Jan 242015

IMG_2356On Friday night into Saturday, the Youth of the Orange Congregational Church participated in the “Freeze Out,” fundraising event to benefit Youth United/Habitat for Humanity.

The purpose of this event is to raise money for Habitat for Humanity in Bridgeport. The Orange Congregational group hopes to raise at least $2,000 from this event to put toward its $10,000 State Farm Matching Grant.

Each teen who participates is required to get friends and family members to sponsor them to stay out in the cold and raise a minimum of $35 each.

Some residents drove by and handed the kids donations for the cause.

A shanty town of cardboard boxes in front of the church provided them a little shelter from the elements. Tarps kept the snow and rain from soaking and weakening the structure.

The event began at 6 p.m. with a pizza dinner for the participants and ended around 8 a.m. on Saturday.

After dinner the youths and adult chaperones rotated every hour to experience living outside on a cold January night. Those who were inside the church hall participated in activities and listened to guest speakers.

This year, Orange police officer Mary Bernegger’s drug-sniffing K9, laborador “Trent” impressed his audience with his amazing ability to find even trace amounts of drugs that his partner hid inside the church building prior to the demonstration.

At 6 a.m., before breakfast, two chaperones, Karen and Stuart were shoveling snow and already had built a snowman.

Jan 242015

IMG_2125Even before skating onto the Edward Bennett Rink on Friday evening, the Amity Spartans knew that they had a battle ahead of them going up against an undefeated division 1 team from Scarsdale New York. 

The first period was a heartbreaker for Amity. The Raiders wasted no time posting on the scoreboard with Captain James Nicholas (#16) making his first of four goals at :33 on an assist from Devon Schell (#15). 

The Raiders showed Amity why they are undefeated, firing on Spartan goalie Tyler Cole (#30). Then, at 5:07 Stephen Nicholas (#17) scored, assisted by Sam Stemerman (#3). 

Less than 2 minutes later Stephen Nicholas added another point on an assist from Michael Roberts (#2); and a minute after that James Nicholas and Schell repeated their moves from the game’s initial point; just two minutes later James Nicholas got his hat trick on an assist from Dunkan Hindmarch (#5). Ending the first period at 5-0. 

Scarsdale Freshman Sam Seltzer (#1) made 5 saves; Cole made 12 saves. 

The second period action was fast and furious with Cole deflecting the puck on every shot until the duo of Nicholas and Schell got one past him at 9:15.

Four minutes later, Hindmarch scored for the Raiders on assists from Jonathan Schwartz (#29) and Blake Ruggert (#24), broadening their lead to 7-0. 

Finally, :48 later with only :32.1 remaining in the middle period, Amity Senior Zach Shelnitz (#8) snapped one in past a stunned Raiders goal keeper Gabriel Harousseau (#30). Amity fans saw it go into the net, Shelnitz saw it get by the goalie, but the two referees stopped to discuss it before making their call, which seemed to take forever. (See video on the Orange Live Facebook page). 

Spartans fans roared when the decision went their way. 

Second period score 7-1. 

Harousseau made 7 saves; Cole made 11. 

Unless you were in the locker room, you don’t know what the Spartans coaches said after they left the ice, but when the boys came back in the third period, they were on fire, playing a lot like the 2013-14 team. 

Skating fast and furious, passing, intercepting and shooting like they never have this season. 

Just 4:19 into the period, Nick DeGennaro (#5), scored for the Spartans, assisted by Dalton Luciani (#28).

To everyone’s amazement, Amity scored on a pass from Mac Deane (#22) to Shelnitz. 

A little more than 5 minutes later at 12:06 Scarsdale got its 8th and final goal, with Jake Zurkow (#11) scoring off an assist from Stephen Nicholas. 

With 2:14 remaining in the game, Shelnitz got a hat trick, assisted by Jeremy Cable (#14) and Kevin Ryan (#9). 

Scarsdale outshot Amity 40-22. 

With this 8-4 victory, they remain undefeated. 

Amity’s record is 2-1-9.

The Spartans play Guilford (3-5) in West Haven on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 1 p.m.  (In December, Amity defeated Guilford 7-2)

Jan 232015

215px-Tarzan_musical_Broadway_Poster7275ccbdf73cf501e8d486ba4f2b4968af7591bcTickets to Tarzan are now on sale, get yours before all the best seats are filled (you know it will happen!)

The Amity Theater Department announced that tickets for Tarzan the Broadway Musical written by music legend Phil Collins are now on sale.  

To purchase tickets go to their website at www.amitytheaterdepartment.com  Tarzan will swing into the John J Brady Center for the Performing Arts on Friday March 20 at 8 p.m., Saturday March 21 at 8 p.m., Friday March 27at 8 p.m., Saturday March 28 at 2 p.m. (NEW MATINEE) and Saturday March 28 at 8 p.m.  

For information contact the box office at [email protected] or call (203)-392-2019. 

Jan 222015

Graphic1As many residents know, Amity girls are part of a co-op Hockey team called the Blades, composed of players from Amity, North Haven and Cheshire.

Their home ice is The Rinks at Shelton. They play hard, but you’ve never seen a story or photos of them on Orange Live. Why Not?

Actually, it’s quite simple, the schedule keeps changing. Sometimes games are canceled within hours of game time.

I’ve driven up to Shelton three times in the past 2 months. Once, I left a holiday party so I could shoot a 6 p.m. Blades game. When I arrived I learned that the game was scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Evidently the time had been changed since I originally plugged it into my calendar and 2.5 hours was a long time to wait around when I had so many other things that I could be doing.

The second time I arrived and there was no game, even though it was still on the CIAC website schedule.

This week I went up there for an 8:30 p.m. game, checked the board in the lobby and was happy to see it was still up. I watched the Zamboni make its runs around the ice and waited, and waited… After I got back home I noticed that the Athletic Director had Tweeted out its cancellation earlier in the day.

On Wednesday, I planned on attending the 8 p.m. game, but the Boys Hockey in West Haven went into Overtime and by the time I finished talking to the coach, it was around 8:30 p.m. It didn’t make sense to try and make it over to Shelton for 15 minutes of play time.

Since I don’t get paid to cover anything on Orange Live I don’t make it a practice to travel to away games. But Next Wednesday, the 28th, the girls are supposed to play at 6 p.m. — if the schedule doesn’t change, I will be there.

The 2014-15 Blades Team

The 2014-15 Blades Team

Jan 222015

IMG_1670The Amity Spartans Hockey Team (2-1-8) faced off against the East Haven YellowJackets (1-8) at the Bennett Rink in West Haven Wednesday night.

The game had a rough start for the Spartans, as have many match-ups this season, with East Haven’s Tyler Moss scoring a goal in the first 15 seconds on an assist from Joe Lorello. Then, 9:21 into the first period, the Easties hit again, this time with Zach Paquin scoring off assists from Nick Latella and Joe D’Albero.

Yellowjacket Goalie Devin Avena made 4 saves, while the Spartans Tyler Johnston made 14 saves.

In the second period the defensive players and goal tenders kept their opponents from scoring and the score remained 2-0 East Haven.

Avena made 8 saves and Johnston deflected 14 additional shots.

Amity came alive in the third period at 6:13 Nick DeGennaro scored the first Spartan goal off an assist from Liam Caraciolo.

With only 5:37 remaining in the third period, East Haven’s Mike Montesanto received a 5 minute penalty for boarding an Amity player.

(Boarding in ice hockey is a penalty called when an offending player pushes, trips or checks an opposing player violently into the boards of the hockey rink. The boarding call is quite often a major penalty due to the likelihood of injury sustained by the player who was boarded.)

With just two minutes left in the period Mac Deane passed the puck to Kevin Ryan, who tied things up at 2-2 and the game went into overtime.

In the third period both goalies made 8 saves each.

In overtime, it was do or die and both teams really needed a win to redeem themselves. After some fierce back and forth Amity’s Charlie Csejka passed the puck to Graham Hughes who made the winning goal at 1:02 to a thunderous roar from the Amity fans.

Head Coach Gary Lindgren stepped off the ice and said, “I’m smiling” before heading into the locker room where the Spartans were celebrating their sweet victory.

Asst. Coach Mike Richetelli said, “It wasn’t our best first period, but the message was pretty clear, shut it down, keep working, and play our best.  In the second period we played the most intensely that we’ve played all season. Even though we were down by 2 we had a nice edge and we had good momentum to go into the third.”

Of the final minutes, he said, “For us to get two goals after being down by two, showed a lot. And then for Graham get in there, it was a great hustle and a great effort in overtime and we were fortunate to have him be the first guy to make that play.”

“It’s a great feel good win for us. These kids work hard and they deserved this tonight,” Richetelli said. “We are very proud of what they did.”

Amity plays Scarsdale (NY) this Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Bennett Rink.

After that they have 8 more games, some of them against very tough opponents, until the end of the regular season on March 4. 

Jan 212015

IMG_1516Amity hosted Lyman Hall Tuesday Jan. 20 in Woodbridge.

The Lady Spartans has not had the best season so far with a 5-5 record leading up to last night’s game, and senior captain Janaya Young is still on the injured list.

Going up against Lyman Hall with a 5-4 record prior to the game, Amity really needed a win.

The game’s top scoring player was Amity’s junior Molly Dragan (#23) with 20 points, followed by Elise Graham (#24) with 14 points.

Dragan and Kaitlin Thomas each made one 3-point goal. Graham had 10 rebounds and 4 steals and Dragan had 7 assists.

Lyman’s Senior Emma Sears (#4) scored 17 points and Sophomore Sabrina Smith (#20) contributed 14. At 5’5″ junior Alyssa McCann (#1) was a force to be reckoned with, she only scored 2 points, but she was fast and easily sneaked in to block shots and kept things interesting.

Sears made a 3 point goal and Smith made two for the Trojans.

Quarter by quarter

The Lady Spartans took a quick jump on the Trojans, ending the first quarter 12-10.

In the second quarter Amity piled on 14 points to Lyman’s 6, keeping a sizable 26-16 lead going into the half.

Amity stayed strong in the third quarter adding 16 points to Lyman’s 10 and went into the final quarter with a comfortable 42-26 lead.

The Trojans fought back in the fourth quarter racking up 19 points to Amity’s 12, still it wasn’t enough to overtake the Lady Spartans.

Amity wins 54-45.

Records: Amity 6-5, Lyman 5-5

Jan 202015

IMG_1019The Amity Boys Swimming Team went up against Daniel Hand at the Orange Town Pool Tuesday night, Jan. 20.
At this meet, the Spartans came out on top, defeating the Tigers 99-86.
The Spartans’ standouts were Ben Clemens who was in 4 winning events; Zac Babbitz, Colin Roy and Ben Bacal each with 3 winning events.
Hand’s top swimmer was Paul O’Connor who won two of his team’s four winning events.
Amity’s Winning Events: 
 200 yard Medley Relay: A- 1:46.67 Dan Madsen, Ben Clemens, Sergey Savelyev, Colin Roy
IMG_1159200 yard Freestyle: A- 1:58.52 Zac Babbitz
50 yard Freestyle: A- 24.08 Colin Roy
100 yard Butterfly: A-58.52 Ben Bacal
100 yard Freestyle: A- 51.14 Ben Clemens
200 yard Freestyle Relay: A- 1:39.01 Kevin Zhao, Ben Bacal, Colin Roy, Zac Babbitz
100 yard Breaststroke: A- 1:01.78 Ben Clemens
400 yard Freestyle Relay: A- 3:38.46 Zac Babbitz, Dan Madsen, Ben Bacal, Ben Clemens
IMG_1048Hand’s Winning Events:
200 Ind. Medley: H- 2:12.33 Paul O’Connor
Diving: H- 168.00 Declan Maloney
500 yard Freestyle: H- 5:13.30 Paul O’Connor
100 yard Backstroke: H- 1:01.59 Michael Healey
 Records: Amity (3-1), Hand (5-3)

Jan 192015

IMG_1267The Amity Spartans went up against the Glastonbury Tomahawks Monday afternoon at the Edward Bennett Rink in West Haven.

Glastonbury quickly got on the board within the first 2 minutes with Matt Holdaway scoring on an assist from Tyler Maclean.

Less than 6 minutes later Holdaway slammed an unassisted goal by Amity goal tender Tyler Cole, giving Glastonbury a 2-0 lead going into the second period.

The Tomahawks wasted no time in the second period firing relentlessly on Cole. Shane Mack scored just 1:44 into the period, on an assist from Trevor Suydam. 38 seconds later, Maclean fired one in on an assist from Adam Yaeger.

The two teams battled it out passing, intercepting, shooting and finally, at 9:22 Amity’s Captain Kevin Ryan scored an unassisted goal, putting Amity on the board, bringing the score to 4-1 (Glastonbury).

In the third period Amity proved it had the stamina to keep up with Glastonbury, and the first 2/3 of play time, the goalkeepers on both teams did phenomenal jobs keeping their opponents from adding to their scores.

But Glastonbury could not be kept down. At 9:21 Zach McGrail scored on an assist from Suydam. Less than a minute later at 10:15 Yaeger also scored, assisted by Maclean and Holdaway.

Final Score 7-1 Glastonbury.

With 1:33 left in the game Jared Roy, assisted by Justin Catinazzo and Logan Underwood brought in the winning goal.

Amity Coach Gary Lindgren said he was sad, but not disappointed in the boys.

“We have a young team and they have a tough schedule,” he said. “They played hard and put a lot into it today. We have two more games this week.”

Of his team, win or lose, Lindgren said, “They’re working hard.”



Jan 192015

selma-movieHere is a wonderful opportunity for students.

Several movie theaters across the country are offering free admission to the new movie Selma to 7th, 8th and 9th grade students who show their student ID or report card at the box office.

In an unprecedented effort led by a team of African-American business leaders in New York, organizations across the U.S. coordinated a massive national campaign to find African-American business leaders to underwrite free admission to the film “SELMA” for students around the country.

The CINEMARK CONNECTICUT POST 14 at the Post Mall in Milford is one of the participating theaters.

This offer is valid only while supplies last. So don’t procrastinate. Get out and see Selma.

Showtimes in Milford are 12:10 p.m., 3:35 p.m., 6:55 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

The movie is rated PG-13 and lasts 2 hr 8 min.

Originally Published on: Jan 16, 2015 @ 12:52

Jan 182015

keeley obitRaymond G. Keeley, 50, of Milford passed away after a long illness in New Haven, January 15, 2015.

Ray was the loving father of Rachel A. Keeley, Laura E. Keeley, Raymond Keeley, Louis Werner, all of Hamden and Christopher Werner, currently serving in the U.S. Navy.

He was the cherished son of John R. Keeley, Jr. of Orange and the late Joan DiMeola Keeley.

He leaves behind, brothers John R. Keeley, III (Gelsomina) of Prospect and, Kenneth Keeley of Arvada, Colorado, and his sisters Dorre M. Coon (Kevin) of Torrington and, Karen Keeley (Charles Heinritz) of Sandy, Utah.

Also survived by his companion, Marie Rossi, his former wife, Lisa Brank Keeley, several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and his beloved dog, Dixie.

Ray was born in New Haven, March 24, 1964. Mr. Keeley graduated from Amity High School and worked as a computer systems engineer for various companies and the City of New Haven. He will be missed by many.

His funeral will leave Sisk Brothers Funeral Home 3105 Whitney Ave. Hamden, Monday at 9:30 a.m., Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Church of the Ascension, 1040 Dunbar Hill Rd. Hamden. Burial in St. Bridget’s Cemetery, Cheshire.

In lieu of flowers donations contributions in his name may be made to charity of one’s choice. To leave an online condolence please visit: www.siskbrothers.com