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.
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.
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.
They will do this on Saturday, January 5, and Saturday, January 12 to benefit Orange Lions Charities. The fee is only $15 per tree.
When you participate, you will be helping fund local community grants to worthwhile non-profit groups, and also helping our environment by recycling your tree. No pile of needles all over your living room or family room, and no need to lug your tree to the transfer station!
Monday, Dec. 24, 2018 – All town offices and the Transfer Station are closed.
Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018 – All town offices and the Transfer Station are closed.
Monday, Dec. 31, 2018 – All town offices and the Transfer Station will close at 1 p.m. The Highway Department will close at 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019 – All town offices are closed.
The Spartans wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. Just four minutes into the first period, Cody White made a goal on an assist from Ed Martino.
BBD answered 17 seconds later, with Eryk Fancher getting one past Amity goalie Malachi Zurolo. He was assisted by Patryk Fancher and Tommy Schiesser.
Amity’s Jason Csejka broke the tie with just seconds remaining, assisted by White.
First Period Score: Amity 2, BBD 1
Amity owned the second period, too. Just 2:31 after returning to the ice, Tyler Demaio scored on an assist from Tommy Schittina.
Second Period Score: Amity 3, BBD 1
The third period had plenty of action, but neither team was able to get one in until the clock was winding down.
With 1:43 remaining in the game, Csejka scored his second goal of the game, again assisted by White and Martino.
Final: Amity 4, BBD 1.
Amity outshot BBD by far, 40-19.
Both goalies worked tirelessly. BBD’s Alex Fernandes and Amity’s Malachi Zurolo did good work.
Records: Amity 3-0, BBD 1-1.
The Spartans have a 9-day break from competition during the holidays, during which they will have plenty of time to practice and perfect their moves.
They’ll return to their home ice on Saturday, Dec. 29 for a game against Staples at 1 p.m.
This holiday season, Highway foreman Donny Foyer and his 13-man crew, along with a few extra guests decided to do something special during their holiday party.
Many residents may not know this, but not everyone in Orange is rolling in the dough. Some families are struggling for a variety of reasons. Any number of children may not get presents at Christmas — Yes, in Orange.
The goal at the Highway Department was to fill a payloader with new, unwrapped toys that would be brought to the Orange Community Services Department for distribution to less fortunate children.
The toy collection, as you can see from the photograph, was a success.
Great Job OHD, Merry Christmas to all of you and your families.
This morning, Wednesday, December 19 at 11:13 a.m, Orange Police received a call from an alert citizen who observed someone take a previously-delivered package from her neighbor’s front porch on Saybrook Road.
She was able to give officers a description of a suspect and the vehicle he was driving.
Using this information, police located the blue 2008 Chevy Cobalt in the area and the suspect attempted to elude police by first driving away and ignoring officers’ attempts to get him to stop, then by abandoning his vehicle in a parking lot and attempting to flee on foot.
Coordinated efforts by the patrol and Investigative Service Divisions allowed officers to close in on the suspect’s position, and he gave himself up shortly thereafter.
The arrestee, identified as Corey Roberts, 28, of Monroe, was taken into custody and charged with driving a motor vehicle without Insurance, driving with a suspended license, reckless driving, engaging police in pursuit, driving an unregistered motor vehicle, misuse of a marker plate, third-degree criminal trespass, and four counts of sixth-degree larceny.
Officers seized his vehicle from the parking lot of a nearby business. Inside the vehicle, officers found more packages and suspected stolen items.
If you did not receive a package that your carrier or seller is claiming was delivered (since Dec. 17), contact police directly at 203-891-2130.
At this time, it appears that Roberts may have targeted the Dogwood Road and surrounding residential areas.
This game against the Milford Indians at the Milford Ice Pavillion was reminiscent of televised NHL games in the 80s, with a ridiculous list of penalties in which the home team (Milford) accumulated 9 to Amity’s 7.
The game got off to a quick start with Amity’s Nelson Bordeleau getting one in just 3:52 into the first period, assisted by Cody White and Ed Martino.
About 8 minutes later Milford’s #14 (name unavailable) tied the game off an assist from #11 Kosh.
Martino quickly answered by scoring Amity’s second goal, assisted by Jason Csejka.
First Period Score: Amity 2, Milford 1.
Just 3:28 after returning to the ice, Tommy Schittina made a goal for Amity, assisted by Bordeleau and Justin Miller. Then 10 minutes and several shots later, White scored off a Martino assist, bringing the Spartans lead to 4-1.
Moments later both #20s, Amity’s Ken Page and Milford’s Ubaldi, were sent to their respective penalty boxes for roughing with only 50 seconds remaining in the second period.
Second Period Score: Amity 4, Milford 1
It took a while for the third period to get going since so many penalties were being handed out. In the first 10 minutes we saw slashing, cross-checking, high sticking, roughing, tripping and unsportsmanlike behavior. with players from both teams spending time in the box.
Finally, at 10:19, White scored off an assist from Csejka. It only took three minutes for Caleb Marcin to find the net, assisted by Csejka.
I hope you didn’t blink, because, within seven seconds, Dylan Raver swooped in and scored on White’s assist.
This was an exciting game, the Spartans really showed what they had to offer. With a 7-1 victory, the Spartans are now 2-0 for the season.
Amity Head Coach Michael Richetelli said Milford did its job and his Spartans had a great day. Many of the new, younger players got ice time and did very well.
Fans are recognizing that the Spartans are playing like a seasoned team that’s been together much longer than just a couple of games. We all have high hopes that we’ll see them go all the way to the states this year. Yes, they’re that good.
Come cheer the Spartans on to another victory at the Danbury Ice Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 7:40 p.m. The Boys will be playing against BBD
Go get ’em Amity!
The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road offers the following activities for young people.
Thursday, December 20, 6 p.m.
Hear the tale of “The Mouse Bride”, then re-enact it and complete a fun art activity! This drama workshop is generously funded by a grant from the Orange Foundation Trust U/A, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee. Registration is required.
Take the Stage: Theatre Games and Improvisations
Saturday, January 5, 2 p.m.
For children ages 7-12. Expect the unexpected at this special drama workshop led by Ingrid Schaeffer! We’ll play games and use our imaginations to create original scenes and stories. Registration is required. This drama workshop is generously funded by a grant from the Orange Foundation Trust.
Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register.
In the first period, the Blades’ Caroline Cadelina put her team up on the board first with an unassisted goal.
Guilford’s Danialla Vickerman tied things up on an assist from Jacquelyn Violette and Madison Epke. Then Lily Mackey pulled Guilford into the lead assisted by Sydney Miles.
Score: 2-1 Guilford
In the second period, Miles scored an unassisted goal, followed by an additional point by Olivia Gill, assisted by Madison Epke
The Blades’- Haley Cable narrowed the score on an assist from Shannon Reilly and Mia Dow.
Score: 4-2 Guilford
The Blades battled in the third period, determined not to lose this matchup. Andrea DelVecchio made a goal assisted by Meaghan Hogan and Shannon Reilly, bringing the score to 4-3, but that was the best they could do.
The Blades lost to Guilford.
Blades Goalie Caitlin Ranciato worked so hard and made a difference.
Records: Blades 0-3, Guilford 1-1
The Blades next game is on Wednesday at their home ice – Hamden Ice Rink at 8 p.m. They’ll be playing West Haven – SHA (2-0 both of which were shutouts).