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Orange Lions: Thank You For Your Support

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Mar 122015
 

DSC00085On Tuesday, March 10, the Orange Lions Club hosted Breakfast For Dinner at Chip’s Restaurant, with three different seatings: 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

For just $10 per person, guests enjoyed 2 pancakes, 2 eggs, bacon or sausage and coffee/tea.

All proceeds benefit projects to improve the local community.

Thank you everyone who came out to support the Lions charities.

Community Services Says “Thank You” for Your Generosity

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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!

Sincerely,

Kimberly Callahan

Administrative Assistant

Orange Community Services Department

Rep. Klarides Named House Republican Leader, Expresses Appreciation

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Nov 102014
 

Themis_Speaking_MADD_CeremonyTo the editor:

Thanks so much to everyone who volunteered on my campaign—the support I received throughout the 114th District on Election Day would not have been possible without your time and effort. Being selected to continue working in Hartford representing Woodbridge, Orange and Derby is certainly humbling, and I’ll do my best to reward the faith placed in me.

Last week, I was given the additional honor of being selected by my colleagues to serve as House Republican Leader. I look forward to tackling issues that people here and statewide agree matter most to their families, friends, and neighbors: getting our state budget back on firm footing, jumpstarting Connecticut’s weak economy, and making strides in education.

As always, feel free to contact my office (800-842-1423 or themis.klarides@housegop.ct.gov) with your questions, ideas, or concerns about issues tied to state government.

State Rep. Themis Klarides

114th General Assembly District

Woodbridge, Orange, and Derby

Amity Middle School PTO Recognizes Teachers

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May 062014
 

The Amity Middle School PTO extends a special thanks to the Teachers and Staff at Amity Regional Middle School with this commemorative poster of the 2013-14 staff.

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to all of Orange’s dedicated educators.

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A Thank You From Kim Callahan

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Jan 052014
 

schoolcolorsblackI am celebrating my 10th year running the Holiday Program for Orange Community Services and as usual, I am so grateful to all the wonderful people who called me to participate or just donate. Every year is better than the last.

People and businesses here in Orange are so generous to my program. This is the most rewarding part of my job working for the Town of Orange, I am so proud to be part of this and helping all who are in need during difficult times for the holidays.

I would like to personally 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 the Good Shepherd in Orange who took all the children’s names for their wish tree and donated food bags for the families; The Orange Arts and Crafts Guild; Orangewood Women; Coldwell Banker of Orange; Orange Preschool; Orange Community Women; various Daisy, Brownie and Girl Scout Troops; Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.

Also, the Orange Republican Women, Orange Board of Ed and the Amity PTO; the Orange Democratic Women’s groups and finally Orange residents, employees and businesses who took time out of their busy lives to participate and sponsor a family or senior in our program or gave a donation. There are so many names that it would take pages to list everyone, so I apologize if I missed anyone.

Again, thank you everyone involved in donating their time with sponsoring the families in town who are in desperate need of assistance. As always the response was amazing.

Thank you all so much!

Happy Holidays Everyone

Kimberly Callahan

Administrative Assistant

Community Services Department

Town of Orange

 

 

First Selectman Jim Zeoli says “Thank You”

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Nov 152013
 

First Selectman Jim Zeoli

First Selectman Jim Zeoli

Dear Orange Residents,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who took the time out of their busy schedules to vote.  I am honored to be elected by 64% of the votes cast and can assure you that I will not let you down.

Over the past eight years as your First Selectman, I have worked tirelessly for you and plan on continuing on that path. It was so gratifying to hear from so many with kind words and support.

The Town is moving forward with many projects at High Plains Community Center, the schools, the library, roads, and I look forward to leading these projects to completion.  Again, I thank you all.

Sincerely,
James M. Zeoli

First Selectman

Letter: Thank Yous and Acknowledgements From Parade Coordinator

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Jun 182013
 

Flags mark veterans graves at the Orange Cemetery.

Flags mark veterans graves at the Orange Cemetery.

To the Editor:

The Town of Orange Memorial Day Ceremonies and Parade were held on Sunday, May 26, 2013.  Anthony Monaco – U.S. Air Force, 1950-1954, a Korean War Veteran was the Grand Marshal.  James L. Marenna – U.S. Navy, 1963-1969, a Vietnam War Veteran, was the Chief of Staff.

The Honored Veterans this year were the 103rd Air Control Squadron of the Connecticut Air National Guard headquartered in the Town of Orange and commanded by Lt. Col. William A. Neri. Miguel A. Rodriguez, MSW, Counselor and Social Worker with the New Haven Vet Center within the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and Captain in the New York National Guard was the Keynote Speaker.

Dignitaries and speakers at the gazebo on Memorial Day.

Dignitaries and speakers at the gazebo on Memorial Day.

Diane Raikis sang the National Anthem.  Robert Mirto, Esq. was the Master of Ceremonies and Fred O’Brien, Esq. was the Parade Announcer.

Memorial Day was coordinated by Mr. Kevin Gilbert.  The services at the Veteran’s Memorial Monument at the Orange Center Cemetery were led by Laurence Czajkowski, Commander, American Legion Post #127.  Wreaths were laid at the monument by the American Legion Auxiliary and the Jewish War Veterans.

We would like to acknowledge those who made the day successful including the Highway Department, the Police Department, the Police Benevolent Association (PBA), the American Legion and its Auxiliary, and the Fire Department for the use of their communication radios.

A special “Thank You” to the Park & Recreation Grounds Crew for preparing the grounds for Memorial Day, the Orange Cemetery Association in memory of Marjorie Case who bequest funds each year to help defray parade costs, The Orange Foundation for the plaques given to the honorees, Lou Eagle of Eagle Leasing for the use of a flat bed trailer that was used as our reviewing stand,  Chris Winkle and the Winkle Bus Company for the use of a bus and driver to shuttle people to and from the cemetery and back to the parade grounds, Tom Hill for the use of two outdoor conveniences, Pinpoint Pro Motions & Printing for their poster boards, and Bob Fantarella for his audio system.

Lastly, we thank the school readers, the boys and girls who handed out all the flags and programs during the ceremonies and Skylar Spear for playing taps both at the opening and closing ceremonies.

Generous contributions from private parties and organizations were received to honor our fallen veterans and to support the soldiers who are presently serving our country.

Kevin Gilbert,

Memorial Day Parade Coordinator

A Heartfelt Letter, Recognizing Those Who Gave Of Themselves During Sandy

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Nov 162012
 

The CERT command at the Orange Emergency Shelter.

It was a collective effort of small contributions which enabled the Town of Orange Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) to serve a few hundred people.  Such generosity reflects a caring spirit often missed during a caustic election year.

The High Plains Community Center was opened to provide shelter from super-storm Sandy.  Volunteers attended to many clients, especially the elderly, providing overnight accommodations, heat, hot water and showers.  Many folks used the electricity to charge cell phones and computers; others only wanted morning coffee.  Deeper, some required more intimate care so as to attend to soiled diapers, navigating doorways with walkers or issues related to oxygen, medicine, language and hearing.

There was food; three meals a day served to about 70 people for nearly a week.  Supplies started to dwindle but calls for help resulted in deliveries of apples, yogurt, bagels and water.  People of faith stepped-up; coordinating their efforts with CERT and the Town’s EOC (emergency operations center), bringing food and volunteers.

A wholehearted thank you is extended to the nurses, janitors, police, fire-fighters, highway department and many more.  It would be wonderful to mention each person and community group by name because they deserve recognition.  The list of people who helped is long, many worked hard, volunteering even though they lacked electricity, heat and running water at their homes.  In any case I personally witnessed their selflessness and extend a sincere thank you.

Reverend Ann Ritonia, Church of the Good Shepard, please extend my heartfelt gratitude to your congregation as they demonstrated how to serve the community in a time of need.  Additionally, thanks to Reno’s Pizzeria; Julia’s Bakery; Orange Congregational Church; Congregation Or Shalom; Orange Little League; Themis Klarides; American Red Cross; Robert Lettick; the great effort by Maria Biondi, Orange Visiting Nurses Association; and Jennifer Hutchinson, a nurse who volunteered her time.  There are many more and you are not forgotten; thank you too.

To my fellow CERT members, thank you and your family members (e.g., Joe Han’s wife Kim put in a lot of hours of kitchen prep, cleaning and recycling).  CERT can continue to prepare, help others prepare and do even better next time.  Once again we realize how well-off we really are by giving ourselves.

Finally, there are many stories to be told about the storm and its aftermath.  One genuine simple contribution in a time of need to a larger community effort had big results.  Donated paper plates were available to serve the many.  Thank you AF.

 

Charles Waskiewicz