Amity’s Swimming’ Women Continue Their Awesome Season

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Oct 052021

The Amity Girls Swimming and Diving team won another one tonight, this time at Foran High School in Milford against Lauralton Hall.
The Lady Spartans or “Swimming’ Women” now have a 6-1 record for the season, losing only to Glastonbury, 98-83, back on Sept. 25.
Todd Rainey’s girls had a strong showing tonight, winning this one 96-85.
Here’s how it played out:
Amity’s winning events:

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200 Medley Relay – 1:51.87 – Lizzie Bodie, Marea Li, Grace Mahon, Katie O’Connor

200 IM – 2:14.84 – Marea Li
50 Free – 25.72 – Katie O’Connnor
Diving – 198.20 – Lily Quill
100 Butterfly – 59.40 – Grace Mahon
100 Free – 55.97 – Katie O’Connor
500 Free – 5:13.82  – JC. Kehley

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200 Free Relay – 1:43.57 – Katie O’Connor, Paige Boguniecki, Julia Snow, Grace Mahon

100 Backstroke – 1:01.85 – Lizzie Bodie
Lauralton’s winning events:
200 Freestyle – 1:58.64 – C. Kehley
100 Breaststroke – 1:17.89 – J. Wu
400 Free Relay – 3:54.59 – A. Blessey, C. Begg, C. Kehley, P. Hamblett


Parkway Southbound Lanes Closed in Woodbridge

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Oct 052021

A person was struck by a car on the Wilbur Cross Parkway (Route 15) near exit 58, according to CT State Police.

Avoid the area if you are out and about and trying to get home because all lanes on the Southbound side are closed during the accident investigation.

There is no information available as to the victim’s injuries or current condition.

The accident occurred around 8:00 on Tuesday evening.

We do not know how long the road will be closed. As of 11 p.m. the road remained closed.


Orange Police: Man Took More Than $1k In Merchandise Without Paying

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Oct 052021

On Wednesday, Sept. 29, officers responded to the Target store, 25 Boston Post Road on a complaint of a shoplifting in progress at 1:08 p.m.

Investigation revealed that Anthony D. King, 47, of West Haven took $1,574 worth of merchandise without paying for it. 

According to the report, he was taken into custody and charged with fourth-degree larceny. 

King was released on a promise to appear in court on Oct. 14.




Police Blotter: Orange Police Find A Weapon In A Car During A Stop

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Oct 052021

At 5:51 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 27, Orange Police observed a motor vehicle on Derby Avenue without a registration plate.  A query was done on the back plate and revealed that the plate belonged to a different vehicle. 

Officers pulled the car over and spoke with the driver, Ronald A. Gogliettino, 29, of New Haven.  The vehicle was inventoried prior to being towed and a weapon was located within the vehicle. 

Subsequently, Gogliettino was taken into custody and charged with carrying a weapon in a motor vehicle, driving an unregistered vehicle, driving without a license and improper use of a license plate. 

 Gogliettino posted a $1,000 bond and received a court date of Oct. 14. 



Get Ready For The “First” First Selectman’s Debate of 2021

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Oct 052021

Make sure you are informed before voting for the Orange First Selectman in the upcoming 2021 election.

The Orange Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend the Chamber’s First Selectman Debate at the High Plains Community Center on Thursday, October 7 at 7 p.m.


Debate questions will focus on Orange Business and Community topics.

We hope to see you there!

Case Memorial Library October Offerings

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Oct 052021

The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, offers the following for children, tweens, teens and adults in October.

Outdoor Concert: Yale Citations A Cappella Group
Saturday, October 9, 2 p.m.
An amalgamation of future scientists, doctors, nurses, artists, lawyers (and more!), The Citations is the a cappella group of the graduate and professional schools at Yale University. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. This program will be held outside on the Library’s back lawn. Please bring your own chair, wear a mask, and maintain social distancing.
Click here to register.

Take & Make Kit: Felted Wool Acorns
Tuesday, October 12
For adults and teens in grades 7-12. Learn a basic technique for working with wool roving and create a fun decoration for fall using real acorn caps. Most supplies will be provided. Participants will need to supply a two bowls, hot water, and dish soap. Registration will end Saturday, October 9. Kits will be available for pickup at the Adult Reference Desk from Tuesday, October 12 through Saturday, October 23.
Click here to register.

Tween Take and Make: Pumpkin Patch Snack
Tuesday, October 12
For tweens in grades 4-6. Make an autumn-themed snack to enjoy! Participants will be using mellowcreme pumpkins (contains egg), green licorice, chocolate pudding, and oreos. Mellowcreme pumpkins will need to be refrigerated after pickup. Registration is required.
Click here to register.

Family Take & Make Kit: Butterbeer
Monday, October 18
For families of all ages. One kit per household. Create homemade butterbeer for your family with this tasty take-home kit. All supplies will be provided. When registering, please register for one kit for your household under the name of the person who will be picking up the kit. Fill out the number of people in your household by age group so we can provide the correct amount of ingredients for your kit. Registration will end Thursday, October 14.
Click here to register.

Teen Take & Make Kit: Pumpkin Carving
Monday, October 18
For teens in grades 7-12. Pick a pumpkin from our indoor pumpkin patch and choose your carving kit: undead pumpkin or starry night pumpkin! Pumpkins and supplies needed to complete the design will be provided. Participants must supply carving tools. Registration will end Thursday, October 14. Pumpkins and kits will be available for pickup from Monday, October 18 through Saturday, October 23. Please inquire at the Adult Reference Desk.
Click here to register.

Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale
Saturday, October 23, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.Books, DVDs, music, and more for all ages! Held in the Library basement. Masks are required.


Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register.
Phone: 203-891-2170
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This Week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedules Oct. 4 – 8

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Oct 042021

This week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedules are as follows:

Monday, Oct. 4

Football vs. Westhill, Away – Westhill High School-J. Walter Kennedy Stadium, Stamford at 3:00 p.m.

This game was postponed from last Friday, Oct. 1, due to the untimely death of Westhill player Jordan Martinez who passed away in a car accident on Sept. 25.

NOTE: The Amity Spartans signed a football and presented it to Westhill to show their condolences for the Vikings’ loss of their teammate.

Final score: Amity 28, Westhill 7

Girls Volleyball vs. Lyman Hall, Away – Lyman Hall High School-Gymnasium at 5:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 5

Boys Soccer vs. Shelton, Home at Amity Field # 3 at 3:45 p.m

Girls Swimming and Diving vs. Lauralton Hall, Away at Foran High School -Pool at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 6

Field Hockey vs. Thomaston, Away at Thomaston High School-Field Hockey Field at 4:00 p.m.

Girls Volleyball vs. Guilford, Home at Amity High School Gymnasium
at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 7

Girls Soccer vs. Mercy, Home at Amity -William Johnson Stadium Field at 3:45 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 8

Field Hockey vs. Lauralton Hall, Home at Amity-William Johnson Stadium Field at 4:00 p.m.

Girls Swimming and Diving vs. North Haven,  Home – High Plains Community Center Pool, Orange at 6:45 p.m.

Girls Volleyball vs. Mercy, Home – Amity High School Gymnasium
at 6:45 p.m.

Task Force Seizes Drugs In Traffic Stop On I-95 in Orange

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Sep 302021

On Tuesday, September 28, members of the CT State Police Statewide Narcotics Task Force and the DEA-New Haven Office coordinated a joint operation on I-95 in the New Haven area to conduct Domestic Highway Enforcement.
This is part of the collaborative efforts of State and Federal Law enforcement agencies working to proactively address the trafficking of opioids, other narcotics, and weapons into the New England area.
As a result, members stopped a 2009 Toyota with Pennsylvania plates for a motor vehicle violation in Orange.
The operator was found to be in possession of approximately 5,238 Fentanyl pills pressed to look like Xanax pills, which weighed a total of 766 grams.
The operator was arrested and transported to Troop G in Bridgeport. He was given a court date at GA#5 in Derby and held on a $200,000 bond.

Obituary: Gary Teller, 68, Beloved Husband, Brother (Funeral Today)

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Sep 302021

Gary Teller, 68, of Orange passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side on September 28, 2021 at the St. Raphael Campus of Yale New Haven Hospital after a long and courageous battle with kidney disease.

Born in New Haven on October 11, 1952, he was a loving son of the late Robert and Annette (Proctor) Teller

Survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Ann (Blinderman) Teller; cherished brother Stephen (Janet) Teller of Silver Spring, MD and devoted brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Harold Blinderman and Wanda Schulman of West Hartford.

He was “Uncle Gary” to his loving nephews, Danny Blinderman (fiancée, Rachel Sandalow-Ash), Aaron Blinderman, Bruce (Sherri) Teller and Michael Teller (Madeline Pellish).

He was predeceased by his brother, Allan Lewis Teller.

He was also a devoted dog daddy to Siberian Huskies Cinder, Zoe and Alex who will all meet him with their “loose tails” at the Rainbow Bridge.

To Gary, the most important part of his life was being with his family and friends. He loved getting together to eat, laugh and enjoy everyone’s company. He was the life of every party and his witty sense of humor always offered quick comebacks.

Always color coordinated with his favorite baseball caps, t-shirts, shorts, flashy socks and the most colorful sneakers Zappos had to offer, Gary’s favorite past times included driving his MINI, Jeep Wrangler, and Dodge Ram truck.

Washing and waxing his cars were his labor of love. He also loved listening to rock music and attending concerts featuring his favorite artists, especially Bruce Springsteen.

He loved living in Orange and was known as the mayor of his neighborhood, always greeting neighbors with a smile while walking his dogs.

He and Ann met on a cruise and together they enjoyed taking cruising vacations to celebrate their anniversaries. Their most memorable trips included Alaska and Israel.

Gary enjoyed a long career as a bicycle parts and accessories sales representative for J&B Importers. Known to his bike shop customers as “Mr. Partz,” Gary always considered them as friends. He was passionate and knowledge about the bike industry and always offered advice while writing orders. He was always ready to step in if something did not go according to plan.

Gary was a gentle, loveable and caring person who would go out of his way to help someone in need. He will be greatly missed by all he leaves behind.

The family would like to thank the medical staff of YNHH SRC Verdi 4 West, especially RNs Kayla, Michaela, Amy and Johanna as well as VITAS RNs Jessica, Amy and Joe for their compassionate care during this most difficult time.

Funeral Services will be held at Beth Hamedrosh Cemetery, 3Brockett Place, East Haven, CT. on THURSDAY Morning, Sept. 30th at 10:00 o’clock. The Robert E. Shure & Son Funeral Home, New Haven is in care of Arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Temple Emanuel, 150 Derby Avenue, Orange, CT or to the charity of one’s choice.

To sign an online registry book or to leave a message of condolence, please visit www.shurefuneralhome.com.

Deane: ARP Funds Can Be Used To Address Stormwater Infrastructure

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Sep 282021

Following is a press release from the Connor For First Selectman Camp:

During the September 8, 2021 Orange Board of Selectmen meeting, First Selectman Jim Zeoli incorrectly stated that funds from the American Relief Program could not be allocated to address recent flooding.

Mr. Zeoli, in response to victims of two recent floods, ignored or was unaware of guidance from the United States Treasury Department which explicitly states that the funds allocated to the town could be used to address stormwater and wastewater infrastructure.

Zeoli responded to an inquiry from a concerned citizen asking whether federal funds could be used to address the flooding by pointing to an incorrect interpretation of the resources allocated to Orange by the American Relief Fund.

“We have $2,063,000.16 I think… and it’s dedicated for COVID-type issues… that’s where the money is limited to.” Mr. Zeoli stated.

Mr. Zeoli went on to say “When you read the fine print… all the glitters are not gold.”

“It appears that it is actually Mr. Zeoli who has not read the fine print, as the United States Treasury Department has stated clearly that these funds can be used to support vital wastewater and stormwater infrastructure.” said Connor Deane, Democratic Candidate for First

Use of funds guidance, as written by the Treasury Department, includes the following language:

Recipients may use these funds to:

Invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure, making necessary investments to improve access to clean drinking water, support vital wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and to expand access to broadband internet

Additionally, the Treasury Department states that “recipients have broad flexibility to decide how best to use this funding to meet the needs of their communities.”

“As the residents of Orange continue to struggle through this recent flooding, it is critical that our elected officials have a firm understanding of local, state, and federal laws. Anything less only harms our community and its residents.” Deane said.

More information about the allocation of the American Rescue plan funds can be found here.

Mr. Zeoli’s statements can be found here.