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Orange Lions’ Spring Tasting A Real Crowd Pleaser

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Mar 242017
 

A large crowd gathered at St. Barbara Greek Church Hall on Friday night for the Orange Lions Club’s Spring Tasting fundraiser.

The Wine and Liquor Outlet,528 Boston Post Road, provided fine wines, craft beers and bourbon for the event.

This spring wine tasting included hors d’oeuvres, desserts and raffles.

Proceeds benefit local Orange Lions charities.

Fundraiser To Benefit Bethany Leapley ASD Scholarship Fund

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Mar 222017
 

Adam and Dedra Leapley were inspired to create a specialized gym for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) based on their own experience of raising a child with ASD. In May 2014, the ASD Fitness Center, opened at 307 Racebrook Road.
The Center serves families in the greater New Haven area from ages 5 to young adult. The 5,000-square-foot fitness center is staffed by special education teachers with fitness certifications. Trainers provide one to one training with children as well as memberships for families in need and group classes. Scholarships provide children with access to a full gum membership, which includes two or three one-on-one sessions and a group class every week.
Prior to opening the center, Adam and Dedra founded The Bethany Leapley ASD Scholarship Fund.  The charity is a registered 501(c)(3) with the goal being to raise funds for families in need of financial support so they can send their children to the ASD Fitness Center to receive one on one personal training and attend small adaptive group classes.
Their largest annual fundraiser is a Wine and Beer Tasting event.  This year the 4th annual event will take place at St. Barbara’s Church, 480 Racebrook Road, on Saturday, April 22 beginning at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $100 each/ $725 – table of 8/ $900 – table of 10
The event Emceed by Tony Terzi, includes live acoustic music by The Mediums, a silent auction, speakers, fine wine, craft beer, Hors D’oeuvres from OLA restaurant, and desserts from Thurston Foods, Inc.
Tickets can be purchased at WWW.BETHANYLEAPLEYASDFUND.ORG or by check payable to the Bethany Leapley ASD Scholarship Fund, mailed to: Bethany Luna, 17 Cannonball Road, North Haven, CT 06473.
If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation, click HERE or send a check to the above listed address.

Orange Lions’ Spring Tasting On Friday

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Mar 222017
 

The Orange Lions Club will host its Spring Tasting at St. Barbara Greek Church Hall, 480 Racebrook Road, on Friday, March 24 from 7 to 10 p.m.

The Wine and Liquor Outlet will provide fine wines, craft beers and bourbon for the event.

This spring wine tasting will include hors d’oeuvres, desserts and raffles.

Tickets are $35 per person and are available from any Orange Lions Club member, at the Wine and Liquor Outlet, 528 Boston Post Road, or by calling 203-795-3906 or 203-795-0134.

Proceeds will benefit local Orange Lions charities.

Need Your Girl Scout Cookie Fix? Here’s One Solution

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Mar 182017
 

If you don’t have a connection with which to purchase Girl Scout Cookies, a local troop will have a booth set up outside of Shop Rite of Orange, 259 Bull Hill Lane, on Saturday, March 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Come and get your old favorites or try something new.

 

 

Don’t Miss The Friends’ Semi-Annual Great Basement Book Sale

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Mar 182017
 

Love books? The Friends’ Semi-Annual Great Basement Book Sale will take place at the Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, on Saturday, March 18, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Come for great deals on thousands of new and gently used books including hardcover and paperback fiction and nonfiction for adults, children, and teens as well as vinyl records, DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks.

It’s the perfect place to pick up a gift for an upcoming event, add a new special book to your coffee table collection, or just grab a few great new things to read.

High School Students Organize Charity 5K Road Race

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Mar 172017
 

Amity High School senior Lillian Zhang welcomes everyone to a new local road race for an important cause.
“My club and I are hosting the Woodbridge Be The Match 5K on the Woodbridge Green to raise funds for Be The Match, an organization that provides life saving bone marrow transplants for cancer patients,” Zhang said. “It’s a wonderful community event for all ages and fitness levels.”
The event includes a post race party with food, awards, and a raffle.
About the 5K

Be The Match and Give A Spit are excited to host the 2017 Woodbridge Be The Match 5K that unites communities across Connecticut in support of helping patients in need of a bone marrow transplant. With your support in fundraising as an individual or team, you help more patients afford transplants, add potential marrow donors to the Be The Match Registry®, and make more life-saving research possible.

The Woodbridge Be The Match 5K Walk/Run and the Children’s Fun Run is an event for people of all ages and fitness levels. Take the first step by registering for the Woodbridge Be The Match timed 5K by Thom Jacobs of Paynes Corner Timing.

All proceeds from this event will benefit Be The Match.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! We need your help on race day. Sign up HERE.

Can’t attend on race day? Register for a virtual run that can take place whenever you want while supporting Be The Match.

Click HERE to register, support or join a team.

Orange Fire Chief Speechless After Presentation

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Mar 172017
 

OVFD Auxiliary President Jillian Gagel presents Chief John Knight with a huge donation.

On Thursday evening the Orange Volunteer Fire Department hosted its annual meeting at Racebrook Country Club.

Traditionally, the yearly event is when new officers are sworn in, service awards are presented, the Firefighter of the Year is revealed and the Women’s Auxiliary presents the chief with a check.

The Auxiliary raises money for fire equipment in a number of ways throughout the year: selling baked goods, cook books, pies at the Country Fair, hosting the pancake breakfast, pancake dinner and of course, Santa’s Helper.

Auxiliary President Jillian Gagel said thanks to the public’s help, the auxiliary had a very good year. “We’re happy to present you with this check for $13,000 to go toward the purchase of an infrared camera.”

Everyone in the room gasped at her announcement (last year the donation totaled $9,000) and OVFD Chief John Knight was so stunned that he was speechless. Although, once the amount of the donation sunk in, he was able to beautifully express his gratitude.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department depends upon the public’s support in order to provide the community with their excellent service 24/7. Orange residents should keep this in mind when they see an Auxiliary fundraiser announced or when it comes time to purchase raffle tickets for the OVFD Carnival.

 

Hippity Hoppity, The Orange Lions’ Easter Egg Hunt Is On It’s Way!

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Mar 162017
 

The Orange Lions Club will host its 55th annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 8, at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, beginning at 12:30 p.m. The first hunt for the youngest children steps off at 1 p.m.

In case of inclement weather, a “rain or snow date” has been set for Saturday, April 15th , at High Plains Community Center, with the same schedule of events as on April 8. The Easter Bunny will arrive at 12:30 p.m., one half-hour before the start of the Easter Egg Hunt itself.

There will be face painting for the children, and hot coffee for the adults.

The Easter Egg Hunt is divided into four (4) age groups. This allows each child to have an equal opportunity to collect the thousands of chocolate eggs which the Lions Club will have to distribute.

The four age groups are: (1) Pre School through Kindergarten; (2) First Grade and Second Grade; (3) Third Grade and Fourth Grade; (4) Fifth Grade and Sixth Grade.

Thousands of chocolate eggs will be distributed during the hunt. Prizes will be awarded to children in all age categories for finding specially marked eggs.

An adult should accompany all participating children to this event. Each child should have a bag or basket to collect their eggs (to be fair, children only on the field during his or her designated hunt). Parents may wish to bring a camera for a picture of their child with the Easter Bunny.

Please note that parking for this event should be on paved parking areas only.

Nick Bencivengo is the Chairman of this year’s event. Anyone who wishes to make a donation to this event is asked to contact Nick at 203-901- 9062. All donors will be acknowledged for their generosity at the Easter Egg Hunt.

The annual Easter Egg Hunt is but one of many community events and activities sponsored by the Orange Lions Club each year. Among the other annual events are: the Community Thanksgiving Dinner, the Senior Pizza Party, a Comedy Night fundraiser, eye screenings for pre-schoolers, an annual Wine Tasting fundraiser, and giveaways for children at the Memorial Day parade.

In addition, the Orange Lions make contributions to many community organizations; and for many years, the Lions have run a Community Grants Program for local groups who are seeking funds for a special reason. In particular, the Orange Lions Club has made many gifts to the Case Memorial Library over the years for the purchase of large print books and audio tapes for the sight impaired and the general public. The Orange Lions also fund two $1,000 scholarships each year for students graduating from Amity High School.

Help Paint The Town Purple on May 13

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Mar 162017
 

The BOW Relay For Life Committee wants to Paint The Town Purple on Saturday, May 13.

Residents may purchase a purple mylar balloon to raise cancer awareness with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, which takes place at the Orange Fairgrounds, Saturday, May 20 – Sunday, May 21.

Each Balloon costs $5, paid in advance and on May 13th, the balloon(s) will be delivered to your home and tied to your mailbox.

This is a simple way to help raise money for cancer research.

Deadline in which to order balloons is this Saturday, April 29, 2017. See the Order Form Below.

If you would like to help Paint The Town Purple, call Relay Chairman Lynn Plaskowitz at 203-627-1673.

Order forms also are available at Park and Recreation Department, located in the High Plains Community Center.

 

Before The Snow Falls: Middle School Fundraiser At Panera Bread Today

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Mar 132017
 

Amity Middle School Orange PTSO is hosting a fundraiser at Panera Bread, Boston Post Road, today, Monday, March 13, from 4 – 8 p.m.

Come and dine at the restaurant and a portion of the proceeds will go to AMSO.

Please be sure to bring the attached flyer with you to the restaurant or show it on your device.  Panera Bread Flyer.pdf