Full Wolf Moon At Its Peak AT 2:23 P.M. Jan. 10

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Jan 092020

The January Full Moon will be at its peak on Friday, Jan. 10 at 2:23 p.m. but it will not appear in the sky until later that day.

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, The January Full Moon will pass through Earth’s faint outer shadow (the penumbra) causing a lunar eclipse.

It said, “During a penumbral lunar eclipse, the full Moon appears marginally darker than usual, though the effect is so slight that it can be difficult to recognize. This makes for a far less spectacular show than that of a partial lunar eclipse (when a large chunk of the Moon is significantly darkened) or a total lunar eclipse (when the entire Moon is obscured and turns a deep red color).”

Native Americans called the January Full Moon the Full Wolf Moon because wolves were more often heard at this time.


Boys Hockey: OUCH, Stamford Skates Over The Spartans

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Jan 082020

The Amity Spartans hosted Stamford/Westhill in West Haven on Wednesday night. The student fan section came out to watch them play, and the parents were there too, as was I.

What was going known in advance to be a huge challenge, turned out to be so much more.

Not only does Stamford have really handsome uniforms, but they also have a lot of tricks up their sleeves.

When Amity first came out onto the ice, they had their game faces on, looking strong and determined to be contenders in this battle. Brendan Smith was the goaltender and he showed off some really impressive ninja moves in the first period. Amity outshot Stamford and kept Jared Maloney on the move, but at the end of one, the score was a tie at 0.

1:29 Jason Marchese assisted by Tyler Tuccinardi, 3:24, power-play goal by Marchese assisted by Tucker Healy and Tuccinardi, 10:34 shorthand goal by Healy assisted by Jason Bacco, 11:20, shorthand unassisted goal by Gavin Dolan, 12:14 Edward Zelerman scored the fifth goal of the game assisted by Healy and Tuccinardi.

Finally, in the second, just 26 seconds after Stamford scored, Nick Kiwanis got one past the defensive line and Maloney, assisted by Connor Bath and Caleb Marcin.

Second-period score: 5-1.

Could Amity recover from this in the third period?

After the Zamboni smoothed the ice Stamford lined up outside the rink and the refs put the nets in place as the clock ticked down the seconds, someone asked, “Is Amity coming out?” And there they were, taking to the ice like they wanted to take care of business.

Amity fans didn’t have to wait too long, at 2:48 Connor Bath scored with a power-play on an assist from Justin Miller. Now we’re talking! But Stamford had other plans, it only took 56 seconds for Healy to score an unassisted goal, and it was downhill for the Spartans from there.

At 9:02 a power-play goal and Healy got a hattrick assisted by 24. A minute later Jordan Grabine shot one over Smith’s shoulder for a power-play goal assisted by Ethan Skaug.

Then with just 4:03 remaining Hunter Gilchrist slipped one in behind Smith’s back assisted by Bacco.

Stamford remains undefeated with this 9-2 victory.

Although I didn’t speak to Coach Mike Richetelli after this game, I believe he would have said something like, “You have to play if you want to win.”

Records: Stamford 6-0, Amity 1-3-1

Turkey Hill School Drama Club 10th Anniversary Reunion Concert On Friday

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Jan 072020

Amity High School hosted an unforgettable 10-Year Alumni Reunion concert in 2018 and this Friday, Jan. 10, Turkey Hill School is following its lead with the Turkey Hill School Drama Club 10th Anniversary Reunion Concert at 7 p.m.

Come see past and current Turkey Hill School Drama Club performers sing songs from the last ten shows!  Hear the stories from the past actors and re-live the magic in this short and entertaining show!

The Turkey Hill Drama Club is inviting all performers who were actors in “Halloween, Again” to come up on stage and in the front of the gym to sing with our performers for the last song! 

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors/students and can be purchased at www.dramaclub-ct.com or at the door the night of the show!

Boys Hockey: No Winners or Losers In Saturday’s Overtime Matchup

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Jan 062020

The Amity Spartans hosted North Haven in West Haven on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 3 p.m.

Naturally, the game could have gone either way and in the first period it appeared that North Haven was a little more determined to take it.

At 14:06 North Haven’s Aaron Racino asst by Owen Quick got the puck past Amity’s goalie Brendan Smith in his first career start. Then, 31 seconds later, Eli Brubacher, assisted by Racino brought the score to 2-0.

You simply can’t write off the 2019-20 Spartans, though, just 12 seconds after returning to the ice, Amity Captain Nick Kiwanis shot a goal, assisted by co-captain Justin Miller and Connor Bath, giving Amity fans the hope they needed.

At 5:39 in the third, Jason Dittmann tied the game on a power play, assisted by Kiwanis and Dom Harris.

In overtime, both teams battled for that extra point, but nothing more happened and the game ended in a 2-2 tie. No winners, no losers, but an awesome effort on both sides.

The Spartans will play a HOME game against Westhill-Stamford in West Haven at 6 p.m. Come cheer on our boys then.



Cartoonist Dave Roman To Visit Amity Regional High School

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Jan 062020

Author and illustrator, Dave Roman, will visit Amity Regional High School next week to offer workshops to Amity’s Art and English Language Arts classes.

Mr. Roman is the creator of Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity, which won Maryland’s Black-Eyed Susan Book Award.  Mr. Roman has also written Teen Boat!, which was honored as a Junior Library Guild Selection, and Agnes Quill:  An Anthology of Mystery.  He is the co-author of two New York Times best-selling graphic novels, X-Men: Misfits and The Last Airbender: Zuko’s Story, and recently illustrated the children’s science book Pluto is Peeved.

A graduate of the School of Visual Arts (New York), Mr. Roman worked as a comics editor for Nickelodeon Magazine from 1998 to 2009.  He currently lives in New York.

Mr. Roman’s visit promises to be a lively and visually-engaging discussion about comics and how they have served as inspiration throughout his life, fostering a love for reading and a passion to make his own books.

The event will be hosted by Amity Regional High School librarians, Robert Musco and Victoria Hulse, and made possible by the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation.  More information about the Foundation’s mission and work can be found at www.jamiehulleyartsfund.org . This event is not open to the public.

Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation Presents A $3,000 Grant Award

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Jan 062020

The Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation based in Orange recently awarded Amity Middle School in Bethany $3,000 in grant awards for three creative proposals to integrate arts into its curriculum.

Eighth-grade social studies teacher, Marika Wissink, was awarded $1,000 for a special interdisciplinary project.

Ms. Wissink’s students will work with visiting artist, Heather Stoltz, to create a fiber arts project where
students create fiber art to demonstrate their learning of the 19th-century social reform movements.

Eighth-grade social studies teacher, Robert Murphy, was awarded $1,000 to host singer/songwriter Laura
Clapp to collaborate on an interdisciplinary project where students will create music to demonstrate their
learning of reform propaganda and its’ relationship to the 19th-century social reform movements.

Seventh-grade social studies teacher, Nick DaPonte, was awarded $1,000 to have the Okra Dance Company
perform “Journey into Africa”.  This is in conjunction with the social studies unit on African Geography and
Culture, the English classes reading “A Long Walk to Water”, and the special Global Issues project for all

Girls Basketball: Hamden Defeats Amity in Friday Night Heartbreaker

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Jan 062020

The Amity Girls Basketball team battled to the end but came up short vs Hamden on Friday night.

Hamden took the lead in first quarter 17-6.

The Lady Spartans bounced back in the 2nd quarter behind 9 points from Martin and 4 points from Megan Smith to tie the game at half 24-24.

In the 3rd quarter Amity struggled on the boards versus a much bigger Hamden team and lost Sarah Granados (our Freshman spark-plug) to an ankle injury. Score end of 3rd 34-43 .

Amity pulled together another gusty comeback with contributions from everyone! Our girls scored 21 points in the fourth: Jayne Whitman with 7 points, (one key 3-pointer,) Martin with a 3-pointer and a bucket to get the team within 2 points and Meadow Blakeslee with 4 key points.  Amity with a few chances to tie, but came up short and lost this one 57-55.

Game Stats:  Jillian Martin 23 points, 5 steals, 4 assists;  Megan Smith 8 points, 3 assists; Jayne Whitman 7 points; Abby Eschweiler 8 rebounds, 5 points, 4 steals; Meadow Blakeslee 8 rebounds, 3 steals, 4 points; Sarah Granados 5 Points, 6 rebounds; Jenna Vanhise 2 rebounds, 1 point; Meredith Laskowski 2 points.

— By Robyn Martin

(Photos by Scott Burzynski)

Wednesday’s Board of Selectmen’s Meeting Agenda

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Jan 062020

File photo of First Selectman Jim Zeoli during a selectmen’s meeting.

The regular monthly Board of Selectmen’s meeting will take place at Town Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m.

Following is the agenda:

  • Call to order
  • Fire Exits
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Introductions


(2 minutes per speaker)



To consider and act on the minutes of the December 11, 2019, Regular Meeting of the Board of Selectmen


1. To consider and act on the request from Cub Scout Pack 922 to waive the customary rental fee for HPCC for the annual Pinewood Derby Event on February 7, 2020. – Chris Martone, Cub Scout Pack 922

?, To consider arid act on the request from the Lions Club to waive the customary rental fees for use of the gym at HPCC for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt rain date April 11, 2020 – First Selectman Jarnes Zeoli

3. To consider and act on the agreement between the Town of Orange arid American Medical Response of Connecticut, Inc. – First Selectman Zeoii

4. To consider and act on the request to approve the tax refunds totaling $3,510.93

s. Discussions on implementing fee at the transfer station, no action until February Board of Selectmen meeting (information to be distributed at the meeting) – First Selectman Zeoli


Pension Board – Selectman Goldblatt

Capital Planning – Selectman Okenquist

Bond Construction Oversight – Selectman Goldblatt

Personnel – First Selectman Zeoii, Selectman Okenquist



Approved Minutes of the November 13, 2019, Public Hearing amending a section of the code of the Town of Orange Chapter 294, Parks and Recreation and Regular Meeting of the Board of Selectmen

Agreement between The Amity Administrators’ Group and The Amity Regional Board of Education 7.1.20 – 6.30.23

Updated Town of Orange Employee Phone Directory

Appointments and Reappointments (list to be distributed at the meeting)

Orange Highway Department Snow Plowing Policy

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Nov 302019

This shield goes up on Meetinghouse Lane every year, and when the snow is gone, the mailbox is still there.

There are more than 110 miles of streets in the Town of Orange. Snow removal can cost up to $2,500.00 per hour. Therefore, it is important for the Department of Public Works to use its resources wisely with cooperation from the residents to minimize the cost.

Plow Routes: The streets are plowed and sanded in order of priority. Main (collector) roads are addressed first with
special attention to steep hills and difficult intersections. Side streets are done next, then dead-end streets. Side streets will remain unplowed if the main roads require repeat plowing due to the heavy volume of snowfall. This may not seem fair to the residents of side streets or dead-ends. However, the main roads must remain open.

Blocked Driveways: All snow plows angle the same way; to the driver’s right. While plowing, the plow will push the snow in front of a residential driveway. The homeowner is responsible for access to his/her driveway. The only way to
avoid additional snow removal is to wait until DPW work crews have completed their final clean up of your road.

Mailbox Damage: The town repairs or replaces only those mailboxes and/or posts that are actually struck by the plow blade. Usually, a paint mark or tire tracks provide evidence of a mailbox strike. The Town does not repair or replace mailboxes and/or posts that fall from the force of plowed snow. Mailboxes and supporting posts must be installed to withstand the rigors of snow removal; including the force of snow pushed from the street onto the roadside. It is recommended that homeowners do not purchase and utilize plastic mailboxes and/or posts as they are subject to damage. DPW recommends the use of a 4 x 4 wooden post or 2′ metal pipe with a metal mailbox.

Private Plowing: The Town of Orange prohibits private plow contractors from pushing snow from private driveways
or parking lots onto Town streets. This practice is dangerous and impedes the Town’s snow removal efforts. If there is no other alternative to pushing the snow into the street, the plow driver must plow off the windrow left across the street by re-plowing until the road is safe. This may not necessarily mean bare pavement, but certainly, it should be no worse than when the driver began work.

No Parking: The Town of Orange Snow Removal Ordinance takes effect on November 1 of each year, and continues
to April 1 of the following year. During this time, there shall be no parking on public roads during snowstorms. Should
your vehicle be parked on the street causing an obstruction to snow removal vehicles, your vehicle may be ticketed or removed by the Town of Orange Police Department. The cost of removal and any other subsequent fees shall be borne upon the owner of the vehicle.

Snow Stakes: The Town of Orange Highway Department reminds Orange residents to install “snow stakes” now
before the ground freezes. It is difficult to distinguish between the pavement edge and the edge of a lawn in heavy
snowfall. Installing stakes along property edges as close to the pavement as possible without interfering with traffic will help homeowners avoid unsightly lawn damage this winter, especially for properties with underground sprinklers or invisible fencing. Snow stakes should be 30-36″ high and can be purchased at a local hardware store. If using wooden stakes, paint the top 3″ of the stakes red to increase visibility against the snow.

Residents who feel they have a legitimate complaint should call the Town of Orange Department of Public Works at 203-891-4775.

Don’t Forget Santa’s Helper Gift Drop Off Saturday, Nov. 23 Starting At 9 a.m.

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Nov 072019

Here’s a file photo from the 2012 drop off.

GIFT DROP-OFF DAY FOR SANTA’S HELPER IS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2019, 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. at Fire Station #2, 355 Boston Post Road (Across from TGI Fridays).  We ask that the general public arrive no earlier than 30 minutes prior to start time.  You will have a much shorter wait in line by following these guidelines.


There is a small fee of $19.00 per gift/recipient. Each gift must be INDIVIDUALLY wrapped in your favorite holiday paper with an overwrap of plain brown paper. The name and delivery address of the recipient must be clearly printed on the outside of each gift. 

PLEASE try not to make the gift too large or too heavy, Santa appreciates that.  We do have a limit of 170 delivery spots/visits available.  We encourage you to try to have all the gifts for your visit with you on Gift Drop-Off day. (For families with a large party and many gifts, please e-mail OVFDSantasHelper@gmail.com for special instructions.)

Parking for Drop-Off day is in the rear of the Fire Station.  Firefighters will be there to assist you.  The Drop-Off Line is located INSIDE the Fire Station. Use the rear door marked ENTER.