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.

Legion Baseball: Brief and Photos From Monday’s Game vs New Haven

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Jun 282016

The Orange Post 127 Baseball Team hosted New Haven at Brinley Field on Monday night.

This is the second time the two have played against one another, the last time was on June 17 in New Haven. Orange won 5-1.

Mike Ficaro

Mike Ficaro

With pitcher Mike Ficaro on the mound for Orange, and Sean Ranz working for New Haven, both teams had a fair share of give and take.

Ficaro limited New Haven to four hits, struck out four and walked two.

New Haven loaded the bases in the third with no joy.

Ranz allowing just four hits, struck out seven and walked two.

In the second inning, Orange’s Rohan Patel managed to walk after two outs.

During the fourth inning a light sprinkle began to fall and the game continued.

The game was scoreless until the sixth inning and Orange came alive when an error, then a series of singles started the cycle that led to the game’s three and only scoring runs.



With that, Orange shut out New Haven 3-0 and improved its record to 9-5.

New Haven’s record is now 5-9.

Tonight Orange (9-5) is at home again, this time, playing against Milford Post 196 (5-7) at 7 p.m.

Legion Baseball: Orange Vs Hamden Again, How’d This One End?

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Jun 272016

IMG_3931The Orange Post 127 Baseball Team faced off against Hamden’s Post 88 for their third consecutive game of the weekend on Sunday at Brinley Field in Orange.

With one win and one loss against Hamden, it was anyone’s game, then, Hamden’s Ron Grant — the 2016 SCC Player of the Year stood on the mound and did what he does best.

Grant’s fastball was hard to hit, but a couple of Orange players were able to connect with the ball once it left his hand (Rohan Patel, Brian Ronai and Al Smith among them) and those with a keen eye earned a walk, although our hometown boys weren’t able to score.

Doug Rives pitched the first inning for Orange, then was relieved by Eli Oliphant.

Orange played well and kept Hamden back a few times when the bases were loaded, but the opponents did manage to score two runs and that was enough for a 2-0 shutout win.

Records: Orange 8-5, Hamden 8-4

Orange is now ranked fourth in Zone 2 behind Branford, Stratford and Hamden.

Tonight they are home again in their first game against the #8 New Haven team at 7 p.m.

Monroe Teen Wins The Doc’s Race 5K in Orange

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Jun 272016

Here is a video of Andrew Whitney, 17, as he makes it to the top of the “killer hill” on Meetinghouse Lane ahead of the pack of 178 runners.

Whitney’s time was 17:44.15. He was followed by 44-year-old Mario Longo of Cheshire who finished at 18:33.14.

Stephen Fengler, 16, finished third at 19:07.27, followed by his 20-year-old sister, Elizabeth, both of Wallingford, at 19:07.78.

Here is a link to the Race Results on the Fast Track Timing web site.

Can you find yourself in these step-off photos?

Everyone takes pictures at the finish line, but Orange Live was at the top of Meetinghouse Lane. Find those pictures on our Facebook page.


WARNING: Traffic Backup On Racebrook Road

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Jun 272016

Free Clipart trafficAvoid Racebrook road south of 34 at all costs.

Construction going on and traffic complete standstill southbound.

Two residents report being stuck in the same spot (especially near the golf course) for 10 minutes or longer.

So, if you are going somewhere, be sure to have an alternative route planned.


Orange Rotary Honors RYLA Students

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Jun 262016

Screen Shot 2016-06-26 at 2.13.15 PMOn June 24, the Orange Rotary Club welcomed two students it sponsored at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards  (RYLA). The students are Shawna Brown and Mike Lazare.
Orange Rotary’s sponsorship allowed the two students to participate in a 3-day leadership conference at Camp Hazen in Chester, CT. RYLA is a leadership development program run by Rotary. Events typically include presentations, activities and workshops on topics such as problem solving and conflict management, community and global citizenship, communication skills and Leadership fundamentals.
At RYLA, “we had an opportunity to build service projects, friendships and relationships that will last a lifetime,” said Mike Lazare, a Hopkins student who will be a student director at next fall’s RYLA conference.
During the conference  participants formed teams that develop community service project. They then implement these projects in the following months. Shawna Brown, soon to be a junior at Mercy High School in Middletown, said her RYLA participation showed her “you can change the world and still be yourself.”
Before receiving Orange Rotary sponsorship at RYLA, both Shawna and Mike  participated in Interact Clubs, clubs that receive guidance from individual Rotary clubs but which govern and support themselves. Like RYLA, Interact Clubs emphasize community service projects, a major focus of Rotary.

Open House: Just Listed 3 Bedroom Home on Hilltop Road

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Jun 262016

Wash Your Mismatched Socks And Warm Up For Doc’s Race

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Jun 262016

leader-of-the-packGet your mismatched socks ready because the 4th Annual 5K “Doc’s Race” is happening in Orange at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, on Sunday, June 26 at 10 a.m.

George “Doc” Whitney was well remembered as a veterinarian in Orange, but in his later years he was also known for being a runner. “Doc” started running at the age of 80 and participated in just about every 5K race in the state, and many in New England from then on.

When he passed away at 94 in 2013 his family requested that a 5K Road Race and 2 Mile Fitness Walk be held in his name in Orange. All of the IMG_1794-300x110proceeds this year will go to the George “Doc” Whitney Memorial Scholarship Fund.

In addition to the Race and Fitness Walk there will be two “Fun Runs with Spiderman” starting at 9:20 a.m. You can find applications for both the Race and the Fun Run at the Orange Park and Recreation office at 525 Orange Center Road.

Race Day Entry Fees are $27 for Runners, $15 for 12 & Under Runners, $15 for the 2 Mile Fitness Walk and $8 for the Kids Fun Runs

Early Packet pickup and Late Registration will be held on Saturday, June 25th, at the High Plains Pavilion from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Day of the Race Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m.

For more information, contact Race Director Joe Riccio at (203) 481-7453 or Race Coordinator Jane Opper at (203) 795-9351.

Originally Published on: Jun 4, 2016 @ 19:49

Second Publishing on Jun 13, 2016 @ 07:14

Also Published on: Jun 20, 2016 @ 11:06


Legion Baseball: You Win Some You Lose Some — Saturday’s Double Header

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Jun 262016

Max Scheps

Max Scheps

The Orange Legjon Post 127 Baseball Team was on the road at the beautiful Rochford Field on Saturday for a double-header against Hamden Post 88.

Game One

Orange’s Max Scheps, who was a member of the history-making Amity Baseball Team, pitched 7 full innings.

Hamden got an early lead with two runs, then Orange tied things up.

Orange managed to pull ahead by one (3-2) then Hamden had two runs and won this battle 4-3, breaking Orange’s 7 game winning streak.

Game Two

IMG_2929Rohan Patel took the mound for Orange for the first six innings, demonstrating good skill and control.

Orange had a comfortable lead throughout the game and Hamden only managed to make one run.

Ben Lodewick relieved Patel in the final inning and this game ended in a 5-1 victory for Orange.

On this day, Orange was missing two key players, Eli Oliphant and Brian Ronai, who were playing in an All Star Game elsewhere.

Head coach Bob Mirto is confident that, come today, when the entire team is back together again they can move forward and concentrate on winning more games, then getting into the play off games next month.

Orange plays Hamden again tonight in Orange at Brinley Field at 7 p.m.

Records: Orange 8-4 (ranked third in zone 2), Hamden 7-4.


Shredding Day, Bicycle Collection A Great Success

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Jun 252016

IMG_9346Another very successful Shredding Day event took place at the High Plains Community Center parking lot on Saturday, June 25 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Orange Recycling Committee Chairman Mitch Goldblatt said, “More than 130 Orange Residents brought about 11,000 pounds of documents to be shredded by Affordable Solutions, LLC of Orange.”

In addition, the Rotary Club of Orange collected about 30 bicycles that will be given to BEEEP Inc. (Bicycle Education, Entrepreneurship and Enrichment Program). BEEEP is a New Haven-based non-profit program that recycles bicycles and teaches repair and riding skills.

A small video camera inside the truck allows you to see your documents being destroyed.

A small video camera inside the truck allows you to see your documents being destroyed.

Goldblatt added, “Special thanks goes to the Rotary Club who sponsored this event for us and allowed this to once again be free of charge to Orange residents. Finally, the Rotarians collected hundreds of dollars in donations for the Orange Rotary Scholarship Fund.”

“We had lots of help today and truly many hands do make light work,” Goldblatt said. “I would like to acknowledge the following people and apologize in advance for anyone I missed:”

Orange Recycling Committee

Tom George, Mary-Jo Sierakowski, Karen Della-Giustina, John Brown (former member).

Student Volunteers

Jake Hollander, Evan Hollander, Dana Della-Giustina, Megan Sullivan.

Rotary Club of Orange

Bob Sigler, Glenn Pearson, Trish Pearson, Diane Eger, Ed Cowern, Carl Russell, And others!


Thanks again EVERYBODY for a real TEAM effort!



Nearby Fireworks Shows

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Jun 252016

fireworksThere are several Independence Day fireworks shows around the state, but not everyone s willing to travel more than a few miles to attend one.

For this reason, Orange Live is providing only shows that are within a reasonable distance to town for your information and enjoyment.

Friday, July 1

• Stratford, Short Beach Park, 7 p.m. (rain date July 5)

• Hamden, Town Center Park at Dusk

• Derby, over the water in the Center of Town at 9 p.m. (rain date July 3)

• Milford, Lisman Landing, 9:15 p.m.

• West Haven, Bradley Point, 9 p.m. (rain date July 5)

Saturday, July 2

• Orange, Concert at 6:30 p.m., Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Orange Fairgrounds (rain date July 3)

Monday, July 4

New Haven, Wilbur Cross High School, 9 p.m. (rain date July 9)



WTNH – 8 posted this complete list if you are willing to travel to New London or other distant towns.