Get Up, Go To School! — You’re Going Home Early, Though

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Mar 212018

Amity will have an early dismissal today (11:45 a.m.) and Orange schools also will have early dismissal.

Mary L Tracy will dismiss at 12:40 p.m., Peck Place, Race Brook and Turkey Hill will dismiss at 1 p.m.

There will be no 21st Century session this afternoon.

Enjoy the fourth consecutive Nor’ Easter of the month of March, hopefully, this is the end of it.

Get some homework done, Theater Kids practice your lines, everyone else, help your parents by getting out there and shoveling before they get home from work.



Opinions About Gun Violence? Let Your Voice Be Heard On Friday

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Mar 202018

Connecticut Against Gun Violence will host a public hearing for H.B. 5540, to regulate ghost guns, and H.B. 5542, to ban bump stocks on Friday, March 23, 10-11 a.m. at the Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Ave., Hartford.

Let’s show legislators the strength and passion of the gun sense movement in the aftermath of Parkland.

What, some may ask, is a bump stock? It’s the device the Las Vegas shooter used to convert his assault weapon into a machine gun, killing and injuring more than 500. It can shoot 100 rounds a minute.

There are three ways you can participate:
1. Attend in person as an observer
2. Submit written testimony (with/without attending)
3. Testify in person at the hearing

Please click bit.ly/2Dva4c6 to download our Public Hearing and Testimony Guide. It gives you everything you need to know about attending the hearing and submitting written or in-person testimony.

Schedule Of Events For 2018 Holy Week and Resurrection at Orange Congregational Church

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Mar 202018

Aerial view of the Orange Congregational Church

Here is the 2018 Holy Week and Resurrection schedule of events at Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meeting House Lane (at the corner of Orange Center Road) in Orange.

Palm Sunday   
March 25
8:00 a.m.  Worship in the Chapel
9:45 a.m.  Palm Processional:
Meet us in the back parking lot to receive your palm and process with bagpiper into the Sanctuary.
If you wish not to process, please go directly into the Sanctuary.

10:00 a.m.  Worship in the Sanctuary
11:30 a.m.  Prayer Walk offered by the Confirmation Class:

This will be a lunch theater style dramatization of the last days of Jesus’ life.  For a $5 per person suggested donation, we will offer Middle Eastern fare.  Sign up with the church office at 203-795-9749.

Maundy Thursday   
March 29
Service of Tenebrae at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Lights will be extinguished as we hear the passion of Christ in his final hours.
Communion by intinction will be offered.

Good Friday   
March 30
7:00 p.m.  Worship in the Sanctuary

Easter Sunday   
April 1st 
6:00 a.m.  Sunrise Service at Hannah’s Hill outside near the church
A service offered by our Youth to celebrate the risen Christ.
After worship, we will meet at Chip’s Restaurant in Orange for breakfast.

9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.  Worship in the Sanctuary

Music from our Junior Choir, Bell Choir and Senior Choirs

Good Shepherd’s 2018 Holy Week And Easter Services

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Mar 202018

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, Orange, released its schedule of events for Holy Week and Easter Sunday Worship 2018

The Church of the Good Shepherd invites you to attend any of our upcoming services and events during Holy Week and on Easter Sunday.

All are welcome.

Sunday, March 25
Palm Sunday services at 8 am and 10 am with Blessing of the Palms and Reading of the Passion

Thursday, March 29
Maundy Thursday service begins at 6:30 pm with fellowship and refreshments at 6:30, and service at 7 pm
Thursday, March 29- Friday, March 30
Vigil Altar of Repose Thursday 8:30 pm-10 pm, and Friday 8 am-3 pm
Sanctuary open for prayer and anointing for healing

Friday, March 30
Good Friday Hour of Prayer at 12 pm
Outdoor Stations of the Cross at 3 pm, rain or shine
Holy Eucharist from the reserve at 7 pm

Sunday, April 1
Easter Sunday services at 8 am and 10 am
Easter Egg Hunt following the 10 am service

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd is located on 680 Racebrook Road, Orange. Sunday service times include Rite II Holy Eucharist without music at 8 a.m. and Rite II Holy Eucharist with music at 10 a.m. For more information about The Church of the
Good Shepherd’s many other programs please call the Parish Office @ (203) 795-6577, e-mail us at thegoodspheherd@optonline.net, visit our website at www.thegoodshepherdorangect.org, and of course, check our Facebook page www.facebook.com/cgsorangect for frequent postings.

Lions Most Important Fundraiser On March 16

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Mar 112018

The Orange Lions Club needs your support, so they can continue their programs for blindness, aid, prevention and eye research along with community projects and donations.

Their annual Wine Tasting is on Friday, March 16, 2018, at the St. Barbara’s Church Hall on Racebrook Road. in Orange, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. The event is facilitated by Wine and Liquor Outlet of Orange (528 Boston Post Rd.) and will feature tastings of wines, craft beers, and whiskeys.

You also will enjoy a cheese smorgasbord sponsored by Trader Joe’s of Orange, delicious stuffed bread, and more from Eli’s of Orange, and an Irish themed dessert table.

The night includes entertainment by Orange resident musician, Craig Calistro, many raffle baskets, and a fabulous silent auction! 

This year’s featured silent auction item is a Tesla Kiddie Car complete with all the bells and whistles and several items from NCIS, specially donated to the Orange Lions Club which includes one of Mark Harmon’s scripts from the show, autographed by the cast!

Tickets are $35 per person and are available from any Orange Lions Club member at the Wine & Liquor Outlet, or by calling co-chairs Betty Hadlock at 203-795-0134 or Marianne Miller at 203-795-3906.

Thank to our corporate sponsors, Wine and Liquor Outlet, Eli’s, and Trader Joe’s and the business and friend sponsors as follows: Annunziata & Co Accounting of Orange, Bruce Spiewak (AIA Consulting Architect), Cellini Design Jewelers, Coldwell Banker of Orange, Eve Overchuk, Knights Inc., Marian and Bob Drobish, Mild to Wild Automotive, and Wayne Hugendubel of Coldwell Banker. If anyone would still like to donate a “business sponsorship” of $100 or $50 for a “friend,” please call 203-795-3906.

Call today and join us for a wonderful and fun evening as you support the many projects of the Orange Lions Club, a 501c3 organization!

Who’s In The Mood For Snow?

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Mar 052018

Here are a couple of early weather forecasts for the mid-week snowstorm.

First, from Kevin Arnone, our friend and trusted meteorologist from exactweathernow

As one Nor’easter departs, another approaches from the west. Who turned Winter back on? The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the entire state of Connecticut which will likely be updated to a Winter Storm Warning over the next 24 hours.

Our weather computer models are in good agreement with another storm to move in as early as Wednesday morning and last into Thursday morning. However, this one will be a little different than the last. The wind will not be as strong, coastal flooding will not be as big as an issue and heavy rain won’t be an issue. That all sounds great of course but there’s more cold air to tap into, which means more snow.

I’m expecting 25-35+ MPH gusts during the peak of the storm (Wednesday late afternoon into the evening) and tides to run a little higher than normal but nothing like what we just saw.

Flakes will start to fly as early as Wednesday morning, the heaviest of the snow falls during the late afternoon into the evening. Snowfall rates over an inch an hour are possible, especially in Northern CT. Snow tapers off before sunrise on Thursday.

An early call for snowfall totals is 4 to 8 inches statewide with a little less in SE CT and along the shoreline too because of mixing with rain. Early dismissals from school are likely Wednesday with cancellations Thursday.

And here’s some additional information from the National Weather Service

Heaviest snow expected Wednesday afternoon into early Thursday morning. The Wednesday evening rush hour is expected to be significantly impacted where precipitation is falling as heavy snow.

Travel could be very difficult where precipitation remains heavy snow with the potential for 2 to 3 inch per hour snowfall rates. Significant reductions in visibility are possible.

This will be a wet snow, especially just northwest of the rain/snow line which may result in downed trees and scattered power outages.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS: A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

UPDATED: Are You Powerless? Let Us Know

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Mar 022018

As of 5:15 p.m., the UI is reporting that 63 customers are without power due to 4 incidents in town.

What the company does not specify is WHERE the power is out and WHY.

If you are without power, go to our Facebook Page, report your situation, how long you’ve been powerless and include the reason, if you know. 

What areas of town have trees/tree limbs down, damaged power lines, etc.

Thanks so much, and good luck!

At 7 a.m. on Saturday, a resident reported that power was out on Prudden Lane. “We are the 4 houses that face the Merrit Parkway. Been out since around 4 pm yesterday.”
Later in the day, she reported that the Power was back on.

This was the ONLY person to report an outage.

Winter Weather Advisory — When Will It End?

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Feb 062018

The National Weather Center has released a winter weather advisory for our area from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Mixed precipitation is expected. Total snow accumulation of 1-3 inches with localized amounts up to 5 inches and on top of that, about 1/10 inch of ice are expected.

The ice will result in difficult travel conditions, including during the morning commute. Be prepared for reduced visibilities at times.

Pay attention to the news, the early morning weather will most likely impact school schedules.

Boys’ Hockey: Guilford’s Goal Was To Defeat Amity

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Jan 302018

(Photo by Steve Conn)

On Saturday, Jan. 27, the Amity Spartans Hockey Team was on the road in Guilford for a game against the Indians.

First Period

Although Amity’s Connor Bath put the Spartans on the scoreboard first at 6:34 assisted by Joey Schittina and Colin Hughes. Within a minute, Guilford’s Jack Ring tied the score, assisted by Jack Dacey and John DeLucia. The trio of Ring, Dacey, and DeLucia repeated the feat at 3:35. Then, with just 1:12 left in the period, DeLucia made a goal on an assist from Ring. Score 3-1 Indians.

Second Period

Four minutes after returning to the ice, Lucas Napolitano pulled Guilford even further ahead, assisted by Zach Woxland, and Jake Watrous.

Now three points behind, the Spartans fought back and at 8:15, Cody White shot one in on an assist from Schittina. After a lot of back and forth, and with just :29 remaining in the period, James Blum scored, assisted by Brian Early. Score 4-3 Indians.

Third Period

At this point, it really was anyone’s game and both teams wanted a win.

At 7:51 the Guilford trio of DeLucia, Ring, and Dacey came together again and scored the final goal and skating away with a 5-3 victory.

Records: Amity 6-5, Guilford 10-2.

Next Up: Amity is HOME on Wednesday for a game against Cheshire (7-6) at 6:30 p.m.

Orange Police: What You Should Know About Large-Scale Fencing Operations

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Jan 262018

From the Orange Police Department:

Due to the retail section in Orange, our officers respond to quite a few shoplifting incidents. Often these thefts are perpetrated by those struggling with drug addiction, but they do not operate alone.

People who shoplift from stores often use another person as a ‘fence,’ or a place where they sell their stolen goods. The ‘fence’ then resells the items to the public.

In the matter detailed below, the actions of two people acting as fences, and paying for others to act as shoplifters, caused retail stores in this area to lose just under $4 million worth of merchandise.

The following press release details the prosecution of one such person:

Stratford Man Sentenced to 18 Months In Prison For Role in Large-Scale Fencing Operation

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Matthew Harwood, 43, of Stratford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to 18 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for his role in a large-scale fencing operation.

Judge Shea also ordered Harwood to pay a $35,000 fine and perform 100 hours of community service while on supervised release.

According to court documents and statements made in court, between January 2012 and December 2014, Harwood participated in a conspiracy to purchase the stolen property from “boosters,” who typically were shoplifters with opioid addictions, and then resell the property at online websites.

Harwood, his co-conspirator Andrew Sacco, and others instructed the boosters to steal certain items from retail stores such as Petco, Staples, Walmart, and Bed Bath & Beyond and paid cash for the stolen items at approximately one-third of their retail price.

At times, Harwood provided expenses for car rentals and spending money for overnight or out-of-state trips to steal products.

After receiving the stolen merchandise, Harwood and Sacco stored the merchandise at multiple locations, including Harwood’s former residence in Durham, Sacco’s former residence in Durham, and business locations in North Haven. Harwood and Sacco then sold the stolen products at online sites, including eBay and Amazon.

Through this scheme, retailers lost more than $3.9 million.

On November 3, 2016, Harwood pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit the interstate transport of stolen property and one count of interstate transport of stolen property.

Harwood also has forfeited the house in Durham where he formerly resided, and two mutual fund accounts in his name.

Harwood, who is released on a $100,000 bond, was ordered to report to prison on March 19, 2018.

Sacco pleaded guilty to the same charges and, on December 6, 2017, was sentenced to 48 months of imprisonment.

This matter has been investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Connecticut State Police, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division, Connecticut Department of Correction, Connecticut Chief State’s Attorney’s Office, and the New Haven, North Haven, Milford, West Haven, Wallingford, Hamden and Orange Police Departments.