Amity Honors Its Best 2014-15 Athletes At Block A Dinner

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Jul 012015

On June 14th the Amity Block A Dinner took place at Grassy Hill Country Club in Orange. IMG_3535

The event honors the best of the best in Amity Athletics.

Following are the recipients of the Most Valuable Player Awards:

Baseball — Devin Belenski

Boys Basketball — Chris Winkel

Girls Basketball — Elise Graham

Boys Cross Country — Sricharan Kadimi

Girls Cross Country — Emily Criscuolo

IMG_5086Dance/Spirit — Rosie Richetelli

Field Hockey — Kaitlin Thomas

Football — Matt Attolino

Golf — Zach Prete

Boys Ice Hockey — Kevin Ryan

Girls Ice Hockey — Meaghan Francis

IMG_9499Boys Indoor Track & Field — Aaron Rattley

Girls Indoor Track & Field — Zoie Reed

Boys Lacrosse — Evan Campbell

Girls Lacrosse — Tori Ramos

Boys Outdoor Track & Field — Matt Post


IMG_1498Girls Outdoor Track & Field — Zoie Reed

Boys Ski Racing — Michael Proto

Girls Ski Racing — Carly Mastrangelo

Boys Soccer — Dean Schwartz

Girls Soccer — Zoie Reed

Softball — Teresa Marchitto

Boys Swimming & Diving — Ben Clemens

Girls Swimming & Diving — Dana Chung

Goalie Evan Campbell (13)

Goalie Evan Campbell (13)

Boys Tennis — Jason Seidman

Girls Tennis — Jamie Thimineur

Boys Volleyball — Brett Southworth

Girls Volleyball — Haley Pierson

Wrestling — Jake Cala

Congratulations to all these fine athletes, we’ll miss you next year. 


PHOTOS: Amity Grads, Go Forth And Conquer

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Jun 212015

The Amity Class of 2015 had more than 450 phenomenal young men and women who are now going out to make their mark on the world.

Among them, Athletes, Actors and Actresses, Musicians, Academics and even one Future Yale Grad.

Go forth and conquer, the sky’s the limit. Your amazing future is up to you.

Here are some favorite photos from the June 19 Graduation Ceremony.

We’ll miss you all, for every contribution you made during your four years at Amity, big or small, it doesn’t matter. You are all memorable in your own way.


VIDEO: Amity Senior Frank Kachmar’s EPIC Commencement Speech

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Jun 212015

IMG_0192Chosen to address the Amity Class of 2015 for his Outstanding Achievement in Extracurricular Activities was Frank Kachmar.

When he was finished, Principal Charles Britton said “Thank You Frank, and Thank You Amity English Department” — Watch the VIDEO and you will understand why.

Audience members described it as “EPIC.”



Panther Pounce, A Memorable Event For Many Participants

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Jun 202015

IMG_1276Peck Place School had a beautiful day for its annual Panther Pounce 5K Road Race today.

Although event organizer Whitney Shanley said, “We had a decent turnout for the race.”

Similar to the Race Brook School Rockin’ Road Race the crowd was a bit smaller than usual (161 participants) perhaps because so many new 5K races have been popping up in town every year.

Food For Thought

Firefighter George Geane may have come up with the best solution to help save these two classic school fundraising events — combine them. It’s something both schools can consider the “Rockin’ Pather Pounce” could take the same certified route as the Chilly Chili Run and registered runners may check a box for either Peck Place or Race Brook so their entry fee would go to the school of their choice.

The union could save on the cost of the police presence, entertainment, awards and refreshments. — Think about it.

Victorious Moments

All that aside, today’s race was special for some runners:

One older man who crashed to the ground on Treat Lane near Old Country Road was fortunate to have medical assistance immediately available. The school nurse was one of the first on scene and provided CPR and Orange Police Lt. Max Martins gave him a jump start with an AED. (By the end of the race the man was sitting up in his hospital bed and talking to people.)

A 35-year-0ld first time 5k runner was thrilled to cross the finish line, period, but was ecstatic to see others coming in after the 32 minute mark behind her.

For 15-year-old Shayna Goldblatt, it was a huge day for her entire family. She was the first Goldblatt EVER to run a 5K, and for Shayna, well, she came in 18th overall, just 2 seconds behind the first place female in her age category.

Orange’s Nick Bencivengo, 17, placed second overall and first in his age group, his second big win in as many races.

This also was a fine day for the Beaudette family. Dad, Roland was the overall winner, crossing the finish line ahead of the pack at 18:56; 11-year-old Mason came in second in his age group at 21:48; mom, Jamie came in third in her age group at 30:14; and 14-year-old Lani came in at 29:11.

Son Kyle, who is known for his accomplishments on the Amity High School track team was the only family member that didn’t run today, but he still had an important role in the event — he was the guy in the panther suit.



School Will Be Over, But The Peck Place Panther Pounce Will Go On

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Jun 202015

race2586-logo.btjCaPThis Saturday, June 20, Peck Place School, 500 Peck Lane, Orange, will host its third annual Peck Place Panther Pounce 5K.

Race registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

Race steps off at 9 a.m.

Registration Information:
Adults: $35.00 Race Day Registration Fee
Students:  $10.00 Registration Fee

10:00 am Awards Ceremony Begins

Questions / Sponsorship Information:

If you have questions, contact Whitney Shanley at [email protected]. 

If you would like to be an event sponsor, make a donation to the prize raffle, or show your support by becoming a family sponsor ($10.00 donation per family), contact Tracey Russo at [email protected].

Show Your Support By Running Or Walking On June 20, 2015


In addition to the race, rock station 99.1 WPLR will be on hand to DJ the event, there will be a huge air slide for the kids, face painting, complimentary chiropractic adjustments courtesy of Dr. David Durso of Advanced Spine and Sports, Smoothie King with free smoothies, and much more.

Video: Senior Class President Emily Johnson’s Speech

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Jun 192015

IMG_2104The 2015 Amity Commencement Ceremony took place on the football field in Woodbridge on Friday, June 19 at 4 p.m.

Here is a VIDEO of Senior Class President Emily Johnson addressing the crowd and her fellow graduates.

Valley Fire Chiefs Regional Fire School Graduates Largest Class Ever

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Jun 182015

Screen Shot 2015-06-18 at 12.17.18 PMThe Valley Fire Chiefs Regional Fire School is proud to announce the graduation of the class of 2015. 

Six months ago, when the Firefighter 1 training began, there were 41 students, but only 37 of them made it all the way through to the end — the largest class to date.

The ceremony also was attended by the largest audience of family members, friends and Fire Chiefs.

The firefighters will now go to their respective firehouses and serve the cities and towns in which they live or are committed to.

Hamden firefighter Diego Barboza was the class “valedictorian” having scored the highest on the written exam.

Hamden, Oxford, Orange, Trumbull, Shelton, Woodbridge, Branford, Bethany, Ansonia, and Southport benefit from the hard work of the Instructors and students of the class of 2015. Orange welcomed four new members.

The New Haven County Firefighters Emerald Society Pipes and Drums led the graduates into the auditorium at the Shelton Intermediate Middle School.

Shelton Firefighter William Stanton, III, led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance, then Ken Mitchell, Jr, President of the Valley Fire Chiefs Regional Fire School, offered opening comments.

The guest speaker was William Higgins, Director of Training for the CT State Fire Academy, who welcomed the graduates into the brotherhood of firefighters and thanked their families for all they gave up during training and everything they will sacrifice in the future.

James Vincent, Director of Training (and the Orange Deputy Fire Marshal) gave the address to the class and then entertained the audience with a humorous 5 minute slide presentation set to music, showing the students working hard — and having fun during their six months of training.

High achiever Diego Barboza, a new member of the Hamden Fire Department was presented the Achievement Award and addressed his fellow students as the class valedictorian.

One by one, the members of the class of 2015 received their well deserved Firefighter 1 certificate, then joined family and friends in the lobby for a magnificent cake from Tidmarsh’s Bakery in Ansonia.

As the only female in the class, Jessica Royka said she took some good spirited teasing, and sometimes didn’t feel like “one of the boys.” But the class as a whole was like a family and everyone looked out for one another and cared about their fellow students’ success. “They’re all my brothers,” she said. Jessica is a member of the Branford Fire Department, along with four of the other graduates.

The new firefighters and their departments are:

Ansonia John Machowski, Christopher Mack Ansonia, Peter Mavilla, Cassidy Miller, David Pimenta, Joseph Reardon, Tyler Reese, Peter Washenko

Bethany Steven Kirschbaum

Branford Wiliam Glynn, Brock Kopp, Joseph Petrosino, Jessica Royka, Dominick Sannino

Hamden Diego Barboza, Christopher Gamelin, Kyle Mendillo

Orange Brandon Butler, Trevor Griffin, Brandon Natale, Michael Sirico

Oxford Justin Bongiorno, Joshua Downs, Robert Kurdy, Joshua Zitnay

Shelton Nicholas Demko, Nicholas DiCairano, Jacob Martin, Luke Martin, Noam Meir, Michael Neuendorf, William Stanton, III, Daniel Tatun

Southport  Robert Pocius

Trumbull Liam Davis, Charles Riczu

Woodbridge Keveon Galan

Attention: Here’s What You Need To Know About The 2015 Amity Graduation

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Jun 172015

file photo from a past Amity Graduation

file photo from a past Amity Graduation

Attention parents and students in the Class of 2015. Included are photos of two important letters with information about the 2015 Graduation Ceremony.

The Parent Letter provides information about graduation tickets. Graduation tickets will be necessary if the graduation ceremony is held indoors.


The student letter provides critical information about the graduation ceremony. This information will be reviewed with students during upcoming graduation rehearsals.

Call Kim Doran at (203) 397-4188 or email [email protected]  if you have any questions about this year’s plan for graduation.

Parents Letter

Parents Letter


Student Letter

Student Letter

  Originally Published on: Jun 8, 2015 @ 12:02

A Look Back: Orange Elementary School Olympics Winners

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Jun 152015

Event organizer Jim Ronai.

Event organizer Jim Ronai.

On Wednesday, June 3, the Orange Elementary School Olympics took place at the Orange Fairgrounds from 4-7:30 p.m.

For nine years Jim Ronai has been running the event, and more than 150 Orange 4th and 5th grade students were conditioned and ready to compete against their peers from the three elementary schools during the games.
The student athletes must qualify in order to compete in one or more of the seven featured events. One of the goals of the program is to give children an opportunity to display their athletic talents in a school affiliated venue.
The hope is that many of these students will associate this positive experience with their academic experience and pride in their work, thus producing the foundation for the development of true student athletes. The kids work hard to qualify and play to win during the competitions. They show good sportsmanship and support one another during the games.
A large crowd of parents, teachers and siblings were there to cheer on these phenomenal athletes.

Included in the fun were emcee/DJs Eddie Choiniere and Jimmy Pino, Orange natives and Ronai’s childhood friends, who kept the afternoon and evening entertaining for everyone on the fairgrounds.

Following are photos of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place athletes during the award ceremony.


Orange Resident Mark Boland Earns Bachelor’s Degree

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Jun 132015

Mark Boland, Grad

Mark Boland

Mark Boland of Orange graduated from Salve Regina University in Rhode Island on May 17 with a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and History.

Mark played on the American Legion Baseball Team under Coach Bob Mirto.

Mark has been featured on Orange Live in the past as he played baseball in the Oldtime Baseball Game at St. Peter’s Field in North Cambridge, MA. for two consecutive years while in college.

His love for baseball continues as he takes a different path.

He is a substitute teacher and Head JV Coach at North Kingstown High School in Rhode Island.