Kevin Arnone Wants YOU To Join His Bowling League

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Sep 032015

Kevin Arnone at the lanes

Kevin Arnone at the lanes

Do you want to go bowling? Back in the day it was the thing to do. Then it was something our dads did with the mens league from church. But now, younger people like Orange native, WTNH 8 meteorologist Kevin Arnone are making this “old man’s sport” cool again.

Well, it’s that time of year again, and Kevin is putting together teams for the Far Mill River League.

Come to the AMF Milford Lanes (across from Costco) on Monday, Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m.

• Cost is $20 per week for 30 weeks of bowling.

11874930_2488601089554_131941224_o• 4 person teams, any combination works. Practice starts at 6:30 p.m. (bowling starts at 6:45 p.m.)

• Brackets, side pots and 50/50 raffle.

• 90% of 230 for handicap.

• End of year banquet and prize fund.

As of Wednesday evening prior to going on air, Kevin said there is still room for plenty of players.

Contact Kevin at [email protected] or text/call at 203-988-1295 for more information.


Originally Published on: Aug 20, 2015 @ 21:48

Second Publishing on: Aug 29, 2015 @ 01:57




Free Back To School Backpack and Posture Screening Today, Tomorrow and Saturday

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Aug 202015

124967407Advanced Spine and Sport, 501 Boston Post Road, Liberty Square Plaza, Orange, is hosting a “Back-to-School” Backpack and Posture Screening event in August.

Bring you child in for a free posture screening and a check to see if they’re carrying their backpack correctly.

Screenings will take place on Thursday, Aug. 20 and Friday, Aug. 21 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 22 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Dr. David Durso will be doing posture screenings and providing a full analysis of your child’s posture. Poor posture at an early age can have negative affects on your child’s overall health. It can cause such things as headaches, allergies, neck and back pain and even scoliosis. A healthier posture reflects a healthier child and later in life a healthier adult.

A backpack weighing more than 15% of your child’s body weight can damage their developing spine.

Dr. Durso will show you the proper way your child should be carrying a backpack as well as tell you the weight limit that they should be carrying.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Call 203-553-9300 for more information.

Originally Published on: Jul 13, 2015 @ 15:38

Second Publishing on: Aug 15, 2015 @ 14:08

Hot Moms Play Ball, Raise 1K for Charity

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Aug 132015

The Orange Hot Moms Softball game was more fun than a barrel of monkeys, with children hanging from the chain link fence like primates so they could get a better view of their mothers out on Stankye Softball Field at Old Tavern Park, Thursday night.

The game spearheaded by co-organizers Deb Marino and Kara DelVecchio was played to raise money to support the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center at Bridgeport Hospital.

The Uniform T-shirts, White for the Turkey Hill Moms and Pink for the Peck Place/Race Brook Moms were donated by Jim Hassenmayer, owner of the Orange Ale House, where the teams celebrated afterward.

While the Moms played ball — which was often comedic after watching title winning teams play during the school year— their children and husbands, Members of the Orange Little League District 4 State Championship team and Orange Juniorettes worked just as hard collecting donations and manning the concession stand.

This was a light hearted, well attended, fun community gathering. The Peck Place/Race Brook Moms won 16-14 over Turkey Hill. But more important the final tally for the charity was $1,000, possibly more.

Great Job Ladies! You all run and throw like girls and you were delightful to watch!

Orange Softball Moms Play Ball For Charity

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Aug 122015

moms softballThe entire community is encouraged to come out to Stankye  Field at Old Tavern Park on Thursday, Aug. 13 at 6:30 p.m. as two teams of Orange Softball moms play a charity game of softball to raise money to support the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center at Bridgeport Hospital.

After years of watching their kids play, Co-Organizers, Deb Marino and Kara DelVecchio got some people together and formed Orange Hot Moms Softball.

After a little brainstorming among the players, the event grew from a fun game of ball to a charitable mission to fight breast cancer, raise money and donate it to Bridgeport Hospital.

Jim Hassenmayer, owner of the Orange Ale House supports many charitable efforts and offered to sponsor t-shirts in two different shades of pink that will be worn during the game. The teams are planning to go to Orange Ale House for a post-game celebration and they hope the community will join them there too.

Marino and DelVecchio each will be coaching a team.

moms softball“Even though we’re all in this together, we split teams and each player donated $20,” said DelVecchio “Breast cancer is so near and dear to our hearts, with it affecting so many moms in our community and that’s what brings us together.”

Admission to the game is free, but organizers are hoping to raise money when they ‘Pass the Bra’ for donations.

In addition, the Orange Community Juniorettes will be hosting a bake sale and snacks will be available for purchase.

To make a donation, contact [email protected] or [email protected].

Originally Published on: Aug 7, 2015 @ 00:05

Former Amity Athlete Suffers Horrible Injuries In Boating Accident

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Aug 122015

Stephanie RyanBy now, many Orange Live readers know about a terrible boating accident that happened on the Connecticut River in Haddam last Sunday around 6 p.m.
A  group of young adults were having a fun day on a 26-foot motorboat. Two of them, the boat’s owner and a woman jumped off the boat to swim in the river, when the owner’s relative drove the boat toward them and the swimmers were struck by a propeller.
Ronald Borruso, Jr., of Hamden, had minor injuries and refused medical treatment at the scene. But Stephanie Ryan, 23, of Bethany, suffered severe cuts to her lower extremities and was taken to Hartford Hospital where she is in stable condition.
You’ve probably guessed that Stephanie attended Amity High School, where she played Lacrosse and Girls Ice Hockey. The 2010 Amity Grad is described by a family friend as beautiful, inside and out, physically fit and athletic. She attended Nichols College in Dudley, Mass. where she continued to play Lacrosse and Ice Hockey. She then transferred to UCONN, and was just two classes shy of graduating.
But since Sunday evening, Stephanie lies in Hartford Hospital with both legs severely wounded. She’s had surgery on her left leg and on Wednesday surgeons will be working on a course of action for her treatment.
The only thing that is certain is that Stephanie will be hospitalized and undergo multiple surgeries for quite some time. 
Melissa Vernik, a friend of Stephanie’s since Middle School, sees first hand through her profession as a nurse the struggles patients face, both physically and financially.
Vernik told Orange Live, “Steph is such a sweet person, no one can say anything bad about her, she is a wonderful, caring person,” she said. “She is one of four kids, and the medical care will be expensive. She’s trying to be optimistic, but she has a long road ahead of her.”
Vernik set up a Go Fund Me page to help the Ryan family with Stephanie’s expenses.
As an intro on the page she wrote:

“As you may know our dear friend Stephanie Ryan was in a boating accident this past Sunday. She is stable but has a long road to recovery ahead of her. Between medical care and physical therapy she will need the bills will be adding up quickly. Any amount you can donate is greatly appreciated.”
Melissa’s mother Cheryl said the one-way car trip from Bethany to Hartford alone uses a quarter tank of gas, which adds up as the family wants to be with Stephanie every day.
Stephanie’s future is uncertain, but we wish her good luck, and hope the doctors are successful in getting her back on her feet again.
If you know the Ryan family from Amity, or even if you don’t, please put yourself in their place and do whatever you can to make this difficult time a little less trying.


Race Brook Country Club Named “Best Private Golf Club” in 2015 Poll

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Aug 112015

race brook CCRace Brook Country Club in Orange, Connecticut, which is recognized as one of the top private golf clubs in the state, has been voted by the readers of New Haven Living magazine as the 2015 Best Golf (Private) experience in their 3rd annual poll published in the August issue.  In citing Race Brook for the honor, the publication stated: “Historic Race Brook Country Club is as popular for weddings and events as it is for golf on its 27-hole venue.”

“We are so pleased that the readers of New Haven Living have voted Race Brook for the distinction as the best private golf club in the area for 2015,” said General Manager Jack Kealey. “The poll validates the hard work by our grounds, golf and clubhouse staffs to keep a high standard of excellence here.  Race Brook continues to thrive because of its dedicated membership and the quality of service we provide for outside special events and weddings.”

Race Brook, established in 1912, was founded and designed by Scottish native Robert D. Pryde. Pryde learned to play golf at his home course, Scotscraig Golf Club, and was apprenticed there as a club repairer and clubmaker.  He immigrated to the United States in 1892, settled in New Haven and later Orange, became Yale University’s first golf coach and found himself a sought after golf course architect.  To celebrate its centennial, Race Brook forged a sister club relationship with Scotscraig, the world’s 13th oldest golf club.

For information about Race Brook Country Club golf memberships that include a reciprocal arrangement with Scotscraig Golf Club in Scotland, contact General Manager Jack Kealey at (203) 389-9521 or [email protected].  Visit www.racebrook.org to learn more about Race Brook’s rich history, its 27-holes of golf, first-class amenities and fine dining.

Register Now For Orange Little League Fall Ball

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Aug 082015

Little League LogoOrange Little League, from which the 2015 CT 10-11 year old State Champions reigned, is now taking registrations for its Fall Ball program.
Registration is open to the Towns of Orange, Bethany, and Woodbridge. Deadline is Sunday, August 23.
Hard Ball
For anyone 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 kids in the older leagues, they will start to see better, faster pitching, also in preparation for the spring.
Fall ball is played against other local towns with some travel. Games begin right after Labor Day through mid-November.
Who may register? Boys ages 7 to 12, based on the 2016 LL Calendar. Boys 6 in 2016 – prerequisite,: played Tee Ball in 2015.
Girls Softball: information and registration will begin soon.
OLL Mission Statement: 
To encourage participation in a healthy, safe and fun program that teaches the understanding of sportsmanship, competition, respect while promoting the development of age appropriate baseball\softball skills and general athleticism.


Meet The 2015 10-11 CONNECTICUT Little League State Champs — Orange Little League!

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Aug 022015

Screen Shot 2015-08-02 at 11.04.53 AMManager Keith Soldra “I want every player recognized, the accomplishments of every boy played a role in our success.” 

Congratulations Orange Little League 11 District Allstars Team members: Jacob Crow; Ben Daddio; Christian DÁstous; Dylan Gherlone; Sebastian Holt; Owen Leszczak; Colby O’Connor; AJ Soldra; Drew Visnic; Charlie Windsor and Martin Zhang Manager Keith Soldra, Coaches Mike Visnic & Jim Windsor

A Rundown of this year’s accomplishments:

June 30, 2015 – Orange 8, Milford National 4

July 2, 2015- Orange 16, West Haven 9

July 6, 2015 -Orange 11, Hamden 0

July 8, 2015- Orange 26, North Branford 3

 July 9, 2015- Orange 11, Hamden 0

District 4 Championship July 11, 2015

Orange 12, West Haven 2

2015 Division 1 Pool Play

July 18, 2015 Orange 8, Stamford North 5

July 19, 2015 Orange 8, Monroe 7

2015 Division 1 Championship Game:

July 21, 2015 Orange 9, Stamford North 2

2015 Section 1 Championship Game:

July 23, 2015 Orange 5, Berlin 2

Orange pitcher, Owen Leszczak retired the first six Berlin batters he faced.  While, Drew Visnic staked Orange to a 1-0 lead on a leadoff homerun in the home half of the 1st.  In the 2nd, Christian D’Astous reached on an error and Martin Zhang walked to start the inning.  Leszczak’s 2-run double put Orange back in front 3-0.

However, Berlin was able to get something going against Leszczak in the 3rd.  After striking out the first batter of the inning, Leszczak hit the next two.  The next batter flew out to Colby O’Connor at second base.  A walk loaded the bases with two out.  Berlin’s next batter smacked a double to the fence.  Two runs were in, a third was on the way.

Charlie Windsor, playing right field, made a perfect relay throw to O’Connor, who gunned it to catcher Jacob Crow covering home to erase the runner at the plate and end the inning.  Berlin was only down a run, trailing 3-2.

Holt would push the lead to 4-2 on a solo homerun in the 3rd.  Leszczak held Berlin scoreless in the next two frames, surrendering just one hit.

Orange tacked on a run in the 5th on Ben Daddio’s RBI single.  O’Connor came on the pitch the top of the 6th  for Orange to record the save.

He retired Berlin’s 3-4-5 hitters in order on just 11 pitches.  Leszczak pitched 5-innings, allowing just two hits and struck out six for the win.

Orange was crowned Section 1 Champion and earned a spot in the State Championship Series against Section 2 Champion, Tolland, in a best-of-three series.

2015 Connecticut Championship Series:

July 26, 2015 GAME 1:  Orange 5, Tolland 3

With rain possible, Orange manager, Keith Soldra, decided to push his ace, Sebastian Holt, back and gave Martin Zhang the start on the mound instead.  It was a risky move but it was a decision the manager felt comfortable making.  Zhang had thrown well in previous starts and deserved the opportunity.

After striking out the leadoff batter, it looked like the move was a good one.  However, the next batter doubled and advanced to third on a ground out to Sebastian Holt playing third base.  A single up the middle plated a run and Tolland led 1-0 after half an inning of play.

Orange was retired in order in the home half.  Zhang’s second inning of work did not get off to a good start.  The leadoff batter walked.  Tolland decided to play “small ball”. A sacrifice bunt moved the lead runner to second base.  The next Tolland batter also bunted.  Zhang fielded the ball in front of the mound and made an errant throw to first that went up the right field line.  One run scored.

The batter advanced to second base.  Tolland again bunted.  Holt fielded and fired to first to retire the batter.  The runner on second broke for third on the throw.  First baseman, AJ Soldra attempting to cut the runner down, threw the ball away.  The runner scored and Tolland was ahead 3-0.

After a single and a walk, Zhang was able to get a groundout to second baseman, Colby O’Connor to end the inning.  Orange was again retired in order in the home half of the 2nd inning.  Tolland’s pitcher was brilliant through two innings, keeping Orange’s potent offense at bay by pitching backwards. He was using his breaking ball early in the count to set up his fastball.  Orange was unable to hit anything hard halfway through the contest.

Zhang settled down over the next two frames, striking out three of the seven batters he faced.  Orange was finally able to get some offense going in the 3rd.  With one out, O’Connor singled.  Visnic followed with a double to plate O’Connor.  Soldra also singled, putting runners on first and third.  Jacob Crow’s fielder’s choice to short plated Visnic.  Orange cut Tolland’s lead to 3-2.

Both teams were held scoreless in the 4th inning.  Colby O’Connor came in to pitch for Orange in the 5th.  O’Connor retired Tolland in order.

With Tolland’s pitcher starting to tire, Orange pounced.  O’Connor’s walk and three singles by Visnic, Crow, and Holt plated three runs.  Orange jumped ahead 5-3.  The Orange manager, decided to roll the dice again.  Not wanting to burn O’Connor for Game 2 of the series, he brought in Sebastian Holt to pitch.  But, he would not push him past 20-pitches.

Holt was going to start Game 2.  Holt didn’t have his usual command of the strike zone.  He allowed a leadoff single to start the inning.  After two strikeouts, a catcher’s interference, and a walk, Tolland had the bases loaded.  With two out, Holt had reached his limit of pitches and Orange manager, Keith Soldra, had to make a move.  He called on shortstop, Drew Visnic.

Visnic had pitched sparingly in the Post Season, but he had something Tolland hadn’t seen all evening….A curveball.  With bases loaded, and the game on the line, Tolland’s #3 hitter stepped into the batter’s box.  Orange is a power-pitching team and Tolland had seen fastballs all evening.  Visnic’s first pitch a beautiful curveball for strike one.  Visnic’s next pitch, also a curveball, was weakly grounded back to the mound.  Visnic fielded and fired to first.

Game 1 was in the books.  Orange took a 1-0 series lead.

July 27, 2015 GAME 2: Orange 15, Tolland 4

Orange went down in order to start the 1st inning.  Orange ace, Sebastian Holt, followed suit setting Tolland down 1-2-3 in the bottom half.  Holt would lead off  the 2nd inning with a double for Orange.

Dylan Gherlone, playing right field, struck out before Christian D’Astous worked a walk.  D’Astous stole second without a throw, putting runners second and third.  Ben Daddio’s RBI ground out to second plated Holt and Orange was up 1-0.

Holt surrendered a double to Tolland in the home half, but two consecutive bunts back to the pitcher ended the threat.  Orange was set down in order in the 3rd.  Tolland was able to scratch a run across in the bottom half of the 3rd.  The first two batters were hit-by-pitch.  A passed ball moved the runners to second and third with no outs.  An RBI groundout to Daddio at third knotted the score at 1-1.

Holt regained command.  A one-out ground ball back to the mound, forced the lead runner to stay at third.  Now, with two out, Holt produced another groundout to third that ended the inning.  Orange’s offense would erupt in the 4th inning.  Crow singled.  Holt walked.  Gherlone doubled.  Charlie Windsor singled.  Daddio singled. Leszczak singled.  O’Connor walked.

Seven straight batters reached base and six runs scored, before Drew Visnic groundout out to first.  The last blow of the inning would come off the bat of AJ Soldra, who launched a 2-run bomb to centerfield.  The 8-run inning gave Orange a commanding, 9-1 lead after Holt set Tolland down in order to end the 4th inning.  Orange was able to load the bases in the visitor’s half of the 5th, but couldn’t push a run across.

Tolland wasn’t throwing in the towel just yet.  After sandwiching a walk between two strikeouts, Tolland was able to touch Holt for a single and a 3-run homerun to cut the Orange lead to 9-4 after five innings.  Orange, as they had done all post season, answered.

Holt lead off with a double.  Gherlone reached on an error.  D’Astous laced an RBI single up the middle with two strikes.  Daddio singled, but was cut down between first and second, for the first out of the inning. Leszczak and O’Connor both reached base.  Visnic singled and Soldra walked, before Crow drove a 2-run single to the fence.  Crow was cut down trying to stretch the single into a double, for the second out.

Holt, who started the rally was retired on a screaming line-drive back to the pitcher.  Holt would close the door on Tolland in the home 6th.  He struck out the first batter looking.  The second batter grounded out to Daddio at third.  The final out landed in the outstretched glove of center fielder, Owen Lesczak, as he approached the outfield fence.

The celebration was on.  Game over….Series over.

Orange wins Game 2.

Orange had completed the magical run.

Orange was the 2015 10-11 Connecticut State Champions.

Orange the 2015 10-11 Connecticut Champions

They Did It! Orange 10-11 Little Leaguers Win State Championship!

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Jul 282015

The Orange 10-11 LL State Champs pictured after Monday night's WIN.

The Orange 10-11 LL State Champs pictured after Monday night’s WIN.

According to the Orange Little League, the Orange 10-11 year old Baseball team moves on to the state final in Terryville on Sunday, Aug. 2.

It’s a best-of-3 series against Tolland beginning Sunday at 6 p.m.

There will be an Opening Ceremony at 5:30pm.  Parking restrictions around the Terryville Complex apply.

Parents and fans should refer to the Terryville Little League website for those gameday restrictions.

— Submitted story

Congratulations Boys (and coaches) You Make Orange Proud!

Orange Little League 10-11 Year Olds Earn A Spot In The State Championships!

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Jul 232015

11059587_515979118559179_825587841137593497_nThey did it! Orange 11 District will be going to the State Championship clinching their spot Thursday night by winning 5-2!

Congratulations Boys!
They  move on to the State Final in Terryville.
It’s a best-of-3 series against Tolland beginning Sunday at 6pm.
There will be an Opening Ceremony at 5:30pm.
There are parking restrictions around the Terryville Complex. Parents and fans should refer to the Terryville Little League website for those gameday restrictions.