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A Message From Beardsley Zoo Director Gregg Dancho

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Dec 142017
 

For the past 35 years, I have had the privilege to be the Director of Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. Every day, I walk the grounds and see how the Zoo has grown and I dream of what’s to come.
My daily conversations with our dedicated staff highlight the work we are doing with Universities, Zoos and other conservation organizations both here and abroad to help advance the care and protection of all living things. 
This includes the birth of two new tiger cubs. This birth is significant, as this critically endangered species is rapidly disappearing from the wild.
Threatened by habitat loss, poaching, tiger-human conflict, and loss of food sources, four of nine tiger subspecies have disappeared from our planet just in the past hundred years.
It is because of your continued support that we are able to play a vital role in helping to keep this species from going extinct.
The birth of these cubs brings a few more precious tigers to the population, which can help ensure the survival of these majestic creatures for future generations to come.
Please consider making a gift today. Please consider asking your company to match your generous gift. And please tell your friends and family why you choose to support the Zoo and ask them to come see why we are a place that is worth supporting.
Everything is possible with YOU.
With warm regards and gratitude,
Gregg Dancho
Zoo Director
NOTE: Christmas came early to Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo! We’re proud to announce the birth of our two newest family members: our two-week-old Amur tiger cubs. The two cubs were removed from their mother, Changbai, when she showed no interest in taking care of them. The cubs are being handfed a feline milk replacement formula five times a day.

Orange Legislators to Ring the Bell for the Salvation Army

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Dec 132017
 

On Wednesday, Dec. 20, House Republican Leader Themis Klarides (R-114) along with State Representatives Pam Staneski (R-119) and Charles Ferraro (R-117) will be participating in The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign by ringing bells at Walgreens, 54 Boston Post Road, Orange, from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

The public is invited to support the cause with donations of any size. The Salvation Army provides food, clothing, comfort, and care to local residents as well as people in need across the United States.

If you cannot stop by during the legislators’ time ringing the bell but wish to donate to the Salvation Army text CTREP to 71777 and donate directly to the House and Senate Republicans’ Red Kettle.

All proceeds will be donated directly to The Salvation Army.

Get Your Ticket For This Fundraiser To Benefit The Orange Food Bank

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Dec 052017
 

You could win this for just $2 ticket.

Orange Live will be raffling off a lighted 16″ “Gingerbread Lighthouse” on a 16 X 20″ base for $2 per ticket. All proceeds will go to the Orange Food Bank.

The Lighthouse, which was made during a 26-hour period from an original design, received rave reviews at the Orange Holiday Festival and would attract attention wherever it goes on display.

It can be shellacked and preserved for the future.

We are happy to be able to offer this piece to the Orange Community and hope you will help us raise a sizeable contribution to the Orange Community Services Food Bank.

The Lighthouse will be on display at Maplewood of Orange during its Festival of Lights tonight from 4-7:30 p.m. and Wednesday evening at Material Girls Boutique for its Holiday Girl’s Night Out from 5-8:30 p.m.

The drawing will take place on December 12.

If any other local businesses would like to display the Lighthouse to assist in ticket sales, please call Terri at 203-506-1747.

NOTE: Although constructed completely of edible items, we suggest that the Lighthouse be used for display purposes only. The recipe used is for a Structural Gingerbread, which makes it very strong – like plywood – and tasteless. The Royal Frosting is probably stronger than Gorilla Glue and contains raw egg whites.

 

Festival of Lights and Trees at Maplewood Senior Living of Orange

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Dec 052017
 

Maplewood Senior Living of Orange, 245 Indian River Road is sponsoring a Festival of Lights and Trees community event to raise funds for the Orange Community Assistance Programs which provide assistance with Food Bank, Fuel Assistance, Holiday Baskets and Adopt a Family.

For this event, donors are asked to decorate a tree for auction at The Festival of Lights and Trees.

The event will take place at Maplewood on Tuesday, Dec. 5, from 4:30 PM to 7 p.m.

The Community Assistance Programs are vital to assist Orange residents in need and are maintained solely by donations and the generosity of local businesses, organizations, schools, churches and residents. Please decorate a tree, stop by for some culinary delights and support your neighbors in need!

Orange Live will be on hand with the “decorative” lighted Gingerbread Lighthouse raffle. Tickets are $2 each with all proceeds going to the Orange Food Bank. (Drawing to be held on December 12).

Pet Photos With Santa Today In Orange

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Dec 032017
 

Pet Supplies Plus, 471 Boston Post Road, hosts Pet Photos With Santa, today, Sunday, Dec. 3, from noon to 3 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the West Haven Animal Shelter.

Come bring your pet down for a picture with Santa.  All pets are welcome.

For cost and more details, contact the store at 203-799-7387.

Come To The BEST Bake Sale On Earth Today

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Dec 032017
 

How Cute!

It’s almost time for the very best annual bake sale you will ever experience.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will host its Christmas Bake Sale at Treat Farm, 361 Old Tavern Road, on Sunday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For years we’ve been praising the baking ability of the Auxiliary women and the delightfully inventive treats they come up with for their guests.

Goodies will include pies, brownies, cookies, cupcakes, and fudge, and we can’t wait to see what else they’ve come up with this year. Hot chocolate and hot cider also will be available for sale.

All proceeds benefit the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

Then head out to the Holiday Festival in the center of town.

Residents Benefit From The Generosity Of The Orange Lions On Thanksgiving Weekend

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Nov 292017
 

The Orange Lions Club hosted its 29th annual Thanksgiving Dinner at High Plains Community Center on Sunday, November 26.

For the 21st consecutive year, Lions Harold Cavallaro and Ann Carollo co-chaired the event.

In addition to the 150 guests, the Orange Lions provided a full Thanksgiving meal to several of its members and Boy Scouts from Troop 925 who were there to help.

Girl Scouts, from Daisies to Cadets provided beautifully decorated placemats for each guest.

As always Selectman Mitch Goldblatt assisted in serving with a smile and Vinnie Carr volunteered his time and talent to entertain everyone in attendance.

The biggest decision anyone had to make was which variety of pie to choose. Instead of all time favorites Apple and Pumpkin, guests had a mind-boggling choice of blueberry, French apple, apple crumb, peach, pumpkin, mince, cherry, strawberry rhubarb and coconut custard. Yet, it went much better than expected, no one complained that their favorite wasn’t offered and everyone left with a full tummy.

Thank You Orange Lions for offering this wonderful event every year.

Islamic Center Makes Generous Donation To Those In Need

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Nov 292017
 

The Town of Orange would like to share the news this very generous $1000 donation they received last week for the Orange Food Pantry from the New Haven Islamic Center, Bull Hill Lane in Orange.

In the spirit of holidays, the folks from the Center came to see First Selectman Zeoli on Tuesday, Nov. 21 to present the check.

First Selectman Jim Zeoli said he was humbled by this donation and is grateful to the New Haven Islamic Center for their thoughtfulness. “Many residents in need will benefit from their kind gift.”

Pictured left to right in each photo is M. Asaf Sheikh, Imam Dr. Bachir Djehiche, First Selectman James Zeoli and Dr. Amir Mohammed.

Here’s A Great Opportunity For Theater Lovers and Supporters Of The Arts

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Nov 272017
 

The Square Foot Theatre in Wallingford is offering special “preview night” fundraisers for Jamie’s Foundation. 

Your donation is the cost of admission – the amount is up to you!!!    

Come see Annie on Thursday evening, Nov. 30. For reservations: e-mail Kathleen Kilian at kmkcpa@optonline.net then pay at the door: cash or checks only.

Amity High School student and Orange resident Ann Driscoll plays Little Orphan Annie. Orange resident and Amity High School student Ethan Selmon also appears in the show.  This is a great opportunity to see one of America’s favorite holiday musicals and support the work of the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation at the same time.

Square Foot Theatre is located at 950 Yale Ave in Wallingford directly off the Wilbur Cross Parkway Exit 66 … it is an intimate BYO cabaret-style venue so bring your favorite food and drinks to enjoy before and during the show. 

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; performance begins at 7:30 p.m.

Look for these future “Jamie’s Foundation” preview nights during the rest of Square Foot Theatre’s exciting 11th season.

“These preview nights are a wonderful thing for Jamie’s Foundation,” said Judy Primavera, founder of the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation. “Square Foot Theatre is ‘giving back’ to us by opening up a preview night and all ticket “sales” go to the foundation.  Normal ticket price is $28 but guests can see the show for whatever donation they wish to give – it is a real bargain!

E-mail jamieart@snet.net to receive announcements for future preview nights and other special offers.

Did You Register? Orange Lions’ Thanksgiving Dinner On Sunday

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Nov 252017
 

Each year the Lions Club of Orange hosts a Thanksgiving Dinner for seniors and those in the community who don’t have anyone to share dinner with on Thanksgiving Day.

All are welcome to attend.

This year, the dinner will take place at the High Plains Community Center Gym on Sunday, Nov. 26 at 12:30 p.m. It always includes a wonderful meal and entertainment.

Registration is required to ensure that the Lions can prepare enough turkey, pie and other fixings.