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Rac N Pack Is Back At The Transfer Station

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Apr 062021
 

Following is a message from Orange Recycling Chairman Mitch Goldblatt:

Thank you to Orange Recycling Committee Member Chris Prokop, Home Depot Manager Matt Hyatt, and Gerry, Ed, and Steve at the Transfer Station. As of mid-morning Friday, April 2, our Rac N Pack is back in place for collecting Plastic Bags and Wrap at the Transfer Station!

While we await Home Depot Corporate to approve the permanent shed, we will have this one (see photos). It is larger and sturdier than the last one. The “No Plastic Bags” sign with the right-hand arrow will soon be reattached to the railing in front of the bottle, can, and paper trailer.

The Transfer Station crew said that they would get someone next week to disassemble the “Plastic Bag” Sign (it was saved) from the bracket (which can’t be used on this shed) and most likely affix it to the left door.

For now, the left door will remain latched and closed at all times so that the sign will be visible and the door won’t break off.

So no more excuses! Plastic Bags and Plastic Wrap need to be separated and recycled in the Rac N Pack bag in the shed.

Thanks for your support and help in getting the word out to everyone.

Mitch

 

Keep The Arts Blooming — And The Winners Are:

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Apr 022021
 

It is with great pleasure that we announce the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation raised around $30,000 for its charitable giving programs with its Keep The Art Blooming Raffle.

For many years, the JHAF has supported the Arts for students in Amity and surrounding communities in a myriad of ways — sponsoring plays, visiting authors and artists, etc. Those who are aware of their good work, realize how important it is to support the foundation whenever possible, so when the opportunity to buy tickets for a big 10-prize raffle arose, people stepped up.

The drawing took place on Thursday evening, April 1 at 7 p.m.

Here is a list of winning Entries:

1st Prize: $2,000 gift card, Diane Dalle Ave, # W1421

2nd Prize: $1,000 gift card, Bowley Moore Appraisal Centre, #W1591

3rd Prize: $500 gift card, Trish Pearson, #W441

4th Prize: $500 gift card, Elisabeth Labriola, #W1171

5th Prize: $200 gift card, Marianne Miller, #W1403

6th Prize: $200 gift card, CarolAline Flaumenhaft, #W1370

7th Prize: $200 gift card, Laurel Brown, #W494

8th Prize: $200 gift card, Erin Neblett, #W817

9th Prize: $100 gift card, Evelyn Boyd (Carly’s aunt), #W312

10th Prize: $100 gift card, Lori Berisford, #W31

 

Congratulations to all of the winners and a heartfelt thank you to everyone who participated.

 

New This Year, The Orange Artisan Fest and Vendor Fair

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Apr 022021
 

Save the date for the 1 st Annual Orange Artisan Fest and Vendor Fair scheduled for Thursday, June 17, 2021, from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Orange Fairgrounds at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange. The all-outdoor event is free and open to the public.

The event replaces the 17-year run Orange Business and Community Expo. Annemarie Sliby, Executive Director said, “We are excited to present this new community-oriented event, giving business owners and artisans a chance to mingle with visitors outside. People are looking forward to outdoor events and it will be a great start to the summer.”

Small business owners, artisans, and farm market vendors will be participating and visitors can look forward to product demonstrations, activities, shopping, raffles, food trucks, and live music.

The event opens at 2:30 pm and more than 60 vendors will be participating. Sliby said, “Network with business vendors, visit Artisan Row and shop for that unique Father’s Day gift, grab a bite from our food trucks, and listen to the sounds of The Sabb’s Brothers, who will be performing under the Gazebo from 6 pm – 8 pm.”

Exhibitor space is still available and registration is open. Showcase your business, products or
service, sell your products on-site, and network with vendors and attendees. Vendor space is limited and it is expected to sell out by May. Space includes a 6-foot table, tablecloth, and chair. In addition, all vendors receive their business information listed in the Business Directory, their business marketing materials included in Event Welcome Bags, and their company name listed in the Artisan Fest ad in OrangeLife Magazine.

Anyone interested in becoming a vendor, can register online via the OEDC website: OrangeEDC.com/events_activities, or call the OEDC office at 203-891-1045.
If you are unable to participate as a vendor, your business can still have a presence. For just $75, your marketing materials will be included in the Event Welcome Bags, which go to all attendees and vendors. Please call our office for information.

Many thanks to our sponsors: American Job Center, Beltone, The Eagle Leasing Company,
Economic Development Commission, Northeast Electronics Corporation, Senior Insurance
Consultants, StateFarm Insurance, Sue Ianniello – New York Life, Taylor Rental, TrinityPoint Wealth, and UIL Holdings Corporation.

For more information, call the Orange Economic Development Corporation at (203) 891-1045 or visit the website at OrangeEDC.com/events_acivities.

Apr 012021
 

Amity Senior Caroline Cadelina, who plays defense for the Blades Girls Ice Hockey team has earned a place on the Connecticut High School Girls Ice Hockey Association Team.

Cadelina has played for the Blades for her entire High School career. She’s been quite an asset to the team, and it’s been a pleasure watching her play.

Congratulations Caroline! Well Deserved!

Information About COBRA Subsidy Under The American Rescue Plan Act Of 2021

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Mar 312021
 

THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT (ARPA) SIGNED INTO LAW BY PRESIDENT BIDEN ON MARCH 11, 2021, INCLUDES SEVERAL PROVISIONS REQUIRING IMMEDIATE ACTION BY EMPLOYERS. AMONG THE PROVISIONS INCLUDES A 100% FEDERAL SUBSIDY OF COBRA PREMIUMS DURING THE PERIOD OF APRIL 1, 2021, THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 2021.

COBRA Subsidy Overview:

For a limited period, the ARPA requires employers to cover 100% of the cost of continuing group health coverage under COBRA for up to six months for “assistance eligible individuals” or “AEIs”. An AEI is a current or former employee who has lost coverage under their employer’s health care plan due to a reduction in hours or involuntary termination (for reasons other than gross misconduct). This will effectively allow AEIs (and their spouses and dependent children) to continue employer-sponsored health insurance coverage without having to contribute towards the premium costs through September 2021. Individuals who voluntarily terminated their employment are not eligible, and all other COBRA Qualifying Events do not quality for ARPA’s COBRA subsidy.

What Employers Need to Know:

  • Employers will need to identify their AEIs. AEIs are employees or former employees who lost health plan coverage within the past 18 months (on or after November 1, 2019), because of an involuntary termination of employment or reduction in hours.
  • AEIs and family members who currently have COBRA coverage will be eligible for a 100 percent subsidy of their premiums for up to six months (through September 30, 2021). The employer, insurer, or multiemployer plan sponsor will offset the cost by claiming a credit against Social Security and Medicare payroll taxes.
  • AEIs and family members who lost coverage because of involuntary termination or reduction in hours after November 1, 2019, but who either did not elect COBRA or let their COBRA lapse, will have until 60 days after receipt of the notice to elect COBRA beginning April 1st. Any election for these participants would be prospective only, and not retroactive to the date coverage was lost. It is unclear whether these election deadlines will supersede the previous Department of Labor extension for COBRA elections.
  • Employers will need to send the below notices to each of these AEIs (and their covered family members) within 60 days after April 1, 2021. The Department of Labor is supposed to issue model notices within 30 days of enactment.

    – General Election Notice- Employers must provide a General Election Notice to AEIs who first become eligible for subsidized coverage between April 1st and September 30th, 2021. This notice must provide AEIs with information regarding premium assistance.

    – Special Election Notice- Employer must provide a Special Election Notice to AEIs who previously elected and discontinued COBRA coverage or declined COBRA coverage between November 2019 to March 31, 2021.

    – Expiration of Subsidy Notice- Employers must provide this notice to AEIs to alert them that the subsidized aspect of their COBRA coverage will expire on a certain date.This notice must be provided between 15 to 45 days before the subsidy ends.

  • The ARPA subsidy does not extend COBRA coverage—coverage will still expire 18 months after coverage was lost, even if that is in the middle of the subsidy period. Apart from ARPA, coverage can be extended for a second qualifying event (up to a total of 36 months). ARPA does not address whether the subsidy will apply during that period.
  • Any AEI or family member who is or becomes eligible for other group health coverage or Medicare is not eligible for the subsidy. The individual has the obligation to notify the employer if he or she is not eligible or loses eligibility.
  • Employers can allow AEIs to enroll in other health plan options offered by the employer (rather than the option the AEI was enrolled in prior to the loss of coverage) if that other option is less expensive.
  • The subsidy is not taxable to the COBRA beneficiary.
  • There is no income cap for the subsidy.

    While this subsidy goes into effect in a matter of days, there are still many questions yet to be answered. As the DOL releases model notices, regulations, and other guidance, R+R will continue to update clients on the COBRA subsidy.

    If you have questions about new COBRA subsidy requirements or how it will impact your business, Contact R+R’s Director of HR Services Katie Hall at katieh@reynoldsrowella.com.

Submitted by Reynolds + Rowella
  of Ridgefield, CT

One More Day To Get Tickets: It’s A Win-Win for JHAF and YOU

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Mar 312021
 

The pandemic cannot stop the arts … the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation is working to KEEP THE ARTS BLOOMING with a virtual raffle campaign. 100% of the proceeds will be dedicated to local educational programs, scholarships, and community projects particularly focused on artistic recovery, rebuilding, and renewal after the devastating effects of the pandemic

Give big, win big. The raffle prizes are valued at $2,000, $1,000, $500, $200, and $100 in the form of Visa or Amazon gift cards (winner’s choice!). Tickets are $20 each, buy as many as you can, and you can purchase online on the foundation’s website until noon on Thursday, April 1. www.jamiehulleyartsfund.org 

The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation provides life-changing educational
opportunities in the arts to hundreds of youth and adults each year. Through its
scholarship and educational programs, the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation provides
unique enrichment opportunities to Amity schools as well as schools in the
greater New Haven, Bridgeport, and Valley areas.

The Foundation also provides financial support for area youth, middle school through college, to develop their talents in the visual and performing arts.

Currently, the Foundation is hyper-focused on supporting young artists through the pandemic. They have granted scholarships to middle and high school-age youth
whose families were financially hurt by the pandemic, making it possible for them
to continue their training in the arts. The Foundation also provided special project
support to unemployed early career visual and performing artists.

About the Raffle — What You Can Win

Each year, the foundation raised the majority of its funds through a Gala event that always took place in the fall. The Coronavirus hit and forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser, which adversely affected the foundation and its ability to provide as much for all of the programs it normally would.

Your Support is needed now more than ever. You can help by purchasing raffle tickets today to help keep the arts blooming.

All Prizes are “Winners Choice”

Choose between an Amazon or Visa Gift Card

Tickets: $20 ea. Each ticket =10 Chances to Win.

Buy more to increase your chance of winning and to keep these vital programs funded.

1st Prize
$2,000 VISA or $2,000 AMAZON gift card
This prize is generously sponsored by Kari Holley, Judy Primavera, Fred Hulley & the foundation’s Board of Directors

2nd Prize
$1,000 VISA or $1,000 AMAZON gift card
This prize is sponsored by the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation

3rd Prize
$500 VISA or $500 AMAZON gift card
This prize is generously sponsored by the students at Broadway Method Academy, Fairfield, CT

4th Prize
$500 VISA or $500 AMAZON gift card
This prize is generously sponsored by Dr. Andrew Martinez & Jessica Baquero

5th Prize
$200 VISA or $200 AMAZON gift card
This prize is generously sponsored by Glam Spa, Orange, CT

6th Prize
$200 VISA or $200 AMAZON gift card
This prize is generously sponsored by The Palluzzi family

7th Prize
$200 VISA or $200 AMAZON gift card
This prize is generously sponsored by The Zamkov Family

8th Prize
$200 VISA or $200 AMAZON gift card
This prize is generously sponsored by Amity Middle School Orange PTSO and the Bethany Community School PTO

9th Prize
$100 VISA or $100 AMAZON gift card
This prize is generously sponsored by Connor Deane

10th Prize
$100 VISA or $100 AMAZON gift card
This prize is generously sponsored by The Kilian family

Click Here to Purchase Tickets!

The drawing will take place on Thursday, April 1, 2021, at 7 p.m. at Foundation Headquarters in Orange, CT, and broadcast live on the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/jamieahulleyartsfoundation

Winners will be notified by email and by phone.

Apply Now For The Orange Scholarship Fund Association Awards

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Mar 292021
 

The Orange Scholarship Fund Association is offering scholarships to high school seniors from Orange.

Applications are available through local high school guidance offices, online at info@orangescholarshipfund.com , or by calling 203 795 5748.

The application deadline is May 1, 2021. Several scholarships are available including the Ashlie Krakowski Memorial Scholarship which is awarded to a student pursuing a career in health care or a health-related field.

Scholarships will be awarded in June.

Just Four Days Left To Get Your Tickets To Keep The Arts Blooming

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Mar 292021
 

The pandemic cannot stop the arts … the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation is working to KEEP THE ARTS BLOOMING with a virtual raffle campaign. 100% of the proceeds will be dedicated to local educational programs, scholarships, and community projects particularly focused on artistic recovery, rebuilding, and
renewal after the devastating effects of the pandemic

Give big, win big. The raffle prizes are valued at $2,000, $1,000, $500, $200, and $100 in the form of Visa or Amazon gift cards (winner’s choice!). Tickets are $20 each, buy as many as you can, and you can purchase online on the foundation’s
website: www.jamiehulleyartsfund.org

The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation provides life-changing educational
opportunities in the arts to hundreds of youth and adults each year. Through its
scholarship and educational programs, the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation provides
unique enrichment opportunities to Amity schools as well as schools in the
greater New Haven, Bridgeport, and Valley areas.

The Foundation also provides financial support for area youth, middle school through college, to develop their talents in the visual and performing arts.

Currently, the Foundation is hyper-focused on supporting young artists through
the pandemic. They have granted scholarships to middle & high school-age youth
whose families were financially hurt by the pandemic, making it possible for them
to continue their training in the arts. The Foundation also provided special project
support to unemployed early career visual and performing artists.

About the Raffle — What You Can Win

Each year, the foundation raised the majority of its funds through a Gala event that always took place in the fall. The Coronavirus hit and forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser, which adversely affected the foundation and its ability to provide as much for all of the programs it normally would.

Your Support is needed now more than ever. You can help by purchasing raffle tickets today to help keep the arts blooming.

All Prizes are “Winners Choice”

Choose between an Amazon or Visa Gift Card

Tickets: $20 ea. Each ticket =10 Chances to Win.

Buy more to increase your chance of winning and to keep these vital programs funded.

1st Prize
$2,000 VISA or $2,000 AMAZON gift card
This prize is generously sponsored by Kari Holley, Judy Primavera, Fred Hulley & the foundation’s Board of Directors

2nd Prize
$1,000 VISA or $1,000 AMAZON gift card
This prize is sponsored by the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation

3rd Prize
$500 VISA or $500 AMAZON gift card
This prize is generously sponsored by the students at Broadway Method Academy, Fairfield, CT

4th Prize
$500 VISA or $500 AMAZON gift card
This prize is generously sponsored by Dr. Andrew Martinez & Jessica Baquero

5th Prize
$200 VISA or $200 AMAZON gift card
This prize is generously sponsored by Glam Spa, Orange, CT

6th Prize
$200 VISA or $200 AMAZON gift card
This prize is generously sponsored by The Palluzzi family

7th Prize
$200 VISA or $200 AMAZON gift card
This prize is generously sponsored by The Zamkov Family

8th Prize
$200 VISA or $200 AMAZON gift card
This prize is generously sponsored by Amity Middle School Orange PTSO and the Bethany Community School PTO

9th Prize
$100 VISA or $100 AMAZON gift card
This prize is generously sponsored by Connor Deane

10th Prize
$100 VISA or $100 AMAZON gift card
This prize is generously sponsored by The Kilian family

Click Here to Purchase Tickets!

The drawing will take place on Thursday, April 1, 2021, at 7 p.m. at Foundation Headquarters in Orange, CT, and broadcast live on the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/jamieahulleyartsfoundation

Winners will be notified by email and by phone.

Pat Winkel Still Has It!

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Mar 272021
 

Amity Grad Pat Winkel of Orange is still a baseball phenom, now working his magic at UCONN.

UConn Baseball (@UConnBSB) Tweeted:

Walk Us Off Pat Winkel!!!! https://t.co/3WXTK527HY

https://twitter.com/UConnBSB/status/1375907646893486082?s=20

Great News! There’s A New Red Panda At The Zoo

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Mar 252021
 

There’s a new face at the Zoo!
Meet Berry, a 10-year-old Red panda who came to us from Trevor Zoo in Millbrook, NY to be a companion for Rochan.
Rochan and Berry are still getting to know each other, so, for now, you may see Berry in the indoor habitat, while Rochan will have access to the outdoor habitat. Welcome, Berry!
Photo by Emma Carney