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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.

Lions Invite You To Have Breakfast For Dinner May 9

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Apr 302017
 

pancake-with-syrup_zoinkThe Orange Lions Club will host Breakfast For Dinner at Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, Orange on Tuesday, May 9.

For just $10 per person, you will receive 2 pancakes, 2 eggs, bacon, and coffee or tea.

Seating times are 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 7 p.m.

Call 203-795-4867 for tickets.

All proceeds benefit the Lions projects to improve the local community.

Breakfast for dinner…what can be better?

Just Lovely, 6 Bedroom, 3,491 Sq. Ft. Home (With In Law Apartment)

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Apr 212017
 

792d6632E34f4f8-N10152666Exceptional opportunity to own an outstanding 6 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom home at 471 Orange Center Road, Orange. Available for $424,900 (reduced price).
Come to the open house on Sunday, April 23 from 12-4 p.m.
Beautifully updated, immaculate condition and tastefully decorated.
Five bedrooms on the main level, Master suite with Jacuzzi tub and balcony; Large eat-in kitchen with stainless steel appliances. Private office with separate entrance. Large formal living room with fireplace and formal dining room.
Open stairway to welcoming full basement with walk out family room, sauna room, full bathroom, two car garage and storage galore.
Second floor offers rare legal apartment with living room, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom and two stairways. This unit can easily be rented as extra income or great space for in-laws or extended family. Additional walk-up attic offers future expansion possibilities.
Two decks overlook park like setting with 27 foot above ground pool with a third deck. Two central air units, architectural roof installed 2013.

How Do I Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs?

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Apr 132017
 

 hard-boiled-eggsI learned how to make hard boiled eggs from my mom who had to make enough every year to satisfy her three kids’ creative desires at Easter time, for deviled eggs and to put into the potato salad for the Fourth of July picnic.

You need to hard boil the eggs to the perfect texture so they don’t crack while they are boiling and are easy to peel when you are ready to eat them.

My granddaughter loves these!

Let’s get started:

Put your eggs in a single layer in a large saucepan, and cover them with an inch or two of cold water. Starting with cold water and gently bringing the eggs to a boil will help keep them from cracking. Add a tablespoon of vinegar and a half teaspoon of salt to the water. Put the burner on high and bring the eggs to a boil. As soon as the water starts to boil, remove the pan from the heat for a few seconds.

Turn the head down to low and return the pan to the burner. Let simmer for one minute.

After a minute, remove the pan from the heat, cover, and let sit for 12 minutes.

Depending on the amount of eggs you’ve made, you can check one egg to see how it’s done. Remove from the pan, run under cold water and peel if it’s to your liking, rinse the other eggs under cold water, let them sit in the cold water for a while, then remove them and let them dry any way you prefer, on paper towels on a cake rack (whatever). When they are dry and cool you can get to work coloring them.

Store in the refrigerator in a ziplock bag or covered bowl to keep the egg smell from your fridge.

Open House: 3 Bedroom Home on Willard Road

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Mar 262017
 

9f147a772df8483-n10177247Straight out of a magazine! Better than new, 2016 custom renovation to this 3 bedroom, 2 full bath, 1,307 Sq. Ft. Ranch with a lovely front porch.
One level living at it’s best. Brand new oversized 2 car garage and new asphalt driveway, newer septic and city water.
The sunny open floor plan is accented by gleaming Bamboo hardwood floors and features a casual living room, dining room and den.
A fabulous custom kitchen with granite counter tops, which will be a cooks delight! White cabinetry, center island, glass tile backsplash and brand new stainless steel finger print safe appliances.
Three main level bedrooms include an impressive Master bedroom with a walk in closet, master bath with custom tile shower with glass door and double sinks. Main level laundry.
New mechanicals include electric, plumbing and high efficiency propane furnace and water heater. Newer roof on house and brand new roof on garage. Pristine move in condition. Offered for $359,999 (reduced).
Tastefully landscaped yard with seasonal plantings. Convenient to Route 34, Merritt Parkway and I-95. Truly an outstanding home.

Open House Sunday, March 26, 1-3 p.m. at 1036 Willard Road, Orange.

Daylight Savings Time Begins on Sunday, March 12

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Mar 112017
 

thDaylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 12. That means it’s time to Spring Ahead one hour.

Tonight, don’t forget to set your clocks (TV, Stove, Microwave, Car, etc) forward one hour before you go to bed.  Also, don’t forget to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and Carbon Monoxide detectors.

So, you lose an hour’s sleep, and that may throw you off for a day or two. BUT, the sun will rise at 7:07 a.m. and set at 6:56 p.m. on Sunday and it is supposed to be a nice day with temperatures near 60.

Welcome DST!

Did you know?: The Energy Policy Act of 2005 extended Daylight Saving Time in the U.S. beginning in 2007, though Congress retained the right to revert to the 1986 law should the change prove unpopular or if energy savings are not significant. Going from 2007 forward, Daylight Saving Time in the U.S.

  • begins at 2:00 a.m. on the second Sunday of March and
  • ends at 2:00 a.m. on the first Sunday of November

 

Friday Is The Deadline For Kindergarten Registration

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Feb 162017
 

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.

Need To Know: Proper Shoveling Technique

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Feb 092017
 

Screen Shot 2015-01-26 at 3.33.59 PMSoon you will be heading outside to start tackling the snow if you haven’t already.

Most of us will feel the pain of shoveling 1, 2 or 3- feet of heavy white stuff, mainly because we don’t use the proper technique.

Here is what you should know:

• Feet should be kept wide apart. Weight should be placed on the front foot close to the shovel. Use your leg to push the shovel straight ahead.

• Shift weight to your rear foot with the load of snow close to your body. Lift the load with the power of your legs and arms.

• Shift your body in the direction of the snow instead of twisting your waist.

Proper technique

Proper technique

Improper shoveling technique

Improper shoveling technique

Don’t Forget, “Bubblemania” Is Coming To Town On Saturday

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Jan 272017
 

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.

Tickets are $7 at the door.  

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.

Welcome To La Famiglia Vincenzo, Your New Favorite Restaurant

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Jan 232017
 

Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 1.27.29 PMWhen Orange resident Carol Gloria opened her restaurant La Famiglia Vincenzo at 1573 Boston Post Road, Milford, (across from PC Richard), in 2015, she wanted to offer guests a place to enjoy a quality meal at an affordable price, in a family friendly setting.

La Famiglia Vincenzo features daily specials sure to attract anyone looking for a new favorite hang out.

On some days Gloria welcomes guest bartenders. Any man or woman (of legal age) with the desire and talent is invited to take his or her place behind the bar and share a signature drink. A photo of the guest bartender will be displayed on the wall of the bar too. If you are interested in this opportunity, call Rob (the House Bartender), at 203-951-0585.

The specials are well-received, reasonably priced and surely worth a visit.

Sunday — Brunch 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. $19.99

Monday — 1/2 prices bottles of wine and $8 pizza

Wednesday — $6 Martinis and $6 Meatballs

Thursday — beginning at 5 p.m. Prime Rib Dinner $19.99

Monday – Friday — Happy Hour 3 – 6:30 p.m. reduced drink and appetizer specials

La Famiglia also hosts private parties and special events.

If you’re looking for a nice place to have a birthday party, bridal or baby shower, retirement; graduation; engagement; or office party or have a sports team even, call 203-951-0585 for information on reserving the private room or dining room for your event.

Once you’ve tried La Famiglia Vincenzo, you will sure to come back. The food is delicious and the staff is knowledgable, attentive (without hovering) and absolutely delightful.

A very special event at La Famiglia

A very special event at La Famiglia

Originally published on July 27 @ 6:39 pm

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.