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Register NOW for the Orange Police Citizen’s Academy

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Feb 142020
 

What is an officer looking for when she patrols a shopping center parking lot?

Is a shoplifting investigation an easy 5-minute job, or can it take several hours to complete?

Why do the Orange Police need all those vehicles? What is that truck used for? Does Orange have a SWAT unit?

A group of 20 pre-registered students will get the answers to these questions and so much more when they take part in the Orange Citizens Police Academy, beginning in April.

The academy is a unique opportunity for regular citizens to see first-hand all the behind the scenes workings of the Orange Police Department.

The Orange Police Department is offering an opportunity for citizens to see the inner-workings of a municipal police department.

Classes will be offered on Wednesday evenings, 6:30p-9:00p, beginning April 22, 2020. Classes are held at Orange Police Department Headquarters, 314 Lambert Road in Orange.

The Citizen’s Academy will include subjects such as the history of the Orange Police Department, traffic accident investigation, firearms, court system overview, police patrol procedures, and crime scene processing.

Students also will have the opportunity to ride along with a patrol officer. Each session will be conducted by members of the department deemed knowledgeable in specific areas of the curriculum.

Class size is limited to twenty; all attendees must be eighteen years of age or older. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to Orange residents.

For further information, or to register, contact Detective Carolyn Bailey at 203-891-2138, ext. 8246. Registration will be available until April 15, 2020, or until the class is filled, whichever comes first.

This is a great chance for you to learn about the police department that serves you and your community.

Support Officer Peterson In This Year’s Super Plunge

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Feb 082020
 

Officer Denny Peterson is a member of the the Orange Police Department and a town captain for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

Last year, he participated in his First Super Plunge to benefit the CT Special Olympics and with the help of family and friends, he was able to exceed his goal of raising $2,400 and brought in $2,800.

Next month, on Saturday, March 28th through Sunday, March 29th, Officer Peterson will be joining the Super Plungers for another 24 hours of fun. His fundraising goal, once again, is $2,400, though he is hoping to exceed last year’s $2,800. But he needs your help.

The SUPER PLUNGE is a Penguin Plunge Event to Benefit Special Olympics Connecticut and is an effort to increase both awareness and fundraising for the Torch Run Plunge.

The SUPER PLUNGE is exactly like your typical Penguin Plunge, with only one small difference.  Instead of plunging into the near-freezing water a single time, “SUPER PLUNGERS” must plunge once per hour for a 24-hour period.

Peterson said the water feels like a million needles, and as the day goes on the pain increases, yet it’s worth it for the cause.

Want to help?

Support by making a donation to his page. The process is fast, easy, and secure… and you can be sure that it will benefit a great cause. As of today, Saturday, Feb. 8, he is at 29% of his goal, so why not help him out now while it’s fresh on your mind?

MAKING A DONATION IS EASY

Donate Online: Just click the donate button and answer a few questions to use your credit card online.

Donate by Check: Make a check out to Special Olympics CT and send it to Officer Peterson.  Make a note on the check that your contribution is for his plunge.

“Thank you all so much for your donations,” he said. “Together we can reveal the champion in all of us.”

Former Amity Baseball Player Now Head Coach In Tolland

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Feb 042020
 

Orange native, Howie Dietch has been named the new Tolland High School Varisty Baseball Coach.
Howie previously coached at Hamden High as the Freshman and JV coach, at Southington as an assistant varsity coach and last year was the Manchester High Assistant Varsity coach where he also is a History teacher.
Howie played baseball at Amity High School. He is the son of Jody and Jeffrey Dietch.

Boys Swimming and Diving: Amity Bests Hand in Orange

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Feb 042020
 

Amity’s Kevin Sweeney won the 100 Fly in 57.12

The Amity Spartans Boys Swim Team hosted the Daniel Hand Tigers in Orange Monday night.

The Spartans (4-4) were at the top of their game, outscoring Hand 102-82
Amity’s winning events:
200 Medley Relay 1:47.53 A Nolan Young, Brodey Lu, Kevin Sweeney, John Alvarado
50 Free 24.08 A Nic Robinson

No one could touch Amity’s Tyler Roy in the 100 Free

100 Fly 57.12 A Kevin Sweeney
100 Free 50.96 A Tyler Roy
500 Free 5:13.94 A Connor Hallstrom
200 Free Relay1:34.97 A Kevin Sweeney, John Alvarado, Nic Robinson, Tyler Roy
100 Breast 1:07.09 A Brodey Lu
Hand’s winning events:

Hand’s Alexander Hauser’s perfect form won him the diving competition.

200 Free 1:55.22 H William Porter

200 IM 2:04.85 H Daniel Chen
Diving 186.25 H Alexander Hauser
100 Back 56.77 H Daniel Chen
400 Free Relay 3:34.65 H William Porter, Jack Signorello, Joseph Starkey, Daniel Chen

Recap: State Lawmakers’ Town Hall Coffee Hour

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Feb 032020
 

State lawmakers, State Reps. Themis Klarides, Charles Ferraro and Kathy Kennedy held a pre-session coffee hour Thursday morning at the Orange Town Hall to talk with residents about the issues that will be discussed during the upcoming legislative session, which will start on Wednesday, February 5th.

Rep. Klarides said, “Of course until we settle the issue of tolls it is going to keep dominating the legislative landscape. But there are other matters outside of the budget cuts that need to be made to balance just this year also up for discussion: marijuana legalization and sports gambling to name a couple.’’

“Tolls will be one of the major topics being discussed before and during the legislative session,” said Rep. Ferraro. “Tolls are the number one thing Democratic lawmakers want to pass in Hartford. Instead of looking at ways we can save taxpayers’ money, they are always looking at ways to increase revenue sources. We need to make our state more affordable and stop the unnecessary revenue grabs.”

Rep. Kennedy added that she enjoyed listening to Orange constituents express their concerns about state issues including tolls, job training, the effect of the minimum wage on small businesses and the state budget.

“The issue that dominated the conversation was tolls. People just do not trust the government, they think a truck-only toll option will inevitably lead to tolls for all cars at every location,” said Rep. Kennedy.

To contact the lawmakers or to sign up to receive their updates, visit cthousegop.com

This Week’s Varsity Sports Schedules

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Feb 022020
 

Following are this week’s Amity varsity sports schedules:

Monday, Feb. 3

Boys Ice Hockey vs Lyman Hall/H-K/Coginchaug Away at the Northford Ice Pavilion-Red at 4:20 p.m.

Boys Swimming and Diving vs Daniel Hand Home High Plains Community Community Center at 6:45 p.m.

Boys Basketball vs Wilbur Cross Away at Wilbur Cross High School at 7:00 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs Daniel Hand Home at Amity at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 4

Wrestling vs Branford Away at Branford High School at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 5

Boys and Girls Alpine Skiing Boys Ski Racing Home – Southington Mountain at 3:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs Shelton Home at Amity at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 6

Boys and Girls Alpine Skiing Boys Ski Racing Home – Southington Mountain at 3:30 p.m.

Girls Gymnastics vs Fairfield Warde Home – Gymnastics and Cheerleading Academy at CT-Gym 1 at 6:30 p.m.
V Boys Basketball vs Daniel Hand  Away at Daniel Hand HS at 7:00 p.m.
V Girls Ice Hockey vs Simsbury Away at Simsbury ISCC-NHL at 4:20 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 7
Boys Indoor Track SCC Championship Meet Away at Floyd Little Athletic Center at 4:00 p.m.
Girls Indoor Track SCC Championships Away at Floyd Little Athletic Center-Field House at 4:00 p.m.
Boys Swimming and Diving vs Suff./E.Windsor/Ell./W.Locks Away – Windsor Locks High School-Pool- No diving at 4:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs Sheehan Home at Amity at 6:00 p.m.

 Saturday, Feb. 8

Wrestling Foran Duals Away at Foran High School at 9 a.m.

Boys Basketball vs Shelton Home – Amity at 3:30 p.m.

Boys Ice Hockey vs Milford Co-op Home at Bennett Rink at 5:00 p.m.

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

Girls Hockey: Blades Have Unusual Shutout Loss

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Feb 022020
 

(file photo)

The Amity/North Haven/Cheshire Blades hosted Hall Conard on Saturday night, Feb. 1, in Hamden.

Their opponents dominated this game, with one player, Gracie Cho, getting a hat trick.

                                SCOREBOARD

                              1              2              3           F

Blades                  0              0              0          0

Hall/Conard         2              0              3          5

First Period

Hall/Conard- Ana Haubrich (Luci Allissi)

Hall/Conard- Gracie Cho (Annie Woods)

Second Period

No Scoring

Third Period

Hall/Conard- Gracie Cho (Ana Haubrich)

Hall/Conard- Gracie Cho

Hall Conard- Bailey Manning-Ingala (Luci Allissi, Jordyn Trent)

The Blades may have lost this one, but they are awesome and they’ll be back!

The girls will play again on Thursday, Jan 6 in Simsbury at 4:20 p.m

Pancake Supper To Benefit The Volunteer Fire Department

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Jan 312020
 

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will host its 11th annual Pancake Supper on Wednesday, April 22, at Chip’s Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, Orange.

The menu includes Pancakes, Eggs, choice of Bacon or Sausage and a beverage.

There will be an early seating at 5:30 p.m. and late seating at 6:30 p.m.

Prices are: $12 for Adults, $6 Children 10 and under, gratuity included.

Tickets must be purchased in advance as we a limited number of seats available.

Tickets may be purchased from any Auxiliary member or at Knight’s Inc., 286 Boston Post Road. Orange. All proceeds benefit the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

For further information, email Lynn@ LMK415@yahoo.com or visit our website at www.orangevfd.com

Wrestling: Amity Falls To Xavier, Last Weekend’s Results

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Jan 312020
 

This week the Spartans fell to Xavier 54-24. Josh Foote, Andrew Coscia, Colin Boufford, Liam Keylock, and Simon Flaherty all won their matches.

Over the weekend the Spartans competed in two of their toughest tournaments.

The varsity team competed in the Ridgefield Open. Andrew Coscia finished in 4th and Simon Flaherty battled in the finals to take 2nd place!

The JV team traveled to Norwalk where Sina Shojaee was a winner and Camryn Brown finished in 2nd!

This weekend the team travels to Newington to compete in the Hastings Duals.

 — By Mike Cala

Box Score

Xavier 54- Amity 24

220 Josh Foote (Amity) tech Will Cullen (Xavier) 17-2; 285 Andrew Cosia dec Malcolm Wilso-Tollivere; 106 Collin Boufford (Amity) tech Nick Martin (Xavier); 113 Michael Rapuano (Xavier) forfeit; 120 Colin Loria (Xavier) pin John Pierre (Amity); 126 Tommy Mangiello (Xavier) dec Brayden Esposito (Amity); 132 Ronan Moynihan (Xavier) pin Kyle Ciola (Amity); 138 Giovanni Ime (Xavier) pin Aiden Vas (Amity); 145 Liam Keylock (Amity) pin Nick Romco (Xavier); 152 Quinn Moynihan (Xavier) pin Harry Wyndorf (Amity); 160 Luke Tischo (Xavier) pin Bill Regan (Amity); 170 Ryan Miner (Xavier) forfeit; 182 Simon Flaherty (Amity) pin Thomas Lunt (Xavier); 195 Marc Ellius Ruez (Xavier) pin Jake Williams (Amity) 

 —Pictures by Betsy Flaherty & Darren Johnson

Boys Hockey: Amity Ties BBD on Saturday

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Jan 292020
 

The Amity Spartans played two periods of great hockey on Saturday, with first-time goalie Aiden Courtney in the net.

First Period

Amity was first to score with an unassisted goal by #27 Dom Harris getting past the Icecats’ first-time starting goalie Louis Alfidi with 3:08 left on the clock.

Second Period

The Spartans returned to the ice with a fighting spirit and Capt. Nick Kiwanis #22 scored on a power play at 1:37, assisted by Caleb Marcin #6.

At 8:18 the Spartan confidence was high when Connor Bath #14 shot one past Alfidi, assisted by Harris.

Third Period

Brookfield (BBD) Icecats had a lot of catching up to do and from the parent’s point of view, they made a lot of desperate moves trying to land the Spartans in the penalty box. There was a lot of dramatics on the ice, with Brookfield players falling backward when no one was around them, and crashing onto the ice without so much as a Spartan or hockey stick in their path. Yet it was done apparently out of the line of sight of the referees who called penalties against Amity players anyway. The unnecessary roughhousing was ridiculous as well. (But what do I know about Hockey rules?)

Halfway through the period, Kyle Boller scored for the Icecats on a power play.

Then at 10:51, an unfortunate “Not A Goal” call in the third period gave BBD its second point. What happened was contestable, and caught on video by the station filming it above the announcer’s box and in clear view from where I and several parents were standing.

Courtney clearly made a stop and all play had halted on the ice. When he moved to stand up, the puck magically appeared from under his waist (about 16″ from the goal line) and gently slid past the line and into the net. NOT A GOAL, right? Well, imagine our surprise when the Ref called it, and the announcer said “BBD Goal by #13 Bryce Wallace, assisted by #28 Anthony Britton. A power-play goal by Wallace.”

WHAT? NOT A GOAL!

But it wasn’t contested, and those who witnessed the injustice of a non-goal had to forever hold their peace.

Sadly, with :30 remaining in the game, Boller made his second goal of the game, unassisted tying the score at 3-3.

The overtime period was fastpaced and filled with more dramatics, BBD ended up in the penalty box 3 times in those 8 minutes, Amity received one penalty.

To demonstrate just how desperate the opposition was, the formal score sheet listed one BBD player’s penalty with :22 remaining as “Too Many.”

No I’m not a parent, and I’m not supposed to have opinions on sports, but Amity was robbed because of the third period Not A Goal.

Coach Richetelli’s only comment was, “They (BBD) played the game. They came out and played the game.”

I will though, give credit where it’s due. Amity outshot BBD nearly 2-1 but Alfidi did an unbelievable job for his first time tending goal. I think he made 54 saves, maybe a couple more.

Of course, our own Courtney also worked really hard making about 27 saves (and one that he wasn’t credited with).