Way to go Amity!
Traditionally, the first candle on the menorah is lit at nightfall on the first day of the holiday, but, in Orange, everyone in the Tri-town (Bethany, Orange and Woodbridge) community is invited to a Glow In The Dark Chanukah (choose whichever spelling you like) celebration at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, on Wednesday, Dec. 13.
The celebration begins in the gymnasium at 4:45 p.m. with a Glow-In-The-Dark show with Eric Girardi of Bending Gravity Entertainment.
At 5:15 p.m. everyone will head outside for the Menorah Lighting. (In case of inclement weather the lighting will be moved indoors — the forecast calls for dry but frigid weather). Students of Or Shalom, Temple Emanuel and Chabad Hebrew Schools will light the Menorah.
This will be followed by Chanukah treats.
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Of course, the scrimmages don’t count for the season, but from what I saw out on the ice in what resulted in a 6-3 “victory” for the Spartans, this year’s team, with its 11 seniors, promises to give fans something to cheer about.
Out and about at many Amity events, it’s clear that students adore former Hockey coach Gary Lindgren, and I don’t think that will ever change – he’s a lovable guy. But back in 2013-14 when Gary was battling cancer, his assistant coach Mike “Scooter” Richetelli stepped in and brought the boys all the way to the state championship game.
Richetelli, now the Head Coach, and most of the coaching staff are back, and the team is amazingly fast, aggressive and tight.
Unfortunately, the current roster hasn’t yet been posted to the CIAC website, and Amity’s new revamped site is still a mess (just my opinion). The Spartans play again tonight in the Jamboree at Bennett Rink (West Haven High School), taking the ice for 20 minutes against West Haven around 6:40 p.m. and again at 8 p.m. against Immaculate.
Richetelli said the team had a good scrimmage in Westfield, MA that gave them an early start and they did well on Tuesday. “We have 11 seniors and with their leadership, they’ll do what they’re supposed to do.” — (I wonder if any of those seniors were part of the excitement in 2014).
For the team’s first official game of the season, they’ll host BBD (Brookfield/Danbury and ?) at the Edward Bennett Rink in West Haven. this Saturday, Dec.16 at 6 p.m.
I encourage everyone to come out to cheer on the Spartans. Who knows, this could be another championship season in the making.
NOTE: Don’t forget the Girls’ Ice Hockey team, which always plays incredibly well, has three games this week.
Friday, Dec. 15 vs New Canaan Home at Rinks at Shelton 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 16 vs Lauralton Hall Home at Rinks at Shelton at 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 17 vs Masuk-Joel Barlow-Newtown-Oxford (Away) at Rinks at Shelton at 6:30 p.m.
On Wednesday, Dec. 20, House Republican Leader Themis Klarides (R-114) along with State Representatives Pam Staneski (R-119) and Charles Ferraro (R-117) will be participating in The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign by ringing bells at Walgreens, 54 Boston Post Road, Orange, from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
The public is invited to support the cause with donations of any size. The Salvation Army provides food, clothing, comfort, and care to local residents as well as people in need across the United States.
If you cannot stop by during the legislators’ time ringing the bell but wish to donate to the Salvation Army text CTREP to 71777 and donate directly to the House and Senate Republicans’ Red Kettle.
All proceeds will be donated directly to The Salvation Army.
Born in Bridgeport on November 15, 1930, Mildred was the daughter of the late Johan and Esther Gustafson Johnson. She grew up in Stratford and lived in Fairfield for more than 50 years.
She was a graduate of Roger Ludlowe High School and worked as a secretary at Bryant Electric before she became a full-time homemaker and mother to their four children. She later worked at IMSA in Bridgeport, where she made lifelong friends before her retirement.
Millie was an avid Yankees fan. She loved to solve the NY Times crossword puzzle (in ink) and never missed an episode of Jeopardy! She and her family spent more than 40 summer vacations in Misquamicut, Rhode Island. Millie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend who will be truly missed by all who knew her.
In addition to Joseph, her husband of 62 years, Millie is survived by her four children, Coleen (Art) Clark of Milford, Karen (George) Swift of Randolph, New Jersey, Lisa (George) Poland of Orange and Christopher (Annie) Shay of Trumbull; thirteen grandchildren, Michael and Ryan Clark, Karen Anton, Sean, Patrick, and Andrew Swift, Katharine, Elizabeth, and John Poland, Connor, Grace, and Nolan Shay and Emily Kiely; two great grandchildren Layne and Dylan; nieces and nephews, including her cherished niece Patricia Konecny, her best friend. Millie was predeceased by her parents and siblings, Helene LaCroix, Ruth Whitbread, and Carl Johnson.
Friends may greet the family on Tuesday, December 12 from 5-8 PM in the Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, 419 White Plains Road, Trumbull. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Millie can be made to a charity of one’s choice.
A funeral home service will take place on Wednesday, December 13 at 10:30 AM in the Funeral Home.
Burial will follow at Lawncroft Cemetery in Fairfield.
To leave online condolences, please visit our website at www.abriola.com.
Monday, Dec. 11
Boys Basketball (scrimmage) away at Seymour High School 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 12
Boys Ice Hockey vs Masuk (Scrimmage) Home at Bennett Rink West Haven 6:30 p.m.
Wrestling vs Cheshire Home at Amity 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 13
Boys Ice Hockey West Haven Jamboree Bennett Rink West Haven at 6 p.m.
Girls Basketball vs Kolbe Cathedral Away at Shehan Center 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 15
Girls Basketball vs Hillhouse Home at Amity 7 p.m.
Girls Ice Hockey vs New Canaan Home at Rinks at Shelton 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 16
Girls Ice Hockey vs Lauralton Hall Home at Rinks at Shelton at 4:30 p.m.
Boys Ice Hockey vs BBD (?) Home at Bennett Rink in West Haven at 5 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 17
Girls Ice Hockey vs Masuk-Joel Barlow-Newtown-Oxford (Away) at Rinks at Shelton at 6:30 p.m.
Admission to the Winter Wonderland is only $20 in advance or at the door for adults; children only $10. There is a special promotion for friends from Orange: bring a non-perishable food item for a free children’s admission.
The show is free and open to the public.
Many musical Amity graduates have gone on to do great things. When you’re sitting in the audience this week you never know, you could be in the presence of a future superstar.
The Music Department works hard to bring out the best in these young artists. Come on out and enjoy the show.
This will be a welcome addition to the other Orange farms where the owners grow and make the items they sell.
Some seasonal products, such as Christmas Trees or apples that aren’t from the actual farm are brought in from other Connecticut farms. But the owners do make their own decorated wreaths with bows and swags during the holiday season.
The signs say “Est. 2017.” We’re anxious to see what this new business will have to offer.