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.

Ferraro Visits Orange Business Before Grand Re-Opening

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Jul 072015

Owner Jason Moon and State Rep Charles Ferraro at Nuvita.

Owner Jason Moon and State Rep Charles Ferraro at Nuvita.

State Charles Ferraro (R-117) received a tour and sneak preview of Nuvita Frozen Yogurt & Café, the new Frozen Yogurt Shop in Orange on July 2 to collect their views about the state’s business climate and to offer some support to the new Orange employers.

Ferraro said, “As a small business owner myself, I am in full support of our local small businesses. It  is critical to the continued vibrancy of our community and we need to recognize the hard work and efforts of local entrepreneurs and help toward their long term success.”

Ferraro met with Nuvita owner Jimin “Jason” Moon who gave him a tour of the “new” store.

Nuvita Frozen Yogurt & Cafe is located in the Firelite Shopping Center, on 35 Old Tavern Rd, in Orange. They will be celebrating their ‘Grand Re-Opening & 4th year Anniversary’ on July 11 at 6 p.m.

Nuvita features selection of self-serve frozen yogurts, toppings and an extensive selection of coffee. Visit their Facebook page to learn more about the business.

Route 34 “A Nightmare” Due To 5 Car Accident

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Jul 072015

Screen Shot 2015-07-07 at 4.17.50 PMA 5 car accident on Route 34 at Orange Center Road (envision the old purple Enchanted Gardens area) has made travel on the major roadway “a nightmare” for commuters.

Side roads are blocked with drivers wanting to get across and no place to go.

At 3:55 p.m. tow trucks/flat beds were arriving to remove the 5 vehicles and the Highway Dept. was working feverishly to clean up the mess.

Police are all over the area trying to keep things safe for everyone. Just be patient, and if you know of an alternate route — take it.

Tonight’s Town Plan & Zoning Agenda includes Enchanted Gardens, And An Affordable Housing Plan

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Jul 072015

The Orange Town Plan & Zoning Commission meets tonight, Tuesday, July 7 at Town Hall at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the Agenda:

1.  Request by Ms. Kathleen Conroy Cass to discuss use of former Enchanted Garden property at 461 Derby Avenue.           

(Note: This was last discussed in March. See http://wp.me/s3NANz-39319)     

2.  SITE PLAN APPLICATION – ARCHITECTURAL STANDARDS SUPPLEMENT – For property known as 111 Boston Post Road  Submitted by property owner Helen Filipidis, Goodies Orange LLC.  For proposed façade work on an existing restaurant building.                       

3.  SITE PLAN APPLICATION,  For property known as 34 Prindle Hill Road.  Submitted by property owner Colonial Building Associates, LLC. 

The proposal is for the expansion of parking areas servicing existing office use.

4.  Review of the Minutes from the June 16, 2015 meeting.

5.  Old Business.

6.  New Business.

7. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

           -Review of Zoning Activities Log. 


8. *SPECIAL PERMIT APPLICATION For Outdoor Storage and DisplaySubmitted by Home Depot for property known as 440 Boston Post Road.  For the outdoor storage and display of seasonal items & merchandise.

Screen Shot 2015-07-07 at 2.58.56 PM9. * 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.  [Formerly Galvin Pool]

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

Letter: Stone-Otis House Needs Attention

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Jul 072015

OrangeOtisHouse-610x457I am needing to reach out to you because for 3 years, the Stone-Otis House has needed painting but the job that was scheduled was cancelled because Paul Foley, a competent restoration carpenter, told me and our First Selectman that there is a leak in the northeast corner which is making the wall damp and popping the paint. This has caused the ceiling in the bedroom and bathroom downstairs damage with its paint peeling.

Although the house has not been open to the public in the summer for two years, that fact is irrelevant because the house needs to be saved and not neglected by the town that owns it.

The Orange Historical Society did receive a grant for the painting 2 years ago, a grant which we did not have to apply for but did for the sake of the building and to save the town money but we had to decline it because of the extensive repairs that Paul Foley identified.

We at the historical society have committed 15 years to the Bryan-Andrew house, as promised and all our funding efforts except the paint for the Stone-Otis House have been in that house.

Even though the town owns it as well, we made the promise to restore it and that we have done and are still doing!

I would like to ask that you contact our First Selectman about finding funding to repair this 1830 house as I don’t see that this is being thought about, in fact, I feel that it is being neglected with forethought.


Ginny Reinhard

President, Orange Historical Society

UPDATE: BUCK HAS BEEN FOUND 3:15 p.m. – Dogs Don’t Love Fireworks

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Jul 072015

11698742_999470513409399_2556704418382778217_nNot to sound like a broken record, but the Fourth of July is the one time of year that most pets go missing.

Dogs (and yes, even cats) become frightened by the loud blasts from fireworks and will do anything to get away.

This year, we’ve heard of three dogs that became part of this holiday statistic.

A miniature collie (Sheltie) was seen running frantically around Orange Center Road on July 5; Penny, a 9-year old Bichon Frise (dyed pink) ran away on July 4th; and we’ve gotten pleas from friends and relatives of a West Haven woman whose beloved Pit Bull, Buck, 4, took off on the 4th of July.


If you know the whereabouts of any of these dogs please drop us an e-mail at [email protected] so we can update the stories and maybe even help reunite them with their families.


Obituary: John J. Serfilippi, 82, Father of Tracy Serfilippi, Retired Postal Worker, Navy Veteran

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Jul 072015

Screen Shot 2015-07-07 at 1.46.02 AMJohn J. Serfilippi, 82, of Orange passed away June 29, 2015 in CT Hospice.

He was the husband of the late Joan Ruggles Serfilippi, father of Tracy Serfilippi of Orange and Sandy Benway of Hamden. Also survived by 8 grandchildren and a great grandchild.

Son of the late John J. and Elizabeth Serfilippi. Brother of the late Madeline Daley.

He was a Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict.


Prior to his retirement in 1997 John was a Letter Carrier for the US Postal Service for 38 years and also worked at the Orange Library for many years.

Services will be held in the PORTO FUNERAL HOME, 830 Jones Hill Rd., West Haven Tuesday morning at 11:00. Interment will follow in Orange Center Cemetery.

Friends may call MONDAY from 5:00-8:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers Memorial Contributions may be made to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405.

Sign John’s guestbook online at www.portofuneralhomes.net 

Tennis Player, Swimmer Named Amity’s Athletes of The Year

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Jul 062015

Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 10.31.24 PMThe Block A Dinner is Amity’s last official sports award presentation event of the school year.

The Best of the Best are honored with handsome plaques and recognized in front of their parents, coaches and athletic peers .

Recently, we published the names of this year’s MVPs.

Here are the names of the other award winners:

Outstanding Service Award — Debbie Davis

Assistant Coach of the Year — Tom Haley

Coach of the Year Award — Sean Mahon

Director of Athletics Recognition Award — Jordan Young

Thomas J. Ross Memorial Manager Award — Hannah Babbitz

Jeremy Saxe Memorial Scholarship — Joe Ferraiolo

Mark E. Greco Memorial Hockey Award — Dalton Luciani

James Dunleavy Memorial Hockey Award — Zach Shelnitz

Steven J. Zeider Memorial Swimming Award — Alec Melotto

Thomas G. Laugeni Memorial Award — Jake Milner/Gabrielle DiGello

Albert J. Seymour Memorial Award — William Caracciolo/Marissa Mizzone

Sportsmanship Award — Matt Ronai/Brianna Mirmina

Booster Club Scholar Athlete Award — Sricharan Kadimi/Lisa Gorham

Versatility Award — Matt Attolino/Zoe Moscato

and last, but certainly not least

Athlete of the Year Award — Jason Seidman/ Dana Chung

Orange Police: Accused Shoplifter Arrested, Slapped With Several Warrants

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Jul 062015

BEST POLICE Patch EVEROfficers responded to the Target store, 25 Boston Post Road, regarding a shoplifting on June 22 at 4:59 p.m.

During the investigation officers learned that Melissa Krukowski, 35, of 1330 Chapel St #3, New Haven had taken $1,077.84 worth of clothing, shoes, jewelry and cosmetics and left the store without paying. She was stopped outside and detained for police.

Officers later learned that Krukowski also was wanted by the Cheshire, Meriden, and Yale University Police Departments, all of which held warrants for her arrest. These warrants were served at the time of her Orange arrest.


She was charged with fourth-degree larceny and held on $1,000 bond pending arraignment.

Obituary: Denise Waldron, 65, Beloved Wife and Mother

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Jul 062015

Screen Shot 2015-07-07 at 1.11.14 AMDenise D. Waldron, 65, of Orange, Connecticut, beloved wife of Ted Waldron Sr. passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 after battling cancer.

Born on March 5, 1950 in Queens, New York, she was the daughter of the late Edwin Hirsch and Irene Delvac Hirsch.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 7, at 11:00 am, at White Oak Baptist Church, Stratford, CT. Interment to follow at King’s Highway Cemetery, Milford.

Friends and family may call from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Monday, July 6 at Cody-White Funeral Home 107 Broad Street Milford, CT 06460.

To leave online condolences and to view a full obituary,visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com

Legion Baseball: Orange Post 127 takes early lead for 8-3 victory over East Haven

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Jul 062015

IMG_3639Three first-inning runs helped Orange Post 127 to an 8-3 win over East Haven at Brinley Field on Sunday.

Orange Post 127 scored in the first on an RBI single by Pat Winkel (15), an RBI single by Evan Lumpinski (18), and an error.

Chris Winkel (23) racked up two RBIs on two hits for Orange Post 127. He singled in the second inning and homered in the sixth inning.

Doug Rives (22) got the win for Orange Post 127 thanks to eight strikeouts. Rives allowed two earned runs, five hits and four walks over six innings.

Petr was the game’s losing pitcher. He allowed six runs in four innings, walked four and struck out four.

Two runs in the top of the second helped East Haven close its deficit to 3-2. An error and an RBI double by Kucharski fueled East Haven’s comeback. But, Rives got DeAngelo to ground out to end the inning.

After posting two runs in the fourth, Orange Post 127 again scored two in the sixth. In the fourth, Orange Post 127 scored on a fielder’s choice, bringing home Max Scheps (4).

The inning got off to a hot start when Winkel homered. That was followed up by Lumpinski’s single, plating Matt Ronai.

One run in the top of the seventh helped East Haven close its deficit to 8-3. A fielder’s choice gave East Haven life. But, Kyle Mattei (13) got King to ground out to end the game.