Be Careful: Watch For Black Ice

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Jan 152017

Weather warning: Patchy black ice develops tonight into early Monday.

The snow has melted and with temperatures expected to fall below freezing across the region, the residual moisture will refreeze.

Slippery conditions are anticipated on roads and sidewalks, so proceed with extra caution, drive slowly and give yourself extra time if you have to venture out.

Open House: New Construction Condo

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Jan 152017

Check out this open house at 38 Beecher Walk today (Sunday, Jan. 15) from 12-3 p.m.
This 1,330 sq ft condo has two bedrooms, two full and one partial bathrooms. Offered for $304,900.
Beautiful new construction lakefront community for active adults features energy efficient cluster homes with first floor master bedroom suites.
Traditional design with Arts and Crafts elements mixed in. A modern, open plan includes 9 foot ceilings and lovely kitchens with granite and stainless.
Stylish low maintenance exteriors,
Energy Star double hung windows with low e glass, and extra insulation. High efficiency natural gas heating system and central air conditioning. Tankless hot water heaters and energy saving LED lighting.
Wonderful setting on Indian Lake for kayaking, walkers and bird watchers. An enclave just south of the Boston Post Road with all its shopping, restaurants, and access to transportation. Minutes to New Haven and all its educational and cultural activities.

A Little Snow, Slippery Conditions Tonight

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Jan 142017

Snow will continue to fall across the region this evening. This will be light to moderate at times with snow accumulations of up to 1 inch and between 1 and 2 inches in some spots.

Temperatures are cold enough for this snow to stick to surfaces, so this will make for some slippery conditions. Motorists should drive extra carefully and slowly during these conditions.

Pinnacle Educational Center Celebrates 8 Year Anniversary in Woodbridge

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Jan 112017

Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group (PECAAG) has reached a milestone this January, celebrating 8 years of business.   PECAAG is a subsidiary of BHA Education Consultants which was started in 1997 by Dr. Lowe.

The company has grown from the dreams of founder/CEO, Dr. Paul Lowe to a company headquartered in Woodbridge, Connecticut, with additional offices in Greenwich, CT;  Mid-town Manhattan; White Plains, NY;  Fort Lee and Princeton, NJ, Boston, MA and Wilmington, DE.  PEC/AAG also has international affiliate partners in London, Beijing, Delhi, Paris, Sao Paulo, Moscow, Kuala Lumpur and Lagos.

“It gives me great pride in joining clients and business partners in celebrating the company’s 8th anniversary. We have come a long way since the business was started in 2009, in the midst of a recession, and are very excited about our future as the company continues to thrive,” said Dr. Lowe when discussing the celebration.   “We chose Woodbridge as our headquarters because the developers/owners of the 245 Amity Office and Retail Complex had a positive vision and we had a positive vision which ultimately led to our success.”

Dr. Lowe and his team of advisors specialize in providing exclusive concierge-type admissions advisory and educational services for families and students who are interested in applying to and experiencing the unique educational environment and communities of Ivy League and highly selective colleges and elite private day and boarding schools; BS/MD programs; graduate, law and business school programs.

PECAAG’s ability to provide personalized, concierge-type services and in-home consultations based on clients’ specific needs and its admissions success rates have helped the company to continually grow over the past 8 years, and offers promise for future growth.

Visit their website: www.pinnacleeducationalcenteradmissionsadvisorsgroup.com

Obituary: Maureen Hawks Fama, 69, Beloved Mother of Christi Hohman

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Jan 112017

Maureen Hawks Fama, 69, died on January 6, 2017, at East Georgia Regional Medical Center.
The Derby Connecticut native was a graduate of Derby High School. She was employed by Schott Electronics for many years and as a baker with the Stop & Shop for 15 years.
She worked with the Ansonia, CT, Civil Defense for over 20 years and was a volunteer with the Griffin Hospital in Derby, CT. She was a former member of the Connectuit Alumni Drum and Bugle Corp in Seymour, CT, and the Connecticut Hurricanes.
She moved to Bulloch County in 2004 and was a volunteer with the Effingham Hospital in Springfield. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Melissa Zawadski and a brother, Kevin E. Hawks.
Surviving is her husband and best friend, Carl Fama of Guyton, GA; three daughters, Michelle Weymer ( Robert Mut) of Ansonia, CT, Christi (Robert) Hohman of Orange, CT, and Deonna Fama of Guyton, GA; a brother, James Hawks of Derby, CT; one sister, Sharon Durette of Torrington, CT; eight grandchildren Jeffery Sullivan, Tiffany Sullivan both of Ansonia, CT, Desiree Hohman of Orange, CT, Cassondra Fama of Syracuse, NY, Tyla Fama of Ansonia, CT, Mikala Fama of Milford, CT, Shayna Fama of Guyton, GA, and Amanda Fama of Pt. Wentworth, GA; one great grandchild, Jace Alexander of Ansonia, CT. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
A visitation will be held on Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN, 38105.
Friends may sign the online register book at www.joineranderson.com

Boys’ Swimming: Undefeated Amity Swims Past Branford/Guilford

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Jan 102017

The Amity Boys Swim Team was on the road in Branford today for a meet against Branford/Guilford.

Branford/Guilford (B/G) won 7 events, yet Amity with it’s 5 events outscored them 96-70.

Amity’s Winning Events:

200 Freestyle: A- 1:57.75 Shiva Gowda

50 Freestyle: A- 22.35 Colin Roy

100 Butterfly: A- 54.83 Kevin Yanagisawa

200 Freestyle Relay: A- 1:36.99 Jared Sullivan, Sergey Savelyev, Matt Hill, Colin Roy

100 Backstroke: A- 1:00.51 Tyler Roy

 Branford/Guilford’s Winning Events

200 Medley Relay: B/G- 1:46.70 Corey Gambardella, Kyle Boucher, Aidan Henry, Aleksandras Karosas

200 Ind. Medley: B/G- 1:59.10 Corey Gambardella

Dive: B/G- 138.60 Paul Rosenberg

100 Freestyle: B/G- 47.76 Corey Gambardella

500 Freestyle: B/G- 5:05.80 Harrison Kent

100 Breaststroke: B/G- 1:11.13 Kyle Boucher

400 Freestyle Relay: B/G- 3:37.32 Aleandro Hanaj, Aidan Henry, Aleksandras Karosas, Corey Gambardella

Record: Amity 3-0.

Amity High School Presents “Fiddler On The Roof”

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Jan 102017

The Amity Theater Department under the direction of Robert Kennedy will present the classic musical “Fiddler On The Roof” in the spring.

This week Kennedy released the cast list as the young actors sat down for their first “table read.”

Following are the students and the characters they will portray in what Kennedy and his wife, Andrea call “The best musical ever.”

The cast list is in alphabetical order:

Jenna Aconfora (daughter), Ali Ashworth (Momma, Frumah Sarah), Gabby Aversa (Hodel), Sophie Benjamin (son, male wedding dancer), Talya Braverman (Chava), Karianne Canfield (mama), Caitlin Carlson (daughter, Male wedding dancer), Evan D’Onofrio (son), Michael Decesare (Russian), Alaina Dwyer (Yente), Yuliya Faryna (Golde), Simon Flaherty (son, Russian), Kayleigh Foley (mama), Brian Forbes (constable), Jeffrey Gallo (Sasha), Jamie Genovese (son, Russian), Emma Gilshannon (mama), Shane Gordon (Fydeka), Eric Greenbaum (Tevye), Sofia Halepas (daughter).

Also, Tyler Jennes (Yussel), Zach Katz (papa), Kiersten Keating (mama), Brynne Keevil (daughter), Ben Kemp (Rabbi), Emily Killian (Tzeitel), Joyce Lin (fiddler, bottle dancer), Kyle Magri (Mendel), Josiah Oakley (Nahum the begger, bottle dancer, Russian), Kelsey Paier (Shindel), Dean Pocweirz (Avram, bottle dancer), AJ Pocweirz (son), Lilli Querker (Shprintze), Ryan Rappaport (Perchik), Blythe Rets (Bielke).

And Nico Sagnelli (Mordcha), Ethan Selmon (Papa, bottle dancer), Sydney Sherrick (daughter, male wedding dancer), Nathan Shilling (Lazer Wolfe), Lily Swain (mama, male wedding dancer), Halle Syrop (daughter), Julia Vinci (daughter), Maren Westgard (daughter, grandma Tzeitel) Kayla Zamkov (mama).

Since the Kennedy’s took over, he Amity Theater Department has tackled many huge musicals including Les Miseables, Tarzan, In the Heights, Rant, Sweeney Todd, Legally Blonde and Chicago.

They chose “Fiddler on the Roof” because it is a beloved musical and their all time favorite show.

So, this spring get ready for this wonderful musical with well-known songs including: Sunrise Sunset, If I Were a Rich Man, Tradition, Matchmaker, Do You Love Me … and more.

]Fiddler on the Roof  cast list by character:

The Fiddler                                      Joyce Lin

Tevye the Dairyman     Eric Greenbaum

Golde his wife               Yuliya Faryna

His Daughters:        

Tzeitel                          Emily Kilian

Hodel                          Gabby Aversa

Chava                         Tayla Braverman

Shprintze                  Lilli Querker

Bielke                        Blythe Reis

 Yente the Matchmaker        Alaina Dwyer

Motel the Tailor                   Harrison Paek

Perchik a student                Ryan Rappaport

Lazer Wolf the Butcher       Nathan Shilling

Mordcha an Innkeeper        Nico Sagnelli

The Rabbi                             Ben Kemp

Mendel the Rabbi’s Son      Kyle Magri

Avram a Bookseller             Dean Pocweirz

Yussel the Hat Maker          Tyler Jennes

Grandma Tzeitel                  Maren Westgard

Frumah Sarah                      Ali Ashworth

The Constable                      Brian Forbes

Fydeka a Russian Soldier   Shane Gordon

Sasha his friend                   Jeffrey Gallo

Shaindel- Motel’s Mother  Kelsey Paier

Nahum the Beggar               Josiah Oakley

Rumor Soloists           Emma GilshannonKayla Zamkov, Ali Ashworth

Yente’s Boys               AJ Pocwierz, Evan D’Onofrio

Bottle Dancers:          Dean Pocwierz, Joyce Lin, Josiah Oakley, Ethan Selmon

Wedding Dancers:  Caitlin Carlson, Lily Swain, Sophie Benjamin, Syndey Sherrick


Mamas: Lily Swain, Kayleigh Foley, Kiersten Keating, Karianne Canfield, Emma Gilshannon, Kayla Zamkov, Ali        Ashworth, Brynn Keevil

Daughters: Maren Westgard, Sydney Sherrick, Caitlin Carlson,  Halle Syrop, Julia Vinci, Sofia Halepas,  Jenna Aconfora

Sons: Josiah Oakley, Simon Flaherty, Jamie Genovese, AJ Pocwierz, Evan D’Onofrio, Sophie Benjamin

Papas                          Ethan Selmon, Zach Katz

Russian Soldiers      Josiah Oakley, Simon Flaherty, Jamie Genovese, Micheal DeCesare

                                       Dance Captain           Joyce Lin

Obituary: Ronald P. Argus, 78, Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather

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Jan 092017

Ronald P. Argus, 78, of Orange, died Jan. 4, 2017 after a long courageous battle with COPD.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Norma Puglia Argus, 3 daughters, Denise(Dean)Fantarella, Lisa & Sheri Argus, 4 grandchildren, Courtney, Tyler and Colby Fantarella and Arianna Astrom, four sisters, Faith (Harold) Knight, Darcel (Larry) Wright, Sheryl (Mark) Hildreth & Susan (Chet) Sandifur and numerous nieces & nephews.

Ron was born in Lackawanna, NY, Dec. 30, 1938, grew up in Ovid, NY and graduated from Ovid H.S. in 1956 where he played varsity baseball & basketball. He attended Auburn Community College and moved to West Haven in 1960 to join Sheetmetal Union Local 40 as an apprentice and then attended Sheetmetal Trade School from 1961-1964.

Afterwards, he worked for Local 40 Heating & Air Conditioning for 48 years, retiring in 2000, having worked at many industrial job sites all over CT.

Ron enjoyed home improvements, cooking, gardening, pro-football & UCONN Women’s basketball. He will be especially remembered for his devotion to his 3 daughters & extended family.

Friends may call at MARESCA & SONS FUNERAL HOME 592 Chapel St. Sunday from 3 to 6 pm and are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Infant Church, Orange, Monday at 10 am.

Burial in Orange Center Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the Orange Visiting Nurse Association, 605A Orange Center Rd., Orange,CT 06477.

Offer condolences at marescafuneralhome.com

Weather Warning: Deep Freeze, Icy Conditions

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Jan 082017

Low wind chill temperatures and patchy ice through Monday morning.

Temperatures falling to around 5 to 15 degrees above zero combined with winds of 15 to 25 mph that will gradually decrease after midnight will cause wind chills to fall to 0 to 5 degrees below zero across Southern CT

For snow that melted on roads and sidewalks, the water will quickly refreeze this evening creating patchy ice overnight.

Take extra caution while venturing outdoors overnight.

Bundle up the kids for the school bus stop, hand and face covering is highly recommended.

Obituary: Peter Anastasion, Beloved Husband, Father, Papou, Veteran

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Jan 082017

Peter Anastasion, born August 5, 1921 in New Haven, Connecticut was called to heaven Thursday, January 5, 2017 at Yale New Haven Hospital.

After serving his country proudly as a Corporal in the U.S. Army Air Force during WWII, Peter returned home to earn an Accounting Degree from the University of Connecticut. A devoted, lifetime member of Saint Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church, Peter received the Archdiocesan Medal of St. Paul, the highest honor bestowed to a layperson by the Greek Orthodox Archdioceses of America.

Peter was a well-known lover of classical music and a talented violinist for 40 years. Peter is predeceased by his parents Damianos and Carrie Anastasion, and his brother, William Anastasion.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Maria Pappas Anastasion, and their two loving children Carrie (Timothy) Simoulis and Damon (Jodi) Anastasion. He also served as a cherished Papou to his grandchildren Eleni and her fiancé Daniel, and Stephanie and her significant other Elliot, and a kind hearted Uncle to his many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate his life at Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church (480 Racebrook Rd, Orange, CT 06477). Calling hours will take place at the church between 4-8 p.m. on Sunday,January 8th.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, January 9th at 10 a.m., followed by interment in Beaverdale Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church Building or Endowment Funds. Arrangements in care of the Celentano Funeral Home, New Haven. www.celentanofuneralhome.com