Material Girls of Orange, 463 Boston Post Road, Left Side of Building (Same Building As Kaoud Rugs), is celebrating its eight-year anniversary and invites all of their customers who have helped them grow and expand over the years.
Grab your friends and join owner Kristina Kaoud and staff on Thursday, Jan. 17, for a fun night out, with big savings, raffles, giveaways, and drinks from 5 to 9 p.m.
Don’t miss out, invite your friends and family.
The celebration continues throughout the weekend.
Some of you are delighted, while others are counting the days until spring arrives.
Most people count the whole day as the December Solstice. However, the Solstice is actually at a specific moment – when the Sun is exactly overhead the Tropic of Capricorn.
This is the day with the shortest daylight hours (9 hours and 5 minutes).
Welcome to Winter. Let’s hope it’s a good one, and we don’t have to shovel several feet of snow at one time in the coming months.
On Dec. 14, 2012, Orange Live was just 7 months old. I’d promised readers that I would stick to the town of Orange and had kept my promise until 9:37 a.m. when I first heard about the murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Everything that I reported that day came from former colleagues at the scene, one who was a good friend of Dawn Hochsprung, the school’s principal.
Although I could have grabbed a press pass and made my way up there, but first responders had enough going on and from the sound of their voices as they relayed their information to me, I knew that it was not necessary for me to be on the scene to feel the sadness and horror of a sicko murdering children and teachers in what everyone thought was a safe place.
I have never mentioned the murderer’s name, nor will I now, because that monster and its non-motive for killing the innocent should not be given any attention. But the principal, teachers, and little children, most of whom were as old as my granddaughter is now, should never be forgotten.
The monster started its morning by killing its mother in their home. Five minutes later at 9:35 a.m. it shot its way through a glass panel next to the locked front entrance doors of the school and was confronted by Dawn Hocksprung, School Psychologist Mary Sherlach, and Lead Teacher Natalie Hammond, who left a meeting to investigate. He killed Hockspring and Sherlach and wounded Hammond.
A school custodian, Rick Thorne ran through the school warning classrooms of the danger.
The monster forced his way into a first-grade classroom where substitute teacher Lauren Rousseau was trying to hide her tiny students in a bathroom. Rousseau and Rachel D’Avino a behavioral therapist, who was only there for the week were killed along with 15 students. Only one 6-year-old girl survived by lying still and playing dead — although she has to live with the horror of what she heard and saw that day.
The murderer then came into Victoria Soto’s first-grade classroom and shot her, teacher’s aid Anne Marie Murphy and five children. What exactly happened is not clear, but somehow, when the monster stopped shooting (possibly because the rifle jammed) nine children were able to run from the classroom to safety. Police later found two surviving children who had hidden in the bathroom.
Vicki’s father told me last year that his daughter was supposed to have the day off, but decided to go in that morning.
So, today, let’s take a few moments to remember the heroes, first responders, and the victims and their families and pray that even though many of our legislators are owned by the NRA and refuse to make changes, that senseless gun violence can be stopped. Enough is enough.
Think about these innocent children and the terror they felt, calling for their mommies’ and sobbing as the merciless monster shot them and their friends.
Charlotte Bacon, 6, Daniel Barden, 7, Olivia Engel, 6, Josephine Gay, 7, Dylan Hockley, 6, Madeleine Hsu, 6, Catherine Hubbard, 6, Chase Kowalski, 7, Jesse Lewis, 6, Ana Márquez-Greene, 6, James Mattioli, 6, Grace McDonnell, 7, Emilie Parker, 6, Jack Pinto, 6, Noah Pozner, 6, Caroline Previdi, 6, Jessica Rekos, 6, Avielle Richman, 6, Benjamin Wheeler, 6, and Allison Wyatt, 6.
The only guns that should be allowed to the public are muskets. They take a long time to load and give you time to think.
The Garden Club of Orange will host its biennial Holiday House Tour, “Deck The Halls” on Sunday, December 9, 2018, from !2:00 Noon to 3:30 p.m.
Co-Chairs Pat Nizen and Lisa Stackpole announced that five charming and unique Orange homes beautifully decorated by members of The Garden Club of Orange will be available for viewing.
House chairs include Pat Dray, Sally Denny, Lana Ho, Larry Huzi, Sandy Horling, Marianne Bauer and Nancy Bartle.
Limited tickets are available for purchase at $25 each, by contacting Nancy Becque at 203-795-9425.
The Garden Club of Orange is a member of the FGCCT, NEG, and NEC.
For membership information contact Joanne Friedrichs at 203-795-4266.
On Wednesday, November 14, a very productive meeting was conducted with the Amity High School Administration, leaders from local organizations and clergy to discuss the school and community’s response to the incidents of Anti-Semitism and other intolerant behavior in the school community.
This type of behavior is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. The high school administrators have spent the last few days working with students in small and large groups along with meeting with the faculty and representatives from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to listen and develop an action plan.
During yesterday’s meeting, there was a strong commitment to continue to work together to keep the community informed of the school’s response and action plan. We will know more about the plan to address the issues we are facing by November 30, at which time it will be shared with the community. Our priority is to make Amity a safe and supportive environment for all students. The following people are resources for you to contact for support or with questions:
Jewish Federation of Greater NH
Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
Rev. Shephard Parsons
First Church of Christ Woodbridge
Rev. Dr. Brian R. Bodt
Regional Director, BBYO
Rabbi Michael Farbman
Temple Emanuel of Greater New Haven
Rabbi Rona Shapiro
Jewish Federation of Greater NH
Monica Kreuzer, Associate Principal
Amity Regional High School
Dr. Jason Tracy, Associate Principal
Amity Regional High School
Jennifer P. Byars
Amity Regional School District 5
John Powers McGill, 92, passed away peacefully at his home in Orange, CT on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. Born at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Dorchester, Boston on April 28, 1926, he first resided in the Bronx with his parents Charles and Colette and in later years in Fairfield, CT, joined by his sister, Martha.
After graduating from high school at age 17, John joined the Navy, where he served as a submariner from 1943 to 1946, and then went on to UConn, where he met the love of his life, Marcia McGill. They were married for 57 years until her death in November 2008. After graduating in 1951 as an economics major, John worked at Sikorsky Aircraft where he sold everything but the aircraft itself until he retired in 1989.
In his free time, John followed his love of the sea and was an avid small boat sailor who spent many hours navigating harbors from Maine to the Carolinas with Marcia and their friends.
After he retired from Sikorsky, John was a tireless advocate for mental health care, in particular through his involvement with Bridges Healthcare as a board member who filled many roles. Most of all, John loved to spend time with his family and friends, listening to their stories and telling his own, listening to music, dancing and discussing politics.
He is survived by his three children, David (Peggy), Sarah (James Silberstein) and Paula; his five grandchildren; his four great-grandchildren; his sister, Martha Thornley; and many nieces and nephews.
All services will be private. In lieu of flowers, his family welcomes donations to Bridges Healthcare, 949 Bridgeport Ave., Milford, CT 06460 or at www.bridgesct.org.
The family is being cared for by CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME. To leave online condolences, visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.
The Lady Spartans Volleyball team has been amazing since the beginning of the season, with only a handful of losses, they worked their way up to the Class LL State Semifinal in Fairfield on Wednesday night and shut out the No. 3 seed Westhill High team.
Both teams played their hearts out, but No.10 seed Amity was just that much better this time around, stunning their opponents with three wins (26-24, 25-23 and 25-20).
Even though the Lady Spartans won 3-0, it was no walk in the park. Every game was a nail-biter for players and fans alike.
In Game 1, Amity led by 3 to 4 points for most of the game but Westhill used its skills to tie them at 23-23 and 24-24. Then Amity kicked it into high gear to win 26-24.
In Game 2, Westhill made us sweat with massive leads of 8 to 10 points, but when they got to 21-18 Amity forged ahead to win 25-23.
This is the second consecutive title game for Amity, which lost to Greenwich in 2017.
I would love to see Senior Captain Abby Harbinson celebrate a State Championship Title for everything she’s given to the team during her high school career.
— The road to the title for Amity and Darien —
No. 10 Amity (17-5)
First Round: Amity 3, West Haven 0 (25-10, 25-14, 25-17)
Second Round: Amity 3, Shelton 1 (18-25, 25-22, 25-15, 25-20)
Quarterfinals: Amity 3, Cheshire 2 (29-31, 25-22, 14-25, 25-18, 15-11)
Semifinal: Amity 3, Westhill 0 (26-24, 25-23, 25-20)
No. 12 Darien (17-6)
First Round: Darien 3, Hall 1 (21-25, 25-10, 25-17, 25-10)
Second Round: Darien 3, Newtown 2 (25-21, 25-27, 21-25, 29-27, 15-11)
Quarterfinal: Darien 3, Glastonbury 1 (25-21, 25-17, 23-25, 25-21)
Semifinal: Darien 3, Southington 2 (27-29, 26-24, 25-23, 19-25, 15-12)
Who will win the Championship?
We will find out on Saturday. GO SPARTANS!
On October 26, Amity Regional High School students visited Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, New York.
Storm King is an outdoor sculpture museum that is located on 500 acres in the Hudson Valley of New York. This trip would not have been possible without the sponsorship of the Jamie Hulley Foundation, Amity Enterprises, and the National Art Honor Society.
Every year the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation pays for admission to Storm King Art Center for the students of Amity’s National Art Honor Society.
Although it was a chilly day, it was a great trip and the students gain valuable knowledge of outdoor sculpture.
This grassroots event invites the entire Amity community to help those who are less fortunate in the district. All proceeds will be evenly divided and donated to the Bethany, Orange, and Woodbridge food pantries.
Starting at 5:30 p.m., the community is invited to the Amity Regional High School Cafeteria for an evening of soup and friends.
A minimum donation of $10 per patron is requested and includes a handmade bowl, choice of hearty homemade soup, and bread.
This evening would not be possible without the National Art Honor Society students making the beautiful bowls, the Advanced Culinary students creating delicious soups, and local donations of bread.
Organizers want to thank the Jamie Hulley Foundation for their generous donation that covers our costs in order to help us in sending all donations to the local food pantries. We hope that the community can come and support us this year.
If you have never attended this event, then you are missing out on something quite special. Not only do you help those in need, but you can see for yourself how hard Amity students work on important community service events such as this. Try to get there early so you can pick out your favorite bowl to take home with you.