Sep 292014

Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 11.45.36 PMBravo! the manufacturer of raw pet food is recalling select lots of Bravo! Turkey and Chicken pet foods for dogs and cats due to potential Salmonella contamination.

The following Bravo! pet food products are included in the recall:

Raw Food Diet Bravo! Turkey Blend for Dogs and Cats
Product Number: 31-102
Size: 2 lb. (32 oz.) plastic tubes
Best used by date: 11-05-15
UPC: 829546311025

Bravo! Blends All Natural Chicken Blend Diet for Dogs and Cats
Product Number: 21-102
Size: 2 lb. (32 oz.) plastic tubes
ChubsBasicFormulasBest used by date: 08-11-16
UPC: 829546211028

Premium Turkey Formula Bravo! Balance Raw Diet
Product Number: 31-405
Size: 5 lb. (80 oz.) 2.3KG plastic tubes
Best used by date: 11-05-15
UPC: 829546314057

Bravo! Blends All Natural Chicken Blend Diet for Dogs and Cats
Product Number: 21-105
Size: 5 lb. (80 oz.) 2.3KG plastic tubes
Best used by date: 08-11-16
UPC: 829546211059

Bravo has also voluntarily recalling all sizes (2 lb., 5 lb. and 10 lb.) of Bravo Chicken Blend(s), Bravo Turkey Blend(s), Bravo Balance Chicken Balance and Bravo Balance Premium Turkey Formula frozen raw diet products with “best used by” dates between June 20, 2016 and Sept. 18, 2016.

The company has received no reports of illness in either people or animals associated with these products to date.

The recall was initiated after routine testing by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Salmonella in two lots of product. This batch tested negative by a third party independent laboratory prior to release for distribution to consumers. The recalled product was distributed nationwide beginning on November 14, 2013 to distributors, retail stores, internet retailers and directly to consumers. The product can be identified by the “best used by date” printed on the side of the plastic tube.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

No additional products affected by this recall. The company has received no reports of illness in either people or animals associated with these products to date.

Customers who have purchased the recalled pet food can return to the store where purchased and submit the Product Recall Claim Form available on the Bravo website www.bravopetfoods.com for a full refund or store credit.

For more information on the Bravo! recall, you can visit www.bravopetfoods.com or call toll free 1-866-922-9222 Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (EST).

If you determine your food is part of the recalled lot, take precaution when handling and disposing of the food. Use these precautions:

  • Wear gloves
  • Throw the food into a secure, closed container where other animals can’t get to it.
  • Sanitize any area the food may have touched with mild bleach solution, especially refrigerators.
  • Monitor yourself and your pets for symptoms for 70 days. It can take this long for symptoms to appear.
  • If you or your pet have any of these symptoms, go to the doctor or take your pet to the vet immediately for treatment.

Sep 292014

IMG_2584The Lady Spartans met a worthy opponent tonight in Woodbridge as they took on the Lady Titans. 

Amity continued its 8 game winning streak against the hard hitting girls from Sheehan.

The second game was a marathon battle that went on for several minutes until Amity eventually won 32-20, the first game score was 25-22 and the final 25-19.

Highlights from the Amity players include: 
Caroline DelVecchio 10 kills
Haley Pierson 27 assists, 1 ace
Nina Luciani 8 kills
Jenna Pisano 18 digs, 1 ace

Amity’s record: 8-1

Coach Seth Davis said the girls are playing well, but they have to work on their serving.

The Lady Spartans face a formidable opponent — undefeated Cheshire — on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Come on out and cheer on these incredible athletes.

Sep 272014

what I seeI’ve been writing for various publications in the Orange/Amity area for nearly 20 years.

Those of you who’ve been around a long time know I’ve had my share of challenges, including a bout with strokes and brain surgery in 2009.

But even that, as bad as it was and the residual seizures and other complications that I deal with on a daily basis can’t compare to the latest struggle.

blurry-vision-diabetes2-400x400About a week ago my vision started getting blurry. I can see distant images alright: the road when I’m driving, the fish tank and tv when I’m on the sofa, the dog running in the backyard, the changing leaves.

But it’s what I can’t see that is troubling: the books that my granddaughter gives me to read, the computer screen when I try to post a story, the photos that I take at events and games, e-mails, and the list goes on.

For example, on Friday I was taking photos at the Amity football game. I could see through the view finder, but I had no idea if any of the pictures were any good until I got home and transferred them to the computer. Even then, I used a magnifying glass to make sure they were completely in focus.

Many of you may have noticed that the quantity of content on Orange Live has decreased in the past few days. The photo posted here illustrates my computer screen with side-by-side windows of what I USED to use to write and post stories and the font size I now have to resort to, sometimes with the assistance of a magnifying glass.

Press releases that used to take 30 seconds to edit and post now take more than 10-20 minutes.

My regular physician thinks the vision loss is because of my diabetes, but it could be a complication of my past neurological problems. I have appointments with both types of doctors and will let you know what the diagnosis is.

Just as I did during and after the strokes, I will work through this. My dear friend Kate told me Yale has a very good eye center for diabetic patients — and it accepts my insurance, too.

All I ask is for your patience and understanding while this plays out.

As always, I will continue to do my best to provide you with the news as I promised when I started Orange Live back in 2012. It will just take a lot more time to produce it.

Everything I do is dependent upon my eyesight. This is terrifying and heartbreaking, but somehow I will overcome this challenge as I have in the past.

For now… Thank goodness for Roger Bacon and his invention – the magnifying glass.



Sep 242014

IMG_2039On Wednesday, Sept. 24, the front driveway of Amity High School was transformed into a festive information center during the lunch periods.

See all photos HERE.

It was a perfect day for the annual Club Day during which members from every student club and organization set up a display table and urged fellow students to join.

School Principal Charles Britton was out in the crowd checking out what everyone had to offer. He said he was impressed with their drive and commitment.

Associate Principal Jason Tracy seemed to be enjoying himself as much as the kids, visiting each table and just watching the students interact. 

“This is the one day that we turn it all over to the kids,” Tracy said. “It’s probably my favorite event of the year. It’s a great way for the kids to get together with others that they may not otherwise talk to.”

Tracy said he’s worked in other school districts, but Amity is hands down the best. “These kids are great,” he said.

Click this LINK for a short video of the event.

Sep 232014

Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 10.36.46 AMOrange Community Women celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Orange Country Fair.

Purchase your own collectible stoneware pie plate handcrafted in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Don’t miss this opportunity, the first run is sold out.

Each piece of stoneware pottery is handcrafted using traditional 18th century methods.

Every piece is custom made, start to finish. Pie plates are ten inches and fully functional.

ocf pie plate(Actual plowman and lettering will be in dark blue.) $30.00 per plate. Place your order by Tuesday, Sept. 30.

Or order a plate by emailing [email protected] or calling 203-627-2022.

Ordered plates will be delivered at no charge within the Orange area.

Orange Community Women is a chapter of Connecticut Junior Women, Inc.

Proceeds will go to supporting various projects within the community.

Sep 212014

IMG_1611It was a busy day at the Orange Country Fair today.

Click this link http://bit.ly/1sTmJZR for Orange Live’s photos.

See if you can spot yourself somewhere in the crowd.

Follow this link http://bit.ly/Z6Ncw1 for photos of the Hay Bale Toss.

Congratulations to the Orange Country Fair Committee for another job well done.




Here are a few more that aren’t on our album site.

Sep 212014

IShrooiuu4xn5y0000000000Imagine yourself in this home for the holidays. Move in condition. Offered for $869,900.

A 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom stunner with a two story foyer open to a formal dining room and living room. Large eat-in kitchen open to a step down family room with fireplace.

Master bedroom suiete with new marble bath. 2-3 additional bedrooms  and a bonus room.

Has hardwood floors, carpeting, central air, attached garage.

Set on 1.48 acres of beautifully landscaped property.



Sep 212014

IMG_1066Don’t worry about the early morning rainfall or getting soggy feet, the activities at the Orange Country Fair will go on.

Remember about 5 years ago when it rained both days, that didn’t stop the fair folks from opening.

So come on,  wear the right footwear and get ready to have a full day of country fair fun. Admire the arts and crafts and beautiful photo displays, watch tiny chicks hatch in an incubator and pet the cute baby animals.

There’s so much to do at the fair. Stop by and see everything it has to offer.

Sep 202014


Here is today’s schedule of events for the Orange Country Fair. It’s supposed to be another beautiful day. Come on down and enjoy the sights.

8 a.m. – 6 p.m. 
$8.00 Adults, $5.00 Senior Citizens, Children 15 and under Free
Free Parking  -  Free Shuttle
Pets Not Allowed  -  Alcohol Not Allowed on Grounds
No ATM onsite

Exhibits removed on Sunday at 6:00 PM


8:00 Chip’s Pancake Breakfast – Food Pavilion
9:00 Antique Tractor Pull – Pulling Area
10:00 Antique Car Show – Front of Fairgrounds 
10:30 Pork Chop Pig Racing – Lower Field
11:00 Horse Draw – Lower Field
Homing Pigeon Release – Pigeon Tent
Birds of Prey – Upper Field
11:30 Children’s Pedal Tractor Pull – Upper Field
Noon Marvelous Mutts Demonstration – Lower Field
Birds of Prey – Upper Field
12:30 Pork Chop Pig Racine – Lower field
Fritzy Brothers “One Man Circus” – Gazebo
1:00 Men’s Hay Bale Toss (16+ years old) – Lower Field
Homing Pigeon Release – Pigeon Tent
Birds of Prey – Upper Field
2:00 Marvelous Mutts Demonstration – Lower Field
Birds of Prey – Upper Field
Garden Club: “Herbs In The Garden”-Nancy Mellone
2:30 Live Music: “The Tax Men” Gazebo
Pork Chop Pig Racing – Lower Field
3:00 Homing Pigeon Release – Pigeon Tent 
4:00 Marvelous Mutts Demonstration – Lower Field
4:30 Pork Chop Pig Racing – Lower Field
6:00 Fair closes