Jul 172014

Screen shot 2014-07-17 at 11.19.02 PMMohan’s Custom Tailors of Midtown Manhattan counts numerous celebrities among its clientele, (Ed Koch, Rudy Giuliani, Wilt Chamberlain, Walk Frazier, Patrick Ewing, Rickey Henderson, Bernie Williams and others) has designed more than 150,000 crafted, made-to-order men’s suits, shirts, formalwear, and top-coats since opening in 1972.

Mohan’s is hosting a one-day pop-up store at Courtyard Marriott, 136 Marsh Hill Rd., Orange, on Wednesday, July 30 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.,  for men desirous of the New York City custom tailoring experience in their backyard.

It’s part of a 17 city-in-20 day tour from Boston to northern Virginia. Mohan’s allows customers to select from more than 10,000 fabrics, 40 suit styles, 16 shirt cuff styles, and 20 collar styles, along with myriad personalized touches like  number of pockets, number of buttons, handmade buttons, lapel size, jacket vents, custom jacket linings and more.

They’ll  do 25-plus measurements, as well as take digital photographs, to perfectly match the suit to the contours of the client’s frame.

When the suit is complete, the client receives the product at a shipping address of their choice. Turnaround time is three-to-four weeks.



Jul 062014

Screen shot 2014-07-07 at 12.51.16 AMShirley C. Sonleiter, 91, of Orange, peacefully passed away on July 1, 2014.

Born on June 27, 1923 in Syracuse, New York, she was the daughter of the late Emily I. and George C. Cooke and wife of the late Paul H. Sonleiter.

She graduated from Hillhouse HIgh School in 1942. A dedicated mother and homemaker, she loved cooking, listening to oldies music, and travel.

Most of all, though, from her childhood on, she committed herself to caring for animals.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Steven P. Sonleiter and Angela K. Frusciante of Orange, her sister, Beverly Sanford of Melbourne, Florida, as well as a niece and two nephews and their families and, of course, five rescue cats and one dog.

There will be a private burial at Orange Center Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Milford/Orange Animal Shelter, 664 East Broadway, Milford, CT 06460.

To leave online condolences, please visit our website at www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.


Jul 062014

DSC09713The Orange Fairgrounds was filled with fireworks enthusiasts on Saturday, July 5 as the annual concert and fireworks show in celebration of the fourth of July went on.

Here is a VIDEO of the sights from that night.



Jun 282014

Valiante Hart plays at the Orange Fairgrounds

Valiante Hart plays at the Orange Fairgrounds

The first Summer concert with the Americana band, (folk) “Valiante Hart” took place at the Orange Fairgrounds on Wednesday, June 25, from 6-8 p.m.

Sponsors for this show include: Maplewood of Orange; OVNA; The Goddard School; Affordable Dentures; Crunch Fitness and Geico.

Music lovers brought their lawn chairs and blankets and one family even set up a tent with a nice food spread in celebration of someone’s birthday.

Residents from Maplewood were bussed in, courtesy of the Community Services.

Children ran around, played nicely with their friends and blew bubbles.

The next concert will be annual fireworks  shabang, that will take place on Saturday, July 5 (rain date Sunday, July 6) at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange at 6:30 p.m. 

Suggested donation per car is $5.

Jun 142014

Screen shot 2014-05-26 at 2.03.03 PMA message from George Catalano, Car Show organizer:
We are trying to assemble the largest group of Red Cars! We know of no other car shows like it and there seems to be great interest among Red Car owners who hear about it!
It is open to all makes, models and years and includes trucks (we have some vintage Firetrucks that have promised to come!)
There will be trophys and dash plaques for entrants, and the entry fee is $10 per show car.
It all takes place at the Orange Fairgrounds on Orange Center road as part of the Orange Strawberry Festival Sat June 14 (raindate is the following day Sun June 15)
Entrants must be in place on the field by 10 and may leave at 3pm.
Thank you!
George Catalano
Originally Published on: May 28, 2014 @ 12:02


Jun 082014


432 Luba Drive

482 Luba Drive

See what you can get for $449,000. Open House, Sunday, June 8, from 12:30-2:00.

4 BR, 3.1 baths, remodeled kitchen, 1st fl family room, new well, new septic, newer roof & furnace.

Cul de sac location.

Turkey Hill to Deer Run to Luba. 

Denise Mirto will be there to give you a tour.

Tell Denise you saw this on Orange Live.

Jun 072014

RBS_5KNow in its fifth year, the Race Brook Rockin’ Road Race has become a staple in the Orange running community, surrounding communities and beyond! Last year’s race was a huge success with more than 300 participants. Sponsored by Race Brook School’s PTA, the Saturday, June 7 event includes a 5K run, two-mile fitness walk and Kids’ Fun Run.

The race begins and ends at Race Brook Elementary School on Grannis Road and is sure to be a morning of fun and activity for runners, walkers and families. All funds raised will be used to enhance both educational and fitness activities for students at Race Brook School.

The race course is USATF certified and prizes will be awarded to the first male and female finisher in each age group. The Kids’ Fun Run will take place on the track behind the school, and all kids will receive a ribbon to acknowledge their participation.

The first 150 registered runners will receive a tek shirt and all participants will be entered into the post-race raffle for some great prizes from local merchants. In keeping with the ‘Rockin’ theme, the event will also feature music at the finish line and along the race course.

Anyone interested in running the 5K, walking two miles for fitness, or participating in the Kids’ Fun Run can visit the event website at www.racebrookrockinroadrace.com, check out the event Facebook page at Race Brook’s Rockin’ Road Race or send an email to [email protected].  Online registration is available at www.hitekracing.com.

Originally Published on: Apr 28, 2014 @ 10:13

Jun 052014

Turkey Hill Preserve

OLT photo courtesy of Karen Schnitzer

From the Orange Land Trust:

The Orange Land Trust will host a guided hike of the Turkey Hill Preserve on Saturday, June 21.

Meet in the parking lot at 300 Derby Milford Road (GPS address), opposite Turkey Hill Road at 9:30 a.m.

Orange’s largest open space site offers 376 acres of old growth forest, ledges, ridges, vernal pools, gorges, streams, ponds, shallow waterways, and a wide variety of plants and wildlife.

This is a moderate to challenging hike, so please wear appropriate footwear as there are some rocky areas and some “ups and downs” in the trail. We recommend hiking boots/shoes or shoes/sneakers with a good tread. A good hiking stick or trekking pole(s) can be helpful.

This free hike, conducted by volunteers of the Orange Land Trust, is not at all difficult for those who are sure-footed and fit and presents an opportunity to reconnect with our town’s history and beauty. All are welcome and please bring a friend.

So, grab your hiking gear and plan to join us! Only steady rain showers will cancel.

For information, call Chris at 203-397-7599.

May 262014

IMG_7742A large crowd attended the Memorial Day ceremony at the gazebo on Sunday morning and nearly every inch of Orange Center Road was filled with parade-goers.

The weather was perfect, and event organizers were pleased with the turn-out, but the one thing veterans and military families wanted more than anything was for everyone to follow the parade route down to the Orange Center Cemetery for what is considered the most important part of the day, a brief ceremony honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

This year saw perhaps the biggest crowd to ever attend this ceremony. Highlights included laying memorial wreaths at the stone of the unknown soldier, a “21″ gun salute, bagpipers playing “Amazing Grace” and Amity High Student Eli Baum playing Taps.

If you missed the Cemetery Ceremony, keep in mind that Memorial Day honors of those who died protecting our freedom. Make it a point to stay around after the parade next year and spend 10 extra minutes at this solemn event to honor those who gave their all for us.

May 252014

Master of Ceremonies Robert Mirto

Master of Ceremonies Robert Mirto

The 2014 Memorial Day Ceremony went without a hitch. The weather was nice, and although a couple of people had to break rank because they didn’t feel well, there were no medical emergencies as in past years.

Bob Mirto served as master of ceremonies, and Diane Raikis, accompanied by the Amity Senior High School Band, sang the National Anthem.

Mirto kept everything moving along, introducing First Selectman Jim Zeoli; Grand Marshal Laurence Czajkowski; Chief of Staff Peter MacDonald; Honored Veteran Joswph Blake; and Keynote Speaker Philip Grande, Sr. and three specially selected student readers from each of the elementary schools: Tessa Graham (Peck Place); Brenner McKinley (Race Brook); and Conlan O’Rourke (Turkey Hill).

Lewis Merritt, Commander of the American Legion Post 127 presented the general orders for the parade.

Mirto read the names of Orange veterans who’d passed away since last Memorial Day.

Amity High student Eli Baum,  played Taps, and then everyone headed for the parade route.





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