Business Webinar To Get You Through

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Jun 032020

The CT Small Business Development Center will be hosting a Re-Opening Restaurant Webinar series with CTDECD. Part 2 of this series will take place on Thursday, June 4 @ 9 a.m. In this next phase of reopening the importance of maintaining a healthy and safe physical environment, for staff and guests, is critical to ensure public health and to assure customer confidence. This event features public health experts, the owner of Dish Restaurant Group, and Christine Sullivan of the CTSBDC.

The link to register for this webinar is here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6Wo516JnRd6r3ve6XXuQlA

When Will The Library Open Again?

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Jun 032020

The staff at the Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, Orange posted this notice on its website for all of those inquiring minds wondering when they’ll be able to return to one of their favorite town buildings:

Dear Library Patrons,

The Case Memorial Library staff is eager to open its doors to the public, but our number one priority is the safety of our patrons and staff.

We are working diligently behind the scenes to implement protocols that will allow us to restore some library services to our residents. We know that some libraries have started implementing curbside services for their residents and we plan to provide this service to Orange residents in the near future as well.

We will update you on Facebook, Orange Live, and our website as soon as we have firm dates and more information about this service. In the meantime, please keep your library materials at home; late fees will not accrue while we are closed to the public.

Stay safe.


The Case Memorial Library Staff

Orange Police: Resident Accused Of Larceny At Grocery Store

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Jun 032020

Police were dispatched to ShopRite at 259 Bull Hill Lane on a shoplifting complaint on Thursday, May 21 at 10:47 a.m.

Investigation revealed that Darian L. Middleton, 55, of Orange concealed $45.97 worth of merchandise and left the store without paying for it.

He was taken into custody and charged with sixth-degree larceny.

Middleton received a promise to appear in court on June 24.

Obituary: Viola Flesher, 94, Beloved Mother, Grandmother

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Jun 032020

Viola Flesher, 94, of Milford, passed away on May 26, 2020. She was the devoted wife of the late Bertram Flesher.

Born on November 1, 1925, in Brooklyn, NY, the daughter of the late Samuel & Augusta (Peck) Green.

Viola was the beloved mother of Jay (Diana) Flesher of Port Jefferson, NY and the late Harrison (Linda) Flesher of Hamden, CT; dear mother-in-law of Shirley Flesher of Milford; loving sister of the late Joseph (Beverly) Green; cherished grandmother of Jonathan (Kelley) Flesher of Ellicott City, MD and Dana (Keith) Bacon of St. Petersburg, FL; great grandmother of Zoey Cofrancesco and Carter Flesher.

Viola ran the family clothing business, Wayside Clothes, in Milford along with her late husband Bertram before their retirement in 1990.

She lived in Milford for more than 40 years; was an avid golfer playing often at Oak Lane Country Club in Woodbridge and Gleneagles in Delray Beach Florida.

She was a member of Temple B’nai Sholom in Orange.

There will be a private graveside service.

Jun 032020

Orange Live launched on May 17, 2012. Since that day we’ve honored our promise to remain hyper-local (Town Of Orange) and only incorporating news from Amity High School in Woodbridge, which is the regional High School for Bethany, Orange, and Woodbridge. And the Beardsley Zoo, our CT Zoo, which is only a short drive away on I-95 or the Merritt Parkway in Bridgeport.

In the first 8 months, we had a sports writer and paid him well, so well that he absorbed just about all of the money we brought in on ads. We tried to reel him in when money was tight and he went rogue, attending games that we did NOT assign to him, just so he could get paid.

WE dropped him and I began covering sports myself, taking photos, and doing my best to provide whatever information I could even though I am not a sports writer. My stories pulled in as many hits as he did, so from that moment on, Orange Live has not had any paid freelance writers.

I, Terri Miles, have done everything that you see on the site, including going through all the e-mails, formatting press releases, covering meetings, school plays, festivals, and events, taking photos, cross-posting to Twitter and Facebook, all for no pay.

When the Pandemic hit, I was forced to self-isolate, since I have numerous health issues that designate me as high-risk. With businesses closed for the past 3 months, Orange Live hasn’t had any new advertising, yet each and every month we have to pay $200 in bills for services we use to keep the site running.

My brother, Ron, who bankrolled the site in order to keep my mind fresh — after I had several strokes back in 2009 — told me that the Orange Live bank account is getting low with no income and $200 automatically being taken out, we will be paying monthly banking fees on top of the bills as soon as next month.

Ron suggested that I let you know this and ask for a little help or he will be forced to shut Orange Live down. Which would be devastating for me after working so hard to build it up in the last 8 years.

We have a Paypal account at orangectlive01@gmail.com and if you appreciate Orange Live and could afford $1 or any amount, (less than a cup of coffee) it truly would help bail us out until the Phase II and Phase III businesses are in good shape again. Everything will go into the bank account for the monthly Orange Live bills, not into my pocket.

A reader just reminded me about a “donations welcome” tab that our web host set up on the top of the page 8 years ago. I haven’t looked at it in years, but she said it is very easy to use and it includes additional information and options.

Ron and I are not looking to skip all the way to the bank, we just hope to stay afloat for another two to three months until we can pick up some ads.

In the past month, our readership is UP by 65%. If you have a business and would like to advertise, we have the most reasonable prices of any media and offer the most hands-on service — more like a partnership  — than anyone else. Please call and leave a message, or text 203-506-1747, or e-mail orangectlive01@gmail.com.

Ron and I appreciate our readers and love the town of Orange and thank you for your continued faith in us as your local daily news source.

I truly appreciate the donations we’ve received so far and I am humbled by all the kind notes and e-mails of encouragement. Thank You!


Orange Town Hall Is Open

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Jun 022020

The Orange Town Hall Offices are now Open with a strict new set of rules.

Anyone entering the building:

• MUST be wearing a mask.

• Wait outside the office doorway until he or she is asked to come in.

• Follow all state COVID-19 safety guidelines (social distancing).

Please respect the town employees and help to keep them safe in their workplace.

The Offices at High Plains Community Center also are open, with personnel on hand to answer phones, but there still are no activities at the Senior Center or Rec Department.

Please call in advance if you have any questions.


A Statement From Orange Police Chief Robert Gagne

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Jun 022020

Police Chief Robert Gagne
(File Photo by Cory Ziman)

This statement was posted on the OPD Facebook page:

The men and women of the Orange Police Department condemn the actions of the four police officers who were involved in the mistreatment and death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week.

It was sickening to watch the lack of training, judgment, and human empathy displayed by these officers. We have worked hard to ensure that nothing like this will ever occur here. We start by making sure that we hire good people, who we can trust to engage our public with our values and mission always in mind.

We are committed to community policing and were practicing that in this Department before the term ever became popular. Our officers are well trained in the proper use of force, procedural justice, crisis intervention, and the sanctity of life.

We are the medical first responder for the Town. Each of our officers is trained to at least the level of EMR (Emergency Medical Responder), with many being trained to the higher level of EMT (Emergency Medical Technician). We embrace that responsibility, our multiple roles, and all that comes with them.

Our thoughts and prayers remain with the family of George Floyd. We stand with the good men and women of law enforcement who continue to believe in human respect and dignity.

Chief Robert J. Gagne

Georgina’s Hair Studio Ready To Open On June 2

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Jun 012020

Georgina Mauriello, owner of Georgina’s Hair Studio, 290 Boston Post Road, Orange, next to Knight’s, will open tomorrow, Tuesday, June 2, and already is fully booked.

She said it took a lot of work preparing for the re-opening after closing due to the state’s COVID-19 order back in March, but she is confident that she and her small staff are ready to comply with all the safety regulations.

“We had to order a thermometer, and we moved the stations so they are all 6-feet apart,” she said. “We no longer have a waiting area.”

All customers are served by appointment only (Click HERE and choose your day and time to make an appointment). Drive to the back of the building and call when you arrive. When your turn comes up, put on a mask (everyone must wear masks before entering) your temperature will be taken and you’ll be brought in.

If you are having something special done – coloring, perm, etc that takes extra time, you will go outside and wait until your hair is ready for the next step – This will allow another customer to come in and get a haircut.

After each customer, chairs and counters will be wiped down with bleach or another approved disinfectant cleaner and brushes and combs, scissors also will be cleaned. The floor will be swept and the next customer will be allowed in.

The new process will take some getting used to, but, with practice, it will move along like clockwork in no time.

Right now the studio will definitely be open Thursday-Saturday, check the SITE for the day to day schedule.




Dey Endorses DeBarba for State Representative 

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Jun 012020

Woodbridge Selectman, Joe Dey, has officially endorsed Republican candidate, Dan DeBarba, for state representative in the 114th district. Dey praised DeBarba’s background in healthcare and business as a major reason for his endorsement.

“During such uncertain times, we need someone like Dan who has extensive experience in handling healthcare crises. As a business owner, Dan has firsthand experience with the struggles of owning a business in Connecticut and I am confident he will fight to make our state more business-friendly.” Dey continued, “We have been very fortunate to have Themis representing our town for the last two decades. I fully expect Dan will continue in this tradition, advocating for Woodbridge and all of the 114th district.”

DeBarba is a longtime Orange resident, and his three children are graduates of Amity High School. DeBarba has served as a healthcare administrator at several hospitals in Connecticut and is currently the chief financial officer of a healthcare system in New York. Additionally, he and his wife own a small business in the area.

Orange Foundation Announces Grant Recipients

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May 312020

The Orange Foundation has awarded its community grants to the following local organizations:

  • $3,000 to Orange Food2Kids which supplies food to those Orange elementary school students who would benefit from bringing home food for the weekend.
  • $2,000 to Camp Cedarcrest to upgrade the kitchen in the main cabin.
  • $1,000 to the Orange Historical Society to replace the sign at the Academy Building.
  • $582 to the Orange Senior Center to subsidize the cost of their annual holiday party.
  • $1,500 to the Amity Teen Center to partially fund the cost of their intern that assists the community.
  • $2,500 to the Orange Parks & Recreation department towards the purchase of a leg press machine at the High Plains Community Center.
  • $3,400 to American Legion Post 127 towards the renovation of the ladies’ restroom.
  • $1,300 to the Orange Arts and Culture Center to subsidize the cost of the Hop the Bus program which provides bus transportation to cultural events in New Haven.

Scholarship awards will be announced next week.

If you would like to learn more about the Orange Foundation, visit the website at www.OrangeFoundation.org