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Looking For A Fantastic Daycare? — A Really Great One Has An Opening

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Feb 222018
 

Watch Me Grow Daycare now has an opening for two days a week for 12 months and over if anyone is looking.
For many years we’ve visited Watch Me Grow Daycare on Orange Center Road in Town. Most impressive is that your child will receive one-on-one attention, love, respect, structure, social skills, and an education in the comfort of a home that is highly rated by the state during inspections.
Nutritious food is served, allergies are taken seriously. And, cleanliness is at the top of the list. Everything is scrubbed down and sanitized for the health and safety of every child.
In the warmer weather the children get outside playtime in a safe environment.
Call 203-795-0018 today if you would like your child to go to Watch Me Grow Daycare.

State Rep. Staneski Stands with Animal Advocates

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Feb 212018
 

State Rep. Pam Staneski (Milford & Orange) joined her fellow members of the Animal Welfare Caucus and the Connecticut Humane Society announced their legislative priorities for the 2018 session.

Some of the proposals the Animal Welfare Caucus endorsed are:

  • A bill requiring adequate shelter for animals in extreme weather
  • A bill prohibiting the use of Accelerated Rehabilitation in cases of felony animal cruelty
  • A bill to indemnify those who rescue animals locked in hot or freezing cars
  • A bill specifying that bestiality be considered a felony crime

“Although the focus of the session will be on fixing the state budget, the committees of cognizance will be taking up these animal welfare proposals. I, along with the other animal advocates believe these are serious state issues, as many who abuse animals move onto violent crimes against humans,” said Rep. Staneski, who is the proud and loving owner of two dachshunds.

Boys Swimming and Diving: A Great Senior Day Victory For The Spartans

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Feb 202018
 

The Amity Spartans Swimming and Diving Team hosted the Xavier Falcons from Middletown in Orange on Monday, Feb. 19.

This was a special night for the six Amity seniors: Uranik Klobucishta, Colin Roy, Joe Sugarmann, Blake Wetter, Kevin Yanagisawa and Weichu Yu, who were honored during a brief ceremony before the meet marking their final year on the high school team.

It also was special for Coach Todd Rainey and the rest of the Spartans who celebrated an impressive 101-74 victory.

Amity’s Winning Events

200 Medley Relay: A- 1:47.89 Joseph Sugarmann, Blake Wetter, Kevin Yanagisawa, Colin Roy

200 Ind. Med: A- 2:06.57 Arsenio Bustos

50 freestyle: A- 22.05 Colin Roy

Diving: A- 224.95 Uranik Klobucishta

100 Butterfly: A- 53.78 Kevin Yanagisawa

100 Freestyle: A- 52.65 Shiva Gowda

500 Freestyle: A- 4:58.97 Kevin Yanagisawa

100 Backstroke: A- 59.54 Shiva Gowda

Xavier’s Winning Events

200 Freestyle: X- 1:53.59 Andrew Reagan

200 Freestyle Relay: X- 1:37.16 Julen Lujambio, Andrew Reagan, Chett Vogt, Donald Frost

100 Breaststroke: X- 1:08.18 Andrew Mitchill

400 Freestyle Relay: X- 3:37.40 Adam Anziano, Andrew Reagan, Julen Lujambio, Andrew Mitchill

Records: Amity 11-2, Xavier 8-6

Up Next: The boys will be practicing and preparing for the CIAC Tourney in March. Keep Doing What you do best Amity! and Congratulations Seniors! (you will be missed next year)

Open House: Spacious 4 Bedroom Colonial In The Great River Estates Community

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Feb 182018
 

Entertainment delight! Settle right into this spacious and lovingly maintained center hall colonial in the sought after Great River Golf Estates community! Come see it on Sunday, Feb. 18 from 1-3 p.m.
This 4 bedroom, 2 full and 2 half baths, original-owner home is open & bright with 3,176 sq. ft. of living space on the first two levels and another 900 sq. ft. of finished lower level space, just perfect for entertaining.
The main floor offers 9-foot ceilings, beautifully cared-for hardwood floors throughout, a large custom kitchen with double ovens and stainless steel fridge, center island, double-door pantry, large eat-in space with sliders to a huge patio with fire pit for a lovely outdoor entertaining space.
Kitchen opens to a large family room with wood-burning fireplace, ceiling fan and quaint plantation shutters. Office/formal living room with French doors, powder room & stunning 2-story foyer complete main level.
The second level boasts hardwood in the hallways, master suite with walk-in closet, large master bath with soaking tub, separate shower, double-sink vanity & separate commode room with linen closet. Two large bedrooms, a full bath and a junior suite with walk-in closet and half bath complete second level.
Inviting finished lower level w/ high ceilings for a rec room, man cave, craft area…use your imagination! Storage galore throughout, attic with pull-down stairs and several large closets/storage shelves in the basement.
Wonderful community near I-95, Rt. 15, the Milford train station, restaurants & 18-hole golf course. A MUST SEE!
MLS# 170048127  Offered for $589,000 by Berkshire Hathaway Home Services. Alicia Hale REALTOR®

Boys Swimming and Diving: Glastonbury Defeats Amity 98-86

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Feb 162018
 

Kevin Yanagisawa finishes the 100 Butterfly in 53.02

Amity Spartans Boys Swimming and Diving team hosted Glastonbury in Orange Friday night.

Everyone put in his best effort, but in the end, Glastonbury handed Amity it’s second loss of the season (the first was Fairfield Prep). Glastonbury took the long ride back home with a 98-86 victory.

Amity’s Winning Events

200 Medley Relay: A- 1:38.90 Shiva Gowda, Arsenio Bustos, Kevin Yanagisawa, Colin Roy

50 freestyle: A- 22.40 Colin Roy

100 Butterfly: A- 53.02 Kevin Yanagisawa

Colin Roy finished the 100 Freestyle in 47.85

100 Freestyle: A- 47.85 Colin Roy

200 Freestyle Relay: A- 1:30.75 Tyler Roy, Arsenio Bustos, Kevin Yanagisawa, Colin Roy

100 Breaststroke: A- 1:00.40 Arsenio Bustos

400 Freestyle Relay: A- 3:37.40 Nic Robinson, Blake Wetter, Uranik Klobucishta, Shiva Gowda

 Glastonbury’s Winning Events

200 Freestyle: G- 1:48.20 Chris Walker

200 Ind. Med: G- 1:56.49 McAllistair Milne

Diving: G- 276.50 Ethan Godfrey

500 Freestyle: G- 5:50.52 McAllistair Milne

100 Backstroke: G- 58.06 Evan Fuller

Record: Amity 10-2

Next Up: Amity takes on Xavier on Monday in Orange at 7:20 p.m. Then, in March the CIAC Class L battles begin.

Feb 162018
 

The Amity Regional School District has named Craig Bruno as Head Football Coach.

Coach Bruno comes to Amity with extensive experience in coaching football. Coach Bruno began his head coaching tenure at Bunnell High School in Stratford where he built the program and won CIAC CLASS L state championships in 2006 and 2007.

He was the CT High School Coaches Association Coach of The Year in 2006.

Coach Bruno also the head coach at Naugatuck High School from 2013-2016 and most recently was an Assistant Coach at Staples High School. His overall coaching record is 124-49-1.

Coach Bruno is currently a teacher at Bridgeport Central High School and has taught in the Bridgeport Public Schools for 25 years.

Coach Bruno is widely known for his passion for believing in his players and his determination to improve each day through personal effort.

Amity is proud to welcome Coach Bruno to the Athletic Faculty.

Breaking: Amity Hires New Head Football Coach

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Feb 162018
 

Amity Regional School District welcomes Craig Bruno as its new Head Football Coach.

Bruno replaces Ted Czepiga who was hired in 2015. After only 3 seasons, Czepiga gave notice a couple of months ago, and the search was on.

More to come…

Beardsley Zoo: Have You (and Your Children) Visited The Tiger Cam Yet?

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Feb 132018
 

On Saturday, Nov. 25, the Beardsley Zoo welcomed a litter of extremely rare babies when their 10-year-old Amur tiger, Changbai, gave birth to four cubs. Only two of the four survived.

According to Zoo Director Gregg Dancho, There are only 500 Amur tigers known in the wild. “They are a sub-species of the Siberian tiger, and because the cubs are both female, they are among the most valuable big-cat cubs in the world.”

According to the zoo, Changbai became uninterested in nursing her kittens after the first one died. Zoo staff took the remaining three into their care, but another one died later that night.

The two surviving cubs, Reka and Zeya, are cared for in the Zoo hospital in a 90-degree ambient temperature enclosure to sustain the cubs’ warmth.

Dancho said, “Reka and Zeya almost never made it, and almost certainly would have died if they had been born in the wild. They were both underweight — just 2.2 pounds — and they were rejected by their mother.”

Now, at almost 3 months old, the cubs are spending most of the time in a playpen inside the zoo’s hospital building, cavorting with one another and exploring cardboard boxes and plastic chew toys. The sisters keep each other company, but, according to the zool if only one cub had survived, a dog would have had to be brought in as a surrogate sibling.

The zoo has set up a tiger cam so everyone can enjoy the girls’ antics from in their nursery every day, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The cubs take a lunch break from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., but you can still watch earlier footage of them during that time!

Difficult Beginning

When the cubs were born, they were underweight as Dancho said. When they are mature, they will weigh about 350 pounds.

The Amur tiger is not doing very well in the wild (just 500). in addition to the wild tigers, there are several hundred in zoos worldwide, including about 130 in North America, according to zoo officials. Only seven surviving cubs were born in the USA in 2017.

It’s important to note that the tigers are not owned by the Beardsley Zoo, but by a zoo collective. The goal is that after they mature, they’ll be able to give birth to several litters of their own.

Dancho said he hopes people will contribute to the zoo to help finance the construction of an expanded tiger exhibit. The project has been on his bucket list for some time.

“The one that we have isn’t bad, but it was opened about 40 years ago and it’s showing its age,” he said.

If you would like to help the zoo with the tiger exhibit, click this LINK.

 

This Week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedule (Feb. 12-17)

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Feb 122018
 

Monday, Feb. 12

Girls Basketball v. Shelton, Home at Amity High School 7 p.m. (Senior night)  W 49-35 

Tuesday, Feb. 13

Boys and Girls Alpine Skiing Ski Race Away – Mt. Southington 4 p.m.

Girls Ice Hockey v. Hand-Coginchaug-Old Lyme Away – Northford Ice Pavilion  4 p.m. W 5-3

Girls Basketball v. Guilford Away – Main Gym at Guilford HS 7 p.m. W 42-35

Wednesday, Feb. 14

V Boys Basketball v. Foran Home at Amity High School 7 p.m.

Boys Ice Hockey v. North Branford Away – Northford Ice Pavilion 8:15 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 15

Girls Basketball vs. Lyman Hall Home at Amity High School at 6 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 16

Wrestling CIAC Class L Championships Away – Bristol Central HS 4:45 p.m.

Girls Gymnastics (dance team) v. Oxford, Newtown, Pomperaug, Nonnewaug Away – Auxiliary Gym 6 p.m.

Boys Basketball v. West Haven Away – WHHS Gym 7 p.m.

Boys Swimming and Diving v. Glastonbury Home – Orange Community Center Pool  7:20 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 17

Wrestling CIAC Class L Championships Away – Bristol Central HS 9 a.m.

Boys Indoor Track State Open Tournament Away – Floyd Little Center 12 p.m

Boys Ice Hockey v. Newtown Away – Danbury Ice Arena 3:10 p.m.

Hurry! Get Your Tickets For the Addams Family Musical – They’re Going Fast!

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Feb 122018
 

Amity Creative Theater presents “The Addams Family Musical” for its 2018 Spring production.  

That lovable family of creepy kooks is alive and well and living in their super-spooky mansion in Central Park.

The Addams family, led by the elegantly gaunt and seemingly undead Morticia and her ever-devoted husband Gomez, is in turmoil. Their daughter Wednesday, now 18, finds herself falling in love—a sensation that is unsettling for both her and her family of endearing misfits.

When the teen invites her new boyfriend, Lucas Beineke, over with his “normal” family to get better acquainted with the Addams household, comic chaos ensues.

The hilarious Broadway musical smash comes to Amity April 6, 7, 12, 13, 14. All performances begin at 8 p.m. All tickets are $18, obviously, a bargain, seeing that the center seating areas from the stage to the back wall are nearly all sold out. 

There appear to be plenty of seats remaining on the left and right sides. Order yours today by clicking HERE.

Amity High School is located at 25 Newton Road, Woodbridge, CT.

Recently, Orange Live sat in on a rehearsal with the lead actors — the Addams’ and their butler Lurch — Watch this Video to meet the actors and get a sneak peek at one of the scenes.