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Boys Ice Hockey: Tough Loss At Bennett Rink

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Feb 222021
 

After a promising start to the season, the Amity Spartans Hockey team felt a couple of blows this week. On Saturday, Feb. 20, the game matchup between Amity and Cheshire was changed with North Branford coming to West Haven’s Edward Bennett Rink instead.

North Branford brought their “A” game, taking no prisoners and breezing through every period like they owned the ice.

In the first period, the Thunderbirds’ Max Maisano (18) got a solo shot past Amity goalie Branden Smith at just 4:32.

Second Period

The Spartans put their game faces on and with just 3:28 left in the period, David Brown (17) tied the game on an assist from Dylan Gherlone (15).

Score 1-1

Third Period

The tie didn’t last long. Just 20 seconds after returning to the ice, North Branford’s Ryan Michonski (15) scored off an assist from Nick Poulin (11). 36 seconds later, Collin Augur (12), assisted by Aidan Stoner (3), and Jake Pedersen (17) pulled the Thunderbirds to an even more comfortable 3-1 lead.

At 4:21, Joe Marra (24), assisted by Maisano (18) added another point to the game. 4-1

But it wasn’t over yet, 6:48 into the final period Amity’s Justin Miller (4), made the Spartan’s second goal, assisted by Kyle Hummel (18), and Jason Dittmann (21). 4-2

With 5:09 to go, North Branford’s Pedersen (17), assisted by Maisano (18), and Dakota Cooper (28) widened the spread 5-2.

As Amity’s parents’ hope sunk, suddenly, Niko Tournas (26), made a shot on Ethan Moffett’s (9) assistance in the last two minutes of the game.

Score 5-3 – Something can still happen!

What did happen was the Thunderbirds’ Maisano (18) got one last one past Smith with just 1:42 remaining and that’s all she wrote. North Branford won this one 6-3. No apologies, No excuses. They simply played to win.

Next Up for the Spartans, an AWAY game vs North Haven at the Northford Ice Pavillion – Red on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 3:50 p.m.

PS My boys still have a lot of potential and they CAN turn this around.

Girls Ice Hockey: Blades Victorious Over Masuk

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Feb 212021
 

Samantha Drane makes the first goal of the game

The (Amity-North Haven-Cheshire) Blades played an Away game against Masuk at the Sports Center of CT Rinks on Sunday, Feb. 21.

The Blades are a pretty solid team under coach John Peschell. This is the kind of game we like to see our teams play. The girls were pumped and determined, playing at the top of their skill set.

This showed on the scoreboard.

In the first period, Samantha Drane made the first goal just 4:29 after entering the ice giving the Blades a 1-0 lead that held steady through the period and the Blades goaltender, Ginny Currello, made 11 stops.

Second Period

The Blades were on fire when they came back for the second period, Kelsey McCarthy wasted no time scoring for her team at 13:45, assisted by Drane.

Stunning Masuk, the Blades scored again just 23 seconds later, this time by Abi Fitol, assisted by Mia Dow.

Score after two Blades 3, Masuk 0.

Third Period

Fitol scored her second goal 2:46 into the third period off an assist from Avery DePodesta.

The Blades retained their 4 point lead and it looked like it was going to be a shut-out until the last 30 seconds of the game.

Currello made a masterful dive to stop the puck then in a split second with only 25.8 seconds remaining Masuk’s Amanda Quinn sneaked one past her, assisted by Izzy Thomas and Avery Dayton.

Final Score Blades 4, Masuk 1

Saves:

Blades: Ginny Currello 21

Masuk: Eva Smith 27

 

This Week’s Events At the Case Memorial Library

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Feb 212021
 

The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, announced the following events:


Virtual Author Talk: Pretty Evil New England
Monday, February 22, 7 p.m.
Nineteenth-century New England was the hunting ground of five female serial killers. In Pretty Evil New England, true crime author Sue Coletta examines the overwhelming urges that propelled these women to take the lives of a combined total of more than 100 innocent victims. Join us for a talk with Sue Coletta on Zoom — please note that registration is required.


Tween Take & Make: Panpipes
Thursday, February 25
For tweens in grades 4-6. Make your own musical instrument using straws and duct tape! Participants will need to supply their own scissors.

Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register.
We offer curbside pickup and computer use by appointment.
Phone: 203-891-2170
http://www.casememoriallibrary.org
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This Week’s Varsity Athletic Events: Feb. 21-27

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Feb 212021
 

Following is this week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedule:

Sunday, Feb. 21

Girls Gymnastics vs Greenwich HOME Gymnastics and Cheerleading Academy at CT – Gym 1 Fairfield 1 p.m.

Girls Ice Hockey vs Masuk-Barlow-Newtown-Lauralton-Shelton-New Milford AWAY Sports Center of CT lower rink Shelton 2:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 22

Girls Basketball vs Lauralton Hall AWAY at Lauralton Hall Milford at 6:15 p.m.

Boys Basketball vs Fairfield Prep HOME at Amity 7 p.m.

Boys Swimming and Diving vs Daniel Hand AWAY Madison Swim and Racquet 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 23

Boys Swimming and Diving vs N Haven – E. Haven – N Branford- Guilford HOME at High Plains Community Center at 3:20 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 24

Boys Ice Hockey vs North Haven AWAY Northford Ice Pavillion – Red at 3:50 p.m.

Boys Basketball vs Career Magnet AWAY Floyd Little Athletic Center Field House at 5:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs Career Magnet HOME at Amity 6 p.m.

Girls Gymnastics vs Wilton HOME Gymnastics and Cheerleading Academy at Connecticut-Gym 1 6:30 p.m.

Girls Ice Hockey vs Law-ND Fairfield-Foran-Weston-Pomperaug HOME Lou Astorino Ice Rink Hamden 8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 25 

Girls Gymnastics vs Wilton AWAY Wilton High School 3:45 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 26***

Boys Swimming and Diving vs Fairfield Prep HOME at High Plains Community Center 3:20 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs West Haven AWAY West Haven High School 6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 27

Boys Basketball vs West Haven HOME Amity High School 7 p.m.

***Boys Ice Hockey vs Branford AWAY Northford Ice Pavillion RED at 3 p.m.

***Postponed due to Branford’s COVID Quarantine

Girls Ice Hockey vs Hamden- Wilbur Cross-Lyman Hall-O’Brien Tech AWAY Lou Astorino Ice Rink 6:30 p.m.

 

 

 

It’s “Egg My Yard” Time Again

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Feb 202021
 

Photo from popfi.com

Support the Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary by treating your children to a visit from the Easter Bunny.

The Easter Bunny is making an early trip to Orange again this year. Auxiliary members will help the Bunny hide plastic eggs in your yard on the night of Saturday, March 27, 2021, for your kids to wake up to on Sunday morning!

The Easter Bunny will leave a note along with eggs filled with your choice of candy (no nuts) or toys.

This is a fundraiser to benefit the OVFD, and the cost is $18 for the first 2 dozen eggs, $7 for each additional dozen. They can only be delivered within the town of Orange In case of rain or snow, eggs will be left on your front porch or steps.

For more information contact Jillian Gagel at 203-907-9054 (TEXTS OK) or e-mail OVFDAuxiliary@hotmail.com

Order Deadline:
Orders must be received no later than Saturday, March 20, 2021.

All proceeds benefit the Orange Volunteer Fire Department and Auxiliary

You also may sign up online with the Google Form and Venmo, https://forms.gle/suAf4muSLceRmqu69

For more information visit the Auxiliary Facebook page at facebook.com/OVFDAuxiliary

Send your form with payment to OVFD Auxiliary C/O Jillian Gagel, 408 Old Tavern Rd, Orange CT 06477

There’s So Much To Do At The Orange Senior Center

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Feb 192021
 

High Plains Community Center

Dennis Marsh, from the Orange Senior Center, today released this news and list of events that the Center is offering this year.            

Senior Center 

All senior center activities, classes are limited, and trips are canceled. Please check the senior center website at www.orange-ct.gov/782/community-services for further information. Or feel free to call the senior center office at (203) 891-4784.

 

New Software

During the Covid quarantine, we stayed busy. Orange Community Services installed new software. So, come by and receive a key tag to use at a new kiosk which will be in the HPCC front lobby. You will use the key card to sign in for classes, activities and volunteering, and other activities. 

Virtual Classes

If you would like to participate in David Chandler’s Tai Chi via Zoom—call the office with your email and we will ask the instructor to email you an invite.

If you would like to participate in Chair Exercise while at home, visit the Town Website at Orange-ct.gov, and under Departments, you will see a link to the Senior Center. There you will find the Chair Exercise video.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XklI-X6K7jc. Chair Exercise has resumed Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11:00 am. Details are subject to change as warranted. 

Hiking Group Returns

Join us for the return of the Hiking Group! Marianne Bauer and Judy Fitol will lead you on a 2 mile-ish, 1-hour walk every Thursday at 10:00 am. Facial coverings required.

March 4: Race Brook Tract 839 Racebrook Rd, Orange

March 11: Fitzgerald Walking Trail 112-126 Beecher Rd, Woodbridge

March 18: Orange Triangle Trail 842 Mapledale Rd, Orange

March 25: Naugatuck River Greenway Division St, Derby by BJ’s Wholesale Club

 

Classes

In order to begin to reopen the senior center for activities, we must adhere to state guidelines. At this point in time, we must wear facial coverages and practice 6 feet of social distancing. All classes must be signed up for in advance in the senior center office. 

Some classes are coming back, and others are planned to be back

Afghan Ladies 4th Monday at 1:00 pm in Senior Lounge. The next meeting is on January 25.

Bocce on hold for the winter.

Chair Exercise Mon, Wed & Fri at 11:00 am with Anne in the Gym

Fitness Tuesday at 8:30 am with Danielle in Cafe

Laughter Yoga meets Wednesday at 11:00 am 

Yoga Monday with Andrea at 9:00 am in room 3 & 5 

Yoga Wednesday with Andrea at 9:30 am in room 3 & 5 

 

Arts & Crafts with Suzanne

Join us for a fun-filled St Patrick’s Day Themed Arts & Crafts class with Suzanne on Monday, March 8 at 12:00 noon. Class size is limited to 10 people. Pre-registration is required. Call 203-891-4784 to sign up. 

 

Book Club via Zoom

The monthly Book Club meeting has moved onto Zoom. If you wish to participate, email Paula Samuel for a Zoom invite at paula.samuel7@gmail.com

 

Movie of the Month

March 15, 3:00 pm, Far & Away. Starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. A young Irish couple flees to the States, but subsequently, struggles to obtain land and prosper freely. Due to Covid, space is limited. Social distancing and facial covering guidelines must be observed. Individualized drinks and snacks will be served. Limit to 11 people. Call 203-891-4784 to register.

 

 Frozen Meals

There is a special meal program consisting of a box of 5 frozen meals during the Covid-19 pandemic. We can deliver the meals, or you can come by and pick the meals up. Delivery is only available to Orange residents. Call the office to complete an application. A suggested donation of $3 per meal would be greatly appreciated. 

Community Services has an Emergency Food Bank available for Orange residents in need. Call (203) 891-4788 for assistance. 

 

AARP Safe Driving Courses

AARP announced that all in-person AARP activities have been canceled through September 2021. AARP Smart Driver online course is an alternative, especially for those who need to renew their car insurance discount. AARP has extended their special 25% off discount through the end of the year. Website: www.aarpdriversafety.org

 

Legal Clinic

We are resuming our Legal Clinic services. Attorney Floman DePaola’s office will conduct appointments via telephone on the first Wednesday of the month. Appointments will be for 1/2 an hour beginning at 9:00am. Please call the senior center at 203-891-4788   to schedule an appointment. We will forward the schedule to the Floman DePaola office who will then contact you at the scheduled time. Please be home for the appointment. 

AARP Tax 

AARP Tax Program has returned in February. We host 2 days: Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 am to Noon. Be sure to bring with you last years tax return. Clients will go to room 15 and the tax preparers will come in to gather your information and process your return in another room. They will bring the return back to you prior to submitting. Due to AARP Covid requirements clients and volunteer tax preparers are to remain separated.

 

Remember, we will be maintaining social distance and wearing facial coverings. Seating is limited due to Covid so you will need to register for an appointment at (203) 891-4788.

 

TRIPS

It is very hard to predict trips for 2021 with Covid concerns. But I would like to be optimistic that things will be more normal. I would like to offer the members some of the trips that Lilly Tours has to offer.

 

April 11—AMERICA’S MUSIC CITIES with Collette Tours. (considerable walking).

 

May 8 – NEW YORK CITY FOOD TRIP, you will experience the culinary traditions and history that form the backdrop for many of these fabulous edible treats. $85 per person due at registration. (some walking).

 

June 15—ROARING 20’s MYSTERY TRIP with Friendship Tours, (some walking).

 

July 25 – BASEBALL HALL OF FAME, It is every fan’s “Field of Dreams” with its stories, legends and magic to be passed on from generation to generation. $139 per person due at registration. (considerable walking).

 

August 19—SWITZERLAND, AUSTRIA, BAVARIA with Collette Tours. (considerable walking).

 

September 1 or 2 AMARANTE’S ENDLESS SUMMER, with Friendship Tours (minimal walking). 

 

September 20—PAINTED CANYONS OF THE WEST, with Collette Tours. (considerable walking). 

 

September 24 -27 NIAGARA FALLS, One the most desired tourist destinations in the world. $829pp for double due at registration. (considerable walking). 

 

October—OKTOBERFEST @ KRUCKERS, with Friendship Tours. (considerable walking). 

 

Oct 6 – NEWPORT PLAYHOUSE SURF & TURF, show TBD. Enjoy a great buffet, a wonderful play at a fun-filled Cabaret! $95 per person due at registration. (minimal walking).

 

November 10—USO TRIBUTE SHOW @ GRAND OAK VILLA, with Friendship Tours. ( minimal walking).

 

December 4 – STURBRIDGE VILLAGE “CHRISTMAS BY CANDLELIGHT”, a celebration of favorite holiday traditions, music, and food. $173 per person due at registration. (considerable walking).

 

December 8—EDWARDS TWINS HOLIDAY SHOW @ AQUA TURF, with Friendship Tours. (minimal walking).

Meet The 2021 Amity Lady Spartans Basketball Team

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Feb 192021
 

Girls Varsity Basketball Coach Michelle Shoop is back with a great team of strong, experienced players.

The Team consists of 7 seniors, 4 juniors, and one sophomore.

Seniors: Skylar Burzynski (3) 5’7″, Meghan Smith (14) 5’4″, Abigail Ganun (21) 5’4″, Mya Manzione (25) 5’7″, Sophia Swift (35) 5’5″, Abigail Eschweller (40) 5’10”, Ribecka Marchitto (44)5’6″

Juniors: Meredyth Laskowski (10) 5’9″, Jayne Whitman (11) 5’4″, Victoria Gajdos (31) 5’7″, Adriana Tufano (50) 5’6″

Sophomore: Sarah Granados (22) 5’7″

The girls are 3-0 for the season: Amity 38 – Hillhouse 24; Amity 45 – Jonathan Law 40; and Amity 52 – Foran 30.

The girls’ next game is at HOME against North Haven at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20. 

 

Amity Lady Spartans Off To Strong Start On The Hardwood

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Feb 192021
 

In a season like no other during a national pandemic, Coach Michelle Shoop’s Lady Spartans have gotten off to a strong 3-0 start to kick off the season. Returning a seasoned group of talented athletes, the team has benefited from their prior experience competing together, a collective defensive grit, timely shot-making, and a team-first attitude.

(photo by Scott Burzynski)

The Lady Spartans kicked things off with a convincing 38-24 win over perennial SCC powerhouse Hillhouse. In a total team effort, Amity saw seven different players hit the scoring column that included 14 points from Jayne Whitman, 7 from Mya Manzione, 6 from Skylar Burzynski, along with 4 from Becky Marchitto, 3 from Abby Eschweiler, and 2 each from Meghan Smith and Sophia Swift.

Hillhouse (0-1)

Shaniyah Butler 1 0 1-4 3, Ryan Young 0 1 1-3 4, Nielle Reaves 1 0 2-2 4, Trinity Moody 1 2 0-0 8, Dillan Boyd 1 1 0-0 5

Amity (1-0)

Skylar Burzynski 3 0 0-0 6, Mya Manzione 3 0 1-1 7, Abby Eschweiler 1 0 1-2 3, Meghan Smith 1 0 0-0 2, Jayne Whitman 4 2 0-0 14, Sophia Swift 1 0 0-0 2, Meredyth Laskowski 0 0 0-0 0, Sarah Granados 0 0 0-0 0, Ribecka Marchitto 1 0 2-2 4

Hillhouse (0-1).   0 10 5 9 — 24
Amity (1-0).  7 8 14 9 — 38

(Photos by Scott Burzynski

In their next game, the Lady Spartans traveled to Milford to take on a tough Jonathan Law team. After a slow start, which saw the team trailing by as much as eleven points.  Amity hung tough led by Becky Marchitto’s 10 points to be down by nine at the half 28-19.  The team responded in the third quarter with a tremendous defensive effort baseline- to- baseline led by the scrappy Meghan Smith along with Sarah Granados and Mya Manzione. Strong shot-making by Skylar Burzynski, Sophia Swift, and Jayne Whitman got the team back to even on the scoreboard going to the fourth quarter. In a back-and-forth affair, the Lady Spartans got a big bucket from Burzynski to take the lead until it was tied again until a huge three-point shot late in the game from Swift gave the team the lead that ended in a hard-fought 45-40 win. Marchitto led all scorers with 10 points, along with 9 each for Swift and Burzynski, Manzione and Whitman chipped in with 6 points each, as did Meghan Smith with 3 and Sarah Granados 2.

Amity 45, Jonathan Law 40

Amity (2-0)

Skylar Burzynski 3 1 0-0 9, Meghan Smith 1 0 1-2 3, Jayne Whitman 0 2 0-0 6, Sophia Swift 0 3 0-0 9, Sarah Granados 1 0 0-0 2, Ribecka Marchitto 3 0 4-4 10, Mya Manzione 2 0 2-3 6

Jonathan Law (0-2)

Maddie Lula 6 0 0-2 12, Shelby Green 6 0 3-3 15, Katie Konareski 0 1 0-0 3, Sarah Paulus 1 0 0-0 2, Mariyah Reid 2 0 4-4 8

Amity  9 10 15 11 45
Law 13 15 6 6 40

Next Amity took on another school from across the border in Foran High School. Getting off to their strongest offensive start to date, the Lady Spartans went up 18-8 after one quarter and 32-14 at the half and never looked back in a convincing 52-30 victory. Shooting very well behind the arc along with a tough defensive mindset gave Foran fits throughout. Amity found three players in double figures and was led in scoring by Jayne Whitman with 14 points that included four  3 pointers, Skylar Burzynski added 13 points along with two  3ponters, and the versatile Mya Manzione who had a big night in the paint with 10 points. Other Amity players who hit the scoring column included Victoria Gaydos with 6 points, Sarah Granados with 4 points, Sophia Swift with 3, and Meghan Smith with 2 points along with an incredible 7 steals that led to many fast-break baskets. 

Foran (0-2)

Lauren Henan 2 1 1-1 8, Courtney Musante 3 0 4-4 10, Abby Sanwald 2 0 0-0 4, Mary Rodrigues 1 0 3-4 5, Daviginon 0 0 0-1 0, LaFountain 0 0 1-4 1, Young 1 0 0-1 2

Amity (3-0)

Skylar Burzynski 3 2 1-2 13, Meghan Smith 1 0 0-0 2, Jayne Whitman 0 4 2-3 14, Abby GaNun 0 0 0-0 0, Sophia Swift 0 1 0-0 3, Meredyth Laskowski 0 0 0-0 0, Sarah Granados 2 0 0-0 4, Ribecka Marchitto 0 0 0-0 0, Mya Manzione 4 0 2-2 10, Adriana Tufano 0 0 0-0 0, Victoria Gajdos 3 0 0-0 6, Stella Carney 0 0 0-0 0, Stella Manzione 0 0 0-0 0, Vivian Cain 0 0 0-0 0

Foran (0-2)   8  6  5  11 30
Amity (3-0)  18  14  12  8 52

Photos by Scott Burzynski

 Story by Ed Whitman

New Events From The Case Memorial Library

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Feb 182021
 

The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, announced the following events:


Virtual Author Talk: Pretty Evil New England
Monday, February 22, 7 p.m.
Nineteenth-century New England was the hunting ground of five female serial killers. In Pretty Evil New England, true crime author Sue Coletta examines the overwhelming urges that propelled these women to take the lives of a combined total of more than 100 innocent victims. Join us for a talk with Sue Coletta on Zoom — please note that registration is required.


Tween Take & Make: Panpipes
Thursday, February 25
For tweens in grades 4-6. Make your own musical instrument using straws and duct tape! Participants will need to supply their own scissors.

Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register.
We offer curbside pickup and computer use by appointment.
Phone: 203-891-2170
http://www.casememoriallibrary.org
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Boys Hockey: Sheehan Over Amity in Hamden

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Feb 182021
 

The Amity Boys Ice Hockey Team (2-1) continued its grueling game schedule on Wednesday night at the Louis Astorino Rink in Hamden against the undefeated Sheehan Trojans (3-0).

Everyone played fast and hard in the first period, determined to get the first goal. That advantage went to Sheehan at 4:03 when Anthony DeBalio (6), shot one past Amity’s Brendan Smith (30), assisted by  Luke Festa (13). and. James Stratton (24).

End of the first period Sheehan 1-0.

After returning to the ice, the Trojans did what they had to do, and just 2:47 into the second period, Anthony Romano (3) scored off an assist from Joe Romano (2).

Amity came on strong and Niko Touranis (26) put the Spartans on the board at 6:14.

The Trojans would have none of that, and within 1:30 Sheehan’s Luke Festa (13). pulled his team even further ahead with a goal off an assist from A. Romano (3).

End of the second period Sheehan 3, Amity 1

The final period was do-or-die, could Amity tie the game? After 13:31 of fierce gameplay, it appeared that it was all over, and then, suddenly, out of nowhere, Amity’s Jason Dittmann (21) shot one past the Trojan’s Goalie with just 1:30 remaining.

The celebration didn’t last too long because one second later with 1:29 left on the clock, Sheehan’s Joe Romano (2), assisted by Brandon Hiliash (18) slammed one into an empty net sealing their victory.

Sheehan 4, Amity 2

Records: Sheehan (4-0), Amity (2-2).

The Spartans get a couple of days off, before taking on North Branford at HOME Edward Bennett Rink in West Haven on Saturday at 3 p.m.