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Letter: Amity Administrators, Clergy, Community Leaders Discuss Anti-Semitism, Intolerance

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Nov 162018

Dear Amity Community,

On Wednesday, November 14, a very productive meeting was conducted with the Amity High School Administration, leaders from local organizations and clergy to discuss the school and community’s response to the incidents of Anti-Semitism and other intolerant behavior in the school community.

This type of behavior is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. The high school administrators have spent the last few days working with students in small and large groups along with meeting with the faculty and representatives from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to listen and develop an action plan.

During yesterday’s meeting, there was a strong commitment to continue to work together to keep the community informed of the school’s response and action plan. We will know more about the plan to address the issues we are facing by November 30, at which time it will be shared with the community. Our priority is to make Amity a safe and supportive environment for all students. The following people are resources for you to contact for support or with questions:

Judy Alperin
Jewish Federation of Greater NH

Marji Lipshez-Shapiro
Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

Anna Mahon, Principal
Amity Regional High School
Frank Barretta, Assistant Principal
Amity Regional High School

Rev. Shephard Parsons
First Church of Christ Woodbridge

Rev. Dr. Brian R. Bodt

Tyler Pepe
Regional Director, BBYO

Rabbi Michael Farbman
Temple Emanuel of Greater New Haven

Rabbi Rona Shapiro

Congregation B’nai Jacob Woodbridge
Rabbi Shea Hecht
Southern CT Hebrew Academy-CHABAD

Robyn Teplitzky
Jewish Federation of Greater NH

Monica Kreuzer, Associate Principal
Amity Regional High School

Dr. Jason Tracy, Associate Principal
Amity Regional High School

Jill LaPlante, Director of Counseling
Amity Regional High School
Susan Walden
Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

Jennifer P. Byars
Amity Regional School District 5

Obituary: John Powers McGill, 92, Beloved Father, Grandfather

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Nov 162018

John Powers McGill, 92, passed away peacefully at his home in Orange, CT on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. Born at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Dorchester, Boston on April 28, 1926, he first resided in the Bronx with his parents Charles and Colette and in later years in Fairfield, CT, joined by his sister, Martha.

After graduating from high school at age 17, John joined the Navy, where he served as a submariner from 1943 to 1946, and then went on to UConn, where he met the love of his life, Marcia McGill. They were married for 57 years until her death in November 2008. After graduating in 1951 as an economics major, John worked at Sikorsky Aircraft where he sold everything but the aircraft itself until he retired in 1989.

In his free time, John followed his love of the sea and was an avid small boat sailor who spent many hours navigating harbors from Maine to the Carolinas with Marcia and their friends.

After he retired from Sikorsky, John was a tireless advocate for mental health care, in particular through his involvement with Bridges Healthcare as a board member who filled many roles. Most of all, John loved to spend time with his family and friends, listening to their stories and telling his own, listening to music, dancing and discussing politics.

He is survived by his three children, David (Peggy), Sarah (James Silberstein) and Paula; his five grandchildren; his four great-grandchildren; his sister, Martha Thornley; and many nieces and nephews.

All services will be private. In lieu of flowers, his family welcomes donations to Bridges Healthcare, 949 Bridgeport Ave., Milford, CT 06460 or at www.bridgesct.org.

The family is being cared for by CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME. To leave online condolences,  visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Girls Volleyball: #10 Amity Defeats #3 Westhill In Class LL State Semifinal

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Nov 152018

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The Lady Spartans Volleyball team has been amazing since the beginning of the season, with only a handful of losses, they worked their way up to the Class LL State Semifinal in Fairfield on Wednesday night and shut out the No. 3 seed Westhill High team.

Both teams played their hearts out, but No.10 seed Amity was just that much better this time around, stunning their opponents with three wins (26-24, 25-23 and 25-20).

Even though the Lady Spartans won 3-0, it was no walk in the park. Every game was a nail-biter for players and fans alike.

In Game 1, Amity led by 3 to 4 points for most of the game but Westhill used its skills to tie them at 23-23 and 24-24. Then Amity kicked it into high gear to win 26-24.

In Game 2, Westhill made us sweat with massive leads of 8 to 10 points, but when they got to 21-18 Amity forged ahead to win 25-23.

In Game 3, Both teams played their “A” game but Amity pulled off a 25-20 win to advance to the state final against No.12 seed Darien at East Haven High School on Saturday at 10 a.m.

This is the second consecutive title game for Amity, which lost to Greenwich in 2017.

I would love to see Senior Captain Abby Harbinson celebrate a State Championship Title for everything she’s given to the team during her high school career. 

— The road to the title for Amity and Darien —

No. 10 Amity (17-5)

First Round: Amity 3, West Haven 0 (25-10, 25-14, 25-17)

Second Round: Amity 3, Shelton 1 (18-25, 25-22, 25-15, 25-20)

Quarterfinals: Amity 3, Cheshire 2 (29-31, 25-22, 14-25, 25-18, 15-11)

Semifinal: Amity 3, Westhill 0 (26-24, 25-23, 25-20)

No. 12 Darien (17-6)

First Round: Darien 3, Hall 1 (21-25, 25-10, 25-17, 25-10)

Second Round: Darien 3, Newtown 2 (25-21, 25-27, 21-25, 29-27, 15-11)

Quarterfinal: Darien 3, Glastonbury 1 (25-21, 25-17, 23-25, 25-21)

Semifinal: Darien 3, Southington 2 (27-29, 26-24, 25-23, 19-25, 15-12)


Who will win the Championship?

We will find out on Saturday. GO SPARTANS!

Get Your Tickets For The Holiday House Tour Now!

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Nov 152018

Holiday House Chairmen Pat Nizen and Lisa Stackpole (Photo by Linda Bradford)

The Garden Club of Orange will host its biennial Holiday House Tour, “Deck The Halls” on Sunday, December 9, 2018, from !2:00 Noon to 3:30 p.m.

Co-Chairs Pat Nizen and Lisa Stackpole announced that five charming and unique Orange homes beautifully decorated by members of The Garden Club of Orange will be available for viewing.

House chairs include Pat Dray, Sally Denny, Lana Ho, Larry Huzi, Sandy Horling, Marianne Bauer and Nancy Bartle.

Limited tickets are available for purchase at $25 each, by contacting Nancy Becque at 203-795-9425.

The Garden Club of Orange is a member of the FGCCT, NEG, and NEC.

For membership information contact Joanne Friedrichs at 203-795-4266.

Amity High School Students Visit Storm King Art Center

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Nov 122018

(Photo by Ben Simon)

On October 26, Amity Regional High School students visited Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, New York.

Storm King is an outdoor sculpture museum that is located on 500 acres in the Hudson Valley of New York. This trip would not have been possible without the sponsorship of the Jamie Hulley Foundation, Amity Enterprises, and the National Art Honor Society.

Every year the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation pays for admission to Storm King Art Center for the students of Amity’s National Art Honor Society.

Although it was a chilly day, it was a great trip and the students gain valuable knowledge of outdoor sculpture.

Empty Bowls: Amity High School Art Students Give Back

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Nov 122018

The Amity Regional High School National Art Honor Society will host its annual Empty Bowls event on Thursday, Dec.13, with a snow date of Tuesday, Dec.18,   

This grassroots event invites the entire Amity community to help those who are less fortunate in the district. All proceeds will be evenly divided and donated to the Bethany, Orange, and Woodbridge food pantries. 

Starting at 5:30 p.m., the community is invited to the Amity Regional High School Cafeteria for an evening of soup and friends. 

A minimum donation of $10 per patron is requested and includes a handmade bowl, choice of hearty homemade soup, and bread. 

This evening would not be possible without the National Art Honor Society students making the beautiful bowls, the Advanced Culinary students creating delicious soups, and local donations of bread. 

Organizers want to thank the Jamie Hulley Foundation for their generous donation that covers our costs in order to help us in sending all donations to the local food pantries.  We hope that the community can come and support us this year.

If you have never attended this event, then you are missing out on something quite special. Not only do you help those in need, but you can see for yourself how hard Amity students work on important community service events such as this. Try to get there early so you can pick out your favorite bowl to take home with you.

United Illuminating Helps Communities Light the Streets for Less

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Nov 012018

With the long nights of winter looming, United Illuminating, a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR), is helping communities save energy and money by installing efficient LED street lighting across its service territory.

The company says it is on track for its end-of-year goal to convert 85 percent of the 51,500 municipal streetlights it owns and maintains to LED technology. By Dec. 31, the company expects to have converted approximately 44,000 municipal streetlights to LED. UI owns and maintains the streetlights in 16 of the 17 Connecticut towns and cities it serves.

“Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday, and as the days grow shorter, we’re pleased about the progress we’ve made in rolling out money- and energy-saving LED street lighting,” said UI President & CEO Tony Marone. “LED lighting is a ‘win’ for everyone involved — particularly our towns and cities, who save significantly on energy costs while also drawing tax revenue from the upgraded UI fixtures. Additionally, LEDs provide a crisp, high-quality light that can improve visibility and help keep streets safe.”

The LED (light-emitting diode) fixtures use significantly less energy than the high-pressure sodium streetlight fixtures they’re replacing, and last about 2.5 times longer, which means reduced maintenance and fewer burned-out bulbs.

Converting to LED streetlights can provide municipalities upwards of 35 percent savings on monthly street lighting bills, UI estimated, depending on that community’s exact street lighting plan. In addition to the energy savings, the upgraded streetlights are also valuable assets generating annual tax revenue for each community.

“The new streetlights offer an excellent quality of light, which helps reduce accidents and keep our streets safe. And we’re able to pass the savings along directly to our taxpayers,” Orange First Selectman James Zeoli said.

The energy-efficient bulbs also offset the need for energy generated by burning fossil fuels, which release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and are thought to contribute to climate change. UI’s parent company, AVANGRID, has pledged to be carbon-neutral by 2035.

UI launched the program in 2015 in Bridgeport and is on track by year-end to complete the roll-out in a total of 15 communities.

As part of its LED rollout, UI works with municipal leaders to develop a custom plan that meets the needs of the specific community and neighborhood. Its LED offerings include two different color temperatures (3,000 and 4,000 Kelvin) and six wattage options to accommodate residential, commercial and industrial areas.

When complete, the LED street lighting is expected to:

  • Reduce overall electric consumption by about 12.8 million kilowatt-hours a year across UI’s system — more electricity than 1,500 typical homes use in a year.
  • Offset carbon-dioxide emissions equivalent to those produced by burning 4,700 tons of coal, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data.
  • Reduce maintenance costs by an estimated $2.6 million over 15 years.

Wind Advisory In Effect Late Tonight Through Tomorrow Afternoon

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Oct 262018

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for our area.

The wind advisory will remain in effect 1 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Easterly winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph can be expected late tonight through Saturday morning.

Possible impacts include downed tree limbs, trees and power lines. Scattered power outages are expected.

To prepare, make sure all light and loose objects, including chairs, tables, flower pots, etc. are secured or moved into a safe enclosed space.

Upcoming Attractions At The Library

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Oct 252018

Case Memorial Library

The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, will host the following events for children, teens, and adults in the coming weeks.

Fall Film: Chappaquiddick
Monday, October 29, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, October 31, 1 p.m.

Depicting Ted Kennedy’s involvement in the fatal 1969 car accident that claimed the life of a young campaign strategist, Mary Jo Kopechne. PG-13. 1 hr. 46 min.
Teen Cooking Class
Tuesday, October 30, 3:30 p.m.
Cook tasty treats with ShopRite’s Registered Dietitian Courtney Huggins. For students in grades 7-12.

Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale
Friends Night: Thursday, November 1, 4-7 p.m. (Members only. Nonmembers may join at the door.)
Open to the Public: Friday, November 2, 1-4 p.m., and Saturday, November 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Come for great deals on thousands of new and gently used books, DVDs, and music for all ages!

Fall Film: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Monday, November 5, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, November 7, 1 p.m.

An exploration of the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children’s television host, Fred Rogers. PG-13. 1 hr. 34 min. Registration is required.

Art in the Library Reception
Thursday, November 8, 5-7 p.m.
In honor of the current exhibit: Photographs by the Veterans’ Photography Club.

Who Left a Pumpkin in the Road Drama Workshop
Saturday, November 10, 2 p.m.
For children ages 5-10.  Hear the tale of “Who Left a Pumpkin in the Road?”, then re-enact it and complete a fun art activity!  This drama workshop is generously funded by a grant from the Orange Foundation Trust U/A, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.  Registration is required.

Makey Makey Gaming

Wednesday, November 14, 3:30 p.m.
For teens and tweens in grades 5-12. Play classic games on our big screen after you build your own game controller out of gummy bears and Play-Doh using MakeyMakey. Registration is required. Space is limited.

Makey Makey for Kids
Thursday, November 15, 6 p.m.
For children ages 6-10.  Turn everyday objects into touchpads and create imaginative inventions using our Makey Makey kits!  Registration is required.

Powerful Voices: Connecticut Women Changing Democracy
Thursday, November 15, 7 p.m.
Join us for an interactive multi-media program by the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame and learn about some of the state’s powerful female voices for change in our democracy. Co-sponsored by the Orange Community Women and Case Memorial Library as part of the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame “Talks on the Road” series.

Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register.

Phone: 203-891-2170

Funtober at the Fairgrounds Postponed until Sunday, Oct 28

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Oct 242018

Due to expected rain, the Funtober at the Fairgrounds will be postponed until the rain date, Sunday, October 28 from 1-4.

Cars can start parking for the Trunk or Treat at 12 noon.

If the fairgrounds is too wet from Saturday’s rain then the Trunk or Treat portion will take place in the parking lot by the High Plains Swimming Pool.

We hope to see you Sunday!

Happy Halloween

Funtober at the Fairgrounds Planning Committee