Aug 282014

thOne of the best restaurants in Orange is NOT CLOSED. Come on out tonight and show them your support.

While surfing the web today, I came upon a disturbing piece at the top of the page stating that a Boston Post Road restaurant in Orange is…GASP! “Closed.”

No way, I thought, it can’t be true!

Many businesses have difficult months, but to see an excellent restaurant close without a peep would be very sad and unbearable to regular customers who know just how good it is.

The restaurant of which I am writing is the RedFish Grill. A YELP listing shows a photo of one of their wonderful meals and above the map the words, “Location Closed.”

Instead of taking the listing’s word for it, I called the restaurant and was relieved when someone answered the phone.

I explained to her what I had found in my search and she assured me that the RedFish Grill is still open and serving guests as we spoke.

Could this listing faux pas be the cause of slow nights there?

Independently owned businesses need community support to thrive, and something like this could truly hurt business. You know how it goes, someone reads the YELP listing then tells two friends, and so on.

So pass this on to your friends, the Redfish Grill is OPEN and serving its affordable dinner specials and other wonderful food every day. The bar is well stocked with a wonderful variety of wine and other items are always available during lunch, happy hour and for late night dinners.





Aug 282014

Fresh and delicious bread and seasoned oil.

Fresh and delicious bread and seasoned oil.

When is the last time you went to the Redfish Grill? Now is a great time to try it and get hooked.

A friend, and Orange resident said she had lunch there for the first time on Saturday and liked it so much she came back with friends for dinner on Sunday.

We’ve heard nothing but good comments about the food, service and atmosphere but some diners have been put off by the price of their meal.

Well, Spiro has some good news for you, Redfish Grill285 Boston Post Road, Orange, now offers early dining specials, Monday thru Friday from 4-6 p.m.

The special menu, which was introduced in June, includes 10 of the restaurant’s most popular dishes (seafood, beef, pork and chicken) all for $11.95 each.

You will have a choice of Scottish Salmon; Santorini Shrimp; Redfish Mediterranean; Tilapia Florentine; Broiled Scrod; Linguini with Clam Sauce; grilled Pork Chop; Pork Loin Marsala; Filet Mignon or Lemon Chicken.

Side dish selections are: Mac n’ Cheese; French Fries; Cole Slaw, Jasmine Rice; Roasted Potatoes or Seasonal Vegetables.

Even if you are not a bread lover, you will love the bread here.

Come on in and try the Redfish Grill. The food is always fresh and delicious, the service is fast and friendly and now the price is right too.

Don’t forget to mention that you heard about it on Orange Live

Aug 282014

Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 12.31.26 PMAn important message from Richard Cenami, Chairman of the Orange Board of Assessment Appeals:

Pursuant to section 12-110 of the Connecticut General Statutes, the Orange Board of Assessment Appeals will convene on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 5:30 pm to hear complaints on motor vehicle assessments, exclusively, on the October 1, 2013 grand list. Hearings will be held at the Town Hall, 617 Orange Center Road, Orange, Connecticut. Complaint forms are available in the Assessor’s Office.

Aug 282014

Chairman Beau Clark

Chairman Beau Clark

The Town Plan & Zoning Commission will hold a regular meeting at Town Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the agenda:

1. SITE PLAN APPLICATION – Submitted by Sixty Five Marsh Hill Road, LLC – Frank Dilieto for property known as 0 Salemme Lane a.k.a Assessor’s Map 3-1-6. The proposal is for the use of the property as a temporary warehousing/dumpster supply company. Empty dumpster-containers will be stored on-site and enclosed with a slatted chain link fence.

NOTE: This is the applicant that hired Atty. Brian Stone represent him. 

2. SITE PLAN APPLICATION, ARCHITECTURAL SUPPLEMENT – Submitted by Kin Properties for property known as 130 Boston Post Road. For proposed façade work.

Review of draft “Outdoor Storage & Outdoor Displays” regulations.

NOTE: CLICK HERE To review the previous discussions on these three matters from the last TP&ZC meeting.

Old Business.

New Business.

Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

-Review of Zoning Activities Log.


8. * APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL EXCEPTION, PERMIT OR USE – Submitted by Temple Emanuel of Greater New Haven, Inc. for property known as 150 Derby Avenue. The proposal is to construct a 2,503 sq. ft. addition to an existing synagogue to be used for religious purposes.

Aug 282014

IMG_7221Although 82-degrees and humid is not the best weather in which to play football, the 2014 Varsity teams from Amity and Bunnell came together at Amity for the first scrimmage of the season yesterday.

Not as exciting as an actual game, scrimmages give the teams an opportunity to try out all the plays they’ve been practicing on another team.

With the coaches offering direction from the field (not just the sidelines) both sides played close attention to the athletes and the moves, analyzing the strengths and weaknesses before the season officially begins.

As with every sport, Orange Live will have to get used to the new faces, who’s wearing what number, etc. But we will be there covering the games and shooting photos through to the Thanksgiving rivalry.

Here are a few shots from Wednesday’s scrimmage.


Aug 282014

film-enough-said-2013The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, continues its Film Buffs series with another installment today.

Come to the library for a showing of the movie “Enough Said,” starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini on Thursday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m.

A divorced woman decides to pursue the man she’s interested in, then learns he’s her new friend’s ex-husband.

The film is 93 minutes. Rated PG-13.

Aug 282014

dreamermicLabor Day Concert

The Town Of Orange and OTN present the Canadian Band “Dreamer.”

In its Connecticut debut, “Dreamer” will give you the Supertramp Experience on Labor Day weekend.

Parking is $5 per car with proceeds going to the Amity Teen Center.

You know the music, “The Logical Song,” “Goodbye Stranger,” and “Dreamer” Come on down to the Orange Fairgrounds Gazebo, 525 Orange Center Road on Sunday, Aug. 31 from 7-9:30 p.m.

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Aug 272014

img_shredded_paper_540x360Amity Regional School District No. 5, as per state guidelines, is disposing of student special education records.

The records are of any student who has received special services are maintained for six years after his or her class graduates.

Former Amity students born in 1989 and 1990, and graduated in 2008, who have received special services at the Amity Middle School, Orange; Amity Middle School, Bethany; or Amity Regional High School may obtain their special education records.

These records may be obtained any weekday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Amity District Office, at Amity High School, 25 Newton Road, Woodbridge.

Before receiving records, students are asked to call 203-397-4820.

If records are not claimed by Sept. 19, they will be destroyed.

Aug 272014

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The Park and Recreation Commission met tonight at the Orange Town Hall at 7:30 p.m. Much of the meeting was dedicated to the Fred Wolfe Park project.

Girls Lacrosse Field Request

Bill McNeil speaking on hopes for Girls’ Lacrosse field expansion at Fred Wolfe Park

Girls lacrosse is the fastest growing sport around, High Plains is much too crowded. 170 players in Orange.

McNeil did his homework on the history of the park, a recent walk-through of the land, found it would be perfect for LAX fields, except now, it is overgrown and filled with invasive plants (bittersweet etc) that are choking the trees.

It will take a lot of money to put grass/turf fields in at no expense to the town (It will be collected through fund-raising)

Jeff Ocheski from Fuss and O’Neil, the same firm hired to do the plans for the Wolfe Park redevelopment.

Commissioners said that none of the fields would be sports specific (ie just lacrosse of just soccer, etc.)

The park could accommodate football games as well. The master plan includes a 400 meter running track/walking track and bathrooms.

The town is hoping for state grant money to become available, and allowing McNeil and his group to begin preparing their desired site may actually get the ball rolling sooner.

Lighting would be the least invasive to neighbors as possible, according to Park & Rec Chairman Joe Lembo.

First Selectman Jim Zeoli said the bathrooms and building for equipment storage, etc needs to be strategically placed so the overall plan for the 64-acre is fluid. A one-acre dog park also would be a desired addition to the park. Zeoli said a STEEP grant is available now, and this would be a perfect project for the grant, as it would fall under the quality of life portion of the grant.

It was suggested that  a second entrance leading to the park should be built to give the residents on Hollow Road a break.

Residents on Hemlock and surrounding streets should be informed of any changes that will be taking place at Fred Wolfe Park.

There will be a Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Sept. 10 regarding the plans for Fred Wolfe Park. Residents are more than welcome to attend and offer their input.


Dan Lynch – Old Business

A Park & Rec sub committee will make recommendations about improving fields.

Overused fields get “tired” and worn.

The town pool had regular maintenance and will re-open on Sept. 8. new starting blocks will be in.

Day camp numbers were down this year, but successful none-the-less.

Registration for some  fall programs are already open, but other fall program registrations will begin on Sept. 2 for town residents. A week later for non-residents.





Aug 272014

9691036806_43a2bfa221-734636St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road, will host its 34th annual Odyssey Greek Festival, Labor Day Weekend, Aug 29, 30, 31, Sep 1, 2014

The grounds will be open from 12 to 10 PM Friday, Saturday and Sunday and 12 to 8 p.m. on Labor Day (Monday)

Parking and admission are always free.

The event goes on rain or shine, let’s hope for dry sunny days.

This is the best time of year to get your fill of St. Barbara’s excellent home made Greek delicacies, Greek Dancing and music.

Orange Live will have more information as the event draws nearer.



[Keftethes (Greek meatballs), Dolmathes (stuffed grape leaves), Loukaniko (Greek sausage), feta cheese, olives, tomatoes, cucumber, spanakopita and tiropita]

Originally Published on: Aug 7, 2014 @ 0:25

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