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This Week’s Remaining Amity Varsity Game Schedule

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Sep 172019
 

Go Spartans!

The Amity Spartans Boys and Girls teams have been performing well so far this season.

There are no Varsity games today.

Here is the schedule of events for the varsity teams for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Thursday, Sept. 18

Girls Swimming and Diving AWAY at Hamden High at 4 p.m.

Girls Volleyball AWAY at Cheshire High at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 20

Boys Soccer AWAY Wilbur Cross at 3:45 p.m.

Field Hockey vs Cheshire at HOME at 4 p.m.

Girls Soccer vs Hamden at HOME at 4 p.m.

Girls Volleyball AWAY at Lyman Hall at 5 p.m.

Football vs Simsbury AWAY at Holden Field at 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Girls Volleyball AWAY at John Jay High School (Crossriver) (NY) at 9 a.m.

A Full Moon On Friday the 13th Brings Good Fortune To Amity

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Sep 132019
 

A full moon is said to bring out the crazy in people. But what will this Harvest Moon on Friday the 13th bring?

It was a beautiful fall-like day and a lucky one for Amity athletes. The Varsity Field Hockey team shut out Joel Barlow 3-0 at Amity.

Girls Volleyball Amity over Hamden 3-0. Boys Soccer Amity over Shelton 1-0.

And it was an amazing season opener for the Amity Football Team. They defeated Harding 34-20. This is a great start for the season, keep it up Spartans!

It’s a lovely clear night, so take a look at the moon before you turn in for the evening.

 

 

SCAM ALERT Watch Out For These Calls

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Sep 112019
 

This week, scammers have attempted to victimize Orange residents with a school-related subject.

One mom in town said her call went like thia:

A nice woman called, she sounded older with a southern accent, says she is from SAT/ACT and that she has my daughter’s practive tests and CDs that she requested from May.

I wondered, was she on a waiting list?

She had all of my daughter’s information, making the call very convincing. My daughter denied ordering anything, but you know how that goes with teenagers.

The woman asked for a credit card to secure the CDs until I returned them. (That’s when I became suspicious).

I asked what school district? She said “Orange.”

Wrong Answer! It would be Amity or St. Joe’s.

That’s when she hung up on me.

Beware of any unsolicited phone calls, especially if the caller asks you for your credit card or bank information.

What Is The Fine For Passing A School Bus with Flashing Lights?

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Aug 262019
 

school bus with flashing lightsOriginally published in 2014, but still relevant.

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 buses.

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.

BACKGROUND

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.

SUBSEQUENT CHANGES TO THE LAW

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

2019-20 Bus Route #61 – Turkey Hill School

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Aug 252019
 

Turkey Hill School – 2019/2020

Driver: Joy Koval

Route No. 61

Start Time 7:40 AM

Arrival Time 8:15 AM – Regular Dismissal 3:00 PM

1st Stop Herbert St & Wolcott Lane

471 Wolcott Lane

493 Wollcott Lane

516 Wolcott Lane

Windy Hill Road & Wagon Trail

515 Wagon Trail

Wagon Trail & Fairway Road

551 Wagon Trail

Wagon Trail & Broadview Road

670 Broadview Road

624 Broadview Road

631 Aspen Lane

639 Cedar Grove Road

671 Cedar Grove

652 Cedar Grove

595 Cedar Grove

660 Aspen Lane

679 Aspen Lane

465 Golf Road

490 Skyline Drive

Scenic Road & Skyline Drive

Cart Lane & Skyline Drive

120 Coram Lane

136 Coram Lane

463 Clearbrook Rd

Herbert Street & Clearbrook Road

451 Herbert St

 

2019-20 Bus Route No. 62 – Turkey Hill School

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Aug 252019
 

Turkey Hill School – 2019/2020

Driver: Nadine Gilbert

Route No. 62

Start Time 7:40 AM

Arrival Time 8:15 AM – Regular Dismissal 3:00 PM

1st Stop 1024 Pleasant Hill Road

Pleasant Hill Rd & Hyland Terrace

Pleasant Hill Rd & Midland Drive

243 Midland Drive

261 Midland Drive

261 Hyland Terrace

373 Old Silo Road

949 Corn Cob Lane

Haystack Hill Road & Ox Yoke Road

342 Haystack Hill Road

330 Haystack Hill Road

248 Hemlock Hill Road

Southland Drive & Robert Treat Ext

252 Heartland Terrace

258 Heartland Terrace

871 Robert Treat Ext

273 Charles Court

818 Robert Treat Drive

774 Grassy Hill Road

 

2019-20 Bus Route #63 – Turkey Hill School

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Aug 252019
 

Turkey Hill School – 2019/2020

Driver: Stephen Bespuda

Route No. 63

Start Time 7:40 AM

Arrival Time 8:15 AM – Regular Dismissal 3:00 PM

1st Stop Derby Ave & Opekum Rd

848 Derby Avenue

842 Derby Avenue

Beechlawn Terrace & Willard Rd

1054 Willard Road

1045 Willard Rd

1036 Willard Rd

Willard Road & Patricia Court

1004 Willard Rd

Old Coach Road (1st Cul-de-Sac)

1008 Rainbow Trail

977 Rainbow Trail

965 Rainbow Trail

935 Rainbow Trail

908 Rainbow Trail

917 Rainbow Trail

Rainbow Trail & Northwood Road

948 Red Fox Road

964 Red Fox Road

Derby Milford Rd & Rail Fence Road

608 High Ridge Road

657 High Ridge Road

602 East Slope Drive

620 East Slope Drive

2019-20 Bus Route No. 64 – Turkey Hill School

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Aug 252019
 

Turkey Hill School – 2019/2020

Driver: Adam Stenzi

Route No. 64

Start Time 7:40 AM

Arrival Time 8:15 AM – Regular Dismissal 3:00 PM

1st Stop Wheelers Farms & Hundred Acre

488 Wheelers Farms Road

594 Wheelers Farms Road

454 Yellow Brick Road

420 Yellow Brick Road

Wheelers Farms Road & Hawkins Road

Wheelers Farms Rd & Stone Hill Road

669 Wheelers Farms Road

691 Wheelers Farms Road

Wheelers Farms Rd & Hundred Acre Rd

728 Derby Milford Rd

710 Derby Milford Road

Fawn Drive & Douglas Drive

18 Hedgefield Court

655 Derby Milford Road

521 Turkey Hill Road

Turkey Hill Rd & Deer Run Lane

456 Turkey Hill Road

447 Turkey Hill Road

 

2019-20 Bus Route No. 65 – Turkey Hill School

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Aug 252019
 

Turkey Hill School – 2019/2020

Driver: Fran Vrabel 

Route No. 65

Start Time 7:40 AM

Arrival Time 8:15 AM – Regular Dismissal 3:00 PM

1st Stop 707 Derby Ave

827 Grassy Hill Road

879 Grassy Hill Road

889 Grassy Hill Road

Grassy Hill Road & Hemlock Hill Rd

915 Grassy Hill Road

921 Grassy Hill Road

27 Skyview Drive

329 Wildwood Drive

359 Wildwood Drive

370 Wildwood Drive

386 Wildwood Drive

404 Wildwood Drive

387 Haystack Hill Road

Garden Road & Haystack Hill Road

991 Garden Rd

1010 Garden Road

1031 Garden Road

778 Derby Ave

768 Derby Ave

Fernbrook Rd & Derby Ave

964 Grassy Hill Road

329 Laurelwood Road

870 Grassy Hill Road

2019-20 Bus Route No. 67 – Turkey Hill School

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Aug 252019
 

Turkey Hill School – 2019/2020

Driver: Beth Winkle 

Route No. 67

Start Time 7:33 AM

Arrival Time 8:15 AM – Regular Dismissal 3:00 PM

1st Stop 228 Old Grassy Hill Road

709 Ridge Road

Ridge Road & Mulberry Lane

193 Mulberry Lane

Ridge Road & Riverdale Road

725 Ridge Road

714 Ridge Road

Riverside Dr & Zak Court

785 Riverside Drive

810 Riverside Drive

794 Riverside Drive

748 Riverside Drive

620 Grassy Hill Road

564 Grassy Hill Road

Grassy Hill Road & Prudden Lane

546 Grassy Hill Road

496 Grassy Hill Road

457 Sportsman Road

Sportsman Road & Squire Lane

529 Sportsman Road

427 Prudden Lane

639 Arrowhead Drive

616 Arrowhead Drive

627 Arrowhead Drive

584 Arrowhead Drive

521 Derby Milford Road