Scholarship Opportunity From Congregation Or Shalom – Deadline April 30

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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

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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

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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.

Oh, Coronavirus, You Ruin Everything! Egg Hunt Canceled

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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

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Mar 212020

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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

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Mar 202020

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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

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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

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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.

Orange Senior Center Offers Meal Service For Older Residents

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Mar 192020

High Plains Community Center

On any given day the Orange Senior Center offers the Senior Lunch Program. But since the Coronavirus situation began, alternate plans had to be made.

Senior Services Coordinator, Dennis Marsh shared this information regarding the Congregate meal site at the Community Center. He said, “We have reached out to those who normally attend the lunch. We arranged to have 5 frozen meals for those who are interested. Each meal contains an entrée, fruit/dessert and powder milk.”

He added, “We are presently scheduling delivery or pick up for Friday for the meals. If someone wishes to be part of this program, they can call the Senior Center at (203) 891-4784.”