Feb 272015

ASD Fitness CenterMartha Leary, CCC-SLP will be the Keynote Speaker at a Wine & Craft Beer Tasting in support of the Bethany Leapley Autism Spectrum Disorder Scholarship Fund at St. Barbara’s Church Hall, 480 Racebrook Road, on Saturday, Feb. 28, beginning at 7 p.m.

Leary has learned from people with autism, their supporters and families for nearly 40 years. She has lectured extensively in the United States, Canada, Ireland, Australia and England.

The Guest Speaker is Dr. Ruth Eren. Ed. D., Professor of Special Education / Chairman of the Department of Special Education / Reading Director at the Center of Excellence on ASD Disorders at Southern Connecticut State University.

WTNH News Anchor Jim Watkins will DJ-Emcee the event.

Tickets are $125 per person, $800 for a table of eight, $1,000 for a table of ten.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.BethanyLeapleyASDFund.comvia PayPal at [email protected] or by sending a check payable to the Bethany Leapley ASD Scholarship Fund to Bethany Luna, 17 Cannonball Road, North Haven, CT 06473. The event last year was sold out.

If you are unable to attend, but would still like to donate, you may do so by check or PayPal to the above address.

Research has proven that exercise is beneficial to those with ASD, however not everyone affected has the ability to afford the expense of supervised training and is in need of financial assistance.

The ASD Fitness Center is located at 307 Racebrook Rd, Orange.

All funds collected will be used to award scholarships to those in need to attend the ASD Fitness Center — A facility specifically designed to provide a safe, comfortable and structured environment for empowering individuals with ASD to improve their level of physical fitness.

Like the Bethany Leapley ASD Scholarship Fund on Facebook.

For more information, contact the group at [email protected] or visit www.bethanyleapleyasdfund.com

In addition to tickets, there are other ways to support the Scholarship Fund.  Donations for the silent auction are welcomed and there are four levels of sponsorship available:   Platinum $5000 (Full page program ad, table of 10, banner identification, and website & social media identification);  Gold  $3000 (Half Page program ad, table of 10, banner identification, and website & social media identification);  Silver  $1500 (Quarter page ad, table of 8, banner identification, and website & social media identification);  and Bronze $500 (Quarter page ad, banner identification, and website & social media identification).


Originally Published on: Jan 28, 2015 @ 10:26

Second publishing on: Feb 9, 2015 @ 15:16

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Feb 252015

Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 8.37.05 PMThe Zeoli family has set up a scholarship fund for Frank Zeoli with the Orange Scholarship Fund Association.

This award will be given yearly to an Orange Resident Senior.

If you would like to make a contribution, please send your check to Orange Scholarships, P. O. Box 1072, Orange, CT 06477, in Memory of Frank Zeoli.

Feb 252015

A student makes a mug for the fundraiser

A student makes a mug for the fundraiser

The Amity National Art Honor Society will partner with the Jamie Hulley Fund for the Arts and the Amity Culinary Department to host Mugs For Mankind on Wednesday Feb. 25 from 5-7 p.m. 

This event will bring students and community members together in the service of those who are food insecure. Amity art students have been working since October creating and decorating ceramic mugs for the event.

To participate in this event, community members are asked to come to the high school between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. and for a small donation, patrons will receive a beautiful handcrafted mug filled with delicious soup.

If anyone is interested in donating to the event, but cannot come on Wednesday night, donations will be accepted by the National Art Honor Society. 

All proceeds benefit the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen in New Haven.

For more information, contact teacher Jessica. Zamachaj at [email protected].


Feb 252015

Grey Negative on the Toad's Stage. by Adair Photography

Grey Negative on the Toad’s Stage. by Adair Photography

On Presidents Day the Amity Teen Center hosted the 20th Annual TOAD’s  Place Benefit “Battle of the Bands” show at 300 York Street in New Haven. 

Eleven teen bands performed in front of hundreds of teens, friends and family members.

The winning band, chosen by the judges, was Grey Negative.

After all expenses were paid, the Teen Center raised $1,875.00 from the ticket sales, commemorative t-shirt sale and bake sale run by the Amity Leo Club.  Event sponsors were Parillo, Cohen & Co., Woodbridge UPS and Jay Jaser.

The Amity Teen Center, a 501 ( c) (3) non-profit organization, was formed in 1987.  We hold after school, evening and weekend activities for area teens in grades 7 – 12.  We are located in our own building at 10 Selden Street in Woodbridge.  Anyone wishing to learn more about the Teen Center, go to www.amityteencenter.org

Feb 232015

acs_logo_test_2_0061-thumb_narAmity junior Christopher Hughes is hosting “Voltage” a school dance to benefit the American Cancer Society.

The dance will take place at Amity High School, 25 Newton Road, Woodbridge, on Friday, March 6 from 7 to 10:30 p.m.

Tickets are $12 and are available on MyPaymentsPlus.com.

Cost of admission includes entertainment by three different DJs playing dance music, a variety of free food, and some food that will be available for a small price. Water is always free. All of the proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

Hughes said, “I am doing this because I see how much cancer affects everyone’s lives on a daily basis.”

Feb 202015


Each year, the Amity Creative Theater (ACT) kids go to Disneyworld where they tour the behind-the-scenes departments that regular visitors most likely will never see.

The students perform in front of an audience and gain a wealth of knowledge about professional theater.

The kids and their adult leaders prepare for months to put on their always entertaining, often award-winning spring musical productions, This trip is the icing on the cake, their “reward” for a job well done, but they must raise their own money for the trip in order to attend.

On Sunday, Feb. 22, the Orange Ale House will host a benefit for the ACT — Dan Hassenmayer, the award winning lighting guru for the Amity productions — works with his father Jim, running the business.

The benefit will take place at the Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, beginning at 4 p.m. Admission is $25 at the door.

Feb 192015

Ryan Kennedy as Young Tarzan.

Ryan Kennedy as Young Tarzan.

There are no “bad” seats at the John Brady Center for the Performing Arts at Amity High School, but, if you want to watch the Amity Theater production of Tarzan from anywhere but the back row you’d better act quickly!

At only $18 each, the cost of admission is one of the greatest bargains around and hundreds of people already have taken action and reserved their seats for this wonderfully entertaining musical.

The production has a 5 show run, including one matinee: March 20, 21, 27 @ 8pm, March 28 @ 2pm & 8pm

Click this link to purchase your tickets today.

Feb 112015

oThe Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will host its 6th annual Pancake Supper  at Chip’s Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Rd., Orange on Wednesday, March 4, with two seatings. There will be an early seating at 5:30 p.m. and late seating at 6:30 p.m.

The special menu includes Pancakes, Eggs, choice of Bacon or Sausage and a beverage.

Cost is $10 for Adults, $5 Children 10 and under. Tickets must be purchased in advance as a limited number of seats are available.

Tickets may be purchased from any Auxiliary member or at Knight’s Inc. 286 Boston Post Rd. Orange.

All proceeds benefit the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

For further information, email Lynn@ [email protected] or visit their website at www.orangevfd.com

Feb 102015

IMG_0732-200x300Orange Community Services will present its first Food And Fuel Bank Benefit Concert “Spring Into Action,” at the High Plains Community Center, Friday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m.

The concert will feature Orange resident Gary Harger with Art Bellucci on piano. Special guests include Barbie Harger and the Orange Chorale.

Musical selections from Broadway, the American Songbook and songs about Spring – the season of renewal will be featured.

After the concert a reception will take place in the cafeteria.

All proceeds from this event will benefit the Orange Community Assistance Programs, which includes the Food and Fuel Bank.

Come support these vital programs.

Tickets are $20 and are available at the Community Services Department or by calling 203-891-4788.


Feb 092015

Nominations are currently being accepted through March 13 for the 2015 Living Treasure Awards.

Nomination forms are available in the Orange Community Services office, Town Hall, and can be printed from the town’s website at www.orange-ct.gov, www.orangeseniors.org or Facebook/Orange Senior Center.

The three individuals chosen will be honored at Pasta Festa! on May 15, 2015.