Check Your Cabinet For These Recalled Dog Treats

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Mar 232018

The J.M. Smucker Company, this week, announced the recall of two popular Milo’s Kitchen dog treats due to potentially elevated levels of beef thyroid hormone that reportedly already have sickened three dogs.
In a company news release, the following specific sizes and dates of these Milo’s Kitchen dog treats have been recalled:
  • Milo’s Kitchen Steak Grillers / Steak Grillers Recipe With Angus Steak, 18 oz., UPC #079100518227, best by either Nov. 15, 2018, or April 26, 2019
  • Milo’s Kitchen Steak Grillers / Steak Grillers Recipe With Angus Steak, 22 oz., UPC #079100518234, best by April 26, 2019
  • Milo’s Kitchen Steak Grillers / Steak Grillers Recipe With Angus Steak, 10 oz., UPC #079100527762, best by April 26, 2019
  • Milo’s Kitchen Grilled Burger Bites With Sweet Potato and Bacon, 15 oz., UPC #079100521265, best by Nov. 19, 2018

According to the news release, “The FDA informed Smucker of 3 illness reports, and we immediately initiated a voluntary recall of the limited, impacted production.”

The dog treats were distributed nationally, and this recall is limited to the 2 specific varieties, dates and sizes noted above.

The FDA has said that “pets that eat food or treats containing thyroid hormones may develop hyperthyroidism, a disease that is rare in dogs and usually triggered by thyroid cancer.”

Dedication Ceremony Today For The Elaine Arena Blood Pressure Clinics At The OVNA

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Mar 222018

The Orange Visiting Nurse Association would like to invite the community to honor a longtime friend, Elaine Arena, with the dedication of our Community Monthly Blood Pressure Clinic in Elaine’s memory.

First Selectman James Zeoli will be in attendance making a proclamation on behalf of Elaine Arena. The ceremony will take place on March 22, 2018, 12 p.m. at the Orange Visiting Nurse Association, 605A Orange Center Road.

Juliette Elaine Winfield Downes Arena of Orange passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. She was 91 years old. 

For twenty-two years Elaine was Finance Manager of the Town of Orange Visiting Nurse Association. After retirement, she was a dedicated volunteer for many years, most particularly as an IRS-AARP income tax preparer for the city of West Haven Senior Center. She had also volunteered with Orange VNA at their monthly blood pressure clinics for many years.

The blood pressure clinics are offered on the fourth Thursday of every month from 1 to 2 p.m. at the OVNA. This clinic offers residents an opportunity to have their blood pressure monitored or to receive information and counseling on health-related matters. The sessions are held by a Registered Nurse (RN) and/or a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). The screenings are free and no appointment is necessary.

No Morning Minyan Due To Weather

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Mar 212018

Congregation Or Shalom

Due to the weather, Thursday Morning Minyan at Congregation Or Shalom, Old Grassy Hill Road, is canceled.

(Wednesday) Get Up, Go To School! — You’re Going Home Early, Though

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Mar 212018

Amity will have an early dismissal today (11:45 a.m.) and Orange schools also will have early dismissal.

Mary L Tracy will dismiss at 12:40 p.m., Peck Place, Race Brook and Turkey Hill will dismiss at 1 p.m.

There will be no 21st Century session this afternoon.

Enjoy the fourth consecutive Nor’ Easter of the month of March, hopefully, this is the end of it.

Get some homework done, Theater Kids practice your lines, everyone else, help your parents by getting out there and shoveling before they get home from work.



Opinions About Gun Violence? Let Your Voice Be Heard On Friday

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Mar 202018

Connecticut Against Gun Violence will host a public hearing for H.B. 5540, to regulate ghost guns, and H.B. 5542, to ban bump stocks on Friday, March 23, 10-11 a.m. at the Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Ave., Hartford.

Let’s show legislators the strength and passion of the gun sense movement in the aftermath of Parkland.

What, some may ask, is a bump stock? It’s the device the Las Vegas shooter used to convert his assault weapon into a machine gun, killing and injuring more than 500. It can shoot 100 rounds a minute.

There are three ways you can participate:
1. Attend in person as an observer
2. Submit written testimony (with/without attending)
3. Testify in person at the hearing

Please click bit.ly/2Dva4c6 to download our Public Hearing and Testimony Guide. It gives you everything you need to know about attending the hearing and submitting written or in-person testimony.

Schedule Of Events For 2018 Holy Week and Resurrection at Orange Congregational Church

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Mar 202018

Aerial view of the Orange Congregational Church 

Here is the 2018 Holy Week and Resurrection schedule of events at Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meeting House Lane (at the corner of Orange Center Road) in Orange.

Palm Sunday   
March 25
9:45 a.m.  Palm Processional:
Meet us in the back parking lot to receive your palm and process with bagpiper into the Sanctuary.
If you wish not to process, please go directly into the Sanctuary.

10:00 a.m.  Worship in the Sanctuary
11:30 a.m.  Prayer Walk offered by the Confirmation Class:

This will be a lunch theater style dramatization of the last days of Jesus’ life.  For a $5 per person suggested donation, we will offer Middle Eastern fare.  Sign up with the church office at 203-795-9749.

Maundy Thursday   
March 29
Service of Tenebrae at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Lights will be extinguished as we hear the passion of Christ in his final hours.
Communion by intinction will be offered.

Good Friday   
March 30
7:00 p.m.  Worship in the Sanctuary

Easter Sunday   
April 1st 
6:30 a.m.  Sunrise Service at Hannah’s Hill outside near the church
A service offered by our Youth to celebrate the risen Christ.
After worship, we will meet at Chip’s Restaurant in Orange for breakfast.

9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.  Worship in the Sanctuary

Music from our Junior Choir, Bell Choir and Senior Choirs

Good Shepherd’s 2018 Holy Week And Easter Services

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Mar 202018

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, Orange, released its schedule of events for Holy Week and Easter Sunday Worship 2018

The Church of the Good Shepherd invites you to attend any of our upcoming services and events during Holy Week and on Easter Sunday.

All are welcome.

Sunday, March 25
Palm Sunday services at 8 am and 10 am with Blessing of the Palms and Reading of the Passion

Thursday, March 29
Maundy Thursday service begins at 6:30 pm with fellowship and refreshments at 6:30, and service at 7 pm
Thursday, March 29- Friday, March 30
Vigil Altar of Repose Thursday 8:30 pm-10 pm, and Friday 8 am-3 pm
Sanctuary open for prayer and anointing for healing

Friday, March 30
Good Friday Hour of Prayer at 12 pm
Outdoor Stations of the Cross at 3 pm, rain or shine
Holy Eucharist from the reserve at 7 pm

Sunday, April 1
Easter Sunday services at 8 am and 10 am
Easter Egg Hunt following the 10 am service

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd is located on 680 Racebrook Road, Orange. Sunday service times include Rite II Holy Eucharist without music at 8 a.m. and Rite II Holy Eucharist with music at 10 a.m. For more information about The Church of the
Good Shepherd’s many other programs please call the Parish Office @ (203) 795-6577, e-mail us at thegoodspheherd@optonline.net, visit our website at www.thegoodshepherdorangect.org, and of course, check our Facebook page www.facebook.com/cgsorangect for frequent postings.

Annual Paper Shredding and Mattress Recycling Event Scheduled

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Mar 192018

The Orange Recycling Committee (ORC) of Orange, CT will host a paper shredding and mattress recycling event Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 9 a.m. to noon at High Plains Community Center (HPCC). Both services will be provided free of charge to Orange residents.

The secure, on-site paper shredding service will once again be handled by town resident Joe Johnston’s company, Affordable Solutions. Residents may bring bags or boxes filled with documents for shredding and volunteers from the Orange Recycling Committee will deposit them into the shredding truck. This service is generously funded by the Rotary Club of Orange. Residents may show their appreciation by donating to the Orange Rotary Scholarship Fund. Rotarians will be on hand to collect donations.

For the second year, residents also may bring mattresses and box springs for recycling. This free service is made possible through a partnership with the Mattress Recycling Council’s Bye Bye Mattress Program. Dry mattresses (of all sizes) and box springs will be accepted. However, mattresses from futons/sofa beds or waterbeds; mattresses infested with bed bugs; wet, damaged or excessively soiled mattresses; sleeping bag or mattress pads/toppers, are not part of the program.

For residents who need assistance getting mattresses and box springs to the event, members of the Orange Lions Club will pick-up these items from residences, given they are outside and dry or in a garage for easy access as volunteers will not enter homes. Those interested in this pick-up service should contact Ken Lenz at 203-795-3906.  The fee for pick-up is $10 per mattress or box spring; payment is by cash or check to Orange Lions Charities, and all proceeds are considered a charitable donation.

“We are thrilled to once again partner with the Rotary Club of Orange and The Orange Lions Club to offer these important environmental services to residents,” said Mitch Goldblatt, Chair of the Orange Recycling Committee. “Purging homes of these items and keeping them out of landfills helps our environment as well as tax dollars. This is a fun event that gives volunteers and residents an opportunity to work together for a cleaner and more sustainable planet.”

For the sixth time, this shredding event will help residents dispose of thousands of pounds of sensitive financial and medical papers in a secure, environmentally-responsible way. Adding mattress and box spring recycling last year proved a success, so it’s expected that more residents will availing themselves of this opportunity this year..

Paper Shredding and Mattress Recycling Event – Details:

WHEN:  Saturday, April 28, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., rain or shine

WHERE:  High Plains Community Center (front parking area), 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT


         Tax papers, bills, receipts, statements, and documents that contain personal, financial and/or medical information. No need to remove staples or elastic bands, but clips should be removed for reuse.

         Mattresses and box springs

DO NOT BRING Paper that is already shredded, newspapers, notebooks, folders, and other papers that can go in the regular residential recycling bins.

About the Orange Recycling Committee

The Orange Recycling Committee is a group of volunteers appointed by the Board of Selectmen, who live in Orange and are committed to increasing and simplify recycling options for Orange residents.

         Website: http://www.orange-ct.gov/180/Recycling

         Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ORCinCT/

Committee Seeks Local Veterans To Honor At Memorial Day Ceremony And Parade

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Mar 192018

Orange residents, do you know a veteran, male or female, especially one who served in Korea or WWII. If so, the Orange Memorial Day Committee wants to know about him or her.

Every year, the committee carefully chooses veterans to honor during the Memorial Day ceremony on the Orange Fairgrounds before the parade. These veterans fill the roles of Grand Marshal, Chief of Staff and Honored Veteran in the Memorial Day Parade.

Committee Chairman Kevin Gilbert said they are looking for veterans, who are Orange residents who were honorably discharged, particularly women who often are overlooked. He said many WWII veterans don’t talk about the war, so some people may not even know that they served.

As the holiday draws closer, there is a lot of planning and preparation that needs to be done, but nothing is as important as choosing the candidates they will recognize this year. “We hope to make a decision by the second week of April, so we need help getting names submitted for consideration as soon as possible,” Gilbert said.

If you have someone in mind, or if you are a veteran who would like to be considered please call Kevin Gilbert at 203-795-4647 or e-mail kpg25629@gmail.com or contact Karen Goldberg at 203-891-4738 or kgoldberg@orange-ct.gov.

There’s Trouble In River City This Weekend — Get Your Tickets For The Music Man Jr. Today

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Mar 192018

Amity residents are more than familiar with the masterful, award-winning spring musical productions at Amity High School (this year it’s the Addams Family), but what about the “other” school musicals?

This Friday and Saturday, the Spartan Players at Amity Middle School, 100 Ohman Avenue, Orange will present Meredith Willson’s The Music Man Jr.

Here’s a synopsis of this play from the mtishows website:

“Based on Meredith Willson’s six-time-Tony-Award-winning musical comedy, The Music Man JR. features some of musical theatre’s most iconic songs and a story filled with wit, warmth and good old-fashioned romance. The Music Man JR. is family entertainment at its best – a bold, brassy show that will have the whole town atwitter!”

“Master showman Harold Hill is in town and he’s got “seventy-six trombones” in tow. Can upright, uptight Marian, the town librarian, resist his powerful allure?  The story follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize. The catch? He doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, whose belief in Harold’s power just might help him succeed in the end in spite of himself.”

“The Music Man JR. is the perfect vehicle for a young cast, a toe-tapping crowd-pleaser that features a soaring soprano ingénue part and a leading role for a charismatic actor, as well as plenty of roles for kids of every level.”

CAST LIST In order of appearance:

CONDUCTOR Marco A. Lopez
SALESMAN #1 Jayden Benichak
SALESMAN #2 Ashley Daneshfar
SALESMAN #4 Allison Bowler
SALESMAN #5 Molly Blair
NEWSPAPER READER #2 Aanchal Poddar
NEWSPAPER READER #3 Claudia Homiski
CHARLIE COWELL Christopher Chizmadia
HAROLD HILL Nolan T. Young
MAYOR SHINN Michael Perrone
ALMA HIX Katherine Sim
FARMER Corey Richards
FARMERíS WIFE Caitlyn Shanley
JACEY SQUIRES Arielle M. Chetwynd
OLIN BRITT Annika Lyngdal
OLIVER HIX Grace Mahon
EWART DUNLOP Holly Thorndike
MARIAN PAROO Zola M. Kneeland
MRS. PAROO Ashley Daneshfar
AMARYLLIS Greta Pedenski
GRACIE SHINN Jenna Chizmadia
MAUD DUNLOP Olivia Sceppa
MRS. SQUIRES Annabella Gefen-Alves
THE PICK-A-LITTLE LADIES Aanchal Poddar, Molly Blair, Mia Destival, Marisa F. Scotti,
WA TAN YE GIRLS Emma Curis, Claudia Homiski, Abigail Tirollo, Ana DeBassio, Athanasia Zikos, Sydney Melchoir
BOYSí BAND Marco A. Lopez, Jayden Benichak, Allison Bowler, Leah Katz
RIVER CITY TOWNSPEOPLE Sophia Cossitt-Levy, Jackie Tice, Caitlyn Smith, Cassidy Smith, Bridget Lillis
KIDS Molly Blair


The production is sponsored by the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation.

The show takes place on Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are a bargain at only $8 and $10. Visit www.squarefoottheatre.tix.com to purchase tickets online. Tickets also will be available at the door.