Boys’ Lacrosse: Amity Squashes West Haven 10-4

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Apr 062017

The Amity Spartans Lacrosse team was on the road in West Haven Wednesday night for a match-up against the Blue Devils.
Amity worked hard out on the field and outshot West Haven 27-18.
Tyler Vincent and Colin Hughes made 3 goals each and Ryan Rattley and Mark DellaTorre each made 2 goals.
Luke Smith had 3 assists, Mark DellaTorre had 2 assists, while Blake Batista, Matt Weidenfeller, Tyler Vincent and Ryan Rattley each had 1 assist.
Goalie Matt Perrotti, a senior, really worked the net and made 10 saves.
If you get an opportunity to watch this team play, keep your eye on #11 Capt. Corey Sachs. He is the “face-off king.” Very intense and one of the best I’ve seen in years.
Amity:             1-2-3-4 = 10
West Haven:  0-2-1-1 = 4
Records: Amity 1-1, WH 1-1

Special Town Meeting Tonight at 7 p.m.

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Apr 052017

“Senior” Prom is Coming Up At Peck Place School

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Apr 052017

file photo from 2014

Peck Place School will once again host a Senior Prom at the school, 500 Peck Lane, on Friday, April 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event includes a buffet style lunch and beverages.

This is an actual prom for Orange’s senior residents, with music and dancing.

There is no charge, just call 203-891-4784 to RSVP to the senior center so they can tell the school how many will be attending.

A Big Day For Amity Sports Teams

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Apr 042017

The Amity baseball team defeated Cheshire 2-1 and 1-0

The big winners were the Boys Tennis Players who shut out Cheshire 7-0

The Lady Spartans Softball team defeated the North Haven Indians 4-3.
Boys Volleyball beat St. Joseph’s 3-0.
The Girls’ Tennis team came up a little short, losing to Daniel Hand 2-5.

It’s Time To Nominate Your Choice For Environmental Champion

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Apr 042017

As the May 1 deadline for its seventh annual Environmental Champion Awards approaches, Aquarion is reminding schools, businesses, environmental organizations and the general public that nominations are still being accepted for outstanding voluntary achievements to protect and restore Connecticut’s natural environment.

The Aquarion Environmental Champion Awards will select a winner in five categories: Adult, Student (Grades 9-12), Small Business, Large Business and Non-Profit Organization. Nominations can be made for volunteer projects that have significantly contributed to the improvement of environmental quality through the protection, conservation, restoration or stewardship of Connecticut’s water, air, soils, and plant and wildlife habitats. Self-nominations and re-nominations are welcome. Awards will be given to projects that demonstrate a high level of achievement and create sustainable or reproducible results.

“There are a multitude of individuals and organizations from across the state doing great work to help Connecticut’s environment,” said Charles V. Firlotte, President and CEO of Aquarion Water Company.  “We have received some excellent nominations so far and we hope even more people will nominate themselves or a colleague for their environmental efforts before the Monday, May 1 deadline.”

Awards will include a $1,000 award for the student winner and $2,500 contributions to environmental non-profit organizations selected by the other category winners. Aquarion will honor winners on June 3, 2017 at a special event to be held at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport.

More information is available at www.aquarionwater.com and www.facebook.com/aquarionwater.

Apr 012017

I may possibly be the only person on earth that has never seen Fiddler On The Roof — Not the movie, nor in a theater — yet, on Friday March 31, when the lights went down in the Amity High School theater and Phil Dolan began conducting the orchestra, it all seemed so familiar.

The first number, “Tradition” included nearly the entire troupe and was so tight, beautifully choreographed and well executed that the audience was immediately sucked in. — This was going to be another Amity classic.

In Act 1, Tevye, the poor milkman’s daughters find love and break the tradition of being paired by a matchmaker.

Rob Kennedy’s staging and Dan Hassenmayer’s lighting bring out the best visually for the Sabbath Prayer, and the haunting presentation of The Dream will leave you asking “How did they do that?”

Julie  Chevan, Brenda Burt and their tremendous crew of costumers outdid themselves with dressing the huge cast to fit the 1905 period.

During the 15 minute intermission, veteran actor and theater enthusiast Robert Drobish (Father of Andrea Kennedy) praised lead actor Eric Greenbaum (Tevye) for his opening night performance.

There are so many great performers in this production that it’s hard to single an one out. Each year, Amity seems to have more talented soprano singers than the last.

Personally, I appreciated the performances by the three actresses who played Tevye’s eldest daughters, Emily Kilian “Tzeitel,” Gabrielle Aversa “Hodel” and Talya Braverman “Chava.” Each did a wonderful job.

If you paid attention and reserved your seats when tickets first went on sale as I suggested, you will be enjoying this show in the final three performances next week.

Another job well done by the Kennedy’s and everyone involved with the Amity Theater Department.



Early Bird Registration Ends Today for the Charity 5K Road Race

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Mar 312017

Amity High School senior Lillian Zhang welcomes everyone to a new local road race for an important cause.
“My club and I are hosting the Woodbridge Be The Match 5K on the Woodbridge Green to raise funds for Be The Match, an organization that provides life saving bone marrow transplants for cancer patients,” Zhang said. “It’s a wonderful community event for all ages and fitness levels.”
The deadline for Early Bird registration ends Friday, March 31. Pre-registered runners receive free T-shirts and a $2 coupon to Bruegger’s Bagels. Top runners also receive awards.
The event includes a post race party with food, awards, and a raffle.
We’re also having a bone marrow drive and a raffle with gift cards to Denali, Red Barn, Fleet Feet Sports, and signed posters from NY Giants and Boston Red Sox.
Sponsors include: Laticrete, Denali, Woodbridge Running Company, Chabaso Bakery, Crest Lincoln of Woodbridge, Grimaldi’s, APM Sports Chiropractic, ELITE Sports Medicine, Whole Foods, and Generation UCan.
About the 5K

Be The Match and Give A Spit are excited to host the 2017 Woodbridge Be The Match 5K that unites communities across Connecticut in support of helping patients in need of a bone marrow transplant. With your support in fundraising as an individual or team, you help more patients afford transplants, add potential marrow donors to the Be The Match Registry®, and make more life-saving research possible.

The Woodbridge Be The Match 5K Walk/Run and the Children’s Fun Run is an event for people of all ages and fitness levels. Take the first step by registering for the Woodbridge Be The Match timed 5K by Thom Jacobs of Paynes Corner Timing.

All proceeds from this event will benefit Be The Match.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! We need your help on race day. Sign up HERE.

Can’t attend on race day? Register for a virtual run that can take place whenever you want while supporting Be The Match.

Click HERE to register, support or join a team.

Results of 2016-17 Winter Sports at Amity

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Mar 282017

Kyle Beaudette

Amity High School Athletes work hard during every season in every sport. Some, like the baseball and softball teams are well known for their accomplishments year after year.

During the Winter Sports Award Night earlier this month all of the athletes from the winter sports gathered in the High School Gymnasium where several individual teams and athletes were recognized for making their mark in the state this year, including Orange’s own Kyle Beaudette who placed first in the 1600 meter in Indoor Track and Nicole Koshes 1st Place for 55HH in the SCC Tournament and Shayna Goldblatt 2nd Place – Girls States for wrestling.

The list below also includes a few athletes who broke school records.    

Congratulations to all the teams and athletes for all you’ve done.

Shayna Goldblatt


Boys’ Basketball SCC Participants

State Tournament Participants

Girls’ Basketball    SCC Tournament Participants

State Tournament Participants

Dance State Tournament 4th Place overall

New England Regional: Pom – 5th place overall

Boys’ Ice Hockey State Tournament Participants

Girls’ Ice Hockey SCC Runner Up – Division II

Boys’ Indoor Track SCC Participants

State Tournament Participants

New England Tournament Participants

Girls’ Indoor Track SCC Tournament Participants

State Tournament Participants

Girls’ Ski Racing State Tournament 5th Place

Boys’ Swimming SCC Tournament 5th Place

State Tournament 4th Place

State Open 2nd, 3rd and 7th Place

Wrestling SCC Tournament Participants

State Tournament Participants                        


Boys’ Basketball Tyler Thomas All SCC 1st Team, New Haven Tap Off Club All Area Team

Girls’ Basketball Amanda Granados All SCC 2nd Team

Dance Haley Fusco All American

Madison Kiska All American

Boys’ Ice Hockey Zach White Hobey Baker Character Award

Mac Deane SCC/SWC All League 2nd Team – Defense

Jason Csejka SCC/SWC All League 2nd Team – Forward, CIAC Division II 1st Team All State Team

Girls’ Ice Hockey Bailey MacNamara All SCC Honorable Mention

Tess Cjeska All SCC Honorable Mention

Boys’ Indoor Track Kyle Beaudette New Haven Register All-Area

SCC East Sectional 1st Place 1600 meter

SCC Championship Meet 1st Place 1600 meter

New England Tournament Participant  – 1600 meter

Chris Pigatt SCC East Sectional 2nd Place 55 meter dash

Matt D’Onofrio SCC East Sectional 2nd Place Pole Vault

Dan Koproski SCC East Sectional 2nd Place Long Jump

Zach Bailey SCC East Sectional 2nd Place Shot Put

SCC Championship Meet 1st Place Shot Put

Girls’ Indoor Track Amy (Zizhu) Chen New School Record for Pole Vault 9’0”

Nicole Koshes SCC Tournament 1st Place for 55HH with time of  9.082, All SCC

Natalie Iwaskiewicz  State Tournament 5th Place – 3200m time 11:45.46

Girls’ Ski Racing Mary Foley All State Team

Team Connecticut Selection

State Open 1st Place

Boys’ Swimming Colin Roy All-SCC 50 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke

All-State – 50 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle

School Record –  50 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle

State Open 50 Freestyle 2nd Place, 100 Freestyle 3rd Place

Ken Yanaisawa All-SCC 100 Butterfly

State Open 500 Freestyle, 7th  Place

Wrestling Nathan Shilling 5th Place State Tournament @ 285 lbs.

Nathan Morrissey 6th Place State Tournament @ 170 lbs.

Shayna Goldblatt 2nd Place – Girls States

Claire Jackson 3rd Place – Girls States


The Amity Athletic Department would like to express its sincere thanks to the following individuals who volunteered their time to assist our programs:

Mr. Todd Dandelske – Boys’ Ice Hockey

Mr. Don Linley – Boys’ Ice Hockey

Mr. Brian Gonsalves – Boys’ Ice Hockey

Mr. Jeff Buchter – Boys’ Ice Hockey

Mr. Tom Haley – Indoor Track

Give Hair and Hope Next Monday At Amity Middle School

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Mar 272017

Amity Middle School – Orange is gearing up for its 9th annual “Giving Hair and Hope” event next Monday, April 3 at 6 p.m. This annual event raises funds for St. Baldrick’s, an organization that funds childhood cancer research, and participants also donate ponytails to Pantene to make wigs for cancer patients.

The AMSO event continues to grow each year and organizers hope you will consider being a part of this amazing fundraiser.

There are may ways to help. You can “brave the shave” and raise funds for St. Baldrick’s, donate a ponytail, or make a monetary donation. This year they also will raffle off four tickets to see the NY Knicks at Madison Square Garden (please contact Vittoria at Vittoria.Fielosh@reg5.k12.ct.us if you would like to purchase raffle tickets).

You are also invited to come to the event which will take place at the Middle School, 100 Ohman Avenue, Orange, on Monday, April 3, at 6 p.m. Amity’s Pop Warner Cheerleaders will be performing. There will be entertainment for younger children, food, music and more.

For more information, to make a donation, or join the event you can visit the AMSO fundraising page: https://www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/1788/2017

This week students will be raising money by participating in “Money Wars” and they will be hosting a volleyball tournament Tuesday, March 28, after school, from 2:30-4:00 p.m. The cost is $3 to play and all proceeds will benefit St. Baldrick’s Foundation. If students do not have a ride home, they are welcome to take the late bus.

ATTENTION: Get Your Tickets For Fiddler On The Roof Before They’re Sold Out

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Mar 272017

The Amity Theater Department JUST made tickets available for its Spring Musical “Fiddler On The Roof” on Feb. 4 and by 7 p.m. the front center section already was pretty much sold out.

We’ve covered many Amity musicals in the past and can state with certainty that when sales are this brisk on opening day, every show will be sold out before you can blink — and that certainly is the case here.

“Fiddler on the Roof” is a beloved classic show that Amity Theater’s Andrea Kennedy calls the “Best musical of all time.”

Today the Amity Theater Department announced that the show is nearly sold out. Click HERE to buy your tickets NOW!!!

Performances will take place at the John J. Brady Center for the Performing Arts
Amity Regional High School, 25 Newton Road, Woodbridge on March 31, April 1, 6, 7, and 8 at 7:30 p.m.

For more information call (203)-392-2019 or e-mail: amityboxoffice@gmail.com

Visit their website at www.amitytheaterdepartment.com

This Production of Fiddler on the Roof has been made possible through generous donations from The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation, Laticrete International and Caldwell Banker.