Jul 242014

Screen shot 2014-07-24 at 4.50.24 PMDenise Stein from Orange Community Services announced that the Section 8/RAP housing program will begin accepting applications on Monday Aug. 4 through Monday, Aug. 18.

For more information, call Community Services at 203-891-4788.

Community Services is located in the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road.

Demand is expected to be high, so submit yours ASAP.

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 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

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 182014

random file photo of a nighttime accident scene.

random file photo of a nighttime accident scene.

Police, Medic 33 and the Orange Volunteer Fire Department responded to a report of a rollover accident on Route 34 between Grassy Hill Road and Mapledale around 10:35 p.m.

Preliminary information is that a man in a Jeep Wrangler flipped the vehicle and could not get out by himself due to injuries, although he was partially extricated.
Some routes were closed while emergency crews worked at the scene.
An area resident said she heard it happen. “The sound was just awful.”
The driver was transported to the hospital.
Since it was all heard on the scanner, Orange Live does not have any official details (if anyone else was involved, the cause of the accident, etc.)
We should have the story on Monday.

Jul 172014

Screen shot 2014-07-17 at 10.06.15 PMBoys & Girls Village recently launched a vocational program with Applebee’s of Orange to help students from its Charles F. Hayden School gain real-world job experience. The Hayden School is a comprehensive educational and clinical day school for students in kindergarten through ninth grade, located at Boys and Girls Village’s Milford campus.

One morning per week, a group of three to six ninth grade students travel to Applebee’s and help workers prep the restaurant before it opens. This job-skills training helps students gain a sense of responsibility, accountability and confidence, with the ultimate goal of creating a smooth transition into future employment opportunities. The program concludes on July 23 and will continue next academic school year.

“Our program with Applebee’s is a valuable educational and socialization tool for our older students,” said Jon Oddo, Boys & Girls Village Vice President of Educational and Vocational Services. “Students have the opportunity to engage staff in discussions about job-related skills while also learning skills that can be applied to find a future job of their own.”

In addition to supervision by Hayden faculty, students are managed by an on-site Applebee’s manager who assigns tasks that a typical Applebee’s employees would perform.

“The Hayden School students work alongside my team and perform a variety of job readiness tasks,” said Applebee’s manager Todd Desfosses. “We have been very happy with their hard work and desire to learn and look forward to continuing our partnership with Boys & Girls Village next year.”

In order to become eligible to participate in the Applebee’s vocational program, students must first demonstrate that they are prepared by participating in “Coffee Break,” a weekly coffee shop at Boys & Girls Village managed by students at the Hayden School.  Each week, a group of ninth graders set up Coffee Break and are responsible for the service, sales and clean-up of the shop, which is open to faculty and staff. The program is designed to help teach students about the various aspects of the food service industry, including food sanitation skills, social skills and customer interaction.

“Both programs have been successful in helping prepare students for the workforce,” said Oddo. “We hope the Applebee’s program will expand next year, as more students make the transition over from Coffee Break.”

Students also market Coffee Break by creating fliers to hang up around campus and by encouraging fellow students and staff to stop by. The money earned from sales and tips goes back into the shop or towards fun incentives like pizza parties for participating students.

Next academic year, Boys & Girls Village will also launch a culinary arts program, underwritten in part by the Werth Family Foundation, to help students gain even more experience and prepare for a career in the field.

Jul 162014

IMG_2647 copyAfter five lead changes in Monday’s game at West Rock, Orange Post 127 finally pulled out a 5-3 win over New Haven.

Orange Post 127 finally managed to grab the lead after a strong sixth inning. Orange Post 127 went up for good on an RBI triple by Jake Russo off Kyle Bates, plating Sebastian DiMauro.

Russo had two extra-base hits for Orange Post 127.

Zach Chamberlain got the win for Orange Post 127. He allowed three runs over six innings. He struck out none, walked five and surrendered one hit.

New Haven’s pitcher couldn’t get it done on the mound for his team, taking a loss. He lasted just six innings, walked one, struck out four, and allowed five runs.

The top of the first saw Orange Post 127 take an early lead, 1-0. Russo got things going for Orange Post 127 with a double. A single by Mike Appel then moved Russo from second to third.

It didn’t take long for New Haven to respond as it scored three runs of its own in the first. New Haven scored on an RBI single by Josh Negron, a sacrifice fly by R.J. Dewar, and an error.

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With this victory, Orange improved its record to 18-6 for the season.

As the Legion regular season winds down, Orange will play tonight at Brinley and go for a double header Thursday in Stratford.


Jul 162014

File photo from a Dec. 2013 bus accident in town.

File photo from a Dec. 2013 bus accident in town.

Police are still working on a school bus accident that occurred this afternoon at Route 34 and Grassy Hill Road.

The only information that we were able to receive was that there were minor injuries and it was unknown if any children needed to be transported to the hospital

We can only assume that the passengers were either campers or athletes (given the time of year).

Orange Live will have more information tomorrow when it becomes available.

Residents said a telephone pole is being replaced and that traffic on Route 34 was still backed up around 5:15 p.m.

Jul 152014

Zeoli BOSJames Zeoli, the First Selectman of the Town of Orange, announced today that Standard & Poor’s upgraded the long-term credit rating of the Town of Orange to AAA.

“Our stable tax rate, consistent growth in our tax base, coupled with our superior school system has strengthened the Town’s financial position.  Since I was first elected in 2005, I have worked to make this upgrade a reality.”  Zeoli said.“This upgrade shows that our fiscal policies are working.  We have been following a philosophy of ‘doing more with less’ since 2005 and achieving this highest possible upgrade is the outcome.”

“In 2011, Orange was upgraded to AA+.  I am happy to report that the finances of Orange continue to be stable and our town continues to grow,” Zeoli said.   “This independent assessment by the financial rating agencies is proof positive that our financial position is stronger today than ever before.”

Zeoli gave credit for this upgrade to his team, which include Town Finance Director Al Chiarenzelli.  “We  have developed a formal Debt Management Policy for submission to the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Finance this fall, and Selectman Ralph Okenquist and his team are refining the rolling five year Capital Acquisition Plan, also for review and approval later this fall”  Zeoli said.

“I re-joined the Zeoli administrative team in 2006 following my retirement from the Trumbull Board of Education,” Chiarenzelli said.   “At that time the Town’s rating was a respectable AA-2, which is a reasonable rating.  However, a AAA rating speaks to a very well-run and coordinated administrative/finance team and brings with it significantly improved interest rates, and an indication of the most credit-worthy investment.    Jim Zeoli and I began the pursuit of this goal by refining the roles of the Finance Department staff, and replacing vacant positions with the most competent candidates we could find. Additionally, Zeoli is a hands-on chief administrator, who has taken the leadership role in human resources, contract negotiations and commercial development.”

Zeoli also credited the Board of Finance, stating, “our Board of Finance does an outstanding job for our town.”

Board of Finance chairman, Kevin Houlihan stated, “I am proud to have worked with Jim Zeoli to make this upgrade a reality.”

“The ability to accomplish this upgrade in these times speaks to Jim Zeoli’s leadership and management style.  Over the past two elections, I have told people that they need to support Jim Zeoli when he runs for office because I knew Jim appointed the right people in the key positions needed to keep moving Orange forward,”  Houlihan said.


Orange Republican Town Chairman Nancy Nastri said, “this result underscores Jim’s slogan of ‘Proven, Straightforward Leadership.’ Jim Zeoli doesn’t always seek out accolades for all that he does for our Town, but he deserves congratulations for this.  Every Orange resident needs to know that this will save us all money.”



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