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Welcome to the City of Orange Beach's
community newsletter. 

Vol. 5, Issue 21


Mako Class of 2022!  

Congratulations to the first graduating class of Orange Beach High School - the Class of 2022! The history-making graduation ceremony on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 was streamed live on the City of Orange Beach Facebook page and the Orange Beach High School Facebook page, if you missed it. 
SOFTBALL TEAM ADVANCES TO 2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME TOMORROW!!!!

And while we're on the subject of history-making Makos, our defending 2A State Champion Softball Team continues to make a statement at the state softball playoffs at Choccolocco Park in Oxford.

***Orange Beach clinched a spot in the state championship game - set for 1:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon - by defeating Mars Hill Bible School, 2-1, just after 6:30 tonight!*** 

They defeated Luverne High School, 3-1 to start the day and then dominated Hatton High School, 10-1, to set up the duel with Mars Hill.

Mars Hill heads the loser's bracket and will play Saturday morning with a chance to win their way to the title game against Orange Beach for a rematch. 


See the AHSAA 2A Softball Bracket at https://www.ahsaa.com/Sports/Softball/2022-2A-State-Softball-Bracket.

Keep playing hard, Makos! What an amazing team. Follow the latest game updates on the Makos Athletics Facebook page
Latest News
Primary Election this Tuesday, May 24
 
Please be sure to exercise your right to vote in the Alabama Primary Election this Tuesday, May 24th. View the sample ballots at https://baldwincountyal.gov/government/probate-office/elections/sample-ballots. Orange Beach residents vote at the Orange Beach Community Center (Voting Precinct 41), 27235 Canal Road.

Please note that Ono Island residents now vote at The Harriett Cockrell Center (Voting Precinct No. 51), 31692 Dolphin Drive. Ono Island is not part of the City of Orange Beach, it is in the unincorporated area of Baldwin County. The creation of the new precinct was approved by the Baldwin County Commission on July 20, 2021.) 
Coastal Ballet's 'Firebird' opened tonight at Performing Arts Center
 

The Coastal Ballet Academy, in cooperation with the City of Orange Beach, will present "The Tale of the Firebird" this Friday and Saturday, May 20-21 at the Orange Beach Performing Arts Center. 

Firebird will be performed at 6 p.m. Friday, May 20th and at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21st. General admission tickets are $25 per adult, $10 for children ages 4-17, and free for children 3 and younger.

Click on the links below to purchase tickets via OnTheStage: 

"The Firebird ballet tells the story of Prince Ivan, who finds the magical Firebird in the forest garden eating golden apples and captures her. However, he releases her when she offers him one of her enchanted feathers. The Firebird warns Prince Ivan that he's near the castle of the evil sorcerer. The next morning, while hiding in the garden, Prince Ivan watches the captured princesses enter the garden and dance a beautiful forest ballet. He falls in love with one of them and decides to rescue them.

"There's a problem, however; the garden's full of minions, because the evil sorcerer turns anyone into minions who tries to rescue the princesses. Regardless, Prince Ivan confronts the sorcerer and uses the Firebird's feather to prevent becoming a part of the enchanted forest. Prince Ivan and the Firebird break the spell, the princesses are free, the minions return to life, and Prince Ivan marries his bride!"

The Performing Arts Center is at 23908 Canal Road, adjacent to Orange Beach Middle / High School.  

Eight graduate Fire Recruit Class 22-01, earning Firefighter I and Firefighter II certificates

Congratulations to Recruit Class 22-01 for successful completion of the Orange Beach Fire Rescue Residency Firefighter Program! The graduation ceremony was held on Friday, May 20, 2022 at Island Church. 

Although the program began with 16, eight recruits were able to receive their Firefighter I and Firefighter II certificates. 

The following recruits earned their certificates:

  • Jonathon Beck (Chickasaw)
  • Cody Chandler (Orange Beach)
  • Taylor Farish (Gulf Shores)
  • Tregon Greenwood (Orange Beach)
  • Clayton Gunter (Orange Beach)
  • Jackson Kyte (Orange Beach)
  • William Mott (Saraland)
  • Steffen Swindle (Chickasaw)
In the photo above, from left, are Jonathan Beck, Cody Chandler, Taylor Farish, Tregon Greenwood, Clayton Gunter, Jackson Kyte, Will Mott, and Steffen Swindle. (Photo by Neeli Faulkner, OBFD.)

Special recognition was provided to Taylor Farish (Leadership) and Cody Chandler (Most Improved).

These recruits completed over 400 hours of training that included physical toughness as well as academic excellence. The city wishes them the best of luck as they enter into the fire service to serve the citizens of Chickasaw, Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, and Saraland.

The Orange Beach Fire Department extended a special thank you to its chaplain, Pastor Fred Franks, and the team at Christian Life Island Church for helping with the graduation ceremony.

Congratulations to all of the graduates. Thank you for choosing to serve your communities.

See more photos on the Orange Beach Fire Department Facebook page.


Orange Beach City Council proclaims May 23-30, 2022 as 'Beach Safety Week' 

As the summer vacation season gets ready to kick off Memorial Day weekend, it’s imperative that area residents and guests are aware of and understand the beach flag warning system, rip current safety, and general beach safety tips. As such, the Orange Beach City Council proclaimed the week of May 23-30, 2022 as "Beach Safety Week" as part of the new BEach SAFE Campaign. 

The Orange Beach Fire Department and Surf Rescue teamed up with Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism, the Gulf Shores Fire Department, Baldwin EMA, and Fort Morgan to create the BEach SAFE campaign for the entire Alabama Gulf Coast, and it officially launched on March 29, 2022.

So far, billboards have been installed along Highway 59 and the Beach Express, airplane banners with messaging are flying, and a text notification system has been initiated for beachgoers to receive daily beach conditions and warning flag status by texting ALBEACHES to 888777. Additionally, more than 14,000 sessions occurred on the GSOBT BEach SAFE webpage, from March 11 to May 4, at https://www.gulfshores.com/beach-water-activities/beaches/beach-flag-warning-system/

Management at the Beach Express toll has agreed to distribute a small handout at the toll gate, and BEach SAFE stickers with the QR code have been provided to them.

Orange Beach lifeguards have also conducted more than 400 beach safety surveys to beach goers since May 1. 

As part of “Beach Safety Week” and whenever visiting the beach, all citizens are urged to enjoy themselves while taking appropriate measures to protect themselves and their children.

The Beach Safety Week proclamation was approved by the Orange Beach City Council on Tuesday, May 17, 2022: 


CHECK WEATHER AND SURF CONDITIONS DAILY

Orange Beach City Board of Education 


Upcoming scheduled meetings and/or work sessions: 
  • Monday, May 23, 2022, 1:30 P.M. Special Meeting in Council Chambers
  • Wednesday, May 25, 2022,  1:30 P.M., Work Session in E&E Conference Room
  • Friday, May 27, 2022,  10:30 A.M., Work Session in E&E Conference Room

For additional meeting information, go to https://www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/city-schools/meetings.

For job information, go to https://www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/city-schools/jobs.



LAST CHANCE: EARLY REGISTRATION FOR FALL YOUTH CONTACT FOOTBALL AND SOCCER CLOSES ON SUNDAY
 

Contact Football


Early registration for Fall 2022 Orange Beach Contact Football will be open through Sunday, May 22nd to all children ages 9-12, who reside in Orange Beach and those who attend Orange Beach schools. The cost is $80.

Click on the links below to register via ActiveNet. If needed, 
click here for instructions on how to create an ActiveNet account.

Find more details on the City Website at https://www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/parks-recreation/youth-contact-football.
 

Soccer

Registration for Fall 2022 Orange Beach youth soccer will be open for Early Registration from May 2nd to May 22nd with a $60 fee.

Find more details on the City Website at https://www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/parks-recreation/youth-soccer.
 
Children may register to play both sports. 

For more information, contact John McIntosh at 251-200-8155 or jmcintosh@orangebeachal.gov.

SCHOOL NEWS

The official last day of school for students is Tuesday, May 24th!
Have a great summer! 


ORANGE BEACH MIDDLE SCHOOL
 
Congratulations to all of the OBMS Award recipients! Great job, Makos!





ORANGE BEACH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

The Orange Beach Elementary School sixth-graders received the traditional "clap out" by the younger students on Friday. Good luck in seventh grade at Orange Beach Middle/High School! 

 


Find all of the latest school news on Facebook at: 
SUMMER FUN AT THE ORANGE BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY

SUMMER IS COMING...and with it comes a FULL calendar of events for the kids and "Oceans of Possibilities" at the Orange Beach Public Library! Stop by to pick up a calendar and sign up for the library’s 2022 "Oceans of Possibilities" Summer Reading Program to get a free summer reading swag bag!

Summer Kick Off Party

The Summer Kick Off Party will be held on Saturday, June 4th from 10 a.m. to noon. There will be an inflatable water slide, a bounce house, a movie singalong and craft popsicles, an obstacle course, and summer reading sign-up! Also available at the library are summer reading Teen Event Calendars.

Visit the Orange Beach Library Facebook page or call 251-981-2923, for more information. The library is at 26267 Canal Road.

Gulf Oak Ridge bridge reopens

The bridge at the Gulf Oak Ridge trailhead on the Backcountry Trail is back open! Shoutout to the trail crew, projects and other Orange Beach Coastal Resources staff for working so hard on the bridge for the past week. Great job!

There are just a few touch-ups that need to be done on Monday so please be cautious when using the bridge. Thank you to everyone for your patience. We look forward to seeing you on the trails!
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