Apr 162015

ages 6-12 "the middle years"

ages 6-12 “the middle years”

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.

Apr 122015

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Orange Senior Center will host a special program at the Orange Community Center on Friday, May 1 at 2 p.m. to honor the men and women who have served our country.

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.

Jan 202015

BroadwayBoundCome join The Orange Players for their Winter General Membership Meeting at High Plains Community Center on Thursday, Jan. 22, at 7:30 p.m.

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

Interested candidates should contact [email protected] or call TJ Chila at 203-915-9648/ 203-878-9281


Originally Published on: Jan 16, 2015 @ 22:11

Dec 012014

The Orange Lions Club Thanksgiving Dinner was a huge success.

The Orange Lions Club Thanksgiving Dinner was a huge success.

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.

Oct 122014

The New Haven & Derby Model Railroad Club, Inc.,  hosted its 22nd Annual Model Train Show at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, today, Sunday, Oct. 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The club members enjoyed a steady flow of visitors who flocked to the model train set-ups in the meeting rooms, the kitchen was busy at lunch time and vendors seemed happy with the amount of business they received.

The Train Show is one of the favorite events of the year for young and old.

Oct 052014

Screen Shot 2014-10-05 at 6.35.14 PMThe Orange Players Present: A Singer’s Workshop with Gary Harger at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, on Thursday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.

The workshop shall begin with a brief discussion and demonstration of proper vocal technique, followed by a group warm-up, and perhaps even a group song. Interested participants should prepare a song or audition piece of moderate length, and have either the sheet music or a track available.

There also is the option of singing a capella. There are no age-limits or experience levels required, as it is NOT a singing contest or talent competition.  Some attendees may simply wish to “audit” and observe the class — no one is forced to get up and sing!

Emphasis will be on musicality, diction, vocalism, and performance values. All comments and critiques are given in a forthright, supportive, and constructive fashion, and questions are most welcome.

Interested participants should contact [email protected].

For more information, check out the Orange Players’ webpage www.orangeplayers.net or on Facebook.


Sep 222014

thThe American Red Cross will host a blood drive at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road on Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Call today to make an appointment at 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit WWW.redcrossblood.org.

“Please support our community, with the gift of life,” said Paul Leahy of the Red Cross. “Every donation can save up to 3 lives. Every day someone somewhere needs blood. Without dedicated donors like you serving as a vital link between the blood supply and those who need blood, the Red Cross could not carry out its lifesaving mission.”

In order to donate you must be healthy — feel well and be able to perform normal activities.

If you have a chronic condition such as diabetes, healthy also means that you are being treated and the condition is under control.

You must be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds.

The Red Cross continually run blood drives..as the need is constant throughout the year. They do declare emergency blood needs around the holidays due to lack of donor flow.

Red blood has a shelf life of 42 days and platelets only 7 days.

Originally Published on: Sep 7, 2014 @ 14:31


Sep 172014


Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 9.45.59 AMOn Tuesday, Sept. 16, the Orange Visiting Nurse Association (OVNA) hosted a flu clinic at the High Plains Community Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Maria Biondi and another nurse stayed busy giving flu shots and then offering the patients a lollipop.

To learn more about this wonderful community organization visit their table at the Health and Safety Fair at the High Plains Community Center on Friday, Sept. 26, 9:30 a.m. to noon. 





Sep 092014

250px-Orange_CT_town_hallThis week’s meetings include:

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Inland Wetlands Commission at Town Hall 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

OVNA (Orange Visiting Nurse Association) Board of Governors at the Clark Building 8:30 a.m.

Safety and Health Committee in the Case Memorial Library at 9 a.m.

Board of Selectmen at Town Hall 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 11

WPCA (Water Pollution Control Authority) at Town Hall 7 p.m.

Community Services Commission at High Plains Community Center 7:30 p.m.