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.

Property Transfers: Here’s What Sold Feb. 1-8

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Feb 092016

home-for-sale-sold-signTown Clerk Patrick O’Sullivan released this list of the most recent Orange property transfers filed at Town Hall.

655 Lakeview Road, $220,000, Jacqueline Crocker to Andi Karica, filed on Feb. 2.

473 Ridge Road, $372,200, Mortimore Saffran Est to Latit Garg, filed on Feb. 2.

276 Hemlock Hill Road, $225,000, Ronald Kapp to JHO Realty LLC, filed on Feb. 5.

526 Overland Drive, $340,000, Margery Maass to Scott DeRosa, filed on Feb. 8.

University Of Rhode Island Settles Wrongful Death Lawsuit

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Feb 082016

Anyone who knew Joey Ciancola will never forget him. He was a vibrant, kind, talented Amity Athlete, .

file photo of Joey Ciancola

file photo of Joey Ciancola

Back on October 24, 2011, Joey collapsed during a preseason baseball team workout at the University of Rhode Island. He died three days later in a Rhode Island Hospital. He was just 20 years old.

The loss of Joey Ciancola was a tragedy and his mother wanted answers. She filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the university.

On January 8, just days before the case was to go to trial, the university settled with the Ciancola family for $1.45 million.

For the Ciancola’s it’s not about the money. Nothing will ever make up for the loss of this wonderful young man.

The University is setting up a scholarship in Joey’s memory.

Soldier Needs A Home

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Feb 082016

Soldier needs a home

Soldier needs a home

An Orange family has s 4-year-old, sweet, well mannered male cat that they need to give away immediately. They found Soldier on the side of the road at only 8 weeks old and he had a severed nerve in one of his back legs, which caused the leg to be limp and death.  They had the leg removed and he has done much better since.

The problem is, Soldier has a bad habit of urinating on the first floor of their home and all over their 3-year-old twins things.

They have tried everything to resolve the issue, including:  vet visits, medication and moving the litter box to the first floor to make it more accessible.

They have an older female cat around 10 years old and the twins.

They are worried about obvious health issues.

There Is Hope: They did go on vacation for two weeks and boarded him with their vets office.  He did not pee in his surroundings there.  Perhaps Soldier needs a home with no kids or no other pets.  They are looking for a new place and home for Soldier asap.

If interested, please e-mail [email protected] with your name and contact information and we will forward to the owner. 


Police: Orange Man Charged With Attempted Murder Of Mother

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Feb 082016

BEST-POLICE-Patch-EVER-275x300On Friday, Feb. 5 at 3:18 a.m., Orange police officers responded to a complaint of a serious assault at a private residence on Mulberry Lane.

During the investigation, officers observed a female in her 50s suffering from multiple severe knife wounds to her chest, head, face, and both hands.

Officers learned that the victim was the mother of the suspect, Charles Weber III, 20, of 220 Mulberry Lane and that Charles also was inside the house and had suffered a knife wound himself.

All parties were given emergency medical care on-site. The victim was then transported to a local hospital where her wounds were treated. The suspect was taken to an area hospital under guard.

An investigation led to the issuance of an arrest warrant, for Weber charging attempted murder and first-degree assault, which was served on Monday, Feb. 8.

Weber was placed on $500,000 bond, and arraigned at court today, Feb. 8.

NOTE: The arrest warrant affidavit in this case has been sealed by the court and is not available for public release. Orange Police will have no further details available regarding this case. 

Griest Among CT Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40

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Feb 082016

Capt. Kristen Griest, 27, an Amity grad and Orange native made national news in August when she (and one other woman) became the first female Army Rangers.

Now Kristen is in the news again, being named to CT Magazine’s elite Top 40 Under 40 list for 2016.

Here is the clip from the magazine:

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Your hometown is proud of you Captain.

Winter Weather Advisory: So Much For the Groundhog’s Prediction

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Feb 082016

winterweatheradvisoryThe National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory, in effect from 3 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday.

Monday’s forecast calls for brisk and cooler temperatures with highs around 30, Northerly winds 15-20 mph. Snow accumulations 3-5 inches.

Monday night calls for cloudy skies and more snow likely after midnight with an additional inch of snow accumulation.

Tuesday: periods of light snow. Highs in the lower 30s, Northeast winds 5-10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph in the morning.

Boys Basketball: Two Wins and One Loss in February

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Feb 082016

IMG_1235Last week, Amity won two games — marking a 12 game winning streak — Abbott Tech, 51-40 on Monday, Feb. 1, and Shelton, 81-75, on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Then on Saturday, Feb. 6, the boys were on the road at Notre Dame West Haven, where they suffered their second season loss, 54-46.

The boys’ only two losses were “away” games, first to Fairfield Prep on Dec. 23, and most recently to Notre Dame West Haven on Feb. 6.

One of Amity’s star players, Chris Winkel is out indefinitely with a hand injury.

With four more scheduled games remaining, Amity’s record is 14-2 for the season.

Here are the summaries for last week’s games:


In the first quarter, Abbott Tech led 7-4. Amity picked up the pace in the second quarter with 14 points to Abbott’s 11 – Second quarter score was tied 18-18.

In the third quarter Amity pulled ahead with 17 points to Abbott’s 11 – third quarter score 35-29 Amity.

Amity topped Abbott Tech 16-11 in the fourth quarter, securing a 51-40 victory.

Amity’s Top Scorers:

IMG_0817Tyler Thomas 15 (includes two 3-point goals), Truman Etkin 9 (from three 3-point goals), Brian Ronai 8, Teddy Weber 8, Jack Nolan 2, Eli Oliphant 7 (with one 3-pointer), Mike Stewart 2, .

Abbott Tech’s Top Scoring players:

Nick Placella 15 (includes three 3-point goals), Yermy Zapata 14, Omari Johnson 7 (includes one 3-pointer), Dom Rojers 4.


On Tuesday, Amity hosted Shelton in Woodbridge and enjoyed another victory.

Amity took off in the first quarter and never looked back leading Shelton 21-14.

The Spartans made another 21 points in the second quarter to the Gaels’ 15 — 42-29 Amity.

Shelton picked up the pace in the third quarter topping Amity in points 19-16 — 58-48 Amity.

The Gaels kept up the momentum, topping the Spartans 27-23, but it was Amity’s game in the end with a 81-75 victory.

Amity’s top players:

IMG_0852Brian Ronai was Amity’s top scoring player with 20 points (which included one 3-point goal) he also had 12 rebounds, Teddy Weber 15 and he had 8 rebounds,Tyler Thomas 11 (includes two 3-point goals), Truman Etkin 11 (including three 3-pointers), Eli Oliphant 8, Jack Nolan 6, Mike Stewart 6, Devin Smith 4.

Shelton’s top players:

Jeff Stockmal was the game’s high-scoring player with 25 points (includes two 3-point goals),Casey Belade 15, Jack Gleason 10, Kevin Robinson 5, Matt Terrasi 18, Jake Maier 2.

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On Saturday, Feb. 6, Notre Dame-West Haven hosted Amity and broke the Spartan’s 12-game winning streak.

Notre Dame took a quick lead with 13 points to Amity’s 6 in the first quarter.

Amity kicked it up by outscoring Notre Dame in the second quarter closing the deficit to 23-22 ND

Notre Dame showed its dominance in the third quarter, besting Amity 17-13 — 40-35 ND

The Green Knights secured the win topping the Spartans in the final quarter 14-11 — Final Score 54-46.

Amity’s Top Players:

Tyler Thomas was the game’s top scorer with 22 points (including two 3-point goals), Teddy Weber 6, Devin Smith 4, Brian Ronai 4, Jack Nolan 4, Truman Etkin and Mike Stewart each had one 3-point goal.

Notre Dame’s Top Players:

Ben Bagnoli 19 (includes one 3-point goal), Jalanni White 13 points (includes one 3-point goal) and 12 rebounds, Mike Brooks 8, Connor Raines 6 (includes one 3-point goal, Tim Dawson 6, Chukwudi Dikko 2.

Records: Amity 14-2; Notre Dame-West Haven 12-3


Wrestling: Cheshire Outscores Amity

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Feb 072016

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The Amity Wrestling team was on the road Tuesday, Feb. 2 for a meet against Cheshire.

The Rams defeated the Spartans 45-27.

Amity’s Winning Matches:

106 Goldblatt (A) won by FFT

113 Chadwick (A) pinned Montowya (C) 2:52

126 Cala (A) won 8-2 over Black (C)

220 Benanto (A) won by FFT

285 Photos (A) won by FFT

Cheshire’s Winning Matches:

120 Rothman (A) was pinned by Brown (C) 3:47

132 Keylock (A) was pinned by Berile(C) 2:19

138 Carpenter (A) lost 6-1 to Robidouix (C)

145 Morrissey (A) was pinned by Minihan (C) 1:49

152 Castro (A) was pinned by Marotta (C) 1:28

160 Bonvincini (A) was pinned by O’Donnell(C) 2:56

170 Double FFT

182 Hoddinott (A) was pinned by Papa(C) :30

195 Lattick (A) was pinned by Bendetta (C) 1:48