A Look Back: A Nice Memory For These Trying Times

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Mar 252020

Marty Gnidula interviews Alumni Joey Sansone and Nick Clark

Orange Live received this press release and photos today from Deborah Sansone at Turkey Hill School.

We believe the timing is perfect to take everyone’s mind off of being prisoners in their own homes during this coronavirus crisis.

Sit back, look back, and enjoy.

The curtain opened on Friday, January 10 at the Turkey Hill School Drama Club’s 10th Anniversary Reunion Concert and more than thirty alumni actors took the stage singing, dancing and reminiscing.

Alumni included Master of Ceremonies, Marty Gnidula, Elizabeth Bodie, Mitchell Bronson, Luke Chang, Nick Clark, Maria Dalle Ave, Claire DeRosa, Ava DiVincenzo, Raegan French, Brigitte Gagnon, Marcelle Gagnon, Dana Jossick, Audrey Jurczyk, Hannah Hayes, Michaela Kraut, Anna Laganovska, Maya Patel, Thomas Sampson, James Sansone, Joseph Sansone, Sydney Sherrick, Kasey Smith, Molly Stratford, and Ledgym Washington.

The THS Drama Club thanks the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation for sponsoring the drama club and making the performance possible.

Michaela Kraut, a sophomore at the University of Rhode Island, performed at THS.

The Tenth Anniversary Reunion Concert Performers.

Hold Onto Your Clothing And Other Textiles For Now

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Mar 252020

Dear Orange Recycling Champions,

Unfortunately, our Pink Bag Recycling Curbside Collection Program has fallen victim to the decree concerning Non-Essential businesses in Connecticut that must suspend work due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Please continue to separate and hold onto your clothing and other textiles and we will let you know when this program resumes.

See the e-mail below from Simple Recycling and thank you for recycling.

Mitch Goldblatt

Recycling Committee Chairman

Effective Immediately, Due to Gov. Lamont’s stay-at-home Executive Order, Simple Recycling will be following the State of Connecticut’s guidance & temporarily suspending ALL curbside collections. This will remain in effect until further notice.

Thank you very much for your partnership. We look forward to your support & working together to successfully have to program up & running soon & servicing your residents!

If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.


Be well & Be Safe!

Sonny Wilkins

VP Municipal Relations  

Postponed: Pancake Supper To Benefit The Volunteer Fire Department

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Mar 232020

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary has postponed its 11th annual Pancake Supper that was scheduled for Wednesday, April 22, at Chip’s Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, Orange.

Here are the details of the event which we will update when it is rescheduled:

The menu includes Pancakes, Eggs, choice of Bacon or Sausage and a beverage.

There will be an early seating at 5:30 p.m. and late seating at 6:30 p.m.

Prices are: $12 for Adults, $6 Children 10 and under, gratuity included.

Tickets must be purchased in advance as we a limited number of seats available.

Tickets may be purchased from any Auxiliary member or at Knight’s Inc., 286 Boston Post Road. Orange. All proceeds benefit the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

For further information, email Lynn@ LMK415@yahoo.com or visit our website at www.orangevfd.com

UPS Shares Its Plans Moving Forward With Coronavirus Concerns

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Mar 232020

A message from UPS:

We want to do all we can to keep you informed as to the efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus continues.

We’d like to reassure you that UPS operations and The UPS Store®locations have been designated by the governors’ offices in all 50 states as critical infrastructure, and we continue to pick up and deliver, even in restricted areas.

In these unpredictable times, you still have control of your package deliveries. With UPS My Choice®, you can tell your UPS Driver where to leave your deliveries, redirect your deliveries to another address, and receive notifications on when to expect your deliveries from UPS.

If you have a delivery location preference already set for somewhere other than your home, you can update it at any time by logging in to your UPS My Choice account using this link.

UPS is also taking steps to minimize exposure to our customers by adjusting how we handle signature required packages. Now, your UPS Driver will confirm the recipient has taken possession of these packages without asking anyone to sign manually.

More helpful links:

• Track your package

• Locate a UPS pick up or drop off location
Updated in real-time to reflect active and available locations

• Find out how UPS is responding to the coronavirus

Our team members continue to be dedicated to serving you during these challenging times. We hope you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy.

Senator Murphy Is Fighting For Us

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Mar 232020

Below please find the Murphy office update on COVID-19. As always, if you need assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact our Hartford or Washington DC offices.

Here’s what you need to know today, March 23rd:

  • Today, Senator Murphy introduced legislation to force the federalization of our medical supply chain. The bill would require President Trump to implement the Defense Production Act, pivot U.S. manufacturers toward scarce critical medical equipment, and centralize distribution so that states and hospitals aren’t competing against each other to get it. In Connecticut, hospitals and medical professionals are in desperate need of supplies like gowns, masks and ventilators.
  • If you have personal protective items you can donate to our state’s medical professionals, please fill out the online form at www.211ct.org/DonationsCOVID19.
  • Connecticut has received additional waivers from USDA that will make SNAP more accessible to Connecticut residents and moderately increase SNAP benefits for some recipients. However, more needs to be done to help families get food and not go hungry. That’s why I am calling for Congress to increase all SNAP benefits by 15% in the next coronavirus aid package.
  • This afternoon and last night, Senator Murphy voted against moving forward with Republican legislation that would have created a slush fund to bail out big businesses. Senator Murphy remains hopeful that both parties can quickly reach a compromise that supports those most in need. Earlier today Senator Murphy went down to the Senate floor to call for a package that helps states combat the public health crisis. 
  • Today at 8 PM, Connecticut’s “Stay Safe, Stay Home” executive order goes into effect. Essential businesses like grocery stores, pharmacies, etc. will remain OPEN. More information on that order can be found at: https://bit.ly/2WEOmj1
  • The Small Business administration will be hosting a conference call tomorrow to provide further updates to small businesses impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19). Wendell Davis, Regional Administrator of SBA will be explaining the loan programs and how companies can qualify. For more information and to register: https://www.ctexporters.com/special-topics-conference-calls/
  • Governor Lamont is urging people to sign up for cell phone alerts through the state’s CTAlert system. If you’re not subscribed to the #CTAlert emergency messaging system, visit: https://ctalert.gov
  • One fun thing: Kyle, a senior from Meriden, shares a song to encourage everyone to stay safe and practice social distancing. Watch here: https://bit.ly/2UwrP5b

For the latest information about keeping you or your family safe go to cdc.gov/coronavirus. For resources and information about Connecticut’s response visit ct.gov/coronavirus.

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.