Oct 312014

IMG_3513The Dance Team will be hosting a fundraiser at Chip’s Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, Orange, on Monday, Nov. 3.

Support the team as they will be traveling to Orlando in January to compete in the National Dance Team Championships.


Tickets are $10.00 and will be on sale during all lunch waves on Monday.

The girls, under the leadership of Kendra Luth practice about 6 days per week and their routines are getting more complex as the year goes on.

Oct 312014

111103053110_fall back time change 640x360 16x9Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend, which means we return to Standard Time at 2 a.m. Sunday.

To do so, set the clocks back one hour Saturday night, before you go to bed. 

Your cell phone most likely will change by itself, but be sure to change the clock in your car, on the stove, microwave, coffeemaker, all wall clocks, etc.

This also is a great time to check and change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Oct 312014

SwimmingThe Lady Spartans Swimming and Diving team had a phenomenal year, we watched proudly as they won meet after meet only losing once — to Cheshire.

The Girls competed in the SCC Swim Championships at Southern on Wednesday and came in a close second to Cheshire.

Dana Chung came in first in the 200 Individual Medley at 2:11.77 and second in the 100 Freestyle at 53.76.

Madeline Snow took second place in the 500 Freestyle at 5:21.46 and third in the 200 Freestyle at 1:59.25.

Snow, Chung and their team mates also won first place in the 200 Freestyle relay at 1:41.72 and the 400 Freestyle relay at  3:40.14.

Team results: 1. Cheshire 1,291.50 points, 2. Amity 1,025, 3. Lauralton Hall 790, 4. Sacred Heart Academy 678.50, 5. Hand 622.50, 6. Branford 555, 7. North Haven 518, 8. Sheehan 501, 9. Lyman Hall 481.50, 10. Mercy 420.50, 11. Foran 315, 12. Shelton 287, 13. Hamden 283, 14. West Haven 242, 15. Law 218, 16. East Haven 173, 17. Career 20.50, 18. 2.

Individual results:

200-yard medley relay: 1. Cheshire (Lindsay Smalec, Lily Kurtz, Liz Boyer, Ellie Senft) 1:52.13; 2. Branford 1:52.57; 3. Lauralton Hall 1:53.04.

200 Freestyle: 1. Liz Boyer (Cheshire) 1:57.85; 2. Jaime Robinson (Sacred Heart Academy) 1:58.72; 3. Madeline Snow (Amity) 1:59.25.

200 Individual medley: 1. Dana Chung (Amity) 2:11.77; 2. Elizabeth Sargent (Lauralton Hall) 2:11.82; 3. Dakota Meyer (Lauralton Hall) 2:11.83.

50 Freestyle: 1. Erika Maercklein (Branford) 25.21; 2. Allie Mascia (Hand) 25.30; 3. Tessa DiDomenico (Sheehan) 25.33.

Diving: 1. Victoria Wall (Lyman Hall) 382.30 points; 2. Kiersty Neeman (Lyman Hall) 382.10; 3. Brianna Buehler (Sheehan) 376.80.

100 Butterfly: 1. Lindsay Smalec (Cheshire) 58.58; 2. Liz Boyer (Cheshire) 59.46; 3. Nikki Robinson (Sacred Heart Academy) 1:00.27.

100 Freestyle: 1. Brittany Driscoll (Lyman Hall) 53.06; 2. Dana Chung (Amity) 53.76; 3. Ellie Senft (Cheshire) 55.64.

500 Freestyle: 1. Jaime Robinson (Sacred Heart Academy) 5:16.42; 2. Madeline Snow (Amity) 5:21.46; 3. Taylor Plumley (Cheshire) 5:23.29.

200 Freestyle relay: 1. Amity (Katherine Alvarado, Megan Lasto, Madeline Snow, Dana Chung) 1:41.72; 2. Branford 1:44.26; 3. Cheshire 1:44.48.

100 Backstroke: 1. Kaitlyn Joy (Lauralton Hall) 1:01.35; 2. Tess DiDomenico (Sheehan) 1:01.51; Marisa Daly (Sheehan) 1:02.04.

100 Breaststroke: 1. Brittany Driscoll (Lyman Hall) 1:08.21; 2. Erika Maercklein (Branford) 1:08.40; 3. Dakota Meyer (Lauralton Hall) 1:08.64.

400 Freestyle relay: 1. Amity (Madeline Snow, Maggie Lasto, Megan lasto, Dana Chung) 3:40.14; 2. Cheshire 3:40.15; 3. Sacred Heart Academy 3:41.71.

Note: First Place, Second Place… The 2014 Swimming and Diving Team will always be number one in our hearts and minds. You all made Amity Proud. 

Oct 302014

IMG_6262Amity defeated Foran 3-1 in the semi-finals on Wednesday night in Woodbridge.
Amity won the first two games 25-15, and 25-22. Then Foran came through with a 25-19 win in the third game. The Lady Spartans beat the Lions in the final game 25-11, winning the match and moving on to the finals.
Amity’s noteworthy players:

Katie Helfenbein had 10 kills and 3 block; Haley Pierson had 26 assists and 2 digs; Kathleen Walsh had 10 kills.

Foran’s noteworthy players:

Janae Owen had 12 kills; Kayla Ellis had 10 kills; Kelly Hunt had 8 kills and Jenna Zacarelli had 37 assists.

The Lady Spartans will play in the SCC Finals against Cheshire at North Haven High School on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Cheshire is one of the two schools that defeated Amity this season (Cheshire 2, Hand 1 – were Amity’s only losses)

Cheshire is the #1 seed and Amity is the #2 seed. This should be quite the showdown.


Oct 302014

The-Lunchbox-PosterThe Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, will host this month’s “Film Buffs” feature next Thursday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m.

The Lunchbox” (India 2013) A mistaken delivery in Mumbai’s famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox.

104 minutes. Rated PG-13.

Please pre-register in person or by telephone 203-891-2170.

Originally Published on: Oct 23, 2014 @ 13:33

Oct 292014

(Photo by Terri Miles)

(Photo by Terri Miles)

Do you have small children? Do you love the magic of Christmas? For 20 years Santa Claus has teamed up with the Orange Volunteer Fire Department for its Santa’s Helper Fundraising event in which 100 percent of the proceeds are used towards the purchase of firefighting and rescue equipment. 

For two decades Santa’s Helper Teams of firefighters, special helpers, family and friends have been honored to deliver gifts, smiles, fun and visit with thousands of families throughout Orange. And now they are visiting the children of the children that they first saw back in 1994 pressing their little faces up against glass doors waiting for the fire trucks to come down their street with lights and sirens announcing Santa’s arrival.

If you would like to join in the fun and have one of the Santa teams arrive at your front door on Sunday, Dec. 14 between 2-8 p.m., it’s easy, Just follow the simple steps:


There is a fee of $15.00 per gift. Each gift must be INDIVIDUALLY wrapped in your favorite holiday paper with an over-wrap of plain brown paper. The name and address of the recipient must be clearly printed on the outside.
Please try not to make the gifts too large or heavy, Santa appreciates that.
We have a limited delivery number of 160 homes. This is an extremely popular event, and those spots fill up quickly. We strongly encourage you to have all of the gifts for your stop with you on Gift Drop-Off day. **For those families having a large party with many gifts on delivery day, please e-mail us at: [email protected] for special instructions.**


Gift Drop Off Day for the general public is at Fire Station #2, 355 Boston Post Road, (Across from TGI Fridays) on Saturday, Nov. 22 from noon to 2 p.m. PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIME FRAME. This year, the organizers ask that the general public begin to arrive no earlier than 11:30 a.m. (30 minutes prior to the 12 p.m. start time.)  You will have a much shorter wait in line by following these new guidelines. Thank you!


Please park your car in the rear of the Fire Station. There will be firefighters there to assist you. The Drop-Off line will be located INSIDE the fire station. USE REAR DOOR MARKED ENTER. 


Delivery takes place on Sunday, Dec. 14 from 2-8 p.m. Santa on his fire truck with his Elf, and special firefighter helpers will arrive at your home to deliver the gifts back to your loved ones, and spend some time with your family for photos and smiles. 

If you have any questions, you can e-mail Elf Mama at: [email protected]
She will help you via e-mail. Please DO NOT call the Fire Stations as it’s a volunteer department and there will not be anyone there available to assist you with Santa’s Helper information.

**E-mailing Santa’s Helper does not guarantee you a spot on the delivery route. Sign-up on drop-off day is on a first come-first serve basis.


Originally Published on: Oct 8, 2014 @ 9:44

Oct 292014

fishing heavenGreg Dominick Feliconio, age 47, of Monroe, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 26, at Connecticut Hospice, Branford, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Bridgeport on August 23, 1967, he was a son of Dominick and Carolyn DeVito Feliconio of Trumbull.

Greg was a foreman and mechanic for A. Laugeni & Sons of West Haven.

He enjoyed boating, fishing and snowmobiling; he was an avid sports car and motorcycle enthusiast.

Greg was a loving son and brother who will be missed by all who knew him. In addition to his parents, Dominick and Carolyn, survivors include a sister, Cori Vincent of Virginia and a brother, Tom Feliconio and his wife Cindy of Orange as well as several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles and his canine companion, Doedoe.

A dinner celebrating Greg’s life will be held on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014 at 2 p.m. in Vazzy’s Osteria, 415 Main St. (Route 25), Monroe.

In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make memorial contributions to Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven, P.O. Box 7611, New Haven, CT 06519-0611 or to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405.

Arrangements entrusted to the Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, 419 White Plains Road, Trumbull. For more information or to leave an online condolence, visit us at www.abriola.com.

Oct 292014

sue palmerSusan Louise Short Palmer, age 71, of Orange, died October 15, 2014.

She was the devoted wife of Frederick Palmer for 47 years and mother of Carla Palmer, Arlington, MA and Debra Palmer Stratford, CT.

Daughter of the late John M. Short and Helen Ahrens Short. Sister of Judith (Thomas) Pryor, Gorham ME, Nancy (Richard) Ross, Milford, CT and Leslie (Eugene) Skibitsky, Dixfield, ME and aunt of many nieces and nephews.

She was a 1961 graduate of Milford High school and earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Southern CT State College.

She was a very enthusiastic kindergarten and nursery school teacher.

Susan was an active member of the First United Church of Christ in Milford, CT for over 65 years as a member of the choir, and many other positions including the Hospitality Committee, Christian Education, Music Committee, Deacon, as well as the Church Moderator.

She was a Mariner and Girl Scout as a child and continued in scouting as a lifetime member and a leader for her daughters.

She was an active member and volunteer for the Orange Country Fair committee, Orange and Milford Historical Societies, the CT Historical Automobile Society, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, the Milford Red Cross, the American Cancer Society and Habitat for Humanity.

Calling hours will be held Friday, Oct. 31, directly in the Fellowship Hall of the First United Church of Christ in Milford from 4 to 8 p.m.

A Memorial service at the Church will be held Saturday, Nov. 1 at 10:30 am. Interment will be private.

In Lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Cancer Research Institute, The American Cancer Society or The music fund at First United Church of Christ.

The arrangements are in the care of Smith & Sefcik Funeral Home, Milford. To leave condolences or for directions, visit www.georgejsmithandson.com 

Oct 292014

The "50 Children" arrive in New York.

The “50 Children” arrive in New York.

Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, presents its annual Kristallnacht Commemoration on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014 at 9 a.m.All are welcome to attend.

This year’s program is in honor of “50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Eleanor & Gilbert Kraus.”

In early 1939, few Americans were doing anything about the darkening storm clouds over Europe’s Jews. But one ordinary Jewish-American couple decided something had to be done. Despite overwhelming obstacles – both in Europe and the United States – Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus made a bold and unprecedented decision to travel to Nazi Germany and Austria in an effort to save 50 Jewish children from mortal danger.

The program features guest speakers:

Steven Pressman,producer of the Emmy-nominated documentary film “50 Children”  and author of the recently published book by that title

Dr. Robert Braun one of the “50 children” rescued by Mr. & Mrs. Kraus

Ginger Kraus, granddaughter of Eleanor & Gilbert Kraus

And Senator Richard Blumenthal

Save the date to hear this inspiring story of bravery, selflessness and compassion.

Kristallnacht: “The Night Of Broken Glass” — A brief explanation for non-Jewish readers

On November 9, 1938, Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels announced a government-sanctioned reprisal against the Jews. Synagogues were ravaged and then burned. Jewish shop windows were broken. Jews were beaten, raped, arrested, and murdered. Throughout Germany and Austria, the pogrom rampaged.

Police and firefighters stood by as synagogues burned and Jews were beaten, only taking action to prevent the spread of fire to non-Jew owned property and to stop looters – upon SS officer Reinhard Heydrich’s order

The pogrom spanned the night of November 9 to 10. During this night 191 synagogues were set on fire.

The damage to shop windows was estimated at $4 million U.S. dollars. 91 Jews were murdered while 30,000 Jews were arrested and sent to camps such as Dachau, Sachsenhausen, and Buchenwald.

— source: Jennifer Rosenberg on About Education (read more HERE)

Originally Published on: Oct 14, 2014 @ 10:21

Oct 292014

SwimmingTonight (Wednesday, Oct. 29) is a big night for two of Amity’s best girls sports teams.

The Girls Swimming and Diving will compete in the SCC Championship meet at the Moore Fieldhouse at Southern at 6 p.m.

Also at 6 p.m., our Girls Volleyball will take on Foran in the SCC semi-finals at Amity High School.

Come out tonight and cheer on at least one of these excellent teams as they battle for the SCC Championship title.