With a generous grant from their headlining sponsor, The Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation (jamiehulleyartsfund.org), The Spartan Players (Bethany campus) are pleased to announce their production of Once Upon This Island Jr., November 10th and 11th, 2017 at 7:00 PM. The Spartan Players look forward to bringing this touching story to life!
The Squarefoot Theatre Company’s Patrick Laffin has once again teamed up with Amity staff member Keith Smolinski to bring this amazing show to the stage! Tickets are available now and you have the option of purchasing online at squarefoottheatre.tix.com or by calling The Square Foot Theatre Box Office at 203-793-7383.
The annual Pumpkin and Holly Bazaar will be held two days at Christ Episcopal Church, 526 Amity Road, Route 63, at the blinking light.
It will be 4-8 p.m. Friday Nov. 17, and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday Nov. 18.
Booths include a bakery with Thanksgiving pies, assorted cookies on china plates; needlework and crafts, basket raffles, Granny’s Attic, tree ornaments, kids’ stocking stuffers, women’s upscale new and almost new clothing boutique, new and vintage Christmas décor, cookbooks, and holiday gifts.
The café will serve a light dinner on Friday and lunch Saturday.
Winter Wonderland 5 miler, hosted by the Milford Road Runners, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, Platt Tech High School, 600 Orange Ave., Milford.
8:30, race registration begins; 9:30 race starts; 10:45, Awards and ceremony
Pre-registration is $20; Race Day $20
Pizza, soup and hot chocolate after
The Milford Arts Council presents Open Mic Nites on the second Wednesday of each month, through May 9, 2018, 7-10 p.m. There will be no Open Mic Nites in December. Registration starts at 6 pm. All performing arts are welcome, singers, musicians, comedians, poets, magicians. If you have a talent to present, we want you to come.
Beverages, beer and wine will be available for purchase inside the venue.
There is a door fee of $5.
Open Mic Nites takes place at the Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Avenue, Milford, CT 06460. For more information call 203-878-6647 or go to www.milfordarts.org.
Christmas Bazaar & Cookie Stroll will be held Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., 133 Broadway, Milford. Join us for lunch at the Tinsel Cafe with homemade soups, sandwiches and desserts. Visit our fabulous Cookie Stroll and choose from over 250 dozen cookies. Crafters & vendors, children's gift shop, music & entertainment. Handicapped accessible. Exhibitor tables available for $10. Call 203-874-9289.
Milford Library, 57 New Haven Ave., milfordlibrary.org. RSVP: 203-783-3292.
Middle school students, grades 6-8, Crunchyroll anime club, 6 p.m. the first Thursday of every month. The young-adult librarian will be showing episodes from Crunchyroll, an anime streaming site, and offering an opportunity for fans to discuss anime, manga and Japan. Refreshments.
ADULT: Afternoon Tea with Cole Porter, Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. with Julie Harris Trio. Health Care Reform - Still Here!, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m., with Trish Pearson, insurance provider. Painting with Photography, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m., how to turn flashlight into a paintbrush, demonstration by Milford Photo. Romance Book Discussion, Nov. 9 at 10 a.m., Years by LaVyrle Spencer. Young at Heart Bell and Chime Chorus, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. Seniors from Black Rock Congregational Church perform with handbells and chimes. How to Help a Loved One Through Divorce (and remain a loved one!) Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. with veteran divorce lawyer. Debut author Lynne Constantine and her sister and writing partner, Valerie, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m., their thriller has just been published by HarperCollins, The Last Mrs. Parrish. The Internet of Things, Nov. 14 at 11 a.m., options for smarter home. 3D printing basics Nov. 14 at 5 p.m. RSVP. The Golden Age of Hollywood Musicals Nov. 15, film historian Max Alvarez on song-and-dance legends of the 1940s and ‘50s. Evening Book Discussion Nov. 21 at 7 p.m., When All the Girls Have Gone by Jayne Ann Krentz. Are You Sleeping? Nov. 22 at 7 p.m., Beth Capobianco, from Community VNA, tips on restful night’s sleep. Diabetes: What You Should Know, What You Should Do, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m, registered dietitian/nutritionist and certified diabetes educator. Recharge for the Holidays, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. simple, easy, exercises. Classic Book Discussion Nov. 30 at 10 a.m. Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov. VeraCrypt Encryption Softward on Thursday Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m.
Navigating the School Special Education Process, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. education attorney Amy Vatner will speak to families on how to effectively advocate for their child. Vatner, of the Pellegrino Law Firm in New Haven, is a clinical instructor at the Yale Child Study Center Developmental Disabilities Clinic.
Registration for the MUSC winter 2017-2018 Little Kicks soccer season is open. MUSC’s Little Kicks program is a preschool age introduction into the sport of soccer. This program is designed for 3 and 4-year-old children to learn the base fundamentals of soccer through fun activities and games. Visit www.musc.org for more information and to register. Email LittleKicks@musc.org to learn more about the program.
Low Vision Support group meets, 10:30 a.m., Monday, November 13, Milford Senior Center, 9 Jepson Drive, call Eileen Torow 203-878-8904
Precious Blood Parish's Parkinson's Support Group meets at 1 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month. Open to anyone with or caring for a loved one with Parkinson's disease, this group meets in Father Cronin Hall at St. Mary Church, 72 Gulf St. Visit www.preciousbloodparishmilford.org to see all of the group schedules.
Tattered and unneeded flags will be accepted for "retirement" weekdays at the city clerk’s office at the Parsons Government Center, 70 W. River St.
Flags may also be left in a box or bag outside the rear entrance of VFW Post 7788, 422 Naugatuck Ave.
Bridges Healthcare and United Way of Milford have been together from the start, and so for their 60th anniversary, they have decided it fitting to hold a fundraiser with a diamond theme.
The joint event, "A Gem of a Celebration," will be held 6:30-10 p.m. Nov. 3 at Birchwoods at Oak Lane, 1027 Racebrook Road, Woodbridge. They will split the profit.
Gary Johnson, longtime president and CEO of United Way of Milford, was trained as a lawyer, but fell in love with the community work, staying for 39 years.
"It is very rewarding," he said. "The best part for me is seeing results. We’re giving a hand up, not a hand out."
Barbara DiMauro, president and CEO of Bridges, said it gives her great "pride" when staff and others share the success stories.
"I get to hear hundreds of stories of individuals recovering from substance abuse, mental illness and stories of separated families being reunited," said DiMauro, noting her own family had been affected by mental illness.
It started for both of them in 1957.
It was then that community leaders got together and decided the city should have an agency to coordinate services for the needy. United Way of Milford, as it is now called, was born.
At the same time, there was a group interested in starting a child guidance clinic so children could receive mental health services. That is now Bridges.
Bridges needed start-up funding, so the two partnered and they’ve been together ever since.
This year United Way of Milford, which has many partner agencies, provided $175,000 to support Outpatient Mental Health Services and the Young Parent Program. They receive more than any other agency.
Today, Bridges serves 5,000 clients and has a $13 million budget. Bridges serves clients in Milford, Orange, West Haven, Woodbridge and the Valley. The money from United Way of Milford only goes toward Milford clients.
DiMauro said a speaker at the event will include a man, 50, who was diagnosed with serious mental illness in his 20s, but didn’t accept services until years later.
She said in the 15 years Bridges has been working with him his illness has been stabilized through therapy and medication. After assistance through a vocational service, he has held a job in the community for eight years.
The evening will include a drawing for a pair of one carat diamond earrings, courtesy of Valentine’s Diamond Center. Tickets for the raffle are $50 and each raffle ticket purchase, with the exception of the winning ticket, includes a pair of cubic zirconia stud earrings.
There will be an open bar, food stations, and a performance by Dueling Pianos, which provides request-driven, comedy-based musical fun.
Tickets for the event are $100 or two for $175, in advance.
Johnson recalled a client of Beth El Center a few years ago who after a 90-day stay in the shelter was well-prepared to budget, get a job and employment. He actually wound up being a case worker at another agency.
One of the most well-known and vocal fans of United Way of Milford, as well as Bridges, is Heidi Voight, morning anchor on NBC Connecticut and the 2006 Miss Connecticut.
Ever since those pageant days, Voight has talked about how her family was helped in time of crisis by United Way. Her mother, Claudia Voight, was single and had five kids. She worked three jobs, but it was always a struggle and the family often had the utilities shut off for non-payment.
During a desperate time when the house went into foreclosure, United Way of Milford helped Claudia Voight and Johnson’s words of encouragement went a long way to help her. She talks in a video about that time in life that Johnson made her feel "worthwhile," — she had been ashamed to ask for help — and as a result she turned her life around.
To purchase tickets online visit http://www.bridgesct.org or call Marcy Hotchkiss at Bridges on 203-878-6365, ext. 359 or Julie Smillie at United Way at 203-874-6791.
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. Registration not required.
Contact Judy D. at 203-283-3867 or JMdel61@gmail.com or Geralynn at 847-302-9729 or MilfordFA@gmail.com.
The Caring Network, a free, ongoing support group for adults who have lost a loved one through death, meets 6-8 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of every month, at Bridges Healthcare, at 949 Bridgeport Ave.
The group is facilitated by Cynthia Dodd, M. Div, a Bridges counselor, and is sponsored by Bridges Healthcare and Cody-White Funeral Home.
For information, call Cody-White at 203-874-0268 or Dodd at 203-878-6365, ext. 344.
The United Church of Christ in Devon, 30 Ormond St., will hold the following:
• Fall Harvest Dinner at 5:30-8 p.m. Nov 3. Cost is $14 pp for roast pork, baked potato, roasted carrots, homemade applesauce, salad, bread and butter, tea, coffee and desserts. Bring your own soda or wine. Call Jean Klink at 203-874-6422. Enter at the left corner of the building on Pequot Street. The building is handicapped accessible.
The Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce’s “Table Top Expo” will be 5-7 p.m. Nov. 14 at Grassy Hill Country Club, Orange.
The business expo for the business community and public combined with the chamber’s Business After Hours networking includes appetizers, cocktails and door prizes.
Business participants receive a six-foot clothed table with chairs for $159, which includes electric and admission for two company representatives.
For information on showcasing a business or sponsoring the event, contact Nell Moll at the chamber at 203-878-0681 or email@example.com.
Students will perform “It’s Only a Play” as their fall production at Jonathan Law High School, 20 Lansdale Ave.
Performances are 7 p.m. Nov. 10, and at 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 11 Tickets are $12, general admission and $7 for senior citizens, children and students with a valid ID. At the matinee, senior citizens are admitted for free.
Story: It’s the opening night of “The Golden Egg” on Broadway, and wealthy producer Julia Budder is throwing a lavish party in her lavish Manhattan townhouse. Downstairs the celebrities are pouring in, but the real action is upstairs in the bedroom, where a group of insiders have staked themselves out to await the reviews. The group includes the excitable playwright; the possibly unstable wunderkind director; the leading lady, treading the boards after becoming infamous in Hollywood; and the playwright’s best friend, for whom the play was written but who passed up this production for a television series. Add to this a drama critic who’s panned the playwright in the past and a new-in- town aspiring singer, and you have a prime recipe for the narcissism, ambition, childishness, and just plain irrationality that infuse the theater — and for comedy. But don’t worry: This play is sure to be the hit they have all been hoping for.
The cast includes Justin Amaro as Peter Austin, Rosalie Filippone as Julia Budder, Berat Celik as Ira Drew, Luke McDonald as Frank Finger, Emma Hudd as Virginia Noyes, Carlos Acosta as James Wicker, and Joseph Soto as Gus P. Head.
For more information,contact the director Christina Kalafut at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 13th annual city Scouts’ Thanks-for-Giving Food Drive to benefit local families will be held noon Friday, Nov. 10 to noon Sunday, Nov. 12.
Scouts will be camping at Daniel S. Wasson Field on West Main Street, accepting, sorting and delivering frozen turkeys, nonperishable foods and money donated by residents. They will also be staffing tables at Stop & Shop, ShopRite and Adams supermarkets.
But there is no need to wait: Local businesses are providing early drop-off points for food and money.
The Scouts this year have been asked to support additional charities including Beth El Shelter, the Milford Food Bank, Cornerstone Food Pantry and the John Wrigley Food Pantry.
The early drop-off sites include: People’s United Bank, 190 S. Broad St., and 636 Boston Post Road; YMCA, 631 Orange Ave.; Give the Dog a Bath, 284 Boston Post Road; Adams Supermarket, 1391 New Haven Ave.; Aquinas Consulting, 601 Boston Post Road; Colonial Toyota, 470 Boston Post Road; City Hall, 110 River St.; City clerk’s office, Parsons Government Center, 70 W. River St.; Mathnasium, 201 Cherry St.
Over the past 12 years, the drive has collected $21,000 and more than 85,000 pounds of food, including more than 3,300 turkeys, to help feed local families.
Last year’s 388 volunteers included Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Venturers, and their families.
Connect with the program at Facebook @thx4givingfood, ThanksforGiving Fooddrive, twitter: @thx4givingfood, email@example.com.
Boy Scout Troop 721 will hold a tag sale 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 4 at Saint Mary School gym, 72 Gulf St.
Donations can be dropped off at the school gym 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 1.
Sought are: antiques, collectibles, foreign currency, jewelry, instruments, paintings, pictures, cellphones, CDs, DVDs, records, housewares, lamps and linens, dishes and decorative items, books, games and toys, sporting goods, trikes and scooters, holiday items, and knick-knacks.
Table rental is $30.
Call Gisela at 203-809-8976 for information.
The Ellen Aftamonow Woodmont Library, 16 Dixon St., Morning Book Discussion Group meets Nov. 3 at 10:30 a.m. The book is "The Rent Collector," by Cameron Wright. December’s book is "The Tea Girl," by Lisa See. The group meets the first Thursday monthly. For information, call 203-874-5675.
• A Halloween party will be held Saturday Oct. 28, 10 a.m.-noon, with treat bags, crafts and games. Costumes are encouraged for a parade. For ages 8 and under, accompanied by an adult.
The eighth annual Fall Folk Concert will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at the United Presbyterian Church, 109 Seaside Ave, featuring the Milford Folk Music Society.
Tickets are $10. There will be a bake sale; canned food donations will be accepted for the Milford Food Bank.
Contact 203-874-7088 or www.PCUSAmilford.org.
The city Veterans Day parade to the Green will begin at 2 p.m. Nov. 5. Units will assemble at 1 p.m. at the Daniel S. Wasson Field parking lot on West Main Street. To participate, contact Russ Edwards at 203-876-0914 for more information.
A brief Veterans Day wreath-laying ceremony will be held at 10:45 a.m. Nov. 11 in front of City Hall.
The Milford Concert Band is beginning its 26th season as the official band of the city.
Rehearsals are Mondays at 7:30 p.m. at the Fowler Memorial Building next to the library, 57 New Haven Ave. it is open to musicians of all ages and talents. Go to the MCB Facebook page.
Conductor is Duane Berge.
The schedule is: the Gazebo on the Green before the Veterans Day parade on Nov. 5 (rain location, City Hall); the mayoral inauguration Nov. 20; with Santa at the Gazebo, DJ Sheila, Nov. 24; the annual “A Milford Christmas” concert at City Hall, Dec.16; Milford Senior Center, Dec. 17; and Trinity Episcopal Church in Trumbull on Dec. 18.
The citywide weekly leaf pickup will begin Saturday, Nov. 11.
Only leaves in paper bags will be collected. Paper bags , which are biodegradable and can be mixed with composted material, should be left at the curb away from regular weekly garbage and recycling bins. The city will not accept plastic bags; leaves in plastic will be left curbside.
City crews will pick up leaves until the first significant snowfall. Leaves may be bought to the transfer station on Oronoque Road, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Saturday. It is closed noon-12:30 p.m. daily for lunch.
An open group dedicated to those underemployed or in transition to meet, share leads, hear guest speakers, and obtain quality information for their job search.
Next meeting: Thursday, November 9th @ 7pm
Guest Speaker: Andy Ancel - Customer Relationship Management Consultant, Southwest Community Health Center & Social Enterprise Director at Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust
Topic: “Networking 2 Referrals”
Job seekers are told to devote 70-75% of their time to networking; however, networking can be an enigma. How should target contacts be approached? How do you maintain top of mind awareness? What can you do if you meet with a target contact and nothing of substance comes from it? Details such as these are often missing from the resources that encourage you to network.
Andy will discuss in his presentation the fundamentals of networking, and explain why networking is so important to the job search. He will also demonstrate how to create your own “networking 2 referrals” program to help your search move forward.
Finally, he will cover other important topics including: how can you keep top-of-mind-awareness without being a pest, and how often should you contact someone you're networking with. He will discuss what can be done if you do network with someone and nothing comes of it.
He is a highly motivated operations professional with expertise in networking and building professional relationships; additionally, he has prior background in account management, project management and finance administration. Andy has recently transitioned into non-profit work, so his presentation is extremely relevant for the new and long-term unemployed, as well as part-time and contract workers.
Future meetings will be held:
Thursday - December 14, 2017: Speaker and Topic TBD.
Location: Case Memorial Library - 176 Tyler City Road - Orange, CT.
Day/Time: Monthly on Thursday nights from 7-9 pm for the 2017 season.
Questions: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Location: Case Memorial Library - 176 Tyler City Road - Orange, CT.
Day/Time: Monthly on Thursday nights from 7-9 pm for the 2017 season.
Questions: E-mail email@example.com for further information.
The Orange Land Trust will be leading a guided hike at the Howard Brooks’ Wepawaug Conservation area Nov. 4. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the parking lot on Mapledale Road, across from Cherry Hill Road.
This moderate-to-challenging hike will include information on the historical highlights of the area: a Depression-era structure known as “Jim Neal’s cabin,” a view of an old mill foundation with a flume cut through solid rock, and a walk through the Wepawaug Ravine.
It presents an opportunity to reconnect with the town’s history and beauty. The Orange CERT Emergency Communications Team will serve as trail assistants.
Only steady rain will cancel.
For information, call Chris at 203-397-7599.
Temple Emanuel, 150 Derby Ave., will hold the second annual musical celebration to honor the memory of the late Rabbi Emeritus Jerry Brieger, z”l n at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11.
The event will feature Alan Goodis, a touring Jewish musician. In 2014, he released a full-length studio album “This Place.”
The celebration will include a reception presented by TE’s bakers.
Goodis will be Temple Emanuel’s musician-in-residence for the weekend. He will lead Friday night and Shabbat morning services with Rabbi Michael Farbman, and teach Sunday school students music, songs and inspiration, and together, they will perform a short concert for the school and parents.
Tickets for the Saturday event can be purchased on the TE website or at the door: $20 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and under, and $40 for families (max of 2 adults and unlimited kids).
For more information, go to www.templeemanuel-gnh.org, or call the temple office at 203-397-3000.
The Rotary Club invites veterans to a dinner at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Grassy Hill Country Club, 441 Clark Lane.
Tickets are $40 to the community event, which includes appetizer, prime rib, chicken Francaise, stuffed sole, penne a la vodka and dessert.
Tickets: Rotarian Don Lewis at 203-795-3486 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Orange Historical Society Academy Museum and Antique Shop, 605 Orange Center Road, is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. For information, call 203-795-3106.
Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, is open Monday: noon-8 p.m. Tuesday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday: noon-8 p.m. Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Library events are free, except as noted. Register in person, 203-891-2170 or http://www.casememoriallibrary.org.
New movies/TV on DVD: Absolute Power, The Boss Baby, The Exception, I Am Not Your Negro, In the Heat of the Night, Paris Can Wait, Rocky IV, The Siege of Firebase Gloria, The Space Between Us, The Toll of the Sea.
New music on CD: Arcade Fire, Everything Now; George Colligan, More Powerful; Haim, Something to Tell You; Jupiter & Okwess, Kin Sonic; Kesha, Rainbow; Stanton Moore, With You in Mind; Public Service Broadcasting, Every Valley; Tomasz Stanko, December Avenue; TLC, TLC; Washed Out, Mister Mellow.
New audiobooks: Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale; Michael Connelly, The Wrong Side of Goodbye; Dorothea Benton Frank, Same Beach Next Year; Elin Hilderbrand, Identicals; Debbie Macomber, Any Dream Will Do; Sheryl Sandberg. Option B; Ruth Ware, The Lying Game.
• Monthly drama workshops, theater games, improvisational exercises, costumes, for ages 5-10 with Ingrid Schaeffer; Nov. 18, 2-3:30 p.m., Turkey Trouble; Dec. 2, 2-3:30 p.m. The Magical Toy Shop; Feb. 20, 2018: 1:30-3 p.m. The Fir Tree; April 21, 2018: 2-3:30 p.m.: The Rainbow Fish.
Call the library or stop at the children’s desk to register.
• The library provides Long Wharf Theatre passes for two free standby tickets to one performance of a regular season Long Wharf production. It will begin issuing passes for all performances of each production open at least two weeks in advance of the show’s opening night as follows: Firelies: through Nov. 5; The Chosen: Nov. 22-Dec. 17, beginning Nov. 6; Office Hour: Jan. 17-Feb. 11, beginning Dec. 18; Baskerville: Feb. 28-March 25, beginning Feb. 12; 1rowns: April 18-May 13, beginning March 26.
One pass is available per performance, on a first-come, first-served basis to Orange residents with a valid Case Memorial Library card. Visit the library in person or call to reserve a pass. In the event of a simultaneous request, preference will be given to in-person requests. Pass holders will receive further instructions on how to redeem their tickets when picking up their passes. Passes are limited to one pass per person per production. For more information, call the library at 203-891- 2170.
• Basement book sale, Nov. 4, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Orange Senior Center offers programs and hot lunch. For more information and to register, call 203-891-4784.
• Ping-pong, Monday at 11 a.m. and Wednesday at noon; billiards meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m., Fridays at 10 a.m.; bocce meets Wednesdays at 10 a.m.; chess plays Thursdays at 1:30 p.m.
• Hot lunch is 11:30 a.m.-noon weekdays; $3 donation is suggested. RSVP: 203-891-4765 before 1 p.m. the day before.
• Cribbage Club is Mondays, 1-3 p.m. Mark Halliday of Assisted Living Services will instruct students on how to play cribbage for the first hour. The second hour is time to play. RSVP: 203-891-4784.
• Walk About Yoga demo with Traci Weber, Oct. 27, 9-10:15 a.m. High Plains Community Center pavilion or Room 15.
• Beginner’s Computer with Ed Jolley, Nov. 6, 10 a.m.
2018 Trips: South Pacific Wonder, March 13-27; Pacific Northwest, California, April 23-30; Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights, Oct. 30-Nov. 5.
The life-saving, selfless deeds of Marion Pritchard will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Nov. 5 at the 11th annual Kristallnacht Commemoration.
The free event will be held at Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road.
Pritchard protected the lives of 150 Dutch Jews during World War II, mostly children, using whatever means were at hand.
"By 1945 I had lied, stolen, cheated, deceived, and even killed," she said.
Although imprisoned and tortured by the Nazis for her resistance work, she survived. In addition to participating in scores of short-term rescue operations, she sheltered an entire family, including newborn Erica Polak, for three years. In the course of that undertaking, a Dutch Nazi collaborator discovered Marion’s hidden family and was on the verge of informing on them to the Nazi authorities. In that moment, Pritchard did something that would haunt her the rest of her life.
Throughout her life Pritchard was an advocate for children, first as a social worker and then as a practicing psychoanalyst. Israel made her an honorary citizen in 1991. At Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial to the Holocaust, she is among those designated as Righteous Gentiles.
Guest speakers at the event will include U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.; Marion Pritchard’s son, Arnie Pritchard; professor Deborah Dwork, of Clark University; the "baby," Erica Polak; and Aviva Slesin, an Academy Award documentarian.
Marion Pritchard was studying to become a social worker when Germany invaded the Netherlands in May 1940.
At the beginning of 1942, the Germans started concentrating Jews in Amsterdam, and many were forced to relocate from the countryside.
The growing Jewish population was then confined to certain areas of the city. July of that year marked the beginning of mass deportations to the killing centers in occupied Poland, mainly to Auschwitz.
One day Marion Pritchard, a 22-year-old student, witnessed Germans throwing young Jewish children onto a truck for deportation. It was a shocking sight, and she was overwhelmed with rage. She decided then that she would do whatever she could to rescue Jewish children.
Members of the Garden Club of Orange have begun planning for the Osborne Museum & Homestead’s holiday celebration.
Every year the museum has a theme and area garden clubs and organizations transform the home into a holiday showcase. For this year’s theme, “A Holiday at the Opera,” the rooms will be decorated with scenes from some of the world’s famous operas.
The Garden Club of Orange will be transforming the library using the opera “Faust,” as its inspiration.
Holiday tours are Thursday-Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 24-Dec. 17. Twilight tours are Dec.1. 8, 15 4-7 p.m.
Call the museum at 203-734- 2513. For club membership information, call Joanne Friedrichs at 203-795-
Kai Byrd, principal of Mary L. Tracy School, 650 School House Lane, is the Title IX officer for the school district.
The Title IX federal law was passed in 1972 to ensure that male and female employees and students in educational settings were treated equally and fairly. It protects against discrimination based on gender and requires that each school district have at least one person designated as the Title IX officer.
Anyone who feels discriminated against may contact Byrd at email@example.com or 203-891-8028, ext. 1113.
The Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road.
For more information about the church, contact 203-795-6577, firstname.lastname@example.org,
www.thegoodshepherdorangect.org, and www.facebook.com/cgsorangect.
First Lutheran Church, 52 George St, West Haven, will hold its annual fall festival on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 9-2 p.m. There will be vendors, baked goods, white elephant, raffles and refreshments.
The city is accepting applications for the federally financed Connecticut Energy Assistance Program in the human resources office on the second floor of City Hall, 355 Main St.
Appointments for all heating sources can be made by calling 203-937-3572.
The city will process applications by appointment Mondays through Thursdays. No walk-ins will be accepted.
Applicants who have difficulty speaking English are asked to bring a translator.
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 18 and older.
Applicants must also provide documentation of assets — recent bank account statements for all accounts for all household members — along with a current electric bill for all heating sources and a current gas bill for those who heat with gas, as well as Social Security numbers and birthdates for all household members.
Programs at the West Haven Library, Main Branch, 300 Elm St., include:
Preschool Story Time Mondays 10:15 -11 a.m., Graham Room, ages 3-5, stories, songs and a craft
Baby Time Wednesdays 11:15 a.m.-noon, Connie Sacco Room, up to 18 months, music, movement and stories
Toddler Time Thursdays 11:15 a.m.-noon, Connie Sacco Room 18 months-2 years, stories, songs and a craft.
Pajama Story Time, Thursday Nov. 2, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Graham Room, kids come in your PJ's and listen to stories, sing songs and make a craft.
To register, click on EVENTKEEPER at www.westhavenlibrary.org or call 203-937-4233. Walk-ins are also welcome.
Drop in Craft, stop in and make a special take home craft, Tuesdays 4-5 p.m. Nov. 7, 21, Graham Room, for kids of all ages. Registration is not required.
24th Annual Harvest & Holly Fair on Nov. 4 from 10-2 at the Center Gym and Café, 4 Meetinghouse Lane, Woodbridge with many vendors, café, entertainment, silent auction, take a chance raffle and new this year- Kids Zone and Kids Bake-off competition! Kids Zone offers photos with Santa & ornament making, face painting, henna tattoos and cookie decorating, teacher’s gifts and café. Kids Bake-off Competition: Age groups: Grades 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 may participate in 3 categories: ‘cupcakes’, ‘cookies & dessert bars’, and ‘cakes’. Both inexperienced & experienced bakers are eligible to enter. All baked goods must be made in a home kitchen from scratch—no mixes or store-bought entries. Please enter only one entry per category. You must bring one item to be judged and 11 to be sold at the Fair (for cakes you must bring two). Please package items for sale. Drop items at the Woodbridge Center between 8:45 am and 9:30 am on Nov. 4. Entry forms will be provided at drop-off. You do not need to be present to win. Call for more information regarding judging and prizes!
The Rotary Club coat, clothing drive and blanket will be held through Nov. 3.
Donations in good condition will be collected and distributed by the First Church of God to families in need in Greater New Haven.
Collection sites: Woodbridge Senior Center, 4 Meetinghouse Lane; Woodbridge Town Library, 10 Newton Road, Woodbridge; and Clark Memorial Library, 538 Amity Road, Bethany.
For more information, contact Tony Anastasio at 203-980-9373.
The Ladies Guild of Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 81 Center Road, annual Christmas Bazaar and Craft Fair will be held November 18 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 18.
There will be more than 30 tables of crafters and vendors, breakfast and lunch selections served by Trinity Council 5467, K of C, homemade bake goods, children's crafts, a white elephant sale, raffle baskets, and the Parish Children's Choir. Santa will be available for a visit and photo 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Woodbridge Center’s programs includes intergenerational events, arts and educational classes, entertainment, health and wellness opportunities, a café and transportation for town residents 60 years and older. For more information, call 203-389-3430.
Woodbridge Human Services Department is scheduling appointments for town residents for the 2017-2018 Connecticut Energy Assistance Program administered by TEAM. Income eligibility requirements must be met.
Verification of income and assets must be submitted with the application. This includes copies of the last bank statement(s) or check(s) for: a) pay stubs (last 4), or income verification from the individual’s employer, b) Social Security benefits notice, c) Supplemental Security Income, d) pension, e) unemployment, f) alimony/child support, g) interest and dividend income, h) and utility bill. In addition,
the names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers of all members residing with the applicant are required.
For more information or an appointment, call Mary Ellen LaRocca or Judi Young at 203-389-3429.
The Amity Teen Center, 10 Selden St., opened the nonprofit Medical Loan Closet.
It is a business was started last year by teens to learn how to start and run a business, and the benefits of giving back to the community.
Gently used medical equipment, such as hospital beds, wheelchairs, walkers, are collected and loaned out to people in the community that need them. There are no restrictions on residence, age or income.
Woodbridge Human Services’ Warm Hearts, Warm Homes Campaign to accept donations for the Town Fuel/Food Fund runs through Dec. 31. A need of $5,000 for the Fuel Bank and $2,000 for the Emergency Food Fund is expected.
“We are expecting an increase in the number of families applying for emergency fuel and food assistance this winter due to the decline in the economy,” said Mary Ellen LaRocca, director of Human Services.
Human Services is inviting schools, church groups and civic organizations to consider sponsoring fundraisers. Make checks to the Town of Woodbridge Fuel/Food Fund and mail to Woodbridge Human Services Department, 11 Meetinghouse Lane, Woodbridge 06525.
Oaklane Tennis Club, 1027 Racebrook Road, is under the new ownership of tennis professional Chris Raffone.
The club is open to the public, has four newly surfaced Har-Tru Green Clay indoor tennis courts and state-of-the-art lighting as well as four Har-Tru outdoor courts. In addition to seasonal and hourly court rentals, there are programs geared toward players of all ages and levels, including group and private lessons, junior programs and leagues/USTA teams. The facility is open seven days a week.
For more information, visit www.oaklanetennisclub .com.
The board members and volunteers of the Amity and Woodbridge Historical Society will present their Fall Tavern Night on Sunday Nov. 5, 5-8 p.m. at the Historic Thomas Darling House, 1907 Litchfield Turnpike. The house-museum will be turned into an old-fashioned tavern, offering a four-course meal and beverages. Board members in period costume, and live music, will round out the evening. RSVP: email@example.com. Information: www.woodbridgehistory.org.