While Jo-Ann, Michael’s, Christmas Tree Shops and other “fun” stores closed their stores to regular shoppers (Jo-Ann offering online purchasing and curbside pick-up for the most part), Hobby Lobby maintained that it was an “essential” business to some shoppers’ delight and many others’ criticism.
Today, the company sent out this press release stating that they were going to comply with the nation’s experts’ recommendations to close all non-essential businesses in order to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Here’s what they stated:
As the country continues efforts to manage and mitigate the devastating health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 virus, Hobby Lobby will, after careful consideration, close the remainder of its stores, and furlough nearly all store employees and a large portion of corporate and distribution employees, effective Friday, April 3rd, at 8:00 p.m. The stores will remain closed until further notice.
In order to allow our furloughed employees to take full advantage of the Pandemic Unemployment Compensation and Recovery Rebates provided to eligible employees by the federal government, we are ending emergency leave pay and suspending the use of Company provided paid time off benefits (PPTO and Vacation) in accordance with the requirements outlined in the CARES Act (subject to State law requirements). However, we will maintain medical, dental, life, and long-term disability benefits for employees while furloughed through at least May 1, 2020, and will pay the cost of employee premiums for these benefits on behalf of employees while furloughed without pay. We encourage furloughed employees to file their claims with their State’s unemployment commissions as soon as possible. Upon return, employees will retain their original dates of hire and any accrued PPTO and Vacation. Our sincere gratitude goes out to our dedicated employees at this difficult time, and we look forward to the day when we can welcome them back, once we are able to reopen.
We know our customers relied on us to provide essential products, including materials to make personal protective equipment, such as face masks, educational supplies for the countless parents who are now educating their children from home, and the thousands of small arts and crafts businesses who rely on us for supplies to make their products. Over the past several weeks, we implemented several best practices to provide a safer shopping environment, including the installation of physical barriers between customers and cashiers, enhanced cleaning, and the enforcement of social distancing measures. We are prepared to reopen our stores in a responsible way when the current situation improves, and we look forward to welcoming our valued customers back to our stores. Until then, we pray for those affected by the virus, protection for the health care professionals caring for the sick, economic security for all impacted businesses and employees, and wisdom for our leaders.
Harold O. Pressman, 83, of Orange, beloved husband, father, and grandfather went to meet his God on March 21, 2020, after a brief illness.
He is survived by his wife Jo-Ann Miller Pressman, daughter Deborah Ann of Milford and son James Michael and beloved daughter-in-law Denise of Cape Cod, MA, and grandchildren Gavin and Phoebe Pressman. Harold was born in Bridgeport to Charles and Katie (Pecker) Pressman.
He was a 1954 graduate of Stratford High School where he played football and basketball for the Red Devils. While in High School you could always find him working behind the counter at Pressman’s Pharmacy in Bridgeport.
Harold honorably served in the United States Army stationed in Fort Gordon, GA from 1957-1959. After his military service, Harold managed the Fairfield Trading Post in Fairfield, CT. He was the proprietor of State Paint & Hardware in New Haven for more than 30 years. He won several business awards including the New Haven Advocate’s Best of New Haven and numerous accolades from Benjamin Moore Paint.
Harold met the love of his life in April 1965 and was married to Jo-Ann Miller for 54 wonderful years. They resided in Orange for 52 years where they raised their family.
His siblings are Jerry M Pressman of Boynton Beach, FL, Sheila P Pressman of Shelton, CT and he was predeceased by Alan E Pressman formerly of Deep River, CT.
He loved being a grandpa, all our pets, golfing, fishing, boating, sitting by the shore, politics, the theater, fine dining and telling lots of jokes.
Harold was a former member of the Cosmopolitan Lodge 127 A.F. & A.M. and the Mill River Country Club in Stratford. He rooted for the New York Yankees and New York Giants.
Services took place on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 1056 Daniels Farm Rd, Trumbull, and the family will hold a memorial service in the near future.
To say we lost an amazing man would be an understatement… we lost a real Mensch!
Literary Resources for PreK-Grade 12
Click HERE to view a list of vendors who are offering free access to books during the pandemic, compiled by Librarian Michelle Centore.
The Library is closed until further notice. All programs are canceled until further notice. We will waive all late fees while we are closed.
Due to COVID-19 and an abundance of caution, the Orange Recycling Committee has decided to move Shredding Day from Saturday, April 25, 2020 to Saturday, October 17, 2020, at High Plains Community Center from 9 a.m. – noon.
About the Event – What to Bring
This service is free of charge to Orange residents due to a generous donation from the Rotary Club of Orange. In addition, the ORChas expanded the event to include mattress and box spring recycling. This free service is made possible through a partnership with the Mattress Recycling Council’s Bye Bye Mattress Program.
“Since our first paper shredding event in 2013, hundreds of residents have purged their homes and offices of sensitive financial and medical papers by bringing them for secure, environmentally-responsible shredding,” said ORC Chairman Mitch Goldblatt. “We’re thrilled to expand recycling opportunities for residents by also collecting mattress and box springs.”
Residents may bring bags or boxes filled with documents for shredding, and volunteers from the Orange Recycling Committee will deposit them into the shredding truck. The secure, on-site shredding trucks will once again be provided by Affordable Solutions, owned by Orange resident Joe Johnston.
To show their appreciation for these free recycling opportunities, residents may donate to the Orange Rotary Scholarship Fund. Rotarians will be on hand to collect donations.
There will be a separate area for residents to bring mattresses and box springs for recycling,
The Orange Lions Club has agreed to pick up Mattresses at the homes of residents and deliver them to High Plains for recycling.
They will charge $10 per mattress or box spring as long as it is clean, and either outside the house or in a garage for easy access. They will not go into the resident’s home.
Arrangements can be made by contacting Ken Lenz at 203 795-3906. Payment made be made by cash or check to Orange Lions Charities, and all proceeds are considered a charitable donation.
Paper Shredding and Mattress Recycling Event
BRING: Tax papers, bills, receipts, statements, and documents that contain personal, financial and/or medical information. No need to remove staples or elastic bands, but clips should be removed for reuse. Mattresses and/or box springs.
DO NOT BRING: Newspapers, notebooks, folders, and other papers that can go in the regular residential recycling bins.
”Keeping these items out of landfills benefits our local community and contributes to a more global responsibility,” Goldblatt said. “It’s an added benefit that the event itself is a fun day for our volunteers and a great chance to interact with residents of our wonderful community.”
Additional information and contacts:
About the Orange Recycling Committee
The Orange Recycling Committee is a group of volunteers who live in Orange and are committed to increasing and simplify recycling options for Orange residents, at home and at town events:
About Bye Bye Mattress Bye Bye Mattress:
Bye Bye Mattress is Connecticut’s mattress recycling program. Established by law and operated by the non-profit Mattress Recycling Council, the program uses a recycling fee collected on each mattress and box spring sold to state residents to make recycling easier in our communities.
Whether a city picks up your discarded mattress, a retailer takes it back with your new purchase, or you drop it off, the Bye Bye Mattress program diverts your old mattress from waste to recycling.
Now, our landfills will be less crowded as old mattresses are recycled into new, useful products.
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.
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.
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.
- Grocery stores
- Take out and delivery food service
- Gas stations
- 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
- Fairfield County: 122
- Hartford County: 29
- Litchfield County: 8
- Middlesex County: 5
- New Haven County: 23
- New London County: 1
- Tolland County: 4
- Windham County: 2
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.”
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Virtual classes began on Saturday, March 14.
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