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Salmonella Found in Cake Mix 

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Jan 192019

An outbreak strain of Salmonella was found in Duncan Hines cake mix. However, the outbreak investigation did not produce other information needed to determine whether the cake mix was linked to the Salmonella illnesses.

This outbreak included seven ill people from five states: Florida, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. None of the ill people were hospitalized, and none died.

Illnesses started on dates ranging from June 13 to October 5, 2018.

This outbreak appears to be over, but the CDC continues to remind people to check for recalled cake mixes and throw them away.

Advice to Consumers

  • In general, the CDC advises against eating any raw dough or batter, whether homemade or from a mix. Raw batter can contain germs that could make you sick.
  • Do not bake with or eat recalled Duncan Hines cake mix, or eat cake prepared with the recalled mix. Throw the mix away or return it to the store for a refund.

Recalled products include 15.25 oz. boxes of Duncan Hines cake mix in

• Classic White

• Classic Yellow Cake

• Classic Butter Golden Cake

• Confetti Cake flavors, with various “best if used by” dates ranging from March 7 to 13, 2019.

    • Check the FDA website for information to identify recalled mixes and a list of “best if used by” dates for each flavor of the recalled mixes, and product photos.
  • Contact a healthcare provider if you think you got sick from eating recalled cake mix.

Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps 12-72 hours after eating contaminated food.

The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.

If you have questions about cases in a particular state, please call that state’s health department.


Winter Weather Advisory In Effect Through Tomorrow Morning

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Jan 192019

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for our area now through 6 a.m. on Sunday.

Mixed precipitation is expected with total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches and ice accumulations of around one-tenth of an inch expected.

Plan on slippery road conditions.

An advisory is issued when a hazardous weather event is occurring, imminent or likely.

Winter Storm Watch In Effect Saturday Through Sunday Afternoon

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Jan 182019

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Watch for Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon.

Heavy mixed precipitation is possible with a total accumulation of 3 to 6 inches of snow and sleet and an additional accumulation of up to one-tenth of an inch of ice.

This weather event is expected to begin on Saturday afternoon.

According to the report, travel could be very difficult at any point during the storm.

Travel may become treacherous on Sunday afternoon after temperatures fall rapidly and any standing water quickly freezes over.

In addition, strong wind gusts on Sunday afternoon and into the evening could bring down tree limbs and power lines.


Boys Ice Hockey: Zurolo Deflects 42 Shots From (D1) Fairfield Warde-Ludlowe

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Jan 182019

The Amity Spartans Boys Ice Hockey Team hosted Fairfield Warde-Ludlowe (D1) in West Haven on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. 

Amity knew that this was going to be a tough game, and they were ready to fight their hardest for a win. 

Everyone entered the ice with confidence, but the game went sideways rather quickly. In 3:10, Fairfield’s Rhys Davis shot one into the net, assisted by Kyle Mazza. And with barely enough time to get back into position, Fairfield struck again six seconds later as Brendan Carney struck like a cobra, assisted by Ashton Lewis and Finn Hoey. 

Amity made 22 shots, all of which were deflected by FWL’s goalie, Will Capalbo. 

First Period Score: 2-0 Fairfield

The beginning of the second period gave us a glimmer of hope. Just 4:33 after entering the rink, Amity’s Jason Csejka smacked one in past Capalbo, assisted by Nelson Bordeleau and Caleb Marcin. 

Almost five minutes later, Fairfield’s James Pisciotta scored, assisted by Carney and Lewis. 

Both teams kept shooting furiously, yet no more goals were posted until, 20.9 seconds before the buzzer, when Kevin Quinn got one past Amity goal tender Malachi Zurolo, assisted by Bobby Winter and Sam Swanson. 

Second Period Score: 4-1 Fairfield

We know that the Spartans often have a very strong third period, and even though six minutes passed before anything happened, Bordeleau scored on an assist from Csejka, and Amity had 9 minutes to tie or win the game, and boy, did they work at it. 

But, Fairfield pulled ahead even further at 9:32 with Carney’s goal, assisted by Lewis and Hoey. 

Fairfield Warde-Ludlowe handed Amity its second loss of the season (5-2). 

Head Coach Michael Richetelli said Fairfield has a really strong team.

“We played hard tonight, 22 shots in the first period, that shows how hard we worked,” he said. Even with the loss, he added, “We’re okay. The reason we put tough opponents in our schedule is so we can get better. We’ll be fine.” 

Saves: Zurolo, 42 stops for Amity; Capalbo 32 for FWL.

Records: Amity 7-2, Fairfield Warde-Ludlowe 6-1-2

Next Up For The Spartans: Amity is on the road on Saturday for a matchup against Westhill-Stamford (5-4) in Stamford at 4 p.m. 

NOTE: I believe the coach. I believe in this team. I KNOW they will come back, just as strong as they were at the beginning of the season. Their schedule isn’t going to get any easier, they still have West Haven, Hand, Guilford, and Cheshire to face (and second to Hand, Amity has most victories this season than any of them). Amity has what it takes to play in the State Championship Game. All we have to do … is Believe.


Save The Date For The K of C Free Throw Contest

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Jan 172019


It’s time for Orange-area youngsters ages 9-14 to sharpen their basketball free-throw shooting skills. The Holy Infant Council of the Knights of Columbus #12523 is conducting its fifteenth annual Free Throw Contest on Saturday, January 19, at the Holy Infant School gymnasium, 460 Racebrook Road from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

All Orange-area residents ages 9 through 14 as of January 1, 2019, are invited to participate. The contest is not limited to Roman Catholic participants; ALL area youths are invited!. Entrants may arrive at any time during the period the contest is in progress to take their free throws.

The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is sponsored annually, with winners progressing through local, district, regional and state competitions. Boy and girl winners are recognized for each age group. In recent years, more than two dozen winners of the Holy Infant competition have gone on to the state Regional contests, and there have been four state champions and twelve state finalists who came from the Orange contest.

All contestants on January 19 will be recognized with a handsome certificate of participation. Contestants are requested to furnish written proof of their age, but it
is not mandatory to submit this proof on January 19. Any category winners will be required to furnish proof of age (copy of a birth certificate is best) before the winner can participate at the district championship. Previous years’ participants need not provide proof of age again.

Each contest participant will be given three warm-up free throws. The contestant will then take fifteen consecutive free throw attempts. Nine through eleven year- old contestants may shoot from 12 feet, instead of the “regulation” 15 feet. Participants aged 12-14 will shoot from the standard 15 feet. Girls will use basketballs sized for women and girls. Otherwise, normal rules of basketball regarding free throws apply for all levels of competition. For example, violations include stepping on or over the free throw line prior to the ball reaching the rim.

The Knights of Columbus Holy Infant Council was established in Orange in 1999. With more than 70 members, they sponsor projects to benefit their church, community,
families and youth.

Material Girls Celebrates Eight Year Anniversary

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Jan 172019

Material Girls Boutique 463 Boston Post Road

Material Girls of Orange, 463 Boston Post Road, Left Side of Building (Same Building As Kaoud Rugs), is celebrating its eight-year anniversary and invites all of their customers who have helped them grow and expand over the years.

Grab your friends and join owner Kristina Kaoud and staff on Thursday, Jan. 17, for a fun night out, with big savings, raffles, giveaways, and drinks from 5 to 9 p.m.

Don’t miss out, invite your friends and family.

The celebration continues throughout the weekend.

Boys Swimming and Diving: Amity VS Xavier (How Did The Spartans Do?)

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Jan 152019

The Amity Spartans Boys Swimming and Diving Team hosted the Xavier Falcons at the Orange Town Pool on Monday, Jan. 14.
Amity was hoping to retain its perfect record. Our diver Kevin Tian was exceptional and beat Xavier’s diver Nick Kirejczyk.
But in the end, Xavier simply outscored Amity 103-77.
Amity’s Winning Events:
50-yard Freestyle: A- 23.38 Tyler Roy
Diving: A- 140.25 Kevin Tian
200-yard Freestyle Relay: A- 1:35.02  Shiva Gowda, Ray Lu, Jared Sullivan, Tyler Roy
Xavier’s Winning Events:
200 yard Medley Relay: X- 1:43.39 Ben Howell, Andrew Mitchill, Mitchell Wollen, Donald Frost
200-yard Freestyle: X- 1:51.93 Nikita Zuev
200-yard IM: X- 2:03.48 Mitchell Wollen
100-yard Butterfly: X- 57.27 Yavier Carbo-Colon
100 Freestyle: X- 49.92 Andrew Mitchill
500-yard Freestyle: X- 4:57.82 Mitchell Wollen
100-yard Backstroke: X- 57.00 Ben Howell
100-yard Breaststroke: X- 1:05.79 Donald Frost
400-yard Freestyle Relay: X- 3:26.92 Mitchell Wollen, Andrew Mitchill, Nikita Zuev, Donald Frost
Records: Xavier 5-1, Amity 4-1

This Week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedules

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Jan 142019

Here are all of the Amity Varsity Sports schedules for this week, Jan. 14-19.

Come on out whenever you can and support the Spartans athletes.

Monday, Jan. 14

Boys Swimming and Diving vs Xavier Home at Orange Community Center Pool at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 15

Boys Indoor Track SCC Novice Meet Away at Floyd Little Center at 3:45 p.m.

Girls Indoor Track SCC Novice Away at Floyd Little Center at 3:45 p.m.

Boys Basketball vs Xavier Home at Amity High School at 7:00 p.m.

Girls Basketball v. Guilford Away at Main Gym at GHS at 7:00 p.m.


Wednesday, Jan. 16

Boys Alpine Skiing RACE Away at Mt. Southington at 4:00 p.m.

Girls Alpine Skiing RACE Away at Mt. Southington at 4:00 p.m.

Boys Ice Hockey vs Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe Home at Bennett Rink, West Haven at 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 17

Girls Ice Hockey vs Masuk-Barlow-Newtown-Lauralton Home at Hamden Ice Rink at 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 18

Boys Basketball vs Cheshire Home at Amity High School at 7:00 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs Sheehan Away at Sheehan HS Gymnasium at 7:00 p.m.

Girls Gymnastics vs Greenwich Away at Greenwich YWCA at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 19

Boys Indoor Track SCC Coaches Invitational Away at Floyd Little Center at 9:00 a.m.

Girls Indoor Track SCC Coaches Invitational Away at Floyd Little Center at 9:00 a.m.

Cheerleading Cheer Your Heart Out, East Haven Away at East Haven HS at 9:00 a.m.

Wrestling New Milford Invitational Away in New Milford at 10:00 a.m.

Boys Ice Hockey vs Westhill-Stamford Away at Terry Conners Ice Rink at 4:00 p.m.


Boys Hockey: Branford Hornets Sting Spartans, Break Amity’s Winning Streak

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Jan 142019

The Amity Spartans Boys Ice Hockey team was on the road in North Haven on Saturday for a game against the Branford Hornets.

Although Amity had a great 7 game run, we knew the threat of a loss was possible as the season went on and the competition grew more difficult. They’ve been working hard in practices and at every game, and they were ready for battle.

Going in, Branford had a 4-2-1 record and naturally, they didn’t want to lose and were prepared for a fight.

The first period set the pace for the rest of the game, Branford’s Blake Kustra made an unassisted goal just 1:11 into the game, that was followed by Jack Manware, sinking one in at 6:30, assisted by Max Bunton.

First Period Score: 2-0 Branford

Amity came out strong in the second period with Jay Csejka making a goal in the first 38 seconds, assisted by 10 and 20.

Second Period Score: 2-1 Branford

The Hornets dominated the third period beginning with a solo goal by Manware at 1:32. Exactly four minutes later, Rob Lionetti scored on an assist from Theo Kirby.

Amity made a lot of shots, but couldn’t seem to get anything past goaltender Greg Lucente, who used his best Jedi moves against the Spartans.

Branford continued its attack on Amity goalie Mal Zurolo and at 8:54, Chris Donadio smacked one past him, bringing the final score to 5-1.  With that, the Hornets broke the Spartans’ 7-game winning streak.

Disappointment swept through the stands as Amity fans slowly retreated to the parking lot.

The Spartans’ locker room was quiet, as they went over the game in their heads.

Records: Amity 7-1, Branford 5-2-1

Head Coach Mike “Scooter” Richetelli said a lot of things contribute to a loss, on this day, it was because Amity was outworked by Branford. “You’re not going to win if you get outworked. That’s a good lesson to learn,” he said. “They deserved to win today. It’s all about hard work, our schedule just gets tougher from here — that’s how it’s supposed to be.”

“If you want to go through this and just skate through it, you’re not going to make anything of yourself,” Richetelli said. “Our goal is to make sure we have a strong competitive schedule and do the things we’re supposed to do. On Sunday, we have practice, we’ll get to work and get ready for Wednesday. We’ll be fine. They learned a lesson today, and we’ll move on, that’s what life’s all about.

Next Up For The Spartans: HOME game vs Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe (D1) (4-1-2) on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 8 p.m.