High School Football Out, Girls’ Volleyball Still Up In The Air

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Sep 042020

At its September 3 meeting, the CIAC Board of Control reviewed DPH’s response to its August 28 letter requesting support of (1) modifications which lower the risk of indoor volleyball; (2) low to moderate risk activities in football; and (3) an opportunity to re-assess the viability high risk full contact football based on COVID metrics at the end of September or early October.

In its September 3 letter to CIAC, the DPH stated, “With regard to CIAC’s consideration of additional mitigation strategies for indoor girls’ volleyball and football that may lower their risks for person-to-person respiratory droplet spread, DPH has suggested that CIAC consider modifications to higher risk activities, and we continue to encourage such modifications. Absent such modifications, DPH is unlikely to support higher-risk activities for the Fall term. We would also recommend that CIAC consult with your sports medicine committee before implementing significant changes to how high school sports are played in our state so that any potential unintended consequences of those changes (including increased risk of injury) can be fully vetted prior to implementation.”

In alignment with DPH’s recommendation to consult its sports medicine committee, the CIAC and its medical experts believe that the modification of wearing masks mitigates the risk expressed by DPH and provides a safe indoor environment for the sport of volleyball. As such, with the modification of players wearing masks indoors, the CIAC has aligned volleyball with DPH’s previous support of full team practice and game schedules for soccer, field hockey, cross country, and swimming.

In regard to football, the CIAC Board of Control has provided DPH with updated statements from the NFHS that reflect its position on 11 v 11 football and the success of other states that are currently playing full-contact football. The CIAC also provided an updated timeline that reflected an opportunity to evaluate sufficient COVID data after an approximate 3 to 4-week return to school. Previously, the CIAC provided its position that COVID metrics continue to support the playing of high-risk sports in Connecticut, as they have since July 6, and has emphasized the value that football provides its student-athletes from a physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and mental health standpoint. In doing so, the CIAC feels it has exhausted all possible scenarios in seeking DPH support for a full-contact football experience this fall.

However, DPH has made it clear that it is “unlikely to support higher-risk activities for the Fall term.” Given DPH’s position, the CIAC is obligated to provide its student-athletes, coaches, administrators, and superintendents with a clear direction on football activities that aligns with DPH recommendations. Without DPH support, the CIAC cannot move forward with a full-contact season as it would place superintendents and boards of education in the impossible position of acting against the recommendation of a state agency.

As such, the CIAC Board of Control, in alignment with DPH recommendations, has determined that high-risk full-contact football is no longer a viable option. In alignment with DPH’s encouragement to consider modifications to higher risk activities, the CIAC will collaborate with athletic directors, coaches, and medical experts to provide football players with meaningful low to moderate risk fall activities. While the CIAC’s fall sports offerings are now aligned with DPH recommendations, it still stresses that progression to full team practices and moderate risk activities on September 21 and gameplay on October 1 is dependent on COVID metrics that support such activities. The CIAC will remain fluid in providing the safest experiences possible for our student-athletes and will continue to consider any future changes in DPH recommendations for fall sports activities.

Welander Shares her Thoughts On Proposed SRO bill

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Sep 032020

n response to recent questions about a proposed federal bill by Sen. Murphy concerning SRO’s:

There is no question about where I as a person, a mother, an elected official, or as a candidate stand on school safety. Quality education and school safety are two of my greatest priorities. 

My voting record shows complete support for our local police department and their involvement with our schools, which includes D.A.R.E. program support and supplemental funding. 

We know our towns. We know our schools. Towns and local Boards of Education should continue to be able to decide how programs and personnel are integrated into their schools.

I have advocated for and helped secure federal funding for social/emotional-based violence prevention programs, and implemented them on local and state levels. 

I testified at the very first Session for the Federal Commission on School Safety in Washington, D.C. for federal funding to keep our schools safe.  

I have worked the last 7 years advocating for our children – I know that many districts have very strong relationships with their SRO’s and know they can be incredibly helpful in their schools and communities. We do need to address the districts where that relationship is not as positive.  

We need to find balance where the end result is safe children, schools, and quality education.

This isn’t a talking point for me, nor should it be a partisan issue. This is about all of our children’s safety and education. 

Mary Welander

Orange, CT

State Representative Candidate, 114th District

Lamont Extending Executive Powers: Legislators Protest on Capitol Steps

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Sep 032020

State Representative Anne Dauphinais (R-44) announced today that she and other legislators will be participating in a rally on Thursday, September 3rd. The Return the Voice to the People Rally is being held in direct response to Governor Ned Lamont extending his executive powers through February 9, 2021. The current executive order that was in place since March was set to expire on September 9th before yesterday’s decision on an extension that goes into the 2021 Legislative Session.

“Under these executive orders, the impacts are far and wide. Landlords are losing significant income on their rental properties, business owners struggling and closing, others have been not allowed to reopen. One person should not and cannot have the sole power to make these decisions on our behalf,'” Rep. Dauphinais said.

The announcement, which came Tuesday, has been met with widespread criticism from lawmakers, business owners, and residents across Connecticut.

WHERE: East Steps, State Capitol Building 210 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut WHEN: Thursday, September 3, 2020 TIME: 10:00 A.M.page1image44189760

The Case Memorial Library Announces New Adult Fiction Titles Now Available

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Sep 022020

The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, now has these adult fiction titles available to borrow.

New Adult Fiction, September 2020
Each title is linked to its catalog entry, where you can place a request to pick up the item at the Case Memorial Library.

28 summers : a novel / Elin Hilderbrand.
A private cathedral James Lee Burke.
All the devils are here / Louise Penny.
American dirt : a novel/ Jeanine Cummins.
Atomic love / Jennie Fields.
Before You Go : a novel /Tommy Butler.
Best of friends.Bonnie : a novel / Christina Schwarz.
Booked for death / Victoria Gilbert.
Boston scream murder.
Breathe the sky /Michelle Hazen.
Cat me if you can/ Miranda James.
Death at high tide : an Island sisters mystery/ Hannah Dennison.
Death in her hands : a novel / Ottessa Moshfegh.
Everything inside : stories / Edwidge Danticat.
Good dogs don’t make it to the south pole : a novel/ Hans-Olav Thyvold   [translated from the Norwegian by Marie Ostby].
Grown ups : a novel.
Harrow the ninth / Tamsyn Muir.
In an instant / Suzanne Redfearn.
In the Valley : Stories and a Novella Based on Serena.
Jackie and Maria.
Kiss My Cupcake
Last Call on Decatur Street
Lineage most lethal /S. C. Perkins.
Loathe at first sight.
Love after love : a novel / Ingrid Persaud.
Luster / Raven Leilani.
Memoirs and misinformation/ Jim Carrey and Dana Vachon.
Mums and mayhem / Amanda Flower.
Nightshade : a novel.
No offense : a novel / Meg Cabot.
Ordinary hazards : a novel.
Someone to romance : a Westcott novel / Mary Balogh.
Someone’s listening / Seraphina Nova Glass.
Squeeze me : a novel/ Carl Hiaasen.
Summer : a novel / Ali Smith.
Sweet sorrow/ David Nicholls.
The boy in the field : a novel / Margot Livesey.
The cabinets of Barnaby Mayne / Elsa Hart.
The Day Lincoln Lost : a novel / Charles Rosenberg.
The death of Vivek Oji /Akwaeke Emezi.
The exiles : a novel / Christina Baker Kline.
The falcon always wings twice : a Meg Langslow mystery
Donna Andrews.
The friendship list :  a novel / Susan Mallery.
The glass kingdom.
The guest list : a novel / Lucy Foley.
The hollow ones / Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan.
The less dead / Denise Mina.
The lions of Fifth Avenue : a novel / Fiona Davis.
The love scam.
The new American / Micheline Aharonian Marcom
The night swim / Megan Goldin.
The only good Indians : a novel / Stephen Graham Jones.
The orphan collector / Ellen Marie Wiseman.
The palace / Christopher Reich.
The party upstairs / Lee Conell.
The queen of Tuesday : a novel / Darin Strauss.
The safe place : a novel /Anna Downes.
The silent wife : a novel / Karin Slaughter.
The switch/ Beth O’Leary.
The vanished queen.
The vanishing half / Brit Bennett.
The wicked sister / Karen Dionne.
Then she vanished /. T. Jefferson Parker.
Unspeakable things / Jess Lourey.
Vanessa Yu’s magical Paris tea shop / Roselle Lim.
Verity / Colleen Hoover.
We are all the same in the dark : a novel / Julia Heaberlin.
What happens at night.
When these mountains burn/ David Joy.
You had me at hola : a novel / Alexis Daria.

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The Woodruff Family YMCA Can Serve All Thanks To This Annual Campaign

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Sep 012020

Donations to the Woodruff Family YMCA Annual Campaign support and help strengthen our community. 

The Woodruff Family YMCA, a branch of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA, is kicking off the community phase of its Annual Campaign on September 1, 2020. The Campaign will raise funds for YMCA memberships, programs and services to help support everyone in the Milford/Orange community. 

Over 1,300 Woodruff Family Y participants receive financial aid for wellness programs, preschool, before and after school child care, swim lessons, summer camp, and more. Donations collected provide Y services to adults, families, and children that need it the most.

Woodruff Family Y Board of Directors volunteer, Glenn Laudenslager of Milford, is leading the Y 2020 Annual Campaign. As chair, Glenn will work in the community with donors, prospects, and funding partners to help the Y fulfill its promise to serve all, regardless of their ability to pay. “It is my honor to serve the YMCA. I grew up spending countless hours at the Bridgeport Y playing sports. This is my opportunity to give back to the Y community that means a lot to me,” said Laudenslager. “The Y is a place where you can find health and a place where you can find help. People go out of their way to help other people find connections, a helping hand, and knowledge to get where they need to go in life.”   

“Glenn is a Woodruff Family Y advocate who is extremely supportive of the Y mission. His leadership, time and talents have helped our members and staff. We are excited that he will solicit donations for our most vital programs and resources that are for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We will now, be able to give even more to our community,” said Joshua Royce, Woodruff Family YMCA District Executive Director.  

This year, the Woodruff Family Y hopes to raise $77,000. While temporarily closed during the worst of the Connecticut Covid-19 Pandemic, the Woodruff Family Y did not collect membership dues to help those with financial hardships, made hundreds of outreach calls to seniors and families providing emotional support and youth-oriented activities; held virtual wellness classes; hosted blood drives and food drives. “I trust no other facility like I do the Y during these challenging times. The social fabric bonds people together. The Y team goes above and beyond to keep our community healthy and safe,” stated Laudenslager.  

“Donations to our 2020 Annual Campaign are more important than ever!” said Amy Wiltsie, Central Connecticut Coast YMCA Annual Campaign Director. “The Y is committed to our community and serving everyone in it. With so many families financially affected by recent events, many more will need the YMCA for overall wellness, child care and support.”   

In 2019, over 250 donors aided the Woodruff Family Y making it possible for over 1,500 youth and adults to participate in Y programs. To date in 2020, 165 youth have attended summer camp, 350 learned to be safe in and around the water and 405 participated in afterschool programs. Over 500 adults have participated in a Woodruff Family Y health and wellness class/program either at the Y or virtually.

To learn more about the great work at the Woodruff Family Y, to donate and to volunteer, please visit www.woodruffymca.org or call 203 878 6501. Donations can also be mailed to the YMCA, 631 Orange Avenue, Milford, CT 06461 attention; Josh Royce.

AVANGRID Names Brian Harrell Chief Security Officer

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Aug 312020

“Serious cybersecurity and infrastructure threats to energy systems have grown significantly in recent years,” said Pete Church, Senior Vice President of Corporate Administration and Chief Human Resources Officer. “Protection of these assets is critically important to AVANGRID and our customers, and Brian Harrell is particularly qualified to help us continue to guard against evolving security threats to the energy industry. We are fortunate to have him as part of the AVANGRID team.” 

Harrell will lead a comprehensive information, critical infrastructure, and cybersecurity program across AVANGRID’s eight network companies, Avangrid Renewables and all affiliates. Additionally, Harrell will have strategic oversight for all security processes and systems to meet regulatory requirements.

“AVANGRID is a world-class company focused on delivering safe, reliable and accessible clean energy to our communities,” said Harrell. “I am proud to join the team and apply my expertise to protect AVANGRID’s assets and help ensure the safety and security of our operations.”

Prior to joining AVANGRID, Harrell served as Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection at the Department of Homeland Security and as Assistant Director at the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. He has held leadership roles at Duke Energy Corporation, Electricity ISAC, and North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), charged with protecting North America’s electric grid from physical and cyber-attack.

UI Restoring Service after Extreme Storms Leave Thousands Without Power

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Aug 282020

Company expects majority of customers restored by Friday evening

In Orange, eight separate events have left 2,527 UI customers without power tonight, including residents on Woodland Road.

 United Illuminating dispatched crews and contractors Thursday night to restore power to thousands of customers after a line of violent storms passed through the state.

As the storms subsided Thursday night, the company sent out more than 260 line and tree workers and other field personnel to help clear roadways, assess the damage and get the power back on. As of 9 p.m., approximately 20,000 customers were without service, with most of the damage concentrated in Hamden, North Haven, North Branford, and New Haven.

UI crews were working alongside National Guard personnel to clear trees and downed lines from roadways, at the direction of state and municipal authorities. Meanwhile, restoration teams targeted large outages where many customers could be brought back at once, while damage assessors worked to develop a full picture of the devastation and assemble a detailed plan for restoration.

The company said it expects to restore service to a majority of customers by Friday evening. But it may take longer in areas where the damage is particularly extensive and UI’s electrical system needs to be rebuilt. The company will update its restoration estimates as it proceeds with damage assessment.

The company reiterated that customers should stay far from downed wires, which can be live and dangerous even if they show no signs of being energized. Customers are advised to keep kids and pets inside, and never drive over a downed wire. Always report any downed wires to UI at 800.722.5584 (800.CALLUI).

Report an Outage:

To report an outage, visit uinet.com or call 800.722.5584 (800.7.CALL.UI). Customers can also report outages using the company’s new mobile app, available from the Apple Store and Google Play. Or, they can report outages via UI’s mobile alerts system: text “OUT” to 839-884 (TEXT-UI). Registration is required.

Outage Alerts:

Sign up for free Outage Alerts at uinet.com to be notified by text, email, or phone when you lose service and for restoration updates. Or, sign up for free text alerts by texting “REG” to 839-884 (TEXT-UI).

Additional Information:

•          Visit UI online at uinet.com.

•          Find UI on facebook.com/unitedilluminating.

•          Follow @UnitedIllum on Twitter.

Storm relief resources can be found by calling Connecticut’s InfoLine at 2-1-1, or by visiting http://www.211ct.org/.

UI Ready To Respond as Severe Weather Threatens

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Aug 272020

Crews and contractors are standing by; customers advised to prepare for outages and stay far away from downed wires\

 United Illuminating has mobilized crews and contractors and is ready to respond to any outages resulting from the severe weather expected later today.

Forecasters predict a line of powerful thunderstorms will cross the region this afternoon and evening, bringing the possibility of lightning strikes, localized flooding, large hail, and damaging winds.

The company has been monitoring forecasts and planning accordingly, readying its lineworkers and tree crews and securing additional contractors to work day and night to restore power if it is lost. The company said it has also patrolled its system to identify and address hazards, such as broken limbs, left over from Tropical Storm Isaias earlier this month.

UI advised customers to be prepared for the possibility of power outages, which in some cases could last a day or longer. The company offers the following tips to help customers prepare and stay safe.

Before a Storm:

  • Sign up for Outage Alerts. Text “REG” to 839-884 (TEXT-UI) to receive free text alerts if you lose service, and for restoration updates. Or, visit uinet.com for more alert options.
  • Keep long-lasting LED flashlights and lanterns on hand, along with a battery-operated radio, fresh batteries, drinking water, non-perishable foods and prescription medications.
  • Fully charge mobile devices and store emergency contacts in memory.
  • Fuel vehicles and fill spare fuel tanks for generators.

Medical and Life Support Customers:

  • Customers who rely on life-saving medical equipment should have a plan in case of a sudden or extended loss of service. UI medical and life-support customers should register in advance to ensure the company is aware of their needs. Call UI at 800.722.5584 (800.7.CALL.UI).


  • Do not use a generator that plugs into your home’s electrical system unless it is connected via a transfer switch installed by a licensed electrician. Improperly connected generators can back-feed electricity into the outside grid and pose a danger to the public and to crews working to restore service.
  • Carefully read and observe the instructions in your generator’s operating manual.
  • Properly ground all portable generators.
  • Never run a generator indoors, in an open garage, or near a window.
  • Do not store fuel indoors or try to refuel a generator while it’s running.

Report an Outage:

  • To report an outage, visit uinet.com or call 800.722.5584 (800.7.CALL.UI). 
  • Report outages using the company’s new mobile app, available from the Apple Store and Google Play. 
  • Report outages via UI’s mobile alerts system: text “OUT” to 839-884 (TEXT-UI). Registration is required.

Additional storm readiness and safety information:

  • Visit UI online at uinet.com.
  • Find UI on facebook.com/unitedilluminating.
  • Follow @UnitedIllum on Twitter.
  • Storm relief resources can be found by calling Connecticut’s InfoLine at 2-1-1, or by visiting www.211ct.org.

Pack 922 Find Stays Active During Pandemic

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Aug 272020

Throughout the past six months Pack 922 has stayed focussed on maintaining a sense of community and in late May began to reconnect the scouts through different events. 

Using multiple virtual platforms, scouts were able to complete their achievements and even participate in a synchronized at home camping night where they shared their experiences through images and videos.  

Virtual Blue & Gold Banquet

On June 28th the Scouts of Pack 922, along with their den leaders and cub master, held the annual Blue and Gold Banquet via a zoom meeting.  Normally this event would have been held in April, but with the quarantine in full effect, the pack held off. 

During the banquet, den leaders shared the accomplishments of their scouts as they rose to new ranks within the pack.  Most scouts were in attendance and even some special guests were able to make an appearance and share in the achievements of our pack.  Congratulations to all the scouts for a terrific year despite being unable to be with one another for the last few months. 

Rocket Launch

The annual rocket launch normally takes place at the yearly Famorree camp out, but this year it was canceled due to COVID-19.  That did not stop the pack from coming together when things were safer and enjoying a tradition. 

Here are some of the scouts at a summer rocket launch on August 8th at the High Plain Community Center fields.  Some of those rockets soared through the air at incredible speeds and heights. 

The scouts present enjoyed the time to come together and practiced safe practices by wearing masks and social distancing when possible. 

Den Meeting

On August 17th the Webelo den had their first meeting where they worked on the Stronger, Faster, Higher Achievement as a group.  Scouts were socially distanced outside at the upper pavilion at High Plains Community Center and worked individually on accomplishing the tasks as a den. 

Go to the Orange Live Facebook Page for more photos

Recall: Do You Feed Your Dog Nature’s Menu?

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Aug 262020

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Sunshine Mills, Inc. is issuing a voluntary recall of Nature’s Menu Super Premium Dog Food with a Blend of Real Chicken and Quail because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.

What’s Being Recalled?

The recalled Nature’s Menu dog foods were distributed in retail stores nationwide and can be identified with the following UPC 7015514363and UPC 7015514365.

The product comes in a 3-pound bag with the following lot codes:

TE1 20/April /2020, TE1 21/April/2020, TE1 22/April/2020, TE2 20/April /2020, TE2 21/April/2020, TE2 22/April/2020, TE3 20/April/2020, TE3 21/April/2020, TE3 22/April/2020.

The product comes in a 13.5-pound bag with the following lot codes:

TB1 20/April /2020, TB1 21/April/2020, TB1 22/April/2020, TB2 20/April /2020, TB2 21/April/2020, TB2 22/April/2020, TB3 20/April/2020, TB3 21/April/2020, TB3 22/April/2020.

There are no other Nature’s Menu® products or other lot codes of the Nature’s Menu® Super Premium Dog Food with a Blend of Real Chicken & Quail affected by this precautionary recall.

No illnesses, injuries or complaints have been reported to date.

About Salmonella

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.

Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.

Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting.

Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.

Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.

If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

What Caused the Recall?

According to the company…

The potential for contamination was noted after the firm was notified by the Georgia Department of Agriculture when a sample of a single 3-pound bag of the product was collected and tested positive for Salmonella.

The firm conducted testing of multiple samples of the same lot which all tested negative for Salmonella.

Salmonella may not be evenly distributed throughout a lot which is why it could have been found on one sample and not on multiple other samples of the same lot.

However, out of an abundance of caution, Sunshine Mills, Inc. has chosen to issue a voluntary recall of the above-referenced lots of Nature’s Menu Super Premium Dog Food with a Blend of Real Chicken and Quail in furtherance of its commitment to the safety and quality of its products.

What to Do?

Retailers who received the recalled lots have been contacted and asked to pull these lots from their inventory and shelves.

Consumers who have purchased Nature’s Menu® Super Premium Dog Food with a Blend of Real Chicken & Quail from the recalled lots should discontinue use of the product and may return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers may contact Sunshine Mills, Inc. customer service at (800) 705-2111 from 7 am to 4 pm Central Time, Monday through Friday… or by email at customer.service@sunshinemills.com for additional information.

This is a voluntary recall being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to the FDA’s “Report a Pet Food Complaint” page.