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Fireworks Scare Animals: Don’t Lose Your Pet This 4th Of July Weekend

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Jun 292019
 

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Does anyone remember the events following Independence Day 2012 when a couple of dogs went missing after they fled from their yards in search of safety after fireworks went off nearby? 

One of those pets was found about 1/2 mile away by neighbors who read the owner’s plea, the other, sadly, two years later was still missing. 

Here is a message that the late Jon Nowinski shared with us in 2017.

While this isn’t really an “event” we have created this as a reminder and resource for everyone over the next week. As July 4th celebrations begin, it is important to be aware that firework displays can not only scare pets, but can also harm their sensitive ears. 


Did you know that the time around July 4th is the highest time that pets go missing from homes? Not only because of the fireworks, but because of backyard picnics and events where people may forget to close the doors, lock the gates, and assure that their pets are safe.

Luckily there are some simple things you can do to make sure your pets aren’t scared and stay safe during this time.

According to behavior specialist Dr. Elizabeth Shull, low-frequency, percussive noises such as fireworks and summer thunderstorms trigger wild fear in about 20% of dogs. Even dogs that don’t usually react to loud noises may react differently to sounds such as fireworks.

One of the best things is to create a “quiet space” for your pets. Find a quiet, secure, room to keep your pets in. Consider turning on a TV or a radio to help drown out the noise from the fireworks. Put items such as toys, even extra food, in the room to distract the pet during the event.

And most importantly, in the event that your pet does get loose, always make sure they can be identified by collar, tag, and microchip! Make sure you have all that information handy, and frequently check on your pets to make sure you know where they are. If you have friends coming over, remind them that you have pets in the house that may be scared or skittish, and to make sure they close doors properly when going outside.

Daylight Savings Time Begins on Sunday, March 10

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Mar 092019
 

thDaylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 10. That means it’s time to Spring Ahead one hour.

Tonight, don’t forget to set your clocks (TV, Stove, Microwave, Car, etc) forward one hour before you go to bed.  Also, don’t forget to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and Carbon Monoxide detectors.

So, you lose an hour’s sleep, and that may throw you off for a day or two. BUT, the sun will rise at 7:16 a.m. and set at 6:57 p.m. on Sunday and it is supposed to be a nice day with temperatures near 60.

Welcome DST!

Did you know?: The Energy Policy Act of 2005 extended Daylight Saving Time in the U.S. beginning in 2007, though Congress retained the right to revert to the 1986 law should the change prove unpopular or if energy savings are not significant. Going from 2007 forward, Daylight Saving Time in the U.S.

  • begins at 2:00 a.m. on the second Sunday of March and
  • ends at 2:00 a.m. on the first Sunday of November

 

Chamber Members, Register Today for Tuesday’s Morning Jolt

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Feb 262019
 

The Orange Chamber of Commerce will host its Morning Jolt! networking program at Eli’s Restaurant, 285 Boston Post Road, on Tuesday, February 26, from 8 to 9 a.m.

Get leads and meet other Chamber Businesses for coffee and conversation.

The event is free and open to local businesses.

Bring your business cards and be ready to network with other business professionals.

RSVP to Carol today at director@orangectchamber.com

 

Last Chance To Register For Tuesday’s Morning Jolt

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Feb 252019
 

The Orange Chamber of Commerce invites all local business owners to join in Coffee and Conversation at Eli’s Restaurant, 285 Boston Post Road, Orange, on Tuesday, February 26, from 8 to 9 a.m.

Bring your business cards and be ready to network with other business professionals.

Get leads and meet other Chamber Businesses.

This event is Free and OPEN to local businesses.

RSVP today to director@orangectchamber.com

Open House: Beautiful Move In Ready Ranch With Hardwood Floors, finished Basement And A Workshop

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Feb 102019
 

Imagine entertaining for the holidays in your own gorgeous house.

In the market for a beautiful family home that you can move into right away? Check out this open house at 536 Dogwood Road in Orange with 1,468 sqft of living space, three bedrooms, two bathrooms. Take a tour today, Feb. 10, from 11:30-1:00 p.m.

This ranch style brick home is not only beautiful but unique! Enjoy first level living with the option to go downstairs to your complete finished basement with a wood burning fireplace and bar, perfect for cozy gatherings.
Equally inviting is the living room complete with gleaming hardwood floors and yet another fireplace for relaxing on winter nights. Central air for comfort in the summertime.
The master bedroom, master bath and sitting room/office complete with a second private trex deck for ultimate relaxation all were remodeled in 2014.
That’s not all, a large fenced in trex deck surrounds the above ground pool and manicured level yard, perfect for entertaining during those warm summer months.
The 2 car garage has been converted into a HEATED garage/workshop with cabinetry and a separate entrance.
Located in Amity’s award-winning school district, minutes from Yale, Rt 15 and I-95. This home checks all the boxes for year-round enjoyment. Recently Reduced Price. Offered for $325,000.

Get Your Tickets For the Orange Republicans’ St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

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Feb 082019
 

The Orange Republican Town Committee is sponsoring its annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner on Monday, March 11 at Biagetti’s Restaurant, 77 Campbell Ave., West Haven at 6:00 p.m.

There will be a complete Irish Dinner with Corned Beef and Cabbage and all that goes with it. A cash bar is available and door prizes will be plentiful!

Organizers said, “We hope many of our friends will join us as it’s always an enjoyable opportunity for “Wearing of the Green” by all who attend.”

Tickets are $42.00 per person and reservations must be made in advance by Monday, March 4.

Checks can be made out to ORTC and mailed to P.O. Box 632, Orange CT 06477.

For questions and/or reservations, call 203-974-2938.

We hope to see you there!

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.

NEW Orange Lions Fundraiser: Lions Will Pick Up and Dispose of Your Christmas Tree

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Dec 272018
 

Members of the Orange Lions Club will be happy to remove your Christmas tree placed at the end of your driveway or walkway and arrange for it to be shredded. 

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!

If you would like to arrange this service,  call Orange Lion Fred Turner at 203-389-4688 to arrange a date and time.

Town of Orange Holiday Hours Announced

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Dec 212018
 

In observance of Christmas and New Year’s, the town of Orange holiday hours are as follows with the noted exceptions for those departments providing emergency services.

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.

Boys’ Hockey: Spartans Earn Third Consecutive Victory

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Dec 202018
 

The Amity Spartans Boys Ice Hockey team was on the road in Danbury Wednesday night for a matchup against BBD (Brookfield-Bethel-Danbury).

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.

What’s Next?

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.