WARNING: Euthanasia Drug Pentobarbital Found in Gravy Train

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Feb 082018

A “watchdog group” at Petful.com shared this information on Thursday evening, Feb. 8.

WJLA-TV, an ABC affiliate out of Washington, D.C., tonight announced the results of its months-long investigation into pet food, and the results are “explosive,” according to reporter Lisa Fletcher.

The investigation team says it discovered traces of pentobarbital, a powerful sedative often used as a euthanasia drug, in tested cans of Gravy Train dog food.

Pentobarbital is a very dangerous contaminant that can be fatal to dogs and cats.

The reporting team at WJLA partnered with independent testing labs to test dozens of samples of various wet dog food brands in the wake of last year’s recalls of Evanger’s and Party Animal because of pentobarbital contamination.

“The FDA now says it will investigate” Gravy Train, the TV station told viewers.

J.M. Smucker, the maker of Gravy Train, says it has “launched a thorough investigation.”

Until we learn more details, we advise that you stop feeding Gravy Train immediately if you’re feeding it to your dog. We will update this post as more information emerges.

NOTE: I read some heartbreaking comments from pet owners whose dogs were suffering from problems such as losing the use of their hind legs and bladder control after eating this food. Please, if you have it get rid of it!

Feb 082018

The Friends of the Case Memorial Library announce that applications for the 2018 Lucy Scillia Scholarship may now be picked up at the Library.

Applicants must reside in Orange but may attend any public or private high school. The amount of the scholarship is $1,000.

Completed applications may be delivered to the Library or sent to:  Friends of the Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, Orange, 06477.

Newest Weather Alert: Be Careful Of Icy Conditions

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Feb 082018

From the National Weather Service:

Some Icy Conditions Develop Overnight into Early Thursday.

With temperatures dropping well below freezing overnight into Thursday morning, any remaining areas of standing water will freeze, creating ice. This will lead to slippery conditions on any untreated surfaces.

Use extra care and caution if outside and traveling.

UPDATED: Amity Varsity Sports Schedule Feb. 5 – Feb. 11

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Feb 072018

Here is this week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedule:

Monday, Feb. 5

Unified Sports Basketball Bowling Away – Woodlawn Bowl – West Haven 3 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 6

Boys Ice Hockey v. Lyman Hall/H-K/Coginchaug Home – Bennett Rink – West Haven 5:15 p.m. L 6-5 OT

Boys Basketball v. Shelton Home – Paul D. Mengold Gym at Amity High School 7 p.m.  W 68-47

Girls Basketball v. Branford Away – James L MacVeigh Alumni Athletic Complex – Gym 7 p.m.   W 53-35

Girls (DANCE TEAM) v. Staples Home – Gymnastics & Cheer Academy 7 p.m.

Unified Sports Basketball Jonathan Law Tournament Away – J.Law High School 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 7

Boys and Girls Alpine Skiing RACE Home – Mt. Southington 4 p.m.

Boys Ice Hockey v. Lyman Hall/H-K/Coginchaug Home – Bennett Rink – West Haven 8:30 p.m. This Game Was played on TUESDAY

Wrestling v. Jonathan Law Away – Jonathan Law HS-Richetelli Gymnasium 7 p.m  Changed to Thursday, same place and time.

Girls Ice Hockey v. Hand-Coginchaug-Old Lyme Away – Northford Ice Pavilion 4 p.m. POSTPONED to Feb. 13 at 4 p.m. 

Thursday, Feb. 8

Boys Indoor Track Class L Tournament Away – Floyd Little Center 4 p.m.

Wrestling v. Jonathan Law Away – Jonathan Law HS-Richetelli Gymnasium 7 p.m

Girls Ice Hockey v. Guilford Home – The Rinks at Shelton 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 9

Boys Basketball v. East Haven Home – Paul D. Mengold Gym at Amity High School 7 p.m.

Boys Swimming and Diving v. Shelton Home – Orange Community Center Pool 7:20 p.m.

Girls Basketball v. Mercy Away – Mercy 7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 10

Girls Gymnastics FCIAC Championships Away – Jonathan Law High School 10 a.m

Sunday, Feb. 11

Girls Ice Hockey v. Masuk-Barlow-Newtown-Oxford-Bethel Home – The Rinks at Shelton 7 p.m.

Troublesome Weather Begins Around 9 a.m. – NO SCHOOL Amity and Orange

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Feb 072018

All forecasts are calling for the inclement weather to begin around 9 a.m. and to continue throughout the day – starting with snow, then turning to ice and concluding with rain.

Overnight temperatures will be below freezing so surfaces will be icy.

All Vehicle Drivers Now Face Fines for Failing to Remove Snow and Ice Abstract: (Since 2013) Commercial motor vehicles join passenger cars and small trucks in the requirement that their drivers remove snow and ice from hoods, trunks and roofs or face fines ranging from $75 to $1250.

As of 5:25 a.m. Amity AND Orange Schools are CLOSED today.

Just be very careful out there.

Super Bowl Sunday Open House 3 Bedroom Cape

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Feb 032018

Looking for a home? Before the big game, check out this 1,620 sq ft cape at 502 Ferry Road between 12 – 1:30 p.m.
This is the “move-in” ready/turnkey home in Orange you have been waiting for!! Nothing to do but move-in.
Beautifully updated and remodeled Cape Cod-style home with 3 BR / 2 BA in a quiet central Orange neighborhood.
Located on 0.70 acres, the Seller has meticulously and beautifully updated this home with many tasteful touches.
This property features all new windows, a new septic system, a new kitchen (with new cabinets, new granite countertops, new stainless steel appliances, new breakfast bar, and new sink & fixture), new bathrooms (with new sinks & fixtures, cabinetry, wall and floor tile, toilets, tub (and shower stall)), new LED lighting, some new hardwood flooring (and some refinished hardwood floors), new wall to wall carpeting (in 2 of the 3 bedrooms), new stone work around the fireplace, a new brick front walk and rear patio, and a newly finished (heated and carpeted) living area in the lower living level. The interior of this home has been completely repainted. Furthermore, this home has a large 2 car garage, public water and oil baseboard heat.
It is in a very convenient location which is 3 minutes (1.2 miles) to RT 1, 6 minutes (2.2 miles) to I-95, and 15 minutes (5.5 miles) to Yale and Yale-New Haven Hospital.
This home is in the Racebrook and Amity school districts. Recently reduced, it’s attractively priced at $399,900 for your immediate consideration!

Happy Ending: Kitty Caregiver Steps Forward

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Feb 032018

We have news of a happy ending for the second tuxedo cat of the month (reported in January).

The Good Samaritan who took in a male cat that she found hiding under her backyard shed heard from a resident who had been feeding him and his mom for some time until they suddenly disappeared about a month ago.

Although that person identified the cat, she cannot adopt him, so the woman who reported finding him is planning to re-home him with a loving family.

This is what Orange is all about. Good people doing selfless acts to help others and all living creatures.

Thank You for assuring this little guy a safe and happy future.

Church Youth Brave The Cold During Annual Freeze Out

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Feb 022018

How do you feel about the sub-freezing temperatures tonight? The biting cold making you want to scream as you rush from your car to your warm home.

Well, imagine not having a car or a home or a warm place to sleep.

About 20 young people, ages 10-18 are experiencing  what it’s like to be homeless tonight inside cardboard boxes in front of the Orange Congregational Church for the annual “Freeze Out.”

This year the event is a fundraiser to benefit the Columbus House.

The youth and their adult advisors are taking shifts outside in the freezing 14-degree air to spend time in the cardboard boxes. When they are not outside, they participate in activities indoors, including learning about police work during a visit from Orange Officer Chris Brown and his K9 Loki.

If you would like to help the youth group raise money for the cause, you may stop by the church overnight or in the morning and drop off a check or cash to help those who have nothing.


Obituary: John S. “Jack” Anthony, Beloved Husband, Father, Scout Leader, Coach

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Jan 312018

It is with great sadness that the family of John “Jack” Spencer Anthony, of Orange, announces his passing on Sunday, January 28, 2018 after a brief illness.

Jack will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 41 years, Loretta; his children, Julie (Jered), Peter “Chip” (Amanda), and Adele (Danny), and his dear sister Kathy Anthony Sperry. Jack will also be fondly remembered as “Pop Pop” by his seven grandchildren, Brianna, Jaron, Victoria, Christian, Judson, Thomas, and Jericho. Jack will be forever remembered by many extended family members and friends.

After retirement from Pitney Bowes, he continued to work part-time at Lowe’s in Milford and for the Board of Education in Orange. Jack served in leadership for Boy Scout Troop 921 in Orange, as well as coach and equipment manager for Orange Little League.

He also served as an usher at Trinity Church in Woodbridge for a number of years. Jack loved gardening, tractor rides with his grandchildren, following NASCAR, and spending time with his family.

Calling hours will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden, with a Memorial Service to follow at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Jack can be made to Calvary Chapel Naugatuck; all proceeds will benefit Teen Challenge New Haven.

Donations can be made online at https://goo.gl/1GCqaG by selecting the “Jack Anthony Memorial Donation” fund from the drop-down menu. Donations may also be made via check to Calvary Chapel Naugatuck, PO Box 1789, Naugatuck, CT 06770. Please note “Jack Anthony Memorial Donation” in the memo line.

To send a condolence to Jack’s family, visit beecherandbennett.com

TGI Fridays is Open Again

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Jan 312018

The last time we were at TGI Fridays, 348 Boston Post Road, Orange, was on Oct. 21, 2017.


Around 7:45 p.m. on Oct. 21 while bar customers were watching the Major League baseball games and others were having a meal in the dining room an alarm went off, alerting the Orange Volunteer Fire Department of a problem.

The manager and staff immediately got busy and made sure everyone was safely evacuated from the building.

Faulty equipment in the kitchen was to blame for the fire that sent smoke throughout the building and resulted in some expensive repairs to the roof and other areas.


After three months of work, the Orange Chamber of Commerce welcomed TGI Fridays back to Orange at their ribbon cutting ceremony for the Grand Re-Opening today.

The restaurant is open 7 days a week from 11 a.m. to midnight. Stop by and welcome them back!