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.

“Bubblemania” Is Coming to Town: The Most Fun You Will Have In 2017

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Jan 162017

Orange Community Women (OCW) invites you to see “Casey Carle’s BubbleMania” at High Plains Community Center, on Saturday, January 28 at 3 p.m. 

BubbleMania is a highly- acclaimed show combining the science of bubbles with theatrical showmanship and comedy.   Its website describes the show as an “extremely unique program combining high energy entertainment with artistic achievement.  

BubbleMania is loaded with visual comedy, quick wit, big band swing music and the untamed, often unbelievable qualities and beauty of spherical liquids.”  This will be a wonderful community event and lots of fun for all ages.

Hurry! Tickets are $5 in advance before Sunday, January 15 or $7 at the door.  Contact Michelle Bailey for tickets at fbailey1@optonline.net or any OCW member. 

Publicity Chairman Laura Griest said, “Orange Community Women is a chapter of Connecticut Junior Women, Inc.  We seek to unite the women of Orange and surrounding areas by participating in community service and providing enrichment, leadership and social interaction.  Our projects include awarding scholarships to Amity students, donating children’s books to the library, collecting for veterans, organizing activities for the Tracy Bunch (a group of special needs adults sponsored by Orange Community Services), visiting and working with the seniors at Silverbrook, donating holiday food baskets and gift cards to Orange Community Services and partnerships with Days for Girls, Manes and Motions Therapeutic Riding Center and Female Soldiers/Forgotten Heroes. Proceeds from this fundraiser support projects such as these.”

For more information on Orange Community Women, contact Donna Wesolowski, 203-799-3519.

Help Send The CT Crushers to Cooperstown

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Jan 162017

Cimg_67031hip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, will host a Breakfast For Dinner fundraiser for the CT Crushers Baseball Team.
The event will take place from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017.
For a $10 donation, you get two eggs, two buttermilk pancakes, two pieces of bacon or sausage and coffee or tea.
All proceeds will go to the Crushers for their highly anticipated trip to Cooperstown Dreams Park.
There are four seatings, 4:30-5:30 p.m.; 5:30-6:30 p.m.; 6:30-7:30 p.m.; and 7:30-8:30 p.m.
The cost for this once-in-a-lifetime experience is about $20,000 per team, and that’s just for the boys. Accompanying parents pay their own way for hotel, food, etc and the boys stay in the Cooperstown barracks.
If you need tickets, please leave a comment on our Facebook Page stating how many you would like and the preferred time slot and someone with tickets may be able to accommodate your request.
The Crushers would like to thank Dina and George from Chip’s in advance for their generosity.

Kindergarten Registration In The Town of Orange

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Jan 122017

If your child is turning five on or before January 1, 2018 it is time to register for kindergarten.

Register on the oess.org website by Friday, February 17.

Registration appointments/screening will take place in March.

Parents are asked to bring with them to the appointment a birth certificate, proof of residency, and medical/immunization records.

Obituary: Peter Anastasion, Beloved Husband, Father, Papou, Veteran

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Jan 082017

Peter Anastasion, born August 5, 1921 in New Haven, Connecticut was called to heaven Thursday, January 5, 2017 at Yale New Haven Hospital.

After serving his country proudly as a Corporal in the U.S. Army Air Force during WWII, Peter returned home to earn an Accounting Degree from the University of Connecticut. A devoted, lifetime member of Saint Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church, Peter received the Archdiocesan Medal of St. Paul, the highest honor bestowed to a layperson by the Greek Orthodox Archdioceses of America.

Peter was a well-known lover of classical music and a talented violinist for 40 years. Peter is predeceased by his parents Damianos and Carrie Anastasion, and his brother, William Anastasion.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Maria Pappas Anastasion, and their two loving children Carrie (Timothy) Simoulis and Damon (Jodi) Anastasion. He also served as a cherished Papou to his grandchildren Eleni and her fiancé Daniel, and Stephanie and her significant other Elliot, and a kind hearted Uncle to his many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate his life at Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church (480 Racebrook Rd, Orange, CT 06477). Calling hours will take place at the church between 4-8 p.m. on Sunday,January 8th.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, January 9th at 10 a.m., followed by interment in Beaverdale Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church Building or Endowment Funds. Arrangements in care of the Celentano Funeral Home, New Haven. www.celentanofuneralhome.com

Orange Live Is Currently Migrating To The New Server

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Jan 072017

As many of you know, this site was hacked “Big Time” on Friday.

We immediately jumped on fixing the problem.

Today, we began migrating this site over to a new server with a web host that promises to protect us from hackers, viruses, etc.

As of 6 p.m. the transfer was about 80% complete.

I can’t wait to see what the new site looks like and look forward to better performance in the future.

I’ve been updating the site’s status on our Facebook page all day and will continue to do so until Orange Live is up and running in its new home. 

Stay tuned and thank you for your patience.

Obituary: Thomas Miller, 60, Brother of Karl Miller

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Jan 052017

Thomas H. Miller, 60, a lifelong resident of Milford, died peacefully January 2, 2017 surrounded by his family. He was the son of Evelyn Miller and the late David H. Miller.

He is survived by his loving wife Elisa; sister Jeryl Horrocks and her husband Edward and brother David Miller and his wife Kathy, all of Milford. He is also survived by his brother Karl Miller and his wife Pamela of Orange; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Tom enjoyed life and had many passions. His greatest passion in life was flying. Tom’s love for flying began at an early age and grew into a successful career in aviation. He started his career as a pilot while working full-time as an attorney and joined what is now Gama Aviation in 1985, becoming Director of Operations in 1996. He also volunteered his time and skills as a helicopter pilot for Eagle One Rescue and assisted in many rescue operations, including Hurricane Katrina.

He also enjoyed volunteering as a train engineer at the Railroad Museum of New England. He had a passion for classic cars and motorcycles. Tom was a generous man who was always willing to help others. His smile and good sense of humor would brighten up a room.

Tom had many friends and will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. His passing has left a great void in our lives but he will always be in our hearts.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at St. Mary’s Church, 70 Gulf St, Milford CT. There will be no calling hours and a private burial will be held. Flowers are welcome, donations may be sent to Eagle One, PO Box 616, Southport, CT 06890-0616.

Middle School Students Give To Veterans

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Jan 052017

This holiday season Amity Middle School in Orange banded together to say “thank you” to veterans as part of the school’s character building program.  The students, staff, and families sent in various items that were put into stockings and delivered to the V.A. Hospital in West Haven.

Janine Arents, a seventh grade science teacher at Amity Middle School in Orange, has run this drive every year since its beginning in collaboration with the community group, SoHuNewHaven.org.

This year was the first year that Miss Arents and a dedicated group of Team X students collected, organized, filled, and delivered the stockings to the VA Hospital in West Haven right before Christmas.

This year was the most successful yet with the students, families, and staff of Amity Middle School in Orange donating more than 1,500 items that went into 50 stockings!  The outpouring of support from the school community was uplifting to all involved.

These stockings helped make many veterans’ holiday seasons better.  The stockings from Amity Middle School in Orange, combined with the stockings from SoHuNewHaven.org, resulted in over 358 stockings being filled with donations!

Miss Arents would like to thank the students, families, and staff at Amity Middle School in Orange, Lisa Siedlarz, Vittoria Fielosh, and the VA in West Haven for all of their generous support for this worthwhile community endeavor.

Recall Alert On Select Lots of Cat Food

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Jan 052017

The following recall alert comes from a press release published on the Pet MD website.

J.M. Smucker Company is voluntarily recalling select lots of its 9Lives, EverPet, and Special Kitty canned cat food due to possible low levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1).

According to a company release, “the affected products were distributed to a limited number of retail customers from December 20 through January 3, 2017.”

They include the following 9Lives, EverPet and Special Kitty canned cat food:

The issue was discovered by a company Quality Assurance team during review of production records at their manufacturing facility. As of yesterday, no illnesses related to this issue have been reported.

Cats fed diets low in thiamine for an extended period may be at risk for developing a thiamine deficiency. “Early signs of thiamine deficiency may include decreased appetite, salivation, vomiting, and weight loss,” according to the J.M. Smucker Company release. “In advanced cases, neurological signs can develop, which include ventroflexion (bending towards the floor) of the neck, wobbly walking, circling, falling, and seizures.”

Pet owners who have cans of recalled cat food are advised to stop feeding it to their cats immediately and contact their veterinarian immediately if their pet displays any of the symptoms mentioned above.

If you have any questions, call company representatives at 1-800-828-9980 Monday through Friday 9 am to 6 pm EST or via e-mail at consumer.relations@jmsmucker.com.

Girls’ Hockey: Blades Squeak By Notre Dame-Fairfield/Foran in Milford

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Jan 052017

The Blades Girls Ice Hockey Team (Amity/Cheshire/No. Branford) (6-2) took on the ND-Fairfield/Foran (3-5) in Milford Wednesday night for some fast action that led to a last minute win for our girls.

The game was tied and stagnant at 1-1 through the second period.

At 8:25 in the third period, the Blades broke the tie and the game was “on.” Less than two minutes later Notre Dame was lucky to get one past Blades Goalie Andrea DelVecchio and tied the game at 2-2.

Just as it appeared that the game would go into overtime, (I believe it was Tess Cesjka – Blades player from Amity) shot the game winning goal with just 20.1 seconds remaining.

Blades win 3-2.