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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.

How’s This For A Practical, Unique, Affordable Item?

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Jul 172017
 

bg4p5If you have a dog, you know what it’s like to have to put Rabies tags and Licenses on his or her collar. Without the proper tools, it can be time-consuming and be aggravating to add or change them.

Many pet owners like to gift their dogs (and cats) with a new collar or a temporary festive collar, but what do you do with the tags?

There is a wonderful device that was created just for these types of situations. It’s called the Rubit Tag Holder. You can buy them online for $4.49 for a small one to $5.99 for a large one, then it’s a bit more for shipping and handling.

But Zoey Girl Pet Services, at 185 Boston Post Road, Orange in the Hitchcock Plaza, has them for just $5 and you don’t have to wait for delivery.

Gone are the heavy “S” Clips that require pliers to attach the tag, and also to put it on the collar. The Rubit has a round metal holder that is easy to open and slip the tags on. Then simply clip the spring loaded holder onto the collar for easy changes anytime.

If you are a pet owner or know one, this could be the best gift you ever received or gave. It is so easy and convenient that it will change the way you look at switching your dog’s collar forever.

Call Zoey Girl at 230-606-9220 for hours and rush in now and get a Rubit Tag Holder for any pet owner you know!

 

How Do I Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs?

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Jul 022017
 

 hard-boiled-eggsI learned how to make hard boiled eggs from my mom who had to make enough every year to satisfy her three kids’ creative desires at Easter time, for deviled eggs and to put into the potato salad for the Memorial Day celebration or Fourth of July picnic.

You need to hard boil the eggs to the perfect texture so they don’t crack while they are boiling and are easy to peel when you are ready to eat them.

My granddaughter loves these!

Let’s get started:

Put your eggs in a single layer in a large saucepan, and cover them with an inch or two of cold water. Starting with cold water and gently bringing the eggs to a boil will help keep them from cracking. Add a tablespoon of vinegar and a half teaspoon of salt to the water. Put the burner on high and bring the eggs to a boil. As soon as the water starts to boil, remove the pan from the heat for a few seconds.

Turn the head down to low and return the pan to the burner. Let simmer for one minute.

After a minute, remove the pan from the heat, cover, and let sit for 12 minutes.

Depending on a number of eggs you’ve made, you can check one egg to see how it’s done. Remove from the pan, run under cold water and peel if it’s to your liking, rinse the other eggs under cold water, let them sit in the cold water for a while, then remove them and let them dry any way you prefer, on paper towels on a cake rack (whatever). When they are dry and cool you can get to work coloring them.

Store in the refrigerator in a ziplock bag or covered bowl to keep the egg smell from your fridge.

Orange Residents: Access Your Tax Bill Information Online

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Jul 012017
 

Screen Shot 2015-03-17 at 11.32.55 PMHow much do you owe in town taxes? Did you lose your last bill?

Don’t worry, Tax Collector Sandra Pierson, announced that you may access your tax bills online.

This service is now available so you can quickly and easily view your Real Estate, Personal Property and Motor Vehicle tax bills that may be due, print a duplicate record from your computer and look at any payments that have been made on your accounts.

Go to the Town of Orange Tax Collector’s web page and click on the link.

Payments are processed at the Tax Collector’s Office, Town Hall Main Level, 617 Orange Center Road, Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Payments by check may be left in drop slot until 4:30 p.m.

You may call 203-891‐4725 or 203-891‐4736

ATTENTION! Important Information From The Orange Police Department

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Jun 302017
 

BEST-POLICE-Patch-EVER-275x300 4.30.39 PMThe Town of Orange will hold its Annual July 4th Concert and Fireworks Display on Sunday, July 2nd. The Concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. There is no on-street parking and local roads will be barricaded and posted as no parking. Cars are subject to towing.

Expect traffic delays both into and out of the Fairground and on Orange Center Road. Please have patience.

No campfires or open fires are allowed on the fairgrounds, parking area surrounding the Community Center, or any other Town property.

No fireworks or sparklers are allowed. Drones are prohibited.

Dogs must be leashed and cleaned up after.

Please keep the safety aisles clear of blankets, chairs, and tables.

The Orange Police and Orange CERT Team will be on site for general assistance and emergencies.

There will be overflow parking at the Town Hall, and Town Library.

Fireworks Scare Animals: Don’t Lose Your Pet This 4th Of July Weekend

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Jun 292017
 

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Does anyone remember the events following Independence Day 2012 when a couple of dogs went missing after they fled from their yards in search of safety after fireworks went off nearby? 

One of those pets was found about 1/2 mile away by neighbors who read the owner’s plea, the other, sadly, two years later was still missing. 

Here is a message from Jon Nowinski of the Connecticut Emergency Animal Response Service – EARS

While this isn’t really an “event” we have created this as a reminder and resource for everyone over the next week. As July 4th celebrations begin, it is important to be aware that firework displays can not only scare pets, but can also harm their sensitive ears. 


Did you know that the time around July 4th is the highest time that pets go missing from homes? Not only because of the fireworks, but because of backyard picnics and events where people may forget to close the doors, lock the gates, and assure that their pets are safe.

Luckily there are some simple things you can do to make sure your pets aren’t scared and stay safe during this time.

According to behavior specialist Dr. Elizabeth Shull, low-frequency, percussive noises such as fireworks and summer thunderstorms trigger wild fear in about 20% of dogs. Even dogs that don’t usually react to loud noises may react differently to sounds such as fireworks.

One of the best things is to create a “quiet space” for your pets. Find a quiet, secure, room to keep your pets in. Consider turning on a TV or a radio to help drown out the noise from the fireworks. Put items such as toys, even extra food, in the room to distract the pet during the event.

And most importantly, in the event that your pet does get loose, always make sure they can be identified by collar, tag, and microchip! Make sure you have all that information handy, and frequently check on your pets to make sure you know where they are. If you have friends coming over, remind them that you have pets in the house that may be scared or skittish, and to make sure they close doors properly when going outside.

Jun 222017
 

Screen shot 2013-06-13 at 2.17.31 PMSince launching Orange Live in May 2012, some residents, and politicians wondered how I would go about covering local, state, and national elections.

The answer is simple — fairly.

I will post information about candidates, issues, and events as they are submitted as long as it is not an attack piece on an opponent.

If there happens to be more information about one party than another, it is simply that one side has a better publicity person than the other.

Note: In a past state election, I got some grief from a reader who believed I was taking sides by running one candidate’s press releases and nothing from another candidate. This was because HER camp sent me press releases and HIS didn’t. I do not go out looking for political commentary.

I will not be endorsing local candidates on Orange Live but I will do profiles of the key candidates. I do not attend political fundraisers, simply because if I can make it to one, but am busy during the other party’s event I will be accused of choosing sides. I will though, accept a well-composed photo from these events and publish them.

If I request a candidate’s profile information or photograph, please send it to me as soon as possible to orangectlive01@gmail.com.

However, I will not run anything that resembles negative campaigning on Orange Live. Some may call that censorship — but I believe that candidates need to run on their own merits, and I plan to allow my readers to learn about the candidates without the mudslinging that will be found on many other news media outlets.

Orange Live readers know that I don’t allow comments on the website, but comments may be posted on our Facebook page. BUT If I notice people attacking or insulting others I will remove the negative comments, so, it’s simple, be kind. We DO have many young people who follow Orange Live and we will not be a party to exposing them to political negativity. Be civil. Praise your own candidate, but do not post anything ugly about their opponent on any Orange Live related pages.

Just as I do not step up to the voting table with you and help you fill in the circles on your ballot, I will let YOU decide who the best candidate is for YOU and your family.

I will go to the polls, take photos of  Democrats, Republicans, and Independent candidates and try to have an equal amount of photographs from both sides (After 20 years of covering Orange, I know that some people actually count images and judge) and finally, I will get the results up online ASAP.

… and that is my political coverage policy.

 

This policy has been in place for 5 years and will never change. 

Urgent Message: Help Needed Delivering Graduation Balloons

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Jun 112017
 

Amity-balloonsFI-300x187Please help! The Amity PTSO is in desperate need of drivers to deliver more than 4,000 balloons to graduates.

If you have time tomorrow, please come to Amity Regional High School. PTSO members will be here to provide bundles of balloons and addresses.

The task involves delivering the balloons to the addresses and tying the balloons to a graduate’s mailbox.

The bigger your car the better; so, if you have an SUV and a few hours available tomorrow Monday, June 12 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the ARHS cafe. Please lend a hand and help brighten the community.

Please consider signing up for a time. If you can only do an hour, that is fine.  Please include your e-mail address in the comment section of the doodle sign up.  We appreciate any time you can give to this event. Any questions can be directed to Kathy Sabitsky at  ksabitsky@gmail.com. Thank you for your support.

Note: I did this last year, and it was not a “chore” it felt good to help. You can take as many bundles as you’d like and when you are done you are DONE OR you can go back and get more. 

It’s Time To Order Your Amity Grad Balloons

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May 212017
 

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Do you know a Graduating Amity Regional High School Senior? Make that senior smile by sending a “Congratulations Amity Grad” Balloon. 

The Amity High School P.T.S.O. is once again sponsoring “Operation Graduation 2017 Balloons” for Amity Seniors.  The balloons will be delivered and tied to the graduate’s mailbox before graduation over the course of 2 days June 10th and June 12th.

Let’s celebrate our graduating seniors and support Amity Regional High School.

Proceeds go to the Amity High School P.T.S.O., including the P.T.S.O. Scholarship Fund.

You now have two ways to order balloons.  You may order online or by using this order form. Orders are due June 5th.

If you have any spare time, please consider helping inflate and/or deliver balloons. It really is a lot of fun!

Make sure your sunroof is CLOSED!

PTSO NEEDS YOUR HELP: The PTSO is in need of  VOLUNTEERS to help inflate and deliver Amity Senior Graduation Balloons. We need an army to help make this event a great success. Operation Senior Balloons begins on Saturday, June 10th at 9:00 a.m -3:00 p,m. and Monday, June 12th 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the ARHS cafe. 

Please consider signing up for a time. If you can only do an hour, that is fine.  Please include your e-mail address in the comment section of the doodle sign up.  We appreciate any time you can give to this event. Any questions can be directed to Kathy Sabitsky at  ksabitsky@gmail.com. Thank you for your support.

A longtime volunteer said, “This is one of the most rewarding things I do every year. I meet new people and have so much fun. Sometimes I inflate the balloons, and sometimes I just load my car and deliver them.”

 

 

Open House: 3 Bedroom Home on Willard Road

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May 142017
 

9f147a772df8483-n10177247Straight out of a magazine! Better than new, 2016 custom renovation to this 3 bedroom, 2 full baths, 1,307 Sq. Ft. Ranch with a lovely front porch.
One level living at it’s best. Brand new oversized 2 car garage and new asphalt driveway, newer septic and city water.
The sunny open floor plan is accented by gleaming Bamboo hardwood floors and features a casual living room, dining room, and den.
A fabulous custom kitchen with granite counter tops, which will be a cooks delight! White cabinetry, center island, glass tile backsplash and brand new stainless steel fingerprint safe appliances.
Three main level bedrooms include an impressive Master bedroom with a walk-in closet, master bath with custom tile shower with glass door and double sinks. Main level laundry.
New mechanicals includes electric, plumbing and high-efficiency propane furnace and water heater. Newer roof on house and brand new roof on garage. Pristine move in condition. Offered for $359,999 (reduced).
Tastefully landscaped yard with seasonal plantings. Convenient to Route 34, Merritt Parkway and I-95. Truly an outstanding home.

Open House Today, May 14, 1-3 p.m. at 1036 Willard Road, Orange.

Tell the agent you saw this on Orangectlive.com.

Annual Community Tag Sale on The Green May 13

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May 052017
 

Church-aerial-viewThe Orange Congregational Church Pilgrim Fellowship Youth Groups will sponsor the Annual Community Tag Sale on the Orange Town Green, Orange Center Road, Saturday, May 13, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Space can be rented for $20 (with a table provided — $25) by calling the church office at 203-795-9749.

Coffee and donuts will be on sale by the Youth Group, as well as, hot dogs and soda.

If it rains, the Tag Sale will take place on May 20.

vendors were setting up their tents this morning.