Friends Of The Library Want You

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Jan 182017

The Friends of the Library need one or two people to stop by the library a few times each week, to check if there are donated books in the alcove.

These donations need to be taken on the elevator to the basement.

If you are available and willing to help, e-mail Leslie Wasserman at lesliew6359@yahoo.com.for more details


Amity Teen Center Looking for Volunteers from the Community 

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Mar 262016

Screen Shot 2016-03-26 at 9.38.03 AMThe Amity Teen Center, Inc., located at 10 Selden Street, Woodbridge, welcomes professionals in the community to offer workshops and/or mentoring at its after-school program Tuesday thru Thursday 3 – 6 p.m. for at-risk teens. Volunteering can be done on a one time or ongoing basis. We are trying to enhance their appreciation of the need for education and basic reading, writing and math skills.

Examples of appropriate workshops would be on banking, budgeting, job skills, life skills, self-improvement. Any appropriate activities that support our mission and any level of participation would be greatly appreciated.

In addition, we are starting a new community service “company” for teens to learn job skills by doing hands on activity. This will be a medical equipment exchange available to all ages.

Mission: The Amity Teen Center mission is to (1) provide a community anchor for teens where they may socialize and participate in recreational and educational activities in a safe environment, (2) offer after school programs to stimulate creativity, enhance self-esteem, and develop social and educational skills, and (3) develop awareness of community among teens through community service projects, intergenerational programs and multicultural programs.

For further information, please contact either Jennifer Romanoff 203-668-9348 theatc.info@gmail.com or Linda Cohen 203-980-3409 cohen.lindad@gmail.com

We Need YOU — Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival

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Jul 232015


A message from volunteer coordinator Denise Mirto:

The Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival — the department’s largest fundraiser of the year — will take place beginning Thursday, July 30 through Sunday, August 2.

Help is again gratefully accepted and very much needed in the main food tent.

If you are interested in giving of your time for a few hours, especially on Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. for the day shift, or the evening time, beginning at 4 p.m.

Help is also needed on Sunday, beginning at noontime. The carnival does not go into the evening on Sunday.

We will also need some assistance on Thursday and on Friday beginning at 4:30 p.m.

If your company would like to volunteer together, as a group, that would be great and very much appreciated.

Coldwell Banker-Orange volunteers on Thursday night and Weichert Realtors Orange comes in on Friday night.

Please remember that aside from having a good time pitching in with your neighbors and friends to help, the volunteer fire department also helps keep our town taxes lower.

Call or e-mail Denise Mirto to add your name 203-464-9972 or denise.mirto@gmail.com

NOTE: I was having trouble with my answering machine at home, so If I didn’t respond to your message please call or e-mail me at one of the above listed contacts. 

Originally Published on: Jun 25, 2015 @ 15:54

Second Publishing on: Jul 2, 2015 @ 23:05

Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen Needs Volunteer Help

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Nov 192014

2035225933_VolunteersFeedMySheep_xlargeThe Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen now needs volunteers April 2015 through August 2015.

Congregation Or Shalom volunteers the first Sunday of every month from 4:15-6 p.m. at 311 Temple Street, New Haven.

Interested in helping? It’s easy, there is no cost, no food preparation, just your presence. People helping people.

The Soup Kitchen feeds more than 300 people daily with only 3 paid staff and hundreds of volunteers.

For more information or to volunteer, e-mail Nancy Kline at nancykline@gmail.com

Spring Cleaning This Weekend — A Message From The Orange Conservation Commission

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Mar 252014

The sign at the entrance to the Turkey Hill Preserve.

The sign at the entrance to the Turkey Hill Preserve.

As snow once again blankets Orange, the Orange Conservation Commission (OCC) is looking forward to springtime in Orange’s Open Spaces.

With nearly a thousand acres of open spaces in Orange, the OCC is planning activities to enhance the accessibility and sustainability of our open spaces (Paul Ode Nature Trail at the High Plains Community Center, Howard Brooks Conservation Area off Mapledale Road, Wrights Pond on Old Grassy Hill Road, Housatonic Overlook at Cedar Grove Rd/High Ridge Road, Racebrook Tract on Racebrook Road, Fred Wolfe Park off of Hollow Road and Ewen Farm Preserve on St John’s Drive and the Turkey Hill Preserve on Derby-Milford Road).

These open spaces represent Orange’s investment to protect the resources, plants and animals of our Town while simultaneously fulfilling its commitment to provide open space for passive recreational use and enjoyment on the properties.

Heading the list of these activities, a Conservation & Management Plan for Turkey Hill Preserve was recently developed and presented to the OCC. This Plan identified conservation strategies and adaptive management actions to allow Orange to carry out its stewardship goal of maintaining the Turkey Hill Preserve (THP) in a natural state that balances the need for protection and for passive recreational uses.

The study identified a very diverse collection of habitats, plants and animals present in the THP. THP contains high quality headwater streams that drain into Turkey Hill and Little Turkey Hill Brooks and into the Wepawaug River – very important to the fish population in these downstream habitats. In addition, the THP contains a number of wetland areas with vernal pools left after the snow finally melts. These pools are important to the development of plant and animal life that works its way up the food chain.

So how do we protect these wetland areas while still enjoying a woodland walk? Stay on the trail! Blazing for blue trail at THP was recently enhanced to enable hikers to easily follow the loop that starts at the parking lot off of Derby-Milford Road (at the intersection of Turkey Hill Road). Future articles will identify what to be on the lookout for as you hike the trails at THP and other Open Space areas.

In the spirit of Spring cleaning, the OCC will have a “workday” at 9:00 am on Saturday, March 29th at the Housatonic Overlook, parking is at the end of High Ridge Road. We will be cleaning up the trails, clearing brush and fallen branches and enjoying being out-of-doors in this beautiful spot in preparation for a Connecticut Trails Days event at this site on June 7th. You don’t have to wait until March 29th to take part in cleanup activities. As you walk any of the Open Space trails, pick up any trash you may find and deposit in proper trash cans at the entrances.

Lastly, Orange is very fortunate to have these Open Spaces available to our residents. Our Town leaders have exhibited great forethought in acquiring these properties for us and our children to enjoy. It is now up to us to step forward and accept responsibility for stewardship of this land.

The OCC needs more volunteers to help maintain trails and care for the land on all open space properties for which the OCC is responsible.  We are seeking highly motivated individuals or families who regularly use the trails and want to give something back to the town. Training in basic trail maintenance skills can be provided.

The OCC is especially interested in retired persons looking to stay physically active, young adults looking for a challenge, students who need to fulfill community service hours for graduation, families with older children who enjoy working together in the outdoors, owners of properties in the vicinity of town-owned land who would personally benefit from good stewardship practices nearby, amateur or professional naturalists, people who have or would like to develop leadership skills and/or those experienced with hand tools, painting, carpentry, or landscaping.

If you are interested in helping the OCC in this way, e-mail OCC commission member Sharon Ewen at sme71@yahoo.com. Aside from being a great way to provide community service, trail maintenance can be very rewarding!

Volunteers Still Need Volunteers For The Food Tent

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Jul 282012

Help is still needed in the food tent at the Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival, Thursday, Aug. 2 through Sunday, Aug. 5.

Since putting a plea out last month Food Tent Coordinator Denise Mirto has seen a good response from those who are willing to help, but, volunteers are still sought to fill particularly the Saturday and Sunday openings.

If you are interested in giving of your time for a few hours, especially on Saturday, beginning at 11 a.. for the day shift or beginning at 4 p.m. for the evening shift.

On Sunday, help is needed beginning at noon, there is no evening shift that day.

Local businesses are invited to send teams of volunteers- for example, Coldwell Banker – Orange volunteers on Thursday night and Weichert Realty – Orange comes in on Friday night.

Mirto said, “Remember, that aside from having a good time pitching in to help with your neighbors and friends, the Volunteer Fire Department also helps keep our town taxes lower.”

The Carnival begins next week, and it is the Fire Department’s major fund-raiser of the year.

To volunteer in the food tent, contact Denise Mirto to add your name: call 203-795-1080, feel free to leave a message or e-mail denise.mirto@gmail.com.