Residents Flock To The Paper Shredding Event At High Plains

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Oct 092021

The paper shredding and mattress recycling event at High Plains Community Center on October 9 was well received again.

Hundreds of residents took advantage of the free service handled by Affordable Solutions, owned and operated by Orange resident Joe Johnston.

Cars and SUVs lined up with bags or boxes filled with documents for shredding. Anyone who wanted their boxes or containers returned simply told a volunteer.

Other cardboard boxes were broken down and piled into recycling committee member’s SUV and brought to the transfer station for recycling. Paper and plastic bags also were transported to the transfer station and recycled, nothing was thrown away, and the Recycling Committee left the area cleaner than they found it when they set up.

Once again, the service was generously funded by the Rotary Club of Orange, and residents showed their appreciation by donating cash and checks to the Orange Rotary Scholarship Fund.

At the end of the allotted time (9 a.m. to noon), 10,000 lbs of paper had been shredded and 42 mattresses were brought in to be recycled.

Residents expressed their appreciation to Recycling Committee members and Rotarians alike.

Keep your eyes open for the next shredding opportunity, which most likely will take place in Spring 2022.

Who Won The First Selectman’s Debate In Orange?

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Oct 072021

Incumbent First Selectman James Zeoli (R) went head-to-head with a young man he’s known and liked for decades, challenger Connor Deane (D) (who, in a sweet moment, presented his old bus driver with a photo of himself getting on to Zeoli’s bus back when he was in second grade).

For the most part both candidates were respectful of one another, both had thoughtful responses to the questions presented by the Orange Chamber of Commerce.

They had similar ideas on some subjects, but did not meet eye-to-eye on others.

Although Orange Live tried to keep up with them as they responded to the questions, arthritis and hearing difficulties made it impossible to keep up.

In order to do them justice, I will refer you to the Orange Government Access Television Site and suggest that you Sit down for one hour and hear their responses for yourselves.

So, Who Won The First Debate? Zeoli supporters would say he aced it. Fans of Deane would say he slayed the incumbent.

Click HERE or the OGAT On Demand box on the left side of this page and follow to the First Selectman’s Debate recording when it is posted.

Election Day is on Tuesday, Nov. 2. The debates are the best way to weigh your options because, unlike reading a mass produced mailer, you can hear the candidates answer questions that are flung at them at the moment with no preview of those questions or coaching from their team members.

The next important established organized debate is the Men’s Club at Congregation Or Shalom on Sunday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.

It’s all up to you, Orange residents. Who do you think would do the best job for you and the town? Get out and vote on Nov. 2.



Case Memorial Library: Banned Books Bingo Ends On Oct. 12

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Oct 072021

The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road has announced the following events and activities for children, tweens, and adults through the end of this month.

Banned Books Bingo
September 27-October 12

Celebrate Banned Books Week with us! Stop by the Library and fill out a Banned Books Bingo card for a chance to win a banned-books themed heat reactive mug and a tote. To participate, select any five banned books you’ve read to get a bingo (across, down, or diagonal) and drop your completed bingo card into the raffle box,

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.

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 required.

Virtual Zombie Escape Room
Launches Saturday, October 23Open to all ages but best suited for teens in grades 7-12 and adults. Think you have what it takes to survive a zombie apocalypse? Find out in our virtual escape room! Solve puzzles and test your problem-sol
ving skills (and patience!) alone or with friends and family. No registration is required.

Click here to enter the escape room – if you dare!

Take & Make: Peacocks
Monday, October 25

For children ages 3-5.  Learn about these dazzling birds and make one of your own!  Participants must supply their own glue sticks.  Kits may be picked up in the Children’s Room.
Click here to register.

Tween Reads: Halloween
Monday, October 25For tweens in grades 4-6. Looking for some thrills, scares, or even just some magic-themed fun? Try our Halloween-themed book pick! We’ll check out a Halloween book to you, based on your interests, and you’ll get some Halloween goodies to keep. Registration is required.
Click here to register.

Virtual Author Talk: Spooky Trails and Tall Tales Connecticut
Monday, October 25, 7 p.m.In our forests and meadows lurk spine-chilling ghosts protecting Captain Kidd’s treasure, the abode of the Devil himself, and shadowy creatures such as the Glawackus, all awaiting the next hiker to stumble down the trail.  Join us for a Zoom talk with author Stephen Gencarella!
Click here to register.

Mystery Book Discussion
Thursday, October 28, 1 p.m.Join Librarian Samantha Jasulavic for a discussion of The Diviners by Libba Bray. Registration is required, as for online security reasons only registered attendees will be able to attend this event. Registered attendees will receive a Zoom link via email before the event.The registrant’s name as displayed on Zoom must match the name used for registration in order to guarantee admission.
Click here to register.

Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register.
Phone: 203-891-2170
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Second Arrest Made In June 7 Woodbridge Homicide

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Oct 062021

On Wednesday, October 6, detectives from the Woodbridge Police Department arrested a second suspect in connection with the death of a West Haven man that occurred on June 7, 2021 on the property of the Pease Road Playground/Alegi Athletic Fields, 160 Pease Road, Woodbridge.

The victim, 33-year-old Rondell Atkinson of West Haven, died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Rickey Traynham charged with murder

Arrested today was Rickey Traynham, 26, of New Haven, who was charged with felony murder, murder, first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, two counts of criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a large capacity magazine.

Traynham has been incarcerated since July 11, 2021, following his arrest by detectives from the Woodbridge Police Department and Connecticut State Police Central District Crime for the charge of Larceny 2nd Degree for being in possession of the deceased victim’s motor vehicle after the incident. Traynham was presented for arraignment today for these additional charges and is being held in lieu of a $2,000,000 court set bond.

Jorden Rudel was the first arrest.

On July 1, 2021, Detectives from the Woodbridge Police Department and the Connecticut State Police arrested Jorden Rudel, 24, of Derby for his role in this homicide.

Rudel remains in Connecticut Department of Corrections custody on a $2,000,000 bond after being charged on that date with felony murder, murder, first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit first degree robbery and second-degree larceny.

The police investigation revealed that on the evening of June 7, 2021, the victim traveled to the park with Traynham and Rudel, who then robbed him of his personal belongings, and after shooting him multiple times and leaving him in the parking lot, fled in his vehicle. The body of the deceased victim was discovered the following morning by a jogger who alerted authorities.

Woodbridge Police Chief Frank Cappiello praised the tenacious efforts of not only the detectives from his agency, but also those from the Connecticut State Police Central District Major Crime and Emergency Services Units and the New Haven Police Department, along with personnel from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the State of Connecticut Forensic Science Laboratory and the New Haven State’s Attorney’s Office, who collectively worked to identify all those responsible for committing this heinous crime.

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.


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.

Wednesday’s Full Moon Is Called The Hunter’s Moon

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Oct 012021

Composite photo by Allison Travis

The next full Moon will occur on Wednesday, October 20,  at 10:57 a.m.and is known as the Hunter’s Moon.

Similar to the Harvest Moon, the Hunter’s moon rises on successive days only about 40 minutes later than the previous day, making the periods of darkness between sunset and moonrise much shorter.

Because the fields were traditionally reaped in late September or early October, hunters could easily see both deer and fox that have come in search of fallen grains by the light of the moon.

— Source Farmers’ Almanac

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.

FOOTBALL: Spartans Crush The Black Knights At Home

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Sep 242021

Amity hosted Stamford for a Friday night varsity Football game on Sept. 24.

Within the first four minutes the Spartans scored a touchdown and played well throughout the first quarter.
Score at the end of one Amity 7 – Stamford 0
In the second quarter, with 7:25 left on the clock, Amity successfully kicked a field goal and boosted the score up to 10-0.
Amity’s Nicholas Young (14) ran the ball to the 11 yard line. Everyone was optimistic until Stamford intercepted the ball with 5:05 left before the half.
At halftime Amity held on to its lead.
Score after two Amity 10 – Stamford 0. 
Back on the field for the third quarter, there was a bit of back and forth, then, with 10 minutes on the clock and Stamford in possession at the 4 yard line, the Black Knights made a touchdown and got on the scoreboard. The kick was not good.
Score Amity 10 – Stamford 6.
Stamford kicked the ball and Amity got it, making a 70 yard return for a touchdown! The kick was good, bringing the score to Amity 17 – Stamford 6.
The Spartans are passing more in this game than they did last Friday, when we saw mostly running plays.
With 1:35 left in the quarter Amity scored another touchdown and had another good kick for the extra point, bringing the score to Amity 24 – Stamford 6.
I don’t know what kind of Lou Holtz locker room speech coach Bruno gave the Spartans today, but the team had a strong confident, winning spirit out on the field this evening.
The final quarter started off strong with Amity scoring yet another touchdown early on, adding another 6 points to their already impressive lead. YES, 30 – 6, that’s how it’s done, Amity!
AND with 6:50 remaining in the game, Amity Scores AGAIN! 36-6, Amity
With 3:09 Left, Stamford made its second goal of the night bringing the score to 36-12. 
Then with only 16 seconds remaining, Stamford came through again, making it 36-18.
Another Win For the Amity Spartans 36-18.  Excellent Job gentlemen, and  Congratulations Coach Bruno.