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.

Oct 222014

Copper-pipesThe residential burglary that was touched on in the September Police Activity Report is still under investigation.

Here is a little preliminary information so residents know where it took place and what was taken.

The incident took place on Sept. 19 at a foreclosed home on Long Meadow.

Tools and copper pipes were taken.

Police are trying to get in touch with the former property owner and the real estate agent for more information.

Oct 222014

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 2.39.42 PMThe Orange Police Department has recently launched new access on several social media fronts. 

The Department now has a Facebook page as well as twitter and instagram accounts. 

“It is our hope to be able to better inform the community of our activity both on a routine basis and during emergencies,” said Asst. Chief Anthony Cuozzo. “In the past the department had relied on members individual pages or the Emergency Management pages to get the word out.  This will allow us to showcase our efforts in community policing, whether its in the schools, partnering with youth services, or any of the many outreach programs the department uses.”

We will use the sites to post press releases, although we also will use traditional media outlets to get that news out.

The facebook site can be found under “Town of Orange Police Department,” follow us on Twitter and instagram at  “@orangepdct”

Oct 222014

Bill Hunt, David Hughes, Jane Massey, Pat Romano, and Dennis Marsh. In the front, sitting are Anchor Keith Kountz and weather personality Sam Kantrow.

Bill Hunt, David Hughes, Jane Massey, Pat Romano, and Dennis Marsh. In the front, sitting are Anchor Keith Kountz and weather personality Sam Kantrow.

The 2014 Orange Senior Leadership class recently visited WTNH8 as part of its media day. 

Through the Senior Leadership Program, students learn about government, civic organizations, and team building skills. The class works on a community service project to benefit Orange.

This year’s project is Senior Substance Abuse and Medication Mismanagement.

Two informational seminars will be held at the HPCC café, on Oct 22 and Oct 29 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. The seminars are open to the public.

Oct 222014

IMG_0560The Orange Land Trust will be leading a guided hike at the Howard Brooks’ Wepawaug Conservation area on Saturday, Nov. 8. Participants should meet at 9:30 a.m. at the parking lot on Mapledale Road (across from Cherry Hill Road). GPS location coordinates in decimal degrees: 41.2943 / 73.0302.

This moderate to challenging hike will include information on the historical highlights of the area, a view of an old mill foundation and flume cut through solid rock, and a walk through the Wepawaug Ravine. The area has great beauty, that is very visible at this time of year with the reduced foliage, and a rich history of early Orange water-powered industry. Here, we can still see the remains of a mill that, at one time, made fabric for union soldiers’ uniforms during the Civil War.

If you have visited the grist-mill and saw-mill at Sturbridge, Massachusetts, you can easily imagine how this area looked with several mills in operation along the river, from the early settlement days of the seventeenth century to the turn of the twentieth. Interestingly, the Alling Tavern, where the mill workers often ate their meals, is still standing across Route 34 at Mapledale Road. Can you think of the aroma of fresh baked, wholegrain bread and beef stew at lunchtime on a gray and chilly autumn afternoon? What a welcome for travelers arriving and those workers as they crossed the Derby Turnpike toll road and approached the door ready for a mid-day meal.

Now, with the leaves mostly fallen, we can see more of the landscape within the area, and we hope, with the rainier weather of fall, the natural rock-walled ravine should be a sight to be seen with plenty of water flowing through. 

In addition, we will look over the remains of a 20 foot stone chimney and learn the folksy story of a depression-era structure known as “Jim Neal’s cabin.”

Please wear appropriate footwear as there are some rocky areas and some “ups and downs” in the trail. We recommend hiking boots/shoes or shoes/sneakers with a good tread. A good hiking stick or trekking pole(s) can be helpful. 

This free hike, conducted by volunteers of the Orange Land Trust, is not difficult for those who are sure-footed and presents an opportunity to reconnect with our town’s history and beauty. All are welcome and please bring a friend. 

So, bake some bread, get the ingredients for your favorite stew simmering in the crock-pot for when you return home, and plan to join us! Only steady rain showers will cancel.

For information, call Chris at 203-397-7599.

Oct 222014

IMG_1939In the spirit of Fall cleaning, the Orange Conservation Commission will have a “Workday” at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Ewen Preserve.

Parking is at the GPS address 648 St Johns.

Participants will be cleaning and clearing brush and fallen branches and enjoying being in the out-of-doors in this beautiful spot. The Trees have turned and they are beautiful.

The pastoral site represents Orange’s farming heritage. Part of a farm owned by the same family since 1820, these 43 acres include old deep woods, meadows, ponds, wetlands, and fields that attract migrating birds.

Dress appropriately for the outdoors, bring your work gloves and tools, and tick protection. There will be a lot of clearing of the stonewall and branches at the entrance (know how to identify poison ivy).

The workday will end at 1 p.m.  

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Oct 212014

The AcademyThe Orange Historical Society will host a Tag Sale at The Academy this weekend.

This most likely is the last one until spring, so take some time to visit The Academy at 605 Orange Center Road on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The antique shop will be open as well so do some thrift shopping and holiday shopping at the same time. Don’t forget those fall weddings and hostess gifts for the unusual and distinctive collectibles.

For information call 203-795-3106

Oct 212014

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The Friends of the Eldredge Family is planning a Pasta Dinner to benefit the family of Amity grad Andrew Eldredge, a young man with a bright future who has been unconscious and hospitalized since an accident in late August.

The fundraiser will take place at the Woodbridge Club, 10 Milhaven Road, Woodbridge, on Sunday, Nov. 16 from 5-8 p.m. The event includes live music and silent auction.

Tickets are $25 per person. For tickets or more information contact Sherrie Bitterman at 203-598-5414.

About Andrew

Andrew Eldredge was struck by a motorcycle while walking in New York City on August 29, just days before he was to begin studies at Harvard Law School.

Since he was injured, Andrew has been unconscious. His progress has been steady and encouraging, but it will be a long road to recovery, both in the hospital and in extended rehabilitation for traumatic brain injury. His parents, Stacey and David, and his sisters, Lindsay and Madeline, have kept a constant vigil by his bedside since the accident.

Andrew grew up in Woodbridge and graduated from Amity High School in 2007. He graduated magna cum laude from Colgate University (’11), worked at Orion Consultants in NYC for two years, and completed a year at Boston University School of Law before transferring to Harvard.

The Eldredge family will need financial support for Andrew’s journey to recovery. Please help The Friends of the Eldredge Family with this effort.

Cash or checks only. Make checks payable to The Andrew Eldredge Family Fund.

Contributions can be made directly to: http://www.youcaring.com/andreweldredge

*donations are not tax deductible 

Oct 212014

DSC_0076Amity Pop Warner cheer season starts at the same time when the football season starts in the beginning of August.

In addition to cheering on the Amity Pop Warner Football Teams, They compete at a minimum of two competitions every fall. So far, they have won the Southern CT Pop Warner championship and the State championship.

After the excellent performance at the Southern CT championships which helped clinch the Grand Town Champion Trophy for Amity for the first time in Amity Pop Warner history, The Amity Pee Wee cheerleading team has qualified for the regional competition in Springfield, MA on Saturday, November 15.

If they are placed in the top two in Massachusetts, they will earn a chance to compete at the National Pop Warner Championships at Disney World in December. 

Amity Cheerleaders had won the National Title in the past, and this year, they are determined to get it back.


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Oct 212014

IMG_3109 2Amity (15-2) traveled to Wallingford for a battle with another challenging team — Sheehan (12-4) on Monday night.

The Titans got a leg up on the Lady Spartans with a 25-20 win in the first game, but Amity got it done in the remaining three games: 27-25, 25-16, and 25-13, to walk away with a 3-1 victory, improving their record to 16-2. Sheehan dropped to 12-5 for the season.

Amity’s noteable players:

Micaela Cardoza had 14 kills and 3 aces, Katie Helfenbein had 8 kills and Haley Pierson had 35 assists and 9 aces.

Sheehan’s noteworthy players:

Makayla Ricci had 9 kills, 3 blocks and 3 aces, Nicki Petit had 13 digs and 9 kills and Sara Pisanelli added 15 digs.





Oct 212014

Thea Torrenti and her family.

Thea Torrenti and her family.

For more than a decade, the town of Orange has been observing Breast Cancer Awareness Month with what I call the Pink Ribbon Wreath Ceremony. 

Click link for a VIDEO of this event

Town resident, Anita Pol crafted a straw wreath festooned with little pink ribbons on which safety pins are attached so they can be removed and worn by anyone who would like to show their support for survivors and victims of breast cancer. 

Each year, even as she grows older, Anita still replenishes the ribbons so the wreath that adorns the front door at Town Hall is full and beautiful and ready to share with the public. 

The Pink Ribbon Wreath Ceremony grew over the years to include cancer survivors from Orange as the honorees, usually one person who shared her story (Angela Booth and Debbie Davis are among the past honorees), but a few years ago several honorees, including a man, were chosen to share what they’d endured from discovery to treatment and some, being declared cancer free. 

The 2014 honoree is Thea Torrenti, who, in 2007 was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer after her sister insisted she go for her first mammogram. 

Thea said early detection is key, a positive attitude and a good support team are what got her through. Last year she again was diagnosed with cancer, but instead of letting it get her down, she said, “I forged ahead, knowing I would get through this.”

First Selectman Jim Zeoli read a proclamation, then Thea and Karen Goldberg hung the wreath on the front door. 

This year’s ceremony was well attended, with Thea’s family support group, her fellow survivors from the “Boob Crew,” State Rep. Paul Davis, Town Hall employees, and several residents.

The First Selectman’s office and Town Clerk’s Office are accepting donations and selling items to benefit the Susan G Komen Cancer Organization.