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Wireless Zone, Orange Helps Children In Need

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Jul 192017
 

The National Retail Federation predicted the average person with children in grades K-12 would spend $97.74 on school supplies such as notebooks, pencils, and backpacks.

With more than 16 million children in the U.S. living in poverty, Orange Wireless Zone, 330 Boston Post Road, is working to alleviate the rising costs of school supplies through the fifth annual School Rocks Backpack Giveaway in partnership with The Cellular Connection (TCC) and Culture of Good.

On Sunday, July 23 between 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., the local Wireless Zone and TCC stores will be inviting Orange families and their children to pick up a backpack filled with school supplies, and this is expected to be the biggest year yet with more than 230,000 backpacks full of books expected to be delivered in 2017.

How’s This For A Practical, Unique, Affordable Item?

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Jul 172017
 

bg4p5If you have a dog, you know what it’s like to have to put Rabies tags and Licenses on his or her collar. Without the proper tools, it can be time-consuming and be aggravating to add or change them.

Many pet owners like to gift their dogs (and cats) with a new collar or a temporary festive collar, but what do you do with the tags?

There is a wonderful device that was created just for these types of situations. It’s called the Rubit Tag Holder. You can buy them online for $4.49 for a small one to $5.99 for a large one, then it’s a bit more for shipping and handling.

But Zoey Girl Pet Services, at 185 Boston Post Road, Orange in the Hitchcock Plaza, has them for just $5 and you don’t have to wait for delivery.

Gone are the heavy “S” Clips that require pliers to attach the tag, and also to put it on the collar. The Rubit has a round metal holder that is easy to open and slip the tags on. Then simply clip the spring loaded holder onto the collar for easy changes anytime.

If you are a pet owner or know one, this could be the best gift you ever received or gave. It is so easy and convenient that it will change the way you look at switching your dog’s collar forever.

Call Zoey Girl at 230-606-9220 for hours and rush in now and get a Rubit Tag Holder for any pet owner you know!

 

How Do I Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs?

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Jul 022017
 

 hard-boiled-eggsI learned how to make hard boiled eggs from my mom who had to make enough every year to satisfy her three kids’ creative desires at Easter time, for deviled eggs and to put into the potato salad for the Memorial Day celebration or Fourth of July picnic.

You need to hard boil the eggs to the perfect texture so they don’t crack while they are boiling and are easy to peel when you are ready to eat them.

My granddaughter loves these!

Let’s get started:

Put your eggs in a single layer in a large saucepan, and cover them with an inch or two of cold water. Starting with cold water and gently bringing the eggs to a boil will help keep them from cracking. Add a tablespoon of vinegar and a half teaspoon of salt to the water. Put the burner on high and bring the eggs to a boil. As soon as the water starts to boil, remove the pan from the heat for a few seconds.

Turn the head down to low and return the pan to the burner. Let simmer for one minute.

After a minute, remove the pan from the heat, cover, and let sit for 12 minutes.

Depending on a number of eggs you’ve made, you can check one egg to see how it’s done. Remove from the pan, run under cold water and peel if it’s to your liking, rinse the other eggs under cold water, let them sit in the cold water for a while, then remove them and let them dry any way you prefer, on paper towels on a cake rack (whatever). When they are dry and cool you can get to work coloring them.

Store in the refrigerator in a ziplock bag or covered bowl to keep the egg smell from your fridge.

UPDATED: What You Need To Know About The 2017 Independence Day Concert/Fireworks

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Jul 012017
 

For this year’s Independence Day Concert, the Orange Town News, which is once again producing the event, is presenting “Strange Magic – The ELO Experience” to perform prior to the town’s Annual Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular.  Strange Magic is a tribute to the Electric Light Orchestra which features cellos and intricate vocal arrangements. The group performs note-perfect renditions of all the ELO classics. Concert-goers can expect to hear all their favorites such as “Living Thing,” “Evil Woman,” “Don’t Bring Me Down,” “Ma Ma Belle,” “Strange Magic,” “Telephone Line,”“Can’t Get it Out of My Head,” “Sweet Talkin’ Woman,” “Turn to Stone,” and “Shine a Little Love.” The nine members of “Strange Magic,” who are making their CT debut, hail from Toronto, Canada. The band will feature internationally renowned lead vocalist Phil Naro.

In addition, “Strange Magic” has been chosen to appear on national television on “THE WORLD’S GREATEST TRIBUTE BANDS” show on AXS TV! They will be appearing live in concert from the legendary “Whisky a Go Go” in Hollywood California (two days before ELO is inducted into the Rock N ‘Roll Hall of Fame).

The Independence Day Concert will take place on Sunday, July 2 (rain date Monday, July 3rd) at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange.

The festivities will begin promptly at 6:30 pm with welcoming comments from Orange First Selectman Jim Zeoli.  The concert will be followed promptly at 9:30 pm by the Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular with Patriotic Music.

Orange Town News publisher and event producer Rocky Salperto said, “We are looking forward to another premiere event for area residents to enjoy.  We are excited about producing this show for the sixth consecutive year.  We hope everyone continues to enjoy this great community event. Many thanks go out to our sponsors, our first selectman and town officials for their continued support.”

Food vendors and novelty items will be available for purchase at the fairgrounds beginning at 6:00 p.m.  WPLR Radio also will be on location with a celebrity guest.  Come early and get a good seat.  Admission is free.

More Information:

The weather is forecast to be perfect, and Orange is the Only local fireworks show on Sunday, so record crowds are expected again this year.

Town residents are encouraged to arrive early. A reminder that NO open flames, propane containers, individual fireworks or sparklers are permitted.

Food vendors will be in place as early as 5:30 pm.

Vendors include: Chip’s Pancake Truck; Reno’s Pizza Truck; Shoreline Prime Meats & Deli Truck; Spuds Your Way; Cappetta’s Italian Imports; Lemonade Grenade; Szabo’s Seafood; Rita’s Italian Ice; JP Kettle Corn; Action Enterprises

While on the fairgrounds, be aware of safety zones (marked in white) and follow the guidance of Orange CERT members. Show courtesy to you fellow residents & make use of clearly marked trash & recycling containers. Parents, please watch your children.

Please enter and leave the fairgrounds with caution and observe directional signs and Police instructions at all times.

— Press Release

ATTENTION! Important Information From The Orange Police Department

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Jun 302017
 

BEST-POLICE-Patch-EVER-275x300 4.30.39 PMThe Town of Orange will hold its Annual July 4th Concert and Fireworks Display on Sunday, July 2nd. The Concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. There is no on-street parking and local roads will be barricaded and posted as no parking. Cars are subject to towing.

Expect traffic delays both into and out of the Fairground and on Orange Center Road. Please have patience.

No campfires or open fires are allowed on the fairgrounds, parking area surrounding the Community Center, or any other Town property.

No fireworks or sparklers are allowed. Drones are prohibited.

Dogs must be leashed and cleaned up after.

Please keep the safety aisles clear of blankets, chairs, and tables.

The Orange Police and Orange CERT Team will be on site for general assistance and emergencies.

There will be overflow parking at the Town Hall, and Town Library.

Fireworks Scare Animals: Don’t Lose Your Pet This 4th Of July Weekend

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Jun 292017
 

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Does anyone remember the events following Independence Day 2012 when a couple of dogs went missing after they fled from their yards in search of safety after fireworks went off nearby? 

One of those pets was found about 1/2 mile away by neighbors who read the owner’s plea, the other, sadly, two years later was still missing. 

Here is a message from Jon Nowinski of the Connecticut Emergency Animal Response Service – EARS

While this isn’t really an “event” we have created this as a reminder and resource for everyone over the next week. As July 4th celebrations begin, it is important to be aware that firework displays can not only scare pets, but can also harm their sensitive ears. 


Did you know that the time around July 4th is the highest time that pets go missing from homes? Not only because of the fireworks, but because of backyard picnics and events where people may forget to close the doors, lock the gates, and assure that their pets are safe.

Luckily there are some simple things you can do to make sure your pets aren’t scared and stay safe during this time.

According to behavior specialist Dr. Elizabeth Shull, low-frequency, percussive noises such as fireworks and summer thunderstorms trigger wild fear in about 20% of dogs. Even dogs that don’t usually react to loud noises may react differently to sounds such as fireworks.

One of the best things is to create a “quiet space” for your pets. Find a quiet, secure, room to keep your pets in. Consider turning on a TV or a radio to help drown out the noise from the fireworks. Put items such as toys, even extra food, in the room to distract the pet during the event.

And most importantly, in the event that your pet does get loose, always make sure they can be identified by collar, tag, and microchip! Make sure you have all that information handy, and frequently check on your pets to make sure you know where they are. If you have friends coming over, remind them that you have pets in the house that may be scared or skittish, and to make sure they close doors properly when going outside.

You Never Know What You’ll Find At The Summer Craft Festival

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Jun 242017
 

Jun 222017
 

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 orangectlive01@gmail.com.

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.

Orange Live readers know that I don’t allow comments on the website, but comments may be posted on our Facebook page. BUT If I notice people attacking or insulting others I will remove the negative comments, so, it’s simple, be kind. We DO have many young people who follow Orange Live and we will not be a party to exposing them to political negativity. Be civil. Praise your own candidate, but do not post anything ugly about their opponent on any Orange Live related pages.

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 5 years and will never change. 

A Look Back: Orange Strawberry Festival In Photos

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Jun 202017
 

Orange Congregational Church Strawberry Festival took place on the Orange Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event included an expanded Arts and Craft Fair and Home Show with live music, hayrides, children’s events, a Red Car Show and fabulous food, including sausage and peppers, burgers, hot dogs, pulled pork, strawberry shortcake, sundaes, and chocolate-dipped berries.

Here are a few photos from the event.

 

Check Out Camp Argo — A New Option For This Summer — Open House Tonight

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Jun 202017
 

With summer on our doorstep and parents scrambling to figure out exactly what to do with the kids, here’s some information about a new camp program in town.

Camp Argo, which originated in California, will take place at Orange’s own Camp Cedarcrest grounds on Mapleview Road this summer. 

Camp Director Jason Nevis, an Orange resident, welcomes everyone to an Open House at the campground on Tuesday, June 20 from 5-7 p.m. Learn more about the camp, meet some staff, take a tour and ask any questions.  There will be a free raffle and activities for the kids too.  More information can be found on the Camp Argo website www.campargo.com  or call 203-799-ARGO.

Make sure to Like them on Facebook @campargo and Instagram @campargo1

New this summer, Camp Argo has added an Autism Inclusion Program component to provide those families that have children on the Autism Spectrum a place to send ALL of their children with or without autism to the same camp!  

If you feel generous, the camp could use help funding this new endeavor.  So if you know someone that has a HUGE heart and can donate to its YouCaring fundraising page  https://www.youcaring.com/autisminclusionprogramatcampargo-834673  then this summer will be an extraordinary one for all the campers! 

Interested in getting more information before the open house? Nevis will have a booth at the Orange Strawberry Festival, so stop on by and say hello.