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Obituary: Franklin “Curt” Bradley III, 72, Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather

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Jul 072019
 

Franklin Curtis “Curt” Bradley III 72, of Orange beloved husband of 44 years to Cathy Bartnicki Bradley passed away suddenly on July 4, 2019, in Yale-New Haven Hospital, St. Raphael Campus surrounded by his loving family.

Loving father of Franklin C. “Scooby” (Trisha) Bradley IV of Orange and the late Charles J. “CJ” Bradley. Grandfather of Logan Curtis Bradley. Brother of Susan Elizabeth Bradley of Middleton, NH.

He is survived by his dog Mason and the late King. He was a very generous and kind soul has touched many people’s lives. Everyone that knew Curt knew that his family was his pride and joy.

Curt graduated from Amity High School with a full hockey scholarship to Syracuse University where he majored in Economics. He attended and graduated from the University of New Haven with a master’s degree in Business Administration. He was an avid hockey player and played for the New Haven Blades.

A beloved coach that enjoyed all sports, especially working with kids. In addition, Curt helped and mentored young adults who were starting out in business. He had a passion for helping others in need without looking for recognition.

Curt was a car enthusiast, collecting and restoring several classic cars. He was a member of the CT Regional Valley Porsche Association, Porsche of North America, Car Clubs of CT and many more. He participated in many car shows and won top awards and honors.

His favorite thing to do was boating on the sound with his family. He was proud to serve as the Deputy Harbor Master of Branford, CT.

At the time of his death, Curt owned and operated CB Landscaping, LLC. His legacy, aside from his love for his family, is he could literally fix anything.

Curt was born in New Haven on May 7, 1947 son of the late Franklin C. and Shirley Westmark Bradley Jr.

Friends may call on MONDAY from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the PORTO FUNERAL HOME, 830 Jones Hill Rd., West Haven.

Relatives and friends are invited to go DIRECTLY to Our Lady of the Assumption Church located at 81 Center Rd., Woodbridge on TUESDAY morning to celebrate A Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Sign Curt’s guest book online at www.portofuneralhomes.net

Amity Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Announced: Get Your Tickets Early

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Jul 072019
 

Coach Gary Lindgren (taken in 2013)

The Amity Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame will induct six new members at the annual Amity Hall of Fame / Hall of Honor Dinner on Thursday, October 24, 2019, at Grassy Hill Country Club in Orange CT at 5:30 p.m.

The 2019 inductees include:

Gary Lindgren, Ice Hockey Coach, and School Counselor

Patricia Mascia, Girls Basketball and Field Hockey Coach, and Physical Education teacher

Dawn Stanton, Class of 1986, Girls Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field

Ted Czepiga, Class of 2004, Football and Lacrosse

Chris Diette, Class of 2004 Swimming and Lacrosse

Amanda (Vargo) Zapatka, Class of 2004, Soccer and Basketball

The dinner tickets for this event are $50 in advance with a purchase deadline of October 8th.

Make checks made payable to the Amity Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame and send to Amity High School Athletic Department Att. Lori Bonney 25 Newton Rd. Woodbridge CT 06525

Final Installment of Block A Dinner Award Recipients

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Jun 132019
 

So many awards were presented at the Block A Athletic awards dinner on Sunday, that we had to post them in increments.

Here is the final installment of this award series.

Each year, the versatility award is presented to one male and one female student athlete who plays in multiple sports at Amity.

Michael Young played admirably on the Varsity Basketball team and the Football team in 2018-19.

His Football Coach Craig Bruno said Michael could play any position on the team and played masterfully wherever he was on the field. When you attended games at Amity, announcer Rob Kennedy could be heard saying Young’s name after many of the plays.

He truly is an exceptional athlete and it was a thrill watching him on the field and on the court.

 

 

Madeline “Maddie” Adzigian was #16 on the Volleyball court and she ran track.

Volleyball Coach Seth Davis presented the Versatility Award and praised her for her awesome ability.

Skilled athletes like Maddie don’t come along every day.

 

 

The 2018-19 Booster Club Scholar-Athletes are two students who work as hard at their sport as they do in the classroom.

 

 

Thomas Livesay plays Tennis for Amity and excels in his studies. He will be headed to Duke University after graduation.

 

 

 

 

 

Kate Yuan is a runner on the Amity Track team. One thing she doesn’t run from is hard work.

Kate has a 4.078 GPA and will be attending Dartmouth.

 

 

The Albert J. Seymour Memorial Award is presented to one male and one female athlete who is unselfish and unassuming.

 

 

The winners are Baseball player #8 Cole Kucharchik and Golfer Hannah Sosensky, who was overwhelmed and tearfully accepted her trophy.

 

 

The Thomas G Laugeni Memorial Award is presented each year to one male and one female who display an exceptional character on and off the field, track, court, or course.

 

 

 

This year’s male recipient is Lacrosse player #7 Jacob Lettick, a fine young man that everyone can depend on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The  =[ the female winner said she had to fight to get her player the award, since some may think of it as nepotism.

Basketball coach Michelle Shoop said that #34 Tara Laugeni fits the criteria for the honor and that she’s a talented young lady who made her 1,000th point this season.

Tara’s parents presented her with the trophy, accompanied by Coach Shoop and Athletic Director Ernie Goodwin.

 

 

 

 

 

There was one unscheduled presentation that night. Amity Principal Anna Mahon announced that Girls Tennis Coach Hal Friedman was named into the Coaching Hall of Fame.

He missed the award ceremony, so she made sure he received his MVP/Hall of Fame ring before a large audience.

Congratulations Coach!

 

 

Congratulations to all of the fine award winners at this year’s Block A dinner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Awards from the Block A Dinner

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Jun 132019
 

The Annual Block A Awards Dinner took place at Racebrook Country Club on Sunday, June 9.

Orange Live already published all of the male and female MVPs, the male and female Athlete of the Year recipients, and the three Coaches Association Award winners.

Here are some of the special award honorees:

Athletic Director, Ernie Goodwin, Olivia Greco, Sharon Greco, Ryan Miller, and Hockey Coach Michael “Scooter” Richetelli.

As a teenager, Mark Greco was a Spartans Ice Hockey Goalie. He went on to college, joined the Orange Police Department and worked his way up the ladder to become the Assistant Chief.

The community was shocked and saddened by his death during routine hernia surgery. His wife, Sharon was in the very early stages of pregnancy at the time, and gave birth to their daughter, Olivia, several months after losing her husband.

A year or two later, Sharon established the Mark E. Greco Memorial Hockey Award which she has presented each year to an Amity Hockey player who shares Mark’s character, values and passions.

This year’s winner was #7 senior Ryan Miller, a very talented hockey player, and nice person off the ice.

 

The Jeremy Saxe Memorial Award as presented to Senior Soccer defenseman #16 Sam Koorejian

Jeremy Saxe was one of Amity’s memorable multi-sport athletes. He was known for his talent in every sport he played, positive attitude, and his upbeat spirit. He died from an undiagnosed heart condition while in college.

It is an honor for any athlete to take this prize home.

 

 

 

The James Dunleavy Memorial Hockey Award named for a former hockey coach was presented to Senior Captain #20 Kenny Page.

Page had a phenomenal year on the ice and proved his leadership skills and athletic talent.

He and his fellow senior teammates will be sorely missed next season. It was a pleasure watching them play in 2018-19.

 

 

There are many more awards that were presented on Sunday, so, in order to get all of them in by Graduation Day, I have to rush a few of them by giving a little less detail.

 

 

The Thomas J Ross Memorial Manager Award was given to Jake Bronson, whose commitment to the Boys Varsity Basketball team was greatly appreciated by Coach Jeff Neilsen and the entire team.

Bronson will be hard to replace.

 

 

 

 

 

Jared Sullivan won the Steven J. Zeider Memorial Swimming Award.

 

 

 

 

 

The Paul D. Mengold Award was presented to Track Runner Madelyn “Maddie” Ciskowski.

Recognizing her leadership skills and integrity.

 

 

 

 

 

The male athlete honored with the Sportsmanship Award was Hockey Captain Kenny Page.

 

 

 

 

The female athlete to earn the Sportsmanship Award was Senior Soccer player #12 Madelyn “Maddie” Pickett.

 

 

 

The Unified Sportsmanship Award went to Joey Wasikowski who was unable to attend the award dinner.

 

We will publish the final installment of the award announcements prior to Graduation.

Students Not The Only Honorees At The Block A Dinner

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Jun 112019
 

On Sunday, June 9, Amity student-athletes, their coaches and family members gathered at Racebrook Country Club for the annual Block A Dinner.

We know that the athletes are recognized for their hard work and success in their respective sports. But students are not the only ones to receive awards at this event.

The Amity Coaches Association Awards go to those adults who make a difference in the lives of these student-athletes.

Outstanding Service Award

Girls’ Golf Coach Michael Cofrancesco presented the Outstanding Service Award to a mom who volunteers her time to teach the game to girls who want to be on the team.

Jennifer Barnsley has donated her time selflessly for years.

Her assistance is greatly appreciated by the coach and girls alike.

 

Coach of the Year

Boys’ Basketball Coach Jeff Nielsen had the honor of presenting the Coach of the Year award to longtime Girls’ Basketball Coach Michelle Shoop.

Michelle, the mother of two small children has guided the talented girls to championship games and is known for her patience, passion, and respect. Former players often come back to watch the games and check in with their beloved coach every year.

 

Assistant Coach               of the Year

Boys Hockey Coach Michael “Scooter” Richetelli surprised his assistant coach Todd Dandelske with this award.

Todd has been working with the Spartans Hockey Team for a long time and was part of the coaching staff when Richetelli won this award back in 2014. The year the boys went all the way to the state championship final.

Todd is well liked, and always smiling. Richetelli was joined by three of this year’s players (Jason Csejka, Kenny Page, and Ryan Miller) for the presentation.

 

 

Amity MVPs Honored At Annual Block A Dinner

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Jun 102019
 

Amity High School has some phenomenal athletes, that can’t be denied.

On Sunday, June 9, the Amity Booster Club hosted its annual Block A Awards dinner, during which the best of the best in Spartans athletics were recognized.

Most of the MVPs were chosen by their teammates.

One by one, the varsity coaches came up front and gave a brief history of his or her MVPs accomplishments before revealing the name and calling that athlete up to receive his or her plaque.

Following are the 2019 Male MVPs:

Baseball – Senior Pitcher, #7 John Lumpinski

Basketball – Senior Guard, #20 James Van Hise

Cross Country – Senior Connor Visnic

Football – Senior #22 Michael Young

Golf – Senior, Dan Comeau

Hockey – Senior, #18 Jason Csejka

Indoor Track – Senior, Richard Papa

Lacrosse – Senior, Harry Brochinsky

Ski Racing – Junior, James Fortin

Soccer – Senior, #25 Austin Gilbride

Swimming – Senior, Shiva Gowda

Tennis – Senior, Chris Bullers

Track and Field – Senior, Richard Papa

Volleyball – Senior, #5 Christian Tzepos

Wrestling – Senior, Andrew Seaton

Following are the 2019 Female MVPs:

Basketball – Senior, #34 Tara Laugeni

Cheerleading – Senior, Ashley Thomas

Cross Country – Senior, Madelyn Ciskowski

Dance Team – Senior, Sophie Benjamin

Field Hockey – Junior, #18 Tess Csejka

Golf – Junior, Tess Csejka

Ice Hockey – Junior, Tess Csejka

Indoor Track – Senior, Julia Potter

Lacrosse – Junior, #30 Ana Carney

Ski Racing – Senior, Mary Foley

Soccer – Senior, #14 Cailey Esposito

Softball – Junior, #26 Marissa Dwyer

Swimming – Senior, Molly Cox

Tennis – Senior, Sarah Bullers

Track and Field – Senior, Katie Yuan

Volleyball – Senior, #21 Abby Harbinson

Here are photos of the 2018-19 MVPs

 

Meet Amity’s 2019 Athletes of The Year

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Jun 102019
 

2019 Athletes of the Year, Connor Visnic and Abby Harbinson.

The Amity Booster Club hosted its annual “Block A” Dinner at Racebrook Country Club on Sunday, June 9.

All of Amity’s top athletes were honored with plaques, trophies or scholarship awards for their exemplary work throughout the years.

The top prize, of course, is the Athlete of the Year distinction.

This year’s winners are runner Connor Visnic and volleyball player Abby Harbinson.

In addition, Connor was named MVP for Boys Cross Country and Abby received the Girls Volleyball MVP Award.

Both are phenomenal athletes and deserving of the recognition.

We will miss them next year, and wish them the best as they go on to college.

Be A Part Of The 14th Annual Amity Hockey Golf Tournament

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Jun 092019
 

If coach Mike “Scooter” Richetelli can work his magic again in the 2019-2020 season, we may see them skate away with the trophy.
In the meantime, you can help support the team by participating in the 14th Annual Amity Hockey Golf Tournament at Orange Hills Country Club on Friday, June 14. Past participants describe it as “A Great Time.”
If you would like to play, click on the links below. There’s still a couple of openings for foursomes.
Online registration and all forms for offline registration are now available.

The Tournament Schedule is as follows:

7:00 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM Shotgun start – Scramble Format

(Soft spikes and appropriate golf apparel required)

Boxed lunch for each golfer on the course

Dinner and Raffle following Round

Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Teams

Cost $150.00 per Golfer

Proceeds help support the 2019-20 Amity Ice Hockey Team.

 

Series: Unconditional Love And Pet Adoption (#1 Franco)

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Jun 022019
 

Orange resident Denise Mirto and her faithful companion Franco.

Pet owners have known for a long time that a dog, cat, bird, fish, livestock, or reptile can teach a family valuable lessons on responsibility and caring.  

Those of us with pets also know about the unconditional love we share with them and the joy that they bring into our lives.

Ten years ago, in the summer of 2009, Bob and Denise Mirto decided it was time to adopt a shelter dog.

Their son and Bob’s secretary at his law office went to the West Haven animal shelter and brought home a small, 26-pound, longhaired adult male dog.

The Mirto’s instantly fell in love with him and named him Franco — after the Pittsburg Steelers’ running back, Franco Harris.

Just two weeks later, Denise learned that “The View” was doing a feature on rescue dogs. She sent in his photo and he was chosen to appear on the show. 

Franco and his new family were treated like celebrities. They were put up in a luxury hotel in New York City and Franco slept in the window and kept watch over the city that never sleeps from the 50th floor.

“The people at the studio told us that Franco was their favorite,” Bob said.

Sometime later, the family learned that Franco had an underactive thyroid, and started him on medication that mellowed him out.

“In the ten years that we had him, Franco only barked once, — at the cat,” Bob said. 

Franco became a fixture in the Mirto’s lives, they took him everywhere. Bob brought him to his West Haven Law Office, where he had a bed, greeted clients, and came to closings. West Haven High Students would come by at lunchtime and take him for a walk. He was very well behaved, and he loved visiting homes and the Orange Town Hall

Bob also was coaching the Orange Legion Baseball Team and Franco became the mascot, spending his time in the dugout during the games.

“He liked the attention that he got at the field, the boys loved him and high school girls would let him sit in their laps during the games,” Bob said.  “He was well traveled, he’s gone to Muzzy Field in Bristol, Palmer Field in Middletown for tournament games, and the last trip he took was the Bark at the Park at Yale.”

He loved to ride in the car and even had his own car seat.

If you know the Mirto family or attended a Legion Game in Orange in the past 10 years, then you knew Franco.

Sadly, this love story ended recently when Franco was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Before anything could be done, he died peacefully at home on Thursday, May 23. He was 14 years old.

As the news spread, the Mirtos were showered with messages of sympathy — 150 e-mails, phone calls, and cards.

“He touched so many lives,” Bob said. “We thank everyone so much for all the support we received in this very difficult time.”

He added, ” This just proves that you can take a skittish 4-year-old dog, show it love and have a remarkable relationship for 10 years.” 

This is the first in a series about pet adoption. Next Up Mi Sun, truly a rare find. 

If you would like to be featured in the series, send a photo and your information, including phone number to Orangectlive01@gmail.com

This Week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedule

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May 142019
 

Monday, May 13 (Rainy)

Unified Sports SCC Volleyball Tournament HOME at Amity 3 p.m.

Girls Golf vs Lauralton Hall HOME at Race Brook CC Orange 3:30 p.m.

Boys Volleyball vs Xavier AWAY at Xavier HS 5 p.m.

Baseball and Softball games postponed to Tuesday, May 14

Boys Golf postponed to Thursday, May 23

Tuesday, May 14

Boys and Girls Outdoor Track SCC  East Sectional Meet AWAY at Hillhouse 2 p.m.

Girls Golf vs Lauralton Hall AWAY at Oronoque CC 2:30 p.m.

Girls Lacrosse vs Sacred Heart Academy HOME at Amity 3:45 p.m.

Baseball vs Daniel Hand AWAY at Hand 4 p.m.

Boys Tennis vs Guilford HOME at Amity 4:15 p.m.

Softball vs West Haven AWAY at West Haven High 7 p.m. POSTPONED TO THURSDAY

Wednesday, May 15

Boys Golf vs Hamden AWAY at Laurel View CC 2:45 p.m.

Girls Golf vs Daniel Hand HOME at Race Brook CC Orange 3:30 p.m.

Girls Tennis vs Jonathan Law HOME at Amity 3:45 p.m.

Boys Volleyball vs Shelton HOME at Amity 5:30 p.m.

Baseball vs Cheshire HOME at Old Tavern Park Orange 7 p.m.

Boys Lacrosse vs Branford AWAY at Branford HS 7 p.m.

Softball vs North Haven HOME at Old Tavern Park Orange 7 p.m.

Thursday, May 16

Girls Outdoor Track SCC Novice Championship AWAY West Haven HS 3 p.m.

Boys Tennis vs Daniel Hand AWAY at Daniel Hand HS 3:45 p.m.

Girls Tennis vs Cheshire AWAY at Cheshire 3:45 p.m.

Girls Lacrosse vs Shelton AWAY at Shelton HS 7 p.m.

Softball vs West Haven AWAY at West Haven High 7 p.m. (RESCHEDULED FROM TUESDAY)

Friday, May 17

Boys Outdoor Track SCC Novice Meet AWAY Shelton HS 3 p.m.

Softball vs Sacred Heart Academy AWAY at Sacred Heart 4 p.m.

Boys Lacrosse vs Southington HOME at Amity 4:30 p.m.

Boys Volleyball vs St. Joseph HOME at Amity 5:30 p.m.

Baseball vs Notre Dame – West Haven AWAY at Quigley Stadium 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 18

Softball vs East Haven AWAY at East Haven HS 11:30 a.m.

Boys Lacrosse vs Brookfield HOME at Amity 1 p.m.

Girls Lacrosse vs Masuk HOME at Amity 4 p.m.