coldwell banker

Now Find More School Sports Coverage On Frontier’s VSN

 Amity High School, Around Town, Home, Latest News, School News, Sports  Comments Off on Now Find More School Sports Coverage On Frontier’s VSN
Sep 252016

screen-shot-2016-09-25-at-12-36-53-pmLove school sports but aren’t happy with the limited coverage you find on the local network news? Well, Frontier Communications may have just what you’ve been looking for.

Recently, during an Amity Girls’ Volleyball game, Orange Resident Joe Ferraiolo, Frontier’s New Haven County General Manager mentioned that Frontier was launching the Vantage Sports Network (VSN-CT) an all-local channel dedicated to bringing viewers year-round coverage of Connecticut’s high school, collegiate and youth sports.

The service is exclusive to Frontier’s Vantage TV™ customers and will air 7 days a week on Channels 600 and 1600 HD.

Noah Finz, former WTNH Sports Director and owner of Finz Creative Programming is developing the Content and programming for VSN-CT.

The Vantage Sports Network airs daily programming from 6 a.m to 1 a.m. with the bulk of the content being taped broadcasts of a variety of sporting events (college, high school, etc). A nightly half hour wrap up show, produced at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, will address the day’s events.

The network will air some live coverage of events each week, along with taped event coverage provided by colleges and universities around the state.

For prospective customers looking for information on Vantage TV call 888-772-3501 and Use ID # 302868

Open House: 12 – 2 p.m. 4 Bedroom Colonial On Ridgeview Road

 4 bedrooms, Around Town, Home, Latest News, open house, Real Estate, Today's Events  Comments Off on Open House: 12 – 2 p.m. 4 Bedroom Colonial On Ridgeview Road
Sep 252016

455 Ridgeview RoadDon’t miss this open house today at 455 Ridgeview Road from 12-2 p.m.

Audra DiGello from Weichert Realtors will show you this 3,553 Sq Ft, 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home on 1.05 acres.

A fabulous custom colonial with no stone left unturned for the discerning homeowner, offered for$779,000.

This home meets all the expectations of those whose lifestyle requires an upscale residence. The finest materials and craftsmanship were paramount in the design of this home when built in 2002 as it conveys a sense of substance and quality.

Custom blinds, Marvin windows and doors and 6-zone radiant heat are just a few of the outstanding features. Superb entertaining areas cater to both small and large gatherings, highlighted by a finely appointed formal living room with pocket doors and a spacious dining room.

The heart of the home lies in the inviting open design great room and kitchen area. The gourmet kitchen leaves nothing to be desired among an oversized island, dining area and top of the line appliances including a Dacor gas stove and Subzero refrigerator.

The kitchen opens to a beautiful great room featuring hardwood floors and a gas fireplace.

From the great room, a bright and airy sunroom is an absolute delight with glass doors that extend the living space outdoors to the patio. 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths afford ample space for family and guests. The luxurious master suite enjoys a walk in closet and marble master bath with jetted tub, oversized walk-in shower and separate vanity areas. 3 additional bedrooms and a full bath are generously proportioned.

The versatile floor plan includes a 2nd level bonus room with built-ins and office.

Convenient to Yale, Rt.15, 34, I95, shopping and restaurants.

Perfect for holiday entertaining.

Kennedy Featured Speaker at OACC Fall Program

 Amity High School, Around Town, Home, Latest News  Comments Off on Kennedy Featured Speaker at OACC Fall Program
Sep 252016

Rob and Andrea Kennedy

Rob and Andrea Kennedy

The Orange Arts and Culture Council will host its Annual Fall Program on Monday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Upstairs Meeting Room,at Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, Orange.

[The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. A brief Annual Meeting will be held at 7 pm for members.]

Rob Kennedy, Amity alumnus and current theater arts teacher, director and producer for Amity Creative Theater, is the featured speaker. Some of the Amity students who had the honor this summer of being invited to Scotland to participate in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe will accompany Kennedy. The students performed their show,The Third Wave at the Festival.

This is the second time Amity has been invited to attend the Festival, appearing first in 2012. The Amity Creative Theater students were chosen from more than 2,500 applicants. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and takes place for three weeks every August in Scotland’s capital city.

Every year thousands of performers take to hundreds of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows for every taste. From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers, the festival caters for everyone and includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children’s shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events.

Amity's 2016 Fringe Festival participants

Amity’s 2016 Fringe Festival participants

When at home, Amity students perform in a new 750-seat theater which was built in 2007. A 100-seat Black Box Theater was added in 2013. The students’ level of talent and dedication to the craft has garnered many accolades. According to the theater group’s website, “The school was awarded two Moss Hart Awards from the New England Theater Conference for Best High School production in New England and 21 Connecticut High School Musical Theater Awards including Best Actor in the State (John Jorge in 2010), Best Actress (Ali Kramer in 2012) and Best Overall Production (Sweeney Todd in 2013). In 2010, John Jorge also was a semi-finalist at the National High School Musical Theater Awards (The Jimmy’s) on Broadway. The student actors also have performed at the Walt Disney World Resort in 2013 and 2015.”

In addition, OACC will present the winners of this year’s Picture This Photo Contest.


Police: Orange Teen Charged With Larceny

 Around Town, Home, Latest News, Police & Fire  Comments Off on Police: Orange Teen Charged With Larceny
Sep 242016

screen-shot-2016-09-24-at-9-01-12-pmOrange police investigated a stolen vehicle complaint at a private residence on Wilson Road Sept. 15 at 10:27 a.m.

During the investigation, officers learned that Mike Baldino, 19, of Orange had taken a vehicle from a family member without permission.

While it was in his possession, the car broke down and Baldino abandoned it. Officers convinced him to surrender himself to police, which he did.

Baldino was charged with third-degree larceny and held on $5,000 bond for court Sept. 16.

Republican Headquarters Opens On Sept. 28

 Around Town, Home, Latest News  Comments Off on Republican Headquarters Opens On Sept. 28
Sep 242016

screen-shot-2016-09-24-at-8-41-23-pmThe Orange Republicans announce the grand opening of its Headquarters at 185 Boston Post Road at Hitchcock Plaza in the former Coopers Dress Shop, on Wednesday, September 28 at 7 p.m.
Light refreshments and beverages will be provided.
Come meet some of the Republican Candidates and have a fun and relaxing evening.
As the November 8 elections get closer, they are always looking for volunteers.  This is also a good opportunity for high school students for service hours.  All are welcome.
For more information call Nancy at 203-795-4619.

Football: Oh Yes They Did

 Amity High School, Around Town, Home, Latest News, Sports  Comments Off on Football: Oh Yes They Did
Sep 242016

spartan footballThe Amity Spartans Football team got off to a slow start this season with two losses, but Friday night, with seven players on the injured list, they came alive and showed fans that they could come out on top.

It was one of those confusing match-ups, where the opposing team had the same school colors – black and gold/yellow (Daniel Hand shares this color combination). So Jonathan Law wore its black uniforms and Amity opted to wear its “away” white uniforms help spectators keep things straight.

The Lawmen were first to get on the scoreboard with 7 points at 10:54 in the second quarter.

Amity fans hearts sunk, having seen this happen in past games and the Spartans weren’t able to catch up. But at 9:18 Colin Beaulieu (#11) made a powerful run and touchdown. Kicker Jordan Conn (#27), a Junior scored the extra point and tied the game.

Less than a minute later Beaulieu was at it again with a beautiful run and touchdown at 8:05.

The Spartans worked some magic for an extra 3 points making the score 16-7

With just :57 remaining in the first half, Beaulieu scored again, and Conn also was successful going into the half with a comfortable 23-7 lead.

Second Half

The Spartans had a phenomenal third quarter too, starting with a spectacular interception by junior Matt Weidenfeller (#4) on the 1 yard line and the jaw dropping 99-yard Touchdown run halfway through the quarter. This brought the score to 29-7.

Less than three minutes later, senior Al Pacelli (#85) made a touchdown but the kick was not good. Score: 35-7.

But wait, they weren’t done yet, with just 24 seconds left in the quarter, senior Paul Buda (#13) scored for the Spartans bringing his team to a 41-7 lead.

The fourth quarter belonged to the Lawmen so they could try to catch up.

At 6:45 they scored, narrowing the deficit to 41-14.

Then, with just 2:42 left in the game, they scored another touchdown ending the game with a 41-21 victory for the Spartans.

Free “Beat The Odds” College Applications Seminar

 Around Town, Home, Latest News, School News  Comments Off on Free “Beat The Odds” College Applications Seminar
Sep 242016

Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 8.40.17 PMWith applications to the Ivies and highly selective schools exceeding 30,000 for only about 2,500 slots, the odds of getting higher, Dr. Paul Lowe, managing director of Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group and Woodbridge Admissions Advisors, will discuss beating the odds, what students will need to know in the hyper competitive admissions process and provide invaluable advice, in this free seminar.  

For more than eighteen years, Dr. Lowe, a leading global educational and college admissions expert, has successfully advised clients who have been accepted into their top-choice colleges.

This free and informative seminar is for high school parents and students who are interested in applying to Ivy League, highly selective and competitive schools and Combined BA/MD Programs.  

Join other concerned parents and students for an interactive discussion followed by an intimate Q&A. Parents of high school juniors and seniors are encouraged to attend.

The seminar will take place on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Seating is limited.

A New Voice Under The Friday Night Lights

 Amity High School, Around Town, Home, Latest News, Sports, Today's Events  Comments Off on A New Voice Under The Friday Night Lights
Sep 232016

rob kennedy announceTonight the Amity Spartans Football Team (0-2) will take on the Jonathan Law Lawmen (1-1) at 7 p.m.

Both of the past games have been well-attended and fans have kept their enthusiasm through the last play.

Amity fans have noticed something different at their home games and some haven’t been exactly pleased.

Several years ago, back when Joey Choiniere was captain of the team, his dad, former football player Ed Choiniere, took over the announcing duties in the booth when longtime announcer Stan Gedansky fell ill on the first day of the season.

Ed stayed even after his youngest son graduated, and was tinkering with the idea of returning this year, until he moved out of the Amity region. (the commute would be a killer). So, Athletic Director Ernie Goodwin went looking for a replacement and found sports fan, Amity teacher Rob Kennedy who was willing to take the seat.

On his first night, the soloist for the National Anthem and Amity Band were not in sync, the numbers on the roster did not match the players on the team, and Kennedy did not have a spotter in the booth to help ID the athletes who made a play, and the scoreboard was not working.

When Kennedy called a number and said what the player had done, fans in the stands were heard saying, “He has a name Jack@**”

Kennedy heard this, but kept going til the end and he returned last week too.

Week 2 was much different. The soloist stood in front of the band, the roster was correct, a spotter showed up and the scoreboard worked fine – so did Kennedy.

“Mr. Choiniere made it look easy,” Kennedy said. “The first week was rough, but it will get better with time.”

You may miss Ed Choiniere, but remember, Rob Kennedy stepped in at the last minute to perform in front of one of the toughest audiences in his career. He teaches all day long, then hangs around until the game and goes home about 15-16 hours after he went to work in the morning.

So Please, if he makes a mistake, remember that YOU are not perfect and you’ve made mistakes too.

He is taking time away from his family to volunteer and provide you with this important coverage.

Appreciate the fact that he cares enough to want to do it.


Obituary: Margaret “Peggy” Scharer-Esposito, 76, Beloved Mother, Grandmother

 Around Town, Home, Latest News, Obituaries  Comments Off on Obituary: Margaret “Peggy” Scharer-Esposito, 76, Beloved Mother, Grandmother
Sep 232016

screen-shot-2016-09-23-at-2-46-36-pmMargaret “Peggy” Scharer-Esposito, 76, of Orange, passed away peacefully on Saturday September 17, 2016 at Masonicare after a courageous battle with cancer and ALS.

Peggy was born in Pittsfield, MA to the late Leo and Maryon Comalli.

She is survived by her beloved sons, John (Mary Beth) Scharer and Peter (Shawnee) Scharer; stepsons, Mark Esposito and his partner Tish Jacobson, and David (Sue) Esposito. Peggy is also survived by her grandchildren, Alex Scharer, Katie Esposito, Anthony Esposito and goddaughter Susan Chapman Hayes. She was predeceased by her husbands, Anthony F. Esposito and Thomas Wallace.

Peggy was a homemaker while her sons were growing up. She volunteered in her son’s activities including being a Cub Scout den mother, being active in the PTA and with their local swim team. After her son’s became adults, she worked for Lord and Taylor as a Sales Associate until she retired. She received the “white rose” designation by Lord and Taylor for her customer service and sales skills.

Peggy was an avid reader, enjoyed opera and was a flower and herb gardener. She always recognized loved ones on their birthday as well as wedding anniversaries. She was famous for calling family members on their birthday and singing the Happy Birthday song. She loved planning special dinners for family and friends birthday parties, and was known for her creative stocking stuffers for her family at Christmas.

Upon retirement she enjoyed studying European history and philosophy. When she moved to her senior living apartment at Silverbrook Estates she presided over the weekly rosary and prayer group.

Special thanks go out to Stacey Ricca of the ALS Foundation, Dr. Charles Whitaker of the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain who took great care of Peggy after she was diagnosed with ALS and the entire staff at Masonicare.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Peggy’s funeral service on Saturday September 24, 2016 at 10:30am at BEECHER & BENNETT-TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME, 410 Campbell Ave., West Haven.

Visitation will take place from 9:30am until the time of the service. Entombment will follow in the Garden Mausoleum in St. Lawrence Cemetery, West Haven.

Memorial donations in Peggy’s name may be made to the ALS Foundation, c/o Stacey Ricca, 4 Oxford Rd., Unit E4, Milford, CT 06460. To share a condolence with Peggy’s family, visit www.beecherandbennett.com.

Pack Up Your Drugs, Take Back Day Is Coming

 Around Town, Home, Latest News, Police & Fire  Comments Off on Pack Up Your Drugs, Take Back Day Is Coming
Sep 232016

TAKE-BACK-300x184The Orange Police Department is participating in “Drug Take Back Day” on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Officer Robert Amarone will be at the CVS, 279 Boston Post Road along with members of the Orange CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and Drug Enforcement Administration (D.E.A.) collecting unwanted prescription medications.

Many teenagers and young people who abuse prescription drugs get them from family and friends or from their home medicine cabinets.

Prescription drugs pose dangers to children and others who may take them by accident or who may use them for abusive purposes. Expired drugs may have lost their effectiveness and therefore no longer be a safe and adequate treatment for the conditions for which they were prescribed.

In addition to concerns of potential poisoning, abuse or overdose, it also is important environmentally that medicines be disposed of in a proper manner rather than simply being thrown into garbage, flushed away or poured down drains, as they could contaminate water supplies and cause an environmental hazard.

All you have to do is bring your old prescriptions (bottles and all) to the drop off and place them in one of the containers. No one is allowed to touch or inspect the contents, so your privacy is guaranteed. The DEA officer will load a van with all of the bags and bring them to an undisclosed location where they will be incinerated.