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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.

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.

Burzynski Throws Shutout As Orange Defeats Milford

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Jun 292017
 

Chase Burzynski didn’t allow a single run as Orange Post 127 defeated Milford 1-0 at Old Tavern Park on Wednesday.

Burzynski allowed just one hit and struck out a Milford player to end the game.

Orange didn’t take the lead until later in the game. A sacrifice bunt by Kiwanis (#23) scored one run for Post 127.

One bright spot for Milford was a single in the fourth inning.

Burzynski earned the win for Orange. He tossed seven innings, giving up zero runs, one hit, and striking out ten. Milford’s pitcher threw six innings, giving up one run, three hits, and striking out four.

Jack Nolan, Andy Hague, and Jared Smith each managed one hit to lead Orange.

“Powered by Narrative Science and GameChanger Media. Copyright 2017. All rights reserved.” 

(Photos by Scott Burzynski)

No Legion Ball, But Wait, There’s More To Do Today

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Jun 242017
 

If you were planning on attending the American Legion Baseball doubleheader in Orange today, you are out of luck, but you don’t have to wait long. The team will play tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. in Hamden.

There is the Orange Summer Craft Festival on the front lawn of The Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road until 5 p.m. today.

If you’re from Milford, today is Milford Day at the Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave, Bridgeport. Admission is only $5 with proof of Milford residency. The Zoo is open until 4 p.m. come on out and see what’s new since your last visit.

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. 

Kindness Rock Garden Ribbon Cutting Planned

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Jun 192017
 

The Orange Arts and Cultural Council and Orange Community Services have partnered together to bring a Kindness Rock Garden to town.

Every Friday in May groups of people got together to paint rocks with inspirational sayings for the garden.

The creativity expanded to the community during last week’s Orange Expo, when visitors were invited to paint rocks for inclusion in the garden.

This Wednesday, June 21 at 1 p.m. the OACC and Community Services will host a ribbon cutting for the Kindness Rock Garden at High Plains Community Center near the front cafeteria doors.

All are welcome to attend.

 

Certified Teacher, High School Volunteer Intern Needed For One-Week Program

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Jun 152017
 

One instructor (instructor must be a certified teacher-any and all grades) and one high school student (9th-12th grade) volunteer intern are needed for Camp Invention, a one-week K-6 summer camp in Orange.

The camp runs from June 19-23 at Mary L. Tracy School, from 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Student volunteers will receive 40 service hours and a letter of recommendation from Camp Invention.

Certified teacher instructors will receive $750 for the week.

Interested instructors and volunteers should contact Kate Jolly at kjolly@bethany-ed.org or call 860-418-9957. Don’t delay!

For more information about Camp Invention visit: http://campinvention.org/.

After 32 Years At Amity, Deb-bie Da-vis Is Retiring

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Jun 142017
 

Retiree Debbie Davis

If you attended Amity High School anytime since 1985, even if you weren’t a student and just stopped by for an event, you know Debbie Davis.

The “most beloved teacher” at Amity is retiring after 32 years.

Debbie came to Amity as a Health and Physical Education teacher and got involved with everything over the years.

She was a Senior Class Advisor for 20 years, Co-Chairman of the BOW Relay For Life, helped with the After Prom and was the school’s biggest and loudest cheerleader.

Her former boss Athletic Director Paul Mengold would ask her to do something with athletics and she would dive in with both feet.

Prior to her employment at Amity, Debbie’s husband Paul Davis was the Amity Boys and Girls Swim Coach and she became dedicated to that program. To this day, she still announces at Amity’s home swim meets in Orange.

Legendary Amity Football Coach Bill Johnson, Teacher Debbie Davis.

As she reflected on three decades with Amity, Debbie said, without missing a beat, that her favorite part was, “I LOVE, love, being with my Department. We laugh every day when you go to work it’s like an extended family,” she said. “I’m extremely fortunate.”

Debbie also loves the kids, she loves watching them as they grow from Freshman to Seniors and seeing their academic and athletic accomplishments over the years.

Although tennis is her favorite person sport, at the school she is partial to girls volleyball because of the coach, her son Seth (who was chosen by his peers as the 2017 Coach of the Year).

“They have a phenomenal team,” she said.

It seems that every day, Debbie runs into a former student who will give her a hug and chat.

One such incident surprised her when the gentleman said that she “changed his life forever and for that he will always be indebted.”

Debbie’s lesson to him was to think with your heart, not with your brain.

She feels that the best thing she’s taught her students is the importance of relationships with their family members, not just their friends. “Talk to your parents, talk to your siblings because they are the most important people in your life.”

Debbie’s husband, Paul, said, “She loves the kids but demands respect and she treats them with respect. She always tells them the truth she will let them know if they aren’t being respectful.”

“Debbie is like a second parent to the kids at Amity. She demands that they work to their highest potential, but also knows the importance of having fun,” Paul said.

Her popularity is evident at basketball games and other events when the kids start chanting “Deb-bie Da-vis,” out of the blue.

The Administration allowed Debbie to do the things she did because they knew it worked.

Amity Principal Anna Mahon spoke affectionately about her. “Debbie Davis is not just the face of Amity, she is the heart and soul. She has been a part of our school community and the greater BOW community for so many years and so many ways.”

Mahon continued, “The students love Mrs. Davis because they know that she truly loves them. Debbie is one of the most enthusiastic educators I know and she will be sorely missed by everyone, particularly during lunch when we no longer have her whistle to rely on or her signature yell while standing on a bench seat, “Clean off  your tables, thank you!”

Athletic Director Ernie Goodwin has only worked with Davis for a couple of years, but already has a deep respect and affection for her.

He said, “She embodies everything Amity Athletics stands for. She knows what’s right, what’s wrong, and she calls people on their behavior.”

George Geane and Debbie Davis

“You know she’s special when you meet her,” Goodwin said. “Everyone gravitates toward her and everyone knows her as a motherly figure.”

“What I will miss most about her is when she’ll close my door and say, “Ok, talk to me what’s the matter.” He added, “Thankfully, she will still help out next year, so we’ll see her, but I will miss the day to day interactions.”

Her friend and Relay Co-Chair Lynn Plaskowitz said, “Debbie is a very special person. She loves the kids and puts her heart into everything she does. She is respected by everyone and has a great sense of humor.”

Davis said she has mixed emotions about leaving Amity.

She will miss her best buddy Betsy in the Amity Athletic Department, with whom she has worked for many years and never argued even once.

She will no longer work 14 hour days and will have more time to spend with her grandchildren.

She can get up at any time she wants in the morning, take a swim, babysit the grandchildren and simply enjoy life. But don’t worry Amity. She’ll still be around at the games with her signature yell,  “Come On Amity!”

Orange Live wishes you the very best in your retirement, Debbie. You are a Very special lady and we treasure your friendship and wisdom over the years.

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