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It’s Time For The OCC Youth Freeze Out, Show Them Some Love This Weekend

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Jan 242019

The 2013 Freeze Out Shanty Town was huge.

Come support the Orange Congregational Church Youth Group during their annual “Freeze Out,” 6:00 p.m. Friday night, Jan. 25, through 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26.  All night long, the kids will take rotating shifts and stay outside in a cardboard box shanty town in front of the church.

The purpose of this activity is two-fold:  1) to experience even for a short time what it would be like to be homeless and living out in the cold and 2) to raise money to support our mission with Columbus House (a shelter in New Haven).

While there are kids outside in the box, the other kids will be in the church basement with a full evening of activities and presentations.  Some of the activities include Orange Police Officer Chris Brown with his K-9 partner, Loki, and a guest speaker from Columbus House will discuss issues of how to help the homeless.

If you happen to be out and about, driving by the Orange Green Friday night, stop by and talk to the kids, ask them about their experience so far.  If you are moved to make a monetary donation that would be wonderful, checks can be made out to the Orange Congregational Church, put “Freeze Out” in the memo field.  Please show your support even if you just honk as you drive by.  It gets very cold during those dark hours of the night, so any positive reinforcement would be welcome.

If you are unable to drive-by, please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we could equally use that support as well.

Catching Up – A Recap Of Recent Unreported Boys and Girls Hockey Games

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Jan 242019

On Jan. 17, the Blades (Amity/North Haven/Cheshire) girls ice hockey team was on the road for a matchup against Masuk.

The Blades got off to a good start with Andrea DelVecchio scoring off an assist from Shannon Reilly

First Period Score: 1-0 Blades

The Blades were on fire in the second period with four goals: Reilly assisted by Sara Cable; Olivea Kosh assisted by Mia Dow; Meaghan Hogan assisted by Haley Cable; and Reilly with an unassisted goal.

Second Period Score: 5-0 Blades

In the third period DelVecchio scored on an assist from S. Cable

Final: 6-0 Blades

Saves: Eva Smith made 25 saves for Masuk, Caitlyn Ranciato made 8 saves for the Blades.

Congratulations on your shut-out girls. Hats off to head coach John Peschell for a job well done.


Amity Spartans Boys Team

The Amity Spartans Ice Hockey Team was on the road in Stamford on Jan. 19.

Very briefly, here’s what happened.

Stamford came out shooting in the first period and scored within the first 2:33 minutes.

First Period Score: 1-0 Stamford

The second period belonged to Amity with Cody White making a goal just 2:50 after returning to the ice on an assist from Caleb Marcin. Then, with only 4:50 remaining in the period, Nick Kiwanis scored on an assist from Connor Bath.

Second Period Score: 2-1 Amity

Both teams made numerous shots and after nearly 9 minutes it was looking hopeful for the Spartans.

Then Stamford tied the game with a goal at 9:01. With tie-breaking overtime looking probable, and just 1:22 remaining in the game Stamford swooped in and made the game-winning goal.

Stamford wins 3-2. So Close.

Records: Amity 7-4, Stamford 6-5





This Weeks’ Amity Varsity Sports Schedules, Jan. 23-26

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Jan 232019

Here are the Amity Varsity team schedules for the remainder of this week, Jan 23-26

Wednesday, Jan. 23

Girls Ice Hockey vs ND Fairfield-Law-Foran-Weston-Pomperaug Away at The Rinks at Shelton – Upper at 4:00 p.m.

Boys Ice Hockey vs Daniel Hand Away at Northford Ice Pavilion at 4:00 p.m.

Wrestling vs Branford Home at Amity High School at 6:00 p.m.

Girls Gymnastics vs Trumbull, Fairfield Warde Away at Gymnastics & Cheer Academy, Fairfield at 6:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs Lauralton Hall Away at Lauralton Hall Gymnasium at 7:15 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 24

No Varsity games

Friday, Jan. 25

Girls Basketball vs East Haven Home at Amity High School at 7:00 p.m.

Boys Basketball vs Wilbur Cross Away at Wilbur Cross Gym at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 26

Cheerleading Quinnipiac University & Dance Challenge Away at Quinnipiac University at 9:00 a.m.

Wrestling Ridgefield Challenge Away 10:00 a.m.

Boys Ice Hockey vs Guilford Home at Bennett Rink, West Haven at 1:00 p.m.

Girls Ice Hockey vs Guilford Home at Hamden Ice Rink at 2:00 p.m.


Let’s Go Spartans! Come On Amity – Just Believe

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Jan 232019

Today at 4 p.m. the Amity Spartans boys Ice Hockey team will face perhaps their toughest (and most evenly matched) opponents to date – the Daniel Hand Tigers at the Northford Ice Pavillion.

While other press dwells on the idea that Amity lost three consecutive games Orange Live sticks with other, more important facts:

1) The 2018-19 Spartans are an extremely talented team.

2) Since day-one of practice, they have acted like family.

3) They won their first 7 games of the season, against teams that some said would crush them.

4) They are blessed to have a phenomenal head coach that is well respected by other coaches for his methods and experience.

5) They have a great coaching team.

6) The Spartans have the speed and skill to play well against any opponent and their fans – including the Amity Army – and I believe in each and every one of them 100%.

NOTE: Hey boys, you CAN clip the Tigers’ claws and own this game. Stay out of the penalty box and out on the ice where you’re needed. My slogan for you this year is “Just Believe.” Coach Scooter Richetelli said it early on, and if you believe you can, then you can.




Boys Swimming And Diving: Amity Vs Cheshire — Here’s What Happened

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Jan 232019

The Amity Boys Swim Team was on the road in Cheshire on Monday, Jan. 21.
After a great start to the season, the Spartans experienced their first loss last week and then again, on Monday.
Considering the number of events that Cheshire won, it’s amazing that Amity scored as high as it did. But then, they are a great group of athletes.
Final score: Cheshire 105, Amity 75
 Cheshire’s Winning Events

200 yard Medley Relay: C- 1:46.89 Sam Hanke, Joe Cannatta, Ankit Sahasrabudhe, Nick Brunett
200-yard Freestyle: C- 1:50.46 Sam Hanke
200-yard IM: C- 2:04.95 Joe Cannatta
50-yard Freestyle: C- 23.18 Andrew Lou
Diving: C- 212.10 Noah Duncan
100-yard Butterfly: C- 55.23 Shane Wynne
100 Freestyle: C- 50.29 Andrew Lou
500-yard Freestyle: C- 5:05.25 Justin Finkel
200-yard Freestyle Relay: C- 1:35.02 Sam Hanke, Shane Wynne, Joe Cannatta, Andrew Lou
100-yard Backstroke: C- 56.99 Sam Hanke
Amity’s Winning Events
100-yard Breaststroke: A- 1:10.50 Brodey Lu
400-yard Freestyle Relay: A- 3:32.80 Shiva Gowda, John Alvarado, Kevin Sweeney, Tyler Roy
Record: Amity(4-2)

Orange Community Women Present Chinese Acrobat Li Lu     

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Jan 222019

On Saturday, January 26, at 3 p.m., Orange Community Women will present Li Liu in “Traditions of Chinese Acrobatics.” This family event for all ages is a one-woman acrobatic show in which Li performs hand balancing, plate spinning, artistic cycling, ribbon dancing, diabolos and foot juggling.

A limited number of volunteers get to join her on stage to create an impromptu ribbon dance, and also to try their hand at plate spinning. The documented history of acrobatics in China goes back more than 2,000 years. Throughout her show, Li explains some of the rituals of Chinese culture and the Chinese New Year, teaches the audience some basic Chinese phrases, and encourages them to think about what it might have been like to grow up in a different time and place.

Li Liu was born in the city of Shenyang in The Northeast of China and began her acrobatic training at the age of 6.  She was chosen to attend The Chinese National Circus School in the capital city of Beijing where she trained until she was 16.  After touring extensively throughout Europe and winning medals and prizes at several festivals, she came to the United States with Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus and toured all over the US.  She is a regular on the NBA & WNBA half-time circuits and is also a featured performer on Princess Cruise Lines.

The show will take place at High Plains Community Center Gym  525 Orange Center Road in Orange. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door.  For advance tickets contact Michelle @ 203=605-4383 or fbailey1@optonline.net  or any member of OCW.

Orange Community Women is a chapter of Connecticut Junior Women, Inc. We seek to unite the women of Orange and surrounding areas by participating in community service and providing enrichment, leadership and social interaction. Our charitable and community projects include awarding scholarships to Amity students, donating children’s books to the library, collecting for veterans, organizing activities for the Tracy Bunch (a group of special needs adults sponsored by Orange Community Services), visiting and working with the seniors at Silverbrook Estates, donating holiday food baskets and gift cards to Orange Community Services, supporting Relay for Life and partnerships with Days for Girls, Manes and Motions Therapeutic Riding Center and Female Soldiers/Forgotten Heroes.

We meet on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 7:00 at HPCC and new members are always welcome.  For information about OCW, please contact Donna Wesolowski at donnaweso@optimum.net.

Total Lunar Eclipse, But…Ugh, Weather

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Jan 202019

Tonight would have been an amazing night for moon gazing, if it weren’t for the sub-freezing temperatures and awful weather.

This evening is the “Super Blood Wolf Moon” eclipse — the last total lunar eclipse until 2021.

If by some miracle, it is visible, it will be an excellent lunar eclipse, as it is high up in the sky, conveniently timed (not in the wee morning hours), and visible throughout the Americas, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

The partial eclipse begins tonight at 10:34 p.m. and ends after midnight on Monday at 1:50 a.m.

Just the “full” eclipse begins Sunday, January 20 at 11:41 p.m. Eastern and the maximum is just after midnight at 12:12 a.m. The full eclipse ends on Monday, January 21 at 12:43 a.m.

This is not only the last total lunar eclipse visible from North America this year (and until 2021), but also the ONLY total eclipse—lunar or solar—visible from North America in 2019.

So Thank You, Mother Nature for being a party pooper.

Are You Powerless?

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Jan 202019

At 4:20 p.m. there were 164 UI customers without power, are you one of them?

If your area is having issues, please post them on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Orangectlive to help keep the rest of the community informed.

If you know why there is an outage on your street, (downed tree limbs, power lines, etc) report that too.


Salmonella Found in Cake Mix 

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Jan 192019

An outbreak strain of Salmonella was found in Duncan Hines cake mix. However, the outbreak investigation did not produce other information needed to determine whether the cake mix was linked to the Salmonella illnesses.

This outbreak included seven ill people from five states: Florida, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. None of the ill people were hospitalized, and none died.

Illnesses started on dates ranging from June 13 to October 5, 2018.

This outbreak appears to be over, but the CDC continues to remind people to check for recalled cake mixes and throw them away.

Advice to Consumers

  • In general, the CDC advises against eating any raw dough or batter, whether homemade or from a mix. Raw batter can contain germs that could make you sick.
  • Do not bake with or eat recalled Duncan Hines cake mix, or eat cake prepared with the recalled mix. Throw the mix away or return it to the store for a refund.

Recalled products include 15.25 oz. boxes of Duncan Hines cake mix in

• Classic White

• Classic Yellow Cake

• Classic Butter Golden Cake

• Confetti Cake flavors, with various “best if used by” dates ranging from March 7 to 13, 2019.

    • Check the FDA website for information to identify recalled mixes and a list of “best if used by” dates for each flavor of the recalled mixes, and product photos.
  • Contact a healthcare provider if you think you got sick from eating recalled cake mix.

Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps 12-72 hours after eating contaminated food.

The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.

If you have questions about cases in a particular state, please call that state’s health department.


Winter Weather Advisory In Effect Through Tomorrow Morning

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Jan 192019

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for our area now through 6 a.m. on Sunday.

Mixed precipitation is expected with total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches and ice accumulations of around one-tenth of an inch expected.

Plan on slippery road conditions.

An advisory is issued when a hazardous weather event is occurring, imminent or likely.