May 222015

1509866_1396964540576288_248310034_nOne of the newer annual events that the public seems to love is the Race Brook School Food Truck Festival.

Now in its second year, people already are talking about coming to the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, on Friday, May 22, from 4-8 p.m. when more than 20 popular food trucks will roll in and serve up a wide variety of their specialties, sure to tempt your tummy and please your taste buds.

Stroll around the grounds and find your favorite foods from Pizza, Lobster, Cannolis, Cupcakes and so much more.

This year there will be more trucks, craft venders and children’s activity vendors. Entertainment will be provided by Velocity, a CT party band that plays covers from Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Earth Wind & Fire, Journey, Steely Dan and more.

Plan to make a night of it, bring a blanket and/or lawn chairs and enjoy the evening with family and friends.


Originally Published on: Apr 30, 2015 @ 22:04

Second Publishing on: May 18, 2015 @ 0:24 

And finally, on: May 21, 2015 @ 1:04

May 222015

DSC00204Parents and students flocked to Mary L. Tracy School after hours on Wednesday, May 20 to view the Mary L. Tracy Art Gallery.

According to a pamphlet available at the door, all of the lessons were taught solely by parent volunteers on the Art Goes to School (AGTS) Committee.

“The AGTS program introduced each child to six different artists spreading over two centuries. They were exposed to a variety of styles and materials, and they thoroughly enjoyed exploring and creating,” the pamphlet stated.

The artists whose works were used to inspire the children were: Joe Ben, Jr; William Wegman; Andy Warhol; Eric Carle; George Seurat and Robert Wyland.

May 212015

unnamedAmity High School Music Department Presents: Back To The Future Pops in the John J. Brady Center for the Performing Arts, Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $10 (click link)
Come out and see the great talent of our Amity High School music students.  They have been working hard and are excited to perform.
Start your summer with a rockin’ performance. Always a great evening of entertainment that won’t break your wallet.


May 212015

IMG_4520The Amity Varsity Volleyball Team hosted Joel Barlow in Woodbridge on Wednesday night.

Barlow came out 3-1 over Amity with the following game scores: 24-26, 25-13, 25-18, 25-15

Notable Players


Chatham Studer had 19 kills and 8 blocks; Jake Tritchonis had 18 kills and Luke OHara had 44 assists and 4 blocks.


Josh Sloat had 14 digs; Ethan Smith had 8 kills and Brett Southworth had 9 kills and 11 digs.


Barlow 15-2; Amity 4-14

May 212015

Tag, you're out.

Tag, you’re out.

The Lady Spartans found it hard to shine during Wednesday night’s game against the Foran Lions in Woodbridge.

The Foran managed to keep Amity at bay for the first 6 innings while racking up 3 runs of their own.

In the seventh inning Amity came alive and scored 4 runs, and Foran added 3 more to win 6-4.

In this challenging SCC interdivison game Amity’s Morgan Perry had 2 RBIs, Amanda Rieser and Alessandra Gusmano each had 1 RBI, Katie Koshes and Dani Nordyk both hit doubles.

Foran’s Natalia Hart and Alex Ives each hit home runs and had 2 RBIs; Hannah DeSousa hit a double and had an RBI; Dani Kemp also had an RBI.

Ashely Mendillo was the game’s winning pitcher for Foran and Morgan Perry pitched for Amity.

Records: Foran 11-8; Amity 14-5.

The Lady Spartans go up against East Haven tonight at Old Tavern Park.


May 212015

The seniors and their parents.

The seniors and their parents.

On Monday, prior to the Amity Lacrosse game against West Haven in Woodbridge, 13 senior members were recognized for Senior Day 2015.

Jake Milner (#2) scored his 100th career goal and now has 102 in his career.
The Blue Devils took a quick lead in the first quarter 2-0; then the Spartans showed what they were made of with 7 goals to the westies 1 in the second quarter (7-3 Amity); In the third quarter Amity added 4 goals to West Haven’s 2 (11-7 Amity); The Spartans wrapped things up with 6 goals to the Devils’ 3 in the fourth quarter, winning this game 17-8.
Notable Players
Jake Milner was the game’s high scoring player with 6 goals 2 assists; Brad Uscilla made 3 goals and had 4 assists; Sean Grenier had 2 goals and 1 assist; Mike Cavanagh made 2 goals; Matt Attolino made 1 goal and had 2 assists; Sam King and Matt DeLizio each made 1 goal; Kyle Luisi and Tyler Vincent each had 1 assist.
West Haven
Justin Tuschoff made 4 goals; Steve Hives made 2 goals and had 2 assists; Mark Conlan had 3 assists.
Amity outshot West haven 44-24.
Matt Perrotti made 7 saves for the Spartans; Ryan Pickering made 11 saves for the Blue Devils.
Amity 9-6; West Haven 8-7

May 202015

IMG_3887On Tuesday, athletes from 10 high schools competed in the SCC Eastern Sectionals at Amity High School. Click HERE for full results.

In the team standings, Amity won the girls competition with 141 points. Cheshire was second with 99.50. Hillhouse was third with 95. Shelton and Guilford tied for fourth with 73.  Jonathan Law and Daniel Hand tied for fifth with  62.   Sheehan came in sixth with 57. Lyman Hall was seventh with 32.50 and Foran came in eighth with 5.

Amity’s winning athletes: 


100 Meter Dash: Zoie Reed came in second at 12:60

200 Meter Dash: Zoie Reed First Place at 25.75

800 Meter Run: Melissa Taggart, first at 2:27.33; Lisa Gorham, third at 2:28.56

1600 Meter Run: Emily Criscuolo, third at 5:31.68.

3200 Meter Run: Nicole Feng, second at 12:13.19

100 Meter Hurdles: Lauren Duhl, second at 16.14

300 Meter Hurdles: Lauren Duhl, second at 47.58

4 x 400 Relay: Lauren Duhl, Christine Hill, Alissa Beedle and Melissa Taggart, second at 4:11.54

4 x 800 Relay: Lisa Gorham, Grace Leyden, Melissa Taggart and  Emily Criscuolo, first at 9:45.79

Long Jump:  Zoie Reed, first at 18-00.50 (Breaking her 2014 record of 17-03)

Javelin Throw: Zoe Marie Moscato, first at 105-05; Jacqueline Snow, second at 100-02.


Hillhouse took first place with 143; Amity came in second with 139; Shelton was third with 108; Cheshire claimed fourth with 71; Sheehan was fifth with 67; Hand had 63.50 for sixth place; Lyman Hall was seventh with 42; Jonathan Law had 31 for eighth; Foran was ninth with 21.50; and Guilford was in tenth place with 9.

1600 Meter Run:  Kyle Beaudette, first at 4:25.74; Matthew Arovas, second at 4:27.67.

3200 Meter Run: Kyle Beaudette, second at 9:55.39

110 Meter Hurdles: Aaron Rattley, second at 15.01

4 x 100 Meter Relay: Matthew Whitehill, Aria Mohseni, Austin Mosley and Michael Battat, second at 43.56.

High Jump: Austin Mosley, second at 5-10.00

Javelin Throw: Matthew Post, first at 170-07 (Beating the old SCC Eastern record of 167-00 set in 2012)

NOTE: The top performers from Tuesday’s East Sectional will join their counterparts from the West Sectional the SCC Championships on Tuesday May 26 at Sheehan.


May 192015

Screen shot 2013-04-01 at 12.16.14 PMWhat do a family-owned cellar door company, a construction company, a tea manufacturer, an orchard and a law firm have in common?

More than you would ever guess, say members of the University of New Haven M.L. McLaughlin Center for Family Business, where members have found that their business challenges are surprisingly similar.

“I used to think no one in the world had the same problems we do,” says Jonathan Bishop of Bishop’s Orchards in Guilford “But at the first meeting I attended, I learned that a lot of issues we face are the same issues other family businesses face.”

Bishop is a fifth generation owner of a 300-acre farm that has a winery and grows and sells fruits, vegetables and farm products. The orchard is a charter member of the center, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month.

Working with family is tricky, Gene Bishop, Jonathan’s father, says. “If we all had to be in the same room doing the same thing every day, we would not have lasted. We have to view ourselves as stewards of the business.”

Survival of a family business often depends, said Paul Sessions, director of the center, on good communication, strategic planning and taking the emotions out of business dealings.

“Sixty to eighty percent of the businesses in the U.S. are family-owned businesses,” Sessions said. “We find it is common for them not to address issues until they become a crisis.”

Most family businesses don’t discuss business challenges inside the family for fear of setting off a dispute. And they are worried about talking outside the family, too, he said. “It’s really lonely out there and yet there are so many folks out there facing the same issues.”

Sessions says one of the perks of membership in the McLaughlin Center is that business owners support one another and keep each other’s confidences.

Adam Lyman, one of the ninth-generation to run Lyman Orchards of Middlefield, which includes golf courses, a farm store, gift shop and pie business in Middlefield, says confidentiality is key. “One great thing is that we feel completely comfortable being able to talk about our business because of the confidentially imposed by the center.”

Headquartered at UNH’s Orange campus, the Center for Family Business has 44 members and offers conferences on topics from embezzlement to goal setting to customer appreciation and informal forums that allow family businesses to talk with one another. It also provides counseling to businesses when needed.

Succession is often a major issue. Passing the business along from father or mother to son or daughter, much less to siblings, cousins and others is not easy. But the center can help, said Stephen Tagliatela, one of the owners of Franklin Enterprises, a construction company based in the Greater New Haven area that owns apartments, the Saybrook Point Inn and other businesses. “We (Stephen and his brother, Louis) are the fourth generation and we had a smoother transition because of the center. You really can’t take a class to learn how to do this.”

The issue of a business’s future is not as intuitive as it seems, Sessions said. Should the business be turned over to the next generation? Can the parent let go? Can siblings work together? Should the business be sold or closed?

Sessions knows what he is talking about. He and his brother were the sixth generation to own the family’s metal stamping business which they sold in 1993.

“When you get beyond the hard cold facts,” Sessions said, “You have to deal with the emotional side. It’s important that a business not negatively impact family and family relationships. Because if it does, it’s really not worth it.”

“The Family Business Center helped save our business,” James B. Stirling, of Stirling Benefits of Milford, said. “It helped us learn from other families and avoid mistakes that they had made.”

Robert Hendrick, of Bigelow Tea, noted that issues for family members in business also effect other employees. He is not a member of the family that owns the Fairfield tea company, perhaps best known for its blend, Constant Comment, but he still finds it worthwhile to attend the center’s meetings.

“It gave me a chance to meet others with similar experiences. Family business problems are business problems. And I always learn something from the meetings.”

Brother and sister Lynne Perry and Bill Bassett, Jr. retained their membership in the center even after their business was sold. “We have used so many great things we learned in the forums,” Perry said. “I have life-long friendships from the women’s group and met some of the smartest, funniest people I have ever known.”

Charter members of the center are all based in Connecticut and include: Aaron Supreme Trailer Leasing of New Haven, Barrett Outdoor Communications of West Haven, Bigelow Tea of Fairfield, The Bilco Company of New Haven, Bishop’s Orchards of Guilford, and The Lee Company of Westbrook, National Sintered Alloys of Clinton and Saybrook Point Inn a/k/a Franklin Construction of New Haven.

The center also has five sponsors: Wiggin and Dana, a law firm with offices in New Haven, Stamford, Greenwich, Hartford, New York and Philadelphia; Gowrie Group, an independent insurance agency in Westbrook; Marcum Accountants and Advisors of New Haven; U.S. Trust, Bank of America Wealth Management of New Haven; and Daniel M. Smith & associates, business estate and retirement planning of Stamford and Guilford.  

— press release from UNH


May 192015

Staneski_Official_headshot_2015_4x6With the approval of the new powdered alcohol product called “Palcohol” by the federal U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, State Rep. Pam Staneski (Milford & Orange) supported legislation for a state-wide ban on the powdered alcohol product which would include possession or the sale of in Connecticut.

The legislation, SB-386, An Act Concerning Alcoholic Liquor, contains a section in the bill which would ban the purchase, possession and sale of powdered alcohol in Connecticut. Someone in possession of powdered alcohol would be subject up to a $500 fine and if found to guilty of selling the product they would be subject a fine of up to $1,000 and with the possibility of six months in prison.

Currently, several states have moved to ban powdered alcohol to halt its sale. Concerns have included abuse by minors and whether Palcohol’s lightweight would make it easy to sneak alcohol into public events.

“We need to stop the proliferation this product at the Connecticut border before it even starts. Our kids do not need to be exposed to another specialty alcohol craze,” said Rep. Staneski. “As with anything “new,” this product may be attractive to our young people similar to past incarnations of vaporized alcohol, whipped cream alcohol and caffeinated alcohol. While the form of alcohol might change, the issues remain the same.”

Staneski, is the co-founder and past president, member of the Milford Prevention Council and is an ardent supporter of the work done by the Connecticut Prevention Network in their fight against drug, alcohol and addiction prevention.

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May 192015

IMG_3595The bus ride from Middletown to Woodbridge was worthwhile for the Xavier Falcons as they visited Amity Monday afternoon.
In the first quarter, the Falcons were ahead by 2 until the Spartans came alive and took a 5-4 lead.
The Falcons regained their lead and then began running over the Spartans with 4 additional goals to Amity’s 1. Second quarter score 8-6.
Xavier kept Amity from scoring in the third quarter while pulling even further ahead with 2 goals — 10-6.
Amity was able to score once (1) in the final quarter, and Xavier tacked on 2 more for the 12-7 win.
Notable players
Senior Jake Milner was the game’s high scoring player with 5 goals and 1 assist for the Spartans; Matt DeLizio and Ben DiMauro each scored 1 goal. Brad Uscilla had 2 assists and Matt Attolino had 1 assist.
Austin Reid made 3 goals for the Falcons; Chris Connolly made 2 goals and 1 assist; Colin ODonnell and Wes Reid each had 1 goal and 1 assist; Colin McCarthy made 1 goal and had 2 assists; Brett Reid, John Ford, Tom Pardew, and Owen Gonzalez  each made 1 goal.  Evan Pesco and Josh Buchas each had 1 assist.
Xavier outshot Amity 34-26
Sophomore Matt Perrotti made 12 saves for the Spartans; Xavier’s Odell made 8 saves.