Sep 192014

A file photo of the boys cross country team from 2013.

A file photo of the boys cross country team from 2013.

The Amity High School Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams are off to a wonderful start to the 2014 season.

On Sept. 13, the boys placed first in the Wilton Invitational.

On Sept. 16, the boys defeated Sheehan, Notre Dame – West Haven and Fairfield Prep. The girls defeated Sheehan, Lauralton Hall and Sacred Heart Academy.

Both the Amity Boys and Girls teams will be competing against Branford at the Fitzgerald Trail in Woodbridge on Sept. 30 at 4 p.m.

The New Haven Register has named Amity Sophomore Emily Crisuolo and Senior Lisa Goram among the top 10 female cross country athletes to watch this year.

Also Sophomore Kyle Beaudette and Senior Sricharan Kadimi among the top 10 male cross country athletes to keep an eye on in 2014.

Sep 192014


The Lady Spartans are off to a great start and are now 3-0 for the 2014 season.

On Thursday night, the team used the new starting blocks at the Orange Town Pool for the first home meet and defeated Hamden 96-77.

Amity’s Winning Events:

200 yard Medley Relay: A-2:00.25 Mollee Lasto,  Lydia Pokluda, Maggie Lasto, Hannah Babbitz

200 yard Freestyle: A- 2:07.71 Brittany Smith

200 yard Individual Medley: A- 2:22.94 Kate Alvarado

50 yard Freestyle: A-26.13 Megan Lasto

100 yard Butterfly: A-1:04.43 Maggie Lasto

100 yard Freestyle: A- 1:00..88 Hannah Babbitz

500 yard Freestyle: A- 5:34.76 Brittany Smith

Hamden’s Winning Events:

Diving: H – 200.65 Alyssa Battick

200 yard Freestyle Relay: H- 1:56.00 Megan Garner, Julia Lynn, Alex Cusano, India Rivera

100 yard Backstroke: H- 1:06.74 Megan Garner

100 yard Breaststroke: H- 1:33.21 Grace Desroches

400 yard Freestyle Relay: H- 4:18.73 India Rivera, Alex Cusano, Colleen Straub, Megan Garner


Sep 182014

IMG_0662The Amity Spartans Boys Soccer team may be 0-4 for the season, but don’t write them off just yet.

This team has a lot of talent, and new goalie Jeremy Merchant has made some bold moves in each game to stop the ball. But they just can’t seem to get a “W”.

Click HERE for Photos of this game.

Sheehan showed some real skill on the field in this 2-0 victory, but to be fair, Amity made them work for it.

In the first half Sheehan’s Andrew Caplan made the first goal for the Titans at 39:00.

The second half saw Sheehan’s Alex Ramirez score at 44:00

Sheehan outshot Amity 9-4.

The Titans’ Goal tender John Olivera made 4 saves; Jeremy Merchant made 7 saves for the Spartans.

Records: Sheehan 4-0; Amity 0-4

Sep 172014

IMG_9218The Lady Spartans traveled to Shelton on Tuesday, Sept. 16 for an SCC Housatonic division game against the Gaelettes.

The match up left the teams tied in more ways than one: shots, final score and records.

The first half was scoreless and near the end of the second half Amity’s Jennifer Hauser put Amity on the scoreboard.

Fourteen minutes later Shelton’s Samantha Hartmayer, assisted by Abby Turco got one past Amity’s goalie Zoie Reed, tying the game at 1-1.

The teams tied in the amount of shots made: Amity 14; Shelton 14.

Reed made 13 saves for the Lady Spartans: Shelby Offord had 8 saves, and Elysia St. George made 5 saves

Records: Amity 2-1-1 (0-0-1 SCC Housatonic); Shelton 2-1-1 (0-0-1)

Sep 172014

IMG_0110The Lady Spartans may have lost their first game to Hand, but they’ve found their stride and have since won three consecutive games.

On Tuesday, Amity defeated Law 3-0, easily winning each match 25-15, 25-16, 25-15

Amity Coach Seth Davis said he has a lot of seniors on the team this year.

“It’s a good team, they play hard. Now it’s just a matter of getting them to play together,” he said. “But they do well, we just have to get it all to gel. Our passing is improving and they’re almost there.”


Katie Helfenbein had 5 Kills; Brianna Mirmina 4 kills and 5 digs; Jenna Pisano had 7 digs.


Molly Vargo had 5 kills and 4 digs; Heather Sherrick 9 assists and 4 digs;Cassidy Boath had 8 digs

Records: Amity 3-1; Law 0-4

Amity Girls Volleyball Roster

#6 Caroline DelVecchio, Sr. Captain

#7 Nina Luciani, Sr.

#8 Cassidy Korby, Jr

#9 Logan Morrissey, Sr.

#10 Julia Bedini, Sr

#12 Brianna Mirmina, Sr. Captain

#13 Zoe Moscato, Sr.

#14 Haley Pierson, Sr.

#20 Micaela Cardozo, Jr.

#22 Katriana Helfenbein, Jr.

#34 Jenna Pisano, Sr. Captain

Sep 162014

Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 7.50.22 PMThe Town Plan and Zoning Commission met at Town Hall Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

SITE PLAN APPLICATION – Submitted by Sixty Five Marsh Hill Road, LLC – Frank Dilieto for property known as 0 Salemme Lane a.k.a Assessor’s Map 3-1-6. The proposal is for the use of the property as a temporary warehousing/dumpster supply company. Empty dumpster-containers will be stored on-site and enclosed with a slatted chain link fence.

The required 50 ft frontage is not met.

There also was a discussion regarding the parcel which did not meet the minimum acreage required.

The application was denied and the attorney for the applicant should discuss the issues with the town attorney.

If the applicant wants to re-apply the application fee will be waived.

Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 7.48.49 PMFRED WOLFE PARK

A new plan for the proposed lacrosse fields and parking area was presented.

Resident James Denton sent a letter opposing the plans, stating that traffic in the surrounding neighborhoods would be a problem.

TPZ&C Chairman Walter Clark said the plan is a good one and this location makes the most sense.

Commission member Ralph Aschettino agreed with Clark.

Clark added that if traffic becomes a problem they could easily work on access and egresses.

The Commission made a recommendation to approve the plans.

The Group that is working on getting these fields built will have a fundraising golf tournament at Orange Hills Country Club  on Oct 3

Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 7.57.35 PMPLAN OF CONSERVATION & DEVELOPMENT 

Proposed update and workshop on the Plan of Conservation & Development – The TPZC will be meeting with Consultant Planner Glenn Chalder of Planimetrics. They will be reviewing the First Draft of the 2015 Plan of Conservation and Development.

The commission went over the initial plan page by page. The booklet will be made available on the town website.

6. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

Review of Zoning Activities Log.

Sep 162014

IMG_9918After a tight heartbreaker against Hand on Monday, The Amity Boys Varsity Soccer Team is now 0-3, but it is not for lack of talent or effort. The Spartans has a lot of spirit and drive.

See photos of this game HERE.

The game had a lot of back-and-forth beginning with Jake Brown scoring the first goal for Hand at 21:00. Just 9 minutes later Matt Whitehil answered with a goal for Amity. Tying the first half score in the SCC interdivision game at 1-1.

After a halftime huddle with their coaches, the boys from both sides came out strong in the second half.

It took a while, but the Tigers broke the tie with Cole McArdle’s goal at 55:00.

The Spartans responded 5 minutes later with Fransisco Horak netting the ball.

The 2-2 tie lasted only 19 minutes with both teams fighting furiously to win this game.

Austin Dotorski got one past Amity’s Goalie with just 41 seconds remaining. Amity took control of the ball briefly, but could not score in the last crucial seconds.

Hand outshot Amity 7-6.

Charles Henry for Hand and Amity’s Jeremy Merchant both made 4 save

Records: Hand 1-0-2; Amity 0-3


Sep 162014

Hand had some great plays during the Sept. 15 game in Woodbridge.

Hand had some great plays during the Sept. 15 game in Woodbridge.

From the Amity Handbook regarding sports:

“Amity Regional is extremely proud of the success of its many programs, but does not condone a “win at all costs” attitude. The purpose of the program is to ensure a positive experience for those students who choose to participate. It is also a goal to provide all student-athletes with an opportunity to learn the importance of ethical behavior, good sportsmanship, positive values and a realization of their self-worth.”

I’ve been covering Amity Sports for a couple of years and have been pretty vocal about unsportsman-like behavior.

I often observe the coaches and how they handle missed plays, losses, etc.

At half-time during yesterday’s varsity soccer game at Amity, the Head coaches brought their teams aside gave directives — what to work harder on, which players to keep in their sights, et al.

What was disturbing on this day was the way a coach for Hand cursed at and berated his team after they WON the game.

It wasn’t the head coach but this man screamed at the boys after they played their hearts out.

“All of you get the *&@# over here right now. All of you NOW.”

“We play this *&@#in game MY way. If you don’t give a *&@# then go home to your mommies.”

And it went on…

I was disgusted by his behavior and language.

I’ve heard coaches yell at their boys after losses, but I have never heard Amity’s coaches use blue language. If I do, rest assured I will let the Athletic Director know.

Cursing when you are frustrated is not uncommon, I am guilty of it myself, but when you are in a position of leadership, such as a high school coach, you have to curb it.

The boys will like and respect you more and work harder to please you.

Hand had some amazing plays and they did everything in the second half that the Head Coach asked of them during half-time. But they didn’t even have one second to celebrate their victory before this other coach went into his tirade.

In my opinion, there is no place for this kind of behavior in sports at any level.

Remember, you never know who’s listening.




Sep 152014

The Orange Town Pool has 8 new starting blocks

The Orange Town Pool has 8 new starting blocks

On Thursday evening eight new Olympic-grade starting blocks were dedicated at the community pool at High Plains Community Center in Orange.

The pool is home to the Amity High School Boys and Girls Swim and Diving Teams, and the Amity Regional Aquatic Club (ARAC) and the Orange community.

The new blocks replace old, rusty 30-year old blocks that the swimmers jump off during their meets. The new bright yellow blocks are equipped with fins and handlebars and the soft, non-slip surface is made of a rubber-like foam.

Amity High School shared the $32,000 cost with the town of Orange.

Tricia Lasto, president of the ARAC swim club, which uses the pool to train said  ARAC plans to host a USS swim meet in November, which will truly put Orange on the map.

Present at the dedication event were First Selectman Jim Zeoli, Amity Supt. Charles Dumais, Amity Swim Coach Todd Rainey and Lasto.

Sep 152014

SwimmingThe Amity Girls Swim Team continued to perform beautifully in their meet against Lyman Hall at the Sheehan pool on Sept. 12. 

Amity’s winning events:

200 yard Medley Relay: A-2:00.25 Mollee Lasto,  Hannah Flaherty, Maggie Lasto, Megan Lasto

200 yard Freestyle: A- 2:01.51 Madeline Snow

200 yard Individual Medley: A- 2:20.56 Megan Lasto

50 yard Freestyle: A-25.30 Dana Chung

100 yard Butterfly: A-1:04.94 Maggie Lasto

100 yard Freestyle: A- 54.98 Dana Chung

500 yard Freestyle: A- 5:48.47 Kate Alvarado

200 yard Freestyle Relay: A- 1:49.97 Dana Chung, Katie Jensen, Hannah Babbitz, Maggie Lasto

Lyman’s winning events:

100 yard Backstroke: LH- 1:13.65 Isabel Donnelly

100 yard Breaststroke: LH- 1:38.36 Camille Henry

400 yard Freestyle Relay: LH- 4:23.60 Amber Albe, Holliane Lao, Mikayla Wollen, Nicole Cislo

Diving: LH- 185.25 Kiersty Neeman

Records: Amity 2-0; Lyman Hall 0-2