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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.

Jun 222017
 

Screen shot 2013-06-13 at 2.17.31 PMSince launching Orange Live in May 2012, some residents, and politicians wondered how I would go about covering local, state, and national elections.

The answer is simple — fairly.

I will post information about candidates, issues, and events as they are submitted as long as it is not an attack piece on an opponent.

If there happens to be more information about one party than another, it is simply that one side has a better publicity person than the other.

Note: In a past state election, I got some grief from a reader who believed I was taking sides by running one candidate’s press releases and nothing from another candidate. This was because HER camp sent me press releases and HIS didn’t. I do not go out looking for political commentary.

I will not be endorsing local candidates on Orange Live but I will do profiles of the key candidates. I do not attend political fundraisers, simply because if I can make it to one, but am busy during the other party’s event I will be accused of choosing sides. I will though, accept a well-composed photo from these events and publish them.

If I request a candidate’s profile information or photograph, please send it to me as soon as possible to orangectlive01@gmail.com.

However, I will not run anything that resembles negative campaigning on Orange Live. Some may call that censorship — but I believe that candidates need to run on their own merits, and I plan to allow my readers to learn about the candidates without the mudslinging that will be found on many other news media outlets.

Orange Live readers know that I don’t allow comments on the website, but comments may be posted on our Facebook page. BUT If I notice people attacking or insulting others I will remove the negative comments, so, it’s simple, be kind. We DO have many young people who follow Orange Live and we will not be a party to exposing them to political negativity. Be civil. Praise your own candidate, but do not post anything ugly about their opponent on any Orange Live related pages.

Just as I do not step up to the voting table with you and help you fill in the circles on your ballot, I will let YOU decide who the best candidate is for YOU and your family.

I will go to the polls, take photos of  Democrats, Republicans, and Independent candidates and try to have an equal amount of photographs from both sides (After 20 years of covering Orange, I know that some people actually count images and judge) and finally, I will get the results up online ASAP.

… and that is my political coverage policy.

 

This policy has been in place for 5 years and will never change. 

Urgent Message: Help Needed Delivering Graduation Balloons

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Jun 112017
 

Amity-balloonsFI-300x187Please help! The Amity PTSO is in desperate need of drivers to deliver more than 4,000 balloons to graduates.

If you have time tomorrow, please come to Amity Regional High School. PTSO members will be here to provide bundles of balloons and addresses.

The task involves delivering the balloons to the addresses and tying the balloons to a graduate’s mailbox.

The bigger your car the better; so, if you have an SUV and a few hours available tomorrow Monday, June 12 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the ARHS cafe. Please lend a hand and help brighten the community.

Please consider signing up for a time. If you can only do an hour, that is fine.  Please include your e-mail address in the comment section of the doodle sign up.  We appreciate any time you can give to this event. Any questions can be directed to Kathy Sabitsky at  ksabitsky@gmail.com. Thank you for your support.

Note: I did this last year, and it was not a “chore” it felt good to help. You can take as many bundles as you’d like and when you are done you are DONE OR you can go back and get more. 

How Do I Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs?

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May 262017
 

 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 Memorial Day celebration or 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 a number 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.

It’s Time To Order Your Amity Grad Balloons

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May 212017
 

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Do you know a Graduating Amity Regional High School Senior? Make that senior smile by sending a “Congratulations Amity Grad” Balloon. 

The Amity High School P.T.S.O. is once again sponsoring “Operation Graduation 2017 Balloons” for Amity Seniors.  The balloons will be delivered and tied to the graduate’s mailbox before graduation over the course of 2 days June 10th and June 12th.

Let’s celebrate our graduating seniors and support Amity Regional High School.

Proceeds go to the Amity High School P.T.S.O., including the P.T.S.O. Scholarship Fund.

You now have two ways to order balloons.  You may order online or by using this order form. Orders are due June 5th.

If you have any spare time, please consider helping inflate and/or deliver balloons. It really is a lot of fun!

Make sure your sunroof is CLOSED!

PTSO NEEDS YOUR HELP: The PTSO is in need of  VOLUNTEERS to help inflate and deliver Amity Senior Graduation Balloons. We need an army to help make this event a great success. Operation Senior Balloons begins on Saturday, June 10th at 9:00 a.m -3:00 p,m. and Monday, June 12th 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the ARHS cafe. 

Please consider signing up for a time. If you can only do an hour, that is fine.  Please include your e-mail address in the comment section of the doodle sign up.  We appreciate any time you can give to this event. Any questions can be directed to Kathy Sabitsky at  ksabitsky@gmail.com. Thank you for your support.

A longtime volunteer said, “This is one of the most rewarding things I do every year. I meet new people and have so much fun. Sometimes I inflate the balloons, and sometimes I just load my car and deliver them.”

 

 

Open House: 3 Bedroom Home on Willard Road

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May 142017
 

9f147a772df8483-n10177247Straight out of a magazine! Better than new, 2016 custom renovation to this 3 bedroom, 2 full baths, 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 fingerprint 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 includes 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 Today, May 14, 1-3 p.m. at 1036 Willard Road, Orange.

Tell the agent you saw this on Orangectlive.com.

Annual Community Tag Sale on The Green May 13

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May 052017
 

Church-aerial-viewThe Orange Congregational Church Pilgrim Fellowship Youth Groups will sponsor the Annual Community Tag Sale on the Orange Town Green, Orange Center Road, Saturday, May 13, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Space can be rented for $20 (with a table provided — $25) by calling the church office at 203-795-9749.

Coffee and donuts will be on sale by the Youth Group, as well as, hot dogs and soda.

If it rains, the Tag Sale will take place on May 20.

vendors were setting up their tents this morning.

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.

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.