Boys Hockey: OUCH, Stamford Skates Over The Spartans

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Jan 082020

The Amity Spartans hosted Stamford/Westhill in West Haven on Wednesday night. The student fan section came out to watch them play, and the parents were there too, as was I.

What was going known in advance to be a huge challenge, turned out to be so much more.

Not only does Stamford have really handsome uniforms, but they also have a lot of tricks up their sleeves.

When Amity first came out onto the ice, they had their game faces on, looking strong and determined to be contenders in this battle. Brendan Smith was the goaltender and he showed off some really impressive ninja moves in the first period. Amity outshot Stamford and kept Jared Maloney on the move, but at the end of one, the score was a tie at 0.

1:29 Jason Marchese assisted by Tyler Tuccinardi, 3:24, power-play goal by Marchese assisted by Tucker Healy and Tuccinardi, 10:34 shorthand goal by Healy assisted by Jason Bacco, 11:20, shorthand unassisted goal by Gavin Dolan, 12:14 Edward Zelerman scored the fifth goal of the game assisted by Healy and Tuccinardi.

Finally, in the second, just 26 seconds after Stamford scored, Nick Kiwanis got one past the defensive line and Maloney, assisted by Connor Bath and Caleb Marcin.

Second-period score: 5-1.

Could Amity recover from this in the third period?

After the Zamboni smoothed the ice Stamford lined up outside the rink and the refs put the nets in place as the clock ticked down the seconds, someone asked, “Is Amity coming out?” And there they were, taking to the ice like they wanted to take care of business.

Amity fans didn’t have to wait too long, at 2:48 Connor Bath scored with a power-play on an assist from Justin Miller. Now we’re talking! But Stamford had other plans, it only took 56 seconds for Healy to score an unassisted goal, and it was downhill for the Spartans from there.

At 9:02 a power-play goal and Healy got a hattrick assisted by 24. A minute later Jordan Grabine shot one over Smith’s shoulder for a power-play goal assisted by Ethan Skaug.

Then with just 4:03 remaining Hunter Gilchrist slipped one in behind Smith’s back assisted by Bacco.

Stamford remains undefeated with this 9-2 victory.

Although I didn’t speak to Coach Mike Richetelli after this game, I believe he would have said something like, “You have to play if you want to win.”

Records: Stamford 6-0, Amity 1-3-1

Turkey Hill School Drama Club 10th Anniversary Reunion Concert On Friday

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Jan 072020

Amity High School hosted an unforgettable 10-Year Alumni Reunion concert in 2018 and this Friday, Jan. 10, Turkey Hill School is following its lead with the Turkey Hill School Drama Club 10th Anniversary Reunion Concert at 7 p.m.

Come see past and current Turkey Hill School Drama Club performers sing songs from the last ten shows!  Hear the stories from the past actors and re-live the magic in this short and entertaining show!

The Turkey Hill Drama Club is inviting all performers who were actors in “Halloween, Again” to come up on stage and in the front of the gym to sing with our performers for the last song! 

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors/students and can be purchased at www.dramaclub-ct.com or at the door the night of the show!

Boys Hockey: No Winners or Losers In Saturday’s Overtime Matchup

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Jan 062020

The Amity Spartans hosted North Haven in West Haven on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 3 p.m.

Naturally, the game could have gone either way and in the first period it appeared that North Haven was a little more determined to take it.

At 14:06 North Haven’s Aaron Racino asst by Owen Quick got the puck past Amity’s goalie Brendan Smith in his first career start. Then, 31 seconds later, Eli Brubacher, assisted by Racino brought the score to 2-0.

You simply can’t write off the 2019-20 Spartans, though, just 12 seconds after returning to the ice, Amity Captain Nick Kiwanis shot a goal, assisted by co-captain Justin Miller and Connor Bath, giving Amity fans the hope they needed.

At 5:39 in the third, Jason Dittmann tied the game on a power play, assisted by Kiwanis and Dom Harris.

In overtime, both teams battled for that extra point, but nothing more happened and the game ended in a 2-2 tie. No winners, no losers, but an awesome effort on both sides.

The Spartans will play a HOME game against Westhill-Stamford in West Haven at 6 p.m. Come cheer on our boys then.



Cartoonist Dave Roman To Visit Amity Regional High School

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Jan 062020

Author and illustrator, Dave Roman, will visit Amity Regional High School next week to offer workshops to Amity’s Art and English Language Arts classes.

Mr. Roman is the creator of Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity, which won Maryland’s Black-Eyed Susan Book Award.  Mr. Roman has also written Teen Boat!, which was honored as a Junior Library Guild Selection, and Agnes Quill:  An Anthology of Mystery.  He is the co-author of two New York Times best-selling graphic novels, X-Men: Misfits and The Last Airbender: Zuko’s Story, and recently illustrated the children’s science book Pluto is Peeved.

A graduate of the School of Visual Arts (New York), Mr. Roman worked as a comics editor for Nickelodeon Magazine from 1998 to 2009.  He currently lives in New York.

Mr. Roman’s visit promises to be a lively and visually-engaging discussion about comics and how they have served as inspiration throughout his life, fostering a love for reading and a passion to make his own books.

The event will be hosted by Amity Regional High School librarians, Robert Musco and Victoria Hulse, and made possible by the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation.  More information about the Foundation’s mission and work can be found at www.jamiehulleyartsfund.org . This event is not open to the public.

Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation Presents A $3,000 Grant Award

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Jan 062020

The Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation based in Orange recently awarded Amity Middle School in Bethany $3,000 in grant awards for three creative proposals to integrate arts into its curriculum.

Eighth-grade social studies teacher, Marika Wissink, was awarded $1,000 for a special interdisciplinary project.

Ms. Wissink’s students will work with visiting artist, Heather Stoltz, to create a fiber arts project where
students create fiber art to demonstrate their learning of the 19th-century social reform movements.

Eighth-grade social studies teacher, Robert Murphy, was awarded $1,000 to host singer/songwriter Laura
Clapp to collaborate on an interdisciplinary project where students will create music to demonstrate their
learning of reform propaganda and its’ relationship to the 19th-century social reform movements.

Seventh-grade social studies teacher, Nick DaPonte, was awarded $1,000 to have the Okra Dance Company
perform “Journey into Africa”.  This is in conjunction with the social studies unit on African Geography and
Culture, the English classes reading “A Long Walk to Water”, and the special Global Issues project for all

This Week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedule Jan 6-11

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Jan 062020

Here is this week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedule:

Monday, Jan. 6

Girls Indoor Track SCC Developmental Meet 2 Away – Floyd Little Athletic Center-Field House at 5:00 p.m.

Girls Ice Hockey vs Suffield-Ellington-Enfield-Granby-Canton-Windsor-Northwestern Away – Enfield Twin Rinks-Rink 1
at 8:10 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 7

Boys Indoor Track James Barber Invitational Away – Southern CT State University-Moore Field House at 5:00 p.m.

Boys Basketball vs Shelton Away – Shelton High School- Murray Gymnasium at 7:00 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs Jonathan Law Home – Amity Regional High School-Paul D. Mengold Gymnasium at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 8

Boys and Girls Alpine Skiing Boys Ski Racing Home – Southington Ski Mountain at 3:30 p.m

Boys Swimming and Diving vs Shelton Away – Shelton Community Center Pool at 3:45 p.m.

Boys Ice Hockey vs Westhill-Stamford Home – West Haven High School-Bennet Rink at 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 9

Boys Indoor Track Novice Developmental Meet Away – Floyd Little Athletic Center-Field House at 4:00 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 10

Boys Basketball v. Wilbur Cross Home – Amity Regional High School-Paul D. Mengold Gymnasium at 7:00 p.m.

Girls Basketball v. Daniel Hand Away – Daniel Hand HS-DHHS Gym at 7:00 p.m

Saturday, Jan. 11

Girls Gymnastics Pomperaug Invitational Away – Pomperaug High School-Main Gym 10:00 a.m.

Wrestling vs Maloney, TBA, New Haven Wrestling Home – Amity High School Gymn at 9:00 a.m.

Boys Indoor Track Yale Classic Away – Coxe Cage TBA

Girls Ice Hockey vs Hamden-Wilbur Cross-Lyman Hall Away – Hamden-Lou Astorino Ice Rink at 4:00 p.m.

Boys Ice Hockey vs. Branford Home – West Haven High School-Bennett Rink at 5:00 p.m.

Girls Basketball: Hamden Defeats Amity in Friday Night Heartbreaker

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Jan 062020

The Amity Girls Basketball team battled to the end but came up short vs Hamden on Friday night.

Hamden took the lead in first quarter 17-6.

The Lady Spartans bounced back in the 2nd quarter behind 9 points from Martin and 4 points from Megan Smith to tie the game at half 24-24.

In the 3rd quarter Amity struggled on the boards versus a much bigger Hamden team and lost Sarah Granados (our Freshman spark-plug) to an ankle injury. Score end of 3rd 34-43 .

Amity pulled together another gusty comeback with contributions from everyone! Our girls scored 21 points in the fourth: Jayne Whitman with 7 points, (one key 3-pointer,) Martin with a 3-pointer and a bucket to get the team within 2 points and Meadow Blakeslee with 4 key points.  Amity with a few chances to tie, but came up short and lost this one 57-55.

Game Stats:  Jillian Martin 23 points, 5 steals, 4 assists;  Megan Smith 8 points, 3 assists; Jayne Whitman 7 points; Abby Eschweiler 8 rebounds, 5 points, 4 steals; Meadow Blakeslee 8 rebounds, 3 steals, 4 points; Sarah Granados 5 Points, 6 rebounds; Jenna Vanhise 2 rebounds, 1 point; Meredith Laskowski 2 points.

— By Robyn Martin

(Photos by Scott Burzynski)

Boys Swimming and Diving: Norwalk Takes This One

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Jan 042020

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The Amity Swim and Dive Team hosted Norwalk/McMahon at the Orange Pool on Jan. 3.

Norwalk/McMahon defeated Amity 101-84
Amity’s winning events
200-yard Medley Relay: A- 1:45.77 Seamus Hennessy, Brodey Lu, Kevin Sweeney, Tyler Roy
200-yard Freestyle: A- 1:52.66 Mark Platonov
100-yard Backstroke: A- 58.09 Seamus Hennessey
Norwalk’s winning events
200 Ind. Medley: N- Kalen Anbar
50-yard Freestyle: N- 22.74 Henry Velazquez
Diving: N- 201.80 Benjamin Bradley
100 Butterfly: N- 56.37 Jorge Chajon
100 Freestyle: N- 49.18 Henry Velazquez
500-yard Freestyle: N- 5:04.70 Allen Fedor
200-yard Freestyle Relay: N- 1:34.52 
100-yard Breaststroke: N- 1:03.19 Kalen Anbar
400-yard Freestyle Relay: N- 3:25.78
Records: Norwalk/McMahon (1-1), Amity (2-1)

Wrestling: Just Two Points – Amity Narrowly Loses To Foran

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Jan 042020

On Thursday, Jan. 2, Amity lost a heartbreaker to Foran 40-38. It was the Spartans’ best performance against the Lions in almost five years.

Following are the results:

  • 160 Liam Keylock, Amity pinned Teddy Mauro, Foran in 1st
  • 170 Sam Poffenberger, Foran, pinned Zach Espositio, Amity in 1st
  • 182 Simon Flaherty, Amity, pinned James Reilly, Foran in 1st
  • 195 Phillip Boyles, Foran, pinned Jake Williams, Amity in 2nd
  • 220 Josh Foote, Amity wins by Forfeit
  • 285 Pat Resgsanski, Foran,  pinned Andrew Coscia, Amity in 1st
  • 106 Colin Boufford, Amity,  9-7, win over Orlando Velez, Foran
  • 113 John Lorent, Amity, pinned Anthony Dipietro, Foran in 2nd
  • 120 John Pierre, Amity tech 17-2 over Craig Mager, Foran
  • 126 Kyle Pokornowski Foran,  tech Brayden Esposito Amity
  • 132 Paul Conalori, Amity pinned Joey Cichowski, Foran in 2nd
  • 138  Mike Vanchot, Foran, pinned Kyle Ciola, Amity
  • 145 Ryan Jordan, Foran  tech Josh Cala, Amity
  • 152 Ethan Edmonson, Foran, pinned Aiden Schaffer in 1st
This weekend Amity travels to Willimantic to wrestle at the Windham Duals.
Next Saturday, January 11, the Spartans host the Amity Duals, so come out and support this exciting team.
Mark your calendars. On February 8, Amity faces Foran again with a strong determination to have a different outcome.



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For the past 8 years, YOU have kept Orange Live going through your readership, sharing stories, events, and this year in particular many parents have become active in providing us with wonderful winter sports coverage.

As you now know, Orange Live is a one-person show. There is no staff, just one unpaid individual that loves your community doing her best to provide whatever coverage she can.

Health issues from 11 years ago seem to be creeping up and in the past few months began slowly complicating everyday life, yet after working so hard since May 2012 to build this site up I will NOT give up and through the neurological testing, etc, I will power on to try and make it the go-to news site in Orange again.

If you have a story that you think will be of interest, a missing pet, a child who made the honor roll or dean’s list, a loved one who passed away, a fundraiser or tag sale, an Anniversary Announcement or ANYTHING that you would like to share, please send it to orangectlive01@gmail.com. If you are the parent of a student-athlete or a coach and can provide information about a game with or without photos, please don’t hesitate. I care for my granddaughter every day after school and often cannot make it out to the games as I used to in the past, but getting your child’s sports accomplishments out to the community is very important to me. I also am available through phone and TEXT MSG at 203-506-1747.

I won’t give up on raising enough money to purchase a memorial bench for my friend Annie Davis in cooperation with the Orange CERT, perhaps even running a Christmas in July Craft Sale if we don’t have it by this coming spring.

I’ll continue to cover JUST Orange, with occasional information from the Beardsley Zoo.

In the meantime, I wish everyone a very happy and healthy New Year.