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.

Apr 262015

Officer Mary Bernegger and K-9 Trant

Officer Mary Bernegger and K-9 Trant

The Orange Police Department offered a Citizen’s Academy this Spring to interested area residents.

On Wednesday, April 15, 2015, Officer Mary Bernegger and K-9 Trent made a presentation to the group. Officer Bernegger demonstrated Trent’s ability to locate drugs by scent.

Trent is a Labrador Retriever trained and certified to sniff out marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, crack cocaine, hashish, synthetic marijuana (Spice/bath salts), steroids, MDMA (Ecstasy/Molly), and opiates (heroin).

Officer Bernegger first demonstrated a ‘people search’ using students from the class. Selectwoman Judy Williams volunteered to hold the test drugs while Trent searched all the students by scent.

Trent alerted to the drug location by sitting nearby. Officer Bernegger confirmed the find, then rewarded Trent for his effort. The ‘lineup of suspects’ was shuffled, and Trent located the drugs again.

Trent then demonstrated a more open search by finding test drugs that had been hidden inside a wall cabinet. He alerted to the drugs, and was again rewarded for his efforts.

From his first day just under a year ago to date, Trent has already located over thirty pounds of drugs, all of which were seized by officers and taken off of the streets.




Apr 262015

Screen Shot 2015-04-26 at 10.18.14 PMOn Tuesday, May 5th Cellini Design Jewelers, 464 Boston Post Road, Orange, will be hosting an epic Cinco de Mayo celebration, from 3 – 6 p.m., and everyone is invited. Join them for some amazing prizes, festive music, and traditional refreshments.

Stop in and see all the latest in spring jewelry fashion, including the new JLo line of Endless Jewelry. Entries may be purchased at the event for $5 for your chance to win one of FIVE Endless bracelets, worth $100 each. All entry fees collected and 5% of all sales that day will be donated to the Orange CT Lions Club Charities.

In addition, Jesper Nielsen, founder and CEO of Endless Jewelry will be present. Together they will be honoring one special lady from the community with the Endless Spirit Award! This special recognition will be awarded to one woman in the Orange community who deserves to be recognized, but is often left out of the spotlight.

If you would like to nominate someone, like the Cellini Facebook page, share the Cinco de Mayo post and tag your nominee along with a brief description of why they deserve this award. The winner will be selected on Friday, May 1st and be presented with her award at the event.


Apr 262015

Womens Leadership Network - Orange ChamberThe Orange Chamber of Commerce will host its 7th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference at Race Brook Country Club, 246 Derby Ave., Wednesday, April 29 beginning at 7:30 a.m.

Three inspiring women will tell how they successfully balance the hats they wear and share the tools they have implemented to achieve their professional and personal life balance.

You also will learn useful techniques to help you balance the many hats you wear to maintain a healthy work/life balance.

Cost: $30 per person.

Click HERE to register.


Apr 262015

political-symbols-democrat-republican-oEven though I do my best to keep Orange Live all about Orange, I will, on occasion offer Zoo News or a tidbit from the tri towns only if I know it has mass appeal. Amity High School is a given, Orange residents attend the school and athletes like Katie Koshes and Kyle Beaudette are on the Spartans rosters.

In another week the town of Woodbridge will have its municipal election and the Orange Live readers who live in that town can tell you that their campaign season (at least for one party) has been a nasty one. Residents said they were turned off by blatant lies printed on mailers and other desperate underhanded political techniques that had been applied over the past few months.

For that town’s sake, I hope that residents can see through the smoke screen and do what is best for their community.

That said, even though no one has announced their candidacy for office in Orange, the “silly season” it seems, already has begun.

Troubling whispers and allegations against one potential candidate have begun as one party prepares to “destroy” their opponent.

In the coming months, I predict you will read and hear a lot of nastiness as one political party works on sweeping the Orange municipal election.

To All Parties, Republicans, Democrats, and Independents — Remember the Orange Live political policy [this version was published Aug 18, 2014]— “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.”

Candidates, you should run on your own merits, say what YOU can do for the town of Orange and highlight the positive things that you have done that make you the best person for the job.

In advance of the first installment of the 2015 smear campaign, I ask Orange residents to keep an open mind, see through the smoke screen and do what is best for your community on election day.

Orange Live will not respond to any stories published in other newspapers or tabloids, but, if you have concerns about something you’ve heard or read somewhere else, send an e-mail to [email protected]  and I will be more than willing to bring you the other side of the story and clarify what may have been left hiding behind the curtain.



Apr 262015

military-emblems-300x195On Friday, May 1, the Orange Senior Center/Community Services will honor the men and women of Orange who have served our country.

The extensive program, beginning at 2 p.m. will include a scrolling frame picturing living town veterans, and will honor the 6 different branches of service.

Registration forms are available through Orange Community Services.

This Wall of Honor will be forever a part of our mission and values and will serve as a daily reminder as to the Service, Sacrifice and Honor of our Veterans.

Call (203) 891-4784 for more information.

Apr 262015

lee712f45-m0oSpectacular, contemporary William Mack-designed home sited on a large, private, sylvan lot. See it at 344 West River Road, Orange, Sunday, April 26 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Sunny, spacious, open main level in the shape of an 8-angled half-circle with beamed ceiling. Living area and dining area separated by a stone chimney with fireplaces on both sides. Wraparound deck for lots of light. Renovated galley kitchen is a cook’s delight. Huge office/library in the lower level with natural light and exterior door.

Energy efficient structure and mechanicals, multi-zoned. Loads of closet space throughout, 3-bay garage under the house, additional 3 bays and workshop in a detached building. Could be purchased with adjacent .95 acre lot.

Has Central Air. Comes with dishwasher, washer, dryer, oven/range, refrigerator.

Sewage System: Septic


Offered by Betsy Grauer Realty, Inc for $699,500.

Agent Katherine Bennett

MLS N10037155

Apr 262015

Screen Shot 2015-04-14 at 3.29.36 PMThe annual Town of Orange Memorial Day Ceremonies and Parade will take place on Sunday, May 24, 2015. 

Kevin Gilbert once again will serve as Parade Organizer. 

Parade ceremonies will commence promptly at 10:30 a.m. at the Orange Fairgrounds at the gazebo.  The parade will step off immediately following the ceremony down Orange Center Road past the reviewing stand with services following at the Orange Center Cemetery.

The Parade Committee encourages any groups wishing to participate to contact Karen Goldberg at the Orange Town Hall at 203-891-4738 or Kevin Gilbert at 203-795-2417 or 203-795-4647.  Applications for participation in the parade are available in the Orange Town Hall – First Selectman’s Office or on the town’s website at www.orange-ct.gov.  

The Committee anticipates many marching bands and floats.

The Committee invites the public to join in honoring our nation’s veterans.

In the event of rain, exercises will be moved to the High Plains Community Center Auditorium.

Originally Published on: Apr 22, 2015 @ 9:33

Apr 262015

Screen Shot 2015-04-26 at 9.47.05 AMMildred Carmela Sileo Donohue, 91, of Hamden, passed away peacefully April 23, 2015 at the Whitney Center. She was the devoted wife of 60 years of the late John J. Donohue Jr.

She was born July 11, 1923 in Brooklyn, NY, to the late Joseph E. and Josephine (Albano) Sileo Sr. She received her B.A. from Queens College in 1944. She met her future husband, John Joseph Donohue Jr., at Teacher’s College, Columbia University, where they both earned master’s degrees. She worked for AT&T during the war years until 1951.

In the 1960’s, Mildred went back to school, received her master of library science from Southern Connecticut State University, and became a school media specialist in the Orange School System. She assisted her husband in his work in the Democratic Party and the Caucus of Connecticut Democrats to promote social justice and good government. Mildred also did considerable volunteer work in Orange, at the Orange Teachers League (president); at the Mary L. Tracy School (library volunteer); the Orange Scholarship Committee; and the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary (president, secretary, and Girls State).

Bear Springs Camp in Rome, Maine, was the family’s summer retreat for many years. Mildred and John traveled to Ireland, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Argentina, Canada, Scandinavia, and of course within the US. In 2004, she and John moved from Orange to the Whitney Center in Hamden, where she was active in the Library Committee, Lecture Committee, and Residents’ Council.

She spent her last few months in the Whitney Center’s Health Center, where doctors, nurses and aides gave expert and loving care. Mildred will be truly missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her children, Jeanne D. Miner and her husband Bruce of Wethersfield; John J. Donohue III and his wife Maureen of Stanford, CA; her six grandchildren: Julia C. Perez of Milford and husband Will; Kevin B. Miner and wife Nicole of the Bronx, NY; Alison K. Miner of Newington; Lauren E. Donohue of Redwood City, CA; and Aidan and Patrick Donohue of Stanford, CA; and three great-grandchildren: Anthony, Adrianna, and Joey. She is also survived by her sister, Marie Calamari and husband Joseph of Garden City, NY; and her beloved nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her brothers, Joseph E. Sileo Jr. and Robert Sileo, who died in infancy, and her cousin, Michael G. (Eddy) Sileo, who was raised as a brother.

Friends and family may call on Sunday, April 26th from 5-8 p.m. at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, April 27th at 10 a.m. at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Road, Orange, (MEET DIRECTLY AT CHURCH). Burial will follow at Orange Center Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Mildred’s name to Save The Children, 501 Kings Highway E, Fairfield, CT, 06880.

To leave online condolences, visit www.codywhitefuneralhome.com.

Apr 262015

thCongregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road will host its Adult Education Movie Of the Month (today) Sunday, April 26 at 2 p.m.
“Nora’s Will” is a heart-warming, humorous, award-winning  film.
When Joseph’s ex-wife Nora passes away before Passover, Joseph gradually realizes that he is part of Nora’s plan to bring her estranged family together, posthumously, for a Passover Seder. This, in turn, leads him to re-discover their undying friendship.
(1 hour 32 minutes; Mexican film with subtitles)
Nora’s Will” will be followed by a brief discussion led by Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus


Apr 262015

chips biz card adThe fourth annual Pancakes for Parkinson’s fundraising supper will take place at Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, on Tuesday, April 28, with four seatings for dinners: 4:30, 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Supper includes two pancakes, two eggs, bacon or sausage, and coffee or tea, all for $12.

Tickets may be pre-ordered or purchased at the door.

Proceeds will benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research to help find a cure for the millions suffering from Parkinson’s Disease. Chip’s is donating all the food for the meal.

Raffle tickets will be sold for prizes including an Ipad, gourmet baskets, wine and more.

Checks for tickets, sponsorships and donations should be made out to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, and sent to Team Fox/Jody Culmone, 65 Peck Hill Road, Woodbridge Ct 06525. For more information call 203-387-4182 or e-mail [email protected].

Originally Published on: Apr 19, 2015 @ 19:45