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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.

How Do I Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs?

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Mar 312021
 

 hard-boiled-eggsI learned how to make hard-boiled eggs from my mom who had to make enough every year to satisfy her three kids’ creative desires at Easter time,

You need to hard boil the eggs to the perfect texture so they don’t crack while they are boiling and are easy to peel when you are ready to eat them.

My granddaughter loves these!

Let’s get started:

Put your eggs in a single layer in a large saucepan, and cover them with an inch or two of cold water. Starting with cold water and gently bringing the eggs to a boil will help keep them from cracking. Add a tablespoon of vinegar and a half teaspoon of salt to the water. Put the burner on high and bring the eggs to a boil. As soon as the water starts to boil, remove the pan from the heat for a few seconds.

Turn the heat down to low and return the pan to the burner. Let simmer for one minute.

After a minute, remove the pan from the heat, cover, and let sit for 12 minutes.

Depending on the number of eggs you’ve made, you can check one egg to see how it’s done. Remove from the pan, run under cold water, and peel if it’s to your liking, rinse the other eggs under cold water, let them sit in the cold water for a while, then remove them and let them dry any way you prefer, on paper towels on a cake rack (whatever). When they are dry and cool you can get to work coloring them.

Store in the refrigerator in a ziplock bag or covered bowl to keep the egg smell from your fridge.

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.

Holy Infant Women’s Guild Offers Scholarships

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Mar 282021
 

The Holy Infant Women’s Guild Scholarship is open to female seniors from the parish who will attend a four-year college or university next year.

There will be two $1,000 Scholarships awarded. Applications are now available online at the Holy Infant Church website holyinfantorangect.org or at the guidance offices at Amity High School, Sacred Heart Academy, Lauralton Hall, and St. Joseph High School.

You must return the completed application to the Holy Infant Church Office no later than 1 p.m. on Friday, April 23, 2021.

If you need any additional information, call Scholarship Chairman Susan D’Orso at 203-874-1739.

OCC Holy Week And Easter Services Announced

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Mar 282021
 

Orange Congregational Church, an Open and Affirming congregation, welcomes you to join us for Holy Week and Easter. Online worship services for Sundays and special holy days will be posted on our OCC Youtube page. Here is our schedule:

 

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Join us for ‘Praying the Bible’ Holy Week Bible Study on Zoom at 8:00 p.m.  This is an exploration of scripture using the ancient spiritual practice of Lectio Divina (‘Sacred Reading’). For a Zoom link, please email occhurch@snet.net.

 

Maundy Thursday, April 1, 2021

Join us online on YouTube for Worship at 5 p.m. or anytime after that.

 

Good Friday, April 2, 2021

Join us online for the ‘ART of Scripture’ Prayer Practice & Gathering on Zoom at 7:00 p.m. For a Zoom link, please email occhurch@snet.net.

 

Easter, April 4, 2021

Ways to celebrate:

1) All are invited to come in person to church any time to decorate the Easter Cross outside in front of the Sanctuary with live flowers.

2) Join in person on the Green at 8:00 a.m. for a service of worship led by our youth and lay leaders with all safety precautions including — masks must be worn at all times, family groups should maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from each other (preferably closer to 12 feet), pre-registration and check-in are required should we need to contact trace.

To register, please email occhurch@snet.net and arrive about 10 minutes prior to the start time for check-in. Please do not congregate after the service. If you wish, your family group may place flowers on the cross together. Be sure to maintain distancing from other groups as you do so.

3) Join us for a special zoom “Easter Greeting” coffee hour at 10 a.m. For a Zoom link, please email occhurch@snet.net.

4)  Join us anytime all day online on YouTube for Easter Worship.

Youth Services Offers Scholarships

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Mar 282021
 

Attention Amity High School SENIORS: Orange Youth Services will choose three (3) seniors, who live in Orange, to be rewarded with $1,000 each toward their college education.

Each applicant must fill out an application, provide a resume, a transcript of their grades, and a brief essay.

Students will be chosen based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities, volunteer involvement, and future endeavors.

The application deadline is May 14, 2021.  Contact Jessica Simone at jsimone@orange-ct.gov or call 203-891-4785 for an application.

Obituary: Laurie Jean Lewis, 54, Beloved Wife, Mother, Daughter-in-Law of Mark A. Lewis

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Mar 282021
 

Laurie Jean (Harrison) Lewis, 54, of Mystic, entered eternal rest Monday, March 22, 2021, after a hard-fought battle with cancer. She was born May 18, 1966, in Holyoke, Mass., to Sandra Jean (Bozcon) Harrison and the late Richard John Harrison of Mystic.

Her father, Richard, served in the United States Navy, and after living in Hawaii for a short time, the family settled in Mystic. After graduating from Robert E. Fitch Senior High School in 1984, Laurie attended Gordon College (Wenham, Mass.) and earned a bachelor’s degree in youth ministry in 1988. Upon graduation, she worked as a paralegal at O’Brien Shafner law firm in Groton, for more than 10 years. Laurie and her husband, Mace, were married in 1991, and have lived in the Mystic area for the past 30 years. Laurie had a special passion for our local schools, and after volunteering at Noank School for many years, she became a secretary at Northeast Academy. Laurie’s beaming smile and warmth greeted everyone who walked through the door, students, parents, teachers, and staff alike, with an encouraging word, a patient and sympathetic ear, or a warm hug. She will be deeply missed by her dear friends and colleagues at Northeast Academy.

Laurie also volunteered with the Fitch Marching Band for more than 10 years, serving as the chair of the Fitch Music Boosters and co-chair of the home show committee, putting her passion and commitment into practice to serve the students, staff, and other volunteers. Her tireless efforts, especially around the home show, helped make the Fitch Marching Band program a source of great pride. She was also a swim mom for the Fitch High School and Gordon College swim teams. She cherished the deep friendships formed throughout the swimming community and was loved by many swimmers, coaches and parents. Laurie served as the chair of the alumni board at Gordon College and, with her husband Mace, were co-chairs of the parent advisory committee.

Laurie was a devoted Christian and had a servant’s heart. She was an active member of Bishop Seabury Church since 1983 and was involved in all aspects of church life. She had a limitless faith and truly was a daughter of the King. Drawing on God’s strength, she lived life with compassion, fierce love, grace, pride, humility, devotion, and acceptance, touching the lives and hearts of all those she knew. Even in her darkest days as she bravely fought relentless cancer, she remained a shining light, always putting others before herself.

The family is eternally grateful to Dr. Paul DiSilvestro and all the doctors, nurses, and staff at the Program in Women’s Oncology at Women & Infants Hospital. “Your care, compassion, warmth, dedication, friendship, support, and advocacy will never be forgotten. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

Laurie is survived by her husband of nearly 30 years, Mace Lewis, of Mystic; son and daughter-in-law Matthew and Erin Lewis of Hamilton, Mass.; son Andrew Lewis of Brighton, Mass.; son Aaron Lewis of Boston, Mass.; sister and brother-in-law Amy and Daniel Ganolli and nephew Harrison Ganolli of East Haven; mother Sandy Harrison of Mystic; brother-in-law and sister-in-law John and Joanne Lewis of Beacon Falls; father-in-law Mark A. Lewis of Orange; and dear friends Todd and Maureen Stricklin of Warwick, R.I. Her memory will be cherished by many aunts, uncles, cousins, godchildren, and friends.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. and from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 2, at Byles Groton Memorial Home, 310 Thames Street, in Groton. COVID-19 protocols are masks are worn, social distancing, and limited guests in the building at one time. Her in-person funeral service will be private due to COVID-19 restrictions. The service may be viewed via Livestream at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 3. Please use bishopseabury.org. All are welcome to attend the graveside service at approximately 2 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at Colonel Ledyard Cemetery, 240 Mitchell Street in Groton.

Donations in Laurie’s memory may be made to the Oncology Patient Support Fund at Women & Infants Hospital, 300 Richmond Street, Providence, RI 02903, or the Fitch Music Boosters, 101 Groton Long Point Road, Groton CT 06340.

A celebration of Laurie’s life will be announced at a future date. Please visit www.byles.com to sign the online register or to leave a condolence note for the family.

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

Enjoy The Almost Full Moon Tonight While The Skies Are Clear

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Mar 272021
 

The March Full Moon peaks at 2:48 p.m. on Sunday, March 28.

This month’s full moon is known as the Worm Moon. The name originated with Native Americans, who knew well that about the time of that full moon the soil had thawed to the point that worms were coming to the surface when rain fell.

But the earthworms you might spot during the full moon on Sunday unlikely that they will come out if it’s too cold are not the same species the Native Americans were referencing.

The earthworms and nightcrawlers most of us are familiar with in our backyards and gardens are the descendants of European and Asian species introduced to North America in the soil around plants brought here by European settlers.

The full moon of March also is known as the Sap Moon or Sugar Moon in a nod to the time of year when the sap begins flowing in maple trees.

Although some Cree groups used the term Eagle Moon to describe the time around February, others used this term for the Moon cycle closer to spring. The Northern Ojibwe called this Crow Comes Back Moon. The term Goose Moon was used among Algonquin and Cree peoples. Snow Crust Moon was an Anishinaabe term. Wind Strong Moon (Pueblo) refers to the strong windy days that come at this time of year.

 

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