Jul 222014

IMG_6297Members of the American Legion Post 127 were on hand to root for their Orange Baseball team at Brinley Field on Sunday.

Chris Winkel had two extra base hits, helping Orange Post 127 to an 8-3 victory over Naugatuck on Sunday at Brinley.

He doubled in the second and fourth innings.

Nick Fusco held Naugatuck scoreless for eight innings. Fusco allowed six hits, one walk and struck out three.

Jake Russo, Winkel and Matt Ronai helped lead Orange Post 127. They combined for seven hits and five RBIs.

Naugatuck’s Tavarez was charged with the loss. He allowed seven runs in two innings, walked two and struck out one.

Orange Post 127 went up for good in the first, scoring two runs on two singles.

Orange Post 127 tacked on another five runs in the second. A error scored Josh Sabitsky for the inning’s first run. That was followed up by Winkel’s double, plating Sebastian DiMauro, Gerald Farace and Russo.

Jul 222014

blood_drive-244x300-1The Red Cross announced YESTERDAY thru August 15  that we are in URGENT APPEAL.

The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give.

Donations through the Red Cross are down by about 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected.

The number of donors continues to decline and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks.

The Independence Day holiday falling on Friday reduced the number of blood drives scheduled in early July. Many sponsors did not host drives because people took vacations during the long weekend or the entire week.

In an average summer week, about 4,400 Red Cross blood drives are scheduled, compared to Independence Day week when 3,450 drives occurred.

The Red Cross expected more people would donate after the holiday weekend ended, but donations did not significantly increase


There will be blood drives in the following Orange locations: 

Congregation Or Shalom

205 Old Grassy Hill Road

Wed July 23rd




550 Boston Post Road

Monday Aug 4th



To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS ~ 1-800-733-2767

Or visit online at Redcrossblood.org

Jul 222014

summer-concert-series-beach-music-festival-37-300x300The Orange Community Services has arranged for free Summer Concerts in the Gazebo (one per month June – August) this year on the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road from 6-8 p.m.

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy these all-ages appropriate shows

On July 23, the Calypso band “White Eyed Lizard” will perform (ran date Aug. 6)

On Aug. 20, the bluegrass band “Whiskey Boys” plays (rain date Aug. 21).

Sponsors for these shows include: Maplewood of Orange; OVNA; The Goddard School; Affordable Dentures; Crunch Fitness and Geico.

Labor Day Concert

Unrelated to the Community Services series:

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.

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.


Jul 212014

This batch is sold out

This batch is sold out

A small business success story:

Look over to the right, see that Ad for Cedar Hill Farm that’s been online for more than a week? Well, if you procrastinated and didn’t order your fresh chickens this time, it’s too late — they are all sold out — again.

Cedar Hill Farm is run by Stephen and Rachel Bespuda, a young couple that both come from a long line of farmers.

They grow hay, straw, and corn right here in Orange.

They offer beef year-round (it may not be readily available, so everything is pre-ordered). The steers are pasture raised, and when the pastures are not suitable for grazing, the steers are fed locally grown hay and corn silage, from right here in Orange.

The beef is sold by the quarter or side. It is cut, wrapped, labeled, and frozen. You get steaks, roast, and ground beef.

in 2009 they began selling Thanksgiving Turkeys, to rave reviews, and then 2010 they started selling chickens in the spring and summer.

The chickens and turkeys start their lives indoors with heat lamps and the warmth they need to be healthy, at 3 weeks in nice weather they go outside and roam the farm (free range).

The chickens and turkeys are sold fresh and whole (turkeys are raised for Thanksgiving)—Pre-Order ONLY — and you must call 203-889-7282 or e-mail [email protected] for information or to place an order.

Availability of the products are posted on their Facebook pageThe current message is “We have sold out of chickens! We are considering raising another batch of chickens in late fall/early winter, please let us know if you would be interested!”

Why Buy Fresh and Local?

So, what’s the difference between store bought and these Orange raised free range chickens?

Stephen uses the analogy, “Take a tomato that you grow in your garden compared to one that you get from a supermarket you can tell the difference in quality from the flavor and texture.”

Rachel added, “It’s just fresh, locally grown, raised correctly and humanely, and something that we care deeply about, not something we take for granted,” she said. “Even thought we’ve had it all of our lives, we know the work that goes into it. We appreciate the fact that not everyone has the opportunity to purchase fresh meat that is grown in the same town they live in.”

“This is the meat that we eat ourselves,” Stephen said.

There is no 24/7 farm stand, but the system works for regular customers.

Existing customers on the mailing list receive postcards or e-mails when it’s time to order the chickens.

The last two batch of chickens also sold out, so when you see the Cedar Hill ad pop up on Orange Live get busy and pre-order yours immediately.

I have heard nothing but good things about the Cedar Hill Chickens, and I am very happy to see Stephen and Rachel doing so well in their business.

Jul 212014

SOLD SIGNThe Town Clerk’s office released this list of property transfers filed with town hall July 14-18.

• 382 Dogwood Road, $314,150, Scott McNamara to Stacey Lynn Capella, filed on July 16.

• 817 Taft Road, $145,000, Sheryl Lynn Lofgran to Teresa Valerio, filed on July 18.

• 130 Sunrise Circle, $537,139, Sunrise Hill Estates LLC to Robert Fertel, filed on July 18.

• 667 Derby Milford Road, $278,000, Billie Sue Ferris TR to Anne Marenna, filed on July 18.

Jul 212014

Police Blotter Logo thx DavePatrol officers stopped a car on the Boston Post Road, July 15 at 12:21 a.m., after observing it going the wrong way into a one-way entrance of a local business.

Officers administered a standardized roadside sobriety tests on the driver, Gustavo Lopez, 26, of 163 Spring St., West Haven.

Lopez was charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) and failure to maintain a proper lane.

He was released on $250 bond for court July 28.



Jul 202014

legion dugoutAmerican Legion Post 127 baseball team had an incredible regular season. Their record is 21-7. (although the number of losses depicted on their website is 8)

Many of the boys were on the State Championship Amity team this year, and the Legion’s season started up late because they had to wait until Amity was done playing.

Here is the complete rundown of the games Bob Mirto’s boys played since June 16. (losses are bolded)

June 16 — Orange 5, Hamden 2

June 16 — Orange 6, Hamden 4

June 19 — Orange 0, Branford 6

June 21 — Orange 2, Ansonia 0

June 22 — Orange 13, Ansonia 0

June 23 — Orange 8, New Haven 1

June 28 — Orange 14, Milford 2

June 28 — Orange 3, Milford 2

June 29 — Orange 1, Milford 0

June 30 — Orange 0, Branford 4

July 1    — Orange 2, Branford 3


July 2    — Orange 2, Barnstormers 9

July 3    — Orange 3, Senerchia 4

July 4    — Orange 5, Providence 4

July 6    — Orange 18, East Haven 6

July 6    — Orange 22, East Haven 14

July 7    — Orange 4, East Haven 5

July 8    — Orange 4, North Haven 0

July 9    — Orange 8, North Haven 0

July 10  — Orange 9, North Haven 0

July 11  — Orange 3, Hamden 4

July 12  — Orange 7, Shelton 2

July 12  — Orange 12, Shelton 1

July 13  — Orange 10, Shelton 1

July 14  — Orange 5, New Haven 3

July 16  — Orange 2, Stratford 5

July 17  — Orange 2, Stratford 1

July 17  — Orange 1, Stratford 0


July 20  — Orange 8, Naugatuck 3

Jul 202014

merry circleJust Reduced, this beautiful 1,652 sq ft ranch on 1 acre at 283 Merry Circle has a possible in-law space is available for $319,500. (Reduced Price)

Feshly painted and move-in ready, it has three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms.

The sunny, open flora plan features a spacious living room with fireplace and sliders to deck, a formal dining room and a nicely designed oversized eat-in kitchen.

Three generously sized bedrooms include a master with full bath.

A finished walkout lower level adds an additional 600 square feet of living space with new carpet and tile and includes a large family room with fireplace, a powder room and office, ideal for possible in-law set up.

Conveniently located close to I-95, Route 1

Conveniently located close to I-95, Route 1

Rich hardwood floors on the main level, 2 car garage and central air.

Situated at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac with a large, pretty yard.

Listing brokered by Remax Right Choice, Stephanie Ellison Realtor. Give her a call at 203-874-7653 and tell her you saw this home on Orangectlive.com

MLS# N344582

Jul 202014

Stunning, inside and out

Stunning, inside and out

595 Cedar Grove, Orange

STOP Looking! Custom Colonial located on Cul-De-Sac in Private Broadview Subdivision.

Grand 2 Story Entry Foyer, Architectural Windows, Gourmet eat in kitchen w/ Granite countertops, Pantry & High End appliances w/ Slider to 2 Tier Deck w/ Jacuzzi Tub , Open fireplace, livingroom w/ fireplace, dining room  w/ Crown Molds & Chair Rail, Den, 3-4Bed, 3 Full Baths, Master Suite.

Finished Media Room in lower level, Bonus Room, Pocket & French Solid  Core Doors, hard wood floors, 2 Car Garage, CAIR, City Water, Private Location, Walk to Trails & Golf Course.

All the Bells & Whistles. Seeing is Believing!

Request a private showing with Charles Kroopneck. Call 203-668-4954.

Move in condition 2,712 Sq Ft home on 1.81 acres. Offered for $550,000 (new price).

Elementary School: Turkey Hill Middle School: Amity High School: Amity

Jul 192014

IMG_6168Orange Post 127 came alive at Penders Field in Stratford on Thursday night after losing to Stratford 3-5 on Wednesday night, they were ready to fight to win this double-header.

Orange won the first game at 5:45 p.m. 2-1 and the second game, scheduled for 7:45 didn’t begin until 8 p.m.

The game went into extra innings, but when the last out was recorded Orange Post 127 emerged with a 1-0 victory in the 13th inning.

Matt Ronai helped Orange Post 127 take the lead for good in the thirteenth inning.

With the game scoreless in the thirteenth inning Ronai came to the plate and doubled, bringing home Jake Russo.

Eric Class got the win for Orange Post 127. He tossed three innings of shutout ball. He struck out one, walked one and surrendered two hits.

Stratford’s Russo took the loss for Stratford. He lasted just four innings, walked two, struck out two, and allowed one run.

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