Obituary: Mary Ann Ettinger, 90, Beloved Mother, Grandmother

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Jan 132022

Mary Ann Ettinger, 90, of Orange, died peacefully on Monday, January 10. She was born July 2, 1931 in Aurelia, Iowa, daughter of the late Wesley Kenneth Nelson and Esther Christine Rolfs.

Mary Ann is survived by son Joel Ettinger and wife Rachel Must-Ettinger, of Orange Connecticut and daughter Claire Sehringer and husband Gottfried, of Wayland Massachusetts; grandchildren Samuel and Jae Ettinger and Gabriel and Larissa Sehringer.

Also survived by brothers Larry Nelson and David Nelson, sisters Marcia White and Gretta Earnest; several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Family and friends may gather on Monday, Jan. 17 at 11:30 a.m. at the Cody-White Funeral Home 107 Broad St., Milford. A Funeral Service will begin at 12 p.m. that day at the funeral home followed by a burial at West Cemetery, Boston Post Rd., Madison, CT.

Those who cannot attend the service may join us virtually at: https://view.oneroomstreaming.com/. Event ID: Codywhitefh; Password: LH48P9
To view the full obituary and leave online condolences, please visit our website at www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

This Week In Amity Varsity Sports: Jan. 10-15

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Jan 122022

Following are the Amity Varsity sports schedules for this week.

Monday, Jan. 10 

Boys Indoor Track James Barber.
Away – Southern CT State University-Moore Field House
4:00 p.m.
 Girls Ice Hockey v. West Haven-SHA. L 2-7
Away – West Haven High School-Bennett Rink
4:00 p.m.
Boys Basketball v. Xavier  W 54-51  
Away – Mercy High School-Gym
5:30 p.m.
Girls Basketball v. Mercy. L33-37
Away – Mercy High School-Gym
7:15 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 11
Boys and Girls Indoor Track SCC Novice Meets
Away – TBA
4:00 p.m.
Boys Swimming and Diving v. Foran/Law. W 85-73
Home – High Plains Community Cn-Orange Community Center Pool
6:45 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 12
Girls Basketball v. Cheshire L 37-43 
Home – Amity Regional High School-Paul D. Mengold Gymnasium
7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 13
 Girls Ice Hockey v. New Canaan
Home – Hamden-Lou Astorino Ice Rink
4:00 p.m.
Girls Basketball v. Cheshire
Home – Amity Regional High School-Paul D. Mengold Gymnasium
7:00 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 14
Girls Gymnastics v. Norwalk, Staples
Home – Gymnastics and Cheerleading Academy at Connecticut-Gym 1
6:00 p.m.
Boys Basketball v. Sheehan
Away – Sheehan High School-Sheehan HS Gymnasium
7:00 p.m.

Girls Basketball v. Lyman Hall
Home – Amity Regional High School-Paul D. Mengold Gymnasium
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 15
Wrestling v. Platt, Brien McMahon, Cheshire
Away – Platt High School-Gym
9:00 a.m.
Boys Ice Hockey v. Daniel Hand
Away – Northford Ice Pavilion-Red
7:30 p.m.

Remembering George Chatzopoulos, Beloved Brother, Chip’s Owner, Friend To All

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Jan 122022

After a yearlong battle with brain cancer, George Chatzopoulos, the well known owner of Chip’s Family Restaurant, passed away in his sister’s home.  He was only 55 years old.

A black bunting around the sign on the Boston Post Road restaurant on Tuesday was the first clue to patrons and passersby that something was amiss.

George was known as a hard-working, generous, community-minded businessman.
After working for years at a diner and saving his money he purchased the already established Boston Post Road Restaurant 19 years ago and made it the go-to place for families, friends and club meetings, greeting everyone with a big smile and a hearty “Hello, my friend.” He’d sit with me and my granddaughter when we’d come in on a snow day, until he started spending most of his time at one of his other four restaurants — Fairfield, Southbury, Southington, and Wethersfield.
In Orange, we will remember him for hosting the Thanksgiving morning charity fundraising breakfasts, Orange Country Fair breakfast, countless Pancakes For Dinner events, and having his signature pancakes at the Orange Firehouse fundraising breakfasts, when he’d donated the batter, butter and syrup for the cause — the firefighters would cook.
George will truly be missed by the thousands of friends he’s made over the past decades, by his customers across the region and of course his adoring family.
His sister Dina Bajko, who also was his business partner, will keep his legacy alive, and will continue to greet Chip’s customers with a smile.
Our condolences to the Bajko and extended Chatzopoulos family. George was loved and he already is missed.
An official obituary has not yet been released.



Obituary: Annette “Nettie” Azzaro Bartocetti 84, Avid Gardener, Town Treasure

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Jan 122022

Annette “Nettie” Azzaro Bartocetti 84, of Orange beloved wife of the late Harry P. Bartocetti passed away on January 7, 2022 in CT. Hospice.

Loving mother of Laura (Robert) Keefe of Guilford, Lisa (Patrick Connellan) Bartocetti and John (Barbara) Bartocetti all of Orange and Rick (Stephanie) Bartocetti of Hamden. Cherished grandmother of Michael (Maureen) Keefe, Neil (Brittini) Keefe, Paige (Kevin) Girvin and Adam Bartocetti. Great grandmother of Ryann Girvin and Cameron and Nora Keefe.

Nettie is predeceased by her sister Dolores Sacrider. Nettie was born in New Haven on March 8, 1937 daughter of the late Anthony and Josephine Diotaiuto Azzaro.

Nettie was a member of the Orangewood Women’s Club, Holy Infant Guild, Republican Town Committee of Orange, Garden Club, New Haven Symphony Auxiliary and Save the Children.

In 2015 Nettie was the recipient of the Town of Orange Living Treasure Award.

Private arrangements are in care of the PORTO FUNERAL HOME 830 Jones Hill Rd. West Haven. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN. 38105.

Sign Nettie’s guest book online at www.portofuneralhomes.net.

Obituary: Aaron Marc Steinberg, 34, Musician, Amity Grad

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Jan 112022

Aaron Marc Steinberg, 34, of Brooklyn, NY and originally of Orange, CT, passed away on January 8, 2022.

Born on February 13, 1987 in Milford, CT, he was the son of Paul and Kathleen (Listenes) Steinberg.

Aaron lived for music, and was known as “Music Wizard” to his friends. A 2005 graduate of Amity High School, he was a creative and talented guitarist.

His passion first led him to move to New York City. He then relocated to Los Angeles to attend Musician’s Institute and landed a role on L.A. Rock City, a television show. Eventually he moved back to Brooklyn to be closer to his family during the pandemic.

Aaron was adventurous and loved to travel and visit new places around the country. With a fantastic sense of humor, he enjoyed making everyone around him laugh. Aaron was a wonderful son and encouraging big brother. His family will forever miss his infectious personality and presence.

In addition to his loving parents, Aaron is survived by his younger sister Rebekah Nash and her husband, Sean, and his younger brother Samuel Steinberg; his maternal grandparents, Rosemarie Davis and Alan Listenes and his wife, Elaine; and by his many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Aaron was predeceased by his grandparents, Pearl and Samuel Steinberg, and Edward Davis.

Graveside service will be held on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 11 a.m. at Congregation Or Shalom Cemetery, 75 Farwell St., West Haven, CT 06516.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice.

The family is being cared for by the staff at the CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 BROAD ST., MILFORD, CT. To leave online condolences, visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Girls’ Ice Hockey: Plagued With Injuries, Blades Skate On

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Jan 112022

The Blades’ Abby Fitol made some heroic saves during the Jan. 10 game.

The Amity/Cheshire/North Haven Blades Girls Ice Hockey team has had some setbacks with injuries and even lost their goalie (to an injury) this season. But on Monday, Jan. 10, they took to the ice at the Bennett Rink in West Haven against the West Haven/Sacred Heart Sharks with hope and determination.

Amity Sophomore Abby Fitol stepped up to take on the role of goaltender for the first time, and to her credit, she did a phenomenal job in a very stressful position, making 30 saves against a very good opposing team.

The Sharks won 7-2


1              2              3          F

Am/NH/CH         0              0             2          2

WH/SH                3              1              3          7


First Period

WH/SH- Melissa Tsakonas (Rachel Harrison, Geena Montano)

WH/SH- Maya Boyen (Juliana Gonzalez, Julianna Picard)

WH/SH -Julianna Picard (Maya Boyan, Taylor Alfano)

Second Period

WH/SH- Anne Plunkett (Maya Boyan, Taylor Alfano)

Third Period

WH/SH- Ashley Welch (Melissa Tsakonas, Juianna Montano)

Am/NH/CH- Avery DePodesta (Ellen Barto)

Am/NH/CH- Avery DePodesta (Sami Drane, Ilana Leyner)

WH/SH-Maya Boyan (Taylor Alfano)

WH/SH- Maya Boyen (HAT TRICK — Congratulations, Maya)



Boys Swimming and Diving Faces First Loss Of The Season

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Jan 102022

The Amity Spartans Boys Swimming and Diving Team had three consecutive wins at the beginning of the 2021-22 season, but on Saturday, Jan. 8, they were out splashed by East Lyme in East Lyme.
The final tally, East Lyme 103, Amity 77
Amity’s Winning Events:
200 Medley Relay 1:45.44 – Seamus Hennessy, Adam Liu, Kevin Sweeney, and Allen Liu
200 IM 2:07.23 – Seamus Hennessy
500 Free 5:05.81 – Connor Hallstrom
100 Back 55.62 – Seamus Hennessy
100 Breast 1:07.46 – Adam Liu
East Lyme’s Winning Events:
200 Free 1:48.00 – Eric Wang
50 Free 23.42 – Hawken Hammen
Diving 188.90 – Ryan McLaughlin
100 Fly 55.54 – Hawken Hammen
100 Free 49.13 – Eric Wang
200 Free Relay 1:32.99 – Ryaan Huang, Brendan Fant, Eric Wang, Hawken Hammen
400 Free Relay 4:33.31 – Hawken Hammen, Brendan Fant, Ryan Huang, and Eric Wang

Boys Hockey: Another Disappointing Outcome

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Jan 092022

The Amity Spartans Boys Ice Hockey team hosted the Cheshire Rams in West Haven on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 3 p.m.
Coverage hasn’t been very consistent this season and as in past years, Mike Richetelli, one of my favorite coaches, doesn’t send the sheets after a loss, and I can’t always quickly access a live stream. But, yesterday, I did, with the help of Athletic Director Ernie Goodwin (Thank You).
Here’s the best I can do with what I have:

Dom Harris scores Amity’s sole goal at the end of the first period. (Photo by Eric Hackett)

First period

Just 8:23 into the game both teams had one man in the penalty box and Cheshire scored.
Then, with 1:50 left in on the clock, Amity’s #27 Dom Harris smoothly slipped one into the net behind Cheshire’s goaltender to tie the game.
Second period
Five minutes in, a fight broke out near the Amity net that led to penalties and a very long delay in play.
Taking advantage of the confusion, Cheshire scored just 55 seconds later, bringing the score to 2-1.
With 3:15 remaining on the clock, the Rams took a 3-1 lead.
Third period
The clock read 4:33 and Cheshire scored again (4-1)
It appeared that a Amity player was tossed from the game for some reason.
Emotions were running high, confidence was running low, but the Spartans were still working the ice, but not well enough.
Amity’s Record 1-5.
NOTE: in spite of the final outcome, goalie Aiden Courtney #31, worked his butt off and did a phenomenal job staving off the puck as the Rams hammered him in quick succession.
All photos courtesy of Eric Hackett. 

Obituary: Rocco Orlando, 94, A Life Dedicated To Education

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Jan 092022

Rocco Orlando, 94, passed away peacefully at home in Hamden of Alzheimer’s disease, with his family by his side, on January 6, 2022. Beloved husband of the late Rae Rose Coppola Orlando, he was born in New Haven on March 29, 1927, the son of the late Rocco and Palmina (Riccardi) Orlando.
Rocco was educated in New Haven and left Hillhouse High School when he turned 18 during his graduation year to join the Navy and train as a naval aviator in torpedo bombers. When WWII ended at the time he was about to be sent overseas, he returned to Connecticut following a year of service to begin his studies at the Fort Trumbull branch of the University of Connecticut along with many others the under the GI bill.
His UConn bachelor’s degree was the first of many degrees for Rocco was a lifelong student as well as a distinguished educator. Following his graduation from UConn, he received a second bachelor’s degree from New Haven State Teacher’s College (now Southern Connecticut State University) and began his career as a teacher in a 4 room schoolhouse in Salem, Connecticut.
He went on to get a master’s degree from Fairfield University, studied at Bennington College as a John Hay Fellow, began doctoral studies at Columbia University, but changed to UConn where he received a Ph.D. in 1969. Widely recognized for his expertise in educational law, he also attended the UConn School of Law stopping his studies just short of attaining a law degree to spend time with his wife.
Rocco’s career was dedicated to education — he had a long association with the Amity Regional Schools – serving as a teacher, assistant principal, principal of the Orange Junior High School, Amity High School and Assistant Superintendent.
Rocco then moved to higher education joining the faculty of Southern Connecticut State College – spending 16 years as a professor, Dean of Professional Studies and Dean of the School of Education.
During his time as Southern, he oversaw the creation of many graduate programs that would contribute to Southern’s recognition as a University. Following Rocco’s retirement from Southern, he continued to be active in his second career as a labor mediator and arbitrator until he was eighty.
His Ph.D. dissertation was on the topic of teacher-board of education negotiations and he used this expertise to guide many teachers unions and boards of education to fair and amicable resolution – often in all night marathon negotiating sessions.
Rocco was dedicated to the Greater New Haven community and demonstrated this with his leadership and participation in many community organizations including the Italian American Historical Society of Connecticut, the New Haven Scholarship Foundation and the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven.
His interest in the contributions of immigrants to New Haven resulted in his being instrumental in the creation of the Ethnic Heritage Center of Connecticut at Southern Connecticut State University. Most important, Rocco was the anchor for his extended family.
With his partner and soulmate Rae, they advised and cared for many. Central to his core was his total devotion to Rae and his commitment to caring for her when she developed M. S. They were always together, always sharing their lives and love.
He passed his love of learning on to his children and grandchildren. He and Rae had a deep love of travel – beginning with lengthy family road trips across the United States and Mexico. On a trip to Italy in the 1960’s, Rocco re-connected with Italian family members leading to long lasting relationships with family in Italy and Australia – traveling often to remain in touch.
In 1969, he led the family on a non-stop drive to Florida to witness the take-off of the Saturn V rocket that carried Apollo 11 to the moon. In their later years, Rocco and Rae were avid cruise ship devotees – including a multigenerational cruise to Alaska with children and grandchildren.
Rocco is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Dr. Rocco Orlando, III and Joanne Papanek Orlando of South Glastonbury, his daughter and son-in-law Lisa Orlando Parisi and Michael J. Parisi of Cheshire as well as his grandchildren Rocco Orlando, IV (Katie Moran), Alexander Orlando and Laura Parisi and great granddaughters Brooke and Willow Orlando, his brother-in law and his wife Dr. Paul J. and Eileen Coppola of Madison and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the staff and nurses of the Memory Support Unit at Whitney Center, the BrightStar caregivers and Connecticut Hospice for their outstanding care.
Funeral Services will be private with a memorial celebration of his life to come in the Spring. The Celentano Funeral Home, New Haven is caring for the family.
To leave a condolence please visit www.celentanofuneralhome.com. Memorial donations may be sent to The Orlando Family Scholarship in Memory of Rae Orlando, at The New Haven Scholarship Fund, PO Box 8936, New Haven CT 06532 or the Orlando Family Endowed Scholarship Fund at Southern Connecticut State University Foundation, Inc., 501 Crescent Street, New Haven, CT 06515-1355 or online at SouthernCT.edu

Hey, Amity Spartans, It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over!

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Jan 082022

The Amity Boys Ice Hockey Team lost its fifth consecutive game this afternoon at the Bennett Ice Rink in West Haven. With a 1-5 record, some may think that they “stink” but, I see it differently.

The Spartans have potential and, like 13 other teams in their division, they simply haven’t been very lucky YET this season.

Did you know that the once powerful and feared West Haven Blue Devils haven’t won a single game this season? Do they Stink? No, they still have time to turn things around too, as do the other 13 teams, plus Amity.

There are ONLY five teams that are doing relatively well this season, including three that are undefeated so far, according to the records on the CIAC website as of this afternoon.

Here’s what I found:

The 14 Unluckiest teams
West Haven: L 0-4, L 6-3, L 2-10, L 3-4
Amity: W 1-5, L 6-1, L 5-0, L 8-2, L 4-0, L 4-1
Staples: L 1-5, L 2-9, L 2-3, W 3-1
Immaculate: L 5-6 (ot), W 4-3, L 7-3
Milford CoOp: L 6-1, W 3-1, T 2-2, L 1-7, L 4-0, L 1-9
Branford: L 2-4, L 2-6, W 5-4, L 3-4, W 4-0
Cheshire: L 9-7, L 5-6, T 3-3 (ot), L 2-3, W 5-1, L 3-5, W 4-1
Daniel Hand: L 0-4, L 0-3, L 0-4, W 3.2, W 8-1, L 4-5, L 4-5, W 4-5
Guilford: W 5-1, W 5-1, L 1-5, L 2-3
Newtown-New Fairfield: W 6-5, L 1-5, L 0-5, L 2-5, L 0-4, L 0-3
North Branford: W 4-2, W 3-1, L 0-6, L 1-8, L 2-6
Glastonbury: W 4-2, L 1-4, W 6-0, L 1-5, L 0-3
Watertown-Pomperaug: L 4-5, W 3-0, W 5-0, L 1-8, L 1-5, L 1-4
BBD: W 6-3, W 6-3, L 8-2
Successful Teams as of Jan. 8:
Lyman Hall: W 8-1, W 6-5, L 4-5, W 3-2, W 6-3, W 5-2
Sheehan: W 7-3, W 11-1, W 8-1, W 2-1, W 5-3, W 6-2
Fairfield Warde-Ludlowe: W 6-5 (ot), W 6-3, W 5-0, W 10-2
North Haven: L 1-8, W 6-0, W 8-2, L 1-3, W 3-0
New Milford: L 3-7, L 0-6, W 5-2, W 4-0, W 4-0

Of These five, Amity is still scheduled to play three of them: Sheehan on Jan. 25, Lyman Hall on Feb. 2, and New Milford on Feb. 16. Good Luck Amity, You can do this! The season isn’t over yet!