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Terri Miles

My name is Terri Miles, I've been covering the Town of Orange for about 15 years, first with the Amity Observer and then for an online news site. I was moved to start my own site because of a strong desire to give Orange residents what they want and deserve, a 24/7 news site without fillers, regional stories or blogs. Just news and events from YOUR town and your children's High School. Why? Because I know you and I care. A relative financed the domain name and other little details for me so I wouldn't go stir crazy after departing from my last job.

Notes In A Nutshell: Sept. 1 Plan & Zoning Meeting

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The Town Plan & Zoning Commission met at Orange Town Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Following a brief review of what happened:

Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 8.22.48 PMAFFORDABLE HOUSING 8-30g APPLICATION – 504-506 Boston Post Road. Submitted by AMP Investments LLC, for property known as 504-506 Boston Post Road. The proposal is for an adaptive reuse of the rear building of the property currently known as 504 Boston Post Road.

The intent is to make the plaza a mixed use Retail-Residential property with an 8-30g residential component. Ten apartments are proposed.

Chairman Walter Clark brought up a point from the last meeting  — the hill behind the site. He suggests a fence be installed to keep people away from it.

A resident from Margaret Lane asked if parking would be sufficient. Clark said it is.

Clark said he doesn’t feel this is the best place for housing, but “we don’t have a leg to stand on if we deny it.”

The Affordable Housing Application was unanimously approved on the condition that a 4-foot fence be put up.

APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL USE – Request for outdoor dining.

Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 8.23.07 PMSubmitted by property owner Goodies Orange LLC. For property known as 111 Boston Post Road. Request is being made for outdoor restaurant seating as per Section 383-50 (G) & Section 383-143.4 of the Orange Zoning Regulations.

The architect requested an outside dining area be placed in the front and that bottled beer be served there as well.

Police commission approved it.

Clark said 5 additional parking spaces would be required, and the 3-foot fence would have to be 4-feet tall.

The plans also allows drivers to exit both left AND right.

No one from the public had any comments.

The applicant had all required signatures.

The outdoor dining was unanimously approved.

APPLICATION FOR TEMPORARY SPECIAL USE EARTH MATERIALS REMOVAL & FILLING. Submitted by R. D. Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 8.22.57 PMScinto, Inc. for property known as 161 Marsh Hill Road (former Stew Leonard Property). The special use is for earth materials to be moved, cut, and filled on site.

SITE PLAN APPLICATION and an APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION OF SOIL EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL MEASURES. These applications are in conjunction with the construction of an 80,378 sq. ft. office building with associated parking.

LI2 zoned will be developed in stages. Has the required signatures.

 

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Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 8.36.34 PMThe building would have 3 different colors of glass.

325 parking spaces will exceed the required amount.

Wetlands are respected and will be safe.

Lights are strategically placed only where needed 22-foot LED with no light trespass, no light seepage for parking lot safety, won’t go beyond parking lot.

Went before the police traffic commission and received approval pending a Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 8.48.30 PMnod from the state. 

The applicant came well prepared and completely covered everything so, the commission really didn’t have any questions left unanswered.

Both applications were unanimously approved.

 

 

 

 

 

Property Transfers: A Busy Final Week In August For Real Estate

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home-for-sale-sold-signThe Town Clerk’s Office released this list of property transfers that were filed at Town Hall Aug. 25 – 31

• 328 Ann Rose Drive, $520,000, John Kealey to Joshua Sanner, filed on Aug. 26.

• 227 Deerfield Lane, $457,212, Sunrise Hill Estates LLC to Patricia Walsh, filed on Aug. 27.

• 346 Saybrook Road, $455,000, Edward Chu to Rokhshana Rasheed Rozee, filed on Aug. 27.

• 330 Ridge Road, $405,000, James Corcoran to Gianni Viscuso, filed on Aug. 27.

• 532 Overland Drive, $435,000, Jeffrey Gallagher to Jordan Welch, filed on Aug. 27.

• 18 Country Club Close, $915,000, Deborah Sessel to Xiabong Gao, filed on Aug. 28.

Police: Juvenile With Marijuana Caught Behind Building

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police carOrange Police conducting routine patrol observed a vehicle in the rear parking lot of the vacant Old Builder’s Square Building at 260 Bull Hill Lane on Aug. 19 at 7:43 p.m.

During the investigation, officers located two people sitting inside the vehicle. One was a juvenile, and was in possession of a small amount of marijuana.

Police seized the marijuana, and the juvenile was turned over to a guardian with a summons charging possession of marijuana, to appear in juvenile court.

 

Three Bedroom Home For Rent In Orange

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Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 3.21.58 AMIf you’re looking to rent a home in Orange, why not check this one out?

Here’s a charming,1,288 sqft, 3 bedroom home, with 1.5 baths at 446 Howellton Road, conveniently located to New Haven, I-95, the Wilbur Cross Parkway, Rt. 1, and Yale. Large 0.78 acres front and back yard, huge back deck great for entertaining.

Has attached garage, partially finished basement, central air, private water system, includes oven.

Above ground oil tank, septic system.

Rent is $2,100 per month; tenant pays for cable tv, electricity, heating oil and rent.

Offered exclusively by Real Living Wareck D’Ostilio

MLS #: N10052056

Call Seth Hershman at 203-787-6888

Police: Woman Charged With DUI After Driving On Three Tires

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Police Blotter Logo thx DaveOrange police responded to the parking lot of a business on Marsh Hill Road regarding reports of a vehicle driving on three tires, Aug. 27 at 6:02 p.m.

Officers located the vehicle in question, which was missing a tire, in the parking lot of the Marriott Hotel.

According to the report, police had the driver, Quanesha Parker, 22, of 276 Campbell Ave #3, West Haven, perform standardized roadside sobriety tests. She was subsequently taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI).

She was released after posting $50 bond for court Sept. 10.

 

Sept. 1 Town Plan & Zoning Meeting Agenda

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Screen Shot 2015-08-18 at 8.19.16 PMThe Town Plan & Zoning Commission meets at Orange Town Hall, 617 Orange Center Road, Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 7:30 p.m.

 

Following is the agenda:

1. Review of the Minutes from the April 7, 2015, June 2, 2015, August 18,

2015 meetings.

2. Old Business.

3. New Business.

4. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

-Review of Zoning Activities Log.

PUBLIC HEARINGS *(3)

5. * AFFORDABLE HOUSING 8-30g APPLICATION – 504-506 Boston Post Road. Submitted by AMP Investments LLC, for property known as 504-506 Boston Post Road. The proposal is for an adaptive reuse of the rear building of the property currently known as 504 Boston Post Road.

The intent is to make the plaza a mixed use Retail-Residential property with an 8-30g residential component. Ten apartments are proposed.

6. * APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL USE – Request for outdoor dining.

Submitted by property owner Goodies Orange LLC. For property known as 111 Boston Post Road. Request is being made for outdoor restaurant seating as per Section 383-50 (G) & Section 383-143.4 of the Orange Zoning Regulations.

7. *APPLICATION FOR TEMPORARY SPECIAL USE EARTH MATERIALS REMOVAL & FILLING. Submitted by R. D. Scinto, Inc. for property known as 161 Marsh Hill Road. The special use is for earth materials to be moved, cut, and filled on site.

Also submitted was a SITE PLAN APPLICATION and an APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION OF SOIL EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL MEASURES. These applications are in conjunction with the construction of an 80,378 sq. ft. office building with associated parking.

8. SITE PLAN APPLICATION and an APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION OF SOIL EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL MEASURES. For 161 Marsh Hill Road. These applications are for the construction of an 80,378 sq. ft. office building with associated parking.

 

Originally Published on: Aug 28, 2015 @ 19:26

Amity Cross Country Teams Show Promise

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Aug 312015
 

A file photo from last year.

A file photo from last year.

The New Haven Register came out with its top ten lists of boys and girls cross country runners to watch this fall and five of them are from Amity.

Sports writer 

On the girls side, Albl pegged junior Emily Criscuolo as Amity’s number one and Melissa Taggart as another one to watch.

We are proud of our Amity Athletes and will be following these boys and girls as they make their mark in Connecticut.

Opinion: Why You Should Attend The Jamie A Hulley Evening For The Arts

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OhWhatANight_Logo-300x258On Saturday, Sept. 12, the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation will host its 14th annual Evening For the Arts Gala at the Quick Center at Fairfield University.

At this year’s gala, direct from Las Vegas, OH WHAT A NIGHT! A Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons will perform to benefit the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation’s scholarship and educational grants programs. It promises to be a fantastic night.

Reception and auction preview begins at 6 p.m. – the performance begins at 7 p.m.  Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door.  To purchase tickets, call 203-254-4010 or purchase online.

From the Jamie A Hulley Website: 

Who was Jamie A. Hulley?

jamieJamie was a creative soul who had the gift of seeing the world as a thing of beauty. As a child, Jamie saw pictures in the clouds, danced rather than walked, filled reams of paper with her sketches and paintings, performed for any audience, sang to anyone who would listen, and turned anything and everything into a beautiful art project. Her dreams for the future always involved “creating” in one way or another.

As she grew into adulthood, she became a talented studio artist, writer, dancer, singer, songwriter, actor, and comedian. Jamie was a lover of people who had the talent of seeing the good in others and making all who knew her feel special. She was known for her warm smile, quick wit, and her loud infectious laughter.

Jamie was an avid seeker of new experiences. She embraced the unknown with a seemingly insatiable curiosity and definitely was a person who danced through life to the beat of a different drummer. Jamie’s dream of pursuing a career in the arts was cut short in 2002 just two weeks before her 21st birthday after a brief battle with an aggressive form of lymphoma.

To celebrate Jamie’s vivacious spirit and the beauty that she brought to the world, her family and friends established the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation. The foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides educational and career development opportunities in the arts including Grants for Schools, Special Project Grants in the Community; Scholarships, and Jamie’s legacy programs that reflect the experiences, the places, and the people that she loved.

Their Mission Statement is Simple:

The Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation is dedicated to the support of young artists who share in Jamie’s creative passion and her love of taking artistic risks. Our goal is to provide opportunities for young artists and early career professionals to expand their artistic talent and to pursue their dreams.

How the Funds Enrich Young People’s Lives

The winners of the 10th Annual Amity Film Festival.

It has been a busy year once again. We have been able to maintain our existing programs and create some exciting new opportunities thanks to the generous support of our donors. This year more than  2,500 students benefitted from the foundation’s educational programs (24 in all) provided to area schools including a new relationship with Edgewood Magnet School in New Haven.

The program at Edgewood School used theater arts to teach fourth grade students about important events in New Haven’s history, in this case the Blizzard of 1888 and the Hurricane of 1939. Working with A Broken Umbrella Theatre (www.abrokenumbrella.org), fourth graders learned how to do historical research, to weave historical facts into an engaging imaginative story, and to work together as a collaborative team to bring those stories to life for an audience. Our community grants program continues to bring high quality theater experiences to audiences in New Haven and Fairfield counties.

We sponsored 5 productions by Square Foot Theatre (www.squarefoottheatre. com) in Wallingford as well as Theatre Fairfield’s independent project. The independent project grant provides college students with the invaluable experience of producing a full scale production on their own. This year’s production, Neil LaBute’s The Shape of Things, tackled the challenging questions of what constitutes art, the integrity of body image, and the true meaning of intimacy.

IMG_56971-300x200The Theatre Fairfield students donated the $1,020 ticket proceeds to Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven. Eight partial scholarships and 2 summer internships were given to college students pursuing careers in studio art and theater; 18 full summer theater camp scholarships were awarded; and, the Maria & Stanley Gellis Fund provided a scholarship for 1-year of music lessons.

At Amity High School, we sponsored two Amity Creative Theater productions, the annual Amity Film Festival, and two art-related philanthropic efforts: the Memory Project and the Mugs for Mankind Project. We brought in 8 visiting artists in studio art and music and sent Amity Creative Theatre students to visit to the 911 Museum to help prepare for their production of New York by David Rimmer.

At Wesleyan University, we awarded 2 senior studio art thesis stipends and 2 Italian travel stipends.

 

Originally Published on: Aug 22, 2015 @ 22:02

First Day Of School: Busses, Backpacks, and Butterflies

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Parent Paparazzi

Parent Paparazzi

It’s the first day of school, Peck Place has a newly paved and re-routed parking lot and for the most part everyone followed the rules (and the directional arrows). A steady line of SUVs pulled in past Mike Luzzi, who directed them to the drop-off area. They let their children out, then pulled around the parked cars and drove out through the exit in a safe and orderly fashion — except ONE mom, who pulled in through the exit and later told Luzzi she was “in a hurry.”

“That’s a good way to get into a head-on accident,” he told her, with a reminder that the correct drop-off routine is designed for everyone’s safety.

Over at Mary L. Tracy School, the parent paparazzi lined up and ready for action armed with fully charged cell phones and a few 35MM cameras to document their baby’s first day of school.

There were a couple of apprehensive youngsters and plenty of tears, but not from the children — mothers lined up near the front door wiped their eyes and choked back the sobs as reality sunk in.

We wish everyone a wonderful school year, and minimal snow days.

NOTE: For all the time I spent at these schools, you may wonder why I didn’t take lots of photos of the kids. For security reasons, I can no longer take dozens of pictures like I did 20 years ago. Getting permission to publish a child’s photo online takes a lot of extra legwork, running the pictures by the school office, having them check the permission slips to see if that child is allowed to be photographed OR calling the parent to ask individual permission for an extraordinarily good photo. Last year, I waited 2 days to get permission for 5 photos, by then, it’s old news. I also have smudged out the children’s faces in the past, but the photos look like something from a horror movie — terribly unappealing. So, this year the rule of thumb was backs and waist down, except for ONE photo of a friend’s child with his immediate permission (a breath of fresh air). 

Police: Only ONE Orange Business Fails the Test – Sells Tobacco To Minors

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under18On Wednesday, Aug. 26, Orange Police Officers, in conjunction with the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Tobacco Prevention and Enforcement Division, conducted tobacco compliance checks at all businesses permitted to sell tobacco within the town of Orange.

Three minor-aged employees of DMHAS entered each establishment, and using their own identification, attempted to buy tobacco.

Only one business in town failed the test. At 10:57 a.m. the minors entered the Valero station at 347 Boston Post Road and the clerk sold tobacco to one of the minors.

The clerk, Sunag Mantunath, 25, of 50 Bristol Street, West Haven, was issued an infraction ticket citing illegal sale of tobacco to a minor and the business was referred to DMHAS.