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They’re Back! New Mailboxes Installed on Old Tavern

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Oct 052020
 

Today, residents were pleasantly surprised to see that the Post Office on Old Tavern Road has new drop boxes installed in the rear parking lot for customers’ convenience.

Although the boxes look the same as the ones that were removed after mail theft was reported last month, you may notice that the drop opening is quite a bit more narrow, so you won’t be able to drop large bundles of envelopes into it at once.

But the good news is, they’re back!

Southworth Receives Big Endorsement

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Oct 012020
 

The National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) has endorsed Mike Southworth (R) in the 14th State Senate District Race.

“The NFIB CT PAC believes that you will be committed to the needs of thousands of Main Street small businesses and their employees in Connecticut when you are elected to serve in Hartford,” said the NFIB in their endorsement of Southworth.

Southworth said, “I appreciate the support and endorsement of the NFIB. Even before COVID-19, Connecticut small businesses struggled and now many will not reopen. Our state will need a strong, sensible, and bipartisan plan to help support small businesses and the jobs they support in every corner of our state.”

This Week’s Amity High School Varsity Sports Schedules

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Oct 012020
 

Let the games begin! Following is something we haven’t seen in a long time, the Amity High School Varsity sports schedule.

Thursday, Oct. 1

V Girls Swimming and Diving v. Cheshire Away – Cheshire Community Pool at 3:00 p.m.

V Boys Cross Country v. Career Magnet, Hillhouse, Wilbur Cross. Home – Fitzgerald Field at 3:45 p.m.

V Girls Cross Country v. Career Magnet, Hillhouse, Wilbur Cross. Home – Fitzgerald Field at 3:45 p.m.

V Field Hockey v. North Haven Home – Amity Regional High School-Field Hockey Field at 4:00 p.m.

V Girls Volleyball v. Shelton Away – Shelton High School-High School – Murray Gymnasium at 6:00 p.m.

V Girls Swimming and Diving v. Cheshire Home – High Plains Community Center at 6:45 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 2

V Girls Soccer v. Shelton Home – Amity Regional High School-Amity High School – Field # 3 at 4:00 p.m.

V Boys Soccer v. Shelton Away – Shelton High School-High School – Finn Stadium at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 4

V Girls Volleyball v. Platt Tech Home – Amity Regional High School-Paul D. Mengold Gymnasium at 11:30 a.m.

V Field Hockey v. Shelton Away – Shelton High School-High School – Finn Stadium at 1:15 p.m.

Shine On Harvest Moon, Up In The Sky

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Sep 302020
 

(photo by Allison Travis)

The next full Moon will be tomorrow, Thursday afternoon, Oct. 1, at 5:05 p.m. The moon will appear to be “opposite” the Sun (in Earth-based longitude). Enjoy this one, because it will seem to be full for about three days around this time, from Wednesday morning through Saturday morning.

As the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox (the end of summer and start of fall), this is the Harvest Moon. During the harvest season farmers sometimes need to work late into the night by the light of the Moon. The full Moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, but for the few nights around the Harvest Moon, the Moon seems to rise at nearly the same time: just 25 to 30 minutes later across the northern USA, and only 10 to 20 minutes later farther north in Canada and Europe.

The Harvest Moon is an old European name with the Oxford English Dictionary giving 1706 as the year of its first published use. Most years the Harvest Moon falls in September but this is one of the years it falls in October.

A BLUE MOON MONTH

October 2020 has two full moons and is known as a Blue Moon month.

The first full moon rises tomorrow, Oct. 1. The second, the “Blue Moon” is on Oct. 31.

Currently, the term Blue Moon is used for the second of two full moons in a single calendar month. An older definition of Blue Moon is that it’s the third of four full moons in a single season.

Whichever definition you choose to accept, this week’s moon should be glorious.

— This information was obtained from the nasa.gov website

News From The Case Memorial Library

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Sep 302020
 

Case Memorial Library

The Case Memorial Library is here to serve the community.  As of Monday, September 28, we will open the library with limited hours and occupancy.  We will continue to provide curbside service during our regular hours of operation.

Library doors will be open as follows:

  • Monday through Saturday: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Monday and Thursday evenings: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Masks are required at all times while you are in the building.  

Study and meeting rooms are not available and there is limited seating.  We ask everyone to observe social distancing.  

 

We are currently providing the following services:

  • Our public computers may be used by appointment. Call 203-891-2170 or email reference@casememoriallibrary.org to make an appointment. Time slots for computer use are 10-11 a.m., 2-3 p.m., 3:30-4:30 p.m., and 6:00-7:00 p.m. (Monday and Thursday evenings only). 
  • Holds can be placed on library materials through our online catalog, by phone, or by email.  When the items you request are available, we will call you to schedule a curbside pickup or you can come in to pick up the items.  Hours for curbside pickup are Monday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Printing is available.
  • Copiers are available.

We have online programs that are free and open to the public.  

EVENTS FOR ADULTS 

Online Mystery Book Discussion
Thursday, October 22, 1 p.m.
Join Librarian Samantha Jasulavic for an online discussion of I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara. This discussion will take place on Zoom- please note that registration is required, as for online security reasons only registered attendees will be able to attend this event. Registered attendees will receive a Zoom link via email before the event. Please call the library or contact Samantha at sjasulavic@casememoriallibrary.org to place a hold on a copy of the book.

EVENTS FOR CHILDREN 

Monet Bridge Fingerpainting

Kit pickup: Wednesday, October 7-Saturday, October 10

For children ages 3-5.  Create a vibrant work of art inspired by Monet’s “The Water Lily Pond.”  Please be advised that children’s hands will come into contact with fingerpaint.  Smocks will not be provided.

Glow in the Dark Jack-o’-Lanterns

Kit pickup: Wednesday, October 14-Saturday, October 17

For children in grades 1-3.  Craft a luminous jack-o’-lantern the easy way!  You supply the pumpkin (ideally 3-4 lbs.) and we’ll take care of the rest.  This activity is best enjoyed outdoors.

Halloween Paint Rocket Art

Kit pickup: Wednesday, October 21-Saturday, October 24

For children in grades 1-3.  Paint a Halloween masterpiece using rocket science!  Please note: this is a potentially messy outdoor activity.  Participants’ skin may come into contact with effervescent tablets and washable tempera paint mixed with water.

Online 3-5 Year Olds Storytime

Mondays, October 5, 19, and 26, 10:30 a.m.
For children ages 3-5.  Preschoolers are invited to join Ms. Michelle for stories, music, and movement!  Registration is required. Please note: All registrants with a valid email address will be sent a link for storytime.  For security reasons, we are unable to admit non-registrants to this program.

Online Lapsit Storytime

Tuesdays, October 6, 13, 20, and 27, 10:30 a.m.
For babies and toddlers up to two years old.  Little ones and their caregivers are invited to this virtual storytime with Ms. Michelle!  We’ll play with puppets, sing our favorite songs, explore books together, and more.  Registration is required. Please note: All registrants with a valid email address will be sent a link for storytime.  For security reasons, we are unable to admit non-registrants to this program.

Online 2-Year-Old Storytime

Wednesdays, October 7, 14, 21, and 28, 10:30 a.m.

For children ages 2-3.  Experience music and movement, dive into picture books, and sing your favorite songs with Ms. Michelle!  Registration is required. Please note: All registrants with a valid email address will be sent a link for storytime.  For security reasons, we are unable to admit non-registrants to this program.

The Library will be closed Monday, October 12, for Columbus Day.

Town Chairs to Southworth: Drop out of the race

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Sep 302020
 

Republican Candidate Mike Southworth

On Tuesday, Sept. 29, three Democratic Town Committee (DTC) Chairs (Milford, Orange, and West Haven) called on Republican State Senate Candidate Mike Southworth to drop out of the race for state senate (District 14).

The calls for Southworth to step out of the race are from Jody Barstein Dietch (Orange DTC Chair), Rich Smith (Milford DTC Chair), and Mike Last (West Haven DTC Chair). The announcement comes on the heels of a Connecticut Post report, which uncovers that for years, Southworth posted sexist, hateful comments on Facebook, even advocating for the assault of a female journalist.

According to the Connecticut Post, the following is a snapshot of the racist, sexist Facebook posts:

  • Sexist, ageist comment about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “Southworth commented ‘Haha’ on a meme of Ginsburg with an overlay that says ‘Abraham Lincoln grabbed my a** in 1862’” (September 2018).
  • Sexist comment about Rosie O’Donnell. “Southworth wrote, ‘Throw this pig in jail’ on a post linking to a Breitbart article about O’Donnell” (May 2018).
  • Sexist comment about Whoopi Goldberg. “In response to a since-deleted tweet from Republican strategist Andrew Surabian about Goldberg, Southworth wrote, ‘Can anyone explain why this C U Next Tuesday is still allowed to be on the air?’”(October 2018).
  • Advocated for assaulting a female journalist. “Facebook post referencing a story about Navarro filing her nails on camera, Southworth wrote, ‘This F’n b**** needs a big slap.’” (January 2019).

“As a woman, these posts are personally offensive to me and should be to any woman. If your co-worker made these disgusting, sexist comments, you’d expect him to get fired or resign in disgrace,” said Deitch. “But instead, Mike Southworth’s running for public office and made these reprehensible comments on a public forum. An apology isn’t enough: He should do the right thing and drop his bid for public office.”

Dietch continued: “Anyone who has endorsed Mike Southworth’s candidacy should retract their support and join the groundswell of community members calling on him to drop his Senate bid.”

Rich Smith, Milford Democratic Town Committee Chair added, “These types of statements have no place in our community. I call on the Republican Town chairs and the state Republican Party to take a stand against this type of language and behavior and to consider if this candidate represents the Republican parties’ views. This past week, my fellow chairs and I have received multiple calls and emails expressing disgust and disappointment in the Republican candidate’s views. Our community deserves better.”

In addition, Mike Last, the West Haven DTC chair also issued an appeal to the groups who endorsed Mike Southworth to withdraw their endorsement.  “Not only do I feel that Mr. Southworth should leave the race, but I call on all of the people and organizations who endorsed Mr. Southworth’s candidacy to withdraw their support. Mr. Southworth’s behavior and actions don’t reflect our West Haven values.”

Connecticut’s General Election, which includes the race for state senate, will take place on November 3, 2020.

Letter: Stealing Political Signs IS A Crime

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Sep 302020
 

Joint Statement from the Orange Democratic and Orange Republican Town Chairs”
Every election season, we have issues with signs being destroyed or stolen.  This year seems particularly excessive.  Destroying, degrading, or stealing of signs or personal property is punishable by law.  Neither party condones nor encourages this behavior and, we believe, many of the culprits are just out to do mischief.
As chairs of the respective main parties in the Town of Orange, we are asking everyone to respect their neighbors’ property and right to display political signs for the candidates they support.  If you see anyone defacing or vandalizing signs, please call the local police and check your security cameras for any tape, so these people can be apprehended.
In the end, we are all neighbors who live together, whose kids go to school and engage in extra-curricular activities together.  Let’s all get along.
Thank you,
Jody Dietch, chair, Orange Democratic Town Committee
Pio Imperati, chair, Orange Republican Town Committee

Criminal Activity Prompts Removal Of Mail Boxes

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Sep 292020
 

Last week, the two conveniently placed mail drop-off boxes in the rear of the Orange Post Office at 36 Old Tavern Road, along with others around town, suddenly disappeared
Some may think it’s one of Donald Trump’s “evil” plans to interfere with the upcoming election, as was expressed on social media. (Police and the First Selectman denied this rumor).
What Actually Happened?
A couple of local Facebook posts reported that checks had been stolen from the boxes, were washed, and rewritten (on the real owner’s account) for a different amount.
But Old Tavern wasn’t the only location from which this occurred.
This was verified by First Selectman Jim Zeoli, who stated that a town employee had dropped mail off at 8 a.m. outside of Town Hall and by 10:30 a.m. someone was trying to pass fraudulent checks from his account, adding, “There have been multiple cases from post office drop boxes.”
Zeoli said the mail theft prompted the removal of these boxes and “They will be replaced with a more secure version.”
Asst. Police Chief Max Martins said the department has received several complaints since last week, and that the same thing is happening throughout the state.
“Some checks are being cashed locally, but they’ve also been used out of state,” he said.
This is an ongoing investigation on which several agencies are working to solve.
For the time being, Martins suggests bringing your mail inside the post office building or handing it to a postal carrier directly when you need to send something, even though it may not be as convenient as a drive-by mail dropbox or leaving it in your mailbox for pick up.
He added that the new, more secure models should be installed soon, which would bring you back the convenience and the sense of security when paying bills, sending important paperwork, or returning your mail-in ballots.
Good Advice
On the You Know You’re From Orange Facebook page, resident Mary Hurley suggested that everyone “Follow up with your bank statements. Look for checks cashed by unknown Payees or for different amounts than intended. It might also be a good idea to follow up with intended recipients to make sure they received the checks (ex: look up your utility bill online and make sure they show your check posted).
“If you discover any fraud, get copies of the cashed checks from the bank. File a police report. You can also file a report with the postmaster if you believe the fraud happened through the mail,” she wrote.
Editor’s Note:
2020 was a very strange year, between the virus that kept us locked up at home for several months; disrupted our children’s educational routine; forced the cancellation of every traditional event (fairs, carnivals, plays, etc.) in town, and brought us to cast doubt on the way our country is being run, it was natural for the first thought on the mailbox removal to be that the Trump administration and his distrust in mail-in ballots (even though he votes by mail) was the reason for their sudden disappearance just weeks before the election. – Not the case, though.
Be assured that the Postal Service and several police departments throughout the state are working on this situation, (Orange is NOT the only town affected)

When Will The Leaves Peak In Orange?

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Sep 232020
 

If you are a fan of fall leaf-peeping, here’s a site you may like. The New England Today Seasons website features a “Live” foliage map that shows your where the leaves are changing.

The spring and summer conditions that we had may be detrimental to the rich colors of fall. The leaves may dry and fall before they have a chance to change color.

Yesterday, Sept. 22, was the first day of Autumn and the weather conditions from now on also count. We will need dry, warm sunny days and cool, but not freezing nights for a pretty leaf-peeping season.

Fingers crossed for a colorful autumn.

 

PCH Scam Reported

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Sep 232020
 

In these uncertain times, so many people are finding themselves in desperate financial situations. So a phone call from the Publishers Clearing House telling you that you’ve won a prize couldn’t come at a better time.

But don’t be fooled, even though it may sound AMAZING, don’t be fooled, it is most definitely a scam.

Publishers Clearing House does not notify its winners by e-mail or phone, they come to your home with all of that over the top enthusiasm and surprise them, so they get a genuine reaction on camera.

This is from the PCH website:

“At PCH winners of our major prize awards are notified live and in person by our famous Prize Patrol. Since PCH awards a steady range of prizes throughout the year, at our option, we may notify winners of lesser prize amounts via an overnight express carrier such as UPS, FedEx, or USPS Express Mail and occasionally via email. Major prize awards and SuperPrize winners are not notified via email. Prizes are awarded within eight weeks of final winner selection.”

If you believe you are being scammed, here’s how to contact the real Publisher’s Clearing House:

http://pch.custhelp.com/app/home, or call us toll free at 1-800-566-4724 for Customer Service assistance