Apr 162015

IMG_0732-200x300Orange Community Services will present its first Food And Fuel Bank Benefit Concert “Spring Into Action,” at the High Plains Community Center, tonight, Friday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m.

The concert will feature Orange resident Gary Harger with Art Bellucci on piano. Special guests include Barbie Harger and the Orange Chorale.

Musical selections from Broadway, the American Songbook and songs about Spring – the season of renewal will be featured.

After the concert a reception will take place in the cafeteria.

All proceeds from this event will benefit the Orange Community Assistance Programs, which includes the Food and Fuel Bank.

Come support these vital programs.

Tickets are $20 and are available at the Community Services Department or by calling 203-891-4788.

Originally Published on: Feb 10, 2015 @ 13:54

Second publishing on: March 6, 2015 @ 19:00

Last Published on: Apr 1, 2015 @ 19:20

Mar 092015

Orange CT Lions Club

Orange CT Lions Club

The Orange Lions Club awarded 13 community grants Monday night totaling $5,750.

From all the applications received, the Lions tried to choose organizations that support the LIONS mission.

Lion Mike Muttit was the event chairman.

Quickly, here is the list of grant recipients:

1.   Orange Fire Marshal Office                                      $200
2.   Holy Infant Church   Memo Midnight Run          $250
3.   Orange Conservation Commission                         $400
4.   West Haven Veteran’s Museum                              $250
5.   Orange Community Juniorettes                              $200
6.   Orange Elementary School Olympic Festival      $400
7.   Orange Historical Society                                        $500
8.  Necessities Inc. (Orange Satellite Group)             $1,000
9.  Ct. Reg. Group of Blinded Veterans Association  $100
10.  Community Soup Kitchen                                       $250
11.  Camp Cedarcrest                                                        $400
12.  Orange Community Services                                  $800
13.  Case Memorial Library                                            $1,000

Total                                                                                  $5,750

Jan 062015

511_OrangeThe Holiday Programs for The Orange Community Services takes place every Thanksgiving and Christmas and as usual we are so grateful to all the wonderful people who called to participate or just donate, every year is better than the next.  We are privileged to have so many businesses, organizations, schools, places of worship, employees and individuals that have been so generous to our programs.

We would like to thank:  Artie Dixon (local resident/musician) who runs his Holiday Party every year asking for unwrapped toys, Mike at Center Balance in Orange whose clients for the past few years have been so amazing with taking all the children’s names and donating; Church of Good Shepherd in Orange who took all the children’s names for their wish tree and also donated food bags for the families too; The Orange Chamber of Commerce, The Orange Board of Education, Or Shalom; Red Hatters of Orange, Orangewood Women, Coldwell Banker of Orange, Orange Preschool, Orange Community Women, various Daisy, Brownie, Girl Scout Troops, Cub Scout & Boy Scouts. 

Also the Orange Republican Women, and the Amity PTO; Holly Hill Daycare, Sons & Daughters of Italy West Haven; Amity Middle School; Life Touch of Orange, The Goddard School, Temple Emanuel, Peck Place School, Racebrook School; Arnel Chiropractic and finally the (40+) residents. We want to thank all who took time out of their busy lives to participate and sponsor a family or senior in our program or just to give a donation.  There are so many generous donors it would take pages to list everyone so we apologize if we missed anyone.

Again, thank you everyone involved in donating their time with sponsoring the families and seniors in the Town of Orange who are in desperate need of assistance.  As always the response was amazing!   Thank You All So Much!


Kimberly Callahan

Administrative Assistant

Orange Community Services Department

Aug 312014


UPDATE:  6:34 p.m. Sunday.

The rain has stopped in Orange and the Labor Day Concert is ON! (Rain or Shine)

The Town Of Orange and OTN present the Canadian Band “Dreamer.”

In its Connecticut debut, “Dreamer” will give you the Supertramp Experience on Labor Day weekend.

Parking is $5 per car with proceeds going to the Amity Teen Center.

You know the music, “The Logical Song,” “Goodbye Stranger,” and “Dreamer” Come on down to the Orange Fairgrounds Gazebo, 525 Orange Center Road on Sunday, Aug. 31 from 7-9:30 p.m.

 Second publishing on  Aug 7, 2014 @ 0:16 

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Third posting Published on: Aug 28, 2014 @ 0:10

Aug 252014

backpacksOrange school children will benefit from WEBE108 Backpack Giveback program.

Often people are surprised to learn that some Orange residents need assistance (food bank, fuel assistance, etc.)

At any time in any town, families and individuals may find themselves in need of help.

For children, the first day of school can be exciting, but if their family has fallen on hard times, it can be sad if they can’t afford the back-to-school supplies they need.

The folks in the Orange Community Services Office graciously accepted more than a dozen Screen Shot 2014-08-24 at 10.21.03 PMassorted backpacks filled with school supplies to distribute to children who need one.

WEBE108, St. Vincent’s Medical Center and Goodwill

Jul 282014

Screen shot 2014-07-24 at 4.50.24 PMDenise Stein from Orange Community Services announced that the Section 8/RAP housing program will begin accepting applications on Monday Aug. 4 through Monday, Aug. 18.

For more information, call Community Services at 203-891-4788.

Community Services is located in the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road.

Demand is expected to be high, so submit yours ASAP.

May 122014

One small corner of the former probate office after the food was delivered.

One small corner of the former probate office after the food was delivered.

Last weekend the US Postal Service held its annual spring food drive, and Orange residents responded in a big way.

Residents received a postcard in the mail at the beginning of the week asking that they leave a bag of non-perishable food items that would go to the local food bank, near their mailbox on Saturday and the response was tremendous.

The locally collected food was transported directly to the High Plains Community Center and placed in the former probate office until it can be sorted and stored in the Community Services Food Closet.

Community Services Director Joan Cretella said, “A big thank you goes out to the postal workers and everyone that so generously donated to the food bank.”

The amount of food they received will definitely help those in need in the town of Orange.

Even though the food closet will be well stocked after the postal drive, it’s important to remember that Community Services graciously accepts donations throughout the year, not just during this drive or at the holidays.

“Thank You so much,” Cretella said.

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Aug 062013

Screen shot 2013-08-06 at 11.58.57 AMThe third and final show of the Summer Concert Series sponsored by Orange Community Services, Maplewood of Orange, the OVNA, Geico Insurance, the Urgent Care Center, and the Congregation Or Shalom will take place on the Orange Fairgrounds Wednesday, Aug. 7,  7 – 9 p.m.

Cruz Machine, a classic rock cover band will play. Rain date, Thursday, Aug. 8.

Be sure to bring your chairs and enjoy this free summer concert out on the lawn.

The Lions Club of Orange will be selling refreshments under the Pavilion.

Jul 162013

summer-concert-series-beach-music-festival-37Free Summer Concert – “Music Under the Stars,” Wednesday, July 17,  features Bourbon Cowboys, a country band from 7- 9 p.m. (with a rain date of Thursday July 18) at the High Plains Community Center (Orange Fairgrounds).

Orange Transportation is available to Orange seniors or disabled residents for the concerts. Call (203) 891-4788 for a ride. 

This concert is sponsored by Orange Community Services, Maplewood of Orange, the OVNA, Geico Insurance, the Urgent Care Center, and the Congregation Or Shalom.

The Lions Club of Orange will be on hand to sell refreshments.

Previously Published on: Jul 15, 2013 @ 2:41 a.m.

Summer Concert Flier

May 102013

Screen shot 2013-05-09 at 2.30.56 PMThe National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive takes place on Saturday, May 11.

This is a nation wide event, but did you know that ALL of the food you donate in Orange goes right back into the Orange Community?

The Orange Community Services recently provided Orange Live with this list of Food Bank Needs by category.

Boxed Pasta
Mac & Cheese

Chick Peas

Green Beans

Chicken Noodle
Cream Of (any)
Soup Broth

Breakfast Food
Peanut Butter/Jam, Jelly

Chef Boy R Dee
Cranberry Sauce

Dish Detergent
Laundry Detergent

Paper Goods
Toilet Paper
Paper Towels

Pet Food
Cat Food Dry or Wet
Dog Food Dry or Wet

Boxed Potatoes
Bagged Rice
Boxed Rice



Pudding mix
Cake mix
Pie Filling

Originally Published on: May 9, 2013 @ 14:44