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 282015

Screen Shot 2015-04-28 at 1.52.52 PMT-Mobile, 297 Boston Post Road, Orange will host a small business/customer appreciation day on Saturday May 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Five local businesses will set up displays in the store, including , Jenny Craig of Orange, First Niagra Bank of Orange and Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Orange.

The event will include give aways, pizza for lunch and Fred Astaire will be performing live in the store.

“Here at T Mobile Orange we value every customer and our local small businesses,” said Assistant manager Thomas Young. “We look forward to creating a relationship with the local small businesses and the residents of Orange.”

Apr 282015

golfThe Amity Golf Team is now 4-1 for 2015.

The season began with a 171-187 win against Shelton;then 165-175 victory against Hamden; they defeated Cheshire 338-343. The one loss was against Guilford by 1 point 171-172 on April 23, but the next day they were back on track with a 155-162 victory over Xavier.

Led by head coach George Taylor, the 2015 season is made up of many talented players, including two girls.

Seniors: Jack Arnold, Brandon Batista, William Olsen, Zachary Prete, and John Vitti.

Junior: Amanda Barone

Sophomores: John Ahern, Charles Csejka, Nicholas Falcone, Robert Moffa, Ryan Pethigal, and Anthony Taddei.

Freshmen: Justin Altorelli, Samuel Arnold, Bridget Barnsley, Jamie Blum, Kevin Cox , Eric Haas, and Alecsander Prete.

Apr 282015

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

Second Publishing on: Apr 26, 2015 @ 2:06

Apr 282015

Summer_Theater_Camp_logo12-300x276Now in its eighth summer, the Award winning Amity Performing Arts Department is offering two incredible camp opportunities for young people this summer.

The Amity Summer Theater Camp under the direction of Rob and Andrea Kennedy, features classes in singing, dancing and acting. The camp will end in a performance of songs of “Fantasy.” Rob and Andrea Kennedy, the award winning directors of Tarzan, In the Heights and Legally Blonde and their staff of theater counselors will fill the summer with music, dancing and fun. The camp is open to students grade two through high school, and is designed to teach students voice, dance and acting skills; give them performance experience; ignite their creative spirit; build a sense of accomplishment, build community and encourage them to have fun! The camp culminates in a full production where all of the students participate. All skill levels are welcome.

Returning for its second exciting year is the Amity Instrumental Summer Camp. Award winning band director and orchestra conductor Phil Dolan designed this camp for all skill levels, from the beginner who wants to learn how to play an instrument to the advanced player that wants to get better. Daily lessons in music and performance will lead up to a final camp production. A great experience for all budding musicians! Instrument rental is also available to those who require it.

Both camps will include a camp t-shirt and lots of fun activities like: Wacky Wednesday, the Ice Cream Extravaganza, Friday Share Days, the camp Olympics and much more!

For Information Contact Amity Performing Arts at [email protected] or register at www.amitytheaterdepartment.com or www.amityband.org

Apr 282015

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. HURRY, as of Tuesday morning ONLY 3 open spaces remain.


Originally Published on: Apr 26, 2015 @ 20:42

Apr 282015

Hamden players react as Jake Milner scores

Hamden players react as Jake Milner scores

It was a cold windy afternoon on “the hill” at Amity on Monday, April 24, when the Spartans boys lacrosse team challenged the Hamden Green Dragons to a lacrosse match.

It was an aggressive game and both teams made 28 shots.

Amity took a quick lead at 5-2 in the first quarter. The Spartans added three more in the second quarter, enjoying an 8-2 lead at the half.

The Green Dragons came out fighting in the third quarter, scoring 3 times to the Spartans 2, narrowing the point deficit to 10-5.

Hamden was strong in the final quarter too, adding another 3 points to Amity’s 1, but battle as they may, they couldn’t catch up to the home team and Amity enjoyed an 11-8 victory.

Notable Players: 
Senior Brad Uscilla (12) was on fire, scoring 5 goals and 3 assists for the Spartans; fellow senior Jake Milner (2) wasn’t far behind with 4 goals and 1 assist; and a third senior Matt DeLizio (33) made 2 goals and 4 assists for the home team.
Senior Matt Attolino (3), junior Mikey Cavanagh (28) and junior Ian MacDonald (4) each had 1 assist.
Senior Fran Bonadies (26) was the high scorer for the Green Dragons with 3 goals; senior Nick Aceto (36) scored 2; junior Angelo Dimonaco (33) made 2 goals and had 1 assist; and junior Cameron Kranich (22) scored 1 goal.
Sophomore Ryan Morely (1) and senior Dan Berrerra (17) each had 1 assist.
Both goalies battled hard: Amity senior Evan Campbell (13) made 9 saves and Hamden sophomore Todd Deskin (6) made 6 saves.
RECORDS: Amity 5-3, Hamden 3-5

Apr 282015

nylabone-puppy-starter-kit-dog-chew-front-MDTFH Publications, Inc./Nylabone Products, a New Jersey-based company, has recalled a single lot of its Puppy Starter Kit dog chews because of potentialSalmonella contamination.

The recalled Nylabone Puppy Starter Kit, which consists of a 1.69 oz. package of dog chews, was distributed nationwide, to Canada, and through one domestic online mail order facility.

The following Nylabone Puppy Starter Kits are being recalled:

Lot Code: #21935

UPC:  0-18214-81291-3

Expiration date: 3/22/18

nylabone-puppy-starter-kit-dog-chew-backBth the UPC and the expiration date can be found on the back of the Nylabone packages.

The recall, as announced after routine testing by Nylabone, revealed the presence of Salmonella in one lot of 1.69 oz. packages of the Puppy Starter Kit. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

Those at risk of being infected with Salmonella should monitor for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever. Salmonella can also result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever, and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If a pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, or another pet or human has these symptoms, contact your veterinarian or health care provider.

If you have purchased 1.69 oz. packages of the Nylabone Puppy Starter Kit affected by this recall you are urged to discontinue use of the product and return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund.

For further information about the recall, call 1-877-273-7527, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Central time. Calls received after hours or on weekends are covered by a third-party poison control center.

Source: FDA

Apr 282015

Screen Shot 2015-04-28 at 12.16.07 AM285 Boston Post Road has been home to a few memorable eateries in the past 10 years: Red River Grill; Equinox Diner; Orange Family Diner; Lushe’s Diner and most recently the Redfish Grill.

One may wonder how so many businesses can fail in such a prime piece of real estate, located on the Boston Post Road with easy access from Old Tavern Road.

The answer is simple – Rental fees that took every cent of profit they took in.

But things will be different when Eli’s opens its Orange Restaurant in June. Why? The owners of Eli’s, which also has successful restaurants in Milford, Branford and Hamden decided to BUY the building, not rent.

The $1,680,000 purchase was filed with the Orange Town Clerk’s office on April 1.

Residents have expressed their excitement about having an Orange Eli’s. We wish them luck and look forward to their opening in 2 months.



Apr 272015

Officer Chris Brown and K-9 Loki

Officer Chris Brown and K-9 Loki

From the OPD Facebook Page:

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

On Wednesday, April 15, Officer Chris Brown and K-9 Loki made a presentation to the group. Officer Brown demonstrated how Loki has been trained, among other things, to find evidence and assist Officer Brown in arresting criminals.

The accompanying photos show K-9 Loki preventing ‘suspect’ (and Orange PD Dispatcher Dan Schweitzer) from getting away. Dispatcher Schweitzer wore what is known as a ‘bite sleeve’ to protect himself from potentially being harmed. Officer Brown called out commands and warnings, but when Dispatcher Schweitzer wouldn’t comply, Loki took over.


NOTE: make sure you LIKE the OPD on Facebook.





Apr 272015

Paul Davis

Paul Davis

Orange Democratic Town Committee chairman Trish Pearson announced that the town committee has established an award to be given annually to recognize an Orange resident for outstanding community service through their involvement in local, state or national government.  Former State Representative Paul Davis has been chosen as the first recipient.

The award is named in honor of the O’Sullivan family whose tradition of public service spans four generations:  Beginning in 1893, Dr. Thomas J. O’Sullivan was the first Mayor of Derby and later appointed Postmaster by President Grover Cleveland. 

His son, Patrick B. was elected to the State Senate later elected to Congress representing the 5th District.  He went on to serve on the Orange Board of Selectmen and as Chairman of the State Democratic Party.  He was then appointed to the Superior Court and later to the State Supreme Court where he retired as Chief Justice in 1957. His wife Marguerite, also served on the Orange Board of Education for 27 years. 

Their son, Thomas was a renowned and respected Superior Court judge. He also served Orange in many elected and appointed capacities including; the Board of Selectmen, Zoning Appeals, and the Amity Regional Board of Education.

The fourth generation of O’Sullivans to serve our community, are well known to many; Patrick B. O’Sullivan is the current Orange Town Clerk and a former State Representative, Selectman and member of the Board of Finance.  His brother, David is the Executive Director of the Downtown Community Soup Kitchen. 

“Paul was an easy choice” said Pearson.  During his tenure in the state legislature he had an outstanding record of solving problems, making sure that our town received its “fair share” of funding and proactively working with other legislators on both sides of the aisle to move our state forward.” 

Orange Town Clerk, Patrick O’Sullivan also endorsed the committee’s choice, saying “I cannot  think of a better person to receive this award.  My family’s legacy of public service is embodied in Paul Davis.”

Paul Davis and the O’Sullivan Family will be honored at a gala dinner on Thursday, May 21 at Grassy Hill Lodge, 77 Sodom Lane, Derby.  The event begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, dinner follows at 7 p.m.  Tickets are $65 per person.  To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Kevin Moffett, 203-795-3325 or [email protected]