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.


Register NOW for the Orange Police Citizen’s Academy

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Feb 142020

What is an officer looking for when she patrols a shopping center parking lot?

Is a shoplifting investigation an easy 5-minute job, or can it take several hours to complete?

Why do the Orange Police need all those vehicles? What is that truck used for? Does Orange have a SWAT unit?

A group of 20 pre-registered students will get the answers to these questions and so much more when they take part in the Orange Citizens Police Academy, beginning in April.

The academy is a unique opportunity for regular citizens to see first-hand all the behind the scenes workings of the Orange Police Department.

The Orange Police Department is offering an opportunity for citizens to see the inner-workings of a municipal police department.

Classes will be offered on Wednesday evenings, 6:30p-9:00p, beginning April 22, 2020. Classes are held at Orange Police Department Headquarters, 314 Lambert Road in Orange.

The Citizen’s Academy will include subjects such as the history of the Orange Police Department, traffic accident investigation, firearms, court system overview, police patrol procedures, and crime scene processing.

Students also will have the opportunity to ride along with a patrol officer. Each session will be conducted by members of the department deemed knowledgeable in specific areas of the curriculum.

Class size is limited to twenty; all attendees must be eighteen years of age or older. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to Orange residents.

For further information, or to register, contact Detective Carolyn Bailey at 203-891-2138, ext. 8246. Registration will be available until April 15, 2020, or until the class is filled, whichever comes first.

This is a great chance for you to learn about the police department that serves you and your community.

Boys Swimming: Feb. 7 Results

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Feb 142020

The Amity Spartans Swimming and Diving team (5-4) was on the road in Windsor Locks for a meet against the Suffield Co-op on Feb 7.
Amity came out on top with a score of 88-77.
Amity’s Winning Events
200 Medley Relay 1:48.74 A Nolan Young, Brodey Lu, Kevin Sweeney, Nic Robinson
200 Free 1:54.38 A Mark Platonov
100 Fly 59.03 A Kevin Sweeney
100 Free 53.07 A Nic Robinson
500 Free 5:08.61 A Mark Platonov
200 Free Relay1:38.10 A Kevin Sweeney, Nic Robinson, Mark Platonov, John Alvarado
100 Back 1:01.89 A Nolan Young
Suffield’s Winning Events
200 IM 2:07.07 S Sam Tesko
50 Free 23.88 S Saxon Nussbaum
100 Breast 1:08.13 S Joey Stavalone
400 Free Relay 4:02.48 S Matt Sinofsky, Drew Martin-Ryan, Ethan Araujo, Chris Hoover

Support Officer Peterson In This Year’s Super Plunge

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Feb 082020

Officer Denny Peterson is a member of the the Orange Police Department and a town captain for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

Last year, he participated in his First Super Plunge to benefit the CT Special Olympics and with the help of family and friends, he was able to exceed his goal of raising $2,400 and brought in $2,800.

Next month, on Saturday, March 28th through Sunday, March 29th, Officer Peterson will be joining the Super Plungers for another 24 hours of fun. His fundraising goal, once again, is $2,400, though he is hoping to exceed last year’s $2,800. But he needs your help.

The SUPER PLUNGE is a Penguin Plunge Event to Benefit Special Olympics Connecticut and is an effort to increase both awareness and fundraising for the Torch Run Plunge.

The SUPER PLUNGE is exactly like your typical Penguin Plunge, with only one small difference.  Instead of plunging into the near-freezing water a single time, “SUPER PLUNGERS” must plunge once per hour for a 24-hour period.

Peterson said the water feels like a million needles, and as the day goes on the pain increases, yet it’s worth it for the cause.

Want to help?

Support by making a donation to his page. The process is fast, easy, and secure… and you can be sure that it will benefit a great cause. As of today, Saturday, Feb. 8, he is at 29% of his goal, so why not help him out now while it’s fresh on your mind?


Donate Online: Just click the donate button and answer a few questions to use your credit card online.

Donate by Check: Make a check out to Special Olympics CT and send it to Officer Peterson.  Make a note on the check that your contribution is for his plunge.

“Thank you all so much for your donations,” he said. “Together we can reveal the champion in all of us.”

Former Amity Baseball Player Now Head Coach In Tolland

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Feb 042020

Orange native, Howie Dietch has been named the new Tolland High School Varisty Baseball Coach.
Howie previously coached at Hamden High as the Freshman and JV coach, at Southington as an assistant varsity coach and last year was the Manchester High Assistant Varsity coach where he also is a History teacher.
Howie played baseball at Amity High School. He is the son of Jody and Jeffrey Dietch.

Boys Swimming and Diving: Amity Bests Hand in Orange

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Feb 042020

Amity’s Kevin Sweeney won the 100 Fly in 57.12

The Amity Spartans Boys Swim Team hosted the Daniel Hand Tigers in Orange Monday night.

The Spartans (4-4) were at the top of their game, outscoring Hand 102-82
Amity’s winning events:
200 Medley Relay 1:47.53 A Nolan Young, Brodey Lu, Kevin Sweeney, John Alvarado
50 Free 24.08 A Nic Robinson

No one could touch Amity’s Tyler Roy in the 100 Free

100 Fly 57.12 A Kevin Sweeney
100 Free 50.96 A Tyler Roy
500 Free 5:13.94 A Connor Hallstrom
200 Free Relay1:34.97 A Kevin Sweeney, John Alvarado, Nic Robinson, Tyler Roy
100 Breast 1:07.09 A Brodey Lu
Hand’s winning events:

Hand’s Alexander Hauser’s perfect form won him the diving competition.

200 Free 1:55.22 H William Porter

200 IM 2:04.85 H Daniel Chen
Diving 186.25 H Alexander Hauser
100 Back 56.77 H Daniel Chen
400 Free Relay 3:34.65 H William Porter, Jack Signorello, Joseph Starkey, Daniel Chen