Sep 172014

Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 3.12.44 PMGeorge C. Micklus Sr., age 91, of Milford, entered into eternal rest on September 14, 2014.

The beloved husband of the late Frances Fogler Micklus for 57 years, he was born in Derby CT April 29, 1923 to the late John and Anna Micklus.

He was a Milford resident most of his life.

WWII Navy veteran who was proud to have served his country,

Mr. Micklus worked for Bic Pen Corp. prior to his retirement.

He is survived by his son George C. Micklus Jr. and his wife Denise of Seymour, his daughter Charlene F. Micklus of Milford, and his treasured grandsons Christopher G. Micklus and his wife Amanda and great-granddaughter Adrienne of Orange, and Jeffrey M. Micklus and fiancé Cindy Casuyon of Cromwell, as well as numerous loving nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother John Micklus, and sisters Mary Sedlock, Helen Sedlock, Evelyn McCarthy and Charlotte Sheahan.

The Micklus family wishes to express their thanks to the Milford Health and Rehabilitation Center for the kindness and care George received during his time with them. 

Friends and family may call on Wednesday, September 17th from 4 to 8pm at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street on the Green, Milford, CT 06460.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, September 18th at 11am at Christ the Redeemer RC Church, 325 Oronoque Road, Milford CT 06461. Interment will follow at St. Mary Cemetery, Buckingham Avenue, Milford.

Contributions can be made in George’s name to the Resident Council Recreation Department at Milford Health and Rehabilitation Center, 195 Platt Street, Milford, CT 06460 or a charity of your choice

To leave online condolences please visit the website at www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

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 172014

IMG_2786A four vehicle accident was reported at Lambert and Orange Center Road this morning around 7:50 a.m.

The fire department was dispatched for a possible fluid spill.

Portions of Orange Center and Lambert Road were shut down while police and fire worked the scene.

A school bus could not do its normal morning pickup in the area due to the closures.

A Ford Explorer involved in the accident had to be removed via flatbed truck.

All fire and police left the scene around 9:10 a.m.

Injured person refused treatment at the scene.

Sep 162014

Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 11.01.27 PMAmity Middle School Principal Kathi Fuller-Cutler released this fund-raising information today:

The first fundraising event of the year has begun. With the PTSO, we are selling KidStuff Coupon Savings Books. Homeroom teachers have passed out a Ziploc bag containing KidStuff books and directions, for each student to bring home. We are asking students to sell at least two books. The books sell for $25.00 and we make a 50% profit on each book.

If a student is enrolled in the band, strings or choir, the first book sold will go to the PTSO and the second book’s profit will go to the music department to be allocated towards the individual student’s cost of his or her spring trip.

This is one of the largest fundraisers of the year and we need your support.

The fundraiser will run from Sept. 15 to Sept. 26.

Sep 162014

Coyote has appeared on News 12 several times

Coyote has appeared on News 12 several times

The Raymour & Flanigan Furniture, 538 Boston Post Road will host a free “Adopt A Pet” event featuring food, entertainment, fun, and of course animals, on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The team from the Emergency Animal Response Service (EARS) will set up a special information and demonstration area with the theme of “Pet Preparedness” to coincide with September being National Preparedness Month.
Look for the EARS area where visitors can get an up-close look at the Animal Rescue Truck, equipment used on emergency responses, and take part in an animal first aid demonstration. You can also meet the EARS K9 “Coyote” and learn about the job of Search & Rescue dogs as well as other types of working dogs that assist in times of disaster.
Handouts on emergency pet preparedness starting in your own home also will be provided, and finally the team will be offering on-site microchipping for dogs. The cost of the microchip is $20.00 per pet, which is a one-time only cost adopt couponand includes lifetime registration in the PetLink International database as well as the “EARS Connecticut Rescue Registry,” an exclusive database created by EARS to help assist owners in our state during emergencies and disasters.

EARS is a nonprofit, all-volunteer, organization, designed for rapid-response to emergencies affecting animals and their owners. The team is based in Bethany, Connecticut, but responds to incidents throughout the state. With many team members locally-based, EARS has been very active in the Orange community, hosting events, presentations, and workshops for pet owners, as well taking part in town activities like the Orange Expo. One aspect that makes EARS such a unique team is their experience and training with all types of animals as well as emergency response situations. Team members are required to complete certified courses through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) which provide the knowledge needed to conduct animal response work side-by-side with local emergency services. Additionally EARS team members are certified in special “Technical Animal Rescue” aspects, which includes work with large animals such as horses, as well as animals needing specialized response knowledge.  



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 162014

The halls of Amity High School.

The halls of Amity High School.

Back-to-School Night for the parents and guardians of 10th and 11th grade students will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 17.

The program will begin with welcoming remarks from the administration in the Brady Center at 6:30 pm. Parents and guardians will then follow their student’s schedule through all 8 class periods.

*Important Note – parents are asked to bring electronic or print copies of their student’s schedule.  Student schedules may be accessed in PowerSchool. Parents will have access to the school’s wifi, so bring along your web enabled devices. Below is the back-to-school night schedule:


Period           Class Time                 Passing Time

1                      7:20-7:30                     7:30-7:35

2                      7:35-7:45                     7:45-7:50

3                      7:50-8:00                     8:00-8:05

4                      8:05-8:15                     8:15-8:20

5                      8:20-8:30                     8:30-8:35

6                      8:35-8:45                     8:45-8:50

7                      8:50-9:00                     9:00-9:05

8                      9:05-9:15

Sep 162014

Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 7.53.28 PMOn Monday, Sept. 15, the Orange registrars of voters announced several voting dates of which you should be aware, in preparation for state and federal elections on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.

The mail-in registration deadline for voters is Oct. 21 (postmark and online). Deadline for registering in person with the Registrars (Second Floor of Town Hall) is Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 8 p.m.,

A session to complete the preliminary registry list will be held at the town hall ion Tuesday, Sept. 30. from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

 A special registration session will be held at the Registrars office on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The in-person cut-off for voter registrations during which the applicant must appear in person at the Registrars office is Tuesday, Oct. 28, between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.

There will be a limited enrollment session on MondayNov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for persons who attained age, citizenship or residency after the Oct. 28 deadline.

Applications for absentee ballots should be made through the Town Clerk’s office. You also may download an application from the Secretary of the State’s website: click on “Elections and Voting” then “Absentee Ballot Application.” Ballots will be available beginning Oct. 3.

The Town Clerk’s Office is available to register voters and for absentee ballots Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information call the Registrars office: Democrat 203-891-4715; Republican 203-891-4716