Apr 162014
free, easy, anonymous

free, easy, anonymous

On April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Orange Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to the CVS parking lot, 279 Boston Post Road.  (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners.  When those results are combined with what was collected in its seven previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 3.4 million pounds—more than 1,700 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” (that is, a patient or their family member or pet owner) of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them.  The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.

Apr 162014

IMG_7683On Saturday, April 12, the Orange Lions Club hosted its 52nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Orange Fairgrounds.

The day was absolutely perfect, warm, sunny and pleasant.

Julia’s Bakery donated goodies for the adults to enjoy with their coffee, the popcorn was popping, and PEZ donated hundreds of their famous candy dispensers for the children who visited with the Easter Bunny under the Gazebo.

The Bunny arrived with Officer Mike Kosh from the Orange Police Department.

There were four different easter egg hunts for specific age groups. The little ones went first gingerly picking up one egg at a time and  happily walking away with 10 or 15 chocolate treats. If he or she had a foil star on on of the eggs they were entitled to a special prize.

the older children rushed in, grabbing 2-3 eggs at a time, and so on. 1,500 eggs disappeared in a matter of seconds.

There were only about 10-15 kids in the oldest age group, so the Lions invited any of the younger children who were still around in to join them. This is where the magic happened, the older kids shared with the little ones and even approached the Lions after all the seeded candy was gone and thanked them for having the event.

This is by far one of the nicest events in the town of Orange.

Apr 162014
Rescue 1 outside of Station 2

Rescue 1 outside of Station 2

If you follow our Facebook page you know that you can see things that are happening in town in real time, such as fire calls.

For example, this is what you would have seen yesterday:

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department had a busy day on Tuesday.

At 12:42 p.m. they were called to a home on Deer Run Lane for a fire in a home.

Soon after they left the scene at 1:29 p.m. they responded to a truck fire on Racebrook Road near Crowfoot.

They left the truck fire around 1:53 p.m.

At 9:25 p.m. they had a call at Springbrook Commons on Indian River Road for activated fire alarms in two units.

First Responders also reported that a burglar alarm also was going off.

As the final units were arriving, they received a call at 9:34 p.m. and some of the firefighters went from Springbrook to Route 34 near the Parkway overpass on a report of smoke coming from the engine compartment of a UNH shuttle bus.

Firefighters left Springbrook at 9:50 p.m., but at least one firefighter had to stay there on fire watch.

Shortly after 10 p.m. they left Route 34 and the UNH bus had to be towed away.

Apr 152014

PS277A Freeze Warning is in effect now through Wednesday, April 16 at 10 a.m.

If you have purchased tender seedlings or spring flowers bring them inside, or cover them to protect them.

Also, take precautions to keep your pipes from freezing.

Be careful out on the roads, which will most likely ice over after all the rain we had today.

Apr 152014
Senior Brent Marieb shows his form on the third hole.

Senior Brent Marieb shows his  winning form on the third hole.

The Amity Varsity Golf Team defeated Hamden 159-185 on Monday

As of Tuesday afternoon we had not yet received any further details. (If we get the  full results we’ll post them immediately)

Amity is now 2-0 for the season.

The boys lost their first match with Daniel Hand on April 9 159-161; they defeated Fairfield Prep 150-173 on April 10; and they beat Hamden 159-185 on April 14.

The Spartans are scheduled to play 18 holes against Guilford tomorrow (April 16) at the Country Club of Woodbridge at 1 p.m.


Apr 152014

IMG_8014It was a perfect day for a ball game on Monday, when the Amity Lady Spartans hosted Lyman Hall in an SCC Housatonic Division matchup.

Amity introduced another excellent pitcher to the game. In her first varsity start Sophomore Morgan Perry (9) took the mound, struck out 9 and only allowed 1 hit.

We did not receive any stats from Lyman Hall. their pitcher was Lindsay DelGreco.

Amity: Jill DeMaio (12) went 3-for-4, including three runs and a double; Jenna DiLorenzo (18) had two doubles and two RBIs, Teresa Marchitto (26) had three hits and four RBIs and Haley Kober (15) had a single, double and two RBIs for Amity.

Amity’s record is 3-0

Amity Victories so far: Sacred Heart 6-3; North Haven 2-0; Lyman Hall 12-2

Apr 152014

girls laxOn Monday, the Lady Spartans LAX team hosted the Guilford Indians in Woodbridge.

In spite of their best efforts Amity was outshot (26-11) and outplayed by the Indians 12-4.

Guilford’s Nicole Raccuia was the game’s high scorer with 5 goals, Amity’s Sarah Turner put in 2 for the Spartans.

Amity’s Jessica Szkotnicki and Liz Marino each made 1 goal; Haley Saracin and Kira Saunders had 1 assist each.

Guilford’s Nicole Raccuia not only scored 5 goals, but made 1 assist as well; Edy Moritz made 2 goals and 2 assists; Alex Fitzgerald and Marnie Jacobs each made 2 goals and Sara Delucia added 1 goal for the Indians.

The Lady Spartans’ goal tender Jena Casman worked hard with 14 saves; Claire Hall made 7 saves for the Indians.



Records: Both teams are at 2-1 for the season.

Apr 152014

abady_maintenance_and_growth_cat_dryThe Robert Abady Dog Food Co., LLC of Poughkeepsie, NY, is recalling its 2 lb, 5 lb & 15 lb boxes of “Abady Highest Quality Maintenance & Growth Formula for Cats” because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The recalled “Highest Quality Maintenance & Growth Formula for Cats” were distributed nationwide in retail stores and through mail orders.

The product comes in a 2 lb, 5 lb & 15 lb, corrugated boxes with plastic liners marked with lot # 14029/21 stamped on the right side top of the box.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the company revealed the presence of Salmonella in some 2 lb, 5 lb & 15 lb boxes of “Abady Highest Quality Cat Maintenance & Growth Formula for Cats.”

Production of the product has been suspended while FDA and the company continue their investigation as to the source of the problem.

Consumers who have purchased 2 lb, 5 lb & 15 lb boxes of “Abady Highest Quality Maintenance & Growth Formula for Cats” are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-845-473-1900, Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm, ET.

Apr 152014

628x471Residents who’ve heard about proposed changes for establishing an Indian tribe has many Orange residents feeling uneasy.

Anyone living in the area about two decades ago will remember how their property was jeopardized when an Indian tribe attempted to receive recognition and “take what was rightfully theirs.”

This Wednesday, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro will host a discussion on the Draft Proposed Changes by the Bureau of Indian Affairs to the procedures for establishing an American Indian Tribe.

The meeting will take place in the main meeting room of the Woodbridge Town Hall, 11 Meetinghouse Lane at 5:30 p.m.

If you would like to attend, RSVP to District Director Jennifer Lamb at 203-562-3718 or at [email protected].

Apr 142014

Screen shot 2014-04-14 at 10.09.05 PMDorothy M Piazza, 83, beloved wife of the late Ernest Piazza, joined her husband in eternal peace on Friday, April 11, 2014. Born on April 22, 1930 in Bridgeport, CT, she was the daughter to the late Arthur and Natalie Seymour Tillson.

Dorothy and Ernest resided in Orange, where they raised their 3 children, for 49 years.

As a graduate of Milford high school in 1948, she was actively involved in her reunion committee and always looked forward to reminiscing with old friends. She shared many good times and laughter with family and friends at their summer home on Lake Waramaug.

Not only a devoted mother, but she also had a rewarding career. She worked for many years at Precision Products in Wallingford where she retired in 1987. Dorothy’s retirement years where embraced by her zest for life. She enjoyed the winter months basking on beaches of Southwest Florida where they had a condo. The summers were full of festive BBQ’s poolside at their home or traveling to Frye Island Maine with her children and grandchildren.

Dorothy loved a leisurely afternoon with a great book or just good conversation over hors d’oeuvres and libations. Her hospitality was as warm as her heart. Her passion for gardening put beauty in all of the lives around her. She was the most loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend who will be truly missed by all who knew her.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Donna Hartman, Sharon Piazza Thurston (Bob), and Jeffery Piazza (Carrie); grandchildren Heather Klein Albert, Jason and Jarret Guercia, Lindsey and Rob Thurston, and Eric Takacs; great grandchildren Samantha and Collin Albert. In addition to her husband Ernest, Dorothy was predeceased by her sister, Muriel Wyatt.

Friends and family may call prior to the Memorial Service on Tuesday from 10-11 AM. A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at the Cody- White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford CT 06460 at 11 AM. A burial of cremains will be held on Thursday, April 17th 2014 at 11 AM at Orange Center Cemetery in Orange CT.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Generation Rescue Hope for Recovery for Autism, 13636 Ventura Blvd. #259 Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 or to http://www.generationrescue.org/.

To leave online condolences, visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com -

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