Sep 192014

Coyote has appeared on News 12 several times

Coyote has appeared on News 12 several times

The Raymour & Flanigan Furniture, 538 Boston Post Road will host a free “Adopt A Pet” event featuring food, entertainment, fun, and of course animals, on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The team from the Emergency Animal Response Service (EARS) will set up a special information and demonstration area with the theme of “Pet Preparedness” to coincide with September being National Preparedness Month.
Look for the EARS area where visitors can get an up-close look at the Animal Rescue Truck, equipment used on emergency responses, and take part in an animal first aid demonstration. You can also meet the EARS K9 “Coyote” and learn about the job of Search & Rescue dogs as well as other types of working dogs that assist in times of disaster.
Handouts on emergency pet preparedness starting in your own home also will be provided, and finally the team will be offering on-site microchipping for dogs. The cost of the microchip is $20.00 per pet, which is a one-time only cost adopt couponand includes lifetime registration in the PetLink International database as well as the “EARS Connecticut Rescue Registry,” an exclusive database created by EARS to help assist owners in our state during emergencies and disasters.

EARS is a nonprofit, all-volunteer, organization, designed for rapid-response to emergencies affecting animals and their owners. The team is based in Bethany, Connecticut, but responds to incidents throughout the state. With many team members locally-based, EARS has been very active in the Orange community, hosting events, presentations, and workshops for pet owners, as well taking part in town activities like the Orange Expo. One aspect that makes EARS such a unique team is their experience and training with all types of animals as well as emergency response situations. Team members are required to complete certified courses through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) which provide the knowledge needed to conduct animal response work side-by-side with local emergency services. Additionally EARS team members are certified in special “Technical Animal Rescue” aspects, which includes work with large animals such as horses, as well as animals needing specialized response knowledge.  


Originally Published on: Sep 16, 2014 @ 22:33



Sep 182014

Ritas-IceTeam Possible will host a Light The Night fundraiser tonight, Sept. 18, at Rita’s, 175 Boston Post Road, Milford, from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Team Possible of Orange participates in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Walk to raise money to help find a cure.

Stop in tonight and 15% of your purchase will be donated to Team Possible.

Help this great cause.

Sep 182014

Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 2.07.05 PMJason Moon and Nuvita Frozen Yogurt & Cafe, 35 Old Tavern Road, will host a live music event featuring SIX2MIDNIGHT, Thursday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m.

Jason will donate 10% of all proceeds from the evening to the BOW Relay For Life.

Today, in celebration of Autumn, Jason has brought back Pumpkin flavored yogurt — a seasonal favorite.

While you’re there, try one of Jason’s special Yospresso treats, a combination of NuVita’s famous yougurt drizzled with freshly brewed espresso. You won’t believe how good it is.

NuVita Yospresso

NuVita Yospresso

Originally Published on: Sep 15, 2014 @ 14:21

Sep 162014

Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 11.01.27 PMAmity Middle School Principal Kathi Fuller-Cutler released this fund-raising information today:

The first fundraising event of the year has begun. With the PTSO, we are selling KidStuff Coupon Savings Books. Homeroom teachers have passed out a Ziploc bag containing KidStuff books and directions, for each student to bring home. We are asking students to sell at least two books. The books sell for $25.00 and we make a 50% profit on each book.

If a student is enrolled in the band, strings or choir, the first book sold will go to the PTSO and the second book’s profit will go to the music department to be allocated towards the individual student’s cost of his or her spring trip.

This is one of the largest fundraisers of the year and we need your support.

The fundraiser will run from Sept. 15 to Sept. 26.

Sep 122014

tb02_desktopDo you remember when Amity’s John Jorge won the Connecticut High School Music Theater Awards for his portrayal of Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables”?

That was back in 2010.

Jorge was the first Amity Student to travel to New York City for the Jimmy Awards (the National contest) in which he was a finalist.

In this contest John sang “Strangers Like Me” from “Tarzan.”

Well, the Amity Theater Department has chosen “Tarzan” as its Spring musical for 2014-15.

The show dates are March 20 and 21, and 27 – 28.

For more information, visit www.amitytheaterdepartment.com or follow on twitter @amityPerfArts.

0911_New_York_Poster_2The Fall Play is New York by David Rimmer. The show dates are Dec. 2– 6

 In the play, fifteen people react to the events of Sept. 11, 2001 and tell their stories to a psychiatrist. 

David Rimmer, Pulitzer-Prize-finalist author of Album, originally wrote New York to raise funds for volunteer psychiatrists dedicated to helping the overwhelming number of patients psychologically affected by 9/11.

Sep 062014

thIf you look outside right now, you may just want to hunker down with a good book. The temperature is in the 80s already (7:30 a.m.) and the humidity is so thick you could cut it with a knife.

WTNH 8 meteorologist Sam Kantrow is calling for:

Hazy sunshine, very hot temps, and a lot of humidity.

Highs in the upper 80s to near 90 with afternoon showers increasing in coverage after 2 p.m.

By 5 p.m., many of us will likely see some heavy rain and thunder.

Yet there are still events scheduled for this morning and evening, no matter what Mother Nature has in store.

At 8:30 a.m. the Amity Varsity Boys Soccer team will host its annual Amity Jamboree, giving everyone a good look at the local team’s talent.

Tonight, Dr. K’s Motown Review headlines the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation’s twelfth annual Evening for the Arts Gala Benefit at Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The performance begins at 7 p.m. 

Sep 042014

dr k reviewRevisiting the Motown Sound and reprising one of modern music’s golden eras, Dr. K’s Motown Review headlines the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation’s twelfth annual Evening for the Arts Gala Benefit on Saturday, Sept. 6,  at Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The performance begins at 7 p.m. and is preceded by an Evening for the Arts reception at 6 p.m., which includes complimentary wine and beer, light hors d’oeuvres and a Silent Auction.

This year’s pre-concert Silent Auction features over 150 items including a vacation getaway, a sunrise hot air balloon ride, vintage, handcrafted & designer items, baskets of treats, theater and sports tickets including Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tickets, Hollywood and sport memorabilia, and special gifts from the cast of the Broadway Musical “Motown,” the New York Giants, the Boston Red Sox, and Derek Jeter’s Turn2Foundation. Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door and may be purchased through the Quick Center Box office. 

Jamie Hulley foundation.jpgDr. K’s Motown Revue is led by veteran bassist, Paul Korman, whose musical quest was to put together the ultimate Motown tribute band. With Dr. K’s Motown Revue he succeeds in presenting an outstanding array of seasoned musicians and singers taking audiences on a very realistic journey back to the Motown era, when the songs emanating from Motown Records in Detroit filled the radio airwaves. The combination of powerhouse singers and precise musicianship brings an authentic musical punch to the stage, as Dr. K’s Motown Revue present an evening of classic Motown songs – hit after hit after hit – reprised in real time.

According to Judy Primavera, foundation co-founder and president, “It is going to be a night to remember. Not only will Dr. K’s Motown Revue will have the audience dancing in the aisles but our Gala will also showcase some of our own local talent – the young people who are involved in the foundation’s programs. Jared Brown, Artist Director of Square Foot Theatre in Wallingford is Masters of Ceremonies and Rob and Andrea Kennedy, Directors of Amity Creative Theatre, will be wielding the auctioneer’s gavel.”

 The Evening for the Arts Gala benefits the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the educational enrichment and professional development of young artists and early career professionals, and created in the memory of Orange, CT, resident Jamie Alaine Hulley. All proceeds from the Gala go to support the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, which sponsors scholarships, educational programs and grants in the arts throughout Connecticut, especially in the greater New Haven and Fairfield counties.

The foundation’s presence has its greatest impact in the Orange & Amity schools providing over $20,000 annually in college scholarships, artist in residence programs, and program sponsorship in theater, studio art, music, and film at Amity High School. In fact, since the foundation’s inception in 2002, the foundation has given away over $500,000 in scholarships and educational programs benefiting many thousands of young people and early career professionals.  

The foundation provides educational programs to local public and parochial schools to bring professional artists, musicians, dancers, actors, and authors into the classroom to enhance the traditional curriculum through the arts. Thus far, schools in Ansonia, Bethany, Bridgeport, Derby, East Haven, Fairfield, Hartford, Orange, Manchester, New Haven, North Haven, Stratford, West Haven, Willimantic, and Woodbridge have benefited from the foundation’s educational programs.

The foundation also awards grants to local non-profits such as the Amity Teen Center, the New England Ballet Company for a 20-week school-readiness-through-dance program for Bridgeport preschoolers, the Milford Boys & Girls Club for an after school art program, and the Square Foot Theatre in Wallingford’s youth and adult theater companies. The foundation provides college scholarships in Theatre and in Studio Art as well as scholarships to children for music lessons and summer theater camp. For information on the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, visit www.jamiehulleyartsfund.org, call (203) 891-8869, or email: [email protected].

 Tickets are available through the Quick Center Box Office: (203) 254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396. (1-877-278-7396). 

Originally Published on: Aug 26, 2014 @ 21:59

Sep 012014

Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 10.36.46 AMOrange Community Women celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Orange Country Fair.

Purchase your own collectible stoneware pie plate handcrafted in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Each piece of stoneware pottery is handcrafted using traditional 18th century methods.

Every piece is custom made, start to finish. Pie plates are ten inches and fully functional.

ocf pie plate(Actual plowman and lettering will be in dark blue.) $30.00 per plate. Available at the Orange Country Fair in the Civic Tent, Sept 20 and 21

Or order a plate by emailing [email protected] or calling 203-627-2022.

Ordered plates will be delivered at no charge within the Orange area .

Orange Community Women is a chapter of Connecticut Junior Women, Inc.

Proceeds will go to supporting various projects within the community.

Sep 012014

IMG_7365Today, Labor Day is your last chance to enjoy the St. Barbara Odyssey Greek Festival at 450 Racebrook Road, Orange.

On Monday, Sept.1, the festival runs from noon to 8 p.m.

We don’t want you to miss anything, so here’s Monday’s schedule:

1:00 p.m. Greek Cooking Demo on the front patio

2:00 p.m. Presentation on Greek Orthodoxy in the Church Proper

2:00 p.m. Odyssey Dancers in the Entertainment Area

3:00 p.m. Magic Show: “The Magic of Adam” in the Entertainment Area

3:30 p.m. Greek Cooking Demo on the front patio

IMG_74595:00 p.m. Odyssey Dancers in the Entertainment Area

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Live Greek Music by “The Hellenic Company” in the Entertainment Area

8:00 p.m. Odyssey Raffle Drawing in the Community Center (White House)

And Don’t Forget:

  • Greek marketplace – Gourmet Greek grocery, t-shirts, jewelry, arts & crafts, bookstore
  • Treasures ’n Junque – Odyssey’s giant tag sale
  • Presentations on Greek culture and religion, along with tours of Saint Barbara Church
  • Greek dance performances –Traditional Greek folk dances performed by the ODYSSEY Dancers
  • Greek dance lessons – taught by the ODYSSEY Dancers (5:30 pm, Sat and Sun)
  • Nightly dancing to ODYSSEY’s live Greek band, “The Hellenic Company”
  • Kids’ area – Rides, games, and magic shows.
  • Raffle – A $5 ticket gives you a chance at winning the grand prize of $10,000 cash, or one of 9 additional prizes!

Aug 312014

The weather was perfect for picture taking at the Odyssey Greek Festival in Orange on Saturday.

Here are a few of my favorites. To see the complete album or to order photos click HERE.