Hurwitz’s Walkoff Gives Orange Post 127 A Victory Over Stratford

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Jun 152017

Orange American Legion Post 127 Baseball

Orange Post 127 defeated Stratford 3-2 on Tuesday thanks to a walk-off single. The game was tied at two with Orange Post 127  batting in the bottom of the seventh when Adam Hurwitz singled off of Stratford’s pitcher, driving in one run.

The pitching was strong on both sides. Mike Ficaro struck out two, while Stratford’s pitcher sat down five.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
STRT 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 6 1
ORNG 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 3 8 3
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Orange Post 127  tied things up at one.
Ficaro earned the win for Orange Post 127. He went seven innings, surrendering two runs, six hits, striking out two, and walking one. Stratford’s pitcher took the loss. He tossed six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs, eight hits, and striking out five.
Adam Hurwitz and Chase Burzynski each drove in one run to lead Orange Post 127.
A Stratford player went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead Stratford in hits.
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Orange Roster
Tyler Appel (#10)
Chase Burzynski (#25)
Zach Cole (#21)
Mike Ficaro (#13)
Teddy Hague (#7)
Adam Hurwitz (#15)
Ben Lodewick
Jack Nolan (#20)
Quentin Pitter (#23)
Jared Smith (#6)
Al Smith (#32)

Whether You’re Taking A Detour or Just Cruising Around Remember Children Are Everywhere

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Jun 142017

As you may already know, the Derby-Milford Road Construction project has begun and will continue for several months (til the end of the year).

Prudden Lane is one of the approved detour roadways and drivers are taking advantage of this route.

But, there is a problem, drivers are speeding on Prudden when they come from Derby-Milford (maybe blowing off steam because they’re aggravated?)

Well, school is out for summer, and there are many children who live on that street. Please drive carefully, keep your eyes open for children who may be riding bicycles, playing catch or tag, walking a dog… you never know. Children are everywhere and their lives are more important than you getting wherever you’re going a minute or two faster.


HEARTBREAK: Staples Breaks Amity’s Winning Streak — 5-1 Final

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Jun 102017

Max Scheps pitched the first 6 1/2 innings.

This will not read like a story as it was updated periodically. 

Amity was first to score in the CIAC Class LL State Tournament getting one run in the bottom of the fourth.

The Staples Wreckers came on strong in the top of the fifth with a RBI triple, then a 2-run homer, they snatched the lead 3-1.

Bottom of fifth, Hague brothers in scoring position, Jack Nolan at bat 2-2 and 2 outs — Pop up fly… he’s out… on to the sixth inning.

Top of seventh Staples RBI double. then a RBI single and Staples has a solid 5-1 lead over Amity.

Scheps pulled and Lumpinski finishes the final inning with the bases loaded and two outs. BAM, 3 strikes…

Bottom of the seventh. It’s now or never Amity.

Al Smith first up. 1 out

Colin Beaulieu – single!

Andy Hague, pop up … out.

Teddy Hague hits it to center … it was caught…

Staples gets the win.

Ray Curren from the SCC tweeted “All things come to an end. 28-game postseason win streak and 4 straight LL titles may never be matched.”

Congratulations to the Wreckers.

Amity, we Love You and admire you for everything you’ve accomplished over the years.





Two Person Art Show At The Library In July

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Jun 092017

Art lovers, get ready for this one: Michael Voytek and Jessica Zamachaj are exhibiting their artwork in a collaborative show at the Case Memorial Library, 179 Tyler City Road, Orange.
The artwork will be on display from July 3 through July 31.

A reception will take place on July 6 from 5-7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

CT High School Musical Theater Awards Night – Guilford’s Sweeney Was King

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Jun 062017

We all love the Amity Spring Musicals, the singing, the dancing, the acting, lighting, sets, and music, but evidently, the judges for the Connecticut High School Musical Theater Awards (CHSMTA) thought that Guilford’s production of Sweeney Todd was just “this much” better.

Of its 13 nominations, including its eighth nomination for outstanding musical production, Amity took home one award and ONE very special recognition, but no trophy.

Our own Yuliya Faryna won the Outstanding Supporting Actress award for her role as Golde (the mother) in Fiddler on the Roof.

And CHSMTA founder Brett A. Bernardini took time out from the Outstanding Student Achievement announcements to recognize Amity’s Harrison Paek for his work in the Arts in Education Student Achievement category.

Even though Harrison didn’t receive an award, he did have an opportunity to make a very well thought out speech.

Maybe I’m just partial to our Amity students, but I believe Eric Greenbaum, Tevye from Fiddler on The Roof, brought the house down when he performed “If I Were A Rich Man.” Thunderous applause and a standing ovation followed his song. (Not all of the Lead Actor Nominees received the same awesome reaction). He is a winner in my eyes.

The cast performed the “dream” sequence, including the towering ghost, also getting a standing ovation from their peers and the entire audience.

What do they say, “It doesn’t matter if you win, just being nominated is enough.” (?)

Although we always hope for more, there was an awful lot of talent on the Palace Theater stage on Monday night and Amity was well represented. Principal Anna Mahon did a terrific job making an award presentation.

Congratulations to Yuliya and Harrison for your honors, and to everyone that won awards.

To the Amity Theater Department as a whole, congratulations on all of your nominations. You deserved every one.

Until next year.

It Was Only A Matter Of Time: Black Bear Sightings In Orange

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Jun 052017

File Photo Black Bear

The Orange Police sent out this announcement today:

The Orange Police received calls this morning regarding bear sightings in the Northwest part of Town. One resident reported the bear had run through their yard (Old Coach Rd), while a second called when the bear rummaged through their garbage (Bayberry La).
These are the first reported sightings this year in Orange, however not the first time we have been visited by black bears. These sightings will become more frequent. Black bears are generally shy, secretive and are usually fearful of humans; however, easy sources of food such as bird feeders and garbage are often too tempting. Removing food sources, such as bird feeders and outdoor garbage cans, reduces the chance that bears will go near homes.
If you see a bear, never attempt to feed it, and advertise your presence by shouting and waving your arms and walking away slowly.
Bear sightings should be reported Orange Police Department at 203-891-2130, The Orange Police will report the sighting to DEEP.

FOUND: White Pigeon

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Jun 042017

(stock photo of white pigeon)

A White Pigeon was found on Green Hill Road, Orange today.

He doesn’t appear to be injured but is sitting on the resident’s porch.
Please e-mail if you are missing your pigeon.
It’s raining, chilly and a miserable night to be outside.


Next Up For The Amity Spartans Baseball Team

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Jun 042017

The Amity Spartans Baseball team is still alive in the CIAC State Tournament. Danbury

On Tuesday, June 6, the boys go up against Danbury (10-9 last documented record on CIAC website) at Municipal Stadium in Waterbury at 7 p.m.

Doc’s Race on June 4, Runners 90 And Older Encouraged To Participate

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Jun 032017

Get your mismatched socks ready once again because the 5th Annual 5K “Doc’s Race” is going to happen in Orange at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road in Orange, on Sunday, June 4 at 10 a.m.

Many local residents remember George “Doc” Whitney as a veterinarian in Orange, but in his later years, he was known for being an exceptional runner.  “Doc” started running at the age of 80 and kept at it until his death in 2013, at the age of 94.  He participated in just about every 5 K Race in Connecticut and many others throughout New England.  He was truly an inspiration for everyone!

Doc was known for wearing mismatched socks and his fluorescent orange knit cap at the town’s Chilly Chili Run 5K.

Shortly after his death, Doc’s family requested that a 5K Race and 2 Mile Fitness Walk be held in his name every year in Orange. All of the proceeds will go to the George “Doc” Whitney Memorial Scholarship Fund.

In addition to the Race and Fitness Walk, there will be two “Fun Runs” for the kids at 9:15 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. before the actual race.

 After May 20 and up until Race Day the fees are $27.00 for runners and $15.00 for runners under 12 and Fitness Walkers.  All of the Kid’s Fun Run registration will be $6.

Early packet pickup and Late Registration will be available at the High Plains Community Center Pavilion on Saturday, June 3rd from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Registration on the day of the Race will begin at 7:30 a.m.

For more information, call Race Director, Joe Riccio, at 203 481-7453.

Come out on June 4 and join us to help keep “Doc” Whitney’s memory alive!

Jun 032017

Today is Saturday, June 3. Forecasters are telling us that today is the best day of the weekend weather-wise, so get out and enjoy it before the rain sets in again.
First, pack your car with any papers, old bills, documents that you would like safely shredded. Maybe toss an old mattress on the roof of the car or in the back of your minivan, then head off to the Post Road Fire Station for breakfast.
The Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will host its 18th annual Pancake Breakfast at the Post Road Fire Station, 355 Boston Post Road, from 7:30  to 10:30 a.m.
Then drive over to High Plains Community Center to get rid of those old papers and mattress.
The Orange Recycling Committee (ORC) will host its fifth shredding day 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 and includes Mattress recycling.
Then spray on the tick repellant and go for a hike.
The Orange Conservation Commission is hosting an Educational Walk at Turkey Hill Preserve from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (rain date is Sunday, June 4, same times).  Noted naturalists Anthony Zimba and Michael Ross, will lead the walk.
And finally, cheer on one of the best baseball teams in the state, The Amity Spartans.
The third round of the CIAC Baseball Championship tournament vs Fairfield Ludlowe (10-10) will take place at Amity at 2 p.m.  [The Softball team will be playing in Stamford at 4 p.m.]
Then you can go home and do yard work or simply relax.
Have a great weekend.