All of Orange’s newly elected officials will be sworn-in for his or her designated term.
All are welcome to attend.
During the past few months, Police Chief Robert Gagne has presented the Police Commission with several award recipients at each meeting along with the reasons for their place on the list. The Commissioners approved each individual that will receive an award.
All are invited, so come down to cheer on those members of the Orange PD and the public who have gone ‘above and beyond.’
Originally Published on: May 14, 2016 @ 19:03
By Jennifer Zhuang
What started out as a mere idea two months ago came to fruition last weekend as the first Chinese New Year celebration was held in the town of Orange.
On Saturday, February 20, almost 400 members of the community came together to ring in the Year of the Monkey. Dressed in traditional Chinese garb, they gathered to watch students and adults alike perform to Chinese songs and to enjoy classic Chinese foods.
The Chinese New Year Festival is the biggest celebration of the year to usher in wealth, abundance, and happiness. Lanterns and words of prosperity decorated the gym of the Community Center, giving off an authentic feel to the experience.
Organizers of the community believe that the event was the first step to promote multiculturalism in the region, so that different nationalities can learn about each other and be exposed to Asian heritage.
The night concluded with a total of 14 performances comprising of dances, songs, kungfu, and classic Chinese instrument. Performances included the artistic “Dui-Hua” dance by children of Orange’s elementary schools, powerful martial-arts exhibits by the students of the Wu Dang Kungfu Academy, gracefully choreographed pieces from the Mulan Art School and Butterfly dancing troop and the Yale Chinese Chorus.
It was a great event to celebrate Asian cultures and to bring to light the growing Asia community within Orange. Attendance was maxed within weeks, but organizers hope in the future that they would be able to plan for a bigger venue and bring more attraction to the event.
According to program coordinators Zehua Xia and Ying Peng, the event was not limited only to those in Orange. “Families from all over Connecticut wanted to come. We were setting an example for many other towns, but we just didn’t have enough room to accommodate them all!”
The entire event was a great success – hopefully the first of many more to come.
The Orange Chamber of Commerce Hosted a first selectman’s debate at High Plains Community Center on Monday, Oct. 26.
HERE, the two candidates talk about the education budget and schools in town.
The Legion Post 127 has partnered with the Stratford Gun Collectors Association for the past couple of years, hosting the show at the Legion Hall on Grassy Hill Road as a fundraising event.
The Orange Police Department recommended the Community Center for the show because the the event had outgrown the Legion’s parking accommodations.
When residents learned of the show a few stood up to protest, stating that the Community Center was not the right place for such an event; that it was disrespectful to the people of Sandy Hook who lost children and staff in a horrific school shooting in December 2012; among other things.
The August Board of Selectmen’s meeting brought to light the answers to many of their questions and some facts that even surprised the selectmen. They had only received half the story when the application first came before them.
Board members were under the impression that antique guns would be shown and sold, but at the August meeting it was revealed that ANY gun that is legally sold in CT would be available. — Not What The Board Thought When They Approved It
Board members believed that no ammunition would be sold at the show, during the meeting they were told that ammo most likely would be kept in a separate room. — Not What The Board Thought When They Approved It
Anyone who is purchasing items at the show must be trained and licensed and must produce all the proper documentation and ID. — This just opened a whole big can of worms.
First Selectman Jim Zeoli said he was unhappy that the club from Stratford was getting 75% of the profits and the Legion would only get 25% — Not much of a fundraiser for the Legion.
What Happens Now?
The discussion on this matter was supposed to be continued to the Sept. 9 Selectmen’s meeting, but on Monday, the Stratford Gun Collector’s Association pulled out.
American Legion Post 127 Commander Lewis Merritt released a statement on Aug. 24 (just 8 days after the Selectmen’s meeting): “The president of the Stratford Gun Collectors Assn. has informed the Post that he has withdrawn the application to use the Orange Community Center this November at the request of his members. No further information was given.“
Although this is good news for the residents who spoke against the gun show at the meeting, it’s bad news for the Post.
The Legion was depending upon a golf tournament fundraiser on Aug. 17 to raise some money for its programs and building repairs, but that had to be canceled.
The Post only has one other fundraiser planned for 2015, that’s the Breakfast for Dinner at Chip’s Family Restaurant 321 Boston Post Road, Orange on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 12.
According to Merritt, “The server keeps the tip, and the restaurant donates $10 of the meal to the Orange Legion Post.”
Merritt concluded his statement with an invitation to join the Legion:
“Post 127 invites all current and former service men and women in our area to stop by our Post, 630 Grassy Hill Road, Orange, CT any Wednesday night at 6 p.m. There is always something going on. You don’t have to be a member. Meet your comrades, share a hot dog and a story. We are here for you.”
Two Youth Services Parenting Presentations will take place at High Plains Community Center Cafeteria-Orange in the coming weeks.
The Orange Drug and Alcohol Action Committee will present a program entitled“ Drug, Alcohol, and Substance Use Among Our Youth- All Ages” on Wednesday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the High Plains Community Center cafeteria, Orange.
The presentation will inform parents of the purpose and mission of the ODAAC presenting facts and figures in regard the importance of the cause and mission to reduce underage drinking and drug and substance among our youth.
There also will be a presentation on Monday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the High Plains Community Center cafeteria on Your Child’s Developmental Changes by Dr Pei Juan Lei of Orange Pediatrics as the guest speaker.
Dr Lei will lead a discussion regarding the social, emotional, and cognitive changes that face school-age or “middle years” children (ages 6-12), how it impacts their growth, and how parents can play a vital role in their development.
Both sessions will have a question and answer session and a private box of cards for parents to write down their personal questions as well.
There is no cost to the program and refreshments and snacks will be available.
The extensive program will include a scrolling frame picturing living town veterans, and will honor the six different branches of service.
Organizers are still hoping for more veterans to come forward to be recognized for their service.
To register or for more information, call the Senior Center at 203-891-4784.
Hear about plans for the upcoming spring production of Neil Simon’s “Broadway Bound”
Listen to Jackie Koral accompanied by Gary Harger.
The Players are seeking both a Producer and Director for this production. The Show will run Thursday, May 7 thru Sunday, May 10
Originally Published on: Jan 16, 2015 @ 22:11
On Sunday the Orange Lions Club hosted its 26th annual Thanksgiving Feast welcoming the town’s seniors and others who may not have family with whom to share the holiday.
The High Plains Community Center gym was full, with a record crowd of about 150 guests this year (that’s 20-30 more than in past years for whatever reason). The Lions were ready for them with 16 beautiful roasted turkeys (perfectly moist and tender); trays of sweet potatoes and stuffing; dozens of festive cookies and cupcakes from Julia’s Bakery; dozens of pies and lots of love.
The entertainment they lined up for the event ran non-stop throughout the meal. First, a talented young pianist, then the Orange Senior Choir, followed by a guitarist.
The Lions and the community volunteers were happy to provide everyone with a lovely, relaxing afternoon with a nutritious meal and entertainment.
They will be back again in 2015 for the 27th annual Thanksgiving Dinner.