Applebee’s Salutes Servicemen and Women during National Military Appreciation Month

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May 112015

Applebee-s-Logo31Applebee’s Grill & Bar restaurants in Connecticut, upstate New York, and Pennsylvania is offering discounts, events and perks to thank those who have served or are serving during the Month of May in honor of “National Military Appreciation Month.”

Beginning Friday, May 1 through Sunday, May 31, servicemen and women who dine at participating Applebee’s restaurants will be honored with the following:

  • 10 percent discount: retired and active duty military can enjoy a discounted price on all meals, excluding tax, gratuity, gift cards and other discounts.*
  • Armed Forces Day Celebration on Saturday, May 16:every restaurant location will offer free cake and coffee to retired and active duty military and their families from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Random Giveaways: as another way to say “thanks,” every location will offer random giveaways, including food, beverages and other perks.

“We are excited to offer even more ways of showing our thanks and gratitude in this second year of celebrating military service during May at our Applebee’s locations,” said Stephanie Griffin, Director of Marketing and Public Relations. “We encourage all veterans and active duty military that visit us in May to identify themselves as having served so that our managers can personally thank them for their service.”

Applebee’s patrons and military personnel can participate in the Military Appreciation Month offerings throughout the month of May in Orange and at the following Connecticut Applebee’s restaurant locations: Danbury, Plainville, Groton, Torrington and Mansfield.

Since 2009, Applebee’s locations nationally have served nearly six million free meals to veterans and active duty military members on Veteran’s Day. Applebee’s also began recognizing U.S. veterans and active duty military service members in 2011 with the launch of its national “Thank You Movement,” a program that encourages people to show their appreciation for members of our Armed Forces on Veterans Day. Since launching the program, Applebee’s has received more than 2.5 million personal “thank you” messages through the“Thank You Movement” website.

To learn more about how Applebee’s restaurants in Connecticut, New York, and Pennsylvania support and give back to local communities or participate in these programs, visit www.tlcneighborhood.com.

*Proof of service is required to receive the 10 percent discount. Acceptable identification 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.

Originally Published on: Apr 23, 2015 @ 14:03

Obituary: Capt. Robert W. Klementz, USN Ret.

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Jan 222015

Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 2.30.07 PMCapt. Robert W. Klementz, USN Ret, 78, of Annandale, VA, passed away on January 13th 2015.

A native of Orange, CT, Capt. Klementz was a 30 year active service Navy Veteran.

He was born in Shelton, CT, on September 11, 1936, the son of the late William & Emma Hafner Klementz.

He is survived by his wife, they were married for 56 years, Barbara Miller Klementz, and their 2 daughters, Lauren K. Harte of CA & Holly K. Scott of SC; their son, David Klementz of AL; his sister, Linda K. Arbesman of FL, and blessed with 6 grandchildren.

Friends are invited to attend his Masonic Graveside Service and Military Honors on Saturday, Jan. 24th at 10:30 AM in Evergreen Cemetery, 679 Ella Grasso Blvd, New Haven.

Contributions in Capt. Klementz memory may be made to the Lynn House, 4400 W. Braddock Rd, Alexandria, VA 22304.

For more information on Capt. Klement’s career or to send a condolence to his family please see www.beecherandbennett.com


Obituary: Pauline Blaney, 85, Last Survivor of her Family, US Army Veteran

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Jul 142014

army funeral flagPauline Blaney, 85 of Orange passed away June 26, 2014 at CT Hospice in Branford.

She is the last survivor of her family, a US Army veteran and proud member of the First Congregational Church in Orange.

Funeral services were in the care of Clancy Funeral Home, East Haven.

Graveside service with military honors was held at Beaverdale Memorial Park Cemetery in New Haven on Friday July 11, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.

“Till the end of time.” 

Obituary: Stephen J. Loomis Sr., 78, Veteran, Retired Volunteer Firefighter, Businessman, Mason

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Oct 152013

Screen shot 2013-10-15 at 7.16.15 AMStephen Joseph Loomis Sr., 78, passed away on October 10, 2013 with his family by his side.

Mr. Loomis was born November 16, 1934 in New Haven, CT and lived in Orange and West Haven, CT until his retirement to Florida in 2010.

He was married to his childhood sweetheart, Shirley Trask Loomis for 56 years.

He attended Mary L. Tracy, Hillhouse, and graduated from UCONN with a Masters degree in Forestry. He graduated the Coastguard Officer Candidate School in 1957 and served 5 years and left as Lt. Commander, and he entered the Army Reserves in 1975 and retired a Major in 1998.

Mr. Loomis owned and operated E.G. Loomis & Son Inc. in Orange until 1989. He worked for Connecticut Central Railroad until 1998. He also worked for Railroad Salvage and BDN Landscaping before going to work for Mirror Polishing & Plating Company Inc. in Waterbury from 1998 until his retirement in December of 2010. He owned and operated Loomis Bus Company for Amity Regional bus system.

While in Florida, Mr. Loomis worked 5 seasons for the Houston Astros Spring Training Facility as a security guard in Osceola, FL. Mr. Loomis was a 56 year member of Wooster Lodge #79 Masonic Order and served as Worshipful Master twice, and was a member of the National Sojourners. He was a past Patron of Mystic Chapter #20 OES and was a 50+ member of Orange Congregational Church of Orange.

He was a retired member of the Orange Volunteer Fire Dept, and was a life member of Connecticut Valley Railroad Museum.

Mr. Loomis was also an avid Stamp and Coin Collector and enjoyed model railroads and anything railroad related.

He was the son of Ernest Gilman Loomis and Hazel Putnam and is survived by his wife Shirley, his children Debra Francisco (Randy), Penny Nalband (Gary), Shirley Jean Nielsen (Brent), and David Loomis (Robert Webb). Eight grandchildren, Christina Thompson, James Francisco, Joseph Francisco, Emily Nalband, Ernest Nalband, Stephen Nalband, Katherine Busk and Jeffrey Nielsen and three great grand children Matthew Francisco, Joshua Provo and Mason Busk.

He is predeceased by a son Stephen J. Loomis Jr.

Friends may visit with Mr. Loomis’ family on Tuesday, October 15th from 6 to 9:00 p.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT- TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME, 410 Campbell Ave., West Haven, CT.

A Funeral Service will take place on Wednesday the 16th at 10 a.m. in the Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meetinghouse Ln., Orange, followed by a burial with Military Honors in Orange Center Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to VITAS Community Connection, a community of Hospice caregivers who lovingly cared for Mr. Loomis.

Please make donations online: www.vitascommunityconnection.org or mail a donation to: VITAS Community Connection c/o VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, 2201 Lucien Way, Suite 100, Maitland, FL 32751. Please make checks payable to VITAS Community Connection. To send a condolence to the family please see obituary at www.beecherandbennett.com.loomis