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. 


Girls’ Ice Hockey: West Haven SHA Defeats Blades on Tuesday

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Feb 172021

The Amity/Cheshire/North Haven Blades Girls Ice Hockey team faced off against West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy at the Edward Bennett Rink in West Haven on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Much like the Boys’ first game, there was no score at the end of the first period

The Westies/Sharks put on their game faces when they returned to the ice for the second. Mackenzie Gardner scored the first goal, assisted by Emilee Degrand.

Next, West Haven’s Mia Celentano brought it to 2-0 on an assist from Maya Boyen.

With their opponents ahead by two, Amity came out with a strong desire to catch up and overcome their opponents, gameplay was fast and furious, but, once again, West Haven scored first in the third period this time with Degrand, assisted by Geena Montano.

Finally, it was the Blades’ turn with Avery DePodesta scoring off an assist from Amelia Launder (21). But that was it for the Amity and friends team.

West Haven’s Ann Plunkett slapped in the final goal, assisted by Jenna Hunt, and Montano.

West Haven Wins 4-1.

West Haven outshot the Blades 46-25

Saves: Blades, Ginny Currello 42; WH/SH Grace Nowak 24







Meet The 2021 Amity Boys Ice Hockey Team

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Feb 172021

For the past week, since I first saw them on the ice, I’ve not been shy about singing the praises of the 2021 Amity Spartans Ice Hockey Team.

Some of the names are familiar and they have been together for a while, but everyone seems to be in synch and they all play well together as a TEAM.

Head Coach Mike Scooter Richetelli already is proud of his boys and has only good things to say about their skills and sportsmanship. On and off the ice, they are a great bunch of guys.

The Spartans have two different uniforms, the white jerseys (shown here) are the HOME uniforms. The gray jerseys are worn at AWAY games.

That said, here is the roster for this year’s team:

2  Dylan Raver

4 Justin Miller  C

5  Dean Gatttinella

6  Caleb Marcin.  C

7  Nolan Smith

8  Caden Demaio

 9  Ethan Moffett

11 Tommy Schittina

12 Cam Delvecchio

13 Joe Carangelo

15 Dylan Gherlone

17 David Brown

18 Kyle Hummel

20 Cade Simone

21 Jason Dittmann

25 Ben Qian

26 Niko Tournas

27 Dom Harris

30 Brendan Smith. G

31 Aiden Courtney. G

Boys’ Hockey: Amity Spartans Show How It’s Done Twice This Week

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Feb 172021

When I first saw the 2021 Amity Spartans Boys Ice Hockey team last Wednesday night (Feb. 10) I knew I was witnessing something really special.

Even with all the COVID restrictions and the lack of fans in the arena, I knew, and said, they had a lot of potential. They may have lost that first game, but I knew they would be okay, and they proved me right twice this weekend.

I looked forward to watching them play on Saturday, but a freak accident left me with a big tear in the cornea of my photo-shooting left eye. The bright lights and the strain of trying to shoot 250-300 photos was too painful and I had to skip it.

Thankfully, Coach Richetelli sent the score sheet so I could put something together for you.

Saturday, February 13 

Amity vs Cheshire

Both teams hit the ice, pumped and ready to win, but it remained scoreless through the first period.

In the second period, both teams played fast and furious, then with 9:04 remaining Cheshire’s Damon Zurolo (7) got one past Amity’s goaltender Brandan Smith (30) on an assist from Will Gaudet (10).

The Spartans returned to the ice for the third period with their skates on fire. Within 38 seconds, David Brown (17) scored his first career goal as a Spartan, tying the game 1-1 on an assist from Niko Tournas (26).

At 7:29 Tommy Schittina (11) shot one in on a power play, giving the Spartans a 2-1 lead. or, even better, as CTHSHockey put it in their tweet, “Tommy Schittina gives Amity the lead with a point shot that had eyes. Puck must’ve passed eight skaters en route to the back of the net.”

Thanks for that description, CTHSHockey, it was absolutely poetic!

Then, to seal the deal, with just 1:03 remaining Justin Miller took advantage of an empty net. Amity wins! 3-1.

Saves: Amity’s Brendan Smith (Player of the Game) 33, Cheshire’s Amaan Chaudhry 13

Records: Amity 1-1; Cheshire 0-1


Monday, Feb. 15

Amity vs East Haven

The Amity Spartans hosted the East Haven Hornets at the Edward Bennett Ice Rink in West Haven on Monday, Feb. 15.

Amity wasted no time in getting this party started. Just 2:34 into the first period Tommy Schittina (11) scored the first goal on a power play assisted by Justin Miller (4) and Jason Dittman (21).

The Spartans did not disappoint in the second period. 2:01 after reentering the ice, Miller scored off an assist from Dylan Gherlone (15). Four minutes later, Schittina made his second goal of the game, assisted again, by Dittman.

With Amity ahead 3-0, East Haven stepped up its game and with 4:45 remaining in the second period, Duncan Rider (8) finally got one past Amity’s hardworking goalie Aiden Courtney (31), assisted by Dave Amatruda (21) and Rocco Piano (3). End of second, 3-1, Amity.

The third period had a lot of action, with both sides battling it out and doing their best to score.

With 2:57 remaining in the game, Niko Tournas (26) made an unassisted goal.

Just as we thought it was over, with 55 seconds left on the clock East Haven’s Chad Feola (7) sneaked one in, assisted by Dylan Ingram (68).

Final Score: Amity 4, East Haven 2



Amity Varsity Games Feb. 15-20

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Feb 142021

Here are the Amity Varsity Sports schedules for this week.

Monday, Feb. 15

Girls Ice Hockey vs West Haven – Sacred Heart Academy AWAY Bennett Rink West Haven 12 p.m.

Boys Ice Hockey vs East Haven Coop HOME Bennett Rink West Haven 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 16

Boys Basketball vs Foran AWAY Foran High Milford 5:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming and Diving vs Shelton HOME High Plains Pool Orange 3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming and Diving vs Xavier HOME High Plains Pool Orange 4 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs Foran HOME Amity High School 6 p.m.

Girls Ice Hockey vs West Haven – Sacred Heart Academy AWAY Bennett Rink West Haven 5:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 17

Boys Ice Hockey vs Sheehan AWAY Louis Astorino Ice Arena Hamden 8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 19

Boys Basketball vs North Haven AWAY North Haven High 7 p.m.

Boys Swimming and Diving vs N Haven, E Haven, N Branford, Guilford HOME High Plains Orange 3:20

Girls Ice Hockey vs Masuk, Barlow, Newtown Lauralton, Shelton, New Milford AWAY Sports Center Shelton Upper Rink 4 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs North Haven HOME Amity High 6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 20

Boys Ice Hockey vs *Guilford HOME Bennett Rink West Haven 3 p.m.

*Change North Branford will play in place of Guilford.


“Scooter’s” 2021 Amity Spartans Show Potential

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Feb 112021

The 2021 Boys Hockey Season has begun. On Wednesday night, Feb. 10, the Amity Spartans took to the ice at the Ct. Sports Center Rinks in Shelton.

The face of High School sports has changed dramatically. The players are socially distanced as they gear up since they don’t use the locker rooms. A crucial part of their uniform is a face mask, which must be put on properly before the helmet goes on and they can enter the rink.

There are no spectators, no Amity Army, no moms and dads crowding the glass around the ice or filling the stands. No game announcer, just me and the rink manager (who checked to make sure I wasn’t a mom who’d sneaked in to watch her baby boy play in violation of CIAC Covid rules) giving our silent approval for impressive teamwork and unusually skillful shot into the net.

The MVP honor for the game, if you will, has to go to Watertown-Pomperaug’s Ryan Magee’s (10) Hat Trick.

Magee scored his first goal in the first 14 seconds of the game. In the second period, he shot one in with just shy of 4 minutes left on the clock. In the third period, just seconds after Amity’s goalie, Brendan Smith (30) was pulled from the ice — a common strategic move to get another player in the game — Magee took advantage of the empty net and scored with just 1:16 remaining in the game.

The congratulatory team line up after the game even looked different, instead of skating past each other and saying “good game,” each team lined up on their own blue lines and hit their sticks on the ice before heading off to change.

The Spartans may not have won this game, but they proved they weren’t afraid to shoot, pass to one another and play as a team. There are no cowboys on this team, no “Me” players, they get out on the ice and play as a unit, looking for an opening and passing to someone who is in a good position and covering for one another.

Head Coach Mike “Scooter” Richetelli acknowledged he has a good group of players this year and said he wasn’t disappointed in the way they played last night.

“They haven’t played a game since November when Youth Hockey ended, so it will take a little while to get used to it again,” he said. “They played well and they’ll only get better.”

The Spartans go up against Cheshire on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Louis Astorino Ice Arena Hamden. (No spectators allowed)

See more photos on the Orange Live Facebook Page







This Week’s Amity Varsity Competitions

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Feb 072021

Here are this week’s Amity Varsity sports schedules:

Wednesday, Feb. 10

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

Girls Basketball vs Hillhouse HOME Amity High School 6 p.m.

Boys Ice Hockey vs Watertown-Pomperaug AWAY Shelton Sports Center Lower Rink 8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 12

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

Boys  Basketball vs Jonathan Law HOME at Amity High School 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs Jonathan Law AWAY Jonathan Law 7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 13

Boys Ice Hockey vs Cheshire AWAY Louis Astorino Ice Arena Hamden 4 p.m.

It’s Happening! This Week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedule

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Feb 032021

Amity High School, as you know has many fine athletes, but unfortunately, since the start of the Pandemic, they have been robbed of the opportunity to shine.

But, thanks to the availability of testing and revelations on ways to help prevent the spread of the virus on the court or ice, or pool, or track, winter sports athletes are preparing to play.

The official season begins on Monday, Feb. 8, but, the boys and girls varsity basketball teams will play this week in the Black & Gold Scrimmage games at Amity High School this Thursday, Feb. 4.

The girls play at 4 p.m. and the boys are scheduled to play at 6 p.m.

Great to see you back! Have a great season.

Dec 262020

2020 was, by all accounts the worst year ever.

The Coronavirus was the supervillain destroying everything in its path.

Usually, we can post joyous events from each month, including school plays, sports championships, open space acquisitions, Carnival and Fair photos, successful fundraisers, etc. But this year seemed to be a disaster from the get-go.


On Friday, January 10 the Turkey Hill School Drama Club hosted its 10th Anniversary Reunion Concert, and more than 30 alumni actors took the stage singing, dancing, and reminiscing.

Orange Fire Marshal Tim Smith passed away following a motor vehicle accident on January 19. Shocking the entire community.

Smith’s funeral took place at Holy Infant Church at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 25


Severio Dominick Fodero, known by all as “Bob”, died peacefully on February 6 at Hospice holding the hand of his beloved wife of 46 years, Janice Benoit Fodero. Bob was a veteran and one of the prominent members of the Veterans Memorial Walk Committee.


James “Jamie” Vincent was sworn in as the new Fire Marshal at the annual Firemen’s Dinner on Tuesday, March 10.

On Friday, March 13, most schools across the state announced that they would go to remote learning due to this new health threat called the Covid-19.

On March 16, the Orange Health Department issued an order regarding safety measures that must be taken to protect the community from the spread of Covid-19.


Lions Easter Egg Hunt CANCELED


Spring Sports CANCELED

Living Treasure Pasta Festa event CANCELED

On May 13, Health Director Dr.Amir Mohammad issued an order stating that as of May 20, religious services could resume in Town providing social distancing protocols were followed.  

On May 15 Our Lady of Sorrows Church filed a lawsuit against him and the town protesting the order which was unsuccessful. It cost the town money in legal fees to fight the suit.

Amity High Spring Musical “The Drowsy Chaperone” CANCELED

Memorial Day Parade and ceremonies CANCELED.


On June 13, The Amity Athletic Department hosted a virtual Block A Awards Ceremony. Not quite the same for anyone, of course, but still a nice way to honor the school’s hard-working athletes and coaches.

Elfo “Al” Sante Pol, 94, of Orange, husband of the late Anita De Mio Pol, passed away on June 18. Al was a well-known and beloved member of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.


On Thursday, July 2,  the town announced the appointment of fire inspector Tim Borer as the new Deputy Fire Marshal.

July Fourth fireworks and Concert CANCELED

Amity High School hosted social distancing commencement ceremonies for the 2020 graduates.

During its July TPZ meetings, a Group of Woodbridge residents fought to overturn the tri-town referendum approval of a turf field at Amity High School. Although their arguments were without merit, the groundbreaking never took place.

Meri, a seven-year-old female Red Panda died of a cardiac condition at the Beardsley Zoo on Monday, July 27.


Even though the 95th annual Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival was CANCELED, the Raffle Ticket drawing took place at the Orange Fairgrounds on Sunday, Aug. 2.


Sept. 6-7 St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church found a way to keep its Odyssey Festival Alive without actually having a Festival by offering the Odyssey Express Drive-Thru Takeout event. It worked well for them.

Soon after the school opened, Amity High had its first case of Coronavirus.

Orange Country Fair Committee officially announced that the Orange Country Fair slated to be held on September 18 – 20, 2020 would be postponed to September 17 – 19, 2021.


The Orange Recycling Committee postponed its April 25 Shredding Day to Saturday, October 17, 2020, at High Plains Community Center and it was a phenomenal success. Social Distancing was respected and TONS of paper was securely recycled.

The Halloween Trunk or Treat event was CANCELED, but the OVFD hosted an alternative – a pumpkin carving competition that kept the community engaged and was well-received.


Democratic Presidential Candidate Joseph Biden defeated Incumbent Donald Trump.

Former Orange Police Officer Leslie “Les” Abrams, 74, passed away on November 23, after contracting the coronavirus.

The Orange Lions had to CANCEL its Thanksgiving Dinner but some less fortunate residents reportedly received a delivered meal, yet, I have no information about it.


Former Orange Police Officer Rodger Addil lost his battle with COVID-19 on Dec. 8.
On Dec. 16, the Electoral College count once again certified Joseph Biden as the President-Elect 306 to 232, in spite of dozens of unsuccessful lawsuits by the current POTUS to stay in power.

For the first time in 26 years, the OVFD Auxiliary Santa’s Helper event was CANCELED.

The Holiday Festival was CANCELED.

The Lighted Tractor Parade took place, but it was different this year, the spectators were the ones who paraded around the High Plains Community Center while the lighted tractors were on display around the perimeter.

There was a homicide in Orange on the morning of Dec. 26 at Town Fair Tire.

Amity High Photographer Chosen To Compete In University Exhibit

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Dec 112020

Amity student, Riley Palazzo of Orange, received some fantastic news on December 10! She is the first Amity Regional High School student who has ever been chosen to have her work shown in The 2020 Drexel University High School Photography Contest Exhibition.

There were more than 2,100 photographs received this year. The competition includes submissions by 771 individual students from 348 schools in 39 states.

This year the entire exhibition is online at www.drexelphotocontest.com.

Palazzo’s teacher Lisa Toto was ecstatic when she heard the news. “I was beaming with pride when I realized Riley’s accomplishment and the students in the Photo III Class cheered with excitement for their classmate,” Toto said. “The kids somehow always
rise to the top and teach me more then I teach them.  It’s just an amazing thing to realize and I feel its importance often.”

Take the time and look at Riley’s photography along with those of many other students from across the country.

Congratulations, Riley Palazzo!