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.

Jan 272015

SOLD SIGNOrange Town Clerk Patrick O’Sullivan released this list of property tranfers filed with his office between Dec. 19, 2014 and Jan. 26, 2015.

• 834 Columbia St., $325,000, Ferdinand Banti Jr. to George Cuzio, filed on Dec. 22.

• 317 Juniper Drive, $359,000, Brian C Inyart to Christopher Kulenych, filed on Dec. 22.

• 568 Russell Court, $320,000, Rex W. Spencer Jr. to Mark Rawden, filed on Dec. 22.

• 27 Red Cedar Circle, $305,000, Ruth C. Blake EST to Suzanne Ucci, filed on Dec. 30.

• 160 Cummings Drive, $269,000, Ronald Callahan Est to Matthew E. Thomas, filed on Jan. 5.

• 85 Grannis Road, $375,000, Margaret McGowan to Anne Jasorkowski, filed on Jan. 7.

• 512 Kanuga Trail, $310,000, Carmel Latella to Jason Roseman, filed on Jan. 8.

• 155 Tyler City Road, $451,000, Justin Berlepsch to James Crawford, filed on Jan. 9.

• 811 Oakwood Road, $221,763, Dorothy Napolitano EST to Ryan E. Davies, filed on Jan. 13.

• 424 Janet Lane, $253,000, Audrey H. Roman to Steven A. Nilson, filed on Jan. 14.

• 662 Peck Lane, $290,000, Burton Kaufman Revoakable Trust to Carrie Sulzycki, filed on Jan. 14.

• 357 Peck Lane, $285,000, Roberta D’Amico Family Trust to Carolyn Telker, filed on Jan. 20.

• 22 Brierwood Drive, $580,000, Craig Zalis to Thomas Priest Jr. and Karen Priest, filed on Jan. 21.

• 489 Luba Drive, $203,000, Vivienne Saldibar to Rachel Maclellan, filed on Jan. 21.

• 748 N. Greenbrier Drive, $315,000, William Ladutko to Jaswant Mand, filed on Jan. 22.

• 29 Red Cedar Circle, $289,900, Lorelei Spitzbard to Angelo Rolli, filed on Jan. 22.



Jan 272015

Screen Shot 2015-01-27 at 12.28.24 PMDisappointed in what snowmageddon left in your neighborhood today? Are you anxious to get out already?

Many residents are reporting a whopping 7-inches at their homes, so, where is that 24-30-inches we’d been preparing for?

This “Historic Storm” may go down in history as a big Chicken Little event.

Still, a blizzard warning is in effect until 6 p.m. (although we’re really not seeing much of anything new out there now.)

Here’s what the powers-that-be had to say about the current situation.

This morning Gov. Dannel Malloy said the eastern part of the state was heaviest hit and “still receiving significant and continued snowfall.”

“The Statewide travel ban will be lifted as of 2 p.m. today. We still encourage all residents to limit travel and use common sense while driving,” he announced at 12:03 p.m.

Limited Metro North – New Haven Line  service is expected to start at 1 p.m. today on a Sunday schedule. Normal service anticipated to resume tomorrow, according to Malloy. “Bus service will resume on Wednesday morning.”

He expects things to be back to normal for most of our state tomorrow.

Jan 262015

DeansListUniversity of New Haven

Orange residents Sylvia Antonellis and Melissa Volpe graduated from the University of New Haven

Norwich University

Tess Victoria Osinski of Orange was named to the dean’s list at Norwich University for the fall semester. The University is in Northfield, Vt.

Western New England University

Elissa Ben-Eli of Orange was named to the president’s list at Western New England University for the fall semester.

Students are named to the president’s list for achieving a semester grade point average of 3.80 or higher.

Eastern Connecticut State University

Eastern Connecticut State University released the names of full-time students who were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2014 semester. The students from Orange were:

• Dana Blydenburg, ’16, major is Psychology.

• Connor Dunleavy, ’18, major is Environmental Earth Science.

• Taylor Flanagan, ’15, major is Women’s and Gender Studies and Sociology.

• Michael Mastrianni, ’16, major is Business Information Systems.

• Joseph Mortali, ’15, major is Communication.

• Kyle Mullins, ’16, major is Economics.

Colby College

Jacob F. Laser of Orange was named to the dean’s list at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, for his academic achievement during the fall semester. Laser, a member of the Class of 2017, is the son of Mark Laser and Amy Knorr of Orange and attended Amity Regional High School.

The dean’s list at Colby is highly selective, this fall reserved for students whose semester grade point averages were 3.68 or higher.

Jan 262015

Kyle Beaudette gets a stink eye from an opponent during the Meter race.

Kyle Beaudette gets the stink eye from an opponent during the 1,000 Meter race.

Members of the Amity Boys and Girls Indoor Track Teams competed in the SCC Coaches Invitational at the Floyd Little Athletic Center Sunday afternoon.

Orange Live was present for two hours while the boys competed, but unfortunately missed the girls competitions.

Here’s how Amity fared:


55 Meter Dash – Varsity – Finals

5 – Aaron Rattley 6.82a

55 Meter Dash – Varsity – Prelims

5 – Aaron Rattley 6.83a

13 – Josef Monteiro  6.96a

300 Meters – Varsity – Finals

9 – Aria Mohseni 37.66a

43 – Collin Kuchachik 40.09a

600 Meters – Varsity – Finals

40 – Myles Caldwell 1:33.64a

1000 Meters – Varsity – Finals

3 – Kyle Beaudette 2:36.32a

12 – Brendan Purcell 2:43.33a

1600 Meters – Varsity – Finals

18 – Timothy Cannata 4:47.76

3200 Meters – Varsity – Finals

5 – Sricharan Kadimi 9:55.47a

12 – Aidan Leonard-Pasley  10:22.84

55m Hurdles – 39″ – Varsity – Prelims

18 Collin Kuchachik  9.03a

4×200 Relay – Varsity – Finals

2 – Aria Mohseni, Matthew Whitehill, Michael Battat, Aaron Rattley  1:34.73a

4×800 Relay – Varsity – Finals

2 – Matthew Arovas, Connor Crane, Myles Caldwell, Michael Cannata   8:37.28a

Shot Put – 12lb – Varsity – Finals

12 – Cameron Greifenberger  40-08.75

High Jump - Varsity – Finals

16 – Jordan D’Onofrio 5-06.00

Nicholas Robinson (NH)

Long Jump - Varsity – Finals

24 – Nicholas Robinson 18-08.00

36 – Ray Tian  17-07.50


55 Meter Dash -Varsity – Finals

2 – Zoie Reed  7.30a

55 Meter Dash - Varsity – Prelims

2 – Zoie Reed   7.39a

20 – Alissa Beedle   7.90a

300 Meters - Varsity – Finals

37  Christina Magliocco   46.75a

600 Meters – Varsity – Finals

34  Isabella Ferraro   1:52.01a

44  Charlotte Gorham  2:00.16a

1000 Meters - Varsity – Finals

12 Melissa Taggart  3:12.66a

28  Lisa Gorham  3:23.76a

1600 Meters - Varsity – Finals

32  Sarah Smeriglio  5:58.16a

47  Grace Leyden  6:16.48a

3200 Meters - Varsity – Finals

5  Emily Criscuolo  11:49.26a

55m Hurdles – 33″ - Varsity – Prelims

16 Lauren Duhl  9.42a

45  Nicole Koshes  10.49a

4×200 Relay - Varsity – Finals

21  Lauren Duhl, Christina Magliocco, Rachelle Hochman, Alissa Beedle  1:57.18a

4×800 Relay - Varsity – Finals

14  Grace Leyden, Isabella Ferraro, Sarah Smeriglio, Charlotte Gorham  10:43.96a

Long Jump - Varsity – Finals

1  Zoie Reed  17-08.00

Jan 262015

Screen Shot 2015-01-26 at 3.33.59 PMSoon we will be heading outside to start tackling the snow.

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

Jan 262015

Blizzard Warning 2013The latest from the National Weather Service, Blizzard Warning remains in effect until midnight Tuesday night.

“Crippling and potentially historic blizzard will impact the area into Tuesday,” the NWS announced.

Much of the report mirrors what Orange Live published yesterday.

• Heavy Snow and blowing snow with blizzard conditions.

• Accumulations of 20 – 30 Inches with locally higher amounts.

• Snowfall rates 2-4 inches per hour late tonight into Tuesday morning.

• Northerly winds 20 – 30 mph with gusts up to 50-60 mph.

• Visibility of 1/4 mile or less at times.

• Temperatures in low to mid 20s.

• Accumulations of up to 4 inches by sunset. Snow will pick up in intensity tonight with the heaviest snowfall and strongest winds from around midnight into Tuesday afternoon.

• Life threatening conditions and extremely dangerous travel due to heavy snowfall and strong winds with whiteout conditions. Many roads may become impassable and strong winds my down power lines and tree limbs.

• Do not travel, but if you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle. All unnecessary travel is discouraged beginning Monday afternoon to allow people already on the road to safely reach their destinations before the heavy snow begins and to allow snow removal equipment to clear the roads.

• A travel ban is in effect beginning at 9 p.m. per the governor, so aside from police, emergency crews and snow removal crews, no one is allowed on the roads until the ban is lifted.


Jan 262015

smush_draft_snow_cart_tcm3-23268With the blizzard already rearing its ugly head into Orange, some residents may be wondering what they are supposed to do about their recycling items.

According to Recycling Committee Chairman Mitch Goldblatt, if the Governor closes the roads on Tuesday, there will be NO pick up that day, the same goes for Wednesday and so forth.

“If you put your recycling bin out and it doesn’t get picked up, do NOT bring it back in, because it will be picked up this week,” Goldblatt said. “With a storm like this, it’s a domino effect. The recycling trucks will come as soon as they can and resume pickups in the regular order and continue until they’re done, even if it runs into Saturday or Sunday.”

(So Tuesday’s pickup may be on Thursday, etc.)

Jan 262015

Screen Shot 2015-01-26 at 12.24.01 AMOrange Emergency Management Director Fred Palmer passed along these Red Cross Safety Tips:

❏ Dress in several layers of lightweight clothing, wear mittens and a hat (preferably one that covers your ears).

❏ Wear waterproof, insulated boots to keep your feet warm and dry and to maintain your footing in ice and snow.

❏ Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle.

❏ Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or other local news channels for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS) 

❏ Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.

❏ Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.

❏ Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year.

❏ Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.

❏ Running water, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing.

❏ All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside and kept clear.

Cold-Related Emergencies 

Frostbite and hypothermia are two dangerous and potentially life-threatening emergencies. Learn how to care for these emergencies by taking a first aid class.

❏ Go to a designated public shelter if your home loses power or heat during periods of extreme cold.

❏ Avoid driving when conditions include sleet, freezing rain or drizzle, snow or dense fog.

❏ Before tackling strenuous tasks in cold temperatures, consider your physical condition, the weather factors and the nature of the task.

❏ Protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia by wearing warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in several layers. Stay indoors, if possible.

❏ Help people who require special assistance such as elderly people living alone, people with disabilities and children.

❏ Check on your animals and make sure that their access to food and water is not blocked by snow drifts, ice or other obstacles. If possible, bring them indoors.

Caution: Carbon Monoxide Kills 

❏ Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Locate unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.

❏ The primary hazards to avoid when using alternate sources for electricity, heating or cooking are carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock and fire.

❏ Install carbon monoxide alarms in central locations on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide.

❏ If the carbon monoxide alarm sounds, move quickly to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door.

❏ Call for help from the fresh air location and remain there until emergency personnel arrive to assist you. Let Your Family Know You’re Safe If your community experiences a severe winter storm, or any disaster, register on the American Red Cross Safe and Well Web site available through RedCross.org to let your family and friends know about your welfare. If you don’t have Internet access, call 1-866-GET-INFO to register yourself and your family.

Be RedCrossReady Winter Storm Safety Checklist

What should I do? What supplies do I need? What do I do after a storm? Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind driven snow that lasts for several days.

Some winter storms are large enough to affect several states, while others affect only a single community. Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain.

For more information on disaster and emergency preparedness, visit RedCross.org

Winter Storm Watch Winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36 to 48 hours. People in a watch area should review their winter storm plans and stay informed about weather conditions. Winter Storm Warning Life-threatening, severe winter conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours. People in a warning area should take precautions immediately.

❏ Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day

❏ Food—at least a 3-day supply of nonperishable, easy-to-prepare food

❏ Flashlight

❏ Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)

❏ Extra batteries

❏ First aid kit

❏ Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)

❏ Multi-purpose tool

❏ Sanitation and personal hygiene items

❏ Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)

❏ Cell phone with chargers

❏ Family and emergency contact information

❏ Extra cash

❏ Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)

❏ Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)

❏ Tools/supplies for securing your home

❏ Sand, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter to make walkways and steps less slippery

❏ Warm coats, gloves or mittens, hats, boots and extra blankets and warm clothing for all household members

❏ Ample alternate heating methods such as fireplaces or wood- or coal-burning stoves.

Jan 252015

Screen shot 2013-11-25 at 6.24.19 PMFeel the chill in the air? Winter is here, so it’s time to adopt a fire hydrant.

In the event of an emergency, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department will need to access all local fire hydrants for water.

But if they are covered in snow, the firefighters would have to clear it themselves, taking up valuable time and possibly cause a delay in putting out a fire — no one wants that to happen.

Some town residents already have signed up for the “Adopt A Hydrant” program at the Orange Country Fair and the Firemen’s Carnival. Other residents just automatically take it upon themselves to clear around fire hydrants near their homes and the fire department greatly appreciates it.

The Orange Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is asking residents interested in adopting a fire hydrant and helping out the town and fire department to please e-mail CERT member Lisa Hartshorn at [email protected] with your name, address, fire hydrant number (if applicable), location of hydrant and e-mail address so she can add you to the directory of volunteers.

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Originally Published on: Jan 4, 2015 @ 18:44