Apr 192014

town-of-orangeThe South Central Area Superintendents’ Association (SCASA) recently recognized six students from Orange (two from each of Orange’s three schools).

This program provides area Superintendents with the opportunity to recognize students’ accomplishments based on high academic achievement, strong extra-curricular involvement, and an important commitment to community service.

Recognized were Tess Csejka and Bassim Zafar from Peck Place School, Matea Salati and Elizabeth Cohen from Race Brook School, and Ameya Menta and Raymond Lu from Turkey Hill School.

The students were treated to a luncheon March 14 at Laurel View Country Club in Hamden.



Apr 192014
The Davis Gallery, 200 Boston Post Road, (inside VideoLab) next to New England Ballet, will feature the works of a photographer and an artist.
James Angersola’s “All the World’s a Stage” vibrant fine photography of the natural world and Milford resident Mark Dittmar’s “The Eye of the Beholder” colored pencil realism drawings of local scenery, architecture, and seaside settings will be on display from Saturday, May 3 – June 7.
The opening reception will take place Saturday, May 3, 1-4 p.m.
The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Gallery Hours are Mon-Fri 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Apr 192014
Some of Last Year's High School Relay team members

Some of Last Year’s High School Relay team members

The Amity Helping Hands Club is sponsoring a Pancake Breakfast for Relay on Saturday, April 19, at Applebee’s, 526 Boston Post Road, Orange.

Tickets are only $5.00 and all proceeds will go to Relay for Life.

Please purchase a ticket (or two) and join us on April 19 from 8 to 10 a.m.
Tickets can be purchased at the door.
Originally Published on: Apr 8, 2014 @ 9:36
Apr 182014
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 182014

JuniorettesThe girls of the Orange Community Juniorettes will have a two-day Easter Flower Sale and Material Girls Fundraiser, Friday, April 18 and Saturday, April 19 from 12 to 5 p.m.

The fundraisers will take place at Material Girls Boutique, 463 Boston Post Road (left side of the same building as Kaoud Rugs).

Stop by and do some shopping for Easter, Mother’s Day, Spring or just because.

When you mention Juniorettes at checkout, 10% of the sale will be donated to the group to help fund future community service projects.

The flowers are great ready made gifts for Easter or Passover. Come on out and support the girls.

Originally Published on: Apr 5, 2014 @ 0:08

2nd printing on  Apr 14, 2014 @ 22:08

Apr 182014
Amity's David Buono Jumps for joy after making a goal against Guilford.

Amity’s David Buono Jumps for joy after making a goal against Guilford.

The Amity Lacrosse Team fought hard against Guilford at a home game on Thursday afternoon, taking the lead early and never letting go.

At the half Amity was ahead 6-1, but then Guilford picked it up and the game was on.

Amity outshot Guilford 26-22. It was a battle of the James’s at the nets. Amity’s James Chapman made 16 saves; Guilford’s James Bright had 6 for his team.

Amity: Matt DeLizio, David Buono and Brad Uscilla each made 2 goals; Ajay King had 2 goals and 2 assists; Steve Sember had 1 goal and 2 assists; Joe Choiniere had 1 goal and 2 assists; and Tyler Burns was credited with 3 assists.

Guilford: Will Dacey and Eric Zergiebel each made 2 goals; Jack Hyzak had 1 goal; Rob LoRicco and Frank Ranfone each made 1 goal and 1 assist.


AMITY            2 – 4 – 1 – 3 = 10
GUILFORD  1 – 0 – 3 – 3 = 7

Coach Brandon Pepe could not have been more proud of his team.

“This was a great win for us as Guilford has a great lacrosse program, and are always a very well coached team,” Pepe said. “Our goalie, James Chapman, was unbelievable in net. He made a few very difficult saves early on, and the defense rallied behind him. This was a great display of Amity lacrosse today.”

Apr 182014
Missing woman

Missing woman

A Silver Alert was issued Thursday afternoon by Connecticut State Police for a missing girl from New Haven.

Police are trying to locate Kimberly Murray, who was last seen on Lilac Street on Sunday.

Murray is described as 5’4″ and weighs 115 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes. It is unclear what she was last seen wearing.

Anybody with information as to her location is urged to contact New Haven police at 203-946-6316.

Kim has ties to the local area. She is the mother of small children and left home without any of her medications.

Apr 182014
Home for Rent on N. Greenbrier Drive

Home for Rent on N. Greenbrier Drive

Gigantic and beautiful single family home in Orange.

8+ rooms, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, hardwood floors, ceramic tile, stove, dishwasher, washer & dryer, garage and driveway, lots of storage space, alarm system, central air, fireplace, yard, no pets please,

All this priced at $1,795 per month. Credit & references required

Call Grace 203-464-8066 Vacancy Busters, LLC



Apr 182014

good-fridayGood Friday occurs two days before Easter Sunday in the United States.

It is the day when Christians commemorate Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, which plays an important part in the Christian faith. Good Friday is not a Holy Day of Obligation. It is, however, a day of strict fasting and abstinence. 

Some Christians may attend special church services (The Stations of the Cross) or prayer vigils.

Good Friday is a day of mourning and quiet prayer for many Christians. The candles are often extinguished and statues, paintings and crosses may be draped in black, purple or gray cloth.

Some Catholics treat Good Friday as a day of fasting, while others observe a partial fast involving the exclusion of meat.


Apr 172014
A photo of the victim from a Jamaican website.

A photo of the victim from a Jamaican website.

The Orange Police Department  and the Office of the State Medical Examiner, has identified the victim found in Lake Wepawaug in Orange on Saturday, April 12, as Vaughn Porteous, 27,  of Hamden.

According to a press release issued by Asst. Police Chief Anthony Cuozzo, Porteous was believed to be  involved in a motor vehicle accident on the Wilbur Cross Parkway at the Orange rest stop on March 19 and left the scene prior to Police arrival.

He was reported missing by family members on April 1.

The State’s Medical Examiner has ruled the death an accidental drowning.  The Investigation will remain open pending toxicology results which can take several weeks.


On Wednesday, March 19, at about 4:45 a.m, Troop I Bethany received a report of a motor vehicle accident on Route 15 northbound near exit 56, at the entrance to the Route 15 northbound rest area in Orange.

Upon arrival, troopers found one vehicle with heavy front end damage located at the entrance to the rest area.  The vehicle was crashed up against the barrels and there was damage to the metal beam guardrail.  The operator of the vehicle was not with the vehicle.

Upon discovering that the vehicle was unoccupied, Troopers, assisted by Orange Police Department, searched the surrounding area which yielded negative results.  State Police K9 teams also responded to assist in the search conducting K9 tracks.

Troopers located evidence at the scene that enabled them to identify the registered owner of the vehicle as Vaughn D. Porteous, 27, of Hamden.

Troopers continued their search by contacting area hospitals, responding to the Porteous’ residence and reviewing surveillance footage from outside the rest area in an attempt to determine how the operator left the scene and in which direction the operator may have traveled. 

Troopers also spoke with people who were stopped at the rest area and employees who worked at the rest area.  After an extensive search, Troopers believed the operator may have left the scene after getting ride from someone.

On Saturday, April 12, three weeks after the accident, the Orange Police Department responded to a report of a body found in Lake Wepawaug.  The deceased was positively identified as Vaughn D. Porteous, the registered owner of the vehicle involved in the motor vehicle accident on the Wilbur Cross Parkway.

Son of Recording Artist

Vaughn was the son of Jamaican recording artist deejay Papa Biggy.

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