Thank You For Remembering Annie Davis With Us

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Nov 142019

The “Friends of Annie Davis” (Lisa Hartshorn, Ken Lyke, Sue Smith, Marissa Russo, and Terri Miles) thank everyone who came out to Friday night’s fundraiser in honor of Annie “Elf Mama” Davis. We hope you all enjoyed yourselves.

We’d like to thank all of the local businesses and town offices, and individuals that contributed with generous gift baskets, gift certificates and other items that we gave away as raffle prizes:

Trader Joe’s, First Selectman Jim Zeoli, Chowder Pot, Eli’s, VideoLab, Chip’s Restaurant, Knight’s, Beachside Nutrition, Orange CERT, Cherilyn Miles, Amelie Choiniere, Zoey Girl, The Russo Family, Yia Yia & Amelie, Toni Sowitcky, Subway Corporate Headquarters, 221 Post Salon, Coromandel, Georgina’s Hair Studio, Two Guys, OVFD Auxiliary, Cork and Barrel of Hamden. Mr. Kold Kuts, Ken.

We also want to acknowledge the following people who made monetary donations: Orange Police Department, Orange Fire Marshal’s Office, and Orange Community Services Department.

In addition, thank you to the Orange Ale House for providing us with a wonderful buffet and a large, clean venue for this event. Your staff is the best.

Also, Cherilyn, Toni, Marie and, of course, Mary and Amelie for your tireless help all evening. We couldn’t have done it so seamlessly without you. Special thanks to Nick Bencivengo for your help.






Don’t Forget Santa’s Helper Gift Drop Off Saturday, Nov. 23 Starting At 9 a.m.

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Nov 072019

Here’s a file photo from the 2012 drop off.

GIFT DROP-OFF DAY FOR SANTA’S HELPER IS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2019, 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. at Fire Station #2, 355 Boston Post Road (Across from TGI Fridays).  We ask that the general public arrive no earlier than 30 minutes prior to start time.  You will have a much shorter wait in line by following these guidelines.


There is a small fee of $19.00 per gift/recipient. Each gift must be INDIVIDUALLY wrapped in your favorite holiday paper with an overwrap of plain brown paper. The name and delivery address of the recipient must be clearly printed on the outside of each gift. 

PLEASE try not to make the gift too large or too heavy, Santa appreciates that.  We do have a limit of 170 delivery spots/visits available.  We encourage you to try to have all the gifts for your visit with you on Gift Drop-Off day. (For families with a large party and many gifts, please e-mail OVFDSantasHelper@gmail.com for special instructions.)

Parking for Drop-Off day is in the rear of the Fire Station.  Firefighters will be there to assist you.  The Drop-Off Line is located INSIDE the Fire Station. Use the rear door marked ENTER.


Oktoberfest Fundraiser On Saturday Oct. 26

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Oct 182019

The Orange Republicans will host an Oktoberfest in support of Incumbent First Selectman Candidate Jim Zeoli, at the home of Ron and Laurie Ruotolo, 55 Rolling Ridge Road, Orange, on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 6-10 p.m.

The event promises to be fun with music, games, and entertainment.

Beer, wine, soda, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and coffee will be served.

Pull your lederhosen out of storage and come dressed for Oktoberfest and you may win a prize for best costume.

Tickets are $100 each.

Make Checks Payable to Friends of Zeoli, and mail to ORTC, PO Box 632, Orange, CT 06477 or purchase tickets online at ORTC.online.

Lions Comedy Night Set For Oct. 19 — Did You Get Your Tickets Yet?

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Oct 172019

Come share a laugh at the Orange Lions Club’s annual Comedy Night with three outstanding stand-up comedians on Saturday, Oct. 19.

The event will take place at the social hall at St. Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road, Orange. Doors open at 7 p.m., Show starts at 8 p.m.

Bring your own snacks and refreshments (set-ups provided)

Tickets are $35, available from any Lions Club member, onlineor call 203-795-3906

This event benefits the Lions Club Charities.


Orange Community Services Announces Annual Holiday Appeal

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Oct 162019

It is that time of year again and we are asking local businesses, civic organizations, places of worship, Town Departments and residents to help us with our annual Holiday Basket and Adopt a Family program for our families, children, individuals and elderly in need.

For our Holiday Basket Program, we ask you to put together a decorated food basket for a Holiday meal and also provide grocery store gift cards to purchase perishable items to go along with the baskets.  For our Adopt a Family we ask if you would donate various items consisting of gift cards and gifts for children, individuals and elderly in need.  Participants in the Adopt a Family program provide a wish list that we provide to the sponsor.

Monetary donations are also much appreciated which are applied towards our Community Assistance Programs that include the Food and Fuel Banks.  These programs are maintained solely by donations.  Checks can be made payable to “Treasurer Town of Orange”.

We are asking for you to volunteer again this year to participate in our Holiday Programs to help our residents in need to enjoy their holidays.

Below you will find a reference menu that includes a list of ideas for the food baskets.  We also ask that the gifts be wrapped and labeled.  Please join us in making this another successful year of giving.

Drop off deadline for Thanksgiving is Friday, November 22, 2019

Drop off deadline for Christmas/Hanukkah is December 18, 2019

You may contact us at any time at (203) 891-4788 between the hours of 8:30 am until 4:30 pm with any questions about our programs. Thank you for supporting our Holiday programs.

Every year just before the holidays, the Orange Community Services Department asks for residents’ assistance that will allow them to help families and individuals in need.


Here are some ways for you to help in your community

  1. 1. Food Drives to replenish our Food Bank.  We distribute non-perishable items to Orange residents on a monthly basis and also in an emergency situation.  Some suggestions: dry milk, cereal, juice, canned chicken/turkey or tuna, chili, hash, rice, canned soups, canned fruit, pasta, pasta sauce, macaroni & cheese, cereal, crackers, peanut butter, jelly, coffee, tea, toiletries, paper goods, and any other non-perishable item that can help a resident in need.
  1. 2. Food baskets containing complete supplies for a meal are distributed to eligible Orange residents for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas.
  1. 3. Donations of grocery gift cards to purchase chicken, turkey, ham, and non-perishables.  (Any monetary amount from $30.00 and up)
  1. 4. Store gift cards for eligible residents and/or children participating in our adopt a family program.
  1. 5. Monetary donations are accepted for our Community Assistance Programs which funds our Food Bank, Fuel Assistance and Holiday Programs.  By check only.

Kimberly Callahan

Administrative Assistant Community Services

(203) 891-4788

Please make checks payable to:

Treasurer Town of Orange

Mail to:

Orange Community Services Department

High Plains Community Center

525 Orange Center Road

Orange. CT 06477

Please call the Community Services Department at (203) 891-4788 if you have any questions or would just to like to help.




We will give you a list of the children with their gender and ages from the family.

If needed will get a wish list from the children for your use.

Prepare a basket with items from the menu and a gift card roughly $30.00 for perishables if you’re donating a food basket.

Have the gift items, toys, etc. wrapped with the first name on the gift

Bring in items the week before the holiday for distribution

There is no limit given to sponsors on spending, we leave that up to you.

You can adopt as many families as you would like to.

Everything is kept private; we do not give out the family’s names.

These are residents of Orange who are part of our Holiday Program through Community Services Outreach Dept.

We also help out senior residents who are in need for the holidays.


Any questions you may contact:

Kimberly Callahan, Administrative Assistant

Town Of Orange Community Services Department at (203) 891-4788



Grocery Gift Card for Turkey, Ham, Chicken, or Roast Beef and perishables ($25.00 to $50.00)

Stuffing mix


Boxed Mashed Potatoes

Fresh Potatoes

Canned Sweet Potatoes

Fresh Sweet Potatoes

Canned Vegetables

Cornbread Mix

Packaged Rolls

Cranberry sauce

Gravy mixes

Canned fruit

Tea or Coffee

Pie Crust

Pie Filling

Any other kind of dessert


Optional Items:










THANKSGIVING DROPOFF DATE:  Please have to us by 11/22/19

CHRISTMAS/HANNUKAH DROPOFF DATE:  Please have to us by 12/18/19

Devastating News, Cookiemama, “Elf Mama” Annie Davis Has Died

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Sep 242019

A pillar of the Orange community, loving mother, and priceless friend to many, Annie Davis, also known as Elf Mama to everyone who has ever participated in the Santa’s Helper program, passed away on Monday of a heart attack.

Annie’s larger than life personality will be sorely missed. Her selfless efforts on behalf of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department working on the Santa’s Helper arrangements for 9 months out of the year. Doing volunteer work as a founding member of the CERT group, and “being there” for friends and the community whenever she was needed.

Annie was a wonderful friend for more than 20 years and I don’t know how I will fill this void.

Please look for information regarding a fundraiser Orange Live will host at Orange Ale House to help her Son Michael with the expenses he’ll be facing.

My love goes out to Michael and Annie’s best friend Lisa in this very difficult time.

Amity Boys LAX Hosts Car Wash Fundraiser On Sunday

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Sep 212019

The Amity boys lacrosse team is having a car wash fundraiser this Sunday, September 22 at Blue Check Deli, 382 Amity Road, Woodbridge from 10-2.

Before spending the day at the Country Fair, why not help support the Amity Lacrosse Team.

Meet the boys and get your car washed for just $5.

Hit The Links For This Autism Fundraiser

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Sep 202019

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