Open House: Gorgeous 5 Bedroom Stunner In Private Neighborhood

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Feb 102019

Make your way to 650 Saint Johns Drive, and treat yourself to a tour of this absolutely stunning home today, Feb. 10 from 12 to 2 p.m.
Exquisitely designed and built in 2016 by Peter Olsen, this impressive home offers a grand lifestyle with its sophisticated design, exceptional open floor plan and comfortable living spaces.
The two-story great room is beautiful with a wall of windows which offers a marvelous view of the 1.66-acre property abutting Orange Land Trust grounds.
The kitchen is striking with its top of the line amenities including freezer, warming drawer, beverage refrigerator, 2 dishwashers, and beautiful finishes.
You will love entertaining family and friends in this ideal home for many years to come. The elegant main level guest bedroom suite is an added bonus.
The palatial master suite features a sitting room with a gas fireplace, amazing his and her walk-in closets, a huge dressing room, and a luxurious master bath.
Stunning architectural details and superb craftsmanship are evident throughout this 4,651 sq.ft. home.
This is truly an extraordinary place to call home.
For Sale for $1,325,000. 

Open House: Beautiful Move In Ready Ranch With Hardwood Floors, finished Basement And A Workshop

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Feb 102019

Imagine entertaining for the holidays in your own gorgeous house.

In the market for a beautiful family home that you can move into right away? Check out this open house at 536 Dogwood Road in Orange with 1,468 sqft of living space, three bedrooms, two bathrooms. Take a tour today, Feb. 10, from 11:30-1:00 p.m.

This ranch style brick home is not only beautiful but unique! Enjoy first level living with the option to go downstairs to your complete finished basement with a wood burning fireplace and bar, perfect for cozy gatherings.
Equally inviting is the living room complete with gleaming hardwood floors and yet another fireplace for relaxing on winter nights. Central air for comfort in the summertime.
The master bedroom, master bath and sitting room/office complete with a second private trex deck for ultimate relaxation all were remodeled in 2014.
That’s not all, a large fenced in trex deck surrounds the above ground pool and manicured level yard, perfect for entertaining during those warm summer months.
The 2 car garage has been converted into a HEATED garage/workshop with cabinetry and a separate entrance.
Located in Amity’s award-winning school district, minutes from Yale, Rt 15 and I-95. This home checks all the boxes for year-round enjoyment. Recently Reduced Price. Offered for $325,000.

Boys Swimming and Diving: Here’s What Happened On The Road In Norwalk

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Feb 092019

The Amity Boys swimming and diving team was on the road in Norwalk for a meet against Norwalk/McMahon on Friday, Feb. 8.
The Spartans have had an excellent season so far, this night, Norwalk/Mcmahon simply outswam and outscored them 97-88.
Norwalk’s Winning Events
200 yard Medley Relay: N- 1:46.21 Mateo Roldan, Lucas Balderrama, Henry Velazquez, Jorge Chajon
200-yard Freestyle: N- 1:53.77 Christopher Dauser
200-yard IM: N- 2:09.97 Mateo Roldan
Diving: N- 323.55 Kevin Bradley
100-yard Butterfly: N- 58.22 Jorge Chajon
100 Freestyle: N- 49.11 Henry Velazquez
500-yard Freestyle: N- 5:08.41 Henry Velazquez, 
100-yard Backstroke: N- 57.64 Christopher Dauser
100-yard Breaststroke: N- 1:05.93 Mateo Roldan
400-yard Freestyle Relay: N- 3:27.40 Christian Davalos, Mateo Roldan, Christopher Dauser, Henry Velazquez
Amity’s Winning Events
50-yard Freestyle: A- 23.24 Tyler Roy
200-yard Freestyle Relay: A- 1:34.40 Shiva Gowda, Jared Sullivan, John Alvarado, Tyler Roy
Amity’s season record is 7-3
Next Up For Amity: The Spartans are on the road at Fairfield University for a meet against Fairfield Prep (8-2) on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.

HURRY, Tickets Now On Sale For The Amity Spring Musical – Already Going Fast

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Feb 082019

Tickets just went on sale for the Amity Spring Musical “Catch Me If You Can” and many of the best seats already are sold.

Tickets are only $18, you can’t go wrong with a price like that. Log On for ticket sales HERE.

About the show:

Based on the unbelievable true story of one of the most famous con artists in history, Catch Me If You Can is a rousing musical set in the 1960s. We begin as Frank Abagnale Jr. is captured by Agent Carl Hanratty after years of pursuit.

Frank, however, thinks we deserve to hear his version of the truth and narrates his life as a hip, dance-heavy variety TV show. We see a teenage Frank run away from his unhappy home to live a life of adventure, conning people by assuming a multitude of identities, including an airplane pilot, doctor, and lawyer.

Catch Me If You Can tells the tale of an ingenious, yet lonely, boy looking for his place in the world.

You may remember the movie starring Leonardo Decaprio as Frank, Tom Hanks as Carl and Christopher Walken as Frank Sr.

Amity Musicals are known as some of the finest in the region having won top awards in the past 11 years for “Musical,” “Actor,” “Actress,” “Supporting Actor,” “Supporting Actress,” “Musical Direction,” “Orchestra,” “Director,” and so much more.

Don’t delay, this show will sell out, and you will miss out if you don’t hurry.

Get Your Tickets For the Orange Republicans’ St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

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Feb 082019

The Orange Republican Town Committee is sponsoring its annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner on Monday, March 11 at Biagetti’s Restaurant, 77 Campbell Ave., West Haven at 6:00 p.m.

There will be a complete Irish Dinner with Corned Beef and Cabbage and all that goes with it. A cash bar is available and door prizes will be plentiful!

Organizers said, “We hope many of our friends will join us as it’s always an enjoyable opportunity for “Wearing of the Green” by all who attend.”

Tickets are $42.00 per person and reservations must be made in advance by Monday, March 4.

Checks can be made out to ORTC and mailed to P.O. Box 632, Orange CT 06477.

For questions and/or reservations, call 203-974-2938.

We hope to see you there!

Hill’s Pet Nutrition Voluntarily Recalls Select Canned Dog Food for Excessive Vitamin D

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Feb 072019

Hill’s Pet Nutrition has voluntarily recalled select varieties of its canned dog food after discovering excessive vitamin D in the products. Following is a press release and product list:

In the United States, the affected canned dog foods were distributed through retail pet stores and veterinary clinics nationwide.  No dry foods, cat foods, or treats are affected.

Pet parents who purchased the product with the specific lot/date codes listed should discontinue feeding and dispose of those products immediately or return unopened product to your retailer for a refund.   For more information, please contact Hill’s via our website or at 1-800-445-5777.

Hill’s Pet Nutrition learned of the potential for elevated vitamin D levels in some of our canned dog foods after receiving a complaint in the United States about a dog exhibiting signs of elevated vitamin D levels.  Our investigation confirmed elevated levels of vitamin D due to a supplier error. 

We care deeply about all pets and are committed to providing pet parents with safe and high-quality products.  Hill’s has identified and isolated the error and, to prevent this from happening again, we have required our supplier to implement additional quality testing prior to their release of ingredients.  In addition to our existing safety processes, we are adding our own further testing of incoming ingredients. 

Hill’s Pet Nutrition is voluntarily recalling select canned dog food products due to potentially elevated levels of vitamin D. While vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, ingestion of elevated levels can lead to potential health issues depending on the level of vitamin D and the length of exposure, and dogs may exhibit symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling, and weight loss. Vitamin D, when consumed at very high levels, can lead to serious health issues in dogs including renal dysfunction.

Pet parents with dogs who have consumed any of the products listed and are exhibiting any of these signs should contact their veterinarian. In most cases, complete recovery is expected after discontinuation of feeding.

For further information, please contact Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. at 1-800-445-5777 Monday-Friday during the hours of 9am-5pm (CST) or at contactus@hillspet.com.  Information can also be found at www.hillspet.com/productlist

This voluntary recall only impacts canned dog food and primarily in the United States. It is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  Impacted products outside of the United States will be subject to separate notices on the country-specific website.  If you are outside of the United States, please check your own country’s Hill’s website for more information.

Product Name SKU Number Lot Code/Date Code
Hill’s Prescription Diet c/d Multicare Canine Chicken & Vegetable Stew 12.5oz 3384 102020T10
Hill’s Prescription Diet i/d Canine Chicken & Vegetable Stew 12.5oz 3389 102020T04
Hill’s Prescription Diet i/d Canine Chicken & Vegetable Stew 5.5oz 3390 102020T11
Hill’s Prescription Diet z/d Canine 5.5oz 5403 102020T17
Hill’s Prescription Diet g/d Canine 13oz 7006 112020T19
Hill’s Prescription Diet i/d Canine 13oz 7008 092020T30
Hill’s Prescription Diet j/d Canine 13oz 7009 112020T20
Hill’s Prescription Diet k/d Canine 13oz 7010 102020T10
Hill’s Prescription Diet w/d Canine 13oz 7017 092020T30
Hill’s Prescription Diet z/d Canine 13oz 7018 102020T04
Hill’s Prescription Diet Metabolic + Mobility Canine Vegetable & Tuna Stew 12.5oz 10086 102020T05
Hill’s Prescription Diet w/d Canine Vegetable & Chicken Stew 12.5oz 10129 102020T04
Hill’s Prescription Diet i/d Low Fat Canine Rice, Vegetable & Chicken Stew 12.5oz 10423 102020T17
Hill’s Prescription Diet Derm Defense Canine Chicken & Vegetable Stew 12.5oz 10509 102020T05
Hill’s Science Diet Adult 7+ Small & Toy Breed Chicken & Barley Entree Dog Food 5.8oz 4969 102020T18
Hill’s Science Diet Puppy Chicken & Barley Entree 13oz 7036 102020T12
Hill’s Science Diet Adult Chicken & Barley Entree Dog Food 13oz 7037 102020T13
Hill’s Science Diet? Adult Turkey & Barley Dog Food 13oz 7038 102020T06
Hill’s Science Diet Adult Chicken & Beef Entree Dog Food 13oz 7040 102020T13
Hill’s Science Diet Adult Light with Liver Dog Food 13oz 7048 112020T19
Hill’s Science Diet Adult 7+ Chicken & Barley Entree Dog Food 13oz 7055 092020T31
Hill’s Science Diet Adult 7+ Beef & Barley Entree Dog Food 13oz 7056 092020T31
Hill’s Science Diet Adult 7+ Turkey & Barley Entree 13oz 7057 112020T19
Hill’s Science Diet Adult 7+ Healthy Cuisine Braised Beef, Carrots & Peas Stew dog food 12.5oz 10452 102020T14
Hill’s Science Diet Adult 7+ Youthful Vitality Chicken & Vegetable Stew dog food 12.5oz 10763 102020T04


Obituary: Anthony “Tony” Pinto, Jr., Beloved Father, Grandfather, Brother

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Feb 072019

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved father, Anthony “Tony” John Pinto, Jr. (Junior) of West Palm Beach, Florida, on February 1, 2019. He passed peacefully surrounded by his four daughters. He was born to the late Anthony J. Pinto, Sr. and Mary Amato Pinto of New Haven, Connecticut.

Tony graduated from Wilbur Cross High School in 1961 and later attended Bryant College in Rhode Island. He was married to Carol Glowacki Pinto is 1964 in Orange, Connecticut, and together they raised four daughters.

Tony was a real estate broker and commercial developer in Connecticut. He worked for the Fusco Corporation in his early years and continued his success in commercial real estate until his retirement.
He was also an accomplished professional pool player, who went on to win several tournaments as a member of the Renegades, including wins in Las Vegas.

Anthony could fill a room when he entered with his contagious sense of humor and smile. He was known for his legendary Fourth of July fireworks, passed onto him by his late grandfather Frank Amato, his love for the New York Giants and his generous heart.

In his later years, Tony enjoyed the company of his partner and companion of 9 years, Ann Marie Mercurio of Clinton, Connecticut, who passed in 2016. Together they shared their love with family from holiday parties to impromptu gatherings on “the seawall” at their home in Clinton, Connecticut. To see them laughing and dancing the night away together, would inspire love and happiness to all that knew them.

Tony is survived by his sister, Francis Festa (Robert Festa) and their two sons Robert and David. His four daughters, Maria Pinto (Jodie Bechard), Audra Pinto (Brian Mahoney), Nicole Pinto (Toby Barnes) and Erica Pinto (Adam Parker).

He is also survived by his grandsons Rowan and Keane Mahoney, his former wife Carol Pinto, girlfriend Cynthia Anderson of West Palm Beach, Florida, and many family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting you make a donation on his behalf to a charity of your choice and to pass on Random Acts of Kindness to others.

A memorial mass will be celebrated on Saturday, February 9, 2019, at St. Michael Church, 29 Wooster Pl., New Haven, CT at 11 a.m.

Save The Date And Get Your Tickets Now For The Orange Lions Spring Wine Tasting

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Feb 062019

The Orange Lions Club will host its annual Spring Wine Tasting event on Friday, March 22, 2019, at St Barbara’s Church Hall, 480 Racebrook Road from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. The tasting will be facilitated by the Wine and Liquor Outlet of Orange.

The tasting will feature a large selection of wines, boutique beers, and some specialty liquors.  The event also will feature a large cheese table, appetizers, and delicious desserts.  As always, a lively raffle of baskets will take place during the evening.

All proceeds will benefit Lions Club local and national charities. Additionally, the club supports Fidelco Guide Dogs and Low Vision Centers. The Club awards Community Grants to worthy groups/individuals such as the Orange Historical Society, Senior Center, Case Memorial Library, Youth Services, and the Volunteer Fire Department, serves an annual Thanksgiving dinner to local seniors, does vision screenings for young children in Orange, and provides scholarships to qualified Amity seniors.

Join the Orange Lions on Friday, March 22, for this wonderful evening and get your tickets early.

Tickets are available from any Orange Lion Club member, at The Wine and Liquor Outlet, or by calling 203-795-3906 or 203-795- 0134 and through the following link  https://orangelionswinetasting.brownpapertickets.com/

It’s Happening At the Zoo: Meet The Two New Mexican Wolves

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Feb 062019

On Tuesday morning, Feb. 5, the Beardsley Zoo welcomed two young (2-year-old) male Mexican Wolves to join its 11-year-old spayed female.

After they were introduced, the boys brought out the puppy in their older companion. They bounced around, ran after one another and seemed to have a great time.

Although, during the playtime, the female did not hesitate to put the boys in their place if necessary.

NOTE: The nearby female red wolf that reportedly is in heat, ran from one end of her enclosure to the other to check out her handsome new neighbors.

Here’s what the zoo had to say about the new wolves:

Born on May 13, 2017 at the Endangered Wolf Center of Eureka, Missouri, the brothers arrived on December 6, 2018, and have been in quarantine, required for any new Zoo arrival. The males have now joined the Zoo’s remaining female to begin a small pack. The Zoo lost a second female due to a medically untreatable condition last month. Guests will be able to view the three Mexican Gray wolves between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily from the W.O.L.F. Cabin (Wolf Observation Learning Facility).

As with the female Mexican Gray wolves, the brothers will not be named. This serves to emphasize their wild status, and helps to prevent human/wolf interaction so that a re-introduction to the wild at some point may be possible. No breeding is planned for the new pack, although a Species Survival Plan recommendation may be made in the future. The Species Survival Program (SSP) is an Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) breeding and management program designed to preserve the long-term sustainability of animal populations in human care.

The existing Mexican gray wolf at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo was born in 2007 at the California Wolf Center in Julian, Calif. The Zoo is also home to two Red wolves, one male named Peanut, and one female named Shy. The Mexican gray wolves and the Red wolves are two of the rarest mammals in North America. Both species at one time were completely extinct in the wild.

“Both species of wolves at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo are imperiled. It is only through managed breeding and reintroduction that they survive in the wild today,” said Gregg Dancho, zoo director. “We’re pleased to add two new wolves to our Wolf Observation Learning Facility, and offer our guests an incredible opportunity to see these beautiful and fascinating animals up close.”

Missing from the landscape for more than 30 years, returning the Mexican gray wolf, or “lobo” to the wild was a significant milestone for wildlife conservation efforts. More than a million wolves were killed in the U.S. between 1850 and 1900. In 1907, a call was made for the extinction of the entire species. Throughout the wolf’s history, they have been hunted and reviled due to fear and misunderstanding.

In 1998, The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released 11 Mexican gray wolves back into the wild in Arizona and New Mexico, in an effort to restore balance to the Southwest’s ecosystems under the Endangered Species Act. Wolves contribute to the health of the environment by keeping deer, elk and javelina populations in check, preventing these animals from population growth that results in overgrazing and the destruction of habitat that other species depend upon.

Come to the Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport, to see these beautiful animals. We are so lucky to have this wonderful resource only a few minutes away from Orange.

While you’re there, be sure to visit the Amur Tiger sisters, at just over a year old, they are almost as big as their mother. The Red Pandas are enjoying their new habitat, and they are so cute, everyone loves them.

When the weather warms up a little more, the prairie dogs will be scampering around, too.

Did you know that the Beardsley Zoo has a beautiful carousel and an awesome Victorian Greenhouse?

The zoo also offers many volunteer opportunities and hands-on educational programs for children and teens.

Get involved and enrich your life and the lives of these precious animals.

Accident Investigation Leads To DUI Arrest

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Feb 052019

Orange Police responded to a motor vehicle accident in the 600 block of Dogwood Road on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 10:43 p.m.

Upon arrival, officers reportedly observed Nina Steele, 34, of West Haven standing on the side of the road near the accident. According to the report, her speech was slurred and her eyes were bloodshot.

She stated that she did not know what she hit in the road. (Officers discovered it was a mailbox). Officers administered standardized field sobriety tests. Subsequently, Steele was taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and failure to drive in a proper lane.

Steele posted a $50 cash bond and she was given a court date of Feb. 15.