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Amity Boys Swimming And Diving Sinks To Prep

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Jan 192022
 

The Amity Swimming and Diving team faced off against Fairfield Prep in Orange on Tuesday, Jan. 18. and realized their second loss of the season.
Fairfield Prep 97, Amity 86 

Amity’s Winning Events

200 IM 2:04.78 – Seamus Hennessy
50 Free 22.70 – Ben Frazer
100 Free 50.32 – Ben Frazer
500 Free 5:02.19 – Connor Hallstrom
200 Free Relay 1:33.24 – Kevin Sweeney, Allen Liu, Henry Atwood, Ben Frazer
100 Breast 1:06.81 – Adam Liu

Prep’s Winning Events

200 Medley Relay 1:43.58 – Hugh Hutchinson, Lucas Swarowsky, Owen Tharrington, Alvin Zhang
200 Free 1:54.11  – Nathaniel Duffy
DIVING 189.60 – Dylan Morrissey
100 Fly 57.30  – Timothy King
100 Back 53.18  – Owen Tharrington
400 Free Relay 3:30.13 – Nathaniel Duffy, Timothy King, Hugh Hutchinson, Owen Tharrington
Season record Amity (4-2)

Amity Varsity Sports Schedules Jan. 16-22

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Jan 182022
 

Following are the Amity boys and girls varsity sports schedules for this week.

Sunday, Jan. 16

Girls Ice Hockey v. Masuk Co-op  L 1-5
Away – Shelton – Sports Center of CT-Upper Rink
6:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 17 MLK DAY

Girls Gymnastics v. Stamford, Westhill
Home – Gymnastics and Cheerleading Academy at Connecticut-Gym 1
10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 18

Boys Swimming and Diving v. Fairfield Prep
Home – High Plains Community Cn-Orange Community Center Pool
6:45 p.m.
Girls Basketball v. Sheehan. W 47-35
Home – Amity Regional High School-Paul D. Mengold Gymnasium
7:00 p.m

Wednesday, Jan. 19

Wrestling v. Daniel Hand, Morgan
Home – Amity Regional High School-Paul D. Mengold Gymnasium
6:00 p.m.
Boys Basketball v. Notre Dame-West Haven
Away – Notre Dame High School-Gym
7:00 p.m
Boys Ice Hockey v. Guilford
Home – West Haven High School-Bennett Rink
8:00 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 20

Girls Basketball v. Hamden
Away – Hamden High School-HHS Gym
7:00 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 21

Boys Basketball v. North Haven
Home – Amity Regional High School-Paul D. Mengold Gymnasium
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 22

Wrestling The 35th Annual New Milford Wrestling Tournament
Away – New Milford High School-Main Gym – NMHS
8:30 a.m.
Boys Indoor Track SCC Coaches Invite
Away – TBA-Floyd Little Athletic Center
9:00 a.m.
Girls Basketball v. Amistad
Home – Amity Regional High School-Paul D. Mengold Gymnasium
1:00 p.m
Girls Gymnastics v. Darien, Fairfield Warde
Away – Darien YMCA
2:30 p.m.

Amity Girls Basketball Heads Towards Mid-Season

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Jan 172022
 

After three straight games on the road that included one win at Shelton and losses at Sacred Heart Academy and Mercy, the Spartans returned home this past Wednesday versus Cheshire.
In a back-and-forth game that saw Amity up 9-8 after 1 period and tied at halftime at 17, the Spartans turned up the pressure and took a 29-26 lead in the fourth quarter.
Cheshire scored the first 5 points of the final period and Amity just could not get the big bucket when they needed it and lost a hard-fought game 43-
37.
Amity was led by Sarah Granados and Jayne Whitman who both had 10 points. Jillian Barnes chipped on with 7 points, Lucci Dottori and Victoria Gaydos with 4 and Vivian Cain rounded out the scoring with 2 points.
Cheshire 43, Amity 37
Cheshire   8  9   9   17 –  43
Amity        9  8  12    8 –  37
Jayne Whitman 0 3 1-3 10, Sarah Granados 3 1 1-2 10, Victoria Gaydos 2 0
0-0 4, Vivian Cain 1 0 0-0 2, Jillian Barnes 1 1 2-4 7, Lucci Dottori 1 0 2-2 4
Amity vs Lyman Hall
This past Friday the Spartans looked to get back in the win column versus Lyman Hall. Amity came out firing on all cylinders with Jayne Whitman, Sarah Granados, Jillian Barnes, and Vivian Cain who got the Spartans out to a strong start in the first period hitting from long range, converting in the paint and off several turnovers from their press, taking a 16-4 lead after one period.
The Spartans kept up the strong play in the period two outscoring Lyman Hall 15-3 to take a 31- 7 lead into halftime. Amity upped its lead to 44-18 going to the fourth quarter and ended up with a solid 46-29 victory, their fourth of the season.
Amity was led by Jayne Whitman with 15 points, that included 3-three-point shots, Jillian Barnes with 9 points that were all behind the arc, Vivian Cain, who had a strong game controlling the back board, had 8 points.
Other Spartans in the scoring column included junior Sarah Granados with 6 points, sophomore Lucci Dottori with 4 points, and seniors Victoria Gaydos and Adriana Tufano rounded out the scoring with 2 points each.
Amity returns to action this Tuesday at home at 7 p.m. versus Sheehan seeking their 5th win of the year.
Amity 46, Lyman Hall 29
Amity
Jayne Whitman 3 3 0-0 15, Sarah Granados 2 0 2-2 6, Adriana Tufano 0 0 2-2 2, Victoria Gajdos 1 0 0-0 2, Vivian Cain 4 0 0-1 8, Jillian Barnes 0 3 0-0 9,
Lucci Dottori 2 0 0-0 4
Our thanks to Ed Whitman for covering these games and leading us to the google photos that are posted online. 

Girl’s Ice Hockey: Tough Battle For The Blades

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Jan 162022
 

The 2021-22 Season has been challenging for the Blades Girls Ice Hockey team, with injuries taking out a few key players, yet they continue to lace up their skates and give it their best every time they hit the ice.

Win or lose, Head Coach John Peschell is proud of his girls.

The Blades faced off with the Masuk Co-op on Sunday, Jan. 16 at the Sports Center of CT in Shelton at 6:30 p.m.

Even with a 5-1 loss, the Amity/Cheshire/North Haven Blades outshot Masuk 40-27 — that shows a lot of initiative!

First Period

Masuk- Amada Quinn

Second Period

Am/NH/CH- Ellen Barto

Masuk – Maya Komorowski (Grace King)

Third Period

Masuk – Grace King

Masuk- Maria Davison (Caroline Raymond, Amanda Quinn)

Masuk- Maya Komorowski

Saves:

Am/NH/CH-Abby Fitol 22

Masuk- Eva Smith 39

 

Great job again, Abby! Hang in there girls, we’re still behind you.

Kindergarten Registration

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Jan 142022
 

If your child is turning five on or before January 1, 2023 it is time to register for kindergarten in the town of Orange.

Please register by Monday, Feb.28 at www.oess.org – there may be multiple pop-ups so  click on the pop-up for: “Kindergarten Registration”

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.

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

                               SCOREBOARD

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.
1-1
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