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Letter From Amity Principal: Officials Addressing Anti-Semitic Issues

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Nov 302018
 

Message from Amity Principal Anna Mahon to Amity High School Community –

Over the past few weeks, we have worked with students, faculty, members of the community, the ADL and district administrators to formulate a comprehensive plan to address the concerns regarding intolerant and anti-Semitic behaviors at the high school that were raised at the November 12th Board of Education meeting.

We will continue to work closely with students, faculty, community groups and parents as we move forward and work to make ARHS a safe, supportive and inclusive school community for all students.

Sincerely,
Anna Mahon
Principal

Football: Amity Keeps North Haven On Its Toes Til The Bitter End — Best Spartans Team In A Decade

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Nov 222018
 

Back on October 13, I wrote the following:

“The Amity Spartans football team hasn’t gotten, nor earned much credit for several years, but now, under the leadership of new Head Coach Craig Bruno and Asst. Coach John Johnson, the boys are more than impressive this year.”

Throughout the season, I reminded readers not to underestimate the Spartans Football Team, as they were working on the best season in more than a decade.

Amity went onto Vanacore Field at North Haven High School for the traditional Thanksgiving Day rivalry game with a 5-4 record against the Indians with its 7-2 record.

Even though North Haven has crushed many of its opponents this season, I had a feeling that the 2018 Spartans would give them a run for their money. And although I can’t write a decent sports story, or define a particular play, I was right about this year’s team.

Amity showed its true spirit just minutes into the game when Michael Young ran 77-yards weaving and dodging the Indians best defensive players to make the first touchdown of the game, certainly stunning North Haven fans and players. Joe Digello’s 2-point rush gave the Spartans an 8-0 lead.

North Haven struck right back with Devan Brockamer’s 32-yard run TD, extra point failed 8-6, Amity.

At the end of the first quarter, the Indians held a 4 point lead 12-8.

In the second quarter, North Haven’s Shamus Meehan scored a touchdown and Brockamer’s rush added 2 extra points as well, bringing their lead to 20-8.

Then, with no time on the clock, Michael Young scored another touchdown, but the extra point was no good, bringing the halftime score to 20-14 – North Haven.

There was a lot of back and forth in the third quarter, but both teams’ defense was doing their jobs until the end of the quarter when North Haven added another 8 points, credited to Brockamer pushing their lead to 28-14.

Amity’s Nico Semmonella made a 14-yard touchdown, but the rush failed, bringing the score to 20-28 with 7:20 left

With just 3:29 remaining, Semmonella scored a 16-yard touchdown, again the rush failed- bringing the score to a nail-biting 28-26.

Amity had a first and goal at the 7-yard line with 1:30 to go in the game. The Spartans had a couple of opportunities to tie or win the game but, it wasn’t meant to be.

 

                                                      SCOREBOARD

 AMITY                    8  6  0  12  –  26

NORTH HAVEN  12  8  8   0  –  28

I am so proud of the Spartans and grateful to their coaches for leading them this far. We had a great time watching you boys play and admire your integrity and the respect you showed other players on the field throughout the season.

To this year’s 10 seniors: Michael Young, Jacob Lettick, Daniel Beckwith, Gabriel Lipsitz, Andrew Kimball, Brendan Messina, Brenna Dimauro, Ryan Biagetti, Justin Griffin, and James Van Hise, thank you for all you’ve done this year to put the Spartans on the map.

To the fans, remember, next year, we will still have a lot of talent out there on the field when this year’s juniors are next year’s 12th graders leading the team. Among them are: Joseph Digello, James Laubstein, Nico Semmonella, Abyan Nawaz, Andrew Gnidula, Jake Forchetti, Daniel Cavanagh, Aedan Loynsky. With these players and 10 other juniors, along with the 15 remaining underclassmen and any other talent that may be recruited, I think we’ll be in good hands for quite a while.

 

 

 

 

A Look Back: The Spartans – Indians Thanksgiving Rivalry Over The Years

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Nov 222018
 

 

The Spartans-Indians Thanksgiving rivalry began in 1996.

Amity has won 8 times, while North Haven has won 13 times, including the past 10 consecutive years.

Not since 2009, when the final score was 21-19, has Amity come “this close” to a Thanksgiving Day victory.

On Wednesday, Nov. 21, the highly skilled 2018 Spartans fought their way all the way through the game in North Haven, nearly breaking the Indian’s decade-long run, only to lose by 2 points at 28-26.

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Amity 37         1996                   North Haven   7

Amity           1997                   North Haven   0

Amity   7         1998                   North Haven  18

Amity   7         1999                   North Haven  32

Amity 15         2000                  North Haven   14

Amity 27        2001                  North Haven   27

Amity 27        2002                   North Haven   0

Amity 47       2003                  North Haven   21

Amity 33       2004                   North Haven   7

Amity 45       2005                   North Haven  13

Amity 14        2006                   North Haven 20

Amity 36        2007                   North Haven 24

Amity 20       2008                   North Haven   7

Amity 19        2009                   North Haven   21

Amity 24        2010                   North Haven  40

Amity 10         2011                   North Haven   27

 Amity   7         2012                   North Haven   32

Amity   14       2013                   North Haven   41

Amity  20       2014                  North Haven  40

Amity 30       2015                  North Haven  62

Amity 14        2016                  North Haven  49

Amity  7         2017                  North Haven  46

Amity 26       2018                  North Haven 28

     Series to Date

    Amity: 9 wins

       North Haven: 13 wins

 Ties: 1

What Is Thanksgiving Without High School Football? More Time For Family

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Nov 202018
 

High Schools Across the state are canceling their traditional Thanksgiving Day Football Games due to the subfreezing temperature forecast.

Although some people may be disappointed in the news, I, for one am relieved that I’ll be able to stay for the entire game on Wednesday evening when it will be played in 40+ degree weather, rather than shivering through a couple of quarters on a frigid Thursday morning and being forced to leave because my fingers and toes would feel like they’re going to fall off.

What does it mean for everyone who planned on going to the game on Thursday morning? Well, our Spartans will be able to play their best and we won’t have to worry about Kim, the trainer, having to treat frozen extremities while these athletes battle it out on the field.

Also, it will give families more quality time together, and perhaps time to think about what they are grateful for.

Thanksgiving Day games are tradition, and I wouldn’t want to see it changed every year, but under the circumstances, I think that the decision to switch it to Wednesday evening is wise and in the best interest of the fans and players alike.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving everyone. And to our Amity Spartans, you guys have been awesome this year, and believe it or not, I think you can hold your own against North Haven. Sure, they only lost 2 games (Fairfield Prep and Shelton and their closest game was by one point against West Haven).

But You Gentlemen had the best season of any Spartan Football team in 11 years. No matter what happens we are proud of you and all you’ve accomplished in 2018. We are Thankful for you. Do your best, it’s all we can ask. Have fun and enjoy your last game together.

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!”