Boys’ Hockey: Branford Comes Off A Loss To Defeat Amity

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Jan 152018

The Amity Spartans Boys Ice Hockey team hosted the Branford Hornets in West Haven on Saturday, Jan. 13.

First Period

Branford (5-1-1) lost its first game of the season 4-2 to Guilford on Friday, and came out with one mission — to win! They didn’t waste any time getting on the scoreboard. At 12:33, Blake Kustra made a goal, assisted by Max Bunton and Spencer Engstom.

Second Period

The Hornets dominated the second period in spite of the Spartan’s best efforts. Jack Manware made a goal assisted by Bunton at 5:25. At 6:09 Kustra made his second goal, assisted by Robbie Lionetti and Bunton. Less than 2 minutes later, Manware made his second goal, assisted by Kustra at 7:58. Amity switched out goalie Michael Holloway for Tyler Cole. SCORE: 4-0 Branford

Third Period

While the Zamboni smoothed the ice, Amity Coach Michael Richetelli had a chat with his team to come up with some sort of strategy. The Spartans came out with the fire in their hearts that we’ve come to love this season. In the first 30 seconds, Jason Csejka scored the first goal for Amity, assisted by Ryan Miller and Jamie Blum. Three minutes later Jake Silliman made an unassisted goal, but that was as good as it got. Tyler Cole was able to keep Branford at bay so they didn’t widen the spread any further. FINAL SCORE: 4-2 Branford.

From the Coach

Richetelli said his team played with some intensity in the third period that they should have played with in the first two. “We played a good first period, but they didn’t play with intensity. That’s a lesson we learned today,” he said. “You learn and you move on.”

Of Branford, he said, “We knew they were a good team and it was going to be a tough game. They (Branford) came off a tough loss yesterday and so, they came back today.”

“You can’t expect to win, you have to play hard to make that happen,” Richetelli said. “They dominated the second period, and we should have played harder then.”

Next up for Amity, is an away game vs Hamden on Wednesday, Jan. 17. This is the first time the Spartans have played the Green Dragons (4-2) in quite some time.

On Saturday, Jan. 20, the Spartans will host NFI [New Fairfield/Immaculate] (4-1-1) in West Haven at 3 p.m.


Obituary: Mary Polek Andreucci, 94, Beloved Mother Of Rosemary Leone

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Jan 142018

Mary Polek Andreucci 94, of Madison beloved wife of the late Leonard A. Andreucci passed away on January 12, 2018 in CT. Hospice.
Loving mother of Leonard R. (Carolyn) Andreucci of Todd, NC, Janice M. (Peter) Paduano of Madison and Rosemary (Don) Leone of Orange.
Grandmother of Peter Paduano, Gina (Chris) Ralph, Michelle Andreucci, Laurie (Scott) Cochran, Kristen (Sean) Froelich, Lisa Andreucci and Jonathan and Daniel Leone.
Great-grandmother of Nicholas, Mitchel, Justin, Jake, Timothy, Megan, Ethan, Benjamin, Jonah and Avagrace. Sister of the late Jennie Paolillo, Helen Onofrio and Frank, John, Walter, Steven, Louis and Henry Polek.
Mary was born in New Haven on March 28, 1923 daughter of the late Steven and Julia Wronski Polek.
Relatives and friends are invited to A Mass of Christian Burial MONDAY morning in St. Margaret Church 24 Academy St. Madison at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery. THERE WILL BE NO CALLING HOURS.
Arrangements in care of the PORTO FUNERAL HOME 234 Foxon Rd. (Rte. 80) East Haven.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN. 38105.
Sign Mary’s guestbook online at www.portofuneralhomes.net

Girls’ Hockey: Blue Devils Best Blades In Overtime

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Jan 142018

The Amity/North Haven/Cheshire (Blades) hosted the West Haven/Sacred Heart (Blue Devils) at the Rinks at Shelton on Saturday, Jan. 13.

First Period

Both teams played fast and hard for the first 15 minutes. Both goalies also worked hard and no one was able to score.

Second Period

The Blue Devils were first to score at 10:56 with Celina Condon’s goal, assisted by Brooke McNabola.

Third Period

Spectators were on the edge of their seats as the Blades hammered West Haven’s goalie with shot after shot and finally at 6:46, Tess Csejka tied the score on an assist from Cally Dixon.


The 8-minute overtime period was do or die for these competitive young ladies. Fast and furious skating with equal possession time, and then, with just 2:06 remaining on the clock, Taylor Nowak scored the winning goal for the Blue Devils on an assist from Jenna Hunt.

Final Score: 2-1 West Haven


Records: Blades 9-3, West Haven 8-1

Note: The two teams will face up again on Sunday, Jan. 21 at the Edward Bennett Rink in West Haven at 8 p.m.

But first, the Blades will host the Hall/Conard Warchiefs (5-3-2) of West Hartford on Saturday, Jan. 20 at the Rinks at Shelton at 9 p.m.

Don’t Forget, “Bubblemania” Is Coming To Town On Saturday

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Jan 142018

Orange Community Women (OCW) invites you to see “Casey Carle’s BubbleMania” at High Plains Community Center, on Saturday, January 20 at 3 p.m. 

BubbleMania is a highly-acclaimed show combining the science of bubbles with theatrical showmanship and comedy.   Its website describes the show as an “extremely unique program combining high energy entertainment with artistic achievement.  

BubbleMania is loaded with visual comedy, quick wit, big band swing music and the untamed, often unbelievable qualities and beauty of spherical liquids: 20-foot bubble serpents; bubbles that bounce, dance and shimmy; jaw-dropping fog filled bubble sculptures; gravity-defying blobs of bubble foam; bubble spaceship; crystal ball; soap bubble ping-pong and more! This will be a wonderful community event and lots of fun for all ages.

This show is sponsored by the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation.

Tickets are $5 before January 15th / $7 at the door – under 1 free.

Publicity Chairman Laura Griest said, “Orange Community Women is a chapter of Connecticut Junior Women, Inc.  We seek to unite the women of Orange and surrounding areas by participating in community service and providing enrichment, leadership and social interaction.  Our projects include awarding scholarships to Amity students, donating children’s books to the library, collecting for veterans, organizing activities for the Tracy Bunch (a group of special needs adults sponsored by Orange Community Services), visiting and working with the seniors at Silverbrook, donating holiday food baskets and gift cards to Orange Community Services and partnerships with Days for Girls, Manes and Motions Therapeutic Riding Center and Female Soldiers/Forgotten Heroes. Proceeds from this fundraiser support projects such as these.”

For more information on Orange Community Women, contact Donna Wesolowski, 203-799-3519.

Boys Swimming and Diving: Amity Wins Again

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Jan 122018

The Amity Swimming and Diving Team hosted Cheshire in Orange on Friday, Jan. 12.
Both teams competed well but in the end, Amity came out on top winning this contest 95-85.
Amity’s Winning Events
200-yard Medley Relay: A- 1:38.60 Colin Roy, Arsenio Bustos, Kevin Yanagisawa, Tyler Roy
200-yard Freestyle: Ch- 1:50.70 Ben Brewer
200 Ind. Medley: A-2:03.29 Arsenio Bustos
50 Freestyle: A-22.29 Colin Roy
Diving: A- 211.10 Uranik Klobucishta
100-yard Butterfly: A- 54.35 Kevin Yanagisawa
200-yard Freestyle Relay: A- 1:35.98 Uranik Klobucishta, Blake Wetter, Nic Robinson, Kevin Yanagisawa
100-yard Backstroke: A- 54.57 Colin Roy
Cheshire’s Winning Events
100 Freestyle: Ch- 50.70 Ben Brewer
500-yard Freestyle: Ch- 5:03.82 Sam Hanke
100-yard Breaststroke: Ch- 1:02.67 Joseph Cannata
400-yard Freestyle Relay: Ch- 3:32.79 Ben Brewer, Sam Hanke, Peter Levens, Joseph Cannata
Records: Amity 5-0, Cheshire 3-1.

A New Way To Look At High School Swim Meets

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Jan 122018

Amity Swim team member Tyler Roy is not only an excellent athlete but now you can add underwater photographer to his resume.

On Friday evening I attended the Amity vs Cheshire swim meet at the Orange Town Pool.

I had recently purchased a small “point and shoot” camera that has many nice features, perhaps the best being that it is waterproof.

I asked coach Todd Rainey if one of the boys could take some underwater photos for me while the team was warming up. At first, he sort of looked at me like I was nuts, but, I assured him that it was waterproof and Yes, I meant to bring it into the pool, put it underwater and do the best he could.

You will NEVER see me in a bathing suit taking photos for Orange Live, but once I figure out a way to get it done, you will be seeing more underwater photos in the future from the actual Amity swim meets. In the meantime, enjoy these photos by Tyler Roy.


Agenda For Jan. 16 TP&Z Commission Meeting

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Jan 122018

TP&Z Chair Ozzy Parente

The Town Plan and Zoning Commission will meet at Town Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. (it’s new meeting time)

Following is the agenda:


  • SITE PLAN APPLICATION-Architectural Standards Supplement.  Submitted by Bed Bath & Beyond/Christmas Tree Shops for property known as 220 Indian River Road.  For proposed façade changes to the Christmas Tree Shop.
  • Review of the Minutes from November 21, 2017, December 5, 2017 and January 2, 2018 Meetings.

3.  Old Business.

4.  New Business.

PUBLIC HEARINGS 7:30 p.m.  *(1)

5.  APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL EXCEPTION, PERMIT OR USE –Submitted by Jerome Spector Revocable Trust and Janet Cesanek.  For property known as 772 Derby Milford Road.  For two accessory structures which are already located on the property.  One building is 20’ by 16’ and a second building is 11.9’ x 24’. 

     The application is submitted in accordance with Section 383-26 I (3)(a) of the Orange Zoning Regulations.  A larger ground coverage and height in excess of 15’ is requested.

Boys’ Ice Hockey: Amity Defeats West Haven 3-1

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Jan 122018

The West Haven Blue Devils hosted the Amity Spartans at Bennett Rink on Wednesday, Jan. 10.

First Period

The Spartans got onto the scoreboard first with James Blum’s goal, assisted by Jason Csejka at 11:03. This was a blow to West Haven, which had a full house (due in part to the ceremony to retire former Westie Rob Fumiatti’s jersey number that preceded the game.)


Second Period

West Haven’s Kevin Moriarty tied things up at 1:27 on an assist from Robbie Forleo; Then halfway through the period Amity’s Connor Bath assisted by Mike Miller and Joe Schittina pulled the Spartans ahead again. 2-1 Amity.

Third Period 

At 12:52, Amity’s Blum and Csejka teamed up again to score the third and final goal of the game.

Final: Amity 3, West Haven 1


AMITY      1 1 1—3

W. HAVEN 0 1 0—1


Shots—Amity outshot West Haven 33-24

Saves—Amity: Tyler Cole 23; West Haven: Logan Cole 30

Records—Amity 5-1; West Haven 2-5.

Wrestling: Amity Defeats Shelton 38-34

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Jan 112018

Amity Wrestlers won another hard-fought dual match against Shelton on Tuesday January 9th. Amity’s victory was led by Captains Christian Chadwick, Matt Rothman and newly named Captain Sam Keylock.  Christian Chadwick, Matt Rothman, Simon Flaherty, and Justin Griffen all won their respective matches by pin.

With this win, Amity remains undefeated in the SCC B division.

Amity 38, Shelton 34

106-  G. Zipperstein (S) dec. Captain S. Goldblatt (A) 5-2

113- S. Reyes (S) pin Danny Carlson (A) 1:25

120- Christian Chadwick (A) pin A. Montez (S) 2:41

126- Aidan Hebert (A) dec. A. Cordeo (S) 10-1

132- S. Rago (S) dec. Liam Keylock (A) 8-4

138- C. Mengold (S) pin Aidrian Gonzales (A) 3:17

145- M. Monico (S) dec. Mike Widell (A) 13-8

152- Matt Rothman (A) pin L. Saranich (S) 0:45

160- A. Seaton (A) dec. L. Stanskey (S) 9-0

170- Sam Keylock (A) forfeit

182- Simon Flaherty (A) pin A. Rosa (S) 0:52

195- R. Weiner (S) forfiet

220- N. Morrisey (S) pin J. Foote (A) 0:56

285- Justin Griffin (A) pin I. Deloatech (S) 1:25

Girls’ Ice Hockey: Blades Crush Lancers in Milford

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Jan 112018

 The Blades (Amity-N.Haven-Cheshire) Varsity Girls Ice Hockey team was on the road in Milford Wednesday, Jan. 10 for a game against the Notre Dame Fairfield (ND-Fairfield/Law/Foran/Weston) Lancers
Period 1
Notre Dame got things started with a goal by Laura Dennigan, assisted by Anne Scovill. Andrea DelVecchio tied the game with a goal for the Blades on an assist from Shannon Reilly. DelVecchio scored again, assisted by Olivia Dittman, pulling the Blades ahead 2-1 for the first period.
Period 2

The second period belonged to the Blades, starting with a shot by Cally Dixon, assisted by Tess Csejka and Melissa Montessi, next, Shannon Reilly made a goal, assisted by DelVecchio and Haley Cable. The trio of Dixon, Csejka, and Montessi wrapped up the second period with another goal, bringing the score to 5-1.

Period 3

The Blades also dominated the third period with unassisted goals by both Meghan Hogan and Csejka, bringing the final score to 7-1 BLADES!

Saves: NDF Rebecca Paine 35, Blades Juliana Daddio 17