Another Program Provided By The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation

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May 282020

Amity residents are no doubt familiar with Judy Primavera and her husband Fred Hulley and their generous non-stop contribution to the arts through the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation [founded in memory of their late daughter Jamie].

The tri-towns are not the only area to benefit from educational grants from the JHAF. It will be sponsoring the Sondheim Awards (which Orange native Connor Deane began after the CT High School Musical Awards folded).

In December, The JHAF helped teacher Jessica Sharpe from Prendergast School in Ansonia bring Whole-Body Math to perform at her school.

The workshop was entitled Matica Arts Whole-Body Math. It was for grades k-1 to learn math skills through body movement and using objects.
Here are photos for a look back to happier times with the help of Jamie A Hulley Arts Foundation.

Gather Up The Kids For Some FUN Recycling Lessons (link fixed)

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May 282020

This has been a very frustrating few months for families, and children especially, having to do their homework outside of a classroom setting. Not being able to hang out with their friends at the movies, or Urban Air, etc.

One thing that kids may not want to hear right now is, “Come here and learn about recycling.”

Well, guess what, there’s a site that was brought to my attention that offers children an interactive experience with a maze, word search, and drawing activities with which they can show their recycling expertise, and maybe even learn a few new things.


So click HERE and call the kids in to have a little bit of educational interactive computer fun. Who knows, maybe mom and dad will learn something new too.


The Show Must Go On: Sondheim Awards Are On Monday

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May 272020

Broadway Method Academy (Connor Deane & Scott Handley) is hosting the 3rd annual Sondheim Awards on Monday, June 1.

This year, It will be a virtual celebration of the talents of high school thespians … since so many of the shows were canceled due to COVID-19, there will be no “best of” awards given out but it will be a night of celebration none-the-less.

The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation is one of the sponsors of the event and the Jamie Hulley Musical Theater Scholarships also will be announced that night.

Students are nominated by their high school directors for their talent and their dedication to the overall quality of the production by supporting the director and her/his fellow cast & crew members at all times. The nominations are open to all student performers from ensemble to lead roles.

Just go to the Broadway Method Academy Facebook page at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 1

May 212020

The Anti-Defamation League is celebrating the efforts that schools across the country are making to promote diversity, inclusion, and allyship through a nationwide viral campaign #noplaceforhate.

On Thursday, May 21st, Amity Regional School District No. 5 will be participating in this campaign by creating a post featuring one thing that has been accomplished in this area.

Amity is committed to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion. At this uncertain time, it is even more important to celebrate these efforts.

Principal Anna Mahon would be happy to talk with you about the work the school has been engaged in with creating a positive and inclusive school culture.

Please contact Michelle Pincince mpincince@adl.org, ADL CT Director of Education, for
more information about No Place for Hate.

Top 3 Free Plagiarism Checker Online Tools For College Students

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May 162020

In current times, college students are very worried to have gotten very low grades in colleges. Some of them are sunk in severe mental disorders because the content they had written had several plagiarism issues. Teachers usually fail the students who are found to have submitted plagiarized assignments or examination papers.

The students in colleges or universities complain about having no useful online free plagiarism checker as they are not used to online scrolling. There are the best free tools available online. Thus, in this article, college students are going to get great benefits as this contains the top three free plagiarism checker online tools.

By the use of these free tools, the students can verify their assignments/essays or other types of academic writing. In this way, they are going to deliver the best of their knowledge. Zero plagiarism is also a scoring point before a teacher. To maintain the standard of academic write-ups, every college student must make sure that the content submitted is free from plagiarism.

What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism is the ratio of similar content of other person added in one’s newly written content or text.

For example, one writes the same what others wrote will be understood as 100% plagiarism. In colleges, some students cheat in their examinations which is not good, but with time, modified plagiarism detectors can know how unique content one has written, and what the plagiarized sentences are.

How many types of plagiarism are there?

There are two types of plagiarism;
• Intentional Plagiarism
• Unintentional Plagiarism

What is Intentional Plagiarism?

Intentional plagiarism means writing someone else content on a personal desk intentionally, and one knows that this is a copy of others. Likewise, some years ago, students wrote similar assignments copying from one and another just giving a different structure and breaking the actual coherence.

With time, plagiarism detectors evolved, and now the plagiarism software can detect who has taken another one’s content. In this way, a teacher can know whom to give good grades and who is liable to fail in the examination or assignment test.

What is Unintentional Plagiarism?

Unintentional Plagiarism means that someone has written a copy, and fortunately or unfortunately written the same phrases as someone else has already written. This type of plagiarism issues usually arise while appearing in online essay competition or using the online system for checking students’ papers. Thus, it becomes enormously necessary for a student to check for plagiarism using the free online tools.

Why to check for plagiarism?

In the current era, students have been imposed more restrictions on using any black hat technique to get better grades. For this, it becomes a mandatory thing for a teacher to check for plagiarism and authorize the actual writer of a paper or thesis.

Students should check plagiarism for getting good results from college or teacher. Otherwise, one might lose to pass the examination or assignment test. Researches or research journals usually ask the researchers to check if someone else has already published the same content.

To go through completely and successfully, it becomes essential to use plagiarism tools and check for plagiarism so that a student can get gargantuan grades in the examinations.

Does plagiarism matter for college students?

Yes, plagiarism matters a lot for college students. Owing to lockdown because of the pandemic in 2020, many institutions have asked the management department to conduct online examinations. The policy of institutions included that every student must pass one’s content without a single percentage of plagiarism.

Some institutions allow the students okay for 20% plagiarism in their content or examination paper. Thus, to secure the best position in the results sheet, college students are responsible to check for plagiarism before submitting their papers.

How are college students responsible for no plagiarism?

Some colleges take online assignments or examination papers. Search engine algorithms or online platforms have the policy not to write what is already written on the digital media or online websites. In this way, students are going to lose their marks. So, they are responsible for writing unique content or write-up having zero plagiarism.

How can plagiarism issues destroy students’ grades?

As institutions and online standards do not allow one to reuse any write-up or content, in this way, there are many intentional or unintentional plagiarism issues for a student. If the plagiarism exists in one’s assignment paper, then surely the teacher will fail one. Thus, plagiarism can destroy students’ grades.

What are the top 3 free plagiarism online tools for college students?

There are various tools for checking plagiarism online. Some students use premium plans of these online detectors while some are only trying to get their work done. There are three unique tools to check for plagiarism online. These tools are;

•  Websiteseochecker
•  Prepostseo
•  Plagtracker

Websiteseochecker plagiarism checking tool

Following are the Pros and Cons of Websiteseochecker Plagiarism Checker

• Does not deliver false-positive results
• Easy to use
• It shows in percentage
• Secure

•No detailed report
• Sometimes stops delivering any result

Prepostseo.com plagiarism checking tool

Following are the Pros and Cons of Prepostseo.com Plagiarism Checker

• Detailed report
• Easy-to-use
• User friendly
• 500 words to check daily for free
• Low rates for premium packages & plans
• Secure detection

• Low word limit to check for free
• One search per day for free
• No free trial

Plagtracker plagiarism checking tool

Following are the Pros and Cons of Plagtracker Plagiarism Checker

• Full detailed reports (sent by email)
• A user-friendly tool for checking plagiarism
• Free searches

• Various limitations
• Limited searches
• Login is required for a report
• Not immediate results

Prepostseo vs websiteseochecker vs plagtracker





These 3 plagiarism detectors are very useful for college students. No doubt, the premium plans are mostly recommended yet the students can get benefits from the free versions of these plagiarism checking tools available online. It is highly recommended by several digital marketers to use whatever is free at hand. Thus, these three free tools are fruitful for students’ progress and halting the failure due to plagiarism issues.

— by Eric Williams

CCSU Announces 2020 Commencement Update

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May 132020

The graduating class of Central Connecticut State University will receive a formal commencement ceremony at the XL Center in Hartford on Sunday, Oct. 11.

A party for graduates is slated for Saturday, Oct. 10.

Regarding the postponement of the spring commencement ceremony, the school said In a release, “We understand this decision is extremely upsetting to our students and their families, but these are unprecedented times.”
Click HERE for updates

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.



Have You Completed Your 2020 Census Questionnaire Yet?

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May 082020

The 2020 Census is easy. The questions are simple.

The census asks questions that provide a snapshot of the nation. Census results affect your voice in government, how much funding your community receives, and how your community plans for the future.

When you fill out the census, you help:

  • Determine how many seats your state gets in Congress.
  • Guide how more than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed to states and communities each year.
  • Create jobs, provide housing, prepare for emergencies, and build schools, roads, and hospitals.POPULATION COUNT (NUMBER OF PEOPLE LIVING OR STAYING)We ask this question to collect an accurate count of the number of people at each address on Census Day, April 1, 2020. Each decade, census results determine how many seats your state gets in Congress. State and local officials use census counts to draw boundaries for districts like congressional districts, state legislative districts, and school districts.

    Why We Ask

    It only takes a few minutes to complete the census questionnaire. But it’s very important to you and your neighbors that you do. This is why:


    We ask for names to ensure everyone in the house is counted. Listing the name of each person in the household helps respondents include all members, particularly in large households where a respondent may forget who was counted and who was not.


    We ask about the sex of each person to create statistics about males and females. Census data about sex are used in planning and funding government programs, and in evaluating other government programs and policies to ensure they fairly and equitably serve the needs of males and females. These statistics are also used to enforce laws, regulations, and policies against discrimination in government programs and in society.


    We ask about the age and date of birth to understand the size and characteristics of different age groups and to present other data by age. Local, state, tribal, and federal agencies use age data to plan and fund government programs that provide assistance or services for specific age groups, such as children, working-age adults, women of childbearing age, or the older population. These statistics also help enforce laws, regulations, and policies against age discrimination in government programs and in society.


    We ask about whether a person is of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin to create statistics about this ethnic group. The data collected in this question are needed by federal agencies to monitor compliance with anti-discrimination provisions, such as under the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act.


    We ask about a person’s race to create statistics about race and to present other statistics by race groups. The data collected in this question are needed by federal agencies to monitor compliance with anti-discrimination provisions, such as under the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act. State governments use the data to determine congressional, state, and local voting districts.


    Our goal is to count people once, only once, and in the right place according to where they live on Census Day. Keeping this goal in mind, we ask this question to ensure individuals are not included at multiple addresses.


    We ask about the relationship of each person in a household to one central person to create estimates about families, households, and other groups. Relationship data are used in planning and funding government programs that provide funds or services for families, people living or raising children alone, grandparents living with grandchildren, or other households that qualify for additional assistance.

    Key Facts About the Census

    The basics

    ● The census counts every person living in the United States, regardless of age or
    citizenship status, every 10 years in years ending in 0.

    ● It’s in the Constitution.

    It’s important

    ● It’s about money, power, and data.

    ● Every 10 years we help decide how taxpayer dollars come back to our communities. The 2020 Census will help to distribute billions of dollars in federal resources to your community.

    ● Our community gets resources based on census population counts, that help pay for hospitals, emergency services, schools, roads, and more.

    ● An accurate and complete census helps businesses, community leaders and elected officials make informed decisions every day.

    It’s easy

    ● For the first time, people can respond online and by phone, in addition to the mail-in option. Your response impacts funding for your community for critical services for the next 10 years.

    ● The next decennial census happens in 2030.

    It’s safe and confidential

    ● Your data is protected and it’s confidential. Federal law protects your responses, which cannot be shared with law enforcement, immigration agencies, or housing authorities.

    COVID-19 & the 2020 Census

    ● The 2020 Census is underway and the most important and safe thing you can do is respond online, by phone, or by mail. It has never been easier to respond to the 2020 Census.

    ● Responding now will minimize the need for the Census Bureau to send census takers out into communities to follow up with households.

    ● Please check this page regularly for updates and adjustments in response to COVID-19.

    See the latest status of operations & current timeline.


Obituary: Mary Jane McQuarrie, 80, Beloved Orange Teacher

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May 062020

Mary Jane (Janie) McQuarrie passed away unexpectedly at home on April 29, 2020. Born December 24, 1939, to Gordon and Florence (Mattson) McQuarrie, she lived most of her life in Thomaston and West Haven, CT.

A life-long learner, Mary Jane graduated from Thomaston High School and held B.S. and M.S. degrees in Education from SCSU and the University of Connecticut, earning a 6th-year diploma in Gifted and Talented Education. She was a beloved elementary school teacher for 35 years, in Oakville, Thomaston, and Frankfurt, Germany, retiring from the Orange, CT school system in 1996. She loved her students and they fondly remembered her.

Whether learning or teaching, Mary Jane’s colorful life had her living in Europe, backpacking Alaska, rafting the Colorado, studying Native Americans, or on safari in Africa. She was her happiest when experiencing a hot air balloon ride, enjoying an opera or symphony, visiting a museum, or having lunch with dear high school, college, or academic friends, all while wearing an appropriately crazy pair of earrings. She will be missed by her many cherished friends, especially her traveling companion and “sister,” Jackie.

Janie was a lifelong faithful Christian and practiced the principles of love, kindness, caring, compassion, gratitude, and service. She was an active member of the First Congregational Church of West Haven, tirelessly devoting her time through music, education, outreach, mission, and ministry. Her willingness to help others before herself will be missed throughout the congregation and the community.

Mary Jane was a 40-year member of Alcoholics Anonymous and was a devoted sponsor to many facing life’s challenges. Knowing that AA had saved her life, she was passionate and steadfast in her commitment to helping others find the same grace. Her love, encouragement, and willingness to listen and not judge, will be missed by all she sponsored and all who knew her in other capacities.

Through her enjoyment of life, she assembled a collection of her favorite things: beautiful books, angels, rainbows, Native American and African art, fanciful jewelry, classical music, and interesting wonderful friends. She loved children, loved to sing and play the piano and to send a gift or encouraging card, just because. She was an environmentalist, nature enthusiast, and lover of all animals, especially black cats.

She was a member of the Eastern Star, Pebbles Group, and countless professional and volunteer organizations and regularly supported them all with time and talent.

Having chosen not to be married or have children of her own, her nieces became one of her joys in life. She shared every aspect of her life with them, created experiences for them, did things with and for them and encouraged, inspired, and loved them unconditionally. They loved sharing holidays and special occasions together, but it was in the moments of every day that their bond of love was the most special.

Left to celebrate Mary Jane’s life, are her friends from all corners of the earth, her nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, her sister in law, Norma, several cousins and her cat, Midnight. She was predeceased by her parents, brother Robert McQuarrie and sister Carolyn Sulek.
To honor Mary Jane’s memory: be a friend, find the good in people, make time to listen to others, have fun, laugh at yourself, find your passion, don’t be afraid to love someone, and in all situations, look for the rainbow.

It was Mary Jane’s wish to donate her body to science, but due to the pandemic, they were not accepting donations. A celebration of Mary Jane’s life will take place at a later date to be announced. To send notes of sympathy and comfort to Janie’s family please visit her tribute page at www.lyonsfuneralhome.com

Memorial contributions may be made to Alex’s Soup Kitchen c/o FCC of West Haven, 1 Church Street, West Haven, CT 06516

Food Truck Festival Canceled

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May 062020

It is with a heavy heart that the planning committee for the Race Brook School Food Truck Festival has canceled the 2020 event due to COVID19.

They refunded all trucks that have paid to date and pass on their thanks to everyone for their support.

We hope to see you all next year because we are #orangestrong.

Food Trucks please feel free to post where you will be with your trucks so we can come to visit once it is safe.