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Amity Middle School Students Emulate Jackie Robinson’s Character

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Dec 132018

(Pictured, left to right): Zephaniah Abdus-Salaam, Zshonna Singleton, Sam Sender, Aditi Bhattamishra, Claire Bath, Ari Chetwynd, Oliver Kusiak, and Patrick Coughlin.

Jackie Robinson, the first black man to play professional baseball, has been used as a role model for the students at Amity Middle School in Orange. Jackie lived by non-violent actions and by values that the teachers, staff, and administrators at Amity use today as an example for the student body.

Courage is the “Jackie’s Nine” characteristic of the month for November at Amity Middle School in Orange.  Zephaniah Abdus-Salaam, a seventh-grade student, defined courage as “being proud of yourself to really stand out and protect your friends from people you don’t know…people who may bully others.”  Eighth-grader Patrick Coughlin said that courage is “staying on task during a test and studying even when you don’t want to, so you get the best result.”

The following students were recognized for demonstrating courage to do what is right, even when it is difficult. Zephaniah Abdus-Salaam, Claire Bath, Aditi Bhattamishra, Ari Chetwynd, Patrick Coughlin, Oliver Kusiak, Sam Sender, and Zshonna Singleton.

New Orange Business Dedicated To Children’s Dentistry

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Dec 122018

Town of Orange Selectman Mitchell Goldblatt, Orange Chamber of Commerce President Leslie Marsh, Owner Dr. Paula Cerqueira, Husband Richard with Daughter Aurilia, and Don Lewis, former Chamber President. Children in front are Liam, Evan, and Jonah.

Orange Children’s Dentistry staff was joined by business leaders and local dignitaries on Tuesday, Dec. 11, to take part in the practice’s grand opening celebration, where attendees learned all about the array of services available to children.

“Children experience dental visits differently than adults do, and certain parts of their care will stay planted in their memories forever,” said Dr. Paula C. Cerqueira, a pediatric dentist and founder of Orange Children’s Dentistry. “Whether your child has preventative, restorative, or special dentistry needs, we make sure that they are treated like a family member and that they understand they are in a safe environment.”

Dr. C. told attendees that her practice would serve as a hub for all children dentistry needs. With experience in various dental offices throughout Connecticut, including a role in the Department of Pediatric Surgery at Bridgeport Hospital, Dr. C. says her experiences have prepared her to provide specialized oral procedures, comprehensive dental care and preventative services for children of all ages.

When Dr. C. decided to open her own dental practice, she set out to ensure that children would receive better care than she received when she was a child. She is confident the environment she has helped create will be welcoming and inviting to children and should reinforce the idea that the practice was “built from the ground up with children in mind.”

Dr. C.  encourages families to schedule a visit to familiarize their kids to her staff and the practice. “We look forward to helping your kids maintain a great smile, and we are especially excited about meeting a new friend,” she said.

During a tour of the new office, we noticed that the rooms are nicely done with pleasing color choices and televisions mounted on the ceilings. All of the adults in attendance mentioned how they wouldn’t mind being a patient there.

As a mother of several children, the four youngest ranging from toddler to pre-teen, Dr. C knows how important it is to have a comfortable, spacious waiting room where the children can play, read, or simply relax before they are called in for their appointment.

The office is located at 518 Boston Post Road, Suites 4 – 5, Orange, (the next building over from Applebees Restaurant) directly across the street from the Orange Ale House.

The practice will begin providing dental services in January. To make an appointment, visit the website, click on appointments and fill out the form or you may call 203-404-2224


About Orange Children’s Dentistry

Orange Children’s Dentistry was created from the ground up with children in mind. The team of experienced professionals at the practice firmly believe that every teeth cleaning should be fun, and rewarding for children to help them promote lifelong habits for good oral hygiene. To help create a positive experience for children and their families, the staff at Orange Children’s Dentistry set aside time to get to know every child and ensure they are comfortable at every stage of their visit.


Dec 122018

The town of Orange has three excellent official resources for locating information that you may be seeking, right at your fingertips.

The Town Of Orange Website is designed to make your search as stress-free as possible. 

It includes a business directory link, a page for town departments, a page for boards and commissions and meeting agendas and minutes, tons of information about the community – places to go, recreation programs and more.

The town developed a great resource for you in this location, check it out!

The Chamber of Commerce has a smorgasbord of listings that may answer your questions in a matter of seconds or minutes.

Visit the chamber’s Website today for all the latest business & community events and information!

The Orange Economic Development Corporation (OEDC) also has a beautiful website that you MUST see if you’ve never visited it before.

It has an incredible business directoryIt’s so easy to find whatever you’re looking for here. Go there NOW and check it out. You’ll never have to use a business phone book again. 

OEDC is the agency that publishes the absolutely stunning Orange Life magazine that I call the ultimate coffee table magazine. It has the best writing of any publication in town and it is a wonderful resource for Orange residents.

Here at Orange Live, we are dedicated to the town of Orange and don’t fill our pages with blogs or stories from Milford or other towns. You will find local links of interest in the left-hand column of our site. Make Orange Live your go-to source for Orange



Orange Police: Man Threatened To Kill Orange Resident

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Dec 122018

Officers responded to a private residence on Country Lane in regards to a threatening complaint on Dec. 9 at 11:15 p.m.

During the investigation, officers learned that Kurt Menosky, 28, of Milford had made dozens of phone calls and sent text messages to the resident at Country Lane, and during at least one of those calls threatened to kill the complainant.

Officers located Menosky at his residence in Milford, where he was taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct and second-degree threatening.

He was released after posting $100 bond for court on Dec. 20.

Visit the Angel Tree At The Orange PD and Help Make A Child’s Dreams Come True

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Dec 112018

The Orange Police Youth and Community officers are trying something new this year, and the police department is hoping that this will be as successful as some of its other community-outreach endeavors.

Detectives Ryan DePolo and Carolyn Bailey, in partnership with Orange Community Services, have set up a ‘Holiday Giving Tree’ in the lobby vestibule at Orange Police headquarters, 314 Lambert Road.

On this tree are different angel ornaments. Each of these ornaments is dedicated to one boy or girl living in the Town of Orange. On each angel, there is the child’s name and the things he or she would like to receive for the holiday season.

The police are hoping that people will pick an angel from the tree and fulfill that child’s holiday wishes.

The items you pick for the child in need can be dropped at the Orange PD headquarters in care of either Detective DePolo or Detective Bailey. Please wrap the gifts and indicate which child you picked when doing so.

Support The Friends Of The Library This Weekend

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Dec 102018

The Friends of the Case Memorial Library is a group of dedicated volunteers who help the library in a number of ways and offer the public the amazing book sale every year.

You can help support the Friends of the Case Memorial Library by shopping at the Milford Barnes and Noble from Friday, December 14 through Thursday, December 20.

All you have to do is stop by the Library to pick up the Bookfair voucher with their special code for in-store and online sales.  The Friends will receive a percentage of the net voucher sales.

Boys’ Hockey: How’d the Spartans Fare in The West Haven Jamboree

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Dec 092018

The other day I mentioned that the Amity Spartans Boys Ice Hockey Team was participating in the  West Haven Jamboree where they would be pitted up against the best of the best in their division — West Haven, Notre Dame-West Haven and New Fairfield-Immaculate (NFI).

The Jamboree is a big scrimmage match during which the four teams rotate and compete in two 20-minute games. This was Amity’s opportunity to show what they are made of and either hold their own against the tough, tried and true big boys, or be destroyed.

I was standing near some men who I think were reporters during the West Haven-Notre Dame battle and it really irritated me when one of them said, “Amity is in trouble.” I guess he hadn’t watched them during last week’s practice or scrimmage against Masuk.

I was still hopeful and strongly believe in the 2018-19 Spartans.

I watched the nastiness and unnecessary roughness between the two West Haven rivals and thought all the time the players spent in the penalty box was a bit ridiculous, there was no reason for the nasty moves they threw at one another. When I mentioned it to someone, he just said, “They hate each other.”

That’s no excuse. I watched football teams that in past years had been real jerks, come out and act like gentlemen this year. The same should go for all sports.

I know that in hockey the kids are going to get slammed into the wall and pushed, but there is such a thing as going overboard and in my opinion, Notre Dame was the worst offender, they were nasty.

Anyway, the first game between the two West Haven teams was tied 2-2.

Game two — Then it was Amity’s turn on the ice. They were paired with West Haven, a team that’s hard to beat.

The Blue Devils were probably surprised that the Spartans scored the first goal. Cody White put amity up on the scoreboard, unassisted, less than 5 minutes into the game.

Less than two minutes later West Haven’s Ryan Bernardi,  tied the game on an assist.

At 8:59 West Haven’s Kevin Moriarty made a goal assisted by Niko Kyle, and 43 seconds later, the duo struck again, bringing the score to 3-1.

At 10:18, Sean Dupre pulled the Blue Devils even further ahead on an assist from Moriarty.

With 3:27 remaining in the game, Amity’s Eddie Martino scored on an assist from Jason Csejka.

My Spartans didn’t win, but they weren’t slaughtered. I could have been worse. Our goalie worked his butt off.

Amity had 13 saves, West Haven had 8 saves.

Final Score: 4-2 West Haven.

Game three was between NFI and Notre Dame. I was happy to see NFI beat ND (because of their earlier attitude flaws)

The fourth and final game put Amity up against NFI.

New Fairfield scored first, and second then Amity’s Martino scored on an assist.

Amity outshot NFI 18-14.

Saves: NFI 17, Amity 12

Final Score: 2-1 NFI.


The Spartans will play NFI in their first regular season game on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the Danbury Ice Arena at 5:30 p.m.

Amity Middle School – Orange Students Make First Period Honor Roll

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Dec 092018

The Amity school system is known for its educational excellence. Following is the First Marking Period Honor Roll for Amity Middle School – Orange Campus (Grades 7 and 8) for 2018-19.


Timothy Antalik, Alivia Appleby, Adwaya Bali, Jillian Barnes, Aditi Bhattamishra, Mia Bierowski, Elizabeth Bodie, Daniella Bondar, Erin Callahan, Grace Cavallaro, Luke Chang, Haseeb Chaudry, Gia Coppola, Thomas Denton, Luciana Dottori, Jacob Ebert, Hayden Einbinder, Kayleigh Fitzpatrick, Raegan French, Marissa Green-Angerame, Edward Han, Connor Hayes, Tiernan Hennessy, Kyle Iacomacci, Peter Ivanov, Jeslyn Jacob, and Zhuoling Jiang

Also, Joshua Kang, David Ke, Meghan Kirck, Ellen Ko, Selma Krehic, Avani Kulkarni, Oliver Kusiak, Grace Launder, Noelle Launder, Erec Leszczak, Jack Lewis, Angelina Li, Bridget Lowder, Anthony Lucibello, Reesa Malish, Erica Manandhar, Gianna Manuele, Devin Maroney, Mackenzie Martin, Matthew McLeod, Jaan Melville, Nathaniel Millea, Suhail Mohammed, Nate Monschein, Bridget Morrison, Zach Morrow, Alan Murray, Andie Napolitano, Oliver Nappi, Justin Palmer, Aarav Patel, Yana Patel, Anton Rathjens, Emily Russo, Samuel Sender, Anthony Stankye, Nicholas Tice, Caroline Tirollo, Leonardo Tregger, Lorenzo Tregger, Bowen Tullo, Ava Wooldridge, Annika Yun, and Riley Zielinski.


Evelyn Alfaro, Samuel Bae, Alexa Bonato, Cynthia Burns, Timothy Cap, Caitlyn Carrier, Melanie Castillo Pacheco, Hayden Chetwynd, Lily DeMaio, Tyler DeRosa, Timothy Duro, Kenneth GaNun, Sarah Ginsberg, Lauren Heenie, Ava Holden, Cayla Jackel, Jenna Kaiser, Ryan Kelly, Dean Krehic, Joslynn Laird, Patrick Meng, William Mennillo, James Morrin, Lee Morton, Yade Mus, Christopher Nam, Frank Pena-Abosaid, Dillon Pozucek, Yasmin Santos, Katherine Stage, and Sophia Vitiello.


Alivia Appleby, Jillian Barnes, Aditi Bhattamishra, Caitlyn Carrier, Benjamin Del Franco, Thomas Denton, Luciana Dottori, Abigail Fitol, Tiernan Hennessy, Ava Holden, Cayla Jackel, Ellen Ko, Grace Launder, Angelina Li, Anthony Lucibello, Erica Manandhar, Devin Maroney, Suhail Mohammed, Nate Monschein, Bridget Morrison, Samuel Sender, Maxwell Simons, Taylor Thomas, Lorenzo Tregger, Ava Wooldridge, and Riley Zielinski.


Faryal Akbar, Sedra Alasadi, Omar Almashi, Elizabeth Antalik, Sofia Appleby, Sri Arvapalli, Jayden Benichak, Giovanni Bonazzoli, Olivia Breving, Francis Cavallaro, Jenna Chizmadia, Marin Cunningham, Dahlia Deangelis, Ana Debassio, Mia Destival, Ijo Ejara, Millicent Fuller, Leo Gao, Natalie Garcia, Sarah Granados, Simran Jain, Lucas Ketchian, Emma Kirck, and Izabela Kurpios.

Also, Trevor Lavallee, Jennifer Li, Si Ru Liang, June Lin, Sophia Liu, Marco-Alessandro Lopez Rodriguez, Jennifer Luo, Adam Martire, Nicholas Massey, Zoe May, Declan O’Rourke, Harshil Parmar, Robert Pergolotti, Kiley Pickens, Aanchal Poddar, Troy Ramos, Caitlyn Richards, William Shaw, Kyra Shevis, Katherine Sim, Spencer Stratford, Sreenidhi Tadepalli, Merina Ferguson, Eric Wang, and Athanasia Zikos.


Alana Abrams, Colin Aronin, Emily Barretta, Kayla Barry, Hailey Black, Jessa Bohan. Ryan Burns, Jason Byun, Katherine Cesare, Clara Cortright, Brandon Cysner, Nicholas Digiovanni, Emilia Dottori, Brock Goodwin, Yazeed Hasan, Jack Hawes, Brandon Hutchison, Lillian Kaempffer, Daniel Kim, Dylan Lyons, Ryan Magri, Grace Mahon, Matia Malish, Kathryn Marquis, and Sally Morbidelli.

Also, Michaela Nunez, Savannah Obymachow, Sophia Page, Cameran Palermo, Jesse Palermo, Sean Pivovar, Sarah Pultz, Anna Saccente, Isabella Salvatore, Luca Santin, Marisa Scotti, Caitlyn Smith, Cassidy Smith, Chance Starrett, Holly Thorndike, Abigail Tirollo, Gabriel Tufano, Peter Turner, Marc Vanschaick, and Craig Wezenski.


Giovanni Bonazzoli, Olivia Breving, Francis Cavallaro, Ana Debassio, Claudia Garcia Munoz, Jack Hawes, Simran Jain, Emma Kirck, Izabela Kurpios, Jennifer Luo, Dylan Lyons, Grace Mahon, Nicholas Massey, Zoe May, Maggie McDonald, Zshonna Singleton, and Cassidy Smith

Open House: Beautiful Move In Ready Ranch With Hardwood Floors, finished Basement And A Workshop

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Dec 092018

Imagine entertaining for the holidays in your own gorgeous house.

In the market for a beautiful family home that you can move into right away? Check out this open house at 536 Dogwood Road in Orange with 1,468 sqft of living space, three bedrooms, two bathrooms. Take a tour today, Dec. 9, from 12:00-1:30 p.m.

This ranch style brick home is not only beautiful but unique! Enjoy first level living with the option to go downstairs to your complete finished basement with a wood burning fireplace and bar, perfect for cozy gatherings.
Equally inviting is the living room complete with gleaming hardwood floors and yet another fireplace for relaxing on winter nights. Central air for comfort in the summertime.
The master bedroom, master bath and sitting room/office complete with a second private trex deck for ultimate relaxation all were remodeled in 2014.
That’s not all, a large fenced in trex deck surrounds the above ground pool and manicured level yard, perfect for entertaining during those warm summer months.
The 2 car garage has been converted into a HEATED garage/workshop with cabinetry and a separate entrance.
Located in Amity’s award-winning school district, minutes from Yale, Rt 15 and I-95. This home checks all the boxes for year-round enjoyment. Recently Reduced Price. Offered for $335,000.

This Week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedules

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Dec 092018

This week the regular season games begin and except for one scrimmage, everything from this day forward counts.

NOTE: Girls Ice Hockey has a new HOME. They now play out of Hamden instead of Shelton.

Here are this week’s Amity varsity sports schedules:

Monday, Dec. 10

Boys Basketball vs. Seymour (Scrim.) Home at Amity High School at 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 11

Girls Basketball vs Wilbur Cross Home at Amity High School at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 12

Boys Ice Hockey vs. New Fairfield Immaculate (NFI) Away at Danbury Ice Arena at 5:30 p.m.

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Wrestling vs. Cheshire Away at Cheshire High East Gym at 6:00 p.m.

Girls Ice Hockey vs. ND Fairfield-Law-Foran-Weston-Pomperaug Home at Hamden Ice Rink at 4:00 p.m.Thursday, Dec. 13

Thursday, Dec. 13

Boys Basketball vs. Pomperaug Away at PHS Main Gym at 7:00 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs. Lyman Hall Home at Amity High School at 7:00 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 14

No Scheduled Events

Saturday, Dec. 15

Wrestling Shelton Invitational Away at 10:00 a.m.

Boys Ice Hockey vs. Milford Coop Away at Milford Ice Pavilion at 1:00 p.m.

Girls Ice Hockey vs. Guilford Away at East Haven Ice Rink at 5:45 p.m.

Boys Basketball vs. Trumbull Home at Amity High School at 7:00 p.m.