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Becoming An Addams — The Kennedys Always Have A Vision

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Apr 062018
 

When I first met the cast of the Amity Spring Musical “The Addams Family” I was charmed by the primary characters sunny personalities, but to be honest I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how they would make little Lilli Querker look like a believable chubby Pugsley Addams.

PUGSLEY ADDAMS

Move forward to the dress rehearsal. If I hadn’t met her ahead of time, I never would have known that Pugsley was the same petite little girl who portrayed Little Red Riding Hood in “Into The Woods” a couple of years ago. Why? Well, the magic of Andrea Kennedy’s makeup brushes, a well-fitted wig, a great costume team, oh, and of course, Querker’s acting ability.

If You Would Like To Meet the Addams Family and their Butler Lurch, Watch this Video  (Martin Gnidula is incorrectly identified as Morgan in the video)

 

UNCLE FESTER

You will absolutely fall in love with the sweet and quirky Uncle Fester. Martin Gnidula was willing to shave his head for the role but Kennedy told him they would work around it. His songs are just precious and don’t be surprised if you leave the theater singing “La la la la la la etc.”

He may have the most physical part of the entire cast always moving around, very high energy.

He’s the perfect combination of Jackie Coogan from the tv series and Christopher Lloyd from the movies. So good!

 

 

 

GRAMMAMA

Type cast as yet another Gramma, Maren Westgard is just good at it, after all this is the third time she’s portrayed a grandmother in an Amity play.

In this role she is creepy and she’s kooky, mysterious and spooky.

Her hair is a bit out of control, but Grammama Addams is always there for her family.

 

 

 

LURCH

Remember Ted Cassidy from the original Addams Family tv show? Well, Ben Kemp doesn’t — when he was cast as Lurch he’d never seen the iconic television series, so he was told to go home and do his homework — Watch old episodes of the Addams Family and pick up on some of the little things that made Lurch recognizable to the masses.

I guess he studied because, during the dress rehearsal, I heard him give a loud growl-moan.  Fun stuff.

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY

The bubbly Emily Kilian can play just about anyone. In this musical, she is Wednesday Addams.

Unlike the quiet Lisa Loring from the original tv show, Kilian is more like the big screen Wednesday, played by Christina Ricci.

 

 

 

GOMEZ

We’ve seen Harrison Paek in a few Amity plays and musicals.

He embraces the role of Gomez, the kind family man who only wants everyone to be happy.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Paek brings a sense of fun that the late great John Astin and the late Raul Julia, did before him. He adds a funky little accent that may make you giggle – or swoon.

 

 

 

MORTICIA            

Funloving Ali Ashworth can turn the bubbly off in the snap-snap of two fingers.

Her expressionless Morticia is spot on. But under that serious shell, she has a heart of gold. she loves her family and wants only the best for everyone.

 

 

So there they are Amity’s Addams Family in and out of costume and makeup. Who would you walk by at an after party without recognizing them?

The makeup room is a flurry of organized chaos before the show, but Andrea Kennedy’s talented makeup artists get the job done, one character at a time. Great Job!

If you have tickets to the Addams Family, enjoy the show! If you were there on opening night, what did you think?

 

 

Car Fire on Great Oak

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Apr 062018
 

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department responded to a report of a car fire on Great Oak Road around 3:30 p.m. this afternoon.

A resident shot this photo as she passed the scene.

Boys Lacrosse: WOW, Hughes Leads Amity to Victory Over West Haven

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Apr 052018
 

LAX Coach Brandon Pepe

The Amity Spartans Boys Lacrosse team was on the road in West Haven for its season opener on Thursday, April 5, for a game against the Blue Devils.

The Amity team — which includes many members of the amazing 2017-18 Ice Hockey team which went all the way to the state quarterfinal game — wasted no time at all in showing who was in charge, gaining two goals each in the first and second quarters.

Score at the half, 4-0 Amity.

The Spartans continued their excellent teamwork into the third quarter with four goals to West Haven’s one.

Third quarter score, 8-1 Amity.

There was much of the same in the final quarter with Amity scoring an additional four goals to the Blue Devil’s two.

Spartans Win this one 12-3.

SCORING:
Amity: Colin Hughes 4g, 5a; Luke Smith 2g, 1a; Adam Cusano 1g, 1a; Matt Weidenfeller 1g, 1a; Jake Silliman 2a; Simon Flaherty 1g; Jason Perrotti 1g; Chris Bierezoweic 1g; Ed Martino 1g; Jacob Lettick 1a.
West Haven: Nick Massaro 1g, 1a; Nico Kyle 1g; Kevin Moriarty 1g.
Goalies: A – Dane Walsh 9 saves; WH – Kevin Moriarty 26 saves
RECORDS: Amity 1-0; WH 0-1.
NOTE: g = goal; a = assist

UPDATE: Dumais To Be Executive Director of C.E.S.

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Apr 052018
 

Dr. Charles “Chip” Dumais will become Executive Director of C.E.S. (Cooperative Educational Services) when Dr. Evan Pitkoff retires at the end of this school year after 11 years leading the agency. Dumais is currently superintendent of the Amity Regional School District No. 5 in Woodbridge, where he has been since 2014. His appointment to the position was approved by the C.E.S Representative Council on Thursday afternoon in Trumbull.

Dumais, who has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Physics, started his education career teaching science at Haddam-Killingworth High School in Higganum. He also taught physics and calculus, chaired a science department, served as an assistant principal in Westport, and was Newtown High School’s principal before taking the Amity superintendent position.

Dumais earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a Sixth-Year Diploma in Educational Leadership from Southern Connecticut State University, a certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Executive Leadership from the University of Connecticut, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Central Connecticut State University. He was also once a participant in the Aspiring Superintendent program offered by C.E.S.

He co-chairs the Technology Committee of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents, serves as a superintendent consultant to the Connecticut Association of Schools Board of Directors and is an active member of several regional and national organizations, including the Connecticut Commission for Educational Technology.

The nationwide search for the new Executive Director was facilitated by C.E.S. Executive Searches consultants. Dumais was chosen out of a pool of 18 applicants from seven states.

Orange First Selectman Jim Zeoli said, “I like Chip, I think he did a hell of a job for Amity. I’ll miss him very much.”

Apr 052018
 

Amity Supt. Chip Dumais

This Just In: Amity Supt. Chip Dumais is leaving Amity for another job.

We will have more information as it becomes available.

Woodbridge Homicide Victim Was From New Haven

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Apr 052018
 

As earlier reported, at approximately 9:58 on April 04, 2018 Woodbridge Police were directed to a body lying in the roadway on Rimmon Road in the area between Deer Run Road and Robin Road.

Responding personnel found a male victim who was later pronounced dead at the scene. The victim has been identified as Alan Robinson Jr, age 37, of New Haven, CT.

The investigation is still ongoing.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Woodbridge Police Department at 203-387-2512.

(This press release was sent to Orange Live upon request after it went out to other news outlets, as we do not cover this town. We are doing so as a continuation of yesterday’s event that involved a lockdown at Amity High School.)

Woodbridge Homicide Prompts Lockdowns (With Update)

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Apr 042018
 

UPDATE:

As earlier reported, at approximately 9:58 this morning Woodbridge Police were directed to a body lying in the roadway on Rimmon Road in the area between Deer Run Road and Robin Road

Responding personnel found a male victim who was later pronounced dead at the scene.

The body has been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, who will make a determination as to victim’s positive identification and the exact cause of death.

The investigation, being conducted by the Woodbridge Police Department with the assistance of the CT State Police Central District Major Crime Unit, is ongoing and active.

At this time there is no immediate threat to residents. Rimmon Road has since reopened.

ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE

Woodbridge Police are currently conducting a homicide investigation.

At approximately 9:58 this morning, a body was found lying in the roadway on Rimmon Road in the area between Deer Run and Robin Road, Woodbridge, CT.

For a brief time, schools and Town Offices in the area were alerted to shelter in place until the area was deemed safe. Subsequently, the shelter in place has been lifted.

Woodbridge Police Detectives are currently conducting an active investigation with the assistance of the Connecticut State Police Major Crime Squad and the New Haven State’s Attorney’s Office.

Rimmon Road will be closed for several more hours.

We will update you further as the investigation progresses.

Staneski To Run For State Senate

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Apr 032018
 

State Rep. Pam Staneski has announced she is throwing her hat in the ring to run for State Senate representing the 14th District, which comprises the communities of Milford and Orange and includes portions of West Haven and Woodbridge.

Staneski said it has been an honor to serve the 119th District for the last two terms. She has worked to be a ‘Real Voice’ for the people of the district.  “I believe in representative government and when I was first elected in 2014 I made a promise to keep the people of the 119th district informed on state matters, seek their input, and be a voice for them in Hartford. I make that same promise to the people of the 14th State Senate district.”

Currently serving her second term in the state House of Representatives, Staneski is a member of the legislature’s budget-writing Appropriations Committee and the Public Health Committee. Pam is also the lead House Republican on the Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee.

Additionally, she is a member of four bi-partisan coalitions, the Manufacturing caucus, Fire/EMS caucus, Tourism caucus, and the Individuals with Developmental Disability group, which is focused on issues affecting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

During her legislative tenure, Staneski worked with the Milford delegation to push for the first real reform to the (8-30g) affordable housing statutes in over twenty years.  Most recently, she stood with Senator Slossberg and the delegation to fight the unnecessary expansion at Silver Sands Park.

“Although we are from different political parties and don’t always agreed on every issue, Sen. Gayle Slossberg is someone who is always meticulously prepared and puts her district and its people first. I have tried to emulate those essential qualities as a State Representative and hope to continue that fighting spirit as your next Senator,” said Rep. Staneski.

Pam has also advocated for changes in the inequitable Medicaid reimbursement rate for local assisted living facilities, sponsored legislation to help students with dyslexia, spoke out against legislation that would have hurt the Boys & Girls Club of Milford’s after-school program and encouraged policies to promote manufacturing and our state’s technical high schools.

Staneski has testified in support of our shellfish industry and stood strong for the developmentally disabled.  She has been an outspoken supporter on Veterans issues, which she is intimately familiar with as the daughter of a Navy Veteran, and was named the 2016 American Legion Legislator of the Year.

“Constituent service is important to me—that is my job, to work for and on behalf of the people of the 119th—and that includes continuing to fight for structural changes in the way state finances are run. In 2016, I voted against the 2nd highest tax increase in the state’s history because I believe Connecticut needs to live, as you and I do, within its means. We cannot continue this roller-coaster budgeting practice—the lack of stability at the state level hurts our cities and towns. I believe long-term structural changes need to be part of any current and future budget. THIS MUST BE DONE.  In 2017, I supported six budget proposals that would make structural changes in the way we run state government, ultimately some of those changes were incorporated in the bi-partisan budget. I want to continue to be a VOICE for the people of Orange, Milford, West Haven and Woodbridge. Connecticut is a beautiful state worth fighting for and I humbly ask to continue that fight as your senator,” said Rep. Staneski.

Klarides Says Esty Should Resign

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Apr 032018
 

House Republican Leader Themis Klarides today, released this statement on Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty.

“There are many unconscionable aspects to this episode that Congresswoman Esty says she regrets, now, two years after the fact. No one, man or woman, should be subjected to the verbal and physical abuse and emotional trauma that this staffer suffered in her workplace. The response from the person in charge cannot ever be three more months more work at taxpayers’ expense, a $5,000 payout and a glowing recommendation for the next job.

“I don’t think we need an ethics investigation to confirm what we already know. Congresswoman Esty should do right by the people she represents and resign.’’

NOTE: Since this statement was released, Esty announced that she will not run for re-election, yet, it seems she has no intention to resign.

This week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedule

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Apr 022018
 

Following is the Amity Varsity sports schedule for this week (April 2-7). Scrimmages are over, let the games begin.

Monday, April 2

Boys Lacrosse vs ? Away at CFC arena in Bethany 3 p.m.

Girls Lacrosse vs ? Home Amity 3 p.m.

Tuesday, April 3

Boys Golf vs Xavier Home at Oak Lane Country Club, Woodbridge 2:45 p.m.  POSTPONED

Baseball vs Shelton Away at Shelton High School 3:45 p.m. POSTPONED

Girls Outdoor Track vs Sheehan and Foran Away at Sheehan High School 3:45 p.m. POSTPONED TO THURSDAY.

Boys Outdoor Track vs Sheehan Away at Sheehan High School 3:45 p.m. POSTPONED TO THURSDAY.

Softball vs North Haven Away at North Haven High School 4 p.m. POSTPONED

Boys Volleyball vs St. Joseph Home at Amity High School 5:15 p.m.

Wednesday, April 4

Boys Golf vs Sheehan Home at Oak Lane Country Club, Woodbridge 2:45 p.m.

Boys Tennis vs. Fairfield Prep Away at Walsh Athletic Center Courts, Fairfield University 3:45 p.m.
Girls Tennis vs Guilford Home at Amity 3:45 p.m.
Softball vs Daniel Hand Away at Daniel Hand High School 4 p.m.

Boys Volleyball vs. Lewis Mills Away at Lewis Mills Gym 5:15 p.m.

Thursday, April 5

 

Girls Golf vs Suffield Away at Copper Hill 3 p.m.

Girls Lacrosse vs Hamden Home at Amity Field 3 at 3:45 p.m.

Girls Tennis vs Daniel Hand Home at Amity 3:45 p.m.

Baseball vs Cheshire Home at Amity 4 p.m.

Boys Lacrosse vs West Haven Away West Haven High School 5:30 p.m.

Friday, April 6

Boys Lacrosse vs Hall Away at Hall High School 7 p.m.

Tennis vs Daniel Hand Home – Amity 3:45 p.m.

V Boys Volleyball v. Oxford Away Oxford High School Gym 4:00 p.m.

Softball vs East Haven Away at East Haven High School 4:15 p.m.

Girls Tennis vs Lauralton Away at Lauralton Hall 3:45 p.m.

Saturday, April 7

Baseball vs Ridgefield Home at Amity 1 p.m.

Girls Lacrosse vs Masuk Away at Masuk High School 11:00 a.m