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.

Jul 252014

Police Blotter Logo thx DaveTheft of a Firearm

Police investigated a report of a theft of a gun from a residence on Peck Lane July 23 at 4:55 p.m.

Investigation revealed that a resident at the same address took the firearm from the place where the owner kept it and took it for himself.

According to the report, Kenneth Hart, 29, of 470 Peck Lane, initially tried to blame the theft on a burglar, but then admitted that he took the gun.

Hart was taken into custody and charged with theft of a firearm and interfering with police.

He was held on $50,000 bond for court July 24.

Jul 252014

wild rose driveAt a press conference at the Orange Police Station, Police Chief Robert Gagne gave an update of the investigation regarding the murder of Dr. Claudia Dinan Granata, 58,  at the hands of her 22-year-old son, Timothy on Thursday, July 24.

He said, “This morning the office of the medical examiner performed an autopsy on Claudia Granata. Thte cause of death has been determined as ‘blunt impact and sharp force injury of the head, neck torso and extremities’ and has been ruled a homicide.” As this is an ongoing investigation, he could not reveal what type of instruments were used in the homicide.

The CT State Police Central Major Crime Squad assisted with the gathering of evidence at the crime scene.

Chief Robert Gagne gives an update on the murder of Claudia Granata.

Chief Robert Gagne gives an update on the July 24th murder of Claudia Granata.

Items believed to be the murder weapons have been seized from the home.

He continued that Timothy Granata was presented for arraignment at Derby superior Court at 12:30 p.m. today.

“He has not yet entered a plea and continues to be held on $2 million bond. The case has been transferred to Part A Superior Court in Milford,” Gagne said.

When Timothy was arrested he had blood on his clothing and was carrying a cell phone and a bible. He admitted to police that he “killed her,” and “stabbed her.”

Police received several 911 calls, including one that they believe is from the suspect.

Neighbors said Timothy was not an Amity grad, but he had attended Hopkins School, then went to Lehigh University, dropped out, and was going, or planning to go to a seminary. 

One neighbor said he was one of triplets, but this has not been confirmed.

Jul 252014

timothy Granata

Timothy Granata

Timothy Granata, 22, a  junior at Pennsylvania’s Lehigh University, appeared in court today for arraignment on charges that he murdered his mother Claudia, a doctor affiliated with Yale New Haven Hospital in their Orange home on Thursday.

Granata’s father is being supportive of his son in spite of the fact that the situation is destroying his family.

According to our source who was in the courtroom, Timothy covered his face and wept during the arraignment.

Granata’s attorney, Charles E. Tiernan III, of New Haven, said his client clearly has a psychiatric history, and requested that Judge Karen Sequino reduce his bond from $2 million to $750,000, which was denied.

He asked that his client be transferred to a psychiatric facility instead of being confined in a jail.

Claudia Granata was an internist, professionally known as Claudia Dinan, MD. She and Dr. Attilio V. Granata were married for nearly 30 years. 

Jul 242014

Here is the full video of the press conference held at the Orange Police Department at 7 p.m. July 24.

Chief Robert Gagne gives as much information as he can regarding the murder of Claudia Granata, 58, allegedly at the hands of her 22-year-old son, Timothy at their home on Wild Rose Drive around 2:15 p.m.

















Jul 242014

Timothy Granata

Timothy Granata

At a press conference this evening, Police Chief Robert Gagne revealed the name of the murder suspect from today’s homicide on wild Rose Drive.

Timothy Granata, 22, of 130 Wild Rose Drive was arrested this afternoon around 2:20 p.m. a short distance away from the home where he allegedly murdered his mother, Claudia Granata, 58, of the same address.

Chief Gagne had very few details that he was willing to release about this incident (weapon used, method of murder, past psychological woes, etc.) as it was an ongoing investigation and police were still on scene as he spoke.

In a press release the following information was revealed:

Today, Thursday, July 24 at about 2:18 p.m. the Orange Police responded to a reported homicide at 130 Wild Rose Drive. Patrol officers and detectives arrived within minutes.

The accused perpetrator was immediately located on Wild Rose Drive a short distance from the home. Officers immediately took him into custody. He was unarmed and submitted to the arrest. He was identified as Timothy Granata, 22, of 130 Wild Rose Drive.

the victim, Claudia Granata, 58, of the same address  was located in a room inside the home and pronounced dead by paramedics on scene.

Timothy Granata

Timothy Granata

The investigation is ongoing and the State Police Central Dstrict major Crime Squad is assisting Orange Police, and will be processing the crime scene.

An Autopsy will be performed and further details will be released after the Medical Examiner is done with the body.

Granata was charged with murder and will be arraigned at Derby Superior Court Friday morning.

The last homicide in Orange took place in 1992 when George Young murdered his mother.

a satellite view of 130 Wild Rose Drive.

a satellite view of 130 Wild Rose Drive.

Jul 242014

The Case Memorial Library.

The Case Memorial Library.

The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, offers the following events next week:

Oscar Film: The Book Thief

Monday, July 28 at 7 p.m. and Wednesday, July 30 at 1 p.m. (with subtitles)

During World War II in Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, her adoptive parents are sheltering a Jewish refugee. 

Children’s Paper-Making Craft

Wednesday, July 30, 11 a.m.

For ages 6-10. Outside at the sitting wall; in the Craft Room if it is raining. Limited to 20 children. Reserve your space now.

Make it Yourself: Water Balloon Luminaries

Thursday, July 31, 2-3:30 p.m.

For students entering 6-12 grades. Create a unique luminary using hot wax and water balloons.

Teddy Bear Picnic Storytime

Thursday, July 31 at 4 p.m.

For ages 2-5. Bring a snack; Library will provide juice.


Events are free and open to the pubic. Pre-register in person or by phone 203-891-2170.


Jul 242014

Screen shot 2014-07-24 at 4.50.24 PMDenise Stein from Orange Community Services announced that the Section 8/RAP housing program will begin accepting applications on Monday Aug. 4 through Monday, Aug. 18.

For more information, call Community Services at 203-891-4788.

Community Services is located in the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road.

Demand is expected to be high, so submit yours ASAP.

Jul 242014

Orange Lions we serveThe Orange Lions Club held an installation ceremony on Wednesday, June 23, at the High Plains Community Center for its incoming club officers. Lion Ken Lenz was elected as the club president for 2014-2015. Lion Ken has been an active member of the Orange Lions Club for 12 years and said he is eager to assume the duties of Club President.

“Our Lions Club is strong and growing,” Lenz said. “I look forward to leading our many service projects and fundraisers, and continuing the Club’s commitment to serving Orange and the greater community.”

The other officers installed were: Lion Maria Sandillo as First Vice-president; Lion Nick Bencivengo as Second Vice President; Lion Fred Turner as Third Vice President; Lion Jeanne Consiglio as club treasurer and Lion Laurie Bouve as club secretary.

Since the club’s charter in 1952, its members have worked on a variety of service projects in the local community, the Easter Egg Hunt for children, Community Thanksgiving dinner, free eye screenings, and events for Orange youth and seniors.  They have also raised funds for a wide variety of local, national and international causes such as Wounded Warrior Project, Fidelco Guide Dogs, CT Radio Information Services for the Blind, college scholarships for Amity High School graduates, the Orange Library, Fire and Police Departments, the CT Lions Eye Research Foundation and annual Community Grants which have gone to local projects.

Lions Clubs are groups of men and women who identify those in need within their community and work together to serve them. The Orange Lions Club meets at 6:30 PM on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at Chips Family Restaurant in Orange.  Anyone interested in joining is welcome to attend!

For more information or to get involved with the Orange Lions Club, please contact Lion Joan Zorena, Membership Chair at 203-494-0248.  The Club will have a booth at the Orange Country Fair where more information about the Club will be distributed.

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service organization with 1.3 million members in 45,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions Clubs have prevented blindness, aided the visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community and youth service throughout the world. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit the Web site at www.lionsclubs.org.

Jul 232014

Carmela Apuzzo

Carmela Apuzzo

After 23 years as Registrar of Voters and more than 43 years of service to the town of Orange, Carmela Apuzzo is retiring.

The Orange Democratic Town Committee is hosting a retirement party at Grassy Hill Lodge, 77 Sodom Lane, Derby, on Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 6 p.m.

Dinner choices are Chicken Marsala, Stuffed Shrimp, Prime Rib  or Grilled Portobello Mushroom.

Tickets are $40 each with a cash bar.

Reservations must be made by Sept. 2.

Send a check with meal choice to ODTC, c/o Jody Dietch, 601 Harborview Road, Orange, CT 06477 [email protected]

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