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Anyone Can Take Advantage of This FREE Training Program

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Feb 242017
 

Introducing a free training program for All Interested people:

Free training and 6 training hours from CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services are made available to you by Region 2 Mental Health Board, Catchment Area Council 6, Bethany Orange and Woodbridge Drug and Alcohol Action Committee (BOWDAAC) and Orange Community Services

The Community Awareness Program is a free 6 hour training facilitated by professionals sponsored by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction  Services.

The program is designed for anyone who would like education on how to recognize, provide support, and give assistance to youth and adults struggling with addiction and mental health issues.

Participants also will receive QPR (suicide recognition/prevention) certificate of training.

The training will take place at the High Plains Community Center Cafeteria, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange on Wednesday March 22 and Wednesday March 29 from 5 to 8 p.m., a light dinner will be provided

If you are interested, RSVP by March 8 via capconference@aol.com

Questions contact  Kapriel Mouradjian/CAP Advisor/frkapriel@gmail.com

Obituary: Sofia Smirnow, 96, Beloved Grandmother of Alexander Zamachaj

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Feb 242017
 

Sofia Skirnewski Smirnow, 96, of Milford, beloved wife of the late Simon Skirnewski and the late John Smirnow, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2017 in the Westport Health Care Center.

Mrs. Smirnow was born on November 2, 1920 in Golovanevsk, Ukraine. Before settling in CT she lived in Austria and Chile. When she came to the U.S. in 1964, she lived in Bridgeport, Stratford, Charlotte (NC), Northport (FL), and returned to the area in 2007. Sofia was a seamstress who retired from the Levine Coat Factory.

She enjoyed gardening, reading, knitting, crocheting, sewing, traveling, the opera, concerts, classical music, and spending time with family.

Survivors include her daughter Natalia Zamachaj and her husband David of Milford; six grandchildren Ray Rocuant of Cape Nelson, CA, Albert Rocuant and his wife Debbie of Cairo, GA, Richard Rocuant and his wife Sherry of Summerville, MO, Paul Rocuant and his wife Amanda of Fort Myers, FL, Alexander Zamachaj and his wife Jessica of Orange, CT, and Peter Zamachaj and his wife Kelly of Merrimack, NH; her son-in-law Ramiro Rocuant of Santiago, Chile; twenty great grandchildren Tara, Rami, Greg, Tim, Danielle, Andrew, Brian, Nicholas, Michael, Sarah, Samuel, Adam, Hannah, Suzanna, Danielle, Rebecca, Ryan, Raine, Nathaniel, and Madeleine; and three great-great grandchildren, Joslyn, Nina, and Cali. She was predeceased by a daughter Dina Rocuant, her sister Nadia, and her brother Volodia.

Friends may visit with her family on Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. before service time in the William R. McDonald Funeral Home, 2591 Main St., Stratford, CT 06615.

Friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass of Christian Burial celebrated by Father Thomas Lynch on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Saint James Church, 2070 Main St., Stratford, CT.

Interment will follow in Saint John’s Cemetery, Stratford.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to either Saint James School, 50 Harvey Place, Stratford, CT 06615 or Saint James Church, Care of Our Father’s House, 2110 Main St., Stratford, CT 06615.

For more information or to share a message of condolence, visit www.wrmcdonaldfuneralhome.com.

Unwanted Solicitation Reported In Orange

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Feb 242017
 

On Monday, a resident reported what she described as a weird situation in her neighborhood (but did not disclose the location).
She said two men drove up to her home in a white Ford and tried to hand her a pamphlet on teen depression. The woman declined, since she has no teenagers in the home.
She said, “I only opened the door about 6 inches because we have a dog, but one of the men was trying to peer inside the door.”
She immediately called the Orange Police to report the incident and a patrol car came out to the area.
For years the Orange Police have been warning residents of the different ways residents can be targeted.
This woman did the right thing by reporting the incident to police.
If you see or experience something that doesn’t seem quite right, call the Orange Police Department at 203-891-2130.

No Snow In The Forecast So, Now You Can Learn How To Lower Your Electric Bill

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Feb 242017
 

Due to the popularity of last year’s electric bill reading workshop, State Representatives Themis Klarides (R-114), Charles Ferraro (R-117) and Pam Staneski (R-119) are inviting interested Orange and Milford residents to an informational workshop about lowering your electric bill at the High Plains Community Center Cafeteria, 525 Orange Center Road on Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

The informative workshop called ‘Learn How to Lower Your Electric Bill’ ** will be co-hosted by Reps. Klarides, Ferraro and Staneski. Additionally, electric rate specialists from Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) will be on hand to guide residents through the process and presentation. 

*The legislators ask those that attend to please bring a recent copy of their electric bill.*

For more information, call the Representatives at 800-842-1423 or send an email to Themis.Klarides@housegop.ct.gov, Charles.Ferraro@housegop.ct.gov Pam.Staneski@housegop.ct.gov.

**This program was canceled last month due to the snowstorm

Animal Rescue Benefit Saturday (Feb. 25)

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Feb 242017
 

The Orange  Ale House Grille and Burger Bar, 517 Boston Post Road, will host a benefit event for the Furry Friends Foster and Rescue, Inc. on Saturday, Feb. 25 beginning at 6 p.m.
WTNH 8 news anchor Laura Hutchinson will host the event and the band Rude Boy George will preform.
Admission is a $20 suggested donation, which includes food and drink specials, and 5 raffle tickets with the opportunity to purchase more.
All proceeds will benefit the rescue and funds will be used for medical care and the dogs’ training needs.

Chinese New Year Celebration Saturday (Feb. 25)

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Feb 242017
 

In 2016, the first Chinese New Year celebration was held in the town of Orange.

Last February nearly 400 members of the community came together to ring in the Year of the Monkey. Dressed in traditional Chinese garb, they gathered to watch students and adults alike perform to Chinese songs and to enjoy classic Chinese foods.

This year they will celebrate the Year of the Rooster.

The Chinese New Year Festival is the biggest celebration of the year to usher in wealth, abundance, and happiness. Lanterns and words of prosperity decorated the gym of the Community Center, giving off an authentic feel to the experience.

Organizers of the community believe that the event was the first step to promote multiculturalism in the region, so that different nationalities can learn about each other and be exposed to Asian heritage.

The night concluded with a total of 14 performances comprising of dances, songs, kungfu, and classic Chinese instrument. Performances included the artistic “Dui-Hua” dance by children of Orange’s elementary schools, powerful martial-arts exhibits by the students of the Wu Dang Kungfu Academy, gracefully choreographed pieces from the Mulan Art School and Butterfly dancing troop and the Yale Chinese Chorus.

It was a great event to celebrate Asian cultures and to bring to light the growing Asia community within Orange. According to program coordinators Zehua Xia and Ying Peng, the event was not limited only to those in Orange. “Families from all over Connecticut wanted to come. We were setting an example for many other towns, but we just didn’t have enough room to accommodate them all!”

This Saturday, Feb. 25, the second annual event will take place at the High Plains Community Center beginning at 4 p.m. The event is free but advance reservations are required — Due to its popularity, it may already be filled to capacity.

If you are interested in attending, you may take a chance and send an e-mail to ChineseOrangeCT@gmail.com.

 — By Jennifer Zhuang

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.

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