Orange Police: Man Charged With DUI, Had Gun In Car

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Jan 192022

On Monday, Jan. 17, Orange police officers were dispatched to Wheelers Farm Road on a report of a single car motor vehicle accident at 7:54 p.m.

During the investigation, the driver Douglas S. Oliver, 35, of Derby alluded to being intoxicated. He was asked to perform Standardized Sobriety
Field Tests.

According to the report, officers also located a weapon in Oliver’s vehicle for which he did not have a permit. Subsequently, he was taken into custody
and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, carrying a weapon in a motor vehicle without a permit.

Oliver was held on a $2,000 bond until he was released with a court date of Jan. 31.

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-
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
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


Am/NH/CH-Abby Fitol 22

Masuk- Eva Smith 39


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

Full Wolf Moon At Its Peak At 6:51 p.m. on Jan. 17

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Jan 162022

The Full Wolf Moon reaches peak illumination on Monday, Jan. 17, at 6:51 p.m. Look for the Moon to rise from the northeastern horizon around sunset that evening.

Native Americans called the January Full Moon the Full Wolf Moon because wolves were more often heard at this time.


Police Blotter: Orange Man Charged With Assault

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Jan 152022

On Monday, Jan. 10, Orange police responded to a dispute complaint on Woodland Lane at 2:19 a.m.

Investigation revealed that Ilir Koleci, 47, of Orange, was involved in the dispute which turned physical. Subsequently, he was taken into custody and charged with third-degree assault and disorderly conduct.

Koleci posted a $2,000 bond and received a court date of Jan. 10 (later that day).

Wind Advisory In Effect Sunday – Monday

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Jan 152022

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory from midnight Sunday to 10 a.m. on Monday.

Expect easterly winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.

Gusty winds could blow around any unsecured objects, tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.

This coupled with the rain and snow forecast for the area during the same time period could cause hazardous driving conditions.

Be careful out there.


Obituary: Walter “Bud” Smith, 97, Beloved Father, Veteran, Mason, Yale Football Fan

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Jan 142022

Walter “Bud” Smith, 97, of Orange, beloved husband of the late Leontine “Lee” Smith, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on January 9, 2022.

Born on December 27, 1924 in New Haven, he was the son of the late Walter H. and Adeline Smith and brother to the late Jane Wilcox. Bud grew up in Westville and was a graduate of Hillhouse High School.

Facing the spectre of WWII, Bud enlisted in the United States Army at age 18 before he was captured at the Battle of the Bulge. He was liberated in Spring of 1945 and returned home to his family in Connecticut. Following his return, he attained his B.S in Engineering at the University of Connecticut.

After college, he began his lifelong business endeavor with his father in what would become Orange Hills Country Club, in Orange. With a group of 6 men, a bulldozer, and his handy crowbar, Bud cleared & built the back 9 holes at the golf course over 7 years.

During the golf season he was a constant presence at the course, whether picking rocks in the fairway, setting up golf matches, or socializing with golfers in the clubhouse. Walter had a way of making golfers and employees alike feel like family, and he remained passionate for and actively involved in the family business up until the last days of his life.

He was a proud member of the Wooster Lodge No. 79 A.F. & A.M, a Life Member of the CT Superintendents Association, and he was inducted into the CT State Golf Association Hall of Fame in 2000 for his Service to Golf.

Bud’s passion for and avid support of local sports teams started at age 8, when he and his friends snuck into a Yale Football game with a fake mascot bulldog (an imposter Handsome Dan). This began a lifelong tradition of attending and organizing tailgates for friends & family at the Yale football games.

Later in life, UCONN basketball became another fixture of Bud’s – hardly a Lady Huskies’ basketball game transpired without his focused attention and play-by-play commentary.

More than anything, Walter loved and cherished spending time with all his family, and friends that he considered family. He is survived by his two children, son Jud W. and daughter Judith A. Smith, both of Orange; his 4 grandchildren Justin P. Morgan, Jennifer L. and spouse Katelin V. Morgan-Kohl, Rebecca S. Morgan, and Staci Baranchak; and his nephew John J. and spouse Lynn-Ann McGrail. He was predeceased by a son, Paul W. Smith and a daughter Patricia A. Henriques.

His family will be forever grateful for the loving care provided by Jirapha Glover, Maria Biondi, Rose Marie Green and Dawn Dalrymple.
Services are private at this time.

There will be a Celebration of Life this Spring at Orange Hills Country Club. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wreaths Across America, The Tommy Fund, or The Connecticut Association of Golf Course Superintendents (CAGCS).

To leave online condolences, visit the Cody-White Website at www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Pay Your Respects To George Chatzopoulos Today

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Jan 142022

George Chatzopoulos, 55, of Orange passed away peacefully on January 10, 2022 at his home surrounded by family after a valiant battle with brain cancer.

Beloved son of Dionissios Chatzopoulos and late mother Aggeliki Chatzopoulos of Makrissia, Greece. Loving brother of Dina Bajko (Adam) of Orange, Peter Chatzopoulos (Katerina) of Athens, Greece, Vasiliki Koufolia (Fotis) of Makrissia, Greece.

Cherished uncle of AJ Bajko, Alexander Bajko, Evan Bajko, Eleni Koufolia, Aggeliki Koufolia, Thanasis Koufolia and Maria Angela Chatzopoulou. Also survived by many uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.

George was the epitome of the American dream. He migrated in 1988 to the United States in his early 20’s and started working alongside his father as a dishwasher. In 1995 he began his journey of entrepreneurship when he purchased Eats and Sweets in West Haven, CT.

After selling Eat’s and Sweets he worked as the General Manager in the Athenian Diner in Milford, CT. In 2003 he bought Chip’s Family Restaurant of Orange, CT. This would be the beginning of his American dream coming to fruition. With hard work, dedication, ambition and endless devotion he created an experience that would allow his guests to become family.

Through George’s passion and with the undying support of his family and special staff, Chip’s became a restaurant of choice for families and friends to gather. These core values are what he instilled in his Chip’s Team and has now become part of his legacy.

George was extremely proud of his Greek heritage and humble beginnings. He will be remembered for many things but most of all for his loving and giving heart. He was the first to say, ” How can I help?” and offer to fundraise or contribute whatever way he could to a cause.

Remembering there were people that supported him as he got started and then as his business was growing George believed deeply in “paying it forward”. One of the ways he did this, was through his annual Thanksgiving fundraisers where 100 percent of the proceeds were donated to a local charity.

George was happy to contribute to organizations large and small such as Relay for Life, Make A Wish Foundation, Columbus Housing for the Veterans, Children’s Hospital of Special Care, Operation Hope, Marrakech Inc., Juneteenth Foundation, Orange Country Fair, Orange Fireman’s Carnival, local fire departments, police departments and multiple school and town charities.

He was honored to be a board member of the Connecticut Restaurant Association, Pan-Gregorian Association of Connecticut and proud to be a part of the Lyons Club, Rotary Club, and multiple Chambers of Commerce. The hard work and dedication of the Chip’s Team was never lost on George.

He was forever grateful for their loyalty, dedication and teamwork. He was a mentor to many, always willing to give an opportunity to those that exhibited enthusiasm and ambition.

He would often be found relaxing while listening to his Greek music. One of his favorite past times was dancing zeibekiko along with friends and family. He was many times the life of the party. He had a special appreciation for true friendship and cherished the time spent with his friends. He was happiest when his family and friends were enjoying life beside him.

Visiting his homeland of Greece annually was something he was sure to make time for. His family and friends there looked forward to his visit since his arrival always brought the spirit of joy, fun, and feast to the village of Makrissia.

While George enjoyed many pastimes, his pride and joy was spending time with his family, especially his nephews, AJ, Alex and Evan he referred to as “his boys” whom he treated like his own. Some of their best times were their drives to get ice cream or going out to dinner, just Uncle George and the boys.

The Greek word “filotimo” captures the true essence of who George has always been. In the Greek language filotimo represents hospitality, pride, honor, integrity, respect, acts of kindness and unconditional love.

George will be sorely missed by his family, friends and his Chip’s Team for all of these things and so much more. His legacy will live on through his loved ones forever.

Calling hours will take place at St. Barbara’s Church at 480 Racebrook Road in Orange, on Friday, January 14 from 4 to 8. A funeral will take place on Saturday, January 15 at 10:00 a.m. followed by interment at Orange Center Cemetery.

A celebration of life will be held at St. Barbara’s Church Hall following the interment. In the true spirit of George’s giving nature, the family is requesting that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the George Chatzopoulos Scholarship being administered through the endowment fund with St. Barbara’s Church. www.saintbarbara.org. www.northhavenfuneral.com