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.

Open House: 3 Bedroom Home on Willard Road

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Feb 182017

9f147a772df8483-n10177247Straight out of a magazine! Better than new, 2016 custom renovation to this 3 bedroom, 2 full bath, 1,307 Sq. Ft. Ranch with a lovely front porch.
One level living at it’s best. Brand new oversized 2 car garage and new asphalt driveway, newer septic and city water.
The sunny open floor plan is accented by gleaming Bamboo hardwood floors and features a casual living room, dining room and den.
A fabulous custom kitchen with granite counter tops, which will be a cooks delight! White cabinetry, center island, glass tile backsplash and brand new stainless steel finger print safe appliances.
Three main level bedrooms include an impressive Master bedroom with a walk in closet, master bath with custom tile shower with glass door and double sinks. Main level laundry.
New mechanicals include electric, plumbing and high efficiency propane furnace and water heater. Newer roof on house and brand new roof on garage. Pristine move in condition. Offered for $359,999 (reduced).
Tastefully landscaped yard with seasonal plantings. Convenient to Route 34, Merritt Parkway and I-95. Truly an outstanding home.

Open House Sunday, Feb. 19, 1-3 p.m. at 1036 Willard Road, Orange.

Friday Is The Deadline For Kindergarten Registration

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Feb 162017

If your child is turning five on or before January 1, 2018 it is time to register for kindergarten.

Register on the oess.org website by Friday, February 17.

Registration appointments/screening will take place in March.

Parents are asked to bring with them to the appointment a birth certificate, proof of residency, and medical/immunization records.

Need To Know: Proper Shoveling Technique

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Feb 092017

Screen Shot 2015-01-26 at 3.33.59 PMSoon you will be heading outside to start tackling the snow if you haven’t already.

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

Don’t Forget, “Bubblemania” Is Coming To Town On Saturday

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Jan 272017

Orange Community Women (OCW) invites you to see “Casey Carle’s BubbleMania” at High Plains Community Center, on Saturday, January 28 at 3 p.m. 

BubbleMania is a highly- acclaimed show combining the science of bubbles with theatrical showmanship and comedy.   Its website describes the show as an “extremely unique program combining high energy entertainment with artistic achievement.  

BubbleMania is loaded with visual comedy, quick wit, big band swing music and the untamed, often unbelievable qualities and beauty of spherical liquids.”  This will be a wonderful community event and lots of fun for all ages.

Tickets are $7 at the door.  

Publicity Chairman Laura Griest said, “Orange Community Women is a chapter of Connecticut Junior Women, Inc.  We seek to unite the women of Orange and surrounding areas by participating in community service and providing enrichment, leadership and social interaction.  Our projects include awarding scholarships to Amity students, donating children’s books to the library, collecting for veterans, organizing activities for the Tracy Bunch (a group of special needs adults sponsored by Orange Community Services), visiting and working with the seniors at Silverbrook, donating holiday food baskets and gift cards to Orange Community Services and partnerships with Days for Girls, Manes and Motions Therapeutic Riding Center and Female Soldiers/Forgotten Heroes. Proceeds from this fundraiser support projects such as these.”

For more information on Orange Community Women, contact Donna Wesolowski, 203-799-3519.

Welcome To La Famiglia Vincenzo, Your New Favorite Restaurant

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Jan 232017

Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 1.27.29 PMWhen Orange resident Carol Gloria opened her restaurant La Famiglia Vincenzo at 1573 Boston Post Road, Milford, (across from PC Richard), in 2015, she wanted to offer guests a place to enjoy a quality meal at an affordable price, in a family friendly setting.

La Famiglia Vincenzo features daily specials sure to attract anyone looking for a new favorite hang out.

On some days Gloria welcomes guest bartenders. Any man or woman (of legal age) with the desire and talent is invited to take his or her place behind the bar and share a signature drink. A photo of the guest bartender will be displayed on the wall of the bar too. If you are interested in this opportunity, call Rob (the House Bartender), at 203-951-0585.

The specials are well-received, reasonably priced and surely worth a visit.

Sunday — Brunch 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. $19.99

Monday — 1/2 prices bottles of wine and $8 pizza

Wednesday — $6 Martinis and $6 Meatballs

Thursday — beginning at 5 p.m. Prime Rib Dinner $19.99

Monday – Friday — Happy Hour 3 – 6:30 p.m. reduced drink and appetizer specials

La Famiglia also hosts private parties and special events.

If you’re looking for a nice place to have a birthday party, bridal or baby shower, retirement; graduation; engagement; or office party or have a sports team even, call 203-951-0585 for information on reserving the private room or dining room for your event.

Once you’ve tried La Famiglia Vincenzo, you will sure to come back. The food is delicious and the staff is knowledgable, attentive (without hovering) and absolutely delightful.

A very special event at La Famiglia

A very special event at La Famiglia

Originally published on July 27 @ 6:39 pm

Help Send The CT Crushers to Cooperstown

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Jan 162017

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 7:30-8:30 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.
If you need tickets, please leave a comment on our Facebook Page stating how many you would like and the preferred time slot and someone with tickets may be able to accommodate your request.
The Crushers would like to thank Dina and George from Chip’s in advance for their generosity.

Obituary: Peter Anastasion, Beloved Husband, Father, Papou, Veteran

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Jan 082017

Peter Anastasion, born August 5, 1921 in New Haven, Connecticut was called to heaven Thursday, January 5, 2017 at Yale New Haven Hospital.

After serving his country proudly as a Corporal in the U.S. Army Air Force during WWII, Peter returned home to earn an Accounting Degree from the University of Connecticut. A devoted, lifetime member of Saint Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church, Peter received the Archdiocesan Medal of St. Paul, the highest honor bestowed to a layperson by the Greek Orthodox Archdioceses of America.

Peter was a well-known lover of classical music and a talented violinist for 40 years. Peter is predeceased by his parents Damianos and Carrie Anastasion, and his brother, William Anastasion.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Maria Pappas Anastasion, and their two loving children Carrie (Timothy) Simoulis and Damon (Jodi) Anastasion. He also served as a cherished Papou to his grandchildren Eleni and her fiancé Daniel, and Stephanie and her significant other Elliot, and a kind hearted Uncle to his many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate his life at Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church (480 Racebrook Rd, Orange, CT 06477). Calling hours will take place at the church between 4-8 p.m. on Sunday,January 8th.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, January 9th at 10 a.m., followed by interment in Beaverdale Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church Building or Endowment Funds. Arrangements in care of the Celentano Funeral Home, New Haven. www.celentanofuneralhome.com

Orange Live Is Currently Migrating To The New Server

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Jan 072017

As many of you know, this site was hacked “Big Time” on Friday.

We immediately jumped on fixing the problem.

Today, we began migrating this site over to a new server with a web host that promises to protect us from hackers, viruses, etc.

As of 6 p.m. the transfer was about 80% complete.

I can’t wait to see what the new site looks like and look forward to better performance in the future.

I’ve been updating the site’s status on our Facebook page all day and will continue to do so until Orange Live is up and running in its new home. 

Stay tuned and thank you for your patience.

Obituary: Thomas Miller, 60, Brother of Karl Miller

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Jan 052017

Thomas H. Miller, 60, a lifelong resident of Milford, died peacefully January 2, 2017 surrounded by his family. He was the son of Evelyn Miller and the late David H. Miller.

He is survived by his loving wife Elisa; sister Jeryl Horrocks and her husband Edward and brother David Miller and his wife Kathy, all of Milford. He is also survived by his brother Karl Miller and his wife Pamela of Orange; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Tom enjoyed life and had many passions. His greatest passion in life was flying. Tom’s love for flying began at an early age and grew into a successful career in aviation. He started his career as a pilot while working full-time as an attorney and joined what is now Gama Aviation in 1985, becoming Director of Operations in 1996. He also volunteered his time and skills as a helicopter pilot for Eagle One Rescue and assisted in many rescue operations, including Hurricane Katrina.

He also enjoyed volunteering as a train engineer at the Railroad Museum of New England. He had a passion for classic cars and motorcycles. Tom was a generous man who was always willing to help others. His smile and good sense of humor would brighten up a room.

Tom had many friends and will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. His passing has left a great void in our lives but he will always be in our hearts.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at St. Mary’s Church, 70 Gulf St, Milford CT. There will be no calling hours and a private burial will be held. Flowers are welcome, donations may be sent to Eagle One, PO Box 616, Southport, CT 06890-0616.