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Boys’ Hockey: How’d the Spartans Fare in The West Haven Jamboree

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Dec 092018

The other day I mentioned that the Amity Spartans Boys Ice Hockey Team was participating in the  West Haven Jamboree where they would be pitted up against the best of the best in their division — West Haven, Notre Dame-West Haven and New Fairfield-Immaculate (NFI).

The Jamboree is a big scrimmage match during which the four teams rotate and compete in two 20-minute games. This was Amity’s opportunity to show what they are made of and either hold their own against the tough, tried and true big boys, or be destroyed.

I was standing near some men who I think were reporters during the West Haven-Notre Dame battle and it really irritated me when one of them said, “Amity is in trouble.” I guess he hadn’t watched them during last week’s practice or scrimmage against Masuk.

I was still hopeful and strongly believe in the 2018-19 Spartans.

I watched the nastiness and unnecessary roughness between the two West Haven rivals and thought all the time the players spent in the penalty box was a bit ridiculous, there was no reason for the nasty moves they threw at one another. When I mentioned it to someone, he just said, “They hate each other.”

That’s no excuse. I watched football teams that in past years had been real jerks, come out and act like gentlemen this year. The same should go for all sports.

I know that in hockey the kids are going to get slammed into the wall and pushed, but there is such a thing as going overboard and in my opinion, Notre Dame was the worst offender, they were nasty.

Anyway, the first game between the two West Haven teams was tied 2-2.

Game two — Then it was Amity’s turn on the ice. They were paired with West Haven, a team that’s hard to beat.

The Blue Devils were probably surprised that the Spartans scored the first goal. Cody White put amity up on the scoreboard, unassisted, less than 5 minutes into the game.

Less than two minutes later West Haven’s Ryan Bernardi,  tied the game on an assist.

At 8:59 West Haven’s Kevin Moriarty made a goal assisted by Niko Kyle, and 43 seconds later, the duo struck again, bringing the score to 3-1.

At 10:18, Sean Dupre pulled the Blue Devils even further ahead on an assist from Moriarty.

With 3:27 remaining in the game, Amity’s Eddie Martino scored on an assist from Jason Csejka.

My Spartans didn’t win, but they weren’t slaughtered. I could have been worse. Our goalie worked his butt off.

Amity had 13 saves, West Haven had 8 saves.

Final Score: 4-2 West Haven.

Game three was between NFI and Notre Dame. I was happy to see NFI beat ND (because of their earlier attitude flaws)

The fourth and final game put Amity up against NFI.

New Fairfield scored first, and second then Amity’s Martino scored on an assist.

Amity outshot NFI 18-14.

Saves: NFI 17, Amity 12

Final Score: 2-1 NFI.


The Spartans will play NFI in their first regular season game on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the Danbury Ice Arena at 5:30 p.m.

Amity Middle School – Orange Students Make First Period Honor Roll

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Dec 092018

The Amity school system is known for its educational excellence. Following is the First Marking Period Honor Roll for Amity Middle School – Orange Campus (Grades 7 and 8) for 2018-19.


Timothy Antalik, Alivia Appleby, Adwaya Bali, Jillian Barnes, Aditi Bhattamishra, Mia Bierowski, Elizabeth Bodie, Daniella Bondar, Erin Callahan, Grace Cavallaro, Luke Chang, Haseeb Chaudry, Gia Coppola, Thomas Denton, Luciana Dottori, Jacob Ebert, Hayden Einbinder, Kayleigh Fitzpatrick, Raegan French, Marissa Green-Angerame, Edward Han, Connor Hayes, Tiernan Hennessy, Kyle Iacomacci, Peter Ivanov, Jeslyn Jacob, and Zhuoling Jiang

Also, Joshua Kang, David Ke, Meghan Kirck, Ellen Ko, Selma Krehic, Avani Kulkarni, Oliver Kusiak, Grace Launder, Noelle Launder, Erec Leszczak, Jack Lewis, Angelina Li, Bridget Lowder, Anthony Lucibello, Reesa Malish, Erica Manandhar, Gianna Manuele, Devin Maroney, Mackenzie Martin, Matthew McLeod, Jaan Melville, Nathaniel Millea, Suhail Mohammed, Nate Monschein, Bridget Morrison, Zach Morrow, Alan Murray, Andie Napolitano, Oliver Nappi, Justin Palmer, Aarav Patel, Yana Patel, Anton Rathjens, Emily Russo, Samuel Sender, Anthony Stankye, Nicholas Tice, Caroline Tirollo, Leonardo Tregger, Lorenzo Tregger, Bowen Tullo, Ava Wooldridge, Annika Yun, and Riley Zielinski.


Evelyn Alfaro, Samuel Bae, Alexa Bonato, Cynthia Burns, Timothy Cap, Caitlyn Carrier, Melanie Castillo Pacheco, Hayden Chetwynd, Lily DeMaio, Tyler DeRosa, Timothy Duro, Kenneth GaNun, Sarah Ginsberg, Lauren Heenie, Ava Holden, Cayla Jackel, Jenna Kaiser, Ryan Kelly, Dean Krehic, Joslynn Laird, Patrick Meng, William Mennillo, James Morrin, Lee Morton, Yade Mus, Christopher Nam, Frank Pena-Abosaid, Dillon Pozucek, Yasmin Santos, Katherine Stage, and Sophia Vitiello.


Alivia Appleby, Jillian Barnes, Aditi Bhattamishra, Caitlyn Carrier, Benjamin Del Franco, Thomas Denton, Luciana Dottori, Abigail Fitol, Tiernan Hennessy, Ava Holden, Cayla Jackel, Ellen Ko, Grace Launder, Angelina Li, Anthony Lucibello, Erica Manandhar, Devin Maroney, Suhail Mohammed, Nate Monschein, Bridget Morrison, Samuel Sender, Maxwell Simons, Taylor Thomas, Lorenzo Tregger, Ava Wooldridge, and Riley Zielinski.


Faryal Akbar, Sedra Alasadi, Omar Almashi, Elizabeth Antalik, Sofia Appleby, Sri Arvapalli, Jayden Benichak, Giovanni Bonazzoli, Olivia Breving, Francis Cavallaro, Jenna Chizmadia, Marin Cunningham, Dahlia Deangelis, Ana Debassio, Mia Destival, Ijo Ejara, Millicent Fuller, Leo Gao, Natalie Garcia, Sarah Granados, Simran Jain, Lucas Ketchian, Emma Kirck, and Izabela Kurpios.

Also, Trevor Lavallee, Jennifer Li, Si Ru Liang, June Lin, Sophia Liu, Marco-Alessandro Lopez Rodriguez, Jennifer Luo, Adam Martire, Nicholas Massey, Zoe May, Declan O’Rourke, Harshil Parmar, Robert Pergolotti, Kiley Pickens, Aanchal Poddar, Troy Ramos, Caitlyn Richards, William Shaw, Kyra Shevis, Katherine Sim, Spencer Stratford, Sreenidhi Tadepalli, Merina Ferguson, Eric Wang, and Athanasia Zikos.


Alana Abrams, Colin Aronin, Emily Barretta, Kayla Barry, Hailey Black, Jessa Bohan. Ryan Burns, Jason Byun, Katherine Cesare, Clara Cortright, Brandon Cysner, Nicholas Digiovanni, Emilia Dottori, Brock Goodwin, Yazeed Hasan, Jack Hawes, Brandon Hutchison, Lillian Kaempffer, Daniel Kim, Dylan Lyons, Ryan Magri, Grace Mahon, Matia Malish, Kathryn Marquis, and Sally Morbidelli.

Also, Michaela Nunez, Savannah Obymachow, Sophia Page, Cameran Palermo, Jesse Palermo, Sean Pivovar, Sarah Pultz, Anna Saccente, Isabella Salvatore, Luca Santin, Marisa Scotti, Caitlyn Smith, Cassidy Smith, Chance Starrett, Holly Thorndike, Abigail Tirollo, Gabriel Tufano, Peter Turner, Marc Vanschaick, and Craig Wezenski.


Giovanni Bonazzoli, Olivia Breving, Francis Cavallaro, Ana Debassio, Claudia Garcia Munoz, Jack Hawes, Simran Jain, Emma Kirck, Izabela Kurpios, Jennifer Luo, Dylan Lyons, Grace Mahon, Nicholas Massey, Zoe May, Maggie McDonald, Zshonna Singleton, and Cassidy Smith

Open House: Beautiful Move In Ready Ranch With Hardwood Floors, finished Basement And A Workshop

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Dec 092018

Imagine entertaining for the holidays in your own gorgeous house.

In the market for a beautiful family home that you can move into right away? Check out this open house at 536 Dogwood Road in Orange with 1,468 sqft of living space, three bedrooms, two bathrooms. Take a tour today, Dec. 9, from 12:00-1:30 p.m.

This ranch style brick home is not only beautiful but unique! Enjoy first level living with the option to go downstairs to your complete finished basement with a wood burning fireplace and bar, perfect for cozy gatherings.
Equally inviting is the living room complete with gleaming hardwood floors and yet another fireplace for relaxing on winter nights. Central air for comfort in the summertime.
The master bedroom, master bath and sitting room/office complete with a second private trex deck for ultimate relaxation all were remodeled in 2014.
That’s not all, a large fenced in trex deck surrounds the above ground pool and manicured level yard, perfect for entertaining during those warm summer months.
The 2 car garage has been converted into a HEATED garage/workshop with cabinetry and a separate entrance.
Located in Amity’s award-winning school district, minutes from Yale, Rt 15 and I-95. This home checks all the boxes for year-round enjoyment. Recently Reduced Price. Offered for $335,000.

This Week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedules

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Dec 092018

This week the regular season games begin and except for one scrimmage, everything from this day forward counts.

NOTE: Girls Ice Hockey has a new HOME. They now play out of Hamden instead of Shelton.

Here are this week’s Amity varsity sports schedules:

Monday, Dec. 10

Boys Basketball vs. Seymour (Scrim.) Home at Amity High School at 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 11

Girls Basketball vs Wilbur Cross Home at Amity High School at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 12

Boys Ice Hockey vs. New Fairfield Immaculate (NFI) Away at Danbury Ice Arena at 5:30 p.m.

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Wrestling vs. Cheshire Away at Cheshire High East Gym at 6:00 p.m.

Girls Ice Hockey vs. ND Fairfield-Law-Foran-Weston-Pomperaug Home at Hamden Ice Rink at 4:00 p.m.Thursday, Dec. 13

Thursday, Dec. 13

Boys Basketball vs. Pomperaug Away at PHS Main Gym at 7:00 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs. Lyman Hall Home at Amity High School at 7:00 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 14

No Scheduled Events

Saturday, Dec. 15

Wrestling Shelton Invitational Away at 10:00 a.m.

Boys Ice Hockey vs. Milford Coop Away at Milford Ice Pavilion at 1:00 p.m.

Girls Ice Hockey vs. Guilford Away at East Haven Ice Rink at 5:45 p.m.

Boys Basketball vs. Trumbull Home at Amity High School at 7:00 p.m.

Children Are At The Core Of Newly Opened Dental Practice

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Dec 082018

A newly opened dental practice will help children brighten their smiles just in time for the holidays. Orange Children’s Dentistry, 518 Boston Post Road, Suite 4-5, will host a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 5:00 p.m. to celebrate the dental practice’s grand opening. The practice is geared toward children and will serve a hub for all children dentistry needs.

“Children experience dental visits differently than adults do, and certain parts of their care will stay planted in their memories forever,” said Dr. Paula C. Cerqueira, a pediatric dentist and founder of Orange Children’s Dentistry. “Whether your child has preventative, restorative, or special dentistry needs, we make sure that they are treated like a family member and that they understand they are in a safe environment.”

When Dr. C. decided to open her own dental practice, she set out to ensure that children would receive better care than she received when she was a child. She is confident the environment she has helped create will be welcoming and inviting to children and should reinforce the idea that the practice was “built from the ground up with children in mind.”

A tour of the practice will follow the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Refreshments will be available.


Visit the Orange Children’s Dentistry website here.

Last Chance To See The Amity Fall Play Tonight

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Dec 082018

Amity Creative Theater presents “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”  – Winner of 7 Olivier Awards and 5 Tony Awards® including ‘Best Play,” on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time brings Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel to thrilling life on stage.

People who’ve saw it last night say the acting and visuals are magnificent. Don’t miss this one!

Click HERE to buy your tickets, they’re only $12. (or try to buy at the door)

Meet Your 2018-19 Spartans Ice Hockey Team

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Dec 072018

The 2018-19 Amity Spartans Boys Ice Hockey Team is already showing a lot of promise. On Wednesday evening the boys declawed the Masuk Panthers 11-1 in a scrimmage game in West Haven.

Tonight’s event will be much more telling, as the Spartans go up against three powerhouse teams in the Jackie Coyle Jamboree at Edward L. Bennett Rink at 6 p.m. West Haven, Notre Dame-West Haven, and NFI will give us an opportunity to see our boys in the most challenging experience on the ice so far.

On Wednesday, we saw how skilled our goalies were and the exceptional teamwork of our Spartans. The 2018-19 team is not afraid to shoot, grab the puck from their opponents, and put themselves out there. If we see that same spirit tonight, going up against some of the toughest teams in the area. I believe in the Spartans, and even though the Jamboree only gives you a taste of things to come, I think you will see some impressive action out on the ice tonight.

This season’s Amity Spartans includes some familiar names and a few new ones. Here is the 2018-19 Roster.

The three Senior Captains are Colin Hughes (8), Jason Csejka (18), and Kenneth Page (20).

The team includes two other seniors, Ryan Miller (7), and Nelson Bordeleau (10),

There are seven juniors this season, Cody White (13), Connor Bath (14), Ed Martino (17), Michael Lebreck (19), Nick Kiwanis (22), Sai Neelam (29), and Malachi Zurolo (31).

The sophomore players are: Dylan Raver (2), Justin Miller (4), Caleb Marcin (6), Tommy Schittina (11), Dylan Gherlone (15), Zack Cable (16), Jason Dittman (21), Ty Demaio (23), and Ty Cable (28)

There are two freshmen on the team this year: Ethan Moffett (9), and Michael Andreesen (30)

Head Coach is Mike Richetelli, who brought the 2014 Spartans to the state championship game. He’s assisted by Todd Dandelske, Jeff Buchter, and newcomer Jim Sokolske.



UPDATE: Good News! Lost Dog Reunited With His Family

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Dec 072018

I am so happy to announce that the male dog that was found on Opekun Road has been reunited with his family.

Luckily “Aspen” had a microchip and the family thought to bring him to the vet to be scanned and the vet contacted the owner.

A big thank you to the family that was kind enough to bring him in from the cold and give him the love he needed until his family was found.

This is the best news we’ve had so far this week.

Help Reunite This Boy With His Family

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Dec 072018

Are you missing your dog? A family on Opekun Road in Orange found this older, gentle male dog on their porch around 2 a.m. this morning.

They say he is definitely a family dog that listens well.

They said, “We took him in our home and we have a cat, dog, baby, and a kindergartener so we know he’s a good family dog.”

They’d like to reunite this guy with his family — wouldn’t that be a wonderful Christmas present?

If he belongs to you, or you know who his family is, please e-mail curcurup@hotmail.com. And, of course let Orange Live know, too, so we can tell our readers that he’s been identified.

Orange Resident Presents Frightmare Before Christmas This Month

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Dec 062018

This holiday season, visit Fright Haven in Stratford for a haunted house event like no other: “FRIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS.”

For three nights only this month Saturday, December 15, Friday, December 21 and Saturday, December 22, visitors to CT’s largest and greatest indoor Halloween Haunted House will experience brand new holiday attractions, all decked out for the holidays and ready to make guests scream ’til the New Year.

The start of the scares begins with “Dead End Doctors Office: No Home for the Holidays,” a horrific look into one not-so picture perfect pre-Christmas doctors office visit. Ornaments are smashed, stockings are torn…and is that blood on the dentist’s chair? Who…or what…could have done this? When did the “sleigh ride” turn into a medical “slay-ride?!”

Next, take a tour of Santa’s infamous toy workshop in “The Forest Factory.” Don’t expect to find any happy elves, however — they’ve been overworked this season, and Santa’s demanding schedule has caused them all to lose their minds and lose their way to the North Pole.  Will guests survive this terrifying tour and escape the angry elves and rejected toys that have seemingly come to life? Or will visitors become just another piece on the assembly line?

Guests will marvel at the vintage Christmas sets, decor, props and figurines which are used for the production. Combine the visuals with special effects, animatronics and live actors, and you have some clue as to what to expect at   “FRIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS.” But it’s hard to expect the unexpected, and there are scares around every corner at this haunted holiday show.

The limited-run of 3 weekend nights this month is expected to draw an equal number of return visitors who experienced Fright Haven during the Halloween season, and those who didn’t yet get a chance to enjoy the fun and fear of the 20,000 square foot indoor attraction.

Fright Haven’s “FRIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS” received rave reviews in the past, and producers have promised to amp up the ho-ho-horrors. Chestnuts may not be the only thing roasting on an open fire! Chestnuts may not be the only thing roasting on an open fire.

Fright Haven is located in the Stratford Square/Marshall’s Shopping Plaza, 411 Barnum Avenue Cutoff, next to L.A. Fitness and Ninety Nine Restaurant (across from Home Depot). Parking is free, and all events are indoors. Hours are 7pm-10pm. The event is open to all ages but recommended for 12 and over unless accompanied by an adult.

Advance tickets are $20 each ($ 25 door or $20 at door with non-perishable food donation) and now on sale from https://frighthaven.ticketleap.com/frightmare2018/.  Using the code word “CLAWS” (as in Santa ‘Claws’) at check-out will enable visitors to save $5 off each ticket purchased in advance.

Fright Haven is working with Stratford’s Volunteer EMS to raise funds, collect food items and raise awareness for Sterling House. Visitors to the holiday Haunted Attraction may take $5 off on-site admission or $5 off merch by bringing a non-perishable food donation. Stratford volunteer EMS Association will be on location collecting donations on behalf of Sterling House. All donations impact the local community.

For more information, call 203-799-FEAR  203-799-3327 or visit www.FrightHaven.com