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Orange Town Hall Is Open

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Jun 022020
 

The Orange Town Hall Offices are now Open with a strict new set of rules.

Anyone entering the building:

• MUST be wearing a mask.

• Wait outside the office doorway until he or she is asked to come in.

• Follow all state COVID-19 safety guidelines (social distancing).

Please respect the town employees and help to keep them safe in their workplace.

The Offices at High Plains Community Center also are open, with personnel on hand to answer phones, but there still are no activities at the Senior Center or Rec Department.

Please call in advance if you have any questions.

 

Georgina’s Hair Studio Ready To Open On June 2

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Jun 012020
 

Georgina Mauriello, owner of Georgina’s Hair Studio, 290 Boston Post Road, Orange, next to Knight’s, will open tomorrow, Tuesday, June 2, and already is fully booked.

She said it took a lot of work preparing for the re-opening after closing due to the state’s COVID-19 order back in March, but she is confident that she and her small staff are ready to comply with all the safety regulations.

“We had to order a thermometer, and we moved the stations so they are all 6-feet apart,” she said. “We no longer have a waiting area.”

All customers are served by appointment only (Click HERE and choose your day and time to make an appointment). Drive to the back of the building and call when you arrive. When your turn comes up, put on a mask (everyone must wear masks before entering) your temperature will be taken and you’ll be brought in.

If you are having something special done – coloring, perm, etc that takes extra time, you will go outside and wait until your hair is ready for the next step – This will allow another customer to come in and get a haircut.

After each customer, chairs and counters will be wiped down with bleach or another approved disinfectant cleaner and brushes and combs, scissors also will be cleaned. The floor will be swept and the next customer will be allowed in.

The new process will take some getting used to, but, with practice, it will move along like clockwork in no time.

Right now the studio will definitely be open Thursday-Saturday, check the SITE for the day to day schedule.

 

 

 

Dey Endorses DeBarba for State Representative 

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Jun 012020
 

Woodbridge Selectman, Joe Dey, has officially endorsed Republican candidate, Dan DeBarba, for state representative in the 114th district. Dey praised DeBarba’s background in healthcare and business as a major reason for his endorsement.

“During such uncertain times, we need someone like Dan who has extensive experience in handling healthcare crises. As a business owner, Dan has firsthand experience with the struggles of owning a business in Connecticut and I am confident he will fight to make our state more business-friendly.” Dey continued, “We have been very fortunate to have Themis representing our town for the last two decades. I fully expect Dan will continue in this tradition, advocating for Woodbridge and all of the 114th district.”

DeBarba is a longtime Orange resident, and his three children are graduates of Amity High School. DeBarba has served as a healthcare administrator at several hospitals in Connecticut and is currently the chief financial officer of a healthcare system in New York. Additionally, he and his wife own a small business in the area.

Jun 012020
 

Following is a message from Orange Native, Amity Grad, Connor Deane:

Each year, Broadway Method Academy has the privilege of hosting the Stephen Sondheim Awards at the Shubert Theatre of New Haven. The award program recognizes excellence in high school musical theater across Connecticut and Rhode Island. It’s one of our most treasured events of the year.
Unfortunately, because of COVID-19, the gala will not happen in person this year. Likewise, so many talented young students did not get a chance to perform their high school musical. Instead, BMA is proud to present a virtual celebration with the participating schools presented by the Shubert Theatre of New Haven, the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation, and the Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation.
Monday, June 1, 2020
7 p.m. 
With special appearances from Christy Altomare (Anastasia, Carrie, Mamma Mia!), Carolee Carmello (Hello Dolly!, The Addams Family, Parade), Samantha Pauly (BMA’s Evita, Six on Broadway) and more, the evening will feature a virtual opening number performed by students of all the participating schools, as well as a Best Actor and Best Actress medley!
Help us show support for these students by tuning in!
(Views can tune in on our Facebook & Youtube channels, or on our website!)

Orange Open Spaces In A COVID-19 World 

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May 312020
 

The Orange Conservation Commission wants to remind Orange residents of how fortunate we are to have nearly a thousand acres of open space which we can enjoy while being socially distant.

We have seen a dramatic increase in the usage of our trails by individual hikers, couples, and families. Folks have been very considerate of their fellow hikers by wearing masks when appropriate and remaining at least 6 feet apart and doing it with a smile to their fellow sojourners.

Unfortunately, we also have had an increasing number of users who have complained about unleashed dogs running free. We had an incident this past week in which a large unleashed dog attacked a woman at Turkey Hill Preserve who had a small dog in her arms. Police were called as were the Animal Control authorities. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries but it was very frightful for the woman and her puppy.

It is shameful that dog owners who do not leash their dogs are making our Open Spaces scary for people to enjoy. The OCC has asked both the OPD and Animal Control to step up patrols to identify irresponsible owners and issue citations and impose fines.

It is our goal to ensure that Orange Open Spaces continue to serve as refuges for the COVID-19- weary and our residents can get out of the house and take a walk in a safe environment.

Remember, we can get through this if we all work together.

May 302020
 

Orange Live launched on May 17, 2012. Since that day we’ve honored our promise to remain hyper-local (Town Of Orange) and only incorporating news from Amity High School in Woodbridge, which is the regional High School for Bethany, Orange, and Woodbridge. And the Beardsley Zoo, our CT Zoo, which is only a short drive away on I-95 or the Merritt Parkway in Bridgeport.

In the first 8 months, we had a sports writer and paid him well, so well that he absorbed just about all of the money we brought in on ads. We tried to reel him in when money was tight and he went rogue, attending games that we did NOT assign to him, just so he could get paid.

WE dropped him and I began covering sports myself, taking photos, and doing my best to provide whatever information I could even though I am not a sports writer. My stories pulled in as many hits as he did, so from that moment on, Orange Live has not had any paid freelance writers.

I, Terri Miles, have done everything that you see on the site, including going through all the e-mails, formatting press releases, covering meetings, school plays, festivals, and events, taking photos, cross-posting to Twitter and Facebook, all for no pay.

When the Pandemic hit, I was forced to self-isolate, since I have numerous health issues that designate me as high-risk. With businesses closed for the past 3 months, Orange Live hasn’t had any new advertising, yet each and every month we have to pay $200 in bills for services we use to keep the site running.

My brother, Ron, who bankrolled the site in order to keep my mind fresh — after I had several strokes back in 2009 — told me that the Orange Live bank account is getting low with no income and $200 automatically being taken out, we will be paying monthly banking fees on top of the bills as soon as next month.

Ron suggested that I let you know this and ask for a little help or he will be forced to shut Orange Live down. Which would be devastating for me after working so hard to build it up in the last 8 years.

We have a Paypal account at orangectlive01@gmail.com and if you appreciate Orange Live and could afford $1 or any amount, (less than a cup of coffee) it truly would help bail us out until the Phase II and Phase III businesses are in good shape again. Everything will go into the bank account for the monthly Orange Live bills, not into my pocket.

In the past month, our readership is UP by 60%. If you have a business and would like to advertise, we have the most reasonable prices of any media and offer the most hands-on service — more like a partnership  — than anyone else. Please call and leave a message, or text 203-506-1747, or e-mail orangectlive01@gmail.com.

Ron and I appreciate our readers and love the town of Orange and thank you for your continued faith in us as your local daily news source.

 

Drive Thru Food Drive A Huge Success

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May 302020
 

Orange Police Detective Carolyn Bailey, Youth Services Coordinator Jessica Simone, Community Services Director Joan Cretella, and Orange Food2Kids coordinator Susan vonRabenstein stood outside the High Plains Community Center on Saturday, May 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. collecting food for Orange Food 2 Kids, and the Orange Food Bank.
Food 2 Kids is a nonprofit that was created to deliver bags of food to children in need on the weekends. However, with the coronavirus, the need has become full-time.
The OPD is asking for individually packaged foods and snacks. Meals that can be prepared with no or water only. Any other donations that are received will be donated to the Orange Food Bank.

Simone, vonRabenstein, and Officer Bailey show off the day’s Food2Kids donations

By the end of the four-hour collection period, the front room of the center that used to house the Probate Office was filled with bags of food for distribution.

“This is just from TODAY! A million thank yous from Orange Food2Kids and the Orange Food Bank! This community is so very generous.” vonRabenstein wrote on the Food2Kids Facebook page. “Thank you to OPD Det. Carolyn Bailey for putting this together and getting the word out!

Obituary: Elizabeth “Betty” Megliola, Beloved Mother of David Megliola

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May 302020
 

Elizabeth A. (Abbondanza) Megliola, 89, known affectionately as Betty, passed away peacefully on May 26, 2020, in the presence of her loving children. She was born on February 16, 1931, and raised in Springfield by the late Giuseppe and Anna Teresa (Matera) Abbondanza.

She graduated from Commerce High School, class of 1948. Before starting her family, Betty worked for John H. Breck, Co. She raised a family of five children and instilled in them a love of education and discovery.

She enjoyed leadership roles in Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, PTA, and Holy Cross Women’s Club. These led to a position as an elementary school teaching assistant where she made a difference in kids’ lives. She had a great sense of humor and loved to dance and to watch classic movies. Her ability to make lasting connections with people surrounded her with many friends and bottomless pots of coffee.

Betty had a love of and passion for all kinds of animals, especially her dog, Rascal. She was one of a kind and will be dearly missed. She was predeceased by her sister Mary A. Tassinari; and her former husband, Alfred Megliola.

She is survived by her sister Rose A. LaRussa of Springfield, MA and by her daughters Elaine M. Rigazio (Richard), Southwick, MA, Jeanne M. Altman (Jeff) New Canaan, CT, Marianne Ruggiero, Providence, RI, Amy J. Megliola (Nancy A. Remillard), Longmeadow, MA and son David J. Megliola, Orange, CT; her grandchildren Stephen Rigazio (Stephanie), Martha Urizar (Otoniel), Lisa Toal (Donald), William Ruggiero, Mary Elizabeth Ruggiero, Justin Altman (Katie) and Connor Altman, Daniel Megliola, Derek Megliola; and great-grandchildren Alessandro Urizar, Diego Urizar, Alexander Rigazio.

Services will be private. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Forastiere Smith Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

For online condolences please visit www.foratiere.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Animal Adventure Park, Harpursville, NY 13787.

Klarides’s Thoughts On The Minneapolis Tragedy 

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May 302020
 

Statement from House Republican Leader Themis Klarides:

I know I cannot begin to understand the depths of pain and suffering inflicted on our African American communities – not just in the last several weeks – but over the last several centuries – brought on by systemic racism and inequality that led us to where we are today. 

I know that not a single thing I say today will end that pain and suffering, but it is so vitally important for me and, frankly, for all of us to not remain silent as our friends and neighbors of color are suffering. 

First and foremost we must condemn these horrendous acts of violence against Black Americans. George Floyd, Ahmaoud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor are just three of the countless lives lost to a system that failed to protect them. 

We must acknowledge these wrongs. We must hear the concerns and the feelings of our friends and neighbors who are scared and angry. And for those of us in position to make a difference, we must vow to take these difficult and emotional issues head-on. 

This is not a problem in another city, in another state. We know this is a problem in our cities and towns right here in Connecticut. 

We cannot naively believe that what is happening in other places does not make very real the fear and sadness felt by our communities of color in Connecticut. 

We can and must do better. 

“If we allow this conversation to devolve into political posturing and finger-pointing, we will have failed to rise to this moment. 

I am here to listen, to speak, and to keep up the fight.”

Get Ready For Phase 2 Of Reopening The Economy

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May 292020
 

Below is new information from the State regarding Phase II of reopening the economy, compliance to general rules, Virtual Open House Day, and more.

PHASE 2: Salons and Barbershops are scheduled to reopen on June 1st. Phase II is scheduled to begin on June 20th, pending achievement of public health metrics. See ROADMAP FOR REOPENING CONNECTICUT. Businesses in Phase II consist of:

·    Hotels (no bar areas)

·    Restaurants (indoor dining – no bar)

·    Gyms, Fitness and Sports Clubs

·    Outdoor Arts, Entertainment and Events (up to 50 people)

·    Outdoor Amusement Parks

·    Bowling Alleys

·    Social Clubs

·    Pools

·    Museums, Zoos, Aquariums

·    Movie Theaters

·    Personal Services

Sector Specific Rules will be released at that time. Please remember to SELF-CERTIFY prior to opening.

SMALL BUSINESS REOPENING GUIDE: A guide to assist businesses in the reopening process includes topics regarding financial needs, employee training & support, physical layout, and a list of suppliers. The guide will be updated as new information becomes available.

REOPENING GUIDE

COMPLIANCE: The State wants to ensure businesses are complying with the GENERAL BUSINESS AND SECTOR-SPECIFIC RULES and that they have completed the mandatory SELF-CERTIFICATION process.

PPP LOAN FORGIVENESS APPLICATION: The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application was released by the SBA. The instructions inform borrowers how to apply for forgiveness of their PPP loans, consistent with the CARES Act. INSTRUCTIONS & LOAN FORGIVENESS APPLICATION

POSTERS FOR YOUR BUSINESS: Posters are available for downloading and printing to place in your business/office:

·    STAYING SAFE TOGETHER

·    HOW DO YOU FEEL

·    PERSONAL PROTECTION PROTOCOLS

·    SOCIAL DISTANCING

·    SLOW THE SPREAD

·    STOP THE SPREAD OF GERMS