Jan 172015

IMG_9350On Saturday night, the Orange Lions Club hosted its “Get Uncorked Wine Tasting” fundraiser at St. Barbara Church Hall.

About 150 guests (20 more than last year) sipped wine, beer and hard cider and enjoyed a variety of flavors of pizza and desserts.

As promised the Lions had 25 beautiful assorted gift baskets in a “Chinese Auction” and several wonderful prizes in a silent auction along with a grand prize and several door prizes.

Folks mingled with old friends, met new friends and simply had a lovely time.

Well done, Orange Lions.







Jan 162015

The vendors are knowledgable and helpful.

The vendors are knowledgable and helpful.

The Lions Club hosts a couple of fabulous fundraisers each year to help provide for their charitable giving.

This Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, they will host their first fundraising event of the new year with the “Get Uncorked! Wine Tasting Event”

As in the past, this popular occasion offers a wide variety of fine wines, boutique beers, specialty cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, desserts and a raffle and silent auction with wonderful prizes. This year’s grand prize is two tickets to the Newport Food and Wine Festival at the Marble House, in September.

Get Uncorked will take place at St. Barbara’s Greek Hall, 480 Racebrook Road from 7 to 10 p.m.

Tickets are $35 per person, and are available at www.orangeCTLIONS.org, Racebrook Wine and Liquor or by calling Lions Marianne Miller at 203-795-3906 or Maria Sandilo at 203-641-8003.

Tickets also will be available at the door, so come in from the frigid cold and enjoy a night out for a great organization.

The Orange Lions Club does so much for the community. From the Easter Egg Hunt that they host for hundreds of children each spring to the Thanksgiving Dinner they serve in the fall, and the grant money they give to worthy organizations and projects each year. The motto of this charitable organization is “We Serve.”

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

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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