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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.

Girls’ Ice Hockey Posts First Win Of The Season

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Dec 082016
 

img_0625The Blades Ice Hockey Team, comprised of talented players from Amity-North Haven and Cheshire played their first game of the 2016-17 season against the Tigers from Ridgefield-Danbury on Wednesday Dec. 7, in Shelton.

Just like last year, the Blades girls are fast and skilled, and quickly scored their first goal and with just 2:21 remaining in the first period, they scored again.

The Tigers made it onto the board in the second period, and our Blades pulled further ahead (3-1) with another goal soon after.

At 9:52 the blades scored another goal, they went into the third period with a 3 point lead (4-1).

With 5:39 remaining in the game, the Tigers slipped one past the Blades’ goalie.

In an effort to pull ahead while two Blades players were in the penalty box,  the Tigers’ goalie left the ice, giving them 6 players against 4, but even with these odds, they couldn’t do any better. The Blades win 4-2.

This talented team of ladies has a good chance of going on to the states — if you have an opportunity to see them play, make sure you do.

 

 

Material Girls Hosts Epic Wish List Sip and Shop Ladies Night Event On Thursday

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Dec 082016
 

wine and beer and shopping.

wine and beer and shopping.

Material Girls Boutique, 463 Boston Post Road, will open its doors from 5-9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8 for a special Wish List Champagne Sip and Shop Ladies Night.

Material Girls Boutique is open 7 days a week for all of your Holiday gifts.  Park in the private lot, and enjoy a relaxing shopping experience with personalized service, and Material Girls’ signature gift wrapping.  Call the store or e-mail with any questions, or to let them complete your shopping for you.
Don’t forget to make your Holiday Wish List so you get exactly what you have been wishing for.  Kids also may make a Holiday Wish List.
Material Girls has the hottest trends in jewelry, clothing & gifts.  Always upscale, never overpriced.
Check their Facebook page for updated Holiday Hours and nights, or call the store at 203-298-9062.
You can be sure to find the hottest trends, or unique choices in jewelry, clothing and gifts.  The shop has hundreds of Lokais, Mantrabands and chokers in stock.
They also have many new clothing arrivals, for everyday or special occasions.
If you can’t make this event, make your Holiday Wish List during store hours, or call.
Don’t miss this fun night out.  Invite your Friends & enjoy special offers, raffles and more  during this event only.  They also will have skin care demonstrations. 
Use THIS Facebook link to Respond.
Lizzy James Jewelry Trunk Show 
Thursday, December 8th- Sunday, December 11th
Material Girls  just received a huge shipment of Lizzy James versatile necklace/bracelet items.  So many choices.  Handcrafted in California with leather & sterling silver plated accents.  They make a great gift, and are so unique.  Perfect for someone who has everything.
During the Trunk Show event receive a free gift and be entered to win a Lizzy James Necklace/Bracelet. Don’t miss out!
Yale Children’s Toy Closet 
Don’t forget to bring your toy(s) donation for the Yale Toy Closet. The  Hospital accepts new, unwrapped non-plush toys.
Receive 15% off of one Regularly priced item with your toy donation(s)*

UPDATE: Woodbridge Firefighter Released From Hospital

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Dec 072016
 

screen-shot-2016-12-05-at-10-47-36-pmUPDATE: The second Woodbridge Firefigbter was released from the hospital on Wednesday. 

As many know, two Woodbridge Volunteer Firefighters were hospitalized after breathing in smoke and carbon monoxide in the dark, smoky downstairs maze of the Jewish Community Center in Woodbridge on Monday.

The first firefighter was treated and released within hours, but the second remained in the hospital, where he was treated for carbon monoxide poisoning in a hyper bariatric chamber.

He’s “had enough” and is anxious to get out of the hospital and back home. His wish came true on Wednesday evening.

The tri-town volunteer fire departments are the backbone of the Amity community, and make themselves available 365, 24/7.

They all are highly trained and “as skilled” and professional as any paid firefighter.

The belly of the JCC was pitch black and heavy with smoke and CO, the firefighters all did what they were trained to do and in the end, you can say this was a successful call — no civilians were injured and the building was saved.

When you see one of these men or women, don’t forget to say “Thank You.”

We wish this firefighter all the best, and we are happy that you are out of the hospital.

Dangerous Black Ice Weather Alert Issued

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Dec 072016
 

blackice-01The following weather alert has been issued for our area:
Light winds and breaks in the cloud cover will allow temperatures to fall below freezing tonight
This, coupled with surface moisture should allow patchy black ice to develop this evening into the overnight hours.
If you are going out, be prepared for icy spots and drive or walk with extra caution.
Elevated roadways, highway on and off ramps and less traveled secondary roadway will most be susceptible to black ice formation.

Amity Theater’s Labor of Love, “OUR TOWN,” One Night Only — Get Tickets Now

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Dec 072016
 

screen-shot-2016-11-14-at-12-00-04-pmThe Amity Theater Department has been working tirelessly on  it’s Fall Production of “Our Town” a three Act play by Thornton Wilder.
The classic American play about appreciating the simple things in life comes to the John J. Brady Center at Amity High School for one night only on Friday December 9 at 8 p.m.
Our Town presents a timeless tale of everyday life in the fictional Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire. Teenagers George and Emily meet, fall in love, and marry; enduring both the joys and sorrows of everyday life. Wilder transforms their ordinary story into a poignant and captivating exploration of mortality and the wonder of living appropriate for audiences of all ages. 
Tickets only $10 Click HERE to purchase yours.
Our Town is made possible by a generous grant from the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation.
Step back in time to a simpler time when doctors made house calls, milkmen made deliveries in horsedrawn wagons, people talked to one another instead of vegetating in front of a television set, game system, or computer and you didn’t have to lock your door at night.
Who wouldn’t enjoy a carefree evening out right now?

Help Send The CT Crushers to Cooperstown

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Dec 072016
 

Cimg_67031hip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, will host a Breakfast For Dinner fundraiser for the CT Crushers Baseball Team.
The event will take place from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017.
For a $10 donation, you get two eggs, two buttermilk pancakes, two pieces of bacon or sausage and coffee or tea.
All proceeds will go to the Crushers for their highly anticipated trip to Cooperstown Dreams Park.
There are four seatings, 4:30-5:30 p.m.; 5:30-6:30 p.m.; 6:30-7:30 p.m.; and 7:3-=8:30 p.m.
The cost for this once-in-a-lifetime experience is about $20,000 per team, and that’s just for the boys. Accompanying parents pay their own way for hotel, food, etc and the boys stay in the Cooperstown barracks.
Mark your calendar and plan to have Breakfast For Dinner at Chip’s. Orange Live will have more information on purchasing tickets in the coming week.
The Crushers would like to thank Dina and George from Chip’s in advance for their generosity.

Amity Referendum Results

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Dec 072016
 

 

Amity HIgh SchoolThe $2,065,000 Amity Facilities Bond Referendum that took place on Tuesday, Dec. 6 in all three Amity Regional Towns passed. 

In Orange 293 registered voters came out to let their voices be heard. They voted 202-YES, 91-NO.

The referendum also passed in Bethany and Woodbridge.

Let the improvements begin!

A LOOK BACK: Multi-Town Auction Brought In A Few Dollars

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Dec 062016
 

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Oh, the things you can do with this snack cart !

Where can you buy a Ford Explorer for $200? The Town Auction, of course.

On Nov. 18, the Town of Orange Highway Department hosted a tri-town public auction featuring 40 items, such as, vehicles, equipment and odds and ends from Orange, Bethany and Woodbridge.

The parking lot was bustling with cash carrying bidders from all over the place looking for a bargain.

For the first time, two unique items — Kilns, just in time for holiday pottery making — were up for grabs. One went for $35, and a larger one was out the door for just $40.

Retired Orange Police Cars (2011- 2013) went for $1,400, $1,800 and $4,,500.

A 2003 House Trailer — 492 sqft living space with 2 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, vinyl siding, a metal roof, propane fuel and forced hot air was a bargain at only $1,300.

A 2000 F350  with extended cab and dumping flatbed found a new home for $2,900.

A majority of the card-holding bidders flocked over to the Golf Cart Corner, brought in from Woodbridge.

The prices varied from $2,200 to an appealing carry-all beverage cart for $3,900.

If you missed this year’s auction, stay with Orange Live for an announcement when the next auction is planned. In the meantime, save up your money.  Half the fun is listening to the auctioneer.

One Firefighter Still Hospitalized: A Message From The Woodbridge VFD Re: JCC Fire

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Dec 062016
 

screen-shot-2016-12-05-at-10-47-36-pmRegarding the 4 alarm fire at the JCC on Dec. 5, the Woodbridge Volunteer Fire Department received the call at 3:47 pm. The fire, which appears to have started in the sauna, was under control at 4:50 pm. The fire investigation continues today. The building sustained smoke damage throughout and water damage.

Two Woodbridge Volunteer fire fighters were injured while fighting the fire, one is still in the hospital and expected to make a full recovery.

We commend the JCC staff for evacuating the building safely and efficiently and thank the Brookdale of Woodbridge staff for sheltering those evacuated.

The Woodbridge Volunteer Fire Department is grateful to the volunteer fire departments from Prospect, Bethany, Seymour, and Orange for their tremendous assistance last night as well as the use of Orange’s aerial apparatus. We thank you.

The JCC will remain closed today.

Polls Open 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. For Amity Facilities Bond Referendum

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Dec 062016
 

20161205_130919A bond referendum will take place today, Tuesday, December 6, and all voters are encouraged to participate. That includes students who are registered to vote anytime between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. at High Plains Community Center.

As you can see from the Ballot question below, the bond includes work at the High School and Bethany Middle School … all part of being in a three town Regional School District. If the middle school in Orange needed work, Taxpayers in Woodbridge and Bethany would be asked to approve that funding, too. 

The resolution on the ballot will read, “SHALL REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT NUMBER 5 APPROPRIATION OF $2,065,000 AND AUTHORIZATION OF BONDS AND TEMPORARY NOTES IN THE SAME AMOUNT FOR VARIOUS IMPROVEMENTS AT AMITY REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL AND AMITY MIDDLE SCHOOL, BETHANY CAMPUS?”

The District seeks to bond the costs related to:

  1. Air handler replacements at Amity Regional High School that serve classrooms in A wing and in the kitchen area, and any related work at an estimated cost of $360,956.
  2. The replacement of the air handler units in  the middle gym at Amity Regional High School with full heating/cooling units, and any related work, at an estimated cost of $293,635.
  3. HVAC upgrades at Amity Middle School, Bethany Campus, and any related work, at an estimated cost of $189,909;
  4. Renovate a consumer science room at Amity Regional High School, and any related work, at an estimated cost of $200,000.
  5. Replace the tennis courts at Amity Regional High School, and any related work, at an estimated cost of $405,700.
  6. Partial Parking lot replacement at Amity Regional High School and any related costs, at an estimated cost of $350,000.
  7. Estimated financing and contingency cost estimated at a cost of $264,800.

A retro-commissioning project was completed to help prioritize the replacement of air handler units on an educated time schedule. The units’ lifecycle is the main criteria for prioritizing on the schedule.

HVAC upgrades at Amity Middle School, Bethany Campus are intended to improve the layout of the air diffusers in the classrooms and locker rooms to be more effective for thermal comfort and regulate the amount of outside air that is needed to keep a building’s air quality high.

The consumer science room was installed in 1995 and the planned upgrades are intended meet modern standards.

The tennis courts at Amity Regional High School have been routinely repaired and resurfaced.  The new courts will have a 10 year warranty.

Parking lot replacement at Amity Regional High School will be done in two phases.  Phase I is included in this project. The remaining sections will be replaced at a future date.