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Police Blotter: Man Charged With Threatening and Breach of Peace

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Oct 172018
 

On Thursday, Oct. 11, Orange police responded to 526 Boston Post Road regarding an arrest warrant service on John Coscia, 53, of Ansonia, for threatening and a breach of peace, which occurred on Sept. 15, 2018.  Coscia was located on premises. 

Coscia was taken into custody and charged with second-degree threatening and second-degree breach of peace.

He posted a $1,000 surety bond and received a court date of Oct. 25.

Boys & Girls Village Launches Vocational Education Partnership with Applebee’s

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Jul 172014
 

Screen shot 2014-07-17 at 10.06.15 PMBoys & Girls Village recently launched a vocational program with Applebee’s of Orange to help students from its Charles F. Hayden School gain real-world job experience. The Hayden School is a comprehensive educational and clinical day school for students in kindergarten through ninth grade, located at Boys and Girls Village’s Milford campus.

One morning per week, a group of three to six ninth grade students travel to Applebee’s and help workers prep the restaurant before it opens. This job-skills training helps students gain a sense of responsibility, accountability and confidence, with the ultimate goal of creating a smooth transition into future employment opportunities. The program concludes on July 23 and will continue next academic school year.

“Our program with Applebee’s is a valuable educational and socialization tool for our older students,” said Jon Oddo, Boys & Girls Village Vice President of Educational and Vocational Services. “Students have the opportunity to engage staff in discussions about job-related skills while also learning skills that can be applied to find a future job of their own.”

In addition to supervision by Hayden faculty, students are managed by an on-site Applebee’s manager who assigns tasks that a typical Applebee’s employees would perform.

“The Hayden School students work alongside my team and perform a variety of job readiness tasks,” said Applebee’s manager Todd Desfosses. “We have been very happy with their hard work and desire to learn and look forward to continuing our partnership with Boys & Girls Village next year.”

In order to become eligible to participate in the Applebee’s vocational program, students must first demonstrate that they are prepared by participating in “Coffee Break,” a weekly coffee shop at Boys & Girls Village managed by students at the Hayden School.  Each week, a group of ninth graders set up Coffee Break and are responsible for the service, sales and clean-up of the shop, which is open to faculty and staff. The program is designed to help teach students about the various aspects of the food service industry, including food sanitation skills, social skills and customer interaction.

“Both programs have been successful in helping prepare students for the workforce,” said Oddo. “We hope the Applebee’s program will expand next year, as more students make the transition over from Coffee Break.”

Students also market Coffee Break by creating fliers to hang up around campus and by encouraging fellow students and staff to stop by. The money earned from sales and tips goes back into the shop or towards fun incentives like pizza parties for participating students.

Next academic year, Boys & Girls Village will also launch a culinary arts program, underwritten in part by the Werth Family Foundation, to help students gain even more experience and prepare for a career in the field.

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.

 

Check Out The Photo Murals Reflecting the Town Of Orange At Applebee’s

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Jul 172013
 

Volunteer Firefighter Lisa Kaplan had no problem finding a photo of herself at the newly revamped Applebee's.

Volunteer Firefighter Lisa Kaplan had no problem finding a photo of herself at the newly revamped Applebee’s.

Applebee’s restaurant, 526 Boston Post Road, will unveil it’s new look today, Wednesday, July 17, at 4 p.m.

The restaurant interior now includes customized wall murals that reflect the neighborhood including local schools, sports  teams and community organizations. (Featuring contributed photos by Orange Live’s Terri Miles)

The refreshed restaurant will also feature state-of-the-art flat screen televisions and updated wall coverings and decor. The exterior will feature new awnings, lighting and updated signage.

As you walk in the front door you will see Orange Police Officer Mike Kosh and K9 Partner Max, firefighters and police then go exploring to see if you can find your favorite sports team, Doc Whitney, Former Asst. Police Chief Ed Koether or your loved ones.

Applebee’s Decor Auction — Benefiting Make A Wish Connecticut — Ends July 7

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Jul 032013
 

appleBelow is a press release from Applebee’s Orange regarding the ongoing silent auction.

Celebrity photos, sports items, and local memorabilia are among dozens of items that customers can bid on at the Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar in Orange, CT. Now through Sunday, July 7 at 8 p.m., as the restaurant prepares for its upcoming remodel, items that currently adorn the restaurant’s walls will be up for auction. All proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish® Connecticut.

“Since we began remodeling our restaurants, we’ve had hundreds of patrons come in and purchase memorabilia that pay homage to their favorite stars and local teams,” said Stephanie Griffin, director of marketing and public relations, T.L. Cannon Companies. “We want to give customers in the Orange market an opportunity to join the fun and take advantage of some unique shopping, all while benefitting a deserving organization.”

All bids must be made through the Applebee’s restaurant manager on-duty by 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 7 and items must be paid for in cash at time of pick-up. Customers can pick up purchased items during business hours on Tuesday, July 9 and Wednesday, July 10.

“The money raised through this auction will help grant wishes of eligible children in our community,” said Kim Smith, Development Director, Make-A-Wish Connecticut. “We thank Applebee’s for their support and encourage all members of our community to bring their friends and family out to enjoy a great meal while granting wishes for our kids.”

The silent auction will take place at the Applebee’s restaurant located on 526 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT 06477. For more information, please call (203) 795-5762.

The restaurant will be closed on Monday, July 15 and Tuesday, July 16 while the final touches are added to the new look, re-opening at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17. Once complete, the restaurant interior will include customized wall murals that reflect the neighborhood including local schools, sports teams and community organizations. The refreshed restaurant will also feature state-of-the-art flat screen televisions and updated wall coverings and decor. The exterior will feature new awnings, lighting and updated signage.

Editor’s Note: Applebee’s asked me to submit photos from around town to add to the new decor, I can’t wait to see what they did with them!

Applebee’s Hosts Breakfast to Benefit Newtown Memorial Fund

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Jan 062013
 

Applebee’s restaurants throughout the state, including 526 Boston Post Road, Orange will be hosting a fundraiser breakfast today, Jan. 6 from 8-10 a.m. to benefit the Newtown Memorial Fund.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the breakfast will go to the Fund.

The breakfast includes pancakes, bacon, orange juice, coffee, and tea.

Tickets are available for $8 each and are available at the door.

Melissa Murray from Applebee’s Headquarters said the Orange Restaurant hopes to also have raffle prizes donated by local businesses. (This has not been confirmed yet)