About The Orange Chamber, UNH, Internship Program

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Sep 202017

On Sept. 11, Orange Live announced that The Orange Chamber of Commerce was introducing a Student Membership and Internship program in partnership with the University of New Haven, College of Business.

“The College of Business at the University of New Haven is proud to partner with the Chamber on this important initiative,” said Dean Brian Kench. “Our College of Business programs are designed to produce successful, confident, creative 21st-century citizens with the imagination, drive and skills that students need to tackle the complex problem-solving they will be tasked with in the world. The partnership with the Chamber expands our internship program, which affords our students the chance to put their skills to the test prior to graduation.”

The Student Membership program is being made possible through the generosity of Neil Feigl of the GEICO Local Office in Orange. Both the Chamber and GEICO are committed to helping bridge the gap between higher education and the business world.

Feigl wanted to increase the insurance company’s involvement with the Orange Chamber and recognized the student membership offering as an ideal opportunity to support emerging leaders. “GEICO engages in ongoing efforts to recruit the best-qualified talent,” said Feigl. “Getting college students involved in real-world interaction with the business community struck us as a practical way to help grow the local talent pool.”

Through this initiative, the Chamber is offering university students an exclusive opportunity to get connected with the business community. The Chamber encourages the growth and development of students as they prepare to enter the workforce, as well as a head start on their networking and professional development. Students will experience the benefits of chamber membership, networking events and relationship building activities in this innovative program. GEICO will initially sponsor ten students identified by Darell Singleterry, Director of the University’s MBA program.

Through membership with the Orange Chamber, college students will be afforded the opportunity to meet professional members, get involved in committees, community initiatives, share information, gain personal visibility and gain personal, professional and leadership skills through their involvement. Additionally, they will be promoted through the Chamber’s online membership directory under categories of “Student” and “Job Seeker”.

At the September Board meeting Charles (Pete) Peterson, Director of the college’s internship program spoke about the value of participating in the program. Both the business community and the student interns will benefit. Richard Zorena, President of the Chamber, said, “We already have members who have expressed an interest and we look forward to a great relationship with the University of New Haven.”

Girls Volleyball: Win Some Lose One, Amity’s Season Looking Good

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Sep 202017

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A Look Back

Coach Seth Davis’s Lady Spartans Volleyball team hosted the Staples Wreckers on Friday, Sept 8 in Woodbridge.

The two teams had three close games and two where the winner was cut and dried.

Amity Bows To Staples In Home Opener

Amity 2, Staples 3
Game scores: 14-25, 27-25, 25-22, 16-25, 16-14
Amity’s Noteable Players:  Abby Harbinson 24 kills 3 blocks, Jaiden Williams 35 assists, Dani Nordyk 6 kills
Records: Amity 0-1, Staples 1-0
Next on Monday, Sept. 11 they played Daniel Hand in Woodbridge and won 3-0.
On Thursday, Sept. 14, the Lady Spartans shut out the Foran Lions in Milford
Another victory was seen on Friday, Sept 15 at Lyman Hall. The final score was 3-1.

Lady Spartans Shut Out Governors

On  Sept. 18, the Lady Spartans hosted the Wilbur Cross Governors in Woodbridge and won all three games:  25-11, 25-21, 25-13

Amity 3, Wilbur Cross 0

Amity’s Noteworthy Players

Dani Nordyk 8 kills 3 aces, Maddy Adzigian 5 kills, Jaiden Williams 27 assists

Records: Amity: 4-1 (4-0), Wilbur Cross 2-2 (1-2)

Amity Shows East Haven How It’s Done In Woodbridge

On Tuesday, Sept. 19, the Lady Spartans welcomed the East Haven Yellow Jackets in Woodbridge.

Seth Davis’s Girls kept up the momentum and shut out East Haven 3-0

Game Scores: 25-18, 25-22, 25-20

Amity’s Noteworthy players

Abby Harbinson 20 kills, Jaiden Williams 40 assists, Dani Nordyk 5 digs  3 kills

East Haven’s Noteworthy players

Kylie Schlottman 6 kills , Summer Onorato 7 Kills, Julia SanGiovanni 4 Blocks

Records: Amity 5-1, East Haven 5-1

Keep up the good work girls!

Amity Middle School Orange Student Wins Regional Essay Contest

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Sep 192017

Amity Middle School Orange student, Jasmina Krehic — eighth grade, has won the third annual New England League of Middle Schools essay contest. The contest was done in partnership with the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS).

This year’s topic was “What is it Like to be a Young Adolescent Today?”

NHMS representatives came to Amity Middle School in Orange with an official NASCAR race car to present Jasmina with 25 tickets to the upcoming featured NASCAR Monster Energy Series event in Loudon, New Hampshire.

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Shown in the photo are: Jasmina Krehic, the winner of the New England League of Middle School essay contest; Amity Middle School Orange 7th Grade teacher Sarah Sharkey; and the New Hampshire Motor Speedway mascot, Milo the Moose.

Girls Swimming: Way To Go, Three In A Row!

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Sep 192017

The Lady Spartans Swimming and Diving Team was on the road Monday, but they didn’t have to travel far (Foran High School, Milford) to win their third consecutive meet.

Amity 100, Foran 81

Amity’s Winning Events

200 yard Medley Relay: A- 2:01.31 Molly Cox, Emma Grabowski, Christiane Delda, Amanda Hendrick

200 Ind. Medley: A-2:26.45 Molly Cox

50-yard Freestyle: A- 26.70 Amanda Hendrick

200-yard Freestyle Relay: A- 1:49.70 Vera Belfonti, Chris

100 Freestyle: A- 58.80 Kayleigh Foley

500-yard Freestyle: A- 5:55.52 Alexis Halstead

200-yard Freestyle Relay: A- 1:49.70 Vera Belfonti, Chris Delda, Kayleigh Foley, Amanda Hendrick

100-yard Backstroke: A- 1:04.53 Molly Cox

Foran’s Winning Events

200-yard Freestyle: F- 2:00,71 Jordan MacDonald

Diving: F- 263.70 Emma Longley

100-yard Butterfly: F- 1:00.00 Jordan MacDonald

100 yard Breaststroke: F- 1:22.10 Kaya Vital

400 yard Freestyle Relay: F- 4:12.12 Arianna Chen, Emily Eschweiler, Ana O’Connor, Jordan MacDonald

Record: Amity 3-0

This Just In: SAT Test Scores, School Rankings Announced

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Sep 182017

The Connecticut SAT test scores and updated rankings for the 2016-17 school year were posted to SchoolDigger TODAY.

We know that many Orange and Amity residents moved here because of the schools. Now you can see for yourself how the Orange and Region 5 Districts ranked against other Connecticut schools.

The Orange School District ranked 40th out of 132 in the state of Connecticut.

Here’s how each of the three elementary schools rated:

Peck Place School

Peck Place School 

Grades 1-6

349 Students

13.4 Student/Teacher Ratio

84.6 Average Standard Score (2017)

Ranked #79

Down 10 slots from last year

Race Brook School

Race Brook School

Grades 1-6

369 Students

12.7 Student/Teacher Ratio

76.6 Average Standard Score (2017)

Ranked #145

Down 6 slots from last year

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Turkey Hill School

Grades 1-6

293 Students

12.2 Student/Teacher Ratio

72.2 Average Standard Score (2017)

Ranked #161

Down 75 slots from last year

Amity Regional District #5 ranked 6th of 132 Connecticut districts

Amity Middle School Orange ranked in the top 10 of 240 Connecticut Middle Schools

Amity Middle School 

Grades 7-8

392 Students

11.5 Student/Teacher Ratio

92.3 Average Standard Score (2017)

Ranked #8

UP 20 slots from last year

Amity High School ranked in the top 20 of 109 Connecticut High Schools

Amity High School 

Grades 9-12

1,524 Students

12.1 Student/Teacher Ratio

88.8 Average Standard Score (2017)

Ranked #12

Retains same ranking as last year



Have You Seen Pitsy?

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Sep 182017

Pitsy is a 16-year-old calico cat. She was last seen in her yard on Sunset Drive last Thursday.

She is about 12 lbs, walks with limp ( front paws) is gentle, a little skittish ( less so with age).

Her name is Pitsy – but sometimes more likely to answer to nickname ” Pit.”

Her family is heartbroken.

If you see her or know of her whereabouts, please call Deborah at 434-616-1369.

Could “First Responders Day” Replace “Columbus Day” as a Federal Holiday?

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Sep 182017

Orange resident Mary Hurley started a White House Petition to make 9/11 an official Federal Holiday called First Responders’ Day.

Here is her reasoning:

The events of September 11th are still very fresh in the minds of most Americans. The heroic acts of First Responders on that day should be rightly honored right along side our nation’s veterans on Veteran’s Day, and those that gave their lives for this country on Memorial Day.

The Federal Government will usually only recognize a certain number of Federal Holidays per year. Columbus Day has become a more and more controversial holiday each year. Moreover, it’s a holiday that no one really celebrates anyway. The American people will benefit more from First Responders’ Day to honor those First Responders who gave their lives and for those that still live with the scars of that fateful day far more than Columbus Day.

Click HERE for the petition page.

Amity Academic Hall of Honor and Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Ticket Deadline Approaching

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Sep 182017

The 2017-2018 Amity Academic Hall of Honor and Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place at Grassy Hill Country Club, Orange on Thursday, October 19 at 5:30 p.m.

Dinner tickets are $50 in advance with a purchase deadline of September 29th. There will be no tickets
for purchase at the door.

For Athletic Hall of Fame tickets make checks payable to the Amity Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame, and
send to Amity High School Athletic Department, Attention: Lori Bonney, 25 Newton Road, Woodbridge
CT 06525.

For Academic Hall of Honor tickets make checks payable to the Amity Hall of Honor, and mail to Amity
District Office, Attention: Carol Lange, 25 Newton Road, Woodbridge, CT 06525.

Scott Feinberg

EDITOR’S NOTE: Back when he was a Sophomore or Junior at Amity, I hired one of this year’s honorees, Scott Feinberg, as a freelancer for the Amity Observer Newspaper. I was so impressed with his attention to detail and can-do attitude and more so, his knowledge of film and an uncanny ability to choose the winners in each category of the Academy Awards year after year. 

I am so proud of this young man and have followed his professional career for more than a decade as he lives his dream. Congratulations, Scott!

Klarides Says Approval of GOP Budget Signals New Direction for Connecticut

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Sep 162017

Following the stunning bipartisan vote that passed the Republican budget by a 78-72 margin at 1:44 a.m., today, House Republican Leader Themis Klarides hailed the passage of the bipartisan package in the House and urged Gov. Malloy to reconsider his threatened veto
and sign the bill to avert massive cuts Democrats will inflict on Connecticut schools on Oct. 1, absent a two-year tax and spending plan.

“This is the first step toward getting the state back on the sane fiscal footing and putting Connecticut back on the road to solvency,’’ Klarides said. “We owe it to the state of Connecticut to act, and have the Governor sign this bipartisan legislation,’’ Klarides said.

The Republican budget does not raise taxes, restores funding for schools and towns and protects municipal aid. Klarides praised the five Democrats who joined the GOP to produce the bipartisan solution.

Three Democratic Senators voted for the Republican plan earlier in the day to pass it 21-15. The

The House then voted 78-72 to approve the budget. It also restores deep cuts for social services.

The Republican plan includes no new taxes, restores education funding and preserves municipal aid.

“It took months to get to this point, and despite the time needed to get this point by the
legislature, we have reached another level. Now we wait for the Governor,’’ Klarides said.

Don’t Mess With Loki

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Sep 162017

During a police K9 Demonstration at the Orange Country Fair, this afternoon, Officer Chris Brown and his canine partner, Loki showed off the dog’s intensity and strong bite with the assistance of guest “criminal” Deputy Fire Marshal Jamie Vincent.

The music from a live band was blaring nearby, drowning out some of the police dialogue. But basically, Vincent put on a thick protective bite sleeve and stood in the ring as Brown held Loki back while yelling directions to Vincent. “Stay where you are or I’ll release my dog.”

Brown let up on the leash a little and let Loki go after the “criminal.”

Loki hung on until Brown commanded him to release and offered him a miniature bite roll to chew on — a job well done.

The message to this story, if you commit a crime in Orange, don’t mess with Loki.