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Schools, Library Closed, Large Gatherings, Senior Events Suspended

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Mar 122020
 

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With the Coronavirus now identified as a global pandemic and human cases as close as Stratford, the town of Orange is taking every precaution  to try and keep residents safe and stop the spread of the virus in the BOWA area.

Please read this entire article so you know what services are and aren’t open to the public until further notice.

Everyone should do his or her part to help prevent the spread of this potentially deadly virus. If you were exposed you may not know that you have it until you have symptoms, yet, in the meantime, you could be spreading it to others.

If you are a senior, if you have a compromised immune system or chronic illnesses, you may be more susceptible to getting the virus and passing it to others in the same age demographic. Please take precautions, follow the health director’s suggestions, and stay safe.

Case Memorial Library

The Town Library will be closed today for two weeks or until further notice. All non essential programs, meetings, and gatherings at the High Plains Community Center will be cancelled for the next two weeks.

Senior Center

Senior Center Director Dennis Marsh today announced, “Please be aware that due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as a precautionary measure, the Orange Senior Center is suspending all Senior Center activities until further notice.”

BOWA Schools 

The BOWA Superintendents sent out this message:

This afternoon, the Quinnipiack Valley Health District (QVHD) and the Orange Department of Health made the recommendation that all Bethany, Orange, Woodbridge, and Amity schools should be closed. This step is being taken as a precautionary measure to limit community transmission of ​Novel Coronavirus (​COVID-19).

The closure is effective immediately and will begin ​Friday, March 13, 2020​.

At this time, we anticipate schools will be closed until further notice. As this situation is evolving, we ask that you continue to check district websites for information and we will continue to use our communication systems to keep families and staff informed.

During the school closure, resources for supplemental learning may be available. Further information about supplemental learning activities will come from each individual BOWA school district and/or your children’s teachers.

Please remember that the purpose of the school closures is to limit community transmission through contact and by gathering large groups of individuals together. You can support our community by keeping your children home during the closure. During the closure, school buildings will remain staffed but not open to the public. Our districts will continue to follow guidance, recommendations, and directives from the health departments and the state Department of Education.

High Plains Community Center

Offices at the High Plains Community Center will remain open, but all meetings and gatherings have been suspended for the time being.

Town Hall, Police, Fire, Highway Offices

The Orange Town Hall offices will be open so, if you have any questions or an emergency situation you will be able to reach a human for answers.

 

 

Today, Monday, Jan. 19, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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Jan 192015
 

Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 11.57.48 AMMartin Luther King Jr. Day (officially Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.) is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around the time of King’s birthday, January 15.

The floating holiday is similar to holidays set under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.

King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law.

The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination in 1968.

President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later.

At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays.

It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.

Schools and Town Offices are closed, but the transfer station is open.

Feb 102013
 

This is a message from the Orange Police Department.

Orange Elementary Schools and Amity Regional schools are closed for Monday.

All streets have been made passable for emergency vehicles.  The Highway Department will continue to work to widen roads and remove snow.  Please use caution at intersections as high snow piles cause blind spots.  Use caution when clearing driveways near the road as oncoming vehicles may not see you.

Attempt to clear storm drains near your home if possible

Please ensure that furnace vents and dryer vents are clear.  Residents should clear a second means of egress from their homes.

When warming vehicles make sure the exhaust is clear of snow.  Clear vehicles of all snow before driving.

Please clear fire hydrants in your neighborhood, if possible.

Call 911 for emergencies only.