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Officers/Civilians To Be Honored At 2016 Police Award Ceremony

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May 172016
 

BEST-POLICE-Patch-EVER-275x300 4.30.39 PMThe Orange Police Department will hold its 2016 Awards Ceremony at High Plains Community Center on Tuesday, May 17, at 7 p.m.

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

Orange Residents Celebrate Chinese New Year

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Feb 232016
 

Children of Orange’s elementary schools perform the “Dui-Hua” dance.

Children of Orange’s elementary schools perform the “Dui-Hua” dance.

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.

VIDEO: Debate – Education Budget

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Oct 292015
 

 

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.

Calm Down, The Gun Show Has Been Canceled

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Aug 252015
 

lou merrickBack in July, the Board of Selectmen approved the American Legion’s request to hold a 2-day gun show at the High Plains Community Center in November.

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.”

 

Youth Services Offers Two Special Parenting Presentations at High Plains

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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.

Calling All Orange Veterans: Special Program Scheduled For May 1

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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.

Senior Center Book Club Meeting Scheduled

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Feb 122015
 

thThe Senior Center Book Club meets in the Senior Lounge at the High Plains Community Center, Friday, Feb. 27, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

All you need is The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd and yourself.

The Orange Players are “Broadway Bound” This Spring

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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

Photos: Lions Thanksgiving Dinner Sees Record Crowd

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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.

There Was Something For Everyone At the Train Show

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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.