Jan 302015

Chandler Howard, President and CEO of Liberty Bank/Liberty Bank Foundation, Jen Romanoff, Amity Teen Center Executive Director, Michael Helfgott, Chairman Liberty Bank Foundation and Jane Opper, Teen Center President.

Chandler Howard, President and CEO of Liberty Bank/Liberty Bank Foundation, Jen Romanoff, Amity Teen Center Executive Director, Michael Helfgott, Chairman Liberty Bank Foundation and Jane Opper, Teen Center President.

The Liberty Bank Foundation has awarded a $2,000 grant to the Amity Teen Center to support the Teens Making a Difference Program.

“The program encourages teens to participate in hands-on community service projects to gain an awareness of the needs in their community,” said Sue Murphy, executive director of Liberty Bank Foundation. “The teens involved learn the importance of community outreach, develop problem-solving and social skills, and encourage leadership and life-long participation in community service.”

“All of us at the Amity Teen Center appreciate the generosity of the Liberty Bank Foundation in rewarding us this grant,” said Jen Romanoff, the Teen Center’s Executive Director.

Since its inception in 1997, the Liberty Bank Foundation has awarded over $8.7 million in grants to nonprofit organizations within Liberty Bank’s market area.  The foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for people of low or moderate income by investing in three areas:  education to promote economic success for children and families; affordable housing; and nonprofit capacity building.  Along with its grantmaking, the foundation strives to foster the convening and collaboration of nonprofits, funders, business, and government to address community issues. 

The Amity Teen Center is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that was formed in 1987.  We provide after school, evening and weekend activities for area teens in grades 7 – 12 in our own 7,000 square foot building at 10 Selden Street in Woodbridge.  Anyone wishing to learn more about the Teen Center, please go to  www.amityteencenter.org

Jan 302015

The Lady Spartans Basketball team takes on Lauralton Hall in Woodbridge tonight (Friday, Jan. 30) at 7 p.m.

This is a very special night for four of the girls — the seniors — Mariana Marchitto (#10), Kaitlain Thomas (#12), Sarah Kilian (#34) and Captain Janaya Young (#52), as this is Senior Night.

We missed seeing Janaya play this season since she is out with an injury, but she is always on the sidelines supporting her team. It’s a shame, really, because she was always such a strong player in whatever sport she took on. She’ll always be remembered for her contributions in past seasons.

Mariana Marchitto

Mariana Marchitto

Sarah Kilian

Sarah Kilian

Kaitlin Thomas

Kaitlin Thomas

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Jan 302015

Scholarship Graphic for Inside PageApplications to the Orange Scholarship Fund are now available at the Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road.

Seniors at any of the local public and private high schools who are residents of Orange and plan to continue their education are eligible to apply, with scholarships being awarded on the basis of need, academic achievement, and community service.

April 15 is the deadline for completed applications.

NOTE: Applications that are incomplete will not be considered.

Jan 302015

Oh, Yes She Did!

Oh, Yes She Did!

The Amity Girls are part of a co op hockey team known as the Blades. On Wednesday, Jan. 28, they went up against the Notre Dame Raiders in Shelton.

The Blades came out strong in the first period scoring their first goal within the first 2 minutes.

At 11:44 they scored again; and less than a minute later at 10:46, they struck again; at 9:30 the fourth goal came in; with just 2:11 left in the period number 5.

End of period score 5-0 Blades.

The second period started strong too, in the first 56 seconds the Blades scored but it wasn’t until there were only 16.3 seconds remaining that they scored again — leaving the Raiders scoreless.

End of period score 7-0 Blades.

In the third period the Blades again was first to score. At 11:11 they logged the 8th point of the game.

In the last 4:30 Notre Dame finally got on the scoreboard, followed by a final goal by the Blades.

Final Score Blades 9 – Notre Dame 1.

(My apologies for the lack of information on this game. I don’t know the players and, as I have said before, I am not a sports writer.)

Jan 262015

Kyle Beaudette gets a stink eye from an opponent during the Meter race.

Kyle Beaudette gets the stink eye from an opponent during the 1,000 Meter race.

Members of the Amity Boys and Girls Indoor Track Teams competed in the SCC Coaches Invitational at the Floyd Little Athletic Center Sunday afternoon.

Orange Live was present for two hours while the boys competed, but unfortunately missed the girls competitions.

Here’s how Amity fared:


55 Meter Dash – Varsity – Finals

5 – Aaron Rattley 6.82a

55 Meter Dash – Varsity – Prelims

5 – Aaron Rattley 6.83a

13 – Josef Monteiro  6.96a

300 Meters – Varsity – Finals

9 – Aria Mohseni 37.66a

43 – Collin Kuchachik 40.09a

600 Meters – Varsity – Finals

40 – Myles Caldwell 1:33.64a

1000 Meters – Varsity – Finals

3 – Kyle Beaudette 2:36.32a

12 – Brendan Purcell 2:43.33a

1600 Meters – Varsity – Finals

18 – Timothy Cannata 4:47.76

3200 Meters – Varsity – Finals

5 – Sricharan Kadimi 9:55.47a

12 – Aidan Leonard-Pasley  10:22.84

55m Hurdles – 39″ – Varsity – Prelims

18 Collin Kuchachik  9.03a

4×200 Relay – Varsity – Finals

2 – Aria Mohseni, Matthew Whitehill, Michael Battat, Aaron Rattley  1:34.73a

4×800 Relay – Varsity – Finals

2 – Matthew Arovas, Connor Crane, Myles Caldwell, Michael Cannata   8:37.28a

Shot Put – 12lb – Varsity – Finals

12 – Cameron Greifenberger  40-08.75

High Jump - Varsity – Finals

16 – Jordan D’Onofrio 5-06.00

Nicholas Robinson (NH)

Long Jump - Varsity – Finals

24 – Nicholas Robinson 18-08.00

36 – Ray Tian  17-07.50


55 Meter Dash -Varsity – Finals

2 – Zoie Reed  7.30a

55 Meter Dash - Varsity – Prelims

2 – Zoie Reed   7.39a

20 – Alissa Beedle   7.90a

300 Meters - Varsity – Finals

37  Christina Magliocco   46.75a

600 Meters – Varsity – Finals

34  Isabella Ferraro   1:52.01a

44  Charlotte Gorham  2:00.16a

1000 Meters - Varsity – Finals

12 Melissa Taggart  3:12.66a

28  Lisa Gorham  3:23.76a

1600 Meters - Varsity – Finals

32  Sarah Smeriglio  5:58.16a

47  Grace Leyden  6:16.48a

3200 Meters - Varsity – Finals

5  Emily Criscuolo  11:49.26a

55m Hurdles – 33″ - Varsity – Prelims

16 Lauren Duhl  9.42a

45  Nicole Koshes  10.49a

4×200 Relay - Varsity – Finals

21  Lauren Duhl, Christina Magliocco, Rachelle Hochman, Alissa Beedle  1:57.18a

4×800 Relay - Varsity – Finals

14  Grace Leyden, Isabella Ferraro, Sarah Smeriglio, Charlotte Gorham  10:43.96a

Long Jump - Varsity – Finals

1  Zoie Reed  17-08.00

Jan 252015

Screen Shot 2015-01-25 at 11.22.29 PMAmity – Region 5 AND Orange Elementary Schools will dismiss early on Monday, Jan. 26 due to the impending blizzard.

The forecast for the storm is still developing so check back for potential additional announcements.

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


Graham Hughes #18, fires one in during a tough game against Scarsdale.

Even 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.