Nov 232014

Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 9.19.39 PMThe Rotary Club of Orange welcomes everyone to register and participate in its second annual Thanksgiving Day 5K and 2 mile walk.

This is a way for you to get out in the fresh air and exercise while helping the Rotary Club in this important fundraising event. 100% of the proceeds will be used to provide charitable services and humanitarian support in the town of Orange.

The 5K Race steps off Thursday Nov 27 at 8 a.m. Registration fee is $20.

The 2 mile walk also begins at 8 a.m. Registration fee is $10.

The first 500 registrants will receive a Dri-FIT running shirt.  Sign up HERE to reserve yours.

Originally Published on: Nov 4, 2014 @ 0:09 

Second Publishing on: Nov 16, 2014 @ 0:09

Nov 212014

Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 11.49.21 AMTwo Amity residents who are student-athletes at Notre Dame of West Haven made college commitments in their respective sports in front of family and friends Thursday afternoon.

Joe Biondi ‘15 signed to play lacrosse at Florida Southern, while Evan Lumpinski ‘15 will take his baseball talents to UMass-Amherst.

Biondi, who hails from Orange, has been a three-year stalwart on the Green Knights lacrosse team. A midfielder, Biondi was named co-captain for the 2015 lacrosse team. He also had a stellar summer playing for Team Connecticut and Unparalleled Lacrosse in several prestigious tournaments, including the Brine National Lacrosse Classic in Maryland. He is the son of Maria Biondi of the Orange VNA.

“Joe is a do-it-all midfielder,” said Notre Dame Head lacrosse coach A.J. Alessi. “He is a tough kid, who is an offensive threat, can shoot with both hands, and a key face-off guy for us. He had a great summer and I am excited for this college opportunity for him.”

Biondi, who also plays hockey for Notre Dame, chose Florida Southern for a pair of reasons. He said, “It’s a great academic school which has a unique human movement performance academy that will help me achieve his goal of becoming a physical therapist. Plus, it has had a lot of recent lacrosse success and I am looking forward to continuing that.”

Biondi added, “I am thankful for my family, who helped me immensely with this process as well as all my coaches and teammates who have helped me get to this point. While I am looking forward to my college experience, I can’t wait to get both my senior year of hockey and lacrosse seasons underway.”

Meanwhile, Woodbridge resident Evan Lumpinski ‘15 signed to play baseball at UMass-Amherst. A key contributor on last spring’s Notre Dame state champion baseball team, Lumpinski is a great hitter who can play multiple positions, including outfield and first base.

Lumpinski led Notre Dame with 22 RBI’s and 2 HR’s last season. His .300 batting average was fourth on the team while he was second with five doubles and third on the team with 24 hits. He also had the go-ahead RBI single that gave Notre Dame the lead for good in Notre Dame’s 9-2 championship-game win over Masuk last June at Palmer Field.

“I liked the coaches at UMass a lot,” said Lumpinski, who will serve as a tri-captain for the Notre Dame baseball nine this coming spring. “I wanted to go to a big school, it’s close to home, and I feel like I have a chance to contribute right away. They offer my major as I want to study environmental science so the combination just felt like the best fit for me.”

“Evan has a great swing and had some big hits for us last year,” said head coach Lou Kessler ‘77. “He is a strong kid, who can hit for power but go to the opposite field as well. Hitting is not easy but he can make it look easy at times with his sweet swing. He is someone you want at the plate with runners in scoring position”

Nov 132014

IMG_6262The Lady Spartans advanced to the Class LL semifinals and tonight, Thursday, Nov. 13, at 6 p.m. they face their greatest rivals, Cheshire, for the fourth time.

No matter what happens tonight, we are so proud of our girls for the phenomenal season and excellent sportsmanship they’ve displayed all year long.



Nov 092014

56e11a59f817103e64aa067cc6f2cf2aLegendary New York Giants Running Back Rodney Hampton #27 (1990 – 1997) will be at the Orange Ale House Sunday, Nov. 9 at 3:30 p.m. signing autographs and taking photos with fans.

Hampton will be remembered for an amazing 51 yard TD run in a playoff game against the Vikings on January 9, 1994. He broke the 1,000 yard mark each year from 1991 – 1995.

Hampton is helping the Ale House in its partnership with the Westfield Mall to raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Hampton will sign an item and Jim Hassenmayer and the Ale House will sell raffle tickets for someone to win that item with all proceeds going to St. Jude’s.

Nov 082014

IMG_2856Imagine having a phenomenal season and being so hungry for the state championship title that you could almost taste it.

That’s how the Amity Lady Spartans felt as they went up against the Trumbull Eagles for the Class LL quarterfinal match on Saturday afternoon at Amity.

Amity came on strong against Trumbull defeating them 3-0 (25-15, 25-23 and 25-21) in three energy charged games that often were tied up, giving spectators plenty of nail biting excitement.

Amity’s noteworthy players

Micaela Cardozo had 8 kills, 5 digs and 2 blocks; Kathleen Walsh had 12 kills and 3 digs; Haley Pierson had 23 assists and 2 aces.

Trumbull’s noteworthy players

Mia Hampford had 10 kills, 2 digs, 1 block and 10 service points; Kristen Peterson had 16 digs and 9 service points; Sydney Adams had 19 assists and 6 digs.

The Lady Spartans advance to the Class LL semifinals Thursday evening (Nov. 13) at Hamden High School at 6 p.m. — facing their greatest rivals, Cheshire, for the fourth time.

Nov 062014

IMG_6258The Conard Chieftains of West Hartford traveled a long way to play in the second round CIAC Class LL state championship Volleyball match at Amity on Thursday.
The Lady Spartans defeated the Chieftains 3-0 (25-7, 25-14, 25-16)
Amity’s noteworthy players:
Julia Bedini had 6 kills, 1 block and 2 digs; Nina Luciani had 5 kills and 3 digs and Haley Pierson had 17 assists.
Conard’s Keleigh Brown had 7 digs and 3 aces.

The Lady Spartans will play the next round of the championship games against Trumbull at Amity on Saturday, Nov. 8.

Nov 032014

IMG_6258We all knew that Saturday’s SCC Championship meet between Amity and Cheshire (#2 & #1 respectively) was going to be tough and only one team could win the title.

And when the two powerhouse teams played at North Haven High School each team played like they meant it, but in the end, it was Cheshire that clinched its fourth consecutive conference title with three wins (25-15, 25-7 and 25-18) over Amity.

This was the third match-up between the Lady Spartans and the Rams this season, with the Rams coming out on top each time.

Amity, under the leadership of first-year coach Seth Davis, had a magnificent run in the regular season, but Cheshire was just “this much” better, winning its seventh consecutive Housatonic Division title and this SCC title.

On Saturday, Amity’s Brianna Mirmina had 12 digs and Nina Luciani had 6 kills.

Our Lady Spartans may not have won the Conference title, but there is still the possibility that they could meet up with Cheshire again in the Class LL semifinals.

According to the SCC website, the second-round states meet will take place at Amity this Thursday, Nov. 6 at 6 p.m.

Nov 032014

IMG_3513The Dance Team will be hosting a fundraiser at Chip’s Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, Orange, on Monday, Nov. 3.

Support the team as they will be traveling to Orlando in January to compete in the National Dance Team Championships.

Tickets are $10.00 and will be on sale during all lunch waves on Monday.

The girls, under the leadership of Kendra Luth practice about 6 days per week and their routines are getting more complex as the year goes on.


Originally Published on: Oct 31, 2014 @ 12:18