POST University.

Officer Koshes will be assigned to the Patrol Division following field training.

Fire Department Hosts Annual Pancake Breakfast On June 3 — The Best Deal In Town

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Jun 012017
 

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will host its 18th annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, June 3 from 7:30  to 10:30 a.m. at the Post Road Fire Station, 355 Boston Post Road. Orange.

Enjoy scrambled eggs, your choice of bacon or sausage, potato patties and all you can eat “Chip’s” pancakes prepared for you by the Orange Volunteer Firefighters. Orange juice, milk, coffee, and tea will also be served.

Prices are $8 for Adults, Children ages 6-12: $6. Age 5 and under are free with a paying adult.

Save $1.00 per person by purchasing advance tickets from any auxiliary member or at Knight’s Inc., 286 Boston Post Road., Orange.

All proceeds benefit the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

For further information, contact Lynn Knight @ 203-795-5882, e-mail: lmk415@yahoo.com, or visit our website at www.orangevfd.com

Also: The Racebrook School Girl Scout Junior Troop 60140 will have a bake sale at the Fire House during the Pancake Breakfast.

Legion Baseball Tryouts Today And Tomorrow

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May 302017
 

Orange American Legion Post 127 Baseball

Attention Baseball Players!

The Orange Legion Program will be holding tryouts for high school and middle school players from Bethany, Orange, and Woodbridge on Tuesday, May 30 and Wednesday, May 31 at Brinley Field at the Old Tavern Road Complex.

Players are to arrive at 5:30 p.m. for a brief meeting followed by a two-hour tryout. The tryout is primarily for the Junior Legion program, but players who are done with their high school season are encouraged to try out for the senior team.
If you have any questions contact Bob Mirto at 203-687-8299.