An important message from the Case Memorial Library — and how you can help.
Cuts to the Case Memorial Library’s staff budget, including the elimination of funding and a hiring freeze for an essential professional librarian position, forced the Case Memorial Library Commission to make the difficult decision to close the Library on Saturdays, effective June 3, until further notice.
Without funding and permission to fill essential staff positions, the library does not have adequate staffing to maintain its hours six days a week.
Let your town representatives know that you want your Library open six days a week.
Make your voice heard at the Public Hearing of the Orange Board of Finance:
Thursday, April 27, 7:30 p.m. at High Plains Cafeteria
- Tell them why the Library is important to you.
- Tell them you want the Library open six days a week.
- Tell them you want funding restored to the Case Memorial Library’s staff budget and vacant Library positions filled immediately.
If you can’t make it to the hearing, contact your representatives. Every phone call, every email, every letter counts
To contact First Selectman Jim Zeoli
To contact Chairman, Board of Finance, Kevin Houlihan
Julia’s Bakery and Trader Joe’s are definitely open now. Talbot’s and LL Bean both of which are in the area where the problem originated, are still dark. Call any of your favorite stores before you venture out — just in case.
Thanks to the OVFD and Orange Fire Marshal Tim Smith for their quick response this morning and the precautionary measure of shutting the power off to all of the buildings to keep everyone safe.
The UI’s response also was quite timely and they worked tirelessly to fix the problem.
We hope all of the businesses in the plaza can recuperate from losing a half day of operating time.
At 1:10 p.m. UI trucks are in the parking lot instead of fire trucks and the electricity is still off.
People who don’t read Orange Live are driving in and trolling the parking lot, even going as far as pulling on door handles, before seeing the handwritten note “Closed, No Power.”
WE hope the situation is remedied soon for the sake of the businesses and the customers who so desperately need to buy things here.
One UI truck left the parking lot and pulled over to the sid of the road near the rear entrance where a worker is now in the bucket checking the lines (1:37 p.m.) A second truck just pulled up.
We suggest you call ahead to your favorite store before heading out today.
The Orange Volunteer Fire Department is on the scene now (11:40 a.m.) and will be for an undetermined amount of time due to a possible electrical fire.
In celebration of Earth Day this weekend, we encourage residents to properly dispose of their old electronics. Orange residents should bring all electronics to the Orange Transfer Station for recycling.
But you can share this information with your friends and family out-of-town. This Technology Recycling Map to map allows users to enter a zip code, and then displays the closest technology recycling centers to that zip code.
Here is an example of the sites within 20 miles of Orange, anyone can choose his or her home location and distances in the search box by following the link ABOVE.
Orange Democratic Town Chairman, Jody Dietch, and Orange Republican Town Chairman, Nancy Nastri, jointly announced that the Town’s two political parties both support the proposed amendments to the Town’s Charter and are each working to encourage residents to vote at the referendum which is scheduled to be held on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the High Plains Community Center from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Dietch stated that “the proposed amendments are the result of the hard work and collaboration of the Republicans and Democrats that served on the Charter Revision Commission over the last year.” Nastri echoed Dietch’s statement. Nastri said “our current town officials have worked well together to develop the proposed Charter amendments which are for the good of the town and are designed to modernize our local government and update provisions that haven’t been changed in more than 40 years.”
Dietch agreed with Nastri and emphasized that “the proposed changes do not reflect a change to our form of government, but simply reflect changes caused by laws that require some of our town officials to obtain certifications, or that reflect changes in property values, and trends in resident participation.” Nastri added “for example, our Board of Selectmen is limited to making decisions on purchasing real property that has a value of $150,000 or less. This amount has not changed since the 1970’s, but property values have increased dramatically since that time. The proposed change increases the selectmen’s authority to $500,000, an amount that better represents modern property values.” Nastri added to this point that “this example demonstrates that the proposed changes are not overreaching or changing our town meeting form of government. The residents of Orange will continue to have input on the major decisions that impact our town, like the annual budget, major open space purchases and bond issues, but the proposed changes will allow our elected officials to conduct town business with a modest increase in their discretion.”
In addition, the Charter Revision proposes changes to the terms of office for elected officials, including First Selectman as well as a change to the number needed for a quorum at a town meeting. These are important issues that both Dietch and Nastri strongly encourage residents to educate themselves on and turn out to vote on May 18. Further detail on the Charter Revisions are included in the local Orange newspapers.
Dietch and Nastri both applauded the effort that went into the proposed charter revisions. “It is clear from the bipartisan support on both the Charter Revision Commission and the Board of Selectmen that the parties can come together on issues that are for the good of the town,” they said.
Since the proposed revisions to the charter will be voted on at a special election that will take place on Thursday, May 18, the law requires a turnout of at least 15% of the registered voters in order for the vote to count. Nastri and Dietch stated “this vote provides a rare opportunity for residents to make changes to how our town is governed. Our elected officials and neighbors appointed to serve on the Charter Revision Commission volunteered a lot of their personal time and we hope that all registered voters come out on May 18th to participate in this process.”
The referendum questions can be obtained from the town clerk’s office or the First Selectman’s office. Polls open on May 18 at 6 a.m. and will remain open until 8 p.m. Everyone will vote at the High Plains Community Center and absentee ballots can be obtained from the town clerk.
Request Foods, Inc., of Holland, Mich. is recalling around 30,537 pounds of burrito products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products are mislabeled as a chicken with cheese and bean burrito but contain an egg and sausage burrito product. The product contains egg and soy, known allergens, which are not declared on the product label.
The frozen burrito items were produced on Dec. 19, 2016. The following products are subject to recall: [View Label]
- 6 oz. plastic package containing “ATKINS CHICKEN WITH CHEESE AND BEAN BURRITO” with a “Best By” date of Dec. 19, 2017.
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-17644” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.
The problem was discovered after the firm received a consumer complaint.
There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.
Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to eat them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify that recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.
Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Consumer Affairs at (844) 342-3400. Media with questions about the recall can contact Tom Lindell, Vice President of Public Affairs, at (612) 305-6149.
Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov.The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.