Obituary: Halina Slawsky, 80, Beloved Mother, Orange Player

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Apr 302020

Halina Slawsky, 80, of Orange, wife of the late Richard Slawsky, passed away after a brief hospital stay on April 27, 2020.

Born on March 26, 1940, in Lviv, Poland, she was the daughter of the late Wladyslaw and Salomea Wilczek. She and her family were displaced from Poland to Austria during World War II and were refugees in Italy and France before settling outside London, England in 1949.

After graduating from Wall Hall Teachers College in England, Halina became an elementary school teacher in London. She then became a flight attendant for British Airways, traveling the world and eventually meeting her husband, Richard, in New York. Together they moved to Orange, CT in 1976, where she raised two sons. In 1995 she returned to work as a special education aide in the Orange school system, retiring after 20 years.

She was a lifelong lover of theater and music and was active in the greater Orange community for more than 40 years as a member of the Orange Players Theater Group and the New Haven Chorale.

She was a devoted parishioner at Holy Infant Church, where she sang in the choir.

She is survived by her children Christopher Slawsky of New York, NY; Gregory Slawsky and his wife Annsley of Pelham, NY; her grandchildren Jared and Susannah Slawsky; and her brother, Boguslaw Wilczek of Reading, England.

All services will be private at this time. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Orange Players, Inc., 605 Saddle Ridge Rd., Orange, CT 06477 (orangeplayers.net).

Arrangements are being handled by the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT 06460. To leave online condolences, visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com

Orange Foundation Scholarship Deadline Extended to April 30

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Apr 292020

The Orange Foundation community grant application due date is April 30, 2020. The grant application is available on our website: www.OrangeFoundation.org.

You may either mail the completed application to:

The Orange Foundation
PO Box 729
Orange, CT 06477-0729

or you may e-mail a PDF of the application to ContacyUs@OrangeFoundation.org .

We are extending the due date for those applying for college scholarships to May 8, 2020. We may extend this date even further if we find that the high schools are unable to provide transcripts or letters of recommendation by that date.

The scholarship application also is available on our website, and you may either mail or e-mail your application.

Female Small Business Owners, Join This Virtual Meeting

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Apr 282020

A Virtual Town Hall Meeting Supporting Women-Owned Small Businesses Impacted by the Coronavirus will take place on Thursday, April 30 at 4:00 PM

Please join us for a discussion on federal and state efforts to assist employers and employees impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The town hall meeting will be moderated by Fran Pastore, founder, and CEO of the Women’s Business Development Council.

Panelists will include:

Connecticut Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz

District Director for the U.S. Small Business Administration Mark Hayward

Connecticut Department of Labor Deputy Commissioner Danté Bartolomeo

Department of Economic and Community Development Deputy Commissioner

Glendowlyn Thames

Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Pam Staneski

Orange Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Carol Smullen

West Haven Chamber of Commerce Director Alan Olenick

WOW- West Haven and Orange Women in Business

Network of Executive Women – An Affiliate of the Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce

Participants May Join the Zoom Video Town Hall Meeting at:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86779741259   Webinar ID: 867 7974 1259


Meet Orange Singer, Songwriter John Ciambriello

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Apr 272020

Orange resident John Ciambriello is a singer-songwriter who will be releasing a new 5-song audio EP titled “It All Begins” on May 22, on most worldwide streaming platforms.
Last week he released a video-single of the title track “It All Begins,” a song about a cross-country road trip that he took with his dad.
For the past 3 years, he’s lived in Orange with his wife and three little girls. He’s employed in West Haven, for the Young Adults Services program at Bridges Healthcare Inc., where he works with a specific population of young adults daily using music and other expressive arts as a tool to help them cope with life.
John has played at restaurants (currently a monthly show at Wood-n-Tap in Orange which is on hold due to COVID-19), coffeehouses, festivals, weddings and other special events.
In addition, he plays at 15 or so nursing homes around Connecticut every month, which he’s done for the past 15 years until the Coronavirus paused his normal visits.
Release Party
John is planning a Virtual EP Release Party on Facebook Live on Thursday, May 21, at 8:30 p.m., in which viewers can hear the EP live just hours before it is released (at 12 a.m.) May 22. The link to the event is here … https://www.facebook.com/events/271088524056668/
John Ciambriello returns for his latest contemporary/pop EP ‘It All Begins,’ on Friday, May 22. The five- track release delivers uplifting instrumentation, lyrical depth, and soothing vocals by John Ciambriello

‘It All Begins’ will put the listener in a state of trance with its mesmerizing music and subtle elements. From the motivating message in ‘The Stains Are OK’ to the emotional ‘Fly With The Angels’, John delivers an EP that will grasp anyone.

Ciambriello’s vocal adds a feel-good, uplifting, and soothing feeling to each of the five tracks. ‘It All Begins’ contains lyricism that will hook the listener due to the artist’s messages and folk-style of writing.

The release spotlights the talented abilities of songwriting and composition by John Ciambriello. ‘It All Begins’ will take the listeners into a journey with catchiness, atmospheric instrumentation, and melancholy.

About John Ciambriello

John Ciambriello is a life-long singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist from Connecticut.

In 2005, he released his first EP “When Time Stands Still”, and from 2009 — 2013, he fronted the pop/rock band “After Autumn”.

Melodically driven, John delivers music that takes the listener on a journey as his lyricism tells a story. Inspired by life events, John’s style and sound is immersive and engaging.

A dad to three girls, John seeks to open a musical path for them and a medium to tell a story. Playing at weddings, coffee shops, festivals, restaurants, churches, hospitals, and nursing homes, John has cemented himself as a diverse and talented musician.

CDC Adds Six New Possible Symptoms For Coronavirus

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Apr 262020

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On Sunday, April 26, the CDC updated its list of “possible symptoms of the coronavirus” to include not only fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, but also chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and the new loss of taste or smell.

Be aware of these new “possible” symptoms, and if you are experiencing any of them, try to get tested as soon as possible. Be sure to wear a mask to protect yourself and others from contracting the virus.

FBI Warns Of Several Scams

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Apr 242020

The Orange Police Department posted this important scam warning on its Facebook page.

See the attached link for a Public Service Announcement from the FBI this week regarding an increase in online extortion scams during the COVID-19 crisis as more people are staying home and spending more time on the computer. Included are scam commonalties, tips to protect yourself, and victim reporting.

For example, one fraud involves phishing e-mails coming from “customer_service @FreeFillableForms.com” which directs you to a link that contains “economic impact payment” and uses a company name similar to the Free File Alliance partner you are transferred to while using the IRS tool for Non-Filers.  DO NOT click on the link—this is a scam.  Other phishing schemes are using keywords such as “Corona Virus,” “COVID-19,” and “Stimulus” in varying ways.

Visit the FBI website HERE.


Neighbor to Neighbor Shopping Available In Orange

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Apr 232020

Orange resident Mary Welander forwarded this important and timely information today.
I hope this finds you well! I wanted to share with you a new group that a few of us have started to try and assist those who are unable to safely shop for necessities right now.
Here is the description:
Neighbor to Neighbor Shopping connects people who aren’t able to shop comfortably right now (**seniors or the immunocompromised**) with volunteers who can.
Right now we are able to help Orange and Woodbridge residents. If you live in another town and want to help shop let us know!
Here’s how it works:
1. Send your grocery/itemized list and contact info to an admin privately.
2. An Admin will post general information about what/where items are needed.
3. Once shopping is done, the shopper will contact you again with the total; payment can be made via Venmo or by leaving a check in a predesignated spot.
4. Groceries/items and a receipt will be delivered to your door!

There is no fee for this and we will try to fulfill all requests as soon as possible. You also may contact an admin directly to exchange lists and details!

The group may be accessed through Facebook. Click “join” to participate.

Obituary: Ruth Hassenmayer, 90, Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Friend To All

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Apr 222020

Ruth Eleanor Miles Hassenmayer, 90, was entered into eternal rest on Sunday, April 19, 2020, at her home of 61 years in Milford, Connecticut.
She was born on April 10, 1930, in Stamford Connecticut to her loving parents, the late Ralph Sylvester and Marion Mahogany Miles.
Ruth was a proud homemaker, loving wife, and loving mother to four sons. Ruth is survived by her loving husband Walter (Skip) of 71 years. Ruth and Skip were high school sweethearts, graduating together from Milford High School in the class of 1948. They were married on September 10, 1949, and had four sons, Thomas, James, Douglas, and David.
She was predeceased by both Doug and Dave. They moved to their current residence in Milford in 1959. Ruth was a twin to her brother, Bob Miles, and one of five children the others being Edward, Mary, and Jane. She was predeceased by Edward, Mary, and Bob.
In addition to her husband Skip, Ruth is survived by her sons Thomas (Morgan) of New Haven, Jim of Orange, her daughters in law Kathleen Hassenmayer of Milford and Analida Hassenmayer of Fayetteville North Carolina. Also by grandsons Daniel of Orange, Robert (Tricia) of Orange, Edward of Fayetteville, North Carolina, and Gerry (Dana) of Greenville, South Carolina, and great-grandchildren Callen and Landyn.
Ruth was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend of many. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Services and interment will be private and a memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at a later date to be announced.


You Have A Voice: Town Budget Participation Requested

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Apr 222020

Following is a Public Notice from the Town of Orange regarding the Town Budget.

When the proposed budget of the Town of Orange for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2020, and ending June 30, 2021, is available it will be posted on the town website for examination.

Citizens may send questions or comments to jzeoli@orange-ct.gov or jcifarelli@orange-ct.gov by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, May 11, 2020.

COVID-19 Update From Sen. Chris Murphy

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Apr 212020

Below please find the update on COVID-19 from US Senator Chris Murphy.

Here’s what you need to know today, April 21st:

  • Today, the Senate and House negotiators agreed on a deal to send additional funds to health care providers and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) as well as resources to increase testing capacity. This funding package will also include PPP funds specifically designated for community banks and small lenders to ensure they are reaching small businesses. Businesses interested in applying through the PPP fund should go to:  https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/paycheck-protection-program-ppp 
  • If you have a child but do not normally file a tax return you MUST register using the IRS non-filer tool by noon on Wednesday, April 22 in order to receive the $500 per beneficiary. For those who miss the April 22 deadline, their payment at this time will be $1,200 and the additional $500 per eligible child would be paid in association with a return filing for tax year 2020.
  • Governor Ned Lamont announced that Connecticut is partnering with the developers of the How We Feel app in an effort to anonymously provide scientists with critical health information needed to understand the spread of COVID-19 in the face of widespread testing shortages. The app was developed by leading health experts from several institutions, including Harvard University, MIT, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Weizmann Institute of Science.
  • Senator Murphy joined Connecticut’s Service Employees International Union (SEIU) for a telephone town hall today on the impact of COVID-19 on Connecticut. Murphy spoke with union members across Connecticut about protections for essential workers and the need to get more PPE to workers on the front lines of this crisis.
  • Senator Murphy joined former Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Andy Slavitt and Protect Our Care’s Executive Director Brad Woodhouse for a virtual roundtable discussion on President Trump’s efforts to overturn the Affordable Care Act in Congress and the courts, and take away Americans’ health care in the midst of a global pandemic.
  • The Connecticut Department of Social Services announced that the second round of emergency food benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) was delivered to nearly 108,000 households today. Authorized by the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, the extra food benefits are being distributed to those households that are not currently receiving the maximum SNAP benefits allowed for their household size.
  • Governor Lamont announced that all fully-insured health plan members, including those with high-deductible health plans, can now receive COVID-19 testing and treatment with no out-of-pocket costs. Click here to learn more.

For information on federal coronavirus relief, including help for small businesses, direct cash payments and more, visit murphy.senate.gov/coronavirus. This page provides answers to frequently asked questions and gives a summary of available programs and funding.

For the latest information about keeping you or your family safe go to cdc.gov/coronavirus. For resources and information about Connecticut’s response visit ct.gov/coronavirus.