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Another Successful Shredding Day In Orange

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Oct 142018
 

On Saturday, Oct. 13, The Orange Recycling Committee hosted its annual paper shredding and mattress recycling event from 9 a.m. to noon at High Plains Community Center which was generously funded by the Rotary Club of Orange. At the same time, the Orange Community Women had a FUNDrive for Clothes and Household Items under the pavilion on the fairgrounds.

The clothing, shoes, towels, electronics, toys and games, kitchen items, sporting goods, and other items the OCW collected were brought to Savers on the Boston Post Road. This donation will help support many community projects. This year, they filled about 9 SUVs with your donations.

After the morning showers stopped, the women stood by the vehicles and told Orange Live how much they appreciate the generosity of everyone who stopped by and donated so many useful items this year.

Orange Recycling Committee Chairman Mitch Goldblatt called this the ultimate recycling event.

“We took in 17 mattresses, which will be torn apart and the wood will be used in some way, the metal springs will be recycled, the padding will be shredded and be recycled into something else, through the Bye Bye Mattress Program,” Goldblatt said. “We broke down all the cardboard boxes and gathered up the plastic bags, they’re being brought to the transfer station and recycled.”

Once again, Orange resident Joe Johnston, who owns Affordable Solutions, brought his truck for the on-site paper shredding service. He estimated that he’d shredded about 8.5 tons of paper that morning.

This is the seventh time the Recycling Committee has offered this service free of charge to Orange residents. All they ask for in return is that residents show their appreciation by donating to the Orange Rotary Scholarship Fund. Rotarians were on hand to collect donations and helped unload cars and broke down boxes all morning long.

 

 

Paper Shredding, Mattress Recycling, and Clothing and Household Goods Collection Saturday

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Oct 122018
 

The Orange Recycling Committee’s paper shredding and mattress recycling event scheduled for Saturday, October 13, from 9 a.m. to noon at High Plains Community Center (HPCC), 525 OrangeCenter Road, will once again be joined by the Orange Community Women hosting a FUNDrive for Clothes and Household Items.

The Orange Community Women are asking residents to bring clothing, shoes, towels, electronics, toys and games, kitchen items, sporting goods and more to the pavilion that morning. This benefit will help support many community projects.

Orange Recycling Committee Chair Mitch Goldblatt is excited about the additional service. “Saturday, October
13th will be a great morning for a Fall Clean-Out at its best”, Goldblatt said. “I’m encouraging all residents to bring their household goods and clothes in addition to their documents, papers, and even mattresses for an ultimate recycling event!”

The secure, on-site paper shredding service will once again be handled by town resident Joe Johnston’s company, Affordable Solutions. Residents may bring bags or boxes filled with documents for shredding and volunteers from the Orange Recycling Committee will deposit them into the shredding truck. This service is generously funded by the Rotary Club of Orange. Residents may show their appreciation by donating to the Orange Rotary Scholarship Fund. Rotarians will be on hand to collect donations.

Residents also may bring mattresses and box springs for recycling. This free service is made possible through a partnership with the Mattress Recycling Council’s Bye Bye Mattress Program. Dry mattresses (of all sizes) and box springs will be accepted. However, mattresses from futons/sofa beds or waterbeds; mattresses infested with bed bugs; wet, damaged or excessively soiled mattresses; sleeping bag or mattress pads/toppers, are not part of the program.

For residents who need assistance getting mattresses and box springs to the event, members of the Orange Lions Club will pick-up these items from residences, given they are outside and dry or in a garage for easy access as volunteers will not enter individual homes. Anyone interested in this pick-up service should contact Ken Lenz at 203-795-3906. The fee for pick-up is $10 per mattress or box spring. Payment is by cash or check made out to Orange Lions Charities, and all proceeds are considered a charitable donation “We are thrilled to partner with the Rotary Club of Orange, the Orange Lions Club, and the Orange Community Women to offer these important environmental services to residents,” said Mitch Goldblatt. “Purging homes of these items and keeping them out of landfills helps our environment as well as tax dollars. This is a fun event that gives volunteers and residents an
opportunity to work together for a cleaner and more sustainable planet.”

For the seventh time, the Orange Recycling Committee is helping residents dispose of thousands of pounds of sensitive financial and medical papers in a secure, environmentally- responsible way. Adding mattress and box spring as well as household goods recycling to this event has made this one event not to be missed.

Paper Shredding, Mattress Recycling, Clothing and Household Item Drive – Details:
WHEN: Saturday, October 13, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., rain or shine
WHERE: High Plains Community Center (front parking area), 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT
BRING:
 Tax papers, bills, receipts, statements, and documents that contain personal, financial and/or medical
information. No need to remove staples or elastic bands, but clips should be removed for reuse. DO
NOT BRING: Paper that is already shredded, newspapers, notebooks, folders, and other papers that
can go in the regular residential recycling bins.
 Mattresses and box springs.
 Clothing, shoes, bedding, towels, accessories, CDs, DVDs, books, electrical items, toys, games,
kitchen items, sporting goods, knick-knacks.

Gather Up Your Paperback Books For A Great Cause

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Oct 042018
 

The Orange Community Women do some really awesome things for the community, but this is, by far, one of the best.

The OCW will be having a Paperback Book Drive for Veterans from Monday, October 29 thru Friday, November 9.

A box will be set up in front of the First Selectman’s Office in the Orange Town Hall, 617 Orange Center Road.

The donated books will be distributed at the VA Hospital in West Haven.

So, gather up your paperback books for this great cause.

The Orange Community Women say, “Thank you in advance for helping our Veterans.”

Don’t Forget, “Bubblemania” Is Coming To Town On Saturday

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Jan 182018
 

Orange Community Women (OCW) invites you to see “Casey Carle’s BubbleMania” at High Plains Community Center, on Saturday, January 20 at 3 p.m. 

BubbleMania is a highly-acclaimed show combining the science of bubbles with theatrical showmanship and comedy.   Its website describes the show as an “extremely unique program combining high energy entertainment with artistic achievement.  

BubbleMania is loaded with visual comedy, quick wit, big band swing music and the untamed, often unbelievable qualities and beauty of spherical liquids: 20-foot bubble serpents; bubbles that bounce, dance and shimmy; jaw-dropping fog filled bubble sculptures; gravity-defying blobs of bubble foam; bubble spaceship; crystal ball; soap bubble ping-pong and more! This will be a wonderful community event and lots of fun for all ages.

This show is sponsored by the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation.

Tickets are $7 at the door – under 1 free.

Publicity Chairman Laura Griest said, “Orange Community Women is a chapter of Connecticut Junior Women, Inc.  We seek to unite the women of Orange and surrounding areas by participating in community service and providing enrichment, leadership and social interaction.  Our projects include awarding scholarships to Amity students, donating children’s books to the library, collecting for veterans, organizing activities for the Tracy Bunch (a group of special needs adults sponsored by Orange Community Services), visiting and working with the seniors at Silverbrook, donating holiday food baskets and gift cards to Orange Community Services and partnerships with Days for Girls, Manes and Motions Therapeutic Riding Center and Female Soldiers/Forgotten Heroes. Proceeds from this fundraiser support projects such as these.”

For more information on Orange Community Women, contact Donna Wesolowski, 203-799-3519.

Orange Community Women Present “Women & War”

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Oct 192017
 

Connecticut’s history is filled with remarkable women who have achieved extraordinary things.
Women have been involved in military conflicts from the beginning of time; some as warriors, some as spies and others who made the munitions or simply called for peace.

Connecticut women are among the finest and bravest who have stood for their cause – sometimes defying
gender norms, and often without the recognition they deserved.

Orange Community Women is proud to host “Women & War,” a presentation which will spotlight noted women warriors, including a teenager who helped save Danbury during the Revolutionary War, Harriet Beecher Stowe who sowed the seeds of conflict leading to the Civil War, and how Margaret Bourke-White’s photography brought civilians face to face with the war front for the first time. We will learn more about this year’s Hall of Fame inductees including

We will learn more about this year’s Hall of Fame inductees including our own Captain Kristen M. Griest, Amity graduate, and the first female infantry officer in the US Army and one of the first two women to graduate from Army Ranger School.

This free event, part of the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame “Talks on the Road” series will be held on Thursday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the Case Memorial Library.

The mission of the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame is to honor publicly the achievements of Connecticut Women, preserve their stories, educate the public, and inspire the continued achievements of women and girls. CWHF Inductees prove that women are just as tough as men and will inspire others to shatter gender barriers. For more information on CWHF visit www.cwhf.org

Orange Community Women is a chapter of Connecticut Junior Women, Inc. and seeks to unite the women of Orange and surrounding areas by participating in community service and providing enrichment, leadership and social interaction.

OCW meets the 4th Wednesday of the month at 7:00 at the High Plains Community Center and new members are always welcome. For information about joining OCW, please contact Donna Wesolowski at
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Orange Community Women Need Your Help

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Sep 132017
 

The Orange Community Women, an organization dedicated to helping worthy causes in Tthe area is running a FUNDrive under the Pavillion at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The OCW is asking the Orange community to donate clothing and household items to help them raise money for a variety of programs.

They will be accepting clothing, shoes, bedding, towels, accessories, CDs, DVDs, Books, electrical items, toys and games, kitchen items, knick knacks and sporting goods.

The Orange Community Women’s projects support Amity Scholarships, the Case Memorial Library, Veterans, the Tracy Bunch, Relay for Life, Silverbrook, Orange Community Services, Days for Girls, Manes and Motions Therapeutic Riding Center and Female Soldiers/Forgotten Heroes.

If you can’t make it to the Pavillion on Oct. 14, contact Michelle Bailey at 203-605-4363 or by e-mail at fbailey1@optonline.net for an advance drop off or pick up.

The FUNDrive is held in cooperation with the SAVERS store, 130 Boston Post Road, Orange.

 

Orange Community Women Donate Funds To The Volunteer Fire Department

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Sep 052017
 

Fire Chief John Knight and Volunteer Firefighter Lisa Kaplan with members of the Orange Community Women.

Orange Community Women (OCW) recently presented the Orange Volunteer Fire Department (OVFD) with a $200 check from the money earned from community activities during the past club year.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department is 92 years old and volunteer run with 60 active members.  Chartered to provide fire service for the Town of Orange, they also own and maintain the trucks as well as maintain the fire houses.

The OVFD is in the process of purchasing a new truck that will be used for protection of life and property in the town of Orange. The new fire truck will cost about $850K, without all the necessary equipment.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department appreciates all donations as they can apply the money where the need arises.  For example, full gear with tanks and masks costs several thousand dollars for each firefighter.

When a call comes into the police station, our volunteer firefighters hit the ground running.

Orange Community Women is a chapter of Connecticut Junior Women, Inc. and seeks to unite the women of Orange and surrounding areas by participating in community service and providing enrichment, leadership and social interaction. 

OCW hosts various activities throughout the year and the proceeds are returned to the Orange community. 

This Fall, OCW is coordinating a Children’s Fair Fact Scavenger hunt at the Orange Country Fair to help promote all of the fun activities at the fair.  In October, they will have a Saver’s Fundraiser to turn community donations back into cash for the community. 

Also in October, OCW will present a “ Women & War “ lecture from Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame “Talks on the Road” series at the Case Memorial Library.  Check back here soon for further information.

OCW meets at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, at 7 p.m. on the 4th Wednesday of the month and new members are always welcome.  For information about joining OCW, please contact Donna Wesolowski at donnaweso@optimum.net.

OCW Thank Everyone For Attending Their Bubble Mania Fundraiser

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Jan 302017
 

The Orange Community Women (OCW) hosted “Casey Carle’s Bubble Mania” show at High Plains Community Center, on Saturday, January 28. 

The organization had no idea how many people would attend the event, but some of the women said that advance ticket sales were “great.”

About 15 minutes before the 3 p.m. show, the line for “at the door” ticket sales was “out the door.”

The standing room only crowd seemed to astound the hosts.

Bubble Mania is loaded with visual comedy, quick wit, big band swing music and the untamed, often unbelievable qualities and beauty of spherical liquids.  This was a wonderful community event and lots of fun for all ages.

Children and adults alike laughed out loud and stared in awe as Bubble Master Casey Carle worked his bubble magic.

About the OCW

Publicity Chairman Laura Griest said, “Orange Community Women is a chapter of Connecticut Junior Women, Inc.  We seek to unite the women of Orange and surrounding areas by participating in community service and providing enrichment, leadership and social interaction. 

“Our projects include awarding scholarships to Amity students, donating children’s books to the library, collecting for veterans, organizing activities for the Tracy Bunch (a group of special needs adults sponsored by Orange Community Services), visiting and working with the seniors at Silverbrook, donating holiday food baskets and gift cards to Orange Community Services and partnerships with Days for Girls, Manes and Motions Therapeutic Riding Center and Female Soldiers/Forgotten Heroes. Proceeds from this fundraiser support projects such as these.”

“Thank you for supporting OCW,” members said.

For more information on Orange Community Women call 203-799-3519.

Due to a camera malfunction all of the photos from this event are terrible!

Local Group Hosts Veteran’s Day Paperback Book Donation for Vets

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Oct 272016
 

drop-box-for-books-for-vetsThe Orange Community Women’s group will be collecting paperback books to donate to the VA hospital in West Haven.  The collection will run from Oct. 28 through Nov. 18 to encompass Veteran’s Day.

There are two locations to donate your gently used paperback books: High Plains Community Center, main entrance, in the drop box pictured above and at the Video Lab drop box located at 200 Boston Post Road, Orange. Paperback books of general interest such as fiction, non-fiction, thriller, drama, comedy, mystery will be accepted.

The Orange Community Women group was established in 1985 and is a community service based organization, giving back to those in need in our community, state and globally.  Holding an annual fundraiser, and the recent mug and hat sale at the Orange Country Fair, all proceeds support projects such as scholarships for graduating Amity seniors, hosting craft nights with the seniors of Silverbrook Estates, providing food baskets for the needy, Relay for Life and most recently the Days for Girls Organization.  OCW operates under the Connecticut Junior Women umbrella.

For more information, contact Maureen Boian (203-799-9856) or Laura Griest (203-530-7906).  Thank you.

Down On The Farm With The Orange Community Women

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May 302016
 

Tracy Bunch Buttermilk farms (1)The Tracy Bunch and Orange Community Women (OCW) had a delightful time on a beautiful Monday evening in May at Buttermilk Farms in Orange, CT. The evening began with a craft and a pizza dinner.

After dinner, the Tracy Bunch was given a tour of the farm and animals by Maryellen Holden. They were able to pet goats and cows as well as hold a rabbit and young piglets. The evening ended with a hayride around the property.

OCW is a local community service organization serving under the larger CT Junior Women organization.

For further information on the club and our services, please contact Donna Wesolowski, Membership Chair, 203-799- 3519, or e-mail donnaweso@optimum.net.

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