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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.

Orange Resident Completes A Very Important Eagle Project

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Jul 252016

Scout Jake Hollander and the sorting boxes he built for his Eagle Project.

Scout Jake Hollander and the sorting boxes he built for his Eagle Project.

If you have been at the Orange Fairgrounds since Thursday, July 21, you may have noticed something new and innovative near the pavilion — big chestnut brown and bright blue wooden boxes that will be a great help to town residents and the environment for years to come.

A few months ago, Boy Scout Jake Hollander, an Orange resident and member of Troop 1 in Milford, was getting ready to plan and execute his Eagle Scout project. Family friend Ilene Moyher, a member of the Orange Recycling Committee discussed the possibility of having him do a recycling-related project.
The Committee discussed the town’s recycling needs and with Jake and his mother, Patti in attendance at their meeting, everyone agreed that Jake would build sorters for the High Plains Community Center (HPCC) fairgrounds area.
The idea is to make it easy for people to recycle more during events and when using the field for any leisure activities. They are similar in concept to sorters that are becoming more commonplace at supermarkets, big box stores, and outdoor venues — and fit within the “single-stream recycling” set up that Orange has (via City Carting).
Jake volunteered to build four sorters. Moyher’s husband Mark helped him build a prototype, which the committee tested out and approved.  Jake and about 10 scouts from his troop, and about six adults got to work planning, constructing, painting and labeling the sorters. Mark Krom is his scout leader.
As a finishing touch, Bret Riley, an Eagle Scout who was part of Troop 1, and has a business called On Time on Route 34 in Derby, is donating plaques that will be added to each sorter.
The Rotary Club of Orange and the Orange Recycling Committee both helped fund the project. 
The ORC determined the colors for the sorters (blue for recycling and brown for trash), based on the colors of the residential recycling bins and the colors of trash bins people are used to seeing at HPCC.
The sorters are made of weather-resistant material to stand the test of time. They’re made of sturdy construction, eye-catching, and easy-to-use. The Parks Dept also was involved as it takes their cooperation in helping to make sure the sorters are placed in convenient places for use, and that they’re emptied.
Currently there are two sorters placed under the pavilion, and two are stored away for larger events.
 If you haven’t already seen them, you may take a peek during the Farmer’s Market on Thursday, or wait until the Firemen’s Carnival in August.

Another Hot, Disgusting Weather Week Ahead

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Jul 242016

Screen Shot 2016-07-24 at 8.23.04 PMFrom WFSB 3: Get ready for another hot, humid week. The heat wave will continue this week with a possibility of scattered showers on Monday morning adding to the humidity, with temps in the upper 90s.

Then we could see storms in the afternoon, but most of the activity will be upstate.

Tuesday and Wednesday will still be in the 90s but with lower humidity.

Humidity returns on Thursday and in the afternoon, we may see some more rain, when another cold front approaches the area.

Orange Live will let you know if High Plains Community Center is open as a cooling center this week.

In the meantime, you may seek comfort in the air conditioned library: Monday and Thursday — 10 am-8 pm; Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday — 10 am-5 pm; Saturday — 10 am-4 pm. Or any of the wonderful restaurants or shops in town.

Stay hydrated: drink plenty of water not coffee or other caffeinated beverages.

Young West Haven Man Killed In Crash On Route 34 Sunday Morning

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Jul 242016

(Photo by Orange Police Dept.)

(Photo by Orange Police Dept.)

Shortly after midnight Saturday night into Sunday morning, July 24, Orange Police responded to a serious motor vehicle crash on Derby Avenue, (Rt. 34), just west of the intersection of Racebrook Road, (Rt. 114).

The initial investigation showed that a black Honda Civic was headed westbound toward Derby at a high rate of speed when it lost control and left the roadway, making contact with a large boulder and a fence off the roadway.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department responded to extricate the driver, Abraham Evans, 22, of West Haven from the wreck.

Evans was the only occupant of the vehicle and medical personnel pronounced him dead at the scene.

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone who may have witnessed the accident or who may have information is asked to contact Officer John Reshotnik of Orange Police at 203-891-2130.


This press release is on the OPD Facebook Page.

Get Your Tickets Early For the 2016 Rotary Lobsterfest

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Jul 242016

rotary lobsterfestThe Rotary Club of Orange will host its annual Lobsterfest fundraiser RAIN OR SHINE at the Pavilion, High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, Saturday, August 13, 3:30-7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $45/person and include choice of twin lobsters or NY Strip steak. Menu includes corn on the cob, New England clam chowder, coleslaw, dessert, beer, wine, and soft drinks.

Kids meals, including a Hot Dog or Hamburger and sides are $7 (available at event only)

All proceeds from the event will go towards supporting the Rotary’s initiatives both in the local community and abroad, including supporting the Orange Food Bank, the Annual Scholarship Program and Operation Warm Coats for Kids Program.

Click HERE to purchase dinner tickets.

Open House: 5 Bedroom, 3,491 Sq. Ft. Home On Orange Center, 12-2 p.m.

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Jul 242016

792d6632E34f4f8-N10152666Exceptional opportunity to own an outstanding 5 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom home in Orange.
Mark Fagan will be your host at the open house at 471 Orange Center Road today from 12-2 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.
Schedule your private viewing today. One year Home Warranty included! Three bedroom septic per town.

Obituary: Richard Straube Sr., 65, Beloved Husband, Father

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Jul 242016

579117db29700Richard Straube Sr., 65, of Orange, beloved husband and father died peacefully while surrounded by family on July 19th, 2016.

Born in Huntsville, Alabama on February 6, 1951, Rick, as he was known, was the son of the late Harold Strabue and Patricia Sanderson Straube.

He is survived by his devoted son Richard Lee Straube Jr., and his wife Jessica. He is also survived by his brother, Steven Straube.

Rick was a resident of Milford and Orange for more than 40 years. He is remembered as a quiet man of few words but those words made an extraordinary impact on those around him.

Rick worked as the manager of FishCo in Milford, CT and Fish Fish Fish in Palisades Park, NJ, sharing his expansive knowledge of tropical fish. Rick is also remembered for his love of nature, especially spending time on the river while fly fishing.

An avid artist, he designed and tied his own flies while also spending time creating watercolor landscapes and pen/ink drawings.

Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Drive, Wallingford, CT 06492.

To share a memory, visit  www.gregoryfdoylefuneralhome.com 

Next Community Services Concert on Aug. 11

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Jul 232016

vintage_electric_guitarOrange Community Services partnered with the OEDC Farmers’ Market for 3 outdoor all ages shows in the Gazebo, of which the first two were well received.

The final concert will be: Thursday, August 11,  6:30-8:30 p.m.—Fools on the Hill—Beatles Tribute Band. Rain date, Thursday, August 18.

Orange Transportation is available to Orange seniors or disabled residents, for the Thursday night concerts. Call (203) 891-4788 for a ride. So bring your family and your friends!

Jul 232016

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 [email protected].

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.

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 4 years and will never change. 

LETTER: Why I Am Running To Become Your State Senator

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Jul 232016

pat liberoTo the 14th District:

My family, like your families deserve better than they have been getting from our State Government. We are paying too high a price for decisions made by legislators who have been there too long, doing business the same old way.     

I felt compelled to run for State Senate because legislation, supported by career politicians, have put our state in crisis.  I am confident that I can bring the kind of experience that will help get us moving in the right direction.

I currently serve on the West Haven Board of Education, where I also served as Board Chairman.  This has been a wonderful and valuable growth experience, as was my career as a teacher, vice principal and principal in the West Haven school system.

Like you, I have been influenced by many people in my life, especially my family.  I learned much from my Mom and Dad, who were small business owners.  They taught me how to work hard, properly manage an organization and treat people well. Examples of courage, optimism, and perseverance came from my brothers and sisters. I have done my best to pass these life lessons to my own three children. 

In order to make an optimistic future for our families, we must take steps to avoid never-ending budget crises that force rash, unplanned cuts to important programs including support for mental health, municipal aid, and education.

We cannot continue to include wasteful and redundant spending in unrealistic budgets that spend more than we take in and over-tax our citizens. These poor decisions paint us as irresponsible and anti-business, eroding any confidence that our people and businesses have in their future here.

Legislation and policies supported by my opponent have helped to place us in this difficult position.

For those who know me, you know that I will give my all as your State Senator. I will work diligently to improve state government and increase opportunities for all of our citizens in Connecticut. I ask for your vote on November 8th.  We can get back on track and showcase what a great state we have!

Pat libero

Republican Candidate for State Senate 14th District

Announcing Zoey Girl Pet Services’ Hot Steamy Summer Special

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Jul 222016

zoey girlWith the hot, humid weather in the forecast for the following week, we and our pets really need a break.
Following is a message from Mae at Zoey Girl Pet Services, 185 Boston Post Road, Orange:
Hope all are able to get cool on these hot, steamy summer days either at the beach, in the pool or just inside in the AC!  Now is a GREAT time to bring your favorite canine to his favorite pet spa for his summer doo.
From now until the end of August, we at Zoey Girl are running our Hot, Steamy Summer Special, offering $5.00 off on any full groom or bath!!
A short cut is a great way to help your little buddy stay cool for the remainder of the season.  For the bigger guys, it’s a good time to get that bath that’s way overdo.
Give us a call or text us at 203-606-9220 to set an appointment and take advantage of the hot summer savings.
Here are a few cool tips for your pets on hot summer days:
1.)  Keep track and limit their time outside.
2.)  Do not leave them in the car for extended periods of time.
3.)  Spray them with water to keep them refreshed.
4.)  Light color dogs exposed to the sun can get sunburned!
5.)  Darker dogs get hotter quicker!
6.)  Get a wading pool.  Dogs love it.
7.)  Make sure they drink water.
     We wish all of you a safe, happy and blessed Summer.  We look forward to seeing you and our four legged friends soon.
Thanks and keep COOL!
Mae, Melissa and the Zoey Girl Family.