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.

May 242015

IMG_4914Mother Nature woke up in a great mood today and gave us beautiful weather for the Memorial Day ceremonies, parades and picnics.

After the Ceremony at the gazebo, Orange Center Road was wall-to-wall people, waving flags and cheering as the parade passed from the first police car to the last fire truck the energy was strong and patriotism apparent.

The Orange Congregational Church Nursery Group sold hot dogs, treats and cold drinks on the green. A couple of vendors had balloons and other inflatables for sale, but it’s the free stuff that really got people excited: American Flags, pinwheels and Sgt. Stubby pins were gladly accepted on the fairgrounds and along the parade route.

See More Photos on Our Orange Live Facebook Page.

May 242015

IMG_4817After the Parade was over, Kevin Gilbert returned to the gazebo and found a “very nice” blazer that someone had left behind up there.

If it belongs to you, he left it in the rear of the gazebo, and you may pick it up before 5:30 or so tonight.

Gilbert was concerned that it would get ruined if the weather gets damp tonight, so he is going to retrieve it

Update: jacket and owner have been reunited.





May 242015

Don and Mary Jewell were honored during the ceremony on Sunday.

Don and Mary Jewell were honored during the ceremony on Sunday.

The Memorial Day Committee did a wonderful job planning an informative and meaningful ceremony at the gazebo prior to the annual parade on Sunday, May 24.

This year the Committee decided to honor Vietnam War veterans and a little known WWI Hero, “Sgt. Stubby.”

Commentator Bob Mirto read the story of Sgt. Stubby, a stray Pitbull who was smuggled on a ship and became a WWI hero, saving  dozens of lives and after receiving his Sergeant stripes, he outranked his handler.

When the guest speaker failed to show up, US Senator Richard Blumenthal stepped in and offered a brief speech.

Don and Mary Jewell were recognized as VIP Orange Veterans

The flags were waving, everyone was entertained and the weather was perfect – no one fainted from the heat and the well-attended ceremony went on quickly and got the message out that THIS is one of the most important things that anyone could do on Memorial Day.


May 242015

A view of the rear of the home and the propane tanks. (courtesy of Art Williams)

A view of the rear of the home and the propane tanks. (courtesy of Art Williams)

The devastating fire that destroyed a beautiful raised ranch on Derby Milford Road in a very short time on Saturday actually could have been much worse.

There was a danger right around the corner, that our volunteer firefighters were warned of before they arrived yet they still jumped right in and did their job. The danger — two giant propane tanks — in plain sight at the rear of the home as the fire poured out of the structure.

Imagine the injuries (or worse) that firefighters could have suffered if the tanks exploded.

Thankfully, there were no injuries.

The remaining structure continued to sizzle through the night and firefighters stood watch until about midnight to make sure no hot spots re-ignited.

May 232015

Screen Shot 2015-05-23 at 9.35.34 PMA fire broke out at 400 Derby Milford Road on Saturday May 23.

The homeowner was working outside, when he suddenly noticed his house was on fire.

The first fire truck arrived in minutes, a hose was hooked up to a nearby fire hydrant and the members of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department began working feverishly to extinguish the flames.

The smoke was so thick that it was impossible for neighbors to see what was happening. (courtesy of George Geane)

The smoke was so thick that it was impossible for neighbors to see what was happening. (courtesy of George Geane)

Derby and Woodbridge firefighters also assisted, but in spite of the quick response, and water availability, the home could not be saved.

The family’s loss was the talk of the town on Saturday afternoon and residents speculated as to how the fire started and why the home already was engulfed in flames when the dispatcher called firefighters to the scene.

Fire Marshal Tim Smith arrived at the home when flames were still shooting out of the roof and soon began his investigation.

He told Orange Live that the fire appears to be accidental, and it possibly started in a clothes dryer.

He said the house looks like a total loss.

So, how DID it spread so quickly? Smith said it had a good head start and went undetected for quite a while. “Once it broke out, the breeze pushed it through the house,” he said.

A view of the rear of the home. (courtesy of Art Williams)

A view of the rear of the home. Look At Those Propane Tanks !!! (courtesy of Art Williams)

The aftermath.

The aftermath.

May 232015

Master of Ceremonies Bob Mirto

Master of Ceremonies Bob Mirto

The Town of Orange Memorial Day Ceremonies and Parade will be held on Sunday, May 24, 2015.  Ceremonies will commence promptly at 10:30 a.m. at the High Plains Community Center Field.  The parade will follow the ceremony down Orange Center Road past the reviewing stand with services following at the Orange Center Cemetery.

Richard Cenami will be the Grand Marshal.  He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, 1962-1966 with a rank of LCPL and is a Vietnam Era Veteran.

Richard Manley will be the Honorary Chief of Staff. He served in the U.S. Navy Seabees, 1958 – 1964 and is a Vietnam Era Veteran.

The Reverend Stoddon (Tod) G.N. King will be the Honored Veteran.  He served in the U.S. Navy 1965-1970 with a rank of full Lieutenant and is a Vietnam Veteran.

The Keynote Speaker will be Emily Dewey Trudeau, the Deputy Assistant State’s Attorney, Judicial District of Fairfield, CT.  From 2005 – 2006, she was the Special Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office;  from 2006 – 2012, she was the Judge Advocate General’s Corps Attorney, United States Navy; and from 2012 – present she is the Vice-Chair/Legislative Liaison, Military and Veteran’s Affairs Committee, Connecticut Bar Association.   

Sgt. Stubby

Sgt. Stubby

This year, the Memorial Day Committee will be honoring Sgt. Stubby, the most decorated war dog of World War I.  He was the official mascot of the 102nd Infantry, the Yankee Division, and is presently in the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

The Committee would like to encourage all Vietnam War Veterans to attend the ceremonies and be recognized.  This is the 50th Anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam conflict.                                                           

The public is invited to join in honoring our nation’s veterans.  In the event of rain, exercises will be held in the High Plains Community Center Auditorium.

Originally Published on: May 14, 2015 @ 17:23

May 232015

The first thing a firefighter saw when he arrived at the scene.  (photo courtesy of George Geane)

The first thing a firefighter saw when he arrived at the scene. (photo courtesy of George Geane)

It was a tough start to the Holiday weekend for one homeowner in Orange on Saturday, May 23, as a fire broke out in the home on Derby-Milford Road right off of Grassy Hill Road this morning.

Plumes of black smoke could be seen from several towns away and the smell spread through the town of Orange as fire sirens blared through the neighborhoods while trucks were en route to the blaze.

Long after the fire began flames continued to shoot through the roof as firefighters  battled it from the ground. Even though there was a fire hydrant nearby on Grassy Hill Road, the structure could not be saved.

Grassy Hill Road was blocked off Clark Lane.

At around 1 p.m. the fire hose was switched from the Grassy Hill hydrant to a different one on West River Street.

By 2 p.m. some fire personnel had left the scene, but the work wasn’t over yet.

Our thoughts go out to the homeowner who kept this beautiful home and property well manicured and pristine. We can’t imagine how you are feeling with this loss. 

May 222015

IMG_4704The annual Race Brook School Food Truck Festival attracted plenty of quality food trucks and hungry visitors young and old.

No matter what your preference, there were vendors with something for everyone.

The band, Velocity, had people dancing and tapping their feet all around the fairgrounds. 

Craft vendors and a face painter set up tables under the pavilion and seemed to also be well received.

The organizers did a great job at making this a night to remember.



May 222015

IMG_2139The Amity Spartans were on the road Thursday to battle it out with the Shelton Gaels in Shelton. Amity won 9-6.

Notable Players


Brad and Anthony Uscilla were tied for high scoring player with 3 goals each, Brad also had 4 assists; Matt Attolino had 1 goal and 1 assist; en DiMauro made 2 goals; and Matt DeLizio had 1 assist.

Matt Russell and Jackie Gleason each made 2 goals; Kyle McGinnis and Pat Savarese each made 1 goal.
Amity outshot Shelton 31-29.
Matt Perrotti made 8 saves for the Spartans; Tim Schiffer made 14 saves for the Gaels.
Amity 10-6; Shelton 6-8

May 222015


Rev. Peter Orfanakos of St. Barbara’s Church, Chief of Police Robert Gagne, Officer Denny Peterson, Officer Ryan Miniaci, Officer Christina Nicolia, Officer Amable Colon, Assistant Police Chief Anthony Cuozzo

From the Orange Police Department Facebook Page:

On Tuesday, May 19, the Orange Police Department held a swearing-in ceremony for its four newest recruits.

The four rookie cops graduated from the Milford Police Academy on Monday evening, during which Officer Denny Peterson recieved the Arnold Markle award for excellence.

Board of Police Commissioners Chairman Don Lewis administered the oath of office to each recruit, and family members of each recruit pinned their badges to their uniforms during the ceremony, held in the Orange Police Department Headquarters Community Room.

Welcome to all the officers. They will now go out with a field training officer to learn the protocols of the Orange Police Department.