Monday, November 12, 2012

Beth Chana Academy students enjoy ropes course

On Thursday, Oct. 4, the students of Beth Chana Academy High School for Girls in Orange, participated in the Adam Kreiger Adventure Program, a joint venture between the Hopkins School and the Adam Kreiger Fund. It was established in memory of a special young man who believed that people, young and old, need the opportunity to discover the courage within them, to face the challenges of life. The girls’ participation in the program gave them an opportunity to learn something about themselves, others and the environment around them. This was accomplished through a number of activities involving strategy, cooperation, trust, leadership, and communication. Judging from the comments the girls wrote after their trip, they had a fabulous day and learned a great deal about working together: “It taught me the impact that one person can have,” “Today, I realized that if you don’t trust your friends, you’ll never trust anyone,” and “The best part of this trip was the unity. It was so special and vital to be able to have such unity.” The Adam Kreiger Adventure Program is a perfect fit with the mission of the school. Beth Chana Academy High School for Girls is committed to excellence in education and the development of self-assured young women who exemplify strength of character and good citizenship. Through a rigorous academic program of both Judaic and secular studies, as well as goal-oriented extra-curricular programs, BCA inspires within its students the confidence to discover and cultivate their own unique talents and to note their accomplishments with pride. The school’s focus is to foster dignified young women who will be able to assess their actions, and who will develop the sensitivity to make decisions which positively impact their growth and development in school and beyond. For more information about Beth Chana Academy High School for Girls, please call Bluma Hecht, principal at 203-795-5261.

Jewish Unity Concert

The Jewish Community of Greater New Haven is proud to announce the “Jewish Unity Concert,” which will take place on the 8th day of Chanukah, Sunday Dec. 16, at the Lyman Center for Performing Arts at Southern Connecticut State University, 501 Crescent Street, New Haven. Doors open at 3:30; concert begins at 4. The concert will feature 8th Day and the Maccabeats. 8th Day is one of the hottest new bands in Jewish music today infusing rock, blues, reggae with their inimitable vocal harmonies and uplifting lyrics. Fans all over the world have been raving about this Southern California based Jewish rock group. They have performed hundreds of shows across the globe, including Lincoln Center, American Airlines Arena (Miami), Australia, Hong Kong and many more. The Maccabeats Premier A Cappella group has performed all over the world, from Alabama to (New) Zealand, including the White House. In addition, they are a YouTube sensation with over 7.5 million hits on their “Candlelight” music video, which earned them a special appearance on The Today Show. This event is cosponsored by Chabad Centers of Greater New Haven; the JCC of Greater New Haven and Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy. The Concert promises to be a blast for all members of the community. Chanukah is the holiday which celebrates the victory of right over might, and religious freedom over tyranny. It is most appropriate for these organizations, all of which promote Jewish unity, to join together for this community-wide celebration. Tickets can be purchased by phone: The John Lyman Box Office 203-392-6154 or online: Tickets in Advance: Adults $12, Children 12 and under $8. Tickets at the Door: Adults $15, Children 12 and under $10. VIP Tickets: Single Ticket $36, Family VIP package of four $118. For more information email

Friday, November 9, 2012

Orange Police News

David McClure, 28, East Haven On Nov. 6 at 12:16 p.m. the arrestee surrendered himself at Orange Police headquarters after learning of a warrant for his arrest. The warrant stemmed from a traffic accident on Lambert Road on June 28 that caused injuries and snapped a telephone pole. He was charged with driving under the influence and failure to drive in proper lane. Holly Allen, 21, Milford On Nov. 11 at 10:36 a.m. the arrestee surrendered herself at Orange Police headquarters after learning of a warrant for her arrest. The warrant stemmed from an incident on Oct. 14 at the Orange Ale House, where the arrestee physically assaulted an employee there that she recognized as having been a rival back in high school. She was charged with third-degree assault. Kenneth Phelps, 49, West Haven On Nov. 2, 7:51 p.m. officers responded to a motor vehicle accident on Derby Avenue, where one of the involved vehicles left the scene. Officers located the vehicle that evaded the accident a short time later on Marsh Hill Road, where the driver, the above listed arrestee, was taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence, operating a motor vehicle while under suspension, failure to maintain insurance, failure to renew registration, misuse of a marker plate, failure to drive in proper lane and evading scene of a motor vehicle accident.

Thanksgiving interfaith service in Orange goes Greek!

Orange's Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service is being hosted by St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church this year. The service takes place Sunday Nov. 18, 7 p.m. at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road. Refreshments to follow.

Amity principal explains why the last lunch wave didn't happen

According to Dr. Charles Brittons Friday Highlights: Update on Incident Yesterday: We are happy to report that the student involved in yesterday’s incident is well. During the incident, all Amity students cooperated and allowed us the space necessary to tend to the emergency. We do apologize to those students assigned C lunch who missed their meal. By the time the paramedics cleared the cafeteria it was after 1:30 p.m. With only 45 minutes left in the day, and the knowledge that all after-school activities were cancelled due to inclement weather, the decision was made to send students home at eat at 2:18 p.m. If there is ever a need to cancel a lunch wave due to an emergency in the future, especially if there are after-school activities and athletics on that day, we will have contingency arrangements for students to eat.

Amity Homecoming dance info

The annual Homecoming Dance will be held on Friday Nov. 16, 7 to 10 p.m. in the high school Gymnasium. Tickets for this event are now on sale and can only be purchased on line at located on the Amity High School website. The price of a ticket is $12 per student. Purchased tickets may be picked from Mr. Marazzi during all lunch waves beginning tomorrow. We hope that your son or daughter will come out and support this event. Because of the success of this dance we ask that you purchase your tickets now due to the fact that tickets are limited to the first 500 students.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Woodbridge Police Blotter

Benjamin Clark, 21, Woodbridge On Aug. 2 police responded to the area of Baldwin Rd. and Greenway Road on a report of a suspicious motor vehicle. While questioning the occupants of the vehicle, police detected an odor of burnt marijuana, and found Clark to be in possession of marijuana and a smoking pipe. He was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Andrew Hudson, 24, Mount Vernon, N.Y. On Aug. 2 Hudson was arrested on an outstanding arrest warrant issued after he made numerous threatening remarks and text messages to an acquaintance. He was apprehended by the Norwich police who turned him over to Woodbridge Police. Hudson was detained on a $15,000.00 bond and arraigned in New Haven Superior Court. He was charged with first-degree harassment and threatening. Nancy Wetmore, 51, Northford On Aug. 13. police responded the Jewish Community Center, 360 Amity Road, on a report of a theft. A patron of the JCC reported to police that she surprised one of the cleaning personnel staff in the locker room and caught her running out after putting the patrons’ pocketbook back into a locker. Patron reported that approx. $200 was now missing. Wetmore was identified and charged with sixth-degree larceny. Trevor W. Browne, 62, New Haven On Aug. 17 police responded to the area of Rt. 67 and Newton Road on a report of a possible intoxicated driver, at which time they located Browne driving his vehicle erratically. He was administered field sobriety tests at the scene which he failed. Later, at Police HQ, Browne was uncooperative and refused to take a breathalyzer test. He was charged with operating while under the influence. Roger Card, 37, East Haven On Aug. 22 Card was arrested on outstanding arrest warrants which were obtained by detectives investigating two separate forged check complaints. The initial incidents occurred in July, when Card went on two separate occasions went to local banks and cashed stolen checks which had been altered and forged. He was subsequently identified through bank surveillance footage. He was charged with third-degree larceny, fourth-degree larceny, third-degree forgery and fourth-degree forgery. Melinda Hudak, 50, Stratford On Aug. 27 police responded to the Arlyn’s Fine Accessories store, 1646 Litchfield Turnpike regarding a shoplifting complaint. Hudak was arrested after she was caught leaving the store with merchandise hidden in her pocketbook that had not been paid for. The stolen merchandise, consisting of jewelry, sandals, and a purse, was valued at $311. She was released on a $500 bond. She was charged with sixth-degree larceny. Maurice J. Simon, 51, Woodbridge On Aug. 29 police responded to a residence on Cedar Acres Road regarding a family dispute related matter. Maurice Simon was arrested as he was leaving the area. He had been previously warned to not return to the residence. He was charged with first-degree criminal trespass and operating a motor vehicle while his operator’s license was suspended.

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Orange Police Blotter

On Aug. 26 Alfred Bianchi,, 24, Orange surrendered himself at police headquarters after learning of a warrant for his arrest. The warrant stemmed from his actions after a traffic accident on June 26 when he was driving one of the vehicles involved in the crash. In that incident, the arrestee is accused of hitting the other vehicle by failing to drive in the proper lane, then getting out his car, striking the other vehicle with a metal chain, then getting back into his car and driving away from the scene of the accident before police arrived. He was charged with second-degree breach of peace, failure to drive in proper lane and evading responsibility of an accident. On Aug. 24 officers responded to a two-vehicle accident at the intersections of Routes 1 & 152. One of the drivers had already fled the scene, but officers located her a short distance away. She attempted to fight with officers, but was taken into custody and charged. Eridania Nieves, 23, Haver Hill, MA was charged with driving under the influence, interfering with an officer, following too close, operating a motor vehicle without a license and evading responsibility of an accident. On Aug. 25 officers responded to the parking lot of the TJ Maxx store regarding a child left unattended in a running motor vehicle. Officers learned that a 7 year old child was left inside a running vehicle for 24 minutes while his mother shopped inside the store. She was subsequently taken into custody and charged. Yiling Chih, 43, Milford was charged with leaving a child under 12 unattended in a public place.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Orange Asst. Police Chief Ed Koether is retiring

I had the opportunity to sit down with Orange Assistant Police Chief Ed Koether earlier this week. After 30 years with the force he will begin a new phase of his life. Read all about it here

Friday, August 17, 2012

September Orange BOS meeting date changed

The Board of Selectmen meeting for the Town of Orange will be held one week earlier than scheduled in September. It will be on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 7:30 p.m. in the lower level meeting room of Town Hall. It has been changed due to the Orange Chamber of Commerce’s 50 Anniversary Celebration Awards Dinner on Sept. 12, to be held at the Race Brook Country Club.

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Amity is looking for subs

Amity Regional School District is looking to increase its General Substitute pool. Those interested are asked to submit a resume, cover letter, transcripts and at least three letters of recommendation. If you hold a teaching certificate include a copy with your submission. You must have a Bachelor's degree. The pay rate is $65 per day with no benefits. Amity Regional School District No. 5 ATTN: Pers’l-Gen’l Sub 25 Newton Road Woodbridge, CT 06525

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Primary numbers coming in The Results:

ORANGE Democrats Chris Murphy - 206 Susan Bysiewicz 113 Republicans Linda McMahon 2090 Chris Shays 124 BETHANY Chris Murphy - 233 Susan Bysiewicz - 61 Susan McMahon - 217 Chris Shays - 62 PROBATE Henrici - 62 Burt - 215

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Who is responsible for the condition Cheyenne was found in?

I have received many voice mails, emails and personal questions regarding who was responsible for the condition Cheyenne the Paint horse was found in. Some of you even went so far as to say you were withholding donations until we printed the alleged abuser. The fact of the matter is we will print the name of that person when animal control receives the warrant for the arrest of that person and not until that occurs. It's a process that is cumbersome. Animal control must apply for the warrant with all the necessary collaborating evidence such as police report, veterinarians report etc. Once they have the necessary paperwork they file to the court for the warrant. And wait until the court system approves the p[paperwork. Only then can they charge the individual with cruelty to animals. When that happens we will print the name of the person accused.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Orange Police News

On Aug. 1 officers served a warrant on the arrestee after he was picked up by Manchester Police on an unrelated matter. The warrant stemmed from an incident that began in April of 2012 when the arrestee was hired by an Orange resident to do some repair work on his home. The arrestee took the resident’s money, but never performed the work. Further investigation revealed that the arrestee is not a licensed contractor, nor is his listed business registered with the State of Connecticut. Arrested was Richard Castaldi, 30,Wallingford. He was charged with fifth-degree larceny and offering home improvements without registration. On Aug. 2 officers conducting routine patrol stopped a vehicle on Route 34 for speeding. Officers learned that the driver was wanted by the New Haven Police Department on multiple charges including other motor vehicle violations and possession of marijuana. Mamrcus Bailey, 24,New Haven was subsequently taken into custody and charged with speeding. On Aug. 2 Merri Middlemass, 52, Stratford turned herself in at police headquarters after learning of a warrant for her arrest. The initial warrant was for a violation of probation; the probation stemmed from a previous arrest. Once at police HQ, officers learned that there were a total of three other warrants from the Monroe and Westport police departments for the arrestee, all for probation violations. Orange officers served all the warrants, and the arrestee posted bond and was released.

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Orange Summer Concerts continue with British Invasion

The Orange Fairgrounds are expected to be packed once again with another free concert for the summer. This time the Orange Town News joins with the town of Orange to bring to you, for the first time in Connecticut, the “British Invasion Tribute Band.” The event will take place on the fairgrounds on Saturday, Sept. 1 (rain date Sunday, Sept. 2) from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Families, bring you chairs and sit out and rock to one of New England’s premiere bands. The British Invasion Tribute Band is a four person band making its first outdoor appearance in Connecticut. The band is a regular at Mohegan Sun Casino and has performed at Asbury Park, Wildwood, Six Flags, Harrah's Atlantic City, and amusement Parks and Community Festivals throughout NJ, PA and NY. The Band will be performing three full sets of music from the 1960’s: 1) “The British Invasion” (1964 to 1967) - with hits from such great groups as the Rolling Stones. Kinks, Zombies, Animals, Herman’s Hermits and more. 2) The second set is “The American Response” to the British Invasion” featuring songs from the Monkey’s, the Beach Boys, the Doors, Simon and Garfunkel and the Mama’s and the Papa’s. 3) The evening finishes off with the Beatles as the band plays the complete side #2 from their fan favorite album “Abbey Road.” Light Snacks and beverages will be available at the fairgrounds. Come early and get a good seat. This is a free Orange family event you will not want to miss.

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New newspaper coming for the town of Woodbridge Labor Day weekend

Woodbridge is getting a new newspaper that will be delivered every three weeks. The publisher of the Orange Town News, Rocco Salperto and editor Marlene Silverstein appeared before the towns Board of Selectmen last evening and discussed their venture into Woodbridge. Salperto, who did all the talking, said content in the publication would be exclusive to the town. "It will be more exclusive than the regional paper," Salperto said. The Orange Town News has been in existence for the past seven years. "With the last few months (newspapers) have been shuffling and it has left some voids," Salperto said. He was most likely referring to the fact that the Amity Observer has gone to an online version only and was using its former editor Betina Thiel as a correspondent. Salperto told the board that Thiel along with Melissa Nicafero and Laura Fantarella would be the correspondents covering the town. Nicafero recently joined the Orange Town News and Fantarella has been writing for the publication for a few years now. Nicafero had written for Bethwood Patch. When asked by a board member of the paper was also online and would it have regular updates Salperto said the only time updates would appear are if there was a major emergency. He said the paper, as printed, is downloadable. Salperto said he plans the first issue to be in mailboxes Labor day weekend.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Rep. Davis announces TAR funds for Orange road work

State Rep. Paul Davis (D-117th District) welcomed approval recently by the State Bond Commission of $15 million in state aid that will fund paving projects and road repairs including Orange. “It’s critical that we continue to maintain our infrastructure and these funds are important for our local towns to help pay for road repair and paving projects,” Davis said. “I am pleased the funding has been approved by the State Bond Commission. This funding provides relief for local property taxpayers and for those local officials responsible for local paving and road repair projects.” The Town Aid Road (TAR) funds for Orange is $137,915. Orange will receive half payments in July and January. Davis is House Chair of the Regulations Review Committee and serves on the Education and Environment Committee

Klarides Continues Record of Service

HARTFORD — Rep. Themis Klarides in 2012 continued her strong commitment to the people she represents in 114th General Assembly District covering Derby, Orange and Woodbridge. Klarides, according to recently-released data from the House Clerk’s office, lodged a 99 percent voting record in the House of Representatives during the regular, veto and special sessions. “I’ve haven’t lost sight of why I go to the Capitol—to be the voice of the people in these three outstanding communities,” said Klarides, who serves as Deputy Republican Leader. “This job is a tremendous responsibility that I take seriously. Every community needs and deserves a strong, thoughtful representative in Hartford. Without that, a town’s voice can be drowned out quickly.” Klarides serves on the legislature’s committees on Appropriations, Judiciary, Executive and Legislative Nominations, and Legislative Management.

Jeremy Saxe Memorial Amity Boys Soccer Alumni Game

The Jeremy Saxe Memorial Amity Boys Soccer Alumni game will be played Saturday September 1, 2012 with a rain date of Monday Sept. 3, Labor Day. Participating Alumni are asked to donate $20 to play, which will include a commemorative game shirt. A portion of the donations will be going to the Jeremy Saxe Scholarship Fund. We will also be accepting additional donations for the scholarship. Confirm your attendance by Aug. 24 by contacting Coach Marchitto at

Friday, July 20, 2012

Lone Wolf celebrates 20 years

WOODBRIDGE - Lone Wolf Advertising reaches its 20th year as a full service creative boutique in Southern Connecticut. Specialists in banking and retail promotion, publicity and marketing, the agency was awarded “Best Bank Marketing Agency in Connecticut” by the readers of The Commercial Record. Its creative breakthrough work for Quinnipiac Bank & Trust contributed to the agency’s award, campaigns that have assisted the community bank in reaching a total assets figure of approximately $87,000,000 in just four short years. Lone Wolf also assists Amity Physical Therapy in publicity and advertising, helping Director Michael Dow’s Woodbridge-based facility achieve distinction as the largest and most prominent physical therapy center of its kind in the state. The agency also handles projects for Worth Avenue Capital, Amity Motors, Air Handling Systems and CT Medical Group. Founded by co-creative directors Gi and Russ Madison, Lone Wolf has also maintained, over the years, a satellite office in Lee, Maine, servicing accounts like Nichols Trailers in Wilton, ME, and projects for IRC Industrial Roofing in Lewiston. The latter produces solar panels and roof management systems for industrial facilities. Lone Wolf has been responsible for a Corporate Identity program for IRC’s three divisions. Madison was a former senior partner in Bethany’s Mason and Madison Advertising (now Mason, Inc.) serving as Vice President/Creative Director. Lone Wolf is located at 140 Seymour Road, Woodbridge. 203-393-0494 or

Orange police log, lots of DUIs

On July 14 officers on routine patrol received a complaint that a vehicle was driving erratically on Route One. Officers located the vehicle a short time later, and had the driver perform standardized roadside sobriety tests. He was subsequently taken into custody and charged. Sergio Soler, 31, Milford was charged with driving under the influence. On July 14 officers on radar patrol clocked a vehicle traveling at 66mph in a 40mph zone on Route One. Officers stopped the vehicle and had the driver perform standardized roadside sobriety tests. He was subsequently taken into custody and charged. Timothy Morton, 37 was charged with driving under the influence and speeding. On July 14 officers responded to a single-car motor vehicle accident on Derby-Milford Road. Officers had the driver perform standardized roadside sobriety tests. She was subsequently taken into custody and charged. Nora Walczak, 21, was charged with driving under the influence, failure to drive in proper lane and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Klarides Backs Derby Seniors Casino Boycott

DERBY—State Rep. Themis Klarides on Friday said she stands behind the senior center’s decision to boycott Foxwoods Casino Resort after reading published comments from the casino’s chief executive that seniors in this community consider offensive. Klarides on Friday fired off a letter to Foxwoods head Scott Butera, urging him to apologize to seniors throughout Derby as well as Connecticut and Massachusetts for comments attributed to him in a recent Boston Globe report. A Globe journalist said Butera offered frank comments about the casino’s senior customers, saying, “stereotypical busloads of senior citizens who show up with walkers and oxygen tanks” as well as “damned elders who don’t gamble away enough of their money to help Foxwoods reach its goal, which at this point is basic survival.” For his part, Butera has said his comments were taken out of context. “The tone and spirit of Mr. Butera’s comments were both insensitive and insulting whether they were taken out of context or not,” said Klarides, who represents the 114th General Assembly District covering Derby, Orange and Woodbridge. “The folks at Foxwoods should remember that the patronage of senior citizens played a significant role in their success.”

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Orange Elementary School Registration

Registration of elementary students grades K-6 new to Orange will be held on the dates and times indicated. All kindergartners will be registered at Mary L. Tracy School. Please Note: Parents are requested to bring child’s birth certificate, proof of residency, physical and immunization records at the time of registration. Kindergarten Mary L. Tracy School, Friday, Aug. 10, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Grades 1 to 6 Race Brook School, Friday, Aug. 10, noon. to 2:30 p.m. Turkey Hill School, Monday, Aug. 13, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Peck Place School, Monday, Aug. 13, noon. to 2:30 p.m.

Orange police blotter

On June 29 officers responded to a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Route 121 and Old Grassy Hill Road. just before 8 p.m. Investigation led the officers to have one of the involved drivers perform standardized roadside sobriety tests. David Kasowitz, 63, 84 Platt Street, Milford was charged with driving under the influence, failure to grant right of way, failure to maintain insurance and failure to carry registration. On June 30, 10:41 p.m. officers conducting routine patrol observed a disabled vehicle off the side of Route 34. Investigation led officers to have the driver perform standardized roadside sobriety tests. Jonathan Allison, 24, Hamden, was charged with driving under the influence. On July 1, 12:46 a.m. officers conducting routine patrol observed a parked vehicle in the left turn lane of Route 1 near Bull Hill Lane. Investigation led officers to have the driver perform standardized roadside sobriety tests.Dominique Douthit, 23, West Haven was charged with driving under the influence, operating a motor vehicle without a license and improper parking,

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Bethany superintendent search underway

The Bethany Board of Education has begun the search for the next Superintendent of Schools. The Board has selected CABE Search Services, an educational executive recruitment firm, and Dr. Jacqueline Jacoby, Senior Search Consultant from CABE to facilitate and assist with this important undertaking. CABE Search Services has been integral to the successful completion of superintendent searches throughout Connecticut. The first step in the process is to schedule focus groups and forums to seek input from school and community members. The Bethany Board sees communication and community participation as essential components of a comprehensive search. Board Chairman Brian Fournier added, “Our Board is committed to including the community in this process and is currently seeking input related to the characteristics and leadership qualities desired in the next educational leader. Mr. Timothy Connellan will be leaving this summer. He has served our community well and we wish to build on the strengths in place as we seek our next leader.” Focus Groups are being scheduled during the summer with faculty, administrators, support staff, parents, students and other community members to ensure that we hear from a broad range of constituents and find areas of common ground. “We encourage community members to participate in the superintendent search process by sharing their personal insights about our school and suggesting qualities they would like to see in the next superintendent,” said Brian Fournier Chairman of the Bethany Board of Education. The first of the focus groups will be held on Wednesday, July 18 and others will be scheduled and listed on the district website as well as information circulated throughout the community. Anyone who is unable to attend a focus group can complete a Superintendent Search Survey. These forms are available online at the district’s website: Completed forms must be submitted on or before July 31.