Get Ready, Here’s All You Need To Know About Santa’s Helper 2015

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Nov 182015

IMG_7408A Message From Elf Mama: 

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department Santa’s Helper 2015 is here, and this year it’s our 21st anniversary! Our Santa Helper teams have been delivering gifts, smiles and fun to thousands of Orange families for many years, and we want everyone to share in the fun and excitement of this wonderful program that has become a highly anticipated family tradition for thousands of loved ones in Orange.

Santa’s Helper is a wonderful, fun-filled fund raising event benefiting YOUR Volunteer Fire Department. 100 percent of the proceeds are used towards the purchase of firefighting and rescue equipment. All of our Santa’s Helper Teams of firefighters, special helpers, family and friends have been honored to deliver gifts, smiles, fun and visit with thousands of families throughout Orange for the past 20 years.

Children and adults alike, look forward with great anticipation to seeing the Fire Trucks coming down their street, lights and sirens to your front door, with Santa on board, leading the way. His truck full of gifts, his firefighter helpers and Elf visit with each family while delivering gifts and cheer!

If you would like to join in the fun and have one of the Santa teams arrive at your front door, it’s easy. Please follow the simple steps and soon, you’ll be seeing the Fire Trucks with the flashing lights and hearing sirens and a big HO HO HO, coming down your street and arriving at your front door.

Santa’s Helper delivery day is Sunday, December 20, from 2 – 8 p.m.

Gift Drop Off Day for the general public is: Saturday, Nov. 21
, 12 – 2 p.m. At Fire Station #2, 355 Boston Post Road. (Across from TGI Fridays). PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIME FRAME. WE ASK THAT YOU START TO ARRIVE NO EARLIER THAN 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO 12:00 START TIME. You will have a much shorter wait in line by following these new guidelines. Thank you!

GIFT RULES: There is a small fee of $15.00 per gift, per household. Each gift must be INDIVIDUALLY wrapped in your favorite holiday paper with an over-wrap of plain brown paper. The name and address of the recipient must be clearly printed on the outside.
Please try not to make the gifts too large or heavy, Santa appreciates that.
We have a limited delivery number of 160 homes. This is an extremely popular event, and those spots fill up quickly. We strongly encourage you to have all of the gifts for your stop with you on Gift Drop-Off day. **For those families having a large party with many gifts on delivery day, please email us at: [email protected] for special instructions.**

PARKING FOR DROP-OFF DAY: Please park your car in the rear of the Fire Station. There will be firefighters there to assist you. The Drop-Off line will be located INSIDE the fire station. USE REAR DOOR MARKED ENTER.

IMG_7431Santa on his fire truck with his Elf, and special firefighter helpers will arrive at your home to deliver the gifts back to your loved ones, and spend some time with your family for photos and smiles.

If you have any questions, you can EMAIL Elf Mama at: [email protected]
She will help you via email, or visit: www.orangevfd.com and click on the Santa’s Helper page.  Please do not call the Fire Stations as it’s a volunteer department and there will not be anyone there available to assist you with Santa’s Helper information.

**Emailing Santa’s Helper does not guarantee you a spot on the delivery route. Sign-up on drop-off day is on a first come-first serve basis.
The Orange Volunteer Fire Department wishes everyone a SAFE, Happy and Healthy Holiday Season.

— Elf Mama

A look back at some of 2014’s special Santa’s Helper moments:

Originally Published on: Oct 16, 2015 @ 23:51

It’s Time To Think About Others: Adopt A Family

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Nov 162015

Screen Shot 2015-09-19 at 10.31.47 PMA Message From Orange Community Services:

Every year the Community Services Department for the Town of Orange organizes a gift-giving event for our Resident Families and Elderly in Orange who are in need.  The identities of our recipients are kept confidential for their privacy.  We are asking Orange residents to adopt one of our families/elderly residents or to donate whatever they can to help us out this year.

The families that participate are asked to send us wish lists from their children to help our sponsors with ideas for gift giving, whether it’s a toy, clothing, and a book or gift card. We also request grocery gift cards for perishable items and decorated food baskets, containers, boxes, bags, etc. for our recipients to help them with their food needs.

We will have cutoff dates of Nov. 14 for Thanksgiving and Dec. 19 for Christmas; these are for delivering your donations to our office.

If you would rather send a monetary donation you can donate to the Community Assistance Fund which covers all programs we have in our department.

Send your check to The Town of Orange Community Services Department at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT  06477.

Checks are Payable to:  “Treasurer Town of Orange.”

If you would like to participate in this great cause please contact:

Kim Callahan at 203-891-4788 Monday thru Fridays 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Originally Published on: Oct 27, 2015 @ 00:32

Mugs For Mankind At Amity Thursday Night

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Nov 112015

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The National Art Honor Society of Amity High School in partnership with the Jamie Hulley Foundation for the Arts, the Culinary Department and the Cabaret Coffeehouse performers will host Mugs for Mankind. in the Amity High School Cafeteria on Thursday, Nov. 12, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

For several weeks, the students have been working feverishly on crafting attractive one-of-a-kind mugs for the event.

This will be the same night as Cabaret Coffeehouse.

This event will bring students and community members together in the service of those who are currently struggling with the inability to afford enough food.

Sponsored by the Jamie Hulley Foundation, this is a popular event and you should come early to pick out your mug to take home with you.

The minimum donation for the event is $10. All donations will go to the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen (D.E.S.K) in New Haven.

For more information e-mail [email protected]

If anyone is interested in donating to the event, send a donation to the National Art Honor Society at Amity High School.  

Originally Published on: Nov 7, 2015 @ 02:02

Lions Plan 2015 Thanksgiving Dinner: Register Now

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Nov 052015

20141130_123345_resizedThe Orange Lions Thanksgiving Dinner will take place at High Plains Community Center at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29.

The Orange Lions Club began the tradition of a Thanksgiving Dinner for seniors.

The Lions extended this invitation to all Orange Residents on the Sunday after Thanksgiving in 1989.  It met with some resistance in the beginning but the Club prevailed and this will be their 27th dinner.

The town of Orange graciously allows the Lions to use their kitchen facilities at High Plains Community Center.  To see the gym transformed into a decorated dining room with many of their guests enjoying themselves is a sight to behold.  This has become one of the highlights of the holiday season. While it requires volunteers and a good amount of effort, the Lions truly enjoy cooking together and serving this meal.  It is one of their favorite undertakings.

Many town officials volunteer along with n the Lions to make this event a success. Along with a delicious dinner the seniors are treated to some of the finest entertainment.   The Tappers have performed in the past, local school choral groups have sung, Members of the Lions Club along with their children have played beautiful music on the piano to entertain their guests.

This is a well established tradition and one the Lions intend to continue indefinitely.

In order to have enough food for everyone, the Lions asked that anyone wanting to attend register with Orange Community Services by Friday, Nov. 27. To register call Kim at 203-891-4788. If you don’t make it this year, don’t worry, the Lions will be back with the 28th annual dinner next November.

Originally Published on: Oct 18, 2015 @ 21:21

Middle School PTSO Hosts Bishop’s Orchard Pie Fundraiser

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Nov 022015

Apple Pie 081The Orange Middle School PTSO announced that its annual fall fundraiser with Bishop’s Orchards is now underway.

This is an easy way to support the school and be prepared ahead of time for Thanksgiving!

Orders and Payments are due by November 10. Michele Carlino is once again organizing this fundraiser. For additional details, call Carlino at 203-231-5935 or e-mail [email protected].

Pie and Cake Pick Up will be in the school café Nov. 24 from 2:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Make checks payable to: Amity PTSO – Orange.

Click this link for the order forms:Bishop’s Orchard Pie and Cake.pdf

Rummage Sale Planned at Church of the Good Shepherd

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Oct 292015

unnamedThe Church of the Good Shepherd invites the public to visit our annual Rummage Sale on Friday, Nov. 13 from 2-6 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 14  from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Shoppers will find a wide array of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, along with shoes, handbags, scarfs, jewelry, accessories, children’s games, puzzles, toys, books, DVDs, housewares, glassware, pictures, linens, etc. “There is something for everyone! Make sure to stop by and peruse our treasures,” said Elaine Swirsky, long-standing Chairwoman of this fun event.

Additionally,the Rev. Diana Rogers invites you to stop by Church any Wednesday to enjoy our free lunch program called the Shepherd’s Table beginning at 10:30 a.m. with Bingo. “All are welcome at the Church of the Good Shepherd,” she said.

The Church of the Good Shepherd is located on 680 Racebrook Road, Orange. Sunday service times include Rite II Holy Eucharist without music at 8 a.m.; a special service focused on the Gospel for children at 9 a.m., and Rite II Holy Eucharist with music at 9:30 a.m.

For more information about the Church of the Good Shepherd’s many other programs, such as our monthly Book Club, Prayer Shawl Ministry, and Healing Eucharist, call the Parish Office at 203-795-6577, by e-mail , visit the website and of course, check their Facebook page for frequent postings.


Originally Published on: Oct 25, 2015 @ 21:21

Mom Begins Operation Christmas Child Project

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Oct 272015

6477245_1445963738.9813A Mom with ties to Orange started a go-fund me page for Operation Christmas Child. She wrote, “We would like to raise enough money to pack and ship 100 shoeboxes filled with toys and necessities to be delivered to children around the world who wouldn’t normally get a gift for the holidays. A suggested amount needed to fill a box is $25. An additional $7 will get you a tracking label to track the destination of your package. However, any amount is greatly appreciated to purchase toys, school supplies and hygiene products to fill the boxes.”

If you would like to sponsor a box, you can click on an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Sponsor form link HERE. You may also choose to include a photo, personal message or a drawing. These can be scanned and e-mailed to mms4275@gmail subject line “OCC.” If you choose to include your name and address, the child receiving your generous gift may write back to you !

We will be hosting a Shoebox Packing Party tentatively on Wednesday, November 11. Time and location in Orange to be determined. Bring your family and together we can celebrate the spirit of giving this season.

Ready For A Thrill? Walk The Treat Farm Corn Maze!

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Oct 242015

Carrie and Jeff Wilson welcome you to their biggest corn maze ever!

DSC06316For the past 6 years Treat Farm, 361 Old Tavern Road, has been cutting pathways through a field of a special variety of extra tall corn stalks to make a family friendly corn maze that is fun for all ages.

This year they introduce their biggest maze ever, at more than 5 acres you could easily wander through this field of dreams for 90 minutes at the very least before taking a huge sigh of relief at the sight of the exit sign.

The Wilsons have incorporated a quiz into this year’s maze, too. You will receive a postcard with six questions, reminiscent of Trivial Pursuit, when you arrive and if you’re lucky, you will find all of the answers in colored boxes randomly placed inside the maze.

Admission is an affordable $6 per person.

The Treat Farm Corn Maze is open weekdays from 12-6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Wilsons offer fundraising events as well, scout troops, church organizations and others have taken advantage of this opportunity in the past by selling tickets in advance for a specific day and time and they receive a portion of the proceeds from the cost of admission.


There also will be 3 Flashlight Nights this year (Call for dates and times)

If you are interested in a fundraising event, flashlight night or need any other information, call Jeff at 203-799-2453.

Originally Published on: Oct 11, 2015 @ 17:31

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Ceremony Today In Orange

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Oct 212015

IMG_5738The public is invited to join with the Town of Orange to once again participate in Breast Cancer Awareness Month by placing a pink ribbon wreath on the front door of the Orange Town Hall, 617 Orange Center Road, on Wednesday, October 21, at 2 p.m.

The Town will be honoring Orange resident Jennifer Alfaro this year. Anyone wishing to do so may take a pink ribbon from the wreath to honor those who have survived as well as those who have succumbed to breast cancer.

Pink ribbon cards will be sold and hung in Town Hall to benefit Susan G. Komen Connecticut. Please make a $5 monetary contribution and dedicate your donation to those who have survived breast cancer and those who have not.


Originally Published on: Sep 16, 2015 @ 00:00

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You Can Help The Orange Community Women Help Thousands Of Kenyan Girls

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Oct 182015

orange community womenThe Orange Community Women (OCW) will host an informational meeting at the Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, on Thursday, Oct. 22  from 7 to 9 p.m.  The subject is “Days for Girls & Kenyan Health Care Initiatives.”

Every girl in the world deserves education, safety, and dignity.

Help girls gain access to quality sustainable feminine hygiene products and education. Learn about KHCI’s programs in Kenya.

Whether you are interested in helping to improve the lives of others on a local or global level, please consider joining the Orange Community Woman for this informative presentation.  Orange Community Women seeks to unite the women of Orange and surrounding areas to participate in community service and to provide enrichment, leadership, and social interaction.

Refreshments and OCW Membership information will be available after the presentation.

Needed Items

You can help Days For Girls  by donating any of the following items.  More information will be available at the presentation on Oct. 22  7 p.m. at the Case Memorial Library.

Girls’ Panties:    Briefs sizes 10- 16

No characters, or words  Goal – 2000 pairs

Wash Cloths:  brightly colored, no white

Medium weight   Goal – 800 cloths

Ziploc Gallon Freezer bags:  Only Ziploc brand

Goal – 2000 Bags

Prewashed Fabric needed: brightly colored, no animal or camouflage prints

100% Quilter’s Cotton – Minimum ½ yard

Flannel – Minimum 2 ½ yards

Monetary Donations: Help us build  the new DFG Chumvi Sewing Center which will bring reusable Feminine Hygiene kits to girls and women in need and   provide a sustainable living to Maasai women

Here are some related links:

Kenyan Health Care Initiatives – www.KHCI.org / [email protected]

Days for Girls- Orange, CT – www.Daysforgirls.org / [email protected]

Orange Community Women Membership Chair:  Donna Wesolowski, [email protected]

Originally Published on: Sep 28, 2015 @ 22:33

Second Publishing on: Oct 12, 2015 @ 22:20