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Building Confidence through Proper Signage is Key to the Safe Re-opening

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Jun 242020
 

As the state moves through phase two and toward phase three of re-opening, businesses will begin looking for signs with which to guide their customers through their stores and restaurants.

The following is a message from Orange’s own Signarama, 553 Boston Post Road.

As Connecticut begins our phased re-opening, as a Business Owner or Human Resources leader, you will need to take utmost precautions to adapt your business into a safe environment for both workers and customers. Discover all the ways to allow your business to function– without compromising public health or confidence.

Our business, Signarama-Orange, is here to support you in workplace readiness with a wide variety of products and advice on what your business will need for a wide variety of required signage.

Signarama has been an integral part of many businesses in this community for over 20 years. We will continue to provide the professional support and products you need in this unprecedented time to get everyone back at work with the right reminders and modifications.

Call us today at 203-795-5450 for a free consultation, or email us at sales@signs-ct.com.

 

Fireworks Are Still Illegal and Dangerous: Read on, Orange

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Jun 242020
 

It’s that time of year again, people have already begun lighting up fireworks across the state, as the Fourth of July approaches, fireworks vendors are beginning to sell their wares.

Sparklers are dangerous, they can reach a temperature of 1,800 degrees and burn your hands and/or clothing.

We all look forward to the summer weather and celebrating the opportunity to be outdoors at picnics, barbecues, and other events.  At many of these smaller than usual gatherings, the use of fireworks, both legal and illegal, is on the rise. When used legally and safely by professionals, fireworks can be enjoyed.  Unfortunately, numerous incidents of injuries, fatalities, or accidental fires caused by the private use of fireworks are reported each year across the United States.

Several years ago, the State of Connecticut made it legal for any person sixteen (16) years of age or older to possess, sell, or use any sparkling device.  The use of any type of sparkling device by a person under the age of 16 is illegal.

NO OTHER TYPES OF FIREWORKS ARE LEGAL UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF PUBLIC ACT 00-198!  This includes, but is not limited to, devices known as “M-80’s,” “Cherry Bombs,” “Bottle Rockets,” and any device that is explosive or aerial such as ground displays or roman candles.  While the use of sparkling devices is legal in Connecticut, they can be dangerous if not used properly.

The Orange Fire Marshal’s Office asks that you remember the following safety guidelines.

•   When handling a sparkling device, wear protective goggles and gloves.  Sparklers can reach temperatures of up to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit once they are lit and many burns and eye injuries have been reported as a result of improper use.

•    Do not use ANY open flame devices when dry ground conditions are present. The Fire Danger Level is available at their website, www.orangefiremarshal.com or by calling the Fire Marshal’s Office at 203-891-4711.

•   Be aware of your surroundings.  Be sure others are a safe distance away before igniting any sparkling device.

•    DO NOT ALLOW CHILDREN TO HANDLE ANY TYPE OF SPARKLING DEVICE.

•    Always have a source of extinguishment.  A garden hose or fire extinguisher can quickly put out a small fire before it gets out of control, only if it is close by.  Anytime there is a fire or other emergency, do not hesitate to call 911.  A delay in a call can make a tragic difference in the outcome.

The local and state fire officials want everyone to enjoy the summer season.  Please keep these tips in mind to ensure that it is a safe one.  If you would like more information, call the Orange Fire Marshal’s Office  Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at 203-891-4711.

Goddard School Gives Preschoolers A Proper Send-Off

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Jun 232020
 

While not being able to host a traditional graduation ceremony in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, an Orange area preschool came up with a way to give their graduates a proper send-off, while remaining socially responsible.

Earlier this month, teachers and staff from The Orange, CT Goddard School traveled from Milford to Guilford spreading cheer by providing each graduate with a mini-parade celebration. The students saw their favorite teachers and administrators, received their diploma and a gift bag of goodies, along with a graduation sign and tee-shirt.

Kimberly Kick, the on-site owner of The Goddard School in Orange, said that graduation is not only a celebration for the children and parents but for the faculty as well. “It’s been a journey filled with excitement and friendships, learning, and laughter. Many of the children have been with us since they were infants,” she said. “While we’ll miss seeing them on a daily basis, we’re confident that they are well prepared for the road ahead.”

“Many of the children and families come back to visit us and share their accomplishments with us long after their Goddard School graduation. It’s a wonderful feeling,” Kimberly said.

For more information on The Goddard School, visit www.goddardschool.com. 

 

Obituary: Elfo “Al” Pol, 94, Beloved Father, Grandfather, Town Treasure, Veteran

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Jun 232020
 

Elfo “Al” Sante Pol, 94, of Orange, husband of the late Anita De Mio Pol, passed away June 18, 2020, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Loving father of Raymond Pol of Orange, Kenneth (Linda) Pol of Meriden, Andrew Pol of Milford, Michael (Laura) Pol of Onset, MA, Daniel (Laura Schumann) Pol of Washington, DC and the late Lawrence Pol. Brother of William F. Pol of Canoga Park, CA.

He also is survived by 7 cherished grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. Al was born in New Haven on January 2, 1926, a son of the late Pietro and Adele Fullin Pol.

After attending Boardman Trade School in New Haven, Al proudly served in the U.S. Army, 65th Infantry Division during WWII as a heavy machine gunner, cook, and divisional instructor in electricity and electronics and participated in the Rhineland and Central European campaigns.

He worked as an electrician for the New York-New Haven-Hartford, Penn Central, and Conrail Railroads for 40 years while also establishing an electrical contracting business. After retiring in 1985, he became the Town of Orange electrical inspector for 32 years, until retiring in 2018 at age 92. Al and his late wife Anita had never-ending civic pride for the Town of Orange, the place they called home for over 60 years.

He was an elected constable, rose early to work the election polls, and volunteered at the Orange Country Fair and Firemen’s Carnival. Even into his 90s, you could find Al marching in the Memorial Day Parades, typically as a Parade Marshal.

Al was a member of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department for 55 years, retiring at age 90 – after serving as a Captain, and more than 30 years as treasurer. A member of the American Legion Orange Post 127 for 56 years, serving many years as their treasurer and receiving the Legionnaire of the Year award in 2019.

Al played card games weekly throughout his life with family and friends. At the Orange Senior Center, he taught his favorite card game, bridge. Along with his passion for cards, he would enjoy a good book, a great movie, crossword puzzles, and Sudoku.

An avid sports fan, he enjoyed attending NY Yankee games and watching NY Yankees and NY Giants games with his sons.

Friends may call at the PORTO FUNERAL HOME, 830 Jones Hill Rd., West Haven, on Thursday, June 25, from 5-8 p.m., and are invited to go directly to Holy Infant Church Friday morning for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Interment with military honors will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery, 280 Derby Ave, West Haven.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Post 127, 630 Grassy Hill Rd., Orange CT 06477. Sign Al’s guest book online at www.portofuneralhomes.net

Wake And Funeral Service Information For Al Pol

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Jun 232020
 

The wake for Al Pol will take place on Thursday, June 25, from 5 – 8 p.m. at Porto Funeral Home, 830 Jones Hill Road, West Haven.

The funeral service will be on Friday at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Road, Orange, at 11 am.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department’s Engine 1 will be used as the caisson.

Burial will be at the St. Lawrence Cemetery, 280 Derby Ave, West Haven, immediately following the mass.

ASD Fitness Center Plans To Re-Open On July 1

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Jun 222020
 

The ASD Fitness Center, 307 Racebrook Road, Orange, will be re-opening on Wednesday, July 1.

The Fitness Center is dedicated to working with youth and adults with autism and other special needs. Their services will be limited to one-on-one personal training.

As they progress through reopening the center will eventually offer its usual schedule of group classes that include karate, yoga cardio dance, sports, and team building.

All state recommended safety and sanitation measures will be strictly followed to protect staff and customers.

Call 203-553-9508 or e-mail www.asdfitnesscenter.com  to schedule your free assessment and get started on the road to health and fitness today.

 

 

 

Scout Eagle Project Brings Beauty To Historic Homestead

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Jun 202020
 

The Orange Historical Society would like to celebrate Eagle Scout candidate Jason Buyn and other members of Troop 12 from Milford who have been hard at work at the historic Bryan-Andrew House on Old Tavern Road in Orange.
After completing the beautiful retaining wall, the scouts are clearing weeds and brush, repairing and staining an outside staircase, and planting arborvitae trees along the driveway.
Members of the OHS Board said, “Thank you, Scouts.” They praised them for being responsible and wearing masks, even on hot and humid days. 

Look For The New Plastic Bag And Wrap Shed At The Transfer Station

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Jun 202020
 

Orange Recycling Committee Chairman Mitch Goldblatt just announced that today at 11 a.m. the Home Depot Store Manager Matt Hyatt, along with his associate Pete, delivered a new shed for the Plastic Bag and Wrap recycling at the Transfer Station and Recycling Center.

With the help of Transfer Station Equipment Operator Gerry Butler, it was set up and ready to go within minutes.

“Please help spread the word and thanks to everyone for their patience,” Goldblatt said.

This is supposed to be a temporary structure as The Home Depot has the approval for a permanent structure, but that may still be several months away.

Orange Police: Did You Witness This Accident?

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Jun 192020
 

The following was posted on the Orange Police Department’s Facebook Page.

The Orange Police Department is looking for assistance and/or any witnesses to a collision that occurred on Derby Avenue (RT34) at Birchwood Road around 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16.

The collision was caused by a small, white newer vehicle that collided into the rear of a motorcycle and propelled it into 2 other stopped vehicles. The white vehicle fled the scene.

Anyone with information may contact Ofc. Mary Bernegger at 203-891-2130. RF CN #20-21138.

Thank you for your assistance.

AVANGRID Companies Resume Customer-Facing Work

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Jun 192020
 

As Connecticut enters Phase 2 of reopening  United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas and Connecticut Natural Gas announced they will begin resuming customer-facing work that has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since March, the subsidiaries of AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) have been deferring certain non-emergency tasks that require employees to enter customer premises. As they resume these activities in the weeks ahead, employees will continue to take measures to protect themselves and the public.

“We will continue to put the health and safety of our customers and employees first as we resume the work that was deferred or otherwise impacted by COVID-19,” said Tony Marone, President, and CEO of Avangrid Networks, the parent company of UI, SCG, and CNG. “As an essential industry, much of our work has continued despite the pandemic, with our focus on continuing to ensure safe and reliable delivery of energy to customers. Today’s news will expand our work to include important customer-facing tasks that improve the customer experience.”

For UI electric customers, the work includes indoor work related to metering that requires an employee to enter a customer’s home or break social distance barriers. For SCG and CNG natural gas customers, it includes indoor leak and corrosion surveys, indoor gas meter replacements and meter relocations, as well as any required maintenance activities that will result in the temporary disconnection of gas supply and will require technicians to enter the customer premises to relight gas-burning appliances.

Employees will only work when they are able to do so safely and have the appropriate personal protective equipment. They will continue to follow practices recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and adhere to all applicable state requirements. To keep customers and employees safe, the following company protocols will remain in place:

  • Employees will engage in physical social distancing from customers and one another, and they will wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) whenever maintaining distance is not possible.
  • Appropriate PPE will be provided to employees along with guidance surrounding its use.
  • Health and safety checks will take place before employees start their shifts.
  • For work that requires entering a customer home, customers will be contacted to ensure no one in the household is showing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • When necessary, the company may partner with other emergency responders to enter the location.

The timeline for resuming the work will be guided by continued assessments of needs, state guidelines, and the safety of customers and employees.

In-person Home Energy Solutions energy audits remain temporarily suspended. However, the companies are offering no-cost virtual pre-assessments for residential customers, in which qualified energy experts can conduct a virtual walkthrough of the home to identify ways to save energy. Participants will receive a bundle of energy-saving products by mail, as well as information about potential rebates on upgrades and low-energy appliances. When in-home assessments resume, customers who have received the free pre-assessment will be able to schedule one at no cost. For information, call 877.WISE.USE (877.947.3873).