Oct 012014

thFollowing is a notification from the four Superintendents in the BOWA Region 5 School System:

John Barile, Bethany Superintendent 
Lynn McMullin, Orange Superintendent 
Guy Stella, Woodbridge Superintendent 
Charles Dumais, Amity Superintendent 

Once again we are facing the time of year when New England weather can be very unpredictable and severe. Area superintendents of schools must ensure that each district meets the state mandated number of school days and number of instructional hours in a safe and secure manner.

The Bethany, Orange, Woodbridge and Amity (BOWA) school districts will continue to participate in a regional school transportation collaborative. This arrangement allows elementary schools to dismiss at similar times and for the Orange and Bethany Middle Schools to open and dismiss at the same time in coordination with Amity Regional High School.

When one BOWA school district closes, delays the opening of school, or dismisses early due to inclement weather, all BOWA school districts will also close, delay, or dismiss early. A delayed opening for elementary, middle and high school will be two (2) hours. The BOWA superintendents try to make a decision to close or delay the opening of school by 5:30 a.m. based upon what is expected to happen in the next two to eight hours. Stay tuned when a delay has been announced since it might turn into a cancellation if weather conditions do not improve. Radio, television, school bus operators, staff and designated Internet-based sites will be notified immediately.

Although early dismissals are avoided whenever possible, it may be occasionally necessary to dismiss school early due to the unexpected deterioration of weather conditions. In these situations, an announcement will be issued by 10:30 a.m. Weather related early dismissal for middle school and high school students will be at 11:45 a.m. Bethany and Woodbridge elementary school students will be dismissed at 1:10 p.m. Orange elementary school students will be dismissed at 1:00 p.m., and the Orange regular-day kindergarten students will be dismissed at 11:00. Orange full-day kindergarten students will be dismissed at 12:50 p.m. and go to their respective schools to take their neighborhood buses at 1:00 p.m.

Families should have an emergency back-up plan in place in the event of an early dismissal. Please make sure the children understand where they should go in the event of an early dismissal from school. Child care arrangements at home or on the same bus route should be made in advance of the early dismissal day since it will be impossible for the school staff to personally contact each parent. On days when the weather may be problematic, please stay tuned to the local radio and/or television channel to be aware of an early dismissal. As alternate drop-off and pick-up procedures vary from school to school, parents should follow the established procedure.

When school is cancelled, unless otherwise indicated, all activities and meetings are also cancelled. The school buildings will be closed.

The decision to delay, close school, or dismiss early is often a difficult one. During inclement weather when an administrative decision to open school has been made, this is not meant to preclude a family’s choice to keep their student(s) home. Families are encouraged to exercise their own judgment in such cases.


Oct 012014

 BasketballThe Amity girls basketball team will host clinics for girls in second grade to eighth grade in October.  The Amity coaching staff and team will provide drills, shooting sessions, and more. 

The clinics will take place at the High School gym (entrance is at the back of the building), from 6-8 p.m. on the following dates: Tuesday, Oct. 7; Thursday, Oct. 16; Tuesday, Oct. 21, Wednesday, Oct. 29, Nov. 5 and Nov. 12.

Pre-registration fee is $90 for six sessions; or $102 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Amity Girls Basketball team.

For more information, e-mail [email protected].

Originally Published on: Sep 29, 2014 @ 02 : 11

Oct 012014

A file photo of the boys from 2013.

A file photo of the boys from 2013.

Two powerhouse teams with perfect seasons faced off at the Fitzgerald Tract in Woodbridge on Tuesday.

A fine drizzle fell as Amity and Branford battled it out for a 3-mile run on the dirt trail.

Orange’s own Kyle Beaudette was the overall winner with a time of 16:17.

Branford’s Luke Arsenault made it into the top 5 with a time of 16:35.

Rounding out the top 5 were the following three Amity runners: Harrison Block, 16:43; Sri Kadimi, 16:44; and Aiden Leonard-Pasley, 16:49.

Amity 19, Branford 44

Records: B 6-1; A 7-0.

Oct 012014

Plasma-ELECTION-2014-2The Orange Republicans announce the opening of its headquarters at 400 Boston Post Road (Next to Kinkos) in Orange.

Join them for the Grand Opening on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. Be sure to bring a few friends with you.

Candidates attending will be Themis Klarides (114th), Charles Ferraro (117th), Matt Gaynor (14th),  Tom Miller, (Judge of Probate) and Pam Staneski, (119th).

Signs for many of the GOP Candidates will be available.

Light refreshments will be served.


Originally Published on: Sep 29, 2014 @ 20:13

Oct 012014

A file photo of the Amity Swim Team last month

A file photo of the Amity Swim Team last month

The Lady Spartans Swimming and Dive Team continued its undefeated season with a 101-77 win over Mercy in Middletown on Tuesday night.

Amity’s winning events: 

200 Medley Relay: Amanda Hudson, Lydia Pokluda, Sydney Formica, Kaleigh Foley, 1:58.97

200 Freestyle: Madeline Snow, 1:59.02

200 Individual Medley: Hannah Flaherty, 2:22.83

50 Freestyle: Kaleigh Foley, 26.21

*NEW SCHOOL RECORD* 100 Butterfly: Maggie Lasto, 1:02.71

100 Freestyle: Madeline Snow, 54.69

500 Freestyle: Emily Cucarello, 5:51.48

200 Freestyle Relay: Olivia Smith, Kaleigh Foley, Sydney Formica, Kate Alvarado, 1:49.82

Mercy’s Winning events:

Diving: Alexis Heiney, 235.40

100 Backstroke: Emily DeVivo, 1:08.28

100 Breaststroke: Lauren Day, 1:25.16

400 Freestyle Relay: Marly Carroll, Claire Strom, Megan Hassett, Emily DeVivo, 4:18.55.

Records: Amity 6-0; Mercy 2-3 

Oct 012014

Screen Shot 2014-09-26 at 1.17.49 PMThe Amity High School Music Department is currently in production for its fall Music in Motion production.  This new concept incorporates ideas brought forward from the marching arts, and moves them to the stage for an entertaining production of music, dance, and musical theater.  

The theme this year is Music in Motion: City Life.  

The Amity High School jazz ensemble, percussion ensemble, color guard and choir will be featured throughout the show.  It is sure to be an entertaining evening of music and movement unlike anything you have seen before.  

Show dates are October 24th & 25th at 7:30 pm in the John J. Brady Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door, online at www.amityband.org, or by calling the Amity High School Box Office at (203) 392-2019.  

If you have children in a Region 5 middle school or BOW elementary school, purchase your tickets at the door and your child will be free with the purchase of an adult tickets.  

If you are interested is helping with our Music in Motion Ad Book, please visit www.amityband.org.  Click HERE for a Music in Motion video trailer! 

Oct 012014

IMG_8097The Amity Girls Soccer team defeated Cheshire in an “away” game on Monday, Sept. 29.

After a scoreless first half, Cheshire got things going when Alexandra Pelletier, assisted by Hannah Bonitz scored at 55:00;  6 minutes later Amity’s Alissa Beedle, assisted by Jess Hauser shot one past goalie Zoe Riccio at 61:00. 

Then, in another 6 minutes Alexa Gibbs, assisted by Emma Gehr got the winning goal at 67:00.

Final: Amity 2, Cheshire 1

Cheshire outshot Amity 12-10


Amity’s Zoie Reed made 9 saves; Zoe Riccio made 8 saves for Cheshire.

Records: Amity 5-2-1; 3-0-1; Cheshire 3-3-2; 1-2-1


Sep 302014

IMG_8308The Lady Spartans Field Hockey Team tied the Sheehan Titans at Wallingford on Monday, Sept. 29.

Amity was first to get on the scoreboard in the first half with Alayna Dellatorre, assisted by Casey Bishop getting the ball past goalie Carly Femniac at 20:43; Sheehan’s Emily Budds, assisted by Brittany Vansteenburg scored for the Titans at 8:08.

With the score tied at 1-1, both teams were determined to win in the second half. Again, Amity was first to score, this time with Kaitlin Thomas making an unassisted goal at 24:58; Sheehan’s Eileen Hinman, assisted by Emily Budds tied the game at 7:42.

Amity 2, Sheehan 2

Amity outshot Sheehan 7-5.

Amity Goalie Ashley Powers made 5 saves;  Carly Femniak made 6 saves for Sheehan.

Team records—Amity 2-4-1; Sheehan 3-3-2

Sep 302014

Screen Shot 2014-09-30 at 8.56.02 PMStephen Hrenyo, 94, of Bridgeport, passed away peacefully in Connecticut Hospice, Branford on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Born in Bridgeport to Demiter and Mary Hlivak Hrenyo, he was a lifelong resident. Stephen graduated from Waltersville School and attended Bullard Havens Technical School. Stephen was employed by Decca Records, Remington Arms and General Electric for 42 year. He worked in the Bridgeport GE Factory in the wire and cable repair department; he was a GE union member (AFI- CIO) and a staunch Democrat. He was a member of the GE Quarter Century Club.

Stephen attended Roman-Catholic Mass every Sunday for over 50 years at Holy Rosary Church in Bridgeport where he also belonged to the men’s club. He enjoyed his comeradery with his church friends as well as his co-workers at GE. In his youth, Stephen enjoyed going to the Ritz Ballroom, the Majestic and the Poli Theaters as well as the Westport Playhouse and his neighborhood club the White Eagles.

He used to enjoy long motorcycle rides to New Brunswick, New Jersey to visit his family with his brother-in-law, John Lepesko. As a Bridgeport resident, he loved his neighborhood, born and lived on Riley St., Hallet St., and later years on Price St. His favorite past time was TV, news, action movies and wrestling shows.

Stephen was not a veteran, however he participated in the FDR’s Conservation Corps (CCCamp) in Wyoming around 1939. As a survivor of “The Great Depression” he left school prematurely to work in order to help his family, he would like to be remembered as a “Good Guy.”

Stephen is survived by wife Maria Farina Hrenyo of 55 years of marriage of Bridgeport, his son, Anthony Hrenyo and daughter-in-law, Sandra Hrenyo of Orange, and grandson, Santiago Romero of South Royalton, VT, his niece, Marianne Gnida of Stratford, the Lepesko family of Stratford and Milford, the Demeo family of Naugatuck, the Maugeri family of Huntington and his family in Italy, the Farina family of Marcianese, the Cutillo family of Gaeta, the Pacelli of San Salvatore, the Telesino and Dibrigida families of San Salvatore as well as his loving friends and neighbors especially his caregiver, Elaine Lewis.

He was predeceased by a brother, George Hrenyo and two sisters, Mary Lepesko and Anna Rinko.

Relatives and friends may greet the family on Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. in the Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, 419 White Plains Road, Trumbull.


Funeral services will take place on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home and at 11:00 a.m. in St. Margaret’s Shrine, Bridgeport for a Mass of Christian Burial.

Interment will follow in St. John’s Cemetery, Stratford.

For more information or to leave an online condolence, visit us at www.abriola.com.

Sep 302014

unnamedCongregation Or Shalom, is offering all non-members an opportunity to come to a free community-wide Yizkor (A Jewish service for commemorating the dead) Memorial Service on Yom Kippur Day (Oct. 4) at 4:00 p.m.

This service, which will last less than an hour, is open to the public without any membership obligation.

The Service will be led by the synagogue’s Ritual Committee Chair, Robert Spaulding and his wife Tova Clayman.