Check Before You Go

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Aug 132020

If you are driving around with your child or a dog in your car and you suddenly remember that you have to make a quick stop to – let’s say pick up a prescription.

You get out of your car, lock the doors and go inside the store. But wait, there’s a sale on candy! Oh, how can I pass that up? Oh, we ran out of milk, you think, so you go over to the coolers and get a bottle, then you stand in line at the pharmacy counter which is unusually busy.

In the meantime the front clerk makes an announcement over the intercom. “Will the owner of the red Honda license plate PETLVR please come to the front register.

Then it hits you, “Oh my God! Joey is in the car!”

You leave your cart and run outside and people are surrounding your car, the rear window is broken, a woman is holding your crying 2-year-old, and a police officer is pulling into the parking lot.

Every summer scenarios like this play out somewhere in the country. Children and pets die or get critically injured from being left inside a closed car in the heat.

One trick you can try the next time you go out and bring Joey or Spot with you, put your purse (if you’re a woman) or your Left Shoe in the back seat of the car, that way when you step out, you will remember to look and you will see not only your shoe but your child or pet, and you can prevent a tragedy from happening.

Children, of course, are one thing, you can’t just leave them at home alone. But your pets, well, on hot days, especially during a heatwave, please leave them at home. Give them plenty of water and lots of love when you return and even if they have separation anxiety, they will be much better off at home.

Orange CT Primary Results Including Absentee Ballots

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Aug 132020

The Presidential Primary took place in Orange on August 11. Following are the updated results including the mail-in ballots.

Joe Biden930
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 uncommitted 27

Connecticut Republican presidential primary on August 11, 2020
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 Uncommitted – 71

NOTE: Word on the street is that some Republicans did not vote because they did not know Trump had an opponent.

Pop Your Trunk Food Drive On Saturday, Aug. 15

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Aug 122020

The Friends of the Case Memorial Library will sponsor a Food Drive at the High Plains Community Center on Saturday, August 15, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Pop Your Trunk” and a volunteer will remove your bags of non-perishable items for the Food Bank and individually wrapped single-portion items for Food2Kids.  Cash, checks, and gift cards also will be graciously accepted. 

Let’s help our neighbors who may be dealing with food insecurity during the Covid-19 pandemic.

No Odyssey Festival, But Get Ready For Odyssey Express Takeout

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Aug 122020

Just like every other annual event in Orange this year, the St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road, will not be able to have its popular Labor Day Weekend Odyssey Greek Festival.

But with forward-thinking and careful planning, the festival committee decided to follow in the footsteps of the many local restaurants that survived during the early days of the pandemic and will host an Odyssey Express Greek Food Takeout Event on September 5 and 6, from 12 to 8 p.m.


This two-day food takeout event will feature a selection of popular Odyssey Festival Greek cuisine (and will replace the parish’s usual 4-day Labor Day weekend Odyssey festival − which the church plans to bring back next year).

All food MUST be PRE-ORDERED, online at www.odysseyexpress.org or by telephone at 203-795-1347. Pickup is drive-through curbside and takeout only. (Per the State of Connecticut, the public is not permitted to remain or eat on the premises.)

Order ahead/drive-through curbside pickup only


Pork Souvlaki Dinner  Pork Souvlaki Dinner $12.50Chicken Souvlaki in Pita Bread  Chicken Souvlaki in Pita Bread  $8.00

UI Made Strides At The Worst Of Times

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Aug 122020

On Tuesday, United Illuminating announced that nearly all customers impacted by Tropical Storm Isaias have been restored, with fewer than 50 scattered outages remaining due to issues affecting single services. Crews will continue to make repairs and conduct full patrols of the system throughout UI’s service territory to inspect work and make additional repairs as necessary. As this work is completed, the company cautions that some customers may experience intermittent and temporary outages.

Any remaining individual outages are being resolved today except for those that require the customer to rebuild or repair their home or business to accept service; in those cases the Company will work with the customer and their municipality to coordinate reconnection.

The destructive winds and heavy rain associated with Tropical Storm Isaias impacted all 17 cities and towns in UI’s service territory, resulting in more than 1,700 separate outage-causing events. In total, UI’s restoration efforts restored power to more than 123,700 customers and repaired nearly 150 broken poles and more than 1,000 downed wires. Nearly 1,200 field personnel responded to the event, including UI crews, contractors, mutual-assistance partners and the National Guard.

NOTE: Today, only 113 outages remain, the majority of those in East Haven.

“As with every storm, we planned in advanced and marshalled significant restoration resources ahead of its arrival,” said Tony Marone, UI’s President and CEO. “As part of this plan, approximately 25% of our resources were dedicated to our municipalities to clear roads and remove damaged infrastructure to establish site safety. This partnership was essential to the recovery of our communities. Even after we finish restoration for all impacted customers, our work is far from complete. You will continue to see our crews for weeks to come hard at work inspecting and fortifying our systems, particularly where there was extensive damage.”

Marone added: “We are extremely grateful to our customers, the Governor and his team, the local towns and cities, first responders, National Guard and all other partners for their support and open communication during our restoration efforts. It’s evident that we are strongest when we come together as a community.”

As UI made strong progress towards full restoration, the company expanded our work plan to include demobilizing excess resources to other impacted utilities. The assistance provided additional manpower as the utilities work to achieve complete restoration.

And Then There Were Two

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As of 11:34 a.m. on Tuesday just two (2) UI customers were without power.

I hope it doesn’t last too much longer. You are SO close!

Hang in there!

Now Less than 10

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Aug 102020

By 10 p.m. on Aug. 10, the UI crews and friends have gotten the number of power outages down to 9. Better for the company perhaps, but for the customers who are SO CLOSE but still powerless, they’re not feeling so lucky.

Believe me, anyone who remains, we’re all with you and hope you get your service back soon.

Your Entire Family Could See The Perseid Meteor Shower

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Aug 102020

The Perseid meteor shower, one of the most popular meteor showers of the year, may be a little hard to see at its peak because of the moon’s brightness, but it’s still worth the effort to see it.

The show is scheduled to start pretty early, around 9 p.m. tomorrow night, (Tuesday, Aug. 11) and it will continue through the early morning with the best viewing between 2 a.m. and dawn, according to NASA.gov.

On a dark night, you could see up to 60 meteors per hour, but with the moonlight that could be reduced to 15 to 20, NASA said. But the American Meteor Society stated as many as 30 an hour could blaze through the moonlight.

You can try to get an early jump on the event by checking out the sky tonight, and the meteor shower will continue through Thursday, Aug. 13.

The Perseids have presented a breathtaking display for 2,000 years, according to NASA. If you can, use this opportunity to find a dark place that’s not washed up by ground lights and enjoy the show with your children or grandchildren for an everlasting memory.

UI Crews Continue Work to Restore Power

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Aug 102020

 United Illuminating continues to make significant progress as crews work to restore power to customers impacted by Tropical Storm Isaias. Currently, the company has restored a total of 121,161 customers and remains on track to substantially complete restoration work today.

The company will intensify its focus on the hardest-hit communities today which have the highest number of remaining outages. Damage in these areas is extensive, causing restoration efforts that involve rebuilding the electric distribution system in some locations. In total, there are approximately 860 separate outage-causing events remaining for crews to address across UI’s service territory, many of which need to be individually restored.  

“We thank our customers for their continued patience as we enter the final stage of our restoration efforts,” said Tony Marone, UI’s President and CEO. “Our priority remains restoring service to our customers as safely and quickly as possible.”

UI further expanded its restoration team on Sunday with the arrival of additional contractors, which increased its field team to more than 1127 personnel. Thecompany’s restoration team includes UI crews, contractors and mutual-assistance partners. 

Before going out into the field, every UI contractor and mutual assistance partner receives a detailed safety briefing that includes training in hygiene, social distancing, the use of personal protective equipment and other COVID-19 related protocols.

Customers are reminded to stay far away 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 and call 911 if there is an imminent danger.

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

Report an Outage:

Customers still without power should report their outage if they have not done so already. 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 via UI’s mobile alert 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).

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I Hope You Get Your Electricity Back Soon

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Aug 102020

As of 3:39 p.m. the UI has managed to get the outages in Orange down to 0.62% leaving just 40 customers without power.

Not much consolation for the 40 at the beginning of yet another heatwave and no way to stay cool at home. The air quality is unhealthy for sensitive groups and most likely unbearable inside closed up houses.

You can go to the High Plains Community Center to cool down and to charge your phones and laptop computers. Also, the Orange Ale House for sure is open for social distancing indoor food service – and they have some really good food.

Call around to other restaurants to see who is open for indoor dining. There’s no need to suffer while you wait it out.

Shoot us an e-mail at orangectlive01@gmail.com to let us know how you’re doing and where you’re located.

Good Luck everyone. As a senior, with several pre-existing conditions, I know how scary it is for family members of others like myself who worry about your welfare day in and day out during these uncertain times.