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Elementary Buildings Upgraded for New School Year

By Melissa Nicefaro - Orange Town News Correspondent

Orange Elementary Schools will have a new look and a new feel when students return back to school on September 2. Sally ports have been installed at each of the schools, adding a layer of safety and security. In addition, new roofs, boilers and ventilation systems have been installed.

“We’ve been busy,” Superintendent Lynn McMullin says. “We installed Univents and boilers at Turkey Hill and Race Brook. We added support columns to 18 classrooms at Turkey Hill, a new layer of mulch on the playground at Race Brook and new entrances at the schools.”

At Peck Place, the school that experienced a flood after a pipe burst last January, crews have been busy abating asbestos, installing new lighting and flooring throughout the building, painting, and replacing a gym floor. Though the flood didn’t affect the entire school, each classroom and hallway was improved. The school will look brand new when it opens to students on September 2. “The new lighting seems like natural light, even in the classrooms that don’t have exterior windows,” McMullin says. The new ventilation system kept the building cool all summer long, unlike the humid conditions inside the school in past years. During the colder months, new boilers will keep students comfortably warm.

This summer, surveillance cameras and a monitoring system were installed at each school. The video surveillance will take place anywhere there is not an expectation of privacy, according to McMullin. The cameras can be accessed by police in their cars. The cameras and sally ports were a part of a $750,000 security package that was part of a $15 million town bond package that passed last year. Separate from the work required after the flooding at Peck Place School, a bond funded the capital improvements at the schools.

Two projects that were not completed this summer are a new parking lot at Peck Place and the trim work repair at Mary L. Tracy. They will be completed next, McMullin says.

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Al-Anon Parents Meeting, Monday nights, 7:30pm year-round, United Church of Christ, Plymouth Building, 18 West Main Street, Milford – supporting parents of alcoholics and/or substance abusers. For more information, go to or call Margaret at (203) 877-4313.

Vinyasa Yoga for the Family, Mondays @ 5:15- 6:15 pm, Saturdays 9:00- 10:00 am, in the Parish hall, Church of the Good Shepherd 680 Racebrook Road, designed to help children and adults strengthen both physically and mentally, participants practice at their own level, teacher is certified and member RYT. Please bring a yoga mat and blocks if you have them.

Al-Anon Meeting
, Monday mornings, 10:00 - 11:30am, Holy Infant Church Hall, 450 Racebrook Road, Orange; a support group for relatives and friends of alcoholics. For more information, contact

Nicotine Anonymous Meetings,
Mondays, 6:30 – 7:30pm, Trinity Lutheran Church, 21 Robert Treat Parkway, Milford, open to all, no dues or fees, only requirement is the desire to be free of nicotine. For more information, call Bridges, 203-878-6365.

Zumba Gold Classes at Congregation Or Shalom, Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7 p.m., Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, simple and easy routines to follow, designed for people of all ages and no experience is needed. If interested, call Robin at 203.314.8176 or temple office at 203.799.2341.

Clean Energy Task Force of Orange, meets on the third Tuesday of every month at HPCC, 525 Orange Center Road, conference room, 8 o'clock. The public is invited.

Orange Arts & Culture Council meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month, 7:30pm, HPCC, 525 Orange Center Road, check chalk board for meeting room. The public is invited.

Orange Recycling Committee meets every 3rd Wednesday 7:30pm, HPCC conference room, 525 Orange Center Road, public is invited to attend. For more information, email Beginning August, meetings will be held every 3rd Tuesday at 7:00pm except for October which will be held on October 14, 2014.

Elm City Kennel Club General Meetings, third Wednesday of each month, except during July and August, 7:30pm, Paws’N Effect, 36 Corporate Ridge Drive (off Sherman Avenue), Hamden. For more information, contact New Member Coordinators Gary Wilson, at 203-996-2245 ( or Maureen Anderson, at 203-430-5229 ( Next meeting Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Refreshments will be served. Our April meeting will include a program on AKC Dog Shows 101.

Blood Pressure Clinic
presented by Gentiva & Maplewood of Orange, 1st Thursday of every month, Maplewood of Orange (formerly Laurel Estates), 245 Indian River Road, 1:30-2:30pm in the Community Room. No appointment necessary.

The Rotary Club of Orange
meets every Friday, 12:15pm at the Racebrook Country Club, 246 Derby Avenue; prospective new members may contact Diane Eger at 203-530-4526 or visit for information about the club.

Orange Historical Society Academy Antique & Gift Shop Museum
, open Saturdays, 10:00am-3:00pm. For information call 203-795-3106.

New NAMI Support Group Meeting
, every first Monday of the month, meetings begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. and end promptly at 7:30pm, BRIDGES, a community support system, 949 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford, conference room on the second floor, meeting dates are August 4, September 8, October 6, November 3, and December 1, 2014. They are free of charge and facilitator led.

Aqua Zumba
, 8-week class beginning Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 7:30-8:30pm, Milford Parks and Recreation, McCann Natatorium, 70 Park Circle, led by Renay; Pre register at or call 203-783-3381; or call Renay 203-522-2616; Mondays or Wednesdays $59R/64NR for 8 classes or Monday and Wednesday $118 R $128 NR for 16 classes.

The Morning Book Discussion Group,
Thursday, September 4, 2014, 10:00am, Ellen Aftamonow Woodmont Library, 16 Dixon Street, Milford; book for September/“Tolstay and the Purple Chair” by Nina Sankovitch; book for October/“Under the Wide and Starry Sky” by Nancy Horan. The group meets the first Thursday monthly. All are welcome. For more information, call 203-874-5657.

Crafters Wanted for Apple Festival,
Friday, Saturday and Sunday September 12, 13 and 14, 2014, The First Congregational Church, West Haven Green, makers of hand crafted items are invited to join the Festival on Saturday 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sunday noon until 6:00 p.m. No imported goods or goods made by others will be accepted. Call the church at 203 933-6291 to receive an application for a table space.

Milford Chamber of Commerce’s “Good Morning Milford”,
“The 3 Ways You Can Get MORE Leads, Sales, & Profit in Your Business - With Less Time, Stress & Effort” presented by Bob Kademian, Business Coach, ROI Business Coach, a free business seminar and round table discussion, Friday, September 12, 2014, 8:30am-9:30am, Milford Chamber of Commerce, 5 Broad Street, Milford, RSVP for this free event is required by emailing or calling 203-878-0681.

The Bridgeport Art League of Huntington Opening Reception
, Monday, September 15, 2014, 11:30am, St. Paul’s Episcopal Parish Center, 25 Church Street, Huntington, coffee and cake, meet the artists who teach our classes in watercolor, oil, drawing, decorative painting and porcelain. All are welcome – this is a Free event. Visit our website-

Orange Players General Membership Meeting,
Wednesday, September 17, 2014, Join us to hear about our plans for the upcoming 2014-2015 Season, New Members Welcome!

Chamber of Commerce “Business After Hours”
, Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 5:00-7:00pm, Indigo by the Water, 1 Schooner Lane, registration requested, call 203-878-0681 or email, $14 advance/$20 at door, $25/prospective member.

“Team Milford” Forming for New Haven Walk to End Alzheimer’s,
to participate in Alzheimer’s Association New Haven Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Sunday, September 28, 2014, Lighthouse Point Park, New Haven; Registration begins 9:00am, Walk begins 10:00am, refreshments and carousel rides, Proceeds benefit Alzheimer’s research as well as support and education for families touched by Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Want to help, but can’t walk? Consider helping as a virtual walker or making a donation in support of Team Milford. See, Walk to End Alzheimer’s, New Haven, CT, Team Milford for on-line registration or donations.

Alzheimer’s Benefit Dance
, Saturday, October 25, 2014, 7:00-12:00pm, Westwoods (Italian American Club), Chase Lane, West Haven, cash bar, bring your own snacks, coffee and dessert provided, smoke free, Door Prizes and Raffles, Tickets/$25.00. Music by Boppers DJ’S “Charles” also featuring Carla Gemma Caccavale. Tickets and information, call Alda Ruzicka (203) 932-5409 or Marie Cretella (203) 933-5781. All Proceeds donated to The Alzheimer’s Association.

The Orange Players 40th Anniversary Gala
, Saturday, November 1, 2014, Share memories with old friends and new!