Girls Basketball: Tigers Have No Mercy On Lady Spartans

 Amity High School, Around Town, Home, Latest News, School News, Sports, Today's Events  Comments Off on Girls Basketball: Tigers Have No Mercy On Lady Spartans
Jan 202018

Mercy High School is known for its strong sports teams, so when the Lady Spartans Basketball team hosted the Tigers in Woodbridge on Friday night they knew they were in for a battle.

The Tigers took an early 3 point lead in the first quarter 15-12, and with each quarter pulled further ahead of Amity 25-17 in the second quarter.

They dominated the third quarter with 16 points to Amity’s 5 — 41-22.

The Lady Spartans fought back in the final quarter getting in 12 points to the Tigers’ 14, but they were never able to recuperate from Mercy’s earlier lead. Even Derek Graham’s presence at the game didn’t bring Amity any luck. Mercy is a tough team to beat, they play to win and their coach will accept nothing less. They squashed the Lady Spartans 55-34.


MERCY 15 10 16 14—55

AMITY  12   5   5 12—34

Mercy: Jessica Carroll 6 0-0 14(includes two 3-pointers), Bella Santoro 5 1-2 11, Samantha Chapps 3 4-6 11 (includes one 3-point goal), Meghan Deville 4 0-1 8, Kameryn King 2 0-2 6, Lexi Leon 1 0-0 3 (includes one 3-point goal),    Rachael Cipolla 1 0-0 2. Totals: 22 11-15 55

Amity: Tara Laugeni 6 0-0 12 Jill Martin 5 0-0 12 (includes two 3-pointers), Amanda Granados 2 0-0 5 (includes one 3-point goal), Hayley Esparo 1 2-2 4. Totals: 16 17-11 46.

3-pointers: Amity 3, Mercy 5.

Save The Date For The MLT Children’s Fair

 Around Town, Charity Events, Home, Latest News, School News  Comments Off on Save The Date For The MLT Children’s Fair
Jan 202018

Mary L.Tracy School, 650 Schoolhouse Lane, will host its annual Children’s Fair on Saturday, February 3 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Everyone is welcome to attend this afternoon of fun, food, and fantastic memories for the whole family! The annual Mary L. Tracy School Children’s Fair is open to all members of the community, not just MLT families.

There will be games (and prizes for everyone), crafts, tattoos, face painting, cupcake decorating, food, a photo booth, a “bake” walk, a silent auction, raffle baskets, and more!

Children’s wristbands are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Adults admitted free. Wristbands will give you access to most of the activities listed above. Please note that the bake walk, photo booth, silent auction, and raffle basket tickets will have an additional cost.

If you buy your child a wristband in advance, lunch is included with the purchase. Lunch will be a choice of chicken nuggets or a hot dog. If you would like to purchase additional lunch tickets, the cost is $5.

MLT families, check your child’s backpack for wristband order forms and send it back in to school. Community members, you can buy your wristbands at the door or download a pre-sale form here: http://bit.ly/2ARyprd. Completed forms and payments may be dropped off at or mailed directly to Mary L. Tracy School (650 Schoolhouse Lane, Orange, CT 06477).

All funds raised go DIRECTLY to PTO sponsored programs that benefit the students of Mary L. Tracy School. Thank you in advance for all of your support!

***Snow Date is Saturday, February 10th.***

Free Flu Vaccine Clinic For Uninsured People

 Around Town, Home, Latest News  Comments Off on Free Flu Vaccine Clinic For Uninsured People
Jan 202018

Get Your Flu Shot!

By now you most likely have heard that this year’s flu strain is very bad, even deadly.

If you are uninsured and haven’t gotten vaccinated yet, call the Orange Visiting Nurse Association office on Monday at 203-891-4752 to make an appointment in advance for a free flu vaccine clinic for the uninsured on Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

It is very important to preregister as there are limited quantities of this free vaccine available.

The OVNA is at 605A Orange Center Road, across from the town green.


Orange Lions Club: It’s Community Grants Time

 Around Town, Charity Events, Home, Latest News  Comments Off on Orange Lions Club: It’s Community Grants Time
Jan 202018

The Orange Lions Club announced that it will provide a limited number of mini-grants to eligible community organizations and/or individuals in 2018. The program is intended to provide funds to worthy causes and activities in the town of Orange that might not otherwise be funded, announced Orange Lions Club President Fred Turner.

“While our Lions Club continues to provide funds to Lions blindness prevention programs, aid for the blind, diabetes education and eye research, which are long-time Lions Club priorities, we feel strongly that it is important to allocate funds to local projects as well,” Turner said.  He emphasized that this funding is in addition to a $1,000 college scholarship which the Orange Lions Club has awarded to a new Amity High School graduate from Orange for many years.

Turner has appointed Lion Michael Muttitt to chair the community mini-grants program this year. Muttitt stated that blank applications for the Community Mini-grants program are now available at the High Plains Community Center in the Community Services Department, at the People’s United Bank branch on Orange Center Road, at the Case Memorial Library, and from any Orange Lion.

“In addition to our ongoing commitment to fund anti-blindness programs and provide aid to those with sight problems, the Orange Lions feel that it is crucial to continue to use some of our fund-raising resources for local community-based projects and activities,” Muttitt said. “We have an outstanding review committee which will enable us to make fair and appropriate decisions regarding all allocations.”

Completed applications are due to be submitted to the Orange Lions Club no later than January 31, 2018.  All Orange non-profit clubs and related non-profit organizations, individual Orange residents, and Orange government entities are eligible to apply.  The recipients of Orange Lions mini-grants will be announced in late February after the selection committee completes its review of all timely applications.

In addition, the Orange Lions continue to provide such community activities as the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Easter Egg Hunt, and Seniors’ Pizza Party. The Orange Lions also collect used eyeglasses for restoration and distribution to needy people all over the world.  Drop boxes for used eyeglasses are located in the Case Memorial Library and the High Plains Community Center lobby, and at the Helping Hands Thrift Store on the Boston Post Road. The Orange Lions also conduct eye screenings preschoolers and kindergarten children in Orange, identifying potential sight issues at an early age, using state-of-the-art equipment.  The Orange Lions also co-sponsor, in conjunction with the Milford Lions Club, a Leos youth group at the Foundation High School, located in Milford, for special needs youths.

Knights of Columbus Hosts 14th Annual Free Throw Contest on Saturday

 Around Town, Home, Latest News, Sports  Comments Off on Knights of Columbus Hosts 14th Annual Free Throw Contest on Saturday
Jan 192018

It’s time for Orange youngsters ages 9-14 to sharpen their basketball free-throw shooting skills! The Holy Infant Council of the Knights of Columbus #12523 is conducting its 14th annual Free Throw Contest on Saturday, January 20 at the Holy Infant School gymnasium, 450 Racebrook Road, Orange, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

All Orange and Woodbridge residents ages 9 through 14 as of January 1, 2018, are invited to participate. Entry into this contest is non-denominational. Entrants may arrive at any time during the period the contest is in progress to take their free throws.

The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is sponsored annually, with winners progressing through local, district, regional and state competitions. More than two dozen winners of the Holy Infant competition have gone on to the Regional contests, and there have been four state champions and eleven state finalists who came from Orange out of the local contest.

All contestants on January 20 will be recognized with a handsome certificate of participation. Contestants are requested to furnish written proof of their age, except that previous years’ participants need not provide proof of age again. A copy of the birth certificate is preferred.

Each contest participant will be given three “warm-up” free throws, then take fifteen consecutive free throw attempts. Nine through 11-year-old contestants may shoot only 12 feet from the basket if they wish; 12-14 year-olds will shoot from the standard 15 feet.

Girls 9-14 will use basketballs sized for women and girls. Otherwise, normal rules of basketball regarding free throws apply for all levels of competition.

The Knights of Columbus Holy Infant Council was established in Orange in 1999.

With more than 70 members, they sponsor projects to benefit their church, community, families and youth.


Originally posted on Jan 18 at 3:20 p.m. 

News and Events From The Orange Senior Center

 Around Town, Home, Latest News, Today's Events  Comments Off on News and Events From The Orange Senior Center
Jan 182018

Dennis Marsh from the Orange Senior Center forwarded this list of upcoming events. 

Hot Lunch

The Orange Senior Center offers a lunch Monday through Friday, 11:30am – 12:00pm. A $3.00 donation is suggested for persons 60 years and over. To register call (203) 891-4765 before 1pm, the day before.   

Living Treasure Nominations Being Accepted

Nominations are being accepted through March 2, 2018 for the 2018 Living Treasure Awards. The three individuals chosen will be honored at the ceremony on May 4, 2018 at Race Brook Country Club in Orange. Forms can be found in the Senior Center office. 

AARP Smart Driving Course

The next AARP Driver’s Training course will be Thursday, February 1. The cost of the is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Call the senior center to sign up.

Wellness with Shop Rite

Shop Rite of Orange’s Registered Dietitian, Courtney Huggins, RD will lead a discussion with a tasty dish that she will make right before your eyes. Her recipes are a real crowd pleaser! Join us on Monday, February 5 from 12:00-1:00pm.

 AARP Taxes

AARP will be offering their tax preparation services again on Wednesdays, from Feb 8 to April 12. You must bring with you, last year’s tax returns, Social Security card for everyone on the return and a photo ID. Call (203) 891-4784 to schedule an appointment.

Flower Arranging

Join us on Friday, February 9 at 10:00am, to learn how to make a beautiful basket for your Valentine table. Pre-registration is required with a minimum of 8 students. Cost is only $20.00 to make a beautiful display to bring home.

Movie of the Month

Join us for our Movie of the Month on Friday, February 16 for “Battle of the Sexes”, at 1:00pm, with Emma Stone and Steve Carell. The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ Bobby Riggs Popcorn & soda to be served. Call for a seat (203) 891-4784.

Lions Club of Orange Pizza Party

Join us on Wednesday, February 21, for an Italian themed Cabaret from 1:30—3:00pm. Ashly Cruz will perform Italian music. The Lions Club of Orange will serve pizza and soda. Call (203) 891-4784 to reserve a seat!

CT FLOWER SHOW & LUNCH—No minimum trip February 22, 2018 (snow date 2/23). “Breath of Spring” at the CT Flower & Garden Show at the Connecticut Convention Center with a lunch stop at Dakota’s Restaurant. Cost $86pp. Includes transportation, Lunch, & Admission. Full payment due at registration

Suzanne’s Rock Painting Party

Join us on February 23 at 1:00pm for coffee & cookies as we paint rocks to replenish our Kindness Rock Garden. Let us know that you are coming at (203) 891-4784 and we’ll supply the paint!

Monday with Maplewood

Join us on March 19 when Chef Leif returns with his culinary delights for you to sample. Call (203) 891-4788. Your taste buds are sure to be pleased! We are very fortunate to have an Assisted Living in Town so check them out.

Movie Club

Join us on a celluloid adventure! Our group will discuss a current movie playing locally. We will then meet to critique the film as we discuss the script, acting, cinematography and directing. Meetings are held on the second Friday of the month at 3pm in the town conference room at the HPCC

Orange Swimming Pool

We received word that renovations on the town pool will begin in late August. During that time the pool will be closed. More information to come.

More Trips

PACIFIC NORTHWEST & CALIFORNIA, April 23-30, 2018. 8 days, 10 meals. Highlights: Seattle, Mount St. Helens Visitor Center, Portland, Columbia River Gorge,    Portland Spirit Cruise, Redwood National Park, San Francisco, and more. Cost: $2,999pp double, with early booking discount before Oct. 23, 2017. Deposit & insurance due at registration


ICELAND’S MAGICAL NORTHERN LIGHTS, October 30-November. 5, 2018. 7 days, 10 meals. Highlights: Reykjavik, Northern Lights Cruise, Golden Circle, Geysir, Blue Lagoon, and much more. Cost: $3,299pp double. Deposit & insurance due at registration

MOHEGAN SUN 2018 AAC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT SEMI-FINAL GAME– Monday, March 5, 2018 no minimum trip. Cost $95pp, includes transportation, AAC Semi-Final Game Ticket, Food Voucher and Casino Bonus. Full payment is due at the time of registration.


SLEIGH RIDE AT ADAMS FARM, VT No minimum trip March 7, 2018. Every sleigh is pulled by a team of Belgian Draft Horses through maple groves and pines, into a an open meadow where the views are wonderful. Cost $117pp, includes transportation, luncheon, sleigh ride and driver’s gratuity. Full payment is due at the time of registration.


ST PATRICK’S DAY at the Aqua Turf – no minimum trip March 20, 2018. Enjoy live Irish entertainment by Padraig Allen and the Maclean Avenue Band. Enjoy an Irish lunch including corned beef & cabbage, baked scrod, and all the fixings, topped off with carrot cake. Also a complimentary glass of wine or beer. Cost: $79pp. Includes transportation, lunch, show, & driver gratuities. Full payment is due at the time of registration.

Don’t Forget, “Bubblemania” Is Coming To Town On Saturday

 Around Town, Charity Events, Home, Latest News  Comments Off on Don’t Forget, “Bubblemania” Is Coming To Town On Saturday
Jan 182018

Orange Community Women (OCW) invites you to see “Casey Carle’s BubbleMania” at High Plains Community Center, on Saturday, January 20 at 3 p.m. 

BubbleMania is a highly-acclaimed show combining the science of bubbles with theatrical showmanship and comedy.   Its website describes the show as an “extremely unique program combining high energy entertainment with artistic achievement.  

BubbleMania is loaded with visual comedy, quick wit, big band swing music and the untamed, often unbelievable qualities and beauty of spherical liquids: 20-foot bubble serpents; bubbles that bounce, dance and shimmy; jaw-dropping fog filled bubble sculptures; gravity-defying blobs of bubble foam; bubble spaceship; crystal ball; soap bubble ping-pong and more! This will be a wonderful community event and lots of fun for all ages.

This show is sponsored by the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation.

Tickets are $7 at the door – under 1 free.

Publicity Chairman Laura Griest said, “Orange Community Women is a chapter of Connecticut Junior Women, Inc.  We seek to unite the women of Orange and surrounding areas by participating in community service and providing enrichment, leadership and social interaction.  Our projects include awarding scholarships to Amity students, donating children’s books to the library, collecting for veterans, organizing activities for the Tracy Bunch (a group of special needs adults sponsored by Orange Community Services), visiting and working with the seniors at Silverbrook, donating holiday food baskets and gift cards to Orange Community Services and partnerships with Days for Girls, Manes and Motions Therapeutic Riding Center and Female Soldiers/Forgotten Heroes. Proceeds from this fundraiser support projects such as these.”

For more information on Orange Community Women, contact Donna Wesolowski, 203-799-3519.

NOTE: No Business After Hours Tonight

 Around Town, Home, Latest News, Today's Events  Comments Off on NOTE: No Business After Hours Tonight
Jan 182018

The Chamber of Commerce announced that the Business After Hours event scheduled for tonight at LT’s Corner has been canceled.

The next Business After Hours is Thursday, Jan. 25 at Mexico Tipico, 1061 Boston Post Road, Milford, from 5-7 p.m.

There are a few $10 tickets remaining or $15 per person.

If you come, you will learn about the new web program that the Chamber will be launching and see the new chamber logo.



Anyone Can Learn To Read Hebrew

 Around Town, Home, Latest News  Comments Off on Anyone Can Learn To Read Hebrew
Jan 182018

Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, Orange, offers a Learn-to-Read Hebrew Class open to everyone to learn to read the four questions by Passover. The class begins this Saturday, Jan. 20 at 11:45 a.m.

On 6 consecutive Shabbat mornings following services, Rochelle Hutchings, a former principal of a well-known Hebrew School in Westchester, will remain to teach anyone how to read Hebrew – each class will last about 40 minutes.

For information, call 203-799-2341 or visit www.orshalomct.org
Office hours: MondayThursday 10:00 am – 4:00 pmFriday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Due to the sanctity of Shabbat and the Holidays, please refrain from sending emails or making telephone calls regarding synagogue business between sundown Friday and sundown Saturday or on Holidays.

Girls’ Basketball: Jillian Martin Leads Amity To Victory Against Branford

 Amity High School, Around Town, Home, Latest News, School News, Sports  Comments Off on Girls’ Basketball: Jillian Martin Leads Amity To Victory Against Branford
Jan 172018

The Lady Spartans Basketball team hosted Branford in Woodbridge on Tuesday night.

Amity took a 7-point lead in the first quarter — Score 18-11 Amity. The Lady Spartans maintained their lead in the second quarter with 11 points to Branford’s 7 —Score 29-18.

The third quarter nearly mirrored the last with Amity pulling in 12 points to Branford’s 7 — Score 41-25. It would have taken a miracle for the Hornets to sting the Spartans in the fourth quarter. Branford continued to trail Amity to the end, adding only 9 points to Amity’s 13. — Final Score 54-34 Amity


AMITY        18 11 12 13 – 54

BRANFORD 11   7   7   9 – 34


Amity: Jillian Martin (#15) 8 1-1 19 (includes one 3-point goal), Tara Laugeni (#34) 7 1-2 15, Jenna VanHise (#21) 6 2-4 14, Amanda Granados 1 2-3 4 (#42), Hayley Esparo 0 1-2 1 (#44), Leia Foyer (#43)  0 1-2 1. Totals: 22 8-13 54.

Branford: Sophia Arareo 4 5-8 13 (includes two 3-pointers), Emma Pierson 2 5-8 10 (includes one 3-pointer), Karly King 2 2-2 8 (includes two 3-point goals), Francesca Valleta 1 0-0 2, Victoria Raffare 0 1-4 1.  Totals: 9 13-22 34.

3-point goals: Branford – 5; Amity -1