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Information On Tonight’s 2020 114th State House Convention

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May 192020
 

Delegates for the 114th State House District are called to assemble in Convention on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

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Convention begins at 6:00 p.m.

Delegates will endorse a candidate for multi-town state house

Court Denies Church’s Application For Restraining Order

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May 182020
 

Soon after receiving notice of a lawsuit from Our Lady of Sorrows Church against the town regarding the Health Director’s directive, as authorized under the Governor’s first declaration to apply relevant principles of risk management to decisions about whether to cancel, modify or postpone large gatherings, to cancel congregational prayers and religious events due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The lawsuit was filed just a few days prior to when religious services were scheduled to resume.

On Friday, Town Attorney Vincent Marino was made aware of an email that Police Chief Robert Gagne received from a gentlemen serving on the Board of Directors for Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Inc., stating that the Board of Directors for the Church did not authorize this litigation.

It read, in part, “We never authorized or even knew about this lawsuit. We are upset and stunned. We are trying to contact proper channels to find out how this all came about and how to reverse it.”

Marino immediately got to work on this, contacting the opposing attorney, and others, and then on Monday wrote a letter to Judge Alfred Covello stating his concerns about the issue. He wrote that he believed the proceeding was filed for an improper purpose in order to take advantage of a sensational issue just six days before it would become moot.

After reviewing all of the provided documents, Judge Covello denied the church’s application for a restraining order.

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Following are the guidelines for church gatherings beginning Wednesday, May 20.

FYI: As of May 17, the town of Orange has had 111 confirmed cases of Covid 19, and 6 deaths. This is a very dangerous highly contagious virus and the reason these guidelines are put in place. 

 

 

 

Munson’s Chocolates Ready To Re-Open

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May 182020
 

A message from Munson’s Chocolates, Boston Post Road, Orange:

We are delighted to announce that All Munson’s stores will be re-opening Wednesday, May 20.

Munson’s Chocolates has certified with the State of Connecticut to re-open in accordance with all established requirements, including:

• Making sure our employees & customers wear face coverings.

• Posting “social distancing” reminder signs throughout our stores.

• Enhancing our sanitizing protocol to ensure the health & safety of employees and customers.

• Limiting the maximum number of customers that can enter the store at once.

Please call your local Munson’s Chocolate shop for daily hours. Orange: 203-799-0666.

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for your support and for shopping locally over the last few months. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Black Bear Sightings in Amity: What Should You Do?

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May 182020
 

On Sunday, three black bear sightings were reported in Woodbridge

One on Seymour Road, an other on Maple Vale Drive near Spoke, and in the Elderslie property area. One of them came right up on the resident’s deck.
It’s that time of year. Black Bears are active and bold, and quite common. 

Here is some important information from the CT DEEP Website

Black Bear Do’s and Don’ts

Black bears are becoming increasingly common in Connecticut as the population continues to grow and expand. Reports of bear sightings, even in heavily populated residential areas, have been on the rise.

The Wildlife Division has also seen an increase in the number of reported problems with black bears. The primary contributing factor to bear nuisance problems is the presence of easily-accessible food sources near homes and businesses.

Fed bears can become habituated and lose their fear of humans. Bears should NEVER be fed, either intentionally or accidentally. Connecticut residents should take the following simple steps to avoid conflicts and problems with black bears:

BEARS NEAR YOUR HOME

Bears are attracted to garbage, pet food, compost piles, fruit trees, and birdfeeders.

DO remove birdfeeders and bird food from late March through November.
DO eliminate food attractants by placing garbage cans inside a garage or shed. Add ammonia to trash to make it unpalatable.
DO clean and store grills in a garage or shed after use. (Propane cylinders should be stored outside.)
DON’T intentionally feed bears. Bears that become accustomed to finding food near your home may become “problem” bears.
DON’T approach or try to get closer to a bear to get a photo or video.
DON’T leave pet food outside overnight.
DON’T add meat or sweets to a compost pile.

BEARS SEEN WHEN HIKING OR CAMPING

Bears in natural settings normally leave an area once they have sensed a human. If you see a bear, enjoy it from a distance. Aggression by bears towards humans is exceptionally rare.

DO make your presence known by making noise while hiking. Hike in groups. If you see a bear, make noise and wave your arms so the bear is aware of your presence.
DO keep dogs on a leash and under control. A roaming dog might be perceived as a threat to a bear or its cubs.
DO back away slowly if you surprise a bear nearby.
DON’T approach or try to get close to a bear to get a photo or video.
DON’T  run or climb a tree. If possible, wait in a vehicle or building until the bear leaves the area.
DO  be offensive if the bear approaches you. Make more noise, wave your arms, and throw objects at the bear. Black bears rarely attack humans. If you are attacked, do not play dead. Fight back with anything available.
DON’T cook food near your tent or store food inside your tent. Instead, keep food in a secure vehicle or use rope to suspend it between two trees.

BEARS, LIVESTOCK, AND BEEHIVES

Bears occasionally attack livestock (chickens, goats, etc.) and damage beehives.
DO protect livestock with electric fencing and move livestock into barns at night if possible.
DO reinforce beehives to prevent them from being knocked over or protect them with electric fencing.

WHEN BEARS COME TO VISIT

 

If a bear is seen in your town or neighborhood, leave it alone. In most situations, if left alone and given an avenue for escape, the bear will usually wander back into more secluded areas.

(DEEP website)

Keep dogs under control. Stay away from the bear and advise others to do the same. Do not approach the bear so as to take a photo or video. Often a bear will climb a tree to avoid people. A crowd of bystanders will only stress the bear and also add the risk that the bear will be chased into traffic or the crowd of people.

If a bear is in a densely populated area, contact the DEEP Wildlife Division (860-424-3011, Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM) or DEEP Dispatch (860-424-3333, 24 hours) to report the sighting and obtain advice.

The mere presence of a bear does not necessitate its removal. However, the department may attempt to remove bears from urban locations when there is little likelihood that they will leave on their own and when they are in positions where darting is feasible.

The department attempts to monitor bear activity in developed areas in coordination with local public safety officials. Coordination and cooperation with officials on the scene and local police officials is a key, critical ingredient in educating the public and assuring a safe, desirable outcome in such a situation.

Who Are Your Heroes?

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May 172020
 

Heroes used to be Soldiers, Policemen, Firefighters, and other first responders. But since the pandemic, that distinction has extended to those on the frontlines, Doctors, Nurses, Grocery Store employees, Mail Carriers, UPS, FedEx, and other delivery people, Parents who’ve become school teachers, and kind-hearted neighbors who shop for those who can’t leave their homes for one reason or another.

If you have a hero you’d like to recognize, please send your story to Orange Live, with a photo if possible, and we’d love to share it with the community.

I’ll start with two of my own to show you what kind of details you may include.

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I’d like to thank my Hero, Cherilyn Miles, for taking care of my needs during this pandemic.

Cherilyn is my daughter and the mother of my 8-year-old granddaughter.

She works in a doctor’s office and takes my safety during the pandemic very seriously.

I am in the older demographic with some of the pre-existing illnesses that the CDC pinpointed since the beginning.

Since March she has been doing my grocery shopping and buying other necessary items, including dog food for my pups, and picking up my medications so I don’t have to go out into any crowded stores. She also makes me at least one dinner each week.

She has her own busy schedule, homeschooling my granddaughter and working, along with keeping her home clean, cooking, and doing her own shopping, but I am always on the top of her list of priorities.

I can’t thank her enough for her love and kindness, and constant reminders to take care of myself. You are my hero, Cher. Thank You.

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Bob’s handiwork at Big Y

For everyone, I’d like to recognize Bob Miles for his tireless efforts in keeping the shelves in the produce department at Big Y fully stocked.

Bob goes to work before the sun comes up, puts on his mask and gloves, and makes sure only the best fruits and vegetables are put on the shelves every day.

He takes great pride in his work and even while staying socially distant, will take the time to answer customer’s questions and help in any way possible.

In the early weeks of the pandemic, he came in contact with many people who were not wearing masks, yet, thankfully he has been able to stay healthy.

Thank You, Bob, for everything you do.

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Those were just two examples, so if you know a nurse, firefighter, store cashier, wonderful parent/teacher, or anyone who’d done anything above and beyond during the pandemic, send their information to Orangectlive01@gmail.com.

It can be as long or short as you would like. If you don’t have a photo of them, we’ll use the “Hero” graphic. Let’s recognize as many folks as we can and show them our appreciation for what they are doing.

Selected CVS Stores Open COVID-19 Test Sites

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May 172020
 

Governor Lamont announced that CVS Health is opening 12 new COVID-19 test sites at select CVS Pharmacy drive-thru locations in Connecticut.

Click HERE to read the announcement and the location of each new testing site.

The two participating CVS Pharmacies closest to Orange are at 1 Hawley Lane, Stratford, and 905 South Main Street, Cheshire.

Woodbridge PD: Fatal Accident On Ansonia Road

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May 162020
 

In response to inquiries I’ve received about this incident:

The Woodbridge Police Department is investigating a fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred today, May 16, at approximately 1:00 a.m. on Ansonia Road near its intersection with Milhaven Road. The accident involved a single vehicle that was traveling eastbound on Ansonia Road when it drove off the highway and struck a tree.

The driver (sole occupant) in the vehicle was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Reconstruction of the scene is being conducted by the Woodbridge Police Department.

No further details are available for release at this time pending notification of next of kin. Anyone with information related to this incident are requested to contact the Woodbridge Police Department at 203-387-2511.

Top 3 Free Plagiarism Checker Online Tools For College Students

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May 162020
 

In current times, college students are very worried to have gotten very low grades in colleges. Some of them are sunk in severe mental disorders because the content they had written had several plagiarism issues. Teachers usually fail the students who are found to have submitted plagiarized assignments or examination papers.

The students in colleges or universities complain about having no useful online free plagiarism checker as they are not used to online scrolling. There are the best free tools available online. Thus, in this article, college students are going to get great benefits as this contains the top three free plagiarism checker online tools.

By the use of these free tools, the students can verify their assignments/essays or other types of academic writing. In this way, they are going to deliver the best of their knowledge. Zero plagiarism is also a scoring point before a teacher. To maintain the standard of academic write-ups, every college student must make sure that the content submitted is free from plagiarism.

What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism is the ratio of similar content of other person added in one’s newly written content or text.

For example, one writes the same what others wrote will be understood as 100% plagiarism. In colleges, some students cheat in their examinations which is not good, but with time, modified plagiarism detectors can know how unique content one has written, and what the plagiarized sentences are.

How many types of plagiarism are there?

There are two types of plagiarism;
• Intentional Plagiarism
• Unintentional Plagiarism

What is Intentional Plagiarism?

Intentional plagiarism means writing someone else content on a personal desk intentionally, and one knows that this is a copy of others. Likewise, some years ago, students wrote similar assignments copying from one and another just giving a different structure and breaking the actual coherence.

With time, plagiarism detectors evolved, and now the plagiarism software can detect who has taken another one’s content. In this way, a teacher can know whom to give good grades and who is liable to fail in the examination or assignment test.

What is Unintentional Plagiarism?

Unintentional Plagiarism means that someone has written a copy, and fortunately or unfortunately written the same phrases as someone else has already written. This type of plagiarism issues usually arise while appearing in online essay competition or using the online system for checking students’ papers. Thus, it becomes enormously necessary for a student to check for plagiarism using the free online tools.

Why to check for plagiarism?

In the current era, students have been imposed more restrictions on using any black hat technique to get better grades. For this, it becomes a mandatory thing for a teacher to check for plagiarism and authorize the actual writer of a paper or thesis.

Students should check plagiarism for getting good results from college or teacher. Otherwise, one might lose to pass the examination or assignment test. Researches or research journals usually ask the researchers to check if someone else has already published the same content.

To go through completely and successfully, it becomes essential to use plagiarism tools and check for plagiarism so that a student can get gargantuan grades in the examinations.

Does plagiarism matter for college students?

Yes, plagiarism matters a lot for college students. Owing to lockdown because of the pandemic in 2020, many institutions have asked the management department to conduct online examinations. The policy of institutions included that every student must pass one’s content without a single percentage of plagiarism.

Some institutions allow the students okay for 20% plagiarism in their content or examination paper. Thus, to secure the best position in the results sheet, college students are responsible to check for plagiarism before submitting their papers.

How are college students responsible for no plagiarism?

Some colleges take online assignments or examination papers. Search engine algorithms or online platforms have the policy not to write what is already written on the digital media or online websites. In this way, students are going to lose their marks. So, they are responsible for writing unique content or write-up having zero plagiarism.

How can plagiarism issues destroy students’ grades?

As institutions and online standards do not allow one to reuse any write-up or content, in this way, there are many intentional or unintentional plagiarism issues for a student. If the plagiarism exists in one’s assignment paper, then surely the teacher will fail one. Thus, plagiarism can destroy students’ grades.

What are the top 3 free plagiarism online tools for college students?

There are various tools for checking plagiarism online. Some students use premium plans of these online detectors while some are only trying to get their work done. There are three unique tools to check for plagiarism online. These tools are;

•  Websiteseochecker
•  Prepostseo
•  Plagtracker

Websiteseochecker plagiarism checking tool

Following are the Pros and Cons of Websiteseochecker Plagiarism Checker

Pros
• Does not deliver false-positive results
• Easy to use
• It shows in percentage
• Secure

Cons
•No detailed report
• Sometimes stops delivering any result

Prepostseo.com plagiarism checking tool

Following are the Pros and Cons of Prepostseo.com Plagiarism Checker

Pros
• Detailed report
• Easy-to-use
• User friendly
• 500 words to check daily for free
• Low rates for premium packages & plans
• Secure detection

Cons
• Low word limit to check for free
• One search per day for free
• No free trial

Plagtracker plagiarism checking tool

Following are the Pros and Cons of Plagtracker Plagiarism Checker

Pros
• Full detailed reports (sent by email)
• A user-friendly tool for checking plagiarism
• Free searches

Cons
• Various limitations
• Limited searches
• Login is required for a report
• Not immediate results

Prepostseo vs websiteseochecker vs plagtracker

 

 

 

Conclusion

These 3 plagiarism detectors are very useful for college students. No doubt, the premium plans are mostly recommended yet the students can get benefits from the free versions of these plagiarism checking tools available online. It is highly recommended by several digital marketers to use whatever is free at hand. Thus, these three free tools are fruitful for students’ progress and halting the failure due to plagiarism issues.

— by Eric Williams

Church Reportedly Files Lawsuit In Midst Of Pandemic

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May 152020
 

From the Office of First Selectman Jim Zeoli:

Regarding: Federal District lawsuit filed by Our Lady of Sorrows seeking injunctive relief in response to the March 16, 2020 order of the Orange Health Director.

Our nation faces the massive challenge of responding to the global COVID-19 pandemic.  To date, our country has 1,450,136 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 86,607 deaths from the virus.

The Town of Orange understands that in these difficult and scary times, many people look to their faith for comfort and guidance.  On March 16, 2020, our local health director made the decision, as authorized under the Governor’s first declaration to apply relevant principles of risk management to decisions about whether to cancel, modify or postpone large gatherings, to cancel congregational prayers and religious events due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

At that time, Health Director Dr.Amir Mohammad’s opinion was that, under the current health emergency caused by COVID-19 and how that virus is spread, there was no reasonable way for parishioners to congregate safely.  Dr. Mohammad’s purpose was to slow the spread of this deadly pandemic and preserve human life.

Canceling in-person worship services is not the same as canceling worship. Many faiths teach that in circumstances like the ones that we all now face, protecting people’s lives comes first and that it is an act of charity, justice, and love to stay home and to worship through alternative means. To protect people who attend religious worship services as well as those who don’t, we should be encouraging these efforts.

All civic and community organizations in the Town have canceled in-person meetings and large gatherings.  Annual events like the Memorial Day Parade, July Fourth fireworks, and the Fireman’s Carnival have all been canceled. 

The Town of Orange respects, honors, and works to protect everyone’s constitutional rights.  We all have compromised certain liberties in this time of the pandemic.  The Town of Orange acknowledges that citizens have a constitutional interest to assemble and worship, but the public has a greater interest in saving human lives.  It is no exaggeration to recognize that the stakes for the residents of the Town are life-or-death.

Along with the Governor’s reopening protocols, on May 13 Dr. Mohammad issued an order stating that as of May 20, just 5 days from now, religious services can resume in Town providing social distancing protocols are followed.  

The Town regrets that the parishioners of Our Lady of Sorrows felt the need to file a legal proceeding, almost 8-weeks after Dr. Mohammad entered his order and just 5-days prior to when religious services are scheduled to resume, but the Town respects the right of this church to file legal proceedings in the federal district court that has already been rejected by about 10 federal courts across our country.  

The Town of Orange will defend Dr. Mohammad’s order and will continue to work to protect the health, safety, and welfare of its constituents.  We all look forward to when this pandemic ends and when we can resume “normal life,” but until then, we all need to work together to protect each other.  Orange has a long history of “community” and in these difficult times, our Town remains a community that stays together in spirit, even when we must be physically apart.

Town Attorney Vincent Marino will be handling this case.

Important Information For Businesses Reopening On May 20

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May 152020
 

Commissioner David Lehman provided the following information via the Orange Chamber of Commerce.

As a follow up to last week’s release of the reopening rules, businesses and non-profits planning to open on May 20 (or during Phase 1) must certify with the state that they understand and will comply with these rules.

The rules were developed by public health officials and the business community and include detailed information about physical distancing, hygiene, sanitizing, personal protective equipment (PPE), scheduling, and training. They were designed to protect employees and customers and begin the reopening of our state as safely and efficiently as possible.

The mandatory self-certification process only takes a few minutes and can be found online at https://business.ct.gov/recovery. Certification must be completed before a business can reopen.

After completing the certification, companies can download Safety Signage and a Badge to display at their place of business and post on their website or social media channels. Posting of these materials is completely voluntary.

We will continue to share information about the reopening of the state and publish news to Connecticut’s coronavirus website as it becomes available.