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Jan 292020
 

The Purple Power week at Amity began on Monday, but it’s not too late to join in the fight against cancer.

Wear your purple tonight (Wed. Jan. 29) during Wrestling at Amity HS at 6 p.m. and Boys Hockey in West Haven at 7:30 p.m.; and Friday (Jan. 31) Boys Basketball at Amity at 7 p.m.

Visit RelayForLife.org/BOWCT  for more information about the BOW Relay For Life coming up at High Plains — Orange Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 16, 2020.

Cancer touches everyone’s life somehow. Your support may help beat it before it gets personal with you or a loved one.

Full Wolf Moon At Its Peak AT 2:23 P.M. Jan. 10

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Jan 092020
 

The January Full Moon will be at its peak on Friday, Jan. 10 at 2:23 p.m. but it will not appear in the sky until later that day.

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, The January Full Moon will pass through Earth’s faint outer shadow (the penumbra) causing a lunar eclipse.

It said, “During a penumbral lunar eclipse, the full Moon appears marginally darker than usual, though the effect is so slight that it can be difficult to recognize. This makes for a far less spectacular show than that of a partial lunar eclipse (when a large chunk of the Moon is significantly darkened) or a total lunar eclipse (when the entire Moon is obscured and turns a deep red color).”

Native Americans called the January Full Moon the Full Wolf Moon because wolves were more often heard at this time.

 

Boys Hockey: OUCH, Stamford Skates Over The Spartans

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Jan 082020
 

The Amity Spartans hosted Stamford/Westhill in West Haven on Wednesday night. The student fan section came out to watch them play, and the parents were there too, as was I.

What was going known in advance to be a huge challenge, turned out to be so much more.

Not only does Stamford have really handsome uniforms, but they also have a lot of tricks up their sleeves.

When Amity first came out onto the ice, they had their game faces on, looking strong and determined to be contenders in this battle. Brendan Smith was the goaltender and he showed off some really impressive ninja moves in the first period. Amity outshot Stamford and kept Jared Maloney on the move, but at the end of one, the score was a tie at 0.

1:29 Jason Marchese assisted by Tyler Tuccinardi, 3:24, power-play goal by Marchese assisted by Tucker Healy and Tuccinardi, 10:34 shorthand goal by Healy assisted by Jason Bacco, 11:20, shorthand unassisted goal by Gavin Dolan, 12:14 Edward Zelerman scored the fifth goal of the game assisted by Healy and Tuccinardi.

Finally, in the second, just 26 seconds after Stamford scored, Nick Kiwanis got one past the defensive line and Maloney, assisted by Connor Bath and Caleb Marcin.

Second-period score: 5-1.

Could Amity recover from this in the third period?

After the Zamboni smoothed the ice Stamford lined up outside the rink and the refs put the nets in place as the clock ticked down the seconds, someone asked, “Is Amity coming out?” And there they were, taking to the ice like they wanted to take care of business.

Amity fans didn’t have to wait too long, at 2:48 Connor Bath scored with a power-play on an assist from Justin Miller. Now we’re talking! But Stamford had other plans, it only took 56 seconds for Healy to score an unassisted goal, and it was downhill for the Spartans from there.

At 9:02 a power-play goal and Healy got a hattrick assisted by 24. A minute later Jordan Grabine shot one over Smith’s shoulder for a power-play goal assisted by Ethan Skaug.

Then with just 4:03 remaining Hunter Gilchrist slipped one in behind Smith’s back assisted by Bacco.

Stamford remains undefeated with this 9-2 victory.

Although I didn’t speak to Coach Mike Richetelli after this game, I believe he would have said something like, “You have to play if you want to win.”

Records: Stamford 6-0, Amity 1-3-1

Turkey Hill School Drama Club 10th Anniversary Reunion Concert On Friday

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Jan 072020
 

Amity High School hosted an unforgettable 10-Year Alumni Reunion concert in 2018 and this Friday, Jan. 10, Turkey Hill School is following its lead with the Turkey Hill School Drama Club 10th Anniversary Reunion Concert at 7 p.m.

Come see past and current Turkey Hill School Drama Club performers sing songs from the last ten shows!  Hear the stories from the past actors and re-live the magic in this short and entertaining show!

The Turkey Hill Drama Club is inviting all performers who were actors in “Halloween, Again” to come up on stage and in the front of the gym to sing with our performers for the last song! 

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors/students and can be purchased at www.dramaclub-ct.com or at the door the night of the show!

Boys Hockey: No Winners or Losers In Saturday’s Overtime Matchup

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Jan 062020
 

The Amity Spartans hosted North Haven in West Haven on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 3 p.m.

Naturally, the game could have gone either way and in the first period it appeared that North Haven was a little more determined to take it.

At 14:06 North Haven’s Aaron Racino asst by Owen Quick got the puck past Amity’s goalie Brendan Smith in his first career start. Then, 31 seconds later, Eli Brubacher, assisted by Racino brought the score to 2-0.

You simply can’t write off the 2019-20 Spartans, though, just 12 seconds after returning to the ice, Amity Captain Nick Kiwanis shot a goal, assisted by co-captain Justin Miller and Connor Bath, giving Amity fans the hope they needed.

At 5:39 in the third, Jason Dittmann tied the game on a power play, assisted by Kiwanis and Dom Harris.

In overtime, both teams battled for that extra point, but nothing more happened and the game ended in a 2-2 tie. No winners, no losers, but an awesome effort on both sides.

The Spartans will play a HOME game against Westhill-Stamford in West Haven at 6 p.m. Come cheer on our boys then.

 

 

Cartoonist Dave Roman To Visit Amity Regional High School

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Jan 062020
 

Author and illustrator, Dave Roman, will visit Amity Regional High School next week to offer workshops to Amity’s Art and English Language Arts classes.

Mr. Roman is the creator of Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity, which won Maryland’s Black-Eyed Susan Book Award.  Mr. Roman has also written Teen Boat!, which was honored as a Junior Library Guild Selection, and Agnes Quill:  An Anthology of Mystery.  He is the co-author of two New York Times best-selling graphic novels, X-Men: Misfits and The Last Airbender: Zuko’s Story, and recently illustrated the children’s science book Pluto is Peeved.

A graduate of the School of Visual Arts (New York), Mr. Roman worked as a comics editor for Nickelodeon Magazine from 1998 to 2009.  He currently lives in New York.

Mr. Roman’s visit promises to be a lively and visually-engaging discussion about comics and how they have served as inspiration throughout his life, fostering a love for reading and a passion to make his own books.

The event will be hosted by Amity Regional High School librarians, Robert Musco and Victoria Hulse, and made possible by the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation.  More information about the Foundation’s mission and work can be found at www.jamiehulleyartsfund.org . This event is not open to the public.

Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation Presents A $3,000 Grant Award

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Jan 062020
 

The Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation based in Orange recently awarded Amity Middle School in Bethany $3,000 in grant awards for three creative proposals to integrate arts into its curriculum.

Eighth-grade social studies teacher, Marika Wissink, was awarded $1,000 for a special interdisciplinary project.

Ms. Wissink’s students will work with visiting artist, Heather Stoltz, to create a fiber arts project where
students create fiber art to demonstrate their learning of the 19th-century social reform movements.

Eighth-grade social studies teacher, Robert Murphy, was awarded $1,000 to host singer/songwriter Laura
Clapp to collaborate on an interdisciplinary project where students will create music to demonstrate their
learning of reform propaganda and its’ relationship to the 19th-century social reform movements.

Seventh-grade social studies teacher, Nick DaPonte, was awarded $1,000 to have the Okra Dance Company
perform “Journey into Africa”.  This is in conjunction with the social studies unit on African Geography and
Culture, the English classes reading “A Long Walk to Water”, and the special Global Issues project for all
students.

Girls Basketball: Hamden Defeats Amity in Friday Night Heartbreaker

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Jan 062020
 

The Amity Girls Basketball team battled to the end but came up short vs Hamden on Friday night.

Hamden took the lead in first quarter 17-6.

The Lady Spartans bounced back in the 2nd quarter behind 9 points from Martin and 4 points from Megan Smith to tie the game at half 24-24.

In the 3rd quarter Amity struggled on the boards versus a much bigger Hamden team and lost Sarah Granados (our Freshman spark-plug) to an ankle injury. Score end of 3rd 34-43 .

Amity pulled together another gusty comeback with contributions from everyone! Our girls scored 21 points in the fourth: Jayne Whitman with 7 points, (one key 3-pointer,) Martin with a 3-pointer and a bucket to get the team within 2 points and Meadow Blakeslee with 4 key points.  Amity with a few chances to tie, but came up short and lost this one 57-55.

Game Stats:  Jillian Martin 23 points, 5 steals, 4 assists;  Megan Smith 8 points, 3 assists; Jayne Whitman 7 points; Abby Eschweiler 8 rebounds, 5 points, 4 steals; Meadow Blakeslee 8 rebounds, 3 steals, 4 points; Sarah Granados 5 Points, 6 rebounds; Jenna Vanhise 2 rebounds, 1 point; Meredith Laskowski 2 points.

— By Robyn Martin

(Photos by Scott Burzynski)

Wednesday’s Board of Selectmen’s Meeting Agenda

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Jan 062020
 

File photo of First Selectman Jim Zeoli during a selectmen’s meeting.

The regular monthly Board of Selectmen’s meeting will take place at Town Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m.

Following is the agenda:

  • Call to order
  • Fire Exits
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Introductions

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

(2 minutes per speaker)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MINUTES

To consider and act on the minutes of the December 11, 2019, Regular Meeting of the Board of Selectmen

NEW BUSINESS

1. To consider and act on the request from Cub Scout Pack 922 to waive the customary rental fee for HPCC for the annual Pinewood Derby Event on February 7, 2020. – Chris Martone, Cub Scout Pack 922

?, To consider arid act on the request from the Lions Club to waive the customary rental fees for use of the gym at HPCC for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt rain date April 11, 2020 – First Selectman Jarnes Zeoli

3. To consider and act on the agreement between the Town of Orange arid American Medical Response of Connecticut, Inc. – First Selectman Zeoii

4. To consider and act on the request to approve the tax refunds totaling $3,510.93

s. Discussions on implementing fee at the transfer station, no action until February Board of Selectmen meeting (information to be distributed at the meeting) – First Selectman Zeoli

COMMITTEES

Pension Board – Selectman Goldblatt

Capital Planning – Selectman Okenquist

Bond Construction Oversight – Selectman Goldblatt

Personnel – First Selectman Zeoii, Selectman Okenquist

Adjournment

FYI

Approved Minutes of the November 13, 2019, Public Hearing amending a section of the code of the Town of Orange Chapter 294, Parks and Recreation and Regular Meeting of the Board of Selectmen

Agreement between The Amity Administrators’ Group and The Amity Regional Board of Education 7.1.20 – 6.30.23

Updated Town of Orange Employee Phone Directory

Appointments and Reappointments (list to be distributed at the meeting)

Carbon Monoxide Safety Information That You Should Know

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Dec 162019
 

Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 10.50.41 PMThe Orange Volunteer Fire Department has been busy recently with carbon monoxide calls around town. Early Monday morning an alarm went off and the family could not be reached by phone, which is a frightening scenario for the dispatcher and first responders who aren’t sure what they will encounter. In this case, the family did make it out of the house after the OVFD arrived.

The Orange Fire Marshal’s Office in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urges the community to be aware of the important facts and safety information regarding Carbon Monoxide.Carbon Monoxide poisoning is a serious threat that people need to get informed about. 

By educating ourselves on the dangers of carbon monoxide, we can significantly reduce the health risk, as well as save lives.  So in response to many of the questions that the Fire Marshal’s Office has received, we have decided to include this article to help you and your families stay safe.

HOW DOES CARBON MONOXIDE HARM YOU?

Carbon monoxide is harmful when breathed because it attaches to the hemoglobin, which is the part of the blood that carries the oxygen to the brain, heart, and other vital organs.  By attaching itself to the hemoglobin, the carbon monoxide displaces the oxygen, thus depriving your body of much needed oxygen.  Large amounts of carbon monoxide can overcome you in minutes without warning, causing you to lose consciousness and suffocate.

WHAT IS CARBON MONOXIDE?

Carbon Monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that is a product of combustion.  The carbon monoxide produced while using fuel-fired equipment is usually not harmful.  Normally, increased carbon monoxide levels in homes are caused by faulty heating equipment, poor maintenance of exhaust systems, or something as simple as allowing your vehicle to warm up in your garage during those cold winter days.  How can you reduce the opportunity for increased levels of carbon monoxide in your home?  It’s simple.  Follow these preventative measures to ensure your family will not suffer from carbon monoxide poisoning:

  • At the beginning of every heating season, be sure to have your fuel burning equipment such as your oil or gas fired furnaces, water heaters, oven ranges and stoves, clothes dryers, fire places and wood stoves inspected by certified technicians.
  • Have you flues and chimneys checked for any buildup of creosote or blockage of the chimney.
  • Be sure to maintain all your fuel-fired equipment as described by the manufacturer’s specifications.
  • NEVER leave your car running in an attached garage.  The vapors from the vehicle’s exhaust could increase the level of carbon monoxide in your home dramatically in a matter of minutes!
  • NEVER use a gas stove to heat your home in the event of a power failure or heating equipment failure.
  • NEVER use charcoal or propane grills indoors.  Not only does this pose an extreme carbon monoxide hazard, it is also a severe fire hazard as well.
  • Think safety first when considering the use of alternative heating, such as space heaters.  Make sure the space heater is far away from combustible materials at a minimum of three to four feet.  If using fuel fired space heaters, never sleep in a room without proper ventilation.  Make sure that all fuel-fired space heaters are equipped with oxygen depletion sensors.
  • Do not use gasoline-powered equipment in enclosed areas of the home.  Such engines create a mass amount of carbon monoxide.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors as you would smoke detectors.  It is recommended that you should have a carbon monoxide detector on every level of the home, as well as in all sleeping areas.  When installing your carbon monoxide detectors, be sure not to install them within five feet of any fuel burning equipment.  Make it a point to install these live saving alarms.  They will not work if they stay in the package on your workbench!

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING

Because carbon monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas, it is not always immediately evident when it has become a problem.  All too often, people who have mild or moderate problems with carbon monoxide will find they feel sick while they spend time at home. 

When venturing out into the fresh air, they will begin to feel much better but will have re-occurring symptoms shortly after returning to their home.  People who are most susceptible to the effects of carbon monoxide are infants, elderly residents, those family members who suffer from respiratory or heart disease, or anemia, and women who are pregnant must take special care.  However, nobody is immune to the effects of carbon monoxide.  Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include the following:

  • Physical Symptoms: Headache, nausea, vomiting, muscle pain, joint pain, chronic fatigue, dizziness, numbness, tingling, vertigo
  • Cognitive/Memory Impairments: attention problems, multi-tasking problems, word-finding problems, short-term memory loss, verbal and/or visual deficits
  • Affective Disorders (Emotional/Personality Effects): irritability, anxiety, lack of motivation, temper, loss of interest, sleep disturbance
  • Sensory and Motor Disorders: blurred vision, double vision, buzzing in the ears, decreased coordination, speaking, eating, and swallowing disorders
  • Gross Neurological Disorders: Seizures, inability to speak, balance problems, tremors

WHAT TO DO IN THE EVENT OF A CARBON MONOXIDE EMERGENCY:

Should you or a family member suspect that there may be an increased level of carbon monoxide in your home, or you have installed the recommended carbon monoxide alarms in your residence and they begin to go into alarm, follow these simple steps to help resolve the problem:

  • First and foremost, CALL 9-1-1!  This important step will allow trained first responders with the equipment needed to protect you and your family to investigate the possible presence of carbon monoxide.  DO NOT HESITATE TO CALL THIS EMERGENCY NUMBER!  Many times, calls will be made directly to a volunteer firehouse, which will delay the response of emergency personnel.  After asking the caller why they did not decide to call 9-1-1, more often they state that they did not think this type of situation is what they would consider as an emergency that warranted such a call, when in reality it is!
  • Get any suspected victim into fresh air immediately!
  • If you can not get the victim out of the house, open all of the windows and doors to allow fresh air into the home.  Be sure to turn off any fuel-fired appliances.
  • Those persons who have been exposed to elevated levels of carbon monoxide should be taken to the closest hospital as soon as possible.  A simple blood test will determine the amount of carbon monoxide in the bloodstream.

Should you have any questions pertaining to this matter, you may contact the Orange Fire Marshal’s Office at (203) 891-4700.  The Orange Fire Marshal’s Office also has a website, which you can find information about this and many other fire related topics.  You can visit the website by going to www.orangefiremarshal.com.

Fire Marshal Tim Smith urges all residents to install a carbon monoxide detector in their home, and the Fire Marshal’s office gives them out for free. If you don’t have one, call the Smith at the number above to see if his office has any more available.