Mothers’ Day Breakfast
Annawon Lodge is offering a Mothers’ Day, Sunday, May 12 from 8-12 at the lodge, 263 Center St. Guests can select eggs, pancakes, sausage, bacon, coffee and OJ. Cost is $7. For info call Frank, (203) 606-4959.
Annual Pancake Day
First & Wesley United Methodist Church, 89 Center St., is having its annual Pancake Day on Saturday, May 11, from 8 to noon. Cost is $10 and it is unlimited pancakes. Also featured” flowers, plants, hanging baskets, baked good and books for sale.
Westies Care, Inc., a recognized 501 (c) 3 charity is hosting its 10th Dinner, velebrating Education and Community on Sunday, May 19 at 5 at the Cielo Ballroom, 85 Chase Lane. The Class of 2019 includes Person Of The Year – John Lewis; Lifetime Community Service Awards will be given to Kathryn Gregory, Diane Milano, Teddi McKenna, Hilary Brentson, Paul Bronson and Paul Defonzo. The D’Andrea Group will be honored for Outstanding Leadership in Business. Student Honorees will be West Haven High School — Miranda Burrows, Hannah Coppola, Olivia Coppola, LeAnna Corvera, Emily Cummings, Olivia Hauer, Daniella Occhineri, Keegan Riccio, Skylar Serenson, Riley Waterfield. Notre Dame — David Anania, Drew Borer, Vincent Lacobelle. ESUMS: Trey Lewis and Diego Rosete. To purchase tickets, become a sponsor or donate a raffle prize, contact Phil Liscio, (203) 494-6021, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Used Book Sale
The First Congregational church, 464 Campbell Ave., will host its monthly Used Book Sale and Clothes Closet on Saturday May 11, between 9-2. As always there will be a large selection of books, including many romances and children’s books in the basement and gently used clothing at ver low prices upstairs. For information, call (203) 933-6291.
The West Haven Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting on today (day change) at St. Louis Church on Bill Hill Road at 11:30 a.m. A luncheon will then follow and the program will be speaker Ray Sola, Beekeeper.
Bradley Point Garden Club of West Haven will hold its monthly luncheon followed by a craft workshop at noon on Tuesday, May 21, in the lower level of Ora Mason Library, 260 Benham Hill Road. New members are always welcome. Call Marie at (203) 878-8428.
Join volunteers from The Land Trust of West Haven to help with a beach clean-up on Saturday, May 11, from10 to noon. All interested individuals and civic groups are invited to help. Children are welcome if accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Park/Rec Activities Building on the Bike/Walk Path at Old Grove Park near Oak Street. Gloves and trash bags will be provided.
The Veterans Affairs Medical Center annual retirees luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, May 8 – 11:30 at Lorenzo’s, 39 Elm St. Cost is $30 to be paid by April 30. Contact Elene Hanahan (203) 494-1092, email@example.com or Elaine Schempp, Elaine.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The West Haven Italian-American Civic Association will host its President’s Anniversary Ball with full dinner menu on Saturday, May 11, from 6-11 p.m. at the club, 85 Chase Lane. Menu incluedes NY strip, stuffed sole, or chicken marsala, with open bar and music. Tickets are $45 per person. For reservations call (203) 933-3367.
Join the Harugari Singing Society for Bavarian Springfest, on Saturday, April 27 at its 66 Highland St. address. At 6 p.m. there is a sauerbraten dinner with spätzle and red cabbage. Live Music is by The Austrian Boys. Entertainment is by the Harugari Schuhplattlers.
Cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. For reservations or information, call Karin Zamolsky at (203) 375-7050, the club at (203) 933-9930, or e-mail Harugari.email@example.com.
West Haven Summer Youth Theater, a division of West Haven Council on the Arts, in conjunction with Performance Plus/RVP Studios, 221 Bull Hill Lane, is offering summer theatre experience for youth ages 10-17. The program will run July 1 (except July 4-5) to Aug, 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (M-F) at RVP Studios. It will culminate in four performances of the classic Rock Musical Godspell 2012 Edition on Aug. 2-4.
Under the direction of Lara Morton with musical direction by Paul Scanlon, participants will receive expert instruction in acting, singing, and movement techniques required of all triple-threat, Broadway-bound performers.
For more information & to sign up for the program: http://www.artswesthaven.org/
There is a $50 discount if enrolled by April 30.
The Agency on Aging of South Central CT is sponsoring a self-care education program for family caregivers, designed to provide you with tools and strategies to better handle the unique challenges you face. The free workshop series consists of six sessions held on Tuesdays, 1-3:30, April 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28 and June 4, held at the Agency on Aging of SCC at 117 Washington Ave, Suite 17, North Haven.
To register call or e-mail Jan Simmons at (203) 785-8533 x. 3162, firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also register online at: www.aoascc.org/forms/ptc/.
Senior Center trips
Join the West Haven Senior Center for the following trip:
Wednesday, June 12 – The Good Speed Opera House “The Music Man” $99 per person enjoy lunch at the Gelston House, American bistro just steps from the Goodspeed. Bus leaves Savin Rock Conference Center 10 a.m. Departs Goodspeed approximately at 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 31– The Westchester Broadway Theatre “On Your Feet” enjoy lunch at the theatre before the show Cost $90 Bus leaves Savin Rock Conference Center 9 a.m. Departs Westchester approximately at 3:45 p.m.
A flyer with further details is available at the office at the West Haven Senior Center 201 Noble St. or you can call the Senior Center (203) 937-3507.
Shore Haven scholarships
The Shore Haven Junior Baseball League will be accepting scholarship applications for current high school seniors pursing further education. The league will be awarding three scholarships in the amounts of $250 in honor of Sal Arminio, Dave Terese, Sr., and Mario J.Argentino, plus the Joseph Morrell, Sr., Scholarship.
All applicants must have participated in the league for two years for the first three scholarships. Applications must be returned by May 15 to: Charles Gunning, 125 Central Ave., West Haven, 06516. For information can be obtained from area guidance offices or by calling (203) 934-9740.
An Al-Anon meeting group invites new members to attend its weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the First Lutheran Church, 52 George St. For information and details, call (203) 506-1464. Student Loans
The Seth Haley Memorial Loan Fund of West Haven provides eligible college students with loans of up to $2500 to help students finish their post high school education.
Applicants must be West Haven residents who have completed two or more years of college or post-secondary work or be in their final two years of advanced work. Any West Haven resident attending college or a post high school professional, technical or trade school can be eligible for a loan. Repayments do not begin, and no interest will be charged until one year after graduation. If you are interested in making an application for a loan, please Gert Beckwith at (203) 934-6921, or Ralph Lawson, (203) 934-6442
In the opening week of the 55th season of Shore Haven Junior Baseball, the Leslie’s Jewelers Dodgers defeated the Gunning Law Firm Mets, 8-6. Rui Dasilva had a triple, Michael Luth and Jack Aloi scored two runs for the Dodgers. Jonathan Jackson and Danny Potter had inside-the-park homeruns. Tommy Vets had a double and triple for the Mets.
The Augliera Movers Pirates beat the Dodgers, 5-2, behind the pitching of Matt Cavallaro, Mark Lynch and Marcus Vitolo who combined on a 5-hitter. Devin Bernier had a triple and two RBI for the Pirates.
The Duffy’s Tavern Red Sox defeated the Mets, 7-0. Ethan Kelly was the winning pitcher. Zach Goetze had a double and triple, and Sean Studley scored 3 runs for the Red Sox. Brian Oliver and Michael Anderson had the hits for the Mets.
The West Haven Youth Soccer League was finally able to kick-off its season this past weekend, as a full slate of games were able to be played on Saturday as Mother Nature gave us a break from the rain. The Elite Soccer Camps Blue Sharks opened the action Saturday morning, taking on the WH Professional Fire Fighters Green Machine. The Blue Sharks came out on top, 15-9. Luca Decrescenzo, Ryan Abekah, Matteo D’Elia and Ben Trenchard all picked up hat tricks, and Jax Guarino, Matteo D’Elia, and Seth Empiric added goals as well. The Penguins opened up their season with a 5-4 win over the Orange Flowers. Abby Hemming scored a nice goal and Olivia Payne played great defense.
This weekend, the Frank Agvent Plumbing and Heating U-19 boys travel team played twice. On Saturday, the team visited Orange. Santiago Moreno opened the scoring with a Penalty Kick after being taken down in the box on a breakaway. Orange responded almost immediately, making it 1-1. Late in the second half, Youssoupha Cisse clinched it for West Haven with his second goal of the season.
Sunday in the rain the Westies hosted Coginchaug. Isaac Osei led a deep drive that found Bernard Ocansey in the box. A quick pass allowed Phillip Smith the opening goal. Ocansey would combine a short time later with Raady Rahman to give West Haven a 2-0 lead. The game finished 3-0, with the last goal scored on a break away by Leandro Ferreira.
On Saturday night, the Elite Soccer Camps U-14 girls travel team hosted East Haven on the turf at West Haven High School. The game went back and forth early on, but the Westies were able to get two goals before the half. Brooke Flaherty and Ariana Izzo found the back of the net, with Izzo scoring off of a great pass from Abigail Phelan. Flaherty would go to score again in the second half, as did Melissa Tsakonas, as the Westies pulled away making the score 5-0. Olivia Trenchard and Camryn Flaherty played a solid game in central midfield, and Cassie Wadeka picked up another shut-out in the win.
The Capetta’s Italian Imports U-12 girls Thunder went to Guilford Saturday, and picked up a win in the first game of their season, defeating the hosts 3-0. Defensively, the team was solid, allowing the Westies to take risks going forward. Those risks paid off as Madyson Ortiz picked up two goals and Amyah Kelly scored one. Natalie Reed and Amanda Fagnani also played well.
The Jason Ranalli Soccer Rockers won, 5-1, over Milano & Wanat. The team played well, with goals coming from Mya Ajanaka and Joyce Delgado. Michele Tompkins did a great job stopping many crosses and getting ball to the forwards to create chances. The Cappetta Italian Imports Polar Bears had a strong first game against the WH Italian American Civic Assn. with a 9-4 win. Luciana Cappetta, Annabelle Fiorillo, Kai Ruotolo, and Olivia Petrie all scored while Abbey Forsyth was strong on defense. The Stars Ice Cream Golden Dragons defeated the Rock House School of Music Soccer Rockers, 6-2 The Dragons were led by Arielyrs Reyes and Nada El Mouki with two goals each, and Caydancce Hill and Maryorie Hernandez-Fortin each scored as well. Sarah Montiel played great in goal in the win for the Dragons.
Sweet Relief Catering played BarCode in the U-14 opener for both teams. It was a great team effort, with Sweet Relief Catering winning, 6-0. The Christensen triplets were outstanding, with Stephen and Paul playing well in the field and David scoring a hat trick. Jostin Rimerez, Caleb Awuah, and Isaiah Ramsey scored in the win as well. The Porto Funeral Homes Green Dragons took on the Nick’s Luncheonette Dragons, losing 6-4. The Green Dragons played great despite the loss. Bastian Tandazo led the way with two goals and exceptional dribbling and passing. Mateo Cuevas showed off his speed on offense and defense and Jimmy Clark worked really hard to help the team. Jaden Abekah, Holden Napoletano, and Joel Forbs-Wolfe all played well for the Nick’s Luncheonette Dragons.
The WH Federation of Teachers Local 1542 Mini Blueberries lost, 5-3, in their opening game to Top Hat Dance Academy. The Mini Blueberries fought their hardest to even up the score, coming from behind led by Mollie Germain, who scored two goals, and Cyndi Ogman, who scored another. Jillian Crudo played great offensively to make more scoring opportunities for her team. The West Haven Police Local 895 Blue Bruisers lost their first game against P & B Express, 8-2. Cheyenne Sebas scored the team’s two goals. Alexandria Freeman bravely stepped in the goal for the first time and did her best for her team as she held her opponent to only two goals in the first half. The West Shore Family Dental Golden Dragons picked up a win in their first game of the season against the George Ellis Company, Inc, coming out on top, 7-2, as the whole team put on a great display of passing and footwork. Brendan Spreyer, Raymond Listorti and Joshua Roman scored, and Dante Reynoso added to the scoreline as he netted a hat trick.
The Keenan Funeral Home Yellow Jackets faced Gunning Law Firm in their first soccer game of the season, winning 13-5. Kayci Gayle had a high energy game, netting five goals. Goals were also scored by Lexi Lucas, Camilla Murphy, Madison Gargiulo and Cristel Miguel. Murphy also played goal in the first half and Aubrey Dion picked up the keeper duties in the second. Keara Douglas and newcomer Perez Rosario both played a solid game, and Jayda Ciliberti showed great overall defense. Shoreline Wellness Center Green Leafs tied in their first game 3-3 against Oyster River Energy. All of the girls played hard and did a great job! Goals were scored by Nylah Beyah, Vrinda Patel, and Lia Powers for the Green Leafs.
The Notre Dame spring sports teams continued their winning ways with four of the five teams having a winning week with lacrosse and track posting an undefeated week.. They highlighted the week sweeping their competitions while baseball and golf won two of their three games.
Baseball — The baseball team reached 10 wins with a 2-1 week, including a win where the bats were crucial while the other win came courtesy a gem of a varsity debut by starting pitcher Harrison Buck.
In the Green Knights’ 1-0 win over Sheehan, Buck hurled a gem, scattering four hits, while striking out three in a six innings of shutout ball. Eddie Zanor delivered the game-winning RBI with a third-inning single. In their other win of the week, Max Mariano had four hits, three RBIs and two runs scored in a 11-6 win over Branford. For the week, Mariano went 5-11 with 4 runs and 3 RBIs. Notre Dame fell to Fairfield Prep 9-2 to start the week. The Green Knights entered this week with a 10-3 record.
Golf – The golf team defeated Fairfield Prep for the third time in 11 years as they improved overall record to 9-2 with a pair of wins during the week. Jon Bushka fired a 39 to lead the way against the Jesuits. Notre Dame won by 3 shots (158-161). Jake Ivan-Pal also carded a 39. Tommy Rosati led the way with a 36 as Notre Dame split a match, falling to Xavier, while beating Cheshire on May 2. Ivan-Pal added a 39 as the Green Knights beat Cheshire (by 16 shots) and fell to Hand (by 9 shots). Notre Dame had a consistent week with a 158 for the both matches.
Lacrosse — The lacrosse team won both its games and added a new record holder to its career goal scoring list in the process. In a 13-8 non-league win over East Lyme, Zachary Hochman scored seven goals, including the 101st of his career. That goal moved him atop the Green Knight’s’ career goal scoring list.
He surpassed Ed Moran ‘16, who had 100 career goals. Alex Hird added four goals in the win. Hochman added a hat trick, all in the first period, as Notre Dame beat North Haven, 6-5, on May 1. In fact, all six Green Knight goals came in the first period. Notre Dame entered the week with a 8-4 record with games against Berlin and Hand.
Tennis — The tennis team dropped both its matches, including a competitive 4-3 setback to crosstown rival West Haven. Matt Wickliff won at singles while two of the Green Knights doubles teams emerged victorious (Brendan Canning/Pranav Kuraganti and Justin Pollio/Jack Jannitto. However, the Blue Devils won the other four matches, including three singles matches, to beat Notre Dame by the same score for the second time this season.
Joe Delgado, Zack Kerzner, and Punarvasan Garini won their singles matches. Garini won 6-4, 6-4. Awaab Osman/Ron Wood also won a close doubles matchup 6-4, 7-5. The Green Knights fell 7-0 to the defending SCC and Class L champion Hand Tigers on May 1.
Track — The Notre Dame track team is on a roll. After a season-opening loss, Coach Xavier’s squad has won eight straight decisions putting themselves in position for a special season. Their latest wins came on May 1, when they swept Sheehan and Fairfield Prep. Notre Dame ran by Sheehan 96-54 while leaping and jumping its way past Fairfield Prep, 116-34.
Event winners included: Jared Russo, Tommy Minar, Nicholas Vollero, Maxwell Bothwell, Jason Sawicki, Jack Ahearn and the 4×400 relay team of Warren Murphy, Daniel Range, Minar and Christian Panagrossi. Notre Dame improved to 8-1 on the season with a meet against West haven and Branford earlier this week.
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The West Haven softball continued to pile up the wins last week. On Monday evening, the Blue Devils defeated the Jonathan Law Eagles, 3-1, to run their record to 12-0 to start the season. The Westies jumped on the Eagles with two runs in the first inning when Morgan Peryer walked Ashlynn O’Keefe singled and then both advanced on an error. Veronica Lynn singled to bring in Peryer and Ivy Santos singled to plate O’Keefe to make it 2-0. After Law cut the lead to 2-1 in the top of the fifth inning, the girls responded when O’Keefe walked, Lynn dropped down a sacrifice bunt to move her over and then she came around to score on a double by Kailey Carrano making it 3-1. Santos did the rest, shutting down the Eagles allowing only one earned run on six hits, while striking out seven in the circle.
On Thursday afternoon, the Blue Devils hosted the Shelton Gaels at Frank Biondi Field and won their 13th straight game with an 8-0 victory over the Gaels. The Blue Devils struck early when Morgan Peryer singled and came around to score when Veronica Lynn reached on an error. Kailey Carrano then drilled a double to put runners on second and third and Lynn scored when Kasey Marron reached on an error by the right fielder to make it 2-0 in the first inning. The Westies were poised to get more runs in the first but Dede Rodriguez’s line drive was snared by the first baseman, who fell on the bag to record a double play to end the inning.
The Blue Devils were at it again in the fourth inning. Ivy Santos and Dede Rodriguez both walked and scored on a Paige Beurer triple. Beurer then scored on a Peryer single to increase the lead to 5-0. In the fifth inning, Veronica Lynn led off with a single, Kailey Carrano reached on an error, Ivy Santos grounded out to score Lynn, Marron walked and then Beurer singled to score Carrano and Marron for the 8-0 final. Santos went the distance again allowing only three hits while striking out seven in the shutout victory.
On Saturday afternoon, the Westies traveled to Madison to take on the Hand Tigers and after four innings it looked like their unbeaten season was in jeopardy, behind 4-0. But, the Blue Devils rallied for three runs in the fifth inning and five in the sixth for an 8-6 victory to improve to 14-0. In the fifth inning, Paige Beurer singled, Gigi Perkins reached on an error and Ashlynn O’Keefe reached on an error to load the bases. Beurer came in on a wild pitch and then the Tigers intentionally walked Kailey Carrano to face Ivy Santos. Santos made that decision hurt, drilling a single up the middle, scoring two runs, cutting the lead to 4-3.
After Hand got a run back in the bottom of the inning, the Westies started the sixth with Dede Rodriguez reaching on an error and then she beat the throw to second on a Beurer grounder. Morgan Peryer dropped down a bunt single to load the bases and then O’Keefe reached on an error to plate Rodriguez making it 5-4. Beurer came in to tie the game on a sacrifice fly to deep left-center by Veronica Lynn. Carrano ripped a double off the fence in center to score Peryer and O’Keefe giving the girls a 7-5 lead and then Santos followed with another single to score Carrano making it 8-5. The Tigers got one back in the bottom of the inning but Santos closed out the game for West Haven in the circle.
This week, the girls visited Hillhouse on Monday, hosted Hand on Wednesday and end the week taking on the East Haven Yellow Jackets on Friday at 7 at Biondi Field.
The baseball team was locked in a battle with the Hand Tigers on Monday afternoon and only trailed 3-2 in the third inning but the Tigers got two runs in the fifth and six, more in the sixth to run away with this one by the score of 12-7. The Blue Devils got a run in the second inning when Mike Boni and Tyler Jones both singled to set the table for Dom Cambino, who singled to score Boni. The boys got another run in the third inning when J.C. Contreras tripled and came in on a sacrifice fly by Gianni Gambardella to make it 3-2.
After the Tigers took a 5-2 in the fifth, the Blue Devils got one back when Contreras scored again, this time on a groundout to short by Gambardella. With Hand holding an 11-3 lead in the sixth, the Westies scored after Hunter Axelrod singled, Lorenzo Espinal walked, Tyler Jones advanced the runners on a groundout and then the runners came in on a single by Cambino and an error on the throw. The boys got two, more runs in the seventh on RBI singles by Espinal and Jones. Brian Pataky started on the mound for West Haven and went 5 2/3 innings, allowing five earned runs on six hits and was relieved by Derek Baker.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Blue Devils took an early 3-0 lead on the Green Dragons at Hamden only to have the Dragons chip away at the lead and then score two runs in the bottom of the seventh for a walk-off 4-3 victory. J.C. Contreras pitched 6 1/3 innings on the mound before giving away to Lorenzo Espinal in the seventh.
The Westies bounced back with a much needed twin killing of the Career Panthers on Friday at Piurek Field. In the first game, the Panthers were designated the home team and the Blue Devils took advantage in the top of the first inning with a quick, four runs. With two outs, the Westies started a rally when J.C. Contreras, Mike Boni and Gianni Gambardella all walked and Mike Tonucci singled to clear the bases and give West Haven a 3-0 lead. Chris Cavallaro followed with a walk and then drew a throw on a steal of second, allowing Tonucci to sprint home with the fourth West Haven run. Career got a run back in the bottom of the inning after a lead-off double and a sacrifice fly to make it 4-1.
In the third inning, Boni and Gambardella singled and Tonucci walked to load the bases with Westies. Then Hunter Axelrod executed a perfect, squeeze bunt to score Boni. Lorenzo Espinal grounded out to score Gambardella give the Blue Devils a 6-1 lead. Career got another run back in the bottom of the inning making it 6-2. West Haven tacked on a run in the fourth inning when Gambarella drew a bases loaded walk to score Contreras. In the fifth, Cavallaro singled and stole second, Hunter Axelrod’s bloop single to right moved Cavallaro to third and Espinal’s sac fly scored him for an 8-2 lead. Boni singled in the sixth inning and pinch-runner Derek Baker stole second and scored on a double by Gambardella to increase the lead to 9-2.
In the seventh inning, Seth Noble singled and Kaden Morgillo pinch ran and advanced to third on a single by Just Medina. Dom Cambino singled to score Morgillo and Contreras singled to plate Medina with the Westies’ 11th run. The Panthers were able to score a run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh for the 11-3 final. Gianni Gambardella went the distance on the mound, allowing six hits while striking out six for the victory.
In game two, West Haven got six runs in the first inning and never looked back in an 8-2 win. Lorenzo Espinal pitched a complete game on the mound for the Westies, allowing five hits. In the first inning, Tyler Jones singled, Dom Cambino reached on an error, J.C. Contreras singled to score Jones, Gianni Gambardella walked to load the bases, Mike Tonucci walked to score Cambino, Chris Cavallaro walked to score Contreras, Espinal singled to score Gambardella and Tonucci and Cavallaro came home on a balk by the Career pitcher.
The Blue Devils tacked on two, more runs, one in the fourth and one in the sixth. Jones scored in the fourth after he singled and came in on a groundout by Contreras and then again in the sixth when he singled and scored on a wild pitch.
This week, the Blue Devils traveled to Shelton on Monday, hosted Xavier on Wednesday and finish up the week with a trip across town to face the Notre Dame Green Knights on Friday at 3:45 at Quigley Stadium.
The boys’ lacrosse continued its winning ways on Monday evening at Ken Strong Stadium with an 8-0 victory over the Wilbur Cross Governors. Nick Zaino opened the scoring with a goal with 6:37 left in the first quarter. Justin Rivera made it 2-0 West Haven 57 seconds later and then Tyler Moscato increased the lead to 3-0 twenty-five seconds after that. Connor Fowler made it 4-0 just 51 seconds into the second quarter followed by goals by Rivera and Charlie Miller to give the Westies a 6-0 halftime lead. Rivera tallied again in the third quarter and Jonah Basilicato capped the scoring with 2:49 left in the game for the 8-0 final. Kevin Moriarty made four saves in the first half before giving away to Anthony Campagnuolo, who made one save in the second half for West Haven.
On Wednesday evening, the boys cruised to a 16-2 win over Jonathan Law in Milford. The Blue Devils were led by Niko Kyle, who had seven goals and an assist and Tyler Moscato, who had three goals and seven assists. The Westies got going with a goal by Connor Fowler with 7:34 left in the first quarter. Nick Camara tallied with 1:42 left in the quarter and then Kyle got his first with 19 seconds remaining in the quarter. A goal by Nick Zaino and two, more from Kyle gave the Blue Devils a 6-0 halftime lead. Tyler Moscato, Justin Rivera and three, more from Kyle put this one out of reach in the third quarter for West Haven. Kyle, Moscato with another two goals and Connor Fowler sent the Westies home with the 16-2 victory. Moriarty made eight saves between the pipes for the Blue Devils.
On Saturday evening, the boys traveled to Watertown to take on the Indians and won their seventh, straight game with a 10-3 victory. Niko Kyle scored goals at 9:28 assisted by Tyler Moscato and at 8:17 assisted by Ethan Phelan to give the Blue Devils an early lead and then Dillon Lenihan scored with 4:34 left in the first quarter for a 3-0 lead. After the Indians got one back, Moscato responded with a goal with 3:39 left in the half.
Watertown scored 28 seconds later but then Kevin Moriarty hit Kyle with a pass and he scored as time expired in the half for a 5-2 lead. Kyle picked up his fourth goal of the game assisted by Rich Wadeka 1:42 into the second half and then Justin Rivera made it 7-2 with 6:03 left in the quarter. After the Indians scored to make it 7-3, it was all Westies the rest of the way. Kyle scored his fifth, making it 12 goals over the last two games, assisted by Fowler, Lenihan notched his second of the game, assisted by Moscato and then Moscato scored with 3:06 left in the game to cap the scoring. Besides having an assist, Moriarty made 22 saves in net for West Haven.
This week, the boys hosted the Branford Hornets on Wednesday and travel to Stamford for a 10am clash with the Vikings on Saturday.
The girls’ lacrosse team picked up its second win of the season with an 8-7 victory over the Green Dragons at Hamden on Monday evening. Keegan Riccio had three goals, Gianna Sliby had two goals while Chloe Hummel, CC Condon and Olyvia O’Mara each contributed with a goal. Nicole Gaston played one of her best games of the year, making 19 saves between the pipes for West Haven.
On Thursday evening, the Blue Devils hosted a tough Trumbull Eagles team at Ken Strong Stadium. The Eagles jumped on the Westies and held a 5-0 lead with 7:43 remaining in the first half. The girls rallied late in the half when Keegan Riccio scored with 3:39 left and again 1:01 later to cut the lead to 5-2. CC Condon then found the back of the net with 23.8 seconds left in the half to send the teams into halftime at 5-3. Unfortunately for the Westies, they were outscored 7-3 in the second half for a 12-6 final. CC Condon scored her second goal of the game while Morrighan Leavitt and Gianna Sliby each had a goal in the second half. Gaston made 17 saves in goal for West Haven.
This week, the girls hosted the Sheehan Titans on Monday and entertain the Lauralton Hall Crusaders at Ken Strong Stadium on Thursday at 6:30.
The boys’ tennis team defeated the Notre Dame Green Knights, 4-3, at the Painter Park Courts on Monday afternoon. Joseph Delgado won in the one-seeded match, 6-3, 6-2, Zach Kerzner won ,6-3, 6-0 and Punarvasan Gurani won, 6-4, 6-4 in singles play while Awaab Osman/Ron Wood took their doubles match, 6-3, 7-5.
The boys dropped a 7-0 decision to the Xavier Falcons on Tuesday afternoon at Wesleyan University. Joseph Delgado put up a good fight before being defeated, 6-3, 6-4 and the double pairings of Awaab Osman/Ron Wood took the first set before dropping their match, 4-6, 6-3, 10-7.
On Thursday, the Westies traveled to New Haven to take on the Wilbur Cross Governors and came away with a 7-0 victory. Joseph Delgado won, 6-1, 6-0, Zach Kerzner won, 6-0, 6-1, Anthony Siaphong was victorious, 6-0, 6-0 and Punarvasan Gurani won, 6-0, 6-0 in singles action. In doubles, Lucien Zheng/Nash Noble won, 6-3, 6-0, Jason Ramirez/Ron wood took their match, 6-0, 6-0 and Awaab Osman/Robert Wood won, 6-0, 6-0.
This week, the boys traveled to North Haven on Monday, Shelton on Tuesday, hosted Hand on Wednesday before finishing a busy week with a trip to Branford to face the Hornets on Thursday at 3:45.
The girls’ tennis team defeated the Platt Tech Panthers, 4-3, on Monday afternoon at Eisenhower Park in Milford. In singles, Skylar Serenson won, 8-0, Kiara Walker won, 8-3, Savannah Lopez won, 8-4 and Ariana Nguyen won, 8-0.
On Tuesday afternoon, the girls took a tough 7-0 loss to the Sheehan Titans in Wallingford. Serenson put up a good battle after losing the first set, 6-0, she took the second set, 6-4, before dropping the final set, 6-3.
On Thursday afternoon, the girls defeated the Hamden Green Dragons, 5-2 in Hamden. Skylar Serenson won, 6-0, 6-1, Kiara Walker won, 6-1, 6-0 and Savannah Lopez won, 6-2, 7-5 in singles, while Rua Osman/Ariana Nguyen won, 2-6, 7-6, 6-4 and Maryn Lovallo/Leonarkis Espronseda won, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 in doubles. On Saturday morning, the girls were swept 7-0 by the Cheshire Rams.
This week, the girls hosted Jonathan Law on Monday, visited East Haven on Wednesday and host the Lyman Hall Trojans on Thursday at 3:45 at the Painter Park Courts.
By Josh LaBella
For more than half a century, 52 years, Gloria Bacinello has worked as a waitress. A few weeks ago she celebrated her 33rd year working at Elm Diner.
Bacinello said she got her start working at Dutchess Diner on Campbell Avenue, which was across the street from her father’s flower shop.
“At that time, the owner of the diner said, ‘I’m putting you to work to keep you out of trouble,”’ said Bacinello. “The rest is history. [It’s been] a long time.”
For Bacinello, the best part of the job has always been the people. She said over the years she has waited on four or five generations of families.
“I started when I was 17,” said Bacinello. “I’m now going to be 70 in January.”
According to Bacinello, she worked at Dutchess Diner for a few years but wanted to work at a restaurant that served alcohol. She said she ended up working for the former (on Sawmill Road) Vallee’s Steakhouse for eight years.
A car accident she was involved in prevented her from carrying a tray and so she went back to Dutchess Diner. Bacinello worked there for about six more years but left after an incident with her boss. It was then that she found herself at Elm Diner, working part-time.
“After me being out of work for three weeks the boss there said ‘Gloria, I understand you have been out of work. One of my waitresses’s mother died. Can you help me out?’” said Bacinello. “I said, ‘Sure.’”
The job, which was only supposed to last for a few weeks, turned into 33 years. She said it seems like five. A knee replacement three years ago prevents Bacinello from working full-time, but she said she still loves the job.
“I love all my people,” said Bacinello. “My new expression is ‘I’ve got to go see my peeps.’ I can’t stay home.”
Bacinello said there are many memories she looks back upon which make her smile; many involving children. She said one of her regular’s grandkids makes sure to give her a hug when he comes in and when he leaves. She said her regular customers feel like family.
“It’s wonderful,” said Bacinello. “I can’t complain about anything.”
The waitress said she plans on doing another five years at Elm’s if she can make it.
“Why not?” said Bacinello. “I don’t want to become sedentary. When I had three months off for my [knee] I went crazy.”
Bacinello said she gets recognized by people all over town. She said it feels good to be known like that.
“Just talking about it makes me want to cry,” said Bacinello. “Everyone here has embraced me. It’s really neat.”
The Brown-Eyed Girl
(For Mothers Day)
Kiss me each morning for a million years,
Hold me each evening by your side,
Tell me you’ll love me for a million years,
Then if it don’t work out,
Then if it don’t work out,
Then you can tell me goodbye.
The boy reached over and pushed the button on the car radio; the indicator slid across the dial to 1300, WAVZ, for these were the golden days of AM radio.
“Don’t you like that song?”
In fact, the boy hated that song. It spoke to him of a sort captivity that was too fearful for a sixteen year-old kid to consider, and for sure it wasn’t something a fellow wanted to talk about. And who were those guys, singing a song that seemed to come from straight out of the 1940s? Furthermore, who wanted to listen to saxophones, or clarinets, or whatever-they-were, anyway? Now the radio was playing Light My Fire, by The Doors–that was better–guitars and drums and swirling music, led by a brooding singer who wrote lyrics that were both mysterious and confusing. Yes, the boy liked that, for this was 1969, and his teen-aged world was one of mystery and confusion. And nothing was more confusing to him than girls.
He had picked up the Brown-Eyed Girl for their first date, and now they were on their way from New Haven to Savin Rock in the family’s 1961 Plymouth Valiant; they had just watched a movie in one of the theaters on College Street.
No, the boy didn’t like that song; but the Brown-Eyed Girl must have seen some promise in him, because she stuck around; and accordingly, five years later there were wedding bells to be heard above the thump-thump-thump of the disco music that prevailed in that era. And on that day, the bridegroom resembled a young peacock, uncomfortably clad in pastel ruffles and a velvet bow tie, for these were the flamboyant years of the Seventies. And there by his side was the Brown-Eyed Girl.
Soon, the Brown-Eyed Girl put her own life on hold, for she had freely chosen to endure the pangs of motherhood, and spend her days and nights amid cloth diapers, formula, bag lunches and dirty dishes. And bills that were too big. And a budget that was too small. And was it only a couple of years later that the music turned to songs about Winnie the Pooh and Smokey the Bear, coming from a record player that looked like a little blue suitcase? But first there came the deliveries; and no music would play there, for they were difficult ones.
Time passed, and then came the Eighties; and as the children grew, the music came to them with the riff of MTV. And somewhere during that period the parents lost track of contemporary music, and regressed to their musical past. And like the bills, the years came and went; and likewise, so did the decades, one after another.
There comes a time in a man’s life when he begins to spend more time looking backwards than looking forwards; and then perhaps he takes stock of his life. And one day, maybe he finally realizes that someone has given their entire life to him, and that you can’t give someone anything more than that. Eventually, that day arrived for the boy.
And sometime later, the day came when that old song was playing on the radio again. But somehow it didn’t sound the same any more: in fact, now it returned to him like an old friend; and it even sounded pretty good. What was it about the song that had changed? At first, the boy did not know:
Then if you must go,
Mmm, I won’t tell you no,
Just so that we can say we tried;
Tell me you’ll love me for a million years,
Then if it don’t work out,
Then if it don’t work out,
Then you can tell me goodbye.
So here’s to The Brown-Eyed Girl, and to all of the wives and mothers who labor at their ancient craft: working, loving, caring, and nurturing, for days and nights and years without ceasing. For where would we be without them?
Dear Eleanore Turkington:
I heard while a cleanup crew was cleaning up THE ROCK that faces the sound they discovered lights up there. Can you get them to work again, Eleanore? What a sight that would be! Also, how about a flag pole installed, also lighted? Colored lights would look nice.
R,F Main Street Resident
Wow! That would be a beautiful sight! I have sent Councilman Nick Ruickoldt your suggestion. Our councilmen and councilwomen have begun to respond to West Haven residents via Gripe Vine. You can be sure; I will publish Councilman’s reply in this column.
Dear Eleanore Turkington:
Someone has been camping and setting fires in a protected space for many seasons! This is protected open space, numerous wildlife and denning foxes right nearby. Stop this selfish destructive behavior. You are being watched and will be reported.
IC, Platt Avenue Resident
I have notified Councilwoman Tracy Morrissey of your complaint. Please let me know if you see any changes here.
Dear Eleanore Turkington:
A car has been left on the corner of Washington Avenue and William Street. As the parent of small children, it is a safety hazard, fluids leaking, tires missing, brakes digging into the street and the trunk is ripped off. Please, please, tow it. This is an unsightly hazard.
CM, Washington Avenue
I have sent a request to Councilwoman Bridgette Hoskie to investigate this situation. Please let me know as soon as the car has been removed. Also, since it is a dangerous situation, I have notified the West Haven Police Department as well. Please keep me informed.
Dear Eleanore Turkington:
The road conditions of Washington Avenue from the train bridge, all the way down to the lower end looks like bombed out from Vietnam. Can you help?
FP, Washington Avenue
I contacted Councilman Aaron Charney seeking input on the possibility of repairs in your neighborhood. He replied, “Thanks for reaching out again. I think Washington runs through the 4th, 1st, 3rd and 2nd. It is a highly traveled road. I do know the city cut out and repaired a couple potholes near Wood Street. Several other potholes were not repaired in that area and along the rest of the road. As to why this happened, I don’t know. I did raise with Public Works, a number of potholes in my district and was told they are getting to them. Public Works would probably be fixing potholes until next November. I wish a schedule would be created and publicly announced.”
Gripe Vine Readers:
I had received a complaint of sidewalk conditions at Savin and Wiliam Street. The letter claimed he has complained many times to no avail.
Councilman Nicholas Ruickoldt received this complaint and replied, “This complaint has been reported to public works. They are on it! Let me know if I can be of any help in the future.”
Coming up…Pot Holes seem to take the lead in gripes these past few weeks. Here are more streets with pot holes. I will keep working on them, meanwhile, pot holes on Sorenson Road, William Street, east of Peck, Peck and Leete Street, this pot hole was reported as 2 feet by 3 feet…a CRATER on Burwell Place Road…blighted property on Campbell Avenue, Overgrown grass on Riverview Terrace, parking issue on Atwater Street, Beach Street Condo complaints, stop sign removed in beach area and much more.
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By Rich Lowry
No one enjoys getting impeached, and if it happens to him, Donald J. Trump will be no exception.
On the other hand, it’s hard to imagine any potential target of impeachment in Anglo-American history relishing the fight more than Trump. He’d rather be done with the Mueller investigation in all its permutations, but there’s no one better suited to being at the center of a harshly partisan, deeply personal political and legal donnybrook that will ultimately be just for show.
Trump famously told top aides at the beginning of his administration that he wanted them to view each day as a TV episode. Impeachment would be a helluva season, matching a momentous process of American government with low political melodrama.
This may feel like a devolution from the buttoned-up Mueller probe, but the House should have been the locus of the Trump investigation in the first place.
Because Justice Department policy says a president can’t be indicted, Robert Mueller was never going to reach a legal conclusion about alleged obstruction. The question was whether the president’s conduct constituted an abuse of power that Congress would deem impeachable; in other words, it was a political question.
Congress, then, was always the most appropriate venue for the investigation and disposition of this matter, not the office of the special counsel, where instead of being out in the open, it was behind closed doors. Instead of being nakedly political, it was clothed in thick legal analysis. Instead of being a struggle between the branches, it was a struggle within the executive branch.
Now, the battle is truly joined. The body that is going to make the ultimate decision of what to do about Trump’s conduct, if anything, is on the hook. It has to decide what goes too far and not far enough. Should it subpoena Trump’s children? How much time should it devote to investigations as opposed to its policy agenda? And, of course, should it impeach?
For his part, Trump is liberated to fight like a caged animal, asserting executive prerogatives vis-a-vis the legislature and engaging in flat-out partisan combat.
Trump would prefer a world in which he’s universally praised, but short of that, this is his element. He’s handled every controversy or fight — no matter how personal or treacherous — with the same straight-ahead aggression.
Trump is almost certainly better prepared and temperamentally suited for thermonuclear war with a Democratic House than he was to get substantive achievements out of a Republican House. He obviously hadn’t thought through an actionable populist-conservative policy synthesis, but he has a lifetime’s experience resisting and belittling enemies and extemporizing his way from one crisis to the next.
It may be impossible for him to stop impeachment, certainly not if Nancy Pelosi supports it. But he’ll be the focus of a historic drama that will rate — or at least be remembered and analyzed — for a very long time. He will have succeeded in making the Democratic House majority all about him, and, if not getting convicted by the Senate counts as a victory, he will win in the end.
The post-trial tweetstorm will be something to behold.
Rich Lowry is editor of the National Review.(c) 2019 by King Features Synd., Inc.