Feb 012015

Snow-Day(1)The Amity Region 5 and Orange elementary schools are CLOSED Monday, Feb. 2 (Groundhog Day) due to the impending snow/ice storm. 

If You CAN stay home tonight, please do. The beer will taste just as good at home and you won’t have to drive.

Everyone stay safe and warm during this next blast of winter.

Feb 012015

IS5mobohjwdcmt0000000000Open House as seen on Zillow, 466 Cart Lane, Orange, today, Feb. 1 from 12:30 – 2 p.m.

Eye catching 2,129 sqft home, 4 beds, 3 baths, with completely updated interior.

New Kitchen Cabinets (2014) w/ granite and CT backsplash. Hardwood floors throughout including kitchen.

Brand new baths. 2 rooms have been combined to create a sumptuous front to back master bedroom Suite complete with walk in closet, patio doors to deck, large bath with double sinks and glass shower enclosure.

Finished lower level with full CT bath, ideal for mom, home office or teenager heaven. Lower level family room with brick fireplace.

Large deck overlooks heated fabulous in ground salt pool (no chemicals needed).

End of cul de sac in great neighborhood. Home heated by public gas. Updates include Hardie Plank siding that rarely needs painting, new windows, heated garage (separate zone, ideal for contractors), new interior doors, new hot water heater.

Bright and sunny private lot that drenches the pool in sun most times of the day.

Security system installed and home is wired for generator. A special home. 

Jan 312015

Kevin Arnone

Kevin Arnone

When Orange Live opened for business in May 2012, Kevin Arnone joined us as our weather forecaster.

His predictions were always incredibly accurate and he gained quite a following.

Since, Kevin realized his lifelong dream and became affiliated with WTNH-8, but had to give up his own site since it was a conflict of interest.

Our Weather Tab at the top of the page was linked to his website, which he hasn’t updated in a very long time. So we changed the link to his Weather Facebook page, which is nearly always up-to-date.

At times like this when snowstorms, high winds and other hazardous weather are threatening the area, it’s nice to know that you can access a trusted meteorologist with just the click of a tab here on Orange Live.

We welcome Kevin’s updates back to our site and we’re proud to share this Orange native’s expertise with YOU.

Jan 312015



The Amity Boys Hockey Team showed us last week (Jan. 23) that they really knew how to play the game. They came alive in the third period and gave fans hope for the season.

On Saturday, Jan. 31 they started strong against Guilford and kept it going until the final second.

In this matchup, Amity was first to post in the first period at 2:44 with Zach Shelnitz (#8) scoring on an assist from Liam Caraciolo (#17).

First period score: 1-0 Amity

4:33 into the second period, Guilford’s Ryan Brand (#17) tied things up with an unassisted goal.

But the Spartans would have none of that, and at 7:00 Shelnitz and Caraciolo repeated the first period play, pulling Amity to a 2-1 lead.

Nearly two and a half minutes later at 9:27 Guilford’s Rick Sardella (#9) tied the game at 2-2 on an assist from Matt Clifford (#12).

Amity’s Kevin Ryan (#9) made the tie-breaking and game-winning goal at 12:38.

Neither team scored in the third period, but the puck was passed and smacked and skates were flying across the ice as shots were made, making it an exciting 15 minutes for spectators.

This may be the first game that Amity outshot its opponent, with 26 to 20.

Goalies (both #30) Tyler Cole for Amity and Kyle Dwyer for Guilford worked hard in this game, and deserve a lot of credit.

Asst. Coach Mike Richetelli and the other coaches were smiling as they came off the ice after the game.

“We played a solid game today, and the boys needed that,” Richetelli said. “We still have an outside shot at making the tournament and that’s what our goal is, that’s our focus.”

“We came out and had a very good first period. Guilford is very strong, they played two lines, so we wanted to try and wear them out,” he said. “In the second period Guilford had a little bit of an edge. The third period we battled and (Goalie) Tyler Cole (a Freshman) had the first win of his High School career today, which is a big moment for him.”

Richetelli said the boys will continue to practice hard and play to win.

“Collectively as a group that’s how we’re going to do things. We had a good solid effort today,” he said. “We’re not quitting. Every team has an identity and this team’s is a ‘stick-to-itiveness’. They don’t quit, they practice and they play hard at every game. So if we can string a couple more together, which we have a shot to do, the opportunity is there.”

The Spartans next three games will be against tough opponents.

• On Tuesday, Feb. 3, they play Cheshire at Wesleyan University at 7:30 p.m.

• Saturday, Feb. 7, New Milford at Canterbury School at 12:45 p.m.

• Then Wednesday, Feb. 11, against West Haven at 6:30 p.m.

Jan 302015

The Lady Spartans Basketball team takes on Lauralton Hall in Woodbridge tonight (Friday, Jan. 30) at 7 p.m.

This is a very special night for four of the girls — the seniors — Mariana Marchitto (#10), Kaitlain Thomas (#12), Sarah Kilian (#34) and Captain Janaya Young (#52), as this is Senior Night.

We missed seeing Janaya play this season since she is out with an injury, but she is always on the sidelines supporting her team. It’s a shame, really, because she was always such a strong player in whatever sport she took on. She’ll always be remembered for her contributions in past seasons.

Mariana Marchitto

Mariana Marchitto

Sarah Kilian

Sarah Kilian

Kaitlin Thomas

Kaitlin Thomas

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Jan 302015

Mary L. Tracy School, 650 Schoolhouse Lane, will be holding its annual Valentine’s Children’s Fair Saturday, Jan. 31 from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Screen Shot 2015-01-03 at 11.30.32 PM

Fairgoers can expect a silent auction, raffle baskets, games, crafts, nail painting and tattoos, plus a cake walk, cupcake decorating, and more!

This fair is one of the PTO’s largest fundraisers and profits directly support programs for MLT students.

Jan 302015

wind-advisoryA Wind Advisory is in effect from 4 p.m. this afternoon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Be prepared for:

– Strong Winds.

– Winds Northwest 15 To 25 mph With Gusts 45 To 50 mph.

– Strong winds may down some tree limbs and power lines and make driving high profile vehicles difficult especially on elevated roadways and bridges.

A Wind Advisory Is Issued When Sustained Winds Of 31 To 39 mph Or Gusts Of 46 To 57 mph Are Expected Or Occurring. 

Use extra caution.

Jan 262015

Screen Shot 2015-01-26 at 3.33.59 PMSoon we will be heading outside to start tackling the snow.

Most of us will feel the pain of shoveling 1, 2 or 3- feet of heavy white stuff, mainly because we don’t use the proper technique.

Here is what you should know:

• Feet should be kept wide apart. Weight should be placed on the front foot close to the shovel. Use your leg to push the shovel straight ahead.

• Shift weight to your rear foot with the load of snow close to your body. Lift the load with the power of your legs and arms.

• Shift your body in the direction of the snow instead of twisting your waist.

Proper technique

Proper technique

Improper shoveling technique

Improper shoveling technique

Jan 262015

Blizzard Warning 2013The latest from the National Weather Service, Blizzard Warning remains in effect until midnight Tuesday night.

“Crippling and potentially historic blizzard will impact the area into Tuesday,” the NWS announced.

Much of the report mirrors what Orange Live published yesterday.

• Heavy Snow and blowing snow with blizzard conditions.

• Accumulations of 20 – 30 Inches with locally higher amounts.

• Snowfall rates 2-4 inches per hour late tonight into Tuesday morning.

• Northerly winds 20 – 30 mph with gusts up to 50-60 mph.

• Visibility of 1/4 mile or less at times.

• Temperatures in low to mid 20s.

• Accumulations of up to 4 inches by sunset. Snow will pick up in intensity tonight with the heaviest snowfall and strongest winds from around midnight into Tuesday afternoon.

• Life threatening conditions and extremely dangerous travel due to heavy snowfall and strong winds with whiteout conditions. Many roads may become impassable and strong winds my down power lines and tree limbs.

• Do not travel, but if you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle. All unnecessary travel is discouraged beginning Monday afternoon to allow people already on the road to safely reach their destinations before the heavy snow begins and to allow snow removal equipment to clear the roads.

• A travel ban is in effect beginning at 9 p.m. per the governor, so aside from police, emergency crews and snow removal crews, no one is allowed on the roads until the ban is lifted.


Jan 262015

smush_draft_snow_cart_tcm3-23268With the blizzard already rearing its ugly head into Orange, some residents may be wondering what they are supposed to do about their recycling items.

According to Recycling Committee Chairman Mitch Goldblatt, if the Governor closes the roads on Tuesday, there will be NO pick up that day, the same goes for Wednesday and so forth.

“If you put your recycling bin out and it doesn’t get picked up, do NOT bring it back in, because it will be picked up this week,” Goldblatt said. “With a storm like this, it’s a domino effect. The recycling trucks will come as soon as they can and resume pickups in the regular order and continue until they’re done, even if it runs into Saturday or Sunday.”

(So Tuesday’s pickup may be on Thursday, etc.)