AARP Fourth Fridays FREE

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May 242018

AARP CT’s Fourth Fridays Free at the Beardsley Zoo is back!

AARP will provide members with free admission on the fourth Friday from May through September (May 25, June 22, July 27, Aug. 24, Sept. 28) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Come to the zoo as many times as you like, (on these dates) but please, be sure to register (HERE) individually for each visit so the AARP knows to expect you.

Arrive at the zoo by 3 p.m. (closing time is 4 p.m.) and see the AARP CT representatives outside of the front gate for check-in and your admission certificate.

AARP members may purchase admission for up to three additional guests at a 15% discount off regular admission prices through its ongoing AARP Member Offer. You’ll even get a coupon for the gift shop!

Be A Part Of The 13th Annual Amity Hockey Golf Tournament

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May 242018

It may be hot, so take a tip from Tyler Cole and bring a water bottle to help cool yourself down.

The 13th Annual Amity (Ice) Hockey Golf Tournament will take place at Orange Hills Country Club, 389 Racebrook Road, Orange, on Friday, June 8.

Online registration is now live. Offline registration and sponsorship information is available using the links above.

  • 7:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 8:00 a.m. Shotgun Start (Scramble Format, Soft Spikes, and Golf Apparel Required)
  • Boxed Lunch for each golfer on the course
  • Dinner and Raffle following completion of golf
  • Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Teams
  • Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin
  • Putting Contest, Hole in One Prize

All proceeds go to the 2018-2019 Amity Boys Ice Hockey team. Thanks for your support!

Sponsorship opportunities are available, but the deadline is TODAY.

Click HERE to Register

May 232018

The Orange Budget Referendum passed 217-31.

The $70 million budget includes Amity, Orange Board of Education and the Town of Orange.

Once Again, Everybody, Lock Your Cars

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May 232018

Orange Live has already posted two separate incidents of attempted car break-ins in town, and now, there are two more complaints, but this time the offenders got into the cars.

On Tuesday, May 22, a dog on Currier Drive alerted its family to someone breaking into their car in the driveway. The wife said she is sure that the dog’s barking scared the culprits away before they could ransack the interior of the vehicle and nothing was taken. She added that nothing of value was left inside the car anyway.

Another resident said, “We are on Barton, and last week our two cars were broken into. I have it on video and I tried to catch the ‘guys.'”

Currier is one block away from Argyle where the first reported incident took place. Barton is off of Crocker, where the second incident happened.

So, just remember what the Orange Police have told us time and time again. “Lock your car doors. Keep valuables out of sight, or even better take them with you. And If you see any suspicious activity or vehicles in your neighborhood don’t hesitate to call the Orange Police Department immediately at 203-891-2130.”

Coyote Sighting on Old Tavern Road

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May 232018

A family on Old Tavern Road between Orange Center and Peck Lane requested that we share this coyote sighting in their backyard.

Asking that we warn residents in the area to keep an eye on their pets.

How many people attended the meeting about nuisance animals on Tuesday?

Remember, The OCC Serves Up Food And Drinks During The Parade

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May 232018

The Orange Congregational Church Nursery School Bake Sale will take place on Sunday, May 27. 

Many baked goods, sweet treats, hot coffee and cold drinks and much more will be available at their tent on the Orange Town Green during the Memorial Day parade.

This annual fundraiser has become a tradition at the parade and helps to support their faith-based school for three and four-year-olds, which has reached out into the community for more than 50 years.

Memorial Day Program Includes Three WWII Combat Veterans

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May 232018

The annual Town of Orange Memorial Day Ceremonies and Parade will take place on Sunday, May 27, 2018, even with a little drizzle in the forecast.

The Memorial Day Parade Committee put out a request for residents to make suggestions for this year’s parade honorees, and, according to Parade Organizer Kevin Gilbert, it worked. “We’ve got some great men,” he said. “This year’s honorees are all World War II Combat Veterans, and they are all in their 90s.”

Grand Marshal – Albert Rapini (98 years old) – U.S. Army 1942 – 1945 – Rank of Tech Sergeant.

Honorary Chief of Staff – Frank Tagliatela (96 years old) – U.S. Army 1942 – 1946 – Rank of Private First Class.

Honored Veteran – Robert Swirsky (98 years old)  – U.S. Army 1943-1945 – rank of Tech Sergeant.

The Keynote Speaker is Orange Town Clerk Patrick B. O’Sullivan, III: Veteran’s Affairs Liaison, former State Representative and former member of the Board of Selectmen.

Kevin Gilbert once again will serve as Parade Organizer.  Parade ceremonies will commence promptly at 10:30 a.m. at the High Plains Community Center Field (Orange Fairgrounds at the Gazebo) The parade will step off immediately following the ceremony down Orange Center Road past the reviewing stand with services following at the Orange Center Cemetery.

The Parade Committee encourages any groups wishing to participate to contact Karen Goldberg at the Orange Town Hall at 203-891-4738 or Kevin Gilbert at 203-795-4647.  Applications for participation in the parade are available in the Orange Town Hall – First Selectman’s Office or on the town’s website at www.orange-ct.gov. The Committee anticipates many marching bands and floats.

The Committee invites the public to join in honoring our nation’s veterans.


Editor’s Note: Don’t just leave after the parade is over. Take a few minutes to honor those who secured our freedom and attend the brief ceremony at the Orange Center Cemetery across from Mary L. Tracy School. And bring your children, too, so they may understand the reason for this national holiday.


Zoo News: Tiger Habitat Expansion On The Horizon With Your Help

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May 232018

Orange Live has been committed to keeping its promise to limit its coverage area to the town of Orange, crossing into Woodbridge for Amity High School news, as this is where Orange residents send their teens to public high school.

The other place from which we will share information is the Beardsley Zoo. WHY? Because it is Connecticut’s Zoo, just a short car ride from Orange, and a valuable resource for children and adults alike to learn about the many endangered species of animals in the world and because we admire the Zoo’s commitment to conservation and its efforts to keep these animals from becoming extinct.

If you have been to the Orange Business Expo, especially if you are accompanied by a child, you delight in the Beardsley Zoo booth, and whatever creatures they’ve brought with them that day.

If you have visited the zoo recently, you know that Rochan, the Red Panda, has a new girlfriend “Mari,” and together they will soon have a lovely large new habitat. Jabba, the sloth, also has a new girlfriend “Hope,” and you can see them lounging around in the rainforest building.

The one thing that you may have lamented over in past years is the seemingly small Tiger cage. I know that my daughter and I have always wished they had more room. So imagine my delight when I learned a few weeks ago while talking to Zoo Director Gregg Dancho, that the Zoo plans to greatly expand the Tiger habitat.

Here is a press release from the Zoo about this very important project:

On November 25, 2017, the Zoo welcomed two female Amur tiger cubs. Both cubs were hand-reared by their care
staff and are growing up fast. These cubs are significant to the survival of their species as Amur tigers are endangered in the wild.

Amur tigers, once known as Siberian tigers, no longer carry that name since they are extinct in Siberia and are now found primarily near the Amur River in Russia. As zoos across the country work to support all endangered species, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is proud to play a vital role in the survival of Amur tigers.

In January, we asked for support to raise funds to create a concept rendering for a new tiger habitat. A new tiger
habitat is a dream of Zoo staff and we are committed to make this a reality, but we need your help.

The goals for redesigning the Amur tiger habitat are increased indoor and outdoor space, immersive wildlife experiences for guests and additional education space to include presentation opportunities, photo opportunities, and signage.

We just received a $15,000 challenge grant from the Bradshaw-Mack Family Foundation in support of the new
Amur tiger habitat. Every dollar you give today will double and 100% of your support will help us build a
new tiger habitat.

Give today and be a part of the new tiger habitat and your Zoo’s future.

Warm Regards,
Gregg Dancho, Zoo Director

P.S. Donors at the $2,500 level will be showcased on a ‘Founding Families’ plaque at the new habitat!

EDITOR’S NOTE: The zoo is not funded by the state and depends upon admission costs, donations and fundraisers to continue to keep the animals fed, happy and healthy.   


The Highly Anticipated Food Truck Festival Is This Friday

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May 232018

During the first four years, even with some soggy weather, the Race Brook School Food Truck Festival always drew a pretty big crowd.

This Friday’s weather is supposed to be dry, but hot and a little humid as the fifth annual festival hits the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, May 25 from 4-8 p.m.

Race Brook Alum DJ Chris Hughes will provide the entertainment. There will be kids crafts and activities and, of course, Food Trucks!

Bring your appetites, because these fabulous trucks will be serving up their specialties: 744 Express; Cappetta’s Italian Imports; Chompers; Cowabunga Grill; DrewbaQ; Fork In The Road; Four Flours; Golden Spoon jamaican; Halel Food Truck; Lemonade Grenade; Lenny and Joe’s, mamoun’s Falafel Truck; Meriano’s Cannoli Truck, Pierogies On Wheels; Pork Friends & Company; Rice & Beans; Shoreline Prime; Source Buszzy Truck; Spuds Your Way; Sugar; Ted’s Steamed Burgers; The Belgian Bus; and Tipsy Cones.

Pack up the family, grab some friends and bring your wallet, for some, this is the event of the year. Mom doesn’t have to cook!




Orange Legislators To Have ‘Coffee and Conversation’ With Constituents

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May 222018

As a wrap-up to the 2018 legislative session, House Republican Leader Themis Klarides (R-114) along with State Reps. Charles Ferraro (R-117) and Pam Staneski (R-119) will be holding a ‘coffee and conversation’ hour for Orange constituents on Saturday, June 2, from 9 to 10 a.m. at Chip’s Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, Orange.

All three state representatives have a slice of Orange in their legislative districts. Constituents are encouraged to join their legislators for coffee and talk about any issues, questions or concerns related to the Town of Orange or state government.

The 2018 legislative session wrapped up on May 9 with the principal focus of the making adjustments to the (2018-2019) two-year state budget.

For anyone who is unable to attend but would like to talk to their state representatives, you can contact them at 1.800.842.1423 or send an e-mail to Charles.Ferraro@housegop.ct.gov, Pam.Staneski@housegop.ct.gov or