Orange K9s Protected Thanks To Generosity Of Two Community Groups

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Aug 012018

On Tuesday, July 31, Orange K9s Loki (tracking and patrol) and Trent (drug sniffing) each received a piece of life-saving equipment thanks to generous donations from two great community groups — The Orange Lions Club and the Orange Juniorettes girls club.

The dogs were presented with brand new custom fit bullet-proof and stab resistant vests, constructed with the same material that their human partners’ vests are made of.

The Lions, represented by former president Nick Bencivengo, raise money through various events and give back to the community through grants and volunteerism.

The Juniorettes is a group of young ladies who perform community beautification projects and help the town in other ways. The girls hosted fundraisers, such as a dinner at Bertucci’s over the past year to raise money for a K-9 vest, which has a $1,000 price tag.

Loki’s handler, Officer Chris Brown and Trent’s partner, Officer Mary Bernegger measured their dogs’ necks, body length, girth, etc, so the vests could be tailor fit for each dog. They submitted the measurements to Assistant Chief Max Martins and the vests were ordered.

The vests arrived at the Orange Police Department this week, and the donors were invited to attend the presentation on Tuesday.

Bencivengo and the Juniorettes got a close up look at the vests they’d donated and seemed quite impressed with the quality of the items.

German Shepherd Loki looks very manly in his army green vest and Trent, a black Lab, looks quite sophisticated in his black vest.

Officer Bernegger thanked everyone for their hard work and the donations, saying she was happy that Trent now had the vest which could keep him safe.

Officer Brown said having the vest for Loki offers peace of mind while they’re working. “It’s nice to have it. If we don’t need it – perfect, but it’s nice to know it’s there in the car if he needs it for a situation,” he said. “It’s important to have, especially for a team like us doing criminal apprehensions. It’s good peace of mind because I wear one, and I feel that my partner should be able to wear one and luckily they were able to raise the funds to purchase them.”


Orange Ale House Will Host Suicide Prevention Fundraiser

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Jul 272018

Many of us have been directly affected by suicide, some of us are survivors of a suicide attempt, and just about all of us have known or known of someone who has tried or succeeded in committing suicide.

In 2018, suicide is still a hugely taboo subject, and this makes it incredibly difficult for people dealing with depression, bipolar disorder, and suicidal thoughts and feelings to express themselves to others for fear of being shamed. Let’s work together to end the stigma of depression and suicide and spread awareness across the world.

Jim Hassenmayer, the owner of the Orange Ale House, has been thinking about and wanting to do this event for a while. Now, he has announced a date for the “Every 40 Seconds” Suicide Prevention Fundraising Event.

The Orange Ale House will host this event on Saturday, September 8 from 4 – 11 p.m.

Tickets are $30 and will include food and a drink ticket.

The next day is the start of National Suicide Prevention Week. Jim and the Ale House will be raising funds for The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Southern Connecticut chapter.

He said, “We will have a memory wall, where one can post a photo, poem or any other memory they choose of a friend or loved one.”

Hassenmayer added, “We still need a few volunteers to help out. And if anyone can help us source some Raffle/Silent auction prizes, contact any of us or call Orange Ale House at 203-795-0707 or e-mail: info@orangealehouse.com.”

Are You Ready For The Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival?

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Jul 272018

Volunteer Workers at the OVFD Carnival

The Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival opens next Thursday at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road.

This is the OVFDs biggest fundraising event of the year and the men and women of the department depend upon the community’s support here in order to be able to continue to provide the town of Orange the best service possible.

The money raised from raffle tickets and sales from the main food tent and Satellite food tent near the fence at Orange Center Road pays for equipment and training all year long.

The Carnival is open on Thursday, Aug. 2 from 5 to 11 p.m., Friday, Aug. 3 from 5 p.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4, from noon to midnight, and Sunday, Aug. 5 from noon to 5 p.m.

The early weather forecasts are not looking too promising for much sunshine for this year’s event, but the forecast isn’t always spot on, especially so far in advance.

In the event of duck-loving weather, remember, the volunteers will be out in full force cooking food and selling raffle tickets under the tent across from the main food tent (Pavillion). Parking and admission are free, so you can still support the OVFD by having dinner and investing $5 in a raffle ticket (Top prize is a $7,000 Visa Gift Card!)

Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival Raffle: You Can’t Win If You Don’t Buy A Ticket!

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Jul 242018

For the first time in quite a while, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department was allowed to mail raffle tickets through the US Postal Service. They sent them out a month or so ago, so everyone should have received them by now. If you have your tickets, don’t forget to fill them out and send them back with your payment (Still a bargain at only $5 each)

During the years when the Postal Service prohibited them from sending the tickets out, the OVFD was down thousands of dollars in its usual Carnival income, which greatly affected the department and all the dedicated men and women who volunteer their time to serve the community.

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 Prize – $7,000 Visa Gift Card – People’s Bank

2nd Prize – $3,500 Visa Gift Card – People’s Bank

3rd Prize – $3,000 Visa Gift Card – People’s Bank

4th Prize – $2,500 Gift Certificate – Anytime Fitness, 560 Boston Post Road, Orange (Orange Location ONLY)

5th Prize – $1,200 Gift Certificate – Diamond Designs, 500 Boston Post Road, Orange

6th Prize – Apple iPad WiFi, 128GB – Best Buy, 53 Boston Post Road, Orange

7th Prize – $400 Gift Card – ShopRite, 935 Boston Post Road, Milford

8th Prize – $350 Gift Card – Exxon Quick Shop, 404 Boston Post Road, Orange

9th Prize – $250 Gift Card – Knight’s, Inc, 286 Boston Post Road, Orange

10th Prize – $200 Gift Card – Shell Fuel, 380 Boston Post Road, Orange

11th Prize – Gift Certificate to Yale-New Haven Open at Yale Tennis Tournament

*** How To Purchase Tickets***

People’s Bank, 653 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT

First Selectman’s Office
Orange Town Hall
M-F 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Knight’s Power Equipment
286 Boston Post Road
M-F 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM; Saturday 8:30 AM – 12 Noon

Chip’s Family Restaurant
321 Boston Post Road
7 days a week, 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Orange Firemen’s Carnival
Orange Fairgrounds
During Carnival Hours

* Contact your local firefighter

Drawing to be held on Sunday, August 5th, 2018 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


Golf For A Cause At Grassy Hill — Together We Help People

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Jul 242018

Come on out on September 21,  – 6:30 p.m. for the 17th Annual United Way of Milford Golf Classic, at Grassy Hill Country Club in Orange.

Enjoy a great day of golf, dining, prizes and raffle at one of Connecticut’s most beautiful courses. Proceeds will benefit 20 local partner agencies and help United Way of Milford serve and strengthen our community.

$175 per golfer includes:

1 Round of Golf, golf bag cooler, golf cart, a photo of your foursome, lunch, refreshments, gift bag and an invitation to our awards dinner.

Reservations accepted on a first come basis. For more information, contact Julie Smillie at (203) 874-6791 or jsmillie@unitedwayofmilford.org.

Individual Ticket         $175
Foursome                    $700
Dinner Ticket              $35

Click HERE to register for the event & view sponsorship opportunities.

Click HERE for our Facebook Event Page.

Legion Baseball Fundraiser Today at Chipotle

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Jul 242018

Show your team spirit by joining members of Bob Mirto’s ball players at a fundraiser to support American Legion Post 127 Baseball League.

Come into the Chipotle at 1319 Boston Post Road (Space 4B) in Milford on Tuesday, July 24 between 4 – 8 p.m.

Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 33% of the proceeds are donated to American Legion Post 127 Baseball.

What You Should Know About The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation

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Jul 162018

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 16 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 16th Annual Gala on Sept. 8. But, if you cannot attend the event, you may make a donation at any time.

Click HERE to make an electronic donation or through VENMO: @Jamie-Hulley-Foundation-3 or simply

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

A timely donation by December 31, 2018, will help raise even more money for the organization.

If the foundation raises $10,000 in donations by December 31st it will receive $10,000 in matching funds from a generous “angel” family.

To help them win $10,000 in matching funds offered by a local family foundation, the foundation must collect $10,000 by the last day in December (New Year’s Eve!) and Remember to check if your employer will match your donation.

Have Dinner For A Good Cause At Friday’s on Friday

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Jul 132018

Appreciative Amity students who’ve benefited from the generosity and good work of the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation have arranged for a fundraiser to benefit their favorite charity.

On Friday, July 13, come on down to TGI Friday’s, 348 Boston Post Road, Orange, from 5 to 10 p.m., 20% of sales will benefit the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation when you present this flyer at check-out.

Judy Primavera and Fred Hulley have given so much to our young people through this foundation named for their beloved daughter, the late Jamie Hulley, an artist, dancer, actor, singer who loved the arts and loved life. You can show them your appreciation by enjoying a meal and helping raise money for the foundation so they can continue to help enrich the lives of your children.

Local Business Helps Clover Nook Tornado Fundraiser

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Jun 142018

Easily accessible on the Boston Post Road.

Kristina Kaoud, owner of Material Girls Boutique, 463 Boston Post Road (Next to Kaoud Oriental Rugs) announced today that she will donate a portion of sales when any customer mentions Clover Nook Farm at checkout Now through Sunday, June 17th.

A longtime Woodbridge resident and friend of Orange Live, Kristina hosts many types of fundraising events and said she hopes to make a nice contribution to this weekend’s fundraiser.

Thank you Kristina!

Customers, don’t forget to mention Clover Nook Farm!

Orange Police/Special Olympics Torch Run Comes Through Town Today

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Jun 082018

file photo from the 2015 Torch Run in Orange

Members of the Orange Police Department will be running in the Special Olympics Torch Run today, Friday, June 8, beginning at 4 p.m. (Perhaps as early as 3:45 p.m.)

The Milford PD will pass off the torch at the Orange Town Line on the Boston Post Road at the Raymour and Flanagan outlet store.

Orange Runs up to the West Haven Town Line just past the Guitar Center.

Joining the Orange PD will be Denise Stein from the Orange Senior Services Department. Come out and cheer them on!