Winter Weather Advisory In Effect Through Sunday Morning

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Jan 172020

A winter weather advisory remains in effect from 10 a.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday. Snow is expected with total accumulations of 3 to 5 inches in southern Connecticut

The most likely time of development for snow will be in the early to mid-afternoon.

Snow will end as a period of light rain in the evening so plan on slippery road conditions.

Orange’s Connor Deane Announces New Upcoming Musical Production

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Jan 052020

(From the BMA Facebook Page)

Orange native Connor Deane made himself a name locally in the Amity High School Drama Department with key roles in its Spring musicals, Grease, Rent, and of course the unforgettable production of Les Miserables.

He learned more about his craft and the behind the scenes aspects of the theater business at college before returning to Connecticut and starting a very popular school, the Broadway Method Academy with his friend J. Scott Handley..

After the CT High School Musical Awards ended, Deane, knowing the importance of that program, started, along with other like-minded colleagues, the Sondheim Awards, which honors the best of the best in High School Musicals, including best director, costume designer, student orchestra, etc.

The Broadway Method Academy offers students comprehensive, award-winning training in acting, singing, and dancing and a structured, professional experience of auditioning, rehearsing and performing in wonderful productions close by in Fairfield County.

Next month the hard-working cast will show off its talents in the musical “Newsies” at the Westport Country Playhouse.

Set in turn-of-the-century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy, and leader of a band of teenaged “newsies.” When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what’s right!

Presented by Broadway Method Academy, Newsies will feature 40 BMA students from the area, as well as Broadway professionals and an 11-piece live orchestra.

Performances are on Friday, Feb. 7, 7-9:30 p.m.; Saturday Feb. 8, 1:30-4 p.m. and 7-9:30 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 9, 1:30-4 p.m.; and Friday, Feb. 14, 7-9:30 p.m.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, January 8 at noon and will be available via the Westport Country Playhouse Box Office.

Boys Swimming and Diving: Norwalk Takes This One

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Jan 042020

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The Amity Swim and Dive Team hosted Norwalk/McMahon at the Orange Pool on Jan. 3.

Norwalk/McMahon defeated Amity 101-84
Amity’s winning events
200-yard Medley Relay: A- 1:45.77 Seamus Hennessy, Brodey Lu, Kevin Sweeney, Tyler Roy
200-yard Freestyle: A- 1:52.66 Mark Platonov
100-yard Backstroke: A- 58.09 Seamus Hennessey
Norwalk’s winning events
200 Ind. Medley: N- Kalen Anbar
50-yard Freestyle: N- 22.74 Henry Velazquez
Diving: N- 201.80 Benjamin Bradley
100 Butterfly: N- 56.37 Jorge Chajon
100 Freestyle: N- 49.18 Henry Velazquez
500-yard Freestyle: N- 5:04.70 Allen Fedor
200-yard Freestyle Relay: N- 1:34.52 
100-yard Breaststroke: N- 1:03.19 Kalen Anbar
400-yard Freestyle Relay: N- 3:25.78
Records: Norwalk/McMahon (1-1), Amity (2-1)

New Year, New Events At The Library

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Jan 042020

The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, just released its first event listings of the New Year.

Art in the Library Reception
Thursday, January 9, 5-7 p.m.
In honor of the current exhibit: Pastels and watercolors by Janice Blanck. Abstracts by Sam Kirby.

Emoji Paint Workshop
Thursday, January 16, 5:45 p.m.
For tweens in grades 4-6.  Paint your own emoji on canvas to take home.  Please be advised that we will be using acrylic paint which may permanently stain clothing.  Please dress accordingly.  Registration is required.

Chess Club
Saturday, January 18, 11 a.m.
For children and tweens in grades 1-6.  Learn about this strategic board game and play against other club members. This club is open to beginners and experienced players. Feel free to bring your own chess board as the library has a small supply. Registration is required.

Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register.
Phone: 203-891-2170


Wrestling: Just Two Points – Amity Narrowly Loses To Foran

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Jan 042020

On Thursday, Jan. 2, Amity lost a heartbreaker to Foran 40-38. It was the Spartans’ best performance against the Lions in almost five years.

Following are the results:

  • 160 Liam Keylock, Amity pinned Teddy Mauro, Foran in 1st
  • 170 Sam Poffenberger, Foran, pinned Zach Espositio, Amity in 1st
  • 182 Simon Flaherty, Amity, pinned James Reilly, Foran in 1st
  • 195 Phillip Boyles, Foran, pinned Jake Williams, Amity in 2nd
  • 220 Josh Foote, Amity wins by Forfeit
  • 285 Pat Resgsanski, Foran,  pinned Andrew Coscia, Amity in 1st
  • 106 Colin Boufford, Amity,  9-7, win over Orlando Velez, Foran
  • 113 John Lorent, Amity, pinned Anthony Dipietro, Foran in 2nd
  • 120 John Pierre, Amity tech 17-2 over Craig Mager, Foran
  • 126 Kyle Pokornowski Foran,  tech Brayden Esposito Amity
  • 132 Paul Conalori, Amity pinned Joey Cichowski, Foran in 2nd
  • 138  Mike Vanchot, Foran, pinned Kyle Ciola, Amity
  • 145 Ryan Jordan, Foran  tech Josh Cala, Amity
  • 152 Ethan Edmonson, Foran, pinned Aiden Schaffer in 1st
This weekend Amity travels to Willimantic to wrestle at the Windham Duals.
Next Saturday, January 11, the Spartans host the Amity Duals, so come out and support this exciting team.
Mark your calendars. On February 8, Amity faces Foran again with a strong determination to have a different outcome.



A New Year’s Message From The Orange Chamber

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Jan 032020

Use Your Chamber Membership

Often businesses aren’t sure how to best use their chamber memberships. They understand that chambers are an advocate for business but what do they do? The Orange Chamber is your opportunity center!

Here are some ways that the Chamber is able to help improve and grow your business. Even in the virtual world, people do business with others they know, like, and trust. Networking at the Orange Chamber’s events can help you start to establish important relationships to building business.

Attend the Orange Chamber’s monthly “Morning Jolt” Coffee & Conversation gathering where business professionals meet other professionals, share information, concerns and promote their business. The activity lasts one hour and is held at Chamber member locations. Attendees give a 30-second commercial highlighting their business and members who host a “Jolt” have the opportunity to highlight their business with a presentation.

To be successful you need to get involved. Being associated with the Chamber is a good thing. Getting involved will help you become more than just a face at a networking function. The Chamber is always looking for volunteers for short-term and long-term projects.

Chambers are always asked for referrals. The Chamber has a fabulous online directory that ensures your name gets in front of people looking for your services. The Chamber website is one of the first places the general public goes to look for local businesses. Orange Chamber members administer their information/listing on the website.

The Orange Chamber is well-regarded. Positive associations with the chamber will lend credibility to your business. A business that joins the chamber cares about the community in which it operates. Sponsoring Chamber events and programs puts your business in front of the people and increases the awareness of what you do.

Most business owners don’t realize that chamber benefits extend to their employees. These benefits can be very valuable in the eyes of your team.

Chambers need content just like your business does. Ask us what our needs are. If you have knowledge that could benefit other business owners, we may just be looking for your expertise. Write an article and send a photo for the Chamber weekly email. We need knowledgeable professionals to speak at events. This is an opportunity to be a resource for others.

People do business with those they know, like, and trust. Asking the chamber how you can be of assistance may open doors to you and expose opportunities that you hadn’t thought of. The Orange Chamber represents and advocates for all businesses in the community but you never know what we need help with. Being at the right place at the right time can be very advantageous. Volunteer and be rewarded!

Girls Ice Hockey: Blades Skate Over Fairfield, A Hat Trick By Avery DePodesta

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Jan 012020

On Monday, Dec. 30, the Blades (Amity/North Haven/Cheshire) Girls Ice Hockey Team was on the road in Shelton for a game against Notre Dame (ND Fairfield/Law/Foran/Weston/Pomperaug)

The Blades Avery DePodesta’s (Cheshire) Hat Trick certainly helped with the 9-3 win. Congratulations Avery!


1              2              3              F

Blades               3              4              2              9

Hand                  0              2              1              3


First Period

Blades-Haley Cable, assisted by Avery DePodesta, and Nadia DiNitale

Blades-DePodesta, assisted by Tess Csejka


Second Period

Blades- Sara Cable

Blades- DiNitale, assisted by DePodesta and H.Cable

Notre Dame-Leigha Howland, assisted by Alexis Burwell and Jenna Johnson

Blades-Olivea Kosh, assisted by Carly Silbert

Notre Dame- Charlotte Dworski, assisted by Sarah Casey, and Rose Linkasamy


Third Period

Notre Dame- Casey

Blades- DiNitale, assisted by H.Cable

Blades- Csejka, assisted by Kosh, and Mia Dow


Blades-Jade Krukar 18, Notre Dame – Katherine Harrison 22


Blades 6-1

Amity Wrestling: Fantastic 6-1 Season So Far

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Dec 312019

At 6-1, the Amity High School Wrestling team is off to its best start in more than a decade.

The team has had decisive victories over Cheshire and Morgan. The Spartans have been making a lot of noise at tournaments. They won the Shelton Individual tournament by 30 points over Canton. The team had nine finalists and four individual champions including Colin Boufford (106), Kyle Ciola (138), Simon Flaherty (182) and Andrew Cosia (285).  At the Trumbull Duals, the team went 4-1 to finish in fourth place which was the best they’ve finished in 10 years. The day started with a tough loss to Manchester, but the team bounced back with four consecutive victories over Masuk, Fairfield Ludlowe, Pomperaug

Head Coach Todd Paterson has been with the program for 10 seasons and is entering his second year as head coach. He is very excited about the start of the season, but he wants the team to stay focused so they can achieve the goals they set forth in the offseason. He believes the Spartans can make noise in the SCC Tournament if they maintain Self Control, be Respectful, and Disciplined, at all times.

The captains of the team are seniors Brayden Esposito, Simon Flaherty, and Liam Keylock.

This week, the team travels to Foran on Thursday, January 2, and Saturday to the Windham Duals. On January  11, they host the Amity Duals at Amity High School. The event starts at 9 am and should last until 3 pm. Come on out and support the Amity Spartans Wrestling team.

— By Mike Cala

Keep it going boys!

(Photos by Darren Johnson)

Girls Basketball: Amity Wins Championship Game vs Bethel

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Dec 312019

The Lady Spartans continued their winning streak to 4-0 on Monday, Dec. 30.  It was another tremendous team effort to win their first Annual Holiday Tournament Championship.

Amity beat a tough Trumbull team in the first round and had a great offensive night to beat Bethel 51-32 in the finals.

Amity, led by senior captain Jillian Martin with a double-double (17 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists),
Jayne Whitman also in double figures with 11 points.

There also were great contributions from Sarah Granados with 8 points and 8 rebounds, Abby Eschweiler with 8 rebounds and Meadow Blakeslee with 7 points and 3 assists.

Congratulations to Senior Captain Meadow Blakeslee for being selected to the All-Tournament Team and Senior Captain Jillian Martin as the Tournament MVP.

(3 pointers made: Whitman 3, Martin 2, Granados 2, Blakeslee 1)

— By Robyn Martin

Chilly Chili Run 5K/Fitness Walk Details

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Dec 302019


File photo of 2017 race winner Calvin Park

Here is the schedule for the 2020 New Years Day Chilly Chili Run 5K/Fitness Walk which steps off from the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange CT on Wednesday.

  • 8:00 – 10:00 am  Day of Race Registration Indoors (Race Day registration will close at 10:15 am SHARP!)


  • 10:30 AM Start of Race & Walk
  • 2 Mile fitness walk on the property of the High Plains Community Center


  • 5K Certified Course (CT93019) for runners
  • 1 Water Stop
  • Mile Splits at 1, 2 and 3 miles
  • Computerized Timing and Results by Fast Track Timing
  • Results posted on Fast Track Timing & HI-TEK Racing websites
  • Long Sleeve T-Shirts by Graphic FX to all pre-registered participants & 1st 100 on race day
  • CHILI BRUNCH following road race/walk
  • Drawing for Prizes

Find full details HERE