Bethany, Milford, Orange, Woodbridge Bulletin Board


A demonstration of hip-hop moves will be presented at 2:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, March 3, right after school in the cafeteria of Amity Middle School-Bethany for residents of Woodbridge and Bethany in grades 7, 8.

The dancer specializes in hip-hop and other urban dances, such as break, dancehall, and hip-hop fusion.

The cost is $5, including pizza. Sign-up sheets will be available at school during lunch. Look for the Youth Services program coordinator or email for information.

Registration is required. The program is sponsored by Woodbridge Youth Services and the town of Bethany.

Volunteers are sought. Call 203-389-3429 to register.

Amity Regional High School and Woodbridge Youth Services will sponsor a presentation on anxiety and adolescents by Scott Hannan, Ph.D., on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 6:30 p.m. in the Media Center at Amity Regional High School, 25 Newton Road, Woodbridge.

Hannan will present strategies to help children cope with anxiety, particularly around school.

Hannan is a psychologist and program manager for the outpatient clinic at the Anxiety Disorders Center and Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

His clinical interests include obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias, panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder related to motor vehicle accidents, and the treatment of children and adolescents with anxiety disorders.

Hannan has been a featured expert on the A&E show “Hoarders.”


Parents with questions may call Linda Decesare, ARHS school psychologist, at 203-397-4846.

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.

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. The 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.

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.

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 Sue Hurlburt at 203-996-2275.

Prices are $18 for adult and $12 for children. Dinner includes free beer tasting from Stony Creek Brewery. Proceeds will help support the club’s annual Scholarship Fund, which benefits graduating seniors from Bethany.

For more information, visit

A six-week course on fun with digital photography, for Woodbridge and Bethany students in grades 7 and 8, will be held Thursdays, in the Amity Middle School-Bethany computer lab.

This is an introductory class for students who want to get the most out of their digital cameras and improve their photographic skills. Each week, students will learn a new technique to take pictures, including: painting with light through photos, double exposures, zany photos using angles, strange portraits, weird pictures using perspective, and op-art photography with bubbles.

Class run 2:30-4 p.m. March 16-April, with no class April 13. Fee is $60 in advance, and a digital camera is required. Call Woodbridge Youth Services at 203-389-3429 to register or for more information, or email

The Lions Club is accepting applications for its annual scholarship for Bethany residents who are high school students and will be attending college. Applications are available at Town Hall, Amity Regional High School Guidance Department, Clark Memorial Library and They are due May 1.

The club will be awarding four $2,000 and one $3,000 scholarship.

A roast beef dinner will be presented by the Republican Town Committee at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at Town Hall.

GOP candidates for the May election will be attending.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for ages 12 and younger. BYOB. Call John Grabowski at 203-393-1213, Kim Brinton at 203-393-7387 or Donna Shea at 203-393-2591 for tickets.

The Bethany Nursery Group will hold its annual Pajama Hop fundraiser at 4-6 p.m. Sunday, March 12 in the Town Hall gymnasium.

People are encouraged to wear pajamas.

The meal will include pancakes, bacon, eggs, french toast and sausage, provided by Chip’s Family Restaurant of Orange.

There will be music provided by Frank C.’s Entertainment for the kids. Silent auctions will include tickets for family events, gift cards and baskets.

Proceeds will benefit the Bethany Nursery Group.

Tickets will not be sold at the door. Adults: $15; ages 3-12: $5; under 3: free.

RSVP: 203-393-3032 or

Bethany Nursery Group, 511 Amity Road, is registering pupils.

The preschool program is for children ages 3-5 years and has operated in town more than 50 years.

The staff goal is to provide a program rich with literature and learning opportunities while still leaving ample time to play, create and explore. It aims to help children with academic, social, fine- and gross-motor skills, with an appropriate balance of structured and self-initiated activities that allow students to develop self esteem and independence.

The program aims to meet the specific developmental needs of each students, and follow the guidelines set up by NAEYC and the Board of Education.

Two-, three-, four- and five-day programs with varied hours are available. For families to visit the school, call 203-393-3032 or email

HARTFORD >> Applications are being accepted for Operation Fuel’s statewide winter energy assistance program.

The nonprofit’s 107 fuel banks are taking applications from families and individuals who are struggling financially and need energy assistance.

Call 211 to find the closest fuel bank.

For more information on Operation Fuel or to make a donation, go to Donations also can be sent to Operation Fuel, 75 Charter Oak Ave., Suite 2-240, Hartford 06106.

Also, help with winter heating bills is available at TEAM in Derby. Income guidelines apply.

If an applicant is approved for aid, TEAM will make direct payments to the home heat provider.

Homeowners and renters who live in Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Milford, Orange, Oxford, Seymour, Shelton and Woodbridge can apply.

For an appointment, call 203-736-5420 and follow prompts for energy assistance, or in Milford, 203-783-3253; Woodbridge, 203-389-3429; Orange, 203-891-4787, and Bethany, 203-393-2100, ext. 124.

The Audubon Society Coastal Center at Milford Point, 1 Milford Point Road, announces all-ages programs.

• What’s on the Menu? Sunday, Feb. 26, 2-3 p.m. Explore the simple feeders to make with items from the kitchen. Learn to recognize the hungry diners at the feeder, and make bird food mix for them.

Adults, families with children 6 and up. Members: $5, family max. $20. Nonmembers: $7, family max. $28.

RSVP: 203-878-7440, 502. Info:

“Shabbat Across America and Canada” dinner will be held 6-7:30 p.m. March 3 at Congregation Sinai, 1000 New Haven Ave.

Free services will follow.

The dinner is $18 for adults and $10 per child.

To attend, call the office at 203-301-0558 or email

The CT Master Gardener’s program will present a Coastal Certificate program at the Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center. 1 Milford Point Road.

The classes on four evenings and one weekend morning, March 20-April 3, will explore the environmental issues of the coastal waters and Long Island Sound. Participants agree to provide 10 hours of related outreach activities.

Registration for 35 students is due March 6. Contact Jude Hsiang at on available space before mailing in registration.

Fee is $75 for non-Master Gardener and $65 for Master Gardener.

The Milford Garden Club aims to install a Blue Star memorial marker to recognize veterans’ service at the Fowler Memorial Building on New Haven Avenue.

The site is next to Founders Walk, which is under construction.

The club will be selling $5 “Blue Star” luminaria with battery-powered tea lights to raise funds.

Tax-deductible checks may be made out to Blue Star Memorial, Milford Garden Club, care of Marilyn Wardell, 395 W. Rutland Road, Milford 06461. An account has been established for the memorial at the Milford Bank.

The city club is joining the National Garden Club ongoing Blue Star Memorial Program, in which markers are placed in a prominent location on America’s highways, byways, cemeteries and other civic locations.

The Milford club has a target date of Memorial Day weekend for a ceremony, with elected officials, Connecticut Federated Garden Clubs officers and the public.


Milford Library, 57 New Haven Ave., programs include:

• Adult craft workshop at 2 p.m. March 2 to make coffee filter flowers, instruction,materials provided. RSVP: 203-783-3292.

• Cookies & Coloring for Grown-ups March 7, coloring pages, pencils, markers, crayons, cookies provided.

• James Griffin, Western author and storyteller visits at 2 p.m. March 13. A New Englander, Griffin has been a student of the frontier West for many years, and has visited many frontier towns.

• Yale Science Diplomats, at 6:30 p.m. March 13, return for the second of a four-part series about science in the news. Yale University graduate students will present “Our Future in the Cosmos — Living Beyond Earth.”

• The OverDrive eBook collection at library explained, bring mobile device, 11 a.m. March 14.

• Discussion of gluten-free diets, 7 p.m. March 14, with Heather Jacobsen, author of “Going Gluten-Free: 7 Surprising Facts You Should Know If You Want To Achieve Dietary Success.”

• Velya Jancz-Urban will talk about life in the Colonial era at 6:30 p.m. March 15. In 2011, Jancz-Urban and her family bought a foreclosed farmhouse in Woodbury, which became the spark for her novel, “Acquiescence.”

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.

• AARP volunteers will provide free income tax preparation at the Milford Senior Center, 9 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and Thursdays, through April 13. RSVP: 203-877-5131.

• 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 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 Network of Executive Women is accepting scholarships applications until Feb. 28 for undergraduate women residing or attending school in New Haven or Fairfield counties who demonstrate financial need.

Applicants must be returning, continuing or commencing schooling or other types of training to further their educational goals and/or enhance their job skills.

For applications, call Virginia Allen at 203-795-0305. Visit for information.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary 24-3, 1 Helwig St., will present About Boating Safety at 8 a.m. March 4.

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

Cost is $60. Walk-ins are welcome. Contact 860-663-5505,

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,

At the Ellen Aftamonow Woodmont Library, 16 Dixon St.:

• Preschool story time is at 10 a.m. Mondays.

• The Morning Book Discussion Group meets at 10:30 a.m. the first Thursday monthly. March 2, the book is “They Don’t Mean To But They Do” by Cathleen Schine.

• Knitting: Fridays, 2-4 p.m. Bring a project.

• Mah jong: Monday afternoon, Tuesday morning, afternoon and Thursday evening.

For further information, call 203-874-5675.

Families Anonymous is a free, self-help, 12 Step support group for adults concerned about the drug, alcohol or related behavioral problems of a relative or friend.

The group meets Tuesdays, 7:30-9 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Hall, 283 Bridgeport Ave.

Contact Judy D. at 203-283-3867 or or Geralynn at 847-302-9729 or

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, beginning March 2, at the Fowler Memorial Building, 45 New Haven Ave., next to Milford Library. Parking is at the rear of the building. For details, call 203-915-9911.


Orange Congregational Church Nursery School is accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year for the 3- and 4-year-old programs.

The school runs 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for age 3; and Monday, Wednesday, Friday for age 4. There is a five-day option for returning students.

The program is open for children of all faiths.

To schedule a visit, contact 203-795-9749, ext. 305 or

The Housatonic River Job Network meets 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.

The group meets 7-9 p.m. the second Thursday of the month. The next meeting is March 9.

Email alexy56, for further information.

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.

• Wednesday Coffee and Learn with Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus: Class devoted to the ancient texts and the light they shed on current issues, 11 a.m.-noon.

• Shabbat Across America: 7 p.m. March 3, Shabbat foods and their origins in the Social Hall. RSVP by Feb. 24.

• Paint ‘n’ Sip: All ages, March 5, 2-4 p.m., $45 supplies, refreshments. RSVP:

• Zumba gold drop-in: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. Contact: Robin at, 203-314-8176, 203-799-2341.

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

• Weekly Storytimes: Mondays, 4:30-5:30 p.m., storytelling, books, music, fingerplays, and puppetry at this series especially for ages 3-5. A 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. 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, finger plays, and puppetry together.

Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register in person or by telephone.

Contact: 203-891-2170,

• Art in the Library Reception, Thursday, Feb. 23, 5-7 p.m. In honor of the February exhibit: watercolors and colored pencil drawings by Suzanne Wagner and mixed media by Barbara Dierolf, on view Feb. 2-27.

• Bookcase Book Discussion Group, Thursday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m., with Toby Zabinski, discussion of “The Marriage of Opposites” by Alice Hoffman.

Events are free, except as noted. Register in person or 203-891-2170.

The Rotary Club will hold its second annual Artisan Festival at 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 6 at High Plains Community Center.

The event will include food, music and a door prize. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 at, or for $12 at the door.

Proceeds will benefit the Rotary Club of Orange Foundation.

An open house will be held noon-1:30 p.m. March 5 in the classrooms at Orange Congregational Church Nursery School, 205 Meetinghouse Lane.

For more information about this, or the 3- and 4-year-old programs for next year, contact, 203-795-9749, ext. 305. Visit Snow date is March 12.

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

• Living Treasure nominations accepted through March 11. 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.

• Cribbage Club, Mondays, 1-3 p.m. Mark Halliday of Assisted Living Services will teach students on how to play cribbage for the first hour. The second hour will be for play. RSVP.

• AARP tax preparation services Wednesdays, Feb. 8-April 12. Bring last year’s tax returns, Social Security card for everyone on the return and a photo ID. RSVP.

Book Club

• Monthly book club, Feb. 24, book is “The Marriage of Opposites” by Alice Hoffman.

2017 Trips

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, corned beef lunch, free glass of wine or beer.

The cost is $77pp. Includes transportation, lunch, show, driver gratuities.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will hold its eighth annual pancake supper on Monday, March 6, at Chip’s Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road.

Menu includes pancakes, eggs, bacon or sausage and beverage.

There will be seatings at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.

Prices are $12 for adults, $6 for children 10 and under, gratuity included.

Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Tickets may be purchased from any auxiliary member or at Knight’s, 286 Boston Post Road.

All proceeds benefit the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

For further information, email Lynn@ or visit

The Economic Development Corp. will present the 15th annual Orange Business and Community Expo on Wednesday, June 14, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road.

The event is free to the public. There will be product demonstrations, activities, raffles, food and an anniversary celebration.

Participants can showcase a business, products or service, sell products, and network with vendors and attendees. Vendor space is limited to 56 booths.

Cost is $300 for an 8-foot booth, which includes pipe and drapery, linen-topped skirted table and a chair. All vendors receive their business information listed in the program, their business marketing materials included in event welcome bags, their company name listed in OrangeLife Magazine, an entry into the vendor/sponsor appreciation raffle, exhibitor lanyards, and activities.

Some booths may be provided with electricity for another $100.

To become a vendor, register at or call 203-891-1045.

Other options: For $75, marketing materials will be included in the welcome bags, which go to all attendees and vendors. An ad may be placed in the program; sizes and prices vary. Call the office.

Vendors are: Amity Insurance & Financial Services, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, Casanova Remodeling, Crunch Fitness, Floman Depaola Law Firm, Morgan Stanley, StateFarm Insurance and University of New Haven.

Woodbridge Youth Services, in collaboration with First Selectman Ellen Scalettar, is seeking nominations for the First Selectman’s Youth Award.

The annual award will be presented to a resident who has made a significant contribution to a Woodbridge community member, organization, or the town itself.

The presentation will be made at the Human Services Department’s Annual Volunteer Tea on April 20.

Call 203-389-3429 for the nomination form or visit the town website. Submit nominations by March 10 to Woodbridge Youth Services, 11 Meetinghouse Lane, Woodbridge 06525.

Woodbridge Library

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

Teen Tech Support, 2:45 p.m., last Wednesday of every month. Contact Teen Librarian Kyle Litscher at Klitscher, to join.

Intro to Skype, Friday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. or Wednesday, March 1 at 11 a.m. Film Screenings

March 7, Life After Life: A Future Classics Book Discussion with Mark J. Schenker, Tuesday, 7-8:30 p.m. Woodbridge Town Library, Kate Atkinson is an award-winning English writer. Her novel, Life After Life, will be available for loan at the circulation desk.

Pysanka Egg-Making Workshop, Saturday, March 11, 2-4 p.m., with Sharon Leonard of Newington, free. RSVP. Participants must be at least 8 years.

Meet Ann Nyberg, Saturday, March 18 at 1 p.m. WTNH news anchor, author Ann Nyberg present her book, Remembering Katharine Hepburn: Stories of Wit and Wisdom About America’s Leading Lady. From tales from Fenwick in Connecticut to her time as an actress. Copies will be available for sale.

Butterflies in my Backyard, Thursday, March 23 at 7 p.m. Explore the wonders of Connecticut’s butterflies in gardens and meadows with lepidopterist of Redding and specimens from the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.

Series Club: The Boxcar Children (Grades 2-4), Thursday, Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. RSVP. Learn the story of four orphaned children, and their home and adventures in an abandoned boxcar in the forest and their grandfather’s backyard. Games, craft, and snack.

Crazy 8s Math Club (grades K-2) RSVP. Saturday, Feb. 25 at 1 p.m. Space and supplies are limited to 12 participants.

Teen Reads: Thursday, March 9, 30, 6:30 p.m. This monthly program is for students in grades 6-8 to review the books read, and recommend books for others to read. Get a free book, have some snacks. RSVP.

A free open house will be held by the Amity and Woodbridge Historical Society at 2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 19, at the historic Thomas Darling House, 1907 Litchfield Turnpike.

For more information, visit

Woodbridge Senior Center, 203-389-3430 or

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

Chef Elaine Marcucio offers meals on Tuesdays, Fridays at 12:15 p.m.

Pickleball at 2 p.m. in the Center Gym, ongoing exercise program, with a yearly fee of $20.

The Connecticut Energy Assistance Program, administered by TEAM, is helping qualified Connecticut residents with their fuel costs.

Call Judi Young, Department of Human Services, 203-389-3429, for an appointment.

Beecher Road School has scheduled kindergarten orientation and egistration.

• Orientation for parents will be held at 6:30 p.m. March 9 in the school cafeteria. Parents will receive a registration packet.

• Registration for the 2017-2018 school year will be held 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1:30-3 p.m. April 4-6 in the North School conference room.

Kindergarten students must be 5 by Jan. 1, 2018.

Forms are accessible at For more information, call the North School office at 203-389-2195, ext. 100.

Kids Unplugged, After School on the Farm is offered 4-6 p.m. Mondays, March 27-May 22, at Massaro Community Farm, 41 Ford Road.

Kids can explore farm fields, woods and wetlands, plant and harvest in the garden, care for the chickens and bees, and prepare and enjoy farm snacks.

A bus will take students from Beecher Road School to the farm. The program is offered in partnership with the Recreation Department. Visit to register.

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.

The NAEYC-accredited Beecher Road School Preschool Program has openings for 2017-18 for children who do not have special needs.

This reverse mainstream program, serving children with special needs in Woodbridge, has a few openings for typically developing 3-year-old peers, who join the program as role models.

Peers are chosen by lottery system.

The 3-year-old class meets 8:25-10:55 a.m. Monday-Thursday. Parents must provide transportation.

An informational meeting, for parents only, will be held at 6:30 p.m. March 8 in the preschool classroom.

To attend, call the preschool classroom at 203-389-2195, ext. 141.

Parents with concerns about their preschooler’s development, may call the preschool at 203-389-2195, ext. 141.

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.