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AVANGRID Offers Safety Tips for Extreme Cold Weather

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Dec 272018
 

Weather Advisory Issued to Customers of United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas, Connecticut Natural Gas and Berkshire Gas

AVANGRID (NYSE: AGR), a diversified U.S. energy company, and its subsidiaries in Connecticut and Massachusetts are urging customers to take measures to stay safe and warm during the bitterly cold weather that’s forecast for New England.

“The risk of fire, carbon monoxide poisoning and other hazards can increase as residents try to stay warm during the extreme cold,” said Bob Kump, CEO of Avangrid Networks, the parent company of United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas, Connecticut Natural Gas and Berkshire Gas.

“As this extremely cold weather settles in, we encourage customers to look around their homes and make sure they’re able to keep themselves and their families warm and to identify any potential safety risks that must be addressed,” Kump said.

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

Incidences of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning 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 your 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, so make sure the CO detector is functioning.

For more information about fire and carbon monoxide dangers, visit the National Fire Protection Association, http://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/News-and-media/Press-Room/News-releases/2016/Winter-weather-months-prompt-heating-and-carbon-monoxide-safety-warnings.

Stove and Range

The stove, range, and other kitchen appliances are designed for cooking, not heating. Use them as specified in the manufacturer’s instructions. In addition to creating a fire hazard, a natural gas stove or oven can present a carbon-monoxide risk when used for heating.

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 space heater 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 and avoid freezing.

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

Ready for Election Day? Know Your Voting District

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Nov 062018
 

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6.

Voting hours are 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Town offices remain open but schools are closed.

Voting Locations: District 114: Mary L Tracy School

Districts 117 & 119: High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road.

If you are new to town, Click HERE  for a video from 2013 when the new districts were determined. 

District 1 — [Congress District 3, Senate 14, Assembly 114]

District 2 — [Congress District 3, Senate 14, Assembly 117]

District 3 — [Congress District 3, Senate 14, Assembly 119]

Open House: 3 Bedroom Ranch On Old Tavern Road

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Oct 072018
 

Life is easier in one level living. Sprawling ranch with 1900 square feet plus a finished lower level with 1500 square feet. Prime location accessible to shops, restaurants and parks.

Huge family room at 144 Old Tavern Road with loads of natural light. Eat in kitchen with breakfast nook. All stainless steel appliances with brand new stove and dishwasher. 3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, all hardwood floors refinished.

Beautiful wrap around deck overlooking 3/4 acre of southern exposure.

Open House Oct. 7 from 1-3 p.m.

Available for $349,000

Be Mindful Of Your Dog’s Fears This Holiday Week

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Jun 262018
 

Over the years we’ve learned that the Fourth of July celebration begins and ends several days before and after Independence Day.

The loud rumbles, cracks, pops, and booms may thrill us, but they can be terrifying for dogs.
When I was a kid, my dog Bootsie would burrow as deep as she could go under anything, beds, tables, chairs whatever she could hide under trying to find safety.
Although I’m lucky and my dog, Mi Sun seems alert but unafraid of loud noises. Still, there are so many of you who need to find a way to protect your pet to help get him or her through this noisy holiday.
Make sure to create a safe zone in your home where your pet can feel comfortable. If you have a quiet inside room, set it up with familiar items for him before you head out to the fairgrounds. Give him access to water and leave a radio playing at normal volume to keep him company.
Don’t bring your pet to fireworks displays, and never leave him unattended in the car.
Don’t leave your dog outside alone. He could get lost or hurt if he panics and tries to escape from your yard — or worse run into traffic as he flees.
Keep dog doors and fence gates locked this week (end).
Make sure your pet has a collar and ID tag with up to date information. An ID tag will help get you reunited even if your pet isn’t microchipped.
This is one holiday that your pet’s feelings should be your top priority.
Orange Live has had a very good record of helping to find lost dogs. If your pet runs away, immediately send us a text at 203-506-1747, e-mail at orangectlive01@gmail.com or message us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Orangectlive/ along with the time your pet went missing, what area of town you are in (street, crossroads, etc), description, contact information and a photo if you have one — even if it’s not a great picture. and we’ll get the word out. Orange residents are excellent at helping their neighbors and often share missing pet news and get out and start looking immediately.

Committee Seeks Local Veterans To Honor At Memorial Day Ceremony And Parade

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Mar 242018
 

Orange residents, do you know a veteran, male or female, especially one who served in Korea or WWII. If so, the Orange Memorial Day Committee wants to know about him or her.

Every year, the committee carefully chooses veterans to honor during the Memorial Day ceremony on the Orange Fairgrounds before the parade. These veterans fill the roles of Grand Marshal, Chief of Staff and Honored Veteran in the Memorial Day Parade.

Committee Chairman Kevin Gilbert said they are looking for veterans, who are Orange residents who were honorably discharged, particularly women who often are overlooked. He said many WWII veterans don’t talk about the war, so some people may not even know that they served.

As the holiday draws closer, there is a lot of planning and preparation that needs to be done, but nothing is as important as choosing the candidates they will recognize this year. “We hope to make a decision by the second week of April, so we need help getting names submitted for consideration as soon as possible,” Gilbert said.

If you have someone in mind, or if you are a veteran who would like to be considered please call Kevin Gilbert at 203-795-4647 or e-mail kpg25629@gmail.com or contact Karen Goldberg at 203-891-4738 or kgoldberg@orange-ct.gov.

Sign Up Now For The Orange Police Citizen’s Academy

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Mar 242018
 

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a police officer? Are you curious about what the officers in your community do, and what their jobs are like?

Well, now you can find out- the Orange Police Department is offering a ‘Citizens’ Academy’, where you can participate in an eight-week program that will help you better understand the role of police officers in your community.

Classes will be held on Wednesday nights at Orange PD headquarters from 630p-900p, for eight weeks beginning on May 9, 2018. You must be 18 years or older to attend.

If you would like to enroll, please contact Officer Carolyn Bailey at 203.891.2138 or cbailey@orange-ct.gov

It’s Time For The Friends’ Great! Basement Book Sale 

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Mar 242018
 

The Friends of the Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, will host their Great! Basement Book Sale today.

Come for great deals on thousands of new and gently used books including hardcover and paperback fiction and nonfiction for adults, children, and teens as well as vinyl records, DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks.

Don’t miss this event! It’s the perfect place to pick up a gift for an upcoming event, add a new special book to your coffee table collection, or just grab a few great new things to read.

Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Open to the Public

Light refreshments will be served and a newly published book will be raffled.

Don’t Forget! Orange Lions Easter Egg Hunt Is Today!

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Mar 242018
 

The Orange Lions Club is hosting its 56th annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, on Saturday, March 24 at 1 p.m.  In case of inclement weather, a “rain or snow date” has been set for Saturday, March 31 at High Plains Community Center, with the same schedule of events as proposed for March 24th. 

The Easter Bunny will arrive at 12:30 p.m., one half-hour before the start of the Easter Egg Hunt itself.  There will be face painting for the children, and hot coffee for the adults.

The Easter Egg Hunt is divided into four (4) age groups.  This allows each child to have an equal opportunity to collect the thousands of chocolate eggs which the Lions Club will have to distribute.  The four age groups are: (1) Pre School through Kindergarten; (2) First Grade & Second Grade; (3) Third Grade & Fourth Grade; (4) Fifth Grade & Sixth Grade.  Thousands of chocolate eggs will be distributed during the hunt.  Prizes will be awarded to children in all age categories for finding specially marked eggs.

An adult should accompany all participating children.  Each child should have a bag or basket to collect their eggs.  Parents may wish to bring a camera for a picture of their child with the Easter Bunny. Please note that parking for this event should be on paved parking areas only. Nick Bencivengo is the Chairman of this year’s event.  Anyone who wishes to donate to this event is asked to contact Nick at 203-901-9062.  All donors will be acknowledged for their generosity at the Easter Egg Hunt.

 The annual Easter Egg Hunt is but one of many community events and activities sponsored by the Orange Lions Club each year.  Among the other annual events are: The Community Thanksgiving Dinner, the Senior Pizza Party, a Comedy Night fundraiser, eye screenings for preschoolers, an annual Wine Tasting fundraiser, and giveaways for children at the Memorial Day parade. In addition, the Orange Lions make contributions to many community organizations; and for many years, the Lions have run a Community Grants Program for local groups who are seeking funds for a special reason. The Orange Lions Club has made many gifts to the Case Memorial Library over the years for the purchase of large print books and audio tapes for the sight impaired and the public and offer $1,000 scholarships for students graduating from Amity High School. 

Dedication Ceremony Today For The Elaine Arena Blood Pressure Clinics At The OVNA

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Mar 222018
 

The Orange Visiting Nurse Association would like to invite the community to honor a longtime friend, Elaine Arena, with the dedication of our Community Monthly Blood Pressure Clinic in Elaine’s memory.

First Selectman James Zeoli will be in attendance making a proclamation on behalf of Elaine Arena. The ceremony will take place on March 22, 2018, 12 p.m. at the Orange Visiting Nurse Association, 605A Orange Center Road.

Juliette Elaine Winfield Downes Arena of Orange passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. She was 91 years old. 

For twenty-two years Elaine was Finance Manager of the Town of Orange Visiting Nurse Association. After retirement, she was a dedicated volunteer for many years, most particularly as an IRS-AARP income tax preparer for the city of West Haven Senior Center. She had also volunteered with Orange VNA at their monthly blood pressure clinics for many years.

The blood pressure clinics are offered on the fourth Thursday of every month from 1 to 2 p.m. at the OVNA. This clinic offers residents an opportunity to have their blood pressure monitored or to receive information and counseling on health-related matters. The sessions are held by a Registered Nurse (RN) and/or a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). The screenings are free and no appointment is necessary.

Annual Paper Shredding and Mattress Recycling Event Scheduled

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Mar 192018
 

The Orange Recycling Committee (ORC) of Orange, CT will host a paper shredding and mattress recycling event Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 9 a.m. to noon at High Plains Community Center (HPCC). Both services will be provided free of charge to Orange residents.

The secure, on-site paper shredding service will once again be handled by town resident Joe Johnston’s company, Affordable Solutions. 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. This service is generously funded by the Rotary Club of Orange. Residents may show their appreciation by donating to the Orange Rotary Scholarship Fund. Rotarians will be on hand to collect donations.

For the second year, residents also may bring mattresses and box springs for recycling. This free service is made possible through a partnership with the Mattress Recycling Council’s Bye Bye Mattress Program. Dry mattresses (of all sizes) and box springs will be accepted. However, mattresses from futons/sofa beds or waterbeds; mattresses infested with bed bugs; wet, damaged or excessively soiled mattresses; sleeping bag or mattress pads/toppers, are not part of the program.

For residents who need assistance getting mattresses and box springs to the event, members of the Orange Lions Club will pick-up these items from residences, given they are outside and dry or in a garage for easy access as volunteers will not enter homes. Those interested in this pick-up service should contact Ken Lenz at 203-795-3906.  The fee for pick-up is $10 per mattress or box spring; payment is by cash or check to Orange Lions Charities, and all proceeds are considered a charitable donation.

“We are thrilled to once again partner with the Rotary Club of Orange and The Orange Lions Club to offer these important environmental services to residents,” said Mitch Goldblatt, Chair of the Orange Recycling Committee. “Purging homes of these items and keeping them out of landfills helps our environment as well as tax dollars. This is a fun event that gives volunteers and residents an opportunity to work together for a cleaner and more sustainable planet.”

For the sixth time, this shredding event will help residents dispose of thousands of pounds of sensitive financial and medical papers in a secure, environmentally-responsible way. Adding mattress and box spring recycling last year proved a success, so it’s expected that more residents will availing themselves of this opportunity this year..

Paper Shredding and Mattress Recycling Event – Details:

WHEN:  Saturday, April 28, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., rain or shine

WHERE:  High Plains Community Center (front parking area), 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT

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 box springs

DO NOT BRING Paper that is already shredded, newspapers, notebooks, folders, and other papers that can go in the regular residential recycling bins.

About the Orange Recycling Committee

The Orange Recycling Committee is a group of volunteers appointed by the Board of Selectmen, who live in Orange and are committed to increasing and simplify recycling options for Orange residents.

         Website: http://www.orange-ct.gov/180/Recycling

         Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ORCinCT/