Owner Busted Selling Marijuana At New Fairfield Business, Police Say Owner Busted Selling Marijuana At New Fairfield Business, Police Say
Owner Busted Selling Marijuana At New Fairfield Business, Police Say A Connecticut business owner is accused of illegally selling drugs out of his establishment. In Fairfield County, agents conducted a routine inspection at L&A Smoke Shop, located on Route 39 in New Fairfield, on Tuesday morning, June 18. According to Connecticut State Police, they uncovered "significant" evidence of illegal distribution of THC edibles, flowers, and vape cartridges. Agents seized the items. The shop’s owner, 68-year-old Mohamed Albrashi, of the Bronx, was arrested on suspicion of sale of a narcotic substance and was later released on a $5,000 bond. He is scheduled to …
Smile, You're On Body Camera: TJ Maxx To Equip Employees To Fight Shoplifting Smile, You're On Body Camera: TJ Maxx To Equip Employees To Fight Shoplifting
Smile, You're On Body Camera: TJ Maxx To Equip Employees To Fight Shoplifting To fight the recent rise in shoplifting and retail theft, shoppers could see store security employees wearing body-worn cameras to help catch thieves red-handed.  TJX, the parent company of TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Serria, HomeSense, and HomeGoods, said will begin equipping some employees with body-worn cameras similar to those worn by police, the Boston Globe reported. The company started testing the initiative last year.  The company operates nearly 3,400 stores nationwide.  A call to the Framingham, Massachusetts, headquarters of TJX for comment was not immediately r…
Updated List Of Scheduled Red Lobster Closures Includes Connecticut Location Updated List Of Scheduled Red Lobster Closures Includes Connecticut Location
Updated List Of Scheduled Red Lobster Closures Includes Connecticut Location Red Lobster plans to close more restaurants just weeks after it filed for bankruptcy, according to a new report. In a bankruptcy petition filed on Sunday, May 19, the company listed assets of $1 billion and liabilities of $10 billion. Days before the filing, dozens of Red Lobster locations were listed as "temporarily closed" on the company's website, including these New York locations: Kingston, Scarsdale, Nanuet, Poughkeepsie, Stony Brook In an updated list of closures reported by CNN on Thursday, June 6, five new locations in New York have been added to the list, including it…
Nationwide Recall Issued For Ground Black Pepper Due To Possible Health Risk Nationwide Recall Issued For Ground Black Pepper Due To Possible Health Risk
Nationwide Recall Issued For Ground Black Pepper Due To Possible Health Risk A nationwide recall has been issued for a brand of ground black pepper that could be contaminated with Salmonella. UBC Food Distributors issued the recall for the product under the Baraka brand name in 7-ounce plastic containers with UPC code 8 22514 26626 6, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced. The company said it was notified of the potential for contamination based on a routine state surveillance sample collected by the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets that tested positive for Salmonella the presence of Salmonella in some packages of the product. Salmon…
Cucumbers Shipped To 14 States Recalled Due To Possible Salmonella Contamination Cucumbers Shipped To 14 States Recalled Due To Possible Salmonella Contamination
Cucumbers Shipped To 14 States Recalled Due To Possible Salmonella Contamination A Florida-based company is recalling whole cucumbers that were shipped to 14 states, but may be contaminated with Salmonella, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced. According to the FDA, the cucumbers subject to recall are dark green, between 1.5 inches and two inches thick and between five to nine inches long. Officials made note that mini cucumbers and English cucumbers are not included in the recall. FDA The recalled cucumbers were shipped in bulk cartons between Friday, May 17 and Tuesday, May 21 to retail distribution centers, wholesalers, and food service distributor…
Stop & Shop To Close Underperforming Stores In Northeast Stop & Shop To Close Underperforming Stores In Northeast
Stop & Shop To Close Underperforming Stores In Northeast The future is grim for Stop & Shop's underperforming stores in the Northeast. The grocery giant — which operates 400 stores across Rhode Island, New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts (where the company is headquartered) — announced plans to close a number of its underperformers in the interest of company longevity, officials confirmed with Daily Voice. Nearly half of the company's stores have been remodeled, and a Stop & Shop spokesperson said those stores continue to perform well. "We're committed to continuing to invest in our stores - as well in our prices - to deliver a great…
Target To Lower Prices On 5,000 Items: Here's Where You Can Expect To See Savings Target To Lower Prices On 5,000 Items: Here's Where You Can Expect To See Savings
Target To Lower Prices On 5,000 Items: Here's Where You Can Expect To See Savings Target announced that it would lower prices on 5,000 "frequently shopped" items in its stores nationwide, the company said in a press release.  Those items include milk, meat, bread, soda, fresh fruit and vegetables, snacks, yogurt, peanut butter, coffee, diapers, paper towels, pet food, and more, the chain said in a Monday, May 20, news release. The new prices will be rolled out throughout the summer.  "We know consumers are feeling pressured to make the most of their budget, and Target is here to help them save more," said Rick Gomez, Target's executive vice president and c…
Red Lobster Files For Bankruptcy After Abruptly Closing Dozens Of Restaurants Red Lobster Files For Bankruptcy After Abruptly Closing Dozens Of Restaurants
Red Lobster Files For Bankruptcy After Abruptly Closing Dozens Of Restaurants Red Lobster has filed for bankruptcy just days after closing dozens of its restaurants. In its bankruptcy petition filed on Sunday, May 19, the company listed assets of $1 billion and liabilities of $10 billion. The filing stated that the company "intends to use the proceedings to drive operational improvements, simplify the business through a reduction in locations, and pursue a sale of substantially all of its assets as a going concern." The company said restaurants not listed as "temporarily closed" on its website will remain "open and operating as usual during the Chapter 11 process."…
‘I’m Not Playing’: Customer Threatens CT Staples Workers Over Denied Return, Police Say ‘I’m Not Playing’: Customer Threatens CT Staples Workers Over Denied Return, Police Say
‘I’m Not Playing’: Customer Threatens CT Staples Workers Over Denied Return, Police Say A disgruntled customer is facing charges after allegedly threatening violence against employees at a Staples store. The Windham County incident happened in Willimantic, at the Staples store on Storrs Road. Connecticut State Police said a store supervisor contacted the agency on Thursday, April 11, after discovering a concerning post from a customer on the social media platform, X. In the post, which was directed at Staples corporate, the customer said they wanted their money in the next two days “or the managers of the Willimantic CT Staples better Google ‘Family Guy Stewie where’s my mon…
McDonald's To Launch Value Meal Deal: Here's When It Starts McDonald's To Launch Value Meal Deal: Here's When It Starts
McDonald's To Launch Value Meal Deal: Here's When It Starts McDonald's plans to offer a $5 value meal to lure back dollar-conscious customers. The one-month promotion starts on Tuesday, June 25, according to CNBC, which first reported the news. It will include a McChicken or McDouble sandwich, four-piece chicken nuggets, fries, and a drink, the outlet reports. "We know how much it means to our customers when McDonald's offers meaningful value and communicates it through national advertising," McDonald's said in a statement to CNBC.  "That's been true since our very beginning and never more important than it is today." Click here to read …
12 New Shops Coming To The Westchester In White Plains 12 New Shops Coming To The Westchester In White Plains
12 New Shops Coming To The Westchester In White Plains A dozen new stores and eateries are slated to open to shoppers at a busy mall in Westchester.  The 12 new businesses, which will be located at The Westchester in White Plains at 125 Westchester Ave., will open throughout 2024 beginning in the summer. The upcoming stores and eateries include:  Reformation, a global lifestyle brand that sells apparel and accessories merging vintage-inspired designs with eco-friendly business practices. The store will open in late summer/early fall and will be the brand's first location in the Tri-State Area outside New York City; Anthropologie, wh…
Red Lobster Abruptly Closes Dozens Of Restaurants Red Lobster Abruptly Closes Dozens Of Restaurants
Red Lobster Abruptly Closes Dozens Of Restaurants Fast-casual seafood restaurant Red Lobster has abruptly closed dozens of its restaurants. The company is also considering filing for bankruptcy protection, according to a CNN report. On its website, Red Lobster lists many of its restaurants as being "temporarily closed," including these New York locations: Kingston, Scarsdale, Nanuet, Poughkeepsie, Stony Brook No closures are currently listed for Connecticut or Massachusetts restaurants. Founded in 1968, Red Lobster has around 600 restaurants in the United States, Canada, and overseas. According to another CNN report, Red Lobster's prob…
Planters Nuts Recalled Due To Listeria Contamination Concerns Planters Nuts Recalled Due To Listeria Contamination Concerns
Planters Nuts Recalled Due To Listeria Contamination Concerns A pair of Planters nuts products are being recalled due to possible contamination with the bacteria that causes listeria. Hormel Foods Sales, LLC is voluntarily recalling the two Planters products that were produced at one of its facilities in April, according to an announcement by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, sti…
Sam Ash To Close All Locations, Including CT Store, After 100 Years In Business Sam Ash To Close All Locations, Including CT Store, After 100 Years In Business
Sam Ash To Close All Locations, Including CT Store, After 100 Years In Business The largest family-owned chain of musical instrument stores in the nation has announced it will be closing all its locations. Sam Ash Music was founded in 1924, has locations in more than a dozen states, and is headquartered on Long Island, in Hicksville. It currently has 27 stores, including five in New York (White Plains, Carle Place, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Forest Hills), two in New Jersey (in Springfield and Cherry Hill), two in Pennsylvania (in Philadelphia and King of Prussia), one in Connecticut (in New Haven), and one in Virginia (in Richmond). The Ash family made the announcemen…
Popular Apple Juice Brand Recalled Due To High Arsenic Levels Popular Apple Juice Brand Recalled Due To High Arsenic Levels
Popular Apple Juice Brand Recalled Due To High Arsenic Levels A recall has been issued for a popular brand of apple juice due to high levels of arsenic. S. Martinelli & Co. said the recall is for a single lot of Martinelli’s Apple Juice, one-liter (33.8-ounce) bottles.  The recalled product has a “Best By” date of “09MAR2026” or “10MAR2026” on the front of the bottle above the label.  The product was shipped between March 13, 2023, and September 27, 2023, with the majority of the product shipped before July 28, 2023. This recall results from a sampling by the State of Maryland that found samples from one produc…
Major Mall-Based Chain To Close 543 Stores After Filing For Bankruptcy Major Mall-Based Chain To Close 543 Stores After Filing For Bankruptcy
Major Mall-Based Chain To Close 543 Stores After Filing For Bankruptcy A retailer primarily located in malls is set to close all 543 of its stores following its third Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. Closures for all rue21 locations are expected to be completed within the next two months with going-out-of-business sales coming soon. Founded in 1970, rue21 specializes in women's & men's casual apparel and accessories. In its filing on Thursday, May 2, the company said, "It became clear that offers to buy the debtors' assets at their current worth could not exceed the expected profits from selling off the closing stores and assets.  "As a result, the deb…
Nationwide Recall Issued For Ground Beef Products Due To Possible Contamination: View Labels Nationwide Recall Issued For Ground Beef Products Due To Possible Contamination: View Labels
Nationwide Recall Issued For Ground Beef Products Due To Possible Contamination: View Labels A nationwide recall has been issued for ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli. Cargill Meat Solutions, headquartered in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, is recalling approximately 16,240 pounds of the raw ground beef products, the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on Wednesday, May 1. The raw ground beef items were produced on Friday, April 26 and Saturday, 27.  The following products are subject to recall: 2.25-lbs. plastic-wrapped trays containing "93% LEAN 7% FAT ALL NATURAL LEAN GROUND BEEF" with lot code 117 and estab…
Renovations Begin On Stamford Market Renovations Begin On Stamford Market
Renovations Begin On Stamford Market Updates have begun on a Fairfield County Grade A Market to enhance the shopping experience and bring the store up to date.  The renovations will update the Stamford store's interior decor and refresh the produce, seafood, floral, and meat departments.  The store, located at 563 Newfield Ave., will also feature new fresh-prepared grab-and-go meal options. The market will remain open during the renovation, and store officials said work is expected to be completed by summer.  “Our Newfield Avenue Grade A Market has been a staple in the Newfield-Turn of River neighborh…
Popular Frozen Meat Pizza Product Recalled Due To Misbranding, Undeclared Allergens Popular Frozen Meat Pizza Product Recalled Due To Misbranding, Undeclared Allergens
Popular Frozen Meat Pizza Product Recalled Due To Misbranding, Undeclared Allergens A popular frozen pizza product sold in the Northeast has been recalled due to misbranding and undeclared allergens. 802 VT Frozen, a Newport, Vermont, establishment, said the recall involves approximately 8,220 pounds of its frozen meat pizza. The product contains soy, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on Friday, April 26. The produced was made from April 25, 2023, through April 25, 2024.  The following product is subject to recall: 17.8-oz. cardboard box containi…
Nationwide Recall Issued For Prosciutto Made In Germany, Distributed In US Nationwide Recall Issued For Prosciutto Made In Germany, Distributed In US
Nationwide Recall Issued For Prosciutto Made In Germany, Distributed In US A recall has been issued for a brand of deli meat that authorities say was uninspected. The US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that ConSup North America Inc., based in Lincoln Park, New Park, is recalling approximately 85,984 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) sliced prosciutto ham produced in Germany without the benefit of equivalent inspection. The RTE sliced prosciutto ham item was produced on various dates from Monday, Sept. 25, 2023, through Wednesday, March 6, 2024, and shipped to retail locations nationwide. FSIS said it is concerned th…
CT Restaurant To Close After 10 Years In Business: Here's When CT Restaurant To Close After 10 Years In Business: Here's When
CT Restaurant To Close After 10 Years In Business: Here's When A Connecticut restaurant that has been a fave of many has announced it plans to close this week due to financial issues. New Haven County's Eli's Orange, located on Boston Post Road, has served American-style pub food and drinks for the past 10 years. The restaurant says it is "sad to announce we will be leaving this wonderful community." The restaurant, known for its wings, quesadillas, and craft cocktails, will celebrate its last day on Sunday, April 28, with customers from 3 to 6 p.m. with a special "thank you celebration." The restaurant said owners, managers, and employees will be pre…
Nationwide Public Health Alert Issued For Ground Beef Products Due To Possible Contamination Nationwide Public Health Alert Issued For Ground Beef Products Due To Possible Contamination
Nationwide Public Health Alert Issued For Ground Beef Products Due To Possible Contamination Ground beef products distributed nationwide may be contaminated with E. coli and should not be consumed, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced. FSIS has issued a Public Health Alert on Saturday afternoon, April 20.warning consumers about the issue. A recall was not requested because the products are no longer available for purchase. FSIS said it is concerned that some products may be in consumers’ and food service institutions’ freezers.  The raw ground beef products were produced on Thursday, March 28 and have a “Use/Freeze By” date o…
'Rage Bait'? Influencer's Rant Over Whole Foods Apple Prices Leaves Sour Taste Online 'Rage Bait'? Influencer's Rant Over Whole Foods Apple Prices Leaves Sour Taste Online
'Rage Bait'? Influencer's Rant Over Whole Foods Apple Prices Leaves Sour Taste Online Her attempt at garnering online sympathy by and large turned up fruitless. A Massachusetts social media influencer was outraged after claiming she spent an eye-popping amount of money on a single apple during a recent trip to Whole Foods Market. In a now-deleted, expletive-filled rant on TikTok, Boston-based Via Li claimed the grocery giant charged her $7 for one organic Sugarbee apple. “Guess how much this is. This is an apple, it's called a Sugarbee (expletive) apple apparently and look at it,” she says in the clip. “The size of my palm. I thought it was like probably two to three dolla…
Trader Joe's Recalling Basil Due To Salmonella Outbreak Trader Joe's Recalling Basil Due To Salmonella Outbreak
Trader Joe's Recalling Basil Due To Salmonella Outbreak Trader Joe's is recalling Infinite Herbs-brand organic basil that was sold across the country in 2.5-ounce clamshell packaging due to concerns of Salmonella contamination. This week, the supermarket giant issued an alert cautioning shoppers in 29 states, as well as Washington, DC, not to consume the product as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigates a reported outbreak of Salmonella. Trader Joes is recalling Infinite Herbs Organic Basil FDA According to the FDA, "Trader Joe’s has already voluntarily removed all Infinite Herbs-brand organic basil packed in 2.5-oz clamshell pa…
Flip Phone Lovers Rejoice, A Consumer Cellular Opens In Shelton Flip Phone Lovers Rejoice, A Consumer Cellular Opens In Shelton
Flip Phone Lovers Rejoice, A Consumer Cellular Opens In Shelton Hey, flip phone lovers, a new Consumer Cellular, known for its old-style phones, has opened a new store in Fairfield County. Located in Shelton, store officials say they bring "award-winning" customer service, especially for the 50-plus community. In addition to getting a phone and service, customers can also get help troubleshooting their devices, ask questions about their accounts, or sign up for a new plan.  The store also sells a full lineup of new smartphones. The Shelton location is one of 25 opened this year across the country. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday…
Lead Found In Lunchables: Consumer Reports Urges USDA To Remove Product From School Programs Lead Found In Lunchables: Consumer Reports Urges USDA To Remove Product From School Programs
Lead Found In Lunchables: Consumer Reports Urges USDA To Remove Product From School Programs Tests performed by the nonprofit Consumer Reports allegedly found high levels of lead and phthalates in the popular snack boxes by Lunchables, leading the organization to call on the government to remove the lunches from the National School Lunch Program. Consumer Reports (CR) issued the call to the US Department of Agriculture to remove Lunchable meals from the national program following a report released on Tuesday, April 9. As part of the report, the organization tested store-bought Lunchable food kits and compared the nutritional profiles of these meals to the two school-only Lunchab…
'New Era At Panera' Sees Dozens Of Items Chopped From Menu 'New Era At Panera' Sees Dozens Of Items Chopped From Menu
'New Era At Panera' Sees Dozens Of Items Chopped From Menu Did your favorite make the cut? Dozens of menu items have gotten the chop as Panera enters its “new era” complete with the largest menu overhaul in company history. The popular bakery-café chain officially launched its revamped menu at locations across the country on Thursday, April 4, with nine new offerings and 12 “enhanced” classics featuring more chicken and steak. Company officials said the move is aimed at “refocusing” on core Panera products that customers love the most: soups, salads, sandwiches, and macaroni and cheese. It will also streamline and simplify operations for employees…
Procter & Gamble Recalls Laundry Detergent Packets Due To Serious Injury Risk Procter & Gamble Recalls Laundry Detergent Packets Due To Serious Injury Risk
Procter & Gamble Recalls Laundry Detergent Packets Due To Serious Injury Risk Procter & Gamble is recalling some of its laundry detergent brands due to the risk of serious injury. The voluntary recall, announced on Friday, April 5, involves certain lot codes of Tide Pods, Gain Flings, Ace Pods, and Ariel Pods liquid packets packaged in flexible film bags manufactured between September 2023 and February 2024.  Recalled products range from bags with 12 to 39 packets and were sold at Big Lots, CVS, Family Dollar, Home Depot, Sam’s Club, Target, Walmart, and other major stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com and other websites from September 2023 up until th…
Popular Discount Bakery Chain Shutters Sole Connecticut Store Popular Discount Bakery Chain Shutters Sole Connecticut Store
Popular Discount Bakery Chain Shutters Sole Connecticut Store It’s the end of an era for bakery bargain shoppers as longtime staple Freihofer’s Bakery Outlet has permanently closed. The discount bakery chain has shuttered dozens of stores across the Northeast, including all of its New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts locations. “After careful analysis and consideration, we made the difficult decision to permanently close 28 of our outlet stores…” a representative for Bimbo Bakeries, Freihofer's parent company, told Daily Voice. Any leftover products were expected to be donated to local food banks. “We appreciate all of our associates who worked …
Business In Heart Of Ridgefield Closes Up Shop After 74-Year Run Business In Heart Of Ridgefield Closes Up Shop After 74-Year Run
Business In Heart Of Ridgefield Closes Up Shop After 74-Year Run After a 74-year run, a favorite Fairfield County fine jewelry store is permanently closing. Craig's Fine Jewelry, a Main Street staple in Ridgefield, is closing on Friday, March 29, as the owner Billy Craig retires, a sign in the window announced. The founder, Helen Craig, purchased the business in 1950 never imagining that her small family business would be what it is today, the company website says. Her son Norman Craig and his wife Elsie continued to grow the business, offering only the finest quality jewelry and personal service.  In 1983, they left the business to their three ch…
Whole Foods To Open New, Small-Format Stores: Look Inside Whole Foods To Open New, Small-Format Stores: Look Inside
Whole Foods To Open New, Small-Format Stores: Look Inside Whole Foods says it will be launching new small-format stores aimed at providing customers with a quick, convenient shopping experience. The company says the stores, targeting urban areas, will provide "easier access to the fresh, high-quality offerings." The new stores will be called Whole Foods Market Daily Shop. The first location to open will be in the Upper East Side in Manhattan with additional locations in New York City to follow.  The first store, located at 1175 Third Ave., is expected to open later this year.  Following the New York City launch, Whole Foods Market pla…