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Feb 272015
 

IMG_7637The Amity Girls Varsity Dance Team will be competing in the States at Hamden High School this Saturday, Feb. 28.
Since the beginning of the school year, the girls have been practicing and perfecting their routines and no one can deny that 2014-15 is their best year ever.
The Lady Spartans will be dancing POM at 12:45 p.m. and performing their awesome kickline at 3 p.m.
These girls work just as hard as any of our other Amity athletes and deserve to have a big presence in the stands for this competition. So come on out to Hamden High on Saturday and cheer them on to victory.
Admission is $5 for students $10 for adults. Wear your Black and Gold!
Originally Published on: Feb 24, 2015 @ 22:32

Feb 252015
 

Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 8.37.05 PMThe Zeoli family has set up a scholarship fund for Frank Zeoli with the Orange Scholarship Fund Association.

This award will be given yearly to an Orange Resident Senior.

If you would like to make a contribution, please send your check to Orange Scholarships, P. O. Box 1072, Orange, CT 06477, in Memory of Frank Zeoli.

Feb 252015
 

A student makes a mug for the fundraiser

A student makes a mug for the fundraiser

The Amity National Art Honor Society will partner with the Jamie Hulley Fund for the Arts and the Amity Culinary Department to host Mugs For Mankind on Wednesday Feb. 25 from 5-7 p.m. 

This event will bring students and community members together in the service of those who are food insecure. Amity art students have been working since October creating and decorating ceramic mugs for the event.

To participate in this event, community members are asked to come to the high school between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. and for a small donation, patrons will receive a beautiful handcrafted mug filled with delicious soup.

If anyone is interested in donating to the event, but cannot come on Wednesday night, donations will be accepted by the National Art Honor Society. 

All proceeds benefit the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen in New Haven.

For more information, contact teacher Jessica. Zamachaj at [email protected].

 

Feb 242015
 

821655856_UfACL-LRobert J. Sperry, 93, a descendant of the founders of Guilford, died February 12, 2015.
In childhood, Bob spent summers at Indian Cove and often visited his grandparents at what ultimately became his home on Broad Street (1954-2015). He lovingly brought that antique home into the twentieth century, a thoughtful steward of both the house and the land. Bob had a long career as an educator. After graduating from the Hopkins School, Bob matriculated at Bowdoin College, where he graduated in 1944 with a degree in economics.
During WWII, he served in the US Army Air Corps; that experience led him to be a life-long Red Cross volunteer and blood donor. In 1951, Bob earned a Masters in Education and Counseling from Boston University and took a job as a guidance counselor in Bangor, Maine. In 1954, Bob moved to Guilford, where he remained for the rest of his 93 years. That year, he became the first Director of Guidance at Amity Regional High School (Woodbridge/Orange/Bethany), and in 1958 he moved to Branford High School where he led the Guidance Department until he retired in 1984.
Bob was a communicant of Christ Episcopal Church from 1954 until his death. He sang in the choir for sixty years (1954-2014), was a member of the vestry, served on various diocesan committees, and for many years was a stalwart in the Christ Church kitchen, preparing breakfasts and dinners for countless members of the Christ Church Family. Bob was deeply committed to agriculture and land stewardship and the support of locally grown food.
Shortly before his death he was able to ensure the preservation of the Cider Mill Pasture as open space through a conservation easement granted by the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. Bob will be remembered as “the man with the goats.” He began raising goats in 1970, and with that began his long service to Heifer Project International. Many dozens of goats raised on Broad Street were sent to Heifer, who in turn sent them to impoverished areas all across the globe. Bob accompanied Heifer on service trips to many countries, and was particularly enchanted by his visit to Cameroon. To support Heifer and teach about the power of goats for fighting poverty, Bob and his goats visited churches across Connecticut, often bringing a goat or two into the sanctuaries. Until his final year, Bob’s goats were a beloved fixture in the Cider Mill pasture on River Street. A life-size weather vane of his favorite goat, Mary, adorns the Regicide Cellar Barn on River St, a barn that was built by his great-grandfather, William Leete Stone.
Childhood summers at Indian Cove instilled a life-long love of sailing and the sea. Bob was on the Bowdoin swim team, and was a Red Cross swim instructor for many years. Bob was a member of the Power Squadron, where he also was an instructor. He was a founding member of the Guilford Yacht Club, in the days when it was affectionately referred to as “the mud club.” Although he had many adventures on the sea, like sailing from Chesapeake Bay to Gibraltar Spain on a 40’ boat with friends, Bob was happiest sailing the waters of New England. He sailed into his ‘90’s and was delighted to sell his beloved “We’re Here” to a Guilford resident, so that it still sails the Long Island Sound.
Bob was born May 10, 1921, in New Haven CT, to Harold Fowler Sperry and Adeline Eliot (née Stone) Sperry. Bob was preceded in death by his sister Dorothy Eliot Hitchcock (née Sperry) and his brother Alvin J. Sperry. He is survived by his wife, Hope Carter Sperry, and his sons, Timothy (m. Lynne Tirrell) and Nathaniel (m. Teresa Damron). Bob is also survived by his grandchildren, Matthew Eliot Tirrell Sperry, of Boston MA, and Elta Rose Damron Sperry, of Eugene OR.
He is also survived by his former wife, Priscilla Borden Sperry and his three nieces, Margaret Henrickson, Lisa Blodgett, and Carolyn Hitchcock.
There will be a memorial service for Bob on Saturday, March 21, 2105 at 11 am at Christ Episcopal Church, Guilford, CT. Memorial donations may be made to Heifer Project International (www.heifer.org, Heifer International, 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, AZ 72202) or to Christ Episcopal Church Guilford (www.christchurchguilford.org, 11 Park St, Guilford, CT 06437).
To sign the online guestbook please visit hawleylincolnmemorial.com.

Feb 242015
 

IMG_4953The Amity Lady Spartans faced off against Tigers from Daniel Hand for the SCC Semifinals Monday evening at Jonathan Law High School.

As a single elimination game, both teams badly wanted the win.

The Tigers quickly got the upper Hand on Amity with a 2 point lead, then the Lady Spartans rallied and took a 10-2 lead for most of the quarter. But the girls from Hand would not have any of that, they fought back and finished the quarter at 13 – 10.

In the second quarter, Amity came out strong with a will to overtake the Tigers. It was a tight, action filled 8 minutes with the Lady Spartans coming within 1 to 2 points of their opponents: 17-12; 17-16; 19-16; 19-17; 23-17; and at the buzzer it was 27-17 Hand.

The third quarter was a heartbreaker beginning with the 31-17 lead Hand had in the first 1:30 minutes. Still Amity didn’t throw in the towel, Katie Helfenbein and Elise Graham scored a combined 14 points, but the closest they came to Hand was 9 points, at 40-31 with only 2:07 remaining in the quarter.

Hand retained their lead at 44-31.

Even though they were behind … this was an important game … the Lady Spartans were not about to let it go.

Junior Elise Graham went out there like a category 5 tornado, taking every opportunity to race across the court and take a shot. She made 9 points (including one 3 pointer) for the Spartans.

For the Tigers, foul shots were their friend in the final quarter, scoring 10 points in fouls along with 12 in regular play.

They were merciless in their drive for the win, never letting Amity get within less than 10 points.

Hand won this game 66-44 and will play Mercy for the SCC Championship title.

A tearful Graham, who scored 29 points this evening, was comforted by her former teammate Chloe Brinton and other players after the game. She and fellow junior Molly Dragan walked back to the bus together.

Amity Coach Michelle Shoop, although disappointed in the outcome, had nothing but positive things to say about her girls after the game.

“I am so proud of the girls. Hand is a great team, they have an awesome inside and outside game, so I’m proud of how hard we worked,” she said. “We had two tough, tough games leading up to this, and they gave everything they had so I am really proud of them.”

This is not the end of the road for the Lady Spartans.

“We have states on Monday, it’s another tough one, but after what I’ve seen from these girls, I know they can do anything,” Shoop said.

Notes:

For Amity — Graham scored 29 points (including three 3-pointers); Katie Helfenbein had 9 points; and Molly Dragan contributed 6 points.

For Hand — Geena Catelano scored 17 points; Paula Materin had 12; and Gaby Martin contributed 10.

Show of Support: After his daughter made two consecutive 2-pointers In the fourth quarter, proud father, Derek Graham ran from the top of the bleachers to the floor and back up again, high-fiving Amity fans in the stands.

Feb 232015
 

IMG_4774The Amity Spartans Senior Night game against Trinity Catholic took place at the Bennett Rink in West Haven at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Among the surprises was the starting lineup, which included fan favorite Senior Christian Mortali, who entered the ice to cheers from the stands and wide smiles from his teammates.

The event started off as many Spartans games have this season, with the other team making the first point.

The first period was a bit of a sleeper, with slow motion moves until Trinity junior Dan Bernard (#20) scored a goal off an assist from Jordan Skiba (#7) at 6:59.

In the second period both teams came alive, Trinity quickly scored with Griffin Northrop (#10) getting one past Amity goalie Tyler Johnston on an assist from Zach Lockwood (#25) at 2:53.

Northrop made an unassisted goal at 6:13 bringing the score to 3-0.

Amity’s captains came together to get the Spartans onto the scoreboard at 7:17, Zach Shelnitz (#8) scored off an assist from Kevin Ryan (#9) and Dalton Luciani (#28).

Trinity fought back, scoring again at 9:10 with Joey Nelson (#14) firing one in on an assist from Connor Scanlon (#3).

But Amity wasn’t done yet, Zach White (#13) got a goal assisted by Ryan and Luciani at 10:21.

With just 22 seconds remaining in the middle period Trinity’s Northrop got a Hat Trick on an assist from Bernard, bringing the score to 5-2.

The final period began with another quick move from the boys from Stamford, Nelson made an unassisted goal at 2:43, peaking Trinity’s score at 6.

Then, 14 seconds later, Anthony Uscilla (#16) flew across the ice and slapped one into the net for Amity.

At 4:07 Shelnitz scored off a Ryan assist. At 5:22 Charlie Csejka got a goal on an assist from Luciani, and at 6:34 Nick DeGennaro (#5) made an unassisted goal and tied the game at 6-6.

As the game drew to an end Ryan scored off an assist from Mac Deane (#22) at 11:35 and with only 49 seconds remaining, Uscilla made the final, game winning goal off an assist from Luciani.

Final score 8-6.

The Spartans are traveling to play Watertown-Pomperaug on Saturday at 7:30 p.m

Feb 232015
 

acs_logo_test_2_0061-thumb_narAmity junior Christopher Hughes is hosting “Voltage” a school dance to benefit the American Cancer Society.

The dance will take place at Amity High School, 25 Newton Road, Woodbridge, on Friday, March 6 from 7 to 10:30 p.m.

Tickets are $12 and are available on MyPaymentsPlus.com.

Cost of admission includes entertainment by three different DJs playing dance music, a variety of free food, and some food that will be available for a small price. Water is always free. All of the proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

Hughes said, “I am doing this because I see how much cancer affects everyone’s lives on a daily basis.”

Feb 202015
 

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Each year, the Amity Creative Theater (ACT) kids go to Disneyworld where they tour the behind-the-scenes departments that regular visitors most likely will never see.

The students perform in front of an audience and gain a wealth of knowledge about professional theater.

The kids and their adult leaders prepare for months to put on their always entertaining, often award-winning spring musical productions, This trip is the icing on the cake, their “reward” for a job well done, but they must raise their own money for the trip in order to attend.

On Sunday, Feb. 22, the Orange Ale House will host a benefit for the ACT — Dan Hassenmayer, the award winning lighting guru for the Amity productions — works with his father Jim, running the business.

The benefit will take place at the Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, beginning at 4 p.m. Admission is $25 at the door.

Feb 192015
 

Amity Middle SchoolThis afternoon (Thursday, Feb. 19) Amity Middle School, Orange, conducted a lockdown drill with the Orange Police Department.

Students and staff were in lockdown in their classrooms for about 30 minutes and then continued with the remainder of the school day as usual.

Today’s drill is part of our routine procedures for ensuring that students and staff are prepared for emergency situations.