Boys Swimming and Diving: Amity Bests Hand in Orange

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Feb 042020

Amity’s Kevin Sweeney won the 100 Fly in 57.12

The Amity Spartans Boys Swim Team hosted the Daniel Hand Tigers in Orange Monday night.

The Spartans (4-4) were at the top of their game, outscoring Hand 102-82
Amity’s winning events:
200 Medley Relay 1:47.53 A Nolan Young, Brodey Lu, Kevin Sweeney, John Alvarado
50 Free 24.08 A Nic Robinson

No one could touch Amity’s Tyler Roy in the 100 Free

100 Fly 57.12 A Kevin Sweeney
100 Free 50.96 A Tyler Roy
500 Free 5:13.94 A Connor Hallstrom
200 Free Relay1:34.97 A Kevin Sweeney, John Alvarado, Nic Robinson, Tyler Roy
100 Breast 1:07.09 A Brodey Lu
Hand’s winning events:

Hand’s Alexander Hauser’s perfect form won him the diving competition.

200 Free 1:55.22 H William Porter

200 IM 2:04.85 H Daniel Chen
Diving 186.25 H Alexander Hauser
100 Back 56.77 H Daniel Chen
400 Free Relay 3:34.65 H William Porter, Jack Signorello, Joseph Starkey, Daniel Chen

Obituary: Dale J. Pavlik, 55, Beloved Father, Friend, Talented Designer

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Feb 032020

Dale J. Pavlik, 55, of Orange, beloved father of Chrissy Pavlik, passed away on February 2, 2020. Born on December 17, 1964 in Bridgeport, CT, he was the son of the late Elaine and John S. Pavlik.

Dale was the Creative Director and Owner of DJP Design, LLC. He also was the designer on staff at the Orange Life magazine in the town of Orange where he resided. Dale loved the cinema, architecture and design and spending time with his daughter, Chrissy.

Dale is survived by his daughter, Chrissy Pavlik of North Haven, CT; sister, Debra Pavlik of Hamden, CT; uncle, Lawrence P. Smetana and his wife Sheila of Boston, MA; aunt, Carol Ackerman of Colorado Springs, CO and aunt, Suanne Pavlik of Cheshire, CT as well as several cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, Elaine and John S. Pavlik; his brother, Chris Allen Pavlik; his maternal grandparents, Margaret and Frank A. Smetana; his paternal grandparents, Mary and John M. Pavlik; his uncles, Frank A. Smetana of Derby, CT, Robert J. Pavlik of Bridgeport, CT, and Richard P. Pavlik of Cheshire, CT.


Recap: State Lawmakers’ Town Hall Coffee Hour

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Feb 032020

State lawmakers, State Reps. Themis Klarides, Charles Ferraro and Kathy Kennedy held a pre-session coffee hour Thursday morning at the Orange Town Hall to talk with residents about the issues that will be discussed during the upcoming legislative session, which will start on Wednesday, February 5th.

Rep. Klarides said, “Of course until we settle the issue of tolls it is going to keep dominating the legislative landscape. But there are other matters outside of the budget cuts that need to be made to balance just this year also up for discussion: marijuana legalization and sports gambling to name a couple.’’

“Tolls will be one of the major topics being discussed before and during the legislative session,” said Rep. Ferraro. “Tolls are the number one thing Democratic lawmakers want to pass in Hartford. Instead of looking at ways we can save taxpayers’ money, they are always looking at ways to increase revenue sources. We need to make our state more affordable and stop the unnecessary revenue grabs.”

Rep. Kennedy added that she enjoyed listening to Orange constituents express their concerns about state issues including tolls, job training, the effect of the minimum wage on small businesses and the state budget.

“The issue that dominated the conversation was tolls. People just do not trust the government, they think a truck-only toll option will inevitably lead to tolls for all cars at every location,” said Rep. Kennedy.

To contact the lawmakers or to sign up to receive their updates, visit cthousegop.com

This Week’s Varsity Sports Schedules

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Feb 022020

Following are this week’s Amity varsity sports schedules:

Monday, Feb. 3

Boys Ice Hockey vs Lyman Hall/H-K/Coginchaug Away at the Northford Ice Pavilion-Red at 4:20 p.m.

Boys Swimming and Diving vs Daniel Hand Home High Plains Community Community Center at 6:45 p.m.

Boys Basketball vs Wilbur Cross Away at Wilbur Cross High School at 7:00 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs Daniel Hand Home at Amity at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 4

Wrestling vs Branford Away at Branford High School at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 5

Boys and Girls Alpine Skiing Boys Ski Racing Home – Southington Mountain at 3:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs Shelton Home at Amity at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 6

Boys and Girls Alpine Skiing Boys Ski Racing Home – Southington Mountain at 3:30 p.m.

Girls Gymnastics vs Fairfield Warde Home – Gymnastics and Cheerleading Academy at CT-Gym 1 at 6:30 p.m.
V Boys Basketball vs Daniel Hand  Away at Daniel Hand HS at 7:00 p.m.
V Girls Ice Hockey vs Simsbury Away at Simsbury ISCC-NHL at 4:20 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 7
Boys Indoor Track SCC Championship Meet Away at Floyd Little Athletic Center at 4:00 p.m.
Girls Indoor Track SCC Championships Away at Floyd Little Athletic Center-Field House at 4:00 p.m.
Boys Swimming and Diving vs Suff./E.Windsor/Ell./W.Locks Away – Windsor Locks High School-Pool- No diving at 4:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs Sheehan Home at Amity at 6:00 p.m.

 Saturday, Feb. 8

Wrestling Foran Duals Away at Foran High School at 9 a.m.

Boys Basketball vs Shelton Home – Amity at 3:30 p.m.

Boys Ice Hockey vs Milford Co-op Home at Bennett Rink at 5:00 p.m.

Girls Ice Hockey vs West Haven-SHA Home – Hamden-Lou Astorino Ice Rink at 8:00 p.m.

Girls Hockey: Blades Have Unusual Shutout Loss

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Feb 022020

(file photo)

The Amity/North Haven/Cheshire Blades hosted Hall Conard on Saturday night, Feb. 1, in Hamden.

Their opponents dominated this game, with one player, Gracie Cho, getting a hat trick.


                              1              2              3           F

Blades                  0              0              0          0

Hall/Conard         2              0              3          5

First Period

Hall/Conard- Ana Haubrich (Luci Allissi)

Hall/Conard- Gracie Cho (Annie Woods)

Second Period

No Scoring

Third Period

Hall/Conard- Gracie Cho (Ana Haubrich)

Hall/Conard- Gracie Cho

Hall Conard- Bailey Manning-Ingala (Luci Allissi, Jordyn Trent)

The Blades may have lost this one, but they are awesome and they’ll be back!

The girls will play again on Thursday, Jan 6 in Simsbury at 4:20 p.m

Pancake Supper To Benefit The Volunteer Fire Department

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Jan 312020

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will host its 11th annual Pancake Supper on Wednesday, April 22, at Chip’s Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, Orange.

The menu includes Pancakes, Eggs, choice of Bacon or Sausage and a beverage.

There will be an early seating at 5:30 p.m. and late seating at 6:30 p.m.

Prices are: $12 for Adults, $6 Children 10 and under, gratuity included.

Tickets must be purchased in advance as we a limited number of seats available.

Tickets may be purchased from any Auxiliary member or at Knight’s Inc., 286 Boston Post Road. Orange. All proceeds benefit the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

For further information, email Lynn@ LMK415@yahoo.com or visit our website at www.orangevfd.com

Wrestling: Amity Falls To Xavier, Last Weekend’s Results

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Jan 312020

This week the Spartans fell to Xavier 54-24. Josh Foote, Andrew Coscia, Colin Boufford, Liam Keylock, and Simon Flaherty all won their matches.

Over the weekend the Spartans competed in two of their toughest tournaments.

The varsity team competed in the Ridgefield Open. Andrew Coscia finished in 4th and Simon Flaherty battled in the finals to take 2nd place!

The JV team traveled to Norwalk where Sina Shojaee was a winner and Camryn Brown finished in 2nd!

This weekend the team travels to Newington to compete in the Hastings Duals.

 — By Mike Cala

Box Score

Xavier 54- Amity 24

220 Josh Foote (Amity) tech Will Cullen (Xavier) 17-2; 285 Andrew Cosia dec Malcolm Wilso-Tollivere; 106 Collin Boufford (Amity) tech Nick Martin (Xavier); 113 Michael Rapuano (Xavier) forfeit; 120 Colin Loria (Xavier) pin John Pierre (Amity); 126 Tommy Mangiello (Xavier) dec Brayden Esposito (Amity); 132 Ronan Moynihan (Xavier) pin Kyle Ciola (Amity); 138 Giovanni Ime (Xavier) pin Aiden Vas (Amity); 145 Liam Keylock (Amity) pin Nick Romco (Xavier); 152 Quinn Moynihan (Xavier) pin Harry Wyndorf (Amity); 160 Luke Tischo (Xavier) pin Bill Regan (Amity); 170 Ryan Miner (Xavier) forfeit; 182 Simon Flaherty (Amity) pin Thomas Lunt (Xavier); 195 Marc Ellius Ruez (Xavier) pin Jake Williams (Amity) 

 —Pictures by Betsy Flaherty & Darren Johnson

Activated Smoke Alarm On Dogwood Road

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Jan 312020

Fire Dept. called to a home on Dogwood Road at 9:38 p.m. Friday night, Jan. 31 for an activated Smoke alarm.

The initial call was for activation inside the home and garage areas.

8:30 p.m. Fire Dept Called To H&R Block For Natural Gas Odor

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Jan 302020

H&R Block at 116 Boston Post Road, Orange has been evacuated after the strong odor of natural gas was detected inside the building around 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30.

Employees reported that the furnace had recently been serviced.

Boys Hockey: Amity Ties BBD on Saturday

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Jan 292020

The Amity Spartans played two periods of great hockey on Saturday, with first-time goalie Aiden Courtney in the net.

First Period

Amity was first to score with an unassisted goal by #27 Dom Harris getting past the Icecats’ first-time starting goalie Louis Alfidi with 3:08 left on the clock.

Second Period

The Spartans returned to the ice with a fighting spirit and Capt. Nick Kiwanis #22 scored on a power play at 1:37, assisted by Caleb Marcin #6.

At 8:18 the Spartan confidence was high when Connor Bath #14 shot one past Alfidi, assisted by Harris.

Third Period

Brookfield (BBD) Icecats had a lot of catching up to do and from the parent’s point of view, they made a lot of desperate moves trying to land the Spartans in the penalty box. There was a lot of dramatics on the ice, with Brookfield players falling backward when no one was around them, and crashing onto the ice without so much as a Spartan or hockey stick in their path. Yet it was done apparently out of the line of sight of the referees who called penalties against Amity players anyway. The unnecessary roughhousing was ridiculous as well. (But what do I know about Hockey rules?)

Halfway through the period, Kyle Boller scored for the Icecats on a power play.

Then at 10:51, an unfortunate “Not A Goal” call in the third period gave BBD its second point. What happened was contestable, and caught on video by the station filming it above the announcer’s box and in clear view from where I and several parents were standing.

Courtney clearly made a stop and all play had halted on the ice. When he moved to stand up, the puck magically appeared from under his waist (about 16″ from the goal line) and gently slid past the line and into the net. NOT A GOAL, right? Well, imagine our surprise when the Ref called it, and the announcer said “BBD Goal by #13 Bryce Wallace, assisted by #28 Anthony Britton. A power-play goal by Wallace.”


But it wasn’t contested, and those who witnessed the injustice of a non-goal had to forever hold their peace.

Sadly, with :30 remaining in the game, Boller made his second goal of the game, unassisted tying the score at 3-3.

The overtime period was fastpaced and filled with more dramatics, BBD ended up in the penalty box 3 times in those 8 minutes, Amity received one penalty.

To demonstrate just how desperate the opposition was, the formal score sheet listed one BBD player’s penalty with :22 remaining as “Too Many.”

No I’m not a parent, and I’m not supposed to have opinions on sports, but Amity was robbed because of the third period Not A Goal.

Coach Richetelli’s only comment was, “They (BBD) played the game. They came out and played the game.”

I will though, give credit where it’s due. Amity outshot BBD nearly 2-1 but Alfidi did an unbelievable job for his first time tending goal. I think he made 54 saves, maybe a couple more.

Of course, our own Courtney also worked really hard making about 27 saves (and one that he wasn’t credited with).