Come on out whenever you can and support the Spartans athletes.
Monday, Jan. 14
Boys Swimming and Diving vs Xavier Home at Orange Community Center Pool at 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 15
Boys Indoor Track SCC Novice Meet Away at Floyd Little Center at 3:45 p.m.
Girls Indoor Track SCC Novice Away at Floyd Little Center at 3:45 p.m.
Boys Basketball vs Xavier Home at Amity High School at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 16
Boys Alpine Skiing RACE Away at Mt. Southington at 4:00 p.m.
Girls Alpine Skiing RACE Away at Mt. Southington at 4:00 p.m.
Boys Ice Hockey vs Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe Home at Bennett Rink, West Haven at 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 17
Girls Ice Hockey vs Masuk-Barlow-Newtown-Lauralton Home at Hamden Ice Rink at 4:30 p.m.
Boys Basketball vs Cheshire Home at Amity High School at 7:00 p.m.
Girls Basketball vs Sheehan Away at Sheehan HS Gymnasium at 7:00 p.m.
Girls Gymnastics vs Greenwich Away at Greenwich YWCA at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 19
Boys Indoor Track SCC Coaches Invitational Away at Floyd Little Center at 9:00 a.m.
Girls Indoor Track SCC Coaches Invitational Away at Floyd Little Center at 9:00 a.m.
Cheerleading Cheer Your Heart Out, East Haven Away at East Haven HS at 9:00 a.m.
Boys Ice Hockey vs Westhill-Stamford Away at Terry Conners Ice Rink at 4:00 p.m.
Although Amity had a great 7 game run, we knew the threat of a loss was possible as the season went on and the competition grew more difficult. They’ve been working hard in practices and at every game, and they were ready for battle.
Going in, Branford had a 4-2-1 record and naturally, they didn’t want to lose and were prepared for a fight.
The first period set the pace for the rest of the game, Branford’s Blake Kustra made an unassisted goal just 1:11 into the game, that was followed by Jack Manware, sinking one in at 6:30, assisted by Max Bunton.
First Period Score: 2-0 Branford
Amity came out strong in the second period with Jay Csejka making a goal in the first 38 seconds, assisted by 10 and 20.
Second Period Score: 2-1 Branford
The Hornets dominated the third period beginning with a solo goal by Manware at 1:32. Exactly four minutes later, Rob Lionetti scored on an assist from Theo Kirby.
Amity made a lot of shots, but couldn’t seem to get anything past goaltender Greg Lucente, who used his best Jedi moves against the Spartans.
Branford continued its attack on Amity goalie Mal Zurolo and at 8:54, Chris Donadio smacked one past him, bringing the final score to 5-1. With that, the Hornets broke the Spartans’ 7-game winning streak.
Disappointment swept through the stands as Amity fans slowly retreated to the parking lot.
The Spartans’ locker room was quiet, as they went over the game in their heads.
Records: Amity 7-1, Branford 5-2-1
Head Coach Mike “Scooter” Richetelli said a lot of things contribute to a loss, on this day, it was because Amity was outworked by Branford. “You’re not going to win if you get outworked. That’s a good lesson to learn,” he said. “They deserved to win today. It’s all about hard work, our schedule just gets tougher from here — that’s how it’s supposed to be.”
“If you want to go through this and just skate through it, you’re not going to make anything of yourself,” Richetelli said. “Our goal is to make sure we have a strong competitive schedule and do the things we’re supposed to do. On Sunday, we have practice, we’ll get to work and get ready for Wednesday. We’ll be fine. They learned a lesson today, and we’ll move on, that’s what life’s all about.
Next Up For The Spartans: HOME game vs Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe (D1) (4-1-2) on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 8 p.m.
Please register by February 28 at oess.org/our-schools/mary-tracy and click on “Kindergarten Registration.”
After you do, you will receive an email in early March to select a time to come to Mary L Tracy School for Kindergarten Orientation.
Unfortunately, this time all I can provide is the scoreboard, as the game sheet was not available.
The first period ended in a 2-2 tie. Then Hamden pulled ahead in the second with one goal (3-2-Hamden).
The Blades came alive in the third period with two goals, and Hamden tied it up with one of their own, resulting in a 4-4 tie and forcing the game into overtime.
Both teams had 8 minutes to win this thing, but it was Hamden that broke the tie and skated away with a 5-4 victory
Records: Blades 3-8, Hamden 6-5
Next Up for the Blades: HOME matchup with Masuk/Barlow/Newtown/Lauralton (0-9) at the Hamden Ice Rink on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 4:30 p.m.
Connecticut’s largest, scariest and greatest indoor haunted house, run by Orange’s Charles Rosenay, is back again to bring you all new attractions with all new scares, as it did this past Holiday season with its highly acclaimed “A Frightmare Before Christmas.” Take a peek into the ultimate date night gone wrong, and learn where lovesick souls go when the heartbreak drives them mad. The Tunnel of Love runs red with blood; a romantic candlelit dinner goes up in flames, and the teddy bears won’t be so cute and cuddly. Bloodthirsty lovers scorned and relentless admirers wait around every twist and turn in this horrifying take on the sweetest of holidays. This special three-night-only event will change the way you think about Valentine’s Day forever — that is if you escape the rampaging Cupid and make it out with hearts intact.
Fright Haven’s Valentine’s Day Massacre is an exclusive, one-of-a-kind event running 7-10 p.m. each night with tickets available in advance from www.FrightHaven.com.
Whether guests have visited Fright Haven before or not, this is surely an event not to be missed. Fright Haven is located in the Stratford Square Shopping Plaza, 411 Barnum Avenue Cutoff in Stratford next to L.A. Fitness and Ninety Nine Restaurant (across from Home Depot). Open to all ages but recommended for 13 and over.
Couples, families, groups and even date-less brave individuals all welcome. Group discounts available.
For more information: 203-799-FEAR www.FrightHaven.com
If you are a frequent visitor to the town’s Transfer Station, you may have noticed a handsome new directional sign at the entrance.
On Saturday, Dec. 22, the Orange Recycling Committee gathered at the Transfer Station to dedicate the new signage.
Committee Chairman Mitch Goldblatt said that some time ago, the committee had received grant money to promote the town’s recycling efforts.
In late June 2017, just in time for the Fourth of July weekend, the all-volunteer Orange Recycling Committee took delivery of 60 new bins for the Orange Fairgrounds and other public locations in town. There are 30 Blue bins for recyclables and 30 brown ones for trash disposal.
The remainder of the grant money was earmarked for Transfer Station signage. Steve Selby from Fastsigns was contracted to make the new sign, which he delivered on time before Christmas.
The Recycling Committee couldn’t be happier with the results, and so does Transfer Station Supervisor Steve Jaser.
“We love it a lot. It’s what we needed,” Jaser said. “For decades we didn’t have a sign, and nobody knew what this place was. People had to ask us what it was.”
Goldblatt said the roadway often was mistaken for access to I-95, or a back way into Silverbrook or Home Depot. “It’s not any of those, it’s a town facility and it now has the distinction of having a sign that identifies what it is,” he said. “It’s helpful to residents. Some may ask ‘Are you trying to make the dump classy?’ — Well, yah, except for the roadside pick-ups, this is where it all happens.”
According to Goldblatt the new sign has arrows and icons identifying the direction for each area of the trash and recycling facility. Matching icons pinpoint the specific locations of different recyclable items, including cardboard; bottles, cans and paper; plastic bags and wraps, also, household waste; tires; electronics, etc.
Jaser added that next on his wish list is to have the facility paved, as it is the most highly trafficked place in town, yet, unlike the Police Department, High Plains Community Center, Town Hall, and Highway Department, it hasn’t been paved.
The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, offers the following events for adults and children this month.
Arts for Learning CT
Saturday, January 19, 10:30 a.m.
For children and families. This event was generously donated by the Micinilio and Ross families of Connecticut and New York in honor of the late Michael Micinilio, the talented and accomplished visual artist. Join us for a reading of “Everyone,” by Christopher Silas Neal, and join New Haven artist Alex Novak Foster in creating your very own portion of an art project that will be displayed at Case Memorial Library! Registration is required.
Tuesday, January 22, 3:30 p.m.
Come join us for our first chess club meeting! This club is open to beginners and experienced players. During our meetings, children and tweens will be able to learn about this strategic board game and play against other club members. Feel free to bring your own chess board as the library has a small supply. For children and tweens in grades 3-6. Registration is required. Click below, stop by the Children’s Room or call the Library to sign up!
K-2 Minute to Win It Challenge
Thursday, January 24, 5:30 p.m.
For children in grades K-2. Put your problem-solving skills to the test! Using common household items, we’ll stack, balance, flip, and launch our way through a series of 60-second challenges. Registration is required.
Thursday, January 24, 7 p.m.
A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn: The year is 1952. A police officer is found dead in a small town on the border of South Africa and Mozambique. Detective Emmanuel Cooper, an Englishman, begins investigating the murder following a trail of clues that lead him to uncover a shocking forbidden love and the imperfect life of one Captain Pretorius. Discussion led by Librarian Samantha Jasulavic. Please check for copies at the Circulation Desk.
Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register.
On Thursday, Jan. 10, The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) presented United Illuminating with the association’s “Emergency Recovery Award” for its outstanding power restoration efforts after severe storms in May 2018.
The Emergency Recovery Award is given to select EEI member companies to recognize their extraordinary efforts to restore power to customers after service disruptions caused by severe weather conditions or other natural events. The winners are chosen by a panel of judges following an international nomination process. United Illuminating received the award during EEI’s Winter Board and Chief Executives Meeting in Palm Beach, Fla.
On May 15, a line of severe storms spawning an EF-1 tornado and associated macro-and-micro-bursts with peak winds of up to 110 mph, resulted in 43,612 service outages in United Illuminating’s territory. Due to their tireless work, United Illuminating’s crews restored service to 100 percent of customers within six days of the storm, dedicating 46,570 man-hours to the recovery.
“The dedication of United Illuminating’s crews to restore service throughout Connecticut after this severe storm illustrates our industry’s commitment to customers,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn. “United Illuminating’s crews worked tirelessly in hazardous conditions to quickly and safely restore power. They are truly deserving of this award.”
James P. Torgerson, CEO of UI’ parent company, AVANGRID, Inc., accepted the award on behalf of United Illuminating. Tony Marone, UI’s president, and CEO credited the successful restoration to the hard work of UI personnel, as well as assistance from UI’s AVANGRID sister companies, and others who participated in the effort.
“I’m proud that EEI has recognized the hard work of United Illuminating’s employees and their partners following the extreme weather that struck our service territory on May 15, 2018,” said Marone. “This storm system, and the tornadoes it spawned left devastation across the region, leaving many thousands of customers without power. In some areas, we essentially had to rebuild the entire electric distribution system in order to restore service. The success of this effort is a credit not only to our employees, but also to the mutual assistance crews and contractors who joined them, our municipal partners, and the affected residents themselves. Our colleagues at our sister company, Central Maine Power, deserve special mention for their participation in the timely and safe restoration of service.”