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Keep The Arts Blooming And Win Prizes

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Mar 242021
 

The pandemic cannot stop the arts … the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation is working to KEEP THE ARTS BLOOMING with a virtual raffle campaign. 100% of the proceeds will be dedicated to local educational programs, scholarships, and community projects particularly focused on artistic recovery, rebuilding, and
renewal after the devastating effects of the pandemic

Give big, win big. The raffle prizes are valued at $2,000, $1,000, $500, $200, and $100 in the form of Visa or Amazon gift cards (winner’s choice!). Tickets are $20 each, buy as many as you can, and you can purchase online on the foundation’s
website: www.jamiehulleyartsfund.org

The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation provides life-changing educational
opportunities in the arts to hundreds of youth and adults each year. Through its
scholarship and educational programs, the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation provides
unique enrichment opportunities to Amity schools as well as schools in the
greater New Haven, Bridgeport, and Valley areas.

The Foundation also provides financial support for area youth, middle school through college, to develop their talents in the visual and performing arts.

Currently, the Foundation is hyper-focused on supporting young artists through
the pandemic. They have granted scholarships to middle & high school-age youth
whose families were financially hurt by the pandemic, making it possible for them
to continue their training in the arts. The Foundation also provided special project
support to unemployed early career visual and performing artists.

About the Raffle — What You Can Win

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:

https://www.facebook.com/jamieahulleyartsfoundation

Winners will be notified by email and by phone.

Hurry! Get Your Tickets Today (Or Before April 1)

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Mar 222021
 

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:

https://www.facebook.com/jamieahulleyartsfoundation

Winners will be notified by email and by phone.

This Week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedules

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Mar 212021
 

Some Winter sports teams are competing in state tournaments, while Spring sports Teams are practicing and prepping for their 2021 season.

Following are the Amity Varsity sports schedules:

Monday, March 22

Boys Swimming and Diving HOME High Plains Community Center Pool, Orange at 3 p.m. (virtual)

Tuesday, March 23

Girls Gymnastics vs New Canaan AWAY at Chelsea Piers Gym at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 26

Girls Gymnastics FCIAC Meet HOME Gymnastics and Cheerleading Academy at Connecticut-Gym 1 at 4 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINALLY! Today (Saturday, March 20) Is The First Day Of Spring!

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Mar 192021
 

The Vernal Equinox (first day of spring) is today March 20, at 5:37 a.m. when the sun will then be directly over a specific point on the Earth’s equator moving northward.

The Spring Equinox occurs and the season officially arrives at 5:37 a.m.

If you’ve never tried it, go outside around 5:34 a.m. and see if you can get an egg to stand on end.

Whatever you do, enjoy the longer hours of daylight and  EVENTUALLY warmer weather, spring flowers, and count the robins that already have arrived in our area.

Happy Spring!

 

This Week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedules (With New SCC Tourney Games Added)

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Mar 192021
 

Following are this week’s varsity sports schedules:

 

Monday, March 15

Girls Basketball vs Shelton AWAY Shelton High School at 7 p.m.

Boys Basketball vs Shelton HOME at Amity High School at 7 p.m.

Boys Swimming and Diving vs Daniel Hand AWAY Madison Swim and Racquet at 7:30 p.m.

Boys Ice Hockey vs Lyman Hall HOME Bennett Rink, West Haven at 8 p.m.

 

Tuesday, March 16

Boys Swimming and Diving vs Fairfield Prep/Shelton (virtual) HOME High Plains Pool at 3:20 p.m.

Girls Ice Hockey vs Masuk-Barlow-Newtown-Lauralton-Shelton-New Milford  in Hamden CANCELEDWednesday, March 17

Girls Ice Hockey vs Hamden-Wilbur Cross-Lyman Hall-O’BrienTech in Hamden CANCELED

Friday, March 19

Girls Basketball vs Wilbur Cross SCC Tourney AWAY Floyd Little Athletic Center 6 p.m.

Saturday, March 20

Boys Indoor Track vs Cheshire HOME Floyd Litle Athletic Center 9 a.m.

Boys Indoor Track vs Cheshire AWAY New Haven Athletic Center/Hillhouse HS 9 a.m.

Girls Indoor Track vs Cheshire HOME Floyd Litle Athletic Center 9 a.m.

Girls Indoor Track vs Cheshire AWAY New Haven Athletic Center/Hillhouse HS 9 a.m.

Boys Swimming and Diving SCC Dive Championship AWAY Sheehan HS at 10 a.m.

Boys Ice Hockey vs Sheehan SCC 2nd Round AWAY Northford Ice Pavilion-Red 3:00 p.m.

Boys Basketball vs Notre Dame-West Haven AWAY – Notre Dame HS-Gym at 4:00 p.m.

 

Obituary: Rita Gilman Gedansky, 88, Beloved Wife, Mother, Amity Treasure

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Mar 182021
 

Rita Gilman Gedansky, 88, passed away unexpectedly at home on March 15, 2021. Rita was born October 31, 1932 in Paterson, NJ daughter of the late Paul and Sadie (Atkins) Gilman.

She graduated from Eastside High School in Paterson and Syracuse University where she also earned a Master’s Degree in Education. It was there that she met the love of her life Stanley Gedansky on a blind date to a Syracuse Football game which led to an incredible 66-year marriage. Rita was a devoted wife to Stan and together they were true partners in everything they did.

Family was Rita’s calling, as a mother; she was the loudest and most positive supporter of her children and their friends. Her home was always open for a good time, a hot meal, endless snacks, and even long-term stays when needed. She was always willing to listen and offer sound and encouraging advice. She made her home the center for family meals and holiday celebrations where her motto was “the more people the better” and there was always more than enough food to go around.

Rita loved to spend time with her grandchildren and kvelled at their academic accomplishments proudly cheering at their recognition ceremonies and graduations. She beamed with pride at their dance recitals, swim meets, soccer games, track meets, baseball, and softball games. Rita always was up for an outing with family and loved to ask “what restaurant should we go to on Saturday night?”

Summers found Rita socializing and soaking up the sun around the pool. She and Stan loved to watch UConn Men and Women’s basketball, attending many games when they were able.

Together, Rita and Stan were long-time members of the Amity Athletics Booster Club where they raised considerable funds through their renowned youth basketball tournament which they ran tirelessly for 34 years. Behind the concession stand, Rita kept everything moving smoothly and offered up one of the best hot dogs around. Their devotion was recognized with their induction into the Amity Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000.

Rita was an educator for most of her adult life and was a much-beloved teacher at Amity Middle School Bethany for 15 years where she made Medieval History come alive. She was named Amity’s Teacher of the Year in 1991. She was constantly recognized in the community by former students and they remembered her for her inspiration in the classroom and her support of all of their endeavors.

After retirement, she continued to serve the Amity District for 14 years as an elected member of the Board of Education where she was a staunch supporter of Amity’s Students, Athletes, Teachers and Coaches. Volunteerism was second nature for Rita and in addition to the above service she also lent her time to the early Woodbridge Father’s Baseball League and many other community organizations.

In addition to her husband Rita is survived by her loving children Steven Gedansky of Arlington, TX, Susan Kelly of Bethany, Matthew Gedansky of Tolland and Beth (Ken) Young of Bethany, and much-adored grandchildren Natalie and Rachel Gedansky, Cheyann and Dakota, Kelly, and Carly, Jordan and Zachary Young. She was predeceased by her eldest grandchild Brian Gedansky and her son-in-law Jerry Kelly.

She also is survived by her dear brother and sister-in-law Sidney (Buddy) and Linda Gilman of Little Falls, NJ, and her brothers-in-law David Gedansky and Lewis (Joan) Gedansky of FL and their families.

We are forever grateful to her caregivers Dawn, Kim, Lorraine, Danielle, Deidra, Kay and A’Zsha who have provided loving care to both her and Stan.

Due to COVID restrictions, burial and Shiva will be private. The Robert E. Shure & Son Funeral Home, New Haven is in care of arrangements. A scholarship in Rita’s name has been set up to be given to a graduating senior each year.

Memorial contributions can be made in her memory to Amity Regional High School 25 Newton Road Woodbridge, CT 06525 Attention Rita Gedansky Scholarship. To sign an online registry book, leave a message of condolence or watch the funeral service, please log onto www.shurefuneralhome.com.

Rita, I will miss your smiling face and sweet nature. Stan, all my sympathy, she truly is loved.

Amity Lady Spartans Conclude Regular Season

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Mar 182021
 

The Amity Lady Spartans finished a tough end-of-season schedule in the SCC conference games losing their final three games. The team finished the regular season above 500 with a record of 7-5 and now heads to a modified SCC tournament where they are the number 6 seed in Division 1 and will travel to take on the number 3 seed Wilbur Cross this Friday.

Amity vs North Haven

In game one the Spartans lost a physically tough back-and-forth game on the home court of North Haven. Amity was seeking to avenge an early-season two-point loss at home versus the Indians.

The team was down early 13-8 but came back with a great defensive effort combined with some deft shot-making to take a 23-20 lead at the half. The home team came out hot in the third quarter to reclaim the lead by seven points heading into the final quarter.

The gritty Spartans climbed their way back and cut the North Haven lead to three points and had a few chances to tie in the final minute but could not get the ball to go down and force overtime.

Amity was led in scoring by Becky Marchitto who tallied 12 points. Sophomore Sarah Granados added 9 points, Skylar Burzynski chipped in with 7, Meghan Smith with 5, Jayne Whitman with 4, and senior center Abby Eschweiler with 2 points.

Amity (7-3) 8 15 5 10 — 38

North Haven (5-5) 13 7 15 6 — 41

Abby Eschweiler 1 0 0-0 2, Meghan Smith 2 0 1-2 5, Jayne Whitman 2 0-0 4, Sarah Granados 2 1 2-3 9, Becky Marchitto 3 0 6-10 12, Skylar Burzynski 3 0-0 6

Amity vs Sacred Heart Academy

In their next game, the Spartans hosted another top SCC opponent in the Sharks from Sacred Heart Academy of Hamden. In a hotly contested first quarter, the home team got out to a fast 14-8 lead getting hot from behind the 3-point line with Jayne Whitman connecting for 2 from long range along with 3-point shots from Skylar Burzynski and Sarah Granados.

Sacred Heart came out hot in the second quarter regaining the lead and outscoring Amity 17-6 to take a 5-point lead into half time 25-20. In a back-and-forth third quarter Amity got buckets from Becky Marchitto, Meghan Smith, Abby Eschweiler, and Sophia Swift to keep the score close at 36-30 going to the fourth quarter.

Sacred Heart came out fast in the final quarter to take a double-digit lead and
maintained it the rest of the way closing out the Spartans 51-37.

The Spartans were led in scoring by Becky Marchitto and Jayne Whitman with 8 points each. Skylar Burzynski added 7 points, Sarah Granados 6, Meghan Smith with 4 and Abby Eschweiler and Sophia Swift rounded out the scoring with 2points each.

Sacred Heart Academy (10-1) 8 17 11 15 — 51

Amity (7-4) 14 6 10 7 — 37

Abby Eschweiler 1 0 0-0 2, Meghan Smith 2 0 0-0 4, Jayne Whitman 1 2 0-0 8, Sophia Swift 1 0 0-0 2, Sarah Granados 0 2 0-0 6, Ribecka Marchitto 3 0 2-2 8, Skylar Burzynski 1 1 2-4 7

Amity vs Shelton

In the Spartans’ last regular-season game of the season, Amity traveled to the valley to take on a Shelton team that they beat on their home court just ten days earlier. In a tightly played first half, which saw the Spartans up 10-7 after one quarter that was a five-points at one point, Shelton’s size in the paint started to create problems for

Amity with many second-chance opportunities that resulted in a basket in the closing seconds to take a 17-16 lead at the intermission. It was a struggle to score for both teams in the third quarter, with Shelton getting some shots to drop towards the end of the quarter taking a 25-20 lead going to the final period.

The Spartans were able to get within six points in the fourth quarter but could not overcome the deficit and came up short, losing 38-27. Jayne Whitman 11 points and Sarah Granados 8 points both canned 2 three-point shots and led the Spartans offensively. Senior guard Meghan Smith added 5 points that included three-point field goal and 2 points from Becky Marchitto and a free throw from Meredyth Laskowski to round out the scoring.

Amity (7-5) 10 6 4 7 — 27

Shelton (6-6) 7 10 8 13 — 38

Abby Eschweiler 0 0 0-0 0, Meghan Smith 1 1 0-0 5, Jayne Whitman 2 2 1-1 11, Sophia Swift 0 0 0-0 0, Sarah Granados 1 2 0-0 8, Ribecka Marchitto 1 0 0-2 2, Skylar Burzynski 0 0 0-2 0, Meredyth Laskowski 0 0 1-2 1, Abby Ganun 0 0 0-0 0

— Again, our heartfelt thanks to Ed Whitman and Scott Burzynski for the story and photos which allow us to give the Lady Spartans the coverage they deserve. 

February Was A Very Busy Month For The Orange PD

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Mar 152021
 

The Orange Police Department faces numerous challenges last month (3,076 calls for service in that 28-day period) with a high number of Medical Emergencies — 127 — to which they were the first responders; 74 activated burglar alarms; 64 traffic accidents; 23 fights/disturbances; 23 shoplifting/larceny complaints; 1 residential burglary; 7 motor vehicle thefts; 19 criminal arrests; 3 DUI arrests; and the issuance of 42 motor vehicle citations.

It appears that perhaps the month of March may carry over some of the same types of criminal activities.

Last week, on the OPD Facebook Page, they posted a photo of a remote garage door opener with the following text:

A Genie garage door opener was recovered from a vehicle on Argyle Road on March 4th. The homeowner’s vehicle was entered into and the garage door opener was subsequently located inside. It is possible the garage door opener was taken from another vehicle in the area and inadvertently left behind in this other vehicle. If you think this garage door opener might belong to you, please contact Lt. Dennis Anderson, at 203-891-2130 and reference case #21-7127.

Obituary: Catherine “Kay” Coyle, 89, Beloved Mother Of Mary Shaw

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Mar 142021
 

Catherine M. “Kay” Coyle, 89, of West Haven passed away peacefully on March 11, 2021, with her children at her side.  She was the beloved wife of the late Francis J. “Bunny” Coyle, Jr.  Catherine is survived by her loving children, David F. (Valerie) Coyle, Mary (Matthew) Coyle Shaw, Ann (Michael) Coyle Smith, 6 grandchildren, Kaitlin and Kevin Coyle, Kelly and Colleen Shaw, Erin and Ryan Smith and her brother Paul Humason.  Born in New Britain on February 19, 1932, Catherine was a daughter of the late Thomas and Mary Feeney Mullen.  In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother Thomas Mullen, Jr.

Catherine graduated from New Britain High School, and prior to marriage was employed by Travelers and S.N.E.T.  After spending many childhood summers at Prospect Beach she and Bunny settled in West Haven where they raised their family.  Catherine was a deeply religious women, and was a communicant of Our Lady of Victory Church, volunteered at its’ Clothes Closet, and was a member of the church social group.  Irish traditions were very important to Catherine, and she devoted herself to being a wonderful and loving Mom and wife.

Visitation took place on Sunday, March 14, from 4 to 7 pm at West Haven Funeral Home at the Green.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Agnes Church, Precious Blood Parish at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery.  The family wishes to thank the wonderful nurses and staff of Maplewood at Orange, Milford Hospital and Connecticut Hospice for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Connecticut Hospice in Catherine’s memory.

Spring Ahead! Daylight Savings Time Begins Tomorrow

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Mar 132021
 

Mi Sun says, “Don’t forget to change your clocks.”

Daylight Savings Time, Farmers Hours, Waking up earlier in the morning than what our bodies have become accustomed to.

A time when depression rates are statistically higher and on the other side of the spectrum: it’s the time when people reacquaint themselves with Mother Nature, start exercising, and feel better about themselves.

Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 a.m. on March 14, 2021. That’s when you’re supposed to turn your clocks forward one hour to 3 a.m.

But there’s no law that says you have to, if you go to bed early, you may change any clock that doesn’t automatically re-set (stoves, microwaves, car radio, clock radio, DVD players, etc) before you go to bed at 9 p.m. (or whenever) or even wait until you wake up in the morning. Remember, smartphones USUALLY reset the time by themselves, so don’t mess with them.

Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour later 6:24 a.m. and 5:44 p.m. respectively on Mar 14 than the day before, and there will be more light in the evening.

Fire Marshals like to remind everyone that this is a great time to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors if they don’t come equipped with long-life batteries.