Amity

2010 Calendar

The 2010 beautiful Bethany calendar is now on sale at Amity Garden Center (720 Amity Rd) and Bethany Town Hall. The calendar includes photos from Bethany photographers Catherine Champagne, Barrie Tait Collins, Bart Piccirillo, Nellie Rabinowitz, Kassandra Rainey, and Chris Silvestri. Send your photos for next year's calendar to amy.arnsten@yale.edu. The calendar is a fundraiser for the Bethany Clean Energy Task Force, which encourages people to sign up for Clean Energy, to save the environment and economy.

Kriz brings light touch solution

The adept hands of Jennifer Kriz, owner of Bethany Body Works, repeatedly point the way to increased wellness. For 15 years, Kriz’s sensitive hands have been helping bodies to heal. A licensed massage therapist with extensive training and a specialization in the light touch techniques of CranioSacral Therapy, Kriz has notable success with tough and often persistent health concerns, including migraines, sciatica, neck and back pain, stress and tension-related disorders, chronic fatigue and learning disabilities. The public will have an opportunity to learn more about this fascinating healing modality at a free lecture being presented at Bethany Body Works, 41 Village Lane, Bethany, (off Rte 63), on Sunday’s Dec. 6 at 2 p.m.

Yoga for kids

Kidspirit Yoga, for ages 3 to 5, begins another 3 week session from 1:45 to 2:30 p.m.on Tuesdays: Nov. 24, Dec. 1, and Dec. 14 (skip Dec. 8.) Classes are in Room 16 of The Center in Woodbridge, next to the Woodbridge Town Library. Register through the Woodbridge Recreation Department, 389-3446, or send checks to Woodbridge Recreation, 11 Meetinghouse Lane, Woodbridge,CT 06525. $25/resident; $30/non-resident. For further information call Diane King, 397-0640.

Kidspirit Yoga offers fun for kids with a yoga twist! Stretch, strengthen growing muscles, and learn to quiet the body and mind. Kids are natural yogis! Caregivers are welcome to participate.

Harvest roast beef dinner

The Orange Congregational Church invites you to join in for their festive Fall Harvest Roast Beef Dinner Dance' on Nov. 21, 6:30 p.m. til midnight, being held at Holy Infant Church Hall on Racebrook Rd in Orange. Dinner will be served at 7:30. Dancing provided by the band "Furious George.” 'Cut a Rug or just move your feet to the beat right in your seat! Tickets are $40 per person and are on sale at the church office. Call 795-9749 to reserve your seat or table. Bring your own adult beverage.

BJ Bingo Ba$H

Think bingo is just for blue-haired ladies? Congregation B’nai Jacob is bringing B-I-N-G-O back to Woodbridge in style. BINGO BA$H will take place on Saturday night, Dec. 5.. This hip, incredibly entertaining event will serve up bingo with a twist — offering a light dinner, beer, wine and soda, dessert table (all kosher), and prizes galore. In between games, there will also be a silent auction with even more fabulous prizes like Yankees tickets, an SAT prep course, restaurant gift certificates, and many other useful, fun and luxury items. Just $54 per person will include all food, beverages and bingo cards. The BINGO BA$H will begin at 7:30 p.m., with early-bird bingo rounds that progress until 11 p.m. The excitement continues all evening long. So, bring your friends, your spouse, your significant other, and even the grandparents to this evening of new-fashioned, trendy bingo for the over — 21 set. Don’t miss the chance to shout “bingo!” For more information, visit www.bnaijacob.org or call the synagogue office at 203- 389-2111

Class of 1989 reunion

The Amity Class of 1989 will celebrate its 20 year reunion on Friday, Nov. 27, 7 to 11 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Club in New Haven.

Tickets are $50 each and include appetizers, assorted stations and dessert bar. There will be a disc jockey and dancing and a cash bar (cash, no credit cards accepted). Advance reservations and payment is required. Payments can be made by sending a check to: Mike Richetelli, C/O Colonial Properties, 200 Boston Post Road, Suite 14, Orange, Ct 06477

The reunion committee is still looking for old classmates. Please forward any e mail addresses you might have to scotthibson@yahoo.com.

All of the details are posted on Facebook under the group Amity Class of 1989 20 year reunion.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact John Querker at Johnjr@jactech.net

Railroad display

A small display of historic railroad items is on display in the Academy Building. The items were found along the right-of-way at the Turkey Hill area where the train went across the road.

Woodbridge job bank

Woodbridge Youth Services is gearing up its Job Bank for the fall season. The program matches Woodbridge teenagers looking for work with Woodbridge residents who wish to hire local teens to perform jobs like raking leaves, yard work, snow shoveling, babysitting, housecleaning, pet care, party help, etc. Young people have the opportunity to earn some money, while residents find some relief from household duties. Residents may call 389-3429 to inquire. Teens between 12 and 16 years of age may join the Job Bank by calling Woodbridge Youth Services at 389-3429.

OACC seeks young performers

Young musicians (groups, solo instrumentalists, singers etc) are invited to participate in a special concert to be given this fall, fulfilling OACC’s (Orange Arts and Cullture Council) commitment to showcase promising young performers. In June, a very successful concert featuring local young artists was held at the Eastbound Theater in Milford. Performers included Jonathan Chang, cellist: Jenny Liu, violinist; Peter Yoo, pianist; Mira Sadigh, pianist; Amanda Robles and Chris Behmke, vocalists. The date and venue for the forthcoming concert has yet to be determined. Jazz, folk, pop and classical artists are encouraged to send CDs/tapes to Marian Drobish, 489 Summit Drive, Orange, CT 06477. Arrangements can also be made for young artists to be heard by the OACC Concert Committee. For more information, call 799 2641 or 397 8915.

Gentle yoga

Woodbridge Recreation offers several gentle and slow yoga classes, including two new evening classes "For Those Who May Not be Able to Touch Their Toes." These classes are for those who wish to learn yoga's ancient lessons with safe modifications for those with physical limitations. New evening classes are Mondays from 7 to 8:15 p.m. and Tuesdays from 8 to 9:15 p.m. Morning classes are held Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. There are also two classes, "Yoga for All" that accommodate beginners but will be more dynamic than the other classes. These classes meet Mondays 5:30to 6:45 p.m. and Wednesdays 4:30 to 5:45 p.m..

All classes are held in Room 16 of the Woodbridge "Center, next to the Woodbridge Town Library on Meetinghouse Lane. Each session is 8 weeks, $60. for residents and $65. for non-residents.

Register through the Woodbridge Recreation Department, 389-3446. Checks are payable to Woodbridge Recreation and can be mailed to 11 Meetinghouse Lane, Woodbridge, CT 06525. You may call the instructor, Diane King, at 397-0640 if you have questions about the classes.

We need your energy

The Clean Energy Task Force of Orange is busy talking to friends, neighbors, the press and anyone who will listen about signing up for the Clean Energy Option with UI and an HES energy efficiency audit that will save both energy and money. Its all part of our new Go Green Orange campaign.

Volunteers are needed who can donate one or two hours a week and really make a difference in the town. That could be you! Please email CleanEnergy@orange-ct.gov .

Friday evening ballroom dancing

At the JCC of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Road (Rte. 63), Woodbridge.

Dance to Ballroom Music by DJs David and Sherie Innis every Friday evening.

Free group lesson at 7:15 p.m.. Beautiful 3,000 sq. ft. parquet dance floor, complimentary refreshments

Admission $12 per person; $10 Collegiate and USA Dance Members

Sponsored by Connecticut Ballroom Society.

Contact David and Sherie Innis at 203-526-6843 or e-mail ctballroom@aol.com for further information. www.Ctballroomsociety.com

Wedding consortium

A new marketing group has been formed as a part of the Orange Chamber of Commerce. The Wedding Consortium is comprised of members of the Orange Chamber that have knowledge and experience to assist brides in the planning of their wedding. The Wedding Consortium includes businesses that offer services ranging from invitations to honeymoon planning - everything a couple needs to ensure their wedding is truly their special day.

The fusion marketing strategy involves complementary businesses teaming up to form a business alliance and referral program. For more information concerning the wedding Consortium, contact co-chairs Leslie Marsh at 203-799-2367, leslie@getreadytocruise.com, or Tyyne Catapano at 203-882-9453, questions@wildexpressionsflorist.com.

Many Hands Make Light Work

One of the many activities of The Garden Club of Orange’s Civic and Conservation Committee is the maintenance of public spaces, including the Town Green, the Clark Building, Wright’s Pond and the Racebrook Tract. During the fall and winter the Club decorates the Case Memorial Library and makes wreaths for all the public buildings. If you are interested in learning more about the Garden Club, please visit the Web site at http://www.orange-ct.gov/gardenclub.html Or contact Teresa Evangeliste at 795-3195.

Looking for some fun?

Come on down to the Woodbridge Senior Center to play Bocce. The group is looking for Bocce players to join in and have fun on Tuesday mornings at 11 a.m. Anyone interested, call Phyllis at 389-3430.

Family night every Wednesday

400 Burnt Plains Rd., Milford, 874-8928. If you would like to come for dinner and you are not a member or regular attendee, call the church to sign-up.

Dinner - $2 per person, $10 per family, 5 to 6 p.m.

Bridge Players

The Woodbridge Senior Center is looking for bridge players on Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. For information, 389-3430.

Milford

Pyramid Shriners Breakfast

Pyramid Shriners of Milford will hold their monthly, all you can eat , breakfast on Sunday Nov. 22, the Shriners Auditorium 349 Wheelers Farms Road in Milford from 8 to 11 a.m.

For only $7 you may have pancakes or French toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, and toast. Juice and coffee are included.

The public is invited to help support the Shriners. Shrine Hospitals treat children under 18 without charge to the families.

Family Movie Night

The United Church of Christ in Devon, will hold a Family Movie Night on Friday, Nov. 20,, 6 p.m. The movie will be Disney Studio’s animated feature film, “Up” starring the voice of Ed Asner and is rated PG. The cost is $6 for visitors over 5 years old and $3 for children between 3 and 5 years of age. This charge gets visitors a hot dog, potato chips, pickles, dessert, a beverage, and unlimited popcorn. The movie is free and the family fun is priceless! Call 882-8461 for more information.

Lions club

The Milford Lions Club meets on the first and third Monday of every month at Chips Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Rd., Orange at 7 p.m.

This month members are asked to bring in their food donations for the annual Thanksgiving baskets. For additional information call President Maryann Moffitt 203-882-8159.

12 day trip to Israel

Ever wanted to see Israel? Want to walk the stone alleyways of Jerusalem? See the miracle of modern day Israel? Relax by the Mediterranean Sea?

A group is forming for a 12 day trip to Israel in November 2010. This trip is geared for active adults. In 10 days on land you will visit the holy sites of Old Jerusalem such as the Western Wall, visit historical sites such as Akko and Caesaria, experience the salt sea and mud baths of the Dead Sea, hike in the nature reserve of Ein Gedi, tour the vineyards of the North, and celebrate Shabbat in Jerusalem. There will be opportunities to go out on your own, and those who are interested in staying on or adding an excursion may do so.

To learn more about the trip come to an informational meeting Wednesday Nov. 11, 7 p.m. at Congregation Sinai, 55 Old Gate Lane, Milford CT 06460 or call 203-301-0558 congsinai@aol.com.

INDOOR YOUTH TENNIS INSTRUCTION

The Milford Recreation Department is currently accepting registrations for its winter indoor tennis lessons on a first come first serve basis at the Recreation office in the Parsons Complex. The youth tennis lessons will be held in the Parsons Gymnasium.

Instructor Dave Kardas and his staff will offer instruction for students 3 to 8 years old and classes will be held on Fridays. The 3-5 year-old Pee Wee group will be held from 3:00 to 3:45 pm and cost $50 a session. The 6-8 year-old juniors will play from 4:00 to 5:00 pm and cost $90 a session. There is a $5 fee for all non-residents.

The six-week sessions will begin Friday, November 6 and continue throughout the winter. All children attending the class will need a tennis racquet.

For more information, please call Bill Garfield at 783-3388 or at bgarfield@ci.milford.ct.us

"onathan Law Class of '89

The JLHS Class of '89 invites its graduates to attend its 20th reunion. The event will take place on Friday night, Nov. 27 in downtown Milford. More details to come. A group has been set up on FACEBOOK called "JLHS '89 Reunion", or, for more information, contact Christie Rackiewicz (Prete) at c.prete@sbcglobal.net .

Rent-A-Kid Program

Residents of Milford looking for assistance with a job within their home may “rent-a-kid” from Milford Youth and Family Services. The Rent-A-Kid program targets youth between the ages of 12-17 interested in temporary, part-time job jobs such as yard work, raking, gardening, snow shoveling, childcare and other needs.

Sean Macauley, MFT, Program Coordinator of Milford Youth and Family Services, has compiled a list of young people interested in participating in the program. If you would like more information on this program and on how to rent a kid, please contact Sean Macauley at 783-3253.

Portrait painting group

Space is still available for the adult portrait painting group. This is not a class but an opportunity to meet people with a passion for painting. The group meets Thursday 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Margaret Egan Center in Room 136. Cost of each session is $3 with Models provided.

Actor students accepted

Milford actor’s workshop is currently accepting new students for the spring acting programs. Classes are for ages 8 to 15 and will be held at the Margaret Egan Center on Mondays from 4:30 to 6 p.m., $20 per session. The program features monologue and commercial technique, improve and scene study, all emphasizing self-esteem building in oral presentation. Contact Laurie, 203-876-0234, or email www.milfordactors@yahoo.com

Stratford

Nutmeg stamp club

The Nutmeg Stamp Club, based in Stratford is seeking to increase its membership.

Anyone who is interested in postage stamp collection is invited to attend meetings which are the second and fourth Wednesday of the month 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Atria, 6911 Main St. Stratford across from Sikorsky.

All are welcome.

Tri-Town Knit-a-Thon at the Stratford Library

Knitters of all ages are invited to participate in the first ever Tri-Town Knit-a-Thon, hosted by the Stratford Library with the Edith Wheeler Memorial Library of Monroe and Trumbulls Fairchild Nichols Memorial Library. Giving the gift of warmth this holiday season is the goal of the program. Participants will knit or crochet scarves and hats to benefit area childrens charities with regular meetings held at all three libraries. Knitters should plan to bring their own supplies and may knit at scheduled meetings or at home. All contributions should be dropped off to one of the three participating libraries no later than Dec. 15. In Stratford, knitters are welcome to meet in the Childrens Department Book Nook on Mondays in November at 3:30 p.m. Other meeting times can be found at www.3townknit.wordpress.com or by calling the Stratford Library at 203.385.4165.

West Haven

Area fundraisers slated to benefit cook at Louis Lunch

A series of fundraisers is being held in the area in upcoming weeks to benefit the medical fund of Jason Yamaguchi, 36, a cook at the popular Louis Lunch in New Haven who is in need of eye surgery to save his eyesight.

Jason, who grew up in Orange and now lives in New Haven, has no health insurance because his sight problems make a full-time job difficult and his eye surgeon wants a $10,000 down payment before he’ll do the sight-saving surgery that is expected to cost about $100,000, Jason’s mom, Sue Yamaguchi said. Jason suffers from a rapidly progressing form of diabetic retinopathy and time is of the essence, family members said. The doctor had hoped to operate on Jason Yamaguchi’s right eye sooner, but the family did not have the money, his mother said, adding the sight in his left eye is already dark from the condition. The family appealed to area legislators for help, but their pleas went unanswered, said Sue Yamaguchi, who is doing her son’s lobbying because he can’t see to write letters or get from place to place easily.

The first fundraiser will be held Sunday Nov. 22 in a cut-athon at Teddi and Archell, a Salon, 430 Kelsey Ave. in West Haven from 1 to 3 p.m. Haircuts will be $15 and all of the proceeds will go to Jason Yamaguchi’s surgery fund. No appointment is necessary, but an appointment can be made by calling the salon at 203-933-7786.

The second fundraising push will be Dec. 1 to 5 at Louis Lunch on Crown Street in New Haven, known as the birthplace of the hamburger. The restaurant’s owners, who do not allow ketchup because they believe it would detract from the taste of their freshly ground meat, will donate a portion of any order in which a customer brings in an empty and rinsed ketchup bottle for recycling.

Another restaurant fundraiser will be held Dec. 7 to 12 at TJ’s Breakaway deli, 24 Whitney Ave. Anyone who buys one of the deli’s famous cookies with lunch and states they are "buying the cookie for Jason," will have a portion of the proceeds from their lunch order donated to Yamaguchi’s fund.

For more information, contact Sue Yamaguchi at 203-464-1994.

Exhibit

KCK Art Gallery, 397 Campbell Ave. Exhibit runs through March 31, Come Celebrate the Opening Reception of an exquisite art display Saturday, Nov. 21 @ 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with live music and refreshments. Beautiful pieces of original art from local artist. Come for a wonderful evening and enjoy the arts!

Info sought

The West Haven Black Heritage Committee and the west haven Historical Society seek information, historical memorabilia, photographs and news articles about west haven African Americans. These material will be included in an exhibit celebrating Black History Month in February.

All materials submitted will be returned after the exhibit closes. Call 932-0088 or 933-9540 for further info.

Basketball program offered in W. Haven

The Recreation Department is offering an open gym basketball program for residents.

The program, which runs through March 31, meets 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Carrigan Middle School gym, 2 Tetlow St. , for those ages 17 and younger and 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Forest Elementary School gym, 95 Burwell Road , for those ages 18 and older.

The nightly fee is $1 for the youth program and $3 for the adult program. Participants must show proof of West Haven residence.

The program does not meet on holidays or when there is a Board of Education function. For more details, call 937-3651.

Writing workshop aims to record life stories

The West Haven Senior Center will offer a Written Legacies Workshop to give participants an opportunity to write about their life experiences.

The seven-week workshop will meet 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Robert A. Johnson Noble Community Center, 201 Noble St.

Hartford Courant columnist Marlene Clark will teach writing and memory-jogging techniques that can help students remember their stories.

The fee is $35 for residents and $45 for nonresidents. Class size is limited.

To register, call the senior center at 937-3507.

Tickets available for 2 trips to see the lady Huskies

The Recreation Department is running a trip to see the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team battle the University of North Carolina at 4 p.m. Jan. 9 at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs and a trip to see UConn take on Villanova University at 2 p.m. Jan. 23 in Philadelphia .

The Storrs trip includes motor coach transportation and general admission seating.

The Philadelphia trip includes motor coach transportation, an overnight stay at Embassy Suites, general admission seating, breakfast and leisure time.

Tickets went on sale for the Villanova game, which requires a $50 deposit, and Nov. 10 for the UNC game. Register at the department’s Painter Park office, 190 Kelsey Ave. , or by phone with a credit card.

For fees and other details, call 937-3651.

Applications will be available for fuel assistance

The city will accept walk-in residents for the federally financed Connecticut Energy Assistance Program, which began Oct. 5 for oil, gas and electric customers, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays in the human resources office on the second floor of City Hall, 355 Main St .

The city serves the first 12 residents each day. Appointments will be scheduled on a limited and individual basis on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Eligibility for assistance is based on the income and assets of an applicant’s household.

To qualify, applicants must provide pay stubs, including monthly Social Security benefits and pension checks, for the last four weeks for all household members ages 18 and older.

Applicants also must provide documentation of assets — recent bank account statements for all accounts — for all household members, must provide a current utility bill, and must provide Social Security numbers and birth dates for all household members.

Additional information will be posted on the city’s Web site, www.cityofwesthaven.com, or call the Energy Assistance Information Line at 937-3572 for more details.