Sep 202014

Touchdown! Dchuan Wilson scores for the Spartans.

Touchdown! Dchuan Wilson scores for the Spartans.

The Amity Spartans crushed the Sheehan Titans 33-6 in Wallingford on Friday night.

NOTE: I was taking photos and did not write down any notes during the game. Although I requested it, no one sent the line scores so I’m winging it from matching the photos to the timeline. Sorry Spartans. You deserve better than this. 

The first quarter was scoreless, then senior Dchuan Wilson stayed ahead of the pack and scored for the Spartans with 1:37 left in the second quarter.  (6-0 Amity)

Amity scored at 8:10 in the third quarter (I believe it was Matt Attolino) and the kick was good.  (13-0 Amity) and (Wilson) again at 4:33 with extra point (20-0 Amity)

Tyler Selmecki put Sheehan on the score board with a 65 yard TD with 33 seconds left in the third quarter. The point kick was no good.  (20-6 Amity)

At 11:01 in the fourth quarter (Attolino) came through with another TD for Amity, and Jordan D’Onofrio’s kick was good (27-6 Amity)

Kevin Nusdeo sealed the win for the Spartans at 6:51 with D’Onofrio’s point kick. Final Score Amity 33 – Sheehan 6.

Records: Amity 1-1; Sheehan 0-2

Sep 202014

Last Year's 5th grade winner Zaruf Mujawar.

Last Year’s 5th grade winner Zaruf Mujawar.

Orange Fire Marshal Tim Smith announced that the 2014 Connecticut Fire Prevention Poster Contest, a statewide competition for fourth and fifth graders held from October to December, has begun. 

The contest is a cooperative effort of elementary school teachers and the sponsors: Connecticut Fire Marshals Association, Office of The State Fire Marshal, Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association, Connecticut Board of Education, Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection and  Connecticut FAIR Plan (representing the insurance industry). The theme is “Fire Prevention- Everyone/Everyday.”

About 30,000 children from more than 130 communities design and produce the posters. 

A winning poster will be chosen from each county and that student will receive a cash award of $150.00. 

Posters will be exhibited in locations throughout Connecticut, including the State Capitol.  From these, one poster will be chosen to be reproduced and distributed as Connecticut’s 2015 Fire Prevention Poster. The statewide winner will be awarded an additional $750.00 and his or her school will receive $500.00. 

A luncheon, where the state winner is announced, will be held for county winners, parents, teachers, principals, local fire marshals and other guests. Fire safety education is important as a means of preventing injuries, death and economic loss. The contest brings awareness to children, who are a valuable link in the chain of communication; taking information home to the family and suggesting ways to reduce damage and prevent fires. The Orange Fire Marshal’s Office would like to thank the students, administrators and teachers from the Peck Place, Race Brook and Turkey Hill schools for their support and participation. 

Important fire prevention measures include:

• never playing with matches or lighters • never leaving a lit candle unattended • never leaving cooking utensils unattended • and keeping flammable items away from heat sources.

Some fire escape tips are:

• never hide • get low and go • know two ways out of every room • have and practice a home escape plan and meeting place • never go back into a burning building. 

If your clothes catch on fire:

• stop where you are • drop to the ground and roll over until the fire is out • cover your face with your hands. 

Smoke alarms should be installed:

• on every level of the home including finished attics and basements • inside every bedroom and sleeping area • at the top of the first–to-second floor stairway • at the bottom of the basement stairway

A working detector cuts the risk of dying in a fire by one-half. 

NOTE: Kids, as a past poster contest judge, I’d like to stress the importance of having the words, “Fire Prevention- Everyone/Everyday” on your poster. Be sure all words on your poster are spelled correctly too.  It breaks our hearts to have to disqualify you because an otherwise perfect poster is missing these two requirements. So when you plan out your poster make sure  these words are prominently displayed and double check for spelling accuracy. Good Luck!

The Orange Fire Marshal’s Office Community Smoke Detector Program provides and installs 10 year lithium battery alarms free of charge to Orange residents. The program has been expanded to include carbon monoxide detectors. 

If you have questions regarding fire safety or wish to have smoke or CO alarms provided and/or installed in your home, please contact The Orange Fire Marshal’s Office at 203-891-4711, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Sep 202014

file photo

file photo

The Lady Spartans Volleyball Team was on the road Friday and took on the Gaelettes at Shelton.

Amity won three of the four games: 25-11, 23-25, 25-10, 25-22. (Shelton pulled ahead by two points in the second game)

Here are the highlights:


Micaela Cardozo 12 kills 5 blocks 1 dig 3 aces

Caroline DelVecchio 8 kills

Haley Pierson 1 kill 2 aces 33 assists


Sammy Stevens 2 kills 3 blocks

Nika Marczak 5 kills 3 blocks

Mackenzie Bures 4 aces 8 digs


Records: Amity  4-1;  Shelton 3-2

Sep 192014

A file photo of the boys cross country team from 2013.

A file photo of the boys cross country team from 2013.

The Amity High School Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams are off to a wonderful start to the 2014 season.

On Sept. 13, the boys placed first in the Wilton Invitational.

On Sept. 16, the boys defeated Sheehan, Notre Dame – West Haven and Fairfield Prep. The girls defeated Sheehan, Lauralton Hall and Sacred Heart Academy.

Both the Amity Boys and Girls teams will be competing against Branford at the Fitzgerald Trail in Woodbridge on Sept. 30 at 4 p.m.

The New Haven Register has named Amity Sophomore Emily Crisuolo and Senior Lisa Goram among the top 10 female cross country athletes to watch this year.

Also Sophomore Kyle Beaudette and Senior Sricharan Kadimi among the top 10 male cross country athletes to keep an eye on in 2014.

Sep 192014


The Lady Spartans are off to a great start and are now 3-0 for the 2014 season.

On Thursday night, the team used the new starting blocks at the Orange Town Pool for the first home meet and defeated Hamden 96-77.

Amity’s Winning Events:

200 yard Medley Relay: A-2:00.25 Mollee Lasto,  Lydia Pokluda, Maggie Lasto, Hannah Babbitz

200 yard Freestyle: A- 2:07.71 Brittany Smith

200 yard Individual Medley: A- 2:22.94 Kate Alvarado

50 yard Freestyle: A-26.13 Megan Lasto

100 yard Butterfly: A-1:04.43 Maggie Lasto

100 yard Freestyle: A- 1:00..88 Hannah Babbitz

500 yard Freestyle: A- 5:34.76 Brittany Smith

Hamden’s Winning Events:

Diving: H – 200.65 Alyssa Battick

200 yard Freestyle Relay: H- 1:56.00 Megan Garner, Julia Lynn, Alex Cusano, India Rivera

100 yard Backstroke: H- 1:06.74 Megan Garner

100 yard Breaststroke: H- 1:33.21 Grace Desroches

400 yard Freestyle Relay: H- 4:18.73 India Rivera, Alex Cusano, Colleen Straub, Megan Garner


Sep 182014

Representatives from the following colleges and universities will be visiting Amity Friday, Sept. 19.

Johnson & Wales University 8:30 a.m.

Stevenson University 10 a.m.

Boston University 10:30 a.m.

Hofstra College 11 a.m.

University of Mary Washington 1 p.m.

Sep 182014

IMG_0662The Amity Spartans Boys Soccer team may be 0-4 for the season, but don’t write them off just yet.

This team has a lot of talent, and new goalie Jeremy Merchant has made some bold moves in each game to stop the ball. But they just can’t seem to get a “W”.

Click HERE for Photos of this game.

Sheehan showed some real skill on the field in this 2-0 victory, but to be fair, Amity made them work for it.

In the first half Sheehan’s Andrew Caplan made the first goal for the Titans at 39:00.

The second half saw Sheehan’s Alex Ramirez score at 44:00

Sheehan outshot Amity 9-4.

The Titans’ Goal tender John Olivera made 4 saves; Jeremy Merchant made 7 saves for the Spartans.

Records: Sheehan 4-0; Amity 0-4

Sep 172014

IMG_9218The Lady Spartans traveled to Shelton on Tuesday, Sept. 16 for an SCC Housatonic division game against the Gaelettes.

The match up left the teams tied in more ways than one: shots, final score and records.

The first half was scoreless and near the end of the second half Amity’s Jennifer Hauser put Amity on the scoreboard.

Fourteen minutes later Shelton’s Samantha Hartmayer, assisted by Abby Turco got one past Amity’s goalie Zoie Reed, tying the game at 1-1.

The teams tied in the amount of shots made: Amity 14; Shelton 14.

Reed made 13 saves for the Lady Spartans: Shelby Offord had 8 saves, and Elysia St. George made 5 saves

Records: Amity 2-1-1 (0-0-1 SCC Housatonic); Shelton 2-1-1 (0-0-1)

Sep 172014

IMG_0110The Lady Spartans may have lost their first game to Hand, but they’ve found their stride and have since won three consecutive games.

On Tuesday, Amity defeated Law 3-0, easily winning each match 25-15, 25-16, 25-15

Amity Coach Seth Davis said he has a lot of seniors on the team this year.

“It’s a good team, they play hard. Now it’s just a matter of getting them to play together,” he said. “But they do well, we just have to get it all to gel. Our passing is improving and they’re almost there.”


Katie Helfenbein had 5 Kills; Brianna Mirmina 4 kills and 5 digs; Jenna Pisano had 7 digs.


Molly Vargo had 5 kills and 4 digs; Heather Sherrick 9 assists and 4 digs;Cassidy Boath had 8 digs

Records: Amity 3-1; Law 0-4

Amity Girls Volleyball Roster

#6 Caroline DelVecchio, Sr. Captain

#7 Nina Luciani, Sr.

#8 Cassidy Korby, Jr

#9 Logan Morrissey, Sr.

#10 Julia Bedini, Sr

#12 Brianna Mirmina, Sr. Captain

#13 Zoe Moscato, Sr.

#14 Haley Pierson, Sr.

#20 Micaela Cardozo, Jr.

#22 Katriana Helfenbein, Jr.

#34 Jenna Pisano, Sr. Captain

Sep 162014

Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 11.01.27 PMAmity Middle School Principal Kathi Fuller-Cutler released this fund-raising information today:

The first fundraising event of the year has begun. With the PTSO, we are selling KidStuff Coupon Savings Books. Homeroom teachers have passed out a Ziploc bag containing KidStuff books and directions, for each student to bring home. We are asking students to sell at least two books. The books sell for $25.00 and we make a 50% profit on each book.

If a student is enrolled in the band, strings or choir, the first book sold will go to the PTSO and the second book’s profit will go to the music department to be allocated towards the individual student’s cost of his or her spring trip.

This is one of the largest fundraisers of the year and we need your support.

The fundraiser will run from Sept. 15 to Sept. 26.