The Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS) volunteers have been very busy this month. Even before the EARS Ambulance was introduced to thousands of viewers on every television news station in Connecticut.
As you most likely now know, EARS is a 100% volunteer organization that runs the only Animal Ambulance in the state.
This month alone, Rescue 2 has responded to dozens of calls, transported sick and injured animals, including dogs and hawks to hospitals as far away as Tufts in Boston, Mass. all out of the kindness of their hearts.
The dedicated founder and leader of EARS is 34-year-old Jon Nowinski, who drives the Ambulance, day or night whenever and wherever it is needed.
On one particular day last week, Nowinski and his team went on six calls in one day. “We got one call, then, while we were en route, a second call came in, then another,” Nowinski said. “When we stopped for lunch, we got another call … one after another, that’s how it went — and that was before all the news coverage.”
EARS provides the service free of charge, because when your pet, or any animal needs help, the last thing you need is to worry about an extra $1,000 bill for transportation.
Jon’s mother, Shirley often accompanies him on calls. She said that they often receive requests for large dogs. “I never knew there were so many Mastiffs in Connecticut,” she said.
Jon said they also have picked up several hawks, including one in Orange and brought them to specialized rehab facilities.
“Most of them have been juveniles that were injured when they were learning to fly, but last week we had a full-grown adult. It was ‘woozy’ and didn’t resist when I picked it up in a towel,” Nowinski said. “First, we brought it to the emergency hospital for evaluation and they believed he had eaten something toxic. From there we brought him to a rehab center. He should be released some time next week.”
All of this good work costs the organization a lot of money and it depends on donations to run.
On Saturday, Aug. 13, the Orange Ale House Grille and Burger Bar hosted a fundraiser for EARS.
The EARS Volunteers collected several raffle prizes and animal themed gift baskets for a silent auction, and provided a dessert table for their guests.
Ale House owner, Jim Hassenmayer surprised Nowinski with food for the event. “We didn’t expect that,” Nowinski said. “The food was delicious, too. He’s a great host.”
DJ Roberto Velez of JAMS Disc Jockey Entertainment provided his services free of charge and did a wonderful job making announcements and keeping the music flowing from start to finish.
All of the money raised will go to the operating costs. (Fuel for an ambulance trip from Norwalk to Boston is not cheap and it takes a lot of time — 168.8 mi (2 hrs 56 mins)
The high point for many guests was touring Rescue 2 for the first time. To say they were impressed is an understatement.
Click HERE if you would like to donate to EARS so they can continue helping animals — you never know when YOU may need their help.
The Orange Ale House & Grille, 517 Boston Post Road, Orange will host the EARS August Bash on Saturday, August 13 from 3 – 7 p.m.
Cost is $15 and all proceeds go to support the volunteer work of the Emergency Animal Rescue Service.
As many of you know, Rob Graham tragically lost his life a few short weeks ago to a car accident. He leaves behind a wife and two children, one going into 6th grade and one going into high school.
This family is incredible and really needs our help.
Deb Marino, in partnership with Jim Hassenmayer will host a fundraiser for the Graham Family at the Orange Ale house Grille and Burger Bar, 517 Boston Post Road, Orange, on Friday, July 15 from 5 to 9 p.m. with food, music by DJ RE, a silent auction and raffle. Cash bar but drink specials. Tickets are $40 per person.
Please come and support the Graham family and buy your tickets now (you can buy at the door). Tickets may be purchased in cash or via a check payable to cash and sent to Deb Marino at 658 Orange Center Road in Orange.
If you would like to donate a silent auction or raffle item, or have any questions, contact Jim Hassenmayer at the Ale House or Deb Marino at 203-214-7008.
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The event begins at 6 p.m. with a stop at the Orange Ale House Grille and Burger Bar, 517 Boston Post Road for food and drinks.
Then you’ll be off to The Orchards Golf Course, 137 Kozlowski Drive, Milford for a Shot Gun Start at 8:30 p.m.
The tournament uses a 4 person scramble format with a closest to the pin contest, low gross and putting contest.
Prizes and drinks at 11 p.m.
Registration closed on Friday, May 20.
Registration fee is $125 per golfer, which includes glow ball, food/drinks and prizes.
For tickets call Nick Bencivengo at 203-901-9062, or Ron Ruotolo at 203-996-0989 or e-mail [email protected].
Space is limited, so register today!
Originally Published on: Apr 27, 2016 @ 11:23
Second Publishing on: May 13, 2016 @ 02:27
Visitors enjoyed the food, served both inside and out, and visited a number of booths set up by local businesses and community organizations.
Always a favorite destination, the Beardsley Zoo brought along some interesting creatures and shared a lot of information about the state’s one and only zoo.
Here are some photos from the day:
On Saturday evening the Orange Ale House Grille and Burger Bar hosted the second annual Meatball Challenge to benefit the late Paul Newman’s Hole In The Wall Camp and to crown the first and second place winners who made the best meatballs in New Haven County.
The 2016 Meatball Challenge Committee included Angela McNabola, Jessica Bakis, PJ Shanley, Ed McManus, Jim Pino Jr., and Jim Hassenmayer, owner of the Ale House.
This year, there were celebrity judges — food critics Vincent Faracelli and Robert Modena, Jerry the Chef, Anna Zap from Star 99.9 radio and Erin Logan from Fox 61 (instead of the crowd making the ultimate decision) and they had plenty to choose from — 20 cooks participated in the competition.
The final tally was close: Mike Martone won by less than half a point, second place went to Mishele Appleby and last year’s winner Barbara Lehrer came in third. McNabola received the popular vote.
There were lots of excellent gift baskets and raffle prizes to add to the excitement and the one and only Jimmy Pino and his band Freeplay providing entertainment for nearly 300 guests.
Click HERE to see all of G. Gregory Geiger’s photos from the event.
Contestants should be in place and ready to serve no later than 6:30 p.m. that night. Serving spoons, plates etc. will all be provided. All you need to bring are your balls!
To enter your balls, donate a raffle prize or for any other questions, send an email to [email protected].com
Previously published on Apr 6, 2016 @ 14:43
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Jam 4 Jimi’s Friends is a charity to help children with special needs and their families.
The Orange Ale House Grille and Burger Bar, 517 Boston Post Road, Orange is teaming up with the Ronnie Vece Football Scholarship Fund for its third annual fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 28 from 4-10 p.m.