American Legion Baseball 6-2 Going Into Week Two

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Jun 252018

Jared Smith on the mound for Post 127.

Every summer right after the Amity Baseball season wraps up, Legion ball begins.

In past years we’ve had some really recognizable names grace Brinley Field at Old Tavern Park. Vinny Sienna, Chris and Pat Winkel, Teddy and Andy Hague, Mike and Tyler Appel, Brian and Matt Ronai, Max Scheps, Ben Lodewick, Eli Oliphant, Teddy Ballou, Jack Nolan, Liam Butler, Keith Klebart, Mike Concato, Mark Boland, and so many more.

Here is the 2018 roster:

#1 Chris Parkin (SS-P), #3 Marc Chodos (C-P), #4 Edward Criscuolo (LF-P), #7 Jonathan McNelis (3B-P), #8 Jack Balocca (C-RF), #9 Jared Smith (OF-P), #12 Sebastian Holt (1B-3B), #13 Mike Ficaro (P-3B), #15 Logan Corris (C-P), #21 Peter Spodnick (CF-P), #22 James Runda (2B-P), #25 Anthony Esposito (P-1B), #27 Ben Lodewick (P-LF), #32 Mike Shepa (P-LF), #33 Peter Minore (1B-P), #45 Jake Skolnick (P-RF), plus two others (No Number available) Jacob Crow (C-RF) and Jack Ranani (P-C)

Note: all of the players are either currently attending Amity or have graduated from the region 5 system except for Minore, who just graduated from Notre Dame Fairfield.

Orange Post 127 is now 6-2 for the season.

On June 16 Orange won a doubleheader vs New Haven by forfeit after that team could not get enough players on the field.

On June 17, New Haven once again forfeited to Orange (at Brinley Field).

On June 21, Orange won a doubleheader against West Haven at Brinley Field: 3-1 at 5:45 p.m. and 6-1 at the 8 p.m. game.

On June 23, Orange was on the road in Hamden against Post 88, where they had their first loss of the season. Hamden won 5-3.

Post 127 hosted Hamden for a doubleheader at Brinley Field in Orange on Sunday, June 24. Orange won the first game 5-3, but Hamden came back and won the second game by a close 3-2.

Orange is back on the road on Friday, June 29 at Piurek Field in West Haven for another game against Post 71 at 5:30 p.m. (Don’t forget to bring your bug spray, at this hour the gnats are brutal)







Amity High School’s Top Athletes Honored

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Jun 232018

The Amity Athletics Booster Club hosted its 62nd Annual Block A Athletic Award Dinner at Race Brook Country Club on Sunday, June 10.

The best of the best in Amity Athletics gathered at the event, which withholds the names of the winners until they are officially announced by his or her coach following a brief biography.

Following are the 2017-2018 MVPs in their respective sports: 

Baseball – Patrick Winkel

Boys Basketball – Tyler Thomas

Girls Basketball – Tara Laugeni

Dance – Sophie Benjamin

Boys Cross Country – Connor Visnic 

Field Hockey – Sara Kelly 









Girls Cross Country – Abby Bowser

Baseball MVP Patrick Winkel and Coach Sal Coppola.

Football – Luigi Luciani

Boys Golf – Jamie Blum

Girls Golf – Bridget Barnsley 

Boys Ice Hockey – Tyler Cole

Girls Ice Hockey – Cally Dixon

Girls Indoor Track and Field – Nicole Koshes

Boys Indoor Track and Field – Connor Visnic 

Boys Lacrosse – Dane Walsh 

Girls Lacrosse MVP Ana Carney and Coach Jenna DeRosa

Girls Lacrosse – Ana Carney

Boys Ski Racing – Henry Molot

Girls Ski Racing – Mary Foley

Boys Soccer – Thomas Kanter 

Girls Soccer – Abby Allen

Softball – Carly Marchitto

Boys Swimming – Colin Roy

Girls Swimming – Molly Cox

Boys Tennis – Marco Delsanto 

Girls Tennis – Hannah Hipona 

Girls Track and Field – Emily Zielinski 

Boys Volleyball – Arvand Golbazi 

Girls Volleyball – Abby Harbinson

Wrestling – Matthew Rothman 

And here are some special awards, and scholarship awards:

Unified Sportsmanship Award Sydney Finch

Versatility Award – Jack Nolan and Brooke Matyasovsky

Scholar Athlete – Jake Silliman and Shayna Goldblatt

Sportsmanship Award – Chris Bierezowiec and Olivia Dittman

Paul Mengold Outstanding Leadership Award – Carly Marchitto

Carly Marchitto, Winner of the Paul Mengold Leadership Award with Mengold, Athletic Director Ernie Goodwin, and her coaches.












Albert J. Seymour Memorial Award – John Benanto and Mckenzie Mcdermott

Thomas G. Laugeni Memorial Award – Colin Roy and Grace Whitman

Kevin Yanagisawa, winner of the Steven J. Zeider Memorial Swimming Award.

Steven J. Zeider Memorial Swimming Award – Kevin Yanagisawa 

James Dunleavy Memorial Hockey Award – Jordan Conn

Mark E. Greco Memorial Hockey Award – Brian Early

Jeremy Saxe Memorial Scholarship – Henry Molot

Thomas J. Ross Memorial Manager Award – Olivia Dittman

Coach of the Year (Boys Basketball) Jeff Nielsen.

Coach of the Year Award –Jeff Nielsen

Assistant Coach of the year – Nick Dottori

Outstanding Service Award – Bobby Carbone

Athlete of the Year Award – Pat Winkel and Nicole Koshes


Notes In A Nutshell: Plan And Zoning June 19

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Jun 192018

TP&Z Chair Ozzy Parente

The Town Plan and Zoning Commission had a lengthy agenda on Tuesday, June 19. Following are brief notes of what was discussed.

Zoning enforcement: The Hotel on Marsh Hill Road is coming along well, there are a few things that still need to be discussed.

A home on Buttonball that had an issue with trailers is being dealt with.

Urban Air did some outdoor plantings and there is a matter of additional business coming in.

The architect spoke on the request for a larger occupancy in the amusement business originally 400, now requesting 700, which would mean an increase in parking.

The application was approved pending a letter from Fire Marshal Tim Smith.

• The Former Bear And Grill Building had a proposal for a virtual reality business “Spot VR Lounge”, to be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The parking meets the regulations, no changes to the footprint of the building,

Unanimously approved. 

Public Hearings:

The Gherlones on 535 Highfield Road, requested an elderly apartment permit, received all the necessary signatures and meets all the town requirements.

Unanimously approved.

Special request by Chinmaya Mission on Derby Avenue for a 25% reduction in required parking spaces from 80 to 60 spaces. (use an existing basketball court that is not in use, for parking if needed)

This matter has been continued to the next meeting. 

Senior Housing on Turkey Hill Road. The room was filled with concerned citizens who opposed the application.

One concern is that the septic system could fail. The plan includes each building having its own septic system.

Department heads submitted their comments for the record. Sanitarian said soil testing has been done on the site since 2008, and there are areas of “special concern.”

Public Works Director said he also had concerns depending upon how many units there are and if there will be DEEP

Police Chief said the development would put a strain on police and emergency services, both of which already are overtaxed.

The attorney for the applicant said the following revisions have been made:

She clarified that there is no restaurant in the proposal.

The UNH Campus is NOT a part of the site plan.

Waste systems would be privately owned and not the town’s responsibility.

Reduced maximum building coverage from 30% to 15%

Several residents sent in letters expressing their opposition to the application, citing everything from traffic congestion to safety concerns and the idea that a zone change would open a can of worms that would negatively impact this and other areas in town.

The Attorney presented several letters of support (mostly copies of the same form letter) from residents, most of whom do not live in the immediate area of the proposed development.

Turkey Hill resident Mike DeVito, whose property abuts the proposed site. Initially, he didn’t oppose the plan, but as time went on and the site plan changed the idea became much less desirable. The traffic alone would be unacceptable.

His neighbor and her husband oppose the proposed amendment change.

A resident from Wheelers Farm Road, whose children attend Turkey Hill Road, said he is not opposed to smart growth, but why not put this development in an already approved zone instead of changing a zone to try and fit it in.

Dr. Mohammed from the Health Department said this is not an appropriate location for such a development.

One brave woman stood before the opposition crowd and said some people would actually like to live in a development like this.

The attorneys and other speakers later in the meeting were very chatty. Since I had other work to do, I stopped watching and suggest you click on the video on demand link under the OGAT button to the upper left side of this site and watch the remainder of the meeting.

Details Of The 2018 Orange Independence Day Concert and Fireworks

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Jun 152018

The town of Orange may be small in population, but it gained the reputation for bringing in top-flight bands and one of the best fireworks displays in the New Haven County.

For this year’s Independence Day Concert, the Orange Town News, which is once again producing the event, is presenting “The British Invasion Years” to perform prior to the town’s Annual Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular.

More than just The Beatles, The British Invasion Years is three shows in one!

First, you will hear classic songs by iconic sixties, British Groups. British Invasion music was instantly embraced because it was so eclectic…the bad boy soul of the Rolling Stones, the defiant anthems of The Who, the raw and powerful guitar sounds of The Kinks, the flower power grooves ofThe Zombies, and the uplifting pop of Herman’s Hermits.

The American Musical response follows, with memorable hits by celebrated artists like The Beach Boys, The Monkees, The Doors, and Steppenwolf.

The sixties-era retrospective concludes with an extraordinary note-for-note finale of The Beatles Abby Road album.

To preview the band, go to www.britishinvasionyears.com.

The Independence Day Concert will take place on Sunday, July 1 (rain date Monday, July 2) at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange.

The festivities will begin promptly at 6:30 pm with welcoming comments from Orange First Selectman Jim Zeoli.  The concert will be followed promptly at 9:30 pm by the Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular with Patriotic Music.

Event producer Rocky Salperto said, “We are looking forward to another premiere event for area residents to enjoy.  We are excited about producing this show for the seventh consecutive year.  We hope everyone continues to enjoy this great community event. Many thanks go out to our sponsors, our first selectman and town officials for their continued support.”

The event is made possible through area sponsors including major sponsors:  Cohen & Wolf, P.C.; Yale University, The Orange Foundation’s Olga Fund, the Orange Town News & the Town of Orange.

            Popular Food Trucks have been lined up and novelty items will also be available for purchase at the fairgrounds beginning at 6:00 pm.  WPLR Radio will also be on location.  Come early and get a good seat.  Admission is free.  There will be a suggested parking donation of $5 that will benefit the Orange Little League.

Turkey Hill Residents, School Parents Vow to Fight New Development

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Jun 142018

On Tuesday, June 19, at 7 p.m. there will be a continuation of a hearing regarding an Active Adult 55+ Community housing development on Turkey Hill Road, directly across from the Turkey Hill School Exit.

The meeting will take place at the Orange Town Hall.

Residents of that neighborhood ask that all residents join them in an effort to protect the community and children from further disturbance and commercial development.


Local Business Helps Clover Nook Tornado Fundraiser

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Jun 142018

Easily accessible on the Boston Post Road.

Kristina Kaoud, owner of Material Girls Boutique, 463 Boston Post Road (Next to Kaoud Oriental Rugs) announced today that she will donate a portion of sales when any customer mentions Clover Nook Farm at checkout Now through Sunday, June 17th.

A longtime Woodbridge resident and friend of Orange Live, Kristina hosts many types of fundraising events and said she hopes to make a nice contribution to this weekend’s fundraiser.

Thank you Kristina!

Customers, don’t forget to mention Clover Nook Farm!

Meet Amity’s Two 2018 Scholar Athletes

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Jun 122018

Jake Silliman and Shayna Goldblatt, Amity’s 2018 Amity Scholar Athletes

On Sunday, June 10, The Amity Booster Club hosted the annual Block A Dinner at Race Brook Country Club.

The event honors the best of the best of all the Athletes at Amity High School.

Top honors (Athlete of the Year), as we posted the other day, went to Patrick Winkel and Nicole Koshes.

One of the other highest awards (Scholar Athlete) went to one boy and one girl who are not only excellent on the field, court, links, track, whatever but also excel in the classroom.

This year, the male scholar-athlete Jacob Silliman was an Amity Ice Hockey defenseman.  He has an astounding 4.9 GPA.

The female scholar-athlete Shayna Goldblatt, a tiny, physically fit young lady who surprised the wrestling coach when she expressed her desire to join the team a couple of years ago. With sports trainer Kim Pierce’s encouragement, Shayna learned everything she needed to know and this year, she was one of the co-captains. She also played field hockey, contributing a lot to that team and as an underclassman, she was on the outdoor track team.


No matter what she takes on, Shayna always gives her all. She obviously takes her studies seriously and is a fantastic choice for this year’s scholar athlete award.


Come Out For The Stone Otis Herb Garden and House Tour

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Jun 112018

The Garden Club of Orange and the Orange Historical Society will host a Summer Solstice tour of the Stone Otis House Herb Garden and the Victorian Era home on Thursday, June 21 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Come and enjoy the redesigned herb and flower gardens, in their early season glory. Then come back in the fall and tour it again to see how it’s changed.

See the current Orange Life Magazine for bit of background and a glimpse of just how beautiful it can be.

Admission is free.


At The Block A Dinner, “It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again”

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Jun 112018

As Yogi Berra once said, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” At least that’s what it felt like for me. I don’t know if anyone else realized it, but it immediately struck me when the Athlete of the Year winners were announced at the Block A dinner at Race Brook Country Club in Orange.

Two years ago, at the annual Sports Dinner, Chris Winkel and Katie Koshes were crowned Amity’s Athletes of the Year.

Go forward to Sunday, June 10, Patrick Winkel and Nicole Koshes were named the 2018 Athletes of the Year.

So, there we go again. Two amazing Orange athletes with highly recognizable last names earning the top honor. This is quite a tribute to their parents, as this particular award is not only for the athlete’s playing ability but for the way they conduct themselves on and off the field.

Congratulations Pat and Nicole, you both deserve this honor. Thank you for all you did for Amity over the years, all the best in College and in all your future endeavors.

UPDATE: What Happened At The World Record Attempt Today?

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Jun 102018

Amity High School Junior Jake Bronson announced that he is organizing a world record attempt for the most participants in a baseball throwing relay.
This event is taking place on Sunday, June 10, at the Amity High School Track. Check-in will start at 9 a.m. and will continue until 11 a.m. or until he reaches the 251 person minimum.
He and his fellow organizers also are collecting monetary donations for Pitch in for Baseball, a charity that donates baseball equipment to children who cannot afford this equipment to play baseball.
If you would like to help Jake and be a part of this event and possibly make it into the Guinness Book of World Records Mark your calendar and make your way down to the Amity Track, even if it’s just to witness the action — better if you participate, though.
UPDATE: Unfortunately, not enough people showed up to make the record. Jake will try again, perhaps in the Fall.
He worked so hard and filled out all of the paperwork, prepared the track and even had games and entertainment set up for participants. It just became evident that the required amount of people were not going to show up so he reluctantly closed up shop.