This Week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedule

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Apr 162018

Following is the Amity Varsity sports schedule for the week of April Vacation (April 16-21).

Monday, April 16

All events canceled due to the weather.

Tuesday, April 17

Boys Outdoor Track vs Xavier, Jonathan Law, Wilbur Cross AWAY at Xavier 3:45 p.m.

Boys Lacrosse (1-3) vs Fairfield Prep (1-2) HOME at Amity 4 p.m.

Girls Lacrosse vs East Lyme AWAY East Lyme Turf Field 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 18

Baseball vs Career Magnet HOME at Amity 12 p.m.

Boys Tennis vs Xavier HOME Amity Tennis Courts 3:45 p.m.

Girls Tennis vs Shelton HOME at Amity Tennis Courts 3:45 p.m.

Boys Lacrosse vs Jonathan Law HOME at Amity 4 p.m.

Softball vs Hamden HOME at Amity 4 p.m.

Boys Volleyball vs Daniel Hand HOME Amity gym 5:15 p.m.

Thursday, April 19

Baseball vs Daniel Hand AWAY at Daniel Hand 3:45 p.m.

Boys Tennis vs North Haven AWAY North Haven Athletic Complex 3:45 p.m.

Girls Lacrosse vs Foran AWAY at Foran High School Turf Field 3:45 p.m.

Girls Outdoor Track vs Mercy, Wilbur Cross, Daniel Hand AWAY at Xavier 3:45 p.m.

Softball vs Shelton AWAY at Shelton Softball Field 3:45 p.m.

Friday, April 20

Girls Tennis vs Sacred Heart Academy AWAY at Hamden Middle School 11:30 a.m.

Softball vs Sacred Heart Academy HOME at Amity 2:30 p.m.

Baseball vs Jonathan Law HOME at Amity 3:45 p.m.

Boys Tennis vs East Haven HOME at Amity Tennis Courts 3:45 p.m.

Boys Volleyball vs Masuk AWAY Masuk High School 5:15 p.m.

Saturday, April 21

Boys Outdoor Track Lawmen Froshmore Invite AWAY Jonathan Law 10 a.m.

Girls Lacrosse vs Sheehan HOME at Amity 10 a.m.

Boys Lacrosse vs Brookfield AWAY Brookfield High Stadium 1 p.m.


Bertucci’s Closes Orange Restaurant, 14 Other Locations

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Apr 162018

As residents and passersby drove along the 500 block of the Boston Post Road today, it was hard to miss a change in the landscape.

All of the signs, at Bertucci’s Restaurant, 550 Boston Post Road, including the big square one near the street and all identifiers on the building itself, are gone.

Bertucci’s based in Boston filed for bankruptcy protection and closed a total of 15 locations, including three in CT: Orange, Southington, and Manchester, all were stripped of identifying markers and quietly shut down.

No one in the Town Hall was notified, including First Selectman Jim Zeoli, who said he’d only heard about it from a resident and me today. Most employees were informed on Sunday night that this was their last service.

The Newington Restaurant was spared, as were 59 other locations up and down the east coast.

The casual family-friendly eatery will be missed, especially by those of us who contributed to the decor when the restaurant contacted us for photos for their wall murals. My favorites were those that I took of then K-9 officer Mike Kosh and his handsome partner, the late Maximus (Max to those who knew him and loved him.) And a huge photo on the opposite wall of members of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.  Both graced the front foyer.

Bertucci’s was a go-to place for fundraising events, the police department had Tip-a-Cop fundraisers, Schools, Scout Troops, church organizations and so many more loved this Restaurant.




The 2018 Best Places To Live List Is Out…Where Did Your Hometown Rank?

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Apr 162018

You live in Orange because you love it. It offers good schools, a nice atmosphere, fun events, a great police department, etc. But where did it rank in the latest NICHE list of Best Places To Live In Connecticut?

Well, it wasn’t in the top 5, but Woodbridge was. Actually, Woodbridge ranked fifth in the state. On its report card, our fellow Amity town received high grades: A+ for Public Schools and Good for Families, B= for Housing, Crime and Safety, and Diversity, and a B- for Nightlife. It is the #8 Best Place To Retire in CT and the #12 Best Place to Raise A Family in CT.

That said, where did Orange fall in line this year? Orange is ranked #22. On its report card, Orange also received impressive grades: A+ for Public Schools and Good for Families, B+ for Nightlife, Solid Bs for Housing, Crime and Safety, and Diversity. Overall grade is A.

Click on the links above and see the entire NICHE list and how the rankings are determined.

AAAAAND They’re Off! Amity Theater Group En Route To Disney World

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Apr 162018

Theater Directors Andrea and Rob Kennedy and their Theater kids on the plane.

It’s become somewhat of a tradition at Amity High School. In the Theater Department, after 6 months of daily rehearsals, a dress rehearsal before a small audience, and 5 performances before a full house, a cast party after the final show, and plenty of tears, the group takes a full day on Sunday to recuperate, then they head off to New York for an early morning flight to Disney World in Orlando, Fla., where they will perform onstage for Disney guests, and maybe have time to take in some of the sights.

This year’s cast of “The Addams Family” flew out this morning for their latest adventure.

We hope they are having better weather during this April Vacation than we’ve got here in CT.

Have a safe flight and have fun!

Orange Live will have updates on this trip in the coming days.

They arrived safely on Monday afternoon.

The Amity troupe will perform at Disney Springs on Thursday, April 19 at 5 p.m. 


Milestones 20th Anniversary Gala Announced

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Apr 162018

Milestones Behavioral Services, 339 Boston Post Road, Orange, formerly CCCD, has grown into a nationally and internationally recognized school and resource helping thousands with autism and developmental disorders and their families. It is firmly committed to creating a pathway of programs from infancy to adulthood.

You are invited to celebrate the students, staff, and families of Milestones Behavioral Services, Inc. at the 20th Anniversary Gala Celebration at the Omni Hotel, 155 Temple Street, New Haven on Saturday, May 12.

“Going the Extra Miles Awards” will be presented to:

Founders Award — Suzanne, Roger, Tyler, and Meredith Letso

Community Leadership Award — Ct State Rep. Catherine Abercrombie

Inspiration and Leadership Award — Judith Palazzo – Director of Behavioral Services, Across Campuses

Dedication and Commitment Award — Robert Sanford – Vocational Coordinator

Become a sponsor, donate to the silent/live auctions, buy an ad – for information, visit https://www.mbs-inc.org/gala/

Buy a table or tickets for the Night of entertainment, dinner, and dancing.

Sponsorships from $500 – $10,000 MBS-inc.org/gala or call Eve McGrath, 203-799-4110 x  660

$200 per person ticket, $1,600 for a table of eight – purchase tickets by April 30. Black Tie optional

Proceeds from this celebration will support present and emerging Milestones programs.

MBS is a 501(c)(3), Tax ID 06-1430015

Obituary: Evan Thomas Jones, 68, Beloved Father, Brother, Grandfather

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Apr 162018

Evan Thomas Jones, 68, of Orange, formerly of Westport, passed away on April 11, 2018.

Evan was born on January 31, 1950, in New Castle, PA to Betty Ann Bailey Jones and the late Howard W. Jones.

Evan leaves behind his sons, Evan Ross Jones and his girlfriend, Lorrie and Jason William Jones and his wife, Janine; grandchildren, Evan Jones, Ross Jones, Lindsay Jones Bouchard and her husband, Michael and Luke Jones; siblings, Howard A. Jones and his wife Barbara and Barbara B. Jones; and several nieces and nephews and other family members.

Evan will also be missed by his longtime girlfriend, Suzanne O’Leary, and her family, as well as his beloved dog, Lily. He was predeceased by his brother, David R. Jones.

Services will take place at a later date.

Memorial contributions in Evan’s name may be made to the American Motorcycle Association.

The family has been cared for by the CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT.

To leave online condolences, please visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Mark Your Calendar For St. Barbara’s Taste Of Greece

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Apr 152018

St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road, will host its sixth Annual “A Taste Of Greece” on Saturday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Why wait for the Labor Day Greek Festival when you can enjoy all of your Greek Favorites at this Springtime mini-festival. Parking and admission are free.

Meet friends and family in the beautiful Saint Barbara Social Hall to dine Greek style or take home some of your favorites.


•  Classic Greek cuisine – Avgolemeno Soup(egg lemon), Greek SaladSpanakopita (spinach pie), Tiropita (cheese pie), GyroPork Souvlaki, Lamb dinner, Pastitisio (Greek style lasagna), Greek style roasted Chicken.

•  Greek Pastries (glyka) – Baklava (layers of nuts and filo, drenched in syrup)Kourabiedes (shortbread dusted with powdered sugar), Ekmek Kataifi (shredded filo pastry with syrup, topped with custard and freshly whipped sweet cream and silvered, toasted almonds), Rice Pudding (creamy blend of rice, milk and sugar) and Ravani (moist almond and honey cake).

•  Eat-In or Take-Out – Dine in our elegant social hall, and/or take food and pastries to go for another Greek meal. 


Amity Presents the First Of Three FREE Spring Concerts

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Apr 152018

The Amity Music Department will host it’s first in a series of three Spring Concerts starting Thursday, April 26.  This concert will feature the talented students of the Amity High School Band and Jazz Band!

Some of the band highlights include Within These Hallowed Halls, a narrated selection honoring America, Pastime With Good Company, and an exciting piece of music entitled Rush by the composer Samuel Hazo.

The Jazz Band highlights include Take Five, Everybody Loves the Blues and more!

Director Phil Dolan and the musicians hope that you can help them usher in the Spring Season on April 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the John J. Brady Center for the Performing Arts at Amity High School!  This is a FREE concert!

Baseball: Amity Playing Like Amity Again – Defeats Shelton In Six Innings

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Apr 152018

The Amity Spartans Baseball team was on the road in Shelton on Saturday for a matchup with the Gaels which had been postponed due to weather.

The Spartans got a jump on the Gaels with two runs in the first inning (Justin Hafle, pitching)

With Ben Lodewick on the mound and Pat Winkel behind the plate, Shelton only managed to get one run in. Amity leads 2-1.

The second inning was Amity’s time to shine, they added 6 runs to Shelton’s 1, pulling even further ahead. Second Inning score 8-2.

The Spartans didn’t score in the third, but Shelton added one. (score 8-3)

Amity saw a lot of action in the fourth, adding four more runs (Gaels’ Will Ciccone pitching) yet Shelton didn’t have any further success (Spartans’ Will Rotko pitching).

The game went on for two more innings (Shelton putting Mike Kennedy on the mound in the fifth) with no advancement on either side. Amity wins 12-3.

Amity 12, Shelton 3 (6)

AMITY      260 400 — 12 13 3
SHELTON 111  000 —   3   9 2


Amity: Pat Winkel went 3-3, 3 walks, 2 doubles, 3 runs, 1 RBI; Jack Nolan went 2-3, 2 runs, 3 RBI, 1 walk; Quinn Burke went 3-4, 2 runs, 3 RBI.

Shelton: Mike Kennedy 2 innings pitched, 2 walks, 2-4 1 run; Matt Hunyadi went 2-3, 1 walk; Will Ciccone pitched 1-4, 2 innings pitched, 1 hit allowed, 1 walk issued, no runs;

Record: Amity 3-2

(file photos by Marcy Winkel)

Obituary: Ruth (Danziger) Friedland, 92, Beloved Mother Of Mindy Leventhal

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Apr 152018

Ruth (Danziger) Friedland, 92, of Norton St., New Haven, devoted wife of the late Arthur Friedland, died at her home on April 13, 2018, with her daughters by her side.

She was a daughter of the late Mendel and Bella (Chatzek) Danziger.

Beloved mother of Mindy Leventhal (Mark) of Orange, Paula Panzarella (Frank) of New Haven. Dear sister of the late Muriel Berger. Cherished grandmother of Jason and Melissa Leventhal, and Seth Leventhal (and fiancee Dr. Margaret Furman). Treasured great-grandmother of Jamie and Jack Leventhal.

Born in Hamden, May 15, 1925, the family soon moved to West Haven. She was one of three speakers at her West Haven High School 1941 graduation.

Until her daughters were teenagers, she worked at home as a professional typist. She had the first model of the IBM electric typewriter and made IBM redesign the automatic carriage return because the machine could not keep up with her typing (125 words a minute). She later worked as a bookkeeper and office manager in New Haven and West Haven for the next twenty-five years until she retired.

She and her husband Arthur had sixty wonderful years of marriage, and at his passing in 2004, she summoned her strength to go on “without her other half.” She was blessed with her grandchildren and enjoyed spending as much time as she could with them, reveling in all their successes.

She had a wonderful sense of humor and loved getting together with people. Especially after retiring, she used her office smarts for competitive games – Mah Jong, bridge, gin rummy, and dominoes. In the past year, her great-grandchildren and Melissa played Mah Jong with her.

Since 2006, Ruth’s daughter Paula and son-in-law Frank moved in with her, and in 2014 Frank’s mother Elisabeth joined the family household. In the past two years, Ruth had a number of health issues, and the entire family is grateful for the love and attention of her aides Judith Santiago and Margo Purple. There were many Red Hat luncheons Ruth was still able to enjoy because of them. Judith and Margo made it possible for Ruth to stay at her home well-cared for, entertained and loved.

Funeral Services at Robert E. Shure Funeral Home, 543 George St., New Haven Sunday morning April 15, at 10:30 a.m. with Interment Services to follow at Ind. Vilner Lodge Memorial Park, Victor St. East Haven.

Memorial Contributions may be sent to Southern CT Hebrew Academy, 261 Derby Avenue, Orange, CT 06477 or the charity of one’s choice. The family requests that a Private Period of Mourning be observed.

To sign an online registry book or to leave a message of condolence, please visit: www.shurefuneralhome.com