Obituary: Mildred J. Shay, 87, Beloved Wife, Mother of Lisa Poland, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother

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Dec 112017

Mildred J. Shay, age 87 of Milford, beloved wife of Joseph V. Shay, died at St. Vincent’s Medical Center on Saturday, December 9, 2017.

Born in Bridgeport on November 15, 1930, Mildred was the daughter of the late Johan and Esther Gustafson Johnson. She grew up in Stratford and lived in Fairfield for more than 50 years.

She was a graduate of Roger Ludlowe High School and worked as a secretary at Bryant Electric before she became a full-time homemaker and mother to their four children. She later worked at IMSA in Bridgeport, where she made lifelong friends before her retirement.

Millie was an avid Yankees fan. She loved to solve the NY Times crossword puzzle (in ink) and never missed an episode of Jeopardy! She and her family spent more than 40 summer vacations in Misquamicut, Rhode Island. Millie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend who will be truly missed by all who knew her.

In addition to Joseph, her husband of 62 years, Millie is survived by her four children, Coleen (Art) Clark of Milford, Karen (George) Swift of Randolph, New Jersey, Lisa (George) Poland of Orange and Christopher (Annie) Shay of Trumbull; thirteen grandchildren, Michael and Ryan Clark, Karen Anton, Sean, Patrick, and Andrew Swift, Katharine, Elizabeth, and John Poland, Connor, Grace, and Nolan Shay and Emily Kiely; two great grandchildren Layne and Dylan; nieces and nephews, including her cherished niece Patricia Konecny, her best friend. Millie was predeceased by her parents and siblings, Helene LaCroix, Ruth Whitbread, and Carl Johnson.

Friends may greet the family on Tuesday, December 12 from 5-8 PM in the Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, 419 White Plains Road, Trumbull. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Millie can be made to a charity of one’s choice.

A funeral home service will take place on Wednesday, December 13 at 10:30 AM in the Funeral Home.

Burial will follow at Lawncroft Cemetery in Fairfield.

To leave online condolences, please visit our website at www.abriola.com.

This Week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedules

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Dec 102017

The Winter Sports season has begun and the Spartans have several Varsity games on the schedule this week

Monday, Dec. 11

Boys Basketball (scrimmage) away at Seymour High School 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 12

Boys Ice Hockey vs Masuk (Scrimmage) Home at Bennett Rink West Haven 6:30 p.m.

Wrestling vs Cheshire Home at Amity 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 13

Boys Basketball vs Guilford (Scrimmage) Home at Amity 5:15 p.m.

Boys Ice Hockey West Haven Jamboree Bennett Rink West Haven at 6 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs Kolbe Cathedral Away at Shehan Center 7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 15

Girls Basketball vs Hillhouse Home at Amity 7 p.m.

Girls Ice Hockey vs New Canaan Home at Rinks at Shelton 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 16

Wrestling Away at Shelton Invitational at 10 a.m.

Girls Ice Hockey vs Lauralton Hall Home at Rinks at Shelton at 4:30 p.m.

Boys Ice Hockey vs BBD (?) Home at Bennett Rink in West Haven at 5 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 17

Girls Ice Hockey vs Masuk-Joel Barlow-Newtown-Oxford (Away) at Rinks at Shelton at 6:30 p.m.



Orange Resident Presents Non-Scary Family Fun Day At Fright Haven

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Dec 102017

The state’s largest and scariest haunted attraction, Fright Haven, will be a lot less scary on Saturday, December 16. On this day, from 1-2:30 p.m., there will be a very special Winter Wonderland “Lights On” Family Fun Day matinee, designed especially for youngsters.
Owner/operator Charles F. Rosenay, of Orange, will personally escort families and young ones through the indoor maze, completely renovated and decorated for the Christmas season.
Fright Haven, at 411 Barnum Avenue Cutoff in Stratford Square Shopping Plaza (the former Bally’s Fitness/Showcase Cinemas building — next to L.A. Fitness and Ninety Nine Restaurant across from Home Depot), is made up of three entirely different themed Halloween haunted houses encompassing more than 20,000 square feet, all under one roof.
In December, it has gone through a complete transformation into a Holiday attraction, “A Frightmare Before Christmas.” The scares come in the evening, though.
Whereas Fright Haven is a world-class haunted extravaganza meant to chill and thrill, on these kid-friendly matinees, all the lights will be turned on, the scary music will be turned off, and the actors will not jump out in masks and make-up. The all-ages appropriate atmosphere will be more carnival and less evil.
In fact, it also will be educational, wherein the “scaremasters” will reveal all the hidden secrets to what scares visitors, and what actors are taught to startle the guests during normal evening hours, when the attraction is far more chilling.The all-ages walk-through will be conducted by Charles Rosenay and his 11 and 12-year-old sons, Ian and Harrison. There also will be Christmas favors and an array of ornaments available.
Fright Haven is completely indoors and parking is free. The seasonal attraction benefited Stratford PAL (Police Activities League) in the past and has served as a fund-raiser for several area schools and non-profits. This family holiday event is in support of the Connecticut Food Bank.

Admission to the Winter Wonderland is only $20 in advance or at the door for adults; children only $10. There is a special promotion for friends from Orange: bring a non-perishable food item for a free children’s admission.

Advance tickets are available, along with further information, at www.FrightHaven.com. Group discounts are available by phone at (203) 795-4737, which also is the haunt’s info line.

Amity Winter Concert On Thursday

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Dec 102017

Come to Amity High School on Thursday, Dec. 14 to hear the talented students perform during the annual Winter Concert at 7 p.m.

The show is free and open to the public.

Many musical Amity graduates have gone on to do great things. When you’re sitting in the audience this week you never know, you could be in the presence of a future superstar.

The Music Department works hard to bring out the best in these young artists. Come on out and enjoy the show.

Severe Weather Alert Issued

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Dec 102017

The National Weather Service has issued a severe weather alert through tomorrow morning.
Snow has melted and is expected to refreeze tonight across the tri-state area. This will cause slippery conditions on untreated surfaces tonight into Monday morning.
A warning is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is occurring, imminent or likely.
A watch is used when the risk of a hazardous weather or hydrologic event has increased significantly, but its occurrence, location or timing is still uncertain.
An advisory is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is occurring, imminent or likely.

Chinese Delegation Visits Amity High School

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Dec 102017

The full delegation posed with principal of Amity Regional High School, Anna Mahon, in front of the school

Educators from the Guangdong Province of China visited Amity Regional High School on Monday, December 4, 2017 and spent 3 hours shadowing students and talking with administrators.

The Associate Dean and the Director of the School of Professional Development and Research on Primary and Secondary Education from Guangdong Province led the delegation.

Their goal was to observe teaching and learning in the comprehensive high school.

The 20 guests shadowed about 14 Amity students during their visit.

Before leaving, the Chinese delegation exchanged gifts with their hosts.

(Photos by Daniel Gregg)

A Message From Congregation Or Shalom (Snow Cancelation)

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Dec 092017

Due to the weather, tomorrow’s (Sunday, Dec. 10) Minyan is canceled.

However, the YAHAD Hebrew School at the JCC will take place.

Everyone Is Welcome To A Family Show and Menorah Lighting on Wednesday

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Dec 092017

Hanukkah “The Festival of Lights” 2017 begins on Tuesday evening, Dec. 12 and ends on the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 20.

Traditionally, the first candle on the menorah is lit at nightfall on the first day of the holiday, but, in Orange, everyone in the Tri-town (Bethany, Orange and Woodbridge) community is invited to a Glow In The Dark Chanukah (choose whichever spelling you like) celebration at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, on Wednesday, Dec. 13.

The celebration begins in the gymnasium at 4:45 p.m. with a Glow-In-The-Dark show with Eric Girardi of Bending Gravity Entertainment.

At 5:15 p.m. everyone will head outside for the Menorah Lighting. (In case of inclement weather the lighting will be moved indoors — the forecast calls for dry but frigid weather). Students of Or Shalom, Temple Emanuel and Chabad Hebrew Schools will light the Menorah.

This will be followed by Chanukah treats.

For more information, contact Bluma Hecht at info@chabadow.org

News for Pet Owners and Pet Lovers in Orange

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Dec 082017

Husse has finally come to Orange. For 30 years, this Swedish company has been delivering its own high-quality pet foods and products directly to customers’ doors. Up until now, there was only one other franchise territory in the entire state. In an announcement from the company, brothers Mark and Mike Tagliatela, of Orange, will now be delivering Husse in its own branded vehicle.

All Husse pet foods are GMO-free and made to the highest standards of the European Union.  Adherence to these standards has resulted in there never being a single recall in the more than 50 countries in which Husse operates, including the U.S. Husse offers a wide-ranging line of pet foods that includes grain-free and sensitive digestive formulations, as well as foods for puppies, active adults, and seniors. As a result of Husse’s rigorous manufacturing standards, the foods are highly digestible.

Mark and Mike Tagliatela are pictured with Sales Manager Mark Foisey Jr

Husse representatives worldwide are trained extensively in nutrition, as are Mike and Mark Tagliatela of Summit Drive. The brothers, who are attorneys in town, decided to join Husse after running their own law practice for many years. Being a part of the four-legged friend community, Mark and Mike found a dire need for healthy pet food. Then they discovered Husse.

“Mark and Mike come to Husse with dedication to contributing to the healthy lives of pets. Their energy will make them a great team to grow the brand here in Connecticut, “ said Mark Foisey Jr, Sales Manager at Husse.

The brothers can be reached via email newhaven@hussenortheast.com or by phone (866) G0-HUSSE. They very excited about helping to keep pets in Orange and the New Haven County well-fed and healthier in the New Year.

Attention Baseball Fans: Orange Legion Tryouts Scheduled

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Dec 072017

Orange American Legion Post 127 Baseball

Orange Post 127 Junior Legion (17-under) and Senior Legion (19-under) Tryouts will take place at the Connecticut Sportsplex, 216 Foxon Boulevard, North Branford on Saturday, Dec. 16 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Players 14 – 19 are invited to try out. Any questions should be directed to Bob Mirto at 203-687-8299 or Nick Mirto at 203-464-9971.

In addition to the regular Legion season, the program includes an out-of-state tournament, a winter hitting league, and instruction.