Apr 232014

DSC03259The Orange Volunteer Fire Department in conjunction with the Yankee Council of Boy Scouts is starting a Fire Explorer Program for young members of the Orange Community.

Any male or female between the ages of 13 and 17, and their parents, who would like to participate in this program, are encouraged to attend an open house at Station – 2 on the Post Road, on Wednesday April 30 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM.

This meeting will explain the program to the participants and their parents and will have applications for those who would like to sign up.

Refreshments will be served.

Parents may call advisor Peter Boppert at 203-799-2760 for additional information.


Apr 232014

IMG_8873The Amity Varsity Tennis Team defeated Xavier 7-0 in Woodbridge on Monday April 21.


Jason Seidman (A) def Richard Ciamarra 3-6, 6-2, 6-2

Max Einbinder (A) def Trevor Morris 6-1, 6-0

Jarred Pepper (A) def. James Rosborough 6-0, 6-0

Marco Canepa (A) def. Michael Higgins 6-0,6-0


Nick Sabatelli/Noah Gallant (A) def. Rob Borea/Dylan Amble 6-4, 6-2

Jake Noyes/Gabe Betancur (A) def John Borea/Garrett Baker 6-2, 6-0

Nathan Brownstein/Kolby Santos (A) def Matt Ferris/Jack Curran 6-1, 6-3


Apr 222014

IMG_9121The Amity Spartans Boys Lacrosse team showed Jonathan Law how the game is supposed to be played on Tuesday afternoon in Woodbridge.

The Lawmen played hard, staying on top of their men throughout the game but scoring was a problem.

Amity outshot Law 19-10

Two Amity goalies took turns working the net: Evan Campbell made 3 saves and James Chapman had 1.

Law’s Goalkeeper Paul Johnson made 3 saves for the Lawmen.


Amity: Kyle Sullivan 3 goals, 2 assists; Nick Mazzacco 2 goals; Steve Sember and Joe Choiniere 1 each had 1 goal and 1 assist; Jesse Cala 1 goal, 2 assists,
Ajay King,  Matt Attolino, Tyler Burns, Nick Coassin, Jake Cala, and Sean Grenier each made 1 goal. Bubba Pignataro had 2 assists.

Law: Tyler Cavallaro scored the solitary goal for the Lawmen with 2:39 left in the third quarter.

Amity                    6 – 3 – 5 – 0 = 14
Jonathan Law   0 – 0 – 1 – 0 =   1

The Spartans play Wilbur Cross-Career-Hyde on Friday, April 25 at 4 p.m. 

The following CIAC schools participate in boys lacrosse:  Amity Regional, Branford 15-2, Cheshire, Daniel Hand, Fairfield Prep, Foran, Guilford 10-7, Jonathan Law 14-1, Hamden, North Haven, Notre Dame, Shelton, West Haven, Wilbur Cross-Career-Hyde, Xavier

Non-conference Games

Notre Dame-West Haven 8-7

Lyman Hall 17-2

Amity is now 5-0 for the season. 


Apr 222014

dog dayThe CT Emergency Animal Response Service will host its first Dog Day Afternoon this Saturday at the Orange Fairgrounds from 2-6 p.m.

Here is their press release:

Celebrate the start of spring with the Dog Day event taking place at the High Plains Community Center (Orange Fairgrounds) 525 Orange Center Road. There will be lots of great fun for dogs and their humans. We’ll have contests, information tables, snacks, and so much more.

*Rain Date: Sunday, April 27 – 2-6 p.m.

• EARS will be offering microchipping (for dogs only) on site! (Please see our page for more details on what our microchipping en-tails:http://www.earsct.org/pet-microchips-by-ears.html)

• “Brass City Rescue Alliance” will be joining us as well. They work with the Waterbury Dog Pound, as well as other shelters, to help promote and expand the search for foster and forever homes.

• “Life is Ruff Pet Sitting & Dog Walking” to our event! Erica will be offering helpful information for pet owners who need to travel and want an experienced animal lover to help watch their furry family members!

• “The Refined Canine, LLC” will be joining us as well! Michelle is a dog trainer and will be discussing important aspects of training your dog to play well with other dogs and people!


Apr 222014
Pre-order by April 26th

Pre-order by April 26th

The sign is up, if you’ve driven down Derby-Milford Road this week you couldn’t miss it. It’s time to order your fresh chickens from Orange’s own Cedar Hill Farm.

People who’ve tried them come back year-after-year, order their chickens in advance and pick them up when they’re ready.

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

Rachel’s grandparents had dairy cows upstate and when they sold them, her parents started raising beef cattle, Rachel and her sister joined 4H and honed their skills on raising cows there.

The Bespuda family is well-known in town and currently three generations are helping and working in the daily operations of the farm which was purchased around 1929.

Like Rachel’s family, the farm used to operate as a dairy, with the milk bottled and delivered locally. After the dairy herd was sold the beef herd expanded.

Rachel and Stephen met at UCONN where they studied at the college of agriculture and natural resources, majored in animal science and learned management skills.

They were married in Fall of 2013.

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

cedar Hill farm cowsFresh Meat

They offer beef year-round (but everything is pre-ordered so it may not be readily available). 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.

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.

Availability of the products will be posted on their Facebook page, and you must call 203-889-7282 or e-mail [email protected] for information or to place an order.

There is no 24/7 farm stand, but the system works for regular customers. Pre-Order now through April 26 and the chickens will be available for pick-up on Sunday April 27 from 12 to 2 p.m.

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

Watch for the Cedar Hill Farm Ad on Orange Live this Spring and Summer when it is time to call and pre-order your chicken.


Apr 212014
.Mika went missing on Tuesday, April 15

.Mika went missing on Tuesday, April 15

Mika the mini pinscher who went missing 7 days ago had his human family so distraught as they wondered if he was okay and if they would ever see him again.

They did everything they could to find him, contacting the media (orangelive,  for one) and plastering his hometown of Orange and the city of Milford with “missing” posters.

This morning marked Mika’s second birthday, making it even tougher for his family. Until they received a phone call that they had hoped for.

Mika Has Been Found!

Screen shot 2014-04-21 at 9.16.29 PMThe wee dog with a lot of spirit has been exploring the city of Milford for the past week, traveling from Gulf Street to Furniture Row. — I’m sure he didn’t travel in a straight line, but if he had, it would have been more than a mile on those tiny legs.

This afternoon, a man spotted him behind Tri-City Appliance on Furniture Row (in the Pond Point area of Milford) and gave his “mom” a call.

The little guy is celebrating his birthday at home with his family tonight.

How’s that for a happy ending?

“Everyone has been so wonderful,” said Mika’s mom, Kathleen.  “We are so grateful for the concern, and that we have him home today.”

The family thanks everyone for their help.

Apr 212014
The Orange Highway Department's new truck.

The Orange Highway Department’s new truck.

Today the Orange Highway Department welcomed a new dump truck to its fleet.

The $175,000 vehicle replaces a 17-year-old truck that no longer served its purpose and was sold at the town auction last fall.

Highway Department Crew Chief Don Foyer said the old truck had to go for a few reasons, one being that it had some difficulty moving large amounts of snow when we experienced a storm that dumped about 3-feet across the region, “It just wasn’t powerful enough,” he said.

The new truck is custom built for the town of Orange, according to Foyer. “You can’t just go to a showroom and pick one up. You give them the specifications of what you need it for and they build it for you.”

The department has been waiting on the truck for about 6 months. (Generally, they take 6-8 months from the order date to build).

Foyer said the truck has a more powerful 350 HP engine and a big plow. It will be used for snow removal, hauling sand, gravel and fill and the department’s other everyday activities.

Now that it’s been delivered, the truck needs to be detailed (Pinpoint Promotions of Milford won the bid for that job) and the two-way radio must be installed.

This highway department requested this vehicle during the budget process. It was approved and is paid for by the town.


Apr 212014
Mother's Day at Chef's Emporium

Mother’s Day at Chef’s Emporium

Treat mom to an afternoon of cooking on Mother’s Day.

Chef’s Equipment Emporium of Orange, 449 Boston Post Road offers a fantastic day of cooking.

Give your mom time to relax on her special day, Sunday, May 11 from 2-4 p.m.

Mom will be greeted with a glass of wine as she relaxes and enjoys Mothers Day!

Chef Neil Fuentes will teach the special guests how to make a 4 course meal: 1st course—Caldo Verde Portuguese Kale and Linguisa Soup; 2nd course —Linguini a la Amatriciana made with Pancetta, Tomato and garlic sauce; 3rd course — Grilled Tenderloin of Beef served with Yuca Croquettes and Quail eggs; 4th course — Banana Tres Leches, Sponge Cake soaked in a creamy Banana Liquor and Rum Bath

Tickets are available for $50 per person. You can register up to four (4) people on-line. Larger parties please call the store directly at


Apr 212014

cardboard flat-292x162Corrugated cardboard may be co-mingled, but may also be separated at the Transfer Station in the large 40 yard dumpster at the top of the hill.

The town receives a premium for corrugated cardboard that is separated.

Apr 212014

sketcher_french_bulldogAre you ready for a road race? The Cohen and Wolf Cinco De Miles Road Race/Walk is scheduled for Sunday May 4.

Step off for this 5 mile event is at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, at 8:30 a.m.

Registration is $25 in advance and $30 day of the race. Proceeds benefit the Orange Chamber of Commerce.

Register online at active.com or orangectchamber.com.

For more information call 203-795-3328 or e-mail [email protected]

The race will be timed by www.fasttracktiming.com


NOTE: The Chamber did not share any information with Orange Live, we did our research and extracted information from an online flier. 

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