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Aug 282014
 

IMG_7221Although 82-degrees and humid is not the best weather in which to play football, the 2014 Varsity teams from Amity and Bunnell came together at Amity for the first scrimmage of the season yesterday.

Not as exciting as an actual game, scrimmages give the teams an opportunity to try out all the plays they’ve been practicing on another team.

With the coaches offering direction from the field (not just the sidelines) both sides played close attention to the athletes and the moves, analyzing the strengths and weaknesses before the season officially begins.

As with every sport, Orange Live will have to get used to the new faces, who’s wearing what number, etc. But we will be there covering the games and shooting photos through to the Thanksgiving rivalry.

Here are a few shots from Wednesday’s scrimmage.

 

Aug 272014
 

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The Park and Recreation Commission met tonight at the Orange Town Hall at 7:30 p.m. Much of the meeting was dedicated to the Fred Wolfe Park project.

Girls Lacrosse Field Request

Bill McNeil speaking on hopes for Girls’ Lacrosse field expansion at Fred Wolfe Park

Girls lacrosse is the fastest growing sport around, High Plains is much too crowded. 170 players in Orange.

McNeil did his homework on the history of the park, a recent walk-through of the land, found it would be perfect for LAX fields, except now, it is overgrown and filled with invasive plants (bittersweet etc) that are choking the trees.

It will take a lot of money to put grass/turf fields in at no expense to the town (It will be collected through fund-raising)

Jeff Ocheski from Fuss and O’Neil, the same firm hired to do the plans for the Wolfe Park redevelopment.

Commissioners said that none of the fields would be sports specific (ie just lacrosse of just soccer, etc.)

The park could accommodate football games as well. The master plan includes a 400 meter running track/walking track and bathrooms.

The town is hoping for state grant money to become available, and allowing McNeil and his group to begin preparing their desired site may actually get the ball rolling sooner.

Lighting would be the least invasive to neighbors as possible, according to Park & Rec Chairman Joe Lembo.

First Selectman Jim Zeoli said the bathrooms and building for equipment storage, etc needs to be strategically placed so the overall plan for the 64-acre is fluid. A one-acre dog park also would be a desired addition to the park. Zeoli said a STEEP grant is available now, and this would be a perfect project for the grant, as it would fall under the quality of life portion of the grant.

It was suggested that  a second entrance leading to the park should be built to give the residents on Hollow Road a break.

Residents on Hemlock and surrounding streets should be informed of any changes that will be taking place at Fred Wolfe Park.

There will be a Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Sept. 10 regarding the plans for Fred Wolfe Park. Residents are more than welcome to attend and offer their input.

 

Dan Lynch – Old Business

A Park & Rec sub committee will make recommendations about improving fields.

Overused fields get “tired” and worn.

The town pool had regular maintenance and will re-open on Sept. 8. new starting blocks will be in.

Day camp numbers were down this year, but successful none-the-less.

Registration for some  fall programs are already open, but other fall program registrations will begin on Sept. 2 for town residents. A week later for non-residents.

 

 

 

 

Aug 272014
 

 

Jack Damirjian, Sean Grenier and Tyler Burns (screen shot from video) at last year's foodball awards dinner. Matt Attolino was on crutches and did not make it up to the front of the room for the shot.

Jack Damirjian, Sean Grenier and Tyler Burns (Who left Amity to attend Choat this year) at last year’s foodball awards dinner. Matt Attolino was on crutches and did not make it up to the front of the room for the shot.

The Amity Varsity Football team will take the William Johnson Football Field at Amity today in a scrimmage game vs Bunnell at 4:30 p.m. (although it is hot and humid and not quite “football weather”)

Coach Bert Mozealous lost a lot of good players to graduation after last season, but many remain. Quarterback Tyler Burns left Amity to attend Choat this year. 

The 2014 team has 3 captains: Matt Attolino, Sean Grenier, and Jack Damirjian. 

We wish Coach Mozealous, his coaching staff, and the team the best of luck for a tremendous season.

Aug 242014
 

IMG_6439Registration for Orange Little League Fall Ball programs closes at midnight, Aug. 26.

Girls Softball for girls ages 8-13 — born 1/1/2001 to 12/31/2006 — in three divisions: 8-9 year olds, 10-11 year olds and 12-13 year olds.

There will be some travel to other towns for all leagues since they are participating in a program coordinated by another town. Games will be played on the weekends. Level of play will be determined by your child’s age as of 12/31/2014.

There is a fee associated with this program. Registrations must be received by midnight Tuesday, Aug. 26.

OLL Softball is looking for volunteer managers and coaches.

For information, visit the OLL WEBSITE or call Ed Whitman at 203-494-4369.

Fall baseball for boys 7-12 — born between 5/01/2002 and 4/30/2009.

For those new to the Fall Baseball League, it is a great opportunity to get a jump-start into next season.

For kids in the younger age groups moving up, this will be their first look at facing kid-pitching, as opposed to a coach or a machine. It will get them acclimated and ready for the spring season.

For the kids in the older leagues they will start to see better, faster pitching, also in preparation for the spring.

Fee for Baseball/Softball:  $ 125.00

Visit the OLL WEBSITE for information and registration forms.

Originally Published on: Jul 31, 2014 @ 9:34 

Aug 212014
 

Gold medal 2Parker Paragas, a member of the New Haven Age Group Track Club recently competed at the 2014 USA Track and Field National Jr. Olympic Championships in Houston, TX, July 21– 27.

Parker won Gold in the 9-10 year old division for the 1500 meter race with a time of 4:49.73. He also place 4th in the 800 meter race with a time of 2:26.47. In addition, he was recently awarded Outstanding Athlete in the 9-10 year old division by the United Age Group Track Coaches Association (UAGTCA).

The New Haven Age Group Track Club is a local track club founded in 1975. They welcome athletes ages 6 to 18 and are comprised of athletes from several local towns.

You can learn more about the New Haven Age Group Track Club on Facebook or their website www.newhavenagegrouptrack.org.

Congratulations Parker, We can’t wait to see you on the track at Amity High School in a few years.

Gold medal

Aug 202014
 

IMG_7122The skies were clear and the temperature remained pleasant at Orange Hills Country Club on Monday for the American Legion Post 127 Golf Tournament.

Participants rode in comfort on golf carts as they went from hole to hole.

The fundraising event benefits the Legion Post and its various youth baseball teams.

first hole

Aug 162014
 

baseballAmity Baseball (the 2013 and 2014 State Championship winners) will be hosting a fundraiser on Saturday August 16 from 5 -9 p.m. at the Orange Ale House.  

Tickets are $25  per person purchased in advance, and $30 purchased at the door and includes 2 drinks per person (draft beer, house wine, or well drinks) and happy hour food (salad, pasta, pizza, & popcorn chicken).

There also will be a raffle.  If anyone has something they would like to donate as a raffle prize, contact Janice Farace ([email protected])

For advance purchase or donation, please make check payable to Amity Baseball and send to, Kathy Sabitsky, 40 Lambert Drive, Milford, CT  06460

Please mark check “donation” or “will attend.”

Originally Published on July 8, 2014 at 22:10

Aug 052014
 

File Photo: Players on the Post 127 team are close to their coach Bob Mirto.

File Photo: Players on the Post 127 team are close to their coach Bob Mirto.

The Orange Post 127 senior legion coaching staff will be holding tryouts for a 13-15 year old prep team which will participate in the Southern Division American Legion fall prep league.

The tryouts will be at DeGennaro Field in Orange on Monday, August 11 at 6 p.m. Most games will be played on weekends and no games will be require extensive travel.
This is an opportunity for younger players to enter the prestigious Post 127 American Legion program. Post127′s website can be found at www.post127.com
If interested call 203-687-8299 or 203-464-9971

Originally Published on: Jul 30, 2014 @ 19:51

Aug 052014
 

Jeremy saxeThe Jeremy Saxe Memorial Amity Boys Soccer Alumni game will be played Saturday, August 30,  at 11 a.m. on the Amity High School soccer field, with a rain date of Monday, September 1, Labor Day.

Participating Alumni are asked to donate $20 to play, which will include a commemorative game shirt.

A portion of the donations will be going to the Jeremy Saxe Scholarship Fund.

We will also be accepting additional donations for the scholarship.  Please confirm your attendance by August 16 by contacting Coach Marchitto at [email protected].

About Jeremy from the Jeremy Saxe Foundation Website:

Aug 022014
 

10568896_818998994785801_4801231508169601358_nLast year, Amity Swimmer (now team captain) Hannah Babbitz and her team raised $10,000 for St. Vincent’s Swim Across The Sound.

This year, Hannah and her teammates have raised the bar and set a goal of $14,000. As of 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, the team had already raised $9,016, but with the event just 4 days away, they still have a ways to go.

This young team consists of 14-17 year old swimmers (Hannah Babbitz, Zachary Babbitz, Madyson Barnick, Skyler Marini, Lydia Pokluda and Jillian Rice) who will swim relay style for the 15.5 mile course from Port Jefferson, LI to Captains Cove, Bridgeport.

All the money raised goes to Local Cancer Patients.

If you would like to donate to the SONOCO Swimming team, click HERE, or visit their page HERE.

For detailed information about Swim Across the Sound click HERE.

Here’s hoping for nice weather and jellyfish free waters.

Originally Published on: Jul 31, 2014 @ 12:41