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Amity High School’s Top Athletes Honored

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Jun 232018
 

The Amity Athletics Booster Club hosted its 62nd Annual Block A Athletic Award Dinner at Race Brook Country Club on Sunday, June 10.

The best of the best in Amity Athletics gathered at the event, which withholds the names of the winners until they are officially announced by his or her coach following a brief biography.

Following are the 2017-2018 MVPs in their respective sports: 

Baseball – Patrick Winkel

Boys Basketball – Tyler Thomas

Girls Basketball – Tara Laugeni

Dance – Sophie Benjamin

Boys Cross Country – Connor Visnic 

Field Hockey – Sara Kelly 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girls Cross Country – Abby Bowser

Baseball MVP Patrick Winkel and Coach Sal Coppola.

Football – Luigi Luciani

Boys Golf – Jamie Blum

Girls Golf – Bridget Barnsley 

Boys Ice Hockey – Tyler Cole

Girls Ice Hockey – Cally Dixon

Girls Indoor Track and Field – Nicole Koshes

Boys Indoor Track and Field – Connor Visnic 

Boys Lacrosse – Dane Walsh 

Girls Lacrosse MVP Ana Carney and Coach Jenna DeRosa

Girls Lacrosse – Ana Carney

Boys Ski Racing – Henry Molot

Girls Ski Racing – Mary Foley

Boys Soccer – Thomas Kanter 

Girls Soccer – Abby Allen

Softball – Carly Marchitto

Boys Swimming – Colin Roy

Girls Swimming – Molly Cox

Boys Tennis – Marco Delsanto 

Girls Tennis – Hannah Hipona 

Girls Track and Field – Emily Zielinski 

Boys Volleyball – Arvand Golbazi 

Girls Volleyball – Abby Harbinson

Wrestling – Matthew Rothman 

And here are some special awards, and scholarship awards:

Unified Sportsmanship Award Sydney Finch

Versatility Award – Jack Nolan and Brooke Matyasovsky

Scholar Athlete – Jake Silliman and Shayna Goldblatt

Sportsmanship Award – Chris Bierezowiec and Olivia Dittman

Paul Mengold Outstanding Leadership Award – Carly Marchitto

Carly Marchitto, Winner of the Paul Mengold Leadership Award with Mengold, Athletic Director Ernie Goodwin, and her coaches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Albert J. Seymour Memorial Award – John Benanto and Mckenzie Mcdermott

Thomas G. Laugeni Memorial Award – Colin Roy and Grace Whitman

Kevin Yanagisawa, winner of the Steven J. Zeider Memorial Swimming Award.

Steven J. Zeider Memorial Swimming Award – Kevin Yanagisawa 

James Dunleavy Memorial Hockey Award – Jordan Conn

Mark E. Greco Memorial Hockey Award – Brian Early

Jeremy Saxe Memorial Scholarship – Henry Molot

Thomas J. Ross Memorial Manager Award – Olivia Dittman

Coach of the Year (Boys Basketball) Jeff Nielsen.

Coach of the Year Award –Jeff Nielsen

Assistant Coach of the year – Nick Dottori

Outstanding Service Award – Bobby Carbone

Athlete of the Year Award – Pat Winkel and Nicole Koshes

 

PLEASE Help Look For This Little Guy

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Jun 202018
 

Little Leo Patel, the male white Maltese from Skyview Road has been missing since yesterday. (Grassy Hill area)

He is wearing a red collar that includes his family’s phone number.

He’s just 10 pounds and needs to be safe at home with his family before the weather turns hideously hot or anything happens to him.

If you see him, please call 203-508-0999 or 203-508-3232.

After you’ve contacted the owner, please update Orange Live, too.

Hang in there little buddy, we’re looking for you!

Notes In A Nutshell: Plan And Zoning June 19

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Jun 192018
 

TP&Z Chair Ozzy Parente

The Town Plan and Zoning Commission had a lengthy agenda on Tuesday, June 19. Following are brief notes of what was discussed.

Zoning enforcement: The Hotel on Marsh Hill Road is coming along well, there are a few things that still need to be discussed.

A home on Buttonball that had an issue with trailers is being dealt with.

Urban Air did some outdoor plantings and there is a matter of additional business coming in.

The architect spoke on the request for a larger occupancy in the amusement business originally 400, now requesting 700, which would mean an increase in parking.

The application was approved pending a letter from Fire Marshal Tim Smith.

• The Former Bear And Grill Building had a proposal for a virtual reality business “Spot VR Lounge”, to be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The parking meets the regulations, no changes to the footprint of the building,

Unanimously approved. 

Public Hearings:

The Gherlones on 535 Highfield Road, requested an elderly apartment permit, received all the necessary signatures and meets all the town requirements.

Unanimously approved.

Special request by Chinmaya Mission on Derby Avenue for a 25% reduction in required parking spaces from 80 to 60 spaces. (use an existing basketball court that is not in use, for parking if needed)

This matter has been continued to the next meeting. 

Senior Housing on Turkey Hill Road. The room was filled with concerned citizens who opposed the application.

One concern is that the septic system could fail. The plan includes each building having its own septic system.

Department heads submitted their comments for the record. Sanitarian said soil testing has been done on the site since 2008, and there are areas of “special concern.”

Public Works Director said he also had concerns depending upon how many units there are and if there will be DEEP

Police Chief said the development would put a strain on police and emergency services, both of which already are overtaxed.

The attorney for the applicant said the following revisions have been made:

She clarified that there is no restaurant in the proposal.

The UNH Campus is NOT a part of the site plan.

Waste systems would be privately owned and not the town’s responsibility.

Reduced maximum building coverage from 30% to 15%

Several residents sent in letters expressing their opposition to the application, citing everything from traffic congestion to safety concerns and the idea that a zone change would open a can of worms that would negatively impact this and other areas in town.

The Attorney presented several letters of support (mostly copies of the same form letter) from residents, most of whom do not live in the immediate area of the proposed development.

Turkey Hill resident Mike DeVito, whose property abuts the proposed site. Initially, he didn’t oppose the plan, but as time went on and the site plan changed the idea became much less desirable. The traffic alone would be unacceptable.

His neighbor and her husband oppose the proposed amendment change.

A resident from Wheelers Farm Road, whose children attend Turkey Hill Road, said he is not opposed to smart growth, but why not put this development in an already approved zone instead of changing a zone to try and fit it in.

Dr. Mohammed from the Health Department said this is not an appropriate location for such a development.

One brave woman stood before the opposition crowd and said some people would actually like to live in a development like this.

The attorneys and other speakers later in the meeting were very chatty. Since I had other work to do, I stopped watching and suggest you click on the video on demand link under the OGAT button to the upper left side of this site and watch the remainder of the meeting.

Retired Amity Middle School Music Teacher Seeks Instrumentalists For Band

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Jun 182018
 

Former Amity Jr. High Music teacher Linda Whittaker (1972-1997) has been music director at the Milford Senior Center directing the Choral Group and Band for the last 16 years.

She is in desperate need of a few instrumentalists and is wondering if any of her former students were available and interested.

The Note-Ables (the Milford Senior Center Concert Band) are looking for three clarinet players and a tenor sax to fill out the woodwind section and a baritone horn player to help with the bass notes.
The Band meets Wednesday Morning in the Music Room at the Milford Senior Center from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.
On June 14, Flag Day, the Band played a series of easy patriotic tunes. They also played tunes from the Swing Era and a medley of The Beach Boys. Also in the repertoire are easier marches and polkas, Lion King medley, a Beatles medley and the 1812 Overture!
The Band plays occasionally throughout the year (Christmas, Veterans Day, Flag Day programs), always in the afternoon.
If you are able to fill any of these seats. contact Whittaker at 203-877-5131 (Center) or 203-877-2134 (home)  The Milford Band will happily welcome you.

Details Of The 2018 Orange Independence Day Concert and Fireworks

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Jun 152018
 

The town of Orange may be small in population, but it gained the reputation for bringing in top-flight bands and one of the best fireworks displays in the New Haven County.

For this year’s Independence Day Concert, the Orange Town News, which is once again producing the event, is presenting “The British Invasion Years” to perform prior to the town’s Annual Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular.

More than just The Beatles, The British Invasion Years is three shows in one!

First, you will hear classic songs by iconic sixties, British Groups. British Invasion music was instantly embraced because it was so eclectic…the bad boy soul of the Rolling Stones, the defiant anthems of The Who, the raw and powerful guitar sounds of The Kinks, the flower power grooves ofThe Zombies, and the uplifting pop of Herman’s Hermits.

The American Musical response follows, with memorable hits by celebrated artists like The Beach Boys, The Monkees, The Doors, and Steppenwolf.

The sixties-era retrospective concludes with an extraordinary note-for-note finale of The Beatles Abby Road album.

To preview the band, go to www.britishinvasionyears.com.

The Independence Day Concert will take place on Sunday, July 1 (rain date Monday, July 2) at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange.

The festivities will begin promptly at 6:30 pm with welcoming comments from Orange First Selectman Jim Zeoli.  The concert will be followed promptly at 9:30 pm by the Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular with Patriotic Music.

Event producer Rocky Salperto said, “We are looking forward to another premiere event for area residents to enjoy.  We are excited about producing this show for the seventh consecutive year.  We hope everyone continues to enjoy this great community event. Many thanks go out to our sponsors, our first selectman and town officials for their continued support.”

The event is made possible through area sponsors including major sponsors:  Cohen & Wolf, P.C.; Yale University, The Orange Foundation’s Olga Fund, the Orange Town News & the Town of Orange.

            Popular Food Trucks have been lined up and novelty items will also be available for purchase at the fairgrounds beginning at 6:00 pm.  WPLR Radio will also be on location.  Come early and get a good seat.  Admission is free.  There will be a suggested parking donation of $5 that will benefit the Orange Little League.

Guess What’s New At The Farmers’ Market — Opening Day June 28

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Jun 152018
 

The Orange Community Farmers’ Market will have its opening day on Thursday, June 28. The event runs on Thursdays until September 27 under the Pavilion at the Orange Fairgrounds, High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road in Orange. Market hours are from 3:30 pm to 7 pm. Note there is no market on August 2 or September 13.

There will be many full-time vendors and part-time vendors selling their farm-grown products including vegetables, fruit, meats, baked goods, honey, pasta, soaps, crafts, pet food and more! Farms from the local area will be present; including Grassy Hill, Laurel Glen, Mapleview, North Pease, Oronoque, and Shamrock.

Other vendors include Braids by Britt, Durante’s Pasta, Kind Cactus, Lizzie’s Corner, Mill Pond Essentials, Sweet Seidner’s, and Vic’s Guac Shop and food trucks include Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale, Zuppardi’s and Tipsey Cones. This year, a few guest vendors are added to the schedule. Harper Keehn Knife Sharpening will be attending on July 26. Be sure to save the date and bring your knives, tools etc. that
need sharpening.

Four bands are scheduled throughout the summer to perform under the Gazebo beginning at 6:30 p.m. The band, Lunch Box, will kick off the market on June 28. Other performances include Cruise Machine on July 12, Frantic City on August 9 and Fools on the Hill on August 23.

In addition, instrumentalists will perform under the Pavilion. Matthew Popp is scheduled to perform on September 6 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Shop at the Market, enjoy the food, stay for the bands and come back often!

Please check the website at www.FarmMarketOrange.com for additional information or call 203-891-1045.

Turkey Hill Residents, School Parents Vow to Fight New Development

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Jun 142018
 

On Tuesday, June 19, at 7 p.m. there will be a continuation of a hearing regarding an Active Adult 55+ Community housing development on Turkey Hill Road, directly across from the Turkey Hill School Exit.

The meeting will take place at the Orange Town Hall.

Residents of that neighborhood ask that all residents join them in an effort to protect the community and children from further disturbance and commercial development.

 

Local Business Helps Clover Nook Tornado Fundraiser

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Jun 142018
 

Easily accessible on the Boston Post Road.

Kristina Kaoud, owner of Material Girls Boutique, 463 Boston Post Road (Next to Kaoud Oriental Rugs) announced today that she will donate a portion of sales when any customer mentions Clover Nook Farm at checkout Now through Sunday, June 17th.

A longtime Woodbridge resident and friend of Orange Live, Kristina hosts many types of fundraising events and said she hopes to make a nice contribution to this weekend’s fundraiser.

Thank you Kristina!

Customers, don’t forget to mention Clover Nook Farm!

Meet Amity’s Two 2018 Scholar Athletes

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Jun 122018
 

Jake Silliman and Shayna Goldblatt, Amity’s 2018 Amity Scholar Athletes

On Sunday, June 10, The Amity Booster Club hosted the annual Block A Dinner at Race Brook Country Club.

The event honors the best of the best of all the Athletes at Amity High School.

Top honors (Athlete of the Year), as we posted the other day, went to Patrick Winkel and Nicole Koshes.

One of the other highest awards (Scholar Athlete) went to one boy and one girl who are not only excellent on the field, court, links, track, whatever but also excel in the classroom.

This year, the male scholar-athlete Jacob Silliman was an Amity Ice Hockey defenseman.  He has an astounding 4.9 GPA.

The female scholar-athlete Shayna Goldblatt, a tiny, physically fit young lady who surprised the wrestling coach when she expressed her desire to join the team a couple of years ago. With sports trainer Kim Pierce’s encouragement, Shayna learned everything she needed to know and this year, she was one of the co-captains. She also played field hockey, contributing a lot to that team and as an underclassman, she was on the outdoor track team.

 

No matter what she takes on, Shayna always gives her all. She obviously takes her studies seriously and is a fantastic choice for this year’s scholar athlete award.

 

Come Out For The Stone Otis Herb Garden and House Tour

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Jun 112018
 

The Garden Club of Orange and the Orange Historical Society will host a Summer Solstice tour of the Stone Otis House Herb Garden and the Victorian Era home on Thursday, June 21 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Come and enjoy the redesigned herb and flower gardens, in their early season glory. Then come back in the fall and tour it again to see how it’s changed.

See the current Orange Life Magazine for bit of background and a glimpse of just how beautiful it can be.

Admission is free.