The Magnificent Zakarai Schneider

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Sep 242018

Over the years, I’ve covered many Amity Football and Boys Ice Hockey games. The players come and go, but one player is always there, year after year, a member of both teams even though he doesn’t actually play the full contact sports.

This super kid is Zakarai Schneider. He always wears a jersey to every game, either football or hockey, depending upon the season. He is always accompanied by his devoted father, Mark.

Zak was born with Down’s Syndrome, Apraxia, and he is mentally handicapped. His communication skills are limited and he has weak muscle tone, yet he loves the sports and his positive attitude and infectious smile make everyone’s day when they see him. Since he came to Amity High School, Zak (class of ’21) has always been accepted by the boys and coaches in both sports programs and they appreciate his support at the games.

During halftime, under the lights at last Friday night’s football game, Zak and his dad took to the field and passed the ball around.

From the booth, game announcer Rob Kennedy introduced him to the crowd, stating, “Ladies and gentlemen, out on the field is Zakarai Schneider. He’s one of our most dedicated players, but because of his handicap, he can’t play with the team, but we all love him. Let’s hear it for Zakarai!”

If everyone was as upbeat as Zak, and supportive as his father, the world would be a much better place.

We love you Zak!





Breaking: Accident Forces Road Closure

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Sep 242018

Around 1:45 p.m., a car struck a utility pole on Grassy Hill Road.

The pole is damaged and wires are down in the road.

Police have closed Grassy Hill between Clark and Treat lanes until the area is cleaned up.

Drivers will be directed to detour around the area.

The Harvest Moon Rises Tonight

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Sep 242018

A little information about September’s full Moon from the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

This month’s Full Moon is at its peak on Sept. 24 at 10:52 p.m.

Often, the September full Moon is called the Harvest Moon instead of the Full Corn Moon. Unlike other full Moon names, which are specific to their respective months, the Harvest Moon is tied to an astronomical event: the autumnal equinox.

The full Moon that falls nearest to the equinox (September 22) takes on the name “Harvest Moon,” rather than its traditional name. This means that a Harvest Moon may occur in either September or October.

The Harvest Moon provides the most light at the time when it’s needed most—to complete the harvest!

Paper Shredding, Mattress Recycling, and Clothing and Household Goods Collection Event

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Sep 232018

The Orange Recycling Committee’s paper shredding and mattress recycling event scheduled for Saturday, October 13, from 9 a.m. to noon at High Plains Community Center (HPCC), 525 OrangeCenter Road, will once again be joined by the Orange Community Women hosting a FUNDrive for Clothes and Household Items.

The Orange Community Women are asking residents to bring clothing, shoes, towels, electronics, toys and games, kitchen items, sporting goods and more to the pavilion that morning. This benefit will help support many community projects.

Orange Recycling Committee Chair Mitch Goldblatt is excited about the additional service. “Saturday, October
13th will be a great morning for a Fall Clean-Out at its best”, Goldblatt said. “I’m encouraging all residents to bring their household goods and clothes in addition to their documents, papers, and even mattresses for an ultimate recycling event!”

The secure, on-site paper shredding service will once again be handled by town resident Joe Johnston’s company, Affordable Solutions. Residents may bring bags or boxes filled with documents for shredding and volunteers from the Orange Recycling Committee will deposit them into the shredding truck. This service is generously funded by the Rotary Club of Orange. Residents may show their appreciation by donating to the Orange Rotary Scholarship Fund. Rotarians will be on hand to collect donations.

Residents also may bring mattresses and box springs for recycling. This free service is made possible through a partnership with the Mattress Recycling Council’s Bye Bye Mattress Program. Dry mattresses (of all sizes) and box springs will be accepted. However, mattresses from futons/sofa beds or waterbeds; mattresses infested with bed bugs; wet, damaged or excessively soiled mattresses; sleeping bag or mattress pads/toppers, are not part of the program.

For residents who need assistance getting mattresses and box springs to the event, members of the Orange Lions Club will pick-up these items from residences, given they are outside and dry or in a garage for easy access as volunteers will not enter individual homes. Anyone interested in this pick-up service should contact Ken Lenz at 203-795-3906. The fee for pick-up is $10 per mattress or box spring. Payment is by cash or check made out to Orange Lions Charities, and all proceeds are considered a charitable donation “We are thrilled to partner with the Rotary Club of Orange, the Orange Lions Club, and the Orange Community Women to offer these important environmental services to residents,” said Mitch Goldblatt. “Purging homes of these items and keeping them out of landfills helps our environment as well as tax dollars. This is a fun event that gives volunteers and residents an
opportunity to work together for a cleaner and more sustainable planet.”

For the seventh time, the Orange Recycling Committee is helping residents dispose of thousands of pounds of sensitive financial and medical papers in a secure, environmentally- responsible way. Adding mattress and box spring as well as household goods recycling to this event has made this one event not to be missed.
Paper Shredding, Mattress Recycling, Clothing and Household Item Drive – Details:
WHEN: Saturday, October 13, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., rain or shine
WHERE: High Plains Community Center (front parking area), 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT
 Tax papers, bills, receipts, statements, and documents that contain personal, financial and/or medical
information. No need to remove staples or elastic bands, but clips should be removed for reuse. DO
NOT BRING: Paper that is already shredded, newspapers, notebooks, folders, and other papers that
can go in the regular residential recycling bins.
 Mattresses and box springs.
 Clothing, shoes, bedding, towels, accessories, CDs, DVDs, books, electrical items, toys, games,
kitchen items, sporting goods, knick-knacks.

About the Orange Recycling Committee
The Orange Recycling Committee is a group of volunteers

This Week’s Varsity Sports Events

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Sep 232018

The Amity High School Varsity Sports schedule for this week is as follows:

Monday, Sept. 24

Boys Soccer vs Guilford, AWAY at Bittner Park, Guilford at 6 p.m.

Girls Soccer vs Cheshire AWAY at Cheshire High Main field 6 p.m.

Girls Volleyball vs Guilford HOME at Amity High School 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 25

Boys Cross Country vs Wilbur Cross AWAY at East Rock Park 4 p.m.

Girls Cross Country vs Wilbur Cross AWAY at East Rock Park 4 p.m.

Field Hockey vs North Haven AWAY at North Haven Middle School 7 p.m.

Girls Swimming and Diving vs Branford HOME at Orange Community Center Pool 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 26

Girls Soccer vs Jonathan Law HOME at Amity High School 3:45 p.m.

Girls Volleyball vs Lauralton Hall HOME at Amity High School 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 27

Field Hockey vs Sheehan AWAY at Sheehan High School 5 p.m.

Football vs Wilbur Cross HOME at Amity HS 6 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 28

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Boys Soccer vs Woodland AWAY at Woodland Soccer Field 3:45 p.m.

Girls Soccer vs Daniel Hand HOME at Amity 3:45 p.m.

Girls Swimming and Diving vs Shelton AWAY at Shelton Community Center Pool 4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 29

Girls Volleyball John J. Invitational, New York AWAY at John Jay High School 9 a.m.

This Week’s Chamber Of Commerce Events

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Sep 232018

The Orange Chamber of Commerce always has something going on, and this is one very busy week with two events on Tuesday and another on Thursday.

Morning Jolt!

On Tuesday, Sept. 25, join other members of the Chamber at Eli’s Restaurant, 281 Boston Post Road, for the Morning Jolt! Coffee and Conversation from 8-9 a.m.

Bring your business cards, network, exchange ideas, meet new friends and bring other business owners with you at this informal gathering.

This event is free, but pre-registration is required.

WOW Women In Business Lunch

Also on Tuesday, after you’ve had your coffee, head up to Her Soul, 93 Campbell Avenue, West Haven, for the Women in Business Lunch at 11:45 a.m.

Cost is $12 per person. Pre-registration is required.

Chamber Nite

Join other business owners at the Orange Community Farmer’s Market at the pavilion on the fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27.

This special event includes wine and cheese, discounts and a raffle.

Cost is $5 per person. Pre-registration is required.

For information and reservations: contact director@orangectchamber.com


Family Fun At Race Brook School’s Pumpkin Patch

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Sep 232018

Enjoy a morning of family fun with a trip to Race Brook School’s Pumpkin Patch on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9 to 11 a.m.

Pick a pumpkin, enjoy a cider donut and other food, and crafts.

This is a perfect time to have a family portrait taken by a professional photographer, too. Reserve your spot now, as space is limited.

For more information, e-mail Amy at avanzandt@optonline.net or Chantelle at chantellepe@gmail.com.

Family Photos

The Race Brook PTA has invited Nicole Feuerstein from “Capturing the Heart Photography,” a Race Brook graduate, to offer a minisession for Race Brook families at a significantly discounted rate.

For $50, families will receive a 10-minute session with three poses, with half of the proceeds going to Race Brook School. Photos will be e-mailed following the session.

Photos will be taken near the pond, weather permitting. If you would like to preview some of Nicole’s work, visit Capturing the Heart Photography on Facebook.

Space is limited to 12 families so don’t delay in reserving your space.

Family Name:_________________________________________________ E-mail ___________________________________________.

Make checks payable to Race Brook PTA, and Identify “Family Portraits on the front of your envelope.

If more convenient, Pre-registration/Payment also is available by visiting: https://tinyurl.com/familyportraitspreregistration

Please indicate “Family Portraits” in Memo when using PayPal.

Once your Pre-registration is complete, reserve your appointment time using the following link:   https://tinyurl.com/familyportraitstimeslots.

Pre-Register Today!

The PTA asks that payments be received by Monday, Sept. 24. Otherwise, your appointment may be forfeited.

For more information, e-mail Amy at avanzandt@optonline.net or Chantelle at chantellepe@gmail.com

Open House: 5 Bedroom Home On Orange Center Road

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Sep 232018

Check out this fantastic 5 bedroom, 3,416 sqft home at 792 Orange Center Road, today from 12-2 p.m.

Originally designed in 1929 by celebrated CT Architect Alice Washburn; this Palladio styled Colonial home has been tastefully renovated top to bottom to preserve the classic details of yesteryear w/the modern conveniences today’s lifestyle demands.

Original details start at the front door, with Pilasters and Semi-Elliptical Arch framing the front door. Entering the main foyer you will notice the hardwood floors flow throughout the home leading to the formal LR with fireplace on your left and an additional room perfect for a home office/library.

To the right is the new enlarged kitchen with center island, breakfast bar seating, white maple cabinetry, granite counters, stainless appliances including a professional style dual-fuel range, tile backsplash and oversized sink; the enlarged doorway leads to the formal dining room and back staircase.

Going up either front or back stairs to the second floor, a large front to back Master bedroom w/His and Hers closets, on-suite bath with Carrera Marble double vanity and over-sized tile walk-in shower with glass enclosure. Three additional bedrooms and full bath also can be found on this floor.

The laundry room is on the main level off the kitchen and heated enclosed rear porch.

The Original woodwork, fireplace mantle, doors with glass knobs and new LED light fixtures, modern kitchen and bath fixtures mix seamlessly creating a masterpiece. There is also a 3 room in-law suite with kitchen, living room with built-ins, bedroom and full bath, all located on a pretty 2.2 acres at the center of town. 

All this for $619,000.

Open House: Move In Ready Ranch With Hardwood Floors, finished Basement And A Workshop

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Sep 232018

In the market for a beautiful family home that you can move into right away? Check out this open house at 536 Dogwood Road in Orange with 1,468 sqft of living space, three bedrooms, two bathrooms. Take a tour from 1-2:30 p.m.

This ranch style brick home is not only beautiful but unique! Enjoy first level living with the option to go downstairs to your complete finished basement with a wood burning fireplace and bar, perfect for cozy gatherings.
Equally inviting is the living room complete with gleaming hardwood floors and yet another fireplace for relaxing on winter nights. Central air for comfort in the summertime.
The master bedroom, master bath and sitting room/office complete with a second private trex deck for ultimate relaxation all were remodeled in 2014.
That’s not all, a large fenced in trex deck surrounds the above ground pool and manicured level yard, perfect for entertaining during those warm summer months.
The 2 car garage has been converted into a HEATED garage/workshop with cabinetry and a separate entrance.
Located in Amity’s award-winning school district, minutes from Yale, Rt 15 and I-95. This home checks all the boxes for year-round enjoyment. Offered for $360,000.

Football: Senior Michael Young Shows Them How It’s Done

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Sep 222018

Michael Young TD number 3

The Amity Spartans Varsity Football Team hosted the Hillhouse Academics in Woodbridge on Friday night, Sept. 22.

Hopes were high for a Spartans victory, with the stands full of fans, or as Channel 3’s Joe Zone put it, “The largest crowd he’d seen all night.”

Even though Hillhouse was first on the scoreboard with 6 points, the Spartans did not disappoint. With 4:44 left on the clock in the first quarter, Amity rushed ahead of the Academics with Michael Young’s first touchdown of the night.

Junior kicker Abyan Nawaz added another point, making the score 7-6 Spartans.

In the second quarter, the Spartans continued to shine, scoring another touchdown and extra point around the halfway point, then, with 2:56 remaining in the first half, Young made his second touchdown, but Hillhouse successfully blocked the extra point.

At halftime, Amity leads 20-6.

Soon after returning to the field, the Academics made their move and junior Tre ronn Bryant made it safely past the goal line.  (20-12)

With less than 5 minutes left in the third, Young made his third touchdown, and the extra point was good.

About 90 seconds later, Hillhouse scored again bringing the third quarter score to 27-18.

The fourth quarter was uneventful, with a bit of back and forth, but no one was able to add any points.

Amity wins 27-18

Records: Amity 2-1, Hillhouse 0-3.

Next up for the Spartans, a HOME game vs Wilbur Cross (2-1) on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m.