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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.

Have You Gotten Your Tickets For The Evening for the Arts Gala?

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Aug 302016

FourByFour-textFairfield University Quick Center for the Arts hosts “FOUR by FOUR – A Tribute to the Legendary Music of the Beach Boys, Beatles, Bee Gees and Motown,” Saturday, September 10.

The performance is part of The Evening for the Arts Gala, which benefits the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the educational enrichment and professional development of young artists and early career professionals, and created in the memory of Orange resident Jamie Alaine Hulley.

“FOUR by FOUR – A Tribute to the Legendary Music of the Beach Boys, Beatles, Bee Gees and Motown” — an exhilarating musical revue of hits songs from four of the most iconic musical styles of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s — headlines the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation’s fourteenth annual Evening for the Arts Gala Benefit on Saturday, September 10, 2016, at Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

The performance begins at 7 p.m. and is preceded by an Evening for the Arts reception at 6 p.m., which includes complimentary wine and beer, light hors d’oeuvres and silent and live auctions. Tickets are available through the Quick Center Box Office: 203-254-4010, or toll-free 1-877- ARTS-396. (1-877- 278-7396). Tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the door.

“FOUR by FOUR” hails from Las Vegas and is the brainchild of the same creative team that brought OH WHAT NIGHT! to last year’s Hulley Foundation event. This exciting and nostalgic music revue is conceived and directed by award-winning Broadway producer/director Michael Chapman, written by Motown producer George Solomon, and choreographed by Paul Holmquist.

The show features some of the most memorable songs from the California surfing scene, the British Invasion, the Disco decade, and Detroit city’s Motown – FOUR electrifying musical performances in ONE extraordinary night of entertainment!

“Everyone is sure to be singing along to the music and on their feet dancing – this music makes everyone feel good!” said Judy Primavera, co-founder and president of the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation. “There is something for everyone – it’s a real musical smorgasbord of classic hits songs from three decades.”

FOUR by FOUR thrills its audiences with their vocal perfection, great choreography, humorous banter, and music-inspired costume changes as they perform some of the most memorable songs of our time including Good Vibrations, She Love You, Staying Alive, and My Girl. The Gala also showcases the talents of young aspiring performers involved in the foundation’s programs at Square Foot Theatre in Wallingford, Amity High School’s Creative Theatre, and Broadway Method Academy in Fairfield. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening is Jared Brown, Artistic Director of Square Foot Theatre with Rob and Andrea Kennedy, Directors of Amity Creative Theatre, serving as co-hosts and auctioneers.

The Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the educational enrichment and professional development of young artists and early career professionals, was founded to celebrate the memory of the late Jamie Alaine Hulley. All proceeds from the Gala are dedicated to scholarships, educational programs and grants in the arts throughout Connecticut especially in the greater New Haven and Fairfield counties.

Since the foundation’s creation in 2002, nearly $700,000 in scholarships and grants have been awarded which have touched the lives of thousands of area youth each year. For information on the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, visit www.jamiehulleyartsfund.org, call 203-891-8869, or e-mail: [email protected].


Previously Published on: Aug 8, 2016 @ 03:00

Mark Your Calendars For The 36th Annual Odyssey Greek Festival

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Aug 302016

Senior Odyssey DancersSaint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road, is preparing for its 36th Annual Odyssey Greek Festival on Labor Day Weekend — Friday – Monday, Sept. 2, 3, 4, and 5.

Festival to Feature All Things Greek including Greek Cuisine, Live Music, Greek Dancing, and a bustling Hellenic agora (marketplace).

Set on the grounds of the beautiful Byzantine-style Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, ODYSSEY 2016 offers something for everyone.

ODYSSEY 2016 includes:

• Classic Greek cuisine – appetizers (meze), Greek pastries (glyka), lamb on the spit (souvla), moussaka, gyro, spanakopita (spinach pie) and pastitisio (Greek style lasagna) • “Gourmet Meze Grille” – gourmet appetizers, including saganaki (flaming cheese), loukaniko sausage, grilled shrimp, lamb chops, avgolemono soup, dips and pitas

• Live Greek cooking demonstrations – learn to prepare some classic Greek foods

• Greek marketplace – Gourmet Greek grocery, t-shirts, jewelry, arts & crafts, bookstore

• Treasures ’n Junque – Odyssey’s giant tag sale

• Presentations on Greek culture and religion, along with tours of Saint Barbara Church • Greek dance performances –Traditional Greek folk dances performed by the ODYSSEY Dancers

• Greek dance lessons – taught by the ODYSSEY Dancers (8:30 p.m., Sat and Sun)

• Nightly dancing to ODYSSEY’s live Greek band, “The Hellenic Company”

• Kids’ area – Rides, games, and magic shows.

• Raffle – Have a chance at winning the grand prize of $10,000 cash, or one of 9 additional prizes!

• Senior Citizens Day: Fri. Sept. 2, from 12 – 3 pm – 20% senior citizen discount on meals.

For 35 years ODYSSEY has delighted the senses with a feast of Greek cuisine, the thrill of Greek dance, the sounds of the bouzouki, and the ethnic flavor of the Agora (Marketplace).

Stop by Saint Barbara’s ODYSSEY for Connecticut’s greatest “Greek Party,” a rain-or-shine Labor Day tradition.

HOURS: 12 noon to 10 PM on Fri., Sat., Sun. 9/2, 9/3, 9/4; 12 noon to 7 PM on Mon. 9/5.

FREE ADMISSION and FREE PARKING (on-site and next door at Holy Infant Church).

RAIN OR SHINE INFO: 203-795-1347 or visit www.saintbarbara.org


Help The Orange Juniorettes Help The Orange Police K9s

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Aug 302016

bertucci's fundraiserThe Orange Community Juniorettes are hosting another fundraiser night at Bertucci Restaurant, 550 Boston Post Road, Orange to raise money for its Protect the Police Paws campaign.
The girls are very close to their goal of donating $1,000 to the Orange Police Dept so that they can purchase needed protection gear for the 2 police dogs (Loki and Trent).
The fundraiser is on Tuesday Sept 6 from noon-9 p.m., both eat-in and take out. Just print out and bring this flyer so that the Juniorettes get credit.
Important, bring the coupon WITH you, they won’t be handed out at the door.
Share this as it’s a great campaign that will benefit the town. Thanks in advance for your support.
K9 Loki

K9 Loki

Orange K9 Trent

Orange K9 Trent

Debbie Davis, Joey Seymour Among 2016 Amity Hall Of Fame Inductees

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Aug 292016

Screen Shot 2016-08-29 at 8.08.19 PMThe Amity Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame will induct six new members at the annual Amity Hall of Fame Dinner at Grassy Hill Country Club in Orange on Thursday Oct. 6 at 5:30 p.m.

The 2016 inductees include: Debbie Davis, unified sports coach and physical education teacher; Jeffery Lassen Class of 1979, baseball and basketball; Chrissy (Parmelee) McVeety, Class of 2002, volleyball, basketball, and softball; Gina Mondo, Class of 2005, softball; Theresa Napolitano, field hockey and softball coach; and Joseph Seymour, Class of 1975, ice hockey.

The dinner will have a cocktail hour beginning at 5:30 p.m.. Tickets are $45 in advance. The deadline is Sept. 29.

Make checks made payable to the Amity Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame and send to Amity High School Athletic Department Att. Lori Bonney 25 Newton Rd. Woodbridge CT 06525.

Aug 292016

For the first time in a quarter of a century of covering the news in Orange, I did not take photos for the first day of school. This was for several reasons: school rules regarding publishing children’s photos without permission; The time it takes to obtain that permission; and the fact that this was my granddaughter’s first day of Kindergarten. Since I was there for every big moment of her life, this Yia Yia just couldn’t miss this milestone.

I requested parents with cameras  to take a photo of their child and send it to Orange Live for a photo spread.

So that it’s not “old news” I’m giving a deadline of 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30 for submissions.

Just e-mail to [email protected] or text to 203-506-1747.

I will not publish the child’s name nor the school he or she attends. But with your submission comes the implied permission to post the photos.

Here are a few from today.

Free “Beat The Odds” College Applications Seminar

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Aug 292016

Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 8.40.17 PMWith applications to the Ivies and highly selective schools exceeding 30,000 for only about 2,500 slots, the odds of getting higher, Dr. Paul Lowe, managing director of Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group and Woodbridge Admissions Advisors, will discuss beating the odds, what students will need to know in the hyper competitive admissions process and provide invaluable advice, in this free seminar.  

For more than eighteen years, Dr. Lowe, a leading global educational and college admissions expert, has successfully advised clients who have been accepted into their top-choice colleges.

This free and informative seminar is for high school parents and students who are interested in applying to Ivy League, highly selective and competitive schools and Combined BA/MD Programs.  

Join other concerned parents and students for an interactive discussion followed by an intimate Q&A. Parents of high school juniors and seniors are encouraged to attend.

The seminar will take place at the Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Seating is limited.

Orange Live Trying Something Different For the First Day of School

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Aug 282016

Screen Shot 2016-08-28 at 6.02.31 PMFor all the time I spent in Orange on the first day of school, you may wonder why I don’t take lots of photos of the kids.

For security reasons, I can no longer take dozens of pictures like I did 20 years ago. Getting permission to publish a child’s photo online takes a lot of extra legwork, running the pictures by the school office, having them check the permission slips to see if that child is allowed to be photographed OR calling the parent to ask individual permission for an extraordinarily good photo.

Screen Shot 2016-08-28 at 6.03.54 PMLast year, I waited two days to get permission for five photos, by then, it was old news.

I also have smudged out the children’s faces in the past, but the photos look like something from a horror movie — terribly unappealing. So, last year the rule of thumb was backs and waist down, except for ONE photo of a friend’s child with his immediate permission (a breath of fresh air).

Tomorrow, for the first time in more than 20 years, I will Screen Shot 2016-08-28 at 6.03.00 PMNOT venture into Orange to cover the first day of school activities. It’s become so frustrating and seems like a waste of time due to the restrictions [which I fully understand].

Also, my granddaughter, whom I’ve watched over for most of the past 4 years will be hitting a milestone of her own — the first day of Kindergarten. Since I CAN take photos of her and share this big day with her mom and other grandmother, I will be spending my morning with them.

Help Wanted

I know the first day of school is important to parents and grandparents. Through the years I’ve noticed that nearly everyone who lines the railing at Mary L. Tracy School waiting for the busses to roll in, has a camera.

So in 2016, I am asking parents to send photos of their children for inclusion on the Orange Live website. If you would like to share a photo of your little one, please send it as a .jpg to [email protected] or text to 203-506-1747 and I will post it here on the site.

In keeping with the security precautions that I’ve always respected, I will NOT include the child’s name, nor the school he or she attends. I look forward to seeing your photos. Thank you in advance!

Remember Irene? We Sure Do.

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Aug 282016

Screen Shot 2016-08-28 at 11.32.06 AMFive years ago, many in the town of Orange and around the state were powerless against the ferocity of Hurricane Irene.

Truth be told the shoreline towns, Milford, West Haven, East Haven, etc experienced the most damage with the Ocean waves crashing into homes, sea walls and destroying docks in its path.

Irene, which began forming as a tropical storm on Saturday, Aug 20, 2011. It became a Category 1 hurricane as it crossed over Puerto Rico on Aug. 21.

It intensified into a Category 3 hurricane with winds up to 120 mph as it made landfall in he Bahamas.

After the storm hundreds of residents in the town of Orange were struggling through each day with downed trees and power lines littering their lawns and streets.

The restoration of electricity was uncertain as crews came in from several other states to help us out.

One of the most impressive things was the town’s emergency management team, putting into action for the first time their emergency response plans and strike teams that worked so well.

Members of Orange CERT stepped up and manned the shelter at High Plains where dozens upon dozens of residents came every day to take showers and/or charge their cell phones.

The town was a mess for a very long time, but everyone came together and made it bearable.

The storm dissipated on Aug. 28 and left a total of 56 fatalities in its wake.

Obituary: Krystyna Szyszkowska Sikorski, 88, Beloved Mother, Grandmother

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Aug 282016

Screen Shot 2016-08-28 at 9.26.18 AMKrystyna Szyszkowska Sikorski, 88, of Orange died August 22, 2016 at home.

She was the wife of the late Dr. Jerzy Sikorski. Mrs. Sikorski was born in Warsaw, Poland, July 16, 1928, a daughter of the late Witold and Helena Szyszkowska and was a floor secretary at Milford Hospital for many years before retiring.

Mother of Ted, Mark and Edward Sikorski and grandmother of Emma and Nick. She is also survived by her sister Maria in Poland.

There will be no visiting hours.

Mass of Christian Burial took place in Holy Infant Church 450 Racebrook Road, Orange, Friday morning Aug. 26, at 10 a.m.

Burial followed in Sacred Heart Cemetery, 662 Burritt Street, New Britain.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Milford Hospital 300 Seaside Avenue Milford, CT 06460 or the Orange Senior Center 525 Orange Center Road Orange, CT 06477. Please make checks payable to Treasurer Town of Orange and use Krystyna’s name in the memo.

The LUPINSKI FUNERAL HOME, INC. was in care of arrangements. Sign Mrs. Sikorski’s guestbook online at www.lupinskifuneralhome.com.

Open House: Lovely 4 Bedroom Home 2 – 4 PM Today

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Aug 282016

389 N. Lakeview DriveLooking for a home in Orange that’s spacious, move-in ready and convenient to all main highways for commuters. Here’s new listing.

Spacious 2,367 sq ft, four bedroom, 2.5 bathroom colonial at 809 N. Lakeview Drive with nice updates. Stunning hardwood floors throughout.

New powder room and updated kitchen (floor, appliances, lighting, cabinets, countertops).

Three zone heating. Light and bright living room with a cozy fireplace overlooking the backyard and deck.

Fabulous closet space, two Master bedroom closets.  6 panel doors.

Walk out basement, and a nine foot basement ceiling.

Two car garage.

Backyard and cul-de-sac living is a wonderland for all ages.

See it today from 2 – 4 p.m. Offered for $389,900.