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Nov 142018
 

 

Today, House Republican Leader Themis Klarides called the recent reports of anti-Semitic acts at Amity Regional High School unacceptable.

“These reported acts of hatred are unacceptable in any place and at any time,” Klarides said.

Klarides has reached out to school officials, including Principal Anna Mahon and acting Superintendent James A. Connelly, and has pledged her full support to local officials. “I am available to them in any capacity they deem appropriate,’’ she said.

“These young people need to be assured that they will be safe and protected,” Klarides said. “As leaders in our communities, our first priority must be protecting their rights and safeguarding their daily lives. This behavior cannot be tolerated.”

Nov 142018
 

We live in a scary world. With news of anti-semitic symbols and other vandalism at Amity that is making some of our young people uneasy, it is disturbing to find out that vandalism at High Plains may also have sent the same message of hatred in this community which also has a large Jewish population.

Orange Live reached out to Police Chief Robert Gagne for some reassurances.

Gagne confirmed that there was indeed vandalism at High Plains, and there have been eggings and spray painting incidents done by Amity kids, but some of the information that’s being shared has been misconstrued.

“There has been vandalism, which is bad,” he said. “But there were no swastikas, or anything anti-Semitic here in Orange, which is good.”

Gagne said Amity is taking the right steps, working to bring an end to this negative situation.

Amity Addresses Reports of Anti-Semitic Behavior In School And The Community

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Nov 132018
 

Dear Amity Community,

The Amity Board of Education and the Amity School District were shocked and saddened by the fears and concerns reported by the students and community members about the anti-Semitic behaviors they have experienced in both school and the community. The students feel unsafe because of these hurtful and hateful acts against them and their community.

The Amity School District will not tolerate this type of harassment and will investigate and take disciplinary action against students who demonstrate unacceptable behavior. We will also cooperate and coordinate with the local police department in some of these investigations.

The district will take a leadership role in partnering with the community, including religious leaders, elected officials, advocacy groups such as the Anti-Defamation League, state and federal officials, youth groups and other people of good will in a comprehensive effort to address this issue in our schools and community.

The most critical members of this partnership are the students, families, and staff of our schools. We sincerely welcome their involvement. Our goal is to make the Amity Schools and community the inclusive, tolerant, and safe community we all demand it should become again.

James A. Connelly

Interim Superintendent of Schools

Residents Come Out To Honor Veterans

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Nov 132018
 

On Sunday, Nov. 11, the Town of Orange and the American Legion hosted a Veterans Day Ceremony at the Veteran’s Walk in front of High Plains Community Center at 11 a.m.

On 11/11, 1918 at 11 a.m. the last shot of the “war to end all wars,” was fired and the world celebrated the end of the conflict.

A smaller than usual crowd gathered in the chilly fall air for the brief event which honors all veterans, both living and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice on this the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France.

Honor Guards from the Orange Police Department and American Legion Post 127, along with members of the Rotary Club of Orange and Boy Scouts participated.

Each year, there are fewer WW1 survivors, perhaps a handful of these centenarians remain.  Even the number of WWII survivors is dwindling. These men and women are truly a treasure and if you are lucky enough to meet one of them, make sure to thank them for their service.

Many of our local veterans were recognized at the Orange and regional schools during special assemblies last week.

Amity High School Students Visit Storm King Art Center

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Nov 122018
 

(Photo by Ben Simon)

On October 26, Amity Regional High School students visited Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, New York.

Storm King is an outdoor sculpture museum that is located on 500 acres in the Hudson Valley of New York. This trip would not have been possible without the sponsorship of the Jamie Hulley Foundation, Amity Enterprises, and the National Art Honor Society.

Every year the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation pays for admission to Storm King Art Center for the students of Amity’s National Art Honor Society.

Although it was a chilly day, it was a great trip and the students gain valuable knowledge of outdoor sculpture.

Empty Bowls: Amity High School Art Students Give Back

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Nov 122018
 

The Amity Regional High School National Art Honor Society will host its annual Empty Bowls event on Thursday, Dec.13, with a snow date of Tuesday, Dec.18,   

This grassroots event invites the entire Amity community to help those who are less fortunate in the district. All proceeds will be evenly divided and donated to the Bethany, Orange, and Woodbridge food pantries. 

Starting at 5:30 p.m., the community is invited to the Amity Regional High School Cafeteria for an evening of soup and friends. 

A minimum donation of $10 per patron is requested and includes a handmade bowl, choice of hearty homemade soup, and bread. 

This evening would not be possible without the National Art Honor Society students making the beautiful bowls, the Advanced Culinary students creating delicious soups, and local donations of bread. 

Organizers want to thank the Jamie Hulley Foundation for their generous donation that covers our costs in order to help us in sending all donations to the local food pantries.  We hope that the community can come and support us this year.

If you have never attended this event, then you are missing out on something quite special. Not only do you help those in need, but you can see for yourself how hard Amity students work on important community service events such as this. Try to get there early so you can pick out your favorite bowl to take home with you.

Girls’ Class LL First Round Volleyball Game Today

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Nov 052018
 

Come Cheer on the Lady Spartans Volleyball team as they take on West Haven at Amity High School today at 4:30 p.m. in the Class LL Championship First Round Game.

Our girls have worked hard all season long and deserve a big crowd backing them up in the stands.

Let’s Go Spartans!

 

No Friday Night Football This Week. Find Out Why

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Oct 312018
 

Due to the weather forecast, the varsity football game vs Shelton has been moved up to Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.

The Amity Spartans (4-3) will host the Shelton Gaels (6-0) in Woodbridge Thursday night at 7 p.m. It should be a pleasant evening for the game with temperatures in the low 60’s, high 50’s.

This would be a monumental victory for the Spartans if they are able to defeat the Gaels. Our boys are so good this year, that I doubt it will be a massacre as it was in past years.

Come on out to Amity and cheer our Spartans on! They will give it their all, show them some love.

Tickets Now On Sale For Amity Fall Play

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Oct 302018
 

Amity Creative Theater presents “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time”  – Winner of 7 Olivier Awards and 5 Tony Awards® including ‘Best Play,” on Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time brings Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel to thrilling life on stage.

Click HERE to buy your tickets, they’re already starting to sell quickly, and they’re only $12.

Girls Swimming and Diving: Cheshire Kicks Past Amity In Orange

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Oct 212018
 

The Lady Spartans Swimming and Diving Team hosted the Cheshire Rams at the Orange Pool on Friday, Oct. 19.

Amity knew that this was going to be a battle, and they worked just as hard as always, but this one simply went in Cheshire’s favor 98-80, and Amity dropped to 10-2 for the season.

Cheshire’s Winning Events

200-yard Medley Relay: 1:52.41 Sophie Murphy, Elli Haskes, Julia Stevens, Esther Han

200-yard Freestyle: 1:58.79 Samantha Grenon

200 Ind. Medley: 2:13.80 Julia Stevens

Diving: 260.40 Sienna Breton

100 Freestyle: 55.35 Sophie Murphy

500-yard Freestyle: 5:14.38 Nora Bergstrom

200-yard Freestyle Relay: 1:45.82 Sophie Murphy, Elli Haskes, Samantha Grenon, Shannon Lindsey,

50-yard Freestyle: 24.60 Sophie Murphy

Amity’s Winning Events

100-yard Butterfly: 59.29 Katie O’Connor

100-yard Backstroke:  1:01.87 Molly Cox

100-yard Breaststroke: 1:14.16 Emma Grabowski

400-yard Freestyle Relay: 3:55.96 Katie O’Connor, Olivia Fryer, Molly Cox, Julia Snow