Connecticut Students Selected for United States Senate Youth Program

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Jan 162018

Students Headed to Washington, D. C. and to Receive $10,000 College Scholarship

The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) announced that high school students Ananya Kachru and Annie Jin Wang will join Senator Richard Blumenthal and Senator Christopher Murphy in representing Connecticut in the nation’s capital during the 56th annual USSYP Washington Week, to be held March 3 — 10, 2018.

Ananya Kachru of Woodbridge and Annie Wang of Cheshire were selected from among the state’s top student leaders to be part of the 104 national student delegation who will also each receive a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate study.

The USSYP was created by Senate Resolution 324 in 1962 and has been sponsored by the Senate and fully funded by The Hearst Foundations since inception. Originally proposed by Senators Kuchel, Mansfield, Dirksen and Humphrey, the impetus for the program as stated in Senate testimony is “to increase young Americans’ understanding of the interrelationships of the three branches of government, learn the caliber and responsibilities of federally elected and appointed officials, and emphasize the vital importance of democratic decision making not only for America but for people around the world.”

Each year this extremely competitive merit-based program brings 104 of the most outstanding high school students — two from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity — to Washington, D.C. for an intensive week-long study of the federal government and the people who lead it. The overall mission of the program is to help instill within each class of USSYP student delegates more profound knowledge of the American political process and a lifelong commitment to public service.

In addition to the program week, The Hearst Foundations provide each student with a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship with encouragement to continue coursework in government, history and public affairs. Transportation and all expenses for Washington Week are also provided by The Hearst Foundations; as stipulated in S.Res.324, no government funds are utilized.

Ananya Kachru attends Amity Regional High School and serves as a representative to the Connecticut State Student Advisory Council on Education. She is also the student liaison to the Amity Board of Education and a Principal’s Council representative. Additionally, Ananya co-authors weekly “Student Happenings” newsletters, and helped spearhead the formation of Club Council. She is co-captain of her school’s debate team, and also debates with the International Public Debate program. She cofounded the Amity Academic Decathlon Team, and is co-president of the National Chinese Honor Society. Outside of school, Ananya collaborates with the Ms President US organization to empower girls through public service.

Annie Wang attends Cheshire High School and serves as the vice chair of the Connecticut High School Democrats. She has committed over 500 hours as the president of the Cheshire High School Young Democrats Club, which received the Best Chapter in the Nation award in 2015. Annie also serves as editor in chief of her school newspaper The Rampage and has been elected secretary of her class for all of her four years at Cheshire High School.

Chosen as alternates to the 2018 program are Willa Doss, a resident of Greenwich who attends Greenwich High School and Mounisha Anumolu, a resident of Woodbridge who attends Amity Regional High School. Delegates and alternates are selected by the state departments of education nationwide and the District of Columbia and Department of Defense Education Activity, after nomination by teachers and principals. The chief state school officer for each jurisdiction confirms the final selection.

This year’s Connecticut delegates and alternates were designated by Dr. Dianna R. Wentzell, Commissioner of Education. While in Washington the student delegates attend meetings and briefings with senators, members of the House of Representatives, Congressional staff, the president, a justice of the Supreme Court, leaders of cabinet agencies, an ambassador to the United States and senior members of the national media.

The students will also tour many of the national monuments and several museums and they will stay at the historic Mayflower Hotel in downtown Washington, D.C. In addition to outstanding leadership abilities and a strong commitment to volunteer work, the student delegates rank academically in the top one percent of their states among high school juniors and seniors.

Now more than 5,500 strong, alumni of the program continue to excel and develop impressive qualities that are often directed toward public service. Among the many distinguished alumni are Senator Susan Collins, the first delegate to be elected to the Senate; Senator Cory Gardner, the first delegate to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, and the second to be elected to the Senate; former Chief Judge Robert Henry, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; former Ambassador to West Germany Richard Burt, and former presidential advisors Thomas “Mack” McLarty and Karl Rove. Additional notables include Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie, former Lt. Governor of Idaho David Leroy, former President of the Progressive Policy Institute Robert Shapiro, military officers, members of state legislatures, Foreign Service officers, top congressional staff, healthcare providers and university educators.

Register Today For A Free Special Needs Presentation At Milestones On Thursday

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Jan 162018

Milestones Behavioral Services, 339 Boston Post Road, Orange is hosting a free presentation on “Transitioning to Adulthood for Families with Special Needs Children” this Thursday, January 18, from 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Speakers will include: Suzanne Letso, M.A., BCBA Founder; CEO Heather LaTorra President/CEO of Marrakech, Inc.; and Greta E. Solomon Principal/Chair Trusts & Estates, Elder Law, and Tax Groups at Cohen & Wolf.

Must register by Tuesday, January 16.

For R.S.V.P. or more information, contact developmentrsvp@mbs-inc.org or 203-799-4110 Ext. 660

Jan 152018

Following is a message from the Amity Theater/Choir:

The Amity Theater Department and The Amity Choir students are performing this April in Walt Disney World. The students have been participating in fundraisers all year and we appreciate your continued support.

Our current fundraiser is selling Amity apparel through Blanchettes sporting goods online store. We are offering everything from t-shirts to sweatshirts, jackets, hats and even kids clothes! When you go to the website you will see two choices for each item.

The first choice is the Amity Creative Theater logo. The second choice is the Amity “block A” with a drop-down box for your choice of wording underneath.

The wording choices are Spartans, Staff, Alumni, Choir, Band and Creative Theater. All the funds that are raised go towards the students trip to Orlando this coming April. Thank you in advance for your support!

To Access the On-Line Store go to https://blanchettesportinggoods.itemorder.com the code is: AmityCT2017

This Week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedule Jan. 15-21

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Jan 152018

The Amity Varsity sports schedule for Monday, Jan. 15 – Sunday, Jan. 21 is as follows.

Monday, Jan. 15

Boys Swimming and Diving vs Daniel Hand at the Orange Community Center Pool at 7:20 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 16

Girls Basketball vs Branford HOME at Amity High School at 5:15 p.m.

Boys Basketball vs Shelton AWAY at Shelton High School at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 17

Boys Ice Hockey vs Hamden AWAY Lou Astorino Ice Rink at 7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 18

Boys and Girls Indoor Track SCC Novice Meet AWAY – Floyd Little at 3:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 19

Girls Basketball vs Mercy HOME at Amity High School at 7 p.m.

Boys Basketball vs East Haven AWAY at East Haven High School at 7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 20

Wrestling AWAY New Milford Invitational at 10 a.m.

Girls and Boys Indoor Track, Yale Invitational AWAY Yale Cox Cage TBA

Boys Ice Hockey vs NFI (New Fairfield/Immaculate) HOME Bennett Rink West Haven at 3 p.m.

Girls Ice Hockey vs Hall-Conard HOME at Rinks at Shelton at 9 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 21

Girls Ice Hockey vs West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy AWAY at Bennett Rink at 6 p.m.


Boys’ Hockey: Branford Comes Off A Loss To Defeat Amity

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Jan 152018

The Amity Spartans Boys Ice Hockey team hosted the Branford Hornets in West Haven on Saturday, Jan. 13.

First Period

Branford (5-1-1) lost its first game of the season 4-2 to Guilford on Friday, and came out with one mission — to win! They didn’t waste any time getting on the scoreboard. At 12:33, Blake Kustra made a goal, assisted by Max Bunton and Spencer Engstom.

Second Period

The Hornets dominated the second period in spite of the Spartan’s best efforts. Jack Manware made a goal assisted by Bunton at 5:25. At 6:09 Kustra made his second goal, assisted by Robbie Lionetti and Bunton. Less than 2 minutes later, Manware made his second goal, assisted by Kustra at 7:58. Amity switched out goalie Michael Holloway for Tyler Cole. SCORE: 4-0 Branford

Third Period

While the Zamboni smoothed the ice, Amity Coach Michael Richetelli had a chat with his team to come up with some sort of strategy. The Spartans came out with the fire in their hearts that we’ve come to love this season. In the first 30 seconds, Jason Csejka scored the first goal for Amity, assisted by Ryan Miller and Jamie Blum. Three minutes later Jake Silliman made an unassisted goal, but that was as good as it got. Tyler Cole was able to keep Branford at bay so they didn’t widen the spread any further. FINAL SCORE: 4-2 Branford.

From the Coach

Richetelli said his team played with some intensity in the third period that they should have played with in the first two. “We played a good first period, but they didn’t play with intensity. That’s a lesson we learned today,” he said. “You learn and you move on.”

Of Branford, he said, “We knew they were a good team and it was going to be a tough game. They (Branford) came off a tough loss yesterday and so, they came back today.”

“You can’t expect to win, you have to play hard to make that happen,” Richetelli said. “They dominated the second period, and we should have played harder then.”

Next up for Amity, is an away game vs Hamden on Wednesday, Jan. 17. This is the first time the Spartans have played the Green Dragons (4-2) in quite some time.

On Saturday, Jan. 20, the Spartans will host NFI [New Fairfield/Immaculate] (4-1-1) in West Haven at 3 p.m.


Obituary: Mary Polek Andreucci, 94, Beloved Mother Of Rosemary Leone

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Jan 142018

Mary Polek Andreucci 94, of Madison beloved wife of the late Leonard A. Andreucci passed away on January 12, 2018 in CT. Hospice.
Loving mother of Leonard R. (Carolyn) Andreucci of Todd, NC, Janice M. (Peter) Paduano of Madison and Rosemary (Don) Leone of Orange.
Grandmother of Peter Paduano, Gina (Chris) Ralph, Michelle Andreucci, Laurie (Scott) Cochran, Kristen (Sean) Froelich, Lisa Andreucci and Jonathan and Daniel Leone.
Great-grandmother of Nicholas, Mitchel, Justin, Jake, Timothy, Megan, Ethan, Benjamin, Jonah and Avagrace. Sister of the late Jennie Paolillo, Helen Onofrio and Frank, John, Walter, Steven, Louis and Henry Polek.
Mary was born in New Haven on March 28, 1923 daughter of the late Steven and Julia Wronski Polek.
Relatives and friends are invited to A Mass of Christian Burial MONDAY morning in St. Margaret Church 24 Academy St. Madison at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery. THERE WILL BE NO CALLING HOURS.
Arrangements in care of the PORTO FUNERAL HOME 234 Foxon Rd. (Rte. 80) East Haven.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN. 38105.
Sign Mary’s guestbook online at www.portofuneralhomes.net

Girls’ Hockey: Blue Devils Best Blades In Overtime

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Jan 142018

The Amity/North Haven/Cheshire (Blades) hosted the West Haven/Sacred Heart (Blue Devils) at the Rinks at Shelton on Saturday, Jan. 13.

First Period

Both teams played fast and hard for the first 15 minutes. Both goalies also worked hard and no one was able to score.

Second Period

The Blue Devils were first to score at 10:56 with Celina Condon’s goal, assisted by Brooke McNabola.

Third Period

Spectators were on the edge of their seats as the Blades hammered West Haven’s goalie with shot after shot and finally at 6:46, Tess Csejka tied the score on an assist from Cally Dixon.


The 8-minute overtime period was do or die for these competitive young ladies. Fast and furious skating with equal possession time, and then, with just 2:06 remaining on the clock, Taylor Nowak scored the winning goal for the Blue Devils on an assist from Jenna Hunt.

Final Score: 2-1 West Haven


Records: Blades 9-3, West Haven 8-1

Note: The two teams will face up again on Sunday, Jan. 21 at the Edward Bennett Rink in West Haven at 8 p.m.

But first, the Blades will host the Hall/Conard Warchiefs (5-3-2) of West Hartford on Saturday, Jan. 20 at the Rinks at Shelton at 9 p.m.

Boys Swimming and Diving: Amity Wins Again

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Jan 122018

The Amity Swimming and Diving Team hosted Cheshire in Orange on Friday, Jan. 12.
Both teams competed well but in the end, Amity came out on top winning this contest 95-85.
Amity’s Winning Events
200-yard Medley Relay: A- 1:38.60 Colin Roy, Arsenio Bustos, Kevin Yanagisawa, Tyler Roy
200-yard Freestyle: Ch- 1:50.70 Ben Brewer
200 Ind. Medley: A-2:03.29 Arsenio Bustos
50 Freestyle: A-22.29 Colin Roy
Diving: A- 211.10 Uranik Klobucishta
100-yard Butterfly: A- 54.35 Kevin Yanagisawa
200-yard Freestyle Relay: A- 1:35.98 Uranik Klobucishta, Blake Wetter, Nic Robinson, Kevin Yanagisawa
100-yard Backstroke: A- 54.57 Colin Roy
Cheshire’s Winning Events
100 Freestyle: Ch- 50.70 Ben Brewer
500-yard Freestyle: Ch- 5:03.82 Sam Hanke
100-yard Breaststroke: Ch- 1:02.67 Joseph Cannata
400-yard Freestyle Relay: Ch- 3:32.79 Ben Brewer, Sam Hanke, Peter Levens, Joseph Cannata
Records: Amity 5-0, Cheshire 3-1.

A New Way To Look At High School Swim Meets

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Jan 122018

Amity Swim team member Tyler Roy is not only an excellent athlete but now you can add underwater photographer to his resume.

On Friday evening I attended the Amity vs Cheshire swim meet at the Orange Town Pool.

I had recently purchased a small “point and shoot” camera that has many nice features, perhaps the best being that it is waterproof.

I asked coach Todd Rainey if one of the boys could take some underwater photos for me while the team was warming up. At first, he sort of looked at me like I was nuts, but, I assured him that it was waterproof and Yes, I meant to bring it into the pool, put it underwater and do the best he could.

You will NEVER see me in a bathing suit taking photos for Orange Live, but once I figure out a way to get it done, you will be seeing more underwater photos in the future from the actual Amity swim meets. In the meantime, enjoy these photos by Tyler Roy.


Boys’ Ice Hockey: Amity Defeats West Haven 3-1

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Jan 122018

The West Haven Blue Devils hosted the Amity Spartans at Bennett Rink on Wednesday, Jan. 10.

First Period

The Spartans got onto the scoreboard first with James Blum’s goal, assisted by Jason Csejka at 11:03. This was a blow to West Haven, which had a full house (due in part to the ceremony to retire former Westie Rob Fumiatti’s jersey number that preceded the game.)


Second Period

West Haven’s Kevin Moriarty tied things up at 1:27 on an assist from Robbie Forleo; Then halfway through the period Amity’s Connor Bath assisted by Mike Miller and Joe Schittina pulled the Spartans ahead again. 2-1 Amity.

Third Period 

At 12:52, Amity’s Blum and Csejka teamed up again to score the third and final goal of the game.

Final: Amity 3, West Haven 1


AMITY      1 1 1—3

W. HAVEN 0 1 0—1


Shots—Amity outshot West Haven 33-24

Saves—Amity: Tyler Cole 23; West Haven: Logan Cole 30

Records—Amity 5-1; West Haven 2-5.