In His Own Words: Connor Deane Talks About New Beginnings

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May 172021

Orange Native Connor Deane plans to run against incumbent First Selectman Jim Zeoli in the 2021 Election.

Get to know him through this video where he tells you about himself and his plans for the future of Orange.

Pat Winkel Still Has It!

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Mar 272021

Amity Grad Pat Winkel of Orange is still a baseball phenom, now working his magic at UCONN.

UConn Baseball (@UConnBSB) Tweeted:

Walk Us Off Pat Winkel!!!! https://t.co/3WXTK527HY


Obituary: Carla Appel, 59, Beloved Wife, Mother, Friend, Dog Lover

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Aug 032020

Carla Nastri Appel, 59, of Orange, CT passed away on August 2, 2020, after a short illness. She is survived by her husband Ken, and her four sons Ken Jr., David, Michael, and Tyler.

She was the daughter of Dolores Nastri and the late Anthony Nastri. She also leaves behind brothers James Nastri (Nancy) and Mark Nastri (Violet) as well as her cherished nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Carla was a graduate of Gateway Community College where she earned a degree in Dietetic Science. She worked as a dietician and personal trainer and was passionate about her work. Her optimism and energy were contagious.

In her youth, Carla was an outstanding athlete competing in gymnastics, track and field, and bodybuilding, winning numerous contests throughout New England.  The joy of her life, however, was her family. She took such great pride in all of her son’s athletic activities especially, baseball.  She was always their biggest fan and along with her husband, seldom missed a game. She loved bringing her dog Brinley to her son’s games.

Carla was a compassionate and positive woman, a dedicated mother and wife, and a devoted friend. We will forever remember her big heart and beautiful smile. She will be dearly missed.

Services will be private at the West Haven Funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Martin DePorres Academy, 208 Columbus Ave., New Haven, CT 06519.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Carla (Nastri) Appel, please visit the floral store.

Amity Grad Honored by Saint Mary’s College Athletic Department

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May 062020

Kendra Osinski, an Orange native, and Amity Regional graduate, was honored with a special award by the Saint Mary’s College Department of Athletics, Notre Dame, Indiana, in an online ceremony on Sunday, May 3.

Osinski, who was a four-year member of the Saint Mary’s lacrosse team, was named as the recipient of the Impact Player Award. A two-time All-MIAA selection, she is listed in the top four in program history in career goals, assists, and points.

Beyond those personal accolades, however, is the student-athlete who stepped in to be the team’s goalie when an injury to a teammate created a void. Osinski played eight games in goal during her sophomore season.
The Belles put together the longest winning streak in program history with Kendra as the starting goalie in five of those six games, and she scored the overtime game-winning goal in the sixth game of that stretch.

Obituary: John E. DeFeo, 59, Orange Native, Beloved Husband, Father, Son, Brother

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Oct 312018

John E. DeFeo, 59, of Kinnelon, New Jersey, passed away on October 22, 2018.

John was born and raised in Orange, Connecticut, the son of Robert and Judith DeFeo. John then studied for his law degree while living in New York City, where he met his wife, Margaret and later settled in Kinnelon, where they lived since 2001.

John was a lifelong goofball and loved being the life of the party. Whether joking with old friends, embellishing long stories with new, or telling the same jokes to his family, he could always be counted on to make you laugh.

John also had a lifelong passion for politics. He studied political science in undergrad at Fordham University, attending national conventions, and was later involved in local politics at various times in his life. Later in life he ended up spending most evenings catching up on the day’s events, and could often be found debating good-naturedly with friends and family. 

He was also an avid traveller, and loved exploring new places, visiting all 50 states over the course of his life. He also loved sharing this passion with his family, planning trips all over the U.S. as well as to visit his wife’s family in Ireland most summers.  

John is survived by his devoted family, wife, Margaret and children, Ellen, Paul and Tim; his parents, Robert and Judith DeFeo; his siblings, Robert DeFeo (Dawn), Dave DeFeo, Sue Simone, Mark DeFeo (Aileen) and Steve DeFeo (Pam); his mother in-law, Susan Finnerty; his nieces and nephews, Kevin and Jessica Simone, Brian, Sarah and Daniel DeFeo, Christopher and Robert DeFeo, Will DeFeo, Aoife, Anna, Hugh, and Emily Broderick, Mark, Andrew, and Lucy Finnerty, Catherine and Patrick Finnerty, Hannah and Rosie O’Brien; and his brothers and sisters in-law, Patricia (Tony) Broderick, Enda (Mary) Finnerty, Cormac (Rachael) Finnerty, Susan (J.P.) O’Brien. John was predeceased by his father in-law, Patrick Finnerty and brother-in-law Sandy Simone.

Friends and family visited on Thursday, Oct. 25, at Our Lady of the Magnificat RC Church, Kinnelon. A funeral Mass was celebrated on Friday, Oct. 26, at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory can be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.

Here’s Where You Can Find Up To The Minute Weather (edited)

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Jan 172018

When Orange Live went online 6 years ago, a young man named Kevin Arnone approached us offering to provide weather coverage.

An Amity graduate, Kevin was so good and incredibly accurate for his young age, that we couldn’t resist.

The partnership worked well for a long time, we linked the weather tab to Kevin’s personal page.

But as his name earned recognition, the consistency of his posts on that site slowed down and he dedicated his time getting noticed by television stations and landed his dream job with WTNH 8.

Since we first met him, Kevin married the love of his life, got two dogs, and this week he left Channel 8 when his contract expired and he started a new amazing weather website ExactWeatherNow.com.

We’ve called Kevin “our” weatherman for 6 years and we hope that YOU will do the same.

Check out his new website by clicking the link above or anytime that you are on Orange Live, click the Weather Tab for a direct link to his new site.

“Join” Kevin’s team and if you appreciate his work, click on the Donate button to help support his efforts.

Good Luck Kevin!




Brandeis University Names Orange Resident To Dean’s List

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Jun 292017

WALTHAM, Mass.—Rachel Marcus of Orange, was named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2017 semester at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass.

The Dean’s List is an academic honor awarded to students who achieved a semester GPA of 3.50 or higher on a 4.0 scale, completed a minimum of three courses for a letter grade and received a grade of C or higher in all courses.

Rachel is a Sophomore majoring in Psychology. She is the daughter of Brad and Paulette Marcus and a 2015 graduate of Amity High School.

Obituary: Scott Michael DellaTorre, 21, Beloved Son, Brother, Grandson, Friend

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Aug 242015

Screen Shot 2015-08-24 at 7.11.21 PMScott Michael DellaTorre, 21, of Bethany, passed away suddenly on August 23, 2015.

Scott was born to Robert Michael and Pamela Barton DellaTorre in New Haven, CT on April 23, 1994.

Scott graduated from Amity Regional High School in Woodbridge in 2012. He went to University of Maryland and was pursuing a degree in Computer Science.

Scott was an Eagle Scout and was an avid outdoorsman. He just completed an internship with Google and was about to embark on his senior year of college.

He enjoyed spending time with his friends and family when he was home on break. Not only was he able to excel in school but he was very curious about the world and he was able to teach himself many things; including, but not limited to, computer programming, guitar and piano.

Scott was always willing to help others and will be greatly missed by those who knew him.

In addition to his parents, Scott is survived by his siblings, Alysse and Mark DellaTorre of Bethany; grandparents, Emanuel & Kate DellaTorre of Milford, Agnes Barton of Merida, Mexico and Eugene & Patricia Dumas of Milford; and many beloved aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He is predeceased by his grandmother Gloria Barton Conder and grandfather Edward Barton.

Friends and family may call from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at Our Lady of Assumption Church, 81 Center Rd., Woodbridge, CT. Interment is private.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Scott Michael DellaTorre Scholarship Fund at Amity Regional High School, 25 Newton Rd., Woodbridge, CT 06525.

Sad News: Untimely Death of Amity Grad, 21

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Aug 242015

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A 21-year-old Amity Grad from Bethany who was staying with his parents before returning to the University of Maryland, was found dead on Sunday.

Although there are no answers yet, Scott Della Torre seems to have had a seizure.

He was a kind, brilliant young man with a bright future ahead of him.

He is survived by his parents, a brother and sister.

Orange Live will publish his obituary and service information as soon as it becomes available.

Former Amity Athlete Suffers Horrible Injuries In Boating Accident

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Aug 122015

Stephanie RyanBy now, many Orange Live readers know about a terrible boating accident that happened on the Connecticut River in Haddam last Sunday around 6 p.m.
A  group of young adults were having a fun day on a 26-foot motorboat. Two of them, the boat’s owner and a woman jumped off the boat to swim in the river, when the owner’s relative drove the boat toward them and the swimmers were struck by a propeller.
Ronald Borruso, Jr., of Hamden, had minor injuries and refused medical treatment at the scene. But Stephanie Ryan, 23, of Bethany, suffered severe cuts to her lower extremities and was taken to Hartford Hospital where she is in stable condition.
You’ve probably guessed that Stephanie attended Amity High School, where she played Lacrosse and Girls Ice Hockey. The 2010 Amity Grad is described by a family friend as beautiful, inside and out, physically fit and athletic. She attended Nichols College in Dudley, Mass. where she continued to play Lacrosse and Ice Hockey. She then transferred to UCONN, and was just two classes shy of graduating.
But since Sunday evening, Stephanie lies in Hartford Hospital with both legs severely wounded. She’s had surgery on her left leg and on Wednesday surgeons will be working on a course of action for her treatment.
The only thing that is certain is that Stephanie will be hospitalized and undergo multiple surgeries for quite some time. 
Melissa Vernik, a friend of Stephanie’s since Middle School, sees first hand through her profession as a nurse the struggles patients face, both physically and financially.
Vernik told Orange Live, “Steph is such a sweet person, no one can say anything bad about her, she is a wonderful, caring person,” she said. “She is one of four kids, and the medical care will be expensive. She’s trying to be optimistic, but she has a long road ahead of her.”
Vernik set up a Go Fund Me page to help the Ryan family with Stephanie’s expenses.
As an intro on the page she wrote:

“As you may know our dear friend Stephanie Ryan was in a boating accident this past Sunday. She is stable but has a long road to recovery ahead of her. Between medical care and physical therapy she will need the bills will be adding up quickly. Any amount you can donate is greatly appreciated.”
Melissa’s mother Cheryl said the one-way car trip from Bethany to Hartford alone uses a quarter tank of gas, which adds up as the family wants to be with Stephanie every day.
Stephanie’s future is uncertain, but we wish her good luck, and hope the doctors are successful in getting her back on her feet again.
If you know the Ryan family from Amity, or even if you don’t, please put yourself in their place and do whatever you can to make this difficult time a little less trying.