Gather Your Things, Paper Shredding And Mattress Recycling Day Is Coming

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Mar 022021

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The Orange Recycling Committee has announced the next paper shredding and mattress recycling event, which will take place at the front parking lot of High Plains Community Center (HPCC) on Saturday, April 10, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The committee will again be joined by the Mattress Recycling Council, which will collect used mattresses and box springs.

The secure, on-site paper shredding service will once again be handled by Affordable Solutions, owned and operated by Orange resident Joe Johnston. Residents may bring bags (preferably paper, not plastic) or boxes filled with documents for shredding. Volunteers from the Orange Recycling Committee will deposit them into the shredding truck. Residents who want their boxes or containers returned should tell a volunteer.

Due to COVID-19, residents are asked to put documents in their trunks, wait in line, and pop the trunk when it is their turn. To keep this event as “contactless” as possible, residents should stay in their vehicles. Wearing a mask is requested.

This service is generously funded by the Rotary Club of Orange. Residents may show their appreciation by donating to the Orange Rotary Scholarship Fund. Rotarians will be on hand to collect donations.

Residents may also bring mattresses and box springs for recycling. This free service is made possible through a partnership with the Mattress Recycling Council’s Bye Bye Mattress Program. Dry mattresses (of all sizes) and box springs will be accepted. However, some items cannot be accepted (see ‘Mattresses and box springs: DO NOT BRING’ below). For residents who need assistance, members of the Orange Lions Club will pick up mattresses and box springs from residences, given items are outside and dry or in a garage for easy access, as volunteers will not enter individual homes. Anyone interested in this pick-up service should contact Ken Lenz at 203-795-3906. The fee for a pick-up is $10 per mattress or box spring. Payment is by cash or check made out to Orange Lions Charities, and all proceeds are considered a charitable donation.

If residents are in the cleaning out mode, they may also bring old clothing and shoes to deposit in the Simple Recycling bin near the back of the community center. This bin is available 24/7, making it a great option for when the Orange Transfer Station & Recycling Center is closed. The town gets paid for items deposited in the Simple Recycling bins at High Plains and the Transfer Station and Recycling Center.

Orange Recycling Committee Chair Mitch Goldblatt is excited about this opportunity for our residents to dispose of items at no cost. “Saturday, April 10th will help everyone do some spring cleaning and dispose of outdated, sensitive paperwork,” Goldblatt said. “I’m encouraging all residents to bring their personal documents, papers, and even mattresses and clothing to this community event!”

“We are very excited to once again partner with other town groups, the Rotary Club of Orange and the Orange Lions Club, to offer these important environmental services to residents,” said Goldblatt. “This is a fun event that gives volunteers and residents an opportunity to work together for a cleaner and more sustainable planet, even during a pandemic.”

For the eleventh time, the Orange Recycling Committee will ensure the disposal of thousands of pounds of sensitive financial and medical papers in a secure, environmentally-responsible way. Adding mattress and box spring recycling has made this event a popular one with residents.

Paper Shredding and Mattress Recycling Event:

WHEN: Saturday, April 10, 2021 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., rain or shine
WHERE: High Plains Community Center (front parking area), 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT

BRING: Tax papers, bills, receipts, statements, and documents that contain personal, financial and/or medical information. No need to remove staples or elastic bands, but clips should be removed for reuse.

DO NOT BRING Paper that is already shredded, newspapers, notebooks, plastic folders, and other papers and mail that can go in the regular residential recycling bins.

Mattresses and box springs.

DO NOT BRING: Some items will not be accepted: mattresses from futons/sofa beds or waterbeds; mattresses infested with bed bugs; wet, damaged, or excessively soiled mattresses; and sleeping bags or mattress pads/toppers.

Simple Recycling

All sorts of clothing and shoes, no matter the size or condition.

About the Orange Recycling Committee:

The Orange Recycling Committee is a group of volunteers appointed by the Board of Selectmen, who live in Orange, meet monthly, and are committed to educating about, increasing, and simplifying recycling options for Orange residents.

Website: www.orangerecycles.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ORCinCT/

Students Help Orange Fire Marshal’s Office Make History

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Mar 012021

For as long as I can remember, the Orange Fire Marshal’s Office has engaged the town’s fourth and fifth-grade students in the state Fire Prevention Poster Contest.

If you haven’t heard of it, recently, It may be because of the disruption COVID-19 had on our lives, but, the town’s website carried a complete explanation of the whys and wherefores of the contest along with the specific rules. http://www.orange-ct.gov/803/Fire-Prevention-Poster-Contest

The contest is announced through the school system and, separate from any school work, the children have two months to work on their posters (Oct. 1 – Dec. 1).

For some towns this past year, the contest got lost in the shuffle with many schools on a remote learning schedule. But Orange wasn’t one of them. Fire Marshal Jamie Vincent said he received around 100 entries this year, from which two, one from a fourth-grader named Dasy from Racebrook and the other from a Turkey Hill fifth-grader named Avery were chosen and submitted to the County Representatives for the New Haven County judging process.

The Orange judges liked these two for their clear messages, excellent artwork, vivid colors, and the imagination and care that went into the work. It was clear that both girls love drawing and their posters contained all the required bullet points, which could result in winning the state competition.

Daisy said she was inspired by the message “Don’t hide, go outside” which is an important thing to remember if your home is on fire.

She said she loves drawing and making the poster was so much fun.

Avery’s drawing featured a cat stuck in a tree during a violent brush fire while a firefighter battles the blaze. A replica of her poster can be seen attached to the tree.

The detailed posters are both easily reproducible, for any and all future use by the State Fire Marshal’s office.

So, how did the girls help the OFM make history? In past years, Orange has had winning County posters, but it has never had two in the same year.

As the county winners, the girls each would receive a $150 prize. Locally, though they were bestowed with gifts from the OFM, Vincent presented each one with a gift certificate from Hobby Lobby and the OVFD gave each a certificate entitling them to a ride to school on a fire truck.

Congratulations Daisy and Avery. I wish you the best of luck in the State Competition.


Wind Advisory In Effect Through Tuesday Afternoon

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Mar 012021

The National Weather Service issued a Wind Advisory that is in effect until 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 2.

Expect northwest winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 55 mph now through 4 p.m. tomorrow afternoon.

Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.

In addition, due to snowmelt and recent rainfall some tree root systems may be somewhat compromised potentially leading to some uprooted trees.

Be prepared and be careful out there.

Basketball: Amity Lady Spartans Continue Strong Play

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Feb 282021

The Amity Lady Spartans just finished off playing four games in 8 days in the rugged SCC Conference winning 3 of 4 games. A consistent defensive effort and balanced scoring have been a key ingredient to Coach Michelle Shoop’s team’s success.

Amity vs North Haven

The Lady Spartans took on an always tough and well-coached North Haven team and lost a close game 42-40. In a back-and-forth affair, which saw the Spartans down 1 at halftime, the team fought their way to a 6-point lead heading to the fourth quarter with a solid defensive effort and solid shot-making where the team scored 17 points, but a couple of key North Haven stops in the final frame turned the tide late and the North Haven held on for the victory.

Amity was led in scoring by Becky Marchitto with a team-high 10 points, along with 8 from Meghan Smith and 7 from Jayne Whitman. Other Spartans in the scoring column included Sarah Granados and Sophia Swift with 4 along with Mya Manzione 3 and Skylar Burzynski and Meredyth Laskowski with 2 points.

North Haven (2-2) 8 10 7 17 42
Amity  (3-1) 7 10 14  9 40

Meghan Smith 1 2 0-1 8, Jayne Whitman 2 1 0-0 7, Sarah Granados 2 0 0-0 4, Mya Manzione 1 0 1-2 3, Skylar Burzynski 0 2-2 2, Becky Marchitto 5 0 0-1 10, Sophia Swift 2 0 0-0 4, Meredyth Laskowski 1 0 0-0-2

Amity vs Lauralton Hall

In their next game, the Spartans traveled to Milford to take on Laurelton Hall. After a close first half, which saw the team up 2 points after one quarter and 6 points at the half, the Spartans came out inspired in the second half and used some tenacious defense and shot-making to outscore Laurelton Hall 30-16 to cruise to a 52-32 victory. Maya Manzione led the Spartans with 12 points that included going 4-4 from the charity stripe. Skylar Burzynski added 10 points along with 2 three-point field goals and Jayne Whitman hit 3 shots from long range and added 9 points. Amity got other strong contributions from sophomore guard Sarah Granados with 6 points, Becky Marchitto with 5 points, Meredyth Laskowski with 4 points, freshman Vivian Cain with 3 points. Meghan Smith with 2 and Sophia Swift with 1.

Amity (4-1)                  14 8 17 13 — 52
Lauralton Hall (0-5)  
12 4 12  4 —  32

Skylar Burzynski 2 2 0-0 10, Meghan Smith 1 0 0-0 2, Jayne Whitman 0 3 0-0 9, Sophia Swift 0 0 1-4 1, Meredyth Laskowski 2 0 0-0 4, Sarah Granados 3 0 0-0 6, Becky Marchitto 2 0 1-2 5, Mya Manzione 4 0 4-4 12, Vivian Cain 1 0 1-2 3

Amity vs Career Magnet

The next game saw Amity back on their home court taking on Career Magnet. After a slow start, the team got back to playing the stout defense they have been displaying all season and took a 22-11 lead into halftime. The lead swelled to 35-17 after the third quarter that led to a convincing 45-24 win for the home team.  A balanced scoring attack, sharing the ball saw offensive contributions from many. Sarah Granados and Mya Manzione led the Lady Spartans with 10 points each along with 9 from Sophia Swift, 8 from Skylar Burzynski, 6 from Jayne Whitman, and 2 from sophomore Sydney Manzione. The Lady Spartans nailed 6 three-point field goals with Granados and Whitman with 2 each and Burzynski and Swift with 1.

Career Magnet (0-6).     7  4   5   8 —  24
Amity (5-1).                    8 13 14 10 — 45

Skylar Burzynski 2 1 1-2 8, Meghan Smith 0 0 0-0 0, Jayne Whitman 0 2 0-0 6, Abby Ganun 0 0 0-0 0, Sophia Swift 3 1 0-1 9, Meredyth Laskowski 0 0 0-0 0, Sarah Granados 1 2 2-2 10, Becky Marchitto 0 0 0-0 0, Mya Manzione 3 0 4-6 10, Adriana Tufano 0 0 0-0 0, Victoria Gajdos 0 0 0-0 0, Stella Carney 0 0 0-0 0, Vivian Cain 0 0 0-0 0, Sydney Manzione 1 0 0-0 2

Amity vs West Haven

Mya Manzione was
the WELI player of the game on Friday vs West Haven.

This past Friday evening the Lady Spartans traveled to West Haven High School to take on a gritty Blue Devils team in their refurbished gymnasium. Playing before an audience of socially distant parents, the team fed of the collective energy and got off to a fast start. In a very physical first quarter, the Spartans got buckets from Mya Manzione and Skylar Burzynski early and then a three-pointer near the end of quarter one by Jayne Whitman to take a 9-1 lead. The second quarter saw Amity pick up the defensive pressure again with Meghan Smith and Sarah Granados forcing turnovers that the Spartans converted into scores. A late second-quarter three-pointer by Granados helped the Spartans to a 21-6 lead. 

To be expected, West Haven came out fighting in Q3 regaining some momentum, but big buckets by Becky Marchitto, Manzione, and another three-pointer by Whitman helped the Spartans take a 33-23 lead into the fourth quarter. The Blue Devils kept applying the pressure down the stretch, but the Amity defense did enough along with 4 free throws by Smith in the final minute to secure the victory in this key matchup 39-36. Manzione led the scoring with 11 points, Granados and Whitman chipped in 9 and 8 respectively. Burzynski with 5, Smith with 4, and Marchitto with 2 rounded out the scoring.

Amity (6-1) 9 12 12 6 39
West Haven (3-4) 1 5 17 13 36

Meghan Smith 0 0 4-8 4, Jayne Whitman 1 2 0-0 8, Sarah Granados 2 1 2-2 9, Mya Manzione 5 0 1-2 11, Skylar Burzynski 2 0 1-4 5, Becky Marchitto 1 0 0-0 2, 

— We thank Ed Whitman for the story and Scott Burzynski for the photos. 

Girls Hockey: Blades Game Results One Tie, One Win

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Feb 282021

On Wednesday, Feb. 24, the Blades (Amity/North Haven/Cheshire) took on the Milford Co-op at the Lou Astorino Rinks in Hamden

Blades vs Milford Co-op

The first period was scoreless, but Milford made put the pressure on in the second when Jenna Johnson made a solo goal.

The Blades’ Caroline Cadelina tied the game in the third period, and that’s as far as it went.

The girls went into overtime and the game ended in a 1-1 tie.


Blades: Ginny Currello 39

Milford: Bethany Karp 36


Blades vs Hamden Co-op

The competition on Saturday, Feb. 27, between the Blades and the Hamden Co-op also took place in Hamden

First Period

Hamden got the game started with a goal by Tania Cruz assisted by Alyssa Iorfino.

Second Period

In the second, the Blades answered with Mia Dow tying the game on an assist from Caroline Cadelina.

Then Avery DePodesta pulled the Blades ahead to 2-1 assisted by Kelsey McCarthy.

Not to be outdone, Cruz scored for Hamden on an assist from Ella Miller tying the game at 2-2.

Third Period

The Blades came out with a vengeance in the final period McCarthy scored the tie-breaker, assisted by Depodesta and  Cadelina.


Blades: Jade Krukar 19


Final Score 3-2 Blades

Amity Varsity Sports Schedules Feb 28-March 6

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Feb 282021

This week’s Amity Varsity game schedule:

Sunday, Feb. 28

Girls Hockey vs Hand-Coginchsug-Valley-Old Lyme AWAY at Northford Ice Pavillion-  White at 6:50 p.m.

Tuesday, March 2

Boys Swimming and Diving vs Cheshire HOME 3:20 p.m. (virtual)

Boye Basketball vs Wilbur Cross HOME at Amity at 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs Wilbur Cross AWAY st Floyd Little Athletic Center Field House at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 3


Girls Hockey vs Law-ND Fairfield-Foran-Weston-Pomperaug AWAY Milford Ice Pavillion at 4:40 p.m.

Boys Hockey vs Lyman Hall HOME Bennett Rink West Haven Postponed

Pending change awaiting acceptance by one or more parties involved: Time to 5:00 p.m.

Girls Gymnastics vs Fairfield Warde HOME Gymnastics and Cheerleading Academy at Connecticut-Gym 1 at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 4

Boys Hockey vs Guilford HOME Bennett Rink West Haven Postponed

Pending change awaiting acceptance by one or more parties involved: Time to 4:20 p.m.

Friday, March 5

Boys Swimming and Diving vs Xavier HOME High Plaina Pool 3:20 p.m. (virtual)

Girls Basketball vs Shelton HOME Amity High School 6 p.m.

Boys Basketball vs Shelton AWAY Shelton High School 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 6

Boys Hockey vs Daniel Hand AWAY Northford Ice Pavilion – Red 3 p.m.

Girls Hockey vs Sacred Heart Academy West Haven HOME Lou Astorino Ice Rink Hamden 8:30 p.m.


The Full Snow Moon Best Viewing Friday Night

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Feb 262021

Take a look outside and get a good look at the moon. Although it appears perfectly round, February’s full Moon peaks on Saturday morning, Feb. 27 at 3:19 a.m., but it will appear full tonight will be at the highest point in the sky at midnight

The Old Farmer’s Almanac has this to say:

Other names for this month’s Moon have historically had a connection to animals. The Cree traditionally called this the Bald Eagle Moon or Eagle Moon. The Ojibwe Bear Moon and Tlingit Black Bear Moon refer to the time when bear cubs are born. The Dakota also call this the Raccoon Moon, certain Algonquin peoples named it the Groundhog Moon, and the Haida named it Goose Moon.

Another theme of this month’s Moon names is scarcity. The Cherokee names of Month of the Bony Moon and Hungry Moon give evidence to the fact that food was hard to come by at this time.

Since the rainy weather  this weekend will likely ruin your full moon viewing, enjoy it tonight if you can.


Jamie Hulley Foundation Needs Your Help Now

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Feb 252021

The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the arts.

Established in 2002, the foundation is named for Jamie Alaine Hulley, the daughter of Judy Primavera and Fred Hulley, who was only 20 years old when she died, leaving behind a legacy of talent and creativity.

Shortly after her death, the Jamie A Hulley Arts Foundation was established to help other young people learn about and appreciate all of the things Jamie loved. for nearly 19 years, it has helped thousands of children, teens, and college students realize their potential for creativity and gave many underprivileged children opportunities they otherwise would never have been able to experience.

Each year, the foundation raised the majority of its funds through a Gala event that always took place in the fall. The Coronavirus hit and forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser, which adversely affected the foundation and its ability to provide as much for all of the programs it normally would.

Your Support is needed now more than ever. You can help by purchasing raffle tickets today to help keep the arts blooming.

All Prizes are “Winners Choice”

Choose between an Amazon or Visa Gift Card

Tickets: $20 ea. Each ticket =10 Chances to Win.

Buy more to increase your chance of winning and to keep these vital programs funded.

1st Prize
$2,000 VISA or $2,000 AMAZON gift card
This prize is generously sponsored by Kari Holley, Judy Primavera, Fred Hulley & the foundation’s Board of Directors

2nd Prize
$1,000 VISA or $1,000 AMAZON gift card
This prize is sponsored by the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation

3rd Prize
$500 VISA or $500 AMAZON gift card
This prize is generously sponsored by the students at Broadway Method Academy, Fairfield, CT

4th Prize
$500 VISA or $500 AMAZON gift card
This prize is generously sponsored by Dr. Andrew Martinez & Jessica Baquero

5th Prize
$200 VISA or $200 AMAZON gift card
This prize is generously sponsored by Glam Spa, Orange, CT

6th Prize
$200 VISA or $200 AMAZON gift card
This prize is generously sponsored by The Palluzzi family

7th Prize
$200 VISA or $200 AMAZON gift card
This prize is generously sponsored by The Zamkov Family

8th Prize
$200 VISA or $200 AMAZON gift card
This prize is generously sponsored by Amity Middle School Orange PTSO and the Bethany Community School PTO

9th Prize
$100 VISA or $100 AMAZON gift card
This prize is generously sponsored by Connor Deane

10th Prize
$100 VISA or $100 AMAZON gift card
This prize is generously sponsored by The Kilian family

Click Here to Purchase Tickets!

The drawing will take place on Thursday, April 1, 2021, at 7 p.m. at Foundation Headquarters in Orange, CT, and broadcast live on the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation Facebook page:


Winners will be notified by email and by phone.

Hockey Postponed, North Haven Team Quarantined

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Feb 242021

The Amity Boys Hockey game vs. North Haven today has been postponed due to the COVID-19 protocols

Approximate clearance dates for teams currently quarantining:

Guilford (2/25)

Xavier (2/28)

Daniel Hand (2/28)

Cheshire (3/1)

North Haven (3/6)

Enfield Co-op (3/8)

I’m so happy our Spartans aren’t on the list.

Keep practicing, stay sharp. Stay Healthy Amity, See you soon.