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.

Fundraiser: After Rescuing Lives For a Decade, Locket’s Meadow Now Needs Rescuing

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Oct 092015

 534286_639928920574_891591014_nIf you’ve ever been to Locket’s Meadow Farm in Bethany for camp, therapy riding or any other occasion, you know just what a special place it is.

I was on the farm a decade ago when the first trailer pulled in and brought Bart, Bea, Benny and Bingo to their forever home after being rescued from certain death from a farm that would have sold them for the meat trade in other countries.

Each of these horses and countless other animals found love and happiness and even jobs as therapy helpers on the farm.

But after a streak of bad luck, the farm is now in trouble and needs help.

Friends of Locket’s Meadow and David and Kathleen Schurman who own and put in endless back-breaking hours caring for the rescued animals at Locket’s Meadow have teamed up with the Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, Orange, for a fundraiser to help keep the non-profit farm running.

The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 10 from 4-8 p.m. and will include live bands and raffles.

Tax deductible donation is $20 per person. Orange Ale House will donate Pizza, Pasta and Salad. Cash bar.

Dessert and Raffle Prize Donations would be greatly appreciated.

The bands Bad Mannerz and Just the Cloud, member of Crystalline Cloud with their debuts at the Ale House, have agreed to entertain for the evening.

Any donations or T-Shirt pre-orders can be paid through paypal.me/MaryAnnAdams

Coco Is Missing: Have You Seen Her? Do You Know Where She Is?

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Oct 092015

Coco is missing

Coco is missing

Coco, a friendly, white, female pitbull went missing from her home on Woodland Lane off of Wellington Drive in Orange.

Last seen on Wellington Drive on Tuesday, Oct. 6. Her owner is desperate to find her.

She is about 50 lbs and is wearing a black collar.

Please contact the owner at [email protected] or at 203-285-0831.

He is offering a very generous reward for her safe return.


Introducing Amity’s New Boys Outdoor Track Coach

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Oct 092015

Coach Gary Pope

Coach Gary Pope

Amity Athletic Director Ernie Goodwin announced this week that Gary Pope has been hired to replace long-time coach Thom Jacob as the Boys Outdoor Track Coach this spring.

Coach Pope comes to Amity from Naugatuck High School where he was the assistant coach.

“Coach Pope is no stranger to Track and Field, competing as a high school student-athlete in Brooklyn, NY and as a college student-athlete at Southern Connecticut State University,” Goodwin said.

He competed in the sprint events, where he earned All-American status at the NCAA Division II Nationals.

“We are excited to welcome Coach Gary Pope to the Amity Regional High School Athletic Family,” Goodwin said.


Girls Swimming: Hand Wins Most Events — Who Won The Meet?

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Oct 092015

IMG_9497The Amity Lady Spartans Swimming and Diving team hosted the Daniel Hand Tigers in Orange on Oct. 8.

Although Hand won 7 events to Amity’s 5, it was Coach Todd Rainey’s girls who swam away with the 96-87 victory, improving their season record to 6-1.

Amity’s Winning Events 

200 yard Medley Relay: A- 2:00.21 Maggie Lasto, Hannah Flaherty, Kate Alvarado, Elise Grabowski

200 yard Freestyle: A- 2:07.64 Olive Smith

100 yard Butterfly: A-1:01.75 Kate Alvarado

200 yard Freestyle Relay: A- 1:48.63 Katie Jensen, Kalynna Hauser, Maggie Lasto, Megan Lasto

100 yard Backstroke: A- 1:08.07 Jenna Lu

Hand’s Winning Events

200 Ind. Medley: H-2:21.95 Kelly Doktorski

50 yard Freestyle: H- 25.82 Allie Mascia

Diving: H- 202.05 Noelle Bergere

100 yard Breaststroke: H – 1:14.69 Carolyn Weiler

100 yard Freestyle: H- 56.33 Allie Mascia

500 yard Freestyle: H- 5:30.51 Caroline Genther

400 yard Freestyle Relay: H- 4:05.88 Alexis Valentin, Samantha Crans, Caroline Genther, Kelly Doktorski

An Afternoon With Cole Porter At The Library

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Oct 082015


The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road offers a special musical event, sponsored by the Shirley Martin Prown Fund.

An Afternoon with Cole Porter

Saturday, October 17 at 1 PM

A celebration of Cole Porter’s life and songbook, featuring vocalist Julie Harris, guitarist Stephen Roane, and David Childs on keyboard. 

Enjoy the wonderful songs of Cole Porter, including: “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “My Heart Belongs to Daddy” and “You’re the Top.”

This event is free and open to the public. Please pre-register in person or by telephone at 203-891-2170

First Selectman’s Debate on Sunday

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Oct 082015

democrat-vs-republicanThe Men’s Club of Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, is sponsoring an Orange First Selectman’s Debate on Sunday, Oct. 11, at 10 am

The public is invited to attend to hear the candidates talk about the issues.  

There is no charge for this event.  

Ben’s Hosts “Lubes For Boobs” To Help Change Lives

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Oct 082015

p6TyyyXinBen’s Service Center & Towing, 115 Boston Post Rd, Orange, Will Once Again Run “Lubes For Boobs” from Monday, Oct. 19 to Saturday, Oct. 24, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“So many lives have been touched by Breast Cancer that we wanted to do something to show our support for the courageous women & men who battle this disease,” said owners Ben and Andrea Santamauro. “Change your oil, change a life.”
Ben’s will donate $5 for every oil change they do to the Cancer Foundation.
This is their sixth year participating in this event. Help them make it happen! Call 203-795-9324 to reserve your spot.

Coffee “and” will be served, along with pink ribbons given to each person attending for awareness. You also will receive a complimentary PINK air freshener.
Other Cancer Awareness items will be available for sale, with a portion going towards the fight against cancer.

Don’t Miss The Annual Train Show On Oct. 11

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Oct 082015

IMG_8116It’s fall, so that means it’s time for the New Haven and Derby Railroad Club’s 23nd Annual Model Train Show.

This year, the show takes place on Sunday, Oct. 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. throughout the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road (Route 152), Orange, where parking is free and the building is wheelchair accessible.

Admission is still affordable at $5 for adults (over 18), teens (12-18) $1 with paying adult, children under 12 admitted free with a paying adult.

There will be 90-100 dealer tables with merchandise of all types for every gauge in both the gym and cafeteria. The exhibitors come from the tri-state area of NY, CT and MA.

The show also will feature “N”, “HO”, and “G” gauge operating layouts in separate rooms for everyone’s viewing enjoyment. There will be “kid friendly” “S” gauge and “T” track layouts.

Door prizes will be given out on the hour throughout the day and a food service will be available. Club members will be available to answer any questions you may have and help direct you to the appropriate vendors

Come and support the dealers, view the operating layouts, sample something from the dining car and meet the members of the club. It is always a good time for everyone no matter what your age.

Girls Volleyball: A Hot Night For Seth Davis’s Lady Spartans

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Oct 072015

IMG_9093The Amity Lady Spartans hosted the Sacred Heart Pacers Wednesday night in Woodbridge.

Amity dominated the court winning three consecutive matches, 25-13; 25-20; 25-22, Blanking the Pacers 3-0


Sacred Heart:
Caitlyn Keish: 6 kills, 8 digs, 2 aces
Kelly Mordecai: 13-13 serving 3 aces 5 assists
Chrissy Chow: 17 digs

Micaela Cardozo:  12 kills 4 digs
Cassidy Kirby:  7 digs 2 aces
Katie Helfenbein: 7 kills 3 blocks 5 aces

Amity improved its record to 9-1

The Amity Volleyball Roster:

Freshmen: Olivia Pisano (11); Abby Harbinson (21)

Sophomores: Danielle Nordvk (9); Jaiden Williams (14); Brooke Matyasovky (28)

Juniors: Jessica Ferraiolo (15); Kathleen Walsh (17); Emily Bacal (27); Taylor Derienzo (30)

Seniors: Micaela Cardozo (20); Karalyn Kachmar (23); Elise Graham (24); Katriana Helfenbein (29); Cassidy Kirby (34)

Support Our Orange Neighbors In Need

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Oct 072015

Smoothie_King_CupOrange Community Services announced today that Smoothie King, 350 Boston Post Road, (across the street from the Orange Fire Department) is sponsoring a community event to raise funds for the Orange Community Assistance Programs which provide assistance with food and fuel.

The event will be ongoing through October 31.  A portion of every sale, accompanied by the Community Assistance Flier, will be donated to the Community Assistance Programs. 

These programs are vital to assist residents in need and are maintained solely by donations and the generosity of local businesses, organizations, schools, churches and residents.

Fliers are available at Orange Community Services, Park and Recreation Department, Town Hall, Case Memorial Library and the Town website. 

Smoothie King, encouraging people to live a healthy and active lifestyle, is proud to be a part of this important community fundraiser. Please enjoy a Smoothie with your friends and family and support your neighbors in need!