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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.

Apr 212014
 

klarides state budgetOn April 17, Deputy House Republican Leader Themis Klarides (R-114) unveiled a balanced budget fix that reduces spending, pads the Rainy Day Fund, does not create deficits and stays within the Constitutional Spending Cap – a plan for fiscal stability that sharply contrasts Legislative Democrats’ shadowy gimmicks.

“This budget reduces long-term liabilities, increases municipal aid by $26 million and responsibly reduces spending by $55 million,” said Rep. Klarides, a veteran member of the budgeting-writing Appropriations Committee. “We’re giving the people of Connecticut an alternative to the Democrats’ insatiable growth of government and dishonest tricks like raiding off-budget accounts to fund ongoing programs – which will unequivocally lead to large-scale deficits and tax increases.”

“Our plan provides modest tax relief to residents and businesses, including elimination of the $60 million surcharge thrust on employers resulting from the defunct unemployment fund, accelerated reinstatement of the tax exemption on clothing and footwear costing less than $50 ($133 million); and accelerated restoration of the sales tax exemption on non-prescription drugs ($16.5 million).”

The non-partisan Office of Fiscal Analysis certified today in writing that the Republican alternative budget is the only proposal that reduces the $1.1 billion deficit projected for the next budget cycle. They state that the plans offered by Gov. Malloy and Legislative Democrats add to that structural shortfall.

“We can’t keep continuing down this unsustainable path of more spending, more gimmicks and bigger deficits, which sets us up for future tax increases. Our budget is honest, and rejects the fiscal sleight-of-hand maneuvers the Democrats use to finance their overly bloated budget, such as raiding accounts intended for road repairs, tobacco and substance abuse prevention, and clean energy investment.

“If the Democratically-controlled legislature continues to spend more than they take in, taxes will continue to escalate, further hampering employers’ ability to create jobs and invest in our state. We continue to see the backward trend of growth in government, without growth in our state economy.”

Other details of the Republican alternative budget include:

Ø  Increased municipal spending by $26 million

Ø  Phased-in exemption of all pensions from the income tax, starting at 5 percent

Ø  Restoration of $18 million in transportation funding intended for road and bridge repairs

Ø  Restoration of $9 million to the retired teachers’ healthcare plan

Ø  Addition of $3.1 million in new mental health services

Legislative Democrats’ budget creates $1.1 billion in deficits for the next budget cycle, delays $346 million in scheduled debt payments, relies on $207 million in raided off-budget funds – including raided gasoline tax revenue intended for road repairs, underfunds retiree healthcare by an additional $51 million and grows government with the creation of 443 brand new government positions.

Rep. Klarides added “Ours is the only honest plan out there – Legislative Democrats’ proposal is padded with sneaky accounting gimmicks, and Gov. Malloy’s plan features an election year tax rebate in a tactless attempt to assuage outrage over his record-setting tax increase two years ago.”

 

Rep. Klarides voted against the Democratic majority’s budget package (HB 5030) that was passed out of the Appropriations Committee on a party line vote on March 27. It now moves to the House of Representatives for further consideration. The General Assembly must pass a balanced budget adjustment prior to adjournment of the 2014 Legislative Session onMay 7th.

 

For more information on the Republican budget alternative, click here:http://cthousegop.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Budget_Presentation_FINAL.pdf

Apr 202014
 

a8c8a98c6bb58057101c97392d64f86cA Parenting Program on bullying will take place at the High Plains Community Center Cafeteria, Tuesday April 22, 7-8:30 p.m. 

Orange Youth Services and The Anti-Defamation League - A World of Difference Institute are offering a parenting session on Bullying entitled “What Do We Want for Our Children – What Parents Need to Know About Bullying- Strategies”  

The program will cover both elementary and middle school levels. There also will be a parent question and answer session.

Admission is free and snacks and refreshments will be provided.

NOTE: The program will be filmed by OGAT.

Apr 202014
 
818 Riverside Drive, orange

818 Riverside Drive, orange

Looking for a nice home in a quiet neighborhood? Check this one out.

Located at the end of a cul-de-sac, 3 bedroom, 2 full bath single-family ranch style home on Riverside Drive in Orange. Convenient to the Wilbur Cross Parkway, Route 34 and other major arteries.

1,592 sq foot home on .82 acres available for $269,000. Needs some TLC. Updates include new 6 panel solid doors, new master bath, new garage doors and openers.

1 story home, 7 rooms with full basement, attached garage, Heating: Hot Water

Offered by Bill Morgan, Weichert Realtors Orange.

Call Bill at (203) 800-7361 for details and showing. MLS/Source ID: 99056531

Tell Him You saw it on orangectlive.com

Apr 202014
 

1298The Orange Players Proudly Presents A Kick Out of Cole 2014 Spring Cabaret Featuring Cole Porter’s Beloved Songs

Celebrate spring with the Orange Players in their cabaret performance of Cole Porter’s timeless tunes! Musical director Will Duchon, director Leo Meyer, and assistant director Pat Miller bring the music of Cole Porter to life in this lively cabaret.

Performance dates are May 15-17 at 8 pm, with a matinee performance May 18th at 3 pm. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased via Paypal, on the Orange Players website (www.orangeplayers.net) , by calling the box office at 203-988-5353

Seating is cabaret style.  Doors open 45 minutes prior to the show.  Feel free to bring your own food and drink.

 

If you have any questions, please contact producers TJ Chila ([email protected], 203-878-9281) and Marianne Miller ([email protected], 203-795-3906).

Apr 202014
 

heaven_lake_in_chinaFrancis J. O’Connor, 88, of Sarasota, Florida went to be with the Lord on April 11, 2014.

Born in Toledo, Ohio he moved to Manatee County in 1987 from Stamford, CT. He is survived by his loving wife of over 65 years, Ann (Odoski), originally from Cleveland, OH. Together they were blessed with nine children, four boys and five girls.

Fran was preceded in death by his eldest son, Thomas O’Connor of Louisville, KY and is survived by his three sons, Joseph of Exton, PA (wife Jean), John of Orange, CT (wife Julia), and Martin of Barre, VT (wife Louise); and five daughters, Mary Chamberlin of Sun City Center, FL (husband Marc), Kathleen Creedon of Cross River, NY (husband Larry), Sara Russell of South Windsor, CT (husband Doug), Amy Berdusco of Bradenton, FL (husband Roger), and Jean Gallati of Fairfield, CT (husband Chris).

Fran also took great joy in his role of loving grandfather to 31 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Fran was a true family man who drew much satisfaction from his “one, big, happy family.”

Fran was inquisitive by nature and strongly supported education. After completing high school, he enlisted in the Navy, serving during WWII. He also continued his education, studying mathematics and law, eventually becoming a member of the Ohio State Bar Association.

Fran worked his entire professional career for the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, a national grocery store chain. He was the Director of Budgets and Controls, when he retired in 1987.

Fran loved the water. He enjoyed swimming in pools, lakes and oceans. He also enjoyed tennis and golf, especially in his retirement years at Palm Aire Country Club. He made lots of good friends there and at his church, Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, where he was a founding member of the Knights of Columbus.

A Celebration of Life Mass will be held on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 12:00 noon at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church, 833 Magellan Drive (9th Street East), Sarasota, FL, 34243. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 26th Street Chapel, 5624 26th Street West, Bradenton, FL 342047 are managing the arrangements.

Private condolences can be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Fran’s honor to your choice of charity that supports children.

Apr 202014
 
Congregation Or Shalom

Congregation Or Shalom

The latter days of the Passover Holiday continue at Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road.

Following is the schedule of Yontef services:
Monday morning - 9:30am
Monday evening - 7pm
Final Yontef service - Tuesday morning, 9:30am, with Yizkor at approximately 11am.

Apr 202014
 
file photo

file photo

The Amity Boys Lacrosse Team is as strong as ever, led by excellent captains and a coaching team that really believes in them.

On Saturday morning, the Spartans traveled to Wallingford to take on Lyman Hall in this CIAC matchup.

Amity got a fast start with four goals and they were consistent throughout the game.

Lyman Hall’s Connor Sullivan made both of his team’s unassisted goals.

On Amity’s Side, Kyle Sullivan was the high scorer for the game with 4 goals; Jesse Cala made 2 goals; Brad Uscilla, 2 goals, 2 assists; Nick Coassin, 2 goals, 1 assist; Joey Choiniere, 1 goal, 2 assists; Ben DiMauro, Sean Grenier, Tyler Burns and Ajay King, each had 1 goal, 1 assist; Matt Attolino  and Matt DeLizio each had 1 goal; Kyle Sullivan had 3 assists and Steve Sember had 2 assists.

Amity outshot Lyman Hall 35-7.

Lyman’s goal tender Pete D’Avignon made 12 saves; Amity’s Evan Campbell made 4 saves.

Apr 202014
 
free, easy, anonymous

free, easy, anonymous

On April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Orange Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to the CVS parking lot, 279 Boston Post Road.  (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners.  When those results are combined with what was collected in its seven previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 3.4 million pounds—more than 1,700 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” (that is, a patient or their family member or pet owner) of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them.  The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.

Apr 202014
 
found on bayanimalhospital.com

found on bayanimalhospital.com

Pet owners, be aware of these few holiday dangers.

  • Beware of Easter lilies. These toxic plants can be fatal if ingested by our furry friends.
  • Keep candy bunnies in check—chocolate goodies are toxic to cats, dogs and ferrets. And any treats containing xylitol an artificial sweetener used in many candies, chewing gum and baked goods—may be toxic too!
  • Decorations can be dangerous, especially Easter tinsel. Kitties love to nibble colorful plastic grass, which can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting and dehydration.
  • Usually, I put out advance notice about this, and I hope it’s not too late.  Baby chicks and rabbits are not Easter gifts. While these festive babies are adorable, resist the urge to buy; they grow up fast and often require specialized care! Thousands of ex-Easter bunnies and chicks are abandoned each year when their novelty wears off.
  • Fat trimmings from meat may seem intriguing to your pet, but it can be bad for your pet. See this site for more information on “dangerous” foods.
Apr 192014
 

town-of-orangeThe South Central Area Superintendents’ Association (SCASA) recently recognized six students from Orange (two from each of Orange’s three schools).

This program provides area Superintendents with the opportunity to recognize students’ accomplishments based on high academic achievement, strong extra-curricular involvement, and an important commitment to community service.

Recognized were Tess Csejka and Bassim Zafar from Peck Place School, Matea Salati and Elizabeth Cohen from Race Brook School, and Ameya Menta and Raymond Lu from Turkey Hill School.

The students were treated to a luncheon March 14 at Laurel View Country Club in Hamden.

 

 

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