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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.

Dec 212014
 

20141216_130116_resizedIf you are looking for a special gift for someone, consider a beautiful handcrafted Orange Ornament.

These wood ornaments are made with love locally and perfectly hand painted. They were sold at the Orange Country Fair and during the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot so the availability is getting low. They are being sold for $10 each

The artist will be selling the ornaments in front of Orange Center Convenience store, 661 Orange Center Road today, Sunday, Dec. 21, until 2 p.m., while they last.

Ornaments can be purchased by e-mailing [email protected] or by calling 203-795-9640. They will be delivered to any Orange address up until the evening of Monday, Dec. 22.

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Dec 202014
 

215px-Tarzan_musical_Broadway_PosterAfter the gruelling process of auditioning more than 100 super talented singer/actors (and going through call backs) at Amity, the directors released the cast list for the Spring musical “Tarzan” on Friday.

The actor who is playing the lead character is Max Karsanow, who you will immediately recognize from his roles as Anthony in Sweeney Todd — the young man who wooed Johanna (Shaylen Harger); and he was the understudy for the role of Benny in last year’s “In the Heights,” which he was able to fulfill at least during one performance.

Tarzan: This is the older version of the young Tarzan. He has more friends than he used to. He has his best friends Terk and Tantor, who have each others backs. He is stronger and has enemies to challenge. But, he still wonders of what he is. Songs include: Strangers Like Me, Who Better Than Me? Reprise, You’ll Be In My Heart Reprise.

Since Amity has no young children, Ryan Kennedy will play the role of Little Tarzan: A little boy who is raised in the jungle by gorillas. He tries to fit in and wonders why he doesn’t. He notices that he isn’t exactly like all of the apes that he is around. He has a friend named Terk as well. Songs include: Who Better than Me? and I Need To Know. If the name sounds familiar, Ryan is the son of directors Robert and Andrea Kennedy.

The lovely Addie Robbins will play Jane: She adores species and specimen she hasn’t seen before which makes sense when her, her father, and Clayton their hunter/protector come to the jungle. She befriends Tarzan and comes to like him. She always has dreamed of coming to the jungle. Songs Include: Waiting For this Moment, Like No Man I’ve Ever Seen, and Strangers Like Me.

Max is Tarzan

Max is Tarzan

Josiah Oakley will play Terk: The older version of young Terk. He has more style than the younger one. Still, he is best friends with Tarzan and now Tantor the elephant. He has the rhythm of the jungle. Songs include: Son of Man, Trashin’ the Camp, Who Better than Me? Reprise.

Morgan Guadagnoli has been pegged to play Kala: A mother ape that takes Tarzan for her son. She adores him and keeps him safe. She has a special bond with him that no one can understand. She is the wife to Kerchak, the leader. Songs include: You’ll Be In My Heart, Sure As Sun Turns to Moon and You’ll Be In My Heart Reprise.

Kahari Blue is Kerchak: The strong and powerful leader of the gorilla pack. He doesn’t feel that Tarzan belongs and shuns him for awhile. Doesn’t like humans too much. He finally tells tarzan the way he feels at the end. Songs include: Sure As Sun Turns to Moon.

Jali – (Narrators): Ryan Rattley, Kevin Durkee, Ryan Rappaport, Emily Kilian, Joyce Lin and Julia Goclowski.

Caroline Burkhart is Sabor: (description from wiki) The predator of the jungle. He kills Tarzan’s real mother and father and Kala’s and Kerchak’s baby. He continues to kill and destory until Tarzan comes and ends him. Songs include: none but dances/fights.

Jacob Leibowitz is Porter:  Jane’s father. He knows many things about the jungle. He is a lot like Jane in certain areas. He has his quirks about him, too. Songs include: Like No Man I’ve Ever Seen.

Ethan Smith is Clayton:  He is the hunter that protects the Porter family on this expedition. He likes to shoot things with his rifle. He was sent to protect but he might want some things of his own. Songs include: none.

George Grotheer is Snipes: A sailor.

Ape/Animal Ensemble

Jeff Gallo, Chris Casella, David Linet, Michael Prinz, Ryan Chizmadia, Dean Pocweirz, Robert Worth, Max Seigman, Caroline Burkhart, Cynthia elone, Lauren Flaumenhaft, Sedona Trelleik, Ashlyne Gallo, Christina Genovese, Alayra Dixson, Clara Stirling, Nina Triplett, Sarah Warner, Revekah Haupt, Clara Gamsu, Karalyn Kachmar, Emily McManus, Audrey Grotheer, Rebecca Kaplan, Lauren Duhl, Kendall Dolan, Grace Blanchard, Lily Forchetti.

Expedition Crew

Nathan Stirling, Jacob Lyngdal, Eric Greenbaum

Dance Captains

Caroline Burkhart, Lauren Flaumenhaft

Play rehearsals begin next week. I for one can’t wait to see Tarzan swing across the stage next spring.

Dec 202014
 

IMG_8111The Amity Girl’s Varsity Basketball team swooshed its way to its third consecutive win Friday night as they battled it out with a formidable opponent, the Hamden Green Dragons.

For Amity’s newlywed Coach Michelle Shoop this looks to be a big year, her young team, led by captain Elise Graham, already is showing a lot of promise, passing the ball and playing harder with each passing game.

Adding to the excitement at Amity during this game was the presence of most of the 2013-14 players who graduated in June. The girls, who are on holiday break, cheered their former teammates on from the sidelines — and they weren’t disappointed.

“It was great seeing our seniors from last year coming out to support us. They’re all home for break,” Shoop said. “They’re the one that started this four years ago, starting a new tradition at Amity so it’s great that they’re following up.”

The Lady Spartans stayed ahead of the Green Dragons throughout the game 1st Q 12-10; 2nd Q 20-19; 3rd Q 29-21.

Graham (#24) was the high scoring player with 19 points — 8 of them in the second quarter.

“Hamden is a good team, with a couple of good players, they play tough, they’re strong, they’re big. So in the first half we were a little slow getting started,”Shoop said, “We out rebounded them in the second half and that’s where we went on our push.”

She added, “Elise had a great game. she had 19 points, 10 rebounds 5 assists and 3 steals and she did a great job passing the ball to everyone.”

Junior Molly Dragan (#23) was the second highest scorer with 8 points, followed by senior Kaitlin Thomas (#12) contributing 7 points

On Hamden’s side, senior Lauren Singleton (#10) was the high scorer with 9 points, followed by junior Jessica Davis (#4) and sophomore Tahjai Mazyck (#2) each with 8 points.

Amity defeated Hamden 43-31.

Record: 3-0

 

 

 

 

Dec 192014
 

This shield goes up on Meetinghouse Lane every year, and when the snow is gone, the mailbox is still there.

This shield goes up on Meetinghouse Lane every year, and when the snow is gone, the mailbox is still there.

The Town of Orange Highway Department would like to remind homeowners of the town’s mailbox policy.

The Highway Department does not replace mailboxes or posts.  If the slush from the snowplows knocks off a mailbox or breaks a post, the homeowner is responsible.  Only if the Highway Department initiates contact with the homeowner will the post be repaired or the box replaced.  Slush and snow thrown from the plows is unavoidable.  

It is up to the homeowner to take preventative steps to protect their mailbox.

The Highway Department suggests you do not use plastic mailboxes or posts.  The plastic cannot withstand frigid cold temperatures.  When slush or snow impacts cold plastic the plastic will shatter.   We suggest using a good 4” x 4” wooden post or a 2″ pipe with a metal box.  This combination seems to be most durable.

Dec 192014
 

 BasketballThe Lady Spartans Basketball Team is off to a great start this season. Already 2 for 2 with big point spreads.

On Friday, Dec. 12, Amity crushed West Haven 36-13 and on Wednesday, Dec. 17, the ladies bounced Wilbur Cross out 56-23.

Tonight they take on Hamden at Amity at 7 p.m.

Going in, we knew that the experience of Elise Graham would be a force to be reckoned with, but she is by no means a one-woman show on the court.

Surprisingly, Amity has a very good team this year in spite of losing a lot of “star” players to graduation in June including Allison Denny, Chloe Brinton, Molly Ronan, Mikaila Schmitt, Janae Graham, Amanda Vecchio and Kathleen Feng.

Stay on the lookout for great things from Graham, Kaitlin Thomas, Kate Helfenbein, Sarah Kilian and Molly Dragan, all of whom have shown their skills in the first two games.

Dec 192014
 

Dec 192014
 

Screen Shot 2014-12-19 at 2.58.53 PMShirley Caroline (Knopp) Ruttner, 80, of Guilford, died peacefully on Dec. 11 at Connecticut Hospice where she was surrounded by her children.

Originally from Yakima, WA, she moved to Orange, CT in 1965 which is where she raised her three children with her husband of 55 years, James Ruttner.

Shirley enjoyed gardening, baking cookies, and decorating her home, especially during the holiday season.

An avid reader, Shirley could be found at the Guilford Public Library several times per week taking out the mysteries she loved.

Shirley was a gifted and creative quilt maker, and was especially proud of the quilts she made for each of her 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Shirley was beloved by her 3 children; Michael Ruttner of Boston, MA, Sally Ruttner of Florence, KY, Nancy Iannuzzi of Madison, CT; her stepson Steven Ruttner of Seattle, WA; her grandchildren Caroline, Julia, and Benjamin Ruttner and Michael, Nicholas, and Christopher Iannuzzi, and her great-grandchildren Isabel and Harper Hoyt who are heartbroken and missing her terribly.

A memorial service will be held at the North Madison Congregational Church at 1:00 pm on January 24th, 2015.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Connecticut Hospice in Branford.

For online tributes and condolences please visit www.swanfuneralhomemadison.com

Dec 182014
 

boys swimmingThe Amity Spartans Boys Swim Team went up against Haddam Killingworth in the season opener on Wednesday, Dec. 18.
Although Haddam Killingworth won more events, Amity was victorious by 4 points: 87-83.
Amity’s winning events:
200 yard Medley Relay: A-1:48.45 Dan Madsen, Ben Clemens, Sergey Savelyev, Kevin Zhao
100 yard Freestyle: A- 52.38 Ben Clemens
500 yard Freestyle: A- 5:24.66 Zac Babbitz
Haddam Killingworth’s winning events:
200 Freestyle: HK- 1:55.18 Garrett Mazzioti
200 IM: HK- 2:07.39 Mason Revis
50 yard Freestyle: HK-24.15 Conor Champagne
100 yard Butterfly: HK-55.77 Garrett Mazziotti
200 yard Freestyle Relay: HK- 1:39.29  Connor McLaughlin, Garrett Mazziotti , Mason Revis, Conor Champagne
100 yard Backstroke: HK- 1:00.16 Jake Torello
100 yard Breaststroke: HK- 1:09.12 Mason Revis
400 yard Freestyle Relay: HK- 3:36.77 Garrett Mazziotti, Connor McLaughlin, Jake Torello, Mason Revis
Records: Amity 1-0; Haddam Killingworth 0-1

Dec 182014
 

IMG_7976During last week’s Board of Selectmen’s meeting a request to change the name of recently completed Edison Road to PEZ Boulevard was unanimously approved.

PEZ has been making its famous candy in Orange since 1974, and in December 2011 the long awaited visitor center at 35 Prindle Hill Road opened to the public.

Today, Thursday, Dec. 18, the town fulfilled its promise and PEZ Boulevard was dedicated.

Among those in attendance was Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, who was instrumental in making the Edison Road project a reality. She was a tireless advocate for the project from start to finish bringing in millions to ensure its completion.

First Selectman Jim Zeoli said the new road, which connects Prindle Hill and Marsh Hill roads and is home to PEZ, Aurora Products and Restaurant Depot, to name a few also opens up the possibility of attracting more businesses to open on the 65 additional acres to which it is connected.

Joe Vittoria, President and CEO of PEZ said the thoroughfare has brought more than 80,000 cars to the Visitor Center so far.

Dec 182014
 

Jr. Chris Winkel's hoop hanging move at Wednesday's basketball game.

Jr. Chris Winkel’s hoop hanging move at Wednesday’s basketball game.

Back in 2012-13, the Amity Spartans Boys Basketball team had a great season with players like Zach Campbell and Remi Farrell leading the way.

Farrell was known for the way he would dunk the ball and then swing from the hoop. At Wednesday night’s game against the Career Panthers, another tall blonde, Chris Winkel, did just that, bringing fans back in time.

Although 2013-14 was a “rebuilding” year for Amity Coach Jeff Nielsen, his team seems to have some talent this year, with good team play and lots of hard work out on the court, in spite of the 23 point spread in the final.

Career is a strong team and their success at the foul line is nothing to sneeze at.

Playing in this game were:

Seniors

Brett Zaniewski (10), Jared Tashea (31), Brett Southworth (33), Dave Piechota (34), Matt Ronai (43), Doug Rives (45),  and Phil Hochman (52)

Juniors

Brian Ronai (2), Mike Stewart (3), Truman Etkin (15), Eli Oliphant (20), Chris Winkel (44) and Pasquale Villano (54)

Sophomores

Chris Wright (14) and Colin Beaulieu (12).

Winkel was the Spartan’s high scorer with 16 points, followed by Matt Ronai with 11 points.

The boys play next at Hamden High School on Friday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.