Anyone Can Learn To Read Hebrew

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Jan 182018

Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, Orange, offers a Learn-to-Read Hebrew Class open to everyone to learn to read the four questions by Passover. The class begins this Saturday, Jan. 20 at 11:45 a.m.

On 6 consecutive Shabbat mornings following services, Rochelle Hutchings, a former principal of a well-known Hebrew School in Westchester, will remain to teach anyone how to read Hebrew – each class will last about 40 minutes.

For information, call 203-799-2341 or visit www.orshalomct.org
Office hours: MondayThursday 10:00 am – 4:00 pmFriday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Due to the sanctity of Shabbat and the Holidays, please refrain from sending emails or making telephone calls regarding synagogue business between sundown Friday and sundown Saturday or on Holidays.

Girls’ Basketball: Jillian Martin Leads Amity To Victory Against Branford

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Jan 172018

The Lady Spartans Basketball team hosted Branford in Woodbridge on Tuesday night.

Amity took a 7-point lead in the first quarter — Score 18-11 Amity. The Lady Spartans maintained their lead in the second quarter with 11 points to Branford’s 7 —Score 29-18.

The third quarter nearly mirrored the last with Amity pulling in 12 points to Branford’s 7 — Score 41-25. It would have taken a miracle for the Hornets to sting the Spartans in the fourth quarter. Branford continued to trail Amity to the end, adding only 9 points to Amity’s 13. — Final Score 54-34 Amity


AMITY        18 11 12 13 – 54

BRANFORD 11   7   7   9 – 34


Amity: Jillian Martin (#15) 8 1-1 19 (includes one 3-point goal), Tara Laugeni (#34) 7 1-2 15, Jenna VanHise (#21) 6 2-4 14, Amanda Granados 1 2-3 4 (#42), Hayley Esparo 0 1-2 1 (#44), Leia Foyer (#43)  0 1-2 1. Totals: 22 8-13 54.

Branford: Sophia Arareo 4 5-8 13 (includes two 3-pointers), Emma Pierson 2 5-8 10 (includes one 3-pointer), Karly King 2 2-2 8 (includes two 3-point goals), Francesca Valleta 1 0-0 2, Victoria Raffare 0 1-4 1.  Totals: 9 13-22 34.

3-point goals: Branford – 5; Amity -1

Here’s Where You Can Find Up To The Minute Weather

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Jan 172018

When Orange Live went online 6 years ago, a young man named Kevin Arnone approached us offering to provide weather coverage.

An Amity graduate, Kevin was so good and incredibly accurate for his young age, that we couldn’t resist.

The partnership worked well for a long time, we linked the weather tab to Kevin’s personal page.

But as his name earned recognition, the consistency of his posts on that site slowed down and he dedicated his time getting noticed by television stations and landed his dream job with WTNH 8.

Since we first met him, Kevin has won the lottery, married the love of his life, gotten two dogs, and this week he quit his job at Channel 8 and started a new amazing weather website ExactWeatherNow.com.

We’ve called Kevin “our” weatherman for 6 years and we hope that YOU will do the same.

Check out his new website by clicking the link above or anytime that you are on Orange Live, click the Weather Tab for a direct link to his new site.

“Join” Kevin’s team and if you appreciate his work, click on the Donate button to help support his efforts.

Good Luck Kevin!




Boys Basketball: Mighty Spartans Beat The Gaels 78-60

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Jan 172018

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The Amity Spartans Boys’ Basketball team was on the road in Shelton on Tuesday, Jan. 16 for a matchup against the Gaels.

Amity took an early lead, finishing the first quarter 22-15. With 20 points to Shelton’s 14 in the second quarter, Amity finished the first half at 42 – 29.

The second half was much of the same, with the Spartans getting 20 points to the Gaels’ 15. Ending the third period with a 62-44 lead.

The final quarter saw each team making 16 points, with Amity winning over Shelton 78-60.

Game Notes


Shelton’s Brian Berritto was the game’s high scoring player with 19 points.

Amity: Tyler Thomas 5 2-4 13 (includs one 3-pointer), James Van Hise 6 0-0 12, Chris Bierezowiec 3 3-4 9, Joseph Benedetti 4 0-1 8, Jack Nolan 2 1-3 5,  Nicholas Huribal 2 1-2 5,  Mike Young 2 2-2 4, Brian Curtin 1 2-2 4, Quinn Burke 1 0-0 2, Cole Wissink 4 0-0 12 (includes four 3-point goals). Totals: 30 11-18 78.

Shelton: Brian Berritto 7 4-6 19 (includes one 3-pointer), Brian Belade 5 0-0 14 (includes four 3-point goals), Kyle Davis 4 2-4 10, Peri Basimakopoulos 4 1-1 10 (includes one 3-pointer), Matt Hunyadi 1 1-2 4 (includes one 3-pointer), Will Ciccone 1 0-0 2, Kevin Belden 0 1-2 1. Totals: 22 8-14 60

3-point goals: Amity 5, Shelton 7.

Records: Amity (8-2), Shelton (1-9)

Material Girls Boutique Celebrates 7th Annivarsary

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Jan 172018

Material Girls Boutique, 463 Boston Post Road, Orange has been your one-stop shopping destination for seven years!

The recipient of several New Haven Magazine “Best Of” Awards, this small business, owned by Amity resident Kristina Kaoud, is always up on the latest trends in jewelry and clothing, and offers its customers a one-on-one shopping experience when needed along with free distinctive gift wrapping.

Material Girls will begin its Anniversary Celebration on Thursday Night from 5 – 8:30 p.m. with one of its popular Sip Shop and Save Girls Night Out events featuring Jo Malone Perfume & Kiehl’s Skincare and raffle prizes too. The party will continue through Sunday, Jan. 21.

Faithful followers of the store’s Facebook page know that if they tag 3 friends and share the anniversary post, they will be entered to win a Scout bag. 

Click HERE for the Anniversary Event Page.

Stop by and wish Kristina and the staff well, and don’t forget to make a wish list for Valentine’s Day so your loved ones will know exactly what you want!



Klarides’ Statement On The Just Released Revenue Figures

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Jan 162018

Today, House Republican Leader Themis Klarides commented on the most recent revenue figures.

“This latest data confirms what we suspected. Our deficit has continued to grow and absent fundamental changes in the way we run the government, Connecticut will face that prospect. Huge tax hikes without significant reductions in spending are not the answer,’’ Klarides said.

Revenues are off in a number of sectors including real estate and sales tax projections are underperforming, she noted.

Klarides added that Republicans remain willing to make the tough choices and do right by the taxpayers of Connecticut.

“Republicans are continuing to work on a Deficit Reduction Plan that they are prepared to offer to deal with the current red ink,” she said.

Connecticut Students Selected for United States Senate Youth Program

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Jan 162018

Students Headed to Washington, D. C. and to Receive $10,000 College Scholarship

The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) announced that high school students Ananya Kachru and Annie Jin Wang will join Senator Richard Blumenthal and Senator Christopher Murphy in representing Connecticut in the nation’s capital during the 56th annual USSYP Washington Week, to be held March 3 — 10, 2018.

Ananya Kachru of Woodbridge and Annie Wang of Cheshire were selected from among the state’s top student leaders to be part of the 104 national student delegation who will also each receive a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate study.

The USSYP was created by Senate Resolution 324 in 1962 and has been sponsored by the Senate and fully funded by The Hearst Foundations since inception. Originally proposed by Senators Kuchel, Mansfield, Dirksen and Humphrey, the impetus for the program as stated in Senate testimony is “to increase young Americans’ understanding of the interrelationships of the three branches of government, learn the caliber and responsibilities of federally elected and appointed officials, and emphasize the vital importance of democratic decision making not only for America but for people around the world.”

Each year this extremely competitive merit-based program brings 104 of the most outstanding high school students — two from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity — to Washington, D.C. for an intensive week-long study of the federal government and the people who lead it. The overall mission of the program is to help instill within each class of USSYP student delegates more profound knowledge of the American political process and a lifelong commitment to public service.

In addition to the program week, The Hearst Foundations provide each student with a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship with encouragement to continue coursework in government, history and public affairs. Transportation and all expenses for Washington Week are also provided by The Hearst Foundations; as stipulated in S.Res.324, no government funds are utilized.

Ananya Kachru attends Amity Regional High School and serves as a representative to the Connecticut State Student Advisory Council on Education. She is also the student liaison to the Amity Board of Education and a Principal’s Council representative. Additionally, Ananya co-authors weekly “Student Happenings” newsletters, and helped spearhead the formation of Club Council. She is co-captain of her school’s debate team, and also debates with the International Public Debate program. She cofounded the Amity Academic Decathlon Team, and is co-president of the National Chinese Honor Society. Outside of school, Ananya collaborates with the Ms President US organization to empower girls through public service.

Annie Wang attends Cheshire High School and serves as the vice chair of the Connecticut High School Democrats. She has committed over 500 hours as the president of the Cheshire High School Young Democrats Club, which received the Best Chapter in the Nation award in 2015. Annie also serves as editor in chief of her school newspaper The Rampage and has been elected secretary of her class for all of her four years at Cheshire High School.

Chosen as alternates to the 2018 program are Willa Doss, a resident of Greenwich who attends Greenwich High School and Mounisha Anumolu, a resident of Woodbridge who attends Amity Regional High School. Delegates and alternates are selected by the state departments of education nationwide and the District of Columbia and Department of Defense Education Activity, after nomination by teachers and principals. The chief state school officer for each jurisdiction confirms the final selection.

This year’s Connecticut delegates and alternates were designated by Dr. Dianna R. Wentzell, Commissioner of Education. While in Washington the student delegates attend meetings and briefings with senators, members of the House of Representatives, Congressional staff, the president, a justice of the Supreme Court, leaders of cabinet agencies, an ambassador to the United States and senior members of the national media.

The students will also tour many of the national monuments and several museums and they will stay at the historic Mayflower Hotel in downtown Washington, D.C. In addition to outstanding leadership abilities and a strong commitment to volunteer work, the student delegates rank academically in the top one percent of their states among high school juniors and seniors.

Now more than 5,500 strong, alumni of the program continue to excel and develop impressive qualities that are often directed toward public service. Among the many distinguished alumni are Senator Susan Collins, the first delegate to be elected to the Senate; Senator Cory Gardner, the first delegate to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, and the second to be elected to the Senate; former Chief Judge Robert Henry, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; former Ambassador to West Germany Richard Burt, and former presidential advisors Thomas “Mack” McLarty and Karl Rove. Additional notables include Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie, former Lt. Governor of Idaho David Leroy, former President of the Progressive Policy Institute Robert Shapiro, military officers, members of state legislatures, Foreign Service officers, top congressional staff, healthcare providers and university educators.

Register Today For A Free Special Needs Presentation At Milestones On Thursday

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Jan 162018

Milestones Behavioral Services, 339 Boston Post Road, Orange is hosting a free presentation on “Transitioning to Adulthood for Families with Special Needs Children” this Thursday, January 18, from 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Speakers will include: Suzanne Letso, M.A., BCBA Founder; CEO Heather LaTorra President/CEO of Marrakech, Inc.; and Greta E. Solomon Principal/Chair Trusts & Estates, Elder Law, and Tax Groups at Cohen & Wolf.

Must register by Tuesday, January 16.

For R.S.V.P. or more information, contact developmentrsvp@mbs-inc.org or 203-799-4110 Ext. 660

Jan 152018

Following is a message from the Amity Theater/Choir:

The Amity Theater Department and The Amity Choir students are performing this April in Walt Disney World. The students have been participating in fundraisers all year and we appreciate your continued support.

Our current fundraiser is selling Amity apparel through Blanchettes sporting goods online store. We are offering everything from t-shirts to sweatshirts, jackets, hats and even kids clothes! When you go to the website you will see two choices for each item.

The first choice is the Amity Creative Theater logo. The second choice is the Amity “block A” with a drop-down box for your choice of wording underneath.

The wording choices are Spartans, Staff, Alumni, Choir, Band and Creative Theater. All the funds that are raised go towards the students trip to Orlando this coming April. Thank you in advance for your support!

To Access the On-Line Store go to https://blanchettesportinggoods.itemorder.com the code is: AmityCT2017

This Week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedule Jan. 15-21

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Jan 152018

The Amity Varsity sports schedule for Monday, Jan. 15 – Sunday, Jan. 21 is as follows.

Monday, Jan. 15

Boys Swimming and Diving vs Daniel Hand at the Orange Community Center Pool at 7:20 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 16

Girls Basketball vs Branford HOME at Amity High School at 5:15 p.m.

Boys Basketball vs Shelton AWAY at Shelton High School at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 17

Boys Ice Hockey vs Hamden AWAY Lou Astorino Ice Rink at 7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 18

Boys and Girls Indoor Track SCC Novice Meet AWAY – Floyd Little at 3:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 19

Girls Basketball vs Mercy HOME at Amity High School at 7 p.m.

Boys Basketball vs East Haven AWAY at East Haven High School at 7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 20

Wrestling AWAY New Milford Invitational at 10 a.m.

Girls and Boys Indoor Track, Yale Invitational AWAY Yale Cox Cage TBA

Boys Ice Hockey vs NFI (New Fairfield/Immaculate) HOME Bennett Rink West Haven at 3 p.m.

Girls Ice Hockey vs Hall-Conard HOME at Rinks at Shelton at 9 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 21

Girls Ice Hockey vs West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy AWAY at Bennett Rink at 6 p.m.