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Obituary: Joann (Ioanna) Stavrides, 71, Beloved Wife, Mother

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Dec 092018

Joann (Ioanna) Stavrides fell asleep in the Lord on December 4, 2018, surrounded by her family. She was 71. She was born Giannula Tsakiridou in Polykastro, Kilkis, Greece to Anastasio and Androniki Tsakirides (Maghnisali). At the age of 24, after a brief correspondence, she met and married Steven Stavrides, and immigrated to the United States of America.

Joann had three sons, Angelo, Peter, and Andrew. Never receiving formal education in the United States, she learned the language and became a U.S. Citizen, she was very proud of that accomplishment. She owned and operated, along with her husband, the East Rock Confectionary Store in New Haven for many years. What she loved most was being a Mother and Grandmother. She was strong-minded but made friends quickly. She also loved making her home warm and inviting to all.

Joann loved to have family get-togethers where she would prepare elaborate meals and made sure no one left hungry or without extra food to take home with them. She enjoyed knitting blankets for her family and friends. Keeping people she loved fed and warm was a priority of hers.

She especially enjoyed traveling to Greece. In the last several years of her life, she would spend summers back in her childhood home in Polykastro, making improvements and additions to it. She enjoyed the time there with her family and friends. Joann loved her Greek heritage and was always very proud of it. She let everyone who met her know about this.

Joann was a longtime member of St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, and was a member of the Philopticos Society and had also served on the Parish Council. She loved being a part of the community of St. Barbara.

Joann was predeceased by her parents, a granddaughter, Andreana Stavrides, and a nephew, Georgios Georgiades. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Steven Stavrides, of North Haven, CT, sons Angelo (Janet) Stavrides, of Cheshire, CT, Peter Stavrides, of Virginia Beach, VA, and Andrew (Joanna) Stavrides, of Northford, CT. She leaves behind three grandchildren which she loved more than words can explain, Sophia, Nicholas, and Eva Stavrides. Joann also leaves behind a sister-in-law, Helen Piperas of Hamden, CT, a Goddaughter Irina Tsilfoglou of Wallingford, CT, and many nieces and nephews.

In Greece, she leaves behind her brothers Demetrious Tsakerides, and his wife Sophia, Panagoitis Tsakerides and his wife Eleni, and a sister Eleftheria Georgiades. She also leaves behind in Greece many cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews, along with many other extended family and friends.

Friends may visit at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road, Orange, CT on the evening of Sunday, December 9, 2018, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. A funeral service will take place at the church on Monday, December 10, 2018, beginning at 9 a.m. Burial will follow at All Saints Cemetery, in North Haven. To leave a condolence please visit www.celentanofuneralhome.com.

Open House: Beautiful Move In Ready Ranch With Hardwood Floors, finished Basement And A Workshop

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Dec 092018

Imagine entertaining for the holidays in your own gorgeous house.

In the market for a beautiful family home that you can move into right away? Check out this open house at 536 Dogwood Road in Orange with 1,468 sqft of living space, three bedrooms, two bathrooms. Take a tour today, Dec. 9, from 12:00-1:30 p.m.

This ranch style brick home is not only beautiful but unique! Enjoy first level living with the option to go downstairs to your complete finished basement with a wood burning fireplace and bar, perfect for cozy gatherings.
Equally inviting is the living room complete with gleaming hardwood floors and yet another fireplace for relaxing on winter nights. Central air for comfort in the summertime.
The master bedroom, master bath and sitting room/office complete with a second private trex deck for ultimate relaxation all were remodeled in 2014.
That’s not all, a large fenced in trex deck surrounds the above ground pool and manicured level yard, perfect for entertaining during those warm summer months.
The 2 car garage has been converted into a HEATED garage/workshop with cabinetry and a separate entrance.
Located in Amity’s award-winning school district, minutes from Yale, Rt 15 and I-95. This home checks all the boxes for year-round enjoyment. Recently Reduced Price. Offered for $335,000.

Meet Your 2018-19 Spartans Ice Hockey Team

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Dec 072018

The 2018-19 Amity Spartans Boys Ice Hockey Team is already showing a lot of promise. On Wednesday evening the boys declawed the Masuk Panthers 11-1 in a scrimmage game in West Haven.

Tonight’s event will be much more telling, as the Spartans go up against three powerhouse teams in the Jackie Coyle Jamboree at Edward L. Bennett Rink at 6 p.m. West Haven, Notre Dame-West Haven, and NFI will give us an opportunity to see our boys in the most challenging experience on the ice so far.

On Wednesday, we saw how skilled our goalies were and the exceptional teamwork of our Spartans. The 2018-19 team is not afraid to shoot, grab the puck from their opponents, and put themselves out there. If we see that same spirit tonight, going up against some of the toughest teams in the area. I believe in the Spartans, and even though the Jamboree only gives you a taste of things to come, I think you will see some impressive action out on the ice tonight.

This season’s Amity Spartans includes some familiar names and a few new ones. Here is the 2018-19 Roster.

The three Senior Captains are Colin Hughes (8), Jason Csejka (18), and Kenneth Page (20).

The team includes two other seniors, Ryan Miller (7), and Nelson Bordeleau (10),

There are seven juniors this season, Cody White (13), Connor Bath (14), Ed Martino (17), Michael Lebreck (19), Nick Kiwanis (22), Sai Neelam (29), and Malachi Zurolo (31).

The sophomore players are: Dylan Raver (2), Justin Miller (4), Caleb Marcin (6), Tommy Schittina (11), Dylan Gherlone (15), Zack Cable (16), Jason Dittman (21), Ty Demaio (23), and Ty Cable (28)

There are two freshmen on the team this year: Ethan Moffett (9), and Michael Andreesen (30)

Head Coach is Mike Richetelli, who brought the 2014 Spartans to the state championship game. He’s assisted by Todd Dandelske, Jeff Buchter, and newcomer Jim Sokolske.



UPDATE: Good News! Lost Dog Reunited With His Family

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Dec 072018

I am so happy to announce that the male dog that was found on Opekun Road has been reunited with his family.

Luckily “Aspen” had a microchip and the family thought to bring him to the vet to be scanned and the vet contacted the owner.

A big thank you to the family that was kind enough to bring him in from the cold and give him the love he needed until his family was found.

This is the best news we’ve had so far this week.

Help Reunite This Boy With His Family

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Dec 072018

Are you missing your dog? A family on Opekun Road in Orange found this older, gentle male dog on their porch around 2 a.m. this morning.

They say he is definitely a family dog that listens well.

They said, “We took him in our home and we have a cat, dog, baby, and a kindergartener so we know he’s a good family dog.”

They’d like to reunite this guy with his family — wouldn’t that be a wonderful Christmas present?

If he belongs to you, or you know who his family is, please e-mail curcurup@hotmail.com. And, of course let Orange Live know, too, so we can tell our readers that he’s been identified.

UI Offers A Few Valuable Tips for The Holiday Season

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Dec 062018

United Illuminating, a subsidiary of AVANGRID Inc. (NYSE: AGR), reminds customers to follow some simple electrical safety and efficiency tips to ensure this holiday season is filled with safety, comfort, and joy.

“The holidays are a time for celebration, and you can help keep the holidays joyful by acting now to head off preventable accidents and bill surprises,” said Joe Thomas, UI’s Vice President for Electric System Operations. “A warm, safe home is the greatest gift for our families and friends as we gather for the holidays.”

UI offers the following tips to help customers keep their homes safe, warm and energy efficient as they “deck the halls” for the holidays.


  • Dry Christmas tree limbs and hot lights can be a dangerous combination. If you have a live tree, keep it fresh. Before you put the tree in its stand, cut its base at a 45-degree angle so it can absorb more water. Water the tree liberally — the average tree can consume between a quart and a gallon of water a day. Remove the tree promptly after the holiday, or when it becomes dry.
  • Consider using LED lights, which produce less heat and use less energy than traditional decorative lights. The cooler-burning LEDs can help reduce the drying effect on the tree.
  • All lights and cords should be factory tested; check for the UL label on the packaging. Carefully inspect cords, plugs, and receptacles for worn or frayed insulation and loose connections. Throw away damaged items.
  • Keep wires away from toddlers and pets. Push wires toward the center of the tree, and clip them securely to the branches.
  • Make sure cords are tucked away safely to prevent anyone from tripping over them. However, never run cords them under rugs, since they can overheat.
  • Keep flammable decorations away from the tree’s lights. Also, make sure that electric window candles do not touch drapes or other flammable objects.
  • Never use electric lights on metallic trees. Avoid using plastic trees unless they’re flame resistant.
  • Turn holiday lights off before going to sleep and when you leave home. Consider using a programmable timer to turn lighting displays on and off automatically.
  • Avoid overloading electrical circuits or extension cords. Follow the directions on cord labels regarding connecting light strings and extension cords. If a cord feels hot to the touch, it is overloaded and can cause an electrical fire.

Around the House:

  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace batteries as necessary.
  • Plan escape routes for your family in case of a fire or other emergency.
  • In the kitchen, keep a close watch on your stovetop, grill, and oven while in use. Never use them for heating.


  • While decorating the outside of your home, look up and around the area first to identify overhead lines and other hazards.
  • Never raise ladders, poles or other extended objects into or near power lines. Check to make sure any tree limbs you may come into contact with aren’t near power lines. Remember: no power line is safe to touch, ever.
  • Use only outdoor-approved lights that can withstand cold temperatures, and inspect them for damage.

Customers can monitor their holiday energy use during the holidays or year-round with UI’sfree Energy Analyzer. For information or to sign up, visit http://www.uinet.com.

Be sure to follow @UnitedIllum on Twitter and “like” UI on Facebook.

Maplewood Hosts Festival of Trees and Lights on Thursday

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Dec 062018

Maplewood at Orange, 245 Indian River Road, will host its annual Silent Auction and Celebration on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 4-6 p.m.

All proceeds will benefit the Orange Community Assistance Program which provides assistance with food and fuel for the Orange community.

Come celebrate the holiday season, enjoy festive music, appetizers and cocktails, while bidding on beautifully decorated trees and baskets.

Important, RSVP should have been done by Monday, Dec. 3 to Liz Castiline-Gannon at 203-795-3117 or e-mail lcastiline@maplewoods

Get Excited For The Amity 2018-19 Winter Sports Season

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Dec 052018

The Amity Winter Sports preview (scrimmage) games begin next week, and we just can’t wait to see what this year’s teams have in store for us.

On Wednesday, Dec. 5, there are four events to look forward to.

3:30 p.m. Varsity Girls Basketball vs Oxford Home  at Amity

5 p.m. Varsity Boys Basketball vs Guilford Home at Amity

7 p.m. Boys Ice Hockey vs Masuk Home at Bennett Rink, West Haven

7:30 p.m. Varsity Girls Ice Hockey vs Hall-Conard Away at Veterans’ Memorial Rink, West Hartford.


The Ultimate Coffee Table Magazine Is Here

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Dec 042018

For several years, we’ve been singing the praises of the Orange Economic Development Corporation’s semi-annual local publication “Orange Life” magazine.

This is not a rival news organization, rather a sister-type business, as we both serve only the Orange community.

Orange Life is beautiful, with quality printing and a high gloss cover featuring a beautiful picture from someone local. The winter issue shows a stunning painting of the Wepawaug by artist Violet Nastri.

Inside, are detailed stories crafted by skilled writers who have time to put in a lot of research to offer the best information about the subject.

Orange Life is the only news publication that you will want to keep on your coffee table for months to come. Sort of like a Reader’s Digest Magazine, you’ll always pick it up again for reference or to take another look at a photograph, or check out an ad (see our ad on page 58).

OEDC Executive Director Annemarie Sliby does a phenomenal job.

Look for your Orange Life Magazine in the mail, you’ll be sure to love it!


Severe Weather Alert

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Dec 022018

The National Weather Service has issued a severe weather alert for our area until 5 a.m. Monday.

Expect locally dense fog this afternoon with visibilities generally from 1 to 3 miles, which will reduce to one-quarter mile or less at times.

Drivers should be on the lookout for rapidly changing visibility.

If you encounter heavy fog, reduce your speed and use your low beams as high beams will make it even harder to see what lies ahead.