Feb 272014

Best Of New HavenIt’s my Birthday on Saturday, and what I would really love to get is just a few minutes of your time.

As you can see from the banner on the left side of the site, it’s the time of year when many local businesses are asking for your support in the Advocate Best of New Haven Reader’s Poll.

Orangectlive.com has been a registered business in the town of Orange since May 2012. Since then, “Orange Live, the best source for 24/7 news in Orange CT” has published more than 3,000 stories, keeping you abreast of everything that’s happening in town without the benefit of a staff.

Orangectlive.com (along with the Orange Live Facebook Page) is a one-person show, photos, meetings, business stories, police and fire coverage, school updates, sports, even the ads are all done by just one Yia Yia — that’s what my granddaughter calls me — even when my computer crashed in December, you still got your news.

All I ask is that every one of the 1,000 people who visit the site today and unique visitors who come on until next Wednesday, take 10 minutes to visit the “Best Of” Poll page, Fill in the voter registration information and click “Vote” to begin, then please vote for orangectlive.com in two categories • Best Local Blogger and • Best Hyperlocal News Site. Both can be found in the Media and Education section.

You must vote in at least 10 categories. But, if you love Orange, there are plenty of Orange businesses and personalities from which to choose. Look for the Orange Ale House, Material Girls, NuVita, Redfish Grill, Georgina Hair Studio, Kaoud Oriental Rug … Even First Selectman Jim Zeoli is listed under the People and Places section.

One ballot per person. They count ballots from this website and paper ballots from this week’s CTNow newspaper. You may submit a paper ballot or an online ballot, but not both.

Online voting ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014.

Thank you so much for your time!



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








Jan 192014

Screen shot 2014-01-19 at 11.29.28 PMBeing a 24/7 online site, Orangectlive.com posts 5-7 stories every day and sometimes readers miss something.

So, as a courtesy, each Sunday, beginning today,  I will run a recap with links to all of the stories from the previous week.

Sunday, Jan. 12

• Property Transfers: Homes Sold in Orange Jan 2 – 9

• The Superintendent’s Letter To Two Sister Schools Re: Peck Situation

• Happy Birthday Elvis: Celebrate At The Senior Center

• Are You Going To The Joe Blake Retirement Gala? Get Your Tickets Now

• Girls Basketball: Amity Improves Record to 9-1 After Defeating Cheshire 60-54

• Obituary: Edward C. Sembor, Sr., 87, Father of Ilona Clark, WWII Veteran, Will Be Buried at Sea

 Looking For A Rental Home In Orange?

Monday, Jan. 13    (Babysitting day = fewer postings)

Tuesday, Jan. 14

Autism Spectrum Disorder Fundraiser on Feb. 1

• Amity Releases New District Calendar

Girls Basketball: Amity vs Law 

• Six Exotic Birds Stolen From Orange Store

 Wednesday, Jan. 15

Boys Basketball: Spartans Still Trying To Find Their “A” Game

• Peck Place Revelations Come Out At Special Selectmen’s Meeting

Musical Excitement: Amity Theater Takes On “In The Heights”

• Amity Teen Center Receives NAA Funds For Solar Panels

 Police Blotter: Two Vehicle Related Arrests Logged

• Amity Varsity Sports: Home Games This Week 

 Thursday, Jan. 16

• Amity Mathletes Place Second in Tournament, League

• Amity Varsity Home Sports Competitions Jan. 18-24

Saturday, Jan. 18

• Going, Going, Gone … There Were Big Bargains At Town Auction

Tips From The Orange Recycling Committee

• Check Out The New Arrivals At The Museum Antique Shop 

• Cleaning Company Cited After Illegal Dumping Incident









Top 10 Stories of 2013 — Based on Readership

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Dec 272013

Screen shot 2013-12-27 at 2.21.44 PMOrangectlive.com has been online since May 2012. In 19 months we’ve published 2,711 stories.

Our news site and Orange Live Facebook page have seen tremendous growth, averaging 1,000 or more page views every day.

Looking back, it’s interesting to see which of our stories were most read.

Here’s an end-of-year countdown of the Top 10 Orangectlive stories from 2013. I think you’ll be surprised by #1.

#10Update Four Crash Victims Taken To Hospital

On September 20 a car slammed into a telephone pole near 88 Indian River Road with four teenagers inside.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department extricated two of them and all four West Haven teens were sent to the hospital with injuries.

The driver, A.J.Cedillo, 18, died from his injuries. His parents donated his organs so others could live.

#9 –  Chief Gagne Addresses Questions Regarding A Recent Mailing That Residents Received 

 On November 13, Police Chief Robert Gagne submitted a letter in response to questions he received regarding a mailing that went out to residences in Orange referencing the town’s ranking in the November 2013 issue of Connecticut Magazine.
Everywhere I went I heard people talking about how well-written it was, and the the chief perfectly explained the ranking putting many minds at ease.
Orange Firefighters were called to stand by at the Woodbridge Firehouse on Saturday, Nov. 9 as Woodbridge, Bethany and Prospect Firefighters battled a fully involved  house fire on Coachmans Lane in Woodbridge.

A neighbor called 911 to report flames shooting out of the windows and the “possibility of kids in the house” around 8:30 p.m. No one was home when the fire broke out (except for the animals that perished).

#7Orange Police: Teen Driver passes Away From Injuries In Car Accident

At 6:30 p.m., Sept. 21, Orange Police announced that AJ Cedillo, the teen driver of the vehicle involved in the Friday night crash on Indian River Road, had succumbed to his injuries.

Two of the juvenile passengers remained hospitalized, one of the passengers had been treated and released.

#6UPDATED: School Bus Crash on Lambert Road

A School Bus carrying 18 Race Brook School 1st through 6th graders home from a half day of school (due to parent-teacher conferences tonight), was struck by a vehicle traveling southbound (toward Route 1) as it crossed from Shepherd Lane to Rogers Avenue around 1:30 p.m. Dec. 5.

Preliminary police information is that the bus driver was sent to Yale New Haven Hospital for evaluation and the two people in the car were transported to the same hospital for treatment.

Orange School Supt. Lynn McMullin and several parents praised the bus driver for getting the children to safety and Race Brook School Principal Mike Gray for his excellent work keeping the children calm until their parents arrived.

#5 – Orange Live Called It: Say Goodbye To Stop & Shop

On Nov. 14, Orange Live announced that the Stop & Shop on Bull Hill Lane was slated to close soon.

Several trusted sources verified this information, but it wasn’t until Dec. 3 that it became official with word coming from the grocery giant’s headquarters. The store will close in January.

I heard that the people in the Stop & Shop corporate offices were flabbergasted that our little website had the news several weeks before they announced it.

#4 – Amity Football Player Has Something To Be Thankful For on this Holiday and Every Day

On Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 28, the heartwarming story of Amity Football Co-Captain Eric Laugeni, whose road to high school football was filled with uncertainty, beginning with one life changing moment on August 1, 2008, when Eric, then a sixth grader, was just 11 years old.

With more than 1,200 page views, it was one of our favorite stories too.

#3 – BREAKING: Police Commissioner Susan Lewin Dies

On Nov. 25, Orange Live received a shocking press release from Orange Police Chief Robert Gagne, stating that our police commissioner Susan Lewin, 52, had died.

I had known Susan for two years, but whenever I saw her, it felt like we were lifelong friends, and many others felt the same way.

During her short life, Susan had accomplished so much and earned the love and respect of thousands of folks, not only in Orange, but the surrounding area as well.

She was a dear, dear woman, who is sorely missed.

#2 – And The Winners Are … Orange Election Results

The polls for the municipal election closed at exactly 8 p.m. on Nov. 5, we had the winners of the top positions up within minutes, but Orange Live didn’t get the complete results until until after 11 p.m. when they were checked, double checked and completely transcribed so there wouldn’t be any confusion later on.  (haste makes waste).

Thousands of readers checked in for the results making this our second highest read story of the year.


The #1 story on Orange Live in 2013, pulling in a whopping 7,565 page views (tremendous for a little independent website) is – Look At That Face: Does He Belong To You?

This is what turned out to be the heartbreaking story about an older Mastiff dog that was helped by two Good Samaritans one cold evening in late October while one was on his way home from work and the other was en route to work.

The dog had been hit by a car and was lying in the middle of Old Grassy Hill Road near Wright’s Pond when the first man stopped his car and came to the dog’s assistance. The second man helped carry the pooch to safety off the road and took a photo with his cell phone, which I immediately posted on Orange Live’s website and Facebook page.

The Orange Police came to the scene and then Milford-Orange Animal Control came to get him and brought him to a veterinarian.

It turns out the poor dog had terrible injuries, including a broken back for which he received extensive surgery.

When he returned to the Milford-Orange Animal Control I paid a visit and took a photo, this sweet boy wagged his tail and gave me the look that stole thousands of hearts.

He seemed to be on the mend, then took a turn for the worse. He couldn’t stand and was in tremendous pain. The only humane thing for him was to be put down.

I literally answered hundreds of e-mails and private messages on facebook about the dog, and it broke my heart to have to announce that he’d been put to sleep.

So many people wanted to adopt him, but a comfortable forever home in which to spend his senior years was not in the cards for this gentle old boy.

The owner never came forward.

Going further, among the stories in the top 20 were: Chris Small’s reaction to losing the Great Christmas Light Fight; the death of the Wright’s Pond Dog; A brief sneak peek about what was filling the space that was once the Orange Family Diner; And AGAIN a ditti about the Redfish Grill along with the early announcement that Stop & Shop most likely would be closing (a few weeks before it was announced); the Turf Field Referendum Results and the obituary of Rita Palermo.  



Our 1 Year Anniversary — Thank You!

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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.

Feb 232013

LIKE the Orange Live Facebook Page, It’s where Orange Residents go for Local News.

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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 orangectlive01@gmail.com 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.

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

Now, on to 4 Million.

You Asked For It: New Photo Display Now Enabled

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Sep 272012

The new format lets you see a thumbnail of each individual photo.

Many Orange Live readers have requested a different photo display with our stories, especially sports, because the old format had a slide show format that did not allow visitors to stop the stream or go back to view a photo of particular interest.

My web guy formatted all photo spreads as a gallery so visitors can click on the one he or she wants to see and view it in a larger size.

Please check it out and see if you prefer this style to the former and let me know by Friday so I can have him change it back if readers are not happy with the new look.

As you know, Orangectlive.com is all about you and if you’re not happy, I’m not happy.

Give up some feedback please, your opinion is important.