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Everyone Needs Help Some Time. Adopt A Family or Elderly Person For The Holidays

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Oct 192017
 

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 or 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 November 17th for Thanksgiving and December 15th 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.

Orange Residents Love Their Free Concerts

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Aug 102017
 

A rather large crowd gathered at the Orange Fairgrounds on Thursday evening to enjoy a free concert by the band Fools on the Hill (Beatles cover band).

The band performed under the Gazebo beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Everyone seemed to enjoy the music as they sang along with their favorite Fab Four songs.

The Orange Community Services offers one final concert on Sept. 7.

 

Summer Concerts – ♫ Music Under the Stars ♪

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Jul 032017
 

The first of four Summer Concerts in the ♫ Music Under the Stars ♪ series took place on the Orange Fairgrounds before a record crowd last Thursday evening.

The bands are brought to you by Orange Community Services and the Orange Economic Development Corporation through the generous donations of several sponsors.

The concerts all are family friendly and free to everyone.

Come out on July 13, for 60’s “Satisfaction” at 6:30 p.m. Visit the Farmers’ Market first, open from 3:30 p.m. to 7 pm.

The third concert will be “Fools on the Hill” on August 10 with a rain date of August 17. “Fools on the Hill” is a Beatles Tribute band that is sure to please.

For the fourth concert, Dennis Marsh is working on an 80’s Band to perform on Sept 7. More details will be released when the plans are finalized.

Attention Volunteers: Orange Volunteer Recognition Party Planned

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Apr 042017
 

High Plains CC

The Orange Community Services will celebrate Orange volunteers and everything they do at the High Plains Community Center on Monday, April 24, from 1-3 p.m. with a Volunteer Recognition Party.

All volunteers are invited for a special party to receive a well-deserved thank you for all they do.

Dessert and thank you from 1:30-2 p.m.

T-Bone will entertain from 2-3 p.m.

To RSVP call (203) 891-4784.

Orange Lions Host Annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Sunday

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Nov 252016
 

b9865a6ba1da777beab20c9d27f6aab6The Orange Lions will host their annual Thanksgiving Dinner at the High Plains Community Center, Sunday, Nov. 27 at 12 p.m.

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 28th 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.

In order to have enough food for everyone, the Lions asked that anyone wanting to attend register with Orange Community Services the week prior to the event. If you don’t make it this year, don’t worry, the Lions will be back with the 29th annual dinner next November.

Reservations are necessary.

Consider Adopting Elderly Residents and Orange Families For The Holidays

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Oct 272016
 

screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-1-33-05-pmA Message From The Orange Community Services Department:

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 Friday, Nov. 18 for Thanksgiving and Friday, Dec. 16 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.

Letter: Community Services Offers Special Needs Group

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Oct 272016
 

letter to editorFor those in the community that are not familiar with the Tracy Bunch, let me take this opportunity to introduce us. The Tracy Bunch is a group of special needs adults that reside in our community.

The group is offered by the Town of Orange, Community Services Department. The group meets on Monday evenings from 6-7:30 p.m. at High Plains Community Center unless we have a special activity scheduled for that evening.

Every month the group decides what activities they are interested in, we then schedule the activities for the following month.  Since becoming the group leader in June, there has been an increase the group’s participation and with community participation.

We have played miniature golf at The Sports Center in Shelton, bowled at Devon Duckpin, visited Walnut Beach in Milford and Orange Police Officer Amarone provided the group with a home safety presentation.

We are always looking for volunteers from our community.  Do you have a unique talent that you would like to share with this special group? If you have one hour once a month that you would like to share with this wonderful group, or if you or a loved one are interested in joining the group; contact Joan Cretella Director of Orange Community Services at jcretella@orange-ct.gov or 203-891-4786.

On Sept 26, 2016 Tracy Bunch went to Chips restaurant for dinner. A man and a woman were seated next to us. As they were leaving the women approached the co-leader. She handed him $20.00 and stated “this is a good thing that you are doing.”

The Tracy Bunch would like to thank you! Because of your generosity, the Tracy Bunch enjoyed ice cream after their dinner. This was a treat they were not expecting.

Should you see us in the community, please stop and say hello.

Thank you,

Marie Romano

Leader Tracy Bunch

Fall Food Drive Now In Progress

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Oct 032016
 

food-drive-webA Message from the Orange Community Services:
The Annual Community Assistant Fund Donations program Sponsored by Orange Community Services is now if full swing.
Here are some ways for you to help in your community:
1. A Fall Food Drive is in progress to replenish our Food Closet. We distribute non-perishable items to Orange residents on a monthly basis and also in an emergency situation. We cannot accept rusty cans, broken bags, boxes or outdated food.
Some suggestions: dry milk, cereal, juice, canned chicken/turkey or tuna, chili, hash, rice, pasta, cereal, crackers, peanut butter, coffee, tea, toiletries, paper goods, Ensure and any other non-perishable item that can help a resident in need.
Contact: Denise Stein, Elderly Outreach Services at 203-891-4787
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2. Food baskets containing complete supplies for a meal are distributed to eligible Orange residents for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas.
Contact: Kim Callahan, Community Services at 203-891-4788 for the basket menus and deadlines.
3. Donations of grocery gift certificates to purchase chicken, turkey, ham, and non-perishables. (Any monetary amount from $20.00 and up)
4. Cash donations, gift cards and movie coupons for the children and teens.
5. Monetary donations for our Community Services Assistance Fund
Contact: Denise Stein, Elderly Outreach Services at 203-891-4787
Please make checks payable to:
Treasurer, Town of Orange
Mail to:
Orange Community Services Department
High Plains Community Center
525 Orange Center Road
Orange. CT 06477
Call the Community Services Department at 203-891-4788 if you, your Group or Business would like to help.
WE WILL NEED TO KNOW ASAP IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP FOR THANKSGIVING AND IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP FOR HANUKKAH OR CHRISTMAS.

Community Services Seeks Vendors for The Senior Health and Safety Fair

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Aug 262016
 

Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 10.44.42 PMA note from Community Services Director Joan Cretella:
Community Services is looking for local businesses and service providers for its 15th Annual Orange Senior Health and Safety Fair at the High Plains Community Center Gym, 525 Orange Center Road, this Friday September 16, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Cost of a table is $80 for businesses and free to non profit providers with a 501(c)3 designation.
The event is free to the public. All proceeds from this event will go to the Orange Senior Center.
All of its programs, activities, events and offerings are self-generated solely from fees and donations.
For more information or to reserve a table, contact Joan Cretella, Dennis Marsh or Denise Stein at Community Services 203-891-4788
Community Services asks for your support to maintain these vital programs.

CORRECTION! Free Concert At The Gazebo Thursday Night

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Jul 132016
 

six 2 midnightOrange Community Services will host an outdoor, all ages concerts at the Gazebo  on the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Thursday, July 14.

Amity’s own Six 2 Midnight will perform from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. (Rain date is Thursday July 21.)

So bring your family and your friends! Since its free, bring your friend’s family!

Forecasters predict 59% Humidity, so remember, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate and bring a personal battery operated fan if you have one.