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.

Sep 152014

Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 2.07.05 PMJason Moon and Nuvita Frozen Yogurt & Cafe, 35 Old Tavern Road, will host a live music event featuring SIX2MIDNIGHT, Thursday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m.

Jason will donate 10% of all proceeds from the evening to the BOW Relay For Life.

Today, in celebration of Autumn, Jason has brought back Pumpkin flavored yogurt — a seasonal favorite.

While you’re there, try one of Jason’s special Yospresso treats, a combination of NuVita’s famous yougurt drizzled with freshly brewed espresso. You won’t believe how good it is.

NuVita Yospresso

NuVita Yospresso


Sep 152014

SOLD SIGNTown Clerk Patrick O’Sullivan released this most recent list of property transfers in the town of Orange.

• 831 College Street, $190,000, John Greenspun to Daniel Fitzmaurice, filed at town hall on Sept. 2.

• 564 Lamplight Lane, $620,000, Jennifer Polla to Fengnian Xia, filed on Sept. 2.

• 42 Skyview Road, $920,000, Roger Elias to Abisola Afolalu, filed on Sept. 8.

• 344 Fairlea Road, $250,000, Dennis Mendillo to Linda Loschiavo, filed on Sept. 8.

• 302 Goose Lane, $585,953, Sunrise Hill Estates LLC to Sharon S. Melmed TR, filed on Sept. 10.

• 433 Derby Ave, $165,000, Jesenia Knipping to Che R Tiernan, filed on Sept. 11.

Sep 152014

The Orange Town Pool has 8 new starting blocks

The Orange Town Pool has 8 new starting blocks

On Thursday evening eight new Olympic-grade starting blocks were dedicated at the community pool at High Plains Community Center in Orange.

The pool is home to the Amity High School Boys and Girls Swim and Diving Teams, and the Amity Regional Aquatic Club (ARAC) and the Orange community.

The new blocks replace old, rusty 30-year old blocks that the swimmers jump off during their meets. The new bright yellow blocks are equipped with fins and handlebars and the soft, non-slip surface is made of a rubber-like foam.

Amity High School shared the $32,000 cost with the town of Orange.

Tricia Lasto, president of the ARAC swim club, which uses the pool to train said  ARAC plans to host a USS swim meet in November, which will truly put Orange on the map.

Present at the dedication event were First Selectman Jim Zeoli, Amity Supt. Charles Dumais, Amity Swim Coach Todd Rainey and Lasto.

Sep 152014

library booksThe Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, offers the following events this week:

Oscar Film: Before Midnight

Monday, September 15 at 7 PM

Wednesday, September 17 at 1 PM (with subtitles)

We meet Celine and Jesse nine years after their last rendezvous. Almost two decades have passed since their first encounter on a train bound for Vienna, and we now find them in their early forties in Greece. Before the clock strikes midnight, we will again become part of their story. R. 109 minutes.

Books & Breakfast Morning Book Discussion Group

Tuesday, September 16 at 10 AM

In The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson, three young people set out from the American South during different decades of the 20th century en route to the North and West in search of what the novelist Richard Wright called “the warmth of other suns.” Discussion led by Carol Davidson. Check for copies at the Circulation Desk. Refreshments will be served.


Drop-In Tech Help

Thursday, September 18, 2:30-3:30 PM

Get the answers to your technology questions in this informal, drop-in session. Our experts can help you with your questions about downloading e-books & audiobooks; using your device or laptop; Microsoft Office applications; using the Internet; basic computing, and more. Help is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register in person or by telephone at 203-891-2170.

Sep 152014

Police Headquarters

Police Headquarters

On Sept. 8 at 2:45 p.m., Orange police officers responded to the New Haven courthouse where Rachel Tobias, 19, of 499 Ferry St, New Haven, was being held on an unrelated matter.

Tobias was wanted on a warrant stemming from a June 2014 incident in which she was accused of taking $70.95 worth of cash and clothing from her former employer, the Savers store at 130 Boston Post Road in Orange.

Officers brought her to Orange Police Headquarters, where they served the warrant charging sixth-degree larceny.

Tobias was released on a promise to appear in court on Sept. 22.

Sep 152014

Deer Hunting Season Begins Nov. 20.

Deer Hunting Season Begins Nov. 20.

Hikers beware, deer hunting season begins today. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Website has the full schedule of the deer hunting season for all methods (bow hunting, shotguns, rifles and muzzle loaders) available for review.

• If you are a hiker, you must be sure to make yourself visible in the woods. Invest in something blaze orange that will clearly identify you as a human. And if your hiking companion is a canine, be sure to dress him/her in a bright orange vest as well.

• Experts say “Do not wear white during hunting season.” A quick flash of white in a wooded area could be mistaken for a deer’s tail. Don’t wear earth tones so you don’t blend in.

• Always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.

• Be fully aware of what animals hunters are looking for: deer, turkey, etc. and know where they are most likely to be.

• Carry a flashlight, just in case you are stuck inside the woods after dark. This will be useful in a variety of ways

• Make a lot of noise, carry a whistle. If you hear shooting near you, call out to alert hunters that there are humans in the woods.

Sep 152014

SwimmingThe Amity Girls Swim Team continued to perform beautifully in their meet against Lyman Hall at the Sheehan pool on Sept. 12. 

Amity’s winning events:

200 yard Medley Relay: A-2:00.25 Mollee Lasto,  Hannah Flaherty, Maggie Lasto, Megan Lasto

200 yard Freestyle: A- 2:01.51 Madeline Snow

200 yard Individual Medley: A- 2:20.56 Megan Lasto

50 yard Freestyle: A-25.30 Dana Chung

100 yard Butterfly: A-1:04.94 Maggie Lasto

100 yard Freestyle: A- 54.98 Dana Chung

500 yard Freestyle: A- 5:48.47 Kate Alvarado

200 yard Freestyle Relay: A- 1:49.97 Dana Chung, Katie Jensen, Hannah Babbitz, Maggie Lasto

Lyman’s winning events:

100 yard Backstroke: LH- 1:13.65 Isabel Donnelly

100 yard Breaststroke: LH- 1:38.36 Camille Henry

400 yard Freestyle Relay: LH- 4:23.60 Amber Albe, Holliane Lao, Mikayla Wollen, Nicole Cislo

Diving: LH- 185.25 Kiersty Neeman

Records: Amity 2-0; Lyman Hall 0-2

Sep 142014

Amity HIgh SchoolNewsweek has released its 2014 America’s High Schools List that “highlights schools that do the absolute best job of preparing students for college.”

The list ranks the top 500 high schools on performance, i.e. student’s college readiness, how many students are college bound, the graduation rate and percentage of poverty level students.

Amity High School came in first in CT and ranked 112 overall from the 500 schools across the nation. 

Amity’s scores: College readiness 92.74

                             College bound      79.2%

                             Graduation rate   60.76%

                             Poverty level students 4.41%

Click HERE to see how the magazine came up with its results.

Sep 142014

Police Blotter Logo thx DaveOfficers were dispatched to Best Buy, 53 Boston Post Road, at 8:51 p.m. on Sept. 6, regarding an attempted fraudulent purchase.

Investigation revealed that someone had attempted to make a purchase of a television valued at $3,199.99 over the phone, but the purchase did not go through because the credit card information provided was not legitimate.

A short time later, Christina Ryan, 36, of 69-75 Daggett St, New Haven, arrived at the store and attempted to pick up the television.

She was subsequently taken into custody and charged with attempted third-degree larceny and illegal use of a credit card.

Ryan was released on a promise to appear in court Sept. 22.

Sep 142014

581585725Check out this Open House  at 357 Peck Lane on Sunday Sept. 14, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Recently reduced by $20,000, this charming 4 bedroom cape priced to sell at $309,000.

Spacious 2,268 square feet of living space boasts a huge living room with a stone fireplace and bay window.

Newer kitchen with windowed breakfast area.

Main level family room, gorgeous hardwood floors through out.

Large bedrooms with a full shed dormer.

Deck overlooks a private wooded lot.