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.

Property Transfers In Orange July 23-Aug. 3

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Aug 032015

home-for-sale-sold-signTown Clerk Patrick O’Sullivan released this list of property transfers filed with his office from our last publication through Aug. 3.

325 Juniper Drive, $343,500, Irina Rosewater to Michael Hessberger, filed on July 27.

718 Derby Milford Road, $425,000, Robert Ehorn to Thomas Rizzotti, filed on July 27.

370 Haystack Hill Road, $359,900, Ciro Tacinelli to Jonathan Hawes, filed on July 27.

520 Howellton Road, $310,000, Peter Mueller to Jacqulyn Mitchell, filed on July 28.

373 Old Silo Road, $395,000, Juan Haydu Tr to Gabriele Agnello, filed on July 28.

933 Ox Yoke Road, $279,000, Lawrence Wechsler to James Ray, filed on July 28.

138 Sunrise Hill Circle, $432,671, Sunrise Hill Estates LLC to Mary Ann Facenda, filed on July 29.

398 Old Country Road, %337,000, 395 Old Country Road, Marisa Honig to Richard Ricard, filed on July 29.

230 Karen Drive, $339,900, Michael Dorney to Richard Hardt Jr. , filed on July 30.

241 Deerfield Lane, $480,206.78, Sunrise Hill Estates LLC to Lawrence Forte, filed on July 30.

846 Hillcrest Road, $299,900, Susan Smith to Danielle Izzo, filed on July 31.

773 Orange Center Road, $352,000, Kathryn B. Freda Revocable Trust to Margaret Edgar, filed on July 31.

367 Old Silo Road, $414,500, Robert Jalette to Marc Fairty, filed on Aug. 3.

668 Estelle Court, $540,000, Gian Varbaro to Mei Shao, filed on Aug. 3.






Photos From The Final Day Of The OVFD Carnival

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Aug 032015

Everywhere you looked someone was taking pictures with their cell phone.

Everywhere you looked someone was taking pictures with their cell phone.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department made out pretty well as far as the weather for their annual fundraising carnival, yet, the crowds still seemed a bit smaller than in past years.

Folks who did come out had a good time, enjoyed the food, rides and fireworks.

It may be some time before we know how the fire department “made out.” Last year they were down by tens of thousands of dollars because it was the first year they couldn’t mail the raffle tickets to every household, but this year, more residents were aware of that situation. But only time will tell, after all the numbers are crunched, if the OVFD is on par with past years’ intake.

Several years ago, you couldn’t even get close to the main raffle tent when the drawing was taking place, but on Sunday there was enough room to sidle right up to the shelf. — a sign of the times? I don’t know.

Here are some photos from Sunday’s final day at the Carnival, including the prize drawing.

Orange Center Road Paving Starts Tonight (Mon. Aug. 3)

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Aug 032015

caution-road-work-ahead-temporary-signJust as the town paving project, with road closures and upset residents finally concluded the town announced today that another paving project, this time, by the state, will begin on Monday, Aug. 3.

The CT Dept. of Transportation will be repaving Orange Center Road, all 3.3 miles of it from Route 1 to Derby Turnpike (Route 34) from Aug. 3 through Aug. 24.

The difference, aside from it being a state project rather than a town job, is that the work will be done at night from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. in an attempt to save on the traffic interruptions.

Their job description is: 2″ to be ground off existing pavement and replaced by 2″ of bituminous concrete (a fancy term for asphalt).

Residents who live along Orange Center Road may be disturbed by the overnight noise, but this is how the state has scheduled it to be done.

This is NOT a Town Project, so don’t call the Highway Department with complaints, contact the CTDOT at 203-789-7842.


Originally Published on: Jul 23, 2015 @ 17:10

Second Publishing on: Jul 31, 2015 @ 10:10

Two Parking Area Paving Projects Done By The Town

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Aug 022015

IMG_6834Residents in the Peck Lane, Old Tavern area have noticed large trucks traveling on their streets during the last couple of weeks.

Some have called the highway department to complain, others call to inquire, just out of curiosity.

So, why is there so much activity in that area?

Just like the parking lot paving project going on in front of High Plains Community Center, the Peck Place School parking lot also was desperately in need of some TLC IMG_6832and is being completely demolished and repaved.

Both are Town Projects and are scheduled to be completed well before school begins.

The photos show the Peck Place driveways and parking lot as it appeared on Sunday, Aug. 2 after being pulverized and leveled.



Letter: Auxiliary Member Explains The American Legion’s Golf Tourney Cancellation

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Aug 022015

hall_photoTo the Editor:

Approximately a month ago I sent an email to the local newspapers as well as Orange Live and Orange Patch concerning the cancellation of the American Legion Golf Tournament due to conflict with Orange Hills Country Club. As of right now the only media outlet to even mention the cancellation was Orange Live by posting the announcement the next day.

Here it is a month later and not only has no one else even mentioned the cancellation but no one has even questioned the “conflict with Orange Hills Country Club.”

In case anyone is interested the story goes like this:

In February the golf course was booked for Monday, August 17th (the same Monday as last year) for the American Legion Post 127 Annual Golf Tournament. This is the group’s main fundraiser for the year, the money raised going to improve the building and grounds at 630 Grassy Hill Road. Sometime in April the date was verbally confirmed.

Then in the beginning of June the Country Club called saying the course was double booked for that day and asked if the American Legion could change the date. At this point 150 letters and flyers had already been mailed out or personally handed out while looking for not only golfers but also sponsors, donations and raffle prizes. Emails had already been sent to the local papers, websites, and social media outlets. So of course the answer was no, we could not change the date.

Over the following four weeks many phone calls were made from the Country Club owners again asking to change the date or the time, they tried to get town officials involved, money was even offered to change to another golf course. All of this back and forth was for the Milford Police Department Golf Tournament… because they would bring in more money for the golf course that day.

Please understand that I support all men and women in uniform and thank them for the job they do… but when an out of town department receives priority over the veterans of the town of Orange, there is something wrong with this community.

And I think what bothers me the most is that no one has done or said anything, publicly, about this situation. I just thought people should know why such a fun and worthy event had been cancelled. As well as why next year’s golf tournament may have to be held out of town…


Tricia Cenami

Resident of Orange

Member of the American Legion Auxiliary

OVFD Carnival Raffle: Were YOU A Winner?

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Aug 022015

Asst. Fire Chief Charles Sherwood reads the name of the raffle prize winners.

Asst. Fire Chief Charles Sherwood reads the name of the raffle prize winners.

At 4:30 p.m. people gathered around the main Raffle Tent on the Orange Fairgrounds with great anticipation as the drawing for the 2015 Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival Raffle prizes took place.

The barrel was spun, a girl stuck her arm in and took a ticket, handed it to officer Piscitelli, who checked it out for all the proper information. Piscitelli handed it to Lt. Max Martins, who checked it over then handed it to Firefighter Leo Moran who is in charge of the Raffle Tent. Moran then gave it to Chief John Knight who held it while Assistant Fire Chief Charles Sherwood announced the winning number then the winners name for each prize.

And Firefighter Art Williams recorded each winner and ticket number in writing.


1st prize  $5,000 Visa Gift Card

15561  Alexandra Davies, Milford

2nd prize $4,000 Visa Gift Card

02531  Audry Galer, Orange

3rd prize $2,000 Visa Gift Card

12661  Chips Restaurant, Orange

4th prize $1,200 Gift Certificate – Diamond Designs

10720  EJ Maloy, Orange

5th prize Apple iPad WiFi 16 GB – Best Buy

10886  John Ordazo,  AFD

6th prize $350 Gift Card – Chip’s Family Restaurant

15422  Priscila Searles, Orange

7th prize $300 Gift Card – Trader Joe’s

12063  Bernier, Milford

8th prize $250 Gift Card – Knights, Inc.

12272  Thomas Matthew, West Haven

9th prize $200 Gift Card – Ben’s Service Center

07499   Steven Kudes, Oxford

10th prize Tickets to New Haven Open at Yale Tennis Tournament

15917   Nancy Batter, Orange

Plan & Zoning Agenda Includes The Long Vacant Former Builder’s Square Building

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Aug 022015

Screen-Shot-2015-07-07-at-7.57.31-PM-300x204The Town Plan & Zoning Commission meets at Town Hall on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the Agenda:

1. Meeting with Ms. Kathleen Conroy Cass to discuss use of former Enchanted Garden property at 461 Derby Avenue.

2. SITE PLAN APPLICATION – 260 BULL HILL LANE. – Submitted by NCC Orange/CT Associates Limited Partnership. For a proposed lot line revision and property size reduction (former Builders Square Building).

3. Review of the Minutes from the July 7, 2015 meeting.

6. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

-Review of Zoning Activities Log.


7. * AFFORDABLE HOUSING 8-30g APPLICATION – 504-506 Boston Post Road. Submitted by AMP Investments LLC, for property known as 504-506 Boston Post Road. The proposal is for an adaptive reuse of the rear building of the property currently known as 504 Boston Post Road.

The intent is to make the plaza a mixed use Retail-Residential property with an 8-30g residential component. Ten apartments are proposed.

Meet The 2015 10-11 CONNECTICUT Little League State Champs — Orange Little League!

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Aug 022015

Screen Shot 2015-08-02 at 11.04.53 AMManager Keith Soldra “I want every player recognized, the accomplishments of every boy played a role in our success.” 

Congratulations Orange Little League 11 District Allstars Team members: Jacob Crow; Ben Daddio; Christian DÁstous; Dylan Gherlone; Sebastian Holt; Owen Leszczak; Colby O’Connor; AJ Soldra; Drew Visnic; Charlie Windsor and Martin Zhang Manager Keith Soldra, Coaches Mike Visnic & Jim Windsor

A Rundown of this year’s accomplishments:

June 30, 2015 – Orange 8, Milford National 4

July 2, 2015- Orange 16, West Haven 9

July 6, 2015 -Orange 11, Hamden 0

July 8, 2015- Orange 26, North Branford 3

 July 9, 2015- Orange 11, Hamden 0

District 4 Championship July 11, 2015

Orange 12, West Haven 2

2015 Division 1 Pool Play

July 18, 2015 Orange 8, Stamford North 5

July 19, 2015 Orange 8, Monroe 7

2015 Division 1 Championship Game:

July 21, 2015 Orange 9, Stamford North 2

2015 Section 1 Championship Game:

July 23, 2015 Orange 5, Berlin 2

Orange pitcher, Owen Leszczak retired the first six Berlin batters he faced.  While, Drew Visnic staked Orange to a 1-0 lead on a leadoff homerun in the home half of the 1st.  In the 2nd, Christian D’Astous reached on an error and Martin Zhang walked to start the inning.  Leszczak’s 2-run double put Orange back in front 3-0.

However, Berlin was able to get something going against Leszczak in the 3rd.  After striking out the first batter of the inning, Leszczak hit the next two.  The next batter flew out to Colby O’Connor at second base.  A walk loaded the bases with two out.  Berlin’s next batter smacked a double to the fence.  Two runs were in, a third was on the way.

Charlie Windsor, playing right field, made a perfect relay throw to O’Connor, who gunned it to catcher Jacob Crow covering home to erase the runner at the plate and end the inning.  Berlin was only down a run, trailing 3-2.

Holt would push the lead to 4-2 on a solo homerun in the 3rd.  Leszczak held Berlin scoreless in the next two frames, surrendering just one hit.

Orange tacked on a run in the 5th on Ben Daddio’s RBI single.  O’Connor came on the pitch the top of the 6th  for Orange to record the save.

He retired Berlin’s 3-4-5 hitters in order on just 11 pitches.  Leszczak pitched 5-innings, allowing just two hits and struck out six for the win.

Orange was crowned Section 1 Champion and earned a spot in the State Championship Series against Section 2 Champion, Tolland, in a best-of-three series.

2015 Connecticut Championship Series:

July 26, 2015 GAME 1:  Orange 5, Tolland 3

With rain possible, Orange manager, Keith Soldra, decided to push his ace, Sebastian Holt, back and gave Martin Zhang the start on the mound instead.  It was a risky move but it was a decision the manager felt comfortable making.  Zhang had thrown well in previous starts and deserved the opportunity.

After striking out the leadoff batter, it looked like the move was a good one.  However, the next batter doubled and advanced to third on a ground out to Sebastian Holt playing third base.  A single up the middle plated a run and Tolland led 1-0 after half an inning of play.

Orange was retired in order in the home half.  Zhang’s second inning of work did not get off to a good start.  The leadoff batter walked.  Tolland decided to play “small ball”. A sacrifice bunt moved the lead runner to second base.  The next Tolland batter also bunted.  Zhang fielded the ball in front of the mound and made an errant throw to first that went up the right field line.  One run scored.

The batter advanced to second base.  Tolland again bunted.  Holt fielded and fired to first to retire the batter.  The runner on second broke for third on the throw.  First baseman, AJ Soldra attempting to cut the runner down, threw the ball away.  The runner scored and Tolland was ahead 3-0.

After a single and a walk, Zhang was able to get a groundout to second baseman, Colby O’Connor to end the inning.  Orange was again retired in order in the home half of the 2nd inning.  Tolland’s pitcher was brilliant through two innings, keeping Orange’s potent offense at bay by pitching backwards. He was using his breaking ball early in the count to set up his fastball.  Orange was unable to hit anything hard halfway through the contest.

Zhang settled down over the next two frames, striking out three of the seven batters he faced.  Orange was finally able to get some offense going in the 3rd.  With one out, O’Connor singled.  Visnic followed with a double to plate O’Connor.  Soldra also singled, putting runners on first and third.  Jacob Crow’s fielder’s choice to short plated Visnic.  Orange cut Tolland’s lead to 3-2.

Both teams were held scoreless in the 4th inning.  Colby O’Connor came in to pitch for Orange in the 5th.  O’Connor retired Tolland in order.

With Tolland’s pitcher starting to tire, Orange pounced.  O’Connor’s walk and three singles by Visnic, Crow, and Holt plated three runs.  Orange jumped ahead 5-3.  The Orange manager, decided to roll the dice again.  Not wanting to burn O’Connor for Game 2 of the series, he brought in Sebastian Holt to pitch.  But, he would not push him past 20-pitches.

Holt was going to start Game 2.  Holt didn’t have his usual command of the strike zone.  He allowed a leadoff single to start the inning.  After two strikeouts, a catcher’s interference, and a walk, Tolland had the bases loaded.  With two out, Holt had reached his limit of pitches and Orange manager, Keith Soldra, had to make a move.  He called on shortstop, Drew Visnic.

Visnic had pitched sparingly in the Post Season, but he had something Tolland hadn’t seen all evening….A curveball.  With bases loaded, and the game on the line, Tolland’s #3 hitter stepped into the batter’s box.  Orange is a power-pitching team and Tolland had seen fastballs all evening.  Visnic’s first pitch a beautiful curveball for strike one.  Visnic’s next pitch, also a curveball, was weakly grounded back to the mound.  Visnic fielded and fired to first.

Game 1 was in the books.  Orange took a 1-0 series lead.

July 27, 2015 GAME 2: Orange 15, Tolland 4

Orange went down in order to start the 1st inning.  Orange ace, Sebastian Holt, followed suit setting Tolland down 1-2-3 in the bottom half.  Holt would lead off  the 2nd inning with a double for Orange.

Dylan Gherlone, playing right field, struck out before Christian D’Astous worked a walk.  D’Astous stole second without a throw, putting runners second and third.  Ben Daddio’s RBI ground out to second plated Holt and Orange was up 1-0.

Holt surrendered a double to Tolland in the home half, but two consecutive bunts back to the pitcher ended the threat.  Orange was set down in order in the 3rd.  Tolland was able to scratch a run across in the bottom half of the 3rd.  The first two batters were hit-by-pitch.  A passed ball moved the runners to second and third with no outs.  An RBI groundout to Daddio at third knotted the score at 1-1.

Holt regained command.  A one-out ground ball back to the mound, forced the lead runner to stay at third.  Now, with two out, Holt produced another groundout to third that ended the inning.  Orange’s offense would erupt in the 4th inning.  Crow singled.  Holt walked.  Gherlone doubled.  Charlie Windsor singled.  Daddio singled. Leszczak singled.  O’Connor walked.

Seven straight batters reached base and six runs scored, before Drew Visnic groundout out to first.  The last blow of the inning would come off the bat of AJ Soldra, who launched a 2-run bomb to centerfield.  The 8-run inning gave Orange a commanding, 9-1 lead after Holt set Tolland down in order to end the 4th inning.  Orange was able to load the bases in the visitor’s half of the 5th, but couldn’t push a run across.

Tolland wasn’t throwing in the towel just yet.  After sandwiching a walk between two strikeouts, Tolland was able to touch Holt for a single and a 3-run homerun to cut the Orange lead to 9-4 after five innings.  Orange, as they had done all post season, answered.

Holt lead off with a double.  Gherlone reached on an error.  D’Astous laced an RBI single up the middle with two strikes.  Daddio singled, but was cut down between first and second, for the first out of the inning. Leszczak and O’Connor both reached base.  Visnic singled and Soldra walked, before Crow drove a 2-run single to the fence.  Crow was cut down trying to stretch the single into a double, for the second out.

Holt, who started the rally was retired on a screaming line-drive back to the pitcher.  Holt would close the door on Tolland in the home 6th.  He struck out the first batter looking.  The second batter grounded out to Daddio at third.  The final out landed in the outstretched glove of center fielder, Owen Lesczak, as he approached the outfield fence.

The celebration was on.  Game over….Series over.

Orange wins Game 2.

Orange had completed the magical run.

Orange was the 2015 10-11 Connecticut State Champions.

Orange the 2015 10-11 Connecticut Champions

Apartment For Rent: Derby Avenue, Orange

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Aug 022015

Screen Shot 2015-08-02 at 10.10.36 AMIf you’re looking for a rental, you may like this 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom 1,200 sqft second floor apartment at 768 Derby Avenue.

Available now for 1 year lease @ $1,400 per month. Deposit & fees: $2,100

Must have a minimum credit score of 650.

No Pets.

Has hardwood flooring, in-unit laundry with a washer, Living room, Dining room, Master bath, Pantry, Solarium / Atrium, off-street parking. Range/oven, refrigerator included.

Contact Property Manager at 203-804-7208

The Tale Of The Traveling Cell Phone

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Aug 022015

Screen Shot 2015-08-02 at 9.36.24 AMIf there’s one thing that the Police Command Post at the Orange Firemen’s Carnival has after the day is done, it’s plenty of tales to tell.

All day long, harried carnival-goers of all ages rush up to the table with a million different dilemmas, most common are lost keys, cell phones, and wallets.

One mom asked if they had any tape so she could fix her brand new “selfie stick” that broke – and she had to use it to take pictures of her son. A CERT member handed her a roll of medical tape, and that did the trick.

The police were happy to return wallets to their rightful owners and pleased to know that all of the money was still inside.

A Gold and Ruby bracelet also was returned to its owner after the husband described it AND produced a photo of it on his cell phone.

This year’s Carnival Announcer Brian Smith reported “lost and found” items over the intercom throughout the day and often followed up with the Command Post to see if the items had been claimed or still needed another announcement.

Smith, the CERT members and Orange Police all shared the same favorite story on Saturday night, that was:”The Tale of the Traveling Cell Phone.”

Someone found a cell phone on the ground near one of the amusement rides and turned it in at the main raffle tent. Smith announced it, then when no one claimed it after a while, sent it over to the Command Post for proper handling and storage if needed.

The phone’s battery was dead, so the folks at the Post charged it. Once it could be turned on, Annie Davis from CERT gave it to Orange Police LT. Max Martins, who checked it out for a phone number that he could call in order to find the owner. “Mom” seemed like the best choice.

Martins told MOM that he had her son’s phone and that it was found at a carnival in Orange, CT.

She was flabbergasted, and explained that her son had lost it on a ride at a carnival in Massachusetts a week or two ago and never thought he’d see it again.

Martins took her name and address and told her he would send it to her.

Another job well done by our great police investigators, CERT and the honest person who turned it in.