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Record Crowd Expected for Saturday’s Concert, Fireworks
By Laura Fantarella - Orange Town News Correspondent
On Saturday, July 5th (rain date July 6th), town residents will once again be treated to what is quickly becoming one of the highlights of the summer season – an Independence Day celebration that features an evening of live music by a premiere band and a spectacular fireworks display on the Orange Fairgrounds.
The world-class, New Jersey-based, British Invasion Tribute Band will perform the music of the Beatles as it presents a special “50th Anniversary Show” celebrating the Beatles’ first U.S. tour in 1964. The event is produced by Orange Town News publisher Rocky Salperto with support from many including major sponsors The Orange Foundation; Cohen & Wolf, PC; Law Offices of Debra Marino; and the Town of Orange.
Festivities begin promptly at 6:30 with opening remarks by First Selectman Jim Zeoli, followed by the band’s live show and later, a show-stopping fireworks display set to patriotic music presented by “the first family of fireworks,” the Zambelli Fireworks Company.
Salperto is expecting this year’s event to draw record crowds. “We’re looking forward to another premiere event for Orange residents to enjoy,” Salperto said. “Orange may be small in population but we’re getting a big reputation for bringing in nationally renowned bands and hosting one of the most spectacular fireworks displays in New Haven County! We must be doing something right!”
Zeoli credits Salperto and his staff at the Orange Town News with stepping up three years ago when a new corporate sponsor was needed for the annual July 4th festivities. “We can’t thank them enough for the commitment and dedication they’ve shown for developing this tradition into the most wonderful celebration that we could have in town. The music is always lively and entertaining and more and more people are looking forward to it. It’s truly a wonderful time and the size of the crowd is growing each year,” he said. Zeoli noted that the event would also not be possible without the cooperation and labor of many volunteers and town departments like the Orange Volunteer Firemen, Department of Police Services, the Highway Department and Parks and Recreation.
Salperto accounts much of the success of the event to the first selectman as well. “We acknowledge and are grateful to all who step up to make this event an enjoyable family gathering each year; Mr. Zeoli has been the greatest supporter in making this better each year. He works tirelessly starting in December to help us coordinate everything from parking to soliciting sponsorships.”
Its likely few residents are more excited about the upcoming show then resident Beatles’ enthusiast extordinaire Charles Rosenay!!! of Liverpool Productions. Rosenay!!! will have a booth at the event showcasing his own Beatles’ memorabilia, some of which will be available for sale. He will also offer his expertise to anyone with Beatle collectables who wishes to have their items evaluated or appraised. “Someone may have something from their attic that could be worth $1 or $1,000!” he said. “But mostly the evening is an opportunity for fellow Beatles’ fans to mingle and spread the cheer. After all, ‘all you need is love’ right?”
Food and novelty item vendors will be available on site. The event is free with a suggested parking donation of $5 to benefit the Orange Little League. Another tip: make sure you don’t pack up early – “You don’t want to miss the finale! We have something special for you this year” Salperto confides.
BREATHE, BALANCE, BELIEVE Vinyasa Yoga for the Family, Mondays @ 5:15- 6:15 pm, Saturdays 9:00- 10:00 am, in the Parish hall, Church of the Good Shepherd 680 Racebrook Road, designed to help children and adults strengthen both physically and mentally, participants practice at their own level, teacher is certified and member RYT. Please bring a yoga mat and blocks if you have them.
Al-Anon Meeting, Monday mornings, 10:00 - 11:30am, Holy Infant Church Hall, 450 Racebrook Road, Orange; a support group for relatives and friends of alcoholics. For more information, contact www.ct-al-anon.org.
Nicotine Anonymous Meetings, Mondays, 6:30 – 7:30pm, Trinity Lutheran Church, 21 Robert Treat Parkway, Milford, open to all, no dues or fees, only requirement is the desire to be free of nicotine. For more information, call Bridges, 203-878-6365.
Zumba Gold Classes At Congregation Or Shalom, Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7 p.m., Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, simple and easy routines to follow, designed for people of all ages and no experience is needed. If interested, call Robin at 203.314.8176 or temple office at 203.799.2341.
Clean Energy Task Force of Orange, meets on the third Tuesday of every month at HPCC, 525 Orange Center Road, conference room, 8 o'clock. The public is invited.
Orange Arts & Culture Council meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month, 7:30pm, HPCC, 525 Orange Center Road, check chalk board for meeting room. The public is invited.
Orange Recycling Committee meets every 3rd Wednesday 7:30pm, HPCC conference room, 525 Orange Center Road, public is invited to attend. For more information, email Orangerecycles@gmail.com. Beginning August, meetings will be held every 3rd Tuesday at 7:00pm except for October which will be held on October 14, 2014.
Elm City Kennel Club General Meetings, third Wednesday of each month, except during July and August, 7:30pm, Paws’N Effect, 36 Corporate Ridge Drive (off Sherman Avenue), Hamden. For more information, contact New Member Coordinators Gary Wilson, at 203-996-2245 (email@example.com) or Maureen Anderson, at 203-430-5229 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Next meeting Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Refreshments will be served. Our April meeting will include a program on AKC Dog Shows 101.
Blood Pressure Clinic presented by Gentiva & Maplewood of Orange, 1st Thursday of every month, Maplewood of Orange (formerly Laurel Estates), 245 Indian River Road, 1:30-2:30pm in the Community Room. No appointment necessary.
Orange Historical Society Academy Antique & Gift Shop Museum, open Saturdays, 10:00am-3:00pm. For information call 203-795-3106.
New NAMI Support Group Meeting, every first Monday of the month, meetings begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. and end promptly at 7:30pm, BRIDGES, a community support system, 949 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford, conference room on the second floor, meeting dates are July 7, August 4, September 8, October 6, November 3, and December 1, 2014. They are free of charge and facilitator led.
The First Congregational Church Used Book, White Elephant, Clothes Closet & SERRV Shop Sales, Saturday, June 14, 2014, 9:00am-2:00pm, 464 Campbell Avenue, West Haven, a large selection of items will be available, including many children's books. 203-933-6291.
The Morning Book Discussion Group, July 10,2014, 10:00am, Ellen Aftamonow Woodmont Library, 16 Dixon Street, book for July is "The Goldfinch," by Donna Tartt, book for August is, "The Cutting Season," by Attica Locke. The group meets the first Thursday monthly. (This July was an exception). All are welcome. For more information, call 203-874-5675.