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And Your Olympic Champions Are:

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Jun 022016
 

IMG_1544Following two and a half hours of non-stop athletic events on the Orange Fairgrounds Wednesday afternoon, Orange elementary school students and their parents gathered in front of the gazebo for the medal ceremony.

The first, second and third place winners in each event for boys and girls, fifth and sixth grade categories were called up individually and presented with a bronze, silver or gold medal, then took his or her place on the podiums for all to see.

Gold Medalists also received an official olympic jacket for their accomplishments.

Here are photos of the medal winners:

(For security reasons, no names will be released)

 

Students Participate in Annual Elementary School Olympic Games

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Jun 012016
 

On Wednesday, June 1, the 10th Annual Orange Elementary School Olympics took place at the Orange Fairgrounds from 4-7:30 p.m.

IMG_1520For the past decade, Jim Ronai has been running the event, and more than 150 Orange 5th and 6th grade students were conditioned and ready to compete against their peers from the three elementary schools during the games.
The student athletes must qualify in order to compete in one or more of the seven featured events. One of the goals of the program is to give children an opportunity to display their athletic talents in a school affiliated venue.
The hope is that many of these students will associate this positive experience with their academic experience and pride in their work, thus producing the foundation for the development of true student athletes. The kids work hard to qualify and play to win during the competitions. They show good sportsmanship and support one another during the games.
A large crowd of parents, teachers and siblings were there to cheer on these phenomenal athletes.

Included in the fun were emcee/DJs Eddie Choiniere and Jimmy Pino, Orange natives and Ronai’s childhood friends, who kept the afternoon and evening entertaining for everyone on the fairgrounds.

Spectators saw some future superstars who will wow the crowds on the fields and tracks of Amity High School, Lauralton Hall, Notre Dame – West Haven, Fairfield Prep and other schools in years to come. Some were extremely impressive.

 

Class of ’85, 2013 and More Represented At Amity Alumni Game

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Dec 262015
 

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The annual Amity Alumni Basketball game took place this morning in the Paul Mengold Gymnasium.

Dozens of talented players from the past, including “old guys” from 1985 (Jim Ronai) and familiar faces like Dave Ryan and Zac Campbell from the class of 2013 showed that they still have moves.

Most impressive perhaps were the numerous displays of good sportsmanship: players from the “home” team (gray shirts) extending a hand to the “visiting” team (yellow shirts) and cheering the opposition’s amazing shots.

The gray team kept the lead through most of the game — the score was 97-92 at 1:12 in the final quarter. The yellow team came close toward the end and then, BAM, at the very last second Matt Ronai (class of 2014) sunk one in and tied the score 97-97.

The alumni game is always fun, and if you didn’t attend, you really missed out on something special!

Current coach Jeff Nielsen, former Athletic Director Paul Mengold and several of this year’s players were in the audience.

 

 

 

 

 

Student Athletes Shine At Annual Orange Elementary School Olympic Games

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Jun 042015
 

Two girls are neck in neck at the halfway point of a race at the Orange Elementary School Olympics.

Two girls are neck in neck at the halfway point of a race at the Orange Elementary School Olympics.

On Wednesday, June 3, the Orange Elementary School Olympics took place at the Orange Fairgrounds from 4-7:30 p.m.

For nine years Jim Ronai has been running the event, and more than 150 Orange 4th and 5th grade students were conditioned and ready to compete against their peers from the three elementary schools during the games.
The student athletes must qualifyin order to compete in one or more of the seven featured events.One of the goals of the program is to give children an opportunity to display their athletic talents in a school affiliated venue. The hope is that many of these students will associate this positive experience with their academic experience and pride in their work, thus producing the foundation forthe development of true student athletes.The kids work hard to qualify and play to win during the competitions. They show good sportsmanship and support one another during the games.A large crowd of parents, teachers and siblings were there to cheer on these phenomenal athletes.

Included in the fun were emcee/DJs Eddie Choiniere and Jimmy Pino, Orange natives and Ronai’s childhood friends, who kept the afternoon and evening entertaining for everyone on the fairgrounds.

Congratulations to all of the participating students and to those who won medals.

First Place event winners received an Orange Olympics jacket too.

It was a great day  for up and coming athletes in the town of Orange.

 

A LOOK BACK: The Board of Ed Grammar School Olympics Showcases Students’ Athletic Talents

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Jun 242014
 

IMG_0319_2On Wednesday, June 11, the Orange Elementary School Olympics took place at the Orange Fairgrounds from 4-7 p.m. No rain date was necessary, as it was the perfect day.

For eight years Jim Ronai has run the event, and this year more than 150 Orange students were conditioned and ready to compete against their peers from the three elementary schools during the games.
The student athletes must qualify in order to compete in one or more of the seven featured events.One of the goals of the program is to give children an opportunity to display their athletic talents in a school affiliated venue. The hope is that many of these students will associate this positive experience with their academic experience and pride in their work, thus producing the foundation for the development of true student athletes.
The kids work hard to qualify and play to win during the competitions. They show good sportsmanship and support one another during the games.Following are the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each of the events.
Per our agreement with the BOE, the last names are not revealed, and recognizable faces are blurred in the photos.
SOFTBALL THROW – 5TH GRADE BOYS1) JACOB W. 170′ 10″

2) LUKE H. 169′ 3″

3) JACK F. 162′ 10″

SOFTBALL THROW – 5TH GRADE GIRLS

1) LEIA F. 154′

2) ABBY G. 152′ 7″

3) MAEVE M. 137′ 8″

SOFTBALL THROW – 6TH GRADE BOYS

1) Joe D. 211′

2) Will R. 210′ 3″

3) Joey M. 180′

SOFTBALL THROW – 6TH GRADE GIRLS

1) MARISSA D. 169′ 6″

2) KELLY T. 157′ 2″

3) HAILE E. 149′

SHUTTLE RUN – 5TH GRADE BOYS

1) BRADY H.

2) PRESTON K.

3) CHRISTIAN C.

SHUTTLE RUN – 6TH GRADE GIRLS

1) EMMA T.

2) ALESSANDRA B.

3) GUISTINA P.

SHUTTLE RUN – 6TH GRADE BOYS

1) BILLY R.

2) BRETT H.

3) JEREMIAH M.

SHUTTLE RUN – 6TH GRADE GIRLS

1) JILLIAN M.

2) TESS V.

3) MADISON S.

RELAY – 5TH GRADE BOYS

1) AFRICA: Jacob C, Preston K, Jack K, Arian B.

2) ASIA: Xavier R, Jack C, Arsenio B, Aidan A.

3) EUROPE: Owen L, Cameron S, Jonathon M, Christian C.

RELAY – 5TH GRADE GIRLS

1) ASIA: Mia H, Abby G, Kiera B, Mia K.

2) AFRICA: Maeve Malone, Emma T, Georgia S, Lauren R.

3) EUROPE: Brigette G, Sarah M, Sydney P, Jessica Y.

RELAY – 6TH GRADE BOYS

1) EUROPE: Nick R, Mike L, Michael S, Jamie G.

2) NORTH AMERICA: Alex P, Paul R. Jeremiah S, Ryan N.

3) AFRICA: Andy G, Nick B, Adrian G, Eddie M.

RELAY – 6TH GRADE GIRLS

1) EUROPE: Ameya M, Jillian M, Alexandria B, Haile E.

2) NORTH AMERICA: Kalin L, Vera B, Tess C, Lauren C.

3) AFRICA: Dana D, Ruth C, Meadow B, Andela D.

CANNONBALL – 5TH GRADE BOYS

1) MILES T. 34′

2) PRESTON K. 33′

3) [TIE] EVAN J.  and  ANDREW C. 32′

CANNONBALL – 5TH GRADE GIRLS

1) LEIA F. 36′

2) MAEVE M. 35′

3) KIERA B. 32′

CANNONBALL – 6TH GRADE BOYS

1) JEREMIAH M. 50′

2) ANDY G. 45′

3) BILLY R. 44.5′

CANNONBALL – 6TH GRADE GIRLS

1) MARISSA D. 39.5′

2) AMERICA C. 36′

3) KELLY T. 35′

MILE RUN – 5TH GRADE BOYS

1) BRADY H. 6:0

2) AIDAN A. 6:10

3) ARIAN B. 6:11

MILE RUN – 5TH GRADE GIRLS

1) CRISTIN E. 6:48

2) GEORGIA S. 6:50

3) CORYNNE C. 6:56

MILE RUN – 6TH GRADE BOYS

1) BRETT H. 6:01

2) MITCHELL S. 6:07

3) NICO S. 6:13

MILE RUN – 6TH GRADE GIRLS

1) RUTH C. 6:40

2) AVERY D. 6:52

3) VERA B. 6:54

BROAD JUMP – 5TH GRADE BOYS

1) CAMERON S. 6’4″

2) LUKE H. 6’3″

3) XAVIER R. 6′

BROAD JUMP – 5TH GRADE GIRLS

1) SYDNEY P. 6’5″

2) LAUREN R. 6’4″

3) LEIA F. 5’10”

BROAD JUMP – 6TH GRADE BOYS

1) NICO S. 6’9″

2) BILLY R. 6’8″

3) EDDIE M. 6’7″

BROAD JUMP – 6TH GRADE GIRLS

1) AMEYA M. 6’6″

2) CHLOE S. 6’3″

3) UULEN H. 6’2″

100-YARD DASH – 5TH GRADE BOYS

1) CAMERON S.

2) BRADY H.

3) JACK C.

100-YARD DASH – 5TH GRADE GIRLS

1) EMILY Z.

2) MIA H.

3) SYDNEY P.

100-YARD DASH – 6TH GRADE BOYS

1) JAKE F.

2) ALI B.

3) BRETT H.

100-YARD DASH – 6TH GRADE GIRLS

1) RUTH C.

2) KALIN L.

3) EMANI B.

 

See Photos on our Orange Live Facebook Page.

 

Brinley Field Closed for Improvements

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Aug 302013
 

P&R commissioner Jim Ronai speaks at the Aug. Commission meeting

P&R commissioner Jim Ronai speaks at the Aug. Commission meeting

Brinley Field at Old Tavern Park was not in the best shape during the American Legion Baseball Season this year.

Jim Ronai is not only a member of the Orange Parks and Recreation Commission but also the parent of a legion player, so he saw first-hand, game after game just how hazardous the field could be.

During this week’s Park & Rec Commission meeting the subject of the field came up and it was announced that Brinley Field is being worked on and is shut down until fall baseball begins.

The scoreboard, which some parents and past players treasure for the nostolgia, did not work all last season and it was frustrating for anyone who didn’t have a score sheet or game app, always asking others “What’s the score?” or “What inning is this?”

Fixing the scoreboard is costly and a major project, so the two-part question is … Do we fix the old scoreboard with no guarantee that it will work for a long time OR do we buy a new scoreboard?

Commission Chairman Joe Lembo said when the time comes they should go out for price quotes from companies for both options and then bring it back to the table for discussion.

Orange Grammar School Olympics, True Athletes Working Hard and Having Fun

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Jun 212013
 

A victorious moment from the olympic games.

A victorious moment from the olympic games.

On Wednesday, June 12, Orange Live attended the Orange Elementary School Olympics at the Orange Fairgrounds.

For seven years Jim Ronai has been running the event, and this year more than 150 Orange students were conditioned and ready to compete against their peers from the three elementary schools during the games.
The student athletes must qualify in order to compete in one or more of the seven featured events.One of the goals of the program is to give children an opportunity to display their athletic talents in a school affiliated venue.

The hope was that many of these students would associate this positive experience with their academic experience and pride in their work, thus producing the foundation for the development of true student athletes.

The kids work hard to qualify and during the competitions. They show good sportsmanship and support one another during the games.

After receiving medals two student athletes approached Ronai and told him that a mistake had been made and someone else had earned it. This was the kind of true athlete that the Orange Schools has produced.

Once again Amity alum “Mr. Personality” Ed Choiniere volunteered his time as DJ and Emcee.

Ronai said he and Choiniere attended Amity High School at the same time and they’ve done the event together every year since the beginning. “It just works so well,” he said.

Winners List

Grade 5 Girls

Mile Run — 1. Ruth Cortright 2. Vera Belfonti 3. Rika Howard

100 Yd Dash — 1 Ruth Cortright 2 Emani Barrett 3 Chloe Smith

Shuttle — 1. Madisson Smith 2. Tess Csejka 3. Ana Carney

Broad Jump — 1. Lena Hildrich 2. Chloe Smith 3. Madisson Smith

Softball Throw — 1. Marissa Dwyer 2. Kelly Thomas 3. Jenna Walsh

Cannonball — 1. Marissa Dwyer  2. Kelly Thomas 3. America Cerrilos

Grade 6 Girls

Mile Run — 1. Madelyn Ciscowski 2. Abby Bowser 3. Clare Zorena

100 Yd Dash — 1. Avery Malone 2. Kaylee Huber 3. Lani Beaudette

Shuttle — 1. Gina Driscoll 2 Rebecca Doyle 3. Izabella Jones

Broad Jump — 1. Lani Beaudette 2 Kaylee Huber 3. Christie Recine

Softball Throw — 1. Olivia Pisano 2. Chermaine Robichard 3. Sarah Chung

Cannonball — 1. Avery Malone 2. Marcelle Gagnon 3. Makayla Syphrette

Grade 5 Boys

Mile Run — 1. Julian Barroso 2. Evan Arovas 3. Mitchell Sousa

100 Yard Dash — 1 Bret Hutchinson 2. Jake Forchetti 3. Ali Bobi

Shuttle — 1 Nico Semmonella 2. Billy Regan 3. Jeremiah Schmidtke

Broad Jump — 1 Jeremiah Morrero, 2. Eddie Martino 3. Brett Hutchinson

Softball Throw — 1 Joe DiGello 2. Will Rotko 3. Connor Bath

Cannonball — Jeremiah Morrero 2. Joe DiGello 3. Andy Gnidula

Grade 6 Boys

Mile Run — 1. Cole Bova 2. Connor Visnic 3. David DeMattia

100 Yard Dash — 1. Sean Nusdeao 2. Joey DiBenedetto 3. Michael Bier

Shuttle — 1 Collin Hughes 2. Max Dragan 3. Michael Vitagliano

Broad Jump — 1. Zack Hochman 2. Jeremy Robichard 3. Xian-Zheng Zhong

Softball Throw — 1. Anthony Esposito 2. Michael Young 3. Jacob Lettick

Cannonbal — 1. Charlie Hoddinott 2 Sean Nusdeo 3. Anthony Esposito

 

7th Orange Elementary School Olympic Festival On June 12

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Jun 102013
 

Jim Ronai gives out instructions during the 2011 Olympics.

Jim Ronai gives out instructions during the 2011 Olympics.

For seven years Jim Ronai has been running the Orange Elementary School Olympics, and this year more than 150 Orange students are conditioned and ready to compete against their peers from the three elementary schools during the games at the Orange Fairgrounds, Wednesday, June 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. (Rain date June 13)

The student athletes must qualify in order to compete in one or more of the seven featured events.

One of the goals of the program is to give children an opportunity to display their athletic talents in a school affiliated venue.

The hope is that many of these students will associate this positive experience with their academic experience and pride in their work, thus producing the foundation for the development of true student athletes.

Food will be available for purchase under the pavilion during the event for spectators.

Everyone is welcome to come out and support tomorrow’s great athletes in this wonderful event.

The kids work hard to qualify and during the competitions. They show good sportsmanship and support one another during the games.

Once again Amity alum “Mr. Personality” Ed Choiniere has agreed to DJ/Emcee the event.

Originally Published on: Jun 7, 2013 @ 12:49 a.m.

An Event With Jim, Ed, And 150 Student Athletes

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Jun 062012