Find Some Incredible Deals At The Material Girls Sale and Clearance Event

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Jul 022019

Material Girls of Orange, 463 Boston Post Road, Left Side of Building (Same Building As Kaoud Rugs), is hosting its annual Fourth of July Sale and Clearance event through Sunday, July 7.

Don’t miss this big sale. Save on most regular priced jewelry, clothing and more.

Big markdowns on hundreds of items up to 75% off.

Many brand name designers including Clara Sun Woo, Lysse, Lokai and so many more. Grab your friends, stop by and don’t miss out.

The store is closed on the Fourth of July, but sale hours are: Tuesday, July 2 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 3, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, July 5, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, July 6, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, July 7 from 12 to 4 p.m. 

Do You Think Fireworks Are A Blast?

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Jun 302019

If you like Fireworks displays, but don’t like to travel too far to see them, you should check out this schedule of nearby Fourth of July Fireworks shows.

Wednesday, July 3

  • Derby
    Fourth of July Fireworks – 3rd Street (Dusk). Rain Date: 7/5/2019
  • Fairfield
    Independence Day Fireworks – Jennings Beach (9:15 p.m.).  Rain Date: 7/5/2019
  • Stratford
    Stratford Fireworks – Short Beach Park (9:00 p.m.).  Rain Date: 7/5/2019
  • West Haven
    Savin Rock Fireworks Spectacular – Bradley Point Park (9:15 p.m). Rain Date 7/5/2019

Thursday, July 4

  • New Haven
    2019 New Haven Fourth of July Fireworks – Wilbur Cross High School (9 p.m.).  Rain Date: 7/5/2019

Friday, July 5


  • Independence Day Concert & Fireworks – Orange Fair Grounds (Concert starts at 6:30, Fireworks at Dusk).  Rain Date: July 6

Right Neighborly Of You — How It’s Done In Orange

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Jun 302019

2,000 plants in 2 hours

What happens when you own a farm, but your job keeps you too busy to keep up with planting season?

Residents know Jim Zeoli as the Orange First Selectman, many are frequent visitors to his Shamrock Farm for fresh produce in Spring, Summer and Fall and his spectacular wreaths, trees, kissing balls and sprays at Christmas.

Usually, everything runs like clockwork at the farm while he tends to business at Town Hall, his hired help work the fields and man the farmstand. But this year, it’s been unusually busy at the office and a couple of fields still needed to be planted this weekend.

So how do one man and a couple of hired hands get 2,000 veggie plants into the ground before the rain hit the area? It’s simple, just ask for help.

On Friday afternoon a little after 2 p.m. Zeoli posted a request on his Facebook page. “Looking for some volunteers for Saturday 8 am to help get some vegetable plants in the ground. I don’t often ask, but I’m running behind. In the dirt shoes required. Thanks”

The empty field was prepped and at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning help arrived.

It didn’t matter if you were an experienced gardener or not, the system worked seamlessly. Some helpers removed the plants from the trays and dropped them into the pre-dug trenches. Other volunteers followed and buried the roots and secured the plants into the ground.

At 9:58 a.m. the job was complete and everyone went home, feeling quite proud of their accomplishment.

Zeoli told Orange Live that the young men he hires have done a wonderful job this year, but things have been busy on the town side and he fell behind.

He posted the following note on his Facebook on Saturday afternoon: “I just want to say thank you to all that helped this morning! I don’t stress very often, but I wanted the plants in before the showers and you helpers made it possible! Thanks.

This is Orange at its best.

Sustainable Energy Is Working In Orange

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Jun 272019

Representatives from the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board (EEB) attended a facility tour of Watson, Inc. on Wednesday, June 12.

Vice President Gavin Watson (center) presented various sustainability efforts and energy efficiency initiatives implemented at the West Haven/Orange facility, which produces ingredient systems and products for the food and supplement industries. Watson explained that they were able to save about $182,000 in annual energy costs by working with United Illuminating (UI) to make energy updates to their facilities, including upgrading compressor systems and lighting.

EEB tour participants saw the production process of many products but were able to realize firsthand how Watson, Inc. has taken sustainability beyond the scope of Connecticut’s efficiency programs. EEB is a group of advisors who use their expertise with energy issues to evaluate and advise the state’s utility companies in developing and implementing comprehensive, cost-effective energy conservation plans that help Connecticut consumers reduce energy use in their homes and businesses.

NOTE: The EEB witnessed first-hand various sustainability and energy efficiency initiatives implemented at the West Haven/Orange facilities. Watson explained that they were able to save about $182,000 in annual energy costs by working with United Illuminating (UI) to make energy upgrades in their two facilities. In addition to some of their other initiatives, the company has started a large shared garden for employees at the Orange facility and only purchase 100% of its electrical energy from wind power sources. During the tour, they also witnessed the production of Watson products, such as edible glitter and menthol sheets used in many popular toothpaste brands.

Tour attendees included representatives from United Illuminating, Optimal Energy, the CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, Eversource, Acadia Center, CT Resource Conservation and Development, Energy Futures Group and CT Green Bank.

Participants included: Gavin Watson, Vice President of Watson, Inc.; Aaron Jones, and Amy McLean Salls, Acadia Center; Amanda Fargo-Johnson, CT Resource Conservation & Development, CT EEB; Craig Diamond, CT EEB; Julia Dumaine and  Linda Foreman, CT DEEP; Adrienne Houel, Greater Bridgeport Community Enterprises, Inc.;  Dan Mellinger, Energy Futures Group; Glen Reed, Energy Futures Group; Steve Bruno, Jordan Schellens, Andy Brydges, and John Kibbee, Eversource; Anthony Clark, CT Green Bank; George Lawrence, Optimal Energy; and Liz Murphy, United Illuminating, AVANGRID, Inc.

Orange Police: DUI Arrest On The Boston Post Road

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Jun 252019

On Sunday, June 23 at 2:08 a.m., Orange patrol officers stopped a car that did not have Its lights illuminated on the Boston Post Road at Racebrook Road.

During the stop, officers administered field sobriety tests on Tayler J. Ross, 29, of West Haven. After which she was taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, failure to insure a motor vehicle, driving an unregistered motor vehicle, and driving without a license.

Ross posted a $50 bond for court July 8.

Independence Day Spectacular Features Huey Lewis Tribute Band

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Jun 252019

The Town of Orange may be small in population, but over the years it has gained the reputation for bringing in top-notch bands and one of the best holiday fireworks displays in the New Haven County.

For this year’s Independence Day Concert, the Orange Town News, which is once again producing the event, presents “Back in Time – A Tribute to Huey Lewis and the News” to perform prior to the town’s Annual Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular.

The Independence Day Concert will take place on Friday, July 5 (rain date Saturday, July 6) at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange.

The festivities will begin promptly at 6:30 pm with welcoming comments from Orange First Selectman Jim Zeoli. The concert will be followed promptly at 9:30 pm by the Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular with Patriotic Music.

Producer Rocky Salperto said, “We are looking forward to another premiere event for area residents to enjoy. We are excited about producing this show for the eighth consecutive year. We hope everyone continues to enjoy this great community event. Many thanks go out to our sponsors, our first selectman and town officials for their continued support.”

The event is made possible through area sponsors including major sponsors: Cohen and Wolf, P.C.; Yale University, The Orange Foundation’s Olga Fund, the Orange Town News and the Town of Orange.

Popular Food Trucks are being lined up, and novelty items will be available for purchase at the fairgrounds beginning at 6:00 pm. A WPLR radio personality will be on location. Come early and get a good seat. Admission is free.

There will be a suggested parking donation of $5 that will benefit the Orange Little League.

Making their CT debut, “BACK IN TIME” is comprised of talented and seasoned musicians from the New York area. “BACK IN TIME” works to recreate the energy, excitement of a Huey Lewis and the News Live Performance. We guarantee you’ll be singing along with every song as we take you on a trip through the 80’s.

A top-notch show bringing together all the hits from Huey Lewis and the News and the 80’s including: Power of Love, Heart and Soul, I Want a New Drug, Hip to be Square, Heart of Rock and Roll, Do You Believe in Love, If This is it, Jacob’s Ladder, Stuck on You and much more.

Huey Lewis and The News have carried the banner as the quintessential American rock band, endearing them to millions of fans. During the 1980’s and early 1990’s they scored a total of 19 top-ten singles across the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Contemporary, and Mainstream Rock charts. You will not be disappointed!!!

Visit “Back in Time” on their website: https://backintimetribute.com.


Series: Unconditional Love And Pet Adoption (#2 Willy)

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Jun 252019

Coach George DeMaio and his “son” Willy George.

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the name, “The Coach”?

Locally, it can only be one person. Like celebrities who are instantly known for their one-name identities — Cher, Madonna, or Bono, George DeMaio is recognized by two words, “the Coach.”

He may be the most respected and trusted sports guy in CT, covering a myriad of sporting events from little league and legion ball games to all of the High School sports. For example, you’ve seen him at his table in the corner of the court at the Amity basketball games broadcasting live on WELI 960 and ESPN Radio 1300-AM.

But sports isn’t the only thing George is passionate about, he also is a devoted adoptive dad to “hurricane” dogs.

Wally the Pomeranian was first. He came from Georgia and quickly bonded with his new dad, “the Coach.” The two were inseparable for several years, with the little white pup accompanying George to baseball games and on family vacations to Maine.

Sadly, it was during one of those Maine vacations in August 2017 that the Coach lost his boy. Wally woke up screaming in pain and the DeMaios brought him to an emergency clinic, but he couldn’t be saved. Their hearts broken, George’s wife said, “No more dogs.”

Soon after, during another devastating hurricane season George saw a cute little pup that was up for adoption at a Texas Shelter. He was waiting anxiously to hear when the dog would be boarding a plane to Massachusetts when Hurricane Harvey hit the Lone Star State, and the transport was delayed until the weather cleared.

A rescue group in Willimantic brought in a bunch of dogs from Texas, and that pup the Coach fell in love with was among them.

George picked the little terrier mix up on Sept. 12, 2017, and named his new son Willy George DeMaio.

Willy is a perfect match for this family, he shares a birthday with George’s father, Feb. 14th, Valentine’s Day. He’s socialized, well behaved and he loves going everywhere with his dad.

Willy is 4-years old and he’s been with the DeMaios for the past two years. He didn’t replace Wally, but he does fill the hole left in their hearts. This is what adoption does.

The Coach recommends adopting your next boy or girl from a shelter and giving him or her a chance at a full and happy life. He knows first-hand how both young and senior dogs can bring joy into your life. He foresees many happy years ahead with Willy, visiting Maine, watching games, and snuggling on the sofa.

If you are looking for a new companion, follow Coach DeMaio’s lead and check out the listings for a dog in need of a home at a shelter. Some have issues to work through, but most will give you unconditional love for many years to come.

If you are an adoptive pet parent and would like to have your companion featured here, give us a call at 203-506-1747 and leave a message, or send an e-mail and photos to orangectlive01@gmail.com. 

Open House: Gorgeous 3 Bedroom Ranch New On The Market

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Jun 232019

Stop by 245 Bittersweet Rd, Orange, to see this wonderful home during the open house today from 12-2 p.m.

Beautifully updated 2,125 sq ft ranch on a lovely 0.69-acre lot with tasteful mature landscaping.

The large, light filled open plan living space includes formal living room, formal dining room, and sunken sitting room; all offer hardwood floors & cathedral ceilings, there is a gas log fireplace in the living room; a ceiling fan and French doors to the deck in the sitting room, lots of windows offer plenty of natural light.

The fully applianced kitchen offers granite countertops, breakfast bar, vaulted ceiling, and skylights. There are 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths including the master suite with jetted tub, large walk-in shower, and Palladian window.

The walkout lower level provides a large family room area with built-ins and a second gas log fireplace, French doors provide access to the bluestone patio with brick wall surround and fireplace.

The lush yard provides a shed and nicely manicured grounds perfect for play, entertaining and relaxation.

New on the market for $369,900.

Historical Society Tag Sale and Estate Furniture Sale

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Jun 212019

The Orange Historical Society will host its weekend Tag Sale and Estate Furniture Sale at the Academy Building, 605 Orange Center Road, Orange. on Saturday, June 22 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The sale includes a large inventory of antiques along with the tag sale items priced accordingly.
Inside the Academy are antiques, collectibles, books, DVDs, and dolls….let’s not forget the dolls.
For information call 203 795-3106.

Police: Orange Man Charged With DUI

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Jun 212019

Officers were dispatched to 460 Oakview Drive for a report of a motor vehicle collision with a utility pole on June 16 at 4:42 p.m.

Upon arrival, officers met with William J. Day, 62, of Orange, who reportedly had an odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from his person.

Police administered Standardized Sobriety Field Tests. Subsequently, Day was taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving without a license and failure to maintain a proper lane.

He was released on $50 cash bond for court July 1.