Annual Paper Shredding and Mattress Recycling Event Scheduled

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Mar 192018

The Orange Recycling Committee (ORC) of Orange, CT will host a paper shredding and mattress recycling event Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 9 a.m. to noon at High Plains Community Center (HPCC). Both services will be provided free of charge to Orange residents.

The secure, on-site paper shredding service will once again be handled by town resident Joe Johnston’s company, Affordable Solutions. Residents may bring bags or boxes filled with documents for shredding and volunteers from the Orange Recycling Committee will deposit them into the shredding truck. This service is generously funded by the Rotary Club of Orange. Residents may show their appreciation by donating to the Orange Rotary Scholarship Fund. Rotarians will be on hand to collect donations.

For the second year, residents also may bring mattresses and box springs for recycling. This free service is made possible through a partnership with the Mattress Recycling Council’s Bye Bye Mattress Program. Dry mattresses (of all sizes) and box springs will be accepted. However, mattresses from futons/sofa beds or waterbeds; mattresses infested with bed bugs; wet, damaged or excessively soiled mattresses; sleeping bag or mattress pads/toppers, are not part of the program.

For residents who need assistance getting mattresses and box springs to the event, members of the Orange Lions Club will pick-up these items from residences, given they are outside and dry or in a garage for easy access as volunteers will not enter homes. Those interested in this pick-up service should contact Ken Lenz at 203-795-3906.  The fee for pick-up is $10 per mattress or box spring; payment is by cash or check to Orange Lions Charities, and all proceeds are considered a charitable donation.

“We are thrilled to once again partner with the Rotary Club of Orange and The Orange Lions Club to offer these important environmental services to residents,” said Mitch Goldblatt, Chair of the Orange Recycling Committee. “Purging homes of these items and keeping them out of landfills helps our environment as well as tax dollars. This is a fun event that gives volunteers and residents an opportunity to work together for a cleaner and more sustainable planet.”

For the sixth time, this shredding event will help residents dispose of thousands of pounds of sensitive financial and medical papers in a secure, environmentally-responsible way. Adding mattress and box spring recycling last year proved a success, so it’s expected that more residents will availing themselves of this opportunity this year..

Paper Shredding and Mattress Recycling Event – Details:

WHEN:  Saturday, April 28, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., rain or shine

WHERE:  High Plains Community Center (front parking area), 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT


         Tax papers, bills, receipts, statements, and documents that contain personal, financial and/or medical information. No need to remove staples or elastic bands, but clips should be removed for reuse.

         Mattresses and box springs

DO NOT BRING Paper that is already shredded, newspapers, notebooks, folders, and other papers that can go in the regular residential recycling bins.

About the Orange Recycling Committee

The Orange Recycling Committee is a group of volunteers appointed by the Board of Selectmen, who live in Orange and are committed to increasing and simplify recycling options for Orange residents.

         Website: http://www.orange-ct.gov/180/Recycling

         Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ORCinCT/

Mark Your Calendars! Orange Lions Easter Egg Hunt Date Set

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Mar 182018

The Orange Lions Club is hosting its 56th annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, on Saturday, March 24 at 1 p.m.  In case of inclement weather, a “rain or snow date” has been set for Saturday, March 31 at High Plains Community Center, with the same schedule of events as proposed for March 24th. 

The Easter Bunny will arrive at 12:30 p.m., one half-hour before the start of the Easter Egg Hunt itself.  There will be face painting for the children, and hot coffee for the adults.

The Easter Egg Hunt is divided into four (4) age groups.  This allows each child to have an equal opportunity to collect the thousands of chocolate eggs which the Lions Club will have to distribute.  The four age groups are: (1) Pre School through Kindergarten; (2) First Grade & Second Grade; (3) Third Grade & Fourth Grade; (4) Fifth Grade & Sixth Grade.  Thousands of chocolate eggs will be distributed during the hunt.  Prizes will be awarded to children in all age categories for finding specially marked eggs.

An adult should accompany all participating children.  Each child should have a bag or basket to collect their eggs.  Parents may wish to bring a camera for a picture of their child with the Easter Bunny. Please note that parking for this event should be on paved parking areas only. Nick Bencivengo is the Chairman of this year’s event.  Anyone who wishes to donate to this event is asked to contact Nick at 203-901-9062.  All donors will be acknowledged for their generosity at the Easter Egg Hunt.

 The annual Easter Egg Hunt is but one of many community events and activities sponsored by the Orange Lions Club each year.  Among the other annual events are: The Community Thanksgiving Dinner, the Senior Pizza Party, a Comedy Night fundraiser, eye screenings for preschoolers, an annual Wine Tasting fundraiser, and giveaways for children at the Memorial Day parade. In addition, the Orange Lions make contributions to many community organizations; and for many years, the Lions have run a Community Grants Program for local groups who are seeking funds for a special reason. The Orange Lions Club has made many gifts to the Case Memorial Library over the years for the purchase of large print books and audio tapes for the sight impaired and the public and offer $1,000 scholarships for students graduating from Amity High School. 

Lions Most Important Fundraiser On March 16

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Mar 112018

The Orange Lions Club needs your support, so they can continue their programs for blindness, aid, prevention and eye research along with community projects and donations.

Their annual Wine Tasting is on Friday, March 16, 2018, at the St. Barbara’s Church Hall on Racebrook Road. in Orange, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. The event is facilitated by Wine and Liquor Outlet of Orange (528 Boston Post Rd.) and will feature tastings of wines, craft beers, and whiskeys.

You also will enjoy a cheese smorgasbord sponsored by Trader Joe’s of Orange, delicious stuffed bread, and more from Eli’s of Orange, and an Irish themed dessert table.

The night includes entertainment by Orange resident musician, Craig Calistro, many raffle baskets, and a fabulous silent auction! 

This year’s featured silent auction item is a Tesla Kiddie Car complete with all the bells and whistles and several items from NCIS, specially donated to the Orange Lions Club which includes one of Mark Harmon’s scripts from the show, autographed by the cast!

Tickets are $35 per person and are available from any Orange Lions Club member at the Wine & Liquor Outlet, or by calling co-chairs Betty Hadlock at 203-795-0134 or Marianne Miller at 203-795-3906.

Thank to our corporate sponsors, Wine and Liquor Outlet, Eli’s, and Trader Joe’s and the business and friend sponsors as follows: Annunziata & Co Accounting of Orange, Bruce Spiewak (AIA Consulting Architect), Cellini Design Jewelers, Coldwell Banker of Orange, Eve Overchuk, Knights Inc., Marian and Bob Drobish, Mild to Wild Automotive, and Wayne Hugendubel of Coldwell Banker. If anyone would still like to donate a “business sponsorship” of $100 or $50 for a “friend,” please call 203-795-3906.

Call today and join us for a wonderful and fun evening as you support the many projects of the Orange Lions Club, a 501c3 organization!

Save The Date For The Annual OVFD Pancake Supper

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Feb 272018

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will host its 9th annual Pancake Supper at Chip’s Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, on Wednesday, February 28. 

There will be an early seating at 5:30 PM and late seating at 6:30 PM

The menu includes Pancakes, Eggs, choice of Bacon or Sausage and beverage.

Prices are: $12 for Adults, $6 Children 10 and under, gratuity included.

Tickets must be purchased in advance as we a limited number of seats available.   

Tickets may be purchased from any Auxiliary member or at Knight’s Inc. 286 Boston Post Road, Orange.  All proceeds benefit the Orange Volunteer Fire Department. 

For further information, email Lynn@ LMK415@yahoo.com or visit the department’s website at www.orangevfd.com

Get Your Tickets For A Spring Tasting

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Feb 162018

The Orange Lions Club will host its annual wine tasting event — “A Spring Tasting” — on Friday, March 16, at Saint Barbara’s Church Hall, 480 Racebrook Road, Orange.

The event is scheduled from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.  and will feature  “a touch of the Irish” with appetizers, dessert and coffee, raffles and a silent auction.  The silent auction will include a child’s TESLA car designed by Radio Flyer and suitable for children aged 3 — 8 with a weight limit of 80 pounds!

All proceeds will benefit Orange Lions Charities which funds local community grants and scholarships as well as support for guide dogs and blindness prevention programs.

Tickets are $35 per person and are available from any Orange Lion or by calling 203-795-0134 OR 203-795-3906.

Feb 082018

The Friends of the Case Memorial Library announce that applications for the 2018 Lucy Scillia Scholarship may now be picked up at the Library.

Applicants must reside in Orange but may attend any public or private high school. The amount of the scholarship is $1,000.

Completed applications may be delivered to the Library or sent to:  Friends of the Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, Orange, 06477.

Orange Lions Spring Tasting Coming Soon – Become A Sponsor, Get Your Tickets

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Feb 072018

A message from the Orange Lions Club:
Mark your calendars for Friday, March 16, and get your tickets for the Orange Lons Club wine tasting event — “A Spring Tasting!” at Saint Barbara Church Hall — doors open at 6:30!
Call 203-795-0134 for tickets!
Thank you to our growing list of sponsors:
Wine and Liquor Outlet
Trader Joe’s
Aileen De Feo — Coldwell Banker
Wayne Hugendubel — Coldwell Banker
Eve Overchuk
Mild to Wild Automotive 

Orange Lions Club: It’s Community Grants Time

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Feb 062018

The Orange Lions Club announced that it will provide a limited number of mini-grants to eligible community organizations and/or individuals in 2018. The program is intended to provide funds to worthy causes and activities in the town of Orange that might not otherwise be funded, announced Orange Lions Club President Fred Turner.

“While our Lions Club continues to provide funds to Lions blindness prevention programs, aid for the blind, diabetes education and eye research, which are long-time Lions Club priorities, we feel strongly that it is important to allocate funds to local projects as well,” Turner said.  He emphasized that this funding is in addition to a $1,000 college scholarship which the Orange Lions Club has awarded to a new Amity High School graduate from Orange for many years.

Turner has appointed Lion Michael Muttitt to chair the community mini-grants program this year. Muttitt stated that blank applications for the Community Mini-grants program are now available at the High Plains Community Center in the Community Services Department, at the People’s United Bank branch on Orange Center Road, at the Case Memorial Library, and from any Orange Lion.

“In addition to our ongoing commitment to fund anti-blindness programs and provide aid to those with sight problems, the Orange Lions feel that it is crucial to continue to use some of our fund-raising resources for local community-based projects and activities,” Muttitt said. “We have an outstanding review committee which will enable us to make fair and appropriate decisions regarding all allocations.”

Completed applications are due to be submitted to the Orange Lions Club no later than January 31, 2018.  All Orange non-profit clubs and related non-profit organizations, individual Orange residents, and Orange government entities are eligible to apply.  The recipients of Orange Lions mini-grants will be announced in late February after the selection committee completes its review of all timely applications.

In addition, the Orange Lions continue to provide such community activities as the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Easter Egg Hunt, and Seniors’ Pizza Party. The Orange Lions also collect used eyeglasses for restoration and distribution to needy people all over the world.  Drop boxes for used eyeglasses are located in the Case Memorial Library and the High Plains Community Center lobby, and at the Helping Hands Thrift Store on the Boston Post Road. The Orange Lions also conduct eye screenings preschoolers and kindergarten children in Orange, identifying potential sight issues at an early age, using state-of-the-art equipment.  The Orange Lions also co-sponsor, in conjunction with the Milford Lions Club, a Leos youth group at the Foundation High School, located in Milford, for special needs youths.

Come In From The Cold, The MLT Children’s Fair Is Today

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Feb 032018

Mary L.Tracy School, 650 Schoolhouse Lane, will host its annual Children’s Fair on Saturday, February 3 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to attend this afternoon of fun, food, and fantastic memories for the whole family! The annual Mary L. Tracy School Children’s Fair is open to all members of the community, not just MLT families.

There will be games (and prizes for everyone), crafts, tattoos, face painting, cupcake decorating, food, a photo booth, a “bake” walk, a silent auction, raffle baskets, and more!

Children’s wristbands are $20 at the door. Adults admitted free. Wristbands will give you access to most of the activities listed above. Please note that the bake walk, photo booth, silent auction, and raffle basket tickets will have an additional cost.

If you buy your child a wristband in advance, lunch is included with the purchase. Lunch will be a choice of chicken nuggets or a hot dog. If you would like to purchase additional lunch tickets, the cost is $5.

All funds raised go DIRECTLY to PTO sponsored programs that benefit the students of Mary L. Tracy School. Thank you in advance for all of your support!

Church Youth Brave The Cold During Annual Freeze Out

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Feb 022018

How do you feel about the sub-freezing temperatures tonight? The biting cold making you want to scream as you rush from your car to your warm home.

Well, imagine not having a car or a home or a warm place to sleep.

About 20 young people, ages 10-18 are experiencing  what it’s like to be homeless tonight inside cardboard boxes in front of the Orange Congregational Church for the annual “Freeze Out.”

This year the event is a fundraiser to benefit the Columbus House.

The youth and their adult advisors are taking shifts outside in the freezing 14-degree air to spend time in the cardboard boxes. When they are not outside, they participate in activities indoors, including learning about police work during a visit from Orange Officer Chris Brown and his K9 Loki.

If you would like to help the youth group raise money for the cause, you may stop by the church overnight or in the morning and drop off a check or cash to help those who have nothing.