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Dec 122018

The town of Orange has three excellent official resources for locating information that you may be seeking, right at your fingertips.

The Town Of Orange Website is designed to make your search as stress-free as possible. 

It includes a business directory link, a page for town departments, a page for boards and commissions and meeting agendas and minutes, tons of information about the community – places to go, recreation programs and more.

The town developed a great resource for you in this location, check it out!

The Chamber of Commerce has a smorgasbord of listings that may answer your questions in a matter of seconds or minutes.

Visit the chamber’s Website today for all the latest business & community events and information!

The Orange Economic Development Corporation (OEDC) also has a beautiful website that you MUST see if you’ve never visited it before.

It has an incredible business directoryIt’s so easy to find whatever you’re looking for here. Go there NOW and check it out. You’ll never have to use a business phone book again. 

OEDC is the agency that publishes the absolutely stunning Orange Life magazine that I call the ultimate coffee table magazine. It has the best writing of any publication in town and it is a wonderful resource for Orange residents.

Here at Orange Live, we are dedicated to the town of Orange and don’t fill our pages with blogs or stories from Milford or other towns. You will find local links of interest in the left-hand column of our site. Make Orange Live your go-to source for Orange



Orange Police: Man Threatened To Kill Orange Resident

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Dec 122018

Officers responded to a private residence on Country Lane in regards to a threatening complaint on Dec. 9 at 11:15 p.m.

During the investigation, officers learned that Kurt Menosky, 28, of Milford had made dozens of phone calls and sent text messages to the resident at Country Lane, and during at least one of those calls threatened to kill the complainant.

Officers located Menosky at his residence in Milford, where he was taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct and second-degree threatening.

He was released after posting $100 bond for court on Dec. 20.

Visit the Angel Tree At The Orange PD and Help Make A Child’s Dreams Come True

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Dec 112018

The Orange Police Youth and Community officers are trying something new this year, and the police department is hoping that this will be as successful as some of its other community-outreach endeavors.

Detectives Ryan DePolo and Carolyn Bailey, in partnership with Orange Community Services, have set up a ‘Holiday Giving Tree’ in the lobby vestibule at Orange Police headquarters, 314 Lambert Road.

On this tree are different angel ornaments. Each of these ornaments is dedicated to one boy or girl living in the Town of Orange. On each angel, there is the child’s name and the things he or she would like to receive for the holiday season.

The police are hoping that people will pick an angel from the tree and fulfill that child’s holiday wishes.

The items you pick for the child in need can be dropped at the Orange PD headquarters in care of either Detective DePolo or Detective Bailey. Please wrap the gifts and indicate which child you picked when doing so.

Agenda: Dec. 12 Board of Selectmen’s Meeting

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File photo of First Selectman Jim Zeoli during a selectmen’s meeting.

The Orange Board of Selectmen meet at Town Hall on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the agenda:


(2 minutes per speaker)



* To consider and act on the approval of the minutes of the November 8, 2018 Special Meeting of the Board of Selectmen  * To consider and act on the approval of the minutes of the November 14, 2018 Regular Meeting of the Board of Selectmen


1. To consider and act on the request from Cub Scout Pack 922 to waive the customary rental fee for HPCC for Pinewood Derby Event – Brian Cleveland, Cub Scout Pack 922

2. To consider and act on moving the polling location for District 1 To consider and act on the request to approve the tax refunds totaling $10,205. 70


1. Pension Board – Selectman Goldblatt

2. Capital Planning – Selectman Okenquist

3. Bond Construction Oversight – Selectman Goldblatt

4. Personnel – First Selectman Zeoli, Selectman Okenquist, Selectman Davis


FYI * * * Approved Minutes of October 10, 2018 Board of Selectmen Meeting Revenue and Expenditure Reports Appointments & Reappointments 2019-2020 Board of Selectman Meeting Schedule Memo

Support The Friends Of The Library This Weekend

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Dec 102018

The Friends of the Case Memorial Library is a group of dedicated volunteers who help the library in a number of ways and offer the public the amazing book sale every year.

You can help support the Friends of the Case Memorial Library by shopping at the Milford Barnes and Noble from Friday, December 14 through Thursday, December 20.

All you have to do is stop by the Library to pick up the Bookfair voucher with their special code for in-store and online sales.  The Friends will receive a percentage of the net voucher sales.

Boys’ Hockey: How’d the Spartans Fare in The West Haven Jamboree

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Dec 092018

The other day I mentioned that the Amity Spartans Boys Ice Hockey Team was participating in the  West Haven Jamboree where they would be pitted up against the best of the best in their division — West Haven, Notre Dame-West Haven and New Fairfield-Immaculate (NFI).

The Jamboree is a big scrimmage match during which the four teams rotate and compete in two 20-minute games. This was Amity’s opportunity to show what they are made of and either hold their own against the tough, tried and true big boys, or be destroyed.

I was standing near some men who I think were reporters during the West Haven-Notre Dame battle and it really irritated me when one of them said, “Amity is in trouble.” I guess he hadn’t watched them during last week’s practice or scrimmage against Masuk.

I was still hopeful and strongly believe in the 2018-19 Spartans.

I watched the nastiness and unnecessary roughness between the two West Haven rivals and thought all the time the players spent in the penalty box was a bit ridiculous, there was no reason for the nasty moves they threw at one another. When I mentioned it to someone, he just said, “They hate each other.”

That’s no excuse. I watched football teams that in past years had been real jerks, come out and act like gentlemen this year. The same should go for all sports.

I know that in hockey the kids are going to get slammed into the wall and pushed, but there is such a thing as going overboard and in my opinion, Notre Dame was the worst offender, they were nasty.

Anyway, the first game between the two West Haven teams was tied 2-2.

Game two — Then it was Amity’s turn on the ice. They were paired with West Haven, a team that’s hard to beat.

The Blue Devils were probably surprised that the Spartans scored the first goal. Cody White put amity up on the scoreboard, unassisted, less than 5 minutes into the game.

Less than two minutes later West Haven’s Ryan Bernardi,  tied the game on an assist.

At 8:59 West Haven’s Kevin Moriarty made a goal assisted by Niko Kyle, and 43 seconds later, the duo struck again, bringing the score to 3-1.

At 10:18, Sean Dupre pulled the Blue Devils even further ahead on an assist from Moriarty.

With 3:27 remaining in the game, Amity’s Eddie Martino scored on an assist from Jason Csejka.

My Spartans didn’t win, but they weren’t slaughtered. I could have been worse. Our goalie worked his butt off.

Amity had 13 saves, West Haven had 8 saves.

Final Score: 4-2 West Haven.

Game three was between NFI and Notre Dame. I was happy to see NFI beat ND (because of their earlier attitude flaws)

The fourth and final game put Amity up against NFI.

New Fairfield scored first, and second then Amity’s Martino scored on an assist.

Amity outshot NFI 18-14.

Saves: NFI 17, Amity 12

Final Score: 2-1 NFI.


The Spartans will play NFI in their first regular season game on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the Danbury Ice Arena at 5:30 p.m.

Amity Middle School – Orange Students Make First Period Honor Roll

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Dec 092018

The Amity school system is known for its educational excellence. Following is the First Marking Period Honor Roll for Amity Middle School – Orange Campus (Grades 7 and 8) for 2018-19.


Timothy Antalik, Alivia Appleby, Adwaya Bali, Jillian Barnes, Aditi Bhattamishra, Mia Bierowski, Elizabeth Bodie, Daniella Bondar, Erin Callahan, Grace Cavallaro, Luke Chang, Haseeb Chaudry, Gia Coppola, Thomas Denton, Luciana Dottori, Jacob Ebert, Hayden Einbinder, Kayleigh Fitzpatrick, Raegan French, Marissa Green-Angerame, Edward Han, Connor Hayes, Tiernan Hennessy, Kyle Iacomacci, Peter Ivanov, Jeslyn Jacob, and Zhuoling Jiang

Also, Joshua Kang, David Ke, Meghan Kirck, Ellen Ko, Selma Krehic, Avani Kulkarni, Oliver Kusiak, Grace Launder, Noelle Launder, Erec Leszczak, Jack Lewis, Angelina Li, Bridget Lowder, Anthony Lucibello, Reesa Malish, Erica Manandhar, Gianna Manuele, Devin Maroney, Mackenzie Martin, Matthew McLeod, Jaan Melville, Nathaniel Millea, Suhail Mohammed, Nate Monschein, Bridget Morrison, Zach Morrow, Alan Murray, Andie Napolitano, Oliver Nappi, Justin Palmer, Aarav Patel, Yana Patel, Anton Rathjens, Emily Russo, Samuel Sender, Anthony Stankye, Nicholas Tice, Caroline Tirollo, Leonardo Tregger, Lorenzo Tregger, Bowen Tullo, Ava Wooldridge, Annika Yun, and Riley Zielinski.


Evelyn Alfaro, Samuel Bae, Alexa Bonato, Cynthia Burns, Timothy Cap, Caitlyn Carrier, Melanie Castillo Pacheco, Hayden Chetwynd, Lily DeMaio, Tyler DeRosa, Timothy Duro, Kenneth GaNun, Sarah Ginsberg, Lauren Heenie, Ava Holden, Cayla Jackel, Jenna Kaiser, Ryan Kelly, Dean Krehic, Joslynn Laird, Patrick Meng, William Mennillo, James Morrin, Lee Morton, Yade Mus, Christopher Nam, Frank Pena-Abosaid, Dillon Pozucek, Yasmin Santos, Katherine Stage, and Sophia Vitiello.


Alivia Appleby, Jillian Barnes, Aditi Bhattamishra, Caitlyn Carrier, Benjamin Del Franco, Thomas Denton, Luciana Dottori, Abigail Fitol, Tiernan Hennessy, Ava Holden, Cayla Jackel, Ellen Ko, Grace Launder, Angelina Li, Anthony Lucibello, Erica Manandhar, Devin Maroney, Suhail Mohammed, Nate Monschein, Bridget Morrison, Samuel Sender, Maxwell Simons, Taylor Thomas, Lorenzo Tregger, Ava Wooldridge, and Riley Zielinski.


Faryal Akbar, Sedra Alasadi, Omar Almashi, Elizabeth Antalik, Sofia Appleby, Sri Arvapalli, Jayden Benichak, Giovanni Bonazzoli, Olivia Breving, Francis Cavallaro, Jenna Chizmadia, Marin Cunningham, Dahlia Deangelis, Ana Debassio, Mia Destival, Ijo Ejara, Millicent Fuller, Leo Gao, Natalie Garcia, Sarah Granados, Simran Jain, Lucas Ketchian, Emma Kirck, and Izabela Kurpios.

Also, Trevor Lavallee, Jennifer Li, Si Ru Liang, June Lin, Sophia Liu, Marco-Alessandro Lopez Rodriguez, Jennifer Luo, Adam Martire, Nicholas Massey, Zoe May, Declan O’Rourke, Harshil Parmar, Robert Pergolotti, Kiley Pickens, Aanchal Poddar, Troy Ramos, Caitlyn Richards, William Shaw, Kyra Shevis, Katherine Sim, Spencer Stratford, Sreenidhi Tadepalli, Merina Ferguson, Eric Wang, and Athanasia Zikos.


Alana Abrams, Colin Aronin, Emily Barretta, Kayla Barry, Hailey Black, Jessa Bohan. Ryan Burns, Jason Byun, Katherine Cesare, Clara Cortright, Brandon Cysner, Nicholas Digiovanni, Emilia Dottori, Brock Goodwin, Yazeed Hasan, Jack Hawes, Brandon Hutchison, Lillian Kaempffer, Daniel Kim, Dylan Lyons, Ryan Magri, Grace Mahon, Matia Malish, Kathryn Marquis, and Sally Morbidelli.

Also, Michaela Nunez, Savannah Obymachow, Sophia Page, Cameran Palermo, Jesse Palermo, Sean Pivovar, Sarah Pultz, Anna Saccente, Isabella Salvatore, Luca Santin, Marisa Scotti, Caitlyn Smith, Cassidy Smith, Chance Starrett, Holly Thorndike, Abigail Tirollo, Gabriel Tufano, Peter Turner, Marc Vanschaick, and Craig Wezenski.


Giovanni Bonazzoli, Olivia Breving, Francis Cavallaro, Ana Debassio, Claudia Garcia Munoz, Jack Hawes, Simran Jain, Emma Kirck, Izabela Kurpios, Jennifer Luo, Dylan Lyons, Grace Mahon, Nicholas Massey, Zoe May, Maggie McDonald, Zshonna Singleton, and Cassidy Smith

Obituary: Joann (Ioanna) Stavrides, 71, Beloved Wife, Mother

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Dec 092018

Joann (Ioanna) Stavrides fell asleep in the Lord on December 4, 2018, surrounded by her family. She was 71. She was born Giannula Tsakiridou in Polykastro, Kilkis, Greece to Anastasio and Androniki Tsakirides (Maghnisali). At the age of 24, after a brief correspondence, she met and married Steven Stavrides, and immigrated to the United States of America.

Joann had three sons, Angelo, Peter, and Andrew. Never receiving formal education in the United States, she learned the language and became a U.S. Citizen, she was very proud of that accomplishment. She owned and operated, along with her husband, the East Rock Confectionary Store in New Haven for many years. What she loved most was being a Mother and Grandmother. She was strong-minded but made friends quickly. She also loved making her home warm and inviting to all.

Joann loved to have family get-togethers where she would prepare elaborate meals and made sure no one left hungry or without extra food to take home with them. She enjoyed knitting blankets for her family and friends. Keeping people she loved fed and warm was a priority of hers.

She especially enjoyed traveling to Greece. In the last several years of her life, she would spend summers back in her childhood home in Polykastro, making improvements and additions to it. She enjoyed the time there with her family and friends. Joann loved her Greek heritage and was always very proud of it. She let everyone who met her know about this.

Joann was a longtime member of St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, and was a member of the Philopticos Society and had also served on the Parish Council. She loved being a part of the community of St. Barbara.

Joann was predeceased by her parents, a granddaughter, Andreana Stavrides, and a nephew, Georgios Georgiades. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Steven Stavrides, of North Haven, CT, sons Angelo (Janet) Stavrides, of Cheshire, CT, Peter Stavrides, of Virginia Beach, VA, and Andrew (Joanna) Stavrides, of Northford, CT. She leaves behind three grandchildren which she loved more than words can explain, Sophia, Nicholas, and Eva Stavrides. Joann also leaves behind a sister-in-law, Helen Piperas of Hamden, CT, a Goddaughter Irina Tsilfoglou of Wallingford, CT, and many nieces and nephews.

In Greece, she leaves behind her brothers Demetrious Tsakerides, and his wife Sophia, Panagoitis Tsakerides and his wife Eleni, and a sister Eleftheria Georgiades. She also leaves behind in Greece many cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews, along with many other extended family and friends.

Friends may visit at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road, Orange, CT on the evening of Sunday, December 9, 2018, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. A funeral service will take place at the church on Monday, December 10, 2018, beginning at 9 a.m. Burial will follow at All Saints Cemetery, in North Haven. To leave a condolence please visit www.celentanofuneralhome.com.

Open House: Beautiful Move In Ready Ranch With Hardwood Floors, finished Basement And A Workshop

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Dec 092018

Imagine entertaining for the holidays in your own gorgeous house.

In the market for a beautiful family home that you can move into right away? Check out this open house at 536 Dogwood Road in Orange with 1,468 sqft of living space, three bedrooms, two bathrooms. Take a tour today, Dec. 9, from 12:00-1:30 p.m.

This ranch style brick home is not only beautiful but unique! Enjoy first level living with the option to go downstairs to your complete finished basement with a wood burning fireplace and bar, perfect for cozy gatherings.
Equally inviting is the living room complete with gleaming hardwood floors and yet another fireplace for relaxing on winter nights. Central air for comfort in the summertime.
The master bedroom, master bath and sitting room/office complete with a second private trex deck for ultimate relaxation all were remodeled in 2014.
That’s not all, a large fenced in trex deck surrounds the above ground pool and manicured level yard, perfect for entertaining during those warm summer months.
The 2 car garage has been converted into a HEATED garage/workshop with cabinetry and a separate entrance.
Located in Amity’s award-winning school district, minutes from Yale, Rt 15 and I-95. This home checks all the boxes for year-round enjoyment. Recently Reduced Price. Offered for $335,000.

This Week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedules

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Dec 092018

This week the regular season games begin and except for one scrimmage, everything from this day forward counts.

NOTE: Girls Ice Hockey has a new HOME. They now play out of Hamden instead of Shelton.

Here are this week’s Amity varsity sports schedules:

Monday, Dec. 10

Boys Basketball vs. Seymour (Scrim.) Home at Amity High School at 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 11

Girls Basketball vs Wilbur Cross Home at Amity High School at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 12

Boys Ice Hockey vs. New Fairfield Immaculate (NFI) Away at Danbury Ice Arena at 5:30 p.m.

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Wrestling vs. Cheshire Away at Cheshire High East Gym at 6:00 p.m.

Girls Ice Hockey vs. ND Fairfield-Law-Foran-Weston-Pomperaug Home at Hamden Ice Rink at 4:00 p.m.Thursday, Dec. 13

Thursday, Dec. 13

Boys Basketball vs. Pomperaug Away at PHS Main Gym at 7:00 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs. Lyman Hall Home at Amity High School at 7:00 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 14

No Scheduled Events

Saturday, Dec. 15

Wrestling Shelton Invitational Away at 10:00 a.m.

Boys Ice Hockey vs. Milford Coop Away at Milford Ice Pavilion at 1:00 p.m.

Girls Ice Hockey vs. Guilford Away at East Haven Ice Rink at 5:45 p.m.

Boys Basketball vs. Trumbull Home at Amity High School at 7:00 p.m.