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It’s Happening At The Library — Kids’ Drama Activities

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Dec 172018

Case Memorial Library—

The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road offers the following activities for young people.

The Mouse Bride Drama Workshop
Thursday, December 20, 6 p.m.
Hear the tale of “The Mouse Bride”, then re-enact it and complete a fun art activity! This drama workshop is generously funded by a grant from the Orange Foundation Trust U/A, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.  Registration is required.

Take the Stage: Theatre Games and Improvisations

Saturday, January 5, 2 p.m.
For children ages 7-12.  Expect the unexpected at this special drama workshop led by Ingrid Schaeffer!  We’ll play games and use our imaginations to create original scenes and stories.  Registration is required.  This drama workshop is generously funded by a grant from the Orange Foundation Trust.

Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register.

Girls’ Ice Hockey: Blades Battle Guilford on Dec. 15

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Dec 172018

The Blades Girls Ice Hockey team (Amity/North Haven/Cheshire) was on the road in East Haven on Saturday, Dec. 15 for a game against the always strong Guilford team.

In the first period, the Blades’ Caroline Cadelina put her team up on the board first with an unassisted goal.

Guilford’s Danialla Vickerman tied things up on an assist from Jacquelyn Violette and Madison Epke. Then Lily Mackey pulled Guilford into the lead assisted by Sydney Miles.

Score: 2-1 Guilford

In the second period, Miles scored an unassisted goal, followed by an additional point by Olivia Gill, assisted by Madison Epke

The Blades’- Haley Cable narrowed the score on an assist from Shannon Reilly and Mia Dow.

Score: 4-2 Guilford

The Blades battled in the third period, determined not to lose this matchup. Andrea DelVecchio made a goal assisted by Meaghan Hogan and Shannon Reilly, bringing the score to 4-3, but that was the best they could do.

The Blades lost to Guilford.

Blades Goalie Caitlin Ranciato worked so hard and made a difference.

Records: Blades 0-3, Guilford 1-1

The Blades next game is on Wednesday at their home ice – Hamden Ice Rink at 8 p.m. They’ll be playing West Haven – SHA (2-0 both of which were shutouts).

Amity Winter Sports Schedules for Dec. 17-22

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Dec 162018

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The Winter Sports Season is in full swing, This week, the Boys swim team hits the water, Boys and Girls’ basketball and Ice Hockey compete and Indoor Track begins.

Here are this week’s Amity Varsity Sports schedules:

Monday, Dec. 17

Boys Indoor Track SCC Developmental Track Meet #1 Away – Floyd Little Center 5:00 p.m.

Boys Swimming and Diving vs Hamden Home – Orange Community Pool 6:00 p.m.

It’s Basketball Season!

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

Tuesday, Dec. 18

Girls Indoor Track SCC Developmental 1 Away at Floyd Little Ctr. 5:00 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs Hillhouse Away at Hillhouse HS Gym 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 19

Wrestling vs East Haven Away at East Haven High School 6:00 p.m.

Boys Ice Hockey vs BBD Away at Danbury Ice Arena 7:40 p.m.

Girls Ice Hockey vs West Haven SHA Home at Hamden Ice Rink 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 20

Boys Basketball vs Cheshire Away at Cheshire High West Gym 7:00 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 21

Girls Basketball vs Sheehan Home at Amity High School 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 22

Wrestling Southington Duals Away 10:00 a.m.

Girls Ice Hockey v. Suffield-Ellington-Enfield-Granby-Canton Home at Hamden Ice Rink 3:00 p.m.


Don’t Forget, Santa’s Helper Saturday, Dec. 15

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Dec 152018

If you are one of the lucky families that signed up for Santa’s Helper this year, don’t forget that today’s the day!

Santa is practicing his “Ho, Ho, Ho” and the elves and helpers have been working hard to get the fire trucks ready to go!

Don’t make alternate plans for today, Saturday, Dec. 15, because Santa gets very sad when families aren’t home when he and the firefighters arrive.

The start time for Santa’s Helper deliveries is 3 p.m.

Support The Friends Of The Library This Weekend

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Dec 142018

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.

Tractor Parade A Tremendous Hit

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Dec 142018

(photo by John Lott)

The Orange Holiday Festival has always been a highlight of the season. It’s a time when residents come together to celebrate as one, taking in the sights and sounds of the town center, appreciating the historical aspects that are all too often overlooked these days, by visiting the Stone-Otis House and Academy Building (Museum – old schoolhouse) and enjoying the local talent of former school Principal/Musician Al deCant at the library and the tremendous bell choir and singers at the Congregational Church.

It’s been a tradition for the Amity Chamber Singers to perform at the library, but this year they sang from the loft in the church and sounded wonderful, but few people knew in advance that they’d be there and kept checking the library for them.

One feature that was introduced last year, the brainchild of Denise Fantarella, the town’s farming background had its own showcase event with the tractor parade. Locals were more than happy to adorn their big and small tractors, golf carts, etc with lights, lighted plastic blow figures, inflatables, and garland.

They gathered at the fairgrounds and then drove up to the Town Green on Orange Center Road past the enthusiastic crowd.

Now in its second year, the parade was as popular as ever. Fantarella and David Eisenman organized the parade and attracted 26 participants with tractors – 12 of them pulling festively decorated wagon “floats.”

People lined the street well in advance, anxiously awaiting the first glimmer of light to appear in the distance. Fantarella’s son, Blue, led the procession. It seems that each passing display was more colorful and elaborate than the next.

Aside from the tree lighting and visits with Santa, I think the tractor parade may be one of the most treasured parts of the Orange Holiday Festival.

Here are some more photos from John Lott.

Remembering The Victims of Sandy Hook 6 Years Later

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Dec 142018

On Dec. 14, 2012, Orange Live was just 7 months old. I’d promised readers that I would stick to the town of Orange and had kept my promise until 9:37 a.m. when I first heard about the murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Everything that I reported that day came from former colleagues at the scene, one who was a good friend of Dawn Hochsprung, the school’s principal.

Although I could have grabbed a press pass and made my way up there, but first responders had enough going on and from the sound of their voices as they relayed their information to me, I knew that it was not necessary for me to be on the scene to feel the sadness and horror of a sicko murdering children and teachers in what everyone thought was a safe place.

I have never mentioned the murderer’s name, nor will I now, because that monster and its non-motive for killing the innocent should not be given any attention. But the principal, teachers, and little children, most of whom were as old as my granddaughter is now, should never be forgotten.


The monster started its morning by killing its mother in their home. Five minutes later at 9:35 a.m. it shot its way through a glass panel next to the locked front entrance doors of the school and was confronted by Dawn Hocksprung, School Psychologist Mary Sherlach, and Lead Teacher Natalie Hammond, who left a meeting to investigate. He killed Hockspring and Sherlach and wounded Hammond.

A school custodian, Rick Thorne ran through the school warning classrooms of the danger.

The monster forced his way into a first-grade classroom where substitute teacher Lauren Rousseau was trying to hide her tiny students in a bathroom. Rousseau and Rachel D’Avino a behavioral therapist, who was only there for the week were killed along with 15 students. Only one 6-year-old girl survived by lying still and playing dead — although she has to live with the horror of what she heard and saw that day.

The murderer then came into Victoria Soto’s first-grade classroom and shot her, teacher’s aid Anne Marie Murphy and five children. What exactly happened is not clear, but somehow, when the monster stopped shooting (possibly because the rifle jammed) nine children were able to run from the classroom to safety. Police later found two surviving children who had hidden in the bathroom.

Vicki’s father told me last year that his daughter was supposed to have the day off, but decided to go in that morning.

So, today, let’s take a few moments to remember the heroes, first responders, and the victims and their families and pray that even though many of our legislators are owned by the NRA and refuse to make changes, that senseless gun violence can be stopped. Enough is enough.

Think about these innocent children and the terror they felt, calling for their mommies’ and sobbing as the merciless monster shot them and their friends.

Charlotte Bacon, 6Daniel Barden, 7, Olivia Engel, 6, Josephine Gay, 7, Dylan Hockley, 6, Madeleine Hsu, 6,  Catherine Hubbard, 6, Chase Kowalski, 7, Jesse Lewis, 6, Ana Márquez-Greene, 6, James Mattioli, 6, Grace McDonnell, 7, Emilie Parker, 6, Jack Pinto, 6, Noah Pozner, 6, Caroline Previdi, 6, Jessica Rekos, 6, Avielle Richman, 6, Benjamin Wheeler, 6, and Allison Wyatt, 6.

The only guns that should be allowed to the public are muskets. They take a long time to load and give you time to think. 

Boys’ Hockey: Spartan Take Down D1 New Fairfield-Immaculate (NFI)

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Dec 142018

File Photo from 2018.

Other news agencies are not giving Amity any attention yet, but when they are in the state final, remember that Orange Live said they are “great this year” since before the season opener. I also said there would be a couple of stand out players, and so far, Jason Csejka #18, and Ed Martino #17 are two of the ones to watch.

The Spartans played NFI in Danbury on Wednesday and proved me right. (thanks, boys).

Going in, some may have thought they wouldn’t do well, but let’s take a look at what happened.

In the first period, both teams were able to keep one another from getting onto the scoreboard.

Just 1:46 minutes into the second period, Martino made a goal off an assist from Csejka.

In the third period, Csejka wasted no time and :13 seconds after returning to the ice, scored off an assist from Martino, pulling Amity to a 2-0 lead. Six minutes later, a stunned NFI came alive and they made their first and only goal, bringing the score to 2-1.

At 2-1, anything could have happened, of course, and to Spartans’ fans delight, with less than three minutes left in the game, Martino slammed one in, assisted by Csejka and Yes, folks, Amity defeated NFI 3-1.


On Saturday, Dec. 15, The Spartans will be on the road in Milford for a game against the Milford Co-Op at the Milford Ice Pavilion at 1 p.m. Don’t miss it, come and cheer on the Amity Spartans this weekend.



Girls’ Ice Hockey: Notre Dame – Fairfield Defeats the Blades in Hamden

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Dec 132018

On Wednesday, Dec. 12, the Blades (Amity-North Haven-Cheshire) Ice Hockey team, took on Notre Dame – Fairfield (ND Fairfield-Law-Foran-Weston-Pomperaug) on their new home ice at the Hamden Ice Rink.

Our Blades played hard, but Notre Dame had the upper hand in this match-up, scoring one goal in each period (each one assisted by Laura Dennigan).

Notre Dame outshot the Blades 29 – 22.

Our Goalie, Caitlin Ranciato made 26 saves, and Notre Dame’s goaltender made 22 saves.

Team Records: Notre Dame 3-0, Blades 0-2

It’s still early in the season, and our girls have time to practice and improve on any weaknesses they may have.

The next shot they have will be on Saturday, Dec. 15 vs Guilford at the East Haven Ice Rink at 5:45 p.m.


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.