Hit The Links For This Autism Fundraiser

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Sep 122019

The Bethany Leapley Autism Spectrum Disorder Scholarship Fund will host its annual Golf Tournament at Orange Hills Country Club on Thursday, September 26.

The day’s schedule is as follows:

11:30 am Registration and Lunch

1 pm Tee Off

Click here to register now or go to www.bethanyleapleyasdfund.org

  • Individual $200
  • Foursome $750
  • Hole Sponsorship $125 per hole
  • Foursome for Military Veterans, Cops, Firemen, Teachers & Special Ed Professionals – 50% off! ($375) Thank you for all that you do!

Can’t attend? 

If you are unable to attend, but would like to donate, you may click here or go to: www.bethanyleapleyasdfund.org/donate 

All funds collected will be utilized to award scholarships to children and adults for the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Fitness Center. The ASD Fitness Center is a facility designed specifically to provide a safe, comfortable and structured environment for empowering individuals with ASD to improve their level of physical fitness.

For more information E-mail ASDScholarship@gmail.com


What You Should Know About The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation

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Aug 222019

When I was working at the Amity Observer Newspaper back in 2002, I came across a very sad notice. A young woman from Orange had passed away and the more I learned about her, the more I felt I knew her.

Jamie Alaine Hulley, the daughter of Judy Primavera and Fred Hulley, was only 20 years old when she died, leaving behind a legacy of talent and creativity.

Shortly after her death, the Jamie A Hulley Arts Foundation was established to help other young people learn about and appreciate all of the things Jamie loved. In the past 17 years, it has helped thousands of children, teens and college students realize their potential for creativity and gave many underprivileged children opportunities they otherwise would never have been able to experience.

Who was Jamie A. Hulley?

(from the foundation website)

jamieJamie was a creative soul who had the gift of seeing the world as a thing of beauty. As a child, Jamie saw pictures in the clouds, danced rather than walked, filled reams of paper with her sketches and paintings, performed for any audience, sang to anyone who would listen, and turned anything and everything into a beautiful art project. Her dreams for the future always involved “creating” in one way or another.

As she grew into adulthood, she became a talented studio artist, writer, dancer, singer, songwriter, actor, and comedian. Jamie was a lover of people who had the talent of seeing the good in others and making all who knew her feel special. She was known for her warm smile, quick wit, and her loud infectious laughter.

Jamie was an avid seeker of new experiences. She embraced the unknown with a seemingly insatiable curiosity and definitely was a person who danced through life to the beat of a different drummer. Jamie’s dream of pursuing a career in the arts was cut short in 2002 just two weeks before her 21st birthday after a brief battle with an aggressive form of lymphoma.

To celebrate Jamie’s vivacious spirit and the beauty that she brought to the world, her family and friends established the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation. The foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides educational and career development opportunities in the arts including Grants for Schools, Special Project Grants in the Community; Scholarships, and Jamie’s legacy programs that reflect the experiences, the places, and the people that she loved.

This is where the money goes:

From Sept. 2017 through now, this is how the foundation has distributed its funds


 Eight 4–year college scholarships in theater and studio arts to Amity HS students
 13 full scholarships to Missoula Children’s Theatre camp at Fairfield University (based on need) to youth in greater Bridgeport area
 3 talent development scholarships for youth (based on need) to take weekly lessons in musical theater at Broadway Method Academy — The program run by Orange native, Connor Deane
 Four $1,000 scholarships awarded at the Sondheim Awards – 2 to the best actor/actress and 2 to students nominated by their high school teachers and chosen by the JAH foundation recognizing talent in both performance and in promoting a positivity on stage and off.

School Educational Programs:
 More than 25 different educational programs were sponsored in schools in the Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford regions
• Orange schools: 5 programs including Dancing with the Racebrook stars for its 9th year; yoga program for 1st graders at Turkey Hill School for its 4th year; and sponsorship of the Peck Place Drama Club’s production
• Amity Middle School Orange: 3 programs including the film production program in its 4th-year and Sponsorship of the Spartan
Player’s production of The Music Man
• Amity Middle School – Bethany: 3 programs – including sponsorship of the Spartan Players production of Once on This Island, Jr.
• Amity High School: 13 programs including sponsorship of Amity Creative Theatre’s productions of The Laramie Project Ten Years
Later and The Addams Family, funding to have ACT students mentored by Laramie Project people and Broadway actor Erick Buckley who was a cast member in The Addams Family; sponsorship of The Duality School of Music’s after-school music industry workshop series; visiting artists in studio art, music, and English including sponsorship of the annual Storytelling SLAM; The Memory Project; NAHS annual museum trip, etc.

Programs with Community Groups:
 Fellowship Place in New Haven – sponsorship of a year-round weekly dance class for clients living with mental illness
 Broadway Method Academy in Fairfield – support for development and production of Evita
 Square Foot Theatre in Wallingford – Headlining Sponsor for the 2017-2018 season
 Theatre Fairfield at Fairfield University – sponsorship of the student independent project
 Orange Community Women – sponsorship of Bubblemania Early Career Awards
 One award to Johnny Shea – he is now starring in the lead role in Peter Pan at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Legacy Awards:
 Art Award at Racebrook School
 Art Award at Amity Middle School Orange
 Dance Award at Lee Lund Studio of Dance in Milford CT
 Senior Thesis Stipend Award at Wesleyan University

What Can YOU Do?

That said, there are ways that you can help keep the foundation strong, so it can continue its good work throughout the next year.

Obviously, you may attend the 17th Annual Gala on Sept. 7. But, if you cannot attend the event, you may make a donation at any time.

Send a check/money order to:
Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation
P.O. Box 1208
Orange, CT 06477


Register Now For The 13th Annual OEDC Golf Tournament

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Aug 132019

The Orange Economic Development Corporation will host its 13th Annual Golf Tournament, on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at the new location at Race Brook Country Club, 246 Derby Avenue, Orange.

This year the OEDC will partner with the Connecticut Burns Care Foundation and the Rape Crisis Center, where a portion of proceeds will be donated to each charity.

Executive Director Annemarie Sliby said, “We feel this will create additional excitement for our golfers and provide needed support to these two wonderful charities.”

Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m. where players will receive tournament gifts, purchase raffle tickets, have a ten-minute chair massage, and grab lunch while waiting for the shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.

Tournament price is $225 per golfer and includes the following:

18 Holes of golf with cart

Tournament gift

Lunch at Check-in

Snacks and drinks on the course

Contest Awards – Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive (Men and Women) and Hole-in-One

Cocktails and dinner in the dining room

Massages (provided by Massage Green)

Cold drinks (provided by Orange Ale House and Grill)

Cigars (provided by Orange Cigar and More)

The OEDC is accepting player registrations and tee sign sponsorships. Accommodations of singles, doubles and triples can be made. Call 203-891-1045 or register online at www.OrangeEDC.com/Events_Activities.

Dinner only tickets for non-golfers are available for $60.

Sponsors include: Cohen and Wolf, Costco Wholesale, Eagle Leasing, Hurwitz Sagarin Slossberg and Knuff, Massage Green, NORTHEAST Electronics, Orange Ale House, Orange Cigar and More, Subway, and Tamaro Oil Corporation

AND The Winners Are… Are You On The List?

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Aug 042019

In case you didn’t stick around for the raffle prize drawing at the Firemen’s Carnival this afternoon, here’s the list of winners, along with the ticket number that was drawn. Are you one of the lucky winners?

1st- $10,000 Visa gift card — 021282 Joan Cretella, West Haven

2nd- $5,000 Visa gift card — 126873 Cynthia Spector, Orange

3rd- $3,000 Visa gift card — 064979  William Beletsky, Orange

4th- $2,500 Anytime Fitness gift card — 138938 Sal Persico, Orange

5th- $1,200 Diamond Designs gift card — 016323 Ken Huzi, Shelton

6th- iPad wifi 128GB from Best Buy — 092721 Doloris Oliver, Orange

7th- $400 ShopRite gift card — 136130 Carol Anderson, Clinton

8th- $300 Trader Joe’s gift card​ — 127982 Anita Vitti, Orange

9th- $250 Knights Power gift card — 099303 Elizabeth Mullins, Orange

10th- $200 Kohl’s gift card — 001505 Alfred Della Russo, Orange

11th- $200 Outback gift card — 080641 Marie Kaufman, Orange

Don’t Forget To Buy Your OVFD Raffle Tickets, Top Prize is $10,000

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Aug 032019

Raffle tickets for the Orange Volunteer Fire Department’s carnival are still a bargain at only $5 each

As most of you know, the dedicated men and women of the OVFD volunteer their time to serve the community. Day or night, freezing cold or brutal heat, they are there, just as they were last Sunday morning at 6 a.m. when an alarm went off at Applebee’s Restaurant (everything’s okay). When they get the call, they leave their homes and respond wherever they’re needed.

In return, you can help support them and their operations by attending the carnival and reaching into your wallets to buy a raffle ticket or two or three, or more. And don’t forget the 50/50 raffle where you could win 1/2 the pot and the OVFD gets the other 1/2.

The Firemen’s Carnival is the department’s major fundraiser of the year and the majority of the money comes from the raffle ticket sales. The OVFD depends upon these funds to pay for equipment and training so it can offer the town of Orange the very best service possible.

For decades, raffle prizes were things you could see right there under the raffle tent. Riding mowers, leaf blowers, etc, but as the times changed, so did the type of prizes that are donated for the cause.

And who wouldn’t want to win just about any one of these eleven prizes?

Here’s this year’s list:

1st- $10,000 Visa gift card

2nd- $5,000 Visa gift card

3rd- $3,000 Visa gift card

4th- $2,500 Anytime Fitness gift card

5th- $1,200 Diamond Designs gift card

6th- iPad wifi 128GB from Best Buy

7th- $400 ShopRite gift card

8th- $300 Trader Joe’s gift card

9th- $250 Knights Power gift card

10th- $200 Kohl’s gift card

11th- $200 Outback gift card

*** How To Purchase Tickets***


Orange Firemen’s Carnival
Orange Fairgrounds
During Carnival Hours

* Contact your local firefighter

Drawing to be held on Sunday, August 4th, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT

Alcoholic beverages not included

Tickets $5.00/Each Suggested Donation

No, Discount Ride Tickets Are Not Available Online Anymore

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Aug 022019

Each year, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department offers discounted ride wrist bands for sale on its website through noon the day prior to opening day.

The cut-off time is usually posted, but I don’t recall seeing it this year, but for many, it is common knowledge.

The carnival began on Thursday and anyone who purchased the wrist bands by the deadline may pick them up in the rear of the main raffle tent across from the pavilion (main food tent) when they arrive.

Each wrist band can be used for one of the following time periods; Thursday, Friday, Saturday afternoon matinee, Saturday night, or Sunday.

All sales are final; there are no exchanges or refunds. There is a minimum height requirement of 36 inches.

Carnival Hours Are:

Friday:  5 p.m. to 12 a.m.  Fireworks at night!

Saturday:  12 p.m. to 12 a.m.  Fireworks at night!

Sunday:  12 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Raffle Drawing at 4 p.m.


It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year — The Orange Firemen’s Carnival!

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Jul 262019

Orange volunteer firefighters will kick off their annual carnival at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1, at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, continuing an area tradition and undertaking their biggest fund-raiser of the year.

The Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival is a tradition that is almost 100 years old, according to carnival chairman Don Foyer.

It runs Thursday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday 5 p.m. to midnight, Saturday noon to midnight and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

Advance sales for ride wristbands, sold at a discount, are available at the Orange Volunteer Fire Department website https://www.orangevfd.org/carnival until Wednesday.

Wristbands will be available at the carnival Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Ride tickets also
will be available at the carnival. Fireworks are planned for Friday and Saturday.

Not only has the carnival grown to be an area favorite for a night out, it’s a major fund-raiser for the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

“It’s a really important event for the fire department,” said Foyer. “We’re self-funded. The town gives us a small contribution, but this event is how we finance the department and its operations for the next year, including the purchase of equipment, supplies, apparatus, and training.”

Firefighters will be showing off their newest fire truck, Quint-32. The $850,000-vehicle is equipped with an aerial ladder, pumps, a water tank and transports equipment and personnel. It arrived in July.

“The town doesn’t buy us equipment like this,” Foyer said. “We buy it with funds raised at the Carnival and other fund-raisers. Just like when a family buys a car, we plan and save for a few years. This year, we added the truck and all of the equipment that goes in it to our fleet.”

There are new things for carnival-goers, too. Eli’s Restaurant will be on-hand selling lobster rolls. In addition to food trucks, Orange firefighters and their friends will be cooking as always, and the food lines have been reorganized to make it easier. Foyer said there always new rides and games to play.

Foyer, a firefighter for 45 years, has chaired the carnival for 10 years. It’s grown larger and has become a regional favorite. Foyer said the carnival was started shortly after the creation of the fire department in 1925. As it has grown, the carnival moved from the town green, to the area behind town hall and then to its current home on the Orange Fairgrounds.

“We’re looking forward to another great year for everyone,” said Foyer. “It never get old or boring. Every year brings new excitement.”

Orange Volunteer Fire Association
625 Orange Center Road • P.O. Box 878
Orange, CT 06477
(203) 891-4703

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.