An Evening Under the Stars Fundraiser

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Jul 022019

Here is a message from Attorney Debra Marino:

The Friends of Zeoli are pleased to announce a fundraiser for the re-election of our First Selectman Jim Zeoli for “An Evening Under the Stars” at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 26, 2019, at the Marino Home for food, cocktails, music and so much more.

Please send checks payable to “Friends of Zeoli” (tickets are $100.00 per person) to Attorney Debra Marino, 657 Orange Center Road, Orange CT 006477) to reserve a ticket. 

If you cannot attend, consider placing an ad, or well wishes in the ad book.  Pages run $100 for a full page, $50.00 for ½ page and $25.00 for a ¼ page.

Looking forward to a fun time for all.

Autism Fundraiser Get Your Tickets Or Donate Now

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May 152019

Make your reservations now for the fifth annual Bethany Leapley Autism Spectrum Disorder Scholarship Fund Wine and Beer Tasting that will take place at St. Barbara’s Church Ballroom, 480 Racebrook Road, on Saturday, May 18.

The fundraiser will begin at 7 p.m. and includes music and dancing, food, fine wine, and craft beer.

Tickets are $125 – Single / $800 – Table of Eight / $1000 – Table of Ten and a special price of $93.75 for a Single Ticket for Teachers & Special Ed Professionals.

Get yours today. CLICK HERE or go to www.bethanyleapleyasdfund.org for tickets or send a check payable to The Bethany Leapley ASD Scholarship Fund mailed to Bethany Luna, 17 Cannonball Rd, North Haven, CT 06473.

If you are unable to attend, but would still like to donate, CLICK HERE, or go to www.bethanyleapleyasdfund.org/donate/ or send a check to the above address.

For more information, send an e-mail to  ASDSCHOLARSHIP@GMAIL.COM


The BOW Relay For Life: Fill Your Weekend With Love and Hope

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May 152019

Luminaria Ceremony at 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 18th

The evening Luminary Ceremony (c. 2010)

Opening Ceremony, survivors and caregivers walk (c.2010).



At Relay For Life events, no one faces cancer alone. We come together every year at more than 2,500 Relay events around the country to support and celebrate survivors and caregivers.

Each Relay has special events and activities (many throughout the year) just for survivors and their caregivers, so they can connect with others and know there is a strong support system available to them.

WE’VE RAISED$33,309.09
OUR GOAL$75,000.00
Every Dollar Makes a Difference. At Relay For Life no donation is too small, each and every dollar counts. Your donations help fund groundbreaking cancer research, patient care programs, and can make a difference in communities like ours. With every donation, you are helping the American Cancer Society save lives.



Get Ready For The Race Brook School Food Truck Festival

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May 152019

Don’t cook dinner on Friday, May 24. Instead, come to the 6th annual Race Brook School Food Truck Festival!

The event is open to the public and organizers expect crowds of hungry diners! Bring your family and friends to the Orange Fairgrounds on May 24 between 4 and 8 p.m. Where you’ll find plenty of great food trucks serving up a wide variety of delicious delicacies.

Be sure to like the Facebook page for up-to-date information and come kick off Memorial Day weekend at the Race Brook School Food Truck Festival!

Please note that some seating will be available, but you’re encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to set up your own picnic space on the field.

Run With The Big Dogs on May 11

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May 092019

Fundraiser May 11th to Benefit the Town’s Animal Shelter


One Big Dog Animal Respite Fund, Inc., a local charitable organization that helps the Regional Animal Control shelter animals, will host it’s third annual “Run With The Big Dogs” fundraiser at Birchwoods at Oaklane Country Club from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, May 11.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to support the animal shelter.

Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased at the Town Clerk’s offices of Woodbridge, Bethany or Seymour, as well as by mail or in-person at the Animal Shelter (135 Bradley Road, Woodbridge CT 06525).

For tickets and more information, call the Shelter at 203-389-5991. Tickets were on sale until May 8.

The BOW Relay For Life is Coming Up In Two Weeks

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May 022019

The evening Luminary Ceremony (c. 2010)

Relay For Life is a grassroots, community-based team event.

Although every Relay For Life event is different, they do have a few things in common.

Each year, the Bethany, Orange, Woodbridge Relay for Life takes place in our community to recognize those affected by cancer and to raise money to help find a cure.

Here is a basic rundown of the event, which takes place on the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, from noon on May 18 to 8 a.m. on May 19.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend and take part in this important annual event.

Event Schedule

Opening Ceremony Begins at 6 p.m.

Time to get started. We kick off the event by honoring everyone who’s been affected by cancer and everyone who has contributed to the success of this year’s Relay season.  Survivors and Caregivers are encouraged to pre-register online.  Check-in at the Relay begins at 5 p.m.

Opening Ceremony, survivors and caregivers walk (c.2010).

Survivor/Caregiver Walk

Survivors and Caregivers are the heart and soul of Relay For Life events. We honor their strength and courage with every step they take. It doesn’t matter if you were diagnosed 10 days ago or 10 years ago, you can walk while everyone gathers together to cheer you on.

Luminaria Ceremony

During this ceremony, we represent everyone touched by cancer with a Luminaria. Each light represents a life—a life taken by cancer, a survivor of cancer, or support for a person still fighting the disease. It’s a powerful demonstration that gives people the opportunity to grieve but also offers comfort and hope.

Closing Ceremony

Our closing ceremony is the time to commit to take action and help lead the fight for a world free from cancer. It’s a time to celebrate what we’ve accomplished together and a time to unify for the work that needs to be done moving forward.

Orange Lions 2019 Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday

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Apr 122019

The Orange Lions Club will host its 55th annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 13, at the High Plains Community Center grounds (Orange Fairgrounds) on Orange Center Road.

In case of inclement weather, a “rain or snow date” has been set for Saturday, April 20 at High Plains Community Center, with the same schedule of events as on April 13.

The Easter Bunny will arrive at 12:30 PM, one half-hour (30 minutes) 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. Each child should have a bag or basket to collect their 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.

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, and an annual Wine Tasting fundraiser. 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 scholarships each year for students graduating from Amity High School.

Race Brook Students Help Support Other Children

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Apr 082019

Race Brook School students held a very successful drive in March to show their care and support for the children at the Hall Early Learning Center, part of the Hall Neighborhood House in the East Side of Bridgeport. Hall’s Early Learning Center provides services to over 270 preschool-age children through enriching, hands-on curriculum.

Race Brook School’s Student Council, directed by third-grade teacher Janet Greenspan, worked tirelessly to collect hundreds of new or nearly new books, educational games, puzzles, and craft supplies for the children at the center.

Devoted Student Council members at Race Brook School in Orange show their support for the Hall Neighborhood House in Bridgeport with a special drive to collect gently used or new books, educational games, puzzles, and craft supplies.

Fifth-grader Remmy C. really enjoyed contributing to the success of the drive. “I’m happy I was able to help make the flyer for collecting donations. I felt terrific knowing I was helping younger children.”

The Hall Early Learning Center is affiliated with and supported by the Jamie A. Hulley Foundation. The foundation has a special place in the hearts of the students and staff of Race Brook School in Orange. Jamie attended the school from
1987 to 1993. Throughout her young life, Jamie was very involved in the arts. Jamie’s Fund helps to provide the children at the center with enriching experiences in literature, art, music, and theatre. Race Brook students hope their donations to the center will provide hours of educational and creative
enjoyment for the children.

Third-grader Ashlie A. emphatically stated, “I feel lucky I was able to help younger kids. Being on Student Council, I had the chance to collect toys, books, and art supplies to put smiles on many children’s faces at the center.”

Fellow classmate Sophie C. added, “I think it was important for me to take part in making the flyer and inform the school about the drive. The Jamie A. Hulley organization gives our school many grants to help us run fun enrichment programs. This is our way of giving back.”


Joint Chambers’ Women’s Leadership Conference A Success

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Apr 042019

Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz opened the Annual Women’s Leadership Conference on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at the West Haven Italian American Club, West Haven. This event was sponsored by W.O.W., West Haven & Orange Women in Business, a joint committee of the West Haven and Orange Chambers of Commerce.

This year, 200 area women and high school students were able to hear local business women sharing their stories of conviction, commitment, and courage. The speakers included: Jennifer Heath, President & CEO, United Way of Greater New Haven; Monique Bolt, Director of Events, Undergraduate Admissions, University of New Haven; and Sara Longobardi, Senior Vice President, Retail Banking, People’s United Bank.

The proceeds from the conference benefit the Women in Business Scholarship program for female, college-bound, high school seniors from Amity High and West Haven High Schools.

Scholarships were presented to Jenna Nicole Acanfora, and Taylor Joy Gourdier, both from Amity High School. Jenna will be attending the University of Rhode Island where her interests lie with a career in Business. Taylor will be going to the University of Connecticut, she is interested in pursuing a career combining business and social action. Two students from West Haven High also received scholarships.

Major sponsors contributing to the success of this event include TD Bank, Yale University, University of New Haven, The Milford Bank and the West Haven Voice.

Apr 032019

The Orange Scholarship Fund Association is pleased to offer, among its scholarships, the Ashley Krakowski Scholarship, in the amount of $3,000.00, to be awarded to an Orange graduating student intending to pursue a career in a healthcare field.
Scholarship criteria include financial need, academic achievement, community service and leadership roles in organizations and activities.  Application deadline is Monday, April 15th. 
The application may be obtained at the Career Center at Amity Regional High School or http://orangescholarshipfund.com/
Background: The promising life of Ashley Krakowski, 19, of Orange, ended tragically on June 13, 2009, when (former) Milford Police Officer Jason Anderson slammed into her car at a speed in excess of 90 MPH while he was returning from the scene of a bar fight in West Haven — there was no need to return to the station in a hurry. 
Both Ashley and her boyfriend David Servin, also 19, died at the scene. 
Ashley had just completed her final Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) test and was planning on studying to become a nurse. David was studying to be a social worker. 
The scholarship will be awarded at the annual June meeting.