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Girls’ Ice Hockey Posts First Win Of The Season

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Dec 082016
 

img_0625The Blades Ice Hockey Team, comprised of talented players from Amity-North Haven and Cheshire played their first game of the 2016-17 season against the Tigers from Ridgefield-Danbury on Wednesday Dec. 7, in Shelton.

Just like last year, the Blades girls are fast and skilled, and quickly scored their first goal and with just 2:21 remaining in the first period, they scored again.

The Tigers made it onto the board in the second period, and our Blades pulled further ahead (3-1) with another goal soon after.

At 9:52 the blades scored another goal, they went into the third period with a 3 point lead (4-1).

With 5:39 remaining in the game, the Tigers slipped one past the Blades’ goalie.

In an effort to pull ahead while two Blades players were in the penalty box,  the Tigers’ goalie left the ice, giving them 6 players against 4, but even with these odds, they couldn’t do any better. The Blades win 4-2.

This talented team of ladies has a good chance of going on to the states — if you have an opportunity to see them play, make sure you do.

 

 

Amity Theater’s Labor of Love, “OUR TOWN,” One Night Only — Get Tickets Now

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Dec 072016
 

screen-shot-2016-11-14-at-12-00-04-pmThe Amity Theater Department has been working tirelessly on  it’s Fall Production of “Our Town” a three Act play by Thornton Wilder.
The classic American play about appreciating the simple things in life comes to the John J. Brady Center at Amity High School for one night only on Friday December 9 at 8 p.m.
Our Town presents a timeless tale of everyday life in the fictional Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire. Teenagers George and Emily meet, fall in love, and marry; enduring both the joys and sorrows of everyday life. Wilder transforms their ordinary story into a poignant and captivating exploration of mortality and the wonder of living appropriate for audiences of all ages. 
Tickets only $10 Click HERE to purchase yours.
Our Town is made possible by a generous grant from the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation.
Step back in time to a simpler time when doctors made house calls, milkmen made deliveries in horsedrawn wagons, people talked to one another instead of vegetating in front of a television set, game system, or computer and you didn’t have to lock your door at night.
Who wouldn’t enjoy a carefree evening out right now?

Amity Referendum Results

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Dec 072016
 

 

Amity HIgh SchoolThe $2,065,000 Amity Facilities Bond Referendum that took place on Tuesday, Dec. 6 in all three Amity Regional Towns passed. 

In Orange 293 registered voters came out to let their voices be heard. They voted 202-YES, 91-NO.

The referendum also passed in Bethany and Woodbridge.

Let the improvements begin!

Polls Open 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. For Amity Facilities Bond Referendum

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Dec 062016
 

20161205_130919A bond referendum will take place today, Tuesday, December 6, and all voters are encouraged to participate. That includes students who are registered to vote anytime between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. at High Plains Community Center.

As you can see from the Ballot question below, the bond includes work at the High School and Bethany Middle School … all part of being in a three town Regional School District. If the middle school in Orange needed work, Taxpayers in Woodbridge and Bethany would be asked to approve that funding, too. 

The resolution on the ballot will read, “SHALL REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT NUMBER 5 APPROPRIATION OF $2,065,000 AND AUTHORIZATION OF BONDS AND TEMPORARY NOTES IN THE SAME AMOUNT FOR VARIOUS IMPROVEMENTS AT AMITY REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL AND AMITY MIDDLE SCHOOL, BETHANY CAMPUS?”

The District seeks to bond the costs related to:

  1. Air handler replacements at Amity Regional High School that serve classrooms in A wing and in the kitchen area, and any related work at an estimated cost of $360,956.
  2. The replacement of the air handler units in  the middle gym at Amity Regional High School with full heating/cooling units, and any related work, at an estimated cost of $293,635.
  3. HVAC upgrades at Amity Middle School, Bethany Campus, and any related work, at an estimated cost of $189,909;
  4. Renovate a consumer science room at Amity Regional High School, and any related work, at an estimated cost of $200,000.
  5. Replace the tennis courts at Amity Regional High School, and any related work, at an estimated cost of $405,700.
  6. Partial Parking lot replacement at Amity Regional High School and any related costs, at an estimated cost of $350,000.
  7. Estimated financing and contingency cost estimated at a cost of $264,800.

A retro-commissioning project was completed to help prioritize the replacement of air handler units on an educated time schedule. The units’ lifecycle is the main criteria for prioritizing on the schedule.

HVAC upgrades at Amity Middle School, Bethany Campus are intended to improve the layout of the air diffusers in the classrooms and locker rooms to be more effective for thermal comfort and regulate the amount of outside air that is needed to keep a building’s air quality high.

The consumer science room was installed in 1995 and the planned upgrades are intended meet modern standards.

The tennis courts at Amity Regional High School have been routinely repaired and resurfaced.  The new courts will have a 10 year warranty.

Parking lot replacement at Amity Regional High School will be done in two phases.  Phase I is included in this project. The remaining sections will be replaced at a future date.

Please Help The Amity PTSO Make This A Happy Holiday Season For Those In Need

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Nov 282016
 

thThe Amity PTSO has a certain amount of money allocated in its budget every year to support families in need but the more they can collect the more they can help!

Every holiday season the Amity High School PTSO supports a family in need from Bethany, Woodbridge and Orange. If you would like to donate contact your town coordinator listed below. Monetary donations or gift cards to Walmart, Stop & shop, Target and Kohls are the most helpful so the PTSO can shop and meet the family’s needs in the best way possible.

All donations can be sent into the Amity High School main office by Thursday, December 9 so there is time to shop and prepare the gifts for delivery.

Thank you in advance for your continued support.

Orange – Durga Anumolu [email protected],  Anna Mahon [email protected],  also, Woodbridge – Lynn Estra [email protected], Nancy Nadelmann [email protected] and Bethany- Eileen Babbitz [email protected]

Thank You For Supporting Relay For Life — Thank You Chip’s For Hosting

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Nov 242016
 

imagejpeg_0-copyMany families came out to support the BOW Relay For Life today at Chip’s Family Restaurant’s annual Thanksgiving Charity Breakfast.

Each $12 donation was given to the local Cancer Fundraiser and families and friends enjoyed pancakes, eggs, bacon or sausage, coffee or tea and of course one another’s company.

(Thank you George Geane for the photos)

What are You Doing On Thanksgiving? — Will the Weather Cooperate?

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Nov 232016
 

happy-thanksgiving-turkey-animation-8675A weak storm system moves into the area on Thanksgiving. We can expect cloudy, but mainly dry, weather in the morning for the Road Race and Football Game although there may be a little precipitation.

There is a better chance of rain showers in the afternoon and evening as temperatures rise to upper 30s to mid 40s.

Chips Charity Breakfast

This year’s Thanksgiving Day Breakfast at Chip’s Restaurant from 6 – 11 a.m. will benefit Relay For Life.

Full Breakfast 2 pancakes, 2 eggs, bacon or sausage coffee or tea for just $12 per person (cash only). 100% of proceeds go to BOW Relay for Life.

This is a wonderful annual tradition to start off your Thanksgiving morning to help others.

Turkey Trot 5k

The Rotary Club of Orange will host its 4th Annual Thanksgiving Day 5k Road Race/2 mile walk on November 24, 2016.

The race is certified and will start at the High Plains Community Center and run through Orange with a finish back at the Community Center.

The race steps off at 8 a.m. This is a fun family friendly event.

High School Football

The Amity Spartans take on the North Haven Indians at Vanacore Field in North Haven for the annual Thanksgiving Day Game at 10 a.m.

Black Friday Showers

According to WTNH-8 Meteorologist Fred Campagna, “Friday looks showery, but not a total washout. Showers may linger early Saturday, but most of the weekend will be dry and seasonable. Steady rain is in the forecast for the middle of next week.”

This will make it unpleasant for the annual tree lighting ceremony in Milford and some other towns on Friday night.

Classic Theater Brings What Matters To The Amity Stage in December

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Nov 222016
 

Rehearsal for Our Town

Rehearsal for Our Town

The Amity High School Theater Department will present Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Our Town, on Friday December 9th 2016.

Our Town presents a timeless tale of everyday life in the fictional Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire. Teenagers George and Emily meet, fall in love, and marry; enduring both the joys and sorrows of everyday life. Wilder transforms their ordinary story into a poignant and captivating exploration of mortality and the wonder of living.

Our Town has been called the “Great American play by Edward Albee. Thornton Wilder was a lifelong resident of Hamden, Connecticut. Although the play takes place in New Hampshire many of the inspirations for the play come from this region of Connecticut. Woodbridge resident, Yale Professor and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Donald Margulies in his recent foreword to Our Town, wrote; “Indeed the play’s success across cultural borders around the world attests to its being something much greater than an American play: it is a play that captures the universal experience of being alive.”

When Our Town was first performed, America was experiencing the aftershocks of the Great Depression and living under the impending shadow of World War II. Although uncertain times and fear characterized the time period, Wilder focuses the play on the facets of the human experience, which testify to the strength, and endurance of the human spirit. The New York Times hailed the play as “beautifully evocative,” and named it “one of the finest achievements of the current stage.” Our Town cemented its place in history when Wilder was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1938.

For director Rob Kennedy, Our Town’s New England setting and its message about everyday life make it an especially relevant piece for the Amity audiences. “Each visit to Grover’s Corners reveals some new facet,” Kennedy said. And while you may have seen it before or been in it in high school, Wilder himself points out that “I Love You” and “I Suffer” have been said many billions of times, and never twice the same. Kennedy hopes audiences will “watch with fresh eyes, for the first time.”

Our Town includes ACT new comer Brian Forbes as the Stage Manager who leads audiences on their journey through Grover’s Corners; Emily Kilian as Emily Webb; Harrison Paek as George Gibbs; Carrie Ann Canfield as Mrs. Webb; Eric Greenbaum as Editor Webb; Alaina Dwyer as Mrs. Gibbs; and Ryan Rattley as Doctor Gibbs. Other cast members include Lili Querker, Evan D’Onofrio, Ryan Rappaport, Maren Westgard, Shane Gordon, Jeffrey Gallo, Dean Pocwierz, Ben Kemp, Joyce Lin, Emma Ginshannon, Kelsey Paier and Kayla Zamkov.

Set design by Rob Kennedy, costumes by Julie Chevan, and lights by Dan Hassenmayer.

The Assistant Director is Yuliya Faryna and the stage managers are Jacob Okolo, Jillian Gusciora and Sophie Clemons.

The show will be presented to the Amity student body grades 8 through 12 as part of our Spartan Seminar program from December 7th through the 9th. The public performance will take place on Friday December at 8pm.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at www.amitytheaterdepartment.com or by calling the box office at 203- 392-2019.

Support The Girls At the Annual Flag Football Game Tonight

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Nov 212016
 

flag-football-clip-art-2The Amity Flag Football team will take on North Haven in its annual pre-Thanksgiving Day game at the William Johnson Football Field at 6 p.m.

Dress warmly and cheer our girls on to a win.

Amity High School’s Month of Gratitude Comes To A Close

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Nov 212016
 

A Message From Amity High School:

screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-11-05-40-amWednesday, November 23 will be the culmination of Amity High School’s Month of Gratitude and  Penny Wars fundraiser for Goods for Good, a non-profit that works with communities in Africa to build financial capacity.

We have selected this organization for its work in Malawi, the country featured in this year’s One Book/ One Amity book, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.

Prior to the annual pep rally on Wednesday, students and staff will hear two speakers, CJ Wise, the Executive Director of Goods for Good, and Pastor John Eastwood, from Calvary Chapel Southbury who will discuss his work at a Hunger Center in Malawi.

The entire school also will attend an Oxfam Hunger Banquet, an interactive activity designed to demonstrate the plight of global food inequality.

The winning class of Penny Wars will be announced that day.

We are grateful to donations from our community sponsors:  Chips, Billy’s Restaurant, Blue Check Deli, Country Corner Diner, and Lock, Stock, and Barrel, and Julia’s Bakery.

Activities will run between 8 and 11:30 a.m. at Amity High School.