Retired Amity Middle School Music Teacher Seeks Instrumentalists For Band

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Jun 182018

Former Amity Jr. High Music teacher Linda Whittaker (1972-1997) has been music director at the Milford Senior Center directing the Choral Group and Band for the last 16 years.

She is in desperate need of a few instrumentalists and is wondering if any of her former students were available and interested.

The Note-Ables (the Milford Senior Center Concert Band) are looking for three clarinet players and a tenor sax to fill out the woodwind section and a baritone horn player to help with the bass notes.
The Band meets Wednesday Morning in the Music Room at the Milford Senior Center from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.
On June 14, Flag Day, the Band played a series of easy patriotic tunes. They also played tunes from the Swing Era and a medley of The Beach Boys. Also in the repertoire are easier marches and polkas, Lion King medley, a Beatles medley and the 1812 Overture!
The Band plays occasionally throughout the year (Christmas, Veterans Day, Flag Day programs), always in the afternoon.
If you are able to fill any of these seats. contact Whittaker at 203-877-5131 (Center) or 203-877-2134 (home)  The Milford Band will happily welcome you.

Girls’ Volleyball: YESSSSS! You Go Lady Spartans!

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Oct 202016

img_1253With the end of the season drawing near, and the SCC and State Championships in sight, the Amity Lady Spartans continue to dominate the competition.

On Wednesday, Oct. 19, Amity was on the road in Milford at Foran, and earned their 15th consecutive victory, 3-1.

Game scores: Amity 25-14, 20-25, 25-17, 25-15.


Amity – Abby Harbinson 17 kills, 2 blocks, Kathleen Walsh 15 kills, 10 digs. Jaiden Williams 40 assists, 5 digs;

Foran – Alyssa Deptulski 27 digs, 3 aces, Viktoria Notholt, 4 blocks, 9 kills, Katherine Kiernan 10 kills, 8 digs.

Records: Amity 15-0; Foran 9-8.

Keep it up Amity, You’ve Got This!

Boys Swimming: Amity Spartans Splash Past Haddam-Killingworth

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Dec 222015

IMG_8426The Amity Boys Swimming and Diving Team won its first meet of the season 82-56 over Haddam-Killingworth on Monday night.
Amity’s winning events: 
200 yard Medley Relay: A- 1:48.04 Shiva Gowda, Kevin Yanagisawa, Sergey Savelyev, Colin Roy
200 Free: A- 1:47.85 Adam Ambrosey
200 IM: A-2:06.54 Colin Roy
50 Free: A- 24.64 Zac Babbitz
Diving: A- 140.20 Lin Vilay
100 Fly: A- 55.60 Kevin Yanagisawa
100 Free: A- 54.02 Zac Babbitz
Haddam-Killingworth’s winning events: 
500 Free: HK – 6:16.66 Allison Murphy
200 Free Relay: HK- 1:58.76 Chad Anderegg, Jonah Freeman, Michael Morman, Allison Murphy
100 Back: HK- 1:11.81 Michael Morman
100 Breast: HK- 1:22.97 Will Carlson
400 Free Relay: HK- 4:30.02 Allison Murphy, Chad Anderegg, Will Carlson, Connor McLaughlin
Records: Amity (1-0), Haddam Killingworth(0-1)

How Do You Drive In Snow And Ice? Driving Safety Tips To Review Before You Go Out

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Dec 212015

driving on iceDriving tips from autoinsurancecenter.com:

The best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all, if you can avoid it.

Don’t go out until the snow plows and sanding trucks have had a chance to do their work, and allow yourself extra time to reach your destination.

If you must drive in snowy conditions, make sure your car is prepared (TIPS), and that you know how to handle road conditions.

It’s helpful to practice winter driving techniques in a snowy, open parking lot, so you’re familiar with how your car handles. Consult your owner’s manual for tips specific to your vehicle.

Driving safely on icy roads

  1. Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.
  2. Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.
  3. Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists.
  4. Keep your lights and windshield clean.
  5. Use low gears to keep traction, especially on hills.
  6. Don’t use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads.
  7. Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads, which will freeze first. Even at temperatures above freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways like bridges.
  8. Don’t pass snow plows and sanding trucks. The drivers have limited visibility, and you’re likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind.
  9. Don’t assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.

If your rear wheels skid…

  1. Take your foot off the accelerator.
  2. Steer in the direction you want the front wheels to go. If your rear wheels are sliding left, steer left. If they’re sliding right, steer right.
  3. If your rear wheels start sliding the other way as you recover, ease the steering wheel toward that side. You might have to steer left and right a few times to get your vehicle completely under control.
  4. If you have standard brakes, pump them gently.
  5. If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS), do not pump the brakes. Apply steady pressure to the brakes. You will feel the brakes pulse — this is normal.

If your front wheels skid…

  1. Take your foot off the gas and shift to neutral, but don’t try to steer immediately.
  2. As the wheels skid sideways, they will slow the vehicle and traction will return. As it does, steer in the direction you want to go. Then put the transmission in “drive” or release the clutch, and accelerate gently.

If you get stuck…

  1. Do not spin your wheels. This will only dig you in deeper.
  2. Turn your wheels from side to side a few times to push snow out of the way.
  3. Use a light touch on the gas, to ease your car out.
  4. Use a shovel to clear snow away from the wheels and the underside of the car.
  5. Pour sand, kitty litter, gravel or salt in the path of the wheels, to help get traction.
  6. Try rocking the vehicle. (Check your owner’s manual first — it can damage the transmission on some vehicles.) Shift from forward to reverse, and back again. Each time you’re in gear, give a light touch on the gas until the vehicle gets going.
  7. More Tips

Sources: National Safety Council, New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, Washington State Government Information & Services

Fond Of The Elf On A Shelf? Then, Come To Town Hall

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Dec 172015

20151207_112500_resizedIf you are an Orange taxpayer, you most likely know that one of the most interesting offices at the Orange Town Hall is that of the Tax Collector.

During big holidays, and special occasions, the place of serious business takes on a festive and/or fun look after the staff is finished decorating.

Assistant Tax Collector Sally Ferko and Former Asst. Tax Collector Lynn Plaskowitz, along with Tax Collector Sandra Pierson always took the holidays seriously and that’s reflected in the festive wall to wall decorations we’ve seen over the years.

A few months ago Plaskowitz took a position at another town department, leaving Ferko and Pierson to come up with and work on a fresh idea for this month.

The theme for December is Elf On A Shelf. Pierson said Ferko is mainly responsible for putting it all together. The result is a visual potpourri of fun.

You can see the display at Town Hall, 617 Orange Center Road during office hours (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) Bring your kids, they will love it.


Originally published on: Dec 14, 2015 @ 00:07 

Two Spartans Football Seniors Chosen for Levi Jackson All Area Team

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Dec 042015

Screen Shot 2015-12-04 at 9.36.35 AMTwo Amity football players have been selected for the Levi Jackson All Area Team for New Haven County.

The two recipients, both seniors, are Truman Etkin (#3) Wide Receiver, Strong Safety, and Andrew Tudino (#62) Tackle, Defensive End.

They will be recognized at an award ceremony at Cascade’s in Hamden on Thursday, Dec. 10.

Congratulations gentlemen. Well deserved.

Important Notice Regarding the Orange Transfer Station

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Nov 302015

A satellite image of the Orange Transfer Station.

A satellite image of the Orange Transfer Station.

The lower level of the Orange Transfer Station will be closed Monday, Dec. 7 to Friday, Dec. 18 for brush/leaves/metal.

The hopper will still be open.

After Dec. 1, contractors will be charged for dumping leaves.