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.

Boys’ Hockey: Spartan Take Down D1 New Fairfield-Immaculate (NFI)

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Dec 142018

File Photo from 2018.

Other news agencies are not giving Amity any attention yet, but when they are in the state final, remember that Orange Live said they are “great this year” since before the season opener. I also said there would be a couple of stand out players, and so far, Jason Csejka #18, and Ed Martino #17 are two of the ones to watch.

The Spartans played NFI in Danbury on Wednesday and proved me right. (thanks, boys).

Going in, some may have thought they wouldn’t do well, but let’s take a look at what happened.

In the first period, both teams were able to keep one another from getting onto the scoreboard.

Just 1:46 minutes into the second period, Martino made a goal off an assist from Csejka.

In the third period, Csejka wasted no time and :13 seconds after returning to the ice, scored off an assist from Martino, pulling Amity to a 2-0 lead. Six minutes later, a stunned NFI came alive and they made their first and only goal, bringing the score to 2-1.

At 2-1, anything could have happened, of course, and to Spartans’ fans delight, with less than three minutes left in the game, Martino slammed one in, assisted by Csejka and Yes, folks, Amity defeated NFI 3-1.


On Saturday, Dec. 15, The Spartans will be on the road in Milford for a game against the Milford Co-Op at the Milford Ice Pavilion at 1 p.m. Don’t miss it, come and cheer on the Amity Spartans this weekend.



Girls’ Ice Hockey: Notre Dame – Fairfield Defeats the Blades in Hamden

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Dec 132018

On Wednesday, Dec. 12, the Blades (Amity-North Haven-Cheshire) Ice Hockey team, took on Notre Dame – Fairfield (ND Fairfield-Law-Foran-Weston-Pomperaug) on their new home ice at the Hamden Ice Rink.

Our Blades played hard, but Notre Dame had the upper hand in this match-up, scoring one goal in each period (each one assisted by Laura Dennigan).

Notre Dame outshot the Blades 29 – 22.

Our Goalie, Caitlin Ranciato made 26 saves, and Notre Dame’s goaltender made 22 saves.

Team Records: Notre Dame 3-0, Blades 0-2

It’s still early in the season, and our girls have time to practice and improve on any weaknesses they may have.

The next shot they have will be on Saturday, Dec. 15 vs Guilford at the East Haven Ice Rink at 5:45 p.m.


Amity Middle School Students Emulate Jackie Robinson’s Character

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Dec 132018

(Pictured, left to right): Zephaniah Abdus-Salaam, Zshonna Singleton, Sam Sender, Aditi Bhattamishra, Claire Bath, Ari Chetwynd, Oliver Kusiak, and Patrick Coughlin.

Jackie Robinson, the first black man to play professional baseball, has been used as a role model for the students at Amity Middle School in Orange. Jackie lived by non-violent actions and by values that the teachers, staff, and administrators at Amity use today as an example for the student body.

Courage is the “Jackie’s Nine” characteristic of the month for November at Amity Middle School in Orange.  Zephaniah Abdus-Salaam, a seventh-grade student, defined courage as “being proud of yourself to really stand out and protect your friends from people you don’t know…people who may bully others.”  Eighth-grader Patrick Coughlin said that courage is “staying on task during a test and studying even when you don’t want to, so you get the best result.”

The following students were recognized for demonstrating courage to do what is right, even when it is difficult. Zephaniah Abdus-Salaam, Claire Bath, Aditi Bhattamishra, Ari Chetwynd, Patrick Coughlin, Oliver Kusiak, Sam Sender, and Zshonna Singleton.

New Orange Business Dedicated To Children’s Dentistry

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Dec 122018

Town of Orange Selectman Mitchell Goldblatt, Orange Chamber of Commerce President Leslie Marsh, Owner Dr. Paula Cerqueira, Husband Richard with Daughter Aurilia, and Don Lewis, former Chamber President. Children in front are Liam, Evan, and Jonah.

Orange Children’s Dentistry staff was joined by business leaders and local dignitaries on Tuesday, Dec. 11, to take part in the practice’s grand opening celebration, where attendees learned all about the array of services available to children.

“Children experience dental visits differently than adults do, and certain parts of their care will stay planted in their memories forever,” said Dr. Paula C. Cerqueira, a pediatric dentist and founder of Orange Children’s Dentistry. “Whether your child has preventative, restorative, or special dentistry needs, we make sure that they are treated like a family member and that they understand they are in a safe environment.”

Dr. C. told attendees that her practice would serve as a hub for all children dentistry needs. With experience in various dental offices throughout Connecticut, including a role in the Department of Pediatric Surgery at Bridgeport Hospital, Dr. C. says her experiences have prepared her to provide specialized oral procedures, comprehensive dental care and preventative services for children of all ages.

When Dr. C. decided to open her own dental practice, she set out to ensure that children would receive better care than she received when she was a child. She is confident the environment she has helped create will be welcoming and inviting to children and should reinforce the idea that the practice was “built from the ground up with children in mind.”

Dr. C.  encourages families to schedule a visit to familiarize their kids to her staff and the practice. “We look forward to helping your kids maintain a great smile, and we are especially excited about meeting a new friend,” she said.

During a tour of the new office, we noticed that the rooms are nicely done with pleasing color choices and televisions mounted on the ceilings. All of the adults in attendance mentioned how they wouldn’t mind being a patient there.

As a mother of several children, the four youngest ranging from toddler to pre-teen, Dr. C knows how important it is to have a comfortable, spacious waiting room where the children can play, read, or simply relax before they are called in for their appointment.

The office is located at 518 Boston Post Road, Suites 4 – 5, Orange, (the next building over from Applebees Restaurant) directly across the street from the Orange Ale House.

The practice will begin providing dental services in January. To make an appointment, visit the website, click on appointments and fill out the form or you may call 203-404-2224


About Orange Children’s Dentistry

Orange Children’s Dentistry was created from the ground up with children in mind. The team of experienced professionals at the practice firmly believe that every teeth cleaning should be fun, and rewarding for children to help them promote lifelong habits for good oral hygiene. To help create a positive experience for children and their families, the staff at Orange Children’s Dentistry set aside time to get to know every child and ensure they are comfortable at every stage of their visit.


Dec 122018

The town of Orange has three excellent official resources for locating information that you may be seeking, right at your fingertips.

The Town Of Orange Website is designed to make your search as stress-free as possible. 

It includes a business directory link, a page for town departments, a page for boards and commissions and meeting agendas and minutes, tons of information about the community – places to go, recreation programs and more.

The town developed a great resource for you in this location, check it out!

The Chamber of Commerce has a smorgasbord of listings that may answer your questions in a matter of seconds or minutes.

Visit the chamber’s Website today for all the latest business & community events and information!

The Orange Economic Development Corporation (OEDC) also has a beautiful website that you MUST see if you’ve never visited it before.

It has an incredible business directoryIt’s so easy to find whatever you’re looking for here. Go there NOW and check it out. You’ll never have to use a business phone book again. 

OEDC is the agency that publishes the absolutely stunning Orange Life magazine that I call the ultimate coffee table magazine. It has the best writing of any publication in town and it is a wonderful resource for Orange residents.

Here at Orange Live, we are dedicated to the town of Orange and don’t fill our pages with blogs or stories from Milford or other towns. You will find local links of interest in the left-hand column of our site. Make Orange Live your go-to source for Orange