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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
http://www.casememoriallibrary.org

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

Award-winning Documentary Filmmaker to Speak to Amity High Students

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Oct 182018
 

Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker Karyl Evans will offer a workshop next week to Amity Regional High School’s students in Journalism and Visual and Performing Arts.  She will share her insights into the creative and practical aspects of film-making.

Karyl Evans’ documentary and video work have appeared on network and public television.  She has won 6 Emmy Awards for her documentary projects, among them Letter from Italy, 1944:  A New American Oratorio (2016); Creating the Peabody’s Torosaurus:  Dinosaur Science, Dinosaur Art  (2007); and African Americans in Connecticut:  Civil War to Civil Rights (2000).  Other subjects she has dealt with in her documentary work include the life and work of the successful female landscape artist, Beatrix Farrand, and the history of the Grove Street Cemetery.

Ms. Evans also has taught at Southern Connecticut State University and Yale University.

During her presentation to students, she will discuss the journey of film-making from conception through planning, research, filming, and post-production using selected clips from her work.

The event will be hosted by Amity librarians, Robert Musco, and Victoria Hulse, and is made possible by the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation.  More information about the Foundation’s mission of bringing professionals in the arts to work with young people can be found at www.jamiehulleyartsfund.org .

This event is not open to the public.

Last Chance to Register For The Chamber’s Award Breakfast

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Oct 172018
 

The Orange Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the businesses and individuals who contribute to the community and economic well-being of the Town of Orange at the 2018 Awards Breakfast. The Recognitions Breakfast will be held at the Grassy Hill Country Club, 441 Clark Lane, Orange, on Thursday, October 25 at 7:30 a.m.

NOTE: Registration Deadline is October 15!

The “Notable Newcomer” award is being presented to TGI Friday’s; the “Chamber Service Award” goes to  two recipients, The Town of Orange and Eli’s Orange; the “Community Service” Award is being given to Avangrid; the “Milestone” award will go to Eagle Leasing, the “Business of the Year” goes to Coldwell Banker; and the “Business Person of the Year” will be presented to Vincent Marino of Cohen & Wolf Attorneys At Law.

The guest speaker will be the notable Dr. Henry Lee, one of the world’s foremost forensic scientists, and currently is the director of Forensic Research and Training Center and Distinguished Professor in Forensic Science of the University of New Haven.

Tickets are $25 per person and must be purchased in advance. Call 203-795-3328 or e-mail director@orangectchamber.com

Sept. 17-22 Amity Varsity Sports Schedule

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Sep 162018
 

This week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedule is as follows:

Monday, Sept. 17

Girls Soccer vs Career/Hillhouse AWAY Boulevard Soccer Field 3:45 p.m.

Girls Swimming and Diving vs Lyman Hall AWAY at Sheehan Pool 4 p.m.

Field Hockey vs Daniel Hand HOME at Amity 4 p.m.

Girls Volleyball vs West Haven AWAY at West Haven High 5:15 p.m.

Boys Soccer vs Foran AWAY at Foran 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 18

Yom Kippur begins at sundown

Wednesday, Sept. 19

Yom Kippur

Thursday, Sept. 20

Girls Soccer vs Foran HOME at Amity Field # 3  3:45 p.m.

Boys Cross Country vs Guilford, Hillhouse, Sheehan AWAY at East River Preserve 4:00 p.m.

Girls Cross Country vs Guilford, Hillhouse, Sheehan AWAY at East River Preserve 4:00 p.m.

Field Hockey vs Fairfield Warde HOME at Amity 4:00 p.m.

Girls Swimming and Diving vs Sheehan HOME Orange Community Center Pool 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 21

Boys Soccer vs Hamden AWAY Hamden Turf Field #1 5:00 p.m.

Girls Volleyball vs Shelton AWAY Shelton Gym 6:30 p.m.

Football vs Hillhouse HOME at Amity 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 22

Girls Cross Country Ocean State Invitational AWAY Rhode Island 9:00 a.m.

Field Hockey vs New Milford AWAY New Milford High School 1:00 p.m.

Sunday At The Orange Country Fair More Nice Weather Expected

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Sep 152018
 

With the first day in the history books, the Orange Country Fair continues today, Sunday, Sept. 16.

Come early for the Mini Horse Pull at 8 a.m. and stick around for the Horsing Around Show at 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Stroll around and check out the exhibits. Plan your entries for next year’s contests, get inspired! and don’t forget to visit the wee little piggies in the animal building. (Not even two weeks old yet)

Chow down at the pavilion or at the Satelite food tent on the lower grounds.

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2018
8:00-11:00 AM = Chip’s famous Pancake Breakfast – Main Food Pavilion
8:00 AM = Mini Horse Pull – Lower Field
9:00 AM = Antique Tractor Pull – Pulling Area
10:00 AM = Antique Car Show – Front Fairgrounds
10:00 AM = Pork Chop Pig Racing – Lower Field
10:30 AM = Birds of Prey – Upper Field
11:00 AM = Horse Draw – Lower Field
11:00 AM = Homing Pigeon Release – Lower Field
11:30 AM = Children’s Pedal Tractor Pull – Upper Field
11:30 AM = Birds of Prey – Upper Field
11:30 AM = Horsing Around Show – Lower Field
12:15 PM = The Magic of Christopher – Gazebo
12:30 PM = Birds of Prey – Upper Field
1:00 PM = Pork Chop Pig Racing – Lower Field
1:00 PM = Homing Pigeon Release – Lower Field
1:15 PM = Womens Skillet Toss – Lower Field
2:00 PM = Pork Chop Pig Racing – Lower Field
2:00 PM = “How to Grow & Care for Orchids” – Lower Field
2:00 PM = Birds of Prey – Upper Field
2:00 PM = Horsing Around Show – Lower Field
2:00-6:00 PM = Freeplay Band – Gazebo
3:00 PM = Pork Chop Pig Racing – Lower Field
3:00 PM = Homing Pigeon Release – Lower Field
4:00 PM = Horsing Around Show – Lower Field
5:00 PM = Pork Chop Pig Racing – Lower Field
6:00 PM = Fair Closes

*** Sunday Headliners ***
Main Stage – Gazebo
Freeplay 2:00 – 6:00 PM
Featuring Jim Pino Jr, Joey Pods & the Langley Bros.

Pig Races
Sunday: 11:30, 2:30, 5:00

 

SPECIAL FEATURES- BOTH DAYS
•• Chip’s famous pancake breakfast
•• Toddler Driving Contest
•• Birds of Prey 11:00, 12:00, 1:00 & 2:00
•• Pig Races
•• Garden Club Demonstration 2:00 both days

Official Fair T-Shirts, Hats and Commemorative Items
available at the Souvenir Tent.