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Understanding The Jewish High Holiday of Yom Kippur

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Sep 162021
 

Yom Kippur began a few minutes before sunset last night (Wednesday, Sept. 15), and ends after nightfall tonight

Yom Kippur is a Hebrew name, meaning Day of Atonement. It is the holiest day of the year for Jews and often results in the biggest turnout at synagogues around the world.

Jews spend the majority of the day praying on Yom Kippur, hoping to atone and repent for all of their sins over the past year. It is a time of deep introspection, leading to a very quiet, somber experience.

Because of the intensity of the day, most Jews refrain from working on Yom Kippur.

Most Jewish adults fast (no food or water) for the entire holiday, although there are mandatory exceptions. For instance, children and those with serious medical conditions are not allowed to fast.

Night services conclude with a blowing of the shofar and often a large meal to break the fast.

If you see a Jewish friend on Yom Kippur, don’t say “Happy Yom Kippur.” Although they will know you are well meaning, you need to understand that Yom Kippur is a solemn fast day. It’s for confession, repentance, and introspection. It’s not at all a happy day. There’s not much happy about going 25 hours without food.

A more appropriate thing to say may be, “Have a meaningful fast.”

Meet the Amity Girls Swimming And Diving Team

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Sep 152021
 

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The 2021 Amity Girls Swimming and Diving Team seems to be off to a great start, with its first in-person contest in a very long time and hopefully no COVID virtual meets in the future.

Head Coach Todd Rainey’s team includes 7 seniors: Taylor Dillon; Hannah Johnson; Katherine O’Connor; Amanda Robinson; Lauren Sender; Julia Snow; and Jayne Whitman.

There are 7 juniors: Isabel Barry-Ruiz; Riya Bonde; Grace Carrington; Grace Mahon; Matia Malish; Sophia McDermott; and Caitlyn Smith.

The 10 sophomore members are: Elizabeth Bodie; Paige Bogunieck; Gia Coppola; Lily Demaio; Adriana Giachino; Jenna Kaiser; Bridget Morrison; Dana Pletter; Caroline Scott; and Caroline Tirollo.

Rounding out the team are 9 freshmen: Amanda Ford; Hannah Guo; Taylor Leapley; Marea Li; Lucy McDermott; Sophia Messina; Olivia Perkowski; Liliana Quill; and Molly Womer.

Amity always has impressive swimmers and we have a feeling that this is going to be another great season.

Amity’s Swimmin’ Women Off To A Great Start

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Sep 152021
 

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The Amity Girls’ Swimming and Diving Team hosted Branford at its season opener in Orange on Tuesday, Sept. 14.

Longtime head coach Todd Rainey sent the results after the meet showing a Lady Spartans 97-67 victory.
Following are Amity’s winning categories:
200 Medley Relay 1:54.57 – Lauren Sender, Marea Li, Grace Mahon, Julia Snow
200 Freestyle 2:15.21 – Isabel Barry-Ruiz
200 IM 2:15.85 – Marea Li
50 Free 25.94 – Katie O’Connor
Diving 161.70 – Lily Quill
100 Butterfly 1:00.72 – Grace Mahon
100 Free 57.70 – Lauren Sender
500 Free 5:33.14 – Julia Snow
Branford won in these four categories:
200 Free Relay 2:41.75 – Rory Jacobson, Ridhima Strethsa, Kayda Tope, Malak Elwheshy
100 Backstroke 1:09.28 – Erika Barone
100 Breaststroke 1:40.17 – 1-1 Acuarulo Savastano, Kylie  Acuarulo Savastano
400 Free Relay 5:03.33 – Erika Barone, Rory Jacobson, Sydney Baker, Emma Hall
Records: Amity (1-0), Branford (0-1)
Congratulations Lady Spartans! Here’s to another GREAT season (and no more virtual COVID meets).

Orange Police: Man Arrested After Stealing Merchandise without paying

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Sep 132021
 

Orange Police were dispatched to DSW at 538 Boston Post Road on a shoplifting complaint on Sunday, Sept. 5, at 5:43 p.m.

According to the report, investigation revealed that Anthony N. Barbieri, 31, of East Haven took $245 worth of merchandise without paying for it.

Subsequently, he was taken into custody and charged with interfering with police, resisting arrest and sixth-degree larceny.

Barbieri was released after posting a $500 bond for court on Sept. 21.

 

 

 

Amity Football 2021, 15 Seniors And Plenty Of Talent for The Future

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Sep 132021
 

The Amity High School Varsity Football Team is now 2-0 for the season. Yes, it’s early to get giddy, but after two years of COVID- interruptus for schools across the country, it’s time for everyone to play, and the seniors of the class of ’22 have their time to shine as long as everyone takes the necessary precautions to stay healthy.

Here is this year’s roster:

The team includes 15 seniors: John Coughlin #3; Ralph Toussaint #4; John Neary #5;Jackson Lee #26; Matthew Fitol #27;Gerald Burns #35; Aidan Keylock #50; Padraig Haughton #56; Matthew Carloni #66; James Denton #67; Henry Colby #70; Timothy Heffernan #12; Rocco Antonucci #82; Tyler Barrett #83; and Jackson Crainich #84.

There are 15 juniors: John Lorenti #7; Spencer Ferullo #11; Sebastian Boscarino #20; Joseph Schlegel #23; Silas Sor #28; Jacob Alguard #32; Matthew Wethington #38; Jack Hirshfield #41; Chance Starrett #42; Brendon Johnson #44; Landon Rocchio #60;Matthew Li #72; Christopher Chizmadia #76; Fabian Cuprys #77; and Michael Kwolek #85.

Included are 15 Sophomores: Connor Hayes #9; Patrick Coughlin #10; Robert SiThomas #12; Nicholas Young #14; Sean O’Brien #45; Luke Chang #46; Thomas Denton #52; Aidan Lydon #54; Braeden Piper #55; Angel Irigoyen #62; Dylan Berke #64; Giovanni Golapietro #71; Maxwell Simons #74; Robert Velazquez #79; and David Edwards #88.

LETS GO SPARTANS!

Tax Collector Says Farewell After Two Decades In Office

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Sep 132021
 

Following is a letter from Orange Tax Collector Sandy Pierson:

Some may wonder why my name is absent from the Republican slate, or maybe not.

There are many chapters that make up our lives. I have been with the Town of Orange for 31 years; starting in Environmental Health and ending as the Tax Collector after 20 years.

I was an unknown, but the party took a chance on me. Miracle of miracles I won the election in 2001 and have the privilege and honor of serving the taxpayers of the Town of Orange for two decades.

I earned my CCMC (Connecticut Certified Municipal Collector) status after passing a state exam.  Many have asked what CCMC means when writing out their checks. I take pride in telling them, it is an achievement to be proud of. The tax office has consistently maintained an excellent collection rate, which plays into determining the mill rate on which your tax bill is based.

I have now come to another chapter in my life. My sons are on their own, with children of their own and I have had to make the difficult decision to downsize.  I am unable to stay in the Town of Orange and must resign my position as Tax Collector upon completion of my term.

For those who have voted for me I thank you for the experience and your confidence in me.

On to the next chapter.

Respectfully

Sandra Pierson

 

Amity High School Varsity Sports Schedules For Sept. 13-18

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Sep 132021
 

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The Amity School and fall sports season are in full swing. Here are this week’s scheduled games.

 

Monday, Sept. 13

Girls Volleyball vs Woodland AWAY at Woodland HS Gym, Beacon Falls at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 14

Boys Cross Country vs Foran, Branford and Fairfield Prep AWAY at Eisenhower Park, Milford at 3:45 p.m.

Boys Soccer vs North Haven HOME at Amity Field 3 at 3:45 p.m.

Girls Cross Country vs Foran, Lauralton Hall and Branford AWAY at Eisenhower Park, Milford at 4 p.m.

Field Hockey vs North Haven HOME at Amity William Johnson Stadium at 4 p.m.

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Girls Soccer vs Mercy AWAY at Xavier HS, Larry McHugh Field, Middletown at 3:45 p.m.

Girls Swimming and Diving vs Branford HOME at High Plains Community Center at 7:20 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 15

Girls Volleyball vs Guilford AWAY at Guilford HS Main Gym at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 17

Boys Soccer vs Fairfield Prep HOME at Amity HS Field 3 at 3:45 p.m.

Field Hockey vs Hamden HOME at Amity William Johnson Stadium at 4 p.m.

Football vs Shelton HOME at Amity William Johnson Stadium at 7 p.m.

Girls Soccer vs Branford AWAY at Branford HS Athletic Turf Field at 3:45 p.m.

Girls Swimming and Diving vs East Haven, Wilbur Cross and Hillhouse AWAY at Wilbur Cross HS Pool at 3:45 p.m.

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Girls Volleyball vs Mercy AWAY at Mercy HS Gym at 5:15 p.m.

 Pending change awaiting acceptance by one or more parties involved: Date to 9/16

Saturday Sept. 18

Field Hockey vs North Branford HOME Amity William Johnson Stadium Field at 10:30 a.m.

 

Coach Bruno’s Spartans Football Team Off To A Great Start

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Sep 122021
 

(Photos by A.D. Ernie Goodwin)

Coach Bruno seems to have a good Varsity Football Team at Amity  this year. Keep it up Amity!

GAME ONE 

On Sept. 2, the Amity High School Varsity Football team won its first season game 22-14 in a non-conference matchup against the Newington Nor’Easters.

Amity started out hot with 8 points in the first quarter (8-0).

Newington fought back in the second quarter scoring 14 points, but Amity added 8 more and retained its lead (16-14).

The Spartans tacked on an additional 6 points in the third quarter and that was all she wrote. Amity Wins 22-14.

(scoring info from Maxpreps site)

 

GAME TWO

On Friday, Sept. 10, Amity was on the road in Branford for a non-conference matchup with the Hornets.

The Hornets had no sting on their home field as Amity flew in and scored 14 points in the second quarter. Then, with just 11 minutes left before the half they scored another touchdown, leading their hosts 21-0 at the half.

Amity Wins 21-0.

 

NEXT UP

Amity plays its first home game against Shelton on Friday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m.

Come on out to the NEW Amity field and cheer on the Spartans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obituary: Patricia Zeoli, 91, Beloved Mother, Sister, Friend

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Sep 112021
 

Patricia Tracy Zeoli, 91, of Orange, beloved wife of the late Francis A. Zeoli, passed away peacefully at home on September 8, 2021.

Born on March 28, 1930 in Derby, CT, she was the daughter of the late Michael Vincent and Louise (McEnerney) Tracy.

Pat grew up in Derby, Ct and always spoke so fondly of the good times she had and what downtown Derby was like with all the stores along Main Street. She held many memories of good friends from her Valley days and many that she stayed in contact with during her lifetime.

She attended St Mary’s High School in New Haven and the Larson College, Quinnipiac and then trained at New England Deaconist in Boston.

Pat worked in the laboratory at Griffin Hospital where she met her future husband Frank. She and Frank were then encouraged to go on to open Zeoli Medical Laboratory which they operated for more than 50 years.

Pat loved being involved in the town and in activities in the schools, she served on and was Chair of the Orange Board of Health, loved local politics and any event or bake sale that was in need. Pat always had the interests of her family front and center and there was always room for another person at the dinner table.

She is survived by her children, Michael T. (Ewa) Zeoli, James M. Zeoli, and Melissa L. Zeoli; her sister, Barbara (George) Santa; her caregiver, Pauline Jackson; many nieces, nephews, and extended family; and by her black lab, Ben.

All services will be private. The family is being compassionately cared for by the CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to and mailed to: Griffin Hospital Development Fund, 130 Division St., Derby, CT 06418.

Online contributions may be made by visiting Patricia’s Tribute Page at www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Obituary: Stephen Buda III, 56, Beloved Husband, Father, Firefighter

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Sep 112021
 

Stephen M. Buda III, 56, of New Haven, husband of Roxana Rohrhirsch Buda, suffered a tragic accident on Monday, September 6, 2021.

Born in Bridgeport on August 8, 1965, he was the eldest son of Stefan Buda and Lois Nelson Thompson. Stephen was a Pumper Engineer with the City of Bridgeport Fire Department where he truly loved his job and took great pride in assisting those in need for the past eight years.

Prior to that, he was a volunteer firefighter for the Town of Woodbridge for nine years. He was an instructor for the Valley Fire School for nine years and was currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Science at the University of New Haven.

He was a talented craftsman who took pride in building and remodeling homes, boats, bikes, campers and more. But above all, he was a loving and dedicated husband, father, and friend who made time to help everyone.

In addition to his wife and soulmate Roxy, of 31 years, and his parents, survivors include his two daughters, Alexandra and Isabella, his brother, Paul and his wife Kimberly, his sister, Naomi, his mother-in-law, Berta, his father’s wife Trish, nieces and nephews Paul Jr, Ryan, Angelina, Sophia, Lucia, Natalia, Denise and Paula (las sobrinas) as well as his in-law family, aunts, uncles, cousins, and many dear friends. He was predeceased by his father-in-law Joseph Rohrhirsch.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at St Patrick’s Church, 851 North Ave, Bridgeport CT, followed by a Mass at 1:30 p.m. Interment will be private.

Stephen was a lifelong learner who enjoyed exploring new subjects, creating something from nothing, and sharing his knowledge with those around him. He was passionate about protecting the environment and found the jungle to be an important resource to preserve.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks for a donation to any of the following: MakeHaven, VineTrust, or the University of New Haven Annual Fund (makehaven.org, vinecharityusa.org, give.newhaven.edu). Please specify that your donation is in his honor. To leave an online condolence please visit www.abriola.com.