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.

Nov 012014

parking_facility_24The Orange Highway Department would like to remind residents the no parking “Snow Removal Ordinance” is now in effect and will remain in effect until April 1, 2015.

The “Unlawful to Park” is listed under Section 2 of the “Snow Removal Ordinance” and reads as follows:

“It shall be unlawful at any time during the period between November 1st and April 1st for anyone to park, or allow to be parked, any vehicle in any street or highway of the Town of Orange in such a way as to hamper and interfere with the work of removing or plowing of snow or the removing or sending of ice from or on such street or highway.”

The ordinance also authorizes the police to tag and remove, at the owner’s expense, any vehicle parked, or allowed to be parked in the street.

The Orange Highway Department is seeking the cooperation of all motor vehicle owners in keeping their vehicles parked off of the roadway during winter storms and when storms are forecasted to begin during the night.  Residents who have a particular problem with off-street parking should seek the advice of the Police Department and not disregard the provisions of the Snow Removal Ordinance.

Oct 312014

786Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport, welcomes six Nigerian Dwarf goat babies. 

“Peaches” gave birth to one male and two female kids, while “Cupcake” gave birth to one female and two male kids.

“Rodney” is the proud father of all.

Visit the Farmyard at the zoo to see these energetic new additions.

Oct 312014

How Cute!

How Cute!

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will host its annual Christmas Bake Sale at Treat Farm, 361 Old Tavern Road, Orange, on Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The fresh, home baked goodies include pies, brownies, cookies, cupcakes, fudge and cookie bars.

If you’ve come to the sale in the past, you know that the Auxiliary women are among the best bakers in town. There is always something for everyone.

Hot chocolate and hot apple cider also will be available.

All proceeds benefit the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

Oct 312014

BEST-POLICE-Patch-EVER-275x300A 24-year-old Orange man faces numerous charges following an incident last night.

According to the report, police responded to a private residence on Mapleview Drive regarding a disturbance on Oct. 30 at 9:10 p.m.

During the investigation, officers learned that Harry Crescenti, 24, of 752 Mapleview Drive and his godmother had gotten into an argument, which later turned physical.

Crescenti allegedly threatened the complainant with a knife, attempted to thwart a call to the police for help, and was then combative toward officers when they arrived. He was subsequently taken into custody and charged with interfering with a 911 call, disorderly conduct, third-degree assault, third-degree criminal mischief, interfering with an officer, second-degree threatening and second-degree reckless endangerment.

Crescenti was held on $25,000 bond for court Oct. 31.

Oct 312014

File photo from a TP&Z meeting

File photo from a TP&Z meeting

The Town Plan & Zoning Commission will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at Town Hall at 7:30 p.m. (Note the different day – due to the Tuesday election)

1.  Section 8-24 Municipal Improvements – Proposed donation of land by the Estate of Mary Balogh to the Town of Orange.  Approximately 4.80 acres known as 1-5 Lots on Hemlock Drive.

4.   Review of the Minutes from the September 16, 2014 & October 21, 2014 meetings.

5.   Old Business.

6.   New Business.

  1. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

            Review of Zoning Activities Log.

Oct 312014

thecrewfire marshal's office staff.jpgFall has arrived and residents are preparing their homes for the winter season, both indoors and outside.  The Orange Fire Marshal’s Office would like to remind you of some important fire safety guidelines.

First and foremost, OPEN BURNING OF DEBRIS IS NOT PERMITTED IN THE TOWN OF ORANGE.  Smoke, flying embers and a fire spreading out of control are just a few of the fire and safety concerns.  In addition, open burning is a violation of the Connecticut Clean Air Act.  Our office understands that this may be an inconvenience and appreciates your cooperation.  

The end of 2014 daylight savings time, November 2, is a reminder to replace smoke alarm batteries. This is a simple step that only takes a few minutes. Many people believe they will smell smoke, but poisonous gases and smoke can numb the senses, especially when asleep. An alarm will alert occupants and allow for an escape.  Early notification of a fire can save lives  and property. 

In 2013, according to statistics gathered by the National Fire Prevention Association from public fire departments, 76% of all structure fires, 85% of fire deaths and $6.8 billion of property loss occurred in homes. If an alarm “chirps” to indicate a low battery, change it immediately. Test smoke alarms every month by using the test button or an approved smoke substitute.  Do not use an open flame device. 

Install new smoke alarms after 10 years to protect against failure even though the alarm may work when tested.  The Orange Fire Marshal’s Office Community Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Program will provide and install alarms free of charge to Orange residents. If you wish to have smoke alarms and/or carbon monoxide alarms provided and/or installed in your home, please contact The Orange Fire Marshal’s Office, 355 Boston Post Road, at (203) 891-4711 on Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or visit the website at www.orangefiremarshal.com

   A new season is the ideal time to tour the home and yard for dangerous materials and unsafe conditions and to correct all problem areas. Check each room, including the attic and basement for clutter, such as stacks of old newspapers or magazines, empty boxes, broken or obsolete appliances and furniture.  If a fire should occur in your home, the clutter, “Food for a Fire”, would provide material to be consumed and help to spread the fire.  It could also block or hinder your escape, as well as the path of firefighters.

Remove all hazards.  Replace or fix frayed or damaged appliance cords, wiring, fuses and breakers. Check for water leaks, especially near electrical appliances. Properly store flammable liquids and chemicals in a cool, dry place.  Be sure items are well marked and out of the reach of children and pets.  Store gasoline only in approved containers outside the home – NEVER inside. Be sure there is clearance between combustibles and heating appliances and other heat or ignition sources.

Clean up work areas.  Put tools, adhesives, matches and other work items away.  Walk around the lawn and remove sticks, tree branches, stones and other debris that could cause injury.  Clean leaves and needles from gutters and cellar windows. Remove any limbs that overhang the roof or chimney. Keep a fire safe zone around the house.  Prune away limbs and trees along driveways that would prevent easy access for fire trucks or ambulances.

Clearly mark your home. Be sure the house number is visible from the street.  Numbers should be no less than three inches in height and located on the top, bottom or side of the main entrance, as well as on both sides of the mailbox.

Have and practice an escape plan.  Know two ways out of every room. Be sure windows can be opened easily.  Designate a place for family members to meet outside.

For any questions regarding fire safety or prevention, please contact The Orange Fire Marshal’s Office at (203) 891-4711.

Oct 312014

IMG_3513The Dance Team will be hosting a fundraiser at Chip’s Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, Orange, on Monday, Nov. 3.

Support the team as they will be traveling to Orlando in January to compete in the National Dance Team Championships.


Tickets are $10.00 and will be on sale during all lunch waves on Monday.

The girls, under the leadership of Kendra Luth practice about 6 days per week and their routines are getting more complex as the year goes on.

Oct 312014

111103053110_fall back time change 640x360 16x9Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend, which means we return to Standard Time at 2 a.m. Sunday.

To do so, set the clocks back one hour Saturday night, before you go to bed. 

Your cell phone most likely will change by itself, but be sure to change the clock in your car, on the stove, microwave, coffeemaker, all wall clocks, etc.

This also is a great time to check and change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Oct 312014

SwimmingThe Lady Spartans Swimming and Diving team had a phenomenal year, we watched proudly as they won meet after meet only losing once — to Cheshire.

The Girls competed in the SCC Swim Championships at Southern on Wednesday and came in a close second to Cheshire.

Dana Chung came in first in the 200 Individual Medley at 2:11.77 and second in the 100 Freestyle at 53.76.

Madeline Snow took second place in the 500 Freestyle at 5:21.46 and third in the 200 Freestyle at 1:59.25.

Snow, Chung and their team mates also won first place in the 200 Freestyle relay at 1:41.72 and the 400 Freestyle relay at  3:40.14.

Team results: 1. Cheshire 1,291.50 points, 2. Amity 1,025, 3. Lauralton Hall 790, 4. Sacred Heart Academy 678.50, 5. Hand 622.50, 6. Branford 555, 7. North Haven 518, 8. Sheehan 501, 9. Lyman Hall 481.50, 10. Mercy 420.50, 11. Foran 315, 12. Shelton 287, 13. Hamden 283, 14. West Haven 242, 15. Law 218, 16. East Haven 173, 17. Career 20.50, 18. 2.

Individual results:

200-yard medley relay: 1. Cheshire (Lindsay Smalec, Lily Kurtz, Liz Boyer, Ellie Senft) 1:52.13; 2. Branford 1:52.57; 3. Lauralton Hall 1:53.04.

200 Freestyle: 1. Liz Boyer (Cheshire) 1:57.85; 2. Jaime Robinson (Sacred Heart Academy) 1:58.72; 3. Madeline Snow (Amity) 1:59.25.

200 Individual medley: 1. Dana Chung (Amity) 2:11.77; 2. Elizabeth Sargent (Lauralton Hall) 2:11.82; 3. Dakota Meyer (Lauralton Hall) 2:11.83.

50 Freestyle: 1. Erika Maercklein (Branford) 25.21; 2. Allie Mascia (Hand) 25.30; 3. Tessa DiDomenico (Sheehan) 25.33.

Diving: 1. Victoria Wall (Lyman Hall) 382.30 points; 2. Kiersty Neeman (Lyman Hall) 382.10; 3. Brianna Buehler (Sheehan) 376.80.

100 Butterfly: 1. Lindsay Smalec (Cheshire) 58.58; 2. Liz Boyer (Cheshire) 59.46; 3. Nikki Robinson (Sacred Heart Academy) 1:00.27.

100 Freestyle: 1. Brittany Driscoll (Lyman Hall) 53.06; 2. Dana Chung (Amity) 53.76; 3. Ellie Senft (Cheshire) 55.64.

500 Freestyle: 1. Jaime Robinson (Sacred Heart Academy) 5:16.42; 2. Madeline Snow (Amity) 5:21.46; 3. Taylor Plumley (Cheshire) 5:23.29.

200 Freestyle relay: 1. Amity (Katherine Alvarado, Megan Lasto, Madeline Snow, Dana Chung) 1:41.72; 2. Branford 1:44.26; 3. Cheshire 1:44.48.

100 Backstroke: 1. Kaitlyn Joy (Lauralton Hall) 1:01.35; 2. Tess DiDomenico (Sheehan) 1:01.51; Marisa Daly (Sheehan) 1:02.04.

100 Breaststroke: 1. Brittany Driscoll (Lyman Hall) 1:08.21; 2. Erika Maercklein (Branford) 1:08.40; 3. Dakota Meyer (Lauralton Hall) 1:08.64.

400 Freestyle relay: 1. Amity (Madeline Snow, Maggie Lasto, Megan lasto, Dana Chung) 3:40.14; 2. Cheshire 3:40.15; 3. Sacred Heart Academy 3:41.71.

Note: First Place, Second Place… The 2014 Swimming and Diving Team will always be number one in our hearts and minds. You all made Amity Proud. 

Oct 302014

IMG_6262Amity defeated Foran 3-1 in the semi-finals on Wednesday night in Woodbridge.
Amity won the first two games 25-15, and 25-22. Then Foran came through with a 25-19 win in the third game. The Lady Spartans beat the Lions in the final game 25-11, winning the match and moving on to the finals.
Amity’s noteworthy players:

Katie Helfenbein had 10 kills and 3 block; Haley Pierson had 26 assists and 2 digs; Kathleen Walsh had 10 kills.

Foran’s noteworthy players:

Janae Owen had 12 kills; Kayla Ellis had 10 kills; Kelly Hunt had 8 kills and Jenna Zacarelli had 37 assists.

The Lady Spartans will play in the SCC Finals against Cheshire at North Haven High School on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Cheshire is one of the two schools that defeated Amity this season (Cheshire 2, Hand 1 – were Amity’s only losses)

Cheshire is the #1 seed and Amity is the #2 seed. This should be quite the showdown.