Mark Your Calendars For The Annual OVFD Auxiliary Pancake Supper

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Mar 122019

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will host its 10th annual Pancake Supper on Wednesday, March 13 at Chip’s Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Rd., Orange.

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

There will be an early seating at 5:30 p.m. and late seating at 6:30 p.m.

Prices are: $12.00 for Adults, $6.00 Children 10 and under, gratuity included.

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

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

For further information, e-mail Lynn at LMK415@yahoo.com or visit our website at www.orangevfd.com

Get Ready For The Race Brook School Food Truck Festival

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Mar 122019

Don’t cook dinner on Friday, May 24. Instead, come to the 6th annual Race Brook School Food Truck Festival!

The event is open to the public and organizers expect crowds of hungry diners! Bring your family and friends to the Orange Fairgrounds on May 24 between 4 and 8 p.m. Where you’ll find plenty of great food trucks serving up a wide variety of delicious delicacies.

Be sure to like the Facebook page for up-to-date information and come kick off Memorial Day weekend at the Race Brook School Food Truck Festival!

Please note that some seating will be available, but you’re encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to set up your own picnic space on the field.

Who Wants To Win A Pig Roast? Meat-O OVFD Fundraiser Tonight!

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Mar 092019

Meat-O is a NEW fundraiser hosted by the Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxilary and will be held on Saturday, March 9 at the Orange Center Road firehouse at 6 p.m.  It is similar to bingo, but played with a hand of 3 playing cards, for prizes of gift certificates, baskets, meats and more! 

The big prize is a PIG ROAST! Pig and cooker are included in this great prize!

Hands are bought before each round for a price range of $1-10 depending on the value of the prize; multiple hands may be bought by each person. 

Advance seating price is $5 per person, $8 at the door.  Coffee and dessert will be provided, you can bring snacks. (No alcohol please)

You can email OVFDAuxilary@hotmail.com or call or text Vickie 203-915-4822

For more information about this fundraiser, and other upcoming events please visit https://www.facebook.com/OVFDAuxiliary/

Proceeds of fundraisers directly benefit the Orange Volunteer Fire Department

Orange Police Officer Asks For Your Support

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Mar 092019

The Super Plunge is a Penguin Plunge event to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut on March 30 and 31 in Westbrook. A select group of individuals will plunge every hour for 24 consecutive hours to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Connecticut athletes.

Penguin Plunges give participants an opportunity to come together with friends and other warm-hearted individuals in their community to have fun and do good. Participants jump into the chilly waters of a lake or ocean in an exciting, festive atmosphere and earn great incentive prizes by raising money online to support Special Olympics’ year-round sports, health and fitness programs for people of all abilities.

So, who’s dedicated (and brave) enough to repeatedly run into the frigid ocean water 24 times over the course of 24-hours?

Well, for one, Orange Police Officer Denny Peterson, who is a town captain for the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

“I’m taking part in a Super Plunge at the end of March. I have to raise $2,400 by March 30th,” Peterson said. So far, he’s raised $2,205. Click HERE for his page to donate and help him reach his goal before the deadline in a couple of weeks.

The community is invited to join our brave Super Plungers for the Final Plunge at 12 p.m. on Sunday, March 31.

For more information contact Jackie at jackiet@soct.org 


Take the Leap for Literacy in 2019 At Annual ‘Leprechaun Leap’

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Feb 282019

Be a brave and warm-hearted soul, and become part of the fun when Literacy Volunteer of Southern CT’s annual Leprechaun Leap comes to Walnut Beach on Sunday, March 10, 2019.

Join the many other brave, warm-hearted souls who will “take the leap” for the Center at 2:30 p.m. sharp!  “Leapers” from around the city will collect donations from family members, co-workers, and friends, and run, jump or dive into the icy cold waters at Walnut Beach.

But if you’re a little timid to make the splash, show your warm heart by making a pledge of support to a braver soul who’s leaping. There’s always plenty of room for spectators to come down to the beach anyway!

Watch the competitions between local high school students and teachers, civic groups, restaurants, local businesses, canines and many more who will make the “leap” into Long Island Sound!

Trophies will be awarded in several categories, including Best Costume, Most Enthusiastic, Group Theme, Largest Group of Leapers, Most Individual Pledges, Highest Group Pledges, First One in Water, First One Out of Water, Bravest Junior Leaper (under 12), Best Tailgate Party, Favorite Civic Organization, Best Leprechaun Costume and Favorite Literacy Leaper.  The awards ceremony will take place at Bridge House Restaurant, Devon following the event. 

All proceeds collected by the “leapers” will benefit Literacy Volunteers of Southern Connecticut. The Milford Bank and Milford Kiwanis are the ICE CUBE sponsors. Other sponsors include Dawn Sullivan, Milford Alive, Jean Cianciolo, Linda Whittaker, Wendy’s Wellness, BRIDGE HOUSE RESTAURANT.

Read more online at www.lvsct.org or pick up a Brochure/Waiver at the Literacy Center office at 16 Dixon Street, Milford or call 203-878-4800.                                 

Don’t Miss The Taste Of Greece This Weekend – One Day Only

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Feb 252019

The Saint Barbara Parish, 480 Racebrook Road, Orange, will host its annual one-day “Taste of Greece” Festival on Saturday, March 2 from 11 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the community’s Ballroom.

The event features its wonderfully prepared Greek cuisine and Pastries.

Eat-in or take food with you to enjoy at home.

The parish’s Book & Icon Store and a Greek Market will also be open throughout the day.

Free Admission.  Free on-site Parking.

Orange Brownie Troop Hosts Collection Drive

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Feb 112019

For the second consecutive year, Brownie Troop 60274 is hosting a Gift of Warmth Blanket and Towel Drive during the month of February.

The girls are learning about taking care of animals and all of the new towels and blankets that they collect will go to local animal shelters.

There is a labeled collection box in the lobby at the High Plains Community Center for the entire month, so you may drop the items off at your convenience.

The girls and leaders from Troop 60274 thank their families and the community in advance for their continued support.

Get Your Tickets For the Orange Republicans’ St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

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Feb 082019

The Orange Republican Town Committee is sponsoring its annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner on Monday, March 11 at Biagetti’s Restaurant, 77 Campbell Ave., West Haven at 6:00 p.m.

There will be a complete Irish Dinner with Corned Beef and Cabbage and all that goes with it. A cash bar is available and door prizes will be plentiful!

Organizers said, “We hope many of our friends will join us as it’s always an enjoyable opportunity for “Wearing of the Green” by all who attend.”

Tickets are $42.00 per person and reservations must be made in advance by Monday, March 4.

Checks can be made out to ORTC and mailed to P.O. Box 632, Orange CT 06477.

For questions and/or reservations, call 203-974-2938.

We hope to see you there!

It’s Time For The OCC Youth Freeze Out, Show Them Some Love This Weekend

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Jan 242019

The 2013 Freeze Out Shanty Town was huge.

Come support the Orange Congregational Church Youth Group during their annual “Freeze Out,” 6:00 p.m. Friday night, Jan. 25, through 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26.  All night long, the kids will take rotating shifts and stay outside in a cardboard box shanty town in front of the church.

The purpose of this activity is two-fold:  1) to experience even for a short time what it would be like to be homeless and living out in the cold and 2) to raise money to support our mission with Columbus House (a shelter in New Haven).

While there are kids outside in the box, the other kids will be in the church basement with a full evening of activities and presentations.  Some of the activities include Orange Police Officer Chris Brown with his K-9 partner, Loki, and a guest speaker from Columbus House will discuss issues of how to help the homeless.

If you happen to be out and about, driving by the Orange Green Friday night, stop by and talk to the kids, ask them about their experience so far.  If you are moved to make a monetary donation that would be wonderful, checks can be made out to the Orange Congregational Church, put “Freeze Out” in the memo field.  Please show your support even if you just honk as you drive by.  It gets very cold during those dark hours of the night, so any positive reinforcement would be welcome.

If you are unable to drive-by, please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we could equally use that support as well.

Orange Community Women Present Chinese Acrobat Li Lu     

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Jan 222019

On Saturday, January 26, at 3 p.m., Orange Community Women will present Li Liu in “Traditions of Chinese Acrobatics.” This family event for all ages is a one-woman acrobatic show in which Li performs hand balancing, plate spinning, artistic cycling, ribbon dancing, diabolos and foot juggling.

A limited number of volunteers get to join her on stage to create an impromptu ribbon dance, and also to try their hand at plate spinning. The documented history of acrobatics in China goes back more than 2,000 years. Throughout her show, Li explains some of the rituals of Chinese culture and the Chinese New Year, teaches the audience some basic Chinese phrases, and encourages them to think about what it might have been like to grow up in a different time and place.

Li Liu was born in the city of Shenyang in The Northeast of China and began her acrobatic training at the age of 6.  She was chosen to attend The Chinese National Circus School in the capital city of Beijing where she trained until she was 16.  After touring extensively throughout Europe and winning medals and prizes at several festivals, she came to the United States with Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus and toured all over the US.  She is a regular on the NBA & WNBA half-time circuits and is also a featured performer on Princess Cruise Lines.

The show will take place at High Plains Community Center Gym  525 Orange Center Road in Orange. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door.  For advance tickets contact Michelle @ 203=605-4383 or fbailey1@optonline.net  or any member of OCW.

Orange Community Women is a chapter of Connecticut Junior Women, Inc. We seek to unite the women of Orange and surrounding areas by participating in community service and providing enrichment, leadership and social interaction. Our charitable and community projects include awarding scholarships to Amity students, donating children’s books to the library, collecting for veterans, organizing activities for the Tracy Bunch (a group of special needs adults sponsored by Orange Community Services), visiting and working with the seniors at Silverbrook Estates, donating holiday food baskets and gift cards to Orange Community Services, supporting Relay for Life and partnerships with Days for Girls, Manes and Motions Therapeutic Riding Center and Female Soldiers/Forgotten Heroes.

We meet on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 7:00 at HPCC and new members are always welcome.  For information about OCW, please contact Donna Wesolowski at donnaweso@optimum.net.