Girls’ Lacrosse: Warde Mustangs Trample Lady Spartans

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Apr 192017

The Lady Spartans Lacrosse team hosted the Mustangs from Fairfield Warde on Tuesday in Woodbridge.

Amity has not had the most stellar season, going into this game with three losses behind them (Southington 8-13, Shelton 2-14 and Hand 2-14).

The mustangs charged onto the field, winning most of the face-offs and effortlessly scored the first goal in less than 30 seconds, and the first six goals in 4 minutes and 15 seconds.

Goal number 7 flew into the net at 17:51. Warde really had to work for the next goal which came nearly five minutes later with 12:03 remaining in the first period.

And so it continued. The final score was 15-1, Warde.

Records: Amity 0-4, Warde 4-1

The season is young and the Lady Spartans have time to regroup and pull themselves together. We wish them luck.

Amity Roster

Seniors — Kathryn Kaligian (#3); Bailey MacNamara (#12); Micaela Casapulla (#16); Bridget Taylor (#18); Cassandra Bishop (#20); Jenna Saleh (Goalie #41); Kaitlyn Paradis (#43); Jena Casman (Goalie #50).

Juniors — Eliza Crane (#6); Alana Mosley (#7); Faith Philpot (#8); Merin Cooper (#9); Taylor Walsh (#15); Mckenzie Mcdermott (#22);  Abigail Chamberlain (no number given).

Sophomores — Madelyn Pickett (#11); Elaina Ferraro (#27).

Freshmen — Ana Carney (#30);  Abigail Wisnewski (#44).

Save The Date For The 2017 Memorial Day Parade

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Apr 182017

The annual Town of Orange Memorial Day Ceremonies and Parade will take place on Sunday, May 28, 2017.

The parade honorees have been announced:

Robert DeFeo – Grand Marshal

Peter Shery – Chief of Staff

Donald Jewell, posthumously – Honored Veteran

Paul Tarbox – Keynote Speaker

Kevin Gilbert once again will serve as Parade Organizer! Parade ceremonies will commence promptly at 10:30 a.m. at the High Plains Community Center Field.  The parade will step off immediately following the ceremony down Orange Center Road past the reviewing stand with services following at the Orange Center Cemetery.

The Parade Committee encourages any groups wishing to participate to contact Karen Goldberg at the Orange Town Hall at 203-891-4738 or Kevin Gilbert at 203-795-2417 or 203-795-4647.  Applications for participation in the parade are available in the Orange Town Hall – First Selectman’s Office or on the town’s website at www.orange-ct.gov.   The Committee anticipates many marching bands and floats.

The Committee invites the public to join in honoring our nation’s veterans.

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. So, it is important to honor them at the brief cemetery service after the parade. 

In the event of rain, exercises will take place inside the High Plains Community Center Auditorium.

The following photos were taken in 2015 and 2016.

It’s Important To Vote In Today’s Bond Referendum

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Apr 182017

This is a reminder to all Orange residents that there is a Bond Referendum vote Tuesday, April 18 from Noon – 8 p.m. at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road.
To learn more about what is in the bond, you can watch the short presentation from the Town Meeting: OGAT – Video on Demand (Click the link on the Left column of our page).
While chatting with Orange Highway Department Crew Chief Don Foyer, I learned that his men were almost done with their spring cleanup. IF the referendum passes they will begin road repairs.
So many residents have expressed their concerns about the condition of the streets in town and without the money, the work can’t be done.
Roads are just one thing that the bond will cover, but every item on the list is necessary and important to Orange residents.
You have eight hours to get to High Plains to vote. It only takes a second, so make the time and participate.
Residents will be voting on the following question: “Shall the appropriation of $14,950,000 and the bond authorization of $14,846,621 for various road, school, town facility and police capital projects, be approved? YES/NO” 
Please forward this to any of your friends and family in Orange and remind them to take the time to vote.

Baseball: Amity To Hand, “It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over”

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Apr 182017

The Amity Spartans hosted the Daniel Hand Tigers in Woodbridge on Monday April 17.

The game got off to a slow start and was scoreless until the bottom of the fifth inning.

Colin Beaulieu (#11) scored the first run of the game on Teddy Hague’s single.

At the top of the sixth, Amity was on top 1-0 and it stayed that way until the last inning.

At the top of the seventh, Hand put on its game face and got a couple of good hits in, and after tying with Amity, they had one opportunity after another and twice loaded the bases and managed to get two more runs, leading Amity 3-1.

The Tigers immediately began celebrating, and rightly so, believing they had broken the Spartans five game winning streak.

But wait! As Yogi Berra said, “It ain’t over till it’s over.”

With their opponents in the lead, the Spartans were feeling the pressure to excel. Andy Hague (#1) was first in the lineup. He hit a single and waited for Pat Winkel (#30) to move him forward. Winkel also hit a single and the game was on. Jack Nolan (#22) walked and with the bases loaded, every single action counted.

Max Scheps (#21) was next up, he smacked one out, but Hand caught it, and he was out, but not before Hague crossed home plate as Amity edged up on the Tigers 2-3.

At this point Hand changed pitchers from Michael Elias (#25) to #11 unidentified on their roster.

Rohan Patel (#18) was the first Spartan to face him, and after several fouls, Patel got a hit and brought in Winkel, Nolan followed and BAM, It WAS over. Spartans win 4-3.

Records: Amity 6-0, Hand 3-3

New Orange Players Presentation Premiers This Weekend

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Apr 172017

Join the Orange Players for a magical evening of mischief and mayhem as they present “Bell, Book and Candle” April 21, 22, 28, 29 at 8:00pm

Special pre-curtain performance opening weekend – Magical Sinatra featuring Rich Moran.

Tickets are on Sale NOW! Get yours by calling The Orange Players Box Office at (475) 227-7547 or go online at http://orangeplayers.net/tickets.htm.

Happy Easter To You and Your Family

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Apr 162017

Wishing everyone a very Happy Easter.

It’s a beautiful day to spend time with your family. Put your phone and games away and go for a walk. Play a game, Have an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids and adults.


Baseball: Undefeated Spartans Shut Out Staples 4-0 in Woodbridge

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Apr 152017

The Amity Spartans hosted the Staples Wreckers in Woodbridge today (April 15).

Pitcher Ben Lodewick (#17) did a great job throughout the game, striking out several players.

In the first inning, Andy Hague (#1) hit a single, then Pat Winkel (#30) brought him in with a triple and then Winkel stole home himself. Max Scheps (#21) hit one over the fence giving Amity a 3-0 lead in the first.

After two scoreless innings, Jack Nolan (#22) ran home on Adam Hurwitz’s (#2) single.

Outfielder Colin Beaulieu (#11) made a nice rolling catch during the 5th inning.

Matthew Sabitsky (#4) made a valiant effort but was called out at third after a chase between second and third.

Staples failed to score in the next three innings and Amity took the 4-0 victory.

Records: Amity 5-0, Staples 3-3

Boys Lacrosse: Amity Victorious in Double Overtime

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Apr 152017

The Boys Lacrosse Team wins again! Coach Brandon Pepe filed the following report on today’s game (April 15).

A very exciting Overtime win for the Amity Boys Lacrosse team today. We traveled to East Lyme and beat a strong ECC team. East Lyme is set to potentially join our SCC conference next year. They are a talented and well coached team.

Down 1 goal late in the 4th quarter, senior Ryan Rattley stepped up and scored a goal assisted by Mark Dellatorre with just 1.9 seconds left on the clock.

In the overtime periods, Cory Sachs won both faceoffs, and again Ryan Rattley scored the game winner on a transition goal assisted by junior midfielder, Chris Bierezoweic. The defense, led by Goalie Matt Perrotti was strong all game. Perrotti had 16 saves including  3 huge stops in OT.

After the game, senior midfielder Mark Dellatorre was announced as a captain for the remainder of the season due to the leadership and work ethic that he has displayed all season.

Amity 9 – East Lyme 8 (2OT)


Amity          4-1-1-2-0-1 = 9

East Lyme  3-2-2-1-0-0 = 8

Noteworthy Players:

Amity — Colin Hughes 4 goals and 2 assists; Mark DellaTorre 2 goals and 2 assists; Ryan Rattley 2 goals; Adam Cusano 1 goal; Matt Weidenfeller 2 assists; Blake Batista and Matt Merriam each had 1 assist.

East Lyme — Connor Schofner 3 goals; James McCoy 2 goals and 1 assist; Sean Williams 1 goal and 1 assist; Ned Shields and Andrew Alden each made 1 goal and Aiden Patterson had 1 assist.

Amity goal keeper Matt Perrotti made 16 saves, East Lyme’s goalie Mac Bentley made 12 saves.

East Lyme outshot Amity 39-33

Records: Amity 4-2, East Lyme 2-1

Orange Recycling Adds a New Twist To Its Shredding Day Event

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Apr 152017

The Orange Recycling Committee (ORC) will host its fifth shredding day on Saturday, June 3, in the front parking area of the High Plains Community Center (HPCC), 525 Orange Center Road, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

This service is free of charge to Orange residents due to a generous donation from the Rotary Club of Orange. In addition, the ORC is expanding the event to include mattress and box spring recycling. This free service is made possible through a partnership with the Mattress Recycling Council’s Bye Bye Mattress Program.

“Since our first paper shredding event in 2013, hundreds of residents have purged their homes and offices of sensitive financial and medical papers by bringing them for secure, environmentally-responsible shredding,” said ORC Chairman Mitch Goldblatt. “We’re thrilled to expand recycling opportunities for residents by also collecting mattress and box springs.”

Residents may bring bags or boxes filled with documents for shredding, and volunteers from the Orange Recycling Committee will deposit them into the shredding truck. The secure, on-site shredding trucks will once again be provided by Affordable Solutions, owned by Orange resident Joe Johnston.

To show their appreciation for these free recycling opportunities, residents may donate to the Orange Rotary Scholarship Fund. Rotarians will be on hand to collect donations.

There will be a separate area for residents to bring mattresses and box springs for recycling,

The Orange Lions Club has agreed to pick up Mattresses at the homes of residents on Saturday, June 3 and deliver them to High Plains for recycling.

They will charge $10 per mattress or box spring as long as it is clean, and either outside the house or in a garage for easy access. They will not go into the resident’s home.

Arrangements can be made by contacting Ken Lenz at 203 795-3906. Payment made be made by cash or check to Orange Lions Charities, and all proceeds are considered a charitable donation.

Paper Shredding and Mattress Recycling Event

BRING:  Tax papers, bills, receipts, statements, and documents that contain personal, financial and/or medical information. No need to remove staples or elastic bands, but clips should be removed for reuse. Mattresses and/or box springs.

DO NOT BRING: Newspapers, notebooks, folders, and other papers that can go in the regular residential recycling bins.

”Keeping these items out of landfills benefits our local community and contributes to a more global responsibility,” Goldblatt said. “It’s an added benefit that the event itself is a fun day for our volunteers and a great chance to interact with residents of our wonderful community.”

Additional information and contacts:

About the Orange Recycling Committee

The Orange Recycling Committee is a group of volunteers who live in Orange and are committed to increasing and simplify recycling options for Orange residents, at home and at town events:

Website: http://www.orange-ct.gov/govser/recycling.htm

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ORCinCT/

About Bye Bye Mattress Bye Bye Mattress:

Bye Bye Mattress is Connecticut’s mattress recycling program. Established by law and operated by the non-profit Mattress Recycling Council, the program uses a recycling fee collected on each mattress and box spring sold to state residents to make recycling easier in our communities.

Whether a city picks up your discarded mattress, a retailer takes it back with your new purchase, or you drop it off, the Bye Bye Mattress program diverts your old mattress from waste to recycling.

Now, our landfills will be less crowded as old mattresses are recycled into new, useful products.

Visit www.ByeByeMattress.com or call 1-855-700-9973 for more information or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.


Help Paint The Town Purple on May 13

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Apr 142017

The BOW Relay For Life Committee wants to Paint The Town Purple on Saturday, May 13.

Residents may purchase a purple mylar balloon to raise cancer awareness with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, which takes place at the Orange Fairgrounds, Saturday, May 20 – Sunday, May 21.

Each Balloon costs $5, paid in advance and on May 13th, the balloon(s) will be delivered to your home and tied to your mailbox.

This is a simple way to help raise money for cancer research.

Deadline in which to order balloons is Saturday, April 29, 2017. See the Order Form Below.

If you would like to help Paint The Town Purple, call Relay Chairman Lynn Plaskowitz at 203-627-1673.

Order forms also are available at Park and Recreation Department, located in the High Plains Community Center.