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Elizabeth Ewing’s “Soundtrack Of Our LIves” Commencement Speech

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Jun 182017
 

Amity Senior Class President Elizabeth Ewing integrates song titles into her commencement speech as she reminisces about the Class of 2017’s four years at Amity.

She skillfully fits plenty of fond memories into her 9 minutes in the spotlight.

Here is a VIDEO of Elizabeth’s speech.

 

Eric Greenbaum Brings Them To Their Feet With His Graduation Speech

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Jun 162017
 

Amity chose the Irrepressible Eric Greenbaum as the Outstanding Achievement – Extracurricular speaker for this year’s graduation ceremony.

Greenbaum, who brought audiences to their feet as Tevia in Fiddler on the Roof on both the Amity and Waterbury’s Palace Theater stages, also received a standing ovation from his fellow graduates at the commencement ceremony on June 14, 2017.

If you missed his hilarious speech, or if you were lucky enough to see it live and would like to see it again,… here it is for your viewing pleasure.

Get ready to laugh, he’s awesome. This is what you need right now.

Come On Out To Tip A Cop On Friday

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Jun 162017
 

Come out and help the Orange Police and Chip’s Restaurant support the Connecticut Special Olympics. 

The annual Tip-A-Cop fundraising event will take place at Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road on Friday, June 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Orange police officers will serve your meal and work hard to collect a great tip.

All tips collected and money donated during this event will go directly to Special Olympics Connecticut to support the athletes and raise awareness about individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Certified Teacher, High School Volunteer Intern Needed For One-Week Program

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Jun 152017
 

One instructor (instructor must be a certified teacher-any and all grades) and one high school student (9th-12th grade) volunteer intern are needed for Camp Invention, a one-week K-6 summer camp in Orange.

The camp runs from June 19-23 at Mary L. Tracy School, from 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Student volunteers will receive 40 service hours and a letter of recommendation from Camp Invention.

Certified teacher instructors will receive $750 for the week.

Interested instructors and volunteers should contact Kate Jolly at kjolly@bethany-ed.org or call 860-418-9957. Don’t delay!

For more information about Camp Invention visit: http://campinvention.org/.

Amity Students Flip At Graduation

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Jun 152017
 

Who is this Amity Grad?

The Amity High School Graduation was delightful. It was not too hot with a steady breeze. There were good class speakers, especially the extremely funny piece by Eric, the self-proclaimed most unqualified speaker. (Give me a couple of days to post the videos).

This year, there were fewer beach balls than ever before and I didn’t see one soap bubble rising from the grad seats.

Yet, there was some entertainment when the diplomas were handed out. As he approached the dignitaries from the right side of the field, one student did a perfect flip, received his diploma, then before the official photographer could take his picture, he flipped again and wowed the crowd.

A few minutes later a second classmate also showed his gymnastic skills after receiving his diploma.

From Baseball, Volleyball, Tennis, Theater, Science and more, the Class of 2017 is a very talented bunch.

We took more than 6,000 photos at graduation and it will take some time to edit all of them. They most likely will be available on Shutterfly or a similar service. 

 

A Light Agenda For Tonight’s Board Of Selectmen’s Meeting

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Jun 152017
 

 

  • The Orange Board of Selectmen will have a special meeting at Town Hall tonight, Thursday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m.
    Call to order
    Fire Exits
    Pledge of Allegiance
    Introductions
    PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
    (2 minutes per speaker)
    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    MINUTES
    To consider and act upon the minutes of the Public Hearings and Regular
    Meeting of May 10, 2017 (enclosure)
    NEW BUSINESS
    1. To consider and act on the approval of a vending license for July 2, 2017
    firework show (enclosure) – Howard Dragonoff, Action Enterprises
    2. To consider and act on the approval of a town donation towards the
    Independence Day Celebration – First Selectman James Zeoli
    3. To consider and act on the tax assessment agreement between MLG Real
    Estate, LLC and the Town of Orange (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli
  • 4. To consider and act on the appointment of Shannan Carlson to the Amity
    Board of Education – First Selectman James Zeoli
    5. To consider and act on the approval of the bid recommendation for wood and
    brush disposal (enclosure) – First Selectman James Zeoli
    6. To consider and act on the approval of the bid recommendation for refuse
    collection services (enclosure) – First Selectman James Zeoli
    7.To consider and act on the waiver of medical benefits for one employee
    (enclosure) – First Selectman James Zeoli
    8.To consider and act on the formation of a Charter Revision Committee
    (enclosure) – First Selectman Zeoli
    9. To consider and act on the request to put on the Suspense List the unpaid taxes
    from 2013 in the amount of $41,734.22 (enclosure)
    10. To consider and act on the approval of the tax refunds for June in the amount
    of $6595.90 (enclosure)
    11. Update on the Redesign of the Town Website
    COMMITTEES
    1. Capital Planning – Selectman Okenquist
    2. Pension Board – Selectman Goldblatt
    3. Bond Construction Oversight – Selectman Goldblatt
    4. Personnel Committee – Selectmen Zeoli, Okenquist, Davis
    5. Charter Revision Commission – Selectman Carangelo
    FYI
    Approved Minutes, Public Hearing & Special Meeting – April 5, 2017
    Appointments and Reappointments
    Revenue & Expenditure Reports
    2017 Orange Volunteer Fire Association Carnival Raffle Prize Brochure
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Hurwitz’s Walkoff Gives Orange Post 127 A Victory Over Stratford

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Jun 152017
 

Orange American Legion Post 127 Baseball

Orange Post 127 defeated Stratford 3-2 on Tuesday thanks to a walk-off single. The game was tied at two with Orange Post 127  batting in the bottom of the seventh when Adam Hurwitz singled off of Stratford’s pitcher, driving in one run.

The pitching was strong on both sides. Mike Ficaro struck out two, while Stratford’s pitcher sat down five.

SCOREBOARD
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
STRT 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 6 1
ORNG 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 3 8 3
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Orange Post 127  tied things up at one.
Ficaro earned the win for Orange Post 127. He went seven innings, surrendering two runs, six hits, striking out two, and walking one. Stratford’s pitcher took the loss. He tossed six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs, eight hits, and striking out five.
Adam Hurwitz and Chase Burzynski each drove in one run to lead Orange Post 127.
A Stratford player went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead Stratford in hits.
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Orange Roster
Tyler Appel (#10)
Chase Burzynski (#25)
Zach Cole (#21)
Mike Ficaro (#13)
Teddy Hague (#7)
Adam Hurwitz (#15)
Ben Lodewick
Jack Nolan (#20)
Quentin Pitter (#23)
Jared Smith (#6)
Al Smith (#32)

Whether You’re Taking A Detour or Just Cruising Around Remember Children Are Everywhere

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Jun 142017
 

As you may already know, the Derby-Milford Road Construction project has begun and will continue for several months (til the end of the year).

Prudden Lane is one of the approved detour roadways and drivers are taking advantage of this route.

But, there is a problem, drivers are speeding on Prudden when they come from Derby-Milford (maybe blowing off steam because they’re aggravated?)

Well, school is out for summer, and there are many children who live on that street. Please drive carefully, keep your eyes open for children who may be riding bicycles, playing catch or tag, walking a dog… you never know. Children are everywhere and their lives are more important than you getting wherever you’re going a minute or two faster.

 

After 32 Years At Amity, Deb-bie Da-vis Is Retiring

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Jun 142017
 

Retiree Debbie Davis

If you attended Amity High School anytime since 1985, even if you weren’t a student and just stopped by for an event, you know Debbie Davis.

The “most beloved teacher” at Amity is retiring after 32 years.

Debbie came to Amity as a Health and Physical Education teacher and got involved with everything over the years.

She was a Senior Class Advisor for 20 years, Co-Chairman of the BOW Relay For Life, helped with the After Prom and was the school’s biggest and loudest cheerleader.

Her former boss Athletic Director Paul Mengold would ask her to do something with athletics and she would dive in with both feet.

Prior to her employment at Amity, Debbie’s husband Paul Davis was the Amity Boys and Girls Swim Coach and she became dedicated to that program. To this day, she still announces at Amity’s home swim meets in Orange.

Legendary Amity Football Coach Bill Johnson, Teacher Debbie Davis.

As she reflected on three decades with Amity, Debbie said, without missing a beat, that her favorite part was, “I LOVE, love, being with my Department. We laugh every day when you go to work it’s like an extended family,” she said. “I’m extremely fortunate.”

Debbie also loves the kids, she loves watching them as they grow from Freshman to Seniors and seeing their academic and athletic accomplishments over the years.

Although tennis is her favorite person sport, at the school she is partial to girls volleyball because of the coach, her son Seth (who was chosen by his peers as the 2017 Coach of the Year).

“They have a phenomenal team,” she said.

It seems that every day, Debbie runs into a former student who will give her a hug and chat.

One such incident surprised her when the gentleman said that she “changed his life forever and for that he will always be indebted.”

Debbie’s lesson to him was to think with your heart, not with your brain.

She feels that the best thing she’s taught her students is the importance of relationships with their family members, not just their friends. “Talk to your parents, talk to your siblings because they are the most important people in your life.”

Debbie’s husband, Paul, said, “She loves the kids but demands respect and she treats them with respect. She always tells them the truth she will let them know if they aren’t being respectful.”

“Debbie is like a second parent to the kids at Amity. She demands that they work to their highest potential, but also knows the importance of having fun,” Paul said.

Her popularity is evident at basketball games and other events when the kids start chanting “Deb-bie Da-vis,” out of the blue.

The Administration allowed Debbie to do the things she did because they knew it worked.

Amity Principal Anna Mahon spoke affectionately about her. “Debbie Davis is not just the face of Amity, she is the heart and soul. She has been a part of our school community and the greater BOW community for so many years and so many ways.”

Mahon continued, “The students love Mrs. Davis because they know that she truly loves them. Debbie is one of the most enthusiastic educators I know and she will be sorely missed by everyone, particularly during lunch when we no longer have her whistle to rely on or her signature yell while standing on a bench seat, “Clean off  your tables, thank you!”

Athletic Director Ernie Goodwin has only worked with Davis for a couple of years, but already has a deep respect and affection for her.

He said, “She embodies everything Amity Athletics stands for. She knows what’s right, what’s wrong, and she calls people on their behavior.”

George Geane and Debbie Davis

“You know she’s special when you meet her,” Goodwin said. “Everyone gravitates toward her and everyone knows her as a motherly figure.”

“What I will miss most about her is when she’ll close my door and say, “Ok, talk to me what’s the matter.” He added, “Thankfully, she will still help out next year, so we’ll see her, but I will miss the day to day interactions.”

Her friend and Relay Co-Chair Lynn Plaskowitz said, “Debbie is a very special person. She loves the kids and puts her heart into everything she does. She is respected by everyone and has a great sense of humor.”

Davis said she has mixed emotions about leaving Amity.

She will miss her best buddy Betsy in the Amity Athletic Department, with whom she has worked for many years and never argued even once.

She will no longer work 14 hour days and will have more time to spend with her grandchildren.

She can get up at any time she wants in the morning, take a swim, babysit the grandchildren and simply enjoy life. But don’t worry Amity. She’ll still be around at the games with her signature yell,  “Come On Amity!”

Orange Live wishes you the very best in your retirement, Debbie. You are a Very special lady and we treasure your friendship and wisdom over the years.

Visit our FACEBOOK page to leave a comment, share a memory or wish Debbie well. 

Derby-Milford Road Closed Due To Reconstruction Project

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Jun 132017
 

The reconstruction of Derby-Milford Road between Turkey Hill Rd and Fawn Dr has begun.

The road has been posted as “Closed to Thru Traffic” at Turkey Hill Rd and Prudden Lane. The road will remain closed to thru traffic, however, it is passable to local residents and emergency vehicles. Residents should use caution on that portion of the roadway.

The primary contractor is Complete Construction, however, Regional Water Authority, UI, and Frontier will all have crews on the project.

Access to the UNH Orange Campus should be made from the Southern end of Derby-Milford Rd. from Grassy Hill Road. Detours have been posted specifically for UNH traffic.

Detours have been posted specifically for UNH traffic.

Construction is scheduled to take approximately 6 months.