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.

Obituary: William Birch, Sr., 76, Beloved Father of William Birch, Jr.

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Jul 302015

Screen Shot 2015-07-30 at 9.51.39William Allen Birch, Sr., age 76, of Stratford, passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2015 in his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Mr. Birch was born in Bridgeport May 3, 1939, son of the late Michael and Mary (Taylor) Birch and had been life time Stratford resident.

He was a retired self-employed painter. He loved singing and playing his guitar and enjoyed his many trips to the casino.

Survivors include his two children, Carol Birch of Stratford and William Birch, Jr. of Orange; five grandchildren, Shayne, Stephen, Iain, Olivia and Collin; two great-grandchildren, Jeremiah and Freya; one sister, Janis Scharn, three brothers, Mickey, Major and John Birch and many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to visit with Bill’s family on Friday, July 31, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the William R. McDonald Funeral Home, 2591 Main St., Stratford.

A Funeral Service will follow at 7:00 p.m. in the funeral Home. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Bill may be made to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Drive, Wallingford, CT., 06492.

For additional information or to share a message of condolence, visit www.wrmcdonaldfuneralhome.com.

Obituary: James J. Gesler, 45, Beloved Son, Brother

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Jul 302015

Screen Shot 2015-07-30 at 9.26.31 PMJames J. Gesler, 45, a resident of Hamden, passed away peacefully on July 20, 2015.

He was born on July 9, 1970 to Bradford and Elizabeth (Eaton) Gesler of Orange. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, Bradford (Maribeth) Gesler Jr., his nephew, William and his niece, Olivia, all of Cheshire.

James was a graduate of Amity High School and attended Northeastern University, Boston, MA. He will be sadly missed.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 1st, 2015 at the Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meetinghouse Ln, Orange, CT. Interment will be private.

Arrangements are in the care of the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT. Memorial contributions may be made to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd, Branford, CT 06405.

To leave online condolences, please visit our website.

Economic Development: Warehouse Space Available on Route 1

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Jul 302015

for leaseDo you need warehouse space in a convenient location, this may be what you are looking for.

Three warehouse units totaling 12,626 sqft available for lease at 464 Boston Post Road, located at the busy intersection of Orange Center and Route 1 near Home Depot. Plenty of parking.

7,900 sqft for $2,500 month; 2,200 sqft rear lower level space for $895 month; and 2,500 sqft for $1,550 month.

For information or to see it, call Fred Messore at Colonial Properties at 203-795-8060 or 203-988-6298 or e-mail at [email protected]

Police: Report Suspicious Activity When You See It

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Jul 302015

An unlocked shed is an invitation for thieves.

An unlocked shed is an invitation for thieves.

From the Orange Police:

On July 23 a resident on Bittersweet Road reported that a silver pick-up truck stopped at the home around noon, and the male occupant , described as 5’8″ brown hair wearing black shorts and a black t-shirt, rang the front door bell 5 – 7 times. The juvenile resident did not answer the door. When nobody answered he walked to the shed, looked inside and left. Nothing was taken.

There was a significant delay in calling the police.

We are asking residents to call immediately and be on the lookout for the silver pick up driving slowly in their neighborhoods.

NOTE: Four days later, on July 27, a man was arrested for burglarizing sheds on Wheelers Farm.

Often times, A suspect will ring the door bell to determine if anybody is home, If the door is answered, they will ask for directions, offer home improvements or ask for someone random and say they have the wrong house. If no one answers, they may burglarize the home, or as in this case, look for a target of opportunity.

Residents should invest in a pad lock for garden sheds and keep garage doors closed.

Consider leaving a radio or tv on when not home to make the house appear occupied. Put several lights on timers, both inside and outside.

Parents should instruct children to speak to the person through the door. They should NEVER open the door to a stranger. Tell the person that their parents are on the phone or otherwise occupied and to call or return later. Speak to neighbors and develop a neighborhood buddy system so juveniles home alone have a close resource to call if need be. If the juvenile is scared or unsure, call police at 203-891-2130

Parents should consider enrolling their children in a “Home Alone” class often offered through Youth Services.

As always … If you see something, say something!

Here It Is, Carnival Day: Everything You Need To Know

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Jul 302015

carnival 2015The Orange Volunteer Fire Department has been working on the 2015 carnival since the day after the 2014 carnival ended.

Parking and admission are always free.

It takes a lot of planning to keep such a big operation rolling every year, keeping the public interested in coming and finding volunteer non-firefighters  willing to help in the food tent and pitch in at various games around the fairgrounds.

Denise Mirto sent a shout-out for food tent volunteers more than a month ago and has been successful, but she can still use a few extra hands on Saturday day and night and Sunday.

Under the Raffle Tent you will find many familiar faces, selectmen, various committee and board members and residents who come back year after year and donate their time to the fire department, just as the firefighters donate their time to the town every hour of every day.

Several years ago, First Selectman Jim Zeoli called the Carnival the “cheapest fire insurance that an Orange Resident can have.”

“If every household spent a couple hundred bucks at the carnival, it is the cheapest insurance they can have for fire service,” Zeoli said. “If we had a paid Fire Department it would cost us millions of dollars every year.”

Did you know?

There are many rides, games, and food options at the carnival, and everyone has their favorite, but did you know that the Fire Department only benefits from the proceeds at the games and food that they run?

The games are the Frog Bog, Dunk Tank, High Striker, Speedball and Blower ball – the little game of chance next to the raffle tent. The 50/50 raffle benefits both the civilian winner and the fire department, who split the pot a couple of times a day.

The main food tent (under the pavilion) and the satellite food tent straight up the aisle next to the fence on Orange Center Road also are Fire Department run.

Of course, you can’t beat $5 for a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of 10 great prizes, including a $5,000, $4,000, or $2,000 Visa Gift Card, $1,200 Gift Certificate from Diamond Designs, Apple iPad WiFi 16 GB from Best Buy, or one of the gift cards from Chip’s, Trader Joes, Knights Inc or Ben’s Service Center. And finally, there’s the Tickets to New Haven Open at Yale Tennis Tournament.


Pick up Advanced Online Ride Bracelets at the Main Raffle Booth
Photo ID and signature are required at pickup

• Children must be at least 3’ tall to ride any ride

Advanced online purchase ride bracelets may be used during one of the following periods:
Thursday 5-11 p.m., Friday, 5 p.m. to midnight, Saturday Matinee 12 to 5 p.m., Saturday evening, 5 p.m. to midnight and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Also, if you didn’t get your on line wristbands on time, the firefighters offer a special at carnival ride bracelet special for $28.

Ride bracelets purchase at the carnival ticket booths may be used during one of the following periods:
Saturday Matinee noon to 5 p.m. or Sunday Family Fun Day from noon to 5 p.m.
And Don’t Forget
The Carnival Spectacular Fireworks Displays on Friday at 10:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10:45 p.m.As always, there is a Free raffle for Children 12 and younger on Saturday, during the matinee

Children 12 years and younger can register at the main raffle booth to win free prizes. (must be present)


Thursday – 5:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Friday – 5:00 p.m. to 12 midnight

Saturday – 12 Noon to 12 midnight

Sunday – 12 Noon to 5:00 p.m.


After a little rain forecast between 4-8 tonight, the weather is supposed to be great all weekend so, come on down and support your Volunteer Fire Department.

Or Shalom Plans Shabbat Service On The Beach

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Jul 292015

Screen Shot 2015-07-21 at 11.53.19 PMCongregation Or Shalom will hold its first ever Shabbat service at the beach on Friday evening, July 31 at 7 p.m.

This gathering, sponsored by Sisterhood and Men’s Club, will take place at Gulf Beach, 460 Gulf Street, Milford.

(Coming from the Synagogue, drive to the Shop-Rite on the corner of Cherry St & Gulf St …turn left onto Gulf St… Proceed till you arrive at the beach. Set your GPS for 460 Gulf St) Look for us on the beach alongside the the inlet, to the right of the Goody’s concession.

Sisterhood and Men’s Club members will welcome you and point to where we’ll be. If you would like to join a carpool from the synagogue to the beach please be at the synagogue by 6:15 pm or call Allen Cohen at 203.288.5011 (Men’s Club is coordinating).

The service will begin at the usual 7 pm time.  (Feel free to arrive earlier – bring a picnic if you’d like and dress casually (The rabbi promises not to wear a tie)


Call  203 605-9318 if you can’t find us.

Originally Published on: Jul 22, 2015 @ 00:07

Hey Kevin, How’s The Weather Looking For The Firemen’s Carnival?

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Jul 292015

Meteorologist Kevin Arnone getting ready for the 5 p.m. broadcast.

Meteorologist Kevin Arnone getting ready for the 5 p.m. broadcast.

Our favorite Meteorologist, Kevin Arnone (click the Orange Live “Weather” tab at the top of the page) is On Air on WTNH today for All the evening broadcasts. At 5, 5:30, and 6 he said the same thing about tomorrow night… of course he did — he wouldn’t change his forecast. And it’s not too favorable for Most of the opening day at the Orange Firemen’s Carnival.

Rain will start about 4 p.m. and be out of here by 8 p.m. on Thursday, then the rest of the weekend looks much better.

You can see Kevin tonight at 10 p.m. on channel 9 and at 11 on channel 8.

He’s always been deadly accurate, so I guess that means you may not be going on rides when the carny opens at 5 p.m. But there will still be plenty of food and, don’t forget to stock up on those raffle tickets to win one of the great prizes the Volunteer Fire Department has to offer this year.

Watch Kevin, and Come to the Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival!

UPDATE: Carnival Wristband Sales Ended At NOON — No, You CAN’T buy them now

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Jul 292015

Screen Shot 2015-07-28 at 6.01.10 PMThe Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival opens on Thursday, July 30 at 5 p.m.

The following text has been re-worded from the original copy to reflect what happened after noon on Wednesday. 

Discounted ride wristband sales have been available online for more than a month, but all good things must come to an end, and online wristband sales ended today at NOON after that, it’s too late!

The Firemen’s Carnival Ad at the top of this site logged more than 57,600 views in less than 30 days, so everyone had fair warning.

After 12 p.m. Wednesday the discounted 2015 wristbands will not be available for sale anymore and no excuses or any amount of whining, begging or bartering will make a difference.

At 12:05 p.m. Carnival Chairman Don Foyer received his first call with an iron-clad excuse, followed by several other pleas for personal favors … his answer, “No.”

After the sales close the paperwork has to be closed out and all the information from those who purchased them on time has to be double checked and then, when you come to the carnival on Thursday and beyond, your wristbands will be waiting for you in the rear of the main raffle tent across from the Pavilion.



Don’t Be Stupid: Dangers of Leaving Pets And Children In Hot Cars

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Jul 292015

Hot DOGMore and more people are coming to the rescue of dogs and children locked inside hot cars and are breaking car windows without hesitation.

Down south, in Georgia, there’s already been an unfortunate incident involving a dog left in a hot car. No, the dog didn’t die, but the Iraq war veteran who saved it was arrested.

Last week, two dogs died inside a hot car after being left alone for about a half hour.

If you have a dog have the compassion, or at least the common sense to leave him or her home on a hot day, no matter how much your pet begs you to go for a ride.

881854be0cdd33063469565771faed8aMy dog loves going in the car. BUT I love her enough to say “No.” especially on hot days like we’ve seen this week and last when even I don’t want to go outside.

No 5 minute stop in a store EVER lasts just 5 minutes, and unless you have a certified service dog – and can prove it – most stores don’t allow dogs inside.

The heat in a car can quickly rise to lethal levels. Reports state that heat coming in through the windows is absorbed by the interior, and the glass acts as an insulator. The temperature in your car get up to 200 degrees.

Screen Shot 2015-07-29 at 11.41.44 AMYou know that you can’t stand it when you open the car door after its been sitting in a parking lot for a while. You may open all the doors or roll the windows down to air it out and then turn the air conditioner on as soon as possible to make it comfortable. So imagine being a tiny or medium sized dog – 10-50 pounds (about the size of a 3-year-old) helplessly trapped inside a locked vehicle with no ventilation as the temperature begins to rise. Don’t be naive and think that cracking the window will help.

Just 10 minutes in a hot car, even with the windows partially open, can lead to dehydration, heat stroke and even death.

Every year pets die in cars.  Veterinarians say the victim will be quiet as heat overcomes them, so there won’t be crying or other audible indications of trouble. If you see a pet in a hot car, report it to the police immediately by calling 911, in Orange the direct line to the Police Department is 203-891-2130.

Don’t Get Me Started

Man-breaking-into-a-car-001That’s right, don’t get me started on leaving children in hot cars. Last summer the state and the entire country saw an increased number of children left in cars while parents and/or caregivers shopped, went to work, forgot to drop them off at the daycare, etc.

As the grandmother of a 3-year-old, I can’t imagine forgetting my granddaughter in the car no matter what the situation. Sure, it’s inconvenient walking around the car, getting her out of the car seat in the back, and now that she’s vocal,  sometimes arguing with her about getting into a shopping carriage or taking the stairs instead of the elevator at Town Hall. Still, I would NEVER leave her in the car, no matter what the season.

This year let’s all think before we leave the house with a child or pet in the car. Make sure you have a plan, know where you’re going and include the child or pet in those plans, pack a cooler with water and snacks and whatever you do, when you get out of the car EVERYONE gets out of the car.

Let’s make this the safest summer ever for pets and children.



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Jul 292015

Orange Firemen's Carnival

Orange Firemen’s Carnival

The weekly Orange Community Farmers’ Market will not take place Thursday, July 30 because the Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival begins at 5 p.m. and will be using the Pavilion.

The Carnival is the Fire Department’s biggest, most important fundraiser of the year.

Discounted online ride wristband sales ended Wednesday at noon.

The Carnival hours are:

Thursday – 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Friday – 5:00 PM to 12 midnight

Saturday – 12 Noon to 12 midnight

Sunday – 12 Noon to 5:00 PM

The Farmers’ Market will be back Next week, August 6 from 3:30 to 7 p.m.