Give The Gift Of Memories That Will Last 1,000 Years! — VideoLab Has It

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Jan 302016

Are you looking for a gift that will keep on giving for centuries? What about a data disc on which to share all of your special videos, photos and family memories with your great grandchildren long after you are gone? On Nov. 10, 2014, Orange Live published this story about a new item that can do just that. There are plenty of gift giving occasions approaching, so check out this story again and consider putting in your order so it will be done in time to give it to that special someone.

All of life’s precious memories: photos of your baby daughter in the delivery room, the best golden retriever you ever had, that special trip to Disney World when your little boy actually met Donald Duck, your grandma standing on the stairs showing off her new pantsuit, weddings and so much more.

You can take a thousand photos but in time they fade, and if you stored them improperly moisture will make them stick together and all those images are gone forever.

Back in the late 70s – early 80s the saving grace was a Betamax or VHS player, if you were tech savvy you could make a decent video slide show of your best photos. But tapes wear out, lose magnetic flux, often break and in humid environments, grow mold and they’re ruined.

Then, in the 90s and at the turn of the century came the invention of the DVD, USB Flash drives, Storage Hard Drives, and Memory cards but each of these long-lasting storage items have less than a generation of anticipated life and have a tendency to fail at the worst time.

When will someone invent a dependable back up medium that will never let you down?

Well Good News!  Working with the DOD, Naval Air Warfare Center, the Millenniata firm presented the D.O.D with the “M-DISC” DVD, which after exhaustive testing, the D.O.D. proved to be unquestionably a permanent storage medium for video or data!


 “The recently announced, Millenniata DVD, ( M-Disc) is very special 4.7GB DVD with a data layer made out of stone-like minerals and metalloids. The idea is that conventional optical discs (recordable DVD’s) have a very soft recording/data layer, and has little resistance to heat, humidity and light, while the M-Disc on the other hand, has an infinitely tougher data layer that can withstand all of the above, along with the test of time. M-Discs can’t be burnt with your current DVD burner — melting pits in stone requires a special laser that’s five times more powerful than normal DVD writing lasers!  But, on the flip side, M-Discs are backwards compatible and can be read by normal DVD drives.

Now the actual statistics:  According to the US Department of Defense, the Millenniata,

(M-Disc) is incredibly resilient. In the D.O.D. accelerated aging tests, 25 different “archival” DVD’s, including the M-Disc, were exposed to 85C (185F) temperatures, 85% humidity, and extremely bright, full-spectrum light for 24 hours.

Where every other archival-quality recordable DVD failed the test with thousands of read errors and with complete loss of data, the M-Disc passed with full data integrity. Millenniata even goes on to say that the stone layer of its DVDs should retain data for over 10,000 years — but the polycarbonate covers are only good for 1,000 years. Still, both figures are worlds higher than the 10-15 year average lifespan of hard drives, recordable DVDs, and flash drives.” The eye-opening fact is, prior to the announcement of the M-Disc, no dependable data-storage medium exists for video or important data that will survive even one generation!

See Final Report for Millenniata DVD Testing August 2009-October 2009″Naval Air Warfare Center,  https://www.esystor.com/images/China_Lake_Full_Report.pdf

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8deab2769c416e5962d56d0be6c0ccfdOrange resident Ron Davis, the owner of VideoLab, 200 Boston Post Road, may be 80, but he is by no means “Old.” Ron keeps up with all the latest technology and is known around the state for miracles he can do with videotapes after he was featured on FOX news for restoring a tape found on the beach after one of our recent hurricanes. 

Ron researched the M-Disc and installed all the necessary equipment needed to create these 1,000-year media storage DVDs for regular folks like you, who have precious memories that you want to pass down through the generations – and know those images will still be there when your great-granddaughter puts it into whatever version of a player companies are making in the future.

He has the blank M-Discs in stock at VideoLab and he’s ready to go.

“We’ve performed extensive testing of the “M-Disc” and couldn’t be more pleased with the results,” he said.

VideoLab is offering these “Forever” discs to customers for just $29. This would make a wonderful, affordable holiday gift for anyone you love.

The M-Disc is also a phenomenal option for hospitals, doctors, lawyers and Government offices that have valuable data that needs to be stored safely, securely and permanently!

VideoLab is the first, and currently only local place to have this service available. Bring your most precious DVD to Ron today at VideoLab and he will create a shiny new, “Forever” M-Disc for you!    Call 203-799-7017.

Originally  Published on: Nov 10, 2014 @ 0:48 

Second publishing on: Nov 12, 2014 @ 16:48

Third publishing on: Nov 15, 2014 @ 21:45

Fourth publishing on: Nov 21, 2014 @ 15:55

Last Publishing on: Nov 29, 2014 @ 12:19

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Opinion: This Is It … The Final Day of Roadwork In Orange

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Jul 212015

Working with hot asphalt on a hot humid day is no picnic.

Working with hot asphalt on a hot humid day is no picnic.

Monday was the hottest day of the year so far, and today is pretty much the same with 52% humidity, yet the crews from the Orange Highway Department and paving contractors are out there putting the finishing touches on Dogwood Road, the final step in this year’s road improvement plan.

Orange Highway Foreman Donny Foyer said it will be done today.

So many residents have complained about the inconvenience that the road work has caused them over the past couple of months, but, do they remember when they were dodging pot holes after the incredible winter we had?

I drove by one newly paved street and saw a man obviously complaining to a friend or neighbor about the curbing surrounding his property as he kicked the newly installed asphalt mound.

It seems that some people just can’t be satisfied.

It’s time to take a moment to think about the way things were, look at the way things are, and consider everything these workers had to endure in order to make your roads safe and smooth.

Some of you took the time to call the Highway Department to complain. I wonder how many will now call to say, “Thank You.”

Opinion: Meteorologist Kevin Arnone — Orange Native, Noon Time Weather Guy

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Jul 092015

Watch Kevin's Forecast at NOON today

Watch Kevin’s Forecast at NOON today

Three years ago when I started Orange Live, a young man named Kevin Arnone noticed that I was using a generic source on the site for local weather.

He explained that he was an Amity grad, a weather geek and a meteorologist, whose dream was to work at WTNH-8. He had his own weather forecasting website that he was hoping to build up.

I linked his website to the Orange Live weather tab and Kevin Arnone quickly became a household name with his incredibly accurate forecasts.

While offering us his services, Kevin pursued his dream, worked hard and went to work at WTNH using his talents behind the scenes and building up the WXEDGE Website and Facebook page among other things.

We saw him working hard in the background during promos for the news, but today at noon we can be with Kevin as his greatest dream is realized.

Kevin wrote the following on his Facebook Page:

“Thursday my dreams come true! I will be giving you the weather forecast live on News 8 @ Noon. So if you can, tune in or watch me online @WTNH.com. A huge thank you to everyone involved in making this all possible.”

You make us proud Kevin! So happy to see your dream realized. All your hard work paid off.

No matter how big you get, you will always be the Orange Live Meteorologist. (Our Weather tab links to Kevin’s Meteorologist Facebook Page)

Update: Kevin posted a video of his debut on his facebook page.


Public Hearing Scheduled To Discuss Windmill Vinyard Plans

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Apr 012015

Screen Shot 2015-04-01 at 11.58.08 AMNotice is hereby given that the Orange Town Plan and Zoning Commission will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at 8 p.m., at the Orange Town Hall, 617 Orange Center Road, on the following: 

APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL USE.  Submitted by property owner Stellato Realty, LLC.  For property known as 403 Derby Avenue.  The proposal is to have a wine tasting facility in conjunction with a vineyard on site.  Also for the sale of agricultural products produced on site.  Sales include wine and accessory items such as cheeses, breads, and other complimentary food items.  Facility will be a 5,878 sq. ft. addition to an existing 2,733 sq. ft. building. A SITE PLAN APPLICATION has also been submitted in conjunction with this application.

Legislators Working On Making Cars, Restaurants Safer For Children, Others

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Mar 302015

$_35A bill that would ban people from smoking inside a vehicle when there’s a child inside is progressing through the Connecticut legislative process.

State Rep. Henry Genga (D-Hartford) said overwhelming medical research favors the ban. Many Connecticut parents agree.

Several states have a similar ban in effect, including Arkansas, Maine, California and Louisiana.

Lawmakers also are moving along legislation that would prohibit people from smoking electronic or vapor cigarettes in certain places, including restaurants, bars and retail food stores. Proponents said they worry about the possible harmful effects of vaping.

One local business that got a jump on this safety issue is the Orange Ale House which has had no smoking/vaping signs posted throughout the building for more than a month.

The bills both passed in the Public Health Committee. Now the bills will move to the House for further action.

Under one bill, someone could no longer smoke in a vehicle if there’s child inside, riding in a child car seat.

First-time violators would face a written warning, while subsequent violators would face an infraction, punishable by a fine.

Attention: Hey Winter, Go Away! It’s The First Day Of Spring!

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Mar 192015

1101166The Vernal Equinox – First Day of Spring – March 20, 2015.

We’ve waited for it for so long, but Winter doesn’t seem to want to release its grip on us.

That’s right, we’re getting snow again today.

It’s expected to begin between 12-2 p.m. this afternoon and make a mess of the evening commute.

Look for the heaviest snowfall around 3 – 6 p.m. and if you are going to see Tarzan at Amity tonight, be prepared to clean off your car before you head out.

By intermission, the snow should have slowed dramatically and it could possibly have stopped when the show is over.

Opinion: Nick Newell — Not That Skinny Kid I Used To Know Anymore

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Mar 152015

11001921_884332259466_2943587027064254480_nIn my life, I’ve met many people. Some, I can’t remember anything about, or even their names. Others leave such a big impression that I just can’t forget them.

One of those memorable people is Nick Newell, a skinny little boy who was in my son’s class in grammar school.

Nick was a member of my cub scout pack and den. He and my son both went to the same Karate school.

The one thing that was different about Nick was his left arm. Nick was born with a partial arm that ended just below the elbow with what would have been fingers at the end of the stub.

But don’t call him disabled.

Nick was never coddled or pitied.  His mom, Stacey, a single parent, was a rock, quite possibly the strongest woman I’ve ever known.

Stacey’s approach to parenting was to give her son all the love she could and to instill in him confidence and sense of self and to never give up. She and her parents were instrumental in making him the man he is today.

As a Cub Master I would suggest altering some of the activities he needed to earn badges, but she refused, stating that he would find a way … and he always did.

Nick was a wrestler in high school and college and went on to become the “Notorious” Nick Newell a Mixed Martial Arts Fighter. Four years ago he was signed to the Xtreme Fighting Championships, and in 2013 he was signed to the World Series of Fighting.

I haven’t seen Nick or Stacey in more than 20 years, but I am so proud of them for their accomplishments.

Nick will be at the Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road this afternoon, Sunday, March 15 from 4-7 p.m. for a meet and greet party. Fans may pick up tickets to his April 10th fight at Foxwoods Resort Casino for MMA World Series of Fighting.

Tickets are $40, $80, $100 & $180 gets you cage side.

He also will have shirts & hats for sale.

The Orange Ale House is taking reservations for a coach bus to go see Nick fight at Foxwoods. Bus fare, Driver Gratuity, a $15 gaming Voucher and a Buffet voucher is included. ALL for just $25. First paid first served. Full buses only.


Opinion: Do You Use K-Cups? Consider Recycling Them

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Mar 082015

kcupwindgauge1_2Thanks to the hard work of the Orange Recycling Committee, the town of Orange has become a great recycling community.

When the SmartLiving Center was in town, the ORC had an outlet to show residents different ways to recycle everyday materials and share information on the importance of recycling on the environment.

One of the most wasteful items on the market are the little plastic K-Cups for single serve brewing machines.

Let’s face it, most people will just take them and toss them in the garbage.

Do you know how long it will take for them to decompose in a landfill? Neither do I.

So do the earth a favor and gather the kids over April vacation and try these fun recycling activities that I found on the Mother Nature Network website.

Click HERE to see 20 crafty uses for K-Cups.

You Can Still Help Fire Victim Josh Warner

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Mar 082015

Josh and Harley in happier days.

Josh and Harley in happier times.

On Friday night the friends of Josh Warner held a fundraiser for him at the Orange Ale House.

Because I had a very busy day, dealing with a flat tire first thing in the morning then taking care of my granddaughter until 6 p.m. I simply forgot to top the site with the story and many readers have expressed their dismay at missing the event.

So, here’s the story AND a way that you can still help if you wish.

On February 18, Josh Warner lost all of his possessions but most importantly his best friend and amazing dog Harley in a house fire.

Harley was Josh’s world, he loved that dog more than anything.

Not only is Josh an incredible and loving person but he is also an amazingly hardworking man.

Those of you who know him can agree that there isn’t one thing josh owned that he didn’t work that extra mile to get.

With no insurance, this benefit will raise money to put him back on his feet and get back everything he lost (except, of course Harley – he was irreplaceable)

Josh’s friends have set up a gofundme page where you can donate money to help him out.

It’s never too late to help go to https://www.gofundme.com/maplesfirefund


Tarzan, The Musical: If You Have Tickets, You Will Laugh, Cry, and Be Amazed By Amity’s Talent

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Mar 072015

Addie Robbins (Jane) and Max Karshanow (Tarzan) during a long Saturday rehearsal.

Addie Robbins (Jane) and Max Karsanow (Tarzan) during a long Saturday rehearsal.

The continuous snowfall throughout February and early March have put a monkey wrench in rehearsal time for the Amity Theater Department. Still, during Saturday’s 7-hour rehearsal, when the stage crew and parents were putting the final touches on the set and lighting man Dan Hassenmayer was working on the special lighting that this show requires and Rob and Andrea Kennedy were working with the cast on their lines, songs and dance moves, everything went along smoothly.

Phil Dolan’s orchestra sounds phenomenal again this year and the cast is really wonderful, too.

Max Karsanow is Tarzan; Addie Robbins is Jane; Josiah Oakley is Tarzan’s lifelong ape friend Terk; Morgan Guadagnoli is Tarzan’s ape mother, Kala; Kahari Blue is Kerchak, the leader of the Gorilla pack; Jacob Leibowitz is Jane’s father, Porter; Ethan Smith is Clayton, the hunter that protects the Porter family on the expedition.

Since Amity has no young children, Ryan Kennedy will play the role of Little Tarzan. If the name sounds familiar, Ryan is the son of directors Robert and Andrea Kennedy.

From what I’ve seen, audiences will fall in love with Max again this year, he’s had primary roles in other Amity musicals over the years, and you will find Addie absolutely delightful.

The play will be completely sold out soon, so, if you haven’t gotten tickets yet, why not do it today? Click this link for the online box office.