The suspect is in custody, there is no danger to the public.
For more information, call Community Services at 203-891-4788.
Community Services is located in the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road.
Demand is expected to be high, so submit yours ASAP.
The Orange Lions Club held an installation ceremony on Wednesday, June 23, at the High Plains Community Center for its incoming club officers. Lion Ken Lenz was elected as the club president for 2014-2015. Lion Ken has been an active member of the Orange Lions Club for 12 years and said he is eager to assume the duties of Club President.
“Our Lions Club is strong and growing,” Lenz said. “I look forward to leading our many service projects and fundraisers, and continuing the Club’s commitment to serving Orange and the greater community.”
The other officers installed were: Lion Maria Sandillo as First Vice-president; Lion Nick Bencivengo as Second Vice President; Lion Fred Turner as Third Vice President; Lion Jeanne Consiglio as club treasurer and Lion Laurie Bouve as club secretary.
Since the club’s charter in 1952, its members have worked on a variety of service projects in the local community, the Easter Egg Hunt for children, Community Thanksgiving dinner, free eye screenings, and events for Orange youth and seniors. They have also raised funds for a wide variety of local, national and international causes such as Wounded Warrior Project, Fidelco Guide Dogs, CT Radio Information Services for the Blind, college scholarships for Amity High School graduates, the Orange Library, Fire and Police Departments, the CT Lions Eye Research Foundation and annual Community Grants which have gone to local projects.
Lions Clubs are groups of men and women who identify those in need within their community and work together to serve them. The Orange Lions Club meets at 6:30 PM on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at Chips Family Restaurant in Orange. Anyone interested in joining is welcome to attend!
For more information or to get involved with the Orange Lions Club, please contact Lion Joan Zorena, Membership Chair at 203-494-0248. The Club will have a booth at the Orange Country Fair where more information about the Club will be distributed.
Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service organization with 1.3 million members in 45,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions Clubs have prevented blindness, aided the visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community and youth service throughout the world. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit the Web site at www.lionsclubs.org.
After 23 years as Registrar of Voters and more than 43 years of service to the town of Orange, Carmela Apuzzo is retiring.
The Orange Democratic Town Committee is hosting a retirement party at Grassy Hill Lodge, 77 Sodom Lane, Derby, on Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 6 p.m.
Dinner choices are Chicken Marsala, Stuffed Shrimp, Prime Rib or Grilled Portobello Mushroom.
Tickets are $40 each with a cash bar.
Reservations must be made by Sept. 2.
Send a check with meal choice to ODTC, c/o Jody Dietch, 601 Harborview Road, Orange, CT 06477 [email protected]
Great family home in a nice neighborhood.
Lot: 0.69 acres
Flooring: Carpet, Hardwood, Tile
Parking: Garage – Attached
Built in 1953
111 days on Zillow
Last sold: Jul 1998 for $180,000
Price/sq ft: $151
MLS #: N347516
Season recap – We knew coming in, we had a lot of experienced seniors, and that this had the makings to be a special season, perhaps even one of the best Amity Lacrosse teams in the history of the program.
Here’s how we ended up:
13-3 Regular season, the best in the history of the program
15-5 overall record – most wins since 2003
First appearance in SCC tournament since it moved to a 4 team format in 2010
First CIAC Tournament win since 2009
First Semi-Final appearance in Class L – which is the cream of the crop for HS lacrosse in the COUNTRY!
In 20 games we scored 217 goals (4 off the Amity record in a single season), while opponents scored only 121 – both major improvements over last year
Goalies had a combined save % of 64.2% which is excellent (like batting .340 in baseball)
Last year we set the bar pretty high – we wanted to go from 6 wins to 10. Ultimately we ended up one game short. This year we didn’t have a number in mind, My personal goal as a coach which was stated at our preseason meeting on March 5th was to beat the tier 1 teams in the SCC, to get a home playoff game, And to win a playoff game. Well (we beat Guilford, Cheshire, Xavier, got the 5th seed in Class L, so we got our home playoff game, we won 2 games in the playoffs, nearly a third). But those were just my personal goals for the program.
About half way through the season we went through a tough stretch where we lost 2 close games, and were not playing well. We met as a team in the health room. The coaches left the room and let the players decide what their goals were the rest of the way, and we told them to write them down.
There were about a dozen things written on the board when the coaches returned, some were not exactly quantifiable. But, the day before our semi-final game against Staples we were watching some film, and I had taken a picture of what they wrote down at their player only meeting a month before, and was able to show them how this team had accomplished everything on their list, and had just two remaining goals that were still alive:
1) To play for a championship, and 2) to hang a banner.
While they did not accomplish these goals, as a coach it was such a pleasure to see them play together as a team, and I am so proud of all that they did accomplish, and how they fought to go out as one of the best teams in the history of the Amity Lacrosse Program. Their goals were alive until the very end.
With a successful season, many individual players received accolades and awards:
ALL SCC – Joe Choiniere, Midfield FIRST TEAM
Tyler Burns, Mid – Jake Milner, Attack – Nick Wright, Defense SECOND TEAM
NH Register ALL Area Team – Tyler Burns, Midfield – Joe Choiniere (Most Valuable Player)
US Lacrosse Academic All-American – James Chapman (first All-American in the history of our program)
ALL State First Team – Joe Choiniere , Midfield – Academic All-State Team
COACHES AWARD – Kevin M Donovan – AKA Donny Legend Award – David Buono
Team Awards – special awards because they are voted on by the players
This player is proof that the program is working the way it is intended to. As a sophomore last season, this player was on the Junior Varsity team. He was brought in to only 2 Varsity games, finishing the season with a whopping 2 goals. He committed himself in the offseason, and once the season began he really seized the opportunity to become a full time starter as a lefty attackman. He went on to lead the team in goals scored with 41 goals (which was 15 more than the next player), and was second on the team in points with 51. This includes a 4 goal performance against a 2X All-American goalie in the first round of the CIAC tournament, and 2 goals in the semifinal game. A great representative of a person who made big strides between his sophomore and junior year, and a great example for the younger guys who may find themselves with an opportunity to do the same with the varsity team next season.
Groundballs (loose balls) in our sport are very important. Although it is often an overlooked statistic, many times the team who wins the game, is the team who collected more ground balls than the other. It is a measure of which team is working harder out on the field. The groundball award, similarly, is given to the player who’s teammates feel was the hardest working individual and motivated others to do the same. The player who earned this award was a standout defensive player. Very physical, and pretty instrumental in our game plans during our playoff run. He certainly got better as the season went on. In the semi-final game he started 2 fast breaks that led to goals. He was a big factor on our man down unit, and a competitor every day in practice.
Offensive Player of the Year – Tyler Burns
This player was third on the team in points in 2014, and led the team with 33 assists. He is the self-proclaimed “mister assister,” and also self-proclaimed smartest kid on the team. He was big in our transition game, had 59 ground balls, and top end speed that made it easy for us to get up and down the field with anyone we played this year. Tyler will make us proud, and will no doubt continue to wear his black and gold while off at Choate over the next 2 years before ultimately playing at a high level in college. He has great talent on the lacrosse field, and was especially good at keeping everyone laughing off the field, and in our team group text.
This player was among the most versatile on the team. As a Long Stick Midfielder, he covered the opponents bestmiddie. In addition, he took faceoffs, played on EMO, and played on the man down unit. Led the defense in groundballs, caused turnovers, and had 4 goals in transition capping off an excellent senior season. I think throughout most of the season Johnny was our best player on the field at any position. He was not selected to any all-conference, or all state teams much to my disappointment, but I am glad that his teammates got it right, and he gets to claim some hardware. He will undoubtedly make the team at Merrimack next year, and excel playing division 2 lacrosse if he chooses to.
All- Conference, All-State, All State Academic Team, All- Area MVP. He was awarded the Amity Athlete of the Year for 2013-2014 school year.
Joe led the team in scoring with 55 points (25 goals, 30 assists), but his contribution to the team is one that did not always show up in the box score. He is a complete player out there on the lacrosse field, and a very selfless player. He is very physical, co-led the team in ground balls, is great defensively, and was huge in our transition and clearing game.
He was a great leader on the field, and in the huddle, but a lot of what he was able to contribute came day in and day out during practice. He really set the tone for practices, as an extension of the coaching staff. He commanded great respect from his teammates because he worked so hard every single day. He made everyone on the team better, because he had the same high expectations for each of his teammates that he does for himself. I used to tell the players that they did not have to worry about me yelling at them if they made a mistake, but they did have to worry about Joe getting mad at them.
Joe has made the honor roll in every marking period throughout his high school career. To do that while being a captain of 3 sports is really a testament to what kind of person he is. He is a smart kid, very hard working, and very deserving of any and all accolades that he has received. Sacred Heart University, where he will play lacrosse, is lucky to have him.
Message for the seniors –
A championship is such a coveted thing because 99% of teams end up losing the last game that they play. Only champions get to walk off the field on the last game of the year with a win.
You seniors will go off to college, hopefully I will see some of you at our games in the future. You did not win a championship, or hang a banner. But you should know that 3, 4 or 5 years down the road, it will be this team, and this great playoff run that gets more kids involved in the youth program, gets your towns more excited about the sport of lacrosse, and allows us to win future championships. You boys did that. Look at what you were able to accomplish. Great run, great season. I want to say that I love you all, and thank you for the great experience. I hope that you had fun, that you made friends, and that this team is one of your fondest memories moving forward. Good luck in what the future brings you. Continue to set high goals for yourselves, so if you don’t quite reach them, youstill achieve many accomplishments in your pursuit.
LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT YEAR…
I can’t stop thinking about how great it was to have the opportunity to make a playoff run, and be in the mix for a championship. Next year, if we don’t abandon what got us here, which was hard work, dedication, and the commitment to getting better every day…We will have that same opportunity. Underclassman, next season is your time to step up and fill the gaps left behind by this graduating class. Much like our Most Improved Player this year, Brad Uscilla was able to do. There is a lot of talent coming back next year, and I am excited for where this program is headed.
Leading the team as Captains Next Year
Matt Attolino – Evan Campbell – Jake Milner
Chris Winkel had two extra base hits, helping Orange Post 127 to an 8-3 victory over Naugatuck on Sunday at Brinley.
He doubled in the second and fourth innings.
Nick Fusco held Naugatuck scoreless for eight innings. Fusco allowed six hits, one walk and struck out three.
Naugatuck’s Tavarez was charged with the loss. He allowed seven runs in two innings, walked two and struck out one.
Orange Post 127 went up for good in the first, scoring two runs on two singles.
Orange Post 127 tacked on another five runs in the second. A error scored Josh Sabitsky for the inning’s first run. That was followed up by Winkel’s double, plating Sebastian DiMauro, Gerald Farace and Russo.
The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give.
Donations through the Red Cross are down by about 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected.
The number of donors continues to decline and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks.
The Independence Day holiday falling on Friday reduced the number of blood drives scheduled in early July. Many sponsors did not host drives because people took vacations during the long weekend or the entire week.
In an average summer week, about 4,400 Red Cross blood drives are scheduled, compared to Independence Day week when 3,450 drives occurred.
The Red Cross expected more people would donate after the holiday weekend ended, but donations did not significantly increase
There will be blood drives in the following Orange locations:
Congregation Or Shalom
205 Old Grassy Hill Road
Wed July 23rd
550 Boston Post Road
Monday Aug 4th
To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS ~ 1-800-733-2767
Or visit online at Redcrossblood.org
Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy these all-ages appropriate shows
On July 23, the Calypso band “White Eyed Lizard” will perform (ran date Aug. 6)
On Aug. 20, the bluegrass band “Whiskey Boys” plays (rain date Aug. 21).
Sponsors for these shows include: Maplewood of Orange; OVNA; The Goddard School; Affordable Dentures; Crunch Fitness and Geico.
Labor Day Concert
Unrelated to the Community Services series:
The Town Of Orange and OTN present the Canadian Band “Dreamer.”
In its Connecticut debut, “Dreamer” will give you the Supertramp Experience on Labor Day weekend.
You know the music, “The Logical Song,” “Goodbye Stranger,” and “Dreamer” Come on down to the Orange Fairgrounds Gazebo, 525 Orange Center Road on Sunday, Aug. 31 from 7-9:30 p.m.