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They’re Here! Police Warn Of Black Bear Sightings In Orange

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May 282020
 

The Orange Police Department has received multiple reports of a black bear in the area north of Derby Avenue between Orange Center Road and Racebrook Road.

Sightings also were reported yesterday in the Westville section of New Haven and the Johnson Road area of Woodbridge bordering the northeast corner of Orange.

As Orange Live reported last week, Bear sightings are common in Connecticut and police request that you only call the department when there is a threat or an emergency associated with a bear.

Please do not feed nor approach the bear. Keep your distance and respect all wildlife.

Click HERE for additional info and tips regarding black bears.

 

Gather Up The Kids For Some FUN Recycling Lessons (link fixed)

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May 282020
 

This has been a very frustrating few months for families, and children especially, having to do their homework outside of a classroom setting. Not being able to hang out with their friends at the movies, or Urban Air, etc.

One thing that kids may not want to hear right now is, “Come here and learn about recycling.”

Well, guess what, there’s a site that was brought to my attention that offers children an interactive experience with a maze, word search, and drawing activities with which they can show their recycling expertise, and maybe even learn a few new things.

The site is called NICO’S QUEST TO RECYCLE: A KID’S GUIDE TO RECYCLING.

So click HERE and call the kids in to have a little bit of educational interactive computer fun. Who knows, maybe mom and dad will learn something new too.

 

Please Donate To the Drive Thru Food Drive On May 30

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May 262020
 

Together with Orange Community Services, members of the Orange Police Department will be outside of High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, on Saturday, May 30, collecting food for Orange Food 2 Kids from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Food 2 Kids is a nonprofit that was created to deliver bags of food to children in need on the weekends. However, with the coronavirus the need has become full-time.
The OPD is asking for individually packaged foods and snacks. Meals that can be prepared with no or water only. Any other donations that are received will be donated to the Orange Food Bank.
Safety precautions will be in place.
Mark your calendars and please participate any way you can in this important event.

Camp Argo 2020 Summer Sessions Canceled

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May 252020
 

To All of Our Camp Argo Families, 
 
It is with a heavy heart, that we have made the very difficult decision to postpone our time together until next year, Summer 2021.   
 
We have made this difficult short-term decision to ensure the long-term mission of Camp Argo.  Nothing like this has ever happened to us before and up until just a few days ago, we had every intention to conduct Camp Argo this summer as normal.  Unfortunately, these are not normal times and we cannot ignore the overwhelming concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Ultimately, we considered the health & safety of our campers, staff, and our community when making this decision.
We pray that there will be a solution to getting the country back on its feet sooner rather than later.  We are very hopeful that Summer 2021 we all will come back stronger & healthier than ever!
If you have any questions please feel free to call anytime 203-799-2746 or email jason@campargo.org.  Wishing you all a healthy and happy summer!
 
Sincerely, 
 
Jason Nevis
Camp Argo Director

Congratulations Grads Signs Available

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May 222020
 

Signarama, 553 Boston Post Road, Orange, has school specific Class of 2020 signs available for the special graduating senior in your life. 

Each single sided, 18” X 24” Coroplast sign comes with a wire stake for easy display. 

They are $30 each plus tax and volume pricing is available. 

Call 203-795-5450 or visit sales@signs-ct.com to order yours today.

Obituary: Luke Smith, 20, Beloved Son, Brother, Amity Grad

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May 212020
 

Luke Richard Smith, 20, of Bethany  died on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at Yale New Haven Hospital as a result of a motor vehicle accident.
Luke is survived by his loving parents, William and Cynthia Smith of Bethany, CT and his sister Alexandra Smith of Wallingford, CT, his maternal grandparents, Richard and Mary Freeman of Trumbull, CT, his adoring cousins, Bridget, Nora and Patrick Murray of Worcester, MA, Edward Smith of Ansonia, CT, Austin Weiss and Autumn Merrill of Milford, CT, and Abigail Kamaitis of Oxford, CT, as well as many loving aunts, uncles and friends. He was predeceased by his paternal grandmother Gloria Merrill, his paternal grandfather William Smith, Sr. and his paternal uncle Richard Lucas.
Luke was born in New Haven, CT and grew up in Bethany, CT where he attended Bethany Nursery Group, Bethany Community School, Amity Middle School Bethany, and graduated from Amity High School in 2018. During his time at Amity High School, Luke was a stellar athlete, where he was the member of both the Amity High school football and lacrosse teams.
He received various honors and awards for his athleticism and team sportsmanship during these years. He then went on to play Division II lacrosse at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH. In true Luke fashion, his kinship with his teammates extended well beyond the field and his teammates became his brothers.
Apart from his athletic achievements, Luke will be best remembered as an “old soul”. He was a sweet, humble, gracious, respectful and loving young man. He had a large and extended circle of friends and developed bonds with all of them that were unique, long lasting and meaningful.
Luke’s giving and infectious personality transcended generations. He had the unique ability to make everyone he met feel at ease and like the most special person in the room. He had as much fun playing a silly game of wiffleball in the back yard with his cousins as he did playing a college lacrosse game in front of a stadium full of fans.
Luke also enjoyed a special relationship with his grandparents, who will always remember his warm and loving hugs. Most of all, Luke was a loving son and brother to his parents and sister.
He was the apple of his parents’ eye, who brought such joy into their lives with his infectious smile and rosy cheeks. Luke idolized his sister Lexie, in addition to being siblings, they were each other’s best friend. Luke was a “giver” in every sense of the word. In that spirit, he was an organ donor and his contributions will be life saving to others. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate.
A live stream wake service with video tribute will be held on Thursday, May 21, from 3:45 p.m. 5:00 p.m. followed by a prayer service at 5:00 p.m. Please go to www.adzimafh.com to see the live stream link.
Friends and family are invited to pay their respects in celebration of Luke’s on Friday, May 22 from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. by driving through the Eastside Cemetery, 157 Pease Road Woodbridge, CT. Due to the current COVID-19 restraints, this is a drive through only procession and the service and burial will be private.
The Edward F. Adzima Funeral Home, 253 Elizabeth St., Derby has been entrusted with the arrangements.

May 212020
 

The Anti-Defamation League is celebrating the efforts that schools across the country are making to promote diversity, inclusion, and allyship through a nationwide viral campaign #noplaceforhate.

On Thursday, May 21st, Amity Regional School District No. 5 will be participating in this campaign by creating a post featuring one thing that has been accomplished in this area.

Amity is committed to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion. At this uncertain time, it is even more important to celebrate these efforts.

Principal Anna Mahon would be happy to talk with you about the work the school has been engaged in with creating a positive and inclusive school culture.

Please contact Michelle Pincince mpincince@adl.org, ADL CT Director of Education, for
more information about No Place for Hate.

FREE Face Masks Available Until 1 p.m. In Orange

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May 212020
 

The Masks for CT giveaway is taking place today at Yale West Campus off Marsh Hill Road, Orange Until 1 p.m.

The process is quick and easy. Everything is so well organized that you drive in and follow the signs and guards or volunteers directions. Pull in all the way to the end of the aisle. A volunteer will approach your car and place a bag of 5 face masks in through your open back window, then off you go.

I volunteered from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. and at no time was the wait longer than a minute.

Recipients drove through, some with signs to thank the volunteers, Early on, Scott Haney from WFSB3 was there talking to us, WPLR was playing music and broadcasting live.

I saw so many people that I knew, I don’t know how they recognized me behind my homemade mask, but it was nice to be part of it.

If you need masks, you still have time. The program is open until 1 p.m. – Hurry!

 

My Hero: Karin Lewis

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May 212020
 

My name is Thomas Lewis, and I lived in Orange, CT for about 18 years. My mother, Karin Lewis, is my hero.

My mother works for the town itself, in the accounts payable department. She also worked for the OVNA, in their finance department, for many years. I would like to honor my mother, for not only all that she does for the town, but for her family as well.

Honoree Karin Lewis, Right, and her sisters.

My mother has always been there for me and her two sisters, and I am hoping having a

piece written about her would make her day. Her birthday is on May 21st, so I am hoping she likes this as part of her birthday gift.

She is an amazing woman, friend, and mother, and I would love to honor My Hero this way.

Happy Birthday Karin! Thank you for all you do. 

DeBarba receives Republican nomination, Klarides endorsement at Convention

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May 192020
 

Dan DeBarba, candidate for State Representative in the 114th District, received the full backing and support of area Republicans and delegates for the 114th District Republican Party Convention on Tuesday night.

State Representative and current House Republican Leader, Themis Klarides, announced earlier this month that she would not be seeking the nomination to run for re-election. Rep. Klarides endorsed DeBarba before the Convention. Klarides said DeBarba’s background in the healthcare industry and experience as a small business owner will enable him to be a strong advocate for the residents of the 114th district.

“Not only is Dan a successful CFO of a hospital system, he is a father, husband, and grandfather, who wants to see our state move in a better direction. Dan understands the many challenges families, businesses, and seniors face daily and is especially equipped to address and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak,” Klarides said. “Dan will be a great addition in Hartford and a person that we can trust to put politics aside to get the job done. I proudly support Dan and ask that my fellow neighbors vote for Dan in November.”

Derby Mayor, Richard Dziekan, thanked Rep. Klarides for her years of service to the community. Mayor Dziekan went on to nominate DeBarba to be the Republican candidate for State Representative.

“Dan knows what needs to get done and the importance of focusing on kick-starting our economy and fighting for good paying jobs,” said Mayor Dziekan. “Dan doesn’t need any training when it comes to understanding finances, running a business or how the healthcare industry operates. Dan will be a great partner for our communities, business leaders, hospitals, veterans, and all the residents of the 114th district. I will be voting for Dan in November and I hope you will join me.”

A long time friend and delegate, Leo DiSorbo, seconded DeBarba’s nomination. DiSorbo said, “Dan is a good neighbor and his work ethic and commitment to helping others will make him a tremendous State Representative. We need Dan fighting for us and our families in Hartford.”

With the full support of the delegates, DeBarba accepted the nomination to run for State Representative.

“I am very grateful to Representative Klarides, not only for her support, but for her tireless work over the past two decades in making our district and all of Connecticut a better place to live. After all, improving the quality of life for Connecticut’s residents is what any of us drawn to public service should be interested in doing,” DeBarba said.

He added, “Themis has embodied that effort each and every day. I thank the convention delegates for placing their confidence in me and I will work as hard as I can to be deserving of that confidence. I plan to use my experiences in finance, healthcare and small business to make Connecticut a better place for all and I will do all I can to be a strong, level-headed, and hard-working public servant.”

For more information, contact Dan at dan@debarbaforstaterep.com or call 203-699-6569.