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Amity Earns 14 CT High School Musical Theater Award Nominations

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May 222017
 

Amity High School’s Production of Fiddler On The Roof earned 14 Ct High School Musical Theater Award Nominations.

The nominations, announced today, are:

Hair and Makeup – Andrea Kennedy (and crew)

Costumes – Julie Chevan (and team)

Lighting – Dan Hassenmayer

Scenery – Laura Adair (and team)

Sound

Direction – Rob Kennedy

Choreography – Andrea Kennedy

Music Direction

Orchestra – Phil Dolan (Amity Musicians)

Chorus

Lobby – Amity Theater Parents

Leading Actor – Tevye – Eric Greenbaum

Supporting Actress – Golde – Yuliya Faryna

Musical of the Year – Fiddler on the Roof

The show nearly swept every category, the only ones that did not receive a nomination were Ensemble Member, Featured Performer, Supporting Actor, and Lead Actress.

Congratulations to Amity, Rob and Andrea Kennedy, The actors, musicians, costumers and everyone involved in this show.

Click HERE to see all of the Nominations.

Award recipients will be announced from the stage of The Palace Theater, Waterbury, on Monday, June 5, 2017, in a stunning and entertaining black tie gala. Tickets are on sale through the Palace Theater Box office.

Mission Statement:

The CHSMTA program recognizes excellence on stage and behind the scenes. We do not believe that everyone deserves an award for “showing up.” We believe that exceptional achievement should be celebrated as beacons of inspiration and aspiration.

Amity Performing Arts Summer Camps

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May 222017
 

Robert and Andrea Kennedy of the Amity Theater Department welcome area youth to spend this summer on stage at Amity High School.  

The award-winning Amity Performing Arts department is offering a theater and orchestra camp from July 5- 28.  

This half day camp offers daily classes in acting, singing, dancing or music.

Included in the itinerary are movie days, ice cream social, games and fun!  

For information go to www.amitytheaterdepartment.com  or www.amityband.org.   

End Of Year Concerts At Amity Middle School This Week

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May 212017
 

Amity Middle School Orange Campus music students will showcase their talents at two evening concerts.

The band and the choir will perform on Tuesday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. and the Chamber Choir, strings and Jazz Band will perform on Wednesday evening, May 25 at 6:30 p.m.

Both concerts are in the gym.

Amity Middle School is at 100 Ohman Avenue.

Amity PTSO Needs Your Help For The Senior Breakfast

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May 212017
 

The annual Amity High School Senior Breakfast sponsored by the PTSO will take place on Tuesday, June 13 at 9:30 a.m. prior to mandatory graduation rehearsals.

The PTSO is looking for donations of food and drink items and gift cards for the raffle from local restaurants and families. They also need volunteers for set up and serving.

This is one of the PTSO’s favorite events!

If you can help, contact Eileen Babbitz at eileenebean@aol.com.

PHOTOS: Relay For Life Luminaria Ceremony

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May 212017
 

The Luminaria Ceremony at the BOW Relay For Life was quiet, respectful and reflective of lives lost and a time to honor those who are struggling with cancer.

One team, “Mild to Wild” was honored with the Bob Rauch Award as the group that embodied the spirit of the late Dr. Robert Rauch, a longtime Relay supporter and Cancer patient who passed away a few years ago.

All of the team captains, most of them Amity High School Students, collected glow sticks to distribute to their team members, then as a group of victims (or survivors) was read off — if you are here because of a parent; a child; a cousin; a neighbor; etc — snap your glow stick now.

And slowly, the entire perimeter of the track was lit up.

Members of the Amity Creative Arts Department sang, as participants walked around the track in silence and dropped their glow sticks into a luminaria bag on the ground lining the track.

Photos: BOW Relay For Life Survivor’s Walk

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May 202017
 

To start off the Relay For Life in Orange tonight, the survivors and their caregivers were introduced and took the first lap around the track at the Orange Fairgrounds.

They were followed by the organized teams and then everyone else who was participating in the cancer fundraiser.

There is still time to get down there and buy a luminaria bag in honor or in memory of a loved one touched by cancer.

The Luminaria Ceremony begins at 9 p.m.

Baseball: Spartans Ready To Rock And Roll After Defeating Cheshire 11-3

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May 202017
 

Amity’s Teddy Hague rounds third base after hitting a home run.

On Friday night, the Amity Spartans hosted the Cheshire Rams at Old Tavern Park in Orange for the final regular season game.

Cheshire got onto the scoreboard first on a balk, but Amity answered quickly with two runs in the first inning.

The second inning was huge for Amity, as they brought in 7 runs, giving them an unbeatable lead.

Teddy Hague hit a home run in the third inning, and Amity got its 11th run in the fourth.

One of the Rams hit a home run in the fifth inning and they scored their third run in the sixth.

Scoreboard

Cheshire   1000110    3

Amity        271100      11

Records: Amity (18-2), Cheshire (11-9)

The Spartans now move onto the playoffs and a bid to break their own record for the most consecutive state titles.

Last year, they made history with and unprecedented Four-In-A-Row. The Spartans know that they are not invincible and they work hard in every game. The road ahead certainly won’t be easy, but fans are still hopeful and believe that they can win their fifth state championship title in 2017.

The Spartans play in the SCC Quarterfinal at Amity on Monday at 4 p.m.

Here’s The Schedule For This Weekend’s BOW Relay For Life

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May 192017
 

The annual BOW (Bethany, Orange, Woodbridge) Relay For Life will take place at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, on Saturday, May 20 beginning at noon.

Following is the itinerary for the day:

12:00 pm Gates Open

12:00 pm-6:00 pm Participant Check-In (each participant must check-in individually at the Registration table)

12:00 pm-8:30 pm Luminaria Sales ($5 each at the Luminaria table)

3:00 pm-End Food Concession Open (hot dogs and hamburgers in the pavilion)

6:00 pm-6:15 pm              Opening Ceremonies

Raising of the Flag

Welcome: Jim Zeoli, First Selectman

Event Chairs: Lynn Plaskowitz, George Geane, and Debbie Davis

The Bob Rauch Award

Team Awards

6:15 pm-6:30 pm Survivor and Caregiver Honorary Lap followed by Teams Lap

6:30 pm Survivor Dinner

9:00 pm-10:00 pm Luminaria Ceremony

12:30 am-6:30 am Quiet Hours

6:30 am-7:00 am Free Breakfast (Sponsored by Chip’s)

7:00 am-8:00 am Closing Ceremonies

Entertainment

The fundraiser also includes sports tournaments, performances, etc. throughout the event – organized by Rob Kennedy from Amity High School and the high school students.

3:00-4:00 DJ
4:00-4:45 Quinn Harley
5:00-5:45 Orianna Mack, Sarah Jadbabi
6:00-6:30 Opening Ceremony (national anthem by Alaina Dwyer)
6:30-7:30 The Foresters
7:45-8:45 The Hypnosis
9:00 Luminaria (Song “Bring me to the Light” by members of ACT
9:45- 10:45 Movie: Star Wars Rogue One

 

Baseball: Amity Wins Two In A Row, Final Game On Friday

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May 182017
 

After losing its second game of the season, this time to Notre Dame-West Haven on Monday, the Amity Spartans were back on track Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Amity hosted Jonathan Law in Woodbridge. The Spartans shut out the Lawmen 5-0.

On Wednesday, the Spartans were on the road in Wallingford against Sheehan.

With Max Scheps pitching and a phenomenal 10-run third inning, Amity defeated Sheehan 21-6.

Scoreboard
Amity      4310 030 1 — 21
Sheehan 20 1  021 0 —   6

Amity’s season record as of Wednesday, May 17,  16-2

The final game of the regular season takes place tonight as Amity takes on Cheshire at Old Tavern Road Complex in Orange at 7 p.m.

Amity (17-2) defeated Cheshire (13-8) 1-0 earlier in the season, so this should be a good game.

On Monday, May 22, the Spartans are home in Woodbridge to play in the SCC Quarterfinals at 4 p.m. Come on out and cheer on the Spartans as they reach for another state record — a fifth State Championship title.

UPDATE: Orange Residents Take Town Budget/Charter Revision Vote Seriously

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May 182017
 

The Orange Town Budget/Charter Revision Referendum took place today at the High Plains Community Center.

The following results are from the machine votes cast there. Absentee Ballots will change the totals, and perhaps the face of the Town Charter.

The Town Budget passed 1088 -201

Charter Revision Questions all passed as depicted below:

1) 968 -325

2) 992 -283

3) 835-450

4) 960 -317

5) 873-408

6) 1193 – 97

There were 1,350 votes cast and as we have reported for the past few weeks, the Charter Revision would only go through if 1,700 voters came out. (Does not include the absentee ballots)

Town Attorney Vincent Marino stated:

Thank you for coming out today. The budget passed by a 5 to 1 margin. That vote counts.

It looks like we fell short of our 15% vote number by 240 votes, but I will be reviewing the statute and verifying the tally with the registrars tomorrow.

While it does not appear that the Charter vote will count, all of the initiatives received support by overwhelming majorities.

While we believe we did everything we could to educate everyone and to get out the vote, including public hearings, public meetings, social media, robo calls, lawn signs and publication in 2 local papers, we always like to hear what else we might of, could have or should do in the future.

Notwithstanding the Charter vote, it is great to see that the budget we presented was supported in great numbers. We are fortunate to live in a town that has such dedicated, talented and intelligent people that serve on our boards and commissions, particularly on our Boards of Finance and Selectmen.

First Selectman Jim Zeoli said, “What this shows is that people actually took the time to read the questions, and for that I am grateful.”

 

Orange Live will keep you apprised of any further updates on this situation.