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.


Feb 132017

The Orange Police Department posted this notice on its Facebook Page:

The Amity area is experiencing extremely high wind gusts.

There are numerous road closures due to downed trees.

Amity schools have notified their students and families that if a student cannot be dropped off due to a road closures they will be returned to campus for alternate options.

Please use caution when outside for blowing snow and debris.

WHOOSH — Wind Advisory In Effect

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Feb 132017

If you’re breathing, you must have noticed how strong the wind is today.  A wind advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. tonight.

You can expect Northwest winds of 20-30 mph with gusts of up to 50 mph, with the strongest winds through late afternoon.

Strong winds may blow down limbs, trees and power lines. Scattered power outages are expected.

According to the National Weather Service, a Wind Advisory is issued when sustained winds of 31 to 39 mph or gusts of 46 to 57 mph are expected or occurring. Winds this strong can make driving difficult especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.