Mar 262014

Screen shot 2014-03-26 at 4.03.48 PMViolet M. Lloyd, 94, of Orange, peacefully entered into eternal rest on March 23, 2014, at the St. Raphael Campus of Yale-New Haven Hospital. She was the beloved wife for 71 years to the late Norvel W. “Brownie” Lloyd.

Mrs. Lloyd was born in Ansonia on April 19, 1919, daughter of the late Sebastian and Susan Lanteri Cannata. A resident of Orange since 1956, she was employed as a seamstress at the former Valley Dress Co. in Ansonia until her retirement in 1982.

She was a communicant of Holy Infant Church in Orange and a member of its Ladies Guild. She is survived by two loving daughters, Donna Cuthbert and her husband Stuart of Ocala, FL and Gail Cuomo and her husband Robert of Orange, a brother, Seb Cannata of Ansonia, 3 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by sisters, Minnie Dube, Ann Vacca and Jane Conroy.

Visiting will take place from 9:00 am until the procession leaves for church at the SPINELLI-RICCIUTI/BEDNAR-OSIECKI FUNERAL HOME, 62 Beaver St. in Ansonia.

Friends and relatives are invited to attend her funeral on Friday March 28, 2014, at 10:30 am at Holy Infant Church in Orange for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow in Mt. St. Peter Cemetery in Derby.


In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assoc., 2911 Dixwell Ave., Suite 205, Hamden, CT 06518. To send an act of sympathy, please visit www.spinelliricciutifh.com

Mar 252014

The victim's car sheered off a fire hydrant and broke a utility pole. (Photo by Jeff Cap)

The victim’s car sheered off a fire hydrant and broke a utility pole. (Photo by Jeff Cap)

On Tuesday, March 18, police and emergency personnel responded to a report of a 2 car accident including a rollover on the Boston Post Road at Lambert around 8 p.m.

The Orange Volunteer firefighters were conducting their weekly drill at Fire Station #2, just yards away from the scene and responded immediately.

According to police, a witness said a car was speeding Westbound on Route 1 (toward Milford) when it struck the rear of another vehicle forcing it to hit and break a utility pole and sheering off a fire hydrant.

The speeding vehicle rolled over onto its roof and slid to rest in the road in front of the Valero gas station next door to the firehouse. The driver landed in the back seat of his car.

The offending driver, Aaron Hall, 30, of 26 Bond St., New Haven was charged with reckless driving, failure to drive in a proper lane and failure to wear a seat belt.

A witness reportedly removed the 39-year-old New Haven woman from the car that Hall struck.

Both drivers were transported to hospitals with minor injuries and tow trucks removed both vehicles from the scene.

The accident scene was shocking and prompted several e-mails and inquiries to Orange Live.

On March 24 after the police report was completed we were able to obtain enough information for the above story as well as permission to publish photos and video taken by resident Jeff Cap.

Asst. Police Chief Anthony Cuozzo said police remind everyone to drive responsibly. Don’t speed, and follow the rules of the road.


Jan 262014

Three meals and one fabulous loaf of bread at the Redfish Grill

Three meals and one fabulous loaf of bread at the Redfish Grill

Orangectlive posts new stories every day, sometimes readers can miss something when the new posts push the older ones off the front page. So every Sunday or Monday, we provide readers with look back at the past week with the titles of Orange Live stories (with links) and the day on which each one ran.

You are invited to sign up for our daily newsletter and receive an e-mail from Orange Live every morning around 7 a.m.

“Like” the Orange Live Facebook page and see what else we have to offer the Orange Community.

Top 5 most popular stories are numbered and bolded.

Sunday, Jan. 19

Peck Place School

Peck Place School

• CBS is Back on Cablevision

• Obituary: Belle Reese, 92, Sister of Norman Schwartzman

• Meet Charles Dumais, Amity’s New Superintendent

• 2014 Amity Football Captains Revealed

•  The Past Week On Orange Live (Did You Miss Anything?)

Monday, Jan. 20

Obituary: Della M. Theodos, 85, Mother of Melissa Moras and Sharon Stockel

yale west campusObituary: Louis “Lou” F. Tagliatela, Sr, 94, Brother of Frank Tagliatela

Property Transfers: Three Homes Sold between Jan. 9 – 17

Found Dog: Is She Yours?

Orange Emergency Management: Get Ready for Dangerously Cold Weather

Children’s Recreation and Exercise Center Plans On Plan & Zoning Agenda Tuesday

Obituary: Adele G. (Gabris) Lasky, 105, Mother of Helen Melchiore, Steadfast Red Sox Fan, Beloved Family Matriarch

Tuesday, Jan. 21

Fire Dpeatmen Are You Prepared For The Snow and Blast Of Arctic Cold? Early Dismissal Today (Tuesday)

Latest: Storm May Impact High School Mid-Term Exams

A Car Emergency Kit May Be A Great Idea On A Night Like Tonight

UPDATED: Tuesday and Wednesday Weather Related Cancellations

[3]  Newest Info: Peck Place Students Will Finish The School Year At Yale West Campus


This year's shanty town is sturdy and pretty roomy inside.

This year’s shanty town is sturdy and pretty roomy inside.

Supt. McMullin addresses Peck Place Families re: Yale Move

Performers Wanted: Or Shalom’s Got Talent Planned For Feb. 8

Fundraiser: Dining For Dollars at Bertucci’s

[2] Orange Firefighters Respond to House Fire

Kindergarten Registration: Mary L. Tracy School Is Waiting For You

[1] January 21 — Two House Fires in Two Consecutive Years

Obituary: Josephine “Jo” Marie DiFazio, 96, Former Town Of Orange Nurse

Opinion: That Biting Cold You Feel Can Be Serious

 [4] Dinner With The Family: Can One Overuse The Word “Perfect”?

Wednesday, Jan. 22

Thursday, Jan. 23

Obituary: Allan J. Rosenthal, 96, Father Of Connie Goebel, WWII Veteran








Sep 072013

Pick a muscle any muscle... yes, that's the one that hurts.

Pick a muscle any muscle… yes, that’s the one that hurts.

As I told you on Tuesday, my wonderful, dependable Honda CR-V was t-boned in Orange on Tuesday, Sept. 3 while on my way to Amity High School.

Mike from Mike’s Auto on Derby Avenue said with confidence that my Honda will be declared totaled by the insurance company when they come look at it. This is absolutely heartbreaking. I need a dependable, safe car in which to transport my granddaughter around when I watch her – as well as being able to handle the 1,000 miles I rack up in a months time for Orange Live.

Unlike other news agencies, I can’t just send a freelancer or “one of my people” on assignment to cover a game, meeting or event, since I am Orange Live and it’s all on me.

The value of my 15-year-old Honda with 213,000 miles is simply not that much, yet, had I not been hit by the other driver, I’m sure the car would have lasted me another 5-10 years.

Aside from the devastating damage to my Honda, my back also sustained heavy damage. This was evident at the Amity Football Game on Friday night when every muscle tightened up in the cold as I tried to take photos, and the past five consecutive sleepless nights that I’ve had since the accident.

The Doctor at the Milford Hospital Walk-in Emergency Center could not find a pain killer or muscle relaxer that I can use with the other medications that I take daily to prevent further strokes and control my seizures (a result of the strokes), etc.

So what is the purpose of this column? I know that the site hasn’t had a lot of new content since the accident, and for this I apologize.  I’m hoping to begin therapy very soon and then I may be able to sit and work on the computer for several hours at a time as I have for the past 15 years.

I thank everyone who has returned faithfully every day, in spite of the lack of new stories. I am genuinely surprised by the readership Orange Live has continued to receive since the accident.

I thank you all for your kind words of encouragement and well wishes. Like I said the other day, I always bounce back and I promise I’ll figure this one out too.

I’m dedicated to Orange Live and serving the town of Orange. I’m not happy about losing my CR-V, or these new “health” issues, but I’m not giving up, and I will be back just as strong as before just as soon as I possibly can.

Aug 222013

Earth's best friend

Earth’s best friend

Since the town of Orange switched over to the new single-stream recycling system, residents have been sending Orange Live questions, concerns and complaints — mostly through Facebook.

One resident said that she is concerned because people don’t know how to use the new bins.

“There is only one man on the truck now, not a crew. He pulls up and an arm comes down, picks up the bin and dumps it, but if residents place the bin too close to their mailbox or facing the wrong way, or over fill it, the driver has to get out and move it which is a waste of time,” she said. “We need clear answers on what we’re supposed to do so the process works the way it should.”

Others complain about their recyclables being left behind after falling out of the bin, asking “who’s going to clean it up?”

There are so many questions and concerns and if I , or the recycling committee answers each one individually,  as Mitch has been doing on his own, others with the same problem may not see it.

So, instead of trying to address each one on a personal basis, Orange Live and Recycling Committee Chairman Mitch Goldblatt are teaming up to get you the answers you need all in one place.

We are asking that you e-mail your questions or comments to Orange Live at [email protected] and I will forward them to Mitch.

Then Mitch will address all of them here on Orangectlive.com (cross post on Orange Live on Facebook).

This will begin immediately and hopefully, in a very short time everyone will know exactly what they are to do when recycling in Orange.

May 172013

One Year anniversaryMy how time has flown, I remember this day in 2012 vividly. Taking a totally unnecessary trip to Wilton to hear the I was being FREED from my former employer and then continuing my day with a trip to Peck Place School with my dog as planned and later launching the Orange Live Facebook page that evening.

My brother helped me pay for the web hosting and I had several wonderful friends who worked tirelessly with me to make the initial template appealing and easy to move around.

I thank everyone who remained faithful to me and has helped Orange Live and Orangectlive.com thrive during the past 365 days. Last week the Facebook page exceeded 1,000 Likes — a huge milestone.

Orange Live has published 1,647 stories in the past year, averaging 4.5 per day – all of them involving something or someone local.

On a personal note, it hasn’t been easy financially, with no real pay check and mounting medical bills but at least I am doing what I love. I am the toughest boss I have ever had, but by far the fairest.

Now let’s continue to get the word out about Orange Live, the One and Only True Hyperlocal internet site dedicated to the town of Orange. A promise I plan to keep. Because Orange residents deserve their own Online News site … and this is it! There is no Orange News entity that compares to Orangectlive.com. We’re all different, and this is the best one you will find online.

Thank you all for a great first year, here’s to 100 more.

Dec 202012

Last night, Dec. 19, Orangectlive.com made another milestone — 3 Million Hits.

Since its inception, just shy of seven months ago, Orange Live has stuck to its promise of being the town’s exclusive 24/7 Online News Site and except for last week’s coverage of the Sandy Hook School massacre, this site hasn’t gone beyond the Orange and Amity High School borders.

Orange Live will stay true to its promises and will continue to bring you the best, most complete Amity Sports coverage of any news media (online and print) available. We do ask for Sports Sponsors to pay a one-time sponsor fee for a season long, highly visible advertising opportunity. A few winter sports are still available. Call Terri at 203-506-1747 or e-mail [email protected] for sponsorship information

We offer highly visible ad space with up to 21,000 visitors a day 24/7, your advertisement is visible on every page and the majority connect readers to your website or Facebook page with one click.

On the average day, Orange Live posts 4 to 7 stories written by editor Terri Miles and/or sports writer Phil Brodsky. That is it for staff, there are no blogs. When Amity’s Charles Britton or John Brady sends a letter or memo to us, we print it as an article attributing it to one or the other.

We print obituaries of Orange residents and relatives of Orange residents in their entirety with photos at no charge.

You can LIKE our Facebook page and post comments, links or events and we’ll follow up on it on Orange Live. Our goal for Facebook is 1,000 Likes by Dec. 31. So far, we’re at 753 (not bad for less than 7 months) but we know that 1,000 is possible if you like the page and you tell 2 friends, and they tell 2 friends.

http://www.orangectlive.com/ Thanks to you coming back faithfully it’s working. Thank You So Much!

Now, on to 4 Million.

Nov 092012

After  nearly 32 hours of unexplained computer problems, it looks like we’re back on track.

Thursday evening around 9:15 p.m. The work computer magically unfroze and allowed access to the e-mail, photos, and programs necessary to make Orange Live the number one 24/7 online site for the town of Orange.

We regret the inactivity on Orange Live between Wednesday afternoon and throughout the day on Thursday.

If you notice that there is nothing new on Orangectlive.com every day, check on the Orange Live Facebook page, which is easier to access using a number of devices, including a cell phone.