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Have You Seen Me? Help Me Find My Way Home By The Holidays

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Dec 052019
 

Sampson has been missing from his home since Thanksgiving evening.

He lives with his family on Riverside Drive, Orange, and is primarily an indoor cat, but he goes out occasionally.

He answers to Sampson, Sammy or Sam. He may come when you whistle.

His family is desperate to find him and is asking the community for help in locating him. They ask that you check your garages and sheds to see if he is in there.

Help bring Sampson home by the holidays, it would bring a lot of joy to the children and adults who love him.

If you see him, please call or text 203-764-0901 or 203-314-7216. 

The Tri-Town Communities Came Out For The Amity Referendum – AND …

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Dec 042019
 

The Amity Referendum took place today in all three towns, and this is what you voted on and the results town by town.

Question 1:

The first of these projects will address improvements to the building and grounds facilities at all three schools.  Included in this project are ongoing upgrades to the HVAC system at Amity Regional High School, as well as adding air conditioning to the small gym, the last space in the building that is not air-conditioned. 

These improvements are part of an ongoing plan to address needs identified in the vanZelm Condition Assessment report from January 2016.  Chillers will also be refurbished at the high school and phase three (of three) of parking lot paving will be completed at Amity Regional High School. Additionally, the project seeks to design and improve the acoustics in the gymnasiums and cafeterias at both middle schools.

Passed: 1210-443

The second project aims for improvements to the Amity Regional High School outdoor athletic facilities.  This project includes a complete upgrade of the athletic stadium, as well as upgrades to our competition field.  The athletic stadium was last improved 30 years ago, and almost all aspects of the stadium are at end-of-life. 

The asphalt track, constructed in 1999, would be replaced with a post-tensioned concrete track with an expected lifespan of 50 years or more.  The metal halide lights and wooden poles, installed in 1988, would be replaced with energy-efficient LED lights on metal poles. 

An all-weather field would be installed, replacing the current sod field.  Installation of an all-weather field would increase the use of the stadium from its current single sport, football, to all six-field sports by adding competition space for girls’ field hockey, boys’ and girls’ soccer, and girls’ and boys’ lacrosse. 

The proposal also includes the installation of an LED scoreboard, which would allow the scoreboard to be adjusted to the sport or competition being played in the stadium.  Lastly, the proposal includes enhancements to the current Amity competition field.  This field, originally designed as a practice field, would be upgraded with permanent spectator bleachers and an ADA compliant walkway, and an LED scoreboard.

Passed: 913-740  (failed in Woodbridge, but passed in the other two towns)

AVANGRID Offers Cold Weather Tips

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Dec 012019
 

United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas and Connecticut Natural Gas, subsidiaries of AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR), are urging customers to take measures to stay safe and warm during the bitterly cold weather that is forecast for the region.

Temperatures are expected to plunge into the single digits overnight, with potential wind chills dropping well below zero. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont has activated the state’s cold weather protocol.

UI, SCG, and CNG warned that the risk of fire, carbon monoxide poisoning, exposure, and other hazards can increase during bitterly cold weather. They urged customers to take measures to remain safe during the cold snap.

Staying Warm

If you are unable to keep your home safely and comfortably heated, call Infoline at 211 for resources that can help you and your family.

Exposure to extreme cold can cause serious medical conditions including hypothermia and frostbite. To avoid them, stay indoors if possible and wear warm clothing, including head covering and gloves or mittens.

For information about frostbite, hypothermia, and other concerns, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/index.html.

Fire and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Fire and carbon monoxide poisoning incidents rise during cold weather, as a result of malfunctioning appliances, poor ventilation and improper use of heat sources. Place smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on every level of your home, outside of sleeping areas and inside each bedroom. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors monthly to make sure the batteries are working, and replace the batteries at least twice a year.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless and tasteless toxic gas. It is a product of fuel combustion, and a buildup can result from a furnace or space heater problem. Symptoms of CO poisoning can mimic flu.

For more information about fire and carbon monoxide dangers, visit the National Fire Protection Association: https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Seasonal-fires/Put-A-Freeze-on-Winter-Fires.

Stove and Range

The stove, range, and other kitchen appliances are designed for cooking. Do not use them to heat your home. Use them only as specified in the manufacturer’s instructions.

Space Heaters

Use only space heaters that have been tested and certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory. Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions, and never use a device designed for outdoor use indoors. Place the space heater on a level surface away from foot traffic, at least 3 feet from combustible materials. Inspect the cord for fraying, and after plugging it in, periodically feel the cord near the outlet to make sure the plastic is not getting hot. Do not run the cord under a rug or carpeting, and never use an extension cord for a space heater. Keep children and pets away, and turn off the space heater when you leave the area.

More space heater safety information can be found on the U.S. Department of Energy website, at https://energy.gov/energysaver/portable-heaters.

Heating, Hot Water and Plumbing

Keep the furnace area clear of flammable materials and keep vents clear to provide a good air supply to your heating system to ensure proper combustion.

Water pipes that are exposed to cold temperatures may freeze and burst. Don’t ignore drips or odd noises from your heating system — call your heating company to investigate. Wrap exposed pipes in your basement with pipe insulation to help them retain heat.

The American Red Cross offers additional tips for avoiding frozen pipes at http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/winter-storm/preventing-thawing-frozen-pipes.

Orange Highway Department Snow Plowing Policy

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Nov 302019
 

This shield goes up on Meetinghouse Lane every year, and when the snow is gone, the mailbox is still there.

There are more than 110 miles of streets in the Town of Orange. Snow removal can cost up to $2,500.00 per hour. Therefore, it is important for the Department of Public Works to use its resources wisely with cooperation from the residents to minimize the cost.

Plow Routes: The streets are plowed and sanded in order of priority. Main (collector) roads are addressed first with
special attention to steep hills and difficult intersections. Side streets are done next, then dead-end streets. Side streets will remain unplowed if the main roads require repeat plowing due to the heavy volume of snowfall. This may not seem fair to the residents of side streets or dead-ends. However, the main roads must remain open.

Blocked Driveways: All snow plows angle the same way; to the driver’s right. While plowing, the plow will push the snow in front of a residential driveway. The homeowner is responsible for access to his/her driveway. The only way to
avoid additional snow removal is to wait until DPW work crews have completed their final clean up of your road.

Mailbox Damage: The town repairs or replaces only those mailboxes and/or posts that are actually struck by the plow blade. Usually, a paint mark or tire tracks provide evidence of a mailbox strike. The Town does not repair or replace mailboxes and/or posts that fall from the force of plowed snow. Mailboxes and supporting posts must be installed to withstand the rigors of snow removal; including the force of snow pushed from the street onto the roadside. It is recommended that homeowners do not purchase and utilize plastic mailboxes and/or posts as they are subject to damage. DPW recommends the use of a 4 x 4 wooden post or 2′ metal pipe with a metal mailbox.

Private Plowing: The Town of Orange prohibits private plow contractors from pushing snow from private driveways
or parking lots onto Town streets. This practice is dangerous and impedes the Town’s snow removal efforts. If there is no other alternative to pushing the snow into the street, the plow driver must plow off the windrow left across the street by re-plowing until the road is safe. This may not necessarily mean bare pavement, but certainly, it should be no worse than when the driver began work.

No Parking: The Town of Orange Snow Removal Ordinance takes effect on November 1 of each year, and continues
to April 1 of the following year. During this time, there shall be no parking on public roads during snowstorms. Should
your vehicle be parked on the street causing an obstruction to snow removal vehicles, your vehicle may be ticketed or removed by the Town of Orange Police Department. The cost of removal and any other subsequent fees shall be borne upon the owner of the vehicle.

Snow Stakes: The Town of Orange Highway Department reminds Orange residents to install “snow stakes” now
before the ground freezes. It is difficult to distinguish between the pavement edge and the edge of a lawn in heavy
snowfall. Installing stakes along property edges as close to the pavement as possible without interfering with traffic will help homeowners avoid unsightly lawn damage this winter, especially for properties with underground sprinklers or invisible fencing. Snow stakes should be 30-36″ high and can be purchased at a local hardware store. If using wooden stakes, paint the top 3″ of the stakes red to increase visibility against the snow.

Residents who feel they have a legitimate complaint should call the Town of Orange Department of Public Works at 203-891-4775.

Make the Holidays Safer for Pets

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Nov 262019
 

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During Thanksgiving and the other holidays, families and guests gather and there is usually plenty of food and snacks. If you have a pet, you need to be aware that the “cute face” they give in order to get a little something extra from the table, may lead to a dangerous, even deadly situation.

Remember these tips to keep your pet safe during the holiday season:

  1. Keep people food out of the reach of your pet, and ask your guests to do the same.
  2. Make sure your pet doesn’t have any access to treats, especially those containing chocolate, xylitol, grapes/raisins, onions or other toxic foods.
  3. Don’t leave your pet alone in the room with lit candles, a decorated tree or potpourri.
  4. Keep holiday plants (especially holly, mistletoe and lillies) out of reach of pets.
  5. Consider leaving the tinsel off your tree if you have a cat.
  6. Secure your Christmas tree to keep it from falling over if your dog bumps it or your cat climbs it. Hanging lemon-scented car air fresheners in the tree may deter your cat from climbing it.
  7. Provide a safe place for your pet to escape the excitement (such as a kennel, crate, perching place, scratching post shelf or hiding place) if you’re entertaining guests. If your pet is excitable or scared, consider putting your pet in another room with some toys and a comfortable bed.

Source: AVMA, American Veterinary Medical Association

Open House: 3 Bedroom Stunner on 1.38 Acres

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Nov 242019
 

Custom-built contemporary 3 bedroom cape situated on 1.38 acres.

First-floor master bedroom and office. On the second floor find two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a large balcony.

Vaulted ceilings in the living room and office. Bright sunny home with lots of glass overlooking the beautiful yard. Great spaces for entertaining include a south-facing deck, screened porch, spacious kitchen, and formal dining room.

There’s even a server’s pantry that provides extra kitchen workspace for that big party. Storage galore including a cedar closet, 3 walk-in closets, 4 attic spaces, 2000 square foot unfinished basement with large workbench, and a 3 car garage.

Economical propane gas cooking, heat, and hot water. Three zones of central air conditioning and heat. Central vac and more.

Come witness the roominess and beauty of this house for yourself and make it your new home.

Come in from the rain for the Open House today at 92 Pinecrest Road at 2:30 p.m. Asking price is $449,900.

Police Blotter: Man Accused Of Stealing Sign In Orange

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Nov 202019
 

On Nov. 11, at 11:55 a.m., Orange Police responded to Orange Center Road on a suspicious activity complaint regarding someone removing a town posted parking sign.

Investigation revealed that Frank C. Rogers, 86, of Orange, took the sign and drove off with it.

According to the report, he was taken into custody and charged with sixth-degree larceny and released on a promise to appear in court Nov.22.

Register Now For The Orange Lions Thanksgiving Dinner

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Nov 162019
 

Every year, the members of the Lions Club of Orange host a Thanksgiving Dinner at High Plains Community Center on the first Sunday after Thanksgiving (December 1, 2019) at 12 p.m.

The dinner is open to everyone but their target guests are the town’s elders, shut-ins, and all those in need of good food and fellowship.

Entertainment is provided.

If you plan to attend, please call Orange Community Services at (203) 891-4788 to get your name on the list. This will let the Lions know how many guests to expect so they will have enough food for everyone.

Transportation can be provided by the Community Services Transportation program. Call the Transportation Coordinator, Kim Callahan at (203) 891-4788 to arrange a ride.

Body Found in Woodbridge Woods

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Nov 102019
 

The Woodbridge Police Department has had a busy day. Here is a press release from the department in regards to a body found there Saturday evening.

The Woodbridge Police Department is currently conducting an active criminal investigation after the body of an apparent homicide victim was located last evening in a wooded area on Woodfield Road.

The incident is related to a report of a missing person being investigated by the New Haven Police Department.

Detectives from the CT State Police Central District Major Crime Unit have been on scene and are assisting in the investigation.

The body has since been removed from the scene and transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner where an autopsy will be performed to positively confirm the victim’s identity and the cause of death.

Maroney Releases Statement Re: DVA Commissioner Saadi

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Nov 062019
 

State Senator James Maroney (D-Milford 14th) released the following statement in response to an announcement that Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) Commissioner Thomas J. Saadi will be taking a six-month, quasi-leave of absence beginning Friday, November 15 while on active duty with the U.S. Army.

“I wish Commissioner Saadi the best as he continues to courageously serve our country,” Sen. Maroney said. “It is an honor to work with the commissioner as we strive to ensure our state’s veterans have the resources they require to flourish in our state.”

Commissioner Saadi expects to return to his position full time in mid-May 2020. The Commissioner was reconfirmed by the Connecticut General Assembly as commissioner of DVA in March 2019 after being nominated by Governor Ned Lamont to continue in the position he held since February 2018.

Commissioner Saadi previously served as acting commissioner of DVA from October 2017 through February 2018, and prior to that served as the agency’s chief of staff and general counsel. He received his commission as a judge advocate in the Army Reserve in November 2005, completed officer basic training in 2006, officer advanced training in 2014, and command and general staff college in 2016.

In his absence, day-to-day operations will be overseen by two senior DVA managers: Michael Clark, fiscal and business manager, and Joseph Danao, director of projects and operations.

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About James Maroney: Sen. Maroney was first elected to represent the 14th District (Milford) in 2018. Before being elected to the Senate, he was a State Representative for the 119th District from 2012-2014, where he served on the Higher Education Committee. Due to his distinguished service on the Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee, he was asked to serve on the Planning Commission for Higher Education and help develop a strategic plan for higher education in Connecticut.