Enjoy The Almost Full Moon Tonight While The Skies Are Clear

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Mar 272021

The March Full Moon peaks at 2:48 p.m. on Sunday, March 28.

This month’s full moon is known as the Worm Moon. The name originated with Native Americans, who knew well that about the time of that full moon the soil had thawed to the point that worms were coming to the surface when rain fell.

But the earthworms you might spot during the full moon on Sunday unlikely that they will come out if it’s too cold are not the same species the Native Americans were referencing.

The earthworms and nightcrawlers most of us are familiar with in our backyards and gardens are the descendants of European and Asian species introduced to North America in the soil around plants brought here by European settlers.

The full moon of March also is known as the Sap Moon or Sugar Moon in a nod to the time of year when the sap begins flowing in maple trees.

Although some Cree groups used the term Eagle Moon to describe the time around February, others used this term for the Moon cycle closer to spring. The Northern Ojibwe called this Crow Comes Back Moon. The term Goose Moon was used among Algonquin and Cree peoples. Snow Crust Moon was an Anishinaabe term. Wind Strong Moon (Pueblo) refers to the strong windy days that come at this time of year.


Amity Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Announced: Get Your Tickets Early

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Jul 272019

Coach Gary Lindgren (taken in 2013)

The Amity Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame will induct six new members at the annual Amity Hall of Fame / Hall of Honor Dinner on Thursday, October 24, 2019, at Grassy Hill Country Club in Orange CT at 5:30 p.m.

The 2019 inductees include:

Gary Lindgren, Ice Hockey Coach, and School Counselor

Patricia Mascia, Girls Basketball and Field Hockey Coach, and Physical Education teacher

Dawn Stanton, Class of 1986, Girls Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field

Ted Czepiga, Class of 2004, Football and Lacrosse

Chris Diette, Class of 2004 Swimming and Lacrosse

Amanda (Vargo) Zapatka, Class of 2004, Soccer and Basketball

The dinner tickets for this event are $50 in advance with a purchase deadline of October 8th.

Make checks made payable to the Amity Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame and send to Amity High School Athletic Department Att. Lori Bonney 25 Newton Rd. Woodbridge CT 06525

Garden Tour Scheduled For July 25

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Jul 212019

The Stone-Otis House herb garden.

Come and see the lovely gardens at the Stone-Otis House, at the corner of Orange Center Road and Tyler City Road, on Thursday, July 25 from 4-6 p.m.

The Garden Club of Orange will host tours of the expansive gardens that they have worked so hard to keep weed-free and beautiful for several years.
The Victorian Era Stone-Otis House also will be opened for tours with members of the Orange Historical Society on-hand to show you around.
Light refreshments will be served.
These tours have become a favorite event for many residents and visitors who enjoy the beauty of dozens of strategically planted flowers and learning about the uses of the herbs in the special garden plot found directly behind the home.
Don’t miss it! They’re only there for two hours, and it’s well worth the trip.

The 2019 Summer Concerts Under The Gazebo Schedule

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Jul 182019

Four more bands are scheduled for the summer Concerts under the Gazebo this year.

Each concert will take place on a specific Thursday evening beginning at 6 p.m.

These performances include:

Fools on the Hill on July 18 (Canceled)Al n Sal Duo on July 25, Bad Moon Risin’ on August 8, and the Vybrations on August 22.

Bring a chair or blanket and a few friends for these great shows brought to you by the folks at the Orange Community Services.

Don’t forget, the Orange Farmer’s Market will be under the pavilion from 3:30 to 7 p.m. And some food trucks will be on-site so you can enjoy dinner before the concerts, too.

Don’t Forget To Pay Your Taxes!

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Jul 162019

Tax bills were mailed the last week of June, the first installment is due Monday, July 1, 2019.

The final day to pay without interest or penalty will be Thursday, August 1,  2019.

Payments will not be accepted or processed until July 1, 2019.  Ct. State Statute 12‐163. If you want a  receipt, bring the entire three-part tax bill. Payments by mail require a self-addressed stamped envelope along with the entire three-part bill.

Tax bills may be paid online, on the Town of Orange website; there is a fee associated.

Summer Workshops For Small Business Owners, Interested Participants

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Jul 162019

The Orange Chamber of Commerce shared this list of workshops for small business owners — none of them are in Orange.

Entrepreneurship in 3 Easy Steps!

This workshop series lays the groundwork for helping new and aspiring entrepreneurs launch a business idea and understand the steps to building a business that is credit ready. The information is laid out simply in three modules. Come to all three or attend the one that fits your needs. The three modules focus on:

  1. 7/12 – READY: Basics of Business Startup (Covers what you need to consider and prepare for in the early stages)
  2. 7/19 – SET: Essentials of becoming credit-ready (Where to get money; five C’s of Credit; how to prepare a business loan application)
  3. 7/26 – GO: How and where to find additional small business support and educational resources. (SBA District Office, SCORE, SBDC, Center for Women & Enterprise, Veteran’s Centers)

Place: New Britain Public Library, 20 High St. New Britain, CT 06051

Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm

Register: Aubrey Muscaro, (860) 224-3155 ext.155

Women’s Business Development Council hosts Community Coffee / Café con la Comunidad – July 23

WBDC invites you to coffee or tea and treats so we can share experiences, challenges, and explore ideas for how we might support organizations and businesses owned by the Latino community of Southeastern CT. As a community leader, your perspective is valuable and we want to understand where there are challenges and exciting opportunities for us to help with the free programs and tools we have available.

Comience el día con una dosis de cafeína y una multitud de grandes conexiones para aumentar el impacto que podemos tener juntos en nuestra comunidad!

WBDC te invita a un café o té y refrigerios para que podamos compartir experiencias, desafíos, y explorer ideas de como podemos ayudar y apoyar a los dueños de organizaciones y negocios de la comunidad Latina del Sureste de CT. Como líderes de la comunidad Hispana, su perspectiva es valiosa y queremos entender dónde hay desafios y oportundidades para poderle ayudar con los programas e instrumentos completamente gratuitos que podemos ofrecerle.  

Date: Tuesday, July 23

Time: 8:30am-10:00am

Place: WBDC, 300 State St. Ste., 419, New London, CT

RSVP: (860) 574-9246

It’s Happening At The Library

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Jul 162019

The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, Orange, offers the following events this month.


Color War
Tuesday, July 16, 3:30 p.m.
Prepare to get messy! Tweens will be playing an epic game of capture the flag with color powder, which will be used to “color-tag” the other teams! This program will take place on the lawn behind the library, and is open to tweens entering grades 4-6. Registration is required. Parents must sign their tween up in the Children’s Room. Registration cannot be completed over the phone or online. If you have any questions, please call the library at 203-891-2170.

Oscar Film: Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Wednesday, July 17, 1 p.m.
When Lee Israel falls out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception.1 hr. 46 min. R.

Beardsley Zoomobile
Thursday, July 18, 1 p.m.
For children ages 3-5.  Meet and touch amazing animals, plus examine rare artifacts!  Registration is required.


Mystery Book Discussion
Thursday, July 18, 7 p.m.

Join Librarian Samantha Jasulavic for a discussion of I Found You by Lisa Jewell.

Teen Craft: Paper Flowers
Friday, July 19, 3 p.m.
For students entering grades 7-12. Make your own colorful crepe paper poppies.

Chess Club
Tuesday, July 23, 3:45 p.m.
Come join our chess club! This club is open to beginners and experienced players. During our meetings, children and tweens will be able to learn about this strategic board game and play against other club members. Feel free to bring your own chess board as the library has a small supply. For children and tweens in grades 1-6. Registration is required. Click below, stop by the Children’s Room or call the Library to sign up!


Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register.

Phone: 203-891-2170

Vendors Sought For Annual Event

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Jul 092019

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Community Services is looking for local businesses and service providers for the 18th Annual Orange Senior Health and Safety Fair on Friday, September 27, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the High Plains Community Center Gym, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange.

Early bird registration by August 5, 2019, is $85, after that, the fee is $90 a table for businesses and free to nonprofit providers with a 501(c)3 designation.  Final registration is due by September 13.  The event is free to the public. 

All proceeds from this event will go to the Community Assistance Fund.  All of our programs, activities, events, and offerings are self-generated solely from fees and donations.

For more information or to reserve a table please contact Joan Cretella, Dennis Marsh or Denise Stein at Community Services 203-891-4788

We ask your support to maintain these vital programs

Thank you,

Joan Cretella Director of Orange Community Services

Police Blotter: Florida Man Passed Bad Checks

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Jul 092019

On Monday, July 8, Connecticut State Police contacted the Orange Police Department regarding having Jonathan X. Velez, 30, of Bradenton FL (a wanted person from the Town of Orange) in custody. 

Orange Police confirmed the active arrest warrant and the CT State Police transported him to the Orange Police Department at 4:40 p.m.   

According to the report, Velez was wanted for Issuing Bad Checks and fifth-degree larceny, stemming from an incident at Greyson’s Guns that occurred on Jan. 2, 2016 incident.  He was taken into custody and charged.

Velez posted $500 bond and released with a court date of July 22.

Orange Police: Woman Charged With DUI

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Jul 092019

On Friday, July 6, Orange police were dispatched to the scene of a motor vehicle accident on Dentree Drive at 5:33 p.m.

During the investigation, officers discovered that Barira A. Chaudhry, 25, of Hamden struck multiple vehicles and proceeded to keep driving. 

According to the report, she was having difficulties keeping her eyes open. 

Police administered Standardized Sobriety Field Tests after which Chaudhry was taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

She was released on $50 bond for court July 19.