Big Sports Day: Football Game Features Cancer Fundraiser And Amity Army Hosts Black Out

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Sep 142018

Today, Friday, Sept. 14, Amity athletic fans can enjoy several different sports, with three back-to-back home games ending with the 2018 Spartans Football team going up against Foran.

YOU can help fight childhood cancer by pledging NOW on the Touchdowns Against Cancer Fundraiser website.

Boys Soccer vs Jonathan Law Home at Amity 3:45 p.m.

Field Hockey vs Sacred Heart Academy Away at Sacred Heart 3:45 p.m.

Girls Soccer vs Sacred Heart Academy Away at Sacred Heart 3:45 p.m.

Girls Volleyball vs Wilbur Cross Home at Amity 5:30 p.m.

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The Amity Football team has a conference game vs. Foran Home at 7 p.m. and this night Amity is participating in the Touchdowns Against Cancer fundraiser.

Farm and New England Brewing Team Up For Tornado Relief Fundraiser

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Sep 112018

Remains of the historic barn

On May 15, 2018, Bethany and the surrounding region experienced tornado damage from category EF-1 tornadoes. Clover Nook Farm experienced a direct hit, as the tornado path ran through the west side of our land. Clover Nook sustained extensive damage from the 100 mph winds that brought devastation in less than 10 minutes.

Our family is extremely blessed for the outpouring of community support that we received since the tornado and we would like to extend our greatest thanks to everyone who lent a hand during our tornado recovery. Fortunately, Clover Nook Farm has been at full operation for the 2018 growing season. However, there remains extensive structural damage at Clover Nook that exceeds our insurance coverage.

On Friday, September 14, 2018, we will be hosting a Clover Nook Tornado Relief Fundraiser in partnership with New England Brewing Company. New England Brewing Company has been generous enough to donate the event space for us to use. The purpose of this fundraiser is to alleviate the costs associated with repairing and rebuilding sustained structural damage from the tornadoes.

Clover Nook visitors will notice the destruction of our “Horse Barn” that was built in 1840 and listed on the CT historical registry. Additional structural damage at Clover Nook can be seen on our two greenhouses which house our early seedlings each spring, tree line destruction that will affect our fields for future growing seasons, and fence line damage compromising our livestock pastures. Our goal is to use proceeds from this fundraiser to alleviate the costs of repairing and rebuilding these structures to sustain our farm in the future.

Event details are as follows:

Clover Nook Tornado Relief Fundraiser
Where: New England Brewing Co.
175 Amity Rd, Woodbridge, CT 06525
When: Sept. 14, 2018; 5  to 9 p.m.
Costs: Free, donations welcome
Activities: New England Brews, Food Trucks, Music, teacup raffle

Donations are welcome from local businesses or artists for the teacup raffle. Please contact us via email (info@clovernookfarm.com), Debbie (203-393-2929) or Lars (203-640-9775) Demander to donate a gift card or gift basket, or if you are interested in creating wood art with remains from the Horse Barn.

We invite the Clover Nook Community to attend this wonderful event to support our business and to play a role in restoring the structural damage at our farm. Thank you for your continued support of Clover Nook Farm, our family farm based in Bethany since 1765.


Debbie, Eric (Rex), Carl, and Lars Demander

Clover Nook Farm

Book Drive For Local Children And Literacy Center

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Sep 112018

Join Cindy Wolfe Boynton, Democratic Candidate for state representative in the 117th District, at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, on Thursday, Sept. 13 from 5-7:30 p.m.

Support local children and drop off your like-new and gently-used children’s books [No ripped, written on, or yellowed pages, please].

The book drive is for Literacy Volunteers of Southern Connecticut’s Books for Birthdays and Books for Kids programs.

Local organizations that benefit from these programs include:

Boys and Girls Club of Milford, West Haven Community House, Boys and Gils Village, Milford Resource Center and West Haven Resource Center.

Books for Kids also provides books for school children in West Haven and other local communities to start their own home libraries.





Have You Gotten Your Tickets For The Evening For The Arts Gala Yet?

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Sep 062018

The Broadway Boys, a collection of the hottest male voices direct from the New York stage, headlines the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation’s 16th Annual Evening for the Arts Gala Benefit on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

The performance is part of The Evening for the Arts Gala, benefitting the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the educational enrichment and professional development of young artists and early career professionals, created in the memory of Orange, Conn. resident Jamie Alaine Hulley.

The performance begins at 7 p.m. and is preceded by an Evening for the Arts reception at 6 p.m., which includes complimentary wine and beer, a dessert bar and silent and live auctions. Tickets are available through the Quick Center Box Office: (203) 254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396. Tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the door.

The Broadway Boys features six handsome, talented vocalists who have performed in the biggest hits on Broadway including Hamilton, Rent, Mamma Mia, Jersey Boys, The Lion King, Kinky Boots, and many more.  Their set list features classic and contemporary Broadway hits presented in a fresh, new way by adding elements of Pop, Funk, Gospel and Jazz.  Their captivating harmonies truly transports their audience to “a new Broadway.” In addition to their extensive New York City stage credits, The Broadway Boys have toured nationally across the U.S. and throughout Europe.  In addition to two studio albums, “The Lullaby of Broadway” and “Hark!” The Broadway Boys are about to release a third entitled, “A New Broadway,” which will feature the iconic song, For Good from Broadway’s smash hit, Wicked, dedicated to Jamie.

“A Broadway Boys performance is like an exhilarating journey through eight decades of musical theater all rolled into one spectacular evening.” said Judy Primavera, co-founder and president of the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation. “There is something for everyone—excellent entertainment, yummy desserts, and a wide array of ‘must have’ auction and raffle items to bring home.”  There are chances to win Delta skybox seats to the red-hot Yankees vs. Blue Jays, September 14 game, theatre tickets, sports & Marvel comics memorabilia, gift cards, spa packages, and baskets of goodies.

The Gala also showcases the talents of young aspiring performers involved in the foundation’s programs at Square Foot Theatre in Wallingford, Amity High School’s Creative Theatre, and Broadway Method Academy in Fairfield. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening is Jared Andrew Brown, Artistic Director of Square Foot Theatre with Amity Creative Theatre’s Rob Kennedy & Kimberly Jenna Simon, and Broadway Method Academy’s Connor Deane & J. Scott Handley serving as co-hosts.

The Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the educational enrichment and professional development of young artists and early career professionals, was founded to celebrate the life of Orange, Conn. resident Jamie Alaine Hulley. All proceeds from the Gala are dedicated to scholarships, educational programs and grants in the arts throughout Connecticut especially in the greater New Haven and Fairfield counties.  Since the foundation’s creation in 2002, nearly $800,000 in scholarships and grants have been awarded which have touched the lives of thousands of area youth each year.

For information on the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, visit www.jamiehulleyartsfund.org, call (203) 891-8869, or email: jamieart@snet.net.

Orange Ale House Will Host Suicide Prevention Fundraiser

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Sep 062018

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.”

Orange Republicans Announce Autumn Comedy Fundraiser

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Sep 062018

The Orange Republican Town Committee will host a fundraising Comedy Show at St. Barbara Hall, 480 Racebrook Road, on Friday, Oct. 19. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The event will feature Cabaret style seating BYOB, bring your snacks or appetizers Tickets $40.00 per person Bring your friends and reserve a table. Table seating is 8 people maximum Tickets may be purchased by calling 203‐795‐9651 or 203‐795‐4619 or online at www.orangectrepublicans.com.

Coffee & Dessert will be provided and there will be a Huge Basket Raffle

The entertainment includes the following acts:


Pat Oates has been performing all over New England for over 10 years now. His new album, Good Try, can be found on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon to name a few. Pat has been seen on TLC’s Extreme Cheapskates and E’s Talk Soup. He hosts his own weekly podcast entitled Pat Oates is Sad and is a regular on WPLR’s Chaz & AJ morning show. Pat has performed at the Granite State, Rogue Island, and Oak City comedy festivals and won the 2015 Last Comix Standing competition at Foxwoods Casino.





Mel V’s hilariously quirky and irreverent style is a favorite of audiences all over the Northeast. She was the winner of the 2016 Clash of the Comics, and currently the founder and host of the Comedy Cocktail Hour at the Storytellers Cottage in Simsbury, CT.





Vermont native E.J. Murphy has played top clubs all over and has built a reputation as one of the Northeast’s consistently funny comedy acts while developing into one of Boston’s new headliners. His comedy has appeared on MSN’s home page, Sirius XM and Rooftop Comedy’s Daily 8. He has appeared in the semifinals of The Boston Comedy Festival and The Comedy Central Laugh Riots and has even opened for Styx. His Vermont upbringing helped him form his unique perspective, which blends with an onstage friendliness to make him a hit with all audiences.

And The Winners Are: Odyssey Greek Festival Raffle Results

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Sep 052018

The St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church Odyssey Festival took place over the Labor Day weekend.

Aside from the fabulous food, delightful dancing, and the great sense of community, the one thing that excited festival goers most was the thought of winning one of the ten amazing raffle prizes.

The huge spinning barrel was filled with slips of paper representing the participant’s dreams.

On Monday evening, several volunteer children lined up for a turn at picking a winning ticket.

The delightful Rev. Peter J. Orfanakos gave each child directions on the proper way to grab a ticket (just one). Watching those interactions was worth hanging around for.

The anxious crowd held its collective breath as the first number for the $10,000 first place prize was announced — #01936, Ken Cappetta of Branford

… and breathe

Second prize a 55″ Samsung Television – #08270, Theodora Dogani of Wallingford

For the third prize, all of the teenagers gathered around the table, hoping to hear their name called as the winner of the X Box One – #15212, John Fulton of Ansonia

… and the teens all walked away.

Fourth prize, a Netgear 3-Camera Security System – #16833, Joan Lawlor of Ansonia

Fifth prize, a Kitchen Aid Mixer – #15686, Gregory Hrampanis of East Haven

Sixth prize, a Samsung Tab A – #09750, Jenny Dadoulis of Norwalk

Seventh prize, a Keurig Coffee Maker – #07070, Michele Moore of New Haven

Eighth prize, a Shark Lift-Away Vacuum – #08451, Sylvia Antonellis of Orange  (look! someone from Orange DID win!)

Ninth prize, a Fitbit Activity Tracker – #16782, Sal Grillo of West Haven

and finally tenth prize, a HP Wireless Printer/Copy/Scan/Fax – #16418, Cynthia Hempel of Milford

Congratulations to all the winners and a big THANK YOU to everyone else who participated in the raffle, your support means a lot to us!

We will see you next year at the 39th Annual Odyssey Festival!

Register For The Orange Economic Development Corporation’s Golf Tournament

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Sep 032018

The Orange Economic Development Corporation will be hosting its 12th Annual Golf Tournament, on Friday, September 7, 2018, at Orange Hills Country Club, 389 Racebrook Road, Orange.

Once again, the OEDC is partnering with the Rotary Club of Orange and a portion of the proceeds will go to Rotary Club of Orange Youth Services Program.

Check-in begins at 11 am at the clubhouse, where players will receive tournament gifts, can purchase raffle tickets and have lunch, while waiting for the shotgun start at Noon sharp. This year, lunch is being provided by Vazzy’s of Stratford. Massage Green will be providing 10-minute chair massages during this time. Along the course, snacks and drinks will be available and Eli’s will provide its famous Philly Egg Rolls.

Tournament cost is $175 per golfer and includes the following:
• 18 Holes of golf with cart
• Tournament gift
• Lunch
• Massages
• Snacks and drinks on the course
• Contests – Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive (Men & Women) and Hole-in-One
• Dinner and drinks at Orange Ale House
• Cigars (provided by Orange Cigar & More)

After the tournament, the fun continues at the Orange Ale House with cocktails and appetizers beginning at 4:30 pm, with dinner following at 5 pm. Awards and raffle prize winners will be announced during dinner.

Annemarie Sliby, Executive Director said, “The tournament is a great way to have some fun while networking with peers and coworkers.”

Non-golfers may purchase dinner-only tickets at $45.

The OEDC is accepting registrations. Note requests of singles, doubles, and triples can be accommodated. Call 203-891-1045 to register or register online at www.OrangeEDC.com/Events_Activities.

The OEDC is also accepting Tee Sign sponsors — call if interested.

Sponsors include Cohen and Wolf, Eagle Leasing, Eli’s Restaurant Orange, NORTHEAST Electronics, Massage Green, Orange Ale House, Orange Cigar and More, Tamaro Oil Corporation, and Vazzy’s of Stratford.

Labor Day Greek Festival Schedule Includes Big Raffle Drawing At 7 p.m.

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Sep 022018

Get your raffle tickets!

Today (Monday, Sept. 3) is Labor Day and the final day of the 38th annual St. Barbara Odyssey Greek Festival, 480 Racebrook Road, Orange.

The festival is open from noon to 7 p.m. The highlight of the day is the Odyssey Raffle Drawing at 7 p.m. (you do not have to be present to win)

Following is today’s schedule of events.

   C – Church Proper

   E – Entertainment Area

CC- Community Center (White House)

CC 1:00 p.m. Greek Cooking Demonstration

C 2:00 p.m.  Presentation on Greek Orthodoxy

E 2:00 p.m. ODYSSEY Dancers

CC 3:30 p.m. Greek Cooking Demonstration

E 5:00 p.m. ODYSSEY Dancers

E 5:30 –     Live Greek Music by

7:00 p.m. “The Hellenic Company”

CC 7:00 p.m. Odyssey Raffle Drawing

Take A Chance On Some Great Raffle Prizes At The Odyssey Festival

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Sep 012018

The St. Barbara Odyssey Greek Festival is one of the most highly anticipated social events of the year here in Orange.

Aside from the fabulous authentic Greek cuisine, they serve and the amazingly talented young dancers who perform every day, the Raffle always draws a crowd.

Many years ago, the top prize was a new car, well, those days are gone. Yet, the first prize this year is nothing to sneeze at — $10,000!

Tickets are just $5 each and are available at the raffle table in the front area near the circular driveway between the Church and Cooking Demo/outdoor dining space.

There are 10 prizes that will be awarded during the drawing on Monday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m.

Here they are!

  1. $10,000
  2. Samsung 55″ 4K Ultra HD LED LCD Television
  3. X Box One X 4K Blu-Ray UHD
  4. NETGEAR Arlo Pro 3 Camera HD Wire Free Security System
  5. KITCHEN AID 6 QT Lift Mixer w/Stainless Steel Bowl
  6. SAMSUNG Galaxy 16B 10.1″ Tab A
  7. KEURIG K-Elite Coffee Maker w/15 Kcup Pods
  8. SHARK Navigator Professional Lift-Away Upright Vac
  9. FITBIT Charge 2 Activity Tracker Bundle
  10. HP Wireless Print/Copy/Scan/Fax Printer

You do NOT have to be present to Win!

The Odyssey Greek Festival takes place at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road, Orange on Labor Day Weekend, beginning on Friday, Aug. 31 at noon, through Monday, Sept. 3 until 7 p.m.