Why Won’t Orange Live Branch Out?

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Jul 282020

In the past two weeks, I’ve been asked several times by friends, web designers looking for business, and other online entities, “Why don’t you branch out and cover news from other towns?”

When I tell the web people seeking my business that I only cover Orange, even though the highest percentage of my readers are in Milford, they question why I don’t expand into Milford.

The answer is simple, my upbringing, and the fact that eight years ago when I launched Orange Live, I promised my readers that I would remain true to my word to only cover news that involved the town of Orange.

If I can’t stand by my word, then how can anyone ever believe they can trust a word I say?

Every other news outlet covers some other town, usually for the money they can make from it — Orange AND Milford; Orange AND Woodbridge; Orange, Bethany, Woodbridge, AND Milford.

From the start in May 2012, I promised to only cover Orange, incorporating news from Amity High School because Orange residents go there, AND the Beardsley Zoo, because it is Connecticut’s Zoo, a treasure that’s only a short drive from Orange. It offers learning opportunities for children and adults and it is a wonderful resource right in our backyard, so to speak.

Yes, occasionally, I have posted a bear sighting in Woodbridge if it is close to the town border, because ultimately a black bear will show up in Orange within a week or two after being seen over there.

Other than that, I have remained true to my promise.

A turning point

Before my strokes in 2009, I covered the three Amity towns in a newspaper every week for more than 10 years, running from Bethany, Orange, and Woodbridge, juggling school plays and events, summer activities, parades, senior activities, veterans’ affairs, tri-town meetings, and police blotters. And I did it well. Back then I won several awards for my writing and photography, and everyone knew who I was. My face was plastered on page 4 on my column every week, so how could you miss me?

I slowed down a bit after that, with seizures being the only after-effects of the strokes. They hindered my memory and comprehension, and when they would hit were unpredictable.

I left the newspaper for a new Online-only company, which I made into a household name within a few months.

After a couple of years, I didn’t like the direction they were taking, as they opened hundreds of new sites at once, which put a strain on the mother company’s finances, which trickled down to the individual site editors.

They wanted us to take news from other sources, publish a paragraph or two, then link back to the source. “That’s not what I was hired to do.” I told my very young ‘boss.’ I was fired for insubordination.

On my own

It was a big relief. I walked away from a good-paying job and that night I started Orange Live, introducing it on Facebook, and launching the site three days later.

Being my own boss has its perks, I don’t have to put my face on the site – If you know me, you know me, If you don’t, well that’s okay too. I do my best to keep up with what’s going on. I do everything by myself, answering e-mail, editing, writing, photography, ads, posting on the site, Twitter, Facebook, etc. I don’t get paid for anything I do.

I participate in local charities by donating homemade prizes, candy for the Lions Easter Egg Hunt, etc. and I offer my assistance wherever it’s needed.

So, back to the point. Why don’t I expand to other communities? I just love Orange, I know the people, I know the town better than my own, and in many ways, it feels like home to me. Most importantly, my parents raised me to be honest. I gave you my word 8 years ago, and I stand by it now and always will.


Orange Live Offers Special Short-Term Holiday Advertising Rates

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Nov 042018

Small business owners who don’t have a lot of money for advertising, may enjoy this special short-term offer from Orange Live.

In October, a candidate requested that we post a campaign ad in our right side column for one week. We agreed to this and found that the ad performed incredibly well.

Then, in November, a second candidate asked for ad space for a six-day period. Again, we agreed and provided a daily rate. That ad, too, performed and continues to perform, incredibly well.

This said, Orange Live believes that some businesses that have weekly holiday specials or last-minute events may appreciate the opportunity to be able to get the word out in an eye-catching ad on our website. This would include restaurants that have space for holiday parties, gift certificates, are taking holiday dinner reservations or want to get the word out about a special promotion. How about a jewelry store with a one-week Christmas sale? Maybe a boutique that’s having a one-night wine and cheese party and sale?

We believe that Orange Live has some of the most reasonable advertising rates in the area, and we provide our clients with the views, hovers, and clicks that their ad receives on our site.

Surely, you will find that advertising on Orange Live works, and the short-term agreement will give you an opportunity to try it out, no matter what your budget is. We’ve never heard of anyone else with an offer like this.

You may send us a prepared ad to post, or we will custom build one for you at no extra cost.

Call Terri at 203-506-1747 and leave a message or e-mail orangectlive01@gmail.com and we will be delighted to work with you. 


Open House: 5 Bedroom Mid Century Modern Is A Great Buy

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Jul 092017

Attention all buyers who love the Mid-Century Modern style. This house is must see original. Come to the Open House at 30 Derby Avenue on Sunday, July 9 from 1-3 p.m.

The Purist will love the authentic and preserved elements. The buyer more concerned with functionality and everyday use will love that this house was made for living.

The extensive roof, drainage reconstruction were done with care to preserve the original profile (copper gutters are hidden from exterior view.) The restoration of the Tiger Wood and Mahogany decks were done with the highest workmanship.

Built by Henry F. Miller for his family in 1948 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the home is quintessential Mid-Century Modern, one of the first in the area.

The 2.72-acre lot has a pond and a stream and backs up to open space. Located within minutes of downtown New Haven yet having a lovely country setting – it is the best of both worlds.

Available for $390,000.


Open House: Stunning Two-Story 3 Bedroom Home In Central Orange

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Jul 022017

Location, Grounds, and Home; All elegant and designed to combine yesteryear and today!

The Huge custom two-story architecturally designed addition is a great room overlooking a fabulous back yard with a master suite up above it.

Brand new kitchen with exposed brick, Thomasville cabinets, quartz counter, recessed lighting. Fabulous formal dining room with walnut paneling.

Remodeled baths with custom cabinets and white Carrara marble.

This ten room home is a one of a kind. Freshly painted inside and out, updated septic.

Walk across the street to walking track and community center. Loads of character, with updated mechanics, large two-car garage, and private back yard.

Convenient, oversized and meticulous with plenty of space for large parties or outside football games!

Feels like a piece of history in central Orange, some bedrooms have Chestnut floors! Natural Gas line to House! Four more fireplaces in the home, not in use.

Check it out at 562 Orange Center Road during an open house on Sunday, July 2 from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Offered for $499,900.

What’s Special About This Month’s Full Moon? Tonight’s the Night. Read On…

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Sep 272015

Screen Shot 2015-09-26 at 10.30.22 AMThe September full moon, known as the Full Corn Moon or Harvest Moon is the third in the trifecta of “supermoons” this year. This is the one we’ve been waiting for, not only is it closest to earth than any other this year [completely full at 10:50:31 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27] but it also will put on a show by appearing copper colored with a total eclipse.

So You Understand

The website https://www.fullmoon.info/ explains the phenomenon

During a lunar eclipse, the moon moves through the shadow of the Earth. Which means, that the Earth is positioned quite exactly between the Sun and Moon and casts its shadow onto the Moon. This is only possible at full moon and if some other requirements are met. Depending on whether the Moon passes the partial or the core shadow of the Earth, we speak of a partial or total lunar eclipse.

The copper-colored moon
When the moon touches the core shadow of the earth, the first parts of the moon surface begin to darken. If you would actually stand on the moon, you would experience a total solar eclipse! As soon as the moon immerses completely in the core shadow, the surface of the moon begins to glow copper red. Towards the centre of the core shadow, the light fades and turns dark red to brownish grey.

About the visibility
This total lunar eclipse will only be visible in Europe, Africa and in most parts of America. In the Near and Middle East and parts of Asia, you can only see the beginning of the lunar eclipse, shortly before sunrise. In Australia and Hawaii, it will not be visible at all.

Using New York as the closest reference point, here is what moon gazers can expect on Sunday night:

Here the exact course with times:
• Moonrise: Sunday, 06:36 pm
• Sunset: Sunday, 06:45 pm
• Beginning of the total eclipse: Sunday, 10:11:10 pm 
• Maximum of the total eclipse: Sunday, 10:47:08 pm 
• Full moon: Sunday, 10:50:31 pm (EDT)
• End of the total eclipse: Sunday, 11:23:05 pm

Enjoy! And if you snap any photos of this event, send them to orangectlive01@gmail.com so we can share them. (Please include your name and town)

Photo taken from Orange Town library parking lot just before dusk. Submitted by Danielle Barnick of Orange CT.

Photo taken from Orange Town library parking lot just before dusk. Submitted by Danielle Barnick of Orange CT.

Originally Published on: Sep 26, 2015 @ 10:38

OH SNOW! Here We Go Again! What’s Kevin Got To Say About It?

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Feb 142015

A Blizzard Warning is in effect, and today is not the worst we will see.

Here’s what Orange Live’s long-time weather buddy Kevin Arnone has to say about it. [Come on WTNH, put this man on air!]

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Obituary: Violet M. Lloyd, 94, Beloved Mother of Gail Cuomo

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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

Finally: About That Devastating Car Accident on March 18th

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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








Update: Ouch, The Honda CR-V is Not The Only Thing That’s Hurting

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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.