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CTALERT: A Message from Governor Lamont

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Mar 222020
 

Today the Governor sent this message to Connecticut residents regarding his Stay Safe, Stay Home initiative.

This is Governor Ned Lamont. I’m calling to urge you personally to stay safe, stay home.

I’m not ordering you to stay home, I’m strongly urging you to stay home to make sure that you and your neighbors are much less likely to be infected by the highly contagious COVID-19 virus.

If you must head out to the grocery store, or pharmacy, pick up takeout from your favorite restaurant, that’s fine. I’ll be taking a long walk with Annie to get some fresh air, but remember to keep your distance from passers-by.

70 years or older? Stay home.

And for those of you who can work from home, that’s best but check with your boss, first.

For the latest updates, follow me on Twitter or Facebook.

We will get through this crisis by working together

Oh, Coronavirus, You Ruin Everything! Egg Hunt Canceled

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Mar 212020
 

I knew it was coming. It was just a matter of time. Yes, it was inevitable.

When I received an e-mail from Orange Lion Nick Bencivengo today, I didn’t even have to open it, but I did. Nick is the chairman of the Lion’s Easter Egg Hunt, and with the way things are going lately, It’s clear that an event such as the Hunt, which attracts hundreds of children and adults every year for the past 56 years, would go against the new “no more than 10 person gathering” rule.

The decision came with heavy hearts at the last Lions meeting which was attended by a special guest, the Easter Bunny, who agreed that this was the right decision in order to keep the children and their parents, grandparents, guardians and, of course, the Lions safe and healthy.

 

 

From WTNH — First Confirmed Case Of Coronavirus In Orange

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Mar 212020
 

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In a breaking news brief this afternoon, WTNH-8 announced that Orange First Selectman Jim Zeoli confirmed that a town resident has tested positive for coronavirus.

He reportedly stated, “The individual is a senior male resident of one of the town’s village communities.”

The report revealed that the man was tested for the virus around a week ago and results came back negative, according to Zeoli, but a recent fall sent him back to the hospital, where he then tested positive.

According to the report, Zeoli said the man, nor his wife had traveled or interacted with others.

This is the town of Orange’s first coronavirus case.

According to WTNH, as of Friday, there are at least 194 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Connecticut, and four people in the state have died from the virus.

Heed the call and stay home. It’s the only way we can get control of this virus.

Disposable plastic gloves if you go out

• Wear plastic gloves if you are going to touch the keys on an ATM or Debit payment machine.

• Don’t touch counter spaces in stores, and if you are pushing a carriage, use disinfectant wipes and/or wear gloves.

• ALWAYS thoroughly wash produce before eating it. (I’d go as far as washing bananas and citrus fruits too, because you don’t know how many people have touched them).

• Remember, when you take money from a cashier, you don’t know where it’s been, plastic gloves may help keep you safe. When you remove them, don’t touch the finger areas. Take them off like a trained healthcare professional, by the wrist area and peel them off, then dispose of them.

 

Stay Safe, Stay at Home, Requires More Closures

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Mar 202020
 

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The governor is signing an executive order that will take effect at 8 p.m. on Monday, March 23, called “Stay Safe, Stay at Home” that will require all non-essential businesses to close.

Exemptions include:

  • Grocery stores
  • Take out and delivery food service
  • Gas stations
  • Pharmacies
  • Major construction projects already underway
  • Major defense manufacturing facilities
  • Public transportation
  • Childcare services
  • Auto repair stores
  • Hardware stores
  • Package stores
  • Banks/Financial institutions

If you MUST get something from Best Buy, Bed Bath and Beyond, Target and other such stores make sure you get there before Monday at 8 p.m. “Those retail stores that are non-essential, do not open,” said Gov. Ned Lamont. “Businesses that don’t comply could face civil fines.”

All non-essential businesses will need to have employees work from home, the governor said.

 

Residents will still be allowed to leave their home for critical services.

“All of the direct and indirect services that are critical to helping battle COVID-19 and keeping our economy moving as much as possible” will be exempt, said Josh Geballe, the state’s chief’s operating officer.

 

On Thursday, hair salons, barbershops, nail salons and tattoo parlors were ordered to close due to the coronavirus.

A serious situation

As of today, Friday, March 20, there were 194 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Connecticut and four people have died from it.  

Here is how the cases break down by county:

All four of the patients who died were in Fairfield County.

Orange Recycling Committee Makes Groundbreaking Decision

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Mar 202020
 

Based on some concerns and with modern technology, Orange Recycling Committee Chairman Mitch Goldblatt set-up a Virtual Meeting using Zoom for the regular committee meeting on Wednesday, March 18.

He e-mailed members the message, “I am doing this due to the COVID-19 situation and the closing of High Plains Community Center to groups and meetings.”

In advance, Goldblatt spoke to Alisha Hannon at the Connecticut Freedom of
Information Commission in Hartford, who thought that this was a great way to
continue to hold a public meeting. “We may be the first in Connecticut to do this!  It is important that the public be able to participate and there is that ability by computer or by phone to do so. Please try to sign on a bit early to make sure you can be seen (using your webcam) and we will hopefully begin at 7 p.m.

NOTE: Orange Live dropped the ball by failing to post this prior to the meeting, but anyone who follows the Recycling Committee on Facebook knew about it. 

After last Wednesday’s meeting, Goldblatt said, “Tonight was perhaps the first ever Town of Orange meeting held via videoconference. The Orange Recycling Committee met using Zoom. The entire committee and one member of the public participated in an official meeting that may become more common as government attempts to continue to operate and transact business during the COVID-19 situation gripping our state and our country.”

Police: Beware Of Potential Scams

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Mar 202020
 

A Warning From the Orange PD Facebook Page:

There have been reports elsewhere in the country of people posing as personnel from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) going door-to-door, allegedly conducting a Coronavirus survey or investigation.

The CDC is not conducting any such investigation and residents should not grant anyone claiming to be a representative from that agency access to their homes.

The Town of Orange has not received any complaints of this nature, however the Orange Police Department wishes to take this opportunity to remind its residents to always be vigilant against potential scams, especially in times of state or localized emergencies.

Kohl’s Closed Until At Least April 1

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Mar 202020
 

Kohl’s is the latest casualty of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a press release received at 10:30 p.m. on Thursday evening, Kohl’s CEO Michelle Gass wrote:

Dear Kohl’s customers,

We all find ourselves in extraordinary circumstances, coming together to ensure the health and safety of our families, neighbors and communities as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to escalate. The health and safety of our associates and customers is our top priority.

To support efforts underway to slow the spread of the virus, we will temporarily close Kohl’s stores nationwide as of 7 p.m. on March 19, through at least April 1.

We are providing two calendar weeks of pay to our store associates. I personally want to thank each Kohl’s associate for their extra care in recent days to maintain a safe and healthy shopping environment for our customers. We look forward to welcoming our associates and customers back to our stores when we reopen.

While our stores are closed, we look forward to continuing to serve you and the millions of families who shop with us through Kohl’s.com and the Kohl’s APP, 24-hours a day, and we will ship your items directly to your home.

Kohl’s will provide further updates, including news on store reopening at Corporate.Kohls.com.

During this time, our hearts go out to everyone impacted by COVID-19., including those diagnosed with the virus, and all of the caregivers at home and in health care and those whose job or school has been affected.

We are all living through a time of great uncertainty when we do not know exactly what will come in the weeks and months ahead. During these times. is is as important as ever to lean into what matters most and what inspires all of the work we do at Kohl’s — family.

It is our privilege to serve you and we look forward to seeing you back in our stores soon, when our communities come back stronger than before.

With Gratitude,

Michelle Gass

Kohl’s Chief Executive Officer

Orange Senior Center Offers Meal Service For Older Residents

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Mar 192020
 

High Plains Community Center

On any given day the Orange Senior Center offers the Senior Lunch Program. But since the Coronavirus situation began, alternate plans had to be made.

Senior Services Coordinator, Dennis Marsh shared this information regarding the Congregate meal site at the Community Center. He said, “We have reached out to those who normally attend the lunch. We arranged to have 5 frozen meals for those who are interested. Each meal contains an entrée, fruit/dessert and powder milk.”

He added, “We are presently scheduling delivery or pick up for Friday for the meals. If someone wishes to be part of this program, they can call the Senior Center at (203) 891-4784.”

 

Hello Spring!

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Mar 192020
 

The Vernal Equinox (first day of spring) will occur tonight, March 19, at 11:49 p.m. when the sun will then be directly over a specific point on the Earth’s equator moving northward.

For those familiar with the vernal equinox, it most often falls on March 20, but this year is different, thanks to the leap year that we observed in the year 2000

This is the earliest that the vernal equinox will occur across the contiguous United States in 124 years. There are two specific reasons for this variation of the date: leap years and daylight saving time, according to space.com.