Don’t Forget, “Bubblemania” Is Coming To Town On Saturday

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Jan 182018

Orange Community Women (OCW) invites you to see “Casey Carle’s BubbleMania” at High Plains Community Center, on Saturday, January 20 at 3 p.m. 

BubbleMania is a highly-acclaimed show combining the science of bubbles with theatrical showmanship and comedy.   Its website describes the show as an “extremely unique program combining high energy entertainment with artistic achievement.  

BubbleMania is loaded with visual comedy, quick wit, big band swing music and the untamed, often unbelievable qualities and beauty of spherical liquids: 20-foot bubble serpents; bubbles that bounce, dance and shimmy; jaw-dropping fog filled bubble sculptures; gravity-defying blobs of bubble foam; bubble spaceship; crystal ball; soap bubble ping-pong and more! This will be a wonderful community event and lots of fun for all ages.

This show is sponsored by the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation.

Tickets are $7 at the door – under 1 free.

Publicity Chairman Laura Griest said, “Orange Community Women is a chapter of Connecticut Junior Women, Inc.  We seek to unite the women of Orange and surrounding areas by participating in community service and providing enrichment, leadership and social interaction.  Our projects include awarding scholarships to Amity students, donating children’s books to the library, collecting for veterans, organizing activities for the Tracy Bunch (a group of special needs adults sponsored by Orange Community Services), visiting and working with the seniors at Silverbrook, donating holiday food baskets and gift cards to Orange Community Services and partnerships with Days for Girls, Manes and Motions Therapeutic Riding Center and Female Soldiers/Forgotten Heroes. Proceeds from this fundraiser support projects such as these.”

For more information on Orange Community Women, contact Donna Wesolowski, 203-799-3519.

Jan 152018

Following is a message from the Amity Theater/Choir:

The Amity Theater Department and The Amity Choir students are performing this April in Walt Disney World. The students have been participating in fundraisers all year and we appreciate your continued support.

Our current fundraiser is selling Amity apparel through Blanchettes sporting goods online store. We are offering everything from t-shirts to sweatshirts, jackets, hats and even kids clothes! When you go to the website you will see two choices for each item.

The first choice is the Amity Creative Theater logo. The second choice is the Amity “block A” with a drop-down box for your choice of wording underneath.

The wording choices are Spartans, Staff, Alumni, Choir, Band and Creative Theater. All the funds that are raised go towards the students trip to Orlando this coming April. Thank you in advance for your support!

To Access the On-Line Store go to https://blanchettesportinggoods.itemorder.com the code is: AmityCT2017

Amity Teen Center Receives Grant Award

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Jan 082018

The Amity Teen Center received a $9,283.98 Connecticut Neighborhood Assistance Act Tax Credit Program grant from AVANGRID, Inc., at a ceremony held at the Energize Connecticut Center in North Haven, on Dec. 19.  This grant is aimed at helping community neighborhood organizations across the state improve energy efficiency and save on energy costs.

AVANGRID’s Connecticut companies, United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas and Connecticut Natural Gas are grateful for this opportunity to support nonprofit organizations that improve our neighborhoods and communities.

Pictured are Eileen Lopez-Cordone, UI’s Community Development Specialist, Amity Teen Center Program Director Jennifer DiBlanda, Amity Teen Center President Jane Opper and Al Carbone, Manager of Community and Government Relations for AVANGRID.

Orange Lions Offer New Christmas Tree Disposal Service – Call Today

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Jan 042018

Don’t want to have to drag your Christmas tree to the transfer station, or get those annoying needles in your car’s trunk? The Orange Lions Club will pick up your used Christmas tree from your curb or driveway, and have it made into mulch!

This new service will be held on Saturday, January 6, and again on Saturday, January 13, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. A donation of$15 is requested for Orange Lions Charities, which will receive 100% of the net proceeds.

Payment may be made by cash or by check made payable to “Orange Lions Charities.”

Simply call “Lion Fred” at 203-389-4688 to arrange for a convenient pickup and removal from your property!

Trumbull Man Wins Fourth Consecutive New Year’s Day Race

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Jan 012018

File photo of race winner Calvin Park

The Annual New Year’s Day Chilly Chili Run attracted a much smaller crowd to Orange on Monday morning, New Year’s Day, most likely due to the single digit temperature. A total of 379 registered and 288 finished the race. (In 2017, 508 registered and 479 finished).

Runners braved the 7-degree chill, and did their best to compete in the race, which supports the Amity Teen Center.

Wearing bib #1, the overall winner was Calvin Park, 22, of Trumbull, who finished the race 16:23.

This is Park’s fourth first-place victory in this race. In 2014, at the age of 18, he ran it in 16:43.36.

Orange resident Anthony Tom, 16, came in second at 17:38, followed by 23-year-old Orange resident, Dan McCabe at 18:13.

The first female finisher was Maliya Ellis, 16, at 20:39 followed by Betsy Overstrum, 15, at 20:59, and in third place, last year’s first-place female winner Bianca Lucero, 40, of New York at 21:08.

The oldest male runner in the race once again, was Herman Bershtein, 92, of Hamden, who crossed the finish line at 1:00:59, improving his 2017 finish time by 13 seconds!

And once again, the oldest female runner was Betty Holroyd, 91, of Wallingford, who finished at 59:26.

Bless each and every one of you, you have my complete and undying admiration for braving the cold today and finishing this race.

The results are now posted on Hi Tek Racing’s website.

American Liver Foundation Honors Bonnie Goldberg

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Dec 262017

Bonnie Kleper Goldberg was recognized as an individual who makes a profound impact on the Connecticut Division of the American Liver Foundation on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at the American Liver Foundation Honoree Salute Dinner at The Farms Country Club in Wallingford, an original founder of the Connecticut Division, Bonnie received her award from the CEO and National Board Chair.
For more than two decades, Bonnie served as co-president of the Connecticut Division of the American Liver Foundation with her co-president Joyce Willig.  Educating the public about the various liver diseases and raising money for vital liver research kept her occupied and gave her a way to positively deal with her husband Allen’s debilitating illness.
Bonnie says she learned one important lesson from her husband Allen during his 14 years of battling chronic liver illness: don’t postpone joy.

A Message From Beardsley Zoo Director Gregg Dancho

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Dec 142017

For the past 35 years, I have had the privilege to be the Director of Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. Every day, I walk the grounds and see how the Zoo has grown and I dream of what’s to come.
My daily conversations with our dedicated staff highlight the work we are doing with Universities, Zoos and other conservation organizations both here and abroad to help advance the care and protection of all living things. 
This includes the birth of two new tiger cubs. This birth is significant, as this critically endangered species is rapidly disappearing from the wild.
Threatened by habitat loss, poaching, tiger-human conflict, and loss of food sources, four of nine tiger subspecies have disappeared from our planet just in the past hundred years.
It is because of your continued support that we are able to play a vital role in helping to keep this species from going extinct.
The birth of these cubs brings a few more precious tigers to the population, which can help ensure the survival of these majestic creatures for future generations to come.
Please consider making a gift today. Please consider asking your company to match your generous gift. And please tell your friends and family why you choose to support the Zoo and ask them to come see why we are a place that is worth supporting.
Everything is possible with YOU.
With warm regards and gratitude,
Gregg Dancho
Zoo Director
NOTE: Christmas came early to Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo! We’re proud to announce the birth of our two newest family members: our two-week-old Amur tiger cubs. The two cubs were removed from their mother, Changbai, when she showed no interest in taking care of them. The cubs are being handfed a feline milk replacement formula five times a day.

Orange Legislators to Ring the Bell for the Salvation Army

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Dec 132017

On Wednesday, Dec. 20, House Republican Leader Themis Klarides (R-114) along with State Representatives Pam Staneski (R-119) and Charles Ferraro (R-117) will be participating in The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign by ringing bells at Walgreens, 54 Boston Post Road, Orange, from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

The public is invited to support the cause with donations of any size. The Salvation Army provides food, clothing, comfort, and care to local residents as well as people in need across the United States.

If you cannot stop by during the legislators’ time ringing the bell but wish to donate to the Salvation Army text CTREP to 71777 and donate directly to the House and Senate Republicans’ Red Kettle.

All proceeds will be donated directly to The Salvation Army.

Get Your Ticket For This Fundraiser To Benefit The Orange Food Bank

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Dec 052017

You could win this for just $2 ticket.

Orange Live will be raffling off a lighted 16″ “Gingerbread Lighthouse” on a 16 X 20″ base for $2 per ticket. All proceeds will go to the Orange Food Bank.

The Lighthouse, which was made during a 26-hour period from an original design, received rave reviews at the Orange Holiday Festival and would attract attention wherever it goes on display.

It can be shellacked and preserved for the future.

We are happy to be able to offer this piece to the Orange Community and hope you will help us raise a sizeable contribution to the Orange Community Services Food Bank.

The Lighthouse will be on display at Maplewood of Orange during its Festival of Lights tonight from 4-7:30 p.m. and Wednesday evening at Material Girls Boutique for its Holiday Girl’s Night Out from 5-8:30 p.m.

The drawing will take place on December 12.

If any other local businesses would like to display the Lighthouse to assist in ticket sales, please call Terri at 203-506-1747.

NOTE: Although constructed completely of edible items, we suggest that the Lighthouse be used for display purposes only. The recipe used is for a Structural Gingerbread, which makes it very strong – like plywood – and tasteless. The Royal Frosting is probably stronger than Gorilla Glue and contains raw egg whites.


Festival of Lights and Trees at Maplewood Senior Living of Orange

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Dec 052017

Maplewood Senior Living of Orange, 245 Indian River Road is sponsoring a Festival of Lights and Trees community event to raise funds for the Orange Community Assistance Programs which provide assistance with Food Bank, Fuel Assistance, Holiday Baskets and Adopt a Family.

For this event, donors are asked to decorate a tree for auction at The Festival of Lights and Trees.

The event will take place at Maplewood on Tuesday, Dec. 5, from 4:30 PM to 7 p.m.

The Community Assistance Programs are vital to assist Orange residents in need and are maintained solely by donations and the generosity of local businesses, organizations, schools, churches and residents. Please decorate a tree, stop by for some culinary delights and support your neighbors in need!

Orange Live will be on hand with the “decorative” lighted Gingerbread Lighthouse raffle. Tickets are $2 each with all proceeds going to the Orange Food Bank. (Drawing to be held on December 12).