Get Your Tickets NOW For An Afternoon For The Arts

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Oct 272021

The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation offers the most amazing opportunities to students throughout the area.

The Foundation is named for the late Jamie Hulley, the daughter of Judy Primavera and Fred Hulley, an Amity grad who loved to create. she was a singer, dancer, actress, artist, and all around wonderful happy young woman.

Her parents keep her memory alive by offering scholarships and grant money to others who share her enthusiasm for music, the theater and many other artistic mediums.

The money to fund the foundation is provided by donations and the annual Arts Gala. The COVID pandemic hurt everyone in some way, and the foundation suffered last year when the Gala couldn’t take place due to health concerns.

But thanks to the science that brought us COVID Vaccines, and a better understanding of what preventive measures can be taken to keep everyone safe, the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation event is back!

This year’s An Afternoon for the Arts featuring Carole’s Kings, an all male Carole King Review featuring the music of “Beautiful” — “Locomotion,” “I Feel The Earth Move,” “So Far Away,” “One Fine Day,” “You’ve Got A Friend,” and so much more.

The fun family day will take place on Sunday, Nov. 7 at The Brady Center for the Performing Arts, Amity High School, 25 Newton Road, Woodbridge.

Doors open at 1 p.m. with a Lite Reception and Raffle Preview. The Show begins at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $45 each and can be purchased by clicking HERE 
or click on the AD in the Right Column of this site.
Your ticket purchase allows the foundation to continue to provide enrichment classes for young artists in all genres – music, dance, visual arts and theater. All proceeds will be dedicated to their educational programs, scholarships, and community projects throughout New Haven and Fairfield Counties.
Current CDC guidelines for indoor performances will be followed.
Please click this link to purchase your tickets in advance as part of our safety protocol.

About the Performers:

CAROLE’S KINGS is the world’s first all-male Carole King tribute. With lush orchestrations, witty banter, and a cast of three incredibly talented New York stage veterans, CAROLE’S KINGS is a dynamic act jam-packed with chart-topping sensations such as “The Locomotion,” “I Feel the Earth Move,” “You’ve Got A Friend,” and many more. An expanded set also includes songs by King’s friends and collaborators James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon and Neil Sedaka. Recent performances have brought this act from venues like Caesars Palace and Celebrity, Princess and Norwegian Cruise Lines. Fun for the whole family!


$10,000 Matching Grant Challenge

To show our appreciation for your support, for every $25 you donate, you’ll receive one entry in our Match Challenge Appreciation Raffle for your choice of a $500 Visa or Amazon gift card . Donate $25 and you get one entry; donate $50 and you get two entries … You help us win the $10K matching funds and we will pay it forward to one lucky winner. Match Challenge Appreciation winner will be announced during our show.

Click HERE for the fundraising page.

Not Even Halloween Yet, But Never Too Early For Santa’s Helper

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Oct 272021

For the first 25 years of Santa’s Helper Elf Mama Annie Davis worked hand-in-hand with me on publicizing the annual fundraising event that benefits the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.
Annie passed away in September 2019 and things have changed. Covid even forced the cancelation of the event last year. But I found this information on Facebook and decided to share it with all of you in Annie’s honor so you wouldn’t miss out.
From the OVFD Auxiliary:
The Santa Teams at the Orange Volunteer Fire Department and Auxiliary are busy getting ready to deliver gifts, smiles, and cheer to many families in Orange. Saturday, December 18th 2021, Santa will arrive between 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM.
You can pre-register for Santa’s Helper online until November 14th.
Gift drop-off day is Saturday November 20th and is open to all homes in Orange. We are more than halfway to our capacity of 160 houses for delivery, so if you want to make sure to be part of this festive tradition, pre-register today!
Santa’s Helper is a wonderful, exciting and memorable fund-raising event with all of the proceeds going to the Orange Volunteer Fire Department towards life-saving equipment and training. Santa’s Helper has become a tradition both within the Fire Department and community alike over the past 27 years, and we are excited to be bringing Santa back this year!
Each year, our 6 Santa’s Helper Teams are excited to visit and deliver gifts, take photos and help make lasting memories and traditions for every family. Children and adults look forward to seeing the fire trucks with lights and sirens coming down their street to their front door, with Santa leading the way!


GIFT DROP-OFF DAY: Saturday, November 20th, 2021, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM at Fire Station #2, 355 Boston Post Road. We ask that you DO NOT arrive earlier.
This year we will be doing a drive-thru drop-off in the bays; you will get in line at the back of the fire house entering from Lambert Road, you will drive into the bay and stay in your car. Have your gifts ready to go in your back seat or trunk. We will take your information and payment, and grab the gifts out of your car.
ALSO NEW THIS YEAR: We are asking participants that HAVE NOT pre-registered (more information below) to please bring a 3×5 card (or similar) with the following information:
1 – your name (adult at residence night of delivery)
2 – address for delivery day (must be in Orange, CT)
3 – phone number
4 – email address
5 – number of kids participating/total number of gifts
6 – if you are a previous participant or new
This will help minimize direct contact so we can social distance as much as possible, to keep everyone safe and healthy.
GIFT RULES AND INFORMATION: There is a cost of $20 per gift/recipient. Each gift must be INDIVIDUALLY wrapped in your favorite holiday paper with an overwrap of plain brown paper. The name and delivery address of the recipient must be clearly printed on the outside of each gift on the brown paper.
Santa has a lot of gifts to deliver, so we are unable to accommodate gifts too large or too heavy, Santa especially appreciates that. You should have all the gifts for your visit with you on Gift Drop-Off Day.
Please contact us ahead of time at OVFDSantasHelper@gmail.com for special directions if you have a large party, a large amount of gifts, or have multiple families dropping off for the same address.
PRE-REGISTRATION (optional): If you would like to pre-register, please fill out the form at https://forms.gle/g6EATYLz1JfFtjHfA. This will make gift drop-off easier and quicker for all involved. You can even pre-pay so all you need to do is drop off your gifts that day, all the paperwork will be filled out before you get there!
Pre-Registration will be open through November 14th (or until our limit of 160 homes has been reached), you will still be able to sign-up on Gift Drop-Off Day
if you miss this deadline as long as we have not reached our limit. *Please note, you still need to attend Gift Drop-Off Day with your gifts to finalize the process.
Due to COVID, we may need to include extra safety measures to keep everyone safe, we will know specifics as it gets closer and as we watch the progression.
These measures will be communicated ahead of time and must be followed for us to be able to deliver gifts to your house. We only want to spread holiday cheer and joy, not germs and viruses.
Please note we have a limit of 160 homes Santa can visit this year, so pre-registration is highly encouraged.
Any questions, please reach out to OVFDSantasHelper@gmail.com
More information also available on our Facebook page at facebook.com/OVFDAuxiliary or our website at orangevfd.org/santas-helper
*E-mailing Santa’s Helper does not guarantee you a spot on the delivery route. Sign-up is on Gift Drop-Off day and it is on a first come-first serve basis.

Halloween Pet Safety Tips from PetMD

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Oct 272021

Halloween is just a few days away and that gives you time to prepare for the big night, including taking safety measures for your pets.

PetMD offers the following Halloween Pet Safety Tips for the upcoming event.

1. Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets.

All forms of chocolate—especially baking or dark chocolate—can be dangerous, even lethal, for dogs and cats. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning may include vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, and seizures. Halloween candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also be poisonous to dogs. Even small amounts of xylitol can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar and subsequent loss of coordination and seizures. “Xylitol ingestion can also cause liver failure in dogs, even if they don’t develop symptoms associated with low blood sugar,” said Dr. Jennifer Coates, veterinary advisor with petMD. And while xylitol toxicity in cats has yet to be established, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

2. Don’t leave pets out in the yard on Halloween.

Vicious pranksters have been known to tease, injure, steal, and even kill pets on Halloween night. Inexcusable? Yes! But preventable nonetheless. Black cats are especially at risk from pranks or other cruelty-related incidents. In fact, many shelters do not adopt out black cats during the month of October as a safety precaution. Make sure your black cats are safely housed indoors around Halloween.

3. Keep pets confined and away from the door.

Indoors is certainly better than outdoors on Halloween, but your door will be constantly opening and closing, and strangers will be on your doorstep dressed in unusual costumes. This, of course, can be scary for our furry friends, which can result in escape attempts or unexpected aggression. Putting your dog or cat in a secure crate or room away from the front door will reduce stress and prevent them from darting outside into the night…a night when no one wants to be searching for a lost loved one.

4. Keep glow sticks away from pets.

While glow sticks can help keep people safe on Halloween night, they can add some unwanted drama to the holiday if a pet chews one open. “Thankfully, the liquid inside glow sticks is non-toxic, so it won’t actually make pets sick,” Coates says, “but it does taste awful.” Pets who get into a glow stick may drool, paw at their mouth, become agitated, and sometimes even vomit. Coates recommends that if your pet does chew on a glow stick, “offer some fresh water or a small meal to help clear the material out of the mouth.”

5. Keep Halloween plants such as pumpkins and corn out of reach.

While small amounts of corn and pumpkin can be fed safely to many pets, ingesting uncooked, potentially moldy Halloween pumpkins or corn displays can cause big problems. Gastrointestinal upset is a possibility whenever pets eat something they aren’t used to, and intestinal blockage can occur if large pieces are swallowed. Coates adds that “some types of mold produce mycotoxins that can cause neurologic problems in dogs and cats.” So, keep the pumpkins and corn stalks away from your pets. And speaking of pumpkins…

6. Don’t keep lit pumpkins around pets.

If you are using candles to light your jack-o-lanterns or other Halloween decorations, make sure to place them well out of reach of your pets. Should they get too close, they run the risk of burning themselves or causing a fire.

7. Keep electric and battery-powered Halloween decorations out of reach.

Electric and battery-powered Halloween decorations are certainly safer than open candles, but they still can present a risk to pets. Pets who chew on electrical cords can receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock or burn. Batteries may cause chemical burns when chewed open or gastrointestinal blockage if swallowed. Shards of glass or plastic can cause lacerations anywhere on the body or, if swallowed, within the gastrointestinal tract.

8. Don’t dress your pet in a costume unless you know they’ll love it.

If you do decide that Fido or Kitty needs a costume, make sure it isn’t dangerous or simply annoying to your pet. Costumes should not restrict movement, hearing, eyesight, or the ability to breathe. Coates warns that pets who are wearing a costume should always be supervised by a responsible adult so that if something goes wrong, it can be addressed right away.

9. Try on pet costumes before the big night.

Don’t wait until Halloween night to put your pet in a costume for the first time. “Any time you want to introduce your pet to something new, it’s best to go slowly,” Coates says. Get your pet costumes early, and put them on for short periods of time (and piece by piece, if possible). “Make it a positive experience by offering lots of praise and treats,” Coates adds. If at any time, your pet seems distressed or develops skin problems from contact with a costume, consider letting him go in his “birthday suit.” A festive bandana may be a good compromise.

10. IDs, please!

If your dog or cat should escape and become lost, having the proper identification will increase the chances that he or she will be returned. Collars and tags are ideal if a Good Samaritan is able to collect your wayward pet, but microchips offer permanent identification should the collar or tag fall off. Just make sure the information is up-to-date. Use Halloween as a yearly reminder to double check your address and phone number on tags and with the company who supports pet microchips.

NOTE: Halloween and Independence Day are the two times of year that pets are reported missing. Unexpected activity, loud noises, excitement, doors opening and closing for strangers and dogs and cats take the opportunity to dash out and escape.

If this happens to you, please contact Orange Live ASAP at orangectlive01@gmail.com, or text 203-506-1747, with a location, date and time of loss, description, and of course, a photo of your missing pet so we can get the word out and residents can start keeping an eye out for him/her as soon as possible.

Over the years, we’ve had an excellent track record at reuniting lost pets with their families. We don’t give up! Pets are a very important part of every family and everyone must be together especially during the winter holiday season.

Come Enjoy The Sights At The Second Annual Pumpkin Blaze

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Oct 272021

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The Orange Volunteer Fire Department and Auxiliary are sponsoring the second Annual Orange Pumpkin Blaze, a Pumpkin Carving/ Decorating contest at Fire Station #1, 625 Orange Center Road, next to Town Hall this week.

We received the information too late to allow you time to prepare a submission this year, but we suggest that you come by and walk through the display at the firehouse tonight, Oct. 27 and tomorrow, Oct. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. and enjoy everyone else’s hard work.


Rain, Rain, Go Away…Wet And Windy, But Not Apocalyptic

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Oct 262021

The weather outside is simply awful, wet and windy and the areas of town that see frequent flooding may see puddling but shouldn’t be in danger of destructive floodwater incursion.

Tonight expect showers before 11 p.m., then rain mainly between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m.

It’s expected to be cold with a low around 49, and breezy with a north wind of 17-22 mph and gusts as high as 33 mph.

New rainfall amounts of between 1/4 and 1/2 inch are possible.

Tomorrow, expect some showers mainly before 7 a.m. The day will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 58. We should experience northerly wind  of 16 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph.

At night it’s expected to be mostly cloudy, with the temperature dropping to around 42 and that northerly wind going down to about 6 to 14 mph.

Crime In Amity, One Town Over

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Oct 262021

The Woodbridge Police Department recently arrested a 15-year-old juvenile from New Haven in connection with a December 2020 robbery.

After a lengthy multi-jurisdictional investigation, Woodbridge Police Detectives secured an arrest warrant for one of the parties responsible for the strong-arm robbery of an elderly woman, which occurred in the parking lot of a local medical complex.

During that incident, a pocketbook and personal belongings were forcibly stolen from the 82-year-old victim.

Area detectives’ investigations revealed that the parties responsible for this incident were also responsible for numerous robberies in the greater New Haven area during the beginning of December 2020.

The juvenile, who is currently in Department of Corrections custody, was charged with conspiracy to commit third-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny, driving a motor vehicle without a lLicense.

After processing, the juvenile was arraigned at New Haven Juvenile Court and turned back over to the Department of Corrections.

From Woodbridge PD Chief Cappiello Regarding Amity Threat

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Oct 252021

Woodbridge Police Chief Frank Cappiello

Woodbridge Police Chief Frank Cappiello sent this press release out this afternoon to inform the public of the day’s activities at Amity High School.

This morning at approximately 9:30 a.m. Amity Regional High School administrative personnel notified the School Resource Officer that some students and staff had received e-mail messages indicating a possible threat on campus. The Woodbridge Police promptly responded, commenced an investigation, and quickly determined that there was no credible threat imminent to students and faculty.

The ARHS administration made a decision to “shelter in place”, which limits movement throughout the school, and immediately notified parents about the incident. The sharing of the suspicious e-mails amongst students, their parents, and the community via social media prompted the response of a large number of parents to the school to pick up their children.

The Woodbridge Police Department Investigative Services Unit is currently working with federal and state authorities to determine the origin of the threat. Members of the Connecticut State Police, the New Haven Police Department and the Orange Police Department assisted with a police presence at the school.

Amity Regional High School is safe and secure. There will be a police presence at the school for the remainder of the day, as well as an additional police presence at the school tomorrow.

Oct 252021

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Due to the threat posted earlier this morning via email message, Amity Athletic Director Ernie Goodwin has canceled today’s games to err on the side of caution.

He has the unenviable task of rescheduling the games at a future date in the coming weeks as the season comes to a close.

Monday’s events are all AWAY games that involve bus travel:

Field Hockey vs Guilford; Girls Volleyball vs Cheshire; Girls Soccer vs Shelton.

Recall Alert: Room Spray May Contain Dangerous Bacteria

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Oct 252021

Walmart is recalling about 3,900 bottles of Better Homes and Gardens-branded- Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones in six different scents due to the possible presence of a rare and dangerous bacteria and risk of serious injury and death.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tested a version of the product and determined that it contained the dangerous bacteria Burkholderia pseudomallei which causes melioidosis. CDC has been investigating a cluster of four cases of melioidosis in the U.S., including two deaths. Cases were reported in Kansas, Minnesota, Texas and Georgia, including a child fatality.

Samples taken by CDC from a bottle of the Better Homes and Gardens Lavender & Chamomile aromatherapy room spray in the home of the Georgia victim found the presence of these dangerous bacteria.

The aromatherapy room spray was sold at about 55 Walmart stores nationwide and online at walmart.com from February 2021 through October 2021 for about $4. “Better Homes and Gardens Aromatherapy,” is printed on the label on the front of the 5-ounce glass bottle. The aromatherapy was sold with a pump spray nozzle in the following scents and product numbers:

84140411420 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Lavender & Chamomile

84140411421 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Lemon and Mandarin

84140411422 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Lavender 

84140411423 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Peppermint

84140411424 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Lime & Eucalyptus

84140411425 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Sandalwood and Vanilla

Walmart has stopped sale of the product. The product was made in India.

Consistent with CDC’s guidance, consumers are urged to:
1.Stop using this product immediately. Do not open the bottle. Do not attempt to throw away or dispose of the bottle.
2.Double bag the bottle in clean, clear zip-top resealable bags and place in a small cardboard box. Return the bagged and boxed product to a Walmart store.
3.Wash sheets or linens that the product may have been sprayed on using normal laundry detergent and dry completely in a hot dryer, bleach can be used if desired.
4.Wipe down counters and surfaces that might have been exposed to the spray with an undiluted disinfectant cleaner.
5.Minimize handling of the product and wash hands thoroughly after handling the bottle or linens. Wash hands thoroughly after removing gloves.


Customers will also receive a $20 Walmart Gift Card upon return.

Consistent with CDC recommendations, consumers should immediately stop using the recalled room spray, double bag the bottle in clean, clear zip-top resealable bags, place it in a small cardboard box and return it to any Walmart store for a full refund. Do not open the bottle. Do not attempt to throw away or dispose of the bottle.

When handling the product or cleaning contaminated surfaces, please follow the CDC guidance below.


CDC has been investigating a cluster of four cases of melioidosis in the U.S., including two deaths. Cases were reported in Kansas, Minnesota, Texas and Georgia, including a child fatality.

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The aromatherapy room spray was sold at about 55 Walmart stores nationwide and online at walmart.com from February 2021 through October 2021 for about $4.

Walmart at 800-925-6278 from 7 a.m. through 9 p.m. CT any day or online at www.walmart.com and click on “Product Recalls” for more information. Walmart Inc. uses the brand Better Homes and Gardens, a registered trademark of Meredith Corporation, under license. Make inquiries and returns to Walmart.



Shelter-In-Place At Amity High School

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Oct 252021

The Amity Superintendent sent this update regarding the situation at the High School following threatening e-mails received this morning.

“Amity Regional High School is currently in a Shelter-in-Place status. This means the exterior of the school building is locked down and no one can enter the building. Students will only be dismissed to a parent/guardian who must present ID at the front security. Students will move within the building between classes and lunch. Local police are on site and continuing the investigation. At this time, students should not be exiting the building on their own. Thank you for your cooperation and support while we continue the investigation.”