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Governor Lamont Gives A Little On Phase 2

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Jun 052020
 

Today, Governor Ned Lamont made some changes regarding the next phase of reopening the state.

‘Phase 2’ has been pushed up by three days to Wednesday, June 17, instead of Saturday, June 20 like originally planned.

“Our public health professionals are continuing to monitor test results for possible links to large demonstrations, but as long as COVID hospitalizations and infection rates remain low, we will be in a very good position for a June 17 Phase 2,” Gov. Ned Lamont said.

He added that the change in date is to avoid having the next phase of the state’s reopening happen during a busy Father’s Day (June 21) weekend.

Lamont said more safety guidance for businesses included in ‘Phase 2’ will be released in the upcoming days.

Phase 2 businesses that are expected to reopen on June 17 include:

  • All museums, zoo, aquariums
  • All personal services
  • Bowling alleys
  • Gyms, fitness, and sports clubs
  • Hotels (no bar areas)
  • Movie theaters
  • Outdoor arts, entertainment, and events (up to 50 people)
  • Outdoor amusement parks
  • Restaurants (indoor, no bar)
  • Social clubs, pools

Schools and summer activities also are included in Phase 2. Some of these activities include:

  • All-day summer camps
  • Graduate programs
  • K-12 summer school
  • Nonresidential workforce programs
  • Nonresidential clinical courses
  • Other nonresidential programs
  • Public libraries
  • Undergraduate residential small-scale pilot programs
  • Youth sports

 

 

“We worked very closely with the restaurant association, rolled out metrics, we did the same thing with outdoor dining. The restaurants, after two weeks of outdoors, it’s going well, all the restaurants I’ve witnessed have been taking it seriously,” Lamont said on Friday.

Phase 3 would occur four weeks after Phase 2 (July 15), and would include:

  • Bars
  • Indoor amusement parks and arcades
  • Indoor event spaces and venues
  • Outdoor events (up to 100 people)

No Carnival But The Raffle Will Go On!

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Jun 052020
 

The Raffle Booth Won’t Look Like This In 2020

Donny Foyer, Chairman of the Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival released the list of this year’s Raffle Prizes.

List of 2020 Raffle Prizes

1st Prize $10,000 Visa Card – People’s Bank

2nd Prize $5,000 Visa Card – People’s Bank

3rd Prize $3,000 Visa Card – People’s Bank

4th Prize $2,500 Gift Certificate, Anytime Fitness, 560 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT

5th Prize $1,200 Gift Certificate – Diamond Designs, 500 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT

6th Prize Apple I-Pad Wi-Fi – 128 GB, Best Buy, 53 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT

7th Prize $400 Gift Card – ShopRite, 935 Boston Post Road, Milford, CT

8th Prize $300 Gift Card – Trader Joe’s, 560 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT

9th Prize $250 Gift Card – Knight’s, Inc., 286 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT

10th Prize $200 Gift Card – Kohl’s, 250 Bull Hill Lane, Orange, CT

11th Prize Gift Card – Outback Steakhouse, 132 Marsh Hill Road, Orange, CT

Alcoholic beverages not included

About Ticket Sales and the drawing

Tickets will be mailed out to homes next week. (June 8 – 12) They also will be available from ANY Orange Volunteer Firefighter; at People’s Bank, 653 Orange Center Road, Orange; First Selectman’s Office, Orange Town Hall; and Knight’s Power Equipment, 286 Boston Post Road.

Price is still $5.00/each Suggested Donation

If other locations open up or the option of online sales becomes available Orange Live will let you know immediately.

Drawing to be held on Sunday, August 2, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT
Ticket holders need not be present to win.

COVID-19 Testing Available In Orange

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Jun 052020
 

A Message from Dr. David Young, CEO Stony Creek Urgent Care:

As of May 28, 2020, we have tragically lost more than 100,000 of our fellow Americans to an ugly virus called COVID-19. Over 3,500 have been residents of Connecticut. To date, Connecticut has more than 41,000 confirmed cases with 7,127 having recovered and over 12,000 have been hospitalized. To date, a total of 225,362 have been tested.

Though our COVID-19 infection rates are decreasing in Connecticut to good adherence to social distancing, mask-wearing, and handwashing, the prevalence of COVID-19 infections continues going strong with increases in much of the United States. Recent studies suggest we can expect a second wave in the fall or perhaps sooner

In addressing this need, Stony Creek has remained open and on the front lines of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 response for Southern Connecticut since day one!

We continue to offer COVID-19 testing including Nasopharyngeal PCR testing for those with symptoms and Serology IgG testing for those who suspect they may have had COVID-19. We soon expect to administer sputum testing as well.

Our main concern is to do our best to keep everyone SAFE & HEALTHY! Use our TELEMED SERVICE or our ON-LINE REGISTRATION on our website: www.scucare.com We are all in this TOGETHER!

If you have questions or concerns call our Orange clinic, 236 Boston Post Road, at 203-815-1054

Have You Heard Of The Fire Truck $50K Challenge?

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Jun 042020
 

The six elected Members of the Orange Board of Finance are sponsoring a program to help raise money for the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

The Fire Truck $50K Challenge is 100% integrated with and supported by the First Selectman and Orange Volunteer Fire Association (OVFA) Leadership.

Due to the Covid-19 situation, and current edicts from the State of CT, the Orange Volunteer Fireman’s Association (OVFA) canceled its annual Carnival in August 2020.

The OVFA relies on the carnival for funding the costs associated with its operations. In particular, the OVFA spends $50K annually for an updated truck purchased recently.

The Firetruck Challenge’s aim is to Collect volunteer contributions to support the OVFA in light of the carnival being canceled.

The GOAL: 

• $50K (or more) to support the OVFA

• All money contributed (100%) goes directly to the OVFA

SPONSORSHIP LEVELS:

For companies and organizations that can afford it, there are three sponsorship levels

  • The “2% CLUB”  – $1,000 donation
  • GOLD – $2,500 donation
  • PLATINUM – $5,000

Orange is a close-knit community where we help each other. Now it’s time for us all to step up and support our volunteer firefighters.  

Please consider a generous donation to get us past this time.  No amount is too small.

Click HERE to support the GoFundMe for the Fire Truck $50K Challenge. 

NOTE: In the first day, the program already raised $6,866 toward its $50,000 goal. 

What about the Raffle?

In addition, the highly anticipated Carnival Raffle WILL take place this year. Tickets will be mailed out to homes next week. They also will be available at People’s Bank, 653 Orange Center Road, Orange; First Selectman’s Office, Orange Town Hall; and Knight’s Power Equipment
286 Boston Post Road.

Orange Live will provide a complete list of prizes very soon.

Oh No! Not The Country Fair Too!

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Jun 042020
 

Important Message regarding the 2020 Orange Country Fair:

The Orange Country Fair Committee is officially announcing that we will be postponing the Orange Country Fair slated to be held on September 18 – 20, 2020 to September 17 – 19, 2021.

After much consideration for the safety of the Volunteers, Vendors, Spectators, and the General Community and the uncertainty of what we would need to do to host a fair (social distancing, deep-cleaning, etc), the Committee reached the heartbreaking decision to cancel the fair.

We thank all our Volunteers, Vendors, Sponsors, and YOU, the general public, for your continued support over the years.

We look forward to seeing you in 2021 for our amazing comeback!

Orange Country Fair Committee

When Will The Library Open Again?

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Jun 032020
 

The staff at the Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, Orange posted this notice on its website for all of those inquiring minds wondering when they’ll be able to return to one of their favorite town buildings:

Dear Library Patrons,

The Case Memorial Library staff is eager to open its doors to the public, but our number one priority is the safety of our patrons and staff.

We are working diligently behind the scenes to implement protocols that will allow us to restore some library services to our residents. We know that some libraries have started implementing curbside services for their residents and we plan to provide this service to Orange residents in the near future as well.

We will update you on Facebook, Orange Live, and our website as soon as we have firm dates and more information about this service. In the meantime, please keep your library materials at home; late fees will not accrue while we are closed to the public.

Stay safe.

Sincerely,

The Case Memorial Library Staff

Orange Police: Resident Accused Of Larceny At Grocery Store

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Jun 032020
 

Police were dispatched to ShopRite at 259 Bull Hill Lane on a shoplifting complaint on Thursday, May 21 at 10:47 a.m.

Investigation revealed that Darian L. Middleton, 55, of Orange concealed $45.97 worth of merchandise and left the store without paying for it.

He was taken into custody and charged with sixth-degree larceny.

Middleton received a promise to appear in court on June 24.

Jun 032020
 

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.

A reader just reminded me about a “donations welcome” tab that our web host set up on the top of the page 8 years ago. I haven’t looked at it in years, but she said it is very easy to use and it includes additional information and options.

Ron and I are not looking to skip all the way to the bank, we just hope to stay afloat for another two to three months until we can pick up some ads.

In the past month, our readership is UP by 69%. 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.

I truly appreciate the donations we’ve received so far and I am humbled by all the kind notes and e-mails of encouragement. Thank You!

 

Look For The Strawberry Moon On Friday

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Jun 032020
 

Full Moon (by Kevin Travis)

The next full Moon will occur on Friday, June 5, 2020, at 3:12 p.m., and is known as the Full Strawberry Moon.

This name was universal to every Algonquin tribe. Also because the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries comes each year during the month of June. So the full Moon that occurs during this month was christened for the strawberry!

— Source Farmer’s Almanac

State Reps Seek Information On Mail-In Ballots

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Jun 032020
 

Following is a letter from Reps. Klarides and Candelora to the Secretary of the State regarding mail-in Ballots: 

Dear Secretary Merrill,

As you begin the implementation of your plan for the administration of the upcoming elections in August and November, we strongly urge you to consider a number of factors including the impact on taxpayers, the burden on municipalities, and above all, the constitutional ramifications as you proceed.

The next few months will have a lasting effect on the future of elections in Connecticut. We want to ensure that decisions made now are not short-sighted and honor our state constitution. The right to vote is a fundamental right and the very basis of our democracy.

In an effort to fully understand your intentions, we respectfully request that you provide answers to the following questions:

• Can you provide details regarding the cost implications of your plan to the state budget? Do you anticipate costs to the state that exceed those covered by the federal government?

• How will you choose the vendor to assist with the administration of the new ballot boxes? How will you determine which mail house to contract with to mail out the absentee ballots?

• Can you please describe the security procedures for the new ballot boxes? How can we ensure a proper chain of custody for the ballots deposited in these new boxes?

• What is the reasoning for utilizing ballot boxes when the United States Postal Service is available?

• Will absentee ballot applications be sent out to inactive voters?

• Do you intend to send absentee ballot applications to a targeted set of voters if so, what will the criteria be (i.e. age)?

• Will municipalities be required to designate a machine for only absentee ballots?

• When will absentee ballots be tallied – on Election Day or as the ballots come in or nightly?

• What is the screening process should a voter arrive in person at the polls on Election Day who has already voted by absentee ballot?

• Will absentee ballots received after 8 p.m. on Election Day be counted?

Thank you in advance for your answers to these questions. We are in an unprecedented time and it is imperative that we act in a transparent manner that assures that we respect the constitutional rights of all citizens.
Sincerely,

Representative Themis Klarides

Representative Vincent Candelora