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Another Fabulous Band Booked For The 2017 Independence Day Concert/Fireworks

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Jun 242017
 

The Town of Orange may be small in population, but it gained the reputation for bringing in internationally renowned bands and one of the best fireworks displays in the New Haven County.

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). Orange residents with DISH Network, Direct TV or FIOS can get a preview of the band on AXS TV on Wednesday, April 5 at 10 p.m.

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.”

The event is made possible through area sponsors including major sponsors:  Cohen & Wolf, P.C.; Yale University, Regent Wealth Management Group, The Orange Foundation’s Olga Fund, the Orange Town News & the Town of Orange.

Additional Gold, Silver & Bronze Sponsorship opportunities are available in the Orange Town News and at Orange Town Hall. For more information call 203-298-4399, online at www.orangetownnews.com or email rocky@orangetownnews.com.

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

— Press Release

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. 

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. 

Free Summer Concerts Begin on June 29

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Jun 182017
 

2017 Summer Concerts

Join friends and family for three outdoor all ages shows in the Gazebo, during this summer’s free Thursday night concerts from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Come early for the Farmers’ Market!

June 29, River of Dreams — Billy Joel Tribute Band

July 13, 60’s Satisfaction        

August 10, Fools on the Hill—Beatles Tribute Band

The Gazebo is located on the Orange Fairgrounds at 525 Orange Center Road.

Seniors, call 203-891-4788 for a ride.

It’s Not Too Late To Enroll In Theater and Instrumental Music Camps

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Jun 182017
 

Award-winning Amity Theater Directors Rob and Andrea Kennedy invite students from second grade through high school for a summer filled with singing, dancing, acting, and lots of fun.

This is the tenth summer that they’ve run the Amity Theater Arts Camp, and this year, they’re celebrating the big tenth anniversary with “The Most Magical Show On Earth.”

The program features daily classes in singing, dancing and acting along with other activities.

Camp runs from July 5 – July 28 from 8 a.m. to noon. Click HERE for Registration information.

Music Camp

Don’t forget, there also is an Instrumental Music Camp at Amity.

This fun camp, for students ages 8 and up, is designed to teach students instrumental performance skills on the instrument of their choice, as well as build performance experience; build on their creative spirit and sense of accomplishment and, most of all, Have Fun!! All skill levels are welcome.

Camp Includes: Daily Group and Individual Classes, Sheet Music and Instruction Book, Studio Recording Sessions, Camp T-Shirt, Fun Camp Activities including Movie Day, Pirate Day and more, and Performance on stage at the end of the month. There is a $50 sibling discount if more than one student from the same family registers for camp.

Click HERE to register.

Instrument Rental

Instruments are available for rent, at an additional fee, through Bethel Music Center. See below for rental fees. (The renter is solely responsible for the instrument, as Amity Region 5 can assume no responsibility for rented instruments). The rental period is for 3 months, as time is needed to clean and prepare the instruments after they are used. Contact Bethel Music Center at (800)-276-7974 or visit their website: http://www.bmcmusicsource.com/index.php.

Music Camp is directed by award-winning Amity teacher and conductor Phil Dolan.

Both camps will take place at Amity High School, 25 Newton Road, Woodbridge, CT

 

 

Elizabeth Ewing’s “Soundtrack Of Our LIves” Commencement Speech

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Jun 182017
 

Amity Senior Class President Elizabeth Ewing integrates song titles into her commencement speech as she reminisces about the Class of 2017’s four years at Amity.

She skillfully fits plenty of fond memories into her 9 minutes in the spotlight.

Here is a VIDEO of Elizabeth’s speech.

 

Eric Greenbaum Brings Them To Their Feet With His Graduation Speech

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Jun 162017
 

Amity chose the Irrepressible Eric Greenbaum as the Outstanding Achievement – Extracurricular speaker for this year’s graduation ceremony.

Greenbaum, who brought audiences to their feet as Tevia in Fiddler on the Roof on both the Amity and Waterbury’s Palace Theater stages, also received a standing ovation from his fellow graduates at the commencement ceremony on June 14, 2017.

If you missed his hilarious speech, or if you were lucky enough to see it live and would like to see it again,… here it is for your viewing pleasure.

Get ready to laugh, he’s awesome. This is what you need right now.

Come On Out To Tip A Cop On Friday

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Jun 162017
 

Come out and help the Orange Police and Chip’s Restaurant support the Connecticut Special Olympics. 

The annual Tip-A-Cop fundraising event will take place at Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road on Friday, June 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Orange police officers will serve your meal and work hard to collect a great tip.

All tips collected and money donated during this event will go directly to Special Olympics Connecticut to support the athletes and raise awareness about individuals with intellectual disabilities.

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/.