Attention Students: Orange Arts & Culture Council Sponsoring “Picture This Photo Contest”

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Sep 212017

The Orange Arts & Culture Council is sponsoring a photo contest for students in grades four through twelve.  The annual “Picture This” photo contest is open to Orange residents.

Deadline for entries is October 30.

The photos should represent people, places or things in Orange or subjects of interest to the photographer. The prints must be 8 X 10 inches in size and unframed. The photo can be color or black and white.

Students entering the contest should include a short description of the photos (they can enter more than one picture) and include their name, address, and phone number, school and grade level on the back of the photo.

Photographers are encouraged to experiment with a variety of shots. Try taking pictures of flowers, your pets, an interesting scene or a farm animal. The possibilities are endless.

Prizes will be awarded in three age categories: grades four through six, grades seven and eight and grades nine through twelve.  First place winner will be awarded $25, second place $15 and honorable mention $10. All winning photos will be displayed.

Those entering the contest should mail their entries to: OACC, P.O. Box 1037, Orange, CT 06477. All submitted photos become the property of OACC and will not be returned.

For more information about the contest contact Liz Gesler at 203-95-5133 or Judy Primavera at 203-795-1133.

Orange Police: Wanted Person, Reward Offered

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Sep 212017

The Orange Police Department holds a warrant for the arrest of Vincent Jones, dob March 28, 1968, who is wanted in connection with the robbery of the Webster Bank branch on Racebrook Road in Orange on July 31, 2017.

Jones is known to frequent the New Haven area, along with other large state municipalities, but has no permanent address.

If you see Vincent Jones, do not approach him; contact police immediately by dialing 911.

Jones is facing charges of robbery, larceny, and breach of peace. He also has an active warrant from the Waterbury Office of Probation & Parole.

A reward of up to $500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Vincent Jones is being offered in conjunction with the Connecticut Bankers Association.

To report a sighting of Vincent Jones, dial 911. For information on his location, contact the Orange Police Department at 203.891.2130. All tips/information will be kept confidential.

Happy Rosh Hashanah! But, What Does That Mean?

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Sep 212017

Today you may have the day off from school or work but have no clue why except that it is a Jewish Holiday.

It is Rosh Hashanah, the first full day of the year 5778 — Happy New Year!

One popular observance during this holiday is eating apples dipped in honey, a symbol of the wish for a sweet new year.

Click that link above if you would like to learn more about the holiday.


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.