Aug 182014

vintage_electric_guitarOrange Youth Services hosts “Super Raffle & Prize Bingo Pizza Party, Spot Shot, and Events Orientation” for the Orange new Incoming Seventh Graders at the High Plains Community Cafeteria, Tuesday, Aug. 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The event is for Orange’a incoming 7th graders and is funded by the Orange Lions Club.

Get super raffle prizes (new guitars, gift cards from local vendors) and play the winning Bingo cards.

Enjoy pizza and refreshments.

Special board games area also will be set up for all to enjoy.

In addition, a Spot-Shot contest will take place in the gym.

Learn about Youth Services activities. Parent chaperones welcomed.

Parents may e-mail John Ulatowski, Orange Youth Services Coordinator at [email protected] if they have any questions or want to chaperone.

Youth Services sincerely wishes to thank Banko’s of Ansonia, The Guitar Center, Heavenly Donuts, Wal-Mart, and Dip-Top for their participation.

Aug 182014

filled-recycling-binThe Youth Department of the Orange Country Fair has added new categories to the youth project submissions

All of the category descriptions are available in the Fair Booklet that is now available at Town Hall, The Case Memorial Library, Orange Farm Stands and other selected locations. You also may log onto the Orange Country Fair website: www.orangectfair.com.

One of the new contests is called Recycle and Reuse

This contest will be judged by the Orange Recycling Committee.

For this project we ask that you use your thinking cap to come up with a project that best exemplifies the theme: Recycle and Reuse. It could be a craft made
entirely of recycled material, or an invention that reuses on old object in a new way, or any combination of the two.

Projects will be judged on creativity, artistry, and how well the “spirit of the project” was maintained.

Aug 162014

baseballAmity Baseball (the 2013 and 2014 State Championship winners) will be hosting a fundraiser on Saturday August 16 from 5 -9 p.m. at the Orange Ale House.  

Tickets are $25  per person purchased in advance, and $30 purchased at the door and includes 2 drinks per person (draft beer, house wine, or well drinks) and happy hour food (salad, pasta, pizza, & popcorn chicken).

There also will be a raffle.  If anyone has something they would like to donate as a raffle prize, contact Janice Farace ([email protected])

For advance purchase or donation, please make check payable to Amity Baseball and send to, Kathy Sabitsky, 40 Lambert Drive, Milford, CT  06460

Please mark check “donation” or “will attend.”

Originally Published on July 8, 2014 at 22:10

Aug 162014

Screen shot 2014-08-16 at 12.53.34 AMFollowing is the schedule for the First Day of School 2014-2015 (Amity High School)


All students report to homerooms at 7:34.

Classes begin 9:34 following the schedule below:

Class 1      9:34-10:02 (Follow “A” day for 1-6)

Class 2     10:05 – 10:34

Class 3     10:37 – 11:05

Class 4     11:08 – 11:36

Class 5      11:39 – 12:07

Class 6     12:10 – 12:38

Class 7      12:41-1:47 (Follow “B” day for 7-8)

A Lunch



B Lunch


Lunch 1:04-1:24

Class 1:26-1:47

C Lunch

Class 12:41-1:24

Lunch 1:26-1:47

Class 81:50-2:18

Aug 162014

Amity Class Speakers include Link Crew references in their commencement speeches.

Amity Class Speakers include Link Crew references in their commencement speeches.

Link Crew Orientation: Link Crew is Amity’s year-long freshman transition program that pairs specially-trained juniors and seniors with groups of freshmen in order to make their move to the high school smooth and successful.

Link Crew works for a single purpose: to make Amity High School a great, safe and connected place for kids to learn.

Link Crew orientation for all incoming freshmen will be held on Thursday, Aug. 28 from 8 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Parents and guardians are asked to drop off their students at the front entrance to the school by 8 a.m., when the event begins, where they will be greeted by the Link Leaders.

Nut-free snacks and a BBQ lunch are provided before the 1:15p.m. pick-up. Please note, there are no bus runs on this day. Parents and guardians are asked to provide transportation. Amity looks forward to welcoming the Class of 2018.

Link Crew Freshmen Parent Night: On the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 26, all incoming freshmen parents and guardians are invited to attend a brief informational meeting in the Amity High School main gym from 7-8 p.m.

The Link Crew coordinators will be explaining Link Crew and shedding light on Thursday’s freshmen orientation.


Aug 152014

Amity HIgh SchoolWith the first day of school just weeks away, Amity High School Principal Charles Britton wasted no time in getting the first e-mail of the season out to district parents.

Among the things Britton shared in his first e-mail blast was that Amity (Region 5) schools will be using PowerSchool, a new student management software program.

PowerSchool will provide parents and students online access to student schedules, grades, attendance, biographical information and other school records. A letter will be mailed home at the end of this week to parents,  Britton wrote.

The letter will provide information about creating a parent account and linking student accounts to the parent account and it will contain unique IDs and passwords for each student.

Parents who have trouble accessing PowerSchool may call the Amity High School IT Help Desk at 203-397-6025 or by e-mailing the Amity IT Tech Director, Shaun DeRosa at [email protected].

Training for Parents

The Region 5 IT Office is planning a PowerSchool training for parents, Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 12-3 p.m. in the Amity High School media center.

For more information about the training and to RSVP, e-mail  Lisa Lassen, Amity computer content coach, at [email protected].

Aug 142014

Turkey Hill School[tps_footer][/tps_footer]Turkey Hill School Principal Denise Arterbery announced today that the hiring committee has selected two dynamic teachers to fill the fifth and sixth grade openings at Turkey Hill School.

Both candidates went through a rigorous interview process that included first and second interviews, a lesson observation, and a writing sample.

Jennifer Acker, no stranger to Turkey Hill, will be joining the fifth-grade team. She has been a part of the THS community since 2007 as its manager of the School of the 21st Century. Through her position she has built a strong rapport with students, teachers, and families which will be a great asset to her as she joins our teaching team.

Additionally, Acker brings a broad understanding, appreciation, and excitement for technology and the incorporation of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) due to her involvement as Orange’s Lego League Coordinator. Her excitement and motivation to get started is clearly evident; when she was offered the position she asked “when can I come in and get to work on my classroom and curriculum?”

Joining the sixth-grade team is Jennifer Ziegler, who brings more than 15 years of teaching experience in private and public schools to Turkey Hill. She has experience teaching kindergarten, fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth  grades.

Ziegler comes to Turkey Hill from Amistad Academy Elementary School in New Haven. Her rigorous yet enthusiastic personality and teaching style will help prepare sixth graders as they begin the transition from elementary to middle school this year.

Arterbery said, “Throughout the entire interview process Jennifer’s engaging, dynamic, and fun personality was irresistible and I know that she will capture the hearts and minds of our sixth-grade students!


Aug 122014

image003Boys & Girls Village (BGV) today announced that Jon Oddo, M.S., C.A.G.S, has been appointed to Vice President of Educational and Vocational Services at the Charles F. Hayden School. Oddo previously served as Director of Educational and Vocational services at the school, which provides comprehensive educational and clinical services to students from across Connecticut with behavioral or mental health needs.


In his new role, Oddo will focus on the development of educational and vocational school programs with an emphasis on participation with community businesses and organizations.


“My goal is to help our students continue to grow through customized educational and vocational programs that will give them relevant, real-world experience to assist them in their higher education and employment goals,” said Oddo. “I look forward to continuing to work with our amazing students and staff at the Charles Hayden School.”


The Charles Hayden School provides students, ages 6 to 16, with educational programs and clinical services designed to help them achieve emotional, behavioral, and academic growth needed for them to return to a mainstream school setting. BGV provides these students, and their families, with a continuum of care that allows everyone involved access to a broad array of family and mental health services.


Oddo has been with BGV since 2013. Prior to working at BGV, he served as the principal at the Connecticut Center for Child Development in Milford, and worked with the State Department of Children and Families (DCF).


“Jon has been working in the education industry, specifically with special needs children, for more than 15 years,” said BGV President and CEO Dr. Steven M. Kant. “It is because of Jon’s expertise, passion and commitment to helping children heal, learn and grow to the best of their ability that we are proud to announce his promotion to Vice President of Educational and Vocational Services.”


Oddo holds a Sixth Year Degree in Educational Leadership and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education, in addition to certifications in special education and intermediate administration. He currently lives in Seymour with his wife Lindsay and their two-year-old son Nathan.


Aug 112014

stock photo of Turkey Hill School

stock photo of Turkey Hill School

Turkey Hill area students, are you ready to go back to school?

This Thursday Aug. 14, Turkey Hill School, will host its new student registration from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

On Wednesday, Aug. 27, new student orientation will take place at Turkey Hill School from 7-8 p.m.

Aug 112014

STOP! or pay the fine

STOP! or pay the fine

With the first day of school just weeks away, many of our regular readers are looking up information. One of the most popular is this story that we published last February. 

Watch out, Bus drivers are keeping an eye out and police responding to complaints of drivers who do not comply with the laws regarding stopping for stopped school busses.

Orange Board Of Education Vice Chairman Jody Dietch said,  “Coming soon to Orange: if you pass a bus, a camera will take a picture of your vehicle and you will get a summons.”

From the State Website the whole story, including fines:

You want to know the legislative history of the act requiring police, on receipt of a written complaint from a school bus driver, to issue a written warning or summons to a motor vehicle owner for illegally passing a stopped school bus.

For your information, we also have appended a chart showing the disposition of cases in which vehicles failed to stop for a school bus from 2007 through 2011, according to figures provided by the Judicial Branch. We were unable to determine how many of these cases were based on a bus driver’s written report. Representatives of the Chief State’s Attorney’s office and the Judicial Branch said the state does not track those numbers.


A motor vehicle cannot pass a stopped school bus displaying flashing red signal lights, but must stop at least 10 feet before or behind such a bus (CGS § 14-279). Under the law, police must issue a written warning or a summons to the owner of a vehicle who illegally passes a school bus “upon a written report from any school bus operator…specifying the license plate number, color and type of any vehicle” the bus driver sees violating the law. The driver’s report must also note the date, approximate time, and location of the violation.

PA 85-71

A provision allowing police to issue a written warning to a vehicle owner on receiving a bus driver’s written report was enacted in 1985 (PA 85-71, originating as HB 5749). The act also allowed anyone over age 18 to submit such a written report.

The Transportation Committee held a hearing on HB 5749 on February 4, 1985. Several people testified in support of the provision, arguing there was insufficient enforcement of the school bus passing law. A Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) representative spoke against the bill.

Sharon Ward, school transportation safety director for a school bus contractor, said “the statute must be changed so that local police and state troopers are required to make arrests when drivers give an adequate amount of information…the marker number, the color and make of the car.”

Another witness, Robin Leeds, executive director of the Connecticut School Transportation Association, said the bill “represents an attempt to address the most serious problem in school transportation, the danger in the unloading zones. Not only do all our fatalities occur here, but our most severe injuries as well. Already this winter, we have seen at least five children hit and seriously injured by motorists who did not stop for the flashing red lights of the school bus. In two of those instances, the motorist said to the officer…I didn’t know I was supposed to stop.”

“It is safe to assume,” she continued, “that those motorists had passed a school bus before. If their license numbers had been turned in by a bus driver and accepted by a policeman…who then sent a written warning…they would have known they were supposed to stop before they hit the children.” She said 20 states already had similar laws.

John O’Connell, DMV’s public transportation administrator, opposed the bill, saying the department had “some…concerns regarding the question of constitutionality and an abuse of such a statute about drivers picking up the plate numbers…”

The House of Representatives considered the bill on April 10, 1985, and passed it after amending it by voice vote to allow, rather than require, police to issue a written warning on receipt of a bus driver’s written report (LCO # 5478).

Speaking in support of the amended bill, Representative Wilber said “the feeling of the [transportation] committee was that most people do not pass school buses intentionally, but they do it forgetfully, and if a warning is issued, they probably will not do it again, or not so likely to do it again.”

Representative Frankel opposed the bill, saying its “fatal flaw” was that it was directed at vehicle owners, rather than the person driving the vehicle when the violation occurred. But Representative Ward, arguing for the bill, said school bus drivers “faced…a dilemma. They see a vehicle pass them illegally…They do not know who the operator is, but they clearly can get a marker number.”

“Nothing in this bill prevents a ticket, if you know who was the driver,” Ward said. “It takes the extra step, however, of allowing a warning to the owner of a vehicle when you cannot identify the operator.”

The House passed the amended bill by a 117 to 32 vote.

The Senate debate occurred on April 17, 1985. Senator Giulietti opposed the measure, saying it did not “really have any teeth” because it allowed, rather than required, police to issue a warning. He also objected to “making school bus drivers or any other person over 18…policemen.” Senator Consoli also objected to giving “non-police personnel” the authority to make a complaint in these cases.

Senator Morano, speaking on behalf of the bill, argued that “any tool…to teach people not to go racing by stopped school buses would be good legislation.” Senator DiBella, also speaking on behalf of the bill, said it would allow a policeman “to issue a warning without being on the scene.”

The Senate passed the bill, as amended by the House, by a vote of 30 to 3.


PA 85-71 was codified in CGS § 14-279. The statute has since been amended several times, as follows (excluding technical changes):

PA 86-155 changed the law by (1) explicitly requiring vehicles to stop for stopped school buses displaying flashing red signal lights on any highway, private road, parking area, or school property; (2) eliminating the ability of “other persons 18 years of age or over” to submit written reports of vehicles failing to stop; and (3) requiring, rather than allowing, a police officer to issue either a written warning or summons on receiving a school bus driver’s written report.

PA 01-192 expressly required emergency vehicles, such as fire department and police vehicles, to stop at least 10 feet from a school bus displaying flashing red signal lights.

PA 11-255 replaced the fine for a first offense of between $100 and $500 with a $450 fine and allowed video evidence of failing to stop for a school bus.

 Originally Published on: Feb 2, 2014 @ 22:45