Racebrook Students: “We Love Our Heroes, the Veterans”

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Nov 142020

Race Brook School was committed to preserving its tradition of honoring veterans this year.

The school’s lawn was patriotically decorated with American flags and bright red paper poppies made by students. A large multi-colored banner was visible as cars and buses drove up the school’s driveway reading: We Thank Our US Veterans.”

The school collected more than $600 in donations for House of Heroes, an organization that assists veterans with much-needed home repairs. Students decorated paper soldiers representing all branches of the military that were hung up on classroom windows.

There was a schoolwide moment of silence at 11:00 am followed by a video presentation of Taps in each classroom. First-grade teacher Kathy Battles delivered thank you letters and acrostic poems from students throughout the school to the Veterans Hospital.

Sixth-grade students wrote enthusiastic acrostic poems on posters dedicated to veterans. Some of the posters went to the American Legion Post in Orange. Additionally, each grade level learned a song during Music class as a tribute to veterans.

The special activities for the day were planned and organized by the Veterans Day Committee: Kellie Martino, Tina Denton, Kathy Battles, Jill Volmar, and  Janet Greenspan. The Committee knew the activities would need to be modified to address protocols guarding against the spread of the Coronavirus, so they put their brains together to come up with creative, fun, safe, and engaging activities for the students and staff.

Once again, sixth-grade teacher Kellie Martino put together a touching and heartfelt slideshow presentation picturing veterans from the Race Brook Community with identifying captions. The slideshow was part of another elaborate, colorful Veterans Day Bitmoji slideshow created by the committee.

Students and staff were able to interactively click on links to read articles, listen to songs and read alouds of books with a Veterans Day theme, view greetings and interviews from Veterans, and even participate in interactive simulations from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

Submitted by Valerie Anton

RBS Public Relations Representative 

Have You Wondered Where I’ve Been?

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Nov 142020

This beautiful, young black/ domestic short-haired/ polydactyl cat with big yellow eyes was fortunate enough to be rescued by a caring Orange resident on Thursday, November 5 in a wooded area in the Schoolhouse Lane area of town.
For the past week, the woman has given the cat shelter, a lot of love, and even brought it to the vet for a complete physical exam.
Still, she would like to do the “right thing” and return this little charmer to its rightful owner.
If this kitty is yours, please call Lorraine at 203 734 2471 or 203 305 0457 to claim him (OR her). An important part of returning this shy sweetheart to the right home is the caller knowing if it’s a boy or girl that they’re missing. 

New Audiobook Titles At The Library

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Nov 122020

Case Memorial Library

The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, announced the arrival of several New Audiobooks.

November 2020

Each title is linked to its catalog entry, where you can place a request to pick up the item at the Case Memorial Library.

The book of two ways: a novel / Jodi Picoult.

Invisible girl: a novel / Lisa Jewell.

Magic lessons: the prequel to Practical Magic / Alice Hoffman.

The return / Nicholas Sparks.

Sex and vanity / Kevin Kwan.

A time for mercy / John Grisham.

The truths we hold: An American journey / Kamala Harris.

Did You Lose A Ring?

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Nov 112020

An Orange resident found a ring in the parking lot of Ocean State Job Lot and would like to return it to the rightful owner.

If you lost a ring in that area, contact Orange Live and text or leave a message at 203-506-1747 with a description of the ring (type of metal – gold, platinum, sterling; color gold, silver, rose; plain or with a stone, or stones; type of stone or stones; engraved or plain; men’s or woman’s) along with your name and phone number.

I will contact the person who found it, and if your description matches the item, you will receive a call.


Even The Coronavirus Can’t Stop Orange From Honoring Veterans

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Nov 112020

The town of Orange has always respected its veterans and honored the brave men and women who served and secured our freedom especially on Veterans Day.

Due to the highly infectious coronavirus and the vulnerability of the town’s treasured Vets who fought in the Korean War, Vietnam, and perhaps some battles prior to these, it was important to observe social distancing to fight for their well-being as they had so selflessly fought for ours.

This year’s gathering was small, with metal chairs spaced out on the grassy side of the Veterans’ Walk in front of High Plains Community Center. A wooden podium set up near the flagpole and only the American Legion Honor Guard was on hand to present the colors — Usually, the Orange Police Department Honor Guard and the Orange Rotary displays a Giant American Flag.

First Selectman Jim Zeoli, Legion Historian Jim White, and Police Chief Robert Gagne addressed the gathering.

What Covid stole from us this year was a local talented singer performing the National Anthem, but thankfully, the American Legion Post 127 was able to find a way to responsibly honor our local heroes on this special day.

Thank you to all of our veterans both here in Orange and around the world for your service and sacrifice.


A Child’s View Of The Coronavirus

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Nov 112020

Hello, My name is Amelie. I’m 9-years-old, so I am a kid.

In March, when Covid-19 started I went home from school and the next day we did not go to school – for the rest of the school year.

It is so hard to be a kid during the coronavirus, and here’s why:

#1: You don’t get to see your friends AT ALL!!!

#2: I have my fears, then my family has their fears, so I have to worry about their fears too.

#3: I LOVE SCHOOL and not going to school was torture!

#4: The coronavirus started happening when I was in third grade, right before our living museum presentations, which we spent months working on.

#5: I could not see my Yia Yia for four months — only on Zoom calls. I was lucky if I could see her from the front porch! I got a pillow of her face that I could hug because I missed her so much!

Grownups don’t understand that it is very, very, VERY hard for kids during this pandemic.

But there are some good things to come out of it.

#1: It made everyone really good at washing their hands.

#2: I learned how to sew masks.

#3: I got to wear my pajamas during homeschooling.

#4: During homeschooling, I got to sleep super late.

#5: I don’t have to smile in pictures, because I get to wear a mask.

I hope that the pandemic ends soon so that everything can go back to normal. Until then, wear a mask and wash your hands often.

For The First Time In 26 Years There Is No Santa’s Helper in Orange

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Nov 102020

A classic file photo from a previous Santa’s Helper visit. Little Cindy Lou Hoo, who is a teenager now.

With an uptick in COVID-19 cases in town and too few reindeer masks for an extra trip to Orange, Santa has asked members of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary to cancel the annual Santa’s Helper fund-raising event.

“This is usually the time of year when we start planning the event that brings Santa and firefighters to homes all over town to deliver gifts,” said Jillian Gagel, president of the Auxiliary. The Auxiliary supports the Orange Volunteer Fire Department through fund-raising and other means. “Unfortunately, with the rise in coronavirus cases, it’s dangerous for our members to do the work they have to do to make the event happen and it’s equally dangerous to residents to have people they don’t know enter their homes.”

Santa’s Helper has been a treasured tradition in Orange for the past 26 years, run by the Auxiliary and spearheaded by “Elf Mama” Annie Davis, who passed away on Sept. 23, 2019, prior to the landmark 25th Anniversary event. Sadly, Annie looked forward to leaving the command center for the first time and joining the firefighters for the first time to experience the joy of Santa’s Helper last year. We knew she was with us in spirit.

The Orange Fire Chief called the cancelation an added disappointment to the Orange community and for the Fire Department.

“This is the second annual tradition that we have had to cancel due to the coronavirus pandemic,” the chief said. “We are very thankful that the Orange community has been wonderfully supportive with the $50K Fire Truck Challenge and other contributions but the health and safety of our members, the Auxiliary, the First Responders, and the community must come first.”

Both the chief and Miss Gagel expressed optimism that they would be escorting Santa to homes for the 2021 holidays.



The Final Week of Scheduled Sports Events For A While

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Nov 102020


The 2019-2020 sports seasons were destroyed by Covid-19, and although some sports have been able to work through the beginning of the 2020-2021 year, it looks like the growing number of virus infections may put a damper on many sports events in the coming months.

For example, tomorrow, Nov. 11, is the last day where any Amity sports event is scheduled on the official school website for the near future.

Monday, Nov. 9

Boys Soccer v. Notre Dame-West Haven HOME at Amity High School – Field # 3
at 2:30 p.m.

Field Hockey v. Hamden Home Field Hockey Field at 2:30 p.m. W 3-0

Tuesday, Nov. 10


Wednesday, Nov. 11

Field Hockey v. Lauralton Hall Home – Amity Field Hockey Field  at 2:00 p.m.

Boys Soccer v. Foran Away  Foran High School -Turf Field at 3:45 p.m.

Girls Volleyball v. Foran Home  Amity Gymnasium at 5:00 p.m.

Stay tuned for any further developments as the  WINTER Sports season approaches

Simple Recycling Drop Box Available At High Plains

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Nov 092020

Last Thursday, the Simple Recycling Drop Box finally arrived at High Plains Community Center.

It was supposed to arrive Tuesday (can you imagine this happening on Election Day?). Nonetheless, it is now located behind the cafeteria with 24/7 accessibility.

Just a refresher: The Simple Recycling Box replaces the Pink Bags that you used to fill and leave out next to your recycling bin.

Please get the word out to your friends and neighbors so everyone can take advantage of this wonderful service.

Following is a list of acceptable materials for this recycling program:

Clothing & Accessories

  • All clothing including coats
  • Shoes
  • Accessories (jewelry, hats, belts, purses, backpacks)

Kitchenware & Appliances

  • Silverware, dishes, glasses, pots and pans
  • Microwaves*, toaster ovens*, coffee makers*, blenders*
  • Irons* and hair dryers*
  • Radios*

Home Goods

  • Lamps*, mirrors*, small furniture*
  • Drapes/curtains
  • Blankets, pillows and sleeping bags
  • Other small home goods that can fit in the bag


  • Tools*, toys*, books, pictures


Sen. Maroney Welcomes Funding For Capital Improvement Projects

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Nov 092020

Today, State Senator James Maroney (D-Milford) is welcoming new state funding for capital improvement projects in Milford, Orange, and Woodbridge. Governor Lamont recently approved more than $11 million in state funding through the Small Town Economic Assistance Program that will be awarded to 94 towns across the state.

In Milford, $128,205 in state funding has been approved for auditorium seating and sound system upgrades at Veterans Memorial Auditorium. This will be matched by $125,000 from the town. In Orange, $20,000 in state funding has been approved for the replacement of the roofing, ceilings, and siding at Stone-Otis House. This will be matched by $20,000 from the town. And in Woodbridge, $128,205 in state funding has been approved for renovations and improvements to the senior center. This will be matched by $10,000 from the town.

“This new funding will do nothing but increase business that will hopefully help our economy,” said Maroney. “The pandemic really was a huge factor in the loss of profits across the state and with this new funding to make these renovations, the future is already starting to look brighter. I am thankful Governor Lamont took the time to make sure money was allocated to several local towns in our community.”

The Governor explained that he reinstated the program in an effort to support Connecticut’s municipalities while implementing projects that will give a boost to the economy and help in their response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. For this round of funding, he implemented a special COVID-19 provision to support towns with expenditures related to their ongoing response to the pandemic, including for new construction, expansion, renovation, or replacement of existing facilities.