Apr 202015

Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 2.54.43 PMThe University of New Haven’s Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences this fall will begin offering a master’s degree in investigations.

The 30-credit program — the first in the Northeast — will offer both online and on-ground courses and will have concentrations in criminal investigations, financial crime investigations and computer forensic investigations.

“The new program will build on our strengths in criminal justice and forensic science and prepare students for careers as investigators and advance practitioners in their careers in both public and private organizations,” said Mario Gaboury, dean of the Lee College. “This program will deliver a highly targeted educational experience in fields that are in high demand.”

The program will cater to students already employed in law enforcement, insurance, regulatory agencies, claims and complaints departments and homeland security.

It will be part of the Lee College’s School of Public Service and will provide graduates who can assist the FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency, Securities and Exchange Commission, Central Intelligence Agency and the Internal Revenue Service with investigations into white-collar crime, terrorism, security fraud, insurance fraud, identity theft, computer crime, government corruption and tax evasion.

“UNH has a long history of providing specialized graduate education,” said William Norton, associate dean of the Lee College and head of the School of Public Service. “Students will be able to help root out fraud and quantify damages. Unfortunately, these crimes are growing, and investigators are in demand.”

Apr 202015

Amity is lucky to have a team of talented athletes playing varsity softball this year.

Much like the 2014 season, 2015 looks to be a memorable one.

The Lady Spartans are 5-0 for the season, defeating West Haven 4-0 on April 8; Daniel Hand 11-5 on April 9; Lyman Hall 11-3 on April 13; North Haven 2-0 on April 15 and Foran 1-0 on April 17.

The girls have two home games this week: Sheehan on Monday at 3:45 p.m. and Mercy on Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. They are away at Shelton on Friday at 3:45 p.m. None of these games is expected to be easy.

Amity is led by two brilliant junior pitchers, Katie Koshes (2) and Morgan Perry (9).

The team has 5 seniors: out fielder Julia Bedini (8), first base Jill DeMaio (12), out fielder Haley Kober (15),   center fielder Jenna DiLorenzo (18), and catcher Janaya Young (22).

Along with Koshes and Perry, there are four other juniors on the roster: second base Ally Gusmano (3), shortstop Cassidy Kirby (4), catcher/third base Amanda Rieser (5), and catcher Teresa Marchitto (26).

Rounding out the team are two sophomores: outfielders Emily Mullins (10) and Jenna Thomas (25), and one freshman, outfielder Danielle Nordyk (9).


Apr 202015

The Lady Spartans are 2-2 for the 2015 season. They’ve already taken on one of their toughest opponents — the Lauralton Hall Crusaders — and stayed within 2 points throughout the entire game.

This year’s team has 11 Seniors: Sandra Britton (3), Alysse DellaTorre (5), Haley Saracin (8), Emily Nicefaro (9), Caroline Torro (14), Seanna Robinson (22), Gabrielle DiGello (24), Mattie Sokoloski (25), Ellie Henn (31), Murphy Deane (49) and Elizabeth Enright (number not on roster).

There also are 11 Juniors: Jenna Kauffman (1), Victoria Ramos (2), Micaela Nelson (11) Peri Sosensky (12), Julia Tomei (13), Brandy Cerrillos (15) Alexandria Gonzalez (17), Isabella Ferraro (19), MacKenzie Seymour (21), Kendra Osinski (32), and Madison Flanagan (44).

Rounding out the roster are Sophomores: Bailey MacNamara (23), Goalie Jena Casman (50) and Cassandra Bishop(number not on roster).

The Lady Spartans are away this week: Monday, April 20 at Daniel Hand 6 p.m.; Thursday, April 23 in Southington at 5 p.m. and Saturday in Branford at 1 p.m.

Their next home game is on April 28.

Apr 202015

IMG_0064On Saturday, April 18, Amity hosted the Monica Hargrove Freshman & Sophomore Invitational meet.

Participating schools joining Amity (LL) included: Kennedy, Mercy, Middletown, New Canaan, West Haven (L); Hillhouse, Sacred Heart Academy (MM); Seymour (M); and Greens Farms Academy.

The freshman athletes weren’t the only newcomers to outdoor high school track meets, Michelle Shoop, the new Girls Track Coach also is out there for the first time … and loving it. “I’m still learning some of their names, but they are a great group of kids and they all work really hard,” she said.
If Shoop’s name sounds familiar it’s because she also is the girl’s basketball coach.
Among the top finishing Amity athletes were:
BOYS – First Place

Andrew Burford – 800 Meters – 2:16.19

Nicholas Yoo – 3200 Meters – 10:50.60

Joseph Antaya, Alessandro Pacelli, Ray Tian and Brandon Stock – 4 X 100 Relay
Gerald Singleton – Long Jump – 17-10.00
Second Place
Ryan Bedini – Discus 1.6 kg – 106.00
Andrew Burford, Brendan Corris, Nicholas Yoo, Ernest Yelenik – 4 X 800 Relay – 9:06.85
Andrew Burford, Ernest Yelenik, Alessandro Pacelli, Conrad Li – 4 X 400 Relay – 3:58.87
GIRLS – First Place
Emily Criscuolo – 1600 Meters – 5:51.36
Natalie Iwaszkiewicz – 3200 Meters – 12:48.24
Mayah Sachs, Rachelle Hochman, Ann Foley, Caroline Rafferty – 4 X 400 Relay
Arianna O’Brien Cannon, Natalie Iwaszkiewicz, Charlotte Gorham, Emily Criscuolo – 4 X 800 Relay
Second Place
Zizhu Chen – 100 m Hurdles – 33″ – 19.42
Click HERE for Complete Results.

Apr 192015

The Amity Boys Lacrosse Team is now 2-3 for the 2015 season.

Their first loss was an 8-9 overtime heartbreaker against Notre Dame – West Haven on April 8.

The Boys won their second game 7-5 in Branford on April 10.

The third game was a 4-6 loss to Daniel Hand on April 13, then on April 16 the Spartans lost to Guilford 4-7 in Guilford.

All of these were close games until Saturday, April 18 when they faced off with Lyman Hall in Woodbridge and won by a huge 20-3 margin.

This year Amity has 13 Seniors: Jake Milner (2); Matt Attolino (3); Jesse Kwolek (5); Kevin Ryan (9); Sean Grenier (10); Matt Lockhart (11); Brad Uscilla (12); Goalie Evan Campbell (13); George Tucker (14); Nick Mazzacco (16); Kyle Luisi (27); Ben DiMauro (29) and Matt DeLizio (33).

There are 10 Juniors: Ian MacDonald (4); Jonathan Catarino (6);, Mike DeVito (7), Mike Pretlove (8); Jake Cala (15); Samir King (17): Anthony Uscilla (18); Stephen Petrillo (19); Devon Hebert (21) and Michael Cavanagh (28).

Rounding out the team are 4 Sophomores: Goalie Matthew Perrotti (1); Cory Sachs (22); Mark DellaTorre (23) and Tyler Vincent (44).



Apr 172015

file photo from a past Amity Graduation

file photo from a past Amity Graduation

The Region 5 Board of Education set the 2015 graduation date at its meeting Monday night.

Graduation for the Class of 2015 will be held on Friday, June 19 at 4 p.m.

More information about graduation logistics will be forthcoming here on Orange Live.


Apr 162015


Wednesday was a perfect day for a SCC Softball game, the warmer temperature, sun shining on her back, Amity’s Katie Koshes pitched a perfect game, striking out 19 of the 21 North Haven batters who went up to the plate.

Koshes was on fire, she went 2 for 3 at bat as well. Dani Nordyk and Jenna DiLorenzo had RBIs and Teresa Marchitto had a hit for the Lady Spartans.

Aside from the first inning in which Amity scored both of its runs, the game was otherwise scoreless: meaning North Haven pitcher Haley Arnaoutis also did a good job on the mound.

This was Amity’s third consecutive win this season.

The Lady Spartans (3-0) travel to Milford to take on the Foran Lions (1-1) Friday at 3:45 p.m.

Apr 152015

IMG_9529 Athletes from three different High Schools enjoyed some beautiful warm weather for this week’s track meet at Woodbridge on Tuesday.

Both the Amity Boys and Girls Teams tri-meets were against Sheehan and Career, and both teams came out on top.

Boys Outdoor Track

Amity wins two

Team results: Amity 132, Career 15; Amity 91, Sheehan 59; Sheehan 129, Career 11

100: Davis, Zack, Sheehan, 11.62

200: Davis, Zack, Sheehan, 23.41

400: Baum, Matt, Sheehan, 51.30

800: Cobb, Griffin, Sheehan, 2:01.20

1600: Cobb, Griffin, Sheehan, 4:31.76

3200: Arovas, Matthew, Amity, 10:23.87

110 Meter Hurdles: Rattley, Aaron, Amity, 15.44

300 Hurdles: Christensen, Nathan, Sheehan, 41.92

4×100 Meter Relay: Amity (Whitehill, Matthew, Mohseni, Aria, Monteiro, Josef, Battat, Michael), 44.29

4×400 Meter Relay: Sheehan (Baum, Matt, Allen, Bryan, Caplan, Andrew, Cobb, Griffin), 3:33.80

4×800 Meter Relay: Amity (Arovas, Matthew, Crane, Connor, Caldwell, Myles, Purcell, Brendan), 9:20.38

High Jump: Mosley, Austin, Amity, 5-08

Pole Vault: D’Onofrio, Matthew, Amity, 9-00, Antaya, Joseph, Amity, 9-00

Long Jump: Campbell, Justin, Career, 20-08

Triple Jump: Cantone, Jon, Sheehan, 42-05.25

Shot Put: Greifenberger, Cameron, Amity, 42-01.50

Discus: Greifenberger, 114-11

Javelin: Post, Matthew, Amity Region, 152-0.

Records: Amity 3-0, Sheehan 1-2, Career 0-3


Girls Outdoor Track

Amity wins two

Team scores: Amity 95, Career 41; Amity 102, Sheehan 48; Sheehan 90, Career 58

100: Zoie Reed, Amity, 12.65

200:Zoie Reed, Amity, 26.03

400: Maddie Burns, Sheehan, 1:02.95

800: Melissa Taggart, Amity, 2:27.71

1600: Emily Criscuolo, Amity, 5:40.55

3200: Nicole Feng, Amity, 12:34.41

100 Hurdles: Lauren Duhl, Amity, 16.89

300 Hurdles: Lauren Duhl, Amity, 49.71

4×100 Relay: Career (Donzo, Haja, Greene, Falestine, Joyner, Brooke, Middlebrook, Dahsia), 51.84

4×400 Relay: Amity (Gorham, Lisa, Hill, Christine, Duhl, Lauren, Taggart, Melissa), 4:20.94

4×800 Relay: Amity (Gorham, Lisa, Leyden, Grace, Taggart, Melissa, Tucker, Emma), 11:13.39

High Jump: Middlebrook, Dahsia, Career, 4-10

Pole Vault: DiDomenico, Tessa, Sheehan, 7-06

Long Jump:Zoie Reed, Amity, 16-10.25

Triple Jump: Guadagnoli, Morgan, Amity, 30-07

Shot Put: Mendygral, Michaela, Sheehan, 35-11.50

Discus: Mendygral, 112-01

Javelin: Moscato, Zoe Marie, Amity, 100-04.
Records: Amity 3-0, Sheehan 1-2, Career 0-3

Apr 142015

Amity's Haley Kober cries out in pain after being hit by a pitch.

Amity’s Haley Kober cries out in pain after being hit in the hand by a pitch.

The Lady Spartans continued their winning streak with a victory over the Lyman Hall Trojans in this SCC Housatonic Division game in Woodbridge on Monday.

Morgan Perry was on the mound for this one, and Amanda Rieser was catching.

Amity started off the game with 5 runs in the first inning and 1 in the second.

Lyman finally scored in the third with 2 runs, but that was no match to the 4 that Amity brought in.

The Lady Spartans scored again in the fourth inning and the Trojans scored their final run in the fifth.

The Lady Spartans were victorious, defeating the Trojans 11-3

Notable players: 

Jenna DiLorenzo had two hits, including a home run, and three RBIs and Teresa Marchitto had a single, double and an RBI.

Morgan Perry had two hits and an RBI, Ally Gusmano had one hit and an RBI and Dani Nordyk and Amanda Rieser each doubled for Amity.

Kim Petit went 3-for-4 and Morgan Shura went 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Trojans.

Team records:Amity 3-0; Lyman Hall 1-3.


Apr 132015

IMG_9276Amity Coach Brandon Pepe was hoping his Spartans would slay the Daniel Hand Tigers at Woodbridge Monday afternoon, but as the clocked ticked down in the final quarter, he knew it wasn’t going to happen.
Hand came on strong in the first quarter, scoring two goals and leaving Amity scoreless (2-0); in the second quarter the Spartans battled back, scoring two goals, to the Tiger’s 1 (3-2); the third quarter was a repeat of the first with Amity unable to find the net and Hand picking up two more (5-2); it was do or die in the final quarter with a repeat of the second quarter Amity 2 goals, Hand, 1 and the win at 6-4.
Notable players:
Jake Milner made 2 goals and 1 assist for the Spartans; Anthony Uscilla and Matt DeLizio each made 1 goal; Brad Uscilla had 1 assist.
The Tiger’s Lucas Mendicino was the game’s high scoring player with 3 goals; Bryan McManus had 1 goal and 2 assists; Clay Sweitzer and George McGuirk each made 1 goal and Reid Sweitzer had 2 assists.
Hand outshot Amity 21-19.
Goaltender Evan Campbell made 13 saves for the Spartans; Ethan Baser made 7 for the Tigers.
Records: Amity 1-2; Hand 2-0
Editor’s Note: From the sidelines it is always nice to see the respect the team has for its coaches and the positive way the coaches speak to the players win or lose.