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Lions Club Wine Tasting Fundraiser Tonight in Orange

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Jun 182021
 

The Orange Lions Club will host its biggest and most popular fundraiser “Get Uncorked!” A Wine Tasting Event on Friday, June 18, 2021. 

Sadly, COVID-19 forced the cancelation of last year’s wine tasting and the hope is that, with the continued vaccinations and falling infection numbers, by June it will be safe to congregate and join friends and neighbors in raising money for the Lions Charities.

The Wine Tasting will be facilitated by Ye Old Liquor Shoppe, 174 Main Street, West Haven. You will be able to sample fine wines, beers, and spirits.

Once again, the event will take place at St. Barbara’s Greek Church Hall, 480 Racebrook Road, Orange from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Enjoy Hors d’oeuvres, Desserts and Raffles

Tickets are $35 per person, and all proceeds go to the Lions Charities, including, Scholarships and Community Grants.    

Yes, The Firelight Commons Apartment/Business Complex Decision Has Been Reached

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Jun 152021
 

Back on June 1, Orange Live covered the Town Plan & Zoning Meeting during which an apartment complex proposal for the Firelight Plaza on Old Tavern Road that includes 72 units and 226 parking places was discussed at length. 

After some changes were made to the plans, the TP&Z met with the attorney for the applicant and others again on Tuesday, June 15, via zoom.

The back and forth was rather boring and can be seen on OGAT On Demand as soon as it is uploaded.

The Commissioners DID come to a decision about the complex, and it was approved. The NuVita FroYo building will be demolished and it will NOT be replaced. So, there you go, Orange, get ready for  some new apartments and businesses in that nearly dead mini-mall.

Trophies, Scholarships Presented At Block A Awards Ceremony

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Jun 152021
 

2020-2021 Block A Awards (Part 2)

After a disappointing 2019-2020 school year for high school athletes, when the Annual Block A Award Ceremony took place virtually and winners had to wait until their drive-thru graduation to receive their plaques and trophies, this year’s modified in-person event was a breath of fresh air. 

Although there was no dinner, and everyone still had to wear face masks, at least the Amity Athletes had the experience of hearing their names and receiving their awards directly from their coaches in front of their peers and parents. 

The ceremony took place in the Amity auditorium on Sunday, June 13, at 5 p.m. For anyone who couldn’t make it, or didn’t have an invitation, the event was live-streamed and is now available to anyone on YouTube

Athletic Director Ernie Goodwin hosted the event. 

Here are the 2020-2021 Special Awards:

* = not present, no photo

Unified Sportsmanship Award – Saeed Karout*

Versatility Award – Caroline Cadelina (Girls Golf, Hockey)

Versatility Award – Justin Miller (Boys Football, Hockey, Lacrosse)

Scholar-Athlete Award – Eesha Acharya*

Scholar-Athlete Award – Jack Ranani

Sportsmanship Award – Anthony Esposito (volleyball)

Sportsmanship Award – Lauren Ronai (Lacrosse)

Paul Mengold Outstanding Leadership Award – Ribecka Marchitto

Albert J. Seymour Memorial Award – Sophia Swift [Unsung Hero] Basketball

Albert J. Seymour Memorial Award – Max Dempsey [Unsung Hero] Diving

Thomas G. Laugeni Memorial Award – Jillian Ciccarelli (Softball)

Thomas G. Laugeni Memorial Award – Jacob Silbert (Baseball)

Steven J Zeider Memorial Swimming Award – Max Dempsey

James Dunleavy Memorial Hockey Award – Dylan Raver

Mark E. Greco Memorial Hockey Award – Justin Miller

Jeremy Saxe Memorial Scholarship – Dane DeYoung

Thomas J. Ross Memorial Manager Award – Benjamin Martin (Baseball)

Director of Athletics Recognition Award – Benjamin Martin (Provided Livestreaming)

Athlete of the Year Award – Male – Julian “JuJu” Stevens (Baseball)

Athlete of the Year Award – Female – Payton Rahn (Field Hockey)

Amity Coaches Association Awards:

Coach of the Year Award – AJ Raccio (Undefeated, SCC Champ Boys Lax)

Assistant Coach of the Year Award – Patricia Salvatti (Field Hockey)

Outstanding Service Award – Athletic Trainer Kimberly Pearce

Booster Club Service Award – None

Booster Club President Award – None

Retired Coaches – None

 

65th Annual Block A Awards Presented

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Jun 152021
 

After a disappointing 2019-2020 school year for high school athletes, when the Annual Block A Award Ceremony took place virtually and winners had to wait until their drive-thru graduation to receive their plaques and trophies, This year’s modified in-person event was a breath of fresh air.

Although there was no dinner, and everyone still had to wear face masks, at least the Amity Athletes had the experience of hearing their names and receiving their awards directly from their coaches in front of their peers and parents.

The ceremony took place in the Amity auditorium on Sunday, June 13, at 5 p.m. For anyone who couldn’t make it, or didn’t have an invitation, the event was live-streamed and is now available to anyone on YouTube.

Athletic Director Ernie Goodwin hosted the event.

Here are the 2020-2021 MVPs

* = not present, no photo

Baseball – McAllister (Mac) Burke

Boys Basketball – Micah Morgan

Girls Basketball – Mya Manzione

Cheerleading – Emily Martocchio

Dance – Ella Benjamin

Boys Cross Country – Mason Beaudette

Girls Cross Country – Ariana Garay

Field Hockey – Payton Rahn

Football – No Season

Boys Golf – Brett Chodos

Girls Golf – Ava Gross

Boys Ice Hockey – Justin Miller

Girls Ice Hockey – Caroline Cadelina

Boys Indoor Track & Field – Philip London

Girls Indoor Track & Field – Abigail (Abby) Ball

Boys Lacrosse – John Coughlin (Middie)

Girls Lacrosse – Payton Rahn (goalie)

Boys Ski Racing – Evan Jurzyk

Girls Ski Racing – Madeline Key

Boys Soccer – Arian Bobi*

Girls Soccer – Audrey Marin

Softball – Juliette Zito

Boys Swimming & Diving – Seamus Hennesy

Girls Swimming & Diving – Natalie Carrington

Boys Tennis – Nishaan Patel*

Girls Tennis – Sydney Pitter*

Boys Track & Field – Mason Beaudette

Girls Track & Field – Emily Zielinski

Boys Volleyball – Theodore (Theo) Zaharewicz*

Girls Volleyball – Zoe Dizenzo*

Wrestling – No Season

JuJu’s Choice: Major League Baseball Or Full Ride College Scholarship?

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Jun 142021
 

The last time I can remember major league baseball scouts clamoring to see an Amity Baseball phenomenon was back in 2018 when catcher Pat Winkel graced the Amity field.

Winkel had it all, he could catch, throw, bat, and run like the wind.

Coach Sal Coppola was by his side when they got the call, the New York Yankees had picked Winkel in the draft. He wasn’t chosen in the early rounds, from what I understand, because the Yanks knew Winkel was going to choose college and playing baseball with his brother Chris, at UCONN over the major leagues. But they wanted him to know that he was wanted.

This year, even with the shortened season and crazy restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, another Amity player with the same skills and character as Winkel caught the attention of spectators and scouts.

Coppola’s phone rang, and although he didn’t know if it would be the Yankees, Red Sox, Tigers, Royals, or any of the other desirable top teams, this call was from the San Diego Padres, and they are interested in Julian “JuJu” Stevens.

After Sunday’s Block A Sports Award Ceremony I asked Julian, this year’s Athlete of the Year if he’d choose the Major Leagues or College.

“I still have time to decide,” he said, “but I’ll let everyone know what I’m doing.”

This young man is as polite and soft-spoken as he is talented. Whatever he chooses to do, I know he will come out on top. He is so smart and has the support of his family, coach, team, and friends.

I wish him all the best now and in the future.

Best Of The Best Student Athletes Honored Today

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Jun 132021
 

A shot from the last actual Block A Dinner in 2019. (Mark Greco Memorial Hockey Award)

Every year exemplary student-athletes are honored at the BLOCK A Ceremony. 

Normally, the event includes a dinner, but with COVID restrictions just recently being lifted, this year’s 65th Annual Awards will be distributed in the Amity High School Auditorium.

Last year, sadly, because of the pandemic, the BLOCK A Awards was a virtual event, and the recipients received their trophies and plaques during the graduation procession — It was pretty much a drive-thru commencement that took place over a number of days. Athletic Director Ernie Goodwin was the last stop before the graduates were announced and got their diplomas.

I am so happy that these hard-working athletes will be given a proper ceremony this year.

This is an invitation-only event.

Orange Live will post a list of all of the winners and their photos by tomorrow morning. 

 

 

Connecticut’s “Best Doctors” Are In Orange

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Jun 122021
 

Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center at Orange physicians Johanna LaSala, MD, and Kelsey Martin, MD, are highlighted in the 2021 list of Top Doctors in Connecticut Magazine.

Published in the magazine’s June issue, the ‘Best Doctors’ list includes physicians nominated by their peers. Dr. LaSala is a medical oncologist and hematologist and Dr. Martin specializes in hematologic care in the Orange, Connecticut community.

“We are very proud Dr. Martin and Dr. LaSala were selected for inclusion in Connecticut’s Best Doctors,” said Jeremy Kortmansky, MD, Chief Network Officer at Smilow Cancer Hospital.  “They are exceptionally talented clinicians and are committed to providing compassionate, state-of-the-art care to our patients.”

Dr. LaSala has practiced in New Haven County for over 20 years and joined the Yale Cancer Center faculty nine years ago. She cares for patients with all cancer diagnoses. Dr. LaSala completed her medical degree at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and her residency at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.  Dr. Martin was recruited to the Yale Cancer Center faculty in 2018 from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and provides hematologic care to patients. She received her Medical Degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland, and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the Jacobi Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, NY.

The Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center in Orange has 16 staff members and a 100-percent oncology certified nursing staff. The facility treats more than 750 patients per month and schedules 400 infusion visits per month. Patients receive nutritional counseling, genetic counseling, palliative care, and patient navigation.

The full list of physicians included in this year’s ‘Best Doctors’ issue can be accessed online at the Connecticut magazine website.

For more information about the Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center at Orange, visit or call:

The Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center
Spring Brook Common
240 Indian River Road, Building A, Suite 1A
Orange, CT 06477

Phone: (203) 795-1664

Breaking: OVFD Fighting House Fire On Ridgeview

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Jun 102021
 

Just before 9 p.m., members of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department were on the scene of a very active house fire at 467 Ridgeview Road.

Word is that it was a real inferno.

The Woodbridge Volunteer Fire Department covered the town of Orange while our firefighters battled the blaze.

Stay clear of the area if you can and let them do their jobs. — The area is roped off.

NEVER run over fire hoses laid out in the road.

By 9:10 p.m. it appeared that the fire was knocked down, but the smoke was still visible from the Ranch-style home.

Neighbors said the whole area of the home where the bedroom once was is gone, and they were relieved to see their neighbor walking around unharmed. Click HERE for an unedited video shot by a neighbor.

We will have more information after we talk to the Fire Marshal.

 

Obituary: Judge Richard Arnold, Beloved Husband, Father

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Jun 102021
 

The Honorable Richard E. Arnold, age 72, of Orange, the beloved husband of 33 years to Karen Kanawall Arnold, entered into eternal rest peacefully on June 1, 2021, at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

He was born in Bridgeport on October 11, 1948, loving son of the late Ernest and Ruth Crosthwait Arnold.

Rich was a graduate of Warren Harding High School where he played football, baseball, and basketball. He received many academic awards and graduated with the class of 1966.

Rich went to the University of Connecticut in Storrs and in 1970 he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree before attending the New England School of Law in Boston where he received a Juris Doctor degree in 1974.

After Graduation, Rich worked as an assistant clerk in the CT Circuit Court System before opening his own practice in 1975. After many successful years, he had the honor of being appointed a Judge of the Connecticut Superior Court in 1996.

He loved being a Judge and proudly served for 25 years. Rich presided over many high-profile cases in both the Bridgeport and Milford Courts. Rich never really retired and up to his last days, he did a short calendar, zoomed court cases during the pandemic, and wrote decisions.

Rich was twice nominated by the CT Republican Party as their candidate for State Attorney General in 1986 against Joseph Lieberman and in 1994 against Richard Blumenthal.

He served as a Selectman in the town of Orange where he lived. Before his nomination to the Superior Court, he was the State Chairman of the Connecticut Republican party and was a member of the Republican Nation Committee. Rich also worked on the presidential campaign of Senator Robert Dole.

He served on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Diabetes Association, the Greater Bridgeport Council on Alcoholism, the Orange Park and Recreation Commission, and was the town Moderator for Orange. Rich was also a member of the CT. Bar Association, the Orange Republican Town Committee, and the Republican State Central Committee.

Rich lived in the moment, enjoying all that life had to offer. He loved his family and his friends, and he had a passion for golf. Rich loved to play with his golf “brothers” at Orange Hills Country Club and he served on the Men’s Association as their Secretary. Orange Hills was his home away from home. He golfed every Friday and Saturday, and when invited he played at various other golf courses.

Most of all, Rich’s greatest love was his family and his wife Karen. He cherished the time he spent with them, especially the many summer trips to Hilton Head Island where they got married. Rich will be sadly missed by all but will remain forever in our hearts.

Rich’s loving family in addition to his wife Karen includes his daughter Lindsey Alexandra Arnold, his son Kenneth Joseph Shelinsky and his wife Stephanie, his three brothers Anthony, Paul, and Ernie Arnold, and the apple of his eye, his grandson Jackson Shelinsky, better known to him as “Captain Jack”.

A Memorial Mass in Celebration of Rich’s Life took place on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Road, Orange. All other services are private and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Rich’s memory may be made to either BH Care for Domestic Violence, Project Purple for Pancreatic Cancer, or the UCONN Foundation.
To leave online condolences or to light a virtual candle, please visit www.millerwardfuneralhome.com

Police Identify Alegi Field Homicide Victim

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Jun 092021
 

Woodbridge Police have identified the victim of Tuesday’s homicide that occurred on the property of the Pease Road Playground / Alegi Athletic Fields, located at 160 Pease Road, as Rondell Atkinson, 33, of West Haven.

Detectives from the Woodbridge Police Department and Connecticut State Police Central District Major Crime continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death and are seeking to locate his vehicle.

The vehicle, (depicted in the photograph) is a grey 2016 Hyundai Sonata, 4-door sedan, bearing Connecticut Registration:  BC15394.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Woodbridge Police Department at (203) 387-2511.