Find Some Incredible Deals At The Material Girls Sale and Clearance Event

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Jul 022019

Material Girls of Orange, 463 Boston Post Road, Left Side of Building (Same Building As Kaoud Rugs), is hosting its annual Fourth of July Sale and Clearance event through Sunday, July 7.

Don’t miss this big sale. Save on most regular priced jewelry, clothing and more.

Big markdowns on hundreds of items up to 75% off.

Many brand name designers including Clara Sun Woo, Lysse, Lokai and so many more. Grab your friends, stop by and don’t miss out.

The store is closed on the Fourth of July, but sale hours are: Tuesday, July 2 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 3, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, July 5, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, July 6, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, July 7 from 12 to 4 p.m. 

Series: Unconditional Love And Pet Adoption (#2 Willy)

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Jun 252019

Coach George DeMaio and his “son” Willy George.

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the name, “The Coach”?

Locally, it can only be one person. Like celebrities who are instantly known for their one-name identities — Cher, Madonna, or Bono, George DeMaio is recognized by two words, “the Coach.”

He may be the most respected and trusted sports guy in CT, covering a myriad of sporting events from little league and legion ball games to all of the High School sports. For example, you’ve seen him at his table in the corner of the court at the Amity basketball games broadcasting live on WELI 960 and ESPN Radio 1300-AM.

But sports isn’t the only thing George is passionate about, he also is a devoted adoptive dad to “hurricane” dogs.

Wally the Pomeranian was first. He came from Georgia and quickly bonded with his new dad, “the Coach.” The two were inseparable for several years, with the little white pup accompanying George to baseball games and on family vacations to Maine.

Sadly, it was during one of those Maine vacations in August 2017 that the Coach lost his boy. Wally woke up screaming in pain and the DeMaios brought him to an emergency clinic, but he couldn’t be saved. Their hearts broken, George’s wife said, “No more dogs.”

Soon after, during another devastating hurricane season George saw a cute little pup that was up for adoption at a Texas Shelter. He was waiting anxiously to hear when the dog would be boarding a plane to Massachusetts when Hurricane Harvey hit the Lone Star State, and the transport was delayed until the weather cleared.

A rescue group in Willimantic brought in a bunch of dogs from Texas, and that pup the Coach fell in love with was among them.

George picked the little terrier mix up on Sept. 12, 2017, and named his new son Willy George DeMaio.

Willy is a perfect match for this family, he shares a birthday with George’s father, Feb. 14th, Valentine’s Day. He’s socialized, well behaved and he loves going everywhere with his dad.

Willy is 4-years old and he’s been with the DeMaios for the past two years. He didn’t replace Wally, but he does fill the hole left in their hearts. This is what adoption does.

The Coach recommends adopting your next boy or girl from a shelter and giving him or her a chance at a full and happy life. He knows first-hand how both young and senior dogs can bring joy into your life. He foresees many happy years ahead with Willy, visiting Maine, watching games, and snuggling on the sofa.

If you are looking for a new companion, follow Coach DeMaio’s lead and check out the listings for a dog in need of a home at a shelter. Some have issues to work through, but most will give you unconditional love for many years to come.

If you are an adoptive pet parent and would like to have your companion featured here, give us a call at 203-506-1747 and leave a message, or send an e-mail and photos to orangectlive01@gmail.com. 

Open House: Gorgeous 3 Bedroom Ranch New On The Market

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Jun 232019

Stop by 245 Bittersweet Rd, Orange, to see this wonderful home during the open house today from 12-2 p.m.

Beautifully updated 2,125 sq ft ranch on a lovely 0.69-acre lot with tasteful mature landscaping.

The large, light filled open plan living space includes formal living room, formal dining room, and sunken sitting room; all offer hardwood floors & cathedral ceilings, there is a gas log fireplace in the living room; a ceiling fan and French doors to the deck in the sitting room, lots of windows offer plenty of natural light.

The fully applianced kitchen offers granite countertops, breakfast bar, vaulted ceiling, and skylights. There are 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths including the master suite with jetted tub, large walk-in shower, and Palladian window.

The walkout lower level provides a large family room area with built-ins and a second gas log fireplace, French doors provide access to the bluestone patio with brick wall surround and fireplace.

The lush yard provides a shed and nicely manicured grounds perfect for play, entertaining and relaxation.

New on the market for $369,900.

Historical Society Tag Sale and Estate Furniture Sale

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Jun 212019

The Orange Historical Society will host its weekend Tag Sale and Estate Furniture Sale at the Academy Building, 605 Orange Center Road, Orange. on Saturday, June 22 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The sale includes a large inventory of antiques along with the tag sale items priced accordingly.
Inside the Academy are antiques, collectibles, books, DVDs, and dolls….let’s not forget the dolls.
For information call 203 795-3106.

Fantastic! — Amur Leopard Cubs Now On Display At the Beardsley Zoo

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Jun 182019

The Beardsley Zoo welcomed two rare Amur Leopard cubs in January. The male looks like his parents (brown with spots) But his sister looks more like a panther. she also doesn’t have that magnificent tail — it had to be amputated after her mom cleaned her soon after birth.
As far as her coloring, well, here’s a press release from the zoo that thoroughly explains that:
One of the two Amur leopard cubs  (Panthera pardus orientalis) at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo has a condition known as melanism. The male cub has the usual spotted coat, while the female cub is melanistic, a condition where the body produces an excess of black pigment, the opposite of albinism.
At first, a melanistic cat might look solid black, but even melanistic leopards are spotted. If you get a close look, you may be able to discern a pattern of black rosettes on a black background. Researchers have found that frequencies of melanism in leopards vary significantly across habitat types—highest in tropical moist forests and near zero in open habitats.
A melanistic cat living in deep jungle amid thick vegetation—where there are significant areas of dark shade—can blend into the background. But in the Amur leopard’s open-forest habitat, areas of dark shade are harder to come by, making a melanistic leopard much easier to spot.

For a leopard, survival depends on spotting prey before being spotted, so blending into the background is important. For that reason, while the Zoo’s female cub may one day be recommended for breeding, any of her descendants would not be included in reintroduction plans. For reintroduction, the intent is to produce genetic lines that will maximize survival in the wild. A melanistic cat, while normal in all other aspects, is at a disadvantage in the wild, because they would be more noticeable than typically spotted leopards.

While 11 percent of leopards alive today are thought to be melanistic, most are found in Southeast Asia, where tropical forests offer an abundance of shade. Melanism provides additional camouflage in those habitats, giving the predators an advantage when hunting. An extremely rare melanistic leopard was recently sighted in Africa for the first time in a century. There is currently one other melanistic Amur leopard in this country at the San Diego Zoo.

NOTE: The babies are now on display in their mother’s usual habitat with a viewing window. On Monday they didn’t come out until around 1 p.m. but that could change.
Before your children go off to summer camp, make sure you bring them to the zoo to see these magnificent cats.

Orange Residents: Important Information About Your Tax Bills

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Jun 172019

Tax bills are scheduled to be mailed the last week of June, the first installment due July 1, 2019.

The final day to pay without interest or penalty will be August 1,  2019.

Payments will not be accepted or processed until July 1, 2019.  Ct. State Statute 12‐163 If you want a  receipt, bring the entire three-part tax bill. Payments by mail require a self-addressed stamped envelope along with the entire three-part bill.

Tax bills may be paid online, on the Town of Orange website; there is a fee associated.

Motor vehicle clearance will take 11 days.  For 24 hr. clearance delinquent tax bill must be paid in cash in the office between 8:30  a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

The 2018 Grand List information will not be available for viewing until July 1.

How Much Do You Know About Father’s Day?

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Jun 162019

The History of Christmas, Veteran’s Day, Easter, and other holidays are well known. But what about Father’s Day? How did it begin, and why?

Here’s a little history lesson from triviagenius.com:

The official first Father’s Day is a point of minor contention. On June 5, 1908, a church in West Virginia held a service honoring fathers after a coal mining collapse killed 362 men in the community and left more than 1,000 children fatherless. This is the first known instance of an official honoring of fathers, but this single event did not start the modern practice of Father’s Day.

The mother of Father’s Day, so to speak, was Sonora Smart Dodd, a resident of Spokane, Washington. Sonora Smart Dodd’s mother had died during childbirth, which left her father to raise six children as a single parent. She wanted to honor both him and fathers across the country by hosting Father’s Day on her father’s birthday, which was, coincidentally, June 5, the same day the West Virginia church had held their Father’s Day service the year prior.

Dogg suggested this to the ministry of the Spokane church, but they requested more time to prepare a sermon for the event. June 19, 1909, was chosen as the new date for the first Father’s Day, and in the following year, Washington State held the first statewide Father’s Day celebration.

Who’s That Knocking At My Door?

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Jun 112019

From the Orange Police Department:

Residents should be aware that there will be a group canvassing in town over the next few weeks.

Citizens Campaign for the Environment will be going door-to-door weekdays between 4p-9p and weekends from 11a-4p. If they are requested to perform follow-up visits from residents, those will take place between 8-9p.

This organization has registered with the police department and will continue to advise police of their activities/whereabouts while operating in town.

Their logo is shown below for recognition purposes. You can search for their website online as well if you desire more information.

RV Lifestyle Offers A Look At Some Of The Best Things To Do In CT

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Jun 102019

The site “Your RV Lifestyle” presented a list of the 100 Best Things To Do In CT. 
With Summer coming and families planning vacations and road trips, we are, with permission, publishing the list 10 destinations at a time. 
Here are the top 10:

Connecticut is the third smallest state by area, in the USA, and has the highest per-capita income. The capital city is Hartford. It is also known as Constitution State, the Provisions State, The Nutmeg state, and the Land of steady habits.

The first European settlers were of Dutch origin, although the first major settlement was in the 1630’s by English settlers.

Connecticut has a strong tradition with maritime, having the Connecticut and Thames Rivers, along with many ports along the Long Island Sound.

You will find that the state of Connecticut has within its borders shorelines, forests, historic villages, colonial churches, and modern expressways. Connecticut is certainly a thriving state, with a lot to offer the tourist.

1. Long Island Sound

This tidal estuary is over 21 miles at the widest point. It runs from east to west, from east River in New York to the north shore of Long Island. About 8 million people live on the Sound.
You will find many state parks along the sound, as well as many delightful villages. If you enjoy seafood, then make sure you head for one of the many restaurants along the Sound.
There are many places to stay so you may want to book some accommodation and stay a few days while you explore. Alternatively, take an RV and be your own boss!

2. USS Nautilus

USS Nautilus was the first operational nuclear-powered submarine. Because of this, the sub was able to remain submerged for long periods of time.
The Nautilus was ordered to conduct ‘Operation Sunshine’ and on July 23rd 1958 she became the first ship to cross the North Pole.
The submarine was decommissioned in 1980 and has been preserved as a museum open to the public. You will find the submarine in Groton.
Plan to spend a half day here.

3. Yale University

This university is the third oldest in the USA, and is located in New Haven.
The university is open for guided tours. Be sure to take a walk through the gardens which are immaculately maintained. There are frequent concerts which are open to the public to attend. These must be booked in advance.
The guided tours are a great way to learn about the history of the university, and well worth taking advantage of. You will also be able to stop at the library, and the botanical garden, so allow yourself a full day here.

4. Connecticut State Capitol

You will find the State Capitol in Hartford, just south of Bushnell Park. Originally there was a large statue on the top of the dome, but this was removed after the hurricane which happened in 1938.
Note that at the base of the dome there are 12 statues, in pairs which represent Commerce, Education/Law, Agriculture, War/Force, Science/Justice, and Music.
You can take a self-guided tour through the building, although guided tours are available on the weekdays. Guided tours start at the entrance of the Legislative Office, which is on the west side.
Allow a half day to see the building.

5. Mark Twain House

There is also a museum here. You will find them in Hartford. This was the home of Mark Twain and his family from 1874 – 1891.
The author Samuel Clemens wrote many of his best works here, such as The Prince and the Pauper, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
The building has also been used as a school and a public library, until it was until it was taken over by the Mark Twain Memorial group. It is now a national Historic Landmark.

Allow yourself a half day to see themuseum and the house.

6. New England Air Museum

You will find this at Bradley International Airport, in Windsor Locks. There are three hangars where you will find 66 aircraft, 26 helicopters, ejection seats, missiles, and many other aircraft memorabilia.
You can take a guided tour, or walk around by yourself. The museum does many children’s activities, and often hosts special events.
The visitor’s centre has many books and technical manuals to buy. There is also a library where you can find photographs and microfilms.
Plan to spend most of the day here, especially if you have come for a special event.

7. Foxwoods Resort Casino

You will find this hotel and casino complex on the Mashantucket Pequot Indian reservation. There is a total of six casinos with over 250 gaming tables.
If you like casinos, then you will be happy visiting here as there are blackjack tables, roulette, poker, and craps tables, as well as over 5000 slot machines.
Look out for the Hard Rock Café when you need a bite to eat.
If you plan to stay more than a day, then you can book into one of the hotels. There is a special arcade for children and teens.

8. East Rock

This is to be found in Hamden, and you will be astounded by the magnificent views of New Haven, and Long Island Sound. If hiking is what you like, then you will want to head here.
You can either walk, cycle, or take a car along the route. Once you get to east Rock, be sure to check out the ‘Soldiers and Sailors’ monument which is one of the iconic landmarks of the area. You really cannot miss it as it stands over 110 feet high. It dates back to 1887.
If you visit in the winter months, then you may want to bring snowshoes and cross-country ski in the area.

9. Horace Wells Memorial

Horace Wells was a dentist who first pioneered the use of anaesthetic. The story goes that in 1844 Horace and his wife attended a seminar on laughing gas. Horace decided that this might be the answer to removing teeth without the pain.
On his return home, Horace set up a demonstration with a student, the gas was not administered correctly, and the student cried out in pain. Horace was mortified and finally handed over his practise to another dentist.
Horace eventually ended up taking his own life, and is now buried with his family in Hartford. The epitaph reads ‘The Discoverer of Anaesthesia’.

10. Peabody Museum of Natural History

You will find this at Yale University. It is one of the oldest, and largest natural history museums in the world. George Peabody founded it in 1866.
Possibly the most well-known hall is the ‘Great Hall of Dinosaurs’, which includes a baby Brontosaurus.
Look out for the vertebrate collections which are the most expensive fossil collections in the USA.
Allow yourself a full day to look around here. There is a small café where you can get a snack and refreshments.

Superintendent: It’s Time to Register For School In Orange

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Jun 102019

The Orange Public Schools will have rolling registration for new K-6 students. To begin the registration process, visit the registration page for your child’s school at www.oess.org  and fill out the online registration forms.

Please prepare the documents listed and a representative will contact you to set up an appointment. Between July 8 and August 1, registration appointments will be held at Peck Place School, 500 Peck Lane, Monday through Thursdays from 9 to 11 a.m. 

From August 8 on, registration appointments will be held at your child’s respective school.

PLEASE NOTE:  Parents are requested to bring child’s original birth certificate, proof of residency, physical and immunization records at the time of the meeting.

Dr. Vince Scarpetti

Superintendent of Schools