Orange Historical Society Fills The Trailer

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May 172021

A Message from the Orange Historical Society:

Thank you to all our friends and neighbors who cleaned out their cupboards and closets.

With help from the Orange Juniorettes, the trailer in front of High Plains was filled with bags of gently used clothing and textiles and boxes of household goods last weekend. Cars drove up to the trailer and the girls quickly thanked the driver and helped unload the vehicle.

When the goods are weighed, the money earned will be used to help support the mission of the Historical Society to preserve and present our local Orange history.

Girl Scouts Realize The Joy Of Giving

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Nov 142018

The Girl Scouts from Orange Troop 60274 recently had a food collection drive.

Their efforts were successful and the generous donation was delivered to the Orange Food Bank just in time for the Holiday Season.

It’s community service projects like this that teach the girls valuable lessons on kindness, and the importance of giving to those less fortunate.

This is a wonderful thing you’ve done girls, and we commend your troop leaders for their dedication and guidance.

Orange K9s Protected Thanks To Generosity Of Two Community Groups

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Aug 012018

On Tuesday, July 31, Orange K9s Loki (tracking and patrol) and Trent (drug sniffing) each received a piece of life-saving equipment thanks to generous donations from two great community groups — The Orange Lions Club and the Orange Juniorettes girls club.

The dogs were presented with brand new custom fit bullet-proof and stab resistant vests, constructed with the same material that their human partners’ vests are made of.

The Lions, represented by former president Nick Bencivengo, raise money through various events and give back to the community through grants and volunteerism.

The Juniorettes is a group of young ladies who perform community beautification projects and help the town in other ways. The girls hosted fundraisers, such as a dinner at Bertucci’s over the past year to raise money for a K-9 vest, which has a $1,000 price tag.

Loki’s handler, Officer Chris Brown and Trent’s partner, Officer Mary Bernegger measured their dogs’ necks, body length, girth, etc, so the vests could be tailor fit for each dog. They submitted the measurements to Assistant Chief Max Martins and the vests were ordered.

The vests arrived at the Orange Police Department this week, and the donors were invited to attend the presentation on Tuesday.

Bencivengo and the Juniorettes got a close up look at the vests they’d donated and seemed quite impressed with the quality of the items.

German Shepherd Loki looks very manly in his army green vest and Trent, a black Lab, looks quite sophisticated in his black vest.

Officer Bernegger thanked everyone for their hard work and the donations, saying she was happy that Trent now had the vest which could keep him safe.

Officer Brown said having the vest for Loki offers peace of mind while they’re working. “It’s nice to have it. If we don’t need it – perfect, but it’s nice to know it’s there in the car if he needs it for a situation,” he said. “It’s important to have, especially for a team like us doing criminal apprehensions. It’s good peace of mind because I wear one, and I feel that my partner should be able to wear one and luckily they were able to raise the funds to purchase them.”


Contribute To The Amity Student Government Clothing Drive

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Jan 272016

Amity HIgh SchoolThe Amity Student Government is hosting its annual Clothing Drive now through Friday, Jan. 29.

There are just 3 days left to help those in need by donating clothes for the drive.

If you are interested in helping, you can come to the front of the school and someone will help you unload and place your donated items in the lobby collection boxes.

Also, students will be available to accept donations at the side of the school on Thursday and Friday from 7:10 to 7:30 a.m.


Mar 272014

Participants walk the track in the 2013 Relay.

Participants walk the track in the 2013 Relay.

The next BOW Relay for Life meeting is Monday, April 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the High Plains Community Center.

This is a great time to ask all those questions and get all the answers you need for either starting your team or minor problems on your team, to include signing on to the website.

So far 36 teams and 161 participants have raised $9,159 for the event which will take place on Saturday, May 31 through Sunday, June 1 on the Orange Fairgrounds.


Fundraiser Jan. 11 For A Truly Deserving Woman

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Jan 112014

logoThe Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, will host a fundraiser for Carrie Benvenuti today 4 – 8 p.m.

Carrie is a brave young woman who battled cancer, had a double mastectomy, hysterectomy and to add insult to injury the bank foreclosed on her home while she was in treatment.

Every day is a struggle for Carrie and her daughter Rylee as Carrie tries to get back on her feet.

Carrie is blessed to have won her battle with cancer, and to have many caring friends who have rallied around her and arranged for this fundraiser with Ale House owner Jim Hassenmayer.

“This is one of the most worthy causes we’ve ever been asked to help here,” Hassenmayer said. “If anyone needs help, it’s Carrie. I can’t imagine how hard this has been on her. I really want this one to be a huge success.”

The event will include  food, entertainment, dancing, drink specials, door prizes, and free Bud Light Drafts from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Carrie’s friend, Kendra Montano, one of the organizers said, ” There are awesome Raffle Prizes: Apple MacBook Pro, Ipad Mini, 32″ HDTV, 19″ HDTV, Garmin GPS, Nikon Digital Camera, HiSense Tablet, Headphones, UGG Wear, and lots of Gift Certificates for local stores, restaurants, and other businesses that include: Jimmy’s Apizza, Massage Envy, DSW, Macy’s, Oyster River Tavern, Kelly’s on Campbell, Lorenzo’s Restaurant, Jenn and Jan’s Deli, Antonio’s Restaurant, New Century Salon, Hair House Salon, and Studio D salon.”

Tickets can be purchased through Montano 203-415-9161; Melissa Bonessi-Beler 203-530-4506; or Jeanie DeLoughery 203-376-0105.

Donations can be mailed to Carrie Benvenuti c/o Chase Manhattan Bank, Attn: Jeanie DeLoughery, 262 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT 06477.

On her Facebook Page, Carrie posted the following:

“I am lost for words for what Kendra and Jim  have taken their time out of their hectic schedules and done for me. Their concern and amazing hearts have brought back my faith in people. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t have as much faith, hope, and feel optimistic as I used to. Thank you both for bringing the fight back to me and giving me my fortitude back! God bless you both! No words can express how grateful I am for the both of you!”


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



Yes, Chris and Maria Small ARE That Nice

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Dec 222013

Lincoln Lights, Orange CT

Lincoln Lights, Orange CT

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been able to drive up to the Small Family’s home on Lincoln Road, stop, enjoy the light show and leave at my leisure, but tonight I brought my granddaughter and had to wait in line for more than 1/2 hour!!

Maria approached my car carrying a basket and first thing that came to my mind is that she was collecting donations for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society – but I (and my granddaughter) was pleasantly surprised to hear her offer me some candy!

These local celebrities from the Great Christmas Light Fight show who seemed SO Nice actually ARE that nice!

Further up the road, near the house, I caught up with Chris Small who had been greeting “light see-ers” all night long was looking forward to the mild temperatures tonight and said they would be outside again to say hello to everyone who came by.

He said his neighbors have all been amazing since his Christmas light display went up and he hopes that visitors will continue to respect them.

A view from the back of the line after we got onto Lincoln Road.

A view from the back of the line after we got onto Lincoln Road.

Lincoln Road is one-way from Wilson and all drivers should stay to the right especially when coming around the curve in the road (one resident could not get into their driveway on Friday because of traffic on the left side of the street). Chris said everyone has been generous with the donations for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – which is where 100% of the donations are going this year. (In 2012 the donations were split up between two charities).

During the day he will be out looking for a “sweet” deal on candy canes to pass out to visitors – but if anyone with the means or connections would care to donate a ton of candy canes to the family to distribute, it would be greatly appreciated.  (Update: Thank you to The Orange Volunteer Fire Department Elves for their donation).

The Small’s episode of the Great Christmas Light Fight on ABC will be rebroadcast today at  4 p.m., according to Chris.

Don’t Wait For the Holidays: Anytime Is The Time To Donate To The Town Food Bank

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Oct 302013

IMG_0221This week while at the High Plains Community Center, I stopped in on the Community Services Department and checked out the Food Bank. Sadly, many of the cupboards were almost bare.

During the holidays everyone chips in and donates items for the food baskets for the less fortunate. But, after my visit, I knew that anytime is the time to donate to the Food Bank.

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

Boxed Pasta  (They currently have a lot of 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

Other Things To Consider
Shaving Cream
Disposable Razors
Women’s Sanitary Needs

Grocery Store Gift Cards

You may drop off your donations at the Community Services Department at High Plains Community Center between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call Community Services Administrative Assistant Kim Callahan at 203-891-4788 or Outreach Worker Denise Stein at 203-891-4787.

Orange Residents Come Through For Community Services Food Bank

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May 172013

Carol Nardini, Director, Community Services and Denise Stein, Elderly Outreach Worker – Surrounded by all the food donations at the Orange Community Center .

Carol Nardini, Director, Community Services and Denise Stein, Elderly Outreach Worker – Surrounded by all the food donations at the Orange Community Center .

The National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive took place on Saturday, May 11, 2013.  Residents of Orange were asked to leave non-perishable food donations by their mailboxes for their letter carriers to pick up. 

All donations were delivered to the Orange Community Center and will serve the needs of our residents.  The food drive was a complete success due to the overwhelming generosity of our residents. 

The Town of Orange would like to thank all those who donated as well as those who helped to organize this event.