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									 Orange Beach                                        Community News

www.cityoforangebeachblog.com                                    Orange Beach, Alabama
June 30, 2009                                                                    by Angela Bateman

Festive Fireworks Festoon
the Island
Lucky for the residents and visitors of Pleasure Island, there
are three big Fireworks displays planned for the awesome
Independence Day weekend.
First will be the Annual Fireworks Gala and Barbecue hosted by the Perdido Beach Resort on
Friday, July 3rd from 6pm-10pm. Call 251-981-9811 for ticket info. Of course, those wishing to
only view the fireworks may catch the show free of charge from any public beach access point
in Orange Beach.
Two exciting events will be occurring on July 4. The City of Gulf Shores will begin its fireworks
show at 9pm with Sunny 105.7 simulcasting music with a patriotic twist. The show will be
visible from any public beach access point in Gulf Shores and is free of charge.
The Fourth at the Wharf is always a lot of fun and is also on July 4. Main Street will feature
child friendly games and hot dog eating contests and the day will end with a free fireworks
show. Also, don’t forget the Wharf and the Pepsi Star Series will present Montgomery Gentry
with special guest star Little Big Town. The festivities kick off at 8pm. Visit www.wharfal.com for
more information about Fourth at the Wharf.

BPCA Independence Day Festivities – Saturday, July 4, 2009
The Bear Point Civic Association will celebrate Independence Day weekend with a
big cookout, live auction, raffle, bake sale, and children’s beauty contest on Saturday,
                       July 4, 2009. Activities will begin at 11 a.m. with admission
                       free to the public. Attendees will have the opportunity
                       to purchase barbeque or hotdog plates, buy baked goods, buy
                       raffle tickets for great prizes, and to bid on items in the live
                       auction. The beauty contest for children to age 10 will begin at
                       11:30 a.m. There will be a $10 registration fee for the beauty
                       contest and dress is casual. Everyone is invited to come and
                       join in the fun! For more information call Irene at 610-8063.

 Orange Beach                                                       Community News

www.cityoforangebeachblog.com                                                    Orange Beach, Alabama

                                                                  USSSA Baseball
                                                                  Global World Series
                                                                  Is Headed to
                                                                  Orange Beach/Gulf Shores
                                                                  Teams will be coming in from Texas, Louisiana, Arkan-
                                                                  sas, Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, Ohio,
                                                                  Florida and Alabama for the USSSA Baseball World
                                                                  Series for two weeks in July.

                                                                  The opening ceremonies will be July 8 at the Orange
                                                                  Beach Sportsplex and July 9-12 will be the first week of
                                                                  the series.

                                                                 Danny Martin, Parks and Recreation Superintendent in
                                                                 Orange Beach said they are expecting as many as 6,000
                                                                 people at the opening ceremonies alone, and it will be
one of the largest events the city has ever hosted. Following the opening ceremonies, players from the teams repre-
sented will be allowed to compete in the skills competitions. During this event, players from the different teams and
states can meet, interact and trade team pins. Trading pins by players, coaches and parents has become a tradition at
the USSSA World Series.

Games will be held from 9am to 9pm at both Orange Beach and Gulf Shores Sportsplexes. “Because it is such a large
event, it has to be hosted during two different weeks,” Martin explained. “The first week it will be the 10 and under, 12
and under and 14 and under teams. The following week will be the odd numbers, nine and under, 11 and under and 13
and under age groups. “Gulf Shores will host the opening ceremonies
for the second week, beginning on July 15.”

Events like the USSSA Global World Series have a huge economic
impact to our local economy. According to the Alabama Gulf Coast
Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Island has already seen 10,141
sports event related room nights so far in 2009, compared to 10,181 for
the entire year of 2008, which itself was a record breaker. And it is
through the hard work of the staff of the two cities, Orange Beach and
Gulf Shores and the Alabama Sports Commission that this event is
here. Working cooperatively, we are able to accommodate most events,
using multiple facilities that are all clean, safe and pleasing to look at,
be at and play in.

Orange Beach                                                   Community News

www.cityoforangebeachblog.com                                         Orange Beach, Alabama
Troop Sends Cookies to Troops
By Shannon Dorazio

Orange Beach Brownie Troop 8408 was selling cookies in front of Publix
this spring when we met a lady from Maryland. She had a son stationed in
Iraq. We got together and sent about 130 boxes of cookies to him and his
battalion. The girls were excited to send cookies “all the way to Iraq” and
they included a thank you note thanking the soldiers for serving our coun-               224th MI Battalion
try, telling them to enjoy the sweet treat and letting them know that some-
one was thinking about them.

Marsha and Gill Taylor-Tyree, parents of CPT Gill Tatman-Tyree of the 224th MI BN, wrote to the girls thanking
them, “I’ve just received a gleeful email from my son in Iraq who now has in his possession mounds of Girl Scout
cookies. He has plans to not only enjoy them himself but to share them throughout his entire battalion.”

                                  Teen Defensive Driving Program
                                  The City of Orange Beach will be hosting a Teen Defensive Driving Course on
                                  July 13, from 2pm until 5pm at the Orange Beach Justice Center Courtroom.

                                   “I have teen drivers and some of my coworkers do as well,” said Pam Davis, De-
                                   fensive Driving School Coordinator for Orange Beach. “When the National Safety
Council changed their curriculum for the defensive driving class, we had an excess supply of the old curriculum, so
we decided to use it and offer this class designated specifically for new drivers.”

The one-day, three hour class will be informational only, so no driving will be involved, and will include education on
safer driving habits as well as defensive driving tips. David McLain, the D.A.R.E. officer for the Orange Beach Police
Department will be the instructor. “We are limiting this first class to 25 people, but hope that we can offer another
class again soon,” Davis said. The cost of the course is $10 per participant, and students need to pre register by
calling Christy Palmer at 981-2444.

The Great School Uniform Swap
Bring out-grown school uniforms to Peace Lutheran Church (Foley Beach Express) on July 18 or 25,
10am-2pm. Come back for family day on August 1 and pick up uniforms that fit your children. If you
don’t have uniforms to swap, there will be a limited number you can have for free. If you need uniform
items picked up, or want more information, call 981-9476 or 987-5396.

This is a great opportunity to reduce, reuse and recycle. You know that someone will be getting good
use out of those uniforms that your kids didn’t wear that much and you will be able to get some uni-
forms in exchange that are in good condition for no cost!

Orange Beach                                                   Community News

www.cityoforangebeachblog.com                                        Orange Beach, Alabama
Orange Beach Fire Department’s 43rd. BBQ a Success
By Craig Stephenson, OBFD

The Orange Beach Fire Department’s 43rd annual BBQ on June 13th was a success. It was the first time in a few
years that all 4,000 pounds of pork butts were sold out. It was also the earliest it was sold out. Orange Beach Fire
Department would like to express sincere thanks to
the many people that helped make it a success.

· The City of Orange Beach
· Orange Beach Sports Association
· Winn Dixie of Orange Beach
· Orange Beach Fire Dept. Women's Auxiliary
· Ono Island Volunteers
· Liberty Linens
· Swift Supply
· Wood Fruitticher Grocery Co.
· Flowers Baking Co.
· Sterling Tree Service (firewood)
· Postmark Ink.
· Fish Camp Restaurant
· Milo’s Tea

To name a few, most of all we would like to thank the wonderful people of Orange Beach and surrounding areas
who have supported this event over the years and have made it the success it is.

New Healthcare Company on the Island

DaVita, Inc., a leading provider of kidney care services, will host an Open House on July 16, 2009 for
community members to learn more about the new DaVita center in the Gulf Shores community. The
Open House will provide an opportunity for the community to interact with dialysis care specialists and
receive educational materials about kidney disease care and prevention. The new DaVita center, located
at 3947 Gulf Shores Parkway, north of the Holmes Bridge, provides hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis
and home dialysis therapy treatment options for chronic kidney failure and disease patients. The center
is the 1500th center that Davita, Inc. has opened. The Gulf Shores site was selected to provide increased
convenience and a comfortable atmosphere for quality community-based care. Speakers include Greg
Wren, State Representative and other local community leaders. The facility will host tours 10:00 a.m.
until 2:00 p.m., with the Ribbon cutting at 10am. Please join us for refreshments on this day and help to
welcome Davita to Gulf Shores. Call 251-967-2205 for more information.

Orange Beach                              Community News

www.cityoforangebeachblog.com                 Orange Beach, Alabama

          SHOUT OUTS!!!
        Sam Clark, son of Orange Beach residents
        Matt and Karen Clark, made Dean’s List for
        both semesters of his freshman year at Notre
        Dame University, South Bend, Indiana for the
        2008-09 school year. Sam, pictured at the left,
        is a graduate of the Alabama School of Math
        and Science and is a lifetime resident of
        Orange Beach.

        The Orange Beach Garden Club is proud to announce the
        award of a $1500 scholarship to Justin Strong, son of Lemuel
        and Mary Nell Strong of Gulf Shores. Justin, a graduate of
        Gulf Shores High School, plans to continue his education at
        Auburn University in the study of Forestry. This scholarship
                                     continues the Orange Beach
                                     Garden Club’s tradition of
                                     awarding a yearly scholarship to
                                     a graduating senior planning to
                                     study in a horticulture related
                                     Ellie Whitten, Scholarship Chair-
                                     person, left, is shown presenting
                                     the check to Justin Strong.

The City of Orange Beach wildlife traps are to be utilized to trap and return wildlife for proper and humane removal.
No captured animal should be subjected to mishandling or suffering of any manner. Immediate return of the captured
animal to the City of Orange Beach Engineering and Environmental Services is required to prevent undue suffering.
Please note that wildlife management services are only available between 8:00AM and 5:00PM on weekdays; closed
on weekends and holidays.

The City of Orange Beach currently does not have a feral cat program and is unequipped to accept feral or stray cats
for impoundment or euthanization. If a stray or feral cat is trapped and requires removal from your property, transpor-
tation to an animal control center or rescue shelter is the responsibility of the property owner. The following is a list of
animal control facility phone numbers in this area:

Baldwin County Animal Control Center          Baldwin County Humane Society          Fairhope Animal Shelter
Tel: (251)972-6834                            Tel: (800)547-6518 / (251)928-4585     Services provided by: The Haven
15050 County Road 49                          49306 Magnolia Avenue                  Tel: (251)929-3980
Summerdale, AL 36580                          Fairhope, AL 36532                     559 South Section Street
Hours: 9 am - 4pm Mon-Fri                     Hours: 9 am - 4pm Mon-Fri              Fairhope, AL 36532
9am-12pm Sat                                  CLOSED SATURDAY & SUNDAY               Hours: 9 am - 3 pm Mon-Fri
CLOSED SUNDAY                                                                        9 am - 1 pm Sat
                                                                                     CLOSED SUNDAY

All dog related concerns should be addressed through the Orange Beach Police Department at (251)981-9777.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding wildlife management, please feel free to contact Engineering and
Environmental Services at (251)981-2610
                   DAY – 2009
                     Saturday – July 4th

5681 Bay La Launch Ave. – Orange Beach, AL

COOKOUT/BARBEQUE – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
        BBQ plates/Hot dog plates

        RAFFLE – Great prizes!

     BAKE SALE – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
        Home made baked goods!

        LIVE AUCTION – 1 p.m.

CHILDREN’S BEAUTY CONTEST –         11:30 a.m.
   To age 10 – Entry fee $10.00 – Casual

      Join us for the festivities!
        Everyone is welcome!
   For more information – 610-8063
  SATURDAY MAY 30, JUNE 6, 13, 20, 27 
           7:00‐11:00 A.M. 
              BROUGHT TO YOU BY: 

             CITY OF ORANGE BEACH 


Friday July 10 @ 6:00 p.m.
         Orange Beach United Methodist Church
             On Canal Road in Bear Point
         An E ve n in g of F am il y Fu n, K i ds
                     Ac ti vi ti e s,
       Gr ea t Fo od & W on de r fu l Mu si c by



 Tickets are available in advance for $20.00
             by calling 981-6750

Shrimp, Sausage, Potatoes, Corn and Pound Cake
          Hot Dogs & Chips For The Kids
When: Monday, July 13th

Time: 2:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m.

Where: Orange Beach
Justice Center Courtroom

Who: Teens ages 15 & 16

Cost: $10 per person

             New Community Meeting

           Orange Beach Senior Center
              Monday July 20th, 2009

                  Registration at Noon
                   Meeting at 12:30

    Join us & see what you’ve been missing
                  You’re worth it!!

                  Free Registration
                12 weeks for only $150

For more information please call (251) 923-6866 or email
                Elite Soccer Camp

                July 23,24,25
                 4pm to 7pm
          Orange Beach Sportsplex

      U8, U10, U12, U15 age groups
          Cost is $99 per child
Perdido Bay Soccer is presenting our summer soccer camp.
Kids will be exposed to several Nationally Licensed Instructors.
This is a chance for our kids to hone their skills and learn from
some of the area’s top coaches.

  •   Bring plenty of water and sunscreen
  •   Space is limited to 15-20 per age group
  •   Must reserve by 7/18
  •   Players must have cleats, shin guards and soccer socks.

                      To register online go to


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