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.

Hey Mister, Can I Have Your Autograph?

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May 292016

IMG_0901Something cute (and really nice) came out of the SCC Baseball Championship Game on Saturday.

Two Little League players who’d been chasing after foul balls during the game, approached the three Amity Team captains, Brian Ronai (2), Eli Oliphant (16) and Chris Winkel (23) after the game and politely asked them to autograph the balls.

Not a bad idea, it gives our champs some practice and the balls could be worth something some day.

Remember, Vinny Sienna played at Amity and the Post 127 American Legion Baseball team, too — He’s with the Mets now.


Great Home In The Amity District: A Cook’s Delight

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May 292016

4f430D1fec6743b-N10133774This 2,969 Sq. Ft. one-of-a-kind colonial, with 4 bedrooms 2.5 baths, and 2 car garage nestled on private wooded lot, offers a comfortable lifestyle on 1.61 acres at 140 Peck Hill Road, Woodbridge.
The kitchen is the heart of this special home with its unique layout. The large, central island features breakfast bar & 5 burner Wolf electric cooktop. A pleasure to cook and entertain with add’l 6 burner gas range/oven, Subzero fridge, 3 sinks, Dacor wall oven & convection/microwave oven. Lovely eat-in area overlooks the surrounding woods, complete with picture window, skylight and access to deck.
Hardwood floors in living, dining, & family rooms. Through sliders in living room, relax outdoors on custom designed front porch. Expansive family room features skylights, cathedral ceiling, French doors to deck and cozy fireplace with wood
stove insert.
Convenient 1st fl. laundry. 2nd fl. master suite includes walk-in closet and updated bath with skylight. 3 add’l bedrooms on 2nd fl offer large closets and updated hall bath with skylight. Walk-out finished lower level with full size windows and built-ins opens to slate patio connected to upper deck by dramatic spiral stairs-perfect for entertaining.
Abundant storage in backyard shed. Located in award winning Amity school district with easy commute to New Haven, Yale. Access to theater, museums, shops, highways and hiking trails.
Come visit and see why this house will feel like home! Offered for $405,000 through Marcia Rosenblum at Coldwell Banker, Woodbridge.

Honor The Fallen Today

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May 292016

poppyThe Flanders Field Memorial Poppy was first worn as a symbol of remembrance in 1918 by Miss Moina Belle Michael, an American teacher.

Inspired by Colonel John McCrae’s 1915 poem, “In Flanders Fields,” Moina vowed in her poem, “We Shall Keep the Faith” to always wear a red poppy to honor those who perished in World War I.

As a result of her tireless campaigning, the flower has become an internationally recognized symbol of remembrance for war veterans of every era in the United States, England, New Zealand, Australia and Canada.

Here’s The 2016 Memorial Day Program

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May 292016

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The Orange Volunteer Fire Department fleet marks the end of the parade.

The annual Town of Orange Memorial Day Ceremonies and Parade will be held on Sunday, May 29.

Parade ceremonies will commence promptly at 10:30 a.m. at the Orange Fairgrounds Gazebo.

The parade will step off immediately following the ceremony down Orange Center Road past the reviewing stand with services following at the Orange Center Cemetery.

Kevin Gilbert once again will serve as Parade Organizer.

The Memorial Day Committee is proud to announce the recipients for this year’s parade.

Arnold J. Casola has been chosen Grand Marshal. He is a U.S. Army, World War II Veteran – T5 Corporal – who served from 1944 to 1946. He was awarded the European African Middle Eastern, Good Conduct and Victory Medal. He is a member of theAmerican Legion Post 127 and a past Sergeant-at- Arms.

James T. Dallas will be the Honorary Chief of Staff. He is a U.S. Army Korean War Veteran – Corporal – who served from 1950 to 1952. He served in the National Guard from 1948 – 1950 and at the Camp Pickett, Army Hospital for 2 years. He was a member of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department for 26 years now retired. He has been a member of the American Legion Post 127 for 55 years and worked for the Town of Orange Highway Department for 27 years now retired.

The keynote speaker will be Emily Dewey Trudeau, Deputy Assistant State’s Attorney, Judicial District of Fairfield and a Bronze Star decorated Veteran. From 2005-2006, she was a Special Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office District of Utah; from 2006-2012, she was an officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, United States Navy; and she is currently Chair of the Military and Veteran’s Affairs Committee, Connecticut Bar Association.

Robert Mirto, Esq., will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

Frederick O’Brien, Esq. will serve as Parade Announcer.

The Committee invites the public to join in honoring our nation’s veterans.

In the event of rain, exercises will take place inside the High Plains Community Center Auditorium.


Originally Published on: May 12, 2016 @ 20:46


Don’t Forget The Annual OCC Nursery School Bake Sale on Sunday

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May 292016

memorial-day-FlagOn Sunday May 29, Orange Congregational Church Nursery School will have its annual bake sale at the parade in Orange.

Beginning at 10 a.m. they will be selling hot dogs and yummy desserts along with hot and cold beverages.

All proceeds support the preschool program for 3 and 4 year olds, which has been in continuous operation for 49 years.

Stop by their tent on the green. You will find some fabulous refreshments to enjoy at the parade, or to take home with you!

Baseball: Amity Sets SCC Record, Wins The 2016 Title

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May 282016

IMG_0891The #1 seeded Amity Spartans Baseball team played a nearly flawless game at Whitey Piurek Field (West Haven High School) today and set a new record high score for an SCC Championship Game with a 17-0 victory over #3 seeded Notre Dame of West Haven. (The previous high, made twice by Amity, once by Cheshire, was 14).

Two very important elements to the Spartans’ championship win were the Hague brothers, second-baseman Andy (#1) and Teddy (#7), the winning pitcher.

Teddy’s pitching was absolutely incredible, as he kept every batter for the Green Knights guessing. He only allowed one hit.


With Andy first in the batting lineup, the Spartans were off to a good start when he opened the game with a single. The next two batters also hit singles, then Brian Ronai’s hit resulted in two RBIs.

Also in the first inning Max Scheps, Adam Hurwitz, Colin Beaulieu and Andy Hague each scored, giving Amity a very comfortable 6-0 lead.

The second inning showed no change, then the third inning with two walks, four hits and Jack Nolan’s two-run double pushed Amity up to an even more impressive 12-0 lead.


This game even included a surprise appearance in the batting lineup by Amity first baseman Chris Winkel, a senior who’s been sidelined by a hand injury that occurred during the Baseketball season.

It was nice seeing him play first base again, although Nolan has been doing a good job there in his absence. Yet we were surprised to see him step up to the plate.  True to form, Winkel hit a single in the fifth inning.

When it looked like the Green Knights would not be able to catch up, Amity fans got to see what five of the pinch hitters could do in the sixth inning. Alec Smith, Sebastian Formica and Rohan Patel drove in runs and each scored. Rounding out the five, Matthew Sabitsky and Michael Dietch also made hits, but never had the opportunity to cross home plate.

Senior Michael Stewart (#10) also had a chance to pitch in the sixth.

At 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31, Amity will play in the Class LL first round game in Woodbridge against the winner of the Farmington/Stamford game.

Amity is gearing up for an opportunity to win its fourth consecutive State Championship Title.

See Related Stories: MVP, Autographs

May 282016

IMG_0876If you are an Amity Baseball fan, you most likely are familiar with Andy Hague.

The Spartan’s second baseman wears #1 on his jersey and was chosen as #1 (The MVP) in the SCC Championship game against Notre Dame West Haven today.

Hague and his brother Teddy #7 (a pitcher who also plays outfield), both juniors at Amity, have had a phenomenal year and fans look forward to seeing what they will contribute to the team next year.

Andy is a popular guy, always smiling and showing a positive attitude on and off the field, and the boy has skills!

Congratulations Andy Hague, this year’s SCC Ed Marocco Most Outstanding Player Award Winner. And thank you for an exciting regular season.

Police: Sleeping “Driver” Charged

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May 272016

Screen Shot 2016-05-27 at 9.30.02 PMOfficers responded to the intersection of Routes 121 (Grassy Hill Road) and 15 (Wilbur Cross Parkway) regarding a suspicious vehicle on May 14 at 12:34 a.m.

Officers observed the driver, Nicholas Holt, 20, of 192 Worth Avenue, Hamden, asleep in his vehicle in that location, with his foot on the brake pedal.

Upon waking him, officers had Holt perform standardized roadside sobriety tests. He was subsequently taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

He was released after posting $50 bond for court May 26.

Food Truck Festival Filled The Fairgrounds On Friday

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May 272016

IMG_0437The third annual Race Brook School Food Truck Festival drew a huge crowd to the Orange Fairgrounds Friday night.

Everyone seemed to have their own strategy as to how they would choose their dinner.

Many knew exactly what they were looking for and made a bee line for the Fish, Grilled Cheese or Falafel, while others looked for familiar faces like Dave from Reno’s or Russ at Fire Dog. Although most had no plan at all and just wandered until they found something that suddenly appealed to their taste buds.

The band Velocity sounded great as it provided background music.

Many vendors of non-food items filled in the center of the field. One thing is for certain this event has grown in three years, both in size and popularity.

Are You Ready For The Orange Business and Community Expo?

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May 272016

Screen Shot 2016-05-27 at 3.51.13 PMThe Orange Economic Development Corporation will be hosting the 15th Annual Orange Business and Community Expo on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange. The Expo is free and open to the public.  Enjoy the day with free activities, food samples, and networking.  Spread the word to all your friends, family, and co-workers.

Start the day by signing up at the Welcome Center to receive your Welcome Bag full of goodies and register for the Passbook Raffle for your chance to win one of five prizes.  Drawing will be at 3:45 p.m.  Continue your day by enjoying food samples from various restaurants such as Chips, Coromandel, DiBellas Subs, or buy a bag of Kettle Korn by Elm City and a slice of pizza at Reno and Sons Pizza Truck for the ride home. 

Returning this year, for kids of all ages, will be an Animal Exhibit by Beardsley Zoo and a first time appearance by the Barnum Museum.  Other activities include Chair Massages with Massage Green; Skin Analysis & Makeovers with Mary Kay; Spinal Screenings & Postural Evaluations with Connecticut Chiropractic Specialists/Omni Physical Therapy; Blood Pressure, Body Fat & BMI Checks with Crunch Fitness; and Nutrition, Fitness Advice & BMI Checks with The Edge Fitness Club.  Activities and admission is free!

Network with 56 business vendors including, Amity Insurance & Financial Services, Floman and Depaola Law Firm, StateFarm Insurance Agent Kevin Piscitelli, Orange Visiting Nurse Association, Morgan Stanley, Salons by JC,The Maids and many more.   A Business After Hours event hosted by the Orange Chamber of Commerce will follow the Expo at Mexico Tipico Restaurant.  Details are available at the Chamber Booth.

New this year is the Expo Marketplace area, where you can shop for jewelry, cosmetics, accessories and crafts while listening to the sounds of Musician, Tim Payson.  Payson’s performance will begin at 1:30 p.m.

We couldn’t do it without the help of our Sponsors—many thanks to:  Signature:The United Illuminating Company; Gold: Cohen and Wolf, Northeast Electronics Corporation, Orange Economic Development Commission, Taylor Rental/Party Plus, University of New Haven, Yale University, and Bronze: Orange Fence and Supply.

Please call the Orange Economic Development Corporation office at (203) 891-1045 for more information or visit the OEDC website at OrangeEDC.com/expo.htm.