Amity Performing Arts Summer Camps

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May 222017

Robert and Andrea Kennedy of the Amity Theater Department welcome area youth to spend this summer on stage at Amity High School.  

The award-winning Amity Performing Arts department is offering a theater and orchestra camp from July 5- 28.  

This half day camp offers daily classes in acting, singing, dancing or music.

Included in the itinerary are movie days, ice cream social, games and fun!  

For information go to www.amitytheaterdepartment.com  or www.amityband.org.   

End Of Year Concerts At Amity Middle School This Week

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May 212017

Amity Middle School Orange Campus music students will showcase their talents at two evening concerts.

The band and the choir will perform on Tuesday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. and the Chamber Choir, strings and Jazz Band will perform on Wednesday evening, May 25 at 6:30 p.m.

Both concerts are in the gym.

Amity Middle School is at 100 Ohman Avenue.

PHOTOS: Relay For Life Luminaria Ceremony

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May 212017

The Luminaria Ceremony at the BOW Relay For Life was quiet, respectful and reflective of lives lost and a time to honor those who are struggling with cancer.

One team, “Mild to Wild” was honored with the Bob Rauch Award as the group that embodied the spirit of the late Dr. Robert Rauch, a longtime Relay supporter and Cancer patient who passed away a few years ago.

All of the team captains, most of them Amity High School Students, collected glow sticks to distribute to their team members, then as a group of victims (or survivors) was read off — if you are here because of a parent; a child; a cousin; a neighbor; etc — snap your glow stick now.

And slowly, the entire perimeter of the track was lit up.

Members of the Amity Creative Arts Department sang, as participants walked around the track in silence and dropped their glow sticks into a luminaria bag on the ground lining the track.

Photos: BOW Relay For Life Survivor’s Walk

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May 202017

To start off the Relay For Life in Orange tonight, the survivors and their caregivers were introduced and took the first lap around the track at the Orange Fairgrounds.

They were followed by the organized teams and then everyone else who was participating in the cancer fundraiser.

There is still time to get down there and buy a luminaria bag in honor or in memory of a loved one touched by cancer.

The Luminaria Ceremony begins at 9 p.m.

Baseball: Spartans Ready To Rock And Roll After Defeating Cheshire 11-3

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May 202017

Amity’s Teddy Hague rounds third base after hitting a home run.

On Friday night, the Amity Spartans hosted the Cheshire Rams at Old Tavern Park in Orange for the final regular season game.

Cheshire got onto the scoreboard first on a balk, but Amity answered quickly with two runs in the first inning.

The second inning was huge for Amity, as they brought in 7 runs, giving them an unbeatable lead.

Teddy Hague hit a home run in the third inning, and Amity got its 11th run in the fourth.

One of the Rams hit a home run in the fifth inning and they scored their third run in the sixth.


Cheshire   1000110    3

Amity        271100      11

Records: Amity (18-2), Cheshire (11-9)

The Spartans now move onto the playoffs and a bid to break their own record for the most consecutive state titles.

Last year, they made history with and unprecedented Four-In-A-Row. The Spartans know that they are not invincible and they work hard in every game. The road ahead certainly won’t be easy, but fans are still hopeful and believe that they can win their fifth state championship title in 2017.

The Spartans play in the SCC Quarterfinal at Amity on Monday at 4 p.m.

Here’s The Schedule For This Weekend’s BOW Relay For Life

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May 192017

The annual BOW (Bethany, Orange, Woodbridge) Relay For Life will take place at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, on Saturday, May 20 beginning at noon.

Following is the itinerary for the day:

12:00 pm Gates Open

12:00 pm-6:00 pm Participant Check-In (each participant must check-in individually at the Registration table)

12:00 pm-8:30 pm Luminaria Sales ($5 each at the Luminaria table)

3:00 pm-End Food Concession Open (hot dogs and hamburgers in the pavilion)

6:00 pm-6:15 pm              Opening Ceremonies

Raising of the Flag

Welcome: Jim Zeoli, First Selectman

Event Chairs: Lynn Plaskowitz, George Geane, and Debbie Davis

The Bob Rauch Award

Team Awards

6:15 pm-6:30 pm Survivor and Caregiver Honorary Lap followed by Teams Lap

6:30 pm Survivor Dinner

9:00 pm-10:00 pm Luminaria Ceremony

12:30 am-6:30 am Quiet Hours

6:30 am-7:00 am Free Breakfast (Sponsored by Chip’s)

7:00 am-8:00 am Closing Ceremonies


The fundraiser also includes sports tournaments, performances, etc. throughout the event – organized by Rob Kennedy from Amity High School and the high school students.

3:00-4:00 DJ
4:00-4:45 Quinn Harley
5:00-5:45 Orianna Mack, Sarah Jadbabi
6:00-6:30 Opening Ceremony (national anthem by Alaina Dwyer)
6:30-7:30 The Foresters
7:45-8:45 The Hypnosis
9:00 Luminaria (Song “Bring me to the Light” by members of ACT
9:45- 10:45 Movie: Star Wars Rogue One


Prepared Lasagna Recall Announced

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May 182017

Italian Gluten Free Food Cl Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Egg In “Chef Luca’s Lasagna Al Forno – Baked Cheese Lasagna”

Italian Gluten Free Food CL of 1899 Bushwick Avenue, Merrick, NY 11566, is recalling its 15-ounce packages of “Chef Luca’s Lasagna Al Forno – Baked Cheese Lasagna” food because they may contain undeclared egg. People who have allergies to eggs run the risk of serious or life- threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The product comes in a 15 ounce – (425 grams), Black and Goldish Yellow in color cardboard / Paper sleeve with a picture of the product and stating Chef Luca’s Baked Cheese Lasagna” “Gluten Free” and “All Natural,” No Preservatives, Lower Calorie, Lower Cholesterol with a 15 ounce (425 grams) portion size marked with the following lot number(s).

Product Code: CL-LAS

Lot Number 0387 – Expiration Date: (02/07/2018)
Lot Number 0527 – Expiration Date: (02/21/2018)
Lot Number 0547 – Expiration Date: (02/23/2018)
Lot Number 1147 – Expiration Date: (04/24/2018)

The recalled “Lasagna Al Forno – Baked Cheese Lasagna” were distributed MA, CT, NY, NJ, VA, DE, PA, MD, DC through Distributors and Retail stores: “KeHe Distributors, River Valley Foods, Wegmans, H.E.B. stores, and Uncle Giuseppe’s” retail stores.

The firm received one (1) report of Anaphylaxis has been reported on or about May 12th, 2017. The individual was treated and released.

The recall was initiated immediately upon discovering that an individual became ill. The egg-containing product was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of eggs. Production of this product has been suspended until FDA and the company are certain that the problem has been corrected.

Consumers who have purchased 15-ounce packages of “Chef Luca’s Lasagna Al Forno – Baked Cheese Lasagna” are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-498-8911 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. 9 (EST).

OPD Sponsors Special Olympics Fundraiser This Week

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May 182017

The Orange Police Department and Beyond Fitness are sponsoring a fundraiser to benefit the Special Olympics CT at Peck Place School, 500 Peck Lane, Orange on Thursday, May 18 from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m.

This Adults Only Zumba class will take place in the school gymnasium.

There is a $10 suggested donation.

Come on out, get a fun cardio workout and help a worthwhile cause.

For more information, call Lt. Heather LaRock at 203-891-2130 or Nancy Allen at 203-891-2136

If It’s The Only Thing You Do Today, Please Get Out And Vote

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May 182017

Following is a message from Town Attorney Vincent Marino:

The referendum on our annual budget and the Charter Revision will be held tomorrow, May 18th. The polls are open between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. at the High Plains Community Center.

State law requires a 15% voter turnout (1,700 voters) in order for the Charter Revision vote to count. We need you to come out and vote!

For the past year and a half, I have been working as town attorney with town officials and a number of volunteers to review our town’s charter and determine whether recommended changes are advisable.

After a lot of effort by the Board of Selectmen and the Charter Review Commission, it has been determined that the questions on the attached ballot should be put out to a referendum. While those of us that have been involved in this process believe that these recommendations are in the best interest of our town, the ultimate decision rests with the voters.

Johns Hopkins Honors Amity Middle School Student

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May 172017

Nishaan Patel of Orange was honored as one of the brightest young students in the world at a recent awards ceremony sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY).

Nishaan, a participant in the CTY Talent Search, was recognized for scoring exceptionally high on a rigorous, above-grade-level test.

As part of the CTY Talent Search, advanced students in second through eighth grades take challenging tests that can reveal their true capacity for learning. Seventh and eighth graders take the SAT or ACT, the same tests used for college admissions. These students may also take advanced versions of the School and College Ability Test (SCAT) or the Spatial Test Battery (STB). Younger students take the SCAT, STB, or PSAT 8/9.

Nishaan, a student at Amity Middle School, was one of more than 27,000 students from more than 65 countries who participated in the CTY Talent Search between March 2016 and February 2017. Only about 25 percent of Talent Search participants earned the High Honors designation.

This spring, more than 6,700 CTY Talent Search participants were invited to CTY award ceremonies across the U.S. and in China and Hong Kong. Most of these students also qualified for CTY’s summer and online courses.

“We congratulate all of our CTY Talent Search honorees for their hard work and academic achievement,” said Elaine Tuttle Hansen, executive director of CTY. “This is a moment not just to celebrate our students, but to honor the parents and educators who recognized their academic talent and provided them with opportunities to develop it.”

Connecticut’s regional ceremonies took place at Yale University on Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14.

Editor’s Note: Johns Hopkins also honored Nishaan’s brother, Armaan. Congratulations to both of these fine young men.