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Amity Budget Passed By Regional Board Of Education — Three First Selectmen Share Thoughts

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May 082020
 

The Amity Budget was scheduled to go to referendum on Tuesday, May 5, but due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, “The referendum process was canceled by an executive order from the Governor and the authority for adopting a budget was given to governing authority of each municipality,” according to Theresa Lumas, Director of Finance & Administration at Amity. “As a regional school district, the Board of Education is the governing body.”

The actual amount of the 2020-21 Budget is $50,784,509, slightly less than the proposed $51.5 million presented earlier this year.

Here is the breakdown of the town shares:

Bethany – $9,000,731

Orange – $25,003,802

Woodbridge – $15,756,256

Total Member Towns Allocations $49,760,789

 

With the pandemic dictating our every move, children out of school, and unemployment at its highest since the Great Depression, this budget was not necessarily very popular among residents and town leaders.

One of those who spoke out was Orange First Selectman Jim Zeoli, whose town bears the highest burden.

“The economy has dramatically changed since they came up with this budget,” Zeoli said. “Everyone received a notice in their mail so they could submit comments to the board, but they were totally disregarded.”

“It’s not fair to the taxpayers or these communities,” he said.

Woodbridge First Selectman Beth Heller said, “In these difficult times I would have hoped for a lower increase or even no increase in the Amity budget for FY 2021. At the same time, I do know how important the Amity regional school system and education is to our Town.”

She added, “Since the three towns (Bethany, Orange, and Woodbridge) have no direct ability to set the Amity budget, it is something the taxpayers must accept. We continue to look for cost savings in the Town of Woodbridge’s budget, and hope to find additional reductions.”

Bethany First Selectman Paula Cofrancesco worked in the Amity Administrative office for 20 years and was a member of the Board of Education for a time, so she looked at it differently.

Cofrancesco said it’s difficult to process things and the ABOE worked hard to get the budget number down. “They provide the proper curriculum and services for our schools,” she said. “And they provide an outstanding education for Amity students.”

She added that we are all working under unusual circumstances and the towns have to take care of their own budgets now.

The Board of Finance has been taking resident’s mail-in comments regarding the budget and will consider them before voting on the town budget and setting the mill rate on May 18th.

 

 

May 052020
 

The CIAC’s consideration for any spring sports experience has always been contingent on the re-opening of schools for in-person instruction.

This morning, Governor Lamont ordered the cancellation of in-school classes for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year. Therefore, there will not be a 2020 CIAC spring sports season.

The CIAC empathizes with our school communities and the experiences lost due to COVID-19. Our focus is now on completing guidelines for summer contact and the resocialization of CIAC sports in the fall.

Editor’s Note: Spring Sports include Baseball, Golf, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Softball, and Tennis.

 

Orange Foundation Scholarship Deadline Extended to April 30

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Apr 292020
 

The Orange Foundation community grant application due date is April 30, 2020. The grant application is available on our website: www.OrangeFoundation.org.

You may either mail the completed application to:

The Orange Foundation
PO Box 729
Orange, CT 06477-0729

or you may e-mail a PDF of the application to ContacyUs@OrangeFoundation.org .

We are extending the due date for those applying for college scholarships to May 8, 2020. We may extend this date even further if we find that the high schools are unable to provide transcripts or letters of recommendation by that date.

The scholarship application also is available on our website, and you may either mail or e-mail your application.

Apply Now For The Orange Scholarship – Deadline May 1

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Apr 292020
 

The Orange Scholarship Fund Association as extended its application deadline.

The Scholarship Association will now accept applications until May 1.

Applications are available online at orangescholarshipfund.com.

Criteria for receiving scholarships are as follows: Financial need, academic achievement, community service and leadership roles in organizations and activities.

We hope that high school seniors from Orange will take advantage of the new deadline to complete applications.

Apr 202020
 

Since the Coronavirus crisis began in our state we’ve been preparing for this, but now, the time has come. At 8 p.m. tonight, Monday, April 20, we will be required to wear masks or some kind of face-covering when in grocery stores, pharmacies, or other tight spaces where social distancing are not necessarily guaranteed. 

I’ve heard many stories about people who’ve gone to stores like Job Lot or Shop Rite and have worn a mask and tried their best to keep the proper distance from other customers, only to have an unmasked individual nearly plow them down as they round the corner or rush down an aisle going the “wrong way” because they don’t take the virus as seriously.

I’ve been locked away in my house for 40 days, and it has been 40 days since I’ve gotten a hug from my granddaughter. A beloved aunt died over the weekend and I can’t get together with the family to mourn her death or celebrate her life. I am in desperate need of money, but that won’t come unless I can get out. Yet, I know that if we open everything up prematurely just because we’re anxious, it would be a huge mistake, and the last 40 days would have been for nothing. and we will most likely just jump into the second phase of this outbreak, which would mean more isolation, businesses being closed even longer, schools being closed indefinitely, and healthcare workers, first responders and others on the front lines continuing to risk their lives.

Thank goodness CT has the super-fast test now, (less than 15 minutes instead of 10 days), and that’s a HUGE step in the right direction.

Make sure your mask fits properly, it shouldn’t slip down below your nose or expose your mouth. If you’re making a mask, use tightly woven fabric with double or triple layers. I put 4 layers AND a filter in my homemade masks, and a wire in the bridge of the nose to keep it snug and in place. Wash your mask after you use it and don’t touch it while you’re wearing it. Wash your hands when you take it off.

Be ridiculously careful, and stay safe. Some day this WILL be over.

 

Most Current News About The Amity Spring Musical

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Apr 172020
 

Greetings from all of us at Amity Creative Theater at Amity High School. I hope that each and every one of you is safe and healthy. Our community is so important to us.  It has been our joy and privilege to make the BOW glow with excitement each fall and spring. Sadly, this year will be different. As you can imagine, our school has been significantly impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 virus. With courage and hope, we are looking forward to a time when we can all be together safely.  We appreciate the support of our students by our Principal Mrs. Mahon and our Superintendent Dr. Byars.

SCHEDULE CHANGES
Our production of the Drowsy Chaperone which was scheduled for the end of March and the beginning of April was postponed.  We were hoping to produce the show at the end of this month. We now know that is just not possible.   We are going to have to postpone it once again. We are still hanging on to hope that somehow, someway we will present this show in some capacity before the end of the summer and before our seniors leave for college.  We do not know when that will be. The cast is still rehearsing twice a week on zoom and keeping their performing dreams alive. As soon as we know when the show will be produced, you will be the first to know! We have information about the tickets included below.  It is our hope you are able to see us perform our show very soon!.
IMPACT ON OUR ORGANIZATION 
All of these changes will cause a profound loss of revenue for the theater department and our productions.  As you may know, our shows are funded entirely by our ticket, advertising and concession sales. We rely on this income to fund all the programs we run for our 200 theater students every year.  Now more than ever, we need your support, your patience, and your understanding as we work our way through this difficult period in our history.
IMPACT FOR OUR ADVERTISERS
Our “AmityBill” program is a massive part of our fundraising each year.  The 100 page “AmityBill” is a source of pride for our school and community.  We value the partnership we have with our advertisers. We literally could not survive without them.  Regardless of whether we have a show or not, we will print and distribute our AmityBill to our community.  The best-case scenario is that we have a show and hand out the programs as usual. If the show is canceled; we will mail each person who would have purchased a ticket a program.  We will also mail a program to every household in the Amity system. Even if we have to hand-deliver to mailboxes we will make sure all the programs are distributed. So our advertisers can be assured their ads will be seen by the Amity community.  We thank all of our advertisers both large and small for their generosity and understanding.
TICKET INFORMATION
There are several options for those of you who have purchased tickets to the Drowsy Chaperone; You can donate your tickets or a portion of your tickets to help us make it through this time of crisis, or you can receive a refund. Please note that our volunteer parent box office staff will have to process an extremely large volume of requests, so it may take time to process all the requests. We ask for your patience. To process your donation or refund please click this link and fill out this form
You can also email our box office at  amityboxoffice25@gmail.com
If we do not hear from you by June 1st, 2020 we will assume you would like to donate your ticket purchase.
Sincerely,
Rob Kennedy
Director
Amity High School

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Schools, Library Closed, Large Gatherings, Senior Events Suspended

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Mar 122020
 

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With the Coronavirus now identified as a global pandemic and human cases as close as Stratford, the town of Orange is taking every precaution  to try and keep residents safe and stop the spread of the virus in the BOWA area.

Please read this entire article so you know what services are and aren’t open to the public until further notice.

Everyone should do his or her part to help prevent the spread of this potentially deadly virus. If you were exposed you may not know that you have it until you have symptoms, yet, in the meantime, you could be spreading it to others.

If you are a senior, if you have a compromised immune system or chronic illnesses, you may be more susceptible to getting the virus and passing it to others in the same age demographic. Please take precautions, follow the health director’s suggestions, and stay safe.

Case Memorial Library

The Town Library will be closed today for two weeks or until further notice. All non essential programs, meetings, and gatherings at the High Plains Community Center will be cancelled for the next two weeks.

Senior Center

Senior Center Director Dennis Marsh today announced, “Please be aware that due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as a precautionary measure, the Orange Senior Center is suspending all Senior Center activities until further notice.”

BOWA Schools 

The BOWA Superintendents sent out this message:

This afternoon, the Quinnipiack Valley Health District (QVHD) and the Orange Department of Health made the recommendation that all Bethany, Orange, Woodbridge, and Amity schools should be closed. This step is being taken as a precautionary measure to limit community transmission of ​Novel Coronavirus (​COVID-19).

The closure is effective immediately and will begin ​Friday, March 13, 2020​.

At this time, we anticipate schools will be closed until further notice. As this situation is evolving, we ask that you continue to check district websites for information and we will continue to use our communication systems to keep families and staff informed.

During the school closure, resources for supplemental learning may be available. Further information about supplemental learning activities will come from each individual BOWA school district and/or your children’s teachers.

Please remember that the purpose of the school closures is to limit community transmission through contact and by gathering large groups of individuals together. You can support our community by keeping your children home during the closure. During the closure, school buildings will remain staffed but not open to the public. Our districts will continue to follow guidance, recommendations, and directives from the health departments and the state Department of Education.

High Plains Community Center

Offices at the High Plains Community Center will remain open, but all meetings and gatherings have been suspended for the time being.

Town Hall, Police, Fire, Highway Offices

The Orange Town Hall offices will be open so, if you have any questions or an emergency situation you will be able to reach a human for answers.

 

 

No Sports At Amity Until At Least Mid April

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Mar 122020
 

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The coronavirus has done a number on sports throughout the USA. There is no March Madness, High School teams will not realize the joy of winning a state championship title, Indoor professional games are being squashed with every passing day, opening day for Minor League baseball teams has been delayed indefinitely, and so on.

Opening Day for Amity Baseball, Softball, Tennis and Volleyball is scheduled for Monday, April 13, but only time will tell when the games will actually begin.

BOWA schools will be closed for two weeks, so that also will have an impact.

Take care everyone. And do everything you can to stay healthy.

Virus Concerns Affect Amity Spring Musical

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Mar 112020
 

Due to recommendations from the State of Connecticut, Amity’s production of the musical The Drowsy Chaperone has been rescheduled until the last week of April and the first week of May.
The theater department will be honoring all tickets previously purchased on the new scheduled dates. You will have the same seats and same tickets that you have already purchased for these new dates. The new dates will correspond as follows:
 Previous Performance                     New Rescheduled Performance
Friday March 27th 2020 8pm    ——>    Friday April 24th 2020 8pm
Saturday March 28th 2020 8pm  ——> Saturday April 25th 2020 8pm
Thursday April 2nd 2020 8pm.   ——>  Thursday April 30th 2020 8pm
Friday April 3rd 2020 8pm      ——>       Friday May 1st 2020 8pm
Saturday April 4th 2020 8pm   ——>     Saturday May 2nd 2020 8pm
“We will be posting regular updates on our Facebook and twitter pages. Our volunteer parent box office can be reached at amityboxoffice@gmail.com or at (203) 392-2019. We will do our best to assist you.
There are still great seats available for all 5 performances of The Drowsy Chaperone! You can still purchase tickets at www.amitytheaterdepartment.com
This hilarious broadway musical will be a welcome respite from our daily lives. We look forward to seeing you at the show!
We thank you for your patience and understating during this difficult situation.
Warmest Regards,
Robert Kennedy
Director

Selling Out Fast! Amity’s Spring Musical The Drowsy Chaperone

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Mar 112020
 

The award-winning Amity Regional High School Theater Department, under the direction of Robert and Andrea Kennedy, is headed back to the Roaring Twenties with the musical comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone.

The Drowsy Chaperone is the tale of a modern-day musical theater maven, known simply as Man in Chair. To chase his blues away, he drops the needle on his favorite LP – the 1928 musical comedy, The
Drowsy Chaperone. From the crackle of his hi-fi, the musical magically bursts to life on-stage telling the tale of the pampered Broadway starlet who wants to give up showbiz to get hitched and her producer’s attempts to sabotage her impending nuptials.

Hilarious antics ensue with her chaperone, the debonair groom, the ditsy chorus girl, the Latin lover and a pair of gangsters masquerading as pastry chefs. Man in Chair’s love of The Drowsy Chaperone speaks to anyone who has ever been transported by the theater.

Due to the coronavirus (rescheduling) Performances are now April 24, 25, and 30, and May 1 and 2 at 8:00 p.m. at the John J. Brady Center for the
Performing Arts at Amity Regional High School, 25 Newton Road in Woodbridge. All tickets that already have been purchased will be honored for the corresponding date.

 Previous Performance                     New Rescheduled Performance

 Friday March 27th 2020 8pm    ——>    Friday April 24th 2020 8pm

 Saturday March 28th 2020 8pm  ——> Saturday April 25th 2020 8pm

 Thursday April 2nd 2020 8pm.   ——>  Thursday April 30th 2020 8pm

 Friday April 3rd 2020 8pm      ——>       Friday May 1st 2020 8pm

 Saturday April 4th 2020 8pm   ——>     Saturday May 2nd 2020 8pm

As usual, the show is selling out quickly, so don’t delay! Get your tickets while you can. Thursday night’s show has the most available seating remaining. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased online at www.amitytheaterdepartment.com or by contacting the box office at 203.392-2019 or email amityboxoffice@gmail.com.

This year’s corporate sponsors include the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, Burns Insurance & Financial, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, LATICRETE, BENDER, New England Performance Insulation, Rick’s Plumbing Service, B and B Transportation, Applied Behavioral Strategies and Total Mortgage. All proceeds raised go to the self-funded Amity Theater program.

For further information, please call the box office at 203.392.2019 or e-mail amityboxoffice@gmail.com.