Holy Infant Orangemen Basketball Team Rocked This Season

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Mar 242017

Bottom row: Brett Chodos, Colby O’Connor, Corey Donovan and Jake Genovese.
Back row: Coach Powell Chodos, Macallister Burke, Martin Zhang, Justin Zamkov, Scott Lowder, Coach Jim O’Connor and Coach Jamie Zamkov. Missing: Liam Tassiello

The final seconds ticked off the scoreboard at Jonathan Law High School and with that concluded the Holy Infant-Orangemen’s 7th grade boys basketball season.

But it wasn’t just any season, it was a wildly successful season on all accounts.  “Historically, this has to be one of the best seasons head coach Powell Chodos explained,  “We went 44-11 against  7th grade teams from all over Connecticut, we won the Bristol Christmas Tournament (4-0), we won the Sal Tinari-East haven tournament (4-1), we won the A division of the Fairfield County tournament (3-0) and we won the prestigious Milford Hoopfest tournament (40 seventh grade teams, 6-1 record) I’m not sure if any Orange team has ever accomplished all that.”

Kneeling: ColbyO’Connor. First row: Liam Tassiello, Corey Donovan, Jake Genovese and Brett Chodos. Back row: Coach Jamie Zamkov, Coach Jim O’Connor, Scott Lowder, Justin Zamkov, Coach Powell Chodos, Macallister Burke and Martin Zhang.

Chodos gives credit to his team, “They are a smart bunch, they show up to practice, they play hard, they share the ball and they genuinely love playing together–as a coach that’s all you can ask for”.

Fundraiser To Benefit Bethany Leapley ASD Scholarship Fund

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Mar 222017

Adam and Dedra Leapley were inspired to create a specialized gym for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) based on their own experience of raising a child with ASD. In May 2014, the ASD Fitness Center, opened at 307 Racebrook Road.
The Center serves families in the greater New Haven area from ages 5 to young adult. The 5,000-square-foot fitness center is staffed by special education teachers with fitness certifications. Trainers provide one to one training with children as well as memberships for families in need and group classes. Scholarships provide children with access to a full gum membership, which includes two or three one-on-one sessions and a group class every week.
Prior to opening the center, Adam and Dedra founded The Bethany Leapley ASD Scholarship Fund.  The charity is a registered 501(c)(3) with the goal being to raise funds for families in need of financial support so they can send their children to the ASD Fitness Center to receive one on one personal training and attend small adaptive group classes.
Their largest annual fundraiser is a Wine and Beer Tasting event.  This year the 4th annual event will take place at St. Barbara’s Church, 480 Racebrook Road, on Saturday, April 22 beginning at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $100 each/ $725 – table of 8/ $900 – table of 10
The event Emceed by Tony Terzi, includes live acoustic music by The Mediums, a silent auction, speakers, fine wine, craft beer, Hors D’oeuvres from OLA restaurant, and desserts from Thurston Foods, Inc.
Tickets can be purchased at WWW.BETHANYLEAPLEYASDFUND.ORG or by check payable to the Bethany Leapley ASD Scholarship Fund, mailed to: Bethany Luna, 17 Cannonball Road, North Haven, CT 06473.
If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation, click HERE or send a check to the above listed address.

High School Students Organize Charity 5K Road Race

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Mar 172017

Amity High School senior Lillian Zhang welcomes everyone to a new local road race for an important cause.
“My club and I are hosting the Woodbridge Be The Match 5K on the Woodbridge Green to raise funds for Be The Match, an organization that provides life saving bone marrow transplants for cancer patients,” Zhang said. “It’s a wonderful community event for all ages and fitness levels.”
The event includes a post race party with food, awards, and a raffle.
About the 5K

Be The Match and Give A Spit are excited to host the 2017 Woodbridge Be The Match 5K that unites communities across Connecticut in support of helping patients in need of a bone marrow transplant. With your support in fundraising as an individual or team, you help more patients afford transplants, add potential marrow donors to the Be The Match Registry®, and make more life-saving research possible.

The Woodbridge Be The Match 5K Walk/Run and the Children’s Fun Run is an event for people of all ages and fitness levels. Take the first step by registering for the Woodbridge Be The Match timed 5K by Thom Jacobs of Paynes Corner Timing.

All proceeds from this event will benefit Be The Match.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! We need your help on race day. Sign up HERE.

Can’t attend on race day? Register for a virtual run that can take place whenever you want while supporting Be The Match.

Click HERE to register, support or join a team.

Obituary: Robert J. Fox, 90, Athlete, Veteran, Postal Worker

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Mar 152017

Robert J. Fox, 90, died March 12, 2017 at Maplewood of Orange.

Bob was born in Greenwich on Oct 7th 1926 to Frank and Anna Schreder’s Fox. He grew up with 9 siblings, (Deceased)Thomas Jr., Grace, (Deceased)Ruth,(Deceased) Raymond (Moaner),(Deceased) Anita (Neet), (Deceased) Edwin, Agnes (Elaine), Elizabeth (Betty Lou) and Virginia (Ginger).

He started out young in life working picking apples at Conyers Farm and then caddying at Milbrook Club in Greenwich plus playing golf there. Growing up he was a very active boy engaging first of all at the Greenwich Boy’s Club with all of his friends and brothers in Basketball and Baseball. He ran wherever he went all the time and loved it.

In high school he played basketball, ran track and Cross Country which was his love and excelled at it. He still holds the cross country record at the Bruce Park course which he set in the States Championship.

After high school he enlisted in the Army air corps even though he had won a scholarship at Fordham University for sports. He was stationed in Casa Blanca.

He married his wife (deceased), Margaret McKnight and had 3 children, Robert J. Jr., Sheila Ann, and Kenneth (deceased). He has 4 grandchildren Sheri Anne Fox, Robert W. Fox, Kristin Barnes Appling and Matthew Barnes. He has 5 great grandchildren Isabella & Emily (Robert W. and Valerie), Caden and Kayli Appling (Kristin & Troy) and Dougie Barnes (Matthew).

He came home to a couple of jobs before starting with the Post Office where he had worked and retired after 38 years of service. He was then asked to come to Cadbury Schweppes from one of his mail customers, Robert Ix where he started and was appointed as a chauffeur to Mr. Ix (president) and to all of the senior management and eventually to the owners of Cadbury, the Cadbury brothers. He was very close with Sir Adrian Cadbury always received Xmas cards and was invited to stay at his Condo in London while vacationing. He retired from there once and was immediately called back after the Cadbury Brothers Sir Adrian and Dominic would not let anyone else drive for them.

His most loved time was when he drove Duchess Fergie around New York for a couple of days.

In 1956, he built his present home on Idar Court in Greenwich with the help of brother Raymond (Moaner), the mason and his best friend Joe Shannon, the Master Carpenter. He has many friends and relatives in Fairfield County, New England and all over the United States plus internationally in Germany and Italy.

He has a tremendous love for children, as his Mother Anna had, especially after she had 35 grandchildren. If anyone ever needed anything, especially rides to the airport he would always be there for them without a question as to time. If anyone needed a hand Uncle Bob or Pop Pop would always be there, on time, if not 45 minutes early. That was just him! ;-).

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday March 16, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. in St. Mary’s Church, 178 Greenwich Ave. Greenwich, CT Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greenwich Boys and Girls in Bob’s name.

Mar 052017

Damon Robinson

The memorial for Damon Robinson will take place at the Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meeting House Lane, on Saturday, April 1 at 2 p.m.

There will be a reception following the service.

If you have any questions see contact information in the update on the go fund me page.

Amity Grad, Athlete, Orange Native Damon Robinson Has Died

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Mar 022017

Damon Robinson

We have some very sad news to share. Orange native Damon Robinson, an Amity Grad, talented athlete and much loved friend and classmate has died.

Back in 2014, the Amity Boys Lacrosse Team was smoking hot, with great names like Choiniere, Uscilla, Burns, Sember, Coassin, King, Cala, Sullivan, Pignataro, DiMauro and Robinson.

Many of these fine athletes are now playing Lacrosse in colleges and universities across the USA.

Sadly, on October 6, 2016 we were informed that Damon (#17), who also wrestled at Amity, was suffering severe brain damage in a Neurological Intensive Care Unit after being assaulted by a group of people over the weekend. (He lived in Orlando, Fla.)

Defenseman Damon Robinson #17

Damon had been in and out of consciousness and every day was a struggle as he fought through this challenge.

After five days in the NICU Damon was moved to the Neurological Medicine floor and friends were optimistic for his recovery.

Almost immediately he was relocated to a different hospital with a better neurological unit where he would receive better care for his needs.

It’s been nearly five months since the attack and this young man’s family and friends are mourning his death (March 2, 2017)

A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help his family with “Damon Robinson’s Memorial Expenses.

Orange Live will update you on any funeral or memorial services that are planned for Damon.

We offer our condolences to his family and friends at this very difficult time.

Orange Students To Participate In State Math Competition

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Feb 272017

Four members of the Amity Middle School Orange Math Team, Armaan Patel, Nishaan Patel, Adarsh Kongani, and William Wei finished fourth out of all teams that competed in the Feb. 4 New Haven County Chapter MATHCOUNTS Comptetition.

This qualified them to continue on to the MATHCOUNTS State Competition on Saturday, March 11. 

We wish the boys the best of luck in the upcoming competition.

Boys Swimming: Amity Defeats Xavier

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Feb 222017

The Amity Boys Swimming and Diving Team was on the Road at Wesleyan for a meet against Xavier on Tuesday.

The Spartans (8-4) defeated Xavier 87-72.

Amity’s Winning Events

200 Medley Relay: A- 1:50.59 Shiva Gowda, Zac Babbitz, Kevin Yanagisawa, Sergey Savelyev

200 Freestyle: A- 1:49.80 Colin Roy

200 Ind. Medley: A- 2:16.83 Dan Madsen

50 Freestyle: A- 24.19 Zac Babbitz

Dive: A – 113.57 Lin Vilay

100 Butterfly: A- 56.27 Kevin Yanagisawa

100 Freestyle: A- 49.45 Colin Roy

500 Freestyle: A- 5:02.71 Kevin Yanagisawa

Xavier’s Winning Events

200 Freestyle Relay: X- 1:41.76 Brooks Bradbury, Chett Vogt, Ben Russ, Andrew Reagan

100 Backstroke: X- 1:16.10 Julen Lujambo

100 Breaststroke: X- 1:11.56 Brooks Bradbury

400 Freestyle Relay: X- 3:47.60 Andrew Reagan, Ben Russ, Julen Lujambo, Brooks Bradbury

Boys Swimming and Diving: Glastonbury Bests Amity On Friday

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Feb 192017

The Amity Spartans Boys Swimming and Diving team was away at Glastonbury for a meet on Friday, Feb. 17.

The Spartans, now 7-4 for the season lost this one to Glastonbury 94-83.

Glastonbury’s winning events

200 Medley Relay: G- 1:44.14 Kevin Tierney, Dan Lee, Adam Kim, Matt Mastroianni

200 Freestyle: G- 1:50.03 Chris Walker

200 Ind. Medley: G- 2:01.21 McAllistar Milne

Dive: G- 256.25 Ethan Godfrey

100 Freestyle: G- 49.95 Chris Walker

500 Freestyle: G- 4:53.71 McAllistar Milne

200 Freestyle Relay: G- 1:32.69 Matt Mastroianni, Dan Lee, Chris Walker, McAllistar Milne

Amity’s winning events

50 Freestyle: A– 22.46 Colin Roy

100 Butterfly: A- 54.58 Kevin Yanagisawa

100 Backstroke: A- 54.70 Colin Roy

100 Breaststroke: A- 1:13.94 Raymond Lu

400 Freestyle Relay: A- 3:29.52 Sergey Savelyev, Kevin Yanagisawa, Tyler Roy, Colin Roy

Boys’ Swimming and Diving: Amity Defeats Shelton

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Feb 112017

The Amity Boys Swimming and Diving Team was on the road in Shelton on Friday.

The Shelton Gaels competed well, winning a majority of the events, yet the Amity Spartans outscored them 90-78, winning their seventh regular season meet.

Amity’s Winning Events

200 Freestyle: A- 1:52.37 Kevin Yanagisawa

50 Freestyle: A23.07 Colin Roy

100 Butterfly: A- 55.14 Kevin Yanagisawa

100 Backstroke: A- 1:01.67 Tyler Roy

Shelton’s Winning Events

200 Medley Relay: S- 1:46.77 Marc Maleri, Hunter Wronski, Jack Marciano, Reid Chavez

200 Ind. Medley: S- 2:06.97 Hunter Wronski

100 Freestyle: S- 50.90 Hunter Wronski

500 Freestyle: S- 5:29.66 Jack Marciano

200 Freestyle Relay: S- 1:40.00 Matthew Christiano, Sebastian Musante, Hunter Wronski, Jack Marciano

100 Breaststroke: S- 1:10.93 Matthew Christiano

400 Freestyle Relay: S- 3:47.17 Reid Chavez, Marc Maleri, Sebastian Musante, Matthew Christiano

Records: Amity (7-3), Shelton (8-4)