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Remember, The OCC Serves Up Food And Drinks During The Parade

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May 232018
 

The Orange Congregational Church Nursery School Bake Sale will take place on Sunday, May 27. 

Many baked goods, sweet treats, hot coffee and cold drinks and much more will be available at their tent on the Orange Town Green during the Memorial Day parade.

This annual fundraiser has become a tradition at the parade and helps to support their faith-based school for three and four-year-olds, which has reached out into the community for more than 50 years.

Zoo News: Tiger Habitat Expansion On The Horizon With Your Help

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May 232018
 

Orange Live has been committed to keeping its promise to limit its coverage area to the town of Orange, crossing into Woodbridge for Amity High School news, as this is where Orange residents send their teens to public high school.

The other place from which we will share information is the Beardsley Zoo. WHY? Because it is Connecticut’s Zoo, just a short car ride from Orange, and a valuable resource for children and adults alike to learn about the many endangered species of animals in the world and because we admire the Zoo’s commitment to conservation and its efforts to keep these animals from becoming extinct.

If you have been to the Orange Business Expo, especially if you are accompanied by a child, you delight in the Beardsley Zoo booth, and whatever creatures they’ve brought with them that day.

If you have visited the zoo recently, you know that Rochan, the Red Panda, has a new girlfriend “Mari,” and together they will soon have a lovely large new habitat. Jabba, the sloth, also has a new girlfriend “Hope,” and you can see them lounging around in the rainforest building.

The one thing that you may have lamented over in past years is the seemingly small Tiger cage. I know that my daughter and I have always wished they had more room. So imagine my delight when I learned a few weeks ago while talking to Zoo Director Gregg Dancho, that the Zoo plans to greatly expand the Tiger habitat.

Here is a press release from the Zoo about this very important project:

On November 25, 2017, the Zoo welcomed two female Amur tiger cubs. Both cubs were hand-reared by their care
staff and are growing up fast. These cubs are significant to the survival of their species as Amur tigers are endangered in the wild.

Amur tigers, once known as Siberian tigers, no longer carry that name since they are extinct in Siberia and are now found primarily near the Amur River in Russia. As zoos across the country work to support all endangered species, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is proud to play a vital role in the survival of Amur tigers.

In January, we asked for support to raise funds to create a concept rendering for a new tiger habitat. A new tiger
habitat is a dream of Zoo staff and we are committed to make this a reality, but we need your help.

The goals for redesigning the Amur tiger habitat are increased indoor and outdoor space, immersive wildlife experiences for guests and additional education space to include presentation opportunities, photo opportunities, and signage.

We just received a $15,000 challenge grant from the Bradshaw-Mack Family Foundation in support of the new
Amur tiger habitat. Every dollar you give today will double and 100% of your support will help us build a
new tiger habitat.

Give today and be a part of the new tiger habitat and your Zoo’s future.

Warm Regards,
Gregg Dancho, Zoo Director

P.S. Donors at the $2,500 level will be showcased on a ‘Founding Families’ plaque at the new habitat!

EDITOR’S NOTE: The zoo is not funded by the state and depends upon admission costs, donations and fundraisers to continue to keep the animals fed, happy and healthy.   

 

The Highly Anticipated Food Truck Festival Is This Friday

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May 232018
 

During the first four years, even with some soggy weather, the Race Brook School Food Truck Festival always drew a pretty big crowd.

This Friday’s weather is supposed to be dry, but hot and a little humid as the fifth annual festival hits the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, May 25 from 4-8 p.m.

Race Brook Alum DJ Chris Hughes will provide the entertainment. There will be kids crafts and activities and, of course, Food Trucks!

Bring your appetites, because these fabulous trucks will be serving up their specialties: 744 Express; Cappetta’s Italian Imports; Chompers; Cowabunga Grill; DrewbaQ; Fork In The Road; Four Flours; Golden Spoon jamaican; Halel Food Truck; Lemonade Grenade; Lenny and Joe’s, mamoun’s Falafel Truck; Meriano’s Cannoli Truck, Pierogies On Wheels; Pork Friends & Company; Rice & Beans; Shoreline Prime; Source Buszzy Truck; Spuds Your Way; Sugar; Ted’s Steamed Burgers; The Belgian Bus; and Tipsy Cones.

Pack up the family, grab some friends and bring your wallet, for some, this is the event of the year. Mom doesn’t have to cook!

 

 

 

Jamie Hulley’s Memory Lives On Through Arts Grants To Local Schools

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May 212018
 

The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation, based in Orange, provides grants to different area schools and organizations to help enrich the lives of young people.
One example was a recent grant to Meladee Ruzbarsky’s third-grade class at Bethany Community School to fund a production of the fairy tale play “Lost In The Attic,” with Magic Storybook Productions, headed by Bethany resident Maria Douglas.
The children performed the play before a full house at their school on May 9.
The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation depends on donations from the public to provide these excellent programs.
We’ll keep you posted on information about their upcoming annual fundraising Gala in September.

Beardsley Zoo’s Biggest Fundraiser Of The Year Almost Sold Out

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May 162018
 

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport, will host its annual Wild Wine, Beer, and Food Safari on Saturday, June 2, 2018, from 6-9 p.m. This event welcomes 1,200 adult guests for an evening of food & drink tastings from local vendors, live music by Zoo favorites The Navels, and an exciting silent auction, all on Zoo grounds.

This is the Zoo’s single largest fundraiser and funds raised support the Zoo’s educational programming, new exhibits, and operations. This is a rain or shine event!  Please read our event FAQ for more details.

Tickets on sale now (less than 50 left) click HERE to order and print yours.

This event features samples from our favorite local restaurants and caterers, and beer and wine tastings (please note: liquor service ends half-hour prior to event close).  Ticket includes all samples, live music, silent auction, and of course, our wild guests on exhibit through 7:30 PM.  ALL guests must be 21 & older to attend – no exceptions.

  • Standard tickets are $85 per person.
  • Parties of 4 or more receive tickets at a discounted rate of $80 per person.

Are you interested in featuring your restaurant/catering business or sponsoring 2018’s Wild Wine, Beer & Food Safari? Contact Amanda Bolanos at abolanos@beardsleyzoo.org or 203-394-6574 for more information today!

 

 

 

Lions Invite You To Have Breakfast For Dinner May 15

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May 112018
 

pancake-with-syrup_zoinkThe Orange Lions Club will host Breakfast For Dinner at Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, Orange on Tuesday, May 15.

For just $10 per person, you will receive 2 pancakes, 2 eggs, bacon, and coffee or tea.

Seating times are 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 7 p.m.

For Tickets, ask any Lion, call George Lesko at 203-610-3804 or Marianne at 203-795-3906.

All proceeds benefit the Lions projects to improve the local community.

Breakfast for dinner…what can be better?

 

Dance Studio’s Cancer Research Fundraiser A Big Success

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May 112018
 

The Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Orange raised more than $3,000 during a charity event on April 21.

Chris Sabourin, owner of the Dance Studio on the Boston Post Road, will be on hand at the Yale School of Medicine’s Day of Discovery this Saturday to present Dr. Elena Ratner, Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences with a check for $3,600.

The money will help fund Cancer Research programs at Yale.

 

Get Ready! The Annual Church Tag Sale Is On May 12

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May 102018
 

Aerial view of the Orange Congregational Church

The annual Orange Congregational Church Youth Group Tag sale will take place on the Orange Town Green on Saturday, May 12  from 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (rain date: May 19).

If you wish to rent a space—without a table is $20, and a space with a table is $25, please call Esther at the church office 203-795-9749 during office hours.

There also will be a Bake Sale during the Tag Sale and proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity Youth United.

Donations of items for the sale are welcome and can be brought after May 6 to the church at 205 Meetinghouse Lane, Orange.

Church office hours are Mon-Fri, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can email them any time at occhurch@snet.net.

Renovation and Construction Fundraiser For The Animal Shelter

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May 092018
 

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.

Clothing For A Cause

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May 052018
 

The Orange Lions Club is collecting NEW clothes for the Rape Crisis Center of Milford, servicing the Milford, Orange, Derby, Ansonia, Seymour, Shelton and West haven areas.

New Clothing Only! Women’s sizes — Med and X-Large Preferred. Including Flip Flops, Athletic Pants and Shirts, Sweatshirts, Socks, T-Shirts, and Underwear.

Bring items to High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road on Saturday, May 5, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.