Evening For The Arts Gala Features The Broadway Boys — September 8

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Jul 182018

The Broadway Boys, a collection of the hottest male voices direct from the New York stage, headlines the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation’s 16th Annual Evening for the Arts Gala Benefit on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

The performance is part of The Evening for the Arts Gala, benefitting the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the educational enrichment and professional development of young artists and early career professionals, created in the memory of Orange, Conn. resident Jamie Alaine Hulley.

The performance begins at 7 p.m. and is preceded by an Evening for the Arts reception at 6 p.m., which includes complimentary wine and beer, a dessert bar and silent and live auctions. Tickets are available through the Quick Center Box Office: (203) 254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396. Tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the door.

The Broadway Boys features six handsome, talented vocalists who have performed in the biggest hits on Broadway including Hamilton, Rent, Mamma Mia, Jersey Boys, The Lion King, Kinky Boots, and many more.  Their set list features classic and contemporary Broadway hits presented in a fresh, new way by adding elements of Pop, Funk, Gospel and Jazz.  Their captivating harmonies truly transports their audience to “a new Broadway.” In addition to their extensive New York City stage credits, The Broadway Boys have toured nationally across the U.S. and throughout Europe.  In addition to two studio albums, “The Lullaby of Broadway” and “Hark!” The Broadway Boys are about to release a third entitled, “A New Broadway,” which will feature the iconic song, For Good from Broadway’s smash hit, Wicked, dedicated to Jamie.

“A Broadway Boys performance is like an exhilarating journey through eight decades of musical theater all rolled into one spectacular evening.” said Judy Primavera, co-founder and president of the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation. “There is something for everyone—excellent entertainment, yummy desserts, and a wide array of ‘must have’ auction and raffle items to bring home.”  There are chances to win Delta skybox seats to the red-hot Yankees vs. Blue Jays, September 14 game, theatre tickets, sports & Marvel comics memorabilia, gift cards, spa packages, and baskets of goodies.

The Gala also showcases the talents of young aspiring performers involved in the foundation’s programs at Square Foot Theatre in Wallingford, Amity High School’s Creative Theatre, and Broadway Method Academy in Fairfield. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening is Jared Andrew Brown, Artistic Director of Square Foot Theatre with Amity Creative Theatre’s Rob Kennedy & Kimberly Jenna Simon, and Broadway Method Academy’s Connor Deane & J. Scott Handley serving as co-hosts.

The Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the educational enrichment and professional development of young artists and early career professionals, was founded to celebrate the life of Orange, Conn. resident Jamie Alaine Hulley. All proceeds from the Gala are dedicated to scholarships, educational programs and grants in the arts throughout Connecticut especially in the greater New Haven and Fairfield counties.  Since the foundation’s creation in 2002, nearly $800,000 in scholarships and grants have been awarded which have touched the lives of thousands of area youth each year.

For information on the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, visit www.jamiehulleyartsfund.org, call (203) 891-8869, or email: jamieart@snet.net.

Amity Announces Community and Staff Forums In The Search For A New Superintendent

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Jul 172018

Amity Supt. Chip Dumais

When Amity Superintendent Dr. Chip Dumais announced his resignation last Spring, we knew that the search for a replacement would have to begin soon.

The Board of Education has begun its search and is seeking your input and opinion on what you believe are the needed characteristics and attributes of a highly successful district leader.

The Amity Regional School District No. 5 Board of Education, in partnership with JE Consulting, will be hosting a number of community forums to ascertain information from multiple stakeholders to appropriately complete the profile of the position of superintendent of schools.

Meetings will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Amity Regional School District No. 5 Presentation Room, at 25 Newton Road, Woodbridge. Parents, students, staff, and community members are all encouraged to attend at least one meeting. There is no need to pre-register for a meeting.

Meeting Dates:
 Wednesday, August 1
 Tuesday, August 7
 Thursday, August 9

Concurrently, community members and staff members are also able to share their opinion by completing the superintendent survey which is located on the Amity Regional School District No. 5 website.

Here is a direct link to the survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/amitysuptsearch2018

The last opportunity to share your thoughts through this survey will be Friday, August 10, 2018.

In addition, if anyone is unable to make any of the meetings their voice can still be heard by calling Dr. Joe Erardi of JE Consulting at 203-598-6986.

What You Should Know About The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation

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Jul 162018

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 16 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


 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 16th Annual Gala on Sept. 8. But, if you cannot attend the event, you may make a donation at any time.

Click HERE to make an electronic donation or through VENMO: @Jamie-Hulley-Foundation-3 or simply

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

A timely donation by December 31, 2018, will help raise even more money for the organization.

If the foundation raises $10,000 in donations by December 31st it will receive $10,000 in matching funds from a generous “angel” family.

To help them win $10,000 in matching funds offered by a local family foundation, the foundation must collect $10,000 by the last day in December (New Year’s Eve!) and Remember to check if your employer will match your donation.

Have Dinner For A Good Cause At Friday’s on Friday

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Jul 132018

Appreciative Amity students who’ve benefited from the generosity and good work of the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation have arranged for a fundraiser to benefit their favorite charity.

On Friday, July 13, come on down to TGI Friday’s, 348 Boston Post Road, Orange, from 5 to 10 p.m., 20% of sales will benefit the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation when you present this flyer at check-out.

Judy Primavera and Fred Hulley have given so much to our young people through this foundation named for their beloved daughter, the late Jamie Hulley, an artist, dancer, actor, singer who loved the arts and loved life. You can show them your appreciation by enjoying a meal and helping raise money for the foundation so they can continue to help enrich the lives of your children.

Jul 122018

A 200 lb teen black bear visited a horse paddock on Apple Tree Lane in Woodbridge today.

The police and DEEP were called to the area.

He was frightened and climbed up a tree, then scooted off into the woods.

A short time later he returned and climbed into the horses’ water trough to cool off.

The homeowner said the bear did not show any signs of aggression during his visits, and after the bath, he simply lumbered off into the woods again.

Apple Tree Lane is located off of Amity Road and far from the Orange border, but, as a precaution, it is close enough to Newton Road, Amity High School and the center of town, and a young guy like this won’t have any trouble traveling that distance. Be careful when driving in the dark, you wouldn’t want to hit him.




Knights Of Columbus Award Three Scholarships

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Jul 052018

Scholarship recipients were honored at a reception on July 1: l. to r.: Alexandra Justo, Rev. Norman Brockett, pastor of Holy Infant Parish, Alexandra Ashworth, Thomas D’Orso, Susan D’Orso, Kevin Hadlock, Grace Whitman, Pat McCorkle, Robb McCorkle.

The Holy Infant Council of the Knights of Columbus (#12523) recently awarded its nineteenth annual scholarships, totaling $2,500, to three young members of Holy Infant parish in Orange.  The Knights administer the Father Killeen Scholarship Fund, which funds each of the scholarships.  The scholarship recipients were: Alexandra Ashworth, Grace Whitman, and Alexandra Justo.  Each of the scholarship applicants were judged on four criteria: community service, academic achievement in high school, character, and a personal essay.

Alexandra Ashworth, the daughter of Eric and Jacqueline Ashworth of Orange, was awarded the sixteenth annual Brian T. D’Orso Memorial Scholarship, named in honor of a Holy Infant parishioner and Amity High School student who demonstrated a particular devotion to community service before he perished in a tragic accident in November 2002.  Alexandra graduated from Amity Regional High School in June, and will be attending Vassar College, where she plans to major in either Psychology or Environmental Science.  Mr. and Mrs. D’Orso presented Ms. Ashworth with her scholarship.

Grace Whitman, daughter of Ed and Anne Whitman of Orange, received the Robb & Pat McCorkle Scholarship.  This is the fourteenth annual scholarship awarded in honor of a different member of the Holy Infant parish community each year, whose contribution to the parish and the community is honored.  Grace graduated from Amith High School in June, and she will be attending Providence College in the fall, where she will major in Accountancy.  The Robb & Pat McCorkle Scholarship was presented to Grace by Mr. & Mrs. McCorkle.

Alexandra Justo is the daughter of Robert and Kara Justo of Orange.  She received a scholarship presented by Holy Infant Council Grand Knight Kevin Hadlock. Alexandra graduated from Lauralton Hall this year, and she will be enrolled at Sacred Heart University this fall.  She plans to major in Social Work, with a minor in Catholic Studies.

The annual honoree scholarship is named to honor a member or members of Holy Infant parish who have contributed their time and talent significantly to their parish and community.  For 2018, Robb & Pat McCorkle were selected as the honorees.  Both of them have served Holy Infant parish and their community in many capacities. Among many of his endeavors, Robb has been a Trustee of Holy Infant Parish for nearly four years, served as Treasurer of the Holy Infant Knights of Columbus for 15 years, and he has been the Treasurer of the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Assembly for 13 years. Both Robb & Pat are involved in helping count weekly contributions to the parish, and ensuring all data is recorded properly.  Pat has served as a President of the Parish Council, as a religious formation teacher for over 10 years, and as a member of the church choir and music ensemble for many years.  She is also very active with the Holy Infant Women’s Guild

The Holy Infant Knights of Columbus Council #12523 established the Father Killeen Scholarship Fund in 1999, in honor of the late Reverend Bernard Killeen, co-pastor of Holy Infant parish from 1982-1999, who passed away in 2010.  The scholarships funded by the Father Killeen Scholarship Fund are awarded on a competitive basis to any eligible young person who is a parishioner of Holy Infant Church, and who has distinguished him/herself academically, with high moral character and a strong record of community service.  To date, nearly $45,000 in scholarships has been awarded by the Fund to 59 deserving young men and women.

Amity High School’s Top Athletes Honored

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Jun 232018

The Amity Athletics Booster Club hosted its 62nd Annual Block A Athletic Award Dinner at Race Brook Country Club on Sunday, June 10.

The best of the best in Amity Athletics gathered at the event, which withholds the names of the winners until they are officially announced by his or her coach following a brief biography.

Following are the 2017-2018 MVPs in their respective sports: 

Baseball – Patrick Winkel

Boys Basketball – Tyler Thomas

Girls Basketball – Tara Laugeni

Dance – Sophie Benjamin

Boys Cross Country – Connor Visnic 

Field Hockey – Sara Kelly 









Girls Cross Country – Abby Bowser

Baseball MVP Patrick Winkel and Coach Sal Coppola.

Football – Luigi Luciani

Boys Golf – Jamie Blum

Girls Golf – Bridget Barnsley 

Boys Ice Hockey – Tyler Cole

Girls Ice Hockey – Cally Dixon

Girls Indoor Track and Field – Nicole Koshes

Boys Indoor Track and Field – Connor Visnic 

Boys Lacrosse – Dane Walsh 

Girls Lacrosse MVP Ana Carney and Coach Jenna DeRosa

Girls Lacrosse – Ana Carney

Boys Ski Racing – Henry Molot

Girls Ski Racing – Mary Foley

Boys Soccer – Thomas Kanter 

Girls Soccer – Abby Allen

Softball – Carly Marchitto

Boys Swimming – Colin Roy

Girls Swimming – Molly Cox

Boys Tennis – Marco Delsanto 

Girls Tennis – Hannah Hipona 

Girls Track and Field – Emily Zielinski 

Boys Volleyball – Arvand Golbazi 

Girls Volleyball – Abby Harbinson

Wrestling – Matthew Rothman 

And here are some special awards, and scholarship awards:

Unified Sportsmanship Award Sydney Finch

Versatility Award – Jack Nolan and Brooke Matyasovsky

Scholar Athlete – Jake Silliman and Shayna Goldblatt

Sportsmanship Award – Chris Bierezowiec and Olivia Dittman

Paul Mengold Outstanding Leadership Award – Carly Marchitto

Carly Marchitto, Winner of the Paul Mengold Leadership Award with Mengold, Athletic Director Ernie Goodwin, and her coaches.












Albert J. Seymour Memorial Award – John Benanto and Mckenzie Mcdermott

Thomas G. Laugeni Memorial Award – Colin Roy and Grace Whitman

Kevin Yanagisawa, winner of the Steven J. Zeider Memorial Swimming Award.

Steven J. Zeider Memorial Swimming Award – Kevin Yanagisawa 

James Dunleavy Memorial Hockey Award – Jordan Conn

Mark E. Greco Memorial Hockey Award – Brian Early

Jeremy Saxe Memorial Scholarship – Henry Molot

Thomas J. Ross Memorial Manager Award – Olivia Dittman

Coach of the Year (Boys Basketball) Jeff Nielsen.

Coach of the Year Award –Jeff Nielsen

Assistant Coach of the year – Nick Dottori

Outstanding Service Award – Bobby Carbone

Athlete of the Year Award – Pat Winkel and Nicole Koshes


Meet Amity’s Two 2018 Scholar Athletes

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Jun 122018

Jake Silliman and Shayna Goldblatt, Amity’s 2018 Amity Scholar Athletes

On Sunday, June 10, The Amity Booster Club hosted the annual Block A Dinner at Race Brook Country Club.

The event honors the best of the best of all the Athletes at Amity High School.

Top honors (Athlete of the Year), as we posted the other day, went to Patrick Winkel and Nicole Koshes.

One of the other highest awards (Scholar Athlete) went to one boy and one girl who are not only excellent on the field, court, links, track, whatever but also excel in the classroom.

This year, the male scholar-athlete Jacob Silliman was an Amity Ice Hockey defenseman.  He has an astounding 4.9 GPA.

The female scholar-athlete Shayna Goldblatt, a tiny, physically fit young lady who surprised the wrestling coach when she expressed her desire to join the team a couple of years ago. With sports trainer Kim Pierce’s encouragement, Shayna learned everything she needed to know and this year, she was one of the co-captains. She also played field hockey, contributing a lot to that team and as an underclassman, she was on the outdoor track team.


No matter what she takes on, Shayna always gives her all. She obviously takes her studies seriously and is a fantastic choice for this year’s scholar athlete award.


At The Block A Dinner, “It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again”

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Jun 112018

As Yogi Berra once said, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” At least that’s what it felt like for me. I don’t know if anyone else realized it, but it immediately struck me when the Athlete of the Year winners were announced at the Block A dinner at Race Brook Country Club in Orange.

Two years ago, at the annual Sports Dinner, Chris Winkel and Katie Koshes were crowned Amity’s Athletes of the Year.

Go forward to Sunday, June 10, Patrick Winkel and Nicole Koshes were named the 2018 Athletes of the Year.

So, there we go again. Two amazing Orange athletes with highly recognizable last names earning the top honor. This is quite a tribute to their parents, as this particular award is not only for the athlete’s playing ability but for the way they conduct themselves on and off the field.

Congratulations Pat and Nicole, you both deserve this honor. Thank you for all you did for Amity over the years, all the best in College and in all your future endeavors.

UPDATE: What Happened At The World Record Attempt Today?

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Jun 102018

Amity High School Junior Jake Bronson announced that he is organizing a world record attempt for the most participants in a baseball throwing relay.
This event is taking place on Sunday, June 10, at the Amity High School Track. Check-in will start at 9 a.m. and will continue until 11 a.m. or until he reaches the 251 person minimum.
He and his fellow organizers also are collecting monetary donations for Pitch in for Baseball, a charity that donates baseball equipment to children who cannot afford this equipment to play baseball.
If you would like to help Jake and be a part of this event and possibly make it into the Guinness Book of World Records Mark your calendar and make your way down to the Amity Track, even if it’s just to witness the action — better if you participate, though.
UPDATE: Unfortunately, not enough people showed up to make the record. Jake will try again, perhaps in the Fall.
He worked so hard and filled out all of the paperwork, prepared the track and even had games and entertainment set up for participants. It just became evident that the required amount of people were not going to show up so he reluctantly closed up shop.