Baseball: And The Beat Goes On

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May 262016

IMG_0331The Amity Spartans defeated the Fairfield Prep Jesuits 3-2 in the SCC Semi-Final game at West Haven High School Thursday night.

Our Spartans took a quick lead with 2 runs in the first inning, but Prep tied the score in the third.

Amity pulled ahead with one run in the fourth inning and that’s where it stayed, good enough to win and move on to the SCC Championship game, same field, against Notre Dame West Haven Saturday, May 28 at 11 a.m.

It’s forecast to be 85 and humid on Saturday.

NOTE: Built right next to a swamp, the WH High field is unpleasant for spectators with gnats and bugs constantly getting in your face, so, if you are coming out for the game apply lots of bug repellent, hydrate and sun block may not be a bad idea either.

Records going into the Championships: Amity 20-1, Notre Dame 14-8.

May 252016

IMG_0002The Amity Spartans Baseball team won the SCC quarterfinal game against Daniel Hand in Woodbridge Wednesday afternoon 7-5.

Our boys will go up against Fairfield Prep for the SCC Semi-Finals Thursday night at West Haven High School at 7 p.m.

Records: Amity (20-1) is the #1 SCC team; Prep (13-8).





21 Max Scheps
3 E.J. Mastronardi
12 Ray Miklos

Don’t Miss This Year’s POPS Concert

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May 252016

Screen Shot 2016-05-16 at 10.08.59 PMThe 2016 Amity POPS Concert, “Corn Pops” will take place in the John J. Brady Center at Amity High School, just ONE DAY this year, Friday, June 3 at 7 p.m.

Presented by the Amity Music Department, the show will include “a lot of corny jokes,” according to retiring music teacher Chris Hickerson.

If you’ve never attended a POPS Concert, you have missed out on the one opportunity to see the talented Amity Students give their all and perform songs of their own choosing.

POPS is more fun than a barrel of monkeys.

Once again, tickets are only $10.

Click HERE to buy tickets.


Originally Published on: May 16, 2016 @ 22:19

Baseball: Quarter Final SCC Playoff Game in Woodbridge Today

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May 252016

IMG_0152The Amity Varsity Baseball Team (19-1) will be at home in Woodbridge today, May 25 for the SCC Playoff Quarter Finals at 3:45 p.m.

Come cheer on the boys as they play their way to possibly a fourth consecutive State Championship.



Outdoor Track: Amity Boys Clinch the SCC Championship Title

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May 242016

IMG_0152The SCC Outdoor Track and Field Championships were held at Sheehan High School in Wallingford on Tuesday, May 24.

You can find the complete results HERE.

The Amity BOYS won the 2016 SCC Title.


Following are the abbreviated boys results showing just first, second and third place finishers.

IMG_9185Team scores  Team totals will change upon completion of meet Wednesday: 1. Amity, 95; 2. Hamden, 66; 3. Shelton, 51; 4. Hillhouse, 47; 5. Lyman Hall, 42; 6. North Haven, 41; 7. Cheshire, 40; 8. East Haven, 34; 9. Hand, 31.50; 10. West Haven, 30; 11. Notre Dame, 27; 11. Xavier, 27; 13. Fairfield Prep, 26; 14. Guilford, 23; 15. Career, 18l 16. Sheehan, 14.50; 17. Branford, 14; 18. Wilbur Cross, 13; 18. Law, 13; 20. Foran, 10.

100: 1, Aremu, Abdoul, West Haven, 11.19. 2, Fowlin, Camron, Hamden, 11.31. 3, Donaldson, Jay, East Haven, 11.32

200: 1, Aremu, Abdoul, West Haven, 22.48, w:1.5. 2, Mohseni, Aria, Amity Regional, 22.55, w:1.5. 3, Swain, Tyreise, Hillhouse, 22.57, w:1.5

400: 1, Gebril, Omar, North Haven, 49.51. 2, English, Patrick, Shelton, 49.52. 3, Antoine, Kevin, Hamden, 50.18

800: 1, Gill, Jonathan, Lyman Hall, 1:57.74. 2, Cobb, Griffin, Mark Sheehan, 1:58.26. 3, Parisella, Zachary, Hamden, 1:59.14

IMG_9066-300x2111600: 1, Sicilano, Benjamin, Guilford, 4:21.29. 2, Brennan, Ryan, North Haven, 4:21.89. 3, Beaudette, Kyle, Amity Regional, 4:24.52

3200: 1, Murray, Brendan, Cheshire, 9:23.53. 2, Thompson, Drew, Fairfield Prep, 9:26.87. 3, Block, Harrison, Amity Regional, 9:40.51

110 hurdles: 1, Witik, John, Lyman Hall, 14.82. 2, Kuchachik, Collin, Amity Regional, 15.22. 3, Deptula, Zachary, Shelton, 15.59

300 hurdles: 1, Paintsil, Elliott, Notre Dame, 39.38. 2, Witik, John, Lyman Hall, 39.82. 3, Kuchachik, Collin, Amity Regional, 41.42

4×100: 1, West Haven (Aremu, Abdoul 17, Butler, Talon 17, Flores, Jeffrey 16, Highsmith, Andrew 16), 43.55. 2, Hamden (Mayes, John 18, Fowlin, Camron 17, Harrell, Virgil 17, Arrington Jr, Stanley 17), 43.91. 3, East Haven (Griffith, Mike 16, Pates, Garrett 16, Marshall, M’Clay 17, Donaldson, Jay 18), 44.25

4×400: 1. Hamden (Antoine, Kevin 17, Parisella, Zachary 16, Harrell, Virgil 17, Gambrell, Aaron 16), 3:23.58. 2, Lyman Hall (Witik, John 16, Crawford, Jordan 18, Ransom, Mike 16, Gill, Jonathan 16), 3:26.08. 3, Daniel Hand (Noonan, Garrett 17, Parker, Matt 17, Lisi, John 17, Veth, Max 17), 3:30.50

4×800: 1, Hamden (Hodgkins, Isaac 16, King, William 16, Odei-Nitri, Shawn 17, Parisella, Zachary 16), 8:04.98. 2, Amity Regional (Block, Harrison 16, Cannata, Michael 16, Crane, Connor 16, Arovas, Matthew 16), 8:09.27. 3, Lyman Hall (Ransom, Mike 16, Oliveira, Brian 18, Crawford, Jordan 18, Gill, Jonathan 16), 8:14.03

High jump: 1, Abdul-Karim, Gabriel, Hillhouse, 6-02. 2, Robinson, Nicholas, Amity Regional, 6-00. 3, D’Onofrio, Jordan, Amity Regional, J6-00

Pole vault: 1, McShane, Devon, Daniel Hand, 13-00. 2, Hubler, Jared, Foran, 12-06. 3, Petruzzelli, Nicholas, Notre Dame, 12-00

Long jump: 1, Griffith, Mike, East Haven, 21-11, w:NWI. 2, Vaughn, Dyshon, Career, 21-10, w:NWI. 3, Abdul-Karim, Gabriel, Hillhouse, J21-10, w:NWI

Triple jump: 1, Abdul-Karim, Gabriel, Hillhouse, 43-11.50, w:NWI. 2, Vaughn, Dyshon, Career, 43-01, w:NWI. 3, Shuster, Ethan, Shelton, 42-03.50, w:NWI

Shot put: 1, O’Connor, Shane, North Haven, 50-07.25. 2, Greifenberger, Cameron, Amity Regional, 49-00.50. 3, Coward, Niam, East Haven, 46-02.50

Javlin: 1, LaChance, Ethan, Cheshire, 164-06. 2, Valentino, Anthony, North Haven, 158-10. 3, Castor, Noah, Mark Sheehan, 156-03.

Joey Seymour To Be Honored at AHS Hockey Fundraiser

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May 212016

Joe SeymourBig things come in small packages. The Amity Boys Hockey Team got a special gift when Joey Seymour decided to come home to play out the rest of his high school career 43 years ago.

Seymour, a 1975 graduate who is in the next class of Amity Hall of Fame inductees, played at Avon Old Farms as a freshman before changing his mind and becoming a Spartan for the rest of his career. The 5- foot-7, 157-pound skater led the state in scoring for two seasons, made the all-county team three times, was on the 1974 and 1975 New Haven Register All-State teams and earned All-Housatonic League accolades all three winters.

“Size never bothered me. We were all warriors on the ice,” said Seymour. “We shoveled the ice so much at Wright’s Pond (in Orange) our legs got very strong. It really helped me get faster.”

While he got stronger, area sports fans and media certainly took notice, and so did the competition.

“Joey was one of Connecticut’s greatest high school hockey players. He dominated the games and was both feared and respected by the top teams in the state,” said Tom Earley ’75, a teammate on three Amity squads. He had a ferocious slap shot and unbelievable acceleration.”

New HOF Inductee Featured at June 10 Golf Outing

These were the days when Amity played in Division I among the powers of Connecticut hockey. That’s why Seymour, who will be honored at the Spartans’ June 10 Golf Outing Fundraiser at Orange Hills Country Club, got the nod for the school’s hall of fame.

“I had great teammates like Tom Earley, my left wing. He pushed for me to get into the hall of fame, so he deserves all the credit,” said Seymour, whose brothers, Billy ’73, and Danny ’77, were sandwiched around him playing for Amity head coach Hal Smullen. “This is a great honor. I’m happy to represent all my teammates and the great players I skated with. The friendships with my teammates is what I cherish the most. There was a special bond.”

Seymour became a legit Canadian Juniors prospect, receiving a letter of interest from the Chicago Junior Blackhawks, after his junior year at Amity. But most of what he learned about the game at a young age came through playing on a legendary bantams squad called the Gerry Stevens Wheelers. That squad, coached by Ralph O’Connor, went 42-2- 1 and came within a goal of the New England Championship (lost in 2 OT to Wakefield, Mass.) playing out of the old New Haven Arena. Seymour was one of 11 standout Wheelers who went on to prep school hockey from that team.

Fortunately for Amity, going to prep school and living away from his family in Orange did not sit well with Seymour.

Can any family boast five members of the Amity hockey team? Certainly none came match that over just two generations. Matt ’12 and Keating ’14, Joe’s two sons (his daughter Mackenzie ’16 played lacrosse), played for Gary Lindgren, the current head coach of the Spartans who is trying to raise money to send his 2016-17 squad to Munich, Germany, for a hockey and educational tour this December. That’s where most of the golf tournament proceeds will go.

After notching a school-record 169 points over three winters playing out of Bennett Rink and surpassing his brother Billy’s career total of 132, Seymour spurned college hockey offers to join Billy and Danny in their Milford sporting goods store called “3 Brothers.” That partnership lasted 26 years, during which Joey was involved in numerous aspects of the sport, including coaching youth, officiating high school games and tearing up adult leagues as a member of Catapano’s Auto Body.

Seymour, who scored 31 goals both his junior and senior years playing for Spartan teams went deep into the state tournament every year before falling each time to loaded Hamden High School squads, gave credit to his high school coach for helping him progress in the sport and mature into adulthood.

“Coach Smullen was a character building leader as a strict disciplinarian. He was a small guy but was a very feisty competitor,” said Seymour, who learned about the sporting goods business working at Ferguson’s Center Ice Sports and currently owns Nantucket Embroidery Company in Milford.

Good things really do come in small packages.

Story By Steve Conn, Amity ’81

May 212016

Opening Ceremony is at 6 p.m. and the always memorable Luminary ceremony is at 9 p.m.

It’s Time To Order Your Amity Grad Balloons

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May 202016

Amity-balloonsFIPTSO Amity Graduating Seniors Balloons:

Do you know a Graduating ARHS Senior? Make that senior smile by sending a “Congratulations Amity Grad” Balloon.

The Amity High School P.T.S.O. is once again sponsoring Operation Graduation 2016 Balloons for Amity Seniors.

Let’s celebrate our graduating seniors and support Amity Regional High School.

The balloons will be delivered and tied to the graduate’s mailbox before graduation over the course of 2 days, Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12 (Tentative Dates).

Proceeds go to the Amity High School P.T.S.O., including the P.T.S.O. Scholarship Fund.

There are now two ways to order balloons.  You may order online or by using this order form. Orders are due by Sunday, June 5.

If you have any spare time, please consider helping inflate and/or deliver balloons.

PTSO Needs Your Help! The PTSO is need of volunteers to help inflate and deliver Amity Senior Balloons. We need an army to help make this event a great success. Operation Senior Balloons begins on Friday, June 10th at 11:00 a.m – 9:00 p.m. andSaturday June 11th 9:00 am – 3:00 pm  in the ARHS cafe.  Please consider signing up for a time slot here. If you can only do an hour, that is fine.  We appreciate any time you can give to this event. Thank you for your support.

If you have any questions, contact Kathy Sabitsky via e-mail: [email protected]

Amity Graduation Day is Wednesday, June 15 at 4 p.m.


Originally Published on: Apr 29, 2016 @ 22:31

Boys Lacrosse: Amity Vs Xavier

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May 202016

IMG_9677The Amity Spartans Boys Lacrosse Team hosted Xavier Falcons on May 17.
Amity   1-3-0-2 = 6
Xavier  2-7-4-1 = 14
Amity: Mike Cavanagh made 2 goals, Anthony Uscilla and Mike DeVito both had 1 goal and 1 assist, Adam Cusano and John Harbinson both made 1 goal, Sam King had 1 assist.
Xavier: Austin Reid made 5 goals and 3 assists, Brett Reid had 5 goals and 4 assists, Evan Pesco made 2 goals, Tristian Slifer made 1 goal and 2 assists, Jacob Goralnik had 1 goal, Ben Costello had 3 assists, Michael Ford  1
Xavier outshot Amity 36-21.
Amity Goaltender Matt Perrotti made 12 saves.

May 182016

10687029_882465481772430_5111323056979851469_nIn May, 2012, I posted the following message on this website as a way of introducing myself to new readers:

My name is Terri Miles, I’ve been covering the Town of Orange for about 15 years, first with the Amity Observer and then for an online news site. I was moved to start my own site because of a strong desire to give Orange residents what they want and deserve, a 24/7 news site without fillers, regional stories or blogs. Just news and events from YOUR town and your children’s High School. Why? Because I know you and I care. A relative financed the domain name and other little details for me so I wouldn’t go stir crazy after departing from my last job.

Orange Live has been online for four years, offering Orange residents news from their town and Amity High School, which is attended by the majority of Orange students.

Since Orange Live has been up, it’s rare that I’ve wavered from the promise to be your exclusive Orange news site (with news from Amity High School). Of the 6,419 stories published, there have been 10-13 out-of-town stories ONLY because they are high profile and likely affect everyone in some way. (The Maren Sanchez murder, Kevin Brennan suspension, food and product recalls)

Screen-shot-2012-06-26-at-12.42.34-PMOrange Live has stuck to its political policy although some politicians choose to challenge me on it — you will see more of that in the coming months.

Our advertising rates have remained the most reasonable in the area of any medium and those who choose to advertise see results and appreciate the hands-on service, and not having to go through several departments to get what they want.

If someone has a concern I look into it and get answers as fast as possible.

Missing animals are a big draw to Orange Live, for example, Piggy went missing on July 27, 2014 and was home by July 30.

One thing that can’t be disputed is my record for helping people who’ve lost a pet. It always feels good when a family lets me know that their beloved dog or cat is back home. So many residents are aware of my dedication to dogs that when Lacey or Jack runs away their owners send me a personal e-mail and give me the details. I get the word out as soon as possible and stay on it until I know he or she is safely at home again. Orange residents are the best when it comes to rallying around someone who needs help.

After four years, it’s still amazing to me that some people aren’t aware that Orange Live is really a one-person operation. I take the photos, cover the sports, plays, events, meetings, general news, write all the stories, update the site with an average of 5 new stories per day while keeping the Facebook and Twitter pages up-to-date, answering e-mails and phone calls and designing the ads for the page.

On occasion you will see the words “we” and “our” when I refer to Orange Live. So If I am the only one doing the work, then how can “I” be a “we”?

The WE is my brother Ron who legally owns Orange Live. He financed it in order to give me an outlet to give Orange residents the type of news site they deserve. I often discuss things that go on the site with him so, the “I” becomes a “we” and the “my” becomes an “our.”

So on this, our 4 year anniversary, I promise to continue dedicating my time to Orange Live. As many of you know, here is a young lady (my granddaughter) who takes up several hours of my time each week (I’m one of the Lucky Yia Yia’s that gets to spend time with her grandchild) and you will notice a lull in the activity on the site when I’m with her, but it picks up as soon as I leave her house.

In the following year I hope to see continued growth in popularity and to be everyone’s go-to place for news. I have a lot of luck with getting information from teachers at the High School, yet the elementary and middle schools are still depending on other sources for publicity. The Orange Lions, Recycling Committee, Senior Center and other organizations have been awesome, and the Rotary Club began sending press releases after our third anniversary.

You need to know, I am here for you, and if you give me a couple days notice I most likely will be able to come and cover your event and the numbers prove, more people will see it on Orange Live than any other “local” media.

I have some wonderful advertisers who realize that their Ad on Orange Live works, still,  I have yet to make a profit from the site. WHY? for the first year, my brother financed not only the site, but also helped me with my personal bills, mortgage, utilities, etc. and whatever money that comes in goes into a the Live bank account until we are satisfied that I’ve paid him back.

Some of the funds have gone to necessary business items such as, promotional materials, computer equipment, camera lenses etc. but the rest goes to paying back my brother for his generous help.

So, if I’m not getting paid then whey do I stand out in the cold and photograph an entire football game, or in the sweltering heat day after day covering the firemen’s carnival or American Legion Baseball games? — That’s easy, because I made a promise to you when I opened the site, and knowing that I’m staying true to that every day is what drives me.

Click the links above and follow us on Facebook and Twitterbookmark this page and come back every day for current news from the town of Orange.

I would like to thank all of the faithful readers who’ve been with Orange Live since day 1 and to Jim Kaoud from Kaoud Oriental Rugs for his faithful support as an advertiser since we went LIVE. 

 If you need to contact me, call 203-506-1747, e-mail [email protected] or visit our Facebook Page and leave a message.