Field Hockey: Lady Spartans Defeat Lyman Hall 3-zip

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Sep 152017

The Amity Varsity Field Hockey team hosted Lyman Hall in Woodbridge on Thursday, Sept. 14.
The Lady Spartans shut out the Trojans 3-0.
Lyman’s Goalie Maddie Torre had 12 saves.
Amity’s noteworthy players: Tess Csejka had two goals, Daria Torrenti had one goal and Goalie Alexa Smith #00 had 9 saves.
Records: Amity 2-0, Lyman Hall 1-1-1


Unwrapping The Purple Firetrucks For Chloe

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Sep 152017

On August 12, 2016, the tri-town Amity volunteer fire departments came together to show off their newly wrapped purple Courage For Chloe fire trucks in honor of baby Chloe Clemmens, a sweet baby girl whose smile never faded even though she was battling Neuroblastoma.

Little Chloe continues to beat cancer, and now it’s time to celebrate!

According to the WVFD Facebook page, the Bethany, Orange and Woodbridge volunteer fire departments will unwrap their purple Courage for Chloe trucks to celebrate Chloe’s cancer being in remission for 9 months on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Woodbridge Firehouse, 100 Center Rd, Woodbridge, from 1-4 p.m.

Refreshments, hot dogs, and hamburgers will be served.

The event is free and open to the public.

Boys Soccer: Amity vs Hand In Woodbridge

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Sep 152017

The Amity Spartans Soccer team hosted the Daniel Hand Tigers in Woodbridge on Thursday.

The Spartans were first on the scoreboard just :58 into the first half and it didn’t take long for Hand to tie things up halfway through the first half.

The rest of the game belonged to the Tigers, whose physically aggressive method of play was obvious as Amity players began falling like dominoes at times.

Hand scored twice in the second half, winning this one 3-1.

Records: Amity 1-2, Hand 3-0




Girls Swimming And Diving: Amity Leaves Lyman Hall In Its Wake

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Sep 142017

The Lady Spartans Swimming and Diving team hosted the Lyman Hall Titans in Orange on Thursday, Sept. 14.

Amity has a strong team again this year, winning this meet 96-88, even though Lyman Hall won 7 events to Amity’s 5.

Amity’s winning events

200-yard Medley Relay: A- 1:57.87 Molly Cox, Christiane Delda, Alejandra Barry-Ruiz, Kalynna Hauser

50-yard Freestyle: A- 25.92 Molly Cox

Butterfly: A- 1:02.89 Molly Cox

100-yard Backstroke: A- 1:06.57  Jenna Lu

100-yard Breaststroke: A- 1:14.74 Emma Grabowski

Lyman Hall’s winning events

200-yard Freestyle: LH- 2:05.08 Faith Gambardella

200 Ind. Medley: LH-2:23.00 Madison Nemec

Diving: LH- 164.00 Olivia Mandy, 100 yard

100 Freestyle: LH- 57.59 Sarah Beverage

500-yard Freestyle: LH- 5:27.68 Faith Gambardella

200-yard Freestyle Relay: LH- 1:47.37 Nicole Cislo, Kristina Driscoll, Sarah Beverage, Faith Gambardella

400-yard Freestyle Relay: LH- 4:25.82 Madison Nemec, Maeve Montante, Alyson Wentzell, Nicole Raffles

Records: Amity (2-0), Lyman Hall (1-2)

Coming Up At The Library: Movies, Art Experience For Children

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Sep 142017

The staff at the Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, announced the following upcoming events.

Books to Film: The Zookeeper’s Wife
Monday, September 18, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, September 20, 1 p.m.

The true story of Antonina and Jan Zabinski, keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion. 2 hr. 7 min. PG-13.

2017 Oscar Shorts: Live-Action Nominees
Monday, September 25, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, September 27, 1 p.m.

Nominees include Sing, Silent Nights, Timecode, Ennemis intérieurs, La Femme et le TGV.  2 hr. 14 min.

Learn to Draw Like Paul Klee
Wednesday, September 27, 3:45-4:45 p.m.
For children in grades 2-6. Make your very own work of modern art! Learn about artist Paul Klee and transform a simple line into a picture full of eye-catching colors in unique combinations. Registration is required.

Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register in person or by telephone.

Phone: 203-891-2170

Orange Community Women Need Your Help

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Sep 132017

The Orange Community Women, an organization dedicated to helping worthy causes in Tthe area is running a FUNDrive under the Pavillion at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The OCW is asking the Orange community to donate clothing and household items to help them raise money for a variety of programs.

They will be accepting clothing, shoes, bedding, towels, accessories, CDs, DVDs, Books, electrical items, toys and games, kitchen items, knick knacks and sporting goods.

The Orange Community Women’s projects support Amity Scholarships, the Case Memorial Library, Veterans, the Tracy Bunch, Relay for Life, Silverbrook, Orange Community Services, Days for Girls, Manes and Motions Therapeutic Riding Center and Female Soldiers/Forgotten Heroes.

If you can’t make it to the Pavillion on Oct. 14, contact Michelle Bailey at 203-605-4363 or by e-mail at fbailey1@optonline.net for an advance drop off or pick up.

The FUNDrive is held in cooperation with the SAVERS store, 130 Boston Post Road, Orange.


Amity Tennis Courts Looking Sharp

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Sep 132017

The Tennis Courts at Amity High School took on a bright new look yesterday with new lines and nets.

We’re looking forward to the upcoming tennis season.

Boys Cross Country: Amity Bows To Prep 30-25

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Sep 132017

The Amity Spartans Cross Country Team hosted the Fairfield Prep Jesuits for the season opener in Woodbridge on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

The final score was Amity 30, Fairfield Prep 25

Fairfield’s Drew Thompson was hands down the leader of this meet with an awesome time of 16:21.


2. Jake Mattei (AMITY) 16:49

It was almost a three-way tie for the next three finishers:

3. Azaan Dawson (FAIRFIELD PREP) 16:57

4. Andrew Burford (AMITY) 16:57

5. Connor Visnic (AMITY) 16:58.

A Job well done, gentlemen.

Orange Resident Announces Grand Opening Of Halloween Haunted House

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Sep 122017

Fright Haven, Connecticut’s largest indoor Halloween Haunted House, owned and operated by Charles F. Rosenay of Orange, re-opened its doors last year to rave reviews while raising funds for several charities. It returns for its second season with new attractions and features. Opening night is Saturday, September 23 for a six-week run through October 31. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Housed in the Stratford Square shopping plaza on 411 Barnum Avenue Cutoff across from Home Depot and next to L.A. Fitness & Ninety Nine Restaurant, with ample free parking, Fright Haven is the largest indoor haunted attraction in Connecticut. It occupies 20,000 square feet and contains several attractions under the same roof. Brand new features for Halloween 2017 include the Deadly Grounds, the Green Lagoon Swamp, the Tunnel of Terror, the Buried Alive coffin simulator ride and much more.

The property had been vacant for years, and Rosenay, along with his producers, transformed the large cavernous building – which was previously Bally’s Gym and Showcase Cinemas – into a magical haunted attraction last Halloween, attracting thousands of guests in its inaugural season. It had the distinction of being voted “Connecticut’s #1 ‘Must-See’ Attraction.” Visitors compared the experience to a theme park, or perhaps more specifically, a roller-coaster, where the scares are fun but you can return to the stable ground after the ride. At Fright Haven, all the scares are intentional, rehearsed and well-choreographed, but guests can walk out the door at any time.

A Connecticut psychologist, Dr. Mark Kirschner, who was one of Rosenay’s consultants for Fright Haven, and even developed one of the most highly regarded features, “the pit,” notes that haunted houses appeal to all ages. However, he stresses that Fright Haven intends to truly scare visitors. While there will be no age restrictions, parents should be certain that their child is mature enough to handle the intensity of the experience. Pre-teens should be accompanied by a parent or guardian. A lights-on, family-friendly day will be announced during the season.

Bobby Arel, one of the producers of Fright Haven, notes, “Due to the intensity and fear factor of Fright Haven, those with weak hearts, health conditions, young children and pregnant women are advised to enter at their own risk. We only take responsibility for future nightmares. For your own well-being, do not visit Fright Haven alone. Be sure that you are accompanied by friends, family and those you trust to keep you safe from the evils and the unknown contained within the haunted walls of this attraction.”

Fright Haven incorporates 40 to 50 volunteers every single night as actors in the haunt, and there is an ongoing casting call for “scarers of all ages.” Rosenay not only oversees every aspect of the haunt, he also one of the main “scare masters.” Many area students participate and earn their community hours, as the event benefits several schools’ fundraising campaigns, with Stratford PAL (Police Activities League) as one of the benefiting charitable association.

Halloween has been in Rosenay’s blood (no pun intended) for many years. He was a partner in the Halloween Zone on the Boston Post Road in Orange for several years, and since 1998 he has organized themed vampire vacation tours to Transylvania (Romania) known as the “Dracula Tours.”

After its Saturday night, September 23 grand season opener, Fright Haven will be open ThursdaySunday evenings through Halloween, October 31. Tickets are only $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and there are V.I.P. skip-the-line options. All attractions are indoors so unlike outdoor haunts the attraction will be open rain or shine (the more thunder and lightning the better!) and will be completely handicapped accessible.

There are also fundraising opportunities available for schools and organizations in Orange and surrounding communities.

Additional information is available at www.frighthaven.com or by calling 203-799-FEAR.

Girls’ Volleyball: Amity Slaps Hand With A Shut Out

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Sep 122017

File photo of Lady Spartans Volleyball

The Lady Spartans Volleyball team hosted the Daniel Hand Tigers in Woodbridge on Monday.

Amity dominated each of three games, defeating Hand 25-8, 25-9 and 25-15.

Amity 3, Hand 0

Amity’s Standout Players

Abby Harbinson 8 kills 6 aces 1 block, Dani Nordyk 5 kills, Jaiden Williams 32 assists,

Hand’s Top Players

Olivia Amplo 15 digs, Sara Wohlgemuth 12 assists

Records: Amity 1-1 (1-0), Daniel Hand 0-1 (0-1)