Mar 132018

Stay in Bed kids, there’s no school in the Amity district or Orange Elementary.

Try and have some fun, but also get out there and help your parents by cleaning up the snow.

Don’t leave your pets out too long in the snow, as they can get frostbite, just like you and I.

The way things are going you may be going to school until July!

Half of the flights out of CT have been canceled, trains are on a shortened schedule, call before you go.

Boys Basketball: CIAC Division II, Amity Advances to Semifinal on Wednesday

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Mar 132018

Amity hosted the CIAC Division !! Basketball Quarterfinals on Monday, March 12.

The Amity Spartans were matched up with the Stamford Black Knights for this round of the tournament.

The Amity Army (student fans) was out in force filling a quarter of the bleachers to cheer on the Spartans.

First Quarter

The Spartans came on strong with Tyler Thomas, Jack Nolan and Tanner Thomas sinking most of the 26 points. Stamford’s Tevin St. John singlehandedly scored all of the Black Knight’s 8 points.

Second Quarter

The Thomas brothers scored all 11 points for the Spartans, while St. John and Josh Thervil added 21 points for the Black Knights. Second quarter score 37-29, Amity.

Third Quarter

Amity’s Tyler Thomas and Chris Bierezowiec contributed to the third quarter score along with Cole Wissink’s 3-pointer.  Thervil and Jelani Jackson were credited with Stamford’s 5 points. Third quarter score 54-34, Amity.

Fourth Quarter

Tyler Thomas, Bierezowiec, Joe Benedetti, and John Nolan, each contributed to this 19-point quarter. and Thervil, Jackson and St. John each added to the final 14 points in the game. Score 73-49 Amity

After the game, the fans stormed the court to congratulate the Spartans on their victory

Score By Quarter

AMITY         26  11 17 19 – 73

STAMFORD    8  21  5  14 – 49

Game Notes:

AMITY (18-5)
Tyler Thomas 9 6-7 27 (includes three 3-pointers); John Nolan 5 4-6 14; Tanner Thomas 5 3-6 13;Chris Bierezowiec 5 0-0 10;  Joe Benedetti 2 0-0 4; Cole Wissink 1 0-0 3 (one 3-point field goal); Sebastian Formica 1 0-0 2. Totals: 28 13-19 73

Tevin St. John 10 5-7 25; Josh Thervil 4 1-2 12; Jelani Jackson 1 2-2 4; Tyheim Burgess 2 0-0 4;  Jaden Bell 1 0-0 2;  Tyler Landsiedel 0 1-2 1; Totals: 18 9-15 49


March 14

No. 9 Amity (18-5) vs. No. 21 Newtown (14-9) at Site TBA, Wednesday, March 14, Time TBA;

Notice: Fire Department Dinner and Swearing-In Postponed

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Mar 122018

Due to the weather conditions expected tomorrow, the Orange Fire Department Annual Dinner & Officers swearing-in will be held on Wednesday night March 14th – same location & time

Obituary: Anita J. Fusco Valente, 93, Beloved Mother, Grandmother, Good Friend

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Mar 122018

Anita J. Fusco Valente, 93, of Orange, CT; beloved wife of the late Louis V. Valente passed away peacefully March 10, 2018, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born May 8, 1924, daughter of the late Sebastian and Anna Sperandeo Fusco and resided in West Haven until her marriage in 1959. She graduated from Putnam Catholic Academy in Putnam, CT in 1941 and Weylister Jr. College in 1943.

Anita was the private secretary to the President of Enthone, Inc. from 1943 to 1949 and then left to join her mother and sisters in their retail lingerie business, Saxon-Kent in Derby. They later opened a second location in Orange. They enjoyed success and loyal patronage for 52 years until the business was sold in 2000. In addition to the lingerie shop, she worked with her husband to establish the Hamden Travel Agency.

She was a former member and officer of the West Haven Jr. Women’s Club and Holy Infant Ladies Guild. Anita was a member of the St. Anne’s Pilgrim Society and with her sisters, led an annual pilgrimage to the shrines of Canada for 72 years.

She leaves behind a legacy of love, strength, and generosity to her family. Anita is survived by her five devoted children, Anita Cassella of Waterbury, Brian Valente of Hamden, Gregory Valente and wife Diana of Greenville, SC, Geralyn Beers and husband Robert of Guilford and Victor Valente and wife Leah of Milford, MA. She is also survived by six loving grandchildren, Christopher Cassella and wife Cheryl of West Hartford, Jason Cassella and wife Dominique of Fairfield, Trevor Beers of NYC, Dylan Beers of Guilford, Eliza and Amelia Valente of Milford, MA, four great-grandchildren Grace, Peyton, George and Luca, her two sisters and best lifelong friends Edna Casolino of Orange and Marion Denegre of Westbrook, as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call at MARESCA & SONS FUNERAL HOME 592 Chapel St. New Haven, Wednesday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Infant Church 450 Racebrook Rd., Orange at 11:30 a.m.

Burial will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Anita, to Our Lady of Grace Monastery, 11 Race Hill Rd. Guilford, CT 06437 or Vantage Group, Inc., serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 29 North Plains Highway, Wallingford, CT 06492.

Boys Hockey: Cole Gives His All, Conn Prevents Shut Out In Final Game Of 2018

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Mar 122018

On Friday, March 9, the (#7) Amity Spartans Ice Hockey team went up against (#2) Watertown-Pomperaug in Milford for the D II CIAC Quarterfinals.

Just two weeks prior, on Senior night, Watertown defeated Amity 6-1, so with that and all of their moves fresh on the Spartans’ minds, it was time for the ultimate revenge match.

The State championship is something the Spartans had been striving for all season long and now, they could taste it. Watertown is fast, aggressive and skilled at playing keep-away with the puck, but, Amity is more than capable of working the ice, and that’s what they did.

First Period

Amity played hard, racing across the ice, keeping up with every strategic move Watertown put forth. The challengers fired shot after shot at Spartans goalie Tyler Cole, and he deflected every one with the speed and agility of a ninja.

For 15 minutes Amity held Watertown off and with Cole’s help ended the first period 0-0.

Second Period

After returning to the ice, both teams played fast and hard. There was fairly equal possession out there and things were looking good for our Spartans until Watertown’s Eli Rosen sneaked one in past Cole in the first 6 minutes of play, assisted by Nick LaBella.

Later, with just 2:28 remaining, Patsy Harris scored for Watertown on an assist from Hunter Shay.

Score 2-0 Watertown

Third Period

During the final period, it was do-or-die for both teams as Watertown continued to hammer Cole with shots, and Amity’s defense was working overtime, keeping the challengers from scoring. But Watertown was performing admirably as well. Then, with just 22 seconds remaining, Spartans’ Jordan Conn successfully prevented a shutout by getting a goal off an assist by Jake Silliman.

Sadly, this was the end of the road in 2018 for Mike Richetelli’s Spartans. Everyone, players, coaches, fans, family members and this reporter felt the devastation. Even so, we are so proud of the way our Boys have grown over the years, this year, in particular, was really impressive. Tyler Cole gave it everything he had and more and the entire team was there to back him up.

New head coach Richetelli’s goal was to get them into the CIAC tournament, which he did, Even though it ended too soon, there is nothing to be ashamed of. The 2017-18 Spartans had a Phenomenal season and we thank them for taking all of us along for the ride.


Boys Basketball: Amity Defeats Manchester, Advances To Division II Quarterfinal

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Mar 112018

From what you see here, it will be obvious that I did not attend the D II second-round boys basketball game on Friday night. I searched but found no other coverage from which to draw information except the tweets sent out by Amity’s Athletic Director.

From the numbers, it appears to have been a very exciting, tight, neck-in-neck game, but I can’t tell you much more.

At the end of the first quarter, Manchester was ahead 15 – 12.

The Spartans rallied, and by halftime, the game was tied at 31.

Manchester pulled ahead again and had a 7-point lead, 49-42, at the end of the third quarter

But the nailbiting excitement came in the final quarter.

With just 4:22 remaining Amity had tied things up again at 49-49.

Yet with 2:12 left, Manchester had a 54-51 lead.

Less than a minute later, Amity tied them at 54, and 18 seconds after that they gained a 2 point lead of 56-54.

But, it didn’t last for long, Manchester tied them with 50.6 remaining.

And the 56-56 game went into overtime.


From the tweets that were sent out, you can see that both teams battled hard for a victory:

57-56 Amity 3 min

61-60. 34 sec. Amity on the line

62-60. 34 sec. Manchester ball. Timeout

5.9 sec. 62-60 Amity. Amity on the line

63-60. 5.9 sec. Manchester ball timeout

Amity wins! 63-60

The Spartans (17-5) advance to the Division II Quarters against Stamford (15-7) at Amity, on Monday, March 12 at 7 p.m.

Police: Be Aware Of Car Break-Ins, Lock Your Doors!

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Mar 112018

Over the past few days, the Orange Police Department has had numerous reports of vehicles broken into and two vehicles have been stolen from their driveways.

These thefts have occurred in the overnight to early morning hours, and the common denominator has been that the vehicles that were broken into were unlocked. The vehicles that were stolen had key fobs accessible to the thieves.

Officers were able to view residential surveillance video of some of the perpetrators and their actions. The perpetrators (in this instance) worked in groups, moving from car-to-car in a neighborhood, checking doors to find cars that were unlocked.

When they found an unlocked car, they ransacked the interior for valuables. The cars that had fobs accessible were stolen outright.

The Orange Police Department asks that you lock all of your vehicles and do not leave valuables visible inside a vehicle, even if that vehicle is locked.

If you have any information on these incidents or see any suspicious activity in your neighborhood, call the Orange Police Department 24/7 at 891-2130.

Boys Hockey: Spartans Defeat Rams, Advance to CIAC Quarterfinal On Friday

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Mar 082018

On Tuesday, March 6, the Amity Spartans hosted the Cheshire Rams in West Haven for the first round CIAC Boys Ice Hockey Tournament game.

First Period

Amity took the lead just 5:57 into the first period with a goal by sophomore Connor Bath, assisted by Jake Silliman and Joey Schittina.

Second Period

The Spartans didn’t waste any time scoring after returning to the ice. Jason Csejka got one in at just 32 seconds, assisted by Jamie Blum.

Third Period

Now 2 points behind, the Rams wanted nothing more than to get on the scoreboard and just 1:17 into the period Benjamin O’Connor took a shot from a blindside and made it past Amity Goalie Tyler Cole, who’d played an excellent game all afternoon.

As the game wound down Jamie Blum made two unassisted goals for the Spartans, the first at with 3:63 left on the clock and again with just 54 seconds remaining.

Amity wins, 4-1 and advances to the quarterfinals on Friday, March 9 at the Milford Ice Pavilion at 6 p.m.

#7 Amity (13-7-1) goes up against #2 Watertown-Pomperaug (17-3-1).

The last time these two teams met was just two weeks ago on Feb. 24, which was Amity’s “Senior Day” Game. Watertown won 6-1, and with that fresh on their minds, the Spartans will be ready for battle and hungry for a victory as they edge their way to the championship title.

NOTE: Ever since their first scrimmage, I’ve been telling Coach Mike Richetelli that these boys were going to the Championship game. Come on Amity, do what I KNOW you can do. stay focused and play hard. and remember DEFENSE! Best of Luck Boys.

Klarides Testifies In Favor of 3D Image Screening For Women

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Mar 082018

House Republican Leader Themis Klarides on Thursday testified before members of the legislature’s Insurance and Real Estate Committee about clarifying insurance codes to make certain that Tomosynthesis, a three-dimensional image screening process, is considered a mammography. Klarides was joined by Dr. Thomas Farquhar, chief of radiology at Hartford Hospital.

In 2016, Klarides got legislation passed that requires insurances companies to cover Tomosynthesis if a patient’s physician deems it necessary. But since then, Klarides has learned that some insurance companies weren’t covering Tomosynthesis because they didn’t consider it a mammography.

The committee’s leadership thanked Klarides for not only pursuing the legislation last year but for coming back this year to make sure it’s done right. Farquhar said the process is more likely to identify breast cancer, and that the test saves lives.

Boys Basketball First Round Division II States: Thomas Leads Amity To Victory

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Mar 082018

On Tuesday night the #9 Amity Spartans Boys Basketball team hosted #24 Hartford Public for the First Round of the CIAC Division II State Tournament.

Amity’s Tyler Thomas was the game’s high scoring player with 30 points.

All of the Spartans towered over Hartford’s three high scoring players —  Jaquan Kins, Josh Colon, and Ferguson Louis — but that didn’t keep these scrappy players from continuously surprising Amity with their often Globetrotter-like moves.

Amity took an 8-point lead in the first quarter and seemed to be well on their way. Hartford had a better second quarter with twice as many points as Amity, narrowing the Spartans’ lead to just 2 points.

The Spartans crushed the third quarter, adding 26 points, enjoying a healthy 16-point lead.

In the fourth-quarter, Hartford came on strong and at one point made 8 points in quick succession. But in the end, Amity was victorious at 72-55. The Spartans advance to the second round.


Points Per Quarter                                             

AMITY                     22   6 26 18—72

HARTFORD PUBLIC 14 12 12 17—55



AMITY                     22  28  54  72

HARTFORD PUBLIC  14  26  38  55

Tyler Thomas 11 6-6 30 (including two 3-pointers, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists), Tanner Thomas 4 1-4 9 (7 rebounds),  Jack Nolan 3 1-1 7 (7 rebounds), Joe Benedetti 3 0-0 6 (9 rebounds), Chris Bierezowiec 3 0-2 6, Cole Wissink 1 2-2 4, James Van Hise 4 2-3. Totals 29 12-19 72.

Hartford Public

Jaquan Kins 6 2-4 16 (two 3-pointers), Josh Colon 5 0-0 12 (two 3-pointers),  Ferguson Louis 3 2-2 8, Mark Fenty 4 0-0 8, Armani Gonzalez 2 0-0 4, Zarques Rodriguez 1 0-0 3 (one 3-pointer), Ismael Moore 1 0-1 2,  Damon Hill 0 2-2 2. Totals 22 6-9 55.


3-Point Field Goals: Hartford Public 5; Amity 2

The Spartans (16-5) are on the road Friday night to face off with Manchester (16-5) in the CIAC second round at 7 p.m.

Let’s Go Spartans, You’ve got this!