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Jan 282015
 

Screen Shot 2015-01-03 at 11.30.32 PMMary L. Tracy School, 650 Schoolhouse Lane, will host its annual Valentine’s Children’s Fair on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. (snow date Feb. 7).

Fairgoers can expect a silent auction, raffle baskets, games, crafts, nail painting and tattoos, plus a cake walk, cupcake decorating, and more!

This fair is one of the PTO’s largest fundraisers and profits directly support programs for MLT students.

Jan 262015
 

DeansListUniversity of New Haven

Orange residents Sylvia Antonellis and Melissa Volpe graduated from the University of New Haven

Norwich University

Tess Victoria Osinski of Orange was named to the dean’s list at Norwich University for the fall semester. The University is in Northfield, Vt.

Western New England University

Elissa Ben-Eli of Orange was named to the president’s list at Western New England University for the fall semester.

Students are named to the president’s list for achieving a semester grade point average of 3.80 or higher.

Eastern Connecticut State University

Eastern Connecticut State University released the names of full-time students who were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2014 semester. The students from Orange were:

• Dana Blydenburg, ’16, major is Psychology.

• Connor Dunleavy, ’18, major is Environmental Earth Science.

• Taylor Flanagan, ’15, major is Women’s and Gender Studies and Sociology.

• Michael Mastrianni, ’16, major is Business Information Systems.

• Joseph Mortali, ’15, major is Communication.

• Kyle Mullins, ’16, major is Economics.

Colby College

Jacob F. Laser of Orange was named to the dean’s list at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, for his academic achievement during the fall semester. Laser, a member of the Class of 2017, is the son of Mark Laser and Amy Knorr of Orange and attended Amity Regional High School.

The dean’s list at Colby is highly selective, this fall reserved for students whose semester grade point averages were 3.68 or higher.

Jan 262015
 

Kyle Beaudette gets a stink eye from an opponent during the Meter race.

Kyle Beaudette gets the stink eye from an opponent during the 1,000 Meter race.

Members of the Amity Boys and Girls Indoor Track Teams competed in the SCC Coaches Invitational at the Floyd Little Athletic Center Sunday afternoon.

Orange Live was present for two hours while the boys competed, but unfortunately missed the girls competitions.

Here’s how Amity fared:

BOYS RESULTS:

55 Meter Dash – Varsity – Finals

5 – Aaron Rattley 6.82a

55 Meter Dash – Varsity – Prelims

5 – Aaron Rattley 6.83a

13 – Josef Monteiro  6.96a

300 Meters – Varsity – Finals

9 – Aria Mohseni 37.66a

43 – Collin Kuchachik 40.09a

600 Meters – Varsity – Finals

40 – Myles Caldwell 1:33.64a

1000 Meters – Varsity – Finals

3 – Kyle Beaudette 2:36.32a

12 – Brendan Purcell 2:43.33a

1600 Meters – Varsity – Finals

18 – Timothy Cannata 4:47.76

3200 Meters – Varsity – Finals

5 – Sricharan Kadimi 9:55.47a

12 – Aidan Leonard-Pasley  10:22.84

55m Hurdles – 39″ – Varsity – Prelims

18 Collin Kuchachik  9.03a

4×200 Relay – Varsity – Finals

2 – Aria Mohseni, Matthew Whitehill, Michael Battat, Aaron Rattley  1:34.73a

4×800 Relay – Varsity – Finals

2 – Matthew Arovas, Connor Crane, Myles Caldwell, Michael Cannata   8:37.28a

Shot Put – 12lb – Varsity – Finals

12 – Cameron Greifenberger  40-08.75

High Jump - Varsity – Finals

16 – Jordan D’Onofrio 5-06.00

Nicholas Robinson (NH)

Long Jump - Varsity – Finals

24 – Nicholas Robinson 18-08.00

36 – Ray Tian  17-07.50

GIRLS RESULTS:

55 Meter Dash -Varsity – Finals

2 – Zoie Reed  7.30a

55 Meter Dash - Varsity – Prelims

2 – Zoie Reed   7.39a

20 – Alissa Beedle   7.90a

300 Meters - Varsity – Finals

37  Christina Magliocco   46.75a

600 Meters – Varsity – Finals

34  Isabella Ferraro   1:52.01a

44  Charlotte Gorham  2:00.16a

1000 Meters - Varsity – Finals

12 Melissa Taggart  3:12.66a

28  Lisa Gorham  3:23.76a

1600 Meters - Varsity – Finals

32  Sarah Smeriglio  5:58.16a

47  Grace Leyden  6:16.48a

3200 Meters - Varsity – Finals

5  Emily Criscuolo  11:49.26a

55m Hurdles – 33″ - Varsity – Prelims

16 Lauren Duhl  9.42a

45  Nicole Koshes  10.49a

4×200 Relay - Varsity – Finals

21  Lauren Duhl, Christina Magliocco, Rachelle Hochman, Alissa Beedle  1:57.18a

4×800 Relay - Varsity – Finals

14  Grace Leyden, Isabella Ferraro, Sarah Smeriglio, Charlotte Gorham  10:43.96a

Long Jump - Varsity – Finals

1  Zoie Reed  17-08.00

Jan 252015
 

Screen Shot 2015-01-25 at 11.22.29 PMAmity – Region 5 AND Orange Elementary Schools will dismiss early on Monday, Jan. 26 due to the impending blizzard.

The forecast for the storm is still developing so check back for potential additional announcements.

Jan 252015
 

K9 Loki

K9 Loki

Orange Police Officer Chris Brown has had a busy year. He is the father of a 7 month old daughter, and recently completed his second training course at the Ct State Police K9 Training Academy: first with K9 Major, who was killed in the line of duty on Route 34 and in December with new K9 partner Loki.

Major’s death was a tragic accident early in his career. He was distracted by a flock of sheep while Chris was helping a stranded motorist and ran to the opposite side of the highway. He was struck by a truck when responding to his partner’s command to return. There is a memorial in front of the Police Department in his honor.

Police Chief Robert Gagne encouraged Chris to “grab the leash” again and get another dog.

Asst. Chief Anthony Cuozzo said Chris is good at his job and he and Gagne have the utmost confidence in his ability as a K9 handler. “The Orange PD is lucky to have a lot of community support for our K9s.”

Chris went to a kennel in upstate New York to look at the dogs bred to do police work.

Loki, a sable German Shepherd was the first dog he looked at.

At 14-months old, the dog showed he had a strong work ethic and would do anything for the ball (if you remember Officer Mike Kosh’s dog Max, you know about that passion) which is his reward for a job well done.

“His drive was high and he went the extra mile to get (the ball),” Chris said. “I chose him without hesitation, I know he’ll have the longevity to do the work for 6-7 years.”

As Cuozzo tells it, Chris called Chief Gagne and said, “I found a dog, I need $7,500.” The Chief agreed and asked when he was going to pick him up — Chris said, “He’s with me now, I’ve got him.”

Chris said the training academy was easy for Loki: he did well in everything from obedience to tracking, and he’s very aggressive.  “He’s got a very strong bite.”

“I think he would have been the Top Dog in his class if I hadn’t already gone through the training once last year,” Chris said.

Gagne said Loki was put to the test with farm animals that you would find in Orange, to make sure they wouldn’t be a distraction — he passed with flying colors, focusing on his goal and ignoring everything else in his surroundings.

Every dog has a different personality and is special in their own way. Unlike Max and Major, Loki (now 18 months old) doesn’t bark incessantly when in the patrol car, something Chris appreciates.

The team took to the streets on January 12 and so far, they are the perfect fit.

Loki’s connection to Chris was clear as we sat down together on Jan. 15 at the Orange Police Department.

Both the dog and handler were facing me while we talked and I couldn’t help but notice that when Chris, tilted his head, turned a certain way or looked left or right, Loki — who had his back to his partner — mirrored every move.

Loki and Chris work the night shift and currently, Loki is trained for tracking.

Chris, a member of the regional SWAT and since it does not yet have a K9 member, he believes Loki would be a valuable asset to the team.

Chris is planning to bring Loki to the schools where former K9 handler Mike Kosh is the resource officer and introduce his partner to the children.

Family Dog

Loki belongs to the Town Of Orange, but he will live his entire life as a member of the Brown family.

Chris and his wife knocked a few names around but they quickly settled on Loki, “The God of Mischief” from the Avengers.

The Brown family also has a Maltese/Yorkie Mix that Loki gets along with well. Even though she rules the roost, the friendship was immediate and Loki is gentle with her.

Being a K9 handler means constant training throughout the dog’s career. Chris already has plans to work with other dog handlers from nearby cities and towns to keep Loki’s skills fresh. They will meet on weekends and put their dogs through their paces to keep them fresh. It also helps to socialize them with other dogs.

AKC Reunite Funding

As noted earlier, a good police dog costs about $7,500 and some police departments can’t afford to purchase them.

Chris Sweetwood is from the Trap Falls Kennel Club, one of 5,000 kennel clubs from across the country. One day, while talking to Newtown Police Officer Matt Hayes, with whom he spent time in Iraq, he learned about the town’s need for a K9 and his club donated money to fund the purchase.

After the Newtown school tragedy, the K9 passed on and the town could not afford to buy a replacement. After talking to several other clubs, money was donated to the AKC Reunite, which provides microchips and helps recover lost dogs, for a grant program spearheaded by Sweetwood that provides search and rescue dogs and police dogs where needed. Newtown got a new dog through this grant money and soon after Orange also received a grant for matching funds with which it was able to pay for K9 Major.

AKC Reunite is now working on getting donations to help Monroe and Westport with funding for police K9s as well.

“The AKC community recognizes the significant role of K9 officers, as well as the challenges that many police departments face when attempting to finance new dogs. We were deeply saddened by the unexpected loss of Major, but are thrilled that Loki was able to step into his role so quickly,” said Tom Sharp, CEO, AKC Reunite. “It is our hope that more police departments across the country will utilize the AKC community as a resource for their K9 programs in the future.”

The town of Orange had insurance on Major, so, fortunately it was able to obtain Loki without having to look for money.

In October, Mike Rhodes of the UConn Police, who met Chris Brown during K9 training (with Major) donated $1,000 from the K9 Olympics to help Orange’s K9 program.

Jan 242015
 

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Graham Hughes #18, fires one in during a tough game against Scarsdale.

Even before skating onto the Edward Bennett Rink on Friday evening, the Amity Spartans knew that they had a battle ahead of them going up against an undefeated division 1 team from Scarsdale New York. 

The first period was a heartbreaker for Amity. The Raiders wasted no time posting on the scoreboard with Captain James Nicholas (#16) making his first of four goals at :33 on an assist from Devon Schell (#15). 

The Raiders showed Amity why they are undefeated, firing on Spartan goalie Tyler Cole (#30). Then, at 5:07 Stephen Nicholas (#17) scored, assisted by Sam Stemerman (#3). 

Less than 2 minutes later Stephen Nicholas added another point on an assist from Michael Roberts (#2); and a minute after that James Nicholas and Schell repeated their moves from the game’s initial point; just two minutes later James Nicholas got his hat trick on an assist from Dunkan Hindmarch (#5). Ending the first period at 5-0. 

Scarsdale Freshman Sam Seltzer (#1) made 5 saves; Cole made 12 saves. 

The second period action was fast and furious with Cole deflecting the puck on every shot until the duo of Nicholas and Schell got one past him at 9:15.

Four minutes later, Hindmarch scored for the Raiders on assists from Jonathan Schwartz (#29) and Blake Ruggert (#24), broadening their lead to 7-0. 

Finally, :48 later with only :32.1 remaining in the middle period, Amity Senior Zach Shelnitz (#8) snapped one in past a stunned Raiders goal keeper Gabriel Harousseau (#30). Amity fans saw it go into the net, Shelnitz saw it get by the goalie, but the two referees stopped to discuss it before making their call, which seemed to take forever. (See video on the Orange Live Facebook page). 

Spartans fans roared when the decision went their way. 

Second period score 7-1. 

Harousseau made 7 saves; Cole made 11. 

Unless you were in the locker room, you don’t know what the Spartans coaches said after they left the ice, but when the boys came back in the third period, they were on fire, playing a lot like the 2013-14 team. 

Skating fast and furious, passing, intercepting and shooting like they never have this season. 

Just 4:19 into the period, Nick DeGennaro (#5), scored for the Spartans, assisted by Dalton Luciani (#28).

To everyone’s amazement, Amity scored on a pass from Mac Deane (#22) to Shelnitz. 

A little more than 5 minutes later at 12:06 Scarsdale got its 8th and final goal, with Jake Zurkow (#11) scoring off an assist from Stephen Nicholas. 

With 2:14 remaining in the game, Shelnitz got a hat trick, assisted by Jeremy Cable (#14) and Kevin Ryan (#9). 

Scarsdale outshot Amity 40-22. 

With this 8-4 victory, they remain undefeated. 

Amity’s record is 2-1-9.

The Spartans play Guilford (3-5) in West Haven on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 1 p.m.  (In December, Amity defeated Guilford 7-2)

Jan 232015
 

215px-Tarzan_musical_Broadway_Poster7275ccbdf73cf501e8d486ba4f2b4968af7591bcTickets to Tarzan are now on sale, get yours before all the best seats are filled (you know it will happen!)

The Amity Theater Department announced that tickets for Tarzan the Broadway Musical written by music legend Phil Collins are now on sale.  

To purchase tickets go to their website at www.amitytheaterdepartment.com  Tarzan will swing into the John J Brady Center for the Performing Arts on Friday March 20 at 8 p.m., Saturday March 21 at 8 p.m., Friday March 27at 8 p.m., Saturday March 28 at 2 p.m. (NEW MATINEE) and Saturday March 28 at 8 p.m.  

For information contact the box office at [email protected] or call (203)-392-2019. 

Jan 222015
 

Graphic1As many residents know, Amity girls are part of a co-op Hockey team called the Blades, composed of players from Amity, North Haven and Cheshire.

Their home ice is The Rinks at Shelton. They play hard, but you’ve never seen a story or photos of them on Orange Live. Why Not?

Actually, it’s quite simple, the schedule keeps changing. Sometimes games are canceled within hours of game time.

I’ve driven up to Shelton three times in the past 2 months. Once, I left a holiday party so I could shoot a 6 p.m. Blades game. When I arrived I learned that the game was scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Evidently the time had been changed since I originally plugged it into my calendar and 2.5 hours was a long time to wait around when I had so many other things that I could be doing.

The second time I arrived and there was no game, even though it was still on the CIAC website schedule.

This week I went up there for an 8:30 p.m. game, checked the board in the lobby and was happy to see it was still up. I watched the Zamboni make its runs around the ice and waited, and waited… After I got back home I noticed that the Athletic Director had Tweeted out its cancellation earlier in the day.

On Wednesday, I planned on attending the 8 p.m. game, but the Boys Hockey in West Haven went into Overtime and by the time I finished talking to the coach, it was around 8:30 p.m. It didn’t make sense to try and make it over to Shelton for 15 minutes of play time.

Since I don’t get paid to cover anything on Orange Live I don’t make it a practice to travel to away games. But Next Wednesday, the 28th, the girls are supposed to play at 6 p.m. — if the schedule doesn’t change, I will be there.

The 2014-15 Blades Team

The 2014-15 Blades Team

Jan 222015
 

Amity Middle School, Orange

Amity Middle School, Orange

The Amity Middle School Parent Teacher Student Organization  (PTSO) will hold its first meeting Friday, Jan. 23 during the school day.

The meeting will begin at 10:45 a.m. and extend over the lunch block to 12 p.m. so that staff also can attend and meet parents.

This is an excellent opportunity for those who can, to meet and be part of the school during the day.