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Jul 232016
 

Screen shot 2013-06-13 at 2.17.31 PMSince launching Orange Live in May 2012, some residents, and politicians wondered how I would go about covering local, state, and national elections.

The answer is simple — fairly.

I will post information about candidates, issues, and events as they are submitted as long as it is not an attack piece on an opponent.

If there happens to be more information about one party than another, it is simply that one side has a better publicity person than the other.

Note: In a past state election, I got some grief from a reader who believed I was taking sides by running one candidate’s press releases and nothing from another candidate. This was because HER camp sent me press releases and HIS didn’t. I do not go out looking for political commentary.

I will not be endorsing local candidates on Orange Live but I will do profiles of the key candidates. I do not attend political fundraisers, simply because if I can make it to one, but am busy during the other party’s event I will be accused of choosing sides. I will though, accept a well composed photo from these events and publish them.

If I request a candidate’s profile information or photograph, please send it to me as soon as possible to [email protected].

However, I will not run anything that resembles negative campaigning on Orange Live. Some may call that censorship — but I believe that candidates need to run on their own merits, and I plan to allow my readers to learn about the candidates without the mudslinging that will be found on many other news media outlets.

Just as I do not step up to the voting table with you and help you fill in the circles on your ballot, I will let YOU decide who the best candidate is for YOU and your family.

I will go to the polls, take photos of  Democrats, Republicans, and Independent candidates and try to have an equal amount of photographs from both sides (After 20 years of covering Orange, I know that some people actually count images and judge) and finally I will get the results up online ASAP.

… and that is my political coverage policy.

 

This policy has been in place for 4 years and will never change. 

LETTER: Why I Am Running To Become Your State Senator

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Jul 232016
 

pat liberoTo the 14th District:

My family, like your families deserve better than they have been getting from our State Government. We are paying too high a price for decisions made by legislators who have been there too long, doing business the same old way.     

I felt compelled to run for State Senate because legislation, supported by career politicians, have put our state in crisis.  I am confident that I can bring the kind of experience that will help get us moving in the right direction.

I currently serve on the West Haven Board of Education, where I also served as Board Chairman.  This has been a wonderful and valuable growth experience, as was my career as a teacher, vice principal and principal in the West Haven school system.

Like you, I have been influenced by many people in my life, especially my family.  I learned much from my Mom and Dad, who were small business owners.  They taught me how to work hard, properly manage an organization and treat people well. Examples of courage, optimism, and perseverance came from my brothers and sisters. I have done my best to pass these life lessons to my own three children. 

In order to make an optimistic future for our families, we must take steps to avoid never-ending budget crises that force rash, unplanned cuts to important programs including support for mental health, municipal aid, and education.

We cannot continue to include wasteful and redundant spending in unrealistic budgets that spend more than we take in and over-tax our citizens. These poor decisions paint us as irresponsible and anti-business, eroding any confidence that our people and businesses have in their future here.

Legislation and policies supported by my opponent have helped to place us in this difficult position.

For those who know me, you know that I will give my all as your State Senator. I will work diligently to improve state government and increase opportunities for all of our citizens in Connecticut. I ask for your vote on November 8th.  We can get back on track and showcase what a great state we have!

Pat libero

Republican Candidate for State Senate 14th District

Announcing Zoey Girl Pet Services’ Hot Steamy Summer Special

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Jul 222016
 

zoey girlWith the hot, humid weather in the forecast for the following week, we and our pets really need a break.
Following is a message from Mae at Zoey Girl Pet Services, 185 Boston Post Road, Orange:
Hope all are able to get cool on these hot, steamy summer days either at the beach, in the pool or just inside in the AC!  Now is a GREAT time to bring your favorite canine to his favorite pet spa for his summer doo.
From now until the end of August, we at Zoey Girl are running our Hot, Steamy Summer Special, offering $5.00 off on any full groom or bath!!
A short cut is a great way to help your little buddy stay cool for the remainder of the season.  For the bigger guys, it’s a good time to get that bath that’s way overdo.
Give us a call or text us at 203-606-9220 to set an appointment and take advantage of the hot summer savings.
Here are a few cool tips for your pets on hot summer days:
1.)  Keep track and limit their time outside.
2.)  Do not leave them in the car for extended periods of time.
3.)  Spray them with water to keep them refreshed.
4.)  Light color dogs exposed to the sun can get sunburned!
5.)  Darker dogs get hotter quicker!
6.)  Get a wading pool.  Dogs love it.
7.)  Make sure they drink water.
     We wish all of you a safe, happy and blessed Summer.  We look forward to seeing you and our four legged friends soon.
Thanks and keep COOL!
Mae, Melissa and the Zoey Girl Family.

Mark Your Calendars For The 36th Annual Odyssey Greek Festival

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Jul 222016
 

Senior Odyssey DancersSaint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road, is preparing for its 36th Annual Odyssey Greek Festival on Labor Day Weekend — Friday – Monday, Sept. 2, 3, 4, and 5.

Festival to Feature All Things Greek including Greek Cuisine, Live Music, Greek Dancing, and a bustling Hellenic agora (marketplace).

Set on the grounds of the beautiful Byzantine-style Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, ODYSSEY 2016 offers something for everyone.

ODYSSEY 2016 includes:

• Classic Greek cuisine – appetizers (meze), Greek pastries (glyka), lamb on the spit (souvla), moussaka, gyro, spanakopita (spinach pie) and pastitisio (Greek style lasagna) • “Gourmet Meze Grille” – gourmet appetizers, including saganaki (flaming cheese), loukaniko sausage, grilled shrimp, lamb chops, avgolemono soup, dips and pitas

• Live Greek cooking demonstrations – learn to prepare some classic Greek foods

• Greek marketplace – Gourmet Greek grocery, t-shirts, jewelry, arts & crafts, bookstore

• Treasures ’n Junque – Odyssey’s giant tag sale

• Presentations on Greek culture and religion, along with tours of Saint Barbara Church • Greek dance performances –Traditional Greek folk dances performed by the ODYSSEY Dancers

• Greek dance lessons – taught by the ODYSSEY Dancers (8:30 p.m., Sat and Sun)

• Nightly dancing to ODYSSEY’s live Greek band, “The Hellenic Company”

• Kids’ area – Rides, games, and magic shows.

• Raffle – Have a chance at winning the grand prize of $10,000 cash, or one of 9 additional prizes!

• Senior Citizens Day: Fri. Sept. 2, from 12 – 3 pm – 20% senior citizen discount on meals.

For 35 years ODYSSEY has delighted the senses with a feast of Greek cuisine, the thrill of Greek dance, the sounds of the bouzouki, and the ethnic flavor of the Agora (Marketplace).

Stop by Saint Barbara’s ODYSSEY for Connecticut’s greatest “Greek Party,” a rain-or-shine Labor Day tradition.

HOURS: 12 noon to 10 PM on Fri., Sat., Sun. 9/2, 9/3, 9/4; 12 noon to 7 PM on Mon. 9/5.

FREE ADMISSION and FREE PARKING (on-site and next door at Holy Infant Church).

RAIN OR SHINE INFO: 203-795-1347 or visit www.saintbarbara.org

 

Orange Resident/Film Major Lauren Ide Seeks Help With Senior Thesis

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Jul 222016
 

12341096_10207937713107969_8091233039572608427_nOrange resident Lauren Ide is a film major with a double minor in broadcast and producing at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

“As I approach my senior year of school, I am entering into producing my final film project of my college career and am turning to you for your help,” Ide wrote on a gofundme page for her Senior Thesis project.

Ide’s short film, “Unheard,” is about young Emily, a local small town girl who goes missing from home. Having left her hearing aids behind, she is left to wander the unknown of the world. With only a few dollars to her name, Emily struggles with her inability to hear.

See more about her college project at https://www.gofundme.com/UnheardtheShort

The funding for this project will be going toward town/location permits, art direction, craft services, and travel compensation for the actors.

“Thank you in advanced for all of your contributions, even the smallest donation will mean the world to me and the rest of my crew. Any amount will help my small idea, turn into the short film I can only dream it will become,” she wrote.

It’s Coming Up At The Library

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Jul 212016
 

The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, offers the following upcoming events:

Case Memorial Library


Oscar Film: 45 Years
Monday, July 25 at 7 PM
Wednesday, July 27 at 1 PM (with subtitles)

A married couple preparing to celebrate their wedding anniversary receive shattering news that promises to forever change the course of their lives. R. 95 min.


Teen Craft: Henna Tattoos with Jamilah
Tuesday, July 26, 2-4 PM
Learn more about henna and get your own beautiful tattoo from professional henna artist Jamilah. Space is limited so give us a call or stop by the Library to let us know if you plan to come.


Film Buffs: Remember
Thursday, July 28 at 7 PM
With the aid of a fellow Auschwitz survivor and a handwritten letter, an elderly man with dementia goes in search of the person responsible for the death of his family. 1 hour 34 minutes. R.

Harry Potter Potions Class for Tweens
Monday, August 1 at 2:30 PM
The Case Memorial Library is pleased to invite you to a potions class for young witches and wizards. Explore the magic of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child with Professor Gina, who will be teaching students on crafting a Gillyweed potion. For tweens entering grades 4 to 6.

Oscar Film: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Monday, August 1 at 7 PM
Wednesday, August 3 at 1 PM (with subtitles)

Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a ragtag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance. PG-13. 135 min.
Friendship Day Craft and Games
Wednesday, August 3 at 2 PM
Bring a friend and make new friends at Friendship Day! We will be making friendship bracelets out of recycled t-shirts and playing board games like Jenga and checkers. The library will have t-shirts available, but feel free to bring an old one from home. For children entering grades 1-3.


Art in the Library Reception
Thursday, August 4, 5-7 PM
In honor of the August exhibit: Watercolors by Lisa Rehm and Shuba Balakumar, on view August 2-30.
Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register in person or by telephone at 203-891-2170.

Orange Community Farmers’ Market Open Today

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Jul 212016
 

file photo from 2015.

file photo from 2015.

The Orange Community Farmers’ Market will run each Thursday until Sept. 29 under the Pavilion at the Orange Fairgrounds, High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road in Orange.  Market hours are 3:30 to 7 p.m.

There will be 14 vendors selling their farm-grown products including vegetables, cut flowers, maple syrup and candy, meats, baked goods, oils, pasta, animal treats as well as bath products, pottery, and more!   Farms from Orange to Oxford will be present; including Mapleview, Shamrock, Grassy Hill, Buttermilk Lane, Fox Hollow, Dream Come True, B4 and After, and The Little Farm on Main.  The Zuppardi’s Pizza Truck will also be at the market.  While shopping, stop by the Truck for a slice of pizza!

In addition to the Market, there will be live music at the Gazebo on the following dates: July 21 and Aug. 11.  Shop at the Market, stay for the bands, come back often!

Check the Farmer’s Market Website  for market participants, band details, etc. or call 203-891-1045.

Amity Middle School Parents/Guardians, Don’t Miss This Workshop

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Jul 202016
 

Democrats Announce Annual Picnic

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Jul 202016
 

Screen Shot 2016-07-20 at 5.32.26 PMThe Orange Democrats will host their annual Meet the Candidates Picnic at the High Plains Pavilion, Orange Fairgrounds , 525 Orange Center Road, on Thursday, Aug. 18 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call Bob at 203-530-7206 or Jody at 203-314-9975.

 

Senior Health and Safety Fair Scheduled In September

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Jul 202016
 

A scene from a past fair.

A scene from a past fair.

The Orange Senior Center will host its 15th Annual Health and Safety Fair at the High Plains Community Center on Friday, Sept. 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon.

Vendors representing all sorts of agencies will be on hand to give out information about products and services that benefit older adults. The Parish Nurses of Griffin Hospital will be on hand.

The Yale New Haven Mammography van is scheduled to attend. Call 203-688-1010 for an appointment.

The Orange VNA will offer blood pressure screenings.

There will be raffle prizes and refreshments.

Sponsored by Coldwell Banker, Orange Visiting Nurses Association, Maplewood of Orange and the Orange Senior Center.

Admission is free. For more information call (203) 891-4784.