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Wrestling: Amity Shuts Out Cheshire in Season Opener

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Dec 132017
 

The Spartans Wrestling team kicked off the winter season on Tuesday, Dec. 12 with a shutout victory against Cheshire.

Way to go Amity!

Everyone Is Welcome To A Family Show and Menorah Lighting on Wednesday

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Dec 132017
 

Hanukkah “The Festival of Lights” 2017 begins on Tuesday evening, Dec. 12 and ends on the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 20.

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.

For more information, contact Bluma Hecht at info@chabadow.org

Define Excitement: 2017-18 Amity Spartans Boys Ice Hockey Team

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Dec 132017
 

On Tuesday, Dec. 12, I attended a scrimmage game between the Amity Spartans and the Masuk Panthers Varsity ice Hockey Teams.

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.

 

 

 

Orange Legislators to Ring the Bell for the Salvation Army

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Dec 132017
 

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.

Obituary: Mildred J. Shay, 87, Beloved Wife, Mother of Lisa Poland, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother

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Dec 112017
 

Mildred J. Shay, age 87 of Milford, beloved wife of Joseph V. Shay, died at St. Vincent’s Medical Center on Saturday, December 9, 2017.

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.

This Week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedules

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Dec 102017
 

The Winter Sports season has begun and the Spartans have several Varsity games on the schedule this week

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 Basketball vs Guilford (Scrimmage) Home at Amity 5:15 p.m.

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

Wrestling Away at Shelton Invitational at 10 a.m.

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.

 

 

Orange Resident Presents Non-Scary Family Fun Day At Fright Haven

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Dec 102017
 

The state’s largest and scariest haunted attraction, Fright Haven, will be a lot less scary on Saturday, December 16. On this day, from 1-2:30 p.m., there will be a very special Winter Wonderland “Lights On” Family Fun Day matinee, designed especially for youngsters.
Owner/operator Charles F. Rosenay, of Orange, will personally escort families and young ones through the indoor maze, completely renovated and decorated for the Christmas season.
Fright Haven, at 411 Barnum Avenue Cutoff in Stratford Square Shopping Plaza (the former Bally’s Fitness/Showcase Cinemas building — next to L.A. Fitness and Ninety Nine Restaurant across from Home Depot), is made up of three entirely different themed Halloween haunted houses encompassing more than 20,000 square feet, all under one roof.
In December, it has gone through a complete transformation into a Holiday attraction, “A Frightmare Before Christmas.” The scares come in the evening, though.
Whereas Fright Haven is a world-class haunted extravaganza meant to chill and thrill, on these kid-friendly matinees, all the lights will be turned on, the scary music will be turned off, and the actors will not jump out in masks and make-up. The all-ages appropriate atmosphere will be more carnival and less evil.
In fact, it also will be educational, wherein the “scaremasters” will reveal all the hidden secrets to what scares visitors, and what actors are taught to startle the guests during normal evening hours, when the attraction is far more chilling.The all-ages walk-through will be conducted by Charles Rosenay and his 11 and 12-year-old sons, Ian and Harrison. There also will be Christmas favors and an array of ornaments available.
Fright Haven is completely indoors and parking is free. The seasonal attraction benefited Stratford PAL (Police Activities League) in the past and has served as a fund-raiser for several area schools and non-profits. This family holiday event is in support of the Connecticut Food Bank.

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.

Advance tickets are available, along with further information, at www.FrightHaven.com. Group discounts are available by phone at (203) 795-4737, which also is the haunt’s info line.

Amity Winter Concert On Thursday

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Dec 102017
 

Come to Amity High School on Thursday, Dec. 14 to hear the talented students perform during the annual Winter Concert at 7 p.m.

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.

New Tree Farm To Open On Derby-Milford Road

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Dec 102017
 

A new tree farm will be coming to town, signs have gone up on the corner property at Derby-Milford and Wheeler’s Farm roads. They say “Future Home of Shady Lane Tree Farm.”

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.

Severe Weather Alert Issued

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Dec 102017
 

The National Weather Service has issued a severe weather alert through tomorrow morning.
Snow has melted and is expected to refreeze tonight across the tri-state area. This will cause slippery conditions on untreated surfaces tonight into Monday morning.
Definitions:
A warning is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is occurring, imminent or likely.
A watch is used when the risk of a hazardous weather or hydrologic event has increased significantly, but its occurrence, location or timing is still uncertain.
An advisory is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is occurring, imminent or likely.