Bulletin Board: Bethany, Milford, Orange, Woodbridge
Amity Regional School District 5, as per state guidelines, will be disposing of student special education records.
The records of any student who has received special services are maintained for six years after his or her class graduates.
Former Amity students who were born in 1991 or 1992 and/or who graduated in 2010 and who have received special services at the Amity Middle School, Orange; Amity Middle School, Bethany; or Amity Regional High School may obtain their special education records.
Beginning Nov. 1, the records may be obtained 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. weekdays at the Amity District office, Amity High School, 25 Newton Road, Woodbridge.
A call to the Office of Pupil Services at 203-397-4820 is required before claiming records in order to allow sufficient time to retrieve the records from the archives.
Records that are not claimed by Nov. 30 will be destroyed.
The Halloween Bash is 7-9:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Center Building Gym, 4 Meetinghouse Lane in Woodbridge.
Students in grades 7 and 8 living in Woodbridge and Bethany, as well as private school students, may attend.
The evening will include a DJ, pizza, games and raffles, as well as mummy wrap, doughnut eating and costume contests, all for $5.
Parent/guardian chaperones are needed at events. Donations of bathroom tissue for the mummy wrap and raffle prizes are needed. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-389-3429 to volunteer or make a donation.
The event is sponsored by Woodbridge Youth Services and the town of Bethany.
The Bethany Lions-sponsored Flea Market is open for business Saturdays, until Oct. 29, except in severe weather. Hours are 7 a.m.-1 p.m. at the old Bethany Airport on Amity Road, Route 63. Admission and parking are free.
Set-up begins at 6 a.m., with vendors required to supply their own display tables or ground cloths.
The cost is $10 per space, payment to be collected on site. For more information, contact Bruce or Janet Hescock at 203-393-2078 or email@example.com.
The Lions Club will hold a document-shredding day 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 29 at the town recycling center, 755 Amity Road, rain or shine.
ProShred-Connecticut, of Wallingford, will provide a truck for the on-site shredding. Lions members will help unload vehicles.
The service is free, but a nominal donation will be suggested.
An all-you-can-eat breakfast will be served 7-11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, at Town Hall, 40 Peck Road.
The menu includes scrambled eggs, home fries, pancakes, bacon, sausage, omelet and Belgian waffle stations. Tickets are $9 for adults and $4 for age 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling Donna Shea at 203-393-2591 or Kim McClure Brinton at 203-393-7387, or at the door.
The event is sponsored by the Republican Town Committee.
A 10-week cooking class in the middle school’s kitchen has been postponed.
Those interested in the class, may contact Youth Services at 203-389-3429 to be placed on the waiting list.
The Bethany, Orange and Woodbridge registrars of voters announce voting information for the election.
• All registrars of voters’ offices in Connecticut will hold voter registration sessions 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 1. Call the local registrars for details.
• Polls will be open 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8.
People unsure about their voter status may check at myvote.ct.gov before Election Day. Those not registered or who need to change address, etc., may do so at that site until midnight on Nov. 1.
The deadline for mail-in registration (postmark and online) and in-person is 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1.
After that, the only way to register is by Election Day Registration in all three towns at sites other than the polling places.
The registrars encourage everyone to register before the Nov. 1 cutoff to avoid lines at EDR locations. The registrars encourage people to register before Nov. 1 to avoid lines at EDR locations.
The last day to register for most people is 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 1 at the registrars’ offices.
There will be a limited session in all three towns, and across the state, on Monday, Nov. 7, 9 a.m-5 p.m. It is only for people who have met the age, citizenship or residency requirements after the Nov. 1 deadline.
They are: those who have turned 18, become a U.S. citizen, or moved to Connecticut since Nov. 1.
It is also open to members and former armed forces members who have been discharged within the calendar year.
Call local registrars for details.
Applications for absentee ballots should be made through the town clerk’s office in each town. Voters may also download an application from the secretary of the state’s website: sots.ct.gov. Ballots are available.
The town clerks’ offices are open 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday in Woodbridge and Orange. Bethany’s hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 6:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays. Allow enough time for the application and ballot to be sent by mail.
For information, contact the registrars.
• Bethany: 203-393-2100, ext. 121, Town Hall, 40 Peck Road.
• Orange: 203-891-4715, 4716, Town Hall, 617 Orange Center Road.
• Woodbridge: 203-389-3408, 3409, Town Hall, 11 Meetinghouse Lane.
The annual Pumpkin and Holly Bazaar will be held in the Parish House of Christ Episcopal Church in the center of town at 4-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19.
It will include Thanksgiving pies and gift basket raffles.
Booths will include Granny’s Upscale Attic Treasures Shop, crafts & needlework, ladies’ clothing, stocking stuffers and crafts, holiday cookies on china plates, new and vintage Christmas ornaments and decorations, and popular houseplants.
The café will sell dinner Nov. 18 and lunch Nov. 19. The small Christmas tree centerpieces at the café will be for sale.
A new cookbook, “Christ Episcopal Church, Cooks and Friends, Past and Present,” will be sold. It has recipes in categories: appetizers and beverages, soups and salads, vegetables and side dishes, main dishes, breads and rolls, desserts, cookies and candy and This & That.
The church is on Amity Road, Route 63, at the blinking light. Information: Mary at 203-393-0066.
Registration for the Milford United Soccer Club winter Little Kicks soccer season is open.
The program is an introduction to soccer fundamentals and exercise designed for children born Jan. 1, 2012-Dec. 31, 2013, in a non-competitive, supportive, co-ed environment.
Visit www.musc.org/registration to register. Email LittleKicks@musc.org for more information.
The annual citywide leaf pickup program will begin Saturday, Nov. 12.
Only leaves placed in paper bags will be collected. Leaves in 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 that are put out in plastic will be left curbside.
City crews will pick up leaves weekly until the first significant snowfall. Those who choose not to bag leaves for pickup, may bring them 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.
Lauralton Hall will hold a fundraiser in honor of the late president of Get In Touch Foundation at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Lauralton Hall turf field, 200 High St.
Lauralton Hall faculty, staff and students will present the first Mary Ann Wasil Daisy Run, in support of breast cancer awareness.
Activities will include pendulum bowling, crossbow shooting, pumpkin and gourd sling shots built by the AP physics and engineering students.
Day-of registration is $10 and includes a T-shirt, Subway lunch and raffle ticket. Open to all ages.
Proceeds will go to the Get in Touch Foundation and the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Cancer Center in Bridgeport. The mission of Wasil’s foundation, Get In Touch, is to provide breast health education for young women and men at an early age, so that they know how to “get in touch” with their bodies in a crusade against breast cancer.
Astronomical Society of New Haven members will set up telescopes and invite the public to have a closer look at Mars, the Andromeda Galaxy and the Hercules Galaxy 7-10 p.m. Nov. 4 at Silver Sands State Park, Silver Sands Park Way.
Clouds may cancel the free event, check at www.asnh.org or 866-808-ASNH.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or Linda Mossorofo at 203-783-3391, email@example.com.
The Milford Senior Center, Jepson Drive, offers lunch daily, noon-1 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Lunch tickets may be purchased at the office window from 9:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Prices: complete dinner, $3 includes soup and dinner; sandwich-only $1.25; soup-only 50 cents. A vegetarian meal is offered: tossed salad or peanut butter and jelly sandwich daily for $1. Salad of the day is $1. All meals include hot coffee or tea, rolls with butter and dessert.
The Milford Preservation Trust will present a panel discussion on affordable housing (8-30g) and its impact on Milford.
The free forum will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at the DAR chapter house, 55 Prospect St.
State Sen. Gayle Slossberg, D, and state Reps. Kim Rose, D, and Pam Staneski, R, all of Milford, will discuss the legislation, as well as proposals to amend the law.
Questions and answers will follow. This is not a political debate.
For further information, visit milfordpreservationtrust.org.
Young adults on the autism spectrum are invited to a social night out on Nov. 5, courtesy of ShineBright Mentoring, with locations in Milford and Middletown, which specializes in supporting people on the spectrum.
Spectrum-Friendly Game Day is intended to help brighten the lives of individuals diagnosed with developmental disorder. It was begun by Ryan Patrick Casey, executive director of ShineBright Mentoring. Casey offers guidance to individuals on the autism spectrum with the goal of becoming independent and socially capable.
“If you’re shy, no problem,” Casey said in an email. “We will start games between strangers. We’ll help you make friends.”
The game night is scheduled to run 2-6 p.m. at Elm City Games, 756 Chapel St., New Haven. There is a $10 charge at the door.
ShineBright has held similar events in Middletown that offered young adults a low-stimulation, supportive environment for recreation and socialization.
ShineBright Mentoring suggests participants bring games or use Elm City’s collection. The event is open to all, offering the opportunity to play with others on the spectrum and neurotypicals, or those not on the autism spectrum, according to Casey.
The Food Bank at the Milford Senior Center, 9 Jepson Drive, needs groceries.
Canned soups, juices, vegetables, spaghetti sauce, fruit and tuna, as well as cereal, may be dropped off at the center, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
For details, call Sharon Brown at 203-877-5131, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. daily.
The Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce’s “Table Top Expo,” with networking will be held 5-7 p.m. Nov. 17 at Mill River Country Club, 4567 Main St., Stratford, event sponsor.
The event includes appetizers, cocktails and door prizes.
For $159, Greater Milford businesses may showcase their products and services, using a 6-foot covered table with chairs, electricity and admission for two company representatives.
For information on showcasing a business, contact Nell Moll at 203-878-0681 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Downtown Milford Business Association will celebrate Halloween Oct 29.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Milford Arts Council Scholarship Fund. Tickets are available at http://halloweekendmilfordct.eventbrite.com. Visit Eventbrite for event details and tickets.
11-11:45 a.m. Scary Storytime, Gazebo on the Green; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fall Marketplace on the Green; 11 a.m. register for costume contest, parade, “Crawl-O-Ween” on the Green; noon, costume parade followed by costume contest, trick-or-treat downtown; 1-5 p.m. “Crawl-O-Ween” at restaurants; 2, 5:30 p.m. Pantochino Productions presents “The Bewitchingly Scrumptious & Extraordinary Mr. Trick and Mrs. Treat,” Milford Arts Council, Railroad Avenue South; 6-6:30 p.m. Milford ghost stories by Spirits of Milford Ghost Walks on the Green; 7 p.m. “Hocus Pocus,” family Halloween movie on the Green.
For more information, visit www.DowntownMilfordCT.org, or call 203-745-4946.
The fifth annual Milford Trick or Trot 5K Run/Walk fundraiser for the homeless and hungry will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Lisman Landing downtown at the Head of the Harbor.
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., the kids’ fun run is at 8:45. and the race starts at 9. Advance registration is $25. Race day registration is $30. More than 300 people participated in the 5K last year.
Participants are asked to being a nonperishable food donation for the Beth-El Center and to wear Halloween costumes. Best costume prizes will be awarded.
The 5K is sponsored by the law firm of Harlow, Adams, and Friedman, P.C., Sikorsky Credit Union, Mary Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church and lead car sponsor Bob’s Buick GMC of Milford.
Post-race festivities will include refreshments and music by rock and blues band The Elwoods. To register or for sponsorships, visit www.milfordtrickortrot.com.
Adam Sattig Council 35, RSM, will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 in the Masonic Lodge Hall, 59 Broad St., under the direction of Thrice Illustrious Master James Whitaker.
Dinner will be served at 6:15 for members who make reservations.
The future of the council will be the discussion topic.
Visiting Royal and Select Masters may attend.
For information, call the recorder at 203-877-4977.
The Milford Garden Club is asking city gardeners to take photos of their late-blooming flowers for a show in December at the Milford Public Library.
The club’s second photo exhibit: “Flower Power: The Gardens of Milford.”
The city’s official flower, the Eastern purple coneflower, Echinacea purpurea Magnus, will be showcased.
The event will run Dec. 2-30 in the library gallery. For entry guidelines, contact email@example.com.
Orchard Hills School, 185 Marino Drive, will hold a holiday vendor fair, with raffles, 7-9 p.m. Nov. 9.
It includes 18 vendors: Exit 40 Media, PartyLite, Pink Tent Bowtique, Conenoli, LuLaRoe, Wrapped with Love, Tastefully Simple, Card Readings by Mystics by the Sea, Thankful turkey book, Young Living Essential Oil, Flip Salon and Boutique, Art by Crystal, Sue Glennon’s Daisy Blue, Handmade Cards by Leslie, Premier, Unity Salon, Thirty-One, Slim Pickins.
A NAMI support group meeting is held 6-7:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at Bridges, a community support system, 949 Bridgeport Ave.
“A Lunch for Caregivers” will be served for free at noon Nov. 8 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 283 Bridgeport Ave.
Items to be discussed will include the possibility of getting together once a month for conversation and support.
To register, call 203-874-2701.
Free meetings of the Milford Hospital Breast Cancer Support Group are held 6-7:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month in Auditorium A at Milford Hospital, 300 Seaside Ave. The next meetings are Nov. 2 and Dec. 7.
For information, call the hospital Education Department at 203-876-4000.
The Morning Book Discussion Group will meet Thursday, Nov. 3, 10:30 a.m. at the Ellen Aftamonow Woodmont Library, Dixon Street.
The will be “Story Hour,” by Thrity Umrigar. The group meets the first Thursday monthly. The Dec. 1 book will be “Songs of Willow,” by Jamie Ford.
For more information, call 203-874-5674.
Tami Bettcher Walker, LPN, will be the guest speaker when the St. Ann Bereavement Support Group meets at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13 at St. Ann Church, 501 Naugatuck Ave.
Her talk will be on “Grief, Loss and Bereavement,” and the emotional, spiritual and physical effects of loss, and ways to help those who are grieving the loss of a loved one.
Walker is a long-term care liaison nurse with Vitas Healthcare, which provides hospice care for terminally ill patients.
For more information, call 203-874-0634, ext. 17.
The Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave., presents the following programs. For more information or to register, call 203-783-3312.
• Preschool storytime: Mondays and Tuesdays at 10 a.m., stories, a craft, for ages 3 and up with a caregiver.
• Toddler time: Wednesdays at 10 and 11 a.m., fingerplays, songs and stories, for ages 2 and under with a caregiver.
• Family Place registration is open for the fall, play group runs Thursday, Oct. 27, 10:15-11:30 a.m., for children ages 1-3 and caregiver. Siblings 5 and under may attend.
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. No registration is required.
Contact Judy D. at 203-283-3867 or JMdel61@gmail.com or Geralynn at 847-302-9729 or MilfordFA@gmail.com.
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.
The city Veterans Day parade will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, downtown.
A wreath-laying ceremony will be held Friday, Nov. 11, in front of City Hall at 10:45 a.m.
Parade assembly will be at 1 p.m. at the Daniel S. Wasson Field parking lot on West Main Street.
Grand marshal and guest speaker will be Aleks Morosky, national legislative director of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and a member of VFW Post 7788, Milford.
After the parade at City Hall, the Milford Concert Band will perform its “Milford, Veterans of Service” concert at City Hall.
To march in the parade, call Russ Edwards at 203-876-0914.
An Old World Christmas market will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 19 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 283 Bridgeport Ave., featuring gifts from England, Germany, Portugal, Italy, China, Japan, Mexico and the U.S.. Breakfast and lunch will be available.
Christ the Redeemer Church Ladies Guild, 325 Oronoque Road, will hold its annual Christmas bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Baked goods, food, Chinese auction and vendors will be there. Vendor tables are available for $30. For details, call Lorraine at 203-874-7059.
Bus going to UConn game
Council 15870, K of C, is running a bus trip to the UConn vs. Boston College football game Nov. 19 at Boston College Alumni Field. The bus will leave from Christ the Redeemer Church, 325 Oronoque Road. Tickets are $80, including transportation, food and drinks. Call Tony at 203-874-4214.
St. Ann Parish is seeking crafters for its Christmas Fair on Saturday, Dec. 3, in the Parish Center, 499 Naugatuck Ave.
The main hall will be the setting for a juried craft show, the centerpiece of the event. The fair also features a raffle, a tag sale, a Christmas bake shop and strolling carolers.
Fee for an 8-foot exhibit space with two chairs is $35. Crafters must submit two photos of their work with their application.
For information or a contract, contact MaryJo Downs at firstname.lastname@example.org or Maureen Hanson at email@example.com. Vendor information is available at www.saintann-parish.com.
Keeping Milford Warm and the Kiwanis Club annual holiday fundraiser will be held 6:30-11 p.m. Dec. 10 at Grassy Hill Country Club .
Honoree will be Peggy Kelly, program manager of the Milford Family Resource Center. She will be recognized for her years of outstanding service to the community and her help and support in helping to establish Keeping Milford Warm.
The nonprofit Keeping Milford Warm, founded by Kevin McGrath, was begun to ensure that no city resident or family would ever go without help heating their home if they had no funds.
Tickets are $60. The event includes dinner and open bar, live music, door prizes, a silent auction and live auctions.
For more information or tickets, go to www.keepingmilfordwarm.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Eventbrite.
The Health Department, with Kids Count and the United Way of Milford, will kick off the eighth annual Parent Leadership Training Institute in January.
The program was developed by the state Commission on Children to enable parents to become leading advocates for children. The cornerstones of the program are respect, validation, and a belief that when the tools of democracy are understood, the public will engage in civic life.
“If you want to make a real difference in the community, Milford’s PLTI provides an opportunity for parents to develop the leadership skills necessary to effect change and become an effective advocate for all children,” said Deepa Joseph, health director at the Health Department.
PLTI students participate in a 20-week comprehensive program designed to provide the civic and leadership skills needed to work in the community on behalf of children. Each student completes a community project that contributes to the well-being of city children. The community project also gives students a hands-on opportunity to apply the skills learned in the program.
Milford PLTI alumnus Augie Harrigan said, “I had a great experience with Milford’s PLTI program. There are few programs as uniquely designed to put people in touch with their communities. It was an extremely empowering experience.” The Parent Leadership Training Institute is conducted in Milford to involve, empower, and support parents and caregivers to improve the lives of children at home, in school, and in the community. It also provides training for parents in the areas of conflict resolution, negotiation, and public speaking, as well as on best practices in areas such as child development, education, and human services.
Applications for the program are being accepted by the Health Department. Classes, dinner, and on-site child-care will be provided free of charge to participants. The class will be limited to 25. For more information and to register online, visit http://www.ci.milford.ct.us/health-department/webforms/plti-online-registration or call Lesley Darling, PLTI coordinator, at the Health Department at 203-783-3314.
On Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 12:45 p.m. the Woodbridge Senior Center will hold a presentation on the services and programs available to veterans through the New Haven Vet Center in Orange.
Veterans of all ages may attend.
Lunch will be available at 12:15 p.m. for $3. RSVP to the Woodbridge Senior Center at 203-389-3430 to make a reservation. For more information, call the Woodbridge veterans’ contact person, Mary Ellen LaRocca, at 203-389-3429.
Orange Land Trust members will lead a free, guided hike at the Howard Brooks Wepawaug Conservation Area on Saturday, Nov. 5. 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.
The Orange CERT Emergency Communications Team will serve as trail assistants.
Only steady rain will cancel.
For information, call Chris at 203-397-7599.
Late Rabbi Brieger will be remembered
ORANGE >> Temple Emanuel, 150 Derby Ave., will inaugurate an annual musical celebration to honor the late rabbi emeritus, Jerry Brieger, z”l, at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 6.
The Kol B’seder duo will headline “Shir Magic: Remembering Rabbi Jerry Brieger.”
Cantor Jeff Klepper and Rabbi Dan Freelander, of Kol B’Seder, have been singing and composing together for 45 years. Many of their songs have become part of the worship service in synagogues worldwide, including Temple Emanuel.
Klepper has been the cantor of Temple Sinai of Sharon, Mass., since 2003. He is co-founder of the Hava Nashira workshop for song leaders, and teaches at the School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College in Newton, Mass.
Freelander is president of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. He is co-founder of the North American Jewish Choral Festival, and was honored with the Debbie Friedman Award by the Union for Reform Judaism in 2015.
Brieger was the spiritual leader of Temple Emanuel 1977-2009, and rabbi emeritus until his death last summer. He was known for his vast knowledge of all things Jewish, and for his sleight of hand tricks and his love of music. He loved to study, teach and sing, and incorporated Kol B’seder into services at Temple Emanuel.
The Temple Emanuel band will open the concert with a short set of some of Brieger’s favorite tunes. A reception presented by TE’s bakers follows.
Tickets, which can be purchased on the TE website or at the door, are $18 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and under, and $36 for families, up to two adults and unlimited kids. For more information, go to www.templeemanuel‐gnh.org, or call the temple office at 203-397-3000.
The Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, holds the following:
• The church is open for prayer on Election Day, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 8. Prayers for peace and the nation will be offered on the hour.
• 9 a.m. Nov. 12, monthly labyrinth walk with the Rev. Diana Rogers, for spiritual meditation and contemplation. Meet at the labyrinth on the south side of the church off Pryde Drive, rain or shine.
• 7 p.m. Nov. 23, Thanksgiving eve service with Holy Eucharist.
• 7 p.m. Nov. 20, the annual Orange Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service at Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meetinghouse Lane.
• Worship is Sundays at 8 and 9:30 a.m.
• Recreational Fun on Wednesdays in the Parish Hall, 10:30 a.m.-noon.
• Confirmation starts this fall; call the office. Teens in 10th grade or above, and adults 18 years and older are may become students.
For more information, call 203-795-6577, email email@example.com, visit thegoodshepherdorangect.org, www.facebook.com/cgsorangect.
The Housatonic River Job Network 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 at Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road.
The group meets the second Thursday of the month, 7-9 p.m.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Francis Martino of Orange will share ideas on how to get ready for the holidays at the Garden Club of Orange monthly meeting Nov. 8 at Case Memorial Library.
Luncheon is at 11:30 a.m., business meeting is at 12:15 p.m., the program is at 1 p.m.
Martino has done designs for weddings, homes, businesses and New York store windows.
Members will be exhibiting their Thanksgiving designs and horticulture of “Late Fall Beauties.”
Contact Joanne Friedrichs at 203-795-4266 or www.orange-ct.gov/ GardenClub.
World War II heroism recalled
Congregation Or Shalom will celebrate the life-saving, selfless deed of World War II Army Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds at its 10th annual Kristallnacht Commemoration.
The free, local event starts at 9 a.m. Nov. 20 at 205 Old Grassy Hill Road. Edmonds’ son, Pastor Chris Edmonds of Maryville, Tenn., will speak about his late father. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., will present a commendation to the Edmonds family and former soldiers who are alive today because of Edmonds will attend.
Edmonds, at the risk of his immediate death, saved the lives of up to 200 American soldiers at Stalag IXA prisoner of war camp near Ziegenhain, Germany, Yad Vashem, Israel’s center for Holocaust studies, recently verified and confirmed.
In late 1944, during the Battle of the Bulge, Edmonds was captured by the German army along with more than 1,000 American soldiers of the 422nd Infantry Regiment.
Eyewitnesses recall that on Jan. 27, 1945, the Nazi POW camp commandant, speaking in English, ordered the Jewish prisoners to identify themselves. And the imprisoned soldiers remember the moment that Edmonds, the highest-ranking soldier in the U.S. section of the camp, turned to them and whispered, “We’re not doing that.”
Instead, Edmonds instructed his men to stand together with the Jewish soldiers. When the Nazi commandant saw all the camp’s inmates standing in front of their barracks, he turned to Edmonds and bellowed, “These men cannot all be Jews!”
Edmonds retorted, “We are all Jews here.”
The commandant then pointed his pistol at Edmonds and demanded that he identify his Jewish soldiers, to which Edmonds replied, “If you shoot me, you’ll have to shoot us all. ... We know who you are; when we win this war, you’ll be tried for war crimes.”
Edmonds never mentioned the incident after the war. But in the years following his 1985 death, his son pieced it together with the help of his father’s diary and the Internet. Ultimately, his son’s research led to recognition by Israel of Edmonds as a “Righteous Among the Nations.” And Jan. 27, the anniversary of Edmonds’ courageous act, Pastor Chris Edmonds received Yad Vashem’s highest award on behalf of his father and President Barack Obama visited the Israeli Embassy that day to participate in the event.
Roddie Edmonds is the first American serviceman to have received such an honor.
The Rotary Club’s fourth annual Thanksgiving Day 5K Road Race/2 mile walk on Nov. 24. The certified race will start and end at High Plains Community Center, starting at 8 a.m. Registration is $25 for the 5K and $12 for the walk.
Proceeds benefit club charities.
Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, 203-799-2341, www.orshalomct.org, 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.
• Leave ‘Em Laughing, starring Modi, “the next Jackie Mason,” Nov. 5. Cocktails 6:30-7:15 p.m, show is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: general admission $36. Premier reserved seating $54. Call 203-799-2341.
• Continuation of Zumba Gold on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. drop-in. Contact Robin at email@example.com, 203-314-8176 or 203-799-2341.
Orange Senior Center holds the following programs. For more information and to register, call 203-891-4784.
• Hot and cold lunches: Hot lunch is 11:30 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday. On Tuesdays and Thursdays a cold lunch option is also available. No meals are available Saturday or Sunday. A $3 donation is accepted for anyone 60 years and older. To register, call 203-891-4765.
• Orange Visiting Nurse Association flu clinics: A high dose vaccine will be administered people 65 years and older; a quadrivalent vaccine for those under 65. RSVP: 203-891-4752, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at OVNA office, no appointment needed. Election Day, Nov. 8, High Plains Community Center, 8-11 a.m., 1-4 p.m., 6-8 p.m.
Details: 203-891-4752. Insurances accepted: Medicare, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, Connecticare. United Healthcare is not accepted.
• Bocce: Wednesdays at 9 a.m. at High Plains Community Center. Call 203-891-4784.
• Yoga dance: Thursdays, 10-11 a.m. RSVP to the office.
• Fully Fit Weight Training, Mondays, through Nov. 21, 1:30 p.m., call 203-891-4784.
• Veterans’ Appreciation Pie Cabaret, 1:30 p.m. Nov. 7, pies, Clayton Allen sings old country songs; free for veterans, $5 nonveterans. RSVP.
• Holiday Door Decorating Contest: Clubs, community groups, civic organizations, schools and town departments may decorate a hallway door at the Community Center for the annual Contest. Entry forms are available at the Community Services office.The entry deadline is Nov. 23. Doors must be decorated by Dec 2. Voting will be Dec. 5-16. The winner will be announced at the Holiday Cabaret Dec. 19.
• Holiday Dinner Dance: At the Birchwoods at Oak Lane at noon-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, with the Frank Porto Band. Meal choice: Chicken Florentine, stuffed sole or prime rib, $30, with cash bar. Make checks payable to “Treasurer, Town of Orange.” Tickets go on sale Nov 2.
• Lions Club Thanksgiving Dinner: at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 27 in the Community Center gym. RSVP: 203-891-4788.
• “Blue” Holiday Memorial: Seasons Hospice “Blue” Holiday Memorial at 2 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Senior Lounge. Coffee and dessert will be served. RSVP: 203-891-4788.
• Election Day Transportation: Orange Transportation program provides rides to and from the polls Nov. 8. Call Kim Callahan, 203-891-4788.
• Turkey Hill Technology Partnership: Turkey Hill School kids will present three free technology seminars. Session 1 is noon-1 p.m. Jan. 26. RSVP: 203-891-4784, Finding Friends Through Social Media; Session 2: Gmail and Google Hangouts—Stay Connected with Friends & Family; Session 3: How to Connect with Friends & Family with Devices, dates TBD.
• Wellness Seminar: Vein health rescheduled for 1-2 p.m. Dec. 12, as Corie Scharpf, of the Center for Vein Restoration, discusses vein disease, prevention, symptoms, and new treatments available, and ultrasound demonstration. RSVP: 203-891-4784.
• Living Treasure Award Nominations: Being accepted through March 11. Forms are available in the Orange Community Services office, Town Hall, and can be printed from the town’s website. The three individuals chosen will be honored at the Senior Center’s Pasta Festa! in May.
• Movie of the Month: 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, “The Big Short,” Christian Bale, Steve Carel, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt star as four denizens in the world of high-finance, predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the banks. Popcorn, soda will be served. RSVP: 203-891-4784
• Monthly Book Club: meets Friday, Dec. 2. The book is “The Japanese Lover” by Isabel Allende
• Wellness Book Club: a HPCC on the last Wednesday of the month at 11:30 a.m., led by Marianne Pysarchyk of Case Memorial Library. Nov. 30, “10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head — A True Story” Dan Harris. RSVP: 203-891-4784.
• iPad, iPhone Classes with Aubry: iPad Dec. 26-30, 10 a.m.-noon; iPhone Dec. 19-23, 3-4:30 p.m., $25 each. RSVP, minimum of seven students.
• 2017 trips: Hawaii cruise tour. Jan. 11-21; Plains of Africa, March 9-22; tropical Costa Rica, Nov. 6-14.
Case Library, 176 Tyler City Road, offers free events, except as noted. Call 203-891-2170, http://www.casememoriallibrary.org.
Medicare Basics: Understanding Enrollment
Thursday, October 27, 7 p.m.
This information session will help you understand the three enrollment periods and how the late enrollment penalty works. You will learn how to choose a plan and how to decide between Medigap & drug or Medicare Advantage. Read more >
• 3-to-5-Year-Old Halloween Party and Storytime, Monday, October 31, 4-5 p.m. Munchkins and juice will be provided. RSVP in person or by telephone.
• Book Sale Friends of the Library Members Preview Night, Thursday, November 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m. You can become a member at the door.
• Friends’ Semi-Annual Great Basement Book Sale, Saturday, November 5, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., thousands of new and used books including hardcover and paperback fiction and nonfiction for adults, children, teens as well as vinyl records, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks.
The Rotary Club will honor veterans at a dinner at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at Grassy Hill Country Club, 441 Clark Lane.
The celebration offers an opportunity for the public to join Rotarians in saying, “Thank you for your service.”
Up to 40 veterans will be guests of the club.
Dinner tickets are $40, which includes salad, a choice of prime rib, chicken marsala, or baked stuffed filet of sole, vegetables and dessert. A short program will include remarks from guest veterans.
For tickets and information, call Don Lewis at 203-795-3486. No tickets will be sold the day of the event.
The Academy Museum and Antique Shop, 605 Orange Center Road, is a museum of local history and a place to shop for the unusual. It is open Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, call 203-795-3106.
The second annual Woodbridge Restaurant Week ends Oct. 28.
Ten participating restaurants, Blue Check Deli, Café Blake, Grimaldi’s Pizza, Katz’s Deli, Solun Tapas Bar and Restaurant, Spice is Right, Subway, Thai Stories, Village Cafe and Woodbridge Social, offer three-course prix fixe meals or a buy-one, get-one option. For those participating in the three-course meal, lunch during restaurant week is $10 and dinner is $25. The restaurants are open during regular business hours and offer their regular menu.
Woodbridge Restaurant Week is part of the monthlong Woodbridge Fallapalooza. To see the special menus for the week and other Fallapalooza events, visit www.woodbridgect.org/fallapalooza.
Tower One/Tower East and all senior citizens may have a free lunch at Senior Days at the JCC of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Road, 12:30-2 p.m. Nov. 17. RSVP to Grace Koo at 203-387-2522, ext. 228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Medicare’s annual open enrollment, which allows recipients to make changes to their health and drug plans, is until Dec. 7. For assistance, call Judi Young, senior service social worker for the town and CHOICES counselor, at 203-389-3429.
The Rotary Club is accepting blankets, winter coats, and clothing in good condition in child, teen and adult sizes, through Oct. 31.
Donations will be distributed by the First Church of God to families in need in Greater New Haven.
Coats, clothing and blankets can be dropped off at the following Woodbridge collection sites: JCC, 360 Amity Road; Massaro Farm, 41 Ford Road; Woodbridge Senior Center, 4 Meetinghouse Lane; and Woodbridge Town Library, 10 Newton Road.
The club has breakfast meeting 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.
Vendors are sought for the 13th annual Craft & Gift Fair on Sunday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the JCC of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Road. The event will feature over 70 artisans, crafters and vendors from New England, free admission and free parking.
Gift selections include pottery, home décor, jewelry, glass works, skin care and clothing.
The Woodbridge Town Library, 10 Newton Road, offers programs. To register, www.woodbridgetownlibrary.org, 203-389-3433.
• Film Screening: “Our Kind of Traitor,” Thursday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m. Two people find themselves lured into a Russian oligarch’s plans to defect, and are soon positioned between the Russian Mafia and the British Secret Service, neither of which they can trust. Rated R, thriller, 1 hour 48 minutes.
• Drop in Tech Help: Wednesday Oct. 28, 3-4 p.m. Bring questions about how to use iPhone, iPad, laptops or something else to the Teen Tech Team in the library meeting room.
• You Wrote a Book, Now What? Saturday, Nov. 5, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., with literary agent Jan Kardys. Topics include developing a concept, writing a manuscript, finding a literary agent, negotiating a publishing agreement, self-publishing vs. traditional publishing. RSVP: at the Circulation Desk, 203-389-3433, www.woodbridgetownlibrary.org.
• Friends of the Library Purves Lecture with Betsy Lerner discussing, signing, “The Bridge Ladies,” Nov. 9, 7 p.m. RSVP.
• Thanksgiving sides with with Robin Glowa, Nov. 10, 7 p.m., samples, recipes, RSVP.
• Teen Tech Support, 2:45 p.m. Nov. 30, 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@lioninc.org to join.
• The library is partnering with Long Wharf Theatre involving the Steve Martin play “Meteor Shower.”
• During November, town residents are encouraged to stop in and become reacquainted with their library. The library will be giving out candy bars to anyone who registers for a library card or renews their expired card.
Children and Teen Events
• Drop-in seasonal craft 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, for all ages.
• Book Club: Magic Tree House, grades 2-4, Thursday, Nov. 17, 6:30 p.m. RSVP online.
• Crazy 8’s Math Club: Daring Darts, Nov. 19, 2 p.m. Learn how to play and score a game of darts, grades K-2. Space is limited to 12 participants. RSVP online.
• Wampanoag Indian Facts and Fun, craft, Nov. 19, 3 p.m. for grades 1-4. Space is limited to 12 participants. RSVP online.
• The Singing Principal Al Decant, Nov. 26, 2 p.m. for ages 1-5, singing, dancing and clapping with some new songs and some old familiar favorites.
• SAT practice test Dec. 10. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. ACT practice test, Jan. 21, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Library, with Princeton Review, offers free full-length practice tests for area high school students under the same testing conditions as the actual exams. Students will receive detailed feedback from Princeton Review within three weeks. Seating is limited. RSVP online.
A free international festival will be held Nov. 6 at the Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Road.
The family event, with arts and crafts, foods from a variety of cultural traditions, performances, crafts, games and more will be 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Community groups participating include Alisa’s House of Salsa, Kahana Lula, the MILLA Project (Israeli cuisine), Tinkle Toes Dance Academy from Orange, and CT Capoeira and Dance Center.
Local groups that want to participate can contact Eliana Sugarman at email@example.com.
The Woodbridge Senior Center, 203-389-3430, will hold:
• Favorite Film Fridays after lunch: Oct. 28 is “How Green Was My Valley,” starring Walter Pidgeon and Maureen O’Hara.
• Holiday Fair committee seeks donations of goods and services for the raffle, basket items for the silent auction, new and vintage jewelry, tag sale items such as sporting equipment, toys, jigsaw puzzles, tools, holiday items, baked goods.
To help, contact the Senior Center. The center will be accepting orders for pies from Julia’s bakery. Orders must be paid for by Oct. 28 and picked up Nov. 5.
• Antiques road show: 6-8 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Senior Center cafeteria. Bring one item of interesting background and significance for review by local historians and appraisers. Free, with wine and appetizers. Call 203-389-3430.
• 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 Republican Committee is seeking Republican and Independent members of the community to run for political office in Woodbridge. Woodbridge is one of the few towns in Connecticut that still hold local elections in May of the odd-numbered years.
Republican candidates will be chosen in January. The elected offices in Woodbridge are: first selectman, Board of Selectmen, Beecher Board of Education, Amity Board of Education, Zoning Board of Appeals, ZBA alternate and Board of Assessment Appeals.
For information, contact Spencer Rubin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Woodbridge Youth Services will process applications for Toys 4 Kids between Nov. 14-Dec. 15.
Any Woodbridge families in need who wish to apply for toys for children age 12 and younger may contact Youth Services at 203-389-3429 or contact TEAM at 203-736-5420. Eligibility requirements must be met.
TEAM will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for families in need residing in Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Orange, Oxford, Seymour, Shelton, and Woodbridge. A collection box will be placed at the Woodbridge Town Library after Nov. 10.
Woodbridge Job Bank has teens to hire
Woodbridge Job Bank teens will work for town residents who want to hire someone to assist with odd jobs such as yardwork, 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 Woodbridge 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.