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Veterans Day Ceremony On 11-11 at 11, Commemorative Bricks Available

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Nov 092017
 

The Town of Orange will host a program honoring Veterans on Saturday, November 11, 2017, at the Veterans Remembrance Walkway in front of the High Plains Community Center at 11:00 a.m. 

The town welcomes and encourages the public and any veterans to attend. 

Everyone is reminded that applications are still available to purchase commemorative bricks for the Veterans Remembrance Walkway.  Bricks are $100 each and may be purchased by veterans themselves or by families in memory of beloved veterans, either living or deceased. 

For more information, please contact Mary Shaw at 203-891-4737 or e-mail mshaw@orange-ct.gov

Notes In A Nutshell: Nov. 9 Board of Selectmen’s Meeting

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Nov 092016
 

250px-Orange_CT_town_hallThe Orange Board of Selectmen met at High Plains Community Center on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the business they discussed:

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Friday, Nov. 11, Veteran’s Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. Veteran’s walk in front of High Plains.

Friday, Nov. 18, Town Auction, Vehicles, equipment, 2 Kilns also will be available at the auction buy “as is”

Sat. Nov 19, Cub Scout Pack 922 food drive and Wreath Sale in front of High Plains Community Center

Sunday, Nov. 20, Interfaith Service at Orange Congregational Church

Thursday, Nov. 24 Thanksgiving everything closed. 8 a.m. Rotary Turkey Trot

Friday, Nov. 25 town offices closed transfer station open.

Sunday, Nov. 27, Lions Thanksgiving Dinner  at noon, call for reservations

Sunday, Dec. 4, 3-6 p.m. Holiday Festival

Tuesday Dec. 6, 6-8 p.m. Amity Referendum with ONE Orange polling place at High Plains Community Center, $2 million bond for repair, maintenance projects.

Remember to put up a protective barrier near your mailbox to keep it from being damaged by snow plow activity

Racebrook Road Northbound side is being completed, now, during winter, Left hand side work will begin.

Indian River, culvert near Chip’s will begin and a third (turn lane) will go in at Lambert and Route 1.

The new Dunkin Donuts near Citizen’s Bank will finally open this weekend and the one in the plaza near ELI’s will be closing.

NEW BUSINESS

To consider and act on the request to authorize the First Selectman to sign the Master Municipal Agreement for RIGHT OF WAY 

Unanimously approved

To consider and act on the request to approve the tax refunds totaling $13,616.04 

Unanimously approved

COMMITTEES

Pension BoardSelectman Goldblatt   There is a vacancy, if you are interested in serving, contact Town Hall

Capital PlanningSelectman Okenquist  Waiting for requests from department heads

Bond Construction OversightSelectman Goldblatt  working on plans for bridge over Derby Milford Road, looking into a bond amount.  Also projects at town pool, school etc. 

PersonnelSelectmen Zeoli, Okenquist, Davis

Charter RevisionSelectman Carangelo

Adjourn

FYI

Approved Minutes of September 14, 2016 Board of Selectmen Meeting

2017 Board of Selectmen Meeting Schedule

American Education Week Letter from OBOE

2016 Holiday Festival Flyer

Letter from Historical Society Regarding Bryan-Andrew House

Summary of 2012 Bond Issue for Road Improvements

Appointments/Reappointments

Revenue and Expenditure Reports

Thank You Veterans: A Beautiful Day To Honor Local Veterans (with Video)

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Nov 112014
 

IMG_6810Chairman Vicki Grande couldn’t have been happier with the weather this morning at the annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony in Orange.

A rather large crowd, including more than a dozen veterans gathered at the Veteran’s Remembrance Walk in front of the High Plains Community Center at 11 a.m.

The ceremony was brief with a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem, First Selectman Jim Zeoli’s comments, and Grande’s reading of “The Greatest Man I Know.”

Here is a VIDEO with highlights from the ceremony.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Military and Veterans Receive Discount at Christmas Tree Shops For Veteran’s Day

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Nov 062014
 

thChristmas Tree Shops, 200 Indian River Road, Orange is recognizing Veteran’s Day by honoring US Military and Veterans (Active Duty, DOD, Reserves, Guard, Retirees, Veterans and Military Spouses) during its US Armed Forces Appreciation Event, Saturday, Nov. 8 – Tuesday, Nov. 11.

Bring in a US Military ID • US Military Services Privilege & Identification Card ( Active Duty, Dependents, Retiree, Guard/Reserve) • VFW Membership Card • Veterans Advantage Membership Card • Veterans Administration Identification Card • American Legion  Membership Card • DD214 to receive 20% off your entire purchase.

 

Everyone Encouraged to Attend Town of Orange Veteran’s Day Ceremony

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Oct 142014
 

Soldiers celebrate the signing of the armistice in 1918.

Soldiers celebrate the signing of the armistice in 1918.

The Town of Orange will host a program honoring Veterans on Nov. 11, 2014 at High Plains Community Center at 11:00 a.m.

We welcome all the public and any veterans that wish to attend.

For further information, please contact Mary Shaw at 203-891-4737 or mshaw@orange-ct.gov.

Why 11•11 at 11 a.m.

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France.

However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

Amity Middle School Welcomes Two Guests For Veterans Day Celebration

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Nov 142013
 

Students gather around their honored guest.

Students gather around their honored guest.

Sgt. Michael Mangan once again graciously donated his time to share his military experiences with our students. Capturing their attention with his description and photos of camel spiders in Iraq, he offered both a Middle East geography lesson and a life lesson in finding the beauty  in barren landscapes.

After passing around his  helmets and MRE food pack, Sgt. Mangan explained that Iraqi children excel in soccer and often played with the troops; he stressed the importance of establishing positive rapport and making a positive impression through soccer, buying from the locals, and respecting the faith of others, so Iraqi children will grow up considering the US a friend. Students came to understand, in the words of Mrs. Pero, Guidance Administrative Assistant, “that ‘the bad guys’ weren’t the countries or citizens, but that US soldiers followed ‘the bad guys’ wherever they went.

A major message to students was that the US is fighting  insurgents, not the country or the people of Iraq or Afghanistan. Sgt. Magnon shared with students the difficulty soldiers face readjusting upon returning home, saying, “It takes time.”

Amity Middle School visitors

Amity Middle School visitors

Marine Will Mingione, father of seventh grade student Phillip Mingione, also graciously donated his time this year to share his experiences in Okinawa, Japan in the 1990s.  While kids loved his stories about boot camp and banana spiders, one of his most poignant points was the fact that the military is a “band of brothers” that teaches its men and women to always have each others backs and to always be ready for any challenge.  In fact Mingione credits his training in the military for his ability to run his own successful business and is grateful for having had the opportunity to serve his country.

In addition to hearing from two servicemen, students on both  teams participated in additional activities to commemorate Veterans Day. In support of active duty troops, Team Y students created mosaics for and wrote letters to soldiers serving overseas. Team X students decorated stars with names of family members or friends that are veterans and created acrostic poems about veterans and their service. Both teams learned the history of the Veteran’s Day holiday as it relates to Armistice Day.

Seventh grade students will continue to pay tribute to veterans by participating in their annual “Stockings for Soldiers” fundraiser to send care packages to wounded veterans in stateside hospitals over the next month.  Because of amazing Veteran presentations in both the seventh and eighth grades, all students and staff are participating in this fundraiser in order to help those that willingly put their lives at risk for our freedom on a daily basis.

Our presenters were roles models for our students in both the information they shared and in “the respect they showed for each other and the positive and honorable way they presented.” Indeed, we are grateful!

 

High School Students Will Honor Tri-Town Veterans of War on Monday

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Nov 092013
 

veterans-day-pfullAmity Regional High School in partnership with the American Legion Post 127 – Orange will celebrate Veterans Day with an all-day gallery walk for Amity students, and a reception for veterans.

Veterans affiliated with the American Legion Post 127 will be setting up a gallery of memorabilia and equipment in the Amity High School Library Media Center.

Throughout the school day, Amity students will visit the library to view the displays, interact with veterans, and learn about the service and sacrifice of Americans who served our nation.

From 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm, the Social Studies Department, Music Department, and Culinary Arts Department will host a reception for BOW veterans.

The reception will feature musical performances, refreshments, and take-home dinners for veterans.

All veterans in the BOW community are invited to this event. Please RSVP to Wendy Carrafiello at Wendy.Carrafiello@reg5.k12.ct.us.

A Jewish Soldier Remembers D-Day At Or Shalom Tonight (Nov. 8)

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Nov 082013
 

Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, Orange

Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, Orange

Bernie Horowitz, a member of Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, is the guest speaker during Shabbat Services tonight, Nov. 8 at 7 pm.

Bernie will help honor our veterans as he discusses his service in World War II.
Veterans Day is Monday, Nov. 11.

 

Attention Veterans: Amity High School Plans Veterans Day Celebration

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Nov 012013
 

veterans_dayAttention Veterans: Amity Regional High School will be recognizing veterans during a celebration on Monday, Nov. 11 from 2:30-3:30 pm at Amity Regional High School.

Amity students will provide food and entertainment.

This event is being organized and co-sponsored by Amity Regional High School and the American Legion Post 127 in Orange.

If you are a veteran, and would like to attend this celebration, RSVP to Wendy Carrafiello at Wendy.Carrafiello@reg5.k12.ct.us.

 

Orange Could Win A Free Concert In Applebee’s “Thank You Movement”

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Oct 242013
 

Screen shot 2013-10-24 at 10.04.47 PMMulti-Platinum Recording Artist Gavin DeGraw to Perform in Most Thankful Neighborhood

As part of its ongoing effort to thank our nation’s veterans and active duty service members, Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurants across the country, including those in Connecticut are encouraging the community to visit www.thankyoumovement.com to say “thanks” to our military personnel for their service.

Screen shot 2013-10-24 at 10.16.11 PMFrom now until Veterans Day—Monday, November 11—the public can visit the Thank You Movement website to show their appreciation. The community that submits the most ‘Thank You’ messages will be declared the Most Thankful Neighborhood and will receive a free concert from multi-platinum recording artist Gavin DeGraw.

The winning neighborhood will be announced on Veterans Day, and the concert will be held on a future date. Guests can also submit ‘Thank You’ messages via  www.facebook.com/applebees@applebees on Twitter or on Instagram and YouTube by using #ThankYouMovement.

“I’m happy to be part of the Applebee’s Thank You Movement and extend my thanks to our service members for all they have done,” DeGraw said. “They are the definition of selflessness, dedication, devotion and sacrifice. Please join me in thanking our heroes by sending a ‘Thank You’ message.”

Since creating the Thank You Movement in 2011 to collect messages of appreciation for each of the 24 million current and former members of our Armed Forces, Applebee’s has received more than 4.5 million personal Thank You messages through the Thank You Movement website.

“We’re thrilled to have Gavin DeGraw serve in this year’s Thank You Movement,” said Stephanie Griffin, director of marketing and public relations, T.L. Cannon Companies. “We are excited to have our neighbors post their thanks and won’t be surprised to hear that Gavin is heading to Connecticut knowing how the community supports those who have served.”

In what has become an annual neighborhood tradition, Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar will once again invite military servicemen and women to Applebee’s for a free meal on Veterans Day. Since Applebee’s first began thanking the military with a free meal, restaurants have served approximately 4 million veterans and active duty military members on their day of remembrance and respect.

On Veterans Day only, veterans and those on active duty with proof of United States military service can choose one free entrée from Applebee’s Veterans Day Menu:

  • ·                     7 oz. House Sirloin
  • ·                     Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger
  • ·                     Three-Cheese Chicken & Sundried Tomato Penne
  • ·                     Fiesta Lime Chicken®
  • ·                     Double Crunch Shrimp
  • ·                     Chicken Tenders Platter
  • ·                     Oriental Chicken Salad

Guests will need to provide proof of service, which includes: U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans Organization Card, photograph in uniform or wearing uniform, DD214, Citation or Commendation.

Offer is valid for dine-in only. Traditional sides are included with free entrees; 2 for $20 appetizers, upgraded side items or extras, beverages, desserts and gratuity are not included. Applebee’s Thank You Meals will be offered during normal business hours on Monday, Nov. 11. Hours vary by location, so Guests should call their local Applebee’s restaurant in advance to inquire about specific location hours. Applebee’s encourages Guests to call their local Applebee’s or visit www.applebees.com for more information.