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
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.

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.


Come to the Orange Senior Health & Safety Fair on Friday

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Sep 242015

IMG_0326-300x200Orange Community Services will host its 14th Annual Orange Senior Health & Safety Fair at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, on Friday, Sept. 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Local businesses and service providers are participating in the annual event in the Gymnasium. Last year’s event was a tremendous success and drew more than 200 seniors from the town of Orange and surrounding communities. 

The fair is sponsored by Orange Community Services, Orange Visiting Nurse Association, Coldwell Bankers and Maplewood of Orange. 

This is a wonderful time to meet and greet many wonderful people, including members of the police and fire departments, and to learn about many other town businesses and organizations.

Last Chance To Get Your Tickets For the Concert to Benefit The Orange Food and Fuel Bank

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Apr 162015

IMG_0732-200x300Orange Community Services will present its first Food And Fuel Bank Benefit Concert “Spring Into Action,” at the High Plains Community Center, tonight, Friday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m.

The concert will feature Orange resident Gary Harger with Art Bellucci on piano. Special guests include Barbie Harger and the Orange Chorale.

Musical selections from Broadway, the American Songbook and songs about Spring – the season of renewal will be featured.

After the concert a reception will take place in the cafeteria.

All proceeds from this event will benefit the Orange Community Assistance Programs, which includes the Food and Fuel Bank.

Come support these vital programs.

Tickets are $20 and are available at the Community Services Department or by calling 203-891-4788.

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Orange Lions Club Presents 13 Community Grants

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Mar 092015

Orange CT Lions Club

Orange CT Lions Club

The Orange Lions Club awarded 13 community grants Monday night totaling $5,750.

From all the applications received, the Lions tried to choose organizations that support the LIONS mission.

Lion Mike Muttit was the event chairman.

Quickly, here is the list of grant recipients:

1.   Orange Fire Marshal Office                                      $200
2.   Holy Infant Church   Memo Midnight Run          $250
3.   Orange Conservation Commission                         $400
4.   West Haven Veteran’s Museum                              $250
5.   Orange Community Juniorettes                              $200
6.   Orange Elementary School Olympic Festival      $400
7.   Orange Historical Society                                        $500
8.  Necessities Inc. (Orange Satellite Group)             $1,000
9.  Ct. Reg. Group of Blinded Veterans Association  $100
10.  Community Soup Kitchen                                       $250
11.  Camp Cedarcrest                                                        $400
12.  Orange Community Services                                  $800
13.  Case Memorial Library                                            $1,000

Total                                                                                  $5,750

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!


Kimberly Callahan

Administrative Assistant

Orange Community Services Department

UPDATE: “Dreamer” Labor Day Concert is ON

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Aug 312014


UPDATE:  6:34 p.m. Sunday.

The rain has stopped in Orange and the Labor Day Concert is ON! (Rain or Shine)

The Town Of Orange and OTN present the Canadian Band “Dreamer.”

In its Connecticut debut, “Dreamer” will give you the Supertramp Experience on Labor Day weekend.

Parking is $5 per car with proceeds going to the Amity Teen Center.

You know the music, “The Logical Song,” “Goodbye Stranger,” and “Dreamer” Come on down to the Orange Fairgrounds Gazebo, 525 Orange Center Road on Sunday, Aug. 31 from 7-9:30 p.m.

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