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

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

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.

Sep 302014

Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 9.35.35 AMWho can ever forget Michael Corleone’s quote from The Godfather Part III: “Just when I thought I was out… they pull me back in.”

That may have run through former Amity cheerleading MVP (1982) Peggy Witheril Choiniere’s mind when her husband’s cell phone rang and they found Amity’s new Athletic Director Ernie Goodwin on the other end of the line.

Longtime announcer Stan Gedansky retired and Goodwin was looking for a permanent announcer for the Amity football games, and since Ed Choiniere filled in for the ailing Gedsnsky last season, he seemed like the obvious choice.

A Lifetime At Amity

The Choinieres have been involved in Amity sports for a long, long time.

Back in the day, Choiniere was an Amity Spartans linebacker/offensive guard, who was named the 1982 Football MVP.

30 years ago, he married the cheerleading captain and the two had four sons and have supported their athletic and educational endeavors for decades.

Eddie coached and announced for the Shoreline Football League. He Coached Baseball for the Bethany-Woodbridge League. Eddie and his band volunteered to play at fundraisers for the boys’ teams, and if you are familiar with them, you know the couple attends every one of their sons’ games.

At Amity, Billy was Captain of the Football and Lacrosse Teams; Michael was Captain of the Lacrosse Team; and most recently, in 2013-14, Joey was Captain of the Lacrosse and Football teams — and Amity’s Male Athlete of the Year.

All three boys went on to play Lacrosse in College, Billy at Towson; Michael at Albertus Magnus and Joey at Sacred Heart.

For the past 3 years, they divided their time between Joey’s games at Amity, Billy’s games out of state at Towson and Michael’s games in New Haven. So after Joey graduated in June, Peggy breathed a sigh of relief, “We’re finally done.”

The Final Decision

So, with Peggy in the car next to him to offer her input, how did that conversation go between Ernie Goodwin and Ed Choiniere?

Goodwin said it wasn’t a slam dunk and it took a little convincing.

Choiniere said they talked for about 20 minutes, and Goodwin was really pushing for it. “He’s such a nice guy. And he was an announcer once, too.”

That said, why would this newly established empty-nester commit to going back to high school?

“The fans won’t let me go,” Choiniere said with a laugh.  “I got a bunch of calls and luckily the schedule this fall works out for me.”

Choiniere wants the fans to come out and show support for the Spartans because a lot of noise from the stands really helps morale on the field.

“We have some tough games ahead of us, Xavier (Oct. 10), Notre Dame (Oct. 17) and Prep (Oct. 31) are all home games, and we need the fans to rally,” he said.

Choiniere takes the mike this Thursday at 7 p.m. for the game between Amity and Lyman Hall. Come on out and root for the Spartans.







Sep 292014

Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 11.45.36 PMBravo! the manufacturer of raw pet food is recalling select lots of Bravo! Turkey and Chicken pet foods for dogs and cats due to potential Salmonella contamination.

The following Bravo! pet food products are included in the recall:

Raw Food Diet Bravo! Turkey Blend for Dogs and Cats
Product Number: 31-102
Size: 2 lb. (32 oz.) plastic tubes
Best used by date: 11-05-15
UPC: 829546311025

Bravo! Blends All Natural Chicken Blend Diet for Dogs and Cats
Product Number: 21-102
Size: 2 lb. (32 oz.) plastic tubes
ChubsBasicFormulasBest used by date: 08-11-16
UPC: 829546211028

Premium Turkey Formula Bravo! Balance Raw Diet
Product Number: 31-405
Size: 5 lb. (80 oz.) 2.3KG plastic tubes
Best used by date: 11-05-15
UPC: 829546314057

Bravo! Blends All Natural Chicken Blend Diet for Dogs and Cats
Product Number: 21-105
Size: 5 lb. (80 oz.) 2.3KG plastic tubes
Best used by date: 08-11-16
UPC: 829546211059

Bravo has also voluntarily recalling all sizes (2 lb., 5 lb. and 10 lb.) of Bravo Chicken Blend(s), Bravo Turkey Blend(s), Bravo Balance Chicken Balance and Bravo Balance Premium Turkey Formula frozen raw diet products with “best used by” dates between June 20, 2016 and Sept. 18, 2016.

The company has received no reports of illness in either people or animals associated with these products to date.

The recall was initiated after routine testing by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Salmonella in two lots of product. This batch tested negative by a third party independent laboratory prior to release for distribution to consumers. The recalled product was distributed nationwide beginning on November 14, 2013 to distributors, retail stores, internet retailers and directly to consumers. The product can be identified by the “best used by date” printed on the side of the plastic tube.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

No additional products affected by this recall. The company has received no reports of illness in either people or animals associated with these products to date.

Customers who have purchased the recalled pet food can return to the store where purchased and submit the Product Recall Claim Form available on the Bravo website www.bravopetfoods.com for a full refund or store credit.

For more information on the Bravo! recall, you can visit www.bravopetfoods.com or call toll free 1-866-922-9222 Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (EST).

If you determine your food is part of the recalled lot, take precaution when handling and disposing of the food. Use these precautions:

  • Wear gloves
  • Throw the food into a secure, closed container where other animals can’t get to it.
  • Sanitize any area the food may have touched with mild bleach solution, especially refrigerators.
  • Monitor yourself and your pets for symptoms for 70 days. It can take this long for symptoms to appear.
  • If you or your pet have any of these symptoms, go to the doctor or take your pet to the vet immediately for treatment.

Sep 292014

IMG_2584The Lady Spartans met a worthy opponent tonight in Woodbridge as they took on the Lady Titans. 

Amity continued its 8 game winning streak against the hard hitting girls from Sheehan.

The second game was a marathon battle that went on for several minutes until Amity eventually won 32-20, the first game score was 25-22 and the final 25-19.

Highlights from the Amity players include: 
Caroline DelVecchio 10 kills
Haley Pierson 27 assists, 1 ace
Nina Luciani 8 kills
Jenna Pisano 18 digs, 1 ace

Amity’s record: 8-1

Coach Seth Davis said the girls are playing well, but they have to work on their serving.

The Lady Spartans face a formidable opponent — undefeated Cheshire — on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Come on out and cheer on these incredible athletes.

Sep 292014

(photo by Reena Rose Sibayan of the Jersey Journal) for graphic purposes

(photo by Reena Rose Sibayan of the Jersey Journal) for graphic purposes

By Brian Mosher

Schools around the nation are all ranked based on standardized test scores. These scores may determine how much money the school receives each year. Fortunately, Orange provides kids with a great education.

According to News 12 Connecticut, Amity Regional 5 High School ranked 112 in the nation on September 17th, 2014. Not only that, but Orange CT Live stated Amity ranked first overall in the state. Since Amity High has such great numbers it receives lots of attention. However, for years Amity and the rest of Connecticut High Schools were rated based on a standardized test called the CAPT or the Connecticut Academic Performance Test. Students needed to pass this test in order to graduate.

I remember hearing about kids who didn’t care about this test so they would do just enough to pass or even fill in random answers. This caused me to dislike the way schools are evaluated. Each school has students that will never show their full potential. Because of this data will always be skewed. Nevertheless, I always thought that learning should be the most important thing about school. Now it seems like achieving high numbers on standardized tests is the focus.

Freshmen and sophomore year I had classes dedicated to learning the material on the CAPT Test. It wasn’t like it was something being taught was the purpose of students’ growth and development, but it was training to see how the test looked and what the questions were on the test. Rather than learning information and being able to apply it, it felt like we were studying the test itself so when the time came everyone would do well. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying tests aren’t important. I think it is very important to show you can apply what you’ve learned in a test-taking environment.

I don’t believe schools should be drilling their students to learn the tests. Schools should be emphasizing the importance and fun of learning. Learning should be a fun processes; it is always exciting learning new things. Everyone has had that teacher that you can tell truly cares about his or her students. He or she gets very involved with each lesson. For most students a teacher like that can easily make that class enjoyable.

The teachers I had that really cared about the well being of his or her students were always my favorite classes to go to. I believe rather than teaching students to pass standardized tests, it should be covered in the classes each student takes. Looking back at high school now that I am a college student, standardized test seemed to be something you worry about because you know you need it to get into good colleges. On the other hand I believe the things I’ve learned in the classrooms have better prepared me for college.

No matter what standardized tests are not going away. Colleges like to see the SATs and the ACTs. Some colleges may even look at state standardized tests such as the CAPT. Colleges take into consideration how “good” a school is based on it’s numbers. In fact, Connecticut no longer does the CAPT Test as of 2013 Connecticut put in place the Sbac. Hopefully this model will represent each school better than the previous tests.

Overall, I think schools should be holding teachers to a higher level. It is their jobs to make learning interesting and fun. It is a shame when a student is turned off to learning because of a teacher. Standardized tests are not going to go away, but maybe it won’t be schools primary concentration. Hopefully in the future the Board of Education will have discussions about this in order to improve the function of school systems.

Brian Mosher is a 2014 Amity Graduate and Orange resident. He currently attends the University of New Haven.