Amity Students Make 3D Drone at UNH Camp

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Jul 182016

3ddroneTeenagers from several local high schools including West Haven are participating in an engineering camp at the University of New Haven this week and next week.

One of the very visual things they are doing is constructing drones on 3-D printing machines. They will then compete for the best drone – the one that can complete certain tasks.  To do this, they have to learn software used by industry. Camp is sponsored by Sikorsky.


There are 25 students participating and they have interesting things to say about their projects. They are from:

Amity Regional High School

Sheehan High School

Foran High School

North Haven High School

Lyman Hall High School

Maloney High School

Cheshire High School

West Haven High School

East Haven HS

Eli Whitney Tech

Trumbull High School

Wallingford Schools

New Canaan

Fairfield Ludlowe High School

and not so local schools:

Fuzhou No.1 High School — China

Eagle Ridge Middle School (Ashburn, Va).


There also are five teachers participating in the program. They are from:

Platt Technical High School (Milford)

Joseph Mello Middle School, East Haven,

East Haven High School

Fuzhou No.1 High School (China)



Looking For A Home In The Amity District? Check This One Out!

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May 112016

E228bf64383f4b2-N10123815Come through the doors of this happy home at 18 Hi Ann Court, Bethany, and you will fall in love.

Beautifully situated on 1.72 level acres on a cul-de-sac neighborhood. Lots of space for entertaining inside and out.

Updated kitchen with large granite island opens to den and living room with full wall bricked fireplace.

French doors lead you to the dining room. There are closets and storage galore!

All four spacious bedrooms with hardwood floors, ceiling fans. The master bedroom has a huge closet/dressing room, skylights and private bath.

Amazing built in sports pool adds to summer fun. Barbecue on the stone patio adjacent to the secured pool area.

Conveniently located just 10 miles from downtown New Haven in Bethany.

If you’re looking for your forever home, Debbie Schlegel will be happy to give you a tour.

Recently Reduced! Offered for $509,900.

Woodbridge Police Release Name Of Amity Student Arrested After Fight

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Mar 022016

Amity HIgh SchoolOn March 1 Orange Live reported on a fight/arrest that occurred at Amity High School on Monday morning. Following is the information released by the Woodbridge Police today. 

On Monday, Feb. 29 at about 8:30 a.m. police responded to the Amity High School on a report of a fight in progress.

Student Michael Spand-Mulrai, 18, 393 Bethmour Road., Bethany, was taken into custody by school security personnel, who subsequently found him to be in illegal possession of pill form medication that was not prescribed to him. 

Spand-Mulrai was transported to Police HQ where he was charged with breach of peace and possession of controlled substance and released on a promise to appear in New Haven Superior Court for arraignment on March 10.

Today Is The First Day Of Auditions For Amity’s Spring Musical — Amity Students Have An Advantage

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Jan 042016

Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 12.50.36 PMToday and tomorrow, Amity Theater Kids will audition for roles in the Amity spring musical, “Into The Woods.”

Auditioning can be nerve-wracking for even seasoned performers, but the Amity Creative Theater students have a leg up on this one.

Back on Oct. 26, 2015, Broadway actor Rob McClure addressed the theater students who were seated in rows on the Amity stage, sounding more like a friend than a celebrity.

Here is a video from that special event

He shared personal stories of his own experiences and walked them through the way to tackle an audition.

McClure revealed that on his first audition he did not know what show he was auditioning for and decided to try out for the part of Toby (Sweeney Todd). When his turn came up, he sang “Stars” — from… Les Miserables. No, he didn’t get the part, but one hiccup didn’t stop him from achieving his dream of being on Broadway.

He said acting is playing make believe, connecting with the audience and having them empathize with you. If you get good enough at play acting you can achieve anything.

McClure said Steven Sondheim’s “Into The Woods” is the ultimate masterpiece with complicated, catchy tunes and lyrics.

He asked the students to sum up “Into The Woods” — what is the function of fairy tales in real life?

The answer — to teach a lesson.

He said Sondheim asked what do you get when a young girl puts everything she has into getting a prince? What happens after she gets prince charming? Jack  from Jack And the Beanstalk did not have a father figure in his life, and he did a lot of things he shouldn’t have.  What happens after the beanstalk falls and Jack kills the giant? The baker’s wife cheated on her husband with Prince Charming – What happens next?

“This show has so much to offer,” McClure said, “Listen to the lyrics… that’s what woods are for… or is it, ‘that’s what Would’s are for’?  It’s all about the possibilities.”

McClure had all of the kids stand and make a large circle for a warm-up exercise involving eye contact and reactions.

“Acting is reacting,” he tole them, “Everything you do is in response to something else. Your life is a constant state of reacting.”

Another lesson he taught was that eye contact is awkward and personal … the eyes are the window to the soul. Big eyeglasses hide what you’re feeling, you have to let people in.

As students took center stage to sing a few lines from a number from Into The Woods, McClure explained what the character is feeling, realizing about their situation and themselves.

With each break the students’ performances improved (see video link above).

The kids really responded to him and hung onto every word he said.

Now, 2 months after that opportunity of a lifetime, the actors should remember to make eye contact, and to rely on one another.

Before taking the stage for their auditions for “Into The Woods,” today, the actors have to think about their character’s objective, are they in a public or private place, what is their relationship to other characters and more.

We, at Orange Live wish all of the actors the best of luck in their auditions and look forward to a stellar production of Into The Woods next spring.

This full day workshop was facilitated by the Broadway Method Academy of Fairfield, CT.  The Broadway Method Academy was founded in 2014 by Amity alumni Connor Deane of Orange.  Deane is a 2010 graduate of Amity High School and of The University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.  His company offers comprehensive training in acting, singing, and dancing. Broadway Method Academy or BMA offers a variety of classes, private coaching sessions, and performance opportunities, bringing in some of Broadway’s top talents to work with students.  Their mission is to provide the essential tools for young artists to integrate acting, singing, and dancing. BMA helps to build audiences for tomorrow, to educate audiences of today, to enrich the community, and to enrich the lives of children.

Rob McClure received the 2013 Tony, Drama League, Astaire, and Outer Critics Circle Nominations, and won the Theatre World and Clive Barnes Awards for his performance as Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin The Musical on Broadway. He recently starred, opposite Tony Danza, in the Broadway production of Jason Robert Brown’s Honeymoon in Vegas.

A two-time Barrymore Award winner, Rob starred on Broadway as Princeton/Rod in the Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q. He made his Broadway debut in the 2002 Broadway revival of I’m Not Rappaport alongside Judd Hirsch and Ben Vereen.  McClure most recently spent the summer at the MUNY in Ohio playing the Baker in Into The Woods.  Rob will be returning to Broadway in the highly anticipated revival of Noises Off starring Smash star, Megan Hilty. 

Amity partnered with the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation to bring this opportunity to Amity students. 

Parents, Mark Your Calendars for 8th Grade Parent Night At Amity

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Dec 182015

The halls of Amity High School.

The halls of Amity High School.

Parents of current 8th grade students are encouraged to attend an informational session in the Brady Center on Tuesday, January 26 at 6:30 p.m.  

Amity High School department chairs and administrators will provide an overview of the courses and programs offered at the high school.

This event will provide important information as we begin the 2016-2017 course selection and registration process.

Slipper Sock Drive at Amity High

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Dec 112015

thThe Community Action Club at Amity High School is currently holding a slipper sock drive benefiting the Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital.

A box will be left to accept donation in front of the main office and a lunch table during all of the lunch waves accepting slipper socks of any kind.

Cash donations that will be used to purchase socks later can also be made during lunch.

The collection will last through Wednesday, Dec. 16.

Introducing Amity’s New Boys Outdoor Track Coach

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Oct 092015

Coach Gary Pope

Coach Gary Pope

Amity Athletic Director Ernie Goodwin announced this week that Gary Pope has been hired to replace long-time coach Thom Jacob as the Boys Outdoor Track Coach this spring.

Coach Pope comes to Amity from Naugatuck High School where he was the assistant coach.

“Coach Pope is no stranger to Track and Field, competing as a high school student-athlete in Brooklyn, NY and as a college student-athlete at Southern Connecticut State University,” Goodwin said.

He competed in the sprint events, where he earned All-American status at the NCAA Division II Nationals.

“We are excited to welcome Coach Gary Pope to the Amity Regional High School Athletic Family,” Goodwin said.


All Others Aside, Vote Gallo/Rattley in 2016 – “We Can Win”

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Sep 092015

0c6691fa29dccbc18ced5b0bedd0af6eSick of “The Donald” and his arrogance? Tired of hearing about Hillary’s e-mails? Then it’s time to turn to Jeff Gallo, an independent presidential candidate who is not conceited and doesn’t have any baggage.

Jeff Gallo, an Orange resident, officially launched his presidential campaign over the Labor Day weekend.

He has chosen for his running mate a “highly qualified” gentleman, Woodbridge resident Ryan Rattley.

Their campaign slogan is, “We Can Win.”

Their platform is simple, and is reminiscent of a famous document signed by our forefathers on July 4, 1776, in which it is written in the second paragraph “that all men are created equal.”

Gallo said in a recent interview, “Our basic platform is essentially equality, pretty much just want everyone in the United States to be treated equal.”

Running mate Ryan Rattley

Running mate Ryan Rattley

Rattley wrote, “I just want to make America even better than it is now.”

There is one thing you should know that if by chance these upstanding men win the election: they won’t legally be able to take their place in the White House: Gallo, the Presidential candidate is 16, and according to the law, you must be at least 35 to take office.

The duo hopes to ignite a fire in the belly of young people in the country.

Rattley told Fox News, “There’s been a drop in the number of young people voting. Having other young people so involved and so interested could inspire more people to be interested in this.”

They don’t have the millions of dollars that their Democratic and Republican opponents have to spend, still, the campaign is very real. These Amity High School students officially registered with the Federal Election Commission on Sept. 4, 2015. 

Presidential Candidate Jeff Gallo

Presidential Candidate Jeff Gallo

Gallo released his political views on the campaign website:

Abortion: Having a choice is always a good thing and it is the same when it comes to abortion. In the world we live in now many things can go wrong even though you are doing everything correct. Abortion is an option that many people consider. If you were raped or there was an incident where you got pregnant then you deserve the right to have that option.

Gun control: Many people are concerned about gun control due to recent events. What some candidates want to do is completely and utterly unconstitutional. We as americans have the right to bear arms. However this means that weapons can end up in the hands of criminals. Background checks will reduce the number of killings with weapons. However if you ban guns completely the criminals will still find ways to get those weapons or find another way to kill or injure people. You have to remember that they are breaking the law anyway so why would they go the legal route to get a weapon that can be traced back to them?

Immigration: With the rate of illegal immigrants rising we need to fix the issue. Currently in the United States the process to become a citizen is very long and tedious. Many immigrants that come over the border are unable to meet the requirements or are unable to complete the process. I pledge that if I become president i will make the Immigration process easier and faster then it is today.

Taxes: Many politicians say that they will lower taxes during their campaign. However when it comes down to when they are in office most of them are not lowering the taxes. If I am elected I promise to lower taxes on the middle class. Many middle class families have children in college or private schools. Those families have the burden to pay for schooling because some state schools are not good enough. There should be no extra pressure on the middle class just because they are 66% of the population.

Same Sex Marriage: Over the years the issue of same sex marriage has come to the forefront of politics. I support same sex marriage as it is a human right to be married. Everyone should be able to be married no matter what their sexual preference.

Here is the rest of the Gallo slate:

Vice President of The United States – Ryan Rattley

Chief of Staff – Oriana Mack

Secretary of State – Sara Jadbabaie

Secretary of Treasury – Himay Dharani

Secretary of Education  – Emily Bacal

Secretary of Health and Human Services – Yuliya Faryna

Press Secretary – Benson Rodrigues

Fall Sports Information Night on Thursday, June 11 (Note New Time)

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Jun 082015

Amity-Sports-graphic.jpgThe Amity Athletic Department will be hosting its annual Fall sports information night at Amity Regional High School on Thursday June 11, 7:30 p.m.

Anyone interested in playing a fall sport at the high school must attend this meeting with a parent to learn valuable information about athlete registration and try-out information.

Coaches will be holding breakout sessions after a general information session.

 Parents also may find information HERE.

 The spring sports awards night has been postponed to Thursday June 11th at 5:30 pm in the gym. The fall sports information night on June 11th has been changed to 7:30 pm.

Broadway Actors Perform On Amity High School Stage, Interact With Students

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Jun 042015


Aaron Walpole, Andrew Love, and Hannah Shankman talk to Amity Students about life as working actors.

When Amity Band Director Phil “I never win anything,” Dolan entered the WSHU Public Radio’s 14th annual “Music In Our Schools” outreach contest, he never dreamed he’d win.

But when the station picked the grand prize winner from 300 entries, the name on the card read “Amity Regional,” Phil Dolan was able to give his school the coolest gift ever.

The Grand Prize was better than a cash donation, or free T-shirts for the entire student body. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see three actual Broadway stars perform on the High School stage, then spend more than a half hour in a question and answer session, and join the actors in a choreographed number before rubbing elbows with them, talking one-on-one, taking selfies and getting autographs.

The three actors are all now starring in the new production of Les Miserables at the Imperial Theater on Broadway. Andrew Love (Javert — Ken Adair played this role in Amity’s production) sang “Stars”; Hannah Shankman (Eponine — Alli Kramer portrayed her at Amity in 2009) gave a stirring performance of “On My Own.”; and Aaron Walpole (Jean ValJean — John Jorge won the 2009 CT High School Musical Award for this role) sang the beautiful “Bring Him Home.”

Actress/Choreographer Shorey Walker served as emcee, she introduced each actor, then called upon Amity students to stand up and ask the cast questions about performing, getting started, dealing with stage fright, the path that led them to performing on Broadway etc.

When this session was over all of the students stood and participated in a fun, upper body choreography to the show stopping “Do You Hear The People Sing.”

The names of every student present were written on scraps of paper and placed in a basket from which six lucky winners were chosen.

Most received a CD of the Broadway Cast Recording of Les Mis, and the grand prize winning student won a full package of goodies, including a poster autographed by the cast, cd, and 4 tickets to see the show on Broadway.

Even though the actors had an evening performance to prepare for, they stuck around after the assembly was dismissed and talked to the kids, signed autographs took photos and just showed everyone that even busy working actors on a schedule can be down to earth.

The students didn’t forget to thank Mr. Dolan for making this afternoon experience possible.

Amity Principal Charles Britton was still smiling long after the assembly was over. “That was great,” he said. “What an amazing experience for the kids.”

About Music In Our Schools

WSHU developed the outreach program to bring visibility to the importance of music education, and to reward educators for the critical role they play in the community.  All elementary, middle and high school music teachers in WSHU’s listening area were invited to enter the drawing. In addition to the cast performance, the Grand Prize winner received tickets to see LES MISÉRABLES on Broadway.  First prize winning teachers each received a pair of show tickets, while second prize winning teachers received CD cast recordings.

“The ‘Music in Our Schools’ program is an integral part of our mission to serve our community,” said WSHU General Manager George Lombardi.  “It also fits into our work to promote the importance of music, art, and culture.   We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to bring something really special to educators and students in our listening area.”

This year’s outreach program was generously sponsored by Really Good Stuff.