Free Suzuki Pillow Concert In Orange

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Nov 162017

On the heels of international artists Sirena Huang and Claudio Suzin Rodriguez, The Suzuki Music School’s ‘Pillow Concert’ series continue with a performance by it’s Orange campus’s ‘Suzuki All-Stars,’ on Sunday, Dec. 10, from 3 – 4 p.m.
The ‘All-Stars’ will be performing (violin, viola, cello, and flute) at the Library at St Barbara’s, 480 Racebrook Road, Orange.
‘Pillow Concerts’ are short concerts suitable for the whole family, and children are encouraged to bring a pillow and sit close to the performers.
Tickets are free but limited, so reserve yours today at  https://www.suzukischools.org, they go quickly!

Come To The First Peck Place Holiday Craft Fair

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Nov 142017

It’s that time of year, the holiday season is upon us and everyone is beginning to bustle around getting presents and decorations for their family and homes.
This year, try something new, the inaugural Peck Place School Holiday Craft Fair this Saturday, Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The fair will take place at the school, 500 Peck Lane, Orange.
Organizers promise lots of great vendors, Cappetta’s pizza truck, a raffle, bake sale, kids crafts and a fun time for all!

Free Christmas Concert

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Nov 122017

Amity students are among the performers in the Festival of Carols at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 81 Center Road, Woodbridge, on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 4 p.m.

Admission is FREE, and all are invited to enjoy an hour of beautiful Christmas music by the combined Adults’ and Children’s Choirs and Instrumentalists.

Note: This concert conflicts with the Annual Orange Holiday Festival (3-5 p.m.)

Stars and Stripes Dance To Benefit Knights Scholarship Fund

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Nov 092017

The Holy Infant Knights of Columbus will host its annual Scholarship Fundraiser Dance this coming Saturday, November 11, from 7-11 p.m. in the Holy Infant School gym, 450 Racebrook Road. Everyone is Welcome to attend.
This year’s dance called a “Stars & Stripes Dance,” is taking place on Veteran’s Day to honor all veterans attending the dance. Each military veteran attending this event will receive a memento to signify how we feel about our veterans.
Complimentary wine, beer, soft drinks, water, light hors-d’oeuvres, and desserts also will be available.
The dance will be hosted by Orange’s own “DJ Steve” Schneider, who will play a wide variety of music from the 1940s to the present day (he has an incredible library of music—bring your requests!).
There will be a “Name That Tune” contest, and several line dances will be featured. All net proceeds will benefit the Knights’ Scholarship Fund.
Tickets are only $25 per person, and may be obtained from any Holy Infant Knight member, or by calling Kevin at 203-795-0134 or Mike at 203-799-7818.
originally Published on: Nov 7, 2017 @ 23:12

Varsity Sports Schedule So You Don’t Miss A Thing

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Nov 062017

This week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedule includes all of your favorite teams.


Monday, Nov. 6

Boys Soccer on the road in New Milford at 4 p.m.

Field Hockey in Hamden at 6 p.m.

Girls’ Volleyball at home vs Shelton at 5 p.m.


Tuesday, Nov. 7 (Election Day)

Girls Soccer hosts Simsbury in Woodbridge at 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 8

Girls Swimming and Diving State Diving Championships Away at Middletown High School at 5:30 p.m.


Thursday, Nov. 9

Unified Sports Soccer Tournament at Wilby High School – Waterbury at 3 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 10 (Veterans Day Observed)

Football vs Hamden at Amity 7 p.m.


Saturday, Nov. 11 (Veterans Day)

Boys Cross Country New England Tournament in Belfast, ME

V Girls Swimming and Diving State Swimming Trials at East Hartford High School at 11:30 a.m.



Tuesday, Nov. 14

V Girls Swimming and Diving State Swimming Finals at Wesleyan University at 7 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 16

V Girls Swimming and Diving State Open Diving at Middletown High School at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 18

V Girls Swimming and Diving State Open Swimming at Yale 12:00 p.m.


And, of course, don’t forget the annual Powder Puff Football Game vs North Haven In North Haven on Monday, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m.


Football: Amity Spartans Take On Shelton Gaels Tonight

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Nov 032017

Coming off a HUGE 28-3 victory in Branford last week, the Amity Spartans are on the road again tonight, this time in Shelton for a match-up against the Gaels at 7 p.m.

Amity 2-5 have a battle ahead vs Shelton 6-1, but we can still dream, can’t we?

GO Spartans!

Amity has two games left in the regular season, both at home.

Nov. 10 vs Hamden (6-1) 7 p.m.

Nov. 23 vs North Haven (5-2) 10 a.m.

Connecticut Finally Has A Budget

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Nov 012017

On Tuesday Gov. Dannel Malloy Tuesday finally signed into the law the bipartisan budget agreement members of the General Assembly reached, but he vetoed appropriations in support of a new hospital tax proposal and said the budget is “by no means a perfect document.”

In a statement, Malloy said, “After 123 days without a budget, it is time to sign this bipartisan bill into law and continue the steady and significant progress our state has made over the past several years. Connecticut’s families and businesses deserve to have a budget in place, one that provides a stable environment to live and work.”

He added, “While there are certainly many provisions of this budget I find problematic, there’s also a clear recognition of many of the fiscal priorities and concerns I’ve consistently articulated since January. I appreciate the work of the General Assembly in passing a budget to my desk that I can sign.”

Malloy’s office said there are provisions of this budget that the administration finds problematic, but, taken as a whole, the budget incorporates many of Malloy’s policy priorities, including creating a municipal accountability review board aimed at playing “a significant role in bringing the City of Hartford back from the brink of bankruptcy and providing the state the necessary tools to intervene early to restore fiscal stability to struggling towns and cities.”

CLICK on the Arrows in the lower corner to see the document.

The budget adopts changes to the Estate Tax and Insurance Premium Tax and supports an initiative to assist residents with crumbling foundations.

“While this may be a step in the right direction, make no mistake about it – this is by no means a perfect document and it is not one I would have negotiated,” Malloy said. “There are real legal and structural issues with the budget presented to me, and I have concerns about the state’s ability to keep it in balance over the biennium and beyond. That’s why, along with my signature, I am also line-item vetoing a component of the budget relating to the supplemental payments to hospitals that would leave Connecticut taxpayers exposed to legal challenges and a potential $1 billion budget shortfall per year. I strongly urge my colleagues in the General Assembly to convene as soon as possible to pass a legal alternative to the illegal hospital tax and troublesome supplemental payment and rate language presented in the bill.”

Klarides Responds

House Republican Leader Themis Klarides said towns and cities will get relief from having a budget in place after Gov. Malloy signed it today, but his line-item rejection of the state hospital reimbursement deal could lead to future deficits and will require further legislative action.

“The good news is that our towns and cities will finally have relief in the way of state aid and our much needed social services programs will continue,’’ Klarides said. “The bad news is the issues regarding our hospitals remain unresolved because of the Governor’s line-item veto, and the House and Senate will have to address that.’’

Klarides said the initial Republican budget passed in mid-September with Democrat votes and vetoed by Gov. Malloy was a better plan for Connecticut because it did not raise any taxes and provided much-needed relief to municipalities. The compromise budget reached with Democrats last week is preferable to the highly destructive executive orders that the Governor issued that would have eliminated aid to many towns and cities and gutted the social services networks.

“The ongoing dispute between the Governor, the hospitals and the legislature on the language required to access the pool of federal money the hospitals are seeking we believed was settled in the compromise budget,’’ she said. “Now we need to deal with his line-item veto.’’ 

Lawmakers have consulted with the Connecticut Hospital Association on how best to devise a plan that will succeed in obtaining federal reimbursement for the taxes hospitals will pay.

State Budget Passes House With Veto Proof Margin

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Oct 262017

House Republican Leader Themis Klarides said the passage of the compromise state budget after nearly four months of the fiscal year closes the $3.5 billion deficit without raising income taxes and includes historic spending constraints.

”The budget we have put in place includes historic spending constraints that will hedge against future deficits. While this budget is not perfect, it reflects the core Republican components of spending restraints, less borrowing so that we can finally start living within our means,’’ Klarides said.

She added, “This is a day of hope for the people of Connecticut.’’

The budget passed 126-23 at 12:40 p.m. after several hours of debate, a margin that overturns a
veto by the governor.

Klarides said the state will be able to close the massive deficit with less than a 1 percent increase in taxes and fees. The bulk of the tax hikes are on cigarette sales and the hospital taxes that will be refunded by the federal government once the state completes its application to the federal agency that administers Medicaid and Medicare.

The budget features a variety of spending constraints:

 An annual bonding cap of $1.9 billion in borrowing, a half billion less than what Connecticut put on its credit card last year;

 A revenue cap that prevents the state from spending all the money it expects to take in annually. Somehow we always seem to fall short of revenue projections;

 A volatility cap that will automatically send any excess revenue to the Budget Reserve Fund.

Current law allows state employee union contracts to go into effect without a vote by the legislature. In a huge concession reached during negotiations with Democratic leaders, votes by the House and Senate will be required before a contract can become law.

Middle School Students Shadow Local Government Officials

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Oct 262017

Back row: Adam Glassman, Landon Rocchio, Frank Cavallaro, Mason Beaudette, Spencer Stratford, Aayan Chaturvedi Middle Row: Jade Krukar, Anna Varholak, Alana Abrams, Zoe May Front row: Jasmina Krehic, Madison Samoncik, Colleen Shaw, and Caityln Shanley

By Jennifer Marganski

Many seventh and eighth grade students at Amity Middle School Orange submitted essays this year to shadow fifteen different local positions in the town. Pictured are the students who had the opportunity to shadow local town government officials.  The students learned about local government from Town Clerk Pat O’Sullivan and were also able to take a private tour of historical buildings in Orange Center with First Selectman Jim Zeoli. 

October has come to mean Government Day in Orange and on a bright Wednesday morning, fifteen students were able to not only learn about some early events in their town’s history including its separation from Milford but also about the founding families of the town, including the Treat and Clark families who have played pivotal roles in the Orange community. 

Students had an opportunity to introduce themselves to local government officials and explain why they wanted to participate in the day shadowing local leaders.  They were even interviewed by the OGAT channel!

Mark Your Calendars For Music In Motion 2017

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Oct 262017

The Amity Music Department presents “Grammy Night” Music In Motion 2017, Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m.  in the John J. Brady Center for the Performing Arts at Amity High School, 25 Newton Road, Woodbridge.

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Click HERE to get your tickets today!

Music In Motion 2017 is a fun, exciting, family friendly production that brings elements of the marching arts, dance and music to the stage. The theme this year is “Grammy Night.” Experience an eclectic blend of music like you have never experienced before!