Check Out Mars Tonight

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May 302016

mars-vikingThe planet Mars has been visibly bright in the night sky since May 18, but tonight it’s making its closest approach (a distance of 46.8 million miles) in nearly 11 years.

The last time Mars was this close was on October 5, 2005.

If you miss it tonight, don’t fret, the planet will still be clearly visible through Friday, June 3.

About Mars from Wikipedia:

Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and the second-smallest planet in the Solar System, after Mercury. Named after the Roman god of war, it is often referred to as the “Red Planet” because the iron oxide prevalent on its surface gives it a reddish appearance.  Mars is a terrestrial planet with a thin atmosphere, having surface features reminiscent both of the impact craters of the Moon and the valleys, deserts, and polar ice caps of Earth.

Photos: 2016 Memorial Day Ceremony At the Gazebo

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May 292016

It was a sunny, breezy hot day on the Orange Fairgrounds for the 2016 Orange Memorial Day Ceremony.

IMG_0945Robert Mirto, Esq., was the Master of Ceremonies, and he and all of the honored guests kept their addresses short, so there were no medical emergencies and the parade stepped off earlier than in some past years.

US Senator Richard Blumenthal, and First Selectman Jim Zeoli made brief comments, and two students from Orange Elementary Schools read short poems.

One woman who was honored at the ceremony was Magdalen Cronin, 100, who has crafted a wreath for the Memorial Day service at the cemetery for many years, and hopes to continue doing so as long as she can. “I enjoy making the wreath,” she said.

The Parade Committee did a fine job choosing the following parade recipients and keynote speaker.

Grand Marshal Arnold J. Casola is a U.S. Army, World War II Veteran – T5 Corporal – who served from 1944 to 1946. He was awarded the European African Middle Eastern, Good Conduct and Victory Medal. He is a member of theAmerican Legion Post 127 and a past Sergeant-at- Arms.

Honorary Chief of Staff James T. Dallas is a U.S. Army Korean War Veteran – Corporal – who served from 1950 to 1952. He served in the National Guard from 1948 – 1950 and at the Camp Pickett, Army Hospital for 2 years. He was a member of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department for 26 years now retired. He has been a member of the American Legion Post 127 for 55 years and worked for the Town of Orange Highway Department for 27 years now retired.

Keynote speaker Emily Dewey Trudeau, is the Deputy Assistant State’s Attorney, Judicial District of Fairfield and a Bronze Star decorated Veteran. From 2005-2006, she was a Special Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office District of Utah; from 2006-2012, she was an officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, United States Navy; and she is currently Chair of the Military and Veteran’s Affairs Committee, Connecticut Bar Association.


Honor The Fallen Today

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May 292016

poppyThe Flanders Field Memorial Poppy was first worn as a symbol of remembrance in 1918 by Miss Moina Belle Michael, an American teacher.

Inspired by Colonel John McCrae’s 1915 poem, “In Flanders Fields,” Moina vowed in her poem, “We Shall Keep the Faith” to always wear a red poppy to honor those who perished in World War I.

As a result of her tireless campaigning, the flower has become an internationally recognized symbol of remembrance for war veterans of every era in the United States, England, New Zealand, Australia and Canada.

Baseball: Amity Sets SCC Record, Wins The 2016 Title

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May 282016

IMG_0891The #1 seeded Amity Spartans Baseball team played a nearly flawless game at Whitey Piurek Field (West Haven High School) today and set a new record high score for an SCC Championship Game with a 17-0 victory over #3 seeded Notre Dame of West Haven. (The previous high, made twice by Amity, once by Cheshire, was 14).

Two very important elements to the Spartans’ championship win were the Hague brothers, second-baseman Andy (#1) and Teddy (#7), the winning pitcher.

Teddy’s pitching was absolutely incredible, as he kept every batter for the Green Knights guessing. He only allowed one hit.


With Andy first in the batting lineup, the Spartans were off to a good start when he opened the game with a single. The next two batters also hit singles, then Brian Ronai’s hit resulted in two RBIs.

Also in the first inning Max Scheps, Adam Hurwitz, Colin Beaulieu and Andy Hague each scored, giving Amity a very comfortable 6-0 lead.

The second inning showed no change, then the third inning with two walks, four hits and Jack Nolan’s two-run double pushed Amity up to an even more impressive 12-0 lead.


This game even included a surprise appearance in the batting lineup by Amity first baseman Chris Winkel, a senior who’s been sidelined by a hand injury that occurred during the Baseketball season.

It was nice seeing him play first base again, although Nolan has been doing a good job there in his absence. Yet we were surprised to see him step up to the plate.  True to form, Winkel hit a single in the fifth inning.

When it looked like the Green Knights would not be able to catch up, Amity fans got to see what five of the pinch hitters could do in the sixth inning. Alec Smith, Sebastian Formica and Rohan Patel drove in runs and each scored. Rounding out the five, Matthew Sabitsky and Michael Dietch also made hits, but never had the opportunity to cross home plate.

Senior Michael Stewart (#10) also had a chance to pitch in the sixth.

At 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31, Amity will play in the Class LL first round game in Woodbridge against the winner of the Farmington/Stamford game.

Amity is gearing up for an opportunity to win its fourth consecutive State Championship Title.

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May 282016

IMG_0876If you are an Amity Baseball fan, you most likely are familiar with Andy Hague.

The Spartan’s second baseman wears #1 on his jersey and was chosen as #1 (The MVP) in the SCC Championship game against Notre Dame West Haven today.

Hague and his brother Teddy #7 (a pitcher who also plays outfield), both juniors at Amity, have had a phenomenal year and fans look forward to seeing what they will contribute to the team next year.

Andy is a popular guy, always smiling and showing a positive attitude on and off the field, and the boy has skills!

Congratulations Andy Hague, this year’s SCC Ed Marocco Most Outstanding Player Award Winner. And thank you for an exciting regular season.

Food Truck Festival Filled The Fairgrounds On Friday

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May 272016

IMG_0437The third annual Race Brook School Food Truck Festival drew a huge crowd to the Orange Fairgrounds Friday night.

Everyone seemed to have their own strategy as to how they would choose their dinner.

Many knew exactly what they were looking for and made a bee line for the Fish, Grilled Cheese or Falafel, while others looked for familiar faces like Dave from Reno’s or Russ at Fire Dog. Although most had no plan at all and just wandered until they found something that suddenly appealed to their taste buds.

The band Velocity sounded great as it provided background music.

Many vendors of non-food items filled in the center of the field. One thing is for certain this event has grown in three years, both in size and popularity.

Baseball: And The Beat Goes On

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May 262016

IMG_0331The Amity Spartans defeated the Fairfield Prep Jesuits 3-2 in the SCC Semi-Final game at West Haven High School Thursday night.

Our Spartans took a quick lead with 2 runs in the first inning, but Prep tied the score in the third.

Amity pulled ahead with one run in the fourth inning and that’s where it stayed, good enough to win and move on to the SCC Championship game, same field, against Notre Dame West Haven Saturday, May 28 at 11 a.m.

It’s forecast to be 85 and humid on Saturday.

NOTE: Built right next to a swamp, the WH High field is unpleasant for spectators with gnats and bugs constantly getting in your face, so, if you are coming out for the game apply lots of bug repellent, hydrate and sun block may not be a bad idea either.

Records going into the Championships: Amity 20-1, Notre Dame 14-8.

Ben’s Service Station’s Gas Pumps Are Open!

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May 262016

12573879_10153850863179166_3440881017635952353_nBen’s Service Center, 115 Boston Post Road has been undergoing some major renovations lately, and customers may have been wondering when they will be able to go there for gas again.

Well, good news, Today’s the day! Ben’s gas pumps are open and as an added bonus, they now have Diesel fuel too.

Just beep your horn if you need FREE full service.

Don’t forget to bring your Stop & Shop Fuels Rewards Points with you when you stop by. Pop inside for a complimentary cup of coffee.

Stop by Ben’s, your friendly neighborhood gas and service station today.


May 252016

IMG_0002The Amity Spartans Baseball team won the SCC quarterfinal game against Daniel Hand in Woodbridge Wednesday afternoon 7-5.

Our boys will go up against Fairfield Prep for the SCC Semi-Finals Thursday night at West Haven High School at 7 p.m.

Records: Amity (20-1) is the #1 SCC team; Prep (13-8).





21 Max Scheps
3 E.J. Mastronardi
12 Ray Miklos

Obituary: Ceasar Theodore Anquillare, 88, Beloved Father, Grandfather

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May 252016

Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 12.27.20 PMCeasar Theodore Anquillare, 88, husband of the late Louise Cortese Anquillare, passed away at Avery Heights on May 23, 2016 after a long illness.

Born a fourth generation descendant in New Haven on December 29, 1927 to the late Theodore & Antoinette Buonocore Anquillare.

Ceasar will be remembered by his sons, Dr. Joseph Anquillare & his wife Teresa of Newington, Ceasar Nicholas Anquillare JP of Woodbridge; grandchildren, Emma, Luisa, & Joseph Anquillare; dear companion, Ursula Michaelis of Monroe; brother, Louis Anquillare & his wife Rosemary of West Haven; sister-in-law, Isabelle Cortese of Milford. Predeceased by his sister, Marie Apuzzo and sister-in-law, Rina Cortese.

Ceasar grew up in West Haven before moving to Orange where he has resided for the last 61 years. He was a graduate of Bentley University and New York University. He was the founder of his accounting firm located in West Haven. Ceasar was commended by the Connecticut Society of CPA’s as one of the longest practitioners after being licensed for 60 years. In 1965,

Ceasar traveled throughout the United States to assist with the enactment of Medicare then signed by President Lyndon Johnson. He served on various industry boards and committees to promote healthcare for the elderly, regardless of income. In his later years, Ceasar donated much of his professional time to small businesses, churches, and charity organizations in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands and the New Haven area.

His family would like to thank the employees of Avery Heights in Hartford for their amazing care during Ceasars time with them.

Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the BEECHER & BENNETT-TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME, 410 Campbell Ave, West Haven.

Funeral from the funeral home on Thursday, May 26th at 9:15 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in Holy Infant Church at 10:00 a.m. followed by entombment in St. Lawrence Mausoleum.

Contributions in Ceasar’s memory be sent to the American Cancer Society, 38 Richards Ave, Norwalk, CT 06854. To send a condolence to the family see obit at www.beecherandbennett.com