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Brandeis University Names Orange Resident To Dean’s List

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Jun 292017
 

WALTHAM, Mass.—Rachel Marcus of Orange, was named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2017 semester at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass.

The Dean’s List is an academic honor awarded to students who achieved a semester GPA of 3.50 or higher on a 4.0 scale, completed a minimum of three courses for a letter grade and received a grade of C or higher in all courses.

Rachel is a Sophomore majoring in Psychology. She is the daughter of Brad and Paulette Marcus and a 2015 graduate of Amity High School.

Obituary: Scott Michael DellaTorre, 21, Beloved Son, Brother, Grandson, Friend

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Aug 242015
 

Screen Shot 2015-08-24 at 7.11.21 PMScott Michael DellaTorre, 21, of Bethany, passed away suddenly on August 23, 2015.

Scott was born to Robert Michael and Pamela Barton DellaTorre in New Haven, CT on April 23, 1994.

Scott graduated from Amity Regional High School in Woodbridge in 2012. He went to University of Maryland and was pursuing a degree in Computer Science.

Scott was an Eagle Scout and was an avid outdoorsman. He just completed an internship with Google and was about to embark on his senior year of college.

He enjoyed spending time with his friends and family when he was home on break. Not only was he able to excel in school but he was very curious about the world and he was able to teach himself many things; including, but not limited to, computer programming, guitar and piano.

Scott was always willing to help others and will be greatly missed by those who knew him.

In addition to his parents, Scott is survived by his siblings, Alysse and Mark DellaTorre of Bethany; grandparents, Emanuel & Kate DellaTorre of Milford, Agnes Barton of Merida, Mexico and Eugene & Patricia Dumas of Milford; and many beloved aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He is predeceased by his grandmother Gloria Barton Conder and grandfather Edward Barton.

Friends and family may call from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at Our Lady of Assumption Church, 81 Center Rd., Woodbridge, CT. Interment is private.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Scott Michael DellaTorre Scholarship Fund at Amity Regional High School, 25 Newton Rd., Woodbridge, CT 06525.

Sad News: Untimely Death of Amity Grad, 21

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Aug 242015
 

(source Facebook)

(source Facebook)

A 21-year-old Amity Grad from Bethany who was staying with his parents before returning to the University of Maryland, was found dead on Sunday.

Although there are no answers yet, Scott Della Torre seems to have had a seizure.

He was a kind, brilliant young man with a bright future ahead of him.

He is survived by his parents, a brother and sister.

Orange Live will publish his obituary and service information as soon as it becomes available.

Former Amity Athlete Suffers Horrible Injuries In Boating Accident

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Aug 122015
 

Stephanie RyanBy now, many Orange Live readers know about a terrible boating accident that happened on the Connecticut River in Haddam last Sunday around 6 p.m.
A  group of young adults were having a fun day on a 26-foot motorboat. Two of them, the boat’s owner and a woman jumped off the boat to swim in the river, when the owner’s relative drove the boat toward them and the swimmers were struck by a propeller.
Ronald Borruso, Jr., of Hamden, had minor injuries and refused medical treatment at the scene. But Stephanie Ryan, 23, of Bethany, suffered severe cuts to her lower extremities and was taken to Hartford Hospital where she is in stable condition.
You’ve probably guessed that Stephanie attended Amity High School, where she played Lacrosse and Girls Ice Hockey. The 2010 Amity Grad is described by a family friend as beautiful, inside and out, physically fit and athletic. She attended Nichols College in Dudley, Mass. where she continued to play Lacrosse and Ice Hockey. She then transferred to UCONN, and was just two classes shy of graduating.
But since Sunday evening, Stephanie lies in Hartford Hospital with both legs severely wounded. She’s had surgery on her left leg and on Wednesday surgeons will be working on a course of action for her treatment.
The only thing that is certain is that Stephanie will be hospitalized and undergo multiple surgeries for quite some time. 
Melissa Vernik, a friend of Stephanie’s since Middle School, sees first hand through her profession as a nurse the struggles patients face, both physically and financially.
Vernik told Orange Live, “Steph is such a sweet person, no one can say anything bad about her, she is a wonderful, caring person,” she said. “She is one of four kids, and the medical care will be expensive. She’s trying to be optimistic, but she has a long road ahead of her.”
Vernik set up a Go Fund Me page to help the Ryan family with Stephanie’s expenses.
As an intro on the page she wrote:

“As you may know our dear friend Stephanie Ryan was in a boating accident this past Sunday. She is stable but has a long road to recovery ahead of her. Between medical care and physical therapy she will need the bills will be adding up quickly. Any amount you can donate is greatly appreciated.”
Melissa’s mother Cheryl said the one-way car trip from Bethany to Hartford alone uses a quarter tank of gas, which adds up as the family wants to be with Stephanie every day.
Stephanie’s future is uncertain, but we wish her good luck, and hope the doctors are successful in getting her back on her feet again.
If you know the Ryan family from Amity, or even if you don’t, please put yourself in their place and do whatever you can to make this difficult time a little less trying.

 

Obituary: James J. Gesler, 45, Beloved Son, Brother

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Jul 302015
 

Screen Shot 2015-07-30 at 9.26.31 PMJames J. Gesler, 45, a resident of Hamden, passed away peacefully on July 20, 2015.

He was born on July 9, 1970 to Bradford and Elizabeth (Eaton) Gesler of Orange. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, Bradford (Maribeth) Gesler Jr., his nephew, William and his niece, Olivia, all of Cheshire.

James was a graduate of Amity High School and attended Northeastern University, Boston, MA. He will be sadly missed.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 1st, 2015 at the Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meetinghouse Ln, Orange, CT. Interment will be private.

Arrangements are in the care of the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT. Memorial contributions may be made to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd, Branford, CT 06405.

To leave online condolences, please visit our website.

Amity Grad, UCONN Phenom, Vinny Siena Selected By The Mets

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Jun 102015
 

Vinny Siena (photos from UCONN Website)

Vinny Siena (photos from UCONN Website)

Yes, Boys and Girls, if you study hard, play well and give 110 percent all the time good things do happen.

2012 Amity Grad Vinny Siena, who played baseball at Amity for four years (and was on the 2012 SCC Championship team) went on to UCONN where he has continued to excel in his studies and on the field.

A junior at UCONN, second baseman Siena was selected in the 14th round of the MLB Draft on Wednesday by the New York Mets.

We wish him all the best in the future.

 

A Positive Change To Orange Live’s Weather Tab When You Need It Most

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Jan 312015
 

Kevin Arnone

Kevin Arnone

When Orange Live opened for business in May 2012, Kevin Arnone joined us as our weather forecaster.

His predictions were always incredibly accurate and he gained quite a following.

Since, Kevin realized his lifelong dream and became affiliated with WTNH-8, but had to give up his own site since it was a conflict of interest.

Our Weather Tab at the top of the page was linked to his website, which he hasn’t updated in a very long time. So we changed the link to his Weather Facebook page, which is nearly always up-to-date.

At times like this when snowstorms, high winds and other hazardous weather are threatening the area, it’s nice to know that you can access a trusted meteorologist with just the click of a tab here on Orange Live.

We welcome Kevin’s updates back to our site and we’re proud to share this Orange native’s expertise with YOU.

Obituary: Lee E. Davies, 70, Former Orange Resident, Amity Graduate

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Apr 022014
 

2701982_300x300_1Lee Edward Davies, 70, loving husband of 43 years of Judith Comstock Davies, passed away unexpectedly in Gainesville, FL, March 30, 2014.

He was born in New Haven, January 20, 1944, a son of the late Russell and Dorothy Loughlin Davies, and resided in Hamden and Naples, FL.

Beloved father of Brenda (Edward) Byers of Lakeway, TX, and Brian (Lisa) Davies of Southington. Grandfather of Charles Byers, Erika, Kevin, and Paige Davies. He was predeceased by a granddaughter, Allison Byers.

Lee grew up in West Haven and Orange and graduated from Amity H.S.

He graduated from New England College in 1966 and worked for the CT DOT for 3 years. He then came to Hamden to become its first Traffic Director, retiring in 2005 after 37 years.

He served on the Board of Directors for the Hamden-North Haven YMCA, and was on the Board of Directors for the Greater New Haven Transit District until 2005.

Lee was an active longtime member of the Hamden Rotary Club, serving on many of their committees over the years. He was their President in 1994–1995 and he was a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. Lee enjoyed boating, being a devoted grandfather, and taking care of his grand-dog, Niko.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit with his family Wednesday, April 2, from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 WHITNEY AVE., HAMDEN, and are also invited to attend a Prayer Service on Thursday, April 3 at 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home.

Interment in Beaverdale Memorial Park will be private.

A celebration of life will be held in Naples, FL, where his wife Judy currently resides. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the Hamden Rotary Club, PO Box 185304, Hamden, CT 06518.

To send a condolence, visit http://www.beecherandbennett.com 

Amity Grad Named GNAC Player of the Week

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Mar 262014
 

Amity Grad Mike Choiniere   (from the Albertus website)

Amity Grad Mike Choiniere (from the Albertus website)

Amity Grad and former Spartans Lacrosse player Mike Choiniere, a sophomore at Albertus Magnus has been named the Great Northern Athletic Conference (GNAC) Player of the Week.

According to a press release on the Albertus website, Choiniere made 21 points on 12 goals and 9 assists. Lacrosse is new at Albertus and this is the school’s first-ever honor in program history.

Austin Burns, another Amity Grad, is one of Choiniere’s teammates in the Falcons’ LAX.

Amity Grad, Sean Bartley, Sworn In As Newest Orange Police Officer

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Dec 212012
 

Officer Sean Bartley with his mother, Christine  and father, William after the swearing in ceremony.

From the Orange Police Department:

The Orange Police Department is proud to welcome Sean Bartley as the newest member of the Department.

Sean is a graduate of the Amity Regional HS, where he played Ice Hockey. Sean is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University with a BA in Psychology and is working towards a master’s degree in counseling from that same institution.

Sean graduated from the Connecticut Municipal Police Academy on Dec. 20 and was sworn in on Friday Dec. 21.

He will need to complete ten weeks of Field training with a senior officer prior to being assigned to a patrol shift.