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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 Swimming: Way To Go, Three In A Row!

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Sep 192017
 

The Lady Spartans Swimming and Diving Team was on the road Monday, but they didn’t have to travel far (Foran High School, Milford) to win their third consecutive meet.

Amity 100, Foran 81

Amity’s Winning Events

200 yard Medley Relay: A- 2:01.31 Molly Cox, Emma Grabowski, Christiane Delda, Amanda Hendrick

200 Ind. Medley: A-2:26.45 Molly Cox

50-yard Freestyle: A- 26.70 Amanda Hendrick

200-yard Freestyle Relay: A- 1:49.70 Vera Belfonti, Chris

100 Freestyle: A- 58.80 Kayleigh Foley

500-yard Freestyle: A- 5:55.52 Alexis Halstead

200-yard Freestyle Relay: A- 1:49.70 Vera Belfonti, Chris Delda, Kayleigh Foley, Amanda Hendrick

100-yard Backstroke: A- 1:04.53 Molly Cox

Foran’s Winning Events

200-yard Freestyle: F- 2:00,71 Jordan MacDonald

Diving: F- 263.70 Emma Longley

100-yard Butterfly: F- 1:00.00 Jordan MacDonald

100 yard Breaststroke: F- 1:22.10 Kaya Vital

400 yard Freestyle Relay: F- 4:12.12 Arianna Chen, Emily Eschweiler, Ana O’Connor, Jordan MacDonald

Record: Amity 3-0

This Just In: SAT Test Scores, School Rankings Announced

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Sep 182017
 

The Connecticut SAT test scores and updated rankings for the 2016-17 school year were posted to SchoolDigger TODAY.

We know that many Orange and Amity residents moved here because of the schools. Now you can see for yourself how the Orange and Region 5 Districts ranked against other Connecticut schools.

The Orange School District ranked 40th out of 132 in the state of Connecticut.

Here’s how each of the three elementary schools rated:

Peck Place School

Peck Place School 

Grades 1-6

349 Students

13.4 Student/Teacher Ratio

84.6 Average Standard Score (2017)

Ranked #79

Down 10 slots from last year

Race Brook School

Race Brook School

Grades 1-6

369 Students

12.7 Student/Teacher Ratio

76.6 Average Standard Score (2017)

Ranked #145

Down 6 slots from last year

stock photo of Turkey Hill School

Turkey Hill School

Grades 1-6

293 Students

12.2 Student/Teacher Ratio

72.2 Average Standard Score (2017)

Ranked #161

Down 75 slots from last year

Amity Regional District #5 ranked 6th of 132 Connecticut districts

Amity Middle School Orange ranked in the top 10 of 240 Connecticut Middle Schools

Amity Middle School 

Grades 7-8

392 Students

11.5 Student/Teacher Ratio

92.3 Average Standard Score (2017)

Ranked #8

UP 20 slots from last year

Amity High School ranked in the top 20 of 109 Connecticut High Schools

Amity High School 

Grades 9-12

1,524 Students

12.1 Student/Teacher Ratio

88.8 Average Standard Score (2017)

Ranked #12

Retains same ranking as last year

 

 

Have You Seen Pitsy?

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Sep 182017
 

Pitsy is a 16-year-old calico cat. She was last seen in her yard on Sunset Drive last Thursday.

She is about 12 lbs, walks with limp ( front paws) is gentle, a little skittish ( less so with age).

Her name is Pitsy – but sometimes more likely to answer to nickname ” Pit.”

Her family is heartbroken.

If you see her or know of her whereabouts, please call Deborah at 434-616-1369.

Sept. 19 Town Plan and Zoning Commission Meeting Agenda

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Sep 182017
 

The Orange Town Plan and Zoning Commission meets at Town Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 with new chairman Ozzie Parente at the helm.

1. Review of the Minutes from the August 1, 2017, meeting.

2. Old Business.

3. New Business.

PUBLIC HEARINGS 8:00 p.m. *(5)

4. *PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING REGULATIONS –
-Submitted by the Estate of Dominic F. Farina, Trustee. To Amend the Orange Zoning Regulations relative to Hotel Development in the Light Industrial LI-2 District. Also to provide language which defines “Lot Frontage” and amends required “conference facility space for hotels”. (Continued from the September 5, 2017 meeting.)

5. *PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE PLAN OF CONSERVATION AND
DEVELOPMENT – Upon the initiative of the Orange Town Plan & Zoning
Commission. To amend the Orange Plan of Conservation & Development
regarding Transit Oriented Development in the Town of Orange. (Continued
from the August 1 & August 15, 2017 meetings.)

6. *PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING MAP – Upon the initiative of
the Orange Town Plan & Zoning Commission. The proposed change is to clarify
the Zoning Designation for TODD eligible properties located on Marsh Hill
Road. (Continued from the August 1 & August 15, 2017 meetings.)

7. *PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING REGULATIONS –
-Submitted upon the initiative of the Orange Town Plan & Zoning Commission.
To amend Article XXIV – Transit Oriented Development District of the Orange
Zoning Regulations. (Continued from the August 1 & August 15, 2017
meetings.)

8. *PETITION TO AMEND THE ORANGE ZONING REGULATIONS –
-Upon the initiative of the Orange Town Plan & Zoning Commission.
To extend the Moratorium on TODD Development to December 31, 2017; to
enable the TPZC to examine, study, and review the existing TODD Regulations.

Could “First Responders Day” Replace “Columbus Day” as a Federal Holiday?

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Sep 182017
 

Orange resident Mary Hurley started a White House Petition to make 9/11 an official Federal Holiday called First Responders’ Day.

Here is her reasoning:

The events of September 11th are still very fresh in the minds of most Americans. The heroic acts of First Responders on that day should be rightly honored right along side our nation’s veterans on Veteran’s Day, and those that gave their lives for this country on Memorial Day.

The Federal Government will usually only recognize a certain number of Federal Holidays per year. Columbus Day has become a more and more controversial holiday each year. Moreover, it’s a holiday that no one really celebrates anyway. The American people will benefit more from First Responders’ Day to honor those First Responders who gave their lives and for those that still live with the scars of that fateful day far more than Columbus Day.

Click HERE for the petition page.

Today’s Country Fair Schedule (Sunday, Sept. 17)

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Sep 172017
 

The Orange Country Fair takes place today at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2017
8:00 a.m. Chip’s famous Pancake Breakfast – Main Food Pavilion
9:00 a.m. Antique Tractor Pull
10:00 a.m. Antique Car Show
10:30 a.m. Olde Time Lumberjack Show
10:30 a.m. Pork Chop Pig Racing (Lower Field)
11:00 a.m. Horse Draw
11:00 a.m. Homing Pigeon Release
11:30 a.m. Pedal Tractor Pull
12:00-12:45: The Magic of Christopher (Gazebo)
12:00-5:00: Justin Woods Circus (Strolling Entertainer)
1:00-5:00: The Magic of Christopher (Performing tricks around the fairgrounds)
1:00 p.m. Women’s Skillet Toss
1:00 p.m. Homing Pigeon Release
1:30 p.m. Olde Time Lumberjack Show
2:00 p.m. Pork Chop Pig Racing (Lower Field)
2:00-6:00: Freeplay Band
2:30 p.m. Musical Entertainment
3:00 p.m. Homing Pigeon Release
4:00 p.m. Musical Entertainment
4:00 p.m. Olde Time Lumberjack Show
5:00: Pork Chop Pig Racing (Lower field)
6:00 p.m. Fair Closes

SPECIAL FEATURES
•• Chip’s famous pancake breakfast
•• Toddler Driving Contest
•• Birds of Prey 11:00, 12:00, 1:00 & 2:00
•• Pig Races
•• Garden Club Demonstration 2:00 both days

*** Sunday Headliners ***
Main Stage – Gazebo
Freeplay 2:00 – 6:00 PM
Featuring Jim Pino Jr, Joey Pods & the Langley Bros.

Pig Races

Sunday: 11:30, 2:30, 5:00

Official Fair T-Shirts, Hats and Commemorative Items
available at the Souvenir Tent.

Klarides Says Approval of GOP Budget Signals New Direction for Connecticut

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Sep 162017
 

Following the stunning bipartisan vote that passed the Republican budget by a 78-72 margin at 1:44 a.m., today, House Republican Leader Themis Klarides hailed the passage of the bipartisan package in the House and urged Gov. Malloy to reconsider his threatened veto
and sign the bill to avert massive cuts Democrats will inflict on Connecticut schools on Oct. 1, absent a two-year tax and spending plan.

“This is the first step toward getting the state back on the sane fiscal footing and putting Connecticut back on the road to solvency,’’ Klarides said. “We owe it to the state of Connecticut to act, and have the Governor sign this bipartisan legislation,’’ Klarides said.

The Republican budget does not raise taxes, restores funding for schools and towns and protects municipal aid. Klarides praised the five Democrats who joined the GOP to produce the bipartisan solution.

Three Democratic Senators voted for the Republican plan earlier in the day to pass it 21-15. The

The House then voted 78-72 to approve the budget. It also restores deep cuts for social services.

The Republican plan includes no new taxes, restores education funding and preserves municipal aid.

“It took months to get to this point, and despite the time needed to get this point by the
legislature, we have reached another level. Now we wait for the Governor,’’ Klarides said.

Don’t Mess With Loki

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Sep 162017
 

During a police K9 Demonstration at the Orange Country Fair, this afternoon, Officer Chris Brown and his canine partner, Loki showed off the dog’s intensity and strong bite with the assistance of guest “criminal” Deputy Fire Marshal Jamie Vincent.

The music from a live band was blaring nearby, drowning out some of the police dialogue. But basically, Vincent put on a thick protective bite sleeve and stood in the ring as Brown held Loki back while yelling directions to Vincent. “Stay where you are or I’ll release my dog.”

Brown let up on the leash a little and let Loki go after the “criminal.”

Loki hung on until Brown commanded him to release and offered him a miniature bite roll to chew on — a job well done.

The message to this story, if you commit a crime in Orange, don’t mess with Loki.

Today At The Orange Country Fair

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Sep 162017
 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2017
8:00 a.m. Chip’s famous Pancake Breakfast – Main Food Pavilion
8:30 a.m. Garden Tractor Pull
10:00 a.m. Opening Ceremonies
10:30 a.m. Pork Chop Pig Racing (Lower Field)
11:00 a.m. Two Person Hand Saw Contest
11:00 a.m. Homing Pigeon Release
11:00 a.m. Oxen Draw
11:30 a.m. Olde Time Lumberjack Show
12:00 p.m. Gazebo: The Magic of Adam (Magician)
12:00-5:00: Justin Woods Circus (Strolling Entertainer)
1:00 p.m. Men’s Haybale Toss – Upper Field
1:00 p.m. Orange Police Dog Demonstration – Upper Field
1:00-5:00: The Magic of Christopher (Performing tricks around the fairgrounds)
2:00 p.m.Homing Pigeon Release
2:00 p.m. Children’s Entertainment
2:00 p.m. Olde Time Lumberjack Show
3:00 p.m. Doodlebug Contest
3:00 p.m. Pork Chop Pig Racing (Lower Field)
3:00 p.m. Homing Pigeon Release
3:00 p.m. Musical Entertainment – Shari Puorto Band
5:00 p.m. Olde Time Lumberjack Show
7:00 p.m. Fair Closes

Field Hockey: Lady Spartans Defeat Lyman Hall 3-zip

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Sep 152017
 

The Amity Varsity Field Hockey team hosted Lyman Hall in Woodbridge on Thursday, Sept. 14.
The Lady Spartans shut out the Trojans 3-0.
Lyman’s Goalie Maddie Torre had 12 saves.
Amity’s noteworthy players: Tess Csejka had two goals, Daria Torrenti had one goal and Goalie Alexa Smith #00 had 9 saves.
Records: Amity 2-0, Lyman Hall 1-1-1