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What You Need To Know About The Senior Transportation Service

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Feb 232017
 

The Town of Orange provides a transportation service for senior/handicapped residents.

This service runs Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm.

Be aware that 24 to 48 hours notice is required.

The program transports to Orange, Milford, West Haven, New Haven, North Haven and Hamden, and additional local areas by request on a case by case basis.

The service is donation based—$2.00 to Senior Center, $4.00 within Orange and $6.00 outside of Orange all round trip. Aides ride free.

Call Kim Callahan (203) 891-4788 to schedule a ride.

An Opportunity To See The New Haven Symphony Perform Verdi’s Requiem

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Feb 232017
 

The Orange Arts and Culture Council is sponsoring a trip to the New Haven Symphony, on Thursday, March 2 to see Verdi’s Requiem.

The bus is Free from High Plains Community Center to Woolsey Hall, New Haven at will depart from the High Plains Community Center at 6:45 p.m.

To reserve your seat call 203-397-8915.

Orange Property Tax Relief Information

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Feb 232017
 

A message from Orange Community Services Director Joan Cretella:

Did you know that there is property tax relief for residents that meet certain criteria.

There is a Senior Stabilization Program that requires the applicant to be an Orange homeowner for 10 years or more with an adjusted gross income of $52,000 or less.

There is the “State Circuit Breaker Program” married applicants need to have an adjusted gross income of $42,900 or less and single applicant’s income of $35,200 or less.

Applications need to be in by May 15, 2017 for tax year 2017 -2018.

For more information or applications you can go to the Tax Assessors Office or contact Kelly in that office at 203-891-4723.

Stop by any time my door is always open.

 

Obituary: Cedric Reid, 56, Beloved Brother of Valzie Peterkin

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Feb 222017
 

Cedric C. Reid, 56 of West Haven entered eternal rest Tuesday, February 14, 2017.

Born in Jamaica, WI to the late Cephas and Lurline Williams Reid, Cedric has been a resident of West Haven for the past five years and prior to that he was a resident of Stamford.

He was a graduate of Kolbe-Cathedral High School, a former counselor at Camp Washington in Lakeside, CT and a former member of St. John’s Episcopal Church.

He served in the US Navy and was honorably discharged.

In addition to his parents a sister, Lorna Reid-Walter predeceased him. He leaves to cherish his memory two daughters, Lisa Reid-Sadler of Bridgeport and Lindsey Reid of Stratford; three sisters, Evette Goodwin of FL, Elaine Stewart of Jamaica, WI and Valzie Peterkin of Orange, CT; two granddaughters, Linette and Kendal Sadler; a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

A mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday, February 25, 2017, 10:00 AM at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 768 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport with the Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Hahneman, officiating.

Interment will follow the service in Park Cemetery. There will be no calling hours.

Obituary: Oscar Schwarz, 89, Beloved Father of Monica Slowik

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Feb 222017
 

Oscar Schwarz,  89, a longtime resident of Derby, lost his short but courageous fight against cancer on February 18, at his daughter’s home with his loving family by his side.

Oscar was born on April 11, 1927 to Heinrich and Berta (Schalchli) Schwarz in Altikon, Switzerland. He served in the Swiss Army and was a member of the Swiss Drum Corps.

Oscar was a member of the Bricklayers Union until his retirement.

He is survived by his loving wife Elisabeth (Meier) Schwarz of 64 years, one son Urs (Lori) Schwarz of Naugatuck, CT, three daughters Doris (Daniel) Turner of Naugatuck, CT, Monica (Kenneth) Slowik of Orange, CT, and Sylvia (James) Royston of Longwood, FL, his ten grandchildren Jessica and Heather Schwarz, Melissa and Raymond Turner, Cassandra, Julian and Christian Slowik, and Ashley, Victoria and Joseph Royston, great granddaughter Kayleigh Roberts-Turner, several nieces and nephews and a sister Verena (Schwarz) Hager of Kusnacht, Switzerland. He is predeceased by two brothers, Henry and Karl Schwarz and a sister Berta Monachon.

Oscar loved spending time with his family and friends, gardening, masonry, bricklaying, repairing things, and woodworking. He was an avid fan of UCONN Women’s Basketball and the New York Rangers. He also enjoyed watching the motorcycle racing, Food Network Channel, Wrestling and MMA Boxing.

Friends may call on Friday from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Riverview Funeral Home, 390 River Rd. Shelton, CT with his memorial service at 6:00 pm at the funeral home.

Don’t Delay, Apply For The Orange Scholarship Fund

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Feb 212017
 

Orange Scholarship Fund applications for the academic year 2017-18 are now available.
You are eligible for consideration if you live in Orange, are a graduating senior at one of the local high schools (public or private), and will be continuing your education at an academic or technical institution.
Awards are made on the basis of need, scholarship, and service to the community.
Applications must be entirely filled out, with all references and required information supplied, and submitted by April 15. Late or incomplete applications are not considered.
So, if you know you’re going to need help to go on to school next year, get started now.
Visit the Fund’s website, www.orangescholarshipfund.com to download application forms and find out where to submit them.
Don’t miss out!

Nursery School Open House on March 5

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Feb 212017
 

The Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meetinghouse Lane, Orange, will host an Open House in its classrooms on Sunday, March 5 from 12 to 1:30 p.m.

All are welcome.

For more information about this or the school’s 3 and 4 year old programs for the upcoming school year, contact the school at occns@yahoo.com, (203) 795-9749 ext. 305. Visit the website at  orangecongregationalchurchnurseryschool.com. Snow date Sunday, March 12 from 12-1:30.

Here’s An Opportunity To See The Yale Whiffenpoofs in Orange

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Feb 212017
 

Every year, 14 senior Yale men are selected to be in the Whiffenpoofs, the world’s oldest and best-known collegiate a cappella group.

Founded in 1909, the “Whiffs” began as a senior quartet that met for weekly concerts at Mory’s Temple Bar, the famous Yale tavern. Today, the group has become one of Yale’s most celebrated traditions.

The Yale Whiffenpoofs will perform at Temple Emanuel, 150 Derby Avenue, Orange, on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at 3 p.m.

Admission is: $20 per ticket for Adults $10 per ticket for Kids (12 and under)

Following the performance there will be a Meet & Greet with the Whiffs.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Temple Emanuel office at 203-397-3000 or order online at www.TempleEmanuel-gnh.org 

Bobcat Sighting Today

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Feb 202017
 

File photo of The Sunset Drive Bobcat from a couple of years ago.

A resident on Northwood Road reported seeing a bobcat this afternoon around 4 p.m.

Once again, we know that bobcat sightings are not unusual in Orange, but we publish these reports as a courtesy to residents who are concerned about the wellbeing of their pets.

Obituary: Donald John Jewell, 93, Beloved Husband, Town Treasure

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Feb 192017
 

Donald John Jewell, 93, of Orange, passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Milford Hospital.

For 66 years, he was the husband Mary Prata Jewell.

Father of Cynthia Romanoff of Orange, Donald Jewell of East Haven and the late Elaine Jewell. Also survived by his grandchildren Jeanna (Matthew) Cascella, Michael Demetrio, Gabriel and Maria Martinez and his great-grandchildren Cameron and Morgan Cascella.

The youngest of five children, he was predeceased by his siblings.

Don was born in West Haven on April 2, 1923, son of the late Andrew and Lillian Tengblad Jewell. He graduated from Hillhouse High School in 1941 and soon after enlisted in the United States Coast Guard, serving from 1942-1946.

During his time in the Coast Guard, Don assisted in rescuing 10 sailors from a torpedoed tanker. He served three years aboard the U.S.S. Rhodes DE384 as a fire controlman 2nd class. Don made fourteen crossings in the Atlantic to England, France, North Africa and Casablanca. His ship was under attack by eight German JW 88s. After the war ended, Don returned home to Connecticut and began working as an electrician at Armstrong Rubber Company in West Haven where he met his loving wife Mary.

While employed at Armstrong Rubber, Don was able to earn an Associates Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Haven. He also served in various capacities on the job including President of the Rubber Workers Union 93 and retired from Armstrong Rubber in 1981.

Don was always very active in community affairs serving as Commander of the American Legion Orange Post 127 and was a life member. He served two terms as District Commander for the New Haven County American Legion.

Don was a life member of the V.F.W. and very dedicated senior member of the Orange Democratic Town Committee. His famous quote was “I don’t always have my way, but I always have my say!”

The hours for visitation will be Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the West Haven Funeral Home at the Green.

All are invited to attend funeral services Wednesday morning at 10:00 in the Orange Congregational Church.

Interment with military honors will follow in Orange Center Cemetery.

For online condolences please visit our website at www.westhavenfuneral.com.