Firefighters From Two Towns Battle House Fire

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Mar 232020

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call for a chimney fire on Ridgeview Road near Sycamore around 3:20 p.m.

The fire spread from the chimney and it became a structure fire in a newly constructed home. Woodbridge VFD responded to assist at the scene and the Milford fire department is covering the town for all other calls.

AMR ambulance responded, but neighbors said they believe no one was hurt.

The area has no fire hydrants so fire hoses are laid out across the road and police have blocked access to the neighborhood.

Let’s all pray that the family can recover from this and that all of the volunteer firefighters get home without injury.


Executive Order No. 7H In Affect Tonight At 8 P.M.

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Mar 232020

As another critical step in Connecticut’s ongoing effort to minimize the spread of the coronavirus, Governor Lamont has issued an Executive Order requiring businesses to suspend in-person operations for all non-essential functions by Monday, March 23 at 8:00 p.m. Even essential businesses are encouraged to implement telecommuting or safe work-from-home procedures.

This order does not apply to businesses providing essential services or functions — such as healthcare, infrastructure, manufacturing, grocery stores, gas stations, food service, and law enforcement. You can find complete guidelines on these exemptions as well as an online request form you’ll need to submit if you believe your business qualifies for an exemption from this order. Our goal was to make the list of essential businesses as broad as possible while still meeting the public health objectives. I encourage businesses to review the guidance carefully and apply for a waiver only if necessary.

DECD (Department of Economic Community Development) has created a COVID-19 Business Emergency Response Unit dedicated to assisting businesses to navigate this process reachable at DECD.COVID19@ct.gov. We are working around the clock to support our Connecticut businesses during these extremely difficult times. DECD will also be launching more assistance for small and medium-sized businesses that are impacted by COVID-19 in the coming days.

For more information about the coronavirus and how to keep yourself, your co-workers and your employees safe, please go to ct.gov/coronavirus.


David Lehman, Commissioner

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.

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.”