Orange Live launched on May 17, 2012. Since that day we’ve honored our promise to remain hyper-local (Town Of Orange) and only incorporating news from Amity High School in Woodbridge, which is the regional High School for Bethany, Orange, and Woodbridge. And the Beardsley Zoo, our CT Zoo, which is only a short drive away on I-95 or the Merritt Parkway in Bridgeport.
In the first 8 months, we had a sports writer and paid him well, so well that he absorbed just about all of the money we brought in on ads. We tried to reel him in when money was tight and he went rogue, attending games that we did NOT assign to him, just so he could get paid.
WE dropped him and I began covering sports myself, taking photos, and doing my best to provide whatever information I could even though I am not a sports writer. My stories pulled in as many hits as he did, so from that moment on, Orange Live has not had any paid freelance writers.
I, Terri Miles, have done everything that you see on the site, including going through all the e-mails, formatting press releases, covering meetings, school plays, festivals, and events, taking photos, cross-posting to Twitter and Facebook, all for no pay.
When the Pandemic hit, I was forced to self-isolate, since I have numerous health issues that designate me as high-risk. With businesses closed for the past 3 months, Orange Live hasn’t had any new advertising, yet each and every month we have to pay $200 in bills for services we use to keep the site running.
My brother, Ron, who bankrolled the site in order to keep my mind fresh — after I had several strokes back in 2009 — told me that the Orange Live bank account is getting low with no income and $200 automatically being taken out, we will be paying monthly banking fees on top of the bills as soon as next month.
Ron suggested that I let you know this and ask for a little help or he will be forced to shut Orange Live down. Which would be devastating for me after working so hard to build it up in the last 8 years.
We have a Paypal account at firstname.lastname@example.org and if you appreciate Orange Live and could afford $1 or any amount, (less than a cup of coffee) it truly would help bail us out until the Phase II and Phase III businesses are in good shape again. Everything will go into the bank account for the monthly Orange Live bills, not into my pocket.
A reader just reminded me about a “donations welcome” tab that our web host set up on the top of the page 8 years ago. I haven’t looked at it in years, but she said it is very easy to use and it includes additional information and options.
Ron and I are not looking to skip all the way to the bank, we just hope to stay afloat for another two to three months until we can pick up some ads.
In the past month, our readership is UP by 65%. If you have a business and would like to advertise, we have the most reasonable prices of any media and offer the most hands-on service — more like a partnership — than anyone else. Please call and leave a message, or text 203-506-1747, or e-mail email@example.com.
Ron and I appreciate our readers and love the town of Orange and thank you for your continued faith in us as your local daily news source.
I truly appreciate the donations we’ve received so far and I am humbled by all the kind notes and e-mails of encouragement. Thank You!