Youth Group Tag Sale Coming Up May 9

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May 072015

Aerial view of the Orange Congregational Church

Aerial view of the Orange Congregational Church

The Pilgrim Fellowship Youth Groups of the Orange Congregational Church will sponsor its Annual Community Tag Sale on Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the Orange Town Green on Orange Center Road.

A space can be rented for $25.00 (with table provided = $30.00) by calling the Orange Congregational Church Office at 203-795-9749.

Coffee and donuts will be on sale by the Youth Group, as well as, hot dogs and soda.

If it rains, the Tag Sale will be held on May 16


Originally Published on: Apr 14, 2015 @ 14:53

Warning: Nylabone Puppy Starter Kit Recalled

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Apr 282015

nylabone-puppy-starter-kit-dog-chew-front-MDTFH Publications, Inc./Nylabone Products, a New Jersey-based company, has recalled a single lot of its Puppy Starter Kit dog chews because of potentialSalmonella contamination.

The recalled Nylabone Puppy Starter Kit, which consists of a 1.69 oz. package of dog chews, was distributed nationwide, to Canada, and through one domestic online mail order facility.

The following Nylabone Puppy Starter Kits are being recalled:

Lot Code: #21935

UPC:  0-18214-81291-3

Expiration date: 3/22/18

nylabone-puppy-starter-kit-dog-chew-backBth the UPC and the expiration date can be found on the back of the Nylabone packages.

The recall, as announced after routine testing by Nylabone, revealed the presence of Salmonella in one lot of 1.69 oz. packages of the Puppy Starter Kit. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

Those at risk of being infected with Salmonella should monitor for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever. Salmonella can also result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever, and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If a pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, or another pet or human has these symptoms, contact your veterinarian or health care provider.

If you have purchased 1.69 oz. packages of the Nylabone Puppy Starter Kit affected by this recall you are urged to discontinue use of the product and return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund.

For further information about the recall, call 1-877-273-7527, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Central time. Calls received after hours or on weekends are covered by a third-party poison control center.

Source: FDA

Don’t Miss This Musical Tribute To Alice Parker on Sunday

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Apr 212015

Alice Parker

Alice Parker

The choirs of the Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meeting House Lane, will perform a musical tribute to the composer Alice Parker on Sunday, April 26, at 4 p.m.

The compositions of Alice Parker are classics in the choral music genre.  Her pieces are performed by church, high school, and college choirs throughout the country.  Numerous recordings of her music by the Robert Shaw Chorale, Chanticleer, and Melodious Accord are available on ITunes.  Examples of  many fine choirs performing her music also may be found on YouTube.
The choirs of the church will offer a rich sampling of her works at this afternoon concert and Alice Parker will be present at this event. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door.
Come and enjoy an afternoon of beautiful singing, and acknowledge this American woman for her significant contribution to the art of choral music.

Obituary: The Rev. Peter S. Dargan, 80, Former Pastor Of Holy Infant Church

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Apr 092015

Screen Shot 2015-04-09 at 3.23.43 PMThe Reverend Peter S. Dargan 80, formerly of West Haven, passed away peacefully at the Masonicare Health Center, Wallingford on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, surrounded by his family and the spiritual group from Holy Trinity Church, Wallingford.

Father Dargan was born on August 24, 1934 in West Haven, a son of Robert S. Dargan Sr. and Marie Murphy Dargan.

Brother of Sister Mary Faith Dargan, O.P. Dominican Sisters of Peace, Mrs. Richard T. Doyle Jr. (Virginia), Mr. Richard P. Dargan (Nancy) and Mr. Robert S. Dargan Jr. (Margaret). He is survived also by several nieces and nephews, and many dear friends.

Since graduating from Notre Dame High School in 1952, Father Dargan dedicated his life to God, the priestly ministry and Catholic education. He remained faithful to Notre Dame High School and the virtues it stresses. A graduate of St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, Father Dargan received his Bachelor of Sacred Theology in 1961, the year he was ordained.

He served at the Cathedral in Harford and many parishes including St. Rose in East Hartford, St. Ann in Milford, St. Pius X in Wolcott, and St. Bernard in Tariffville. Father Dargan served as Dean of the West Shoreline Deanery. Father Dargan taught at Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury, Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford and East Catholic High School in Manchester.

Father Dargan was Pastor of Holy Infant Church in Orange from 1990-2012. Thereafter, he served as Pastor Emeritus. He was a member of the Notre Dame High School Board of Directors and served on the Board of the Archdiocese’s Office of Urban Affairs.

For his dedication to the Church and to Notre Dame High School, in 1994, Father Dargan received the Knights of Honor Award and was inducted into the Knights of Honor Society.

Father Dargan was a member of the Homewood Acres Golf Club in Woodbridge and the Orange Hills Golf Club in Orange. For many years he was a member of the West Haven Twilight League and served on the Board of the Saint Regis Health Center.

Father Dargan attended the College of the Holy Cross, before entering St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, where he was a Prefect. He enjoyed his trips to Ireland and Italy, and many family vacations to Cape Cod and Block Island. He also enjoyed his visits to New York City, where he was able to attend operas, Broadway shows, sports events and concelebrate Mass at St. Malachy’s.

Father Dargan was always a source of great comfort to his family, friends, parishioners, and anyone in need. He will be missed dearly.

Father Dargan’s body will lie in state at Holy Infant Church, Orange on Friday, April 10th from 5:00-7:00pm with a Parish Mass to be celebrated at 7:00pm.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday , April 11th at 11:00 AM.

Most Reverend Leonard P. Blair, Archbishop of Hartford, will be the principal celebrant.

Burial will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery, West Haven.

The family would like to thank the staff at Pond Ridge, Masonicare at Ashlar Village where Father Dargan celebrated the liturgy every Sunday for the residents and also thank the nurses, doctors, and staff at the Masonicare Health Center and the Masonicare Hospice Comfort Care in Wallingford for their expert care and compassion.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Father Dargan’s name to Holy Infant Church, 450 Race Brook Road, Orange, CT 06477 Arrangements are with Sisk Brothers Funeral Home, 3105 Whitney Ave., Hamden.

Church of the Good Shepherd Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Services

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Apr 032015

10990018_797672166954689_7024652393771215419_nThe Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, Orange, invites you to attend any of our upcoming services and events during Lent. 

Good Friday Penitential Rite with Reserved Sacrament will take place on Friday, April 3 at 7 p.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd.

The Great Vigil of Easter will take place on Saturday, April 4 at 7 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 283 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford.  

Easter Sunday, April 5, will be celebrated at the Church of the Good Shepherd with Rev. Tim Hodapp from the Connecticut Diocese at 7:45 a.m. and 10 a.m. with the Choir. There will be no 9 a.m. service on Easter Sunday. 

An Easter Egg Hunt for children of all ages will take place immediately following the 10 a.m. service.

In addition to services at the Church of the Good Shepherd, the public is invited to attend Chapel on the Green Easter Service on April 5 at 2 p.m. in New Haven. 

Fifty-two Sundays a year and in every weather condition, Trinity’s Chapel on the New Haven Green is a unique outdoor gathering.  The Church of the Good Shepherd and St. Andrews plan to participate in this service by bringing 200 bagged lunches to hand out after the service. All are welcome to help us prepare lunches at the Church of the Good Shepherd immediately following our 10 a.m. Easter service. 

For more information, call the Church of the Good Shepherd at 203-795-6577, visit our website at and the CGS Facebook.

Lady Orange Basketball Team Win Championship

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Mar 092015

orange basketballThe Lady Orange of Holy Infant 5th Grade Girls Travel Team recently captured the Fairfield County Basketball League Tournament Championship defeating New Fairfield 28-25.

The team is comprised of all Orange residents.

Team members are:  Alaina Schneider, Anna Varholak, Bailey McDermott, Emma Kirck, Jayne Whitman, Jenna Ricciardi, Meghan Kirck, Rose Wegman, Sarah Granados, Sydney Manzione

Obituary: Doris Martin Curtiss, 86, Beloved Mother, Grandmother, A Compassionate, Caring Woman

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Mar 062015

doris curtissDoris Martin Curtiss, 86, of Orange, passed away peacefully on March 4, 2015, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Doris was the beloved widow of the late Howard Curtiss. She was born in New Haven on June 17, 1928, one of nine children of the late Leo and Elmire Martin. Raised in New Haven, she moved to Orange after her marriage and lived there for 60 years.
Doris was the devoted mother of Sally and Jeff (Boyd) Davis of Milford, Patty and the late Richard Vining of Milford, and Christine Curtiss and Dave Pelland of Orange.
She also leaves her cherished grandchildren, Matthew Vining of Beacon Falls and Karina Davis of Milford, sisters Edith Quigley of West Haven and Edna (Marion) Crisafi and husband Buddy Crisafi of Branford, and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by siblings Norman Martin, Rita Codeanne, Edgar Martin, Howard Martin, Evelyn Armstrong, and Robert Martin.
Prior to her illness, Doris enjoyed playing cards, going to the movies with her sisters, and spending time with her family. She was compassionate, caring and nurturing, and she always made everyone laugh.
Her family wishes to thank all of her caregivers, especially Natalia, whose care enabled Doris to live at home.
Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday, March 8, from 5 – 7 p.m. at Keenan Funeral Home, 238 Elm Street, West Haven.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Road, on Monday, March 9, at 11:30 a.m.
Burial will be in Orange Center Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc., P.O. Box 350, Willimantic, CT 06226. Those wishing to send condolences online may do so at www.keenanfuneralhome.com.

Mar 022015

DSC08005Hey, Orange residents, here’s some great news, the consumer advocacy site NerdWallet has released the second annual edition of its study, “Best Cities for Young Families in Connecticut,” and Orange ranked #5 statewide.
Last Year Orange Was Ranked #9.
To create this ranking they analyzed U.S. Census data to assess four key factors:
  • Home affordability
  • Growth and prosperity score
  • Education quality
  • Family friendliness
You can see the full methodology and findings HERE. `

Obituary: Mary I. Guidone Guerri, 89, Beloved Mother of Lisa Guerri

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Feb 022015

Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 3.11.46 PMMary I. Guidone Guerri, 89, of Orange passed away January 27, 2015 in the Arden House.

Wife of the late Arthur J. Guerri, Sr. Mother of Lisa Guerri of Orange. Stepmother of Deborah Mullins of Hamden and the late Arthur J. Guerri, Jr. Step grandmother of Christopher Leighton of North Haven. Step great grandmother of Lilliana Leighton. Daughter of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Caso Guidone.

Prior to her retirement Mary was the owner and operator of the former Margo’s Bridal Salon in New Haven and the Firelite Bridal Shop in Orange for many years.

She was a communicant of Holy Infant Church and a former member of the church choir.

Relatives and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday morning at 10:00 in Holy Infant Church.

Interment will follow in East Lawn Cemetery. There will be NO CALLING HOURS.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assn., 2075 Silas Deane Hwy Suite 100, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.

Arrangements are in care of the PORTO FUNERAL HOME, 830 Jones Hill Rd., West Haven.

Sign Mary’s guestbook online at: www.portofuneralhomes.net

Church of the Good Shepherd likes to bring people together over food

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Jan 302015

Youth Group-Kitchen

Youth Group-Kitchen

The Church of the Good Shepherd’s Youth Group invites everyone to attend their Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Feast on Tuesday Feb. 17 beginning at 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Everyone is encouraged to bring a board game to complement this evening of family fun.

The youth group looks forward to taking over the church’s commercial kitchen! Under the supervision of adult volunteers, the entire event will be prepared and served by the youths. When they get together, a fun time is guaranteed. New youth group members are always welcome. In February, the CGS Youth Group meets every other Friday, beginning on Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. for an Ice Cream Social.  For more information, call the Parish Office.

PrayerShawlKnittingOn Sunday, Feb. 22, between 6-7:30pm, the Prayer Shawl Ministry will host a Pasta Supper in the Parish Hall. Anyone interested in learning how to knit a prayer shawl is invited to join the crafters; a small and dedicated group who create beautiful prayer shawls all year round. 

Good Shepherd is looking to grow its group and would like to help other religious organizations start a Prayer Shawl Ministry. If interested, RSVP and come to the Pasta Supper to learn more.  This is a wonderful ministry to share with individuals who need the comfort of a hug from a blessed prayer shawls.

It doesn’t take much to bring a group of people together when you offer good food and fellowship. This is evident every Wednesday when the Shepherd’s Table opens its doors between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. for its free weekly lunch program with Bingo.

This week was a special week at the Shepherd’s Table as we celebrated its 4th anniversary. If you are in town on Wednesday,  stop in and join the fun. Happy 4th Birthday, Shepherd’s Table!

All are welcome to join the many community programs and services at Good Shepherd, especially as we approach the Lenten Season. For more information, call the Church Office @ 203-795-6577, e-mail Patrice, the Administrative Assistant at thegoodshepherd@optonline.net,  visit our website at www.thegoodsheperdorangect.org and/or visit our Facebook page.

The Church of the Good Shepherd is located at 680 Racebrook Road, Orange. The entrance to the Parish Hall is located at the lower level parking lot.