Outdoor Track: Amity Boys Clinch the SCC Championship Title

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May 242016

IMG_0152The SCC Outdoor Track and Field Championships were held at Sheehan High School in Wallingford on Tuesday, May 24.

You can find the complete results HERE.

The Amity BOYS won the 2016 SCC Title.


Following are the abbreviated boys results showing just first, second and third place finishers.

IMG_9185Team scores  Team totals will change upon completion of meet Wednesday: 1. Amity, 95; 2. Hamden, 66; 3. Shelton, 51; 4. Hillhouse, 47; 5. Lyman Hall, 42; 6. North Haven, 41; 7. Cheshire, 40; 8. East Haven, 34; 9. Hand, 31.50; 10. West Haven, 30; 11. Notre Dame, 27; 11. Xavier, 27; 13. Fairfield Prep, 26; 14. Guilford, 23; 15. Career, 18l 16. Sheehan, 14.50; 17. Branford, 14; 18. Wilbur Cross, 13; 18. Law, 13; 20. Foran, 10.

100: 1, Aremu, Abdoul, West Haven, 11.19. 2, Fowlin, Camron, Hamden, 11.31. 3, Donaldson, Jay, East Haven, 11.32

200: 1, Aremu, Abdoul, West Haven, 22.48, w:1.5. 2, Mohseni, Aria, Amity Regional, 22.55, w:1.5. 3, Swain, Tyreise, Hillhouse, 22.57, w:1.5

400: 1, Gebril, Omar, North Haven, 49.51. 2, English, Patrick, Shelton, 49.52. 3, Antoine, Kevin, Hamden, 50.18

800: 1, Gill, Jonathan, Lyman Hall, 1:57.74. 2, Cobb, Griffin, Mark Sheehan, 1:58.26. 3, Parisella, Zachary, Hamden, 1:59.14

IMG_9066-300x2111600: 1, Sicilano, Benjamin, Guilford, 4:21.29. 2, Brennan, Ryan, North Haven, 4:21.89. 3, Beaudette, Kyle, Amity Regional, 4:24.52

3200: 1, Murray, Brendan, Cheshire, 9:23.53. 2, Thompson, Drew, Fairfield Prep, 9:26.87. 3, Block, Harrison, Amity Regional, 9:40.51

110 hurdles: 1, Witik, John, Lyman Hall, 14.82. 2, Kuchachik, Collin, Amity Regional, 15.22. 3, Deptula, Zachary, Shelton, 15.59

300 hurdles: 1, Paintsil, Elliott, Notre Dame, 39.38. 2, Witik, John, Lyman Hall, 39.82. 3, Kuchachik, Collin, Amity Regional, 41.42

4×100: 1, West Haven (Aremu, Abdoul 17, Butler, Talon 17, Flores, Jeffrey 16, Highsmith, Andrew 16), 43.55. 2, Hamden (Mayes, John 18, Fowlin, Camron 17, Harrell, Virgil 17, Arrington Jr, Stanley 17), 43.91. 3, East Haven (Griffith, Mike 16, Pates, Garrett 16, Marshall, M’Clay 17, Donaldson, Jay 18), 44.25

4×400: 1. Hamden (Antoine, Kevin 17, Parisella, Zachary 16, Harrell, Virgil 17, Gambrell, Aaron 16), 3:23.58. 2, Lyman Hall (Witik, John 16, Crawford, Jordan 18, Ransom, Mike 16, Gill, Jonathan 16), 3:26.08. 3, Daniel Hand (Noonan, Garrett 17, Parker, Matt 17, Lisi, John 17, Veth, Max 17), 3:30.50

4×800: 1, Hamden (Hodgkins, Isaac 16, King, William 16, Odei-Nitri, Shawn 17, Parisella, Zachary 16), 8:04.98. 2, Amity Regional (Block, Harrison 16, Cannata, Michael 16, Crane, Connor 16, Arovas, Matthew 16), 8:09.27. 3, Lyman Hall (Ransom, Mike 16, Oliveira, Brian 18, Crawford, Jordan 18, Gill, Jonathan 16), 8:14.03

High jump: 1, Abdul-Karim, Gabriel, Hillhouse, 6-02. 2, Robinson, Nicholas, Amity Regional, 6-00. 3, D’Onofrio, Jordan, Amity Regional, J6-00

Pole vault: 1, McShane, Devon, Daniel Hand, 13-00. 2, Hubler, Jared, Foran, 12-06. 3, Petruzzelli, Nicholas, Notre Dame, 12-00

Long jump: 1, Griffith, Mike, East Haven, 21-11, w:NWI. 2, Vaughn, Dyshon, Career, 21-10, w:NWI. 3, Abdul-Karim, Gabriel, Hillhouse, J21-10, w:NWI

Triple jump: 1, Abdul-Karim, Gabriel, Hillhouse, 43-11.50, w:NWI. 2, Vaughn, Dyshon, Career, 43-01, w:NWI. 3, Shuster, Ethan, Shelton, 42-03.50, w:NWI

Shot put: 1, O’Connor, Shane, North Haven, 50-07.25. 2, Greifenberger, Cameron, Amity Regional, 49-00.50. 3, Coward, Niam, East Haven, 46-02.50

Javlin: 1, LaChance, Ethan, Cheshire, 164-06. 2, Valentino, Anthony, North Haven, 158-10. 3, Castor, Noah, Mark Sheehan, 156-03.

Baseball: Quarter Final SCC Playoff in Woodbridge on Tuesday Postponed

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May 242016

IMG_0152The Amity Varsity Baseball Team (19-1) will be at home in Woodbridge Tuesday, May 24 for the SCC Playoff Quarter Finals at 3:45 p.m.

Come cheer on the boys as they play their way to possibly a fourth consecutive State Championship.

In addition The boys and girls outdoor track teams will compete in the SCC Championship meet at Sheehan High School at 1 p.m.


Joey Seymour To Be Honored at AHS Hockey Fundraiser

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May 212016

Joe SeymourBig things come in small packages. The Amity Boys Hockey Team got a special gift when Joey Seymour decided to come home to play out the rest of his high school career 43 years ago.

Seymour, a 1975 graduate who is in the next class of Amity Hall of Fame inductees, played at Avon Old Farms as a freshman before changing his mind and becoming a Spartan for the rest of his career. The 5- foot-7, 157-pound skater led the state in scoring for two seasons, made the all-county team three times, was on the 1974 and 1975 New Haven Register All-State teams and earned All-Housatonic League accolades all three winters.

“Size never bothered me. We were all warriors on the ice,” said Seymour. “We shoveled the ice so much at Wright’s Pond (in Orange) our legs got very strong. It really helped me get faster.”

While he got stronger, area sports fans and media certainly took notice, and so did the competition.

“Joey was one of Connecticut’s greatest high school hockey players. He dominated the games and was both feared and respected by the top teams in the state,” said Tom Earley ’75, a teammate on three Amity squads. He had a ferocious slap shot and unbelievable acceleration.”

New HOF Inductee Featured at June 10 Golf Outing

These were the days when Amity played in Division I among the powers of Connecticut hockey. That’s why Seymour, who will be honored at the Spartans’ June 10 Golf Outing Fundraiser at Orange Hills Country Club, got the nod for the school’s hall of fame.

“I had great teammates like Tom Earley, my left wing. He pushed for me to get into the hall of fame, so he deserves all the credit,” said Seymour, whose brothers, Billy ’73, and Danny ’77, were sandwiched around him playing for Amity head coach Hal Smullen. “This is a great honor. I’m happy to represent all my teammates and the great players I skated with. The friendships with my teammates is what I cherish the most. There was a special bond.”

Seymour became a legit Canadian Juniors prospect, receiving a letter of interest from the Chicago Junior Blackhawks, after his junior year at Amity. But most of what he learned about the game at a young age came through playing on a legendary bantams squad called the Gerry Stevens Wheelers. That squad, coached by Ralph O’Connor, went 42-2- 1 and came within a goal of the New England Championship (lost in 2 OT to Wakefield, Mass.) playing out of the old New Haven Arena. Seymour was one of 11 standout Wheelers who went on to prep school hockey from that team.

Fortunately for Amity, going to prep school and living away from his family in Orange did not sit well with Seymour.

Can any family boast five members of the Amity hockey team? Certainly none came match that over just two generations. Matt ’12 and Keating ’14, Joe’s two sons (his daughter Mackenzie ’16 played lacrosse), played for Gary Lindgren, the current head coach of the Spartans who is trying to raise money to send his 2016-17 squad to Munich, Germany, for a hockey and educational tour this December. That’s where most of the golf tournament proceeds will go.

After notching a school-record 169 points over three winters playing out of Bennett Rink and surpassing his brother Billy’s career total of 132, Seymour spurned college hockey offers to join Billy and Danny in their Milford sporting goods store called “3 Brothers.” That partnership lasted 26 years, during which Joey was involved in numerous aspects of the sport, including coaching youth, officiating high school games and tearing up adult leagues as a member of Catapano’s Auto Body.

Seymour, who scored 31 goals both his junior and senior years playing for Spartan teams went deep into the state tournament every year before falling each time to loaded Hamden High School squads, gave credit to his high school coach for helping him progress in the sport and mature into adulthood.

“Coach Smullen was a character building leader as a strict disciplinarian. He was a small guy but was a very feisty competitor,” said Seymour, who learned about the sporting goods business working at Ferguson’s Center Ice Sports and currently owns Nantucket Embroidery Company in Milford.

Good things really do come in small packages.

Story By Steve Conn, Amity ’81

Boys Lacrosse: Amity Vs Xavier

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May 202016

IMG_9677The Amity Spartans Boys Lacrosse Team hosted Xavier Falcons on May 17.
Amity   1-3-0-2 = 6
Xavier  2-7-4-1 = 14
Amity: Mike Cavanagh made 2 goals, Anthony Uscilla and Mike DeVito both had 1 goal and 1 assist, Adam Cusano and John Harbinson both made 1 goal, Sam King had 1 assist.
Xavier: Austin Reid made 5 goals and 3 assists, Brett Reid had 5 goals and 4 assists, Evan Pesco made 2 goals, Tristian Slifer made 1 goal and 2 assists, Jacob Goralnik had 1 goal, Ben Costello had 3 assists, Michael Ford  1
Xavier outshot Amity 36-21.
Amity Goaltender Matt Perrotti made 12 saves.

Orange Took on the Cape and Made It!

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May 192016

Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 7.19.20 PMDennis Marsh and Denise Stein of Orange Community Services assembled a team to take on Ragnar Cape Cod, a 200 mile Relay Race.

The team of 12 started in Hull MA, on Friday May 13 at 8:30 a.m. and ran to Provincetown MA.

“We arrived at the Pilgrim Memorial on Saturday, May 14 at 5:30 p.m. We completed the run in 33 hours, 1 hour ahead of our expected time,” Marsh said. “The run raised more than $3,000 for the Town of Orange Emergency Fuel Bank and Food Pantry.”

Also on the team were Aubry Monahan, John DeMarsilis, Antea DeMarsilis, Christine Kratz, Emily Hayes, Chris Gates, Bridget Gates, Alyssa Couden, Amanda Keeler, and Michael Mariano of Center of Balance gym. Center of Balance is a premiere training facility here in Orange.

Mike was instrumental in preparing the team for the challenge that the team would face.

Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 7.17.13 PMMarsh and Stein Thank Center of Balance and all of their sponsors:

Gold Level: Yale New Haven & State Affairs, Lions Club of Orange, Orange Rotary Club

Silver Level: Cody White, F&W Equipment, Orange Fence, Stein Beck Family, People’s United Bank

Bronze Level: Bob’s Discount Furniture, Advance Spine & Sport, Puerto Vallarta, Orange Visiting Nurses Association, Law office of Floman DePaola, Birmingham Family, Consiglio Family, Cretella Family, Gentile Family, George Family, Hudgens Family, Maley Family, Moule Family, and Pol Family.

“And thank you to all our sponsors at the Friends level,” Marsh said. 

May 182016

10687029_882465481772430_5111323056979851469_nIn May, 2012, I posted the following message on this website as a way of introducing myself to new readers:

My name is Terri Miles, I’ve been covering the Town of Orange for about 15 years, first with the Amity Observer and then for an online news site. I was moved to start my own site because of a strong desire to give Orange residents what they want and deserve, a 24/7 news site without fillers, regional stories or blogs. Just news and events from YOUR town and your children’s High School. Why? Because I know you and I care. A relative financed the domain name and other little details for me so I wouldn’t go stir crazy after departing from my last job.

Orange Live has been online for four years, offering Orange residents news from their town and Amity High School, which is attended by the majority of Orange students.

Since Orange Live has been up, it’s rare that I’ve wavered from the promise to be your exclusive Orange news site (with news from Amity High School). Of the 6,419 stories published, there have been 10-13 out-of-town stories ONLY because they are high profile and likely affect everyone in some way. (The Maren Sanchez murder, Kevin Brennan suspension, food and product recalls)

Screen-shot-2012-06-26-at-12.42.34-PMOrange Live has stuck to its political policy although some politicians choose to challenge me on it — you will see more of that in the coming months.

Our advertising rates have remained the most reasonable in the area of any medium and those who choose to advertise see results and appreciate the hands-on service, and not having to go through several departments to get what they want.

If someone has a concern I look into it and get answers as fast as possible.

Missing animals are a big draw to Orange Live, for example, Piggy went missing on July 27, 2014 and was home by July 30.

One thing that can’t be disputed is my record for helping people who’ve lost a pet. It always feels good when a family lets me know that their beloved dog or cat is back home. So many residents are aware of my dedication to dogs that when Lacey or Jack runs away their owners send me a personal e-mail and give me the details. I get the word out as soon as possible and stay on it until I know he or she is safely at home again. Orange residents are the best when it comes to rallying around someone who needs help.

After four years, it’s still amazing to me that some people aren’t aware that Orange Live is really a one-person operation. I take the photos, cover the sports, plays, events, meetings, general news, write all the stories, update the site with an average of 5 new stories per day while keeping the Facebook and Twitter pages up-to-date, answering e-mails and phone calls and designing the ads for the page.

On occasion you will see the words “we” and “our” when I refer to Orange Live. So If I am the only one doing the work, then how can “I” be a “we”?

The WE is my brother Ron who legally owns Orange Live. He financed it in order to give me an outlet to give Orange residents the type of news site they deserve. I often discuss things that go on the site with him so, the “I” becomes a “we” and the “my” becomes an “our.”

So on this, our 4 year anniversary, I promise to continue dedicating my time to Orange Live. As many of you know, here is a young lady (my granddaughter) who takes up several hours of my time each week (I’m one of the Lucky Yia Yia’s that gets to spend time with her grandchild) and you will notice a lull in the activity on the site when I’m with her, but it picks up as soon as I leave her house.

In the following year I hope to see continued growth in popularity and to be everyone’s go-to place for news. I have a lot of luck with getting information from teachers at the High School, yet the elementary and middle schools are still depending on other sources for publicity. The Orange Lions, Recycling Committee, Senior Center and other organizations have been awesome, and the Rotary Club began sending press releases after our third anniversary.

You need to know, I am here for you, and if you give me a couple days notice I most likely will be able to come and cover your event and the numbers prove, more people will see it on Orange Live than any other “local” media.

I have some wonderful advertisers who realize that their Ad on Orange Live works, still,  I have yet to make a profit from the site. WHY? for the first year, my brother financed not only the site, but also helped me with my personal bills, mortgage, utilities, etc. and whatever money that comes in goes into a the Live bank account until we are satisfied that I’ve paid him back.

Some of the funds have gone to necessary business items such as, promotional materials, computer equipment, camera lenses etc. but the rest goes to paying back my brother for his generous help.

So, if I’m not getting paid then whey do I stand out in the cold and photograph an entire football game, or in the sweltering heat day after day covering the firemen’s carnival or American Legion Baseball games? — That’s easy, because I made a promise to you when I opened the site, and knowing that I’m staying true to that every day is what drives me.

Click the links above and follow us on Facebook and Twitterbookmark this page and come back every day for current news from the town of Orange.

I would like to thank all of the faithful readers who’ve been with Orange Live since day 1 and to Jim Kaoud from Kaoud Oriental Rugs for his faithful support as an advertiser since we went LIVE. 

 If you need to contact me, call 203-506-1747, e-mail [email protected] or visit our Facebook Page and leave a message.

Sports: Amity Varsity Home Games May 16-19

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May 162016

IMG_9455Following is this week’s schedule of Amity varsity home sporting events — the last full week of Spring Sports.

Monday, May 16

Softball 3:45 at Amity

Boys Lacrosse 4 p.m.

Baseball (at Old Tavern Park, Orange) 7 p.m.

Tuesday, May 17

Girls Golf 3 p.m.

Boys Volleyball 5:15 p.m.

Wednesday, May 18

Girls Golf 3 p.m.

Boys Volleyball 5:30 p.m.

Softball and Baseball (at Old Tavern Park, Orange) 7 p.m.

Thursday, May 19

Boys Golf 3 p.m.

Boys Tennis 4 p.m.

Boys Lacrosse (Senior Night on Football Field) 6 p.m.

Softball (at Old Tavern Park, Orange) 7 p.m.


Three Honored for Lifesaving Actions In 2015

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May 142016

Bill, Rich and Cheryl during today's Lifesaving presentation.

Bill, Rich and Cheryl during today’s Lifesaving presentation.

US Senator Richard Blumenthal was in Orange CT for a special, surprise presentation (SEE VIDEO) after the Peck Place School Panther Pounce 5K Road Race on May 14, 2016.

SETUP: Last year, during the 2015 race, a West Haven man, Rich Fidler, suffered a heart attack on the race route, he had no pulse and was not breathing. Luckily, the school nurse, Cheryl Mingione and a caring resident Bill Chizmadia, who were running in the race, immediately came to his assistance, called 911 and provided CPR until Orange Police Lt. Max Martins arrived with a portable AED and shocked his heart into beating again.

TODAY’S EVENT: The three were honored with certificates of recognition from the US Senate, State and School.

Making the event even more special, today was Bill Chizmadia’s birthday and Rich Fidler’s 28th wedding anniversary.

Lt. Martins was on traffic duty for the road race and arrived after the videotaped presentations. He said he had no idea that he was being honored and was doing the routine post race cleanup when people started coming by and telling him to get down to the fairgrounds.

Martins was pleased to be able to meet Fidler and see him under better circumstances. As for his actions last year, he was just doing his job and was happy to be able to help.

Peck Place Panther Pounce 5K on Saturday

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May 142016

Screen Shot 2016-03-30 at 9.05.50 AMThe fourth annual Peck Place Panther Pounce 5K road race will take place at the High Plains Community Center (Orange Fairgrounds) 525 Orange Center Road, on Saturday, May 14.

This is a 5K Certified Course with computerized timing and results by HI-TEK Racing, LLC

The event includes awards and raffle prizes.

Wheelchair participants and walkers welcome.

Race day registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

T-Shirts for all pre-registered participants and first come, first served on race day

Step off at 9 a.m.

Awards ceremony begins at 10 a.m.

If you have a question or if you would like to be an event sponsor, make a donation to the prize raffle, or show your support by becoming a family sponsor, please contact: Whitney Shanley at [email protected]

REGISTRATION FEES: $25 Pre-Reg / $35 Race Day, Students $10

Proceeds benefit the Peck Place School PTO 

Click HERE to register online.

Published on: Mar 30, 2016 @ 09:28

Last Published on: Apr 25, 2016 @ 12:38

Orange to take on Cape Cod – 200 Miles or Bust — It’s Not Too Late To Donate

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May 102016

Dennis Marsh and Denise Stein during the 2016 Chilly Chili Run

Dennis Marsh and Denise Stein during the 2016 Chilly Chili Run

Great people have tackled great obstacles. Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the top of Mount Everest, while Robert Peary is generally credited as being first to visit the North Pole. Of course we all know that Neil Armstrong was the first to set foot on the moon.

Well, Orange is going to tackle our own insurmountable task. Denise Stein and Dennis Marsh will co-captain of the Orange Community Services Ragnar Team to run the Cape Cod race on May 13-14, 2016. Ragnar is a 200 mile relay race.

Each team is made up of 12 runners. Each runner will run 3 legs of the relay. The legs vary in distance from 3 to 12 miles.

Marsh said, “We will run all day Friday, all night long, and all day Saturday. We will not stop until we reach the end of the Cape. I want to invite you to be a part of the Orange Community Services team. We are inviting the entire community to show its support! We are looking for runners and sponsors. Proceeds raised from the Orange team will go to the Town of Orange Community Assistance Fund.”

This fund is the Town’s Emergency Fuel Bank and Food Pantry that helps residents in need. We have 3 levels of sponsorship: Gold Level for $500, Silver Level for $250, or Bronze Level $100. But let’s be honest, all dollar donations and any form of support is welcomed.

“This venture is a wonderful opportunity to spread the word about our wonderful Town of Orange. Show your support for Team Orange when we take on the Cape, 200 Miles or Bust!” Marsh said.

For further information or questions, please contact Dennis Marsh, Senior Services Coordinator at (203) 891-4784 or e-mail [email protected]. You also may speak to Denise Stein, Elderly Outreach/Municipal Agent (203) 891-4787 or e-mail [email protected].

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Originally published on Feb. 22 @ 2:43 p.m. 

Second Publishing on: Mar 11, 2016 @ 08:37