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Tickets Now On Sale For Amity Fall Play

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Nov 172018
 

Amity Creative Theater presents “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time”  – Winner of 7 Olivier Awards and 5 Tony Awards® including ‘Best Play,” on Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time brings Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel to thrilling life on stage.

Click HERE to buy your tickets, they’re already starting to sell quickly, and they’re only $12.

Obituary: Lynn (Lebon) Simons, 72, Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother

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Nov 172018
 

Lynn (Lebon) Simons, 72, of Orange, CT, devoted wife of Bruce S. Simons, passed away peacefully at Smilow Cancer Hospital on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018.

Born in Waterbury, CT, Oct. 2, 1946, Lynn was a daughter of the late Max and Thelma Lebon. Beloved mother of Jennifer Cohen (Lewis) of Orange, Kimberly Murphy (James) of Milford, Todd Simons (Ali) of Orange, and Karra Simons of Orange. Dear sister of K.C. Fodor (Joseph) of Hilton Head, S.C. Cherished grandmother of Jacob, Lizzy, Sean, Max, Lily, Grace, and Ethan.

Lynn received her B.S. in Nursing from the University of Connecticut and worked at many area hospitals, Amity Regional High School, the So. CT Hebrew Academy, the Orange Visiting Nurse Assoc., and the Goodwin-Levine Adult Day Care Center. Nursing was Lynn’s passion and caring for others her love. She would always think of others before she would think of herself.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Smilow Cancer Hospital for the loving care given to and devotion shown to Lynn over the past 4 years.

Funeral Services were held at Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Rd., Orange, CT, on Monday morning, Oct. 29 with Interment Services to follow at B’nai Jacob Memorial Park, 200 Wintergreen Ave., New Haven.

Memorial Contributions may be sent to YNHH Development Office, Smilow Oncology Social Work Fund, P.O. Box 1849, New Haven, CT 06508.

Funeral Arrangements in care of Robert E. Shure & Son Funeral Home, New Haven.

To sign an online registry book or to leave a message of condolence, please visit: www.shurefuneralhome.com

Letter: Amity Administrators, Clergy, Community Leaders Discuss Anti-Semitism, Intolerance

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Nov 162018
 

Dear Amity Community,

On Wednesday, November 14, a very productive meeting was conducted with the Amity High School Administration, leaders from local organizations and clergy to discuss the school and community’s response to the incidents of Anti-Semitism and other intolerant behavior in the school community.

This type of behavior is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. The high school administrators have spent the last few days working with students in small and large groups along with meeting with the faculty and representatives from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to listen and develop an action plan.

During yesterday’s meeting, there was a strong commitment to continue to work together to keep the community informed of the school’s response and action plan. We will know more about the plan to address the issues we are facing by November 30, at which time it will be shared with the community. Our priority is to make Amity a safe and supportive environment for all students. The following people are resources for you to contact for support or with questions:

Judy Alperin
Jewish Federation of Greater NH
jalperin@jewishnewhaven.org                                                               

Marji Lipshez-Shapiro
Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
mshapiro@adl.org

Anna Mahon, Principal
Amity Regional High School
Anna.mahon@amityregion5.org
Frank Barretta, Assistant Principal
Amity Regional High School
Frank.barretta@amityregion5.org

Rev. Shephard Parsons
First Church of Christ Woodbridge
Shepard_parsons@mac.com

Rev. Dr. Brian R. Bodt
Retired
Brianbodt@sbcglobal.net

Tyler Pepe
Regional Director, BBYO
TPepe@BBYO.org

Rabbi Michael Farbman
Temple Emanuel of Greater New Haven
Orange
rabbi@tegnh.org 

Rabbi Rona Shapiro

Congregation B’nai Jacob Woodbridge
rgshapiro430@gmail.com
Rabbi Shea Hecht
Southern CT Hebrew Academy-CHABAD
Orange
shecht@schacademy.org

Robyn Teplitzky
Jewish Federation of Greater NH
rteplitzky@jewishnewhaven.org

Monica Kreuzer, Associate Principal
Amity Regional High School
Monica.kreuzer@amityregion5.org

Dr. Jason Tracy, Associate Principal
Amity Regional High School
Jason.tracy@amityregion5.org

Jill LaPlante, Director of Counseling
Amity Regional High School
Jill.laplante@amityregion5.org
Susan Walden
Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
swalden@adl.org

Jennifer P. Byars
Amity Regional School District 5
Jennifer.byars@amityregion5.org

Is There School Today At Amity And In Orange?

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Nov 162018
 

Winter Storm Zoe has caused enough of a mess to secure the first winter storm delay for both Amity Regional and Orange Schools today.

So kids, stay in bed for a little longer and working parents, hustle to find alternate accommodations for your kids.

Good Luck this morning everyone, drive carefully and watch out for the “other guy” on the road.

Kids, if you’re old enough, why not help mom clean off her car this morning?

Everybody have a great day!

Girls Volleyball: #10 Amity Defeats #3 Westhill In Class LL State Semifinal

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Nov 152018
 

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The Lady Spartans Volleyball team has been amazing since the beginning of the season, with only a handful of losses, they worked their way up to the Class LL State Semifinal in Fairfield on Wednesday night and shut out the No. 3 seed Westhill High team.

Both teams played their hearts out, but No.10 seed Amity was just that much better this time around, stunning their opponents with three wins (26-24, 25-23 and 25-20).

Even though the Lady Spartans won 3-0, it was no walk in the park. Every game was a nail-biter for players and fans alike.

In Game 1, Amity led by 3 to 4 points for most of the game but Westhill used its skills to tie them at 23-23 and 24-24. Then Amity kicked it into high gear to win 26-24.

In Game 2, Westhill made us sweat with massive leads of 8 to 10 points, but when they got to 21-18 Amity forged ahead to win 25-23.

In Game 3, Both teams played their “A” game but Amity pulled off a 25-20 win to advance to the state final against No.12 seed Darien at East Haven High School on Saturday at 10 a.m.

This is the second consecutive title game for Amity, which lost to Greenwich in 2017.

I would love to see Senior Captain Abby Harbinson celebrate a State Championship Title for everything she’s given to the team during her high school career. 

— The road to the title for Amity and Darien —

No. 10 Amity (17-5)

First Round: Amity 3, West Haven 0 (25-10, 25-14, 25-17)

Second Round: Amity 3, Shelton 1 (18-25, 25-22, 25-15, 25-20)

Quarterfinals: Amity 3, Cheshire 2 (29-31, 25-22, 14-25, 25-18, 15-11)

Semifinal: Amity 3, Westhill 0 (26-24, 25-23, 25-20)

No. 12 Darien (17-6)

First Round: Darien 3, Hall 1 (21-25, 25-10, 25-17, 25-10)

Second Round: Darien 3, Newtown 2 (25-21, 25-27, 21-25, 29-27, 15-11)

Quarterfinal: Darien 3, Glastonbury 1 (25-21, 25-17, 23-25, 25-21)

Semifinal: Darien 3, Southington 2 (27-29, 26-24, 25-23, 19-25, 15-12)

 

Who will win the Championship?

We will find out on Saturday. GO SPARTANS!

A Statement From The Clergy In The Town Of Orange

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Nov 152018
 

In response to the recent anti-Semitic, homophobic and racist rhetoric and actions that have been reported at the Amity High School, we, the members of the Clergy of the Town of Orange stand together and condemn any and all such language and express our profound sadness that students in the Amity School System are being subjected to these hurtful words and symbols of hate. We find these actions gravely offensive and totally unacceptable.

As leaders of the Houses of Worship in the town of Orange, we have always enjoyed an engaging and thoughtful Interfaith Dialogue. We stand united and affirm our longstanding and positive relations with the Jewish Community and peoples of all religions. 
Furthermore, we encourage the parents in our congregations and in the wider community to discuss these issues with their children and to model for them respectful regard for the dignity of all people.  We have been working closely with the Amity High School Administration, A.D.L. and local teenagers establishing the next steps forward.
We pray that during this Holy Season that celebrates peace, thankfulness, and goodwill among all people, that with God’s grace and help, mutual respect, understanding, and love will prevail.
Rev. Timothy Boerger, Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church
Rev. Father Norman Brockett, Holy Infant Roman Catholic Church
Imam Bachir Djehiche, New Haven Islamic Center
Rabbi Michael Farbman, Temple Emanuel
Rev. James Latimer, Orange Congregational Church
Rev. Peter Orfanakos, St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church
Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus, Congregation Or Shalom

Goldblatt Addresses The Anti-Semitic, Hate Issues In Amity Region

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Nov 152018
 

Most people are disturbed by the things we’ve heard about vandalism and actions leaning toward hatred and anti-Semitism coming from our regional high school.

At this week’s Orange Board of Selectmen’s meeting, longtime Selectman Mitch Goldblatt made the following statement before the board:

“I stand before you tonight as a graduate of the Amity Class of 1975 and the proud father of two Amity graduates, the latest just this past June. But, as I stand here wearing my Amity colors, none of us could foresee the hate and bigotry that we have heard about at the high school in just the last few days.

I am proud of the courageous Amity students who were willing to stand up to such hate and expose the anti-Semitism, racism, and homophobia that exists there.

Amity represents friendship and a bond between the towns of Bethany, Orange, and Woodbridge. That very fabric is being torn by the vile and disgusting acts that have caused many students not to feel safe in their own school.
This hurts all of us and weakens us not just as a school system, but as a community; for this is not just an Amity problem, it is a community problem.

I am pleased that the Amity administration has quickly taken a leadership role in not only inviting students into listening sessions over the past two days, but also by partnering with clergy, elected officials, law enforcement, the Anti-Defamation League, and others to address this issue that exists in our schools and our community.

As town leaders, I expect us to work with the administration in any way possible to understand and then end this intolerance of others. As a first step, I urge all of you to join me this Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the annual Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service being held this year at Holy Infant Church. Let us come together to show our respect for each other’s faiths and rise together as one community during this holiday season.

Those who participate in hate crimes should be held accountable and punished.

However, from this negative publicity, sadness, and shock, I can only hope that we will become a stronger community and a stronger Amity so that we can all be proud once again because Hate Has No Home Here!”

Nov 142018
 

 

Today, House Republican Leader Themis Klarides called the recent reports of anti-Semitic acts at Amity Regional High School unacceptable.

“These reported acts of hatred are unacceptable in any place and at any time,” Klarides said.

Klarides has reached out to school officials, including Principal Anna Mahon and acting Superintendent James A. Connelly, and has pledged her full support to local officials. “I am available to them in any capacity they deem appropriate,’’ she said.

“These young people need to be assured that they will be safe and protected,” Klarides said. “As leaders in our communities, our first priority must be protecting their rights and safeguarding their daily lives. This behavior cannot be tolerated.”

Nov 142018
 

We live in a scary world. With news of anti-semitic symbols and other vandalism at Amity that is making some of our young people uneasy, it is disturbing to find out that vandalism at High Plains may also have sent the same message of hatred in this community which also has a large Jewish population.

Orange Live reached out to Police Chief Robert Gagne for some reassurances.

Gagne confirmed that there was indeed vandalism at High Plains, and there have been eggings and spray painting incidents done by Amity kids, but some of the information that’s being shared has been misconstrued.

“There has been vandalism, which is bad,” he said. “But there were no swastikas, or anything anti-Semitic here in Orange, which is good.”

Gagne said Amity is taking the right steps, working to bring an end to this negative situation.

Amity Addresses Reports of Anti-Semitic Behavior In School And The Community

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Nov 132018
 

Dear Amity Community,

The Amity Board of Education and the Amity School District were shocked and saddened by the fears and concerns reported by the students and community members about the anti-Semitic behaviors they have experienced in both school and the community. The students feel unsafe because of these hurtful and hateful acts against them and their community.

The Amity School District will not tolerate this type of harassment and will investigate and take disciplinary action against students who demonstrate unacceptable behavior. We will also cooperate and coordinate with the local police department in some of these investigations.

The district will take a leadership role in partnering with the community, including religious leaders, elected officials, advocacy groups such as the Anti-Defamation League, state and federal officials, youth groups and other people of good will in a comprehensive effort to address this issue in our schools and community.

The most critical members of this partnership are the students, families, and staff of our schools. We sincerely welcome their involvement. Our goal is to make the Amity Schools and community the inclusive, tolerant, and safe community we all demand it should become again.

James A. Connelly

Interim Superintendent of Schools