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Popular Discount Bakery Chain Shutters Sole Hudson Valley Store Popular Discount Bakery Chain Shutters Sole Hudson Valley Store
Popular Discount Bakery Chain Shutters Sole Hudson Valley 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 …
FDA Recalls Oysters After Norovirus Outbreak FDA Recalls Oysters After Norovirus Outbreak
FDA Recalls Oysters After Norovirus Outbreak The US Food and Drug Administration has recalled oysters grown and harvested in Connecticut following an outbreak of norovirus. In a notice on Thursday, March 14, the FDA said the outbreak was caused by oysters sold by Norwalk-based Norm Bloom and Son harvested in February. Although the FDA did not give many how many people were sickened, they did reveal the contaminated batch was associated with an outbreak in Minnesota. In the notice, the FDA warned consumers that the oysters were also sold to restaurants and retailers throughout Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryl…
Taylor Swift's Relatives Include This Iconic Poet, Ancestry Reveals Taylor Swift's Relatives Include This Iconic Poet, Ancestry Reveals
Taylor Swift's Relatives Include This Iconic Poet, Ancestry Reveals From one “tortured poet” to another: the uber-famous Taylor Swift is related to another famous wordsmith, who happens to be from Massachusetts. Taylor Swift, the internationally-loved pop star who recently announced her upcoming album “The Tortured Poets Department,” was discovered to be related to iconic poet Emily Dickinson, NBC’s TODAY Show announced on Monday, March 4. According to Ancestry, who revealed the star-studded lineage to TODAY, Swift and Dickinson are both descendants of a 17th-century English immigrant, who was an early settler in Connecticut, in the Hartford County t…
Dole Recalls Salads Sold In 25 States, Including NY, Due To Possible Listeria Contamination Dole Recalls Salads Sold In 25 States, Including NY, Due To Possible Listeria Contamination
Dole Recalls Salads Sold In 25 States, Including NY, Due To Possible Listeria Contamination A recall has been issued for several Dole Fresh Vegetables salad kits due to possible Listeria contamination. Dole says the kits were processed on the same line as cheeses produced by Rizo-López Foods, which recalled a line of its dairy products, including cheeses. Related story - Deadly Cheeses Prompt Massive Recall Nationwide: CDC, FDA, USDA "This recall notification is being issued due to the potential for cross-contamination of cheese contained in certain master packs by cheese potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes from our packaged cheese supplier," Dole sai…
'Life-Threatening' Allergy Prompts Recall Of Wegmans Hummus In 8 States 'Life-Threatening' Allergy Prompts Recall Of Wegmans Hummus In 8 States
'Life-Threatening' Allergy Prompts Recall Of Wegmans Hummus In 8 States A popular hummus sold at Wegmans in eight states and the District of Columbia has been recalled by the company, the FDA announced on Feb. 3.  A producer for Wegmans, Summer Fresh Salads Inc. of Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada has recalled Wegmans Harissa Hummus Topped With Harissa, according to the FDA.  The recall was prompted due to undeclared sesame in the produce. The company explained that people with sesame allergies "run the risk of [a] serious or life-threatening allergic reaction[s] if they consume [this] product." Notably, "No illnesses have been reported to date in connect…
Puppy Love: New Study Determines NY's Favorite Dog Breed Puppy Love: New Study Determines NY's Favorite Dog Breed
Puppy Love: New Study Determines NY's Favorite Dog Breed Almost everyone loves dogs, but can you guess what the state of New York's favorite breed is?  If you need a hint, look no further: a new study by PetLab has officially determined that New York's favored breed is the Golden Retriever.  To determine this, PetLab's pet nutrition experts used Google's Keyword Planner to look at more than 200 breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club alongside search terms such as "buy" and "adopt." This allowed them to produce a ranking for each US state's most searched-for breed over the last 12 months.  New York is certainly not alon…
Recall Issued For Salad Product Over Life-Threatening Allergic Reaction Recall Issued For Salad Product Over Life-Threatening Allergic Reaction
Recall Issued For Salad Product Over Life-Threatening Allergic Reaction Hans Kissle announced Thursday, Jan. 18, a recall of its 7-ounce packages of Mexican Style Quinoa Salad because the product contains eggs and soy, despite not declaring this, the Food and Drug Administration said.  The prepackaged salads were distributed to Hannaford’s Supermarkets in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Maine, and Vermont.  The Mexican Style Quinoa Salad is marked with the UPC code 036217172018 and have a use by date of 1/22/24.  No illnesses have been reported related to this problem, but the recall was initiated after the product was discover…
Listeria Prompts Recall Of These Spinach, Salad Kits Listeria Prompts Recall Of These Spinach, Salad Kits
Listeria Prompts Recall Of These Spinach, Salad Kits A voluntary recall has been issued across seven states for BrightFarms spinach and four salad kits, the FDA announced on Wednesday, Jan. 17. The recall includes spinach grown by BrightFarms's supplier, Element Farms, located in Pompton Plains, New Jersey. Brightfarms has temporarily suspended the distribution of any spinach grown at the farm due to the recall. The FDA explained there was "potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes" from the products distributed from its Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania facility.  Listeria monocytogenes can cause potentially fatal infe…
NY Ranks High Among Best States To Raise Family, New Study Finds: Here's Where, Why NY Ranks High Among Best States To Raise Family, New Study Finds: Here's Where, Why
NY Ranks High Among Best States To Raise Family, New Study Finds: Here's Where, Why According to a new report ranking the US states on a scale of the best places to raise a family, New York State ranks among the top 10. New York State is one of the best states in the country to raise a family — according to a study released on Monday, Jan. 8 by WalletHub, which ranked the Empire State as number five. The personal finance company used the following metrics to score each of the 50 states, then take the totals to complete a final ranking: Family fun (including the share of children who live near a park, share of families with young children, number of attractions, and mo…
Scallops Sold In Stores, Restaurants Could Cause Food Poisoning, FDA Warns Scallops Sold In Stores, Restaurants Could Cause Food Poisoning, FDA Warns
Scallops Sold In Stores, Restaurants Could Cause Food Poisoning, FDA Warns The Food and Drug Administration says restaurants, retailers, and consumers should avoid scallops harvested from a prohibited area in Massachusetts because they may be contaminated and could cause food poisoning.  An unlicensed harvester is believed to have captured the shellfish on Dec. 26-27 and Jan. 1 and incorrectly labeled them with the harvest location FED 514. Massachusetts officials issued a recall on the potentially tainted shellfish on Tuesday, Jan. 9.  The scallops were shipped to restaurants and retailers in Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, …
TGI Fridays Closing These 'Underperforming' Northeast Restaurants TGI Fridays Closing These 'Underperforming' Northeast Restaurants
TGI Fridays Closing These 'Underperforming' Northeast Restaurants TGI Fridays is closing nearly 30 "underperforming" locations across the northeast and will sell eight restaurants to the chain's former CEO, the chain said in a news release. The 27 closures include restaurants in Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. In total, 36 TGI Fridays locations are shutting down nationwide. The company says about 1,000 employees, which represent more than 80% of those impacted, will be offered transfer opportunities. "As we continue along our path of transformation to revitalize the Fridays brand and …
First Projected Snowfall Totals Released For Major Storm Headed To Northeast First Projected Snowfall Totals Released For Major Storm Headed To Northeast
First Projected Snowfall Totals Released For Major Storm Headed To Northeast The first projected snowfall totals have been released for a potent coast-to-coast winter storm expected to hit the Northeast midway through the weekend. Click here for a new, updated story - Projected Snowfall Totals Increase As Nor'easter Nears: These Spots Could See 18 Inches Snowfall is expected to begin overnight Saturday, Jan. 6 into Sunday, Jan. 7, according to the National Weather Service. Areas in the darker shade in the image above from AccuWeather.com are expected to see between 6 and 12 inches of snowfall, including parts of upstate New York, northern Connecticut and areas…
Raw Dog, Cat Food Sold In NY Being Recalled Due To Contamination Concerns Raw Dog, Cat Food Sold In NY Being Recalled Due To Contamination Concerns
Raw Dog, Cat Food Sold In NY Being Recalled Due To Contamination Concerns The FDA is expanding a recall on a popular raw pet food product that could possibly be contaminated by Salmonella or Listeria monocytogenes, authorities announced. Earlier this month, Blue Ridge Beef began recalling certain lots of their "Kitten Grind," "Puppy Mix," and "Kitten Mix," after the company notified the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services that a sample had tested positive. The products subject to the recall were distributed between Nov. 14 and Dec. 20 packaged in clear plastic sold primarily at stores in these states:  Connecticut; Massachus…
Christmas Eve Day Forecast Changes: Here's When These Parts Of NY Could See Snow Christmas Eve Day Forecast Changes: Here's When These Parts Of NY Could See Snow
Christmas Eve Day Forecast Changes: Here's When These Parts Of NY Could See Snow While the chances for a White Christmas remain unchanged, there's a new wrinkle in the outlook for Christmas Eve Day. Click here for a new, updated story: Surprise Pre-Christmas System Will Bring Mix Of Rain, Sleet, Snow To Northeast Earlier long-range forecasts called for dry conditions in the days before Monday, Dec. 25. But now, there's a window for a chance of showers for most of the Northeast starting shortly after midnight on Sunday, Dec. 24, and continuing into the early afternoon on Christmas Eve Day, which will be mostly cloudy with a high temperature in the mid-40s. But overni…
2 Westchester Zip Codes Among Most Expensive In US: Here's Where They Rank 2 Westchester Zip Codes Among Most Expensive In US: Here's Where They Rank
2 Westchester Zip Codes Among Most Expensive In US: Here's Where They Rank The Northeast is well-represented in new rankings of the 100 most expensive zip codes in the nation. Two of the top 10 zip codes according to Property Shark Real Estate Reports are in New York, with both on Long Island, in the Hamptons: No. 2 Sagaponack (zip code 11962) with a median home sale price in 2023 of $8,075,000, No. 6 (tie) Water Mill (11976) with a median home sale price in 2023 of $4,500,000. Six of the Top 10 zip codes are in California, including No. 1 Atherton (94027), located near San Francisco, ($8,300,000 median sales price). California has 79 of the 100 p…
Stormy Start To Thanksgiving Eve Will Be Followed By Change In Weather Pattern: 5-Day Forecast Stormy Start To Thanksgiving Eve Will Be Followed By Change In Weather Pattern: 5-Day Forecast
Stormy Start To Thanksgiving Eve Will Be Followed By Change In Weather Pattern: 5-Day Forecast A potent Thanksgiving Eve storm packed with heavy rains and gusty winds is causing flooding and travel delays as it moves toward the east before a big change in the weather pattern arrives just in time for Turkey Day. "Some roads and low-lying properties including parking lots, parks, lawns, and homes and businesses with basements near the waterfront will experience minor flooding," the National Weather Service said in a Hazardous Weather Outlook statement issued early Wednesday morning, Nov. 22. "Motorists from northern Pennsylvania to interior Maine may encounter …
Recall Issued For Ground Beef Product Due To Possible Contamination Recall Issued For Ground Beef Product Due To Possible Contamination
Recall Issued For Ground Beef Product Due To Possible Contamination A recall has been issued for thousands of pounds of ground beef because it may be contaminated with a foreign object. The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on Sunday, Nov. 19 that Skyline Provisions, Inc. is recalling approximately 5,620 pounds of raw ground beef products that were produced and packed on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2023.  The items were shipped to locations in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wisconsin. FSIS said it is concerned that some products may be in instituti…
Recall Issued By Ice Cream Manufacturer Due To Listeria Fears Recall Issued By Ice Cream Manufacturer Due To Listeria Fears
Recall Issued By Ice Cream Manufacturer Due To Listeria Fears A recall has been issued for a brand of ice cream, ice cream bars, yogurt, and gelato due to Listeria concerns. Vermont-based Wilcox Ice Cream says that one lot of the Super Premium Mint Chip manufactured on Tuesday, Nov. 14 may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. In addition to the mint chip flavor, the company is recalling all other products manufactured at its facility during the same time period.  Products were distributed in retail stores and co-ops located in New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The products, with best-by dates from 9/14/24 to 11/…
'Bright Fireball' Seen From New York Confirmed To Be Meteor: NASA 'Bright Fireball' Seen From New York Confirmed To Be Meteor: NASA
'Bright Fireball' Seen From New York Confirmed To Be Meteor: NASA A fireball that appeared in the skies off the coast of Long Island has been confirmed to have been a meteor that was seen in several states, including New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.  The meteor was seen in several East Coast states on Thursday, Nov. 2 just after 7 p.m., according to an announcement by NASA.  According to the agency, the meteor first appeared 65 miles above a point in the Atlantic Ocean 81 miles off the coast of Smith Point County Park on Fire Island in Suffolk County, New York. Fire Island is part of the towns of Babylon, Islip, and Brookhaven.  The "bright fir…
'Special Kind Of Evil': Child Sex Trafficker Who Recruited NY Victims Gets 40 Years In Prison 'Special Kind Of Evil': Child Sex Trafficker Who Recruited NY Victims Gets 40 Years In Prison
'Special Kind Of Evil': Child Sex Trafficker Who Recruited NY Victims Gets 40 Years In Prison A convicted sex trafficker will spend decades in prison for forcing underage girls into prostitution. New York resident Christopher Thomas, age 40, of Colonie in Albany County, was sentenced to 40 years behind bars Monday, Oct. 30, in Albany federal court. According to prosecutors, Thomas coerced numerous vulnerable children and young women, some as young as 16, to engage in sex work for his financial benefit between 2018 and 2020. His crimes spanned New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont. In March 2023, following a 5-day trial, jurors convicted Thomas of 16 counts, including s…
Hotel Rooms Canceled To Make Room For Migrants Ahead Of Army-Navy Game: Report Hotel Rooms Canceled To Make Room For Migrants Ahead Of Army-Navy Game: Report
Hotel Rooms Canceled To Make Room For Migrants Ahead Of Army-Navy Game: Report At least 70 people, including many veterans, suddenly found themselves without places to stay ahead of the upcoming Army-Navy college football game in Massachusetts after their hotels canceled their rooms to make room for migrants, according to a report by CBS News. The cancellations were made at three hotels owned by Giri Hotel Management, where veterans attending the iconic game's debut at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts on Saturday, Dec. 9 had been hoping to stay afterward, according to a report by CBS News from Thursday, Oct. 5.  When travel agent Mar…
BJ's To Pay $9M For Not Reporting Air Conditioner Defect Linked To Death Of NY Mom, Feds Say BJ's To Pay $9M For Not Reporting Air Conditioner Defect Linked To Death Of NY Mom, Feds Say
BJ's To Pay $9M For Not Reporting Air Conditioner Defect Linked To Death Of NY Mom, Feds Say BJ's Wholesale Club has agreed to pay $9 million in penalties for failing to immediately report a known defect with an air conditioner it sold linked to the death of a mother after a house fire. The move by the Massachusetts-based company, located in Marlborough in Middlesex County, resolves its charges by the US. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The CPSC said BJ’s knowingly failed to immediately report to it, as required by law, that portable air conditioners manufactured by Royal Sovereign International, Inc. and sold by BJ’s, contained a defect that could create a substantial p…
Smoke From Canadian Wildfires Causing Hazy Skies In Much Of Northeast Smoke From Canadian Wildfires Causing Hazy Skies In Much Of Northeast
Smoke From Canadian Wildfires Causing Hazy Skies In Much Of Northeast The forecast calls for mostly sunny skies on Monday, Oct. 2, but smoke from Canadian wildfires has spread across much of the Northeast, resulting in hazy conditions from New York through Connecticut into Massachusetts. Temperatures will be in the 70s, with a light north wind, according to the National Weather Service. "The northerly winds will bring some smoke from the Canadian wildfires back into the region today," the weather service noted. "The smoke is expected to remain above the surface, resulting in some hazy conditions, especially later this morning or afternoon." Visit airnow.gov…
New Ice Cream Recall Issued Due To Listeria Fears New Ice Cream Recall Issued Due To Listeria Fears
New Ice Cream Recall Issued Due To Listeria Fears A new ice cream recall has been issued because of Listeria concerns. The Life Raft Treats products were shipped by GoldBelly.com to 40 states, including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. The recall covered these products: "Not Fried Chicken" - 64-ounce bucket (No UPC) and 2.5 oz. bar (UPC 8 60006 18210 6) "Life is Peachy"- 6-count box (No UPC) To view product packaging photos from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), click here and scroll down. The company was notified last week by the South Carolina Department of Health and …
New Tropical System Expected To Become Hurricane Forms In Atlantic New Tropical System Expected To Become Hurricane Forms In Atlantic
New Tropical System Expected To Become Hurricane Forms In Atlantic As Hurricane Lee makes its way northward up the coast, a new tropical system has formed. Click here for a new, updated story: Newly Named Tropical Storm Nigel Forms In Busy Atlantic As of late Friday morning, Sept. 15, Tropical Depression 15 is moving northwest at 15 miles per hour over the open Atlantic toward the Caribbean Sea.  It's expected to become a hurricane northeast of the Lesser Antilles, according to the National Hurricane Center. Its highest sustained winds are estimated to be 35 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said. If it becomes a tropical s…
Hurricane Lee Set To Batter Northeast Coast With Damaging Winds, Heavy Rain: Here's Timing Hurricane Lee Set To Batter Northeast Coast With Damaging Winds, Heavy Rain: Here's Timing
Hurricane Lee Set To Batter Northeast Coast With Damaging Winds, Heavy Rain: Here's Timing Hurricane Lee is now just hours away from unleashing damaging winds likely to cause scores of power outages along with drenching downpours in New England while coastal flooding and dangerous rip currents are expected in coastal New York and Connecticut. Updated story - New Tropical System Expected To Become Hurricane  The timing for Lee's effects is from Friday night, Sept. 15 into Saturday evening, Sept. 16. Tropical storm warnings and other advisories extend up the East Coast from Long Island to easternmost Maine. The newest computer models show Lee's expected landfall to be from…
Here Comes Hurricane Lee: Watches, Advisories Stretch From NY Through New England Here Comes Hurricane Lee: Watches, Advisories Stretch From NY Through New England
Here Comes Hurricane Lee: Watches, Advisories Stretch From NY Through New England Watches and advisories now stretch from New York through New England as millions are expected to be affected by damaging winds and heavy rain from Hurricane Lee. Click here for a new, updated story - Hurricane Lee Set To Batter Northeast Coast With Damaging Winds, Heavy Rain: Here's Timing The newest computer models have the track of the massive system veering back a bit farthest east after models a day earlier projected landfall in coastal Maine. Now, its eye is expected to pass over land near the easternmost tip of Maine and Nova Scotia on Monday,  Sept. 18, near Halifax. As …
Hurricane Lee Growing Larger Before Expected Northward Turn: Latest Projected Landfall Timing Hurricane Lee Growing Larger Before Expected Northward Turn: Latest Projected Landfall Timing
Hurricane Lee Growing Larger Before Expected Northward Turn: Latest Projected Landfall Timing Hurricane Lee is growing in size before it is expected to take a sharp northerly turn by midweek. Click here for a new, updated story: Hurricane Lee Track Shift Poses Increased Threat For Northeast, Possible New England Landfall As of around 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, Lee is located about 550 miles south of Bermuda with 115 mile-per-hour winds. A Category 3 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, it's moving northwest at 6 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said. Hurricane-force winds now extend 90 miles from Lee’s center, an increase from the weekend. Some slowing…
Contaminated Oysters: NY Restaurants, Stores Warned To Not Sell Shellfish By FDA Contaminated Oysters: NY Restaurants, Stores Warned To Not Sell Shellfish By FDA
Contaminated Oysters: NY Restaurants, Stores Warned To Not Sell Shellfish By FDA Federal officials are warning restaurants and stores across the Northeast to stop selling oysters harvested from an area in Connecticut, as they may be contaminated with pathogens that cause food poisoning.  The US Food and Drug Administration has advised consumers, restaurants, and retailers across several states in the Northeast to dispose of raw oysters harvested from the Groton Approved Area in New London County between Monday, Aug. 28 and Wednesday, Aug. 30, officials announced on Tuesday, Sept. 5.  The affected raw oysters were sent to retailers and distributors in Connectic…
Flash Flood Risk: New Rounds Of Storms Could Bring Drenching Downpours, Isolated Tornadoes Flash Flood Risk: New Rounds Of Storms Could Bring Drenching Downpours, Isolated Tornadoes
Flash Flood Risk: New Rounds Of Storms Could Bring Drenching Downpours, Isolated Tornadoes More Spotty Storms Possible As Potent System Pushes Through Northeast New rounds of scattered showers and storms could lead to localized areas of flash flooding in parts of the region with the possibility of isolated tornadoes. The time frame for the storm is Monday night, Aug. 14 into Tuesday, Aug. 15. Rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches an hour are possible where there are heavy downpours, according to the National Weather Service. Intense bursts of rain and thunderstorms will extend from southern Mississippi to southeastern Massachusetts, according to AccuWeather.com. See the image above…
Flash Flood Threat: Here's Projected Timing For System Packed With Storms, Heavy Rain Flash Flood Threat: Here's Projected Timing For System Packed With Storms, Heavy Rain
Flash Flood Threat: Here's Projected Timing For System Packed With Storms, Heavy Rain An approaching frontal system will bring thunderstorms and heavy rain that could cause flash flooding. The system will arrive from west to east early Thursday afternoon, Aug. 10, and continue to move through into the evening. Heavy rain is expected to begin in the New York City area, Hudson Valley, and Capital regions, and western Connecticut around midday Thursday and later in the afternoon in Massachusetts and eastern Connecticut. Areas where soaking rain is expected are shown in dark green in the first image above from AccuWeather.com. About an inch of rainfall is now expected, with lo…