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"I applaud you, Middletown, for standing tall and proud through the good times and the bad. You will always be remembered as a small city with a big heart owned not by a select few but by all of us."

 

 

Middletown is full of history, charity and diversity

Rosa Boyd

Middletown is a small community, more than 200 years old, filled with charitable organizations, history, events and landmarks.

Our most beautiful landmarks are our churches spiraling high into the sky, filling the spiritual needs for all, as well as the basic needs for some.

The magnificent Paramount Theatre stands proudly on South Street, opening its doors to talented youngsters performing plays such as “West Side Story,” as well as offering all the people of the area some wonderful cultural events.

Another landmark is our magnificent Thrall Library on Depot Street – a monumental tribute to the Erie Railroad days of yesteryear and now a wealth of information for its readers.

Around the corner, in the old Montgomery Ward building, is the future home of an interactive children’s museum. What was once the hub of retail will be a mecca of hands-on learning experiences for our youth and adults, too.

Historically, our city has been a refuge for immigrants who could find work on the railroads, factories, retail stores and offices. These Irish, Italian, Jewish, Puerto Rican, West Indian, German, Mexican and many more, too numerous to mention, have left us with a legacy and families to carry on the details of running our community. Today we have fourth and fifth generations of them living where their ancestors emigrated to many years ago.

This wonderful “salad bowl” makes our community rich with diversity and culture. The successful International Food Festival held in August, with the cooperation of the city and Business Improvement District, was evidence of this heterogeneity at its best.
In progress, and in conjunction with the city and the BID, is another First Night 2001 to be held New Year’s Eve in the heart of our downtown. Last year’s nonalcoholic family events was enjoyed by 3,000 area residents.

We are a community concerned for our young and old alike throughout Orange County. The many civic organizations such as the Elks, the Rotary, the Kiwanis, the YMCA, the Lions and the Masons are always available to lend a helping hand whether it be for a Halloween party, sporting event, giving scholarships to our youth or giving out shoes and turkeys to the needy.

I applaud you, Middletown, for standing tall and proud through the good times and the bad. You will always be remembered as a small city with a big heart owned not by a select few but by all of us.

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