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Jan 172014
 

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Following are the various Amity Varsity Home Sports Competitions for the week of Jan. 18-24.

Saturday, Jan. 18

Boys Ice Hockey vs Brookfield-Bethel-Danbury, Bennett Rink, West Haven at 1 pm.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 21

Boys basketball vs Hand, at Amity High School at 7 p.m.

Boys Swimming and Diving vs Cheshire, Orange Community Center Pool at 7:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, Jan. 22 

Wrestling vs East Haven, Amity High School at 6:30 p.m.

 

Friday, Jan. 24

Boys Basketball vs Fairfield Prep, Amity High School at 7 pm.

Giirls Ice Hockey vs Hamden, Rinks of Shelton time TBA

Jan 172014
 

mzl.jlbwiyhzCongratulations to Amity’s mathletes and Amity Math Team coach, Joy Gathers.

The Amity Math Team competed Thursday, Jan. 16, at Hamden High School in the Greater New Haven Mathematic League tournament.

The Amity Math Team finished in 2nd place in the tournament and 2nd place in the league.

The Amity Spartans narrowly lost out to Choate Rosemary Hall.

The team was first among public schools and earned an invitation to the state competition in March.

Jan 172014
 

Settefrati, Italy

Remigio’s birthplace, Settefrati, Italy

Remigio Conetta, a 60-year resident of Stamford, passed away on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at Stamford Hospital.

Born on March 20, 1921 in Settefrati, Italy, he was the son of the late Luigi and Concetta (Vitti) Conetta. He was 92.

Remigio worked as a mason and laborer for many years. He also worked for the Darien Public Schools as a custodian for over 20 years. He was a member of the Settefratese Social Club in Stamford.

He is survived by his wife, Antonia Colomba Massarella Conetta of Stamford and three sons, Louis and his wife, Maryann, of Orange; Anthony and his wife, Jacqueline; and Joseph and his wife, Emily, all of Darien. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Michael and his wife, Catalina; David and his wife MaryJo; Michele and her husband, John; Ray; Toni-Ann and her husband Nick; Christina; and Nicholas; as well as nine great grandchildren, Allie, Cammie, Jake, Miranda, Jack, Sarah, Alex, Camilo and Ava.

The family will receive friends at the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Post Road, Darien on Friday, January 17, 2014 from 3:00 to 8:00 PM.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John R.C. Church, 1986 Post Road, Darien on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 10:00 AM. Entombment will follow at St. John Cemetery, Darien.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Red Cross, 209 Farmington Avenue, Farmington, CT 06032.

Jan 172014
 

My Mac and the man who saved her.

My Mac and the man who saved her.

I want to tell you all about a wonderful man named John DiNicola “the computer whisperer.” But before I do that, I have to tell you how I came to learn about his wonderful abilities. (Yes, this is an opinion piece).

The Long Story

As many Orange Live readers know, I had some challenges over the past month after my faithful MacBook Pro died on Christmas morning. The Mac Experts told me to pull the plug, it was gone.

Even though I had a stand-by desktop Mac Mini, it was so old it wouldn’t even recognize Google Chrome or G-mail. (the Orange Live e-mail is a g-mail account)

The saving grace for mobility at the time was a beautiful Acer laptop that I had won in a contest a year ago, but the Windows 8 program was extremely difficult for me to grasp after having been forced into the world of Mac in Two Prior workplaces.

I made due with the Acer until my granddaughter, who I love dearly, spilled an entire cup of coffee into the keyboard and fried it. — what did I do? I hugged her and told her it was an accident and moved on to plan “B” — Begging for donations so I could buy a new Mac.

Monetary donations came in, and I was so grateful, and then a friend told me I could have an old Mac laptop that she was no longer using. Long story short, she wiped the hard drive and I was back in business – to a point – it was an older model that had difficulty with Google Chrome and yes, g-mail recognition. But thanks to her I was back on my feet and happy there were ways to work around this tiny glitch. (YES, I returned the money that had been donated)

Along Comes John

I have known John DiNicola as the IT person for the town of Orange and his wife, Alice (trunk-or-treat) for several years but it wasn’t until First Selectman Jim Zeoli said “Ask John, he can fix anything.” that I thought of him as a private contractor.

I took a deep breath and asked if he could look at it, mentioning, of course that the Mac Experts had labeled it DOA.

John said he was not a Mac person, per se, but he was teaching himself about them and was willing to try.

I dropped it off along with the power cord and within a day, he contacted me with good news. “I think I know what’s wrong. Give me a couple of days.”

After the weekend, he gave me a call and told me that she would be ready the next day.

Sure enough, I got his call and went to pick her up. What a relief to fire her up and see the familiar screen saver.

What about the donated Mac?

I called my friend who’d donated the Mac Laptop and let her know about my good fortune asking what she wanted me to do with HER computer. She graciously told me to keep it as a backup just in case.

Back to John

If you have computer issues and your computer is like mine, it will rise from the ashes with the help of the computer Guru John DiNicola. (I call him that, he is much too modest to go that far).

He is willing to come to you, or you can drop it off with him for a look.

I highly recommend John. He’s smart, kind, honest and hard working. If you need his services call 203-848-4704 to make arrangements.

 

 

Jan 172014
 

"Flight" is Friday's Movie

“Flight” is Friday’s Movie

The Orange Senior Center at the High Plains Community Center hosts Friday at the Movies, Jan. 17 at 1 p.m.

The featured film is “Flight” starring Denzel Washington.

An airline pilot saves almost all his passengers on his malfunctioning airliner which eventually crashed, but an investigation into the accident reveals something troubling.

Popcorn & soda will be served.

Call the center at 203-891-4784 to let them know you are coming.

Originally Published on: Jan 16, 2014 @ 0:52

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