Introducing Amity’s New Boys Outdoor Track Coach

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Oct 092015

Coach Gary Pope

Coach Gary Pope

Amity Athletic Director Ernie Goodwin announced this week that Gary Pope has been hired to replace long-time coach Thom Jacob as the Boys Outdoor Track Coach this spring.

Coach Pope comes to Amity from Naugatuck High School where he was the assistant coach.

“Coach Pope is no stranger to Track and Field, competing as a high school student-athlete in Brooklyn, NY and as a college student-athlete at Southern Connecticut State University,” Goodwin said.

He competed in the sprint events, where he earned All-American status at the NCAA Division II Nationals.

“We are excited to welcome Coach Gary Pope to the Amity Regional High School Athletic Family,” Goodwin said.


Girls Swimming: Hand Wins Most Events — Who Won The Meet?

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Oct 092015

IMG_9497The Amity Lady Spartans Swimming and Diving team hosted the Daniel Hand Tigers in Orange on Oct. 8.

Although Hand won 7 events to Amity’s 5, it was Coach Todd Rainey’s girls who swam away with the 96-87 victory, improving their season record to 6-1.

Amity’s Winning Events 

200 yard Medley Relay: A- 2:00.21 Maggie Lasto, Hannah Flaherty, Kate Alvarado, Elise Grabowski

200 yard Freestyle: A- 2:07.64 Olive Smith

100 yard Butterfly: A-1:01.75 Kate Alvarado

200 yard Freestyle Relay: A- 1:48.63 Katie Jensen, Kalynna Hauser, Maggie Lasto, Megan Lasto

100 yard Backstroke: A- 1:08.07 Jenna Lu

Hand’s Winning Events

200 Ind. Medley: H-2:21.95 Kelly Doktorski

50 yard Freestyle: H- 25.82 Allie Mascia

Diving: H- 202.05 Noelle Bergere

100 yard Breaststroke: H – 1:14.69 Carolyn Weiler

100 yard Freestyle: H- 56.33 Allie Mascia

500 yard Freestyle: H- 5:30.51 Caroline Genther

400 yard Freestyle Relay: H- 4:05.88 Alexis Valentin, Samantha Crans, Caroline Genther, Kelly Doktorski

Girls Volleyball: A Hot Night For Seth Davis’s Lady Spartans

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Oct 072015

IMG_9093The Amity Lady Spartans hosted the Sacred Heart Pacers Wednesday night in Woodbridge.

Amity dominated the court winning three consecutive matches, 25-13; 25-20; 25-22, Blanking the Pacers 3-0


Sacred Heart:
Caitlyn Keish: 6 kills, 8 digs, 2 aces
Kelly Mordecai: 13-13 serving 3 aces 5 assists
Chrissy Chow: 17 digs

Micaela Cardozo:  12 kills 4 digs
Cassidy Kirby:  7 digs 2 aces
Katie Helfenbein: 7 kills 3 blocks 5 aces

Amity improved its record to 9-1

The Amity Volleyball Roster:

Freshmen: Olivia Pisano (11); Abby Harbinson (21)

Sophomores: Danielle Nordvk (9); Jaiden Williams (14); Brooke Matyasovky (28)

Juniors: Jessica Ferraiolo (15); Kathleen Walsh (17); Emily Bacal (27); Taylor Derienzo (30)

Seniors: Micaela Cardozo (20); Karalyn Kachmar (23); Elise Graham (24); Katriana Helfenbein (29); Cassidy Kirby (34)

Back To School: Amity High School Information

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Aug 142015

back2schoolThe first day of school for all students is Monday, August 31.

All students are expected to arrive at school at 7:34 a.m. After an extended homeroom, students will follow a modified A-day schedule.

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If you are new to Amity High School, or returning and need a refresher, here are the Bell Schedules.

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Former Amity Athlete Suffers Horrible Injuries In Boating Accident

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Aug 122015

Stephanie RyanBy now, many Orange Live readers know about a terrible boating accident that happened on the Connecticut River in Haddam last Sunday around 6 p.m.
A  group of young adults were having a fun day on a 26-foot motorboat. Two of them, the boat’s owner and a woman jumped off the boat to swim in the river, when the owner’s relative drove the boat toward them and the swimmers were struck by a propeller.
Ronald Borruso, Jr., of Hamden, had minor injuries and refused medical treatment at the scene. But Stephanie Ryan, 23, of Bethany, suffered severe cuts to her lower extremities and was taken to Hartford Hospital where she is in stable condition.
You’ve probably guessed that Stephanie attended Amity High School, where she played Lacrosse and Girls Ice Hockey. The 2010 Amity Grad is described by a family friend as beautiful, inside and out, physically fit and athletic. She attended Nichols College in Dudley, Mass. where she continued to play Lacrosse and Ice Hockey. She then transferred to UCONN, and was just two classes shy of graduating.
But since Sunday evening, Stephanie lies in Hartford Hospital with both legs severely wounded. She’s had surgery on her left leg and on Wednesday surgeons will be working on a course of action for her treatment.
The only thing that is certain is that Stephanie will be hospitalized and undergo multiple surgeries for quite some time. 
Melissa Vernik, a friend of Stephanie’s since Middle School, sees first hand through her profession as a nurse the struggles patients face, both physically and financially.
Vernik told Orange Live, “Steph is such a sweet person, no one can say anything bad about her, she is a wonderful, caring person,” she said. “She is one of four kids, and the medical care will be expensive. She’s trying to be optimistic, but she has a long road ahead of her.”
Vernik set up a Go Fund Me page to help the Ryan family with Stephanie’s expenses.
As an intro on the page she wrote:

“As you may know our dear friend Stephanie Ryan was in a boating accident this past Sunday. She is stable but has a long road to recovery ahead of her. Between medical care and physical therapy she will need the bills will be adding up quickly. Any amount you can donate is greatly appreciated.”
Melissa’s mother Cheryl said the one-way car trip from Bethany to Hartford alone uses a quarter tank of gas, which adds up as the family wants to be with Stephanie every day.
Stephanie’s future is uncertain, but we wish her good luck, and hope the doctors are successful in getting her back on her feet again.
If you know the Ryan family from Amity, or even if you don’t, please put yourself in their place and do whatever you can to make this difficult time a little less trying.


OH WHAT A NIGHT! Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation Gala Benefit Concert To Beat All Concerts!

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Jul 162015

hyully flierPresenting a dynamic musical review of hit songs from America’s favorite boys from New Jersey, OH WHAT A NIGHT! A Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons headlines the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation’s thirteenth annual Evening for the Arts Gala Benefit on Saturday, Sept. 12, at Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

The performance begins at 7 p.m. and is preceded by an Evening for the Arts reception at 6 p.m., which includes complimentary wine and beer, light hors d’oeuvres and a Silent Auction. This year’s pre-concert Silent Auction features more than 150 items including a vacation getaway, a sunrise hot air balloon ride, vintage, handcrafted & designer items, baskets of treats, theater and sports tickets, as well as Hollywood and sport memorabilia.

Tickets are available through the Quick Center Box Office: (203) 254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396. (1-877-278-7396). Tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the door.

About the Headliners

OhWhatANight!_photo2OH WHAT A NIGHT! is an exciting musical revue written by Motown producer George Solomon, directed by award-winning Broadway producer/director Michael Chapman with choreography by Paul Holmquist. The show features all the original Valli-Four Season hits as well as many top 10 releases not in Broadway’s Tony award-winning hit musical. According to Judy Primavera, foundation co-founder and president,“Everyone loves this music. We are very fortunate to have the country’s #1 Frankie Valli-Four Seasons tribute band at our gala.”

OH WHAT A NIGHT’s exhilarating, family-friendly musical revue thrills its audiences with great choreography, boundless energy, humor and instantly recognizable classic hits such as Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like A Man, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, My Eyes Adored You, Working My Way Back To You, Let’s Hang On and Who Loves You. The Gala will also showcase the talents the young people who are involved in the foundation’s programs.

The Masters of Ceremonies for the evening’s festivities is Jared Brown, Artist Director of Square Foot Theatre in Wallingford, with Rob and Andrea Kennedy, Directors of Amity Creative Theatre, serving as co-hosts and auctioneers.

About the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation

jamieThe Evening for the Arts Gala benefits the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the educational enrichment and professional development of young artists and early career professionals, and created in the memory of Orange, CT, resident Jamie Alaine Hulley. All proceeds from the Gala go to support the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, which sponsors scholarships, educational programs and grants in the arts throughout Connecticut, especially in the greater New Haven and Fairfield counties.

The foundation’s presence has its greatest impact in the BOW elementary schools and the Amity Middle and High Schools. Students in all six elementary schools and the two Amity Middle Schools have benefitted from the foundation’s arts educational programs, including a start-up grant for the Spartan Players theater club at the Bethany campus. At Amity High School, the foundation sponsors a visiting artist series in studio art, music, and theatre; the Memory Project, Mugs for Mankind, storytelling SLAM, as well as Amity Creative Theatre’s fall play and spring musical.

This year a total of nine Amity graduates are recipients of four-year partial college scholarships to study art or theatre.

For information on the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, visit www.jamiehulleyartsfund.org, call (203) 891-8869, or email: [email protected].

Well Known Orange Native Completes White House Internship

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Jul 152015

Orange Native, Eagle Scout, College Grad, Bob Brown in Washington DC.

Orange Native, Eagle Scout, College Grad, Bob Brown in Washington DC.

Bob Brown thinks a big misconception about Washington is that government employees don’t work hard.

“After interning in the House and in the White House, I wholeheartedly disagree,” said Brown, a native of Orange, Connecticut, who recently graduated from Marymount University. “The staff members I supported are some of the hardest working people I’ve met, and nobody that I met has lost sight of why anyone is there: to help the people of our nation.”
Brown put his share of long hours in at the White House, typically working from 8 a.m. until after 7 p.m., five days a week. But for a political junkie, it was a dream come true.
“One of the most incredible experiences in the internship was hearing President Obama speak to us in the East Room toward the end of the internship,” he said.
Brown also heard from Vice President Joe Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, and Press Secretary Josh Earnest.
A 2011 graduate of Amity Regional High School, Brown volunteered for a number of election campaigns as a teenager, ranging from those of town officials to President Obama’s 2008 effort. He served as his high school’s class president for three years.
Outside the classroom, he was involved in the Connecticut Yankee Council of the Boy Scouts and the Junior State of America chapter at his school.
“I credit the Boy Scouts and JSA with helping me become more active in government, public service, and leadership – all traits that were furthered during the White House internship,” Brown said.
In his summer orientation session as a Marymount freshman, he promised himself he would at least apply to intern in Congress and at the White House.
He earned both internships. This past fall, he worked in the Washington office of Rep. Rosa DeLauro, a Connecticut Democrat. He did the White House internship during his final semester at Marymount in the Communications/Media Affairs and Press Office, supporting staff members, compiling daily news summaries within specific areas and creating press lists. Brown received his degree in communications in May.
One of the reasons Brown chose Marymount, a small, private liberal arts college, was its proximity to the nation’s capital.
“Once I visited D.C. for an open house, I realized I enjoyed communicating a message and telling a story – not necessarily political,” he said.
During his time in college, the Eagle Scout also put his skills to work as a volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America’s Order of the Arrow email campaigns, social media and national newspaper. He’s also worked as a communications assistant and photographer at Marymount, where he is now employed in the office of University Advancement.
Bob Brown, a native of Orange, and a 2011 graduate of Amity Regional High School, recently completed a White House Internship. He is a 2015 graduate of Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.

Opinion: Meteorologist Kevin Arnone — Orange Native, Noon Time Weather Guy

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Jul 092015

Watch Kevin's Forecast at NOON today

Watch Kevin’s Forecast at NOON today

Three years ago when I started Orange Live, a young man named Kevin Arnone noticed that I was using a generic source on the site for local weather.

He explained that he was an Amity grad, a weather geek and a meteorologist, whose dream was to work at WTNH-8. He had his own weather forecasting website that he was hoping to build up.

I linked his website to the Orange Live weather tab and Kevin Arnone quickly became a household name with his incredibly accurate forecasts.

While offering us his services, Kevin pursued his dream, worked hard and went to work at WTNH using his talents behind the scenes and building up the WXEDGE Website and Facebook page among other things.

We saw him working hard in the background during promos for the news, but today at noon we can be with Kevin as his greatest dream is realized.

Kevin wrote the following on his Facebook Page:

“Thursday my dreams come true! I will be giving you the weather forecast live on News 8 @ Noon. So if you can, tune in or watch me online @WTNH.com. A huge thank you to everyone involved in making this all possible.”

You make us proud Kevin! So happy to see your dream realized. All your hard work paid off.

No matter how big you get, you will always be the Orange Live Meteorologist. (Our Weather tab links to Kevin’s Meteorologist Facebook Page)

Update: Kevin posted a video of his debut on his facebook page.


Tennis Player, Swimmer Named Amity’s Athletes of The Year

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Jul 062015

Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 10.31.24 PMThe Block A Dinner is Amity’s last official sports award presentation event of the school year.

The Best of the Best are honored with handsome plaques and recognized in front of their parents, coaches and athletic peers .

Recently, we published the names of this year’s MVPs.

Here are the names of the other award winners:

Outstanding Service Award — Debbie Davis

Assistant Coach of the Year — Tom Haley

Coach of the Year Award — Sean Mahon

Director of Athletics Recognition Award — Jordan Young

Thomas J. Ross Memorial Manager Award — Hannah Babbitz

Jeremy Saxe Memorial Scholarship — Joe Ferraiolo

Mark E. Greco Memorial Hockey Award — Dalton Luciani

James Dunleavy Memorial Hockey Award — Zach Shelnitz

Steven J. Zeider Memorial Swimming Award — Alec Melotto

Thomas G. Laugeni Memorial Award — Jake Milner/Gabrielle DiGello

Albert J. Seymour Memorial Award — William Caracciolo/Marissa Mizzone

Sportsmanship Award — Matt Ronai/Brianna Mirmina

Booster Club Scholar Athlete Award — Sricharan Kadimi/Lisa Gorham

Versatility Award — Matt Attolino/Zoe Moscato

and last, but certainly not least

Athlete of the Year Award — Jason Seidman/ Dana Chung

Amity Honors Its Best 2014-15 Athletes At Block A Dinner

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On June 14th the Amity Block A Dinner took place at Grassy Hill Country Club in Orange. IMG_3535

The event honors the best of the best in Amity Athletics.

Following are the recipients of the Most Valuable Player Awards:

Baseball — Devin Belenski

Boys Basketball — Chris Winkel

Girls Basketball — Elise Graham

Boys Cross Country — Sricharan Kadimi

Girls Cross Country — Emily Criscuolo

IMG_5086Dance/Spirit — Rosie Richetelli

Field Hockey — Kaitlin Thomas

Football — Matt Attolino

Golf — Zach Prete

Boys Ice Hockey — Kevin Ryan

Girls Ice Hockey — Meaghan Francis

IMG_9499Boys Indoor Track & Field — Aaron Rattley

Girls Indoor Track & Field — Zoie Reed

Boys Lacrosse — Evan Campbell

Girls Lacrosse — Tori Ramos

Boys Outdoor Track & Field — Matt Post


IMG_1498Girls Outdoor Track & Field — Zoie Reed

Boys Ski Racing — Michael Proto

Girls Ski Racing — Carly Mastrangelo

Boys Soccer — Dean Schwartz

Girls Soccer — Zoie Reed

Softball — Teresa Marchitto

Boys Swimming & Diving — Ben Clemens

Girls Swimming & Diving — Dana Chung

Goalie Evan Campbell (13)

Goalie Evan Campbell (13)

Boys Tennis — Jason Seidman

Girls Tennis — Jamie Thimineur

Boys Volleyball — Brett Southworth

Girls Volleyball — Haley Pierson

Wrestling — Jake Cala

Congratulations to all these fine athletes, we’ll miss you next year.