Dec 012014

The Orange Lions Club Thanksgiving Dinner was a huge success.

The Orange Lions Club Thanksgiving Dinner was a huge success.

On Sunday the Orange Lions Club hosted its 26th annual Thanksgiving Feast welcoming the town’s seniors and others who may not have family with whom to share the holiday.

The High Plains Community Center gym was full, with a record crowd of about 150 guests this year (that’s 20-30 more than in past years for whatever reason).  The Lions were ready for them with 16 beautiful roasted turkeys (perfectly moist and tender); trays of sweet potatoes and stuffing; dozens of festive cookies and cupcakes from Julia’s Bakery; dozens of pies and lots of love.

The entertainment they lined up for the event ran non-stop throughout the meal. First, a talented young pianist, then the Orange Senior Choir, followed by a guitarist.

The Lions and the community volunteers were happy to provide everyone with a lovely, relaxing afternoon with a nutritious meal and entertainment.

They will be back again in 2015 for the 27th annual Thanksgiving Dinner.

Nov 302014

b9865a6ba1da777beab20c9d27f6aab6The Orange Lions Thanksgiving Dinner will take place at High Plains Community Center at 12 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30.

The Orange Lions Club began the tradition of a Thanksgiving Dinner for seniors.

The Lions extended this invitation to all Orange Residents on the Sunday after Thanksgiving in 1989.  It met with some resistance in the beginning but the Club prevailed and this will be their 26th dinner.

The town of Orange graciously allows the Lions to use their kitchen facilities at High Plains Community Center.  To see the gym transformed into a decorated dining room with many of their guests enjoying themselves is a sight to behold.  This has become one of the highlights of the holiday season. While it requires volunteers and a good amount of effort, the Lions truly enjoy cooking together and serving this meal.  It is one of their favorite undertakings.

Many town officials volunteer along with n the Lions to make this event a success. Along with a delicious dinner the seniors are treated to some of the finest entertainment.   The Tappers have performed in the past, local school choral groups have sung, Members of the Lions Club along with their children have played beautiful music on the piano to entertain their guests.

This is a well established tradition and one the Lions intend to continue indefinitely.

In order to have enough food for everyone, the Lions asked that anyone wanting to attend  register with Orange Community Services by Friday, Nov. 28. If you don’t make it this year, don’t worry, the Lions will be back with the 27th annual dinner next November.

Originally Published on: Nov 24, 2014 @ 18:17

Second Publishing on: Nov 27, 2014 @ 19:40

Oct 212014

Screen Shot 2014-10-04 at 11.05.47 AMThe Lions Club of Orange will host an inaugural Comedy Night, “COME ROAR WITH US” on Saturday, Oct. 25, at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church Hall at 480 Racebrook Road. 

Headlining the show is Billy Winn, former morning DJ on WPLR.

The evening includes full buffet dinner, cash bar and the show. The cost per person is $30 or $55 per couple. VIP seating also is available for an additional charge. 

Doors will open at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the show at 8 p.m.

For tickets or more information call Ron at 203-996-0989. Tickets also are available from any Orange Lions Club member.

Originally Published on: Oct 4, 2014 @ 11:07

Second posting on: Oct 10, 2014 @ 10:47

And again onOct 16, 2014 @ 0:01

Oct 082014

Trained screeners, Lions Arlene Consiglio (seated), Marianne Miller and Betty Hadlock

Trained screeners, Lions Arlene Consiglio (seated), Marianne Miller and Betty Hadlock

Several Orange Lions Club members have been busy all week performing free eye screenings at the nursery schools around town in a continuing effort to eradicate blindness and low vision as early as possible.  Lions Club members who received training are utilizing an innovative computer visual screening system, the Welch Allyn Pediavision SPOT camera.

The SPOT screening system provides an early, valid detection of amblyopia in children, as well as all common visual deficiencies, such as near- and far-sightedness, astigmatism and “lazy” eye.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends photoscreening in a series of age- appropriate screenings during a child’s first decade.  If any visual deficiency is detected the children’s parents are alerted and receive a written screening report to take to their healthcare professional for follow up.

Studies have shown that 80% of all learning occurs visually.  That is one reason why it is so important that visual impediments be discovered and corrected early in childhood, so that each child can attain his or her full educational potential.  The Orange Lions Club is proud to participate in this effort, and to provide such a service free of charge to the community.

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service organization, with more than 1.3 million members in over 200 countries around the world.  Its special mission is to aid in blindness prevention and services to the sight-disabled, as well as to serve many other humanitarian needs.  Its motto is “WE SERVE.” The Orange Lions Club has more than 50 members, and meets twice monthly at Chips Family Restaurant.  For more information visit the Club’s website at www.orangectlions.org or contact Club President Ken Lenz at  203-641-3843.

Aug 202014

Members of the Orange Lions Club helped serve dinner and the two-man band Good 2 Go entertained at the annual Senior Cookout under the Pavillion on Tuesday night.

Everyone seemed to have a good time, enjoying their meals,  and cake and dancing to the “oldies.”

Nice job, Dennis Marsh, on getting this together after a brief shower led to its postponement from last week.



Jul 112014

Screen shot 2014-07-12 at 6.48.12 AMElizabeth “Betty” Bevilacqua Ruotolo, 79, of Orange, beloved wife of Rudolph “Rudy” Ruotolo, passed away on July 8, 2014, in CT Hospice.

Loving mother of Roseann (Thomas) Guidone of Hamden, Regina (Joseph) Archazki of Naples, FL, and Ronald (Laurie Bouve) Ruotolo of Orange. Grandmother of Nicole and Derek Perigard, Jennifer, Leah and Brett Ciancola, Chelsea (Michael) Castelot and Danielle Ruotolo.

Great-grandmother of Kyle Fennelly. Sister of the late Laura Brittingham.

Betty was born in New Haven on December 20, 1934, daughter of the late Tempisto and Emilia Batistti Bevilacqua.

Her funeral procession will leave the PORTO FUNERAL HOME 830 Jones Hill Rd. West Haven, SATURDAY morning at 9:15 A.M.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Anthony’s Church at 10:00 A.M.

Interment will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery. Friends may call FRIDAY from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd. Branford, CT 06405.

Sign Betty’s guest book online at www.portofuneralhomes.net.

May 262014

glowgolfThe Orange Lions Club is looking forward to warmer weather and their annual Glow Ball Golf Tournament.

The fundraiser is planned for Friday, June 6 (rain date, Saturday, June 8) at the Orchards Golf Course in Milford where nighttime golf with glow-in-the-dark golf balls have become a favorite among locals.

Entry fee is $100 per golfer and includes a shirt, glow ball, food and drinks and prizes.

The evening starts off at the Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road for food and drinks at 6 p.m.

Then off to the golf course for shot gun start at 8:30 p.m.

Prizes will be awarded, and drinks will be served at 11 p.m.

The format includes a 4 person scramble; closest to the pin contest, low gross and putting contest.

Space is limited, so register by May 23.

For tickets, call Ron Ruotolo 203-996-0989 or Nick Bencivengo 203-901-9062.

All proceeds benefit the Orange Lions Club Charities.


Originally Published on: Apr 17, 2014 @ 8:40

Published again on: May 14, 2014 @ 8:15


Apr 122014

Lions Club LogoThe Orange Lions Club is sponsoring its 52nd annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 12, at the High Plains Community Center in Orange.

The Easter Bunny will arrive at 12:30 p.m.  Additional activities include face painting and coffee beginning at noon. The Easter Egg Hunt is divided into four groups, to ensure that every child has an equal chance to collect the thousands of chocolate eggs that will be hidden.

The four groups are: Pre-School through Kindergarten; 1st & 2nd grade; 3rd & 4th grade; and 5th & 6th grade.  More than 10,000 chocolate eggs will be distributed during the hunt.  In addition, many prizes will be awarded to children in the above four categories for finding specially marked eggs.

An adult must accompany all participating children.  Each child should bring a bag or basket to collect eggs.  Parents may wish to bring a camera for a picture of their child with the Easter Bunny.  Please note that parking for this event should be on paved parking areas only.

Lion Nick Bencivengo is the Chairman of this year’s event.  Anyone who wishes to contribute prizes or make a donation toward the purchase of prizes for this traditional community event is asked to contact Nick at 203-901-9062.  All contributors and donors will be acknowledged for their generosity at the Easter Egg Hunt.

In case of inclement weather, a “rain or snow date” has been set for Saturday, April 19, 2014 at High Plains Community Center.  The arrival of the Easter Bunny (12:30 PM) and Easter Egg Hunt (Noon) will remain the same.

The Easter Egg Hunt is but one of many community events and activities sponsored by the Orange Lions Club each year.  Among other activities are: the annual community Thanksgiving Dinner, the Orange Scholarship Fund, (which awards two $1,000 scholarships to local youths each year), the annual Senior’s Pizza Party plus the Orange Lions provides Community Grants to worthy organizations and government agencies to purchase needed items.  The Orange Lions Club makes generous gifts to Case Memorial Library for the purchase of large print books and audio tapes and DVD’s for the sight impaired.

The Orange Lions Club also sponsors the Foundation High School Leo Club (Lions youth group) for special needs youth.  The Lions also provide needed funds for the support of eye research, training of Fidelco guide dog for the blind, Lions low vision centers which provide vision aids to the sight impaired at cost, Connecticut Radio Information Systems, and Camp Hemlocks for disabled children.  The Lions motto is “We Serve.”

Originally Published on: Mar 22, 2014 @ 16:59

Previously Published on: Apr 2, 2014 @ 5:28

Mar 182014

easter egg hunt

One of the young participants from the 2013 Easter Egg Hunt.

For 52 years, the Easter Bunny has never let the Orange Lions Club down. He believes in their charitable acts and is more than happy to help out when they call.

The 52nd Easter Egg Hunt will take place at the High Plains Community Center, Saturday, April 12 from 12 noon to 2:30 p.m. (Rain Date April 19).

There will be face painting; popcorn and coffee available, and of course the always popular photos with the Easter Bunny (Bring your camera!)

The Lions know that big gatherings can be overwhelming for little children, so they split the hunt up into different categories — Pre K up to 6th grade have their own specified time on the lawn so 4-year-olds don’t have to compete with 10-year-olds for the thousands of chocolate eggs in the grass.

Age groups are as follows:

Pre-school – Kindergarten

1st and 2nd Grade

3rd and 4th Grade

5th and 6th Grade

Among the foil covered chocolate eggs in each group are many Lucky Star eggs that entitle the bearer to a special prize. The Easter Egg hunt attracts hundreds of children each year and participation and parking are free.

The Lions are seeking monetary donations with which to purchase these prizes.

If you would like to help of for more information call Nick at 203-901-9062.

Editor’s Note: Last year I practiced with my granddaughter for a few weeks before the hunt. She knew how to pick up the eggs and place them in a basket. She was so shy and tiny that I didn’t put her in the roped in area, but she was just as happy as can be with the ONE pink foil egg she found outside the ropes. At that age, it’s not about filling a basket, it’s more about just being there, meeting the Easter Bunny, and finding one egg is a huge sense of accomplishment. 


Dec 092013

Lions fundraiserThe Orange Lions Club will host a fundraiser to support the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that:

• Helps raise awareness and enlists the publics aid for the needs of inured service members

• Helps injured service members aid and assist each other.

• Provides unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.

In addition, the fundraiser will benefit the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation.

Demand for Fidelco Guide Dogs is at an all-time high.

Helping the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation helps our veterans who have been rendered blind, by providing them wit the highest quality guide dogs possible.

The event will take place at the Orange Ale House & Grille, 517 Boston Post Road, Monday, Dec. 9, from 6 p.m. to close.

The evening includes raffles and give-aways, DJ, happy hour drink specials and buffet until 9 p.m.

Admission is only $10, a small price to pay for two great causes.