Amity Football: Foran Schools Amity With 21-8 Victory

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Sep 142018

The Amity Spartans Football team hosted the Foran Lions in Woodbridge on Friday night.

The humid, yet cooler temperature out in Woodbridge Friday night reminded everyone that it’s football season.

The stands were full, and the Amity Army had a black-out in the far right of the stands, while on the track the Amity Cheerleaders shared their space with the award-winning Pop Warner cheerleaders, and the Amity Dance Team was on fire.

Out on the field, the Spartans and the Lions went head-to-head, and Foran was first to score closing out the first quarter at 6-0.

Foran continued to dominate with another touchdown and a successful 2-point conversion making their halftime lead 14-0.

The Spartans scored in the third quarter and made a 2 point conversion, and the Lions made another touchdown and the kick was good, bringing the score to 21-8.

No one scored in the final quarter and Foran boarded their bus with a 21-8 victory.




Big Sports Day: Football Game Features Cancer Fundraiser And Amity Army Hosts Black Out

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Sep 142018

Today, Friday, Sept. 14, Amity athletic fans can enjoy several different sports, with three back-to-back home games ending with the 2018 Spartans Football team going up against Foran.

YOU can help fight childhood cancer by pledging NOW on the Touchdowns Against Cancer Fundraiser website.

Boys Soccer vs Jonathan Law Home at Amity 3:45 p.m.

Field Hockey vs Sacred Heart Academy Away at Sacred Heart 3:45 p.m.

Girls Soccer vs Sacred Heart Academy Away at Sacred Heart 3:45 p.m.

Girls Volleyball vs Wilbur Cross Home at Amity 5:30 p.m.

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The Amity Football team has a conference game vs. Foran Home at 7 p.m. and this night Amity is participating in the Touchdowns Against Cancer fundraiser.

From All the Tri-Town Superintendents — The Weather Advisory

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Sep 132018

From: Colleen Murray, Bethany Superintendent, Dr. Vince Scarpetti, Orange Superintendent, Robert Gilbert, Woodbridge Superintendent, and James A. Connelly, Amity Interim Superintendent       

Once again we are facing the time of year when New England weather can be very unpredictable and severe. Area superintendents of schools must ensure that each district meets the state-mandated number of school days and number of instructional hours in a safe and secure manner.

The Bethany, Orange, Woodbridge, and Amity (BOWA) school districts will continue to participate in a regional school transportation collaborative. This arrangement allows elementary schools to dismiss at similar times and the Orange and Bethany Middle Schools to open and dismiss at the same time in coordination with Amity Regional High School.

When one BOWA school district closes, delays the opening of school, or dismisses early due to inclement weather, all BOWA school districts will also close, delay, or dismiss early. A delayed opening for elementary, middle, and high school will be two (2) hours. The BOWA superintendents try to make a decision to close or delay the opening of school by 5:30 a.m., based upon what is expected to happen in the following two to eight hours. Notifications will be distributed by district automated messaging services (SwiftK12), radio, television, and designated Internet-based sites. Stay tuned when a delay has been announced since it may turn into a cancellation if weather conditions do not improve.

Although early dismissals are avoided whenever possible, it may be occasionally necessary to dismiss school early due to the unexpected deterioration of weather conditions or in an individual school because of an emergency. In these situations, an announcement will be issued by 10:30 a.m. Weather-related early dismissal for middle school and high school students will be at 11:45 a.m.  Bethany and Woodbridge elementary school students will be dismissed at 1:10 p.m.  Orange elementary school students will be dismissed at 1:00 p.m. and the Orange kindergarten students will be dismissed at 12:50 p.m. and will go to their respective schools to take their neighborhood buses at 1:00 p.m.

Families should have an emergency backup plan in place in the event of an early dismissal. Please make sure that children understand where they should go in the event of an early dismissal from school. Child care arrangements at home or on the same bus route should be made in advance of the early dismissal day since it will be impossible for the school staff to personally contact each parent. On days when the weather may be problematic, in addition to announcements on local radio and/or television stations, parents can expect notification from district automated messaging services. As alternate drop-off and pick-up procedures vary from school to school, parents should follow the established procedure.

Unless otherwise indicated, when school is delayed, all morning activities and meetings are canceled. Additionally, unless otherwise indicated, when school is canceled or dismissed early, all afternoon/evening activities and meetings are also canceled. The school buildings will be closed.

The decision to delay, close school, or dismiss early is often a difficult one. During inclement weather when an administrative decision to open school has been made, this is not meant to preclude a family’s choice to keep their student(s) home. Families are encouraged to exercise their own judgment in such cases.

The original letter showed the signitures of each of the superintendents. 

Sep 092018

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Sep 072018

This has been a great week for our Amity sports teams as the Fall Season begins.

On Thursday, the Lady Spartans Swimming and Diving Team won its first meet vs Mercy 106-77.

Tonight, the Girls Volleyball team defeated Branford 3-0.

And the Amity Spartans Football team was victorious against Harding 26-8.

Congratulations to all these fabulous teams, we’re so proud of you!

Great Job Coaches Rainey, Davis, and Bruno!

Amity Football: New Coach, New Team, New Year

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Sep 072018

The Amity Spartans are away at Harding tonight for their first game under new head coach Craig Bruno.

It may be a whole new world for our boys.

As of Halftime, Amity is leading Harding 20-8.

Lets Go Spartans!

Orange Republicans Announce Autumn Comedy Fundraiser

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Sep 062018

The Orange Republican Town Committee will host a fundraising Comedy Show at St. Barbara Hall, 480 Racebrook Road, on Friday, Oct. 19. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The event will feature Cabaret style seating BYOB, bring your snacks or appetizers Tickets $40.00 per person Bring your friends and reserve a table. Table seating is 8 people maximum Tickets may be purchased by calling 203‐795‐9651 or 203‐795‐4619 or online at www.orangectrepublicans.com.

Coffee & Dessert will be provided and there will be a Huge Basket Raffle

The entertainment includes the following acts:


Pat Oates has been performing all over New England for over 10 years now. His new album, Good Try, can be found on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon to name a few. Pat has been seen on TLC’s Extreme Cheapskates and E’s Talk Soup. He hosts his own weekly podcast entitled Pat Oates is Sad and is a regular on WPLR’s Chaz & AJ morning show. Pat has performed at the Granite State, Rogue Island, and Oak City comedy festivals and won the 2015 Last Comix Standing competition at Foxwoods Casino.





Mel V’s hilariously quirky and irreverent style is a favorite of audiences all over the Northeast. She was the winner of the 2016 Clash of the Comics, and currently the founder and host of the Comedy Cocktail Hour at the Storytellers Cottage in Simsbury, CT.





Vermont native E.J. Murphy has played top clubs all over and has built a reputation as one of the Northeast’s consistently funny comedy acts while developing into one of Boston’s new headliners. His comedy has appeared on MSN’s home page, Sirius XM and Rooftop Comedy’s Daily 8. He has appeared in the semifinals of The Boston Comedy Festival and The Comedy Central Laugh Riots and has even opened for Styx. His Vermont upbringing helped him form his unique perspective, which blends with an onstage friendliness to make him a hit with all audiences.

Hang On, It’s Gonna Be A Bumpy Ride

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Sep 062018

Mother Nature is not having a good afternoon.

Things turned ugly around 5 p.m. and it will be a while before she calms down.

Thunder, lightning, and rain are in the evening forecast. Secure any loose items on your patio, or you may be looking for them tomorrow morning.

Don’t lean against your metal railing while you’re watching the lightning show. (Yes, people do that)

Farmers’ Market, With Musician Matthew Popp, Rain Or Shine Today

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Sep 062018

Come to the Orange Community Farmers’ Market under the Pavilion at the Orange Fairgrounds, High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road in Orange.  Market hours are 3:30 to 7 p.m. 

There are many full-time vendors and part-time vendors selling their farm-grown products including vegetables, fruit, meats, baked goods, honey, pasta, soaps, crafts, pet food and more! Farms from the local area will be present; including Grassy Hill, Laurel Glen, Mapleview, North Pease, Oronoque, and Shamrock.

Other vendors include Braids by Britt, Durante’s Pasta, Kind Cactus, Lizzie’s Corner, Mill Pond Essentials, Sweet Seidner’s, and Vic’s Guac Shop and food trucks include Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale, Zuppardi’s and Tipsey Cones. This year, a few guest vendors are added to the schedule.

In addition, instrumentalists will perform under the Pavilion. Matthew Popp is scheduled to perform today, September 6 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Shop at the Market, enjoy the food and the music.

If it rains the Farmer’s Market will be open as scheduled.

Please check the website at www.FarmMarketOrange.com for additional information or call 203-891-1045.

Klarides: Audit Raises Questions Over Corrections Union Stewards’ Issues

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Sep 062018

House Republican Leader Themis Klarides today pointed to an auditors’ report that highlights failures to account for the time some Corrections Department union stewards spent attending to union business and undocumented overtime and compensation time within the system.

The report raises questions over the magnitude of the unaccounted for time because the auditors typically sample only small portions of payroll data within any state agency, Klarides said.

“This audit puts a spotlight on policies that permit the union stewards to conduct union activities
such as grievance hearings on the taxpayers’ dime,” she said. “The state employees are entitled to union
representation to deal with workplace issues but the stewards should be paid by the unions for
that work.’’

The lack of documentation, “increases the risk of unauthorized union leave,’’ the auditors wrote.

Republicans have put forth budget proposals in the past to require that the stewards be paid by
union dues for the activities outside of the workplace.

The auditors sampled 40 instances of Union Release Time/Union Business Leave forms and all
40 were not filled out correctly or did not provide enough detail to determine what activities had
taken place. The auditors also noted that overall 201 union stewards within corrections amassed
28,449 hours representing fellow workers at a cost of $894,000 to taxpayers.

When it comes to overtime and compensation time, the auditors also noted overtime was not
properly documented in some instances. In three out of 10 instances the auditors said,
“Compensatory time was not earned and approved in accordance with established policies.’’

Corrections overtime costs increased in one year from $62 million to $72 million, according to
the office of fiscal analysis.