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This Week’s Remaining Amity Varsity Game Schedule

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Sep 172019
 

Go Spartans!

The Amity Spartans Boys and Girls teams have been performing well so far this season.

There are no Varsity games today.

Here is the schedule of events for the varsity teams for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Thursday, Sept. 18

Girls Swimming and Diving AWAY at Hamden High at 4 p.m.

Girls Volleyball AWAY at Cheshire High at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 20

Boys Soccer AWAY Wilbur Cross at 3:45 p.m.

Field Hockey vs Cheshire at HOME at 4 p.m.

Girls Soccer vs Hamden at HOME at 4 p.m.

Girls Volleyball AWAY at Lyman Hall at 5 p.m.

Football vs Simsbury AWAY at Holden Field at 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Girls Volleyball AWAY at John Jay High School (Crossriver) (NY) at 9 a.m.

A Full Moon On Friday the 13th Brings Good Fortune To Amity

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Sep 132019
 

A full moon is said to bring out the crazy in people. But what will this Harvest Moon on Friday the 13th bring?

It was a beautiful fall-like day and a lucky one for Amity athletes. The Varsity Field Hockey team shut out Joel Barlow 3-0 at Amity.

Girls Volleyball Amity over Hamden 3-0. Boys Soccer Amity over Shelton 1-0.

And it was an amazing season opener for the Amity Football Team. They defeated Harding 34-20. This is a great start for the season, keep it up Spartans!

It’s a lovely clear night, so take a look at the moon before you turn in for the evening.

 

 

What Is The Fine For Passing A School Bus with Flashing Lights?

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Aug 262019
 

school bus with flashing lightsOriginally published in 2014, but still relevant.

Watch out, Bus drivers are keeping an eye out and police responding to complaints of drivers who do not comply with the laws regarding stopping for stopped school buses.

If you pass a bus, a camera will take a picture of your vehicle and you will get a summons.

From the State Website the whole story, including fines:

You want to know the legislative history of the act requiring police, on receipt of a written complaint from a school bus driver, to issue a written warning or summons to a motor vehicle owner for illegally passing a stopped school bus.

For your information, we also have appended a chart showing the disposition of cases in which vehicles failed to stop for a school bus from 2007 through 2011, according to figures provided by the Judicial Branch. We were unable to determine how many of these cases were based on a bus driver’s written report. Representatives of the Chief State’s Attorney’s office and the Judicial Branch said the state does not track those numbers.

BACKGROUND

A motor vehicle cannot pass a stopped school bus displaying flashing red signal lights but must stop at least 10 feet before or behind such a bus (CGS § 14-279). Under the law, police must issue a written warning or a summons to the owner of a vehicle who illegally passes a school bus “upon a written report from any school bus operator…specifying the license plate number, color and type of any vehicle” the bus driver sees violating the law. The driver’s report must also note the date, approximate time, and location of the violation.

PA 85-71

A provision allowing police to issue a written warning to a vehicle owner on receiving a bus driver’s written report was enacted in 1985 (PA 85-71, originating as HB 5749). The act also allowed anyone over age 18 to submit such a written report.

The Transportation Committee held a hearing on HB 5749 on February 4, 1985. Several people testified in support of the provision, arguing there was insufficient enforcement of the school bus passing law. A Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) representative spoke against the bill.

Sharon Ward, school transportation safety director for a school bus contractor, said: “the statute must be changed so that local police and state troopers are required to make arrests when drivers give an adequate amount of information…the marker number, the color and make of the car.”

Another witness, Robin Leeds, executive director of the Connecticut School Transportation Association, said the bill “represents an attempt to address the most serious problem in school transportation, the danger in the unloading zones. Not only do all our fatalities occur here, but our most severe injuries as well. Already this winter, we have seen at least five children hit and seriously injured by motorists who did not stop for the flashing red lights of the school bus. In two of those instances, the motorist said to the officer…I didn’t know I was supposed to stop.”

“It is safe to assume,” she continued, “that those motorists had passed a school bus before. If their license numbers had been turned in by a bus driver and accepted by a policeman…who then sent a written warning…they would have known they were supposed to stop before they hit the children.” She said 20 states already had similar laws.

John O’Connell, DMV’s public transportation administrator, opposed the bill, saying the department had “some…concerns regarding the question of constitutionality and an abuse of such a statute about drivers picking up the plate numbers…”

The House of Representatives considered the bill on April 10, 1985, and passed it after amending it by voice vote to allow, rather than require, police to issue a written warning on receipt of a bus driver’s written report (LCO # 5478).

Speaking in support of the amended bill, Representative Wilber said “the feeling of the [transportation] committee was that most people do not pass school buses intentionally, but they do it forgetfully, and if a warning is issued, they probably will not do it again, or not so likely to do it again.”

Representative Frankel opposed the bill, saying its “fatal flaw” was that it was directed at vehicle owners, rather than the person driving the vehicle when the violation occurred. But Representative Ward, arguing for the bill, said school bus drivers “faced…a dilemma. They see a vehicle pass them illegally…They do not know who the operator is, but they clearly can get a marker number.”

“Nothing in this bill prevents a ticket if you know who was the driver,” Ward said. “It takes the extra step, however, of allowing a warning to the owner of a vehicle when you cannot identify the operator.”

The House passed the amended bill by a 117 to 32 vote.

The Senate debate occurred on April 17, 1985. Senator Giulietti opposed the measure, saying it did not “really have any teeth” because it allowed, rather than required, police to issue a warning. He also objected to “making school bus drivers or any other person over 18…policemen.” Senator Consoli also objected to giving “non-police personnel” the authority to make a complaint in these cases.

Senator Morano, speaking on behalf of the bill, argued that “any tool…to teach people not to go racing by stopped school buses would be good legislation.” Senator DiBella, also speaking on behalf of the bill, said it would allow a policeman “to issue a warning without being on the scene.”

The Senate passed the bill, as amended by the House, by a vote of 30 to 3.

SUBSEQUENT CHANGES TO THE LAW

PA 85-71 was codified in CGS § 14-279. The statute has since been amended several times, as follows (excluding technical changes):

PA 86-155 changed the law by (1) explicitly requiring vehicles to stop for stopped school buses displaying flashing red signal lights on any highway, private road, parking area, or school property; (2) eliminating the ability of “other persons 18 years of age or over” to submit written reports of vehicles failing to stop; and (3) requiring, rather than allowing, a police officer to issue either a written warning or summons on receiving a school bus driver’s written report.

PA 01-192 expressly required emergency vehicles, such as fire department and police vehicles, to stop at least 10 feet from a school bus displaying flashing red signal lights.

PA 11-255 replaced the fine for the first offense of between $100 and $500 with a $450 fine and allowed video evidence of failing to stop for a school bus.

What You Should Know About The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation

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Aug 222019
 

When I was working at the Amity Observer Newspaper back in 2002, I came across a very sad notice. A young woman from Orange had passed away and the more I learned about her, the more I felt I knew her.

Jamie Alaine Hulley, the daughter of Judy Primavera and Fred Hulley, was only 20 years old when she died, leaving behind a legacy of talent and creativity.

Shortly after her death, the Jamie A Hulley Arts Foundation was established to help other young people learn about and appreciate all of the things Jamie loved. In the past 17 years, it has helped thousands of children, teens and college students realize their potential for creativity and gave many underprivileged children opportunities they otherwise would never have been able to experience.

Who was Jamie A. Hulley?

(from the foundation website)

jamieJamie was a creative soul who had the gift of seeing the world as a thing of beauty. As a child, Jamie saw pictures in the clouds, danced rather than walked, filled reams of paper with her sketches and paintings, performed for any audience, sang to anyone who would listen, and turned anything and everything into a beautiful art project. Her dreams for the future always involved “creating” in one way or another.

As she grew into adulthood, she became a talented studio artist, writer, dancer, singer, songwriter, actor, and comedian. Jamie was a lover of people who had the talent of seeing the good in others and making all who knew her feel special. She was known for her warm smile, quick wit, and her loud infectious laughter.

Jamie was an avid seeker of new experiences. She embraced the unknown with a seemingly insatiable curiosity and definitely was a person who danced through life to the beat of a different drummer. Jamie’s dream of pursuing a career in the arts was cut short in 2002 just two weeks before her 21st birthday after a brief battle with an aggressive form of lymphoma.

To celebrate Jamie’s vivacious spirit and the beauty that she brought to the world, her family and friends established the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation. The foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides educational and career development opportunities in the arts including Grants for Schools, Special Project Grants in the Community; Scholarships, and Jamie’s legacy programs that reflect the experiences, the places, and the people that she loved.

This is where the money goes:

From Sept. 2017 through now, this is how the foundation has distributed its funds

Scholarships:

 Eight 4–year college scholarships in theater and studio arts to Amity HS students
 13 full scholarships to Missoula Children’s Theatre camp at Fairfield University (based on need) to youth in greater Bridgeport area
 3 talent development scholarships for youth (based on need) to take weekly lessons in musical theater at Broadway Method Academy — The program run by Orange native, Connor Deane
 Four $1,000 scholarships awarded at the Sondheim Awards – 2 to the best actor/actress and 2 to students nominated by their high school teachers and chosen by the JAH foundation recognizing talent in both performance and in promoting a positivity on stage and off.

School Educational Programs:
 More than 25 different educational programs were sponsored in schools in the Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford regions
• Orange schools: 5 programs including Dancing with the Racebrook stars for its 9th year; yoga program for 1st graders at Turkey Hill School for its 4th year; and sponsorship of the Peck Place Drama Club’s production
• Amity Middle School Orange: 3 programs including the film production program in its 4th-year and Sponsorship of the Spartan
Player’s production of The Music Man
• Amity Middle School – Bethany: 3 programs – including sponsorship of the Spartan Players production of Once on This Island, Jr.
• Amity High School: 13 programs including sponsorship of Amity Creative Theatre’s productions of The Laramie Project Ten Years
Later and The Addams Family, funding to have ACT students mentored by Laramie Project people and Broadway actor Erick Buckley who was a cast member in The Addams Family; sponsorship of The Duality School of Music’s after-school music industry workshop series; visiting artists in studio art, music, and English including sponsorship of the annual Storytelling SLAM; The Memory Project; NAHS annual museum trip, etc.

Programs with Community Groups:
 Fellowship Place in New Haven – sponsorship of a year-round weekly dance class for clients living with mental illness
 Broadway Method Academy in Fairfield – support for development and production of Evita
 Square Foot Theatre in Wallingford – Headlining Sponsor for the 2017-2018 season
 Theatre Fairfield at Fairfield University – sponsorship of the student independent project
 Orange Community Women – sponsorship of Bubblemania Early Career Awards
 One award to Johnny Shea – he is now starring in the lead role in Peter Pan at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Legacy Awards:
 Art Award at Racebrook School
 Art Award at Amity Middle School Orange
 Dance Award at Lee Lund Studio of Dance in Milford CT
 Senior Thesis Stipend Award at Wesleyan University

What Can YOU Do?

That said, there are ways that you can help keep the foundation strong, so it can continue its good work throughout the next year.

Obviously, you may attend the 17th Annual Gala on Sept. 7. But, if you cannot attend the event, you may make a donation at any time.

Send a check/money order to:
Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation
P.O. Box 1208
Orange, CT 06477

 

Amity Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Announced: Get Your Tickets Early

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Jul 272019
 

Coach Gary Lindgren (taken in 2013)

The Amity Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame will induct six new members at the annual Amity Hall of Fame / Hall of Honor Dinner on Thursday, October 24, 2019, at Grassy Hill Country Club in Orange CT at 5:30 p.m.

The 2019 inductees include:

Gary Lindgren, Ice Hockey Coach, and School Counselor

Patricia Mascia, Girls Basketball and Field Hockey Coach, and Physical Education teacher

Dawn Stanton, Class of 1986, Girls Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field

Ted Czepiga, Class of 2004, Football and Lacrosse

Chris Diette, Class of 2004 Swimming and Lacrosse

Amanda (Vargo) Zapatka, Class of 2004, Soccer and Basketball

The dinner tickets for this event are $50 in advance with a purchase deadline of October 8th.

Make checks made payable to the Amity Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame and send to Amity High School Athletic Department Att. Lori Bonney 25 Newton Rd. Woodbridge CT 06525

Obituary: Franklin “Curt” Bradley III, 72, Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather

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Jul 072019
 

Franklin Curtis “Curt” Bradley III 72, of Orange beloved husband of 44 years to Cathy Bartnicki Bradley passed away suddenly on July 4, 2019, in Yale-New Haven Hospital, St. Raphael Campus surrounded by his loving family.

Loving father of Franklin C. “Scooby” (Trisha) Bradley IV of Orange and the late Charles J. “CJ” Bradley. Grandfather of Logan Curtis Bradley. Brother of Susan Elizabeth Bradley of Middleton, NH.

He is survived by his dog Mason and the late King. He was a very generous and kind soul has touched many people’s lives. Everyone that knew Curt knew that his family was his pride and joy.

Curt graduated from Amity High School with a full hockey scholarship to Syracuse University where he majored in Economics. He attended and graduated from the University of New Haven with a master’s degree in Business Administration. He was an avid hockey player and played for the New Haven Blades.

A beloved coach that enjoyed all sports, especially working with kids. In addition, Curt helped and mentored young adults who were starting out in business. He had a passion for helping others in need without looking for recognition.

Curt was a car enthusiast, collecting and restoring several classic cars. He was a member of the CT Regional Valley Porsche Association, Porsche of North America, Car Clubs of CT and many more. He participated in many car shows and won top awards and honors.

His favorite thing to do was boating on the sound with his family. He was proud to serve as the Deputy Harbor Master of Branford, CT.

At the time of his death, Curt owned and operated CB Landscaping, LLC. His legacy, aside from his love for his family, is he could literally fix anything.

Curt was born in New Haven on May 7, 1947 son of the late Franklin C. and Shirley Westmark Bradley Jr.

Friends may call on MONDAY from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the PORTO FUNERAL HOME, 830 Jones Hill Rd., West Haven.

Relatives and friends are invited to go DIRECTLY to Our Lady of the Assumption Church located at 81 Center Rd., Woodbridge on TUESDAY morning to celebrate A Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Sign Curt’s guest book online at www.portofuneralhomes.net

Amity Education Award of Distinction – Rosie Du

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Jun 202019
 

The wind really picked up and nearly carried my camera away as Jill LaPlante, Director of Counseling Services presented Harvard bound senior Rosie Du with the Amity Education Award of Distinction during the June 14, 2019 Commencement Ceremony in Woodbridge.

Rosie represented Amity High School with distinction indeed. She played Tennis, and an instrument, was a Link Crew leader, Editor In Chief of the school newspaper, and treasurer of the Student Government.

She worked very hard on her studies and will attend an Ivy League College in the Fall.

Rosie is an amazing young lady and will accomplish great things in the future.

Congratulations on earning this prestigious honor.

Here is a LINK to the video with a very windy background.

 

Class Speaker: Academic Excellence – Jacob Feuerstein

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Jun 182019
 

Academic Class speaker Jacob Feuerstein may “really, really like the weather,” but, as you will hear, the weather wanted nothing more than take center stage and be heard over his extremely humorous monologue. — I’m sorry, but I don’t have the technology to fix it.

The wind gusts picked up beachballs, pulled caps from heads, tried to steal my camera, and Jacob’s papers.

We wish this future Kevin Arnone all the best in the future and many more opportunities to let his voice be heard.

Here is a LINK to the windy video of Jacob’s speech.

Photos: A Windy Graduation Day At Amity

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Jun 162019
 

The 2019 Commencement Ceremony at Amity High School on Friday had Mother Nature on Its side as far as temperature goes, but the wind was brutal on the Grads as caps went flying during the procession and once launched, beach balls simply disappeared down the running track instead of sticking around the students’ seats.

The wind also messed with the sound on our videos of the class speakers, which I will post on Sunday.

Once again, since there were hundreds of photos, I’ll post them in increments for easier viewing.

Here are the procession photos as the dignitaries and students entered the stadium.

Final Installment of Block A Dinner Award Recipients

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Jun 132019
 

So many awards were presented at the Block A Athletic awards dinner on Sunday, that we had to post them in increments.

Here is the final installment of this award series.

Each year, the versatility award is presented to one male and one female student athlete who plays in multiple sports at Amity.

Michael Young played admirably on the Varsity Basketball team and the Football team in 2018-19.

His Football Coach Craig Bruno said Michael could play any position on the team and played masterfully wherever he was on the field. When you attended games at Amity, announcer Rob Kennedy could be heard saying Young’s name after many of the plays.

He truly is an exceptional athlete and it was a thrill watching him on the field and on the court.

 

 

Madeline “Maddie” Adzigian was #16 on the Volleyball court and she ran track.

Volleyball Coach Seth Davis presented the Versatility Award and praised her for her awesome ability.

Skilled athletes like Maddie don’t come along every day.

 

 

The 2018-19 Booster Club Scholar-Athletes are two students who work as hard at their sport as they do in the classroom.

 

 

Thomas Livesay plays Tennis for Amity and excels in his studies. He will be headed to Duke University after graduation.

 

 

 

 

 

Kate Yuan is a runner on the Amity Track team. One thing she doesn’t run from is hard work.

Kate has a 4.078 GPA and will be attending Dartmouth.

 

 

The Albert J. Seymour Memorial Award is presented to one male and one female athlete who is unselfish and unassuming.

 

 

The winners are Baseball player #8 Cole Kucharchik and Golfer Hannah Sosensky, who was overwhelmed and tearfully accepted her trophy.

 

 

The Thomas G Laugeni Memorial Award is presented each year to one male and one female who display an exceptional character on and off the field, track, court, or course.

 

 

 

This year’s male recipient is Lacrosse player #7 Jacob Lettick, a fine young man that everyone can depend on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The  =[ the female winner said she had to fight to get her player the award, since some may think of it as nepotism.

Basketball coach Michelle Shoop said that #34 Tara Laugeni fits the criteria for the honor and that she’s a talented young lady who made her 1,000th point this season.

Tara’s parents presented her with the trophy, accompanied by Coach Shoop and Athletic Director Ernie Goodwin.

 

 

 

 

 

There was one unscheduled presentation that night. Amity Principal Anna Mahon announced that Girls Tennis Coach Hal Friedman was named into the Coaching Hall of Fame.

He missed the award ceremony, so she made sure he received his MVP/Hall of Fame ring before a large audience.

Congratulations Coach!

 

 

Congratulations to all of the fine award winners at this year’s Block A dinner.