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AVANGRID Offers Safety Tips for Extreme Cold Weather

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Jan 112021
 

Weather Advisory Issued to Customers of United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas

AVANGRID a diversified U.S. energy company, and its subsidiaries in Connecticut and Massachusetts are urging customers to take measures to stay safe and warm during the bitterly cold weather that’s forecast for New England.

The risk of fire, carbon monoxide poisoning and other hazards can increase as residents try to stay warm during the extreme cold. As this extremely cold weather settles in, the companies encourage customers to look around their homes and make sure they’re able to keep themselves and their families warm and to identify any potential safety risks that must be addressed.

Staying Warm

If you are unable to keep your home safely and comfortably heated, call Infoline at 211 for resources that can help you and your family.

Exposure to extreme cold can cause serious medical conditions including hypothermia and frostbite. To avoid them, stay indoors if possible and wear warm clothing, including head covering and gloves or mittens.

For information about frostbite, hypothermia, and other concerns, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/index.html.

Fire and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Incidences of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning rise during cold weather, as a result of malfunctioning appliances, poor ventilation, and improper use of heat sources. Place smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on every level of your home, outside of sleeping areas, and inside each bedroom. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors monthly to make sure the batteries are working, and replace the batteries at least twice a year.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless, and tasteless toxic gas. It is a product of fuel combustion, and a buildup can result from a furnace or space heater problem. Symptoms of CO poisoning can mimic flu, so make sure the CO detector is functioning.

For more information about fire and carbon monoxide dangers, visit the National Fire Protection Association, https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/News-and-media/Press-Room/News-releases/2016/Winter-weather-months-prompt-heating-and-carbon-monoxide-safety-warnings.

Stove and Range

The stove, range, and other kitchen appliances are designed for cooking, not heating. Use them as specified in the manufacturer’s instructions. In addition to creating a fire hazard, a natural gas stove or oven can present a carbon-monoxide risk when used for heating.

Space Heaters

Use only space heaters that have been tested and certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory. Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions, and never use a device designed for outdoor use indoors. Place the space heater on a level surface away from foot traffic, at least 3 feet from combustible materials. Inspect the cord for fraying, and after plugging it in, periodically feel the cord near the outlet to make sure the plastic is not getting hot. Do not run the space heater cord under a rug or carpeting, and never use an extension cord for a space heater. Keep children and pets away, and turn off the space heater when you leave the area.

More space heater safety information can be found on the U.S. Department of Energy website, at https://energy.gov/energysaver/portable-heaters.

Heating, Hot Water, and Plumbing

Keep the furnace area clear of flammable materials and keep vents clear to provide a good air supply to your heating system to ensure proper combustion.

Water pipes that are exposed to cold temperatures may freeze and burst. Don’t ignore drips or odd noises from your heating system — call your heating company to investigate. Wrap exposed pipes in your basement with pipe insulation to help them retain heat and avoid freezing.

The American Red Cross offers additional tips for avoiding frozen pipes at https://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/winter-storm/preventing-thawing-frozen-pipes.

No, The Town Will Not Pick Up Your Storm Debris

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Aug 072020
 
storm damage

A resident sent this message tonight: “Is the town picking up debris from the storm? My neighbors told me if we pile it up near the road the town will take it away.” 

The answer is, “No.” According to the Highway Department, there are no plans for the town to remove any of the mess left by the storm.

But, if you have a truck, trailer or a neighbor with either who is willing to help, the Transfer Station is open on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for your convenience.

I hope this clears up any confusion.

Case Memorial Library: Power Is Back On, Open For Pick Up Again

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Aug 072020
 

After two days’ closure due to the power outage, the staff is back in the library and ready to help you with curbside pickup and computer use by appointment. The Case Memorial Library is located at 176 Tyler City Road.

Here are some new titles that arrived this month:


New Adult Fiction, August 2020

Each title is linked to its catalog entry, where you can place a request to pick up the item at the Library.

The all-night sun: a novel / Diane Zinna.
The angel of the crows / Katherine Addison.
Archie goes home / Robert Goldsborough.
A beautifully foolish endeavor: a novel / Hank Green.
Big summer: a novel / Jennifer Weiner.
Blacktop wasteland: a novel / S. A. Cosby.
The bones of Wolfe: a border noir / James Carlos Blake.
The Book of Lost Names / Kristin Harmel.
The book of second chances / Katherine Slee.
Brunch and other obligations / Suzanne Nugent.
The butterfly lampshade / by Aimee Bender.
A children’s bible: a novel / Lydia Millet.
Crossings: consisting of three manuscripts: The education of a monster: City of Ghosts : Tales of the albatross / Alex Landragin.
Deadlock / Catherine Coulter.
Destination wedding / Diksha Basu.
The distant dead: a novel / Heather Young.
1st case / James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts.
Florida man: a novel / Tom Cooper.
The German heiress: a novel / Anika Scott.
The German house: a novel / Annette Hess translated from the German by Elisabeth Lauffer.
Grown-ups / Marian Keyes.
The guest list: a novel / Lucy Foley.
Half Moon Bay: a novel / Jonathan Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman.
Hamnet / Maggie O’Farrell.
Handbook for homicide / Lorna Barrett.
He started it / Samantha Downing.
The heir affair / Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan.
His & hers / Alice Feeney.
How the penguins saved Veronica / Hazel Prior.
In five years: a novel / Rebecca Serle.
The island child: a novel / Molly Aitken.
A journal of the plague year / Daniel Defoe edited by Louis Landa with an introduction by David Roberts.
A lady’s guide to mischief and murder / Dianne Freeman.
The Lost and Found Bookshop / Susan Wiggs.
Love, death & rare books / a novel by Robert Hellenga.
Malorie: a Bird Box novel / Josh Malerman.
Man of my time / Dalia Sofer.
More better deals / Joe R. Lansdale.
Motherland: a novel / Leah Franqui.
Musical chairs: a novel / Amy Poeppel.
Muzzled / David Rosenfelt.
Near dark: a thriller / Brad Thor.
Never ask me / Jeff Abbott.
Not like the movies / Kerry Winfrey.
Of mutts and men / Spencer Quinn.
The order: a novel / Daniel Silva.
Outsider / Linda Castillo.
Paris is always a good idea / Jenn McKinlay.
Pew / Catherine Lacey.
Playing nice: a novel / JP Delaney.
The request / David Bell.
A royal affair / Allison Montclair.
Second sister / Chan Ho-Kei translated from the Chinese by Jeremy Tiang.
The shadow king: a novel / Maaza Mengiste.
The shadows / Alex North.
Simon the fiddler: a novel / Paulette Jiles.
A spell for trouble / Esme Addison.
A star is bored / Byron Lane.
To catch an earl / Kate Bateman.
To kill a mocking girl: a bookbinding mystery / Harper Kincaid.
28 summers : a novel / Elin Hilderbrand.
Utopia Avenue: a novel  / David Mitchell.
What you wish for / Katherine Center.
When she was good: a novel / Michael Robotham.
Witches and wedding cake / Bailey Cates.
You again: a novel / Debra Jo Immergut.

The Library is temporarily closed to the public. We offer curbside pickup and computer use by appointment.
Phone: 203-891-2170
http://www.casememoriallibrary.org
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 UI Expands Restoration Effort, Updates Estimates

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Aug 072020
 

With 80K customers restored, National Guard, Central Maine Power, and out-of-state contractors boost field presence to 800+ personnel

 United Illuminating announced Thursday that it has restored a total of 80,000 customers as it continued to expand its restoration effort with the arrival of additional crews and contractors, as well as National Guard assistance. Meanwhile, the company said it has updated its online Outage Map and Outage Alert system with restoration estimates for individual customers.

The restoration estimates reflect the company’s informed assessment of when each customer’s service will be restored, based on the information available, and is subject to change. Customers can find the general location of outages affecting their area by visiting the Outage Map at uinet.com and can find the restoration estimate by clicking on an outage location. For information about specific addresses, they can sign up for Outage Alerts, or download the company’s mobile app from the Apple Store or Google Play.

“We understand customers’ frustration and we thank them for their continued patience as our crews work to safely recover from the destruction caused by this storm,” said UI President and CEO Tony Marone. “Today, we were able to ramp up significantly with the arrival of contractor crews from as far away as Wisconsin and Tennessee, joined by crews from UI’s sister company, Central Maine Power. This expands our ground presence from approximately 600 to 800 field personnel. We are also grateful to Governor Lamont for making National Guard personnel and equipment available to assist us. Together, we will continue to aggressively work our restoration plan until every customer has power.”

The 24 members of the Army and Air Force National Guard arrived Thursday with three heavy trucks to help clear roads of debris so UI crews can access and repair damaged power equipment.

UI reported significant progress in getting customers’ power back on. As of 4 p.m. Thursday, three days after the region’s biggest storm since Hurricane Sandy, the company had restored approximately 80,000 customers. With approximately 43,000 customers remaining without service, the company is on track to meet its stated goal of restoring service by the end of Saturday to a majority of those customers who were without service as of Wednesday morning.

The company, however, said some customers will remain without service, and restoration efforts will continue until the end of Monday as the company addresses smaller and more complex outage events.

The company reminded customers 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 (800.CALLUI).

Report an Outage:

To report an outage, 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, they can report outages 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, e-mail, 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).

Additional Information:

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

Obituary: James “Uncle Miz” Avitabile, Beloved Brother, Uncle

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Aug 062020
 

James (Jimmy) “Uncle Miz” Avitabile, 59, of West Haven, entered into internal life on August 3, 2020. Son of the late, Alberico and Beverly Avitabile formerly of Orange.

He is survived by his brother Matthew (Jeanine) of New Haven, and Christopher (Abraxas) of Greensboro, NC. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Stephanie, Hans (Kaite), Devan (Delilah), Alicia (Tyler), Matthew, Michael, Cameron, Amari, Xienna, Aubrey, Giada, Quentin, and Mila. Predeceased by his nephew, Jaylen. Jimmy also leaves behind a host of family and friends.

Jimmy graduated from West Haven High School in 1980 and also attended Johnson and Whales Culinary Institute. Jimmy was a master tile mechanic for the Union, chauffeur for Hy’s Livery Service and Bayer Pharmaceuticals, and previous owner of Tile Perfection. Jimmy loved to cook as much as loved to eat.

He also loved collecting sports memorabilia and riding his Harley Davidson Motorcycle. Jimmy was a big fan of the New York Giants and New York Yankees. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his friends and family.

Family and friends may visit the Keenan Funeral Home, 238 Elm St., West Haven Saturday, August 8, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with a service at 6 p.m.

The interment will be private.

To leave an online tribute or condolence, visit www.keenanfuneralhome.com

A Statement From Tony Marone, UI President, And CEO

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Aug 052020
 

“Be assured that UI crews, contractors, and partners are working diligently day and night to restore service as safely and quickly as possible. This work will take time and continue until every customer is restored.  We ask for your patience during this process.”

Tony Marone, President, and CEO of United Illuminating issued the following statement on Wednesday evening:

Tropical Storm Isaias caused significant damage across our electric system and impacted all 17 towns and cities we serve, with more than 1,700 outage-causing events and more than 1,000 downed wires.

At its peak, we had 123,000 customers without power. We currently have fewer than 90,000 customers without power, so progress is being made.  Be assured that UI crews, contractors, and partners are working diligently day and night to restore service as safely and quickly as possible. This work will take time and continue until every customer is restored.  We ask for your patience during this process.

The company’s initial focus today was on clearing blocked roads, assessing damage, and working with local municipalities to make roads safe and restore service to identified critical facilities. Under a well-communicated process, the company provides each municipality with a liaison to ensure a direct channel for communications, so all critical needs are met.

As this phase of work begins to wrap up, crews are now turning their attention to addressing outages affecting large numbers of customers. All of our teams are working under special precautions because of the COVID-19 pandemic. These include a one-employee-per-vehicle policy, use of personal protective equipment, and enhanced hygiene measures.

Finally, UI’s planning and preparation for Tropical Storm Isaias began last week, long before it posed a clear threat to our area.  At that time, the company reached out to its mutual assistance group (NAMAG) to request additional restoration resources, worked to secure additional contractors, and began outreach to municipal partners. All this planning is consistent with the Emergency Response Plan, on file with the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, for a storm of this magnitude.

The storm we prepared for is the storm we got.

Why Don’t I Have Power Yet?

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Aug 052020
 

United Illuminating is responding to outages across its service territory in the wake of Tropical Storm Isaias.

As of 8 p.m. last evening, about 116,000 customers were without service, as a result of more than 1,000 outage-causing events across all of the 17 towns and cities served by UI.

The company is advising customers that the restoration efforts were already underway are likely to take several days, and customers who are currently without service should factor that into their planning.

The company reiterated that customers should 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 (800.CALLUI).

“We appreciate your patience as we follow our process to keep our crews, customers, and communities safe. In anticipation of this weather event we brought in significant internal and contract resources, many who are already working to clear roads and restore power,” said Tony Marone, UI’s president, and CEO. “We are aware that this event is particularly challenging for our customers who are working from home, or caring for children or the elderly.”

Why isn’t my power back on yet?

UI’s immediate concern in the aftermath of a storm is safety. UI and contractor crews are partnering with local authorities to clear hazards from roads and restore critical facilities such as hospitals and evacuation centers.

The next priority is fixing the backbone of the electrical system — transmission lines, substations, circuits, primary lines, and issues affecting large groups of customers.

Crews then turn their attention to smaller groups of customers and finally shift their focus to restoring individual homes and businesses (this may begin while higher-priority work is underway).

Report an Outage:

To report an outage, 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, they can report outages 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, e-mail, 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).

Additional Information:

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

UI Urges Customers To Stay Away From Downed Wires

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Aug 042020
 

Downed wires can be live and dangerous even if there’s no sign they’re energized

United Illuminating, subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc., today urgently reminded customers to stay far away from downed wires and other hazards caused by Tropical Storm Isaias.

The storm is projected to bring powerful gusts capable of toppling trees and limbs and causing damage to utility poles and wires. UI officials urged customers to remain safely indoors if possible and to stay far away from downed wires and anything that might be in contact with them.

Downed wires and damaged electrical equipment can be dangerous even at a distance, and they can be live even if they don’t appear to be energized. Stay at least 35 feet away and never drive over a downed wire. Report downed wires and other dangerous conditions to UI by calling 800-722-5584.

UI’s immediate concern in the aftermath of a storm is public safety. UI and contractor crews work with first-responders to address downed wires and make sure streets are safe and clear so that emergency vehicles can get through. Crews also work to restore service to critical facilities such as hospitals and evacuation centers that have been previously prioritized by local officials.

Next, UI focuses on assessing damage and restoring the backbone of its electrical system, including transmission lines, substations, circuits, and primary lines. Crews focus on locations where they can restore large numbers of customers at once.

Then, crews restore equipment and lines serving smaller groups of customers.

Finally, crews focus on restoring remaining service lines to individual homes and businesses. This phase may begin while higher-priority work is underway.

Report an Outage:

To report an outage, visit uinet.com or call 800-722-5584 (800.7.CALL.UI). Customers may also report outages using the company’s new mobile app, available from the Apple Store and Google Play. Or, they can report outages 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, e-mail 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).

Additional Information:

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

• As of 2:52 p.m. 2,138 Orange UI customers were without power.

• Three minutes later that number jumped up to 3,833 as the winds grew stronger.

• At 3:58 p.m. 4,915 were powerless in Orange.

• By 4:20 p.m. 5,849 customers were in the dark.

Obituary: Carla Appel, 59, Beloved Wife, Mother, Friend, Dog Lover

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Aug 032020
 

Carla Nastri Appel, 59, of Orange, CT passed away on August 2, 2020, after a short illness. She is survived by her husband Ken, and her four sons Ken Jr., David, Michael, and Tyler.

She was the daughter of Dolores Nastri and the late Anthony Nastri. She also leaves behind brothers James Nastri (Nancy) and Mark Nastri (Violet) as well as her cherished nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Carla was a graduate of Gateway Community College where she earned a degree in Dietetic Science. She worked as a dietician and personal trainer and was passionate about her work. Her optimism and energy were contagious.

In her youth, Carla was an outstanding athlete competing in gymnastics, track and field, and bodybuilding, winning numerous contests throughout New England.  The joy of her life, however, was her family. She took such great pride in all of her son’s athletic activities especially, baseball.  She was always their biggest fan and along with her husband, seldom missed a game. She loved bringing her dog Brinley to her son’s games.

Carla was a compassionate and positive woman, a dedicated mother and wife, and a devoted friend. We will forever remember her big heart and beautiful smile. She will be dearly missed.

Services will be private at the West Haven Funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Martin DePorres Academy, 208 Columbus Ave., New Haven, CT 06519.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Carla (Nastri) Appel, please visit the floral store.

Hurricane Hazards From The National Hurricane Center

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Aug 032020
 

The National Hurricane Center Website tells us what we may expect from any hurricane as Isaias makes its way up the coast.

While hurricanes pose the greatest threat to life and property, tropical storms and depression also can be devastating. The primary hazards from tropical cyclones (which include tropical depressions, tropical storms, and hurricanes) are storm surge flooding, inland flooding from heavy rains, destructive winds, tornadoes, and high surf and rip currents.

  • Storm surge is the abnormal rise of water generated by a storm’s winds. This hazard is historically the leading cause of hurricane-related deaths in the United States. Storm surge and large battering waves can result in a large loss of life and cause massive destruction along the coast.
  • Storm surge can travel several miles inland, especially along bays, rivers, and estuaries.
  • Flooding from heavy rains is the second leading cause of fatalities from landfalling tropical cyclones. Widespread torrential rains associated with these storms often cause flooding hundreds of miles inland. This flooding can persist for several days after a storm has dissipated.
  • Winds from a hurricane can destroy buildings and manufactured homes. Signs, roofing material, and other items left outside can become flying missiles during hurricanes.
  • Tornadoes can accompany landfalling tropical cyclones. These tornadoes typically occur in rain bands well away from the center of the storm.
  • Dangerous waves produced by a tropical cyclone’s strong winds can pose a significant hazard to coastal residents and mariners. These waves can cause deadly rip currents, significant beach erosion, and damage to structures along the coastline, even when the storm is more than a 1,000 miles offshore.

Here’s The Latest on Isaias

Tropical Storm Warning
Southern New Haven County, CT
Dangerous winds (55 mph+) may arrive near Milford around Tuesday afternoon.
Ways to prepare, and stay safe now
Bring in outdoor furniture and other items that could blow away (potted plants, birdbaths, bird feeders, etc). These may become a safety hazard.