You’re Invited To Walk the Labyrinth

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Jul 242017

Join the Rev. Diana Rogers on Saturday, August 12 at 9 a.m. for
the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd’s monthly Walk- the-Labyrinth series. The labyrinth is available anytime to anyone for walking prayer and meditation, and once a month Rev. Diana leads a guided labyrinth walk.

Meet at the labyrinth on the south side of the church off Pryde Drive at 9 a.m.

The great pavement labyrinths first appeared in cathedrals like Chartres and Amien in the 12th through 14th centuries. Used for spiritual meditation and contemplation, walking the labyrinth has been a spiritual exercise for centuries. Come learn more about this enduring spiritual

The Good Shepherd labyrinth is located on the church grounds, 680 Racebrook Road just off Pryde Drive.

No registration or fee required.

The Good Shepherd labyrinth is listed with the Worldwide Labyrinth Locator at  www.labyrinthlocator.com/

Sunday service times include Rite II Holy Eucharist without music at 8 a.m. and Rite II Holy Eucharist with music at 10 a.m. For more information about

For more information about The Church of the Good Shepherd’s many other programs please call the Parish Office
at 203-795-6577, email us at thegoodspheherd@optonline.net, visit our website, and of course, check our Facebook page for frequent postings.

Shabbat At The Beach Postponed Again

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Jul 142017

Another rainy Friday, and hence, another cancellation of the annual “Or Shalom at the Beach” service.

The event is re-scheduled for FridayJuly 28 at 7 p.m. 

Tonight’s Shabbat service will take place in the Congregation Or Shalom sanctuary, at 7 p.m.

Shabbat At The Beach Postponed

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Jul 072017

Congregation Or Shalom has been planning tonight’s Shabbat at the Beach for some time, but due to the expected rainstorms, the event has been rescheduled for next Friday, July 14 at 7 p.m.

Tonight’s service will take place in the sanctuary, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road at 7 p.m.

Here’s hoping for better weather next week.

Obituary: Karen Johnson Smith, 85, Beloved Mother, Retired School Employee

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Jul 062017

Karen Johnson Smith, 85, of Orange, beloved wife of the late Donald Cary Smith, passed away on July 3, 2017.

Karen was born on July 18, 1931, to the late Frederick and Dorothy Johnson.

Karen graduated from Hillhouse High School in New Haven, class of 1949. She married Donald C. Smith in 1949 and had seven children. Karen was an avid swimmer, an accomplished diver, champion badminton player and a competitive bridge player. She had a special love for children and children with special needs. She loved working in the Orange School System for more than 30 years.

On the orthopedic floor of Yale-New Haven Hospital, she was a cherished employee loved by many for her infectious smile and willingness to do her job. Karen recently retired from the hospital after more than 30 years.

Karen leaves behind her children, Deborah Smith of McLean, VA, Tina Bodnar of Chesapeake, VA, Kristin Wall of Mystic, CT, Andrew Smith and Christopher Smith of Orange, CT and Gretchen Smith of Bethany, CT. She also leaves four grandsons, one granddaughter, and one great-grandson. In addition to her parents and husband,

Karen was predeceased by her son, Donald Cary Smith, Jr. and her brother, Harvey Johnson. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 8, 2017, at 1 p.m. at Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meetinghouse Ln., Orange, CT. Burial will be private at a later date.

The family is being compassionately cared for by the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT. To leave online condolences, visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Reps. Ferraro, Staneski Visit New Haven Vet Center In Orange

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Jul 062017

State Rep. Pam Staneski with the New Haven Vet Center Director, Amy Radivoy and State Rep. Charles Ferraro.

State Reps. Charles Ferraro (R-117) and Pam Staneski (R-119) recently visited the New Haven Vet Center, 291 S Lambert Road Suite 5, Orange, to discuss the services the center offers to area veterans and how the state can better assist Veterans.

Rep. Ferraro, the Ranking Member of the legislature’s Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, said, “The New Haven Vet Center provides quality care and top notch services for our Veterans. Veterans and their families have a great resource right in their backyard and I encourage them to utilize the services offered by the center from their professional and friendly staff. I will continue to work with my colleagues in Hartford to make sure that our state provides the best possible services for our Veterans.”

Rep. Staneski said, “This Vet Center is an extraordinary facility which offers many critical services for our veterans. I want to thank the Vet Center Director, Amy Radivoy for a great conversation and tour; they are integral to the Connecticut veteran community. As lawmakers, we pledge to do anything we can do to better support this Vet Center on a state level.”

Vet Centers are community-based counseling centers with the goal of providing a broad range of counseling, outreach, and referral services to eligible veterans in order to help them make satisfying post-war readjustment to civilian life.

Last year, the Vet Center provided services to over 5900 veterans, which included individual counseling, group counseling, benefits assistance, community education and much more. The center is open Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday by appointment.

For more information about the center, residents can visit www.va.gov or call 203-795-0148.


Obituary: Daniel W. Donnelly, 24, Beloved Son, Friend, Musician

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Jul 052017

Daniel W. Donnelly, 24, of Orange, left this world too soon on Monday, July 3, 2017. Born in Bridgeport on Sept. 3, 1992, Danny was the cherished son of Robert and Theresa Durso Donnelly. Growing up in Orange, he played baseball and was an avid Yankees fan.

He graduated from Amity High School, and his dream was to work in the music industry. He will be remembered for his love of guitars and music and for his favorite band, Phish, which he enjoyed following on tour with the love of his life, Emilee Sousa, the late Joey Ciancola and their many friends.

Danny is now reunited with his beloved brother, Robbie, and other family members Tim and Kim Donnelly, John Donnelly and Gerri Marie Durso. Besides his parents, he leaves behind many aunts, uncles, and cousins to cherish his memory, including Patricia Davitt, Kathleen Tillman, Chris, Mary, Paul and Mike Donnelly, Anne Gumersell, Janet Waldman, Mary Ellen and Jack Durso.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the West Haven Funeral Home at the Green. Remembrances and prayers for Danny will take place at the funeral home on Saturday morning at 10 o’clock. Burial will follow in Orange Center Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations, for the family, will be gratefully accepted at the funeral home.

Kindness Rock Garden Ribbon Cutting Planned

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Jun 192017

The Orange Arts and Cultural Council and Orange Community Services have partnered together to bring a Kindness Rock Garden to town.

Every Friday in May groups of people got together to paint rocks with inspirational sayings for the garden.

The creativity expanded to the community during last week’s Orange Expo, when visitors were invited to paint rocks for inclusion in the garden.

This Wednesday, June 21 at 1 p.m. the OACC and Community Services will host a ribbon cutting for the Kindness Rock Garden at High Plains Community Center near the front cafeteria doors.

All are welcome to attend.



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Jun 172017

This male Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was found in the vicinity of Orange Center Road and Old Tavern Road around 7 a.m. on Wednesday, June 14.

He was wearing a red collar with an electric fence monitor. No other identification.

The Good Samaritan called the Milford/Orange Animal Control and he was taken into their possession.

The good news is that he has since been reunited with his owner.

Remember, the Independence Day holiday is coming and most pets run away around that time than any other time of year because they are frightened by the loud firecrackers and fireworks that people set off everywhere.

Please prepare ahead of time and find something that will help keep your pet calm and comfortable during the next few weeks.

May 282016

IMG_0876If you are an Amity Baseball fan, you most likely are familiar with Andy Hague.

The Spartan’s second baseman wears #1 on his jersey and was chosen as #1 (The MVP) in the SCC Championship game against Notre Dame West Haven today.

Hague and his brother Teddy #7 (a pitcher who also plays outfield), both juniors at Amity, have had a phenomenal year and fans look forward to seeing what they will contribute to the team next year.

Andy is a popular guy, always smiling and showing a positive attitude on and off the field, and the boy has skills!

Congratulations Andy Hague, this year’s SCC Ed Marocco Most Outstanding Player Award Winner. And thank you for an exciting regular season.

ALERT: Winter Weather Advisory in Effect Until 9 a.m. Tuesday (Extremely Hazardous Travel Conditions)

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Feb 022015

winter-weather-advisoryA winter weather advisory has been issued for our area. Effective now through 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3.

Among the hazardous conditions are significant icing; northwest winds of 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph; temperatures of 6 to 20 above with wind chills of 0 to 10 below.

The advisory includes a warning of hazardous travel, especially on untreated surfaces due to snow and ice covered roads and walkways.

Scattered power outages are possible from falling tree limbs.

Significant black ice is expected to cause travel difficulties, so be prepared for slippery roads and use caution while driving.