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Obituary: Andrew Eldredge, 26, Beloved Son, Brother, Amity Grad

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Aug 222016
 

Screen Shot 2016-08-22 at 5.52.55 PMIt is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Amity Grad Andrew Eldredge.

Andrew Eldredge was struck by a motorcycle while walking in New York City on August 29, 2014, just days before he was to begin studies at Harvard Law School.

He was in a coma and hospitalized for a very long time.

Over the past two years, Andrew has touched so many lives. He had such a promising future. Our hearts go out to his family.

Obituary:

 

Andrew Cady Eldredge, 26, of Woodbridge, beloved son, brother, and friend to many, passed away peacefully on August 19, 2016, surrounded by his loving family.

Andrew grew up in Woodbridge, Connecticut, where he attended Amity High School, excelling in academics and participating in varsity sports, theatre, and debate. Andrew attended Colgate University, graduating Magna Cum Laude (’11) with honors in Political Science.

He held leadership positions in both student government and the Colgate Speaking Union. During college, Andrew traveled the world competing in debate and then studied abroad at University of Cape Town in South Africa. While there, he tutored children in shanty towns and received the Lampert Fellowship in Public Affairs to research the political crisis in Zimbabwe.

After graduation, Andrew worked at Orion Consultants, then backpacked with his girlfriend throughout Southeast Asia. Never taking his eye off the goal of quenching his thirst for knowledge, Andrew completed a year at Boston University School of Law before transferring to Harvard Law School.

Andrew was well-known for his zest for life, intellectual curiosity, debating prowess, and humility.

Andrew was fueled by a love of family and friends and a keen sense of wonder and adventure. Cherished time during summer was spent with family in Rockport, MA. Andrew also enjoyed skiing, sailing, listening to music of all genres, and watching the Miami Dolphins (13!).

If he could speak now, Andrew would surely express gratitude for the love and support that he received in the months following his injury and throughout his life. Andrew touched and inspired many people:

A day with Andrew meant a day with a laugh and a sense that he truly cared about each and every one of us.

Andrew is survived and adored by his parents, Stacey and David Eldredge; sisters Lindsay and Madeline; grandparents Sherman and Joyce Cooper, David Eldredge Sr. and Joan Reivich, and Joan Eldredge; uncle Craig Cooper; aunts Robin Cooper (Jimi Lewis), Valerie Cooper and Sharon (Mario) Sanchez; Jenny (Joe) Jones, Karen Reivich (Guy Diamond), and many cousins, extended family and friends.

A Memorial service celebrating Andrew will be held at Congregation Mishkan Israel, 785 Ridge Road, Hamden, at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 25, 2016.

Family members will greet guests at 1 p.m. A reception will be held immediately following the service.

The family will receive guests on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings (Aug. 25-27) from 7 – 9 p.m.

A fund has been established in Andrews memory at The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven to support his love of debate and global affairs. Gifts can be made in Andrew’s name to CFGNH, 70 Audubon Street, New Haven, CT 06510 or online at cfgnh.org

To sign an online registry book, or to leave a message of condolence visit HERE.

Sign Up Today For The OEDC 10th Anniversary Golf Tournament

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Aug 162016
 

OEDC LogoThe Orange Economic Development Corporation will host its 10th Annual Golf Tournament at Orange Hills Country Club, 389 Racebrook Road on Friday, September 16, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Executive Director Annemarie Sliby said, “The tournament is a great way to have some fun while networking with peers and coworkers.”
Registration begins at 11 a.m. at the clubhouse, where players will receive tournament gifts, can purchase raffle tickets, and can have lunch while wating for the shotgun start at noon sharp.
The tournament price is $175 per golfer and includes the following:
• 18 Holes of golf with cart
• Tournament gift
• Lunch at registration
• Snacks and drinks on the course (provided by Weichert Realtors)
• Contests – Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive (Men & Women) and Hole-in-One
• Dinner (your choice of steak or lobster)
• Massages (provided by Massage Green)
• Cold drinks at the Beer Tent provided by (Orange Ale House & Grill)
• Cigars (provided by Orange Cigar & More)
• Your chance to win some great Raffle Prizes
Contest and raffle prize winners will be announced during dinner.
The OEDC is accepting registrations. Note accommodation of singles, doubles and triples can be made. Call 203-891-1045 to register or register online at www.OrangeEDC.com/Events_Activities.
The OEDC is also accepting Tee Sign sponsors–call if interested.
Additional Sponsors include: F&W Equipment, Cohen and Wolf, Eagle Leasing, NORTHEAST Electronics, Massage Green, Orange Ale House, Orange Cigar and More, Tamaro Oil Corporation, and Weichert Realtors.

American Legion Golf Tournament on Monday

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Aug 142016
 

Screen Shot 2016-08-14 at 6.03.18 PMThe American Legion Post 127 in Orange, CT is holding its Annual Fundraising Golf Tournament on Monday, August 15 at the Country Club of Woodbridge. 

If you are interested in playing golf the cost is $100 per person and includes a continental breakfast, lunch, greens fees, cart, tournament prizes and a bag of goodies. It is a Scramble Format; registration will be from 8:00 – 8:30 am with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

Anyone interested in playing, sponsoring or donating, call Richard at 203-795-4400 or e-mail [email protected].

Originally published on Aug. 11 @ 11:32 a.m.

Hot Moms Ready To Hit The Field For AARF

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Aug 122016
 

A victorious moment from last year's game.

A victorious moment from last year’s game.

Event organizer and founder, Attorney Debra B. Marino and co-captain Kara Delvecchio announce the second annual Orange Hot Moms Charity Softball Event which will take place on Friday September 2, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at Old Tavern Field.

This year the event’s proceeds will benefit the Amity Animal Rescue Fund (AARF).
There will be a concession stand. Come and watch the Moms play and help raise money for a great local cause.
Any questions, contact Deb Marino at [email protected].

BREAKING NEWS: Pokemon GO Players, Monsters Won’t Be At The Carnival

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Aug 042016
 

Screen Shot 2016-08-04 at 12.45.58 PMNo matter what your age, you most likely have heard about the dangers Pokémon Go players are creating AND facing around the world.

Those playing the game remind people more of the zombie apocalypse than anything else. Already in the Amity area kids and young adults have been reported walking mindlessly into traffic on Orange Center and Amity Roads in their quest for the monsters that are promised to be in the area.

Every year during big events at the Orange Fairgrounds where there are fireworks displays, the Fire Marshal and emergency personnel spend a lot of time herding trespassers out of the hot zone near the lower pavilion close to the fireworks pit due to the dangerous explosives.

But THIS week the risk factor went up 1,000% when it was discovered that the Orange Fairgrounds has AT LEAST 8 monsters lurking about, including ONE at the old pavilion BEHIND the fire line!

The Orange Police and Orange Volunteer Firefighters are dedicated to the public’s health and safety, so the Fire Marshal took immediate action, contacted the Pokémon administrators and asking them to shut down the Poke Spot behind the fire line — which they did.

The Police Chief, not wanting anyone to get hurt at the Carnival, said he also would ask that ALL Poke Spots be closed, and by 5 p.m. there should not be any monsters left on the fairgrounds.

This is not to ruin your fun, but to keep everyone — both players and carnival-goers — safe.

So, Pokemon players, let this serve as a friendly heads-up to leave your gamer brain at home this weekend. You’ll just be wasting your time looking for monsters at the Orange Fairgrounds.

UPDATE: To their surprise, the game was still on and the Poke Spots on the upper fairgrounds weren’t removed. — Just one more thing for safety personnel to worry about.

 

UPDATE: No Justice For Orange All Stars

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Jul 142016
 

Orange All Stars Home Run hitter Jackson Lee, 11. (Photo by Jen Cifarelli)

Orange All Stars Home Run hitter Jackson Lee, 11. (Photo by Jen Cifarelli)

It was a stressful day for the 11 Y Orange Little League team, its coaches and parents as they awaited a decision from the highest level of the LL Organization as to whether Jackson Lee’s Home Run call would be upheld or reversed.

Sadly, the folks in Williamsport, PA denied the Orange coaches protest against a “bad call” by the home plate umpire who declared Lee “out” on interference as he ran home past his elated teammates.

The semi-final game would have been a 6-6 tie had it not been for the call, instead, Orange went home with a 6-5 loss while everyone present knew full well that they did not lose.

Coach Powell Chodus said he was upset about the final decision, but he felt worse for the boys who practiced every day during the season just to have it come to this.

Jackson’s father, Frank wrote (in an e-mail) “Another boys dream moment crushed by a misinterpretation of a rule.”

Orange Live may have more on this story after all the district teams are done playing for the year. 

BREAKING: Orange Little League Files Formal Protest Over Devastating Bad Call

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Jul 132016
 

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Jackson

The 11 year old Orange All Star Team went up against North Haven in the Semi-Final Play-offs Tuesday night.

North Haven crushed Orange 11-2 in the pool play last week.

Before they took the field, coach Powell Chodus told the boys that it wouldn’t be another 11-2 game. He said it would be close, but it would come down to whoever executed better.

After two innings North Haven played better than Orange and was leading 6-0, but at the bottom of the third, Orange gained a little momentum and got two runs, closing the gap to 6-2.

In the fourth inning North Haven didn’t score and Orange stole home when the catcher was throwing the ball back to the pitcher, making the score 6-3.

No one scored in the fifth inning, and North Haven didn’t score in the sixth either. Down 6-3, Orange stepped up its game in the bottom of the sixth. With two men on (1st and 2nd bases) and one out, the team’s number 9 hitter Jackson Lee stepped up to the plate. After two strikes, he hit one over the fence for a three run homer that would tie the game.

“It was incredible. The boys were jogging around the bases, the fans were so excited and our players came out of the dugout and lined up behind home plate to congratulate Jackson when he came in,” Chodus said. “The kids were milling around home plate as their teammates were coming in and the home plate umpire called interference. The first two runners were safe, but the kid who hit the home run was out because he was touched before he tagged home plate.”

According to Little League rules this is NOT interference and with the rule book behind them, the Orange coaches immediately protested the call.

This led to a 90-minute delay as the chain of command was contacted, from the district official to Bristol, CT, to Williamsport.

During this delay, North Haven had plenty of time to warm up a new pitcher, and the decision to uphold the umpire’s decision was announced. So, with the score at 6-5, bottom of the sixth and a fresh pitcher on the mound, the first Orange player at bat was struck out and North Haven won the game.

But Wait! It’s not over yet!

The district administrator told Chodus that they still had recourse, and if they submitted a letter of protest by this morning, she would present it to Williamsport and argue their position.

With any luck the call will be reversed and Orange will still be 6-6 in the bottom of the sixth and they will play North Haven until someone wins the semi final fairly.

“This was the most dramatic home run I’ve ever seen,” Chodus said. “I hope they do what’s right.”

Orange Live will post an update as soon as the final decision is announced. 

 

Amity Babe Ruth 13U Wins District Championship — Now On To The States

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Jul 112016
 

District ChampionsOn Saturday, July 2, the Amity Babe Ruth 13U District Team won game 2 of a double-header against Milford to win the District 3 Championship and to advance to the CT State Babe Ruth Tournament.
After a tough loss in the first of 2 games against Milford at Old Tavern ballpark, Amity came back for game 2 with big bats, big plays and a big victory, 17 to 5.
Winning pitcher Alex Perry completed the game backed by steady catching from Brian Ficaro and solid defense led by Dane DeYoung in the outfield and Jason Talnose at 2nd base.
Leading To The Championship 
Earlier in the week Amity came from behind at 7-0 to defeat Shelton 10-9. Amity advanced to play Milford once during pool play and won a close game 6-3, then met Milford again at the Championship Game.
Amity’s strong offensive batters included Eric Tudino, Justin Miller, Alex Perry and Jake Williams.
Steady pitching by Ryan Ozolins and Eric Tudino gave the Amity team room to get the bats swinging.
This week Amity competes in Stamford against area District Teams for the Connecticut State Babe Ruth Championship.
Best of luck to these fine ball players as they reach for the State Title.

Orange Legion: 5 Games To Go — Post 127 Wins Again Today

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Jul 102016
 

eli Oliphant pitchingThe Orange Post 127 Baseball team was on the road early Sunday morning for its third and final game against East Haven in the regular season.

Brian Ronai and Eli Oliphant shared pitching duties and did so masterfully. Ronai taking one inning and Oliphant finishing things up for six.

Orange won this game 3-1, improving their record to 15-7 and retaining their second place standing in Zone 2.

Post 127 only has 5 more games remaining in the regular season and most of them will be away games.

On Monday (July 11) they play the #6 team New Haven (11-11) at West Rock Field in New Haven at 5:45 p.m.

Then they go up to Bob DeMayo Field in North Haven for a game against #8 ranked North Haven (10-12) at 8 p.m.

On Tuesday (July 12) Bob Mirto’s boys head up to Branford High School for a game against #4 Branford (13-9) at 5:45 p.m.

Then on Wednesday (July 13) the boys will play Branford at their last home game at Brinley Field at 7 p.m.

Thursday, July 14 marks the final game of the regular season, once again against Branford at Branford High at 5:45 p.m.

Legion Tournament games begin on Saturday, July 15 and Orange is good enough to win it.

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Legion Baseball: Two Wins Going Into The Final Week Of The Regular Season

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Jul 102016
 

With just six games remaining in the regular season, the Orange Post 127 Baseball team is playing harder and smarter than ever.

Bob Mirto’s boys have been in the top four of the 19U Zone 2 standings all season long.

Post 127 was ranked third going into the double-header against the East Haven 89ers at Brinley Field in Orange on Saturday.

Brian Ronai and Rohan Patel shared the mound in the first game.

The players gave their all and defeated East Haven 7-3 in the 10 a.m. contest.

Here are some photos:

After a half hour break and some lunch, both teams were ready for round two.

Max Scheps was the starting pitcher, but was replaced halfway through the game after he was injured on the field. Liam Butler took over for the remainder of the game.

The Easties were determined to win the second game and it looked like the 5-5 score could force an overtime. But Orange outfielder Chase Bursinski had other plans. 

In possibly the most impressive play of game two, Bursinski caught a fly ball, scanned the infield for a second, then made a perfect long throw to catcher Al Smith who tagged out the Easties runner. His decision may have been THE move to seal the win for Orange.

After that, Orange got in one final run and took a 6-5 victory, improving their season record to 14-7, landing in second place behind Stratford.

The Easties dropped to fifth place with a 12-11 record.

Post 127 is away in East Haven this morning (gametime 10 a.m.)