Please Share Your Photos With Orange Live, And Be Respectful

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Jan 252020

Fire Marshall Tim Smith’s turn out gear

Very public funerals such as today’s for Tim Smith deserve the best of the best coverage for residents who knew him, but cannot attend or out-of-state High School buddies who’ve been following Orange Live or other media for information.

Back when Asst Police Chief Bill Garfield and Asst Chief Mark Greco passed away, I was much younger and had the energy to run from place to place and take photos from different vantage points, but I’m in my 60s now and it takes a lot longer for me to walk around to where I want to be.

I can’t be everywhere like I used to try to be, so if anyone can take photos of the procession anywhere along the route from Milford to Orange (as they pass in front of Station 2) I would greatly appreciate it if you would submit them to orangectlive01@gmail.com so I can include them in the coverage as we say our final goodbye to our wonderful friend, Tim Smith.

I would like to be at Cody White in Milford when the eight pall bearers place the casket on the muster truck, but, I wouldn’t be able to find a parking space if I took the shot in Milford then raced up to Orange.

I know that a photo of lines of officers at attention speaks volumes, and that is where I will be, at the church where the firefighters, police and other first responders are. I promise not to get in the way and will respect this “event” not only because it’s important to everyone, but because Tim was a friend and I respect his girls and his contemporaries with all my heart. 

Note to other media:

At high profile funerals, I always have ample opportunity to get the “money shot” — a tasteless expression that I’ve heard some photographers use — of the grieving family, but a long time ago, I established that no matter what for as long as I am doing this I would follow this motto, “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.” I ask that everyone else do the same. Tim’s daughters and his girlfriend, Terri are going through the most difficult time of their lives and they don’t need cameras in their faces. Let’s all put ourselves in their place, and do our jobs without being intrusive.

Orange Firefighters, Employees Mourn Loss Fire Marshal Tim Smith

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Jan 202020

Orange Fire Marshal Tim Smith                                                                        (Photo by Terri Miles)

Following is a press release from the Orange Volunteer Fire Department:

Volunteer firefighters and town employees in Orange today are reeling from the loss of long-time Fire Marshal Tim Smith, who died Sunday after investigating a fire in a local home.

“The Orange Volunteer Fire Department and Orange Town employees are mourning the untimely passing of Tim Smith, our fire marshal,” said Vaughan Dumas, fire chief.

“Tim was an invaluable member of the town’s public safety corps and will be missed here in town and across the state,” added First Selectman James M. Zeoli.

Dumas said Smith was called to a structure fire at 161 Tyler City Road around 1:20 p.m. Sunday to determine the cause and origin of the fire. He had completed that task and was returning home when he was involved in a motor vehicle accident in Woodbridge.

The Woodbridge Police and Connecticut State Police accident reconstruction team are investigating the crash. They will release their findings and comments when their investigation is complete.

Smith was a member of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department for more than 30 years. He became a town employee in 1986 as a deputy fire marshal and rose to the fire marshal’s post in April 1989.

In addition to being a certified state fire marshal, Smith was a fire service instructor for the Valley Regional Fire School. He received an award from the International Association of Arson Investigators in 2015 for outstanding accomplishment in relation to an investigation of an arson fire on Golf Road.

Smith was known as a progressive and innovative fire official. He inaugurated the use of drones to investigate fires. He also implemented the use special software to track fires in town and report them to the state.

His family has requested privacy as they mourn their loss, said Zeoli. Funeral arrangements will be announced.

— By Doug Fenichel

This May Be A BIG Night For One Lady Spartan

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Jan 172020

The Amity Girls Basketball Team 5-4 hosts Hillhouse 3-5 tonight at Amity at 7 p.m.

Come and cheer on the team, and wait-for-it, possibly watching senior, Jillian Martin join the 1,000 point club.

The possibility is more than likely as Jillian makes more than 10 points in each game.

Come for the game, come for the historic moment, don’t miss this game.

Wind Advisory In Effect Until 10 P.M.

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Jan 162020

A wind advisory remains in effect until 10 p.m. this evening.

The National Weather Service is calling for northwest winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph until 10 p.m. Thursday evening.

Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.

Be prepared for just about anything.

Boys Swimming: Greater New Haven Edges Amity In Tuesday Meet

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Jan 152020

The Amity Boys Swim team hosted Greater New Haven in Orange on Tuesday night.
Both teams performed well, but, in the end, Greater New Haven edged out Amity 96-89.
Greater New Haven’s Winning Events 
200 Medley Relay-  GNH 1:45.43 David Zhang, Connor Coyne, Hethon Foster, Finn Henry
200 Free- GNH 1:49.91 Aidan Henry
200 IM- GNH 2:05.58 Finn Henry
Diving- GNH 149.10 Christian Butler
100 Fly- GNH 54.71 Hethon Foster
100 Free- GNH 49.06 Aidan Henry
500 Free- GNH 4:55.02 Finn Henry
200 Free Relay- GNH 1:33.57 Hethon Foster, Cameron Cargan, Aiden Cohen Aidan Henry
100 Breast- GNH- 1:04.24 Connor Coyne
400 Free Relay- GNH 3:26.03 Finn Henry, Cameron Cargan, Connor Coyne, Aidan Henry
Amity’s Winning Events
50 Free- A 23.23 Tyler Roy
100 Back- A 57.96 Seamus Hennessy
Records: Greater New Haven(2-2), Amity(3-2)

Girls Hockey: Blades Over Hamden For Another Win

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Jan 112020

The Amity/North Haven/Cheshire Blades hosted Hamden in Hamden Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

The Blades wasted no time getting onto the scoreboard, with the first goal just 2:04 into the game.


                              1                2               3               F

Blades                  2              4              0              6

Hamden               1              1               0              2

First Period

Blade’s Haley Cable shot the first one in, assisted by Mia Dow and Tess Csejka

Hamden’s Demeri Carangelo answered a few minutes later tying the game at 1.

Then, the Blades’ Avery DePodesta pulled the Blades ahead, assisted by Nadia DiNatale and Haley Cable.

Second Period

Csejka started the second period off right with an unassisted goal.

Her teammate Sami Drane shot one in, assisted by Caroline Cadelina.

Csejka made another unassisted goal, and Carly Silbert assisted by Csejka brought the score to 6-1.

Still seeing a light at the end of the tunnel, Hamden’s Colby Sullivan made an unassisted goal, bringing the score to 6-2.

No one on either side scored during the Third Period, so, the game ended in the Blades’ favor at 6-2.

This Week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedule Jan 6-11

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Jan 062020

Here is this week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedule:

Monday, Jan. 6

Girls Indoor Track SCC Developmental Meet 2 Away – Floyd Little Athletic Center-Field House at 5:00 p.m.

Girls Ice Hockey vs Suffield-Ellington-Enfield-Granby-Canton-Windsor-Northwestern Away – Enfield Twin Rinks-Rink 1
at 8:10 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 7

Boys Indoor Track James Barber Invitational Away – Southern CT State University-Moore Field House at 5:00 p.m.

Boys Basketball vs Shelton Away – Shelton High School- Murray Gymnasium at 7:00 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs Jonathan Law Home – Amity Regional High School-Paul D. Mengold Gymnasium at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 8

Boys and Girls Alpine Skiing Boys Ski Racing Home – Southington Ski Mountain at 3:30 p.m

Boys Swimming and Diving vs Shelton Away – Shelton Community Center Pool at 3:45 p.m.

Boys Ice Hockey vs Westhill-Stamford Home – West Haven High School-Bennet Rink at 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 9

Boys Indoor Track Novice Developmental Meet Away – Floyd Little Athletic Center-Field House at 4:00 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 10

Boys Basketball v. Wilbur Cross Home – Amity Regional High School-Paul D. Mengold Gymnasium at 7:00 p.m.

Girls Basketball v. Daniel Hand Away – Daniel Hand HS-DHHS Gym at 7:00 p.m

Saturday, Jan. 11

Girls Gymnastics Pomperaug Invitational Away – Pomperaug High School-Main Gym 10:00 a.m.

Wrestling vs Maloney, TBA, New Haven Wrestling Home – Amity High School Gymn at 9:00 a.m.

Boys Indoor Track Yale Classic Away – Coxe Cage TBA

Girls Ice Hockey vs Hamden-Wilbur Cross-Lyman Hall Away – Hamden-Lou Astorino Ice Rink at 4:00 p.m.

Boys Ice Hockey vs. Branford Home – West Haven High School-Bennett Rink at 5:00 p.m.

Jan 012020

For the past 8 years, YOU have kept Orange Live going through your readership, sharing stories, events, and this year in particular many parents have become active in providing us with wonderful winter sports coverage.

As you now know, Orange Live is a one-person show. There is no staff, just one unpaid individual that loves your community doing her best to provide whatever coverage she can.

Health issues from 11 years ago seem to be creeping up and in the past few months began slowly complicating everyday life, yet after working so hard since May 2012 to build this site up I will NOT give up and through the neurological testing, etc, I will power on to try and make it the go-to news site in Orange again.

If you have a story that you think will be of interest, a missing pet, a child who made the honor roll or dean’s list, a loved one who passed away, a fundraiser or tag sale, an Anniversary Announcement or ANYTHING that you would like to share, please send it to orangectlive01@gmail.com. If you are the parent of a student-athlete or a coach and can provide information about a game with or without photos, please don’t hesitate. I care for my granddaughter every day after school and often cannot make it out to the games as I used to in the past, but getting your child’s sports accomplishments out to the community is very important to me. I also am available through phone and TEXT MSG at 203-506-1747.

I won’t give up on raising enough money to purchase a memorial bench for my friend Annie Davis in cooperation with the Orange CERT, perhaps even running a Christmas in July Craft Sale if we don’t have it by this coming spring.

I’ll continue to cover JUST Orange, with occasional information from the Beardsley Zoo.

In the meantime, I wish everyone a very happy and healthy New Year.

Chilly Chili Run 5K/Fitness Walk Details

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Dec 302019


File photo of 2017 race winner Calvin Park

Here is the schedule for the 2020 New Years Day Chilly Chili Run 5K/Fitness Walk which steps off from the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange CT on Wednesday.

  • 8:00 – 10:00 am  Day of Race Registration Indoors (Race Day registration will close at 10:15 am SHARP!)


  • 10:30 AM Start of Race & Walk
  • 2 Mile fitness walk on the property of the High Plains Community Center


  • 5K Certified Course (CT93019) for runners
  • 1 Water Stop
  • Mile Splits at 1, 2 and 3 miles
  • Computerized Timing and Results by Fast Track Timing
  • Results posted on Fast Track Timing & HI-TEK Racing websites
  • Long Sleeve T-Shirts by Graphic FX to all pre-registered participants & 1st 100 on race day
  • CHILI BRUNCH following road race/walk
  • Drawing for Prizes

Find full details HERE

This Week’s Varsity Sports Schedule – Dec. 30 to Jan. 4

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Dec 302019

file photo

Even with New Year’s Eve and Day landing in the middle of the week, Amity athletes are still busy competing this week.

Monday, Dec. 30

Girls Indoor Track Will Wright Meet at SCSU Away – Moore Field House at 2 p.m.

Girls Ice Hockey vs ND Fairfield-Law-Foran-Weston-Pomperaug Away – Shelton – Sports Center of CT-Upper Rink at 3:45 p.m.   WIN 9-3

Girls Basketball vs Bethel Home – Amity Gymnasium at 6 p.m.  WIN 51-32

Tuesday, Dec. 31 (New Years Eve)

No events

Wednesday, Jan. 1 (New Years Day)

No events

Thursday, Jan. 2

Wrestling vs Foran Away at Foran High School Gymnasium at 5:45 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 3

Boys Swimming and Diving vs Norwalk/Brien McMahon Home – High Plains Community Center-Orange Community Center Pool at 6:45 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs Hamden Home – Amity Gymnasium at 7 p.m.

Boys Basketball vs Cheshire Away at Cheshire High School-Gym West at 7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 4

Wrestling Windham Duals Away – Windham High School at 9:30 a.m.

Boys Ice Hockey vs North Haven Home – Bennett Rink West Haven at 3 p.m.

Girls Ice Hockey vs E.Catholic-Glastonbury-S.Windsor Home – Hamden-Lou Astorino Ice Rink at 8 p.m.