Amity’s 9-Minute Outdoor July Graduation Ceremony

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Jul 082020

Yes, that’s right, the 2020 Amity Graduation ceremony that took place on the football field on Tuesday morning was admittedly different than any other, but, it was well-planned and ran like clockwork.

About 34 students had signed up, but some did not attend for one reason or another.

Masks and social distancing were top priorities and each graduate and his or her parents were seated in their own little areas around the field.

To open it, School Principal Anna Mahon announced that the students had met all the requirements to receive their diplomas and then read off the names of the 28 students who chose to take advantage of this option (rather than last month’s drive-thru graduation event).

As their name was read, the student walked up to a table to retrieve his or her diploma. There was no presentation or hand-shaking, just grab and go.

The grads walked up the aisle to a waiting photographer to have their official portrait taken, then returned to their seats. No backflips victoriously raised hands or mad dashes to the fence to hug mom and dad. Just simply walking back to their seats.

(I apologize to one young man whose photo I did not get, you moved too fast and you were blurry)

Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Byars instructed the grads to move their tassels from the right to left and their graduation was official.

The entire ceremony took 9 minutes.

For health reasons, amid the pandemic, the traditional cap tossing was not permitted — what if someone picked up the wrong one? To add to how somber the ceremony was, there wasn’t one beach ball in sight. No bubbles either. Just well-behaved seniors sitting near their parents.

Congratulations to the Amity Administration for coming up with different options to make the final moments of the seniors’ final year special and as memorable as they could.

Finally, congratulations to the Class of 2020 for making the most of your most unusual senior year. Good Luck in all of your future endeavors.


Shop Rite Takes Coronavirus Pandemic Seriously

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Jul 062020

To our valued customers:

The COVID-19 pandemic is still with us and as circumstances evolve we continue to adapt and respond to the needs of our associates, our customers, and the communities we serve. State governments have eased some restrictions for the public and local businesses but we want to assure you that we remain focused on the rigorous cleaning and safety protocols that keep our stores a safe place to work and shop. Please continue to wear a face-covering when you shop and follow the social distancing guidelines posted in stores.

We hope you’ve noticed that our in-stock conditions continue to steadily improve. Although some product categories remain limited, we are working hard to keep our shelves stocked with the products you need.

Our Customer Contact Center is also working to get to your calls as quickly as possible. Our team is available by phone at 1-800-746-7748, Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  Call volumes are high and hold times may be longer than usual. For less urgent matters, please submit an email through the “contact us” page. We greatly appreciate your patience.

To assist you further, we’ve gathered some key information to help address some of your top concerns and inquiries right now.  Please choose from the list of subjects below.

If you need to submit an email, please be sure to include all of your contact information, including email address and daytime phone number, as well as your Price Plus club card number.

Our goal is to always give you our best. That commitment hasn’t changed but our world has…at least for now. Thank you for sticking with us during these challenging times. Above all, we hope that you continue to stay safe and well.

For more information about what we are doing to keep our associates and customers safe, visit: http://facts.wakefern.com.

Orange Police: Man Fled With Stolen Merchandise

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Jul 062020

Orange police were dispatched to Home Depot, 440 Boston Post Road, on Saturday, June 27 at 9:29 a.m. on a complaint that two men fled the area on foot with $199 worth of stolen merchandise.

According to the report, both males were detained moments later. Investigation revealed that one of them, identified as Mark A. Pereira, 42, of New Haven, was responsible for taking the merchandise.

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

Pereira was released on a promise to appear in court on Aug. 12.

Case Memorial Library Offers Curbside Pickup Service

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Jul 062020

Case Memorial Library

Great news! As of Monday, July 6, 2020, you can place requests in the library’s catalog again.

You can also pick up your items at the library.

Important Service Notes:

Curbside pickup at the Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, is available Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Curbside requests can be placed by email or by calling the library. We will also call patrons to pick-up holds when they are ready.

This service is available to anyone with a valid library card in our system.

To learn what items are available, consult our library catalog or contact the library during curbside pickup hours.

All requests will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

There is a limit of 5 items, with a combination of any material type.

Scheduling a date and time for pickup with a library staff member is necessary.

Please feel free to return any items you have checked out. Our book drop is open 24

Due dates for materials already checked out have been extended and you can return items later.

Holds cannot be placed on the museum passes.

Patrons should wear masks and practice social distancing when picking up items.

There will not be a staff member present to help you.  If you have any questions, please
call the library at 203-891-2170.

Any items that are not picked up on their scheduled day will be put back on the shelf for circulation.

At this time, the library cannot accept books or media donations.

Curbside Pickup Step-By-Step

Request Items

Use our library catalog to find items and make a request by placing a hold on the

Or call the Library at 203-891-2170 (press 2 for Circulation Department) during
curbside pickup hours.

Or email the Library at circulation@casememoriallibrary.org.

You may also speak to a Librarian who can assist you in finding a good read.

Wait for notification

You will receive a phone call when your items are ready for pickup.

Once an item is ready, you will have a set day and time to pick up the item(s).

The items will be checked out to you and placed in a paper bag

Sign Up Now For Amity Adult And Continuing Education Virtual Classes

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Jul 062020

Amity Adult and Continuing education will be holding summer 2020 courses ONLINE!!  We have many courses available including SAT Prep Courses, Health, and Wellness Courses, Finance Courses, Fitness Courses, Crafting Courses, and many others!
Register today as some courses are starting this week!!  Take a summer course with us online right from your own home!!  This is a great way to stay active while we are home during this unprecedented time!
We have great instructors who are very excited to offer courses to you VIRTUALLY!
Register today!!
Click HERE to view the new catalog!  

Enjoy exploring this catalog. If you have any questions, please call 203-397-4188.

Questions?  E-mail us:  philip.dolan@amityregion5.org OR kim.doran@amityregion5.org

Orange Police: Man Punched A Hole Through Car Windshield

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Jul 062020

On Friday, June 26, at 9:12 p.m. Orange police were dispatched to the area of 378 Boston Post Road (an office building is located there) for a dispute between two people that turned physical.

Investigation revealed that Santiago R. Moreno-Ruiz, 31, of West Haven reportedly punched and broke the windshield of a vehicle.

He was taken into custody and charged with second-degree breach of peace and second-degree criminal mischief.

Moreno-Ruiz posted a $2,500 bond and given a court date of June 29.

OVFD Changes Response Procedures During COVID-19 Crisis

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Jul 052020

Members of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department have modified their response plans and procedures to protect themselves during the COVID-19 outbreak.

“The most important thing residents should know is that if you call 9-1-1, we’re going to respond with the same efficiency we always have,” the fire chief said. “Depending on the type of alarm, you may see our firefighters take a few extra precautions as we work to avoid being exposed to the virus while providing service.”

He said residents will see firefighters and apparatus arrive quickly at their home or business. But for many calls, a single firefighter, often an officer, will come to the door and ask about the health of those in the home. If anyone in the home has a fever, flu-like symptoms, or has traveled to certain areas, that firefighter will take an extra minute to take precautions, such as putting on an air mask. He or she will then attempt to resolve the problem without having other firefighters enter the building.

“Obviously, those other firefighters will help if needed,” he said. “And if we see an immediate life hazard, such as fire, we’re ready to go right into action as usual.”

Firefighters also have been issued instructions for additional cleaning of fire stations, equipment including their protective clothing, and apparatus.

“We are in touch with local, state, and federal experts on a daily – in fact, hourly – basis, and we are following their advice,” he said.

The chief also asks residents not to hesitate to call 9-1-1 if they need help, but also to let the dispatcher know if anyone in the home is under mandatory or self-imposed quarantine due to possible or confirmed COVID-19 exposure. The dispatcher can then relay that information to first-responders so they can take steps to avoid exposure.

He also suggested placing a sign or note on the front door of your home to notify police, fire, and EMS personnel to take infection-prevention precautions.

“These steps will protect OVFD (https://www.orangevfd.org/) crews so they can continue to meet the emergency needs of our community,” he said. “You’re not only helping our crews by complying with these requests, but you’re also helping your neighbor because we’ll be able to stay healthy and respond to the next call for help.”

Cat Owners: Urgent Cat Food Recall

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Jul 042020

Maker: Natural Balance / J.M. Smucker Co. Cause: Elevated levels of choline chloride

An urgent pet food recall was announced today that could mean the difference between life or death for your cat.

According to an FDA report dated July 3, 2020, Natural Balance Ultra Premium Chicken & Liver Paté Formula canned cat food, 5.5 oz. cans, UPC #2363353227, Lot Code #9217803, best by Aug. 4, 2021A single lot (#9217803) of this Natural Balance canned cat food may contain elevated levels of choline chloride, which can be dangerous or even fatal if fed to cats.

“Dogs and cats, like many other species, require choline,” notes Greg Aldrich, Ph.D., of Pet Food Industry. “Almost all commercial pet foods contain supplemental choline, predominantly from choline chloride.”

“However, putting choline chloride into the formula can have profound effects on the way the ingredients are combined and processed during production,” Dr. Aldrich said. Unfortunately, this particular lot of Natural Balance cat food may contain too much choline chloride — which can cause a range of serious health concerns.

“Ingesting impacted product may cause nausea with excessive salivation, constricted pupils and poor vision, diarrhea or vomiting to more severe symptoms including difficulty walking, muscle shaking, tremors, irregular heartbeat, difficulty breathing, possible cardiac or respiratory failure and, in extreme situations, death,” according to the recall announcement. Which, of course, is pretty scary. So do not feed the affected product to your cats.

The manufacturer, J.M. Smucker, said it has already “received reports of adverse reactions” in pets. Return the product to the place of purchase for a refund, or call Natural Balance at 888-569-6828 if you have questions. If your pet is experiencing any of the symptoms above, call your veterinarian right away. This Natural Balance cat food recall involved a single lot of cans that were distributed to pet stores across the United States and Canada.






Jul 032020

Over the years we’ve learned that the Fourth of July celebration begins and ends several days before and after Independence Day.

This year, though with people feeling freedom from the three-month lockdown they seem to be much more bold and obnoxious than in past years, and pet-owners across the state have been expressing their frustration.
The loud rumbles, cracks, pops, and booms may thrill us, but they can be terrifying for dogs.
When I was a kid, my dog Bootsie would burrow as deep as she could under anything, beds, tables, chairs whatever she could hide under trying to find safety.
Although I’m lucky that my newest rescue dog, Tori, doesn’t seem frightened at all by the wall-shaking fireworks in our neighborhood, my 8-year old dog, Mi Sun seems to be increasingly terrified by loud noises. There are so many of us who need to find a way to protect our pets to help get him or her through this noisy holiday.
Mi Sun is laying on my lap, panting uncontrollably right now, so I’m going to spritz her with some lavender and frankincense essential oils to help calm her down.
Make sure to create a safe zone in your home where your pet can feel comfortable. If you have a quiet inside room, set it up with familiar items once the noise begins. Give him access to water and leave a radio playing at normal volume to keep him company.
Don’t bring your pet to fireworks displays if there are any, and never leave her unattended in the car.
Don’t leave your dog outside alone. He could get lost or hurt if he panics and tries to escape from your yard — or worse run into traffic as he flees.
Keep dog doors and fence gates locked this week until your neighbors run out of their TNT.
Make sure your pet has a collar and ID tag with up-to-date information. An ID tag will help get you reunited even if your pet isn’t microchipped.
This is one holiday that your pet’s feelings should be your top priority.
The Number One Holiday For Lost Pets
NOTE: Over the past 8 years, Orange Live has had an excellent record reuniting lost pets with their rightful owners after a firework fleeing incident.
If by chance, your pet takes off when he or she gets scared, TEXT us as soon as possible (a description of your pet, your location, the time he or she went missing, a photo, and your contact information)at 203-506-1747 any time night or day and we will text the post and put the word out on Facebook and on our site so townspeople can start looking for your furry friend.
Fun fact: Oddly enough several runaway dogs, no matter where they live have been found in the Pine Tree Drive area of town.

Orange Police Note: Millwork and Repaving On State Roads

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Jul 032020

The Orange Police announced the following roadwork that is currently taking place. Be aware of these projects and plan your detour routes accordingly.

State Route 121 (Grassy Hill Road / North Street) is being milled down and repaved from RT34 (Derby Avenue) in Orange to RT1 (Boston Post Road) in Milford. Road milling is being accomplished this week from 6:30 am – 4:00 pm.

Expect delays and use alternate routes when possible.

Paving will follow and will be accomplished from 7:00 pm – 5:00 am. The entire project will take a few weeks. Please use caution, be patient, and drive safely.