Amity Club Day Was a Blast: What Did You Join? (With Photos)

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Sep 242014

IMG_2039On Wednesday, Sept. 24, the front driveway of Amity High School was transformed into a festive information center during the lunch periods.

See all photos HERE.

It was a perfect day for the annual Club Day during which members from every student club and organization set up a display table and urged fellow students to join.

School Principal Charles Britton was out in the crowd checking out what everyone had to offer. He said he was impressed with their drive and commitment.

Associate Principal Jason Tracy seemed to be enjoying himself as much as the kids, visiting each table and just watching the students interact. 

“This is the one day that we turn it all over to the kids,” Tracy said. “It’s probably my favorite event of the year. It’s a great way for the kids to get together with others that they may not otherwise talk to.”

Tracy said he’s worked in other school districts, but Amity is hands down the best. “These kids are great,” he said.

Click this LINK for a short video of the event.

VIDEO: Orange Country Fair Revisited By Lauren Ide

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Sep 262012

The Orange Country Fair

Here is your opportunity to relive the wonders of the Orange Country Fair through the camera lens of our wonderful Amity Intern Lauren Ide.

Click HERE for the video.





VIDEO: Looking Back At Last Weekend’s Firemen’s Carnival

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Aug 102012

Our Amity High School Intern Lauren Ide, of Orange, spent a lot of time at the Orange Firemen’s Carnival (and editing in front of her computer) putting together this video for Orange Live. LINK

See if you can spot yourself or your friends in there somewhere.

I appreciate the talent that comes out of Amity High School. Thank you Lauren.

It Was A Great Strawberry Festival

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Jun 042012

Fresh Strawberry Shortcake

The sun was shining, Al deCant was singing, children were smiling, hoops were hula-ing and strawberry-rhubarb pies were selling out as fast as people could buy them at the annual Orange Strawberry Festival.

Everyone seemed to have a wonderful time as you can see in this video and everyone is already looking forward to next year’s festival!

Good times, good food, good weather!

Plants for Sale during the Festival

Amity Film Festival Is Tonight

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May 312012

2009 Amity Film Festival Winner

One of my favorite school events of the year will take place tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the John Brady Center for the Arts.

The 8th annual Amity Film Festival showcases the immense talents of film students at Amity High School.

The Festival is sponsored by the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation and Judy Primavera will be there writing out the checks for this year’s winners.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Each year the talent and variety gets better and better.

Past winners have gone on to work at television stations, attended prestigious colleges and universities, such as Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, and have won national awards for their films.

One particularly memorable film was 2009’s winner, “White Toast.”

That year Adam Kloc, Robert Gagne and Greg Passik, put everything they had into the 20-minute black and white film, bringing the audience back to the 1940s with superior attention to  lighting, camera angles and sound.

If you haven’t seen it, here are links to it on YouTube. You are in for a treat. The boys raised the bar so high with this production that it is still the one to beat.

White Toast Part 1  —   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7AkKlA-oEU&feature=relmfu

White Toast Part 2  —   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLwsYQytNZs&feature=relmfu

Don’t miss seeing the work of tomorrow’s superstar filmmakers this week.

I will have the honor of serving as a judge again. I can’t wait to see what this year’s entries are like.