Area news briefs


Big Daddy’s Racing and Entertainment Unlimited will be held 7-9:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at Woodbridge Center Building, 10 Newtown Road.

The program is open to Woodbridge and Bethany residents in grades 7 and 8 only.

Participants can race the remote control cars on the high speed track, join the interactive DJ games like pool noodle jousting, hippity hop basketball, and sumo wrestling.

A professional dancer will lead line dances.

The event is sponsored by Woodbridge Youth Services and the town of Bethany.

The fee is $5, raffle ticket included.

Volunteers are sought: parents, grandparents, college students, high school juniors and seniors.

Call 203-389-3429 for more information or to volunteer.

The Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will hold its annual Valentine Dance for 21 and older at 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Lakeview Lodge on Route 42.

Bring your own snacks and beverages. Tickets are $25 per couple, $15 single and $125 for a table of 10.

To reserve, call Amy at 203-410-2602 or Joan 203-627-8874.

Nominations are due Feb. 28 for a Conservationist of the Year award, given for meritorious action.

It is presented only when the Bethany Conservation Commission thinks there has been a worthy activity or effort.

Each year the commission reviews conservation/preservation activity in town, looking for a candidate.

Nomination forms will be available at the town clerk’s office or by contacting Bruce Loomis at sabrinabruce,

They include eligibility criteria, such as environmental action, environmental education/advocacy, resource preservation, improving suburban areas and habitat restoration.

The award is not limited to individuals. It is presented at the annual Town Meeting in May.

More details are available on the nomination form.

The Bethany Democratic Town Committee is seeking candidates for citizen of the year.

The person should be someone who has made a significant difference in Bethany and will be recognized at the annual DTC spaghetti supper on March 25. This event is attended by many local, state and national elected officials. Email Peg Foley at yelgep, or call 203-988-2155 with the name of the nominee.

Members of the Bethany Community Garden are holding a paint social art evening 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8.

No painting experience is necessary. Easel, paints, instruction, coffee and dessert will be provided. BYOB.

Tickets are $35. Register at For details, call Aileen 203-393-1927.

Applications for new gardeners are being accepted for the Bethany Organic Community Garden’s third and final phase, which is complete.

Raised beds are rented on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications are available by contacting Anne McDonnell at 203-393-3164 or mcdonnellind,

The cost to rent a 4-by-8 foot raised bed at the garden, 90 Pole Hill Road, for the growing season is $25. The cost for seniors 60 and older is $15. Mobility-impaired residents are accommodated.

Big Brothers Big Sisters fundraiser, a clothing drive, to benefit Bethany Community School’s sixth-grade, will be held 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 28 at Bethany Town Garage.

The Lions Club will present its 31st annual auction and corned beef dinner 5-7 p.m. March 12.

Tickets can be purchased at Town Hall or by calling Lion Paul Magda at 203-535-7416.

Prices are $18 for adult and $12 for children. Proceeds will help support the club’s annual Scholarship Fund, which benefits graduating seniors from Bethany.

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The 29th annual “Reflections: A Tribute to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” will be held at 4 p.m. Jan. 15 in City Hall auditorium, 110 River St.

The event is sponsored by Milford Chapter of The Link, a women’s service organization.

The keynote address will be delivered by the Rev. Dr. Lindsay E. Curtis, president of the Connecticut State Missionary Baptist Convention and pastor of the Grace Baptist Church of Norwalk.

Other invited speakers include U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, both D-Conn.; U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn.; state Sen. Gayle Slossberg, D-Milford; state Rep. Kim Rose, D-Milford; and Mayor Benjamin G. Blake.

Other participants include the Foran Advanced Vocal Ensemble, Bridgeport Boys Choir and the Youth Praise Dancers from First Baptist Church.

A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church at 28 North St.

Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave., will hold the following:

RSVP: 203-783-3292.

Library listings:

• Jan. 12, 10 a.m., Romance Book Discussion - Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks; Jan. 17, 2 p.m., Movie; Jan. 17, 6:30 p.m., Bernie Siegel - What You Can Learn from Children’s Drawings presented by the Holistic Moms Network; Jan. 17, 7 p.m., Evening Book Discussion - Disclaimer by Renee Knight; Jan. 23, 7 p.m. Expert Travel Tips - Save money, plan your trip well; Jan. 24, 11 a.m.. The Sharing Economy; Jan. 24, 2 p.m.. Movie; Jan. 25, 7 p.m. Expert Travel Tips - snow date; Jan. 26, 10 a.m.. Classic Book Discussion - The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane; Jan. 28, 1 p.m. Big Bad Wolf; Jan. 30, 6 p.m.. Anime Club; Jan. 31, 2 p.m. Movie.

• Middle school students’ Anime Club, 6-7:30 p.m. Jan. 30. The librarian will be showing episodes from “Crunchyroll,” an anime streaming site, and will offer an opportunity for fans to discuss anime and manga. Open to grades 6-8. RSVP: 203-783-3292. Info: Diana in the Young Adult Department at 203-701-4554.

• Preschool storytime: Mondays, Tuesdays at 10 a.m., stories, a craft, for ages 3 and up with a caregiver.

• Toddlertime: Wednesdays at 10, 11 a.m., fingerplays, songs and stories, for ages 2 and under with a caregiver.

• Stay and Play Thursdays Jan. 12, 26, 10 a.m.-noon.

• No-cook kids’ cooking class with ShopRite dietitian, Monday Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. RSVP.

• Creative Writing Club for ages 9-13, Wednesday Jan. 25. 6-7:30 p.m. RSVP.

• Take your child to the library day Saturday Feb. 4, 11 a.m., Milford author and educator Bonnie Feuer and illustrator Sharai Platt will read and talk about their newest book, “Voice from the Woods.”

Lucia Chapter 25, Order of the Eastern Star, will meet Thursday, Jan. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Masonic Lodge Hall, 59 Broad St., under the direction of Worthy Matron Wendy Dubois Batterton.

Refreshments will be served in the banquet hall after the meeting.

For information, call Worthy Matron Debbie Zaleha at 203-734-6008.

A breakfast will be served 8-10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, at the Masonic Hall, 59 Broad St.

For a donation of $8, diners can get an omelet, scrambled or fried eggs, pancakes or french toast, and bacon or sausage. There will also be available potatoes, toast, orange juice, and coffee or tea.

Special rates will be available for families with small children.

For more information, call 203-877-4977.

The Knights of Columbus, 240 Naugatuck Ave., will have its annual ziti dinner Jan. 21.

Tickets are available at the bar. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children, due Jan. 13.

The Milford Recreation Department is offering Aqua Zumba at the McCann Natatorium, 70 Park Circle, led by Renay.

The eight-week class will be held 7:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays or Wednesdays, beginning Monday, Jan. 23, and Wednesday Jan. 25.

Cost is $60 for residents and $65 for nonresidents for eight classes or $120 for residents and $130 nonresidents for 16 classes.

Register at or contact Renay at 203-522-2616 or zumbarenay,

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary 24-3, 1 Helwig St., is holding an About Boating Safety class at 8 a.m. Jan. 28.

Successful completion of the eight-hour course satisfies the state licensing requirements for both boats and personal watercraft.

Cost is $60. Walk-ins are welcome.

For information, contact 860-663-5505 or skperrone,

Christ the Redeemer Council 15870, Knights of Columbus, is running the following bus trips.

• Savannah, Parris, Jekyll and St. Simon’s islands, April 30-May 6, $625.

• Boston, June 10-12, $299, tour Boston, Lexington and Concord and more.

• Canadian Island of Coudres, Sept. 5-10 with tours of Montreal, Quebec City and visit St. Ann De Beaupre Shrine, $719.

• Memphis, Oct. 7-15, $743, admission to Graceland, Sun Studio and Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum.

Call John Benard at 203-877-2737 for information.

The VITA Program will be providing free income tax preparation at the Milford Senior Center, 9 Jepson Drive.

VITA offers free tax help to low-to moderate-income people with an annual household income of $54,000 and below, or 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines.

The service is noon-4 p.m. Sundays and 5-8 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 29-April 11. Register by calling TEAM at 203-736-5420, ext. 206.

In West Haven, the West Haven Senior Center is offering a free tax preparation service to help low- to middle-income taxpayers.

The AARP Tax-Aide program is available by appointment 9-11 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, starting Feb. 1, at the Johnson Community Center, 201 Noble St.

Special attention is given to help those 60 and older fill out federal tax forms.

The service, which includes tax counseling, is offered by trained volunteer tax preparers from AARP, in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service.

For an appointment, call the senior center at 203-937-3507.

The Recreation Department sponsors a beginner and intermediate walking group that walks three miles Tuesdays and Fridays.

For walkers who choose not to participate in out-of-town trips, an alternate walk will start at the Gazebo on the Green.

For details, contact Bob Hayes at 203-783-3283 or rhayes,, or Linda Mossorofo at 203-783-3391, lmossorofo,

The Milford Senior Center, 9 Jepson Drive, 203-877-5131.

• The Food Bank seeks canned soups, juices, vegetables, spaghetti sauce, fruit and tuna, as well as cereal, which may be dropped off at the center, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Call Sharon Brown at 203-877-5131, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. daily.

The Milford Road Runners Winter Wonder Land 5-mile road race will be held Jan. 29.

The race starts at 9:30 a.m., with registration starting at 8:30 at Platt Technical High School, 600 Orange Ave.

There will be an awards ceremony inside the gym at 10:45. All those who pre-register will receive a race T-shirt and goody bag as long as supplies last. Post-race food donor include Subway and Dunkin’ Donuts.

Also, warm cookies, hot chocolate, soup and fruit.The post-race raffle will have many prizes. Pre-registration is $20, day-of is $30.

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Free meetings of the Milford Hospital Breast Cancer Support Group are held the first Wednesday of every month, 6-7:30 p.m. in Auditorium A at Milford Hospital, 300 Seaside Ave.

For information about meetings, call the hospital Education Department at 203-876-4000.

Disabled American Veterans Chapter 15 meets at noon on the first Thursday of each month at the Fowler Memorial Building, 45 New Haven Avenue, next to Milford Library. Parking is at the rear of the building. For details, call 203-915-9911.


Fran Trelease, president of Boomer Den, will discuss “Navigating a Mid-Life Career Change in 8 Steps” at 7 p.m. Jan. 12 at the next meeting of the Housatonic River Job Network.

The meeting will be at Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road.

It is open to those underemployed or in transition between professional opportunities to meet, share leads, hear guest speakers and get information for their job search.

Trelease, an interviewer, writer and editor, will discuss ways to determine if a career change is the best choice for you as you begin 2017. She will discuss the eight areas to focus on to see if “your expectations meet reality.”

Boomer Den is a service that matches midlife professionals (ages 40-plus) with short-term internships to help them explore new careers under the guidance of a business owner.

It is an adult intern placement service where professionals can test out a new or desired second career in a safe, mentoring environment.

The group meets 7-9 p.m. the second Thursday of the month. Future meetings will be held Feb. 9 and March 9.

Email alexy56, for further information.

The Orange Historical Society Academy Antique Shop, 605 Orange Center Road, has antiques and collectibles for sale.

It is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays.

For information, call 203-795-3106.

Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, 203-799-2341,, offers the following:

• Services: Minyan services, 9 a.m. Sunday, 7:30 a.m. Monday, 7:30 a.m. Thursday; Healing Circle, 7:30 a.m. Wednesday; Shabbat Services 7 p.m. Friday, 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Artful spirituality will be explored

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, is offering “Praying with Color: A Workshop in Artful Spirituality” at 9-11 a.m. Jan. 21. The Rev. Diana will lead some gentle art/prayer exercises. No artistic talent is required. Bring colored pencils, crayons and markers, but there will be an assortment of materials to borrow. Call the church office at 203-795-6577 to register. The workshop is open to adults and teens from all walks of life and traditions.

• Five Life Line health screenings will be offered Feb. 15 to scan for potential health problems related to blocked arteries, abdominal aortic aneurysms, hardening of the arteries in the legs, atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat and bone density, for men and women. A Wellness Package includes four vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with member discount). All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. To register and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, call 888-653-6441 or visit

For more information, contact 203-795-6577, thegoodspheherd,,,

Case Library, 176 Tyler City Road, offers free events, except as noted. Call 203-891-2170,

• Weekly Storytimes: 3-5 Year Olds Storytime, Mondays, 4:30-5:30 p.m., storytelling, books, music, fingerplays, and puppetry at this series especially for ages 3-5. A story-related craft is offered following each session.

• Lapsit Storytime: Tuesdays, 10:30-11 a.m. Little ones from birth up to age 2 and their caregivers are invited to this high-energy storytime with Ms. Michelle. We’ll practice nursery rhymes, sing and move together, plus explore touch-and-feel books.

• 2-Year-old Storytime: Thursdays, 10:30-11 a.m. Audience participation is encouraged at this storytime session. Enjoy books, stories, music and movement, fingerplays, and puppetry together.

Events for Children:

The Prince and the Pauper presented by the Hampstead Stage Company,

• Homemade Lava Lamps: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 3:45 p.m. For ages 3 and up. Children who love science will adore this simple craft and story time. All materials will be provided. Registration is required and begins on Jan. 4. Space is limited.

• Film Buffs: Where to Invade Next, Thursday, Jan. 12, 7 p.m. To learn what the USA can learn from other nations, Michael Moore playfully “invades” them to see what they have to offer. R. 2 hours. Registration began Dec. 22.

Book discussions

• Books & Breakfast Morning Discussion Group: Tuesday, Jan. 17, 10 a.m. Carol Davidson leads a discussion of A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman. Check for copies at the Circulation Desk. Registration is required.

• Bunty’s War Saturday, Jan. 21, 1 p.m. Local author Ida Greene brings her intimate diary entries to life in this memoir chronicling carefree pre-war days in England and a world turned upside down by the eruption of World War II. Meet the author and hear firsthand her experiences before, during, and after the war. RSVP.

Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Pre-register in person or 203-891-2170;

Orange Senior Center offers programs. For more information and to register, call 203-891-4784.

• The monthly book club will meet Jan. 27, 2-3 p.m. in the senior lounge. The book will be The Messiah of Stockholm by Cynthia Ozick.

• Turkey Hill School Technology Partnership: The center and the school are bringing three free technology seminars. RSVP.

• Living Treasure nominations accepted through March 11 for the awards. Nomination forms are available in the Orange Community Services office, Town Hall, and on the town’s website. The three individuals chosen will be honored at the Senior Center’s Pasta Festa! in May.

• How to Connect with Friends & Family with Devices, Feb. 6, 10 a.m.

• Movie of the Month Friday, Jan. 20 “Sully,” 1 p.m. firected by Clint Eastwood, starring Tom Hanks. The story of Chesley Sullenberger, an American pilot who became a hero after landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River in order to save the flight’s passengers and crew. Popcorn, soda served. RSVP.

• Lunch & Fun, noon Thursday, Jan. 26, Janet Barrett discusses her book They Call Me Reckless: A True Story of War, Love and One Extraordinary Horse. This is a story of the power of the human-horse connection, bring lunch for 11:30 a.m., coffee and dessert supplied. RSVP.

• Introduction to computers for newbies with Frank Marini. This five-week starts Feb. 2, 9:30-11:30 a.m., for $25. Sign up at office.

• Lions Club Pizza Party Brazilian Carnival Cabaret, Feb. 6, 1:30—3 p.m. with Jose Paulo. RSVP.

2017 Trips

Full payment due at registration. No minimum trips.

Escape to Some Sun at Mohegan Sun, Jan. 25-26, with an indoor seven-story waterfall, planetarium dome and the Wombi Rock. Cost $163pp double, $228 single, $153pp triple. Round-trip transortation, hotel accommodations.

UConn vs. SMU Basketball at Gampel Pavilion, Saturday, Feb. 11. Cost $56pp, transportation and tckets to the game.

Ct Flower Show and lunch. Feb. 23, snow date Feb. 24. “The Spirit of Spring” at the Connecticut Convention Center with a lunch stop. Cost $80pp. Includes transportation, lunch, admission.

Mohegan Sun AAC Women’s Basketball Tournament Championship Game. March 6-7, overnight, $229pp double, $315 single, $214pp triple. Includes transportation, hotel accommodations, ticket, taxes, gratuity, baggage handling.

St. Patrick’s Day at the Aqua Turf, March 14. Entertainment by Padraig Allen and the Maclean Avenue Band, lunch including corned beef & cabbage, baked scrod, and all the fixings, topped off with carrot cake. Also, a free glass of wine or beer. Cost: $77pp. Includes transportation, lunch, show, driver gratuities.

The Rotary Club has breakfast meetings at 7:30 a.m. the first and third Fridays of each month at the Country Corner Restaurant, 756 Amity Road, Bethany.

Also, at 12:15 p.m. the second and fourth Fridays of each month at Woodbridge Social, 12 Selden St., Woodbridge.

For more information, call Anna Dickerson at 203-710-0223.

The Woodbridge Town Library, 10 Newton Road, offers programs. To register,, 203-389-3433.

Children and Teen Programs

• Teen Tech Support, 2:45 p.m., last Wednesday of every month, sometimes more often, to provide help on topics such as: email, smart phones, Facebook, downloading pictures and tablets & e-readers to the community. Contact Teen Librarian Kyle Litscher at Klitscher, to join.

• Adult Events

Winter Reading Program through Feb. 24, Anyone 18 years or older may participate.

Film Screening: The Girl on the Train, Thursday, Jan. 19, 7 p.m. Rated R drama, mystery, thriller.

Banish the Winter Gloom, Brighten Your Home: Floral arrangement workshop with Donna Rapino of Diva Fiore, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 6:30 p.m. Bring a container, a good pair of scissors, knife, or small pruners. There is a $15 materials fee (cash) due to the instructor at this class.

Drop-in Tech Help: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2:45 p.m. Question about laptop, smartphone or other device tackled by Teen Tech Team the fourth Wednesday of every month.

Film Screening: The Light Between Oceans, Thursday, Jan. 26, 7 p.m. PG-13 drama, romance, 132 mins.

Connecticut Made: Homegrown Products by Local Craftsmen, Artisans, and Purveyors with author Cynthia Parzych, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 7 p.m. Books will be available for signing.

Film Screening: Sully, Thursday, Feb. 2, 7 p.m. PG-13, biography, drama, 96 min.

Film Screening: The Accountant, Thursday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m. Rated R, action, crime, drama, 128 min.

Film Screening: The Magnificent Seven, Thursday, Feb. 16, 7 p.m. Rated PG-13 action, adventure, western, 133 min.

Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame Presents Talks on the Road: Celebrating 300 Years of Connecticut’s Remarkable Women Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m. An interactive multi-media program on some of the state’s most remarkable women, the well-known figures such as Ella T. Grasso, Katharine Hepburn and Marian Anderson and lesser-known Maria Sanchez, Barbara McClintock and Hannah Watson.

Film Screening: War Dogs Thursday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m. Rated R comedy, crime, drama | 116 mins.

Children and Teen Events

Crazy 8’s Math Club: Got Rhythm Saturday, Jan. 14 , 1 p.m. Discover the math in music by making your own music with wacky instruments. Grades K-2. Space is limited to 12 participants. Register online.

Series Book Club: Secrets of the Droon (Grades 2-4) Thursday, Jan. 19, 6:30 p.m. Sample the magic. No need to have read the books, we’ll have some available to check out at the program. Join the fun with crafts, games, and snacks. Space is limited to 12 participants. Register online.

ACT Practice Tests Saturday, Jan. 21 from 10:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m.

The Woodbridge Town Library is partnering with Princeton Review to offer free full-length practice tests for the ACT and SAT for area high school students. Full-length practice test given under the same testing conditions as the actual exams. Learn about the endurance and skill needed, and get a personalized score report on strengths and weaknesses. Students will receive detailed feedback from Princeton Review within three weeks. Seating is limited. Register at

Chinese New year Program Saturday, Jan. 28, 3 p.m. for ages K and up, to commemorate the Year of the Rooster featuring a story, craft. RSVP.

Teen Tech Help: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2:45-3:45, meeting room. Teens, fulfill your community service hours and help local patrons in the community troubleshoot their various means of technology including smartphones, tablets, laptops. You must attend a 30-minute training session with staff to participate. Contact Katherine Ward at kward,

Bubbleology: Saturday, Feb. 4, 2 p.m. grades K-5. RSVP.

Monday, Feb. 13, 6:30 p.m. Valentine’s craft for families and adults. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Woodbridge Senior Center, 203-389-3430 or

• Volunteers sought to assist with lunch Tuesdays and Fridays, provide support for the holiday fair, help with the Friendly Visitor and Reassurance Program or teach a class. Call 203-389-3430.

The Woodbridge Senior Center provides a program of health, wellness, nutrition, education and social activities for residents 60 years of age and older. It offers a luncheon program as well as a transportation program.

Chef Elaine Marcucio has returned and will offer meals on Tuesdays, Fridays at 12:15 p.m., such as vegetable lasagna Jan. 17 or Mediterranean baked tilapia Jan. 24.

Coffee, Cookies and Conversation about elder care with CareMatch America, Jan. 17, 12:30-1:30 p.m. and Feb. 8, 6-7 p.m., a free service and not a referral agency, designed to help in the search for the appropriate and individualized care.

Dr. Susann Verano, geriatrician, will offer a program called “Has Your Get Up and Go Got Up and Left?” following lunch Friday, Jan. 20.

On Monday, 6-7 p.m. Jan. 30, the center will offer “Diabetes 101” taught by certified diabetes instructor Mary Swansiger, of Griffin Hospital’s Community Outreach and Parish Nursing Department. Discussion will cover different types of diabetes, symptoms, risk factors, treatment options as well as prevention. RSVP.

Pickleball begins Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. in the Center Gym. This ongoing exercise program has a yearly fee of $20.

Low vision specialist Michele Tarantino, of Brookdale Home Health Services, offers free program in the Senior Center cafeteria following lunch at 12:45 p.m.

Sign-ups accepted for Feb. 23 trip to the CT Flower Show. Cost is $80 and includes transportation, lunch at the Chowder Pot in Hartford and entrance to the show.

All programs are at the Woodbridge Senior Center unless otherwise noted.

Volunteers are sought to make a difference and become a friendly visitor to elderly members of the community.

For information about the program, call Judi Young, town Senior Service social worker, at 203-389-3429.

Woodbridge Job Bank teens will work for town residents who want to hire someone to assist with odd jobs such as yard work, party help, cleaning, tutoring, and moving furniture or boxes.

Also, there are teenagers who are experienced in babysitting. Many have completed the American Red Cross babysitter training course. The service is for town residents. Teen residents who would like to work to earn some extra cash are sought. The application process offers a chance to learn about interviews, safety on the job, and how to negotiate pay. Call 203-389-3429 for more information.