Mar 282015

Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 2.10.07 PMMaterial Girls Boutique, 463 Boston Post Road, will host a fundraiser for the Orange Community Juniorettes on Saturday, April 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Juniorettes will be selling Easter/Passover flowers outside and when you go inside to shop at the wonderful Material Girls store to shop for Easter, Passover, Mother’s Day gifts, just mention the Juniorettes at the checkout and 10% of the sale will be donated to the girls to help fund future community service projects.

The Orange Community Juniorettes are a group of young women in Orange ages 9-16 who are performing community service projects in Orange and the surrounding communities.  It is a 501c3 non-profit organization and subcommittee of the Orange Community Women, a chapter of the Connecticut Junior Women, Inc..

Some projects they have been involved with since their inception in 2013 are: pet food drive to benefit the Milford Animal Shelter, two toy drives to benefit the Yale Toy Closet, beautification project at the Orange Police Station, visits with the seniors at Silverbrook, they have formed a Relay for Life team, and also made a donation to a local family in need.

Please consider supporting us so that the girls can continue to make a difference in our community.

If any residents are interested in joining  the Orange  Community Juniorettes they can reach out to Karen Iassogna  at [email protected].  Additionally if there are any women interested in finding out more Information about our women’s group they may reach out to Karen as well.

Mar 252015

easter egg huntThe Orange Lions Club’s 53rd annual Easter Egg Hunt has been postponed from this Saturday, March 28, to Saturday, April 4 from 12-2:30 p.m. at the Orange Fairgrounds. The change is due to the poor conditions of the field which will most likely be muddy after this week’s rain.

The popular event includes free face painting, coffee and popcorn.

The Easter Bunny will arrive at 12:30 p.m.  Additional activities include face painting and coffee beginning at noon. The Easter Egg Hunt is divided into four groups, to ensure that every child has an equal chance to collect the thousands of chocolate eggs that will be hidden.

The four groups are: Pre-School through Kindergarten; 1st & 2nd grade; 3rd & 4th grade; and 5th & 6th grade.  More than 10,000 chocolate eggs will be distributed during the hunt.  In addition, many prizes will be awarded to children in the above four categories for finding specially marked eggs.

An adult must accompany all participating children.  Each child should bring a bag or basket to collect eggs.  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.

Lion Nick Bencivengo is the Chairman of this year’s event.  Anyone who wishes to contribute prizes or make a donation toward the purchase of prizes for this traditional community event is asked to contact Nick at 203-901-9062.  All contributors and donors will be acknowledged for their generosity at the Easter Egg Hunt.

The Easter Egg Hunt is but one of many community events and activities sponsored by the Orange Lions Club each year.  Among other activities are: the annual community Thanksgiving Dinner, the Orange Scholarship Fund, (which awards two $1,000 scholarships to local youths each year), the annual Senior’s Pizza Party plus the Orange Lions provides Community Grants to worthy organizations and government agencies to purchase needed items.  The Orange Lions Club makes generous gifts to Case Memorial Library for the purchase of large print books and audio tapes and DVD’s for the sight impaired.

The Orange Lions Club also sponsors the Foundation High School Leo Club (Lions youth group) for special needs youth.  The Lions also provide needed funds for the support of eye research, training of Fidelco guide dog for the blind, Lions low vision centers which provide vision aids to the sight impaired at cost, Connecticut Radio Information Systems, and Camp Hemlocks for disabled children.  The Lions motto is “We Serve.”


Originally Published on: Mar 9, 2015 @ 19:39

Second Publishing on: Mar 14, 2015 @ 21:00 

Third Publishing on: Mar 21, 2015 @ 23:00

Mar 242015

unnamed-2Heidi Lueders, President of Bully Breed Rescue Inc. will host a fundraiser at the Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, Orange, on Saturday, April 11 from 5 – 9 p.m.

Admission is $15, which gets you a wristband for the discounted drinks. There also will be food, a silent auction, raffles, merchandise, and much more all the benefit the rescue group.

Visit the event Facebook page or the organization’s Facebook page for more information.



Mar 232015

IMG_2018On April 13, 2015, we will be hosting our 7th annual “Giving Hair and Hope” event at Amity Middle School – Orange Campus at 6 p.m.

The event focuses on helping kids with cancer in two unique ways.

Raising money for St. Baldrick’s and collecting ponytails for Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths to make wigs for women undergoing cancer treatment.

Be a part of this great event! Be a shavee, donate an 8 inch ponytail, volunteer or make a monetary donation.

Visit the official donation page HERE.

Contact Karl Wilson at [email protected] or Vicki Fielosh at [email protected] for more information.

Mar 222015

64986.948752476.customFollowing is a message from Angela Booth, of Orange:

I’m baaack PEEPS!

This is a BIG year to celebrate, 5 years Breast cancer free & 1 year Bladder cancer free! WAHOO!

So lets plan to make this a top fundraising year for Jawa’s Boob Crew! We will continue to make a difference by teaming up to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life which is being held Saturday May 30th thru Sunday May 31st 2015 at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange. Look for the big white tent again!

At the event, our team will camp out overnight and take turns walking around the track to raise money and awareness to help the American Cancer Society create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. It’s so easy to participate, just come when you can, walk some laps, get some hugs, take some pics and have fun! See the great ideas the kids have to raise funds!

Please join our team and/or consider helping us to reach our $6,000 goal with your generous donation of any amount. Saving lives from cancer starts one team, one participant, and one dollar at a time. We look forward to seeing many of you there. And don’t forget to purchase a Luminaria bag to honor or remember your loved one. They can be purchased thru the link on my personal page or at the event.

Much Love, Angela, Darrin, Natalie and Adam Booth :o)

See Angela’s Personal Page HERE.

Click HERE to see the Team page for Jawa’s Boob Crew.

Mar 222015

The Orange FoundationThe Orange Foundation, a community trust fund for Orange founded in 1974 by Charles Flynn, Esq. invites residents to apply for scholarships and grants to be awarded in the spring of 2015.

Applications are now being accepted for both scholarships and grants and can be obtained at the Case Memorial Library, at Town Hall or online by sending a request to Janice Lettick at [email protected].  Scholarship applications are also available in school guidance counselors’ offices. Orange residents who are graduating seniors from any secondary school are eligible.

The submission deadline for scholarship applications is Wednesday, April 15. Completed applications should be sent to The Orange Foundation, P.O. Box 729, Orange, CT 06477. The Distribution Committee will review the material and recipients will be notified in early June.

Since 1974, the Orange Foundation has distributed more than $379,825.00 in scholarships. Financial support comes from The Charles Flynn Fund, the Harry Haynes Fund, the Thomas Birmingham Fund, the William Knight Scholarship Fund, the Vaughn Family Scholarship Fund, and the Elizabeth C, and John W. Povilaitis Community Fund.

The submission deadline for grants for projects benefitting the residents of Orange is Thursday, April 30.  Completed applications should be sent to The Orange Foundation, P.O. Box 729, Orange, CT. Those eligible for grants include non-profit organizations, parent-teacher organizations and service organizations.

Janice Lettick, Chair of Grant Distribution and member of the Distribution Committee states,  “Since it began giving out grants, the Foundation has distributed over $145,000 to various local civic and community organizations. The grant range is from $500.0 to $1500.00. We encourage Orange community organizations to apply for funding to support their activities.” 

Past recipients include Orange Juniorettes, Shepherd’s Table, Orange Senior Services, Orange Historical Society, and the American Legion Post 127 among others. The Officer Robert F. Stankye Fund, the O’Sullivan Family Fund, the Olga Fund, and the Dusty and Frank Downey Fund, provide funding for these grants.

The Orange Foundation invites citizens who would like to contribute funds in this effort to serve the Orange Community to contact Robert Archimbault at (203) 795-3716 or at the [email protected]

Mar 192015

ritas-italian-iceRita’s Ice is celebrating the first day of spring tomorrow with a free Italian Ice. Even with snow in the forecast, you can enjoy the 23rd annual free taste of Spring at Rita’s.

The nearest stores in Milford and West Haven will be offering one free Italian Ice per person from 12-9 p.m.

What better way to celebrate the Vernal Equinox?

Mar 132015

1513779_10203893109429248_1010114093005472524_nOn Saturday, March 14 at 7 p.m., Jim Hassenmayer and Angela McNabola will host a Meatball Cook Off and Wine Tasting at the Orange Ale House, 617 Boston Post Road.

The event is a fundraiser to benefit the local charity  SOaRINg  (Saving Orange Residents In Need).

The evening promises to be a lot of fun: Local favorite Jimmy Pino Jr. and friends will provide music and Pino will be the master of ceremonies.

Gallo Wines/Connecticut Distributors will sponsor the wine tasting portion of the event.

There will be raffle prizes, silent auction items and the Meatball Challenge.

Everyone who makes the “best” meatballs around will compete for the audience vote and coveted title of Top Meatball Maker.

Admission is $20 per person and includes meatball, ziti, salad and bread — and the right to vote for the winner.

If you are one of those amazing meatball makers, or would like to contribute something to the raffle or silent auction, contact Angela at [email protected]

About the Charity

The ultimate goal of SOaRINg is to reach out and help any Orange resident that is justifiably in need.

One hundred percent of the proceeds collected by SOaRINg will be distributed to residents in need directly to residents through the Board of Directors. For more information about SOaRINg, to become involved or to make a donation, contact Debra Marino at [email protected] or at 203-298-0611.

Anyone interested in making a donation should send a check payable to Saving Orange Residents in Need and mail it to 657 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT 06477.

Originally Published on: Mar 4, 2015 @ 21:45

Mar 122015

DSC00085On Tuesday, March 10, the Orange Lions Club hosted Breakfast For Dinner at Chip’s Restaurant, with three different seatings: 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

For just $10 per person, guests enjoyed 2 pancakes, 2 eggs, bacon or sausage and coffee/tea.

All proceeds benefit projects to improve the local community.

Thank you everyone who came out to support the Lions charities.

Mar 112015

Screen Shot 2015-03-11 at 5.20.42 PMThe Arthritis Foundation New England Region has named Sarah Chadbourne, 22, of Orange the Adult Honoree for the 2015 Greater Hartford Walk to Cure Arthritis to be held at University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford from 9am to 12pm. As an honoree, Sarah will be a large part in helping the Walk to Cure Arthritis—Hartford, CT reach its fundraising goal of $110,000.

Walk to Cure Arthritis is the Arthritis Foundation’s largest annual fundraising event, with local events hosted by about 100-115 cities nationwide. Funds raised through the event support Arthritis Foundation programs, research and advocacy initiatives to help people live better today while finding a cure for the number one cause of disability in the United States tomorrow.

“At the young age of 13, I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), an auto-immune form of arthritis that manifests in the spine. Auto-immune means that my immune system is essentially attacking itself. My diagnosis did not happen right away. My symptoms actually started when I was about 10 years old, and even then I did not seek treatment right away. I was unaware that something much bigger was happening in my body” Sarah said.

“Although my journey has not been easy, it has taught me a lot. I learned how strong I could be in trying situations, how to empathize with others who may be dealing with hardship, and most importantly it taught me that I can use my experiences to help others who may be going through something similar,” she said.  “I never imagined that I would have arthritis, especially at such a young age, and it is hard to remember how my body felt before the arthritis took over. But without it I would not be the person I am today. I have been through more than most people my age, and I still have much more to go, but I know I’m ready to take on whatever life has to throw at me. Arthritis has taught me to take nothing for granted. Many people, including my younger self, think of arthritis as an “elderly person” disease. I know better. My teenage years were a slave to arthritis, and I can tell you with complete confidence that arthritis is so much more than simple aches and pains. It’s time to spread the word, and find a cure for arthritis!”

Sarah has taken on the great responsibility of working with the community of Hartford to raise awareness for the need for a cure.  He understands the importance of research funding and the impact it has on people with arthritis.

To learn more and register for the 2015 Greater Hartford Walk to Cure Arthritis on May 3 at University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford visit http://walktocurearthritishartfordct.kintera.org  or contact Luellen Perkins at [email protected] or call 860-563-1177

To learn more about the fight to cure arthritis, visit www.arthritiswalk.org


About the Arthritis Foundation

Striking one in every five adults and 300,000 children, arthritis is the nation’s leading cause of disability. The Arthritis Foundation (www.arthritis.org) is committed to raising awareness and reducing the impact of this serious, painful and unacceptable disease, which can severely damage joints and rob people of living life to its fullest. The Foundation funds life-changing research that has restored mobility in patients for more than six decades; fights for health care policies that improve the lives of the millions who live with arthritis; and partners with families to provide empowering programs and information.