Orange Resident Earns First Honors

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Nov 212019

Orange Resident Jake Forchetti, a Senior at Amity High School, earned first honors for the first quarter of the 2019-2020 school year.

Forchetti is the son of Peter and Jacqueline Forchetti.

Nov 042019

The Amity Football team is having one of the best seasons in years. They are 4-3 so far.

On Friday, Nov. 8, they host Hamden in Woodbridge at 7 p.m.


Next week, Nov. 15,  they are away at Wilbur Cross at 7 p.m.

And the Thanksgiving Game will take place at Amity on WEDNESDAY, Nov. 27 against North Haven at 6 p.m.

Go Spartans!




Amity Swimmin’ Women Now 10-2 For The Season

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Oct 262019

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The Lady Spartans competed in Cheshire against the Rams on Friday, Oct. 25.

Amity has had a fantastic season so far, but Cheshire outscored them 97-78.

Cheshire’s Winning Events:

200 Medley Relay: Cheshire – Stevens, Newton, Stevens, Chen (1:51.54)

200 Free: Cheshire – Julia Stevens (1:55.86)

200 IM: Cheshire – Bella Tejeda (2:16.05)

50 Free: Cheshire – Sophie Murphy (24.37)

100 Fly: Cheshire – Julia Stevens (57.83)

100 Free: Cheshire – Avery Potyrala (56.36)

500 Free: Cheshire – Nora Bergstrom (5:16.03)

200 Free Relay: Cheshire – Chen, Newton, Gulati, Murphy (1:43.82)

Amity’s Winning Events:

Diving: Amity – Gianna Cooper (191.93)

100 Back: Amity – Lauren Sender (1:04.50)

100 Breast: Amity – Emma Grabowski (1:13.66)

400 Free Relay: Amity – Snow, Robinson, Mahon, O’Connor (3:55.67)

Amity School Board Moves December Referendum Forward

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Oct 222019

Last evening (Monday, Oct. 21) the Amity Regional School District No. 5 Board of Education voted in favor of two resolutions that will move two facilities projects forward to a referendum in December.  The referendum will take place on December 4, 2019.  Polls will be open 6:00 am – 8:00 pm at the Bethany Town Hall, the High Plains Community Center in Orange, and the Center Building in Woodbridge.

The first of these projects will address improvements to the building and grounds facilities at all three schools.  Included in this project are ongoing upgrades to the HVAC system at Amity Regional High School, as well as adding air conditioning to the small gym, the last space in the building that is not air-conditioned. 

These improvements are part of an ongoing plan to address needs identified in the vanZelm Condition Assessment report from January 2016.  Chillers will also be refurbished at the high school and phase three (of three) of parking lot paving will be completed at Amity Regional High School. Additionally, the project seeks to design and improve the acoustics in the gymnasiums and cafeterias at both middle schools.

The second project aims for improvements to the Amity Regional High School outdoor athletic facilities.  This project includes a complete upgrade of the athletic stadium, as well as upgrades to our competition field.  The athletic stadium was last improved 30 years ago, and almost all aspects of the stadium are at end-of-life. 

The asphalt track, constructed in 1999, would be replaced with a post-tensioned concrete track with an expected lifespan of 50 years or more.  The metal halide lights and wooden poles, installed in 1988, would be replaced with energy-efficient LED lights on metal poles. 

An all-weather field would be installed, replacing the current sod field.  Installation of an all-weather field would increase the use of the stadium from its current single sport, football, to all six-field sports by adding competition space for girls’ field hockey, boys’ and girls’ soccer, and girls’ and boys’ lacrosse. 

The proposal also includes the installation of an LED scoreboard, which would allow the scoreboard to be adjusted to the sport or competition being played in the stadium.  Lastly, the proposal includes enhancements to the current Amity competition field.  This field, originally designed as a practice field, would be upgraded with permanent spectator bleachers and an ADA compliant walkway, as well as an LED scoreboard.

Additional information can be found on the district website at https://www.amityregion5.org/  direct link to the presentation is HERE

Apply Now For The Howard Jacobson Scholarship Award

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Oct 202019

Cable Advisory Council Area 2 will bestow two scholarships in memory of former longtime Chairperson Howard Jacobson.  One high school and one college student studying film, mass communications, and television or media studies will receive $500 to help further their studies.

The CAC of Area 2, which serves the towns of Fairfield, Bridgeport, Stratford, Milford, Orange, and Woodbridge promotes quality Community Access Television.  The Council is an ongoing asset for Cable Area 2 with the support of Altice/Cablevision.

Scholarship Qualifications & Criteria – Applicants must be able to prove:

  • They are residents of one of the six CAC area towns – Fairfield, Bridgeport, Stratford, Milford, Orange or Woodbridge – currently attending a high school, community college, college or university.
  • They have declared a major in mass communications or media studies.  Along with pursuing a career in this field, they are taking classes or engaged in independent studies.
  • They are in good standing with their academic institution.
  • They must submit a short essay under 500 words describing their creative coursework, portfolio or project and how it relates to this scholarship award.  Supplemental links to media projects are welcome.

The two winners will be selected on the basis of their overall academic performance, portfolio, and their personal statement.

The application deadline is December 31, 2019.  To apply, e-mail postmaster@cacarea2.com.

Girls’ Swimming: And The Beat Goes On

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Oct 192019

Amity(9-1) hosted North Haven in Orange on Friday, Oct. 18.
Amity defeated North Haven 95 to 89.
Amity’s Winning Events
200-yard Freestyle: A- 2:01.63 Julia Snow
500-yard Freestyle: A- 5:25.65 Julia Snow
200-yard Freestyle Relay: A- 1:43.08 Katie O’Connor, Emma Tirollo, Julia Snow, Grace Mahon
100 Butterfly: A- 59.76 Katie O’Connnor
North Haven’s Winning Events
200 yard Medley Relay: NH- 1:52.90 Brooke Nebor, Angela Gambardella, Mikayla Rapuano, Madeline Bergin
200 Ind. Medley: NH-2:13.95 Angela Gambardella
50-yard Freestyle: NH- 25.06 Madeline Bergin
Diving: NH- 227.70 Ava Santacroce
100 Freestyle: NH- 55.50 Madeline Bergin
100 yard Backstroke: NH- 1:04.39 Mikayla Rapuano
100 yard Breaststroke: NH- 1:07.55 Angela Gambardella
400 yard Freestyle Relay: NH- 4:04.60 Mikayla Rapuano, Riley Jooss, Giulia Faulkner, Taya Laborde

Orange Middle School Students Participate In Government Day

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Oct 182019

On Wednesday, October 16, students from Amity Middle School in Orange worked in the government offices for the town of Orange. From the 55 essays submitted to the contest, 17 students were chosen to participate.

Eighth-grade social studies teacher, Jennifer Marganski, has coordinated this annual event for the past few years.  “Seventh and eighth-graders were able to learn from Town Clerk, Pat O’Sullivan, how our democracy is an evolutionary process and that local government allows us to do collectively what we cannot do alone,” Marganski stated.

Jillian Barnes, an eighth-grader, said, “It was a fun and educational experience.  I would recommend it to other students.”  Eighth-grader, Raegan French, said, “I drive by the community center every day, and I never knew all the work that goes on inside [until participating in Government Day].”  Furthermore, eighth-grader, Andie Napolitano, said, “Everybody [at the library] was so kind; and I loved every moment of it, especially when I got to help out with the kids.”  Finally, eighth-grader, Taylor Thomas said, “It was fun!”  That seemed to be the overriding sentiment for the day; everyone enjoyed the experience.

Students also met with First Selectmen Jim Zeoli before spending time in their designated positions.  He explained that each department in local government is valuable; and together the departments create the town, of which the school is a vital part.

After spending the morning in their positions, the Student Council at Amity Middle School in Orange treated the students to lunch at Chip’s Family Restaurant.  Students were very grateful for the opportunity to shadow local leaders and spend the day actively learning about their town.

Amity’s Swimmin’ Women Splash Past Lauralton Hall

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Oct 072019

The Amity Girls Swimming and Diving Team defeated Lauralton Hall at Foran in Milford on Monday night.
Amity (6-1) scored 98 points to  Lauralton Hall’s 86 
Amity’s Winning Events:
200-yard Medley Relay: A- 2:03.88 Lauren Sender, Emma Grabowski, Grace Mahon, Katie O’Connor
50-yard Freestyle: A- 25.41 Katie O’Connor
100 Butterfly: A- 1:02.06 Grace Mahon
100 Freestyle: A- 56.12 Katie O’Connor
500-yard Freestyle: A- 5:28.22 Julia Snow
100-yard Breaststroke: A- 1:15.39 Emma Grabowski
Lauralton Hall’s Winning Events:
200-yard Freestyle: LH- 2:02.45 Claire Kehley
200 Ind. Medley: LH-2:19.12 Vivian Freitas
Diving: LH- 199.10 Cassandra Burton
200-yard Freestyle Relay: LH- 1:46.35 Ashlyn Blessey, Elizabeth Long, Caroline Begg, Claire Kehley
100-yard Backstroke: LH- 1:01.13 Vivian Freitas
400-yard Freestyle Relay: LH- 3:54.29 Catherine McLaughlin, Jenna DePasquale, Kacie DeRosa, Alyson Bugge 

Amity Has Early Football Game on Friday

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Oct 022019

The Amity Spartans Football team is 2-1 for the season.

On Friday, Oct. 4, the boys take on Notre Dame-West Haven (1-2) at Veterans Field at 3:30 p.m.

Veteran’s Field is located at 129 Bull Hill Lane, West Haven. Visitors generally park in the Gateway Christian Fellowship lot.

Come on out if you can to cheer on the Spartans as they shoot for a third victory on Friday afternoon.

Get Your Tickets Now For The Amity Alumni Athletic Hall Of Fame Dinner

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Sep 272019

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The Amity Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame will induct six new members at the annual Amity Hall of Fame / Hall of Honor Dinner on Thursday, October 24, 2019, at Grassy Hill Country Club in Orange at 5:30 p.m.

The 2019 inductees include:

Gary Lindgren, Ice Hockey Coach, and School Counselor;

Patricia Mascia, Girls Basketball and Field Hockey Coach, and Physical Education teacher

Dawn Stanton, Class of 1986, Girls Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field;

Ted Czepiga, Class of 2004, Football and Lacrosse;

Chris Diette, Class of 2004 Swimming and Lacrosse;

Amanda (Vargo) Zapatka, Class of 2004, Soccer and Basketball;

Dinner tickets for this event are $50 in advance with a purchase deadline of October 14th.

Make checks payable to the Amity Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame and send to Amity High School Athletic Department, Att. Lori Bonney,  25 Newton Rd., Woodbridge CT 06525