Amity Grad, Scott Feinberg of the Hollywood Reporter Releases Local Film Trailer

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Sep 302016

gold starScott Feinberg of The Hollywood Reporter has released the teaser trailer of the local film “Gold Star” HERE (edited by Anne Hu) along with a podcast interview with film star, Robert Vaughn.

Vaughn, known worldwide for his role as The Man From U.N.C.L.E. plays the late Carmine Negri in this labor of love by his daughter, Orange native Victoria Negri.

This widespread industry exposure leading up to Gold Star’s World Premiere next Friday at the Buffalo International Film Festival is a huge step forward toward reaching audiences everywhere.

carmine and vicki negriPlease share the teaser link on your social media with your friends and family, as Victoria Negri and her team continue to grow their audience.

And stay tuned for news from the festival!

Follow Gold Star on its social media links for live streams from the festival, photos, updates and more!

NOTE: On a personal note, Scott Feinberg is a talented reporter and die-hard movie buff who began freelancing for me at the Amity Observer newspaper when he was a sophomore at Amity High School. Even at that young age I easily recognized that he could accomplish anything he set his mind to. 


Robert Vaughn


Sign Up Today For The OEDC 10th Anniversary Golf Tournament

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Aug 162016

OEDC LogoThe Orange Economic Development Corporation will host its 10th Annual Golf Tournament at Orange Hills Country Club, 389 Racebrook Road on Friday, September 16, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Executive Director Annemarie Sliby said, “The tournament is a great way to have some fun while networking with peers and coworkers.”
Registration begins at 11 a.m. at the clubhouse, where players will receive tournament gifts, can purchase raffle tickets, and can have lunch while wating for the shotgun start at noon sharp.
The tournament price is $175 per golfer and includes the following:
• 18 Holes of golf with cart
• Tournament gift
• Lunch at registration
• Snacks and drinks on the course (provided by Weichert Realtors)
• Contests – Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive (Men & Women) and Hole-in-One
• Dinner (your choice of steak or lobster)
• Massages (provided by Massage Green)
• Cold drinks at the Beer Tent provided by (Orange Ale House & Grill)
• Cigars (provided by Orange Cigar & More)
• Your chance to win some great Raffle Prizes
Contest and raffle prize winners will be announced during dinner.
The OEDC is accepting registrations. Note accommodation of singles, doubles and triples can be made. 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.
Additional Sponsors include: F&W Equipment, Cohen and Wolf, Eagle Leasing, NORTHEAST Electronics, Massage Green, Orange Ale House, Orange Cigar and More, Tamaro Oil Corporation, and Weichert Realtors.

EARS Fundraiser A Great Success

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Aug 142016

ears ambulanceThe 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.



Help Support The Volunteer Emergency Animal Rescue Service on Saturday

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Aug 132016

EARS Animal Ambulance

EARS Animal Ambulance

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.

The event includes loads of activities including door prizes, raffles, music, a chance to meet members of the EARS Team, a photo and multimedia display of EARS Operations, the Rescue 2 Animal Ambulance will be on display, and so much more.
For more details see https://www.facebook.com/events/211709199224059/

Fundraiser For The Graham Family

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Jul 152016

Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 12.05.02 PMAs 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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Tee Off With The Orange Lions

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Jun 152016

892275_250933571717294_1307934427_oREMINDER: The Orange Lions Club will host its annual Glow Ball Golf Tournament on Friday, June 17.

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 Ronruotolo@orangectlions.org.

Space is limited, so register today!

Originally Published on: Apr 27, 2016 @ 11:23

Second Publishing on: May 13, 2016 @ 02:27

PHOTOS: OEDC Hosts 15th Annual Expo

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Jun 082016

IMG_0354The Orange Economic Development Corporation hosted its 15th Annual Orange Business and Community Expo at the High Plains Community Center today, Wednesday, June 8, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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:



Now That’s A Good Meatball!

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Apr 102016


Photo by Studio 95 Photographix

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.

Enter The 2nd Annual “Who Makes the Best” Meatball Challenge

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Apr 092016

Screen Shot 2016-03-02 at 11.27.47 PMThe Orange Ale House Grille and Burger Bar, 517 Boston Post Road will host the second annual “Who Makes the Best” Meatball Challenge on Saturday, April 9 from 6-10 p.m.

It’s going to be a another fun night to see who makes the best balls around and raise some money for The Hole in the Wall Gang.
A $25 admission includes meatballs from the contestants, unlimited ziti, salad and Italian bread.
The Wine Tasting is sponsored by CONNECTICUT DISTRIBUTORS and a beer tasting by NEW ENGLAND BREWING COMPANY.
The contest is open to individual entries only. Please no restaurant or company entries. First and second prizes will be awarded. The winner gets a beautiful trophy, a $100 gift card to OAH, a Food Channel contract and bragging rights for the year. Ok… so we’re kidding about the Food Channel contract.
There will be a desert cocktail bar, some misc donated desserts and raffles/silent auctions too. Anyone who is able to secure or contribute a silent auction/raffle prize, please contact any committee member. Or email info@Orangealehouse.com
Contact Angela McNabola at meatballcontest2016@gmail.com or Jessica Bakis to help out and be involved. Masters of Ceremonies by Jim Pino Jr and Ed McManus. Music by Jim Pino Jr and the band FREEPLAY.
This is sure to be a great, memorable night. To be a sponsor and have your sign prominently displayed at the event, contact Jim Hassenmayer. There is no cost to enter or to attend as a contestant.
Celebrity judges include local TV and radio personalities and musicians.
All contestants must enter as individuals. No matter what your degree of training you can not enter as part of a commercial venture.
All meatballs should be brought that night in a standard half-tray approx 9.5 x 12. Chafing dishes and sternos will be provided. Plan on making 60 golf ball sized meatballs.
Any type of meatball is welcome. The only requirement is that it be round. Sauce/no sauce, Italian, Swedish, Mexican, beef, pork, veal, chicken etc.

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 meatballcontest2016@gmail.com

Previously published on  Apr 6, 2016 @ 14:43

Apr 1, 2016 @ 19:47

Mar 27, 2016 @ 13:37

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March 2 @ 15:42

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Jam 4 Jimi’s Friends: Helping Special Needs Kids for 10 years

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Mar 022016



Jam 4 Jimi’s Friends is a charity to help children with special needs and their families.

Ten years ago, when the charity began, it helped one young boy, Jimi, it now assists more than 16 kids.
Every year the Orange Ale House Grille and Burger Bar, 517 Boston Post Road hosts an 8-hour fundraiser with 10 bands plus so much more!
This year’s Jam 4 Jimi’s Friends will take place on Sunday, March 6 from noon to 8 p.m. It is kid-friendly until 3 p.m. with a special room outside the bar area with kids activities.
Admission is a suggested $20 donation, (kids 12 and under admitted free) includes food, raffles, Karaoke with Tom, DJ Dave and crew and live music all day.
Organizer Kristin Wright said, “Yes, it has been 10 years of helping local children with special needs! We are truly blessed!”