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Update On High Plains Renovation Projects

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Jul 072019
 

The bond oversight committee on tour of High Plains

On Thursday, June 27, Orange Live joined the Bond Construction Oversight Committee at High Plains Community Center for a tour of the South Wing and Pool renovation projects.

Anyone who spent time in the South wing for meetings or during the annual train show may remember that the tiled walls were a highly glossed beige.

Since, they were sanded down, prepped and re-painted green. In May, the committee noted that the paint was peeling from the walls in multiple locations. The painting contractor was fired and a new one hired to complete the job.

There are two large areas that had formerly been two rooms, but the dividing walls were knocked down. They are now waiting for Accordion dividers so organizations can make the meeting spaces smaller when necessary.

The men’s and women’s bathrooms have been completely renovated and are bright, clean and modern.

In May, the Pool Locker Room schedule was updated showing the start of tile work on June 5. Floors were puddling badly in the men’s and family locker rooms and were reconfigured for better drainage.

Committee member Mitch Goldblatt, an Orange selectman, said he was disappointed that the job hadn’t been completed before the Recreation Department’s camp program started. He added that the Nursery School should be able to open again in late August.

From what we observed during the tour, we think everyone will be pleased with the “New” and improved High Plains Community Center.

Orange Legislators Upcoming Office Hours With Constituents

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Jun 112019
 

State Reps. Themis Klarides (R-114), Charles Ferraro (R-117) and Kathy Kennedy (R-119) will host post-session office hours in Orange for constituents this Friday and next Monday.

The first event will take place at Chip’s Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, on Friday, June 14, from 8-9 a.m.

The second session will take place at the High Plains Community Center Cafeteria, 525 Orange Center Road on Monday, June 17 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

With the session ending June 5 at midnight, the legislators will go over the major issues debated in the 2019 legislative session, like the two-year state budget, tolls, the minimum wage increase, and any other issues constituents choose to discuss.

For anyone who is unable to attend but would like to talk to their state representatives, you can contact them at 1.800.842.1423 or send an e-mail to Themis.Klarides@housegop.ct.govCharles.Ferraro@housegop.ct.govKathy.Kennedy@housegop.ct.gov.

The BOW Relay For Life is Coming Up In Two Weeks

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May 022019
 

The evening Luminary Ceremony (c. 2010)

Relay For Life is a grassroots, community-based team event.

Although every Relay For Life event is different, they do have a few things in common.

Each year, the Bethany, Orange, Woodbridge Relay for Life takes place in our community to recognize those affected by cancer and to raise money to help find a cure.

Here is a basic rundown of the event, which takes place on the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, from noon on May 18 to 8 a.m. on May 19.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend and take part in this important annual event.

Event Schedule

Opening Ceremony Begins at 6 p.m.

Time to get started. We kick off the event by honoring everyone who’s been affected by cancer and everyone who has contributed to the success of this year’s Relay season.  Survivors and Caregivers are encouraged to pre-register online.  Check-in at the Relay begins at 5 p.m.

Opening Ceremony, survivors and caregivers walk (c.2010).

Survivor/Caregiver Walk

Survivors and Caregivers are the heart and soul of Relay For Life events. We honor their strength and courage with every step they take. It doesn’t matter if you were diagnosed 10 days ago or 10 years ago, you can walk while everyone gathers together to cheer you on.

Luminaria Ceremony

During this ceremony, we represent everyone touched by cancer with a Luminaria. Each light represents a life—a life taken by cancer, a survivor of cancer, or support for a person still fighting the disease. It’s a powerful demonstration that gives people the opportunity to grieve but also offers comfort and hope.

Closing Ceremony

Our closing ceremony is the time to commit to take action and help lead the fight for a world free from cancer. It’s a time to celebrate what we’ve accomplished together and a time to unify for the work that needs to be done moving forward.

Have You Registered For The Cinco K deMayo Road Race?

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Apr 012019
 

The Orange Chamber of Commerce’s annual Cinco K deMayo Road Race will step off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 4 at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road.

The Taco Loco Food Truck will be on site for the event.

Organizers have planned a festive occasion that will be fun for the entire family with a photo booth, music, margaritas, and tacos.

If you haven’t registered yet, go to RunSignUp.com use the keywords “Cohen and Wolf Cinco” to find the race. 

Registration Fees

• Pre-Race Pricing: $30 per runner and walker (includes the fee)

• Entrance Day Pricing: $35 per runner and walker

• Under 18: $23 (includes the fee), Race Day $25 and Free Kid’s Run Too!

This event is sponsored by Cohen and Wolf, Attorneys at Law, Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine,  UBS/ Eng Zorena Wealth Consulting Group, Balanced Health and Family Chiropractic, Stony Creek Urgent Care, and Cellini Design Jewelers.

Have You Signed Up For the New Year’s Day Chilly Chili Run?

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Dec 302018
 

Dennis Marsh and Denise Stein during the 2016 Chilly Chili Run

It’s hard to believe, but it is almost time for the New Year’s Day Chilly Chili Run to benefit the Amity Teen Center.

The 22nd annual 5K Race and Fitness Walk, followed by a hot chili brunch, will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 1 at the High Plains Community Center in Orange.

Entry fees are $27.00 for the 5K Road Race, $15.00 for runners 12 and under, and $15.00 for those who want to register for the Fitness Walk.

There will be an Early Packet Pickup and Late Registration in person at the High Plains Community Center on Monday, December 31, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Day of Race registrations will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the gymnasium.

Teen Center President Jane Opper said, “This is the Amity Teen Center’s largest fundraiser of the year.  We are fortunate, once again, to have People’s United Bank as our Title Sponsor.  So, join us on January 1 to walk or run to celebrate the New Year and enjoy a hot chili brunch afterward.”

For more information, please call Race Director, Joe Riccio at (203) 481-7453 or email him at wssac-ct@juno.com.

Orange Celebrates With The Lighting Of The Menorah

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Dec 062018
 

On Wednesday, Dec. 5, members of the Jewish faith gathered at the High Plains Community Center for a menorah lighting ceremony.

Rabbi Sheya Hecht of Chabad of Orange, welcomed children and adults to the traditional event hailing the start of the Hannukah season.

Selectman Mitchell Goldblatt had the honor of lighting the candles, as he has in past years.

Here are some photos courtesy of Larry Lambert.

 

Veterans Day Ceremony

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Nov 112018
 

Celebrate Veterans Day the right way.
This holiday is not about store sales, it’s for honoring the veterans who fought to secure the freedoms we enjoy every day.
The annual Orange Veterans Day Ceremony will take place at the Veteran’s Walk in front of High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, on Sunday, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Bring your children so they can meet the veterans and learn some valuable lessons about why this particular day is so important.

Special Town Meeting Scheduled

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Aug 222018
 

High Plains Community Center

A Special Town Meeting has been scheduled at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, on Wednesday, September 5, at 7:30 p.m.

This meeting is to consider and act on the purchase of property known as 28 Salemme Lane from Orange Land Development Holdings, LLC contingent on the receipt of a grant-in-aid in the amount of $6,143,250.00 from the State of Connecticut.

All residents are encouraged to attend and become more involved in the decision-making process in town.

NOTICE: Amity Budget Referendum

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Apr 252018
 

The Amity Budget Referendum will take place on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at High Plains Community Center from  6  a.m. to 8 p.m.

Pursuant to State Law Absentee Ballots are Available in the Town Clerks Office at Town Hall during normal hours.

 

Town Budget Hearing On Thursday

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Apr 252018
 

The Town Budget Hearing is scheduled for Thursday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m.
The hearing will take place at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road.
Come and listen to what the Finance Committee has been working on and get answers to your questions.