Boys’ Hockey: Spartans Earn Third Consecutive Victory

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Dec 202018

The Amity Spartans Boys Ice Hockey team was on the road in Danbury Wednesday night for a matchup against BBD (Brookfield-Bethel-Danbury).

The Spartans wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. Just four minutes into the first period, Cody White made a goal on an assist from Ed Martino.

BBD answered 17 seconds later, with Eryk Fancher getting one past Amity goalie Malachi Zurolo. He was assisted by Patryk Fancher and Tommy Schiesser.

Amity’s Jason Csejka broke the tie with just seconds remaining, assisted by White.

First Period Score: Amity 2, BBD 1

Amity owned the second period, too. Just 2:31 after returning to the ice, Tyler Demaio scored on an assist from Tommy Schittina.

Second Period Score: Amity 3, BBD 1

The third period had plenty of action, but neither team was able to get one in until the clock was winding down.

With 1:43 remaining in the game, Csejka scored his second goal of the game, again assisted by White and Martino.

Final: Amity 4, BBD 1. 

Amity outshot BBD by far, 40-19.

Both goalies worked tirelessly. BBD’s Alex Fernandes and Amity’s Malachi Zurolo did good work.

Records: Amity 3-0, BBD 1-1.

What’s Next?

The Spartans have a 9-day break from competition during the holidays,  during which they will have plenty of time to practice and perfect their moves.

They’ll return to their home ice on Saturday, Dec. 29 for a game against Staples at 1 p.m.

Town Employees Hope To Bring Joy To Less Fortunate

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Dec 192018

The Orange Highway Department, we know them best as the crew that plows snow, repairs roadways, cleans up after storms, and so much more.

This holiday season, Highway foreman Donny Foyer and his 13-man crew, along with a few extra guests decided to do something special during their holiday party.

Many residents may not know this, but not everyone in Orange is rolling in the dough. Some families are struggling for a variety of reasons. Any number of children may not get presents at Christmas — Yes, in Orange.

The goal at the Highway Department was to fill a payloader with new, unwrapped toys that would be brought to the Orange Community Services Department for distribution to less fortunate children.

The toy collection, as you can see from the photograph, was a success.

Great Job OHD, Merry Christmas to all of you and your families.


Orange Police: Observant Resident Reports Package Theft, Suspect Caught A Short Time Later

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Dec 192018

This morning, Wednesday, December 19 at 11:13 a.m, Orange Police received a call from an alert citizen who observed someone take a previously-delivered package from her neighbor’s front porch on Saybrook Road.

She was able to give officers a description of a suspect and the vehicle he was driving.

Using this information, police located the blue 2008 Chevy Cobalt in the area and the suspect attempted to elude police by first driving away and ignoring officers’ attempts to get him to stop, then by abandoning his vehicle in a parking lot and attempting to flee on foot.

Coordinated efforts by the patrol and Investigative Service Divisions allowed officers to close in on the suspect’s position, and he gave himself up shortly thereafter.

The arrestee, identified as Corey Roberts, 28, of Monroe, was taken into custody and charged with driving a motor vehicle without Insurance, driving with a suspended license, reckless driving, engaging police in pursuit, driving an unregistered motor vehicle, misuse of a marker plate, third-degree criminal trespass, and four counts of sixth-degree larceny.

Officers seized his vehicle from the parking lot of a nearby business. Inside the vehicle, officers found more packages and suspected stolen items.

If you did not receive a package that your carrier or seller is claiming was delivered (since Dec. 17), contact police directly at 203-891-2130.

At this time, it appears that Roberts may have targeted the Dogwood Road and surrounding residential areas.




Boys’ Ice Hockey: Spartans Spank Indians In Milford

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Dec 182018

Coming off of an awesome victory over NFI last week, the Amity Spartans Ice Hockey team was feeling confident and ready to go at their second regular season game on Saturday, Dec. 15.

This game against the Milford Indians at the Milford Ice Pavillion was reminiscent of televised NHL games in the 80s, with a ridiculous list of penalties in which the home team (Milford) accumulated 9 to Amity’s 7.

The game got off to a quick start with Amity’s Nelson Bordeleau getting one in just 3:52 into the first period, assisted by Cody White and Ed Martino.

About 8 minutes later Milford’s #14 (name unavailable) tied the game off an assist from #11 Kosh.

Martino quickly answered by scoring Amity’s second goal, assisted by Jason Csejka.

First Period Score: Amity 2, Milford 1.

Just 3:28 after returning to the ice, Tommy Schittina made a goal for Amity, assisted by Bordeleau and Justin Miller. Then 10 minutes and several shots later, White scored off a Martino assist, bringing the Spartans lead to 4-1.

Moments later both #20s, Amity’s Ken Page and Milford’s Ubaldi, were sent to their respective penalty boxes for roughing with only 50 seconds remaining in the second period.

Second Period Score: Amity 4, Milford 1

It took a while for the third period to get going since so many penalties were being handed out. In the first 10 minutes we saw slashing, cross-checking, high sticking, roughing, tripping and unsportsmanlike behavior. with players from both teams spending time in the box.

Finally, at 10:19, White scored off an assist from Csejka. It only took three minutes for Caleb Marcin to find the net, assisted by Csejka.

I hope you didn’t blink, because, within seven seconds, Dylan Raver swooped in and scored on White’s assist.

This was an exciting game, the Spartans really showed what they had to offer. With a 7-1 victory, the Spartans are now 2-0 for the season.

Amity Head Coach Michael Richetelli said Milford did its job and his Spartans had a great day. Many of the new, younger players got ice time and did very well.

Fans are recognizing that the Spartans are playing like a seasoned team that’s been together much longer than just a couple of games. We all have high hopes that we’ll see them go all the way to the states this year. Yes, they’re that good.

Come cheer the Spartans on to another victory at the Danbury Ice Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 7:40 p.m. The Boys will be playing against BBD

Go get ’em Amity!


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.