Apr 162015

A file photo of the 2013 Amity Spartans.

A file photo of the 2013 Amity Spartans.

A fundraiser to benefit the Amity High School Football Program will take place at the Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, on Saturday, April 18 beginning at 6 p.m.

Ticket cost is $25 and includes a buffet style meal and drink ticket.

Raffle prizes will be awarded to lucky participants.

All proceeds go to the Spartans Football program.

In 2015, the Amity Football Team will be under the leadership of new head coach, 29-year-old Amity Grad Ted Czepiga of Bethany.

Originally Published on: Apr 12, 2015 @ 20:23

Mar 152015

11001921_884332259466_2943587027064254480_nIn my life, I’ve met many people. Some, I can’t remember anything about, or even their names. Others leave such a big impression that I just can’t forget them.

One of those memorable people is Nick Newell, a skinny little boy who was in my son’s class in grammar school.

Nick was a member of my cub scout pack and den. He and my son both went to the same Karate school.

The one thing that was different about Nick was his left arm. Nick was born with a partial arm that ended just below the elbow with what would have been fingers at the end of the stub.

But don’t call him disabled.

Nick was never coddled or pitied.  His mom, Stacey, a single parent, was a rock, quite possibly the strongest woman I’ve ever known.

Stacey’s approach to parenting was to give her son all the love she could and to instill in him confidence and sense of self and to never give up. She and her parents were instrumental in making him the man he is today.

As a Cub Master I would suggest altering some of the activities he needed to earn badges, but she refused, stating that he would find a way … and he always did.

Nick was a wrestler in high school and college and went on to become the “Notorious” Nick Newell a Mixed Martial Arts Fighter. Four years ago he was signed to the Xtreme Fighting Championships, and in 2013 he was signed to the World Series of Fighting.

I haven’t seen Nick or Stacey in more than 20 years, but I am so proud of them for their accomplishments.

Nick will be at the Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road this afternoon, Sunday, March 15 from 4-7 p.m. for a meet and greet party. Fans may pick up tickets to his April 10th fight at Foxwoods Resort Casino for MMA World Series of Fighting.

Tickets are $40, $80, $100 & $180 gets you cage side.

He also will have shirts & hats for sale.

The Orange Ale House is taking reservations for a coach bus to go see Nick fight at Foxwoods. Bus fare, Driver Gratuity, a $15 gaming Voucher and a Buffet voucher is included. ALL for just $25. First paid first served. Full buses only.


Mar 132015

1513779_10203893109429248_1010114093005472524_nOn Saturday, March 14 at 7 p.m., Jim Hassenmayer and Angela McNabola will host a Meatball Cook Off and Wine Tasting at the Orange Ale House, 617 Boston Post Road.

The event is a fundraiser to benefit the local charity  SOaRINg  (Saving Orange Residents In Need).

The evening promises to be a lot of fun: Local favorite Jimmy Pino Jr. and friends will provide music and Pino will be the master of ceremonies.

Gallo Wines/Connecticut Distributors will sponsor the wine tasting portion of the event.

There will be raffle prizes, silent auction items and the Meatball Challenge.

Everyone who makes the “best” meatballs around will compete for the audience vote and coveted title of Top Meatball Maker.

Admission is $20 per person and includes meatball, ziti, salad and bread — and the right to vote for the winner.

If you are one of those amazing meatball makers, or would like to contribute something to the raffle or silent auction, contact Angela at [email protected]

About the Charity

The ultimate goal of SOaRINg is to reach out and help any Orange resident that is justifiably in need.

One hundred percent of the proceeds collected by SOaRINg will be distributed to residents in need directly to residents through the Board of Directors. For more information about SOaRINg, to become involved or to make a donation, contact Debra Marino at [email protected] or at 203-298-0611.

Anyone interested in making a donation should send a check payable to Saving Orange Residents in Need and mail it to 657 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT 06477.

Originally Published on: Mar 4, 2015 @ 21:45

Mar 062015

Josh and Harley in happier days.

Josh and Harley in happier days.

On February 18, Josh Warner lost all of his possessions but most importantly his best friend and amazing dog Harley in a house fire.

Harley was Josh’s world, he loved that dog more than anything.

Not only is Josh an incredible and loving person but he is also an amazingly hardworking man.

Those of you who know him can agree that there isn’t one thing josh owned that he didn’t work that extra mile to get.

With no insurance, this benefit will raise money to put him back on his feet and get back everything he lost (except, of course Harley – he was irreplaceable)

His friends are hosting a fundraiser at the Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, Friday, March 6 from 5-9 p.m.

A $20 donation goes directly to Josh, food will be included.

Originally Published March 02, 2015 @ 15:38

Feb 202015


Each year, the Amity Creative Theater (ACT) kids go to Disneyworld where they tour the behind-the-scenes departments that regular visitors most likely will never see.

The students perform in front of an audience and gain a wealth of knowledge about professional theater.

The kids and their adult leaders prepare for months to put on their always entertaining, often award-winning spring musical productions, This trip is the icing on the cake, their “reward” for a job well done, but they must raise their own money for the trip in order to attend.

On Sunday, Feb. 22, the Orange Ale House will host a benefit for the ACT — Dan Hassenmayer, the award winning lighting guru for the Amity productions — works with his father Jim, running the business.

The benefit will take place at the Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, beginning at 4 p.m. Admission is $25 at the door.

Jan 292015

Little League LogoA Message From Orange Little League:

It’s that time of year…baseball registration! Come join us for OLL’s first fundraiser of the season at the Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, Orange, on Thursday Jan. 29 from 6 – 9 p.m.

Admission is$20/person to benefit Orange Little League, and includes food (pasta, salad, chicken tenders, pizza), 2 cocktails of your choice, with silent auction, 50/50, and door prizes.

Come support OLL and complete the registration for your kids for the upcoming season.

Register at www.OrangeCTLittleLeague.com and come on down We can take payments for pre-registered players or help with any registration issues. Have questions? We will get you the answers!

Don’t forget early bird registration ends on January 31st. Come down and find out more about the upcoming season!

For more information email Pete – [email protected]

Nov 212014

FB sky Ronnie nwThe Vece Family is getting together in honor of their angel Ronnie and to help raise money for the annual Ronnie Vece Scholarship Fund, at the Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, Saturday, Nov. 22 from 4-10 p.m.

The family will be raising college scholarship money for the best senior defensive lineman on the Amity High School football team.

“Ronnie was an amazing person and an awesome athlete who made such a huge impact on everyone he met,” said his mother, Claudia Wolf. “We will never forget him so let’s celebrate his memory with family and friends, food, live music, prizes, raffles and a good time.”

Everyone is welcome. $20 will be charged at the door and $10 for people under 18. There will be food and the first beer on the house for “legal aged” guests.

T-shirts will be available again if you didn’t get one last year.

About Ronnie

A former Amity Football player, 2006 Amity Grad, Ronnie Vece, 24, was killed in a motorcycle collision in West Haven on July 13, 2013.

He was a 2006 Amity High School graduate and a star football player; he attended Milford Academy Prep School of South Berlin, NY and Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts where he played football and his team was Division Champions for three years and he later attended SCSU.

Ronnie enjoyed playing his guitar, boating, hunting and fishing; he was truly an outdoor action figure, according to his family.

Originally Published on: Nov 17, 2014 @ 11:27

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Sep 282014

Screen Shot 2014-09-28 at 8.36.54 PMJoin the Iassogna family and members of Team Possible at the Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, for the Light the Night Leukemia & Lymphoma Society fundraiser on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 5-8 p.m.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door (includes buffet).

The event will feature a silent auction and raffle.

The Orange Ale House is donating all the food. Raffle prizes are donated by local residents and businesses.

100% of the proceeds go to Team Possible Light the Night and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

For more information or to purchase tickets call Karen or Mike Iassogna at 203-799-6633.


Aug 162014

baseballAmity Baseball (the 2013 and 2014 State Championship winners) will be hosting a fundraiser on Saturday August 16 from 5 -9 p.m. at the Orange Ale House.  

Tickets are $25  per person purchased in advance, and $30 purchased at the door and includes 2 drinks per person (draft beer, house wine, or well drinks) and happy hour food (salad, pasta, pizza, & popcorn chicken).

There also will be a raffle.  If anyone has something they would like to donate as a raffle prize, contact Janice Farace ([email protected])

For advance purchase or donation, please make check payable to Amity Baseball and send to, Kathy Sabitsky, 40 Lambert Drive, Milford, CT  06460

Please mark check “donation” or “will attend.”

Originally Published on July 8, 2014 at 22:10

Jul 122014

A recent photo of Sam Seeley

A recent photo of Sam Seeley

Many residents will remember hearing the horrific reports of an accident on River Road in Shelton last Sept. 7, when a 22-year-old girl in a minivan collided with a motorcycle carrying 2 Orange residents at around 9 p.m.

It’s been more than 10 months since the accident that changed Sam Seeley’s  life forever.

He lost his wife, Ramona, 54, who died from her injuries on Sept. 10, leaving him and their 4 adult children to grieve and heal together.

Sam, who worked for AT&T, was taken to the hospital with serious “non-life threatening” injuries. He lost his leg in the accident.

Sam was known for his ZZ Top beard, his close, fun-loving relationship with his wife, and his great personality.

If you didn’t know Sam before, hopefully you feel like you do now.

Organizers are planning a fund-raiser to help Sam with his mounding bills.

The event will take place at the Orange Ale House, Sunday, July 13 from 4-9 p.m.

Tickets are now available. The suggested $20 donation includes a buffet, one free glass of wine or draft beer, raffles, etc. All proceeds go to help Sam.

The Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road and Pawn King784 Boston Post Rd, Milford have tickets. 

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. To save a little, reserve your tickets by e-mailing [email protected] – include your name, phone number and how many tickets you need, then pick them up at the door for $20. 

This is a shout-out to all businesses and individuals who would like to help with ticket sales, raffle donations, and set up.

The Organizers send their thanks to those who’ve donated items for the raffle including Jim at Kaoud Oriental Rug, John at Knight’s, Jason at NuVita, New York Pop Artist Michael Albert, Off The Hook Bar and Grill, Stratford, Outback Steakhouse, Texas Roadhouse, West Haven,  Silver Sands Pizza, Milford.

Call Ron at 203-446-6948 or Terri at 203-506-1747  for tickets, to volunteer or for more information.