Tickets Available for Amity’s Spring Musical The Drowsy Chaperone

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Feb 192020

The award-winning Amity Regional High School Theater Department, under the direction of Robert and Andrea Kennedy, is headed back to the Roaring Twenties with the musical comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone.

The Drowsy Chaperone is the tale of a modern-day musical theater maven, known simply as Man in Chair. To chase his blues away, he drops the needle on his favorite LP – the 1928 musical comedy, The
Drowsy Chaperone. From the crackle of his hi-fi, the musical magically bursts to life on-stage telling the tale of the pampered Broadway starlet who wants to give up showbiz to get hitched and her producer’s attempts to sabotage her impending nuptials.

Hilarious antics ensue with her chaperone, the debonair groom, the ditsy chorus girl, the Latin lover and a pair of gangsters masquerading as pastry chefs. Man in Chair’s love of The Drowsy Chaperone speaks to anyone who has ever been transported by the theater.

Performances are March 27, 28 and April 2, 3 and 4 at 8:00 p.m. at the John J. Brady Center for the
Performing Arts at Amity Regional High School, 25 Newton Road in Woodbridge.

Tickets are $18 and can be purchased online at www.amitytheaterdepartment.com or by contacting the box office at 203.392-2019 or email amityboxoffice@gmail.com.

This year’s corporate sponsors include the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, Burns Insurance & Financial,
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, LATICRETE, BENDER, New England Performance Insulation, Rick’s
Plumbing Service, B and B Transportation, Applied Behavioral Strategies and Total Mortgage. All proceeds raised go to the self-funded Amity Theater program.

For further information, please call the box office at 203.392.2019 or e-mail amityboxoffice@gmail.com.

UI Customers Invited To Learn About Assistance Programs

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Feb 192020

United Illuminating, (headquartered in Orange)in partnership with local Community Action Agencies and Operation Fuel, will host a series of outreach events to increase public awareness about energy assistance, winter service protection and other programs that can help customers pay their bills and maintain service all year long.

Customers are invited to attend the sessions to learn about payment arrangements, financial and medical hardships, matching payment programs, energy efficiency programs, winter service protection and more. UI, Operation Fuel, and Community Action Agency staff will be on hand to answer customers’ questions during the two-hour sessions. Spanish-speaking personnel also will be available to assist.

The schedule is as follows:

For more information, visit uinet.com or call 800-722-5584. You can also learn more about energy assistance programs at operationfuel.org/get-help/residents.

Chamber Hosts Morning Jolt With State Legislators

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Feb 182020

The Orange and Milford Chambers of Commerce will host a joint Morning Jolt Coffee and Conversation event with local legislators at Eli’s Restaurant, 285 Boston Post Road, Orange, on Tuesday, Feb. 25 from 7:45 to 9 a.m.

Guests include: State Rep. Themis Klarides (R-114), State Sen. James Maroney (D-14), State Rep. Charles Ferraro (R-117) and State Rep. Kathy Kennedy (R-119).

Reservations are required, so don’t procrastinate, e-mail director@orangectchamber.com or call Carol at 203-795-3328, or pstaneski@milfordct.com or call Pam at 203-878-0681.

Girl’s Hockey: Blades Have a Close One In Newington

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Feb 182020

On Monday, Feb. 17, the Amity/North Haven/Cheshire Blades were away in Newington for a matchup against Avon/Southington.



                              1              2              3          F

Blades                  0              0              2          2

Avon                     0              2              1          3


First Period

in spite of some valiant efforts, neither team was able to score in the first.

Second Period

The second period belonged to Avon, with with Mackenzie Gallinoto making the first goal, assisted by Kori Bartko and Sarah Murphy.

A little later, Shelby Little shot one in assisted by Gallinoto and Murphy. Avon left the ice with a comfortable 2-0 lead.

Third Period

The Blades came out on fire with two unassisted goals, first by Caroline Cadelina, then Tess Csejka tying the game.

But Avon’s Murphy would have none of that, she hit the winning goal, assisted by Little.

The Blades lost this one 3-2.

This Week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedule – Feb. 17 to Feb. 22

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Feb 172020

Following are this week’s Amity Varsity Sports schedules:

Monday, Feb. 17

Boys Ice Hockey vs Tri-Town Home Bennett Rink 3:00 p.m. O.T 2-2 Tie

Girls Basketball vs Career Magnet Home at Amity 5:00 p.m. W 58-41

Girls Ice Hockey vs Avon-Southington-RHAM-Newington-Mills-Wethersfield,Away – Newington Ice Arena at 1:30 p.m. L 3-2

Tuesday, Feb. 18
Girls Indoor Track Eastern State Championships Away – Not Listed 4:30 p.m.
Boys Basketball vs Hamden Away – Hamden High School at 5:00 p.m.
Girls Ice Hockey vs West Haven-SHA Away Bennett Rink 5:15 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 19
Boys Ice Hockey vs Glastonbury Home Bennett Rink at 7:15 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 20
Girls Basketball vs Sacred Heart Academy Away – Sacred Heart Academy at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 21
Wrestling CIAC Class L Divisional Championship Away – Bristol Central 3:00 p.m.
Boys Swimming and Diving vs. Fitch/Ston./Ledy./Wheeler/N.Lond. Away – UCONN Pool 4:30 p.m.
Girls Gymnastics vs Daniel Hand Home – Gymnastics and Cheerleading Academy 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 22
Wrestling CIAC Class L Divisional Championship Away – Bristol Central-9:00 a.m.
Girls Indoor Track CIAC Girls State Open Championship Away – Floyd Little Athletic Center-FieldHouse 12:00 p.m.
Boys Indoor Track CIAC Boys State Open Championship Away – Floyd Little Athletic Center-Field House 12:00 p.m.
Boys Ice Hockey vs. Watertown-Pomperaug Home – West Haven High School-Bennett Rink 1:00 p.m.
Winter Dance Team Dance Team Competition @ Fairfield Warde HS Away – Not Listed 3:00 p.m.

Orange Police: Man Charged With Fifth-Degree Larceny

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Feb 172020

Officers were called to Chef’s Emporium at 449 Boston Post Road on a shoplifting complaint Feb. 12 at 2:37 p.m.

According to the report, investigation revealed that Sean Amendola, 46, of West Haven took about $1,000 worth of merchandise without paying for it.

He was taken into custody and charged with fifth-degree larceny and placed on a $15,000 surety bond for court Feb. 26.

New Pastor’s Installation Ceremony Planned

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Feb 172020

The Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meetinghouse Lane, will celebrate the installation of the Rev. Jennifer L. Campbell as its Settled Senior Pastor.

The service will take place on Sunday, March 1, from 3 – 5 p.m. All are welcome.

Clergy are invited to gather in the Katherine Knight Room at 2:45 to robe and process.

A reception will follow.

Amity Wrestling: Eight Seniors Honored On Feb. 12

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Feb 162020

On Wednesday, Feb. 12, the Amity Spartans Wrestling team hosted the East Haven Yellow Jackets. Before the match, the senior wrestlers of the class of 2020 were recognized during a brief ceremony.

Plenty of fans came out to root for the Spartans as they took on a division rival, and joined in the celebration for seniors Alex Ablozhey, Brayden Esposito, Simon Flaherty, Claire Jackson, Liam Keylock, AJ Pocwierz, Bill Regan, and Ahmad Sileiman

Congratulations to our Seniors!

— by Mike Cala

Photos by Darren Johnson

Obituary: Severio “Bob” Fodero, 87, Beloved Husband, Army Veteran

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Feb 162020

Severio Dominick Fodero, known by all as “Bob”, died peacefully on February 6 at Hospice holding the hand of his beloved wife of 46 years, Janice Benoit Fodero.

Born 87 years ago in the Fair Haven section of New Haven, Bob was the son of Italian immigrants, the late Dominick and Josephine (Lupino) Fodero.

From an early age, he was taught to be honest, humble, courteous and disciplined. Bob graduated from Hillhouse High School and the University of Connecticut. Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army ROTC, Bob served as Commanding Officer of the 555th Medical Service Corps in Orleans, France. He returned statewide with the rank of Captain and joined the 340th General Hospital Army Reserve Unit in New Haven. After 30 years of service, he retired as Commander of the Unit with the rank of Colonel.

Bob launched his professional career with the New Haven Board of Health. Subsequently, he joined the Yale University Student Health Service, now known as Yale Health where he retired as Associate Director after a 42-year career.

With his affable manner, Bob made many friends on the Yale campus. He was honored to be a Fellow of Timothy Dwight College and a recipient of the Elm-Ivy Award for his service to New Haven and Yale. Bob also served as President of the Yale Club of New Haven, where he unabashedly admitted he had no Yale “class”.

Bob was blessed with a positive attitude and easy-going spirit. He viewed everyone as a friend and brought out the best in people. In one of his evaluations at Yale, Bob’s supervisor described him as a “prince among men”. He had the knack of seeing the folly and humor in life. With spontaneous, clever quips, he could quickly stir sedate gatherings to uproarious fits of laughter. This talent made him a popular emcee and speaker at organizational functions and retirement parties.

Bob and his wife enjoyed travelling. While he drove, Janice was navigator and tour guide. They explored National Parks and historic sites in 37 states, including Hawaii. A favorite trip with Road Scholar was the 300th anniversary tour of the Louis and Clark Trail, starting in St. Louis, Missouri and ending in Ashland, Oregon. International travel included vacations in Canada, Caribbean Islands, Mexico, England, France, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, and trips to Italy, including Sicily.

Bob credited the U.S. Army as the training ground for his leadership and administrative skills. He served as president of both the Lung Association of South Central Connecticut, and the New England Public Health Association. He was a member of the Advisory Committee of People’s Bank and on the Board of Opportunity House in Hamden, a residential facility for autistic adults. Bob maintained a lifelong interest in the U.S. Military and Veterans’ Affairs.

During his tenure as chair of The New Haven Veterans’ Affairs Committee, he initiated the now traditional Memorial Day concerts. He also co-chaired the Connecticut Army Retiree Council and served on the New England Army Retiree Council. As head of the War Remembrance Committee in Orange, he helped create a memorial garden with a brick walkway to honor residents who had served in the military.

For Bob, giving back to this country was an honor and a privilege. As chair of the Orange Board of Health, he initiated 24/7 emergency transportation to area hospitals. For his contributions to the community, Bob was named a Living Treasure of Orange in 2011.

In retirement, Bob joined his childhood buddies from the “old” Fair Haven neighborhood for breakfast reunions. When he wasn’t exercising at Griffin Hospital with another group of friends, he was meeting with a coffee klatch at the local McDonald’s. But that’s not all: he was organizer for The Mory’s Military Association, an informal group of fellow retirees, whose membership requirement is military service and a sense of humor.

Bob leaves his sister-in-law, Eileen Benoit of Branford, brother-in-law, Marino D’Agostino of Wallingford, nieces, Raeleen D’Agostino Mautner of Wallingford, and Angela D’Agostino Mauriello of East Haven, three grandnephews and two grandnieces, as well as his “adopted” Laotian-American family: Mone, Vankhkam and Christina Lavarn of Meriden; Larry, Kate, Andrew and Justin Nitirouth of Meriden; and Joy and Bob Pocobello of Wallingford. He was predeceased by his sister, Rachel D’Agostino, brother, Richard Fodero, sister-in-law, Liz Fodero and brother-in-law, Frederick Ensling.

Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home, 2300 Whitney Avenue, Hamden was in charge of arrangements for Bob’s private funeral with full military honors. Family and friends will be welcomed to celebrate Bob’s life at a date to be announced in the near future. Contributions in Bob’s memory may be made to Opportunity House, 320 Old Hill Road, Hamden, CT, 06514 or Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405 or a charity of one’s choice. To send a condolence to Bob’s family, please see his obituary at: beecherandbennett.com

Boys Hockey: Amity Freshman Goalie’s Ninja Moves Help With Cheshire Shut-Out

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Feb 162020

The Amity Spartans Boys Ice Hockey Team has, as I have said since the beginning of the season, a lot of potential. A young team, they haven’t had a stellar season (4-10-2), but it isn’t the worst in school history either.

On Saturday, Feb. 15, the boys hosted the Cheshire Rams in West Haven. The Amity Army student fan base was at full capacity, and ready to support their Spartans no matter what the outcome.

I don’t know what was in the water head coach Mike Richetelli gave them in the locker room, but the Spartans came onto the ice with a spark we haven’t seen in quite a while. They played fast and hard with so much skill and enthusiasm for all three periods that everyone was at the edge of their seats for the entire game.

The first period went scoreless, but not for lack of trying on either side, and the second period had some exciting moments. Amity fans near the Cheshire net saw the puck go in and shoot out again like a rocket not once but twice, but neither “goal” was recognized by the refs. Still, life went on, and the Spartans continued to play just as hard until the buzzer.

Score at the end of two periods still 0-0.

Amity often loses steam in the third period, but that was simply not the case here. Everyone came out with renewed energy, a fighting spirit and their eyes on a victory.

The Spartans were relentless in their plan to keep the puck away from their end of the rink. Cheshire would get possession, then Amity would intercept it and pass it along to the opposite end of the ice.

Then it happened, Connor Bath (14) passed the puck to Dylan Gherlone (15), who passed it to Caleb Marcin (6) and GOAL at 6:35 in the third.

Now, all Amity had to do was hang onto this lead for 8:25 minutes. Could they do it?

You bet!

Freshman goalie Brendan Smith (30) had some pretty sweet moves, keeping his eyes open and getting quite a workout, squatting, kneeling, diving and blocking whatever the Rams shot at him, no matter the angle.

The elation felt throughout the arena was palpable when the final buzzer sounded and the Spartans skated over to their adoring fans to celebrate the 1-0 shut-out victory against the glass.

Coach Richetelli left the locker room after the game with a smile on his face. “This is the team, I know they can be,” he said. “They played hard for 45 minutes [all 3 periods] and never let up. The third line came out and did a great job, making way for the first line to rest and come out and finish it off. It was a great game.”

What’s Next?

Amity MUST WIN three (3) of the remaining regular season games. Can they make that happen? If they continue to play the way they did on Saturday, they can.

Join the Amity Army in cheering on the Spartans this month on Monday, Feb. 17 vs Tri-Town at HOME at 3 p.m.; Wednesday, Feb. 19 vs Glastonbury at HOME at 7:15 p.m.;  Saturday, Feb. 22 vs Watertown-Pomperaug at HOME at 1 p.m.; and finally, Wednesday, Feb. 26 vs Newtown AWAY at the Danbury Ice Arena at 5:30 p.m.