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.

Don’t Forget, You LOSE 1 Hour Of Sleep … Prepare To Be Exhausted

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Mar 102018

Mi Sun says, "Don't forget to change your clocks."

Mi Sun says, “Don’t forget to change your clocks.”

Daylight Savings Time, Farmers Hours, Waking up earlier in the morning than what our bodies have become accustomed to.

A time when depression rates are statistically higher and on the other side of the spectrum: it’s the time when people reacquaint themselves with Mother Nature, start exercising and feel better about themselves.

Daylight Savings Time (DST) begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 11.

Don’t know what you’re supposed to do? Remember this simple rule — Spring Forward; Fall Behind — So before you go to bed set your clocks ahead by 1 hour, (DVD players, Microwaves, cars, etc.) which means you get 1 hour less sleep in the morning if you are on a schedule.

This is one of two times of the year that the Fire Marshal reminds everyone to change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

A Little Background

It was 52 years ago that Congress established the Uniform Time Act of 1966 that stated DST would begin on the last Sunday of April and end on the last Sunday of October. However, states still had the ability to be exempt from DST by passing a local ordinance.

In 1973 DST saved the equivalent in energy of 10,000 barrels of oil each day, but DST still proved to be controversial. Many complained that the dark winter mornings endangered the lives of children going to school.

The DST schedule in the US was revised several times throughout the years.

The current schedule began in 2007 and follows the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which extended the period by about one month where DST starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November.

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

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Jan 182018

Orange Community Women (OCW) invites you to see “Casey Carle’s BubbleMania” at High Plains Community Center, on Saturday, January 20 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: 20-foot bubble serpents; bubbles that bounce, dance and shimmy; jaw-dropping fog filled bubble sculptures; gravity-defying blobs of bubble foam; bubble spaceship; crystal ball; soap bubble ping-pong and more! This will be a wonderful community event and lots of fun for all ages.

This show is sponsored by the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation.

Tickets are $7 at the door – under 1 free.

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.

Looking For A Condo In The Area? This May Be It!

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Nov 032017

Orange resident, Realtor Denise Mirto is handling this listing at 52 Greenview Lane, #52, Milford.

Recently reduced by $5,000, this 887 sqft 1 bed, 1 bathroom condo with splendid views of the Housatonic River and ready for immediate occupancy is available for $159,000.

New kitchen cabinets and floor. New carpeting and the unit is all freshly painted.

Features include A/C, furnace, and hot water heater all 2 years old. It has a large utility closet in the kitchen and a small deck by front entry to sit and enjoy the views.

This unit is one flight up.

Call Denise at 203-701-4848 or e-mail denisemirto@gmail.com

Fall Basketball Clinics With The Lady Spartans Begin Tonight, Register At The Door

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Oct 052017

IMG_5305The Junior and Senior Amity Spartans Girls Basketball players will join their coach Michelle Shoop for their popular Fall Basketball Clinics for 6 sessions in October and November.

The program offers developmental skills for players in second to eighth grades, including:

Drills — Skills that, if practiced regularly will elevate your game to a higher level.

Shooting Sessions — Players can work exclusively on their shooting skills.

Competitions — Players will build the basketball skills required for success at any level.

One-On-One Time with current Amity High School Players.

Games — Each clinic will end with gameplay to practice what you have learned.

The clinics are scheduled for Thurs. Oct 5, Weds. Oct 11, Thur. Oct 19, Weds. Oct 25, Wed. Nov 1, and Weds. Nov 8. All sessions will take place at Amity High School, in the Paul Mengold Gymnasium from 6 to 8 p.m.

Pre-registration is $90 for all 6 sessions or $15 per session.

Registration at the door is $102 for all 6 sessions or $17 per session.

Make checks payable to Amity Girls’ Basketball:

Mail Clinic Registration Form to Elise Laugeni, 13 Brightwood Drive, Woodbridge, Ct 06525 or drop off with Coach Shoop at Amity High School

This is the Lady Spartans’ top fundraiser of the year.

For information, e-mail amitygirlsball@gmail.com


Attention Students: Orange Arts & Culture Council Sponsoring “Picture This Photo Contest”

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Oct 022017

The Orange Arts & Culture Council is sponsoring a photo contest for students in grades four through twelve.  The annual “Picture This” photo contest is open to Orange residents.

Deadline for entries is October 30.

The photos should represent people, places or things in Orange or subjects of interest to the photographer. The prints must be 8 X 10 inches in size and unframed. The photo can be color or black and white.

Students entering the contest should include a short description of the photos (they can enter more than one picture) and include their name, address, and phone number, school and grade level on the back of the photo.

Photographers are encouraged to experiment with a variety of shots. Try taking pictures of flowers, your pets, an interesting scene or a farm animal. The possibilities are endless.

Prizes will be awarded in three age categories: grades four through six, grades seven and eight and grades nine through twelve.  First place winner will be awarded $25, second place $15 and honorable mention $10. All winning photos will be displayed.

Those entering the contest should mail their entries to: OACC, P.O. Box 1037, Orange, CT 06477. All submitted photos become the property of OACC and will not be returned.

For more information about the contest contact Liz Gesler at 203-95-5133 or Judy Primavera at 203-795-1133.

Unwrapping The Purple Firetrucks For Chloe

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Sep 222017

On August 12, 2016, the tri-town Amity volunteer fire departments came together to show off their newly wrapped purple Courage For Chloe fire trucks in honor of baby Chloe Clemmens, a sweet baby girl whose smile never faded even though she was battling Neuroblastoma.

Little Chloe continues to beat cancer, and now it’s time to celebrate!

According to the WVFD Facebook page, the Bethany, Orange and Woodbridge volunteer fire departments will unwrap their purple Courage for Chloe trucks to celebrate Chloe’s cancer being in remission for 9 months on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Woodbridge Firehouse, 100 Center Rd, Woodbridge, from 1-4 p.m.

Refreshments, hot dogs, and hamburgers will be served.

The event is free and open to the public.

Sep 222017

It’s Friday, Sept. 22, the first day of Fall, and it is a very busy day for Amity Varsity sports teams.

Here’s today’s schedule:

V Boys Soccer v. Sheehan
Home – Amity High School – Field # 3
3:45 p.m.

V Girls Soccer v. Jonathan Law
Away – Lawmen Stadium
3:45 p.m.

V Girls Volleyball v. Cheshire
Away – Cheshire High – West Gym
6:30 p.m.

V Football v. Hillhouse
Away – Bowen Field
7:00 p.m.

V Girls Swimming and Diving v. Mercy
Home – Orange Community Center Pool
7:20 p.m.

GOP Announces Campaign Headquarters Opening Date

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Sep 212017

The Orange Republican Town Committee will host its campaign headquarters grand opening on Wednesday, October 4th at 7:00 p.m.

The headquarters is located at 185 Boston Post Road in Orange at Hitchcock Plaza.

Come meet Jim Zeoli and our “Z” team candidates and join them for some finger foods and beverages.  This is your chance to ask questions, get answers and see where our candidates stand. All are welcome to attend. We look forward to seeing you!

This is your chance to ask questions, get answers and see where our candidates stand. All are welcome to attend. We look forward to seeing you!

“All are welcome to attend,” said ORTC Chairman Nancy Nastri. “We look forward to seeing you!”

Orange Police: Wanted Person, Reward Offered

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Sep 212017

The Orange Police Department holds a warrant for the arrest of Vincent Jones, dob March 28, 1968, who is wanted in connection with the robbery of the Webster Bank branch on Racebrook Road in Orange on July 31, 2017.

Jones is known to frequent the New Haven area, along with other large state municipalities, but has no permanent address.

If you see Vincent Jones, do not approach him; contact police immediately by dialing 911.

Jones is facing charges of robbery, larceny, and breach of peace. He also has an active warrant from the Waterbury Office of Probation & Parole.

A reward of up to $500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Vincent Jones is being offered in conjunction with the Connecticut Bankers Association.

To report a sighting of Vincent Jones, dial 911. For information on his location, contact the Orange Police Department at 203.891.2130. All tips/information will be kept confidential.

About The Orange Chamber, UNH, Internship Program

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Sep 202017

On Sept. 11, Orange Live announced that The Orange Chamber of Commerce was introducing a Student Membership and Internship program in partnership with the University of New Haven, College of Business.

“The College of Business at the University of New Haven is proud to partner with the Chamber on this important initiative,” said Dean Brian Kench. “Our College of Business programs are designed to produce successful, confident, creative 21st-century citizens with the imagination, drive and skills that students need to tackle the complex problem-solving they will be tasked with in the world. The partnership with the Chamber expands our internship program, which affords our students the chance to put their skills to the test prior to graduation.”

The Student Membership program is being made possible through the generosity of Neil Feigl of the GEICO Local Office in Orange. Both the Chamber and GEICO are committed to helping bridge the gap between higher education and the business world.

Feigl wanted to increase the insurance company’s involvement with the Orange Chamber and recognized the student membership offering as an ideal opportunity to support emerging leaders. “GEICO engages in ongoing efforts to recruit the best-qualified talent,” said Feigl. “Getting college students involved in real-world interaction with the business community struck us as a practical way to help grow the local talent pool.”

Through this initiative, the Chamber is offering university students an exclusive opportunity to get connected with the business community. The Chamber encourages the growth and development of students as they prepare to enter the workforce, as well as a head start on their networking and professional development. Students will experience the benefits of chamber membership, networking events and relationship building activities in this innovative program. GEICO will initially sponsor ten students identified by Darell Singleterry, Director of the University’s MBA program.

Through membership with the Orange Chamber, college students will be afforded the opportunity to meet professional members, get involved in committees, community initiatives, share information, gain personal visibility and gain personal, professional and leadership skills through their involvement. Additionally, they will be promoted through the Chamber’s online membership directory under categories of “Student” and “Job Seeker”.

At the September Board meeting Charles (Pete) Peterson, Director of the college’s internship program spoke about the value of participating in the program. Both the business community and the student interns will benefit. Richard Zorena, President of the Chamber, said, “We already have members who have expressed an interest and we look forward to a great relationship with the University of New Haven.”