OVNA Flu Clinics Are Available

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Oct 232021

Medical professionals are predicting a very tough 2021-22 influenza season. This is a good time to plan ahead to protect your health.

The Orange Visiting Nurse Association (OVNA) has a Flu Clinic scheduled at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, on Wednesdays October 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Please bring your insurance card. Accepted Insurances: Medicare, Aetna and Anthem BCBS.

**INSURANCES NOT ACCEPTED Cigna, Connecticare, United Healthcare and Medicaid**

The OVNA cannot provide the flu vaccine to people who are covered by insurances listed as not accepted.

Amity Swimmin’ Women Win Two

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Oct 222021

The Amity Girls Swimming and Diving team faced off with Hamden on Senior night in Orange on Oct. 15.
Amity won this meet 93-79

Amity’s Winning Events

200 Medley Relay 1:53.32 Amity – Lizzie Bodie, Marea Li, Grace Mahon, Katie O’Connor
200 Freestyle 2:08.65 Amity- Paige Boguniecki
200 IM 2:2.46 Amity – Grace Mahon
50 Free 25.86 Amity – Julia Snow

file photo

100 Butterfly 59.91 Amity – Grace Mahon

500 Free 5:49.34 Amity – Sophia McDermott

Hamden’s Winning Events:

Diving 190.85 Hamden – Kayli Moran
100 Free 55.71 Hamden – Amanda Wojenski
200 Free Relay 1:55.61 Hamden – Amanda Wojenski, Morgan Collins, Genevieve DiChiara, Lillian Jermain
100 Backstroke 1:12.76 Hamden – Eleanore Nowacki
100 Breaststroke 1:15.65 Hamden – Amanda Wojenski
400 Free Relay 4:30.76 Hamden – Madelyne Gaffney, Lillian Jermain, Eleanore Nowacki, Mya Clouse
Season Record: Amity 9-1
The Lady Spartans (or Swimmin’ Women) followed up that victory with another home competition in Orange on Oct. 19, taking on the Daniel Hand Tigers.
Amity enjoyed a 92-86 victory.

Amity’s Winning Events

200 Medley Relay 1:54.15 Amity – Lizzie Bodie, Marea Li, Grace Mahon, Katie O‘Connor
200 IM 2:24.31 Amity – Julia Snow
50 Free 25.25 Amity – Marea Li
Diving 189.00 Amity – Lily Quill
100 Butterfly 1:00.33 Amity – Grace Mahon
100 Free 57.11 Amity – Katie O‘Connor
500 Free 5:30.28 Amity – Julia Snow
200 Free Relay 1:45.85 Amity – Paige Boguniecki, Isabel Barry-Ruiz, Julia Snow, Grace Mahon

Hand’s Winning Events

200 Freestyle 2:07.54 Hand – Kacie Wines
100 Backstroke 1:05.67 Hand – Grace Sweeney
100 Breaststroke 1:18.25 Hand – Abbigail Chemacki
400 Free Relay 4:13.21 Hand – Lillian Miller, Haley Wines, Abbigail Chemacki, Kacie Wines
Amity Season Record 10-1

Register Now For The Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot

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Oct 222021

The Rotary Club of Orange announced its 9th Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, on Thursday, Nov. 25.

Registration is $27.00 per person with an additional $2.57 SignUp Fee.  Registration ends Monday, November 22 at 11:59 pm
Register today at https://runsignup.com/Race/Register/?raceId=96535 and support the many charitable programs of the Rotary Club of Orange, Connecticut.

About the Race

5K RUN – 8:00 a.m.  FUN WALK – 8:05 a.m.
The race is certified and will start at the High Plains Community Center and run through Orange with a finish back at the Community Center. Scenic USATF Sanctioned and Certified Course – One Water Stop
Awards: Trophies to the top male and female finishers overall. Medals to the top three male and female finishers in each division. Divisions 5K Run (12 & Under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+)  Finisher Ribbons for Walkers  Top quality T-Shirts to all PRE-REGISTERED participants
Refreshments served after the race
There is ample parking on site. Timing and Results by Northeast Sports Timing Service, Inc.
ENTRY INFORMATION  $27.00 by November 22nd – $30.00 After and on Race Day  Early Packet Pickup and Late Registration – Wednesday November 24th  at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Rd., Orange, CT  from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
TO REGISTER – GO TO: www.rotarycluboforange.org  or www.runsignup.com 
DIRECTIONS For out-of-towners unfamiliar with Orange:
From I-95: Exit 41 – Marsh Hill Road – Orange  From New York take left, from New Haven take right.  Proceed North on Marsh Hill Road.  Go through two lights.  Continue straight across Rout 1, Boston Post Rd., and take a left at first stop sign onto Old Tavern Road.  Take a right at first light onto Orange Center Road.  High Plains Community Center is approximately ½ mile on the right.
From the Merritt/Wilbur Cross Parkway: Exit 57 – Rt. 34 Derby Ave.  Take Route 34 East.  Take a right at the first light onto Orange Center Road.  High Plains Community Center is 2 miles up on the left.

Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale On Oct. 23

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Oct 212021

file photo from a past sale

The Friends of the Library will host its Fall Book Sale at the Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Stop by and browse the endless variety of books, DVDs, music, and more for all ages.

The prices are incredibly affordable. Don’t forget to bring a bag (or two) for all of your purchases.

This popular event takes place in the Library basement. Masks are required.

Final First Selectman’s Debate On Sunday, Oct. 24

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Oct 212021

The Congregation Or Shalom Men’s Club is looking forward to hosting this year’s Orange First Selectman’s debate this coming Sunday, October 24, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. Roger Tausig will be the moderator.

Doors will open and we will have security beginning at 6:30 p.m. Our building policy requires vaccinations and masks for all who enter.  (This has been in-place since the end of August.)  There is a .PDF attached reinforcing this policy — See it at the end of this post.

Debate Details

The debate will begin at 7:00PM.

·        Each candidate will have 3 minutes for opening remarks.

·        We have prepared questions for the candidates.

o   They will take turns answering first; the answer gets 2 minutes

o   The rebuttal gets 2 minutes

o   The original answerer gets one minute for a counter-rebuttal.

If time permits, we will take questions from audience members.  There will be cards available to submit a question.  We will collect them and screen for objectivity and then present as many as time permits.

Closing remarks will be 3 minutes each.


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

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Oct 192021

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

Amity Varsity Sports Schedules Oct. 18-23

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Oct 192021

Here are this week’s Amity Varsity sport schedules.

Monday, Oct. 18

Boys Soccer vs Xavier Home – Amity Field # 3 at 3:45 p.m.  L 5-0

Field Hockey vs Daniel Hand Home – Amity Stadium Field at 6:00 p.m.  L 7-0

Girls Soccer vs. Jonathan Law Away – Jonathan Law Stadium at 4:30 p.m.  W 6-0

Girls Volleyball vs Shelton Away – Shelton Intermediate -Gym at 6:00 p.m. W 3-0

Tuesday, Oct. 19

Field Hockey vs Sacred Heart Academy Away at Sacred Heart at 3:45 p.m.  L 0-1

Girls Swimming and Diving vs Daniel Hand Home at High Plains at 6:45 p.m. W 92-86

Wednesday, Oct. 20

Girls Cross Country SCC Championship Meet Away – Guilford High School, East Shore Park, New Haven
at 1:40 p.m.

Boys Cross Country SCC Championship Meet Away – Guilford High School, East Shore Park, New Haven
at 3:00 p.m.

Boys Soccer vs Wilbur Cross Away – Rice Field 1 at 3:45 p.m.

Girls Soccer vs Cheshire Home – Amity Stadium Field at 3:45 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 22

Girls Soccer vs Daniel Hand Home – Amity High School – Field # 3 at 3:45 p.m

Girls Volleyball vs North Haven Home – Amity High School at 5:00 p.m.

Girls Swimming and Diving vs Cheshire Away at Cheshire Community Pool  at 7:00 p.m.
Football vs. New Milford Home – Amity Stadium Field 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 23

Field Hockey vs Hall Away – Hall Stadium (Turf Field) at 11:00 a.m.
Boys Soccer vs Notre Dame-West Haven  Away – Veterans Field at 6:00 p.m

Get Your Tickets NOW For An Afternoon For The Arts

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Oct 192021

The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation offers the most amazing opportunities to students throughout the area.

The Foundation is named for the late Jamie Hulley, the daughter of Judy Primavera and Fred Hulley, an Amity grad who loved to create. she was a singer, dancer, actress, artist, and all around wonderful happy young woman.

Her parents keep her memory alive by offering scholarships and grant money to others who share her enthusiasm for music, the theater and many other artistic mediums.

The money to fund the foundation is provided by donations and the annual Arts Gala. The COVID pandemic hurt everyone in some way, and the foundation suffered last year when the Gala couldn’t take place due to health concerns.

But thanks to the science that brought us COVID Vaccines, and a better understanding of what preventive measures can be taken to keep everyone safe, the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation event is back!

This year’s An Afternoon for the Arts featuring Carole’s Kings, an all male Carole King Review featuring the music of “Beautiful” — “Locomotion,” “I Feel The Earth Move,” “So Far Away,” “One Fine Day,” “You’ve Got A Friend,” and so much more.

The fun family day will take place on Sunday, Nov. 7 at The Brady Center for the Performing Arts, Amity High School, 25 Newton Road, Woodbridge.

Doors open at 1 p.m. with a Lite Reception and Raffle Preview. The Show begins at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $45 each and can be purchased by clicking HERE 
or click on the AD in the Right Column of this site.
Your ticket purchase allows the foundation to continue to provide enrichment classes for young artists in all genres – music, dance, visual arts and theater. All proceeds will be dedicated to their educational programs, scholarships, and community projects throughout New Haven and Fairfield Counties.
Current CDC guidelines for indoor performances will be followed.
Please click this link to purchase your tickets in advance as part of our safety protocol.

About the Performers:

CAROLE’S KINGS is the world’s first all-male Carole King tribute. With lush orchestrations, witty banter, and a cast of three incredibly talented New York stage veterans, CAROLE’S KINGS is a dynamic act jam-packed with chart-topping sensations such as “The Locomotion,” “I Feel the Earth Move,” “You’ve Got A Friend,” and many more. An expanded set also includes songs by King’s friends and collaborators James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon and Neil Sedaka. Recent performances have brought this act from venues like Caesars Palace and Celebrity, Princess and Norwegian Cruise Lines. Fun for the whole family!


$10,000 Matching Grant Challenge

To show our appreciation for your support, for every $25 you donate, you’ll receive one entry in our Match Challenge Appreciation Raffle for your choice of a $500 Visa or Amazon gift card . Donate $25 and you get one entry; donate $50 and you get two entries … You help us win the $10K matching funds and we will pay it forward to one lucky winner. Match Challenge Appreciation winner will be announced during our show.

Click HERE for the fundraising page.

Second Debate, How Did It Go?

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Oct 142021

The second first selectman’s debate at High Plains Community Center on Thursday attracted a smaller in-person audience, but perhaps the online and cable viewing audience was larger.

The format was different, and the event was scheduled to last 90 minutes longer than the first debate with a break in the middle and audience questions.

If you listened closely, the two candidates often shared the same opinion on some items, and on occasion one candidate or the other received strong applause for his response, at other times there was silence.

I urge residents who did not attend or watch the debate live to catch up on what they had to say at HERE

There is one final debate, the annual Or Shalom Men’s Club Debate that will take place at Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, on Sunday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.

Local Police Participate In Distracted Driving Initiative

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Oct 142021

From October 15, 2021 to October 31, 2021 the Woodbridge and Orange Police Departments will be taking part in a statewide initiative to combat distracted driving.

Members of these Department will be concentrating enforcement efforts on distracted driving in an attempt to increase awareness and continue to protect the motoring public.

Texting and driving are the most dangerous forms of distracted driving, and beginning October 1, 2021, it is more expensive.

Starting October 1, 2021, the fines for driving while distracted are:

o $200 for 1st violation, offenders are fined (was previously $150)

o $375 for a 2nd violation, offenders are fine (was previously $300)

o $625 for a 3rd or subsequent violation, offenders are fined $ (was formerly $500)

Over the past decade, distracted driving has become one of the leading causes of vehicle crashes on our nation’s roads. At any given moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady for more than a decade.

In Connecticut in 2020, there were nearly 5,000 crashes attributed to distracted driving. Connecticut law prohibits the use of any hand-held mobile electronic device while operating a motor vehicle.

Drivers who are 16 or 17 years of age are prohibited from using a cell phone or mobile device at any time, even with a hands-free accessory.

Advice via the Woodbridge PD press release:

The Woodbridge Police Department suggest the following safety tips:

o If you are expecting a text message or need to send one, pull over and park your car in a safe location. Once you are safely off the road and parked, it is safe to text.

o Ask your passenger to be your “designated texter.” Allow them access to your phone to respond to calls or messages.

o Do not engage in social media scrolling or messaging while driving.

o Cell phone use is habit-forming. Struggling to not text and drive? Activate your phone’s “Do Not Disturb” feature, or put your phone in the trunk, glove box, or back seat of your vehicle until you arrive at your destination

The Woodbridge Police Department along with the State of Connecticut’s Department of Transportation urge you to put your phone down when you get behind the wheel.

For more information, visit www.distraction.gov