Be Safe At The Independence Day Concert

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Jul 032019

A view of the Orange Fairgrounds on July 5, 2015, from Kevin Arnone’s Drone.

The Annual Independence Day Concert and Fireworks Display is a great time to usher in the summer season and to greet your neighbors. It’s a fun occasion to enjoy the music, perhaps share a meal and to watch an awesome fireworks show.

The Orange Fire Marshal’s Office would like to remind everyone that grills and individual fireworks, including sparklers, are not permitted at the event. The best place to enjoy fireworks is at a public display conducted legally and safely by trained professionals. Be safe and show respect for fellow area residents.

Event Coordinator, Rocky Salperto added; Please do not leave children unsupervised. The Department of Police Services and AMR will have a designated safety area (Orange Center Road Entrance) to report lost children or any suspicious activity. Announcements of lost children WILL NOT be made by public address systems.

Please exercise care when entering and leaving the fairgrounds. Be courteous to your fellow residents as a crowd in excess of 6,000 is expected. Designated CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) members will be present to enforce and keep clear safety areas (marked with white lines on the fairgrounds.)

Pets must be leashed. Be safe and enjoy the show!


Food Trucks

Here is a list of food vendors scheduled to be present on the fairgrounds beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday.

Food Trucks include: Rita’s Italian Ice, Reno’s Pizza, JD Kettle Corn, Nutmeg Concessions, 744 Express, Mamoun’s Falafel, Lenny & Joes Seafood, Cousins Maine Lobster, Polar Sweets, Tipsy Cones, Lemonade Grenade.




EARS Presents First “Dog Day Afternoon” on April 26

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Mar 242014

EARS founder Jon Nowinski and his rescued dog Coyote are frequent visitors on News 12's Pet Talk with Lauren Collier

EARS founder Jon Nowinski and his rescued dog Coyote are frequent visitors on News 12’s Pet Talk with Lauren Collier

Following is a press release from Jon Nowinski, founder of EARS:

The Connecticut Emergency Animal Response Service (EARS) is excited to announce the kick-off of its “Dog Day Afternoon” events starting next month in Orange.

Our “Dog Day Afternoon” events are free and fun activities for dogs and their owners that EARS hosts throughout Connecticut during spring and summer. Rather than being large “pet fair” events that focus more on vendors and businesses, our Dog Days are a smaller and friendlier atmosphere for all involved.

It’s a great chance to for owners to meet fellow dog lovers, and dogs to meet new friends. We also have information on local dog resources, emergency pet preparedness, and special guests visiting during the day to discuss important dog topics.

The first Dog Day Afternoon will take place at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, on Saturday, April 26, from 2 – 6 p.m. We have a rain date set for Sunday, April 27 at the same time.

Please note that the Community Center is not a designated dog park, so all attending dogs must be kept on leashes and owners are responsible for cleaning up after their dogs.

For more information, please contact info@earsct.org or visit www.earsct.org.

Town of Orange Does Have Specific Rules for Dog Owners To Follow

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Mar 242014

In Orange dogs must be on a leash.

In Orange dogs must be on a leash.

After Orange Live published a story on March 13 about a man who allowed his little, unleashed dog to attack puppies at High Plains, many readers asked whether or not there was an ordinance against letting dogs run free.

Yes, there is, it’s known as Town Ordinance 307-9 “Orange Open Space Lands Dog Rules & Etiquette.”

It states:

Over the last several years, people have allowed their dogs to degrade the environment, jeopardize people’s safety, and compromise non-dog owners’ visits to open space lans.

To protect our natural lands and to ensure that all visitors have a safe and enjoyable experience, the following rules should be followed:

• Dogs must be kept on leash and close to their owners

• Dogs must be kept on designated trails

• Dogs must be kept out of streams and rivers, and away from waterways’ fragile banks

• All dog feces must be picked up and disposed of properly.

Editor’s Note: There is a plastic bag dispenser at the entrance to the walking path around the fairgrounds if you didn’t remember to bring your own for dog feces pick up. If you have plastic bags to contribute, please leave them for others to use. 

Until the planned dog park is opened in Orange, there is a fenced in area at the rear of the Orange Fairgrounds where you may let your dog off-leash to play with other dogs. 

Do NOT allow your dog in the enclosure if it has issues with other dogs.