Jun 302021

I would like to apologize to Orange Live readers for the sudden stop of current posts in the past few days.

What happened? I was hacked (again). Some unscrupulous individual got into my computer and locked me out this time.

I’m pretty good, slipping with age, but not as good as those who dedicate their lives to making others’ lives a living nightmare.

Posting on the site is extremely difficult from my phone, especially since I cannot type like a teenager on a cell phone keyboard.

Thanks to Omar at PCW Computer in Orange for getting me back in the saddle again, Oh, it feels good to be able to type again!

I promise to do my best to keep you all informed about the latest happenings on the town activities, weather alerts, etc. I’m working hard to catch up.


Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo Launches “Kids Are Free” for Summer on July 1

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Jun 302021

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo will launch its “Connecticut Kids Are Free” for summer program on Thursday, July 1, along with other museums, historical sites, and family attractions in Connecticut. Funded by the state through the American Rescue Plan, the Zoo will provide free admission to any Connecticut resident 18 years and younger, along with one accompanying adult.

Guests must register for free tickets online at www.beardsleyzoo.org. The program runs from July 1 through September 6.

The full list of participating museums is available at www.CTSummerMuseums.com.

In addition to “Kids Are Free,” the Zoo will conduct a special summer-long program called Food for Thought (FFT) in partnership with Cooperative Educational Services (CES) and Green Village Initiative (GVI). The program will teach students and families about the benefits of fresh, healthy food and how gardening and farming enrich our lives.

Zoo educators, along with teen volunteers from the Zoo’s Conservation Discovery Corps and Zoo Career Explorers, Zoo docents and gardeners, GVI educators and youth, and special guest presenters, will present interactive activities, demonstrations, and visits with animals five days a week at kiosks around the Zoo.

“We’re happy to offer an opportunity for children to explore nature, enjoy the outdoors and learn about wildlife after a long year of restricted activities,” said Zoo Director Gregg Dancho. “We know the pandemic has been hardest on kids, so the opening of our renovated New England Farmyard on July 10 and the additional learning opportunities through our Food for Thought program will help to make it a great summer for everyone!”

“This program provides a unique opportunity for children to take advantage of the world-class museums and attractions offered in Connecticut, while having both a fun and educational experience,” Governor Lamont said.

The Zoo’s renovated New England Farmyard officially opens to the public on Saturday, July 10, and will be the site of many of the farm-based educational activities. The FFT program is especially vital now due to the economic and educational disruptions caused by the pandemic, which were felt more intensely in urban and low-income areas that already had limited access to healthy food choices. The activities at the Zoo centered around the benefits of fresh, healthy food will emphasize how individuals and families can build whole foods into the core of their diet.


Beardsley Zoo’s Amur Leopards Featured In National Geographic

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May 052021

Here’s some exciting news about the Beardsley Zoo’s Amur Leopard “babies.”

The two are featured in the 2022 National Geographic Almanac.

The two Amur Leopards that were born at the Beardsley Zoo have been the main attraction for three years. The male is a typical leopard, brown with spots, while his sister is black, appearing to be a panther, rather than a leopard.

Read our story on the babies that we published in June 2019 HERE  and find out more about the reason why one is black and why she doesn’t have a tail.