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What You Need To Know About The Senior Transportation Service

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Feb 232017
 

The Town of Orange provides a transportation service for senior/handicapped residents.

This service runs Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm.

Be aware that 24 to 48 hours notice is required.

The program transports to Orange, Milford, West Haven, New Haven, North Haven and Hamden, and additional local areas by request on a case by case basis.

The service is donation based—$2.00 to Senior Center, $4.00 within Orange and $6.00 outside of Orange all round trip. Aides ride free.

Call Kim Callahan (203) 891-4788 to schedule a ride.

Obituary: Oscar Schwarz, 89, Beloved Father of Monica Slowik

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Feb 222017
 

Oscar Schwarz,  89, a longtime resident of Derby, lost his short but courageous fight against cancer on February 18, at his daughter’s home with his loving family by his side.

Oscar was born on April 11, 1927 to Heinrich and Berta (Schalchli) Schwarz in Altikon, Switzerland. He served in the Swiss Army and was a member of the Swiss Drum Corps.

Oscar was a member of the Bricklayers Union until his retirement.

He is survived by his loving wife Elisabeth (Meier) Schwarz of 64 years, one son Urs (Lori) Schwarz of Naugatuck, CT, three daughters Doris (Daniel) Turner of Naugatuck, CT, Monica (Kenneth) Slowik of Orange, CT, and Sylvia (James) Royston of Longwood, FL, his ten grandchildren Jessica and Heather Schwarz, Melissa and Raymond Turner, Cassandra, Julian and Christian Slowik, and Ashley, Victoria and Joseph Royston, great granddaughter Kayleigh Roberts-Turner, several nieces and nephews and a sister Verena (Schwarz) Hager of Kusnacht, Switzerland. He is predeceased by two brothers, Henry and Karl Schwarz and a sister Berta Monachon.

Oscar loved spending time with his family and friends, gardening, masonry, bricklaying, repairing things, and woodworking. He was an avid fan of UCONN Women’s Basketball and the New York Rangers. He also enjoyed watching the motorcycle racing, Food Network Channel, Wrestling and MMA Boxing.

Friends may call on Friday from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Riverview Funeral Home, 390 River Rd. Shelton, CT with his memorial service at 6:00 pm at the funeral home.

Bobcat Sighting Today

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Feb 202017
 

File photo of The Sunset Drive Bobcat from a couple of years ago.

A resident on Northwood Road reported seeing a bobcat this afternoon around 4 p.m.

Once again, we know that bobcat sightings are not unusual in Orange, but we publish these reports as a courtesy to residents who are concerned about the wellbeing of their pets.

Mountain Lion in Orange? It’s Possible

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Feb 182017
 

From 2012: Rounded ears, beige color, long legs … is this a mountain lion?

A resident sent us this message tonight:

“I saw what I thought was a mountain lion walk through my back yard on Howellton Road this morning around 7:30.”

Orange has seen so many different types of wildlife in the past few years, including predators like bobcats, mountain lions and fisher cats, so a report like this is not outlandish.

It is a heads-up for anyone that lets their pet (particularly cats and dogs) out to do their business on their own.

If you see a predator, please try to snap a photo that we can share on Orange Live.

 

Welcome to A to Z Pet Shop

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Feb 182017
 

One thing that the town of Orange has been missing since Statewide Pets closed its doors on Bull Hill Lane, is a pet store with cats and dogs and a wide variety of other creatures and supplies.

Welcome A to Z Pet Shop, 185 Boston Post Road in the former Weichert Realty space near the Hibachi Grill.

The new business is a family owned pet store with puppies, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, mice,  a ferret, iguanas, fish and of course all the supplies they’ll need.

Jerry and Tara Fleming of Guilford chose Orange for its need, population and business friendly atmosphere.

All of their puppies come from reputable breeders whose information is listed in plain sight in compliance with state laws.

Today, Saturday, Feb. 18, the Flemings welcome you to the store for a “soft” opening, so you can see the store, make funny faces at the sweet puppies — the Great Dane and Bull Mastiff are so adorable with their giant paws — and find the perfect harness and leash combination for your pet and maybe a toy or two.

“We pride ourselves on keeping our animals happy and healthy and providing great customer service,” Tara said.

So, stop by A to Z today (until 6 or 7 p.m.) shortened hours until the official opening.

Open House: 3 Bedroom Home on Willard Road

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Feb 182017
 

9f147a772df8483-n10177247Straight out of a magazine! Better than new, 2016 custom renovation to this 3 bedroom, 2 full bath, 1,307 Sq. Ft. Ranch with a lovely front porch.
One level living at it’s best. Brand new oversized 2 car garage and new asphalt driveway, newer septic and city water.
The sunny open floor plan is accented by gleaming Bamboo hardwood floors and features a casual living room, dining room and den.
A fabulous custom kitchen with granite counter tops, which will be a cooks delight! White cabinetry, center island, glass tile backsplash and brand new stainless steel finger print safe appliances.
Three main level bedrooms include an impressive Master bedroom with a walk in closet, master bath with custom tile shower with glass door and double sinks. Main level laundry.
New mechanicals include electric, plumbing and high efficiency propane furnace and water heater. Newer roof on house and brand new roof on garage. Pristine move in condition. Offered for $359,999 (reduced).
Tastefully landscaped yard with seasonal plantings. Convenient to Route 34, Merritt Parkway and I-95. Truly an outstanding home.

Open House Sunday, Feb. 19, 1-3 p.m. at 1036 Willard Road, Orange.

Obituary: Lillian Bartkow Wachuk, 102, Beloved Mother

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Feb 172017
 

Lillian Bartkow Wachuk, the 102 year-old widow of the late Andrew Wachuk, died peacefully at home in Orange on Feb. 11.

Born in Chester, Penn. on Oct. 17, 1914, she was the beloved daughter of Anna and Paul Bartkow.

Lillian married Andrew Wachuk in Sept. 1939 and they were married for 72 years.

Lillian graduated from Pierce Business College in Philadelphia. She was employed at M.B. Electronics and as an Executive Assistant at Armstrong Rubber Co. in New Haven. She lived in Orange for 69 years.

She had a lifelong love of music and entertained her family at the piano her entire life. Lillian was an active member of The Evangelical Baptist Church in Ansonia where she was an organist and pianist. During those years she provided music for numerous weddings, funerals and other celebrations.

Lillian is survived by 2 children, Robert & his wife Nan of Old Saybrook, CT & Kenneth & his wife Nancy of Hamden, CT., her brother Daniel Bartkow of Florida, 2 grandchildren John and Matthew & his wife Jennifer & 2 great grandchildren Will & Ollie.

Friends may call at The Jenkins King & Malerba Funeral Home, 12 Franklin St. Ansonia on Sunday, Feb. 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Funeral services will begin at 2:00 p.m. Burial will follow on Monday, graveside in Pine Grove Cemetery at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Lillian’s memory may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS. 66675.

Obituary: Daniel Dowd, 63, Beloved Brother of Timothy Dowd

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Feb 162017
 

Daniel Dowd, 63, of Greenfield, MA, passed away February 8, 2017. He was born in Holyoke, MA and is the beloved son of the late James J. Dowd, Jr. and Mary Louise Teahan Dowd, and his step-mother Cynthia Clark Dowd Rowell.

Dan graduated from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. He was a disabled veteran who proudly served in the US Navy at Guantanamo Bay Cuba.

Dan was a lover of music, poetry and laughter. Always a musician, his passion for music was at the heart of his band – The Crybabies. www.thecrybabies.com.

He is survived by his three brothers James J. Dowd, III (Dawn Chamberlain) of Conway, MA, David E. Dowd of Westbrook, CT and Timothy W. Dowd (Maggie Sullivan) of Orange, CT and his nieces and nephews James M. Dowd (Sheri) of Santa Monica, CA, Michael D. Dowd of Tampa, FL, Mark A. Nelson of Weare, NH, David J. Dowd (Gwen) of Webster, NY, Mary L. Dowd Stopka (Nicholas), Thomas J. Dowd, and Kathleen S. Dowd all of Orange, CT.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, February 17, 2017, at 10:00 AM in the Chapel of St. Jerome Church, 169 Hampden St, Holyoke, MA.

In lieu of flowers, it is requested that a memorial contribution be made to The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, P.O. Box 160, 97 N. Hatfield Road, Hatfield, MA 01028 (www.foodbankwma.org), telephone (413)247-9738, ext. #108.

To leave online condolences please visit www.barryjfarrellfuneralhome.com

Recall: Blue Buffalo Announces Voluntary Recall

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Feb 152017
 

Blue Buffalo, a Connecticut-based pet food manufacturer, has voluntarily recalled select canned dog food due to possible aluminum contamination.

According to a letter on the Blue Buffalo website, the company was notified by one of its suppliers of the possible presence of aluminum in one of its production runs.

The recall includes the following canned dog food product:

Product Name: Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe Healthy Weight, Chicken Dinner with Garden Vegetables, 12.5 ounce can, dog food

UPC: 8-40243-10017-0

Best By Date: August 3, 2019

To find the “best by” date, consumers should look at the bottom of the dog food cans.

Blue Buffalo has not received any reports of illness or injury as a result of problems that initiated the recall, according to the company letter.

Consumers with recalled canned dog food can return the product(s) at a local pet food retailer for a full refund. For more information, call 866-800-2917.

— Vladimir Negron 

FYI Coyote Sighting This Afternoon

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Feb 142017
 

A Dogwood Road resident reported seeing a coyote in her side yard that was headed into the woods along Cummings Drive at around 1:45 this afternoon.

We know that coyote sightings are nothing new in Orange, yet many residents appreciate the reports especially if it is close to their home.