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And The COVID Keeps Coming: Here We Go Again

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Oct 192020
 

On Friday and again today, Amity Supt. Jenn Byars sent “The Letter” out to the Amity Community.

Here’s Today’s version:

On Sunday, October 18, 2020, Amity Regional School District No. 5 was notified that a member of our school community has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). The affected person has been instructed to remain home in self-isolation for 10 days and has been provided with additional instructions to follow prior to returning to school. Family members have also been instructed to self-quarantine and get tested.

The last day this person was in Amity Regional High School was Wednesday, October 14, 2020. Anyone who is considered a “close contact” with this person has been contacted or will be contacted by local health officials and provided with instructions on the appropriate steps to take. If you are not contacted by the local health department, then you/your student is not considered a close contact.

To assist the schools and the health district with contact tracing, we are asking parents to please go into PowerSchool to update the PRIMARY contact information. Directions for updating PowerSchool information are included in this SwiftK12 message. For timely contact tracing, it is critical that a primary phone number is a number where a parent/guardian can be reached quickly. We thank you for your assistance with this.

COVID-19 is spread mainly via person-to-person contact through contaminated air droplets from coughing and sneezing by an infected person. As with controlling the spread of other viruses, we urge everyone to discuss the following preventive measures with your children and family members:

• Wash your hands frequently, but especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for about 20 seconds. Be sure to also wash your fingertips. When soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer.

• Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze inside the elbow of your arm.

• As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.

• Wear a face covering (mask) whenever there is a likelihood that you or your family members will be in the presence of others.

• Maintain social distancing (at least 6 feet) between yourself and others when outside of your home.

Below is the list of COVID-19 symptoms for which everyone should monitor in their family members:

❑ Fever (100.4° Fahrenheit or higher)

❑ Chills or shaking chills

❑ Uncontrolled new cough (not due to other known cause, such as a chronic cough)

❑ Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

❑ New loss of taste or smell

For additional information on COVID-19 symptoms, please see:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

Everyone is reminded that staff and students exhibiting any of the above symptoms, or feeling ill, should remain home and call their medical provider to report their symptoms and ask about testing prior to seeking in-person care at a clinic, physician’s office, or hospital.

For more information on what to do if you or a family member has possible symptoms, a diagnosis, or exposure to COVID-19, please see Addendum 5: Interim Guidance for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios in Connecticut School Districts, available here:

https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/COVID19/COVID-19-Resources-for-Families-and- Educators/Addendums-and-FAQs

We are closely monitoring this situation and working with the Orange Health Department and Quinnipiack Valley Health District. At this time, health officials are not recommending aclosure of school. We will provide you with updates if the situation changes.

Sincerely,

Jenn Byars

Superintenden’t Letter: Today’s COVID News From Amity High School

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Oct 152020
 

Corona Virus from CDC.gov

October 15, 2020
Dear Amity Community Members:

On Wednesday, October 14, 2020, Amity Regional School District No. 5 was notified that a member of our school community has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

The affected person has been instructed to remain home in self-isolation for 10 days and has been provided with additional instructions to follow prior to returning to school. Family members have also been instructed to self-quarantine and get tested.

The last day this person was in Amity Regional High School was Thursday, October 8, 2020.

Anyone who is considered a “close contact” with this person has been contacted or will be contacted by local health officials and provided with instructions on the appropriate steps to take.

On behalf of the Orange Health Department and Quinnipiack Valley Health District, I have been asked to remind our entire Amity community about the necessity to act in a responsible and safe manner. This is not limited to our time in school, but also our time outside of school. In social gatherings, the need to practice health safety – including use of face coverings, physical distancing, and hand hygiene, continue to be paramount.

COVID-19 is spread mainly via person-to-person contact through contaminated air droplets from coughing and sneezing by an infected person. As with controlling the spread of other viruses, we urge everyone to discuss the following preventive measures with your children and family members:

  •   Wash your hands frequently, but especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for about 20 seconds. Be sure to also wash your fingertips. When soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer.
  •   Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze inside the elbow of your arm.
  •   As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
  •   Wear a face covering (mask) whenever there is a likelihood that you or your family members will be in the presence of others.
  •   Maintain social distancing (at least 6 feet) between yourself and others when outside of your home.Below is the list of COVID-19 symptoms for which everyone should monitor in their family members:
    • ❑  Fever (100.4° Fahrenheit or higher)
    • ❑  Chills or shaking chills
  • ❑  Uncontrolled new cough (not due to other known cause, such as a chronic cough)
  • ❑  Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • ❑  New loss of taste or smellFor additional information on COVID-19 symptoms, please see:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

    Everyone is reminded that staff and students exhibiting any of the above symptoms, or feeling ill, should remain home and call their medical provider to report their symptoms and ask about testing prior to seeking in-person care at a clinic, physician’s office, or hospital.

    For more information on what to do if you or a family member has possible symptoms, a diagnosis, or exposure to COVID-19, please see Addendum 5: Interim Guidance for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios in Connecticut School Districts, available here:

    https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/COVID19/COVID-19-Resources-for-Families-and- Educators/Addendums-and-FAQs

    We are monitoring this situation and working with the Orange Health Department and Quinnipiack Valley Health District. At this time, health officials are not recommending the closure of the school. We will provide you with updates if the situation changes.

    Sincerely,

    Jenn Byars

Need Campaign Signs? Orange Democratic Headquarters Is Open

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Oct 132020
 

The Orange Democratic Headquarters is open at 185 Boston Post in Hitchcock Plaza.

Here, you will be able to get information on the candidates and campaign signs.

If you would like to volunteer for the Democratic party in Orange stop by and see how you can help.

High School students can earn volunteer credits for the time they put in.

Case Memorial Releases List Of New Audiobooks

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Oct 132020
 

New Audiobooks, October 2020

Each title is linked to its catalog entry, where you can place a request to pick up the item at the Case Memorial Library.

A good neighborhood : a novel / Therese Anne Fowler.

Anxious people / Fredrik Backman ; translated by Neil Smith.

How to be an antiracist / Ibram X. Kendi.

One by one / Ruth Ware.

The lying life of adults / Elena Ferrante.

The pull of the stars : a novel / Emma Donoghue.

Transcendent kingdom / Yaa Gyasi.

Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register.
We offer curbside pickup and computer use by appointment.
Phone: 203-891-2170
http://www.casememoriallibrary.org
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Amity Supt: Another Case Of COVID At Amity High

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Oct 122020
 

Corona Virus from CDC.gov

A Message from the Amity Superintendent

Dear Amity Community Members:

On Sunday, October 11, 2020, Amity Regional School District No. 5 was notified that a member of our school community has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). The affected person has been instructed to remain home in self-isolation for 10 days and has been provided with additional instructions to follow prior to returning to school. Family members have also been instructed to self-quarantine and get tested.

The last day this person was in Amity Regional High School was Thursday, October 8, 2020. Anyone who is considered a “close contact” with this person has been contacted or will be contacted by local health officials and provided with instructions on the appropriate steps to take.

On behalf of the Orange Health Department and Quinnipiack Valley Health District, I have been asked to remind our entire Amity community about the necessity to act in a responsible and safe manner. This is not limited to our time in school, but also our time outside of school. In social gatherings, the need to practice health safety – including the use of face coverings, physical distancing, and hand hygiene, continue to be paramount. COVID-19 is spread mainly via person-to-person contact through contaminated air droplets from
coughing and sneezing by an infected person. As with controlling the spread of other viruses, we urge everyone to discuss the following preventive measures with your children and family members:

 Wash your hands frequently, but especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for about 20 seconds. Be sure to also wash your fingertips. When soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer.

 Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze inside the elbow of your arm.

 As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.

 Wear a face covering (mask) whenever there is a likelihood that you or your family members will be in the presence of others.

 Maintain social distancing (at least 6 feet) between yourself and others when outside of
your home.

Below is the list of COVID-19 symptoms for which everyone should monitor in their family members:

❑ Fever (100.4° Fahrenheit or higher)

❑ Chills or shaking chills

❑ Uncontrolled new cough (not due to other known cause, such as a chronic cough)

❑ Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

❑ New loss of taste or smell

————————————

COVID 19 INFO:

For additional information on COVID-19 symptoms, please see:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

Everyone is reminded that staff and students exhibiting any of the above symptoms, or feeling ill, should remain home and call their medical provider to report their symptoms and ask about testing prior to seeking in-person care at a clinic, physician’s office, or hospital.

For more information on what to do if you or a family member has possible symptoms, a diagnosis, or exposure to COVID-19, please see Addendum 5: Interim Guidance for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios in Connecticut School Districts, available here:

https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/COVID19/COVID-19-Resources-for-Families-and- Educators/Addendums-and-FAQs

We are monitoring this situation and working with the Orange Health Department and Quinnipiack Valley Health District. At this time, health officials are not recommending a closure of school. We will provide you with updates if the situation changes.
Sincerely,

Jenn Byars

This Week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedule (Oct. 12-16)

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Oct 122020
 

Following is this week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedule (October 12-16)

Note postponements due to rain.

Monday, October 12

Field Hockey v. Hamden Home – Amity at 4:00 p.m. (Postponed)

Girls Volleyball v. Jonathan Law Away – Lawl-Old Gymnasium at 5:15 p.m.

Tuesday, October 13  

(Games Canceled Due To Rain)

Boys Soccer v. Sheehan Away – Sheehan – Riccitelli Field (Turf) at 4:30 p.m.

Girls Soccer v. Sheehan Home – Amity  – Field # 3 at 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 14

Boys Cross Country v. Shelton, West Haven Away – Shelton Track at 3:45 p.m.

Girls Cross Country v. Shelton, Sacred Heart Academy, West Haven Away – Shelton Track at 3:45 p.m.

Field Hockey v. Hamden Home – Amity at 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 15

Girls Swimming and Diving v. North Haven Home – High Plains Community Cn at 3:20 p.m.

Girls Swimming and Diving v. North Haven Away – Walter Gawrych Community Pool at 4:00 p.m.

Girls Volleyball v. Cheshire Home – Amity Gymnasium at 5:30 p.m.

Friday, October 16

Girls Soccer v. Jonathan Law Away – Law Stadium at 3:45 p.m.

Boys Soccer v. Jonathan Law Home – Amity – Field # 3 at 4:00 p.m.

 

 

Girls’ Swimming: Lady Spartans Win Two This Week

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Oct 082020
 

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The Lady Spartans are off to a good start this season.

On Monday, they hosted Mercy at the High Plains Community Center Pool.
Results: Amity(1-1) 94 Mercy(1-1) 83
 
Amity’s Winning Events
200 Medley Relay – Amity 1:58.76 Lizzie Bodie, Katie O’Connor, Grace Mahon, Emma Tirollo
200 Free – Amity 2:03.44 Julia Snow
200 IM – Amity 2:18.29 Katie O’Connor
50 Free – Amity 26.56 Emma Tirollo
Diving – Amity 179.55 Lizzie Buckley
100 Fly – Amity 1:00.43 Grace Mahon
100 Free – Amity 58.16 Emma Tirollo
500 Free – Amity 5:31.06 Julia Snow
Mercy’s Winning Events
200 Free Relay – Mercy 1:55.46 Ana Simoniello, Hannah Gilbert, Emma Lemieux, Elisia Pagliuca
100 Back – Mercy 1:08.91 Meaghan Bertolami
100 Breast – Mercy 1:15.11 Molly Whitaker
400 Free Relay – Mercy Elisia Pagliuca, Ana Simoniello, Molly Whitaker, Jane Sesta

Meet Two — The Swimmin’ Women (Lady Spartans) hosted Hamden in Orange tonight.

Results: Amity(2-1) 99 Hamden 79 at Orange 10/8/20
 
Amity’s Winning Events
200 Medley Relay – Amity 1:58.24 Lizzie Bodie, Mandy Robinson, Grace Mahon, Lauren Sender
Diving – Amity 186.70 Lizzie Buckley
100 Fly – Amity 1:00.34 Katie O’Connor
500 Free – Amity 5:48.72 Mandy Robinson
200 Free Relay – Amity 1:45.55 Katie O’Connor, Grace Mahon, Paige Boguniecki, Julia Snow
100 Back – Amity 1:06.60 Emma Tirollo
Hamden’s Winning Events
100 Free – Hamden 56.46 Amanda Wojenski
200 Free – Hamden 2:05.24 Emma Panaroni
200 IM – Hamden 2:27.77 Wynter Berube
50 Free – Hamden 25.58 Amanda Wojenski
100 Breast – Hamden 1:19.93 Genevieve DiChiara
400 Free Relay – Hamden 4:04.41 Amanda Wojenski, Morgan Collins, Wynter Berube, Emma Panaroni
The Lady Spartans are now 2-1 for the season. Keep up the great work ladies!

Obituary: Ann Marie Savage Kuchinsky, 87, She Will Be Missed

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Oct 062020
 

Ann Marie Savage Kuchinsky, 87, of Orange, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at Milford Hospital on October 2, 2020.

She was the beloved wife of the late George J. Kuchinsky. Ann Marie was born in New Haven on May 10, 1933, and retired as a senior clerk at SNET after a 31-year career.

She was the sister in law of Lorraine Sikeritzky, the aunt of Nancy (James) Piner, Ginny (Jeff) Wolcott, and Donna (Joseph) Gurz, and great-aunt of Kelly Piner, Christopher Wolcott, Rachel Larson, Kirsten, and Matthew Gurz.

She leaves behind many cousins and close friends and was predeceased by her parents Joseph and Josephine Piascik Savage, brother Anthony Savage, niece Cheryl Savage, niece Pati Sikeritzky and nephew Michael Sikeritzky.

Visiting hours will be Thursday from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Lupinski Funeral Home, Inc., 821 State Street New Haven.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Stanislaus Church Friday at 10 a.m. Kindly meet directly at church.

Burial will follow at Orange Center Cemetery. Masks and social distancing are required for all services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Stanislaus Church, 9 Eld Street, New Haven, CT 06511. Sign Ann Marie’s guestbook online at www.lupinskifuneralhome.com.

Amity Varsity Sports Schedule For Oct. 5-9

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Oct 062020
 

Fall Sports Have Arrived!

Following is the Amity Varsity sports schedule for Oct. 5-9

It looks like we’re in for some nice fall-like weather for the entire week. Enjoy. GO Spartans!

Monday, Oct. 5

V Field Hockey v. Sacred Heart Academy Home – Amity 4:00 p.m.  L 0-1

V Girls Volleyball v. Lauralton Hall Home – Amity  5:00 p.m. W 3-0

V Girls Swimming and Diving v. Mercy Home – High Plains 6:45 p.m. W 94-83

Tuesday, Oct. 6

V Boys Cross Country v. Notre Dame-West Haven, Platt Tech Away – Eisenhower Park 3:45 p.m.

V Girls Cross Country v. Lauralton Hall, Platt Tech Away – Eisenhower Park 3:45 p.m.

V Boys Soccer v. Foran Home – Amity – Field # 3. 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 7

V Girls Soccer v. Foran Away – Foran Turf Field 3:45 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 8

V Field Hockey v. Lauralton Hall Away – Lauralton Hall-Turf Field 4:00 p.m.

V Girls Volleyball v. Foran Away – Foran High School -Edna L. Fraser Gymnasium 5:15 p.m.

V Girls Swimming and Diving v. Hamden Home – High Plains  6:45 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 9

V Girls Soccer v. Lauralton Hall Away – Lauralton Hall-Soccer Field 3:45 p.m.

V Boys Soccer v. Notre Dame-West Haven Home – Amity Field # 3 4:00 p.m.

 

 

UI: No-Cost Service Offer Lower Energy Bills Through Reduce Energy Ue

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Oct 062020
 

UI, SCG and CNG offer virtual and on-site services along with new incentives for insulation and equipment

Income-eligible residents and landlords can now sign up for no-cost weatherization services and incentives offered through AVANGRID, Inc. subsidiaries United Illuminating (UI), Southern Connecticut Gas (SCG), and Connecticut Natural Gas (CNG). The Home Energy Solutions Income Eligible (HES-IE) program is designed to create more energy-efficient and comfortable homes while lowering energy bills for residents that meet certain income requirements. Many impacted by COVID-19 may qualify for this program based on income.

“We understand that these times are challenging, and more people are struggling to make ends meet. Whether you’re a homeowner, renter or even a landlord, a no-cost energy audit is the first step in showing you where your home or property can become more energy-efficient, and ultimately, help lower your utility bill,” said Larry Rush, Home Energy Solutions program manager, United Illuminating.

HES-IE offers on-the-spot services for immediate savings, as well as incentives and additional resources to further reduce energy use. Residents have the option of selecting a virtual pre-assessment or services performed by a technician in their home. For landlords, an energy expert will evaluate your tenants’ home top to bottom, provide on-the-spot fixes, make recommendations, and provide custom incentives that you can use to improve your property’s energy use. Most of the HES-IE participants have insulation installed at little to no cost when they qualify.

Rush added that with many Connecticut residents spending more time at home because of COVID-19, residential energy usage may be higher than normal. “There is no better time than now to make a home more energy-efficient, comfortable, and less costly to cool and heat since approximately 43 percent of energy goes toward heating and cooling,” said Rush.

“Additionally, if you are a landlord, your tenants may be calling you because they are feeling hot in the summer and cold in the winter. An energy-inefficient home can be a big contributor to poor temperature control, but HES-IE is an easy and cost-effective way to find and fix these inefficiencies,” Rush added.

In addition to the virtual pre-assessment option and an onsite HES program, UI offers resources and information through its MyAccount feature to help customers pay their bills, better understand their energy usage, and an online Energy Analyzer that offers detailed energy use, personalized energy efficiency tips, advice and support to help customers achieve savings.

“We are offering many options and resources to support our customers during the current COVID-19 environment. For example, the virtual pre-assessment allows us to practice safe social distancing and help customers identify areas where they can see immediate savings,” Rush said.

Customers who opt for a virtual pre-assessment will receive a bundle that may include energy-efficient LED lightbulbs and advanced power strips. A full home visit occurs at a later date to provide air sealing and other home energy-saving measures. Currently, there are significantly enhanced incentives being offered for insulation, windows, and heating and cooling equipment. Home Energy Solutions offers $1,000 worth of on-the-spot weatherization and energy efficiency services to homeowners, renters, and property managers, as well as incentives and additional resources to further reduce energy bills. The program has helped save customers an average of $200 annually on their energy bills.

CNG, SCG, and UI customers also can take a free home energy efficiency quiz at GetEnergySmart to help determine how energy efficient their homes are before signing up. By answering a few simple questions, residents can easily learn to identify areas of concern, discover opportunities to lower energy bills, and begin making their homes more energy-efficient and comfortable. To sign up for the HES-IE, please go to GetEnergySmart.com or call 1-877-WISE-USE.