Legion Baseball Fundraiser on July 24

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Jul 212018

Show your team spirit by joining members of Bob Mirto’s ball players at a fundraiser to support American Legion Post 127 Baseball League.

Come into the Chipotle at 1319 Boston Post Road (Space 4B) in Milford on Tuesday, July 24 between 4 – 8 p.m.

Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 33% of the proceeds are donated to American Legion Post 127 Baseball.

Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival Raffle: You Can’t Win If You Don’t Buy A Ticket!

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Jul 192018

For the first time in quite a while, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department was allowed to mail raffle tickets through the US Postal Service. They sent them out a month or so ago, so everyone should have received them by now. If you have your tickets, don’t forget to fill them out and send them back with your payment (Still a bargain at only $5 each)

During the years when the Postal Service prohibited them from sending the tickets out, the OVFD was down thousands of dollars in its usual Carnival income, which greatly affected the department and all the dedicated men and women who volunteer their time to serve the community.

The Firemen’s Carnival is the department’s major fundraiser of the year and the majority of the money comes from the raffle ticket sales. The OVFD depends upon these funds to pay for equipment and training so it can offer the town of Orange the very best service possible.

For decades, raffle prizes were things you could see right there under the raffle tent. Riding mowers, leaf blowers, etc, but as the times changed, so did the type of prizes that are donated for the cause.

And who wouldn’t want to win just about any one of these eleven prizes?

Here’s this year’s list:

1st Prize – $7,000 Visa Gift Card – People’s Bank

2nd Prize – $3,500 Visa Gift Card – People’s Bank

3rd Prize – $3,000 Visa Gift Card – People’s Bank

4th Prize – $2,500 Gift Certificate – Anytime Fitness, 560 Boston Post Road, Orange (Orange Location ONLY)

5th Prize – $1,200 Gift Certificate – Diamond Designs, 500 Boston Post Road, Orange

6th Prize – Apple iPad WiFi, 128GB – Best Buy, 53 Boston Post Road, Orange

7th Prize – $400 Gift Card – ShopRite, 935 Boston Post Road, Milford

8th Prize – $350 Gift Card – Exxon Quick Shop, 404 Boston Post Road, Orange

9th Prize – $250 Gift Card – Knight’s, Inc, 286 Boston Post Road, Orange

10th Prize – $200 Gift Card – Shell Fuel, 380 Boston Post Road, Orange

11th Prize – Gift Certificate to Yale-New Haven Open at Yale Tennis Tournament

*** How To Purchase Tickets***

People’s Bank, 653 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT

First Selectman’s Office
Orange Town Hall
M-F 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Knight’s Power Equipment
286 Boston Post Road
M-F 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM; Saturday 8:30 AM – 12 Noon

Chip’s Family Restaurant
321 Boston Post Road
7 days a week, 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Orange Firemen’s Carnival
Orange Fairgrounds
During Carnival Hours

* Contact your local firefighter

Drawing to be held on Sunday, August 5th, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT

Alcoholic beverages not included

Tickets $5.00/Each Suggested Donation


Evening For The Arts Gala Features The Broadway Boys — September 8

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Jul 182018

The Broadway Boys, a collection of the hottest male voices direct from the New York stage, headlines the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation’s 16th Annual Evening for the Arts Gala Benefit on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

The performance is part of The Evening for the Arts Gala, benefitting 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, created in the memory of Orange, Conn. resident Jamie Alaine Hulley.

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, a dessert bar and silent and live auctions. Tickets are available through the Quick Center Box Office: (203) 254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396. Tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the door.

The Broadway Boys features six handsome, talented vocalists who have performed in the biggest hits on Broadway including Hamilton, Rent, Mamma Mia, Jersey Boys, The Lion King, Kinky Boots, and many more.  Their set list features classic and contemporary Broadway hits presented in a fresh, new way by adding elements of Pop, Funk, Gospel and Jazz.  Their captivating harmonies truly transports their audience to “a new Broadway.” In addition to their extensive New York City stage credits, The Broadway Boys have toured nationally across the U.S. and throughout Europe.  In addition to two studio albums, “The Lullaby of Broadway” and “Hark!” The Broadway Boys are about to release a third entitled, “A New Broadway,” which will feature the iconic song, For Good from Broadway’s smash hit, Wicked, dedicated to Jamie.

“A Broadway Boys performance is like an exhilarating journey through eight decades of musical theater all rolled into one spectacular evening.” said Judy Primavera, co-founder and president of the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation. “There is something for everyone—excellent entertainment, yummy desserts, and a wide array of ‘must have’ auction and raffle items to bring home.”  There are chances to win Delta skybox seats to the red-hot Yankees vs. Blue Jays, September 14 game, theatre tickets, sports & Marvel comics memorabilia, gift cards, spa packages, and baskets of goodies.

The Gala also showcases the talents of young aspiring performers involved in the foundation’s programs at Square Foot Theatre in Wallingford, Amity High School’s Creative Theatre, and Broadway Method Academy in Fairfield. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening is Jared Andrew Brown, Artistic Director of Square Foot Theatre with Amity Creative Theatre’s Rob Kennedy & Kimberly Jenna Simon, and Broadway Method Academy’s Connor Deane & J. Scott Handley serving as co-hosts.

The Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the educational enrichment and professional development of young artists and early career professionals, was founded to celebrate the life of Orange, Conn. resident Jamie Alaine Hulley. All proceeds from the Gala are dedicated to scholarships, educational programs and grants in the arts throughout Connecticut especially in the greater New Haven and Fairfield counties.  Since the foundation’s creation in 2002, nearly $800,000 in scholarships and grants have been awarded which have touched the lives of thousands of area youth each year.

For information on the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, visit www.jamiehulleyartsfund.org, call (203) 891-8869, or email: jamieart@snet.net.

What You Should Know About The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation

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Jul 162018

When I was working at the Amity Observer Newspaper back in 2002, I came across a very sad notice. A young woman from Orange had passed away and the more I learned about her, the more I felt I knew her.

Jamie Alaine Hulley, the daughter of Judy Primavera and Fred Hulley, 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. In the past 16 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.

Who was Jamie A. Hulley?

(from the foundation website)

jamieJamie was a creative soul who had the gift of seeing the world as a thing of beauty. As a child, Jamie saw pictures in the clouds, danced rather than walked, filled reams of paper with her sketches and paintings, performed for any audience, sang to anyone who would listen, and turned anything and everything into a beautiful art project. Her dreams for the future always involved “creating” in one way or another.

As she grew into adulthood, she became a talented studio artist, writer, dancer, singer, songwriter, actor, and comedian. Jamie was a lover of people who had the talent of seeing the good in others and making all who knew her feel special. She was known for her warm smile, quick wit, and her loud infectious laughter.

Jamie was an avid seeker of new experiences. She embraced the unknown with a seemingly insatiable curiosity and definitely was a person who danced through life to the beat of a different drummer. Jamie’s dream of pursuing a career in the arts was cut short in 2002 just two weeks before her 21st birthday after a brief battle with an aggressive form of lymphoma.

To celebrate Jamie’s vivacious spirit and the beauty that she brought to the world, her family and friends established the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation. The foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides educational and career development opportunities in the arts including Grants for Schools, Special Project Grants in the Community; Scholarships, and Jamie’s legacy programs that reflect the experiences, the places, and the people that she loved.

This is where the money goes:

From Sept. 2017 through now, this is how the foundation has distributed its funds


 Eight 4–year college scholarships in theater and studio arts to Amity HS students
 13 full scholarships to Missoula Children’s Theatre camp at Fairfield University (based on need) to youth in greater Bridgeport area
 3 talent development scholarships for youth (based on need) to take weekly lessons in musical theater at Broadway Method Academy — The program run by Orange native, Connor Deane
 Four $1,000 scholarships awarded at the Sondheim Awards – 2 to the best actor/actress and 2 to students nominated by their high school teachers and chosen by the JAH foundation recognizing talent in both performance and in promoting a positivity on stage and off.

School Educational Programs:
 More than 25 different educational programs were sponsored in schools in the Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford regions
• Orange schools: 5 programs including Dancing with the Racebrook stars for its 9th year; yoga program for 1st graders at Turkey Hill School for its 4th year; and sponsorship of the Peck Place Drama Club’s production
• Amity Middle School Orange: 3 programs including the film production program in its 4th-year and Sponsorship of the Spartan
Player’s production of The Music Man
• Amity Middle School – Bethany: 3 programs – including sponsorship of the Spartan Players production of Once on This Island, Jr.
• Amity High School: 13 programs including sponsorship of Amity Creative Theatre’s productions of The Laramie Project Ten Years
Later and The Addams Family, funding to have ACT students mentored by Laramie Project people and Broadway actor Erick Buckley who was a cast member in The Addams Family; sponsorship of The Duality School of Music’s after-school music industry workshop series; visiting artists in studio art, music, and English including sponsorship of the annual Storytelling SLAM; The Memory Project; NAHS annual museum trip, etc.

Programs with Community Groups:
 Fellowship Place in New Haven – sponsorship of a year-round weekly dance class for clients living with mental illness
 Broadway Method Academy in Fairfield – support for development and production of Evita
 Square Foot Theatre in Wallingford – Headlining Sponsor for the 2017-2018 season
 Theatre Fairfield at Fairfield University – sponsorship of the student independent project
 Orange Community Women – sponsorship of Bubblemania Early Career Awards
 One award to Johnny Shea – he is now starring in the lead role in Peter Pan at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Legacy Awards:
 Art Award at Racebrook School
 Art Award at Amity Middle School Orange
 Dance Award at Lee Lund Studio of Dance in Milford CT
 Senior Thesis Stipend Award at Wesleyan University

What Can YOU Do?

That said, there are ways that you can help keep the foundation strong, so it can continue its good work throughout the next year.

Obviously, you may attend the 16th Annual Gala on Sept. 8. But, if you cannot attend the event, you may make a donation at any time.

Click HERE to make an electronic donation or through VENMO: @Jamie-Hulley-Foundation-3 or simply

Send a check/money order to:
Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation
P.O. Box 1208
Orange, CT 06477

A timely donation by December 31, 2018, will help raise even more money for the organization.

If the foundation raises $10,000 in donations by December 31st it will receive $10,000 in matching funds from a generous “angel” family.

To help them win $10,000 in matching funds offered by a local family foundation, the foundation must collect $10,000 by the last day in December (New Year’s Eve!) and Remember to check if your employer will match your donation.

Have Dinner For A Good Cause At Friday’s on Friday

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Jul 132018

Appreciative Amity students who’ve benefited from the generosity and good work of the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation have arranged for a fundraiser to benefit their favorite charity.

On Friday, July 13, come on down to TGI Friday’s, 348 Boston Post Road, Orange, from 5 to 10 p.m., 20% of sales will benefit the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation when you present this flyer at check-out.

Judy Primavera and Fred Hulley have given so much to our young people through this foundation named for their beloved daughter, the late Jamie Hulley, an artist, dancer, actor, singer who loved the arts and loved life. You can show them your appreciation by enjoying a meal and helping raise money for the foundation so they can continue to help enrich the lives of your children.

Orange Ale House Will Host Suicide Prevention Fundraiser

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Jun 282018

Many of us have been directly affected by suicide, some of us are survivors of a suicide attempt, and just about all of us have known or known of someone who has tried or succeeded in committing suicide.

In 2018, suicide is still a hugely taboo subject, and this makes it incredibly difficult for people dealing with depression, bipolar disorder, and suicidal thoughts and feelings to express themselves to others for fear of being shamed. Let’s work together to end the stigma of depression and suicide and spread awareness across the world.

Jim Hassenmayer, the owner of the Orange Ale House, has been thinking about and wanting to do this event for a while. Now, he has announced a date for the “Every 40 Seconds” Suicide Prevention Fundraising Event.

The Orange Ale House will host this event on Saturday, September 8 from 4 – 11 p.m.

Tickets are $30 and will include food and a drink ticket.

The next day is the start of National Suicide Prevention Week. Jim and the Ale House will be raising funds for The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Southern Connecticut chapter.

He said, “We will have a memory wall, where one can post a photo, poem or any other memory they choose of a friend or loved one.”

Hassenmayer added, “We still need a few volunteers to help out. And if anyone can help us source some Raffle/Silent auction prizes, contact any of us or call Orange Ale House at 203-795-0707 or e-mail: info@orangealehouse.com.”

Local Business Helps Clover Nook Tornado Fundraiser

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Jun 142018

Easily accessible on the Boston Post Road.

Kristina Kaoud, owner of Material Girls Boutique, 463 Boston Post Road (Next to Kaoud Oriental Rugs) announced today that she will donate a portion of sales when any customer mentions Clover Nook Farm at checkout Now through Sunday, June 17th.

A longtime Woodbridge resident and friend of Orange Live, Kristina hosts many types of fundraising events and said she hopes to make a nice contribution to this weekend’s fundraiser.

Thank you Kristina!

Customers, don’t forget to mention Clover Nook Farm!

Orange Police/Special Olympics Torch Run Comes Through Town Today

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Jun 082018

file photo from the 2015 Torch Run in Orange

Members of the Orange Police Department will be running in the Special Olympics Torch Run today, Friday, June 8, beginning at 4 p.m. (Perhaps as early as 3:45 p.m.)

The Milford PD will pass off the torch at the Orange Town Line on the Boston Post Road at the Raymour and Flanagan outlet store.

Orange Runs up to the West Haven Town Line just past the Guitar Center.

Joining the Orange PD will be Denise Stein from the Orange Senior Services Department. Come out and cheer them on!

Mark Your Calendars For the 10th Annual Strawberry Festival This Saturday

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Jun 072018

This Orange Congregational Church will host its 10th Annual Strawberry Festival at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, on Saturday, June 9 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. You can share in a day of food, fun, and family.

YES, this is the same festival that used to take place on the town green in front of the church, but because of its popularity, it was moved to this larger venue a few years ago.

If you get there early you can look forward to pancakes with homemade strawberry compote and whipped cream or just with strawberries! If you are not an early riser, that is okay, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, cheese dogs, chili dog, sausage and peppers, french fries, pulled pork, grilled cheese, veggie burgers and more will be available for sale.

For dessert, you can decide between strawberry shortcake, a slice of strawberry pie or strawberry rhubarb pie, and chocolate covered strawberries! Ask for “to-go” containers!

NOTE: Our suggestion, bring a bit of extra money and bring home a Strawberry Rhubarb Pie to share with everyone you know. They’re amazing!

There will be live music, kids games, rides, face painting, a hayride, pie eating contest, Red Car show, and more than 60 different vendors selling all types of goodies.

Admission and parking for this event are FREE.

Renovation and Construction Fundraiser For The Animal Shelter on June 3

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Jun 022018

Several years ago, the town of Orange parted from the District Animal Control Shelter (DAC) and coupled with the city of Milford’s Animal Control.

Since then, many Orange residents still first think of the no-kill DAC shelter (Now called the Woodbridge Regional Shelter) as their go-to place for pet adoptions and for reporting animal problems.

The late Bridget Albert was passionate about animals, dogs in particular, (Her License plate read “BIG DOG.”) and most of the time had an excellent rapport with the DAC shelter.

Since her passing in 2014, the DAC shelter has been working hard to raise money to rebuild their facility into a larger more accommodating place for the dogs and cats and other domesticated animals as well as boost up its adoption rate.

Head Animal Control Officer Karen Lombardi and the shelter staff invite everyone to come run with the big dogs at its second annual One Big Dog Animal Respite Fund – Fundraiser to benefit the Woodbridge Regional Animal Shelter renovations and construction.

The event was well attended last year and offered dozens of excellent auction prizes, food, and drinks in a comfortable setting.

This year’s fundraiser will take place on Sunday, June 3, at Birchwoods at Oak Lane, 1027 Racebrook Road, Woodbridge, from 5 – 9 p.m.

The evening includes a buffet, open bar, live band and 50/50 raffle.

Tickets are $100 per person (a tax-deductible charitable contribution) and may be purchased at the Animal Shelter, 135 Bradley Road, Blue Check Deli on Amity Road, or the Town Clerk’s Offices in Woodbridge, Bethany, and Seymour.

If you are an animal lover, and believe in no-kill shelters like Bridget Albert did, then consider grabbing a few friends for a fun night out for a good cause.