Will We Be Able To See This Month’s Full Moon?

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The Old Farmer’s Almanac shares this information about this weekend’s full moon.

August’s full moon, known as the Full Sturgeon Moon will appear on Sunday night, August 2, before reaching peak illumination at 11:59 a.m. on Monday, August 3. On either of these nights, look toward the southeast after sunset to catch a glimpse of the Sturgeon Moon rising, that is, unless it’s overcast or raining.

This month’s full moon was traditionally called the Sturgeon Moon because the giant sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this part of summer.

Other names for this Full Moon include ”Full Green Corn Moon,” signaling that the corn was nearly ready for harvest, “Wheat Cut Moon,” “Moon When All Things Ripen,” and ”Blueberry Moon.”

Perseid Meteor Shower

Not too long after August’s Full Moon, it will be time to keep an eye out for the annual Perseid meteor shower, which lasts from late July to late August. The meteors will reach their maximum in the hours just before dawn (while it’s still dark) between August 11 and 13! Thankfully, the Moon will be in its Last Quarter phase at this time, so the meteors shouldn’t be too washed out to view. Read more about the Perseid meteor shower here.


Please Don’t Take Your Dog With You

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Aug 012020

Every year across the country children and pets die in hot cars.

Today I came across a troubling sight outside of my favorite coffee shop. When I drove up, I parked next to a car where a dog was sitting in the back seat with her head out of the fully open window – All of the windows were all the way down – it was 78-degrees.

After buying my coffee, I passed by again and she was laying down on the seat, which was in the full sun, and she was panting, not uncontrollably or drooling, or foaming at the mouth. The temperature had gone up to 80-degrees. I called over to her, but she didn’t get up.

I drove home, around the corner, to take care of my own dogs, but I couldn’t stop thinking about the dog in the car. I don’t know if they understood, but, I stopped to tell my dogs that if the other dog belonged to an employee who was working a shift I was going to offer to bring her home so she’d be safe and cool. So get ready to meet a new friend, and I headed back down there. (Just a short walk away.)

I must admit I was aggravated when I saw the car still there in the hot sun when I returned. She came over to me and I petted her to see how hot she was, and then I went inside to find the owner.

An older couple was sitting at a table and when I asked if she was theirs the woman pointed to the man and told me she was his dog.

“May I please give her some water?” I asked. The man agreed that it was a good idea, and thanked me.

One of the staff got me a 16 oz cup of water and I brought it outside. “Hi sweetheart, do you want some water?” I tilted the cup and let her drink it slowly, and she finished just about every drop. Since she’d been in the car for about 30 minutes, I asked If I could take her out of the car and sit with her in the shade, but they assured me they were leaving soon.

After cooling down with the drink the dog was happy to see her “dad” come back to the car. And he told me they were going for a walk at the beach.

This dog was obviously loved, but I would just never bring my girls anywhere if I knew I’d be leaving them in the car even for a minute. These are crazy times, and the owner was lucky that I was the dog lover who took a shine to his pup. Someone else may have called the police or grabbed her and taken her away out of concern.

If you LOVE your dog or your kids, please do not take them out in the car on a hot day, especially if you are going to stop somewhere “for just a minute.”

See the chart for how fast the inside of a car can heat up to a dangerous level for your loved ones. If you don’t believe it, then sit in your car with the doors and windows closed, or treat yourself to a slightly opened window and see for yourself how comfortable you are after 5-10-15 minutes or a half hour. You won’t leave your dog (or kids) in a locked car alone again.

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo Mourns the Loss of Red Panda

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Meri, the Red Panda (Jack Bradley)

The family at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is saddened to announce the passing of Meri, a seven-year-old female Red panda, on Monday, July 27. The Zoo’s animal care team found that she had passed away in her sleep during the night, with no obvious signs of distress. A post-mortem necropsy showed that the cause was a cardiac condition.

The Zoo sent out this notice today: Born on June 27, 2013, at the Detroit Zoo, Meri came to Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo on January 11, 2018, from the Brandywine Zoo in Wilmington, Delaware. She was named for Meriadoc Brandybuck, a character in J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings. She was a beloved member of the Zoo family.

“Meri will be deeply missed by all of us here at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo,” said Zoo Director Gregg Dancho. “She had a unique personality and related well both to her companion, Rochan and to her animal care staff. It has been our privilege to have known her for the past two years.

The Zoo remains home to Rochan, a six-year-old male Red panda who has been part of the Zoo family since October 2015. The Natt Family Red Panda Habitat opened in October 2018, a gift from Bob and Helen Natt of Easton, also funded by monies raised by supporters and from the Werth Family Foundation.

The Red panda habitat offers indoor and outdoor viewing access for the Red pandas with air-conditioned indoor living quarters and a yard landscaped with bamboo and plenty of treetop spots for sunbathing.

Rochan and Meri were part of the Species Survival Program (SSP), a breeding and management program designed to preserve the long-term sustainability of captive-based animal populations. Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo will work with the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s (AZA) Species Survival Plan to identify another female Red panda as a new companion for Rochan.

Timely News: Boy Scout Breathes New Life Into Outdoor Classroom

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Just In Time For Students’ Return To School After Pandemic Lockdown

Troop 12 Eagle Project Volunteers

The aging and overgrown outdoor classroom at Race Brook Elementary School in Orange included decaying tree stump seats and dilapidated picnic benches and it was in dire need of renovation.

Frankie Cavallaro, a Boy Scout with Troop 12 in Milford and an RBS alumnus, saw an opportunity to serve his community while working toward achieving his Eagle Scout rank:

“The outdoor classroom was in pretty bad shape, and it occurred to me that this was the perfect way for me to transform it into a more inviting and usable space to which staff and students might escape for some fresh air and social distancing during the school day,” he said.

Cavallaro solicited area businesses for material donations and set to work in his home garage constructing new bench seating and decorating them with school colors. He enlisted 10 other scouts from his troop to spend a Saturday cleaning out the area, weeding, edging, spreading new pea stone, assembling, and painting picnic tables.

Mike Gray, Director of Business and Operations for Orange Public Schools, said, “His efforts have led to an inviting open-air space that will certainly be utilized by students and staff at Race Brook School. Frankie is a fine example of youth putting their leadership skills into action and giving back.”

Cavallaro would like to thank the following organizations for the generous materials and financial contributions that made this project possible: Ivy League Landscaping, Home Depot in Orange, Rings End in Orange, and the Race Brook School PTA.

He would also like to thank his troop, Mr. Gray, and his parents for their assistance and support, “I couldn’t have done it without them!”

Newly Updated Outdoor Classroom at Race Brook School


Be Aware Of This Road Improvement Project On Route 1

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Jul 282020

A road construction update from the Orange Police Department Facebook page:

The State DOT project to replace the culvert over Silver Brook, which flows under Rt1 near Chips Restaurant, and to add a fifth lane on Rt1 between Racebrook Road and Lambert Road will finally begin this Wednesday, July 29.

The first stage of the construction will encompass replacing the culvert under the 2 eastbound lanes on Rt1 and doing other drainage work along the road. This stage of work is expected to run through the spring of 2021.

The second stage of construction will encompass replacing the culvert under the 2 westbound lanes on Rt1 and finishing up the road work. The whole project is expected to be completed by December 2021.

During construction, there will only be one lane of traffic on Rt1 in each direction between Racebrook Road and Lambert Road with a third “suicide” lane in the center to help keep traffic flowing.

Please be patient and expect delays as motorists get used to the new traffic pattern. Alternate routes are always an option to circumvent the area.

Why Won’t Orange Live Branch Out?

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Jul 282020

In the past two weeks, I’ve been asked several times by friends, web designers looking for business, and other online entities, “Why don’t you branch out and cover news from other towns?”

When I tell the web people seeking my business that I only cover Orange, even though the highest percentage of my readers are in Milford, they question why I don’t expand into Milford.

The answer is simple, my upbringing, and the fact that eight years ago when I launched Orange Live, I promised my readers that I would remain true to my word to only cover news that involved the town of Orange.

If I can’t stand by my word, then how can anyone ever believe they can trust a word I say?

Every other news outlet covers some other town, usually for the money they can make from it — Orange AND Milford; Orange AND Woodbridge; Orange, Bethany, Woodbridge, AND Milford.

From the start in May 2012, I promised to only cover Orange, incorporating news from Amity High School because Orange residents go there, AND the Beardsley Zoo, because it is Connecticut’s Zoo, a treasure that’s only a short drive from Orange. It offers learning opportunities for children and adults and it is a wonderful resource right in our backyard, so to speak.

Yes, occasionally, I have posted a bear sighting in Woodbridge if it is close to the town border, because ultimately a black bear will show up in Orange within a week or two after being seen over there.

Other than that, I have remained true to my promise.

A turning point

Before my strokes in 2009, I covered the three Amity towns in a newspaper every week for more than 10 years, running from Bethany, Orange, and Woodbridge, juggling school plays and events, summer activities, parades, senior activities, veterans’ affairs, tri-town meetings, and police blotters. And I did it well. Back then I won several awards for my writing and photography, and everyone knew who I was. My face was plastered on page 4 on my column every week, so how could you miss me?

I slowed down a bit after that, with seizures being the only after-effects of the strokes. They hindered my memory and comprehension, and when they would hit were unpredictable.

I left the newspaper for a new Online-only company, which I made into a household name within a few months.

After a couple of years, I didn’t like the direction they were taking, as they opened hundreds of new sites at once, which put a strain on the mother company’s finances, which trickled down to the individual site editors.

They wanted us to take news from other sources, publish a paragraph or two, then link back to the source. “That’s not what I was hired to do.” I told my very young ‘boss.’ I was fired for insubordination.

On my own

It was a big relief. I walked away from a good-paying job and that night I started Orange Live, introducing it on Facebook, and launching the site three days later.

Being my own boss has its perks, I don’t have to put my face on the site – If you know me, you know me, If you don’t, well that’s okay too. I do my best to keep up with what’s going on. I do everything by myself, answering e-mail, editing, writing, photography, ads, posting on the site, Twitter, Facebook, etc. I don’t get paid for anything I do.

I participate in local charities by donating homemade prizes, candy for the Lions Easter Egg Hunt, etc. and I offer my assistance wherever it’s needed.

So, back to the point. Why don’t I expand to other communities? I just love Orange, I know the people, I know the town better than my own, and in many ways, it feels like home to me. Most importantly, my parents raised me to be honest. I gave you my word 8 years ago, and I stand by it now and always will.


Be Aware Of These COVID-19 Rule Updates

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Jul 282020

Following is a message from The CT Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner David Lehman:

While we have paused on the Phase 3 reopening of the state to protect the health of all of our residents, we have made some updates to our industry-specific rules after consulting with industry leaders and public health officials.

These updates provide more specific guidance, as well as new recommendations for a broad range of sectors. Highlights include:

New rules for Indoor Recreation and expanded guidance for Outdoor Events.

Changes impacting Offices, Personal Services, Hair Salons & Barbershops, Retail, Libraries, etc.:

Non-essential businesses have the right to refuse service to anyone not wearing a mask.

In the event an employee tests positive for COVID-19, it is recommended the business implement 24-hour passive decontamination and follow CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting.

For bathrooms, the posting of signage encouraging reduced capacity and reminding individuals to wash their hands and wear masks is suggested.

Changes impacting Restaurants:

Servers are no longer required to wear gloves.

Indoor performances are now allowed (with the exception of musical vocalists).

Hotels are now permitted to provide non-essential services and amenities (e.g., valets, ice machines).

These and other sector-specific updates go into effect immediately. Businesses and non-profits that have already completed the self-certification process as part of Phases 1 or 2 do not need to re-register, but must comply with any new rules for their sector.

Thank you for continuing to comply with these enhance protocols as we find new and better ways to get back to work safely.


David Lehman, Commissioner





Upcoming Events for Children, Teens and Adults At The Library

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Jul 282020

The Case Memorial Library is here to serve the community.  We are temporarily closed to the public, but we continue to provide services and develop new programs to meet your needs.  

We are currently providing the following services:

  • Our public computers may be used by appointment only. Call 203-891-2170 or email reference@casememoriallibrary.org to make an appointment. Time slots for computer use are 10-11 a.m., 2-3 p.m., 3:30-4:30 p.m., and 6:30-7:30 p.m. (Monday and Thursday evenings only). 
  • Holds can be placed on library materials through our online catalog, by phone, or by email.  When the items you request are available, we will call you to schedule a curbside pickup.  Hours for curbside pickup are Monday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

We have online programs that are free and open to the public.  


Book Discussions

Online Mystery Book Discussion

Thursday, August 13, 1 p.m.

Join Librarian Samantha Jasulavic for an online discussion of The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. This discussion will take place on Zoom- please note that registration is required, as for online security reasons only registered attendees will be able to attend this event. Registered attendees will receive a Zoom link via email before the event. Please call the library or contact Samantha at sjasulavic@casememoriallibrary.org to place a hold on a copy of the book.

Online Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Chat

Thursday, August 27, 6 p.m.

Do you have a new favorite science fiction or fantasy author you’d like to share or are you currently re-reading one of the classics and want to geek out over it with others? Come join Librarians Tom and Jonathan online for our very first Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Chat. All are welcome. Registration is required (you will receive a Zoom link the day before the chat).


Online 3-5 Year Olds Storytime

Monday, August 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, 10:30 a.m.
For children ages 3-5.  Preschoolers are invited to join Ms. Michelle for stories, music, and movement!  Registration is required. Please note: All registrants with a valid email address will be sent a link for storytime.  For security reasons, we are unable to admit non-registrants to this program.

Online Lapsit Storytime

Tuesdays, August 4, 11, 18, and 25, 10:30 a.m.
For babies and toddlers up to two years old.  Little ones and their caregivers are invited to this virtual storytime with Ms. Michelle!  We’ll play with puppets, sing our favorite songs, explore books together, and more.  Registration is required. Please note: All registrants with a valid email address will be sent a link for storytime.  For security reasons, we are unable to admit non-registrants to this program.

Online 2-Year-Old Storytime

Wednesdays, August 5 and 12, 10:30 a.m.
For children ages 2-3.  Experience music and movement, dive into picture books, and sing your favorite songs with Ms. Michelle!  Registration is required. Please note: All registrants with a valid email address will be sent a link for storytime.  For security reasons, we are unable to admit non-registrants to this program.

Tween Take & Make: Cyanotypes

Kit pickup: Thursday, August 6-Saturday, August 8

For tweens going into grades 4-6. One of the earliest forms of photography, cyanotypes use the sun to imprint white silhouettes onto rich blue backgrounds. Learn about the first book of photographs and create your own unique print to take home! Participants may bring flowers, leaves, or small objects from home to use in their design. This activity requires the use of lemon juice and paper coated with ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide. Registered participants will be able to pick up their take-home kit between Thursday, August 6, and Saturday, August 8.

Tween Virtual Chill and Create

Thursday, August 6, 2-3 p.m.

For tweens going into grades 4-6.  Working on a drawing? Making a graphic novel? Practicing your knitting skills? Whatever motivates you to be creative, you’ll be welcome at our tween socially-distanced social hour! Join us via Zoom as we share our projects and our ideas.  Registered participants will receive a link to our Zoom session on Tuesday, August 4.

Take & Make: Rapunzel Rescue Challenge

Kit pickup: Thursday, August 13-Saturday, August 15

For children entering grades 1-3. Engineer a clever escape for Rapunzel and save the day using your imagination!  All materials will be provided.  Registered participants may pick up their take-home kits via curbside pickup from Thursday, August 13 to Saturday, August 15.  Adult supervision strongly recommended. Registration is required.  

Take & Make: Geology Slime

Kit pickup: Thursday, August 20-Saturday, August 23

For children entering grades 1-3. Mix a cool sensory concoction full of gemstones and minerals.  All materials will be provided.  Registered participants may pick up their take-home kits via curbside pickup from Thursday, August 20 to Saturday, August 23.  Use of food coloring is optional.  Adult supervision strongly recommended.  Registration is required.  


Virtual Dungeons & Dragons

Thursday, August 6, 5:30 p.m.

For students in grades 7-12 (minimum age 13). Join us as we play Dungeons & Dragons Online with our Adult Services Librarian Tom, who is an experienced gamemaster. We will be using the Roll20 platform for this program, which is safe, free, and easy to use. Bring your imagination and we’ll do the rest! Registered participants will receive a link to the game session on Roll20 on Tuesday, August 4.

The Library will be closed Saturday, September 5, and Monday, September 7, in observance of Labor Day.

New Teen Fiction At The Library

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Jul 282020

The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, now offers the following titles in Teen Fiction.
New Teen Fiction, July 2020

Each title is linked to its catalog entry, where you can place a request to pick up the book at the Case Memorial Library.

A heart in a body in the world / Deb Caletti.
Again again / E. Lockhart.
All the stars and teeth / Adalyn Grace.
All your twisted secrets / Diana Urban.
American road trip / Patrick Flores-Scott.
Aurora burning : Aurora Cycle_02 / Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff.
Be not far from me / Mindy McGinnis.
Blood countess / Lana Popovic.
Buried beneath the baobab tree / Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani   with afterword by Viviana Mazza.
Burn / Patrick Ness.
Chain of gold / Cassandra Clare.
Chosen / Kiersten White.
Clap when you land / Elizabeth Acevedo.
Deathless divide / Justina Ireland.
Ember queen / Laura Sebastian.
Forged in fire and stars / Andrea Robertson.
Foul is fair / Hannah Capin.
Full disclosure / Camryn Garrett.
Girl, unframed.
Girls save the world in this one / Ash Parsons.
Golden arm / Carl Deuker.
Harley in the sky / Akemi Dawn Bowman.
House of dragons / Jessica Cluess.
Hunted by the sky / Tanaz Bhathena.
Jo & Laurie / Margaret Stohl & Melissa de la Cruz.
Lucky caller / Emma Mills.
Lucy Crisp and the vanishing house / Janet Hill.
Michigan vs. the boys / Carrie S. Allen.
Music from Another World / Robin Talley.
My Calamity Jane / Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows.
Nameless queen / Rebecca McLaughlin.
Nyxia / Scott Reintgen.
Of curses and kisses / Sandhya Menon.
Red hood / Elana K. Arnold.
Seven deadly shadows  / Courtney Alameda and Valynne E. Maetani.
Seven endless forests / April Genevieve Tucholke.
Sick kids in love / Hannah Moskowitz.
Small spaces / Katherine Arden.
Songs from the deep / Kelly Powell.
The ballad of songbirds and snakes / Suzanne Collins.
The betrothed / Kiera Cass.
The Black Flamingo / Dean Atta.
The blossom and the firefly / Sherri L. Smith.
The burning / Laura Bates.
The epic fail of Arturo Zamora / Pablo Cartaya.
The gravity of us / by Phil Stamper.
The henna wars / Adiba Jaigirdar.
The kinder poison / Natalie Mae.
The King of Crows / Libba Bray.
The Kingdom of Back / Marie Lu.
The light in hidden places / Sharon Cameron.
The loop / Ben Oliver.
The Lucky Ones / Liz Lawson.
The night diary / Veera Hiranandani.
The paper girl of Paris / Jordyn Taylor.
The Queen’s assassin / Melissa de la Cruz.
The stars beneath our feet / David Barclay Moore.
The truth as told by Mason Buttle / Leslie Connor.
They went left / Monica Hesse.
This boy / Lauren Myracle.
This train is being held / Ismee Williams.
Tigers, not daughters / Samantha Mabry.
We are all his creatures : tales of P. T. Barnum, the greatest showman.
When we were magic / Sarah Gailey.
Yes no maybe so / Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed.

The Library is temporarily closed to the public. We offer curbside pickup and computer use by appointment.
Phone: 203-891-2170
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Orange Democrats Annual Meet The Candidates Picnic Is On

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Jul 272020

A message from the Orange Democratic Town Committee:

We have been working diligently to be sure we can have our picnic and social distancing to keep everyone safe at the High Plains Pavilion on Friday, August 28, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

We know it is important for you to meet the candidates: Mary Welander for the 114th, Bryan Anderson for the 119th, Tony Sutton for the 117th, and State Senator James Maroney up for re-election.

We feel it is so important, so we want to be sure to give you that opportunity. We bought a new sound system to be sure you can hear them while socially distanced!

Tickets are $25 per person and are available from any ODTC member or by calling Polly Demirjian, 203-494-5976, or Jody at 203-314-9975.

Lasse’s is once again catering and will be pre-packaging the condiments and sides. Your ticket includes your dinner as well as beverages and dessert.  Beer and wine are also included.

Don’t forget our great raffle, too!  We are already collecting some great items!

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Visit our website at www.orangectdems.org