Lions 2015 Thanksgiving Dinner on Sunday

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Nov 272015

20141130_123345_resizedThe Orange Lions Thanksgiving Dinner will take place at High Plains Community Center at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29.

The Orange Lions Club began the tradition of a Thanksgiving Dinner for seniors.

The Lions extended this invitation to all Orange Residents on the Sunday after Thanksgiving in 1989.  It met with some resistance in the beginning but the Club prevailed and this will be their 27th dinner.

The town of Orange graciously allows the Lions to use their kitchen facilities at High Plains Community Center.  To see the gym transformed into a decorated dining room with many of their guests enjoying themselves is a sight to behold.  This has become one of the highlights of the holiday season. While it requires volunteers and a good amount of effort, the Lions truly enjoy cooking together and serving this meal.  It is one of their favorite undertakings.

Many town officials volunteer along with n the Lions to make this event a success. Along with a delicious dinner the seniors are treated to some of the finest entertainment.   The Tappers have performed in the past, local school choral groups have sung, Members of the Lions Club along with their children have played beautiful music on the piano to entertain their guests.

This is a well established tradition and one the Lions intend to continue indefinitely.

In order to have enough food for everyone, the Lions asked that anyone wanting to attend register with Orange Community Services by Friday, Nov. 27. To register call Kim at 203-891-4788. If you don’t make it this year, don’t worry, the Lions will be back with the 28th annual dinner next November.

Originally Published on: Oct 18, 2015 @ 21:21

Second Publishing on: Nov 5, 2015 @ 13:43

It’s Time To Think About Others: Adopt A Family

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Nov 272015

Screen Shot 2015-09-19 at 10.31.47 PMA Message From Orange Community Services:

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 have a cutoff date of Dec. 19 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.

Originally Published on: Oct 27, 2015 @ 00:32

Where’s My Morning Orange Live E-Mail Notification?

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Nov 252015

email-iconTo Orange Live Mail Subscribers: 

At the end of every month I field questions from e-mail blast subscribers as to “Why haven’t I gotten my morning e-mail?”

In Short, because I don’t want to charge Orange Live readers for the service.

This is the explanation the “blast company” — MailChimp provided: MailChimp’s Forever Free plan allows you to send 12,000 total emails a month to up to 2,000 subscribers. When taking a look into the account, it looks like the subscriber count is below the 2,000 subscriber limit. However, this month, the account has sent close to 12,000 emails. So, in order to continue sending this month, the account will need to be upgraded to one of our paid plans.”

I personally don’t have money to put into yet another bill and I think it’s terrible to ask readers to pay for the service ($5 – $10 year). This month about 60 new subscribers came on board, BUT many of them are not even from this country — spam I suspect, and it is very difficult to get into the program to delete the ones who are not legitimate.

So all I ask is that everyone make it a habit to bookmark Orangectlive.com on their computer and check it each day as part of their daily routine.

The e-mail service will automatically begin again at the start of a new month — NOV. — and run steadily through the 28th before it cuts off again.

I know some see this as an inconvenience, but, it’s my way of saving you money. Please be patient and come back daily to see what’s new on Orange Live.

Thank You!

Terri Miles, Editor

Get Ready, Here’s All You Need To Know About Santa’s Helper 2015

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Nov 182015

IMG_7408A Message From Elf Mama: 

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department Santa’s Helper 2015 is here, and this year it’s our 21st anniversary! Our Santa Helper teams have been delivering gifts, smiles and fun to thousands of Orange families for many years, and we want everyone to share in the fun and excitement of this wonderful program that has become a highly anticipated family tradition for thousands of loved ones in Orange.

Santa’s Helper is a wonderful, fun-filled fund raising event benefiting YOUR Volunteer Fire Department. 100 percent of the proceeds are used towards the purchase of firefighting and rescue equipment. All of our Santa’s Helper Teams of firefighters, special helpers, family and friends have been honored to deliver gifts, smiles, fun and visit with thousands of families throughout Orange for the past 20 years.

Children and adults alike, look forward with great anticipation to seeing the Fire Trucks coming down their street, lights and sirens to your front door, with Santa on board, leading the way. His truck full of gifts, his firefighter helpers and Elf visit with each family while delivering gifts and cheer!

If you would like to join in the fun and have one of the Santa teams arrive at your front door, it’s easy. Please follow the simple steps and soon, you’ll be seeing the Fire Trucks with the flashing lights and hearing sirens and a big HO HO HO, coming down your street and arriving at your front door.

Santa’s Helper delivery day is Sunday, December 20, from 2 – 8 p.m.

Gift Drop Off Day for the general public is: Saturday, Nov. 21
, 12 – 2 p.m. At Fire Station #2, 355 Boston Post Road. (Across from TGI Fridays). PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIME FRAME. WE ASK THAT YOU START TO ARRIVE NO EARLIER THAN 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO 12:00 START TIME. You will have a much shorter wait in line by following these new guidelines. Thank you!

GIFT RULES: There is a small fee of $15.00 per gift, per household. Each gift must be INDIVIDUALLY wrapped in your favorite holiday paper with an over-wrap of plain brown paper. The name and address of the recipient must be clearly printed on the outside.
Please try not to make the gifts too large or heavy, Santa appreciates that.
We have a limited delivery number of 160 homes. This is an extremely popular event, and those spots fill up quickly. We strongly encourage you to have all of the gifts for your stop with you on Gift Drop-Off day. **For those families having a large party with many gifts on delivery day, please email us at: [email protected] for special instructions.**

PARKING FOR DROP-OFF DAY: Please park your car in the rear of the Fire Station. There will be firefighters there to assist you. The Drop-Off line will be located INSIDE the fire station. USE REAR DOOR MARKED ENTER.

IMG_7431Santa on his fire truck with his Elf, and special firefighter helpers will arrive at your home to deliver the gifts back to your loved ones, and spend some time with your family for photos and smiles.

If you have any questions, you can EMAIL Elf Mama at: [email protected]
She will help you via email, or visit: www.orangevfd.com and click on the Santa’s Helper page.  Please do not call the Fire Stations as it’s a volunteer department and there will not be anyone there available to assist you with Santa’s Helper information.

**Emailing Santa’s Helper does not guarantee you a spot on the delivery route. Sign-up on drop-off day is on a first come-first serve basis.
The Orange Volunteer Fire Department wishes everyone a SAFE, Happy and Healthy Holiday Season.

— Elf Mama

A look back at some of 2014’s special Santa’s Helper moments:

Originally Published on: Oct 16, 2015 @ 23:51

Amity Creative Theater To Tackle A Powerful Subject Matter In December

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Nov 162015

51StAp6ru2L._SX370_BO1,204,203,200_Robert Kennedy, the head of the Amity Creative Theater Department does not shy away from critical social issues, and this year’s play in December, “The Wrestling Season” by Laurie Brooks, is proof of that.

In the past Amity students have tackled many controversial issues in their winter plays: homosexuality, suicide, school shootings and now “The Wrestling Season.”

This powerful, perceptive and poignant play tackles subject matter seldom addressed but vital to youth and their families: the search for identity and the peer pressure that accompanies it.

Using only the setting of a wrestling mat as a metaphor for the conflicts, betrayal, and complicated camaraderie experienced by most teens, eight young people struggle with the devastating power of rumors and how others see them.

An insightful glimpse into the destructive influence of gossip and clique behavior among young people, this exceptional family/school event offers insightful dialogue following each performance.

Originally Published on: Sep 3, 2015 @ 20:33

Second Publishing on: Oct 29, 2015 @ 12:33

Coco Is Still Missing: Have You Seen Her? Do You Know Where She Is?

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Nov 122015

Coco is missing

Coco is missing

It’s been more than a month since Coco, a friendly, white, female pitbull went missing from her home on Woodland Lane off of Wellington Drive in Orange.

Last seen on Wellington Drive on Tuesday, Oct. 6. Her owner is still desperate to find her.

She is about 50 lbs and is wearing a black collar.

Please contact the owner at [email protected] or at 203-285-0831.

He is offering a very generous reward for her safe return.


Mugs For Mankind At Amity Thursday Night

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Nov 112015

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The National Art Honor Society of Amity High School in partnership with the Jamie Hulley Foundation for the Arts, the Culinary Department and the Cabaret Coffeehouse performers will host Mugs for Mankind. in the Amity High School Cafeteria on Thursday, Nov. 12, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

For several weeks, the students have been working feverishly on crafting attractive one-of-a-kind mugs for the event.

This will be the same night as Cabaret Coffeehouse.

This event will bring students and community members together in the service of those who are currently struggling with the inability to afford enough food.

Sponsored by the Jamie Hulley Foundation, this is a popular event and you should come early to pick out your mug to take home with you.

The minimum donation for the event is $10. All donations will go to the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen (D.E.S.K) in New Haven.

For more information e-mail [email protected]

If anyone is interested in donating to the event, send a donation to the National Art Honor Society at Amity High School.  

Originally Published on: Nov 7, 2015 @ 02:02

Come Out To Honor The Veterans Today

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Nov 112015

IMG_6849The Town of Orange will host a program honoring Veterans at 11 a.m. on November 11, 2015 at the Orange War Remembrance Memorial at High Plains Community Center.  

If the rain continues and you don’t see anyone outside, please head inside the Community Center for the ceremony. 

The town welcomes the public and any veterans that wish to attend.  Applications are still available to purchase commemorative bricks for the Remembrance Memorial at High Plains.  Bricks are $100 each and can be purchased by veterans themselves or by families in memory of beloved veterans, either living or deceased. 

For further information, contact Mary Shaw at 203-891-4737 or [email protected].

Schools are open on this day, so the hope is that as many residents as possible attend to show their support and appreciation for those men and women who served our country and secured the freedoms we enjoy.

The weather is expected to be cool (in the high 50s) with a slight chance of showers, so dress appropriately.

Originally Published on: Nov 5, 2015 @ 12:24

Veteran’s Recognition Event on Nov. 9

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Nov 082015

Apple Pie 081Orange Community Services announced a veteran’s recognition event that will take place in the Senior Café Monday, Nov. 9.

The program will start at 1:30 p.m. with Apple & Pumpkin Pie from Lyman Orchards.

At 2:00 pm Clayton Allen will perform, singing various old country songs to show the town’s appreciation to our veterans.

Call the office at 203-891-4788 to let them know you are coming.

Amity Theater Offers Acting Classes For Elementary School Children

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Nov 082015

music-notesPACT  (Parents of the Amity Creative Theater) is sponsoring a program called  “Winter Wonderland Amity Creative Musical Theater Classes”  for children in grades 2 through 8, led by the talented high school theater students.

Classes are scheduled for Tuesday evenings from 6 – 7:30PM on November 10, 17, 24,December 1 & 8 in the Black Box Theater at Amity HS.

The program consists of five weekly 90 minute sessions and finishes with a show performed for family and friends on Tuesday, Dec. 15.

Students will receive instruction in singing, dancing, acting strategies and improv skills.

The fee is $90 per student.

Proceeds will help support the Amity High School students performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August, 2016.

Acting classes Registration Form


Originally Published on: Oct 23, 2015 @ 14:59