Scholarship Opportunity From Congregation Or Shalom – Deadline April 30

 Around Town, Home, Latest News, Today's Events  Comments Off on Scholarship Opportunity From Congregation Or Shalom – Deadline April 30
Apr 292020

Teen members of Congregation Or Shalom: Do you believe in “Tikkun Olam,” the idea that together, we can make our world a better place? Would you be willing to share the positive differences you’ve made in this world?

If so, you are invited to apply for the Warren Weiswasser Scholarship.

The Social Action Committee of Congregation Or Shalom invites students in grades ten through twelve to apply for the Warren Weiswasser Social Action Scholarship.

The student will receive $180, and an additional $180 will be donated to a charitable organization of the winner’s choice. Moreover, winning a scholarship such as this would certainly be impressive to the Dean of Admissions at the college of your choice.

Tenth – Twelfth graders are welcome to apply. For an application, or answers to any questions, please text, call, or e-mail Margie Shapiro at 203-641-9397 or marieshap@gmail.com.

You also may contact Rabbi Wainhaus with any questions about the scholarship. NOTE: The deadline for this scholarship is:April 30th.

Obituary: Harold Pressman, 83, Beloved Husband, Father, Grandpa

 Around Town, Home, Latest News  Comments Off on Obituary: Harold Pressman, 83, Beloved Husband, Father, Grandpa
Apr 032020

Harold O. Pressman, 83, of Orange, beloved husband, father, and grandfather went to meet his God on March 21, 2020, after a brief illness.

He is survived by his wife Jo-Ann Miller Pressman, daughter Deborah Ann of Milford and son James Michael and beloved daughter-in-law Denise of Cape Cod, MA, and grandchildren Gavin and Phoebe Pressman. Harold was born in Bridgeport to Charles and Katie (Pecker) Pressman.

He was a 1954 graduate of Stratford High School where he played football and basketball for the Red Devils. While in High School you could always find him working behind the counter at Pressman’s Pharmacy in Bridgeport.

Harold honorably served in the United States Army stationed in Fort Gordon, GA from 1957-1959. After his military service, Harold managed the Fairfield Trading Post in Fairfield, CT. He was the proprietor of State Paint & Hardware in New Haven for more than 30 years. He won several business awards including the New Haven Advocate’s Best of New Haven and numerous accolades from Benjamin Moore Paint.

Harold met the love of his life in April 1965 and was married to Jo-Ann Miller for 54 wonderful years. They resided in Orange for 52 years where they raised their family.

His siblings are Jerry M Pressman of Boynton Beach, FL, Sheila P Pressman of Shelton, CT and he was predeceased by Alan E Pressman formerly of Deep River, CT.

He loved being a grandpa, all our pets, golfing, fishing, boating, sitting by the shore, politics, the theater, fine dining and telling lots of jokes.

Harold was a former member of the Cosmopolitan Lodge 127 A.F. & A.M. and the Mill River Country Club in Stratford. He rooted for the New York Yankees and New York Giants.

Services took place on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 1056 Daniels Farm Rd, Trumbull, and the family will hold a memorial service in the near future.

To say we lost an amazing man would be an understatement… we lost a real Mensch!

Case Memorial Offers Some Excellent Resources For Students

 Around Town, Home, Latest News, Today's Events  Comments Off on Case Memorial Offers Some Excellent Resources For Students
Apr 022020

Literary Resources for PreK-Grade 12
Click HERE to view a list of vendors who are offering free access to books during the pandemic, compiled by Librarian Michelle Centore.

The Library is closed until further notice. All programs are canceled until further notice. We will waive all late fees while we are closed.

Shredding Day Postponed Until October

 Around Town, Home, Latest News  Comments Off on Shredding Day Postponed Until October
Apr 022020

Due to COVID-19 and an abundance of caution, the Orange Recycling Committee has decided to move Shredding Day from Saturday, April 25, 2020 to Saturday, October 17, 2020, at High Plains Community Center from 9 a.m. – noon.

About the Event – What to Bring

This service is free of charge to Orange residents due to a generous donation from the Rotary Club of Orange. In addition, the ORChas expanded the event to include mattress and box spring recycling. This free service is made possible through a partnership with the Mattress Recycling Council’s Bye Bye Mattress Program.

“Since our first paper shredding event in 2013, hundreds of residents have purged their homes and offices of sensitive financial and medical papers by bringing them for secure, environmentally-responsible shredding,” said ORC Chairman Mitch Goldblatt. “We’re thrilled to expand recycling opportunities for residents by also collecting mattress and box springs.”

Residents may bring bags or boxes filled with documents for shredding, and volunteers from the Orange Recycling Committee will deposit them into the shredding truck. The secure, on-site shredding trucks will once again be provided by Affordable Solutions, owned by Orange resident Joe Johnston.

To show their appreciation for these free recycling opportunities, residents may donate to the Orange Rotary Scholarship Fund. Rotarians will be on hand to collect donations.

There will be a separate area for residents to bring mattresses and box springs for recycling,

The Orange Lions Club has agreed to pick up Mattresses at the homes of residents and deliver them to High Plains for recycling.

They will charge $10 per mattress or box spring as long as it is clean, and either outside the house or in a garage for easy access. They will not go into the resident’s home.

Arrangements can be made by contacting Ken Lenz at 203 795-3906. Payment made be made by cash or check to Orange Lions Charities, and all proceeds are considered a charitable donation.

Paper Shredding and Mattress Recycling Event

BRING:  Tax papers, bills, receipts, statements, and documents that contain personal, financial and/or medical information. No need to remove staples or elastic bands, but clips should be removed for reuse. Mattresses and/or box springs.

DO NOT BRING: Newspapers, notebooks, folders, and other papers that can go in the regular residential recycling bins.

”Keeping these items out of landfills benefits our local community and contributes to a more global responsibility,” Goldblatt said. “It’s an added benefit that the event itself is a fun day for our volunteers and a great chance to interact with residents of our wonderful community.”

Additional information and contacts:

About the Orange Recycling Committee

The Orange Recycling Committee is a group of volunteers who live in Orange and are committed to increasing and simplify recycling options for Orange residents, at home and at town events:

Website: https://www.orange-ct.gov/govser/recycling.htm

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ORCinCT/

About Bye Bye Mattress Bye Bye Mattress:

Bye Bye Mattress is Connecticut’s mattress recycling program. Established by law and operated by the non-profit Mattress Recycling Council, the program uses a recycling fee collected on each mattress and box spring sold to state residents to make recycling easier in our communities.

Whether a city picks up your discarded mattress, a retailer takes it back with your new purchase, or you drop it off, the Bye Bye Mattress program diverts your old mattress from waste to recycling.

Now, our landfills will be less crowded as old mattresses are recycled into new, useful products.

Visit www.ByeByeMattress.com or call 1-855-700-9973 for more information or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.

Oh, Coronavirus, You Ruin Everything! Egg Hunt Canceled

 Around Town, Home, Latest News, Today's Events  Comments Off on Oh, Coronavirus, You Ruin Everything! Egg Hunt Canceled
Mar 212020

I knew it was coming. It was just a matter of time. Yes, it was inevitable.

When I received an e-mail from Orange Lion Nick Bencivengo today, I didn’t even have to open it, but I did. Nick is the chairman of the Lion’s Easter Egg Hunt, and with the way things are going lately, It’s clear that an event such as the Hunt, which attracts hundreds of children and adults every year for the past 56 years, would go against the new “no more than 10 person gathering” rule.

The decision came with heavy hearts at the last Lions meeting which was attended by a special guest, the Easter Bunny, who agreed that this was the right decision in order to keep the children and their parents, grandparents, guardians and, of course, the Lions safe and healthy.



From WTNH — First Confirmed Case Of Coronavirus In Orange

 Around Town, Home, Latest News, Today's Events  Comments Off on From WTNH — First Confirmed Case Of Coronavirus In Orange
Mar 212020

(Illustration from Shutterstock)

In a breaking news brief this afternoon, WTNH-8 announced that Orange First Selectman Jim Zeoli confirmed that a town resident has tested positive for coronavirus.

He reportedly stated, “The individual is a senior male resident of one of the town’s village communities.”

The report revealed that the man was tested for the virus around a week ago and results came back negative, according to Zeoli, but a recent fall sent him back to the hospital, where he then tested positive.

According to the report, Zeoli said the man, nor his wife had traveled or interacted with others.

This is the town of Orange’s first coronavirus case.

According to WTNH, as of Friday, there are at least 194 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Connecticut, and four people in the state have died from the virus.

Heed the call and stay home. It’s the only way we can get control of this virus.

Disposable plastic gloves if you go out

• Wear plastic gloves if you are going to touch the keys on an ATM or Debit payment machine.

• Don’t touch counter spaces in stores, and if you are pushing a carriage, use disinfectant wipes and/or wear gloves.

• ALWAYS thoroughly wash produce before eating it. (I’d go as far as washing bananas and citrus fruits too, because you don’t know how many people have touched them).

• Remember, when you take money from a cashier, you don’t know where it’s been, plastic gloves may help keep you safe. When you remove them, don’t touch the finger areas. Take them off like a trained healthcare professional, by the wrist area and peel them off, then dispose of them.


Stay Safe, Stay at Home, Requires More Closures

 Around Town, Home, Latest News, Police & Fire, Today's Events  Comments Off on Stay Safe, Stay at Home, Requires More Closures
Mar 202020

(photo from live science.com)

The governor is signing an executive order that will take effect at 8 p.m. on Monday, March 23, called “Stay Safe, Stay at Home” that will require all non-essential businesses to close.

Exemptions include:

  • Grocery stores
  • Take out and delivery food service
  • Gas stations
  • Pharmacies
  • Major construction projects already underway
  • Major defense manufacturing facilities
  • Public transportation
  • Childcare services
  • Auto repair stores
  • Hardware stores
  • Package stores
  • Banks/Financial institutions

If you MUST get something from Best Buy, Bed Bath and Beyond, Target and other such stores make sure you get there before Monday at 8 p.m. “Those retail stores that are non-essential, do not open,” said Gov. Ned Lamont. “Businesses that don’t comply could face civil fines.”

All non-essential businesses will need to have employees work from home, the governor said.


Residents will still be allowed to leave their home for critical services.

“All of the direct and indirect services that are critical to helping battle COVID-19 and keeping our economy moving as much as possible” will be exempt, said Josh Geballe, the state’s chief’s operating officer.


On Thursday, hair salons, barbershops, nail salons and tattoo parlors were ordered to close due to the coronavirus.

A serious situation

As of today, Friday, March 20, there were 194 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Connecticut and four people have died from it.  

Here is how the cases break down by county:

All four of the patients who died were in Fairfield County.

Orange Recycling Committee Makes Groundbreaking Decision

 Around Town, Home, Latest News  Comments Off on Orange Recycling Committee Makes Groundbreaking Decision
Mar 202020

Based on some concerns and with modern technology, Orange Recycling Committee Chairman Mitch Goldblatt set-up a Virtual Meeting using Zoom for the regular committee meeting on Wednesday, March 18.

He e-mailed members the message, “I am doing this due to the COVID-19 situation and the closing of High Plains Community Center to groups and meetings.”

In advance, Goldblatt spoke to Alisha Hannon at the Connecticut Freedom of
Information Commission in Hartford, who thought that this was a great way to
continue to hold a public meeting. “We may be the first in Connecticut to do this!  It is important that the public be able to participate and there is that ability by computer or by phone to do so. Please try to sign on a bit early to make sure you can be seen (using your webcam) and we will hopefully begin at 7 p.m.

NOTE: Orange Live dropped the ball by failing to post this prior to the meeting, but anyone who follows the Recycling Committee on Facebook knew about it. 

After last Wednesday’s meeting, Goldblatt said, “Tonight was perhaps the first ever Town of Orange meeting held via videoconference. The Orange Recycling Committee met using Zoom. The entire committee and one member of the public participated in an official meeting that may become more common as government attempts to continue to operate and transact business during the COVID-19 situation gripping our state and our country.”

Police: Beware Of Potential Scams

 Around Town, Home, Latest News, Police & Fire, Today's Events  Comments Off on Police: Beware Of Potential Scams
Mar 202020

A Warning From the Orange PD Facebook Page:

There have been reports elsewhere in the country of people posing as personnel from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) going door-to-door, allegedly conducting a Coronavirus survey or investigation.

The CDC is not conducting any such investigation and residents should not grant anyone claiming to be a representative from that agency access to their homes.

The Town of Orange has not received any complaints of this nature, however the Orange Police Department wishes to take this opportunity to remind its residents to always be vigilant against potential scams, especially in times of state or localized emergencies.